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Marcelo F. Vazquez, Director of Cal State Los Angeles GEAR UP “Its not easy these days with the costs of education skyrocketing, the nightly news constantly reporting rising unemployment rates and so many families generally having a hard time,” explains a 16 Summers Spokesperson. “ We plan to use entertainment to help put the sizzle back into the conversation about higher education.” 16 Summers has been well on its way meeting its 46 state goal having already made stops across the East Coast before heading West. “I love the fact that Nick Cannon came to our school … One thing he said that really sticks with me is that we can’t wait around for people to tell us what to do all the time. I felt like he was directing that statement to me. Now it’s time for me to get going on the application process because no one is going to push me,” explains Long Island City High student and 16 Summers attendee Amanda Flor. It may not sound like much, but empowerment could very well make the difference between being the teen that barely goes to class and being the teen that doubles their course load because they love to learn, see their dream and know they can reach out to touch it. For more information on the 16 Summers tour and the event December 16 at CSULA visit: www.16summerstour.com

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for the computer that eventually made them famous. Wozniak designed the hardware and most of the software. In the Letters section of Woz.org, he recalls doing “what Ed Roberts and Bill Gates and Paul Allen did and tons more, with no help.” Wozniak and Jobs sold the first 100 of the Apple I to a local dealer for $666.66 each. Woz no longer works full time for Apple, focusing primarily on philanthropy instead. JONATHAN JAMES GAINED NOTORIETY WHEN HE BECAME THE FIRST JUVENILE TO BE SENT TO PRISON FOR HACKING. He was sentenced at 16 years old. In an anonymous PBS interview, he professes, “I was just looking around, playing around. What was fun for me was a challenge to see what I could pull off.” James’s major intrusions targeted high-profile organizations. He installed a backdoor into a Defense Threat Reduction Agency server, an agency of the Department of Defense. The backdoor he created enabled him to view sensitive emails and capture employee usernames and passwords. James also cracked into NASA computers, stealing software worth approximately $1.7 million.

Woz got his start in hacking making blue boxes, devices that bypass telephone-switching mechanisms to make free long-distance calls. After reading an article about phone phreaking in Esquire, Wozniak called up his buddy Jobs. The pair did research on frequencies, then built and sold blue boxes to their classmates in college. Wozniak even used a blue box to call the Pope while pretending to be Henry Kissinger.

Given the extent of his intrusions, if James, also known as “c0mrade,” had been an adult he likely would have served at least 10 years. Instead, he was banned from recreational computer use and was slated to serve a six-month sentence under house arrest with probation. However, he served six months in prison for violation of parole. Today, James asserts that he’s learned his lesson and might start a computer security company.

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phone lines, which earned him a brand new Porsche, among other items. Law enforcement dubbed him “the Hannibal Lecter of computer crime.” Authorities began to pursue Poulsen after he hacked into a federal investigation database. During this pursuit, he further drew the ire of the FBI by hacking into federal computers for wiretap information. Since serving time, Poulsen has worked as a journalist. He is now a senior editor for Wired News. His most prominent article details his work on identifying 744 sex offenders with MySpace profiles. ADRIAN LAMO’S CLAIM TO FAME IS HIS BREAK-INS AT MAJOR ORGANIZATIONS like The New York Times and Microsoft. Dubbed the “homeless hacker,” he used Internet connections at Kinko’s, coffee shops and libraries to do his intrusions. In a profile article, “He Hacks by Day, Squats by Night,” Lamo reflects, “I have a laptop in Pittsburgh, a change of clothes in D.C. It kind of redefines the term multijurisdictional.” Lamo’s hits include Yahoo!, Bank of America, Citigroup and Cingular. When white hat hackers are hired by companies to do penetration testing, it’s legal. What Lamo did is not. When he broke into The New York Times’ intranet, things got serious. For his intrusion Lamo was ordered to pay approximately $65,000 in restitution. He was also sentenced to six months of home confinement and two years of probation. Lamo is currently working as an awardwinning journalist and public speaker. KEVIN MITNICK: A SELFPROCLAIMED “HACKER POSTER BOY,” Mitnick went through a highly publicized pursuit by authorities. His mischief was hyped by the media but his actual offenses may be less notable than his notoriety suggests. The Department of Justice describes him as “the most wanted computer criminal in United States history.” His exploits were detailed in two movies:

Freedom Downtime and Takedown. Mitnick’s mischief got serious when he went on a two and a half year “coast-tocoast hacking spree.” The CNN article, “Legendary computer hacker released from prison,” explains that “he hacked into computers, stole corporate secrets, scrambled phone networks and broke into the national defense warning system.” He then hacked into computer expert and fellow hacker Tsutomu Shimomura’s home computer, which led to his undoing. Today, Mitnick has been able to move past his role as a black hat hacker and become a productive member of society. He served five years, about 8 months of it in solitary confinement, and is now a computer security consultant, author and speaker. TSUTOMU SHIMOMURA REACHED FAME IN AN UNFORTUNATE MANNER: HE WAS HACKED BY KEVIN MITNICK. Following this personal attack, he made it his cause to help the FBI capture him. Shimomura’s work to catch Mitnick is commendable, but he is not without his own dark side. Author Bruce Sterling recalls: “He pulls out this AT&T cellphone, pulls it out of the shrinkwrap, finger-hacks it, and starts monitoring phone calls going up and down Capitol Hill while an FBI agent is standing at his shoulder, listening to him.” Shimomura out-hacked Mitnick to bring him down. Shortly after finding out about the intrusion, he rallied a team and got to work finding Mitnick. Using Mitnick’s cell phone, they tracked him near Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Shimomura pinpointed Mitnick’s location. Armed with a technician from the phone company, Shimomura “used a cellular frequency direction-finding antenna hooked up to a laptop to narrow the search to an apartment complex.” Mitnick was arrested shortly thereafter. Following the pursuit, Shimomura wrote a book about the incident with journalist John Markoff, which was later turned into a movie.

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here’s a reason California dance crews have won every single season of America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV. Its the same reason why “Jerk” has journeyed beyond a simple dance craze and achieved status as a movement; pushing groups such as The New Boyz and Audio Push into the national spotlight. The reason is simple: the California dance scene is unique; innovative; explosive. The Cali Dance Festival plans to display the best of that energy at its November 13th event at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

60 spins a week. Audio Push wrote and recorded “Teach Me How to Jerk.” The jerk culture continued to thrive, paving the way for several new groups specializing in the Jerk style to being courted and signed by major labels, such as the Rej3ctz who are signed to Arista.

The Jerk movement has become very popular among teens, providing a common ground for various groups and cliques in schools but even more importantly it proved that teens have the power to create their own movement and make it be heard without help from the media at large or the corporate advertising machine. In an almost purely organic fashion “You’re a Jerk” became a “must-play” song at parties and social gatherings. The entire movement has opened the door for young creative minds to express themselves and commence something groundbreaking and new. Dancers can emerge from the underground and showcase to the world the talent they possess.

The Cali Dance Festival will both celebrate this giant step forward for underground dance as well as benefit sickle cell anemia awareness. Sickle cell anemia is a genetic blood disorder that affects approximately 1 in 5,000 Americans. The all day event will be Included in the all day affair will be hosted by Luscious Liz from Power 106 FM- Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Diddy’s son Quincy Brown also known as International Quincy, Everybody Hates Chris’ Paige Hurd, and R&B legend TLC’s T-Boz, who has been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia since she was a child. There will be a dance fest competition where crews from across California will battle it out for prizes totaling $10,000. The event will finish with performances by Audio Push, YG, Ya Boy, Rej3ctz, the lovely Pink Dollaz and the kings of Jerk the New Boyz performing their singles, “Tie Me Down” and “Break My Bank”

“Jerking is not only a dance, but a statement. People who dance the jerk usually wear skinny jeans in various designs, bright colors and novelty graphic tees. Footwear includes high-top or retro shoes, including Chuck Taylors and Nike high-top shoes.” Says David Newsome cali dance fan. The New Boyz recorded the hit single, “You’re a Jerk” which gained constant radio play in Los Angeles immediately; averaging about

“The Jerk Movement and motivation behind this event came from just the hype alone from teens in the Los Angeles area, and now this National attention brought by The News Boyz has accelerated this entire movement,” says Director of Public Relations Ty Farley.

