Be Happy To Be Alive





Have you ever felt a sudden sensation of inexplicable happiness? If so, then you know how wonderful such an experience is. The emotion comes from deep within us and some philosophers and psychologists are apt to call it the "qualia of feeling" i.e. precursors to emotions and which are borne out of the unconscious mind. The reason I bring it up is because I believe the origins of emotions are quite simple: we were gifted with an awareness of the world around us, to experience it with the five senses.  

Of course with an amazingly wide range of human emotions it would be utterly unrealistic to feel happy all of the time. There are times and situations when it would be the last emotion you should be experiencing. But do keep these facts in mind: 

  • happy people tend to live longer than unhappy people
  • happiness is therapeutic for people whom are physically or mentally ill
  • happiness is linked to courage

You don't have to be a scientist to be aware of the corollaries between happiness, quantity and quality of life. You know that you perform better and have more energy when you're happy. It has the power to help you make a better way in this world. 

Jesus instructs us to love others because we love Him. Through this love we can find the beauty in life and become happy. Embrace the warm feeling when it comes upon you because it is a reminder that you are alive. For we all have a right to be happy.  

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Kristin Layous, Joseph Chancellor, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Lihong Wang, and P. Murali Doraiswamy. Delivering Happiness: Translating Positive Pscychology Intervention Research for Treating Major and Minor Depressive Disorders. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. August 2011, 17(8):675-683. doi: 10.1089/acm.2011.0139.

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Understanding the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

Understanding the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar

Submitted by: Dr. Pandya

Plaque and tartar, which is also known as calculus, are two substances that can cause some serious damage to your teeth and gum tissue if you don’t understand what they are and how to deal with them. Therefore, the more you know about them, the more prepared you will be to ensure that they don’t create oral health issues for you.

Plaque is a clear sticky substance that consists of bacteria. Even though plaque can’t be seen, it has a pasty consistency and can sometimes be felt in your mouth or can leave a bad taste. While plaque is constantly present in your mouth, it is not harmful to your teeth or gums as long as it is removed daily. However, when the bacteria in plaque combine with sugar in foods, it turns into an acid that eats away at the enamel of your teeth. And even if sugar isn’t consumed, when plaque is allowed to remain in your mouth, it turns into calcified deposits called tartar or calculus, which can do some real damage to your oral health because tartar is often the cause of cavities, periodontal infections and tooth loss.

Tartar, however, can be seen because it often turns your teeth and gums yellow or brown. Also, a buildup of tartar creates rough surfaces which attract plaque that when not removed, turns into more tartar…and the cycle continues until severe damage is done or the calculus is removed. While tartar is easier to see than plaque, it isn’t as easy to get rid of.

Calculus can build up quickly or can slowly accumulate over time, both above and below your gum line, and once it has formed, it can only be removed by a dental professional using a special procedure and tools. In fact, if tartar has been allowed to build up quite strongly in your mouth, it may require a deep cleaning that requires a procedure called scaling or the use of an ultrasonic dental cleaning device to remove it. Scaling is a process by which a dental professional uses a special tool to remove deposits behind or in between your teeth as well as below your gum line. Because the process requires scraping the tartar from off of tooth enamel both above and below your gum line, there can be a low level of discomfort involved.

Practicing good daily oral hygiene habits of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day can help remove the majority of plaque from your teeth and gums. And if sugary foods are eaten, if you brush after every meal, or after every treat consumption, you’ll remove the acid that has been created and keep the buildup of plaque to a minimum. Calculus on the other hand, can be controlled by constantly eliminating plaque with good oral hygiene, regular dental visits and using a tartar control toothpaste.

Understanding the difference between plaque and tartar and the importance of good oral hygiene and regular dental visits to keep them from building up in your mouth and on your teeth and gums are important steps for ensuring good oral health for yourself.

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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Lose Weight by Eating More -- Food that is Virtually Impossible to Store as Body Fat

Lose Weight by Eating More

Lose Weight by Eating More -- Food that is Virtually Impossible to Store as Body Fat

By: Marty Gallagher

Certain foods are extremely difficult for the human body to convert into body fat - not impossible but damned near impossible. By consuming calories derived from these foods, the anabolic margin of error is extended dramatically, which means it will be easier to lose fat and gain muscle, if you choose.

