Wednesday, December 29, 2010

IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years

IBM Reveals Five Innovations That Will Change Our Lives in the Next Five Years: "Innovations in computers and data centers are enabling the excessive heat and energy that they give off to do things like heat buildings in the winter and power air conditioning in the summer. Can you imagine if the energy poured into the world's data centers could in turn be recycled for a city's use?
Up to 50 percent of the energy consumed by a modern data center goes toward air cooling. Most of the heat is then wasted because it is just dumped into the atmosphere. With new technologies, such as novel on-chip water-cooling systems developed by IBM, the thermal energy from a cluster of computer processors can be efficiently recycled to provide hot water for an office or houses."

Monday, December 20, 2010

Car Internet Radio ToGo Mainstream At CES

Car Internet Radio ToGo Mainstream At CES: "NEW YORK – Internet radio will go mainstream inthe mobile electronics..."

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Traffic Rankings–Part of the Picture

by Linda Mackenzie
Some guy called me up to tell me that my website statistics were wrong. So because we are a conscious business I looked at the actual site visit and page view numbers provided to me from my website provider and found that they were completely different and much, much higher. We are not signed up for any Analytics program such as Google Analytics or Quantcast so I wondered - where are these traffic rating sites getting their website numbers for my site?

I researched the site where the guy got my bogus numbers from and then many more traffic ranking sites. This is what I think I found, since most of the traffic ranking sites do not give you where they get their numbers from - by which they use to report my numbers…

Major Search Engine Companies like Google, Yahoo, Bing and others get their data and page rankings from impressions and conversion rates of people looking for or going to your site. (In Humanese this means if they type in your website name to look for your site and/or if they went to your site after they logged in to their site). However the numbers provided are only from the data from that specific search engine company. So my thoughts are:
-- Most important - they are not looking at all the actual traffic to my site
-- After a user finds my site they may not “search” for it again and can go directly to my site.
-- These numbers are not tracked by the search engine company. If they are, without my permission, there may be some privacy issues being violated here.
-- They reflect numbers only from their search engine site, not other search engine sites
-- The traffic they report is weighted pertaining to their specific criteria

The Conclusion: Search Engine Traffic Rankings are only part of the picture. They DO NOT and CAN NOT give you the whole picture of the real traffic of any website, except their own.

Major Web Analytic Companies - When you sign up for Google Analytics, Quantcast or any other web site analytics package they give you code to put on your site so they can track your website statistics. Sometimes you need to place the code on every page you want tracked. They then get their numbers for your website, not your web provider. This is slightly better but it still relies on how they weight their data and on what criteria they use to determine your data.

The Conclusion: Search Engine Traffic Analytics Rankings are only part of the picture. They MAY give you the whole picture of the real traffic of a website if the criteria is set up that way.

Alexa’s Traffic Ranks are based on the traffic data provided by Alexa Toolbar users and data collected from other, diverse sources (certainly that does not include everyone on the web). The Rankings are determined by the number of unique Alexa users who visit a site on a given day and as far as pageviews it is determined by the total number of Alexa user URL requests for a site. Multiple requests for the same URL on the same day by the same user are a single Pageview.

The Conclusion: Alexa DOES NOT and CAN NOT give you the whole picture of the real traffic of any website, except their own.

Independent Traffic Ranking & SEO Sites are either using one or more of the specific search engine statistics (which are only part of the picture) or their own analytics software which you either must sign up for or sometimes pay to use (which again is only as good as the criteria that the analytics software is set up for).

The Conclusion: Most Independent Traffic Ranking Sites DO NOT and CAN NOT give you the whole picture of real traffic on any website, except their own. The Independent Traffic Ranking sites with their own analytic packages may give you the whole picture but is dependent on whether you signed up directly with them and what criteria they use to determine traffic.

So, how can someone get actual traffic of a website? Ask the owner of the site. He or she is the only one that gets the actual statistics from their web provider. Web Providers are the only Source of all real data of any site. If the web provider is reputable and honest they will provide the owner of the site with real stats. Of course we have to remember that the web site providers have their own criteria for determining actual data too.

Do website stats correlate to radio listeners on an internet radio site? As far as my radio listener stats they DO NOT come from website statistics whether it be site visits or page views. These website statistics have to do with who is coming to my site but NOT the actual numbers of listeners. Those numbers come directly from my streaming aggregator and (if provided) from our over 52 distribution channels which syndicate/simulcast Radio Network 24/7.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


By Daena Smoller

As a radio field journalist for, I have the fantastic opportunity to cover a variety of events. One such recent blogger excursion for me was the 2010 SILVERMAN Triathlon in Southern Nevada.

SILVERMAN is hailed as the most challenging triathlon in the United States. And it’s not even a qualifying competition so no doubt, these triathlon participants are competing in SILVERMAN for the sheer thrill of it and a sense of accomplishment and self-satisfaction.

Needless to say and as I’m sure anyone would expect me to do, I had it in mind that I would write a terrific article about this grueling competition that in full, encompassed a mind-blowing 2.4 mile open water swim in a chilly mountain lake, followed by a 112 mile bike ride through the breath-taking, rugged and totally unforgiving mountain / desert terrain of the 1.5 million acre Lake Mead National Recreation Area (the nation’s first national recreation area, 1964) and an exigent 26.2 mile run.

However, my best intentions of writing a sports-minded article literally exploded into a billion little pieces when I arrived on-site during the day of SILVERMAN registration. Why? Because this was a single woman’s WONDERLAND! Thousands of hard male bodies were everywhere with the majority clad in colorful spandex suitable for long bike rides that truly eliminates any real work for the imagination. Simply put, no “easy-fit” jeans being sported here!

So here’s what I'd really like to share about covering SILVERMAN:

To those women searching out a cool means of meeting men outside of traditional ‘meat’ markets, consider planning your next vacation around a competitive event such as SILVERMAN. But don’t attend just as a spectator, volunteer! Sure! You can volunteer at most competitions like assisting with registration (a perfect opportunity introductory face-to-face time) or volunteer at an AID station (physical contact may actually occur while a biker or runner is reaching out to grab the bottle of water or other sustenance that you’re offering). And don’t forget to take advantage of attending the additional events surrounding the competition, too (great opportunity to show off your social skills).

If you need motivation, check out these photos of the awe-inspiring landscapes and of course, some of the fine competitors of SILVERMAN 2010, HERE.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Being the Change Through Social Media and Internet Radio

by James Bean

People using sites such as Facebook, Myspace, Care2, and countless other social networking venues of the web are roughly divided into two categories:"whisperers", and "broadcasters".

Whisperers basically just want to be left alone. They have a small circle of close friends they desire to keep in touch with, and that's it. They aren't necessarily out to add hundreds of Internet "friends" from far away exotic lands such as Outer Mongolia and Tuva.

Social networking broadcasters however, have much in common with those inhabiting the world of internet radio. They are seeking good ratings, a growing audience tuning in, more subscribers, an expanding coverage map, more downloads, hits and page views. They have messages to communicate. Adding new friends from Mongolia or Madagascar is perfectly acceptable! They might seek to "be the change", perhaps are involved with a cause they passionately wish to promote across the globe. Mahatma Gandhi said, "Be the change you want to see in the world."

Though amplified by electronic equipment including the hubs of the worldwide web these days, the concept of creating networks of communication, new ideas, education, and social reformation, is at least as ancient as Mongolian Yurts, Tuvan Throat Singing, Babylonian Ziggurats, the Pyramids of Giza and those of Central America. A couple of decades before the Internet revolution, the late Robert Muller (1923-2010), Former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations, and Laureate of the UNESCO Prize 1989 for Peace Education, wrote the following visionary poem about the power of networking.

‘Decide to Network. Use every letter you write, Every conversation you have,
Every meeting you attend, To express your fundamental beliefs and dreams.
Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. Network through thought. Network through action. Network through love. Network through the spirit.
You are the center of a network. You are the center of the world. You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness. Affirm it. Spread it. Radiate it. Think day and night about it. And you will see a miracle happen: the Greatness of your own life, In a world of big powers, media, and monopolies, But of six billion individuals Networking is the new freedom, the new democracy, A new form of happiness.’

I continue to be inspired every time I read those words. Muller was also Chancellor Emeritus of the University for Peace (UPEACE or UPAZ) based in Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica, which, once-upon-a-time, was the home of Radio For Peace International, a community radio station broadcasting to the Americas and the world via shortwave radio.

It was great to be able to share my program, Spiritual Awakening, via RFPI for most of the years the station was on the air. Someone told me that Robert Muller tuned in one day and actually heard me read from a booklet called Ambassadors For Peace, featuring a dialogue about world peace between Robert Muller and Sant Darshan Singh, presenting some very positive visions of a Golden Age. Now as I broadcast Spiritual Awakening on Radio Network who knows who I am reaching within the millions of people who tune in monthly, sharing my messages.

In conclusion, we not only transmit messages to the world via radio, Twitter, Facebook updates or Blogging but on a subtle level, even our very thoughts are like radio waves escaping into the ethers, and those thoughts have a effect as well.

As Spiritual Master Shivbrat Lal puts it:“The human body is a kin to a radio broadcasting station. It transmits into the ethers subtle and mental waves of what the mind thinks. Mental thought-forces and spiritual currents go out in the atmosphere according to the disposition of one's mental and spiritual make up. The human body system is also a radio receiver.” And from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "A man is what he thinks all day long."

It’s Amazing to realize that the totality of that thought-life during this earth-walk adds up to become our legacy here. Not only akashic records, magnetic tape, or a digital format, indeed, all our thoughts, words, and deeds become a factor, a part of the grand equation of the collective thoughts, words and deeds of the earth, slightly moving humanity in one direction or another, here in what Guru Nanak called "Dharm Khand", (The Realm of Action, Karma, Dharma: Moral or Ethical Activities).

In Decide to Be a Global Citizen, By Robert Muller he says, “A good inhabitant of planet Earth. A member of the great human family. Pray, think, act, feel and love globally, And you will aggrandize yourself to the outer limits of being. Know this planet. Love this planet. Care for this planet. For you come from Mother Earth And you will return to Mother Earth. You are made of her elements. You are the Earth, become conscious of herself. You are her eyes, her ears, her voice, her mind and her heart. Save your Mother Earth from her matricidal children who destroy her, who divide her, who spike her with nuclear arms, who hold their territories to be greater than the globe and their groups, greater than humanity. Unite, global citizens, to save and heal planet Earth and to make our Mother bloom again as the most beautiful planet in the universe.”

Check out James Bean's Show Spiritual Awakening Tuesdays 12 noon Pacific Time on

Monday, November 22, 2010

Trini Lopez on HRN News at 7 - Nov 23

Tune in and listen to legendary great Trini Lopez on Radio Network's HRN News@7 November 23rd at 7am and 7pm PT and all day after 9am PT on archives for 24 hours.

Trini was a poor boy from the barrio of Dallas, Texas. He remembers barely enough food for the family, the amount always determined by his parents' ability to get whatever work they could.

Trini learned to play the guitar from his father. Then he played for money on the street corners. He eventually went on to form his own group. It was then that the world saw the beginnings of the singing, acting, and very talented Trini Lopez.

When Trini was 18 years old, King Records in Cincinnati, Ohio, heard that Trini had written and recorded a single in Dallas on a little label called Volk Records. The name of the song was The Right to Rock. The single made a little noise in Dallas, enough noise for King Records to be impressed with Trini's voice and style. King Records offered Trini a recording contract and for three years.

The first big break came at the popular night spot called P. J.'s. Here, he was spotted by the world famous record producer, the late Don Costa, who then brought Trini to the attention of his longtime idol, Mr. Frank Sinatra. The great singer recognized a fellow stylist and immediately signed Trini to an exclusive eight-year contract with his own label - Reprise Records. Reprise released his first album, "Trini Lopez at P. J.'s," which became a No. 1 hit album. Out of that album a single, "If I Had a Hammer" became a No. 1 hit in thirty eight countries. "If I Had a Hammer" hammered his name in GOLD with many hit albums and many hit singles ... and in the hearts of millions of fans throughout the world! Following "Hammer" were many hits which he wrote, as well as songs like "I'm Coming Home Cindy", "Michael," "Lemon Tree," Kansas City," "America," and, of course, "La Bamba.

Trini is a firm believer in the saying "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice," and he does practice what he believes by unselfishly giving of his time and talent to many worthwhile causes such as The March of Dimes, Cancer Research Foundation, Diabetes Foundation, Boy Scouts of America, Variety Clubs International, and many more.

Tune in and enjoy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

NOV 15th HealthyLife.Net Health News Super Segment

If you couldn't listen to last Tuesday's health super segment at 7am and 7pm PT (and all day on archives)here's some of what you missed...

A recent study investigated the relationship between vitamin D status and breast cancer. The study included 636 women who had been diagnosed with incident breast cancer and 1,272 matched controls. The results revealed a decreased risk of breast cancer with increased levels of vitamin D. Researchers also found a significant inverse relationship in women under 53 years of age. Premenopausal women with high serum vitamin D levels had a reduced risk of breast cancer, although not significantly. These findings suggest that high vitamin D levels reduce the risk of developing breast cancer especially in younger women, although further studies are necessary to confirm these results.

A study conducted at the University of California-Davis investigated whether the use of commercial vegetable juice was an effective way to increase daily intake of vegetables in adults. Consumption of vegetable juice helped the participants reach the recommended daily intake. The results also revealed that the subjects who were pre-hypertensive at the start of the study showed significant decreases in blood pressure over the course of the study. These findings suggest that drinking one to two cups of vegetable juice per day is an effective way to fill the daily vegetable dietary gap for healthy adults and it may also reduce blood pressure in pre-hypertensive adults.

Researchers decided to investigate the effectiveness of ginger as an additional antiemetic therapy in patients receiving chemotherapy. The scientists of this double-blind study randomly assigned patients with bone cancer to either ginger root powder capsules or placebo capsules. The study published in Pediatrics and Cancer found that ginger root powder was effective in reducing severity of nausea and vomiting in patients receiving chemotherapy.

A study published in the the British Journal of Dermatology has found that lycopene may help prevent UltraViolet Ray skin damage by consumption of lycopene-rich tomatoes.

Parents and caregivers can take steps to reduce the risks of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) during the colder months, when infants are at higher risk. These include avoiding overheating an infant during nap or sleep time; placing the infant on his or her back to sleep; placing infants to sleep on a firm, safety approved mattress; keeping toys, blankets, and other loose objects out of the crib, and never smoking around an infant. In cold weather, parents and caregivers often place extra blankets or clothes on infants, to keep them warm. But over bundling may cause infants to overheat, increasing their risk for SIDS.

Tune in to and listen to Linda Mackenzie fresh health news Tuesdays at 7am and 7pm Pacific Time and all day after 9am PT on the archive page.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Health News Super Segment

If you couldn't listen to last Tuesday's health super segment at 7am and 7pm PT (and all day on archives)here's some of what you missed...

Exposure to noise is a fact of life. At high levels, noise can damage hearing, and at lower levels it can disrupt sleep patterns, interfere with communications, and even cause accidents. A new National Academy of Engineering report characterizes the most commonly identified sources of noise, looks at efforts that have been made to reduce noise emissions, and suggests ways to decrease exposure in workplaces, schools, recreational environments, and residences. Development of noise control technology needs immediate attention, said the committee that wrote the report. America should become more competitive in the production of low-noise products, both to improve quality of life and to advance innovation. The committee recommends that the federal government explore potential engineering solutions along with changes in policy to control negative effects of noise in the workplace, in communities, and at home. These include cost-benefit analysis of noise reduction, especially for road traffic noise; improved metrics for noise control; lower limits for noise exposure in industry; “buy quiet” programs; wider use of international standards for noise emissions; airplane noise reduction technology; and noise control in public buildings. Improved cooperation between industry and government agencies, particularly the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is also called for.

An evergreen shrub, green tea has long been used worldwide as a popular beverage and a respected herbal remedy. The earliest record of green tea drinkers was around 2700 B.C. Studies suggest that green tea may help decrease some infectious diseases, tooth decay and may enhance immunity. Now findings from a recent study suggest that green tea may help aging. The results of the study found a 20 percent reduction in levels of DNA damage which may indicate that regular consumption of green tea aid in protection against damage at a genetic level and slow the aging process.

A higher rate of diabetes seen among adult Americans when compared to peers in England is explained primarily by a larger waist size rather than conventional risk factors such as obesity, according to a new study by researchers from the RAND Corporation, University College London and the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London. Americans carry more fat around their middle sections than the English, and that was the single factor that explained most of the higher rate of diabetes seen in the United States, especially among American women. Waist size may be the missing new risk factor. Analyzing studies about the health and lifestyles of large numbers people from the United States and England, researchers found no association between higher diabetes rates in the United States based upon conventional risk factors such as age, smoking, socio-economic status or body mass index, the commonly used ratio of height and weight that is used to measure obesity and over-weight. The higher waist size of Americans posed more risk compared to their English peers across most body mass index categories. For example, among women with normal weight, 41 percent of American women were categorized as having high waist risk compared to 9 percent of English women.

A recent study reported in the Journal of Alternative Complementary Medicine sought to determine whether certain yoga postures could reduce anxiety levels and improve mood by increasing brain GABA levels. Although GABA levels have been found to be lower in people with anxiety and mood disorders, there have been no previous studies that increased GABA levels can improve anxiety and mood. Researchers found that GABA levels are lower in people suffering with anxiety and mood disorders. The study included thirty-four subjects with who were randomly placed in a yoga group or a 60 minute, 3 times a week walking program. The results revealed that the yoga group reported greater improvements in anxiety and mood when compared with the walking group. They also found that increased thalamic GABA levels ARE associated with improved mood and decreased anxiety, although further research is needed.

Humans have between 20,000 and 25,000 genes and each person has two copies of each gene. One is inherited from the mother and one from the father. These genes are how height, hair color, skin color, and eye color are determined, as well as, natural talents, mental abilities and susceptibility to acquire certain diseases. Now a study reported in Nature Genetics found that gene mutation may affect the risk of breast cancer. Researchers identified five gene mutations that were associated with breast cancer risk in women with BRCA 1 gene mutations. This study could be useful in determining individual breast cancer risk in women with this BRCA 1 gene mutation.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Natural Tips for Breast Cancer

by Linda Mackenzie, C.H.T., Ph.D (c)

Breast Cancer is not automatically a death sentence. In fact, the statistical model initially used to predict cancer death rates was found to be incorrect. So, in fact, there are many more cancer survivors than are reported in "the statistics".

The breast contains lymphatic vessels, milk ducts, lobes and fatty tissue. The breast is mainly a round mass of glandular tissue with fifteen to twenty lobes. Each lobe has a duct that leads to an opening in the nipple. The framework of the breast is composed of connective tissue with a ligament layer beneath the breast, which provides firmness.

Most breast lumps are cysts and fibroid masses that are not cancerous. Cancerous tumors and lumps never go away. They are firm and usually pain-free, and can appear in any part of the breast. A biopsy may be needed to determine if a lump is cancerous. Some of the symptoms of breast cancer are: thickening of the breast; lumps; and redness, soreness, or itchiness of the nipple. There are several kinds of breast cancer. They are categorized by the site where the cancer cells originated and the area of the breast in which they are located. These are:
-Paget's disease of the nipple
- Lobular carcinoma (breast lobe cancer)
- Intraductal carcinoma in situ (localized within the ducts)
- Infiltrating ductal carcinoma (invasive milk duct cancer)
- Inflammatory carcinoma (lymphatic/blood vessel cancer)
- Adenoid cystic carcinoma (uncommon)
- Malignant cytosarcoma phylliodes (uncommon)
- Medullary carcinoma (uncommon)
- Tubular carcinoma (uncommon)

Cancer is unrestrained cell growth. Heredity, estrogen and environmental factors seem to be the main cause of breast cancer. Heredity cancers usually develop before the age of fifty. Estrogen promotes cellular growth in the breast. Environmental factors such as pesticides, chemicals, radiation, and silicone implants have been linked to breast cancer. There is an increased risk of breast cancer among women who:
- are childless
- in menopause
- started menstruation before 9 years of age
- have had a child after 40 years of age
- consume large amounts of caffeine, alcohol and sugar
- have diabetes
- use oral contraceptives
- eat high-fat diets
- are obese, especially for women over 50 years of age
- use ERT (estrogen replacement therapy) after long term use of 10 years or more
- frequent exposure to medical x-rays

Breast cancer is most common in women over 40, especially postmenopausal women although you can get breast cancer at any age. Men also get breast cancer although it occurs less frequently.

Traditional medical treatments for breast cancer include: surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, chemotherapy plus bone marrow treatment, hormone therapy, or a combination of these treatments.
Doctors once thought that extensive surgery could control the spread of Cancer, however they now believe that the cancer cells may break away from the primary tumor during surgery and spread through the bloodstream, even in the early stages of the disease. The use of drug treatment after surgery is used to kill these cells.
The key to any therapy is Research! Research! Research! Ask questions and get answers.

Some of the natural health care treatments include:
- Antineoplaston therapy - Dr. Burzynski uses amino acid derivatives to inhibit the growth of cancer
- Biological and Pharmacologic therapy - use of non toxic medications, plant cell medications and human cell medications
- Shark Cartilage therapy - blocks the creation of new blood vessels which are required for cancer to grow and thus starves the tumor
- Herbal Remedies
- Immune System Treatments/Immunologic Therapies - bolsters the immune system to combat & destroy cancer cells using a whole body program of detoxifying the body by diet, uncontaminated water and vitamins.
- Metabolic Therapy - uses detox, colon cleansing, anti-cancer diets based on whole foods plus vitamins, minerals and enzymes
- Nutritional Supplement Therapies
- Diet Therapies
- Detoxification Therapies
- Ozone and Oxygen Therapies
- Lifestyle Therapies
- Mind-Body Therapies - counseling, bio-feedback, hypnosis, visualization, imagery, yoga, massage therapy, meditation, relaxation techniques

over the counter meat, poultry, & dairy products; fatty, charred or grilled foods; well-done meat, processed refined foods, junk food, animal and vegetable oils, saturated fats, white flour, sugar, salt, NO alcohol, NO caffeine, drugs, nicotine, saturated fats, artificial flavorings, colorings and preservatives.
Good Foods:
Low-fat, high-fiber, mostly vegetarian diet; whole grains, fruits & vegetables, tart cherries, spinach, cabbage, yellow & orange vegetables (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, yams), red & green peppers, turnips, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, avacado, salt-water fish, brown rice, corn, alfalfa, soybeans, kelp, onions, strawberries, raw nuts (no peanuts), horseradish, yogurt, maitake and reishi mushrooms.
- 10 raw almonds a day
- Steamed distilled or spring water (no tap water)
- Fruit juices in the AM
- Vegetable juices in the PM
- Only organic/hormone free meat and dairy products because other types contain residue of estrogenic hormones that have been linked to promoting breast cancer

Multivitamin & mineral supplement (from a health food store please); plus extra Vitamin B complex (100mg/each), Vitamin E (400IUs a day and increase slowly to 1,000 IU a day) AND Vitamin C (5,000-20,000 mg/day, Essential Fatty Acids (flaxseed, borage or black current oil) - helps good cell reproduction, Coenzyme Q10 (100mg/day), DMG (as directed on bottle) - improves oxygenation of the cells
Beta-carotene ((10,000IU/day), Colostrum (as directed on bottle), Garlic, SOD, pycnogenol - boosts immune system, accelerates healing, Germanium (200 mg/day); Shark Cartilage (750 mg/day), Maitake (4,000-8,000mg/day), Vitamin D3, Acidolphilus (non-dairy kind), SAMe (as directed), Bee Propolis, - helps deter cancer growth
Melatonin (3-50mg) - helps block estrogen-receptor sites on breast cancer cells
Calcium (2000mg/day), magnesium (1000mg/day), potassium (99mg/day), zinc (50mg/day) - aids normal cell division and function, Digestive Enzymes - helps reduce inflammation, Selenium (200-400mcg/daily) - has been found to help prevent formation of certain types of breast tumors. DO NOT TAKE IRON

- A daily juice of organic fresh broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, kale, dark leafy greens and an apple. Other good juices - Beet, Grape, Black Cherry, Carrot, Cabbage


Burdock root, Dandelion Root, Milk Thistle, Red Clover - helps protects liver & blood cleansing, Cumin, Tumeric, Ginseng - may inhibit breast tumor growth & may have cancer fighting ability,Ginko Biloba, Cat's Claw, Cranberry, Parsley, Boswelia, Andrographics Peniculata, Olive Leaf Extract

Essiac Tea (Old Indian Remedy), Red Clover, Green, Ginger, Peppermint & Ginseng

These spices may have Anti-Cancer Properties:
Cardamon, Cayenne Pepper, Ginger, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Cumin and Tumeric

Eucalyptus, Hyssop, Bergamot, Geranium

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and we recommend you check with your health care practitioner before beginning any treatment.

Listen to Linda's Health Super Segment,Tues on the HealthyLife.Net News@7 show at 7am, 7pm PT and all day on archives.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Formaldehyde: The Next Silent Killer?

by Faith Ranoli

Formaldehyde is found in most homes in multiple applications from pressed wood products, insulation and chemicals adhering to clothing imported from other countries. The EPA studies indicate a link from formaldehyde to cancer, asthma and allergies - in people and animals.

Formaldehyde is colorless but definitely has a noticeable pungent odor causing eyes and throats to burn and eyes to water. For those who are very sensitive or have chemical sensitivities, nausea and breathing difficulties may be experienced. Chemical sensitive people experience fatigue, skin rash and other allergic reactions.

Rising temperatures, humidity and the air exchange rate can affect indoor air containing formaldehyde. As temps rise formaldehyde is released from glues, adhesives and sealants on interior plywood, particleboard, medium density fiberboard. Some paints containing preservatives, the finish on some papers, building insulation, textiles, environmental tobacco smoke and improperly vented fuel burning appliances will also cause a release of formaldehyde.

It's everywhere trapped in your home or office. For those working from home or animals that are continually in a closed office or home, the risks are greater.

So what can you do about it?

Here are some very simple tips to lower the concentration of formaldehyde in your home or office:

o Ventilate your home, open the windows and doors and air out your home daily.
o Use exterior grade pressed woods, no VOC paints and finishes.
o Inspect your fuel burring appliances for proper venting and operation.
o Use your air conditioner to lower the temps in your home during the summer.
o Install only building materials containing the American National Standards Institute stamp indicating lower or no formaldehyde levels.
o When you buy clothing, wash it before wearing it.
o Remove formaldehyde-containing products if you can and seal those that must remain with a no VOC sealant.

Tune in to Faith Ranoli's Heart And Home Radio Show Thursdays 1pm Pacific Time

Monday, October 11, 2010

Internet Radio: Listening Loud and Clear

by James Bean

How to Transform Web Radio Listening Into A Pleasurable, High Fidelity Experience – Loud and Clear – So You Don't Miss Another Word -

Most people attempt listening to web radio stations streaming online with itsy-bitsy teeny-tiny not-so-nice flat sounding computer speakers, as well as, using lower quality sound cards that come standard with your computer purchase. That can make it difficult to fully enjoy catching your favorite radio programs or any audio over the Net.

Mark Twain said: "Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear, and the blind can read." Time to be merciful and compassionate on your ears, discover what you've been missing, making computer audio into the pleasurable experience it was meant to be! It's time to take internet radio listening to the next level, and it's easier to accomplish than you might think.

If you already have a stereo receiver-amplifier and a computer, you may only need to make a trip to your favorite electronics store to get the correct connecting cables and maybe a simple adapter.

Take a close look at the front and back of your computer to see what it has for audio jacks, also the back of your stereo amp. Most computers at least have a 1/8" stereo jack so you can plug in headphones. A sound card in the back will have a 1/8" jack as well. With an adapter that's easy to find, one can connect a stereo system, CD player, etc. to the computer's audio.

On the back of your computer, plug in the RCA audio connecting cables to the audio "OUT". Connect the other end of those to the audio "IN" on the back of your stereo receiver (or whatever you're using for an audio amplifier powering your speakers).

For only the cost of a few feet of cable and perhaps an adapter, the much larger speakers of your stereo are now pressed into service, being fed audio from your computer.

If you're shopping for a new computer and want to make the best use of it for web audio - and I certainly hope you do - there are some exciting options these days for connoisseurs of sound. Choose, or have custom-built, a computer that gives you more ways to plug in an external amp. What I described above lets you crank up the volume, making it possible for you to enjoy analog audio from the web, but there are also more advanced digital possibilities for the true audiophile.

Sound cards have come a long way in recent years. There are some that provide HD audio, and even 3D. In addition to analog, those sound cards will have a SPDIF coax cable "OUT" jack, and an optical "OUT". That's optical as in fiber optic cable. One can purchase a fairly high end amplifier that has inputs for all three, letting you connect to computers, DVD players or other devices with a standard analog connection, digital coax, or optical. E-mazing! "....Sounds caress my ear". "Let the music be your master.” “Will you heed the master's call..." (Led Zeppelin, lyrics from "Kashmir" and "Houses of the Holy")

Tune in Tuesdays noon PT on for James Bean show "Spiritual Awakening"!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Playoffs and Stories

by Jay Cruz
Moving into October and a new month, we say goodbye to the long baseball season and hello to the very short and exciting playoff season. Well, it is if you like baseball anyway. The regular season did go down to the last day with 2 playoff births to be decided and The San Francisco Giants beat the underdog San Diego Padres while the Atlanta Braves won their game against the Phillies to clinch the final National League spot over the Padres. One of the things about the very long baseball season is the fact that the playoffs happen so quickly. Check your local listings for times of this weeks match-ups because they always seem to be scheduled at the strangest times.

I remember as a young kid playing “hookey” one time to watch the Oakland A’s against the Detroit Tigers in 1972. I was 7. I was in big trouble when my Mother walked into my room at lunchtime with chicken soup and discovered me with my Oakland hat on and my collection of baseball cards in my hand. Of course today we have the internet with updates and virtual coverage of the games.

With these modern updates and electronic coverage one doesn’t have to play sick to catch a game score if it’s important, but I think we miss the story telling that the play by play announcers bring to the game. It’s handy to get the bottom line, but colorful details make the games come alive. The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t make the playoffs this year, which means that their quality storyteller Vin Scully is already on vacation. The great news about Vin is that he will return for his 62nd year of broadcasting Dodger baseball next year. His broadcasts of Dodger games are a text book for how stories are told and really make games come to life.

What is your story? What stories are you hearing? What story are you currently telling? When people get together its our stories that give us insight into each other. Stories are how we share and recreate the memories and lessons we all get to learn. If you don’t pay attention to the stories in your life right now, take a little time and do so. If you don’t know what your own story is, take a moment or more to remind yourself what it is.

Some of the baseball stories for the playoffs include. Atanta’s Bobby Cox managing for the final days of his career. Will the Philadelphia Phillies go to a 3rd straight World Series? Will Yankees Captain Derek Jeter return to his clutch form? Will the Texas Rangers finally win their first playoff series? Will the folks in Tampa realize that they have an outstanding team in town that doesn’t sell out its games? Who is going to be the player that nobody expects to be, step up and be the hero for his team?

How about a story that features James Bond riding a skateboard in a kilt? For that bombshell you will need to listen to the News@7 this coming Friday to hear our Arts and Entertainment segment. Or, you could make up a story about a skateboarding super spy swinging through Scotland, and see how it compares to what we heard.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Things to know when hiring a contractor

by Faith Ranoli

Do you have home remodeling projects? What if you've watched the building TV shows and know you do not want to end up like some of those people. How do you protect yourself? How do you bring your project in on time and on budget? Most importantly, how do you hire a team to accomplish your goals of bringing your dream into reality on budget?

Here are some tips to help you hire the right people and avoid common pitfalls. The best advice is to be prepared and do your due diligence.

Before you start your project:
Hire a home inspector to assess the property for hidden needed repairs. Speak with professionals to help you lay out the project, perhaps an architect, designer, the kitchen or bath staff at the big box store, look at magazine and search the Internet for ideas and products.Depending on your time commitment and level of involvement you may choose to hire a remodeling coach to help interface with contractors or to oversea the project or to help you do some of the work.Once you have a plan of action think about your budget, hold back 10-15% for the unexpected, if you don't spend it on surprise repairs then you can upgrade fixtures or other materials towards the end of the project.

When hiring a contractor:
Ask friends or professional contacts for contractor referrals, check with your home insurance company carrier or Realtor for their vendor list. When talking to contractors ask for proof of insurance, workman's compensation insurance and state licensing. Call and verify all insurances and ask for certificates of insurance before you start the job. Call and verify the contractor is in good standing with the state licensing board. Call and verify the contractor and the company name are in good standing with the Secretary of State's office and the Better Business Bureau. Use the Internet and research the contractor and his company. Ask to see their driver's license and car insurance. Ask for past customer references from each contractor, call those customers and ask to see the finished work.

During the bid process:
Obtain bids from at least three qualified contractors. Ensure the bids are made on the same job specifications and quality of materials. Obtain a land and cell phone number, street mailing address not a post office box, an email address and website address for each contractor and make sure this information is reflected on their bid. Each bid should have a start date, end date and payment breakout dates. Ask for the bid to be broken down into labor and materials for each phase of the project.

Drawing up the contract:
After selecting your contractor(s)ask for the contract and look for:
-- A start date and end date with a clause detailing the process if the contractor cannot meet the end date. The work description encompasses the total project they bid on, all the details are written into the contract.
-- A payment schedule, based on finishing phases of the project.
-- A plan for obtaining permits where needed.
-- A lien release from all subcontractors and material suppliers, do this before paying for any work.
-- A means to track changes to the project. Unexpected repairs or changes to the original design will crop up, a way to track those changes is necessary because it will most likely change the cost of the project. A form filled out by the contractor and signed by both of you is recommended.
-- A clause for touch ups and warranties.
-- A labor and material price breakdown for each phase of the project.
-- A means of negotiating if the job is not done to your agreed upon contract.

Remember, anything you sign is a contract. When the job is completed, do not write that final check until you have the signed and completed permit from your local building inspection office. Also, have others look at the finished project and look for touch ups. You've been looking at the project daily and you might miss something, a fresh eye will help you see the touch ups needed while the contractor is motivated to make those repairs.

Tune in to Faith Ranoli’s, Heart & Home radio show, Thursday 1p.m.PT

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Close...But No Cigar!

by Jay Cruz
"Close, but no cigar." I often wondered why exactly that became such a common saying for “not winning” or “not getting the job." The Cigar is actually in some circles considered a large reward for a job well done and is a tremendous commitment to celebrating.

Each week in the NFL some Kicker misses a kick that eventually costs the team a win or loss. Sometimes the kicks are easier that others, but one thing that seems to be universal is the expectations of success. One team , the New Orleans Saints , is coming off of their Super Bowl season and is shooting for the top again, while another team , the Oakland Raiders are trying to get back to a level of respectability and return to glory. The Saints are holding try outs this week for the Kicker position while the Raiders are going to stick with their guy. Both teams lost last week due to the kicking game.

