Privacy and Your Job: Whose Business is it anyway?

Privacy and Your Job: Whose Business is it anyway?



Telling employees about a company monitoring policy is the first step in a successful employee-monitoring strategy. Educating employees about why monitoring is important to them and the companyÂ’s future is the next. MedZilla explores todayÂ’s corporate monitoring approaches, why some companies cross the line using monitoring to intimidate rather than safeguard and how employers can keep the balance between respecting employees and watching for practices that could affect the corporate bottom line.



(PRWEB) November 7, 2003



Marysville, WA (PRWEB) November 7, 2003—Businesses that monitor their employees—whether with cameras in the workplace, taping phone conversations, or tracking employee e-mail and Internet activities—might be accused of being Big Brother. Yet many are turning to tools that allow at least occasional surveillance of the workforce. The reason, explains Timothy A. Dimoff, president of SACS Consulting and Investigative Services, Inc., is that “one of the biggest thefts taking place in corporate America today is theft of time and because of that, just like any other crime or waste or inadequacy, you have to fix it.”



Monitoring, however, doesnÂ’t have to be a turn-off in the workplace, and experts offer several ways that employers can monitor their employees without losing their respect or loyalty.



Monitoring today: its benefits and pitfalls



Issues with employee monitoring have changed. Elizabeth Ahearn, president and CEO Radclyffe Group, Whippany, NJ, a training and consulting firm that helps companies deliver world-class service through their call centers, remembers a time when corporate legal departments shunned employee monitoring for fear that employees might claim privacy invasion. But the argument eventually won out in the courts that employees had no reasonable expectation of privacy in the workplace.



Technological advances have also changed the way corporations view privacy, says Jim Harper, editor of Privacilla. org, a Web-based think tank devoted to privacy. While some compare e-mail monitoring to phone surveillance, the two are very different. E-mails, he says, have much more potential to reach broad audiences and, therefore, do more damage to a company. ItÂ’s almost a matter of good judgment that todayÂ’s employers have some sort of e-mail monitoring in place, he says.



However, monitoring can go too far, such as when cameras are found in bathrooms and employers attempt to time bathroom breaks. “I’ve worked in places where about half the company was involved with watching the other half. It creates paranoia, suspicion and doesn’t make for very comfortable working conditions,” says Frank Heasley, PhD, the President and CEO of MedZilla. com, a leading Internet recruitment and professional community that serves biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, healthcare and science.



Monitoring without crossing the line and alienating employees is a matter of good judgment, Harper says. “Employees want to know there is monitoring but don’t want to have the feeling that someone is looking over their shoulders.”



Monitoring for the right reasons



At issue with monitoring is the debate over providing better security and safety for employees, versus doing it to harass or intimidate them. Employee perception about why a business is monitoring them is critical, says Dimoff, whose company advises corporations regarding workplace litigation, conflict and crime.



Dr. Heasley says employers should have a reason to monitor. “Unless you have cause, you should not go digging around. But, sometimes, a business’s health or survival depends on the employer monitoring employees. If, for example, you have good reason to suspect that someone who is working for you is working for a competitor, undermining your business, damaging morale or conspiring against you, then it is your obligation to uncover the wrongdoing.”



Ahearn agrees, saying that a balance exists between watching and building trust. “Every employee needs to be dealt with as an individual, as opposed to creating group rules for the few that will take advantage,” she says. “If a person is meeting their goals, deadlines or doing a great job, why should employers worry if they spend some time on the Internet?”



Dimoff disagrees and suggests businesses conduct monitoring across the board, with everyone subject to equal watching. This treats employees equally, while catching those who take advantage of the work environment.



DonÂ’t be sneaky



The first step in a successful monitoring campaign is to tell employees that they are being or might be watched. Employers should notify employees of this as early as in the job interview; then, have them sign a document that records their knowledge of being monitored.



Other things employers should do before monitoring employees are:



Educate employees about the types of monitoring that you do and explain the reasons for the monitoring. Present the monitoring issue in a “what’s-in-it-for-them” format. By arming employees with facts about at-work e-mail abuse and the understanding that the monitoring is for the success of the company, they will be much more likely to accept it as part of the job.



Make sure that employees understand that all the equipment at work is company-owned and, therefore, while they are at work, they have no reasonable expectation of privacy at all times.



Understand that monitoring does not have to be all bad—and shouldn’t be. Monitoring can also be used to commend employees on handling customer service issues well or making good decisions.



-Don’t overuse surveillance devices. Video cameras, Ahearn says, typically should be used for employee safety—not to see who is stealing out of the mailroom.



Keep the proper perspective



Dimoff reminds employers that monitoring will not solve the problem of bad management. Fear is not the way to inspire people to work; motivation with incentives is.



“…some forward thinking employers actually encourage their employees to use employer resources to get degrees, connect with their kids, and do their travel planning from work,” says Nan Andrews Amish, a business strategist with Big Picture Healthcare (www. bigpicturehealthcare. com), El Granada, Calif.



Dr. Heasley points out that “Once started, corporate paranoia can be difficult to curb. Companies who believe their employees are untrustworthy often create an environment of distrust that provokes the very behavior that they are trying to avoid.”



About MedZilla. com



Established in mid 1994, MedZilla is the original web site to serve career and hiring needs for professionals and employers in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medicine, science and healthcare. MedZilla databases contain about 10,000 open positions, 13,000 resumes from candidates actively seeking new positions and 50,000 archived resumes.



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Payne Butler Lang Utilizes Voice to Streamline Dictation Process

Payne Butler Lang Utilizes Voice to Streamline Dictation Process



WinScribe announced today that Queensland based Payne Butler Lang has deployed its award winning digital dictation workflow management suite integrated with speech recognition and has cut transcription time by 50%.



Auckland, NZ (PRWEB) September 22, 2009



WinScribe announced today that Queensland based Payne Butler Lang has deployed its award winning digital dictation workflow management suite integrated with speech recognition and has cut transcription time by 50%.



In mid-2008, Payne Butler Lang began to look at their dictation processes and recognized the need for a more robust, reliable product to replace their current, aging digital dictation solution implemented four years prior. The firm was looking for a product that would allow them to build on the strengths and benefits they already knew a digital system could offer and include a more comprehensive workflow solution to handle their daily dictation workload.



The objectives and requirements were clear. Malcolm Sinclair, Practice Manager at Payne Butler Lang, explains, "We were already using a digital dictation system within the firm, but it was very old fashioned technology that we were beginning to outgrow, and the product really did not have the back-up facilities we required. The idea of a digital dictation product with speech recognition capabilities really appealed to us as it would allow us to adequately improve efficiencies within the firm."



Once the need for a new system was identified, research was carried out in the digital dictation marketplace to find the right fit for the organization that would meet their needs. Malcolm describes, "A digital dictation solution with speech recognition functionality was really what we were looking for. During the process I spoke to a number of dictation suppliers and discovered that there weren't many suppliers out there on the market that have that component."



WinScribe was also chosen due to the superior support behind the product. "Ultimately, when purchasing something like this, I like to spend some time with the supplier and see for myself what kind of support and back-up they give. I did spend some time with the WinScribe team observing how they operate and was very confident after this visit that they would be able to provide the support behind the product that we needed. That was a big contributor behind our decision to purchase WinScribe Dictation."



After a successful pilot period that involved the managing partner and his practice administrator, the WinScribe Dictation with speech recognition was rolled out firm-wide, user by user, with authors dictating using a mixture of Olympus DS 4000 and 5000 digital handheld recorders to import the dictation files into the WinScribe system. "It has been a very easy transition from the author's side. They only have to dock their handheld digital device on its docking station. The dictation files are uploaded to the WinScribe server and sent to the appropriate secretary automatically," Malcolm said.



Since implementing WinScribe Dictation with speech recognition in late 2008, the firm has seen significant improvements on their previous system. The most benefit can be seen from the secretary point of view. They find the system very easy to use overall and enjoy the visibility of being able to see the dictations that come through that have been marked for speech recognition. The real benefit has been the time savings experienced when typing dictations. "We conducted some in-house testing that involved secretaries typing dictations with the old system, versus using WinScribe Speech Recognition, and we were surprised by the results. Typing was 50% faster using WinScribe with speech recognition, and this has allowed them to focus more on their core business responsibilities," Malcolm explains. This means that WinScribe's speech recognition functionality has allowed the firm to streamline their dictation process and increase overall firm efficiencies.



"From a productivity perspective, we have experienced significant increases in terms of getting the final document to our clients in a timely manner. Our managing partner is currently getting around 98% accuracy with the system. Even when we have new people in the firm start using it, they always start off with around 80% and rapidly improve from there as training on the voice profile is improved."



Malcolm further adds, "Our system is set up in quite a unique way to allow authors to use templates. For example, one of our managing partners currently utilizes pre-form letters through WinScribe's speech recognition component, whereby he speaks the name of a particular document that he would like to dictate into (he currently has a list of around 80 forms pre-loaded onto the system to choose from); and the document template appears on his screen ready to dictate. This means fewer corrections, when the secretary receives the document and faster output."



About WinScribe

WinScribe is a world leading provider of digital dictation software supporting business requirements for digital dictation, transcription, voice recognition, and workflow management. Founded in 1995, WinScribe has offices in the USA, UK, New Zealand, Australia and Switzerland, with more than 100 sales partners in over 25 countries supporting more than 350,000 users worldwide.



The WinScribe solution is built on Microsoft architecture, to ensure easy integration and maintenance. WinScribe also supports a wide range of manufacturer-independent dictation devices and is scalable from small, single office locations up to large multinational corporations. WinScribe is fully customizable to meet the needs of a number of significant vertical markets including Legal, Law Enforcement, Healthcare, Transcription, Insurance and Government Sectors.



