“Some People Call it Their Miracle Cream.”SmartScience began selling JointFlex Pain Relieving Cream in 1999 directly to consumers through full-page newspaper ads. Using an ‘800’ number and offering a money-back guarantee, they went from “essentially zero sales to $25,000 a day, just overnight.” Beyond brisk sales and returning customers, the most rewarding part of the whole business was the “stacks and stacks and stacks of testimonials.”Weitz explains: “Most testimonials tell us how they have tried nearly everything to relieve their pain including prescription drugs, oral pain relievers, physical therapy, other topical pain relievers and even getting shots, yet they received little or no results. But when they tried JointFlex, they got unexpected, substantial pain relief and many became completely pain free!”JointFlex has been shown in clinical studies to offer substantial immediate pain relief for chronic sufferers of osteoarthritis pain. Even more amazing, Weitz said, was that “Almost one third of the people in the study ELIMINATED their pain with continued daily use of the JointFlex cream. Their pain scores were down to zero. These were people who suffered from chronic arthritis pain for ten years or more. “They now have a safe, effective and inexpensive alternative to prescription and other non-prescription drugs.”JointFlex uses a trade secret technology Weitz invented called FUSOME. Fusome technology uses little beads; creating little micro-spheres of ingredients that appear to penetrate deeply within the skin. And what happens from there? “We haven’t proven that yet… other than we know we’re getting excellent pain relief. That’s where the magic really starts to happen.”A New Cold RemedySmartScience wants to provide more products, like JointFlex, that use the safest ingredients available and provide the user with exceptional benefit. That’s really what they’ve done with their newest offering, No Time For Colds.“We’ve taken a (FDA-labeled) homeopathic active ingredient which is the zinc gluconate, that has been used quite prevalently and is very safe, and we’ve added a new active ingredient, a naturally occurring herb, which is the bioflavonoid. No Time for Colds has been shown to offer relief from major cold symptoms in 24 hours. So that’s one of the reasons I fell in love with this product… it matched my business model and my business philosophy.”The product was developed in Denmark and has been marketed in Scandinavia for two years. “It’s just been phenomenally successful over there,” reports Weitz.No Time for Colds sets a new precedent with the addition of the bioflavonoids. The lead investigator of the clinical trial at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, Ronald B. Turner, says, “A clinically relevant and statistically significant reduction in clinical symptoms of the common cold occurred within 24 hours when using No Time for Colds.”The remedy is also is safe for kids aged four and up. It tastes decent too, in cherry or lemon flavors, so parents won’t need to assume battle positions to get their kids to take it. Also beneficial is the fact that it is sugar-free, gluten-free, and lactose-free. SmartScience is so confident of the effectiveness of No Time for Colds they are extending their money-back no-questions-asked guarantee.Big question: Aren’t cold symptoms simply our body’s necessary means of flushing out a virus? “No,” explains Mr. Weitz. “People think, ‘Wow, the body must need to flush this virus out. My nose is running like a faucet.’ But, runny nose, malaise and headache, are immune system OVER-responses to the common cold virus that DO NOT prevent the virus from running its normal course. These responses to the cold serve no purpose that is beneficial. The body is just wasting energy. Viruses multiply within the cells so flushing it out doesn’t work. We all assumed it was the body just doing what it needed to do. But most colds are from the Rhinovirus which is absorbed through the mucus area and nasal area. That’s how they attack the body. No wonder they go crazy first.”SmartScience Laboratories manufactures No Time for Colds in the U.S. and with their distribution network of 30,000 major drug stores and chains they can offer it widely to consumers along with JointFlex. A store locator is available on the No Time for Colds Web site.What is next for SmartScience? Weitz is not certain, but judging from their philosophy we can expect products based on a simple principle: Providing effective alternatives to prescription drugs and remedies that have negative side effects. Safe products that work. Smart!AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of Americans wrote to a small, but forward-thinking company to say ‘thanks’ for inventing an arthritis treatment that works often when nothing else would: A treatment that is actually healthy for the body, unlike some pharmaceutical drugs with side effects like Vioxx (which was pulled from the market after studies found an increased risk for heart attack and stroke). And now, this same small company can be thanked for bringing what might be the best remedy for the miserable symptoms of the common cold to the U.S. market. In a clinical trial their cold lozenge was shown to significantly reduce major cold symptoms within 24 hours. Unlike the giant pharmaceutical companies, this company, SmartScience Laboratories, believes the prescription for staying healthy doesn’t necessarily come from a doctor. Studies show that if we add the right nutrients to our bodies, the end result is health. That’s just smart. SmartScience.SmartScience Laboratories CEO and founder, Gene Weitz, began his career in Minnesota in the field of chemical engineering but evolved into the realm of nutrition and health; interesting because both fields deal with formulas and their reactions. In the 1980’s Weitz worked for small companies inventing products like lubricants and environmentally friendly solvents and cleaners. In the mid-90’s he was hired to develop nutritionally fortified creams for pain. At about the same time his wife began a grueling experience with fibromyalgia,a mysterious disabling disorder affecting 6 percent of the population. Thus began a personal journey for Weitz during which nutritional healing became deeply imprinted in his personal philosophy. “She was 70-80 percent better within 6 months.”