Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pwa Lay Than Than



Some have all the money

Some have all the fame

Some have all the titles

Right behind their name ...

Some have all the courage

Some have all the flair

Some have all materials

Shown from here to there ...

She though lives a life

Peaceful and so calm

Never wants for anything

Maybe Tiger Balm ? ...

Never asks for much

Never owns a lot

Never travels far

Yet she is so smart ...

Always so contented

Eating simple meals

Lives a simple life

Lives a life so real ...

Stories up her sleeve

Tells with such aplomb

Such a lovely person

Such a lucky mom ...

Loved by everybody

Cared by all them too

Beauty in her smile

Fresh like morning dew ...

Humour at its best

Always up for laughs

Size wise not so generous

Average persons half ?? ...

Flanked by all her children

All eight siblings still

Nothing much in money

Nothing in her will ...

Yet a love that flourishes

Each and every day

Giving all her tenderness

Any possible way ...

A smile A hug A look

A chuckle here and there

A knowing that you're loved

From simply anywhere ...

A heart that is so pure ✨

Just oozing with such love

A light within her eyes

A warmth from up above ...

A voice so sweet and gentle

Her face a tender hue

Just everything about her

Can make my ❤️ so true ...

If ever there's a person

To show that has it all

My 102 yr old Grand Aunt

The Belle of Life's Grand Ball



Soe Moe Lwin

7:00 am


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Strawberry season is in full swing! From strawberry muffins to strawberry rhubarb crisp, there are endless ways to enjoy summer's sweetest berry.

1. Strawberry Muffins


These tender muffins with crisp golden tops are perfect for a special breakfast or brunch. They're loaded with fresh strawberries -- and as pretty as they are delicious. GET THE RECIPE

2. Strawberry Frozen Yogurt


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3. Simple Summer Strawberry Cake


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4. Lemon Berry Parfaits


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5. Strawberry & Orange Salad with Citrus Syrup & Fresh Mint


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7. Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp


One of the easiest and best desserts I know: tart rhubarb and sweet strawberries bubbling away in their own juices beneath a crunchy oat streusel topping. Serve it warm out of the oven with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. GET THE RECIPE

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Saturday, July 30, 2016

6 Ways The GOP Fails To Be Pro-Life

For my entire adult life, the standard line from Christian conservatives has been for people to vote their conscience. Groups like the American Family Association, Family Research Council, and Focus on the Family have put out voter guides each year for as long as I can remember, encouraging people to vote for the candidate who best reflected where the morals of a Christian politician should be. They have always decried the accusations of partisanship, but rather strictly about voting for the candidate who lined up with what they believed were Christian values about abortion, marriage equality, and inexplicably to me at least, gun rights and tax breaks. Vote your conscience has been in every election I've seen since I was old enough to vote in 1992, always amped up every four years when it's time to elect a president. The subtext has always been that Christians should vote Republican, but it has been a standard line.


I watched last week's Republican National Convention through the lens of late night talk show hosts and my Twitter and Facebook feeds. I did the same this week for much of the Democratic National Convention. I did watch Michelle Obama's powerful speech, as well as the uplifting words from Senator Cory Booker, but for the most part political rah-rah'ing isn't my idea of a good time. Catching up with America Ninja Warrior on Hulu after an evening hunting for Pokémon is far more my speed. Anger and dissension just wear me out.

There was a lot to take in at the RNC, but the one that rattled around in my mind the most was when Senator Ted Cruz was booed off of the stage as it became apparent he would not endorse Donald Trump, but rather said to the crowd, "Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket who you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution." This was met with roars of disapproval from the crowd in attendance.

I do understand that part of the job of the convention is to rally around the party's nominee. To come together and present a united front, and the lack of an official, strong endorsement from a prime time speaker is surprising (though the speech was available to the RNC ahead of time). So I can see that some at the convention would be upset that a speaker would neglect that aspect. But barring the lack of an endorsement, the content of Cruz's speech was lifted straight from the Republican platform. Close the borders. Beware of ISIS. States' rights. Gun rights. Small government.

I may disagree with most of the policies presented in Cruz's speech, but there is nothing in them that should cause a group of Republicans to boo. Only the mention that they should vote their conscience incited that reaction. Only the idea that voting your conscience might not lead you to vote in the way that stays within party lines.

The truth is, I'm a single issue voter. When I vote my conscience, it looks like one thing.

Voting for a candidate with a strong pro-life ethic. Which has, for most of my adult life, looked like voting for a Democrat rather than a Republican.

Yes, in the area of abortion, the Democrats often fail. In order to prove the value of the woman who is pregnant, the value of the life inside of her is devalued. Too often we see life only if it is desired - if not, it becomes an embryo, fetal tissue, a parasite. Abortion is a complex issue, but when we speak of a potential human without respect, we cheapen the cry of equality, especially in the eyes of those who call themselves pro-life.

