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Aztec Diet Focuses on Chia Seeds an Ancient Superfood



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With many people focusing on losing weight, it seems that a new diet becomes public and boasts that it will help either get rid of excess weight, improve health or does both. Just walk into a book store and you will find many titles that claim using their diet is the best thing for you.

The latest diet book that has reached a public audience uses tips in dieting from a very old and unlikely source: the ancient Aztecs.Aztec Diet Chia Seeds

Dr. Bob Arnot, an author and host of the Dr. Danger reality series, has come out with “The Aztec Diet” and puts the focus on a superfood known as chia seeds that helps to keep cravings at bay. Using this diet will not only help you to lose weight but helps lower the risk and might even prevent the user from developing certain illnesses and diseases.

Dr. Arnot’s book is called “The Aztec Diet: Chia Power: The Superfood That Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy.” In it, Arnot states that the classic diet Westerns follow poisons their blood which can bring on illness and disease.

In the book, he writes that “The blood of most people on a classic, carb-loaded Western diet has become a poisonous, angry stew of altered hormones and elevated blood fats, inflammation, cholesterol and sugars.”

He believes foods such as soda, pizza, burgers and bagels have the potential to cause levels to spike in our blood sugar, and thus making a person feel sluggish and fatigued. Though these symptoms are minor, they eventually can result in the development of more serious diseases and illnesses that include Alzheimer’s, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and in some cases, even death.

The author says that using “The Aztec Diet” offers a solution by eating the foods that the Aztecs did; it will help break out of the bad cycle of eating and end up melting away pounds, killing your cravings and brighten your mood.

The book claims that foods the Aztecs consumed were “the healthiest foods on the planet and fueled one of the most powerful empires in history.” The foods they ate include fruit and super grains including amaranth, quinoa, bulgar and chia seeds, as well as vegetables, beans, fish, corn and turkey.

Chia Seeds Health BenefitsThe diet is designed to make sure an individual takes in the maximum amount of nutrients daily without taking up too much time. The recipe and meal ideas that are shared in the book are very easy to throw together.

One such suggestion is Arnot’s chia seed blueberry breakfast smoothie which he says only takes 60 seconds to make and is supposed to have a number of essential nutrients and vitamins. The diet’s key ingredient is the chia seed.

Arnot writes that the seed has eight times more omega-3 fatty acids than Atlantic salmon, the most in any whole food; six times more than calcium than milk; three times more iron than spinach; and two times more fiber than bran flakes. Also, it contains four times more selenium than flax seed and 15 times more magnesium than broccoli.

Arnot says that this diet is designed to be effective, simple and safe. He also says that eating like the Aztecs did will make you feel fuller longer, thanks to the chia seeds, which expands in the stomach seven times their normal size. A benefit to eaters is that the diet allows you to eat more but to weigh less because you are cutting the foods that are not good for you, such as fried foods, refined pasta and pizza, and eating foods that are right for you.

Another promise from Arnot is that this diet will help the body absorb nutrients at a slower pace, which will help the body further regulate the rise of fats and sugars in the blood after eating meals.

Scientific research has helped in developing these collective theories based on the work of Dr. Vladimir Vuksan, which states that absorbing high doses of the chia seed decreased a person’s appetite 60, 90 and even 120 minutes after eating their meal. Meals that are rich in carbohydrates that would generally cause a rise in blood sugar benefit from the chia as it has proven to decrease the amount of sugar in the blood.

Included in the book is a list of which carbs are fine and those that should be avoided. The ranking system goes from 1-10(healthy carb load), 11-20(light carb load) and 21+ (carb bombs).

According to the book, the diet is broken into three phases: Phase 1: The Chia Challenge; Phase 2: The Accelerate with Lunch; and Phase 3: Real Life Aztec Style. The first phase has been designed to focusing on weight loss. The second phase is designed to help you incorporate more healthy foods in everyday eating as well as helping you adjust to the diet. The final phase is designed to not only maintain weight loss but to your Aztec way of living.

A clearly-defined daily eating plan is presented in a two-week span that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner, also contained in the book is almost 100 Aztec-friendly recipes that have been designed by Chef Charlotte Hardwick. Some recipes included are for flourless muffins, homemade almond milk, and mashed celery root and turkey burgers.

