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COVID-19 POLICY ALLIANCE

To prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, states should focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19 at high-risk sites, such as nursing homes, and in high-risk localities, the COVID-19 Policy Alliance—a group of experts brought together by two professors at the MIT Sloan School of Management—said in a presentation released today.

The Alliance also put online a set of data analytic tools to enable states to identify the highest risk facilities and localities—those with clusters of individuals over 65 or with relevant health issues. 

The Alliance analysis indicates that one of the factors possibly leading to the high fatality rate in Italy was that sick people from areas with concentrations of high-risk individuals overwhelmed hospitals, creating a domino effect that led to skyrocketing death rates. The Alliance has developed tools to identify institutions and counties in every state in the U.S. that have the same characteristics as the points in Italy that put its health care system into a tailspin.   

For example, the data tools not only show where nursing homes are and how many people reside in them, but show which nursing homes have had the most problems previously with infections. For counties, the tools show not only areas with high numbers of elderly, but also those with high numbers of individuals of all ages suffering from diabetes, obesity and other conditions that create COVID-19 risk.

A 15-minute webinar describing the Alliance’s tools and recommendations for U.S. federal, state and local policymakers is here. The webinar expands on a slide deck that lays out the analysis and guidance.

The COVID-19 Policy Alliance was launched on March 11 by Professors Simon Johnson, the Ronald A. Kurtz Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Retsef Levi, the J. Spencer Standish Professor of Operations Management. They pulled together a team of experts from across MIT and elsewhere to analyze the available data on the pandemic. The tools will be updated as more data and analysis are available.

Levi said, “We want to help states make data-based decisions that can save lives. Focusing on the sites and areas that are most likely to lead hospitals to crash is key.”

Johnson said, “Hospitals are a critical line of defense in the ongoing battle against COVID-19. We must focus now on preventing our world-renowned hospital systems from collapsing.”

About the MIT Sloan School of Management
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Supercharge a Kid’s Immune System + Natural Remedy to Kill Coronavirus

With schools closing “indefinitely” and grocery shelves becoming bare, we all are anxious to see how this plays out and when it will be over. As parents we have a responsibility to keep our kids calm about the situation, keep their immune systems strong, and use preventative ways to kill viruses that our kids come in contact with. Karen Barski, 25 year RN; Reiki Master IIII; Wellness Coach; and Holistic Mom, offers 10 under-the-radar ways to supercharge your kid’s immune system and even a holistic remedy that a doctor claims to kill coronavirus and all other viruses. Best part, adults can use these tips too!

“I’m a mother of five and have kept my kids off antibiotics for 8 years using the below immune-boosting practices that quite frankly are still under the radar and not mainstream – but should be. I even shrunk my own adrenal tumor by half using holistic remedies leaving my doctors in awe. We are true believers and practitioners that the best pharmacy is our very own kitchen…and garden,” says Karen Barski, Founder of Zenergy Center and the Woombie Baby Swaddle.

10 Under-the-Radar Ways to Supercharge the Immune System

For Kids (preschool kids and older)

#1 A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away

Move over apples, smoothies are taking your place. “All kids should have a smoothie right when they wake up – this superfood immunity boost goes right into your cells since your stomach is empty. The body has been sleeping all night and is not digesting any food which means it has more time to do what it should – keep your organs clean, healthy, and functioning at its highest level to prevent sickness and disease,” says Barski.

Here’s a go-to recipe your kids will love (enough for 2-3 people):

1 Cup Organic Frozen Mixed Berries
1 Banana for natural sweetness
2-3 Scoops of Vanilla Protein Powder (we choose dairy free, plant-based)
2-3 Tablespoons Chia Seeds or Chia/Flax Blend
2-3 big handfuls of greens like kale or spinach (or we like to use Earthbound Organics “Power Greens” from Costco which has a mix of baby spinach, baby kale, and baby swiss chard – 1.5 lbs for under $7!)
1.5 Cups of Water or Almond/Soy/Nut Milk (avoid dairy)

Here’s another “green” smoothie but looks purple so kids love it (2 serving sizes):

1 Whole Lemon peeled (seeds and all!)
1 Tsp of fresh ginger (1/3 size of your thumb)
1 Cup leafy greens (kale or spinach)
1 Cup Coconut Water
¼ Apple
½ Cucumber
1 Small Celery Stalk
½ Cup Frozen Berries
½ Banana (can be frozen too)

#2 Essential Oils

Used for 6000 years, essential oils are a form of alternative medicine using plant extracts to promote health and well being. They can be applied to the skin or used through aromatherapy. Here are some best essential oil tips for kids:

  • Essential oils should be used on kids 3 years and older topically (in a carrier oil like jojoba). Essential oils can even be diffused in infant nursery from birth and beyond but put it on the other side of the room and dilute it a bit more. 
     
