The War on Sugar: The Use and Abuse of Sugar on American Diets

Sugar was historically, like so many popular foods and illegal substances, once used as a medicine. Sugar was first officially given medical status from St. Thomas Aquinas, but its medicinal use can be tracked back to popular cures during the Middle Ages and before. Similar cases include ketchup, methamphetamine, and cigarettes. Ketchup was based on a Chinese condiment made with fish oils and used as a medicine until the late 19th century. Methamphetamine got approval from the FDA for the treatment of such things as seasonal allergies and alcoholism, and wasn’t made unavailable to the majority of the public until the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Though cigarettes have since been found to have harmful and even fatal side effects, they were commonly used in the 19th and 20th centuries to aid digestion.

It’s no surprise then, despite the fact that sugar is an American staple, that sugar has been found to have side effects similar to illegal drugs and alcohol. Sugar is addictive and can have extreme side effects when cut from the diet entirely. Sugar has been worked into almost every food and drink in the United States, and the US leads the world in a detrimental focus on sweetness.

The FDA has categorized sugar as a food additive and GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe). The average American consumes about 60-65% more sugar than what the human body can process correctly — that’s about 20-30 teaspoons of extra sugar. Margaret Hamburg, former FDA Commissioner discussed the war on sugar in a recent Freakonomics podcast.

When the impact of sugar on the body is considered, it has been found to cause insulin resistance in organs like the liver, in a way comparable to alcohol. There has been a severe increase in the number of people with diabetes in America, as well as in Europe and Asia. This has been thought to be linked to the high sugar levels in foods designed for cost-effectiveness and enjoyment. Drinking a bottle of soda with the average amount of sugar puts excess strain on the liver, which leaves leftover sugars to be converted into liver fat — a key contributor to type-2 diabetes, heart disease, and issues regulating metabolism. Sugar itself is not necessary in the human diet, and excessive sugar is known to cause similar symptoms to those found in substance abuse.

The regulation of sugar has already begun. Taxes on sugary drinks is just the beginning. But what will it take to effectively reduce sugar consumption?

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Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Makes Heart Care More Available

The Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi has now been officially declared the center for cardiac issues. All individuals experiencing chest pain will now be taken care of at the clinic’s emergency room and heart disease consultants will give medical care to all patients at this early stage.
Increase in Patients

In 2016, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi registered a large demand for heart patients in the emergency room. Some 2000 more people visited the emergency room than the previous year.
Individuals came in from nearby countries with chest pain, heart failure, and heart attacks. The hospital now has the capabilities and the staff to help a large number of patients from the region.

Citizens, residents and patients will all receive urgent specialized care from expert physicians who have years of experience in heart disease. The physicians will be on duty to care for anyone coming into the emergency room, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The clinic is equipped with the latest technologies such as advanced imaging, examination tools, and artery stents.

Teamwork with Specialists Now Available

The physicians will treat patients using hybrid robotic heart equipment for heart surgeries. There will also be teams of cardiovascular medicine and cardiothoracic physicians that can be consulted to discuss cases and plan the proper solution for each patient. Specialist doctors from other fields will also be called in when needed for consultation.

Do Not Neglect Chest Pain

At the Cleveland Clinic, Cardiologists have been warning people about neglecting chest pain. Since chest pain could be the first warning sign of a heart attack, getting treatment too late for this pain could do severe damage or cause death. Dr. Edris, a well-respected Cardiology and Cardiovascular Specialist in the United Arab Emirates says individuals are having heart attacks at a much earlier age. In the US, the average age of patients is between 50 and 60, but in the UAE it is between 40 and 50.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

All individuals should be aware of the symptoms of having a heart attack. Many people experience symptoms that start out slowly and seem like it is nothing, but people need to pay attention to their body language. Once there is any kind of chest pain that lasts more than just a couple of minutes, you should seek proper medical care.

Symptoms that require medical care would include:

  • the feeling of pressure in the chest
  • pain that lasts for over a few minutes
  • pain that increases
  • pain that is causing tightness and extends to the upper limbs or neck
  • nausea accompanied by the tightness of breath

If you have such symptoms and cannot get to the hospital immediately, call for an ambulance. Time is of the essence when dealing with chest pain.

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A New Coiffure for a Cancer Cure

Most people are not willing to shave their heads without a good reason. Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) has provided that reason for hundreds of willing participants with their Be Brave and Shave campaign, which raises both awareness and much-appreciated funds for CNMC in their ongoing fight against childhood cancer. Participants in the program register for personal fundraising pages through DonorDrive and then invite family, friends, and businesses to donate money to the cause. The effort culminates with the participants shaving their heads to show their solidarity with those children who lose their hair because of chemotherapy.

