Saturday, 24 June 2017

The Truth About Factory Farms Infographic!

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The vast majority of the food produced in the United States comes from industrial-sized confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). Ironically, there’s a good chance you haven’t seen one – they are typically hidden from public view, and their operators don’t want you to see what’s really going on out of fear that you would turn away in disgust at the thought of eating their “food”.
But it doesn’t take much to see that the modern industrial system of meat and poultry production exerts serious toll on animal welfare, the environment, and human health. If these things don’t merit a prompt call to action, then I don’t know what will.

The First Victim: Livestock

In this infographic, I’ve provided a picture of what happens to chickens, pigs, and cattle in factory farms under factory-farm conditions. For starters, hundreds of millions of male chicks are killed each year upon hatching because they will not grow up to lay eggs!
Disease is rampant among these CAFO animals: they live in cramped and unsanitary living conditions, a natural consequence of raising animals in unbelievable numbers.
It is just as highly disturbing how CAFO animals are routinely administered a variety of drugs, including antibiotics. They’re given drugs whether they’re sick or well, because it’s important to keep as many of them as possible alive until it’s time for slaughter.
And what is the result of routinely giving antibiotic to the animals? Significant growth boosts, a purely a financial motive – larger fatter animals equal higher profits.

Waste and Pollution on a Massive Scale

Raising tens of thousands of animals in one facility translates to a load of waste. Animal manure is traditionally regarded as an important fertilizer when produced on a much smaller scale, but it has become one of the most polluting substances in the country.
When this waste is produced in massive quantities, it becomes hazardous. But another irony lies here: federal legislature forbids animal waste from being defined as “hazardous.”
According to a report of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production (IFAP), the annual production of manure produced by CAFOs exceeds that produced by humans by at least three times. Animal waste in such volumes may go beyond the capacity of the land to absorb the nutrients and attenuate pathogens.
Factory farm runoff also carries the following:
  • Hormones and antibiotics such as Tylosin: A widely used antibiotic for disease treatment and growth promotion in swine, beef cattle, and poultry production. Tylosin decays rapidly in the environment but can still be found in surface waters of agricultural watersheds
  • Heavy metals: Especially zinc and copper, added as micronutrients to the animal diet
  • Pesticides: Which are used to control insect infestations and fungal growth
Typically stored in massive “lagoons,” the waste often converts to rivers of waste that flow from CAFOs to the surrounding environment. This infographic will show you specific cases of environmental pollution and damage brought about by waste from factory farms.

The Adverse Effects on Human Health

CAFOs serve as breeding grounds for disease not just among animals, but also the farm workers and the rest of us. Feeding livestock continuous, low-dose antibiotics create an environment conducive to widespread disease proliferation.
Antibiotic-resistant disease is particularly concerning. Among the many resistant pathogens, today is Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA, which has so far been responsible for more than 94,000 infections and 18,000 deaths in the US each year.
A lesser-known issue is the antibiotic-laden manure from CAFOs contaminating the rest of your food supply. This means that even your lettuce may contain antibiotics.

Move Toward Organically Raised, Drug-Free, Grass-Fed or Pastured Animal Products

It is likely that these grim realities of the food supply will continue for a long time, as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to impose stricter regulations on CAFOs. What the FDA simply does is ask food producers to voluntarily limit their use of certain antibiotics.
Don’t let yourself, the animals, and the environment bear the brunt.
The best possible way to avoid CAFO products is to support small family farms in your area, specifically organic farms that respect the laws of nature and create synergistic, self-supporting, non-polluting, non-GMO ecosystems.
This infographic will also let you in on organizations you can go to if you want to know more about this cause.
It’s time for you to decide on what type of food system you’re willing to support. After all, knowing the source of your food is a critical aspect of taking control of your health.

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Friday, 23 June 2017

The Heart Disease Rates of Meat-Eaters Versus Vegetarians & Vegans. The #1 Killer In The US!

