City of Del Mar Contractors Using Deadly Chemicals in Public Spaces

Fusilade Used by City of Del Mar ContractorsThe following is an email I sent to Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth on September 7, 2018:

Hi Scott – I hope all is well.

This morning on her 2nd birthday, I was walking my daughter down to the tot lot by the beach.

We stopped to check our mail at the post office and then continued down 15th toward Coast Blvd.  I started smelling noxious chemicals – and then noticed one of the landscapers working on the corner (I assume it is City property) was spraying weed killer.  Before we were overcome with it, I turned around went back up the block and crossed the street.

I have a few questions for you:

1. Were these workers there on a City contract?
2. Does the City know they are using chemical weed killers and spraying them in public without notice or regard to the environment?
3.  Is the City of Del Mar ok with this?
4.  Is anyone thinking about where those chemicals end up?  Gutters, drains, sewers, beach and ocean ….

And most importantly,

5) What can be done to ensure that my daughter is never exposed to dangerous chemicals like in Del Mar again?

Thank you,

Joe Kennedy

To Scott’s credit, he answered the email on the same day, saying the City of Del Mar takes these types of things very seriously and that he would look into it…..   Continue reading “City of Del Mar Contractors Using Deadly Chemicals in Public Spaces”

Natural High from Opioid Due to its Death Rate

Since the late 1990’s, when what is now a full-blown opioid epidemic is believed to have taken root, tens of thousands of educators nationwide have increasingly turned toward guiding their students to cultivate natural high. Natural highs are activities that naturally raise endorphins, instead of drugs or alcohol.

Natural High from Opioid Due to its Death RateNatural High

The San Diego-based nonprofit Natural High(click here to see) began reaching out to young people in 1997 at school assemblies – using just a slide projector. In the decades since then, as overdose deaths have skyrocketed, nearly 36,000 educators nationwide have turned to Natural High’s free online, video and print tools, which encourage teen and pre-teen students to raise their own endorphins. And as the overdose death rate has shown a steep increase in the last four years, so has educator reliance on Natural High resources.

This trend was identified on the heels of the Centers for Disease Control’s release last week of its latest data showing 2017 to be the worst year yet for drug overdoses – 72,000 – since the opioid epidemic took root in the late ‘90’s.

Natural High seeks to engage adults who can help young people find their “Natural High,” including the skills and courage to avoid drugs and alcohol and live life well. Natural High brings some 40 celebrities and counting – like professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, surfer Bethany Hamilton, and fashion designer Lauren Conrad – to young people to talk about the highs they get through sports, art, entertainment, fashion, and otherwise, and how it feels to live drug free.

In addition, Natural High materials are designed to help students themselves to go on to discover and live their own passions, whether that is art, sports, religion, music or environmental causes, or other healthful pursuits. Along with showing free celebrity videos to their students, teachers can also take advantage of free online discussion guides and hands-on exercises.

“It is common sense that to ward off addiction, we must give young people something better,” said Natural High Founder Jon Sundt, who lost two brothers to drug addictions, and is an active surfer. “We harness the combined power of celebrities, mentors, and educators to dramatically influence young people to make healthy life choices.”

The organization also reported that nationwide, among the states that claim both some of the highest 2017 rises in overdose deaths and the largest concentrations of people who have tapped into Natural High are:

Illinois – saw a 10 percent increase in overdose deaths in 2017
New Jersey – saw a 24 percent increase in overdose deaths in 2017
Ohio – mostly southwest and northeast parts of the state, saw a nine percent increase in overdose deaths in 2017
Pennsylvania – mostly western parts of the state, saw an eight percent increase in overdose deaths in 2017
Wisconsin – saw a seven percent increase in overdose deaths in 2017. Wisconsinites also spend substantially more time on the Natural High website than people in any other state.
Research out of Iceland – considered the best example in the world of wide-scale success in curbing addiction – shows that if young people discover their passions and are directly engaged in a compelling way by people they look up to and trust, they are more likely to make positive life choices and much less likely to choose drugs and alcohol.

“Recently the drug epidemic at my school has increased, and is continuing to do so,” said an anonymous high school junior using Natural High. “I honestly believe that the only reason I don’t fall into that group of people is because of you guys… you have truly directed my life in the right direction; this is an absolutely amazing, life-changing program.”

