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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Amazon vs. Hatchette Publishing

I wanted to share this article regarding Amazon VS Hachette Publishing
"We are currently buying less (print) inventory and "safety stock" on titles from the publisher, Hachette, than we ordinarily do, and are no longer taking pre-orders on titles whose publication dates are in the future. Instead, customers can order new titles when their publication date arrives. For titles with no stock on hand, customers can still place an order at which time we order the inventory from Hachette -- availability on those titles is dependent on how long it takes Hachette to fill the orders we place. Once the inventory arrives, we ship it to the customer promptly. These changes are related to the contract and terms between Hachette and Amazon.

At Amazon, we do business with more than 70,000 suppliers, including thousands of publishers. One of our important suppliers is Hachette, which is part of a $10 billion media conglomerate. Unfortunately, despite much work from both sides, we have been unable to reach mutually-acceptable agreement on terms. Hachette has operated in good faith and we admire the company and its executives. Nevertheless, the two companies have so far failed to find a solution. Even more unfortunate, though we remain hopeful and are working hard to come to a resolution as soon as possible, we are not optimistic that this will be resolved soon.

Negotiating with suppliers for equitable terms and making stocking and assortment decisions based on those terms is one of a bookseller's, or any retailer's, most important jobs. Suppliers get to decide the terms under which they are willing to sell to a retailer. It's reciprocally the right of a retailer to determine whether the terms on offer are acceptable and to stock items accordingly. A retailer can feature a supplier's items in its advertising and promotional circulars, "stack it high" in the front of the store, keep small quantities on hand in the back aisle, or not carry the item at all, and bookstores and other retailers do these every day. When we negotiate with suppliers, we are doing so on behalf of customers. Negotiating for acceptable terms is an essential business practice that is critical to keeping service and value high for customers in the medium and long term.

A word about proportion: this business interruption affects a small percentage of Amazon's demand-weighted units. If you order 1,000 items from Amazon, 989 will be unaffected by this interruption. If you do need one of the affected titles quickly, we regret the inconvenience and encourage you to purchase a new or used version from one of our third-party sellers or from one of our competitors.

We also take seriously the impact it has when, however infrequently, such a business interruption affects authors. We've offered to Hachette to fund 50% of an author pool - to be allocated by Hachette - to mitigate the impact of this dispute on author royalties, if Hachette funds the other 50%. We did this with the publisher Macmillan some years ago. We hope Hachette takes us up on it.

This topic has generated a variety of coverage, presumably in part because the negotiation is with a book publisher instead of a supplier of a different type of product. Some of the coverage has expressed a relatively narrow point of view. Here is one post that offers a wider perspective. 


Thank you."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

How Eating Potatoes and Tomatoes can Damage the Body

How Eating Potatoes and Tomatoes can Damage the Body

Lately, I have been talking a lot about Nightshade foods and how they can affect certain people. I wanted to delve deeper into this nightshade issues and talk a little about how these are affecting people today. First what are nightshade foods? Well, we eat many of these foods daily.
Here is a list of nightshade foods:

·         Potatoes

·         Tomatoes

·         sweet and hot peppers

·         eggplant

·         Tomatillos

·         Tamarios

·         Pepinos

·         Pimentos

·         Paprika

·         and cayenne peppers

·         Nicotine

 All of these foods are classified as nightshade foods. This group of foods contains alkaloids that can impact nerve-muscle function and digestive functions in both animals and humans. Some people may also suffer from joint issues that are associated with eating these foods. Individuals that are especially sensitive to these substances will want to avoid eating any of these foods. I am one of these people and so are my children. I have been living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa that was caused by me eating these alkaloids daily.

I can't believe the change in my body from quitting eating of these foods. I no longer feed these foods to my family either. My two sons are likely also to suffer from eating these foods, so I am spending my time teaching them about the hazards are eating such food. There is no cure for HS, and there are many treatments but it will not go away. I have realized now avoiding the food is the cure to put HS in remission. After learning more about these foods, I have learned that there are several effects and diseases that are also caused by eating of these foods.

According to the research done by Dr. Childers,  found that 74 – 90% of people who ache and hurt, regardless of their diagnostic "label," have a sensitivity to nightshades.  Alkaloids can affect the nervous system, joint health, cause eczema, IBS, nausea, dizziness, migraines, and more.

