When We Tell Stories, People Listen: Empowering You To Live Healthy Long Lives

Best Foods To Sleep Well

close up photography of woman sleeping
Photo by bruce mars on Pexels.com

Eating the right foods can help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake feeling refreshed.

Four main vitamins and minerals that can be found in food that aid in promoting sleep:

1. Tryptophan

2. Magnesium

3.  Calcium

4. B6. 

Tryptophan is an amino acid that when ingested gets turned into the neurotransmitter serotonin and then converted into the hormone melatonin.

Foods with tryptophan:

  • Dairy products (cheese, milk, low-fat yogurt)
  • Poultry (chicken, turkey)
  • Seafood (salmon, sardines, shrimp, halibut, cod, tuna)
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, sunflower, pumpkin, flax, sesame, cashews, peanuts)
  • Legumes (black beans, split peas, chickpeas, lima beans, kidney beans)
  • Fruits (bananas, avocado, apples, peaches)
  • Vegetables (broccoli, seaweed, spinach, turnip greens, asparagus, onions)
  • Grains (oats, corn, barley, rice, wheat)


magnesium and sleep


Magnesium is a natural relaxant that helps deactivate adrenaline. This mineral helps you fall and stay asleep.  Sources of magnesium are:

  • Dark leafy greens (collard greens, kale, baby spinach)
  • Nuts and seeds (almonds, cashews, pecans, pine nuts, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts)
  • Wheat germ
  • Fish (salmon, tuna, mackerel, halibut)
  • Soybeans
  • Banana
  • Avocados
  • Low-fat yogurt


Calcium is another mineral that helps the brain make melatonin. A lack of calcium can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and have difficulty returning to sleep.

Sources of calcium include:

  • Dark leafy greens
  • Low-fat milk
  • Cheeses
  • Yogurt
  • Sardines
  • Fortified cereals
  • Soybeans
  • Fortified orange juice
  • Enriched breads and grains
  • Green snap peas
  • Okra
  • Broccoli

calcium and sleep

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 also helps convert tryptophan into melatonin. A deficiency in B6 has been linked with lowered serotonin levels, poor sleep, symptoms of depression and mood disorders which can lead to insomnia.

Highest sources of B6 are:

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pistachio nuts
  • Flaxseed
  • Fish (salmon, tuna, halibut)
  • Meat (tuna, lean pork, lean beef, chicken)
  • Dried Prunes
  • Bananas
  • Avocado
  • Spinach




Many of the vitamins and minerals that are on this list are there because they help aid in the production of turning serotonin into melatonin.

Foods which naturally contain melatonin include:

  • Fruits and vegetables (grapes, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, tart cherries, corn, asparagus, pomegranate, broccoli)
  • Grains (barley, rice, rolled oats)
  • Nuts and Seeds (walnuts, flaxseed, sunflower seeds, mustard seeds, peanuts)



Worst Foods and Drinks for Sleep

  • Foods and drinks that contain caffeine

  • Spicy foods
  • Alcohol
  • Foods high in fat 
  • Foods high in protein
  • Foods containing water (you’ll wake to use rest room)
  • Heavy meals before bedtime


Great Drinks for Sleep

Many drinks contain essential vitamins and minerals that help aid with sleep, including:

  • tea for sleepWarm milk
  • Almond milk
  • Valerian tea
  • Chamomile tea
  • Tart cherry juice
  • Passion fruit tea
  • Peppermint tea

More Foods To Help You Sleep Well


“Figs pack potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron,” says Jaclyn London, MS, RD, CDN, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

“These minerals help with blood flow and muscle contraction, which are key for falling asleep.” Besides crushing your dessert craving, each fig also packs some additional fiber that’ll keep you full.





It’s all in the name. Each 2-cup serving is half (you guessed it) water, which will hydrate you before bed and eliminate post-dinner hunger pains due to the fiber and volume.

Remember, not too much or you’ll wake to use the rest room.

sweet potato


Sweet Potato Toast

Swap baked sweet potatoes for traditional nighttime toast, advises London.

“Sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium, magnesium, and calciumto help you relax,” she says. Top with a drizzle of honey and pinch of sea salt, or a tablespoon of nut butter for a post-dinner treat.




Pistachios hit the sleep-inducing jackpot, packing in protein, vitamin B6, and magnesium, all of which contribute to better sleep. Refrain from a shell-cracking frenzy, though.

“Don’t exceed a 1-ounce portion of nuts,” London warns. “Anything too high in calories can have the reverse effect of keeping you awake!”




The nutrients in dried plums — vitamin B6, calcium, and magnesium, to name a few — help make melatonin, the hormone that regulates sleep. Use prunes as a whole-grain toast topping, mix them into trail mix, or eat them on their own about 30 minutes before bedtime.




Since dehydration can impact your ability to fall and stay asleep (not to mention your energy levels overall!), choosing watery fruits like melon can make up for any deficits.

London also recommends thirst-quenching apples, oranges, and pears.

string cheese


String Cheese

Still can’t silence those stomach grumbles? Your kids’ snack stash might come in handy. Part-skim mozzarella cheese (a.k.a. string cheese) provides a satisfying protein, especially if you pair it with whole grain crackers.

almond butter


Nut Butter

Almond or peanut butter also pack in filling protein too. Spread it on graham crackers, a banana, or that sweet potato toast. Again, keep your dollop under a tablespoon so you’re not feeling too stuffed before heading to bed.




The best way to get a good night’s sleep is to increase your melatonin intake, recommends Michelle Dudash, a registered dietician.

Cherries, along with nuts and oats, are a natural source of melatonin. When eaten regularly, they can help regulate your sleep cycle.

And don’t forget WEIGHTED BLANKETS! Click below for recommendations.




Sleep Well & Stay Healthy!  


Blog contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com


BABO Takes On Consumable Paper Industry

Meet the ONLY company IN THE WORLD that produces a consumable paper product.

It’s made with 100% bamboo and no other ingredient.

It’s so pure BABO salespeople in China actually eat it to demonstrate how pure it is.

And BABO owns the forest where the bamboo is grown.

The beauty is once all their products are developed, they all return to the planet…

In its natural, original form.

There is only one byproduct from manufacturing process; fed back into their koi pond.


There are a few competitors that CLAIM to be bamboo, but in fact are produced with other bi-products, such as sugarcane that binds the paper together.

Some only use 20% bamboo products.

We sat down with the co-founders of BABO, Paul Ruitenberg and Gustavo Andres Avila at the BOLDTV studios to learn more.

How was the company BABO started?

The company was started by a bold woman in China, who went against the grain, pun intended, of all other companies in China, insisting she wanted to make paper out of bamboo, with no other ingredients.

After years of research, BABO was born.

What makes the bamboo in BABO’s products unique?

Bamboo Quinone is an anti-bacterial compound in bamboo, and it’s only part of what makes their bamboo products special.

Bamboo itself dates back 7,000 years in China. It symbolizes virtue, Oriental beauty, and natures connection to humans.

Bamboo is actually stronger than brick, wood and concrete.

Wow, what other products do you have?

We also have baby wipes. Many babies get rashes from the chemicals in the wipes. On BOLDTV, we talk about how when people get a cold, they think the redness around their nose is caused by rubbing. It’s actually caused by the trace amounts of bleach used in regular tissue paper to make it white.

Interesting. Most people probably think the redness IS because of their cold or from the rubbing. Your BABO tissues do not do that?

Using our bamboo made tissue, bath tissue, paper towels and baby wipes assures no chemicals, no skin irritation, no rash and no bleach. And again, we’re the only bamboo made product in the world with 100% bamboo.

Awesome. What are other benefits of using bamboo?

  • No particle dust when used
  • Perfect for sensitive skin and allergies
  • Can be used as a wet tissue
  • All-natural, chemical-free scent
  • Naturally anti-viral and anti-bacterial
  • No residue when wet
  • Strength of the paper
  • Degradable in water
  • Bamboo fiber, uncolored paper
  • Does not contain any florescent agents
  • Most eco-friendly household product on the market
  • Does not contain any bleaching
  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Perfect consistency

“We at BABO want to provide the world with a 100% sustainable product leaving no traces of dyes, chemicals or bi-products on the earth.” -Paul Ruitenberg, co-founder, BABO

“That is why we use only 100% unbleached bamboo to manufacture our bamboo products, nothing else. It’s taken years of research, hard work and trial and error to provide a luxury product that has no other ingredients, but we think our planet is worth it.” -Gustavo Andres Avila, co-founder, BABO


We do too. Wonderful for health-conscious consumers, who care about the planet. Thank you for joining us!

Where can people, schools, hospitals and hotels obtain this?


Be sure to Like and Subscribe to the BOLDTV page on FACEBOOK to get an instant notification of when their interview is LIVE! 


We educate and empower people on how to live healthier, longer lives.


NewsMD Communications

Have a story? Contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

Stay Healthy: Avoid Cancer Causing Glyphosate

  • glyphosate in food

Bayer to Invest Billions in “Safe” Weedkillers.


Messinas is the global maker of Pulverize, the only safe, tested and trusted weedkiller.
Contact: james@messinas.com

One Day After We Post about Pulverize, a safe alternative to Roundup. 


We spoke to James Messina following Bayer’s announcement today and he had this to say:

“Speaking for a company who’s already selling an effective weed killer line that uses ingredients found in nature and others that are approved for organic gardening, with availability in more than 8,000 retailers in all 50 states, we are flattered to see that big companies are taking notice of the blueprint we’re laying out.”

“While Bayer takes years to reinvent the wheel, we want consumers to know that PULVERIZE Weed Killers are available today to provide an alternative to the active ingredient glyphosate found in products like Roundup and others.  While we may not have their advertising budget, there is a family standing behind these products ready to meet the groundswell of change the public is demanding for effective alternatives, and we’re excited at the brand we’re delivering.” – CEO of Messinas, James Messina

FOLLOWUP INTERVIEW with James Messina, CEO, Messinas:

When did you learn about Bayer’s announcement to invest $5.6B in an alternative, safe weed killer?  

JAMES MESSINA: Laying in bed this morning.  I was scrolling through the news and sent my team a text of the article screenshot at 5:58 am.

What was your initial reaction to the news? 