  • It’s worrisome to many when hand sanitizer runs out and cannot be found at any store, but there’s a way to make hand sanitizer at home that is healthier and just as effective. Alcohol-based sanitizers are full of chemicals so “a great homemade sanitizer recipe can be made from 2 oz of Witch Hazel with 20 drops of doTERRA on guard and tea tree oil and if you don’t have that, 20 drops each of Tea tree oil and lavender in the witch hazel will work as well. I just bought little teeny spray bottles for the kids so they can keep it in their pocket instead of the alcohol stuff,” Barski adds.
     
  • Use a diffuser to mist essential oils with tea tree, lavender and frankincense into the air. “Running in the main area the house (the kitchen or living room) my overall favorite blend is DoTERRA’s On Guard which helps activate the immune system. If your kid has the sniffles, move the diffuser in their bedroom at night,” says Barski.
     
  • Woombie’s Child Essentials offers three essential oil blends: one is called Relief and is for stuffy noses, Restore for the immune system, and Rest is for a good night’s sleep (which is a big factor in keeping our immune systems strong).
     
  • Put 3-4 drops of doTERRA On Guard on the soles of your kid’s feet when they are sick (2x daily).
     
  • Also from Woombie, The Feel Better Bear is an essential oils tool to comfort kids while sick and help them get better.

    The adorable plush bear includes:

    *Aromatherapy pockets in hand areas
    *Tissues or PJs in tummy area (or a fun secret compartment)
    *Name your bear and cuddle away!
    *Child Essential Oils sold separately
    *$34.99 at https://woombie.com/product/feel-better-bear/


#3 Prevent Spreading Germs

Talk to your kids about sneezing / coughing etiquette such as coughing into your elbow/arm and never your hands and throwing away used tissues then immediately washing your hands or using sanitizer (hand washing is best).

When your child comes home from school, a playdate, or anywhere public where they touched things (sat in a seat, shopping cart, etc.) do this routine:

  • Shoes off at the door.
  • Clothes off at the door.
  • Wash hands with soap for 20 seconds – sing the ABCs.
  • Avoid sugar and junk for all snacks – soda is liquid poison. Fresh fruit, veggies, and healthy snacks like chickpea puffs, granola, and trailmix.
  • For adults – take off shoes, wash hands, and wipe down your cell phone as well as your car steering wheel next time you drive. 

#4 Elderberry

Antioxidant-rich Elderberry is a shiny purple berry from the European Elderberry tree and has been used for generations to treat a wide variety of ailments. It’s best known here in the States to help strengthen kids’ immune systems and help fight the flu (studies have proven that it shortens the duration of sick time by 2-3 days).

You can give kids a small daily dose of Elderberry during flu season to boost your child’s immune system as a preventative measure or can be given when your child gets sick.

“There are many ways to take Elderberry, but the easiest for littler kids is to get the concentrated dropper and add to water. I add to my kid’s school water bottle and he drinks it during the day without tasting anything but water; however, it does have a good taste since it’s a berry,” adds Barski.

Always ask your doctor before taking Elderberry since kids with autoimmune disorders should not take it.

#5 Vitamins

“Vitamins and probiotics are important to keep your kiddos strong and healthy. We use the Olly + Probiotic Gummy Vitamins. One a day up to age 4 and then it’s two a day.

“We also give our kids extra Vitamin D – the Vitamin D gummies are great and they also have drops which can be added to water without making it taste different.

“Vitamin C is very important – we like the Vitamin C powder packs. At the first sign of getting sick, mix with water and enjoy. They have Vitamin C chewables too. Our bodies can absorb up to 1000 mg of Vitamin C a day so start in small doses multiple times a day – 250 mg doses for kids,” adds Barski.

#6 “I am…” Statements

“What we think, we are. Our thoughts truly dictate the people, circumstances, and events that happen in our lives based on the science of Quantum Physics – or better put, the Law of Attraction. Setting intentions with “I am…” statements will either elevate you or tank you,” adds Barski.

Right in the morning when you get up and before you go to sleep (as you are drifting off to dreamland) say or think, “I am getting better every second” or “I am getting better every day in every way” or “I am a good health warrior!” or “I have a super strong immune system.” Envision yourself up and about and 100% healthy.

