Health

Elizabeth Hurley reveals her simple healthy skin secret

Elizabeth Hurley, the model, actress, and superstar has revealed the secret to her perfect skin.....Drum roll.......SLEEP!  That's it?  Well that's the main ingredient. 

"Nothing is more important than sleep - after that, diet, fresh air and sun protection". Hurley stated to OK! Magazine. "I like spending time in the sun, but always wear a high SPF"

She does keep a healthy diet as well.  Hurley owns an 162 hectare organic farm in Gloucestershire. "I am very proud of my son, who is 10 and eats only organic meat and eggs from my farm," Hurley said.

So lots of sleep, eating well, and protecting the skin is her secret.  Elizabeth will help many by revealing these healthy habits.  Doing these tasks are not only good for the skin, but they benefit the entire body and your overall well-being. 

Thanks Elizabeth Hurley!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Cure for the common hangover

So it's early on Sunday morning and your head is banging from partying on Saturday night.  The good times and the smiling memories are stuck somewhere behind that headache.  Well we have good news for you!  No need to mope around feeling down - chances are you may have the cure in your house!

Cure #1 - Baking Soda

Put a tablespoon of baking soda in a glass of water.  Mix it up and drink it down.  It may cause you to burp, but it's just because it's working :).  Why does this work?  Well alcohol increases the acidity of your stomach and baking soda neutralizes it.

Cure #2 - Lemon Juice

Squeeze some lemon in water or get fresh lemon juice.  Real lemon juice, not the artificial stuff.  The vitamin C in the lemon naturally breaks down the alcohol in the body.

Cure #3 - Ginger

Ginger is excellent for calming the stomach.  So grind some ginger and put it in boiling water to make tea.  Or if you have a juicer, throw it in there.

You can thank us later.  Enjoy :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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Local honey may help with allergies

Allergy season just got a little sweeter :)  Some studies have shown that eating local honey may help relieve allergy symptoms.  How awesome is that?  Forget all of that prescription medicine - mother nature had the remedy right in front of us.

So how does it work?  It almost works like a vaccine.  The bees fly from flower to flower eating precious nectar.  While they touch each plant, pollen gets stuck to them which helps the flowers cross pollinate.  Some of that pollen makes it way back to the hive which ends up in the honey.  So the honey has small traces of pollen which we consume.  This allows our body to gradually build up defenses for the pollen, a process called immunotherapy, which prepares us for allergy season!  Local honey is used because it contains the pollen from your local area.  Pretty neat right?

One unfunded study from Xavier University in New Orleans showed positive results after six weeks.  Be careful though, some people can have allergic reactions to honey and doctors say that infants under 12 months should not have honey at all.

Now you can really enjoy the spring season without side effects from allergy medicine and it tastes SWEEEET :)  Thank you bees!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

 

Sources:

http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/allergy-treatments/local-honey-for-allergies.htm

http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/mitchell_hecht/20120507_Local_honey_may_actually_help_control_allergies.html?c=r

http://www.greenster.com/magazine/local-honey-allergy-remedy/

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Stark Hearing Foundation gives free hearing aids to people in need

To see a child receive the gift of hearing is an incredible sight.  Their smile could light up a town :)  "So The World May Hear" is the slogan, and Stark Hearing Foundation is the name.  Stark Foundation is really making smiles around the world.

They claim that 95% of kids in deaf schools are actually not deaf - they can hear with a hearing aid.  Stark Hearing Foundation goes around the world distributing free hearing aids to individuals in need.  Hearing aids can cost up to $10,000.  Most people cannot afford this and that is where the Stark Hearing Foundation comes to the rescue!

In October of 2012, the Stark Foundation surprised 74 kids with free hearing aids at the Yankees game!

At the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), William F. Austin made the goal of delivering 1 million hearing aids by 2020.  They have already delivered over 800,000 hearing aids in more than 100 countries since 2000.  William believes that hearing is the answer to so many problems in the world including poverty and illiteracy.

