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Cancer: From Tears to Triumph Goes International Besteller

Book Cover - Cancer: From Tears to TriumphAs a co-author on the #1 International Bestseller “Cancer: From Tears to Triumph”

I am extremely excited to announce that the book, which was released on September 3rd 2015, has hit #1 Bestseller in Canada, Australia and the United States, in the first week, making me a #1 International Bestseller co-author!!

JW NajarianHello, I am JW Najarian and I am the founder and am the Editor and Chief of On Purpose Magazine. Yes, the magazine you are reading right now. I was offered the opportunity to write one of the chapters (chapter 8, Seeing Cancer As a Gift) by the main author Viki Winterton who I met via Rick Frishman co-founder of New York’s Morgan James Publishing.

Rick FrishmanRick has a couple of events every year called Author 101 University. Rick invites some of the most prominent and most diverse lineup of people in the publishing industry to help new and seasoned authors a way to get in front of the industry leaders and find out more about new ways of publishing and promoting their books. It is a great conference and I HIGHLY recommend any author or writer go to this event.

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Viki Winterton

Anyway, I met Viki from Expert Insights and when she found out that I have stage 4 prostrate carcinoma, she kindly offered me a chapter to write in the book.

I was so happy as I know through Rick, that Viki has had a few number one books and I knew this was a chance to tell my story and that by getting in this potential bestseller I could reach a larger audience and hopefully help others with cancer handle this tough journey.

This book is full of stories from patients, survivors, health care professionals and family members of patients and the departed. It is the inspirational book on cancer that all patients, and their loved ones need to read to get through the rough times. Remember the family and friends of a patient go through much of the same pain, depression, anxiety and fear that the patient does. Not in the same way, but sometimes just as bad. I know of a couple of professionals that have lost patients they had gotten to know as very close friends and so even the professionals feel the pain and we all need hope. Cancer: From Tears to Triumph, gives that hope and so much more.  For more info watch the video above.

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When you finish your last radiation treatment at USC Norris Cancer Center you get to ring this bell. It seems silly, but you are so glad it is over that this bell can really choke you up.

I had found that even thought the treatments, the pain, the side effects from the drugs, the knowing your may only have a short time with your loved ones an having to tell people like your mother that you have a terminal disease is just no picnic, but that with the right attitude you can find blessings and gratitude in so many things and I really wanted to share that with others.

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My cancer had moved from my prostate into the bone and I had some tumors boring into my spine. I had to have spine surgery to address the tumors and this is me with USC P.T. staff learning to walk correctly. I didn’t know I had it wrong all these years… 🙂

So many patients fall apart and it is hard not to have your pity party and why me days. In fact I would agree that someone in that position has every right to feel depressed, angry and just plain bad about bad news, but I have also found that in doing so, the patient puts themselves in a terrible place that if hard to get out of. I believe what you focus on expands and focusing on all the crap that comes with a terminal disease can kill you faster and harder that the disease itself.

If you have cancer or know of someone that does, you need to get this book for yourself or your friend or family member. The only positive way through the storm is with hope and inspiration and this book is full of stories by survivors and others like myself.

Here is the official press release:

Cancer: From Tears to Triumph—Essential Secrets on Achieving Purpose, Passion and Creative Healing

Cancer is a Global Epidemic! Global cancer cases are predicted to reach 26.4 million a year by 2030. In 2013, there were over 7.5 Million. (State of Oncology 2013 Report)

Got Cancer? There is hope!

Cancer can be detected early, and may be preventable and treatable. Those whose lives have been touched by Cancer are in the ultimate position to spread their stories of challenge, hope, and inspiration to the world!

In the new bestseller, Cancer: From Tears to Triumph from Expert i Insights Publishing, readers will feel inspiration wash over them as they read these amazing stories from across the globe, filled with hope and wisdom that can be used to overcome obstacles and achieve lasting peace, happiness and fulfillment in life.

Stories of struggle, hardship, and triumph are tremendously important because they can motivate others to keep going even when it feels like the weight of the world is on their shoulders. True stories that speak of courage and persistence help people recognize their own power and open their eyes to possibilities so they can do what it takes to change their lives forever.

“The most important thing someone touched by cancer can do is to share their experience with the world and bring hope to others facing this challenge. This book is dedicated to those who share their stories in service to others.”    ~Viki Winterton, Publisher 

Every life holds an inspirational story and everyone has the power to inspire others. Cancer: From Tears To Triumph is a priceless guide that will show readers the way to live by choice…not by chance.

A portion of the proceeds are donated to the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, helping families of children with Cancer.

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pic EIPPY AwardsThe EIPPY Book Awards Extravaganza 2015 and Author 101 Oct 21st – 24th

This year the EIPPY Awards, Extravaganza 2015 and Author 101 are being held at the same venue on the same dates. More like the EIPPY Awards are on the 21st of October and Author 101 will be held in the same venue the 22nd through the 24th. If you want to find out how to publish a book and get it to bestseller status or increase the sales of your current books then this is the opportunity of a lifetime.

I will be receiving an award for my part in writing chapter 8 of “Cancer: From Tears to Triumph”, at the EIPPY Awards on the 21st so I hope to meet you there. I will also be at Author 101, as I have for the last five years! I never miss Author 101. After years of attending a plethora of conferences, it is the last conference I still attend. It is that good.

SPECIAL EVENTS TICKETS

You can get tickets to the whole event by going to http://expertinsightspublishing.com/Extravaganza2015.html

You can also just sign up for Author 101 by itself.  I believe there is still time to get the earlybird special which is buy one ticket and get in a friend for free. To check this out go to http://www.webmarketingmagic.com/app/?af=1392722

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Working with Viki Winterton and her staff was an incredible delight. They made it easy to tell my story and helped with every step of the process. They are true professionals and they not only know what they are doing, but they do it with kindness and the most compassionate support I have had the pleasure of receiving in some time.

If you want to write a book, have written a book or just need help on the with publishing and promotions, Expert Insights Publishing is the real deal and they have helped so many authors get through the process and they have worked with some of the great authors and thought leaders of our time and have, with their books, helped countless individuals with uplifting, inspiring and educations books that are full of great information, stories and more.