Please be advised that there are multiple, heavily soured articles at the bottom of this one with a wealth of information about vegetarian/vegan diets. Please check them out if you’re interested and want to further your research.
Proper nutrition is essential for good health, and it’s disturbing how little doctors learn about it in medical school. As a result, they are unable to educate their patients on how to use nutrition to improve their health, or they offer advice based on science paid for by food corporations. The studies in this area are also not as strong as they could be, and that’s simply because they modern day medical industry is very invested in chemical medication.
The scientific literature these corporations use to indoctrinate us from an early age has been exposed as fraudulent, as countless studies have emerged showing the many problems with the modern day diet, which is the generally accepted diet. The problems with mass marketing and the manipulation of science require serious attention. After all, what exactly are we supposed to think when multiple editors-in-chief of peer-reviewed journals come out and blatantly say most of the research published these days is completely false? What are we supposed to think when new publications constantly offer a different narrative than the ones presented by major food corporations?
A recent FOIA investigation actually uncovered documents that show how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) manipulates media and science press. This is hardly a surprise, as government agencies have long been involved with media manipulation, and several mainstream media journalists and news anchors have revealed this fact time and time again.
So, have we been completely misguided about nutrition and human nutritional requirements, which is why it’s so great to see more and more people becoming aware of this fact and taking their health into their own hands. It’s not a mystery why disease rates keep rising. While there are multiple factors at play here, the evidence points to mass meat consumption as a major one.

A Healthy Heart and How It Relates to Diet

Studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.”
From a scientific/biological perspective, the benefits of a meatless diet are inarguable. It makes one wonder why there is such a harsh resistance to this lifestyle. Skeptics will often point to the theory that we’ve been doing it this way for thousands of years, but that’s not true. Many experts in that field have repeatedly argued that our ancestral diets  were mostly plant-based, that meat was a ‘rare treat,’ and that our digestive systems aren’t really built for digesting meat on a daily basis.  Some of our ancestors had, as anthropologist Katherine Milton describes them, “different yet successful diets.” She says  some hunter-gatherer societies obtained almost all of their dietary energy from plants, and others obtained it from “wild animal fat and protein,” but that “does not imply that this is the ideal diet for modern humans, nor does it imply that modern humans have genetic adaptations to such diets.” 
An article by Rob Dunn written for Scientific American titled “Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians” explores this issue from an evolutionary perspective, revealing how our guts might be evolved to perform best on a vegetarian diet, with perhaps the occasional piece of meat here and there as a rare treat.
The point is, it’s not all cut and dry like we’ve been made to believe.
There are many aspects to good health, and a vegan/vegetarian diet has proven to have benefits in several different areas. It’s particularly notable when we look at heart health. The number one cause for death in the United States, it is directly impacted by diet.

“Our standard American diet, also known as SAD, has put our country at the top of the list in the world for obesity, which increases the risk for serious health problems. Overwhelming scientific evidence links the consumption of meat and meat products to numerous diseases. . . . The World Health Organization (WHO) now places red and processed meat at the same danger level as cigarettes and asbestos. Meat is the new tobacco.”
– Dr. Joanne Kong

Take a look at the graphic below regarding heart disease, the number one killer of Americans today. The risk of death from heart disease is significantly lower in vegetarians, and even lower in vegans.
Even the American Dietetic Association has weighed in with a position paper, concluding that “appropriately planned vegetarian diets, including total vegetarian or vegan diets, are healthful, nutritionally adequate, and may provide health benefits in the prevention and treatment of certain diseases.”
These diseases include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.
There is a lot of science to back this up now, so much so that even the President of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Kim A. Williams, has adopted a vegan diet. Talk about heart health…
He often sees patients who are overweight and struggling with hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol. One of the things he advises them to do specifically is to go vegan. He is also the Chairman of Cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. His enthusiasm for a planet-based diet comes from his interpretation of medical literature, having cited several studies proving that people who pursue vegetarian diets live longer than meat eaters and have lower rates of death from heart disease, diabetes, and kidney problems.
It’s great to see more and more professionals realize this, as the science shows that a vegan/vegetarian diet can halt and even reverse multiple diseases.
Research carried out by Dr. Dean Ornish, who found that patients who were put on a program that included a vegetarian diet had less coronary plaque and fewer cardiac events, is also commonly cited.
And there’s plenty more where that came from.

Another heart surgeon who has done a lot for awareness, Dr. Ellsworth Wareham, explains:
“Veganism is a very fine form of nutrition. It’s a little extreme to tell a person who is using flesh foods that you’re going to take everything entirely away from them. When I was in practice in medicine, I would tell the patients that the vegetable-based diet was the healthy way to go, and to keep away from the animal products as much as possible. People are very sensitive about what they eat. You can talk to people about exercising  relaxation, good mental attitude and they will accept that. But you talk to them about what they are eating and people are very sensitive about that. If an individual is willing to listen, I will try to explain to them on a scientific basis of how I think it’s better for them.”
This trend is inciting further scientific inquiry as its popularity grows. At least 542,000 people in Britain now follow a vegan diet — up from 150,000 in 2006 —  and another 521,000 vegetarians hope to reduce their consumption of animal products. It is evident that veganism has become one of the fastest growing lifestyle choices.
One of the most comprehensive studies ever performed on this subject is “The China Study,” conducted by Drs. T. Colin Campbell and Thomas Campbell. Their findings showed direct correlations between nutrition and heart-disease, diabetes, and cancer, proving that cultures that eat primarily plant-based diets have lower to no instances of these diseases and that switching to a plant-based diet can successfully reverse diseases already established in the body.

