Friday, January 12, 2018

Chicago Detours' Pedway Map Helps Chicagoans Avoid Winter Weather


Escape the Cold with the Chicago Pedway


"Chicago Detours Shares Free Pedway Map"
 As temperatures drop again, Chicago Detours encourages Chicagoans to download the free Chicago Pedway Map to navigate the system of passages that connect buildings in downtown Chicago. The top-rated tour company offers it for download on their website, and guests on the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour, which is offered seven days a week, receive professionally printed copies as a gift.

Executive Director Amanda Scotese had the map to designed to be user friendly. She found that guests on the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour were intimidated to enter into unmarked doors, so the map elucidates where exactly entrances are to access the 40-block-long network of passages.

The two-page map, which is designed to be printed and folded into a sort of booklet versus viewed online, divides the extensive Pedway system into sections. It includes helpful details, such as the disparate open hours for different sections and tips on navigating the system.

Chicago Detours' Executive Director Amanda Scotese was featured on January 2, 2018 on WGN-TV's "Evening News." They ran a segment on the Chicago Pedway System. Scotese has been interviewed by various television stations to talk about the Pedway over the years.

Scotese originally designed the map in 2012 as a useful guide that would welcome people into using the system. While other maps of the Pedway exist, such as the city's version from early 2013, they do not outline where exactly to access the Pedway, which is one of the most confusing aspects of the system.

"I found from the guests on our Loop Interior Architecture Tour that lots of people are not nearly as nosy as I am!" Scotese explains, "While I am used to just walking into downtown places that I know are open to the public, like building lobbies, people who don't live or work in downtown Chicago may not so naturally step inside. By marking all stairways and entrances to buildings and passages that connect with the Pedway, our map explicitly delineates where people are permitted to enter buildings."

The Chicago Pedway system extends more than 40 blocks to connect close to 50 buildings, train stations and underground parking structures. More information about the Chicago Pedway System can be found on the Chicago Detours Blog

Chicago Detours is a team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, founded by Amanda Scotese, who honed her skills as a tour professional during the several years she has worked as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with the travel company of Rick Steves. Scotese studied architecture, urbanism, and art history through her interdisciplinary M.A. in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. The creative tour company blogs about Chicago architecture and history at
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One Day, One Night: An Awe-Inspiring Account Of Life At The Bottom Of The World

One Day, One Night: An Awe-Inspiring Account Of Life At The Bottom Of The World

 Imagine, for a moment, spending one year at the bottom of the world, in 100-below-zero temperatures. One couple chose to not only imagine it, but to also live it, and they've written a riveting account of their unforgettable experiences.
In One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole, scientist John Bird along with writer and composer Jennifer McCallum take readers along on a journey like no other, as they fly to the middle of Antarctica and live under the dome for a year with 50 other researchers at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.
The book's title is a nod to the six-month-long "day” of 24-hour sunlight and the six-month-long "night” of perpetual darkness. The nonfiction narrative provides a candid, first-hand account of the challenges the couple faced as they tried to adapt — both physically and emotionally — to a year of isolation in the unforgiving environment.
One Day, One Night also immerses readers in the station's incredible microcosm of scientific discovery, where researchers study not only the mysteries of climate change that lie frozen beneath them but also the astrophysics of the heavens above through the famous South Pole Telescopes.
The Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station is where world-class science happens against a backdrop of spectacular natural phenomena and where the extreme conditions prove that the human body's ability to adapt is nothing short of miraculous.
Author Jennifer McCallum holds an M.A. in music composition and has composed chamber and choral works. While living at the South Pole, she wrote an article for The Globe and Mail titled "Poetry at the South Pole,” and she also wrote a feature-length cover story for Musicworks, a magazine circulated among the Canadian and American experimental music scene. Musicworks also distributed a sound recording of her chamber work, "Continuus Line,” which describes barren landscapes.
As an atmospheric scientist, author John Bird spent several winters at a remote observatory near the North Pole studying the ozone hole, prior to his posting at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. He holds a Ph.D. in space science and has taught at several universities, including Imperial College in London. He climbed the Matterhorn and Denali mountains, and broke the world altitude record for hang gliding by descending from a helium balloon at 35,000 feet. He has trained with NASA astronauts both underwater and in zero-g aircraft to develop experiments. He has published over 70 magazine articles and peer-reviewed scientific papers. He is the author of The Upper Atmosphere, published by NASA.
One Day, One Night: Portraits of the South Pole was awarded Honorable Mention from the New York Book Festival and was a finalist in the New Generation Indie Book Awards.
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Lexus, Mazola®, State Farm® and ‘Fifty Shades Freed’ Team Up with Telemundo for Creative In-Show Integrations