Lean protein, protein devoid of saturated fat, has been the staple, the bedrock nutrient of elite athletes for 50 years. Why? You can eat a mountain of lean protein and not get fat - assuming you train with intensity sufficient enough to trigger muscle growth. Lean protein is difficult for the body to break down and digest. As a direct result of this digestive difficulty, the body kicks the metabolic thermostat upward to break protein down into subcomponent amino acids.

The human body wants to preserve stored body fat as a last line of defense against starvation. If overworked and under-fed, the body will preferentially eat muscle tissue to save precious body fat.

Obese people that go on crash diets, precipitously slashing calories, might lose 100-pounds of body weight, yet still appear fat. Despite losing from say 350-pounds to 250-pounds, they still appear fat because they still are fat. The body has cannibalized muscle tissue and saved the fat. Though they might weigh 100-pounds less, they still possess 25-40% body fat percentile.

Lean protein is the bedrock nutrient in the physical renovation process because it supplies muscle tissue battered by a high intensity weight workout with the amino acids needed to heal, recover and construct new muscle tissue. Lean protein is a bedrock nutrient in the physical renovation process because it causes the basal metabolic rate (BMR) to elevate; the metabolic thermostat, the rate at which our body consumes calories, increases when digesting protein. Lean protein is a bedrock nutrient in the physical renovation process because it is damned near impossible for the body to convert it into body fat.

The other bedrock nutrient in the physical transformation process is fibrous carbohydrates: carrots, broccoli, green beans, bell peppers, spinach, cauliflower, onions, asparagus, cabbage, salad greens, Brussels sprouts and the like. Fibrous carbohydrates, like lean protein, are nearly impossible for the body to convert into body fat. Fibrous carbohydrates require almost as many calories to digest as they contain. A green bean or carrot might contain 10-calories yet is so dense and difficult to break down that the body has to expend nearly as many calories to break down that bean or carrot as the vegetable contains.

Fibrous carbohydrates have a wonderful "Roto-Rooter" effect on the internal plumbing: as they work their way though the digestive passageways they scrape mucus and gunk off intestinal walls and help keep sludge buildup to a minimum. For this reason fibrous carbohydrates are the perfect compliment to a lean protein diet. Too much protein can cause bile buildup: fiber is the Yin to protein's Yang. The two nutrients should be eaten together.

Both protein and fiber have a beneficial dampening effect on insulin secretions. It is no accident that professional bodybuilders, the world's best dieters, capable of reducing body fat percentiles to 5% while maintaining incredible muscle mass, construct their eating regimen around protein and fiber.

The best way to eat is to eat often. If you eat 3,000 calories a day the best way is in five 600-calorie feeding or six 500-calorie feedings instead of a breakfast containing 400-calories, a lunch of 1000-calories and a late dinner of 1,600-calories. Avoid calories easily converted into body fat.

Eat multiple small meals in the 400-600 calorie range comprised exclusively of foods near impossible for the body to convert into body fat. Plus, these foods cause the metabolism, the BMR, the body thermostat to elevate in order to digest them. Optimally you should eat every three hours: in about the time the nutrients from the previous meal have dwindled, been expended and exhausted, in about the time the elevated metabolism is 'settling back down to normal,' eat another small protein/fiber meal. This reestablishes anabolism, kicks the metabolism upward once again and gives the body more practice at assimilating and distributing quality nutrients.

They say practice makes perfect and by eating small, power-packed, tough to digest meals every three hours, the metabolism is kept elevated, anabolism is established and maintained and the individual never feels hungry. A person who is not hungry is far less inclined to binge on sweets and treats, junk and trash then the crash diet/calorie cutters who always feel hungry, deprived, listless and lacking energy.

The small meal/protein/fiber approach has been used successfully by elite athletes for decades and is not some untried dietary abstraction - rather it is the proven method of choice, one that has withstood the test of time, one that has been used for decades and been proven effective time after time.

