January 7, 2009

9 year old boy rescues girl from pitbull

During jiujitsu lessons Tuesday evening, instructor Matt Baker asked 9-year-old Drew Heredia what he would do if put in a certain position he was teaching.

“I’d get on my back and do a choke hold,” he said.

It’s the same thing Drew did last week when he saved a 12-year-old girl from being mauled by a pit bull. Using a tactic he learned in class, he put the attacking dog in a chokehold and held it for at least 20 minutes until help arrived.

Nine-year-old Drew Heredia rescued a girl from being mauled by placing a choke hold on a dog, a move he learned while training at Bakersfield Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Training Center. Drew attended a Tuesday evening class at the center and is learning a new move. His partner shown here is Derek Beltran.

Full story: Youngster rescues girl from dog

January 6, 2009

Naming Your Baby After a Holiday?

Is It Cheesy to Name Your Baby After a Holiday If Your Due Date is December 25?

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 24, 2008 — As long as the name you choose for your baby feels like a celebration for his or her arrival, it’s fine to go ahead and tap your favorite holiday, according to an article posted today online at BabyZone.com, a website that serves the needs of expectant and new moms.

“Holidays like Christmas offer copious options to new parents who haven’t yet decided what to name their baby,” says Suelain Moy, baby name expert and author of the book, Names to Grow On, in the Q&A, “Is It Cheesy to Name Your Baby After a Holiday?“.

Holidays like Christmas offer copious options to new parents who haven’t yet decided what to name their baby

According to the feature posted on BabyZone, Natalie, Natalia, and Natasha all mean “born on Christmas Day.” Noel, Noelle, and Navidad simply mean “Christmas.” Many December babies have been named Nicholas (after St. Nick), Claus (after Santa), or Kris (after Mr. Kringle). Other festive names include Joy, Holly, and Yule.

However, be aware when making first and last name combinations.

Consider the case of the 90 or so women in the U.S. whose legal name is Mary Christmas. While Utah-based, stay-at-home mom, Mary Christmas (nee Young) admits that her name is a big hit during the holidays, she does encounter her share of doubting Thomases.

“I’ve had to show people my license a couple of times,” she said to BabyZone. And when her name shows up on the caller ID or on a package, some folks think it’s a prank.

Still, it’s hard to find fault with a name that brings people so much joy and happiness. “People think it’s fun,” Mrs. Christmas said (good-naturedly) to BabyZone. “It’s positive. It’s a conversation piece.” And, as her husband likes to point out, he gets to celebrate with Mary Christmas, not just on December 25, but all year long.

January 2, 2009

Obesity Starts Earlier Than You Think

“If you want to reduce the likelihood of obesity in your children, start thinking about the hormonal consequences of your diet, before your child is ever born. He or she will be thankful that you did” – Dr. Sears.

New York, NY (PRWEB) January 1, 2009 — Recent reports have indicated that childhood obesity is set in place by the age of five, but, “Actually, it starts in the womb,” says Dr. Barry Sears, one of the world’s leading experts on the impact of diet on hormones and gene expression.

Dr. Barry Sears says obesity has a strong genetic component and starts in the womb. Bestselling author of The Zone, he founded MedWell Foods to help people lose weight. His new book is Toxic Fat.

“Obesity has an exceptionally strong genetic component. Couple that genetic predisposition with the wrong hormonal mix in the womb, and the child is destined to a life-long struggle against obesity and its health consequences,” added Dr. Sears, whose MedWell Foods was founded to help people lose weight.

“One solution to this problem is to make sure that the mother is controlling the dietary environment of the child,” said Dr. Sears. “Unfortunately, this is easier said than done, as it is likely that the mother has the same genetic predisposition as the child in the womb and more than likely is eating the types of junk food that ensures an obese child.”

Dr. Sears rose to prominence when he wrote The Zone, a New York Times #1 bestseller. He also wrote Toxic Fat, the just released book about obesity that addresses the causes of obesity and offers solutions to help people struggling with their weight.

Dr. Sears says, “It is often easier to change one’s religion, than to change their diet.”

Therefore, he set out several years to invent a new technology that could provide healthy comfort foods that would alter the gene expression of both the mother and the child in the womb.

He founded MedWell Foods, which offers products that are a result of new food technology that allows the production of once “forbidden” foods that normally cause people to gain weight, such as breads, pasta and desserts that now have been developed to decrease hunger instead of promoting it.

“By simply substituting the MedWell equivalent for the foods that people like to eat, you are ensuring a dramatic increase in appetite suppression along with beneficial changes in the genes that would otherwise promote obesity.”

MedWell food products can be ordered directly from the company at Medwell123.com.