EarthTalk: How Safe Is Soy?

Dear EarthTalk: How healthy is soy? I heard that, despite its healthy image, most soy is grown using chemicals like other crops and is even being genetically modified.

– D. Frinka, Syracuse, N.Y.

Food products made with soy have enjoyed great popularity in the U.S. and elsewhere in recent years. Two decades ago, Americans spent $300 million a year on soy food products; today we spend over $4 billion. More and more adults are substituting soy – a great source of protein – for meat, while a quarter of all baby formula contains soy instead of milk. Many school lunch programs nationwide have added soy-based veggie burgers to their menus, as have countless restaurants, including diners and fast food chains.

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News In Brief

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

• The Long Beach-based SCAN Foundation released a state budget fact sheet with information on how the May revision of the 2011-2012 California budget affects older adults and persons with disabilities. Items discussed include adult day healthcare, in-home support services, the multipurpose senior services program and MediCal. The document is available online at http://www.thescanfoundation.org.

• In an effort to raise funds for the Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC), the Hyatt Regency Long Beach has partnered with the Long Beach-based headquarters for SOSC to allow an expected 150 thrill-seekers the opportunity to rappel off of the 16-floor hotel on October 29. Each participant in the “Over the Edge” challenge must raise $1,000 to rappel. For more information, visit http://www.sosc.org/overtheedge.

People In The News

• California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) has named Raymond Torres-Santos as the new dean of the College of the Arts, effective August 1. He comes from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, where he has been dean of the College of the Arts and Communications. Torres-Santos replaces former dean Don Para, who now serves as CSULB’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

• Martin S. Chin and Brent N. Phillips have joined City National Bank to head up the bank’s capital finance unit. The unit provides asset-based loans to commercial borrowers. Chin is serving as senior vice president and capital finance unit team manager, and Phillips is to report to Chin as vice president and capital finance unit relationship manager. The two have combined experience of more than 30 years in syndicated transactions and secured financing.

• The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) has elected Terrie S. Norris as president and chief elected officer. Norris is a risk control manager at Bickmore Risk Services in Long Beach and a recognized leader in risk management and loss control with 21 years of experience in the field. She is to be sworn in on June 12 at the ASSE House of Delegates meeting during the ASSE Professional Development Conference and Exposition in Chicago. She officially steps into her new role on July 1.

Sip On This: The Health Benefits Of Wine

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

Since the days of the early Egyptians, Greeks and Romans, wine has been used for medicinal purposes as a treatment for anything from headaches to heartburn to constipation. But does the theory that wine has health benefits hold in today’s society?

Business Journal Photograph by Carlos Delgado

Various research studies have shown that moderate intake of alcohol may actually improve cardiovascular health, and the more unique chemicals found in red wine is showing further benefits. Doctors agree that unless an individual has specific health issues or is taking certain medications, drinking red wine in moderation may provide some health benefits.

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News In Brief

by Tiffany Rider, Staff Writer

• A free screening of the documentary “A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism” is open to the public on June 8 at 5:45 p.m. in the Millikan High School Auditorium. Narrated by Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, the film chronicles a mother’s search for proper treatment and education for her son. Areva Martin, a nationally recognized expert on parental advocacy, is scheduled to share her work on raising awareness about autism as the event’s keynote speaker. For more information, e-mail Sam Platis at GreatMindsCare@gmail.com

• Local skateboarders and BMX riders team up with nonprofit group Autism in Long Beach on June 12 to raise awareness of the illness that affects eight percent of the U.S. population of eight-year-olds. “The Long Beach skate scene had its early beginnings at Bixby Park. We felt it would be cool to invite our local skaters and BMXer’s to be involved in our event,” Jane Tipton, founder of Autism in Long Beach, said in a statement. “It will be exciting to see our local skate boarders having fun with our kids in the skate park the day of our event.” For more information, e-mail Tipton at autisminlongbeach@yahoo.com

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