Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Website To Help Women Succeed

Good news for women

 Perfectly timed!

New York City Launches Game-Changing Website to Help Women Succeed

Women.NYC is your new go-to resource for all things career-related.

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In New York City, women earn about 89 cents on the dollar compared to men, and out of the 55 Fortune 500 companies in the five boroughs, only one has a female CEO.

But a new website that aims to support women in their careers hopes to change that. Women.NYC, launched on Wednesday morning by New York's Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, is a one-stop-shop for women seeking information, resources, and tools on everything from finding a job, starting and running a business, and getting legal help, to accessing health services and money management.

"Women have waited long enough for equal pay, power and respect. In New York City, we aren’t going to wait any longer," Glen explained in a statement. "That's why we are launching Women.NYC. We know women can do it alone. But we don't have to. Women now have concrete tools for concrete success, all in one, easy-to-navigate place. New York City is already the best city in the world for women. Today, we're making it even better."

"Women have waited long enough for equal pay, power and respect. In New York City, we aren’t going to wait any longer"

The initiative is accompanied by a thought-provoking marketing campaign, which aims to encourage women to share their experiences, advice, and goals with the hashtag #NYCPowerMove.
"Power means something different for every woman, but we are all better off when every woman can tap into her power," noted New York's First Lady Chirlane McCray, co-chair for the Commission on Gender Equity. "New York City cannot continue as a successful city if women cannot succeed too. And now, for the first time in history, the women of New York City have all the tools they need to succeed in one place with Women.NYC."

Many women continue to face barriers to success due to a number of factors, like inflexible family leave policies. On average, female-owned businesses generate 61 percent less revenue than male-owned businesses. In New York City, there are 360,000 women entrepreneurs, yet men own 1.5 times the number of businesses, have 3.5 times the number of employees, and generate 4.5 times the amount of revenue. Women own 30 percent of small businesses in the country, but only 4.4 percent of small business loans are allocated to women.

The Women.NYC site will function as a way to foster an online community, where women are encouraged to create new partnerships, develop programming, and introduce policy ideas that support the advancement of women professionally and personally.
Following the initial campaign launch, there will be a series of workshops, forums and new programs designed to help women and promote the initiative. Though the website currently only serves the women of New York City, First Lady McCray is optimistic that other cities will soon follow suit.

Monday, 21 May 2018

The Life-Saving Properties Of Garlic

Garlic, a potent Healer

Garlic is an amazing herb. 

How Garlic Can Save Your Life

In a world mesmerized by the false promises of pharmaceutical industry marketing copy, as well as inundated with aggressively marketed dietary supplements, many of which are manufactured by the same companies making a killing off patented chemicals (Bayer owns One A Day, Pfizer owns Centrum), it is reassuring to know that the kitchen pantry will never fail us

Inexpensive, time-tested, safe and delicious, many spices are attaining recognition for being, quite literally, 'life saving,' which is likely one reason why, in ancient times, many were worth their weight in gold.
This time around, the health benefits of ancient 'folk remedies' like garlic are being confirmed by straight-laced men and women in lab coats. Which, when it comes to the conventional medical establishment, blighted as it is by the epistemological disease known as myopia, is considered the only valid way to ascertain the truth. Never mind the countless millions of people who, since the beginning of time, have used a different standard of proof: if it works and it is safe, then its true.
We all know that garlic is not shy to make its presence known. The smallest culinary dose is enough to suffuse the entire body with its aroma. Garlic also permeates the research literature: the biomedical database known as MEDLINE, provided by the National Library of Medicine, contains over 5500 study abstracts on garlic, a number of which we have indexed and organized for your use on our site: Health Benefits of Garlic.

A cursory perusal of the literature there indicates that garlic has a significant role to play in preventing or treating well over 150 health conditions, ranging from cancer to diabetes, infection to plaque buildup in the arteries, DNA damage to mercury poisoning
In fact, a strong argument can be made (pun intended) that expanding the availability of garlic around the world as both a food and a medicine could prevent millions of deaths annually. According to World Health Organization statistics, the populations of poorer countries die manly from causes directly connected to communicable infectious diseases, which incidentally are not caused by a lack of vaccines, rather, primarily through under-nutrition and malnourishment, lack of sanitation and hygiene, as well as the adverse physiological consequences of the depression and stress associated with poverty.  The greater use and availability of garlic might provide a perfect alternative to global vaccine initiatives, the use of which are driven less by compelling scientific research, and more by political and economic forces. Garlic is easier to acquire and distribute, and can often be grown by the affected persons or communities affected, making it essentially free.