JAMES MESSINA: I laughed and thought, “I can just see the headline now…’NEW FROM THE MAKERS OF GLYPHOSATE!’  It’s a poorly vailed attempt at righting the ship.


What else do you think about it?

JAMES MESSINA: Personally I don’t think change ever comes from those in power; not governments, not companies…there’s no incentive for those who are in power to change the status quo.  They have everything to loose. 

I think this is a PR move meant to address the continued assault on their company, their products and their stock price.  I think they’ve blown this so bad that the only thing left is for them to get out of it and get back to their core business with a fund set up for the lawsuits…other than that, I just don’t see a way for them to regain the public’s trust. 


Why would they start from scratch rather than acquire a trusted brand like yours already in existence, even if you wouldn’t sell? Announcement says development would take years. Makes no sense. 

JAMES MESSINA: It makes perfect sense if you know anything about ego.  I’ve dealt with this before.  Big companies feel like this: with all of our resources and all of our expertise and all of our MONEY, how can we not find this solution internally?! 

Why on earth should we pay 100x when we can do it for 10x?  BOr worse, they think let’s steal this idea and make them sue us.  They’ll run out of money fighting us before they could ever beat us.  

Again, I’ve seen this, I’ve lived this, and I’ve fought against these types.  Corporate folks who spend their whole lives in big companies have no appreciation for the work small companies do.  They don’t understand our motivation. 

If you’re making a great living in a machine, you don’t believe small company people who work overtime without overtime pay.  You don’t think a guy in his garage can be better than a million dollar lab.  It’s like they speak a completely different language.

Is Bayer aware of your product? Have you made them aware of it? 

JAMES MESSINA: Oh yeah…check this out.  In May of 2018, we got an order through our website from someone at MONSANTO!  They used their work email and had the PULVERIZE product sent to their corporate offices.  Seeing this, I sent them a letter with it:

Attn: Dan Wright / Paul Ratliff
800 N Lindberg Blvd, Q220
Saint Louis, MO 63167



I wasn’t sure who to address this to, as both of your names were on the order that was forwarded to me, but I wanted to personally thank you both for your interest in Messinas Pulverize® Weed & Grass Killer.

Should either of you or others at Monsanto wish to connect and discuss these products or other Messinas items, please let me know.I would be happy to make myself available.

All my best,

James Messina

Dan Wright is a Senior Science Fellow at Bayer

Paul Ratliff is Product Development Manager at Monsanto


What is the date of that letter?

JAMES MESSINA:  Recent. May 10, 2018

So, Monsanto is aware of you. Did they place an order with you?

JAMES MESSINA: Yes! They ordered two bottles of Pulverize on May 9th, 2018 at exactly 11:05 a.m. and we sent them the products.

Wow. What do you think their motives were? Stealing your secret sauce *laughter*?

JAMES MESSINA: I think they became aware of the product and wanted to evaluate how well it worked. I think they also wanted to send a message to use that we are on their radar. That’s why I sent a note back –to let them know I’m aware and am not going away.

Let me ask you, based on everything we now know about Roundup –do you think there is anything Bayer can do to get back in the public’s good graces? Clearly, the public isn’t buying their announcement today as being a genuine concern for their health and safety.

JAMES MESSINA: I believe that trust is something that is very hard to rebuild for big companies, especially when their motivation comes into question.  Had Bayer acted before the first lawsuit in the US, when countries in Asia and Europe started to question the product’s safety, it would have felt different. 

Had Bayer moved to re-evaluate the claims of Roundup, or release a statement about their interest in finding organic alternatives, before a jury awarded a couple in California damages in excess of $2,000,000,000, it would have felt different.  But they didn’t. 

They came out after more than $2.25 billion dollars in damages were awarded in three trials, after more than 13,000 other law suits are still yet to be decided and after multiple countries restricted and/or banned the sale of their product. 

It would appear that their motivation may not be as altruistic as people would wish it to be; appearing to be motivated by a stock price that has wiped 45% of their value off the books.

What’s most interesting is that this issue was not Bayer’s problem, originally; it wasn’t until they purchased Monsanto, the maker of glyphosate and Roundup’s trademarks.  They brought this fox into their henhouse, and it’s been a problem since the very beginning.

Thank you for your time.

You can view Health Correspondent, Maria Dorfner‘s full interview with Messina on BOLDTV


Photo Courtesy: ASCHA STEINBACH/SHUTTERSTOCK / Farmer sprays crops in Germany.

Bayer AG BAYRY -1.53% plans to invest €5 billion ($5.64 billion) on developing new ways to combat weeds over the next decade, as the German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant seeks to win back trust in its business in the wake of thousands of lawsuits alleging its Roundup herbicide causes cancer.

A big legal fight over the blockbuster weedkiller—inherited with its takeover of Monsanto Co. last year—has plunged Bayer into one of the worst crises in its 155-year history. The company has lost the first three jury trials to plaintiffs claiming Roundup gave them non-Hodgkin lymphoma, with the highest award topping $2 billion. In response, its shares have almost halved over the past year.

FOR THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE visit The Wall Street Journal at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/bayer-to-invest-billions-in-weedkillers-in-wake-of-roundup-controversy-11560514273

selective focus photography of white petaled flower
Photo by Ylanite Koppens on Pexels.com

BREAKING NEWS today. Bayer announced it will spend $5.6 Billion to create a safe, organic weed killer. It will take years to reach market.

“My two cents: My question to Bayer is why the need to develop your own when one (Pulverize by Messinas) already exists? Do you really care about people’s health or is this about caring about your own image and profits?

I have to say this reminds me of Coca-Cola getting into the water business ONLY after sales for a healthy alternative to toxic soda exceeded sales of soda. The public then learned their water was tap water.

When brands can’t be trusted to put people before profits –people really need to be careful, especially when it comes to health. You can’t replace or buy that back once damaged.”

-Maria Dorfner, CEO, NewsMD

Here’s all you need to know about glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in Roundup, that is now infiltrating our food. LiveLoveFruit did extensive research to uncover where it’s hiding.

Once you read this check your pantry at home and make healthier choices now that you know. If you want to keep yourself, your family and children healthy know the facts.

Let’s face it TV segments are 2 to 5 minutes tops, so you’re not getting all you need to know in one place. Roundup was first registered in the United States in 1974. We’ve all been exposed to it.

New York City parks and playgrounds use it. When we’re out nature thinking we’re doing something healthy –we’re unknowingly being exposed to toxins. Now that all government official know and all consumers know and The World Health Organization has deemed Roundup toxic –sales of it need to STOP.

SHAME on BAYER for making it a part of their portfolio. We will not stop until it is banned everywhere.

We are grateful to those lawmakers taking a stand. NYC Councilman Ben Kallos has introduced a bill to ban it in all New York City parks and playgrounds. We appreciate his efforts on behalf of public safety and health. It’s not just this generation that is harmed. Glyphosate has been proven to harm DNA that affects future generations. It’s poison.

We are also grateful for Mother’s Across America, who are taking an active stand against it. They continue to grow and will continue their mission of eradicating Roundup from store shelves –educating all consumers about it.

Updated June 13, 2019 to reflect latest EWG test results in late May.

Concern over glyphosate in food is on the rise after Monsanto was found guilty in covering up their cancer-causing product, Roundup. Monsanto has been under scrutiny ever since they were ordered to pay $289 million in damages to plaintiff, Dewayne Johnson.

Just after the first successful trial in taking down Monsanto, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published a haunting reporton the levels of glyphosate in food. According to the independent laboratory tests commissioned by the EWG, popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a heavy dose of the cancer-causing weedkiller, Roundup.

Why Should We Care About Glyphosate in Food?

Glyphosate is the main ingredient found in the popular weed-killer Roundup. Back in 2015, a famous study published by the International Agency for Research of Cancer (IARC) came to the conclusion that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans (1).”

The link between glyphosate and Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is particularly strong. One study, published in 2008 by Swedish researchers, found that exposure to glyphosate tripled the risk of a subtype of non-Hodgkin called small lymphocytic lymphoma (2).

Another study published in 2003 showed a suggestive link between glyphosate-based herbicide use and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The more pesticides a subject used, the more non-Hodgkin lymphoma incidences increased. Subjects who used five or more of the nine pesticides were “twice as likely to be NHL cases than controls (3).”

Aside from cancer, glyphosate has been associated with a host of health issues, like kidney disease (3), reproductive problems (4), liver damage (5) and birth defects (6).

Glyphosate also interferes with the ability of a plant to uptake nutrients from the soil. Glyphosate, which is a patented chelating agent, binds with nutrients in the soil, and prevents plants from absorbing them. It also acts as an antibiotic (7), which can kill bacteria both in the soil, and our own guts (both of which are incredibly important for plant and human health).

Regardless of the evidence, Monsanto still states that “Glyphosate has a 40-year history of safe and effective use. In evaluations spanning those four decades, the overwhelming conclusion of experts worldwide, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has been that glyphosate can be used safely.” Despite the lawsuit, it seems Monsanto is still in denial.

Products and Brands Filled with Glyphosate

Aside from the EWG report on glyphosate in food, other companies have also done independent testing for glyphosate residues in everyday food products. In 2016, Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project commissioned tests that found high levels of glyphosate in many American foods – even products that are certified organic or non-GMO.

