15 Shocking Facts About Obesity In America!

 

Obesity is reaching epidemic proportions. It’s the plague of the 21st century.

 

Meanwhile, America’s become so politically correct that it’s almost impossible to discuss the ”sensitive” issue in depth. Official statistics underestimate obesity, and interest groups are content this issue isn’t addressed properly.

Insider Monkey, your source for free insider trading data, compiled 15 shocking facts that you didn’t know about obesity.

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Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary host 2013 Stellar Awards in Nashville!

Gospel stars Kirk Franklin and Mary Mary will help salute the best and brightest in gospel music as they co-host the 28th annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which return to the Grand Ole Opry House on January 19.

Nominees and special awards recipients for next year’s awards will be announced on Friday, October 26 via webcast at http://www.thestellarawards.com.

Tickets are $55-$200 and can be purchased starting Saturday, October 27 at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-733-6779.

 

Weird Home Remedies that Actually Work!

Strange but true: you’ve probably got an amazing assortment of stuff in the kitchen, the tool box or the medicine chest that can do double duty as remedies for all kinds of common ailments. What’s more, there’s actual scientific research to back up some of these do-it-yourself treatments. Here’s a rundown on the most intriguing nine:

Didgeridoo for Sleep Apnea

Okay, so this probably isn’t something you’ve got lying around the house. You may not have heard of it either, but if you’ve got sleep apnea, this strange-soundingAustralian wind instrument may be just what you need.

According to a study from Switzerland, four months of learning to play the didgeridoo worked well for patients with moderate sleep apnea, made for a better night’s sleep, and reduced daytime sleepiness. Even more, their bed partners slept better, too. Playing the instrument addressed sleep apnea by strengthening the upper airway, which prevents it from narrowing as you inhale.

10 Natural Ways to Sleep Better

Biting on a Pencil for Headache Relief

This won’t work for migraines, but if you get common tension headaches, the pencil trick may help prevent them. We tend to automatically clench our jaws and teeth when we’re anxious or stressed, and this is a subconscious reaction that can lead to a tension headache.

When you feel your jaw clench, put a pencil between your teeth (don’t bite down) and hold it there. This simple strategy will cause your jaw to relax, easing tension, forestalling the headache, and easing the pain.

How to Avoid a Migraine Before It Happens

Listerine for Blisters

You know it as a breath freshener and an antiseptic, but Listerine can also dry out blisters. Dab some on a cotton ball and apply it to your blister three times a day until it dries and the pain vanishes. Integrative medicine pioneer Andrew  Weil, M.D., recommends applying petroleum jelly on a blister for temporary pain relief.

Lemon Balm Tea for Cold Sores

Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and packs an anti-viral punch that can heal cold sores caused by the herpes simplex virus. A big study in Germany found that once treated with lemon balm, not a single cold sore recurrence occurred.

Duct Tape for Warts

This is not an old wives tale. Using duct tape to remove warts has been shown to work better than freezing them off. In one study, duct tape eliminated 85 percent of patients’ warts in two months (freezing eradicated only 60 percent).

Here’s how it works: make sure the wart and surrounding skin are clean, then cut a piece of duct tape a bit larger than the wart and press into place. Remove the tape every three days, rub the wart with an emery board or pumice stone, and repeat until the wart is gone.

Ginger for Motion Sickness

Crystalized ginger, ginger tea, ginger syrup, or capsules of ginger powder can combat motion sickness and nausea in general (ginger ale or even ginger snaps may help, too). One study found that ginger worked better for motion sickness than anti-nausea medication, and Danish researchers report that ginger helped quell seasickness in susceptible naval cadets better than a placebo.

Papaya for Smoother Skin

The active ingredient is papain, an enzyme that dissolves dead surface cells that give skin a dull, rough look. Try this fruity facial to soften and smooth your skin: wash and peel a ripe papaya and swirl about two tablespoons in a food processor. Add a tablespoon of dried oatmeal and apply to your freshly washed face for 10 minutes. Remove with warm water or a wet washcloth.

