The Potential Legalization of Imported Drugs, and what 4 Former FDA Commissioners Have to Say About It

Recently, an idea that has surprisingly gained the support of both President Donald Trump and Senator Bernie Sanders has triggered alarm and worry among the Food and Drug Administration. The most recent four FDA commissioners have advised both Trump and Sanders against potentially legalizing the importation of drugs to the United States from other countries. Doing this could cause many problems for consumers, exposing them to medications that are fake, substandard, and even contaminated.

On one hand, it is understandable how one could view the importation of drugs from other countries as a positive change in America by allowing Americans to have access to far less expensive medications. Though, at what cost? Robert Califf, Margaret Hamburg, Andrew Von Eschenbach, and Mark McClellan – all former FDA heads who have served under both former presidents Barrack Obama and George W. Bush – have written an open letter to congress stating that allowing this importation will “harm patients and consumers and compromise the carefully constructed system that guards the safety of our nation’s medical products”.

Many who support the drug importation feel that the former FDA heads are exaggerating the risks in order to delay or prevent change, but that is not the case. For example, there are drug distributing companies online who claim to be Canadian, but in all actuality are based in places such as South America, Eastern Europe, and Russia. Because of this, consumers have no reliable way of knowing what they’re taking and whether or not it is safe, nor can recipients know if they are receiving exactly what they have ordered. It’s like playing “Pin The Tail on the Donkey” – you might get it, you might not. This isn’t a game, however. If you don’t correctly pin the tail on this donkey, your health and even your life could be jeopardized to the point of no redemption, which is a huge step backwards in medicine.

Recently Sanders has stated that if the government can ensure complete safety of the food that comes into this country, they can ensure that very same safety for the drugs that come in as well. Though, the former FDA commissioners wrote in their letter that “obtaining sufficient resources and expertise to screen and verify the authenticity of every product destined for American consumers presents enormous challenges,” Additionally, Scott Gottlieb – a physician who the White House has recently announced would be nominated to lead the FDA – feels the same as his predecessors regarding this subject.

Activities to do in the Cayman Islands During Spring Break

Foodies, shoppers, and those looking for unique attractions, family-friendly entertainment and fun things to do while in the Cayman Islands for spring break will be delighted by Camana Bay. This top destination for tourists and residents alike is only steps away from Grand Cayman’s world-famous Seven Mile Beach.

Camana Bay’s Town Centre is the heart of the Cayman Islands experience with its world-class shopping and dining, all surrounded by lush outdoor spaces and fountains. Regularly held events provide visitors with a lively local experience and endless entertainment.

Here are some tourist-friendly tips for things to see and do at Camana Bay:

Farmers’ and Artisan Market
Soak up some local culture at the Farmers’ and Artisan market. The market began as a tradition in 2010 and is held on Wednesdays on the Paseo from noon to 7pm. Shop for handmade souvenirs and sample the island’s fruits and vegetables as you enjoy live music, art, and cultural demonstrations.

Flavour Tour
Immediately after the market closes at 7pm, you won’t want to miss The Flavour Tour, a guided culinary experience where local ingredients are presented in samples at signature restaurants. Begin the evening with a glass of wine at West Indies Wine Company. A sampling plate course at four different restaurants follows.

Camana Bay Weekly Events
Camana Bay offers delightful family-oriented weekly events. Here are some popular choices.

• Imagination Playground- Tuesdays & Saturdays 10am-7pm, The Crescent. Fun, interactive play with giant foam blocks.
• Story Time- Tuesdays at 11am, Regal Cinemas, and Saturdays at 10:30am
• Live music from local bands, free, at sundown, open to the public.

• Interactive Fountains- Jasmine Court- dancing colorful waters with 30-feet skyward bursts
• Observation Tower- 75-foot tower to climb for 360-degree views of the island
• Poof the Blue Dragon- one of 15 larger than life sculptures of the Cayman’s endangered Blue Iguanas
• Courtyards- relax in one of four courtyards of distinct character named after the flowers that grow there: Jasmine, Cassia, Gardenia, and Canella

Post-Holiday Plan: Get Back on Track with these 5 Tips

Staying fit during the holidays is almost impossible. The average person consumes a little less than 5,000 calories during holiday meals. Getting back on track with your fitness goals and feeling good about yourself can be done if you follow a few tips.