Be Brave and Shave events have been taking place throughout the Washington, DC metro area since 2009. The program appeals to all makes and models of philanthropists, from young private school students, local firefighters, and patients’ families, to high-ranking political officials. One such notable official was able to raise the staggering sum of nearly $550,000 dollars in one effort. H.E. Yousef Al Otaiba (Facebook.com), the United Arab Emirates Ambassador to the United States, volunteered to have his head shaved for the cause in January of 2010. He raised more than $274,000 from his relatives, acquaintances, and colleagues and then very generously matched the donations himself, accounting for about 72% of the program’s donations for the entire year.

Yousef Al Otaiba was inspired to support the Be Brave and Shave initiative by fellow humanitarian Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Robert had endured a battle with brain cancer himself and had lost his own hair as a result of his cancer treatments. After months of growing his hair back, Robert decided to shave it off again for a good cause, and he personally raised $114,025 for Children’s National Medical Center.

After following Robert’s example, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba expressed his support for the hospital and the fundraising system: “Thank to the tireless work of the team at Children’s National, countless kids around the world have the support, care and attention they need to push through very challenging circumstances. I am proud to personally contribute to the hospital’s continued success.”

Although not everyone can raise $550,000 for children’s cancer research, anyone can contribute meaningfully to the success of the Be Brave and Shave campaign. Children’s National serves approximately 300 cancer-stricken children every year, and every dollar raised through this program brings them a dollar closer to finding a cure.

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Cindy Whitehouse: Pursuing Uncharted Territories in Business

Cindy Whitehead (https://twitter.com/cindypinkceo) is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of The Pink Ceiling. She has been rated as the Entrepreneur Magazine as a woman to watch. She has also been rated by Forbes due to her net worth which was amassed in a very short while. She founded her company last year in April. Pink Ceiling is a brand manufacturing and marketing female Viagra. Whitehead seeks to empower women, through this company, by promoting their interests even in areas where this would be thought of as a taboo.

Pursuing a field that is thought to be for men is something that you would expect of Whitehead. From a tender age, Whitehead was intrigued by everything that was thought to be a man’s field only. At just the age of 12, she had to disguise herself as a boy in order to play in the baseball league. She signed in as Andy and was allowed into the Beach Little League team. Three years later, she began skating. At the time, skating for females was unheard of. But, Whitehouse being a hard nut, just had to prove that women can do everything just the same as men. So, two years later she was recognized as one of the best female skateboarders in the United States.

She decided to retire from skateboarding five years later. She began a career in sports styling. At first, she was a regular stylist but a few years later, her love for sports inspired her to be a stylist in the sporting industry. There her journey began. Her services would be sought by companies who were looking to advertise using athletes. She would style them based on their geographical locations and what was trending in the specific sports. During her time as a sports stylist, she worked with big league companies including Nike, Adidas, Gatorade, and Coca-Cola.

Whitehead uses the Pink Ceiling to offer consultation services to women with startups. Since she founded the company, they have been able to develop two pharmaceutical companies, Addyi and Sprout that have been really successful and were sold for over $1.5 billion. Perhaps the reason why Fortune Magazine branded her as a tireless force of Nature. Her excellent team of professionals, guide other entrepreneurs through the journey to becoming successful. They also provide them with marketing strategies.

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The Health Benefits of a Short Term Cleanse

Whether you’re wanting to lose weight or just improve your overall healthy a short term cleanse can help you. Most people by now have heard about cleanses but don’t know much about them. A cleanse is a natural way to detox your body. When it comes to which products to use it can be a bit confusing and tricky to tell which ones you need. In some cases, certain foods or drinks can assist you with a cleanse.

Cleansing doesn’t mean you can’t have tasty food, but it does mean that you may have to change your diet to some degree. You can find recipes to make desserts that do not contain as many calories but are packed with nutrition. Cutting out processed foods with additives can also be a form of a cleanse on its own.

For those who are too busy to keep up with calorie count but still want to do their best to lose weight, you may want to consider nutritional shakes instead. For example, Mannatech’s (https://twitter.com/mannatech?lang=en) TruPlenish nutrition shakes are a great choice. These meal replacement shakes provide you with just enough calories for energy, satisfy your appetite, but will also provide you with all the essential nutrients and vitamins. The shakes are meant to replace a meal and should be used short term.

