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From the Editor Welcome to Fall! The seasons have officially changed and I am so excited! The briskness in the air helps to add a spark to my step at this time of the year. Thinking of days where a nice sweater will help knock off the chill and layering of fabrics without the bulk of a heavy coat just yet. I am also more prone to take a walk and work up a sweat versus trying to walk in the heat of summer! That's a good thing because in this issue we're talking about health and living a healthier lifestyle. Growing up I loved fresh fruit and I still do, but I have found that I don't buy it as much as I should so over the last several years I've joined various CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) programs to increase my intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. One of our feature articles this month highlights the urban farming movement in Cleveland, and although we just scratch the surface this month we will delve further into this in future editions. Last year I had the opportunity to learn a little more about the “food deserts” that have cropped up in urban communities, and I'll tell you it is eye opening and jarring to think about the lack of fresh food in so many of our communities. If you are like many of us and want to think about altering your lifestyle then you must mark your calendar for October 19, 2013 to attend the “Celebrate Sisterhood” conference where you will learn how to embrace a healthy lifestyle and become empowered to make sound health care decisions. Speaking of quality of life, please check out our cover story on Dr. Maria Siemionow, a world renowned scientist and microsurgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Siemionow is the Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgery Training at the Clinic. Learn more about her and her history making procedures in R. Lee Gamble's story. From miraculous procedures we move to helping others traipse through the many layers associated with the medical community. In general we are accustomed to calling the doctor's office and making an appointment, arriving and paying the “copay” and doing it all over again in a year if we are in good health. We aren't familiar with the complicated maize patients are regularly confronted with when diagnosed with a serious illness. To help us all navigate this process Allenda Henry has founded the “Journey Foundation” and this month she is sharing her personal journey with you. Offering her own journey is contributing writer Michelle Phillips Fay, who was confronted with challenging news that transformed her world. She testifies that she now understands the truth in the age old adage “When you have your health, you have everything.” Preparing your body is the key to a prolonged healthy lifestyle, but we also look at the importance of a spiritual health as well – particularly for women called to minister to others. Dr. Crystal Walker founded “Sisters United in Christ” to assist women along their spiritual path to the ministry. It is our hope that these articles and others will help you jumpstart your road to living a healthier lifestyle! If you have already subscribed to Phenomenal Woman, thank you; if you haven't please consider taking out a subscription today and like us on Facebook. You can also follow yours truly on Twitter @shellshock62.
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AN EVENT FOR WOMEN OF COLOR
METROHEALTH OFFERS BREAST HEALTH FOR EVERYONE
EATING HEALTHY IN GREATER CLEVELAND
THE MAKING OF THE JOURNEY FOUNDATION
DR. CRYSTAL WALKER EMPOWERING LOCAL WOMEN OF CHRIST
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Make a difference in the life of a child Learn about Foster Care and Adoption Cuyahoga County Children & Family Services Jane Edna Hunter Building 3955 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44115 Phone: (216) 431-4500 or 216-881-5775 Summit County Children Services 264 S. Arlington St. Akron, OH 44306 Phone: 330.379.9094 TTY: 330.379.2036 Northeast Ohio Adoption Services Warren Office: 5000 E. Market St, Suite 26 Warren, OH 44484 Toll Free: (800) 686-6627 Email: email@example.com Cleveland Office: 539 E. Washington St., Suite 104 Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 Toll Free: (800) 686-6627 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Dinner 15 Annual Awards It’s a New Era Friday November 15, 2013 5:30 pm Cocktail Reception 7:30 pm Dinner Program
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Business Loan Checklist Documentation Needed for Small Business Loan Applications!
While every loan program has specific forms you need to fill out and documents you need to submit, you will likely need to submit much of the same information for different loan packages. Before you start applying for loans, you should get some basic documentation together. The following are typical items that will be required for any small business loan application: Personal Background: Either as part of the loan application or as a separate document, you will probably be asked to provide some personal background information, including previous addresses, names used, criminal record, educational background, etc. Resumes: Some lenders require evidence of management or business experience, particularly for loans that are intended to be used to start a new business. Business Plan: All loan programs require a sound business plan to be submitted with the loan application. The business plan should include a complete set of projected financial statements, including profit and loss, cash flow and a balance sheet.
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Personal Credit Report: Your lender will obtain your personal credit report as part of the application process. However, you should obtain a credit report from all three major consumer credit rating agencies before submitting a loan application to the lender. Inaccuracies and blemishes on your credit report can hurt your chances of getting a loan approved. It’s critical you try to clear these up before beginning the application process. Business Credit Report: If you are already in business, you should be prepared to submit a credit report for your business. As with the personal credit report, it is important to review your business’ credit report before beginning the application process. Income Tax Returns: Most loan programs require applicants to submit personal and business income tax returns for the previous 3 years. Financial Statements: Many loan programs require owners with more than a 20 percent stake in your business to submit signed personal financial statements. Continued on next page
. . . Business Loan Checklist You may also be required to provide projected financial statements either as part of, or separate from, your business plan. It is a good idea to have these prepared and ready in case a program for which you are applying requires these documents to be submitted individually. Bank Statements: Many loan programs require one year of personal and business bank statements to be submitted as part of a loan package. Collateral: Collateral requirements vary greatly. Some loan programs do not require collateral. Loans involving higher risk factors for default require substantial collateral. Strong business plans and financial statements can help you avoid putting up collateral. In any case, it is a good idea to prepare a collateral document that describes cost/value of personal or business property that will be used to secure a loan. Legal Documents: Depending on a loan’s specific requirements, your lender may require you to submit one or more legal documents. Make sure you have the following items in order, if applicable:
continued Business licenses and registrations required for you to conduct business ? Articles of Incorporation ? Copies of contracts you have with any third parties ? Franchise agreements ? Commercial leases
Questions Your Lender Will Ask You Forms vary by program and lending institution, but they all ask for the same information. You should be prepared to answer the following questions. It’s a good idea to have this information prepared before you fill out the application: ? Why are you applying for this loan? ? How will the loan proceeds be used? ? What assets need to be purchased, and who are your
suppliers? ? What other business debt do you have, and who are your
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The Intrinsic Value of Good Health Last year, when four medical professionals diagnosed a potentially lifethreatening condition in me, I came to appreciate more than ever before the truth behind the adage --"When you have your health, you have everything." When faced with the specter of losing my life, I realized that there is little value in anything else. Thankfully, the MRI report was wrong. But what a lesson in right-minded thinking I received. by Michelle Phillips Fay Contributing Writer
Prior to my entry into the world of misdiagnosis, I maintained a healthy lifestyle. It was a conscious choice, driven by my desire to live fully an abundant life. So I ate right, choosing foods that were low fat, high fiber and low cholesterol. And I avoided beef and pork, preferring baked poultry and fresh seafood. I supplemented good nutrition with vitamins, minerals and probiotics.
my strong confidence in both, I might not have pushed on to see the third oncologist.