“We want to give back to the community through entertainment and educations,” says Eddie Espana, Event Coordinator. For more information on the Cali Dance Fest and to register your group, please visit the website at Calidancefest.com

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udio Push emcees Oktane and Price Tag might be young guns in the rap game, but they are approaching their careers with the swagger of elder statesmen. The rappers from the Inland Empire section of Southern California are forerunners of the fast rising “jerk” movement, boasting the sub-genre’s first tribute record, “Teach Me How to Jerk.” While “Teach Me How To Jerk” serves as their introduction, Audio Push is multi- dimensional. It’s been a good minute since a new group broke out West without being associated with an already established superstar name. But Audio Push is that good. They don’t need the co-sign. Their hype, energy and talent are enough to blaze a trail. It’s already in motion. CH gets up close and personal with the duo in a onetime exclusive.

CH: How would you describe your new record? AP: We have to say it’s a sexy record something we had to do for the ladies. It’s also a record that can play in the club so it’s just a record that works for any place any time.

CH: What is a day in the life of Audio Push currently? AP: Most of our days normally consist of us being in the studio. We are always working on new projects and music. If not that then we are touring or playing NBA2k11 but overall our days revolve around music.

CH: Teach jerking ended up becoming a huge dance movement. Did you foresee that happening? AP: We were just excited to be a part of it and have a start in it. It caught us off guard how big it actually got.

CH: Your new single “Up N Down” has a different sound than what your fans may be used to. Is your music headed in a different direction? AP: No, we have no certain direction we just make great music! If the beat is hot we can create a really great record out of it. We are excited to show our fans and the world what we have to offer musically.

CH:Let’s set the record straight. Who is the originator of “Teach me how to Jerk” or the jerk movement? AP: We can go on record and say we were the first actual people with a Jerk record but we all had a part in this movement! So the streets were the originators of the movement.

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CH: Which is your favorite track on the album and why? Pricetag-My favorite record has to be the intro it just shows the people that we can actually Rap!!! All the other records are definite smash records but that track is just amazing to me. Oktane-lol, that’s the same one I was going to choose as well. It’s just something about the intro that moves me a certain way I get excited every time I listened to it!

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an entire movement of dance without the help of someone to co-sign likes an already established artist. How does it make you feel to know you did it on your own? AP: Well we have to give a shout out to our Producers Kadis and Sean who we are signed to Rozmusic!! It feels good to know people actually love us for us not because another person said we are hot! We are just looking forward to become the people who cosign artist.

CH: We need to know how you both received your names “Oktane and Price Tag?” PriceTag-My name was given to me in high school by a friend of mine. It just symbolizes money Oktane-Well the name Oktane is a flammable gas which makes me a metaphor for being Hot. CH: What is your most memorable moment in the industry thus far? AP: Opening up for Drake at the ASU fox theatre that was an Epic day for us!! Also shooting our first video that was crazy as well. CH: Can you share any celebrity crushes? Oktane-Mine has to definitely be Kat Von D the tattoo chick!! Wow she is poppin! PriceTag-Mine has to be a cat fight between Lauren London and Demi Lovato

CH: What were you like in high school? PriceTag-I was a flirt, I loved being around the girls in school and Rapping at lunch and winning so the girls liked me even more! Oktane-I was just the same way. Getting fly, Getting Chicks and Rapping was my thing. Getting good grades was a given. CH: Did you predict your career would move so fast? AP: No we honestly were just going with the flow. We still are Just enjoying the fact that we have a career. CH: What are 3 must haves when traveling? PriceTag-Mine has to be My Laptop, Bible and Nike Flip flops. Oktane-My Laptop, Dr. Dre Beat head Phones and my blackberry!! CH: The industry is constantly getting tougher what advice would you give to a teen trying to get into a music career? AP: Build a brand first! When you have a movement it’s harder for you to be stopped! CH: Can you share with us your craziest fan moment? AP: We shut down this mall in Tracy, CA the fans surrounded our truck it took forever to leave!! But it was so much fun!