Some 85 percent of youth participating in the program reported that having a natural high will help fight the temptation to use drugs or alcohol, according to a 2014 impact study by Harder + Company Community Research. Natural High was launched in 1994 (originally as the Sundt Memorial Foundation).

Pharmaceutical Marketplace Posts Revenue Growth

Scientist.com, the world’s leading pharmaceutical marketplace for outsourced scientific services, announced on August 16, 2018, that it ranked no. 9 on Inc. magazine’s 2018 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing, privately owned companies in America. Scientist.com ranked no. 2 nationally in the Health category and no. 2 in the state of California. The San Diego-based company builds private marketplaces that connect life science research organizations with a global network of over 2,600 contract research organizations (CROs) and providers of scientific services.

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“Our mission is to empower and connect scientists worldwide and make it possible to cure all human diseases by 2050,” stated Kevin Lustig, Scientist.com’s CEO and Founder. “On Scientist.com, a single, highly trained scientist can run an entire drug discovery program from concept to clinic from his or her laptop without ever physically entering a laboratory.”

The pharmaceutical industry spends about $150B a year on medical research and produces about 25 new medicines in an average year. There is a desperate need for more effective approaches to medical research that reduce costs, speed timelines, and help create innovative new drugs for thousands of common and rare diseases.

“We are pioneering a new, dramatically more efficient approach to medical research in which scientists outsource everything but the genius,” stated Christopher Petersen, Scientist.com’s CTO and Founder. “We are thrilled that Scientist.com is being widely adopted across the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.”

WeShareMD: New Innovation In Healthcare Industry

WeShareMD: New Innovation In Healthcare Industry. Right now, doctors experience serious pain points to opening a new medical practice, or expanding their medical practice. Commercial medical leases are hard to find at all, and if a doctor can secure one, they are often forced to sign a 10+ year lease. For medical graduates today, high student debt makes the doctor not credit-worthy enough to enter into a medical lease at all.

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Why does this matter? For starters, it creates strain on the already overwrought healthcare industry. If a doctor wants to practice medicine, she likely has to work for an existing hospital or large medical practice. Doctors are unable to serve their communities by opening more convenient locations. Doctors can’t be their own bosses.

American culture is entrepreneurial, and basically, doctors are left out. This isn’t fair to them, and it isn’t fair to the rest of us. Every person will become a patient at some point in our lives, meaning that what affects doctors affects all of us.

This is what led one innovative entrepreneur down the path to redefining his industry. George Scopetta was developing medical real estate throughout Southern California when he started noticing the rise of co-working office models like WeWork as a growing industry.

He did his research, and learned that many co-working models have policies against doctors, and none of them were HIPPA compliant, meaning that doctors simply can’t practice inside of them.

So, he created a co-working model for doctors. His idea caught on quickly. He soon opened a second location, followed by three more. Now, WeShareMD is expanding throughout Southern California, and soon, nationwide. Major VC firms have been contacting George and his team daily for investment opportunities in the business. WeShareMD plans to be a nationwide name by the end of 2019, a growth model that is unheard of in nearly any industry, and has never been done before in the medical space.

Their business plan is simple. Any type of doctor can practice in a WeShareMD location for a rate of $300 for half of a day. WeShareMD offers mobile offices as well, and physical spaces at simple flat rat es for daily, weekly and monthly practices. Any doctor looking to expand their practice, or start their own practice can join with zero hidden fees. Even retiring doctors who still want to see patients without all the burdens of a traditional office space are signing up to become WeShareMD members. George maintains the
same entrepreneurial principles in every one of his locations: there should be absolutely no barriers to entry, meaning no leases, no hassle, and beautiful medical office space that will satisfy our patients.

Each location offers a staffed patient concierge professional who greets patients as they walk in, and then handles all of the basics for their member doctors. Doctors also receive a full suite of basic surgical tools, and have access to ancillary services in each
building that handle everything from bloodwork to MRIs. George and his staff follow the mantra: we handle everything else, so you can focus on your patients.

George partners with Dr. James Chao in all of his ventures, who is a serial entrepreneur, doctor and his mentor. The two are sharply aimed at disrupting the medical industry by putting entrepreneurship back into the hands of doctors.