Series Premieres Sunday, January 14 at 8 p.m. /7c on Telemundo
  Telemundo today announced the integrated sponsors of the highly-anticipated first season of "MasterChef Latino," a new, Spanish-language version of the Emmy Award-winning MasterChef franchise. Lexus, Mazola, State Farm and Universal Pictures have signed on among other sponsors of the prestigious, international reality culinary competition, a format that comes to U.S. Hispanic television for the first time in 2018. Hosted by Mexican TV star Aracely Arámbula, this Spanish-language version brings the culture, food and flavors of Latin American countries with a diverse representation of participants who love to cook and can create anything from delicious Texan enchiladas and California fish tacos, to Puerto Rican mofongo, among others. A group of aspiring chefs will put their culinary skills to the test to compete for the grand cash prize of $100,000 dollars and the title of the first-ever "MasterChef Latino" in the U.S.

"We're excited to work with advertisers, across multiple categories, who see the value in reaching Hispanic consumers in Spanish-language television to help drive their business forward," said Laura Molen, Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Hispanic Advertising Sales, NBCUniversal. "'MasterChef Latino' is a great new offering for marketers to reach Telemundo’s valuable, young audience and effectively engage viewers, as our engagement research proves that Telemundo's viewers can increase brand love by as much as +31% for these brands. Also, cooking is an important cultural pillar to the Hispanic audience, specifically with Telemundo viewers, as they are 81% more likely than the general population to claim the kitchen as the most important room in the house."

will showcase the prestige and performance of their LX SUV while transporting the contestants to the "MasterChef Latino" kitchen for their challenges. As the contestants ride to the kitchen, they will reminisce about their experience in the competition and highlight elements of the luxury vehicle.

oil will be integrated into a Mystery Box challenge where the brand will be one of the ingredients to create a healthy dish aligning to Heart Health Month in February. In addition, on Telemundo's Emmy Award-winning morning show, "Un Nuevo Día," Chef James will use heart-healthy Mazola to create an original recipe in a custom cooking segment aligned to MasterChef Latino.

State Farm
will have branding throughout the entire season with a focus on providing safety tips dedicated to educating viewers on how to be safe in the kitchen while cooking. Within the first integration, State Farm will be thematically integrated into a team challenge where contestants must prepare a meal for the Fire Department, EMT's and First Responders who came to the aid of Floridians during Hurricane Irma. During the final integration on finale night, the contestants will reflect on their journey and sacrifices with guidance and advice from State Farm. In addition, viewers can tune in to a Facebook Live featuring one of the eliminated contestants as they reflect on their MasterChef Latino journey.

Universal Pictures 
will tease the highly anticipated final chapter of the "Fifty Shades" franchise, "Fifty Shades Freed," by integrating into an entire episode of "MasterChef Latino," featuring never-before-seen footage from the upcoming film. During a series of challenges throughout the episode, contestants will be tasked with preparing meals themed and inspired by "Fifty Shades Freed," in theaters February 9.

During the "MasterChef Latino" competition on Telemundo, viewers will get to see 14 participants competing in challenges and overcoming the various culinary tests. Finalists will have to show they are the best and prove to the three judges – distinguished Chefs Benito Molina, Claudia Sandoval and Ennio Carota – why they deserve to win the competition, fulfilling his or her dream of becoming the first "MasterChef Latino" of the United States.

Viewers can find more on "MasterChef Latino" on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @MCLatinoTV.

"MasterChef Latino" is a Endemol Shine Boomdog production for Telemundo.

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises
NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo Internacional, Telemundo International Studios, Universo, and a Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 17 owned stations, 55 affiliates and its national feed. Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico. Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as BuzzFeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; Telemundo International Studios, a production unit focused on creating high-end short form, scripted formats for international markets; and Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

HILTON | ASMUS CONTEMPORARY >> David Yarrow "Wild Encounters" HELD OVER THRU FEBRUARY 23!!! (Chicago, IL.)

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Thru February 23, 2018


For those of you who missed David Yarrow's WILD ENCOUNTERS exhibition at
Hilton|Asmus Contemporary, you will have the chance to see these powerful images up close and personal through February 23rd. We have extended the show for the next six weeks by popular demand! 