#7 Energy Healing

“Some may think energy healing is a bunch of mumbo jumbo, but it’s actually based on science (quantum physics). As a Reiki IIII Master, the best way to explain energy healing is this:

Our bodies are made up of physical elements such as muscles, bones, organs, nerves, etc., but we also have a flow of energy through our bodies. This is called our life energy or Chi or Qi.  We have energy centers called Chakras that allow the flow of energy and then we have meridians and nadas which are like rivers that carry our life energy through-out our body. When our life energy flow is disrupted or blocked, we tend to get sick as our bodies cannot naturally heal. Stress, fear, worry, doubt, anger, anxiety, etc. can all cause energy blocks.  Reiki restores energy balance and gently and effectively opens blocked meridians, nadas and chakras, and clears the energy bodies leaving a feeling of peace and relaxation. As a result the body can heal and get less sick,” explains Barski.

“If you cannot get to an energy healer in person, there are free distant energy healing videos on Youtube. My friend uses this one video often. She had an abscess tooth and nothing was working – she even had gone to the dentist. She watched the 5 minute healing video and in 20 minutes the pain was gone and this weird blood clot fell out of her mouth. Since it worked for her, she uses the video every time she senses that she may be sick and her 4 year old too. The video heals her 4 year old’s stomach aches within minutes and literally overnight flu symptoms have healed,” shares Barski.

#8 Eat Clean

“We cannot expect our bodies to stay healthy and fight off germs if we are not fueling it properly. It’s like putting diesel gas in a regular car,” adds Barski.

Foods to Build up a Great Immune System:

  • Kiwis are a magical fruit! The golden kiwis have double the vitamin C compared to a green kiwi and are delicious and sweet. One kiwi has almost double the vitamin C as an orange. Eat three golden kiwis and that’s nearly 300 mg of Vitamin C.
     
  • “Garlic is a superfood! We feed our horses some garlic with their feed and not one bug or fly gets on them. It’s incredible. Garlic contains compounds that help the immune system fight germs. Studies have shown that garlic reduces the risk of becoming sick in the first place if eaten often or daily, as well as how long you stay sick. It can also reduce the severity of symptoms,” adds Barski.

    Make sure to talk to your Vet before giving animals garlic.
     
  • Sauerkraut and non-dairy Kefir  – “While some families prefer Greek yogurt, to get probiotics we eat sauerkraut and non-dairy kefir (since we are dairy-free). These foods help create a healthy gut. When your gut is healthy, your immune system is stronger,” adds Barski.
     
  • Spinach – This leafy green is packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems. It’s the healthiest when cooked as little as possible to retain its nutrients. “Add fresh to salads, healthy superfood bowls, a sandwich or wrap, and add it to pasta dishes and soups at the last moment for a minute so it wilts then serve,” adds Barski.

#9 Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom salt draws out toxins from the body. “Depending on your needs there are several that are recommended including Eucalyptus if you have respiratory cold, but I prefer the original Dr. Teals which is the cheapest at Walmart or Amazon.com. 20 minutes max and drink plenty of water afterwards – this is very important,” says Barski.

You can add essential oils like Lavender or tea bags of Chamomile, Valerian, or Lavender tea to help boost the immune system.

#10 Get Movin’

Every day you should get out and walk and/or run around and play with you kids. A Harvard study showed that walking boosts immune function and helps protect you during cold and flu season. Those who walk have 43% fewer sick days compared to those who exercised once a week or less.  SOURCE

“Skip the busy gym to practice social distancing and choose the open air instead. Luckily the weather is becoming warmer so families can enjoy the outdoors. Look up local hiking trails. It’s super fun to explore new trails and be with nature. Pack water and for longer hikes bring some healthy snacks. A picnic is also fun to do,” adds Barski.

For Adults

Follow the same tips as above plus add in:

1. Intermittent Fasting

The last time you eat should be 7PM at night and then the next morning when you wake have two glasses of water (16 ounces to jump start your body – just think, you just went 8 hours with not one sip of water!) and you can have a cup of coffee (almond milk but no sugar), then an hour later have your Super Greens Protein Smoothie just like the kids have. No solid food until noon time so that means you just fasted from solid food for 17 hours giving your body a chance to clean those organs, detox, and get your body working at its optimal state.

2. Turmeric Could Kill Coronavirus and Studies Show Kills Other Deadly Viruses

Although stated there is no science to back this up, Dr. Harish Moorjani gave a very engaging and enlightening speech at a public library about COVID-19 . One of the tips he shared was to sip the following just before you go to bed: ½ teaspoon of turmeric mixed with ¼ cup milk (we suggest swapping this for almond milk, adding a dash of cinnamon which also boosts the immune system, and a tiny bit of honey for sweetness).

