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Whole30 Participant and Nutritionist Stress Importance of Eliminating Excessive Sugar Intake

The Whole30 Program originated in 2009 starting with the book “It Starts with Food”. The book highlights a wholesome eating pattern exempting sugar and generally any processed foods not considered “wholesome” for a thirty-day period. One key component: eliminate unnatural sugars. Sally Schöberlein participated in the Whole 30 program while residing in Germany; she says after the first few uncomfortable days sugar cravings, she began noticing a positive difference with the way she felt.

Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Oprah’s magazine identifies sugar as an issue, offering tips on reducing sugar intake. An article by Stephanie Schomer, “Sugar Shock: Three Things YouDidn’t Know about Your Diet”, identifies the average American consumes over three times the recommended daily sugar dose. The article states, “[the] American Heart Association recommends limiting our added sugar intake to six teaspoons daily, but our actual intake is about 22.2 teaspoons.”

Consequently, the majority of Americans overeat sugar, compromising a healthy lifestyle. What is the best way to maintain a healthy eating pattern with less sugar?

Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Nutritionist Sarah Skolnik recommends monitoring your eating patterns daily and understanding exactly what you are eating. Skolnik explains that the brain responds very similarly to sugar as it would addictive substances and it is important to know what ingredients are in your food. The difference between sugary food and drug addictions are slim, according to a study conducted by the NIH. The study “has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.”

Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

 

Black Lives Matter Organization Protests at City Hall

On Monday, August 15, 2016, the Black Lives Matter organization gathered outside of Los Angeles City Hall to call for the resignation of L.A.P.D. police chief, Charlie Beck. The protest began on Friday, August 12, partially fueled by the killing of Redel Jones, a 30-year-old Black woman. Jones was shot and killed by police in an alley in South Central after allegedly not dropping the knife in her hand.

Protestors march chanting, “Say her name, Redel Jones” | Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Some activists for BLM explain that the reason for their encampment and visible protest is due to the serious racial mentality within the police force. Kate Mather at the Los Angeles Times reported on related statistics, finding that 260 homicides occurred in Los Angeles just last year.

Photo of Sandra Bland outside of City Hall. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Consequently, questions revolve rapidly amongst the issue. Some questions circulating are whether these homicide rates are due to the massive population of over 4 million people in Los Angeles, gang violence, a racist police force, neglectful police protocol, and/or the type of emergency responses towards certain situations.

BLM organization in Los Angeles | Photo by Jamin Allgood,Leilani Spring Fischbeck
BLM advocates marching in Los Angeles. Photo by Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

On August 17, 2016, L.A.P.D. has evicted the BLM organization from the surrounding City Hall grounds.

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Officers outside of City Hall putting up signs. Photo: Jamin Allgood, Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Yoplait Yogurt Makes a Huge Impact for Breast Cancer Research Funding

Wouldn’t it be nice to help raise millions of dollars for a great cause by simply eating your favorite snack? Well, now you can.

Yoplait USA is changing lives around the world with their Breast Cancer Awareness campaign. Since 2002, Yoplait works with the innovative Susan G. Komen foundation to raise money for Breast Cancer disease research and awareness. As of today, Yoplait USA has raised more than 30 million dollars for Breast Cancer, and this is all made possible because of you.

Many individuals sport the folded pink ribbon, seen here, as a sign of their support for the cure for Breast Cancer. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Many individuals sport the folded pink ribbon, seen here, as a sign of their support for the cure for Breast Cancer. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Here is how it works: look for your favorite flavor of Yoplait yogurts that has a pink lid, buy it, and enjoy! When you purchase a Yoplait yogurt with a pink top, you are donating a portion of your purchase to the Save Lids Save Lives foundation. It is as simple as that.

Yoplait yogurt lines the shelves at a local Southern California grocery store, seen above. Photo by Leilani Spring FIschbeck.
Yoplait yogurt lines the shelves at a local Southern California grocery store, seen above. Photo by Leilani Spring FIschbeck.

In addition to the successful Susan G. Komen foundation and General Mills merging with Yoplait, individuals from all over the world are working together to eradicate this terrible disease by 2020.

