Company Will Clone Your Dead Pet For $100,000


“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

(The following article Company Will Clone Your Dead Pet For $100,000 by William Kent originally appeared on elite on August 28, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)

Have you lost a dog? A cat? Your pet hermit crab? If you have, it’s okay – there is still hope for you to rediscover happiness. A Korean cloning company is working closely with people who’d like to revive dogs by cloning them.

The company is called My Friend Again and they are looking to make you happy again…for a price, of course! The cloning procedure would cost about $100,000. Interested in getting back your smile?

All you need to do is contact My Friend Again and they will send you a biopsy kit so you can preserve your deceased pet. The kit essentially consists of a styrofoam box, ice packs and vials to ensure that your pet is able to be cloned.

You then ship the kit, along with your pet’s corpse, back to their labs in Korea, where they perform a cloning process that takes about six months.

Once the cloned animals are created, they are observed for another three months to make sure they’re healthy before they’re to you. Simple, huh? We’re still a little skeptical about this, but hey, it seems legit! My Friend Again provides services in the United States as well, so don’t worry about being out of the servicing zone.

Just Say No To #GMOs A Cardiologist Explains

corn_gun_gmosI was asked this week to speak about the effects of genetically modified foods on the cardiovascular system for a group of health care providers and the public. Was I shocked to learn that eating GMO foods can increase the rate of heart attacks, strokes, and bypass surgeries in multiple medical studies in humans?
No … because these studies don’t exist.
In fact, I couldn’t present a clear scientific argument linking GMO foods with the development of heart disorders. I’m not an alarmist and I believe in the scientific process. However, on a personal level, I’ve instituted tighter rules in my home about food purchases. The more I learned about GMOs, the more I decided to just say no.
As it says in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, “Avert the danger that has not yet come.” Here’s what I learned about GMO foods that moved me to this decision:
1. GMO foods have less nutrition.
Just this year, we learned that there is a striking difference in the nutritional content of corn produced with GMO compared to corn produced without GMO. Foods grown with GMO can have half as much sulfur and potassium and significantly less magnesium than non-GMO versions. (Why? Because the inserted genetic material is only on, not off at times, the demand for cell energy may rise and deplete the cells of nutrients.)
As a cardiologist, I know how essential nutrients such as potassium and magnesium are in controlling blood pressure and arterial health. Sulfur is important in the production of glutathione, the major cellular antioxidant counteracting the stress of using oxygen for energy production. What does it mean to my family to feed them nutritionally deficient vegetables and food items? Again, I am concerned.
2. Rats who were fed GMO diets died sooner than rats who were GMO free. 
In the first-ever GMO feeding study, European researchers fed rats either chow made with 11% GMO products or GMO-free chow for two years. By the 17th month of life, rats fed the GMO chow were 5 to 6 times more likely to have died. Of those rats who’d been fed GMO feed, the females grew giant tumors in their reproductive organs, while the males grew tumors in the liver. Liver and kidney abnormalities were seen frequently in the GMO fed rats. I know we do not have human data, but I’m concerned what this data could mean for my wife and children.
3. GMO foods contain viruses that we don’t yet fully understand.  
In order to create GMO foods, new genetic material is inserted into the cell nucleus, often with a virus that “turns on” the new genetic material. One problem is that there is no material that can turn it off and these cells will be working to replicate themselves non-stop. We all have a variety of “natural” viruses in our body and the concern is whether or not the altered viruses inserted into GMO food could infect viruses already inside us and cause them to grow abnormally. Sounds like a science fiction movie.
Another component of the new material is another gene that makes the GMO plant cells resistant to an antibiotic.  This process is used in over half of the methods of creating foods that contain GMO, and I am alarmed about the possible impact of new viruses on the health of my family. I am concerned whether new diseases from these “super” viruses never before seen in our body could result in new diseases and cancer.
4. Mice who were fed GMO foods developed damaged red blood cells. 
Brazil is the second largest producer of crops modified with GMO. In March of this year, Brazilian researchers studied the effects of Bt, a microbial control agent used widely on plants with GMO that resist Bt. Among the mice fed the GMO-laced chow, the scientists observed hematoxicity, (blood cell damage), with significant injury particularly to red blood cells. (It’s possible, but not yet clear whether or not this could contribute to anemia in animals and humans.) These researchers called for more studies on the effects of GMO altered foods on “non-target” mammals, which would be you and me.
5. Eating GMO foods led to sterility in rats. 
In 2006,  Russian researchers fed rats chow with added soybeans using GMO or regular chow and looked at fertility. Guess what? Of the rats were fed GMO, fewer reproduced, and those who did had offspring with smaller birth weight. By the third generation Fewer rats were born at a smaller birth weight to the rats fed the altered soybeans and by the third generation of rats the animals were sterile.  The effects of food produced with GMO on sex hormones is an area I am concerned about for my family.
Original article by Dr. Joel Kahn for Mind Body Green
Dr. Kahn is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Director of Cardiac Wellness, Michigan Healthcare Professionals PC. He practices at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and Troy.  He is a graduate Summa Cum Laude of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the cardiac benefits of vegan nutrition and mind body practices.