Find out more at the Expert Insights Publishing Website

BIG DATA & THE NEW EDGE TECHNOLOGY (Smartphones and Tablets)

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Big Data Analytics is being discussed today as a new, multi-purpose solution to many 21st century  business challenges.  It is touted as a tool for creating and sustaining competitive advantage but like all tools, you need to know how to use it effectively in order to get maximum results with it.

In a traditional environment, you might have someone going to a convention center or stadium for an event within a municipality.  Once that event is over, the potential customer for other establishments in that area becomes a “lost customer” because they “go down the road” to some other bar or restaurant instead of sticking around and visiting other local businesses.

If we can employ several special apps to send complimentary passes or other enticements to the edge technology, we can effectively “capture the lost customer” and keep them within the one enterprise zone to spend their money there.

Just like on a resort, once you are there, the resort owners want you to stay on the property and spend all your money with them and not go “down the road.”  The same idea applies here only it is a “virtual resort” created by electronics.

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 CREATING A VIRTUAL RESORT EFFECT

The use of new analytics is critical in many business operations and more organizations are starting to look at what type of platforms they need to implement in order to take full advantage of this as the Internet of Things (IoT) evolves.

In today’s world economy, regional sustainability relies on several key factors:
• Jobs (and the re-circulation of salaries)
• Education (a well-trained workforce)
• The political/ commercial atmosphere (government and business working together to insure a solid economic environment)
• Natural/ Man-made resources
All of which, rely and are built upon infrastructure: the Platform for Commerce.

What needs to be understood in this complex economic engine is the impact of Intelligent Infrastructure.  It provides the platform for Big Data Analytics as well as the utilization of new edge technology (Smartphones & Tablets) in collecting demographic information, actively cross-marketing products and services to a local universe of Smartphone users, and the notifications of special promotions. (ePromotions)

There is a whole new framework to understand as well as implement when it comes to supporting Smartphones and their apps that provide new services to the end-user as well as new marketing services to those businesses that want to “capture the lost customer” in multi-venue environments.

A multi-venue environment might be an Intelligent Retail/ Entertainment/ Convention (IREC) center complex where the Smartphone user might be attending one event or venue, but can be drawn to another venue to spend more money and time by being sent eCoupons, eDiscounts, and other electronic offers which entice them to visit another venue within the umbrella of the “electronic resort”.

By tying the edge technology together with Big Data Analytics, a very sophisticated marketing approach can be implemented and used to fortify regional economic development and create economic zones that benefit the businesses as well as the municipalities.

The location becomes more valuable because the extra business that it generates through this “virtual resort effect” creates more revenues which is important to the local businesses as well as the municipality (which receives added sales tax revenues) also benefits.

CARLINI-ISM : “Creating a virtual resort that captures the Lost Customers and their spending power creates a more valuable enterprise zone for multiple merchants, business venues, and municipal governments.”

Carlini will present some of these proven concepts from his book regarding Big Data, cross-marketing apps, and the impact of creating a virtual “Electronic Resort” effect within a regional economic area at an upcoming monthly event, the Technology Leaders Association of Illinois in April.

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His visionary and comprehensive book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available at AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.com/LOCATION-CONNECTIVITY-JAMES-CARLINI/dp/0990646041/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427540979&sr=1-1&keywords=location+location+connectivity

and BARNES & NOBLE online:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/location-location-connectivity-james-carlini/1120585793?ean=9780990646044

He will be speaking at several upcoming conferences across the country later this year including the Windy City Summit (a major conference on Treasury and Cash Management) at Chicago’s Navy Pier on May 20th-22nd.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI

Copyright 2015 – James Carlini – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

STRATEGIC INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE EXPOSED

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

A pragmatic, visionary perspective —–

Infrastructure is critical to a nation’s success in the global marketplace today.  As the Platform for Commerce, it needs to be resilient and reliable because all businesses are built upon it.

WHAT IS HAPPENING IN ASIA?

Right now, countries in Asia are forming a new consortium called the AIIB.  AIIB stands for Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and it is headed up by China, but it is also being funded by several European countries including Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy.  So far, the United States has taken a pass on it and we can debate if that is a good strategic move or not.

There are many Asian member countries already signed up as members.  According to Wikipedia: China, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Laos, Myanmar, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.  This does not include the list of European countries like Luxembourg, Spain, and others along with the “Big 4” of Europe: Great Britain, Germany, France, and Italy. Other interesting members include Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, and Qatar.

The United States is reluctant to join because they are afraid the banking regulations will not be as high a standard as other established institutions like the IMF (International Monetary Fund) but you have to think, if all these other countries are joining in, we should at least get in the mix just to monitor what is going on.

You would think this is a good thing and we should be in on this.  We aren’t.  We need to understand the ramifications of this type of consortium and where it is really headed. We need to understand what priorities other countries have for their new infrastructure projects and look internally into ours to see if we are ahead of others, about the same, or lagging behind in launching and finishing critical infrastructure projects.

This is where you can leapfrog other countries when you build out infrastructure that they currently do not have. South Korea is a good example. They were considered a third world country 30-35 years ago.  Today, they are very competitive and part of the reason is that their infrastructure is first-class.

 SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

A friend of mine who has been a long-time executive in several multi-national companies looked at it from a different angle and made this observation:

The AIIB is part of a 25 year strategy by China that culminates in the Yuan replacing the dollar as the primary global currency.  The Chinese are brilliant.

This formation of AIIB is a prelude to the IMF and Global Bank becoming second rate capital sources for developing countries.

By 2020, the US greenback will join the same level of stature as the Euro and English Pound. 

If he is correct, we should NOT be taking a wait-and-see attitude. We should be taking action. If the AIIB replaces the IMF as the primary global lender in years to come, that changes the total global landscape as to who has the key financial power.  The dollar isn’t the “go-to currency” when it comes to international projects and related trade.

We also need to invest in our infrastructure and not lay back and say,”ours is already built”.  Many new technologies and approaches are critical in every layer of the Platform for Commerce.  We cannot utilize antiquated structures and concepts if we are to compete in global markets.

This is a critical area to keep aware of.  Those who watch “Dancing with the Stars” should be more aware of this new endeavor  and be more concerned with the marriage of all these countries in a new financial fund than concerned about the next marriage of a Kardashian.

CARLINI-ISM : “In our infrastructure, we cannot depend on 19th and 20th century solutions to solve 21st century global challenges.”