Where are you closed in your life right now? What is the key to get to the next step, or close that gap from unease to ease. Do you focus on the small but important things or have you put too much focus elsewhere? The radio hosts on radio network can help you stay open and positive and may be able to help you determine your next step and how to get there.

I heard a few mentions of Vitamin D last week and found it ironic to be reminded to get some more Sunshine as Summer was coming to a close. Cloudy Summer in the Beach Cities too. Then we get a heat wave and endured the “Hottest Day Ever”? The Heatmeister is playing with our weather. Regardless I think moderate sun and stimulation is a good thing, but I’ll wait to get my fix until the temperature is back down.

As the season changed from Summer to Fall, I realized that I hadn’t enjoyed the Summer as I normally do. A lesson to take a moment and enjoy the moment. There is a time and place for everything.

Speaking of a time and place, how about family mealtime? An overlooked traditional value that brings families closer together. In most cases we’ve let this one go with our hectic lifestyles and take out habits. Many thanks to those who have reminded us about this. I have great memories of the family meal time and have a good feeling that your children will as well. As long as you make it an important habit in your family.

If mealtime is not a reality for your family try an alternative activity. Family game night. Talent Night. Spending time together and being active. Besides if you start or reintroduce this good family habit now, it won’t seem so unusual during the holidays!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Wireless Future of Web Radio

by James Bean
This quote is courtesy of, excerpted from, "Tech Companies Poised for White-pace Spectrum": "The 300MHz to 400MHz of unused "white space" spectrum is considered prime spectrum for offering wireless broadband services because it can travel long distances and penetrate through walls.....Next week, the FCC is expected to vote on new rules that will pave the way for companies to begin development of new products that can use this unlicensed spectrum.....Signals that use the white-space spectrum travel at least three times farther than signals transmitted over other unlicensed spectrum, such as Wi-Fi. This means it can cover an area that is almost nine times as large as one that uses Wi-Fi and because it operates at a much lower frequency than Wi-Fi, it can penetrate buildings much more easily....Microsoft showed off its network to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in April. Genachowski has been bullish on the use of white-space spectrum to spur innovation in the mobile broadband market."

Move over satellite and traditional terrestrial radio! What will become of those older technologies in an age of the unlimited, ever-evolving, infinite listening possibilities of the worldwide web? Will those frequencies also end up being rededicated someday to transmitting a wireless web on an even rander geosynchronous global scale perhaps?

This trend toward a wireless experience is so positively liberating, especially for web radio channels such as With more and more people able to listen, not only at home or in the office, but on the go: in cars or using portable devices supplying headphones with audio -- this new ubiquitous untethered reality may represent the dawn of a new golden age of radio.

The AM "transistor radio" was invented in the early 1950's, and first hit store shelves in 1954. Traditionally, radio listening has been a wireless experience for many. Nice to be getting that back again, only this time taking it to a new level with web radio!

I have so many fond memories listening to radio in various contexts over the years,including using portable radios. Once upon a time, people would listen to "AM radio" at night. Some still do. During the day AM broadcast signals travel mostly by "groundwave". One is fairly limited to local stations in one's area, but after sunset is when the magic happens. The ionosphere of the earth changes, and acts as a kind of "mirror" or "parabolic dish" reflecting "skywave" radio signals from much, much further distances. Even a portable radio tuned to the AM broadcast band, powered only by a humble nine-volt battery, and with no external antenna, at night has the potential of hearing stations a thousand miles away.

International shortwave radio, using a somewhat higher part of the radio spectrum, is blessed with the reflective properties of the earth's ionosphere, even during the day, and allows listeners to directly tune in stations as far away as India, China, and Australia. Shortwave clearly was the world's first attempt at global mass- communications, and is still alive and well, used for broadcasting, also for transmitting data. The only difference is, now many of those same broadcasters have also added streaming audio over the web.

As a result of being exposed to shortwave radio from a young age, I thankfully, got my world expanded greatly, and was introduced to news from diverse points of view, culture and information that flowed from various parts of the globe. Some examples: the BBC World Service; jazz coming from Radio Prague; countless unfiltered news broadcasts from the Voice of Germany and Radio Netherlands; some rather pleasant Greek music from Radio Athena; the classical instrument known as the sitar being played over All India Radio; Islamic Call to Prayer via many stations emanating from the Middle East; religious broadcasts on "The Voice of the Andes", HCJB in Quito, Ecuador; Tuvan Throat Singing being featured on an ethnic world music show at The Voice of Russia (Radio Moscow); being surprised by hearing a station in the Persian Gulf play The Who, or Radio Tehran playing "Breathe" by Pink Floyd; 'subversive' peace-oriented political discussions clandestinely shared by pirate radio broadcasters at secret locations somewhere in the north eastern US for a few hours at a time, then shutting down before their signals could be triangulated, disappearing into the night; hearing "numbers stations", mysterious voices chanting numbers in Spanish or other languages and wondering what purpose they might serve Note: Wikipedia: "Numbers stations are shortwave radio stations of uncertain origin. They generally broadcast artificially generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters, sometimes using a spelling alphabet, tunes or Morse code. They are in a wide variety of languages and the voices are usually female, though sometimes male or children's voices are used.); discovering the first new age music and spirituality program in North America broadcast by Radio Canada when that was a virtually unknown genre; or tuning into a most unusual religious broadcast with someone discussing near-death experiences, and wondering to myself, 'who IS this guy?' 'What group does he represent?'

Radio can be a fun hobby as well as source of vital information. It's rather mind- boggling and exciting to now be witnessing the evolution of a truly wireless worldwide web, especially web radio with unlimited potential. "You choose. Programs you want, never anything you don't. The way radio should be:"

Monday, September 20, 2010

10 Tips on Discouraging Home Break-ins

by Faith Ranoli

In the United States each year over 6 million homes are robbed while residents are on vacation. The majority of those breaking into homes are opportunists, they see something and they take it. Usually working on impulse and taking low risk items.

According to the Burglary prevention council, 28% of summer break ins are performed by someone who watches the home for daily routines and wait for the occupant to leave on vacation before breaking into the home.

The home items most often taken are, tools, cameras, credit cards, sports equipment, jewelry, TVs, computers and laptops, DVD players and stereo equipment.Here are a few simple things you can do to reduce your risk of break ins:

1. Create a neighborhood watch, your neighbors are your extra set of eyes when you are away from home, know your neighbors and know each other's schedules. Let a neighbor know when you are leaving and when you will return, alert the police too, they will do additional drive bys at different times of day.
2. Lock your doors, especially the door from the house to the garage and the side yard to the garage. Lock fence gates. Lock all your windows too.
3. While away disable your overhead garage door opener and lock the overhead door to the track.
4. Use timers to turn on lights and TVs throughout your home, set them for the times you would normally be using the lights or TVs.
5. Use outside lights, a well lit home will discourage would be robbers, they will go to a dark home first.
6. Stop the mail, milk delivery and newspaper.
7. Close shades, what a thief can't see they can't take.
8. Install an alarm system or at least put an alarm company's sign in your yard.
9. Monitor your answering machine message and your trash. Don't indicate you are away from home and don't put out the trash with the box from the new flat screen TV.
10. Have a home safe and lock up important papers with your account numbers, social security numbers, check books and extra checks, any jewelry or other small valuables.

Tune in to listen to Faith Ranoli on the Heart And Home Show, Thursday 1p.m. PT on

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Increase Your Football Passion (even if you don't have one)

by Jay Cruz

With September and Fall comes the back to school shuffle and one more very important thing. Football. A few weeks back Dr. Sheila Foreman shared some tips and insights for listeners of the News@7 who may not have a passion for the game, yet may have passion for someone who does enjoy football. Here are some handy hints for you to try this season to make Sundays more fun for all.

-- Follow a team. If you don't already have a favorite team or have become a fan by default because of your friends or family, adopt a team. Why pick a team you may ask? Just try it and see how soon you become more interested in the developments and events during the year. Many fans started to show some love to the New Orleans Saints a few years ago after Hurrican Katrina, last year's Super Bowl win was shared by many casual fans who liked the underdog Saints and the rebuilding of New Orleans. This year a few popular teams up for adoption could be the Washington Redskins with new coach Mike Shanahan and new Quarterback Donovan McNabb. Coach Shanahan comes in with a resume that includes 2 Super Bowls while McNabb was traded after a number of quality years for the Eagles. In Los Angeles where we don't have a team, many local fans are following former USC Coach Pete Carroll and his new situation with the Seattle Seahawks. By following a team or watching only their games or only watch the Sunday Night National broadcast you can also keep a limit for how much is watched by yourself and others.

-- Menu planning. If the game of the week involves a team with a regional culinary dish there you go. Use teams colors or mascots for inspiration too. Playing the Eagles, try a green chicken salad, or just do something with Philly cream cheese or a cheesesteak. Southwestern dishes if you're game is being played in Texas, Arizona, or California. Chili anyone? Clam Chowder in Sourdough Bread for a 49'er game or for the Patriots, Citrus if Miami is playing and if Tennessee plays just select your favorite Elvis Presley snack.