The Stark Hearing Foundation is doing some amazing work.  This is one of the senses that so many take for granted and never think twice about.  Giving the gift of hearing is simply beautiful.

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Woman raises ADHD awareness through music video

Donna Bland from Wake Forest, NC is helping others through music.  Music is one thing that she has never had problems concentrating on.  She wrote a song and made a video about her experience with ADHD and decided to submit her music video to a contest at the National Resource Center on ADHD.


Well whadda ya know?! - Her video won the grand prize. Her video will be featured at the 2012 Children & Adults with ADHD Conference in San Francisco!  She also gets a number of prizes including stardom :)

Good World News is bringing you the video hit.  Check it out, and singalong :)

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Oak Knoll students donate hair to American Cancer Society

"I whip my hair back and forth!".  No this isn't the song by Willow Smith :)  This good news story is about seven students at Oak Knoll "upper school" in Summit, New Jersey. 

On October 13th, seven great students donated their hair to the American Cancer Society as part of the Pantene's Beautiful Lengths program.  The hair gets made into wigs for patients going through chemotherapy.  So far, the Pantene program has donated over 24,000 real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society.


The seven students and their Physical Education teacher, Rachel Lasda, each donated at least 8 inches of hair.  Lasda has donated her hair several times and thought this time she would get students involved in honor of October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 

Ms. Lasda stated, "It is crazy how something most of us take for granted can be such a beautiful gift for someone going through one of the most difficult times in her life,".  Eight grader, Elizabeth Sweetra (what a fitting name!) commented on why she donated her hair - "I wanted to donate it because I really wanted to be able to give some other girl the gift to have hair again,".  After seeing how little 8 inches is, Elizabeth decided to take off two more inches!

Another Oak Knoll student donating her hair

Donating my hair was an amazing experience," Mary Mallany '15 said. "It felt so freeing and gratifying to feel the weight of my hair leave my shoulders. I know that it may be a while until my hair grows back, but honestly it's worth it. The most important thing to me was that I knew that someone would hopefully gain a bit of happiness from it."

On thing is for sure - they are making positive differences in peoples lives!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

 

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Former Navy SEAL gets a fresh pair of lungs and raises money for charity

Justin Legg, 34, a former Navy SEAL went from Hercules to bed ridden.  He was used to amazing feats - lifting incredible weights, running marathons, and swimming amazing distances.  One day he woke up feeling a pain in his chest.  This pain turned out to be a form of leukemia which destroyed his lungs.

He received a pair of lungs from a young suicide victim and was determined to make a difference in the world.  Only eight months after the transplant, he was able to run two half marathons.  Through running, he has raised $39,000 for cancer research and is planning on raising another $11,000 by the end of the year.  Once he raises $50,000 this year, he will be eligible to name a cancer research project which he plans to name,  Jarred McKinley Carter,  after the kid who's lungs he received.

Way to keep inspiring and raising money for good!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

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Studies show reading is good for your health

Good News from Sunstone Online:

 

Of course, we all know in theory that reading is good for us. Now, however, researchers are proving just how good it is and how much benefit may be derived for those bookworms out there. Neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield explains that reading helps to lengthen attention spans and to improve a child’s ability to think clearly.

As she explains,

“Stories have a beginning, a middle and an end – a structure that encourages our brains to think in sequence, to link cause, effect and significance. It is essential to learn this skill as a small child, while the brain has more plasticity, which is why it’s so important for parents to read to their children. The more we do it, the better we get at it.’

As John Stein, emeritus professor of neuroscience at Magdalen College, Oxford, explains, “Reading exercises the whole brain.”

A study in 2009 found that reading actually helps us to create new neural pathways, as our brains process the experiences that we read about. This does not occur from watching television, playing computer games or engaging in other passive activities.

Another fascinating study from the University of Sussex in 2009 found that a mere six minutes of reading can reduce stress levels by more than two-thirds. They found that this amount of reading was more beneficial than listening to music or going for a walk.

