Good Day Alabama for December 11, 2012

Good Day Alabama for December 11, 2012

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Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama for December 11, 2012:

MONEY TUESDAY - Stewar Welch joined us with the scoop on how giving to charity can benefit your taxes!  He explained how it relates to the fiscal cliff, as well.  For more information, visit www.welchgroup.com.

JEH JEH - Jeh Jeh joined us live this morning with a new musical! The musical adaption of this Truman Capote holiday favorite is truly special. The rich poetry sings from the stage in this wistful memoir of cherished youth. If you're in a "bah, humbug" mood this holiday season, A Christmas Memory may be just the remedy.It runs December 6 - 23 with shows on Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 PM and on Sunday at 2:30 PM. Tickets are $25 and $30. For more information, call (205) 251-1206 or visit http://www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org/.

VET SPECIALIST - Dr. David Dismukes joined us this morning to talk about your pets! Dr. David Dismukes is a Veterinary Surgeon. He joined us to discuss gastrointestinal foreign bodies in pets. During the holiday season pets are surrounded by things that they are tempted to eat but should not. These 'foreign bodies' range from toxic plants and decorations to leftovers and toys. Often, surgery is required to remove these foreign objects because the pet will not pass them naturally. If you suspect that your pet has eaten something it should not have, contact your family veterinarian as soon as possible.  Dr. Dismukes, along with Drs. Milton and Ballagas are Board-Certified Veterinary Surgeons who have undergone extensive post-veterinary school and passed rigorous testing to become specialists in surgery. They offer orthopedic surgery (fracture repair, joint disease, ligament/tendon disease, etc.), general surgery (foreign body removal, tumor removal, abdominal/thoracic surgery, wound reconstruction, etc.), and spinal surgery (disc herniation, spinal fracture, etc.). You can find them at the referral center, Veterinary Surgery of Birmingham: 205-967-9107 <tel:205-967-9107>. For more information, visit www.vetsurgerybirmingham.com <http://www.vetsurgerybirmingham.com/>. Dr. Jerome Williams with Red Mountain Animal Clinic also joined us. For more information from him, visit www.redmountainanimalclinic.com.

DR. ASA - Dr. Asa joined us today to look at the top 10 guy foods that taste great and improve health! His list includes
1. Guacamole
2.Gluten Free Beer - RedBridge
3.Burgers and Steak
4.Chilli
5.Baked wings
6.Bean Dip
7.Whole Eggs
8.Salted Nuts
9.Coconut Milk Ice Cream
10.Kale Chips

Known as America's Health and Lifestyle Coach®, Asa Andrew, MD is a national best-selling author, radio and TV host, and founder of Diagnosis HOPE, a non-profit dedicated to health education and supporting the uninsured. He has dedicated his life to helping others thrive in their health. For more information, visit www.AskDrAsa.com or  follow him on twitter @DrAsa.

GARDENING - Jimmy Rocket with Bug Juice Gardens joined us this morning.  He took a look at  donards gold monterey cypress, a really pretty cypress and the baby blue cypress to counter the brightness of the gold one. Jimmy said both of these plants do require more sun than shade. And on the topiary baby blue, you do need to occasionally trim it to keep its topiary shape. Jimmy says while the gold monterey looks great in the container and does really well used in your container garden, be aware that its mature height is 20 to 30 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It is always best to read the label or research the growing habit of any plant so you won't have to move it somewhere many years from now. Jimmy recommends planting these two plants in well drained places and use the turkey poop fertilizer to encourage micro organism growth which is what really feeds the plants and the soil. Jimmy says that this plant is new to this area and he got the ones on Good Day from John Deere Landscape off Hwy 119 in Inverness. For more information, call Jimmy at (205) 981-1151, email him at jimmyrockett@att.net, or visit www.rockettsbugjuicegardens.com.

PEOPLE STYLEWATCH GIFTS - Kristen Maxwell, of Time Inc, joined us this morning with a look at some great gift ideas of all prices! With more than 100 perfect presents at every price, People StyleWatch's Holiday Gift Guide will help make your holiday shopping easy - and fun!  With loads of gift ideas under $25, to glamorous splurges, feel-good charitable picks, personalized items, or buzzworthy (and stylish) gadgets, StyleWatch has tons of ideas for that special gal on your shopping list.  Plus: smart-shopping strategies, exclusive website deals and so much more.  For more ideas pick up your copy of People's Stylewatch Magazine on store shelves today.

Coming up tomorrow on Good Day
... She knew she would never be tall... But one woman with dwarfism shares the controversial story of her mother's decision to try "stretching her bones." She shares her story in her new book and tell us all about it and how it impacted her life! In Good Day Gardening we look at festive plants to give as gifts this holiday season. The doctor joins to take your questions! Mickey takes to the Birmingham Zoo! Plus we check out your entertainment headlines.... That and more tomorrow on Good Day Alabama!

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