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His visionary book, LOCATION LOCATION CONNECTIVITY is available at AMAZON:

http://www.amazon.com/LOCATION-CONNECTIVITY-JAMES-CARLINI/dp/0990646041/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427540979&sr=1-1&keywords=location+location+connectivity

and BARNES & NOBLE online:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/location-location-connectivity-james-carlini/1120585793?ean=9780990646044

He will be speaking at several upcoming conferences across the country later this year including the Windy City Summit (a major conference on Treasury and Cash Management) at Chicago’s Navy Pier on May 20th-22nd.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI

Copyright 2015 – James Carlini – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

 

Got What it Takes To Be A Shark Tank Winner?

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Conversations with Shark Tank Winners

Tuesday, March 10th, @ 6:30 p.m. Reserve Your Seat Today!

Think you have what it takes to make it on Shark Tank? Ever wanted to know what it takes to get onto the show? What happens to the winners after they get the funding from a Shark? What’s it like to become business partners with a multimillionaire/billionaire?

pic CSTW Shelly Ehler contestant pic cstw Dr Edna Ma contestantJoin us for an unscripted, fun, conversation and Q&A session with not-one- but TWO Shark Tank winners- Entrepreneur / Inventor of the ShowNo Towel- Shelly Ehler and Dr. Edna Ma of BareEase as they come and share their experience Before, During and After appearing on Shark Tank.

Don’t miss out. Go to Eventbrite and Reserve Your Seat Today!

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In this open panel discussion we will cover:

  • The most important part of your financial model
  • How to develop and test your Business Funding Pitch
  • How well you should be prepared before going on the show
  • What to expect from a Shark after the being on the Shark Tank
  • Many useful tips on Business Funding, Business Development and much more.

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Rey Ybarra is a speaker, interactive reality TV creator and author of the book Conversations With Shark Tank Winners. Rey is an interactive reality TV creator and talk show host with over 18 plus years’ experience. He frequently lectures about pitching your business for funding, and hosts live presentations for entrepreneurs, business owners and colleges.

pic cstw dr edna maEdna Ma, MD

A woman of the world, Dr. Edna Ma has devoted her career to pain management. She is a practicing, board certified anesthesiologist, working both in academic and private hospitals in Los Angeles.

Dr Ma received her B.S. degree in biology and her M.D. degree from the University of Colorado, and completed her residency training at UCLA’s Department of Anesthesiology.

As an entrepreneur, Dr. Edna launched BareEASE, a prep kit that numbs the skin before bikini waxing or laser.  BareEASE, with its patented formula, is now addressing some of the everyday pains women encounter with beauty procedures. Dr. Edna challenged her own pain threshold in the wild as a contestant on the hit reality TV show “Survivor:  South Pacific.” BareEASE was featured on the popular show SHARK TANK.

She’s able to juggle all of these roles and enjoy her “tiger mom” responsibilities of raising children with the help of her supportive husband.

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Shelly Ehler is an inspiring entrepreneur who took a simple idea, believed it with all her heart and made it come to life! She is the inventor of the ShowNo towel and was featured on ABC’s Emmy nominated reality show, Shark Tank.

Shelly had three “Sharks” fighting over her and is the only entrepreneur in the show’s history to ever leave with a check in her hand. Her towel has also been featured on The Today Show, The View and Good Morning America.

Shelly’s story of overcoming challenges and following the voice of her heart is truly inspiring. Her motto is, “Dream it, Believe it, Let it Go.”

She believes anything is possible when you follow your heart in faith. She is a wife and mother of two young boys and lives in Ventura County, California.

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About The Startup Toolbox

The Startup Toolbox is a bi-weekly business roundtable/networking and referral group which offers a forum for entrepreneurs at any stage of their business to come out and informally discuss ideas or challenges within their business and to gain some relevant and timely insight and connections that can be used to build their businesses and make their businesses grow. The group is for those who are serious about learning, sharing and growing their business while contributing to the development of others.  Come out and be a part of the learning and fun!

Contact: David OshimaDavid@kleverdog.com 323-924-8463 x3

RSVP at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversations-with-shark-tank-winners-tickets-15643743859

Meet at:

Kleverdog Coworking
418 Bamboo Lane
Los Angeles, CA 90018

Cost:      

$20 per person. Tickets for the event are available on Eventbrite. Each attendee will receive a downloadable copy of Rey’s book, Conversations with Shark Tank Winners. Snacks and beverages provided by our sponsor, Integrated Corporate Solutions.

As I have attended Conversations with Shark Tank Winners before; I can highly recommend this live Q&A with real Shark Tank Contestant Winners.

No Gurus! Just real business people that have taken their product on the show and won. This is the best way to find out what someone needs to do get their product market and investor ready. – JW

ANALYTICS, BIG DATA – BIG DEAL

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

Big Data and Analytics are the talk of many corporate organizations. What are some of the real applications and have they been fully thought out by the experts?

On September 4th, the Second Annual Conference on The Practice of Analytics will be presented at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. There will be experts on Continue reading

Texas Farm Girl Rebecca Crownover with Billy Dawson

rebecca-crownover-author-texas-farm-girlRebecca Crownover and her new children’s book “Texas Farm Girl”

Teaches kids about what farms, farmers and the farming community are really like.

Rebecca Crownover is best known for her first well received, children’s book “My Daddy is in Heaven with Jesus“.

In this new children’s book she tells the story of this Texas farm girl working with her father who teaches her about farming and the story of the challenges they endure and despite the difficulties, how much they love what the do.

This is my audio interview with Rebecca about her book and Rising country star Billy Dawson about his new song “Texas Farm Girl” that he shot on Rebecca’s farm and in their hometown of Sunray, Texas.  Yes the video is included…. Continue reading

WHY CHICAGO AND ILLINOIS ARE FAILING: THE SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM MENTALITY

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

Chicago is not setting the pace for building a solid Platform for Commerce and regional economic innovation for job creation. Then again, neither is Illinois. They are both caught up in a Vortex of Declining Mediocrity.”

