Creative Design Interiors January- February Newsletter

Happy Birthday!

Don Curtis 3-Jan

Benny Ramos 7-Jan

Anthony Reynoso 13-Jan

Hilario Espiritu 15-Jan

Kiely Allen 16-Jan

Mario Lopez Villasenor 19-Jan

Judith Murphy 20-Jan

Jose Reynoso 22-Jan

Melissa Odom 28-Jan

James Tapken 1-Feb

Deidre Seefeldt 2-Feb

Mark Kotseruba 5-Feb

Jackie Alvarez 12-Feb

Austin Stout 14-Feb

Danielle McDonald 18-Feb

Sonnie Lee 18-Feb

Jeffrey Barth 22-Feb

Griselda Castellanos 22-Feb

Ralph Yasin 23-Feb

Rigoberto Guerra 26-Feb

Brooke Ortiz 27-Feb

Debra Rosillo 28-Feb

Brian Hall 28-Feb

Alfredo Valle Davila 1-Mar

Patti Van Hulzen 6-Mar

Melissa Millinchamp 8-Mar

Jorge Castro 8-Mar

Mason Lund 8-Mar

Herman Roberts JR 17-Mar

Brian Keener 18-Mar

Jose Arreguin 19-Mar

Dustin Griffith 20-Mar

Jillian Simms 23-Mar

Maria Padilla Martinez 24-Mar

Maegan Havens 24-Mar

Amanda Doane 29-Mar

Candace Cantrell 30-Mar

Benji Dumlao 31-Mar


Happy Anniversary!

Jerry McArthur 26 Years

Ruben Duran Hernandez 20 Years

Melquiades Perez 17 Years

Robert Crosby 17 Years

Alfredo Valle Davila 14 Years

Chris Tuter 12 Years

Hugo Fajardo 12 Years

Brandon Seefeldt 12 Years

Trace Wong 11 Years

Andrea Crooks 11 Years

Thy Nguyen 11 Years

Kira Griffith 8 Years

Kenneth Eastburn 8 Years

Derrick Fisher 7 Years

Lesa Valles 7 Years

Francisco Garcia 6 Years

James Tapken 6 Years

Lynn Walker 5 Years

Dawn Reed 4 Years

Allen Watkins 4 Years

Nicholas Moreno 4 Years

Michael Campbell 2 Years

Elena Christians 2 Years

Gary Stewart 2 Years

Brooke Enge 2 Years

Anthony Gomez Rivera 2 Years

Casey Smith 2 Years

Brian Keener 2 Years

John Hess 2 Years

Ruben Paredez 2 Years

Anthony Cervantez 2 Years

Tomika Jaramillo 2 Years

Haylee Saelor 1 Years

Debra Rosillo 1 Years

Lynn Cordone 1 Years

Norman Sadler 1 Years

Julie Merrick 1 Years

Ivan Pina 1 Years

James Morrison 1 Years

Monique Cole 1 Years


Manteca has promoted one and hired two new employees’.

James Serdenia is going on his 3rd year with CDI, has been promoted to Warehouse Manager. James is always looking for a more efficient and productive way of doing things. James is never afraid to ask those questions, sit side by side with someone and learn. Along with his warehousemen James is out making sure all proper material is being loaded so the crews can get in and out in a timely manner.

Juan Ramirez accepted the Production Manager position. Juan is new to the flooring industry, but has worked in construction for about 13yrs. Juan worked for an insulation company starting in the warehouse and worked up to the Production Manager. Juan managed up to 40 union crews and built great relationships with a lot of the same builders that CDI is currently doing business with.

Joselin Rodriguez accepted the Customer Service position. Joselin is new to the flooring industry. Joselin might be new to the industry but is no stranger when it comes to working in the office and with the public. Joselin has enjoyed her years in the food industry, medical industry, and love to donate her time to community service. Joselin has all the qualities a company is looking for when it comes to their customer service and she always has a smile.

-Brian Keener



Well… when offered an opportunity to win a team trip to dinner and a Warriors game, if they measured all 50 of our plans by the end of February, my team had the impressive resolve to not measure a single plan in 1.5 months, including plans that had current unexplained shorts! … oh, not what you were hoping for? :)

We successfully managed our first Code Blue full-house tearout: From first word of the issue to shiny completion in 10 days, PO for full amount requested was approved by the Builder BEFORE the job was complete, and I was on vacation in Colorado when it began—Builder called me, I started the ripple, Kira jumped in and got the tile at a discount, and my team & crews did a great job communicating, supplying materials, and moving quick. We ended up with a thrilled Builder and homeowner. We also diagnosed the chain of events that led to the tearout, and put safeguards in place to ensure the same mishap doesn’t happen again.

