Coon Train Awards

Please check out these well deserved Coon Train Awards hosted by Tariq Nasheed! Enjoy and please comment. Enjoy!!


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White Teachers Effects On Black Kids

White Teachers Black Kids


In yet another sign that the lack of teacher diversity is a pressing issue, a new study suggests that white teachers expect less academic success from black students than black teachers do from the same students.

The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University, found that when a white teacher and a black teacher consider the same black student, the white teacher is 30 percent less likely to think the student will graduate from a four-year college. White teachers, the researchers also found, are nearly 40 percent less likely to think their black students will graduate from high school.

“One of [the teachers] has to be wrong,” Nicholas Papageorge, a co-author and economist in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, said in a statement.

It bears repeating that while it is true that high-school graduation rates are lower for black students, the discrepancy has to do with unequal access to opportunityand resources, not innate ability. Black students are more likely to attend high-poverty schools with fewer resources, and to have less access than their white peers to advanced-placement courses. Student-to-counselor ratios are also much higher than recommended, a problem that is particularly troubling for poor students, who are disproportionately likely to come from families that lack experience navigating the college-admissions system.

The research, which involved an analysis of data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002, a national study of more than 8,000 10th-grade students, suggests that low expectations from some teachers might engender low performance from students. The researchers found that when black students had a non-black teacher in a particular 10th-grade subject, they were much less likely to enroll in similar classes subsequently, suggesting teacher bias may have long-term consequences. More than 80 percent of public-school teachers are white, and the vast majority are women. Efforts to diversify the nation’s teaching corps have been slow, despite vocal support from U.S. Education Secretary John King and teachers’ unions.

“All the data and life experience suggest that this is the reality.”

If a teacher does not expect a black student to do well, she may be communicating those expectations, even subconsciously, to the student. (The study says white teachers have especially low expectations for black boys.) “A teacher telling a student they’re not smart will weigh heavily on how that student feels about their future and perhaps the effort they put into doing well in school,” Papageorge said.

Charles McGee, the co-founder of the Portland-based Black Parent Initiative, and the father of two young children, says he isn’t surprised anymore when he sees studies like this one. “All the data and life experience suggest that this is the reality,” he said. “Our families have to figure out a way to advocate better for children, to really sort of transform the landscape.”

He points to recent successful efforts at Portland’s mostly black Jefferson High School to raise graduation rates. Between 2014 and 2015, the graduation rate jumped from 66 to 80 percent. The school has made a series of changes, including allowing students to earn college credit at nearby colleges while they are still in high school, and bolstering mentoring programs. The underlying belief, as McGee put it, is that “failure is not an option.”


As the researchers note, their findings likely have implications beyond school, into the workplace and the criminal-justice system. The researchers say they are studying how biased expectations might impact long-term outcomes for students, including employment and involvement with the criminal-justice system. Alleviating some of the bias or recruiting and retaining more teachers of color could reduce some of the achievement gaps between white and black students, and help propel more black students toward high-school graduation and beyond.

While McGee agrees that hiring more diverse teachers is a good thing, he thinks it’s just a start. “We’ve got to deal with racism and structural bias in all of these systems,” he said. “We have to attack them. We have to be bold about it.”

 Source: Atlantic

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Reparations For Black People

Black Reparations

black Let’s say you’re driving down the street and someone rear-ends you. You get out of your car to assess the damage. The person who hit your vehicle gets out of his car, apologizes for the damage and calls his insurance company. Eventually, you receive a check for the harm done. Now, let’s say that for years, if not generations, your family and families like yours have been damaged by your country’s political and economic system — by law and widespread practice, with the intent of benefiting families not like yours — then the checks for the harm done would be called reparations. Beginning with more than two centuries of slavery, black Americans have been deliberately abused by their own nation. It’s time to pay restitution. Black activists and intellectuals have been making that point with increasing volume over the last few years, turning what was an obscure thought problem into a political issue. The question of reparations has even entered into the Democratic primary, with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) struggling to explain to black voters why he has built such a strong social justice platform on every issue but this one. Sanders was put on the spot last month when a reporter asked him if he would support reparations as president. “No, I don’t think so,” he said, describing the likelihood of congressional passage as “nil” — as if those odds normally stopped him. Every year since 1989, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) has introduced the Commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African-Americans Act. As the name indicates, H.R. 40 does not require reparations. It simply calls for comprehensive research into the nature and financial impact of African enslavement as well as the ills inflicted on black people during the Jim Crow era. Then, remedies can be suggested. Every year, the bill stalls. Fifty-nine percent of black Americans think that the descendants of enslaved Africans deserve reparations, according to a June 2014 HuffPost/YouGov poll. Sixty-three percent of black folks support targeted education and job training programs for the descendants of slaves. Most other Americans still aren’t listening. Ta-Nehisi Coates, perhaps the most prominent voice now pushing reparations, laid out why black Americans deserve even more than repayment for slavery in a sweeping 2014 article, “The Case for Reparations.” The exploitation didn’t stop with the Emancipation Proclamation, so any restitution must reckon with the discrimination that followed and deal with the living victims of these ills. Last month, Coates criticized Sanders’ decision to shy away from the issue:

If not even an avowed socialist can be bothered to grapple with reparations, if the question really is that far beyond the pale, if Bernie Sanders truly believes that victims of the Tulsa pogrom deserved nothing, that the victims of contract lending deserve nothing, that the victims of debt peonage deserve nothing, that that political plunder of black communities entitle them to nothing, if this is the candidate of the radical left — then expect white supremacy in America to endure well beyond our lifetimes and lifetimes of our children.

Let’s change that — let’s bother to have the hard but necessary discussion of what black Americans are owed for what was taken from them. If reparations ever come, what would they look like?

1. Let’s Figure Out Who Deserves Reparations And Why


Rubin Stacy was lynched in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in July 1935.

Simply put, reparations are due to the millions of black Americans whose families have endured generations of discrimination in the United States. Most black Americans count among their ancestors people who endured chattel slavery, the ultimate denial of an individual’s humanity. William Darity, a public policy professor at Duke University who has studied reparations extensively, proposes two specific requirements for eligibility to receive a payout. First, at least 10 years before the onset of a reparations program, an individual must have self-identified on a census form or other formal document as black, African-American, colored or Negro. Second, each individual must provide proof of an ancestor who was enslaved in the U.S. Why does this huge group of Americans deserve restitution? Because starting with slavery, the damage done was institutionalized and inescapable. Darity has created a “Bill of Particulars,” including such specific grievances as:

  • The extended history of government-sanctioned segregation and other forms of racial oppression in the Jim Crow era
  • Terror campaigns launched by the Ku Klux Klan, often in collaboration with government officials
  • Post-WWII public policies that were designed to provide upward mobility for Americans but in practice did not include black people (such as the GI Bill)
  • Redlining, which made home ownership a possibility for white people while shutting out black folks
  • Ongoing discrimination against and associated denigration of black lives

Eric J. Miller, a professor at Loyola Law School, said the case for reparations starts with an honest accounting of the racism that black people have experienced. “Part of our history is our grandparents participating in these acts of terrible violence [against black people],” he said. “But people don’t want to acknowledge the horror of what they engaged in.” White America built its wealth on those generations of legal and physical violence — a fact most white people today would rather not dwell on. “People don’t want to believe that they got their gains in an ill manner,” Miller said. “The cognitive dissonance of learning that your property is got and preserved on the back of the misery of others is not an incredibly nice thing to live with. So people would rather discount it.” But when the harm is great enough, it’s not enough to say you’re sorry and try to fix problems going forward. Germany made an effort to repay the Jews for the horrors of the Holocaust. Japanese-Americans were repaid for suffering in internment camps. Black Americans deserve no less. This leads us to our next step.

2. So How Much Are We Talking About, Exactly?

No one really knows. (That’s part of the reason Rep. Conyers wants a commission.) But there are some numbers out there. A 1990 study by Richard Sutch and Roger Ransom, professors at the University of California, Riverside, estimated that industries fueled by slave labor, like cotton and tobacco, made profits of $3.4 billion (in 1983 dollars) between 1806 and 1860. Darity has estimated that if you throw in an annual interest rate of 5 percent, that number jumps to $9.12 billion (in 2008 dollars). Larry Neal, an economist at the University of Illinois, came up with an even higher number. His studies concluded that $1.4 trillion (in 1983 dollars) was owed to the descendants of enslaved Africans based on the compensation their ancestors did not receive for their labor between 1620 and 1840. With interest, that amounts to$6.4 trillion in 2014, according to The New Republic. None of these numbers account for the physical and sexual violence inflicted upon enslaved Africans. “I don’t think we really grasp quite how financially lucrative and important slavery was in America — including things like the illegal slave trade that continued after the Constitution forbade it,” Miller said. The figures mentioned also don’t include compensation for housing segregation and other forms of racial discrimination in the years since slavery ended. Nor do they factor in the extent to which American industries have profited — and continue to profit — from exploiting low-income workers, many of whom are black. How do we measure those kinds of losses — the chance at upward economic mobility that was stolen from millions? One way is to compare property values between majority-black neighborhoods that were redlined and white neighborhoods that were not — or property values within a single neighborhood before and after redlining. Another way is to gauge lost educational opportunities. Good public schools are usually found in majority-white suburbs where people pay higher property taxes. Poorly performing schools are found more often in economically disenfranchised areas with larger black populations. Bottom line: reparations are going to cost a lot of money. But America is a wealthy nation that can afford to pay for its misdeeds. For perspective, consider that in fiscal year 2014, the U.S. government spent $3.5 trillion, which is only 20 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product of about $17.5 trillion.