If a person is able to establish a multiple meal schedule comprised primarily of lean protein and fiber eaten every three hours, then adds to this eating schedule some serious weight training and a cardiovascular regimen, physical transformation is a biological certainty.


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Strawberry Shortcake Napoleon

Strawberry Shortcake Napoleon

Submitted by: Dr. Steven A. Schnur

Dr. Steven A. Schnur's new book, The Reality Diet, has recipes the entire family will enjoy--including the kids. Packed with yummy desserts (non-sugar), high-energy breakfasts, and easy-to-fix dinners, we know you'll enjoy them all, including this one for Strawberry Shortcake Napoleon:

This napoleon will look like a leaning tower when you’ve finished building it. A fork and knife will be your best tools to eat it with. Serve it on a large plate to accommodate its collapse.

1 3⁄4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
1 teaspoon sugar substitute
8 pecan halves
One 2:90 waffle
2 tablespoons light or non-fat whipped topping

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Sprinkle the sliced strawberries with the sugar substitute and set aside. Crumble the pecans into small pieces and toast in the oven for 3 to 5 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Toast the waffle and cut it in half. Spoon some of the sweetened strawberries on a large plate, place a half waffle on top, and top with another heaping spoonful of berries. Repeat the process with the remaining waffle and berries. Finish with the whipped topping and toasted pecans.

Serves 1

CALORIES 270; FIBER 9g; FAT 12g; PROTEIN 6g; CARB 40g; SODIUM 220mg

Want to know more about The Reality Diet?

The reality is that extreme diets that promise instant results just don’t work. For one thing, you lose muscle and water, but little fat, and may seriously jeopardize your health in the process. For another, restricting certain foods and food groups deprives your body of essential nutrients. In the end, the faster the pounds come off, the faster they pile back on.

After seeing many of his patients fail on these kinds of fad diets, and suffer health-threatening side effects, Dr. Steven A. Schnur, founder of the largest cardiology practice in South Florida, developed a new, breakthrough program. The Reality Diet is not low carb, low fat, or high protein. Instead it is rich in a wide variety of foods that are high in one key fat-fighting ingredient—fiber. Not only does fiber stop hunger, it also significantly lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other illnesses.

Flexible and forgiving, The Reality Diet is for real people living in the real world. With eight weeks of mouthwatering menus, more than 200 quick and easy recipes, tips for eating in restaurants and navigating holidays, as well as an effective exercise program, The Reality Diet is both a comprehensive weight-loss plan and a blueprint for lifelong health.

About the Author: Dr. Steven A. Schnur is a board-certified internist and cardiologist who has been in private practice for more than 15 years. He is committed to helping patients achieve lasting weight loss through a high fiber diet

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Bonduelle USA Recalls Frozen Corn Due To Possible Listeria Health Risk



According to a posting on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website, Bonduelle USA Inc. of Brockport, New York is recalling 9,335 cases of frozen corn due to the possibility that it might be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The company says the frozen corn was distributed to the following states:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • North Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • Ohio
  • Kentucky
  • Indiana
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Florida

The affected frozen cut corn was distributed in poly bags under the following labels and codes:

  • WYLWOOD Super Sweet Whole Kernel Corn, NET WT. 16 OZ (1 LB), UPC 051933002401, Codes: Best By June 2017 K51564 and K51574
  • MARKET BASKET Cut Corn, NET WT. 16 OZ. (1 LB.), UPC 049705693414, Code: Best By June 2017 K51574
  • Bountiful Harvest WHOLE KERNEL CUT CORN, NET WT. 40 OZ. (2.5 LBS.), UPC 822486120597, Code: Best By June 2017 K51574
  • WEST CREEK FROZEN VEGETABLES Cut Corn, NET WT. 2.5 LBS., UPC 00806795285239 Code: Best By June 2017 K51574

The recall was the result of product being tested at retail by the State of Tennessee which had tested positive for the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

The company is fully cooperating with the FDA and has ceased distribution of the product. The FDA and the company are working together to determine the cause of the problem.

