Health & Wellness
52,000 Pounds Chicken Recalled
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday, November 18 that Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling over 52,000 pounds of chicken wings due to complaints from consumers regarding the funny odor of the product and mild illness after consuming the product. The food company quickly reported the complaints to FSIS after gathering a couple of complaints.
Tyson is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, as well as prepared foods such as appetizers and snacks. According to Sheknows, the affected product is 28-ounce retail bags containing multiple pieces of "Tyson Any-tizers Fully Cooked Hot Wings, CHICKEN WING SECTIONS COATED WITH A FLAVORFUL HOT, TANGY SAUCE" with use by/sell by dates of Oct. 24, 2016, packaging dates 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01 and case codes 2975PBF0508-23/2985PBF0500-01.
Look for establishment number P-13456 inside the USDA mark of inspection and on the back of the package near the cooking instructions. God help us! Lately I started going to a Farm house to buy live chicken, but still you never know what these birds are fed nor the diseases that they are exposed to. Posted November 22, 2015
Eyeball Tattoo Could Cause Blindness
These days, it's difficult to find someone without at least one tattoo or body piercing. Many people see it as a way of expressing themselves or their individuality, while some find the habit appalling. Funny enough, there is another group, call them tattoo enthusiasts who have decided to go overboard by inking their eyeballs too.
The normal white scleras after being permanently tattoed comes in different colors: red, blue, green, black depending on the choice of the person who is getting the tattoo.
How bizarre? According to the American Optometric Association, eyeball tattoo could cause inflammation, infection and even blindness.
If you want to change the color of your cornea, they have contacts at the drugstores. Why take such a risk?
A man named Luna Cobra has been credited for starting this new CRAZE. He is a master of his art, a pioneer of his field, and a world-renowned practicioner with extensive experience. Specializing in body modification procedures large and small.
Hypertension Now A Global Crisis
I saw this article posted on May 15, 2015 by Pragna Patel, MD, MPH (CGH) and Barbara A. Bowman, PhD (NCCDPHP) on The Centers For Disease And Prevention Control (CDC) website, and I thought I should share it since the disease has become a global crisis. High blood pressure (hypertension ) is also known as "silent disease or "silent killer" because we usually don't know we have it since it often has no warning signs or symptoms.
According to CDC website, the disease is a leading risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, such as heart attack and stroke. Mayo Clinic defines Hypertention as "a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease." In the United States, 67 million or 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure (>140/90 mmHg), and only about half of these adults have their condition under control.
Worldwide, high blood pressure is estimated to cause 9 million preventable deaths, and is expected to increase. In Nigeria, it has become a major health issue. A study by a group of researchers from Edinburgh University in the UK indicates the condition is much more prevalent in the country compared to other African countries. The research further reveals that less than 20% of Nigerians are aware that they have the condition which them at risk of heart disease, kidney disease and stroke.
The Department of Health and Human Services, co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services developed the Million Hearts® Initiative to address this challenge within the United States. It has set an ambitious goal to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. Million Hearts® aims to prevent heart disease and stroke by:
Improving access to effective care Improving the quality of care for the ABCS (Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management, and Smoking cessation) Focusing clinical attention on the prevention of heart attack and stroke Activating the public to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle Improving the prescription and adherence to appropriate medications for the ABCS.
“Nigeria is one of many developing countries where the health services have focused on treating infectious diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, but in recent years, non-communicable conditions have become an increasing problem. One of the most prevalent non-communicable conditions worldwide, hypertension is responsible for an estimated 45% of deaths due to heart disease and 51% of deaths due to stroke globally.” World Health Organisation (WHO) reports.
Increased awareness campaigns, improvement in public health and increased funding for health care initiatives, lifestyle and regular check- up are essential in making sure the disease is controlled. In terms of lifestyle, if you know you are prone to having high blood pressure, you have to help yourself by staying healthy (lifestyle change): eat healthy, reduce your salt intake, exercise regularly to maintain a normal weight. If you smoke, that has to stop as well. Posted May 26, 2015
4 Tretments For Cellulites
I saw this article on Women's Health Magazine and I thought it would be useful to many people. So I decided to share with Mon's Pick readers. According to Women's Health Magazine, this article was written by Rachel Krause and repurposed with permission from Daily Makeover.
