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Judge James P. Gray gives TEDx presentation on reforming drug policy

Posted: 2017/12/04

Garden City Park, NY: Judge James P. Gray, drug legalization advocate and author of Wearing the Robe ($21.95 USD, Square One), recently gave an inspired presentation about the various problems of US drug prohibition at the TEDx Talks event in Bakersfield, California. (Click here for a link to see his impassioned discussion on this controversial but important topic.)

In addition to the many years he served as a trial court judge in Orange County, California, Judge Gray was also the Libertarian candidate for Vice President of the United States—alongside the party's presidential candidate and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson—in 2012. Following his graduation from UCLA and a stint as Volunteer in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, Judge Gray went on to secure a law degree from the USC School of Law and then served in the US Navy JAG Corps at the Naval Air Stations in Guam and in Lemoore, California. Of his unique and well-received book Wearing the Robe,  the Honorable Clay M. Smith wrote in California Courts Commentary Magazine that the book is "Inspirational in its general view of the judicial calling and exceptionally practical in its explanation of how to seek, attain, and excel in that calling . . . a very profitable read for sitting judges, judicial aspirants, and others with an interest in the role of judge in today's society."

To learn more about Judge James P. Gray, feel free to visit his website at Wearing the Robe is available now wherever books are sold.

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The very real dangers of sugar consumption

Posted: 2017/11/22

Garden City Park, NY: At a time when millions of Americans will sit down to a meal with family and friends to give thanks, it's a fair bet that many of them will not want to give thanks to the sugar industry in light of recent news.

In a story that first appeared yesterday (Tues., Nov. 21), it was reported by a team of three scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, that the "Big Sugar" lobby used their power and influence to deliberately bury a study begun fifty years ago in 1968 by the corporate-driven Sugar Research Foundation.

The study—discovered in confidential library archives over the past few years by UCSF team member Cristin E. Kearns to be called "Project 259"—revealed a measurable correlation between the table sugar Sucrose and an increased occurrence of both heart disease and cancer. When the project's initial evidence was presented in 1970 to the International Sugar Research Foundation, it didn't take long before the study was denied further funds and dropped altogether less than a year later in 1971.

This, of course, is nothing new to nutritionist and longtime anti-sugar pioneer Dr. Nancy Appleton. Having determined by the mid-1970s—through her own extensive studies of diet and its effect on health and lifestyle—that overconsumption of sugar was a key component in a number of both chronic and acute human diseases, Dr. Appleton went on to lecture and work tirelessly throughout the US and as far across the globe as Zimbabwe, Africa to bring the various benefits of a sugar-free diet and lifestyle to as many families and citizens as possible.

After writing her first book on this topic—the bestselling title Lick the Sugar Habit (Avery), with more than one million copies sold—Dr. Appleton continued her work and research. The results of her continued vigilance in the face of this all-too-real consumer health danger then led to publication of her bestselling books Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction and Killer Colas: The Hard Truth About Soft Drinks (both published by Square One).

So now, with the national obesity rate now also reaching a near-epidemic level alongside the well-established killers of heart disease and cancer, the question many of us should now ask ourselves is: "Am I really willing to trade my health, and perhaps my life, just so I can drink a soda or two as I eat these doughnuts?" If you value your existence, the answer to that question should be obvious. And if not, then have a Happy Holiday—because it just may be your last.

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Enjoy the Parade this Thanksgiving with our MACY's book!

Posted: 2017/11/17

On the occasion next week of its 93rd annual Thanksgiving Day Parade (and the store's 159th year of operation), you may want to cozy up and learn all about Macy's remarkable history as America's most beloved department store in the book MACY'S: The Store. The Star. The Story (Square One, $24.95 USD). The book is the work of expert historian Robert M. Grippo, who has been a fan of "the World's Largest Store" ever since he was a kid. Featuring lively text, rare photographs, and colorful illustrations throughout, this book highlights all the people and events—together with the trends, tragedies, and traditions—that transformed Macy's from a modest storefront into the world-renowned American success story that it remains to this day.

