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McDonald’s accepts petition

Food activist and New York Times bestselling author Kathy Freston, who has led a national campaign for McDonald’s to add a plant-based burger to its menu, threw a massive party outside of McDonald’s headquarters in Chicago this afternoon, bringing 220,000 signatures from her Change.org petition calling for a vegan burger directly to McDonald’s. The petition delivery was accompanied by a carnival-like atmosphere, including Impossible Whopper taste tests, a Vegan Hamburglar, a balloon installation and more.

“We celebrated outside McDonald’s today to send the exact message that McDonald’s CEO said he wanted to hear: that customers were interested in a plant-based burger,” said Freston, who has been pushing McDonald’s for a plant-based burger for years. “Fast-food companies are adding plant-based options seemingly every week. How much more demand does McDonald’s need to hear before they listen to customers?”

Representatives from McDonald’s accepted petition starter Kathy Freston’s petition delivery today, but their Vice President of Global Communications, Michael Gonda, made this statement in response to the event: “As a customer obsessed, modern and progressive burger company, we’re committed to offering a variety of menu choices. That often starts by listening to customers to understand changing trends and evolving tastes—so any and all feedback is appreciated.”

“If feedback is what McDonald’s wants, feedback is what McDonald’s is going to continue to get,” said Tegan Gregory, Senior Campaigner at Change.org, the online petition platform where more than 220,000 people have signed a petition for McDonald’s to add a plant-based burger. “This petition is one of the largest food petitions in Change.org history, and even though McDonald’s refused to meet with activists today, they’re not going to be able to ignore the continuing demand for meat alternatives. Burger King, White Castle, Del Taco, Tim Horton’s and more are listening to customer demand, which is leaving everyone asking why McDonald’s is behind the curve.”

A recent study by GlobalData found that 70 percent of global consumers are lowering their meat intake or avoiding it altogether. Barclays predicts the market for meat substitutes could soar to US $140 billion over the next decade.

Optimizing your Cannabis Consumption

The Downsides Of Over-Consuming Cannabis, From A Daily Cannabis Consumer

By: Max Simon

Every day, I take cannabis to manage my ADD. I also run the world’s largest cannabis education company – so I’m obviously in the pro-pot camp.Yet even as a cannabis believer, I’ve also had periods where I’ve been an over-consumer. In those moments, I’ve been foggy, off my game and less sharp than desired. While the downsides of this haven’t been nearly as bad as the sensationalized media that surrounds it, I do think it’s time that we start discussing what happens when people over-consume cannabis, and how to avoid that from becoming a commonplace practice. Below are five aspects of over-consuming cannabis that most people aren’t talking about. These points will help you understand overconsumption of cannabis and how to prevent it.

#1) Respect the Potency of Cannabis
The first and most important golden rule with cannabis is: “Respect the potency of this plant.”
For example, when I was building the Chopra Center products division, we were working with an enormous suite of natural substances and herbal supplements like ashwagandha and amla berry. With some of this stuff, you could take 1000 mg, and you wouldn’t notice any adverse effects. Contrast that with cannabis. Even 10 mg can be an extremely potent experience on the mind and body, especially for somebody who’s new to the plant. Take 50 mg, and you’ll be entering an entirely different universe in the cosmos. I fully support a person’s freedom to do what they want with their body, but I also think that we have a responsibility to be conscious and mindful cannabis consumers.

#2) Too Much THC

When we talk about overconsumption of cannabis, we’re usually talking about THC and its mind-altering properties. These psychoactive experiences can be fantastic at the right place and time. But when someone is too high, all day, every day, it’s likely that you will begin to experience some of the negatives of overconsumption. For example, THC affects your working memory and parts of the brain that are useful for everyday functioning. So, if you’re consuming too much THC, you might find yourself being more forgetful, or making silly mistakes. Heavy consumers may develop a tolerance to these effects, but that doesn’t make them go away.You need to get really honest with yourself about your habits and pay attention to how your consumption impacts your daily performance. Once again, these side effects can be mitigated by consuming a little bit less.

