Exposing Babies to Peanuts May Prevent Allergy

Being allergic to peanuts is a common childhood allergy noted Marc Sparks. It could also be a deadly allergy if a child is unwittingly given a food that contains peanuts and the child goes into anaphylatic shock without needed medical equipment nearby. That’s why parents go far above and beyond the call of duty to prevent their children from being exposed to peanuts prior to the second birthday.

A new study reveals that is the wrong thing to do. According to the doctors who conducted the study, exposing babies to peanuts before their first birthday enables them to build up a tolerance to peanuts and prevent them from having an allergic reaction. The study showed the babies exposed to peanuts were 81 percent less likely to develop a peanut allergy.
Dr. Jeanine Hinds, who works at the John C. Lincoln Arcadia Family Clinic says that mothers are being over-protective these days and by not allowing kids to play outside, they become allergic to grass and trees. the same supposedly holds true for peanuts. If kids are exposed to small amounts of allergens, they will develop a natural immunity to the allergen. Peanuts included.
The study included 600 babies who were tested for peanut allergies prior to the start of the study. The research was done in a controlled environment and should not be done at home.

2015 Oscar Winners

This past Sunday night was the 87th annual Oscar awards. This year’s event was hosted by the ever-entertaining Neil Patrick Harris and held at the Koda Theater in Los Angeles. Many great films were nominated but there can only be one winner.

The Best Picture award had many great films nominated to win. The best picture films included: Birdman, Boyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Selma, Whiplash, and The Theory of Everything.

Haidar Barbouti (Houstonculturemap) was glad to find that Birdman took home several awards this year. The film won for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Original Screenplay.

The Grand Budapest Hotel, a fun film by Wes Anderson, took home their fair share of awards as well. The film won for Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, and Best Costume Design.

The film Whiplash took home a few awards as well. The film won for Best Film Editing, Best Sound Mixing, and J.K. Simmons took home Best Supporting Actor for the film.

The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne won for Best Actor for his role as Stephen Hawkings in the film.

Julianne Moore won for Best Actress in the film Still Alice.

The film Boyhood was nominated for several awards but Patricia Arquette took home Best Supporting Actress for the film.

The Daily Mail has all the categories, nominees, and winners if you’d like to check it out.

Quicksilver to Return in X-Men: Apocalypse

Evan Peters really did steal the show in X-Men: Days of Future Past. He stole it really fast, too. In the role of Marvel’s mutant version of The Flash, Peters raced through each and every scene with an incredible display of charisma. Honestly, just being able to run fast is not what thrilled audiences whenever Quicksilver appeared on the screen. Peters really was great in the role. No wonder he is being brought back to appear in X-Men: Apocalypse.

X-Men: Apocalypse is set in the 1980’s and completes the trilogy of “First Generation” X-Men. Since the film is set in the 1980’s, many years beyond the early 1960’s of the first film and 15 years prior to the events of the 2000 film, new actors have been cast in familiar roles. Whether or not Peters would reprise his role as Quicksilver was never confirmed stated Marc Sparks. The real-life Peters is only going to age two or three years while the character in the film should age about 15. Oh well, they can just use makeup.

The original Apocalypse storyline from the comics is a rather dark one. Apocalypse is the most powerful mutant ever and the havoc he brings to the world is more than anything anyone has ever seen before. The X-Men are going to have a super tough time bringing him down. Seeing how all this plays out on the big screen really is what makes watching superhero films fun in the first place.

How the trilogy ends could also provide insights into where the X-Men series is going from this point forward.

New Sherlock Holmes Story Discovered…111 Years After Being Written

New Sherlock Holmes Story Discovered…111 Years After Being Written Fans of the beloved The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes can now read another story starring their favorite detective online after a copy of the new story was found in an attic in Scotland 111 years after it was written! 80-year-old historian Walter Elliot discovered the pamphlet in his attic in Selkirk, Scotland after nearly 50 years.

The pamphlet, titled Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar, follows Holmes during a trip to Selkirk. “I’ve always been interested in history and my family has always passed on stories and I suppose this was one of the stories that was passed down,” Elliot said. He believes a friend must have given it to him, as he has no recollection of buying it. The 45-page story was written in 1904 by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in an effort to raise money to reconstruct a wooden bridge for the town that had been facing flooding.