I think you'll be good at this one...

-- Socialize. Football is more fun to watch with a group of friends. It can also be a good way to meet new people. It can also be a way for you to get yourself more involved with your buisness or by considering some of the many ways to actually earn extra money around the games. Many restraunts will offer deals or specials during games or a special rebate if you show a ticket stub to a local game. There was a recent news story about a need to find more qualified nutrition experts in the football industry to help better feed and train players. Innovative trainers are always needed too. Just because all players run with parachute drag in practice and not just the cutting edge doesn't mean there isn't something still to find.

-- Side Hobby. I often play guitar during games because I find it to be a good use of time, especially with all of the commercials. Sometimes I will do a little work out during the games or call, text or email friends and family who live in other areas to say hello or tell them how bad their team is. Plus if you miss some action there are a number of websites and highlight shows besides our mobile phones to stay in the loop and catch up.

Don't forget that the Major League Baseball is closing in on the play-offs. For tips and ways to enjoy the season don't forget to listen to our Sports Segment near the end of the News@7 Monday through Friday 7am, 7pm PT and on-demand all day.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Staying Focused in an Internet Age of Distractions

By James Bean

The folk musician Pete Seeger once said: "Technology will save us if it doesn't wipe us out first." The same Internet that creates an avenue for cyber-attacks is also providing the opportunity for people from all nations (imaginary lines drawn on maps but not visible from space) to be able to communicate with one another, hopefully affirming their desire for life, love, prosperity, and working out their differences.

The Internet could save the world by empowering its people to collectively save themselves. Seeger often made coments about radio and "democratizing technology", expressing the hope that: "Maybe the 21st Century will be the Century of the Democratization of Technology. This is Pete Seeger signing off and saying don't forget to make music yourselves." Actually his famous song "Little Boxes" reminds me of the world of radio as it once was just a few short years ago, in what now can be described as the pre Internet age: "Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes made of ticky tacky, little boxes, little boxes, little boxes, all the same. There's a green one, and a pink one, and a blue one, and a yellow one, and they're all made out of ticky tacky, and they all look just the same." The full song at Youtube:

The mediocrity (media-ocrity) of the "vast wasteland" of channels and frequencies, with all it's conformity, is finally being transcended in this Internet Age. Rather than being limited to a handful of local media outlets zealously preaching a gospel of rock, country, or right-wing political talk radio, the global "Democratization of Technology" is just a mouse-click away.

Now everyone potentially has a microphone, a blog, an ability to access information, to network, to share ideas and organize new communities as never before in all of human history. Now many with an urge to broadcast, can do so. One might say the creative human spirit is finally free, and: "This time it was right, it would work, and no one would have to get nailed to anything." (Douglas Adams, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") Yet, there is always the danger that the same dullness-of-spirit that reflected and echoed back to us a vast media wasteland of "five hundred channels and still nothing on", could end up dumbing down, slowing down, over-regulating, or filtering this great Type One Civilization means of global communication known as the Internet.

There are growing signs of this already, both near and far. Still, I think at present, the greatest danger for now is people failing to prioritize, failing to pay enough close attention to, and support, the causes that are most important to them. In the pre Internet Age the problem was denial or slowness of information - lack of access, only a limited number of speakers, microphones, and channels. These days however, the main concern is our attention being scattered. We are drowning in a sea of information ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, and hopefully not multitasking ourselves into a new vast cyber wasteland. Facebook for example. My opinion is that, for some, the Facebook experience is getting to be a bit scattered, out-of-focus. As people not only join a few groups and pages that reflect the causes they really care about, but also join ("Like") hundreds or perhaps even thousands! of additional pages, how can one pay attention to much of anything anymore?

It is the same for Internet radio. May the creative voices stand out, be heard, not submerged below the noise level, not lost in the static, not starving and dehydrating. May the creative people, the webcasters with a vision for a positive future for humanity and the planet we call home, the innovative, truly receive the support they need, so that these torchbearers may thrive, teach, transform -- being many stars collectively forming one light. HealthyLife.Net radio network holds a torch and has lighted the way in internet radio since 2002.

The metaphor of the musician: If a street musician is a masterful player, throw some "coins" into his hat or guitar case, and you may get to enjoy hearing him again and again. Without the musician there is no music. "A human being's attention is the most precious treasure he possesses." (Edward Salim Michael, "The Law of Attention - Nada Yoga and the Way of Inner Vigilance") "All peoples of this earth weigh equal. Heading as they are toward one goal, common to all....Let all come forth and march in loving union; The greater the trials, the more united we shall be. Together we shall overpower the onslaught of time, and learn to light the torch of love in one and all......Let us find the remedy which raises us from the wheel of life, Fills our whole being with love, and alchemizes us into the divine."(Darshan Singh, from, "The Cry of the Soul")

Listen to James Bean on Spiritual Awakenings Tuesdays, 12 pm PT at

Monday, September 6, 2010

Labor of Love: News@7

As another summer comes to a close many wonder where did the time go? Time and how we spend it is becoming just as important as how we use our financial resources, or make other healthy decisions on a daily basis. Children are going back to school a little sooner, and weather patterns have been changing recently too. Now it can be a challenge to find our rhythms that we are used to that can get us back on track.

The News@7 has been a "Labor of Love" for all involved since its launch in January 2010. Information is important and these days it takes a little more time to find the better news that is usually overlooked or goes unreported.

Every day of the week on News@7 there is a new and different feature with Heroes and Happy Living, Health news, Science and Technology, Environmental news, as well as, Arts and Entertainment. Guest opinions and daily updates are provided on World news, National topics plus Business and Sports News. If you’ve listened to HealthyLife.Net News@7 broadcast, I'm sure you know most of the information for potential news content that is considered by mainstream news media are topics that we feel are too saturated and therefore we are a bit more selective with our listener in mind.

Besides the information and content out there, we seem to be using technology at an ever increasing pace. We are all working with the choices of how we like to communicate and receive our basic and sometimes recreational news. It's really at a point where if you haven't done so recently, you have to do a tech inventory just to keep up with the basics today. I personally like being in a world where I can use the "older", if you will, medium of radio with a new twist of being online. Online radio can not only be listened to on your PC from any where in the world, but on your mobile phones and devices, as well as being accessed in many of the new cars - sitting in the background for your multi-tasking life style or in the foreground to soak it all in.

With the Fall season on our doorsteps it can be another chance to make some positive shifts in your life if you feel the need. I'm working on some steps behind the scenes here at the Network to make the News@7 even better for loyal listeners like you. Keep an eye on this Blog for more info and updates specifically relating to the News@7 and its featured stories and topics. Your feedback here or on any of our social media sites is always encouraged as well.

Happy Labor Day (Don't work too hard).

Jay Cruz
Anchor News@7
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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

9 Healthy Home Tips

9 Healthy Home Tips
by Faith Ranoli

Do you wish you could live a healthier lifestyle? Do you feel your life is too busy to implement simple steps to improve your health? Here are 9 simple changes we can all make in our day-to-day behaviors that will improve our health.

1. Don't use pesticides, insect repellents, or mothballs, because they are designed to attack living cells.

2. When you bring your clothes home from the dry cleaners, try to air them out and don't store them in your bedroom. Harmful dry cleaning solvents can be released into the air you and your family breathe.

3. Computer printers and copiers should not be used in a bedroom, because they release pollutants and often times the electromagnetic frequency they emit will interfere with your ability to have a good nights sleep.

4. Leave shoes used outside at the door to avoid tracking dirt and chemicals through your house. Tracking in dirt and chemicals from outside and on to your flooring and then walking on that dirty flooring barefoot can allow the outdoor dirt and pollutants to enter your body through the pores on the bottom of your feet.

5. Have your basement evaluated for mold growth and moisture problems. Have your heating and cooling system professionally inspected, including outdoor air intakes, room air supply and return grills, air filters, air handlers, and drain pans. If you have mold in your home, your air ducts may be contaminated too. First deal with eliminating the source of the contaminant and then have your ducts professionally cleaned.

6. The bedroom is the most important room to keep toxin-free. When we sleep, our bodies are in a state of rest and repair, and we don't do as well if we are trying to combat toxins at the same time. Open a window every night for fresh air. There is usually less pollution outside at night than inside your closed up home.

7. Transformers of low-voltage lighting and ballasts in fluorescent lighting can emit high magnetic fields. Both these types of lighting should be avoided in areas where occupants spend a lot of time and should never be located on a ceiling below a bedroom.

8. When placing furniture, check for magnetic and electric fields to avoid placing your easy chair, bed or baby's crib in a hot spot. Watch what is plugged in on the other side of the wall, because fields penetrate walls. Beware of placing your bed near sources of radiation such as TVs, VCRs, stereos, clocks, filtration devices, heating units, refrigerators, humidifiers and dehumidifiers, stoves, microwaves, computers, electric baseboard heaters and radiant systems. Keep your distance from all electric devices.

