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Dr. Alessio Fasano, Director of the Center for Celiac Research, presents a special seminar on the history of celiac disease at the University of Maryland titled: Celiac Disease and the Gluten Free Diet: From the Banana Diet to No Diet? This seminar was presented in recognition of the special relationship between the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine Americas oldest public medical school and the University of Salerno the worlds first medical school. Dr. Fasano, one of the worlds leader in celiac disease research presents a look back at the history of celiac disease and how is has evolved from being considered rare in the US to one of the most common disease in the US. The University of Maryland Center for Celiac Researchs landmark study in 2002 established the prevalence of CD in the US to be 1 in 133 persons. The CFCR has been the leader in developing new diagnosis tests and treatment options among numerous other research breakthroughs.
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Ohio is under attack by obesity. Over 61% of the population of Ohio is overweight or obese.
Obesity kills. The disease attacks both the body – through hypertension, coronary artery disease, sleep apnea, orthopedic problems and type 2 Diabetes – and the spirit, through low self esteem, increased risk for discrimination, and poor body image.
It’s not just the grownups that are getting bigger in Ohio. Around 14% of all school-age kids in Ohio are obese or overweigh – and there’s a 70% chance the obese child will become an overweight adult, as well.
This epidemic is costing us money, too. According to the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Prevent and Decrease Overweight and Obesity, obesity accounts for 7.7% of all Medicare spending and 10.3% of Medicaid spending in Ohio.
The damage is too great to ignore. We’ve got to stop obesity in our state.
Buckeyes Battle the Bulge
What is obesity? It is a medical condition characterized by a body mass index (BMI = weight in pounds x 703 / [height in inches]2 ) above that which is healthy for a person of a given height and build. The only way to a better BMI is to lose excess weight.
Happily, mere weight loss is easy to accomplish. The math is simple: When a person takes in fewer calories than his or her body needs, weight loss occurs. Some of us can make the math work through sheer willpower. However, willpower alone isn’t the cure for obesity.
Obesity is not a weakness of character. Obesity is a disease — a medical condition that requires medical treatment centering on a complete change in the patient’s lifestyle and eating habits. For most obese people, support groups, medically-supervised diets, and education are the ideal therapy for obesity. But for dangerously obese patients, weight loss surgery may be the only useful treatment.
About Weight Loss Surgery
Weight loss surgery works by surgically altering the patient’s stomach and, in some cases, the digestive tract, to limit the amount of food the patient can eat. The patient is placed under general anesthesia; then, the surgeon performs a laparoscopic procedure to physically alter the stomach and/or bowel of the patient, greatly reducing their holding capacity. These alterations force the patient to take in fewer calories each day than his or her body burns, resulting in the loss of excess weight.
But surgery only works as part of a total medical treatment plan. It is not a magical cure. Patients who fail to follow the recommended treatment plan after surgery—which often includes counseling, as well as dietary changes—may regain any weight lost.
Is bariatric surgery for everyone? It is not. Each individual case is unique, and only by consulting with one’s physician regarding the risks and possible outcomes of surgery in a given case can an informed decision regarding weight loss surgery be made.
The Battle Begins
Buckeyes are not known for backing down in the face of trouble – and we can’t back down now. Ohio can win the war on obesity. By treating this disease as a disease, we can make our state a happier, better, and more beautiful place to be.
Craig B. Thompson
Obesity – the condition of weighing more than is deemed medically healthy – is a health crisis in Nebraska. In fact, 63% of adults in Nebraska — seven out of every ten Nebraskan men and more than half of Nebraskan women – are overweight or obese. The state’s adult obesity rate increased in 2008 for the third year in a row. Rates of type 2 diabetes, a disease typically associated with obesity, increased in Nebraska again, as well.
We also have the undesirable distinction of being the least active people in the country, ranking 50th among the 50 states in fitness. And, our kids are suffering, too: 12 percent of Nebraska’s children age 10-17 are overweight, according to a 2005 survey by the Data Resource Center on Child and Adolescent Health. As if that weren’t enough, obesity is even hitting our pocketbooks. The cost to our taxpayers for dealing with obesity-related illnesses is a staggering $454 million per year!