You know your state is really messed up when all your relatives start talking about moving to other states.  At a recent family gathering, one cousin and a brother-in-law are talking about moving to Florida, another one to Las Vegas and another one to Idaho. Even the waitress at breakfast at Denny’s was talking about moving to Las Vegas for better opportunities.  Is anyone staying in Illinois? Continue reading

Raising Minimum Wage Plus Obamacare Equals Disaster

Affordable Care Act Expert Consultant Minda Wilson Esq. Raising Minimum Wage Plus Obamacare Equals Disaster

pic Minda Wilson Obamacare Expert Affordable Healthcare ReviewIn this audio interview with Minda Wilson, she explains how raising the minimum wage will have disastrous effects on the people it helps the most; the working poor.

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Economist Ilya Kuntsevich The World’s Economic Formulas Don’t Work

ilya kuntsevich shIn Economic Equilibrium: Geomtry of Economics Ilya Kuntsevich Argues that all the current economic formulas are flawed and need to be rewritten using Geometry.

  • What’s wrong with the economic system if it breaks down now and then?
  • Should the modern economic theories, accounting principles, and financial models be relied upon going forward?
  • Could we devise an alternative economic system, which would be whole and sustainable, and allow a crisis-like proof pace of economics?
  • Could we design and build more intelligent tools and models in order to see the big picture and avoid future crises?

These are the questions tackled in Economical Equilibrium: Geometry of Economics by Ilya Vladimirovich Kuntsevich.

In this audio Interview Ilya talks about his book his ideas and how we can change the system to avoid crashes and financial ruin around the world.

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LAVA’s 30th Anniversary Meeting at Skirball Center

banner lava 30 year 02 shLos Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) Has their 30th Anniversary Meeting.

Since 1985 the Los Angeles Venture Association has been providing forums where entrepreneurs and executives of start-up, emerging growth and late stage venture funded companies actively meet and learn from fellow executives, investors, bankers, financial advisors and other providers of professional services.

This is their 30th year and they are still going strong. Many of the past presidents were at the meeting and talked about their time as president and the Continue reading

BLACKBERRY: GAME OVER OR ADDED CREDIBILITY FOR ITS STRATEGY

banner james carlini - Carlini's Corner By James Carlini

With the announcement of the “partnership” of IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), some dumped BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) stock overnight. Evidently, some don’t know the industry as well as they thought.  Investors need to realize:

  •  Announcements are cheap. Deliverables aren’t.
  •  IBM/Apple partnership does demonstrate BlackBerry has right strategy and has identified a real niche.
  •  Competition is good. It moves the markets. Product development accelerates and consumers are the real winners.

Some BlackBerry investors got the message, “Game Over” when they should be looking at this announcement as, “Game On – this is a real market niche“. Take it one step further in analysis and you see major players saying, “We have to get into this game because it is critical for us”.

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WEDDINGS ARE EASY. MARRIAGES TAKE TIME

An article stating that Apple and IBM are going to partner to provide a better enterprise-wide solution and better mobile security for business customers is a big announcement, but that’s all it is, an announcement.

IBM will provide services via Apple’s iOS including device management, security, analytics and mobile integration.  IBM will also create 100 exclusive business applications for the iPhone (and iPads) to be sold to its business customers.

Where are the deliverables of this marriage and did customers buy into the products?

It is too early to measure any success, just like it is too early to measure the success of BlackBerry’s initiatives.

Reading through so many investor comments, who are both short and long, I see criticisms that had questioned BlackBerry’s strategy. Now, it seems as though two major players, IBM and Apple, are blessing that strategy and saying, “Yes, there is validity to that strategy and we have to come up with some solutions.” “I understand the market and have a product that fits” is a statement which is much further along than “We agree that there is a market niche and we will be building some products in the future”.

Building products takes time. Making sure they work takes more time. What will the “marriage” of IBM and Apple produce? Only time will tell. Maybe everyone should take a deep breath and remember a good quote from Hal Geneen, the former CEO of ITT:

In business, words are words, Explanations are explanations, Promises are promises, but only Performance is reality.

John Chen (CEO of BlackBerry) did not die. His vision is still viable. He needs time to execute his strategy just as much as IBM and Apple now have to have time to deliver on their big announcement.

This reminds me of when Apple first introduced the iPhone and there was both skepticism that it would sell along with those who looked at all the other phones in the industry and said, “Game Over”.(see article – wtnnews.com/articles/3612

Real competitors did not sit around. Real competitors came out with products that matched and surpassed Apple. The ones who really benefited from that competition were the customers and the overall industry.

NO ONE HAS A CRYSTAL BALL

No one has a crystal ball, so no one can say, “Game Over”. If anything, this announcement lends credibility to BlackBerry having a real market niche and the “big players” need to get into that game.

The big question should be, will BlackBerry partner up with someone else or continue on its own path? No one knows that answer except John Chen.

CARLINI-ISM:         Just remember, you’re not an expert in the Smartphone industry because you bought one and now know how to play “Angry Birds” on it.

Disclosure:  Long BBRY. The author wrote this article himself, and it expresses his own opinion.  The author is not receiving compensation for it. The author has no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Carlini’s visionary book, “Location  Location  Connectivity” will be coming out later this year. BOOK_COVER He will be speaking at several upcoming conferences across the country later this year. Details are forthcoming.

Follow daily Carlini-isms at www.TWITTER.com/JAMESCARLINI Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Ken Kragen on How to Get Buzz on a Project and How to See Failures as Opportunities

pic ken kragen shKen Kragen famed Hollywood Star Manager, Producer, Author, Non-Profit Consultant and Philanthropic Activist

Goes into detail on his theory of 3’s to get people excited about a project, song, star or whatever. He talks about how he believes he was successful at managing some of the biggest names in the recording industry and producing two of the most iconic inspiring charity drives of our time and being successful more often than not. He also talked about how he even made his failures into successes.

Ken Kragen visited a Viridian Energy meeting to learn more about renewable, sustainable, green alternative energies. Ken highly supports the use of these vital, efficient and often less expensive forms of energy for the commercial and residential energy user.

In this video interview Ken also spoke about the hilarious and inspiring behind the scenes stories at the We Are the World recording, about putting together Hands Across America, about the class he teaches at UCLA about music and business success and much more. Continue reading

SAN FRANCISCO: LIABLE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE NEGLIGENCE?

