Momentum Accelerated Behind Initial 3-Hour Deplanement Standard

Senator Boxer and Representative Thompson Champion Passenger Rights

September 22, 2009, Washington, DC - FlyersRights.org and Business Travel Coalition (BTC) today conducted a Passenger Rights Stakeholder Hearing before a packed hearing room of airline passengers, travel professionals, Congressional staff and media in the Rayburn House Office Building. Experts, both for and against legislation to address a growing extended-tarmac-delay problem, were sharply questioned by aviation journalists and travel industry professionals . The clear outcome from the hearing is that legislation is urgently required to address a growing passenger health and safety problem that airlines are apparently unable or unwilling to fix themselves.

The hearing was sponsored by the Honorary Chairwomen Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Representative Mike Thompson (D-CA) who have championed a 3-hour national standard for providing passengers the option of deplaning, should a captain decide it is safe to do so. Their bills, S.213 and HR 674, were strongly endorsed by airline passengers, FlyersRights.org, BTC, other travel groups at the hearing.

PassengerRights.org Executive Director Kate Hanni testified , "The airline industry has been the voice of "NO" for too long. The system is broken and passengers have been paying a dear price with their health, lost productivity and missed family events. This hearing shone a bright light on the fallacious arguments put forward by those airlines that seek to continue stonewalling against reforms that will benefit passengers and all airline industry stakeholders."

"There is now a clear expectation that Congress will move to enact legislation to create a national standard beginning with the requirement that airlines provide passengers an option to deplane after 3 hours. Airlines will likely have several months to adjust operations before the law is effective," stated BTC Chairman Kevin Mitchell. "BTC further encourages Congress to phase-in a 2-hour standard 1 year after the initial 3-hour rule becomes effective. Congress should likewise make mandatory the U.S. Department of Transportation Tarmac Delay Task Force recommendations," added Mitchell. (BTC recently issued a report on passenger rights legislation .)

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Take 'n' bake pizza giant named Platinum Award Winner in Restaurants & Institution's Consumers' Choice in Chains Survey; Among top 10 chains in highest overall scores

VANCOUVER, Wash. - September 22, 2009 - According to thousands of U.S. consumers, Papa Murphy's Take 'N' Bake Pizza is not only the "Best Pizza Chain in America" for the seventh straight year, but it's also one of the top 10 restaurant chains in the country. In the overall rankings among all restaurant categories, Papa Murphy's was one of only two quick service restaurants (QSR) in the top 10, joining other industry leaders such as P.F. Chang's China Bistro (NASDAQ: PFCB), Olive Garden and The Cheesecake Factory.

"The past year has been a great test," said John Barr, CEO at Papa Murphy's. "While many restaurant brands tried to save market share by reinventing themselves or their product offerings, Papa Murphy's has stuck to what we know our customers want - quality pizza with the freshest ingredients at a great value. It's what we've always stood for and our customers know they can count on us for that. We're honored that they consider Papa Murphy's not only the best pizza company in the country, but one of the best restaurants out there, period."
Earlier this year, more than 3,000 consumers rated over 200 chain restaurants on a variety of guest satisfaction attributes in Restaurants & Institution's Annual Consumers' Choice in Chains survey. Papa Murphy's received the highest possible accolade - the Platinum Award - in the pizza segment by a large margin, soaring 16% above the pizza category's second-place winner.  For full results of the survey, log onto www.rimag.com.
About Restaurants & Institutions
Restaurants & Institutions (R&I) (www.rimag.com) is the leading source of vital information for the entire foodservice industry, online and offline, covering chains, independent restaurants, hotels and institutions. Published monthly, R&I magazine is the only source of complete industry coverage and reaches more than 120,000 commercial and noncommercial subscribers, including executives who operate independent and chain restaurants, hospitals, colleges, schools and hotels/resorts, as well as dealers/distributors and consultants in the foodservice industry. R&I is published by Reed Business Information.
About Papa Murphy's
Papa Murphy's is the fifth-largest pizza chain in the country and the pioneer and leader of the take 'n' bake pizza segment. Papa Murphy's operates over 1,150 franchised and corporate-owned locations in 32 states and Canada. The Vancouver, Wash.-based company offers custom-made pizzas featuring high-quality fresh toppings generously layered on pizza dough that is made fresh each morning in each store. By baking Papa Murphy's pizzas at home, customers get to experience the home-baked aroma of a convenient, delicious meal that the brand is known for. In addition to handmade pizzas, the company offers a growing menu of take 'n' bake items, including Cheesy Bread, Cinnamon Wheels, and chocolate chip cookie dough. Papa Murphy's has been voted "Best Pizza Chain in America" for seven consecutive years by consumers nationwide in the Restaurants and Institutions "Consumers' Choice in Chains" survey and is a four-time recipient of Pizza Today's Chain of the Year award, most recently in 2009. For more information, visit www.papamurphys.com.
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As an outreach to the community from the Lindsay Park meeting last May, a Steering Committee was formed and has been meeting to make recommendations for the park. The committee will preview the recommendations and seek additional public input at a public forum prior to presenting to the city council.

