America is the Land for Opportunity …. For Some

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Definition: The American Dream is a national philosophy of the United States. It is a set of principles in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, and an upward social movement achieved through one’s hard work. In James Truslow Adams’s definition of the American Dream in 1931 he states, “Life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.”

The awareness of the American Dream is entrenched in the United States Declaration of Independence where it declares that “all men are created equal” and that they are given certain inalienable rights by God. These inalienable rights include, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”

Lie: The American Dream is still going strong till this day. It is the opportunity to make individual decisions without previous confines that limit people according to their class, caste, religion, race, or background.

Millions of immigrants head to the United States each year, several illegal immigrants. They come over with false thoughts and hopes of being given a fair shot at the “American Dream.” Many are devastated once they reach America as they realize that it is not what is seems. Most Mexicans get the jobs others would rather not do, the dirty work. These people wait on corners to get picked up day after day and get paid minimal for the hours of intensive labor they put in because it is “off the books.” Another factor working against them is even when they come to America to work and make a living; more and more Americans complain that the cards are stacked against the middle class because of these immigrants.

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Many Americans are afraid that the essence of the American Dream, the belief that, as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice often puts it, in America “it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you’re going,” is becoming less and less true.

Over the last two decades, the middle class of America has been dug out, with having an affluent, well-educated class rising on one side and a poor and working-class majority on the other; they are faced with minimal opportunities to change their situations.

Is America Still the land of Opportunity?

“According to a new poll from Gallup, only 52% of Americans now say the country has plenty of economic opportunity, down from 57% in 2011 and a dramatic decrease from 81% in 1998.”

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In addition, a growing amount of Americans believe the U.S. economic system is “unfair” as fewer Americans see the United States as the having “plenty of opportunity” to get ahead; an attitude much different than in the past.

“Many political leaders and other observers believe economic mobility in the United States is declining,” Gallup researchers say.

The United States has prided itself for allowing economic movement for decades. The slogan, “Rags to Riches,” have long been joint and cherished. However, growing income inequality and high unemployment rates have called into question that assurance in economic opportunity.

Got Cow’s Milk?

Lie: Drinking dairy such as cow’s milk is good for you because it is high in calcium which promotes good bone health.

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Dairy is one of the most commonly reported food allergies and is often not tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, milk can cause bloating, constipation and even reflux for many people. This is a problem that can extend beyond lactose intolerance. Clinically, milk may also be linked to increased eczema on the skin, worsening sinus problems, migraine headaches and joint pain. Milk is considered a mucus-producing substance that aggravates congestion. Frequently, these conditions resolve or improve when milk is removed or eliminated from the diet.

Truth: Much of the “regular” milk on store shelves is NOT healthy.

Milk cows are given both growth hormones to increase their milk production and antibiotics to decrease infections.

Therefore these additives become contaminants in the milk and their effect on the human body is not entirely known.

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Cow’s milk is made specifically for calves

Has it ever crossed your mind that human beings are the only mammals who drink milk from another source other than their own mothers? No other animal does that. We adopted the terrible habit of drinking another species’ milk.

Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., stated that:

“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”

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Today’s milk is a processed food

In the early years of the 19th century, milk was consumed unpasteurized or raw. Later on, homogenization became the industry’s standard. These processes altered milk’s chemistry and increased its harmful acidifying effects.

Nowadays, milking cows are given antibiotics and are also injected with a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A man-made or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production, rBGH increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. High levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers such as breast cancer.

The best milk substitutes

  • Unsweetened almond milk. It is alkalizing.
  • Soy milk.
  • Milk from grass-fed cows. While most cows will graze on grass at some point in their lifetime, many will be shifted to some other feed source to increase their size and milk production. Cows fed exclusively grass will be healthier and thus produce healthier milk.
  • Raw milk, which has not been pasteurized. Raw milk is a source of propionibacterium, a group of bacteria that is thought to benefit the health of the intestinal tract.

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According to Robert Cohen, Executive Director of the Dairy Education Board, milk consumption is to blame for a variety of health problems such as:

  • breast cancer
  • diabetes (both diabetes mellitus and juvenile diabetes)
  • kidney stones
  • acne
  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis
  • multiple sclerosis
  • stroke
  • rheumatoid arthritis

Luxottica owns almost all eyewear brands

Lie:  Eyewear Companies like Ray Ban, Chanel, Dolce and Gabana, Prada, Versace and Tiffany all make their own products in their own factories.

Have you ever heard of a company called Luxottica?

Luxottica is the world’s largest eyewear company which controls over 80% of the world’s chief eyewear brands. 

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History

Founder- Leonardo Del Vecchio

Leonardo Del Vecchio started the company in 1961 in a small town in Italy. Today, the company is set in Milan.

