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    (BPRW) FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA VISITS JESSIE TRICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER TO PROMOTE THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT


    FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA VISITS JESSIE TRICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER
    First Lady Michelle Obama (center) speaks with Jessie Trice Community Health Center President Annie Neasman (left) during her recent Miami visit.


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – First Lady Michelle Obama recently visited the Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) to promote the Affordable Care Act. Outreach and enrollment efforts by the Obama administration have been in full force to encourage key demographics to enroll by the March 31st deadline. With just weeks left to sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act, the First Lady was on a mission to encourage young adults and minorities to enroll.

    During her visit, the First Lady shared that federally qualified health centers, such as the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, will play a key role in helping the uninsured to become insured.

    “In the African-American community, one in five of us are not insured,” she said, “and the numbers are no better in the Hispanic community.”

    While at JTCHC, the First Lady spoke with four Certified Application Counselors who sat at tables with individuals already enrolled in health plans and others who had yet to sign up. She looked on as one counselor, Paul Salazar, shared that it takes about 20 minutes to sign up one person. The First Lady applauded the Jessie Trice Community Health Center for its efforts and shared that their tireless dedication to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to receive quality healthcare is reflected in the over four million people that have signed up for healthcare nationwide – a major milestone.

    “It was an absolute pleasure meeting with the First Lady,” said Annie Neasman, RN, MS, president of JTCHC. “We are committed to doing our part to aid in the enrollment efforts of the Affordable Care Act and we look forward to helping patients receive the kind of quality and affordable care they need at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center.”

    The Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. is a Florida 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, which has been serving Miami-Dade County since 1967. Its mission is to provide comprehensive primary health care services by increasing access and improving the quality of life of our diverse South Florida community. A community mainstay, JTCHC owns and operates sixteen (16) facilities, including eight (8) Comprehensive Primary Care centers, twenty-five (25) school-based/university centers, and other medical facilities. JTCHC’s multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary staff services a diverse population of 30,000 patients who make more than 130,000 visits annually. For more information on the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, visit www.jtchc.org.


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    (BPRW) African-Americans Disproportionately Affected By Arthritis


    - CDC Recommends Relief through Self-Management Programs and Physical Activity -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Washington, DC: While it often takes a back seat to other chronic illnesses, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States and has been for at least the last 15 years.

    African-Americans Disproportionately Affected By Arthritisd



    Arthritis causes a surprisingly disproportionate amount of pain and limitations for African-Americans. According to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), when compared to whites, African-Americans are:

    • About as likely to report having arthritis, but:
    • 26% more likely to report activity limitations due to arthritis
    • 43% more likely to report work limitations due to arthritis
    • 60% more likely to report severe joint pain

    http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/index.htm

    While studies such as these highlight disparities, it is important to note that there are resources for people living with Arthritis. The CDC recommends, self-management techniques be added to the daily routine of anyone living with arthritis. Below are some examples of simple lifestyle changes that may help African-Americans ease the burden of pain and limitations of arthritis.

    • Self-Management Programs: interactive workshops such as the Arthritis Self-Management Program and the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program are low-cost and available in communities across the country. Attending one of these programs can help a person learn ways to manage pain, exercise safely, and gain control of their arthritis.

    • Physical Activity: Thirty minutes of moderate low impact physical activity at least 5 days per week helps to reduce pain and improve function, mood, and quality of life for adults with arthritis.

    These tips, and other resources, are available at the CDC website. Putting them into practice will could help increase the quality of life and lessen the everyday pain of the more than the 4.6 million African-Americans living with arthritis.


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    Is Your Nutritional Supplement Placing You on a Path to Health Problems?


    So you’re following your daily vitamin regimen and you feel you’re doing something beneficial for your health. Well, you’re certainly on the right track in your recognition of the need to supplement your dietary intake of nutrients. Virtually everyone reading this should be doing so.

    Due primarily to modern agricultural techniques carried out by large agribusiness concerns which provide most of our nation’s food supply, our food has only a fraction of the nutrient density it had just fifty years ago.

    Government data from both America and the United Kingdom have shown that the concentration of a range of essential nutrients in the food supply has declined in the last few decades, with double digit percentage declines of iron, zinc, calcium, selenium and other essential nutrients across a wide range of common foods.1,2,3

    The alarming fact is our food (fruits, vegetables and grains), now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contains enough of certain needed nutrients, is leaving us deprived of adequate nutrition (an issue, incidentally, which contributes to excessive calorie consumption and weight gain). And the meat we eat feeds on a diet that is nutritionally depleted as well, which causes it to provide less nutrition than it once did.

    If you’re supplementing your dietary intake of nutrients, you’re absolutely correct in your recognition of this very important aspect of maintaining good health. But it’s possible the supplements you’re taking aren’t doing you the good they promise. Here are some facts about conventional nutritional supplements that should give us all pause:

    Almost All Nutritional Supplements on the Market Today are Man-Made Isolated Synthetics

    About 90% of supplements sold today are man-made isolated synthetics which contain only an isolated portion of the full vitamin complex. There are some who believe these isolated synthetics, which are generally made with potentially harmful substances used as fillers, binders and flowing agents, are, in the long run, actually worse for you than taking no supplements at all.

    The study of biochemistry teaches us that vitamins do not exist as single compounds that act on their own. Vitamins are made up of several compounds including enzymes, co-enzymes, factors, co-factors and minerals that must work together to produce their intended biological effects. If you’re taking a man-made synthetic that contains only a part of the vitamin complex, your body must gather all of the other components of the full complex from your tissues in order to make use of it. In the likely event your body doesn’t have adequate reserves of the other components, the portion of the complex in your synthetic supplement will not provide the biological effects that are derived from the full complex. The obvious question here is does it make sense that you have adequate reserves of all of the other components of a particular vitamin complex, but somehow, are mysteriously deficient in one of the components? The answer is equally obvious. This issue also begs a much more important question: can the continued use of these synthetic isolates actually contribute to other deficiencies as a result of your tissues’ reserves of the parts of the vitamin complex that are absent in your supplement being tapped and depleted? There are many in the health and nutrition fields who say this is precisely the case.

    So how is it that some people who take synthetic vitamins can sometimes at first notice a health improvement? In some instances your body can find a way to utilize a small amount of the nutrient, but the problem is these vitamins aren’t really vitamins. They will affect your body more like a mild drug where you might notice an improvement for a time, but long term it may actually have a negative effect on your health.

    Is Something Sinister at Work Here?

    As of this writing the overwhelming majority of supplements sold in the United States are sold by drug companies. For example, One-A-Day and Centrum are products of Bayer Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals respectively (here’s an interesting report regarding both of these brands of supplements). And the primary business of the companies that sell these additive-containing, synthetic, isolated supplements is to sell you pharmaceutical drugs should illness befall you! It’s obvious pharmaceutical companies who sell nutritional supplements, and again, this applies to most supplements on the market, have an inherent conflict of interest. After all, if their supplements helped to keep you healthy, that would cut into the sales of their main product. Obviously there is more to maintaining good health than taking supplements. But it’s worth noting as the use of these isolated, synthetic supplements has grown (as of 2011, 69% of U.S. adults take dietary supplements, a 17 percentage point increase over just a decade earlier), the use of pharmaceutical drugs has also continued to grow. The facts concerning this issue speak quite favorably to the effectiveness of their marketing. Not so favorably, however, to the effectiveness of their products.

    Again, there are those in the health and nutrition fields who say the continued use of these isolates can actually contribute to nutritional deficiencies. Pharmaceutical companies profit handsomely on the sale of their cheaply made synthetic supplements. But those profits are dwarfed by the profits from their drug sales. It’s disturbing to think of these supplements as contributing to turning people into customers for their drugs, as nutritional deficiencies are a primary cause of illness and disease.

    For a little insight into the influence drug companies have on the functioning of the FDA, click here. Where to Look for Natural Supplements

    It’s important to point out the best and most healthful supplements are not going to be found on the shelves of your grocery store, pharmacy, or even in health food stores and vitamin shops. They’re generally going to be sold through such channels as direct marketing, on-line retailers or naturopathic physicians. The reason for this is the cost of producing whole food supplements made from ingredients that are natural and truly healthful, made using the best manufacturing practices, and made without the use of additives, is higher than that of the products found on the store shelves (the price of your supplements can tell you a great deal about their quality). Therefore, in an effort to maintain price competitiveness, formulators and manufacturers of supplements who are concerned with producing a quality, beneficial product have to distribute those products in the most economical way. Additionally, they have to forgo the kind of advertising done by the supplement division of the drug companies who are backed by the drug company’s deep pockets. As the truth begins to get out, this will change as consumers will undoubtedly begin to stop using conventional supplements in favor of healthful, quality, natural ones.

    It is also important to be aware of the fact there are supplement makers out there who make cheap “whole food supplements” with the use of artificial colors, artificial preservatives, binders, fillers, flowing agents, and other ingredients whose inclusion is for the purpose of helping their bottom line, not for aiding your health.

