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Making Your Health “Resolute”

 

Making Your Health “Resolute”

by Amy Lignor

 

It is time for those New Year’s Resolutions to be made. We all know the ones most likely being placed on lists everywhere: stop smoking and lose weight. Why? Because these have always been the top two when it comes New Year’s Resolutions, 2017, good health, happinessto goals, so that the next time the ball drops you feel amazing that the goal was achieved. A tough fact to learn, however, is that even though more than half of Americans resolve to better their health in some way each year, less than half are still on target to achieve their goal six months later.

Enthusiasm always deadens after the “party” is over and the real world comes back into play. The holidays are wonderful times, yet the luster of it all fades. So…are there ways to keep people working towards their goal? You bet there are!

Take the weight loss resolution. That one resolution, a great many times, comes along with the feeling that there should be overnight success. It is still a reality that gaining it took a lot less time and energy than it will ever take losing it, but setting normal goals for yourself can aid in keeping your momentum and that luster shining brilliantly far more than six months into the year. Results can and will happen, yet there are so many programs, machines and equipment out there that when it comes to weight loss, sometimes the ability to pick the right advice that will actually work becomes more of a load to carry than the actual extra weight. In the end, it’s the social factor that needs to be in place in order to keep the goal you’ve set for yourself.

 

This is the same basic foundation when it comes to quitting smoking. You need that support of family and friends around you to not only help, listen to the frustration, etc., but also be highly supportive: going to a gym with a best friend so that they, too, can get healthier but also become a “team member” in achieving your goal is perfect. If the focus is smoking, speaking to an ex-smoker and having them on your “team” can be truly helpful. After all, they’ve already gone through it, so they are the absolute best people to help you.

 

Never forget how much cash you will save either. Let’s be honest, if you added up the costs of those extra snacks, pizza deliveries, etc., something a whole lot more fun could be bought for both you and your family. When it comes to smoking, the cash saved is huge. And the idea to spend cash on something that won’t necessarily lead to your early demise is most definitely another plus.

 

Stress is also a problem for almost everyone, and the amount of stress can become astronomical. For good health, stress must be cut. The work hours need no more extending. Exercise, nutrition, spending time with family and friends – these are all important in order to cut the stress and allow you to get a more restful sleep – which in turn causes you to do far better at work than you did when you spent way too many hours there.

 

My own grandfather used to tell me: “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The line was very strong and precise. But in the real world, without a restful sleep, you are more likely to develop poor health. A higher risk of obesity, as well as Type 2 diabetes and memory issues have been linked to lack of sleep.

 

There is also a solid, basic factor when it comes to owning good health: happiness. No rolling of the eyes on this one. Yes, work is difficult at times. Yes, the bills keep coming in and the kids need that college education. Those facts are most definitely real. However, by taking time out – even small amounts of time – and enjoying the life you’re working so hard at making, allows you to leap onto the good side of health. Thousands of studies have proven positive/happy people are less likely to deal with heart attacks or develop heart disease than those who are resting on the side of gloomy.

 

In every place – whether big city or small town – there are always locations where you can enjoy a walk, sit and listen to music, or simply have a good day outdoors in the sunshine with your family.

 

Thus, it’s time to make those 2017 Resolutions the most resolute they have ever been

Source:  Baret News

Key factors of Your Needed Winter Skin Regimen with EltaMD® Skin Care

 

Key factors of Your Needed Winter Skin Regimen with EltaMD® Skin Care

By Amy Lignor

The cold winds and freezing temperatures of winter have arrived in many parts of the U.S. EltaMD® wants to help you protect your skin from seasonal dryness, cracking and itch aggravated by winter conditions.

EltaMD® is dedicated to helping people establish a practical and effective skin care regimen using their unique and innovative products. EltaMD® dermatologist-recommended skin care product line has specialized formulas for every skin type. For enthusiasts of the winter lifestyle, EltaMD® is a great resource to learn more when it comes to your skin care needs.

Winter sun, frigid temperatures, whipping winds, and even dry indoor heating can actually strip your skin of moisture and can leave your face and hands feeling tight, dry, and irritated.

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Keeping your skin healthy and hydrated all day long in the winter months is recommended. Start every morning with an effective facial moisturizer. The EltaMD® Barrier Renewal Complex helps maintain soft and supple skin in the colder months while promoting a more youthful appearance all year round. It restores the vibrant glow of youth by improving the tone and texture of your skin. With five unique ceramides that replenish moisture loss and increase water retention, lines and wrinkles are visibly softened. 