Finally, one more study, from the University of California, Berkeley, that was published in the Archives of Neurology, showed that reading from a young age can actually help in the prevention of Alzheimer’s. It inhibits the formation of amyloid (protein) plaques which are found in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s. The scientists who conducted this study found that people who had been doing brain-stimulating activities like reading, playing chess, writing letters and more since the age of six showed very low levels of amyloid plaques as they aged. For those who hadn’t engaged in such activities, the plaque levels were heightened.

 

Fisherman, James.  "Reading, A Dose of Medicine for the Mind and Body". Sunstone Online. 26 August 2012. Web.

View original good news article at rt.com:

http://www.sunstoneonline.com/reading-a-dose-of-medicine-for-the-mind-and-body

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Parents each donate a lung to save their son

Marius Schneider, a 12 year old in Germany, is now on a steady path to recovery thanks to his loving parents.  Marius was suffering from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease which causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs.  His family was desperately waiting on a lung donor, but time was running out.  Marius was breathing through a ventilator in order to survive. 


Even though times seemed rough, Schneider was in luck.  He has parents that were willing to do anything to get him healthy and they had the help of Germany's top transplant surgeon, Professor Dr Axel Haverich.  Marius' father, Lars, stated, "We were desperately waiting for an organ, waiting for a call every day".  When a donor could not be found, Marius' parents decided that they would each donate one of their lungs to save their child.  Dr Gregor Warnecke, the doctor in charge of Marius' care said "The transplant was his last chance.  The hospital would not have operated on his parents if it had not been an absolute necessity".

The surgeons at Hannover Medical University operated on all three of them at the same time and the procedure was successful.  "Marius was already somewhere between heaven and earth when we operated", Professor Dr Axel Haverich stated. "He was living in a state of almost perpetual anesthesia.  But he is a real fighter. We had a team of 40 and he came through."

Marius was released from the hospital after 155 days and he can now lead a healthier life without breathing assistance thanks to his loving parents!

 

Peace & Love,

Jon

- The Good World News

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Get your daily supply of fruits and vegetables by juicing

Star-telegram.com - I actually wanted to start juicing last summer, when I was in the throes of testing three, sometimes four different cakes, cookies, tacos or tarts each day for my cookbook, which comes out in May. There was no way around it. I had to bake, and I had to eat what I was making -- otherwise I wouldn't know if the recipe was right.

I started to feel heavy -- because I was, in fact, heavier -- and I felt unhealthy. I was on a sugar and caffeine roller coaster, and I saw no way off the ride until the book was finished. I knew I needed lots more vitamins from fresh fruits and veggies than I was eating or had time for. Juicing seemed to be the most obvious answer.

Now that I'm juicing nearly every day, I wish I hadn't waited so long.

I know juicing is trendy (the good news is you can buy a decent juicer for about $200, and it'll do just fine), but I remembered when I was at a yoga workshop a few years ago in Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos, and every day after practice we were served a different, vibrant-colored, freshly squeezed juice. Bright-green ones made with celery. Carrot juices. And others made with pineapple. They were all so satisfying that I couldn't wait until the end of practice to try what they had juiced up that day. So take note, people. The best thing about making your own juice? It tastes great.

The other thing I remembered about that week of yoga and juice was I felt more refreshed and healthy than I'd felt in years ... or maybe ever. My skin seemed clearer, and I started to feel lighter. I've always done yoga, but not the daily juices. (By the way, I wasn't fasting, either, as lots of people do with juices; I was simply adding lots of fresh juices to an otherwise healthful diet.)

Since the beginning of this year, I've been juicing like crazy and absolutely loving it. One day, I'll make a pear-apple-spinach-ginger juice; it'll be carrot-orange the day after that. For someone who cooks by colors, as I always do, juicing is a fun way to experiment and to have one day be orange, the next yellow and red the next.

The obvious reason to juice instead of eat the daily recommended number of fruits and veggies is that all of us can't eat that many fruits and veggies each day, and juicing provides all of the same vitamins, minerals, enzymes, carbohydrates, chlorophyll and loads of other phytonutrients that eating them does, but the body absorbs these elements in minutes, because it doesn't go through the digestion process required of whole fruits and vegetables.

