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Why Is Mercury Still in Our Food, FDA?

Posted: 2017/05/08   Source: Square One Publishers, Inc.

GARDEN CITY PARK, NY: Over the past decade, there has been an ongoing and heated debate in this country about the dangers inherent in vaccines given to newborns and young children. What the public seems to be unaware of is the fact that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has looked the other way when it allows processed food manufacturers a free pass in producing foods that contain harmful levels of mercury, as well as many other heavy metal toxins—such as lead, cadmium, and arsenic, among others. These chemicals build up in our bodies over time, and they are shown to wreak serious havoc with our health—especially when it comes to autism, which is shown through science to be tied closely to heavy metal toxicity.

Why has this been allowed to happen? In her new landmark book Unsafe at Any Meal ($16.95 USD, Square One), Dr. Renee Dufault—former food investigator for the FDA—provides some startling answers to that question.

In the tradition of Rachel Carson’s groundbreaking 1962 book on the dangers of pesticides, Silent Spring, Dr. Dufault aims now with several years of research to both educate and hopefully save millions of American lives impacted negatively by the alarming allowances made for toxic amounts of heavy metals (mercury, in particular). The science proves these trace metals are allowed into our processed foods in order to maintain shelf life—and to increase profits. “Contaminants, such as heavy metal and pesticide residues,” according to Dr. Dufault, “are legally allowed in food ingredients in small amounts. These small amounts can eventually bioaccumulate in your body and create conditions of disease through unhealthy gene regulation. This is why,” she continues, “eating a Western diet high in processed foods will create Western disease conditions. Examples of these disease conditions include ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and Parkinson’s disease among others.”

Unsafe at Any Meal shares the following alarming facts about the state of processed foods at this time:

•    Significant amounts of processed food contribute to high blood mercury levels, which can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

•    Food coloring—still the most common food ingredient in American and Canadian food supplies—brings significant risk to an increase of blood mercury levels and neurotoxins throughout the body.

•    Mercury cell sodium hydroxide is put into processed foods by the High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) industry to increase product shelf life.

•    Mercury, found in much of our water and food supply, is a scientifically proven toxicant that can cause a significant and increasing amount of damage to the body even at low-level exposure.

•    A diet low in zinc makes it difficult for a person to excrete the mercury and other heavy-metal toxins found in processed foods, which leads to all manner of illness including chronic liver and kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and—especially alarming—autism.

If you have ever or now continue to consume sweetened and processed foods such as assorted cookies, canned soups, TV dinners, or even a bag of potato chips, then you have more than likely already been exposed to mercury. There is hope, however. When describing in her book what we can all do to create and maintain a safe food environment for ourselves at home, Dr. Dufault presents the following revised version of the United States government’s guidelines for a healthy diet:

•    A variety of vegetables (dark green, red and orange, beans, peas, starchy)
•    Whole fruits
•    Whole grains
•    Fat-free or low-fat dairy (e.g., milk, yogurt, cheese)
•    Variety of protein foods (e.g., fish, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes [beans
     and peas] and nuts, seeds, and soy products)
•    Healthy lipids (fats)

Unsafe at Any Meal has already received a strong review from Publishers Weekly that applauds the book for being “scathing about food labeling that omits mercury, arsenic, or other contaminants that can be found in foods as a result of production” and for “leav[ing] readers with a disquieting picture of current American food safety standards.” In addition to other expected reviews from within the trade and the health media in the coming weeks (including a front-page article in the July issue of Bottom Line/Personal with a circulation of 1.5 million readers), Dr. Dufault will appear as the keynote speaker for the nationally popular Green Festival® Expo at Jacob Javits Center in New York City (June 10 – 11, 2017). To learn more about the event, feel free to click here.

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

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Square One brings out the newest work from award-winning novelist James Misko

Posted: 2017/03/27

Garden City Park, NYSquare One Publishers is pleased to announce the recent publication of The Path of the Wind by novelist James A. Misko. Although the company started to sell reprints of four of Misko’s previous rural western-themed novels (As All My Fathers Were, For What He Could Become, The Cut of Pride, and The Most Expensive Mistress in Jefferson County), The Path of the Wind is the first fiction novel Square One has published to date in its increasingly successful seventeen-year history.

In 2004, Square One published a successful non-fiction book written by Misko called How to Finance Any Real Estate, Any Place, Any Time, which continued in the company’s tradition of producing high-quality non-fiction with the goal of providing readers with applicable, valuable information. At the time, no one could have anticipated the relationship forged between Square One and Misko would result in the company’s debut fiction novel more than a decade later. However, the close bond formed between Square One’s publisher, Rudy Shur, and Misko continued over the years as the retired realtor-turned-novelist made sure to send Shur complimentary copies of each of his books, which he self-published originally on his own under the name of Northwest Venture Press.

The match was a perfect one: Misko was ready to take the next step beyond self-publishing, and Shur felt prepared to try out a new market: “When I received his fourth and most recent work, As All My Fathers Were, I knew it was time to expand the company’s horizons, and I knew who the right author would be.”

Over the years, Misko has developed his craft as a fiction writer to become one of America’s premier story tellers, borrowing from the tradition of John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway. He has created alluring, endearing tales about the rural American experience that venerates and reflects on the days of old. The Path of the Wind is certainly no exception and continues this tradition by setting the story in a rural, late 1950s Oregon town. The plot follows Miles Foster, a young teacher, who must overcome a multitude of obstacles, both personal and professional, as he tries to settle in with his wife and educate his students who have been fairly neglected by the constraints of a budget-poor school system. Misko stays true to his roots as a novelist in The Path of the Wind, but the novel’s story and setting is one that evokes well-known and beloved films and television programs such as Goodbye, Mr. Chips; Welcome Back, Kotter; and Mr. Holland’s Opus. The book’s style is designed to entertain and keep readers enthralled as they journey alongside the protagonist of Misko’s newest novel—Misko has said, in fact, that Miles Foster is based on Misko’s own short career as a schoolteacher in the late ‘50s period in which he sets his tale.

Misko’s fourth book, As All My Fathers Were, won four gold awards: the IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Book Awards; a Nebraska Book of the Year Award; Feathered Quill Award; and Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. The novel also received positive reviews from Nebraska Life and Midwest Book Review, as well as praiseworthy blurbs from authors including the late Howard Frank Mosher, Alan Russell, and Andrew Neiderman. His ongoing success as an increasingly popular American novelist has led to recent appearances at the Southern California Writers Conference, which took place in San Diego from February 17-19, 2017. He has also been invited and will make appearances at the Alaska Writers Conference in Anchorage and Nebraska Writers Conference in Lincoln, which will occur from September 15-16, 2017 and April 13-14, 2018, respectively. Book signings have been arranged for Misko on April 29, 2017 at Anchorage’s Barnes and Noble and May 13, 2017 at Palmer, Alaska’s independent bookstore Fireside Books. Additional information can be found at the author’s website,

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Square One rocks the Natural Products Expo West 2017!

Posted: 2017/03/13

Garden City Park, NY: Square One Publishers made a wonderful splash this past weekend before thousands of attendees and fellow exhibitors at the annual Natural Products Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California.

On hand as one of only three book publishers in attendance at the show, Square One made its presence known as the top alternative health book publisher in the US by organizing a handful of popular and well-attended author booksigning events across the weekend.

In addition to book events/giveaways for authors Martie Whittekin, CCN (The Probiotic Cure), Dr. Earl Mindell (The Happiness Effect), and Dr. Jeff Anshel (What You Must Know About Food & Supplements for Optimal Vision Care), Square One partnered with the nationally popular organic-ingredients company SunWarrior (with emphases on their "plant-based proteins and superfood supplements") to promote and advertise two days of amazing cooking demonstrations and book signings with weight-loss success story and health world rising-star Milan Ross (author, along with co-author Dr. Scott Stoll, of Square One's The Change and the forthcoming The Change Cookbook). Milan took part in more than ten big media interviews during the show weekend, including a TV segment with the Los Angeles-based FOX-11 affiliate channel KTTV.

There were also visits to the Square One booth from health writer/educator Gene Bruno (whose next book with Square One is What's In Your Blood and Why You Should Care, which Bruno will co-write alongside Dr. Earl Mindell) and Geoff Bond (whose new book, Paleo in a Nutshell, will be out this coming May and which follows in the evolutionary footsteps of Bond's previous Square One title, Deadly Harvest).

Two other Square One titles that also received a lot of attention on the trade show floor for much of the weekend is the newest from bestselling health author Dr. Mark Sircus entitled Healing with Medical Marijuana and a brand-new book from another bestselling health author Tom Monte titled Unexpected Recoveries: Seven Steps to Healing Body, Mind & Soul When Serious Illness Strikes. Time will tell how the rest of this year goes for Square One and their health books, but the company's popularity at the Expo West show this past weekend certainly suggests the best is yet to come for this striving and thriving indie book publisher.

