Freedom Fighter and Backyard Brawler Two brothers One Struggle

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First of all hello to All of the readers of Electric Oceans D&A, I know its been a super long time since I have written an article. We all have battles in life and mines was mental health amongst other issues. But lately we as a people have been losing our Icons. Me personally I have always admired and followed Muhammed Ali. I have had a poster of his framed in my home for many years. I think we all expected him to pass away for many years and were glad to see a Strong, Intellectual, Athlete, Man and GodBody. Laid to rest.

As far as Kimbo Slice I used to be very super critical of him as a combat sports athlete, But eventually I became a supporter of his. Not because of his fighting skills, but he saw his opportunities and he took’em. He fought plain and simple, he had a gritty Florida Backyard Brawling style, all Heart, Gold Teeth and a Homey the Clown haircut but yet that never stopped him from performing or the opinions of others define him. Both of these men, these BlackMen of the African Diaspora have inspired us to be willing to sacrifice for the greatness of our people and the other to feed his family. That’s what I saw when I look back on these men’s lives. This is an short article with a 21-gun salute courtesy of the Soul Patrol. Rest in Paradise to both of these Warriors and Pioneers.

For the Record. I am by no means comparing Kimbo Slice to Muhammad Ali but as a Man going into his 40’s, I can respect and appreciate the struggles and journey of both.

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The Healthy Aspects of Spirulina

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Spirulina is a blue-green algae often added to green juices, smoothies and health shakes to bump up protein and antioxidant content. Wild spirulina grows well in large bodies of water in tropical or subtropical climates, but most of the spirulina consumed in the United States is grown in a laboratory due to the risk of contaminants in the wild. Spirulina is available for safe consumption in dried form, such as powders or flakes or as a supplement in tablets and capsules.

High in Nutrients

At 32 grams per 1/2 cup, spirulina is a great source of protein and contains 22 essential amino acids. Spirulina also has a variety of necessary vitamins and minerals, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium and essential fatty acids, all of which may contribute to spirulina’s possible health benefits. One-half cup of dried spirulina also provides 89 percent of your recommended dietary allowance of iron for the day. For these reasons, spirulina is often used as a nutritional supplement; however, consuming the large amounts of spirulina needed to obtain a high level of these nutrients is difficult.

Brain Function

In a study published by the “Journal of Experimental Neurology,” spirulina was shown to reduce brain damage and aid in the recovery of neurons after a stroke in rats. A spirulina dose of 180 milligrams per kilogram of weight Continue reading

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What do you know about these Aminos?

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Benefits of L-Arginine and L-Ornithine

L-arginine and L-ornithine, or simply arginine and ornithine, are two amino acids that share a lot in common in spite of one significant difference. Like most amino acids, arginine helps build proteins. Ornithine, on the other hand, doesn’t participate in protein synthesis. Your body relies on both amino acids to function properly, and they work together — as well as separately — to ensure your health.

Detoxify Ammonia

Ammonia is a byproduct formed during the metabolism of protein. Since ammonia is toxic, your body neutralizes and eliminates it through a process called the urea cycle. The cycle follows precise steps, with each one requiring specific substances to complete its part of the cycle. Arginine and ornithine are used in four of the five enzymes essential to these steps. While urea cycle disorders are often caused by genetic diseases, a deficiency of arginine or ornithine triggered by illness or stress can cause a small increase in ammonia levels in the blood, according to the Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network.

Boost Growth Hormone

Arginine and ornithine stimulate the release of human growth hormone, which may help build muscles. When a group of men took 7 grams of arginine prior to exercising, their blood levels of growth hormone increased more than the normal boost caused by exercise alone, according to an article in the September 2006 issue of the “Journal of Applied Physiology.” A similar result was achieved when athletes took a combination of 3,000 milligrams of arginine Continue reading

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Ugandan Boxers Vanish in Holland

00340645-99e1f9f94372454595744fcb83364ab5-arc614x376-w285-us1Two national team pugilists who were set to compete in the Aiba Open Olympic qualifier tomorrow have gone missing in Holland, reports JAMES SSEKANDI.

From being stranded after competing in the Eindhoven Boxing Cup last month, the fairytale story of boxers Atanus Mugerwa and Sula Segawa has spilled to being unaccounted for in the Netherlands.

Mugerwa and Segawa were scheduled to have their final shot at qualifying for the Olympic Games due in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by competing in the Aiba Open Boxing qualifier that starts tomorrow in Baku, Azerbaijan.

However, Uganda Boxing Federation (UBF) publicist Fred Kavuma has disclosed that the two pugilists could not be traced.

“Their phones are off. The person [Andaman Daku] who had offered to host them says the boxers left his house without notice over the weekend,” Kavuma told The Observer yesterday.

Kavuma explained that UBF had secured money for their air tickets to connect to Baku for the qualifier. Continue reading

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MWEKASSA STOPS BOUZIDI IN FIRST ROUND TO WIN INTERIM CROWN

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Zack Mwekassa does not style himself “Africa’s most vicious puncher” for nothing. The former professional boxer was heavyweight champion of Africa and also held an intercontinental championship. His ferocious punching power was confirmed numerous times in the square circle and again when he crossed over into – or rather, returned to – the sport of kickboxing. He starched Pat ‘HD’ Barry in the first round of their GLORY 16 DENVER contest, one of the most brutal finishes ever seen in the GLORY ring.

