Zevia Beats Beverage Majors to National Distribution of First Stevia Diet Soda Alternative

Zevia LLC (http://www.zevia.com)] announced today that its carbonated Zevia® product containing the natural herb stevia has reached nationwide distribution. With four flavors in stores now, Zevia beat the major beverage brands to grocery store shelves across the nation, offering the first all-natural zero-calorie alternative to artificially sweetened diet sodas.

Citing the Coca-Cola Company’s partnership with food giant Cargill to develop Truvia, a stevia derived sweetener intended for use in beverages and food, the mainstream beverage industry has awakened to consumer anxiety about artificial sweeteners targeting stevia as the answer. But as Truvia announcements ring out hailing the sweetener’s eventual release, Zevia is ahead of the game with a finished product readily available nationwide offering consumers what they have been craving in the way of a thirst quenching, carbonated product utilizing the well known benefits of pure stevia.

“Because Zevia is the first and only zero-calorie brand that can claim to be truly all-natural, the company has been able to rapidly expand onto the shelves of high profile retailers,” says Jeff Taylor, Zevia’s national sales manager. “Fortunately for us, attaining shelf space hasn’t been an issue as much as getting Zevia there fast enough to meet demand.”

Some of the current retailers include Los Angeles’ Bristol Farms, Washington state’s QFC (a Kroger division), PCC and Metropolitan Markets, San Francisco’s Mollie Stone’s Markets and Dallas’s Central Markets to name a few. Retail doors carrying Zevia will increase to well over 1500 in June when committed retailer accounts come online, especially on the East Coast.

About Zevia

Zevia is an all-natural zero-calorie alternative to diet sodas available in four flavors (Natural Cola, Natural Lemon-Lime Twist, Natural Orange, and new Natural Ginger Root Beer) and packaged in 100% recycled aluminum cans. Zevia is sold in health food and specialty grocery stores nationwide with new stores added daily.

Zevia contains stevia, an herb native to South America rain forests that is many times sweeter than sugar. For centuries, tribes there used stevia as a sweetener in native foods and medicinal teas. Now poised to have an important impact on the U.S. food industry, stevia is widely accepted as an alternative to sugar and artificial sweeteners and readily available in health food and major grocery stores.

Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President

Ottawa Welcomes President Obama in First Foreign Trip as U.S. President











Canadian Tulip Festival Presents Tulip to American Embassy

Ottawa (Vocus) February 18, 2009

– U.S. President Barack Obama will make his first foreign visit as President on Thursday, February 19, spending the day in Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. Short videos of Ottawans welcoming the President and giving him advice on what he should see in Ottawa and know about Canadians have been posted at http://www.ottawatourism.ca (direct link is http://www.ottawatourism.ca/en/multimedia-a-images/video).

To celebrate the occasion, the local tourism industry has created several Obama-themed offerings, including:


    The Obama BeaverTail, also known as an ObamaTail. A BeaverTailTM is a hot pastry treat born in Ottawa. It’s made of wholewheat dough stretched into the shape of the tail of one of Canada’s national symbols–the beaver–then float cooked in canola oil and served hot with a variety of delectable toppings. Usually Canadians choose from a topping of cinnamon and sugar, chocolate hazelnut, maple butter or apple cinnamon but on February 19, the ObamaTail will be served with cinnamon and sugar, then a whipped cream “O” topped with chocolate sauce and a splash of maple. They’re $ 3.75 each at the flagship store in the ByWard Market neighbourhood, or $ 4 each at kiosks along the Rideau Canal Skateway. ObamaTails were also served to 1000 guests of the Canadian Embassy in Washington during President Obama’s January inauguration. http://www.beavertails.ca
    A five-foot tulip painted (see photo at right) with President Obama’s likeness by Ottawa artist Jill Alexander will be presented to the Embassy of the United States by the Canadian Tulip Festival. This annual event in Ottawa is the world’s largest tulip festival and runs May 1-18, 2009. Similar large painted tulips decorate the major festival sites. http://www.tulipfestival.ca
    A non-alcoholic Obama Hawaiian Punch will be served to all guests at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Ottawa Airport on February 19. http://www.hieottawa.com
    An Obama-themed menu will be offered on February 18 and 19 at Graffiti’s Italian Eatery at the Holiday Inn Select in Kanata (west Ottawa). The menu features the Senator Obama Chicago-Style Omelette, the Barack Burger, the Inaugural Dinner Washington-Style and the Obamatini! http://www.hisottawa.ca
    And “Claudio the Soup Guy” at Muffins Plus in the World Exchange Plaza’s food court downtown continues to sell out of his President Obama Chili Soup. He’s been making it–and selling out–since President Obama’s election in November.