Ah, the C word. Cellulite is nothing to be ashamed of—because let’s face it: Most of us have it. Seriously, it's believed to occur in roughly 90 percent of post-adolescent females. A number of variables factor into the development of the unappealing dimpling, but none of that matters when you just want it to go away. These four remedies for cellulite may seem weird, but they're actually pretty effective.
Cucumbers Reasons to love cucumbers: They're hydrating and rich in vitamins. Applying slices directly to the skin allows phytochemicals in cucumbers to tighten collagen for a firm complexion. This can result in an almost-instant reduction of cellulite appearance.
Coffee Scrub Caffeine dilates blood vessels, which tightens the outer tissues of the skin. Used on skin, it also lets your body release toxins and metabolize fat. Making your own coffee scrub is super simple—just combine unused grounds with some of your favorite skin oils—like almond or olive—and you're done!
Seaweed Baths Thalassotherapy is a French skin-care treatment that involves applying hot water and seaweed to the skin—either in the form of a bath or a "wrap." Seaweed has a high volume of iodine, which increases thyroid function and local circulation of blood flow to minimize cellulite.
Gelatin Consuming gelatin—which isn't packed with sugar—has lots of health and body benefits, but it's incredibly efficient in increasing collagen production. Gelatin powder can be found at any health food store and most grocery stores—just mix it into your favorite beverage once daily to counteract collagen deficiency, which is partly to blame for cellulite in the first place. And yes, JELL-O counts.
Facts On Honey And Cinnamon
I found these healthy tips on a Facebook group page called 'Change your Lifestyle,Break your Habits.' After reading the article, I was asked to share it with anyone that matters. The group's mission is basically to motivate, inspire & drive people to succeed in their healthy lifestyle challenges. They continue to grow each day and build relationships.
They also need the support of each other to be successful, so please be kind and offer help if you can by sharing any useful information pertaining to living a healthy lifestyle. Jenn Gabriel Hunter, a member of group posted these facts on Honey and Cinnamon on the site. According to Jenn, these are useful information that Drug Companies wouldn't like you to know. You know what that means?
It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today's science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:
HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack.
Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.
ARTHRITIS Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured.
In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain -- and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.
BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder....who knew?
CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.
COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it's delicious too!
UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.
GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.
IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.
INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals.
INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural 'Ingredient' which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.
LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.
RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.
PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.
SKIN INFECTIONS: Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.
WEIGHT LOSS: Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible.
Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.
BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.
HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing. Posted: October 7, 2014
7 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power
The brain is considered the most vital organ in the body. It is the center of the nervous system in all vertebrate and most invertebrate animals. So powerful, it exert centralized control over the other organs of the body. The brain also regulates other parts of the body by generating patterns of muscle activity or by driving secretion of chemicals called hormones. It's okay to forget things every now and then. However, as we age, forgetfulness could signal some serious health issues.
Often times we notice that it's almost difficult for the elderly to recollect simple details such as a person’s name, the name of their pets, or the name of their favorite movies. The good news, though, is that significant memory loss is not an inevitable part of aging. But, by adopting simple lifestyle choices, we can reduce our chances of memory loss in the future. This is why we have to start increasing our brain power by practising these 7 everyday habits.
Meditation has been known to increase IQ, relieve stress, and promote higher levels of brain functioning. It is also known to energizes the “prefrontal cortex” of the brain, an area responsible for advanced thinking ability and performance.
Stay away from junk food. As the saying goes, "you are what you eat." The Mediterranean diet comprises of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil and mixed nuts. The food is rich in fiber and discourages eating refine sugar. According to studies, following the style of diet, helps to boost the brain power of the elderly.
Working out regurlarly helps relieve stress, keeps your mind and body healthy. Being physically active is important in maintaining a steady blood flow to the brain and encouraging the development of new brain cells.
Pick up a hobby
What do you do at your leisure time? Do you love volunteering, reading, gardening, or traveling? Having a hobby can atcually keep you calm, fit and improve your mood. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, continuous learning appears to be protective against some forms of dementia, possibly because brain cells and their connections with one another become stronger over time. Thus, staying curious, involved and committed to lifelong learning are ways to grow brain cells.
Get a life! "All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy." Expanding and keeping good social ties can strengthen your brain cells, which can build and sustain cognitive power.