3. Now, How Would This Money Be Paid Out?

We could just divvy it up among eligible black Americans, but reparations advocates propose a more institution-based approach. Darity suggests that financial payouts be divided between individual recipients and a variety of endowments set up to develop the economic strength of the black community. His model is inspired by Germany’s restitution payments both to victims of the Holocaust and to Israel. The advantage of individual payouts, Miller notes, is that they maximize autonomy. But much of that money would land back in the white-dominated economy and “the one percent would become one percentier,” he said. Hence the value of using a portion of reparation funds to create programs geared toward aiding black people in combating the damage of racism. “One could think of Black America as being a community that could benefit from development investments,” Darity said. “So you could have a trust fund that was set up to finance higher education, [another] to create greater opportunities for opening one’s own business, and so forth.” Darity envisions the U.S. government establishing and overseeing these programs. Although it might seem counter-intuitive to give this power to the very institution that committed so much discrimination against black people, the professor said the government should be heavily involved precisely because of that history. “The U.S. government is the responsible party because of the entire legal apparatus that supported both slavery and, subsequently, Jim Crow and continues to permit ongoing discrimination,” he said. Miller emphasizes that the reparations-funded programs must be fully accessible to and controlled by members of the black community. “Unless institutions exist that are controlled by and accountable to the community, then the community will always be dominated, or prone to domination, by others,” he said.

4. But Will This Ever Happen?

¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Congress hasn’t even managed to pass H.R. 40. And that’s really no surprise since most Americans are not pushing their lawmakers to do anything on this issue.

Only 6 percent of white Americans support cash payments to the descendants of enslaved Africans, according to that HuffPost/YouGov poll. Only 19 percent favor reparations in the form of education and jobs programs, while 50 percent of whites don’t even believe that slavery is one of the reasons why black Americans have lower levels of wealth. They’re wrong. “The connection between slavery and the pillars of American society are tight. There are no pillars of American society without slavery,” Miller said. “You might think about that even literally. The columns of the White House and the Congress were built by slave labor.” To deflect discussing why reparations are needed, some people request a developed strategy for reparations or a detailed legislative proposal before they’ll contemplate the issue. The suggestion, in itself, fits into a tired line of thinking that victims of injustice must explain themselves fully — and convincingly — to the system that harmed them before any recognition is provided. “These demands always struck me as akin to demanding a payment plan for something one has neither decided one needs nor is willing to purchase,” Coates wrote. As he has tirelessly reiterated, we must start with a robust discussion on why reparations are owed to black Americans. If anything, the expansive U.S. history of anti-black racism is the deterrent — but letting that deter us today is itself anti-black. This returns us to the criticism of Sanders. The symbolism of specifically calling for reparations matters. A white presidential candidate who vows only to fight police violence and other modern ills affecting black Americans is essentially urging that we put a bandage on past injustices without true reconciliation. If we don’t look back and reckon with what has been done, there is no moving forward.

Source: Huffington Post Julia Craven
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Black Rant

Black world we gotta wake up and understand we are all we have.

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Natural Meats That Are Good For You

What does it mean when meat packaging uses the word “natural”? Not much.

What does it mean when meat packaging uses the word "natural"? Not much. / BuzzFeed

According to the USDA, the word “natural” means only that a product was “minimally processed” and “contains no artificial ingredients.” It doesn’t indicate anything about farming practices or the animals’ welfare. It doesn’t mean, for example, that the animal wasn’t given growth hormones or raised with space to move around.

recent BuzzFeed investigation reported that 11 out of 13 major food companies would not share information about where their meat comes from. Concerns over the negative health consequences of eating meat raised with antibiotics and hormones have been brought up by a number of individuals and organizations, including the World Health Organization.

This post contains a list of companies that raise their animals without antibiotics or hormones and can provide more specific information about the welfare of their animals. All the meats in this post satisfy three requirements: They contain no antibiotics, no hormones, and they come from animals that were raised humanely.


1. 365 Everyday Value

365 Everyday Value

Whole Foods

Whole Foods’ in-house brand is stamped on everything from paper towels to bacon. When it comes to the meat products, the company lists animal welfare standards on its website, including “ensuring that animals have enough space to perform their normal behavior” and prohibiting confinement or inhibiting freedom of movement.

