Sober ideas about low alcohol wine

Ogden Nash once wrote a poem on Icebreaking. It went: “Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.” Wine typically has about 13-percent alcohol by volume. The new trend is to offer low alcohol wine that will have about 5.5-percent alcohol by volume. It brings the calorie count down by about half for a typical glass of table wine.

Wine bars are popping up nearly everywhere in cities around the world. They are typically used by people meeting for a first time. They appear to attract a younger 18-35 year age bracket who are very conscious about appearance. Some factors driving purchase of low alcohol wine across the majority of the markets are the perception of it being better for health than regular strength wine. In addition, these wines help reduce the intoxicating effects of alcohol. They just have enough to break the ice. Some European countries are considering reducing taxation of these wines.

Unlike malt beverages, low alcohol wines are produced as wines by exceptional vineyards and care is taken to assure no compromises in flavors and properties of the more intoxicating wine of low alcohol wine.

Low alcohol wine has been around since 2007 and is slowly finding its way around the world. In the 3 categories of lower alcohol wine (1%-5.5% ABV, 6%-8.5% ABV and 9%-10.5% ABV) France is consistently the market with the highest proportion of potential buyers. France has led with wine bars for generations.

There are debates about flavor and richness from typical wines to low alcohol wine brands but fans find the low alcohol wine easier to drink, especially on meeting and greeting. Asti, Sangria, and a few others were always lower alcohol wines but they tended to be sweeter and are used often as party wines.

With rising driving under intoxication offenses and stricter DUI rules, low alcohol wine seems very sensible, at least as an alternative, for wine drinkers. The theories as to whether low alcohol wine will be less addictive for alcohol or carbohydrates remain to be tested. Until then, the choice of using standard or low alcohol wine is rapidly becoming more available. Will bars offer them at reduced prices?

Let’s toast to the development of more low alcohol wines for meeting, greeting, or for sipping while using a tablet or watching TV. A low alcohol wine may be perfect.

Heart healthy diet foods may cause low thyroid levels

In a holistic approach, finding a healthy diet lifestyle may be as simple as juggling 4 balls while standing on a circular log in a creek with flowing currents. Among certain people, at certain ages, the healthiest foods may result in health problems, such as low thyroid levels or hypothyroidism.

Since the 1960’s, nutritionists have been studying certain phytonutrients and protein amino acids found in food. These usually don’t make it into product nutritional labels. Yet these minute nutrients help contribute to healthy life extension or, in some people, life reduction. What causes problems for certain individuals is not the food itself but the mismatched nature of certain substances within the food to their unique health circumstances. So some foods may have heart healthy and cholesterol lowering benefits while those same foods may be responsible for annoying side effects in sensitive individuals.

Hypothyroidism involves low thyroid levels and may lead to an enlarged thyroid that may appear as a goiter, a swelling at the base of the neck. Among those phytonutrients is a class referred as Goitrogens. Most foods that are commonly called goitrogenic, such as cruciferous vegetables (including broccoli, cabbage, kale, and cauliflower), peanuts, and soy do not interfere with thyroid function in healthy persons even when they are consumed on a daily basis. Yet, almost like an allergy, some individuals may be sensitive to Goitrogens that result in low thyroid levels.

Doctors often test for TSH blood levels in routine medical exams, higher than normal scores mean low thyroid levels of a hormone the thyroid produces. Low thyroid levels are known as hypothyroidism. Depending on your score, there are certain effects that can affect your life:
Weight gain or difficulty losing weight (despite reduced food intake)
Coarse, dry hair and dry skin
Hair loss
Sensitivity to cold
Muscle cramps and aches
Memory loss
Abnormal menstrual cycles
Decreased libido
Slowed speech (severe cases)
Jaundice (severe cases)
Increase in tongue size (severe cases)

While, of course, there may be other contributing factors to these symptoms, finding if you are goitrogenic sensitive may be a factor. The most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (or autoimmune hypothyroidism), a form of thyroid inflammation caused by your own immune system, though it isn’t exclusive. Hypothyroid or low thyroid levels show on thyroid level blood tests, particularly TSH and in combination with T3 and T4 tests. Repeated indicative scores mean that you have a predisposition to low thyroid levels and possible immunity problems.