Here are three recipes from the book to get an idea of how chia seeds can be incorporated in a person’s diet:

Dr. Bob’s Kale Blueberry Smoothie
1 cup filtered water
4 tablespoons chia
½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
½ cup blueberries
3 cups chopped stemmed kale leaves
1 teaspoon honey
Combine the water, chia, yogurt, blueberries, kale, and honey in a blender. Blend until smooth. *Works best if the blueberries are frozen.

Calories: 414.5
Carb Load: 19
1¼ cups coconut water (9.5-fluid-ounce package)
½ cup chopped ripe avocado
1¾ cups chopped frozen pineapple
2 tablespoons chia
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
Pinch of sea salt
Combine the coconut water, avocado, pineapple, chia, lime juice, and salt in a blender. Blend until smooth.

Gazpacho Gratitude
Calories: 323.5
Carb Load: 14.25
2½ cups cherry tomatoes
2 tablespoons chia
1 medium carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
¾ cup roughly chopped English cucumber
¾ cup roughly chopped peeled cantaloupe
3 tablespoons chopped red onion
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
5 medium fresh basil leaves
½ teaspoon sea salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground pepper
Combine the tomatoes, chia, carrot, cucumber, cantaloupe, red onion, lemon juice, olive oil, basil, sea salt, and pepper to taste in a blender and pulse until smooth but still chunky. Season with more sea salt and pepper to taste.

Dr. Bob Arnot discusses his new book, The Aztec Diet

Dr. Bob Arnot discusses The Aztec Diet and shows how to make a quick and tasty chia, blueberry, and kale smoothie.

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AMCA Breach: 20 Million Victims, 19 Class Actions

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AMCA previously reported that there were only 200,000 victims in the recent breach but the company, but their partner labs said there were more than 20 million.
AMCA previously reported that there were only 200,000 victims in the recent breach but the company, but their partner labs said there were more than 20 million. Photo: cbgrfx123 | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0

More than 20 million and not 200,000 have fallen victim to a massive data breach that has seen medical clients using the services of healthcare billing company, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), to pay for their laboratory tests in different blood testing labs across the U.S. were confirmed by the SEC filings of affected medical institutions amidst the earlier claims of AMCA that there were fewer victims.

The data breach was a result of a cyber attack that aims to phish for financial information from the website of the AMCA. The exposed data belongs to Americans who paid laboratory services at several clinical and blood testing labs and institutions and used the AMCA billing portal.

What happened in the AMCA breach?

Data that were stolen from the victims include their names, phone numbers, dates of birth, home addresses, social security numbers, credit card numbers, and other bank details. The said information was auctioned off by the hacker in several financial hacking forums.

According to, the organization who first reported about the incident, AMCA officials, following the notification of the breach confirmed that their system has been compromised and has remained undetected for more than eight months. AMCA corroborated that the breach took place between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019.

Notifications have been sent by several of AMCA’s corporate partners and clients to their customers following the disclosure of the security breach that has seen information from millions of Americans compromised.

Related: Hospitals Only Spend 5% Of Its Budget For Cybersecurity Amidst 82% Of Them Reporting To Have Been Attacked

The list of impacted testing laboratories includes Quest Diagnostics (11.9 million patients), LabCorp (7.7 million patients), BioReference Laboratories (Opko Health subsidiary, 422,600 patients), Carecentrix (500,000 patients), and Sunrise Laboratories (undisclosed number of patients).

However, neither the AMCA nor its five clients have yet to notify ALL impacted citizens by the breach making them vulnerable to a lot of cyber crimes and their financial data could be used by anyone who gets hold of the information against the persons of those who still don’t know that their financial information is floating around the internet.

The companies involved in the breach are facing several lawsuits

Appropriately, the lawsuit came into the direction of AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp regarding the incident. More than 11 class-suite actions have been filed against the three companies for their inability to protect consumer data. The 11 lawsuits were recorded at The United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) on June 3. Since then, eight more lawsuits were filed against the companies in federal courts from New Jersey, New York, and California.

According to litigation experts, “If many cases are filed in federal court, any of the lawyers on any of those cases can file a motion with the JPML [..] to centralize the various federal cases that have been filed by sending all of them to a single judge for coordinated pre-trial proceedings.”