But a pro-life ethic has to mean more than just where a candidate stands on abortion (though Donald Trump's stand on abortion is fairly unclear).

A pro-life ethic must respect women. Donald Trump's views of women are abhorrent. If you're unable to see women as people deserving even a modicum of respect, you can't be pro-life.

A pro-life ethic must listen to the voices of black men and women. The chants of All Lives Matter when confronted with the assertion that Black Lives Matter must end. Of course all lives matter. But black men and women matter as well, and much of our country's history has belied that. Even Michelle Obama's statement that she lives in a home built by slaves was met with a statement from conservative Bill O'Reilly saying, Sure, they were slaves, but it wasn't that bad. A pro-life ethic can affirm that all lives matter while also saying that yes, black lives matter. Not with comments about "black on black crime" or "more white people are in jail" or "just listen to the police." Instead, those of use who are not black need to shut up and listen. And then see how we can begin to change the system to make things more equal for our black brothers and sisters.

A pro-life ethic must respect those with disabilities. Donald Trump has openly mocked a journalist with disabilities. I mother several children on the autism spectrum. My heart would be broken if a public leader were to deride them publicly. We cannot offer lip service to a pro-life ethic and sit by while the Republican nominee has shown contempt in his actions for those with disabilities.

A pro-life ethic must encourage adoption. One of the ways that we encourage a pro-life ethic is to encourage people to adopt. The GOP platform reaffirms opposition to gay and lesbian couples adopting. My friend Sean and his husband have adopted two gorgeous boys (Sean has written about it in his best-selling book, Which One of You is the Mother?). They adopted children who were older. Children from difficult birth families. They adopted them, they love them, they parent them. Children who, if left in foster care, would have had a 45% chance of ending up homeless. Children who, if left in foster care, would have had a 75% chance of ending up in prison. Children who, because of their adoption by a gay couple, now have the chance to experience family.

A pro-life ethic must look at the ways life is cut short beyond abortion. Yes, I'm talking about guns. I am not a gun owner and I didn't grow up in a house with guns, so I tend to speak very little on this issue, because I don't know much about gun laws or the way that guns even work. But when Republicans block even research about gun violence, it is difficult for me to see that as caring about life. When a group covers their ears, refusing to even have a conversation about ways we can make life safer in a world with guns, I cannot call that group pro-life.

A pro-life ethic must see people, even our enemies, as people first. During his campaign, Donald Trump advocated war crimes when he suggested that the United States not only hunt down terrorists, but also "take out their families." He has lumped all Muslims into the category of radical, calling for a ban on all Muslims entering the United States. He has painted with the broad brush that Mexican immigrants are rapists and murderers. Donald Trump has called vast swaths of non-white ethnicities our enemies, and then challenged their humanity. If an unborn child is a person, surely even those who seek to do us harm is are people as well.

In November, I will be voting my conscience, and it will be based on a pro-life ethic.

I hope you will do the same.

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David Bowie's Son Welcomes Baby Boy Exactly Six Months After Singer's Death

Ch-ch-ch-changes are afoot! Six months after rock legend David Bowie died of cancer, his son, director Duncan Jones, has welcomed a baby boy with wife, Rodene Ronquillo. 

“Stenton David Jones. Born July 10th, exactly six months after his granddad made room for him. Love you both so,” he tweeted with a light-hearted cartoon sketch featuring generations of Jones men. 

The “Warcraft” director also expressed his love and gratitude to his “warrior woman” wife on social media after their son's birth. 

The couple announced the pregnancy in February with a drawing of a cartoon fetus and the words “I'm waiting” in the speech balloon. The tweet also revealed that the late rocker knew he was going to be a grandfather before his death in January. 

“1 month since dad died today. Made this card for him at Christmas. Due in June. Circle of life. Love you, granddad,” he captioned the photo. 

After news of Bowie's death broke, Jones shared a heartbreaking tribute to his father, posting an old photo of himself as a toddler on his dad's shoulders. 

“Very sorry and sad to say it's true. I'll be offline for a while. Love to all,” he wrote on Twitter.

Bowie would have been proud.

Congrats to the new parents!

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Hydraulic Press Pizza Is Definitely Not The Best Pizza You've Ever Had

There's a lot of great pizza out there, but how much of it is made with a hydraulic press and some sort of giant fire machine? 

Not too much. And there's a good reason for that. We're big fans of the folks at YouTube's Hydraulic Press Channel, but this pizza looks terrible! The ingredients are all there, but someone really needs to work on their kitchen technique.

Mamma Mia!