Bouzidi is a veteran of more than 100 professional fights and has fought a who’s who of kickboxing royalty. At the start of his GLORY career he was at heavyweight and suffering mixed results, hovering around gatekeeper status, but dropping to light-heavyweight rejuvenated him and saw him go on a four-fight winning streak which brought him into title contention.

He was originally intended to face Artem Vakhitov in Amsterdam but the Russian suffered an injury in training and will not be back in action until October. Zack Mwekassa was brought in to replace him and the fight was for an interim light-heavyweight championship, with the winner being guaranteed a title shot on Vakhitov’s return later this year.

Pre-fight build up being what it is, both fighters were encouraged to talk about each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Constant talk of Mwekassa’s boxing background prompted Bouzidi to observe that Mwekassa was a “powerful but not especially slick boxer” and an assertion that he would be happy to match boxing skills with him. Mwekassa expressed surprise, but also said he encouraged this line of thinking and hoped to see Bouzidi follow through. Continue reading

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The Best Supplement you need NOW!

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Flu is actually vitamin D deficiency disease, not a happenstance occurrence in your life because you didn’t get a flu shot or sat next to a coughing person on the train to work.
Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council and one of the most preeminent Vitamin D researchers in the world today, has identified that vitamin D helps produce the antimicrobial peptides that protect against the flu. This is why people are more prone to the flu in winter when Vitamin D producing sunshine is minimal or nonexistent at some latitudes, or people are too bundled up to get enough skin exposed in the first place.
Bolstering Dr. Cannell’s suggestion that vitamin D deficiency is why people get the flu, a study published in the journal Nature Immunology further explains how vitamin D protects us by properly activating T cells, an important part of the immune system:

“When a T cell is exposed to a foreign pathogen, it extends a signaling device or ‘antenna’ known as a vitamin D receptor, with which it searches for vitamin D.
This means the T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease. If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won’t even begin to mobilize.”

This is troubling given that vitamin D levels were reported by the Archives of Internal Medicine in 2009 to have plummeted for every single age, race, and ethnic group in the United States over the past two decades.
Vitamin D deficiency is such that it can lurk unnoticed until it is too late and you are already sick. Another challenge is that it takes time, usually at least several weeks, to raise vitamin D levels and so a few days of taking supplements is not going to cut it especially if you have a serious deficiency challenge to overcome or already have the flu.
Below are 10 signs that vitamin D is likely a problem and potentially a serious deficiency that needs to be addressed immediately. If any of these symptoms are an issue for you, a simple vitamin D blood spot test that you can order online can verify that this is the case.
If low levels do indeed need to be addressed, the best whole food based supplement to bring vitamin D levels into optimal range without the danger of overdosing (like with prescription vitamin D drops) is fermented cod liver or skate liver oils (where to find).

1. Chronic Pain
Bone pain and chronic pain in general is a subtle symptom of serious vitamin D deficiency. Don’t take this symptom lightly! Get your vitamin D levels checked and address the problem.
A study conducted by Greg Plotnikoff, MD, senior consultant with the Allina Center for Health Care Innovations, makes the point. 150 people living in Minneapolis who came to a health clinic complaining of chronic pain were tested for vitamin D levels. Virtually every single one, 93%, suffered from extremely low vitamin D. “The group with the lowest levels of vitamin D were white women of childbearing age,” Plotnikoff says.

2. Muscle Weakness
Here’s a shocker most folks don’t realize: most muscle weakness issues are low vitamin D related. The National Institutes of Health reports that a person suffering from a vitamin D deficiency will have trouble with proper muscle function.

3. Psoriasis
This extremely common skin issue is an autoimmune disorder that many don’t realize can be vitamin D related. This nutrient plays an important role in the treatment of psoriasis. Psoriasis gets worse over time and spreads, so even if you only have a little spot on your elbow or knee, get your vitamin D levels checked and be sure to be taking a daily dose of fermented cod liver oil.

4. Constant Fatigue Continue reading

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Viagra and the heart…Hmmmm

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Older men like Playboy’s Hugh Hefner and actor Michael Douglas have sung the praises of Viagra, but now scientists say the erectile dysfunction pill is not only good for your sex life — it’s good for your heart.

In the bedroom, Viagra allows greater blood flow to the penis. But in the heart, the “little blue pill” can prevent heart muscle thickening and early-stage heart failure, according to research published today in the open access journal BMC Medicine.

“Large clinical trials are now urgently needed to build on these encouraging findings,” said lead author Dr. Andrea M. Isidori, associate professor of endocrinology at Sapienza University of Rome.

Dosages used for heart ailments are lower than those used for erectile dysfunction, and patients in the study showed few side effects. “Surprisingly, in over 1600 treated subjects, no increased risk of visual disturbance, photosensitivity and ‘blue haze,’ was observed,” he told NBC News.

