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A Blue Toothpaste for Whiter Teeth?!

Luster Now! Instant Whitening Fluoride Toothpaste from Luster Premium White. The secret? Bluverite technology that instantly creates the effect of whiter teeth in just one brushing, making Luster Now one of the best beauty “cheat” products of the year. It’s also JUST been repackaged with a new look and feel!

Are Luster Premium White products enamel safe? All of our products are formulated by dental professionals to be enamel safe. They do not harm enamel.

Will Luster Premium White products work on dental restoration/braces? While all of our products are safe to use on and around dental work, they will only whiten natural teeth. For whitening with braces, we recommend speaking with your dental professional.

Will Luster Premium White products cause tooth sensitivity? All our products were formulated by dental professionals for zero tooth sensitivity. We do not use harsh abrasives, not do we use ingredients that dehydrated the tooth, which are two of the leading causes of tooth sensitivity.

Are Luster Premium White products tested on animals? Are they cruelty-free? We are committed to providing safe and effective teeth whitening products to our consumers. All of our products undergo regular testing to ensure that they meet FDA guidelines regarding health and safety.

Are Luster Premium White products gluten-free? Yes, our products are gluten-free.

Do Luster Premium White products contain soy? No, our products do not contain soy.

At what age can you use Luster Premium White products? We recommend our products for people over the age of 12. If you wish to use our products on children under 12, we recommend speaking with your dental professional.

Where can I buy Luster Premium White products? Our products can be purchased across many retailers. Visit www.LusterPremiumWhite.com to see a list of stores that carry a specific product under the product details. You can also buy on our website and on Luster Premium White's storefront at www.Amazon.com.

What testing is performed on Luster Premium White products? Luster Premium White is a brand invented by dental professionals to eliminate the common shortcomings of other whitening products (i.e. Tooth Sensitivity). We use nationally recognized testing labs and dental schools to test our products, such as, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and Ohio State University. As the foremost independent institutions for dental research and testing in the United States, they put our products through rigorous safety benchmarks. In addition, Luster Pro Light is the FIRST over the counter whitening product to be cleared by the FDA for a 510k medical device.

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Mill Creek Botanicals

Mill Creek Botanicals was created with the environment in mind! The best of nature for nourishing beauty products! From hair to skin, nourish your beauty routine with the best-selling product lines from Mill Creek Botanicals:


Biotene H-24 (Tri-Pack for $27.49 or Shamp/Cond $9.89): Great for thin hair or hair loss! Give your hair fullness, strength, body & shine with this classic shampoo + conditioner combo! Paraben, sulfate & gluten free ingredients. Comes complete with a Scalp Massage Emulsion serum.


Hair Care (16 oz bottles for $9.89): With six different formulas, customize your hair care routine with natural ingredients like Biotin, Aloe Vera, Keratin, Henna, Tea Tree Oil, Jojoba Oil & more. All formulas add natural shine and enhance volume.


Baby Care (8.5 oz for $11.49): All natural + vegan for infants and sensitive adults. Collection includes a sugar-infused Baby Wash, tear free 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo, weightless body lotion, and gentle calendula cream.

For additional information, please visit www.millcreekbotanicals.com





VA New England Healthcare System Announces New Medical Center Director

Ng Brings Leadership, Proven Experience to VA Boston Healthcare System



BOSTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Vincent Ng as the new director of VA Boston Healthcare System (HCS). Ng will oversee a comprehensive healthcare system classified as a Complexity Level 1a facility that provides care to approximately 67,000 unique Veterans from throughout New England, with an operating budget of $760+ million.

“We are pleased to appoint Mr. Ng as the new director of VA Boston HCS,” said Dr. Michael Mayo-Smith, Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1 director. “His sound leadership qualities and proven experience will be valuable assets for the facility, the employees and volunteers, and for New England’s Veterans we are honored to serve. We anticipate he will transition to this role at the medical center within the next 45 to 60 days.”