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity:

Smartphones are becoming a ubiquitous tool to solve everyday problems from where to buy gas to where to look for a parking space in urban areas. You would think that applications (apps) like this would be a positive impact on society. You would think local governments, which on a whole, are not that efficient or effective, would welcome something to alleviate real economic development and infrastructure shortcomings, like parking.

As Smartphone technology becomes more dominant in various parts of our lives, some municipal governments, which cannot accept or understand change want to fight innovation in order to keep traditional bottlenecks and problems alive and well. Why?

In San Francisco, they are currently embattled with a parking app that provides insight to where there are available parking spaces for those coming into the city. This application cuts into the wasted energy costs of automobiles, not to mention the real problem of Continue reading

Carole Krechman Peace In The Streets Global Film Festival

carole krechman 01 shCarole Krechman has built hotels in China, owned and operated the Ice Capades Skating Rinks, worked with United Nations world leaders, is the recipient of the Encore Purpose Prize, she was managing director of a capital development firm raising over $250 million for various new media clients and now she has started CV Studios Entertainment.

Carole Kreshman has worked with world leaders and run very large successful enterprises. She has also endured the loss of a child and had to go bankrupt at one time. One thing is clear when you speak with her, is that she has a sense of humor, she is very smart and and she cares deeply about our children and world peace and is not waiting for someone else to do something about it.

On Purpose Magazine’s JW Najarian got a chance for a one on one audio conversation you won’t want to miss. We talk about how can a women or anyone, for that matter find success and how she her studio and it’s sponsors are helping aspiring filmmakers and the filmmakers of tomorrow find opportunities.
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Cami Boehme Viridian Engergy Exec on Green Renewable and Sustainable Energy

cami boehme drk bgnd shCami Boehme, Executive from Viridian Energy on Green, Renewable and Sustainable Energy.

Viridian Energy supplies electricity, gas, solar and wind power that help reduce commercial and residential carbon footprints, can save money and can give energy independence and sustainability to it’s clients.

We get a chance to speak with Cami Boehme, their Chief Strategy Officer and we go into some detail about all the different technologies and which ones may be best suited to your situation and needs. Continue reading

GM LEADERSHIP: NOTHING BUT HOLLOW RHETORIC

banner james carlini - Carlini's CornerBy James Carlini

If you are old enough to remember the dominance of General Motors in the 1950s, 1960s, and even 1970s, you remember the saying, “As General Motors goes, so goes the Nation.”

That was a pretty gutsy observation of how important GM was.   A large, manufacturer with industry dominance and a huge dominance within the United States’ economy.

Today, you wonder what strategic direction they have set?  They certainly are not following Continue reading

TRUMP TOWER IN CHICAGO: STICKS AND STONES WILL BREAK MY BONES

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It looks like Donald Trump is the “go-to” guy when the Chicago Media wants to create a controversy to cover up other more important city issues.

The whole controversy of Trump putting his name on his building is so petty and such a waste of precious media time it scares me to think what are the real stories journalists are not putting the spotlight on?

Donald Trump went through complex channels to get the name approved and no one had an issue then.  He also “contributed” to the Alderman’s campaign fund as well as to Rahm Emanuel’s campaign fund, so why wasn’t that reported as well when they complain about the name on the building? Continue reading

Hostgator 50% Off Sale Memorial Day Weekend

logo hostgatorHostgator is having a 50% Off sale for their hosting product which is well known as one of the best and fastest hosting solutions for WordPress.org.

If you are looking to move from WordPress.com to WordPress.org anytime soon then this is the time to buy a 3 year hosing plan at 50% off.

Here is my buddies affiliate link

http://secure.hostgator.com/~affiliat/cgi-bin/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=bobschecter

This is will help you and him. Bob is one of my best friends and tech mentors. If you just want to skip this link and go to Hostgator.com then you can do that also. There is also a toll free number you can call 866-964-2867 and I found that Edson at ext 817637 was quite helpful. Ordering off the site is easy so you do not need to call in, but if you need to speak to someone then the toll free is great support.

Also there are some addons. I cannot help you here. I did get the backup feature, but left out the rest. It is up to you. Can’t help you here. If you are selling on your site and want to take credit card information then you probably want the security addon as it gives pci certification. If you use Paypal or other vendor you may not need this feature.

Why am I sending this out? I wanted to move for some time as WordPress.org is so much more powerful, but you need to know when to get the best bang for your buck and the 50% off does not come around too often.

For those moving to WP.org what is the downside? There is a lot more maintenance to deal with, but I believe the power and usability make up for that if you are willing.

California Women’s Conference 2014

logo california womens conferenceThe California Womens Conference will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center May 19th and the 20th 2014

I know I am posting this late, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t rush out and get your ticket right now.

This event was life changing for me and my wife. It is filled with so many like minded people that are working hard to insure the success of women in all their endeavors. It is one of the most powerful conferences you will ever get to experience and it is worth your time.

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Walt Disney World Resort Presents Artist David E. Doss

A Cancer Vaccine Soon? Engineered Measles Virus Therapy produced Remission of Disseminated Cancer

Extremely interesting. Watchers of Grey’s Anatomy may remember them using HIV virus to deliver a cure for a child with immune issues.

5G NETWORKS: UNDERSTANDING THE FUTURE

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This article is an excerpt from James Carlini’s upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity:

5G Networks

5G Networks will be providing some very high speeds to the average user. This means building out the network to specifications which have to include Continue reading

NEW TECH BUILDING BLOCK : GRAPHENE

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Graphene is a new “semi-metal” material that is made out of carbon and has the characteristics of the hardness of a diamond, better electrical conductivity than Continue reading

COMCAST TIME-WARNER MERGER: NEEDS CORRECT LEADERSHIP

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The latest merger being questioned is the COMCAST Time-Warner merger which many experts are weighing in on. The problem is some are looking at the wrong end of the horse when they say it’s a bad merger.

In several articles and editorials that I have read, the authors and columnists look at the COMCAST/ Time-Warner (CTW) merger as a bad thing for cable. All the articles seem to focus on the cable industry and content, yet none are even making the argument about the new merged company, let’s just call it CTW, taking on AT&T and Verizon for the customers in the high-speed data markets. Broadband connectivity needs some Continue reading

Announcing the next phase of Empire Avenue!