Ottawa is a city brimming with internationally renowned museums, cultural attractions, a thriving culinary scene and a four-season outdoor paradise for those who like to bike, kayak, canoe, jog, or skate! President Obama’s visit comes just before the final weekend of Winterlude, Canada’s winter celebration, which features skating on the frozen Rideau Canal, snow and ice sculptures, outdoor concerts, children’s snow playgrounds, and all types of outdoor activities. http://www.winterlude.gc.ca

Ottawa Tourism provides industry leadership and destination marketing to service the travel media and attract visitors, tours and conventions to Ottawa and Canada’s Capital Region. For events, restaurant listings, maps, hotel packages and more, visit http://www.ottawatourism.ca

For more information, please contact:

Jantine Van Kregten    

Director of Communications, Ottawa Tourism

613-237-5150, ext. 116

613-866-4955 (mobile)

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January 4th, 2005 Celebrate the First World Hypnotism Day

January 4th, 2005 Celebrate the First World Hypnotism Day










(PRWEB) December 7, 2004

As more and more people are taking care of and responsibility for their own health, world wide, so the recognition for complimentary protocols such as hypnosis is getting higher. Canadian Representative Dr. Georgina Cannon, Director of the Ontario Hypnosis School and Clinic is spearheading initiatives to bring Hypnosis to the world and to heighten awareness of the benefits of hypnosis.

Her mission is to demystify concepts of Hypnosis we may have picked up from movies or parties where it seems a person has no control. Cannon says, “If I could hypnotize anyone at will, I’d hypnotize Brad Pit. That’s not an accurate portrayal of hypnosis. A person is actually more aware when under hypnosis than normally and is fully cognizant of his or her surroundings.”

Hypnotism is safe and effective intervention for a variety of motivational, self-improvement and goal setting situations. It is natural and free of side effects, when performed by a certified competent professional practitioner the results are long lasting and often permanent. It is important to note that no one can be hypnotized against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do.

For more information on World Hypnosis Day or to interview Dr. Cannon, contact Darlene Montgomery at: lifedreams@idirect.com.

Ethical guidelines

The National Guild of Hypnotists has ethical guidelines, which all members must adhere to. The National Guild of Hypnotists holds to the ideal that hypnotism should be practiced in a free and open manner in line with all national and state requirements. NGH Hypnotists are not practicing medical or mental health arts (unless additional credentials are held by the member) Hypnotists do not diagnose disease, but can help in an adjunct to conventional medical or mental health interventions. We have our own unique non-diagnostic language, which we use with clients in order to help them to achieve. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a viable medical practice in 1958

Dr. Georgina Cannon, a certified master clinical hynotherapist, is an international award-winning teacher, lecturer and Director of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In the seven years since it’s founding, Cannon has initiated the ethical protocols and procedures for regression now followed by her students and many others in the regression field.

She is recognized by many in the media as “The Source” for expert opinion in the field of hypnotherapy and issues around complementary wellness treatments, and she regularly meets with medical and wellness professionals to enhance their knowledge and awareness of hypnosis and the dynamic healing potential of soul, or past life journeys.