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

Healthy people who become infected with Listeria m. may exhibit the following symptoms:

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

According to the press release, the company says that it has not received any complaints in relation to this product and is not aware of any illnesses associated with the product to date.

The company urges customers to discard the affected product. Consumers requiring refund or have  questions can contact the company at 1-877-990-2662, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 4 pm EST.



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All You Need to Know About Iodine

All You Need to Know About Iodine

Submitted by: Kya Grace

The human body requires minerals, vitamins and nutrients in the appropriate quantities for a healthy growth and development. One important mineral that is required in our body is iodine. Iodine is primarily found in the thyroid gland. It is essential for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland. Iodine is involved in the synthesis of the thyroid hormones like the thyroxin and triiodothyronine. These hormones are responsible for regulating the metabolism in the body like the rate of combustion of calories, mental development in children, growth of the fetus and the development of healthy muscles.

150 mg of iodine intake is suggested for adult’s everyday. Seaweeds are the richest natural source for iodine. Fishes, prawns and mussels are good sources of iodine. While, salt is the major source of iodine in our daily diet. However, deficiency or overdose of iodine intake could be harmful, leading to enlargement of the thyroid gland. It also increases the risks of cancer. Iodine plays an important role in biochemical reactions. These are those reactions that stimulate the heart rate and respiratory rate. It also affects a number of other physiological activities as well.

Pregnant women should abstain from consuming large amount of iodine. Iodine deficiency during pregnancy may result in stillbirths, abortions and congenital abnormalities such as goiter, cretinism and irreversible form of mental retardation. Therefore, it is very essential to consume the right amount of iodine at the time of pregnancy that is 220mg and 290 when breast feeding.

Iodine deficiency is common in people living in mountainous regions where the soil is deficient in iodine. An insufficient intake of iodine leads to hypothyroidism, which is deficient production of thyroid hormone. A deficiency of iodine may cause symptoms like cold hands, weight gain, high cholesterol levels, anxiety, heart diseases, hair loss, muscle cramps, a feeling of neck swelling, hoarse voice, dry skin and brittle finger nails, high blood pressure, abnormal menstrual problems in women and poor memory. It also leads to fatigue and reddish complexion. You are likely to feel sleepier than usual. The body’s immune system also weakens. Thereby, making you prone to infections. If the condition is critical, the enlarged portion of the thyroid gland is removed by the way of surgery.

Iodine helps to regulate mood and prevent cancer. It also helps to treat and prevent fibrocystic breasts and breast cancer in women. It regulates and maintains blood pressure. Perhaps, it also enhances the immune function. Excess of iodine may lead to hyperthyroidism which is an over production of thyroid hormones. The condition is experienced in the costal areas where people consume more of seafood and sea products. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism are mood and emotional swings, anxiety, feeling of weakness and weakened muscles.

Both these conditions of hypothyroidism and hypothyroidism could be easily prevented and treated. It is always safe to consult a doctor and get treated for any thyroid related problem. But one must always ensure that the right amount of iodine is consumed. And do remember you can have enough iodine in your diet by using iodized salt and fresh vegetables and fruits that are grown on iodine rich soil.

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Spicy Foods Might Help You To Live Longer



Most of us know that we need food to live, but a new study published in BMJ has shown that spicy foods might boost one's lifespan. The findings of this study give new meaning to the saying "add a little spice to your life."

Health scientists have long known that spicy foods provide numerous health benefits, but there is very little information about how eating spicy foods on a daily basis affect mortality. Thus,  researchers in China sought to find some answers.

Chinese researchers investigated the association between daily consumption of spicy foods and death. In order to accomplish this task, they recruited 487,375 adult men and women between the ages of 30 - 79 years of age, the recruitment process began in 2004 and ended in 2008.

The research scientists excluded people with a history of cancer, heart disease or stroke because those conditions could put such people at greater risk for early mortality.

Chinese scientists followed the participants for 7.2 years; during that time 8,404 women and 11, 820 men died (from the original 288,082 women and 199,293 study participants).

Scientists looked at the diets of the participants noting that rural residents tended to eat spicy foods on a daily basis whereas non-rural residents ate spicy foods 5 or less times per week.