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The "Hotel with a Heart's" Welcome Back to Mexico

The "Hotel with a Heart's" Welcome Back to Mexico



Stay in May or June & Get Complimentary Extra Suite and Upgrade to Private Pool Casitas - a $1,866 Value! - at Marquis Los Cabos Resort



Los Cabos, Mexico (PRWEB) May 19, 2009



A perfect excuse to reunite with friends and family, travelers taking a last minute travel vacation to Los Cabos in May or June receive a free additional suite and upgrade to private beach-front casitas with the Hotel with a Heart Package at the Marquis Los Cabos Resort. Creating the ambience of a private beach house, accommodations in the resort's spacious casitas are just steps from the beach with a living room, bedroom, wet bar, Bulgari amenities, imported Frette linens, and private plunge pool with views of the ocean. The Hotel with a Heart Package also includes daily breakfast delivered discreetly each morning via a private alcove. Through June 31st, the package starts at $594. Upgrades are subject to availability. For reservations, please call 1-877-238-9399 and ask for the Hotel with a Heart Package with upgrade to private pool casita.



"At this stressful time, we thought people would welcome the idea to get away with family and friends together," says General Manager Ella Messerli.



Just featured in National Geographic Traveler's "Hotels with a Heart," the Marquis Los Cabos donates five percent of the hotel's annual revenue for the staff's education and healthcare in its Marquis University. Since 2003, the resort has helped on average 20 employees a year obtain primary schooling and bachelor degrees.



About Marquis Los Cabos

The 237-suite beachfront Marquis Los Cabos Resort is located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California península, where the Sea of Cortez meets the Pacific Ocean, and is minutes from the authentic Old World village of San Jose del Cabo as well as the lively town of Cabo San Lucas. The resort features a 15,000 square foot holistic spa and fitness center, an exclusive gourmet restaurant where a Michelin-pedigreed chef prepares a nightly prix fixe menu, and an extensive collection of Latin American sculpture and painting on display in public areas and guest suites. Since its 2003 opening, Marquis Los Cabos has earned the travel industry's most coveted awards including "World's Best" (Travel + Leisure); "Gold List Award" (Conde Nast Traveler); "Best Value" (Conde Nast Traveler); the AAA Four Diamond Award, and the Five Star Diamond Award for its Canto del Mar restaurant. Marquis Los Cabos is a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World and the only member of Leading Spas of the World in Los Cabos.



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Porsche Drives for Hope

Porsche Drives for Hope



Everyone loves a parade and Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital is teaming with Porsche Club of America and the Village of Oak Lawn to host what could be Chicago’s largest Porsche parade in history.



Oak Lawn, Ill. (Vocus) May 19, 2010



Everyone loves a parade and Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital is teaming with Porsche Club of America and the Village of Oak Lawn to host what could be Chicago’s largest Porsche parade in history. This unprecedented partnership is part of a unique collaboration with Porsche Cars North America and Porsche AG to present a series of one-of-a-kind events this summer that will benefit thousands of pediatric patients and give one lucky winner a chance to drive away in a brand new 2011 Porsche Cayenne S, with a retail value of $79,000.



Since 1956, Porsche Club of America has hosted a week-long series of events, featuring an annual “parade” of Porsches, but never before has a children’s hospital been asked to go along for the ride.



“Thanks to longtime Hope Children’s Hospital supporters, Tom Shirey, owner of Shirey Cadillac in Oak Lawn and Bill Keyser, Advocate Charitable Foundation board member, this is the very first time Porsche Club of America has chosen to raise charitable funds to benefit a children’s hospital,” said Jennifer Hendrick, director of development. “Porsche Club of America members will be flying in from all over the nation to participate with more than 100 Porsche vehicles on display. We couldn’t be more grateful to have an opportunity to partner with such an amazing company like Porsche to help us continue our mission of providing the best care to our pediatric patients and their families.”



The Porsche Show and Shine parade kicks into gear at Noon on Sunday, June 13. The event is ‘free’ to the public and will give parade-goers a look at everything from Porsche classics to race cars. The parade will begin at Shirey Cadillac, 10825 S. Central Ave. in Oak Lawn and end at Hope Children’s Hospital, where pediatric patients currently being treated will get their own private Porsche parade show and tour.



“It will be like a beauty pageant of four-wheeled sports cars and I can already see how much this event is revving up our patients and the community,” said Hendrick.



Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann is equally excited about the parade. “What a wonderful day this will be for families in Oak Lawn,” said Heilmann. “We have a terrific international company like Porsche and hundreds of volunteers coming together to raise funds for children who receive life-saving care at Hope Children's Hospital.”



On July 2nd, Porsche will host an “exclusive” Sports Drive Event to benefit Hope. Select sponsors will get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a professional race car driver for a drive and ride in their favorite Porsche on a closed course at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet.



“We are extremely blessed to have been chosen as beneficiary for such a momentous series of events,” said Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital president, Ken Lukhard. “What Porsche is doing on behalf of our children’s hospital speaks volumes about the company’s 100-year history of always delivering excellence and quality, and these events are no exception.”



Heir to the Porsche brand, Hans Peter Porsche, is expected to be on hand to greet guests on Saturday, July 3rd at a special Drive for Hope reception that will be held in a private hospitality suite at the DuPage County Airport. Attendees also will enjoy an elegant buffet and music. A Porsche Welcome Party will follow, where the winner of the new 2011 Porsche Cayenne S will be announced.



“Every event offers associates, physicians, donors and the community an opportunity to get involved and help make a difference in the lives of the thousands of children treated at Hope each year,” said Hendrick.



Proceeds will support expanding the children’s hospital to serve one of the fastest growing pediatric populations in the region. According to the most recent census, nearly 30 percent of households in the Southland have children under the age of 18.



About Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital

Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital is part of Advocate Health Care, which is recognized as one of the leading national health care networks. Located on the medical campus of Advocate Christ Medical Center, Hope is the largest freestanding and only dedicated pediatric medical facility in the south and southwest suburbs. With a commitment to serve one of the fastest growing pediatric populations in the region, Hope provides state-of-the-art pediatric care to children throughout the region and Midwest. The 106-bed institution includes a Level IIIc neonatal intensive care unit and has more than 175 physicians, representing 30 specialties and subspecialties. The hospital also is internationally noted for pioneering advances in the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric heart disease, and offers the latest treatment options for virtually all childhood cancers and blood disorders. Hope Children’s Hospital is continuously expanding and investing in clinical technology to meet the growing health care needs of the community and families. In partnership with the Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, a 16-bedroom Ronald McDonald House® was opened in 2008 to offer families a home-away-from home environment during their child’s hospital stay.



About the 2011 Porsche Cayenne S and Raffle

The new 2011 Porsche Cayenne S provides exceptional vehicle performance, on-or-off-road. Boasting a 400 horsepower, naturally aspirated 4.8-liter V8 engine with Direct Fuel Injection (DFI) designed for both performance and fuel efficiency, the Cayenne S features AWD, front and rear Park Assist technology, 14-way comfort memory package and XM Satellite Radio and much more.



Raffle tickets are $150 each. You must be at least 23 years old to enter. You do not need to be present to win. Winner will be notified by July 5, 2010 and is responsible for all license/delivery fees and federal, state and local taxes. Prizes are not redeemable for cash. Raffle ticket purchases are not tax deductible and are non-refundable unless the raffle is cancelled. For a complete list of rules and regulations, visit www. advocatehealth. com/Porsche (http://www. advocatehealth. com/Porsche).



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WATER – NEW QUICK-REFERENCE GUIDE FROM PERMACHARTS

WATER – NEW QUICK-REFERENCE GUIDE FROM PERMACHARTS



Concord, ON – By popular demand, Permacharts, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of a new health & well-being title: Water. This chart continues in our very successful line of health & well-being titles that help everyday consumers quickly understand the details of a given subject.



(PRWEB) July 25, 2003



Water (ISBN: 1-55080-860-5).



Water is essential to life. But what is it? This chart explains what water is, its composition and physical states, the hydrologic cycle, sources, hard water, desalination, and more.



Learn about the waterborne diseases, parasites, contaminants, and pollutants. This guide has lots of great information on municipal water systems and the various kinds of filtration and purifications systems that you can use in the home or office.



Retail: $3.95 U. S. / $5.35 CDN



Permacharts is the WorldÂ’s largest publisher of laminated quick-reference guides and study aids (450+ titles, 46 million units sold). See the entire Permacharts product line at www. permacharts. com.



Each Permacharts title comes with a LIFETIME WARRANTY against peeling and delaminating under normal use.



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It's a Wrap! The International Congress of Esthetics Takes Dallas by Storm

It's a Wrap! The International Congress of Esthetics Takes Dallas by Storm



Thousands of estheticians and spa industry professionals converged on the Hotel Inter-Continental in Dallas on March 28th and 29th for the third annual International Congress of Esthetics, Southwest, trade show and educational conference.



(PRWEB) April 5, 2004



Thousands of estheticians and spa industry professionals converged on the Hotel Inter-Continental in Dallas on March 28th and 29th for the third annual International Congress of Esthetics, Southwest, trade show and educational conference. Just six months after the last Dallas show, the Hotel Inter-Continental filled up again, and the first International Congress of Esthetics of 2004 proved to be yet another huge success.



Highlights from the General Session lineup at the 2004 Dallas International Congress of Esthetics, sponsored by Les Nouvelles Esthétiques and Dermascope magazines, included the following presentations:



• Back to the Basics 101, a primer by Michelle D’Allaird



• Airbrush Makeup, a demonstration by Dina Ousley



• Non-Surgical Facelift, a lecture by Dr. Michael Tick



• Color Light Therapy and its Benefits in Esthetics, a demonstration by Nina Curtis



• Vitamin Supplements for Healthy Skin, an overview by James P. Meschino



• Do Those Gadgets Really Work? The How and Why of the New Technology, a discourse by Laura Root



• Body Peeling: Getting Ready for the Summer, a presentation by Rhonda Allison



• Good Relationships are Key to Success, a talk by Suzanne Bersch



• Kansa Vataki: Massaging the Feet with a Three Metal Bowl, a demonstration by Melanie and Robert Sachs



• Legal and Liability Issues of Owning a Medical Spa, an overview by Susanne Warfield



With more than 125 exhibitors and 39 manufacturer workshops, attendees experienced and viewed the latest in products and industry trends. With so many companies present and workshops given, attendees were able to pick and choose from a plethora of topics that they wanted and needed to see.