The facts are clear. Obesity is killing our state – physically and financially. Obviously, something has to be done. But what?
Facing the Crisis
Healthy weight is calculated not in terms of poundage, but in terms of individual body mass index (BMI). BMI is calculated as weight in pounds x 703 / (height in inches)2
A person whose BMI is at least 25 is considered overweight; someone with a BMI of 30+ is medically obese.
There is no easy road to beating obesity. For some of us, willpower is enough to maintain a healthy diet and activity level. Others try losing weight via drugstore-paperback-type diets or so-called weight-loss pills. Neither is a realistic long-term solution to the problem. For most obese people, the best option is a medically-supervised program of gradual weight loss my means of dietary and lifestyle modification. Sadly, however, some obesity cases are too far advanced for this to work.
Fortunately, another option exists: Weight Loss surgery (also known as bariatric surgery).
Surgical weight loss is a proven remedy for severe obesity and obesity-related health problems for individuals with a BMI of 35 or higher. By physically altering a patient’s stomach so that they can eat only small amounts of food at any given time, these surgeries enable the patient to lower their daily caloric intake and lose weight.
The surgery itself is only the beginning, however. Patients who fail to follow postoperative instructions may regain the weight they lost or reach a weight-loss plateau over time.
Weight loss surgery is a serious medical procedure that exposes the patient to low but significant risks. There is always the possibility of major postoperative complications, including anemia, ulcers, internal hernias, calcium deficiencies and gallstone. And, the decision to undergo most types of weight loss surgery is generally irrevocable. Those considering surgery for the management of obesity should consult with their physician before making a decision.
Let’s Do It!
Nebraskans can face this crisis, but only as a team. By keeping the goal of a healthier Cornhusker State in mind, we can overcome the problems caused by widespread obesity. Let’s do it!
Craig B. Thompson
Most diabetics already know that there is some confusion concerning the most appropriate diet for the diabetic. They also know there is no single dietary program that fits all people.
This problem only gets worse as there is conflicting dietary advice from so-called experts in this field. As well, the media often reports incomplete information from medical papers, which only adds to the confusion.
It is true that refined white sugar and products containing it are not helpful for the diabetic because of the instantaneous absorption of this substance into the blood as glucose. But there is more to a diet than just sugar considerations.
Some claims have been made of type 2 diabetes being cured through diet alone. The diabetic associations worldwide, however, are resolute that no cure for diabetes exists today. There is no diet to prevent type 2 diabetes!
Christian Roberts of the University of California undertook research into diet and diabetes and found that in 50% of those who followed a diet based on Pritikin principles, the type 2 diabetes symptoms were reversed. Managing type 2 diabetes with a low carb diet could work very well.
The regime for this study had participants exercising for one hour every day. They were also given a diet that was based on vegetables and whole grains with a only little animal protein eaten.
Another small study in the USA concluded that high fibre diets assisted in keeping blood glucose levels low.
Low Fat, Carbohydrate-based Diet
There is controversy over the dietary recommendations being offered by the diabetic associations both in the UK and the US. Their current advice is for diabetics to follow a low fat, carbohydrate-based diet despite what appears to be fairly compelling evidence to the contrary.
The problem in deciding what represents a safe diet, whether for diabetics or not, is in knowing which research to trust. Most research has an agenda. It may be that the research is being sponsored by a drug company to prove the benefits of a particular drug treatment. It may be that the research is undertaken by someone who is simply setting out to prove a theory. There is too little research that is truly independent and undertaken without prejudice to the outcome.
It has been recommended that an Atkins-type diet, high in fat and protein and low in carbohydrate, is the most suitable for a diabetic. It would certainly seem logical that restricting carbohydrates would help to prevent elevated glucose levels in the blood stream. There could well be consistency between low blood sugar and the Atkins diet. Proponents of the Atkins diet claim that cholesterol levels are not adversely affected by this diet regime. Of course there are contrary views.
