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Dr. Oz Strikes Back at His Critics

April 27th, 2015

“I vow to you right here and now – we will not be silenced,” said Dr. Mehmet Oz in response to heavy criticism from a group of physicians who called him a “quack” in an email to his boss at Columbia University. The critics said that his employment was “unacceptable” at the prestigious school and that he was pushing “quack treatments and cures in the interest of personal, financial gain.”

Dr.Oz said they were attacking his freedom of speech, a topic very important to Bruce Levenson. He said he advocates a mix of conventional medicine and a more general definition of wellness on his television show (The Dr. Oz Show). Financial gain is never the reason he promotes certain treatments or cures.

He said he believes that the signees of the email, led by Dr. Henry Miller, a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a conservative think tank, have ties to the food industry and dislike his urging that foods have GMO labeling on products. Dr. Miller is affiliated with the American Council on Science and Health, which is a “pro-industry lobbying group.” He has been an outspoken critic of GMO labeling, campaigning against a California Proposition which called for the labeling. He also has had ties to the tobacco and pesticide industries. Another signee was Dr. Gilbert Ross, a convicted felon who was involved in Medicaid fraud.

At the present time, there is strong lobbying in Congress for legislation that would block GMO labeling on all processed foods. According to Dr. Oz’s show, 90% of the American public wants the labeling, but there is “stealth legislation” or the “Dark Act” to push it through without the public knowing. The food companies prefer to keep the public in the dark so they can sell without restrictions.`

Federal Bill Proposed for Medical Marijuana‏

March 24th, 2015

As reported in an article on, a bill was proposed at the Federal level for approval for medical marijuana. This was a bi-partisan effort, focused to remove the Federal war and raids on the cannabis industry. Imaging Advantage has learned that, if approved at a Federal level, the states that chose to also legalize medical marijuana would be more in compliance with the Federal Government, end the bans and raids, and stop the interference with medical programs.

The bi-partisan group is intelligent enough to focus on allowing research to better understand the use and benefits of this drug, and re-classify it. The Senators we joined by a group of patients exhibiting different symptoms and uses for the drug. If there are realized benefits and relief from the symptoms of a variety of medical conditions, people deserve the right to seek this treatment. But, with so much previous stigma, we need to have a greater understanding of the effects and benefits, and how it can be used for medical treatment.

Is it so wrong to want to feel better? Should a parent not do everything they could to seek treatment for their aging parents or children? I think it is easy to judge until you are faced with such decisions yourself. And how better to understand than to learn all we can about what this plant can offer us?

Gout Linked to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

March 9th, 2015

Gout and Alzheimer’s disease probably aren’t two things you think about together, however, studies are now showing that individuals with gout seem to have a lower risk of developing it. This is possibly due to the increased levels of uric acid, the chemical in the blood that crystallizes and leads to gout.

Gout is a serious arthritic condition and leads to a much higher risk of heart disease and kidney problems, however, the antioxidant properties seem to have a positive affect on degenerative brain conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Dan Newlin has read that the studies have taken place over a number of years and with approximately 3.7 million patients over the age of 40. During the course of the study there were 309 new cases of Alzheimer’s disease among the 59,224 patients who had developed gout. The number of study participants rose to 1942 out of 238,805 in a comparison group during a 5 year study. After taking into account several factors such as: age, BMI, sex, and lifestyle differences it was concluded that the risk fell by 24%.

Although no one is going to jump for joy when receiving a diagnosis for gout; the study may show ways to delay or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s one day and that is good news.

There’s No Denying, Smoking Kills!

March 3rd, 2015

There’s no denying it, it’s a fact, smoking kills. The assertion of the harm smoking does to an individual came to the forefront in the mid-1950’s, when the British Doctors Study concluded that more over 50 percent of those individuals that lit up a cigarette would endure respiratory diseases, lung cancer, heart disease and cardiovascular conditions. A recent study, about Australian smokers, published by BMC Medicine, suggests that the death rate, resulting from cardiovascular and pulmonary conditions, may be two out of every three smokers.