Aurora, Lynn, and I moved the offices around and spring-cleaned. We also have our showroom remodel this weekend. We’re installing new tile, carpet, and three different kinds of hardwood.

Fresno has integrated three new crews into our repertoire—the supers and our guys like them so far: Two for tile and one for carpet and vinyl. Things are starting to get interesting with competition down here! *cough* sabotage *cough*

Fresno is looking for a field tech/ helper that can assist with customer service and QC. Experience is not as important as a great attitude and willingness to learn. Please let us know if you are aware of anyone who may be interested and a good fit.

That’s it for us,


Ismail and Elayna in the Slab Shop


Big things happening with the Design Team. We have officially started installing all the new flooring for the Woodside Design Center. We have been greatly anticipating the soft opening which we anticipate in early April. I want to thank my Design Team for all their hard work – selections, paperwork, ideas, and patience!!!

We are also very excited to announce that ILG Studio is rolling out in our first Taylor Morrison community. A HUGE thank you to Renee and Jenny for piloting this program while enduring the training, testing, and challenges associated with the implementation.

Woodside Design Center


Job Openings

Simi Valley has a warehouse position available

Manteca needs 2 customer service techs and 3 walkers

Sacramento needs a customer service tech


Griselda Castellanos

Regional HR Manager


Wellness Blast

Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine, Study Says

By Dr. Mercola

Conventional health authorities claim getting a flu shot each year is the best way to ward off influenza. But where's the actual science backing up that claim?

If you've repeatedly fallen for this annual propaganda campaign, you may be surprised to find the medical literature suggests vitamin D may actually be a FAR more effective strategy, and the evidence for this goes back at least a decade.

Dr. John Cannell, founder of the Vitamin D Council, was one of the first to introduce the idea that vitamin D deficiency may actually be an underlying CAUSE of influenza.

His hypothesis1 was initially published in the journal Epidemiology and Infection in 2006.2 It was subsequently followed up with another study published in the Virology Journal in 2008.3

The following year, the largest nationally representative study4 of its kind to date discovered that people with the lowest vitamin D levels indeed reported having significantly more colds or cases of the flu. In conclusion, lead author Dr. Adit Ginde stated:

"The findings of our study support an important role for vitamin D in prevention of common respiratory infections, such as colds and the flu. Individuals with common lung diseases, such as asthma or emphysema, may be particularly susceptible to respiratory infections from vitamin D deficiency."

Vitamin D Works Better Than Flu Vaccine If Your Levels Are Low

Since then, a number of studies have come to similar conclusions. Most recently, a scientific review5,6 of 25 randomized controlled trials confirmed that vitamin D supplementation boosts immunity and cuts rates of cold and flu.

Overall, the studies included nearly 11,000 individuals from more than a dozen countries. As reported by Time Magazine:7

"… [P]eople who took daily or weekly vitamin D supplements were less likely to report acute respiratory infections, like influenza or the common cold, than those who did not …

For people with the most significant vitamin D deficiencies (blood levels below 10 [ng/mL]), taking a supplement cut their risk of respiratory infection in half.

People with higher vitamin D levels also saw a small reduction in risk: about 10 percent, which is about equal to the protective effect of the injectable flu vaccine, the researchers say."

Like Cannell before them, the researchers believe vitamin D offers protection by increasing antimicrobial peptides in your lungs, and that "[t]his may be one reason why colds and flus are most common in the winter, when sunlight exposure (and therefore the body's natural vitamin D production) is at its lowest …"8

According to this international research team, vitamin D supplementation could prevent more than 3.25 million cases of cold and flu each year in the U.K. alone.9Another statistic showing vitamin D is a more effective strategy than flu vaccine is the "number needed to treat" (NNT).

Overall, one person would be spared from influenza for every 33 people taking a vitamin D supplement (NNT = 33), whereas 40 people have to receive the flu vaccine in order to prevent one case of the flu (NNT = 40).

Among those with severe vitamin D deficiency at baseline, the NNT was 4. In other words, if you're vitamin D deficient to begin with, vitamin D supplementation is 10 times more effective than the flu vaccine.

Optimizing Vitamin D May Be Your Best Defense Against Influenza

In my view, optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best flu-prevention and optimal health strategies available. Your diet also plays a significant role of course, as it lays the foundation for good immune function.

A high-sugar diet is a sure-fire way to diminish your body's innate ability to fight off infections of all kinds by radically impairing the functioning of your immune system.