His story was quite compelling; as an Infectious Disease Specialist who has been around people with highly contagious viruses he has never once had a sick day from work. He claims that it’s because of his nighttime ritual of sipping turmeric and milk right before bed so it coats your throat and kills any virus.

Source – Dr. Harish Moorjani
VIDEO HERE

About Karen Barski

Karen is an RN BSN of over 25 years, wife, and high energy holistic mom of 5 (including twins!) plus one angel child. She is an Infant Care Specialist, Emotion Code Practitioner, Reiki IIII Master, visionary, artist, designer, business coach, wellness coach, inventor of the global swaddle brand Woombie, and to top it off a Leo. Through her Woombie social media with over 100k followers and her blog, Juiceboxes + TEQUILA, she connects with parents about raising happy and healthy kids through lots of love, experiences instead of things, and going slightly against the grain of “normal” society.

www.woombie.com
www.karenbarski.com
www.zenergycenter.com

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Allergy Season

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), allergy season affects 37 million people each year and the winter season can be a breeding ground for mold, dust mites, and animal dander due to heat, and lack of ventilation.

“During the Winter months and leading into the rest of the year, many suffer from seasonal allergies that continue to persist if not treated appropriately. I often recommend tips and lifestyle changes to my patients in order help to alleviate symptoms by implementing effective at home remedies,” says Shirin Peters, M.D. with Bethany Medical Clinic.
Here are some tips to find relief from winter allergies:

  1. Reduce your exposure to dust: Vacuum carpet and upholstery daily; wash your bedding weekly in hot water then dry
    on the highest temperature setting; and cover your pillows and mattress in air-tight allergen-resistant covers (seal dust away from you and put sheets and bedding on top) to eliminate dust mites.
  2. Use a HEPA filter in your home to remove dust and allergens from the air.
  3. Invest in a humidifier as dry air can cause dry, uncomfortable nasal passages, which are more easily inflamed by allergens.
  4. Bathe pets frequently to control dander
  5. Change air filters monthly to eliminate airborne dust containing lint, animal dander, bacteria, fabric fiber, and food material.
  6. Use fragrance and dye free laundry detergent like hypoallergenic Arm and Hammer Sensitive Skin Free & Clear as it is gentle on the skin without irritation or worry of itchiness.
  7. Incorporate honey into your diet, although not scientifically proven, consuming a bit of honey every day may gradually immunize you to the irritant.
  8. Irrigate nasal passages with a saline solution for drug-free congestion relief and to soothe irritated passageways.
  9. Alternating hot and cold compresses over your eyes and nose can help relieve sinus pressure.
  10. A steamy hot shower clears nasal passages

“If you have allergy symptoms, getting a skin allergy test to determine the root cause and confirm the specific triggers for your symptoms can also be very useful,” adds Peters.

About Shirin Peters, M.D.

Shirin Peters, M.D. attended college at New York Medical College and completed her residency at the Former St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, NY. The following year, she worked at a private practice in North Carolina and learned more about the business of medicine. She returned to New York City and founded Bethany Medical Clinic of New York in 2011. She feels that New Yorkers face unique health challenges and set out to build a model of care that could reduce illness and improve health for New Yorkers and all city-dwellers. She uses her diverse past work experiences, and her understanding of city life, in her practice to give care to busy New Yorkers.

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THE CORONAVIRUS × NEED-TO-KNOW FACTS FOR TRAVELERS

World Travel Expert, Tammy Levent, Shares Safety Facts & Strategic Advice for Travelers

By: Tammy Levent, CEO of Elite Travel and founder of TASK™

The coronavirus causes respiratory disease in those who contract it. The first case was found in Wuhan, China. As of March 4th, there are over 93,000 cases found globally.

The World Health Organization states that if you’re not in an area where the coronavirus is spreading, haven’t recently traveled to an where there are known cases of the virus, or haven’t been in close contact with someone who is showing symptoms of the virus, then your chances of contracting the virus is low.

If the CDC or World Health Organization has put out a “do not travel” elevated warning, then do not travel there. If they say do not go to China, obviously you are not going to go to China even if it means having to miss your business trip. Your health is more important. 

To keep track of the virus, you should monitor news updates and travel alerts regularly but be pragmatic and avoid making rash decisions. If your vacation is more than a month away, I would say waiting to cancel your flight may be the best move. There is no need to panic, things may be different in a month. You can always change the date for a later time. When booking flights, either online or with a travel professional make sure to ask about cancellation policies. When I travel, I get “cancel for any reason” and “medical insurance” to cover me if something happens overseas.  