Ng’s almost 35 years of healthcare experience holding progressive leadership positions includes 17 years as VA Medical Center Director in Newington and West Haven, Conn. and Providence R.I., two years as VISN Director, Lincoln, Neb. and six years as Associate VAMC Director in Lebanon and Philadelphia, Pa. Ng has been serving as Director, Providence VAMC since September 2000 and is currently the Acting Director of VA Boston HCS.

Ng earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from University of Washington Seattle, Wash. in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration in Health Care Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas in 1979. Ng received the Federal Executive Board’s Bud Gifford leadership award and the Providence Mayor’s citation for his community partnership. He also received the R.I. Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 2010 Healthcare Employee of the Year award.

VA Boston Healthcare System is part of VA New England Healthcare System which includes eight medical centers, located in the six New England States: Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. It is an integral part of VISN 1 comprised of three main campuses located in West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Brockton, Mass., and five Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOCs) located in Lowell, Framingham, Quincy and Plymouth and on Causeway St. in Boston.














OCA Asks FDA to Prohibit Use of the Word
‘Natural’ in Products Containing GMOs

‘Natural’ Products Industry Pockets $60-Billion a Year by Duping Consumers;
Consumers Lash Back with Class Action Lawsuits


FINLAND, Minn. The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) has launched a petition asking the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the practice of labeling products that have been genetically engineered as “natural.” The action follows a spate of class-action lawsuits, including the recent landmark $9 million settlement against PepsiCo. According to plaintiffs, PepsiCo deceptively labeled its Naked Juice products as “natural” and “non-GMO.”

“The FDA has for far too long dodged its responsibility to define “natural” as it applies to food products,” said Ronnie Cummins, National Director of the OCA. “Recent class-action lawsuits make it clear that consumers are tired of being misled by food manufacturers. It’s time for the FDA to make it unlawful for food manufacturers to label their products “natural” when those products contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs).”

Routine mislabeling and marketing of "natural products" has enabled this shadow sector to grow into a $60-billion dollar a year industry by duping unsuspecting organic customers.

A recent poll by the Hartman group illustrates the confusion driving the profits of the natural products industry. Fully 61% of respondents erroneously believed that the use of the word “natural” implies or suggests the absence of GMOs, versus 63% who correctly believed that the label "organic" means that a product is GMO-free.

In late July of this year, plaintiffs won a landmark $9 million settlement against junk food giant PepsiCo for allegedly labeling its line of Naked Juice products inaccurately as “natural” and "non-GMO." PepsiCo was also forced to agree to remove the label “all natural” from its juices. PepsiCo continues to deny that Naked Juice contains GMOs, and has submitted the product to the Non-GMO Project for testing.

Now, “natural” brands are facing another class action lawsuit for concealing the fact that some of their favorite foods have been genetically engineered. In an effort to stall the lawsuits, defense lawyers have convinced at least one judge that the FDA, not the courts, should decide whether GMOs are “natural.”

“This is a clever strategy on the part of the lawyers representing food companies, given that the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner for Foods is none other than Monsanto’s former lawyer, Michael Taylor,” said Cummins. “Whose side do you think the FDA will take?”

OCA recently compiled a top 10 list of reasons why GMOs aren’t natural. Included among them are:
1.Genetic engineering is an imprecise technology that creates unpredictable changes in the DNA of the resulting product.
2.Genetic engineers do not “check their work” to look for potential collateral damage, even though the genetic engineering process can be expected to rearrange, delete or change the function of important genes.
3.The engineered DNA of GMOs produce new proteins that can be toxic or allergenic.
4.The new genes introduced to the body by genetically engineered foods don’t get broken down during digestion.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization advocating on behalf of more than one million consumers for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.