Below is a complete list of foods that contain glyphosate residues. I’ve combined data from both the report EWG released, as well as the reports released from Food Democracy Now! and the group’s “Detox Project.”

glyphosate in food

EWG Report (source):

• Granola
Back to Nature Classic Granola
Quaker Simply Granola Oats, Honey, Raisins & Almonds
Back to Nature Banana Walnut Granola Clusters
Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats ‘n Honey
KIND Vanilla, Blueberry Clusters with Flax Seeds

• Instant Oats
– Giant Instant Oatmeal, Original Flavor
– Quaker Dinosaur Eggs, Brown Sugar, Instant Oatmeal
Umpqua Oats, Maple Pecan
Market Pantry Instant Oatmeal, Strawberries & Cream

• Oat Breakfast Cereal
Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal
Lucky Charms
Barbara’s Multigrain Spoonfuls, Original, Cereal
Kellogg’s Cracklin’ Oat Bran oat cereal

• Snack Bars
KIND Oats & Honey with Toasted Coconut
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats ‘n Honey
Quaker Chewy Chocolate Chip granola bar
Kellogg’s Nutrigrain Soft Baked Breakfast Bars, Strawberry

• Whole Oats
Quaker Steel Cut Oats
Quaker Old Fashioned Oats
Bob’s Red Mill Steel Cut Oats
Nature’s Path Organic Old Fashioned Organic Oats
Whole Foods Bulk Bin conventional rolled oats
Bob’s Red Mill Organic Old Fashioned Rolled Oats (4 samples tested)

EWG Second Report (source):

– Quaker Simply Granola Oats
– Quaker Instant Oatmeal Cinnamon & Spice
– Quaker Instant Oatmeal Apples & Cinnamon
– Quaker Real Medleys Super Grains Banana Walnut
– Quaker Overnight Oats Raisin Walnut & Honey Heaven
– Quaker Overnight Oats Unsweetened with Chia Seeds
– Quaker Oatmeal Squares Brown Sugar
– Quaker Oatmeal Squares Honey Nut
– Apple Cinnamon Cheerios
– Very Berry Cheerios
– Chocolate Cheerios
– Frosted Cheerios
– Fruity Cheerios
– Honey Nut Cheerios
– Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon
– Quaker Chewy S’mores
– Quaker Chewy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
– Quaker Breakfast Squares Soft Baked Bars Peanut Butter
– Quaker Breakfast Flats Crispy Snack Bars Cranberry Almond

EWG Third Report (source):

– Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch
– Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal
– Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Maple Brown Sugar
– Nature Valley Granola Cups, Almond Butter
– Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios
– Nature Valley Baked Oat Bites
– Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Oats and Honey
– Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars, Peanut Butter
– Nature Valley Granola Cups, Peanut Butter Chocolate
– Cheerios Oat Crunch Cinnamon
– Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars, Dark Chocolate Cherry
– Nature Valley Granola Protein Oats n Dark Chocolate
– Multi Grain Cheerios
– Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares, Blueberry
– Fiber One Oatmeal Raisin Soft-Baked Cookies
– Nature Valley Granola Peanut Butter Creamy & Crunchy
– Nature Valley Biscuits with Almond Butter
– Nature Valley Sweet & Salty Nut granola bars, Cashew
– Honey Nut Cheerios
– Nature Valley Soft-Baked Oatmeal Squares, Cinnamon Brown Sugar
– Nature Valley Fruit & Nut Chewy Trail Mix Granola Bars, Dark Chocolate & Nut

Moms Across America (source):

– Tropicana Orange Juice
– Minute Maid Orange Juice
– Stater Bros Orange Juice
– Signature Farms Orange Juice
– Kirkland Orange Juice

Food Democracy Now! and The Detox Project (source):

– Original Cheerios
– Honey Nut Cheerios
– Wheaties
– Trix
– Annie’s Gluten Free Bunny Cookies Cocoa & Vanilla
Kellog’s Corn Flakes
Kellog’s Raisin Bran
Kashi Organic Promise
Kellog’s Special K
Kellog’s Frosted Flakes
Cheez-It Original
Cheez-It Whole Grain
Kashi Soft Bake Cookies, Oatmeal, Dark Chocolate
Ritz Crackers
Triscuit Crackers
Oreo Original
Oreo Double Stuf Chocolate Sandwich Cookies
Oreo Double Stuf Golden Sandwich Cookies
Stacy’s Simply Naked Pita Chips (Frito-Lay)
Lay’s: Kettle Cooked Original
Doritos: Cool Ranch
Fritos (Original) (100% Whole Grain)
Goldfish crackers original (Pepperidge Farm)
Goldfish crackers colors
Goldfish crackers Whole Grain
Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies
Oatmeal Cookies Gluten Free
365 Organic Golden Round Crackers
Back to Nature Crispy Cheddar Crackers

Mom’s Across America Wine Samples (Source):

– Gallo
– Beringer
– Mondavi
– Barefoot
– Sutter Home

U.S. PIRG Wine & Beer Samples (Source):

– Sutter Home Merlot
– Beringer Founders Estates Moscato
– Barefoot Cabernet Sauvignon
– Inkarri Malbec: Certified Organic
– Frey Organic Natural White

– Tsingtao Beer
– Coors Light
– Miller Lite
– Budweiser
– Corona Extra
– Heineken
– Guinness Draught
– Stella Artois
– Ace Perry Hard Cider
– Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
– New Belgium Fat Tire Amber Ale
– Sam Adams New England IPA
– Stella Artois Cidre
– Samuel Smith’s Organic Lager

Other Brands/Products and Miscellaneous:

– Ben & Jerry’s Ice Creams (source)
– Tampons (source)
– Non-organic cotton clothing products (source)
– Rainwater (source)
– Groundwater supplies (source)

How To Steer Clear of Glyphosate in Foods

Glyphosate contamination cannot be removed by washing (it is absorbed into the plant while it’s growing). It also is not broken down by cooking or baking.

In order to avoid glyphosate in food, follow the pointers below:

1. Always Look for Non-GMO Project Verified

If you’re purchasing a processed food item (that is, something boxed, bagged or canned), you can make sure it doesn’t contain GMO ingredients by looking for the Non-GMO Project Verified symbol (see below).

However, just because something is Non-GMO verified doesn’t mean that it isn’t necessarily clean of glyphosate. Glyphosate is a herbicide, and is sprayed on everything from wheats and oats to oranges and grapes.

The best way to ensure your products are GMO and glyphosate-free is to look for organic products with this Non-GMO verified label. That way, you know you’re eating a good product.

non-gmo project verified

2. Certified Organic is Better Than Non-Organic

By purchasing certified organic foods, you’ll be rest assured that your food doesn’t contain any glyphosate-containing chemicals.

Unfortunately, glyphosate use is so rampant, that some organic foods may contain small amounts of glyphosate residues.

Damaging herbicide drift can travel far, especially when it is applied in mornings when the spray gets hung up and moves with the air mass across fields (due to air temperature differences) (8).

Glyphosate also leaks into the watershed, which means it travels far, and can contaminate surrounding organic fields.

This is probably why Bob’s Red Mill Organic Oats were found with small levels of glyphosate residues. Their response to this?

“Because we at Bob’s Red Mill are dedicated to bringing all of our customers natural, healthy products, whether organic or conventional, we have inquired directly with farmers and with our suppliers to determine if glyphosate desiccation is used by the farmers supplying our products.

The majority of our conventional wheat is grown close to home in the Pacific Northwest where growing seasons are typically longer and the practice of desiccation is as such rarely used.

We’ve been told desiccation is not a practice used by our individual farmers. The growing, harvest and communal storage practices sometimes used by the wheat industry in general make it nearly impossible, however, for our multi-source suppliers to guarantee the practice of glyphosate desiccation is not used with all of the conventional wheat the suppliers sell to us.

We are able to assure our customers, however, that glyphosate desiccation is not a practice used for our organic products as the use of glyphosate is not permitted at any time in the cultivation of our organically grown ingredients. Our Customers who desire to be certain that glyphosate has not been used may wish to choose instead from our extensive line of certified organic products.” (source)

They then go on to state: “We are able to assure our customers, however, that glyphosate desiccation is not a practice used for our organic products, as the use of glyphosate is not permitted at any time in the cultivation of our organically grown ingredients. Our customers who desire to be certain that glyphosate has not been used may wish to choose instead from our extensive line of certified organic products.”

However, their organic products do contain glyphosate, as pointed out in the studies above. As a result, Bob’s Red Mill is facing a federal class action lawsuit.

The good news is that organic foods contain much lower levels of glyphosate compared to their conventional counterparts. This one example doesn’t mean that organic products are bad. Bob’s Red Mill didn’t take their standards seriously when it came to organic products, so all we can do is hope that other companies do.

3. Grow Your Own & Farmer’s Markets 

Another great way to ensure your food is grown glyphosate-free is by growing your own food (or sourcing it from farmers you trust at farmers’ markets). By growing your own food, you’ll feel more self-reliable, which is a super great feeling. You’ll also become more connected to the food you eat, as you’ll appreciate the time it took to grow that squash or tomato!

4. Look for Glyphosate Residue Free Labels

The Detox Project, a research and certification platform that uses an FDA-registered food-testing lab to test for toxic chemicals launched their own “Glyphosate Residue Free” label. This label offers more transparency and assures the purchaser that they’re not getting any glyphosate in the food they’re buying.

While these labels aren’t mainstream, the Detox Project is working with food manufacturers and grocery chains to get this label on more products.

About Author

Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.

RELATED ARTICLES: https://reason.com/2019/06/14/bayer-to-waste-5-6-billion-trying-to-appease-anti-pesticide-activists/

How much money does Monsanto make from Roundup?

In 2015, the company made nearly $4.76 billion in sales and $1.9 billion in gross profits from herbicide products, mostly Roundup.


If that’s not enough, here are MORE foods owned by Monsanto:


Be sure to read:

“A Complete Guide to Roundup Exposure. Are You At Risk?”



Contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

NewsMD is a Division of Healthy Within Network

Sharing the Best in Consumer Health for Over Three Decades

“When We Tell Stories…People Listen.”

Messinas is the global maker of Pulverize, the only safe, tested and trusted weedkiller.
Contact: james@messinas.com


CBS THIS MORNING interviewed Dr. Agus, an oncologist for his expert opinion on glyphosate. Let’s just say it’s not a chemical he wants in his own body.

Dr. David Agus, a cancer specialist, joined “CBS This Morning” Thursday to sort out the claims. He says, “We just don’t know” exactly how glyphosate will impact the human body in the long run.

“The problem is when you eat something, say, glyphosate, there’s a 10, 20-year lag before disease and the intervention.”

Agus explains glyphosate emerged in the 1960s as a pipe cleaner, and then started being used as a weed killer. But in the 1990s, “usage went through the roof.”

When asked if he’d willingly put the chemical in his own body, Agus says he “certainly wouldn’t.”

Watch the complete interview with CBS THIS MORNING here:




About NewsMD: What’s Hot in Health

Maria Dorfner has been covering Medical/Health since 1993 after 10 years of working behind-the-scenes at major networks. She created, produced and co-hosted 7 half-hour health programs airing on CNBC, which she helped launch in 1989. Original programs include Healthcare Consumers co-hosted with Jay Michaels, Healthy Living, Lifestyles and Longevity and more.