9. Avoid sleeping on beds with innersprings, box springs, or metal bed frames. Metal serves as an antenna for electromagnetic fields. Anything steel can become magnetized and give off magnetic fields.

Faith Ranoli is the Radio Host of Heart And Home Show, Thursday 1p.m. at Faith is a Life Coach, Author, Teacher, Speaker and Holistic Home Inspector

Monday, August 23, 2010

In Trenches of Audience Metrics

As published in Talkers Magazine - June 2010

In Trenches of Audience Metrics
Internet radio lights a way for talk radio
By Linda Mackenzie

LOS ANGELES ––Numbers! Numbers! Numbers! Shrouded in mystery of sample sizes and extrapolated numbers has there ever been a real count of audience size? It’s the never ending bane of radio – even in my arena as General Manager of an Internet-only talk network.

The real internet radio pioneers started broadcasting in the late 1990s. As a former 18 year datacom engineer with an 8 year stint as a talk radio host I started my internet radio network in 2002. At that time the majority of people knew very little about internet radio, however today, according to the Bridge Ratings Feb 1, 2010 study, Internet radio’s audience size is about 60 million a week.

Being in radio you can imagine the effort it took in 2002 to get quality talk hosts and listeners, much less advertisers. By 2004 when I started streaming 24/7 our audience numbers grew. Numbers now became part of my equation to get advertisers who were weaned on audience metrics. Being that old datacom engineer I set out on my quest to find real numbers.

I can remember being at the RAIN internet radio meeting held at the NAB 2004 Convention. The web-based radio audience size at that time was about 40 million a month. After the Arbitron presentation, I raised my hand and asked them a couple of questions which were perplexing to me at the time. “How can Arbitron determine numbers using an infinitesimally small sample size in comparison to overall audience size, how could these numbers reflect the listening audience of my particular talk station and why did I need Arbitron when as an Internet-only station I have actual numbers?” At that point the moderator came up to the podium and said, “We’re going to take a short break.” My mouth was agape as they walked off the stage leaving my questions unanswered amidst a plethora of murmurings from the attending audience. The speaker from Arbitron, who was extremely nice, came over to talk to me during the break and ended up by asking me questions.

Unlike any other broadcast medium, internet radio can get actual audience counts today.

This data is available on streaming servers. A streaming server can get the actual listener’s IP address, how long they listened from the time they log on to the stream to the time they log off, and even the zip code. All that information can be captured into what is known as the streaming server log. Administrators can specify how much or how little information they wish to capture into the server’s log file. All the way down to every last event or transaction that occurs.

However, processing the log to glean the desired information is quite time consuming and therefore expensive.

In 2004 our numbers were smaller and I received reports from my streaming aggregator displaying all this data. We had a 50 State breakdown, what cities in those States by listener count and how long they were listening. At that time we went to 108 countries with 82% of our numbers coming from 1,240 cities in all 50 states. We also had a count of our on-demand archived shows which are real streaming server numbers based on the individual retrieval of the listeners IP address. We were getting 8,000to 10,000 listeners a month on our archive.

Today with so many listeners there is so much data in any given day that it is impossible to process it. It’s too time consuming to warrant the cost. So at this point in time, even though the data is there, no one processes it. But it’s just a matter of time before the solution on processing these individual transactions is found and then we will get real numbers.

This leads us to a bigger question, if real numbers were available would we really want them and would they be ‘true’ numbers?

Internet radio has the capacity to reach more listeners than any other method of single radio delivery.

My network is distributed (carried or rebroadcast) on over 50 channels of distribution including the internet, WiFi, smartphones, private radio networks, mobile, podcasts, in dashboard of the BMW Mini cars and we even are on an Iphone App for an alarm clock.

As to ‘true’ numbers, now here comes the rub. On the streaming server, each one of these 50 distribution channels appear as one individual IP address. The distribution channel picks up my stream, broadcasts it out 24/7 to their listeners, they get the audience metric - which I never see. Take the case of my network being 1 of 300 content providers on the Microsoft Windows Media Player Radio Tuner. That makes us available on every Windows Media Player in the world, but I don’t know how many people are listening. I would assume we are getting a lot since they haven’t thrown us off, but the bottom line is that it brings us back to extrapolated numbers, at least for distribution channels.

Now let’s throw into the muddy waters of radio measurement, the advertisers. The advertising agencies seem to want ‘Page Views’ as their preferred measurement of decision for placing their advertising dollars. Page views are the website statistics of how many people request the website, people who may or may not listen to the radio stream. Most advertisers are unaware that the actual numbers of listeners come from the streaming server.

However it is still my opinion that any Internet audience metric is infinitely more accurate and better, especially for talk radio, than a sampled base audience metric system that is geared towards music.

Internet radio websites provide the ability to get real listener demographics

In 2007 I realized that although I knew the listener count and could somewhat glean from our show topics my station’s approximate demographics I didn’t have a male/female composition split or any real measure of the age group breakouts. So I initiated the Listener Clubhouse. People sign up for the Clubhouse, answer a few demographic questions and I get a view of my actual demographics which I can apply to my overall listener numbers. Surveys and polls can also provide a method for audience demographic accumulation.

Talk radio hosts interaction with listeners is a real source of audience measurement.

When all is said and done the most important key to audience measurement are the talk show hosts themselves. As General Manager I know my hosts are the core to my whole operation whether this is reportable or not. Our hosts get the on-air phone calls, emails, mail, appearance requests and interaction with their unique listeners on the network’s radio stream and web site, the host’s website and both our network’s and their own social media sites. That’s a lot of potential for numbers. That’s a lot of feedback. The activity that we get and the phone calls, albeit the ones in the middle of the night, show me we are doing a good job at our first priority which is - the listener experience.

In these times where face-to-face and social interaction is being replaced by the computer, I believe the voice of talk radio is going to grow to fill that gap of this lost interaction. People need and relate to people – and that’s talk radio.
Automated music, which can be gotten in so many various forms on the internet other than radio, (and don’t get me started about .mp3 versions that are playing on air that cut off the bottom bass sound of a song) it is amazing to me how talk radio seems to be getting the short end of the stick when it comes to current measurement practices. Maybe it’s time to re-think the whole measurement company paradigm. The data is there we just have to find a way to process it.

Linda Mackenzie is the Founder and General Manager of HealthyLife.Net Radio Network ( She can be emailed at

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Listen to Julia Roberts on HRN News@7


Every week on the HRN News@7 A& E segment Gayl Murphy interviews the stars and tells you the scoop on what's happening with who in the Entertainment industry this week! This week listen to actress Julia Roberts talk about her new movie "EAT LOVE PRAY"!

Julia Roberts was born in Smyrna, Georgia. Her parents, one-time actors and playwrights, met while performing theatrical productions for the armed forces. While her mother was pregnant with Roberts, she and her husband ran an acting school for children in Decatur, Georgia. The children of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King attended the school. As a thank-you for their service, Mrs. King paid the hospital bill when Roberts' mother gave birth to Julia.

She has been nominated for many Golden Globe awards and has won 2 and as for the Oscars she has been nominated several times and won an Oscar for Erin Brockovich. Julia Roberts was one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, topping the Hollywood Reporter's annual "power list" of top-earning female stars from 2002 to 2006. Roberts was the first actress to appear on the cover of Vogue and she has been named one of People magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World" eleven times.
In 2001 Ladies Home Journal ranked her as the 11th most powerful woman in America. Her production company is called Red Om Films.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Chef Gordon Ramsey on HealthyLife.Net


You can count on Gayl Murphy to give you the headsup on what's happening with who in the Entertainment industry this week! Tune in to the A&E segment on HRN News@7 and you'll also hear an interview with Chef Gordon Ramsay - the Award winning British chef, restaurant owner and focus of the reality television show, "Hell's Kitchen"!

Gordon Ramsay has been awarded a total of 12 Michelin Stars and, in 2001, became one of only three chefs in the United Kingdom to hold three Michelin stars at one time. Ramsay was born in Johnstone, Scotland and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, England from the age of 5. Ramsay has described his early life as "hopelessly itinerant", as his family moved constantly due to the aspirations and failures of his father. In 1976, they finally settled in Stratford-upon-Avon where he grew up in the Bishopton area of town.

Ramsay played football and was first chosen to play under-14 football at age 12. He was chosen to play for Warwickshire. His football career was marked by a number of injuries, causing him to remark later in life, "Perhaps I was doomed when it came to football". In mid-1984, Ramsay had a trial with Rangers, the club he supported as a boy. He seriously injured his knee, smashing the cartilage during training. Ramsay continued to train and play on the injured knee, tearing a cruciate ligament during a squash game. He never fully recovered from the double injury.

