Four Ways Parents Can Learn How To Prevent Obesity In Their Children



Childhood obesity has become a national epidemic, affecting 17% of American adolescents. As these young people mature into obese adults, it will further strain the health and productivity of the nation. In this article, we'll look at some of the causes of childhood obesity and ways that parents can set examples for a healthy lifestyle.


Causes Of Childhood Obesity

Kids don't simply become fat overnight. The two most common causes of childhood obesity are physical inactivity and poor nutrition. Society plays a huge role in this problem. Advertisements aimed at young consumers is commonplace. The sponsors of children's television programs often feature sweetened cereal and fast food advertisements, placing particular emphasis on friendships that can develop from eating together.

In reality those commercials are playing on group psychology via the bandwagon effect - when most people are doing something you should, too. When young people are constantly presented with images of other adolescents eating high calorie foods they'll become convinced that what they're seeing as natural behavior. This problem becomes amplified when they see classmates and peers overeating.

Government health officials point to the fact that many public school children have access to high calorie foods; some common places are vending machines, sporting events and fundraisers. With a limited number of options available to them, it's easy to understand why they may overconsume high calorie foods.

Parental involvement can't be overlooked. Lots of fat kids have fat parents. Parents who don't monitor what they eat are going to have a very difficult time setting proper nutrition examples for their children. Children learn by example and often emulate the behavior of adults. Which brings us to the next and most important section: what can parents do about obesity?


What Parents Can Do To Prevent Childhood Obesity

Parents can make healthy lifestyle a family tradition. First and foremost they must take a pro-active approach to the problem. Here are some common examples:

  1. Talking with your child. Child psychiatrist Foster W. Cline suggests a love-logic approach wherein parents and children have a gentle, productive conversation about overeating. When families participate in meaningful dialogue they develop a greater appreciation for each other, the exercise also teaches problem solving skills that the child can use to make better decisions about eating. In my opinion, part of this dialogue should include helping your child to remember that they have value in the eyes of God and to take comfort in Him rather than food.
  2. Paying close attention to the foods your child is eating and advertising strategies. Older adolescents are often allowed to purchase some of their own food items. Nonetheless parents should pay attention to the foods their children buy, encouraging them to look for healthier alternatives. Likewise, they should point out to their children that TV commercials featuring young people eating high calorie foods will become sick if they overeat.
  3. Participating in family recreation events. Families that play together stay together. Families can choose physical activities that promote team work and cooperation. Football, flying disk toss, and baseball are just a few of the many sports activities that families can do together.
  4. Encourage positive thinking. Confident, happy people tend to be healthier than people whom are unhappy (read my article "Be Happy To Be Alive" for more information on this topic). Parents should encourage their children to see the good within themselves and to never use food as a crutch against their problems.

The obesity epidemic is not irreversible, parents and children can turn the tide when they make a commitment to do so.

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Every Day Eats

Every Day Eats

Submitted by: Sandra Prior

As a runner, how much carbohydrate do I really need in my diet?

Your carb needs are quite different than those of your sedentary pals. If you're running about 40 kilometres a week, aim for at least 4.5 grams of carbohydrate every day for each kilogram of body weight. That's about 340 grams of carbs for a 75kg runner (non-runners need just 250 grams a day). If you're running higher mileage, increase this to three to seven grams of carbs for each kilogram you weigh. An easy way to make sure you're getting enough carbohydrate is to think of your plate as a clock. Fill 35 to 45 minutes with wholesome carbs, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Fill the remaining 15 to 25 minutes with lean protein and healthy fats, such as nuts, olive oil and salmon.

Do I have to eat before my early morning run?

If you're running for less than 60 minutes, you can skip the pre-workout meal. An hour or more, though, and you'll want to fuel up beforehand. Why? Because runs lasting more than 60 minutes tap into your glycogen stores, which are often low in the morning. If you don't eat, you may run out of energy before you finish your run. Research also shows that eating carbs can boost your running speed and improve sprinting at the end of the workout. Aim for 50 to 80 grams of easily digestible carbs one hour before running. That's about 200ml of sports drink, half a bagel with jam and a piece of fruit.