2. Applegate



Applegate’s offerings include deli meats, hot dogs, burgers, bacon, sausage, chicken strips, and corn dogs. Their products are either Certified Humane or meet Global Animal Partnership standards, a program meant to encourage higher welfare practices and systems that benefit farmers, consumers, retailers, and animals. Read more about it on their website.

3. Bell & Evans

Selling a variety of chicken products all over the country, the website details theiranimal welfare standards, including breeding, farming, transporting, and processing. Bell & Evans products are widely available, but you can search for your particular cityon their website.

4. Coleman Natural

Coleman Natural

The company says it never uses antibiotics or hormones and that it allows its “animals to grow at their natural pace in a comfortable, reduced-stress environment” that includes “spacious barns with plenty of room to run around.” Coleman sells its poultry, pork, and prepared foods at retailers like Whole Foods, Costco, and Shaw’s.

5. Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Foods

Fra' Mani Handcrafted Foods

Fra’Mani’s Salame Calabrese, a spicy, dry salame inspired by Southern Italy’s Calabria region, took home a 2014 Good Food Award. The company says it sources its meat, mostly pork, “from family farmers committed to the well-being of their animals and their land.” Read more about their quality standards and nationwide retailers on their website.

6. Grow & Behold

In addition to meeting the requirements of Kashrut, Grow and Behold also makes animal welfare a priority, saying that its livestock “are free to behave as cows (or chickens or sheep) are wont to behave.” The company sells an array of products, including chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, fish and cheese. Depending on where you live, products can be either picked up or delivered.

7. KOL Foods

KOL Food’s line of beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, duck, salmon, deli meat, and hot dogs are all certified Glatt Kosher. According to the company, “each animal is raised [in a] traditional, environmentally-friendly way, in open fields.” You can read more about their humane practices on their website and find a local buying club if you’re in or near a major U.S. city.

8. La Quercia*

La Quercia offers a range of cured pork products, in stores and through distributorsall over the country and online. All of their pork comes from farms the owners visit themselves, according to the company. *(Note: While La Quercia says they do not use pigs treated with non-therapeutic antibiotics, their farmers “can treat illnesses.”)

9. Nature’s Rancher

Nature's Rancher

Whole Foods

Nature’s Rancher sells poultry, hot dogs, burgers, pork products, bison, and quail at Whole Foods nationwide. The company explains their animal welfare standards on their website, including that they participate in the GAP program and provide their pigs with “ample space to exercise, lie, and move freely without obstruction.”

10. Niman Ranch

Niman Ranch offers beef, pork, lamb, and prepared foods, available online and in stores across the country. The company says its livestock are “raised outdoors or in deeply bedded pens” and “are able to express their natural behaviors.” Read more about their animal raising practices on their website.

11. Organic Prairie

Offering organic beef, chicken, pork, turkey, hot dogs, burgers, sausages, and bacon, Organic Prairie says it offers meat from “family farms” raised by farmers who “practice respectful, humane animal care.” Read more about their practices, find a local retailer, or order online on their website.

12. SlantShack Jerky

SlantShack Jerky

According to its website, SlantShack uses only 100% Grass-Fed beef raised by Vermont and New York farmers to make its jerky. Their products are available in stores all over the country, as well as online.

13. Smart Chicken

Smart Chicken

Available in retailers in 48 states and online, the brand says its livestock are raised without hormones or antibiotics by Nebraska company MBA Poultry. Read about theirquality of living standards, including closely monitoring temperature and moisture, and humane slaughter methods online.

14. Wellshire Farms

Wellshire Farms

Wellshire Farms offers a variety of beef, pork, and poultry products as well as the condiments to go with them. The company says that all farms that raise its animals “are audited by independent third party agencies to guarantee animal compassion and proper raising practices.” Products are available nationwide exclusively at Whole Foods.

15. White Oak Pastures

Located in Bluffton, Georgia, White Oak Pastures sells grass-fed beef and lamb and free-range poultry. You can read more about their animal welfare standards,environmental measures, and local food commitment on their website. Their productsare available at all Publix supermarkets (located in Southeastern states) and at Whole Foods Markets nationwide.



16. 5 Knives

5 Knives

5 Knives says they carefully source the Berkshire-Chester White pigs they use in their sausage, bacon, and ham. Their pigs are “Raised Right in Vermont,” according to the company, and you can read all about what that means on their website. 5 Knivesproducts are available all over Vermont, and in a growing list of New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts retailers, as well as online.

17. Hudson Valley Harvest*

Offering an assortment of vegetables, beef, pork, and shelf-stable goods like applesauce, Hudson Valley Harvest sells its products in stores along New York’s I-87. Read about their animal welfare standards, explained for each species, on their website. (*Note: Hudson Valley Harvest says they never use antibiotics as growth enhancers but will administer medicine to sick animals.)