The Common Criticisms of This Type of Lifestyle Change

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.”
– Carl Sagan
The problem with many of the truths we hold as universal, not just about nutrition, but all aspects of our world, is that we’ve been bombarded with beliefs from biased sources for years and then accepted those believes as truth. And when someone believes something for a long enough time, if they encounter information that conflicts with that belief system, they do everything in their power to defend it. It’s called cognitive dissonance, and it’s why it can be extremely difficult to talk to a meat-eater about the benefits of veganism/vegetarianism.
The bottom line is, humans do not require meat, and a vegan/vegetarian diet, or a diet severely restricted in meat consumption, is a far healthier option.
This growing awareness is part of a shift in human consciousness that’s taking place on several different levels. Transparency is emerging within not only the food industry, but our health industry, the financial industry, our political systems, and more. We are finally learning that the truth regarding so many different topics has been skewed. 

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Pets Help in Hospitals, But Safety May Be Lacking!

Pets Help in Hospitals, But Safety May Be Lacking

A visit from a golden retriever can brighten a person's day when in the hospital or in a senior-care facility. But the policies for pet therapy programs in health care facilities may fall short in protecting the people and pets involved, a new study suggests.
Researchers found that hospitals typically had stricter health and safety policies for animal-visitation programs than eldercare facilities did. Those facilities tended to have fewer requirements to confirm that visiting pets were healthy and had up-to-date immunizations, for example. The findings were published online (June 19) in the American Journal of Infection Control.
The facilities surveyed didn't always have strong policies in place to ensure that their animal therapy programs were safe and effective for both the participants and the visiting animals, said veterinarian Deborah Linder, the lead author of the study and associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction at Tufts University in North Grafton, Massachusetts.

People at health care facilities often assume that therapy-animal organizations have liability insurance, strong training programs for the animals, and testing standards for both the animals and their handlers, as well as rigorous health and grooming requirements for the animals, Linder told Live Science. But the new findings show that this is not always the case, she said.
Previous studies have shown that animal therapy programs can have several health benefits: They may reduce participants' blood pressure, improve mood and calm people with dementia.
Even though these positive effects usually exceed any potential dangers posed by the animals, pet therapy programs can carry some risks, the researchers said. Not everyone likes animals, some people are allergic to them, and some pets may bite or transmit disease to individuals with weakened immune systems, according to the study authors.
Another drawback is that although animal visitation programs have become increasingly popular in the United States, there are no national requirements for therapy-animal organizations that provide the services or the facilities that host the animals.
To find out more about these policies and procedures, the researchers conducted two surveys: one of hospitals and senior care facilities and a second of the therapy-animal organizations that arrange the visits. Using phone or email, the researchers contacted 45 hospitals, 45 eldercare facilities (independent-living communities, assisted-living centers and nursing care facilities) and 27 therapy-animal organizations from nine states in different regions of the country.
The researchers found that 16 percent of hospitals and 40 percent of eldercare facilities required written confirmation that the therapy animal was healthy, while 4 percent of hospitals and 22 percent of eldercare facilities accepted a verbal confirmation of the pet's health. In addition, 4 percent of hospitals and 22 percent of eldercare facilities surveyed had no requirements for documentation of the animals' health, the study found.
Only 7 percent of a facilities required that an animal and its handler meet with a facility administrator before interacting with any patients so the administrator can assess the appropriateness of the animal's behavior.
Pet therapy programs may allow participants to walk or play with the animals or let the pets sit on their laps. But the study found that 26 percent of the programs did not require that the animals have a veterinary exam, and 7 percent did not even require visiting pets to have rabies vaccinations.
This study is not meant to discourage facilities from developing and holding animal visitation programs, Linder said. But she encouraged the facilities to ask questions and create policies that safeguard themselves, their residents and the participating animals.
Health care facilities and animal therapy organizations can put animals and people at risk by failing to follow strict health and safety policies, Linder said. She said she doesn't believe lax policies are intentional, but instead may result from an enthusiasm for pet therapy programs and limited awareness of the potential risks.
It's not just that obvious problems can occur, such as animal bites and allergies, Linder said. Risks can also arise from a visiting animal spreading infections due to diet or inadequate grooming, she said. Problems may even arise because unwanted stress placed on the animals from participating in the program leads to behavioral issues, she explained.
For example, a new trend among pet owners is feeding animals a "raw meat diet." But raw meat may be contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella, and if pet therapy animals have consumed this meat, they could pose a risk to people in health care facilities who have weakened immune systems, Linder said.
Checking on health and safety policies can cover everything from asking about rabies vaccinations and ensuring the visiting animal's temperament is suitable for a pet visitation program to confirming annual veterinary screenings and the training received by the therapy animal and the volunteer handler. Linder also recommended asking the animal therapy organization about its liability insurance coverage as well as how often it tests and evaluates the therapy animal and volunteer handler.
Some animal therapy organizations have rigorous standards for their programs, but this study shows that not all of them have the same standards, Linder noted.
If facilities and organizations want to develop an animal visitation program, Tufts Paws for People, the veterinary school's therapy animal program, has created a free manual that offers step-by-step instructions for creating one, including appropriate questions to ask before hosting the activity, Linder said.
Originally published on Live Science.

