Learn Life’s Lessons! – Daily Word April 15, 2014
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If You Do Say So Yourself…. – Daily Word February 24, 2014
UTTER INTUITION & CARNEGIE PR PRESENTS F*CK CANCER: A CRUSADE AGAINST CANCER FUNDRAISER EVENT PART 2
According to a report on Time Magazine, the standard way health officials measure obesity levels, via BMI (Body Mass Index), may not be very helpful after all. Doctors have been using this method for decades to determine whether patients are healthy, obese or just overweight based on height and weight alone, without factoring in muscularity and/or where fat is stored on the body. Read more…
By TRACEY MICHAE’L LEWIS-GIGGETTS
Sometimes you just have to check yourself. I know I do. And when I don’t, sometimes God does the checking. For instance, I can easily find myself making snap judgments about people without any consideration of them and certainly without the compassion I profess to have. This very thing happened to me last year. Hubby and I were finally enjoying one of our first dates since having our daughter. We’d chosen to go see Tyler Perry’s “Madea Gets a Job.” Say what you want about TP, but hubby and I needed to do the whole laugh, cry, wave our hands thing and we knew that Madea would not disappoint in this regard.
As we were walking into the Liacouras Center here in Philly, we were approached by a woman who looked to be in her late 40s/early 50s. She wore jeans and a tank top and her hair was freshly twisted into neat Shirley Temple curls. She came up to my husband with her hand out and asked if we could spare any money. “I’m homeless,” she announced. Now my husband has a huge heart when it comes to this kind of thing so he pulls out a couple of dollars and hands it to the woman. She says “Thank you” and moves on down the line. Me? I’m afraid to say that I wasn’t so generous of heart in that moment. Skeptical, my first thought was… “Umm, lady. Your hair is perfectly curled. You look as though you just walked out the beauty salon a couple hours ago. Maybe you could’ve used that money to eat.” Read more…
Be Comfortably Uncomfortable!! – Daily Word August 12, 2013
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Celeb Fitness Trainer & Author Nicole Chaplin to Release New Book YES MAM! Your Muscle As A Motivator
Vitamin D is very important for everything from bone and muscle health to stronger sperm. But nearly half of all men aren’t getting enough vitamin D, and that percentage spikes among African American men living in northern regions, says a new study from Northwestern University.
NU researchers found that black men are 3.5 times more likely to be vitamin D deficient than white men, and those differences are most pronounced in the northern third of the country—including Northern California and even Virginia—where sun exposure is more limited due to climate and weather.
Most people get their vitamin D from a combination of diet and sun exposure. For white men, 15 minutes of sun exposure on bare arms, legs, and shoulders is typically enough for the body to generate a day’s supply of vitamin D.
But darker skin tones contain more melanin, which blocks the absorption of ultraviolet light, explains Adam Murphy, Ph.D., a clinical instructor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School. Less light absorption means dark-skinned men are producing less D, and require up to 90 minutes in the sun in order to get 600 international units of vitamin D—the daily amount recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Read more…
Chicago, IL (Tuesday, April 30, 2013) —Bishop Larry D. Trotter– Senior Pastor of the Sweet Holy Spirit Church of Chicago- recently announced to his congregation and associate churches that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will undergo surgery on May 22nd.
The initial diagnosis came during Bishop Trotter’s annual physical in March of 2013 and was confirmed by tests. Doctors have informed Bishop Trotter that the cancer is in its earliest stages and that his prognosis is good.
“Thanks to routine screening this was diagnosed early and I expect a full and speedy recovery,” says Bishop Trotter. Trotter adds, “After reviewing all the options with multiple physicians, I decided to take a proactive approach and have surgery.”
“Additionally, I am encouraged that God will heal me of this as he has done other illnesses in the past. Sweet Holy Spirit Church and friends are fighting with and for me…I KNOW A MAN”. Read more…
MENTORING IN MEDICINE CREATES NATIONAL MENTORING IN MEDICINE DAY TO ENCOURAGE MINORITY STUDENTS TO EXPLORE CAREERS IN HEALTHCARE
Dr. Michael Cole demonstrates how to suture using pig’s feet.