    The Natural Health Initiative has compiled a list of companies along the right side of this page who are doing great work in providing truly healthful, natural, whole food, herbal and homeopathic supplements and health products. You may not have heard of some of these companies, as again, they don’t have the kind of lavish funding behind them the pharmaceutical companies provide in selling their supplements, but these companies are doing heroic work in bringing healthful products to consumers.

    Please help get the word out about this important issue by sharing this information with everyone you care about, especially those loved ones of yours who are taking conventional supplements. With the power of the people behind this effort I believe we can rid the market of so-called nutritional supplements that are cooked up in a laboratory, while at the same time, improving our health.

    Wishing you good health and good fortune,
    Patrick Delaney
    President - Natural Health Initiative
    Publisher – SupplementsFromNature.com


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    MLK DAY REPORT UNDERSCORES RACIAL DISPARITIES OF HEALTH GOP's State-by-State Attack on Obamacare Makes Matters Worse


    Boston, MA – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane." This quote is the touchstone of a new report – State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? Enduring Racial Disparities – the 11th Annual MLK, Jr. Day report from United for a Fair Economy (UFE).

    State of the Dream 2014 documents the heavy toll that continued racial segregation and concentrated poverty takes on people's health. High poverty communities often lack adequate healthcare facilities, full-service grocery stores, and green space to walk or jog. These communities also face higher exposure to lead and other toxins, mold, and even industrial pollutants. These factors, coupled with the physical stress of caring for one's family amidst high crime rates, poverty, and persistent racism all exact a price. People of color face the brunt of this injury as poor Blacks are 7.3 times as likely as poor Whites, and poor Latinos are 5.7 times as likely, to live in such high-poverty neighborhoods.

    Dedrick Muhammad of the NAACP, and an advisor on the report stated, “Governors and state elected officials across the nation have an opportunity to begin reversing the historical and persistent racism that continues to steer families and individuals toward poverty and poor health.” He adds, “Their commitment to deny underserved communities and communities of color access to basic healthcare equates to a commitment to fight against justice for all.”

    The state fights over Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – also known as Obamacare – deepen the insult to an already difficult situation according to the report. “It’s bad enough that communities of color face additional health hazards and stressors,” adds Brian Miller, executive director of UFE and author of the report. "Now we have politicians around the nation trying to block health insurance coverage that would have otherwise been extended to millions of low-income Americans.”

    Following the Supreme Court ruling in 2012, states were no longer required to expand their Medicaid programs as provided for under the ACA. Since then, 25 states – all but three headed by Republican governors – have declared their commitment to NOT expand their Medicaid programs in 2014. The nearly 5 million who are affected by the 25-state coverage gap are disproportionately people of color.

    Blacks make up only 13 percent of the population according to the new report, but account for 27 percent of those who will fall through the GOP's 25-state coverage gap. The disparate impact on African Americans is in large part a result of conservative states in the South, where large numbers of Blacks reside, rejecting the ACA's Medicaid expansion.

    Latinos make up 15 percent of the population, but account for 21 percent of those who fall through the new 25-state coverage gap. Over 1 million of the nearly 5 million who will go without health care because of the 25-state coverage gap live in Texas, a state that is 38 percent Latino. Florida has the second largest Latino population among the 25 states currently not expanding coverage.

    Rev. William Barber, leader of the Moral Mondays Movement in North Carolina, writes in the foreword, “The greatest myth of our time is the notion that extreme policies harm a small subset of people such as people of color. However, these policies harm us all. What we’ve seen in North Carolina and other parts of the country are wealthy extremists playing on the fears of working class and white people… Our job is to unpack the truth about these extreme policies and how they adversely impact all people.”

    “We have a history in Alabama of enacting laws and policies that favor wealthy residents, while ignoring the needs of the underserved,” said Dollie Hambrick of Alabama Arise, whose group is working to get Alabama to fully expand their Medicaid program under the ACA. “On top of that, our leaders have a long-standing resentment of the federal government. Those factors have been huge barriers to ACA implementation in Alabama, but the people we meet in rural communities and low-income urban neighborhoods have had enough.”

    Hambrick adds that the community in Alabama is moving to take action. “They’re gathering in community meetings to share information and encourage others to get involved. And they’re letting the Governor know that expanding health coverage can help Alabama overcome our history of destructive health disparities.”

    As originally designed, the ACA established health insurance exchanges to make it possible for middle-income Americans who don't get healthcare through their employers or other means to buy policies, with tax credits available to assist with the cost. However, a key provision of the ACA is the expansion of existing Medicaid programs to individuals up to 138 percent of the federal poverty line. It is this second provision that is currently under assault across the nation.

    In addition to pressuring the 25 states to expand their Medicaid programs, the report calls for bolder action. “As long as we depend largely on employers to provide health insurance, our healthcare system will simply reflect the vast racial disparities of employment,” adds Miller. “People of color, who are often relegated to low-wage, part-time, and temporary jobs that offer little or no health insurance, are the ones left behind in such a system. The ACA's Medicaid expansion attempts to address this shortcoming, but the real fix is to move to a universal, single-payer system.”

    The report lifts up Vermont's new single-payer system, scheduled to come online in 2017. Leveraging the rules and funding from the ACA, Vermont's new Green Mountain Care will provide health insurance to all residents, including undocumented immigrants who work in the state's many dairy farms.

    “The fight today is over implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and ensuring that as many Americans as possible get health insurance,” adds Miller. “But long-term, we need to look at the real underlying causes, break up concentrated poverty, and begin promoting a more broadly-shared and inclusive prosperity. That's the movement we hope to support with this report.” The report includes an array of organizer tools and resources, including workshop modules that can be used at local union halls, worker centers, and church groups to stimulate discussion and action around the racial wealth divide.

    State of the Dream 2014: Healthcare for Whom? is available as a free download at www.faireconomy.org/dream.

    United for a Fair Economy challenges the concentration of wealth and power that corrupts democracy, deepens the racial divide and tears communities apart. UFE is online at www.faireconomy.org.


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    Health Journalism 2014

    - Denver – March 27-30
    The largest annual gathering of reporters, editors and producers interested in health and health care issues. -


    Health Journalism 2014



    The Association of Health Care Journalists will be able to grant some professional fellowships to Health Journalism 2014, the annual conference of AHCJ.

    Fellowships include travel assistance, lodging, registration fees and membership.

    See fellowship details here.

    Even if you don’t need the assistance, you’ll want to make plans to attend. Along with panels on the continued rollout of health reform and other health policy issues, sessions have been organized on the latest in medical research, new public health concerns, clinical changes taking place, understanding the business of health care and more. Along with panel sessions, attendees will be offered workshops, field trips and news briefings.

    See the agenda here.

    Host hotel: Grand Hyatt Denver

    NOTE: Fellowship application deadline is Monday, February 10.

    Hosts: University of Colorado Denver / Anschutz Medical Campus; University of Colorado Hospital; Children’s Hospital Colorado; National Jewish Health

    Endowing Sponsors: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

    Sponsors: Annual Reviews; The Colorado Health Foundation; The California HealthCare Foundation; The Missouri Foundation for Health; The Hastings Center; Denver Health; The Commonwealth Fund; Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute; The John A. Hartford Foundation; Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation; Rhode Island Foundation

    http://healthjournalism.org/prof-dev-fellowships-details.php?id=34#.UrHZnYZsET0


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    New System Provides Innovative Ways to Avoid Missing Prescription Medication

    - MedCenter System features new approach of pill stocking (with days and dates), talking alarms and visual aids -


    MedCenter System



    Miami, Florida - Prescription medicines are an important component of health management, however a growing volume of research indicates a disturbing trend in consumer noncompliance. Millions of Americans do not take their medicines correctly. People simply forget to take them, are confused about the proper dosage and timing, or lack the personal organization to carry out the daily task.

    After noticing the problem of consumer noncompliance, Martin Cooper began a project based on a simple idea; create a talking system of remembering your daily medications using the date of the month - The Med Center system. This system emphasizes the "Date" rather than the "Day of the Week." The "Date" is located on each Pill Box and Pill Cavity, the visual display of the Clock as well as audibly during the alert messages. This repetition of the "Date" helps ensure proper medication compliance, even when the user is unsure whether it is Monday or Tuesday.

    "Growing up, my father would forget to take his necessary medication - which would result in him fainting and passing out," says Martin Cooper, the inventor of The MedCenter System. “Coming up with a way to organize my parents’ medications and encourage their adherence was the true motivation behind creating the system,” he says.

    The system works in the following steps:

    · Load the entire month's meds into the (31) Daily Pill Boxes and place them into the Organizer with their Green ends up, showing they are full.

    · Set up to 4 Daily Alarms to alert you when your medication is due.