She produced medical segments for NBC and NBC Miami, helped launch MedPage Today (sold to CNN), is the co-founder of The Cleveland Clinic News Service (CCNS) and the founder of NewsMD, a full-service production company specializing in health. She produced 21st Century Medicine for DISCOVERY and has been a trusted go-to source in health news for networks. She has also helped raised millions for non-profits and hospitals in need through volunteer work and working on capital campaigns.

She has travelled extensively interviewing a Who’s Who in Health and has produced successfully syndicated major talk shows. She was awarded a Medical Reporting Scholarship from the American Medical Association, won a Media Recognition Award from the American Heart Association, a Freddie Award for Excellence in Medical Reporting and more. She is in Who’s Who in American Women.

She is currently producing Late Night Health radio with host, Mark Alyn and an Executive Producer with NewsMD and AJA Creative Media, working alongside 4X Emmy-award-winning producer, Alex J. Aguiar. Please follow BOLDTV, founded by Carrie Sheffield, a co-production with Al Roker Productions, where Maria will be contribute health stories.

She is the author of 3 books. Healthy Within, PRESSure: Break Into Broadcasting and a family recipe cookbook called, Health Heart and Humor in an Italian-American Kitchen. Books are available on Amazon.

Maria began her career as an intern at NBC on the TODAY SHOW in 1983, while an undergraduate at Pace University, where she majored in English and Political Science. She served as Director of Communications for Ailes Communications, a political consulting firm and producer of programming. NBC awarded her a graduate scholarship to Columbia University. She was Miss Pace University and a Sigma Tau Delta National Honors student in English and a member of the Intercollegiate Model City Council in New York City.

Her lifelong mission in life is to educate and empower people to lead healthier lives.

This is her blog.

You can reach her at: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com


New Healthy Vending Machine Partners with College


Thrilled to learn about FRESH FRIG health vending kiosks becoming popular by demand. I’ve always been disappointed when I go to a vending machine and there are no healthy choices or the ones deemed healthy are simply better than the alternative.

People usually go to a vending machine when they can’t get to a store or a dining area at a school or workplace is closed. No one should feel held hostage to unhealthy choices.

It’s even worse when that vending machine is located within a hospital, school, workplace or gym –all places you expect to care about your health and wellness. There are some vending machines that toss in a few items you know are loaded with sugar or carbs as there are a lot of fake “healthy” foods out there. So, it’s refreshing when a real healthy choice is available.


I interviewed Brad Callow, the CEO of 6AM HEALTH, who says his mission has always been to help people live healthier. He says he’s interested in psychology and behavioral economics. He knows from observation that people will make healthier choices or poorer choices depending on their environment.

So, he first started a delivery company called 5AM Juice to deliver a healthier choice.

He laughs as he recalls friends telling him the number 5 in the name looked like the letter “S” and people kept asking why he started a company called Sam Juice.

Then, he thought it’d be better to bring healthier foods to highly trafficked areas, like colleges, hospitals, airports, malls and large office parks.


So far, so good. He placed them at Tuck University and there is one in South Station in Boston.

Callow says,

“You can reserve items in advance. If you know you’ll be arriving at Penn Station in New York City and there is a FRESH FRIG there, you can pre-select what you’d like from your phone. Scan upon arrival.”


The FRESH FRIG is provided to locations free of cost as long as there are guaranteed sales from being in a highly trafficked area.

Fresh food selections include veggie salads and high protein items. They also include beverage choices of green juice, carrot apple juice, cleanse juice and coffee as well.

Individual item costs in the kiosk are from $6. – $9. which may seem high, but most nearby establishments charge $10. and above when open.

New “Healthy Vending Machine” Company 6AM Health Partners with Tuck Student Team

A team of Tuck students is working with 6AM Health, a specialty food business founded by Brad Callow T’13, to help bring the company to scale.

The first 6AM Health fresh fridge was installed in March in Tuck’s PepsiCo Dining Room.

MEDIA | INVESTOR INQUERIES: Contact Brad@6amhealth.com




Brad Callow T’13 is quick to find the common thread in his post-MBA career: health care.

In his first few jobs, this is clear. He began working in the therapeutics space, and then switched to diagnostics and health care technology. But in 2017, he went in a different direction. That’s when he founded 6AM Health, a specialty food business that focused on green juices. He soon expanded to fresh salads and meals, delivering them directly to his customers in the Boston Metro area before 6 a.m. For Callow, food is the first medicine—both preventative and healing.

“I realized that problems like obesity have a lot of co-morbidities,” he says, “so if we use food to minimize obesity, we can prevent a lot of other diseases at the same time.”

Instead of selling food to individual customers through a subscription delivery service, 6AM Health will begin installing “fresh fridges”—think healthy vending machines—at locations across the Northeast.

Now Callow is partnering with Tuck students on a First-Year Project (FYP) to take his company to scale. As he learned more and more about the food industry, he discovered that success is mostly about logistics. You can have the freshest, best-tasting food, but without an efficient way to deliver it to customers, it’s not worth much.

So instead of selling food to individual customers through a subscription delivery service, 6AM Health will begin installing “fresh fridges”—think healthy vending machines—at locations across the Northeast.


The first one was installed in March at Tuck, in the PepsiCo Dining Room. He’s counting on the First-Year Project students to bring an entrepreneurial focus to the Fresh Fridge, testing pricing and product combinations and solving logistical problems.

“Having the FYP team will be incredibly helpful,” Callow says. “What we need to do is continue learning and sorting out what people like and don’t like. And I would love this to eventually be something like TuckStuff or theBOX, where it’s student-run and it becomes a permanent operation there.”

Callow is counting on the First-Year Project students to bring an entrepreneurial focus to the Fresh Fridge, testing pricing and product combinations and solving logistical problems.


Elizabeth Kachavos T’20 knows theBOX well: she’s worked there since arriving at Tuck last summer. The FYP with 6AM Health was a natural choice for her, since she’s interested in the food industry and looking for more opportunities for real-world learning in that sector. “We’ve seen there’s a great demand for healthier fresh food on campus—especially on the weekends when the dining hall is closed,” she says. “I’d love to play a role in increasing those options at Tuck.”

Another member of the FYP team is Elisa Scudder D’14, T’20. She gravitated toward 6AM Health because she’s interested in product entry strategy and market entry.

“This fits that niche perfectly,” she says. “It’s not too early-stage: the business model is set up but it’s just expanding into this new market.”

Scudder is also excited about working on a project that can have a real impact on campus. “We’re going to physically see what we’re working on and hear our classmates talk about how they like it or don’t like it,” Scudder says.


At first, the Fresh Fridge will be stocked with food prepared at 6AM Health’s kitchen outside Boston, and will be re-stocked every week. During the course of the FYP, Callow hopes the team can find a more local farm to partner with, and the most efficient and cost-effective way to prepare and package the items. It might involve working with the Byrne servery, or the team from theBOX.

“This FYP is really about e-ship,” Callow says. “What’s the best, most sustainable way to keep this going? I’m also just fired up to work with Tuckies.”

This story will appear in the summer 2019 issue of Tuck Today magazine.




Check Out This Healthy Food Vending Machine Coming to South Station

Waltham-based meal prep company 6AM Health is making moves with what they’re calling a Fresh Fridge.


While vending machines have traditionally had a bad reputation for stocking unhealthy snacks, sodas, and candies the wellness world is busy revamping them. Last week, this one was installed at Brandeis University with healthcare products like condoms and Plan B. And at the beginning of May, meal prep company 6AM Health is installing one at South Station with a ton of healthy food.

The Waltham-based meal delivery service has been delivering healthy fare to the Boston area since 2017. Their process works much like any other meal prep service. You choose from a menu of pre-made meals and snacks like fresh salads, overnight oats, grain bowls, and juices. Then, they’ll have them delivered to your door-step before you even rise in the morning. Hence the name, 6AM Health.

Owner and founder, Brad Callow tells me the initial idea for the company was that if they can change people’s environment, by providing easy access to affordable and healthy food, they can help them make better nutrition choices. But they quickly realized just how much running around the city they were doing. And they saw a need for something just a little more convenient. Enter: the healthy food vending machine.


On May 6, whether you’re traveling out of town or commuting through South Station, you’ll be able to easily purchase meals or snacks from 6AM Health in a vending machine.


They’re calling it a Fresh Fridge and each item is packaged in mason jars, making it easy to eat on the go. And they’re not just stopping with one fridge. Callow says they hope to have 30 all around the Boston area by the end of June. Right now, there is currently one at Dartmouth in New Hampshire. And later this week a few more will be installed at places like the North Shore Mall.

Inside the vending machine you’ll find everything you see on their online menu. Callow explains that since things like salads have a shorter shelf life, there is some more maintenance involved in re-stocking and keeping the food fresh. They do plan to re-stock it every day.

“Grab-and-go food doesn’t need to be fast food or something that’s crappy for you,” he says. “Food is super impulsive. If we place these Fresh Fridges in convenient locations we can change the way people eat on the go.”

Eventually, the whole operation will be even more convenient with a mobile app, currently in the works. Through the app, customers will not only be able to find the nearest Fresh Fridge to them but they will also be able to search and reserve certain menu items at a specific location. So, if you’re really craving a buffalo chicken bowl you can be sure that when you get to the fridge there’s one waiting for you.

And the best part? Bowls and salads will cost you around $7-$8 and a 10 ounce juice will only put you back $5. Compare that to a $10+ Sweet Green salad and a $6.50 small juice from Jugos. You can also request to have a Fresh Fridge at your office, park, or building if you want.


This new concept checks all the boxes on convenience, accessibility, and affordability. And we’re totally here for it—just as long as the juices remain cold and the salads stay crunchy.


MEDIA | INVESTOR INQUERIES: Contact Brad@6amhealth.com

Or Visit: http://www.6amhealth.com

We love it.

Longevity: Secrets To Aging Well Longer

SALT2019 is a global thought leadership forum devoted to unlocking growth opportunities in finance, economoics, entrepreneurship, public policy, technology and philanthropy. Founded in 2009, it brings together 2000 of the world’s foremost investors, policy experts, politicians and business leaders.