According to Laura Bazo, Conference Coordinator, the Dallas International Congress of Esthetics is growing quickly, and this year's show exceeded expectations, with attendance 20 percent higher than last year's show in Dallas.



"Feedback from our attendees was very positive. They were extremely pleased with the professional caliber of all our educators, from the workshops to the General Session, and the chance to network with other professionals and industry leaders," Bazo says. "The ambiance was very exciting, and the exhibit halls and workshops were filled to capacity," she adds.



The International Congress of Esthetics is the only spa and skin care industry trade show to have an all-inclusive registration fee, which covers entrance for all days to the exhibition hall, general session lectures and demonstrations, exhibitors' workshops and classes, and continuing education classes where applicable. Special, discounted rates for hotel accommodations, airfare and car rentals are also available to attendees.



Les Nouvelles Esthétiques and Dermascope magazines co-sponsor four International Congress of Esthetics educational conferences/trade shows annually. Dates and locations for the remaining 2004 International Congress of Esthetics conferences are: Philadelphia, PA, May 16-17; Long Beach, CA, September 11-13; and Miami, FL, October 23-25. The next Dallas International Congress of Esthetics is scheduled for February 20-21, 2005.



For more information, call 1-(800) 471-0229 or visit www. LNEONLINE. com.



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Teenage Obesity Meets Ancient Martial Arts To Benefit Heart & Stroke Foundation

Teenage Obesity Meets Ancient Martial Arts To Benefit Heart & Stroke Foundation



Teenage obesity has reached epidemic rates at 50% levels. These teenagers are bored with conventional exercise such as walking on a treadmill. The pressing need for fitness meets martial arts and you get the huge popularity of Ultimate Fighting Champions (UFC). The hottest show on Spike TV is ultimate fighting and record numbers of people are joining martial arts dojos and gyms to learn their choice of martial arts for themselves. Teenagers who need to incorporate routine exercise into their daily lives will find that martial arts are fun. They can learn so much from martial arts, including physical power, emotional sustenance, self-defense, discipline, competition, and so much more.



Reno, Nevada (PRWEB) February 20, 2007



Teenage obesity has reached high rates at 50% levels. These teenagers are bored with conventional exercise such as walking on a treadmill. The fitness craze meets martial arts and you get the huge popularity of Ultimate Fighting Champions (UFC). The hottest show on Spike TV is ultimate fighting and record numbers of people are joining martial arts dojos and gyms to learn their choice of martial arts for themselves. Teenagers who need to incorporate routine exercise into their daily lives will find that martial arts are fun. They can learn so much from martial arts, including physical power, emotional sustenance, self-defense, discipline, competition, and so much more.



MartialArts3000.com is dedicated to helping amateur martial artists to reach their full potential. Not everyone can get into a proper gym or find the right teacher. That is why the MartialArts3000.com library is on hand hard to find resources and martial arts home study programs. These programs bring all of the benefits of practicing martial arts right into your own living room.



However, it does not stop there. They are currently providing charitable donations with 10% of all of profits in March 2007 going to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The managing director of MartialArts3000.com, Yoshi Kundagawa, states, "Obesity is the #1 killer and learning and practicing martial arts is an amazing way to reverse the damages and to lose weight.



Obesity in teenagers is a growing problem in this country and even worldwide. It can have devastating health effects, if not now, later in life. It can also reduce the amount of activity a teenager can do, and the teenagers are just embarrassed because of the way they look. There are many solutions to this increasing problem of teenage obesity, but sometimes an exercise routine can be too boring. If an exercise routine is boring for someone, they will be reluctant to do the exercise. However, with martial arts, the exercise routines involved are fun and exciting. Obese teenagers will find a martial arts program fun, challenging, exciting, and more. Martial arts will give them the chance to lose weight, gain confidence, learn self-defense, and gain respect for themselves and others."



Choosing martial arts to help reduce teenage obesity can have immediate and lasting health benefits, as well as contributing to The Heart & Stroke Foundation in March of 2007.



For additional information, Contact: Yoshi Kundagawa fax: 416-352-5568



Remember, visit MartialArts3000.com (http://www. martialarts3000.com) to see what martial arts can do for you, and how you can help with teenage obesity.



Contact - Yoshi Kundagawa



Company Name - MartialArts3000.com



Telephone Number - 1-800-637-0271



Fax Number - 416-352-5568



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Recent UAE Study Shows Successful Treatment of Diabetes with Acupuncture

Recent UAE Study Shows Successful Treatment of Diabetes with Acupuncture



Diabetes is one of the major health problems in UAE and affects 25% of all residents. Experts estimate that 90% of them develop type 2 Diabetes (non-insulin dependent) later on, caused by lack of physical activity and poor eating habits. Beside Nationals, Asians and Arab Expats are also in great risk due their inactive and often sedentary lifestyle.



Dubai, (PRWEB) November 30, 2005



Diabetes is one of the major health problems in UAE and affects 25% of all residents. Experts estimate that 90% of them develop type 2 Diabetes (non-insulin dependent) later on, caused by lack of physical activity and poor eating habits. Beside Nationals, Asians and Arab Expats are also in great risk due their inactive and often sedentary lifestyle.



Despite the major medical advances in rapid and easy monitoring of blood sugar and drug treatments, Diabetes remains a serious problem. The blood sugar regulation that can be attained by standard methods is usually not adequate in avoiding common secondary effects of Diabetes, including cardiovascular diseases, degenerative eye conditions, limb pain, ulceration, gangrene, and kidney failure.



A recent study conducted by Dubai Wellbeing Center led by 17 experts showed that acupuncture and Chinese treatments are a better alternative than existing treatments and have no side effects. Doctor Li Dong, head of diabetic treatment & research at “Cha-slu”, Dubai Wellbeing Center said: “Many assume that acupuncture is only suitable for treating pain, perhaps because the initial introduction of acupuncture to the west in 1972 was with flashy stories about analgesia provided by acupuncture during surgery. However 1 out of 3 patients coming in to our center has Diabetes. After attending a seminar in New York about the diabetics and seeing that some American Chinese doctors have succeeded in treatment, I wanted to conduct the study in UAE. The results are excellent and we have started working closely with western doctors now to treat the patients with these new techniques.”



"Clinical and Experimental Study in Treating Diabetes Mellitus by Acupuncture IN UAE" will be presented next year in Beijing to more than thousand delegates from all over the world. The study, led by Dr. Li and 16 other doctors from UAE, studied 60 diabetic patients from the UAE. Experts divided them randomly into two groups: the acupuncture group (38 patients) and the control group (22 patients). Both groups followed a regulated diet during the study, but one group received acupuncture at three points. The treatment was administered once a day for 30 days.



Among the 22 participants who took usual Diabetes-prescribed drugs, there were 12 cases rated as effectively treated and 8 cases as markedly effective. However 20 of them showed serious side effects such as kidney malfunction. On the acupuncture group 27 patients were treated successful and 11 needed more treatment. However none of the 38 patients showed any side effect.



Hana Sharabi is one of the Arab-American expat in UAE who suffers from the disease. She has been prescribed modern medicine which caused her serious kidney conditions prompting her to stop the treatment. Doctors could not give other medicines and they told her to change her lifestyle. She did, eating healthy and going to the gym every day with no change in her Diabetes. On the contrary she developed high cholesterol, like 90% of diabetics as their liver (a major organ which balances the cholesterol) does not function well. One of her friends told her about Chinese treatments now available in UAE for treating the disease. After 6 months of treatment called “Xang Duong” in Dubai Wellbeing Center, Hana’s Diabetes was gone, much to the surprise of her doctors.



Hana says, “My doctor who told me that she can’t believe that without any western medicine my insulin level was back to normal and I was healthy. She started to send more patients for the treatment.”



Dubai Wellbeing Center is the only center with research facilities on alternative treatments in GCC with experts specializing in losing weight, pain management, Diabetes and depression.



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Wiemer Joins QHR as Vice President of Learning Institute

Wiemer Joins QHR as Vice President of Learning Institute



QHR President and CEO James L. Horrar announced recently that D. Robert Wiemer, Jr., an educational services specialist, has joined the company as vice president of the Learning Institute at QHR (LIQ). In his new role, Wiemer will oversee LIQ's day-to-day operations, develop and implement a strategic plan for the business unit, develop new business and product lines, and create and execute initiatives that will advance LIQ's market position and brand.



Brentwood, Tenn. (PRWEB) August 21, 2008 -



QHR President and CEO James L. Horrar announced recently that D. Robert Wiemer, Jr., an educational services specialist, has joined the company as vice president of the Learning Institute at QHR (LIQ) (http://www. qhr. com/qhr2.nsf/View/QHRLearningInstitute). In his new role, Wiemer will oversee LIQ's day-to-day operations, develop and implement a strategic plan for the business unit, develop new business and product lines, and create and execute initiatives that will advance LIQ's market position and brand.



"The Learning Institute is poised to become a leader in healthcare management education, and we are evaluating opportunities to expand the depth and breadth of its educational programs and tools," said Horrar. "Bob is a proven leader in these areas and will, without doubt, play a significant role in taking the Learning Institute to the next level."



A veteran of the healthcare industry with more than 13 years of experience, Wiemer has extensive experience in healthcare e-learning, product design and development, business strategy and operations, and strategic new business development. Previously, he held several senior-level positions with HealthStream, Inc., HealthStream EMS and PhyCor. Bob holds a master's degree in business administration from the University of Texas and a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Vanderbilt University.



The QHR Learning Institute (http://www. qhr. com/qhr2.nsf/View/QHRLearningInstitute) transfers knowledge and practical healthcare management expertise to more than 8,000 healthcare leaders and professionals each year, building their decision-making skills, sharing best practices for managing their departments, and developing their leadership capabilities.