    · At the beginning of the day, take the correct Pill Box out of the stand and place it into the "Today's Pills" tray on the front of the Organizer Stand.

    · A repeating friendly reminder notifies you of the time, the date and which daily dose to take. "Good morning! Please take your morning pills for the 20th."

    · Press the red “Alarm Acknowledged" button to confirm compliance and the MedCenter Talking Alarm Clock tells you when the next daily dose is due.

    · At the end of the day, return the Pill Box to the stand with the Red end up to show the day's pills have been taken.

    · Press the green "Talk / Time" button at any time for an audible notification of the current time and date.

    · Press the blue "Alarm Check" button at any time for an audible notification of the upcoming alarms.

    · The clock also features an easy to operate, talking, Set procedure for all four alarms, the time and date.

    · Large easy to read LCD with backlight makes the clock easy to read, even in the dark.

    Doctors and Pharmacists agree that taking medications on a set schedule is crucial for managing your health. With the MedCenter System, taking your medications on schedule, becomes a part of your daily routine.

    The MedCenter System has a suggested retail price of $69.95 with the talking LCD clock and $34.95 without it. Other products include: the Monthly Mini Monthly Organizer ($24.95), Traveler Weekly Organizer ($19.95), Daily Pill Organizer ($18.95), Daily Pill Organizer with Alarm ($28.95), and 5-Alarm Sport Watch ($24.95). More products can be seen here: http://www.medcentersystems.com/Store.html.

    MedCenter System products can be found nationwide at any WALGREENS, also at a variety of retailers, including select Kroger pharmacies, Discount Drug Mart Stores, Thrifty White, Kerr Drug, Ralph’s, CSN/Wayfair, The Gift Closet, Stacks & Stacks, Active Forever, Healthy Directions, Alimed, LS&S Dynamic Living, Medline, Miles Kimball Easy Comforts catalog, The Shopping Channel (Canada), Mary Maxim Catalog (Canada), Amazon.com, WalMart.com, Target.com, Meijer.com, CVS.com, Sears.com, Kmart.com, ForgettingthePill.com, TheInsulinCaseShop.com, EPill.com, DiabetesandMore.com, MaxiAids.com, AEKmarketingco.com, AssistedLivingStore.com, ActiveandAble.com, and on the company’s e-commerce site: www.medcentersystems.com.

    and on the company’s e-commerce site: www.medcentersystems.com.


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    (BPRW) JESSIE TRICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER TAKES NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT WITH KAISER FAMILY FOUNDATION AND MEDIA

    - Group Discussed the Affordable Care Act -


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – The Jessie Trice Community Health Center (JTCHC) hosted a meaningful and enlightening health discussion with representatives from the Kaiser Family Foundation and health policy journalists from across the country. This session took place at the Center’s corporate office, located at 5607 NW 27th Avenue in Miami.

    The Jessie Trice Community Health Center
    Photo Pictured (above l to r): Annie Neasman, CEO – Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Penny Duckham - Executive Director, Kaiser Media Fellowship; and Sherwood Dubose, Board Chairman, Jessie Trice Community Health Center.

    “We were delighted to share our thoughts on the Affordable Care Act and engage in this critically important issue with Kaiser and media representatives from around the nation,” shared Annie R. Neasman, RN, MS, President and CEO of the Jessie Trice Community Health Center.

    This session was part of Kaiser’s series of national site visits looking at the way different states are implementing the Affordable Care Act. The goal was to provide the invited group of journalists with an in-depth grasp of the different approaches, perspectives and challenges, and to help their reporting on these issues.

    During the visit, JTCHC provided an overview of the patients and communities it serves; and shared how that may change as the Affordable Care Act rolls out. The Center also provided a snapshot of demographics, the key health/medical challenges, cultural and linguistic needs; and the current insurance status of patients and their families now, and going forward.

    The Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. is a Florida 501 (c) 3, not-for-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center, which has been serving Miami-Dade County since 1967. Its mission is to provide comprehensive primary health care services by increasing access and improving the quality of life of our diverse South Florida community. A community mainstay, JTCHC owns and operates sixteen (16) facilities, including eight (8) Comprehensive Primary Care centers, twenty-five (25) school-based/university centers, and other medical facilities. JTCHC’s multicultural, multilingual, and multidisciplinary staff services a diverse population of 30,000 patients who make more than 130,000 visits annually.


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    Together to End Stroke initiative


    In the United States, someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. Every four minutes, one of those people dies. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in America, and the number one preventable cause of disability. The worldwide statistics are similarly striking: 15 million people experience a stroke each year, and 6 million of them do not survive.

    Recognizing the signs of a stroke and calling 9-1-1 may increase someone’s chances of survival and recovery. That’s why through the Together to End Stroke initiative, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association teaches the simple acronym F.A.S.T. to help people remember what to look for and what to do during a stroke emergency:

    F – Face (face drooping on one side of the body)
    A – Arm (arm weakness on one side of the body)
    S – Speech (speech difficulty)
    T – Time (time to call 911)

    On World Stroke Day, Tuesday October 29, we want everyone to learn the signs of a stroke and know what to do in a stroke emergency. Everyone needs to know this, because when someone is having a stroke, it is usually the bystander who recognizes it and can act quickly by calling 9-1-1.

    · Our F.A.S.T. infographic

    · Our F.A.S.T. mobile app and our contest to win a phone call from celebrity fitness trainer Crystal Wall

    · The #WorldStrokeDay hashtag via social media

    · Details of our Google+ Hangout on Monday, October 28 at 12:30 EST to discuss caring for a stroke victim with the American Stroke Association and AARP.


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    Montel Williams Announces New Show

    - http://new.livestream.com/accounts/5643790/montel/videos/31350539 -


    Montel Williams
    Popular, Emmy-winning author and motivational speaker Montel Williams debuts his uniquely inspirational/motivational new show “Living Well with Montel Williams” via an online portal, as VOD, utilizing new media as the platform to deliver high quality, subject specific content relating to health and wellness.

    Known for his passion in taking on a wide scope of health and wellness topics, Montel will feature and interview guests with a focus on ways to better people’s lives - culminating into a core message that will inspire ordinary people to live well.

    Having overcome his own personal obstacles at the age of 43 when he was diagnosed with MS and thrust into a new reality, Montel believes that people facing struggles can not only survive, but they can also thrive. "I am excited to launch my new show and truly look forward to providing the useful and relevant information to assist in helping better the lives of Americans", Montel says, his dynamically updated content will be home to these types of extra-ordinary perspectives:

    What viewers will recognize as traditional daytime format will be paired with in-depth educational content designed to provide a more complete user experience on www.livingwellwithmontel.com.


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    African Americans with Blood Cancer Do Not Live as Long as Caucasians, Despite Equal Care


    A new analysis has found that among patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, African Americans more commonly present with advanced disease, and they tend to have shorter survival times than Caucasians despite receiving the same care. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the results suggest that biological factors may account for some racial disparities in cancer survival.

    Among cancer patients, minorities tend to have a worse prognosis than Caucasians for reasons that are unclear. In African American patients, lower socioeconomic status and limited access to high-quality care often can play a role, but some researchers propose that certain cancers can behave more aggressively in minority individuals, which also can lead to worse outcomes.

    Because chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a type of blood cancer, is rare in African Americans, investigators from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and the Duke University Medical Center in Durham led a study that combined the two centers’ experiences with African American and Caucasian patients. Their analysis included 84 African American patients and 1,571 non-black patients referred to the two centers. All patients, regardless of race, had access to healthcare services and received the same treatments. “We sought to isolate race as a prognostic factor from other known demographic and clinical prognostic parameters in CLL,” explained Dr. Falchi.

    The investigators found that while the time from diagnosis (made either incidentally or because of clinical symptoms) to referral was shorter for African Americans than Caucasian patients, African Americans were more likely to have CLL that was more advanced at the time of referral. Also, although African Americans responded as well to first-line therapy as Caucasian patients, their cancer progressed more rapidly and their survival was shorter. The inferior survival of African American patients persisted when patients were grouped according to factors related to the severity of their disease.

    “These findings suggest that while inducing similarly high response rates, standard treatments do not overcome racial differences in outcome among patients with CLL,” said Dr. Ferrajoli. She added that a number of questions remain unanswered. For example, do distinct biologic characteristics of African American patients with CLL account for the disparities seen in this study? And will these findings hold in the general population, where the impact of socioeconomic status may be more varied?

    In an accompanying editorial, Christopher Flowers, MD, of Emory University in Atlanta, and Barbara Pro, MD, of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, noted that to adequately study disparities in leukemia, investigators will need to collect specimens and clinical data from patients to examine the potential impact of molecular and biologic markers. “Future studies in CLL can use this work as a cornerstone for investigating racial disparities in this disease,” they wrote.

    Media wishing to receive a PDF of this article may contact sciencenewsroom@wiley.com. (Would you prefer to access this paper instantly? You can register for a login to our Press Room here.)