For physical fitness, I performed a rigorous cardio workout twice a week in Zumba class. Mental fitness came through twice-amonth meditation classes and once-weekly yoga. And my spiritual health was maintained by generous daily doses of prayer. Routine annual examinations -- mammogram, PAP, eye -- were never overlooked, nor were the twice-yearly dental examinations since I brushed and flossed regularly. So you can imagine my shock in being told that I was potentially facing a fiveand-a-half-month chemotherapy regimen, courtesy of a disease widely known as “The Silent Killer” or ovarian cancer. Before my initial appointment, standing before my bathroom mirror I asked my body if it was sick, as I silently listened for the answer. (Yoga teaches you how to listen to the body.) It answered no. Sadly, the first two oncologists believed the MRI report, but not me. As they each planned for radical surgery, something inside me resolutely refused to accept the findings of the medical report. Equipped with a "full-armor attitude," I sought a third opinion. While winding my way through the medical maze of appointments, blood work, chest x-rays, EKGs, and records requests, I self-medicated with mirror affirmations as prescribed by Oprah's life coaching series. Every time I passed a mirror in my home I affirmed aloud -- "I am healthy. I am healthy. I am healthy." The more I said it, the more I believed it. This exercise helped to reaffirm my beliefs not only in a healthy lifestyle, but also in a promised abundant life. Had it not been for 10 ▒ OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013
Ultimately, I searched for someone who could confirm the health that my body was proclaiming, despite what the report showed. I shared that same question-and-answer session with the third oncologist during our lengthy visit. Her thorough review of my medical records, thoughtful examination of my body, and willingness to listen to me helped her discover the mistake in diagnosis that others had made. Without confidence in my overall good health, things could have turned out differently. I might have acquiesced quickly to the other doctors' recommended treatment plan. After all, I had only my word against the words printed on the medical report and chief among them was the word “malignancy.” In my case, good health spoke volumes to those willing to listen, including myself, and even louder than “The Silent Killer.” Today, my ovaries and I are doing just fine.
~~~~~~ Michelle Phillips Fay is a regular contributor to this magazine on the subject of mentoring. She was accompanied to her first oncologist's visit by her former “Little Sister” through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland, who surprised Ms. Fay by flying into town the night before to accompany her. On the subject of mentoring, according to Ms. Fay, “That says it all.”
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Fall Film Series Presented in collaboration with Center for Adult and Veteran Services, Office of Sexual and Relationship Violence Support Services and Women's Studies In preparation for Presidential Speaker Series Event Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, November 14, 2013 Sponsored by the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the College of Communication and Information Girl Rising Tuesday, October 8, 7pm 214 Oscar Ritchie Hall Wednesday, October 9, 7pm Studio A, Twin Towers Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries. It showcases the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. www.girlrising.com
Invisible War Tuesday, October 22, 7pm KIVA From Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick comes a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best-kept secrets â€“ the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. Additional resources and support services will be provided. www.invisiblewarmovie.com
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide Tuesday, November 5, 7pm KIVA Tuesday, November 12, 7pm KIVA From two of our most fiercely moral voices, Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is a passionate call to arms against our era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls in the developing world. www.halftheskymovement.com
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Women Framing American Rights A Kent State University sponsored trip to Seneca Falls, NY is scheduled for October 10-13, 2013. This trip is open to all interested Kent State University students and faculty from any campus. All majors and disciplines are welcome. The registration fee for this trip is $150 (non-refundable) per person. Costs include: · Transportation · Three nights lodging in Seneca, NY (double occupancy) · All museum tickets · Tickets to the National Induction Ceremony Program participants will leave for Seneca, NY on the morning of Thursday, October 10 and return on the evening of Sunday, October 13. Below are just a few of the many places of interest we will visit: · · · · ·
McClintock House (Underground Railroad) Harriet Tubman Home William Seward Museum Women's Rights National Historic Park Induction ceremony for National Women's Hall of Fame
We would like to acknowledge financial support from: The College of Arts and Sciences The Office of the V.P., Diversity, Equity and Inclusion The Office of External Affairs The Department of English, Kent Campus The Department of History, Kent Campus Dean Wagor, Stark Kent The Center for Student Involvement The Women's Center Dr. Nick Young, In Kind Services Dr. Suzanne Holt and Friends of Kent State University Women's Studies The Office of Experiential Education and Civic Engagement For additional information, please contact: Cyndy Troccio Denise Harrison email@example.com 330-244-3402 firstname.lastname@example.org 330-672-9230 Like our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/group/senecafalls
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Dr. Maria Siemionow
Changing Lives Through Face Transplantation
“All over the world doctors like myself, are making the argument that face transplant surgeries are important for the patient's quality of life,” Siemionow said. “But, these are still new procedures so that makes it very difficult to get the insurance companies to respond and I really don't think it will be possible to make that argument at this stage.”
by R. Lee Gamble
In 2004, Thomas Culp picked up a shotgun and fired a round into the face of his then wife Connie. That single shotgun blast completely destroyed her face, shattering her nose, cheeks, the roof of her mouth and an eye. Thomas was sentenced to seven years in prison. Connie was sentenced to a life of stares and physical discomfort. In a society where beauty seems to be valued above a lot of things, having a facial disfigurement as severe as Connie's could leave her not only physically debilitated, but psychologically as well. 14 ▒ OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013
COVER - DR. MARIA SIEMIONOW World renowned scientist and microsurgeon, Maria Siemionow, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgery Training for Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Plastic Surgery is working to make a difference in the lives of individuals like Connie. In December of 2008, Siemionow and her multi-disciplinary team of doctors and surgeons performed the nation's first near-total face transplant on Connie. During the 22-hour procedure, surgeons essentially replaced Connie's entire face, except for her upper eyelids, forehead, lower lip and chin. A highly regarded scientist, Siemionow has dedicated her professional life to researching and developing methods doctors could use to substantially help patients with severe facial disfiguration. Earning her medical degree from the Poznan Medical Academy in 1974, she completed her residency in orthopedics, and then earned a Ph.D. in microsurgery. In 1985, Siemionow completed a hand surgery fellowship at the Christine Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery in Louisville, Ky. Among many other accomplishments, Dr. Siemionow has over 250 scientific publications. She has edited two plastic surgery textbooks, one popular science book, and has contributed to 31 published book chapters. Dr. Siemionow has also received, as Principal Investigator, the first IRB approval in the world for her Composite Facial Allograft Transplantation protocol.
