N1403P60017CWASHINGTON – Pregnant women who follow the federal government’s draft dietary advice could eat too much fish high in toxic mercury, which is harmful to the developing brains of fetuses, babies and young children, according to a new EWG study of women nationwide. At the same time, they could fail to get enough of the omega-3 fatty acids essential to their babies’ healthy development.

EWG tested hair samples from 254 women in 40 states who eat two or more seafood meals per week, about the same as recommendations under consideration by the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency. The tests found that nearly 30 percent exceeded the current EPA safety guideline for mercury exposure during pregnancy.

But although the women in the study eat more than twice as much fish as the average American, for almost 60 percent the seafood they ate didn’t supply enough omega-3s for an optimal pregnancy. The study shows that during pregnancy women should not only watch how much fish they eat, but what kind of fish.

Click here to read the full report: U.S. Fish Advice May Expose Babies to Too Much Mercury

“These are savvy, health-conscious women who thought they were making the right choices, so they were shocked to find high levels of mercury in their bodies,” said Sonya Lunder, the study’s author and a senior analyst at EWG. “What’s more, the fish they ate didn’t provide enough omega-3s. The seafood advice from the FDA and EPA should be much more detailed and specific, to help women balance the harm from mercury and the benefits of omega-3s.”

Philippe Grandjean, an adjunct professor of environmental health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, whose students analyzed the mercury in the hair samples of the EWG study participants, said it’s critical to inform pregnant women of the risks of mercury exposure.

“Women who are or plan to become pregnant need a balanced diet that includes fish and seafood to obtain sufficient omega-3 fatty acids, but it should be with minimal mercury contamination,” Grandjean said. “Our research has shown that mercury exposure from eating contaminated fish carries serious health risks, especially for the developing fetal brain, and we should do our best to protect the intelligence of the future by avoiding mercury.”

Watch Dr. Philippe Grandjean and Kyra Norsigian, a study participant from Boston, Mass., talk about the new study.

“Federal guidelines fall short on protecting women who are pregnant or planning to have children,” said Michael Bender, director of the Mercury Policy Project. “Based on the evidence, it’s time for FDA and EPA to revise their advice, particularly when it comes to reducing tuna consumption, since it’s the largest mercury exposure in the American diet.”

Tessa Hall, a study participant from Richland, Wash., said she was surprised to learn that her mercury level was above the recommended level for nursing mothers.

“I think of myself as a healthy eater,” Hall said. “Most of the protein in my diet comes from seafood and dairy. After seeing the test results, I’m only eating seafood known to be low in mercury.”

The study found elevated mercury exposure for women who ate a lot of sushi, and predatory ocean fish like swordfish, marlin, shark or tuna, which tend to have more mercury because they’re larger and higher on the food chain. To make better choices, EWG’s Good Seafood Guide and Seafood Calculator help people select fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury, higher in omega-3 fatty acids and sustainably produced.

Soruce: http://www.ewg.org

Discrimination Linked to Increased Stress & Poorer Health

American Psychological Association Survey Finds Stress in America™ poll shows many who experience discrimination live in heightened state of vigilance due to anticipated discrimination.

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Nearly half of U.S. adults report they have experienced a major form of unfair treatment or discrimination, including being unfairly questioned or threatened by police, being fired or passed over for promotion or treated unfairly when receiving health care. These acts of discrimination are associated with higher reported stress levels and poorer reported health, according to the survey Stress in America™: The Impact of Discrimination released today by the American Psychological Association (APA).

The survey, which was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of APA among 3,361 adults in August 2015, found that nearly seven in 10 adults in the U.S. report having experienced discrimination, and 61 percent say they experience day-to-day discrimination, such as being treated with less courtesy or respect, receiving poorer service than others, or being threatened or harassed.






Black adults are among the most likely to report experiencing some sort of discrimination. More than three in four Black adults report experiencing day-to-day discrimination and nearly two in five Black men say that police have unfairly stopped, searched, questioned, physically threatened or abused them. Black, Asian, Hispanic and American Indian/Alaska Native adults report that race is the main reason they have experienced discrimination.
“It’s clear that discrimination is widespread and impacts many people, whether it is due to race, ethnicity, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation,” said Jaime Diaz-Granados, PhD, APA’s executive director for education. “And when people frequently experience unfair treatment, it can contribute to increased stress and poorer health.”