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Friday, July 29, 2016

A Look At This Year's Raging Wildfires -- From Space

Climate change has not only sent global temperatures spiraling out of control, it has breathed fire into Earth's wild lands.

Fire seasons are an average 78 days longer than they were in 1970, and the number of acres scorched each year has doubled since 1980, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

If the start of the 2016 fire season is any indication, this alarming trend won't be extinguished anytime soon. NASA is providing a unique view of the destruction by using satellites to help track and monitor fires ― valuable information for fire managers on the ground ― as well as look at how these blazes are affecting air quality and releasing greenhouse gases.

Lesley Ott, a scientist at NASA'S Goddard Space Flight Center, said the technology provides scientists with “the best view that we've ever had of the global picture.” 

“Satellites give us a really unique perspective on fires,” Ott said in an interview posted to the space agency's website. “We can see the hot spot while the fire's going on, we can see the smoke that's pouring off. And then after the fire's completed, we can actually look at the burn scar and see the impact on vegetation, and even the vegetation regrowth in the year's to come.” 

In May, a wildfire driven by unusually hot, dry weather burned through the town of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, scorching nearly 1.5 million acres and displacing tens of thousands of people.

In California, two major wildfires ― the Soberanes fire along the Central Coast and the Sand fire around the Santa Clarita Valley near Los Angeles ― continue to rage. As of Friday, they had burned a collective 70,000 acres.

While these large fires have garnered widespread media attention, they only begin to tell the story of what's happening in the U.S. and around the world. 

“Already in the U.S. this year, more than 29,000 fires have burned 2.6 million acres,” NASA scientist Doug Morton said in an online interview. “The Amazon is the driest it's been in 14 years, and smoke from wildfires in the Amazon can drift to southern Brazil, changing air quality and potentially impacting the [Rio de Janeiro] Olympics.”

Below, a look at some of NASA's incredible and gut-wrenching satellite imagery of this year's fires, from California and China, to Canada to Russia. 

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Viral Blackhead Video Is The Grossest, Most Satisfying Thing We've Ever Seen

Depending on whom you ask, what you're about to witness is either the most repugnant thing in the world, or the most satisfying. There is no middle ground.

In the viral video posted by Facebook page “Rocks,” you can see numerous blackheads being extracted with what looks like a curved pair of tweezers ― and as gross as it is, we just can't look away.

Though the video was posted just a few days ago, it has more than 17 million views and counting.

Strange as it may seem, videos like these have a dedicated audience. Dr. Sandra Lee, aka “Dr. Pimple Popper,” for instance, built a following of more than 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube ― just by posting extraction videos. 

So, is it super satisfying or totally gnarly? You tell us.

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Why One LA Mom Is Embracing 'Hypno-Parenting'

Lisa Machenberg says her teens are well-behaved and self-motivated, thanks to a technique she uses called “hypno-parenting.”

Machenberg is a licensed hypnotherapist in Los Angeles. “My children are able to use logic and reason,” she told ABC News. “They have a form of diligence or perseverance that you don't see in other children.”

Machenberg's 17-year-old daughter, Rayna, said her mom's mind control methods have never been a secret, and they've had a positive effect on her own life.

“Being able to push back on stress and think about it deeply and do self-reflecting was a skill that I'm really grateful that my mom taught me,” she told ABC News. “I think it still influences me a lot today and helped me develop into the person I am right now.”

Machenberg's son, Jake, admits he hasn't always enjoyed Mom's mind games.

“It could get a little crazy when she tries to kind of hypnotize us at every single possible situation that she can. It could get a little overbearing ― she gets in your head,” he told Barcroft TV. “But as far as things like getting into college, I think it was an advantage. ... I think it's helped me, you know it's helped me have control over my own mind.”

Machenberg is now charging $125 for hypno-parenting classes, but some experts are skeptical about whether it's appropriate for kids.

ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser told Good Morning America that while hypnosis can work for shaping behavior, there isn't enough evidence on whether it's good for children.

“The evidence on the clinical use is really, really strong. I haven't seen that kind of evidence for parenting and that bothers me a little bit,” said Besser, whose parents were both clinical hypnotherapists. 

Besser stressed that hypnotism should only be performed by trained professionals and suggested parents stick to other strategies such as praising good behavior, and staying consistent on discipline and expectations. 

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

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Florida Officials Find More Evidence Of Potential Local Zika Spread

By Julie Steenhuysen

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Florida health department said on Wednesday it was investigating another two cases of Zika not related to travel to a place where the virus is being transmitted, raising the possibility of local Zika transmission in the continental United States.

The Florida health department said it has identified an additional case of Zika in Miami-Dade County, where it was already investigating a possible case of Zika not related to travel, and another case in Broward County, where it has been investigating a non-travel related case.