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Couple Eats Food Maximum 3 Times A Week & Uses Breath & ‘Universal Energy’ For Sustenance!

Breatharianism is a controversial topic, mainly because it calls into question virtually everything we have been taught to believe about what it takes to stay alive. We need food, we need nutrients, and we need water to survive — don’t we? According to breathariansim, we don’t, and the Universe can provide us with all the energy we need to sustain ourselves through the breath.
Some brilliant minds do believe it’s possible, however, including Nikola Tesla. In 1901, he made the following argument:
My idea is that the development of life must lead to forms of existence that will be possible without nourishment and which will not be shackled by consequent limitations.  Why should a living being not be able to obtain all the energy it needs for the performance of its life functions from the environment, instead of through consumption of food, and transforming, by a complicated process, the energy of chemical combinations into life-sustaining energy? (source)
This concept might sound crazy to some, but the more I think about it, the more it starts to make sense. The practice of fasting has been gaining a lot of traction in the Western world over the past several years. Intermittent fasting — restricting the eating period to an 8-10 hour window — has been increasing in popularity within the health and fitness communities and tons of research is emerging to show the benefits of prolonged fasting periods. There simply must be something to this. Fasting, however, is a whole different ballgame than not eating entirely.

Firsthand Look At A Breatharian Couple

A husband and wife duo live what they call a “food free” lifestyle. Akahi Ricardo, 36, and Camila Castello, 34, who live between California and Ecuador, have said that they have actually forgotten what hunger feels like and believe that humans can be sustained solely by the “energy that exists in the universe and in themselves.”
A mother of two, Camilla continued her breatharian practice throughout her pregnancy. She claims to have only eaten solid foods about five times during the nine months that she was carrying her first child.
“Humans can easily be without food, as long as they are connected to the energy that exists in all things and through breathing. For three years, Akahi and I didn’t eat anything at all and now we only eat occasionally life if we’re in a social situation or I simply want to taste a fruit,” says Camilla.
“With my first child I practiced a Breatharian pregnancy. Hunger was a foreign sensation to me so I fully lived on light and ate nothing. My blood tests during all three trimesters were impeccable and I gave birth to a healthy, baby boy,” she continues.
The couple teaches courses on breatharianism and claim that their lifestyle has improved their health and their wealth, as the money they have saved on food has allowed them to travel and follow other passions.
According to Akahi, “Obviously our living costs are a lot less than most families and that has allowed us to spend money on things that really matter like travelling and exploring together. It’s given us a clear sense of what we want in life. Anyone can live a breatharian lifestyle and feel the benefits. It’s not about never eating food again, it’s about understanding cosmic nourishment, not just physical nourishment, and living without limits.”
The couple didn’t just decide to stop eating one day, however. They had both been vegetarians for a number of years, and then switched to veganism. After a period of time they transitioned to a raw vegan diet and then eventually switched to consuming only fruits. When they were ready to try out breatharianism, they undertook the “21 Day Breatharian Process.”
The process consists of three seven day increments. In the first segment, no food or drink is allowed. The next seven days consists of some water and some diluted juice, and the last seven is diluted juice and water.
It’s important to note that they do not force this lifestyle onto their children, and in fact allow their children to eat whatever they want. As Akahi said, “We would never try to change them and we let them eat whatever they want whether that be juices, vegetables, pizza or ice-cream. We want them to explore the different tastes and have a healthy relationship with food as they grow.”

