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Sunday, March 31, 2013

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Bowie State Track and Field Performs Well at Big Dawg Invitational hosted by UMBC


BALTIMORE, Md. - Freshmen Carissa Smith and Kendall Reynolds pace women's track while juniors Anthony Kiser and Brian Williams lead men at UMBC Big Dawg Invitational. Smith claimed the top spot in the women's 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 15.02 and Reynolds placed first in the Triple Jump (12.18m). Kiser was Bowie State's top male finisher, coming in first in the 400 Meter Hurdles (56.69) while Williams finished third in the Triple Jump (13.56m) at the University of Maryland Baltimore County event. 

The Lady Bulldogs had four other individual participants to finish in the top five at UMBC. Sophomore Kayla Watson placed 2nd in the Long Jump (5.56m) while junior teammate Jade George went 5.02m in the same event for a 5th place finish.

Junior Brelyn Finley threw the Shot Put 12.49m to place 4th for Bowie State and senior Brittany Williams was 5th in the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:21.12.

Senior Indya Price came in 5th in the women’s 200 Meter Dash (25.36) and placed 6th in the 100 Meter Dash (12.52). Freshman Jasmine Street participated in the 100 Meter Dash, placing just behind Street with a time of 12.70.

The BSU women’s 4x100 and 4x400 Meter Relay teams placed 4th overall at the Big Dawg Invitational. Smith, George, Street and freshman Faith Sykes made up the Bowie State “B” team and crossed the finish line with a time of 50.46 in the 4x100. The 4x400 “A” team ran a time of 3:57.77 and consisted of Sykes, Price, Smith and junior Michelle Palmer.  

On the men’s side, the combination of freshman Travis Scarborough, junior Rodney Williamson and sophomores Jalame Gomez and Daniel Ballah finished with a time of 43.18 in the 4x100 Meter Relay, placing them 5th overall.

Sophomore Sonny Hicks had a 5th place finish in the 800 Meter run, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:58.26.

The next competition for the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs track and field teams will be April 4th and 5th at the Duke University Invitational.

Best ways to purify your drinking water

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Best Ways to Filter Your
Tap Water So It's Fit to Drink


    Most Americans assume that when they turn on the tap, clean and pure water gushes forth. But as our last article showed, they're most likely mistaken. Drinking water in most communities is filthy and toxic. (We're rerunning that article below, following this one.)

    The last article was about the problem. This one is about the solution. Keep reading to learn what you can do in your own home to create safe, drinkable water. . .

Continued below. . .


Breast Cancer Survivor was told:
"You'll be dead in a year"
(Pssst!! That was 12 years ago!)
    Doctors didn't give Wiltrude much hope when they diagnosed her with cancer in the year 2000. Wiltrude, a German psychologist, never thought cancer would happen to her. But it did. And it came as a big shock.

    One doctor told her, "You'll be dead in a year." Late stage breast cancer isvirtually incurable using conventional treatments. Even M.D.s admit it. They talk about "buying you more time." (Don't count on it. The evidence shows you're better off doing nothing than chemo.)

    When Wiltrude told her doctor she was going to try alternative treatments, he said, "You are committing suicide with what you're doing." But she was determined to find a way to beat her cancer.

    Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, this European woman came across a book by my good friend Bill Henderson, one of the smartest and wisest people I know when it comes to cancer treatment.

    She tried Bill's top, number one recommendation — a gentle treatment you can do at home for just $5.15 a day. What's more, the cost goes down to $3.50 after six weeks because you just need a maintenance dose. And it even tastes good.

    Not only has Wiltrude passed the five-year cancer survival mark, she's survived for 12 years. We just interviewed her recently for this publication. The radiologist who tests her every year told her, "You're the only one with this kind of result."

    You can find out about Bill’s proven cancer treatment plan in a free video presentation — click here to watch it now.

    When I ask him about some of the treatments that top alternative doctors use, Bill sort of shrugs and says, "They're fine, but why bother? My treatment works, you can do it yourself, and it costs practically nothing."

    He's coached thousands of cancer patients with all different types and stages of cancer. Most of the people who follow the detailed, specific plan in this Special Report get over their cancer and live for years.

    "Almost any kind of cancer is reversible," says Bill. "I never give up on anyone."

Click here and watch the free video presentation about Bill’s amazing cancer protocol.


Do you spend up to 10,000 times
TOO MUCH for your water?
    That's what you're doing if you choose to drink bottled water. It can be a reasonable solution, but it IS expensive. And if you choose the wrong product, it may not be all that safe.

    The bottled water industry is actually LESS regulated than your local water system.

    Your community's public waterworks are required to test for contaminants more often than bottled water companies do, and these public utilities must give consumers a report specifying what contaminants are in the water. A bottler doesn't have to do that.

    In fact, there's little empirical evidence to suggest that bottled water is any cleaner or better for you than its tap equivalent. I'm confident that water from a quality, brand-name bottler IS better than most tap, but no long-term human studies really prove the health benefits.

    Actually, much of bottled water originates from municipal systems, just like tap water. The bottlers just filter it, ozone it or whatever, then sell it to you at fantastic markups. And there's evidence that blanket assurances of purity and safety from the bottled water industry are false.

    Testing shows that bottled water can be contaminated too. Of more than 1,000 bottles tested, 22 percent were contaminated at levels that violated California state limits. And 17 percent exceeded sanitary guidelines for microbiological purity.1 To be fair, that means something like 80% of such water (four bottles out of five) did meet the state standards.