#SALT2019 #SALTConference #MoochandtheMrs

Diamandis gave a presentation at the SALT Conference advances in medical/health and how the future will have people living far longer than they ever dreamed of and also being able to detect illness or disease earlier —before it becomes fatal.
More on Peter Diamandis’s talk later, but know it was EPIC!

Genetics and environmental factors aside, you actually have a lot of control over how well you age and how long you live. It’s good news because every day you have an opportunity to make better, healthier choices.

man kissing woman on neck near swimming pool
Photo by Natthanon Kongyam on Pexels.com

In 2012, U.S. News and World Reports published the How to Live to 100 Project.


Lindsay Lyon, staff writer and senior editor for the Consumer Advice section, compiled research findings by different age groups. She found there are over 20 basic lifestyle choices you can control to age well naturally. Many seem like basic things you should already know, but they’re worth repeating.


man and woman walks beside green sea
Photo by Anastasiya Lobanovskaya on Pexels.com

All ages:



Cut your chances of being mowed down prematurely by major scourges like heart disease and cancer by exercising regularly. Get your heart rate up for 150 minutes each week through moderately intense aerobic activities, such as brisk walking, or for 75 weekly minutes through more intense activities, such as jogging.

man standing beside his wife teaching their child how to ride bicycle
Photo by Agung Pandit Wiguna on Pexels.com

Strength training at least twice a week is also important, according to the CDC.

person holding black dumbbells
Photo by Micah Boerma on Pexels.com



Extra pounds can set the stage for arthritis and mobility problems.

blueberries and strawberries in white ceramic bowl
Photo by Suzy Hazelwood on Pexels.com


Fruit, vegetables, and fish are staples of a healthy diet.

sliced tomato and avocado on white plate
Photo by Artem Bulbfish on Pexels.com


Limit red meat to no more than 18 (cooked weight) ounces per week, suggests the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Harvard School of Public Health researchers recently linked daily consumption of red meat—particularly processed varieties—with increased risk of premature death, especially from cancer and heart disease.



Limit alcohol: no more than two daily drinks for men and one for women.


blur bristle brush clean
Photo by George Becker on Pexels.com



Floss daily to prevent the buildup of gum-disease-causing bacteria, which are increasingly being implicated in heart disease.

close up photography of woman sleeping
Photo by bruce mars on Pexels.com


Too little sleep can  lower your immunity and invite obesity to accidents. One sleepless night can be the equivalent of being drunk, so you don’t want to drive. Consistently getting at least 9 hours of sleep is best. 10 hours for teenagers.

man in black and white long sleeved shirt sits on brown wooden chair facing road
Photo by Johan Bos on Pexels.com


Even at older ages, quitting smoking may still add years to your life. Here’s a research-tested trick: When the urge to light up strikes, imagine, say, having to breathe through a tracheotomy tube as opposed to the feel-good sensation of taking a drag. Evoking smoking’s serious potential consequences helps quell cravings.

pile of five books
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com


Flex your mental muscle by writing, reading, or playing games, such as crossword puzzles. Despite there being no proven way to cut the chances of Alzheimer’s, some research suggests that keeping the brain active from childhood on may somewhat armor against the disease.

person pouring plastic tube bottle
Photo by Moose Photos on Pexels.com


Apply and reapply sunscreen and sport a brimmed hat and UV-blocking shades whenever it’s sunny to avoid skin cancer and cataracts.

doctor pointing at tablet laptop
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com


Excessive testing—even preventive screenings—and over-reliance on medications, such as antibiotics, can actually be harmful. Before taking any medication or agreeing to any procedure, discuss with your doctor the pros and cons. If you’re uncertain, don’t hesitate to get a second opinion.


Watch out for anti-aging treatments: Nothing can turn back the clock and some therapies can be dangerous. Your money and health are on the line.

smiling man and woman wearing jackets
Photo by Tristan Le on Pexels.com

You can get a ballpark idea of how long you can expect to live with centenarian researcher Thomas Perls’Life Expectancy Calculator. The roughly 10-minute, 40-question test helps reveal the affect your health-related behaviors could have on your longevity, and suggests ways to adjust your lifestyle to add years.

20s and 30s:



Your lifestyle now can affect how well (or poorly) you age.

calm daylight evening grass
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com


Develop “positive coping skills,” or healthy ways to manage life’s stressors. Deadline looming? Rather than shoveling chips into your mouth, go on a run or bike ride. Meditate. Now’s the time to lay down a lifelong foundation for healthy living.

man riding black and white mountain bike
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com


Cultivate a positive outlook on aging. No one wants to grow old, but evidence
suggests a link between harboring a negative view and heart attack and stroke susceptibility.

person wearing hearing aid
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com



Safeguard your hearing. Noises over 85 decibels, roughly the volume of a hair dryer, can inflict permanent damage.

baby sitting on scale
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com



Maintain a healthy weight.

40s and 50s:


Limit processed foods that combine sugar and fat; research suggests this combo is highly addictive.

shallow focus photography of assorted flavored donuts
Photo by Min An on Pexels.com


Keep up with weekly strength-training sessions to maintain lean muscle mass.

color colour fitness health
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com


Don’t skimp on calcium and vitamin D—both promote bone health. This chart, from the Institute of Medicine (IOM), outlines recommended daily intake by age and gender.

Men and women ages 51 to 70 are generally advised to get 1,000 milligrams and 1,200 mg of calcium, respectively, and 600 international units (IU) of vitamin D each day.

(Read labels. Don’t overdo any supplement –or you can damage liver and kidneys)

light nature sky sunset
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

60s and up:


Once you turn 65, make sure to get an annual eye exam. Age-related vision problems can arise slowly, often unnoticed.

human eye
Photo by wendel moretti on Pexels.com


Take care to avoid falls—the No. 1 cause of injury-related death for the 65-plus set. Potential preventives include balance-building activities such as tai chi, and making practical changes around the house, like installing “grab bars” near the shower.


oval mirror near toilet bowl
Photo by Christa Grover on Pexels.com


Maintain your fitness to prolong good health and ability to live independently. If 150 minutes of physical activity per week seems daunting, try dividing it into three 10-minute blocks, five days per week.

man and woman holding each other with dog
Photo by Helena Lopes on Pexels.com


Stay up to date on recommended cancer screening tests, such as colonoscopies, and immunizations, such as flu and pneumonia shots, especially ages 50 plus.

adult biology chemical chemist
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com


Know the warning signs of top killers, such as stroke. Call 911 immediately if you notice symptoms. For stroke, they include numbness in your face and limbs, sudden difficulty seeing or speaking, dizziness, and/or a sudden severe headache.

computer desk laptop stethoscope
Photo by Negative Space on Pexels.com


CHECK out How to Live 100 ebook now available.


affection blur close up couple
Photo by Rosie Ann on Pexels.com

Fun Fact:

Healthy, positive, supportive relationships are a big part of aging well. Turns out, married men are healthier, wealthier and live longer. The longest-running study of longevity ever conducted is the Terman Life-Cycle Study, begun in 1921. 1,528 men and women, were 11-years old when the study started, were followed for their lifetime. The group who lived the longest were those who got married and stayed married. The study revealed consistency made a positive difference in their lives. You’re more likely to stick to healthy habits when your partner is like-minded.

U.S. News How to Live to 100 project,

Saturday, April 13, tune into Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CHASING LIFE. He travels the world to find not so common secrets to living well longer. 9pmET/PT on CNN.



Be sure to click Follow on this blog for the best in Health

Maria Dorfner

Maria Dorfner is a health journalist and producer, who began her career at NBC in 1983 working behind-the-scenes on the Today Show. Three years after commuting from Brooklyn, New York, she moved to New York City. In 1989, she purchased her first car, which she needed to drive from New York City to Ft. Lee, New Jersey with fellow producers to help launch CNBC. She then worked as a reporter for Top Cops, syndicated by CBS and as a producer for The Rush Limbaugh Show and Profiles with Liz Smith pilots, nationally syndicated. In 1993, she created and produced Healthy Living, Lifestyles and Longevity, Healthcare Consumers and more. The shows generated more revenue and profits for the production company than any others in their history. She covered health for NBC Miami and  produced the weekly JAMA Report airing on all networks, co-founded and launched Cleveland Clinic News Service. While based in North Carolina for two years, she field produced and directed  21st Century Medicine for Discovery. She traveled extensively for the documentary series, conducting interviews with pioneers in medicine.

She is the recipient a Medical Reporting Scholarship from the American Medical Association, Freddie Award for Excellence in Medical Reporting,  Media Recognition Award from the American Heart Association for her series, Heart Smart airing on NBC, nominated for an Alfred I. DuPont Award for best new talk show, Outstanding Leadership Abilities Award from Pace University and National Association of Female Executives, an Advanced Writing Scholarship from NBC, Commitment to the Advancement of Women in Media Award, and a 2019 Albert Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in her field.  Maria mentors journalism and marketing students at her alma mater, Pace University, where she was a member of the National English Honor Society and won Miss Pace University and an Outstanding Achievement Award from Pace and March of Dimes. She was awarded an Advanced Writing scholarship for graduate work at Columbia University from NBC NEWS and wrote The Ivy League Roundup covering health.

She is the author of Healthy Within and PRESSure: Break Into Broadcasting and an Italian cookbook based on her grandmother’s recipes. Health Heart and Humor in an Italian-American Kitchen.

You can follow her on Twitter at @Maria_Dorfner | maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

She is the founder of NewsMD.

This is her blog.


Alzheimer’s Drug: First Human Clinical Trial


Cleveland Clinic spinoff company to start clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease

Cleveland Clinic spinoff company NeuroTherapia Inc. will start clinical trials of a new drug targeting inflammation of the brain that’s found in Alzheimer’s and other neurological diseases, according to a news release.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave the company the go-ahead to begin its first in-human studies of the drug, NTRX-07, in an ascending dose study schedule to begin midsummer.

NeuroTherapia plans to follow this study, which will be in healthy volunteers, with another study in patients with Alzheimer’s disease to explore the safety of repeated dosing of NTRX-07 and to look for changes in inflammation, according to the release.