Gluten is sometimes listed as a potential goitrogen because gluten sensitivity contributes to a wide range of autoimmune responses but not necessarily to low thyroid levels. You’ll notice that goitrogenic foods are considered to be healthy foods, such as broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc. Those people who don’t have a thyroid condition shouldn’t have a problem eating these vegetables. Goitrogenic foods are concerned with those who test positive for hypothyroidism. The foods of goitrogenic concern are:
Collard Greens
Bok Choy
Brussels Sprouts
Mustard Greens
Sweet Potatos
Soy-Based Foods

Many of these are cruciferous vegetables and have been associated to help manage cholesterol levels. Besides nutritional components like vitamins A, C, E, and K, these vegetables are also rich in health beneficial secondary metabolites, which include sulfur containing glucosinolates and S-methylcysteine sulfoxide, flavonoids, anthocyanins, coumarins, carotenoids, antioxidant enzymes, terpenes and other minor compounds. As a result, these vegetables are often seen as essential for healthy diets for various conditions. Some research indicate that these may also contribute to prevention of cancer.

For those people trying to manage cholesterol levels through dietary means, exclusion of these heart-healthy vegetables due to low thyroid levels is definitely a juggle. As a muscular dystrophy patient, statins (Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, etc.) are ill advised as they may promote further muscle wasting.

Soy is rich in trypsin inhibitors. Trypsin is a digestive enzyme needed to properly digest protein. Without enough trypsin, you may experience many digestive problems including stomach cramps, diarrhea, and bleeding. Lower levels of Trypsin may lead to pancreatic problems over time.

There are drugs that include lithium (a drug used to treat bipolar disorder) and phenylbutazone (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) that can interfere with iodine metabolism that is key to thyroid peroxidase production by your thyroid. This may be another factor of low thyroid levels.

The benefits of soy include a non-cholesterol protein source, good fiber source, and fewer carbohydrates per serving than most beans. Soy can be used as substitutes for legumes, milk, cheese, and meat. Tofu is a soy product. In animal and cell culture studies, soy isoflavones inhibit the activity of thyroid peroxidase, Oregon State University researchers note, and possibly may promote low thyroid levels for those who are sensitive to goitrogenic foods. Consumption of soy protein has been associated with symptoms of intestinal and stomach difficulties, such as constipation, bloating, nausea, and changes in stool quality. If you experience intestinal irritation from cow’s milk, you may also experience this irritation with soy. Soy may also act as a food allergen similar to wheat, milk, eggs, fish and peanuts. Acute migraine headaches have also been reported after using a soy isoflavone product.

Among the best possible ways to support the thyroid gland through all of life’s important changes is by eating more carefully. As we approach these transitions, perhaps it’s time for everyone to take a look at how the foods we eat can help or hurt our health. Foods that may normally be presumed as healthy may actually be harmful in some degrees, as with low thyroid levels.

Having low thyroid levels of thyroid peroxidase may concern doctors but the inference of causality may be very diverse. Apart from goitrogenic sensitivities, there are many etiologies. The thyroid gland doesn’t just stop producing thyroid hormone on its own, as there is always a cause behind this. Giving synthetic thyroid hormone may do a good job of managing one’s symptoms, it is not doing anything for the cause of your condition. Synthroid offers these possible side effects:
Rapid or irregular heartbeat
Chest pain or shortness of breath
Muscle weakness
Change in appetite
Weight loss
Frequent bowel movements
Excessive sweating
Heat intolerance
Impaired fertility

Some of these actually mimic some of the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism in the first place. Some people may have genetic predispositions. Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy patients may have issues with hypothyroid symptoms. A rare cause of hypothyroidism may have little do to with the actual thyroid gland and more to do with the gland that actually controls it—the pituitary. A problem in the pituitary gland (such as a tumor) may impact its ability to produce thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). Without TSH, the thyroid won’t produce and secrete hormones because it doesn’t have the “signal” from the pituitary. There may be many reasons. If you are concerned, seek out an excellent endocrinologist or a natural endocrinologist. Take care to share your symptoms and reactions. A hypothyroid condition comes in many different degrees.