7:00 PM on TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 29, 2009

McKINLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

1716 KENWOOD AVENUE, DAVENPORT



Event Date:  September 26, 2009, 12:00pm-5:00pm at Schone's Friendship Farm, 15711 13th Street, Milan, IL.

We're rustlin' up all volunteers, riders, parents, and friends for the New Kingdom Trailriders' Western Jamboree Fall Festival and Fundraiser!  Help us raise some much-needed dollars while having fun with the whole family.  Admission is $2.00 and every paid admission is an entry into a great door prize drawing from Ascentra, this year's Platinum Sponsor.

This fundraiser will be chock-full o'fun and games for everyone in your posse.  There will be games for the little greenhorns, vittles for the hungry and of course, our cowboys and cowgirls will put on a fine show for ya'all.

Our Chuck wagon will be servin' up Texas chili and dogs, along with other tasty grub.  We'll have horse rides available for purchase to all who want to be a cowboy for the day.  Hold on to your hats folks, that ain't all!  We have a surprise for you- "It's a Pleasure" Precision Drill Team will be performing too (www.itsapleasure.org).  Dust off your boots, we've also roped in "The Posse" for your country western dancin' and listenin' pleasure.  Bring your decorated pumpkin to enter the Pumpkin Design contest!

If that ain't enough for ya'all to flip your lids, we have invited some of our compadres to join us and have information available about their fine programs and products also.  All this fun is brought to you with the help of our good friends at Ascentra.  So grab the young'uns, the old'uns and everybody in-between for a hootin', hollerin' good time at the NKT Western Jamboree Fall Festival and Fundraiser!

New Kingdom Trailriders is the Quad Cities' only equine-assisted therapeutic riding program.  NKT is celebrating its 25th year of offering a quality recreational therapy program to specially challenged individuals.  Donors, local grants and fundraisers fund NKT.  You can donate to this program online at their website - www.NKTriders.org.  Click on the "Just Give" logo.

WE NEED YOU TO HELP!

Committees are being set up NOW.  Please sign up as a worker or leader today or call the NKT office at 309.764.4220 or email Christina Chom, Director of Development at christinankt@yahoo.com.  We cannot do fun events like this without the help of our super volunteers!  Thank you for lending a hand and supporting New Kingdom Trailriders.

If you would like more information about this event or New Kingdom Trailriders (NKT), or if you need directions, please visit our website at www.NKTriders.org or contact Barbara Clauson at (309) 764-4220, email NKT at info@NKTriders.org.  You can also stop by our office located in SouthPark Mall next to Dairy Queen/Orange Julius.

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GRAND OPENING WEEKEND OCTOBER 3-4

1862-2009: From Immigrant Hotel to Interactive Heritage Museum

Over the past 14 years, the German American Heritage Center building (pictured above over the years) was saved from demolition, restored, renovated and became listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This was accomplished through the efforts of volunteers who gave their time, labor and support to the vision of the center.

"The vision of the German American Heritage Center began with a humble start. A small group of passionate volunteers united to celebrate German-American heritage. Since then we have grown into a historic treasure that also reaches across cultural boundaries, finding commonalities amongst us all," said Executive Director Angela Hunt.

Since 2007, GAHC underwent a complete interior renovation and has increased exhibit space by six times the original layout. A ribbon cutting ceremony will kick off the grand opening weekend that takes place on Saturday, October 3, 2009 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday, October 4, 2009 from noon - 4 p.m. Admission is free during the grand opening weekend. The museum will debut the improvements and the new interactive, audio-visual permanent exhibit, "The German Immigrant Experience." The exhibit takes visitors on an exploration of what it was like to be an immigrant to this area in the 1800s.