To lose weight, should I not eat after working out?

It may seem counterintuitive, but eating a small meal post-run can actually help you lose weight. It supplies your body with crucial nutrients so you can recover and run well the next day, and also keeps your metabolism from slowing down so you continue to burn calories post-workout. The key is keeping it small. Eat a meal between 200 and 500 calories (depending on your body size and the length of your workout) that includes complex carbs and lean protein (like a chicken sandwich on whole wheat with fruit). By cutting back on portions, you can shave off calories and gradually lose weight - without compromising your running.

What should I eat to help prevent muscle soreness?

Rather than popping ibuprofen, try making cherries or cherry juice a part of your diet. Research on runners in the 2008 London Marathon suggests this fruit may be the new dietary anti-inflammatory. According to the study, drinking 200ml of tart-cherry juice twice daily for several days before and after the race reduced muscle damage and inflammation post-marathon. Researchers think potent compounds called anthocyanins, which are found in tart cherries and other red and purple fruits like blueberries, pomegranates and purple grapes, are responsible for decreasing muscle soreness.

Alcohol Consumption Linked To Higher Omega-3 Levels

Several studies have found that moderate alcohol consumption helps protect against coronary heart disease. A previous study of French men found that moderate alcohol consumption increased the plasma and blood cell concentrations of the very-long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. This increase in EPA and DHA could be one way that alcohol consumption protects against coronary heart disease.

Fact or Fiction?

White vegetables are less nutritious than green or other colorful types.

While vibrant color is a good sign that a vegetable or fruit is loaded with health-boosting compounds, pale vegetables such as cauliflower, onions and parsnips have their own benefits. Both onion and cauliflower are packed with compounds that fight cancer. And parsnips (great in soups and stews) are filled with potassium and fibre, which both promote heart health.

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Royal Frozen Food Recalls Beef and Chicken Blintzes Due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Royal Frozen Food, an establishment in Los Angeles, California, is recalling approximately 3,821 pounds of beef and chicken products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The agency says the chicken blintzes and beef blintzes were produced on various dates before April 16, 2015.

The beef and chicken blintzes items were shipped to retail stores and markets in California and Nevada.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 20-oz. plastic trays containing ten pieces of “Royal Frozen Food, BLINTZES Blintzes with BEEF” with bar code “6 0723830019 5.”
  • 20-oz. plastic trays containing ten pieces of “Royal Frozen Food, BLINTZES Blintzes with CHICKEN” with bar code “6 0723830025 6.”  

According to the USDA, the recalled products bear the establishment number “Est. 20585 or P-20585” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The products contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

Neither the FSIS nor the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

According to the USDA, the problem was discovered during a routine label review by FSIS personnel.

The agency advises anyone who is concerned about an injury or illness to contact a healthcare provider.  

Consumers and Media with questions about the recall can contact Gloria Cheng, Manager, at (323) 938-8666.

2 Many are saying of me, "God will not deliver him." "Selah" 3 But you are a shield around me, O LORD; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head. 4 To the LORD I cry aloud, and he answers me from his holy hill. "Selah" 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the LORD sustains me. 6 I will not fear the tens of thousands drawn up against me on every side. Psalm 3:2-6

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Winning Tactics For Giving Up The Diet

Winning Tactics For Giving Up The Diet

Submitted by: Gary Matthews

You might disagree, but hear me out on this, if you're thinking of going on a diet to lose those extra pounds think again. Long-term weight control through dieting is near impossible, for the simple reason is that diets promote only short-term solutions not long term.

After dieting you'll certainly look lighter on the scales, but in most cases this is because you've dumped a few pounds of body fluid and muscle, and not because you've lost any significant amounts of body fat.

One of the main reasons diets don't work is because they send the body into starvation mode - a survival mechanism for times when humans faced periods of famine. Cutting back on our energy intake causes the body to lower its metabolic rate, which reduces its ability to burn fat.