18. King’s County Jerky Co.

Made in the far off lands of Brooklyn, New York, this hipster jerky comes from 100% grass-fed beef raised on pasture and non-confined. Available for purchase online andin Brooklyn.

19. Murray’s Chicken

Murray’s Chickens are raised in the Pennsylvania countryside and available throughout most of the Northeast. The company is Certified Humane, Non-GMO Project Verified, and consumers can look up the individual farm their chickens came from using a number on the packaging. Products are available up and down the East coast, and stores can be located on their website.

20. Nature’s Place


Nature’s Place

As Hannaford supermarkets’ in-house meat brand, Nature’s Place offers customers all-natural beef, poultry, and pork. In addition to certifying that the meat is antibiotic and hormone-free, the grocer says it is “equally committed to working with farms that provide the healthiest environments for their animals and have sound animal-friendly methods of production.” Read more about their standards on their website.

21. Sugar Mountain Farm

Sugar Mountain Farm

Not only does Sugar Mountain Farm sell pig products, customers can also buy live pigs to raise themselves. Located in Vermont, the farm says it also keeps chickens, ducks, dogs, and geese on hand to achieve sustainability through co-grazing and natural pest control. Products are available in Vermont.

22. Sweet Stem Farm

Sweet Stem Farm

A small family farm in Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country, Sweet Stem Farm raises pork, beef, and lamb. Check out their website to learn more about what they say is an “unwavering commitment to the humane treatment” of their animals, find a local retailer or restaurant (in Pennsylvania and D.C.), and look at pictures.


23. Florida Fresh Meat Company

Florida Fresh Meat Company

Florida Fresh Meat Company offers beef, pork, lamb, goat, chicken, duck and — wait for it — gator meat throughout the state. The company’s website says they raise “healthy, docile animals” that “feast on a salad bar of pesticide-free ‘gourmet’ forage.” Learn more here and find a retailer near you.

24. Publix GreenWise

Publix GreenWise


Publix’s GreenWise brand offers chicken and beef raised without antibiotics or hormones. The chain “source verifies” all of its beef, meaning that it keeps track of the cattle to monitor birth, feeding, handling, and living conditions. And the company says their chickens are “raised with care in clean flock houses with plenty of fresh air, space, and light.”


25. Simple Truth Organic

Simple Truth Organic

Simple Truth Organic is Kroger’s in-house organic brand for beef. It’s certified organic by the USDA, so it meets federal animal health and welfare standards, including access to outdoors, and doesn’t use antibiotics or hormones. Find a Kroger near you.

26. McDowell Farms

McDowell Farms

A family farm in Southern Ohio, McDowell has achieved a Step 3 rating with Global Animal Partnership. The farm says its pigs are “never housed in crates” and have “enhanced outdoor access.” Their products can be bought in Whole Foods stores in Ohio and Kentucky.


27. American Homestead Natural Pork

American Homestead Natural Pork

Working with a network of “family farms” that have been “certified with the industries highest standards for animal welfare,” Homestead says its hams, chops, sausages, offal et al., come from pigs raised in “low-stress environment[s].” The company also has an organic line. You can read more about their animal welfare and sustainable farming practices hereorder online here, or find them in a Whole Foods on the West coast.

28. Becker Lane Organic

Becker Lane Organic

Becker Lane Organic says it wants its pigs “to engage in their instinctive behaviors such as rooting, wallowing, foraging, and nesting.” Read more about their practiceson their website and look for their products in Whole Foods in California. (Also sold at the Lincoln Park farmers market in Chicago and even in a few locations in Japan.)

29. Callicrate Beef

Callicrate Beef

Raised by rancher Mike Callicrate (a vocal advocate against industrial farming in Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation), Callicrate Beef is sold through Ranch Foods Direct, which also supplies the Colorado Springs and Denver areas with beef, poultry, pork, goat, and rabbit. Callicrate says they employ “humane treatment of our animals.” Online shopping is also available.

30. Country Natural Beef

Country Natural Beef is a cooperative of Western ranchers that say they are committed to healthy animals, healthy land, and healthy people. Read about their animal welfare practices, including everything from breeding to slaughter, and find a retailer or restaurant serving their products near you.

31. Diestel Turkey Ranch

Diestel Turkey Ranch

Sold in Western states and Texas, Diestel Turkey Ranch products include whole turkeys and deli meats. The farm has earned a 5+ on the Global Animal Partnership 5-step rating system for animal welfare standards and is the first turkey producer to do so in the program’s history.

32. Fatted Calf

Fatted Calf

Fatted Calf says it “sources the best pigs and products” because they “care about the quality of life our animals receive.” All products are antibiotic and hormone-free.

