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It's Time For Toad Suck Daze!

The annual Toad Suck Daze festival is here!

For the 28th year, Conway's population will swell to well over 150,000 as people from all over descend on downtown to buy crafts, listen to live entertainment, enjoy carnival rides and indulge in any food that can be stuck on a stick and deep fried.

Held the first weekend of May, Toad Suck Daze is the largest free event of its kind in Arkansas. It lives up to its reputation as the best family fun time in the state.

The popular Stuck on a Truck contest kicks things off at noon on Thursday, as participants vie for a new Ford F-150. Traditionally, this event did not start until Friday at noon. But a few years ago, several contestants were still stuck to the truck on Tuesday! So they decided to start this event a day early.

Next on the agenda is the Mardi Daze Parade and Toad Suck Daze Pageant. Sports are also a big part of the festival, including the 5K and 10K races, the Tour de Toad bicycle race, the Toad Jam Basketball three on three tourn…

The Toad Suck Daze Festival Starts Tomorrow!

Following is the history of Toad Suck Daze, an annual festival held in Conway, Arkansas where we live:
Festival Was Cabin Editor's Brainchild

By Jeremy Glover
Log Cabin Democrat Writer

The year was 1982 and then managing editor of the Log Cabin Democrat, John Ward, sensed Conway needed something to pull it out of a malaise. The Cold War, a recession, high interest rates and other domestic issues weighed heavily on people's minds.

He was talking about it with Dennis Schick, manager of the Arkansas Press Association at the time, who suggested a celebration of some sort to raise people's spirits and provide some public relations for the city.

Ward seized upon the idea of a celebration and almost immediately knew the name Toad Suck would have to be involved since it was unique.

"I knew something was needed to get Conway on a roll," Ward said. "It was a time that people were not enthused about Conway. There was something that was needed to raise spirits and bring people…

What Does Magnesium Do For You?

MAGNESIUM is needed for protein, fatty acid and bone formation. Magnesium is also used in making new cells, in relaxing muscles and in the clotting of blood. It helps form ATP, which gives us energy. It aids in lowering blood pressure and eases asthma. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis and regulate the colon and bowels.

Magnesium also helps prevent muscle spasm, heart attacks and heart disease.

Symptoms of Deficiency: nausea, fatigue, muscle weakness and twitches, irregular heartbeat, leg cramps, insomnia, eye twitches, constipation, headaches and coronary spasms.

Seventy-five percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium - 50% severely. And according to a Gallop Poll, 86% of Americans are not even aware of the need for it.

You can make sure you're getting enough magnesium every day by eating vegetables.

If you don't like veggies, BarleyLife® Xtra has eighteen of them, many which are all full of magnesium.

To learn more about this nutritious green powder for kids and adu…

Forty Years’ War: The Fight Against Cancer

When I was in college, my grandfather died of cancer.

A few years later, a friend of mine died of leukemia when he was only thirty-two years old, leaving behind a wife who was eight months pregnant.

Then my father died of cancer after being on oxygen for eight years. He never thought it would happen to him.

Since my wife and I have a two year old son, Brady, I want to do everything I can to make sure cancer doesn't happen to me or my family.

According to this New York Times article, after man landed on the moon, the next frontier was the war on cancer. President Nixon even went so far as to declare that a cure would be found by 1976, a centennial year. However,
"The death rate for cancer, adjusted for the size and age of the population, dropped only 5 percent from 1950 to 2005. In contrast, the death rate for heart disease dropped 64 percent in that time, and for flu and pneumonia, it fell 58 percent."Are fundamental mistakes being made in the cancer war? Has any real prog…

The Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

Vitamins and minerals are not optional for good health, they are necessary for good health.

Yet most Americans do not get even basic, recommended amounts. Research shows that:
93 percent have inadequate intakes of vitamin E80 percent are not consuming enough magnesium 75 percent do not meet recommendations for calcium intake 44 percent are lacking adequate intake of vitamin A 31 percent do not get enough of vitamin C 73 percent do not get adequate intake of vitamin K Less than 5 percent gets an adequate intake of potassium In the United States, seven out of ten people die of heart disease, cancer or stroke. And over ninety percent of the population dies of a disease.

So do you still think we're getting proper levels of nutrition?

Sources: American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association.

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Sexberries, Kings and Concubines

Once upon a time, Asian kings had a lot of concubines. The kings had to work hard to keep them all happy.

Back then, there was no Viagra.

Instead, they used something better. It's rumored the kings popped little berries or drank tea made from them.

Today, this magic berry - the wolfberry - is sold in Chinatowns across the country. It's even available at Whole Foods.

Wolfberries also help burn fat, build muscle and lower bad cholesterol.

Did you ever think health could be so sexy?

In a Vitamin Supplement, Fiber is a Cheap Filler...

so take it alone.

Fiber is a good thing - if it's in food, or in a fiber supplement. It is not a good thing in a vitamin/mineral supplement, whether the supplement is synthetic or whole-food.

Why? Two reasons:

First, if fiber is among the ingredients in a capsule or tablet, you're getting less of the expensive ingredients (the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, probiotics, etc). You can buy a month's supply of fiber (psyllium husk, oat bran, wheat bran, etc.) in the bulk section of a health food store for a few dollars. A good vitamin or whole-food supplement costs much more.

The space in a capsule is best saved for precious ingredients, not wasted on cheap fillers, don't you think?

Second, fiber prevents the body from using vitamins and minerals. It can bind with vitamins and minerals and carry them right out of the body. Phyllis Balch, in the Fourth Edition of her immensely popular guide to natural health, recommends that "supplemental fiber and minerals…

What’s Wrong With Synthetic Supplements?

Have you heard people laugh about Americans having the most expensive urine in the world?

That's because the vitamins most Americans take are synthetic, and 90 percent of synthetic vitamins pass through the body unabsorbed.

A synthetic vitamin or mineral is a laboratory simulation of a simple version of the real thing. In the plant, the vitamin/mineral lives with many other vitamins, minerals and nutrients - the "cofactors" the body needs to absorb and use it.

If the cofactors are missing, as they are in synthetic vitamins, the body steals them from its organs, bones, muscles and other tissue. That's why taking synthetic vitamins/minerals over time can be harmful to your health. They deplete the body of other nutrients. For example, taking synthetic calcium regularly depletes the body of magnesium.

Multivitamins - blends of synthetic vitamins and minerals - don't remedy this problem. The concentrations of the vitamins and minerals in the formulas are rarely thos…