QHR is a family of brands that has provided consulting (http://www. qhr. com/qhr2.nsf/View/qhrconsultingservicesoverview), management (http://www. qhr. com/qhr2.nsf/View/How_QHR_Provides_Value) and education (http://www. qhr. com/qhr2.nsf/View/QHRLearningInstitute) resources to hospitals and health systems for three decades. QHR Management Services is the dominant market leader in hospital management resources, with nearly 170 current multi-year clients across the United States. QHR Consulting Services is among the 15 largest healthcare management consulting firms in the United States, with more than 150 consultants providing financial, operational and strategic support to hospitals. For more information, go to qhr. com.



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‘DogTown,’ the National Geographic Channel Series, Enters Fourth Season

‘DogTown,’ the National Geographic Channel Series, Enters Fourth Season



Heartwarming story of Shaggy runs this Friday



Kanab, UT (Vocus) January 20, 2010



The cold of winter has settled in and fans of the popular National Geographic Channel series “DogTown” couldn’t be happier. Frigid weather signals a new season of the popular program that chronicles the work of the staff at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary as they work with abused, abandoned dogs, many of them in poor health.



This Friday’s episode features the story of Shaggy, a mixed-breed dog found living in the wild near Grand Canyon National Park, who most probably has never socialized with humans.



Animal behaviorist Sherry Woodard, who has wowed “DogTown” audiences with her ability to work wonders with under-socialized dogs, takes Shaggy under her wing to help him begin to trust and interact with humans.



Shaggy has become one of the 400-plus canine residents of the sanctuary, the nation’s largest facility for companion animals. But the main goal at the sanctuary for each of the four-footed residents is to find them a home as soon as possible. But the clock is ticking. If Sherry can’t gain the trust of the mixed breed, Shaggy may never find a home.



In other parts of this Friday’s episode, Dr. Mike Dix, head veterinarian at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, tries to treat Reggie, an Elkhound-mix with a mysterious and disfiguring skin condition. Dr. Mike must determine the cause of the disease, or Reggie may never recover. Also, Dr. Mike and his wife, Elissa Jones, ask John Garcia for help with their dog Penny, a sweet but overly energetic beagle mix, whose mischievous behavior has gotten out of control. If John Garcia can’t teach Penny how to behave, the dog may wreak havoc in the couple’s cheerful home.



Other upcoming episodes of DogTown:



THE ROAD HOME - Friday, Jan. 29, at 10 p. m. ET/PT

Shy dogs are often among the first to be euthanized in shelters because they are difficult to adopt, but not at Dogtown, a no-kill facility. Little Girl, a Catahoula leopard dog mix, is given a second chance and learns to overcome her fears with help from John Garcia, in hopes that she will be adopted. Later we will follow a morbidly obese Chihuahua, Tuli, with a tiny head and a pineapple-size body, who must lose weight to become healthy enough for adoption. Finally, we meet Shockey, a terrier mix who is full of energy and excitement that makes her hard to control. See how Dogtown manager Michelle Besmehn works to help Shockey listen to commands and overcome her stubbornness.



CLOSE CALLS - Friday, Feb. 5, at 10 p. m. ET/PT

The economic crisis has forced countless families to give up their beloved animals. In this episode, we will meet Lucille, a shar-pei mix, who was left behind when her family’s home was foreclosed. She was in poor health and in need of surgery when she arrived at DogTown; after the surgery, Lucille developed severe seizures. Then travel with “DogTown” to the Animal Rescue League of El Paso (ARL), a no-kill shelter that depends on the nonstop energy of founder Loretta Hyde. Loretta hopes Sherry Woodard can help her rehabilitate unadoptable dogs to make room for more animals. In only one week, Sherry must help Loretta come up with a solution for ARL’s burgeoning dog population and work with Loretta on some of her tougher cases.



Other episodes this season will include a sick Catahoula mix who faces a life-threatening illness as the DogTown medical staff races against time to find her a cure. We will also meet a shepherd mix who is taught to dance in order to curb his aggressive behavior toward other dogs. And finally, join the Dogtown staff on a large mass breeder rescue mission in Missouri that saves nearly 200 dogs.



About Best Friends Animal Society



Best Friends Animal Society is a nonprofit, membership organization building no-kill programs and partnerships that will bring about a day when there are No More Homeless Pets. The society's leading initiatives in animal care and community programs are coordinated from its Kanab, Utah, headquarters, the country's largest no-kill sanctuary. This work is made possible by the support of a grassroots network of members and community partners across the nation. In 2009, Best Friends celebrates its 25th anniversary “A better world through kindness to animals”



For more information:



John Polis

Best Friends Animal Society

435-644-4858



Barbara Williamson

Best Friends Animal Society

435-644-4408



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RNCOS Research: Consumer Electronics Revenue Skipping by 8% in 2006

RNCOS Research: Consumer Electronics Revenue Skipping by 8% in 2006



The ever-evolving consumer electronics market with mostly teenage consumers and women to a large extent; the global sales are expected to be $135.4 billion in 2006, to soar to $158.4 billion by 2008.



(PRWEB) April 4, 2006



RNCOS Research (http://www. marketsmonitor. com/category/CP13.html (http://www. marketsmonitor. com/category/CP13.html)) The Consumer Electronic Association (CEA) plans to address issues relating to the ever-evolving digital world as also the rising trend of teenage consumers. The association has about 120 members including senior executives from top consumer electronics retail and manufacturing companies such as Samsung Electronics, Circuit City, CompUSA, Radio Shack and LG Electronics. The conference delivered a host of industry issues and business strategies for the participants.



In 2005 with the release of the next-generation gaming consoles and compatible software titles, healthy revenue of $12 billion was earned. The launches of gaming consoles are expected to continue throughout 2006 taking the market up to $14 billion.



The panelists also discussed issues relating to the growth of products that enable consumers to obtain easy access to information at home such as media servers, home networks, and broadband connectivity and expressed the importance of Voice-Over IP and remote diagnostics.



Recent trends have shown that women surprisingly hold a greater share of the consumer electronics market by almost 57% and are at the top. In most categories of consumer electronics they spend about the same as men except for video games.



In a recently published market research report by RNCOS named “Worldwide Consumer Electronics Market” it is said that the market’s global sale is estimated to touch an all time high of $135.4 billion in 2006, an increase of 8% from 2005. Sales of the same product are expected to reach a peak of $158.4 billion by the year 2008, an increase of 65% over 2000.



After conducting an extensive geographic and demographic research the report views that the Asia Pacific region wields the biggest chunk of the world consumer electronics market, closely followed by Europe. The market research report “Worldwide Consumer Electronics Market” covers the conditions of the consumer electronics industry all over the globe and the existing scope of companies in this sector. The study and review of the consumer electronic industry can be used as a valuable tool to arrive at business decisions and performance appraisal.



The report also provides a thorough study of the top 10 players across the world including Sony Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Toshiba Corp., and Sharp Corp.



About RNCOS:



RNCOS, formed in 2002, offers Market Research Reports via MarketsMonitor for your business needs and aims to put an end to your information pursuit. Our expertise in gathering global business information for industry research, corporate training, growth consulting, and business consulting, brings reputed companies and firms to us for business enhancement solutions. We can be your one-stop-shop for Industry research information and niche market analysis.



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For more information about the report please visit www. marketsmonitor. com



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Natural Appetite Suppressant Found in South Africa

Natural Appetite Suppressant Found in South Africa



Scientists have just discovered that the newest secret to weight loss is a plant that South Africans have used to suppress their appetites for years.



Memphis, TN (PRWEB) June 10, 2006



Scientists across the nation say they’ve discovered an organic ingredient that kills appetites and attacks obesity, leading to rapid weight loss and overall better health.



This miracle ingredient is called Hoodia Gordonii, and it’s found in a new weight loss supplement called DiatrinH. Hoodia is found inside cactus trees in the African Kalahari desert.



The San Bushmen of the Kalahari, one of the world’s oldest and most primitive tribes, have been eating Hoodia for thousands of years to stave off hunger during long hunting trips.



According to Dr. Richard Dixey with Phytopharm Pharmaceutical Company, who organized the first animal trials for hoodia, Hoodia caused rats, a species that will eat literally anything, to stop eating completely.



“What the hoodia seems to contain is a molecule that is about 10,000 times active as glucose,” Dixey said. “It goes to your mid-brain and actually makes those nerve cells fire as if you were full. But you have not eaten, nor do you want to.



DiatrinH makes use of the appetite-suppressing qualities of Hoodia Gordonii, but also incorporates herbal ingredients long known to increase energy and improve mood, giving dieters what a company spokesman calls “a triple team weight loss effort.”



Kelly Jackson of Atlanta said she’s been a compulsive eater for years and for a long time thought she would never be able to stop that habit. She added that after trying DiatrinH, she now eats less and is two sizes smaller than she use to be.



“I really cannot believe how well DiatrinH has worked for me. I am a major emotional eater, so I didn’t think an appetite suppressant would have any effect on my eating when I am nervous or bored, because I’m actually not hungry when I’m doing it! But it really did make that constant need to be eating just disappear. I have been on the meal plan now for two months and it’s surprisingly satisfying. I never feel the need to go off the plan or splurge. I’ve lost 17 pounds in two months and still going strong, and I owe it all to DiatrinH.”



DiatrinH is manufactured by Memphis-based Selmedica Healthcare. For more information about weight loss, visit www. diatrinH. com.



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Thorpe Capital Group Recognized at Utah 100

Thorpe Capital Group Recognized at Utah 100



Thorpe Capital Group was recognized today at the MountainWest Capital Network Utah 100 as the 44th fastest growing company in the state.



Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) October 28, 2006



Thorpe Capital Group was recognized today as the 44th fastest growing company in Utah at the annual Utah 100 awards ceremony presented by the MountainWest Capital Network.



Other companies recognized today include USANA Health Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: USNA) and FatPipe Networks, Thorpe Capital Group clients. Overstock. com (Nasdaq: OSTK), Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN), Extra Space Storage (NYSE: EXR) and Zions Bancorporation (Nasdaq: ZION) were also among those recognized.



Devin Thorpe, founder and Managing Director of Thorpe Capital Group commented, "It is an honor to be recognized on the same program with great companies like USANA and Huntsman. Having been recognized in 2005, we were especially pleased to meet the growth threshold for recognition again this year."