“The ability to begin studies in human subjects is a critical milestone for NeuroTherapia in its efforts to develop new treatments for patients with neurologic diseases for which there are currently no good therapies” said Dr. Joseph Foss, the company’s clinical adviser, in a prepared statement. “By identifying the safe dose in this study, we will be able to design a Phase Ib study in Alzheimer’s patients to see how NTRX-07 is tolerated and to potentially demonstrate some early evidence of benefits.”


Northeast Ohio has seen significant momentum in Alzheimer’s disease work in recent months, with several multimillion-dollar grants supporting such research awarded to local institutions and researchers — part of a national push to find prevention and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

“We have known for a long time that the immune system of the brain and inflammation play a key role in neurodegenerative diseases, including AD,” said Dr. Mohamed Naguib, scientific adviser and co-discoverer of NTRX-07, in a prepared statement. “NTRX-07 is the first drug entering clinical trials which addresses these changes. To be able to potentially help patients with this devastating disease makes all our efforts worthwhile.”

NTRX-07, a small orally available molecule, targets receptors that increase in diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis (MS) and chronic pain syndromes, according to the release.


In various animal models of Alzheimer’s disease, NTRX-07 restored normal function of the microglia, which are key immune cells in the brain.

This in turn “decreased microglial-induced inflammation, reduced levels of the Alzheimer’s-associated Ab peptide in the brain and substantially improved neuronal synaptic plasticity, learning and memory,” according to the release.


Naguib and Foss are entitled to a portion of any revenues Cleveland Clinic receives related to the technology, according to the release. Specific terms of the revenue share were not disclosed.

Elvie: $42M Raise in Female Care Space


Pregnancy often causes a weakness of pelvic muscles  



The female-led startup called ELVIE, developed two main products. The first helps strengthen pelvic muscles, and the second, is to  help during pregnancy.

“Whether it’s menstruation, pregnancy or menopause, women’s bodies have been shrouded in taboo for centuries. We know so many issues of womanhood can be improved by technology, and there is so much potential in this space,” Tania Boler, CEO of Elvie, said in a statement.



It’s an Elvie Trainer,app-connected pelvic trainer women wear while doing Kegel exercises.


The Elvie Trainer app lets users visualize their pelvic floor movements with biofeedback, while the user performs the exercise. Each session is designed to be fun and lasts 5- min.

The small pebbled-shaped pod, is inserted into the vagina like a tampon, connects to a phone app that guides you through the 5-min. workouts to strengthen and tone your pelvic floor. It now has more than 1,000 health professionals around the world recommending it.



The exercises are often recommended for people with incontience, which most times are women who have gone through childbirth, but obesity or constant coughing may also weaken pelvic floor muscles.

See Pregnancy, childbirth, obesity, and constant coughing weaken pelvic floor muscles.


Kegel exercises are linked to better core strength, improved back & abdominal strength.





The second product is the Elvie Pump, a smart breast pump to help women who breast feed post-pregnancy.  It’s silent and worn inside of a standard nursing bra.


It comes with a connected app, which lets moms monitor the volume of their milk in real time. It tracks the pumping history on each breast, and is designed to switch from stimulation to expression mode when it detects let down. It will also stop when the bottle is full.


Femtech has become a growing piece of the digital health market, and connected breast pumps are becoming more plentiful on the market.

A number of breast pumps launched at last year’s CES. This included Willow, a handsfree breast pump that connects to the user’s phone so they can see what is happening while they pump, and Sonata Smart Breast Pump, which lets users track their sessions as well as gives educational information about breast feeding.

There’s also one other pelvic floor coach on the market.  In 2015a smartphone-connected device called PeriCoach, that helps women with pelvic floor exercises was approved by the FDA.


The latest round of Series B funding was led by IPGL with participation from Octopus Ventures and Impact Ventures UK.

The raise will be put towards research and development for the two products in the Americas, Europe and Asia.
We are delighted to have the support of Michael Spencer on our journey to create extraordinary products that improve women’s lives. This financing will enable us to continue innovating, while driving global scalability to meet customer needs.” –
Tania Boler, CEO, Elvie
Questions/Comments? Let us know.
NewsMD: What’s Hot in Health is a division of Healthy Within Network
contact: maria.dorfner@yahoo.com

Safe Cooking Temps Prevent Infections

In March, more than 100 people fell ill from an E. coli outbreak that federal health officials now say is linked to ground beef. Here’s information your can use year round to keep you safe from E-coli, Trichinosis, and Salmonella.


Before cooking any type of meat, you must find out what internal temperature must be reached for the meat to be safely eaten. This is important for several reasons.

plate chicken food salad
Photo by Katarina Pjatakova on Pexels.com

The first, and most important, is that you don’t want to give anyone food poisoning or a food-borne illness by undercooking the meat, or leaving the meat in the ‘Danger Zone.’

chicken dinner food lunch
Photo by JÉSHOOTS on Pexels.com

The second is because you want to ensure that you are cooking your meat to your desired doneness (i.e. rare, medium-rare, medium, etc.) and not overcooking it.

Safe Internal Meat Temperatures

  • Beef roasts 145 F
  • Leg of lamb 145 F
  • Whole chicken 165 F
  • Chicken pieces (breasts or thighs)165 F
  • Duck or goose 165 F
  • Turkey 165 F
  • Veal 145 F
  • Pork roast or tenderloin 145 F
  • Ground pork 160 F
  • Fresh ham 160 F
  • Fully cooked ham 140 F
  • Fish 145 F

Food Danger Zone

So, what is the ‘Danger Zone?’ According to foodsafety.gov, the ‘Danger Zone’ is when foods are held between 40 F and 140 F for two or more hours.

Food should never be held at these temperatures because most bacteria will quite happily reproduce in that range.

grayscale photo of man
Photo by rawpixel.com on Pexels.com

These bacteria can cause food poisoning and food-borne illnesses, which in turn can make you very sick.

These bacteria reproduce very slowly, if at all, below 40 F and above 140 F. But note that the temperatures at which bacteria are killed vary according to the microbe.

For example, salmonella is killed by heating it to 131 F for one hour, 140 F for a half-hour, or by heating it to 167 F for 10 minutes. When it comes to killing microorganisms, both heat level and time affect the equation.

E-coli, Trichinosis, and Salmonella

There’s also the issue of where the contamination is found. E-coli lives in the intestinal tract of animals, not the flesh.

animal chicken cockerel countryside
Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi on Pexels.com

The danger is that in the process of butchering a cow or chicken, some of the contents of the intestinal tract may contaminate the exposed flesh.

That’s why it’s relatively safe to sear a steak over high heat and still eat it rare or medium rare (125 to 135 F).

That’s also why all ground meat should be cooked to 160 F because the external flesh and internal flesh are mixed together during grinding.

shallow focus photography of meat dish and leaves
Photo by Valeria Boltneva on Pexels.com

Trichinosis, which is a multi-celled parasite and not a bacterium, lives in the muscles and so searing the outside of, say, a pork chop won’t kill any organisms in the meat, though it will taste better.

Trichinosis is killed at 135 F, so it’s safe to eat pork if it’s cooked to at least 140 or 145 F. Though do remember, if the pork is ground, it should be cooked to 160 F.

broccoli chicken close up cooking
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com

Salmonella can sometimes inhabit the meat of poultry, so cooking chicken and turkey to at least 160 F is wise.

Salmonella can also inhabit eggs and so there is a risk with soft-boiled eggs, omelets, and scrambled eggs if any part of the egg is left undone, like the yolk. Hence why pregnant women are advised not to eat these types of eggs.

bowl of fried food and fried egg
Photo by Jer Chung on Pexels.com

Cooking Meat at Low Temperatures

It’s safe to cook meat and vegetables at low temperatures for longer periods or higher temperatures for shorter periods. And it’s almost always safer to sear meat over high heat before cooking it at lower temps.

barbecue bbq beef cooked
Photo by pascal claivaz on Pexels.com

For low-temperature cooking both for roasts and braises, it’s a good idea to brown the meat first over medium-high heat (about 350 F) and then follow the recipe for cooking at a low temperature for a longer period of time.

Toxicity Factor

Heat alone isn’t the only element in preventing food poisoning. There’s also a toxicity factor. Some bacteria are simply more toxic than others, and some toxins hang around after the bacteria is dead.

Most people with healthy immune systems can ingest a bit of salmonella or listeria and their systems will kill it off without them even noticing.

Botulism toxins, though, are highly potent and dangerous, and even a small dose of the bacteria can have significant effects.

steaks and skewered sausages on grill
Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

Botulism occurs mostly in improperly canned goods, but can also appear in homemade sausage. Never take a chance on something that might contain botulism.

USDA Food Safety Guidelines

If you want to be exceptionally safe, follow the USDA food safety guidelines and cook everything to at least 160 F.

Again, never hold hot food below 140 F, and make sure to cool food you’re going to refrigerate quickly to at least 40 F, so that you aren’t flirting with the Danger Zone.



Wash hands well before and after preparing food.

person washing his hand
Photo by Burst on Pexels.com


Digital Instant Read Meat Thermometers are available on Amazon. Here’s one of their Bestsellers:



More Information:



Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Current Warnings and Travel Advisories:



April 13, 2019 – Ground Beef Warning – USA Today

More than 100 people have fallen ill from an E. coli outbreak that the federal health officials now say is linked to ground beef.

A total of 109 people in six states have been infected with the strain of Escherichia coli O103. No deaths or cases of kidney failure have been reported, but 17 have been hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.

The infections date back to March, but the common cause of the illnesses was previously unknown. The CDC said health officials are working to determine a common supplier, distributor or brand of the ground beef.

Kentucky and Tennessee have seen the highest number of cases, with 54 and 28, respectively. Other states affected are Indiana, Georgia, Ohio and Virginia, the CDC says.

For More On This Story Visit: 


CDC Current Outbreak List | CDC

Travel Health Notices | Travelers’ Health | CDC



Recent Outbreaks and Incidents | CDC – CDC Emergency Preparedness



Health Alert Network (HAN) | CDC – CDC Emergency Preparedness

OR you can become Vegan. Vegans (total vegetarians)  do not eat meat, poultry, fish, or any products derived from animals, including eggs, dairy products, and gelatin.

close up of salad in plate
Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com


basil leaves and avocado on sliced bread on white ceramic plate
Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

Lacto-ovo vegetarians: Do not eat meat, poultry, or fish, but do eat eggs and dairy products.


