Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Health Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water

Lemon water flushes out toxins and is extremely beneficial for the body.

Warm lemon water is the perfect ‘good morning drink’, because it helps digestion and waste elimination in the body.  Warm lemon juice cleanses and heals the body and has long term health benefits. Always drink it deluted because it can ruin tooth enamel. 

  • Lemon is an excellent and rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that protects the body against immune system deficiencies
  • Lemons contain pectin fiber which is very beneficial for colon health and also serves as a powerful antibacterial 
  • It balances maintain the pH levels in the body 
  • Having warm lemon juice early in the morning helps flush out toxins 
  • It aids digestion and encourages the production of bile 
  • It is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium 
  • It helps prevent the growth and multiplication of pathogenic bacteria that cause infections and diseases 
  • It helps reducing pain and inflammation in joints and knees as it dissolves uric acid 
  • It helps cure the common cold 
  • The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells 
  • It strengthens the liver by providing energy to the liver enzymes when they are too dilute 
  • It helps balance the calcium and oxygen levels in the liver In case of a heart burn, taking a glass of concentrated lemon juice can give relief
  • It is of immense benefit to the skin and it prevents the formation of wrinkles and acne 
  • It helps maintain the health of the eyes and helps fight against eye problems 
  • Aids in the production of digestive juices 
  • Lemon juice helps replenish body salts especially after a strenuous workout session
  • It prevents the problem of constipation and diarrhea, by ensuring smooth bowel functions.

Nutritional Value Of Lemons

A glass of lemon juice contains less than 25 calories. It is a rich source of nutrients like calcium, potassium, vitamin C and pectin fiber. It also has medicinal values and antibacterial properties. It also contains traces of iron and vitamin A. 

Lemon, a fruit popular for its therapeutic properties, helps maintain your immune system and thus, protects you from the clutches of most types of infections. It also plays the role of a blood purifier. Lemon is a fabulous antiseptic and lime-water juice also works wonders for people having heart problems, owing to its high potassium content. So, make it a part of your daily routine to drink a glass of warm lemon water in the morning and enjoy its health benefits. Read on for more interesting information on the benefits lemon water.

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 America’s organic pioneer adds to its popular line of kale-based Deep Green Blends and
to its Half & Half line

SAN JUAN BAUTISTA, Calif. – Earthbound Farm, a pioneering organic food company and the nation’s leading grower of organic produce, is expanding its popular line of kale-based Deep Green Blends with Kale Italia – a zesty mix of baby kale blended with popular Italian greens, arugula and radicchio – available in a 5oz clamshell package. Available now, this new addition reflects the continuing growth in consumer fascination with all things kale.

“We’ve heard the demand for more delicious ways to eat kale, and we’re delivering with an enticing new blend of flavors to meet the need,” said Nicole Glenn, Director of Product Innovation at Earthbound Farm. “Baby kale is so versatile that it satisfies that desire for an all-purpose green that works in smoothies, cooked recipes, and salads equally deliciously. And combined with the Italian greens in this blend, people will rave about Kale Italia as a tasty new take on the popular superfood.”

Lighter than Earthbound Farm’s other kale-based Deep Green Blends (Power or Zen), Kale Italia still has a crave-worthy crunch and a robust flavor. Beyond salad, this new blend is ideal for pastas, risottos, sautés and more. “Kale Italia has the versatility and freshness people want at a price they can afford,” added Glenn. “And the fact that it’s so nutrient-dense is a driving factor of its popularity.”

For ideas and recipes for new Kale Italia, visit and search “Kale Italia.” Some favorites include:
Earthbound Farm’s Kale Italia (5oz clamshell) is packed in a modified atmosphere to maximize freshness and quality and is available nationwide with a suggested retail price (SRP) of $4.99.

Ever flavor-forward, Earthbound is also adding a new blend, Half & Half: Baby Spinach & Arugula, which builds on the popularity of its Half & Half: Spring Mix & Baby Spinach mix. With consumers often purchasing several varieties of greens at a time and blending them into recipes, packaging the popular varieties together into a single blend makes it easier and more convenient for the shopper. Half & Half: Baby Spinach & Arugula is available in a 5 oz. clamshell with a SRP of $3.99. 

Like all Earthbound Farm fresh produce, these greens are grown in accordance with the company’s industry-leading food safety and organic integrity programs packaged in sustainable packaging made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled bottles.