David Yarrow's "Wild Encounters" has been the most successful show in the history of our gallery!   Half the show sold out within the first two days and many more of David's editions have sold out within the last two months never to be available again.  
Last November, David spent two weeks in Chicago photographing one of his favorite   cities.  The result was two magnificent images of a grey wolf in the heart of the Riverwalk that we will receive very soon.  Please watch out for our announcement and information about the latest releases.  Call or email at any time with questions at 312.852.8200 or

In the meantime, we welcome you to stop by within the next few weeks to see WILD ENCOUNTERS.  Click here for more information.




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Chicago DCASE 2018 Exhibition Schedule at the Chicago Cultural Center - FREE
Highlights include Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush; Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural; Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle; and African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race.
Many of the exhibitions will highlight the Year of Creative Youth citywide
Admission to All Exhibitions and Performances is FREE.
Year of Creative Youth
January–December 2018
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2018 as the “Year of Creative Youth.” The $2 million investment by the City of Chicago will include a Creative Youth Festival across the Millennium Park Campus, performance opportunities for teens at city festivals and partner events, cultural grants and convenings for youth arts organizations and a marketing campaign among other events.
Temporary Distortion: The Illusion & The Aftermath
January 19–28
Wednesdays–Saturdays, 1–7 p.m.; Sundays 10–4 p.m.
This performance by Temporary Distortion unfolds slowly over the course of six-hours for a meditating audience. Meditation cushions and headphones are provided for the audience to come and go as they wish, staying for only as long as they would like. For someone in the room without headphones, the performance is virtually silent.
Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
Project Tool
January 25–February 8
Dancers, using handheld tools and legacy processes, explore the relationship between mind, body and tool. While sawing, hammering, sanding and nailing, the dancers collaborate with tools as if they are partners in a dance with the body while building a wood, spring dance floor upon which they dance. Artistic direction by Onye Ozuzu.
Chicago Cultural Center, Garland Gallery, 1st Floor
Thursday, January 25, 5:30pm: Opening Reception
Friday, February 2, 5:30pm & Saturday, February 3, 2pm: Performances
de-skinned: duk ju l kim recent work
February 3–April 15
Chicago-based artist Duk Ju L. Kim was born in Busan, South Korea and spent her formative years in Tehran, Iran. The historical, geopolitical, and current events that shaped her early life and her perception of the world are present in her paintings. Cities lie in ruins, layers of psychological, architectural history pile up and human figures take on the structure of buildings–appear amidst the rubble.
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor
February 9, 58 p.m.: Exhibition Open House
Xavier Toubes Vilarino: Descriptions Without a Place. PushMoon4
February 3–April 15
The exhibition of sculptural ceramics presents work with sensuous possibilities. The deft handling of material and skillful glaze technique is created by the palms but executed at the back of the mind. The “fluttering inventions” mingle experience with emotions, touching on the real, aware of the historical moment but un-consumed by it. The objects are fluid, electrical, absurd, theatrical and existential…with wild lone beauty.
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor
February 9, 58 p.m.: Exhibition Open House
Cleveland Dean: Recto/Verso – Duality of a Fragile Ego
February 3–April 15
The abstract and conceptual works by Cleveland Dean are presented through a wide range of prosaic materials executed in mixed-media on panels and sculptures. The charred and highly reflective surfaces, grids, wood, cement and resin create tension-filled objects that invite the viewer to reflect into their own psyche and remind them that they are greater than they may believe.
Michigan Avenue Galleries, 1st Floor
February 9, 58 p.m.: Exhibition Open House
Rosy Simas, Skin(s)
February 810, 7 p.m.
Skin(s) shares the beauty and diversity of how Native people identify and examines the contradictions, pride, joy, pain and sorrow that arise out of our many dimensions of identity. The dance performance explores what we hold, reveal and receive through our skin.
Dance Studio, First Floor North
Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush
February 10–May 6
Nina Chanel Abney: Royal Flush is the first solo exhibition in a museum for the Chicago-born artist. The exhibition is a 10-year survey of approximately 30 of the artist’s paintings, watercolors and collages. Abney, born in 1982, is at the forefront of a generation of artists that is unapologetically revitalizing narrative figurative painting, and as a skillful storyteller, she visually articulates the complex social dynamics of contemporary urban life. The exhibition is organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
February 9, 58 p.m.: Exhibition Open House
Scott Stack: Interior and Exterior
February 10 – May 6
This exhibition presents 12 recently completed, large-scale paintings that challenge our perceptual capabilities as well as defy conventional categories and operations of abstract and representational traditions in modern painting.
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
February 9, 5–8 p.m.: Exhibition Open House
Keith Haring: The Chicago Mural
March 3–September 23
Having rocketed to worldwide fame in the 1980s, graffiti artist Keith Haring worked with 500 Chicago Public School students to paint a monumental mural in Chicago's Grant Park in 1989. This exhibition includes a large selection of the mural reflecting the artist's  incisive draftsmanship and unsettling cast of symbolic characters (atomic baby, barking dog). Soon after the Chicago project, Haring died tragically of HIV-AIDS in 1990.
Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North
Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle
June 2–October 1
This multi-faceted project explores the past, present and future of North America’s Great Lakes – one of the world’s most emblematic and ecologically significant ecosytems.  Painted in Rockman’s signature, meticulous but visionary hyper-realist style, the works in the exhibition are anchored by five mural-sized (72” x 144”) oil paintings, each exploring a theme that emerged during Rockman’s field research and engagement with lake experts. Alexis Rockman: The Great Lakes Cycle is organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum.
Exhibit Hall, 4th Floor North
African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race
October 27, 2018–March 3, 2019
Featuring work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in this major hub of American advertising/consumer culture. African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race is funded in part by the Terra Foundation for American Art and The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, as part of Art Design Chicago, an exploration of Chicago’s art and design legacy.
Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North
All exhibitions at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Building hours are Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ChiCulturCenter.
Chicago Public Schools All-School Exhibition
March 22–April 12
This annual, juried art exhibition focuses on works by Chicago Public School art students. Each year the students are able to take advantage of a professional platform in a gallery setting to showcase their talents. Mayor Emanuel declared 2018 as the “Year of Creative Youth” and we hope to highlight the many young artists and their talent to make this annual event special.
The exhibitions at Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph Street, are presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Gallery hours are Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; closed holidays. Admission is FREE. For information, visit, like us on Facebook and follow @ChicagoDCASE on Twitter and Instagram.
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors. For more information, visit