15 of the Most Vegan-Friendly Cities in the World
Enjoy vegan schnitzel at this restaurant in Tel Aviv | image/Goodness
Senior Editor, UK | Contactable via charlotte@livekindly.co

Are you planning a trip? You might be inspired to after checking out the 15 best cities in the world for vegan food.

15 Of The Most Vegan-Friendly Cities In The World

1. New York City

Vegan BBQ Crayfish Burger at Seasoned Vegan in Harlem | Image/Seasoned Vegan

The Big Apple is one of the most vegan-friendly cities in the world. Not only is it packed with meat-free and plant-based restaurants, but many of its non-vegan restaurant menus are also plating up plant-based options. If you’re self-catering, many supermarkets – like Lifethyme, Whole Foods, and Trader Joe’s- throughout the city have shelves brimming with vegan food.

If you’re visiting the “City That Never Sleeps,” be sure to check out one of these five vegan-friendly restaurants:

1. By Chloe – a vegan fast-casual restaurant with six locations in West Village, Flatiron, Soho, Rock Center, Williamsburg, and Seaport District.

2. Seasoned Vegan – a soul food restaurant based in Harlem.

3. Champs Diner – classic diner food with a vegan twist, based in Brooklyn’s Bushwick Neighbourhood.

4. Avant Garden – an upscale vegan restaurant with two locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

5. Beyond Sushi – a vegan sushi chain with locations across Manhattan.

2. Bristol

Spiced cauliflower and potato cakes at Suncraft | image/Suncraft

Bristol has a vegan scene to rival any capital city around the world. Located in the southwest of the UK, the maritime city has landed in the top 10 of many lists of the world’s best vegan-friendly destinations. Most recently, Chef’s Pencil named it as the number one destination for plant-based food in the world, edging out major European capitals like Berlin and London.

The popular destination is even home to vegan vending machines. Earlier this year, Vegan Vend launched Violet and Daisy — two purely plant-based vending machines — in the Galleries shopping center and studio complex the Island.

According to restaurant app Happy Cow, Bristol is home to a whopping 167 vegan restaurants. Here are five top picks:

1. Suncraft – healthy vegan cafe on Gloucester Road.
2. Oowee – a vegan junk food diner on Baldwin Street.
3. Vx – vegan fast food cafe on East Street.
4. Eat Your Greens – vegan cafe serving Sunday Roasts on Wells Road.
5. Earthcake – vegan bakery serving cake, tea, and sandwiches on North Street.

3. London

Vegan fried chicken at Temple of Seitan | image/Temple of Seitan

Alongside Bristol, London is one of the UK’s most vegan-friendly cities. In the capital, you can find vegan food at countless restaurants, independent grocery stores, supermarket chains, markets, and pop-ups. If you’re a party animal, head into Vegan Nights. Brick Lane’s monthly festival night celebrates everything plant-based, with live music, DJs, and lots and lots of indulgent, creative, tasty vegan food. If you prefer to keep things a bit more quiet and relaxed, you could take a trip up the OXO tower for a spot of vegan afternoon tea.

Whatever you fancy, London should be able to deliver. If you’re planning a meal out, here are five top vegan restaurant picks:

1. Temple of Seitan – a vegan fried chicken fast food-style restaurant with locations in Camden and Hackney.
2. Vantra Loungevity –  lounge bar serving steamed and raw vegan food on Wardour Street.
3. Itadaki Zen – vegan sushi restaurant at King’s Cross.
4. By Chloe – vegan fast-casual restaurant in Covent Garden and Tower Bridge.
5. Club Mexicana – a vegan Mexican restaurant in Dinerama.

4. Berlin

Voner specialises in vegan doner kebabs | image/Voner

Germany’s capital city has so much to offer; from art to history to culture, it doesn’t disappoint and neither does its vegan food scene. If you’re looking for junk food, raw food, smoothies, donuts, or snacks, this city has you covered. If you prefer to cook for yourself, Berlin is also brimming with organic supermarkets where you can buy whole food produce. Try Veganz, Basic Bio, or Alnatura, for example. If it’s a sit-down meal you want, try one of these top five restaurants:

1. Bamerang – a rock and metal bar serving vegan cakes and snacks.
2. Kopps – one of the best vegan fine-dining restaurants in the world.
3. Viasko – a vegan restaurant known for its freshly baked cakes.
4. Vöner – a vegan Doner kebab joint.
5. Cafe Vux – a cafe serving sweet indulgent vegan desserts.

5. Los Angeles

Mushroom crostini at Moby’s Little Pine Restaurant | image/Little Pine

Los Angeles is arguably one of the easiest places on the planet to be vegan. Among a plethora of plant-based restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, and independent grocery stores, the southern city even has its own vegan milkman, a Jewish delicatessen that makes pastrami out of mushrooms, and an In-n-Out style vegan burger joint. Every year it also plays host to Eat Drink Vegan, which is basically a plant-based foodie version of Coachella. If it’s a regular restaurant experience you’re after, here are top five restaurant picks:

1. Little Pine – a vegan restaurant owned by animal activist and musician Moby.
2. Crossroads Kitchen – an upmarket vegan eatery offering wine, cocktails, and fine food.
3. Cruzer Pizza & Pasta – a pizza restaurant serving a variety of creative recipes with vegan meats and cheeses.
4. Gracias Madre – a Mexican restaurant serving vegan versions of traditional recipes.
5. SunCafe – vegan cafe serving a variety of light cooked dishes as well as raw recipes.

6. Chiang Mai

Fresh spring rolls at Reform Kafe | image/Reform Kafe

Chiang Mai, a backpacking hotspot and one of the most relaxed destinations in South East Asia, is also a vegan haven. According to Happy Cow, the northern Thai city has much to offer in terms of cuisine, with plant-based Thai, Burmese, Indian, Chinese, and Western on offer.

Here are five of the top restaurants to check out if you’re visiting the laidback northern jewel of Thailand any time soon.

1. Reform Kafe – located in the Green Tiger Guesthouse, the restaurant serves vegan versions of Thai classics.
2.  Bee Vegan – a restaurant offering plant-based Thai dishes and Western cuisine, too.
3. Munchies – a vegan fast food joint serving comfort food like vegan hot dogs and fish and chips.
4. Dtrairatanrap – a restaurant serving Chinese and Thai vegan dishes, including plant-based meats and fish.
5. Hearts Choices – a vegan cafe serving traditional Thai-style dishes.

7. Tel Aviv

Dosa Bar in Tel Aviv offers a wide variety of vegan dishes | image/Dosa Bar

Tel Aviv in Israel has long been at the forefront of the vegan movement. Last year, at Tel Aviv Pride, a vegan LGBTQIA+ float joined the parade to send a message of compassion to all, and in March 2018, the city held its fifth annual “Vegan Congress,” which has doubled in size since the first event was held in 2014. “We will continue to carry the banner of veganism in Israel and lead the field with great pride,” said Omri Paz of Vegan-Friendly, which sponsored the event.

As is to be expected from a city often dubbed the “vegan capital of the world,” Tel Aviv is also home to a number of vegan restaurants. Here are our five top picks:

1. Dosa Bar – an Indian restaurant that serves a variety of vegan street food.
2. Anastasia – one of the city’s first vegan restaurants. It serves healthy raw and gluten-free food, as well as sandwiches and vegan cheese platters.
3. Goodness – a vegan diner serving schnitzel and tofu among other comfort food options.
4. Nature Boys – a vegan fast food joint with a twist; there is no frying of any food involved.
5. Meshek Barzilay – a fully vegan and organic restaurant that serves a variety of dishes, including breakfast, pancakes, and Indian Thali.

8. Melbourne

Hot dogs at Lord of the Fries | image/Lord of the Fries

Melbourne, the Australian capital of Victoria, is one of the most visited destinations in the country thanks to its location on the coast. It’s packed with things to do, including museums and nightlife, and is home to some beautiful beaches. When you tire of the sand, Melbourne is also a vegan travelers paradise, with plenty of choice to please even the fussiest of eaters. Here are our five top restaurant choices:

1. Lord of the Fries – the meat-free fast food joint is one of Australia’s most popular vegan destinations, and there are six located in Melbourne.
2. Smoothme Superfood Bar – a vegan bar that serves açaí bowls and smoothies as well as cheesecake and savory bagels.
3. Crossways – a vegetarian restaurant that serves an all-vegan buffet for lunch.
4. Saravana Bhavan – an International vegetarian chain that sells South Indian meat-free cuisine.
5. Realfoods Organic Cafe – serves a variety of raw vegan and gluten-free meals.

9. Chennai

Chennai is the most vegan-friendly city in India

Chennai, located on the eastern coast of India, was recently crowned India’s most vegan-friendly city – no mean feat for a city in a country that prides itself on vegetarian cuisine. Animal rights organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) awarded the city its title. CEO of PETA India Dr. Manilal Valliyate said at the time, “global interest in the vegan lifestyle has never been higher, and Chennai is leading the country in responding to it.” As you would expect, many restaurants in Chennai offer vegan options, but these are our top five:

1. Raw Routine – serves sugar cane blends, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and salads.
2. Wild Garden Cafe at Amethyst – offers continental cuisine with a variety of vegan options, including tofu scramble.
3. Ananda Bhavan – a veggie restaurant serving Southern Indian-inspired vegan food.
4. Annalakshmi – another high-quality veggie restaurant serving Southern Indian-inspired vegan food.
5. Flower Drum – a vegetarian restaurant serving Indian, Chinese, and Thai food with plenty of vegan food on offer.

10. Portland

Vegan steak and burrito at Portland’s Homegrown Smoker | image/Homegrown Smoker

Portland in Oregon really is the place to be if you’re after lots of vegan food choice. The city is packed with options and is frequently acknowledged as one of the most vegan-friendly destinations in the U.S. The city is so cruelty-free, it’s even home to an all-vegan strip club. If it’s just food you’re after, here are our five top restaurant picks:

1. Homegrown Smoker – a cafe offering vegan versions of BBQ and Soul dishes.
2. Virtuous Pie – a restaurant offering vegan pizza and dairy-free ice cream.
3. Aviv – an Israeli vegan restaurant serving a variety of dishes, including falafel bowls.
4. Blossoming Lotus – an organic cafe serving freshly made healthy vegan food.
5. Veggie Grill – a plant-based fast-casual chain.

