Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Healthy Habits: 3 Things You Should Know About Fad Diets And Bad Breath

Fad diets gain popularity because they let you shed pounds quickly, but health professionals warn they often come with side effects, such as fatigue, nausea, headaches, constipation and dehydration.
One additional side effect that doesn’t get as much attention, though, is this: They can cause bad breath.

“Dehydration is the key symptom related to fad diets that can result in halitosis,” says Dr. Harold Katz, a dentist, bacteriologist and developer of TheraBreath Dry Mouth Oral Rinse and Lozenges (www.therabreath.com). 

“When you’re dehydrated, your body doesn’t produce as much saliva. When you have less saliva, bacteria growth increases and causes bad breath.”
Katz suggests a few things worth knowing about fad diets and their effect on your breath:

•    Fasting. When you fast – or follow a similar fad diet that focuses on consuming a single food or beverage – you’re more likely to become dehydrated, Katz says. “If you’re determined to continue fasting, just make sure you’re still drinking enough water to stay hydrated every day,” he says. “This will not only contribute to fresh breath, but will also contribute to your overall wellness.”
•    Ketosis. Ketosis is a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet that promises quick weight loss if you eat less than 20 grams of carbs in a single day, according to Environmental Nutrition. “It’s true that you can lose weight quickly through ketosis – which is the state your body going into when it doesn’t have enough carbs to feed off of – but you’re not improving your health,” Katz says. “Plus, halitosis can occur as a result of the chemicals released in the body to burn fat.”
•    Protein shakes. Some people attempt to lose weight by replacing meals with protein shakes. The Mayo Clinic reports that indeed can help reduce calories, which can lead to weight loss. But if you replace too many regular meals with the shake, you end up missing on the nutritional benefits of whole foods. “That’s not all,” Katz says. “Protein and dairy can cause your breath to smell. You should brush your teeth and use an oral rinse right after you drink a protein shake, or at the very least drink some water afterward to rinse out your mouth.”
Instead of relying on a fad diet to lose excess pounds, Katz says, focus on changing your lifestyle habits as a whole. 

“If you exercise regularly and follow a well-balanced diet that’s loaded with nutrients from fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains, you can give your body the fuel it needs to thrive and maintain a healthy weight,” he says. “And your breath won’t be as likely to go rancid.”

About Dr. Harold Katz
Dr. Harold Katz (www.therabreath.com)developer of TheraBreath Dry Mouth Oral Rinse and Lozenges, received his degree in bacteriology from UCLA and is the founder of The California Breath Clinics and author of The Bad Breath Bible. He has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “Early Show” and “The View” with Barbara Walters and countless other TV shows. Dr. Katz has developed oxygenating compounds that have been used by millions around the world to eliminate bad breath. He is also the bearer of the now famous “Halimeter,” which tests the sulfur compounds in the mouth that cause bad breath. Dr. Katz’ website offers a free online bad breath test – as well as a sneaky way to tell someone they have halitosis.,

Heathy Habits: Stress Relief Options

Hope you are well! Whethr it’s everyday activities or an overwhelming life event, stress can be a reoccurring issue in a lot of people’s lives. Finding ways to cope can be difficult, but it is imperative to find the best methods that work with your body.

Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O., an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, anti-aging medicine and chelation therapy explains how stress can affect your body and provides methods to manage it with herbal supplements and natural alternatives.

1.     Symptom: Insomnia
2.     SolutionMagnesium helps to relax the body while also easing anxiety. Melatonin supplements can help regulate sleep and wakefulness and Chamomile tea is great for relaxation and sleep.

1.     Symptom: Low energy
2.     Solution: Asian GinsengVitamin B12 and Green Tea are all known to increase one’s energy levels.

1.     Symptom: Stomach aches, Body aches and pain
2.     Solution: Peppermint oil is good for stomach aches and occasional massages with essential oils and hot baths can sooth aches and pain induced by stress.

1.     Symptom: Common cold and Infections
2.     Solution: Echinacea and Astragalus, two herbs with immune-supporting properties, as well as Vitamin C and D can assist with common colds and other infections.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Area Attractions: Ad Art Show at Sotheby's NYC 2/22-2/25


The First Art Show to Exhibit The Next Generation of Artists From Advertising
Who Work in Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Works on Paper,
Mixed Media & Video Art – Like Magritte, Warhol, Rockwell, O’Keeffe,
Haring & So Many More Artists With a History in Commercial Art.

FEBRUARY 22-25, 2018

Discover 90+ Emerging Contemporary Artists
Selected by a Committee of Esteemed Art Professionals

Friday, February 16, 2018

Parenting Pointers: How to Help Children Navigate Controversial Topics - A Guide for Parents and Teachers

American University just published a new guide to help parents discuss social issues with their children in an open and educated manner.