“Evidence is mounting to suggest local transmission via mosquitoes is going on in South Florida,” said CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said.

“These cases fit similar transmission patterns for mosquito-borne diseases such as Chikungunya that we've seen in South Florida in years past.”

To confirm whether Zika is being transmitted locally, epidemiologists must survey households and neighbors within a 150-yard radius around the residence of the person who has Zika, which constitutes the flying range of the mosquitoes that carry the virus.

According to the U.S. Zika response plan, Zika transmission is defined as two or more cases not due to travel or sex with an infected person that occur in a 1-mile diameter over the course of a month. Evidence of the virus in local mosquito populations can also be used to confirm local transmission.

Florida health department officials said investigations into the new cases begins today. The state is urging residents and visitors to participate in requests for urine samples by the department in the areas of investigation. These results will help the department determine the number of people affected.

In addition to the possible cases of non-travel related transmission, Florida on Wednesday reported 328 travel-related cases of Zika. The state is monitoring 53 pregnant women who had Zika infections.

(Reporting by Julie Steenhuysen; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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Woman Claims 'Sexual-Style Assault' By Restaurant's Pee-Pee Doll

Isabelle Lassiter has a beef with a Japanese steakhouse in Tennessee, where a chef sprayed her in the face with a pee-pee doll in what her husband called a “sexual-style assault.”

Lassiter said she and her family were dining at the Wasabi Japanese Steakhouse in Murfreesboro on Monday when a chef produced a plastic doll resembling a little boy and pulled down its pants. A thin stream of water spurted from a hole located in the doll's genital area and hit Lassiter in the face, she said.

She wasn't happy.

“He pulled his little shorts down and it had a wanger and he squirted me right in the face,” Lassitter told 

Restaurant manager Johnny Huang said the doll is a common part of the show patrons get at dinner. Chefs use it to control flames on the hibachi, he said.

“The kids like it, they think it's a water gun,” Huang told TV station WREG. 

Lassiter's husband, James, called the spraying “a sexual-style assault on my wife,” according to

The couple called the police and filed a report.

The episode happened “in front of our minor children and grandchildren,” James Lassiter said, according to

Isabelle Lassiter added: “It really didn't have a wiener, but you got the point.” 

James Lassiter said the lack of genitalia isn't the issue.

“Just because somebody cut off a piece of plastic, OK, it's not there anymore, doesn't change the fact that you're getting peed on,” he said.  

Police haven't filed any charges, and even if they did, it's unlikely they would stick, according to Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney Adam Sostrin.

“As far as I can tell, there was no sexual assault made by the obnoxious yet marginally entertaining toy at the hibachi restaurant,” Sostrin told HuffPost. “Nor should any humans be found criminally culpable.”

The restaurant wants to avoid pissing off other customers. It has instructed employees to ask before spraying people with the pee-pee doll.

Read the police incident report:

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When I Feel Embarrassed After A Seizure

In the almost eight years that I've lived with epilepsy, I have experienced thousands of seizures. Seizures in the comfort of my own home with my husband to protect me, seizures all alone with no way to cry out for help praying that when I wake, praying that I do wake, that I hadn't injured myself in any way. Seizures at the grocery store, at the gym, during holiday gatherings and special events visiting family.

Dazed and confused, attempting to regain my bearings and my sight as vision is still a blurry smeared mess, I am able to make out the dead silence that surrounds me or muffled whispers among one another. Choosing to stand at least ten feet away from me, staring at me like I might explode or do something inhuman. I gather that those who aren't used to witnessing someone having a seizure or who have never witnessed a seizure at all, are either extremely curious (we're human, we're curious by nature), terrified that a person is having this sort of reaction, or eager to want to help in any way that they can, unfazed.

Once a seizure has subsided, a feeling washes over me like a chilling heavy rainfall, not always, but on occasion. The feeling of embarrassment. Flashbacks of frightened faces, wide eyes as big as golf balls, feeling like a science project being studied as I sit up and the tears stream down my cheeks soon after, wanting more than anything to not be asked "Are you okay?" at minimum twenty times in a day, more if visiting family or in public. Wanting so bad to say, "Don't be frightened. See me as I am. Not just my condition."

I came to realize that this feeling of embarrassment, is a common symptom following a seizure. Rather than being swallowed up by the emotion of embarrassment following a seizure, I decided that it was a perfect opportunity to speak up and speak out about my personal journey with epilepsy and epilepsy as a whole. To let people know that, rather than giving up on living a full and productive life, I give my all to live a happy and healthy life despite having epilepsy. If I get knocked down, I get right back up and continue on.