    Article: “Clinical characteristics, response to therapy and survival of African American patients diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia: joint experience of MD Anderson Cancer Center and Duke University Medical Center.” Lorenzo Falchi, Michael J. Keating, Xuemei Wang, Catherine C. Coombs, Mark C. Lanasa, Sara Strom, William G. Wierda, and Alessandra Ferrajoli. CANCER; Published Online: July 8, 2013 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28030). URL: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/cncr.28030

    Editorial: “Racial Differences in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Digging Deeper.” Flowers. C, Pro. B. CANCER; Published Online: July 8, 2013 (DOI: 10.1002/cncr.28233). URL: http://doi.wiley.com/10.1002/cncr.28233

    Author Contact: Scott Merville of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s communications office at smerville@mdanderson.org or +1 (713) 792-0661.

    CANCER is a peer-reviewed publication of the American Cancer Society integrating scientific information from worldwide sources for all oncologic specialties. The objective of CANCER is to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of information among oncologic disciplines concerned with the etiology and course of human cancer. CANCER is published by Wiley and can be accessed online at http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/journal/cancer.


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    (BPRW) DIET SWAP PROVIDES CLUE TO AFRICAN AMERICANS’ LEVEL OF COLORECTAL CANCER RISK


    - Study Presented at DDW® 2013 Finds Dramatic Changes -

    (BLACK PR WIRE) – Orlando, FL (May 18, 2013) — Research presented at this year’s Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) features new data on gut bacteria and colorectal cancer risk in African Americans. Researchers found a dramatic and rapid shift in gut microbiota after switching the diet in healthy subjects from a traditional Western diet to a Zulu African diet and vice-versa. Funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health, the study’s results might explain levels of colorectal cancer risk.

    “African Americans have the highest colorectal cancer incidence and mortality rates of all racial groups in the U.S. The reasons for this are not yet understood,” said Franck Carbonero, postdoctoral research associate at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Our findings offer insight into this disparity and pave the way for new research.”

    Researchers fed 20 Zulu Africans 600 grams of meat per day for two weeks and fed 20 African Americans in Pittsburgh a traditional Zulu diet comprised primarily of a corn-based porridge called putu. Comparing stool samples before and after the diet exchange in each case, researchers found dramatic changes in colonic microbiota.

    “Our results show that the human colonic microbiota is shaped by diet in a very dynamic manner,” said Rex Gaskins, PhD, professor of Immunobiology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. “Not only that, we observed alterations in the balance of beneficial and detrimental microbial groups, which may explain, in part, the increase in colorectal cancer risk that is conferred by a Western diet.”

    Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 18 to 21, 2013, at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at www.ddw.org.

    Follow us on Twitter @DDWMeeting; hashtag #DDW13. Become a fan of DDW on Facebook.

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    "Let's Grow Act," Local Food, Farms and Jobs Act of 2013


    - Huffington Post - Food Policy Could Expand Access to Healthy Produce, Support Local Farmers (5/15/13) -

    Kimberly Freeman Brown
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kimberly-freeman-brown/food-policy-could-expand-access_b_3280286.html

    My in-laws were raised in the South where they had access to fresh produce that they grew alongside their parents. They knew what good, wholesome food was and they established healthy eating habits for their kids -- my husband and his brother -- even in Brooklyn, N.Y., where they resided for 46 years.

    My husband's family is likely the exception. For many kids growing up in the inner city, chances are tomatoes, green beans and peaches that haven't come out of a can are hard to come by. In far too many urban areas, eating healthy is not just a luxury -- it's next to impossible.

    Consider this: More than two million American families live more than a mile from the nearest supermarket, and do not have access to a vehicle. Low-income neighborhoods have roughly half as many supermarkets as wealthy neighborhoods. Meanwhile, only 8 percent of African Americans live in an area with a supermarket nearby, compared with 31 percent of whites.

    It's not just that it's harder for low-income and people of color to get to a supermarket with fresh produce. It's also that there is a proliferation of convenience stores in these areas -- stores that offer mostly preservative-laden, high-fat, high-sugar foods that contribute to health problems like obesity and diabetes.

    Is it any wonder, then, that urban, low-income communities are most vulnerable to these problems? In Canada, for example, if you earn less than $15,000 a year, you are twice as likely to develop Type 2 diabetes. And your risk of life-threatening obesity is much greater if you are African American (26 percent) or Latino (21 percent).

    One of the best ways we can combat obesity, diabetes, and other conditions caused by poor nutrition is simply by improving access to healthy foods. A growing number of our leaders in Congress are working to do just that. Representative Marcia Fudge's "Let's Grow Act" would expand access to healthy and affordable local produce, in part by incentivizing and expanding the use of SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits to purchase vegetables and fruits at farmer's markets. It would connect farmers with preschool programs, ensuring that small children have a chance at a healthy meal.

    In addition to combating hunger and obesity among children, seniors, and low-income communities, the Act would also improve water quality in cities and encourage food production on vacant land. The legislation also includes the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, which provides "loans and grants to eligible healthy food retailers to overcome the higher costs and initial barriers to entry in underserved, urban, suburban, and rural areas."

    Meanwhile, another bill, the Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act of 2013, sponsored by Representative Chellie Pingree and Senator Sherrod Brown, would encourage sustainable agriculture and tap into the tremendous opportunity created by the growth of local food markets. Today, there are almost 8,000 farmers' markets throughout the United States. And according to the Department of Agriculture, local food sales now account for $5 billion annually. These markets represent an important new source of green jobs and businesses.

    The Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Act would expand opportunities for local farmers and ranchers by connecting them to more consumers, both through expanded SNAP benefits and through creative solutions, like giving school districts a choice to purchase lunch foods from local and regional producers. At the same time, these programs give more Americans -- especially kids and seniors who are living in poverty -- access to healthy food.

    Today, low-income Americans are being squeezed harder than ever. We're seeing unprecedented cuts to SNAP and other programs that promote health and create opportunities for local, minority farmers. Faced with these devastating cuts, legislation like this is critical.

    As both the House and Senate debate their respective versions of the Farm Bill this week, Senator Brown, Representatives Fudge and Pingree, and other leaders are fighting hard to make sure it includes key pieces of these bills, and to ensure that access to healthy foods is not a luxury reserved for a few. They need your help. Please contact your representatives and ask them to support these healthy food provisions. For more information, click here.

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    (BPRW) Breathe Easier This Summer: Tips to Control Your Child’s Asthma


    (BLACK PR WIRE) — As the school year draws to a close and the temperature rises, children and families everywhere start to look forward to the simple pleasures of summer—jumprope, sunshine, playing ball, and cookouts.

    However, for the 1 in every 10 children in the United States who has asthma—including one in every 6 African-American children, summer can also bring wheezing, coughing and trouble breathing.

    Tips to Control Your Child’s Asthma
    The joys of summer can be challenging if your child has asthma, a common but serious chronic disease. Summer’s long afternoons spent playing outside can expose children with asthma to triggers that can bring on attacks, such as increased pollen and allergens from blossoming plants and trees, and increased air pollution on some especially hot summer days.

    “While controlling asthma requires daily attention, your child doesn’t have to be sidelined,” said James P. Kiley, Ph.D., director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s (NHLBI) Division of Lung Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. “With proper treatment, most children who have asthma can avoid attacks, experience fewer symptoms, be physically active, and enjoy summertime.”

    To make sure your child doesn’t miss a thing this season, the NHLBI recommends that you work with your child's doctor and ask him or her to take the following key actions that can help your child—and you—breathe easier.

    • Tell you what medication your child needs to control asthma symptoms. Inhaled corticosteroids, taken daily, are the most effective medication for reducing the inflammation that causes asthma symptoms in people who have persistent asthma.

    • Give you a written asthma action plan that spells out what to do every day to control your child's asthma, and how to handle symptoms or asthma attacks.

    • Check your child's asthma control at regular visits, and adjust medication as needed to keep your child's asthma in control.

    • Schedule regular follow-up visits (at least every six months).

    • Work with you to identify your child's asthma triggers, such as allergens like pet dander and pollens and irritants like tobacco smoke, sprays and pollution, and talk about ways your child can avoid them.

    • Ask before you leave the doctor's office or pharmacy for someone to show you and your child how to use each prescribed medication and device correctly.

    You can visit the NHLBI’s website http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/asthma/ for more information, and to order publications from the NHLBI’s National Asthma Education and Prevention Program: So You Have Asthma, How Asthma Friendly is Your School?, Asthma & Physical Activity in the School, and a sample Asthma Action Plan.

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    (BPRW) Access to Cancer Screening and Care Can Help Erase Racial Disparities


    (BLACK PR WIRE) – A new report shows that an aggressive, state-wide effort to provide African Americans with colorectal cancer screening and treatment eliminated long-standing disparities in survival between blacks and whites with the disease. The program may offer a model for how other states can help more African Americans access potentially life-saving cancer care.

    Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the U.S., with over 102,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Yet it is also very treatable if it is detected at an early stage. In many cases, the cancer can even be prevented by detecting and removing small “pre-cancers” during routine screening tests called colonoscopies.

    African Americans are much more likely to develop colorectal cancer, and to die from the disease, than any other racial group in the United States.

    While reasons for these disparities aren’t fully understood, the new report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, demonstrates that limited access to health care is one key factor – and that this challenge can be overcome.

    This report examined an innovative state wide program created by the Delaware Cancer Consortium, which offered free comprehensive colorectal cancer screening to low-income and un-insured Delaware residents. For people diagnosed with the disease, the program also covered necessary cancer treatment. The program also included outreach services to connect people to the free screenings.

    Over the first seven years of the program, the researchers saw remarkable results. State-wide screening rates for African Americans over age 50 increased from less than half to nearly three-quarters of residents. (Colonoscopy is routinely recommended for all Americans starting at age 50.)

    Researchers also found that the number of new and advanced colorectal cancer cases among African Americans declined dramatically over the course of the program, and became similar to those of whites. Racial disparities in death rates also virtually disappeared over the same time period.

    “This study shows that access to screening and treatment is lifesaving and necessary to reverse the disparities that impact so many African Americans with cancer,” said Sandra Swain, MD, President of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. “Other states need to look to Delaware’s example.”

    “We can achieve tremendous progress when governments, insurers and providers work together,” said Dr. Stephen Grubbs, an oncologist at Christiana Care's Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, who led the program.

    More information:
    Cancer.Net: http://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/colorectal-cancer

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    ASTHMASENSE CLOUD LAUNCHES WITH NEW FEATURES TO BETTER MONITOR ASTHMA


    - iSonea Ltd. Unveils Newest Smartphone Application -

    SEVERNA PARK, Md. (April 11, 2013) – Medical technology company, iSonea Ltd. (ASX: ISN; OTCQX: ISOAY), launched Thursday the newest smartphone asthma management application, AsthmaSense™ Cloud, to help asthmatics adhere to physician-prescribed treatment plans.

    AsthmaSense™ Cloud
    The AsthmaSense Cloud application, available on iPhone and Android platforms, has enhanced features to track and manage chronic asthma including:

    · Safe storage of a user’s asthma profile and event history in a password-protected, HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based data warehouse;

    · Protected access and easy data recovery if one’s phone is replaced, lost, stolen or damaged;

    · Ability to view and edit the application data on a computer;

    · Tracking system to identify potential risk patterns and trends in asthma symptoms, medication use and testing results;

    · Interactive medication and testing reminders as well as medication usage records;

    · One-touch dialing of contact numbers, including auto-selected emergency number based on GPS location; and

    · The ability to maintain multiple user profiles with a single application; a benefit to families with more than one person suffering from asthma.

    “Growing asthma trends represent a serious challenge in the United States and globally,” said Michael J. Thomas, chief executive officer for iSonea. “The need for better, consumer-friendly asthma management tools is critical to improve the patient’s well being while reducing costs.

    “By improving awareness of symptoms, asthma episodes, medication usage and potential risks, AsthmaSense Cloud can help asthmatics adhere to a physician-prescribed treatment plan.”

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 25 million adults and children in the United States have asthma. It is estimated that asthma affects 300 million people globally, and an additional 100 million people will suffer from asthma by 20251. Increased emergency room visits, hospitalizations, medical costs and deaths reinforce the need for better monitoring.

    The AsthmaSense smartphone application provides patients and caregivers with an easy-to-use monitoring tool that sends alerts and reminders to help manage the condition in accordance with a physician-prescribed treatment plan. The addition of a convenient cloud portal increases the flexibility of storing, sharing and editing data.

    AsthmaSense Cloud is available on iPhone and Android devices and may be downloaded for free from Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon application stores.

    For more information, please visit www.soundasthma.com or www.iSoneaMed.com.

    Media Contacts:
    Michael Thomas
    Chief Executive Officer
    iSonea Limited
    (410) 777-5251
    mthomas@iSoneaMed.com

    Crystal Emerick
    ASPIRE Communications
    (704) 361-5230
    cemerick@aspirecommunications.org

    About iSonea Limited:
    iSonea Limited (ASX:ISN; OTCQX:ISOAY) is an emerging medical technology company developing innovative, non-invasive devices and mobile health apps to improve the management of chronic, costly respiratory disorders such as asthma and COPD. By leveraging iSonea’s proprietary Acoustic Respiratory Monitoring™ (ARM) technology with its AsthmaSense™ mobile applications, iSonea is creating a better monitoring system—enabling anyone, anywhere, at any time to monitor breathing distress symptoms, in order to take action. iSonea’s ARM devices have been cleared for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Australian TGA and the European Union. For more information, please visit www.soundasthma.com or www.iSoneaMed.com.

    Forward Looking Statements
    Certain statements made in this announcement are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts but rather are based on iSonea’s current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry in which iSonea operates, and its beliefs and assumptions. Words such as “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” “guidance” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements and should be considered an at-risk statement. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, particularly those risks or uncertainties inherent in the process of developing technology and in the endeavor of building a business around such products and services. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the control of iSonea, are difficult to predict and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements. iSonea cautions shareholders and prospective shareholders not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the view of iSonea only as of the date of this release. The forward-looking statements made in this announcement relate only to events as of the date on which the statements are made. iSonea will not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revisions or updates to these forward-looking statements to reflect events, circumstances or unanticipated events occurring after the date of this announcement except as required by law or by any appropriate regulatory authority.

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    Uninsured and Unhealthy: The Health Insurance Woes of African Americans


    The picture isn’t pretty. In fact, it’s very alarming!

    - There is an increase in the number of people who cannot afford medical coverage

    - The percentage of African Americans expected to live in good health is way below White Americans and even Hispanics

    - Roughly half of African Americans have no health insurance

    - More elderly African Americans will require care

    Will Obamacare improve the health insurance situation of Black Americans? This was the question running through my mind as I pieced together data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the US Census Bureau. Perhaps you can provide a better answer because from where I sit things don’t look good for the African American community.

    News on Status of African American Insurance Coverage


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    Your Nutritional Supplements Might Be Doing You More Harm Than Good


    So you’re following your daily vitamin regimen and you feel you’re doing something beneficial for your health. Well, you’re certainly on the right track in your recognition of the need to supplement your dietary intake of nutrients. Virtually everyone reading this article should be doing so.

    Due primarily to modern agricultural techniques carried out by large agribusiness concerns which provide most of our nation’s food supply, our food has only a fraction of the nutrient density it had just fifty years ago.

    (http://www.nutritionsecurity.org/PDF/NSI_White%20Paper_Web.pdf)
    (http://www.nutritionsecurity.org/PDF/Food%20Nutrition%20Decline.pdf)
    (http://organic.insightd.net/reportfiles/Yield_Nutrient_Density_Final.pdf)

    Your Nutritional Supplements Might Be Doing You More Harm Than Good
    The alarming fact is that foods – fruits, vegetables and grains – now being raised on millions of acres of land that no longer contain enough of certain needed nutrients, are starving us of nutrition no matter how much we eat. And the meat we eat feeds on a diet that is nutritionally depleted as well, causing it to provide less nutrition than it once did.

    In the United States and throughout the world, much of the inventory of arable topsoil has been lost due to erosion, overuse of inorganic nitrogen fertilizers, and other farming practices that leave the soil depleted. The depletion of soil nutrients and soil microorganisms in turn contributes to further soil erosion and the loss of arable topsoil.

    Early picking is another modern farming technique that adversely impacts the nutrition of the food that reaches the store shelves. Plants synthesize a number of nutrients from the soil and also develop nutrients as they grow. But because food is shipped over such long distances, many crops are harvested before they are ripe. Early picking aims to prevent over-ripened produce from arriving at our nation’s grocery stores. As produce is shipped over long distances it continues to ripen and develop color. However, it does not continue to synthesize nutrients from the soil.

    Government data from both America and the United Kingdom have shown that the concentration of a range of essential nutrients in the food supply has declined in the last few decades, with double digit percentage declines of iron, zinc, calcium, selenium and other essential nutrients across a wide range of common foods.

    The decreased nutritional density of our food supply is one of a number of culprits behind the current state of obesity in the United States. One of the reasons Americans overeat is because we are starved for nutrients. Our bodies crave nutrients, and we must consume many more calories today than we did a few decades ago to obtain those nutrients.

    If you’re supplementing your dietary intake of nutrients, you’re absolutely correct in your recognition of this need as a very important aspect of maintaining good health. But chances are the supplements you’re taking aren’t doing you the good they promise. Here are some facts about conventional nutritional supplements that should give all of us pause:

    Be Aware of the Ingredients in Conventional Supplements (Especially Additives)
    As of this writing there are 8 supplement makers in America that produce about 80% of all the supplements in the United States, and they are all owned by the drug companies. These supplements are pre-made by private label manufacturers. They're simply packaged differently and are sold under separate labels at different price points even though they're the exact same pill. These supplements are typically made using a number of potentially harmful ingredients as fillers, binders and flowing agents in the manufacturing process.