    But even the best bottled water probably has some level of contamination. Consider the fact that water containers are generally plastic, raising the danger that BPAs get into your water. These chemicals are known to be carcinogenic. We wrote about the dangers in Issue #196. In a few weeks we're following up with another article on BPAs.
The high cost of bottled water
    Millions pay 240 to over 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than for tap water…

    If you're purchasing for a family of four, bottled water can set you back a hefty $950 to $1,800 or more per year. I don't know about you, but to me that's real money. A home water system may set you back some bucks, but our research suggests it should pay for itself in a year or two.

    Secondly, what's all that plastic doing to our planet? The biggest toxic dump in the world now stretches from Hawaii to Japan, spewing out chemicals into our sea water and our fish. And due to plastic's slow breakdown, nearly all the plastic ever made still exists… somewhere. Why contribute to all that collateral damage by buying plastic bottles?
Filter your tap water
into safe drinking water
    I advise anyone drinking tap water to use some form of filtration system to reduce your exposure to contaminants. Most pollutants can be drastically reduced or eliminated with the right filter.

    Sorry to say, it's not easy to decide which filtering system to buy...

    The first step is to find out what YOUR particular water issues are.

    If you're on municipal water, you can learn about your supplier's water quality from the "Consumer Confidence Report" published by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) online here (http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm). If it's not available online, you should be able to get it from your city or town hall. It is updated July 1st of every year.

    But please be aware -- the report doesn't address what happens to your water during the trip from the street to your faucet. Old piping — municipal piping AND that in older buildings — may add lead and other junk. Even brand new copper piping in a brand new house is coated with oil. It washes off gradually after a short while (so they say. . .)

    The best way to know for sure what's coming out of your tap is to have it tested. National Testing Laboratories, Ltd., of Cleveland, Ohio (with testing labs in Ypsilanti, Michigan) is known to be a high quality testing organization, and they'll test both city and well water.

    Then, once you know what you're dealing with…
Find the right filter for your contaminants…
    Here's where it gets tricky -- and pays to do your homework! There's a wide range of prices, filter media, and effectiveness.

    There are thousands of water filters on the market. Some of them are more full of empty promises than clean water. Some use multiple technologies, others use just one.

    These are some categories of filters to consider:
  • Pitcher
  • Faucet-mounted
  • Countertop
  • Under-sink
  • Shower filters (protect your lungs from breathing toxic fumes, and your skin from absorbing them)
  • Water softener
  • Whole house filter system
    Whole house filters are more effective at removing sediment, rust and scale. Pitcher and faucet filters remove organic chemicals, industrial solvents, and chlorine byproducts — and will improve your water's taste.
Which filter medium is right for you? A primer…
    Once you've decided where to put your filter, consider which medium will best resolve your water's problems. The idea is select a filter that matches your budget and the type of toxins you need to remove.