“She went through a battery of tests that you just wouldn’t believe. She saw specialist after specialist and finally they referred her to a psychologist. The only medication they could give her was an anti-depressant. She was getting close to being bed ridden. Every third day she would drop the kids off at the bus stop and just come home and lie in bed and cry, because it’s just that much pain.”A nutritional consultant counseled the couple regarding the fibromyalgia. Her advice was to improve the diet (cut out sugars, white flour and white potatoes), add dietary supplements, and do some things that naturally detoxify the body of heavy metals and toxins. “As it turns out,” Gene reported, “She was right, because within six months his wife was 70–80 percent better and within a year, 100 percent better… She’s really never gone back.”Weitz has had one goal since college, to run a successful company. By February 1998, acting out of an inspiration to improve the lives of others by creating helpful over-the-counter products for consumers, he’d acquired the rights from his old partner to use some of the formulas he’d developed. He now improved the topical cream, adding camphor and nutrients to provide additional benefit. SmartScience Laboratories was born.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreIf you had one message to give the world, what would it be? A dying professor gives an inspirational farewell lecture: “The ‘brick walls’ are there to let us show how badly we want something.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver a 40 year span, scuba enthusiast Ken Nedimyer watched helplessly as two of the most important corals went into drastic decline. Today, they are on the endangered species list and the reefs of the Florida Keys are among the most threatened in the world.Reefs are often referred to as the rainforests of the sea. They attract more marine life than anywhere else in the ocean because of the natural shelter they provide. They also provide protection from storms for our coastal areas.That passion led to Nedimyer starting the Coral Restoration Foundation, which has grown more than 25,000 staghorn and elkhorn corals in underwater nurseries. He and his staff of volunteers work three days a week maintaining the nurseries just off Key Largo, which cover more than an acre of the ocean floor. (WATCH the video below, or read the story in CNN HEROES)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreBhutan plans to become the first country in the world to turn its agriculture completely organic, banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides and relying on its own animals and farm waste for fertilizers.The reason for the pesticide ban within its borders is largely practical, according to Bhutan’s minister of agriculture and forests.“Ours is a mountainous terrain. When we use chemicals they don’t stay where we use them, they impact the water and plants.” (READ the story in the Guardian)Photo of Bhutan’s Haa Valley by Douglas McLaughlin-GNUAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The students handed out their “counter-fliers” around Brampton and tweeted about the campaign using the hashtag #ConsiderThisBrampton. Find out more about the project in the Brampton Guardian.Rewritten from a blog post at Facing History by Ben GrossAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAnti-immigration flyer – photo by Nicholas KeungIn May 2014, this controversial anti-immigration flyer began circulated around Brampton, Ontario.A member of the Facing History education organization in Ontario, teacher Lanny Cedrone, decided to bring the flyer into his class for a discussion.He had just finished teaching about propaganda in his Grade 11 Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity course at at Louise Arbour Secondary School.His students, some of them children of immigrants, were outraged that this kind of bigotry existed in their own community. They decided to take action and created their own flyer depicting the smiling faces of Brampton’s diversity. They wanted to show the world that their city is happy with the way it looks.As many propaganda vehicles do, this flyer used a photo out of context to create a false impression. It used a picture of Sikhs protesting in India, which infuriated the students even more.“The reality is, the original flyer has misrepresented our experience in our day-to-day lives in Brampton,” student Sonali Prasad, 17, told the Toronto Star.She and her classmates live normally — and happily — with each other, as different races and cultures coming together. Thus, the main theme of their positive message is UNITY:
Logan’s pilot project, created at NASA’s Langley Research Center in nearby Hampton, has been granted a one-year trial period by the FWS to test small UASs for the detection of brush and forest fires.“The FWS is evaluating the feasibility of airborne unmanned platforms and their ability to offer a safer and more cost-effective alternative for surveillance immediately following thunderstorm activity,” said Great Dismal Swamp Refuge Manager Chris Lowie. “The agency hopes to see a significant decrease in cost to survey the area, as well as a reduction in time to detect nascent fires, which could potentially save millions of dollars to the taxpayer in firefighting costs,” added Lowie.The drones carry two cameras. One is a nose camera that can see smoke plumes rising, the other is an infrared camera that points down, for finding hot spots by detecting heat signatures. The transmissions can be viewed on a laptop computer in a mobile ground station.Logan says the drone, which weighs about 15 pounds and has an almost six-foot wingspan, has a range of about eight miles and can stay aloft as long as an hour, before the batteries need recharging.(WATCH a NASA video of the drone below)Image Credit: NASA Langley/David C. BowmanAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThree years ago, a forest fire raged for four months in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on the Virginia-North Carolina border. Living nearby, Mike Logan, a NASA researcher in unmanned aerial systems (UAS), spent weeks breathing in the peat bog smoke that traveled as far north as Maryland.Logan had an idea. “I made a phone call to the local fire captain and learned most fires are caused by lightning strikes and the only way they can spot them is by hiring an aircraft to do an aerial survey of the huge swamp. So I figured why not use a UAV as a fire detector?”Two major fires since 2008 caused by lightning strikes in the 50,000-square-acre refuge required more than $10 million each to extinguish, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). A better method for early fire detection could save millions of dollars for taxpayers.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThe Muslim community of Michigan has stepped forward this week with a contribution of $100,000 to support Detroit residents who are facing hardship from water shut offs.More than 60,000 households in Detroit have faced the risk of water shut off or are struggling to recover from water damage due to recent floods. The grant from the Michigan Muslim Community Council in partnership with Islamic Relief USA – the largest Muslim charity organization in the United States – will be used in direct assistance to disadvantaged Detroit families struggling to maintain their water utilities. The groups hope that this grant will encourage others to come forward with assistance since there is still great need.“We are hoping this is going to be contagious,” said Islamic Relief CEO, Anwar Khan. “It is important to us in our faith to help our neighbors. It is a part of our faith to help our friends.” Islamic Relief USA had provided disaster relief teams to metro-Detroit to help with recent Detroit flooding, and has partnered with local groups to offer Disaster Assistance Response Training to residents in order to have a group of trained individuals who can help if future disasters strike this area.Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan led an effort to provide water relief to disadvantaged families by setting up the Detroit Water Fund and a plan for residents to receive help. Other major donors to this effort include Ford and GM who each donated $50,000, and the United Way which donated $100,000.The grant is part of a concerted effort by metro-Detroit Muslims to contribute to the city’s revitalization because Detroit has been an important part of American Muslim history and is recovering from difficult economic times. Other initiatives include the Huda clinic, which provides free medical and dental clinic to all; Zaman International, which provides food and material assistance to at risk-women and children; DREAM (Detroit Revitalization Engaging American Muslim), which reclaims and renovates homes for disadvantaged families; and the Ramadan Fight Against Hunger Food Drive and Oedhiya project, which distributes several tons of food and meat annually to local food banks and community centers.Learn more at www.mimuslimcouncil.com.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA single play, for a single yard, shattered two football players’ lives forever — and made them best friends.In the 30 years since that fateful day when Marc Buoniconti’s tackle of Herman Jacobs left him a quadriplegic, they have each carried the other through difficult times.Buoniconti, a linebacker for the Citadel launched himself headfirst at Jacobs, who was carrying the ball for East Tennessee State on October 26, 1985. It was an accident, of course, but stopping the player with his head left Buoniconti paralyzed.WATCH: War Veterans Reunite After Unknowingly Living 18 years as Neighbors When Jacobs learned of Buoniconti condition, his own life began spiraling out of control over guilt. He lost interest in football, gave up a likely professional career, dropped out of college, and suffered from depression.Buoniconti reached out to Jacobs in 2007 and their meeting turned into a solid friendship — even led to them being roommates for a while. When Buoniconti’s regular nurse fell ill, Jacobs took on care-giving duties.The friendship turned Jacobs’ life around for the better, inspiring him toward a new degree and a culinary career.RELATED: Hi-Tech Mouthguard Flags Concussion to Protect Athlete’s BrainLikewise, Jacobs’ friendship inspired his old opponent throughout his days as president of the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis — a nonprofit credited with various breakthroughs in spinal cord research.The Project’s stellar research and new rehabilitation center at the University of Miami medical school leads Buoniconti to believe he will one day walk again because of the treatments.