Seems simple enough of an idea. But much like a great song you hear on the radio, once you hear it, you think you could have written it yourself. And yet, it took someone to be the very first to create them. This is the foundation of all truly great ideas.

Chronic Inflammatory Diseases New Drug Discovery

Chronic Inflammatory Diseases New Drug Discovery for. Blocking the CMPK2 enzyme may result in new treatments for osteoarthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, lung cancer and more chronic inflammation disease.

Chronic Inflammatory DiseasesChronic Inflammatory Diseases New Drug Discovery

Chronic Inflammatory Diseases, inflammation can lead to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions. Inflammasomes — protein-based molecular machines — trigger inflammation in response to different signals generated by cell stress, tissue injury or infectious organisms.

In a study published online July 25 in the journal Nature, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identified a signaling pathway that activates the NLRP3 inflammasome implicated in several severe chronic inflammatory disorders. Continue reading “Chronic Inflammatory Diseases New Drug Discovery”

Fitness Genes to Launch First Accredited Fitness Genomics Training Course At IDEA World

FitnessGenes Dr. Dan ReardonFitnessGenes, an industry pioneer in the burgeoning category of fitness genomics, received a significant advancement this month with a formal education accreditation from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). This is the first time a genomics education program has been accredited for fitness professionals.
(Publisher’s Note:  This post first appeared at JoeAbs.com)
Recently celebrating their fifth anniversary, FitnessGenes leads the way for gyms, fitness professionals and consumers to use genetically prescriptive training and nutrition as the foundation for physique transformation and overall health.
Launching this week at the IDEA World convention booth #1015 in San Diego, the FitnessGenes PRO Trainer Education course is available online  Continue reading “Fitness Genes to Launch First Accredited Fitness Genomics Training Course At IDEA World”

First Accredited Fitness Genomics Training Course to Be Launched Idea World in San Diego by FitnessGenes

FitnessGenes Dr. Dan ReardonFitnessGenes, an industry pioneer in the burgeoning category of fitness genomics, received a significant advancement this month with a formal education accreditation from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). This is the first time a genomics education program has been accredited for fitness professionals.

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FitnessGenes to Launch First Accredited Fitness Genomics Training Course at 2018 IDEA World Convention

Joe Abs is looking forward to a potential cutting-edge partnership with FitnessGenesFitnessGenes Dr. Dan Reardon

FitnessGenes, an industry pioneer in the burgeoning category of fitness genomics, received a significant advancement this month with a formal education accreditation from the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA). This is the first time a genomics education program has been accredited for fitness professionals.

Recently celebrating their fifth anniversary, FitnessGenes leads the way for gyms, fitness professionals and consumers to use genetically prescriptive training and nutrition as the foundation for physique transformation and overall health.

Launching this week at the IDEA World convention booth #1015 in San Diego, the FitnessGenes PRO Trainer Education course is available online  Continue reading “FitnessGenes to Launch First Accredited Fitness Genomics Training Course at 2018 IDEA World Convention”

Study Shows 5 Healthy Habits Can Extend Life – What’s Missing?

5 Healthy Habits Can Extend Lives Over 10+ Years

5 Healthy HabitsAn article posted on the Los Angeles Times website on April 30th, 2018 and written by their Science and Medicine Editor, Karen Kaplan referred to a recent report posted by the journal called “Circulation”.  This report – and Kaplan’s article, shows that men and women who follow 5 healthy habits have life expectancies over 10 years longer than those who don’t:  14 years for women and 12 years for men.  But what is missing? Continue reading “Study Shows 5 Healthy Habits Can Extend Life – What’s Missing?”

Eat at Jersey Mike’s in March to Support Children’s Hospital

Jersey Mike's SubsJersey Mike’s 8th Annual Month of Giving Helps Seattle Children’s Hospital

Seattle Children’s Hospital is joining forces with 33 Jersey Mike’s Subs restaurants throughout the Seattle-Tacoma area for the 8th Annual March “Month of Giving” campaign to fund local charities. During the month of March, customers can make a donation to Seattle Children’s Hospital at any area Jersey Mike’s restaurant.

The campaign will culminate in Jersey Mike’s “Day of Giving” on Wednesday, March 28, when local Jersey Mike’s restaurants will give 100 percent of the day’s sales – not just profit – to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Continue reading “Eat at Jersey Mike’s in March to Support Children’s Hospital”