Garlic Versus #1 Cause of Death for the Poorest Countries

As far as the research goes, garlic has immensely powerful anti-infective properties, experimentally confirmed to kill the following:
  1. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)[1], [2]
  2. Thrush (Fungal overgrowth in oral cavity)[3]
  3. Pseudomonas Aerigonosima, including drug-resistant strains.[4][5][6]
  4. Cytomegalavirus Infections[7] [8] [9] [10]
  5. Mycotoxin-associated aflatoxicosis[11] [12]
  6. Helicobacter Pylori infection[13]
  7. Candida (Yeast) infection[14] [15] [16]
  8. Klebseilla infection[17] [18]
  9. HIV-1 infection[19] [20]
  10. Vibrio infection [21] [22]
  11. Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, multi-drug resistant[23]
  12. Clostridium infections[24]
  13. Viral Infections:  Herpes Simplex 1 and 2, Parainfluenza virus type 3, vaccinia virus, vesicular stomatitis virus and human rhinovirus type 2.
  14. Group B Streptococcus Infection[25] [26]
This is an impressive smattering of research, but it is likely only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to garlic's ability to fight infection.  Remember, a lack of scientific proof does not imply a lack of efficacy. Given that conventional antibiotics are not only failing, but driving bacteria and viruses into greater lethality, we can't wait around for the multi-billion dollar clinical trial-based drug approval process to turn its attention to a non-patentable natural substance.  Such a profit-oriented approach would be highly unethical.

Garlic Versus the Developed World's #1 and #2 Killers

The research on Greenmedinfo.com shows garlic has value in 167 health conditions or disease symptoms, but the greatest density of research indicates garlic's role in preventing and/or treating Cardiovascular Disease and Cancers, the two primary causes of death within high-income countries.[27] 
This is an interesting finding. The drug industry has been fantasizing about a so-called 'polypill' for quite some time, an idea involving mixing various patented medicines together for a condition like heart disease (e.g. blood pressure, cholesterol, blood thinner), but to no avail. Patented chemicals have far too many side effects, so when you mix them together, you only compound their multitudinous chemical toxicities. Natural substances, on the other hand, and especially those which play a role in culinary traditions as "spices," appear to have the opposite karma. Namely, they have far more 'side benefits' than 'side effects.'
Garlic's cardioprotective effects include:
  1. Retards progression of arterial plaque[28] [29] [30]
  2. Beneficially decreases brown adipose tissue, increases white adipose tissue around heart muscle.[31]
  3. Protects against clotting[32] [33]
  4. Positively modulates blood lipids[34],[35],[36]
  5. Vasodilator[37]
  6. Reduces blood pressure[38]
  7. Antioxidant[39]
  8. Endothelial Dysfunction[40] [41]
  9. Vascular Inflammation[42]
Here is a quick review of the cancers that garlic has been found to kill:
  1. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia[43]
  2. Acute Myeloid Leukemia[44]
  3. Basal Cell Carcinoma[45]
  4. Breast Cancer[46],[47]
  5. Cervical Cancer[48]
  6. Colon Cancer[49]
  7. Endometrial Cancer[50] [51]
  8. Gastric Cancer[52] [53]
  9. Leukemia: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)[54]
  10. Liver Cancer[55] [56] [57]  [58]
  11. Lymphoma[59] [60]
  12. Melanoma[61
  13. Osteosarcoma[62]
  14. Pancreatic Cancer[63]
Garlic, like so many other complex foods, contains a wide range of phytocompounds that articulate at least 200 distinct physiological responses in the mammalian body (see our 86 pharmacological actions list on the Garlic Research page).

How can this be so?

One explanation is that all foods contain not only physical building blocks, e.g. carbs, proteins, lipids, and are not only a source of energy (caloric content), but contain genetically and epigenetically regulating information. There are 'packets' of energy and information contained within the conformational state of the biomolecules found within these plant tissues. Our co-evolution with the plant kingdom for the past half a billion years has resulted in the very genetic/molecular fabric of our body depending on certain key compounds from plants in our diet, delivered in natural form, not irradiated, overly-cooked, petrochemically-farmed. Garlic's ability to fit like a key, into many different types of locks (an impossible feat for monochemical 'magic bullets'), reflects an likely infinitely complex intelligence in the relationship between plant and animal species. Which speaks to how important foods are not simply as 'medicine,' but that from which our bodily health grows organically, and without which disease is a natural consequence.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

The Vaccine Safety Myth

The Vaccine Safety Myth

Important facts:

The Vaccine Safety Myth

Vaccines are proven safe, right? You may be surprised to find how non-evidence based this belief really is....

A few days ago, The Washington Post published an op-ed piece by a medical ethicist who thinks that all doctors who have concerns about vaccines should lose their licenses. Last week, it was parents who don't vaccinate their children should be jailed or sued. There are case reports where not vaccinating has been used as proof of neglect for CPS to remove children and terminate parental rights. Whatever you think about vaccination, think hard before you endorse the idea that the government should be able to mandate a profitable but invasive medical procedure without informed consent. This is a very dangerous precedent to set and one you may not be happy about when vaccines are mandated for adults to protect our "herd immunity". It is not about the measles. It is about your freedom to choose what goes into your body and your child's body.