    Following is a short list of filter media and what they remove. They each have their pros and cons, and you'll have to weigh them for your personal situation. I wish I could say "just do this and your problem will be solved." But sometimes life is more complicated than we'd like (most of the time, come to think about it!)
  1. Activated Carbon.
    Gets rid of: bad tastes and odors, including chlorine. Activated charcoal with NSF 53 certification filters out most concerning pollutants, disinfection byproducts; pesticides; radon; and volatile organic chemicals (MTBE and TCE).
    A word to the wise: A countertop filter cannot remove perchlorate, a rocket fuel ingredient that contaminates some water supplies.
    Found in: Countertop, faucet filters, under-sink units.
    How activated carbon works: Positively charged, highly absorbent carbon attracts and traps contaminants.
    Disadvantages: While the primary advantage is a low up-front cost, its shorter filter life will nickel and dime you with frequent replacements. And it is unable to remove certain metals, fluoride, most radioactive compounds, asbestos, and bacteria.
  2. Reverse Osmosis.
    Gets rid of: Most contaminants, including parasites (Giardia and Cryptosporidium), heavy metals (cadmium, copper, lead and mercury), plus other pollutants including arsenic, barium, nitrates and nitrites, perchlorate, selenium…
    Found in: Under-sink, often in combination with a carbon filter or UV disinfection unit.
    How it works: Semi-permeable membrane separates impurities from water.
    Disadvantages:
    1. De-mineralizes your water. Most mineral particles are larger than water molecules, so the semi-permeable membrane of the RO system removes them. Removing naturally occurring minerals is like drinking distilled water, which robs you of valuable minerals, according to some health advocates. They say if there are no minerals in your water, the water will leach them out of your body because water's natural state is to contain some dissolved solids. This theory hasn't been proven, as far as I know, but it's plausible enough to make me wary of drinking distilled water or other mineral-free water without taking steps to make sure I'm getting enough minerals. Removing all minerals also leaves water rather tasteless. Some people re-mineralize their RO water for taste and health benefits.
    2. Acidity. Removing minerals makes the water acidic… often well below 7.0 pH. Many alternative health advocates very strongly believe that the body's pH balance is essential to good health. The body should be slightly alkaline. Acidity contributes to cancer and many other diseases. Again, I've never seen large-scale studies to support this acid-alkaline theory of health, but after years of seeing alternative doctors turn around cancer cases, it gets my vote.
    3. Wastes water. A reverse osmosis system uses substantial amounts of water during the process. Tap water is pretty cheap (especially compared to bottled water) so I don't think this needs to be a major consideration for most people.
  3. Ultraviolet Disinfection.
    Gets rid of: Bacteria, parasites… Has been studied since the 1930's and is used to destroy microbes that cause indoor air and water pollution, and in hospitals.
    Found in: Under-sink and whole-house systems, often combined with carbon and sediment screen.
    How it works: UV light deactivates and rearranges the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens, thereby destroying their ability to multiply and cause disease.
    Some sources say UV is a must for anyone on a well. Expect to pay in the neighborhood of $1800 for a UV unit (which can be added to other units). Personally, I'm on a well and I don't have one. Very likely your body ALREADY HAS any microbes that are in your well, and if they haven't killed you yet, they probably won't. But I'm in the mountains and my water, while heavily mineralized, isn't downstream of a cattle or hog feed lot and doesn't contain runoff from cropland that's laden with pesticides and herbicides. THIS IS WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW WHAT'S IN YOUR WATER AND GET A SYSTEM THAT'S RIGHT FOR YOU.
  4. KDF (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) with Redox — may be a major water purification breakthrough.
    Gets rid of: Best known for removing chlorine, iron, iron bacteria, and hydrogen sulfide (the rotten egg smell). Some sources say it also removes lead, mercury, calcium carbonate, magnesium, chromium, bacteria, algae, fungi, and more… However, one water expert we contacted wasn't so sure.
    How it works: KDF is a patented medium — a giant step forward in water purification.
    It uses the oxidation and reduction of ions known as redox (reduction of oxidation) to remove most soluble heavy metals, reduce mineral hardness scale accumulation, and reduce pathogen levels.
    KDF media are made from highly pure copper-zinc granules, and supplement or replace other technologies to dramatically lengthen the life of the system, control heavy metals, toxic gases and pathogens, lower total cost, and decrease maintenance.
    Hydrogen sulfide and iron are oxidized and are attracted to the media's surface as if to a magnet. Heavy metals (lead, mercury, iron, cadmium, aluminum) are removed via an electrochemical process.
    This redox process converts contaminant electrons into harmless components.
    It inhibits bacteria, algae, and fungi growth by creating an electrolytic field where most pathogens cannot survive, and forms substances that interfere with the pathogens' functional abilities.
    Disadvantages: KDF works best when combined with other media for full-spectrum protection. It does not remove organic chemicals (pesticides, disinfection byproducts, MTBE, etc.), or parasites (giardia and cryptosporidium) by itself. If that's a concern, use other media in combination.
    KDF filters must be backwashed periodically to remove insoluble contaminants. This wastes many gallons of water, and dislodged pollutants can come out later with the (supposedly) filtered water.
  5. Activated Alumina — a major breakthrough in fluoride and arsenic removal.
    Gets rid of: Fluoride, fluorine, selenium, and sulfur.
    Found in: Pitcher filters, countertop and under-counter, and whole house units.
    How it works: Made of aluminum oxide. With an extremely high surface-area-to-weight ratio, its tiny pores run like tunnels throughout. As water passes through, it absorbs and traps these poisons.
  6. Ion Exchange Water Softener.
    Gets rid of: Calcium and magnesium, which form mineral deposits in plumbing and fixtures, plus barium and other ions that can create health hazards.
    Used in: Whole-house, point-of-entry units
    How it works: "Softens" hard water — a simple, well-documented ion exchange process. Solves a common and basic water problem — hardness. It's simple, inexpensive and somewhat automatic… no strong chemicals needed (just salt).
    Disadvantages: Does not create high-quality drinking water but merely exchanges the hardness ions for less-troublesome sodium ions. The treated water contains sodium instead of calcium or magnesium — but it is still unsuitable for most uses.
  7. Distiller.
    Gets rid of: Heavy metals, like cadmium, chromium, copper, lead and mercury, plus arsenic, barium, fluoride selenium and sodium. Also kills all or most microbes.
    Used in: Countertop or whole house point-of-entry units, can be combined with a carbon filter.
    How it works: Boils water and re-condenses the purified steam.
    Disadvantages: Removes beneficial minerals from the water, and any toxins it fails to remove can easily become even more concentrated in your water. I guess it's possible that lightweight chemicals are retained in the gas (i.e. the steam or water vapor) and may not be eliminated.
  8. Alkaline water. Does not filter contaminants out per se. It simply alkalinizes water that's already been made pure.
Before you buy…
    Obviously there are many options depending on your location and situation. And, unless you're wealthy and very determined, it's not likely your water will end up being absolutely perfect.

    Don't get caught in the trap of throwing up your hands and doing nothing because we can't give you a pat answer. Remember, in most cases you're better off doing something than doing nothing... removing some contaminants rather than none.

    Aim to get rid of the big problems — lead and arsenic, for example. (Arsenic is common in some parts of the country.) Herbicides and pesticides. Chorine and fluoride, of course. A sink or pitcher filter might get rid of some of this junk. It's better than doing nothing.

    Bacteria may or may not be a problem, depending on where you live and what's in your water. If you don't have deadly bacteria — congratulations! You don't need to spring for an expensive ultraviolet microbe-killer. But be especially wary if you're in a farm area with big factory chicken farms or livestock feed lots. The fecal matter may find its way into groundwater.

    I'm not an expert, but here's my take: A combination of activated carbon and reverse osmosis will give you very clean, safe water, and you need to add a UV layer of protection only if bacteria are a real problem.