11. Budapest

Vegan stuffed omelettes at Foodiez | image/Slow Foodiez

The capital of Hungary is super popular among backpackers, thanks to its cheap bars, rich history, and pretty architecture. It’s also a hot spot for vegan food, with plenty of variety on offer. See below for our top five Budapest vegan restaurant picks:

1. Madal Food – a vegan pasta bar with creamy fresh pasta options.
2. Slow Foodiez – vegan restaurant serving Hungarian dishes among options like Spanish omelette and sushi.
3. Vegazzi – a vegan Neopolitan pizza parlour.
4. Napfenyes Restaurant – a vegan restaurant serving Hungarian specialties.
5. Szabad Bisztro – a new vegan pub serving a variety of sandwiches, bagels, and of course, beer.

12. Ho Chi Minh City

Veggie Saigon serves a variety of vegan meals | image/Jamiie.vo

Ho Chi Minh City is a Vietnamese jewel; it’s busy, it’s bustling, it’s full of history, and you guessed it, its vegan scene isn’t half bad either. There aren’t many things to keep you away from Ho Chi Minh City, so if you do decide to visit, try one of these five top restaurants:

1. The Organick House – a veggie restaurant serving a number of vegan dishes and a variety of smoothies and juices.
2. Hum Vegetarian – the veggie chain has a few locations across the city. It offers healthy plant-based dishes and raw vegan options.
3.Veggie Saigon – a restaurant serving vegan and vegetarian traditional Vietnamese dishes, including seaweed spring rolls.
4. A Di Da Phat – a vegan Vietnamese restaurant with plant-based meats on the menu.
5. Prem Bistro and Cafe – stop at this vegan-friendly cafe for a spot of scrambled tofu or a quinoa stir fry.

13. Prague

Vegan notdog at Forky’s in Prague | image/Forky’s

There isn’t much not to love about Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. The medieval city is the largest in the country and as you may already be aware, is steeped in fascinating history and architecture. If you’re visiting the capital and need to rest your weary feet after all that sightseeing, try one of these five restaurants:

1. Prasad – a veggie restaurant offering a daytime buffet packed with plant-based treats.
2. Bubu’s Pub & Kitchen – stop by this vegan pub for a plant-based snack and an indulgent locally brewed beer.
3. Country Life Restaurant – a vegan restaurant serving a buffet and a selection of burgers, salads, and juices.
4. Forky’s – a vegan fast food joint offering hot dogs, burgers, and kebabs.
5. Herbivore – a vegan bistro serving soups, salads, and a selection of cakes.

14. Ubud

Earth Cafe’s Planet Platter | image/Earth Cafe

Fancy sunning yourself in beautiful Bali? In between beach stops, head inland to busy Ubud, where you can visit temples, markets, and lots of vegan-friendly restaurants. See below for our top picks:

1. Clear Cafe – a vegan-friendly cafe with a focus on serving international cuisine made with locally-sourced produce.
2. Sage – a vegan restaurant serving burgers and burritos, as well as indulgent cakes, like banana bread.
3. Earth Cafe – a vegan cafe serving a variety of healthy plant-based dishes.
4. Kafe – stop by this plant-based cafe for a healthy organic brunch.
5. Warung Sopa – a traditional Indonesian buffet-style warung with plenty of plant-based food options.

15. Edinburgh

Holy Cow uses sustainable local produce | image/Holy Cow

Scotland’s capital, Edinburgh, is popular for a number of reasons; it’s home to a castle, a diverse music and art scene, and plenty of beautiful architecture. It’s also home to a growing vegan scene and has plenty of plant-based restaurants for hungry travelers to fuel their busy sightseeing schedule. See below for a list of five top picks:

1. NovaPizza Vegetarian Kitchen – this veggie pizza and pasta restaurant has an extensive vegan menu filled with dairy-free cheese and plant-based meats.
2. Holy Cow – a vegan cafe with a focus on using sustainably sourced local produce.
3. Naked Bakery – a vegan bakery serving a variety of sweet treats and savoury options, including toasties and soups.
4. Karma Kebab – a vegan cafe offering vegan versions of the traditional Doner kebab.
5. Beetroot Sauvage – a vegan cafe serving smoothies and juices; it also hosts yoga classes and a weekly vegan market.





Dogs Sniff Out Cancer 97% Of Time

According to a study presented this week at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting, researchers may have figured a way to use the keen sense of smell of dogs to detect deadly cancers, a new study says. 
Heather Junqueira, lead researcher at BioScentDx, a pharmaceutical lab in Florida is the author of the study. The experiment, conducted by researchers BioScentDx, trained the beagles to differentiate between blood samples from lung cancer patients and normal blood samples.
Smell receptors of all dogs are 10,000 times more sensitive than in humans.

dog sitting on rug overlooking green leafed plants
Photo by Artem Bali on Pexels.com
Researchers trained beagles to differentiate between malignant lung cancer tissue and normal blood serum. One of the dogs, named Snuggles, didn’t perform, but the other three were able to correctly identify blood samples with lung cancer 96.7 percent of the time as well as normal blood samples 97.5 percent of the time.

brown white short coated dog
Photo by Flickr on Pexels.com
The dogs identified cancerous tissue 96.7% of the time. They identified normal tissue 97.5% of the time.  Three beagles detected lung cancer nearly 97% of the time,  

“Although there is currently no cure for cancer, early detection offers the best hope of survival, a highly sensitive test for detecting cancer could potentially save thousands of lives and change the way the disease is treated.” -Heather Junqueira, study author

The researchers now hope to use this sense to develop inexpensive, noninvasive ways of cancer detection.

Junqueira says, “This work is very exciting because it paves the way for further research along two paths, both of which could lead to new cancer-detection tools.”

The company plans to use the dog-sniffing technique in a recently launched breast cancer study, it says in a news release.

Heather with dog
Heather Junqueira, lead researcher, BioScentDx


‘None of the oncologists I met was skeptical about Mia’s role in diagnosing my cancer – they have heard it before’ -Emilie Clark, patient

The insider’s guide to cancer prevention

experience: Emilie Clark with dog Mia

Photograph: Mark Chilvers for the Guardian“She fixed her eyes on mine and stared intently. She seemed certain there was a problem.’ -Emilie Clark with her dog Mia

met my miniature dachshund, Mia, at a rescue centre five years ago. She was one of a litter of 12-week-old puppies confiscated from a puppy farm. I hoped she would be my assistance dog for my health problems.

Since birth, I have suffered with a type of heart arrhythmia called ventricular tachycardia. My heart races and, if I don’t take medication immediately to slow it, I lose consciousness.

I’ve had to be rushed to hospital to have it restarted. Unrelated to that, at 19 I started to lose my hearing and now struggle with high-pitched sounds such as the phone or doorbell ringing.

I was studying to be a vet, so the idea of having an assistance dog appealed to me – I love animals. The theory was that Mia would alert me when the phone was ringing or when my heart rate was speeding up and I had to take emergency medication.

When she was 16 weeks old, she was assessed by a charity that trains pets to become assistance dogs. I hoped the immediate and instinctive bond Mia and I shared when we met meant she’d be suitable.

She qualified as my assistance dog just before her second birthday. Mia learned to alert me just before my arrhythmia starts by making a horrible screeching noise and jumping up at me. She ferrets in my handbag and brings me my heart medicine.

She puts her paw on my leg to inform me when the phone’s ringing. Once we were in B&Q when the fire alarm sounded and, executing her training perfectly, she lay on the floor and stared at me, hard, to tell me a siren was blaring.

One evening in November 2011, I was at my computer when Mia leapt on to my lap and nuzzled into the flesh at the top of my left breast. She closed her eyes and licked furiously. That frightened me because it’s what she does when I have a bruise or cut.

I pushed her gently away but she fixed her eyes on mine and stared at me intently, as she does when she’s alerting me to something. I was uneasy now.

Mia seemed certain there was a problem with the area at the top of my breast. I couldn’t distinguish anything – my breasts are naturally lumpy – so it was difficult.

All evening Mia attempted to leap on to my lap and tend to the area of skin where she perceived a problem. The following morning, I visited my GP with a sense of dread.

I asked for an ultrasound or a mammogram. I didn’t start the consultation by telling him that my dog had alerted me to the possible abnormality – I was aware it might sound far-fetched, but when he was dismissive, saying it was unlikely I had breast cancer because I was only 24, I explained.

“I know dogs detect cancer and my dog is determined there’s something wrong with my breast,” I said firmly. Then I informed him that, as I trusted my dog, I wasn’t leaving his surgery until he’d made me a hospital appointment.

My faith in Mia’s diagnostic abilities wasn’t misplaced. I had an ultrasound within a week and, sure enough, there was a lump that a biopsy later confirmed was grade 2a breast cancer.

Two days later, I was in surgery having the lump removed. Then I started radiotherapy – five days a week for three weeks. I was angry. I was only 24 and I’d already suffered so many health problems.


It made everything else harder. Training to be a vet requires 100% dedication and, with fighting cancer and having intense and exhausting radiotherapy, I couldn’t give that, so I had to drop out of university. They were really hard times. My relationship broke up and I had to move back home with my parents. Mia was by my side through it all. Cuddling her after bad news or a gruelling session of treatment alleviated some of the pain.

None of the oncologists I met during my ordeal was sceptical about Mia’s role in diagnosing my cancer – they had heard it before. There’s a charity called Medical Detection Dogs that trains dogs to sniff out cancer, and its work is endorsed by Cancer Research UK. Scientists are researching how dogs possess this diagnostic ability so that humans can harness it.

Fortunately, my cancer hadn’t spread but it will be another 16 months of scans before doctors grant me the all clear. Meanwhile, I’m rebuilding my life. No matter what life serves up, the bond between Mia and me will always be incredibly strong.

As told to Jane Common, The Guardian



 Have a story you want to share? Contact: Maria.Dorfner@yahoo.com


%d bloggers like this: