Steven R. Pietro looks at employment opportunities available to military veterans

Steven R. Pietro

Military supplies firm owner Steven R. Pietro explores opportunities open to former service members.

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — According to Steven R. Pietro, co-founder of Native American service-disabled veteran owned military food supplies business Justice Government Supply, Inc., securing work following military service can be tough. It should today, however, he says, now be up to both large and small companies and local businesses, as well as individuals in the community, to do their part in assisting the country's invaluable veterans in securing employment in a civilian capacity.

The Veterans' Employment and Training Service suggests that the current rate of veteran unemployment in the United States stands at approximately 4 percent, a slight increase over recent years. While this largely mirrors current non-veteran unemployment rates according to figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment among veterans is often exacerbated by lingering stresses, strains, and physical injuries resulting from their time served selflessly in the military.

"While the government places significant importance on assisting veterans with reintegration and finding work, it's critical that local businesses and individuals are similarly committed to creating grassroots career paths and employment opportunities," Pietro explains.

Government assistance programs, such as the Veterans Employment Center, exist to connect veterans with both public and private employers offering much-needed job opportunities, he points out, while also assisting in the creation of resumes and portfolios, and further helping former military personnel to progress in their civilian lives and careers.

"In the first instance, however, addressing the requirement for valuable skills training is vital," suggests Pietro, "before then looking to create resulting employment opportunities for out-of-work veterans, post-training."

Supporting highly valuable, skilled work for veterans is, he says, something which affords struggling former military personnel not only a new sense of purpose but also a healthy source of income, both of which are essential to the continued well-being of the country's veterans.

"As a result, along with—and directly via—Justice Government Supply, Inc., I remain committed to seeking to drive employment opportunities and facilitate work and training for veterans through partnerships with other local businesses and organizations," Pietro explains.

"I hope to do this," he adds, wrapping up, "while also promoting an improved understanding of the numerous personal, social, and professional challenges faced by our nation's incredible veterans in the process."

A graduate of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, and San Diego's California Western School of Law, Steven R. Pietro currently resides in West Palm Beach, Florida. An experienced professional with a demonstrated history of working in both the public and private sectors, as well as within the military industry, Pietro is highly skilled in sales, team building, public speaking, management, and leadership, among other talents. To find out more about Steven R. Pietro and Justice Government Supply, Inc., please visit http://jgsfoods.com/.

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Christopher Goldberg unveils defense base insurance for workers

Mandatory as outlined in the U.S. Defense Base Act, Christopher Goldberg highlights the importance of defense base insurance for employers and their employees.

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The United States Defense Base Act, first enacted in 1941, is an extension of the federal workers' compensation program which covers longshoremen and harbor workers. Today, the Defense Base Act covers any person employed at a United States defense base overseas and is intended to provide medical treatment and compensation to employees of defense contractors injured in the course of employment, according to Christopher Goldberg, Executive Vice President of Gendelman Insurance Services.

Goldberg goes on to explain that, in the current version of the Defense Base Act, which is administered by the United States Department of Labor, there are five provisions which prompt obtaining the necessary insurance coverage.

First among these states that any company with an employee—including third-country nationals and non-U.S. citizens—working on a military base or reservation outside of the U.S. must seek the necessary cover. "This includes," says Goldberg, "those working for private employers on U.S. military bases, or on any land utilized by the U.S. for military purposes outside of the country and including U.S. territories."

The second provision states that cover is also necessary where any employee is engaged in U.S. government-funded public works business outside of the U.S. including construction and service contracts in connection with national defense. Similarly, and third among the provisions highlighted by Goldberg, the same applies where any employee is engaged in public works or military contracts with a foreign government which has been deemed necessary to the national security of the United States.

"Workers' insurance is also necessary where one or more employees are tasked with providing services funded by the U.S. government outside of the realm of regular military service," points out Goldberg of his fourth noted provision.

Lastly, Goldberg touches on employees of subcontractors. "Employees of any subcontractors involved in a contract similar to any of those highlighted above will also require the necessary defense base workers' insurance," he points out.

Defense Base Act insurance is available in the U.S. from Gendelman Insurance Services for contractors and subcontractors who work overseas. "Our dedicated Defense Base Act advisor team, headquartered in Washington, D.C., works with a multitude of Defense Base Act insurance carriers to protect your needs," the executive Vice President explains. "Furthermore," he adds, wrapping up, "in the unfortunate event of a claim, we will work directly with your team as required."

To learn more about Gendelman Insurance Services or to be connected to the company's Defense Base Act advisor team for a confidential assessment, please call 800-845-4145 to speak to an insurance concierge or visit https://www.gendelman.com/ for additional information.

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Jeffery Steven Stone completes investment deal on behalf of Ohio-based energy company

Jeffery Steven Stone

Investment Banking specialist Jeffery Steven Stone secures $1.6 million private equity raise on behalf of Autumn Ridge Energy.

NEW YORK , NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — An experienced and well-respected capital procurement specialist, a recent private equity raise arranged by Jeffery Steven Stone has seen the investment industry expert secure a seven-figure cash injection on behalf of Ohio-based energy company, Autumn Ridge Energy. A veteran of Wall Street, the deal marks another placement for Stone, a managing partner at New York City's Eurasian Capital, LLC, and follows a recent run of successful factor line, bridge, and other investments organized by the procurement specialist.

Autumn Ridge Energy, part of Autumn Ridge Enterprises, LLC, is an independent oil and gas production company based in Concord, Ohio, engaged in the business of exploring, developing, producing, and operating oil and gas wells. The organization's primary drilling operations currently take place in the Utica, Clinton, Marcellus, and Rose Run Sand formations of Northeastern Ohio, and the Shallow Oil Sands of Western Pennsylvania.

Autumn Ridge Energy and Autumn Ridge Enterprises, LLC have together sustained steady growth via a strategy of leasing and developing quality crude oil and natural gas prospects, as well as acquiring producing properties, according to Stone. "A family-owned company, they have expanded over the years by building a team of professionals comprised of exploration geologists, petroleum engineers, petroleum landmen, and various other key industry personnel," he reveals.

The $1.6 million private equity raise secured by Jeffery Steven Stone will see the firm revisit a portion of a former, once profitable oil field, targeting promising oil-producing sandstone. "Using modern drilling and recovery techniques, Autumn Ridge Energy will focus on substantial reserves of recoverable oil on the currently undeveloped 700-acre site which is several miles east of Warren, Pennsylvania,"explains stone.

Located in Warren County, Pennsylvania, the city of Warren is positioned along the Allegheny River. The county seat of Warren County, Warren is the principal city of the Warren, Pennsylvania Micropolitan Statistical Area. The site which is of interest to Autumn Ridge Energy, and based upon which Stone's investment deal has been secured, was first drilled for oil over 150 years ago. Total oil content available at the site today is understood to range from between 6,000 and 13,500 barrels per acre.

The economy of the city of Warren was at one time dominated by oil, with many of the area's large Victorian homes built using revenue generated by the local oil industry. According to Jeffery Steven Stone, however, in recent years, Warren has struggled economically, enduring a steady decline in population.

"It's my hope," he adds, wrapping up, "that renewed investment and interest in the area's oil industry, and with it, the arrival of Autumn Ridge Energy, will help to bolster the local economy and support new opportunities both in the city of Warren and in surrounding areas."

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Fucoidan, from brown seaweeds, offers an anti-HIV function and Immunoregulation by Dr. Susana Trujillo

Fucoidan- sulfated polysaccharides from brown seaweeds like Mozuku, Mekabu and Fucus – has been shown to inhibit human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection.

Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, can activate apoptosis and support the immune function.”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — It is shown that the sulfated polysaccharides in Fucoidan inhibit infection of both CD4+ and CD4- cell lines by HIV and that they inhibit HTLV-1 and, to a lesser extent, the simian retrovirus, MPMV, which use receptors other than CD4.2 In contrast to semisynthetic sulfated polysaccharides, natural brown seaweed polysaccharides (Fucoidan) do not show any visible anticoagulant activity at therapeutically administrable doses. 1 Advantages of the brown seaweed polysaccharides are their natural extraction process, wide spectrum of antiviral activity, absence of cytotoxic effects, no side effects during long-term use, and good absorbbability.3,4

The Immune System

The immune system is the body's defense against infectious organisms and other invaders. The immune system is made up of:

• Physical barriers: such as intact skin and mucous membranes.
• Chemical barriers: such as stomach acid and antibacterial substances in body fluids.
• Organs and cells: such as tonsils lymph glands and a variety of white blood cells.

How AIDS develops

In the presence of HIV, the immune system is slowly disrupted. HIV kills cells in the lymph nodes (small glands filled with immune cells that trap foreign organisms) and in other sites. This affects the balance of the immune system.5 Then, the virus levels in the blood and the lymph nodes increase because the immune system cannot keep up with the amount of virus constantly produced.6,7

HIV continually changes itself, avoiding attack by the antibodies and immune cells that normally control infections. Each generation of viruses is slightly different. This constant evolution helps HIV keep one step ahead of the immune system. Immune cells can only look for viruses that resemble the previous generation of HIV, so the virus constantly ‘escapes’ the immune system.7

CD4 T-cells gradually decline in number. This is because they are killed by HIV and because they are over-activated, and this leads to an increase in T-cell death.5,6 HIV destroys memory CD4 T-cells that have been primed to rapidly respond to infections. Therefore, infections such as Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) and Candida (thrush) develop when the CD4 cell count falls.7

HIV and the Immune System Response

Following the above, the presence of high levels of HIV in the body stimulates the immune system and huge numbers of HIV-specific CD4 T-cells are produced to contain the virus. However, these activated CD4 T-cells are also prime targets for the virus and can be rapidly infected and destroyed, leaving the body with weakened anti-HIV immune responses.8,9

Long-term non-progressors tend to maintain high levels of HIV-specific CD4 T-cells and CD8 T-cells that effectively control HIV replication and keep viral loads low.10,11 Stronger HIV-specific CD8 T-cell responses are significantly associated with greater viral load decline during primary infection.12,13 CD8 T-cells act against HIV in primary infection by killing HIV-infected cells and secreting chemokines.14,15

Fucoidan’s anti-HIV function

Fucoidan can protect healthy cells from becoming infected with the HIV/AIDS virus – in turn, Fucoidan can keep the virus from infecting those who have not contracted it.

Isolated Fucoidans from several brown seaweeds, for example, Undaria pinnatifida (Mekabu), Cladosiphon okamuranus (Mozuku) and Fucus vesiculosus (Fucus) exhibited potential antiviral effects against HSV-1 and HSV-2 deprived of cytotoxicity for Vero cell cultures. Elizondo-Gonzalez and colleagues reported that the isolated Fucoidan from Cladosiphon okamuranus (Mozuku) showed potent antiviral activity against Newcastle disease virus in the Vero cell line at the initial stages of infection. The viral formation declined by exposure of Fucoidan prior to cleavage of the fusion protein, which led to attachment of Fucoidan to the F0 protein. This finding was important to reassure that Fucoidan has anti-viral activities. Consequently, Fucoidan exhibited a better antiviral potency than ribavirin.17 Moen and Clark, 1993, studied isolated Fucoidan from F. vesiculosus, which showed its potential to suppress HIV RT in vitro.

Other studies showed that respective activities are not because of dispatching of target cells. Indeed, Fucoidan induced no adverse effects on protein metabolism and cell generation.16 HIV-1 infection of target cells is protected after preincubation with Fucoidan. Moreover, Fucoidan can effectively augment immune system health by activating immunoreactions of the cellular and humoral types and by increasing macrophage phagocytosis. In conclusion, Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, and can activate apoptosis.17 Scientists also examined Fucoidan for its anti-HIV-1 abilities, given its potent anti-herpetic properties. This anti-HIV-1 activity was not a result of Fucoidan working as a viricidal, but rather as a direct consequence of its ability to inhibit the early events of viral replication with Fucoidan. Moreover, Fucoidan can effectively augment immune system health by activating immunoreactions of the cellular and humoral types and by increasing macrophage phagocytosis.18 In conclusion, Fucoidan directly affects the secretion of extracellular matrix proteins, influences the proliferation of cells, can activate apoptosis and support the immune function.18

References:

1. Damonte E.B., Matulewicz M.C., Cerezo A.S. Sulfated seaweed polysaccharides as antiviral agents. Curr. Med. Chem. 2004;11:2399–2419. doi: 10.2174/0929867043364504. [PubMed]
2. McClure M.O., Moore J.P., Blanc D.F., Scotting P., Cook G.M., Keynes R.J., Weber J.N., Davies D., Weiss R.A. Investigations into the mechanism by which sulfated polysaccharides inhibit HIV infection in vitro. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 1992 Jan;8(1):19-26.
3. 5. Ghosh T., Chattopadhyay K., Marschall M., Karmakar P., Mandal P., Ray B. Focus on antivirally active sulfated polysaccharides: From structure-activity analysis to clinical evaluation. Glycobiology. 2009;19:2–15. [PubMed]
4. Routy JP et al. Comparison of clinical features of acute HIV-1 infection in patients infected sexually or through injection drug use. The investigators of the Quebec Primary HIV Infection Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr 24: 425-432, 2000
5. Aasa-Chapmen MM et al. Detection of antibody-dependent complement-mediated inactivation of both autologous and heterologous virus in primary human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infection. J Virol 79: 2823-2830, 2005
6. Huber M Complement lysis activity in autologous plasma is associated with lower viral loads during the acute phase of HIV-1 infection. PLoS Med 3(11): e441, 2006
7. Goujard C et al. CD4 cell count and HIV DNA level are independent predictors of disease progression after primary HIV Type 1 infection in untreated patients. Clin Inf

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National Drug Screening Recognizes 2018 Most Valuable Team Player and Top Gun Sales Award Winners

Each Year National Drug Screening hosts an annual corporate retreat to recognize team members, review past year performance, and plan for the coming year.

It's genuinely a pleasure to work in an environment that allows me to achieve such potential. I am very grateful for this honor.”