Reduce Portion Size
Think about the first bite of food. It’s always full of flavor. Savor this taste and reduce your portion by one third to cut calories. By cutting your portions you can save more than 500 calories each day. If you are out to eat, ask the server for a box so you can put some aside and eat it as leftovers The next day that first bite will just as tasty.

Mini Cleanse
A mini cleanse is a great way to rid the body of toxins and get you back on track. A cleanse like the TruHealth Mini Cleanse from Mannatech, is easy to follow and will let you indulge on some of your favorite foods without worry. The three day cleanse system can be done right after you attack the holiday buffet to keep fat at bay. You can keep inches off without the guilt with Mannatech’s TruHealth Fat Loss System.

Fiber and Protein
Protein and fiber help you feel full helping you not to overeat. Protein requires extra calories to digest so your body is working harder and won’t signal hunger as fast. Eating three meals and two snacks day packed with protein and fiber keeps your metabolism going and your body in motion. Your blood sugars will stay stable so you won’t jump into a vat of ice cream.

Cut Back On Alcohol
Drinking your calories is just as harmful as eating those calories. A 12 ounce beer packs 150 calories while a margarita can pack a few hundred calories. Creamy cocktails are more like desserts packing about 500 calories. Cutting the alcohol is almost like cutting an entire part of the meal meaning you indulge in less calories and don’t feel hungover the next day as a reward.

Interval Training
Interval training is a great way to get the body on track. It increases your metabolism and helps lower your cholesterol. All you need to do is pump up your cardio exercise with periods of intense speed from 30 seconds up to one minute then return back to normal speed. Doing this up to ten times during your workout slashes fat.

Composting Polystyrene: A Foam Ban Alternative

Composting polystyrene is the new alternative to outright Styrofoam bans in America, and the proposal is bringing more people in line with a new way of thinking about caring for the environment. The environment can survive under conditions that are unlike a normal ban, and this article shares a story of how composting will help. A new idea that may make America cleaner is far preferable to an idea that forces out a single product.

#1: Composting is Not a New Concept
Composting is not a new concept to those who are familiar with agriculture, and it provides a method for cleaning up polystyrene that does not involve a ban. Banning the product does not allow for the protection of the environment as the polystyrene will always exist in some form. Composting deals with polystyrene on another level, and it prevents the polystyrene from existing where it cannot be recycled.

#2: What is Composting?
Composting is a procedure that pulls many organic materials together in one chute. The chute holds all the materials together as they ferment and break each other down. There are organic materials that will break down polystyrene, and those materials are put in a composting cute that will hold polystyrene as one of its components. Using this procedure works in all instances because it eats the polystyrene. Containing the polystyrene in a single container is safer than attempting to ban it, and packing the polystyrene into an organic material essentially turns it into fertilizer.

#3: How May Composting Be Enacted in a Community?
The community must vote as one to become a polystyrene composting community. The community will use the same composting chutes at every home, and the community will send their compost to a central processing center, use it in their own lawns or share with their neighbors. Compost is an effective fertilizer, and the community will create more compost together with help from a new project than it will attempt to ban the product. Polystyrene is in many products, and the community must select a method for disposal that is sensible for all.

Composting in the recycling industry is often the only way to deal with products that are banned by other regions. Banning a product like polystyrene is not necessarily the answer. The truth is that a product will stay in the area because of manufacturing, and recycling through composting is more cost-effective and sustainable.

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‘Minibrains’ Could Help Drug Discovery For Zika And For Alzheimer’s

Some tiny clusters of brain cells grown in a lab dish are making big news at this week’s Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.

Known as “minibrains,” these rudimentary networks of cells are small enough to fit on the head of a pin, but already are providing researchers with insights into everything from early brain development to Down syndrome, Alzheimer’s and Zika.

At a Sunday press conference at the neuroscience meeting, researchers said minibrains are helping them figure out how the Zika virus can disrupt human brain formation in the early stages of fetal development.

Minibrains are highly organized structures that actually start out as human skin cells. They are then coaxed in the lab to become neural stem cells, then to differentiate into some of the different types of cells found in a real brain.