Empire Avenue is Spotlighting Profiles

I am a fan of Empire Avenue. I use it to meet some of the greatest social media superstars and to make sure I am doing all I can to hopefully become one myself.
Empire Avenue helps by letting you know where you need to do more work in the social media arena and you can check in on people that have mastered their specific platform to see what and how they do it.
Now Empire Avenue is starting a new group of leaders to help propel EAv to new heights and one of the things they are doing is spotlighting some of their more active members as a token of appreciation.
EAv has always been a great community and it looks like they are reaching out farther to really allow the leaders of the community to do more and get recognized for it.

The Commercial Real Estate Distressed Assets Association CREDAA Story 2009 to 2011

CREDAA Advisors

About The Commercial Real Estate Distressed Assets Association

History

CREDAA was founded in pre-launch in January of 2010 and was first developed starting on August 20th 2009.

CREDAA is the brainchild of Scott Miller and Warren Samek, both National Commercial Account Executives with Fidelity National Title in Seattle, WA and JW Najarian, formally a commercial lender with Pathfinder Commercial Mortgage and the Founder of The Commercial Real Estate Professional Investor Group out of Los Angeles.

After the real estate and stock markets fell in September of 2008 the founders envisioned a commercial real estate collapse coming as the CRE market tends to lag just around 2 years from the Continue reading

Da VINCI TOWER: INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS MEET DYNAMIC ARCHITECTURE

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The latest in modern skyscrapers is not going up in New York City or Chicago. It is not going up in the Far East either. The DaVinci Tower, which boasts a whole new architectural concept called Dynamic Architecture, is going up in Dubai. David Fisher is the architect.

Dynamic Architecture opens up a whole new approach to constructing Intelligent Buildings in urban areas. The applications of new architecture, technology, and Continue reading

Chicken with Pistachio Citrus Sauce Recipe

Chicken with Pistachio Citrus Sauce

  • Servings: 1 -2
  • Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Medium
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Chicken Dish

Ingredients:

  • 4 ea. orange
  • 1 lb. chicken breast
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 2 tsp. orange zest
  • 2 tbsp. green onions, minced
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. pistachio nuts, toasted
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup reduced sodium chicken broth

Directions:

  1. Halve one or more oranges and squeeze to get 1/2 cup juice. Slice the remaining oranges,
  2. Sprinkle the chicken with pepper and salt, if desired.
  3. Saute chicken in the oil until cooked through but still moist and tender.
  4. Over medium-high heat, add the juice, zest, green onion, chicken broth and mustard to the pan drippings, stirring to make a sauce. A
  5. Add the orange slices and pistachios. Heat through and pour over chicken.

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From: Jackie Keller, Founder – NutriFit, LLC
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Let’s do a “Re-Do”

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Ok, so we’ve arrived mid-way through the first quarter of 2014. Your New Year’s Resolutions have lost their luster…maybe they are simmering, subconscious, long-term goals at this point. You are back into the work grind and it feels almost robotic again.

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TERABIT SPEEDS. CHICAGO RFQ NOT EVEN CLOSE

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Terabit speeds are what we should be aiming for as a solid goal for any major metropolitan city’s backbone network infrastructure objective. If we really want them to be a leader in global broadband connectivity tomorrow, this is the bar to set today. If you set the bar that high, and only attain 50% of its goal, you still will be world-class.

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Copyright 2014 – James Carlini – All rights reserved

Evidently, no one told that to those who developed and released the Chicago RFQ for “a gigabit or near-gigabit network”.

Chicago has just sent out an RFQ for Broadband Infrastructure Expansion (#122737) which asks for speeds that are obsolete.

Gigabit or near-gigabit? For a network that will not be operational for at least another 24 to 36 months?
This is obsolete before they send the first packet across.

An 800-acre business park in the Chicago suburbs that I discuss in my upcoming book and was an adviser to, installed 40 Gigabit per second (40Gbps) connectivity several years ago. It’s operational TODAY. Want to be competitive today? The going speed is 40Gbps moving to 100Gbps in a short timeframe.

In my book, I go around the world discussing examples of other next-generation business parks which offer 10Gbps, 20Gbps, or better network speeds serving their tenants.

Chicago’s statement, in its RFQ declaring

….to ensure that Chicago is prepared to meet the demands of a 21st century economy.

The City’s first step toward achieving affordable high-speed internet access for all Chicagoans will target seven Innovation Zones with gigabit-or near –gigabit -speed broadband and focus on providing immediate access to businesses, universities, and organizations located in these core industrial and commercial area

rings pretty hollow in comparison.

“Prepared to meet the demands of a 21st Century economy”?? With one gigabit OR LESS network speeds to end users? This is supposedly to get the city more competitive on the global economic stage?

Whoever is advising the city has no clue where the ‘state of the art” in network infrastructure is, or how fast it is going to the next plateau of network speeds.

Get me some Smartphones and I will show you how fast that bandwidth gets eaten up by those end-user devices which are quickly becoming the “device-of-choice” as the new edge technology.

Other parameters the Chicago RFQ highlights are laughable at best, and technologically unacceptable at worst. Here are some excerpts of it that I have a problem with:

Providing the resources necessary for Businesses, Universities and other organizations to succeed and thrive is necessary for Chicago to remain a global leader and pioneer. Availability of and access to an affordable high-speed broadband network is now a critical component of urban infrastructure, similar to electricity, water, and roadways.

The infrastructure must be capable of providing 99.9% availability, be resilient with low latency and jitter, and ensure that packets sent and received at the network edges are identical.

You ARE NOT going to “remain a global leader and pioneer” with reliability rates of only 99.9% availability.

Do you really believe large businesses like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Boeing, or any of the banks are going to trust their mission critical applications on networks that are running with only a 99.9% reliability?

Most businesses with mission critical applications want the insurance of 99.995% to 99.999% availability rates. With enterprise-wide mission critical applications currently at one-out-of-three and quickly growing to one-out-of-two applications, who is going to want to use a 99.9% reliable network?

Maybe if we relate it to snow storms, Chicago might “get it”. Don’t ask for one ton of salt when you really need 1,024 tons to get businesses moving and competitive.

Something more visual? You look absolutely foolish chanting “we’re going to be Number one” from your two horsepower horse-and-buggy parked on the NASCAR track amongst the other 1,200-horsepowered cars lining up for the race.