Join the movement and help make a difference for millions of lives.

Lets fight Breast Cancer together, one spoonful at a time.

Young Mother and Wife Diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Triple Negative Breast Cancer can be one of the most aggressive forms of Breast Cancer according to the National Breast Cancer Organization and expert Dr. Naoto Uneo on Twitter. Dr. Uneo has an extensive background with Breast Cancer education and has been focusing on the illness for over 15 years. He shares a recent discovery about an androgen receptor that increases prevalence rates for Breast Cancer. Overall, this professional abstract shows that more individuals diagnose with the Breast Cancer disease than ever before.

Kiana Hatley shares her story about recently being diagnosed with aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Kiana Hatley shares her story about recently being diagnosed with aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Full story coming soon. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Kiana Hatley is a young woman that has recently discovered she has triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). Now, she is in the early treatment of her chemotherapy. Her husband and two children have been alongside of her for the beginning of this extensive treatment. Hatley strongly believes that best method for Breast Cancer prevention is self-exams. Hatley says, “If I had not checked my breasts, I would not have made an appointment to go to the doctor and we wouldn’t have found this cancer.” The image shows Kiana Hatley after her chemotherapy treatment. The additional photo is Kiana and husband, Isaac Hatley, after her hour treatment of chemotherapy for Triple Negative Breast Cancer.

Kiana Hatley and husband Issac Hatley, stand side by side after the chemotherapy treatment is finished. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Kiana Hatley and husband Issac Hatley, stand side by side after the chemotherapy treatment is finished. Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

 

Researchers and individuals alike have been constantly searching for an answer as to what causes Breast Cancer. Digg expert, Shining a Light on Sleep Science, shares an article from The Conversation. The Conversation is a successful news resource complied of expert journalists and editors. They collaborate with large organizations, such as the 1.5 billon dollar Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Conversation’s article highlights that an uninterrupted night’s sleep is preventative treatment for Breast Cancer, whereas interruptions in the circadian rhythm actually contribute to the development of Breast Cancer.

TNBCnews posts an article on Reddit from The Global Source for Science News, sharing a new discovery about the relationship between fat cells, stress, and the development of Breast Cancer. The author of the article is Fox News journalist Annie Goodman, an expert in Breast Cancer and a survivor herself. Tweeter UChigago Medicine is the official Twitter page for the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Science. Their recent post discovers that the fat cells within mammary glands are subsequent to the development of Breast Cancer. Author Suzanne Conzen, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Chicago announces the big discovery. She states, “We found that exposure to the stress of social isolation leads to reprogramming of genes in fat cells in the mammary glands”.

Personal SoCal Trainer Emphasizes His Belief and Solution towards Obesity Epidemic

 

Obesity in America has been a challenge for many over the past decade, and younger generations are beginning to take notice. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 39.5% of 40-59 year olds and 30.3% of young adults between age 20-39 all battle with being overweight, in terms of their body mass index.

The Journal of American Medical Association author Giardina presents an article that states, “If we want to understand the rise of obesity in this country, first we need to ask families what they think they look like and guide them to what is within normal limits.” Consequently, Harvard school of Public Health believes that this issue is a big process that needs to incorporate government help, environmental factors, and support through neighborhoods and communities.

Eric Przywara is a 27-year-old personal trainer who has been training SoCal residents for about five years. He speaks out about the epidemic’s origin as a whole. With over 1/3 of the young adult population considered obese, Przywara shares his opinion the issue.

 

Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. Taken in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck. Taken in Woodland Hills, Calif.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.
Personal trainer Eric Przywara displays the training techniques and exercise that he uses in his field | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck.

 

 

 

Swede and American Share Solid Views on the American Healthcare System

America’s health care system still seems to be behind in the rankings of quality of care, and other countries are taking notice. The Washington Post report concludes that the United States ranks behind majority of countries on “majority of health outcomes, quality, and efficiently” including quality of care, timely information, coordination, and administration. Oscar Karlsson, 23, is an international student from Sweden who dislikes the American healthcare system. The Swedish healthcare system ranks number 23 the article titled “These Are the 36 Countries That Have Better Healthcare Systems than the US” which compares US healthcare statistical data to those of other countries. Sweden is soon extending their health care system to illegal immigrants, in addition to already offering a decentralized and taxpayer funded system.