“As a physician, one of the most rewarding things we can do is to restore the quality of life to a patient,”
She specializes in microsurgery, hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery, transplantation, and microcirculation research. Dr. Siemionow is also leading the way in developing new technology for minimal immunosuppression in transplantation. Being a female, she said, never had an impact on what she was able to achieve. “Gender barriers were never an issue for me,” she said. “The real barriers, regardless of gender, are economic barriers. Innovative research and protocols require financial support – thus I have received multiple grants to advance my experimental studies in preparation for clinical face transplantation. “As a physician, one of the most rewarding things we can do is to restore the quality of life to a patient,” Siemionow said. “Patients with facial disfigurements have very difficult challenges in society. We hope that one day we may be able to help the tens of thousands of patients who are quietly suffering.” Although Siemionow and her team have only performed one surgery, she is hopeful that this will become routine in the future. “These are very special procedures. Currently, there are only 26 face transplants that have been performed world-wide. This is not yet a standard of care; however, we are hoping that we will be performing these procedures more often in the near future. The major problem we are facing is the need for antirejection medications, which these patients would have to take the same way they would if they have had a heart or kidney transplant.” Continued on next page ... www.PHENOMENALWOMAN.me ▒ 15
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nti-rejection medications can be harmful and they can cause various side-effects. Transplant patients would have to take this medication every day for the entire span of their lives. The cost for the medication is about $20,000 each year of the patient's life. Insurance companies are not covering face transplants because it is considered experimental. “All over the world doctors like myself, are making the argument that face transplant surgeries are important for the patient's quality of life,” Siemionow said. “But, these are still new procedures so that makes it very difficult to get the insurance companies to respond and I really don't think it will be possible to make that argument at this stage.” Siemionow said that Connie is doing very well after enduring such a major procedure. “She is fully integrated back in her small town in southern Ohio and she is participating in all family activities. Her quality of life is really very, very good. She can eat, she can drink fluids, she can talk over the phone and people can understand her, which was not the case before. These are small things people take for granted, but it was a huge change for the patient.” Face transplants are becoming accepted world-wide so people are beginning to understand the need for facial tissue donation, Siemionow explained. In order to be a donor a special consent form must be signed by either the person donating or by family members of the deceased. 16 ▒ OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013
There is already another patient on the facial transplantation list who is just waiting for a donor to become available. “Ten years from now I think we will see face transplants performed more regularly,” Siemionow said. “I am hoping that we will have better medications by that time. “My laboratory in Cleveland Clinic is working on developing new protocols and therapies to induce tolerance in the recipients of organ donations such as face transplants. We are hoping that we will develop medications that will be less harmful. It is my goal to develop a protocol where transplant patients will only need medication for a short time instead of requiring them to take it for life, which would of course help the patient and it will also lower costs.” Siemionow said her laboratory is filled with young scientists working to make these new protocols and therapies safer in the future. Her research is funded by grants from the Department of Defense. Other labs in the country, and worldwide, are working on developing safer medication as well and Siemionow is happy that she and her team are part of the process. Originally from Poland, Siemionow resides in Shaker Heights, with her husband, an expert in neural physiology of the brain. They have one son who is an orthopedic spine surgeon in Chicago. All photos by: Eric Benson
OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH
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Embrace a healthy lifestyle: Celebrate Sisterhood Conference is around the corner Refuel. Refresh. Recharge. They have a prescription for health, wellness and a day of fun for women of color Learn how to embrace a healthy lifestyle and become empowered to make sound health care decisions at the Celebrate Sisterhood conference. The Celebrate Sisterhood conference is an uplifting health and wellness event for women of color. The co nfe re n c e w i l l k i c k o ff Saturday October 19th, at 7:30 am. The event goes until 3 pm, Linda Bradley, MD, Gynecologist and is sure to be one that should Co-Chair - Celebrate Sisterhood not be missed. The featured speaker, Dr. J. Nadine Garcia is the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Minority Health and the Director of the Office of Minority Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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The day will be an informative affair consisting of continental breakfast, lunch, health screenings, workshops and a cooking demonstration. The screenings include healthy heart, BMI, bone density, skin checks among others. Dr. Garcia will be giving her keynote address on President Obama's commitment to women's health and how the Affordable Care Act is benefiting women. Dr. Angela Kyei, the director of the Multicultural Skin and Hair Center at the Cleveland Clinic, will also be speaking. She will provide tips for women to manage hair and blemishes. The cooking demonstration will be given by Jenné Claiborne, a vibrant New Yorker, and an energetic health coach and head chef for the Nourishing Vegan. You will be dazzled by the five tasty recipes that she will prepare using 5-Ingredients!
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“You will take home action steps that will inspire you to become healthier and stronger. You'll be able to share the message of selfcare with your family, friends, coworkers and community,” said Dr. Linda Bradley, Co-Chair of Celebrate Sisterhood and Vice Chair of the Ob/Gyn & Women's Health Institute. Register for the event by going online at : celebratesisterhoodconference2013.eventbrite.com or by calling toll-free at 855.897.7727. The conference will be held at the Cleveland Clinic Lyndhurst Campus, 1950 Richmond Road Lyndhurst, Ohio 44124 and costs $25 to attend. Advanced registration is required. Gift bags and great raffle prizes will be awarded.
Pictured are attendees from last year’s event
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BREAST/Amigas Program MetroHealth Cancer Care Center improves breast health of uninsured and underserved women in Cuyahoga County through its BRinging Education, Advocacy and Support Together (BREAST)/ Amigas program. Since 2005, the BREAST program has screened over 5,100 women and educated more than 28,020 women. This program reduces barriers by providing free, culturally-sensitive bilingual education, clinical breast examinations (CBEs), mammograms, and patient navigation services in convenient community locations. The BREAST program offers mammograms in mobile vans and CBEs, performed by MetroHealth doctors, regardless of the ability to pay. Over 500 volunteers made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, and community members are involved. Program staff set up mobile clinics in churches, homeless shelters, and other community settings to reach women who are rarely or never screened. The program partners with more than 250 local agencies and churches. At least 30 different agencies participate at each health fair/breast screening, providing additional screenings such as blood pressure, glucose, HIV, Pap exams, cholesterol, and vision. Free food, child care, massages and bus passes are available for participants. Free screening and diagnostic mammograms and ultra sounds for those who qualify are offered at MetroHealth's main campus. Bilingual (English/Spanish) patient navigators arrange ongoing comprehensive follow-up services for over 1,400 patients. Since its inception, the program has identified more than 300 abnormal exams. The patient navigator links patients to primary care physicians, social services and financial services as needed. All educational materials and correspondence are bilingual. Bilingual BREAST staff also train and educate Latina women through the Amigas Unidas peer-to-peer program. These Latina community volunteers (Amigas) are trained in a 6-hour education session to become certified Breast Health Advocates. To date, the program has trained 186 “Amigas” volunteers who then teach their peers in bilingual one-on-one and small group sessions in homes, churches, health fairs and beauty salons. The “Amigas” have educated over 5,000 women on breast self awareness, screening guidelines, and where to find a mammogram in their community. BREAST/Amigas Program Video link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-j56w4uBOU MetroHealth BREAST/Amigas Unidas Program Website http://www.metrohealth.org/breastprogram
BREAST HEALTH FOR EVERYONE Breast Cancer Facts 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer for women in America