    Capsules are produced by encapsulating machines which have tubes through which the ingredients flow at incredibly high speeds. In order to ensure the capsule manufacturing operation is working at maximum efficiency so the supplements are produced at a low cost, each of the multitude of machines utilized in a manufacturing operation produce capsules at a rate of tens of thousands per hour. If the tubes get clogged the machines have to be stopped for cleaning, which drives up the manufacturer’s costs substantially. To prevent this from happening, flowing agents are used to help the ingredients flow through the machinery. Two of the most common of these agents are magnesium stearate (or stearic acid) and talcum powder (or talc). Magnesium stearate, whose use is most prevalent in the production of conventional supplements, is a hydrogenated oil that research has shown suppresses your T-cells, which are a crucial component of your immune system. Magnesium stearate also stimulates your gut to form a biofilm, which acts as an effective barrier to the absorption of not only that particular vitamin, but to the nutrients you’d normally get from food sources as well:

    (http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/04/28/half-of-americans-use-supplements.aspx)
    (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1384169/pdf/immunology00130-0101.pdf)

    According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition, talc is closely related to the potent carcinogen asbestos, and talc particles have been shown to cause tumors in the ovaries and lungs of cancer victims:

    (http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/cosmetics/talc.htm)

    Almost All Supplements on the Market Today are Man-Made Isolated Synthetics
    About 95% of supplements sold today are man-made synthetics. There are some who believe these isolated synthetics, which are generally made with the use of magnesium stearate or talc, are actually worse for you than taking no supplements at all. The study of biochemistry teaches us that vitamins do not exist as single compounds that act on their own. Vitamins are made up of several compounds including enzymes, co-enzymes, factors and co-factors that must work together to produce their intended biological effects. If you’re taking a man-made synthetic that contains only part of the vitamin complex, your body must gather all of the other components of the full complex from your body’s other tissues in order to make use of it. In the likely event your body doesn’t have adequate reserves of the other components, the portion of the complex in your synthetic supplement will not provide the health benefits that are derived from the full complex.

    Let’s look at vitamin C as an example. Most vitamin C supplements found in pharmacies, grocery stores, and vitamin shops contain only ascorbic acid or a compound called ascorbate, which is a less acidic form of ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is NOT vitamin C, and represents only the outer ring that serves as a protective shell for the entire vitamin C complex. Real vitamin C obtained from food contains the following components:

    •  Rutin
    •  Bioflavinoids (vitamin P)
    •  Factor K
    •  Factor J
    •  Factor P
    •  Tyrosinase
    •  Ascorbinogen
    •  Ascorbic Acid

    When you take only ascorbic acid found in your synthetic vitamin C supplement, as previously stated, in order for the supplement to provide the biological effects of natural vitamin C, your body must gather all of the other components of the full vitamin C complex from your body's other tissues. The chances you have adequate reserves of the other components but not enough ascorbic acid is highly unlikely.

    Like vitamin C, almost all other vitamins offer their full health benefits when they are in the presence of a number of enzymes, co-enzymes, factors, co-factors, and even minerals. The reason vitamin makers choose to produce isolated synthetic supplements rather than whole food nutritional supplements is because the production costs are significantly lower, which makes the profit margin significantly higher.

    Is Something Sinister At Work Here?
    As mentioned before, magnesium stearate suppresses your T-cells and interferes with nutritional absorption, and talc is a known toxin. It goes without saying a compromised immune system coupled with nutritional deficiencies, or the repeated long-term consumption of a small amount of a carcinogenic mineral might lead to illness. It is well worth remembering, in the overwhelming majority of cases, the companies that sell these additive-containing synthetic supplements are the very same companies who are in the business of selling you pharmaceutical drugs should illness befall you! And that certainly would be a clever strategy wouldn’t it? - selling a product whose use all but guarantees the need for other of the company’s products.

    At a minimum pharmaceutical companies who sell nutritional supplements, and again, this is most supplements on the market, have an inherent conflict of interest. After all, if their supplements helped to keep you healthy, that would cut into the sales of their main product. It’s been reported that pharmaceutical companies’ average cost to bring one new drug to market is around $1 billion. Obviously they must sell an awful lot of drugs to make a return on their enormous investment. And at close to 1/3 of a trillion dollars per year in drug sales in the U.S. alone (that’s right, trillion with a T!), they are doing just that.

    It was my personal experience that ignited a passion for this issue. I’d like to share with you one of the many amazing benefits I’ve experienced after resolving nutritional deficiencies through the use of natural whole food supplements. I think you’ll find it instructive.

    Before I continue, it’s important to point out that the best and most healthful supplements are not going to be found on the shelves of your grocery store, pharmacy or vitamin shop. They’re generally going to be sold through such channels as direct marketing, on-line retailers or naturopathic physicians. The reason for this is the cost of producing whole food supplements made from ingredients that are natural and truly healthful, and made using the best manufacturing practices is higher than that of the products found on the store shelves. Therefore, in order to maintain price competitiveness, formulators and manufacturers of supplements who are concerned with producing a quality, beneficial product have to distribute those products in the most economical way. Additionally, they have to forgo the kind of advertising done by most supplement makers who, again, are owned by the drug companies and are backed by their deep pockets. As the truth begins to get out, this will change as consumers will undoubtedly begin to stop using conventional supplements in favor of healthful, quality, natural ones (Now I can assure you as the word on this starts to get out, the drug companies will respond by obscuring their association with the supplement side of the business. It’s important to exercise diligence when selecting a supplement).

    That said, several years ago I developed severe allergies. I went to see an allergist who after conducting the “pin prick” test gave me the diagnosis ‘you’re allergic to everything’. Now this was obviously meant to be an amusing colorful exaggeration, but most of what he tested for, I had an allergic reaction to. So this allergist did what allopathic doctors do. He prescribed not one, but two medications - pills and a nasal spray. Well, the pills threw my equilibrium off and put me in a terrible brain fog, and the nasal spray gave me nose bleeds. I was miserable taking this stuff. Fortunately, a few months into taking the meds, I began to develop an interest in and began exploring natural approaches to health, which was quite a departure for me.

    Having gained some insight into the causes of illness, which I believe can generally be placed into 4 broad categories: 1) nutritional deficiencies, 2) accumulation of toxins in the body, 3) cellular level disturbances due to electromagnetic radiation, and 4) emotional imbalances, the first of these concerns I set out to address was to resolve any nutritional deficiencies I might have. I had taken conventional nutritional supplements in the past, but thankfully I had begun seeing a naturopathic doctor who explained why taking conventional supplements is not a good idea and who recommended natural whole food supplements. I began with taking a whole food multivitamin along with trace minerals. Within 3 months of taking these two supplements my allergies were completely resolved. I threw out what was left of the medication I was taking, and I haven’t taken any medication, prescription or non-prescription, since - not even so much as an aspirin, and this has been several years now. Now obviously I’m not making any medical claims here. But I, along with friends and family who I have introduced to whole food supplements, have experienced really great results. And being aware that the mainstream media who receives billions of dollars in advertising revenue from the pharmaceutical industry is not likely to take up this effort, it has become my mission to share this information as widely as possible. I believe sharing this information is not just a benefit to individuals, but will also ultimately assist in our nation’s efforts to get a handle on ever increasing health care costs.

    Please share this information with everyone you care about.

    Wishing you good health and good fortune,
    Patrick Delaney
    Founder – African-American Wellness Initiative
    Publisher – BlackHealthWeb.com

    P.S., for anyone who wants to know, the multivitamin and trace mineral supplements I mentioned are formulated and produced by Universal Formulas. They’re called Quintessence and Tracite, and can be found at NutrientsOfNature.com.

    I have since added vitamin D3 to my regimen. I have found the health benefits of maintaining my blood serum level of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in the 50-80 ng/mL range year-round (a range by the way, which is achieved naturally under the condition of adequate year-round sun exposure) to be wonderfully beneficial.

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    F.A.S.T.


    Every 40 seconds, a stroke occurs in the United States, and Ad Council research shows that 28% of Americans wouldn’t recognize the signs. The American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) have joined with the Ad Council to launch their first national multimedia public service campaign to raise awareness about F.A.S.T., an acronym for recognizing and responding to the sudden warning signs of stroke.

    American Stroke Association
    To help spread the word about the warning signs and critical response steps for a stroke, the AHA, ASA, and the Ad Council have created TV and radio PSAs and the attached F.A.S.T. infographic. They have also compiled powerful survivor stories from actor Kevin Sorbo, former NBA player Juaquin Hawkins and more (see below).