When the Chinese researchers looked at mortality rates among the participants they found that people who ate spicy foods 6 or 7 times per week had a 14 % relative reduction in total mortality compared to people who consumed spicy foods less frequently, this was consistent for women and men.

Interestingly enough, rural participants who consumed spicy foods on a daily basis were also more prone to smoking and eating red meat. But after adjusting for those and other known risk factors, people who ate lots of spicy foods tended to live longer.

Why is this?

The answer might be found in an ingredient common to spicy foods. The scientists noted that chili peppers (one of the most popular spicy foods) contains capsaicin; many beneficial effects are attributed to this substance including antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and glucose homeostasis properties.

In the Chinese study, Liming Li et al said that spicy foods lowered the risk of death from respiratory diseases, cancer, ischemic heart disease, diabetes and stroke. The team pointed out that the cardiovascular system is sensitive to capsaicin, and this could help in regulating cardiovascular function.

Moreover, chili pepper is rich in potassium and vitamins C, A, K, and B6. Thus, people who ate more of this and other spicy foods tended to be healthier.

Finally, the team noted that people who did not drink alcohol often lived longer than people who consumed even moderate amounts of alcohol. They believe that alcohol affects gut bacteria and that alcohol increases energy intake and thereby increasing mortality.

Liming et al acknowledged that disease status could affect spicy foods and alcohol intake thus they excluded people with heart disease, cancer and stroke from their study; they call for more studies to explore the mechanisms and validate their research findings.

Even though the study found an association between spicy foods and lower mortality, the team favors caution saying"[G]iven the observational nature of this study, it is not possible to make a causal inference. Further prospective studies in other populations would be essential to demonstrate generalizability of these findings. More evidence will lead to updated dietary recommendations and development of functional foods, such as herbal supplements."

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Lv J, Qi L, Yu C, Yang L, Guo Y, Chen Y, Bian Z, Sun D, Du J, Ge P, Tang Z, Hou W, Li Y, Chen J, Chen Z, Li L, & China Kadoorie Biobank collaborative group (2015). Consumption of spicy foods and total and cause specific mortality: population based cohort study. BMJ (Clinical research ed.), 351 PMID: 26242395


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3 Helpful Tips For Students And Desk Workers To Continue Getting Six Pack Abs

3 Helpful Tips For Students And Desk Workers To Continue Getting Six Pack Abs

Submitted by: Jason Camacho

Assuming you have a desk job, work in a cubicle, or are in high school or college, this is for you. Everybody knows how hard it really is to sustain six pack abs specially when you're sitting down half of your day.

For some people, they believe as if they're losing their abs and decreasing their results because they're not doing anything except lounging around building up stomach fat. If you're this way, I'm about to supply you with two simple tips that you can do during school or work to continue to enhance your six pack ab results.

Before I dive into these two helpful suggestions, you should know that I constantly accomplish this when I'm at college and it works in my situation. I wouldn't inform you of something simply for the sake of saying it, but I research and experiment these specific things to make sure they will really work to give you the greatest results.

Life's Distractions That Bring Us Down

There are actually certain things that many Fitness experts won't tell you just because their main focus is on workouts and dieting. However, I'm an average kid and know exactly what it's like to endure life and become bombarded with distractions and other form of misfortunes.

For this reason I don't choose to solely focus on exercise time and guidelines to help you get six pack abs in your workouts, instead I'd choose to expand on those specific times and trials that nobody may seem to assist you with nowadays. Now, without further delay, let's jump into both of these helpful tips.

For starters, I'd always like to explain the benefits of both these different secrets and just how it really will let you continue to receive six pack ab results. In regards to developing six pack abdominals, every little bit helps, no matter how helpful it really is.

After you add all this up in the end, you'll be thankful you did the little things to continue to enhance your abdominal appearance.

Now, there are occasions during the day any time you feel like you're losing results which you gained in the past week, but no-one likes this feeling. This is why I wish to keep you from feeling similar to this, but instead I wish for you feeling like you're enhancing your results every minute of any day. Who says you need to stop enhancing your results simply because you need to go to work or school? So bearing that in mind, allow me to share the benefits of the two of these, key tips.