At the same time, hunger signals increase and we quickly start to crave high energy foods loaded with fats and sugars - the exact foods we are trying to do without!

Alarmingly, research has shown that repeated dieting actually makes it harder to lose weight and easier to put it on.

This is because when you dump the diet and return to normal eating habits, the drop in metabolic rate caused by the diet means that your old eating habits actually represent excess in calories.

Not only do you regain the fat stores just lost, but you may even gain a bit extra.

Five more reasons to stop dieting

* Diets sap energy - Too little food means not enough energy for physical activity.
* Diets lower your metabolism - Dieting causes your body to conserve energy, making results harder to achieve.
* Diets are unhealthy - A cycle of rapid weight loss followed by weight gain can lead to a loss of lean tissue from your body and calcium from your bones. It also strips the body of essential vitamins and minerals.
* Diets make food the enemy - Food provides nourishment and comfort. Diets can make you afraid to eat, depriving you of one of life's pleasures.
* Diets cheat your confidence - Going from one failed diet to the next can leave you feeling depressed and create a cycle in which guilt battles against food.

Regular physical activity and a healthy, balanced diet aren't as glamorous as the quick fixes, but they do get better results.

Start with one extra exercise session and one less fatty takeaway meal per week, and gradually work towards a lifelong plan for achieving your best weight.

If you change the way you eat or exercise to lose weight, ask yourself this question. Can I see myself sticking to this routine for life?

If the answer is "no" then its time to change what you're doing. Any healthy weight loss plan should include the following:

* A wide variety of foods.
* Regular and enjoyable exercise.
* Enough filling foods to avoid constant hunger.
* At least 1200 calories a day.
* Flexibility for treat foods and social occasions.
* A realistic goal of your best weight (not necessarily your lowest weight.)


A realistic weight loss is around one to two pounds per week. Fast weight losses are not fat loss but glycogen and water. If you lose weight quickly then you will probable return back to the weight at which you started as quickly as it was lost.


* Weight loss is quick and simple.
* Exercise is not necessary.
* Certain exercises can spot reduce.
* Carbohydrates (for example, bread, potatoes, rice, and pasta) are fattening.

Eliminate calorie-dense foods such as cookies, sugary desserts, chips, fries, pizza, candies, crackers etc.

Research on people who have successfully lost a lot of weight and kept it off long term, shows that the vast majority succeeded by consuming a low fat diet high in fibre coupled with strength training and cardiovascular activity.

These are the basics you'll need to aim for.

A sound weight loss-eating plan should:

* Be nutritionally sound, providing all the nutrients you need.
* Never promise fast weight losses.
* Offer an eating plan based on real food.
* Allow you to eat out.
* Avoid expensive meal plans, products and supplements.
* Not avoid carbohydrate foods, e.g. bread, rice, pasta, cereals and potatoes.
* Make gradual dietary changes.
* Provide knowledge.
* Allow you to eat all foods
* Recommend physical activity.

Fat calories are more fattening than carbohydrate calories. Your body can easily convert the fat you eat in food into body fat, so to lose weight you need to cut down on fats and foods that contain it.

Consider the following steps to reduce fat in your diet.

* Use skimmed or skimmed milk in drinks, cooking and on cereals.
* Buy a non - stick frying pan.
* Buy a cheese slicer
* Cut the visible fat from meat.
* Eat very little pastry.
* Learn how to read a food label.
* Substitute low fat yoghurt for cream.
* Remove the skin from chicken and turkey.
* Eat fruit as snacks rather than eating chocolate and biscuits.
* Eat fewer burgers and sausages.

In conclusion the way to lose body fat and maintain muscle is to have a food program for life and more energy output. Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, non-fat dairy products, whole grains and beans that you eat.