A fact that is often forgotten in the winter is the damage the sun can cause to your skin.   Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can penetrate light clouds, snow, and even fog. Over time, that exposure can lead to moles, wrinkles, and skin cancers. So even on those cloudy or overcast days, using sunscreen to protect your skin helps prevent the signs of early aging and skin cancer, says the American Cancer Society.

EltaMD® offers a line of superior sun protection formulas designed for year-round use by all skin types and ages. Specially formulated with transparent zinc oxide, EltaMD® sunscreens provide long-lasting UVA and UVB protection with broad-spectrum SPF ratings from 30 to 50. Highly recommended by dermatologists and plastic surgeons, EltaMD® is the best-selling physician-dispensed sunscreen in the U.S., according to an assessment by Kline & Company*.

Lip protection during winter pursuits is another issue to consider. In winter, whether skiing or simply taking care of outdoor chores, lips can easily chap. Wearing lip balm is essential when it comes to good winter skin care. EltaMD® UV Lip Balm Broad-Spectrum SPF 31 is perfect for protecting and soothing dry, chapped lips. Formulated with transparent zinc oxide and nourishing antioxidants, it combats the harmful effects of damaging UVA and UVB rays. Olive oil and vitamin E team up to condition and replenish moisture, making your lips silky-soft while providing long-lasting comfort

Effective facial cleansing is especially important during the winter when icy road debris and other environmental contaminants are prevalent. The EltaMD® Foaming Facial Cleanser is an oil-free, pH-balanced formula that offers gentle cleansing without irritating or drying your skin. This gentle face wash contains bromelain and apple amino acids that act to remove makeup, excess oil, and impurities. Your skin’s natural moisture is retained, leaving your skin clean, smooth and soft.

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If dealing with oily or acne-prone skin, EltaMD® AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer will allow you adequate hydration without clogging pores or worsening acne. Garnering rave reviews from consumers and physicians alike, this oil-free moisturizer applies silky smooth and is non-greasy. Containing the perfect ingredients, like hyaluronic acid to help the skin retain essential moisture and enhance suppleness, it is fragrance-free and noncomedogenic—making it suitable for oily or combination skin types. Because it also contains vitamin B-3, it is the perfect facial moisturizer for those with rosacea. Its anti-inflammatory properties minimize the appearance of redness.

As you head into this winter season, whether skiing on the slopes or huddled-up by a fire, make sure to protect your skin with the full line of EltaMD® products as you pursue your fun in winter’s wonderland.

Visit www.eltamd.com for all your Skin Care Needs

*Assessment by Kline and Company, 2014 (most recent report)

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun”

 

Remember the Rules of Protection “Under the Sun”

by Amy Lignor

 

We wait for the sun. In some spots—those locations that are rarely seen for more than a month without a ground covered in a blanket of snow—wait even longer. But now, as we stare at the maps on the weather stations across the country, the bright red Baby…it’s hot outside.colors are covering almost all of the United States. Although there are states like Arizona and New Mexico that can usually be seen with red or orange covering their areas, when a place like Green Bay, Wisconsin, is having major problems with heat and humidity, everyone must remember that battling the sun is something that must be done.

 

Enjoying summer is a definite “must-do” because you never know when Old Man Winter will blow back in. But when enjoying ninety degree temperatures (with even worse humidity) you need to be on the defense when it comes to protecting the skin from sunburns. Anyone who has suffered from too much exposure to the sun knows how it hurts to basically move in any direction. The burn makes your skin feel like you were placed in an oven and “baked” for far too long. And when the skin starts to peel, patchy blotches are left behind. So what is the worst place to burn that causes the most discomfort? The face.

 

The first and foremost thing to remember about enjoying this long, hot summer, is to make sure to stop exfoliating the skin; instead, moisturizing must move up a notch to number one on your skin care “must-do” list. But if the deed is already done, there are many post-burn products that you should look into using as soon as possible after receiving a sunburn. Here are just a few:

 

An Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask (First Aid Beauty) contains the strongest cure for the sunburn, which are oats. This mask is a combination of colloidal oatmeal and avena sativa oat bran; a combination that helps to soothe the skin on your face, leave it soft, and bring back your natural glow instead of having to don the bright red nose that only Rudolph (Santa’s reindeer) can pull off.

 

The True Cream Aqua Bomb (belif) is there for perfect hydration. Feeling and looking almost like a gel, it actually makes your skin feel like refreshing cool water has been spritzed on your face. Utilizing this before bedtime has proven to greatly cut down on the peeling from your sunburn.