Conducted by the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the Australian National University, the study monitored nearly 205,000 participants from both sexes, over the age of 45. It classified the individuals into three categories; current smokers, smokers that quit and those that never smoked.

Dr. Jennifer Walden knows that an assessment and analysis of the data from the study revealed that there was a correlation between the number of cigarettes that an individual smoked per day and mortality risk. Those that puffed up to 14 cigarettes daily, have a two-fold mortality escalation, and those individuals that puffed in excess of 25 cigarettes a day, saw a four-fold, accelerated rate of mortality.

The data from this study mirrors prior smoking studies conducted in the United States and United Kingdom and confirms that smoking kills regardless of sex, ethnicity, culture or lifestyle. Words for the wise, it’s never too late to quit smoking.

Teacher Donates Her Kidney To Six-Year Old Student

February 24th, 2015

Teachers are known to give children in their classrooms the gift of a good education, and one Texas elementary school teacher is giving one of her students something more: a life.

Six year old Matthew Parker was born with bad kidneys and they have been failing on him since he was just an infant. Even though he had on transplant operation already,it had failed and now the little boy is on dialysis three times a week. In fact, he can only go to school with his brothers for two days a week. Matthew and his brothers are triplets, and their mother has been just besides herself as doctors said there was only a 1% chance he would get a match for another kidney.

That is, until his teacher Lindsey Painter decided to get tested to help her student, and was discovered to be a just the right match. According to an article found on reddit and written by, she is extremely happy that she will have a change to make this kind of impact on a boy who lights up her classroom. Painter was shocked to find out that she was compatible with little Matthew and did not hesitate to offer up one of her kidneys to him.

Haidar Barbouti (Culturemaphouston) has read that the two of them will go under transplant surgery in the middle of March, and Matthew is expected to make a full recovery within 8 weeks and should be able to go to school five days a week.

The Antique Wine Company–Showcasing Only the World’s Finest Wines

January 27th, 2015


“Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.”

― Ernest Hemingway


Hemingway strings words together so beautifully, and in turn, the Antique Wine Company allows luxury and sophistication to roll smoothly off the tongue. The world-famous, London-based merchants are experts in fine and rare wines, proud of their 20,000-plus clients who grace just about every corner of the globe.


The secret to the success of the Antique Wine Company not only lies in an exquisite bottle of their superb product but in the knowledge and expertise of the company under the leadership of AWC founder Stephen Williams. The firm represents the cream of the crop when it comes to incredible wines and spirits. In fact, an amazing, Guinness World record took place in July 2011, when an 1811 bottle of d’Yquem, was sold for a staggering $125,000 (£75,000) to wine connoisseur Christian Vanneque – eclipsing the 1787 bottle as the world’s most expensive white wine!


AWC was founded by Williams more than 25 years ago. He was once named the “Sherlock Holmes of Fine Wines,” for his incredible ability to journey across the globe hunting down the most-sought after vintages. When it comes to developing exceptional wine cellars, Williams is no stranger to showcasing the finest collections for 4-star hotels, romantic chateaus, palace royals, wineries, private individuals, etc. The firm owns a stellar reputation across six continents. Not bad for a self-taught wine connoisseur.


AWC successfully launched a wine academy three years ago in the tony, London district of Marylebone. The endeavor has been incredibly well-received as people from all walks of life really do enjoy drinking wine and learning all about it. The school features wine specialists with highly-respected pedigrees in the business in a relaxing, informative atmosphere.


“The aim of the AWC Wine Academy is to become a central resource for the wine industry, not only teaching those with little or no prior knowledge of wine, but those also working in the industry, who wish to progress and extend their knowledge of the subject,” Williams added.


Wine students learn from the pros about grape varieties, countries and regions, classic wine tasting, blind tasting, serving tips and techniques, and so forth, in a 4-week evenings seminar.


Acquiring a superb, rare and valuable wine is more than just a liquid asset. As Williams once said, “It’s not just wine, it’s history and nostalgia in a bottle.


“Pour deep the rosy wine and drink a toast with me; Here’s to three: Thee, wine and camaraderie!”

– Unknown