In this way, it plants seeds of education, advocacy, compassion and strips away any stigmas and fears they may have. In addition, it empowers me to recognize the moments in which I feel embarrassed following a seizure and replace it with strength.

Having a seizure is nothing to be embarrassed about. Each of us have a battle we face. It's how we face it that shapes and defines us.

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Does Wine Go Bad?

Welcome to Advice for Impatient Foodies, R29's new cooking column. Each week, our executive food editor and Impatient Foodie founder, Elettra Wiedemann, will tackle any and all questions you might have about food. Seriously, no query is too big or too small. Don't be embarrassed! We've all had moments in the kitchen when we had no idea WTF was going on and wished we could ask someone other than Google for some pointers. So, whether you need help frying an egg, knowing when your chicken is done, or deciding what to make for dinner, we've got your back.


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I have a bad habit of letting open wine sit in my fridge or on my counter without being able to throw it away -- you never know when you might need it for cooking or sipping! How long until wine really goes bad?

I totally do this, too! Recently, I left a fantastic (and somewhat pricey) bottle of red on my counter, thinking I'd use the rest of it for drinking or cooking. I left for a trip/totally forgot about the wine and came back to what was essentially a bottle of unusable vinegar (and wasted money). Curses!

So, here's the deal: As a general rule, anything with sparkles will last one to three days after opening. Reds, rosés, and whites can survive up to five days. Whites and rosés should be stored in the fridge with a cork or wine stopper; reds in a cool, dark place with a cork or wine stopper.

Here's another idea: Take the remaining wine and freeze it in an ice-cube tray! That way, the wine won't go bad and you can pop out a wine cube when you're cooking or throw some wine cubes in with your white or rosé to keep it cold. Is that super genius or what?! Red-wine ice cubes would also be great to keep homemade sangria nice and cold, without watering it down.

Or, if you want to be super on-trend, you can also turn your leftover wine into wine slushies. Cheers!

By: Elettra Wiedemann

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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What Every Parent Needs To Know About Their Kid's Respiratory Habits

Part of Your Smile, Your Health™ Series, a division of Sleep Fitness, LLC

Co-authored by Keelyn Ross

What are the benefits of nasal breathing?

There is a right way to breathe and a wrong way to breathe. The right way is through the nose, the wrong way is through the mouth. Nasal breathing benefits the body on multiple levels because the nose is super equipped to process incoming air. The nose has a built-in humidifier and filtration system, so when air enters through the nasal passages, it's warmed and moistened. It is also equipped to sense and destroy harmful bacteria before it enters the body. This means the respiratory system is being supplied with high quality air, which leads to cellular health. Conversely, the mouth will not purify the air before entering the body such that higher amounts of carbon dioxide create a toxic environment. Mouth breathing also causes a lack of oxygen to the brain, which could lead to underdevelopment, and possibly sensory or auditory disorders, such as autism or attention deficit disorder (ADD). This is why it is paramount for everyone, especially new parents, to understand the importance of their child forming good breathing habits.

What are the long-term consequences of chronic mouth breathing?

If someone develops a mouth breathing habit during their developmental years, they are unknowingly programming their body to have a small, set back jaw, a tiny chin and a long face. This is because bones grow in the position they're 'trained to'. If the mouth is open, the entire bone and neuromuscular development follows in suit. Besides aesthetic considerations, that same person most likely suffers from temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), commonly referred to as TMJ, meaning their upper and lower jaw do not close in a balanced fashion. This often leads to crooked teeth, chronic headaches and respiratory distress.

5 Characteristics of Mouth Breathing

1. Small & weak looking jaw

2. Forward head posture

3. Lip incompetency (unable to seal)

4. Small, dysfunctional nostrils

5. Underdeveloped or set back jaw

Are there at-home steps parents can take to ensure their child breathes through their nose?

Yes! Make sure they do not suck their thumb, clench or grind their teeth. You can also incorporate a technique developed by Dr. K. Buteyko called mouth taping, where surgical paper tape is placed over the mouth while sleeping, ensuring the child is breathing through their nose at night. There are also a variety of yoga breathing exercises that focus on correct and controlled breathing. Last but not least, teaming up with a myofunctional orofacial therapist can teach your child exercises they can do at home.

Note: Please consult with your healthcare physician before moving forward with any medical advice.

What about the kids who suffer from chronic sinus infections?

Board-certified otolaryngologists who sub-specialize in sleep medicine will assess the respiratory needs of the child and advise the best course of action for them to adequately breathe. Board-certified dentists who sub-specialize in sleep medicine will also be able to assess the anatomy and function of the child's craniofacial development and offer treatment solutions. Some dentists have in-house myofunctional orofacial therapists who ensure the child's neuromuscular development is on par with correct anatomical functioning.