"Over the years," continued Thorpe, "the winners continue to recognize one key theme when accepting their awards: the importance of a good team. Clearly, a good team has been the key to our success, too," Thorpe concluded.



The Utah 100 Awards were launched by the MountainWest Capital Network in 1995 and each year recognize Utah's fastest growing companies in three categories, fastest growing (percentage), fastest growing (absolute revenue) and "emerging elite" (companies less than five years old with rapid revenue growth). The MountainWest Capital Network, formed in 1983, is a not-for-profit business networking organization that fosters the growth of human and financial capital in Utah. More information is available at www. mwcn. org.



Thorpe Capital Group, LLC, is the parent of Thorpe Capital, Inc. (Member NASD). The firm helps middle market companies with M&A advisory services and private placements of debt and equity. Thorpe Capital Group serves companies with more than $5 million in revenue with strong profits or rapid growth. For more information, please visit www. thorpecapital. com. Devin Thorpe also writes a blog at www. midmarketmaven. com.



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Wagner Design Associates, an Advertising and Design Firm, Received a Silver ADDY in the Ann Arbor Ad Club's 2010 ADDY Awards Competition

Wagner Design Associates, an Advertising and Design Firm, Received a Silver ADDY in the Ann Arbor Ad Club's 2010 ADDY Awards Competition



The silver ADDY was awarded to Wagner Design for a self-promotion flash piece. The online holiday card production featured warm holiday colors and morphing illustrations to accompany a warm greeting. The piece was designed to complement a pro bono calendar Wagner Design produced for Safehouse Center, a local community organization that offers refuge and support for women who have suffered domestic violence. Together both pieces reflect the hope and community spirit of Ann Arbor.



Ann Arbor, Mich. (PRWEB) April 22, 2010



Wagner Design Associates Awarded Silver ADDY



Wagner Design Associates, a local advertising and graphic design firm, received a Silver ADDY in the Ann Arbor Ad Club's 2010 ADDY Awards competition.



The silver ADDY was awarded to Wagner Design for a self-promotion flash piece. The online holiday card production featured warm holiday colors and morphing illustrations to accompany a warm greeting. The piece was designed to complement a pro bono calendar Wagner Design produced for Safehouse Center, a local community organization that offers refuge and support for women who have suffered domestic violence. Together both pieces reflect the hope and community spirit of Ann Arbor.



Sponsored nationally by the American Advertising Federation and locally by the Ann Arbor Ad Club, the ADDY Awards Competition recognizes and rewards creative excellence in the art of advertising. Beginning at the local level, in 200 markets nationwide, the ADDY's three-tiered competition is the largest and most representative advertising awards program in the industry.



Wagner Design provides a full range of creative design and advertising services to organizations in the high technology, retail, health care, financial, and academic sectors. The firm has won recognition and awards for its work in print collateral, direct mail and electronic communications and has been featured in various design publications.



Contact: Kathy Roeser-Nordling  

Wagner Design Associates LLC 

T: 734.662.9500  

F: 734.662.6590



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Award for Pioneering Coaching Psychologist

Award for Pioneering Coaching Psychologist



Dr Anthony Grant, of Sydney University, Australia, has been recognised for his valued contribution to the field of coaching psychology. Today the British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology bestowed Dr Grant an award in recognition of outstanding professional and scientific contribution to coaching psychology. The award will be presented at the 3rd National Coaching Psychology Conference to be held at City University London, today, Monday 17, and Tuesday 18 December 2007, organised by the British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology.



London, UK (PRWEB) December 19, 2007



Dr Anthony Grant, of Sydney University, Australia, has been recognised for his valued contribution to the field of coaching psychology. Today the British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology bestowed Dr Grant an award in recognition of outstanding professional and scientific contribution to coaching psychology.



The award will be presented at the 3rd National Coaching Psychology Conference to be held at City University London, today, Monday 17, and Tuesday 18 December 2007, organised by the British Psychological Society's Special Group in Coaching Psychology.



Dr Grant has carved a pioneering route for coaching psychology, establishing the world's first Coaching Psychology Unit in January 2000 at Sydney University, where he is director and lecturer. Anthony has coached many of Australia's leading executives and CEOs and has many thousands of hours of coach training and coaching experience. His coaching research and practice spans both national and international boundaries.



"Dr Tony Grant's doctorate thesis, 'Towards a psychology of coaching: The impact of coaching on meta-cognition, mental health and goal attainment', was one of the key catalysts for the setting up of the modern coaching psychology movement. His on-going research and development of the Solution Focused Cognitive Behavioural approach to coaching continues to influence the field of coaching psychology', says Professor Stephen Palmer, Chair of the Special Group in Coaching Psychology Conference Academic Board, 2007.



FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Julia Shorter, Conference Press Officer, Tel: 07747 634486.



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U. S. Senator Joe Lieberman Announces Success of New Filtration Technology Cleaning Up Our Nation's Waterways

U. S. Senator Joe Lieberman Announces Success of New Filtration Technology Cleaning Up Our Nation's Waterways



The success of Long Island Sound's newest environmental hero, the Smart Sponge, announced by Senator Lieberman, the Long Island Soundkeeper and founder of AbTech Industries Glenn Rink. Initial field test show the Smart Sponge technology destroyed 75-99.9% of bacteria from stormwater including E. coli and fecal coliform.



Scottsdale, AZ (PRWEB) June 13, 2006



U. S. Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT) recently joined Long Island Soundkeeper Terry Backer to reveal the results of an exclusive clean water program in Connecticut featuring the Smart Sponge® water filtration technology, which is manufactured and distributed by AbTech Industries, Inc, an Arizona-based company. As part of a stormwater management improvement project, over 275 storm drains in Norwalk, Connecticut, have been fitted with high-technology filtration systems equipped with the Smart Sponge technology.



Unlike the muscle-bound caped crusaders of yesterday’s cartoons, Long Island Sound’s newest environmental hero -- the Smart Sponge -- more closely resembles SpongeBob Squarepants. This non toxic, funny-looking sponge-like material uses an antimicrobial agent to perform the daunting task of destroying health-threatening microorganisms that threaten our nation’s waterways.



After viewing the live demonstration of how the Smart Sponge technology works, Senator Lieberman stated, “This is a very exciting solution to a very serious national water pollution problem, which is so called non-point pollution -- that is run off, the stuff that when rain goes off the soil, whether it’s fertilizers or contaminants of various kinds like oil, into the storm drain and in the normal flow out into bodies of water like the Long Island Sound, which we are trying so hard to keep clean, so that not only we, but succeeding generations of our children and grandchildren can enjoy for swimming, for fishing and for boating.”



Initial field tests released show the Smart Sponge technology destroyed a high percentage of bacteria, including E. coli and other fecal coliform. The average removal rate was over 75 percent and the maximum removal rate was 99.9 percent. In addition, the first cleaning of the 275 catch basins yielded over 7.4 tons of trash, debris, leaves, sediment, and sand -- the weight of over six Ford Escorts. All this bacteria, trash, and debris (including needles and syringes) could have entered the Sound’s recreational waters if it had not been captured by the filters.



The Long Island Sound watershed houses 8 million people with another 20 million living within 50 miles of it. Hal Alvord, Norwalk’s Director of Public Works said, “Norwalk’s storm drainage system developed over time to accommodate the tremendous growth in this area. Regulation has resulted in many improvements over the last few decades, but it has done little to stop the largest source of toxins -- nonpoint source pollution,” he said.



“Incidentally, one of the other ways to deal with this kind of non-point source pollution run-off is to send it through water treatment plants, which are enormously expensive. So not only does this work, it does it in a very cost effective way,” stated Senator Lieberman at the press conference.



The stormwater management project represents a collaborative effort, which brought together an impressive roster of national businesses, nonprofit organizations, and local, state, and federal government officials. The City of Norwalk partnered with the Long Island Soundkeeper, The Maritime Aquarium, the Norwalk River Watershed Initiative, and AbTech Industries. Much of the project cost -- over $500,000 – resulted from legislation sponsored by U. S. Senator Joseph Lieberman and provided by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency. Other funds were raised by private organizations.



“This is $400,000 dollars of Federal money that I think has been remarkably well spent and I am going to see if we can’t build together on the test that happened here in Norwalk that worked and the results of that test will now go around the country and around the world,” concluded Senator Lieberman at the press conference.



The City of Norwalk will continue to evaluate the project’s success according to the percentage of reduction in hydrocarbons, bacteria, and other pollutants entering Long Island Sound from the targeted catch basins. The monitoring will be an effort shared by the Long Island Soundkeeper, the City of Norwalk, and AbTech Industries (through Longo & Longo, a Connecticut-based AbTech distributor).



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Track Chic Partners with Marsha Mason for Organic Skin Care Products

Track Chic Partners with Marsha Mason for Organic Skin Care Products



Track Chic®, www. TrackChic. com, is privileged to partner with Marsha Mason, actress and former SCCA race driver and team owner, to provide pure, organic, petroleum free skin care products in Track Chic Boutique’s Body Shop, www. TrackChic. com/shopping/store.



Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) October 30, 2007



Track Chic®, www. TrackChic. com], is privileged to partner with Marsha Mason, actress and former SCCA race driver and team owner, to provide pure, organic, petroleum free skin care products in Track Chic Boutique’s Body Shop, www. TrackChic. com/shopping/store (http://www. TrackChic. com/shopping/store).



Far from the competitive tensions of the race track, today Ms. Mason has transformed acres of overgrazed, infertile earth into a vibrant oasis of healing herbs and flowers on her Resting in the River® organic farm in the breathtaking Chama River Valley of Northern New Mexico. She practices what she likes to call Spiritual Agriculture. It’s a deep, abiding connection to the land, animals, plants, and people who recognize spirit in themselves as well as in nature.



That purity of spirit is transferred to her Resting in the River’s pure skin care products. All products are made from the natural herbs and flowers grown at the certified organic medicinal farm. They contain no petrochemicals, artificial colors or preservatives and everything is fragrance-free.



