July 22, 2019 // Archive

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22 Jul
Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments
Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments
Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments
Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments
Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments
Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pressed Pigments


Colour Pop Strawberry Super Shock Pigment Duo ($12.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains a bright, pink-coral and a softer, warm-toned pink–both with “Ultra Glitter” finishes. Jam Out performed well, while Berry Sweet applied well and lasted awhile, it had more medium to semi-opaque coverage.

Jam Out

Jam Out is a bright, medium-dark pink-coral with warm undertones and flecks of pink and gold sparkle. It had nearly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which adhered well to bare skin and blended out easily along the edges without losing its intensity. The texture was smooth and sponge-like to the touch with light slip. It stayed on nicely for 10 hours without fading or creasing, and there was just a smidgen of fallout over time.

Berry Sweet

Berry Sweet is a light pink with moderate, warm undertones and warmer gold and pink sparkle. The texture was emollient with a smooth, spongy feel that had light spring when pressed. It had semi-opaque pigmentation that didn’t build up much, so it was more suitable to be used as a highlighter, topper, or one-and-done wash of shimmer/sparkle on the lid. It wore well for 10 hours without fading or creasing on me.

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22 Jul

Chippewa Valley (WQOW) – Besides the physical destruction, health professionals say severe storms can also impact the mental health of those impacted.

The American Psychiatric Association says storms can disrupt and damage lives and livelihoods and cause psychological distress, PTSD or other mental health concerns for those who lived through the storm.

“Any type of major storm could be perceived as being a traumatic event. So, there’s a lot of difficult emotions that people are experiencing,” said Hayley Willetts, a behavioral health nurse at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital.

Willetts said while it might seem impossible to clean up all of the damage, it is important to pick one task to complete at a time.

Other tips include – do what you can to establish a normal routine and surround yourself with family and friends.

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22 Jul

Boston-based Pear Therapeutics filed a submission to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) seeking marketing authorization for Somryst, a prescription digital therapeutic intended for use in the treatment of adults with chronic insomnia and depression. Depression is the most common co-occurring disorder with insomnia.

Somryst is intended to provide tailored neurobehavioral interventions, specifically cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and sleep restriction driven by learning algorithms to reduce the severity of insomnia and symptoms of depression. CBT-I is considered firstline treatment for chronic insomnia, but most people do not have access to nor receive the recommended treatment, and there currently are no FDA-authorized therapeutics that deliver CBTi.

“One in three adults suffer from symptoms of insomnia in a given week and more than 30 million adults have chronic insomnia. Chronic insomnia can have an impact on quality of life—and can put people at risk long-term for depression, hypertension, and even heart attack,” says Charles M. Morin, PhD, professor of psychology and director  of the Sleep Research Centre at Université Laval in Quebec City, Canada, in a release. “Most adults with insomnia receive medication intended for short-term use or struggle with insomnia without receiving effective, lasting treatment. Somryst could facilitate patient access to CBTi treatment with appropriate clinical oversight and management from clinicians.”

The FDA submission is supported by two randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of the investigational prescription digital therapeutic. Together, these studies enrolled more than 1,400 adults with chronic insomnia, approximately 1,100 of whom also had depression. In the largest study, conducted over the course of nine weeks with more than 1,100 adults with chronic insomnia and depression, the treatment arm received the investigational prescription digital therapeutic, and the comparator arm received an attention-matched digital placebo along with usual care. Results were measured at baseline, at nine weeks, and post-treatment at six months, 12 months, and 18 months. At the end of a 9-week treatment course adults randomized to the investigational prescription digital therapeutic showed a reduction in mean Insomnia Severity Index (ISI) score to 7.27, from baseline of mean 15.92, while the control patients of showed a reduction in ISI score to a mean of 13.17, from a baseline of mean 16.23 (LS Mean Differences of -5.90, (95% CI, -6.68, -5.11); p < 0.0001). The treatment group also showed a reduction in depression severity, as measured by the Patient Health Questionnaire 9 (PHQ9), to a mean score of 3.78, from a baseline mean of 8.03, while control patients showed reduction to a mean PHQ9 score of 6.20, from a mean of 7.84 at baseline (LS Mean Differences -2.42, (95% CI, -3.01, -1.83); p < 0.0001).