    F.A.S.T. is:
    Face Drooping - Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Arm Weakness - Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? Speech Difficulty - Is speech slurred? Is he or she unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly? Time to call 911 - If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get him or her to the hospital immediately.

    When it comes to stroke, time is critical. F.A.S.T. is an acronym that can help people to spot a stroke quickly, so that they can get medical help as soon as possible. The quicker you get to a hospital, the quicker you can potentially get critical treatment that may reduce disability and death from stroke. If we all learn the warning signs and act F.A.S.T., we can help reduce death and disability from stroke.

    For more information on the campaign visit: www.strokeassociation.org

    Kevin Sorbo
    Actor Kevin Sorbo is best known for his television portrayal of Hercules, a muscle-bound hero who battles the forces of evil. But almost no one knew he was also waging a secret battle – on and off the set – after an aneurysm and a series of strokes left him partially blind and with nearly debilitating dizziness, nausea and weakness when he was only 38 years old.

    Sorbo's health took a bizarre and unexpected turn in 1997, when out of the blue he began experiencing pain, aching, tingling and cold sensations in his left arm. One day, he had a searing pain down his left shoulder, soon followed by blurry vision and dizziness. By the time he got out of bed the next morning, his speech was slurred, and he could barely walk.

    After being treated by a neurologist, it was determined Sorbo had had an aneurysm and three strokes. However, the precise cause of the strokes remains unknown. Weeks after being released from the hospital, Sorbo experienced continuing vision problems and overwhelming fatigue. Sorbo's hours on the set of Hercules, the most-watched television show at the time, were limited, and Sorbo's production studio carefully concealed his condition by bringing on guest stars and rewriting scripts to work around Sorbo's limitations.

    Today, Sorbo has regained his health, although he still experiences residual arm pain from the circulation loss and nerve damage, the occasional migraine and a 10-percent blind spot with his vision. Still, he has resumed his active lifestyle, received critical acclaim for his recent film Soul Surfer, has several movies in post-production and is working on a television pilot. Sorbo now serves as an advocate for the issue and will serve as spokesperson for World Stroke Day on October 29th, 2013.

    Lisa Satchfield
    Lisa is a stroke survivor from Irvine, California. It was early morning on June 2, 2007 when Lisa’s then 10-year-old daughter found her on the floor, unable to talk or move. Fortunately, a friend of the family called, learned about the emergency and immediately called 9-1-1. Lisa was then rushed to the hospital. What she didn’t know was that she had a stroke during the night and by the time she reached the hospital it was too late to administer treatment that could have reduced the effects of her stroke.

    Lisa recalled that she started feeling symptoms, including numbness and recurring headaches, a few days before she was taken to the hospital, but had no idea she was having a stroke. “I called my doctor to ask about my symptoms and he said they were not a problem. I also did not notice any change in my face so I didn’t do anything except take medicine for my headache,” said Lisa, who worked as Senior Accounting Manager for a local hospital in Newport Beach.

    The stroke impaired one side of her brain, paralyzing half of her body and affecting her ability to walk, talk, write and read. Lisa spent two weeks in the hospital and one month in rehabilitation. Today, Lisa still has left side weakness and has yet to regain use of her left arm, but has now dedicated herself to raising stroke awareness and inspiring other stroke survivors to never give up. Despite the effects of her stroke, Lisa continues to advocate for health and wellness. Just a year-and-a-half after suffering the stroke that left her paralyzed on one side and vision-impaired, she completed a half marathon at the Surf City USA Marathon in Huntington Beach.

    Katherine Wolf
    Katherine is a stroke survivor and Georgia native, now living in Culver City, California. On April 21, 2008, Katherine called to her husband across her Malibu apartment “Come in here. I don’t feel right” and he came to find her suffering from strange symptoms. She was then rushed to UCLA Medical Center where she was delivered a terrible prognosis. Katherine suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke caused by the rupture of an AVM (arterial veinous malformation). Only 13 percent of strokes are hemorrhagic and of those, only about 2 percent are from AVMs; Katherine’s case was rare. She had just turned 26, worked as a model, worked out almost every day and delivered a healthy baby just six months earlier with no epidural. She had never smoked, was not overweight and had no family history of any neurological issues. Katherine had no idea that an AVM had been growing in her brain since birth. Her doctors said her condition was the worst they had ever seen and she would probably not survive surgery and at best, she would likely remain in a coma or vegetative state.

    Despite the harsh prognosis, Katherine survived a difficult 16-hour surgery and began her road to recovery. She spent almost 4 months in acute rehabilitation, before going to an in-patient treatment center for continued therapy, where she was for over a year. Seven intracranial nerves were damaged in surgery and over half of her cerebellum was removed. She has many dramatic deficits today including partial facial paralysis, deafness in her right ear, impaired speech and balance, lack of coordination in her right hand and severe double vision, but she continues to be a powerful example of a stroke survivor. After losing her ability to eat or drink for over 11 months, she passed a swallowing test on March 25, 2009 and after being confined to a wheelchair for a year and a half, she was able to walk with a cane on October 21, 2009. Katherine continues to chronicle her life post-stroke and serves as an inspiration to others dealing with difficult disabilities today. For more information on Katherine, visit her blog, Hope Heals, at http://www.hope-heals.com/my-story#content.

    Aqualyn Laury
    When I was 18-years-old, during my first month of college, I suffered a stroke while walking across campus but didn’t know it until 3 days later. Net: Stroke can happen to anyone anywhere at any time. Know the signs and know your history.

    It was about 7:57 AM on Friday, September 28 when I left my friends at the breakfast table in the cafeteria and made my standard trek across ‘the oval’ towards the computer lab for my 8 AM class. About halfway along, I felt a pop – or did I hear it – or did I feel it? Something popped, that I knew for sure but I couldn’t identify its source. Was it my ankle or my wrist or my knee – I didn’t feel anything that would have indicated a release of tension or otherwise. I was perplexed by this, and even more confused by the changes in my vision that suddenly experienced. As I crossed the grassy oval area, I noticed that grass seemed to gleam a more vibrant green than any I’d ever seen before. And the entire area – the trees, the leaves – everything had a vivid crispness to it. It seemed like I could even see the energy, like force fields around the tree trunks. But I didn’t stop walking, I just continued my walk in awe.

    When I arrived at the computer lab, I found all of my classmates outside awaiting entry. So I asked the first person whom I saw what was happening, “What’s going on?” She looked at me, quite puzzled and asked me to repeat the question. So I did, and she proceeded to get a few other classmates to come help her understand what I was saying. This was quickly becoming old to me, so probably with a touch of attitude this time, I asked a third time – being careful to speak slowly and really listen to myself this time, “Blah-blah-blah-blah-blah?” Oh my God, I thought. I can’t talk! So rather than worry myself with that little piece of information – because surely I was imagining this and I was simply exhausted as a 3-week-old freshman – I decided to just be quiet and attend my classes. From the outside, no one knew anything was possibly wrong with me – I was the only one who knew and I knew how to hide it.

    I couldn’t seem to take notes in computer class, but that didn’t stop me from returning to my dorm room after class and studying for my philosophy exam. Now, logically, if I couldn’t take notes in computer class, I don’t know how I thought that I would complete a philosophy test…but I did with lots of focus and determination. I found that I couldn’t spell words that I couldn’t pronounce phonetically…like ‘the’…and I also realized that my numb hand (the entire right side of my body was numb) was writing words that I wasn’t thinking. So when I tried to write something about Socrates and Plato, I went back to proofread and found, “The red balloon flew west.” Eventually, I finished the exam and decided to go shopping for black patent leather pumps because we were scheduled to have a tea with our brother school next door – and I just loved tea. To my dismay, no one could understand what I was asking for and I left the mall in disgust without the pumps. I managed to convince my boyfriend and my roommate to let me sleep rather than report my illness to the dorm mother.

    However, my condition was no better the next morning. By day two, things were a bit worse and that afternoon, I was unable to convince anyone to help keep my secret. The dorm mother came and dragged me to the infirmary against my will. They called my mother and sent us to the nearest hospital. The hospital asked me to walk a straight line, touch my nose with either hand, and sent me home; asking me to return on Monday when the neurologist was in. Luckily, a family member had a contact at another hospital and I secured an appointment for first thing Monday morning!

    On October 1st, I checked in for my neurology appointment and within minutes, the doctor advised that I would be checked in for more testing. That’s when it was confirmed that I’d had a stroke. Another day of testing revealed a tumor in my heart that struck my brain causing the stroke. They had to intervene immediately to prevent a more massive stroke so they performed heart surgery on October 4th. During this surgery, they found that the tumor had destroyed my mitral valve and they had to quickly source an artificial valve while I lay there with an open heart. This took another 3 or so hours as I understood later.

    After a few humorous experiences in the hospital, I began to do speech, physical and occupational therapy. After about a month, I returned home to recover and returned school in January for second semester having regained my speech, physical abilities, and an entirely new appreciation for life.