#3) When Cannabis Becomes a Crutch

Cannabis can be great for whenever you’re feeling stressed, anxious, uncomfortable or bored. However, when you’re constantly using it as your go-to solution in these moments, it can also become a crutch. This isn’t to say that cannabis doesn’t have mental health applications as a tool to better manage depression or anxiety or simply to relax. However, are you using cannabis to lean into life or to numb out? If you lean on the herb a little too hard and a little too frequently, it can trap you in a loop of complacency, where you’re comfortable zoning out from problems or challenges in life instead of addressing them. Too much cannabis, too often, can rob you of your motivation or your courage to face difficult situations or better your circumstances. Using less can still help with anxiety or depression without that side effect of trapping you in your comfort

zone. So ask yourself: “What is that big thing you want to do in life, and how can cannabis better serve you as a tool rather than a crutch?” I believe a happy and successful life is about growth and development, which requires facing an element of discomfort.

#4) The Biphasic Effects of Cannabis

It turns out that there is already some solid science behind why it’s better to avoid over-consuming cannabis. The biphasic effects of cannabis come into play when we’re training professionals on how cannabis consumers can best optimize their dosage levels.For example, I use cannabis for my ADD. Up to a certain point, it helps. However, if I take too much at the wrong time, it will actually make my ADD worse.The same thing is true no matter what you’re using cannabis for – diminishing benefits after a certain dosage threshold has been exceeded.Once you pass that threshold, you will get fewer benefits with cannabis and more side effects (such as fatigue, anxiety, mind-racing, and paranoia).This can also be the case over the long term when the cannabinoid receptors in your body are flooded and down regulate because they simply don’t need anymore. Instead of being cannabinoid-deficient, you have swung too far the other way and your body is now cannabinoid-saturated.The name of the game is balance. This is why a lot of heavy consumers – once they develop enough courage and discipline to take a break – usually feel surprisingly fresh and more energetic. Those who cut back also find that lower tolerance levels allow them to get by with much less.

#5) Do a Cannabis “Check-In” with Yourself

If you want to experience the maximum benefits from cannabis, it’s important to make sure that it is adding value to your life as a tool and a wellness substance. Regular cannabis consumers need to look in the mirror every so often and be honest. Are things on the up and up? Or do you need a break or cut back a little? Right now, the world is paying very close attention to cannabis and its benefits and downsides. The world should see the value of this plant and the benefits this plant can provide.

Advances That Can Prevent Stroke

Latest advances in stroke prevention replace older, less reliable methods. However, nearly half the country is still 10 years behind the times, says cardiologist Joshua S. Yamamoto, medical director at Foxhall Medicine in Washington, DC.

According to Dr. Yamamoto, the four major advancements everyone should know about are—

  1. The implantable cardiac monitor (made by Abbott/St Jude), which is a paper-clip-sized micro-chip that continuously monitors your heart and remotely alerts your doctor about significant irregularities.  “This is truly superior to the clunky wearable gear from the past,” says Dr. Yamamoto. As of 2019, it’s Medicare-approved for in-office insertion.  No preparation necessary.
  2. “DOACs,” Direct Oral Anti Coagulants.  This new class of “stroke prevention medications” is a million miles ahead of the old meds, like Warfarin/Coumadin.  This is not your Father’s Oldsmobile! The new meds are revolutionary. Here are the main benefits
    • Superior at preventing strokes
    • Lower bleeding complications
    • Have a stable dose that doesn’t require lab tests or constant adjustments (Nearly half the people taking Coumadin are not on the right dose, especially as the dose can change from week to week depending on your diet)
    • Starts immediately and stops or can be turned off quickly (Warfarin takes days to start and days to “reverse”)
    • Excellent absorption and efficacy with once-daily dosing
    • The only medications that prevent strokes for both atrial fibrillation AND arterial disease
  3. High resolution ultrasound (like for carotid studies) are much better than old-school imaging and can show disease progression. “In other words,” says Yamamoto, “this tech will let you know not just when to start treatment, but whether the treatment you are on is working well enough (for you) – all non-invasively and without radiation.”
  4. Functional testing, i.e., an exercise echocardiogram is an improvement on standard stress testing. “It is never just a pass/fail prospect. It tells you how effective your current therapy is and enables you to make adjustments.”  You don’t have to be an elite athlete to have a functional test, and again, there’s no invasive procedures, dye, injections or radiation.