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AP CH: When Audio Push first came out New Boyz came out around the same time with a very similar track and style. Was there any animosity between you both or was everything cool? AP: It was animosity before we both got signed but once our records were both doing good we just squashed all the nonsense and pushed the movement together. We got a couple tracks with them. Those are the brothers! CH: Are there any other aspects of entertainment that you both would like to get into? Pricetag-I love to produce music so I really want to get my hands more in that and of course acting. Oktane-I want to get more into directing I have shot a couple of our videos. I can do that all day!! So I plan on going hard at that. CH: What is your stance on education? The dropout rate is at an extreme high, what kind of motivation would you offer to a teen thinking of dropping out? AP: Dropping out of school could be the lamest thing ever! We both graduated high school and Price Graduated early. School is a necessity in life no matter what career you are planning to pursue! CH: What were your favorite subjects in High school? PriceTag-Mine was History; I loved learning about like slavery and things like that. Oktane-Mine had to be Math, I’m good with numbers. CH: Can you share an embarrassing moment from high school?

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PriceTag-I fell at a pep rally in front of the whole school that was the worst day of school for me. Oktane- I fell running the mile and the chick I had a crush on was right behind me and laughed at me! That stunk. CH: You are participating in the Cali Dance Festival. There are a lot of artists and celebrity supporters are you looking forward to meeting or seeing anyone perform? AP: Yeah!! We are amp to be performing. We are big fans of YG so we are excited to see him perform! We can’t wait to kill that stage. CH: Who is currently in your Ipod’s?? PriceTag-I been listening to a lot of Sade lately! Also this rapper named Kendrick Lamar Oktane- I have been listening a lot to Young Dro lately and Wiz Khalifa! CH: Is it true you write all your music? Is that important to you? AP: Yes it’s huge to us! Keeping our creativity is the biggest thing we fight for. The feeling of knowing you are responsible for a crazy record is one of the best feelings in the world. CH: Do you have any predictions for this upcoming album? AP: We are just excited to be coming out with an album all the rest is in God’s plan CH: How can fans get a hold of you or follow your moves? AP: Hit us on TWITTER!!! Twitter.com/AudioPush We love you all


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ith the economy down many teens looking for afterschool or holiday jobs for extra cash may find themselves competing with adults for traditional job opportunities. Teens looking looking to earn an income so they can save for something special, have money for prom or even those who want to help with the family finances may find that the local fast food joint or department store isn’t as available as they used to be. To make money teens may have to get creative. This isn’t a get rich quick thing. You have to work hard and be patient – but if you do you may find that a little creativity mixed with some ingenuity and a lot of determination can still make you successful.

1. USE YOUR SOCIAL SKILLS Write FB statuses or Tweets – Are you constantly tweeting things your friends think are great? Most of the teenagers today are heavily involved in social media like Facebook, Twitter, Digg, Stumble Upon and Myspace now your super social skills can pay off. Try selling custom tweets or status updates. You can approach local companies and offer to handle their social networking. Many local businesses can use help in this regard and could pay you to help them create and/or maintain their presence in the social world. 2. PROMO YOUR TALENT – Do you have a talent? Are you good at sports or totally acing a subject in school? Are you good at fashion design, photography, organizing parties, or do you play an instrument? Your talents could be turned into a money making opportunity. Try offering to tutor or teach your talent to others. You can promote yourself around your school or your neighborhood. You can also market you services online. 3. BECOME AN ELF – Not really, but since the holidays are around you can hire yourself out as a holiday helper. Many people’s schedules are jam packed during the holidays and they could use an extra hand or two. Offer to hang lights (you can make even more money offering to take them down after the holidays are over!), help clean and prepare for parties, run errands, babysit, etc. 4. BE YOUR OWN GEEK SQUAD

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smart phone use may seem like a breeze to you but we all have relatives to whom it doesn’t come so easy (my mom couldn’t do a Google search if her life depended on it). As alien as that may seem there are even more where they came from. Others may just be short on time. Sell your services as a tech guru. Offer to conduct internet searches, cell phone tutorials or even to create computer documents. You’d be surprised how many areas in which people can use help