The Key Benefits OfThe Two Of These Tips:

-It doesn't cost money to complete these

-You always improve your results day after day

-There's no complications or required knowledge to accomplish this

-You are capable of doing this anytime during the day, wherever you might be

-Your six pack abs become more developed with barely any work

-These keep you from feeling as if your results decrease during the day

-You don't need to be working out or exercising

#1 Tip To Maintaining Six Pack Abs With A Desk

Everybody knows what it's like to get stuck at a desk all day long and honestly, it sucks. You'd rather be exercising, working out, or doing something other than being stuck in a chair for 8 hours. It especially sucks when you can't do anything about your stomach appearance, and all you can do is feel helpless about furthering your six pack ab results.

Well, here's one thing you can do to ensure you continue to improve your six pack ab results every day, even when you aren't working out your abs. Now, don't laugh when I tell you this because I do this everyday due to pure habit, and I know how much of a difference it makes in my abdominal muscle improvement.

It's so extremely simple. You simply flex your abs and tighten your entire core. Wherever you are, whatever you're doing, go ahead and flex that entire core. By doing this throughout your day, it naturally strengthens your core and even becomes an equivalent to performing an abdominal workout.

Now I'm not saying flex your abs for a second and it'll be equal to a normal workout, but I am saying that when you flex and tighten your core during the day, it all adds up, which means you're increasing your six pack ab results. This is perfect for when you're at your desk or just sitting in line to buy groceries.

Don't make it super obvious and cause people to think you're constipated, but look natural, and try to see how long you can hold that "flexed" position. While you're at your cubicle getting work done or at school listening to a lecture, just flex your core.

It's that simple. It probably sounds too good to be true but trust me, every little bit helps in regards to establishing a toned stomach, and this helps a lot.

Just by flexing and holding that core multiple times throughout your day, you'll notice more strength and toning in your abdominals.

#2 Tip To Maintaining Six Pack Abs

Along with flexing your core abdominals, there's one extra thing you can easily do to naturally improve your toned stomach appearance. Constantly be in tune with your posture and pay attention to it.

I don't want to tell you to maintain a good posture, because you can do this and a minute later be right back in that slouched position. Rather, I want to tell you to have good, strong posture in your back and also be conscious of your posture so that you don't naturally move back into that slouched posture. Protect your posture is what I'm saying.

Posture is huge for your stomach appearance because it determines how you hold your stomach in and reveal those six pack abs, or how your stomach hangs out more than it should. So, while you're at your desk, be weary of your posture and keep a strong back as this will naturally improve your stomach appearance and allow you to have a more lean-looking core.

It can be very hard to maintain good posture while you're at your desk because our bodies naturally tend to become relaxed after periods of time. This in turn, gives us that "gut" look and portrays our stomach as flabbier than it really is.

By constantly paying attention to your posture while you're at your desk, you'll develop a natural tendency to have improved posture and over time you'll naturally have good posture without even realizing it. This will cause your stomach to look better and your six pack abdominals to break through body fat even more.

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Kapowsin Meats Recalls Pork Product Because Of Possible Salmonella Contamination



Kapowsin Meats an establishment in Graham, Washington is recalling approximately 523,380 pounds of pork products that may be contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recently announced.

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

The FSIS is not satisfied with Kapowsin Meats's progress on food safety improvements, deeming the company's efforts "insufficient".

The whole hogs and associated items were produced on various dates between April 18, 2015 and August 26, 2015.

The FSIS has expanded the recall which they say is associated with contaminated source material. The agency says that Kapowsin Meats has voluntarily suspended operations.

The following products are subject to recall:

  •  varying weights of boxed/bagged fabricated pork products including various pork offal products, pork blood and pork trim
  • varying weights of boxed/bagged Whole Hogs for Barbeque

The recalled products bear the establishment number “Est. 1628” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The FSIS says the items were shipped to various individuals, institutions, distributors and retail locations in Alaska, Washington and Oregon.