One Example From a Growing Movement

While this story may seem unbelievable, this is just one example from a growing movement of individuals who practice breatharianism. Although you may not have heard of it before, it is certainly not a new practice; it’s just that more awareness has been raised around it in recent years. We have written about and covered stories of a few individuals who have gone months and in some cases years without any food or water.
This is something that baffles scientists, as it goes directly against everything we have been taught to believe. It showcases just how remarkable the human body really is and also brings into question whether all the food we eat on a daily basis is even necessary. We certainly consume a lot. Is it better to consume food, even if it’s not healthy for us, than no food at all? We all tend to lean towards the former because of what we have been taught to believe.

Important Information

I do not suggest anyone walk away from this article and stop eating altogether. This is a process, and takes time to develop. Our collective consciousness still largely believes we need food in order to survive. There are many steps that must be taken in order to get to this place of not needing food to eat. Take this information with a grain of salt and do your research. It is not for everyone.
On the flipside, do you have experience with fasting? Do you want to share any information that you have learned along the way? Please share with us in the comments section.
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Couple Eats Food Maximum 3 Times A Week & Uses Breath & ‘Universal Energy’ For Sustenance

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Night Owl or Early Riser? Sleep Patterns Can Vary by 10 Hours!

Many Women (and Docs) Are in the Dark on No. 1 Killer ― Heart Disease
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Can you name the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.? Nearly half of women can't, a new study finds — and that's a problem, researchers say.
The answer is heart disease. But 45 percent of women in the new study were unaware that this condition is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
About 400,000 women in the U.S. died from heart disease in 2016 — a number that's higher than deaths in women from all types of cancer combined, according to the study, published today (June 22) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [Heart of the Matter: 7 Things to Know About Your Ticker]
Can you name the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.? Nearly half of women can't, a new study finds — and that's a problem, researchers say.
The answer is heart disease. But 45 percent of women in the new study were unaware that this condition is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
About 400,000 women in the U.S. died from heart disease in 2016 — a number that's higher than deaths in women from all types of cancer combined, according to the study, published today (June 22) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Can you name the No. 1 killer of women in the U.S.? Nearly half of women can't, a new study finds — and that's a problem, researchers say.
The answer is heart disease. But 45 percent of women in the new study were unaware that this condition is the leading cause of death for women in the U.S.
About 400,000 women in the U.S. died from heart disease in 2016 — a number that's higher than deaths in women from all types of cancer combined, according to the study, published today (June 22) in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
When your spouse falls asleep early while you're still looking to extend the evening, don't get too annoyed: Your partner may just be yielding to his or her body's innate clock.
Everyone has his or her own sleep chronotype, the personal biological clock that controls the body's rhythms and dictates whether people feel their best early in the morning, late at night or somewhere in between. And now, new research reveals that these sleep rhythms can vary by as many as 10 hours among individuals.