For product coupons in addition to tips and recipes for happier, healthier living, sign up for Organic Bound, Earthbound Farm’s web-based magazine and newsletter.

About Earthbound Farm
Earthbound Farm, based in San Juan Bautista, Calif., is a leading organic food company bringing the benefits of fresh, flavorful and healthy organic foods to as many people as possible. From its signature Spring Mix to its fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, herbs and snacks, Earthbound offers an array of tasty and nutritious food with the goal of making a healthy difference in the way America eats. Whether fresh, frozen, dried or packaged, for 30 years Earthbound has specialized in growing food from the soil organically, fostering the health and harmony of the ecosystem. For more information, visit and follow @earthboundfarm on Twitter.

Certified Sommelier Mike Ward Launches Website to Pair Wine with People

St. Louis, MO (April 15, 2015) - St. Louis-based Wine Educator, Mike Ward, excitedly announced this morning the launch of his website, Designed to help people find a wine they appreciate, pair that wine with food, and help them enjoy that wine to the fullest, was developed with the mission of 'Pairing wine with people.' Utilizing the website on a mobile device enables the user to search for a specific wine by grape variety, food pairing, or region, and helps them to locate the wines they love quickly and easily in a restaurant or retail store environment. Whether searching for a favorite wine, or perhaps a new one, the website's database also provides useful information to enhance the experience, such as a customized tasting note, tips on how to enjoy the wine at its best, as well as the wine's general price point and rating.

The website is equally useful for both wine novices and full-blown oenophiles. According to Ward, "A little education can go a long way in ensuring your ultimate gratification of and appreciation for wine," hence, the website also refers the user to local wine classes, tastings, and events.

Mike Ward

Mike began his career in the restaurant industry managing such establishments as Mike Duffy's Pub and Grill, Remy's Kitchen and Wine Bar and Cafe Eau and Eau Bistro in the St. Louis Chase Park Plaza. He also served as Director of Purchasing at The St. Louis Adam's Mark Hotel, and Food and Beverage Director at The River Port Doubletree Hotel. From early on, Mike had a fascination with, and a passion for, all things wine. This fascination and passion led him to his position as Missouri State Wine Educator for Major Brands, Inc., a distributorship in St. Louis.  Ward on Wine was founded in 2014 when Mike made the decision to branch out on his own.
Ward is a Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Spirits, Certified Wine Educator, and member of the Society of Wine Educators. He has also successfully completed the Wine and Spirits Education Trust Level 2 Intermediate exam, as well as certification at the Napa Valley Wine Educators Academy.

On his philosophy of pairing wine with people, Ward said, "There is a wine out there for every person, every occasion, every journey, every place in time - Ward on Wine is designed to help you discover those wines, learn about those wines, and share those wines."

For more information please visit:, and follow along on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

"Doc Fix" Plan Hurts Patients: NCPA

"Doc Fix" Plan Breaks Congress' Promise to America
MACRA Doubles Down on Federal Control, National Debt: NCPA

Dallas, TX (April 13, 2015) -- Signing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act into law would break the promise of fiscal responsibility made by both Republicans and Democrats and add $500 billion to the national debt over the next twenty years, warns National Center for Policy Analysis Senior Fellow John R. Graham in a new report.

"The so-called Medicare 'doc fix' being considered by the Senate this week is the wrong way to reform Medicare," says Graham. "Patients will suffer as doctors become even more burdened by the federal government's rules and regulations on how they deliver care."

Graham offers three options to reduce the shortcomings of MACRA and open the door for effective Medicare reform:
  • A two-year doc fix, paralleling the extension of the Children's Health Insurance Plan in MACRA.
  • Including MACRA in the pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) scorecards, requiring the president to pay for it with other funds.
  • Finding offsets to pay for the $141 billion in MACRA spending that is not yet offset.
"Republican politicians' endorsement of this bill is especially disappointing, as they have been promising for years that they will replace Obamacare and its cuts to Medicare with patient-focused reforms," admonishes Graham. "Instead, they have chosen to pour more money into a so-called "doc fix" that actually doubles down on Obamacare's increased bureaucratic interference in the practice of medicine and piles $141 billion onto the national debt over the next decade."

