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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

 

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”.

Health Break: An Inside Look at the Dangers of Addiction

Health Break: An Inside Look on the Dangers of Addiction from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

Addiction as a whole causes nearly 2.1 million hospital Emergency Department visits, and indirectly affects even more. This video shares the inside story two different individuals and the battles they face with addiction. Paul Schaunfer, now a CEO of a large Bartending school, shares his emotional hardship with how drug overdose affected him and his family. Richard C* (who has requested his last name to be anonymous) is a Business Developer who shares the methods he uses to maintain sobriety.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), (81.1%) of the 43,982 drug overdose deaths in the United States were unintentional, (12.4%) were of suicidal intent, and 2,801 (6.4%) were of undetermined intent (from a report ran in 2013). Richard urges those battling with addiction to seek help and not be afraid to reach out to others. Similarly, Schaunfer advices people to distance themselves as best as possible and to engage in meetings like AA and NA.

 

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

Government Informs Public That Their Medical Records Are At Risk

The privacy of patients’ medical records and personal information may not be as protected as patients thought, according to the General Accounting Office (GAO) after a hacking incident in August of this year.  President Obama’s healthcare.gov system for Medicare and Medicaid was compromised when a hacker “infiltrated the HealthCare.gov website, apparently uploading malicious files”, according to a recent Yahoo! News article.  Several political figures spoke out about the issue, one being Lamar Alexander, who felt like the website was never safe to begin with and that security needed to be massively improved. The government stated that they are currently in the process of strengthening their security and working on a solution to protect these individuals records from identify theft or other serious invasions of privacy.

Amanda Morris, Community Health Worker for ten years, was not at all shocked about the incident.

“It doesn’t surprise me that the information was leaked. When the government relies to much on systems and technology,” she said, “things are always susceptible to being leaked. We cannot capture and control the Internet. It’s in the hands of other people, meaning it is always a risk.”

An example of computer coding: the inner workings of a computer's system, as seen here.
An example of computer coding: the inner workings of a computer’s system, as seen here.

Furthermore, Morris said she applied HIPAA regulations into her own work and lifestyle but believed there is room for massive improvement.

“I would hope that my doctor’s office practices HIPAA to the fullest extent. But working as long as I have, I know that staff will be staff; people talk- staff talk about clients,” she explained, “and I don’t think that, realistically, my things are as safe as they should be. It makes me a little nervous, but at the end of the day people naturally gossip and naturally talk about things. It’s a natural response.”

In addition, Morris said that she would respond to this particular privacy issue by educating those who are care providers but there isn’t anything we can do to prevent this problem.

“If we informed others of how violating patient privacy could affect someone, it could hit home and it may be more meaningful. Personally, the people who deliver the information are boring and don’t present it correctly; we need to create interest in HIPAA related issues. However with the Internet,”  she continued, “I don’t know if hacking could ever be prevented. There will always be able people who are smart enough to hack things-look to break into Internet sites, no matter how many pass codes and security we have. The word security and privacy is very loosely defined. Things are not being upheld to the definition.”