(WATCH the Real Sports video below and READ more at the Miami Herald) — Photo: Real Sports videoAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA Lawrence, Indiana police officer noticed the shoes on a seven-foot tall homeless man were torn and tattered, but he soon learned it is not easy to find size 17 shoes.The officer, who wanted to remain anonymous, called up the Indiana Pacers basketball team for back up.WATCH: Cop Saves Neighborhood Playtime With Gift Out Of The BlueThe NBA Pacers found a pair that had been made for former player Roy Hibbert and donated the bright yellow kicks.When he tried on his new shoes in the Waffle House restaurant where he frequently eats, there was not a dry eye in the place.(WATCH the video below) –Photo from Lawrence Police DepartmentAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
If woven into fabric, the wearable cloth could keep humans cool on the hottest of days, eliminating the need to adjust the thermostat or crank up a fan. That could make a dent on a major source of U.S. greenhouse gases, the researchers say.The material works by allowing body heat to pass through it in a way that cotton and other typical clothing do not. At the same time, it releases moisture and reflects sunlight, just as the breathable clothing does.MORE: California Breaks Solar Record, Generates Enough Electricity for 6 Million HomesIt also would be inexpensive, with a comparable cost to cotton, said Yi Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford and co-author of the research published yesterday in Science.“No one has created something like this before,” Cui said. “This is an exciting opportunity.”Infrared radiation (IR) released from the human body is a key factor with heating and cooling. Blankets, for example, rely on trapping such radiation for warmth. In a typical indoor setting, about 50 percent of heat loss from the body occurs through IR.RELATED: New Material Evokes Indoor Solar Cells That Can Capture Indirect LightFinding a textile that cools is an engineering challenge, though, because the wavelength of IR overlaps with visible light. The overlap makes it difficult to find a material that both reflects sunlight and allows the passage of body heat. Cotton, for example, reflects sunlight but traps about 98 percent of IR released from the body.Existing workout clothes can have a cooling effect, but only by releasing moisture, meaning a person must sweat first to cool off.MORE: Shaving with Lasers Instead of Blades Will Save Money and the EnvironmentThe researchers tinkered with a material known as nanoporous polyethylene, used to produce lithium batteries. It is in some ways similar to common plastic wrap, but with characteristics more conducive to clothing. Unlike its common household counterpart, it is not see-through because of a unique pore size of 50 to 1,000 nanometers. That size sits in a narrow range that allows the reflection of most visible light and the passage of more than 95 percent of radiative body heat. Like workout clothing, the material was treated with an additional chemical to allow it to whisk water away for an additional cooling effect and was punctured to increase air flow. Two sheets were layered with a cotton mesh and tested on a surface simulating human skin. In comparison with cotton, the new material kept the tested skinlike surface at least 2 degrees Celsius (3.5 degrees F) cooler.CHECK OUT: Scientists Discover ‘Reverse Photosynthesis’ — Amazing News for the EnvironmentFrom an environmental perspective, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Svetlana Boriskina noted that a 1 to 4 C shift in a thermostat could save up to 45 percent of the energy required to cool a building.The technology mimics what’s found in some animals like the Saharan silver ant, which has hairs with a similar ability to release body heat while also reflecting sunlight, Boriskina said.MORE: Huge Breakthrough: Gravitational Waves Finally Detected, Proving Einstein Was RightStill, the cloth was not tested on human subjects. It’s also not yet in the form of a T-shirt or other wearable item. That is the next step, along with making the material softer and more cottonlike in its texture, Cui said.Beyond clothing, researchers are considering applications for cooling things such as tents and vehicles. They also are examining how to add colors to the textile without changing its functionality.RELATED: Newly Discovered Earth-Like Planet is Possibly HabitableThe idea of cooling humans individually without air conditioning is an active area of research, considering that residential and commercial buildings consume about 41 percent of total U.S. energy use. The Advanced Research Projects Agency has an entire program dedicated to finding breakthrough technologies that cool people directly, either through cooling shoes, robots or specialized office chairs (Greenwire, March 8).Cui said the fact that the base material already is used extensively in the battery industry could make it easier to scale up.“If you want to make a textile, you have to be able to make large volumes inexpensively,” he said.[CORRECTION: We missed the decimal point in the original version, typing 35 degrees–instead of 3.5]Reprinted with permission from E&E Publishing – Photo by Yi Cui Lab, Stanford UniversityStay Cool: Click To ShareAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTurn off your air conditioner and stay cool in your tee shirt instead.That’s the idea behind a new wrap-like material that Stanford University scientists say could be made into “cool” clothing, the use of which could slash emissions and energy consumption in buildings.