The Ultimate Superfood from Carrington Farms Powers Heart-Healthy New Year Resolutions

Ready-to-eat Flax Chia Blend Fuels Wholesome Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners to Aid in Weight Loss and Disease Prevention



New Jersey – For the estimated one-third of Americans who will make New Year’s resolutions to eat better and lose weight in the upcoming months, there is now a convenient product line to help them achieve their goals. Carrington Farms, the manufacturer of healthy foods for healthy souls, is offering the ultimate superfood – ready-to-eat Organic Milled Flax Chia Blend – to enable Americans to stay true to their resolutions and live their highest quality life in 2013.

The Flax Chia blend combines Organic Milled Flax Seeds with Chia Seeds resulting in a nutritious blend that is overflowing with a wealth of health benefits. Chia seeds, low in carbs and gluten free, are packed with Omega 3’s, vitamins, antioxidants, protein, fiber, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. Organic Milled Flax Seeds are also loaded with Omega 3’s, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals, but have the added benefit of hormone balancing phytoestrogens called lignans, all of which help promote a healthy lifestyle. Together, the perfect balance of the combined blend provides an excellent source of energy and nutrients for lasting heart health and boosted metabolism resulting in the ultimate “Superfood”.

Additionally, the combination of organic milled flax and chia together offers a product that is almost unrivaled in its fiber and healthy fat content and is a great component for helping New Year resolutioners lose and maintain their weight. Many dieters have found that organic milled flax and chia seeds have been a key to keeping them feeling satisfied. Nutritionist, Deborah Orlick Levy, MS, RD, encourages her patients to incorporate flax into their daily nutrition plans and explains, “Flax is one of the best sources of Omega 3 healthy fat that can help speed the process of losing weight while also helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. It is also beneficial in alleviating symptoms of hypertension, joint pain, and an array of other ailments. I often tell people that you can spend your money on healthy eating now or you can spend your money at the doctor’s office later in life.”

Healthy eating will begin in the kitchen and the Flax Chia blend offers the convenience of nutrition that can easily and tastily be incorporated into the daily meal prep routine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With a delicious and subtle nutty flavor, it can be sprinkled over cereals, oatmeal or yogurt for breakfast or used as a tasty topping for salads or casseroles for lunch and dinner. It can even be used in place of eggs in recipes such as meatloaf and hamburgers, or as a coating on kid-friendly chicken nuggets.

These great products from Carrington Farms are available in major grocery and health food retailers including select Whole Foods Markets, Costco, Giant/Stop and Shop, Publix, Kroger, Meijer’s and many more. Suggested Retail: $7.99 for 12 oz. pouch Flax Chia Blend. $6.99 for 12 pack Ready-To-Eat Organic Milled Flax Paks.


About Carrington Farms
For over a decade, Carrington Farms has been providing health-conscious consumers with healthy yet delicious products. The company is committed to offering the freshest and best-tasting organic flax seed that nature has grown. To that end, each batch of flax seed that goes into the Carrington product line is stringently tested and guaranteed to be both 100 % organic and non-genetically modified. This rigorous quality assurance process ensures an end product that is the highest-quality, cleanest seed available. Carrington’s focus on a healthy lifestyle is summed up by its slogan: “Healthy Foods for a Healthy Soul.” For additional information on the company, please visit http://www.carringtonfarms.com/.







Healthy Initiative:

Transforming The Nation’s Health One City At A Time


Chicago, IL - Shea Vaughn is a sought after corporate trainer in health, wellness and fitness. She is an author, speaker, life coach and a recognized spokeswoman for creating individual and business well-being. In addition, she is the well-known creator of SheaNetics®, a revolutionary wellness and exercise lifestyle practice, and the founder of Healthy Initiative – a non-profit organization that through donations and volunteer contributions champions disease prevention in the U.S. through awareness, education and sustainable solutions.

The visionary behind Healthy Initiative, Shea has devoted her life to helping people break old, negative habits and replace them with healthier choices for a more joyful way of life. While we do hear that lifestyle-related diseases are costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year, we don’t always hear about the staggering personal cost. Adults are dying prematurely and for the first time in history parents will be burying their children – the tragedy of this trend is that it is largely preventable.