Top Ten Real Estate News >> Suzanne Somers Big Palm Springs Home Auction

 Celebrity Homes – Suzanne Somers Big Palm Springs Home Auction & Polo Time In Palm Beach

Suzanne Somers' Palm Springs compound going to auction and polo time in Palm Beach are featured this week at

“Suzanne Somers Big Auction”
Their romantic 73-acre Palm Springs compound nestled in the rocky hills overlooking the mountains and city has been a 40-year project of love for Suzanne Somers and husband Alan Hamel. One of California’s most unique homes, almost every nook and cranny from rock-walled interiors with their crystal chandeliers to the multiple outdoor living spaces shaded by palms and blooming bougainvillea have been part of the couple’s rare celebrity romance that has thrived since 1977.
Back in 2008 and not getting any younger, Suzanne and Alan decided to come down from their mountain and build a home on flat land with faster access to necessary city amenities. Though it seemed that a buyer would have quickly grabbed the opportunity to own it, their home did not sell. Now, ten years later, the property is going to a no reserve auction via Concierge Auctions on January 31st. Previously asking $14.5 million, it was first listed in 2008 at $35 million.
The first clue that the home is unique is that access is via a private funicular, a golf cart or a hillside of stone steps with no cars needed. There are five buildings to explore with 7,281 square feet of living space in all. One houses the master suite, another the dining and living room, a separate two-room kitchen and wine cellar and an elegant stone guest house designed in the 1920s by Albert Frey. With a total of eight bedrooms and eleven baths, there is an abundance of space for family and friends. There is also an outdoor amphitheater carved into the mountain that seats 50, meditation garden, dance floor, pool, spa, hiking trails and natural waterfall that spills musically down the hillside into a pond. Much of the home’s furnishings collected by Suzanne and Alan in their world travels are included in the auction.
“Polo Time In Florida”
Donald Trump might be surprised to know that Palm Beach, Florida got its start with a Spanish ship wreck in 1878 that was hauling a load of coconuts bound for Spain. It wrecked just a few hundred feet from his Mar-a-Lago compound, dumping hundreds of coconuts that washed up on the beach. In 1878, all of the barrier island of Palm Beach was barren of vegetation with no redeeming qualities except its beaches. Those coconuts sprouted in place and were also taken by some of the few natives and planted all over the island.
Today the new rich, old money, titled and CEOs dominate the Palm Beach scene and their winter season when the local population jumps from about 10,000 to 30,000. Many enjoy the society of their peers at their favorite hangouts, some of which are as socially historical as the town’s beginnings. The Everglades Club, Breakers Hotel, Worth Avenue, International Polo Club and Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago are the hot spots for those who can afford it. For the rest of us, there are charming restaurants on the causeways and mainland, affordable luxury beachfront condos and even though you’ll never get into the Everglades Club, you can at least have a drink at The Breakers and shop at one of the town’s consignment shops where many of last season’s glamorous clothing and accessories eventually end up.
Currently revving up for one of the biggest and longest social events of the year, the International Polo Club is calling all horse and polo lovers. For twelve weeks, horses and riders will compete for over half a billion dollars. There will be more than 6,000 horses in the events and many come from stables nearby in Wellington, which has been home to many who participate. Bill Gates, Bruce Springsteen and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg own homes in Wellington where their daughters compete in the events. Many of the world’s most skilled polo players make Palm Beach part of their circuit including polo-playing royals.
For those who take their equestrian pursuits seriously and have a lot of money, one prime polo estate is currently available, just in time for the festivities and the Palm Beach social season. Windsome Farms is an 80-acre horse training facility in Wellington with everything imaginable for serious riders and their trainers. The H-shaped, 4,624-square-foot stable facility has 52 stalls with tack room, a Grand Prix field with natural jumps and hills, three training rings, 19 paddocks, lakes, large automatic walker and manicured landscaping in the public areas. Not surprising that it is the place where many Olympians have stayed and trained. Accommodations include two one-bedroom apartments—both with a kitchen, bathroom and living room upstairs and an owner’s lounge with kitchenette and full bath as well as a riders’ lounge with kitchenette and half bath downstairs. There is also enough pristine land where one could build the estate of their dreams. Priced at $28.9 million, the listing agent is Marley Goodman Overman, Illustrated Properties, Palm Beach, Florida.
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Tips to keep food-related resolutions safe and on track from Stop Foodborne Illness