WHAT: Over the past seven years, Mentoring in Medicine, Inc. has held National Mentoring in Medicine Conferences as a means to promote awareness to the CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF MINORITIES IN THE HEALTHCARE FIELD. This year, they have partnered with Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, GA, Fredrick Douglas Academy, I in Harlem, NY and Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio. Both schools and hospital will host a National Mentoring in Medicine Day Conference during the month of April. Read more…
Ok, so I adapted that bit of rapper financial wisdom (“Scared money don’t make money.”) to suit my purposes. Sue me. Thank you, oh ye wise sages, masters of the hoodrat anthem!
But it’s true. Pretending to be happy is more work than it takes to actually BE happy. Honestly, it’s exhausting from the inside out. And no matter who you fool on the outside, you still know the inside truth.
Emotional pain is a funny thing. It has a million different possible causes: grief, lost love, depression, career issues, education setbacks…etc. Yet with all those sources, there seems to be only one great healer: time. Everything can fall to shit in an instant…but
paternity test results time’s healing passage feels like the l o n g e s t wait ever. Time waits for no man…and it doesn’t speed up for a mofo either. Read more…
Who: Lonnie Jones
Why: VidaVibrante.com, privately-held and minority-owned is a premiere, bilingual health website created specifically for the Latino community. Our mission is to provide culturally accurate information regarding all health conditions, instill healthy practices and encourage wholesome lifestyle habits that will be passed down from generation to generation. Vida’s tagline: “Our Health, Our Culture, Our Lives”.
Where: Based in New York
When: Established on October 18, 2012.
by Denene Millner
Yet another “duh”-worthy study on women and pregnancy claims that a majority of new moms wait longer than the six-week doctor-ordered minimum to have sex after giving birth.
Researchers who periodically surveyed 1,507 first-time mothers living in Melbourne, Australia, about their sexual activity within the first year of childbirth found that overall, 41 percent of the moms resumed vaginal sex within six weeks after delivering their baby, 65 percent by eight weeks, 78 percent by 12 weeks and 94 percent by six months. Just over half the women said they engaged in some type of sexual activity by six weeks after childbirth, and those who had Caesarean sections, births assisted by forceps or incisions or tears in the perineum tended to wait longer to have sex, the study found.
Many doctors recommend delaying sex for four to six weeks after childbirth to allow the cervix to close, bleeding to stop and tears to heal, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Researcher Ellie McDonald, of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne, said her study provides “useful information for couples to know before their baby is born, and may help reduce feelings of anxiety and guilt about not resuming sexual activity sooner.” Read more…
Queen of Pop Art “Winter Moore” Paints celebrities for “CANCER SUCKS” Campaign
Jan. 21, 2013-African Americans have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers. About 65,540 African Americans are expected to die from cancer in 2011. Lung cancer accounts for the largest number of cancer deaths among both men (29%) and women (22%), followed by prostate cancer in men (16%) and breast cancer in women (19%). For both men and women, cancers of the colorectal and pancreas are expected to rank third and fourth, respectively, as the leading sites for cancer deaths. Read more…
1. What is your biggest accomplishment and/or what are you most proud of these days?
My biggest accomplishment is that I retired my Mom.
2. Go back 5 years, what did you think you would be doing now when you were planning ahead and did you achieve whatever goals you had or did you surpass them or is this completely different than what you were thinking?
5 years ago I thought I was going to own a spa. I went to Massage Therapy School and I have always love the idea of owning a Spa. Obviously I didn’t achieve anything Spa /massage related cause my life took a crazy and wild turn. But I’m in an amazing place in life. Read more…
LA Fashion weeks brings out some of the freshest faces in fashion, and Sunset City Nails kicked off the affair with a luxury pamper parlour special for our friends in media, and a few of our celebrity friends showed up as well. The oriental themed layout was the back drop as an assemblage of Hollywood Stylists, Bloggers, Editors, Writers, Entertainment Lawyers, Directors and Producers, enjoyed a full service package including the ultimate in manicure/pedicure make-up and massage treatments by some of LA’s best in luxury pampering services.
Event sponsor, Chambord Vodka toasted the onset of fashion week and took the chill off of the guests who weathered the rain to get the luxury services. Motives by La-La provided beautiful make-up treatments while their newly opened neighbor’s, Pizza Rev, provided guest with specialty build your own personal gourmet pizzas.
