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Empowering Women Everywhere

Highlighting these Soaring Entrepreneurs on Women’s Equality Day

On August 26th,1920, the United States passed the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Creating a much needed day to celebrate how far women fought to let their voice be heard.
We’ve come a long way, the rise of women, the laws we’ve overcome for women to make a stand, to the freedom we’ve secured in a society to become owners and trailblazers for today’s controversial passed laws — one being Cannabis. 

With heads standing tall, Autumn Shelton (Owner/ CFO) and Hanna Brand (Owner/ Sales Director) of Santa Barbara-based Autumn Brands are changing the culture and conversation around the female use of cannabis. The first to receive a California Provisional Annual Cultivation license in Santa Barbara County, Autumn Brands is a family-run, 50% woman-owned company known for its holistic focus and artisanal approach to producing powerfully potent strains of pesticide-free cannabis. From day one to the present, the company has sought to shift the female perspective, stigmas, and misunderstandings associated with the use of cannabis as part of a whole and healthy lifestyle. The extraordinary women behind Autumn Brands bring an uncompromising work ethic to the task of producing hand-selected, sun-grown buds which are hang-dried, hand-trimmed and cured to preserve maximum potency and full healing benefits. Determined to make their mark on a male-dominated cannabis industry, the company aims to serve a growing female health and wellness market eager to embrace the myriad benefits of cannabis as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Women’s Equality Day is more than just a day to celebrate our achievements, it’s also gives us a chance to empowering and uplift our fellow women! 

Let’s highlight these soaring women who are making an impact and are standing for something they believe in.

About Autumn Brands:

Autumn Brands is a licensed California cannabis cultivator dedicated to the synergy of health and wellness. The Autumn Brands’ family farm started in Holland more than a century ago, and today, sixth-generation farmers apply the same expertise garnered in growing the world’s finest tulips to producing pure and potent strains of cannabis in sunny, coastal Santa Barbara County. Autumn Brands is proud to be 50 percent woman-owned, free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. For more information, visit www.autumnbrands.com

Catt Sadler is Speaking Up to ‘Change This STAT’ on Cervical Cancer Screening

Questions for 360 Magazine with Catt Sadler on 6-20-19 on Cervical Cancer.

Question: Talking about cervical cancer. Why are women less likely to be screened?

Catt Sadler: Well, I think there’s a plethora of reasons why women are not getting screened. Sometimes it’s just that they’re so incredibly busy. You know, we forget we’re in the fast lane. We have so many obligations that we’re just not making our annual exam a priority. I also think that, a lot of women just aren’t armed with the information. The statistics are alarming. They’re shocking. One woman every two hours is dying of cervical cancer. One in five women are not getting screened for cervical cancer. More than half of the new cases of cervical cancer are in women who are rarely getting screened or aren’t getting screened at all. So we want to empower women with this information to go out and do what they need to do because cervical cancer is so very preventable, right? So if I can use my voice and be aligned with this initiative to help women get to the doctor and we can in fact change these statistics, then I will have done my job.

Question: Great. Is health insurance not taking preventative measures or is health insurance taking preventative measures for this?

Catt Sadler: It’s my understanding that health insurance is very on board with this cause. Obviously we want to eliminate the deaths associated with cervical cancer in general. So most insurance policies are covering the HPV and pap test together as part of the well visit. I understand that the Affordable Care Act also covers this particular screening. But there’s a wealth of information on changethisstat.com/ for more specifics on how it might pertain to you and whatever plan that you have personally.

Question: And what made you want to be part of this discussion?

Catt Sadler: Well, I’m a champion of women in general. I have spoken out on a lot of issues. I believe in standing up and using our voices. I’ve done that in regards to pay inequality. I work with a foundation, Women Like Us, where I’m supporting women-led causes all around the world. And so when this was brought to my attention that cervical cancer was killing so many women and that it was so preventable, it just seemed like such an easy formula that if I could use my voice and put it out there and tell women what they can so easily do to make change. It was really a no-brainer.

Question: And are there any dietary measures women can take to lessen their chances of contracting this disease?

Catt Sadler: I’m not sure about that. I am not a medical expert. But I do know that again, the website answers those very specific medical questions. I would say to go to changethisstat.com/. There is a lot of information out there all over the Internet, but not all of it is particularly accurate. I’m confident that what you will find on

changethisstat.com/ is really the best information out there for women in regards to that.

Question: And last question, can self-diagnosis help or are there any early signs women can be on the lookout for?