Diabetics should understand that each person has his own individual metabolism and physiology. What may be a healthy diet for one person might very well be life threatening for another. Diets for type 1 diabetes should never me mixed with diet plans for type 2 diabetes.
A diet centered around healthy proteins such as white meat and fish, vegetables, natural carbohydrates, salads and fruit as well as monounsaturated fat supplemented by the essential fatty acids is a good starting point. Once this is established there is no reason why, under controlled conditions, individuals should not try introducing whole grains to see what effect they have on their glucose levels. In this way diabetics can evaluate for themselves what represents a healthy diet.
Why is there so much talk about pond liners? Which ones are UV protected, or stronger, or last longer? I am by no means an expert on liner technology, nor have I ever used them in my 26 years of designing and building waterfalls. If you’re a “liner guy” disciple, I’m sure you’re thinking, “Oh no, here he goes.” To tell the truth, I have been minding by own business for over two decades, just watching, reading and listening to all the “experts.”
I’ve listened to how “pond liners are simple to install,” and “pond liners are inexpensive compared to concrete and steel,” and “pond liners are quick to install.” Or “pond liners last for 50 years,” “pond liners bring higher profits to pond construction and waterfall construction,” and “liners don’t contaminate the water with alkali as does concrete construction.” Yes, I’ve almost sold myself on listening to the facts of the “experts.” Well, not quite, due to a few facts of my own.
So, a pond liner is guaranteed for 40 to 50 years? I would have to agree with that, as long as you leave it in its box the whole time. Too bad a liner manufacturer’s warranty doesn’t include damage from gophers, ground squirrels, chipmunks, rats or mice. Or tree, plant and weed roots. Or from stretching and punctures in the liner due to heavy rocks and other sharp objects. Startling fact: a puncture only the size of a pin hole can cause a pond to lose one drip per second, or 5 gallons in just 24 hours. That’s a pin hole, not a hole made by a pair of buck teeth on a burrowing mammal.
Imagine along with me for a minute. You have spent $350 on a pond design and then $8,000 of your hard-earned money for a pond and waterfall. This water feature is impressive. They dug a big hole, piled up some dirt at one end, draped a large rubber liner over the whole thing, and placed giant boulders all around the fish pond and on the dirt mound. Smaller rocks fill in between the boulder and additional rocks cover the liner in the pond. Now, it’s two years later and you’ve just come home from a two-week vacation to find the pond half empty (or half full, if you’re a positive person).
There must be a leak! How did this happen? Where is it? No problem, you think, I remember the salesman’s pitch: “If you should ever get a leak, just clean off the area around the hole, dry it off, and using the directions enclosed in the patching kit, apply this patching material.” But there’s only one problem: Where is the leak? or leaks? How do I find them? And if I do find them, and I’m successful in patching them up, what’s to keep it from leaking again?
Okay, I’m going to snap my fingers and you’ll wake up. “Snap!” Surprise! That was only a mental exercise with a happy ending. It wasn’t real! Or was it? Yes, it was. The short story you just heard was true. One out of every eight projects we do involves replacing the leaky liner for an angry fish pond/leaky liner owner.
Why am I finally speaking up now, after 26 years and well over 1,900 waterfalls and fish ponds? Because I’m angry, too! Not at the “liner guy” who sells the pond liners, but at his disciples around the country who are bragging how much money they make in just one or two days. I’m not upset at the fact that they make in two days what takes me six to seven days to make in constructing my fish ponds of rebar and 3000 psi concrete.
My ire stems from having to charge $8,000 to replace a $6,000 liner pond that lasted only two years. (A pond liner with padding didn’t stop a tree root which traveled 25 feet to do its destructive work.) For only an additional 16% in cost, that client could still be enjoying his original pond, stress-free, for his lifetime and that of his children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The main features touted by pond liner promoters are simplicity, low cost, quick installation, and extremely high profits. In an article published in his catalog/magazine of liners and accessories, the “liner messiah” has obviously taught his disciples well, as you can read in this excerpt:
“If you hire us to install your pond, you get a choice of buying it with or without a stream. We offer no other choices! The pond we build covers an area of 11 by 16 feet, has a maximum depth of 2 feet, and a beautiful waterfall. We’ll build your pond in one day. The basic pond costs $5,100 and if you want to connect the falls with a stream, you’re looking at an extra $1,000. That’s it. End of story. No mas.”
