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rsmith6621 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:07 PM
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First Lady: Wear red next Friday!
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 02:07 PM by rsmith6621

The red dress is the national symbol for women and heart disease, and leading this campaign, known as "Heart Truth," is the First Lady of the United States, Laura Bush.
Video Clip
KING 5's Jean Enersen sat down with First Lady Laura Bush to find out how you can take charge of your heart's health by becoming a Lady in Red.

It's a striking fashion statement designed to grab your attention


How about we all red for the blood shed by all of our DEAD Soldiers that have died fighting a LIE in Iraq...
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DoYouEverWonder Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:08 PM
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1. I grew up in an Italian household
and a red dress was symbol but it certainly was not a symbol of heart disease.

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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:17 PM
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2. Cher in MOONSTRUCK!!!!
She said to her soon-to-be ex-fiance Johnny Camereri: "I'll go to your funeral and I'll wear a red dress!!!" or words to that effect.
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noamnety Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:20 PM
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3. health insurance would also be a nice symbol (nt)
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moobu2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:55 PM
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4. Reality check:
It's all well and good for Pickles to educate the public on the high rate of heart disease in women but maybe she should first ask her husband and the republicans to stop taking so much money from the leading source of all that suffering and death from heart Disease -the Tobacco industry.
Her husband being in a position to make some changes which could actually stop this tragedy but does virtually nothing, makes me question her suitability as a spokesperson.

More of them "having their cake and eating to" in that she gets to look like she cares by speaking against heart disease but in actuality she benefits from the cause of it.
Here's why..Bush and the Republicans (and unfortunately a few dems) have taken large amounts of money from the tobacco industry then actively fought legislation that would help in the fight against smoking related heart disease.

Tobacco industry contrabutions to the Republicans-
Election Cycle-2004*
Total Contributions-$3,174,159
Contributions from Individuals-$905,448
Contributions from PACs--$2,268,711
Soft Money Contributions - N/A
Donations to Republicans-$2,342,532
% to Repubs--74%

Then here's some information and statistics about the harm tobacco causes.

Tobacco smoke Smoking is the single most preventable cause of death in the United States. Smoking is a major cause of cardiovascular heart disease among women. Women who smoke have an increased risk for ischemic stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Constant exposure to others' tobacco smoke (secondhand smoke) at work or at home also increases the risk, even for nonsmokers. Women smokers who use birth control pills have a higher risk of heart attack and stroke than nonsmokers who use them.

Coronary heart disease and stroke - the primary types of cardiovascular disease caused by smoking - are the first and third leading causes of death in the United States. More than 61 million Americans suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure, and other conditions. More than 2,600 Americans die every day because of cardiovascular diseases, about 1 death every 33 seconds.
Toxins in the blood from smoking cigarettes contribute to the development of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a progressive hardening of the arteries caused by the deposit of fatty plaques and the scarring and thickening of the artery wall. Inflammation of the artery wall and the development of blood clots can obstruct blood flow and cause heart attacks or strokes.
Smoking causes coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. Coronary heart disease results from atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries.
In 2003, an estimated 1.1 million Americans had a new or recurrent coronary attack.
Cigarette smoking has been associated with sudden cardiac death of all types in both men and women.
Smoking-related coronary heart disease may contribute to congestive heart failure. An estimated 4.6 million Americans have congestive heart failure and 43,000 die from it every year.
Smoking low-tar or low-nicotine cigarettes rather than regular cigarettes appears to have little effect on reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking is a major cause of strokes.
The U.S. incidence of stroke is estimated at 600,000 cases per year, and the one-year fatality rate is about 30%.
The risk of stroke decreases steadily after smoking cessation. Former smokers have the same stroke risk as nonsmokers after 5 to 15 years.
Smoking causes abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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murray hill farm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:05 PM
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5. and...
doesn't the govt still subsidies tobacco growers? Hey...i know where the WDMs are...they are here in the USA growing that bio terror substance called tobacco...killing millions in the USA and around the world..and it is all subsidized by the USA.
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