This guide is really valuable for parents and teachers to help them discuss some sensitive topics that have been common in the news. It could help a lot of people confidently discuss these topics in an open and educated manner. 

How to Help Children Navigate Controversial Topics: A Guide for Parents and Teachers: https://soeonline.american.edu/blog/how-to-help-children

Money Makers: Allied Universal

Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America with over 150,000 employees, will be participating in the Northside Community Job and Resource Fair on March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at EMERGE, 1834 Emerson Ave. North, Minneapolis, Minnesota. 
Allied Universal is seeking full-time, part-time, supervisory and entry level security professionals to join its team. Qualified candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:
* High school diploma or equivalency
* Be at least 18 years old (21 years old for positions that require driving, with valid license)
* Successfully complete a pre-employment background investigation and pre-employment drug/alcohol test
* Display exceptional customer service and communication skills
Company benefits include medical and dental coverage, life insurance, 401(k) and bonus plans, holidays and more. Allied Universal is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce.
View more details at http://bit.ly/2F079ud.
Learn more about Allied Universal career opportunities at www.aus.com/careers, on Twitter at @AU_Careers and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlliedUniversal.

About Allied Universal
Allied Universal, a leading facility services company and the largest security force in North America with over 150,000 employees, provides unparalleled security services and solutions. With headquarters in Santa Ana, Calif., and Conshohocken, Pa., Allied Universal combines people and technology to deliver evolving, tailored solutions that allow our clients to focus on their core business. An unrelenting focus on clients’ success creates partnerships rooted in quality and value, and is supported by experience gained from being in business for over 60 years. Through our people and leading services, systems and solutions…Allied Universal is there for you. For more information, please visit www.aus.com.

Author Interview: Amber Manning

Amber Manning is an independent, working mother of 3 rowdy and handsome boys. She has a "no-nonsense, never quit, make no excuses" attitude and tries her best to stay positive throughout life! Her main purpose in this world, she believes, is to raise her boys properly, help others and make a difference! She loves "the old school" way of living and believes that if more people would have that attitude that the world would be a better place! Born and raised in Texas, she is 100% Texan in heart! She loves her family, water sports, outdoors, reading, camping, bonfires, good music turned up loud and can sometimes be corny. She knows it and her response is, "being normal is boring!" She tries to always give the gift of a smile because she says she hopes it "brightens someone's day!" She believes every single person has struggles and believes the philosophy "you should never look down on someone, unless it's to help them up!" Her favorite story is the "Starfish Story" (you made a difference to that one).

She recently wrote "Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas is the Lone Star State!" The first part is a rhyming and witty story that touches on some of the history of Texas while also introducing the importance, meaning and symbols that are relevant in our state. The second part includes 28 fun Texas facts mixed with more knowledge of fundamental elements such as the Texas pledge and state song.

I had a chance to interview her to learn more.

Why did you decide to write this book?
I have always loved writing! I love Texas, and children have always been my favorite people in the world!! When I came to work for my boss, David Thomas Roberts, who is also an author, I read his books very quickly and let him know that I thought they were excellent and that I was impressed. He then asked, “well, if you love reading so much, do you also love writing?” My response was, “yes, very much so. I have written since I was around 11 years old.” He then asked me if I thought I could write a “Texas history book for a 6 year old.” At first, I was somewhat apprehensive, but I never let on. I was unsure if I could write a Texas history book that a 6 year old would not get bored with, as history can be boring for children of that age. But, I answered, “I can sure give it a shot.” So, I began this mission. After a few complete re-writes, I finally turned in what would be the text that appears in my book, Mighty Big and Super Great: Texas Is The “Lone Star State”!

What was the most interesting fact you discovered for the book?
There are so many interesting facts about Texas, it is hard to pin this down to one; however, I did enjoy learning that Caddo Lake was our only natural lake, I enjoyed learning that the Amarillo airport is an alternate landing site for the space shuttle, and I was intrigued to learn that Texas was 801 miles from border to border. That being said, there is so much to learn about Texas that I am still learning more interesting facts every day!

How did you get started as an author? 
This is nearly the same answer as to why I decided to write this book; I have always loved to write, and I was given an opportunity by David Thomas Roberts to do just that. He is the owner of the publishing company.