— Katherine Finnell

MELBOURNE, FL, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Congratulations to Katherine Finnell for being recognized as the National Drug Screening Most Valuable Team Player of 2018! At National Drug Screening (NDS), team is extremely important. This means both helping them grow personally and professionally, insuring they have a great work place, and recognizing accomplishments.

As a part of this, NDS hosts an annual corporate retreat to recognize team members, review past year performance, and plan for the coming year. This year featured numerous award winners and recognition in a variety of areas. The 2 Top awards each year are the Top Gun Sales Award and The NDS MVP Award. This years' winner of the Top Gun Award was Erika Hammer, who while "technically Part Time" achieved record breaking sales for 2018. NDS also recognizes the Most Valuable Team Player (MVP) for the Year. This is a person who consistently is reliable, is enthusiastic, is willing to help whenever needed. This is someone that seeks out ways to go above and beyond. The winner of 2018 MVP award is Katherine Finnell.

From the NDS Leadership Team: MVP Award Winner Katherine Finnell
"Katherine Does an amazing job; she is someone I can really count on. She always has a positive attitude and is a valued member of the team. I really would not want to imagine my job without her!" –Julie Floriano, VP Operations

"Katherine is always smiling and fun to work with; she is also very creative and willing to help wherever needed,"
–Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development

"Katherine is a valued member of the team; she not only does her job but is always willing to go above and beyond to help others'" — Joe Reilly, President

"Katherine is a pleasure to work with. She always has a great attitude and goes above and beyond her duties here at NDS. She is a major asset to our team and enjoy working with her." –Michelle Penny, Customer Support Supervisor

From the NDS Leadership Team: Top Gun Sales Award Winner Erika Hammer
"Erika is a very dedicated and knowledgeable member of our team. To say she goes above and beyond would be an understatement. This is her 2nd consecutive Top Gun Sales Award and my money is on her making a trifecta by the end of 2019." –Tom Fulmer, VP Business Development

"Erika exemplifies what is takes to be a great member of our sales and support team. She is constantly expanding her knowledge, making positive suggestions to improve service, and is very dedicated to serving our clients. Thanks for all you do!" — Joe Reilly, President

"Erika is a super star sales person. She always has a positive attitude and goes above and beyond to assist our customers when they call in. She is very thorough and helps the customer understand the steps involved with purchasing a drug test and/or setting up an on-going account." –Michelle Penny, Customer Support Supervisor

National Drug Screening would like to also recognize all the other award winners and team players at NDS. See more on our video spotlights, meet the team videos, and blogs on www.NationalDrugScreening.com . Want to know more about the culture at NDS? Check out this video: http://www.nationaldrugscreening.com/show-blog.php?id=550

About National Drug Screening
National Drug Screening (NDS) assists employers in reducing liability, improving safety, and attracting and retaining better employees by providing drug testing services, supervisor training, Drug free workplace policy development, and other employer resources. In addition to testing for employers and individuals, NDS provides MRO services, software, and training to assist other drug testing service providers. For more information, contact Tom Fulmer at 321-622-2040.

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$100,000 Grant Results in 750,000 Diapers for Diaper Banks Supporting Families Impacted by Government Shutdown

NDBN member diaper banks distributed diapers to furloughed federal employees.

Greater DC Diaper Bank is among the NDBN member diaper banks that have distributed diapers to furloughed federal workers and families impacted by the recent government shutdown.

National Diaper Bank Network uses GoFundMe grant to get 750,000 diapers to diaper banks supporting federal workers impacted by the recent government shutdown.

Going without pay for a month left many furloughed federal workers and their families straining to afford basic necessities, like diapers.”

— Joanne Goldblum, CEO National Diaper Bank Network

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) announced today that it has directed more than 750,000 diapers to 18 NDBN member diaper bank programs engaged in emergency diaper distribution efforts that are supporting federal workers impacted by the recent 35-day government shutdown.

The diaper donation was made possible by a $100,000 grant to NDBN from GoFundMe and the thousands of individuals who contributed to the “Government Shutdown Direct Relief Fund.”

“Going without pay for a month left many furloughed federal workers and their families straining to afford basic necessities, like diapers,” said NDBN CEO Joanne Goldblum. “Fortunately, diaper bank programs stepped in to help, much like they do following a natural disaster.”

“However, the unexpected demand depleted the number of diapers available to address ongoing diaper need among families living in poverty. The GoFundMe grant allows NDBN to get three-quarters of a million diapers back into these communities so they can continue to be there for families when needed.”

One in three U.S. families experiences diaper need, which is the struggle to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. A lack of clean diapers impacts the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of children and families.

NDBN member diaper banks sharing in the diapers include: Austin Diaper Bank; Diaper Bank of North Carolina (Durham); Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona (Tucson); Galveston Diaper Bank; Greater DC Diaper Bank (Washington); Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank; HappyBottoms (Kansas City); Help A Mother Out (San Francisco); Hope Supply Co. (Dallas); Jake’s Diapers (Kaukauna, Wisc.); Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank; Mitzvah Circle Foundation (Philadelphia); Nashville Diaper Connection; St. Louis Area Diaper Bank; Texas Diaper Bank (San Antonio); The Diaper Bank of Connecticut (North Haven); Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank (Pittsburgh); and WestSide Baby (Seattle).

Other national nonprofits receiving grants from the GoFundMe campaign include World Central Kitchen, Feeding America, and Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA). To date, the fund has received more than $470,000 in donations.

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to help meet the basic needs of all babies and their families…including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 200 diaper banks, diaper pantries, and food banks located in 47 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Twitter (@DiaperNetwork) and Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork).

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Fucoidan’s Ability to Prevent the Flu and Its Ability to Inhibit the Influenza A Virus by Dr. Susana Trujillo

The immune system is actively finding ways to prevent viruses, bacteria and infected cells from affecting our health.

Besides the ability of Fucoidan (Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus) to enhance the immune system naturally, they are also able to produce higher antibody titers against all three strains of influenza. ”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — When our immune system is weak, some viruses can "hide" inside certain cells in our bodies and avoid being totally removed by the immune system. Some viruses can do this for a long time.

The best flu prevention strategy is basic — good nutrition (including taking natural health supplements), regular exercise, and enough sleep. You can also wash hands frequently and avoid people who have the flu. Still, it's hard to prevent contact with microorganisms (germs). Therefore, the best way to prevent the flu and other diseases is by keeping yourself healthy.

Flu is an infectious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.1 Some of the symptoms caused by Influenza (a viral infection) are fever, chills, sore throat, muscle aches, and cough that lasts a week or more.1 People commonly use the term "flu" to define any kind of respiratory or gastrointestinal illness, such as colds or diarrhea and vomiting that resemble “influenza-like-illness” (ILI) symptoms. However, influenza usually associated with more severe illness and lasts longer than the common cold and, normally, influenza does not cause vomiting or diarrhea in adults.2

Because influenza viruses are constantly mutating and there are different strains and subtypes that are prevalent among human populations from year to year, outbreaks and epidemics occur in certain geographical areas or countries. Occasionally, an influenza strain will emerge to cause an influenza pandemic that spreads globally and is usually associated with more severe disease and increased mortality.6

Most people recover from influenza without any complications and develop immunity to future infection with the same strain or a related influenza strain that may prevent illness symptoms or make illness less severe.10 However, there is an increased risk for serious complications and death for the elderly and those with compromised immune systems or who are suffering from diabetes, kidney dysfunction, heart disease, and other chronic health issues.8

The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to adapt good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu.9 There also are natural health supplements like Fucoidan with antiviral properties that can be used to treat and prevent the flu. The different types of Fucoidan (Mozuku, Mekabu and Fucus) offer the nutrients you can take to protect yourself and others from flu and help stop the spread of germs.

In relationship to the nutritional health supplements that can help you prevent the flu, one of the most studied brown seaweeds is Mekabu, which contains Fucoidan a sulfated polysaccharide extracted from the sporophylls of the edible seaweed (U. pinnatifida)11 and long used as a traditional food in Japan, has attracted attention as an agent that enhances immune function because various types of Fucoidan reportedly have physiological activities such as antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic, anticoagulant, and antitumor effects.12 For virus infection in mice, oral administration of Mekabu Fucoidan increased neutralizing antibody production in the mucosa and blood and inhibited viral growth. At the same time, Mekabu Fucoidan also demonstrated to enhance immune function through mechanisms involving natural killer (NK) cell activation and increased production of IFN-γ and IL-12 in animal studies.11 The WHO announced a new influenza pandemic on 11 June 2009.13 Three influenza pandemics (Spanish, Asian, and Hong Kong) in the 20th century, and more recently the extremely pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) with high lethality reported in Hong Kong in 1997, indicate that humans have long been facing influenza threats. The emergence of new influenza viruses and human epidemics is now recognized as a serious global health problem.13

One study from the Mukogawa Women’s University in Japan reported that their study “showed a possible adjunctive role of Mekabu Fucoidan in antibody production in the elderly, although further studies on the underlying immunomodulatory mechanisms are needed.”14

Recent studies focused on antiviral compounds obtained from natural resources. Many extracts from brown seaweeds have been isolated and tested for pharmacological purposes, and their antiviral activity has been demonstrated in vitro and in vivo. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide present in the cell wall matrix of brown algae that has been demonstrated to inhibit certain enveloped viruses with low toxicity. One important study evaluated the potential antiviral activity and the mechanism of action of fucoidan from Cladosiphon okamuranus against Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV0 in the Vero cell line.