 

A combo – hydration and moisturizer – is produced by a company called e.l.f. Major ingredients of aloe, Vitamin E, cucumber, shea butter and more make up the product. Great for use during the sunshiny days, it does not feel oily whatsoever.

 

Another face mask that can definitely help soothe sunburned skin and rehydrate your pores is the Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask. Placing the mask in the fridge allows you to stay cool with the mixture of honey, aloe, and hyaluronic acid. This is fantastic for people with sensitive skin. Thick, like a lotion, this mask allows highly sensitive skin to feel hydrated immediately. No fragrance to deal with, just leave it on for twenty minutes, rinse, and immediately feel the incredible difference that the product provides.

 

If wishing for lip repair, as well as being able to choose from red, pink or a sheer gloss to match your desired outfit, Aquaphor Lip Repair is available on the market. Although lip balms are aplenty, this is one that actually helps heal the lips after they become burned or puffy from the constant sunshine. A conditioner, this lip repair protects and provides absolute relief.

 

Last, but never least, is the ultimate “must-have” product when it comes to sitting out in the sun: sunscreen. And when it comes to focusing on the face, Neutrogena offers a Clear Face Sunscreen that not only helps block UV rays but can also be used by people who are already dealing with a sunburned/peeling face. Truly aiding those with sensitive skin who’re susceptible to breakouts, this is one sunscreen you should never leave home without.

 

In other words, if you are that sun lover who craves the bright light to come out and shine once again, make sure never to forget about protecting, hydrating and moisturizing that lovely (and now smiling) face of yours.

Source:  Baret News

The Doctor’s Get Their “Say” About Rio 2016

 

The Doctor’s Get Their “Say” About Rio 2016

by Amy Lignor

 

The news headlines have been constant; the pictures have been awful. There is no way to hide the fact that our men and women athletes will be walking directly into – not to mention, the rest of the world’s athletes who are coming to win their Olympic medals from all corners of the earth – the Rio 2016, Olympics, Zika virus, global health, Centers for Disease Control, ethics, public health emergency, WHO, moneyrapid spread of the Zika virus. Although debates have gone back and forth, the Olympics are still being held in Rio, causing the concerns of spreading the virus to steadily go off the charts. In other words, the people who run the Olympics and the ones who run Rio have stated that it’s clean “enough” and that nothing bad will happen. Oddly enough, these same people in power have not jumped in to go for a swim in order to prove that their claims are correct.

 

Now, a group of 150 doctors, scientists and bioethicists have joined together to write a letter, which was sent to the World Health Organization, stating that the Rio Olympics must be postponed or moved completely. Citing very definite concerns and factual evidence about furthering the spread of the virus, the group is also questioning the WHO. They are wondering if the WHO is simply rejecting all advice and requests to move the Olympics because they somehow have a conflict of interest (in other words, an agreement of business/money) with the International Olympic Committee already set in place.

 

This is all about global health. Even sport shows like, “Mike & Mike” on ESPN have offered the people in power in Rio money to take themselves and their families into the disgusting waters that reside there. So far, no takers.

 

This group’s letter was put in perfect context. “Currently, many athletes, delegations, and journalists are struggling with the decision of whether to participate in the Rio 2016 Games. We agree with the CDC’s (Centers for Disease Control) recommendation that workers should ‘consider delaying travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission’. If that advice were followed uniformly, no athlete would have to choose between risking disease and participating in a competition that many have trained for their whole lives.”

 

It is apparent with the research that the possibility of Olympic travelers acquiring the Zika virus in Rio, and then returning home, especially to currently unaffected areas, will bring it back with them. And once it begins, it will run rampant. As far as this group is concerned, the risk is not only stupid, it’s unethical. Just so the Olympic Games can move forward and Rio can make some cash, it seems that no one understands that it could be postponed or moved to another place quite easily.

 

The World Health Organization answered almost immediately, which means it looks dangerously like they have made up their minds and nothing at this point will matter. The frightening part is that their return statement included this: “Based on current assessment, cancelling or changing the location of the 2016 Olympics will not significantly alter the international spread of Zika virus. Brazil is one of almost 60 countries and territories which to-date report continuing transmission of Zika by mosquitoes. People continue to travel between these countries and territories for a variety of reasons. The best way to reduce risk of disease is to follow public health and travel advice.”