Although we keep hearing from the media and the medical establishment that vaccines are unquestionably safe, the supreme court has deemed them "unavoidably unsafe" as recently as 2011. Pharmaceutical companies are indemnified by the government against liability and pediatricians also cannot be sued for vaccine injury. Rather, there is a special vaccine court that compensates the very few patients who can prove their injury beyond a shadow of a doubt. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program has paid out over 3 billion dollars to date.
We keep hearing about the overwhelming proof that vaccines and the MMR in particular is safe. Anyone who questions this is being ridiculed. Concerned parents are stupid and concerned doctors don't understand the science. Well, here is the science, from the most recent Cochrane Review of the entire literature on the subject. Cochrane Reviews are systematic reviews and meta-analyses which interpret the research and are generally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care.
Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Feb 15;2:CD004407. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004407.pub3.
Vaccines for measles, mumps and rubella in children.
Demicheli V1, Rivetti A, Debalini MG, Di Pietrantonj C.
Partial Abstract
Mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) are serious diseases that can lead to potentially fatal illness, disability and death. However, public debate over the safety of the trivalent MMR vaccine and the resultant drop in vaccination coverage in several countries persists, despite its almost universal use and accepted effectiveness.
To assess the effectiveness and adverse effects associated with the MMR vaccine in children up to 15 years of age.
For this update we searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (The Cochrane Library 2011, Issue 2), which includes the Cochrane Acute Respiratory Infections Group's Specialised Register, PubMed (July 2004 to May week 2, 2011) and Embase.com (July 2004 to May 2011).
The design and reporting of safety outcomes in MMR vaccine studies, both pre- and post-marketing, are largely inadequate. The evidence of adverse events following immunisation with the MMR vaccine cannot be separated from its role in preventing the target diseases.

Friday, 18 May 2018

The Diabetes Drug Metformin Linked to Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Diabetes Drug Warning

 A warning!

by DailyHealthPost

If you are taking the popular diabetes medication Metformin or know someone who does, please read on. Metformin is a common orally-administered drug used to treat type 2 diabetes.
It goes by other brand and generic names such as:
  • Glucophage
  • Riomet
  • Fortamet
  • Glumetza
  • Obimet
  • Dianben
  • Diabex
  • Diaformin
Approved in 1994, the way Metformin works is by increasing the individual’s sensitivity to her/his own insulin, reducing liver glucose production, and decreasing the amount of sugar absorbed by the intestines. (1)

Side Effects of Metformin

One of the problems with Metformin’s actions is that it causes vitamin B12 deficiency.
This side effect has been known since 2006. By way of the same mechanism that blocks sugar absorption by the intestines, this essential vitamin is also blocked. The extent of the deficiency is dose- and time-dependent: the higher the amount you take and the longer you take Metformin, the greater and more critical the deficiency.
Since 2006, there have been many studies into this Metformin/B12 relationship and all have come to the same conclusion. (2, 3)
In fact, a 2016 study conducted by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY monitored the B12 levels of people taking a placebo and metformin twice a day for 5 and 13 years. Plus “Those who used to take metformin had lower levels of vitamin B12 in comparison to those who took the placebo.”(4)
In addition to a B12 deficiency, side effects of Metformin include pernicious anemia with long-term use. (5) The anemia is often preceded by neuropathy.
See also: Reversing diabetes Type-2

Thursday, 17 May 2018

More female leaders will help drive innovation in the medtech and biotech industries

Female Leaders Will Help Medtech and Biotech Industries

 Interesting reading!

Only about a quarter of biotech and medtech executives and senior officers are women, including author Melissa Burstein. Courtesy Ra Medical Systems
’m proud to be the executive vice president of a medical device company I co-founded 16 years ago. I love my industry and the innovative changes it creates that improve people’s lives around the world.
And yet I’m dismayed to see how few female executives there are in the medtech and biotech industries — roughly 1 for every 4 male executives and senior officers. That imbalance is bad for women and the future of these industries, because women make up half of the population and represent more than half of health care consumers.

Despite positive changes in family responsibilities and greater shared parenting, in most households women are still the primary decision-makers when it comes to family and health. Like all industries in which the leadership doesn’t mirror the consumer base, the gender mismatch in the medtech and biotech industries can contribute to suboptimal health care products and services because women can see health care perspectives and opportunities differently than men.

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As a result, if women aren’t empowered to build and grow health-related organizations, then an untold number of people will be at a serious disservice and innovation in the medtech field and health care industry at large won’t grow as it should. Patients simply will not benefit without the unique expertise and knowledge of both men and women.