    The only downside I see to this approach is that reverse osmosis removes desirable minerals. You can buy a system that adds back minerals or simply take mineral supplements (which you probably do anyway, if you're a fan of this newsletter). Potassium, magnesium and calcium (iron, too, if you're female) are very inexpensive supplements.

    Next best option is a system to distill your water, and you can get countertop distillers that make a gallon or two for drinking and cooking. When you drink distilled water you know you're getting nothing but pure H2O, and, frankly, I find that attractive (okay, maybe a few lightweight chemicals are retained). True, distilled water doesn't have any minerals in it, but see above. That problem is easy to fix.

    Some people say distilled water doesn't taste as good as mineralized water. I have to say it tastes fine to me. And attention, all you sellers of machines that alkalinize water: please don't write about the "dangers" of distilled water. I've heard your schtick. People who eat a mineral-rich diet including supplements have little to worry about.
Okay, so how much is this going to cost?
    Costs vary drastically between pitcher-style filters starting at around $25 (but requiring new filters very frequently), up to a whole house unit, which can cost from $1500 to $3000 when purchased outright but might go ten years without a new filter. (Rental is sometimes an option.)

    Under-sink systems can shave the initial cost substantially (at around $300 to $500). This article is focused on drinking water. Obviously, an under-sink system won't filter toilet and laundry water. If you have a well, that may be a concern for rust stains.

    Be SURE you know how often filters need replacing — and how much they cost. This can cost you some serious money, especially if the filters cost $30 or $60 and need replacing every week or month. Don't get scared off by a higher initial price if the unit has a much lowerongoing cost. Project the total lifetime cost of the unit.

    Consider also how long you plan to stay in your home before springing for a $2000 or $3000 water system. If your time horizon is short you might want to opt for a sink unit instead of a whole-house unit, as most home-buyers won't place the same high value on whole-house as you do.

    Once you narrow your options but before you invest, check out online reviews, consult with local water companies, and check to see that your proposed unit is certified by a reputable independent water certification agency.

    One of the most stringent certifications is UL (Underwriters Laboratories), which verifies product claims, and ensures the system is structurally sound and that its literature and labeling are truthful.

    Units certified by the California Department of Public Health must pass more rigorous standards than those found elsewhere. And National Sanitation Foundation is a reputable independent product evaluation company. You can also look for a Water Quality Association (WQA) certification.

    Water is a life essential — so why not make it as healthy, clean and safe as possible today?
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

When Working Out Makes Your Weight Increase


The Best Ways to Track Your Weight
(Prevention, September 1999)
QUESTION: I'm 39 years old and have noticed that my weight is going up, but my measurements are the same. I exercise -- walking and weight lifting -- an average of four to five hours a week. What's going on?
ANSWER: The scale is not always the best way to assess your weight, especially if you exercise. How much you weigh can vary greatly during a typical day, and for women, it can change depending on where you are in your menstrual cycle. Better ways to keep track of your weight are by how your clothes fit or by measuring your arms, chest, waist, hips and thighs -- as it sounds like you are doing. If your measurements are not increasing along with your weight, you probably have nothing to worry about.
The most likely reason for the increase in weight is that you're building muscle from your weight-lifting workouts. Compared to fat, muscle weighs about 22% more. But it's much more compact, so a pound of muscle takes up less space than a similar amount of fat -- and looks a heck of a lot better. Another bonus: Muscle burns about 15 to 25 times more calories than fat. So the more muscle you have, the more you can eat without gaining weight.
If the weight gain continues and you notice that your clothes are getting tighter, take a look at your diet. No matter how much you exercise, if you are eating too many calories, you'll gain weight. A packet of M&M's has more than 300 calories, which can quickly override the calories you'd burn during a typical walk. Keep it up and the scale will start to inch up. You don't have to be eating junk food for that to happen either. Even large portions of healthy foods can cause you to gain weight. If your eating is under control but you're still gaining, check with your doctor to rule out any medical conditions that may be contributing to the weight gain.

Friday, March 29, 2013

2013 Big Train Roster Announced! College Round-Up; Summer Camp

2013 Big Train Roster Announced!
 
The Bethesda Big Train are proud to announce the most important component of the 2013 season... the roster!

"Heading into the summer, I think we look good," said Big Train Manager Sal Colangelo. "We've got a lot of great guys coming to play for us this summer to make sure that we have a team worthy of the Big Train name heading into our 15th season."
Returning to Bethesda for another summer are some of last season's best players, including Avondre Bollar (San Diego State) - pictured above -,Brock Larson (San Francisco), Bo Logan (Florida Atlantic), Mike Miedzianowski (High Point), Tyler Thomas (Shepherd), Tucker Tobin(George Mason), and Will Resnik (High Point).
Here are a few other tidbits about the roster: 
  • This season's roster is full of youth and includes just three 2014 seniors. There are 16 juniors, 14 sophomores, and one freshman.
  • Florida Atlantic, High Point, and San Francisco all have three players on the 2013 Big Train but San Diego State has the largest contingent with four members.
  • The largest player is Davidson's Danny Mooney who stands 6"5 and weighs 220 pounds. The slightest player is Virginia Tech's Kit Scheetz who stands 5"9 and weighs 160 pounds.
  • The vast majority of the roster hails from three states: California (9 players), Florida (9), and Virginia (7).
To check out the full roster, click here! | Purchase 2013 Season Pass!
Big Train College Round-Up 3/29  
 
In another strong week of performances from Big Train players across the country, it is Hunter Renfroe (BT '11-'12) who sticks out above them all. Over four games at Mississippi State, Renfroe reached base 11 times in 16 attempts. Three of those times he barely graced the basepaths with his presence as he jogged around them for home runs. He also accumulated a double and two singles to go along with his five walks. Once on the basepaths, he continued to show his talents as he swiped two bases as well. His three home runs helped him drive in six runs and come around to score five times.