A brief history: From immigrant hotel to heritage museum:

Built in the late 1860s, the GAHC location appears to have had its earliest history in the hostelry enterprise. Around 1876, the thirty-room hotel was a popular spot for many immigrants, visitors, and farmers who came to Davenport. Its German character as a "Gast Haus" lasted well into the early years of the twentieth century. Today the GAHC serves as a museum, genealogy research center, and educational/cultural resource. Learn more.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE NEWLY EXPANDED MUSEUM:

New interactive, audio-visual permanent exhibit, "The German Immigrant Experience"

The new exhibit space at the museum is 3,550 square feet and includes two additional traveling exhibit spaces. The permanent exhibit is highly interactive and includes a theater, audio-visual stations, artifacts and two restored hotel rooms. The creation of this exhibit area marks a major milestone at GAHC; achieving its goal of providing a premier educational, historical and recreational experience. The exhibit was designed by Morgan-Bailey Consulting of West Des Moines, Iowa.

New traveling and special exhibits:

GAHC now has two special/traveling exhibit spaces. These spaces will change throughout the year showcasing different exhibits. Current special exhibits include "Brewery Ephemera," that explores the history of local breweries established by German immigrants; and "A to Zither," a journey into the world of the sounds and tradition of the German zither instrument. Click here to learn more.

Expanded education and recreational programs and events:

With the newly expanded exhibits, we will create seven new education programs for schools, new field trips, outreach programs and education tours. The permanent exhibit is specifically designed so that all curriculum areas from geography and literature to science can be explored. Special new group tours, community programs, member-only events and trips will also be offered.

New facility rental space:

GAHC has a new rental space on fourth floor that boasts panoramic views of the Mississippi River and the City of Davenport. GAHC will use the space for programs and will also make it available for private and nonprofit groups to rent. Discount rates are available for GAHC members and nonprofit groups. The space holds up to 100 persons, includes a kitchenette, restrooms, tables/chairs, and audio-visual equipment.

GRAND OPENING WEEKEND:"The German Immigrant Experience"

Open to the public, Free admission during the grand opening weekend

Saturday, October 3 - 4, 2009; 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2009; 12 - 4 pm

During grand opening festivities, the Center will unveil the new interactive permanent exhibit. Enjoy special performances by folk dancers from the Germany, zither music demonstrations, children's activities, and more. Visit www.gahc.org or call 563-322-8844 for more information. The German American Heritage Center is located at 712 W 2nd Street, Davenport.

After the grand opening weekend, GAHC will offer new hours. The new hours, admission and membership rates are:

ADMISSION - $5 ADULTS; $4 SENIOR CITIZENS (60+); $3 CHILDREN (AGES 3 - 17); FREE (UNDER 3)

Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS:
-Quarterly issues of our newsletter, "Infoblatt"
-Free admission to many programs
-Free admission to the new permanent exhibit,
"The German-American Experience" (NEW)
-Special member-only exhibit preview events (NEW)
-Free admission and/or discounts to special exhibits
-10% discount at the gift shop
-Discounts on classes, events, and trips
-Discount to facility rental (NEW)

MEMBERSHIP LEVELS:
INDIVIDUAL $35

COUPLE $45 (TWO ADULTS IN SAME HOUSEHOLD)

HOUSEHOLD $55 (UP TO TWO ADULTS & CHILDREN IN SAME HOUSEHOLD)

GRANDPARENTS $55 (UP TO TWO GRANDPARENTS & THEIR GRANDCHILDREN)

LIFE MEMBER INDIVIDUAL $1,000 (OR $1,500 FOR TWO ADULTS IN SAME HOUSEHOLD)

For more information please visit www.gahc.org for photos, videos, programs, and events.

MONTICELLO, IA --The annual Camp Courageous of Iowa Pancake Breakfast and Open House is set for Sunday, September  27, 2009  from 7:00 A.M. to 1:00  P.M.  In the lodge, pancakes will be prepared on six pancake grills to get everyone through the line quickly. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children under 12 for pancakes and sausage.