Effect of alkaloids on the nervous system

The steroid alkaloids found in potato have been studied for their health effects on the body. These alkaloids tend to block the activity of an enzyme called cholinesterase. When cholinesterase is blocked, the nervous system control of muscle movements becomes disrupted. This disruption can cause muscle twitching, tremble, and paralyzed breathing that might result in convulsions.

Effect of alkaloids on joint health

Alkaloids can damage joints by causing inflammation. Some researchers have found that eating nightshades can lead to excessive loss of calcium from bone and cause excessive depositing of calcium in soft tissues. Doctors are now recommending that people who have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint issues like gout should not eat any of these foods.

These alkaloids tend to affect many in different ways. Eating these foods can cause an inflammation response to happen within the body causing muscle spasms, chronic pain, and stiffness. For many these will subside once the person quits eating the food, but this may take up to three months to happen.

Want to know if eating these foods are negatively impacting you? Take the three month challenge and see for yourself

Don't eat any of these foods for the next three months. After the three months have lapsed you can start adding back one of the nightshade foods and notice what happens. You will know within 24 hours of eating the food if it is impacting you negatively. Notice aches and pains in your body along with headaches, stiffness, stomach aches, acne or boils, loss of energy, and respiratory problems. For many who quit eating these foods will find that they already feel better, this is a definite indicator that these foods were having a negative impact on your body.

It has been more than 6-weeks since I have eaten these foods, and I no longer have bumps on my scalp and the itchiness of my scalp has disappeared. I also don't have bouts of acne like before, and I haven't seen a boil one show up on my body. I am hoping to share this information with many people so they too can do something about their own diet and start healing. Eating this food also leads to leaky gut that I will cover in a whole other post.

Please feel free to share your own experience with us. 





Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Green Tea Can Increase Calcium and Strengthen Bones

Drinking Tea Everyday Can Strengthen Your Bones and Osteoporosis

Bone loss as people age is a normal process of aging. However, osteoporosis can debilitate older individuals leaving them disabled and unable to function. Older people are at a higher risk of falling and causing a fracture to happen because that person's bones are weak from the osteoporosis. Symptoms of osteoporosis are leg and foot cramps, a loss of height due to disk loss, and pain that can be felt in the low back, hip, and wrist. Recently, researchers have found that drinking black and green teas everyday can lead to a lesser risk of fractures caused by osteoporosis.

Not only does tea (black or green) deliver essential nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants, it may lower your risk of hip fractures and other bone issues such as osteoporosis as well. Most of us have known that black tea and green tea have many health benefits such as lowering risks to cancer, lowering blood pressure, increasing mental awareness, and reducing kidney stones. "By the year 2020, when 40 million American women will be over the age of 65, between 18 and 33 percent of them will suffer from a hip fracture by the time they reach the age of 90. Of those who sustain hip fractures, 12–20 percent will die of related complications," (http://www.drnorthrup.com/womenshealth/healthcenter/topic_details.php?topic_id=60)

According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation website osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan. It is expected that every 1 in 3 women will get this bone disease in their life and experience osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporosis isn't just a disease that affects women, but men as well. Men over the age of 50 are at risk of experiencing a hip fracture which is similar to the prevalence rate of prostate cancer (http://www.iofbonehealth.org/facts-statistics#category-14).

In a study conducted by Osteoporosis International researchers found that participants who drank 1-4 cups of black or green tea per day decreased their risk of hip fracture by 37 percent. Green and black tea's leaves contain polyphenols that can ease cellular inflammation that can degenerate bone tissue. In a similar study conducted by Mediterranean Osteoporosis found that both men and women over the age of 50 who drank tea every day did reduce their risk of osteoporosis by 30 percent.

Additionally, researchers have been finding that green tea promotes bone remodeling within three months of consumption and reduced oxidative stress damage. Drinking tea can slow the process of bone loss and also build up bone and delay the onset of osteoporosis (http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012/09/19/drinking-tea-may-help-prevent-chronic-illnesses/57808190/1).

Although, drinking tea is only one thing to do to prevent osteoporosis and fractures from occurring it is an easy task to do daily, and the cost is minimal as opposed to treatment later in life for osteoporosis. There is a long list of daily regimes that need to be followed in order to help prevent or stop osteoporosis including eating a well-balanced diet, exercising, and taking supplements of calcium and vitamin D. Now adding tea to your diet can help prevent osteoporosis in the future.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Do you have HS? Many people are undiagnosed with this disease and it could be silently killing us

Hello Everyone,

As everybody knows, I have been doing the Paleo diet for the last few weeks. I wanted to let you know how things have been going so far. I have lost 10 pounds and lost my sweet tooth cravings. I have downloaded many recipes and are constructing new ones of my own to help feed my family. I went down a dress size, and I am in the middle of my third week, but I wanted to share with you why I am doing this diet.

