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Check out Dr. Tony Nakhla featured in SpryLiving magazine

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Everyday life takes a toll on our nails. Whether typing at a keyboard or washing dishes, it’s easy for nails to look less than manicure-day perfect. What’s more, our nails give clues to potential problems inside our bodies, too.

“Your nails are a direct indicator of internal health and beauty,” says Dr. Tony Nakhla, medical director of the OC Skin Institute in Los Angeles and author of The Skin Commandments: 10 Rules to Healthy, Beautiful Skin.

If you notice an unusual change in nail color or texture, see your doctor to rule out any medical conditions. Everything from diseases of the heart, lungs and liver, to thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies may show signs through your nails.

Most nail issues, however, require only basic maintenance and care. Combat the most common problems with these simple tips for strong, beautiful nails.

Weak, peeling nails: Regular use of soap, water and harsh cleansers leave nails looking frayed. Keep nails trimmed, wear gloves when washing dishes or cleaning, and apply an over-the-counter nail moisturizer like Nailtiques Nail Moisturizer or a strengthening base coat like SpaRitual’s Protein Boost. The base coat also helps glue down layers of nail plates so the nail can grow in a linear fashion, says Nakhla.

Boosting your iron, calcium, and B vitamins with a daily multivitamin fortifies nails from the inside out, says Nakhla. Eating plenty of whole grains, along with foods like potatoes, bananas, lentils, beans, and meats like turkey or tuna provide B-vitamins, too. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in oily fish like salmon and herring, help nails retain moisture and nail cohesiveness so the layers stick together, explains Nakhla.

Nail ridges:Ridges that run vertically (from the cuticle to the tip) are common and not a sign of nutritional deficiencies, says Dr. Ramzi Saad, a board-certified dermatologist at South Shore Skin Center and Spa near Boston. Saad suggests gently filing the ridges down or applying a commercial ridge filler such as OPI’s—or ask a manicurist to do it for you.

Discolored or stained nails: Applying lemon juice to the nail is an easy, inexpensive way to treat stained nails caused by dark nail polish or acrylic nails (which use lots of chemicals), Saad says. Rub lemon juice on the darkened area daily for 10 days to two weeks. Prevent nail polish staining by protecting the nail with a base coat first. If you notice white or yellow nails, or spots of blue or red that you’re sure aren’t from bruising or nail polish, see your doctor


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Special Interview From Reporter News

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Special Feature Interview: 11-11-11 with Celebrity Numerologist Tania Gabrielle


Many people make wishes every day when the clock strikes 11:11. Some people believe there is great ancient power in the date. But it also has historical significance: In 1918, the Armistice of WWI was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Our curiosity is getting the better of us! So we chatted with celebrity numerologist Tania Gabrielle.  Tania works with high profile people in politics and business, as well as Oscar and Emmy winners. We chat about the concept of renewal, confronting parts of our lives that feel divided or incomplete, and how relationships may very well be affected on 11-11-11.

About Tania Gabrielle:

Tania Gabrielle, Celebrity Numerologist, AstroNumerologist and Composer, is the author of the book The Unrevealed Secrets of Political Success: How Names and Numbers Shape United States History. She counsels thousands of clients and businesses worldwide. Her unique approach utilizes three sources of Numerology – Ancient Chaldean, Pythagorean and Ancient Egyptian. Tania’s forecasts and insights have been published in Entertainment Weekly, ESPN Magazine, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Essence Magazine, ESPN.com and US Magazine. She is a sought-after speaker and guest on radio shows worldwide. Tania is renowned for her ability to read names and dates and explain hidden messages behind current events. She has been featured in two documentaries – Quantum Communication and The Voice.

Celebrity clients include Oscar and Grammy Award winners, including stars from the movies ET, Avatar, Star Trek, and Titanic, and high profile leaders in both business and politics. Tania reveals the influence of AstroNumerology on world events, politicians, celebrities and future trends in her highly popular blog.

The Unrevealed Secrets of Political Success shows how numbers have shaped the destiny of the United States of America since its birth. Stunning connections between George Washington and Benjamin Franklin are brought to life. Tania links the numbers between Lincoln and the Civil War, Martin Luther King, the 1960s and John F. Kennedy – and how they all connect to Barack Obama and the date of the 2008 Election.

Visit her website at www.TaniaGabrielle.com for more information about Tania!

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Tania Gabrielle in the Abilene Reporter News

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11/11/11: Meaningful for some, meaningless to others

Today, three sets of double-ones entice true believers and avowed skeptics alike.

All agree on one thing, at least: 11/11/11 looks pretty cool when it’s written out.