That’s the problem when political leaders and their advisers are technologically Amish. Understand the technology, know how to apply it, and get someone who is not a cheerleader to tell you how you are perceived on the world’s racetrack of economic viability and sustainability.

CARLINI-ISM: When it comes to network speeds, you need to be the fastest to say you’re world class.
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Carlini’s visionary upcoming book, Location Location Connectivity will be available later this year.

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The Key to Staying Young? Excercise!

A recent study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that adults who exercise more tend to be less susceptible to mental and physical health problems including depression, dementia, heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The English Longitudinal Study of Aging studied 3,500 adults (average age 64 years old) and collected data on their physical activity level every two years between 2002-2003 and 2010-2011. The participants were then categorized by the amount they exercised each week and divided into three categories – no activity, moderate activity and vigorous activity. The researchers also tracked serious health problems (including mental health) suffered by the participants and found a strong correlation between health and exercise as the participants aged.

The results showed a clear correlation between “healthy aging” and exercise level. Adults who practiced moderate or vigorous exercise at least once a week were 3-4x more likely to age healthier than adults who did not exercise. While this association is not a clear cause-and-effect relationship, the fact is that adults who were active in the beginning of the study were 7 times more likely to have fewer health problems than adults who did not exercise for the entirety of the study. Twenty percent of all participants were considered to be healthy agers, and of the 1 in 10 participants that became active over the study, 70% stayed active.

So how much exercise is enough? The World Health Organization recommends adults age 65+ do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise during the week with each session lasting at least 10 minutes. Adults should also practice muscle-strengthening activities 2-3 times a week.

Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake

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Servings: 12

Serving Size: 2” slices

 

Ingredients:

 

4 oz fat free cream cheese

16 oz fat free sour cream

2 tbsp graham cracker crumbs

4 oz Neufchatel cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp chocolate extract

spray Canola oil cooking spray

1 tbsp cornstarch

8 oz fat free egg substitute

 

Directions:

 

1. Preheat the oven to 300°F. Coat the bottom of a 9″ springform pan with nonstick cooking spray. Dust the pan with graham cracker crumbs.

2. In a mixing bowl, combine the sour cream, cream cheese, Neufchatel cheese, and vanilla and beat at medium speed until smooth.

3. Add the sugar and cornstarch, beat until well blended.

4. Add the egg substitute, 1/4 cup at a time; beat at low speed just until blended.

5. Then add the cocoa powder and chocolate extract and beat until well blended.

6. Spoon the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes. Turn off the oven and partially open the oven door. Allow it to sit for 1 hour. After one hour, remove it from the oven, cover and chill it for 8 hours.

Easy Food Substitutions to Improve Your Health

While we all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to food, there are a number of easy food substitutions that can help make dieting and eating healthy a little easier.

Most of us enjoy our morning cup of coffee to kick-start our day and rather than making a full substitution (which may be hard for the die-hard coffee fan like me) it is easy to cut calories by ordering coffees made with nonfat milk rather than full milk. Grande nonfat Cappuccinos from Starbucks also only contain 80 calories compared to grande Caffe Latte which have 200.

One of the most common guilty pleasures, ice cream, can be easily substituted for nonfat frozen yogurt which is lower in saturated fat and calories. If you are going for ice cream, try low fat versions of your favorites and use fruit toppings rather than candy or chocolate.

Using nonfat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream or mayo will also save you on calories and fat and is a better source of protein as well. Additionally, if you are making a salad use nuts instead of croutons to cut on salt and increase protein.

There are a number of good substitutions for using oil in your baking as well. ¾ cup to 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce as well as mango, banana or avocado puree mixed with nonfat milk can be used for 1 cup liquid oil. Cutting out oil not only helps to lower cholesterol by avoiding high fats in oils but also can help to lose weight by cutting calories and improving overall health.

COMCAST SHOULD BE VIEWED AS A NETWORK CARRIER

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COMCAST’s recent $45 Billion acquisition of Time-Warner Cable was big news in the Cable TV world, but it should be looked at from a different perspective. Instead of looking at COMCAST as a Cable TV provider, we should be looking at it as another alternative to the traditional network carriers like AT&T and Verizon for our data needs both at home and at the business location.

NEW COMPETITION OR NO COMPETITION?

Maybe the incumbent network carriers like AT&T and Verizon don’t look at COMCAST as being a real competitor because its focus is more on Cable TV but in reality, the network grid that COMCAST has could go head-to-head in markets where incumbents like AT&T provide U-Verse.

Did you know if you get U-Verse, you cannot get a second high-speed U-Verse line? I found that out recently and could not believe how short-sighted that is from a marketing strategy standpoint. It leaves AT&T wide open for someone like COMCAST to come in and provide a second line for work-at-home couples. This was our solution when AT&T could not ante up a second line.

This raises a huge question as to the available network resources AT&T has in the street. If their policy is to not provide a second line, it means it doesn’t have enough network capabilities in the street. The solution is to go with a second provider like COMCAST.

RE-THINKING THE CORPORATE STRATEGY

COMCAST should be re-evaluating what its business model is. When all the Cable TV providers started, their focus was that they were in the “entertainment business” and not in the network carrier business. In reality, they were building a network infrastructure.

Today, with that network infrastructure in place, they should be re-thinking on what they want to sell as services. They may need a shake-up of executives who are too tunnel-focused to the cable TV market.

Having a second line come in from a totally separate carrier and network topography, creates a strong resiliency for mission critical applications. You can get this at the household level in almost all cases.

99% of the commercial buildings are still in the horse-and-buggy days of having one main connection to one central office of the phone company for connectivity. Corporate tenants who have mission critical applications should be using more than one network access point for their core business applications.

It is time to move forward from the horse-and-buggy days and start adding redundancy to all networks that carry any applications that you consider mission critical. If you work from home, that connection to your customer base is mission critical. Do you have network redundancy in place? You should.

CARLINI-ISM: If you have mission critical applications, you should be connected to two separate network carriers to avoid a single point-of-failure.
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Best Sloppy Joe Recipe

Sloppy Joes

  • Servings: 4
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Serving Size: 1 bun & ¾ cup mixture

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup carrots, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup celery, chopped
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • ¾ lb ground turkey
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 cups mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 tsp NutriFit Calypso Salt Free Spice Blend
  • 1 tsp safflower oil
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 6 hamburger buns

Directions:

Note – For each teaspoon of the Calypso Spice Blend you may substitute: 1/2 tsp. ground chiles, 1/4 tsp. cumin, 1/8 tsp. black pepper, and 1/8 tsp. garlic powder.