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Square One author Kevin McCarey wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Posted: 2017/02/07   Source: The Savannah Morning News

Garden City Park, NY: At the recent Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Film Festival in Savannah, Georgia, the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Square One's author Kevin McCarey in recognition of his diverse career and accomplishments in the areas of marine life study, writing, and especially in the realm of documentary filmmaking. [place Savannah Morning News link in the word "filmmaking"]

As reported in The Savannah Morning News, "[Kevin] McCarey has traveled the world for National Geographic Television and Films and has written, directed, supervised and/or produced some 20 films on subjects ranging from the lions of the Kalahari to giant squid." Mr. McCarey is also a three-time Emmy-nominated writer and director who has worked on a Peabody Award-winning series for Turner Broadcasting and won an Emmy, three CINE Golden Eagle Awards and the prestigious Chris Award for his work (in addition to being recognized twice to date for his work as Academy Award semi-finalists). To see the video presentation from the event (featuring Kevin McCarey himself), please CLICK HERE.

While he continues to teach filmmaking in Georgia at the Savannah College of Art and Design, McCarey's most recent book, Islands Under Fire: The Improbable Quest to Save the Corals of Puerto Rico  (Square One: paperback, $$16.95 USD; hardcover, $24.95 USD), continues to win the attention of readers and reviewers alike (having been praised by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as a book that "is rich with humor, misadventure, and triumph . . . an engrossing and joyful trip").

Square One is proud to share news of Mr. McCarey's award, and congratulates him for this recognition of achievement.

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The Diet that Changed Everything

Posted: 2017/01/01

Garden City Park, NY: 2016 was a year of significant and often stinging loss within the Boomer generation, starting last January with the loss of David Bowie to cancer at age 69, followed that same week by the passing of Eagles' founding member/singer Glenn Frey due to complications from rheumatoid arthritis at age 67; and then ending last week with the passing of both Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher due to a heart attack at age 60, and her mother—Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds—a day later following a stroke at age 84.

Would there have been anything that these beloved pop culture figures could have done to have extended the natural course of their lives? Our science now believes that there is. As it turns out, according to noted medical doctor and researcher Dr. Helen Vlassara in the new book Dr. Vlassara's AGE-Less Diet (Square One), there has been one unifying factor common to nearly all Western diets that has remained overlooked for decades. That key factor is now known as AGEs, and a better understanding of what AGEs do to us is the first step forward towards a far happier new year for all of us who wish to live longer and healthier lives.

Written by Dr. Vlassara along with bestselling cookbook author/nutritionist Sandra Woodruff and fellow medical doctor Dr. Gary E. Striker, Dr. Vlassara's AGE-Less Diet is based on a remarkable discovery made by a team of medical researchers (led by Dr. Vlassara) at New York City's Rockefeller University in the late 1970s.

While studying the links between the high sugar level of diabetes and the onset of various serious chronic health disorders, along with the serious prevalence of kidney failure and heart attacks, a toxic substance that sprang from a protein once glucose attached itself to it was discovered. Dr. Vlassara and her team came to call these substances advanced glycation endproducts (or AGEs). Once these chemicals are present in high volume, they begin to harden many of the body's cells--a process that is responsible both for the aging process and the gradual deterioration of organ function. Though it has tatken years for the AGE process to connect with the medical mainstream, it is now starting to be incorporated more actively into study and treatment of disease. Further study produced by Dr. Vlassara and her team also have shown that AGEs find their way into our bodies through the types of foods that we eat . . . and the way that we cook those foods.

As most folks might expect, those foods that are highest in AGEs are meats, cheeses, and fats—especially as served in fast-food restaurants or processed packaging. And the cooking methods that increase AGEs in our food is to deep-fry or use high-dry heat, such as baking or roasting foods in an oven or cooking foods on a grill.

The AGE-Less diet is focused on the robust dietary consumption of many fruits and vegetables, and an emphasis on raw foods and/or "moist-heat" cooking methods in which your meals are poached, braised, stewed, or steamed. What the AGE-Less diet has in common with popular health-driven diets such as  the whole foods plant-based diet (vegan) or the Mediterranean diet is the fact that it is central to these diets' combined focus on daily health and longevity. At a time when so many still continue to die too young due to compromised health, the approach and 100 delicious recipes at the heart of Dr.  Vlassara's AGE-Less Diet can help change everything in our lives for the better.

To check out this new book from Square One, feel free to CLICK HERE. To bring the AGE-Less approach to diet with you when you are eating a meal away from home with friends or family at a restaurant, be sure to also have with you with you a copy of the just-released THE AGE FOOD GUIDE.

Let's all try to have the happiest new year possible in 2017 by making better health choices. Everything in front of us has determined that our lives will very well depend on it.

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