5. LAY IT ALL OUT – Do you have Photoshop skills? If so you can design Myspace or Twitter layouts and sell them for cash. You can also make custom pages for businesses or people who may want them. 6. START A WRAP GROUP – Offer your services as a talented gift wrapper. You can even include a service to put together toys or other to-be-assembled gifts. 7. WEAR YOUR WORK – If you’re artistic, or can come up with catchy slogans you can try designing t-shirts. Sites such as CafePress.com and SpreadShirt.com allow you to set up your own store and sell your designs online. 8. BECOME THE BOSS - Can you recruit a team of friends to help make money as a group? Hire all your friends to mow the neighbors’ lawns, wash cars, clean out garages or other tasks. You could even sell tickets to a talent show featuring the most talented kids in your school. 9. PLAY SANTA HOOD/ ROBIN CLAUS – we’re not suggesting you steal anything

or give a bunch of stuff away for free, but if you can collect a bunch of stuff people want to get rid of and/ or things people make and would like to sell you can make a business out of posting and selling on sites such as Ebay, Etsy and Craigslist. Lots of people have stuff they’d like to sell (even items of value) but don’t really have the time (or in some cases the know how) to post, advertise and monitor the posting. Let others provide the goods, you provide the labor and work out a fair split the profits.

10. SURVEY SAYS … Before blogging, PPC, paid posts and affiliate marketing; online surveys were popular. You don’t need a website to take surveys. You just have to complete each survey jobs and get a profit. There are programs which pays you to read and process emails, playing games and shopping. Some of the survey sites are, Survey savvy, Inbox dollars.

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We all love Turkey Day, but from your family HUMOR CRAZY RELATIVES to mine you’ve got to admit some people do My grandmother would have Thanksgiving dinner with us and dinner she’d get out these huge catalogs to start planning her some strange things. How does your family after Christmas shopping. She called it “The Wish Book.” Naturally measure up? we’d pick out bicycles, dolls, video games, any kind of toy. When MAINTAIN FAMILY TRADITIONS NOBODY LIKES

In my family we spend Thanksgiving with my Dad’s family and Christmas with my mom’s. My Grandma (Dad’s mom) LOVES instant food. To this day, my dad won’t eat frozen chicken pot pies because his mother made them ALL THE TIME. When Grandma did holidays, it was instant mashed potatoes, gravy out of a jar, etc. It got to the point where the “turkey” was a dry turkey deli platter (smh). My aunt learned to “cook” from her mother, so when she took over Thanksgiving it was pretty much the same. There was a whole buffet line of various instant and pre-made foods. A lot of the food would be cooked the week before and microwaved for this meal. So, it was reheated frozen food. One year we even we ended up eating off of paper plates (not even the sturdy kind, the holiday kind that dissolve). My aunt loved it all so we all grinned and bore it. I made friends with two girls from China who I invited to join my family for Thanksgiving. My mom called and informed my aunt that she would be hijacking Thanksgiving that year; that this would be the first Thanksgiving these girls had ever celebrated, and as guests in our country she would NOT have them eating instant food off of paper plates. After years of choking down awful food, we cheered. My aunt, of course, was rather offended. However, she’s pretty easy going, so we had a wonderful Thanksgiving. My friends raved about the food. My aunt got a clue, and now at Thanksgiving the food has improved and we eat off of real plates with real forks. Happy ending!

Christmas Day rolled around, all we got from Grandma was flannel pajamas and bedroom slippers. No matter what we wished for, we got flannel pajamas and slippers but we fell for it every time.

PUNKING FAMILY

One year at Thanksgiving, my mom decided to play a trick. She told my sister that she needed something from the store. When my sister left, my mom took the turkey out of the oven, removed the stuffing, stuffed in a Cornish hen, replaced the stuffing around it and placed it all back in the oven like nothing had happened. When it was time for dinner, my sister pulled the turkey out of the oven and proceeded to remove the stuffing. When her serving spoon hit something, she reached in and pulled out the little bird. With a look of total shock on her face, my mother exclaimed, “you’ve cooked a pregnant bird!” At the reality of this horrifying news, my sister started to cry. It took the family two hours to convince her that turkeys lay eggs.