For many adults, even the anticipation of discrimination contributes to stress. Three in 10 Hispanic and Black adults who report experiencing day-to-day discrimination at least once a week say that they feel they have to be very careful about their appearance to get good service or avoid harassment. This heightened state of vigilance among those experiencing discrimination also includes trying to prepare for insults from others before leaving home and taking care of what they say and how they say it.

The results from this year’s Stress in America™ survey also suggest that there are significant disparities in the experience of stress itself, and that stress also may be associated with other health disparities. The nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of adults who report that their health is only “fair” or “poor”  have a higher reported stress level on average than those who rate their stress as “very good” or “excellent.”

Certain populations consistently struggle with stress more than others, such as Hispanic adults, who report the highest stress levels on average. Younger generations, women, adults with disabilities, and adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender also report higher average stress levels and are more likely than their counterparts to say that their stress has increased since last year.






“Stress takes a toll on our health, and nearly one-quarter of all adults say they don’t always have access to the health care they need,” said Cynthia Belar, PhD, APA’s interim chief executive officer. “In particular, Hispanics—who reported the highest stress levels—were more likely to say they can’t access a non-emergency doctor when they need one. This year’s survey shows that certain subsets of our population are less healthy than others and are not receiving the same level of care as adults in general. This is an issue that must be addressed.”

The report uncovered some good news about stress management related to discrimination. Despite their stress, the majority of adults (59 percent) who report experiencing discrimination feel that they have dealt quite well or very well with it and any resulting changes or problems.

In addition, many adults report having a positive outlook, and survey findings point to the strong impact of emotional support. Having someone they can ask for emotional support if they need it, such as talking about problems or helping them make a difficult decision, appears to improve the way that individuals view their ability to cope with discrimination. Adults who experienced discrimination and had emotional support are twice as likely to say that they coped quite or very well compared with those adults who experienced discrimination but did not have emotional support (65 percent vs. 37 percent of those who report not having emotional support).

Since 2007, the survey has found that money and work are consistently the top two sources of significant stress (67 percent and 65 percent in 2015, respectively). This year, for the first time, the survey found that family responsibilities were the third most common stressor (54 percent), followed by personal health concerns (51 percent), health problems affecting their family (50 percent), and the economy (50 percent).
While average reported stress levels in the United States have increased slightly in the past two years (5.1 in 2015 and 4.9 in 2014 on a 10-point scale, where 1 is “little or no stress” and 10 is “a great deal of stress”), adults are more likely than in past years to report experiencing extreme stress (a rating of 8, 9 or 10 on a 10-point scale). Twenty-four percent of adults report these levels, compared with 18 percent in 2014. This represents the highest percentage reporting extreme stress since 2010.

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To read the full Stress in America report or download graphics, visit www.stressinamerica.org.


Source: www.prnewswire.com

The Happy Emoticon Effect: Changing Facial Contours to Turn that Frown Upside Down

Study demonstrates the social impact of a unique facial rejuvenation approach

TAMPA, Fla., March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Improving facial expressions through natural-looking surgical rejuvenation greatly improves social acceptance, according to “The Emoticon Effect,” an original study from Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Christian Drehsen, M.D., that explores the link between facial expression vectors and social response.

beforeafterFor years, scientists have studied how humans perceive and classify emotions based on common facial vectors. Findings have shown that downward vectors – commonly associated with frowning – universally convey negative emotions, while upward vectors – such as smiling – convey positive emotions and youthfulness.

“Facial expressions and emoticons alike are instantly understood, as they symbolize with a few lines or ‘vectors’ universal human emotions or state of mind,” said Dr. Drehsen, Medical Director of Clinique of Plastic Surgery, located in St. Petersburg, Fla. “Unfortunately, as we age, these vectors often create unflattering and misinterpreted expressions that at times trigger discrimination, indifference or prejudice.”

The Emoticon Effect, which was published in the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, concludes that by improving facial vectors in a uniquely natural looking facial rejuvenation, patients will benefit from a much greater social desirability than before the procedure.