It comes back to eating a wide variety of foods and being aware of the reasons for it. When we eat with the seasons we naturally eat a varied diet and with a little common sense avoid the pitfalls of over-consumption of any one food. Those seasonal foods, however, have changed since we import foods from other regions. While we try to manage health issues, our main healthy dietary foods may also be harmful.

Sometimes it’s easy to go insane at finding a wellness lifestyle that helps you stay well when you have certain health issues. Food relationships and all those phytonutrients we still know little about may be doing more harm than good. Eating natural fish and meat proteins in moderation. Suddenly that pizza and pasta is looking better and better, in moderation of course. Living with diverse health issues through the aging process is very much like walking a tightrope or juggling balls on a log. Somehow you have to find your safety net. The acts of living are often like those of circus performers and we are the players. It takes talent, study, practice, fortitude and luck.

There are no guarantees. Going from low thyroid levels to normal thyroid levels may require steps beyond normality. The goal is to feel better. Looking at life as an amusement park may be the healthiest attitude. There are risks but, ultimately, the aims in combatting any disease are the experiential joy of living and loving. The juggling is part of what we do. Finding the right doctor to help you deal with your holistic approach is often as difficult as your conditions feel. Low thyroid levels can be beaten.

Fingerprint Reader may finally become popular with new Apple mobiles

Rumors seem to indicate that Apple’s new iPhone and iPad models will incorporate a fingerprint reader to facilitate additional security. While Cloud services may help protect your data across platforms, using biometric security on mobile devices may be the next phase of protection needed in case you lose your smartphones and tablets.

Technology companies have already been using fingerprint readers in corporate identification and ID-cards. While fingerprints are not completely unique, and many biometric scanners scan samples of a “print” over a whole, it is another security step to protect against identity theft. Passwords alone have been compromised by hackers several times. Adding biometrics to mobile devices may be the next step.

In China, sales of the Lenovo smartphone catapulted as Lenovo became a major player in that market. It includes the fingerprint reader technology that Lenovo introduced in their 2013 notebooks and tablets. Lenovo offers use of different fingers to secure different applications.

Like all rumors awaiting Apple’s announcement on September 10 2013, the integrated fingerprint reader feature is only conjecture. If Apple doesn’t do it, a competitor might. Until 2013, the iPhone has been the leader in user-friendliness and methodology. Adding a larger screen and a fingerprint reader addresses two concerns that has plagued Apple’s value and mobile sales in 2013. In order for Apple to survive as a major player through 2014, device security and personalization is a practical extension of cloud data security.

The integrated fingerprint reader idea in a smartphone isn’t new. Motorola introduced it in 2011 for the European and US markets in their Atrix phone. Poor sales against iPhone and Samsung Galaxy helped make that feature barely recognizable.

Fingerprint readers have been available as optional accessories for notebook PC models for over a decade. If Apple decides to leap into integrating a fingerprint reader into their new iPhone, iPad, and MacBook lines, it could be a revolutionary use-changer. A fingerprint reader is an additional lock for the passwords you already use and a very secure method to thwart thieves from taking your mobile device.

Among the uses that have lagged behind in smartphones is mobile, online e-commerce has been the overall perception of security. As more mobile devices may start using a fingerprint reader in the future, decisions may need to be focused not only on the smartphone or tablet specifications but also on the integrity of the integrated biometric device. That could compromise very inexpensive tablet models. Biometric analysts, like Veracode, are likely to become major players in validating the new technologies needed.