Theresa Earnheart, President, Track Chic, Inc. asks: “What are your future plans for your products?”



“I am working my way through that. The market has gotten so big; it is a completely different animal now than it was six or seven years ago. The National Organic Program has done a lot to standardize some of the labeling issues. But the big issue is education. This issue of what people are putting on their skin is a very big one for me. That’s why we don’t put any petrochemicals, artificial colors or preservatives in our products and everything is fragrance-free. It’s pure and it’s healthy” said Ms. Mason.



“What people don’t realize is that their skin is their largest organ, it absorbs everything. One of the best examples I ever heard is if you put a clove of garlic in the crook of your arm, in a few hours you will begin tasting the garlic in your mouth. Because your skin absorbs.”



“More and more our bodies are being compromised by a lot of things.”



“The truth of the matter is you just have to take the time, a lot of people just don’t want to take the time but you have to read the label, you have to try things with caution. Everyone is different; everyone’s tolerance levels are different. Understand what is in a product before consuming it or putting it on your skin. You are worth the time – protect yourself.”



A champion of biodynamics and Spiritual Agriculture, Ms. Mason dedicates herself to educating others on the benefits of a natural, healthy, organic lifestyle. In the spirit of Sisterhood, contributions from purchases will go to biodynamic and organic education and land preservation, passions of Ms. Mason.



In addition, all Track Chic Crew Members, www. TrackChic. com/crew (http://www. TrackChic. com/crew)], receive a 10% discount on purchases in Track Chic’s Boutique.



Read more about Ms. Mason racing experiences in Track Chic’s: Women Behind the Wheels pages at www. TrackChic. com/wbw (http://www. TrackChic. com/wbw).



Track Chic® is the worldwide social membership, shopping, charity and news network for enthusiastic female racing fans of NASCAR®, Formula 1®, Motorcycle, Karting, Champ Car®, NHRA®, INDY Racing League®, IHRA®, SCCA ®, ARCA®, Dirt Track, etc., that share their passion for Speed, Style and Sisterhood.



For additional information on the news that is the subject of this release, contact Theresa Earnheart or visit www. TrackChic. com/inquiries/press. asp (http://www. TrackChic. com/inquiries/press. asp).



CONTACT:

Theresa Earnheart, President

Track Chic, Inc.

3535 Peachtree Road, Suite 520-237, Atlanta, Ga. 30326

1-678-534-8572



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Northern Virginia Medical Practitioners Use Misleading Advertisements to Deceive the Public into Thinking They are Plastic Surgeons, According to Dr. Phillip Chang, M. D. a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Northern Virginia Medical Practitioners Use Misleading Advertisements to Deceive the Public into Thinking They are Plastic Surgeons, According to Dr. Phillip Chang, M. D. a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon



Dr. Phillip Chang, M. D., a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Lansdowne, Virginia chaired a round-table discussion at the Cosmetic Surgery Conference in Laguna Beach, California about the dangerous developing trend of non Plastic Surgery Specialties such as Oral Surgeons, ENT Surgeons, and Gynecologists misrepresenting themselves to the public as Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.



Leesburg, VA (PRWEB) June 30, 2007



Dr. Phillip Chang, M. D., a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Lansdowne, Virginia chaired a round-table discussion at the Cosmetic Surgery Conference in Laguna Beach, California about the dangerous developing trend of non Plastic Surgery Specialties such as Oral Surgeons, ENT Surgeons, and Gynecologists misrepresenting themselves to the public as Board Certified Plastic Surgeons.



Dr. Phillip Chang, M. D., a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who is the Director of the Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center was recently voted as one of the top doctors in Northern Virginia by Health and Beauty Magazine. The survey was taken by his physician peers. Dr. Chang has recently lectured on his techniques in performing the " one hour rhinoplasty " procedure as well as his innovations in performing the " Harmony Mini Facelift " and minimal scar breast procedures. He was honored recently by Allergan to be the only Platinum Plus provider in Norther Virginia.



Dr. Phillip Chang chaired the round-table discussion on the dangerous trend of other medical practitioners portraying themselves as plastic surgeons. They concluded that potential patients need to be better educated on what constituted a board certified plastic surgeon. They emphasized that patients need to understand that Oral Surgeons, ENT Surgeons, and Gynecologists will often mislead the public by referring to themselves as plastic surgeons. They will advertise that they are "board certified" without stating that they are board certified in oral surgery for example.



He cited that there are at least two groups in Lansdowne who refer to themselves as cosmetic surgeons. They perform breast surgery as well as tummy tucks without having local hospital admitting privileges. Their advertisements state they are board certified but fail to state they are board certified in oral surgery. As he put it, if you wouldn't go to a mechanic for your dental work, why would you let a dentist work on your face or body. You have to be careful in researching the credentials of your medical and cosmetic providers.



Dr. Chang's credentials and before and after pictures can be viewed at http://wwww. GotoBeauty. com (http://wwww. GotoBeauty. com).



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NYC - The Chef One Dumpling Eating Record Challenge Round

NYC - The Chef One Dumpling Eating Record Challenge Round



The Chef One Dumpling Eating Record Challenge Round will take place during the 15th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York on Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 11:45am. There will be prizes and giveaways at Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY at the Twin Marquis Food Group Booth.



New York, NY (PRWEB) August 4, 2005



The Chef One Dumpling Eating Record Challenge Round will take place during the 15th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York on Sunday, August 14, 2005 at 11:45am. There will be prizes and giveaways at Meadow Lake, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY at the Twin Marquis Food Group Booth. The Challenge Round is limited to the first 12 men and 12 women. Registration Deadline: 11 AM, 8/14/2005.



As part of the Twin Marquis Food Group -- proudly manufacturing since 1989 in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn in the North Brooklyn Empire Zone – and keeping and growing more than 100 jobs locally through the doubling of its manufacturing space in 2006 -- the Chef One Corporation is one of the largest dim sum and dumpling manufacturers on the East Coast. With a short history dating back to 1999, Chef One is rapidly receiving recognition around the New York metro area and beyond as a community-driven corporation, sponsoring non-profit organizations in an effort to promote our shared beliefs in food and lifestyles that are Tasty. Healthy. Fun.



To help celebrate the 15th Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York, Chef One will host a Dumpling Eating Record Challenge Round to attract an audience focused on healthy eating. Some may qualify for the 2nd Annual Dumpling Eating Contest (which will be held in January, 2006, during New York's Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration).



To learn more about Chef One Corporation and the 2nd Annual Dumpling Eating Contest, please email to dumpling@chefonecorp. com. A new Chef One Website will be available soon!



For information and a complete schedule on the 15th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York - August 13 & 14, 2005, please visit www. hkdbf-ny. org



Thank you for your interest.



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Learning to Meditate

Learning to Meditate



Meditation Techniques and Alternative Healing



Shingle Springs, CA (PRWEB) May 8, 2006



In today’s hectic world, learning to meditate can bring a sense of calm and inner satisfaction. The practice of meditation is a gateway into your inner consciousness, resulting in an enhanced awareness of your own existence and your overall relationship to the cosmos.



Whether you are looking to answer the age-old question, “Who am I and why am I here?” or simply to implement simple relaxation techniques meditation may just be the answer for you.



Although there are hundreds of established techniques how to meditate is really up to the individual. You can pick and choose amongst different schools of thought and find a technique that best suits your personality. However, although meditation has many different cultural contexts, there are certain general facets which transcend the bounds of any one specific culture.



According to Eastern philosophy, to meditate means to think on the eternal, or rather to expand your consciousness until you are at one with the cosmos as a whole. Transcendental emotions like grief, euphoria or even love can fade away, but the universe is forever. Eventually, with practice, learning to meditate can bring you in closer attunement with the very root and purpose of existence itself.



Even if you are not interested in the metaphysical implications of meditation, meditating has undeniable health benefits. Learning to meditate can have positive effects on stress induced illness such as heart disease and high blood pressure. In conjunction with traditional Western approaches to medicine, meditation can target the root causes behind stress-based conditions by calming and clearing the mind.



There are many relaxation techniques meditation incorporates. You can meditate sitting, standing or lying down, in a chair or on the floor. Learning how to meditate is not difficult. There are numerous programs online that can teach you the basics and help to get you started. These programs can guide you each step of the meditation process, provide tips on appropriate posture and teach you how to create the ideal setting for your meditation session.



Classic sitting meditation is one approach. All you need to do is sit on the floor in a comfortable position in a bright but quiet room. The purpose of meditation is not to fall asleep, but to relax and let go of everyday stress. As you become more skilled, you will begin to experience a greater sense of clarity and self observation. Next, breathe deeply and find a focal point or image to hold in your mind. This action will clear the mind and any lingering anxiety or worry.



Sitting meditation is but one of the more popular techniques how to meditate. You can break your session into periods of sitting and standing, incorporate chanting or mantras into your meditation or even dance (Cathartic Dance Meditation.)



With commitment and dedication, the calm and peacefulness that you experience upon learning to meditate will carry over to your everyday actions. More quickly than you can imagine, you will come to crave the sense of cleansing and tranquility that meditation can impart. Once you begin the practice, meditation will quickly become an intrinsic part of your daily routine.



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Erkki Ruoslahti, M. D., Ph. D. Joins Vascular BioSciences Advisory Board

Erkki Ruoslahti, M. D., Ph. D. Joins Vascular BioSciences Advisory Board



Vascular BioSciences (www. vascularbiosciences. com) announced today that Erkki Ruoslahti, M. D., Ph. D. will join its Board of Advisors. Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti is Distinguished Professor at The Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California. "I am very pleased to join Vascular BioSciences because of its continuing commitment to develop innovative technologies for diseases of the vasculature," said Dr. Ruoslahti, "I am intrigued by the possibilities of the new endoarterial biopsy catheter developed by Vascular BioSciences and look forward to collaborating with the company in the development of new applications for this technology."



San Diego, Calif. (PRWEB) December 3, 2003 -



Vascular BioSciences (www. vascularbiosciences. com) announced today that Erkki Ruoslahti, M. D., Ph. D. will join its Board of Advisors.



