• Man killed in Holyoke home invasion; 3 arrested

    Sammy Lozada, Jose Espada, and Madeline Garcia charged with murder


    HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Three people were arrested and charged with murder in connection to a deadly home invasion in Holyoke early Friday morning.

    Jim Leydon, spokesperson for the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office, told 22News that Sammy Lozada, 38, Jose Espada, 36, and Madeline Garcia, 34, are also being charged with armed home invasion and assault and battery.

    Leydon said that at around 2:30 a.m., patrolling police officers heard screams coming from the area of 372 Maple Street. Officers saw a man running from that area carrying a knife. He was taken into custody shortly thereafter.

    Left to right: Jose Espada, Madeline Garcia, Sammy Lozada
    Photos courtesy Hampden County District Attorney’s Office

    At 372 Maple, Leydon said police found a man suffering from an apparent knife wound to the chest. He was taken to Baystate Medical Center, but later died. His name is not being released at this time.

    Shortly after the stabbing, Leydon said police arrested Lozada, Espada, and Garcia. He told 22News that it is believed the three had kicked down the door of the victim’s home in order to retrieve a piece of property that the victim had.

    All three suspects were arraigned in Holyoke District Court, Friday afternoon.


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  • Unfiltered Sunshine – Nature’s Gift to Health

    It is not an exaggeration to say that sunshine is the source of all life.

    Probably nothing that I or any other natural health writer ever writes, could be more controversial than to write about natural, unfiltered sunshine as a way to achieve great and lifelong health. I mean, sunshine CAUSES cancer don’t you know?

    In reality, I and many other natural health writers maintain and believe that it is the LACK of natural, unfiltered sunshine that in fact, is a significant cause of cancer, and many other diseases!

    Sunlight gives life to all life on earth beginning at the microscopic level. We humans have adapted to sunshine as a health mechanism that sustains us, supports our immune systems, and helps us to ward off diseases.

    Sunshine and Vitamin D

    One of the most significant aspects of sunlight and sunshine is it’s ability to flood the human body with Vitamin D. Vitamin D provides numerous human health benefits. Some of these benefits include greatly reducing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, SKIN cancer, and many other auto-immune disorders.

    Is Modern Medicine Beginning to See the Light of Sunlight?

    In a recent AP story, a finding was summarized from four different studies, that showed exposure to sunshine produces huge amounts of Vitamin D, which in turn, protects against many different types of cancers.

    And according to Dr. Douglass in the Douglass Report,

    …”as if this weren’t enough of a pleasant surprise to me, the piece also reports that many of the mainstream doctors and scientists who are newly converted to this sun-friendly camp are vocally questioning the benefits of sunscreen – some even going so far as to suggest that they CAUSE cancer by blocking the body’s natural production of Vitamin D.”

    Personally, beginning in spring with exposure to sunshine, I have endorsed building up to twenty minutes of unfiltered sunshine each day for optimum health. Of course, unfiltered in this context means out-in-the-open, natural – no sunscreen – sunshine. I myself started with short exposure to spring sunshine and gradually built up to twenty minutes per day of unprotected exposure to the sun.

    Actually, I regularly combine my “Step 7” (Walking – of my 10 steps to Health and Wellness),with twenty minutes or more of sunshine to accomplish great natural health!

    As I said earlier, I know many people will try to discredit this post, but I remain convinced, that natural sunshine is ESSENTIAL to good health. It is my opinion, that a nice two mile walk in sunshine, produces great physical and emotional health and a heightened sense of well-being.

    More and more evidence is coming forth to back up what I say here, and what I have known for years, and that is:

    Know sunshine, know health – no sunshine, no health!

    Someday, I have no doubt, that medicine will look back in horror at the con job it perpetrated on the public by endorsing staying out of the sun.

    Either through ignorance or through direct and purposeful intention, modern medicine has dealt the public at large a ‘poor health and death sentence’ with it’s many myths about exposure to direct, unfiltered sunshine.

    I can only hope, that as the medical world turns, that more and more reports will come forward to substantiate what I and many others already know, and that is that natural, unfiltered sunshine in moderation is not only good for you, but it ESSENTIAL to lasting health and wellness.