Juices are great antioxidants, and they can be cleansing as well as provide a shot of energy (not unlike a double-espresso, now that I think about it). Plus, they're hydrating, and for someone like me, who doesn't always lug around a 11/2-liter bottle of Evian, this alone is a good reason to juice. My objective was really quite simple: to swap out one of my daily coffees with a big glass of homemade juice. So far, this seems to work.

My rule of thumb for juices is the same with the rest of what is in my grocery basket -- I look for what's fresh, available (and local if I can swing it), and make combinations from there. That's why right now I'm making lots of juices with citrus, beets, carrots and pineapple -- these are all easy to find and at the best prices. In the coming months, I will no doubt be juicing strawberries, then blueberries, and melons after that.

Now I must mention one little teensy thing about juicing that's a possible downer -- by extracting just the juice from your fruits and veggies, you're not getting any of the fiber. So you can toss back in a little bit of the extracted fiber and mix that into your juice, if you want. Or you can do what I do: Buy some extra carrots next time you're at the store and make a carrot cake instead. There's loads of fiber in that.

Ellise Pierce is the Cowgirl Chef. Read her blog and watch her cooking videos on www.cowgirlchef.com. You can also follow her on Twitter: twitter.com/cowgirlchef

Carrot-mandarin orange juice

2 mandarin oranges, skin removed

2 crisp apples, such as Granny Smith or Braeburn, cut in half, stems removed

4 medium carrots, rinsed and tops removed

1. With your juicer on the lowest speed, toss in oranges. Increase the speed to high and add the apples and carrots. Talk about orange juice!

Nutritional analysis per serving: 177 calories, 1 gram fat, 40 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams protein, no cholesterol, 54 milligrams sodium, 9 grams dietary fiber, 3 percent of calories from fat.

Orange aniseed twist

6 oranges, skins removed

4 sticks of celery

1/2 fennel bulb

1. With the motor running and the dial turned to the lowest setting, add oranges and celery to juicer. Increase the speed and toss in the fennel.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 216 calories, 1 gram fat, 53 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams protein, no cholesterol, 100 milligrams sodium, 13 grams dietary fiber, 2 percent of calories from fat.

Pear-cucumber-ginger juice

1 lime, skin and pith removed

3 to 4 big handfuls of fresh baby spinach

1 large cucumber, peeled

2 pears, such as Comice, cut in half, stems removed

1-inch piece of ginger, peeled

1. Turn your juicer on the lowest setting and add the lime and spinach to your juicer. Increase the speed and add the cucumber. Turn the speed to high and add the pears and ginger.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 138 calories, 1 gram fat, 34 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein, no cholesterol, 39 milligrams sodium, 7 grams dietary fiber, 6 percent of calories from fat.

Beet-carrot juice

2 oranges, skins removed

2 crisp apples, such as Granny Smith or Braeburn, cut in half, stems removed

2 carrots, rinsed and tops removed

1 large (or 2 small) beets, peeled

1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and left whole

1. Turn your juicer on low and add oranges. Increase the speed and add the apples, carrots, beets and ginger -- so pretty!

Nutritional analysis per serving: 173 calories, trace fat, 43 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams protein, no cholesterol, 60 milligrams sodium, 9 grams dietary fiber, 2 percent of calories from fat.

Grapefruit basic

2 grapefruit, skin removed

2 sticks of celery

2 crisp apples, such as Granny Smith, core removed

4 carrots, rinsed and tops removed

1. With the juicer on low, add the grapefruit and the celery. Increase the speed and toss in apples and carrots.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 206 calories, 1 gram fat, 51 grams carbohydrates, 4 grams protein, no cholesterol, 88 milligrams sodium, 10 grams dietary fiber, 3 percent of calories from fat.

 

 

Pierce, Ellise.  "Vitamins by the Glass". Star-Telegram. 21 March 2012. Web.  

View original good news article at star-telegram.com:

http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/03/20/3822938/vitamins-by-the-glass.html

 

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