Raghuram Nagarathna, MD, FRCP, DSc receives the ADA’s Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award

Raghuram Nagarathna, MD, FRCP, DSc, has been selected to receive the American Diabetes Association’s® (ADA’s) 2019 Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award. This award, given in memory of Mr. P. Nagendran, promotes and recognizes diabetes research focused on the South Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations, and/or research by a scientist from these areas. The Award honors the contributions of Dr. Vivian Fonseca, a former ADA President, Medicine & Science and the Tullis-Tulane Alumni Chair in Diabetes, Professor of Medicine Chief in the Section of Endocrinology at Tulane University School of Medicine. During his many years of service to the organization and the diabetes community, Dr. Fonseca served as a mentor and role model to many researchers and clinicians in the continuing quest for advances in diabetes care. Dr. Raghuram will be recognized with this honor during the ADA’s 79th Scientific Sessions, June 7–11, 2019, at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco. She will deliver the Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award Presentation, “Diabetes Prevention through Yoga-Based Lifestyle: A Pan-India Randomized Controlled Trial,” on Saturday, June 8. 

“Thank you, Dr. Nagarathna, for your tireless efforts to improve treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes in underserved populations and poor countries,” said the ADA’s 2019 President of Medicine and Science Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, FACP. “Your innovative work has had an impressive impact on the lives of many people. Congratulations on this honor.” 

Dr. Nagarathna is the Medical Director of Arogyadhama Naturopathy and Yoga Clinic, a 250-bed teaching hospital of integrative medicine that combines an evidence-based Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy (IAYT, including disease specific  asanas, breathing techniques, meditation, yogic diet, and yogic counseling) with modern medicine, Ayurveda, naturopathy, acupuncture, and physiotherapy offered to  patients with different noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), under the supervision of a team of experts in each of these specialties.

She also serves as a distinguished professor in the medical college, guides PhD students, and works as the principal investigator for many funded yoga-related clinical projects of the Vivekananda (S-VYASA) University in South Bengaluru, India. She is a member of yoga-related policy making national committees of the World Health Organization, Niti Aayog, university grants commission, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), and the Indian Yoga Association.    

Dr. Nagarathna has authored more than 60 publications in peer reviewed high impact journals, written 12 books, published DVDs, and given TV serials on yoga for different NCDs including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, spinal problems, and women’s health issues.

The Vivian Fonseca and Nagendran Family Diabetes Research Award is given in memory of Mr. P. Nagendran and funded by a grant from Suku Nagendran, MD, and Anne Nagendran.

The American Diabetes Association’s 79th Scientific Sessions, the world’s largest scientific meeting focused on diabetes research, prevention and care, will be held June 7-11, 2019, at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California. Nearly 15,000 leading physicians, scientists, health care professionals and industry representatives from around the world are expected to convene at the Scientific Sessions to unveil cutting-edge research, treatment recommendations and advances toward a cure for diabetes. During the five-day meeting, attendees will receive exclusive access to more than 850 presentations and 2,000 original research presentations, participate in provocative and engaging exchanges with leading diabetes experts, and can earn Continuing Medical Education (CME) or Continuing Education (CE) credits for educational sessions. The program is grouped into eight thematic areas: Acute and Chronic Complications; Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Nutrition, Education and Exercise; Clinical Diabetes/Therapeutics; Epidemiology/Genetics; Immunology/Transplantation; Insulin Action/Molecular Metabolism; Integrated Physiology/Obesity; and Islet Biology/Insulin Secretion. Gretchen Youssef, MS, RDN, CDE, President of Health Care and Education, will deliver her address, “It’s All about Access!,” on Saturday, June 8, and Louis H. Philipson, MD, PhD, FACP, President of Medicine and Science, will deliver his lecture, “Precision Medicine—Addressing the Many Faces of Diabetes,” on Sunday, June 9. Join the Scientific Sessions conversation on social media using #ADA2019.

About the American Diabetes Association

Every day more than 4,000 people are newly diagnosed with diabetes in America. Nearly 115 million Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and are striving to manage their lives while living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization fighting to bend the curve on the diabetes epidemic and help people living with diabetes thrive. For nearly 80 years the ADA has been driving discovery and research to treat, manage and prevent diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. We help people with diabetes thrive by fighting for their rights and developing programs, advocacy and education designed to improve their quality of life. Diabetes has brought us together. What we do next will make us Connected for Life. To learn more or to get involved, visit us at diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383). Information is available in English and Spanish. Join the fight with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (@AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (@AmDiabetesAssn).

Surprising side-benefits of Glucosamine for Cardiovascular Health

A new study published on May 14 in the British Medical Journal has found a surprising side-benefit of regularly taking the supplement glucosamine for osteoarthritis symptoms: Long-term usage also strengthens cardiovascular health and reduces the risk of heart attack death by 22 percent.