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Baseball Strength Training - The Right Way

Baseball Strength Training - The Right Way

Submitted by: Paul Yost

Baseball strength training is one area of the sports world that's a bit behind in terms of training methodology. Thoughts of training with light weights, emphasizing stretching only and performing long slow bouts of endurance training are still around today. It's my opinion this idea leads to more opportunity for injury and reduced performance. This article's focus is not on giving out a cookie cutter program, but about providing ideas for improving your baseball strength training program.

On that note, baseball is considered a power sport and should be trained as such. This means focusing on improving the power capabilities of the athlete through various strength/power training methods. Power cannot be achieved without a base of strength so more of this quality should always be sought after. Often this requires lifting heavy loads coupled with plyometric (jump training) and sprint-type activities for conditioning.

Weight Training for The Baseball Athlete

A baseball strength training program should look similar to training programs of other athletes. Sport specificity is the big term used today, but really should only apply to conditioning. The idea of sport specific strength training implies the use of loading movements associated with the sport. I feel mimicking sport skill under load is inherently dangerous to the athlete and the load (weight) used during these activities is typically too low to produce any real result.

The Baseball training program should center around strength improvement. In my experience most, if not all, baseball players need more strength. Strength is the foundation of speed, power and endurance. The best way to accomplish this is through focusing on big compound movements like squats, deadlifts, chin ups, lunges, various pressing movements, etc. Single joint movements should account for 20% or less of the total training volume to achieve maximal progress. A few possible contraindicated exercises for the baseball athlete are as follows:

Overhead Lifting

Some Olympic Lifting Variations

Barbell Pressing Movements

By making strength improvements alone, most baseball players will see significant performance improvements in one or more

A Word On Unilateral Exercise

Baseball is a sport that promotes unilateral strength dominance/imbalance. This is because one side does most of the work at the expense of the other, leading to a potentially large strength imbalance between left and right sides. This significant imbalance predisposes the athlete for injury.

Training one limb at a time will reduce the strength differential. This applies for all aspects of the body including the rotator cuff and scapula. I use this specific example because many pitchers only focus on their throwing side shoulder. They feel there's no need to train the opposite side because it's not used for throwing the baseball. This still, however, makes the athlete susceptible to injury.

In Conclusion

I hope this helps you get a better idea of what a baseball strength training program should look like. Just remember, baseball is a power sport and needs to logically/safely be trained as such. Good luck!

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11 Shortcuts to a Healthier You

11 Shortcuts to a Healthier You

Submitted by: Sandra Prior

Living longer and feeling better doesn’t have to be drudgery. Armed with the right tools, a man can completely protect and preserve his own body. What you’re about to read is your own personal toolbox. Top to bottom it contains all the right know-how you need to avoid a disaster down the road.

Prevent Colon Cancer

Swap the chips for a snack that may save your life: Brazil nuts. They're the top food source of selenium, a mineral that one study showed may reduce the risk of colon cancer by as much as 60 percent. It looks promising as a way to help prevent colon cancer. A couple of Brazil nuts a day will help you hit the target amount of 200 micrograms of selenium.

Ulcer Proof your Stomach

If a type of bacteria called H pylori is the firebug that ignites most ulcers, then a serving of broccoli sprouts is your edible sprinkler system. In a study sponsored by the US's National Academy of Sciences, sulforaphane - a phytochemical in the sprouts - killed off any H.pylori that was exposed to it. Try folding sprouts into your omelet’s or using them in a sandwich. (Regular broccoli contains some sulforaphane, too.)

Beat Bad Breath

Gargle with nature's mouthwash: green tea. When researchers at the University of British Columbia tested different strategies for eliminating bad breath, they found that green tea was most effective at wiping out the germs and the volatile sulfur compounds (VSC) that cause stench mouth. (Chewing gum and mints actually increased the amount of VSC.) Make green tea at home and give it a good swish around in your mouth before swallowing.

Protect your Prostate

Blueberries are the fruit with the most antioxidant firepower, but plums may be the real nukes against prostate cancer. Preliminary research at Texas University found that phyto-chemicals in red-fleshed plums inhibit prostate-tumor cell growth in the laboratory by 80 percent - 20 percent more than blueberries do. The research is still in the early stages, but there's definitely no downside to eating plums.