Sleepchronotypes also shift during people's lifetimes, according to the study, published Wednesday (June 21) in the journal PLOS One.
"I was surprised to see the large range of 10 hoursat all age groups," Dorothee Fischer, a research fellow at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and leadauthor of the study, told Live Science."Extremely late and extremely early chronotypes exist at any age."
Fischer saidthe study's results show that work-shift schedules and school start times should shift to accommodate people's natural sleep patterns. For example, Rhode Island lawmakers are currently considering delaying school start times to accommodate adolescents’ later sleep patterns.
In the study, the researchers wanted to analyze the distribution of sleep chronotypes among the U.S. population. The investigators looked at self-reported data that was gathered from 2003 to 2014 from nearly 54,000 respondents, ages 15 to 64, who participated in a government survey called the American Time Use Survey.
The researchers defined each person's chronotype by the midpoint of the individual's sleep session: the halfway point between the time he or she nods off and the time the person wakes up. So, for an 8-hour night of sleep, if a person falls asleep at midnight and wakes at 8 a.m., that individual's sleep chronotype would be 4 a.m.
The team used data only from the weekends, when school or work shifts were less likely to impose wake times.
The researchers found that the overall distribution of sleep types formed a fairly predictable bell curve: 50 percent of the population had sleep midpoints fall between 2:24 a.m. and 4:15 a.m., while 25 percent of the sample showed sleep midpointsearlier than that windowand 25 percent showed midpoints after that window.
As many might expect, later sleep chronotypes were most common among teenagers, peaking in17-to 19-year-olds, who had an average chronotype, or midpoint of sleep, of 4:30 a.m. For comparison, the average midpoint of sleep in 60-year-olds was 3 a.m.
People's sleep patterns varied most widely from person to person during adolescence, with the biggest differences found among thosebetween the ages 15 and 25. As people age, differences in sleep patterns narrow, the study found.
Men and women also showed some differences, the research found. Before age 40, men typically have later chronotypes than women, then after age 40, men's biological clocks shift earlier than women's.
That people's inner clocks range so widely, by up to 10 hours, creates "botha challenge and opportunity in a 24/7 society," the authors wrote. Currently, 30 percent of the U.S. workforce have jobs that involve nighttime hours, or rotating or extended shifts, according to data from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey.
When people are scheduled to work during hours when they would normally be sleeping according to their biological clocks, their health can suffer. Working in shifts outside of normal hours has been linked to increased risks of obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart disease and even decline in brain function. Altering shift times to accommodate natural sleep patterns could benefit both employers and employees, Fisher said.
"Flexible working-time arrangements with core work hours can accommodate different chronotypes, maintain productivity and foster teamwork while increasing the period of [time] employees [are] present in the office," she told Live Science. "Earlier employees may prefer to start at 7 [a.m.], while later ones may like to start at 10 [a.m.], essentially staffing the time between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m."
As for naturally late-rising teenagers, Fischer said there is a solution: Push school start times an hour or two later.
"Delaying school start times may benefit adolescent sleep by increasing their sleep duration and circadian alignment," she said.

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Thursday, 22 June 2017

This 91-Year-Old Gymnast Proves That Age is Just a Number!

Johanna Quaas is far from your average grandma.
The lifelong German gymnast, 91, is still active, making her the oldest gymnast in the world as far as Guinness World Records is concerned. She set the record in 2012 (when she was 86) with a floor-and-beam routine on the set of Lo Show dei Record in Rome.
She's gone viral recently, wowing people with her impressive routines and proving that you're never too old to stay in tip-top shape.
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Makes about 6 cups
There are all sorts of variations for this process, but we use a Toddy T2N Cold Brew System. It's simple, relatively inexpensive, and easy to use. The following brew method is adapted from their instructions, and makes about 6 cups of cold brew coffee concentrate.
12 ounces fresh roasted coffee - ground slightly finer than you would for drip. I grind at setting 10 (of 40) on a Baratza Virtuoso, for reference.
7 cups cold, filtered water
Makes about 14 ounces
Creamer adapted from The First Mess
4 pitted dates
1 14-0z. can full fat coconut milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 tsp. sunflower oil (or other neutral oil that is a liquid at room temperature)
Fill - First, insert the stopper into the outside bottom of the brewing container; then, dampen the filter and insert it into the inside bottom of the brewing container.

Next, add 1 cup of water into the bottom of the Toddy brewing container and 6 ounces of ground coffee. Slowly pour 3 more cups of water over the grounds, in a circular motion. Then, add the remaining 6 ounces of ground coffee. Finally, wait 5 minutes and slowly add the last 3 cups of water. DO NOT STIR (stirring the bed of grounds can result in a clogged filter).

Lightly press down on the topmost grounds with the back of a spoon to ensure all grounds get wet.
Cover - lay a sheet of plastic wrap over the top of the grounds with as few air bubbles as reasonably possible. The idea here is to minimize the amount of oxygen interacting with the steeping slurry.

Brew - Steep your coffee grounds at room temperature for 12 to 24 hours to create a smooth, rich flavor.
Filter - Remove the plastic wrap and the stopper and let your coffee concentrate flow into the glass decanter - stays fresh for 1-2 weeks in your refrigerator.
Serve - Into a glass full of ice, we went with a ratio of 2 parts coffee (which is a concentrate) to 1 part water to 1 part creamer. Not super sweet or decadent, so you can adjust that based on your own mood.
If your dates are soft, move forward with the recipe. If they are a little dry or tough, soak them in boiling water to soften then drain completely.
In a high powered blender, run the dates, coconut milk, vanilla and oil until you have a smooth, thick liquid with minimal chunks of dates. Strain the creamer with a fine mesh strainer.
Into a glass full of ice, we went with a ratio of 2 parts coffee (which is a concentrate) to 1 part water to 1 part creamer. Not super sweet or decadent, so you can adjust that based on your own mood.

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