Beginning in Chicago, The Healthy Initiative Foundation, a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, is a nationwide effort that advocates disease prevention. Their mission is to defeat obesity, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers and other lifestyle diseases in children and adults, and they do this by promoting ideas and distributing knowledge and information on wellness, diet, nutrition, fitness and mental and emotional strength. They welcome like-minded organizations for partnering opportunities and Shea believes that with the support of concerned individuals, civic leaders, businesses and medical and wellness professionals, this fight can be won!

To raise awareness, the Foundation is following the success of Vaughn's own SheaNetics® inspired "Breakthrough" program—which made its mark on the airwaves of ABC’s Windy City LIVE—likewise the first 40 participants in the Healthy Initiative’s signature 90-Day Breakthrough Program will experience her "Breakthrough,” gaining the necessary tools to embrace a healthier lifestyle and hopefully go on to become tomorrow’s community ambassadors for this beneficial cause. This is the only program of its kind to be conducted in conjunction with the Adler School of Psychology of Chicago, GH Training and DexaFit to produce a complete range of supplemental qualitative and quantitative data useful to understand and sustain personal levels of achievement.

With a passion that goes beyond the limits of possibilities, and fueled by an endless positive attitude, Shea and her team of experts inspire others and deliver results by helping to provide an exceptionally healthy Mind, Body and Heart experience to the wellness community they serve.

SheaNetics® is a doctor-endorsed East meets West lifestyle practice, supported by Shea’s 5 Living Principles of Well-Being; Commitment, Perseverance, Self-Control, Integrity and Love, as outlined in her book, Breakthrough – The Five Living Principles to Defeat Stress, Look Great and Find Total Well Being (HCI). While SheaNetics® provides the dynamic, multi-age appropriate combination of body resistance exercises that build exceptional body and core strength and muscle and joint flexibility, it is the Living Principles in Breakthrough that best describe the mental and emotional sides of SheaNetics® and the inspiration and answers to living life on your terms and living it well.

An international speaker, Shea has been featured on numerous TV programs, including Ellen and The Marilyn Dennis Show. As a health and fitness expert, she appears regularly on Windy City LIVE and The Best Ever You Network. For more information on Shea or Healthy Initiative, please visit: www.healthyinitiative.org /www.sheanetics.com.






Cinnamon shown to reduce blood sugar levels after eating

Adding cinnamon to hot farina cereal was shown to significantly reduce blood glucose levels in healthy normal-weight and obese adults in a recent study published in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers at Ball State University found that the addition of 6 grams of cinnamon (about 2.5 teaspoons) to the cereal reduced blood glucose concentration by 24 percent during a two-hour period after eating.

In this randomized, crossover study, 30 men and women, ages 18-30 years, were given one of two test meals: plain hot cereal or hot cereal with cinnamon. Participants were tested two times, receiving each breakfast once. Blood samples were taken seven times over a two-hour period after the start of the meal. The addition of cinnamon to the cereal helped to flatten the glycemic response and reduce fluctuations in blood glucose in both the normal weight and obese study participants during the time following the meal.

Critical questions for future research, the authors wrote, are whether the reduction of blood glucose is maintained with long-term cinnamon supplementation and, if so, whether the reduction can delay or prevent the development of type 2 diabetes. They conclude that cinnamon “may offer nutrition and dietetics practitioners and their clients a unique botanical-based preventive approach to modify blood glucose.”

Please refer to the study for more details.

Source: Magistreilli A, Chezem JC. Effect of ground cinnamon on postprandial blood glucose concentration in normal-weight and obese adults. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2012:112;1806-1809.

The sweet, warm flavor of cinnamon is a tasty addition to oatmeal and other hot cereals. You can find additional simple and delicious ways to add cinnamon and other spices to meals and snacks throughout the day at www.spicesforhealth.com.






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