Thrifty Thinking: When to Trade in Your Device

Data from tech buy back site Decluttr.com has revealed that now is the best time to trade-in unwanted Samsung devices, ahead of the much-anticipated S9 launch at the end of February.
Consumers can receive up to 25% more when trading-in ahead of a launch, in comparison to after major manufacturer releases. For those looking to upgrade, trading-in a Samsung Galaxy S8 to Decluttr.com could give consumers up to $290 to put towards the new S9.
Decluttr’s study also compared the newly launched iPhone 8 with the Samsung S8 models. The analysis showed the Samsung Galaxy S8, which had a recommended retail price (RRP) of $720, lost 54% of its value in the first month after launch with an average rate of depreciation at 1-2% every month. After nine months, the handset had lost 67% of its value. The Samsung Galaxy S8+, which had an RRP of $820, lost 56% of its value in the first month after launch, and in the nine months following, it had depreciated by 65%. If the S9 follows the same depreciation pattern as its predecessors, such as the S5, S6, S7 and S8 models, it is set to lose at least 50% of its value in the first month after launch.
In comparison, the iPhone 8 depreciated by 49% in the first month after launch, while the iPhone 8 Plus lost 42% of its value. Once the iPhone X was announced, the 8 Plus took another 10% drop and lost 52% of its value. While the iPhone X has only been out a few months, it has held on to its value by only depreciating 41% in the first month following launch. Currently, it has depreciated by 44%, proving that even though this particular model has had some reported difficulties, it’s still holding its value.
Liam Howley, CMO at Decluttr.com, said: “Our study has shown that it really does pay to not hold on to Samsung devices for too long, as they depreciate a lot faster. With the S9 launch just around the corner, consumers looking to upgrade to the S9 can get more money for their old device now rather than after.”
“While cars typically lose 19% when driven off the lot, technology items can lose up to an average of 65% once they are taken out of the box, depending on the brand. Our recent cell depreciation study shows that iPhones still hold their value better than Samsung devices, and by the time a Samsung device has had nine months on the market it will have depreciated by at least three quarters,” Howley said. “When comparing this to Apple, it will take 16 months on average to reach the same depreciation level.”
For those looking to trade-in their Samsung S8 now, customers can expect to get up to $290 for a device in good condition, or $331 for an S8+. Using Decluttr.com consumers can get an instant estimate and pre-paid shipping label making their S8 trade-in completely free and painless. Decluttr pays more for used smartphones than any other site or mobile provider buy-back program and payments are delivered within 24 hours of receiving the shipment.
For more information, please visit www.decluttr.com.

Love Simon

 Love, Simon has just launched two exciting ways to help make your day romantic

First, the cast of Love, Simon is going on tour and it's Powered by your Love. Give your state some Love (Simon): visit PoweredByLoveTour.com or visit @LoveSimonMovie on Instagram and vote for your state to be a stop on the tour by liking your state's image. The Love, Simon "Powered by Love" tour will visit the states with the most likes. Hurry - voting ends February 18th.

Second, you might have seen adorable love notes from Simon while waiting for the bus or getting popcorn at the theater. Now you can tell your SO or BFF how special they are with #LoveSimon postcard. Visit http://DearWorldLoveSimon.com to create and share your #LoveSimon postcard today!

Shopping Savings: Ebates Travel Thursdays

Next week Ebates will announce Travel Thursdays, a 24-hour promotion that will give members up to 10% cash back on hotel bookings made through Ebates Hotels while also offering other impressive savings options.

The deals will be available on Thursdays beginning at 9pm PT on the Wednesday before and end at 11:50pm PT on Thursday. Members can check online during those times to get the special offers.

Each Travel Thursday will have a specific theme that offers special pricing and deals on airfare, rental cars, cruises and activities, offering members up to 50% savings and the cash back.

Travel Thursdays will kick off with a ski week on February 22, featuring deals at popular ski locations including Aspen, Park City, Vail, Beaver Creek, Jackson Hole and Lake Tahoe. The promotional themes for subsequent weeks include:
  • March 1—Europe: London, Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Barcelona
  • March 8—Beach: Rio de Janeiro, CancĂșn, Cabo San Lucas, Jamaica, Aruba
  • March 15—Big Cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Las Vegas
  • March 22—Disney: Orlando, Anaheim
  • March 29—Resorts: Miami, San Diego, Maui, Ft. Lauderdale, Phoenix

Travel Thursdays starts on February 22 and will run through March 29.

Please visit www.ebates.com/tt each Thursday during the Promotion for the top deals.

Area Attractions: Dangerous Women at the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU

Courageous heroines and deceptive femmes fatales abound in the Old and New Testaments. From Judith to Esther, Salome to Mary Magdalene, Delilah to Lot's Daughters and Potiphar's wife, these women — perceived as dangerous to society — shaped biblical history. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum FIU presents the world premiere of Dangerous Women, the timely new exhibition that explores shifting perceptions of these historic characters, whose power to topple the strongest of male rulers made them “dangerous” but whose strength serves as an historical foundation for thinking about contemporary causes (including the “Me Too” movement).

Opening Reception on Saturday, Feb. 17, 4:00-7:00 p.m., on view through May 20

Panel Discussion on Feb. 17 about feminism in art history 

and the lives of women in Renaissance society