Friday, September 30, 2016

Eat Nuts to Live Longer

U.S. News & World Report—According to a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, nuts reduce inflammation—the single greatest marker of aging.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Misinformation fuels opposition to health-care reform in Canad

The reality is that for-profit provision of health-care services is commonplace among industrialized countries with universal health care

By Bacchus Barua
and Jason Clemens
The Fraser Institute
VANCOUVER, B.C. / Troy Media/ - For almost two decades, fear of a U.S.-style system has fuelled opposition to genuine reform of Canadian health care. Many of those same opposition voices are now protesting the constitutional challenge to Canada's health regulations by the former head of the Canadian Medical Association, Dr. Brian Day.
In reality, our health-care system is expensive, delivers poor-to-modest results, and fails to achieve many of its laudable aspirations. The solution to fixing and maintaining our universal health-care system is to recognize the successful approaches used in other universal-health care countries, such as the use of for-profit companies to deliver health-care services.
The Dr. Day case, which will likely end up in the Supreme Court of Canada, focuses on two aspects of British Columbia's health regulations: (1) prohibition against doctors working in both the public and private health-care systems, and (2) the disallowance of purchasing private insurance for core medical services.
Legal arguments aside, the context of the case is worth noting. Canada is one of the highest spenders, on both a per person basis and as a share of the economy, on health care among industrialized countries that provide universal health coverage. Yet Canadians endure some of the longest wait times for medically necessary procedures. For example, in 2015 Canadians waited 18.3 weeks between referral by a GP and actual treatment. Canadian patients also suffer from comparatively poor access to doctors and medical technologies such as MRIs.
But if the voices of opposition at the Dr. Day trial are to be believed, there's an incompatibility between medical care delivered by private, for-profit companies and universal health care.
The reality, however, doesn't match this rhetoric. A recent study looked at for-profit insurers and hospitals in six industrialized countries (Australia, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland) that all maintain universal health care.
For-profit hospitals are found in all six countries. In Germany, France and Switzerland, for instance, universally accessible hospital care is delivered by both non-profit and for-profit hospitals. In Australia and Sweden, governments contract with for-profit hospitals for universally accessible services.
For-profit health insurers are also found in all six countries. Notably, for-profit companies compete to offer the primary health-care insurance in the Netherlands, offer a private substitute for public health-care insurance in Germany, and offer a private option alongside the public system for patients in Australia and Sweden.
Remember, all six of these countries maintain universal health care.
But Canadians need not look beyond our own borders to see the benefits of private, for-profit provision of health services. Saskatchewan's Surgical Initiative (SSI) was introduced in 2010 with the express goal of reducing what were the country's longest wait times for medical treatment.
Under the SSI, select day surgeries were contracted out to private, for-profit clinics. A recent study by the former NDP finance minister of Saskatchewan, Prof. Janice MacKinnon, provided evidence that on average, private clinics delivered procedures at 26 per cent lower costs than public-sector equivalents. For example, in 2012, Regina Surgical Centres Inc. provided cataract surgeries at $618 per procedure compared to $1,273 in public hospitals in the Regina Qu'Appelle regional health authority.
The results in Saskatchewan have been stunning. The province has gone from having some of the longest wait times, on average, for medical treatment to having the shortest. The government's own wait time data indicates a decline of 75 per cent in the number of patients waiting three months or longer for surgery.
The reality is that for-profit provision of health-care services is commonplace among industrialized countries with universal health care. Canada is actually the oddity in limiting - and in some cases, actually prohibiting - such activities. Hopefully the Dr. Day case, if nothing else, will bring these important reform lessons to light for Canadians.
Bacchus Barua and Jason Clemens are economists at the Fraser Institute.
© 2016 Distributed by Troy Media


Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Matcha for Life - A Unique Product That Packs a Punch

BC-based SBT Seabuckthorn is pleased to announce the launch of the SBT Wellness Matcha, the newest addition to their line of nutritional teas.