Catt Sadler: Not really. No. I mean, that’s what’s kind of scary about cervical cancer in particular. It’s not like you start feeling a different way necessarily. You might feel as if you’re in perfect health. There aren’t any real glaring signs necessarily, and it can happen so quickly. Hence the encouragement of going to your doctor annually and regularly, you know. It doesn’t matter your age. It doesn’t matter how you’re feeling. It’s just all of the experts in all of the research is pointing to going and getting this particular screening at your doctor.

Question: Okay, thanks. Give me that website one more time.

Catt Sadler: It’s changethisstat.com/

Question: Perfect. Thanks, Catt.

Catt Sadler: You’re welcome. All right. Take care. Bye. Bye.

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CBD and Studying – How CBD IS Better Than Coffee for Students

When it comes time for finals, you probably turn mostly to energy drinks and other unhealthy habits. It’s very common for students to use coffee, energy drinks, or even concentrated shots of caffeine to keep them awake and help them focus. You probably know that it’s not the best thing for you, but if you feel like it’s your only option, you’ll probably keep doing it. In fact, there are other great ways to do better in school that don’t rely on caffeine. Here are five of them.

1. You Can Avoid Test Anxiousness

Test anxiousness is a big part of why people sometimes do worse on tests than they do on take-home quizzes and homework. Even if you know all the material, being faced with a big test that’s a huge part of your grade is daunting. It’s tough for even the best students. This can actually be exacerbated by caffeine — although it may keep you up and could possibly help you focus, it’s also frequently tied to higher levels of tension.

CBD, on the other hand, helps you to maintain a calm, focused mindset. Using CBD can make it easier to tackle your finals with as much diligence as you do your homework. That’s much better for your state of mind than going into a test already worried about the results.

2. You May Be Able to Focus Better

For some people, caffeine helps them to focus better. However, although it can keep you up, it also makes some people’s brains race. When that happens, you’re likely to have a hard time getting anything done, much less thought-intensive activities like studying.

When you tackle coursework with CBD, you’re more likely to be able to actually focus on your studies. In fact, it’s much less likely that you’ll need to use caffeine to stay up for dozens of hours because you can get your work done more effectively. By promoting focus and concentration, CBD can help make your study hours more effective, not just more lengthy.

3. You Can Alleviate Daily Stress

The actual tests aren’t the only reason most people get stressed during finals week. Everyday stresses are difficult to handle at the best of times, and finals are hardly the best time to be dealing with those everyday issues. Instead of just trying to handle your schoolwork, you need to handle all of it.

CBD is useful for your daily life, not just around finals. When you’re able to approach issues with a calm, rational mindset, you’re likely to be able to untangle that stress. It’s also easy to include in your daily routine — you can take CBD in many ways, including oral solutions, CBD gummies, and even baths.

4. You’ll Maintain More Healthy Coping Strategies

Coping strategies are useful for anyone, because everyone deals with stress at some point in their life. People who teach about coping strategies emphasize making sure that those strategies are healthy, so you can successfully rely on them. Energy drinks just cover up the problem, they don’t actually deal with it.

There are many ways CBD can help with your coping abilities. In your general life, you may be able to deploy coping strategies more effectively. For example, it’s easier to step back and take yourself out of a stressful situation if you’re able to stay calm. You also don’t have to supplement with caffeine in order to stay focused, so you won’t be disrupting healthy strategies with unhealthy ones.

5. You’ll Enjoy Your Time at College More Fully

At the end of the day, you want to be able to enjoy college. It’s true that coursework can be stressful, and it’s hard to make sure you’re able to pass a number of classes when you’re taking them all at the same time. However, it doesn’t have to be so stressful that you can barely keep yourself together.

CBD provides a simple way for you to stay focused and calm throughout your time at college and beyond. or even opt for CBD gummies, you’re more likely to have a great time. Use Charlotte’s Web to make sure you’re getting high-quality CBD from a company you can trust.

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.

How To Operate A Successful Medical Facility

Running a medical facility is incredibly important and noble work, and it can feel fantastic to make a difference to and save people’s lives every single day. On top of this, this will always be an industry that is in demand, which means it can be secure and lucrative work too. Running a successful medical facility is certainly not an easy task. You need to run the facility like a business while also providing the best possible care for your patients, which can be a tricky tightrope to walk. Below are a few points for running a successful medical facility.