Celebrated as a "lavishly illustrated history" by Publishers Weekly, and applauded for providing "great historical context through the bottom-of-the-page illustrated footers chronicling events, celebrities, and politics of that era" by Booklist in their prized Starred Review, this wonderful book about this country's still-beloved "Miracle on 34th Street" is a real treat of a book.

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Think finding arsenic in baby food is bad? Just the tip of the iceberg, according to former FDA investigator Dr. Renee Dufault

Posted: 2017/10/25

Garden City Park, NY: It was reported this morning (Wed., Oct. 25) that a major study, conducted by new nonprofit organization The Clean Label Project, has found alarming levels of arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals in approximately eighty percent (80%) of infant formulas sold on the market. Some of the baby food brands found by the study to have the largest amounts of these harmful toxins in their products include Gerber, Enfamily, and Plum Organics among others. According to the World Health Organization, arsenic in particular is associated with a higher occurrence of autism, ADHD, heart issues, diabetes, and cancer among children and adults alike.

If you are former FDA investigator and Unsafe at Any Meal (Square One, $16.95) author Dr. Renee Dufault, however, the results of this study only scratch the surface of a much more disturbing and far-reaching picture in consumer health. Her own research in this area actually dates back over a decade to 2005, when she was still working as a health investigator for the Food and Drug Administration. That was the year when she discovered that baby formula was comprised largely of corn sweeteners and vegetable oil. As she notes in chapter six of her book ("Spotlight on Autism and ADHD"), many baby formulas "contain corn sweetener in the form of corn syrup or corn syrup solids. Some formulas contain more corn sweetener than any other ingredient. I found one baby formula product in my local grocery store with a food ingredient label that claimed 54 percent of the product was made up of corn syrup solids and 26 percent of the product consisted of assorted vegetable oils."

Even though she has been aware of this problem for years and has worked diligently to alert the consumer public to it, she applauds the findings of The Clean Label Project and the force for change that the new study represents. "While they [The Clean Label Project] have tested and found results in cat food, dog food, and now baby food, the occasion of this study now sets the stage for further widespread mainstream investigation into more of our foods. This is only good news for the consumer. The more harm that we can find in processed foods, the more safety we can demand from the food companies . . . and provide to ourselves and our families."

Unsafe at Any Meal is now available wherever books are sold.

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Square One author's expertise featured in SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN

Posted: 2017/10/23   Source: Dr. Renee Joy Dufault and Dr. Steven G. Gilbert

Garden City Park, NY:  Since taking an early retirement in 2008 from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), Dr. Renee Joy Dufault has been on a mission. She has worked tirelessly to spread the message far and wide that currently FDA-approved levels of mercury and other heavy metals found in the highly-processed foods at the heart of the Standard American Diet (SAD, aptly) are endangering the lives of adults and children alike.

After she founded the Food Ingredient and Health Research Institute (FIHRI) in 2010, Dr. Dufault has continued to point out the alarming role that mercury in high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has played in the growing rates of autism, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's across the U.S. in the past few decades.

Now all her hard work and commitment has led to Dr. Dufault being invited to write an article—together with co-writer and director/founder of the Institute of Neurotoxicology and Neurological Disorders Dr. Steven G. Gilbert—on this very topic for the world-renowned magazine Scientific American  first published today (Oct. 23, 2017). The article, entitled "Why Does Autism Impact Boys More Often Than Girls?" (click here to read), uses clear scientific evidence to prove a correlation between mercury levels in highly-processed foods and autism along with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Long recognized since its first issue in August 1845 as an iconic publication within the field of science, Scientific American shares vital health information that Dr. Dufault explores even more fully in her first book Unsafe at Any Meal (Square One).  To order a copy of Dr. Dufault's book, feel free to click here.

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