The Open House features include the New Olympic Training Floor in the pool, The Live Reenactment Train Robbery, at 9:00 AM, 9:45 AM, 10:45 AM, 11:45 AM at the Lions Train Depot. In the Sill barn performing free will be Dixie-Notes-Plus at 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 12 PM. Plus live WMT Broadcast from the camp's main lodge by Honorary Board Member Leo Greco.

The Pancake Breakfast is also kick-off for sales of the Camp Courageous Fruitcakes. The fresh baked Fruitcakes are $10.00 each with no purchase limit.

Camp Courageous is celebrating their 35th anniversary. A DVD presentation about the camp, as well as new camp merchandise can be found in the camp's main office. The camp began serving individuals with disabilities during the summer of 1974 with campers totaling 211. Today the camp is open year-round and the campers number over 5,100!  Camp Courageous continues to run on donations, without government support, without paid fund raisers, and without formal sponsorship.

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As you may know, Churches United has the 27 food pantries that cover every single neighborhood in the Quad Cities on both sides of the river. Last year we provided meals for over 105,000 individuals. THIS year, because of the economy, some of our food pantries are experiencing a 75% increase. We also have 3 hot meal sites: The Churches United meal site @ Salvation Army in Davenport, the Churches United meal site @ Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist church in East Moline and the Hope UCC Meal Site in Moline. Every single night in the Quad Cities, a hot meal is served. Last year over 30,000 meals were served and so far in 2009 they're seeing increases of up to 50%! Additionally, Churches United has our Winnie's Place Woman's Shelter which serves women who are homeless or victims of domestic violence, with or without children. Just this year, Shelter has seen a 100% increase in clients in need.

With the economy the way it is, donations are down and usage at the food pantries, meal sites and the shelter is up. People who have never had to use a food pantry are having to do so. Same with the meal sites. So Churches United is trying to be creative in increasing it's financial support. This is where you come in!

  • Non-Gala - September 31, 2009 - No, it's not a typo. It's a non-event on a non-day. We had some supporters who suggested that instead of holding a Gala which requires them to buy a new dress or pay a babysitter, they'd rather just write out a check and know that 100% of the money goes to help feed and shelter. We have been encouraging businesses to have fundraising events at their places of employment - departments preparing food and selling it to the other departments, jean day, etc. and sometimes the company is matching the money earned by it's employees! And some people are holding "Non-Gala's" in their homes as just a fun way to have a get together with neighbors and friends and let them know how many people Churches United helps out week after week, year after year. We are hoping to raise $100,000 by the closing day which is another non-day - November 31, 2009.

  • Silent Auction: Great prizes that can be bid on beginning MONDAY! Go to our website at www.churchesunited.net and see great things like a pair of AirTran tickets anywhere AirTran flies, Farm Day with Happy Joe, digital photography package, restaurant packages and many many more!

  • Trivia Night - Friday, October 16th is a very special Trivia night, held in October which is domestic violence awareness month and will benefit our Winnie's Place shelter. However, this is the first of it's kind...a Bi-State Trivia. One in Illinois (@ First UCC in Moline) and one in Iowa (@ St. John's UMC Davenport) at the same time! The top 3 from each state will do an extra round of questions to get the STATE WINNER! Mike Mickle will host the Iowa side and Jim Mertens the Illinois side. It's only $10 per person with 8 to a table. Dinner will be available along with mulligans, 50/50, Silent Auction, etc.

If you have any questions about our upcoming events, or Churches United in general, please give us a call at 309-786-6494. Thank you for your support!



Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act will make college more affordable for Iowa families

Washington, DC - Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) voted today to support a historical investment in higher education. The bill passed the House this afternoon.

HR 3221, the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA), will make college education more affordable, transform early education opportunities, and build a world-class community college system.  In Iowa, this will means unprecedented financial aid available for students pursuing a degree.

"This student aid reform plan will provide more opportunities for Iowans looking to attend college, and it represents a significant investment in our state's economic future," Braley said. "This bill makes federal grant money more accessible and reliable, and allows young people to graduate with less debt.  This is a huge step in the right direction to make higher education more affordable for Iowa families."

SAFRA will reform the system of federal student loans to save taxpayers $87 billion. It also changes the way the student loan system functions by creating new loans through the government's Direct Loan Program. SAFRA maintains competition in the private loan sector by allowing companies to compete for bids to service the loans.