"We are honored that a physician and scientist of Erkki RuoslahtiÂ’s stature will join our Board of Advisors," said David Mann, CEO and Chairman of Vascular BioSciences. "Dr. RuoslahtiÂ’s groundbreaking research and scientific expertise in the areas of vascular targeting peptide technology, vascular biology, cell adhesion, and tumor biology will greatly enhance our efforts to improve the diagnosis and treatment of vascular-based diseases. We look forward to working closely with Dr. Ruoslahti to fulfill our shared vision of improving human health."



Dr. Erkki Ruoslahti is Distinguished Professor at The Burnham Institute in La Jolla, California. He served as the President of The Burnham Institute from 1989 to 2001. He has published more than 400 scientific papers and is the inventor of more than 150 patents. His inventions form the basis of two clinically used drugs as well as several that are under development. He has co-founded several biotech companies and has served as a director or advisory board member of these and other companies. He has been awarded numerous prizes for scientific accomplishment, and was a Nobel fellow at The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. Ruoslahti is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine.



"I am very pleased to join Vascular BioSciences because of its continuing commitment to develop innovative technologies for diseases of the vasculature," said Dr. Ruoslahti, "I am intrigued by the possibilities of the new endoarterial biopsy catheter developed by Vascular BioSciences and look forward to collaborating with the company in the development of new applications for this technology."



About Vascular BioSciences:



Vascular BioSciences, a biomedical company based in San Diego, California, focuses on improving the diagnosis and medical management of primary and secondary pulmonary hypertension, acute and chronic lung transplant rejection, vasculitis, pulmonary manifestations of collagen vascular diseases such as lupus and scleroderma, and primary and secondary lung cancer. Vascular BioSciences has developed the endoarterial biopsy catheter to percutaneously obtain biopsy samples from the inner layer of blood vessels. Endoarterial biopsies will better enable the study, diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of vascular-based diseases.



Vascular BioSciences is dedicated to developing innovative technologies to detect and treat vascular-based diseases in order to enhance and prolong human life.



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For more information contact:



David Mann, CEO



(858) 273-2744



Dmann@vascularbiosciences. com



Www. vascularbiosciences. com

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BrightStar’s Hire an Elf(TM) Program Relieves Holiday Stress for Family Caregivers

BrightStar’s Hire an Elf(TM) Program Relieves Holiday Stress for Family Caregivers



BrightStar, a full-service home healthcare and medical staffing agency, announced the launch of its “Hire an Elf” program, designed to reduce the increased emotional and physical stress of caring for aging loved ones and children during the hectic holiday season.



Chicago, IL (PRWEB) December 10, 2010



BrightStar, a full-service home healthcare and medical staffing agency, announced the launch of its “Hire an Elf” program, designed to reduce the increased emotional and physical stress of caring for aging loved ones and children during the hectic holiday season.



Launching December 9, 2010 and lasting into the first two weeks of the New Year, BrightStar’s Hire an Elf™ program can provide the following services to help ease the additional burdens of families taking care of seniors at home, including:

 Transportation to appointments and gatherings  Winter Home Safety Assessments for seniors  Shopping for holiday meals or gifts  Decorating homes – inside and out  Companionship or relief for family caregivers In addition, participating BrightStar owners will be donating a part of the proceeds from services performed under the Hire an Elf™ program to their local Alzheimer’s Association office to show their support for the Association’s resources for seniors and the initiatives meant to combat the disease. This initiative is in conjunction with BrightStar’s commitment to the Alzheimer’s Association as a Platinum-Level National Team for the 2010 Memory Walk season.



Shelly Sun, Co-Founder and CEO of BrightStar, said the program was created to provide the extra care and support that may be required this time of year, and to eliminate some of the stress involved with caring for loved ones.



“We want to make sure families can enjoy the time they have together during the holiday season,” Sun said. “We are hoping that through our company’s Hire an Elf™ program, we will be able to provide family caregivers the help they need, while also donating proceeds to an organization we believe so strongly in.”



More details about BrightStar’s Hire an Elf™ program can be found online at http://www. brightstarcare. com/hire-an-elf or by calling your local participating BrightStar office.



About BrightStar

Based in Chicago, BrightStar is a full-service healthcare staffing agency that provides medical and non-medical homecare to private clients within their homes, as well as supplemental healthcare staff to corporate clients, such as hospitals and nursing homes. While senior citizens make up the majority of the company’s private duty clientele, BrightStar also works with pediatric and worker compensation cases, long term care and Veteran clients, as well as private trust and public guardian payers. BrightStar is also active in school nursing programs, retail health clinics and provides day care services.



BrightStar’s well-qualified, attentive caregivers provide peace of mind to clients and their families. They work to understand the needs of their clients and provide customized care to match them with a qualified, pre-screened caregiver who is compatible with their needs. BrightStar is one of the few home healthcare providers that offer both medical and non-medical homecare available to all clients 24/7. For more information on BrightStar, please visit http://www. brightstarcare. com. To learn more about becoming part of the BrightStar family as a franchisee, visit http://www. brightstarfranchise. com.



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InBoxer Makes 500,000 Enron Emails Searchable for Free at <a href="http://www. EnronEmail. com" onclick="linkClick(this. href)">www. EnronEmail. com</a&gt

InBoxer Makes 500,000 Enron Emails Searchable for Free at www. EnronEmail. com



Just in time for criminal trial, online users can easily identify objectionable content, and more, sent and received by Enron executives.



CONCORD, MA (PRWEB) January 23, 2006



The exact words written in the emails of top Enron Corp. employees, including those of Enron’s Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, are categorized and available for easy, free, on-line searching and analysis using InBoxer, Inc.’s new sophisticated content analysis tools at www. EnronEmail. com.



More than 500,000 emails sent to and from 176 company employees from 2000 to 2002 -- and released by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) -- are available. At www. EnronEmail. com, users can find useful material, such as:



Business practices. (Look for Tom Delay and fund raising.) Insights into executive life. (Look for Linda Lay about Biochemical Research.) Some really good jokes. (Look for the one about giving a cat a pill.) Truly offensive content. (Search the Objectionable Use column.)



“I can’t believe some of the things Enron employees put in their email messages. Who would ever write about their ‘one night stands’ or the habits of their bosses?” said Roger Matus, InBoxer’s chief executive. “I tried to find the most outrageous email, but couldn't pick one. I believe anyone interested in the Enron legacy and culture, as well as the Lay and Skilling trial, will want to check out www. EnronEmail. com.”



Online visitors create a free account at www. EnronEmail. com using the InBoxer Anti-Risk Appliance, which is currently being tested. They then use the built-in tools to find messages that would have triggered an alert if Enron had been able to use the InBoxer Anti-Risk Appliance back then. Alternatively, users may search for words, phrases, senders, recipients and more. The complimentary service is provided by InBoxer, Inc.



In addition to providing search capabilities, InBoxer is sponsoring three contests on the site and will be awarding prizes to the individuals who identify the most outrageous emails in three categories:



Contest 1: I’d fire him (or her) Contest 2: Enron’s funniest jokes Contest 3: What were they thinking



Rules of the contest and prizes are posted on the site, which also enables visitors to view and post blogging comments.



About InBoxer



InBoxer, Inc. (www. inboxer. com) helps organizations manage the risks associated with protecting intellectual property, maintaining customer privacy, ensuring regulatory compliance and reducing inappropriate employee behavior. The company’s award-winning InBoxer Anti-Spam Filter and the InBoxer Anti-Risk Appliance use industry-leading sophisticated language technologies and advanced techniques to analyze entire messages, not just key words and phrases, to achieve high accuracy. Founded in 2003 and headquartered in Concord, Mass., InBoxer’s customers across six continents include Fortune 100 companies, state and local governments, health care institutions, small businesses and consumers.



All companies and products listed herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.



CONTACT: 



Elyse Familant 



George Cohen Communications 



(978) 725-3637 



Elysef @ gccpr. com



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Bio-Form Essentials Validates Health Breakthrough—ALPHA-FIBE Smarter Fiber Supplement Promotes Safe, Healthy Weight Loss, Lower Blood Cholesterol Levels

Bio-Form Essentials Validates Health Breakthrough—ALPHA-FIBE Smarter Fiber Supplement Promotes Safe, Healthy Weight Loss, Lower Blood Cholesterol Levels



Bio-Form Essentials, the original brand to offer the Alpha-Fibe smarter fiber supplement worldwide, validates that using Alpha-Fibe offers the majority of individuals who want to improve their overall health a wide range of potential benefits including weight management, blood pressure control and cholesterol control.



New Jersey, USA (PRWEB) March 22, 2010



Bio-Form Essentials, the original brand to offer the Alpha-Fibe smarter fiber supplement worldwide, validates that using Alpha-Fibe offers the majority of individuals who want to improve their overall health a wide range of potential benefits including weight management, blood pressure control and cholesterol control.



Alpha-Fibe uses a smarter soluble fiber that significantly reduces absorption of dietary fat. For example, six tablets a day will reduce absorption from 2,000 calories/day to 1,500. This reduces approximately 25-30 percent of calories from an American diet containing a normal amount of fat, which can lead to a safe and healthy weight loss of about 1-1½ pounds per week.



How it Works

Alpha-Fibe uses a naturally occurring, soluble fiber--alpha-dextrin--which actively binds with and removes bad fats and cholesterol from a meal. Scientific research shows this stable complex passes through the digestive tract, eliminating fat calories before the body absorbs it. Unlike using some similar weight loss pharmaceuticals, use of this fiber produces no undesirable side effects since the unabsorbed fat remains bound as it passes through the digestive tract.



Recently Completed Human Clinical Study

The recently completed human clinical study, conducted at the University of California, Davis, involves overweight, but not obese non-diabetic individuals. This investigation intended to confirm the effects of Alpha-Fibe on weight management and blood lipid levels, implicated in the development and pathogenesis of numerous disease states--including type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Twenty-nine healthy adults (age: 43.9+/-13.3 yrs, 8 males) with a stable body weight in the previous month participated in this study. The mean BMI was 27.1 +/-2.1kg/m2 at the beginning of this double-blind, one-month crossover study.