Read more: Why I Just Say No To GMOs: A Cardiologist Explains

#India And Its #Rape Problem


(The following excerpt from Gang Rapes Reignite Debate About Women’s Safety In India by Andrew MacAskill originally appeared on on August 26, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)

The Mumbai police arrested all the five suspects accused of raping a young photographer as a similar attack on a female officer in eastern India reignited an angry debate about the safety of women in the country.

The crime in India’s financial capital triggered street protests and an outpouring of anger as the South Asian country prepares to hold national elections by May. Jharkhand police said on Aug. 24 that one of their female officers was pulled out of a car and gang raped by bandits as she escorted the body of her murdered sister to be cremated last week.

“Law and order is going to be one of the biggest election issues,” said N. Bhaskara Rao, chairman of the New Delhi-based Centre for Media Studies. “Angry voters want to know why the government is not able to stop these attacks. The more they keep happening, the more this issue is going to snowball.”

The attacks follow a bout of national soul-searching caused by the gang rape and murder of a student in New Delhi in December that triggered weeks of national protests. Even after the enactment of new laws imposing stricter penalties for men who attack women and the setting up of fast-track courts, India is struggling to tame violent and chauvinistic male attitudes that leave ordinary women vulnerable to harassment and rape.

#VideoGames Or #Guns? … Which Is To Blame For 8-Year-Old #Killing 87-Year-Old Caregiver?


The video game industry and gun industry are pointing fingers at each other. Are they both to blame?

The following excerpt from Police: 8-Year-Old Shoots, Kills 87-Year-Old Caregiver After Playing Video Game by Lauren Russell, CNN, originally appeared on on August 26, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.

(CNN) — An 8-year-old Louisiana boy intentionally shot and killed his elderly caregiver after playing a violent video game, authorities say.

Marie Smothers was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the head in a mobile home park in Slaughter, Louisiana, the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Department said in a prepared statement. Slaughter is about 20 miles north of Baton Rouge.

Authorities identified the woman as the boy’s “caregiver,” without stating whether she is a relative. But CNN affiliate WBRZ reported that the woman was the boy’s grandmother.

Smothers was 87, public records show.

The gun belonged to Smothers, WBRZ reported. CNN affiliate WAFB reported that a man identifying himself as the boy’s father also said the gun belongs to Smothers.

Although the boy initially told investigators that he accidentally shot the woman Thursday while playing with a firearm, the probe led authorities to believe he “intentionally shot Mrs. Smothers in the back of the head as she sat in her living room watching television,” the sheriff’s department statement said.

The boy won’t face charges. Under Louisiana law, a child younger than 10 is exempt from criminal responsibility.

15 Questions About #BenAffleck Playing #Batman


(The following excerpt taken from 15 Questions We Have About Ben Affleck Playing The New Batman by Tyler Gildin appeared on elite on August 23, 2013. To view this article in its entirety please click on the link below.)

The Twitterverse practically exploded with Warner Bros. announcement that actor Ben Affleck will play the next Batman in the upcoming Zack Snyder film set to be released in July of 2015.

That’s right, Affleck will be replacing Christian Bale as the caped crusader, in a film that will feature both Batman and Superman on the same screen for the first time ever. Naturally there were those who supported the decision to go with Affleck, and those who hated it. That’s what America is all about!

We here at Elite Daily, aren’t quite sure how we feel about the news yet. We still have a ton of questions. Here are the 15 questions we have about Ben Affleck playing the new Batman:

1. Will Matt Damon play Cat Woman?

2. Will Batman have a Boston accent?

3. Will Batman have an inexplicably deep, raspy voice?

4. Will Jennifer Garner play Rachel Dawes?

5. Will there be an extensive workout scene like every movie?

6. Will Gotham City be shot in Boston?

7. Will Batman be blind like Dare Devil?

8. Is this all just a joke?

9. Will Michael Caine still play Alfred?

10. Will Liam Neeson find a way to wind up in this movie, too?

11. Will Harvey Dent somehow become resurrected, so he can yell, ” RACHELLL! RACHELLLLL!”

12. Will Bruce Wayne have a younger brother trying to follow in his footsteps?

13. Will Batman accidentally wind up with a dead hooker?

14. Will Pitbull make an appearance?

15. Is this movie going to be a complete bust?

Adorable! Snow Leopard Cub Born at Brookfield Zoo #Chicago #CATurday

2013_8_23_brookfieldzoosnowleopardcub4Brookfield Zoo has a new addition to its family: a male snow leopard cub was born at the zoo June 13.

The yet-unnamed cub has been bonding with his mother, 3-year-old Sarani, since his birth and will be revealed to the public in September. Snow leopards are listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Their numbers, which are estimated to be between 3,500 and 7,000 in the wild, are declining due to human influence such as poaching for medicinal markets and hides, depletion of their prey base, retribution killing following livestock losses, residential and commercial development, and civil unrest.

Sarani and her mate, 3-year-old Sabu, arrived at Brookfield Zoo in October 2011 from Tautphaus Park Zoo in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Cape May County Park Zoo in New Jersey, respectively. Their pairing was based on a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP). An SSP is a cooperative population management and conservation program for select species in AZA zoos and aquariums. Including the new cub, there are currently, 140 snow leopards in 60 institutions in North America. Brookfield Zoo has exhibited snow leopards since 1936.