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Twitter experiencing a Denial of Service Attack

August 7, 2009

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As our tweeps have noticed, Twitter and Hootsuite and Tweetdeck… etc was knocked over by a technical assault yesterday morning and they’re still having issues.

Check out Twitter Status for the latest update.

The Botnet
How did this happen? Hackers. Yes, honest-to-goodness hackers. Using an army of PC’s (a botnet) commandeered using virus software the hacker can use these zombie PCs to send phony service requests to a server until it just shuts down. No one has been able to determine what the motive is behind this attack, whether it’s some punk showing off or something more sinister. From Telegraph.co.uk: “During last year’s conflict between Georgia and Russia, denial of service attacks were carried out against high-profile websites in both countries, although the perpetrators were never identified.” As Twitter is still a fairly new company, it was particularly vulnerable to such an attack that companies like Facebook and Google weather from time to time.

Since yesterday Twitter has instituted some security measures, but many of their users (American Nutrition, for example) are left unable to Tweet. We are still able to run our Deals of the Day, however, through Facebook and our blog. Hopefully Twitter can get this straightened out, best of luck to them. Let this also serve as a reminder to PC users to keep their antivirus software up to date!

Men’s Health Week – June 15-21, 2009

June 15, 2009

Men’s Health Week starts today and runs through June 21, 2009. We will be doing a series of blog posts this week dedicated to men’s health.

To mark Men’s Health Week, a report was published today showing men are almost 40 percent more likely than women to die from cancer, and they are 16 percent more likely to develop the disease in the first place. The study was done by the National Cancer Intelligence Network (NCIN) and Cancer Research UK together with the Men’s Health Forum.

The purpose of Men’s Health Week is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This week gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

LEARN MORE ABOUT Men’s Health Week and how you can participate.

National Running Day

June 3, 2009

National Running Day

Join people across the country to celebrate National Running Day today and get out there and run. The day celebrates the benefits of running as part of a healthy and active lifestyle in order to combat today’s most pressing health issues.

A variety of National Running Day activities are planned for the day throughout the country, including professional athlete appearances, free running events, group runs, and clinics.

You can also participate and share your running experiences virtually by following the event on Twitter; joining the Facebook Group; and checking out the photos on Flickr.

May is Arthritis Awareness Month

May 28, 2009

Spearheaded by the Arthritis Foundation, May is Arthritis Awareness Month. The goal is to increase awareness of arthritis. Better understanding arthritis can benefit both patients with arthritis and people who are not afflicted with the disease. Arthritis is often misunderstood, largely due to misconceptions, misinformation, and old wives tales which persist.

Arthritis is the nation’s leading cause of disability. According to the Arthritis Foundation, 46 million men, women and children live with arthritis in the United States.

Here are some ways to learn more and get involved:

Learn: Discovery Health has a great online resource that is wealth of information including arthritis news, treatments and more.

Read: Published by the experts at the Arthritis Foundation,
Arthritis Today provides valuable information to help you learn to live with arthritis.

Move: Arthritis Awareness Month is a time to motivate Americans to get up and moving, while raising funds for arthritis research, support and advocacy. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual nationwide event that supports public awareness and raises funds to fight arthritis.

5 Websites to a Better Night’s Sleep

May 26, 2009

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May is Better Sleep Month

A good night’s sleep, just like proper diet and exercise, is essential to your mental, emotional and physical health. Yet many people just do not get enough sleep. With over 75 percent of Americans claiming to have difficulty sleeping (according to the National Sleep Foundation) sleeplessness has become an epidemic.

Here are 5 Websites to a Better Night’s Sleep in celebration of Better Night’s Sleep month.

1. Basic Tips: Start at WikiHow and check out some basic tips for a better night’s sleep. Starting with keeping a regular sleeping schedule. The Mayo Clinic has some tips as well.

2. Get a Good Mattress. The Better Sleep Guide from the Better Sleep Council offers simple solutions for a better night’s sleep. Learn when you need a new mattress, the types of mattresses available, what mattress size is right for you and tips for mattress shopping.

3. Get a Sleep Study. If you think you have a sleep disorder, you should talk with your doctor about your symptoms and you may undergo a sleep study to get a diagnosis. ChronicFatigue.about.com has information about sleep studies, what to expect, and recommendations for getting through it with as little discomfort as possible.

4. Go High Tech. PC World shares how your digital gear, from your cellphone to your laptop, can help you sleep.

5. Natural Herbs and Nutrients that Aid Sleep. NaturalNews.com offers some recommendations on what you can do to help improve your natural ability to sleep herbs and nutrients. Go to American Nutrition to shop our extensive list of sleep aids and supplements.

National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

May 14, 2009

Ahh-Choo! May is National National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
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The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be “National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month.” This is peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers, and a perfect time to educate the community about these diseases.

No place is safe from allergies but some cities are more problematic than others. The Allergy Capitals is an annual research project of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) to identify “the 100 most challenging places to live with allergies” in the spring and fall seasons. This year Louisville, KY, has risen to the top. Visit www.AllergyCapitals.com to see where over 100 cities are on the list this year.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American has also developed the Allergy Action Plan to help you recognized your seasonal allergy symptoms so you can prevent and treat your allergies. Also “Ask the Allergist” is a free service provided by AAFA to consumers who want more specific information about asthma and allergies.

American Nutrition offers some products that can help you combat the effects of common seasonal allergies.

Antihistamines can help stop allergy symptoms including sneezing, runny nose, itchy, watery eyes and itching of the nose and throat. They work by blocking the action of histamine, the substance that causes your symptoms. You may need to take an antihistamine regularly during peak allergy season.
Source Natural Aller-Response
Source Natural Aller-Response is a seasonal formula featuring Quercetin that has demonstrated in human cell culture studies to inhibit the release of histamines.

Check out all the Source Natural Seasonal Products.


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