San Diego State benefited once again from the Big Train pitchers on its roster. This week, Ryan Doran (BT '12), Ethan Miller (BT '12), Bubba Derby (BT '13), and Justin Hepner (BT '13) all chipped in from the mound. They combined for a 2-0 record (and a save) over 12 innings of work, giving up only one earned run on ten hits and two walks while striking out 13 batters. All of them had good weeks that added up to a great contribution for the Aztecs.

Other notable hitting performances: Mitch Morales (BT '12 / Florida Atlantic) - 8/15, 2BB, 3R, 2RBI... Adam Barry (BT '11-'12 / High Point) - 5/11, BB, R, 3RBI, 2 2B... Josh Spano (BT '13 / High Point) - 7/16, 2BB, 4R, RBI, 2B...Brennan Middleton (BT '10-'12 / Tulane) - 6/16, BB, 2HBP, 4R... Justin McCullough (BT '10-'12 / El Camino CC) - 4/10, BB, 2R, RBI... Brandon Gum (BT '12 / George Mason) - 4/13, 2BB, HBP, 4R, 2SB... Drew Farber (BT '10-'11 / UNC-Wilmington) - 6/16, HBP, 7R, 6RBI, 2B... Michael Bass (BT '11-'12 / UNC-Wilmington) - 6/18, BB, HBP, 4R, 3RBI, 2 2B, SB... Justin Roland (BT '09 / UNC-Charlotte) - 6/16, BB, 5R, 2B... Landon Appling (BT '11 / Houston) - 4/6, 3BB, HBP, 3R, 2RBI.

Other notable pitching performances: Jimmy Reed (BT '10 / Maryland) - 6IP, W, 0ER, 6H, 2BB, 4K... Michael Boyle (BT '13 / Radford) - 5.2IP, W, 0ER, 3H, 5BB, 2K... David Wayne Russo (BT '10-'12 / San Jose St.) - 12IP, W, 4ER, 13H, 3BB, 5K... Ian Gilbaut (BT '13 / Tulane) - 3IP, 2SV, 0ER, 3H, 0BB, 3K... Joe Mantiply (BT '10 / Virginia Tech) - 5IP, ER, 5H, BB, 3K...Danny Mooney (BT '13 / Davidson) - 7.2IP, 3ER, 7H, 2BB, 8K.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

TRACK AND FIELD PLACES SECOND AND FIFTH AT COPPIN STATE TWILIGHT EVENT


BALTIMORE, Md. – Competing in their second outdoor meet of the season, the Bowie State women’s track and field team finished second overall and the men placed fifth at the Coppin State University Twilight event. Phyllicia Ennis and Faith Sykes led the Lady Bulldogs and Sonny Hicks along with Kadeem Bailey were leaders for the Bulldogs. 

Ennis placed first in the women’s Shot Put with a throw of 10.93m while teammate Shahirah Johnson finished third (8.98m) in the same event. Sykes crossed the finish line of the 800 Meter Run with a time of 2:36.75 and a second place finish.

Six other Lady Bulldog participants had top five finishes’ as well. Jasmine Street was fifth in the 100 Meter Dash (13.16) and Michelle Palmer finished fifth in the women’s 400 Meter Dash (1:00.33). Kendall Reynolds finished in the Long Jump (5.28m). The BSU trio of Sherice Stones, Jade George and Crishonda Coffey place third, fourth and fifth in the Triple Jump.

Hicks was BSU’s top male student-athlete in the 800 Meter Run placing second with a time of 2:03.40. Bailey threw the Shot Put 11.10m, placing him fifth overall and Herman Watkins placed sixth in the same event with a throw of 10.72. Cullen Mosley participated in the men’s 1500 Meter Run and placed sixth, clocking in at 4:32.81.

The Bowie State 4x100 Meter Relay “A” teams performed well, finishing second in the respective women and men’s fields. The women’s team consisted of Indya Price, Kayla Watson, Coffey and Palmer and finished behind host Coppin State with a time of 49.21. Travis Scarborough, Jalame Gomez, Rodney Williamson and Daniel Ballah made up BSU’s men team and ran a time of 44.48.

The ladies had a “B” Team in the 4x100 with Carissa Smith, Sykes, Stones and Street crossing the finish line with a time of 52.13.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The deadly dangers of ordinary drinking water

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Ordinary Tap Water Contains
Hundreds of Contaminants


    A glass of water from your tap can contain any of 2,100 contaminants, including known and probable carcinogens, toxins that affect your endocrine and nervous systems, and chemicals that are known risks to babies in the womb.

    Where does all the junk come from? How does it get into the water? How big are the risks it poses? And most important, what steps can you take to protect yourself and those you love? Let's take a look. . .

Continued below. . .