No matter when or where you are traveling, basic hygiene is the best means of prevention. Wash your hands with soap and water several times a day, especially before eating. Avoid touching your face or putting your hands in your mouth. If flying, be smart, wear a face mask when in close quarters.

I always take sanitizing wipes with me on airplanes and the first thing I do is wipe down the seat in front of me, the tray table, the headrest, armrest and seat belt. Another major thing that can help prevent sickness when flying is shutting off your ventilation on your overhead. I have been doing this for years. 

Never put your suitcase or purse on your pillow. Think of all the places your purse and luggage have been! They touch the bathroom floor, the airport floor, the street, and the pavement. It’s just not sanitary!

The big question surrounding the coronavirus is  “Should you cancel your upcoming trip?” Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all” answer. The decision depends on when and where you are traveling and what your current health condition is. Discuss health concerns with your doctor and use qualified resources for information like The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

ABOUT TAMMY LEVENT

National TV Travel correspondent, Tammy Levent is the CEO of Elite Travel, an award-winning national travel agency named the fastest-growing and most trusted in the nation and she is also the founder of TASK™ (The Travel Agent’s Success Kit) a business that helps struggling travel agencies successfully adapt to this new age of travel. 

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The Future of Sleep and How to Embrace it

Without a doubt, there are still plenty of people who advocate for the ’hustle’ way of life – a life fueled by caffeine and a couple of hours sleep each night, where you aim to do as much as you possibly can in as little time imaginable. But fortunately, there are also voices (getting louder by the week) who have begun to shift the focus towards rest and getting an actual good night’s sleep.

Sleep is one of the most underrated factors of health. It does wonders for the human body: it helps prevent illness by boosting the immune system and by keeping our hearts healthier, it keeps our brains working better, and it provides us with that much-needed energy and focus.

And as we are beginning to realize just how important (not to mention enjoyable) it is, the consumer-focused and technology-driven modern society has begun to make some significant advancements in the way we sleep.

Let’s explore where the future of sleep is heading, and how you can embrace it to your own benefit.

The sleep market is expanding

Three years ago, the sleep market in the US was estimated to be worth around $28.6 billion. It is also expected to grow another 5% each year in the next three years.

That fact alone is enough to tell you that sleep has a very bright future ahead. More and more companies are investing their time and resources into coming up with innovative and creative products, while customers embrace sleep as the next trend.

There is more choice available

While previously, you didn’t really think much about what you slept on and what kind of pillow you had – as long as it was comfortable enough – today you have practically unlimited choice.

Different companies focus on providing all kinds of different options that will fit into any lifestyle and preference: firmer mattresses, softer mattresses, mattresses made of different materials, and so on.

Finding the best mattress for your sleeping specific needs might take a bit of time, but with so many options at your disposal, it is certainly no longer mission impossible.

Make sure you test a couple of different models out before you make your final choice. After all, who knows what you actually like if you have only ever slept on one model.

Quality sleep is no longer out of reach

When shopping for a mattress a couple of decades ago, you had to go to your local department store and make your decision there. Today, you can order one from anywhere in the world and have it delivered straight to your bed.

This means that you are practically no longer limited by any means. True, shipping costs may be a factor to consider, but chances are you will be able to find a company that may not have a store near you, but that does home deliveries at a reasonable price. 

It’s no longer just about the bed

Sleeping is about more than just the bed you sleep on and the pillow you nest under your head every night.

You can now buy a sleep machine that not only emits different sounds (and lights), but that can also be hooked up to an app that tracks your sleep cycle and that will wake you up at the most opportune moment. There are aromatherapy products that will help you fall asleep more easily. There are meditation and sleep apps that will soothe you into a lull.

Not to mention, there are the temperature regulators, the innovative alarm clocks, the auto blinds that will wake you up with natural sunlight, and so on. The choices really are starting to look limitless.

Tailored to your needs

Finally, the future of sleep is all about personal choice and individual preferences. There is no longer just one option and one make available – of anything.

You can customize your pillows and mattresses and duvets and blankets in terms of fabric, size, color, pattern, and everything in between. 

If you have a non-standard sized bed, you can more easily than ever before find the sleep paraphernalia to go with it. If you are looking for a specific combination of colors (which previously meant you have to buy several sets of pillowcases), now you can buy them individually or in a set of your own design.

You can literally make your sleeping experience into anything you want it to be – and more.

Final thoughts

Sleep, one of the most important pillars of a healthy and happy life, finally seems to be getting the attention it deserves. With that attention comes the ability to customize, tailor, and shape your sleep experience whichever way you want to. Now, all that’s left to do is convince everyone else that sleep is not for the weak, or the wicked.