 

These words came from the same organization that declared the Zika virus an international public health emergency back in February, with Brazil being one of the countries hardest hit…up until now, anyway.

 

The still-talking Olympic organizers have been sending in pictures and discussing how they have been patrolling Rio for months; working to remove all standing water where this particular mosquito can breed. They also continually talk about the fact that being winter in Rio, the virus is not as likely to be contracted and spread during Game time.

 

The CDC, however, has already issued their statement telling pregnant women not to go to Rio. For those who decide to go anyway; they further advise that long sleeves and pants treated with insect repellant is a must, and that staying in air-conditioned locales the whole time needs to be done.

 

But the medical/science group definitely wants WHO to reconsider. Even if the individual risk is lower in the winter, they say that the risk to an entire population is “undeniably high.” Rio de Janeiro is highly affected at the moment; its health is weak, and the city has cut funding against mosquito-borne diseases.

 

In millions of minds, Rio not bending an inch is simply because they want the cash that the Olympics brings. On the other side of the fence, there is a spirit to the Olympics that makes people want to be a part of them. The athletes will risk anything to vie for the medals they have so long been training to capture.

 

But when taking the need, desire and – oh, yes, the money for the country away – you are left with a public health danger that could reach worldwide. By not postponing or outright moving the Games from Rio, health, welfare and ethical consequences will go from being extremely irresponsible into a downright nightmare.

Source:  Baret News

Live Longer & Better? U.S.A. Does Not Make the List

 

Live Longer & Better? U.S.A. Does Not Make the List

by Amy Lignor

 

We are talking about wellbeing, here. Yes, ours is the country where “streets were paved with gold” and “anyone who has a dream, can make it here.” We have the open rules and laws and kindness to one another, compassion, great workplaces…oh, wait, this list is going on a bit too far now.

 

U.S., Health, American burnout, stress, civil rights, life priorities, YOLO, wellbeingThe U.S. takes hits for highest heart attacks and strokes. Seizures, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety that comes from not knowing or being able to care for the baby when it arrives without taking a pay cut, forfeiting pay for twelve weeks, or even being outright replaced if requesting longer. But there are other countries where family, wellbeing, and the state of both body and mind is a priority for the governments and people who dwell there.

 

Let’s begin with France. In their policy, which is aptly named, “right to disconnect,” the French government has banned companies that are a certain size (50 or more employees) from sending emails out on the weekends or holidays. In other words, the employees are granted that right to take the time off and shut those computers down so that families can be visited and not said ‘hi’ to on the computer. France states that this is their peoples’ definite civil right.

 

When it comes to America, stepping away from a computer monitor seems almost impossible. Burning out at work and causing stress – incurring both mental and physical effects – is a daily issue. Science actually shows that if people got away from the inbox they would reduce stress levels substantially, but employers are more interested in the work than staying healthy.

 

In the country of Sweden, not only new parents but also just “daily” parents are allowed parental days off. Swedes are given 480 days of paid parental leave to spend with their kids over the year, whereas the U.S. gives a mom and a dad a big goose-egg. Yup. Absolutely no days are offered where parents can receive pay and spend time with their child. The law is you will not lose your job if you take up to twelve weeks unpaid time off for a new baby. Once they’re born, of course, all bets are off.

 

You are what you eat? Well, Japan is known for having some of the healthiest diets, restaurants, and more in the world. And their people have diets that are not exactly what you would call restrictive. They are encouraged by the country to live on a nutritional high-grain, high-carb, low-fat diet, eating fish and soybean products. The foods available are many, varied and good. When you add on the fact that Japan’s people own the second-highest life expectancy rate of any other country in the world, enough said. When it comes to an American diet, the “Golden Arches” is still, after all the research, science, study and deaths incurred from high blood pressure, among one of the most popular “restaurants” favored by American citizens.

 

Moving forward to the Great Outdoors and having the ability to breathe in fresh air and work out in true majesty, New Zealand is the place to be. Even dubbed “the adventure capital of the world,” New Zealand and its many cities and locations are terrific for mental health and heaving off that indoor-behind-the-desk life from someone’s shoulders. When it comes to America, although outdoor enthusiasts are not rare, video games, television sets, and cell phones are the main choices of activity that all together do not help a person’s wellbeing like the Great Outdoors.

 

Along those same lines, South Korea – which is home to one of the most technologically savvy groups of people in the world – has found that technology has caused negative effects on hardworking people. Which is why the government made the smart move to sponsor many counseling centers with programs to help people with an internet addiction. The treatment is working and working well.

