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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

Husband and Grandson Share Their Emotional Challenge Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease

Husband and Grandson Share Their Emotional Challenge Concerning Alzheimer’s Disease from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

The battle with Alzheimer’s Disease continues to grow, and for this family, Alzheimer’s Disease affects their lives daily. Sonny Torocsik is a mechanical engineer living in Los Angeles, CA. Torocsik has been married for over 40 years and takes care of his wife who suffers from an extreme case of Alzheimer’s disease. Aba Horthy is Torocsik’s grandson and a college student who helps assist in daily tasks, such as preparing breakfasts and food. This video shows the two individuals share their feelings and thoughts about the disease.

The Alzheimer’s association highlights the importance of taking care of ones self, planning financially for treatment and other costs, as well as coping with changes together on a daily basis. According to Jennifer Barnett, author of “Early Intervention in Alzheimer’s Disease: A Health Economic Study of the Effects of Diagnostic Timing”, costs for health follow ups with this disease would be significantly lower if treatment started at two years prior to the diagnosis. The multiple planning methods intend to relieve stress and encourage those who have or know someone with the disease. However, Torocsik believes that the primary necessity is to invest in research programs in order to find a cure for this debilitating disease.

 

Seniors Strongly Encouraged To Be Cautious During Flu Quarantine

Seniors Strongly Encouraged To Be Cautious During Strange Weather Events from Leilani Fischbeck on Vimeo.

The halls of an Independent Living Facility in Woodland Hills, CA are especially quiet on Jan 11, 2015 after recent flu quarantine lifts after an H1N1 outbreak. However, the weather still affects the activity around the area. This video shows the secluded environment of the local retirement home and the cold weather front that all Los Angeles locals have endured over the past few weeks. The recent weather event started Jan. 8, 2015 in Woodland Hills, CA and continues into today with record low temperatures in surrounding areas. The lowest Jan. 1 temperature in Pasadena was 32 degrees, a record set in 1952, according to Glum’s report from the International Business Times. Kevin Kavanaugh, Director of Public Affairs at Illinois Council on Long Term Care, stresses the risks associated with the flu and cold weather. Kavanaugh says staying indoors, keeping temperatures inside at 70 or above, checking body conditions of residents that take medicines that can impact body temperatures, and washing hands thoroughly are important preventative measures. According to Flu.gov, seniors need to practice extreme caution during flu season and, this especially cold period. The flu can be very serious, even deadly, to those 65 or older. In addition, the CDC recommends seniors should practice good health habits by covering their coughs, sanitizing hands, and avoiding others who are sick.

According to the Administration of Aging, seniors are the fastest growing population. In the year 2000, there were over 605 million people 60 years or older. In this recent article, James Gorman, CEO of Morgan Stanley, states that the baby boomers and soon-to-be seniors will reinvent retirement.

Healthcare Advocate Shares Secret Ways to Boost Metabolism

Author Amy Rushlow published a Yahoo! Article illuminating three ways to repair your metabolism and maintain optimal health. Rushlow explains that the primary reasons for a slow metabolism are daily stressors that affect our central nervous system.  The sympathetic nervous system is what responds to stress, ultimately resulting in a fast release of stress hormones and slowed digestion. In addition, she says a loss of muscle mass significantly slows down metabolism in correspondence with age. Rushlow writes that the best ways to speed up a slow metabolism is to slow down one’s daily routine, practice resistance training to rebuild muscle mass, and keep a positive mindset when consuming foods so your brain can signal healthy hormones to aid the digestive system.

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Photo capturing yoga and daily exercising practice to maintain stress free living. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck by L|P LeilaniPhotography

Nancy Ellen is a nutritionist, massage therapist, and health advocate. She has been in the health and wellness industry for 30 years. She states that she has spent most of her time studying and practicing health in Los Angeles, in addition to studying in Santa Barbara and on the island of Hawai’i.

Ellen’s advice to those who want to boost their metabolism is to keep your immune system maintained and to utilize vitamins and minerals to keep your circulatory system and, entire body as a whole, regular.

“Nourish your cells and strengthen your immune system to fight disease, sickness, and all the things that can possibly deplete your body. Vitamins are key. Metabolism deals with what you are putting into your body, so begin by making sure you are building it up to its full potential. For example, “she explains, “Protein supplements, herbs, and things like exercise that energize your body help to keep your system regular. You can improve circulation through nutrients. Product B complex, vitamin C, and other energy boosts,” she continues, “help to maintain your health so that the body runs more efficiently. It is the same as cleaning out your computer; you clean out an overload of information and it runs faster.”

Consequently, Ellen believes that individuals can reduce their stress levels through exercise, awareness of daily routine choices, and deep breathing exercises, which will ultimately lead to an increased metabolism.

Photo capturing healthy thought and meditation practices to maintain stress free living to increase metabolism, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck by L|P LeilaniPhotography
Photo capturing healthy thought and meditation practices to maintain stress free living to increase metabolism, as seen here. Photo taken by Leilani Spring Fischbeck by L|P LeilaniPhotography.

“Walking, especially at a gradual and consistent pace, in addition to resistance training eliminates frustration. Overall, working out and being physically active relieves a great amount of frustration, which in turn, relieves massive amounts of stress. Also,” she states, “deep breathing exercises and occasional massages gets blood circulating and helps to relax muscles to detox impurities and toxins within those muscles. This helps ideally with circulation and movement. In addition, being aware about little things like how you sit at your desk, or choosing to use a proper cushion,” she continues, “will help relieve stress in your body. Be more conscious of how your doing things in every day life. Being aware of daily choices is key.”

Conclusively, Ellen agrees with Rushlow and stresses that positive thinking plays a huge impact on the entire well being of an individual’s health.

“Thought is extremely important for maintaining health. How you think about food, daily life, and the way you live in your environment all plays a role in how you feel. Be sure to set up your routine ahead of time,” she explains, “because you move smoother when you have a well thought out plan of a daily activity. This plan eliminates stress so we can handle the unexpected. This helps us live healthier by visualizing what we really want out of life.”

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.

Citizens Join Together to Represent Their Charity of Choice

The community of Calabasas, CA has been recognized for their donations towards disease research and awareness for years, and both Calabasas and fellow neighbors continue to raise funds at great numbers. However, new statistics are showing that our choices of funding select organizations are actually not for the leading causes of death in the United States. The Chicago Phoenix posted an article “Where We Donate Versus Diseases That Killed Us” that show our donations and where they are going. Gerald Farness, author of this article, depicts the graph use you see below.

Graph from the CDC (2011).
Graph from the CDC (2011).

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in a study conducted in 2011, the leading cause of death is Heart Disease, followed by COPD, Diabetes, Breast Cancer, and at the very bottom, Motor Neuron Disease (ALS). If we look at the money raised, breast cancer has accumulated the most money, with $257.85 million. Following that is Prostate Cancer with $147 million followed by Heart Disease with $54.1 million. At the bottom of that list is Suicide, collecting $3.2 million.

I spoke with Chris Cruz, a residence of the San Fernando Valley for five years, to ask him if he donates and if so, what drives his decision to choose a specific charity. He said, “I donate based upon personal feelings. Like prostate cancer affects 1 in 6 men, so being a guy I donate for something in my own reality”.

I asked Nancy Ellen, mother of one and resident of Calabasas for twenty years, the same question. She told me, “The most publicized charity is what I contribute to because you hear more about it. They have more fundraisers and you hear more stories. Unless there is a relative you know with a specific illness, you normally wouldn’t be aware of these other issues.”

What drives you to donate to your charity of choice?