On July 15, 2015 the FSIS was notified by the Washington State Department of Health about an investigation of Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- illnesses. The FSIS, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control determined a link between the illnesses and whole hogs for barbeque and pork products from Kapowsin Meats.

Thus far the health officials have identified 152 cases of illness in Washington with the date of onset ranging from April 25, 2015 to August 12, 2015. Using traceback investigations, they identified 36 cases of patients who consumed whole hogs for barbeque or pork products from Kapowsin Meats prior to illness onset.

People who eat food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria are at risk for salmonellosis. Common symptoms of Salmonella illness include:

  • abdominal cramps
  • diarrhea
  • fever within 12 - 72 hours after consuming Salmonella contaminated food


People should not eat the recalled products. The FSIS and Kapowsin Meats are very concerned that consumers may have stored the contaminated products in freezers. The FSIS advises consumers to throw out the recalled products or return them to the place of purchase for a refund.

The agency suggests that consumers properly prepare raw meat products (whether fresh or frozen) Consumers are advised to use a food thermometer and only consume pork and whole hogs for barbeque that have been cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 145° F with a three minute rest time.

The FSIS also advises consumers to check the temperature in several places, frequently check wood or coal to insure they remain hot, and to remove only as much meat as can be eaten within 1-2 days.

Although most people tend to recover within 3-4 days, sometimes the diarrhea may require hospitalization. The elderly, people with weakened immune systems and very young children are susceptible to severe illness. The agency says that people who are concerned about illness should contact a health care provider.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall may call John Anderson, Owner, at (253) 847-1777.



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Strategy And Tactics On Chess

Strategy And Tactics On Chess

Submitted by: Robert Michael

Strategy and tactics is what the game of chess is all about. An army of 16 chess is commanded by each player. A game of chess has three sates if being played well. In the opening, the players bring out their forces in preparation for combat. The players maneuver for position and carry out attacks and counterattacks in the middlegame. The endgame is when with fewer pawns and pieces left on the board, it is safer for the kings to come out and join the final battle. Here are 10 ways to improve your chess game.

1. Have a Plan. Your opponent will have an easy time defending themselves if you threaten something here in one move, something over there in the next move and so on. For you to be effective, your pieces must work together. Your men can work in harmony when you develop a plan. The chess men are your “team”; to be a good “coach,” you have to use all of their strengths together.

2. Know what the pieces are worth. You should think about the value of your men when thinking about giving up some of your pieces for some of your opponents. The player whose men add up to a great value will usually have the advantage.

3. Look at your opponent’s move. You should stop and think every time your opponent makes a move. Ask yourself, why was that move chosen? Is a particular piece in danger? Are there other threats I should watch out for? You will be able to successfully carry out your own strategies by defending against your opponent’s threats.

4. Develop quickly and well. An important element of chess is time. The player whose men are ready for action more quickly will be able to control the course of the game. You have to develop your men efficiently to powerful posts if you want to be that player.

5. Keep your king safe. The object of the game is to checkmate the opponent’s king. Sometimes a player forgets that his opponent is also hunting for the king because they are too busy thinking about their own plan.

6. Make the best possible move. Ask yourself these questions when you are considering a move. Can I improve my position even more by increasing the effectiveness of a different piece? Will the piece I am moving go to a better square than the one it is on now? Does the move help to defend against my opponent’s threats? will the piece I move be safe on its new square?

7. If it is a pawn, consider: Can I keep it protected from attack?

8. If it is another piece, consider: Can the enemy drive it away?

9. Always be alert. Once a player has reached a good position or given up hope if their position is bad there is a tendency for people to relax. If you have a better position, watch out! One careless move could throw away your advantage. You must always watch out for your opponent’s threats.

10. Know when to trade pieces. The best time to trade men is when you can capture men worth more than the one you will be giving up, which is called “winning material”. If your opponent is very careful, that opportunity may not arise.

11. Think about the endgame. You should remember that every move you make might affect your chances in the endgame. Concentrate on your immediate plans, as well as your opponent’s.

12. Control the center. The player who controls the four squares at the center of the board will have the better game, in many cases.

Hopefully these tips will help improve your chess game. Go practice – and have some fun!

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