 

Losing sleep is normal in America. All types of stresses take that much-needed, and prescribed by doctors, eight hours of sleep out of almost everyone’s lives. But people in Spain know the power of the nap and the reality that sleep is definitely necessary to keep a brain and body healthy. Although there is no longer a government mandated “nap time,” the people of Spain don’t need one mandated. The time-honored tradition of an afternoon siesta will remain because, especially for employers, the short sleep actually boosts their workers creativity and productivity a hundred-fold. In America? That’s easy. Without our dependence on coffee, most of us wouldn’t make it through the afternoon.

 

In other words, countries out there know exactly the small twists and turns, rules and regulations and civil rights that should be allowed to their citizens that will make them happier and a whole lot healthier. America could most definitely take some pointers. Prioritizing happiness is something one and all should do. After all…you never know how long you have left.

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Source:  Baret News

How Much Has to Happen Before U.S. Says “No” to Rio?

How Much Has to Happen Before U.S. Says “No” to Rio?

by Amy Lignor

 

You cannot ask the athletes. They deserve to go. They have worked so hard; they have dreams they have fought for, and the Olympic stage is THE elite stage they have longed to horrific health issues, Zika-viris, national emergency, athletes willing to risk infection, lies & treachery, Rio Olympic Gamesget to. But…would it really be that hard (not to cancel), but to simply postpone the Olympics until the athletes’ health can be deemed safe?

The U.S. could “scream” for a postponement. Would it matter? Would the games go on? Yes, most likely, and other countries will simply be silent (apparently) about the problems that come hand-in-hand with this disgusting Rio experience. To keep one up on the news, the water situation has become even worse, if that’s humanly possible. Even ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” are taking action, and trying to bring the liars to light when it comes to these horrific health issues that no one seems to be changing.

The Zika-virus outbreak is causing our CDC to blanch at the prospects that the disease could infect millions and will be brought back to the U.S. borders by athletes who just wanted to compete. Even the World Health Organization has publicly declared that the Zika outbreak from the disgusting water is a national emergency, while Brazil’s sports minister set forth a statement regarding how his government was committed to ensuring that the games take place in an atmosphere of “security and tranquility.” Oddly enough, not in a “healthy” atmosphere. (Just a reminder: Tranquility is also a term given “in death.”)

 

WHO says they have no good screening test to protect the blood supply, which means if a pregnant or fertile woman gets exposed to Zika transfusion may be impossible. There is no vaccine as of yet, and no way to kill the mosquitoes carrying the virus. If the games were postponed six to nine months, these things could be found.

 

Scheduled to begin this August, better control over the Zika virus by then looks more than iffy. Of course athletes are willing to risk infection for an Olympic gold medal, but the athletes are not the only ones who will be there. Fans aplenty go to the Olympics and then RETURN home with whatever souvenir they may have gotten. And this virus is one souvenir that may not be able to be stopped once spread.

 

Rio’s Olympic waters are heavily polluted with human sewage, and what boggles the mind is that in its bid for the Olympics, Rio vowed to clean up the city’s water and provide improved sewage sanitation. Officials have now dropped the lies and acknowledged that the vow they made will not be carried out. A new sewage facility has been built at the Marina da Glória, where Olympic sailing events will be held, but there is far more work to be done if good health is to be provided.

 

And that’s not even all the problems that exist. There are major concerns regarding the infrastructure where the games will be held. Some say there is no way that will be ready on time either. Only 10% (reported in May) of 56 Olympic constructions, overlay and energy projects were even finished. Now, Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes announced all Olympic venues would be delivered on time for the games, which is a feat he referred to as “a miracle.” He cannot say that for the water.

 

Add to this the economic crisis in Brazil, a country facing its worst recession since the 1930s.

All budgets, including that of the Olympics, are being slashed. Olympic organizers are trying to find cash, looking to cut approximately $530 million (U.S.) from the $1.9 billion operating budget. Cuts include reducing food and travel costs for Olympic officials, but at one point Brazil organizers were actually thinking of charging athletes for air conditioning.

 

Now, add on the political problems. The impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (reported by The Associated Press) has been screamed for by protesters. A congressional committee is considering the impeachment based on Rousseff allegedly violating budget laws to increase spending during her 2014 re-election campaign.

 

And if you want a little corruption added into this really bad movie, several major Brazilian construction firms who are responsible for the majority of Olympic infrastructure projects, have been implicated in the scandal that has become the Rio Olympic Games.