The prospective study of approximately 466,000 subjects showed that people who took glucosamine for an average of seven years had an 18 percent lower risk of heart disease; a 15 percent lower risk of heart attack or stroke; a 22 percent lower risk of heart attack death; and a 9 percent lower risk of stroke.

“Either side of this equation is a win-win for patients,” says board certified internist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, a leading expert in treating chronic pain and fatigue. “Glucosamine is clearly one of the most effective non-pharmaceutical treatments to decrease heart attack and stroke risk safely and naturally, and the only side-effect is that it reduces or totally eliminates arthritis pain.”

“With major studies showing that arthritis medications cause 30,000 – 50,000 US deaths annually, it’s time to rethink how we treat pain,” explains Dr. Teitelbaum. “Offering benefits for one condition while creating side-effects that can kill you is not good medicine!”

“Although arthritis medications (NSAIDs) can be worthwhile when natural remedies are inadequate, simply using the natural remedies first for a six-week trial could save upwards of 70,000 US lives every year.” According to Dr. Teitelbaum, major studies have shown that glucosamine combined with chondroitin was essentially equivalent in effectiveness to Celebrex.

Other studies have shown that a combination of the botanicals curcumin and boswellia was even more effective than Celebrex for arthritis; and this herbal mix is also associated with significant cancer protection and other important health benefits.

“Botanicals have been used as medicine for centuries,” says Dr. Teitelbaum, “and now research suggests that they’re also the medicine of the future. Especially today, the public and physicians are desperate for safe alternatives to opioids for effective pain relief.”  

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is the best-selling author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! (Avery), Pain-Free 1-2-3, The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution, Real Cause Real Cure, Diabetes Is Optional, and the Beat Sugar Addition NOW! series.  He is the lead author of four groundbreaking research studies on effective treatment for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia using an integrative treatment approach called SHINE. His research on ribose, a unique 5-carbon sugar, showed an average 61 percent increase in energy at 3 weeks

Why Meditative Moments Are Perfect for Those Who Suck at Meditating?

Do you want to meditate but never seem to be able to find the time? Don’t give up. Meditation’s many benefits are worth pursuing, even if you have to use your time popcorn, those small random free moments such as waiting in line, that pop up randomly throughout the day and make us instinctively reach for a distraction.

There are so many reasons to meditate. The workplace has become a breeding ground for an epidemic of SADness—stress, anxiety and depression—three afflictions that meditation can ease. Smartphones have shrunk our attention spans to sub-goldfish levels and meditation can help us focus at least as well as an amphibian. And meditation can make pain feel less painful, help us sleep better, control impulsive reactions, and improve our relationships. But most of all meditation helps us live our lives as they’re happening, not as a background music to thoughts of the past and imaginings of the future.

Here are five easy yet powerful meditative moments that anyone, no matter how busy, can fit into their day.

Stoplight = Breathe + Delight. Do you ever feel the urge to reach for your phone at a stoplight to scan your email? Where I live, one of the toughest jurisdictions for distracted driving in the world, even touching your phone to turn off an alarm while your car is on the road can result in a fine of up to $1,000 for a first-time offence. Plus a 3-day driving suspension and demerit points. Rather than reach for your phone, take a deep breath and scan your environment for something pleasing to look at, or double-up on the meditative impact by combining it with the next meditative moment…

The Happiness Wish. This simple practice has resulted in countless cases of “my best day at work in years.” Whenever you encounter someone, say to yourself “I want this person to be happy.” Not only will you short-circuit a knee jerk reaction to view others with a critical mind, but with each person you encounter, you’ll be cultivating an aura of kindness that, if they’re attentive, they’ll be able to sense. If you can wish happiness for everyone you see in a day, you will get the same mood-elevating benefits as a formal meditation session in compassion where you imagine a wider and wider circle of humanity and wish them all well. Compassion meditation always begins with yourself, so while you’re wishing happiness for others, be sure to take a moment to wish for your own happiness.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. Do you remember tasting anything today, or did you scarf down your food and drink while you were busy doing something else? Food is a pleasure that deserves to be savored. You’re eating anyway, so why not take a moment to smell, taste and feel the sensations that your food gives you. Savoring your food counts as meditation.