In 1967, Del Vecchio started selling complete eyeglass frames under the Luxottica brand, which proved to be quite successful. By 1971, he ended other businesses he was involved in; focusing solely on Luxottica.

The company listed in New York in 1990 and then became listed in Milan in December 2000. The listing raised money for the company and allowed it to use its shares to acquire other brands, starting with Italian brand Vogue in 1990, Persol and US Shoe Corporation (LensCrafters) in 1995, Ray-Ban in 1999 and Sunglass Hut, Inc. in 2001.  Luxottica became very prosperous, acquiring Sydney-based OPSM in 2003, Pearle Vision and Cole National in 2004.

According to Luxottica, they revolutionized how we see glasses. They renamed glasses, eyewear; making them ‘cool’ to wear.  Mostly all eyewear are designed by them, even the most well-known and expensive brands. The fashion houses send in sketches of their new collections as inspiration and the factory floor works hard to differentiate the brands. For instance, plain plastic pieces are put through a painting machine and come out Versace. Stones are inserted one by one onto the Dolce and Gabana frames and leather is carefully threaded into frames for that Chanel bag look.

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 Ralph Lauren 

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 Chanel 

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Truth: Luxottica is the biggest eyewear company on earth which shuns publicity.

The shocking details:

·         Luxottica is a $20 billion company. 

·         It makes eyewear and sells them.

·         500 million people wear its products.

·         65 million pairs were sold in 2012.

·         It owns Ray Bans and Oakley. It also makes glasses for other brands it does not own, including Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Prada, Burberry, Prada, Tiffany, and many more.

·         Most people who buy from these stores are unaware of this truth.

·         It owns glasses stores LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Oliver Peoples, Sunglass Hut and many others.

·         It even owns Eyemed, the nation’s most popular vision insurance company, which makes it difficult to crack down on their corruptness.

Truth: “Because it owns so much of the eyewear industry – from supply chain to distribution – Luxottica is able to charge very high prices for the glasses it sells.”

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The average frame plus lenses costs the consumer about $300 at Lens Crafters which is about 20 times more than it even costs to make them.

Question asked to LensCrafters President Mark Wickle: Since Luxottica owns LensCrafters; does the consumer get a break by the glasses made by them which are sold in LensCrafters? No, customers do not get a break.

People’s thoughts:

1.      Luxottica’s prices are unfair rip-offs. 

2.      Luxottica is a monopoly that cannot be defeated.

Take a Stand!

A New York-based startup company called, Warby Parker, wants to destroy the $20 billion dollar company that rips off its customers. The company is on a never-say-die mission to destroy Luxottica.

Connection between Poverty and Obesity

Lie: All people have the same easy access to healthy foods, regardless of where they live.

Poverty and Obesity: When Healthy Food Isn’t an Option

Even in a country as developed as ours, something as mild as the neighborhood you live in could greatly affect your lifespan. When it comes to obesity and other chronic diseases, some evidence shows that your zip code may matter more than your genetic code.

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FACTS:

  • In the 25 years between 1987 and 2010, the number of American’s diagnosed with diabetes almost tripled to 20.9 million.
  • Socioeconomic disparities can radically affect not just health, but life expectancy.
  • If a person is living on Food Stamps, they would have only $4 to buy food per day.
  • Carbohydrates are vastly cheaper that nutrients so people are just getting filled up on these low-income areas.
  • U.S. government is to blame.

Why are Low-Income and Food Insecure People Vulnerable to becoming Overweight and Obese?

Answer: Limited resources and lack of access to healthy, affordable foods.

  • Low-income neighborhoods lack full-service grocery stores and farmers’ markets where people can buy healthy fruits and vegetables. Instead, they are restricted to shopping at small neighborhood convenience stores, where fresh produce and low-fat items are limited, if available at all. 

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  • “One of the most comprehensive reviews of U.S. studies examining neighborhood disparities in food access found that neighborhood residents with better access to supermarkets and limited access to convenience stores tend to have healthier diets and reduced risk for obesity.” (Larson et al., 2009).
  • When available, healthy food is often more expensive, whereas grains, added sugars, and fats are inexpensive and readily available in communities that are of low-income.

Relationship between Poverty and Overweight or Obesity

  • Based on a large national study, body mass index (or BMI, an indicator of excess body fat) was higher every year between 1986 and 2002 among adults in the lowest income group and the lowest education group in comparison to those in the highest income and education groups.
  • Between 2003 and 2007, obesity rates increased by up to 10 percent for all U.S. children whose ages ranged from 10- 17-years old. This percentage increased by 23 percent during the same time period for low-income children.

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