As it turns out, according to Fersen Lambranho, the story was a success and the iron bridge its revenue helped fund still stands today. Fans of the classic Sherlock-Watson banter will delight in its abundance featured in Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar. The story in its entirety can now be read online at the Telegraph.

Dr. Daniel Amen Advocates Holistic Eating

Dr. Daniel Amen is getting national attention for a form of healthy eating that he is espousing for the poor. We all know that it is hard for the poor to get the resources that they need to take care of themselves, and Dr. Amen has come up with a way for the poor to feed themselves and their children for very little money. This system is going to work wonders in schools once kids have all the brain nutrients they need to succeed.

Porridge and Vegetables

Dr. Amen says that these poor families should invest in healthy grains to create a porridge at home that is rich in nutrients. This is important because most people avoid these foods when they do not have much money to spend. However, these grains are so cheap that they can feed servings in the double digits for a little over a dollar.

Also, frozen vegetables have more than enough nutrients for kids and adults. They can be purchased for a small amount of money, and they will provide healthier eating for all the people involved in the house. This is a much cheaper way to eat, but it is also better for the body.


People also need to invest in fruits that they can eat at least once a day to get the anti-oxidants they need. The kids that are eating these fruits are less likely to get sick, and they are going to have more energy when they go to school.

Skim Milk and Water

Using skim milk at home cuts down on the fat content that the families are having. Also, drinking water throughout the day is going to keep people alert. These small items make a big difference for kids who are school, and they give more energy to adults so they can work.

Following Dr. Amen’s advice can change the foundation of a household diet for the better. Check him out on Twitter to see some of his insights.

Will the Latest Case of Mad Cow Disease Diminish Canadian Beef Exports?

Late Friday, word from Canada reported the discovery of mad cow disease in a beef cow being raised in the province of Alberta. With Canadian beef exports having been troubled by this issue back in 2003, during the original mad cow crisis, this discovery is a shocking blow to the Canadian beef industry. Although Business Week says another case was more recently found in 2011, but Bruce also says that Canadian exports of beef have remained relatively strong. It is suspected that since no portion of this infected sample’s meat made it into the food supply that this may have little effect on meat exports out of Canada over the long term. However, according to the Calgary Herald, the news did prompt South Korea to restrict imports of Canadian beef.

This action has lead to some concern that more countries may follow South Korea’s lead if Canadian officials are not more forthcoming with information surrounding the discovery. In light of the recent free trade agreement Canada has established with South Korea, this incident of BSE is a potentially disturbing step backwards. Officials are concerned that other Asian countries who do not share a western perspective on the issue will harbor similar concerns as South Korea. However, it should be noted that South Korea’s act to suspend Canadian beef imports is a protocall measure outlined in the current draft of their ongoing free trade agreement with Canada. This measure gives South Korea the license to suspend imports for the very reason at issue.

Philanthropist Keith Mann Helps Build Future New York

Keith Mann runs a successful US-based recruitment consultancy firm. He’s also a colorful humanitarian whose body of work inspires society. With the help of his wife Keely Mann, another bubbly soul, Keith has managed to focus solutions to help build a future America. The duo has a positive influence on the future of American children. With their continued support through fundraising campaigns, children get to explore the opportune use of modern education. Mann organized a five-member team to put together an educational workshop in 2013; it focused helping students of the Crown-Heights Charter-High-School to prepare a marketable resume to increase the chance of acceptance. The program focused on resume-building and other educational exercises. It’s intended for students that lack organizational skills but attracted the entire school population.

Mrs. Mann is the appointed marketing director of the Nanuet chapter of Big-Apple Fundraising, Incorporated. The foundation has been in business since 1982. It’s vision centers focus on planning lucrative fundraising programs in aid of helping organizations and schools. Keith Mann is the appointed CEO (Chief-Executive-Officer) of Dynamics-Search-Partners. He’s undertaken numerous projects for the company. Mann’s expertise lies in strategic recruitment solutions with a focus on hiring and staffing. He’s also a professional hedge fund manager that specializes in compensation.