TRY (AND OFTEN FAIL) TO HELP OUT

One Thanksgiving year, my aunt asked me to mix up a cake. I dug through the cabinets in search of a bowl, but most of the ones in the right size were already in use. I finally found one at the back of the cabinet and got to work. I mixed the batter but as soon as I lifted the bowl to pour the batter in the pan, ALL of the mix came gushing out of the bottom. Turns out it wasn’t a mixing bowl, it was a plastic strainer. It took me forever to get all that chocolate up.

:+$77+(785'8&.(1,67+$7" One of the sometimes delicious, sometimes scary but always wonderfully weird part of Thanksgiving is eating food you don’t normally eat. I know people love it, but as far as I’m concerned when it comes to strange food on Thanksgiving, Turducken is about as strange as it comes. Basically its a chicken stuffed inside a duck, stuffed inside a turkey. Huh? Right! I’ve heard my family is trying out one of these strange concoctions this year and I’m feeling a little nervous so I decided to gather a few Turducken facts to try to calm my nerves but what I learned just made this thing sound even stranger. Here’s what I learned: They’ve

been doing stuff like this in the UK for centuries but it just made it to the U.S. via Louisiana in 1983 . Apparently this thing is 1,683 calories per 1/12 bird serving (instant diet killer) . On top of that there is a deep fried version (a deep fried turkey stuffed with a chicken stuffed with a duck?!) they also have it wrapped with bacon (turbaconducken anyone?) . They have a 12-bird (yes 12!) concoction made of turkey, goose, Barbary duck, Guinea fowl, mallard, Poussin, quail, partridge, pigeon squab, pheasant, chicken, and Aylesbury duck. It costs $1,300, serves 125 people and will kill all turkey cravings until the next Thanksgiving. If you really can’t handle all that meat there is a vegetarian version called a tofu-cken (I swear, I’m not cursing!).

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Sports supplements are defined as products that are designed to enhance athletic performance. Supplements are not regulated by the government, which allows manufacturers to make various claims many with no scientific evidence to support these claims. Supplements may also contain ingredients that are not listed on the container’s label. Except in situations where a supplement is prescribed by a healthcare provider, they should generally be avoided by athletes under 18 years old. The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Dietetic Association recommend eating a well-balanced, varied and whole food diet and to avoid processed foods. Foods are special and offer nutrients in a complex form that interacts with the body in a more efficient way than supplements that come in pill, powder or liquid form. Research shows that natural foods provide more efficient and effective nutrients than any supplement can offer.


Protein (includes whey) and Creatine are the two sports supplements that teens are most often interested in. Simply, protein builds and heals muscles. However, more is not better and athletes often ingest more protein than their body needs. A balanced diet works best. A six-ounce can of tuna has more essential amino acids and protein than one scoop of MetRx ©Whey Protein powder. The message is simple. Food is cheaper and often contains everything required without the need for supplements. Supplement alternative recommendations: MULTIVITAMIN: Major national surveys repeatedly show that diets consumed by many Americans are not at all well balanced! Inadequate intake of vitamins and minerals are frequently reported, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin B6, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, and zinc. In addition, 9 out of 10 diets are estimated to be low in chromium, and magnesium intake is approximately half the amount recommended in the RDAs. It is very important to get a well-balanced multivitamin, preferably one taken a few times daily. Multigenics 2-4 per day. OMEGA-3 SUPPLEMENT: few are getting enough fish, flaxseed, or walnuts. DHA is the omega-3 involved in the brain, which is 60% fat. DHA in high dosages has been used therapeutically to treat ADD, aggressive behavior, depression, and schizophrenia. A DHA from high quality fish, very diligently purified of contaminants PCB’s and dioxin, non-burpy or fish tasting, and relatively cheap is available as Nordic Naturals DHA, two/day (60 cents/day). Nearly all kids’ brains are deficient in DHA! VITAMIN C: Vitamin C is involved in collagen, growing bone and cartilage material. It also is beneficial in cold and flu prevention. Many feel very energized on the Ultrapotent C 1000 one/day from Metagenics. This brand is one step beyond ester-C in absorption and cell utilization, and 1000mg/day is sufficient.