For certain results, you may need to consider some supplements to help target certain areas of the body and to better assist you in reaching your goals.

For example, there is a difference between a colon cleanse and a blood cleanse. While both aid in detoxing those areas of the body, they will both contain different ingredients in the supplements. A colon cleanse can often help people lose weight. It helps remove the excess build up of toxins and allows your digestive system to process food at a faster rate which reduces or eliminates bloating. Another health benefit is that it will allow your body to absorb the nutrients more efficiently.

Regardless of the supplements or diet, you choose to go with you need to take everything you eat and do into consideration. If you’re consuming more calories than you’re burning you may not be able to lose weight. Counting can be quite a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be. There are a number of apps that help you keep up with how many calories you consume and can also help you track your exercise schedule so you’ll know if you are making progress or not. Your diet goes a long way too. Before planning a meal, consider how many calories you’ll have to burn to make up for it.

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Developing Government Real Estate in Washington DC

The government owns the largest real estates and properties in different parts of the nation. It contracts private companies to develop some of its properties. The government hires professionals in the real estate industry as well to oversee the activities of private developers. Real estate developers will agree that government projects are not as easy and straightforward as private projects. Public projects are complex and require proper planning, experience, and good planning. The projects required environmental and social consideration.

Real estate companies compete for public projects because of their high returns. However, given the complexities and dynamic regulations in awarding contracts, established companies win most of the contracts. Washington DC has some of the best environmental friendly buildings in the country. Private companies designed and constructed some of these buildings. Private developers have changed the District’s outlook by developing new modern structures and redeveloping old buildings. Some of the companies that have shaped the District’s landscape are discussed below.

Franklin L. Haney Company

The Franklin Haney Company is a family-owned business based in Washington DC. The company was established in 1967 and is among the leading real estate and property developers in the country. The Company’s leading marketing place is the Washington metropolitan area where it has developed over a million square feet of office space. Government contracts have largely contributed to the success of the Franklin Haney Company.

The Bozzuto Group

The construction company was established in 1988. The Bozzuto Group specializes in developing residential houses and has developed more than 40,000 apartments since it was established. However, part of the company’s success comes from government real estate projects. The Company developed residential houses for students in public universities including the University of Baltimore.

PN Hoffman and Associates
This is one of the leading real estate companies in Washington DC. The company is among the premier developers of mixed-use transformation projects and urban residential houses in the District. The company was established in 1993 and has completed more than 35 private and projects. Some of the company’s projects include office space and retail projects. PN Hoffman and Associates developed the first LEED certified residential high-rise in Washington DC.

The real estate companies outlined above are a few of the private companies that have transformed the landscape of the District. Other companies that the government contracts for its construction projects include Peterson Companies and Douglas development. The companies have transformed the quality of life for urban communities with their private and public projects.

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New and Simple Ways to Manage Your Chronic Fatigue

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You have chronic fatigue and have experimented with various drugs available in the medical industry in order to keep yourself active as much as possible. You may believe that you have already done too much within your power to cope with the pain, and that any of the treatments cannot fit your lifestyle. If you believe this, consider a new different approach that can open up some fresh possibilities to change.

Physician Skepticism

One of the most troubling aspects of having chronic fatigue is that it is difficult to find a knowledgeable and sensitive physician who can diagnose and treat the condition. The skepticism of some doctors can be devastating more than the illness itself. These physicians don’t believe in chronic fatigue or may refuse to provide treatment. Secondly, physicians may not offer any real help because they don’t know what to do. As a whole, physicians are more comfortable with medical problems that are revealed through lab tests and respond well to medications and surgeries. The bottom line is that physicians simply don’t want to spend their time because the difficulties in diagnosis, treatment and ongoing care is too much in most instances.

Relaxation

If you have too many obligations that making a lifestyle change is impossible, there are certain things you need to do in order to survive and keep your family well. For example, taking 30 minutes out of your day to do some relaxation techniques even with your eyes open can be very helpful. Similarly, even if your work schedule is tight, you can still pace your activities throughout the day by breaking them down into manageable portions that you can so in a relaxed manner. Clearly, the more flexible your work schedule, the easier it will be to incorporate these practices to reduce fatigue.

Combining Medical and Behavioral Approaches

For chronic fatigue, another best approach is to combine medical and behavioral aspects to some degree and treat the patient accordingly. Behavioral assessment is crucial in identifying the patient’s lifestyle factors and help sustain illness. Ideally, physicians and psychologists should work together with patients addressing both the aspects simultaneously. Establishing a therapeutic alliance this way is a basic but necessary step. The question at this point is – where do I find such a doctor? For this, contact your local chronic fatigue support organization – they should be able to provide appropriate referrals in your area.