Cannon is on the advisory board of the National Guild of Hypnosis. is recognized by many in the media as “The Source” for expert opinion in the field of hypnotherapy and issues around complementary wellness treatments. She is a certified master clinical hypnotherapist, is a vibrant international lecturer, teacher and director of a hypnosis school and clinic. For more on Georgina Cannon visit, http://www.ont-hypnosis-centre.com

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Gravityeight, the Internet?s First Consumer Platform for Personalized Wellbeing, Announces Comprehensive Health Channel Partnership With Medhelp.Org

Gravityeight, the Internet’s First Consumer Platform for Personalized Wellbeing, Announces Comprehensive Health Channel Partnership With Medhelp.Org











San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) August 02, 2011

GravityEight.com, the web’s first integrated platform for personalized wellbeing, today announced that MedHelp.org, the world’s largest online health community and leading personal health platform, will anchor its health channel.

The new partnership serves as the first anchor alliance in GravityEight’s comprehensive channel strategy, which will pull together information and tools from leading companies in eight different categories of personalized wellbeing. With each wellbeing channel, GravityEight will partner with a top destination hub, supplemented by additional content and applications, to curate a unique mix of innovative tools and applications, giving users a comprehensive “best of breed” approach to monitoring and improving wellbeing.

GravityEight.com provides the public with continuously updated news, expert programming and lifestyle management tools, delivered through a highly personalized “wellbeing platform.” GravityEight enables users to measure, manage, and enhance eight essential areas of their lives, including health, finance, relationships, career, community, spirituality, learning, and leisure.

“MedHelp and GravityEight, through sharing and combining content, tools and applications, are giving new shape to the future of health monitoring platforms,” said David Wamsley, founder and CEO of Gravity Eight. “The general user will find our health channel to be a unique self-monitoring and self-improvement environment – an experience we are continuously striving to expand and will soon take across all eight of our lifestyle management channels.”

“One of our goals in providing a personal health platform is enabling application developers to plug into users’ health data and help them achieve their health goals,” said Khaled Hassounah, CTO of MedHelp. “We are excited about partnering with GravityEight because we believe it provides an effective approach to helping people make a real difference to their health based on all the data available to them.”

MedHelp, which has more than 12 million active monthly users, is a pioneer in the field of online consumer health information. In addition to its deep content repository, the site offers a unique suite of online and mobile tools and applications. MedHelp’s content and tools cover a wide variety of health conditions and wellness topics, from diabetes and heart disease to fitness and pregnancy, that enable individuals actively to manage their health.

MedHelp.org will provide top tools and applications for GravityEight’s health channel, which has already integrated other leading health monitoring devices, including Nike Plus™, the Withings Body Scale™, and the Zeo Personal Sleep Coach™. With the addition of MedHelp’s robust collection of 50 tools and applications, GravityEight’s health channel will immediately become the single largest centralized dashboard for health available on the Internet today.

“We’ve seen tremendous growth and development in the consumer Internet health space, but what’s novel about GravityEight is the way it is building a comprehensive and highly usable ‘personal dashboard,’” noted Ben Rubin, co-founder and CTO of ZEO, the leading consumer device company for sleep monitoring and measurement. “It’s like Mint.com, but for your entire life. Interestingly, we’ve seen no one else attempt such a bold move. We are big fans of GravityEight and have been a partner since Day One.”

About GravityEight.com

GravityEight provides a diverse array of tools, information and services to help people manage eight distinct facets of personal wellbeing, including health, finance, relationships, career, community, spirituality, learning, and leisure, all in an integrated personal wellbeing platform. By offering a carefully curated combination of information and assessment tools, GravityEight allows users to create comprehensive records of their personal wellbeing data, making it easy to set goals and monitor status and progress. The goal of the company is to provide people with information and tools that facilitate and reward comprehensive, self-directed change, thereby inspiring them to take control of their lives. To begin improving your wellbeing today, visit http://www.GravityEight.com.