The majority of patients randomized to the investigational prescription digital therapeutic treatment arm no longer met criteria for insomnia or depression at the end of the 9-week treatment. Clinical improvements persisted to 18 months following the initial 9-week treatment course. In addition, the study showed improvements in anxiety symptoms (as measured by the General Anxiety Disorder 7-item (GAD-7) scale), with a treatment arm mean of 3.16 compared to Control arm mean of 4.99, (LS Mean Differences -1.83, (95% CI, -2.41, -1.25); p<0.0001), and suicidal ideation (as measured by the Psychiatric Symptom Frequency Scale), with a treatment arm mean of 0.51 compared to control arm mean of 0.80, (LS Mean Differences -0.29, (95% CI, -0.53, -0.06), p = 0.0147)4. Results of the study were published in Lancet Psychiatry.

“Prescription digital therapeutics are a new treatment class that use software applications to directly treat serious disease. PDTs [prescription digital therapeutics] are designed to deliver evidence-based treatment anytime, anywhere, while also providing clinicians with real-time data on patient progress,” says Corey McCann, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Pear Therapeutics. “Pear Therapeutics is the leader in this emerging space. If authorized, Somryst could become our third FDA-authorized PDT, representing a new wave of innovation for patients and physicians.”

Somryst is the first product submitted to the FDA to test its Software Pre-certification Pilot Program, as part of the 2019 Test Plan released by the FDA in January 2019. Pear Therapeutics is one of nine companies taking part in the FDA’s Digital Health Software Pre-certification Pilot Program. As part of the program, Pear has been working closely with the FDA and volunteered to undergo the first-ever Excellence Appraisal in May 2019, consisting of an onsite evaluation of the company’s commitment and execution across product quality, patient safety, cybersecurity responsibility, clinical responsibility, and a proactive culture.

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22 Jul

1 Preheat oven to 400° F.

2 Sauté onions and garlic: Using a large oven-proof pan over medium high heat, sauté onions in 2 tablespoons of olive oil until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and reduce heat to low.

3 Sauté zucchini: While the onions and garlic are cooking over low heat, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in another frying pan over high heat. As soon as oil starts to smoke, quickly add enough zucchini cubes all at once to cover the bottom of the pan.

Keep on cooking over high heat, stirring, until zucchini is lightly browned on all sides. Remove zucchini cubes, and add them to pan with the onions.

Working in batches, repeat this process until all of the zucchini cubes have been cooked.

4 Sauté the remaining veggies: Cook the yellow squash in the same manner as the zucchini. Make sure to add a little olive oil between each new batch.

Continue with the bell peppers, then the eggplant cubes, adding the browned vegetables to the onion pan as soon as they are cooked.

5 Season: When all the vegetables (except the tomatoes) are browned and in the pan with the onions, increase the heat to high and stir, making sure they don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Add salt to taste, along with thyme, bay leaf, rosemary, and the vegetable stock. Stir well.

6 Cook the veggies in the oven: Place the pan in a 400°F oven, and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can cook them on the stovetop on low heat for 30 minutes.

7 Prep the tomatoes: If using fresh tomatoes, boil water in a saucepan. Remove the stems from tomatoes, and crisscross the bottoms with a knife. Plunge the tomatoes into boiling water for a minute or two, until skin starts to fall away. Rinse in cold water and remove the skin.

Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise, remove seeds, chop coarsely, and set aside.

8 Make a glaze: After the vegetables have been in the oven for a half hour, remove from oven, drain vegetables in a colander set over a bowl to catch the juices. Clean browned bits (if any) off the bottom of pan with a paper towel.

Return any liquid to the pan and reduce to a thick glaze over medium-high heat. Keep on adding juices to the pan as they run out of the vegetables into the bowl.

9 Combine cooked vegetables with chopped tomatoes: When all the juices have been reduced, return vegetables to the heavy pan. At this point the ratatouille should be moist and shiny, with very little liquid. Turn heat off. Add the chopped tomatoes and cover.

10 Serve: Remove the bay leaf, and season to taste with salt and pepper. If serving as a warm side dish, let the ratatouille stand for 10 minutes, just enough to “cook” the tomatoes. The ratatouille can be served at room temperature or refrigerated and reheated the next day.

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22 Jul


Melt Cosmetics Nevermore Blushlight ($22.00 for 0.13 oz.) is a muted, medium pink with strong, warm undertones and a luminous sheen. It had opaque pigmentation in a single layer, which I’m sure some will appreciate, but the formula is supposed to have buildable coverage. The texture was soft, silky, and finely-milled with a smoothness that was lightweight and thin but still applied easily to bare skin and blended out well. It could be applied more gradually if one uses a lighter hand. This shade stayed on well for eight and a half hours on me before fading noticeably.