In conclusion, besides the ability of Fucoidan (Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus) to enhance the immune system naturally, they are also able to produce higher antibody titers against all three strains of influenza. The immune system is compromised in people with a weak immunity, still there are healthy habits like taking Fucoidan on a daily basis that can be adapted to be healthier and to avoid getting sick too often.

References:
1. CDC. Influenza – Flu symptoms & Complications. Oct. 20, 2017.
2. World Health Organization. Influenza. Oct. 2, 2014.
3. 3 Centers for Disease Control. Transmission of Influenza Viruses from Animals to Humans. Aug. 19, 2014.
4. CDC. How the Flu Virus Changes.
5. CDC. Types of Influenza Viruses. Sept. 27, 2017.
6. Nordqvist C. Pandemics: Past, Present and Future. Medical News Today Jan. 11, 2016.
7. Taubenberger JK, Morens DM. 1918 Influenza: The Mother of All Pandemics. Emerg Infect Dis 2006; 12(1): 16-22.
8. CDC. Influenza – Flu symptoms & Complications. Oct. 20, 2017.
9. Centers for Disease Control. Estimates of Deaths Associated with Seasonal Influenza — United States, 1976—2007. MMWR Aug. 27, 2010, 59(33);1057-1062.
10. CDC. Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu. Dec 9, 2016.
11. Cumashi A, Ushakova NA, Preobrazhenskaya ME, D’Incecco A, Piccoli A, Totani L, Tinari N, Morozevich GE, Berman AE, Bilan MI, et al. Consorzio Interuniversitario Nazionale per la Bio-Oncologia, Italy. A comparative study of the anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, antiangiogenic, and antiadhesive activities of nine different fucoidans from brown seaweeds. Glycobiology. 2007;17:541–52.
12. Maruyama H, Tamauchi H, Hashimoto

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The Positive Effects of Fucoidan from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus in Reducing Osteoarthritis Symptoms by Dr Susana Trujillo

Osteoarthritis is the most predominant form of arthritis.1 At the same time, osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic health conditions among adults.

Supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. ”

— Dr. Susana Trujillo

NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Osteoarthritis has an inflammatory element affecting the synovium (the soft tissue that lines the spaces of diarthrodial joints, tendon sheaths, and bursae) and cartilage, which leads to subchondral bone tissue breakdown, resulting in pain, stiffness, and joint failure.2 Several studies have suggested that osteoarthritis joint degeneration occurs from a combination of mechanical stresses and biochemical factors.3 Chondrocytes as well as synovial cells, in an elevated osteoarthritis condition, express inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin (IL)-1β and the tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α. As a result, there is an increase in the matrix metalloproteinase (MMPs) and some pro-inflammatory cytokines such as IL-8, IL-6, prostaglandin E2, and nitric oxide.3

Osteoarthritis models can be classified into primary (spontaneous) and secondary (post-traumatic OA, including induced models) osteoarthritis.4 At the same time, obesity has long been recognized as a potential risk factor for osteoarthritis, especially in the knees. By increasing the mechanical forces across weight-bearing joints, obesity or the excess of body weight may lead to cartilage degeneration. Other causes such as inflammation and lipid metabolism disorder in obesity are also associated with osteoarthritis. Recent studies reported that inflammatory cytokines such as leptin, adiponectin, and IL-1β are involved in obesity-associated in osteoarthritis.2,4

Various approaches used to treat osteoarthritis include non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatments. Pharmacological treatments include analgesics or anti-inflammatory agents such as acetaminophen, cyclooxygenase (COX)-2 inhibitors, glucosamine/chondroitin sulfates, non-selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and intra-articular (IA) corticosteroids. Still, these treatments have side effects, for example, NSAIDs are correlated with an increased risk of cardiovascular (CV), severe gastrointestinal (GI), and renal injuries. Based on the diverse and various side effects, various studies have focused on functional foods for the treatment and prevention of osteoarthritis, which may result in the promotion of cartilage health and safety, even after long-term use.1,3

A very interesting and helpful functional food is known as Fucoidan. Fucoidan is a sulfated polysaccharide that contains L-fucose and sulfate groups and found in various species of brown seaweed such as Cladosipohon okamuranus (Mozuku), Undaria pinnatifida (Mekabu) and Fucus vesiculosus (Fucus). Because of their pharmacological properties such as the antioxidant,9 anti-tumor,9 anti-inflammation,10 anti-diabetic,10 and anti-obesity properties,7 Fucoidan has gained significant attraction. Recent studies indicated that Fucoidan has the potential to suppress inflammation in collagen-induced osteoarthritis. Furthermore, Fucoidan is potent as a therapeutic agent that provides hypolipidemic and anti-inflammatory properties.