Stop a Heart Attack

Harvard medical school researchers found that drinking one or more cups of black tea a day was associated with a 45 percent decrease in heart attacks. The flavonoids in the tea may reduce the build-up of fatty deposits in the arteries. And it doesn't have to be any fancy tea; Lipton or Five Roses will do the artery-clearing trick just as well.

Stop Sweating

Put on your antiperspirant at night, before you go to bed. Even after you dry off from your morning shower, your pores still hold enough water to dilute the antiperspirant. By comparison, your skin is completely dry by the time you're ready to hit the sack, allowing the antiperspirant to concentrate in the pores. If you need peace of mind, apply antiperspirant in the morning, but it isn't necessary; the active ingredients- aluminium chloride or zinc chloride - are good for 24 hours.

Prevent Diabetes

Whip up a peanut-butter-and-jam sandwich. In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that those people who ate peanut butter just once a week had a 16 percent lower risk of developing type-2 diabetes than those who didn't eat any. One explanation may be the fats in peanut butter. Previous studies have shown that a high intake of mono-and polyunsaturated fats improves insulin sensitivity.

Start Losing Weight

A 250ml yoghurt (the light kind) contains 400mg of calcium, almost half of the 900mg research shows you need to eat each day to keep the obesity gene turned off. If you don't get enough calcium, the body stores fat more readily. Plus, yoghurt has eight to 10 grams of protein, which helps suppress appetite and may boost the activity of Leptin, a hormone
that plays a key role in kilojoule burning.

Short-Circuit a Headache

Try pinching the webbed area between your thumb and index finger (either hand) for 30 seconds. It's called acupressure, and while researchers haven't carried out a randomized, placebo-controlled study on the strategy, the theory is that it stimulates nerve impulses to the brain and reverses blood-vessel dilation. Expect your head to stop throbbing in about 5 minutes.

Save your Eyesight

Carrots have the rep, but go with mangoes. They're loaded with beta-carotene and vitamins C and E, three antioxidants that protect your eyes from vision-altering, free-radical damage. We know that these antioxidants help decrease vision loss in patients with age-related macular degeneration.

Avoid a Stroke

Chug 500ml of orange juice. In a 10-year study of 2 400 men, Finnish researchers found that the men taking in 200 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C a day, had a lower stroke risk than those taking in only 40mg of C. Researchers attribute the reduction in risk to vitamin C's ability to minimize artery damage from free radicals, reduce blood pressure and help control cholesterol.

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Exercise Hormone May Prevent Breast Cancer



A recent lab study may hold remarkable promise for the treatment and prevention of breast cancer.

According to the results of a study published in the International Journal of Cancer, researchers have demonstrated that a hormone released after exercise reduced migration and multiplication of malignant cancer cells.

If these results could be demonstrated in animal and human studies, medical science may have another weapon in the arsenal to treat and prevent breast cancer.

Kristina A Trujillo from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of New Mexico, and her colleagues from the University of New Mexico and Chapman University knew that exercise is beneficial for improving cancer prognosis  lowering disease risk, and that irisin provides benefits for metabolic diseases including cancer.

So the research scientists tested effects of various concentrations of the hormone on malignant and non-malignant breast cancer cells.

They found that irisin effectively reduced the migration, number and viability in malignant breast cancer cells while not harming non-malignant breast cancer cells.

Now this is an important finding, as I'm about to tell you.

Breast cancer is a very serious disease. In fact, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that in 2011

  • 22o,097 women and 2,078 men were diagnosed with the disease in the U.S.
  • 40,931 women and 443 men in the US died from the disease

Breast cancer strikes any age or ethnicity. It is the second most common form of cancer among Asian/Pacific Islander, black, Alaskan/Native American, white and Hispanic women.

Cancer is dangerous and often deadly because it's mitosis run amok. Humans and animals replenish themselves through mitosis, a mechanism whereby cells multiply to make new versions of themselves.