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22 Jul

The independent health advice panel overseeing medical transfers for asylum seekers languishing offshore says there were 73 admissions covering 43 people at the RPC Medical Centre on Nauru in the first quarter of 2019, with “the majority” relating to mental health conditions.

The first quarterly report of the independent panel, obtained by Labor under an order for the production of documents in the Senate, found that in addition to the 73 admissions, with stays ranging between one and 44 days, there were 8,260 medical consultations provided to people on Nauru in the quarter – mostly for mental health problems.

The new figures underscoring significant problems with the mental health and wellbeing of asylum seekers, and people whose asylum claims have failed, came as the Liberal backbencher Russell Broadbent declared on Monday Australia could not continue with “indefinite detention”.

The governor of Manus Island, Charlie Benjamin, also urged Australia to “step up” and help resettle refugees from his province to a third country.

The panel’s report says 5,908 consultations to 237 people were provided at the Nauru regional processing centre medical centre, and 2,352 at the IHMS Nauru settlement medical centre, for a range of conditions, but “the commonest reason for consultation was for psychological reasons”.

In Papua New Guinea, the report says, there were 1,134 primary health consultations, 472 mental health consultations and 375 specialist consultations performed at East Lorengau refugee transit centre at Manus in the first three months of 2019. There were 21 admissions to Lorengau general hospital for 17 people, again predominantly for mental health conditions.

During a visit to Canberra, Benjamin said the “uncomfortable” situation on Manus required urgent action. “We want their travel to come to an end, they have to find a place to go to, but I think the onus is really on Australia, because they [the refugees] don’t want to be in Papua New Guinea,” he said.

Responding to a renewed offer from New Zealand at the weekend to resettle 150 people in offshore detention, Broadbent told the ABC on Monday the home affairs minister Peter Dutton was “trying to find a solution”.

But the Liberal moderate said he would “like to see the government pursue issues that would go towards … there being nobody left on Manus Island and nobody left on Nauru in indefinite detention”.

Broadbent said many Australians “thought we had dealt with indefinite detention under the Howard government” and he suggested people should contact the prime minister and Dutton “to say this is how we feel”.

“It often takes a catalyst of an individual issue to be raised around indefinite detention,” Broadbent said. “I just find it personally unacceptable for the nation that we are, for the free and wonderful nation that we are … and we have to take every opportunity that is there to remove these people from indefinite detention.”

The Morrison government is expected this week to proceed in the House of Representatives with a bill repealing the medevac procedures overseen by the independent health panel – arrangements imposed on the government last year by the crossbench during the period when the Coalition governed in minority.

But the repeal will be the subject of a Senate inquiry. The Senate’s legal and constitutional legislative committee will report in late October, which means the earliest the regime could be scrapped is the parliamentary sittings in November.

One of the key kingmakers in the Senate, the Centre Alliance crossbench senator Stirling Griff, has put the Morrison government on notice that repealing the medical evacuations bill would “sully the relationship” between himself and the Coalition.

The panel notes in its first assessment there are “reasonable quality primary and secondary care” services on Nauru “supplemented on a periodic basis by the availability of specialist services”. It notes on Nauru there are 53 contracted health professionals, including 23 mental health professionals.

It says there are significant numbers of mental health workers on Nauru but “there is no access to high quality inpatient psychiatric care in Nauru and patients with severe mental illness and at high risk of suicide should be transferred to a hospital with appropriate inpatient psychiatric care”.

At the time the report was written, the panel said they intended to visit Nauru in September to “more fully understand the scope of health services”.

The panel said it was “impressed” with the facilities offered at the hospital at Port Moresby and was “reasonably confident” that acute inpatient mental health treatment could be provided, but it also noted there was no access to electroconvulsive therapy of psychiatric intensive care for patients.

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22 Jul

3B Medical and Managed Health Care Associates Inc (MHA), dba The MED Group, a group purchasing organization serving home medical equipment providers, have entered into an agreement that makes 3B Medical’s sleep and respiratory products available to MHA and MED members under special terms. “Our membership has always looked to MED and MHA to develop strategic relationships with manufacturers that provide high quality, innovative products at a competitive price,” says Teresa Sparkman, MHA manager of trade relations, in a release. The agreement is effective June 15, 2019,

Jose Llana, MD, 3B medical’s director of sales, says, “We are excited to partner with MED and MHA to expand our reach to their national member base of sleep and respiratory care providers and extend to those members preferential pricing to support their growth initiatives. Competitive bidding mandates that providers find new ways of delivering high quality patient care while balancing both the clinical and economic considerations. MHA’s and MED’s commitment to the HME market combined with 3 B’s commitment to sleep and respiratory products makes this new partnership one that will provide for industry leading outcomes.”