Caucasian women are more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer, while Latina and African American women are more likely to die from it because of late detection Early diagnosis of breast cancer means a greater chance at survival
3 Steps to Better Breast Health Monthly self-breast examinations starting at age 20
Clinical Breast Examinations (CBE) every 3 years for women 20-39 and yearly after 40 Yearly mammograms starting at age 40 For more information contact MetroHealth at
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MacDonald Women’s Hospital Saturday, November 16, 2013 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Wolstein Research Building Lobby 2103 Cornell Road Cleveland, OH 44106
A night filled with food from around the world, live entertainment, dancing and both a live and silent auction Cocktail attire/International wear
You are cordially invited to attend the 2nd annual
Go Global! Gala A fundraiser to benefit WONDOOR (Women, Neonates, Diversity, Outreach, Opportunities, and Research)
Tickets $60/$25 Students Table of 8 for $480
Global Health Program and Scholars
For tickets please visit www.uhhospitals.org/WONDOOR
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Cynthia Barnes Booker
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with keynote address by Renowned champion of human rights
William Beardall, Jr., JD Executive Director of the Equal Justice Center
Dental Researchers Find Switch that Turns on the Spread of Cancer Reporting in Nature Cell Biology, researchers describe the discovery of a specific protein called disabled-2 (Dab2) that switches on the process that releases cancer cells from the original tumor and allows the cells to spread and develop into new tumors in other parts of the body. The process called epithelial-mesenchymal transdifferientiation (EMT) has been known to play a role in releasing cells (epithelial cells) on the surface of the solid tumor and transforming them into transient mesenchymal cell: cells with the ability to start to grow a new tumor. This is often the fatal process in breast, ovarian, pancreatic and colon-rectal cancers. Searching to understand how the EMT process begins, Ge Jin, who has joint appointments at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, began by working backwards from EMT to find its trigger. The researchers found that a compound called transforming growth factor-ß (TGF-ß) triggers the formation of the Dab2 protein. It was this protein, Dab2, that activated the EMT process. He discovered that when the researchers knocked out Dab2, EMT was not triggered. "This is the major piece in cancer research that has been missing," Jin said. Most tumors are epithelial in origin and have epithelial markers on their surface. The EMT process takes place when some of those cells
dislodge from the surface and undergo a transformation into a fibrous mesenchymal cell maker with the ability to migrate. "EMT is the most important step in this process," said Jin. He was part of a six-member research team, led by Philip Howe from the Department of Cancer Biology at the Lerner Research Institute in a National Institute of Cancer-funded study. The research group studied the biological processes that initiated the cancer spread by using cancer cells in animal models. "It's a complicated cascade process," Jin said. "If we can understand the signaling pathway for modulating EMT, then we can design drugs to delay or halt EMT cells and control tumor progression," Jin said. Beyond cancer, Jin said. "The process we discovered may lead to understanding how other diseases progress." Authors on the Nature Cell Biology article, "TGF-ß-mediated phosphorylation of hnRNP E1 induces EMT via transcriptselective translational induction of Dab2 and ILEI," are Arindam Chaudhury and George S. Hussey from the Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and Cleveland State University; Partho S. Ray from the Lerner Research Institute and the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (India), Ge Jin, the Lerner Research Institute and Case Western Reserve University; Paul Fox and Philip Howe from the Lerner Research Institute. Source: Case Western Reserve University
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The rich "black gold" produced at Rid-All
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Eating healthy in Greater Cleveland Article and photos: by Shelley Shockley The City of Cleveland is on the rise in many levels, but one level where a deep void remains is the number of food deserts. According to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) Food deserts are defined as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas. This is largely due to a lack of grocery stores, farmers' markets, and healthy food providers. Unfortunately, this definition fits many Cleveland neighborhoods, but things are looking up. Over the last several years more urban farms, community gardens and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA's) have cropped up in locations you would never associate with farming. One of these locations is tucked away in an area known to many as the “Forgotten Triangle,” an area bordered by low-income housing and vacant lots. As you travel down Otter Road the sites are not appealing and you don't have that fresh “country” smell in the air but as you continue traveling, lying in front of you is large parcel of land complete with hop houses and signs of growth springing up. At the end of this road sits Rid-All Green Farm a subsidiary of Rid-All Green Partnership.
On the June afternoon when we visited Rid-All the sites were ripe with colors of growth and energy were overflowing; from the green trees that abut the property to the beautiful flowers harvesting around the property. Much like Dorothy when she traveled to Oz this journey was not to a yellow brick road, but to a mound of “black gold” and harvests. The “black gold” is described on their website as, “our super nutritious soil.” The soil is produced utilizing discarded produce from the Cleveland Foodbank, wood chips from the city of Cleveland's forestry department, and coffee grounds from local coffee houses and hops from two local breweries. This process has created a rich soil used not only on site but also in four community gardens and several backyard gardens as “the first step in creating an urban eco-village in the Buckeye Neighborhood.” A key aspect of the Rid-All Partnership is their commitment not only to providing fresh produce, but also to educating the community. The site is home to training for adults and youth helping to engage more residents in the benefits of sustainable practices. They are a Regional Training Center of the Milwaukeebased Growing Inc. network, a national nonprofit organization that works with people from diverse backgrounds and the environment in which they live by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high quality, safe and affordable food. Continued on next page ...
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Highlights of the farm include the fish greenhouse where they are currently growing “black tilapia” in a completely sustainable environment, and massive teepee they built using local trees. The training program continues with a weekend workshop on “Food Preparation, Diet and Healthy Options” from October 1113. Visit their website at www.greennghetto.org for more information. On the near Westside of Cleveland on W. 25th & Bridge Road, you will find another once desolate parcel of land that has been transformed into a working farm. The Ohio City Farm operates on land owned by the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority and leased to Ohio City Development Corporation. In 2009 the six-acre parcel was transformed through a cooperative effort that included Refugee Response and Great Lakes Brewery.
Local refugees who have resettled in Cleveland, farm the land and Great Lakes uses the produce in its restaurant. Amanda D e m p s e y, g e n e r a l manager of the West Side Market and formerly with Ohio City Development says that farmers working the land represent six different countries primarily from Asia and Africa.
Teepee built by hand
Having once been an integral part of the farm's operation, she is pleased to see the economic boom Ohio City Farm is experiencing and the connections being made with its neighbor only steps away. Dempsey noted that the stand “Rooted in Cleveland” now receives produce from Ohio City Farm. Black tilapia
These are only two of the urban farms sprouting up in greater Cleveland helping to drive a wedge through the food deserts and offer Clevelanders a fresh, healthy alternative to fast foods.
Wanna try something different? Try making your own Laundry Detergent It could be interesting and might save you money as a bonus The only ingredients you actually need for homemade laundry detergent are as follows:
In the end, you’ll have some very warm soap soup: Next, get out your large container and add three gallons of warm tap water to it. To this bucket add a cup of the washing soda, the half cup boraz and the soap solution you made and stir. After stirring, you’ll have a bucket full of vaguely soapy water:
1 cup Arm & Hammer washing soda (NOT BAKING SODA) 1/2 cup borax (20 Mule Team is commonly used) 1 bar soap (use whatever’s cheap, in this case Pure & Natural) Approximately 3 gallons water You’ll also need a container of some sort to store this in ( a five gallon bucket with a lid), something to stir it (a large wooden spoon), another pot to boil soapy water in (I use the pot in the picture), and something to cut up the soap .