I have had difficulties with losing weight for 16 years, and I have lost weight and then gained it back and then some. I also have Hashimotos hypothyroidism. I have found out much interesting information regarding thyroid issues and weight loss and weight gain. Over the next several months, I will be sharing a post each week on one specific area about weight loss, paleo, autoimmune diseases, food, and much more.

This week I am sharing a personal story with you about me and my family. I recently found out that I have HS or better known as Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I have lived most of my life plagued by this and it’s embedded in my family, and my oldest son has this already. So what is HS? It is a chronic skin disease that appears to look and act as acne, but it is not just a bacterial infection such as acne. Instead, this disease causes boils to come up, and these take months sometimes years to heal but they never heal.

It appears that they sit under the skin and come to the surface to erupt. The boils are quite painful before they burst and drain stinky fluid. Mine would drain and fill up again and do it all again and take many months to finally heal. Or so I thought they healed but in reality they were waiting under my skin for the next eruption. The boils make tunnels under the skin, and more of these boils will pop up in the same area over and again. It is like an underground tunnel and city. The boils connect to each other and can interfere with a person's lymphatic system especially for those who get boils under the arms and near lymph areas.

The boils do not heal, and this is considered a disease with no cure. There are many treatments for this disease but once you quit doing the treatment the boils come back to haunt you and embarrass you once again. My younger brother had this bad when he was a teen. He began getting the boils during pubescence at the age of 13, and he was plagued with boils all over his body. My mom took him to doctors and specialist, but they never knew what it truly was and treated acne that never helped because it was not acne. It was heartbreaking to watch my brother be embarrassed about having these all over his body. I felt terrible but at the same time was so happy that I did not seem to have this problem.

When I was 23 years old, I work up one morning to find a boil on my cheek. It hurt terribly, and I thought what the heck is this crap? It took six months of it popping and filling back up before it finally went away, but it did not it moved behind my ear. It was so embarrassing when it would pop while I was out with friends and drain blood and fluid and people would say "Um you need to go take care of that" as they pointed to my face.

Finding out this information made me feel relieved and scared at the same time. I have been seeing many doctors about these boils and they say the same thing it's just acne. They have me treat with acne products that don't help. I recently had one boil pop up under my nose, and it drained continues for a month and within in two months it began drying up only to have one pop up right next to it doing the same thing drain and drain for months. I was terrified that I might have cancer or some weird thing because I never had these boils do this before. Thank goodness they finally went away only to pop up somewhere else in my body usually on my shoulders or neck.

I found out that if not taken care of this disease can cause skin cancer that is what happened to my younger brother. He had these boils all over his back and didn't think anything about it when one did not heal for a year, and finally it began to hurt badly, and he went to the doctor to find out he was already in stage 4. He died at the young age of 36 years old and left a family of five children behind who will also have this disease.

In the last week, I have talked to more than a dozen people who also feel like they have this disease and it’s embedded in many families. I contacted my older siblings, and they too have this, and so do their kids. Okay, so I am sure you are all wondering what do we do about it?

Well, what I have learned while doing this Paleo diet is that there are foods that are causing these outbreaks and boils.  Okay, so do you know about the nightshade plants that are considered toxic? Well, I am about to bust your food bubble. Here are some foods that belong to nightshades and are toxic if you eat them. Potatoes not sweet potatoes but regular white potatoes are nightshades. Eggplant, tomato, yes tomatoes oh no I love spaghetti and tomato sauce and now I cannot eat it at all or I could and deal with my health issues caused by eating them. Also, all peppers including bell, sweets, and hot. Paprika is part of it, as well. I know much info also elderberries are one, as well.

After finding this information out HS, and the nightshade food it was the day after, I had made eggplant parmesan and the next day my sons tongue swelled up just a little, and it hurt. All of his taste buds were swollen, and it was from eating the eggplant parm well I through the rest away along with potatoes and peppers and the tomatoes in my house.

It has been two, and half weeks of not eating those foods, and my boils on my back are going away. I cannot see them or feel them anymore. The scars I had from these are getting better and lighting up, and I feel so much better. Who knew that I had been eating toxic foods almost every day of my life? Not only is it difficult to lose weight when your body is fighting off the toxicity caused by the disease it can lead to other autoimmune diseases like Hashimotos that also is caused and triggered by these foods and more, but that's for another post.