 

In other words, from lies to treachery; from deceit to the worst issue – the harm that WILL come to athletes if competing – Rio has already proven that they will be the worst possible Olympic Games ever to be played.

Source:  Baret News

 

 

 

Holiday Health: Keeping Treats & Sweets While Dieting

 

Holiday Health: Keeping Treats & Sweets While Dieting

By Amy Lignor

 

Can you have yourself a “merry little Christmas” while watching ones who eat mounds of fudge, drink down egg nog, and sit down at a family Christmas dinner and load a platter up so high that it actually looks like they are feeding ALL of Santa’s reindeer parked on top of the roof? Many will cry just thinking about it. They are rare, but those people who eat everything and never gain an ounce always seem to have the ability to show up at a holiday party or event right in front of us…the ones who eat a Hershey’s kiss and somehow gain far more than the 22 calories it supposedly has in it.

Gluten-Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies
Gluten-Free Chocolate Turtle Thumbprint Cookies

 

Now, it is important to note that, yes, there is a ‘Dessert Lover’s Diet’ where you could lose up to five pounds in a month. There are others that claim even more. But what’s really the case is that when we are trying to watch our weight, our cranium automatically tells us that sweets and treats are forbidden. In fact, you can almost see a line of CAUTION tape stretched over the platters when you walk close to them. In truth (and, yes, this is true), doctors say that forbidding everything that is good, every little dessert that offers a happy smile, is actually a bad thing for the human body as well as for losing weight. Why? Because the brain feels deprived. The point is not having a dessert; the point is not consuming four of them.

 

If your diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and the “good side of the Force” when it comes to fats, then choosing to have a dessert each and every day is just fine. Big enough to satisfy the craving and small enough where the calorie intake doesn’t skyrocket.

 

Desserts can be rich in “bad” fats, like the ever-present butter. Which means that having meals that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids – like fish – can offset the issue. Denying the body sweets is not the best plan when wanting to stay on track with a diet. And there are a variety of okay treats to choose from that actually allow less than 100 calories.

“Tis the Season” season brings on that ultimate fear of doing things wrong. Not fair, considering it is a time to be with family and enjoy oneself, not glare across the table at the one with the platter overflowing with food. One of the biggest things to avoid are actually drinks. The holiday-themed coffees run extremely high in fat and cholesterol, not to mention calories. But just by sticking to your own coffee and simply adding a drizzle of vanilla or peppermint extract to it, you save hundreds of calories. If your mind needs to believe that Starbucks is at work, buy one of those mugs and pour the less-calorie coffee into it.

When it comes to holiday baking, there are those temptations that you want to “test” so that the people you plan to serve

Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies
Low-Fat Gingerbread Cookies

really like it Just remember, testing too much of that cookie dough will have you spending way more dough on the gym once you make (or re-make for the hundredth time) that New Year’s resolution.

 

You can cut the fat and calories without sacrificing taste during the holidays. If you use half the sugar amount the recipe calls for in, say, a fruit pie, you will save almost 750 calories for every cup of sugar you do not apply.

 

When it comes to cookies, use a mixture of half whole-wheat pastry flour and half all-purpose flour. (Guests won’t notice

the difference.) In your cheesecake that everyone is coming to the party for, substitute part-skim ricotta cheese for cream cheese and cut the fat by close to 60 grams for each cup you use. Brownies? Of course you can have them, just use pureed pumpkin instead of oil and for every half-cup of oil you eliminate, you’ll save more than 900 calories and 100 grams of fat.

 

See? There are ways to make sure that this holiday season is enjoyable, while also making sure the scale stays the same – or even lowers. Again, it is the New Year where you need to speak your resolution, but if you’ve already learned the ins-and-outs of cutting calories and still enjoying treats, then this January 1st won’t be so difficult.

Images:  http://www.brit.co/healthy-christmas-cookie-recipes/

Source:  Baret News

 

 

 

Nature Takes a Hit From its Own Protectors

 

Nature Takes a Hit From its Own Protectors

~ Amy Lignor

 

The EPA makes mistakes? Don’t be silly… Oh, wait, what’s that people are seeing out their windows in Colorado and now New Mexico? It looks almost like the sun is setting over the river, sending a burning shade of orange onto the glassy water in the heat of…wait. That is the water?