At this point, let the soap sit for 24 hours, preferably with a lid on it. When you take off the lid, you’ll find any number of things, depending on the type of soap you used and the water you used. It might be firm, like Jello; it might be very watery; it might even be like liquid laundry detergent. Just stir it up a bit and it’s ready to be used. Use the same measurement you would use in your regular store bought laundry detergent. SOURCE: Trent Hamm at www.thesimpledollar.com/making-yourown-laundry-detergent-a-detailed-visual-guide/
First thing, put about four cups of water into the pan and put it on the stove on high until it’s at boiling, then lower the heat until it’s simmering. While it’s heating up, take a bar of soap and cut it up into little bits. Using a grater might be best, which will result in a ton of little soap curls. When the water is boiling, start adding in the soap a bit at a time, then stirring it until it’s dissolved. Stir the soapy water with a spoon until all of the soap is dissolved. Eventually, the water will take on the color of the soap your choice you added. www.PHENOMENALWOMAN.me ▒ 23
the journey foundation I've shared the story of how I lost my father to cancer but I've never shared my own experience. You can't put into words what you feel once your doctor informs you that something looks suspicious for cancer. Your mind begins to race with thoughts of how could this be happening. I felt as if my life was over, yet there were so many things that I hadn't completed or accomplished, what would I do? The last by: Allenda Henry thing on my mind was understanding Guest Writer anything related to a medical process or tests. I literally became numb but I knew I couldn't allow any time to slip without furthering my testing so I began my own journey. I worked in the healthcare arena for over 20 years and had explained different tests and procedures to numerous patients but being on the other side; you begin to experience exactly what so many patients feel - “confusion.” As a manager I would always stress to my staff that the patient they were assisting could be their mother or family member; and reminded them to always treat them as such. Realizing the need for such compassionate care I also began to pray and ask God for help and direction. The adage, “be careful what you ask for, because you might get it” is true, but more importantly when asking God for answers you must be ready to carry out His instructions. These things combined with the loss of my father and grandmother to cancer catapulted me into my prayers. In the midst of this, I didn't realize God was preparing me for this journey all along. On the morning of August 22nd as I finally listened to what God was saying I decided to step out on faith, and without hesitation I began The Journey Foundation to provide information to individuals who need or require guidance and assistance with financial resources, understanding their insurance benefits, and other aspects of the health care journey. The objective of the foundation is to help inspire, encourage, and empower individuals and families who have begun their journey with cancer. The foundation was created after witnessing the health care disparities my own family members experienced. After receiving discouraging diagnoses and trying to understand the health care process and the terminologies associated with it, it was clear they were having a difficult time trying to digest what was about to occur. What I also discovered was that there were a high number of African Americans who were too embarrassed, intimidated, or ashamed to ask for assistance. This assured me that I wanted to gear my work towards assisting minorities and the elderly; educating them about their options, how to understand their insurance, or where to go for help or information. I wanted to empower them so they would no longer be fearful or embarrassed. Since the first day of taking on this endeavor, everything has begun to come together; people were placed in my path who I never dreamt I would meet, doors were opened and needless to say I started meeting people diagnosed with cancer who needed help. I stopped living in fear and began to believe in my prayers. Most important, I let God take my hand so that I could begin to share how real faith and God is. Sometimes it takes something traumatic to get your attention, and listen to the voice of God, but if you are still and 24 ▒ OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013
quiet long enough, you will hear exactly what is meant for you. What I didn't know was that it would take the death of my father for me to begin living and standing on faith. The foundation is committed to providing an excellent health care experience and on educating patients about the importance of early detection, research, and patient services. This is accomplished by constantly evaluating and improving our processes in order to add the highest possible value and respect to each and every person that enters our doors. Our Board of Directors is composed of Cleveland business owners, physicians, health care workers, nurses and cancer survivors that take a special interest and pride in helping and making a difference in the community. Donations and contributions assist our clients, as well as broaden our resources so that we may continue to provide financial assistance, groceries, information & educational programs that are greatly needed in order to maintain sound judgment and decision making to those individuals fighting cancer. The foundation is listed as a referral and resource with United Way, 2-1-1 First Call For Help and the American Cancer Society. We are also listed to receive referrals from a number of area hospitals and case workers. To ensure that we are reaching practitioners in the medical field, we partner with local community colleges to employ students as interns. This allows them the opportunity to experience and witness first hand certain aspects of the health care environment prior to working in hospitals, physician's offices and other health care facilities. We believe in giving back and also paying it forward. It's all about giving which is the greatest gift that we all are blessed with. The Journey for each patient is different but they all begin with an assessment of what services will best aid the person. After an assessment, we outline and work with the patient through the many stages, culminating in several options – cure, remission or death. The key to understand as the patient begins the journey is that cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence. Early detection could save lives, and it is up to each individual to define his/her own journey. Some of the services we provide include; education assistance, understanding insurance benefits, limited financial relief and support to families among many others. The Journey Foundation aims to impart and assist individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer; we are committed towards providing information and resources to any and all individuals. If you or someone you know needs assistance, contact: The Journey Foundation at 216.570.2439, visit our website at www.thejourneyfoundationinc.org, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns. Donations and contributions can be made in honor or memory of a loved one and sent to PO Box 18057, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118 Life and living is about making a difference in someone's life. If you don't test your faith, you will never begin to understand what your purpose or journey is about!
Dr. Crystal Walker empowering local women of Christ by Shelley Shockley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is often quoted as saying the most segregated time in America is Sunday morning, a fact that is changing but is still very true today. While the segregation of races in churches is still apparent, there is also a separation of genders in the pulpit. Church pews are full of women, yet the number of females leading congregations is still relatively low. According to The Barna Group, a research and resource company considered to be a leading research organization focused on the intersection of faith and culture, the numbers are trending upward and in the past decade the number of female senior pastors in Protestant Churches has doubled. Locally, Dr. Crystal Walker is working to support the efforts of women seeking to overcome some of the challenges they face in the ministry through the organization Sisters United in Christ. The mission statement of Sisters United in Christ is “Encourages by Exalting and Empowers by Educating Women in Ministry”. While she has an allegiance to educating and empowering women in the ministry, Dr. Walker's work extends to all seeking to lead through the ministry. As the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Chief Operating
Officer for the McCreary Center, she is instrumental in educating many Cleveland area ministers. The McCreary Center is much like a community college for ministers seeking accreditation in Christian Education as it offers an intimate environment to ease you Dr. Crystal Walker back into the collegiate experience. The Center offers a diploma program for Black Church studies that prepares participants seeking to attend Ashland Theological Seminary. In describing the success of the program Dr. Walker says, “Our tract in Black Church studies allows the students to enter the Ashland program without an earned degree,” an accomplishment made possible because the instructors at the Center are Ashland professors resulting in highly prepared students.” The program also offers a small classroom setting which affords students a more personalized learning experience. Many of the challenges women face in the ministry are not unique to the calling, but are common to anyone venturing into a male dominated world. Specifically for women in the ministry Dr. Walker said the challenge is finding a good mentor, she explained “It's not a difficult task finding a male because there are many to choose from, but it is much more challenging finding a female.” To understand some of the issues these women are facing, you have to think back to the 1970s America when women were making strides in the world of business but still lagging behind their male counterparts – the opportunities weren't there for them. Part of the problem then and now is that you have to be in the club to get the best information. Asked why she is different, Dr. Walker recalled her path “I was raised in the Baptist church but just as many do, I walked away in my teens. In my 20s I came back to the church, this time following the African Methodist Episcopal doctrine and I started getting involved in the ministry – primarily through singing. After about seven years I left that church and found my way to the Pentecostal teachings.” She says that long before she began working in the Pentecostal church where the skill of building ministries was evident, she had received a message from God to “find other women that will walk along side of you.” In 2012 she was finally still long enough to head that call and start the journey that has become Sisters United in Christ and understanding that she had already walked the path many of them were just beginning it was not a difficult task. Walker is humble as she speaks of her mentoring efforts, “I am working to bring the least of them together. Helping to develop camaraderie and networking with the women in the room. The information I provide is readily available, but if you have not walked that path you may not see it so I'm just educating and enlightening with the hopes of making the journey a little easier for each woman I meet.”