1. Create A Strong Brand

Branding is the best way to differentiate yourself from the competition and show people your practice. In addition to the company logo, slogan, color scheme, and other branding factors, this will also involve how you welcome people through the door, how phones are answered and the general atmosphere that you want to create inside.

2. Recruit Carefully

In order to succeed in this industry, you need to provide an excellent level of care, which will mean having highly skilled employees at every level of the organization. In addition to attracting top talent, you will also need to look after your staff and keep them happy and motivated. It can be challenging in this industry because it is highly demanding, stressful and time-consuming work.

3. Purchase The Best Equipment

In addition to staff, being able to provide the best level of care will also involve having the latest and best medical equipment. Medical device engineering firms like DeviceLab provide prototypes of medical equipment which can help you to find the best products for your particular facility and stay ahead of the curve. In addition to medical equipment, utilizing the right software will help you to streamline the operation, reduce the workload of your staff and cut down on errors.

4. Invest In Marketing

As with any type of online business, online marketing is hugely important, along with having a high-quality website and being active on social media channels. It can increase brand awareness and allow you to directly communicate with the world and show why they should choose your facility over the competition. In addition to online marketing, you should also be looking at offline marketing as you will mainly be targeting people in the local area. This will involve traditional marketing such as adverts in the local paper but also by getting involved with the local community, holding local events and anything to get the face of the company out there.

Running a successful medical facility is a unique challenge as it is not like any other type of business. The key to success is providing the best level of care for your patients so that you can develop a good track record and show why people should choose your company over the competition. You can do this with the above tips, and when you start to find success, you will also find that this is incredibly rewarding work too.

Cure for Cancer in Israel

Cancer Researchers in Israel Believe They Will Have A Cure For Cancer In 1 Year

Promising Research with Multi-Agent Toxins

According to the WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer, 18.1 million cancer cases are diagnosed worldwide each year. Cancer is now the second leading cause of death behind cardiovascular diseases. It is imperative now, more than ever, that we continue to seek new methods to treat this devastating illness.

Recently, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies did an interview where stated they believe that they will “offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer”. Although it grabs headlines, that is a momentous statement to make. Let’s dig a little deeper into the work that they are currently doing. The premise behind their treatment involves using a multi-agent target toxin treatment to treat cancer. In the past, this type of therapy targeted toxin treatment has involved the introduction of DNA coding for a protein (can be an antibody) into a bacteriophage – which is a virus that infects bacteria. These proteins can then be displayed on the surface of the virus and interact with its surroundings.
The company’s therapy involves a similar phenomenon, but with the use of peptides instead of proteins. Peptides consist of two or more amino acids linked together in a chain. They are smaller than proteins, can serve biological functions, and in many ways are less expensive to reproduce.

Most cancer therapies aim at attacking a target in a cell, on the surface of a particular cell, or in one of its internal pathways.

However, a mutation in one of these targets can make the therapy ineffective. What is being done here, with multi-target toxin therapy, is that several peptides of the cancer cell are being targeted with a peptide toxin to avoid mutations rendering a therapy ineffective. The more targets used, the less likely that a series of mutations will occur simultaneously that will make the therapy ineffective. This will help in not allowing the cancer cell to evade the treatment and continue to replicate, even with some mutations occurring.

This may have the ability to reduce side effects as well, given that the peptides will aim to attack specific targets on the cancer cells that are typically not overexpressed in other healthy cells. In addition, since the peptides are small (the ones they have developed are about 12 amino acids long) and lack a rigid structure, it allows them access to regions of the cell that may be blocked if a larger protein was used.

Overall, they are using a “combination modality” in a very specific manner for an attack of each cancer cell in this therapy. Combinational therapy has been successful before with cancer, HIV, and autoimmune disease among others. The goal of the company is to eventually personalize this to each patient by having a biopsy sent and analyzed for the receptors that it over expresses. The patient would then be administered an individualized concoction developed to treat the disease.

This is exciting and has potential, but more data needs to be presented. Thus far they have concluded mice experimentation and found inhibited human cancer cell growth that did not affect healthy mice cells. They are currently working on beginning a round of clinical trials, which many people will be eager to see the conclusions. Recently, Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies has been writing patents on a variety of different specific peptides. While their work thus far is enthusing and making headlines, their claim to “offer in a year’s time a complete cure for cancer” is likely premature. Yet, I don’t know a single person, including myself, who wouldn’t hope for that.

Joshua Mansour, M.D. is a board-certified hematologist and oncologist in Stanford, California.  He is currently doing additional work in the field of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Immunotherapy.