Additional References

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McKeown, P. (2004). Close your mouth: Buteyko Clinic handbook for perfect health. Dublin, Ireland: Buteyko Books.

Moeller, J. L., RDH, Kaplan, D. G., PhD, & McKeown, P., MA. (2012, March). Treating Patients with Mouth Breathing Habits: THE EMERGING FIELD OF OROFACIAL MYOFUNCTIONAL THERAPY. 10-12. Retrieved from

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Bresolin, D., Shapiro, P. A., Shapiro, G. G., Chapko, M. K., & Dassel, S. (1983). Mouth breathing in allergic children: its relationship to dentofacial development. American journal of orthodontics, 83(4), 334-340.

Paul, J. L., & Nanda, R. S. (1973). Effect of mouth breathing on dental occlusion. The Angle Orthodontist, 43(2), 201-206.

The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Your Dentist. Helmer, J. (2016). WebMD. Retrieved 20 July, 2016.

Sleep questions answered! Cortes, M. (2016). First time parent magazine. Retrieved 20 July, 2016.

The Crooked Path (2016, March 26). Episode 1: Montefiore medical center, NYC. Interview with Dr. Steven Y. Park Retrieved from

Thank you to my research staff, Al-Nazish Jiwani

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How to Turn Cashews into Vegan Ricotta "Cheese"


Does vegan cheese sound nuts? Well, it is--cashews, to be precise.

An unassuming bag of cashews can be used to make fluffy "ricotta" with just three simple steps. To make cashew ricotta, start by soaking 1½ cups of cashews in 1 cup of water for 2 hours or up to overnight, then drain and place them in a blender or food processor. Add the juice of one lemon for tang typical of the dairy version and 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast, the darling ingredient of any vegan's pantry, for cheesy flavor. Blend everything together until it's thick and textural, then season with salt and pepper to taste.

If the ricotta is too thick for your liking, simply add water to thin it out. But the longer you soak the cashews, the less water you'll need to add, since the nuts will sponge up liquid like mini camels.

Use this alternative like you would normal ricotta; lasagna and stuffed shells work particularly well, and once you add heaping spoonfuls of tomato sauce, no one will know the difference. Throw a taco-night party and spread tortillas with cashew cheese in lieu of queso fresco, or keep it classic and use it as sandwich spread or a toast topper with honey and a fresh herb like thyme or mint. Pro tip: If you add additional water to the basic recipe above and process longer, you get cashew cream, which can be used for pie fillings, vegan ice cream or drizzling on quick breads.

The beauty in this is that you can flavor it however you like by tossing chile flakes, garlic, fresh herbs and the like into the food processor. Or try a sweet, mascarpone-like version by adding a few dates and a dash of vanilla extract. Anything's fair game. A good rule of thumb is to ask yourself if an ingredient would taste OK sprinkled on cashews--the answer will likely be yes.

Try substituting cashew ricotta for the dairy one in these recipes:

• Start the day with creamy ricotta toasts with poppy seeds, orange and mint.

• Layer it with berries between slices of cinnamon swirl bread for sweet grilled cheese.

• Throw peas and Parmesan into the mix for a toast spread or vegetable dip.

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New Mesothelioma Treatment Guidelines May Extend Survival

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has changed its first-line treatment recommendation for unresectable pleural mesothelioma, believing it will extend patient survival significantly.

The NCCN advisory panel recently added the monoclonal antibody bevacizumab to the long-standing chemotherapy combination of pemetrexed and cisplatin.

Bevacizumab, also known by brand name Avastin, inhibits the formation of new blood vessels in tumors, effectively slowing the growth of cancer cells. It has successfully treated some types of lung and colorectal cancers.

The NCCN recommendation is expected to be a precursor to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) changing its only approved standard-of-care regimen (pemetrexed and cisplatin) for mesothelioma, which has stood since 2004.

The recommendation will soon be incorporated into the NCCN Guidelines for Patients, according to a panel spokesperson. The Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Networkalready has published it.

Drug Improved Survival Time for Mesothelioma Patients

Bevacizumab improved survival time by 2.7 months in a recent randomized phase III clinical trial in France. The trial included 448 mesothelioma patients at 73 different sites from 2008 to 2014. All patients received a combination of pemetrexed and cisplatin, but nearly half also received bevacizumab.

The median overall survival time was 18.8 months for those also receiving bevacizumab, but 16.1 months for those receiving only the other two drugs. Those treated with bevacizumab had a median progression-free survival advantage of 9.6 months compared to 7.5 months for those not getting it.

Patients taking bevacizumab experienced more adverse side effects, but these were deemed mostly manageable, which helped lead to the NCCN recommendation.