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BELIEVE IN YOUR STYLE! by: Marianna Marron
"Looking for the girl who's not afraid to live on the edge!" This lady is the ideal customer for "Fabulous All Day" Boutique. "Fabulous All Day" is owned and operated by TeAnna Hart, originally a small town girl from Lansing, Michigan who now lives in Atlanta, Georgia. TeAnna has years of experience in the fashion industry. Starting out participating in various hair and fashion shows, this fashionista has recently decided to expand her horizons. With the support and encouragement of friends, over the past year, TeAnna has taken her experience and style and shared it with others by creating her own online Boutique, hence the birth of "Fabulous All Day". When asked why she chose an online Boutique, TeAnna replied that an online Boutique brings great variety and originality to the fashion world, allowing the consumer to find items that are unique and stylish with the click of a button. For many consumers that are from small towns like herself, it is not as easy to come across great fashion pieces like someone would find in high fashion industries like New York or Los Angeles. The consumer doesn't have to go to the fashion districts, or even leave their own home to find the pieces that fit their personal style of fashion when they shop online. TeAnna herself knows how important convenient shopping is, not only is she the founder and CEO of Fab All Day, but she also works full-time in accounting for a marketing company. When she is not busy working for the marketing company, or running her own company, she somehow finds time to serve as a Mentor for at risk girls ages 11-18 years old for a non profit organization in East Atlanta. TeAnna knows hard work is accompanied with education, she holds a BBA from Eastern Michigan University and promotes the importance of education as well as fashion. There are quite a few pieces found at Fab All Day that are one of a kind, however, TeAnna admits that the fashionable women she serves have to also be patient. When you find a piece that you love in the store, you can pick it up and take it home right away, online shopping requires a little bit more planning and patience due to shipping. However, all of us Fashion Divas know any good piece worth having, is worth waiting for. In order to meet the needs of all her customers, it is TeAnna's vision to one day own a brick and mortar store, so her ladies can pick, purchase and prance! Wearing their Fabulous merchandise all day long! TeAnna's advice to other Boutique owners whether online or in stores is to "Find your niche, there are so many people who do this, so research items, find out what's hot and what's not, find what is unique and most importantly, identify your target customer, in order to help with product choices. Fab All Day's target customer is a lady who wants Chic, statement pieces and wants to stand out among the crowd. The style of Fab All Day is Trendy, Chic and a little Urban. TeAnna chose the name Fabulous All Day because of a very important message that her mother instilled in her as a young girl... Dare to be different. "My mom taught me that you don't have to follow the crowd, be unique in your own right". Words of wisdom from mom now reigns as the Fab Motto. TeAnna encourages her customers to "Be you all day without any explanations- DO YOU and BE FAB!" You can check out Fab All Day products, order great pieces or contact TeAnna Hart yourself at www.faballday.com. I know I'll be Fashionably Fabulous in my new pieces- you should too!
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Natural Beauty Tips by Shawnte Herkley Contributing writer
them up and apply to face. Leave on your face for a few minutes then rinse your face in cold
The winter months are approaching soon, which means now is the best time to start protecting your body with nature's goodness. Your body naturally needs more moisture in the winter months than in the summer. When the weather turns cold and humidity drops, there is a great possibility dryness will occur if your skin is not moisturized properly.
*Exfoliation is the key to luminous skin
Don't be afraid to put the oil on your skin. You'll find your skin softer and suppler. Also try this DIY Homemade facial! I love this facial, it's so moisturizing and soothing! Two ingredients are all you need. Prep Time: 2 minutes Ingredients: 2 egg-whites, separate from the yolk and place in a bowl, 2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt Preparation: Separate the egg whites from a couple eggs and place them in a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of yogurt (do not use flavored yogurt). Mix
Ingredients: 1/2 cup of pure Shea Butter, 1/4 cup of Almond Butter, 2 cups of raw sugar Preparation: mix all the ingredients together until they are fully mixed. After you cleanse your body, rub the scrub all over your body in circular motions. Rinse off with warm water and get ready for silky smooth, touchable skin! *To prevent dry, brittle hair – Simply put… keep it conditioned! My favorite oils to seal and induce moisture are unrefined coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. After conditioning, mix ½ teaspoon of coconut oil and ½ teaspoon of Olive oil together. Leave hair damp then massage into the scalp, and onto your hair from roots to ends. Proceed with normal styling. This combination of oil will boost hair and scalp health as well as produce shiny, soft, moisturized hair. Embrace nature's goodness… I'm sure you'll be pleased with the results! Shawnte Herkley is the creator and proprietress of Divine Naturals. With her background in cosmetology, she began creating her own line of hair and skin products with a passion. Shawnte is totally committed to creating natural hair and body products, and does so with the utmost integrity and love. This is not a medical advice, please consult your physician.
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Natural Teeth Whitening Solutions Try adding these natural whiteners to your diet for brighter, healthier teeth. Natural Bleaching Agent: Strawberries: Strawberries are powerful teeth whiteners that contain both an astringent and vitamin C. The astringent in strawberries effectively aids in the removal of surface stains while vitamin C whitens teeth by clearing away plaque. Natural Toothbrush: Apples: A crunchy apple acts like a toothbrush as you chew it. The process of chewing an apple removes excess food and bacteria from your mouth while scrubbing away surface stains. Apples also contain malic acid, a chemical used in teeth whitening products, which helps dissolve stains. Natural Mouthwash: Raisins: Raisins help to keep your teeth white by inducing saliva production. An increased level of salvia naturally helps to rinse away plaque. Still need a little extra help? Try this: Dr. Oz's Teeth Whitening Home Remedy Ingredients: Baking Soda, Lemon Directions: In a small bowl, mix a little bit of baking soda with the juice of a freshly squeezed lemon. The mixture should bubble slightly. Using a cotton swab, wipe saliva and excess plaque from your teeth before brushing on the mixture. Leave the mixture on your teeth for a minute before gently brushing it off with a toothbrush. Don't leave the mixture on your teeth for any longer than a minute; the acid erode tooth enamel. SOURCE: www.doctoroz.com www.PHENOMENALWOMAN.me â–’ 31
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For Lack of Energy Consider taking a couple of tablespoons of blackstrap molasses a day. It is loaded with B vitamins and minerals such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, manganese and loads of Iron. Many commercial minerals in the stores are derived from rock and are difficult for the body to absorb. Iron from drugstores are often constipating and does not get utilized efficiently by the body. Blackstrap molasses also helps build the blood by supplying the body with a rich source of iron. One can drink the molasses in hot water, put it on yogurt or oatmeal. Only buy the unsulphered and organic form.