 

Yup. People are looking out their windows and seeing what was once a river turned into a long swath of orange goo. It looks about as disgusting as any landscape (Chernobyl, anyone?) could get. However, there is an even worse part. The goo that is traveling around houses, through neighborhoods, and affecting farms just happens to contain poisons. Lead. Arsenic. You name it, it’s in there. And the EPA – the lovers and protectors of nature – can be blamed for every single drop.

Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff's Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)
Dan Bender, with the La Plata County Sheriff’s Office, takes a water sample from the Animas River near Durango, Colo., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said that a cleanup team was working with heavy equipment Wednesday to secure an entrance to the Gold King Mine. Workers instead released an estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas River. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

It all started in Denver, Colorado, when this first sight of disgusting, thick orange muck appeared from a million-gallon mine waste spill, which then headed down the river to quiet New Mexico. People and neighborhoods were told to take precautions BUT that there was no threat to drinking water whatsoever…yet. Downstream, other officials came out and said to completely avoid the Animas River (David Ostrander, Director of the EPA’s emergency response program/Denver.)

 

The EPA clean-up team was on-site at an old gold mine (Gold King Mine in SW Colorado) working to secure an entrance into the old site when their heavy equipment suddenly brought something else to light. A mine bulwark broke as they were working away and sent a huge torrent of waste downstream that raised the water level three feet in Cement Creek. An estimated 1 million gallons of mine waste was delivered into the creek that runs into the Animas River, which then continues to meet up with the San Juan River in New Mexico and the Colorado River in Utah.

 

It was initially said that the goo was acidic and could be a skin irritant, but then the EPA began its testing and found a list of harmful contaminants in the goo; from iron and copper to arsenic and more.

 

New Mexico’s Governor, Susana Martinez, said the EPA waited too long to tell her about the problem. Apparently she was not informed until almost a full 24-hours after the incident occurred. Health officials have warned those avid rafters out there that they need to avoid the water (this was not exactly listened to; Google will show you the rafters paddling around in a very gross orange river.)

 

Durango, Colorado, stopped pumping water out of the Animas River in order to avoid any of the awful waste ending up in the city reservoir, telling everyone, including pet owners and livestock owners to keep their animals out of the Animas until something can be figured out.

 

In Farmington, New Mexico (NW corner of the state), officials of the city stopped all water-supply intake pumps to avoid contamination and told citizens to stay far away from the river until the horrible color had passed. And although the EPA first stated there would be no harm to people seeing as that the waste was filled with only zinc and copper, it has turned out that the orange goo brings far more problems and a great deal more to worry about.

 

Fish have been contained in cages from the Animas River and will be monitored to see what any long-standing issues might be for surrounding wildlife. As far as human beings are concerned, this is a game of wait and see as the thick, disgusting orange river continues to flow.

 

Source:  Baret News

Are Hospitals Charging Patients Too Much?

 

Are Hospitals Charging Patients Too Much?

By Burt Carey

 

Media headlines this week called out 50 specific hospitals for price-gouging after a study revealed their published charge rates are up to 10 times the amount allowed by Medicare.

The stories stemmed from a report in the June edition of the journal Health Affairs authored by Gerard Anderson of the Medicare reports, Health Affairs Journal, Community Health Systems, for-profit corporations, price-gouging, U.S. healthcare system Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Ge Bai of Washington & Lee University. They used Medicare reports from 2012 to set a charge-to-cost ratio, then determined that most of the more than 4,000 hospitals across the country charged on average 3.4 times the amount allowed by Medicare for various procedures, and 50 of them charged an average of more than 10 times the maximum-allowable charge via Medicare.

Anderson and Bai called out Community Health Systems in particular because it owns 25 of the 50 hospitals, and Hospital Corporation of America operates 14 of the 50. Twenty of the 50 are in Florida, and all but one are for-profit corporations.

“They are price-gouging because they can,” Anderson told the Washington Post. “They are marking up the prices because no one is telling them they can’t.”

“The main causes of these extremely high markups are a lack of price transparency and negotiating power by uninsured patients, casualty and workers’ compensation insurers, and even in-network insurers,” the study charges. “Federal and state policymakers need to recognize the extent of hospital markups and consider policy solutions to contain them.”

Bai says only two states, Maryland and West Virginia, regulate hospital fees. “The problem is that the market forces have stopped working here,” she concludes. “Consumers don’t have the time or knowledge or ability to do comparison shopping of hospitals. There are no state or federal regulations in general to protect uninsured patients, so we have a market failure.”