Some of those in attendance included Actress Joely Fisher (Ellen) Hannah Corrnett (Hawaii Five-O) Wesley Jonathan (Soul Man) Chris Pontius (Jackass) Beth Payne (Sons of Anarchy) Angela De Silva (Two Broke Girls) Nikki Gray (Model) and Los Angeles Radio Personality Nautica De La Cruz Read more…
Mama Luke: Hip-Hop’s Fight Against Breast Cancer announces a series of events to raise money and awareness for breast cancer
New York, NY — Mama Luke: Hip-Hop’s Fight Against Breast Cancer, co-founded by Hip Hop legend Kangol Kid and Minister Shaunda Lumpkin, has announced their schedule of Breast Cancer Awareness Month events in the New York/New Jersey area.
On Saturday, October 13 at 6am, FOX 5 in New York presents the first ever Mama Luke “Tell-A-Friend” Television Special. This will be the first time Hip-Hop rallies together in this way to fight a disease on television. Not a telathon, the “Tell-A-Friend” will feature an inspirational story from a breast cancer survivor along with a stellar lineup of performances including Dres (Black Sheep), Greg Nice (Nice & Smooth), Erick Sermon (EPMD), Doitall (Lords of the Underground), Rapper’s Delight (formerly known as Sugarhill Gang), Kangol Kid (U.T.F.O.), Dinco D (Leaders of the New School), Roxanne Shante, Dana Dane, Fearless Four, Freedom Williams (C&C Music Factory), and Vinnie of Naughty by Nature. Fans of Hip Hop and anyone who wants to support the fight against breast cancer are urged to tune in or set their DVRs as this will be must see TV! Read more…
BLACK THOUGHT OF THE ROOTS AND THE GrassROOTS FOUNDATION PRESENTS: POWER FORWARD COCKTAIL FUNDRAISER AND CONCERT
By NICK CHILES
It’s been exactly 20 months since I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. It was a shocking night for me that feels like a blur in my memory because the diagnosis was so mind-numbing. I had always been an athlete, always felt like I was in control of my body—could even make it do some amazing things in my younger years. Though I had put on a few pounds, I was devastated that my body had so dramatically betrayed me.
I’m reminded of that diabetes diagnosis today by two pieces of information. The first is that today is my 47th birthday. The second, related piece of news is a study I came across today, saying that men who regularly exercise and lift weights can substantially reduce their chances of contracting diabetes—and those who already have the disease can significantly decrease their chances of dying from the disease with regular exercise and weight lifting. Read more…
By NICK CHILES
A new study by the CDC should be disturbing news for the parents of any elementary or middle school aged child because it chronicles the alarming degree to which schools across the country are cutting physical education program. Yes, at the same time as the First Lady and a whole parade of other folk are raising alarms about just how fat America is, and we’re getting fatter with each year, budgets cuts and standardized test obsession are leading our schools in the wrong direction.
According to the survey by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of students polled had no physical education during the week. In New York and California, only 20 percent of students get physical education. Read more…
In recent months, we have taken an in-depth look at the structure and properties of cationic and nonionic surfactants. Another interesting category of surfactants used in both hair and skin care are the zwitterionic ones, those that naturally have two charges on the molecule, both positive and negative. These are attractive to the formulator due to their tendency to boost effects of other surfactants in the solution, as well as an ability to ameliorate undesirable properties of some surfactants, such as skin irritation and a tendency to strip the hair and skin of too much moisture. One familiar surfactant of this type is cocamidopropyl betaine, which is appreciated by many curly-haired consumers for its gentle, yet effective, cleansing capabilities.
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by Denene Milner
I’m sure for somebody, this is “good” news: A new study out of the UK suggests that pregnant women can consume one to eight alcoholic drinks a week without causing any developmental problems in their children.