The impact of SAFRA on Iowa is enormous.  The legislation will invest more than $726 million in Iowa over the next ten years to increase the maximum annual Pell Grant scholarship to $5,550 in 2010 and $6,900 by 2019.  $82.5 million will be invested for Pell Grants in Iowa's First Congressional District alone.  (The current Pell Grant maximum award for 2009 is $5,350).  Furthermore, under the bill, Iowa community colleges will receive over $31 million to renovate and construct new facilities.

More information on SAFRA can be found at http://edlabor.house.gov/blog/2009/07/student-aid-and-fiscal-respons.shtml A fact sheet on the bill's impact on Iowa is attached.

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The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is proud to announce Melinda Hubbell as its new Director of Education and Community Engagement. This appointment is the culmination of a six-month, nation-wide search and highlights the Association's commitment to expand and invigorate its many, established education projects.

Melinda comes to the Quad Cities from Atlanta, Georgia. She has an extensive background in music education which includes heading a community music school, instigating and running a preparatory music academy, private teaching, using diverse curriculums, and most recently, working as a business development specialist for Peter Simon Productions, a music production and education company.

Melinda earned a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts/Boston, an MBA in Managerial Leadership from Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, and concurrently studied toward a Master of Arts in Teaching in Music. Her passion is to make quality music and arts education available to all members of the community in order to bridge differences, build self-confidence, promote harmony, and inspire all families of learning. Melinda looks forward to pursuing this commitment in her new role as Director of Education and Community Engagement with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra.

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Nutritionists must walk a fine line between advice related to a healthy lifestyle and treatment of conditions best left to a medical professional.

More often these days, doctors and nutritionists are making that walk together, according to Paul Bogosian and Tamara White, CN, the father and daughter team who operate the Better Life Nutrition Center at 1715 15th Street Place, Moline.

This October, Mr. Bogosian will mark 30 years of offering a wide selection of natural foods, vitamins, nutritional supplements and counseling to his many customers in and beyond the Quad-City area.  From Oct. 12-17, Better Life will feature an anniversary sale giving 20 to 70 percent discounts on some products.  There also will be drawings for door prizes and product samples.

While Mr. Bogosian's interest in nutritional supplements developed during his days as a body builder, it intensified when he suffered health issues of his own.  He did not diagnose his own condition.  He left that to a medical doctor, but he knew there were nutritional supplements that could mitigate the illness from which he was suffering.

Ms. White joined her father in the business after earning her bachelor's degree and becoming a certified nutritionist.  She noted that the role of the nutritionist is not to make a diagnosis or to advise patients to substitute vitamins for the medication prescribed by their doctors.  The role of the nutritionist is to advise clients about making healthy lifestyle choices in the face of their condition.

However, Ms. White noted, she is seeing more and more clients referred to her by medical doctors who are aware of the benefits available to their patients through proper nutritional support.

"Within the last week alone," said Ms. White, "I have dealt with four clients referred to the store by doctors."  The issues involved the digestive benefits of probiotics, supplements that can contribute to a reduction in cholesterol levels and natural hormonal support for women.

Once a doctor makes a diagnosis and refers a patient to the store, Ms. White can advise patients of the best nutritional choices to meet their needs -- what foods are recognized as aggravating a given condition and what foods are recognized as easing the effects of certain conditions.  She can advise which vitamin supplements or homeopathic medicines are generally recognized as being helpful to people suffering from specific illnesses.

According to a recent article published by the Council for Responsible Nutrition, " 'Physicians and nurses are as likely as members of the general public to use dietary supplements, and most physicians and nurses recommend supplements to their patients,' says a new study published in Nutrition Journal, a peer-reviewed, on-line journal that focuses on the field of human nutrition."

Natural medicines have been in existence for thousands of years.  Some have proven themselves effective over time.  Glucosamine, for example, is generally recognized as a treatment for joint problems, but taking it does not mean a patient can stop taking the prescription for Celebrex given by a doctor.

Cinnamon, niacin, red yeast rice, sytrinol and policosanol are generally recognized as being helpful to people suffering from high cholesterol, particularly for people who have difficulty tolerating the statin drugs prescribed for high cholesterol.

People suffering from celiac disease need to avoid foods with gluten, foods often difficult to locate in a grocery store.  At Better Life, Mr. Bogosian and Ms. White can assist clients in finding healthy foods that will not aggravate such conditions.