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How CBD Oil is made: The Ultimate Ethanol Extraction Guide

Recent medical research shows that Cannabinoid (CBD) has the potential to ease symptoms of various ailments such as cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis and more. CBD, which is one of the 85 different compounds that naturally occur in a cannabis plant, is growing in popularity for its medical applications. 

CBD products act as:

  • Antioxidants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-inflammatories

The users cannot gain these benefits from just buying a hemp plant from a supplier. The compound that offers these excellent benefits must be extracted and transformed into a consumable product by a professional. 

Ethanol extraction is one of the best methods to extract CBD oils. 

How Ethanol Extraction Process Works

The ethanol extraction method involves introducing a solvent (ethanol) to the hemp plant to extract the cannabinoid. Ethanol then helps dissolves the natural chlorophyll of the hemp plant along with essential oils and cannabinoids. This results in a green-colored CBD oil. A simple filtering process helps remove the green discoloration. 

Additional steps after extraction

The CBD extract must pass through a few other processes before it is ready for pet and human consumption. 

  • Decarboxylation

This is the process that helps activate CBD oil. Before this process is done, the extract is still in an inactive form, and the CBD and THC present in the plant haven’t reached their full potential. 

These phytocannabinoids are in an acidic state, which is better known as cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). The elements must pass through the decarboxylation process to make the inactive components active and get a high-quality end-product.

  • Winterization

Winterization is the process used to remove unwanted fatty acids, chlorophyll, plant materials, terpenes, and cannabinoids found in the CBD extract. This act helps dissolve non-polar substances (such as hash oil) into a polar substance (in most cases, ethanol) at sub-zero temperatures. 

The process forces lipids (fatty acids) and waxes from the crude extract to the uppermost part of the mixture. Then, they are removed through a simple filtration process.

Downsides of Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol readily mixes with water which breaks down water-soluble molecules such as chlorophyll. Unfortunately, chlorophyll is one major “undesirable” ingredient. The ethanol extraction method can produce a green, grassy product which is also undesirable. 

Some industry leaders like Capna Sytems have invented ways to reduce the need for additional processes during the ethanol extraction method. For example, by using multiple ethanol extractions, they mitigate the presence of chlorophyll among other undesirables.

Why Ethanol Extraction is the Safest Method

According to the FDA, ethanol is the safest method of extraction and is already being used in the extraction of many other conventional medicines and foods. 

The main aim of extraction is to produce cannabinoids that are not just pure but also highly concentrated for pet and human consumption. Unlike other methods of extraction, ethanol extraction provides a high-quality end product with up to 99% purity. Also, it is one of the cheapest and most efficient methods available.

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Helpful Tips to Find the Best Dental Insurance Option for You

Have you ever had a toothache? If so, you know how important it is to have access to quality dental care when it’s needed. It’s even more beneficial if you can seek regular dental checkups and cleanings, as this is going to prevent an array of common dental problems.

Unfortunately, if you don’t have dental insurance, the cost of these treatments and checkups may prevent you from seeking this care as often as you should. The good news is, there are an array of dental insurance plans to choose from. Keep reading to learn how to find the best dental insurance option here.

Consider Your Family’s Needs

Each member of your family should have preventative care checkups, cleanings, and X-rays. If you have children, they will need a few extras, such as sealants, fluoride treatments, and sometimes, braces or other dental appliances. For children who are involved in sports or who are very active, mouth guards may be needed.

You need adult dental insurance for things such as replacement of missing teeth, gum disease, and tooth sensitivity. Seniors may have health problems, such as heart issues and diabetes, which means preventative dental care is still crucial.

What Dental Insurance Plans Are Available in Your Local Area?

You need to begin narrowing down the options for dental insurance by what’s available in your county, state, or even Zip code. Most insurance companies don’t offer all the plans they have in each region, so you can keep things simple when you only compare the plans that you have the ability to purchase.

Try to Find a Plan with Several Dentists and/or Dental Practices

For several reasons, you may want to have over one dentist to go to or choose from for dental care. If you limit your options to just one dental practice or dentist, what will happen if you can’t go during their office hours, or if you end up having a problem with one of the dentists or staff members? Make sure your family has the flexibility of being able to choose between dentists or dental practices.

Consider All the Related Costs

When you are looking for a dental care provider, one of your first considerations is the monthly cost, called the premium. You also need to look at the deductible costs, or the total amount of money that you are going to have to pay out of pocket for the dental services before your insurance will kick in.

You should also consider the maximum annual limit. The majority of insurance companies will cap the total amount they will pay each year for dental treatments. If you reach this annual cap, then you will have to cover any other costs for treatment. This is especially important if there is someone in your family who suffers from serious ongoing dental issues. There are some insurance plans that will also limit the total number of a certain procedure that is allowed each year. Make sure you factor this into your decision.