Backed by funding from the Centers For Disease Control, Danish researchers studied more than 1600 pregnant women from their first antenatal visit then followed up by looking at the effects of alcohol on the IQ, attention span and self-control of their children at age five. What they found: low to moderate weekly drinking in early pregnancy had no significant effect on the neurodevelopment of the children at age five. There was no difference in IQ test results for kids whose mothers drank one to four drinks per week while pregnant, vs. children of mothers who had five to eight drinks per week while pregnant, vs. moms who abstained altogether, the research found. Read more…
Workout 357 by Legendary Dance/Rap group Oaktowns 357 sets the Fitness Industry on fire with the new Hip Hop Healthy Workout
Starting their career as the main dancers for MC Hammer and eventually having a successful solo career as Oaktown’s 3.5.7., Sweet L.D. and Lil’ P are no strangers to fitness. Their high-energy dance routines are part of what made them popular in the early 90’s and it was still keeps them healthy and happy.
Interviewed by Allhiphop.com in March for Women’s History Month, Oaktown’s 3.5.7 stated that they were working on a fitness program and they kept their word. Workout 357 is a high energy dance/fitness program that combines world beats with urban flavor and takes Oaktown’s 3.5.7. fans on a proverbial trip around the world, while helping teens and adults enjoy being fit. The Hip Hop Healthy way.
The ladies, who were already in talks about bringing out an enjoyable, hiphop based, daily workout felt that the passing of legendary rapper “Heavy D”, who once was under the same management as the group, really served as motivation to do so…. Another big motivation for the project was Sweet L.D’s loss of her brother at an early age to Diabetes and the fact that she herself suffers from High Blood Pressure… In conjunction, these things ultimately led to the decision that it was not only important, but also necessary to add a healthy component to the project. Read more…
By NICK CHILES
Researchers at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital have concluded that women who engage in light to moderate drinking at the end of a rough day have a lower risk of stroke. And another study in Sweden found the same result from eating chocolate! From this husband’s perspective, this is what I call a win-win—if I hand my wife a glass of wine and some chocolate, the slow smile that will spread across her face will not only make the entire household a happier place (and I might get lucky later on!), but now I find out it’ll actually make her live longer? These researchers up in Cambridge and in Sweden are my new best friends.
The Cambridge researchers studied data on a total of 83,578 women over the course of 26 years as part of an ongoing federally funded project called the Nurses’ Health Study. The project’s aim is to find out how things like diet, alcohol consumption and other lifestyle factors affect a woman’s long-term health. In a world where there isn’t nearly enough research done on women’s health issues, we should all applaud Harvard and the federal government for spending money to study how lifestyle influences the health of American women. Read more…
SOFN’FREE® INTRODUCES “NOTHING BUT” TEXTURED, NATURAL HAIR PRODUCTS
— Created Without Five Ingredients Common in Hair Care —
Nothing But is Sofn’free’s response to the natural-hair community call for affordable, textured-hair products made without certain ingredients. Read more…
If you have conflicts with a lot of people (family, coworkers, friends, church members, strangers) maybe it’s you…boo. Unhealthy relationships cause one to feel anger, sadness, and frustration; however, it can cost you financially as well as emotionally. The following are three questions that you may consider before blaming others for the unhealthy relationships in your life:
- Do I have the ability to self-reflect? One of the most important tools for creating, maintaining, and sustaining healthy relationships is the ability to provide insight or self-reflection about yourself (i.e., your attitude, your behavior, and your role in the conflict). Webster dictionary defines self-reflection as careful thought about your own behavior and beliefs. Read more…
By NICK CHILES
Sometimes science can deliver tasty little morsels of good news. Here’s the latest one I heard: playing with your kids can actually reduce your stress at work. Talk about your great two-for-one deals. Come on, that’s like saying that eating more chocolate cake can help you lose weight. That having more sex can make your marriage better. (Oh, wait, that one is true, isn’t it?)
When you’re a busy, overstressed parent, it seems like you spend half your time fussing with your kids, and the other half telling them you don’t have the time to do… whatever it is they are trying to get you to do at the moment. Kids being kids, their request usually has something to do with play. And according to a study of stress by scientists at the LIKES Foundation for Sport and Health Sciences in Finland, we should start agreeing to their play requests if we know what’s good for us. Participants in the study who engaged in more leisure-time physical activity showed lower amounts of job stress. How cool is that—the more we play, the less stress we exhibit on the job. Read more…