33. Llano Seco Ranch

Llano Seco Ranch

Selling a variety of pork and beef products in California, Oregon, and Nevada stores, Llano Seco Ranch was incorporated in 1861 and calls itself “a reminder of a lost era when Californian, American, Indigenous, Mexican, and Spanish histories intersected.” Though they are “leaving organic certification due in large part to the cost of organic feed,” the Rancho is GAP certified to help ensure customers of animal welfare standards.

34. Mary’s ChickensTurkeys, and Ducks

The Pitmans say they have been raising poultry on their family farms for three generations, raising their chickens, turkeys and ducks “as nature intended.” You can read about the animal welfare standards on their website and find a store selling their meat close to you.

35. Panorama Organic Grass-Fed Meats

Panorama Organic Grass-Fed Meats

Panorama’s meat is raised by a cooperative of ranchers in California, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, South Dakota, New Mexico, Nebraska, and Colorado and its sold in California and Texas. The company says their cattle “enjoy room to roam, and graze on grass and forages at their leisure, not according to a schedule.” Read more about their practices on their website.

36. Pozzi Ranch

Pozzi Ranch

Pozzi Ranch raises lambs on open pastures in Northern California. Consumers can buy Pozzi’s lamb at Whole Foods in Northern California or, for those looking to buy large quantities, directly from Pozzi. More information about their practices and offerings is available on their website.

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Sugar The Sneaky Killer


You’ve probably heard of the DASH diet, which is claimed to be among the most effective for controlling hypertension. It consists largely of fresh vegetables, fruits, lean protein, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and very low sodium content.

But it’s ALSO low in sugar/fructose. So, while people on DASH diets do tend to show reduced hypertension, the reason for this may not be solely the reduction in salt, but the reduction in sugar.

The same holds true for reducing your intake of processed foods, which are top sources of both heavily processed salt and sugar/fructose. In a new review in the journal Open Heart, the authors also argue that the high consumption of added sugars in the US diet may be more strongly and directly associated with high blood pressure than the consumption of sodium.

They write:3

“Evidence from epidemiological studies and experimental trials in animals and humans suggests that added sugars, particularly fructose, may increase blood pressure and blood pressure variability, increase heart rate and myocardial oxygen demand, and contribute to inflammation, insulin resistance and broader metabolic dysfunction.

Thus, while there is no argument that recommendations to reduce consumption of processed foods are highly appropriate and advisable, the arguments in this review are that the benefits of such recommendations might have less to do with sodium—minimally related to blood pressure and perhaps even inversely related to cardiovascular risk—and more to do with highly-refined carbohydrates.”

Take, for instance, one 2010 study that showed consuming a high-fructose diet lead to an increase in blood pressure of about 7mmHg/5mmHg, which is greater than what is typically seen with sodium (4mmHg/2mmHg).4

Research also shows that drinking a single 24-ounce fructose-sweetened beverage leads to greater increases in blood pressure over 24 hours than drinking a sucrose-sweetened beverage,5 which again points to the detrimental effects of fructose on your health. The Open Heart study authors concluded:

It is time for guideline committees to shift focus away from salt and focus greater attention to the likely more-consequential food additive: sugar.

A reduction in the intake of added sugars, particularly fructose, and specifically in the quantities and context of industrially-manufactured consumables, would help not only curb hypertension rates, but might also help address broader problems related to cardiometabolic disease.”

How Excess Sugar Causes High Blood Pressure

In order to effectively treat and recover from high blood pressure, it’s important to understand its underlying cause, which is often related to your body producing too much insulin and leptin in response to a high-carbohydrate and processed food diet. As your insulin and leptin levels rise, it causes your blood pressure to increase. Eventually, you may become insulin and/or leptinresistant.

As explained by Dr. Rosedale, insulin stores magnesium, but if your insulin receptors are blunted and your cells grow resistant to insulin, you can’t store magnesium so it passes out of your body through urination. Magnesium stored in your cells relaxes muscles.

If your magnesium level is too low, your blood vessels will be unable to fully relax, and this constriction raises your blood pressure. Fructose also elevatesuric acid, which drives up your blood pressure by inhibiting the nitric oxide in your blood vessels. (Uric acid is a byproduct of fructose metabolism. In fact, fructose typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion.)

Nitric oxide helps your vessels maintain their elasticity, so nitric oxide suppression leads to increases in blood pressure. So any program adapted to address high blood pressure needs to help normalize both your insulin/leptin sensitivity and uric acid level.

As it turns out, by eliminating excess sugar/fructose from your diet, you can address all three issues (insulin, leptin, and uric acid) in one fell swoop. As a standard recommendation, I recommend keeping your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day.