It's a sophisticated and remarkable mechanism and often works very well. But God did allow for the human body and animal body to make mistakes thus sometimes cells go on multiplying even beyond the body's ability to sustain them.

The malignant cells can even spread to other parts of the body causing problems for other organ systems. If left to itself this will continue until the person or animal dies.

But irisin stops the malignant cells from multiplying, spreading to other cells and even more remarkable, fouls up the cancerous cells so that they will die.

Trujillo and her colleagues also noted that irisin enhanced effectiveness of doxorubicin (Dox) a cancer fighting medicine when added to vast spectrum of irisin concentrations in malignant cell types.

The research team also noted that irisin suppresses activation of NFκB; NFκB is a protein that regulates genes involved in inflammation and immune response. Thus NFκB helps cancerous cells to survive and proliferate.

Therefore it is very significant that irisin suppresses this ability.

I see this as further proof that God lives. He created mechanisms which can save as well as kill the body. It's up to us to figure out how these mechanisms work.


Exercise Can Save Lives

Other studies have shown that exercise can prevent breast cancer.

In a study involving 2609 female participants, scientists from Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that women who participated in moderate levels of exercise e.g. walking were able to reduce their chances of developing breast cancer by 30%.

Moreover, results of American Cancer Society Cancer Prevention Study II Nutrition Cohort study of 73,631 postmenopausal women found that post menopausal women who walked for even 1 hour per day lowered their breast cancer risk by 14% compared to women who didn't exercise.

While those studies involved humans, Trujillo et al tests on malignant and nonmalignant cells holds promise for the development of treatment methods in the future.

"Our observations suggest that irisin may offer therapeutic benefits for breast cancer prevention and treatment possibly through an anti-inflammatory response, induction of apoptotic cell death, or through enhanced tumor sensitivity to common antineoplastic agents such as Dox." Trujillo and her colleagues concluded.


1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. Genesis 8:1

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Gannon NP, Vaughan RA, Garcia-Smith R, Bisoffi M, & Trujillo KA (2015). Effects of the exercise-inducible myokine irisin on malignant and non-malignant breast epithelial cell behavior in vitro. International journal of cancer. Journal international du cancer, 136 (4) PMID: 25124080

Chang TP, & Vancurova I (2013). NFκB function and regulation in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. American journal of cancer research, 3 (5), 433-45 PMID: 24224122

CDC - Breast Cancer Statistics

Exercise Cuts Breast Cancer Risk In Women

Walking May Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk


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The Sweet Culprit Behind Tooth Decay

The Sweet Culprit Behind Tooth Decay

Submitted by: Dr. Pandya

Did you know that until the early 1900’s, cavities were almost non-existent in the U.S.? People still lost teeth, but mostly because of gum disease, not tooth decay. The reason is simple…up until that time in history, Americans consumed very little sugar unless they had a dessert with their meal. Then Coca Cola, Hershey’s candy and other sweet treats entered the picture and sugar, which is a major contributing factor to tooth decay, became more prevalent in the average American’s diet.

Not only do our taste buds love sugar, but so does the bacteria in plaque, which is always present in our mouths. When those bacteria combine with sugar, an enamel-destroying acid is formed and that acid will eat away at tooth enamel for up to twenty minutes after it has been created. People whose diets contain little or no fermented sugar don’t deal with tooth decay, but those whose diets contain sweet snacks are very susceptible to cavities.

It’s not only candy and sweetened soft drinks that can cause tooth decay, foods like unsweetened fruit juices, raisins and honey have the same effect even though they are healthier forms of treats. Even items like wine, cough drops or chewing tobacco (which is cured in sugar) have a harmful effect on teeth because of their sugar content. In fact, the habit of sipping on a sweetened beverage throughout the day can wreck havoc with your tooth enamel as well. Every time you take a sip of a beverage that contains sugar, the bacteria and sugar get together and form that acid that will work against your tooth enamel for up to twenty minutes. Then, you take another sip of the drink, and the routine starts all over again. In fact, depending on how much sipping of a sweet beverage you do throughout the day, your tooth enamel could be continuously exposed to that destructive acid.