There are many ways to close this gender gap. Here are a few of the strategies that we’ve put in place at my company, Ra Medical Systems. We had the chance to start early, since the company had both a female and male co-founder — gender equality at the top of the organization sets the tone of equal responsibility, accountability, and participation that have cascaded throughout the company:
Everyone is heard. The best solutions emerge when all employees, male and female, are confident and secure that their voices are heard. Men and women are expected — not just permitted — to contribute equally. We encourage active communication, participation, and collaboration, with no heed paid to gender, and we’re able to do this because we are truly gender blind when it comes to expectations for all of those things.

Be flexible. Flexible work schedules make it possible for women and men to perform their best at work while fulfilling their responsibilities at home. We employ women and men who are the primary care providers of their families. Through enabling flexibility across genders at work, we can all excel in our domestic and professional obligations simultaneously. None of us should have to choose between the two.

Work in teams. At Ra Medical, women and men work side by side in production teams to manufacture excimer lasers and catheters to treat skin diseases and open blockages to restore blood flow in arteries. Patients’ lives are on the line, and producing perfect medical devices is a shared imperative for all employees, regardless of gender. This approach applies to all of the company’s departments, as each component of the organization must work in harmony for us to make effective and trustworthy medical devices.

Transparency rules. It’s essential to be committed to transparency, especially in hiring. We do not hire individuals based on gender alone, even if we are striving for equity in our workforce. We hire for skill and cultural fit. We do individual and group interviews so hiring managers and executives have visibility of all of the candidates, and there’s a consensus based on shared criteria. This ensures that no one can have a hidden agenda as it pertains to gender.

While company leaders can create microcosms of equality in their own shops, all of us need to play a role fostering environments to cultivate female leaders in all workplaces. Women need to showcase their accomplishments and speak up when they have answers or solutions. Women must also demand answers for their continued professional education and development.

I was fortunate to be nurtured and taught that the sky was the limit to what I could achieve. I had parents, teachers, and other mentors who believed in me and instilled in me the confidence to try and the freedom to innovate. When it came to the medtech world, though, I didn’t have a mentor — there weren’t any. Somehow I was able to figure out the industry and make my own place in it.

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To help girls and women believe in themselves, use their voices, and demonstrate their talents at every level of their education and career, female executives and their male counterparts need to implement shadowing and mentoring programs, including more skill-building opportunities and training. As an executive who is pulled in a dozen different directions all day, I know it’s hard to take the time to invest in the development of future leaders. But if we take the time to mentor young women, they will take our industry further than we ever envisioned.

Success is not created when we silo ourselves in our own organizations. I urge my colleagues to cross-pollinate with executives in other industries, share best practices, reach beyond their comfort zones, and seek out contributions from men and women alike. Put everyone around the conference table — and on manufacturing line — equally. This will deliver greater success for women, which will translate into an aggregate growth and strengthening of our industries.

Having worked in health care for almost two decades, my conviction is that companies with diverse viewpoints, experiences, and talents deliver superior innovations that benefit health and wellness. The gender mix cannot be out of balance with the population if we truly want to deliver better health for all.
Melissa Burstein is co-founder and executive vice president of Ra Medical Systems, a California-based medical device company.
Melissa Burstein

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

You Can Unclog Your Arteries Naturally

Unclogging Arteries

7 Simple Ways You Can Unclog Your Arteries Naturally

by DailyHealthPost

Atherosclerosis7-simple-ways-you-can-unclog-your-arteries-naturally is a word you probably hear a lot more than you care to. It refers to the hardening of your arteries due to a buildup of plaque, which is essentially a combination of “cholesterol, fatty substances, cellular waste products, calcium and fibrin (a clotting material in the blood).” (1).

When this happens, you are at risk for having a heart attack or stroke. According to the American Heart Association’s 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update, in 2013, 1 of every 3 deaths in the US was a result of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. Plus, heart disease and stroke were listed as the number one (and two) killers worldwide, according to the report (2).

While your doctor will probably recommend living a healthy lifestyle that includes eating according to the national dietary recommendations and getting exercise, if you show any signs of atherosclerosis you will likely be given a prescription for a statin (cholesterol lowering medication) or a fibrate to lower your triglyceride levels, along with a slew of other medications (3).

Ultimately, while your doctor will tell you these drugs can help control or treat atherosclerosis, many studies also show they are inherently dangerous and can even worsen the situation or lead to other diseases, including cancer (4).

Completely Preventable

The good news is that like most diseases, atherosclerosis is preventable and even reversible in some cases. The best part is that you can take charge of your health starting today.
And to help you get started, here are 7 natural ways you can not only prevent arterial plaque buildup but possibly even reverse clogged arteries.

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