That’s what Ernie Selles, president of Patio Ponds and disciple of the “liner guy,” said. Another quote from Ernie in the same catalog is, “I get out of bed every morning and look forward to going to work in a way that I never had before.” I noticed he didn’t mention how well he slept.
Let’s do the math on Ernie’s installation. The pond, stream, and waterfall cost is $6,100. The actual retail cost of the kit is only $1,000. $5,100 profit for only one day of labor. Notice: unlike our package, they offer no lights, no autofill, and the pond is only two feet deep. Yet three feet minimum are required for koi fish. A two foot pond affords no protection from predators such as raccoons and herons, and the shallow depth is affected easily by rapid temperature changes, causing undue stress on the pond’s inhabitants. They do not like to construct ponds over two feet deep, because they are more susceptible to cave-ins.
We would build the same pond with a depth ranging from 3 to 3 ½ feet, with no shallows for dining predators. It is constructed of rebar 18 inches on center with a shell of 3000 psi concrete (sidewalks and driveways are typically 2000 psi). This 7 sack, 60% pea with fiber mix is so dense that it’s waterproof. However, we still coat it with ThoroSeal. The pond is equipped with two anti-vortex bottom suction drains, a skimmer to remove surface debris, and an out-of-pond pump that produces 5000 gallons per hour at only 2.6 amps, compared to the liner guy’s pumps which are only 4200 gallons per hour at 7.6 amps – over twice the cost of energy! In addition, you have to pull his heavy cast iron monster pump out of the water to clean out debris.
We would also include a state of the art Aqua Ultraviolet filter and UV light – the best money can buy. The liner guy’s filter needs to be disassembled in order to clean it by hand. The Ultima II filter requires the simple turn of a handle to back flush the debris. This system has been operational in my water features for six years with no problems. We include an ultraviolet light in our system that kills the bacteria that create smells, kills pathogens that cause disease and algae spores that turn the water green. This light has a wiper arm that cleans the internal lens without the need to open the light.
We also offer an automatic electronic water level control system, the “AquaFill” by Aquamedia Corp.com that keeps the water level of the pond constant. Pond liner installers use floats that are mechanical like the float in a toilet tank. Mechanical fillers can corrode and stick, causing overflows and even poisoning the fish with excess chlorinated water. However, the AquaFill does not stick or corrode.
Not only are all our ponds designed a minimum of three feet deep, we build caves for the turtles and fish to hide in. With pond liner construction, rocks cannot be cemented to the liner and consequently many are loose, creating a hazard if someone were to step on them. Kids will be kids and I promise they will eventually be running up and down the falls. We have no loose rock because they are all cemented in place with Aquamedia Mortar Mix, which is not only three times stronger than regular mortar, it is very dense. As a result, alkali will not leach out into the water and create a pH problem. Regular mortar mix is porous and water passes through the joints of the rock, carrying with it cement residue. This in turn creates stain trails high in pH, easily poisoning the fish.
In conclusion, as an educated customer, would you pay $6,100 for a rubber pond liner or spend the same amount or a little more to get a shell made of concrete and steel that not only would never leak, but would last for decades. So what are we as contractors looking for? Exorbitant profits or peace of mind with long-term, happy clients?
It is more enjoyable for me to get a call eight years down the road from a content client than to get a complaint of a leaky pond. What does the “liner guy” disciple say? “Sorry, we only have a one year warranty”? Or do they go back and remove all the rocks, pull out the pond liner, clean it, repair the leaks, and replace all the rocks and equipment at no cost? Liners or professional installations?
You say pond liners are professionally installed.