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22 Jul


Following a primarily raw, plant-based diet is a move in the right direction, but it’s only the first step in your journey to optimal health. Have you ever consider buying and consuming only organic foods? Someone who is not familiar with the difference between organic and non-organic products may be confused – does the label make them safer? Are they the more nutritionally dense option? What exactly sets organic and non-organic foods apart?

If you’re more interested in learning about the difference between organic and non-organic foods, use this tool as a guide to help you make the right decision:

What Makes Food Organic?
The term “organic” refers to the practice in which an agricultural product is grown and processed. According to the Mayo Clinic, growing plant-based foods organically enriches the soil and water quality, reduces pollution, provides safe livestock habitats and promotes a self-sustaining resource cycle for farmers. Most importantly, it keeps fruits and vegetables as natural and healthful as possible. Instead of using synthetic fertilizers to add nutrients to food, farmers rely on natural matter to reserve and improve soil quality, thus keeping the plants exactly how God created them.

Organic foods are grown in soil free of harmful chemicals.Organic foods are grown in soil free of harmful chemicals.Organic foods are grown in soil free of harmful chemicals.

Are Organic Foods Safer?
Because conventionally-grown products are created with chemical fertilizers and weeds and pests are controlled with synthetic pesticides, many see non-organic foods as the more harmful option. As for organic foods, they’re grown with natural fertilizers – such as manure and compost – and the weeds and pests are controlled naturally. This method ensures the soil is as natural, nutrient-dense and as free of chemical abuse as possible, which in turn, keeps your fruits, vegetables and whole grains as healthy as can be. Some of the main benefits of organic foods include, according to Helpguide:

  • Limited pesticides – Organic foods will not contain harmful chemical residue.
  • Optimal freshness – Because foods don’t contain preservatives, you can count on choosing the freshest option from your market when it’s labeled organic.
  • Environmental friendliness – Organic farming conserves water, reduces soil erosion, increases soil fertility and reduces pollution.

How Can I Tell if My Food is Organic?
When shopping at your grocery store, be on the lookout for the USDA organic label. This ensures the product is 95 percent or more organic.

You can also visit your local market and get to know your farmer. He or she likely prioritizes organic practices.

Or, you can take matters into your own hands. By growing your own fruits and vegetables, you won’t have to worry about pesticides and preservatives. Plus, you’ll save a lot of the money and effort that goes into buying products from the grocery store.

At Hallelujah Acres, we want to ensure you’re consuming the best-quality supplements you can get your hands on. That’s why most our of products are made from organic plant sources. We stand by our commitment to help you reach optimal health, and believe this guide can help you make the best decisions toward longevity and wellness.

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22 Jul

It only took 15 years to be an

Do you remember the story about the young couple that started their racing dream out of their garage in 1993, and then rose to dizzying heights setting the bar for excellence and achievement in the professional sports car racing world?

Well, we’re doing it again!

This time it’s in the WINE world, and we are inviting a select few to join our team of investors and be a part of our amazing journey. Version 2.0, but in the highly profitable world of award-winning boutique wineries.

To our friends at Adobe Road, many of you know us only through the wine world and some through our motorsports business and racing history. Our Team, The Racers Group, with me as a driver, achieved an unimaginable level of success in the motorsports world. Now, I am focusing my attention on the wine world and once again, things have really started to take off. What started out as a fun hobby collecting wine, quickly developed into a small boutique winery while simultaneously achieving our first successes on the racetrack. Founded with friends and family in 2002, our winery has grown substantially and is poised to achieve the same incredible heights of success.
Adobe Road Winery is an award-winning boutique brand with over 30 recent 90+ scores, a 1200 member wine club, a winning operational team, strong strategic partnerships, top-tier accounts and distributors across the US, and…an incredible plan. Our new brand, The Racing Series, has just launched like a rocket ship, and it feels like 2002 all over again. The success, the publicity, and the sales are all coming at us quite fast. (Click here to view recent local and national media coverage.)


Recently, I sat down with The Wine Spectator for their Star Spotlight interview series. [Watch video here.]  It was a great moment of reflection as I identified the milestones that brought me to racing with The Racers Group, and starting Adobe Road Winery. I always love it when a plan falls into place. 