Do you think the addition of a fingerprint reader will help you feel more secure with your mobile device? Will the fingerprint reader help you return from Android to iPhone? For now, it’s up to see what the minds at Apple have devised. Biometrics is the tech of the present. Is Apple ready to deliver it to you?

Hyperloop High Speed Travel

Scientists discuss space and time. Elon Musk goes beyond talk as he introduces Hyperloop Alpha. It’s travel as you’ve never done before.

While Apple is expected to reveal their next generation of mobile devices on September 10, the world waits for Elon Musk, the brainiac behind Tesla motors, to reveal more details about the Hyperloop transport system that may be the high-speed transportation system of our dreams.

Few people know about Tesla, accompany that produces premium energy-efficient cars that run on batteries. Tesla Inventor Elon Musk is ready to reveal his Hyperloop high-peed train that can travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in about 30 minutes.

The genius behind Tesla plans to use electricity to propel a fantasy, futuristic train at speeds up to 600 miles an hour. The system would be cheap and convenient. Tickets would be priced less than than a seat aboard a plane or train. It is called a Hyperloop.

People have dreamed of high-speed trains for over 100 years. Robert Goddard, an inspiration to NASA, envisioned a train that would use electromagnetic levitation within a tube instead of a track. The design was called a Vac-Train. Fantasists imagine that an era will arrive when people will be able to travel on a VacTrain at speeds up to 2500 miles per hour.

Billionaire Elon Musk is one of those fantasists but the difference is he can take those visions and make them a reality. His Tesla Model S has an EPA certified capability of delivering up to a 260 mile range on a single charge. Its Supercharge batteries require minutes to recharge instead of hours. The car has been top rated Motor Trend’s 2013 and Consumer Reports. As a stock investment, Tesla is considered very profitable and is coaxing other car manufacturers to go electric.

Gas from oil is a limited resource. Most countries have virtually limitless resources to produce electricity. Trains suffer many derailments over the years and resulted with bankruptcies and no progress in the United States. A typical USA train travels closer to 70 miles per hour than up to 200 miles per hour in Europe. Yet the recent incident in Spain fosters greater caution that ground transportation may be as (if not more) deadly than air transport. Yet the world’s future of transport makes more sense if there was a form of VacTrain, offering high speeds and safety.

Hyperloop isn’t a long train. Hyperloop will transport people in magnetically levitated or magnetically propelled pods, with comfortable seats. Each pod may have a capacity of up to six passengers. At incredible speeds of over 300 miles per hour, there’ll be no need to snack on board. Tracks are replaced by sealed tubes that securely enclose the pods.

Only two countries are experimenting with VacTrains. Elon Musk’s Hyperloop is a very precious, advanced, out-of-the-box concept. Imagine using a Hyperloop to travel from New York to the West Coast in less than 8 hours. While no plans have been made to construct a Hyperloop transport, the plans are there.

The United States needs infrastructure development. Once it realizes that fighting wars overseas doesn’t necessarily improve living in the USA, it would be great if a Hyperloop system existed. Think of the jobs it will bring! Hyperloop is at the brink of providing energy-efficient high-speed travel. Elon Musk may be the innovator that can replace science fiction fantasies into viable realities. The 21st Century must hold more in store than the creation of mobile devices. It should revise our ways of mobility.

Of course and the obvious are getting financial support for this ambitious project that uses solar panels to power the tube. It’s definitely out-of-the-box. It is life changing.

CBS stops feed to Time Warner is bigger than global terrorism news

Every story has many sides but terrorism shatters lives. CBS stops feed to Time Warner cable, leaving millions of Time Warner viewers void of any access to CBS and CBS’ Showtime TV programming is more timely than global terrorism travel attack news. People don’t understand why. Political pundits seem to belittle the ramifications if CBS stops feed to Time Warner. It is breeding a future terrorism act, a form of new marketing terror is emerging as TV is being born online. Where does the evil live?

Earlier, an article on Google TV appeared in LifeDoc Lifetime. It discussed online TV as the next distribution system to smarten TV viewer access. The terror threat is that old time marketing feeds may one-day result in threatening our access to TV programming.

