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How’s YOUR Digestion?


Elson M. Haas, M.D., one of the nations leading experts in the field of natural health and the author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition, tells us that digestive tract health is one of the core components of overall wellbeing. The body is a cauldron of chemical reactions, and each such reaction requires the services of an enzyme. In the natural products world, enzymes have become known as little facilitators of digestion, breaking down nutrients into their usable parts. Very specific in nature, each enzyme acts on a specific type of chemical, called a substrate, in what is commonly referred to as a lock-and-key relationship-the enzyme’s shape fits only its intended substrate. This is why people with insufficient production of the enzyme lactase struggle to breakdown lactose after ingesting dairy products. By nature, many of the foods we eat contain the enzymes necessary to digest that food. However, many variables, such as heating, can deplete these food-borne enzymes. It is best to consume natural foods that are either raw or minimally heated to preserve food-borne enzymes. Also, while the body makes its own menu of enzymes, this production can be negatively affected by aging and other health factors. Supplementation has become …

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Who was the real “Rosie the Riveter?”

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By Shelly Allen After the United States joined the war in 1941, the government called on women to join the workforce. 6,000,000 women answered that call. From 1940 to 1945, the female demographic of workers increased from 27 to 37 percent and 50 percent of those went for jobs in the defense industries. The aircraft industry was made up of an astonishing 65 percent of women by 1943. In 1942, the Westinghouse Power Company commissioned J. Howard Miller to create a promotional poster that would boost morale among it’s employees. It wasn’t until the 1980’s that the poster would find itself in the midst of the feminist movement. The poster’s powerful image would be adopted by feminists everywhere and because the poster lacked a copyright, it could be widely distributed. People began to wonder, was the person depicted in the poster a real woman? It didn’t take long for someone to step forward and claim she was that woman. Geraldine Hoff Doyle, who worked in a factory in Michigan, believed she saw herself in an uncaptioned reprint of a photo depicting Miller’s muse. It would take 30 years and the dedication of one Seton Hall University professor to set the …

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Yellow Cab Experience Give Away

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Win 2 tickets to see P!nk live in concert on Wednesday, April 25th at 7:30 PM at the BB&T Center Plus a FREE ride to/from the concert! Must be 18+ to enter and must live in Broward County (or be picked up from Broward on day of event). Winner will be announced on Saturday April 21st! Note: Winner confirmation must be made within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen Winner must give us 24 hour notice if they cancel pick up, or will be responsible for the ticket value ENTER NOW!

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Using Essential Oils May Help Calm Cold and Flu Symptoms

Using Essential Oils May Help Calm Cold and Flu Symptoms

By Shelly Allen, CEOC, AADP Every year millions of people suffer from symptoms of a cold and flu. Did you know essential oils may help relieve some of those symptoms? According to estimates, adults and children in the U.S. get 1 billion colds each year. There are over 200 viruses that can cause a cold. Cold viruses take up residence in the lining of the nose and grow, eventually attempting to infect the body. If the body is weak or unable to resist the germs, it will get sick. Despite what some people think, there’s no evidence that cold weather, large tonsils or other such wives’ tales can make you “catch” a cold.(1) Evidence does suggest that stress and allergies can increase your chances of getting a cold. Colds generally last from about two days to two weeks. Some common symptoms of a cold include runny or stuffy nose, low-grade fever, sore throat, cough and body aches. The flu is a common viral infection that attacks the lungs, nose and throat. It is similar to the common cold, but, generally, flu symptoms are more severe. It is incredibly common, with more than 10 percent of the U.S. population affected each …

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Yellow Cab of Broward; A Company You Can Trust

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“We are not your grandparents ride anymore” SSince its inception, Yellow Cab of Broward has always been an innovator in the taxi cab industry. We began by having the first wheelchair accessible vehicle in 1967, and continued by having the first computer aided dispatch in 1986. We were the first to use GPS technology to send the closest car to pick up passengers in 2002. Additionally, Yellow Cab was the first in the state to install cameras in our vehicles, and in August 2017 launched the “No More Meters/Guaranteed pricing initiative. “We have always been on the cutting edge of the taxi industry,” said John Camillo, Yellow Cab of Broward’s president and CEO. And now we’re the first to use smart tablet technology to provide passengers with their fare in advance.” Yellow Cab’s goal is to accommodate and serve our customers by offering a guaranteed rate, because we knew it would resonate with the public. We wanted to eliminate the level of unknown and anxiety, by providing guaranteed pricing. Fares are calculated based on google maps using the most direct route to one’s destination and are consistent as they are mandated by the Department of Weights and Measures. There is …

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Top Gay Events in Florida in 2018

Best Gay Events in Florida in 2018

Gay Events are always big in Florida! Take a look at this list and let us know in the comments if you plan on attending any of them. (Updated) Pride South Florida, Fort Lauderdale (February 11) Held for nearly four decades running, this is a well-run and well-attended (some regard it as the largest pride event in the state) event held on Fort Lauderdale Beach South adjacent to B Ocean Resort. Local and national bands entertain those at the outdoor market featuring hundreds of vendors, an array of food and cocktail booths and a large dance floor. The famous Aids Memorial Quilt typically makes an appearance at Pride South Florida – a must-see for those who have not viewed this powerful reminder of the AIDS pandemic up close. Visit their website for more info: Winter Party Festival, Miami Beach (February 28-March 6) The prettiest people seem to turn up for this glamorous six-day party, which takes place during the cooler months in Florida but gets fairly steamy at night. Some of the world’s top DJs are known to perform here under towering tents and streaming lights, and surrounding clubs piggyback the event with special promotions. While it’s a heavily …

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Do You Really Need the New Year to Make Resolutions?


IIt’s that time of the year again when most people start making resolutions for the New Year. For many it’s an excuse to put off the inevitable for a few more days or weeks, as they revel in the year-end bubble. Lose weight. Organize closets. Clean out the attic. Stick to a budget. Sounds familiar? Now think about this for a second. If you really, really want to do any of this, why wait for a particular day on the calendar to go for it? Many years ago, in my more adventurous youth, I was part of a rally of cars driving through the foothills of the Himalayas. Some of the trails that we drove through were precarious and dangerous. We had to stop many times to rest and assess our path. On one rest stop at a campsite high up in the mountains, I woke up to a misty morning and made myself a cup of coffee on our camping stove. As the sun began to rise, I carried my coffee to the edge of the road to take in the vista below covered in swirling mist. And that’s when I noticed a lone monk perched on the edge …

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Coming Out As A Republican To My Democrat Family Went Worse Than Coming Out Gay

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I reached my threshold where no amount of hypothetical Republican bigotry or greed could approach the magnitude of hypocrisy, corruption, or criminality I saw rotting Democrats. II am not a sex offender. But a number of my friends no longer have time to see me. Lifelong acquaintances now regard me with fear and distrust. I have been unfriended en masse on social media and excoriated by friends who deign to remain. And I have been singly excluded from social gatherings when the rest of my family was invited. No, I am not a sex offender. I am something even worse than that. I am a Donald Trump supporter. I was raised in a liberal Jewish family in Washington DC, where my dad served as a Democratic congressman for Los Angeles. Accordingly, I was indoctrinated with all of the correct values and views. When I was seven, my dad took me on a celebrity-packed camping trip to Death Valley as part of a campaign to protect California’s deserts. Israel took center stage in family discussions. I attended a Quaker elementary school, where I learned the black national anthem before I knew the “Star Spangled Banner.” In high school art class, I …

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