Forty-five patients receiving bevacizumab lived at least 30 months, while only 36 of those not taking the third drug lived that long. Trial investigators believe the bevacizumab lowered the risk of death by 23 percent.

The NCCN is comprised of 27 prominent cancers centers around the country, including:

The group's panel recommendation stems from considerable success with bevacizumab in clinical trials. It was discussed extensively at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting earlier this year in Chicago.

Larger Gains Predicted for Pleural Mesothelioma Treatment

“The 2.7 month OS [overall survival] improvement could be viewed as slight, but it still accounts for the longest OS improvement ever obtained in a large controlled trial of pleural mesothelioma, a disease in which no progress has been accomplished since the approval of pemetrexed [more than] 10 years ago,” the panel wrote.

Also, a recent and encouraging report from China documented the addition of bevacizumab to the standard cisplatin/pemetrexed. Although it included just one mesothelioma patient and follow-up chemotherapy, it demonstrated a 14-month progression-free survival.

Pleural mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibers that can become lodged in the thin lining around the lungs. The microscopic fibers cause inflammation and scarring that may eventually lead to mesothelioma, an incurable condition with a prognosis of 9-12 months.

The NCCN guidelines still recommend surgery for patients with early-stage mesothelioma if they are healthy enough and have the epithelioid subtype of disease. The majority of patients, though, are not surgical candidates, which would include them in the new recommendations.

Cost of Mesothelioma Drug Remains an Obstacle

The downside of the new recommendations is the cost - estimated at $8,000-$10,000 monthly for bevacizumab.

Many insurance companies restrict its current use with other cancers because of cost-benefit calculations.

The FDA first approved bevacizumab in 2004 for metastatic colon cancer. The NCCA guidelines are designed to assist oncologists making treatment decisions but they are under no obligation to follow them.

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Why I Choose To Be Vegan

The word vegan tends to terrify some people and send them running for the cow-filled hills. I get it: it's scary to make such a drastic lifestyle change, especially if you're the kind of person that's become accustomed to meat and/or dairy in every meal. I was like that, not long ago. If you would had asked 20 year-old me if I would ever be a vegan, I would have laughed in your face, fully convinced the world would end before I gave up Manchego cheese and Serrano ham.

You're probably wondering, how can I make this change to help myself and the planet? Won't everyone make fun of me all the time? How am I going to get enough protein? Being vegan can't be natural, or can it be?

These and many more questions raced through my head when I first began making the change to a plant-based lifestyle. Ironically, I was living in Spain at the time, the land where bars and restaurants display ham legs in windows, where bull fights are a cultural tradition passed down through the generations and where you'd be hard pressed to find a meal that does not include meat, cheese or eggs in one way or another. Spaniards love to indulge, whether it's food or drinks. So how did I make this huge change in such an unlikely place?

Well for one, it's probably my innate ability to rebel and do the exact opposite of everyone else. I also met another fellow vegan, who enjoyed the lifestyle so much, she simply radiated. It was impossible not to want to experience those same feelings. We would visit a local fruteria, a store devoted entirely to selling fruit, stock up on blueberries, oranges and apples, and head down to the river to relax by the water and practice a few yoga moves. The experience is supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not a self-sacrifice.

All I can say is don't worry. Take baby steps and never get down on yourself for not being perfect. Quitting cold turkey can be rough so the experience is made a little easier by slowly incorporating more and more vegan meals to your weekly schedule. If you're still not convinced, here are a few more reasons to make the change.

1. I save animals and the environment.

calculated that each vegan saves about 200 animals a year, which means you can feel good about doing your part to ensure innocent animals aren't slaughtered for the sake of our protein consumption. So really that's 200 reasons to be a vegan right there. As for the environment, it's a lot more sustainable and feasible to grow plants for human consumption, rather than feed those plants to animals and then those animals to us. Animal food production actually produces the most greenhouse gasses in the world, more than both the transportation industry and electricity industry. In other words, if Americans cut back on eating animal foods by half, it would be the same if all U.S. motor vehicles and vessels were taken off the road.

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2. I save money.

Did you know that meat and cheese are expensive? Go figure. My vegan journey began with my weekly trips to the grocery store. Now I head straight for the produce area and get most of my shopping done there. Vegetables and fruit are relatively inexpensive, especially if you buy in-season products. Avoid the meat replacements or anything processed that is technically vegan because the whole point isn't to buy vegan frozen mac and cheese; the point is to make your own pasta with vegetables and coconut oil perhaps. Becoming a vegan means you have to rely on yourself more to eat and cook. You can't expect a restaurant or a party to have something you can eat, so planning ahead and cooking at home saves you both money and headaches. For more budgeting tips on a vegan diet, check this out.