  • 1979 — My introduction to winemaking in Stellenboch, South Africa
  • 2002—The Racers Group motorsports team, outgunned, wins the LeMans 24 in France and introduces Adobe Road to the world. (Check out this video and the impromptu interview that we got on international television just before I stepped out on the podium after winning the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2002 … the debut of Adobe Road!!)
  • 2019 — The launch of The Racing Series wines — a marriage of both passions, blazing a trail & awarded numerous accolades from Robert Parker and The Wine Spectator. 

Adobe Road’s New Landmark

This is our our spectacular new 16,000 square foot entertainment complex and winery on the historic downtown riverfront in Petaluma California. In addition to housing our winery and tasting room, the facility will include a private VIP area, a motorsports museum and an event center, allowing visitors a unique winery experience on the beautiful Petaluma River. 

A History of Dynamic Growth

Adobe Road has continued to grow over the years. With rapidly increasing sales, it is now poised to become one of the new financial “darlings” of the wine world. The recent launch of The Racing Series has been truly amazing as we bridge our successful racing heritage, passion for winemaking, and incredible packaging technology into a dynamic lifestyle brand. We have crafted a winner here…something we know how to do.

As part of our growth, we have been very fortunate to have some wonderful partners that have joined us along the way and we put a huge emphasis on partnerships and teamwork. There have been some recent amazing financial success stories in the wine industry and we have our “eye on the prize”. Our new Adobe Road home — in the center of Sonoma’s newest AVA, The Petaluma Gap —and in the hottest little city in the wine world, is just the beginning. 

Orin Swift “Prisoner” sale for $285 Million
Meomi sale for $315 Million
Schrader sale for $70 Million

If you have ever dreamed of owning or being involved in an award winning winery with: strong ROI, fantastic lifestyle, partnership and business development opportunities, and an amazing group of established partners, this is it. We are looking for a select few accredited investors to join our team and become a part of history and we invite you to apply!

 Click here to contact us directly for more information.

The Racers Group, based in Petaluma, California, has competed at the top levels of professional motorsports since it was founded in 1992. TRG is the most successful independent GT sportscar team in modern history with 7 series championships, 4 GT victories at the Rolex 24 at Daytona (once overall), a GT victory at the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans, and nearly 200 combined podium finishes in major sportscar competitions worldwide. TRG has raced successfully with Porsche, Aston Martin, and General Motors, competing in most major race Series including three years in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The company also offers comprehensive partnership/sponsorship, business development, networking, and experiential marketing programs including; race hospitality, VIP/client entertainment, track days, corporate events, and employee team building.

Learn more at www.TheRacersGroup.com

Adobe Road Winery is an award-winning, boutique winery located in Petaluma, California, producing small, handcrafted lots of select varietals and extraordinary blends from both Napa and Sonoma counties. The “A-Team” produces world-class wines that owner, Kevin Buckler, is proud to serve alongside any of the reference point wines in his personal collection. Focusing on capturing the time and place of harvest from extraordinary vineyards, these distinctive wines are reflective of terroir in the true French sense. Their accolades are impressive, with placements in some of the top restaurants in America, and eighteen 90+ ratings from the Wine Spectator, as well as numerous awards and medals. While we are preparing to open our multimillion-dollar winery headquarters and events center on the vibrant Riverfront in downtown Petaluma in late 2019, our transitional tasting room, only blocks away in the Petaluma Mill building, offers visitors a memorable experience and the opportunity to see the progress firsthand.


The Racing Series is comprised of 4 ultra-premium, California, red wine blends, all inspired by moments on the race track. They are the vision of a man who is an expert in both fast cars and fine wines, Legendary Race Car Driver, Race Team and Winery Owner, Kevin Buckler. Back in 1995, Kevin entered his Porsche 911, built by The Racers Group, into the California Grand Prix and won his first professional race. Over the last 27 years, he and his team have built a legacy with more than 100 professional victories around the world including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Rolex 24 at Daytona (4 times). Then, in 2002, he and his wife, Debra, started a small boutique winery called Adobe Road, built on many of the same principles that made them successful in racing: pushing limits, a drive for perfection, focus, attention to detail, and teamwork.

Adobe Road Winery’s Racing Series represents the culmination of Kevin’s personal passions, vision and leadership skills. The wines capture the adrenaline rush of a podium finish and the finesse achieved through years of patience and hard work.

The Racing Series wines are available individually and as a complete set in a custom display box and are ideal for wine lovers, collectors, car enthusiasts, and motorsports fans alike. Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!!

Learn more at www.TheRacingSeriesWines.com



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