Find Out What Treatments are Covered in Each of the Plans You Consider

The majority of routine dental treatments will be covered under your dental insurance plan. However, there are some plans that will not cover certain treatments, such as dentures or teeth whitening. While other plans may cover these treatments, they may only cover them to a certain amount of time. Be sure that you know precisely what is going to be covered and what isn’t covered by the insurance plan before selecting one.

It’s also important to note that there are some insurance plans that require a waiting period. In fact, you may have to wait up to 18 months before you can get the coverage needed for specific procedures. This is typically the case for dental work that is more expensive.

Consider Savings Plans or Discount Dental Plans

Completely unique from insurance, dental discount plan or savings plan allows you to join a group where you can enjoy discounts on specific services. Keep in mind, this isn’t insurance, it will just help you save money on the services and treatments that you need.

Finding a Dental Plan that Works for You

There is no question that you want to find a dental insurance plan that works for you and your family’s dental health needs. You need to consider the factors here to feel confident in the decision that you ultimately make. Don’t rush in and automatically choose the plan with the lowest premium cost; as this is going to result in higher costs for the deductible and out-of-pocket procedures. 

By taking your time, considering all the factors here, and learning about the dental insurance options available in your area, you can choose the coverage that will help ensure you and your family’s good oral health now, and in the future. 

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

Why MCT Oil Is Used in CBD Products

Like many people around the globe, you may have heard a lot of good things about CBD oil over the recent years. A rising number of people have come to learn about CBD because of the increased level of interest from the press, the positive results of research and studies, and the changes in legislation that have taken place in various states and destinations.

If you are new to the world of CBD oil products, you naturally want to learn more about the product before you decide whether it is something that is right for you. This includes looking at the benefits of using CBD oil such as combatting anxiety and stress, looking at how CBD oil could help you to improve your quality of life, and finding out more about the different methods of using CBD oil. You may also be interested in specific questions such as why MCT oil is used in CBD products. This is something we will look at a little more closely in this article.

The Role of MCT Oil

The speed at which CBD is absorbed can depend on various factors such as the method you decide to use in order to take CBD oil. There are various different methods you can choose from such as a CBD oil tincture, CBD supplements, and CBD capsules. Naturally, those who use CBD oil products want to make the most of them and one of the things that can help with this is the use of MCT oil in CBD products.

MCT oil can be very useful in terms of increasing the benefits and absorption rate of CBD oil products, particularly when you are using products such as supplements and capsules. So, why is it used in products such as these? Well, the presence of MCT oil helps to boost the bioavailability of the CBD and means that more of the CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream. This then means it increases the benefits, as you will feel the effects of the CBD more quickly.

MCT oil has enjoyed increased popularity over recent years among the health-conscious. They are made up of chains of saturated fatty acids that are known as triglycerides. There are various different sources of MCTs such as palm oil and coconut oil. In fact, MCT oil is often used in dressings, smoothies, and recipes because of the health benefits it offers.

In terms of being used in CBD oil products, MCT oil can help to ensure faster delivery and stronger effects. As mentioned earlier, the rate at which CBD oil is absorbed into the body depends on the method used, and some methods, such as supplements and tablets, can be slower than others. Using MCT oil helps to combat this issue as it becomes a form of carrier for the CBD oil, so more of it gets into the bloodstream.

So, as you can see, MCT oil can play a vital part in CBD products, which is why it is considered a valuable addition to many CBD products.  

360 MAGAZINE, Vaughn Lowery, medicine

How Can Medical Malpractice Affect You?

Unfortunately, sometimes in life accidents happen and mistakes are made. The medical industry is no different, and although the vast majority of times you go into hospital, you will receive top rate care, there are times when medical practitioners make mistakes. 

In 2013, over $3 billion was spent settling medical malpractice suits in the US. This is a staggering amount of money, but it reflects the huge impact medical negligence can have on a person’s life. 

So, what is medical malpractice, and how can it affect you?

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is when a healthcare provider fails to meet established healthcare standards. This can be through negligence, poor communication, or diagnostic errors, but all can lead to increased suffering for a patient. 

In the medical industry, small errors can have big consequences, and any mistakes can severely impact the quality of life of the patient. As a result, there can often be high levels of compensation for medical malpractice suits, leading to the figure of $3 billion being spent on medical malpractice suits in 2013. 

What Types of Medical Malpractice are There?