I would love to hear from you about your experience or if you think you have this disease as well. Or tell us what do think about these toxic foods we have been eating and feeding to our children that are slowly killing all of us. Share I would love to read your comments.








Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lose Weight and Feel Full with the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is an eating regimen that supports an alternative diet that is rich in proteins and low on carbohydrates. The diet is sometimes referred to as the caveman diet, because it advocates the consumption of food that would have been nutritionally recognizable to Paleolithic man. Their diet consisted of meat, seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables which are the components of this diet.   

Since the release of the Paleo Diet users, have been able to lose weight dramatically with this healthy way of eating. The premise of the diet is the idea that starvation will not increase weight loss but rather replacing fatty sources of energy with a healthy alternative that is satiating and supplies the nutrition that is needed to remain active.

Paleo diets are not strictly meat-based. Meals and meal plans that conform to the diet have healthy portions of meat coupled with vegetables or fruits and healthy snacking on nuts, seeds, fruits or vegetables are encouraged. 

The Paleo Diet is not a trend it is a lifestyle choice the shifts away from starvation diets and more towards a diet that was able to sustain human ancestors who were not only healthy, but strong and lived very active lives.

How Does the Paleo Diet Cause Weight Loss?

The high protein content of the Paleo Diet has many beneficial effects. Because the meal is heavy in fats and protein, it results in dieters experiencing a feeling of a fullness way in advance of finishing a meal. This means that even though high protein foods are ‘fatty', because you are consuming less food overall there is dramatic weight loss. A high protein diet also does not impart a sluggish and tired feeling as one would experience on a high carbohydrate, low fat diet.

Conventional diets consist of high daily intake of carbohydrates that include grains and starches. Carbohydrates are often over consumed and rarely utilized in their entirety, unused carbohydrates are stored as fat. A major component of the Paleo Diet is healthy fats from nuts, oils (coconut, olive, avocado, and walnut), vegetables, and lean proteins.

Protein is a secondary energy storage molecule, and the majority of which is broken down to produce essential amino acid and the rest goes to produce energy for the body to function. Dieters are able to shed pounds through decreased consumption of fatty starches and replace those starches with protein that is not stored in the body as fat.

The Paleo Diet is Highly Nutritious

Many people have the misconception that by removing carbohydrates from the diet and allowing the body to sustain itself using protein is robbing the body of vital nutrients. Living a Paleo lifestyle is very healthy. Many people who suffer from disease and disorders find these tend to lessen as one continues to eat Paleo and cut out flours, pastas, rice, potatoes, and other processed foods.

The Paleo Diet will supply Omega-3 nutrients, natural sugars, fiber, vitamins, and carbohydrates and oils in minute quantities. Therefore, the Paleo Diet is a healthy way of shedding all that extra weight from stored carbohydrates without sacrificing your nutritional health.

The Paleo Diet is one of the most filling diets that can be found, and it is that feeling of fullness that leads to healthy eating habits and weight loss. Food that is consumed for the purpose of nutrition; overeating is not likely to happen limiting weight gain and allowing dieters to shed pounds without feeling starved or hungry. One of the main premises of the diet is to eat when you are hungry.

I have just began this diet and am almost two weeks in and I feel better already. I have learned a lot about autoimmune disorders, and how eating Paleo helps with these, I will be sharing posts about my progress and tips on how to keep your sweet tooth satisfied. I make my own chocolate and have many recipes to share on my Pinterest Board here http://www.pinterest.com/jerriaubry/paleo-diet-and-food/

Want to know more about Paleo check out Mark Sisson author of "The Primal Blue-print" and blogger at http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/#axzz30V4ca0IO

Also check Dr. Loren Cordain the founder of the Paleo movement and author or "The Paleo Diet" and here is his site http://thepaleodiet.com/dr-loren-cordain/

Here are some blogs to hook up with and get support for starting a Paleo Diet

http://primalgirl.com/ The primal girl Tara has a story that many will resonate with as we all have struggled with weight loss. She lost 112 and is now a spokesperson for Mark Sisson.

http://www.thepaleomom.com/ this is a great site for those that are beginners and have families. She has great resources and recipes to feed her children and get them to also enjoy eating Paleo. Sarah has her Ph.D. and has lost 120 pounds doing Paleo.

Looking for tips and advice? Check out this site for more

Have comments leave them or if you have questions I am here to help answer the best I can. Or are you doing Paleo? Let us know how it is going and share your own tips with us.