However, I do not agree that fortifying more processed foods with vitamin D is the best solution, although I realize it could potentially have a more widespread impact among people who remain unaware of the beneficial health effects of sunlight in general.

I believe sensible sun exposure is the ideal way to optimize your vitamin D. Taking a vitamin D3 supplement is only recommended in cases when you simply cannot obtain sufficient amounts of sensible sun exposure.

It's also important to point out that, contrary to what's reported by most mainstream media, including NPR report above, most people cannot optimize their vitamin D levels by getting the recommended 600 IUs of vitamin D from fortified foods. The dose you need really depends on your current blood level of vitamin D.

If it's very low, you may need 8,000 to 10,000 IUs of vitamin D3 per day in order to reach and maintain a clinically relevant level of 45 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). The only way to know how much you need is to get tested at least once or twice each year.

If you've been supplementing for some time and your levels are still below 45 ng/mL, you then know you have to increase your dose further. If using an oral supplement, also make sure to boost your vitamin K2 and magnesium intake, as these nutrients help optimize vitamin D levels.

Other Studies Supporting Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency and Influenza

In a study published in 2010,10 researchers investigated the effect of vitamin D on the incidence of seasonal influenza A in schoolchildren. The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study included 430 children, half of which were given 1,200 IUs of vitamin D3 per day while the other half received a placebo.

Overall, children in the treatment group were 42 percent less likely to come down with the flu. According to the authors: "This study suggests that vitamin D3 supplementation during the winter may reduce the incidence of influenza A, especially in specific subgroups of schoolchildren."

Another study11 published that same year concluded that infection-fighting T-cells need help from vitamin D in order to activate. This is yet another mechanism that helps explain why vitamin D is so effective against infections.

When a T cell recognizes foreign invaders like bacteria or viruses, it sends activating signals to the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene.

The VDR gene then starts producing a protein that binds vitamin D in the T cell. A downstream effect of this is PLC-gamma1 protein production, which subsequently enables the T cell to fight the infection. At the time, lead researcher Carsten Geisler told Food Consumer:12

"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."

With that understanding, it's no wonder flu shots don't work. Flu vaccines do absolutely nothing to address the underlying problem of vitamin D deficiency, which is effectively hindering your immune system from working properly.

In fact, flu vaccines tend to deteriorate your immune function, and their side effects can be significant.

'Gold Standard' Studies Ignored by Mainstream Media

The gold standard of scientific analysis, the so-called Cochrane Database Review, has also issued several reports between 2006 and 2012, all of which decimate the claim that flu vaccinations are the most effective prevention method available. In 2010, Cochrane published the following bombshell conclusion, which was completely ignored by mainstream media:13

"Influenza vaccines have a modest effect in reducing influenza symptoms and working days lost. There is no evidence that they affect complications, such as pneumonia, or transmission. WARNING: This review includes 15 out of 36 trials funded by industry (four had no funding declaration).

An earlier systematic review of 274 influenza vaccine studies published up to 2007 found industry funded studies were published in more prestigious journals and cited more than other studies independently from methodological quality and size. Studies funded from public sources were significantly less likely to report conclusions favorable to the vaccines …"

So, despite the fact that 15 of the 36 studies included were biased by industry interests, they still couldn't come up with evidence supporting the conventional claim that flu vaccines are the best and most effective prevention available against influenza!

Scientific Reviews Show Vaccinating Children and Elderly Is Ineffective

Cochrane has issued several reports addressing the effectiveness of flu vaccines on infants and the elderly — two groups that tend to be the most targeted by flu vaccine advertising — and all have had negative findings. For children:

1.A large-scale, systematic review14 of 51 studies, published in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews in 2006, found no evidence that the flu vaccine is any more effective than a placebo in children under two. The studies involved 260,000 children, age 6 to 23 months.

2.In 2008, another Cochrane review15 again concluded that "little evidence is available" that the flu vaccine is effective for children under the age of two. Even more disturbingly, the authors stated that:

"It was surprising to find only one study of inactivated vaccine in children under two years, given current recommendations to vaccinate healthy children from six months old in the USA and Canada. If immunization in children is to be recommended as a public health policy, large-scale studies assessing important outcomes and directly comparing vaccine types are urgently required."

3.In a 2012 review,16 Cochrane concluded that "in children aged from two years, nasal spray vaccines made from weakened influenza viruses were better at preventing illness caused by the influenza virus than injected vaccines made from the killed virus. Neither type was particularly good at preventing "flu-like illness" caused by other types of viruses. In children under the age of two, the efficacy of inactivated vaccine was similar to placebo."