Video of the Week:
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    In this exposé, a top executive of a major pharmaceutical company spills the naked truth about the drugs you and your family take... which drugs heal, and which ones KILL... what doctors turn to when they don't know the cure... what they do when they themselves or their loved ones are stricken with disease or illness... what life-saving resource they insist should be in every home. Watch this must-see video now because your life -- or the life of your loved ones -- may depend on it.


    Tap water contamination can come from many sources — pesticides, fertilizer, factory farms and regular factories, metals and chemicals leaching from pipes and storage tanks. And more…

    Water treatment plants in the path of Superstorm Sandy are still struggling to recover from the torrential rains that washed tens of millions of gallons of raw or partially treated sewage into the area's waterways.
The "disinfectant" that creates risky toxins
    And then there's the stuff they deliberately add to the water to "protect our health." You probably know that waterworks across the nation add chlorine as a disinfectant to fight disease-causing pathogens in dirty source water.

    But chlorine reacts with rotting organic sewage, manure, dead animals and fallen leaves to form potentially harmful chemicals.

    This unintended side effect of chlorinating water creates chemicals calledtrihalomethanes (THM). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) nicknames them "disinfection byproducts". But let's call them what they really are — toxic trash.

    Scientists believe that THMs in your drinking water may be responsible for thousands of bladder cancer cases every year — and they are also implicated in colon and rectal cancer, birth defects, low birth weight and miscarried babies. (NHDES2006).

    The best known of the four-member THM family is chloroform. Years ago it was used as an anesthetic to render people unconscious during surgery. Now the U.S. government calls it a "probable" human carcinogen. California calls it a "known" carcinogen.

    The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently reviewed the latest water quality tests from 201 large water utilities, serving 100 million Americans. Their investigation found that all 201 water utilities were polluted with THMs.
The mounting evidence against trihalomethanes
    Growing evidence links THMs to cancer and other health problems including these:
  • Men exposed to more than 50 ppb had significantly increased risk of bladder cancer (Costet 2011).
  • People faced twice the risk of bladder cancer death if trihalomethanes were above 21 ppb. (2011 National Report on Carcinogens, a report of the National Toxicology Program). Of the water systems studied by EWG, 85 percent reported average THM contamination above 21 ppb.
  • The National Cancer Institute notes that 25% of people may have a genetic susceptibility toward increased bladder cancer risk from THMs (Cantor 2010).
  • In 2005, the EPA considered lowering the legal trihalomethane limit to 40 ppb — saying it could prevent 1,300 bladder cancer cases annually. But then it didn't take action.
  • Fourteen studies now link THM exposure to small birth weight infants, neural tube defects, and miscarriage. (The neural tube is the structure that develops into the brain and spinal cord.)
    I don't want to worry you unnecessarily. Bladder cancer is not up there with breast cancer, lung cancer, prostate cancer and other big killers. It's a relatively small risk. The American Cancer Society estimates there will be about 72,000 new cases diagnosed in 2013 and about 15,000 deaths from bladder cancer.

    Having said that, I don't take the threat lightly myself. I don't drink chlorinated water. I also take the view that we're probably just seeing the tip of the iceberg. Most likely chlorine and its THM byproducts have other health effects that haven't been identified yet.
A few more thoughts about that iceberg. . .
    A report by the Ralph Nader Study Group‚ confirmed after sifting through 10‚000 documents acquired through the Freedom Of Information Act that, "U.S. drinking water contains more than 2,100 toxic chemicals that can cause cancer."

    Some are created by the interaction of water treatment disinfectants and pollutants in source water. Most have never been studied in any depth and several are suspected carcinogens.

    But the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act only addresses 79 contaminants1.

    Municipal water treatment facilities do not remove SOCs (synthetic organic chemicals).

    And for the most part, water treatment facilities are similar to what they were in the early 1900's. The norm was and is… filter out the visible particles, then add bleach! Euww!

    As far as that goes, many of the water treatment plants (and most certainly the underground piping) was laid a hundred years ago or more in older communities. The way we guarantee safe drinking water is old, out-dated, broken and needs to be fixed.

    Water authority Dr. David Ozonoff of the Boston University of Public Health warned, "The risk of disease associated with public drinking water has passed from the theoretical to the real."

    Illnesses that in the past couldn't be linked to any probable cause have now been linked to toxins in drinking water. "While levels of these carcinogens (synthetic organic chemicals) in drinking water are low, it is precisely these low levels that carcinogen specialists believe to be responsible for the majority of human cancers in the U.S.," the U.S. Council on Environmental Quality states.

    In 1994 during EWG's first ever tap water study, 27 out of 29 major cities had traces of at least two weed killers in the drinking water. However, in Fort Wayne, Indiana the group found a shocking nine different pesticides in a single glass of tap water!

    As an alarming side note, they reported that in these 29 cities, 45,000 infants drank formula mixed with tap water containing weed killers and that "over half of these infants were swallowing 4 to 9 chemicals in every bottle."

    And yet our water quality standards are set based on what is assumed safe for a 175-pound adult, drinking just one single chemical in their water…. Not two or more (let alone hundreds).

    In 1995 the Science Advisory Report to the EPA stated that "…when two or more of these contaminants combine in our water, the potency may be increased by as much as 1000 times."

    You should assume that there's NO acceptable SAFE level for pesticides, weed killers, chlorine, MTBE (a fuel additive), and so on, in your drinking water.
This controversial toxin is deliberately
added to your water
    Chemist and microbiologist Albert Schatz, Ph.D., declared a certain chemical, "…the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has."