Tom Kersting Licensed Psychotherapist

Tom Kersting is one of the most sought-after experts in the field of mental health, families, parenting in the digital age, and over-device use. Tom holds advanced degrees including a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Thomas Aquinas College, a Master’s degree in Counseling & Human Development and a second Master’s in Administration & Supervision, both from Montclair State University. Tom also holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Hypnotherapy (alternative/non-traditional) from Kona University.

Tom is a spokesperson for Zift, your screen time parenting ally, which offers a comprehensive and free solution for families wanting a safe and healthy way to live with smartphones, social media, apps and other screen time media and devices. Zift’s free app provides parents with the ‘Family Feed’ – a quick and easy way to understand their children’s screen time activity in real-time – by alerting parents to online searches, app installations, and viewing of dangerous content. Through its Parent Portal found at WeZift.com, Zift provides parents and others entrusted with the care of children a place to learn about and discuss the latest topics related to screen time use, online safety, and social media. Zift Premium, which includes the Net Nanny® Smart Filter, offers the best protection, screen time scheduling and device control that parents need to help raise successful kids in a technology-driven world.

Endothelial progenitor cells for treating stroke patients

A new study recently published in STEM CELLS Translational Medicine demonstrates the long-term safety of laboratory-expanded endothelial progenitor cells for treating ischemic stroke. This could be good news for the 15 million people who, according to to the World Stroke Organization, suffer from this dangerous condition each year.

Ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke, affecting nearly 90 percent of all cases. It is caused by a blocked blood vessel in the brain. In the normal central nervous system, endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) play an active role in building blood vessels. This has led researchers to wonder whether EPCs circulating in the blood could be recruited after a stroke to assist in repairing damaged vessels in the brain. However, there is one major problem with this idea: The number of circulating EPCs is too low to provide much regenerative capacity – a number that further decreases in the aging or in those with heart problems.

This makes ex vivo (lab) expanded EPCs an attractive alternative.

“Transplantation of EPCs was already determined in animal experiments to be a safe and effective method for treating ischemic stroke. However, their safety and efficacy had yet to be determined in humans,” said Zhenzhou Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China, and a corresponding author on the study. “In our trial, we tested the safety and feasibility of transplanting an acute ischemic stroke patient with his or her own (autologous) ex vivo expanded EPCs.”

Eighteen patients were recruited for the randomized, single-blinded study. Each received conventional treatment after their stroke then, seven days after symptom onset, underwent a bone marrow aspiration to collect EPCs and bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) for expansion in the lab. The patients were divided into three groups and, beginning at week four after the aspiration, one group was intravenously infused with their own EPCs, while the other two groups received either their own BMSCs or a saline placebo as the controls.

Each patient was then monitored for 48 months. Study co-author Xiaodan Jiang, M.D., Ph.D., also from Southern Medical University, explained, “We watched for mortality of any cause, adverse events and any new-onset diseases or conditions. Changes in neurological deficits were also assessed at different time points.”

In the end the researchers found no toxicity events nor did they see any infusional or allergic reactions in any of the patients. “The EPC group had less serious adverse events compared to the placebo-controlled group, although there were no statistical differences in mortality among the three groups,” Dr. Chen reported. “Ex vivoexpansion always raises concerns that it may cause instability in the chromosomes or maybe lead to tumors. However, in our long-term study we observed no increased tumorigenicity. This safety indicator was also confirmed by many animal studies and other trials using expanded bone marrow-derived stem cells for treatment of ischemic stroke.”

The researchers did note limitations in their study, including lack of patient-centered quality of life outcomes. “Moreover, because of the small size of the cohorts involved, we could neither identify the neurological or functional benefits of EPCs on ischemic stroke, nor determine the pros and cons between EPCs and BMSCs for stroke treatment,” Dr. Jiang said. “Thus, we believe a larger phase 2 trial is warranted.”

“This is a promising line of cell therapy research using a novel treatment method that is simple and non-invasive,” said Anthony Atala, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of STEM CELLS Translational Medicine and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “We look forward to larger phase 2 trial results.”

The full article, “Autologous endothelial progenitor cells transplantation for acute ischemic stroke: A four-year follow-up study,” can be accessed at http://www.stemcellstm.com.