“It is kind of neat that you have all those ones there,” said Andrew Potter, professor and head of the mathematics department at Hardin-Simmons University.

But beyond that, the significance of the bewitching date varies widely.

Some have sought to capitalize on the compelling numerals.

There’s even a direct-to-video horror flick that uses the date as a source of terror.

But beyond such commercial potential, assigning special significance to 11/11/11 is, for many, sheer apophenia — a fairly fancy term used to describe seeing meaningful patterns in meaningless data.

“You can kind of understand why it might be interesting, but I don’t think there’s anything truly mathematical in it,” Potter said.

And depending on which calendar you use, it’s not even 11/11/11.

A collective switch around 1582 to the Gregorian calendar, from the Julian — and earlier, the Roman calendar — systems makes the date what it is.

If we were still using the Julian system, today would be Oct. 29, 2011.

And in the Roman system, “November ought to be the ninth month,” Potter said. It retains its name derived from the Latin “novem,” meaning “nine,” from a time before January and February were added to the calendar.

Perhaps interesting purely to a mathematician is that the number 111111 is divisible by 11, Potter said, with a quotient of 10101.

“That’s about as mathematical as I can get with it,” he said.

Historically, there’s plenty of significance to today, said Gary W. Shanafelt, professor of history at McMurry University.

At least in the 11/11 part.

Shanafelt, along with several others, pointed out that the day marks the 93rd anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.”

“It went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918,” Shanafelt said.

Though of immense significance, the date is one not long remembered, he said.

“November 11 was originally Armistice Day when World War I was the War to End War, but now that we’ve had an even worse Second World War, it’s been changed to Veterans Day,” he said. “That has the virtue of honoring veterans from both world wars, but we tend to let the Second World War overshadow the First.”

Some have chosen to make the day special.

Deb Huntley, of Abilene, who becomes Deb Morotini today, said she and her husband-to-be, Al, picked the memorable date for their wedding shortly after he proposed.

“In the Chinese calendar, it’s supposed to be good luck,” she said. “And my fiancé was joking that it’ll make it a lot easier to remember our anniversary.”

Still others see something genuinely metaphysical in the constellation of 1s.

A search on Google reveals many mentions of the “11:11 phenomenon,” with believers saying that 11s appear to them with uncanny consistency.

To professional numerologist Tania Gabrielle, 11 represents a pair of columns one can walk through and “start fresh.”

“Eleven is itself a compelling number because its’ a double one,” said Gabrielle, who lives in California and counts Oscar and Grammy-winning celebrities among her clientele. “One is the first number that you count, so it means new beginnings, new openings. So when you have a double one, it means double new beginnings — that’s what 11 stands for.”

Therefore, today is a date of potential new beginnings for everyone, magnified by a “triplicate of creative perfection.”

And apparently, today at 11:11:11 (a.m. or p.m.) is particularly auspicious.

“We can literally visualize what we want, and don’t want, from our life and activate it much more quickly than at any other time because of how the sequence is lining up for us,” Gabrielle said.

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Posted by Levine Communications Office on November 14, 2011

Bake like the Cake Boss on ABC 7

Want to spruce things up this Halloween? Why not create a cake that no one will forget!

Dana Herbert, recent winner of TLC’s “Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker”, was in our ABC7 studio to show us how to make a cake that “screamed” of Halloween! The baker from Delaware should know; among his nicknames are “Sugar Daddy” because of his work with pulled and blown sugar, as well as Delaware’s “King of Cakes.”

Dana Herbert’s Red Velvet Cake

1/2 cup Shortening
1 1/2 cups White Sugar
2 Eggs
2 tblsps Cocoa
4 tblsps Red Food Coloring
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 cup Buttermilk
2 1/2 cups Sifted All-Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsps Baking Soda
1 tblsp Distilled White Vinegar
5 tblsps All-Purpose Flour
1 cup Milk
1 cup White Sugar
1 cup Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract

1. Grease two 9-inch round pans. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Cream shortening and 1 1/2 cups sugar.
3. Add eggs and beat well.
4. Make a paste of cocoa and red food coloring. Add to creamed mixture. Mix salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla and buttermilk together. Add alternately the flour with the milk mixture to the creamed mixture. Mix soda and vinegar and fold into cake batter. Don’t beat or stir now!
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. To Make Icing: Cook 5 Tablespoons flour and milk over low heat till thick, stirring constantly. Let cool thoroughly! While cooling, cream 1 cups sugar, butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat this well till light and fluffy. Add to flour mixture and beat until of a good spreading consistency. Don’t ice cake till cool.

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