    The Delaney Congressional Investigation Committee, which monitors additives, says, "Fluoridation is mass medication without parallel in the history of medicine."

fluoride.gif 266x344    Dr. Robert Carton, former EPA scientist, has said, "Fluoride is somewhat less toxic than arsenic and more toxic than lead, and you wouldn't want either of them in your mouth."

    Fluoride has been named an equivocal carcinogen by the National Cancer Institute Toxicological Program.2 There's also substantial evidence that it's a potent neurotoxin.3

    Fluoride is actually a by-product of the aluminum industry and is classified as a hazmat (hazardous material) for disposal purposes. That doesn't sound exactly benign to me.

    Yet 70 percent of U.S. water systems force it on you… some of them at extremely high levels.

    To learn more about fluoride, go to www.fluoridealert.org.
And well water isn't problem-free either!
    Roughly 15 percent of Americans get their drinking water from private wells, which are not subject to EPA standards (for whatever that's worth!).

    Personally, I like having my own well and being able to exert some degree of control over my water. But having said that, please note that well water is not exempt from contamination. Watch out for these problems…
  • Microorganisms — bacteria, viruses, parasites, especially in shallow wells. Runoff after flooding can pose a special risk.
  • Radionuclides — radioactive elements such as uranium and radium, from underlying rocks and ground water.
  • Radon — is linked to lung cancer and can be inhaled when you run your water. Especially prevalent in New Jersey, New England, New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Arizona — though not limited to these areas.
  • Nitrates and nitrites — migrate quickly through soil and into waterways. Especially acute near heavy agricultural areas. Can lead to a serious bleeding condition.
  • Heavy Metals — Cadmium, chromium, lead, selenium, arsenic, etc. linked to underground rocks and soils. Chromium and selenium are beneficial in very tiny amounts but toxic in large doses. I recently found out my selenium levels were high enough to be dangerous. Not sure why, but I suspect it's my well water.
How groundwater contamination affects you
(Whether you live in the city or the country)
    The legacy of pollution and lax regulatory enforcement is perhaps unrivaled in our nation's factory farms, known by the Orwellian acronym CAFO (Confined Animal Feeding Operations).

    Farm runoff affects both city and well water, produces a lot of contaminants, and is a growing problem.

    California's Central Valley is now home to 1.6 million dairy cows that together produce almost five times more waste than the entire human population of Los Angeles.4 And that doesn't even count calves or replacement stock, just adult cows.

    Other states with large numbers of CAFOs include Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Kansas…

    Dairies produce four major contaminants: nitrates, bacteria (E. coli, etc.), antibiotics, and hormones. And unlike cities, dairies don't use treatment systems to remove them from wastewater.

    Worse, manure can (and does) spill from holding structures into nearby waterways when heavy rains lead to flooding. The spillage problem is compounded by poor construction or design.5

    How dangerous are these pollutants?
  • Nitrates. Manure converts to ammonia and then to nitrate. Exposure can lead to methemoglobinemia — a blood condition that hinders oxygen transport, and can be fatal in infants, where it is called "blue baby syndrome". Long-term nitrate exposure is also linked to cancer, miscarriage, premature birth, impaired fetal growth, and more.
  • Pathogens. Six of the 150 human pathogens in animal manure are responsible for 90 percent of all human food-and-water-borne diseases: Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Cryptosporidium and Giardia.7 At least in theory, municipal water systems eliminate these pathogens before they reach you. Not so with private wells.
    Bacteria linked to CAFOs can be resistant to antibiotics, increasing risk to those who rely on well water.
  • Hormones are routinely injected into livestock to increase productivity. In 2007, over 40 percent of CAFO cows were injected with rBST (also called rBGH), a growth hormone. These physiologically active steroidal hormones find their way into your water.8
  • Exposure has been linked to an increase in hormone-related cancers and chronic illnesses, disruptions in fetal and child development, and feminization of male fish.
  • Antibiotics are used extensively through a cow's entire life, not to treat or prevent disease but mainly to promote growth and milk output. These drugs can persist more than one year in the environment, imposing a major health threat9
    When bacteria are repeatedly exposed to antibiotics, the drug-resistant bacteria survive while the rest die. Then the resistant ones breed and spread. Many doctors consider antibiotic-resistant germs to be one of today's biggest health challenges.
What to do about this invisible problem
    In the next issue you'll learn the best ways to deal with the problem of contaminated water. I'm not going to opine about what the politicians should do on a national or global level. For one thing, we may be dead before they take action. No, the focus is going to be on what you can do to avoid dirty, dangerous water at a personal and family level.

    We're often asked what are the best options for purifying or filtering a home's water supply. In the next issue, we'll answer that question as well as we can.