This news doesn’t mean that you have to give up your sweet treats all together, but it does mean that you should be diligent about brushing your teeth or at least rinsing out your mouth after consuming them. Or consider eating treats such as fresh fruit which, even though it contains natural sugar, also contains fiber which ‘washes’ the sugar off your teeth and takes it into your digestive track with the meat of the fruit. And when it comes to sipping on a beverage throughout the day, consider ones that are sweetened with artificial sweeteners which don’t create the enamel-destroying acid.

Another approach to having your sweets and healthy teeth as well is to do as our ancestors did and eat your sweet treats as a part of your meals. When sugar is combined with other foods in a meal, the process of eating takes the sugar out of your mouth and into your digestive system, thus preventing the opportunity for it to combine with bacteria and develop into acid.

Maintaining good daily dental hygiene habits of brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing once a day plus visits to your dentist will also help reduce the damage of tooth decay. To prevent it completely, stay away from sugary treats or get into the habit of brushing your teeth or rinsing out your mouth after eating them.

About the Author: Dr. Pandya received his D.D.S. degree in 2001. He then completed additional training in Aesthetic at University of California Los Angeles. He also completed certificate in Boston Implant Institute for surgical implant and reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Pandya

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Smith’s Food and Drug Stores Recalls In-store Bakery Carrot Cake Because Product May Contain Walnuts Undeclared On Label



On Thursday Smith’s Food and Drug Stores announced it is recalling select Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake sold in seven states because the product contains walnuts that may not be listed on the label.

According to the press release which was posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, stores in the following states are included in the recall:

  • Arizona
  • Idaho
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Utah
  • Wyoming

Item description of the recalled products is listed below:

  • Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/4 sheet filled.  Packaged on or before April 1, 2015.  UPC Code: 41573-07058
  • Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake Slice, 5 oz.  Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 750903-91714
  • Smith’s Bakery Fresh Carrot Cake, 1/8 Sheet.  Packaged on or before April 1, 2015. UPC Code: 770118-22460

Smith’s Food and Drug Stores said that customers should return the product to stores for a full refund.

Consumers who are allergic to walnuts could have a serious or life-threatening reaction if they eat this product.

Smith's said there is no safety issue for consumers who aren't allergic to walnuts.

According to the press release, Smith's has removed items from store shelves and initiated a customer recall notification system that alerts consumers who might have purchased recalled Class 1 products through register receipt tape messages and phone calls.

No illnesses were reported to date.

Smith's said customers who have questions about this recall may contact Smith’s Customer Connect toll-free at 800-576-4377. For more information they have provided the following link:

According to the press release, "Smith’s Food & Drug is a division of the Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest retail grocers. From its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Smith’s manages 133 stores and 82 fuel centers throughout seven western states. In 2014, with support from associates, customers and suppliers, Smith’s Food & Drug donated a total of $11 million worth of product and cash to local nonprofit organizations. To learn more visit: ."


8 Why not say--as we are being slanderously reported as saying and as some claim that we say--"Let us do evil that good may result"? Their condemnation is deserved. Romans 3:8

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What Makes L-Carnosine Important

What Makes L-Carnosine Important

Submitted by: Cynthia Wang

L- Carnosine is a combination of beta-alanine and L- histidine, amino acids that work efficiently together than they would if separated. It is found mainly in the muscle tissues of the heart, muscles, skin, nerve, brain, and the stomach.

Although there has been no known biological role of L- Carnosine to the human body, several studies with human as subjects show the importance of L- Carnosine to the human body as it has a lot of potentials to be of benefit to the human health.

Thorough experiments on L- Carnosine revealed that it has the property to change itself into numerous compounds that can enhance a lot of body functions. Most of these are related to protecting the body against damaging effects of chemical and environmental toxins to the body. Some of its functions include the ability to bind with and inactivate harmful metal compounds that enters the body, protecting the body against anti-Cancer treatments that damages even the healthy cells, blocking enzymes that can trigger asthma, migraine, and septic shock, protecting cell membranes against free radicals.