Crush New Year health resolutions with food safety tips
from Stop Foodborne Illness

Happy 2018! Many people make New Year resolutions to better themselves. Since the most popular resolution is a happier life and healthier body, Stop Foodborne Illness reminds goal-setters that “healthy foods” may come with their own health risks. Before kicking off any food-centric New Year’s resolutions, review proper food safety practices.

One of the more popular health trends is the raw vegan diet, which practices eating only or mostly uncooked, unprocessed foods. Being a raw vegan means consuming a lot of vegetables, and plant-based eaters still need to be careful about foodborne pathogens.
  1. Wash your hands. As always, the best way to prevent the spread of dangerous bacteria is by properly washing hands for 20 seconds before handling food. Review these Quick Facts for Handwashing to learn more.
  2. Wash produce. Since raw diets eliminate cooking, which helps kill harmful bacteria, it is crucial to wash vegetables thoroughly, even if you plan to peel it before eating.
  3. Raw sprouts carry more risks. Although containing beneficial vitamins and minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins C, A and K, sprouts are also prone to carrying pathogens. Salmonella, Listeria and E. coli—just like sprouts—need warm and humid conditions to grow . To reduce the risk of foodborne illness, cook sprouts when possible. Additionally, children, the elderly, pregnant women and others with weakened immune systems should avoid eating raw sprouts altogether.

Another health goal people often make in the new year is cooking more often. In addition to consuming less carbohydrates, sugar and fat, those who cook at home consume more fruits, veggies, whole grains, fiber, calcium and iron.

Before putting on the apron, Stop Foodborne Illness encourages budding—as well as seasoned—chefs to review these food safety guidelines.
  1. Judging cooked meat by color cannot determine if it is safe to eat. The only way to determine if meat, poultry or seafood is cooked safely is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Check the thickest part of the meat, and sanitize the point in between readings. Learn more about why temperature is important and check out this helpful chart on safe cooking temperatures.
  2. Raw milk products are unpasteurized. Some claim the lack of processing means it’s more beneficial but the CDC states that the dangers of raw milk far outweigh any perceived benefits. Unpasteurized milk can contain a wide variety of germs including Brucella, Campylobacter, E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. Read more about the dangers of raw milk and raw milk cheeses.
  3. Keep raw and cooked foods separate. Designate specific cutting boards for specific types of food. And remember to clean and disinfect equipment and surfaces after preparing raw foods.
  4. Home-baked cookies are so much better! Eating the raw cookie dough, however, is not recommended. Raw eggs can contain Salmonella while flour, a raw agricultural product, typically hasn’t been treated to kill germs like E coli. While your cookies are baking in the oven, read more about the dangers of raw dough.
  5. Cold-pressed juice is another health practice climbing the ranks of popularity. While there is little to no evidence supporting the idea that raw juice is better, one thing is certain: since cold-pressed juice is unpasteurized, consumers can potentially develop a foodborne illness. Follow these two  simple steps to juice safety.