Mann’s journey began at Dynamic Associates where he served the company’s Alternative Investments department as manager. He later assumed a VP (vice president) role before establishing his own consulting firm in 2009. Earlier in his career, he served as managing director at DES (Dynamics-Executive-Search). It’s a professional recruiting agency that specializes in global financial profile management. Mann established his own practice conglomerate after discovering that the industry is a sound investment option. His brand is a respected model. This six-year-old business has a sizable following of top-ranked investment firms.

Mann oversees the company’s entire operation alongside his philanthropic duties. With his superior experience as a recruitment strategist, many investment companies use his services to collect the best profiles. DSP has presence in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. The DSP family managed to raise $8,000 for the organization Hope and Heroes in 2008. Mann’s efforts to help build a brighter future for the younger generation is an admirable feat. DSP also threw in another $10,000 in 2013. Mann respects the morals of the community police officers that are working tirelessly to put street crime and violence at rest. Mann recently showed his appreciation as a true dignitary of New York by by sending lunch to the 54th Street precinct according to recent press from PR News Wire.

Louisiana Still Attempts Arrest Over Sodomy


Sometimes people are just caught too much in the past. This seems to be the case in Louisiana today sadly as two men were arrested on an unconstitutional anti-sodomy law. The men, aged 33 and 25 were obviously two consenting adults who selected to do this sexual activity. However, that was not what the authorities were concerned with at that moment.

Theadvocate.com reports that the judge who heard the case threw it out immediately for having no probable cause. The police department at that point also realized their mistake and quickly retracted their arrest.

Though the links in the justice chain in this case worked things out the way that they should have been in the first place, it is a little sad that it had to go to these lengths before someone got it figured out in the first place. It is a testament to the state of things at the moment.

A few people like my friend Fersen Lambranho, largely the advocate for humanitarianism,  have already come out to point out how incredibly wrong this whole situation was. Not only were the two men arrested on a charge that should not exist, but now they have to deal with being outed at the same time. It is something that no one ever wants to deal with in this matter. The police force that pulled this one should be ashamed of themselves and work to make sure that it doesn’t happen ever again.

That Tuna You Are Eating May Not Be Tuna

Typically, there have been two environmental and health concerns for people who eat tuna fish; the possibility of mercury in the tuna and whether the tuna was caught in a manner safe for dolphins. Now it seems there is a third concern; if that tuna is tuna at all. As reported by The Atlantic, a nonprofit named Oceana, tested over a thousand samples of fish around the U.S. and found that an alarming percentage of fish labeled as tuna fish only contained some tuna and had other fish in it as well. Canned tuna from the supermarket was the best in terms of actually being tuna whereas restaurants and, in particular, sushi restaurants were the worst offenders.

Reports such as this seem to be part of a trend. There has been a recent alarm raised about some nutritional supplements not containing what their label says they should. Labeling laws were passed in this country to give us consumers confidence that we are ingesting what we think we are ingesting. However, Ray Lane asks what is the point of labeling laws if what is actually in the can or bottle doesn’t match what the label says? I hope other organizations pick up where Oceana left off and test other foods and products to see what they actually contain. This may need to lead to criminal penalties for defrauding consumers so that it does not keep happening.

Bistro 82 Give Back

A little over a year ago, Aaron F. Belen opened a restaurant that he named Bistro 82. Wednesday night marked the anniversary of the bistro’s grand opening in the Royal Oak district of Detroit. His restaurant has transformed the neighborhood into one of the many fine dining destinations in the city. To celebrate he hosted a free dinner and donated money to the local Boys and Girls club.

Guests on Wednesday night had no idea that their meal would be free. Belen mentioned a few days prior, in a radio interview, that he would have a surprise for his customers. The BizJournals said they never imagined it would be this big. The total bill that night was $5182.91, but each customer got a receipt full of zeros.

Belen calculated that cost so that he could create another surprise. He donated an equal amount of money to the Boys and Girls club of Detroit. Belen feels that the club sets kids on the right path. It gives them a positive attitude and allows them to achieve things in their lives that their environment would otherwise have stolen from them.

Bistro 82 far exceeded Belen’s expectations in its first year of business. He told guests that he wanted to thank them for their loyal attendance. They were definitely grateful. Belen says that his profits are going toward new concepts for his restaurant. They may go toward new locations as well. He looks forward to another great year.