What’s happening in your left hand? “He lived at a little distance from his body” began James Joyce’s “A Painful Case,” the tragic story of Mr. Duffy, a man who never paid attention to the world around and within him. Many of us are Mr. Duffys who would prefer to be all orderly minds without nuisance bodies that repeatedly impose their needs on us and interrupt our productivity. But when we cut ourselves off from our bodies, we cut ourselves off from what Joyce called “life’s feast,” so reconnect with your body now and sporadically throughout the day. What’s happening with your left hand? It’s not an insignificant question. To begin to inhabit the body takes you out of inhabiting only the mind. If you can feel your left hand, you can also start inhabiting other parts of the body. Feel the aliveness in your left hand, and if you have time, travel up your arm and around your shoulders down to your right hand. You may discover that your body is a welcoming place of mental rest.

Just breathe. The simplest and most portable tip, just breathe is a meditation that you can do anywhere, anytime. Take a deep breath into your belly, and let your attention follow your breath as feel your belly rise, and fall as breathe out. It only takes a few breaths to signal your body to relax, recharge and energize.

Try one of these meditative moments, notice how it makes you feel, and soon you’ll be seeking out opportunities for more meditative moments that sown together over the course of a day will have a positive effect on your wellbeing. And if you ever decide that you have five minutes or more to sit quietly and just breathe, your meditative moment will have become the bridge to building a meditative habit.

Lynne Everatt is a recovering MBA, LinkedIn Top Voice in management and culture, and nominee for the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for her first book, E-mails from the Edge, a novel with the theme of workplace mental health. She is a former careers columnist for Canada’s largest newspaper, The Globe and Mail. An ardent advocate for mental health through physical fitness, Lynne is a certified personal trainer who has completed two sweaty half-marathons and a marathon six minutes and twenty-three seconds of stand-up at the Absolute Comedy Club. She served for three years as President of the Board of Directors of the women’s shelter Interim Place where she met and became friends with co-author Addie Greco-Sanchez of The 5-Minute Recharge. Connect with Lynne on LinkedIn and Twitter. Together, Lynne and Addie want to make the world a mentally healthier place through their friendship.

To learn more please visit, www.5minrecharge.com.

The Handbook for Eliminating Stress for Sustainable Change in Work and Life

Stress and anxiety are part of leadership and life, but what if someone told you these feelings are simply self imposed states of mind and that humans belong to an ego-thought system that is a very common way of seeing, thinking and behaving in the world? That we can be hurt by nothing but our thoughts? Or that in order to be a truly transformational leader and enjoy a more peaceful and prosperous life in both business and family, one most surrender the ego to a higher power?

All too often, organizations implementing operational excellence do so without addressing the human and cultural implications of such a change strategy. They conduct studies, move equipment, reduce work in process, allocate employees and change measurement systems, all focusing on minimizing waste and improving the flow of value through the value stream, but they overlook the human impact of these changes, the mindset and belief system that must accompany it.

In Miracle-Minded Manager: A Modern Day Parable about How to Apply A Course in Miracles in Business [Beyond Words, October 22, 2019], “zentrepreneur” and mindful leadership expert John J. Murphy teaches readers how to get out of their own way by shifting their thinking to see life—and themselves—very differently. By integrating teachings of A Course in Miracles (ACIM), a unique, spiritual self-study program designed to awaken us to the truth of our oneness with God and love, along with other great spiritual lessons, Miracle Minded Manager helps people improve their lives. Readers are provided with the tools to eliminate stress, not just manage it, through a non-sectarian, non-denominational spiritual tone in which everyone can participate.

“The next time you have a big problem, look in the mirror,” says Murphy. “People all over the world are stressed, especially as innovation, change and uncertainty accelerate. More importantly, people are stressed and they are not aware it is a condition of their own making. The ego mindset is projecting a negative outcome or possibility onto the future and when we dwell on what could go wrong, we feel anxious and afraid. These negative assumptions, projected by the mind, are triggering fear and stress. It is like being nervous before giving a speech or taking an exam. We are nervous because we ‘think’ something might go wrong. Mindful leadership is essential to helping people see things differently – by teaching them to see in a different way, a miracle-minded way.

Miracle-Minded Manager is the sequel to Murphy’s Agent of Change: Leading a Cultural Revolutionbut it is not necessary to read Agent of Change before reading this book. An intriguing parable about bringing more inspiration, harmony, balance, and peace of mind to corporate culture, Miracle Minded Manager offers insightful lessons on how to overcome fear and eliminate stress in all areas of their lives. Through an entertaining and compelling fictional narrative, readers will learn how to apply the spiritual ideas of ACIM and the law of attraction to everyday challenges, discover practical meditation techniques, and experience a transformational shift in thinking to discover a whole new level of understanding, awareness and appreciation in life.