Fucoidan obtained from brown seaweeds shows promise in taking on aspects of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.6 In another study, a team of researchers looked at the effect of Fucoidan on markers of rheumatoid arthritis in laboratory conditions and published their findings in Inflammation. Their findings concluded that: “Fucoidan may have therapeutic potential in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.”7 Additionally, a third study looked at the effects of fucoidan on symptoms and inflammatory cytokine activation in 40 rats with osteoarthritis. The scientists found “that administration of fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis” in the rats. These results were published in The Journal of Medicinal Food.6

Fucoidan extracted from Mekabu, Mozuku and Fucus showed anti-inflammatory effects on osteoarthritis induced inflammation. The hypolipidemic properties worked against fat accumulation and protected the joint and cartilage on osteoarthritis induced male rats. In addition, supplementation with fucoidan decreased the leptin and IL-1β levels. These studies suggest that the oral administration of Fucoidan may improve the obesity and meniscal/ligamentous injury-induced osteoarthritis. At the same time, Fucoidan also can enhance the immune system and to improve the Quality of Life in people with osteoarthritis.

References:
1. Cross, M.; Smith, E.; Hoy, D.; Nolte, S.; Ackerman, I.; Fransen, M.; Bridgett, L.; Williams, S.; Guillemin, F.; Hill, C.L.; et al. The global burden of hip and knee osteoarthritis: Estimates from the global burden of disease 2010 study. Ann. Rheum. Dis. 2014, 73, 1323–1330.
2. Allen, K.D.; Golightly, Y.M. Epidemiology of osteoarthritis: State of the evidence. Curr. Opin. Rheumatol. 2015, 27, 276–283.
3. Barve, R.A.; Minnerly, J.C.; Weiss, D.J.; Meyer, D.M.; Aguiar, D.J.; Sullivan, P.M.; Weinrich, S.L.; Head, R.D. Transcriptional profiling and pathway analysis of monosodium iodoacetate-induced experimental osteoarthritis in rats: Relevance to human disease. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2007, 15, 1190–1198.
4. Henrotin, Y.; Kurz, B. Antioxidant to treat osteoarthritis: Dream or reality? Curr. Drug Targets 2007, 8, 347–357.
5. Krasnokutsky, S.; Attur, M.; Palmer, G.; Samuels, J.; Abramson, S.B. Current concepts in the pathogenesis of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthr. Cartil. 2008, 16, S1–S3.
6. Lee, D.-G.; Park, S.-Y.; Chung, W.-S.; Park, J.-H.; Hwang, E.; Mavlonov, G.T.; Kim, I.-H.; Kim, K.-Y.; Yi, T.-H. Fucoidan prevents the progression of osteoarthritis in rats. J. Med. Food 2015, 18, 1032–1041.
7. Kuyinu, E.L.; Narayanan, G.; Nair, L.S.; Laurencin, C.T. Animal models of osteoarthritis: Classification, update, and measurement of outcomes. J. Orthop. Surg. Res. 2016, 11.
8. Dobashi, K.; Nishino, T.; Fujihara, M.; Nagumo, T. Isolation and preliminary characterization of fucose-containing sulfated polysaccharides with blood-anticoagulant activity from the brown seaweed hizikia fusiforme. Carbohydr. Res. 1989, 194, 315–320.
9. Millet, J.; Jouault, S.C.; Vidal, B.; Sternberg, C.; Theveniaux, J.; Mauray, S.; Fischer, A.M. Antithrombotic and anticoagulant activities of a low molecular weight fucoidan by the subcutaneous route. Thromb. Haemost. 1999, 81, 391–395.
10. Park, H.Y.; Han, M.H.; Park, C.; Jin, C.-Y.; Kim, G.-Y.; Choi, I.-W.; Kim, N.D.; Nam, T.-J.; Kwon, T.K.; Choi, Y.H. Anti-inflammatory effects of fucoidan through inhibition of NF-κB, MAPK and AKT activation in lipopolysaccharide-induced BV2 microglia cells. Food Chem. Toxicol. 2011, 49, 1745–1752.

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Renowned Author Dr. Gregg Jantz is Also the Founder of The Center, A Place of Hope

Dr. Gregg Jantz

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON, USA, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — Dr. Gregg Jantz has penned a range of self-help books that explore meaningful topics such as overcoming anxiety and stress and defeating eating disorders. Besides lecturing and writing, he shares his vision of hope, peace, and healthy living through The Center, a Place of Hope in Edmonds, Washington.