“Healthcare companies are especially susceptible to data breaches not only because they aggregate a tremendous amount of important and sensitive data, but also because they tend to be less focused on cybersecurity protection than other industries,” said John Yanchunis of Morgan and Morgan, one of the firms who filed lawsuits against Quest Diagnostics.

“These companies, like Quest Diagnostics, know they are at an increased risk and yet have not taken the proper steps to protect their patients’ data. We will fight for justice on behalf of those impacted by this breach,” added Yanchunis.

Lawmakers are demanding an explanation

The U.S. government, led by attorneys general from Connecticut and Illinois has also opened an investigation on the matter. Furthermore, lawmakers and other politicians have sent letters to the responding companies to ask for an explanation of why an eight-month data breach remained undetected and to demand accountability from them.

In Washington, US Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also sent a letter to Quest Laboratories demanding the company explain its vetting process for selecting AMCA as a billing vendor, and what requirements a third-party vendor has to pass. Democratic New Jersey Sens. Cory Booker and Bob Menendez also sent letters to AMCA, Quest, and LabCorp, seeking official answers on how a breach of this severity went undetected for eight months.

“The months-long leak leaves sensitive personal and financial information vulnerable in the hands of criminal enterprises. Moreover, such breaches force victims to contend with identity theft that may lead to irreparable harm to their credit reports and financial future,” said the letter sent by the NJ senators.

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‘The Hunger Games’ Is Launching A Prequel And A Possible Movie

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Almost fours years after the last The Hunger Games movie (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II) and almost nine years after the first book from the trilogy was released, Suzanne Collins is returning with the famed trilogy — but this time in a form of a prequel.

Scholastic, the publishing company that distributed Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, announced today that it is publishing a prequel novel to the series, currently untitled, which will hit shelves on May 19, 2020.

“Suzanne Collins is a master at combining brilliant storytelling, superb world-building, breathtaking suspense, and social commentary,” Scholastic Trade Publishing President Ellie Berger said in a statement. “We are absolutely thrilled — as both readers and publishers — to introduce the devoted fans of the series and a new audience to an entirely new perspective on this modern classic.”

Collins’ original Hunger Games trilogy—The Hunger GamesCatching Fire, and Mockingjay—altogether, sold more than 100 million copies and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Moreover, The Hunger Games books appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for more than 260 consecutive weeks (more than five straight years).

After writing the last installment in 2010, Collins teased in 2013 that she was working on a new series, but did not say whether it was related to The Hunger Games.

This time, the novel will be set in the world of Panem, 64 years before the events of the original Hunger Games trilogy—the morning where Katniss Everdeen volunteered as a tribute on the 74th Hunger Games. Presumably, Katniss Everdeen played by Jeniffer Lawrence will not be involved in the upcoming novel.

Based on the previous novels in the series, 74 years before the main novels, the 13 Districts of Panem already tried to initiate a rebellion against the Capital. In the aftermath of the failed attempt, 12 Districts remained to leave District 13 to rubbles. The Hunger Games was a result and served as a reminder that all the other Districts should obediently comply with the Capital’s rule.

The novel will take place 10 years after the first rebellion and will tell the story of Panem during the “Dark Days following a failed rebellion in Panem “With this book, I wanted to explore the state of nature, who we are, and what we perceive is required for our survival,” Collins told the Associated Press in the announcement. “The reconstruction period 10 years after the war, commonly referred to as the Dark Days — as the country of Panem struggles back to its feet — provides fertile ground for characters to grapple with these questions and thereby define their views of humanity.”

On other news, the Lionsgate film studio, who adapted The Hunger Games trilogy into movies, is already looking forward to the next addition to Collins’ franchise given that it received praise and public attention for producing them.

“As the proud home of the Hunger Games movies, we can hardly wait for Suzanne’s next book to be published,” said Joe Drake, chairman of the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, in a recent statement to the Associated Press. “We’ve been communicating with her during the writing process and we look forward to continuing to work closely with her on the movie.”S

Lionsgate turned Collins’ Hunger Games novels into a series of four films, dividing the last novel, Hunger Games: Mockingjay, into a two-part finale. Over the course of the four movies, it earned almost $3 billion dollars an the worldwide box office with the last movie earning $653.4 million.

Collins helped with the movies as an executive producer and a co-screenwriter on the first 2012 movie but distanced herself after she finalized Mockingjay in 2010.