The story features enlightening conversations between two characters, Jack MacDonald, the president of a business unit of TYPCO (Typical Company), and Jordan McKay, an intriguing business consultant. With the help of Jordan, Jack learns how to overcome a great deal of resistance to completely reinvent the organizational culture he leads. In addition to this, he learns valuable insights that apply to his personal life. It is here that Jack first learns of the ACIM course and begins to apply it himself, along with the help of his wife.

Miracle Minded Manager can help business and government leaders, people living in stress and those seeking enlightenment, no matter what they are doing, overcome:

  • Fear, anxiety, worry and stress – at work and at home.
  • Challenging relationships – at work and at home.
  • Business culture issues; Divisiveness

“We all get in our own way from time to time by doubting ourselves and thinking inside a box- a paradigm- that doesn’t exist,” adds Murphy. “It could be a ‘rule’ that we follow, like we have to work 40 hours per week, eat three meals a day or wear certain clothing styles. We spend countless hours trying to find ways to improve performance and results inside these ‘boxes.’ Entire industries are being disrupted by innovations challenging old paradigms. The same is true in our personal lives. If we can find innovative ways to work four hours a day, or three days a week, why not? In healthcare, if we can find ways to prevent illness and disease, rather than treat it, what might that look like? This is what miracle-minded management is all about. It is about challenging old paradigms with a truly open and fearless mind.”

About the Author:

John J. Murphy is a global business consultant, speaker, spiritual mystic, “zentrepreneur,” and award winning author. He is Founder (1988) and CEO of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in creating lean, high performance work environments.  As a business consultant, Murphy has delivered services to some of the world’s leading organizations, including ADP, AlliedSignal (Honeywell), BMW, Chase, the CIA, GE, GM, GSK, Hilton, Lockheed Martin, Merck, the Michigan State Senate, Perrigo, Prudential, Raytheon, Spectrum Health, Target Stores, Teva, and the US Navy. As an educator and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Murphy has trained thousands of people from over 50 countries, including Fortune 500 executives, project leaders, military leaders, managers, and black belts. He has mentored dozens of project teams in Organizational Development, Operational Excellence, Business Process Innovation and Lean Six Sigma applications. As a speaker, Murphy has delivered keynotes and seminars worldwide. A critically-acclaimed authority on peak performance, transformational leadership and healthy mind-body-spirit, Murphy is a best-selling author who has published 19 books and appeared on over 400 radio and television stations and his work has been featured in over 50 newspapers nationwide.

Murphy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BBA Finance) and the University of Michigan’s Human Resource Executive Program. He is also a former quarterback for Notre Dame.

Connect with John J. Murphy on Facebook @Author.John.J.Murphy, Twitter @sageleader, LinkedIn @johnjmurphymystic, YouTube @AuthorJohnJMurphy, Instagram @jjmurphy13 and visit www.johnjmurphy.org.

Miracle-Minded Manager: A Modern Day Parable about How to Apply A Course in Miracles in Business releases on October 22, 2019 in paperback and e-Book.

Beyond The Equator Releases 5 Seed Butter

Whether you have allergy concerns or just want a tasty, healthy alternative to peanut, almond, cashew or other nut butters, now you have a delicious choice! Its name: Beyond The Equator’s 5 Seed Butter Spread. It’s a whole mouthful of delicious!

This flavorful blend of chia, flax, pumpkin, sunflower and hemp seeds packs a nutritional punch. Whether you pick creamy, crunchy or unsweetened, you get 8 grams of protein and only 5 grams of carbs per 2 TBS serving along with healthy omega 3’s, antioxidants and fiber.

The 5 Seed Butter Spread is also allergen-friendly, so you won’t have to worry when you give snacks to the neighborhood kids. It’s also free from GMOs and gluten and it’s vegan and keto too!

You’ll love this delicious spread as a dip with fruit and veggies, in smoothies and sandwiches. Need some other fun ideas, check out Beyond the Equator’s delish recipes like  Seed Butter Oat Power Bars or Thai Inspired Seed Butter Dressing.