    Juaquin “Hawk” Hawkins
    At the age of 29, Juaquin “Hawk” Hawkins was living a life that others only dream of: playing pro basketball with the NBA’s Houston Rockets. That life was especially sweet for the 6-foot-7, 205-pound Hawkins, who beat the long odds and became the second-oldest rookie in the league. Within five years, though, Hawkins’ life would change in the most unexpected way. This professional athlete—34 years old and in top physical condition, with no health issue more serious than a sprained ankle—had a stroke.

    Because Hawkins was so young and fit, he and his teammates did not recognize the warning signs. “My right arm went numb first, then my face, then my entire side,” he recalls. Unaware of the dangers of delayed treatment, the stricken player’s teammates helped him board for a two-hour flight to the next city on the schedule. After the flight, Hawkins was taken to a hospital and diagnosed with dehydration; it wasn’t until he went to a second hospital that he was correctly diagnosed and began receiving appropriate treatment.

    “I never thought in a million years that I was at risk of having a stroke,” says Hawkins today. “I had been a professional athlete for 12 years and had just played a professional basketball game with my team the night before. I never knew I had risk factors.”

    The stroke left Hawkins with impaired speech and motor function. Some doctors suggested that he would never play basketball again.

    Just as Hawk and his teammates didn’t recognize the warning signs and didn’t call 9-1-1 during his stroke emergency, according to the American Stroke Association, only 2/3 of Americans know at least one of the seven warning signs of stroke and only 4 out of 10 can recall two or more signs. When you recognize a stroke and act fast by calling 9-1-1, you have a greater chance of improving the outcome, preserving independence and having a full recovery.

    Just as Hawk overcame the odds against being an “old” rookie and of surviving a stroke, Hawkins fought his way back and played ball again 14 months after his diagnosis. Today, he serves as an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Ambassador in the Power to End Stroke campaign helping to educate people, especially youth, about stroke.

    Julia Blumenthal, Media Specialist
    Home Front Communications
    O: 202.216.8943
    C: 610.999.2131

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  55. National Black Women's Health Project ...
    Our mission is to promote optimum health for Black women across the life span—physically, mentally and spiritually.
    http://www.blackwomenshealth.org/

  56. National Library Of Medicine ...
    The worlds largest medical library.
    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/

  57. National Minority AIDS Council ...
    Dedicated to developing leadership within communities of color to address the challenge of HIV/AIDS.
    http://www.nmac.org

  58. Nature’s Sunshine ...
    The finest raw materials gathered from the earth.
    http://www.mynsp.com/thetotalbodystore

  59. New Beginnings Breast Care ...
    New Beginnings Breast Care is an on-line retailer of women's brand name intimate apparel and breast care products. We are dedicated to serving all women living with and beyond breast cancer. New Beginnings Breast Care starts with helping women of all ages reclaim a positive body image and a healthy life style through breast cancer education, support and the use of comfortable, smart, and appealing intimate apparel.
    https://nbbreastcare.com/shop/

  60. New Body Herbs Online ...
    New Body Herbs Online is an independent distributor of New Body Products. It is our goal to provide affordable access to top quality; and purely organic herbs and herbal formulas to those that choose to replace or supplement conventional medical practices.
    http://www.newbodyherbsonline.com/

  61. Pathtotruth.com ...
    June Michael is a lifelong student and teacher of Metaphysics and healing principles. She is the founder of Pathtotruth.com and publisher of Path2truth.com, an ezine that promotes spiritual awareness, self-development and world peace.
    http://www.pathtotruth.com/

  62. Permanent Diabetes Control ...
    Diabetes control and reversing heart disease, diabetes information, insulin pumps, humalog insulin dose, trial and error procedure, diabetes nutrition.
    http://www.mydiabetescontrol.com/

  63. Race Health Care & The Law ...
    The Race, Health Care and the Law is dedicated to improving the health status of persons who are discriminated against based on race and/or ethnicity .
    http://www.udayton.edu/~health/

  64. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Guide (RSD) ...
    Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a medical condition that affects the patient’s sympathetic nervous system. RSD is characterized by severe chronic pain in an affected region, such as a patient’s arm or leg. After the onset, RSD will continue to worsen as time passes.
    http://rsdguide.com/

  65. Sickle Cell Disease Association of America ...
    Education, advocacy, and patient care for Sickle Cell Disease.
    http://www.sicklecelldisease.org/

  66. Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patients Network ...
    SCTPN collaborates with other community organizations, healthcare providers, public and government agencies to increase public awareness of sickle cell disease and thalassemia.
    http://www.sctpn.org/

  67. Sisterhood Agenda ...
    Sisterhood Agenda creates and centralizes resources for females of African descent to address health, cultural, social, and economic needs through a variety of innovative approaches, publications, programs and services.
    http://www.sisterhoodagenda.com/

  68. Sisters In Shape ...
    Physical fitness site geared towards women of color, located in Philidelphia.
    http://www.sistersinshape.com/

  69. Sisters Network - Breast Cancer Survivors ...
    The Sisters Network Breast Cancer Organization is dedicated to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African-American community.
    http://www.sistersnetworkinc.org/

  70. Stress and Other Workplace Afflictions ...
    Increase awareness that ALL people have the inherent right to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect in the workplace.
    http://users.accesscomm.ca/ediversity/

  71. Stressfocus ...
    Stress management techniques, tips and remedies. A unique site to get familiarize with stress and to get relieved from the repercussions of stress.
    http://www.stressfocus.com/

  72. SupplementsFromNature.com ...
    SupplementsFromNature.com, a service of the Natural Health Initiative, is your one-stop source for all-natural whole food, herbal and homeopathic supplements and remedies.
    http://SupplementsFromNature.com

  73. Supremeultimate ...
    Uplifing the Mind, Body and Soul.
    http://supremeultimate.wordpress.com/

  74. Synergy Wellness Systems ...
    Chiropractic Office with Massage & Nutrition services.
    http://www.sms4health.com/

  75. The Balm In Gilead ...
    Mobilizing black churches to become community centers for AIDS/HIV education.
    http://www.balmingilead.org/

  76. The Black Health Network ...
    A social network and online community for African Americans interested in health.
    http://www.blackhealth.org/

  77. The Health Administration Project ...
    A general information website with many resources useful to current and future health administrators. The site also discusses the offline and online educational paths one can follow to obtain a degree in health administration or a related field.
    http://www.healthadministration.org/

  78. The Healthy Diva ...
    A place where novices and seasoned individuals can find reliable information in how to implement green living, vegan or vegetarian habits in to their lives without complications.
    http://iamahealthyvegan.wordpress.com/

  79. The John Edward Group, LLC ...
    Business Development and Consulting specializing in healthcare business development for Medical Practices, Hospitals, Ambulatory Care Centers and more.
    http://www.thejohnedwardgroup.com/

  80. The Lupus Community's Advocate ...
    Lupus is a widespread disease, & awareness of the disease lags behind many other illnesses. Wealth of information about all aspects of Lupus.
    http://www.webspawner.com/users/thelzone/

  81. Therapy Online Network ...
    We provide online therapy via video, chat and telephone to those who may be experiencing difficulties in their lives or just need someone to talk to.
    http://www.therapyonlinenetwork.com/

  82. The Red Lane ...
    A community/blog/forum for those with Sickle Cell Disease and for general awareness.
    http://theredlane.ning.com/

  83. Vegan Matters To Us ...
    A web site of commentary around Pro Life Vegan Lifestyle and Sustainable Lifestyle issues. The topics addressed are controversial ones, such as abortion, stem cell research, nuclear proliferation, the impact of technology and honoring the sanctity of life of all of God's Manifest Creation.
    http://veganmatters2us.webnode.com/

  84. Velocity Healthcare ...
    Minority owned and operated, with full minority employees is a full time employer of healthcare professionals including Registered Nurses in the United States. For both International students in the US, and foreign educated healthcare professionals, we provide visa sponsorship and employment in our healthcare facilities.
    http://www.velocityhealthcare.com/

  85. Vitamins and Nutrition Center ...
    Vitamins, Nutrition, Research on Vitamins and Helpful Tips for Getting and Staying Healthy with Vitamins.
    http://www.vitamins-nutrition.org/

  86. Vitamins To Health ...
    Reviews of acne products, weight loss products and two of the most popular diets (the atkins and zone diet), as well as vitamins, herbs and supplements. Plus a section on home remedies.
    http://www.vitaminstohealth.com/

  87. Zambian Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. ...
    We are a non-profit organization committed to bring awareness, education and support to women in Zambia, Africa.
    http://www.pinkribbonzambia.com/

  88. Zija ...
    Zija is the world's foremost leader in the development, production, and distribution of Moringa products. Moringa provides a rich and rare combination of nutrients, amino acids, antioxidants, omega oils, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties used for nutrition.
    http://www.myzija.com/drink/

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