By this time, Ramsay's interest in cooking had already begun, and rather than be known as "the football player with the gammy knee" at age 19, Ramsay paid more serious attention to his culinary education. In the late 1980s, he worked as a commis chef at the Wroxton House Hotel, then ran the kitchen and 60-seat dining room at the Wickham Arms. Ramsay then moved to London, where he worked in a series of restaurants until being inspired to work for the temperamental Marco Pierre White at Harveys.

After working at 'Harveys' Ramsay, tired of "the rages and the bullying and violence", decided that the way to further advance his career was to study French cuisine. In 2007, Ramsay opened his first Irish restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

In May 2008 Ramsay opened his first U.S. west coast restaurant, in Los Angeles, California. Situated in the former Bel-Age hotel on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, the hotel has been renovated and re-named The London West Hollywood. The restaurant is called Boxwood. Many episodes of Ramsay's U.S. series Hell's Kitchen are recorded in Southern California.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Rob Reiner and Christina Applegate on HealthyLife.Net

Take a Bite of Life with Nina Boski and her show Life Bites. This week tune into Nina's interview with Director Rob Reiner Thursday 9am PT at and available on her archive page on Friday at with a rerun at 7pm. Plus it will be up all weekend just click the archive link at

Then tune Friday at HRN News@7 on and listen to Gayl Murphy's interview sith Christine Applegate. Who knows who HealthyLife.Net Radio is going to have on next...stay tuned in to Radio Netwowrk...she's on every Friday!

Who is Nina Boski?

Nina is a former terrestrial radio talk show host & top market DJ, as well as a TV correspondent. She has appeared on the Hallmark Channel, WE as well as other networks. Nina works with individuals to help transform their lives and is known as the "Energy Coach" who owns her own lifestyle company, called LifeBites. Tune in and take a bite!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Bette Midler and Christine Applegate Interview On HealthyLife.Net Radio

I know it's summer but the Arts and Entertainment Super Segment airing on HRN News@7 is getting hotter! Gayl Murphy just joined the News Team as a Reporter and she's starting off her 1st segment Friday July 23 with an interview with Bette Midler. Tune in at 7am PT with a rerun at 7pm. Plus it will be up all weekend just click the archive link at

Then tune in next Friday and listen to Gayl's interview with Christine Applegate. Who knows what this illuminating journalist reporter is going to have on next...stay tuned in to Radio Netwowrk...she's on every Friday!

Who is Gayl Murphy?

Gayl is an award winning veteran Hollywood correspondent, media expert and author who has filed showbiz stories for some of the prestigious news services in the world; ABC,BBC, E! and SKY. She has interviewed over 14,000 celebrities for TV, radio and print. Her latest book "Interview Tactics:How to Survive the Media Without Being Clobbered" is a must read for anyone dealing with the media. You can get it at

Friday, July 2, 2010

Orthorexia nervosa? Healthy Eating Disorder? Poppycock!

There’s a new eating disorder that was recently reported in London’s Guardian newspaper and originally came from a Colorado Doctor Steven Bratman, MD who coined the phrase...It’s called the "Healthy Eating Disorder" otherwise known as orthorexia nervosa.

The symptoms of this new, and in my opinion “fabricated”, mental disease as the article states is that, "Fixation with healthy eating can be a sign of a serious psychological disorder. Orthorexics commonly have rigid rules around eating. Refusing to touch sugar, salt, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten, yeast, soy, corn and dairy foods is just the start of their diet restrictions. Any foods that have come into contact with pesticides, herbicides or contain artificial additives are also out…” The newspaper further reports that, "The obsession about which foods are "good" and which are "bad" means orthorexics can end up malnourished."

So now according to ”the experts” wanting organic food instead of GMO and junk food means your crazy, there’s something wrong with you and you will get malnutrition. Poppycock! Okay, I get if you carry anything too far and don't use common sense that you could get sick but it sure makes ME wonder about what “behind the scenes” role of the pharmaceutical companies and the traditional medical communities might have had in making up this new disease or maybe the "good" doctor was looking for publicity. Could they all be scrambling to get profit dollars by trying to convince people that good food is dangerous and that GMO food and drugs are the safer alternative? After they diagnose you with orthorexia nervosa is the cure force feeding you drugs and junk food?

I mean really does this Healthy Eating Disorder make sense to you? It doesn’t to put me down for that mental disorder...Yup I’m crazy!

However, it is interesting how most of the doctors I had 18 years ago, who were around my age at the time...are dead...and me, who by my eating habits-(NO wheat, dairy, refined sugar, preservatives, artificial colorings, GMO foods, fermentation, alcohol, only certain meats, fish, fruits and vegetables) apparently classified as orthorexic! Well...I haven’t been ill in over 18 years, nor needed a traditional doctor, nor have taken any prescription drugs in all that time. In fact I'm in top physical health.

So Poppycock to your story Guardian newspaper and to you too Steven Bratman, MD!

Linda Mackenzie

Monday, June 14, 2010

Internet Radio Listeners, Alexa and Web Site Stats

Internet Radio Listeners are quantified and compiled by the streaming server which is completely seperate from actual website statistics. The internet radio audience is said to be about 70-72 million per week.

Alexa does provides website statistics. However, the website stats are accumulated only from their community of sites who participate by installing and using their toolbar. According to Alexa, Alexa could not exist without the participation of the Alexa Toolbar community. Each member of the community who uses the toolbar contributes to the information about the web to the Alexa site, but the information gathered about any website is limited to what is gathered from their million or so tool bar users. This is the information used to provide a website's traffic rankings and related links on their site.

So although the Alexa website gives you a helpful snapshot of a website's statistics per Alexa's user community it does not and cannot count web radio listeners and is not a complete picture of a website's real traffic or positioning in the total web world.

I think Alexa is fun and I have been going their periodically for years. It does give me a snapshot of their user community and to us here at everyone is important. But when looking at our statistics, our links and our actual demographics gleaned directly from our Clubhouse Alexa's information about the website is somewhat inaccurate for the real big picture of a website's positioning, website traffic and links.

Friday, June 4, 2010 Speeds Past '50' and Hits The Fast Lane With Automotive Legend Bobby Likis Speeds Past '50' and Hits The Fast Lane With Automotive Legend Bobby Likis: "the world's original all-positive web talk radio network has surpassed the '50' milestone mark of distribution channels and beginning June 5, 2010, gains even more speed with the addition of Bobby Likis to the network's already illustrious cache of show hosts."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The 8 Truths of Internet Radio Audience Measurement

Page views DO NOT measure listeners
A page view is a unit for measuring Web readership. It is the count of how many times a web page is requested. Streaming Servers measure listeners who listen to the audio stream. Not all listeners who visit a web page listen to the Internet radio stream.

Streaming servers DO NOT measure all listeners if station is simulcast and/or syndicated on other distribution channels
A streaming server measures listeners but if a station is connected to outside distribution channels like WiFi, Mobile, ITunes, private radio networks or Microsoft's Radio Tuner the stream that is picked up looks like one (1) listener to the streaming server when in fact it could be thousands.

An age old radio brand name DOES NOT necessarily mean they have more listeners on their Internet stations than an Internet Radio Streaming Station
Listeners have the power of choice and there are hundreds of thousands of web radio stations that reach their targeted niche markets. The terrestrial radio industry has only taken Internet radio seriously over the last 2 years. 24/7 Internet radio networks that have been in place for 7 or more years have more loyal listeners since they have been in the marketplace longer.

Internet audio listening has surpassed AM/FM terrestrial radio
According to the Arbitron/Edison 'The Infinite Dial 2010' study Internet Audio listening has now surpassed AM/FM terrestrial listening.

Podcasts DO NOT provide more listeners than an Internet Radio Stream
Internet streaming radio usually provides 24/7 live coverage with multiple hosts, on demand listening and podcast download options. Internet Radio's average listener TSL (Time Spent Listening) is 2-3 hours. A podcast is usually a 1-hour audio program available live at a specific time and/or made available as a download. A podcast's average TSL (Time Spent Listening) is 3-5 minutes at the top of the hour.

Outside audience measuring services DO NOT provide real numbers
Based on a small audience sampling for a particular genre, usually music, extrapolated numbers are used to determine audience measurement. For example, the Arbitron/Edison 'The Infinite Dial 2010' did a telephone survey of 1,753 people, age 12 and older, to provide statistical information about the radio music industry. Internet Radio has an audience of over 72 million Internet listeners a week. This sampling is much less than even 1% of the audience size and has no relevance for talk radio at all.

Demographics are suspect unless station has its own collection method
Each station is usually unique because of niche market genres and marketing efforts. Real demographic info comes from a station's data gleaned from their own data collection methods such as a clubhouse, surveys or polls.

Pre-roll video ads on Internet radio stations lose listeners
Americans and Internet Users - WANT IT NOW!. There are 100s of 1000s of Internet radio sites to choose from. If a radio station website delays the audio stream, which is what the listener wants and is expecting to hear, the listener will usually click off the site or get frustrated waiting for the audio stream to start, resulting in an unsatisfactory user experience.

Check out HealthyLife.Net Radio Network's Demographics Here: Demographics.htm