Matcha for Life - A Unique Product That Packs a Punch
Peachland, Canada, September 28, 2016 --( Not your traditional Matcha – Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha is a powerful anti-inflammatory that is packed with sustainable nutrition. Made from gently dried seabuckthorn leaves, the Wellness Mathca is grown organically on the chilly Canadian Prairie. "Seabuckthorn thrives in cold climates so the Canadian Prairie is an ideal environment," said Seabuckthorn International Founder and President Susan McLoughlin. "Its unique nutritional synergies not only nourish us but also protect the plant itself in harsh environments."

Their Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha is caffeine free, packed with protein (24%), and rich in antioxidants, vitamins, & minerals. A recent study has shown that Seabuckthorn leaves contain 10x more flavonols than the Seabuckthorn berry. Flavonols are powerful anti-inflammatories that support heart, brain, bone, skin, digestive, & overall health. Its antioxidant properties also aid in preventing oxidative cell damage (aging). Overall Seabuckthorn Wellness Matcha helps to promote heart, skin, mobility, & liver health while increasing energy (naturally & without caffeine), and aiding in weight control.

The SBT Wellness Matcha is available in the USA through Desirée Nelson, INGREDIENT HUB, 949 374 755 and in Canada through iLevel Marketing, 416 342 0213.

Seabuckthorn International Inc. is a proudly West Coast Canadian company committed to helping conserve the earth, improve your health, and heal your skin with products made from the miracle that is Seabuckthorn. Our goal is to contribute to human health and wellness and the fact that Seabuckthorn is an eco-hero that has the capacity to help heal the planet makes us proud to work with it as a key ingredient in all of our products.
Contact Information
Seabuckthorn International Inc.
Susan McLoughlin

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Western Semi-Finalists Announced In The 2016 Eggland's Best "America's Best Recipe" Contest

Eggland's Best Turns to Fans to Help Choose "Best in Region" Winner
CEDAR KNOLLS, N.J., Sept. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Americans from across the
 country submitted their best state-inspired recipes for a chance to be named the top
recipe in America in the Eggland's Best "America's Best Recipe Contest." Today,
Eggland's Best announced the Western semi-finalist recipes that will compete for
 the title of "Best in Region."
Eggland's Best "America's Best Recipe" Contest
From now through October 14, consumers will help EB determine which
Western recipe will be named "Best in Region," and have the chance to
 win the $10,000 Grand Prize.  The Western recipe lineup includes fan
 favorites such as Dungeness Crab and EB Eggs Frittata, Creamy
Scrambled Eggs with Pine Nuts in Baked Potato Shells and many
other impressive healthy and delicious competing dishes.
"Each of the regional competitors have amazed us with the high-quality
and creative state-inspired dishes," said Charlie Lanktree, President and
CEO of Eggland's Best. "The Western semi-finalists' recipes show how
 easy it is to incorporate Eggland's Best eggs to elevate the nutrition
of any recipe. We hope these phenomenal recipes inspire people to
 think of new ways to enjoy the great taste of EB eggs." 
With dishes featuring Oregon smoked salmon and Nevada pine nuts, t
he "Best in Region" Western semi-finalist recipes include:
  • Alaska – Sugiyarti J. – Alaskan Wild Blueberry-White Chocolate Mousse Pie
  • California – Roxanne C. – Shrimp and Spinach Spirals
  • Idaho – Edwina G. – Monte Cristo Puffed Pancake with Warm Huckleberry Drizzle
  • Montana – Candice D. – Montana Huckleberry Cake
  • Nevada – Deborah B. – Creamy Scrambled Eggs with Pine Nuts in Baked Potato Shells
  • Oregon – Roxie P. – NW Salmon And Goat Cheese Deep Dish Quiche
  • Washington – Elise L. – Dungeness Crab and EB Eggs Frittata
Once the "Best in Region" recipes from across the U.S. are selected and
 announced, fans will once again be asked to take part in some friendly
 competition and vote for the recipe they believe should be named the
Grand Prize Winner and earn the title of "America's Best Recipe.
" The Grand Prize winner will be awarded $10,000 and a year's
supply of Eggland's Best eggs, "Best in Region" winners will receive
$1,000 each and State winners will receive prizes from Eggland's Best.
"I am so grateful to have been named the winner of the 2014 Eggland's Best
 "Your Best Recipe" Contest, and with such a delicious lineup of competitors,
 can't wait to see who will win this year's contest," says Lidia Haddadian of
 California who entered and won with her Chorizo Tostada Bites in 2014.
 "As a long-time loyal fan, I know that Eggland's Best eggs are simply superior
 in nutrition, freshness and taste, and I hope that people will be as excited as
 I am to try these extraordinary regional dish recipes."
Compared to regular eggs, Eggland's Best eggs contain 25 percent less
saturated fat, five times more vitamin D, more than double the Omega-3s,
 ten times more vitamin E and three times more vitamin B12. In addition, a
recent independent study showed that Eggland's Best eggs stay fresher longer
than ordinary eggs. Eggland's Best's superior nutritional profile is due to its
 proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil
and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.
For official contest rules and to vote for your favorite recipe,