Foods for the human body and foods to avoid

Fruits and vegetables

In the modern era the topic of healthy eating is permeating our society. Issues like GMO (genetically modified organism), gluten-free products, soy and organic versus non-organic products is stimulating debate about what to put in our bodies. Certainly, people are entitled to eat what they want. However, when we consider that unhealthy diets contribute to an increase in obesity, adult and childhood diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer we should pay close attention to the data.

Everyone knows eating fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are recommended for a healthy lifestyle. However, when the topic of GMO is factored, research studies demonstrate that our healthy food staples may cause more harm than good. Research data from universities, international government organizations, and private research firms, demonstrate that mice exclusively fed GMO foods develop rapid cancer cells and tumors. This is alarming considering 95% of soybeans and 80% of corn grown in the U.S., are genetically modified and banned by the USDA organic division.

Many additives found in our foods are also diminishing our options for nutritious meals. In the U.S., many chemical additives are permitted while banned in other countries. Some of these additives include; coloring agents (blue 1, blue 2, yellow 5 and yellow 6) found in products like Macaroni and Cheese, olestra/olean found in potato chips, BHA and BHT in cereal, azodicarbonamide in bread, arsenic in chicken, synthetic hormones (rBGH and rBST) in milk, potassium bromate in flour and brominated vegetable oil in soda.

Healthy diets don’t only affect the body. Research studies demonstrate that eliminating food additives (that can function as toxins and allergens) reduce depression and anxiety. Many individuals who eat (organic, non-GMO) vegetarian or vegan foods report enhanced mental clarity, better focus, and balanced emotions.

When thinking about diet and lifestyle, consider these facts. Every 28 days our entire dermal (skin) layer is replaced, every 5 months our liver is replaced, and every 10 years our bones are replaced. These organs and systems are replaced from foods we consume. Essentially, we are what we eat, and we have the option to decide what we are made of.

When considering healthy food options it is worth factoring organic products. This includes organic toothpaste, deodorant, and water without fluoride. It is recommended to eat high quantities of (organic and non-canned, non-frozen) fruits and vegetables. It is worth the time and effort to reduce or eliminate fast food meals and learn how to cook fresh foods (with bottled or non-fluoridated water). Many delicious recipes exist on the internet and in cook books to make cooking fresh foods fun and rewarding.

Finally, it is recommended to consume as much water as possible. Studies have demonstrated that drinking water after waking-up activates internal organs. Drinking a glass of water 30 minutes before eating a meal can aide in digestion, and drinking 1 glass of water before going to sleep avoids stroke or heart attack. Water has also been proven to assist in weight regulation and weight-loss.

You Can Prevent Heart Disease with a Five Minute Run

There have been many studies done to confirm that regular exercise has a number of benefits. However, a new study has shown that people reap major health benefits just by running five minutes. A team of researchers followed a group of 55,000 women and men over the course of 15 years. The researchers examined the subject overall health, how long they lived and whether they ran.

The researchers found that people who reduced their chances of death from all causes by 30 percent. They also reduce their chances of dying from cardiovascular disease by 45 percent. Investigators also found that people who ran lived an average of three years longer than people who did not run. Even when the subjects’ body mass index, age, alcohol and tobacco use was taken into consideration, the results of the study were still the same.

Dr. Warren Levy, who is a cardiologist, has stated the benefits of this study are important to note. People smoke, drink excessively and/or are obese can still greatly improve their health if they run. For example, an obese person who runs is less likely to suffer from heart problems than a sedentary obese person.

The frequency and speed did not seem to make much difference. People who ran less than 51 minutes per week still were less likely to die than those who did not run at all. The researchers also found that running longer may not necessarily be better. People who ran more than three hours per week still had the same chance of dying as those who ran less than one hour per week. They are not sure why people do not reap more health benefits by running for a longer period of time.

Researchers also found that the key to getting the most out of running is to be consistent with your routine. They found that the subject who ran consistently for six or more years reaped the most benefits. They were 50 percent less likely to die from heart disease, and they also cut their chances of dying from all other causes by 29 percent.

Even though there have been many studies illustrating the effects of regular exercise, this is the one of the largest studies done to ever pinpoint the health benefits of running specifically. Running helps improve health by decreasing glucose production and lowering blood pressure.