Health Tonic Shilajit or “Nectar of the Gods” is an important ingredient in Ayurvedic Indian Medicine for a host of health related issues ranging from blood sugar balance, arthritic pain and longevity. It is a mineral dense resin that comes from the Himalayan Mountains and is made from decayed plant matter that grows in these mountains. In some studies it has shown to increase the effect of co-enzyme Q 10 in the cells. Shilajit is loaded with and antioxidant punch.
Need Protein? Many people in our culture immediately think of meat, cheese or other animal products when they hear the word protein. One rich source of protein is tempeh. Originating in Indonesia, tempeh is a cultured soy food sometimes combined with other grains. As it cultures the protein in the grain will predigest making this all the easier for the body to absorb. The consistency is dense compared to tofu and there are many ways to prepare it such as grating it and sautéing with garlic, onions, herbs and bell peppers to put into chili or Spaghetti sauce. It also tastes great when sautéed with tamari and garlic and eaten as a burger with all the condiments.
Healthy Bacteria Many fermented foods contain probiotics. The average American diet lacks probiotics. Not only the gut but the entire
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body needs them. The first line of defense in the body is the gut, if you develop a healthy balance of flora you are on your way to a strong immune system. Probiotics proliferate in our cultured foods such as yogurt and kefir are good source, but raw sauerkraut and the Korean condiment Kimchee are even better sources. Yogurt only generates one or two strains of flora as the human gut contains many, many more. Health food stores usually carry acidophilus by itself or the more expensive but much more beneficial strains containing up to 32 strains. Women who have the right balance of probiotics may not get bladder or yeast infections as the friendly bacteria ravage the overgrowth of yeast in the body and bad bacteria.
Beer for shiny hair and flawless skin The ancient Egyptians not only drank beer but ladies rinsed their hair and used it on the skin for toner. Beer has a perfect ph balance for the skin and hair as well as vitamins such as Pantathenic acid that make the skin so soft and hair lustrous. Beer poured directly on freshly shampooed wet hair will make it full and very shiny and rubbed into the scalp will prevent flaking. One can use conditioner after the beer is rinsed out but some find that the beer itself is quite sufficient. For using it as a toner on skin just apply with a cotton ball as you would any other toners and rinse. Be careful not to get it into the eyes and always use good quality Beer.
Keep the Autumn Colds and flues Away Elderberry is not only beneficial to boost immunity but it kills viruses that try to invade our body. If you find yourself getting ill with a virus, taking elderberry will shorten the duration of the unwanted guest. Elderberry comes in tinctures, extracts (much more concentrated), juice and sublingual (under the tongue) lozenges. When used sublingually it goes right into the blood as it bypasses the gastric absorption process and starts attacking right away. The above is not a medical advice; please consult your physician before starting any regimen.
Unexpected ways to get your kids to eat veggies - and like them Peas, carrots, broccoli and spinach...some kids love vegetables, but many do not. We know that veggies provide nourishment, especially for growing children, but getting your kids to eat healthier can be a challenge. Luckily, there are plenty of creative ways to increase the amount of veggies in your kids' diets. Here are a few tips to get the little ones in your life to eat—and even enjoy—their vegetables. Smooth operator Picky eaters might turn up their noses at the sight of leafy green vegetables, but they'll gladly accept a tasty, blended treat. Incorporate a variety of veggies, plus some fruit for sweetness, into a smoothie, and your kids will just taste the sweet fruit flavor. Throw a few broccoli florets and a handful of spinach, along with some green grapes, a bit of pear and avocado, plus water and pineapple juice, into a Vitamix® 5200™ to create a sweet green smoothie. The little ones will think they're enjoying a decadent treat, but they'll also be getting antioxidants, vitamins and other nutrients.
Squeeze the juice Most kids enjoy a nice glass of refreshing juice. Rather than giving them store-bought juices, which could be loaded with sugar and missing essential nutrients, utilize a Vitamix to make whole-food juices at home. Use carrots, pineapple and a little water to make a sweet yet healthy juice that contains antioxidants and fiber. With whole-food juices, you're able to keep the healthiest parts of the fruits and vegetables: the seeds, skin and pulp. Plus, you'll know exactly what your kids are drinking.
Sweet treats A frozen treat is a satisfying way to end a meal. Create an avocado sorbet using soymilk and a touch of sugar, or make a spinach-lime sorbet with fruit juice for sweetness. You can make the sorbet ahead of time and let it freeze, or use frozen fruits and vegetables to whip up a quick treat in a Vitamix. Your kids will enjoy their dessert, and you'll enjoy knowing it's full of healthy veggies.
You may have to be creative to get your children to eat the recommended three to five servings of vegetables each day, but there are many ways to introduce them to new flavors. Try some of these ideas, and your kids will be getting the nutrition they need. Also, when it comes to eating your veggies, be sure to lead by example.
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Autumn Sweet Potato Smoothie
Ingredients: 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1 3/4 cups green grapes 1/4 Bartlett pear, ripe, seeded, halved 1/2 avocado, pitted, peeled 1/4 cup coarsely chopped broccoli 1/2 cup spinach, washed 1/4 cup ice cubes
Ingredients 1 1/3 cups (200 g) red grapes 1/2 medium orange, peeled 1/2 (5 oz) sweet potato, cooked and cooled 1/2 (4.1 oz) medium apple, halved 1/4 cup (25 g) fresh or frozen cranberries 1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger or Ginger Paste 2 dates, pitted 2 cups (480 ml) ice cubes
Directions: Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid. Select Variable 1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High. Blend for 35-40 seconds or until mixture is smooth.
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Finish Out the Year with a Great Read by R. Lee Gamble 2013 is coming to an end but there is still time to pick up a great book to read. So before the Thanksgiving turkey or after you have decked the halls find time for yourself. In those quiet moments these great stories will intrigue, inspire and entertain you. They also make a great stocking stuffer. So check out some of my favorite books to snuggle up on a cold night too.
The Cuckoo's Calling – Robert Galbraith Private Investigator Cormoran Strike is struggling to pay the bills. After losing his leg in Afghanistan, Strike is barely making it. Creditors are calling, his girlfriend has left him, he only has one client and he is sleeping in his office. Enter John Bristow who needs Strike to help him find out what happened to his sister, legendary supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as Cuckoo, who fell to her death a few months earlier. Strike takes the case and enters a world of desperate designers, rock-star boyfriends and multimillionaire beauties. Written by J.K. Rawlings under the name of Robert Galbraith this mystery will take you into a world where every enticement, pleasure, seduction and delusion known to man exists. Strike has to navigate this world to not only solve a mystery but learn something about himself as well.
Men We Reaped – Jesmyn Ward In this moving memoir, National Book-Award winning author Jesmyn Ward goes back home to her small town along the Mississippi Gulf Coast to chronicle the lives and deaths of five men she grew up with. Ward wonders if when she left for college, whether her friends, cousin and brother felt betrayed. Destroyed by drugs, gun violence, car accidents and suicide, she takes an honest and personal look at what, if anything could have been done to save these young men from their tragic fate as well as the role that poverty and inequalities play in their sad outcomes.