Other conditions for which homeopathic and herbal treatments can be beneficial include high blood pressure, prostate problems, hormonal balance, depression and anxiety, pain and inflammation and natural male enhancement.  For people who suffer from lactose intolerance and cannot drink cow's milk, Better Life has rice milk and almond milk.

Most doctors, dietitians, and nutritionists will tell patients that eating a healthy diet will provide all the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy life, but getting the right foods, in the right amounts, prepared in the proper manner to maintain the nutritional content is not easy, and some people don't have the time or desire to devote to the careful planning and preparation of nutritionally beneficial foods.  That is another area in which vitamin supplementation can be helpful.

According to recent reports, many Americans, due to their sedentary lifestyles inside their homes, are lacking in sufficient amounts of vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.  Too many adults and children are inside working or playing on a computer or watching television instead of being outside soaking up vitamin D from the sun, and too many children drink soda instead of milk, which is another valuable source of vitamin D.

According to Ms. White, other generally recognized deficiencies in the American diet involve food processing.  "Many foods are over processed," said Ms. White, and, because of the processing, the foods may be robbed of important enzymes that influence the metabolism of nutrients.  Enzymes, for example, are required to break down protein to make it available for use in the body.  Other foods, she said, may lack nutrients because they were grown in depleted soils.

For people experiencing vitamin deficiencies, vitamin supplementation can provide the nutritional support they are not getting as a result of their lifestyles or eating habits.  Yes, the vitamins are available through proper diet, but it is clear many people in the United States do not follow a proper diet.  People may fail to eat a proper balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins.

Most often, said Ms. White, people tend to eat too many carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain.  She said soda drinks leech minerals from the body.

Nutritional supplements will not cure obesity.  Only diet and exercise can accomplish that, but some supplements may complement those efforts.  Natural sweeteners that can substitute for sugar include stevia, xylitol and erythritol.  The supplements Lipotrim and Super Citrimax can help reduce carbohydrate and sugar cravings

Athletes who are pushing their bodies to extremes also need additional dietary support.  For most, a good protein supplement will give them the boost they need, but protein can be overdone.  Too much protein puts additional strain on the liver and kidneys.

This is another area in which Ms. White can be helpful.  How much protein does an athlete require?  Ms. White can provide the counseling to assist athletes in reaching their goals without wasting their money or overtaxing their digestive systems.

Ms. White said the current recommended daily allowance for protein is .36 grams per pound of body weight.  An athlete following a rigorous workout program may require as much as one gram of protein per pound.  Whey protein is one of the easiest to absorb, said Ms. White, and egg-white protein works well.  She is cautious about soy protein, which can be difficult for some people to digest and can affect hormone balance.

She said an average six-ounce steak provides 20 to 30 grams of protein.  Eggs offer six to seven grams of protein per egg, and a serving of nuts may contain four to eight grams of protein, depending on the type of nut.

To assist Ms. White in making recommendations for her clients, she employs such diagnostic tools as hair analysis.  The analysis can identify levels of minerals and heavy metals in the tissue.  Mineral levels, said Ms. White, are indicators of how organs are functioning in the body.

"It also tells you how the body is metabolizing things," according to Ms. White.  The analysis, she said, is performed by Analytical Research Labs in Arizona and can indicate which foods are not digesting or metabolizing properly.  Based on those results, Ms. White can make recommendations to balance out the problems.

Before Ms. White makes her recommendations, she has a variety of resources she can use to identify any possible conflicts between doctor prescribed medications and nutritional supplements.  People on blood thinners, for example, have a number of supplements they should avoid, such as vitamin K.

Mr. Bogosian said one of the features of Better Life Nutrition that keeps his customers coming back is the store's service-oriented philosophy.  "We special order, ship worldwide, continually bring in new products and take special training and classes on the products," according to Mr. Bogosian.

Mr. Bogosian also noted that contrary to comments by critics of the supplement industry, products carried in the store are held to high standards of quality.  NOW, one of the largest of the supplement manufacturers, belongs to several organizations that monitor industry standards for the production of nutritional supplements.

Nutritionists, especially those operating commercial businesses that sell nutritional supplements, must be careful in the way they handle clients.  There are certainly items within the walls of Better Life Nutrition Center that can be helpful to people, and some of those same items are not appropriate for everyone.

The training and the experience of the staff at Better Life can lead people to make wiser choices about the foods they eat and the supplements they take.

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