About Stop Foodborne Illness
Stop Foodborne Illness is a national nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens by promoting sound food safety policy and best practices, building public awareness, and assisting those impacted by foodborne illness. For more food safety tips please visit If you think you have been sickened from food, contact your local health professional. You may subscribe to receive Stop Foodborne Illness e-Alerts and eNews here:
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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Longtime Cancer Survivor Shares His Holistic Journey And Recommendations For Cutting Cancer Risk

Longtime Cancer Survivor Shares His Holistic Journey And Recommendations For Cutting Cancer Risk

 Imagine your doctor telling you that you have lung cancer and you have six months to live, even with conventional medical intervention. That's what happened to Carl Helvie, a long-time RN and Dr. Ph., more than four decades ago. His doctor recommended chemotherapy and surgery, but Helvie needed time to think and pray. Ultimately, he eschewed the traditional and took a holistic pathway that he now credits with his survival.
Helvie recounts his remarkable journey and the specifics of his treatment choices in his book, Reducing Your Cancer Risk: A Holistic Approach, published by Booklocker Inc. His journey began with persistent dreams that urged him to get a chest x-ray despite a lack of symptoms, which then led to his decision to reject conventional treatment and follow a holistic approach. In recounting his journey, the author has a lot to say about alternative treatment, and he especially emphasizes the importance of pausing before leaping into any particular approach.
"People shouldn't jump into chemotherapy or surgery if they don't have all of the information and have a chance to think about it,” Helvie said in a 2015 interview.
Helvie's book explores cancer, the human body and the environment that brings them together. The author believes it is possible to intervene in the process before these three elements interact to cause disease. His approach: eliminating or reducing the risk of cancer from environmental factors, and employing physical and mental/spiritual activities to fend off the carcinogens.
For each area of content in Reducing Your Cancer Risk: A Holistic Approach, there is a review of contemporary research studies, as well as a list of steps people can take to avoid carcinogens or strengthen the body. Content areas also include interviews with more than 40 national leaders in areas as diverse as GMOs and EMTs, to gratitude and forgiveness. The book's how-to section describes such practices as meditation, developing gratitude and faith, making minor changes in diet, drinking water to eliminate risks, and reducing stress.
A prolific author, Helvie has written 10 books, more than 55 articles and has presented 57 research papers throughout the United States and Europe. In retirement, Helvie has focused his research on natural interventions for health issues, which led him to develop a nursing theory that has helped him establish a nursing center and improve primary care for homeless and low-income families. Since retiring, he has written two more books and served as the host of a holistic health radio show. In 1999, he was presented the Distinguished Career Award in Public Health from the American Public Health Association. He has been interviewed on more than 150 radio and television shows about his two most recent books. He recently founded the Carl O. Helvie Holistic Cancer Foundation, where he serves as CEO.
For more information, please visit Or visit to listen to Helvie's interviews with cancer survivors.
Reducing Your Cancer Risk: A Holistic Approach
Booklocker Inc.
Released: July 2017
ISBN-13: 978-1634923682
ISBN-10: 1634923685
Available on and

Saturday Openings and Receptions at LACDA, January 13, 6-9p (Los Angeles, CA.)


Los Angeles Center for Digital Art
los angeles center for digital art
104 East Fourth Street 
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Artists Receptions
Saturday January 13, 6-9PM


Los Angeles Center For Digital Art is dedicated to the propagation of all forms of digital art, new media, digital video art, net art, digital sculpture, interactive multimedia, and the vast panorama of hybrid forms of art and technology that constitute our moment in culture. We are committed to supporting local, international, emerging and established artists through exposure in our gallery. We have an ongoing schedule of exhibits and competitions, produce editions of wide format archival prints, and collaborate in the production of digital artworks in our studio. As well we are involved with curating digital exhibits at institutions and festivals outside of the LACDA gallery schedule. 



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All Rights Reserved.

Works of individual artists remain the intellectual property and are copyrighted by their respective authors. No unauthorized reproduction, all rights reserved.

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