The study asked 80 medical students to rate a random selection of before and after photos of patients who underwent facial rejuvenation in terms of social acceptance. The students were asked to rate photos on a scale of one to five – one being very pleasant and they would like to meet them, and five being unpleasant and they do not wish to meet them.

For the purpose of the study, facial rejuvenation included a vertical Refresher Lift, modulated Dual Plane Brow Lift and sectional fat grafting. The Refresher Lift, a groundbreaking facial rejuvenation process developed by Dr. Drehsen, uses upward facial vectors as a guide to restore vitality and youthfulness to the face.

“This study amply supports the need for a paradigm shift in the planning of facial rejuvenation procedures,” said Dr. Drehsen. “While many celebrities seek out ‘quick lifts’ or other miraculous nips and tucks to mimic youth for their aging face, most of these blatantly obvious transformations rarely produce the expected positive responses from their social environment.”

Source: www.prnewswire.com

Taste Moment

TravelingWineSandy, you are invited to Debbie Indoe’s Wine Tasting/Buying event with the Traveling Vineyard! This was my introduction into the traveling wine world. Carrie Ruggiero, our Wine Guide led us on a complimentary 5 bottle tour of the world of wine and taught us the 4 steps to wine tasting and how to properly pair food and wine, plus much more!  The much more is what I’m going to write about.  Debbie Indoe was the perfect hostess, as she introduced the more than a dozen who attended, into food flavors that complimented each wine.  Every wine was paired with something extraordinary; pumpkin chocolate treats, beef jerky with exotic flavors, aged artisanal cheeses, jewel-like chocolates shipped from Miami and to me the most interesting Piedmontese beef.  Never having heard of Piedmontese Beef I had to research this sublime tasting beef.  I learned a small group of select Piedmontese Bulls were imported into Canada in the late 1970s, and into the United States in the early 1980s.  Piedmontese Bulls and cows originated in the North West area of Italy called Piedmont in the 1800’s. The beef is exceptionally lean and incredibly tender and paired well with the Malbec wine.  I love learning new Food Facts.  Each chocolate had an intriguing name; Pistache, Scarlett Caramel and Galaxy Way. We tasted a selection of whites, reds, and sweet all exclusive to the Traveling Vineyard.  All of the wines tasted (and then some) were available for ordering. Tasting the wines gave us the opportunity to “Try Before We Buy.”  It was heart-warming catching up with old friends and making new ones.  For a foggy dreary winter night it was a great way to have a first-class vineyard experience indoors!


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Taste(4)‘The Best Of The Medina Chamber’ event held yesterday at Weymouth Country Club is referred to as the tastiest member meeting all year. Paul & Tara the new owners of Dan’s Dog’s debuted their new Chili Hot Dog Sauce at this member event. The Chili Hot Dog Sauce is made in house using fresh local beef from Beaver Meats in Smithville. Paul was quick to say there are no preservatives and no nitrates in the beef or any of the ingredients. The sauce is slow simmered for 6 hours in their famous in-house root-beer. The sauce is slightly sweet and when smothered over a Dan’s Dog’s was an Oh My moment. Paul is soon adding his version of a Fire House Dog Sauce to the menu. If it is anything like his Chili Hot Dog Sauce we are in for a taste treat!  Dan’s Dogs is located just off Medina Public Square.

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It's Pig Roast Roast Time

It’s Pig Roast Time

It’s Pig Roast Time at The Best of The Chamber – the tastiest member meeting of the year.  Gridirne Cookery showcased their pulled pork with several BBQ sauces all prepared with local fresh ingredients.  The spicy sauce called to me as I asked for burnt pork ends.  A southern thing!  The spicy sauce didn’t obscure the flavor of the pork, just tweaked the overall flavor. Gridirne Cookery was established in 1991 in Medina, by Edward Pfaffel, to meet the demand for high quality, yet affordable barbecues done on location.

Gridirne Cookery does it all; Weddings, Birthdays, Anniversaries, Fundraisers, Reunions, beef, pork, chicken, lamb and they do it all year long.  And you can rent their roasters to do it yourself.  It is the ultimate barbecue experience lavishly prepared by Gridirne Cookery .  Call 1 800-880-(PORK) 7675 to schedule an open air feast.