Dr. Gregg Jantz believes in a “whole-person” approach to care, which means that he considers emotional, intellectual, physical, relational, and spiritual existence when helping others through their problems. This way of addressing common issues like anxiety, stress, and depression helps his audience arrive at holistic, long-term solutions. He’s spent decades researching common problems, penning his thoughts, and giving guest lectures to provide healthier, more impactful alternatives to typical treatment.

At A Place of Hope, Dr. Gregg Jantz leads a team of 40 world-class, licensed and board-certified professionals who provide unparalleled treatment for a number of health issues. Patients of The Center, A Place of Hope are treated for things such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, drug and alcohol addictions, PTSD and more. The Center was even recognized as one of the top 10 facilities in the entire U.S. for treating depression. The operation has helped transform lives of patients from across the country and around the world since opening in 1984.

“Life can be difficult at times, and many find themselves struggling with depression, eating disorders, addiction, broken marriages, and more,” says Dr. Gregg Jantz. “But we know that those struggles do not define that individual, and there is always hope for a balanced, healthy and happy future.”

After he spent years researching and discovering a holistic solution for eating disorders, depression and the like, Dr. Gregg Jantz wanted to increase both his ability to help his patients and his capacity for learning. From that, he brought together a team of world class professionals to address the medical, physical, psychological, emotional, nutritional, fitness and spiritual considerations involved in recovery. Dr. Jantz named this team’s facility The Center, A Place of Hope and has used it in its full capacity to transform patients’ lives ever since.

The Center tailors treatment programs to both men and women, covering a broad range of healthcare issues. It may come as a surprise that such intricate, individualized levels of care and treatment programs are offered at a fraction of the cost of most in-patient, hospital-based programs. However, you can compare prices for yourself.

The team at The Center understands that it’s ultimately up to each individual to seek help for their personal recovery. However, they promise to do their very best, to give patients all there is to offer, and to stay with them each step of the way toward healing.

“We are passionate about our work, and compassionate about those who seek help with us,” says Dr. Gregg Jantz. “It is a sacred trust to put faith in our treatment team, and we work very hard to ensure that each person receives expert care…and receives their life back.”

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Women’s Rights Forum Brings Issues to Clearwater

United for Human Rights of Florida regularly hosts seminars to raise awareness of basic human rights.

The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced in 1923, [b]ut nearly one hundred years later, it has only been ratified by 37 states.”

— Sanna Heden,D/ED UHR's Florida Chapter

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, US, January 31, 2019 /EINPresswire.com/ — On Saturday February 9th, United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida Chapter will host a forum on Women’s rights at their center, located at 29 N. Fort Harrison Ave, in downtown Clearwater. The event begins at 2:00 and there is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“The purpose of these forums is to talk about those issues we don't normally talk about elsewhere, to get the discussion going so we can come up with the solutions to pay forward,” said Sanna Heden, the Deputy Executive Director for UHR’s chapter in Florida.

One issue that is discussed is the idea of employment equality – women receiving the same opportunities and pay as their similarly-qualified male counterparts.

On Saturday February 9th, United for Human Rights (UHR) Florida Chapter will host a forum on Women’s rights at their center, located at 29 N. Fort Harrison Ave, in downtown Clearwater. The event begins at 2:00 and there is no cost to attend. Refreshments will be served.

“The purpose of these forums is to talk about those issues we don't normally talk about elsewhere, to get the discussion going so we can come up with the solutions to pay forward,” said Sanna Heden, the Deputy Executive Director for UHR’s chapter in Florida.

One issue that is discussed is the idea of employment equality – women receiving the same opportunities and pay as their similarly-qualified male counterparts.

“The Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution was first introduced in 1923,” said Heden. “But nearly one hundred years later, it has only been ratified by 37 states.”

“This amendment would guarantee equal rights regardless of sex and many people think it is a done deal, but it is not, which is why this conversation needs to continue” said Heden.

The Women’s Rights Forum is every second Saturday of the month and has successfully brought together women of diverse backgrounds to discuss solutions to a lack of women’s rights.

To attend this forum or for more information about United for Human Rights, please call (727) 467-6960 or email cristian@humanrights.com.

United for Human Rights:

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspired by the words of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.” UHR’s purpose is to teach youth their human rights in order to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

“This amendment would guarantee equal rights regardless of sex and many people think it is a done deal, but it is not, which is why this conversation needs to continue” said Heden.

The Women’s Rights Forum is every second Saturday of the month and has successfully brought together women of diverse backgrounds to discuss solutions to a lack of women’s rights.

To attend this forum or for more information about United for Human Rights, please call (727) 467-6960 or email cristian@humanrights.com.

United for Human Rights:

United for Human Rights (UHR) is an international non-profit, non-religious educational program based off of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and inspired by the words of Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, “Human Rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.” UHR’s purpose is to teach youth their human rights in order to create valuable advocates for tolerance and peace.

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