CALCIUM SUPPLEMENT: According to health and nutrition experts, there is a “calcium crisis” among teenagers. “Nearly nine out of 10 girls and seven of 10 boys get too little calcium. The National Academy of Sciences recommends 1,300 mg of calcium daily for teens the equivalent of four eight ounce glasses of milk. This amount of calcium is needed, because 15% of adult height and half of all bone mass are added during the teen years.” Cal-apatite 1000 has 400mg of calcium per tablet. Ideally teens should get four servings of calcium containing foods including a glass of milk, an ounce of cheese, a glass of calcium-fortified OJ, or a serving of tofu. For every missing calcium serving per day, a Cal-apatite 1000, up to three/day, would help to maintain bone strength during this vital bone growth spurt, and in girls protect against osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life. The bone bank is fully stocked by age 30! After that we all lose bone continually. PROTEIN SHAKE: Many sports physicians think that a “protein shake” is appropriate for those teens who are active in various competitive sports. But it is important to utilize such products in moderation, using a balanced formula that provides carbohydrate along with protein, vitamins and minerals. Ultrameal is a medical meal that is a protein drink, with a very decent taste (8 flavors with banana, chocolate, vanilla being my favorites), that is also a multivitamin. Equivalent to 2 Multigenics tabs. Protein supplements in athletes: Many teenage boys on sports teams bulk up with creatinine, a natural amino acid. There are few studies that suggest that enhanced performance is not countered by the weight gain that occurs on 2gm/day of creatine. While not dangerous at standard doses, it does have side effects, including cramping and GI symptoms. Instead, I suggest whey protein, the component of milk with the highest biologic value of any protein!

“Natural foods provide more efficient and effective nutrients than any supplement can offer. .”

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he flu is annoying enough on its own. So it doesn’t help that flu season falls at one of the most exciting times of the year. To avoid missing out on sports events, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving feasts, and holiday fun, follow these tips: 1. GET THE FLU VACCINE. It’s the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Hate shots? Most teens can get the flu vaccine as a nasal spray. Getting vaccinated doesn’t just protect your own health. It also helps the people around you because there’s less chance you’ll catch the flu and pass it on. This year, the flu vaccine includes immunization against regular flu viruses and the H1N1 (swine) flu. So there’s no need to get two separate vaccines. 2. WASH YOUR HANDS OFTEN. In addition to getting the flu vaccine, hand washing is an important line of defense against germs like flu viruses. Why? The body takes about 2 weeks to build immunity after a flu vaccine — and even a vaccine isn’t foolproof if a new strain of virus starts making the rounds. Hand washing also helps protect against other germs and illnesses that there aren’t vaccines for, like the common cold. Wash your hands after using the bathroom; after coughing or sneezing; before putting in or removing contact lenses; before using makeup; and before eating, serving, or preparing food. The great thing about hand washing is it’s easy protection. So get in the habit of washing your hands when

you come home from school, the mall, a movie, or anywhere else where you’re around a lot of people. 3. KEEP YOUR DISTANCE if someone is sick (coughing, sneezing, etc.). Flu viruses travel through the air, so try to stay away from people who look sick. Of course, people who have the flu virus don’t always look sick. That’s where vaccines and hand washing come in. It’s also a good idea to avoid touching your nose, eyes, and mouth — three places flu viruses can easily enter the body. 4. COUGH OR SNEEZE INTO A TISSUE or your elbow — not into your hands. That way, you’re not spreading the virus when you touch surfaces that other people may touch too.

5. STAY HOME IF YOU HAVE THE FLU. You don’t want to pass your germs to someone else. And staying home is a great excuse to curl up and watch your favorite movie, play video games, or read. Rest can help the body recover faster. You also can fight the flu on a daily basis by keeping your immune system strong. Some great immune boosters are getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods (including five or more servings of fruits and veggies a day!), drinking plenty of fluids, and getting regular exercise. Don’t let the flu mess with your fall and winter fun. Fight back! Reviewed by: Larissa Hirsch, MD

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