The active ingredient in Viagra is sildenafil citrate, which is a phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitor (PDE5i). The inhibitor blocks the enzyme PDE5, which prevents relaxation of smooth muscle tissue.

Researchers analyzed randomized trials that had been published between January 2004 and May 2014, choosing 24 involving mixed populations of patients who were treated with PDE5i or a placebo. PDE5i was given to men who had cardiovascular disorders, but who did not necessarily suffer from sexual impotence, according to Isidori.

The study found that the inhibitor prevented the heart from changing shape in patients suffering from left ventricular hypertrophy, a condition that causes thickening and enlargement of the heart muscle. The drug also improved functioning of the heart in patients with a variety of cardiac conditions, with no effect on blood pressure.

In fact, researchers found that the drug improved efficiency when the heart pumped blood into vessels, along with relaxation between beats. “Very few drugs used in cardiology can actually affect these parameters. For this reason their implications in the treatment and prevention of heart failure are huge.”

However, Isidori notes that because these studies were conducted exclusively on men, the next step should be a larger trial on women.

“A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF SUBJECTS SUFFERING FROM ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION ARE MUCH HAPPIER TO TAKE PILLS FOR HEART FAILURE OR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE THAN TO IMPROVE THEIR ERECTIONS.

“I am not surprised and it’s good news,” said Dr. Robert A. Kloner, professor of medicine in the cardiovascular division at the Keck School of Medicine at USC in California. “We can always use a new drug for heart failure.”

Kloner co-authored the book, “Viagra: How the Miracle Drug Happened & What It Can Do for You.” He said this is not the first time, scientists have looked to Viagra for potential heart benefits. Continue reading

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RIP to a pioneer in Collegiate Wrestling and MMA, “The Monster”

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Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin Randleman died Thursday night at age 44.

Randleman, known as “The Monster,” died after suffering heart failure caused by complications from pneumonia. Fox Sports reports that he had been admitted to a San Diego hospital after falling ill before having cardiac problems.

“Behind the name was a gentle soul and loyal friend whom will be missed by many who loved him beyond the cage,” his family said in a statement on his Facebook page. “… Life without ‘The Monster’ will never be the same.”

UFC president Dana White acknowledged Randleman’s death in a tweet Thursday.

Randleman won the UFC heavyweight title in November 1999. He successfully defended the belt once before dropping it in November 2000 to Randy Couture. Randleman, who last fought professionally in 2011, was 17-16 in his career and 4-3 in UFC.

He was also a two-time NCAA wrestling champion at Ohio State, winning national titles at 177 pounds in 1992 and 1993 and finishing runner-up in 1991. The three-time All-American was inducted into the Ohio State hall of fame in 2004.

Randleman is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and four children.

Article courtesy of espn

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Bendo on the move..to Bellator!

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His manager said Benson Henderson would be signing a new deal soon. Today, the former UFC lightweight champion went ahead and broke the news: He’s signed with Bellator.

Henderson (23-5 MMA, 11-3 UFC) today announced the news on his official website.

Terms of the deal, as well as a debut date and opponent, weren’t disclosed.

Despite leaving his longtime home, Henderson, who also previously held a title with the UFC-owned WEC, made special mention of UFC executives Lorenzo Fertitta and Dana White “for the opportunities they presented me.” He also mentioned several of the UFC’s behind-the-scenes folks.

Here’s his post (via smoothbensonhenderson.com):

I’d like to officially announce my move over to Bellator MMA.

I’m beyond excited for this next phase of my career, it’s a big move, like any move when switching employers or jobs after having worked somewhere for such a long time.

I have to thank the BigMan upstairs for putting some amazing people in my life Continue reading

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Phil Davis wins one-night Bellator tournament

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In his first appearance for Bellator MMA, Phil Davis might have saved its light heavyweight tournament.

Davis (15-3) recorded two first-round finishes against Francis Carmont and Emanuel Newton to win Bellator’s first-ever one-night tournament. The bouts took place at SAP Center as part of Bellator: Dynamite 1.

A former UFC contender, Davis easily advanced to the tournament finals by submitting Newton (25-9-1) at 4:39 of the first round via kimura. He was originally supposed to fight Muhammed Lawal in a second fight, but Lawal (16-4) was forced to withdraw with a rib injury. Tournament rules called for Linton Vassell (15-5), who lost to Lawal in the tournament’s opening bout, to take Lawal’s spot, but ringside physicians also ruled him ineligible to compete.

That cleared the way for Carmont (24-11), a tournament alternate who defeated Anthony Ruiz by decision earlier in the night.

Davis and Carmont traded kicks to the legs and body in a feel-out process that quickly produced boos from the California crowd. Then Davis, who came into the bout with just two career knockouts, landed a perfect left hand that dropped Carmont along the fence. Referee Jason Herzog gave Carmont an opportunity to recover, but Davis followed him to the floor and threw follow-up punches until the bout was called.

The win sets up Davis for a title shot against Liam McGeary (11-0), who defended his title for the first time by submitting Tito Ortiz via triangle choke in the night’s main event.

Davis, who fights out of Alliance MMA in San Diego, improved to 6-2 in his past eight fights. He parted ways with the UFC following a split-decision loss to Ryan Bader in January.

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