Cleopatra: A Life – Stacy Schiff Author Stacy Schiff's Cleopatra is much more than a temptress - she is a shrewd politician and strategist. Schiff attempts to set the record straight about one of history's most notorious women. People have been so captivated by her romantic relationships with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony that Cleopatra the woman has been lost. Schiff's book will give the reader insight into Cleopatra's personality as well as how everyone underestimated the brilliance of Egypt's last queen.
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Films You Still Should See by R. Lee Gamble Entertainment & Feature Writer
Summer is over and like the end of every year there are always a bunch of movies that you wanted to see. Unfortunately one more thing needed to be done, or something else got in the way. Fear not – there are still opportunities to check these movies out, whether it is at the theater, on cable or your tablet. So no more excuses. Sit down and watch a great movie! These are three of my five favorite flicks this year. “42” and “The Way, Way Back” were reviewed in previous issues..
Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent's' worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter and her best friend Joy are missing and as minutes turn to hours - hours to days - this father makes a choice to find and rescue his child by any means necessary. Set in a suburb in Pennsylvania the backdrop of grey weather filled with snow and rain only adds to the tension the movie continually builds. I have never seen Hugh Jackman portray a character with so much depth and so many layers. He is brilliant. Jackman's intensity pours out of the screen. Even though you know he is acting out of desperation to find his daughter, his actions start to become revolting and you will ask yourself just how far you would go to save your child.
(L-r) HUGH JACKMAN as Keller Dover and PAUL DANO as Alex Jones in Alcon Entertainment's dramatic thriller "PRISONERS," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: WILSON WEBB
Gangster Squad Sometimes you just want to go to the theater and see a great movie. It doesn't have to be some dark, philosophical mind bending film. It just needs to grab your attention, hold you in the seat, and not let go for a couple of hours. At the end you want to sit back and say, that was a damn good movie. Director Ruben Fleischer accomplishes this with the film Gangster Squad. Based on the life of gangster Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) who tries to move the mob into Los Angeles, this movie is very reminiscent of the gangster movies of old. Sean Penn definitely channels his inner James Cagney as he brings to life the mobster who wanted to run the entire west coast by building his empire of drugs and prostitution in L.A. With a plan in motion that would make him the most powerful gangster in the country, it begins to look as if there is no one that can stop him. Enter the Gangster Squad, a group of off the books police officers led by Sgt. John O'Mara (Josh Brolin). O'Mara sees the corruption in the police force and with the politicians Cohen has bought. He is given the opportunity to clean up the city by Chief Parker (Nick Nolte). O'Mara puts together a team of men that he can trust to go after Cohen any way they can – even if that means playing dirty. 36 ▒ OCTOBER-NOVEMBER 2013
The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio has always been one of the best actors in Hollywood, but in the big screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby, he channels the greats of the heydays of film. Gatsby is a beautiful story full of the frenetic energy and excitement that was the Roaring 20s. Writer/ producer/ director Baz Luhrmann has a distinct way of interpreting classic stories (Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge) that draws you in not just to the acting but the cinematography as well. What the film does best is scratch away all the gold and finery, and hands you, on a silver platter, the ugliness that exists underneath. Nothing is what it seems. Gatsby is not a rich Oxford man - just the opposite. He is a poor boy with a rich dream that includes the girl his heart longs for, Daisy. He
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in Warner Bors. movie The Great Gatsby
reinvents himself in order to make that dream come true. He ignores the shortcuts he has taken to get there, believing his own hype of the self-made millionaire that owns drugstores. DiCaprio is brilliant in this role. He captures the manic need Gatsby has to have people believe his story but at the same time he brings out the characters longing for the one thing that has eluded him - love.
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Holiday cooking is just around the corner
It’s time to Splurge! Red Velvet Cake Ingredients 2 1/2 cups flour 2 cups of sugar 1.5 tsp fine salt 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup cocoa powder 2 tbs red food color 1 cup room temp buttermilk
2 tbs of sour cream 1.5 tsp vanilla 3 large eggs room temp 2 sticks of butter melted 1 tsp vinegar 1/2 cup of hot strong coffee
Pecans Snowball Holiday Cookie Ingredients Recipe makes 3 dozen Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. 2 ½ cups sifted all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/4 salt 1 cup butter 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup finely chopped pecans 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for rolling Directions n Cream butter and sugar and beat until fluffy. n Blend in the remaining ingredients except the last.
n Mix well to form cookie dough. Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into crescent or ball shapes. n Place 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheet. n Bake for 10-15 minutes or until light...do not brown. n Roll in confectioners’ sugar while it’s slightly warm n Cool. Dust again generously with confectioners' sugar.
Preheat oven to 350. Whisk all dry ingredients together until well blended. Mix all the wet ingredients in a large bowl. Slowly mix all dry ingredients into the wet mixture with a hand beater or stand mixer on low until well blended. Divide evenly into 3 round well greased and floured cake pans. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean or about 30 mins. Remove and let stand for 10 mins. Carefully remove cake from pans. Use your favorite cream cheese icing to frost! Cream Cheese Icing 8 ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature 1/2 cup butter (or margarine), at room temperature 1 pound confectioner's sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla Cream together cream cheese and butter. Add sugar and vanilla and beat with electric mixer until smooth and creamy, scraping down sides as needed.
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Deviled Eggs Ingredients 6 large hard-boiled eggs salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons mayonnaise/Miracle Whip 1 teaspoon prepared yellow mustard 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish paprika Directions Peel shells off cooled hard-boiled eggs; slice into halves lengthwise. Remove yolks from whites and place in a small round bowl. Mash yolks with a fork into fine pieces. Add 2 heaping tablespoons Miracle Whip salad dressing, yellow mustard, sweet pickle relish, and salt and black pepper to taste. Stir mixture until creamy. Spoon mixture into a zip-lock sandwich bag; seal bag and snip off one corner of the bag. Squeeze mixture out of corner of bag into egg white halves. Sprinkle tops of filled deviled eggs with paprika. Chill in refrigerator 1 to 2 hours or until cold before serving.
Eggnog (Alcoholic) 6 large eggs, separated 1 cup sugar 1 cups brandy 1 cups dark rum 1 cups bourbon 1/2 quart whole milk 1/2 quart heavy cream, softly whipped Freshly grated nutmeg Whip the egg whites until soft peaks form. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar gradually. Beat until stiff peaks form and set aside. In a clean bowl, whip the egg yolks until pale and creamy. Add 3/4 cup of the sugar and continue to beat until the sugar begins to dissolve and the mixture thickens. In a large punch bowl, combine the yolk mixture, brandy, rum, bourbon, and milk. Fold in the whipped egg whites and cream. Top with nutmeg and serve.
Everyone knows CORN BREAD stuffing is the best! 1 (16 ounce) package dry corn bread mix 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 cup chopped celery 1/2 cup bell pepper 1 small onion 2 eggs, beaten 2 cups cream of chicken 2 tablespoons dried sage salt and pepper to taste chicken stock to regulate consistency Preheat oven to 350
degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease one 9x13 inch baking dish. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and saute the celery and onion until soft. In a large bowl, combine the celery, onions, 3 cups crumbled corn bread, eggs, cream of chicken, sage and salt and pepper to taste; mix well. Place into prepared dish and bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
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