"If passed by the Senate as written, MACRA would immediately expose the Senate and House budget resolutions, which promise deficit reduction, as a charade not to be taken seriously," adds Graham.
Fix The Flawed Medicare Doc Fix: 

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

JSU scientist studying links between common chemicals and cancer

Spraying crops with chemicals 
(Jackson, Miss.) Dr. Clement G. Yedjou, a cancer scientist in JSU's College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and doctoral candidate William Johnson and master candidate Justin McDowell, are part of a task force studying possible links between chemicals and cancer of 174 scientists from 28 countries assembled by an NGO called "Getting to Know Cancer."

From the thousands of chemicals to which the population is now routinely exposed, Yedjou says, the scientists selected 85 that were not considered to be carcinogenic to humans and they reviewed their effects against a long list of mechanisms that are important for cancer development.

Working in teams that focused on various hallmarks of cancer, the group found that 50 of those chemicals support key cancer-related mechanisms at environmentally-relevant levels of exposure.  This supports the idea that chemicals may be capable of acting in concert with one another to cause cancer, even though low-level exposures to these chemicals individually might not be carcinogenic, Yedjou reported.

Due to man-made chemicals, human bodies now contain a chemical soup of these mixture chemicals that enter via food, air and water. The accumulation of these mixture chemicals in the body threaten human health and more likely to cause cancers and degenerative diseases, Yedjou said.

Yedjou is a co-author of a study on this issue which has just been published along with the supporting work from each of the teams in a special issue of Seminar in Cancer Biology. Dr. Yedjou's current research focuses on natural products for the treatment of breast and prostate cancers.

"This is an area that merits considerable attention and where interdisciplinary and international collaboration is needed," said David Carpenter, a project contributor and the Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment of the University at Albany in New York (a World Health Organization collaborating center).
"Although we know a lot about the individual effects of chemicals, we know very little about the combined and additive effects of the many chemicals that we encounter every day in the air, in our water and in our food," he added.

It's believed as many as one in five cancers may be due to chemical exposures in the environment that are not related to personal lifestyle choices.

For more information, see the organization's website:

About Jackson State University: Challenging Minds, Changing Lives

Jackson State University, founded in 1877, is a historically black, "high research activity" university located in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi. Jackson State's nurturing academic environment challenges individuals to change lives through teaching, research and service. Officially designated as Mississippi's Urban University, 
Jackson State continues to enhance the state, nation and world through comprehensive economic development, technological, health-care and educational initiatives. Jackson State, with seven satellite locations, is the only comprehensive public university in the metropolitan area. 

7 exercises that are wasting your time

Number 1 is the Stationary-Bike Warm-Up
You need to warm up, but the typical five-minute tour on the stationary bike probably isn't going to do much, says Dean Maddalone, CSCS, director of the Professional Athletic Performance Center in New York. Your warm-up should get your heart rate to at least 60 to 65 percent of your max heart rate (aim for 120 or up). This will increase your core body temperature and get blood and nutrients to your muscles so you're primed for your workout, he says. "If you don't increase your heart rate or break a sweat, you're wasting your time," he says.

Better Moves: Warm up (and in less time!) by hammering out some quick bodyweight exercises. Try 30 jumping jacks, 30 bodyweight squats, 15 mountain climbers, or 10 to 15 burpees, Maddalone recommends. Our hearts are pounding just thinking about it.

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What Savants Can Teach Us

What Savants Can Teach Us
By William B. Miller, Jr. M.D.

When Seattle man, Jason Padgett, walked into a bar for a drink a few years ago, he was an ordinary man with seemingly average intelligence leading an unremarkable life. He worked contentedly in his father's furniture shop and had never done well academically or ever cared to do so. On exiting the bar that night, he was viciously mugged, hit on the head and knocked out. After a hospital evaluation for a concussion, he was sent him home with typical instructions. When he awoke the next morning, he noticed something both disturbing and enthralling. He was seeing things as if they were pixelated, like separate movie camera images but still integrated into a comprehensive but very strange whole. He saw geometric curves in everything, even the plainest things like water going down a drain. It was "pure beauty" to him. And amazingly, he also saw numbers in everything, in recurring complex patterns called fractals. To his disbelieving astonishment, he had been transformed from a person that had no particular interest or ability in math into a savant able to solve complex mathematical equations.

His story, though extremely rare, is not unique. Padgett has experienced a phenomenon called acquired savantism. He is not the first to be so identified. Similar instances of unprecedented gifts being revealed are rare but many others have been recorded. Derek Amato was a 39- year-old sales trainer without any particular musical talent. Then he dove into the shallow end of a pool, and within days revealed previously untapped musical genius as a piano prodigy.

Interestingly, in both these instances of acquired savantism, the new gift is released on the one hand and new burdens are experienced on the other. This appears to occur in all cases of acquired savantism. In the case of Padgett, he developed temporarily crippling obsessive-compulsive disorder and the visual disturbance that granted his gift also required considerable post traumatic adaptation. Amato also has had to deal with various visual stigmata as the result of the injury and partial hearing loss.

Other instances of acquired savantism first appear as a very atypical reaction to a stroke. Tommy McHugh was a former builder in Liverpool, England who suffered a near fatal stroke and discovered thereafter that he could paint with exactness. He did so with extreme obsessiveness and went on to artistic acclaim. Yet he also suffered from post stoke disabilities including an inability to recognize familiar faces and could only speak in a form of rhyme.

Daniel Tammet was an autistic child that had bouts of epilepsy at age 4. Daniel achieved fame when he recited pi to 22,514 decimal places from memory and fluently learned Icelandic, one of the most challenging languages in the world, in seven days.

Is this sort of hidden ability within us all? Dr. Donald A Treffert has studied savants intensively and believes that we all have similar dormant potential. Dr. Treffert notes that most cases of acquired savantism surface during childhood are extremely sudden in onset and typically do so within the backdrop of some other kind of developmental disorder. From his perspective, this pattern of explosive release indicates that a pre-existing capacity is in place and therefore raises the possibility that such potentials are always present but remain hidden or locked in typical circumstances.

Traditionally, investigators have searched for answers to this enigma through genetic evaluation or by studying the neural pathways of savants searching for some kind of unique genetic mutation or singular neural connections. Yet, none have been identified. No specific neurological changes have been found that separate savants from the 'normal' person. Our current understanding suggests that savantism likely represents the selective inactivation of a gene or a group of genes that paradoxically inhibit these latent talents under the ordinary circumstance. When the genes that suppress these deep faculties are blocked, their expression is surprisingly released. In other words, a normal inhibitory neural mechanism is somehow broken enabling new faculties to blossom that have been previously suppressed. This is then linked in complex ways to other aspects of our personality. This combination accounts then for the presence of accompanying negative factors, and relates back to the mechanism by which acquired savantism is revealed only after brain trauma, strokes, febrile seizures and even dementia states.

Certainly, savantism teaches us that our brain capacities are vastly richer than we had previously understood. However, there is an even larger message. Savants teach us that the full capacities of our genomes are well beyond what we observe as our natural endowment. And if this is true for the brain, might it not be true for other bodily systems? This understanding also carries is a direct implication with respect to our evolutionary development and how novelty occurs in evolution. How might dramatic faculties accumulate by natural selection if they are hidden from expression?  This represents an apparent contradiction with standard Darwinism. In Darwinism, phenotypic expression governs survivorship, which then determines genetic frequency and structure. If salient capacities are hidden, how might selection pressure act and why would abundant faculties be suppressed?

Savants matter too with respect to population genetics. There is no manner in which we might imagine the successful penetration of any specific savant's capabilities to an entire population as it arises in isolated individuals. Furthermore, it is not even clearly related to any change in genetic complement. In either case, no lasting imprint on our complex genome is left by any savant. Again, albeit a limited example, savantism points to the limitations of Darwinism in explaining how capacities arise, are expressed, or remain persistently hidden within populations. .

What should we make of savantism beyond the wonder and natural curiosity such individuals invoke?  We should appreciate that they are a window into ourselves. And importantly, research into their remarkable capacities might reveal a series of linked deeper truths about the nature of genetic interplay and evolutionary development that make us the wondrous creatures that we are.

Dr. Bill Miller has been a physician in academic and private practice for over 30 years. He is the author of The Microcosm Within: Evolution and Extinction in the Hologenome. He currently serves as a scientific advisor to OmniBiome Therapeutics, a pioneering company in discovering and developing solutions to problems in human fertility and health through management of the human microbiome. For more information,

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