David Horne is a senior American citizen who shares his opinion of the American healthcare system and has a rather different perspective than Karlsson. In regards to the American healthcare, Horne does not see many issues. He states, “that I’ve been well cared for, but that my only complaint is that it’s expensive”. Karlsson is a friend of Horne’s and together, they both discuss their viewpoints about the American healthcare system and share their stories.

This photo highlights a prescription and/or supplement. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography.
This photo highlights a prescription and/or supplement that could be used for many purposes. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography.
This photo illuminates the artichoke vegetable, often considered a food healthy choice. Individuals can find healthy foods like artichoke in many of the San Fernando Valley's famers markets. | Photo by Leilani Photography
This photo illuminates the artichoke vegetable, often considered a food healthy choice. Individuals can find healthy foods like artichoke in many of the San Fernando Valley’s famers markets. | Photo by Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
This photo illuminates the many choices of foods American's have and the accessibility option of finding food everywhere. | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
This photo illuminates the many choices of foods American’s have and the accessibility option of finding food everywhere. | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography
Photo of the Kaiser Permanente hospital in the San Fernando Valley | Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck | Leilani Photography

“The Connection”: A Mother Shares Her Story About Adoption

The Connection from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

This video introduces a true story about a woman and her husband who were unable to have children. Mother and business woman Meshun Wright describes both her and her husband’s emotional journey to adopt their first daughter and the struggles and joys involved in the process. This story takes place on Dec. 18, 2014 at the Wright’s residence in the San Fernando Valley. This story intends to depict the emotional and physical relationship of the parent and child connection and the impact adoption makes on families in the United States today.

Photo Journal: Woman Survives Heart Attack Procedure Without Anesthesia and Lives to Tell the Tale

On November 14, 2014, Sharon Baires went into the hospital to check on her shortness of breath. Minutes later, she was undergoing emergency surgery for a previously implanted heart wire that malfunctioned. The wire is for blood pressure and heart rate management. She endures the immediate code blue process wide-awake, without sedation, almost dying on the table.

Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, shares details about her recent heart procedure without anesthesia on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, shares details about her recent heart procedure without anesthesia on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).

“On a 1 through 10 scale, it was definitely a 10 pain level,” she described, “and it was excruciating. It felt like someone was dragging a saw across my heart.”

Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, describes the procedure of the wire removal around the heart cavity on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, describes the procedure of the wire removal around the heart cavity on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).

Half way through the procedure, Baires said she began fading out and soon passed out from the pain. She states that she knew she was dying at that moment.

Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, grips the table while sharing her story about passing out during the procedure on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, grips the table while sharing her story about passing out during the procedure on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, grips the table while sharing her story about passing out during the procedure on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, grips the table while sharing her story about passing out during the procedure on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).

“That day, I was one of three code blue calls in the hospital,” Baires describes, “and I was the only one who survived.”

Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, shows where the pacemaker was implanted on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, shows where the pacemaker was implanted on Sunday Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).

After the emergency procedure was complete, Baires spent the next five days recovering in the Intensive Care Unit. In addition, she had a high tech pacemaker implanted to regulate her irregular heartbeat. It is no larger than a quarter dollar.

Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, checking her blood pressure for abnormalities on Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).
Sharon Baires, heart attack survivor, checking her blood pressure for abnormalities on Nov. 30, 2014. (Photo by: Leilani Spring Fischbeck).

Baires checks her blood pressure multiple times a day.

“I check it every few hours. I am so nervous about anything happening. There are still so many questions I have.”

Ebola Outbreak Kills Over One Thousand and Continues to Rise

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) had announced that the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control”. Since the beginning of this outbreak, death casualties have exploded to over 1,900 according to the World Health Organization, and are still at large, sweeping over the African Continent.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) had announced that the Ebola outbreak is “spiraling out of control”. Since the beginning of this outbreak, death casualties have exploded to over 1,900 according to the World Health Organization, and are still at large, sweeping over the African Continent.