About STEM CELLS Translational Medicine: STEM CELLS Translational Medicine (SCTM), published by AlphaMed Press, is a monthly peer-reviewed publication dedicated to significantly advancing the clinical utilization of stem cell molecular and cellular biology. By bridging stem cell research and clinical trials, SCTM will help move applications of these critical investigations closer to accepted best practices. SCTM is the official journal partner of Regenerative Medicine Foundation.

About AlphaMed Press: Established in 1983, AlphaMed Press with offices in Durham, NC, San Francisco, CA, and Belfast, Northern Ireland, publishes two other internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals: STEM CELLS® (www.StemCells.com), celebrating its 36th year, is the world’s first journal devoted to this fast paced field of research. The Oncologist® (www.TheOncologist.com), also a monthly peer-reviewed publication, entering its 23rd year, is devoted to community and hospital-based oncologists and physicians entrusted with cancer patient care. All three journals are premier periodicals with globally recognized editorial boards dedicated to advancing knowledge and education in their focused disciplines.

About Wiley: Wiley, a global company, helps people and organizations develop the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Our online scientific, technical, medical and scholarly journals, combined with our digital learning, assessment and certification solutions, help universities, learned societies, businesses, governments and individuals increase the academic and professional impact of their work. For more than 200 years, we have delivered consistent performance to our stakeholders. The company’s website can be accessed at www.wiley.com.

About Regenerative Medicine Foundation (RMF): The non-profit Regenerative Medicine Foundation fosters strategic collaborations to accelerate the development of regenerative medicine to improve health and deliver cures. RMF pursues its mission by producing its flagship World Stem Cell Summit, honouring leaders through the Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Action Awards, and promoting educational initiatives.

Rock Solid Research On How To Prevent Dementia

Dr. Timothy R. Jennings speaks expertly on a subject that concerns over 5.5 million people across the nation: how to prevent dementia and keep our mind sharp as we age. A psychiatrist and international speaker, Jennings introduces his new book, recently rated #1 by Amazon in books on dementia, The Aging Brain: Proven Steps to Prevent Dementia and Sharpen Your Mind.

Dr. Jennings prescribes simple, everyday actions we can take to stave off disease, promote vitality, and prevent dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s. “The choices we make now can help us to keep our minds sharp and maintain our independence as we age,” says Jennings.

An easy-to-use guide to maintaining brain and body health throughout life, The Aging Brain is based on solid, up-to-date scientific research, and the interventions discussed can prevent progression toward dementia, even in those already showing signs of mild cognitive impairment. The recommendations also may help reduce disability and depression.

“This book isn’t just for people hoping to slow the aging process,” says Jennings. “It’s also for anyone who is a caregiver to someone at risk of or already beginning to suffer from dementia. It offers a hopeful, healthy way forward.”

Jennings, who maintains a private practice in Chattanooga, TN, has authored several books, including The God-Shaped Brain and The God-Shaped Heart. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association, and is president and founder of Come and Reason Ministries.

For more information about Dr. Jennings, please visit the website: https://www.agingbrainbook.com.

To connect with Dr. Jennings, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/DrTimJennings/ and https://twitter.com/timjenningsmd.

Why Some Women are Delaying Pregnancy

New findings from a recent survey show that women living with chronic inflammatory or autoimmune disease feel they don’t have enough information to make informed decisions about how to balance pregnancy with disease management. Some women feel they have no choice but to stop treatment or delay their plans for pregnancy. These women are living with a variety of autoimmune conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and Crohn’s disease.

Now, a new initiative called the AIM (Autoimmune Motherhood) Movement is being launched to rally these women and provide support, information and a place for them to share stories about motherhood with chronic inflammatory disease. The education campaign and online community aims to help women learn the facts about their conditions and appropriate disease management options, while allowing them to share experiences to empower one another.

AIM Survey Shows:

  • Almost half (44%) of U.S. women surveyed had concerns serious enough that they delayed their plans to become pregnant
  • 61% believed they could not combine treatment and breastfeeding
  • Only 41% consulted a healthcare professional before becoming pregnant, suggesting the need for women to become more engaged in treatment and pregnancy planning earlier

On Wednesday, July 11th, join Dr. Grace Wright, rheumatologist at New York University Langone Medical Center and patient Rosanna, who shares her compelling story of living 30 years with rheumatoid arthritis and the physical and emotional challenges she endures while dealing with her disease. Both guests will help bring awareness to the issues surrounding ways to manage chronic inflammatory disease throughout the family planning journey. They’ll also reveal the results of the AIM Patient Survey to help others in similar situations make the best decisions for themselves and their families.