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add mushrooms, onion, green bell pepper, celery, carrot, garlic, and turkey; saute 5 minutes until meat is browned, stirring to crumble.
  2. Stir in ketchup, red wine vinegar, worcestershire sauce, calypso blend and tomato sauce; bring to boil.
  3. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Serve on toasted hamburger buns.

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By Jackie Keller
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Clearing the Confusion about Multi-Vitamins

With entire stores devoted to selling multi-vitamins and supplements, the headlines coming out about multi-vitamins seem to be conflicted. One day, the media can report that they are essential to preventing disease and the next day reports state these vitamins are doing more harm than good.

For example, a large observational study by the Iowa Women’s Health Study followed a group of women for 19 years and found that those women who reported taking a daily multi-vitamin were actually 6% more likely to diet than those who did not report taking a daily multi-vitamin. Researchers have hypothesized that users of multi-vitamins may be healthier because they tend to have a healthier lifestyle and diets, which lower their risk of disease and called for a randomized study to look at the cause and effect relationship of the Iowa study.

The randomized study, called the Physicians’ Health Study II, followed 14,000 men who took either Centrum Silver or a placebo everyday for 11 years and found that the risk of dying was not significant between the two groups. The study also found that taking a multi-vitamin had no effect on the risk of developing heart disease, stroke or cancer. This find has been consistently proved in other studies as well, including the Multiethnic Cohort Study and Women’s Health Iniative cohort.

So when is it worth it to take a multi-vitamin? The answer, in short, is when it will suppliement nutrients that you may not be getting from your regular diet. For example, between 7-16% of women aged 12-49 are iron deficient and may benefit from multis that contain the recommended daily value of 18 miligrams. Additionally, persons age 50+ generally get vitamin B-12 from either fortified foods or supplements, with the recommended daily amount being 2.4 micrograms.

The important takeaway from the multi-vitamin argument is to not rely on them to keep you healthy! While multi-vitamins may be beneficial for those who have a nutrient deficiency, it is important to keep in mind that research shows that these multi-vitamins will not reduce the risk of disease and that they are not a subtsitute for a healthly lifestyle.

Texas Beef Burger Recipe

Texas Beef Burgers

  • Servings: 4 Patties
  • Time: 50 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. extra lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs, toasted
  • 1/4 cup fat free, cholesterol free egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
  • Extra virgin olive oil spray
  • 1 tsp. NutriFit Calypso Salt & Sugar Free Spice blend, or salt free chili powder

Directions:

  1. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spray with extra virgin olive oil spray. Add the onions, and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a medium-size bowl, mix the egg substitute, bread crumbs, spices and onions; then lightly mix in the ground beef. Shape the ground beef mixture into 4 patties, each about 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Spray a wide nonstick frying pan with extra virgin olive oil cooking spray. Place over medium-high heat; add the hamburger patties. Cook, turning once, until patties are lightly browned on both sides and juices run clear when knife is inserted in center (8 to 10 minutes). Serve on sprouted wheat buns.

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Foods that Fight Cancer

The link between nutrition and cancer is an important relationship to understand and one that many people today seem to forget. What many people may not realize is that nearly 35% of all cancers are tied to nutrition in some way. Consequently, there have been a number of studies devoted to the research of cancer-fighting foods and diets and the results tend towards a number of recurring trends.

The big picture of the research available shows that eating more fruits and vegetables, and less meat and highly saturated fat dairy products will improve your odds of avoiding nutrition-related cancers. Additionally, cooking methods that use exposure to high heat and charring (barbeque, grilling) have been linked to higher risk of cancer. Not to worry though, a balanced diet lowers the risk of cancer and there are a number of foods that actively reduce the risk of cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research recommends filling 2/3 of your plate with fruits, veggies, whole grains and beans.

More specifically, dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, collard greens and Swiss chard are high in fiber, folates, cartenoids and flavonoids that protect against a number of cancers. Green tea is also high in flavonoids and polyphenols that act as antioxidants that can prevent liver, colon, breast and prostate cancer. Berries (strawberries, blueberries and raspberries) are also high in fiber and Vitamin C and can protect against esophagus and colorectal cancer.

In terms of food to avoid, one of the worst foods is full, fat regular bacon. It is extremely high in saturated fat and is full of nitrites and other cancer-contributing ingredients. Look instead for reduced fat bacon or turkey bacon that is specifically labeled to be nitrate-free. Look for nitrate-free labeling on other processed meats as well, such as lunchmeat, sausage and hot dogs. Also, avoid any foods that contain GMOs but beware, you won’t find GMOs on the nutrition label so be sure to look for foods that are specifically labeled to be non-GMO.

A few powerful changes in lifestyle and diet can be incredibly influential in reducing the risk of cancer. Simple changes – from being more aware of what’s in your food to including foods in your meals that prevent cancer in or diet all help in making informed decisions when it comes to nutrition and all help reduce the risk of developing nutrition-related cancers.

Pasta with Dilled Pea Sauce Recipe

Pasta with Dilled Pea Sauce

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Servings: 4

Serving Size: 1 cup

 

Ingredients:

 

2 tbsp cornstarch

1 tsp extra virgin olive oil

¼ cup fresh dill

3 cups frozen peas

1 tbsp ginger, finely peeled & chopped

dash hot pepper sauce

1 ea leeks, thinly sliced

8 oz penne pasta, uncooked

3 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth

¼ tsp salt

4 tbsp water

 

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add the oil and the gingerroot and cook for 2 minutes.

2. Add the leek and cook for 3 minutes more.

3. Stir in the vegetable stock and dill, and bring to a boil. Add the peas and bring back to a boil.

4. Remove the sauce from heat. Pour the mixture into a blender and puree until smooth, about 5 minutes.

5. Mix the cornstarch and water to form a slurry. Add it to the sauce, return it to the heat and stir it until thickened, about 1 minute.

6. Cook the pasta according to the package directions, drain, and transfer to a large warm bowl.

7. To serve, add the salt and hot pepper sauce, toss with the pasta, and enjoy.