What makes these lab-grown structures so useful is that they replicate part of the cell diversity and connectivity of the human brain, said Dr. Thomas Hartung, a researcher and experimental toxicologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

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“Walk in Her Shoes” Shines Light on Domestic Violence

Stilettos, sling backs, sandals and platforms were all on the move up and down Market Street in Grand Cayman’s premier shopping center, Camana Bay, for a very important event. It’s known as the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes race and was held in support of the Cayman Islands Crisis Centre, which provides much needed shelter and loving support to women affected by domestic violence.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a global event, but this was the first time the race was established locally in Grand Cayman. Expectations were high, and the men did not disappoint, raising a whopping $53,000 plus for the crisis center. The men, attired in women’s footwear or man-heels, took off in stride solo or in teams to try and win the race and take a firm stand against domestic, sexual and gender violence.

Hundreds of men displayed glamorous shoes or sandals, all happy and ready to take their mark. Some even put on frilly skirts to match their lovely footwear. The participants secured sponsorships ranging from $1 to $1,000 to take part in the competition which consisted of a 5-lap distance.

It was all in good fun, a great crowd turned out and the male species got to experience firsthand what it was like to “walk a mile in someone’s shoes,” as the old saying goes. In this case, it was supporting women who are often victims of violence and showing compassion in a wonderful tribute that raises a lot of money for a very worthy cause.

Fundraising doesn’t come to a stop for the Cayman Island Crisis Centre following the event. The organization is constantly looking for support, according to Executive Director Ania Milanaowska.

“With an annual budget of over $650,000, we receive a $300,000 grant from the Cayman Islands government,” she stated. “However, to raise the outstanding $350,000 we rely heavily on sponsorship from corporations as well as private donors. Our fantastic fundraising committee is working tirelessly to make sure that the remaining funds are raised during different events throughout the year just to cover our operational costs.”

The Crisis Centre is hoping to make the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes race an annual fundraiser and is just one of the many things to do in Grand Cayman each year. It brings excellent awareness to situations of violence against women and allows men to participate in their own way and deliver a strong message of support.

Avocado A Day

Eating one avocado a day as part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering moderate-fat diet cuts bad cholesterol levels in overweight people, say doctors in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

In the study, 45 overweight patients between 21 and 70 were put on three different cholesterol-lowering diets: a lower fat diet without avocado; moderatefat diet without avocado.

The two moderate-fat diets had 34% of calories as fat. The low-fat diet was 24%. Researchers found:

– Compared to the average diet, low-density lipoprotein (LDLs, the “bad” cholesterol) was 13.5 mg/dL lower after consuming the moderate fat diet that included an avocado, and superior to the other diets.

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Get Spring Break Ready with these Health Tips

Most of us tend to dread the ever so popular Spring Break fab. Why? Because it means shedding our winter layers to reveal excess pounds put on by a few months of holiday binge eating. But also, aren’t we all ready by the time April comes around to just lounge around in the sun and get out and about? It’s time to get Spring Break ready!

The first step to spring break ready is to implement a healthy diet into your everyday routine. Get rid of the sugars, fast food, foods high in salt content (these make you bloat), etc. Any type of foods that make you feel sluggish are not helping your spring break body – try to eat foods that give you energy; fruits, vegetables, protein, fiber, etc.

Also, remember to drink your water. Drinking the amount of water that your body needs all day can aid in metabolism and digestion. So when you plan on having that nice glass of Coke to compliment your fresh garden salad, remember it is better for your body to switch it for a nice glass of water.
The next step, everybody’s favorite step, is to set aside, at least, a half an hour each day for some cardio. Whether you prefer to run, walk, do yoga, or ride your bike it is crucial to be in shape and the cardio will help shed a few extra pounds by adding a workout routine into your day.

When you start to lose weight but notice that you’re not losing the inches and there’s still some excess where you don’t want it to be, try adding a protein supplement like Mannatech’s OsoLean Powder to your diet. OsoLean is a whey protein powder that will help keep the lean muscle on your body while getting rid of the excess fat. Mannatech’s unique formula tastes something like skim milk and is easy to add to your diet by mixing with liquids or sprinkling over top of your food. OsoLean powder is gluten free and contains 10 grams of protein per serving. In order to get the best results with OsoLean, you must remember to implement a healthy diet and a daily exercise routine.

With all of these helpful tips, you will be bikini-ready in no time.

Skin Care Market Booms in Texas

The United States’ skin care market is set to hit $18 billion by 2018 according to the GCI beauty magazine. The growth of the U.S. skin care industry is a result of an increasing number of players and products entering the market. In particular, state of Texas is home to several notable skin care companies such as Mannatech, Gurwich Products, Sozo Skin Care Products and Essencia.