The study data showed significantly more weight loss with those using the active tablets compared to those using the placebo tablets. Unlike any other studied weight loss product, the participants did not follow a low fat or low calorie diet. Levels of blood cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and the atherogenic Apolipoprotein B levels showed significant reduction using the active tablets while HDL (good) cholesterol levels remained unchanged. Participants with high triglyceride levels reduced their blood cholesterol levels more than twice as much compared to participants with normal triglyceride levels. In addition, the higher the cholesterol levels, the greater the cholesterol reduction when using the active tablets. Using the active tablets showed significant reduction of blood insulin levels compared to those using the placebo tablets, which suggests a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.



Healthy Benefits

Scientists previously published substantial data from previous double-blind clinical trials with obese diabetic volunteers as well as numerous animal studies. The most recent research and prior, published scientific data suggest that:

 Alpha-Fibe use as directed, effectively reduces and/or maintains body weight.  Alpha-Fibe use as directed, binds and remove nine times its own weight in dietary fat.  Alpha-Fibe use as directed, lowers both triglyceride and LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in those patients with elevated triglyceride levels.  Alpha-Fibe use as directed, by increasing adiponectin levels in the blood, may delay the need for insulin in type 2 diabetics.  The US Government’s National Institutes of Health study showed that alpha-dextrin, Alpha-Fibe’s active ingredient works as a smarter fiber by preferentially binding the “bad” saturated and trans fats over the “good” unsaturated dietary fats (Omega-6s and Omega-3s).



The FDA designated the active ingredient in Alpha-Fibe, alpha-dextrin as “Generally Recognized As Safe” (GRAS). The World Health Organization has given it an allowable daily intake of "not specified," suggesting that there is no unsafe level. The United States EPA established an exemption for the need to designate any maximum permissible level of use in foods.



About Bio Form Essentials USA

Bio-Form Essentials USA, a leading nutritional supplement brand supplying innovative solutions for health and fitness, feels pleased to offer Alpha-Fibe nationally through various pharmacies and health food retailers. To learn more about Alpha-Fibe and its benefits, or to order, please visit the Bio-Form Essentials USA website, http://www. alphafibe. org (http://www. alphafibe. org).



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Toning Shoes are the Popular Choice for for Footwear etc. Customers

Toning Shoes are the Popular Choice for for Footwear etc. Customers



People looking to get more out of their shoes have been turning to the various Toning and Health & Wellness shoes in the market. California-based comfort shoe retailer Footwear etc. has been growing its selection of toning shoes that help promote more active lifestyles as well as alleviate foot and back pain. Footwear etc. carries the most cutting-edge designs from all of the popular manufacturers including MBT Shoes, Skechers Shape-Ups, FitFlops, New Balance True Balance and Reebok EasyTone.



Sunnyvale, CA (Vocus) September 30, 2010



Footwear etc. is excited to carry toning shoes (http://shoes. footwearetc. com/footwear/Muscle%20Toning/?utm_source=vocus&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=sept30) from the leading comfort/wellness manufacturers. These toning shoes create natural instability, which in turn can help alleviate back and joint pain. People with foot pain such as Plantar Fasciitis can find great benefit due to the rocker soles that these shoes are known for; this rocking motion helps keep the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia stretched. Toning shoes are rapidly gaining in popularity since they are stylish as well as provide toning and wellness benefits. Since toning shoes make you utilize muscles that you don’t typically use when you wear regular shoes, customers have found that that they greatly enhance not only their exercise programs, but also everyday wear.



MBT Shoes (http://www. footwearetc. com/mbt/?utm_source=vocus&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=sept30) (Masai Barefoot Technology) were the first company to develop shoes with natural instability to strengthen muscles, improve posture, and alleviate back and joint pain. The patented Masai Sensor in the sole, and integrated balancing area in the midsole, force you to find your core and balance yourself as you use the rolling motion when you walk. Customers have reported a huge relief in foot and back discomfort. MBT has come out with many exciting new styles for the fall, from casual walking shoes to dressy shoes you can wear to work.



Skechers Shape Ups (http://www. footwearetc. com/Skechers-Shape-Ups/?utm_source=vocus&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=sept30) has developed its own technology for creating instability and therefore toning properties. These shoes are superb if you love a cushiony feel for your feet. The kinetic wedge creates resistance to maximize your workout, and absorbs energy to minimize impact. Skechers come in a variety of styles, including sandals, walking shoes, running shoes, and boots.



New Balance (http://www. footwearetc. com/New-Balance-Shoes/?utm_source=vocus&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=sept30) has added toning shoes to its collection of athletic footwear. The Rock and Tone shoes provide a very lightweight, rocker bottom that provides spring in your step as you walk. Brand new to the marketplace, the True Balance models contain a balance board technology that provides the natural instability that toning shoes require, yet with the appearance of regular shoes. New Balance shoes have the added benefit of coming in several widths, sure to please everyone.



Fit Flops (http://www. footwearetc. com/FitFlops/?utm_source=vocus&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=sept30) are a great new addition to the flip flop market, with a twist. Rather than having minimal support like many flip flops, Fit Flops contain a patent-pending Micro-wobbleboard midsole technology, which reduces shock and provides the benefits of rocker sole technology in flip flops and sandals. Great for casual wear, Fit Flops are designed to give you a workout as you walk.



Reebok (http://www. footwearetc. com/Reebok/?utm_source=vocus&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=sept30) has entered the toning shoe market with two additions: the EasyTone and the RunTone. The EasyTone is specifically designed for walking and everyday activities, while the RunTone is perfect for running and working out. Both models feature pods of moving air, which force your muscles to work harder, and SmoothFit seamless design to eliminate potential irritation points from seams. The Reebok EasyTone and RunTone shoes provide toning benefits without looking like typical toning shoes.



Footwear etc. cautions customers to be sure that they know where their shoes are coming from; there are many web sites that sell knock-off shoes for all of these brands. District Manager Andrew Monarch adds, “It’s always best to purchase shoes from authorized dealers, or else you never truly know what you’re getting.”



These Fall Collections are available now online at footwearetc. com (http://www. footwearetc. com/?utm_source=vocus&utm_medium=pr&utm_campaign=sept30) and at their retail store locations in Northern California and San Diego.



About Footwear etc.:

Footwear etc. is a well-established, family-owned business, headquartered in Silicon Valley, CA since 1986. The company is committed to improving customers’ quality of life by offering brand name products that demonstrate their belief in the need for healthful, comfortable and fashionable footwear. Footwear etc. operates eight retail stores located throughout the Bay Area and also offers their products on their website and catalog. To find out more, please visit www. footwearetc. com.



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ATTENTION PARENTS...Did you know that the #1 source of Toxic Chemicals are in YOUR home?

ATTENTION PARENTS...Did you know that the #1 source of Toxic Chemicals are in YOUR home?



Safer & Healthier products for your family, pets, home, workplace and environment are available to use, that cost less per use than what you're currently using now!



(PRWEB) June 23, 2004



Are you aware that the major manufacturers in the US and Canada don't have to list ingredients of their products if derived from dead pet carcasses as long as their labels don't contain these words: "Not animal tested"?



Were you aware that when you take a shower with some bar soaps you're bathing with dead pet carcasses? And the deodorants you use could also have dead pet carcasses in them? Or the talc powders could also have dead pet carcasses in them as well? And best of all, the cosmetics & make-up that you wear for nearly 300,000 hours in your lifetime also have dead pet carcasses in them too, including your lip sticks!!! Even the more expensive brands--as long as they don't claim on their labels that they're "Not Animal Tested"?



What is the largest organ we have in our bodies? It's our skin. What absorbs things faster than ingesting them in our stomachs? Through our skin! Why did it take our scientists so long to come up the the skin patches to deliver medications & other chemicals into our bodies faster than oral medications & other chemicals? Today we can put on a patch for weight loss, to stop smoking and birth control. These are wonderful advancements in science for sure.



But we can also ingest toxic chemicals through our skin faster as well. Are you also aware that most of the major companies that manufacture the products you are using on your infants, toddlers and older children are using a chemical called Q-15? Q-15 when it gets wet (urine or water, don't matter) changes to FORMALDEHYDE? Do you know what FORMALDEHYDE does to the human body? It preserves the body for burial after death.



It used to be used heavily in the mobil home industry in the 70's, you could smell it as soon as you walked into a mobil home, it was in the wood panneling they used then and the carpeting too, it would burn your eyes they used so much of it back them.



Do you know what your children and babies do when they take their baths? They splash and play in their bath water and at some point they swallow this water that now has FORMALDEHYDE in it. Think of the possibilies there are with your innocent children drinking their tainted bath water.



There are safer & healthier alternatives to the store bought brands that are poisioning your children with and not aware you're doing it to them! These alternatives are natural products without any dead pet carcasses in them or any toxic chemicals in them to harm your children or other family members, environment, homes, workplaces or pets...and they cost less per use than what you're currently buying and using today.



Please check out some of these websites listed below, then contact me for more information.



How chemicals affect our bodies



Http://www. msnbc. com/news/547348.asp#BODY (http://www. msnbc. com/news/547348.asp#BODY)



Let's stop poisoning our children



Www. rmbarry. com/new. html (http://www. rmbarry. com/new. html )



Preventing harm



Www. preventingharm. org/index. html (http://www. preventingharm. org/index. html )



Material Safety Data Sheets for Common Household Products



Http://www. herc. org/library/msds. htm (http://www. herc. org/library/msds. htm)



Formaldehyde Warning



Http://www. birthdefects. org/abstracts/formaldehyde. html (http://www. birthdefects. org/abstracts/formaldehyde. html)



Children's Health Environment Coalition



Http://www. checknet. org./about_us (http://www. checknet. org./about_us)



Contact me at: 360-675-6383 Noon-Midnight PST only please! Or visit my website at: www. MomsWIN. com/CarpeDiem (http://www. MomsWIN. com/CarpeDiem), or send me an email at: MomsWIN247@wmconnect. com.

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