Clinical research and trials show that daily consumption of multivitamins containing L- Carnosine will give significant improvements in the following conditions:

1. Ulcer
2. Allergies
3. Memory loss
4. Slow healing wounds
5. Arthritis
6. Diabetic Neuropathy

The most studied purpose of L- Carnosine is its anti- aging properties. It enhances cell renewal in which dull, old skin are being replaced with new, healthy ones revealing a clearer complexion and younger looking skin. It is also a powerful anti- oxidant which can protect the cells against cancer producing elements. This cosmetic benefit that l- Carnosine brings had brought about to its inclusion for many multivitamin products to further boost its effects.

Experiments have identified emerging uses of L- Carnosine in the treatment of olfactory disorders, improvement of eyesight and vision, as treatment for children suffering from autism, and as protection against diabetic nephropathy for patients who are struggling with diabetes and its complications.

Natural sources of L- Carnosine are from protein rich foods such as dairy products, vegetables, and it is abundant in meat products whether from beef, pork, or poultry. Because a lot of illnesses are attributed to consumption of animal meat, it is suggested to get L- Carnosine from multivitamin supplements. This is the most convenient way to have sufficient levels of L- Carnosine in the body. Recommended dosage of L- Carnosine supplement starts from 50 to 100 mg per day. There had been no reports of overdose from taking too much L- Carnosine even in larger dosages of up to 200 mg of daily and continuous use.

When added as a component for a good multivitamin supplement, L- Carnosine enhances its effectiveness and works synergistically with other vitamin supplements to maximize their health values. L- Carnosine is best used together with other antioxidants such as CoQ10 and alpha lipolic acid to achieve optimal anti-aging and anti- cancer actions. Be sure to choose the best multivitamins available by making sure that it also contains L- Carnosine to benefit from its many health optimizing effects.

About the Author: Cynthia Wang-Tan is one of the editors of; a health expert who has written hundreds of articles that help people understand the importance of good health. She recommends healthy eating, regular exercise and a dose of good multivitamin supplement to achieve optimum health.

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Sabra Dipping Company Voluntarily Recalls Classic Hummus Due To Listeria Concerns



According to a press release posted on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Sabra Dipping Co., LLC said that it has issue a nationwide voluntary recall of approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria which can cause serious or life threatening illness in frail persons, people with weakened immune systems, the elderly and young children. The bacteria can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths in pregnant women.

Healthy people who become infected with L. monocytogenes may experience the following symptoms:

  • severe headache
  • high fever
  • stiffness
  • abdominal pain
  • nausea
  • diarrhea


The company says the recalled products were distributed to retail outlets, including food service accounts and supermarkets, in the U.S.

Consumers can find code and use by dates on the top of each package.

The recalled Classic Hummus products are listed below:



UPC/SKUItemUse by DatesAffected Areas
040822011143 / 300067 Sabra Classic Hummus 10 oz 3 059 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11
3 060 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 15
040822014687 / 300074 Sabra Classic Hummus 30 oz 3 059 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11 US
040822342049 / 301216 Sabra Classic Hummus without Garnish 32oz 3 059 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11 US
040822017497 / 301290 Sabra Classic Hummus 17oz Six Pack 3 058 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11
3 059 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11
040822342209 / 301283 Hummus Dual Pack Classic/Garlic 23.5oz 3 058 Best Before/Meilleur Avant 2015 May 11 US

"The potential for contamination was discovered when a routine, random sample collected at a retail location on March 30th, 2015 by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes." the company said.

Thus far no illnesses have been reported to date.

Sabra Dipping Co., LLC urges consumers who purchased these products to discard them or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

The company says consumers with any questions may call toll free 1-888-957-2272, Monday  through Friday 9:00AM to 4:30PM Central Time.

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