3. I'm healthier.

I'm more fit with more muscle and less fat, have more energy, clearer skin, more luscious hair, longer and stronger nails, a clearer conscious and no belly issues including regular bowel movements everyday. I just look and feel sexier than I ever have before and I can attribute that to a vegan diet and daily, moderate exercise.

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4. I can eat however much I want, whenever I want.

Since becoming vegan, I haven't had to count calories once. I simply eat until I'm full, and I am never scared that I might have overindulged. Vegetables take up a lot of space on a plate but they have relatively low calories. I used to be scared of food, terrified every little thing I ate would make me gain weight. That fear is gone and so I can eat, snack and munch without guilt.

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7 Cocktails To Enjoy Before Summer Ends


Summer might be coming to an end but that doesn't mean you don't deserve some last minute fun. So have one last barbecue and sip on one or all (no one's judging) these tasty cocktails!

Orange Creamsicle Cocktail


Moscow Mule


Strawberry Jalapeno Margarita


Beer Limeade


Cucumber Kiwi Mojito


Blended Summer Sangria


Pineapple Cinnamon Margaritas


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Here's Another Case For Switching To A Vegetarian Diet

When it comes to the food we eat, there's practically no such thing as a “guilt-free” diet - practically any food, unless you grow it yourself without using excessive pesticides or water, comes with nutritional, environmental or ethical consequences.

But according to new research published last week in the Elementa journal, some diets fare far better than others when it comes to the important measure of how much agricultural land is required to produce the food they require.

Specifically, diets that contained less meat tended to be far less land-dependent and, therefore, held the potential to feed a larger population on a per-square-foot basis.

“A population eating less meat than we eat now would, generally, feed more people,” Christian Peters, Tufts University associate professor and the paper's lead author, told The Huffington Post. He added, however, that's only true to a certain point.

The paper, authored by a team of Tufts researchers, considered the land requirements - or “food-prints”- of 10 different diet scenarios that ranged from one resembling the average American's meat diet to a completely meat-free vegan diet.

Perhaps surprisingly, the octo-lavo and lacto vegetarian diets - which both include dairy products and, in the case of octo-lavo vegetarians, eggs - showed the potential to feed a larger population than a vegan diet.

The U.S. agricultural system has the capacity to feed a population 1.3 times larger than the current numbers following current consumption patterns, according to the model as determined by USDA food availability data.

By comparison, the octo-lavo and lacto vegetarian diet scenarios could feed between 2.4 and 2.5 times the size of the current U.S. population using the researchers' model. A vegan diet could feed a slightly smaller number of people.

This, Peter explained, is because all farmland consists of both cultivated cropland ― where edible products like corn, fruits and vegetables are grown ― and perennial cropland, where plants that are inedible to humans but do not require cultivation, like alfalfa, are grown.

Vegans derive no benefit from the perennial cropland, whereas the octo-lavo and lacto vegetarians as cows eat the alfalfa and other perennials and then go on to produce the dairy products they eat. 

All of this is not to say, Peters added, that going vegan for environmental reasons is a bad step to take. The vegan diet still dramatically out-performed more meat-intensive diets when it came to the number of people it could potentially feed.

“If someone says, 'I think vegan is the way for me to go,' one person going vegan does, probably, reduce in a small way the total amount of meat production demands,” Peters told HuffPost. “It's the behaviors in the whole or the aggregate that matter.”

So why is this important? As Peters noted, the bulk of the food Americans eat comes directly from agricultural production. As the global population increases additional agricultural output is needed, but with expanded farming comes environmental concerns.

Among these are increased greenhouse gas emissions, which are linked to methane production from livestock and improper manure storage on farms. These emissions have already been on the rise in recent years, according to the EPA.

Another issue is nutrient runoff from farms that use excessive fertilizer on their crops. This runoff can cause algal blooms like the “guacamole-thick” ones spotted in Florida recently or those that have grown into a Connecticut-sized dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

To address these problems, a delicate balance must be struck between enough, but not too much, farming. And dietary choices should be factored into any consideration of how the U.S. and the world can meet future food needs.

Most importantly, the paper emphasized that there is a big difference between the way that Americans typically eat today and the diet scenarios which showed more efficient use of agricultural land.

Promisingly, though, Americans have been eating less meat over the past decade, reversing a long-standing trend of ever-increasing meat consumption. And new food identities like flexitarian and reducetarian have formed around the idea of eating less meat while not eliminating animal products all together.

Still, though there's a long way to go toward practicing eating habits that are less resource-dependent, every little bit helps.

“This is a big change for a lot of people,” Peters said. “Is that something that could be achieved within 10 years? Definitely not. It takes a long time for habits to change.”


Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email

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