The available evidence with regards to protecting the elderly is equally abysmal.

4.In 2010, Cochrane concluded that:17 "The available evidence is of poor quality and provides no guidance regarding the safety, efficacy or effectiveness of influenza vaccines for people aged 65 years or older."

5.Cochrane also reviewed whether or not vaccinating health care workers can help protect the elderly patients with whom they work. In conclusion, the authors stated that:18 "[T]here is no evidence that vaccinating health care workers prevents influenza in elderly residents in long-term care facilities."

Annual Flu Vaccinations May Raise Risk of More Serious Infections

Other recent studies have shown that with each successive annual flu vaccination, the protection afforded by the vaccine appears to diminish.19, 20 Research published in 2014 concluded that vaccine-induced protection against influenza was greatest among those who had NOT received a flu shot in the previous five years.21 The flu vaccine may also increase your risk of contracting other, more serious influenza infections.

• Data shows people who received the seasonal flu vaccine in 2008 had twice the risk of getting the H1N1 "swine flu" compared to those who didn't receive a flu shot.22

• Compared to children who do not get an annual flu vaccine, those who receive influenza vaccinations have a three times higher risk of hospitalization due to influenza.23

Research also shows that statin drugs — taken by 1 in 4 Americans over the age of 45 — may undermine your immune system's ability to respond to the flu vaccine.24,25,26 When you consider the low efficacy rate of the flu vaccine in any given year, getting vaccinated if you're on a statin may well be a moot point.

Independent science reviews have also concluded that influenza vaccine does not appear to prevent influenza-like illness associated with other types of viruses responsible for about 80 percent of all respiratory or gastrointestinal infections during any given flu season.27,28,29,30

Other Foods and Supplements That Send Pathogens Packin'

Besides vitamin D, there are a number of other foods and supplements that can be beneficial for colds and influenza, including the following:

Garlic:31 Garlic has natural antiviral, antibiotic and antifungal activity and has long been hailed for its immune boosting effects.

The Cochrane Database, which has repeatedly demonstrated that the science in support of the flu vaccine is flimsy at best, has also reviewed studies on alternatives, including garlic.32

Unfortunately, such research is harder to come by, as there's no financial incentive driving it.

Still, in the singular study identified by the Cochrane group, those who took garlic daily for three months had fewer colds than those who took a placebo, and, when they did come down with a cold, the duration of illness was shorter — an average of 4.5 days compared to 5.5 days for the placebo group.

While this may not seem overly impressive, it's still better than the results achieved by the flu drug Tamiflu!

Zinc: A Cochrane Database Review of the medical research on zinc found that when taken within one day of the first symptoms, zinc can cut down the time you have a cold by about 24 hours.

Zinc was also found to greatly reduce the severity of symptoms. Zinc was not recommended for anyone with an underlying health condition, like lowered immune function, asthma or chronic illness.

I do not recommend taking more than 50 mg a day, and I do not recommend taking zinc on a daily basis for preventive purposes as you could easily develop a copper imbalance that way.

Vitamin C: A very potent antioxidant; use a natural form such as acerola, which contains associated micronutrients.

You can take several grams every hour (use the liposomal form so you don't get loose stools), till you are better. I never travel without a bottle of our liposomal C.

A tea made from a combination of elderflower, yarrow, boneset, linden, peppermint and ginger; drink it hot and often for combating a cold or flu. It causes you to sweat, which is helpful for eradicating a virus from your system.

Oregano Oil: The higher the carvacrol concentration, the more effective it is. Carvacrol is the most active antimicrobial agent in oregano oil.

Medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake, reishi and turkey tail.

Propolis: A bee resin and one of the most broad-spectrum antimicrobial compounds in the world; propolis is also the richest source of caffeic acid and apigenin, two very important compounds that aid in immune response.

Olive leaf extract is widely known as a natural, non-toxic immune system builder.

Vitamin D Is Important for Optimal Health and Disease Prevention Year-Round

In related news, researchers are also homing in on how vitamin D may help protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's. The video above discusses research33 showing vitamin D extends lifespan in nematode worms by 30 percent and helps slow or even reverse accumulation of beta amyloid protein, which is a hallmark of Alzheimer's.

Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, depression, autoimmune disease and many other chronic diseases. As noted in a recent issue of Orthomolecular Medicine News:34 "Research on the health benefits of vitamin D continues at a rapid pace. There were 4,356 papers published in 2015 with vitamin D in the title or abstract and 4,388 in 2016 …" Among some of the most impactful studies are ones demonstrating:

Health benefits from sun exposure unrelated to vitamin D production. One recent review concluded benefits of sun exposure includes lower rates of cancer, heart disease, dementia, myopia, macular degeneration, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. My belief is that the majority of these benefits are due to the near-, mid- and far-infrared wavelengths.

According to the author: "The message of sun avoidance must be changed to acceptance of non-burning sun exposure sufficient to achieve [vitamin D] concentrations of 30 ng/mL or higher … and the general benefits of UV exposure beyond those of vitamin D." Also, while intermittent sun exposure is associated with higher rates of skin cancer, "the risks of these cancers is dwarfed by the reduced risk of internal cancers from sun exposure," William Grant, Ph.D. writes.

Benefits of higher vitamin D levels during pregnancy. Research demonstrates preterm births steadily decrease as vitamin D levels increase among pregnant women. In one study, raising vitamin D blood concentrations from 20 to 40 ng/mL decreased preterm births by 59 percent.

Reduction in cancer risk from vitamin D supplementation. One pooled analysis showed that women with higher levels of vitamin D had much lower incidence rates of cancer — from a 2 percent per year cancer incidence rate at 18 ng/mL to 0.4 percent at 63 ng/mL.

Overall, maintaining a vitamin D serum level of 45 to 60 ng/mL year-round may be one of the simplest and most efficient ways to safeguard yourself against chronic disease and acute infections. When it comes to seasonal colds and influenza, the rate of protection you get from vitamin D is actually greater than what you'd get from a flu vaccination, and you don't have to worry about potential side effects either — which in the case of the flu vaccine can be far worse than the original complaint.

While death and complete disability from a flu vaccine may be rare, so is dying from the flu itself. I strongly recommend weighing the risk of suffering a debilitating side effect of the flu vaccine relative to the more likely potential of spending a week in bed with the flu. Remember, most deaths attributed to influenza are actually due to bacterial pneumonia, and these days, bacterial pneumonia can be effectively treated with advanced medical care and therapies like respirators and parenteral antibiotics.

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Healthy Food

Vegan Cauliflower Nachos with Walnut Taco "Meat"


• Vegan Cauliflower Nachos with Walnut Taco "Meat"

• Serves 2 (with extra toppings leftover)

• Ingredients:

• 1 (2 pound) head of cauliflower

• Extra-virgin olive oil

• Fine sea salt

• Walnut Taco "Meat":

• ½ cup raw walnuts (pecans work well, too)

• 1 medium carrot, peeled and diced (about ½ cup diced)

• ⅛ teaspoon salt

• ¾ teaspoon ground cumin

• ¼ teaspoon chili powder

• ½ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

• Cheese Sauce:

• 1 cup cashews, soaked in water for 2 hours

• ½ cup water, plus more to thin

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

• 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast

• ¼ teaspoon turmeric (optional)

• Optional Toppings:

• Salsa

• Diced Bell Peppers

• Diced red onion

• Fresh cilantro


1. Preheat your oven to 400ºF and chop the cauliflower into small florets. (I like to make sure the stems are at least cut in half for more-even baking, as they tend to take the longest to get tender.) In a large rimmed baking sheet, drizzle a little bit of olive oil over the top of the cauliflower and toss directly in the pan to coat evenly. Arrange the cauliflower florets into a single layer on the baking sheet and sprinkle generously with salt. Roast until tender, about 25 minutes at 400ºF. The smaller you cut the florets, the faster they will cook, so you might want to keep an eye on them at the 20-minute mark if you cut them into bite-sized pieces.

2. While the cauliflower is in the oven, prepare the Walnut Taco "Meat." Place the walnuts, or pecans if you prefer, in a small food processor and briefly pulse to break down the nuts into fine meal. Add in the diced carrots, salt, cumin, chili powder, and lemon juice and process again until a crumbly mixture is formed, somewhat resembling ground taco meat. Adjust any seasoning to taste and set aside.

3. Next, make the "cheese" sauce. Drain and rinse the cashews well, then combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. If the sauce is too thick, add one or two tablespoons of extra water to thin. Set the sauce aside.

4. Once the cauliflower is tender, remove it from the oven and immediately add you toppings. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the top, sprinkle on the taco "meat," and add any other nacho toppings you like. You can return the pan to the oven to heat everything through for a few minutes more, but I prefer to serve it immediately and enjoy the contrast of hot and cold, and tender and crunchy vegetables.

5. Leftovers can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to one week.


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