Then why is the very same liner kit sold to homeowners and do-it-yourselfers? The reason is, it doesn’t take an experienced professional to install one.
All you need is “a garden hose and a shovel”!
Look before you leap, and ponder before you weep. Happy koi, peace and joy.
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As the economy continues its downward spiral, is it hitting you where it really hurts…your waistline? I bet many of you are thinking about your wallet and only your wallet, which makes a lot of sense. After all, there’s a lot of uncertainty out there. But now is not the time to forget about yourself and the success of your weight loss program.
USA Today recently had an article in April that discussed the detrimental effects these stressful economic times can have on your diet and overall health. In it, many of the hardworking people interviewed said the added pressure of the dwindling economy wrecked havoc on their diets, and left many grabbing for the nearest candy bar to comfort their wallet woes. Now, several months later, things have only gotten worse and I’m afraid that those of you who may have stuck to your plans of wanting to lose fat and Lose Inches may have succumbed to the sugary temptations that are out there.
That’s OK. If you have, there’s no need to panic. But now is the time to get back to it! If you had a previous goal to lose 30 pounds, but it seems too far out of reach, why not adjust your diet plan to lose 25 pounds, or even 20. If you still want to aim high, by all means do, but also be aware of the fact that many of those fad diets out there are almost begging you to fail so that you’ll keep coming back and paying for more. And odds are you can no longer afford a diet plan that doesn’t make a return on its investment.
The cost of obesity in the United States was more than 117 billion in 2000, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That number is likely much higher now, but don’t let the stresses of the economy take advantage over things money can never touch—your own personal health and wellbeing. If you find that you’re still struggling to make Weight Loss ends meet, a Supervised Weight Loss plan might be a more effective route to take.
As always, keep your heads up. Although the economy may be down, find strength in yourself by empowering your personal weight loss goals. You can’t control the American markets, but you can have complete control over your weight loss!
What is the LA weight loss system? In this article I will give you a quick over view of how the LA weight loss system works.
The system is based around Weight Loss centers, where you visit on a planned schedule and get advice and a weight loss program planned for you. The program will focus on reducing calorie intake by recommending nutrition bars and supplements. You will have a counselor who will even look into your behavior and outlook when it comes to food and dieting.
The problem with the system is that it is very much focused on selling. That’s right, they recommend all the nutrition bars and supplements they can, so you purchase them. They will tell you this products are a essential part of the diet so you have no choice but to buy them or the system just wont work.
If you but their products in bulk you will get a discount but the total cost can cost up to $1000. The so called counselors are not all trained diet and nutrition experts but just previous LA weight loss system users now employed to sell products for a commission.
From the information I have gained recently the level of expertise across the centers can vary very much. Some counselors are more qualified than others, if at all. The main thing to understand is that the system is very expensive compared to programs that are just as good on the market.
Sometimes people are fooled that if it costs a lot it must be great system – not with the LA weight loss system.
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Does LA weight loss really work? This might be something your looking into because you think you have tried every weight loss product on the market. You may or may not know that there are around 900 LA weight loss centers across the world. It is fast becoming a very popular form of weight loss, as I will explain.
LA weight loss really focuses on using real foods found at supermarkets and even takeaways! It concentrates on calorie intake and portion sizes of meals. Most diets these days focus on calorie counting which LA diets do not. Trained personnel at each center will interview you, your needs will be assessed to come up with a program suited to you.
Your probably thinking how does this diet work? The plan is divided into three sections.
1. The weight loss section.
2. The stabalizaton section.
3. The sustain and balance section.
The weight loss section will be the period it takes for you to reach your ideal weight. In this period you will be given focused meal plans that contain 1100 to 1800 calories for each day. These diets are usually around 45% carbohydrates, 35-40% protein and the rest made up from fat. The food contained in these diet plans will be healthy, well planned and formulated.
It’s not just what you eat, but also the exercise you participate in. During the stabilization period you will meet a counselor and review your progress. This is usually over a six week period. The LA dieting plan will allow you to lose weight correctly and the most important in a healthy manner.
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