More to Love About Beyond the Equator’s 5 Seed Butter:

Made in a facility free from the 8 top allergens

Contains no peanuts, tree nuts or soy

Simple ingredients including seeds, brown cane sugar, salt and natural flavors

Safe options for the workplace, school or anywhere allergens are a concern

Environmentally friendly too. It takes about 85% less water to make a jar of 5 Seed Butter than a jar of almond butter!

Simply Delicious!

About Beyond the Equator: Carl began farming sugarcane in Louisiana four decades ago. As his passion for farming grew, he began traveling south of the equator to farm on some of the world’s purest soils. He found what he was searching for in Bolivia where he was introduced to a staple of the Andean culture – superfoods. Carl realized these nutrient-packed crops were underused and unappreciated in the states, so in 2017 he co-founded Beyond the Equator to offer these healthiest products to folks at home.

Beyond the Equator is available on Amazon or at https://beyondtheequator.com.

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5 Tips to Conquer Your First Day at the Gym

All of us want that perfectly-shaped body, but attaining it is a very difficult task. Most people hit the gym only to get demotivated by the sheer amount of work they have to put in. Many quit after the first day!

So, here are some tips to help people conquer their first day at the gym.

Start with Light Workouts

Most people make the mistake of starting with a heavy workout regime right away, without caring for the implications that it may have on their bodies. Beginners often start with heavy exercises which can cause intense muscle pain and even injuries.

The body needs time to get used to the change in its usual routine. Starting with light warm ups will loosen the stiff muscles and help the body become adjusted to the sudden changes. Stretching and light cardio exercises will ease the transition into a healthy lifestyle.

Get Comfortable Workout Clothes

Beginners often make the mistake of choosing tight-fitting gym clothes, which can aggravate muscle pain and also cause injuries. To start a workout routine, it is important to choose the right gym clothes so that the person can exercise properly.

For men, it would be best to wear gym clothes that can control muscle rhythms during workouts. Compression shorts are easy to wear and also reduce the risk of injuries.

List Your the Goals

Keeping a list of the objectives that one wants to achieve with regard to their body can make a person determined and motivated to continue with the gym. It will also help people to stick to a routine, and make the necessary changes to their lifestyle easier.

Ask for Help

A person should ask family and friends for help in maintaining exercise routines. The push from loved ones can help the person to keep going to the gym. After all, they know what is best for us.

Find the Right Workout Regime

Sometimes, the wrong workout regime can dissuade people from going to the gym. It is very important to consult health experts and trainers when it comes to personal workout regimes so that you can map out a proper plan.

Final Thoughts

Getting into shape is a tough job. The sheer amount of hard work and willpower required may seem like an uphill task. It can make many people quit the gym after just one day.

However, once a person overcomes this uncertainty by following these simple tips, they can achieve their desired results in no time. Taking care of one’s body should be an important priority and should not be neglected.

Israel’s Medical Miracles

Information was made available today for donors interested in contributing funds to “Israel’s Medical Miracles,” an exciting new educational series. Produced by award-winning content creators Windsor Broadcast Productions, “Israel’s Medical Miracles” will air on PBS to more than 100 million viewers, informing and educating them of this small country’s impressive advancements in medicine and is opening up opportunities for viewers to support this ground-breaking documentary.

Initial necessary funds were provided by board members of the Jewish Federation and proud supporter of Water Project in Israel, David Delrahim, who currently serves as the President and CEO of Platinum Energy a customer-focused fuel distributor, gas station and convenience store operator with 150 locations throughout the West Coast.

Mr. Delrahim notes, “Israel does more research and development than any other country in the world providing lifesaving technologies that touch all our lives, and it is a pleasure to be a small part of helping share these stories with the world.”

Hosted and narrated by, three-time Emmy award winner, Hal Linden this documentary will explore the historical and modern-day commitment this small nation has long wanted to share with the world. Focusing on the untold stories of 8 medical research companies who have agreed to share the untold stories of their discoveries in the fields of cancer, diabetes, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic devices and the latest in stem cell research.

This initial funding has been allocated to Windsor Broadcast Production’s content research, scripting, and satellite assignments for the 2019 filming calendar. Roland Perez, President of Windsor Broadcast Productions and Executive Producer of the documentary, plans to shoot the entire 60-minute production on-location in Israel with eight companies who are in the development stages of innovative devices and/or procedures.

Those interested in contributing to this production are directed to 501c3 The National Healthcare Media Organization.