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Footnotes:
1Balch, Pyllis A. Prescription for Dietary Wellness, Penguin Group, NY, NY, 1992.
2Balch, Pyllis A. Prescription for Dietary Wellness, Penguin Group, NY, NY, 1992.
3http://www.fluoridealert.org/articles/50-reasons/
4What's in the Water? Industrial Dairies, Groundwater Pollution, and Regulatory Failure in California's Central Valley, Food & Water Watch, February 2011.
5Gurian-Sherman, Doug. CAFOs Uncovered: The Untold Costs of Confined Animal Feeding Operations, Union of Concerned Scientists, April 2008.
6 What's in the Water? Industrial Dairies, Groundwater Pollution, and Regulatory Failure in California's Central Valley, Food & Water Watch, February 2011.
7What's in the Water? Industrial Dairies, Groundwater Pollution, and Regulatory Failure in California's Central Valley, Food & Water Watch, February 2011.
8What's in the Water? Industrial Dairies, Groundwater Pollution, and Regulatory Failure in California's Central Valley, Food & Water Watch, February 2011.
9What's in the Water? Industrial Dairies, Groundwater Pollution, and Regulatory Failure in California's Central Valley, Food & Water Watch, February 2011.
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Congratulations, Bowie State University Women's Bowling Team



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Congratulations, Bowie State University Women’s Bowling Team
I commend the Bowie State University Women’s Bowling Team for capturing the 2013 CIAA Championship! This hard-earned victory is Bowie State’s fourth bowling championship. Previous crowns were won in 2005, 2006, and 2010, all under the great leadership of Head Coach Kenneth Scott.
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Please join the campus community and me in celebrating the women’s bowling team on Wednesday, April 3, at 3 p.m. in the Wiseman Center, Room 102.
Congratulations, Lady Bulldogs!!
Sincerely,
Mickey L. Burnim

Monday, March 25, 2013

LADY BULLDOGS BOWLING CAPTURES 2013 CIAA CHAMPIONSHIP



DURHAM, N.C. – Bowie State University never panicked despite losing the first match to Virginia State University in the championship round of the CIAA Women’s Bowling Championships on Monday, March 25, 2013.

The Lady Bulldogs simply regrouped and swept the Lady Trojans 4-0 in the second match to claim the league crown at AMF Durham Lanes. The title is the second in four years for the Lady Bulldogs, who were seeded third in bracket play.

“We knew once we got into bracket play we had the capability to make a run,” Bowie State Head Coach Ken Scott said. “We were blessed to have determination and luck.”

The Lady Bulldogs never lost their composure despite losing 4-0 in the first championship match to Virginia State, which won three straight matches in the elimination bracket to reach the finals in the double-elimination tournament.  After the loss in the first match, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back to defeat the Lady Trojans, who needed to win twice to gain the title.

The second match was a complete reversal from the first match. The Lady Bulldogs dominated from the start, winning 164-154, 196-168 and 202-136 in the best-of-seven Bakers format for a 3-0 lead. The Lady Trojans battled back in the fourth game to take a 149-140 lead, but tournament MVP Shayla Lightfoot rolled a strike for a 150-149 Lady Bulldogs’ lead. The Lady Trojans regained the lead 159-150 with a strike, but Lightfoot knocked down nine pins on her first roll in the final frame to tie the score. Her one-pin spare gave the game and the championship to the Lady Bulldogs.

Scott says Lightfoot was unaware of the situation in the final frame. “We teach the kids not to look at the scoreboard,” Scott said. “She didn’t know what the score was.”

The spare by Lightfoot touched off a celebration by the Bowie State players, coaches and fans. The Lady Bulldogs captured the title before a large contingent of Bowie State supporters who attended each session of the three-day tournament.

“This team is truly blessed to have support from the athletic department, staff, alumni and our president," Scott said. "They come to watch every match during the regular season.”

The championship capped an outstanding run by the Lady Bulldogs in the tournament. After entering bracket play as the third seed, the Lady Bulldogs won three matches in the winner’s bracket, including a 4-1 win over Elizabeth City State on Monday, to reach the finals.
  
Meanwhile, the Lady Trojans had a more difficult path after a loss on Sunday sent then to the elimination bracket. On Monday, the fourth-seeded Lady Trojans had their best bowling day, beating two-time defending champ Fayetteville State 4-1, Winston-Salem State 4-2 and Elizabeth City State 4-2 to make it to the finals for the second consecutive year. The win over ECSU avenged a 4-3 loss to the Lady Vikings on Sunday which knocked the Lady Trojans to the elimination bracket. In other matches Monday, Winston-Salem State eliminated Saint Augustine’s 4-1.

The Lady Trojans continued their run against Bowie State in the finals. They won all four games by scores of 181-143, 183-144, 183-135 and 236-172 against the Lady Bulldogs, who hadn’t played since Monday morning against ECSU. In the last game, the Lady Trojans made eight strikes and two spares.

But the momentum turned in the second match. It was the Lady Bulldogs rolling the most strikes and spares. In the third game, the Lady Bulldogs recorded seven strikes including six in the last seven frames.

“[Virginia State] had a slight advantage maybe mentally but we had a break,” Scott said. “Even though we started flat, we were fresher.”

Scott also had a message for his team between the first and second matches in the final round. “I told them to ‘man up’ and they responded,” Scott said.

Scott says winning the Northern Division championship during the regular season helped the Lady Bulldogs in the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs finished in a tie with Elizabeth City State but won the division on total pins. Three Northern Division teams - Bowie State, Virginia State and Elizabeth City State – finished among the top three in the tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs captured their latest championship with a young roster including three freshmen. Lightfoot, the tourney MVP, is a sophomore.

“We didn’t jell until the last division tournament,” Scott said. “All the schools in our division our highly competitive which helped us prepare for the [CIAA] tournament.”

The All-Tournament team consisted of Amber Slater of Virginia State, Briana Evans of Bowie State, Nicole Sciortino of Saint Augustine’s and Crystal Mujica of Fayetteville State in addition to Lightfoot. They had the top five bowling averages in the tournament. Lincoln (Pa.) won the CIAA team highest grade point average award.