If you’re insulin resistant (the majority of Americans are), have high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, or other chronic disease, you’d be wise to limit your fructose to 15 grams or less per day, until your condition has normalized.

In his book The Sugar Fix, Dr. Richard Johnson includes detailed tables showing the content of fructose in different foods, but you can view a sampling of the fructose content of several common fruits below.

Keep in mind that for most Americans, in order to lower your fructose/sugar consumption you’ll also need to eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages and processed foods.




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New Edition This One’s For Me And You Video

New Edition

This is my favorite group of all time and I was very excited to get their new video finally “This One’s For Me And You”

This One’s For Me and You Lyrics

You’re like a melody that never goes away
You’re the sweetest thang an easy song to sing
Your like a work of art so priceless to me
A timeless beauty from the movie screen that never ever seems to fade

So baby put that glass down and turn music up
It’s like these words was written just for the two of us
Do you remember that day in September
When we fell in love

This one’s for me and you
So let the record play….. I love the way, it makes your body move
It sound so good to me, reminds me of you
And when record plays a melody….. love fills up the room
It sound so good to me this one’s for me and you

Girl we came so far and beat out all the odds
They never thought we’d make it, but I knew it from the start
So let’s celebrate…..
Cause we got it good
A classic going down in history, feels just like we won the lottery

So baby put that glass down and turn music up
It’s like these words was written just for the two of us
Do you remember that day in September
When we fell in love

This one’s for me and you
So let the record play….. I love the way, it makes your body move
It sound so good to me, reminds me of you
And when record plays a melody….. love fills up the room
It sound so good to me this one’s for me and you

Let it play, let it play, let it play
This one’s for my baby
Let it play, let it play, let it play
This one’s for me and you
Let it play, let it play, let it play
Just for me and you girl
Let it play, let it play, let it play
Yeah, oh

So baby put that glass down and turn music up
It’s like these words was written just for the two of us
Do you remember that day in September
Baby, when we fell, when we fell in love
This one’s for me and you

So let the record play….. I love the way, it makes your body move
It sound so good to me, reminds me of you
And when record plays a melody….. love fills up the room
It sound so good to me this one’s for me and you

Let it play, let it play, let it play
For my baby, for my girl (Hey, we’re gonna sit back down, yes we are, with a glass of wine)
This one’s for you

Let it play, let it play, let it play
For my baby, for my girl
This one’s for you (repeat 3 times)

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20 Ways To Live a Longer Life

Increase Life Expectancy

Life expectancy for both men and women has continued to rise. To ensure that you are one of those living longer we have prepared a list of 20 great tips to increase your life expectancy.

How to live longer, tip 1: Laugh more

Research states that laughter may be beneficial to health. Laughing appears to boost the blood flow (by more than 20 per cent) and researchers say it may reduce the risk of developing heart disease. Laughing has previously been found to help fight infections, relieve hay fever, ease pain and help control diabetes. The positive effect of laughing is thought to last around 30 to 45 minutes.

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How to live longer, tip 2: Adjust sleeping time

Life expectancy may be reduced by sleeping more than eight hours a night. A study found that people who get only six to seven hours sleep a night live longer than those who sleep eight hours or more, or less than four hours.

How to live longer, tip 3:  Eat more garlic

Garlic has been referred to as ‘nature’s antibiotic’. It is a powerful cleanser of the body and regular ingestion promotes ahealthy heart and circulation by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. It also helps fight infection and can boost immunity. There is strong evidence to suggest that garlic helps with the prevention of cancers of the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum. Those who don’t like the taste of garlic should try the odourless supplements that are available.

How to live longer, tip 4: Boost your sex life

Having sex between three to four times a week is thought to reduce the risk of having a heart attack or stroke in half.During sex, the average person maintains their heart rate above 70 per cent of the maximum, making sex a wonderful CV workout! Sex reduces stress, leads to greater contentment and better sleep.

How to live longer, tip 5: Drink tea

Many research studies support the view that tea is good for your health. Scientists tend to agree that tea (both black and green) may contribute positively to the promotion of health and the prevention of chronic disease. Recent research studies reveal the antioxidants in tea may inhibit the growth of cancer cells, support dental health, increase bone density and strengthen cardiovascular health. According to a study published in Circulation: The Journal of the American Heart Association, heart attack patients who were tea drinkers decreased their risk of death by up to 44 per cent, as compared to non-tea drinkers.

How to live longer, tip 6: Drink red wine

Any excuse to drink more has got to be good! Recent studies show that drinking around one glass of red wine a day may have certain health benefits by protecting against certain cancers and heart disease, and can have a positive effect on cholesterol levels and blood pressure. Excessive or binge drinking, however, unfortunately doesn’t produce the same benefits.