Everyone is aware of the differences of ad-interrupted TV and subscriber paid TV with no ad interruptions. Subscriber TV also has different censor codes. As a TV programming provider, CBS and CBS-owned Showtime, for example. offers a cable or online distributor like Time Warner or Verizon, or AT&T, or Apple-TV and Google-TV for a small fee. Call it a lucrative hidden fee to allow the TV distributor to showcase a channel or many channels. This covers ad-interrupted and ad-free paid channels. Lets call this search engine optimization or SEO placement.

An earlier form of this was syndicated TV. A lucrative franchise, like CBS’ Big Bang reruns or a talk show, is sold to various TV stations for fees. That’s why Big Bang reruns may appear on a dozen stations. They are after-market assets. Those fees include syndicator ownership rights and royalties to original producers and performers. Each time the opening plays on Big Bang, the artist and composer may get a small fee. When you multiply all the syndications, that’s quite a chunk of money. There really is no free TV in today’s market.

That is why some shows on Netflix, Amazon, and Google stream free and some don’t. BBC shows syndicate over international “public” channels that survive on grants and viewer contributions. Smaller production and distribution costs allow free streaming.

When CBS stops feed to Time Warner hits viewers, CBS uses its CBS and Showtime program popularity to strangle Time Warner with exorbitant distribution fees. Under contract renegotiations, Time Warner and CBS warned viewers of this situation for the past month so service disruption was more of a startle than a surprise to viewers. For followers of popular shows in first-run, like Dexter, this can feel like a bullet in the chest, especially, since online access is also blocked to TW ISP users.

As CBS stops feed to Time Warner, we must be on the alert. It sets precedents for other mainstream channels to use when negotiating contracts with TV distributors. Unless appropriately backed, those ramifications can influence online TV costs as it expands quickly into this decade and beyond.

Gravity is the order of the universe but, on Earth, money makes the world go round. We are reminded over and over that access to enjoyment is rarely without a price tag and, if you want it, you’ll pay it. If CBS stops feed to Time Warner brings Time Warner to its knees, it translates to higher fees for TW customers. You can switch to another carrier but eventually CBS may do the same.

What we’re seeing is a form of corporate terrorism in global proportions. Of course, if CBS stops feed to Time Warner continues, you may not lose limb or life. In a world where choices exist, CBS viewer ratings may suffer as TW viewers go elsewhere. In this case, the consumer has the freedom to choose or wait a while till programming is streamable from other distributors.

There are always scapegoats and blame-mongers. Whether Time-Warner stops CBS or CBS stops Time-Warner isn’t as important as leaving loyal consumers and customers victimized by corporate negotiations. This is terrorism in your home, affecting daily living. Whether CBS stops feed to Time Warner or the other way around, you’re not getting what you’r4e paying for. At certain times, is terrorism ever fair?

Terrorist attacks occur daily throughout the world and range from gangs, explosions, and tech-hacking. We are finding that TV access is not a constitutional right and not a rite without consequence. As far as this battle where CBS stops feed to Time Warner customers, there are larger things behind it than missing certain sports, shows, and news. It’s a small attack that can influence the privileges of personal home entertainment access and the fees we are ready to pay. If CBS stops feed to Time Warner hurts you now, realize that you are experiencing a form of corporate terrorism that is merely a seed in an expanding forest.

Is it time to reverse back to over-air antennas? CBS stops feed to Time Warner is bigger than global terrorism news. It cuts into many daily lives. CBS stops feed to Time Warner has many perspectives but victimization has very strained happy afters. It’s no fairy tale. This is real terrorism for those who thrive on TV as a window to the world.

Google Moto X Cell Debuts with little fanfare but much promise

With far less fanfare than Apple, Motorola releases its first smartphone, the new Moto X, since being taken over by Google. Motorola was one of the first producers of large-screen smartphones and, combining joint innovative powers and technologies, the Moto X may be a benchmark for Apple to aim at. Continue reading