Daily Archives: June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Has Died

Michael Jackson, 50, has died.  

The iconic entertainer was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital from his west Los Angeles residence, suffering from cardiac arrest,  in the afternoon of Thursday, June 26.   Paramedics performed CPR in route.  Family members were notified and arrived at the hospital after Jackson slipped into a coma.  Jackson was treated and transferred to the UCLA Medical Center.  Entrance to the hospital was carefully monitored with security guards even refusing entrance to some hospital staffers. 

In the time immediately leading up to his death, Jackson suffered from fatigue bouts and was prone to fad dieting.

Jackson was preparing for his world tour, which, some say, would have helped with his mounting financial problems.

Las Vegas Backstage Access has written many articles in the past on the legendary entertainer that you may wish to read:  January 4; Feb. 28; March 4, 6, & 14; June 2, 14, and July 25. 

Las Vegas Backstage Access extends our condolences to all the family and friends of Michael Jackson in their time of grief.

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Breaking: Michael Jackson Suffers Heart Attack

Entertainer and sometimes Las Vegas resident Michael Jackson, 50, suffering in the past from fatigue bouts and fad diets, has just now suffered a cardiac arrest in his Los Angeles home at approximately 1:15 p.m. (PT).  Paramedics performed CPR as he was in route to the hospital.     

Michael Jackson was on the verge of his new world tour, as previously reported by Las Vegas Backstage Access.  Further details will follow.

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Las Vegas is a Kid’s Haven?

Traveling to Las Vegas with your children can be a challenging proposition.  Many parents are hesitant to take their kids inside a Strip casino for anything more than a walk through to the indoor mall.  And the idea of staying there with the family is many times out of the question.  Now, a new website makes it easier to find and identify where to go and what to do with your children while in Las Vegas. 

Created by Las Vegas Retreats, Vegas Vacation Village lists most major and minor activities that a great for kids. Along with listings for shows, tours, excursions, and other good kids stuff, you’ll find information about what makes each item kid worthy and general reviews as well. 

Linda Logan, owner of Las Vegas Retreats, says “Being in the vacation rental business, we see parents struggle with the adult nature of our city. We wanted to provide an easy way for parents and their kids to find the best of Las Vegas for families with children”. “We hope that providing this information in a useful kid friendly format, we can encourage parents to bring their families to Las Vegas.” 

The website is set in an illustrated cartoon” style with a Vegas Rocker character for the kids, http://www.VegasVacationVillage.com is also a great source of information on kid friendly lodging and accommodations. 

Useful information regarding lodging alternatives is listed. Popular among these are the vacation homes and condos for rent offered by Las Vegas Retreats. Vacation home rentals are a great alternative to hotel lodging. Guests have their own pools and privacy and aren’t burdened with the expense of constantly eating out and the inconvenience of waiting in line.  

Just imagine- your kids can have plenty of entertainment options while staying safe and sound in their own private Las Vegas digs.

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Bask in the Las Vegas Sun- – it’s Healthy!

Las Vegas annually boasts the unique distinction of being one of the world’s best places for experiencing the most sunny days.  But for many, enjoying the sun’s rays merely means sneaking in and out under the shade of umbrellas and lathering on sunscreen with the highest SPF lotions that can be found.  But is that necessarily a good thing for your health? poolparties

The answer to that question is based on how much vitamin D you get.  Three out of four Americans today aren’t getting enough vitamin D, and the ramifications from that deficiency could be severe.   Numerous studies have shown the benefits of D:  It aids calcium absorption, keeps us agile as we age, and may even fend off those pesky colds.  The vitamin D deficit has been linked to everything from cancer to diabetes, osteoporosis, and heart disease.   

A University of Manchester study found that adolescent girls with higher levels of vitamin D have stronger muscles and can jump higher than their peers. 

A Creighton University study revealed that adequate levels of vitamin D could significantly cut your risk of cancer. 

Cardiovascular disease can also be significantly decreased with vitamin D according to the American Heart Association. 

And while one eight-ounce serving of orange juice is all you need to get your daily fill of vitamin C, to get enough vitamin D you’d need to drink ten tall glasses of milk or eat seven pounds of wild salmon-  every single day. 

“There is essentially no vitamin D in your diet,” says Michael F. Holick, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine at Boston University.  His surprising solution?  Embrace the sun again- sans sunscreen. 

Our body synthesizes vitamin D naturally when exposed to sunlight, but high-SPF lotions block the ultraviolet rays needed for its production.  The UV triggers a form of cholesterol in our skin that is converted into D in our kidneys. 

“Different skin types and diets make everyone’s sun needs unique,” says Robyn Luca, M.D., Ph.D.  But generally, “short sun exposure of more skin is a lot safer than longer exposure on just your face and hands.”  Even the American Cancer Society is getting on the bandwagon, recently issuing a joint statement with the Canadian Cancer Society that concluded “supplementation and small amounts of sun exposure are the preferred methods of obtaining vitamin D.” 

Many health experts recommend that 3 to 10 minutes of sun exposure with 40% of your skin bared, twice a week during the summer is enough to get almost a year’s worth of vitamin D.  (If you’re out any longer than that, apply sunscreen.) 

Still, lounging in the sun is never safe for some.  If you have a fair complexion or a family history of skin cancer, experts advise to stick to nonsolar vitamin sources.  Also, if you have dark skin (which, like sunscreen, impeeds vitamin D synthesis), aim to get 1,000 international units (IU) a day through vitamin supplements.   Most multivitamins contain only 400 to 600 IU of D, so you many need to add an extra tablet of pure vitamin D to your daily intake. 

So, popping pills may be your best way to get your vitamin D fix, but for many the controlled basking under the Las Vegas sun may be just the ticket for maintaining good health- unless of course you want to eat seven pounds of salmon daily.

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