About Eggland's Best EggsEggland's Best (EB) is the
No. 1 branded egg in the U.S. and is an excellent
source of Vitamins D, B12, and E, and a good source of Vitamin B5 and
Riboflavin. EB eggs have five times more Vitamin D, more than double the
Omega-3, 10 times more Vitamin E and 25 percent less saturated fat than
ordinary eggs.
The distinctive "EB" stamp on the shell assures consumers and food service
 customers that the eggs meet the highest production and safety standards.
 Eggland's Best was voted "America's Most Trusted Egg Brand" by American
 shoppers in the 2016 BrandSpark Most Trusted Awards, "America's
Most Recommended™ Eggs" by women in the 2016 Women's Choice
Awards, and has received numerous awards from Prevention Magazine,
Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Women's Health, and many others. 
In 2014, Eggland's Best was also awarded "Product of the Year" in the
 egg category by Product of the Year USA. Eggland's Best's hens are fed a
 strictly controlled, proprietary, high-quality all-vegetarian diet, which results
in a better tasting, more nutritious egg that stays fresher longer. EB eggs are
 available in large, extra-large, jumbo, cage free, organic, hard-cooked, cage
 free hard-cooked, liquid egg whites, and are certified Kosher.
 For more information, visit

Eggland's Best logo.

CONTACT: Kimberly Stover, 973-588-2000,

Monday, September 26, 2016

Steviva Ingredients Earns Rigorous Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification at New Manufacturing Facility in Portland

- To say Steviva Ingredients has grown since its inception in
 Thom King's garage in 1999 is
 an understatement. With annual sales in excess of $10
 million and a staff of 14
 employees, the local clean-label sweetening solutions 
supplier shows no sign 
of slowing down. Just this month, the 
Portland-based company recently 
earned its Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 certification at its new
 headquarters to the historic Guilds Lakes area in Portland.

Steviva Ingredients Community Garden

SQF Level 2 Certification:
Administered by the Food Marketing Institute and recognized by the Global Food
Safety Initiative, SQF is a rigorous food-safety management system that focuses
on the verification and validation of stringent food-safety and quality systems
 throughout the food supply chain.
"Ensuring the highest possible standards for quality control and food safety drives
everything we do," said Yishu Hou, quality and document control specialist at
Steviva Ingredients. "This certification reinforces that commitment to our
customers as a reliable, quality supply-chain partner."

New Headquarters:

At 26,500 square feet, Steviva's new headquarters building is four times as
 large as its previous location, which the company occupied for just three
 years before outgrowing. In addition to an expansive production facility and
 warehouse, the company has installed employee-centric amenities, including a
 yoga studio, archery range, rock-climbing wall and organic garden. Employees
 are encouraged to participate in the complimentary classes offered weekly by
a local certified yoga instructor in its studio, build their archery skills or strength
 at the rock-climbing wall before and after work, during breaks, at lunchtime
and during team-building sessions. 
Portland native Ian Wilson, founder of Portland Edible Gardens has installed a
 six-bay, raised-bed garden on the company property and is guiding employees
in the planting, caring and harvesting of plants, which include tomatoes, carrots,
beets, peppers, lettuces of all kinds, green beans, squash, basil, cucumber and stevia.
"Working with Steviva's employees in the garden has been a total joy for me,"
 said Wilson. "It is clear that they are truly invested in the success of this garden
and I can't help but believe that they feel the same way about the work they do
 every day for Steviva. What started as a place for learning and fun has grown
 into a powerful and important piece of a thriving business."
"Our goal is to create the type of environment where people can say, 'I GET to
go to work' instead of, 'I have to go to work,' " said Thom King, founder,
 president and CEO of Steviva Ingredients. "These kinds of community-building
 wellness activities allow our employees to recharge and help grow skill sets that
 build a sense of well-being and overarching success."

Future plans include the build out of a test kitchen at its headquarters facility.
 Steviva is in the process of procuring equipment to enable packing and
 co-packing in single-serve liquid sachets and powder packets, as well as
 a bottle-filling line and bag fillers for co-packing. The company is also in the
 process of building regional distribution centers in the Midwest and East coast.
About  Safe Quality Food (SQF) program :
The Safe Quality Food (SQF) program, a division of the Food Marketing Institute
 (FMI), is recognized by retailers and food service providers around the world
as a rigorous, credible food safety management system. It is the only major system
recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) that offers third-party
accredited certification for primary production, food manufacturing, distribution and
agent/broker management.

About Steviva Ingredients:
Steviva Ingredients Inc. is a global ingredient supplier with a focus on all-natural,
 high-intensity sweeteners and custom sweetening solutions for manufacturers.
 Steviva Ingredients sweeteners and bulk ingredients are GMO-free, soy-free,
 corn-free and allergen-free. More information is available at:

Cheryl Tessier, APR, 608-695-6510, Email  

Thom King, 310-455-9876, Email


Friday, September 23, 2016

Raise a Wooden Spoon to Salute National Cooking Day™ on September 25th Cooks Up First Holiday Commemorating Cooking
VALLEJO, Calif., -- September 25th is the country's first National Cooking Day™.
Cooked up by, the e-commerce site of Meyer Corporation, U.S.
– a leading cookware company – National Cooking Day aims to honor and
celebrate the act of home cooking, a common aspect of life that is often taken
 for granted. Moreover, the holiday is designed to inspire cooks to discover
and experience something new and enjoyable in the kitchen while preparing delicious food.
National Cooking Day is September 25th.

To learn about National Cooking Day, and become inspired to get cooking,
consumers can visit the holiday's official website,,
 which features a plethora of cooking tips, recipes, and inspiration for cooking
savory and sweet dishes. Consumers can participate in the holiday celebration
through social media by uploading a photo of their home-cooked meal on
 September 25th to Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag
#NationalCookingDay. Alternatively, photos can be uploaded to the
 website's "I Love Cooking" Gallery. For culinary inspiration,
cooking education, and informative content on cookware, consumers
can visit on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.
To receive a reminder to create a new and creative meal for the holiday,
 participants may RSVP on the Facebook event page.
A registered trademark of Meyer Manufacturing Company Limited,
National Cooking Day commemorates the profoundly positive impact
 that preparing a home cooked meal has on all aspects of our wellbeing.
In addition to the official website, National Cooking Day is featured
 on the following sites: Days of the Year, Scott Roberts and State Symbols USA.

End of a Season with Adventure Canada!

It's that time of year again--Haliburton County is opening its doors to over 3,000 hikers on over eighty guided hikes throughout the Haliburton Highlands. As a presenting sponsor, AC is delighted to be involved in helping people explore our beautiful home province--and what better way to do so than in the company of our incredible resource staff? We'll be hanging out and helping to lead hikes of various activity and fitness levels, not to mention hosting an evening with veteran AC host Ian Tamblyn. And don't miss the Saturday night mug-up with Betty and the Bobs at the Minden Community Centre!

September 22-25, 2016
Various Locations