Lionsgate is also known to have produced Twilight, which is one of their platinum franchises along with Collins’ trilogy. The studio earlier licensed The Hunger Games to theme parks and live concert tours being built around the movie franchise.

Additionally, it starred Jenniffer Lawrence who played the main character as Katniss Everdeen in all of the four movies, which helped catapult her acting career in 2012.

Scholastic acquired world English rights to the prequel novel and it will publish in print, digital and audio formats in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand next year. The deal was negotiated by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio for Suzanne Collins and David Levithan, VP, Publisher, and Editorial Director, for Scholastic.

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Global Ice Melting At Rates Faster Than Expected



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The global ice, or the size and number of glaciers located across cold spots around the world, is a clear indicator of the effects of global warming. With human’s excessive and consistent use of o-zone depleting resources such as fossil fuels — the rate of global ice is melting will only keep accelerating.

The National Snow and Ice Data Center reported that based on data they have gathered since the1900s, glaciers around the globe are shrinking and melting at an alarming rate.

Arctic sea ice has been in constant general low over the years following the increasing trend of greenhouse gas. Additionally, as the frozen ground across the Arctic melts, it releases a massive amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Scientists say that this effect could make global ice melt accelerate even faster.

A separate study found that parts of the Canadian Arctic are experiencing a rate of permafrost thaw six times the long-term average.

Meanwhile, melted ice is especially notable both in and around Greenland — home to the second largest ice sheet on the planet.

“Communities in #Greenland rely on the sea ice for transport, hunting, and fishing. Extreme events, here flooding of the ice by abrupt onset of surface melt call for increased predictive capacity in the Arctic,” Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher at the Danish Meteorological Institute said in a tweet.

Olsen was referring to Greenland losing 2 billion metric tons of ice. “The high melt is unusual so early in the season but not unprecedented,” Greenland Ice said in a tweet.

Experts are calling the lost ice “not normal” considering that it equates to almost half of Greenland. Roughly 45 percent of the ice sheet surface has been melting. Usually, less than 10 percent of the ice sheet surface is melting at this time of year. According to data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, Wednesday set a daily record for the widest melt area on that date, with 275,000 square miles.

“I’m losing the ability to communicate the magnitude [of change],” Jeremy Mathis, a longtime Arctic researcher and a current board director at the National Academies of Sciences told Mashable. “I’m running out of adjectives to describe the scope of change we’re seeing.”

On other parts of the globe, a city in western Alaska is experiencing drastic changes to its land formations as the state’s ice and permafrost are starting to thaw away.

“Springtime in Alaska isn’t what it used to be. This is the 3rd time past 21 years we can say” warmest spring of record.” 1998 was the warmest to date, exceeded in 2016 and now 2016 exceeded in 2019. Trend +4.0F (+2.2C) since the 1970s.” Rick Thoman said in a tweet.

The continued ice and permafrost melting in Iceland are causing significant damages in terms of requiring towns and villages like Newtok in western Alaska to relocate to avoid dangers.

“It’s a real challenge because in the US there isn’t the precedence to deal with this and there isn’t the political framework to deal with it either,” said Susan Natali, a scientist and Arctic expert at the Woods Hole Research Center in Massachusetts. “The numbers needing relocation will grow, the costs are going up and people’s lives and cultural practices will be impacted.

“Every year there’s a new temperature record, it’s getting worse and worse and you feel like a broken record saying it. This should be the number one urgent conversation happening right now because it’s not just going to be Alaska, it’s going to be other communities all over the US,” Natali added.

The problem does not only persist in Greenland, the Arctic or Alaska. Global ice is melting all across the globe. “The famed snows of Kilimanjaro have melted more than 80 percent since 1912. Glaciers in the Garhwal Himalaya in India are retreating so fast that researchers believe that most central and eastern Himalayan glaciers could virtually disappear by 2035 […] From the Arctic to Peru, from Switzerland to the equatorial glaciers of Man Jaya in Indonesia, massive ice fields, monstrous glaciers, and sea ice are disappearing, fast,” the National Geographic reported.

This week, the Pope has talked to oil executives in the Vatican to find solutions in the growing problem of global warming. He called for a “radical energy transition” from conventional fossil fuels and develop greener energy alternatives.

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