Banana Bonanza

You can do a lot more with a banana than slice it on your cereal. Among the fruit’s other uses: slap a banana peel (the inside part) on an itch caused by a bug bite or poison ivy; this will dial down the inflammation and relieve the itch. You can also use mashed banana as a facial–it’s great for moisturizing dry skin. Banana peel also has anti-acne properties: just rub the inside part of the peel over your clean face to get the anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects.

Mustard for Minor Burns

Slather mustard on seared skin. After an initial sting, the mustard will relieve the pain and prevent scarring and blistering. No science here, but lots of enthusiastic testimonials.

Trailer debuts for film made in Birmingham starring Wendy Raquel Robinson

The trailer for the drama-mystery “Missing” starring actress Wendy Raquel Robinson has been released ahead of its official premiere next month. Robinson and Birmingham area students from the On The Set summer film camp program shot the movie back in July. “Missing” is about an independent young girl who discovers that life outside her mother’s home isn’t what she thought it would be.

Missing” will premiere Thursday November 1 at The Alabama Theater at 6:30 p.m. Also at the red-carpet event there will be an awards show in which campers will take home honors in categories like Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, and Best Producer. The program which teaches young aspiring filmmakers the ins and outs of the movie industry is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

In addition to Robinson who stars in the hit BET sitcom “The Game”, the campers have been mentored by fellow film and television stars Tonea Stewart, Darren Henson, Malik Yoba and Kadeem Hardison.

Sheryl Lee Ralph Explains What “Diva” Really Means [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Sheryl Lee Ralph talks about the true definition of “diva” in this interview and her very successful book “Redefining Diva: Life Lessons from the Original Dreamgirl.” Take a listen to Sheryl Lee Ralph point out the positive aspects of being a diva, and then hear her encourage others to be more Christ-like and learn from her mistakes on how to make better choices in life.

 To check it out GO to  Sheryl Lee Ralph Defines Diva!

 

The Pulse of Entertainment: Vanessa Bell Calloway to guest star on NBC and Showtime Series!


“I’m going to come in and guest star as Tyler’s mom,” said busy actress Vanessa Bell Calloway (Crimson Tide, Lakeview Terrace) about her upcoming role in the NBC series “Go On” starring Matthew Perry (“Friends”), John Cho (“Star Trek”) and Tyler James Williams (“Everybody Hates Chris”). “We start tapping in October.”

Tyler plays Owens who, after a family tragedy, joins a grief counseling support group where Ryan (Perry) is a member and helps to draw him out of his shell. “Go On” is a comedy where Perry plays a head-strong sportscaster (Perry) dealing with the loss of his wife. The series airs on Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.

“When they write somebody like a mother of a kid in a series that’s a regular…you don’t know…,” Calloway said about recurring roles. “When you come if you don’t handle your business they can write you out…tell the story line through other characters.”

Well, Vanessa must have handled her busy because not only has she been asked back, but she will also be guest starring on the new Showtime series, “Shameless,” starring William H. Macy.

“Every year it’s highs and lows. Some years’ projects are spacey…and it looks like you’re not working,” Vanessa informed me. “I’ve been working a lot!”

Also a dancer Calloway explains that she also co-stars in the Russ Parr film The Under Shepherd, starring Isaiah Washington, Malinda Williams, Clifton Powell and Elise Neal, which was filmed four years ago and just now being released. She also appears in The Last Fall, a HBO Best Feature Film Award winning movie starring Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie and Obba Babatunde’ – a coming of age sports drama. Vanessa can also be seen in the feature film The Obama Effect. The Obama Effect also includes veteran actor Glynn Turman, Charles S. Dutton, Katt Williams and boxing great Zab Judah.

For more information on the NAACP Image Award nominee, Vanessa Bell Calloway, log onto www.VanessaBellCalloway.com.
Read more at http://www.eurweb.com/2012/10/the-pulse-of-entertainment-vanessa-bell-calloway-to-guest-star-on-nbc-and-showtime-series/#8oDmm2Zh56ogwCe2.99