Mannatech ( is based in Texas, right outside of Dallas. The company manufactures a wide range of products revolving around skin care, health, wellness, weight and fitness. Some of the company’s best-selling products include Generation Uth Skincare system, Essential Oils and Emprizone. These products are manufactured using some of the finest natural ingredients and advanced skin care technologies. Mannatech is driven by the passion to produce high quality and scientifically proven products. The company’s broad based mission is to fight the scourge of global malnutrition by nourishing the world through its Real Food Technology.

Gurwitch Products
The Houston, Texas based Gurwitch Products is a subsidiary of Alticor. The parent cosmetics company produces, markets and manages a host of skin care and cosmetic products. The two main brands of skin care products manufactured by Gurwitch are ReVive Skincare products and Laura Mercier Cosmetics. The skin and beauty products manufactured under the Laura Mercier label include fragrances, cosmetics, body and bath and skincare products. Essencia is a Fort Worth, Texas based cosmetics products company. The company manufactures eyeliners, anti-aging products, makeup and various skin care products.

Essencia ( believes in bringing out the true essence of beauty by creating products that nourish and improve the skin and face using the scientifically proven ingredients such as Aloe, Vitamin A and peptide. Essencia skin care products cater for people with all types of skins, including dry skin, sensitive skin and oily skin.

Sozo Skin Care Studio
Sozo Skin Care Studio is the other popular skincare products manufacturer in the south. The company is based in the affluent city of Frisco, Texas. The products made by Essencia include chemical peels, lasting hair removers, botanical facials and ultrasonic microdermabrasion products. The facial products incorporate the finest chemical peels, state-of-the-art botanical ingredients, essential oils as well as the best micro-current and ultrasonic technology available in the industry. Sozo Skin Care products are designed to rejuvenate and relax the skin.

It’s Time to Talk Polystyrene Foam Recycling

Many people still think that polystyrene can’t be recycled. Polystyrene foam is often mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, which is actually a trademarked name of the Dow Chemical Company, cannot be recycled. However, that belief is outdated seeing as expanded polystyrene, or EPS, waste is being successfully recycled at both the consumer and industrial levels across the United States.

Many politicians seem to think a foam ban is the right answer, but extensive research and efforts to the contrary suggest that a Wyoming foam ban, for example, would cost the business owners more than its worth and wouldn’t make a significant difference over recycling the material.

Post-consumer and post-commercial recycling is defined as a material which is recycled after it’s has served its intended use. Post-industrial recovery includes scraps from EPS facility which was never used for its proposed purpose. In just 2013 over 125 million pounds of expanded polystyrene was recycled across the country. That included over 72 million pounds of post-consumer and post-commercial EPS material as well as over 54 million pounds that were post-industrial recovered.

Universities like Pennsylvania State are typically on the leading edge of the most significant trends in science and Penn State offers their students the opportunity to help with recycling EPS. As with most schools, Penn-State students have the on-campus dining option of using polystyrene products, but what Pennsylvania State University does differently is the school recycles their EPS waste so it can be made into new items such as construction supplies, pens and picture frames.

Penn State’s efforts in recycling the EPS food-service materials are coordinated with the Dart Container Corporation. Called the Penn State Recycling and Waste Management Team, students collect EPS foam from campus cafeterias and, after the EPS is densified, send it to Dart Container to be resold to companies across the globe to make new products. Penn State’s polystyrene foam recycling is a step in the right direction and their efforts to help limit the EPS waste that ends up in landfills is a program other communities should take to heart.

The Facts on Expanded Polystyrene

  • Expanded polystyrene is an inert material that is 98 percent air. It contains no harmful chemicals that produce any gases or leach into the environment during or after use.
  • Expanded polystyrene is broadly recognized as a food-safe choice for packaging by the U.S. EPA and other government-regulatory agencies around the world.
  • Innovations in EPS production technologies guarantee minimized energy consumption with manufacturing processes which recycles most of the water used in manufacturing.
  • Bulk EPS feedstock produces over 30 times its original volume in finished products, creating products made virtually from air that are strong and highly efficient.
  • If all packaging materials made of expanded polystyrene were replaced with paper, cardboard and wood it would require almost six times more raw materials, over double the power consumption and produce almost twice the waste material.
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