Medical malpractice can lead to a variety of different injuries and illnesses. If poor treatment led to you sustaining a new injury or illness, or for your illness or injury to become worse, then you may have suffered from medical malpractice. 
Some common malpractice scenarios are:

Inability to diagnose in a timely manner – this can happen in a wide variety of illnesses such as cancer, heart problems, and strokes, among other conditions. 

Errors during anaesthesia.

Surgical errors.

Receiving the wrong medicine.

Injuries sustained during labor.

These errors, and many others can have a big impact on your life, or the life of a loved one, and the law is there to make sure you don’t suffer any more than you have to. 

What Does a Malpractice Claim Cover?

Medical malpractice can impact your life in many different ways. Not only do you face medical costs, and potentially the cost of future care, but if you’re away from work for a period of time, then you will also lose income. 

You shouldn’t have to suffer these costs if you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, and therefore a medical malpractice claim can cover you for:

Expenses as part of your daily living, such as getting to appointments, equipment to help you with your debility. 

Lost earnings during the time you have been unable to work.

Cost of surgeries and medical procedures.

Adaptations to your home.

Cost of future care.

Future earnings you might lose because you are not able to work. 

Do I Need a Lawyer?

An experienced lawyer can help put your mind at ease that you have a professional looking after your case. Filing a successful medical malpractice case isn’t straight forward and your chances of being successful are much greater if you have a lawyer on your side. 
With an attorney looking after the legal side of things for you, you can concentrate on your recovery and getting better. 

Derrick Wan, 360 MAGAZINE, stem cells

NEW STEM CELL STUDY

 A new study released today in STEM CELLS outlines how fat grafting – which previous studies have shown can reduce and even reverse fibrosis (scar tissue) buildup – also improves the range of motion of the affected limb. The study, conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine, was conducted on mice.

The tumor-destroying capabilities of radiation therapy can be a life saver for a person suffering from cancer. But it’s a therapy that has several unwanted side effects, too, including causing substantial damage not just to cancerous cells, but any healthy tissue in its path. Over time, fibrosis builds up in the treated area which, in the case of an arm, shoulder, or leg, for example, can lead to painful contractures that significantly limit extensibility and negatively impact the person’s quality of life.

The Stanford team irradiated the right hind legs of subject mice, which resulted in chronic fibrosis and limb contracture. Four weeks later, the irradiated limbs of one group of the mice were injected with fat enriched with stromal vascular cells (SVCs). These potent cells already naturally exist in fat, but supplementation of fat with additional SVCs enhances its regenerative capabilities. A second group was injected with fat only, a third group with saline and a fourth group received no injections, for comparison. The animals’ ability to extend their limb was then measured at baseline and every two weeks for a 12-week period. At the end of the 12 weeks, the hind limb skin underwent histological analysis and biomechanical strength testing.

“Each animal showed significant reduction in its limb extension ability due to the radiation, but this was progressively rescued by fat grafting,” reported corresponding author Derrick C. Wan, M.D., FACS. Fat grafting also reduced skin stiffness and reversed the radiation-induced histological changes in the skin.

“The greatest benefits were found in mice injected with fat enriched with SVCs,” Dr. Wan added. “SVCs are easily obtained through liposuction and can be coaxed into different tissue types, where they can support neovascularization, replace cells and repair injured issue.

“Our study showed the ability of fat to improve mobility as well as vascularity and appearance,” he continued. “We think this holds enormous clinical potential — especially given that adipose tissue is abundant and can be easily collected from the patients themselves — and underscores an attractive approach to address challenging soft tissue fibrosis in patients following radiation therapy.”

Furthermore, said co-author and world-renowned breast reconstructive expert Arash Momeni, M.D., FACS, “Our observations are potentially translatable to a variety of challenging clinical scenarios. Being able to reverse radiation-induced effects holds promise to substantially improve clinical outcomes in implant-based as well as autologous breast reconstruction. The study findings are indeed encouraging as they could offer patients novel treatment modalities for debility clinical conditions.

“Excessive scarring is a challenging problem that is associated with a variety of clinical conditions, such as burn injuries, tendon lacerations, etc. The potential to improve outcomes based on treatment modalities derived from our research is indeed exciting,” Dr. Momeni added.

“Skin and soft tissue scarring and fibrosis are well-established problems after radiation. The current study, showing that human fat grafting can normalize the collagen networks and improve tissue elasticity in immune deficient mice, provides molecular evidence for how fat grafting functions,” said Dr. Jan Nolta, Editor-in-Chief of STEM CELLS. “The studies indicate that, with the appropriate regulatory approvals, autologous fat grafting could potentially also help human patients recover from radiation-induced tissue fibrosis.”

Full article HERE.