Chip Kahn, president and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, says the study is misleading partly because it fails to recognize the $450 million in uncompensated care provided in 2012 by the very hospitals Anderson and Bai accuse of price-gouging. “Including these discounts would have had a significant effect on the charge-to-cost ratio reported, and therefore the implications of the study’s results,” he said. “Had the authors instead compared the actual payment-to-cost ratio of these hospitals compared to the national average, they would have discovered virtually no difference between the two groups – 1.3 for the 50 hospitals and 1.2 for the national average.

“The notion advanced by the authors that hospital charges determine the results of negotiations with insurers is false and misleading. Insurers have tremendous market power and assert this power in arms-length rate negotiations with healthcare providers.”

A Community Health Systems also responded to the study: “Last year, our organization provided over $3.3 billion in charity care, discounts and other uncompensated care for those who can’t afford healthcare services.

“We support pricing transparency, but a hospital’s charges, and its charge-to-cost ratio, are not relevant measures of what Medicare reports, Health Affairs Journal, Community Health Systems, for-profit corporations, price-gouging, U.S. healthcare system consumers, insurers or the government pay for services,” stated CHS. “Medicare and Medicaid determine the rates they will pay for our services, and those rates don’t always cover the cost of providing care. Insurance companies negotiate the rates that they will pay. And uninsured patients are offered significant discounts or charity care.”

The study also failed to mention that a third of the CHS hospitals listed among the 50 were purchased two years after the reporting period.

The U.S. healthcare system itself can be confusing. Insurance companies, employers, government systems and individual patients oftentimes negotiate rates with hospitals, but even insured patients often don’t know if they treatment they received is covered. With so many moving parts within such a complex system, hospital execs say an accurate study would encompass all of the complexities of the healthcare industry, comparing actual payments and services instead of using charge sheets that every hospital is required to provide to Medicare.

Robert Berenson, a fellow with the Urban Institute and former vice chairman of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, told the International Business Times that merely publishing rates for services is a far-too simplistic response to help consumers. “Charges are at a service level, which consumers don’t react to,” he said. “They’re going in because they have chest pain or they have stomach pain, so having hundreds of items with charges isn’t very useful for comparative shopping. If it were added up into ‘Here’s how much we charge for a heart attack,’ it might be something one could use for shopping.”
Source:  Baret News Wire

Film Review by Kam Williams Alternative Medicine Documentary Extols the Virtues of Holistic Healing

 

The Business of Disease

Film Review by Kam Williams

Alternative Medicine Documentary Extols the Virtues of Holistic Healing

 

 

The healthcare industrial complex spends billions of dollars on packaging and branding brainwash us into believing that there are no viable alternatives to Western medicine’s approach to curing this or that illness. In fact, doctors and 10608329_797465840338551_4973690457690983552_opharmaceuticals have been so successful in this endeavor that it is now mandatory that every citizen purchase insurance to cover conventional types of medical treatment.

But it is the contention of advocates of holistic healing that we’re being manipulated to resort reflexively to drugs and/or surgery when a less drastic or invasive path to wellness might be readily available. As Dr. Bradley Nelson, author and chiropractor, asserts, “Most people have no idea how to be healthy, or what the underlying cause of a symptom is.” Nevertheless, like lemmings, most of us simply follow whatever regimen a physician prescribes for the condition we’re presenting.

 

If you are concerned about your health and are at all inclined to question authority, you might want to check out The Business of Disease, a damning documentary written, directed, produced and narrated by Sonia Barrett. With the assistance of a number of New Age luminaries, Ms. Barrett makes the case for naturopathic medicine.

Among the experts she interviewed for this project, is Dr. Jacob Liberman, Ph.D. who claims that the medical profession is based on a very limited model in terms of remedies. “The misperception that most people have is that there’s a drug that can help them,” he says. “And if a drug can’t help them, then maybe surgery can.”

Also weighing-in is Dr. John Virapen, Ph.D., a pharmaceutical executive-turned-whistleblower. He believes if there were truth in advertising, “Life Insurance” would be called “Death Insurance” and “Health Care” would be referred to as “Disease Care.”

The Business of Disease doesn’t just criticize The Establishment, but suggests that such offbeat therapies as yoga, music, art and even light might be all you need to reverse a malady. Low production values aside, this iconoclastic expose’ has a wealth of information to offer the very open-minded.

 

Excellent (4 stars)

Unrated

Running time: 88 minutes

Distributor: Dreamspell Productions

 

To see a trailer for The Business of Disease, visit: http://www.thebusinessofdisease.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=51&Itemid=176

Source: Baret News Wire