How to live longer, tip 7:  Regular self examination

For women this means regularly examining their breasts, and while breast cancer is not unknown among men, males should regularly check their testicles for lumps. It is important to get to know how your body parts normally feel and look, and report any changes, such as a lump, to your doctor. More often than not, lumps prove to be benign, and these types of cancer are usually curable if they’re caught early enough.

How to live longer, tip 8:  Have regular smears/prostate tests

Women will usually be called once every three years for a smear test, and should make sure they attend when requested.Cervical screening probably prevents thousands of deaths each year. Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men and is second only to lung cancer as the biggest cancer killer. There are varying viewpoints about how often men should have a test and at what age. Testing should start at the age of 50, or at the age of 40 if in high-risk groups, such as black men or those with a father, brother or son with the disease. However, if you have any concerns go and visit your doctor.

How to live longer, tip 9:  Monitor your bowel habits

Any dramatic change in bowel habits such as an increase in constipation, or passing blood should be referred to a doctor immediately. It could prove be something as simple as piles (haemorrhoids), or worse case scenario could be bowel cancer, which is important to discover as early as possible.

How to live longer, tip 10:  Drink more water

Most people are unaware that the recommendation is that the average person should drink around eight glasses of water a day. The human body is made up of between 55 and 75 per cent water, and is in need of constant water replenishment. An increased intake of water will greatly enhance digestion‚ nutrient absorption‚ skin hydration‚ detoxification and virtually every aspect of better health.

How to live longer, tip 11:  Get more friends

Research suggests that friends help people live longer. Research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Healthsays that socializing with friends is beneficial. Good friends will promise to be there for you, and their presence can actually help you live longer, researchers say. Australian scientists said having friends around in old age can do more for life expectancy than having family members around, and that friends may encourage people to look after their health, and help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety at difficult times.

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How to live longer, tip 12:  No smoking

Everyone is aware of the potential catastrophic effect of smoking. It is better not to start at all, but the sooner a smoker quits, the better. Because the damage caused by smoking is cumulative, the longer a person smokes the greater the risk of developing a smoking-related disease, such as lung cancer or heart disease. Quitting smoking not only saves money, but also has added health benefits. Within one year after quitting, the risk of a heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker, and within 10 years, the risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker.

How to live longer, tip 13:  Relax

Relaxation reduces blood pressure and helps reduce stress-related conditions such as depression. A relaxation technique such as yoga or meditation can help reduce stress levels.

How to live longer, tip 14: Get a pet

Owning a pet has a surprising amount of health benefits for the owner, according to a series of studies. Ownership of a pet, particularly a dog, means people are more active. Animals are known to reduce anxiety both from the actual physical comfort from stroking them, but also because they are a distraction and something pleasant to focus on. They are also good friends to many and provide a source of amusement, making us laugh.

How to live longer, tip 15:  Exercise more

Exercise is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity. It keeps joints, tendons and ligaments flexible, and contributes to mental well-being by helping treat depression, relive stress andanxiety. Exercise also aids better sleep. Even if you are pushed for time, exercise could be gained simply by walking up stairs rather than taking the elevator, or even try walking or cycling on shorter journeys rather than taking the car.

How to live longer, tip 16:  Eat more fruit and vegetables

Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables can help ward off heart disease and stroke, control blood pressure and cholesterol, and prevent some types of cancer. It is recommended to eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.

How to live longer, tip 17:  Change job

Research suggests a strong relationship between how long people live and the nature of their jobs. According to UK Government statistics, for the period 1997-99, life expectancy at birth in England and Wales for males in the professional group was 7.4 years more than that for those in the unskilled manual groups. The gap between the social classes was smaller for women than for men, at 5.7 years.

How to live longer, tip 18:  Have a happy marriage

Married people tend to have better health than unmarried people. For instance, married individuals tend to be able to have lower rates of alcoholism than their unmarried counterparts because they tend to offer encouragement, support, and protection from daily problems. They are also more able to handle stress better as a result. However, studies suggest that divorcing then remarrying actually increases the risk of dying prematurely.

How to live longer, tip 19:  Be optimistic

People with a positive outlook on life can actually live longer. Researchers found that optimistic people decreased their risk of early death by 50 per cent compared with those who leaned more towards pessimism.

How to live longer, tip 20:  Eat chocolate

Chocolate contains flavanoids and antioxidants which have positive health benefits. Flavanoids aid cardiovascular health, while antioxidants are believed to prevent or delay certain damage to the body’s cells and tissues. Dark chocolate is considered best as it contains more than twice as many antioxidants as a bar of milk chocolate, and has fewer calories.

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