About MedHelp.org

MedHelp is leading the consumer health revolution by empowering people to take control of their health. The world’s largest health social network, with 12 million unique monthly users, MedHelp offers more than 300-condition specific communities, 150 ask-the-expert forums, partnerships with top U.S. hospitals, and a robust suite of 50 online health tools, award-winning mobile apps and personal health records. MedHelp is the savvy health consumer’s destination of choice. For more information, visit http://www.MedHelp.org.

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Genesis Fertility Centre First IVF Clinic in British Columbia to Receive National Accreditation

Genesis Fertility Centre First IVF Clinic in British Columbia to Receive National Accreditation











Dr. Beth Taylor


(PRWEB) March 9, 2011

The plight of the Ohio couple that was implanted with the wrong embryos during an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure, and the case of a Canadian fertility doctor that allegedly used the wrong sperm samples have experts in the field calling for tighter regulations regarding assisted reproductive technology policies and procedures.

However, the recent Supreme Court of Canada decision stating that fertility regulation is under provincial jurisdiction has put the development of national standards for reproductive technology in limbo. This leaves it up to the consumer to determine if the IVF clinic they are considering has adequate procedures in place to prevent mix-ups.

Genesis Fertility Centre, BC’s largest IVF clinic (http://www.genesis-fertility.com) is not waiting for legislation to ensure that it meets standards of excellence. Genesis was the first Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinic in Canada to receive accreditation by the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation, now known as Accreditation Canada (AC). Genesis is the only ART clinic in British Columbia and one of a handful of clinics in Canada that have undergone this rigorous, voluntary accreditation process. AC accredits over 1500 hospitals, mental health/chronic care and, most recently, Assisted Reproductive Technology facilities across Canada.

In our current health-care environment, patient safety is paramount. “We are doing everything possible to ensure that best practices for patient safety are followed.” says Dr. Beth Taylor, Co-director at Genesis Fertility Center, “In 2010 we underwent our third extensive accreditation inspection through AC, which involves everything from ensuring the clinic is properly sterilizing equipment, to measures for maintaining patient confidentiality, to rigorous checks and balances around the preservation and identification of embryos, and numerous other patient safety issues. We have recently been notified that we have received full accreditation for another 3 years.

According to the Infertility Awareness Association of Canada (IAAC) website, “The Accreditation Canada survey is a remarkably thorough and in-depth process which takes three days to complete.” (IAAC)

It is a rigorous and expensive procedure, but one that we found invaluable for the clinic.” states Dr. Taylor. “We would recommend it for every IVF clinic. It is a very effective way for clinics to assess their services and initiate a program of continuous quality improvement. Most importantly, for patients, once a clinic is accredited, they can feel confident that it has both met and exceeded stringent standards.”

Doctor Ellen Greenblatt, former National Director — and a current member — of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society, recommends that couples seeking IVF should ask prospective IVF clinics these questions:


    How long has the clinic been in operation?
    What is the volume of services they do?
    Do they have accreditation as a fertility clinic?

In BC all IVF clinics are licenced by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia, “…but this licensing only ensures that minimum standards of patient care and practice are met,” says Dr. Taylor. “The AC designation demonstrates that the IVF clinic is following best practices across numerous domains.” Licensure of IVF clinics in Quebec falls under provincial jurisdiction, but a requirement for licensure in that province also requires accreditation by an organization such as AC. Genesis would like to see similar requirements in BC.

Accreditation Canada is a not-for-profit, independent organization that provides health organizations with an external peer review to assess the quality of their services based on standards of excellence.

Genesis Fertility Centre was founded in 1995 and is now one of the largest IVF clinics in Canada, offering a comprehensive range of assisted reproductive technologies, including IUI, IVF, ICSI, PGD, surgical sperm retrieval, sperm and oocyte (egg) cryopreservation, oocyte and sperm donation, gestational surrogacy.

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