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Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding for a healthy holiday dessert

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The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season is here!

With so much to do as we make our holiday to do lists and checking them twice, finding ways to save time and maintain quality is priceless.

Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding is a delicious way to please holiday guests.

This eye-pleasing dessert will adorn any buffet or dining table while pleasing the palate with deliciously prepared pears as a main ingredient.

Courtesy of Eating Well, Caramelized Pear Bread Pudding may be made one day ahead, and refrigerated until ready to serve:

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Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie just in time for Thanksgiving

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image via Pixabay/Jill 111

Looking for that perfect pumpkin pie recipe for Thanksgiving dessert this season?

Here it is!

With only 10 ingredients and easy to make, it is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert.

Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie will delight holiday guests while ensuring appeal for those with special dietary needs.

Published in minimalistbaker.com, the Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie recipe, and a few simple steps, is a great way to add rich, flavorful pumpkin taste:

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Thanksgiving: Healthy cranberry, apple and orange compote

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Photo courtesy of seligmanwaite/flickr

This Thanksgiving, consider serving a healthy and easy to make Cranberry Compote with Apple and Orange side dish that can be prepared at the last minute.

Cranberries have a beautiful bright red hue, which is stimulating to any palate. Thank early Native Americans for bringing them to our attention and our dinner tables.

While used as a food source, cranberries are also a helpful medicinal, containing loads of antioxidants helpful in preventing urinary tract infections, potentially reducing the onset of certain cancers, lowering the risks for cardiovascular disease and aiding in reducing blood pressure.

Prepared as a scrumptious side dish, cranberries are also simply delicious!

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Millennial mayhem since Donald Trump became President Elect

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Protests and demonstrations have proliferated across America since the surprising election of President Elect Donald Trump.

Distraught Millennials hit the streets in protest against a democratic process which did not result to their liking.

Not all demonstrations have been peaceful, and some even violent.

It is unclear when the protests will end, but there is no doubt that Millennials will continue sending their messaging to America in a variety of ways for many years to come.
Now the largest generation of Americans, The Millennial Generation represents those who were born from 1981 and thereafter.

In 2015, their ages ranged from 18 to 34 years old.

According to Pew Research Center, in 2015 they represented approximately 75.4 million Americans, versus the 74.9 million Baby Boomers who were age 51 to 69.

Immigration is adding more numbers to the Millennials, Pew Research Center speculates, and is projected to peak in numbers in 2036 to 81.1 million.

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month: Lung cancer prevalent in America

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in America.

In 2011, 14% of all cancer diagnoses and 27% of all cancer deaths were due to lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Every 2.5 minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, and 433 people will die from lung cancer today, according to LUNGevity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately 200,000 people in the U.S. will receive a lung cancer diagnosis, and more than 150,000 will die from this disease.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women.

Cigarette smoking is the primary cause of lung cancer, accounting for up to approximately 90% of those who are diagnosed.

Inhaling a byproduct of cigarette smoke, including other tobacco related products, is second-hand smoke which is also a known cause of cancer and a killer.

Cancer caused by cigarette smoking can also be found in areas of the mouth, voice box, and more.

It is interesting to note that lung cancer is also caused by environmental factors such as automotive emissions, building materials, radiation therapy, and chemicals found in some drinking waters.

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California ignites a match for Prop 56

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Will raising the tax $2 dollars per pack on cigarettes, while also increasing taxes on miscellaneous tobacco products and electronic cigarettes, make a difference to the health of Californians?

Proposition 56, known as a statewide ballot initiative aimed at funding healthcare, tobacco use prevention, research and law enforcement, is attempting to do just that.

If passed, Proposition 56 would also become a constitutional amendment and statute.

The proposed tax increase would raise state revenues approximately $1 billion dollars during years 2017 to 2018, according to the California Secretary of State.

It is believed that revenue increases would be utilized to support healthcare spending for California’s low income citizens.

What is the truth behind this controversial Proposition?

According to the California Legislative Analyst published in the Official Voter Information Guide, Californians consume a variety of tobacco containing products:

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Chocolate the top treat for Trick-O-Treaters

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image via flickr/Timothy Krause/

Americans love chocolate, especially on Halloween. In 2015, chocolate sales in the US grew by approximately 47.8% from the pervious year.

According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA), U.S. consumption increased by approximately 47.8 percent versus 2014.

Who knew that something so elegantly seductively as chocolate would be the most sought after treat during a season of ghosts, goblins, witches, warlocks, and black cats?

Established in the 1900’s, Hershey’s chocolate is ranked as America’s favorite chocolate company, according to USA Today, which further ranks the top selling Halloween candies for 2013:

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Healthy, tasty caramel popcorn for Halloween

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image via flickr/by Randy Son Of Robert

Halloween is a fun time of year, when family and friends get together for frightening good times.

Trick or treaters parade neighborhood streets, knocking on doors frantically in search of sugary delights to soothe their anxious palates.

Halloween is also a time when candies, sweets and other treats abound, creating a tendency to over consume them and making it difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Superhero help is on its way with a popular snack recipe from Cooking Light!

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The truth about breast cancer: Breast Cancer Awareness Month


One out of 8 women will get breast cancer in her lifetime.

To put this phenomenon in perspective, walk down the street of a typical neighborhood and count out 8 dwellings. Residing in one of them will be a woman who will become stricken with breast cancer.

As the most common form of cancer in women, striking women of all ages, National Breast Cancer Awareness is the ideal time to bring this epidemic to the fore.

In his 2016 Presidential Proclamation, Barack Obama had this to say:

“During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we honor all those who lost their lives to breast cancer, and we recognize the courageous survivors who are still fighting for it. For these individuals, and for their loved ones who give their unwavering support during the most trying times, we recommit ourselves to the essential and necessary work of forging a future free from cancer in all its forms.”

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Can vitamin D prevent Alzheimer’s disease?


Alzheimer’s is a tragic disease and a societal health problem of epidemic proportions that requires urgent attention.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, approximately 5.3 million Americans suffered from the disease in 2015. The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that one in nine Americans age 65 and older (11 percent), one-third of those age 85 and older (32 percent) and four-fifths of those age 75 and older (81 percent) have Alzheimer’s make this situation even more alarming.

Alzheimer’s disease in the United States is on the rise and is expected to explode as more and more Baby Boomers reach age 65.

Developing in the brain as many as ten years prior to its onset, Alzheimer’s has several stages.

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