Cigarette smoking is the number one cause of preventable disease and death worldwide. Research shows that smoking can damage brain function at anytime. The decrease in brain power is linked to the damage that smoking does to the heart. Remember, it's never to late to quit!
Having sex is a great way to naturally release vital hormones in the brain. When involved in a loving relationship, having sex improves social connection as well as emotional intelligence. It is connecting, stress-relieving, and a great way to give your brain a boost. Chances are that sex will also improve your confidence and ability to think positively! Posted September 29, 2014
New Tampon Could Prevents STDs
Scientists at the University of Washington are currently working on a dissolvable “tampon” that may be able to protect you from HIV, other STDs, and even pregnancy without the need for a condom during sex.
According to The Huffington Post, a study published in the 'Journal Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy' explains how the tampon works: “[R]esearchers combined silky, electrically spun fibers with maraviroc — a drug currently approved to help treat HIV infections that may also prevent healthy people from acquiring the virus. Within minutes of coming into contact with moisture, the fibers dissolve, releasing a high dose of the medication.”
Lead researcher, Cameron Ball, said users would be able to insert the tampon just a few minutes before sex in order to be protected. “We want something that dissolves quickly so that people can say, ‘Hey, I wasn’t planning on it, but I’m going to have sex in five minutes so I need to use this product, and I want it to be completely dissolved before that,’” he added.
Hmmm... an interesting development, indeed! It could take about 10 years before anything like the 'disease-preventing tampon' hits shelves. According to the researchers, it could still be five years before there are any clinical studies involving humans, and another five years before the product reaches the masses. You may need to keep your condoms close for now, don't get careless too soon but the future is definitely bright.
How To Check For Skin Cancer
Hello, sun bunnies (and reformed sun bunnies): If you haven’t had a thorough skin check for potential cancers in some time, there is no time like the present. Not only do regular skin checks help you identify moles, you can also track them over time. If you do spot a suspicious mole, make an appointment with your dermatologist — the sooner, the better.
Here are some ways to identify a suspicious mole: Step 1: Make a Map Many of us are born with moles that come in different sizes — that doesn’t mean they are harmful. But when a mole starts to change, that’s when it becomes potentially dangerous. That’s why the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends making a map of where your moles are as well as notes on its color, size, and shape.
Step 2: Look All Over While it’s true that most skin cancers occur on areas that get the most sun exposure, like the face, shoulders, ears, arms, and legs, you can still experience skin cancer in less visible areas. Such as between your toes, on your scalp or on your buttocks. Every skin surface has the potential to be cancerous. Leaving no stone unturned means you can be rest assured your skin is cancer-free.
Step 3: Know What You’re Looking For Healthy moles tend to be symmetrical, small, and even in color. A standard-size mole is typically no larger than a pencil eraser (although there are always exceptions). Potentially cancerous moles are the opposite. They are unusual in color with irregular borders and can be larger than an eraser in size. Oddly enough, cancerous moles can be as many colors as Katy Perry dyes her hair. While melanomas are often black, they can also be red, white, or blue.
Sexy Period Proof Panties For Girls
A new period underwear is changing the way we view our period panties and it's also helping women around the world. These period panties are actually sexy!!! According to the makers, Thinx, the panties are adorable and durable, made with moisture-wicking material, and each pair is designed to hold up to six teaspoons of liquid. They're also leak- and stain-resistant and anti-microbial.
The founders of the brand, Antonia Dunbar, Miki Agrawal and Radha Agrawal reported that 100 million girls in the developing world drop out of school due to lack of the right resources for their periods. Instead, they are using things like leaves and plastic bags that send them into hiding for a week. In order help these young women, they wrote on their website that they "... started sharing personal underwear mishap stories and our frustrations over the current options in the underwear market.
They wondered why there wasn't any stylish underwear that "didn't give us anxiety during the month over unexpected leaks, stains or embarrassment?" The trio's idea evolved after a trip to Africa when Miki met a teenager, Amahle who couldn't attend school during her "week of shame." "Through Amahle's story, we learned that girls all over the world needed a solution for those days of the month."
"In today's day and age, to have girls missing school and then dropping out because they fell so far behind simply because they didn't have the right resources every month was an unfair reality for far too many," they add. "We couldn't let this happen. We had to do something." So they had to come up with an underwear for women's time of the month and after your undie purchase, the company will provide seven reusable sanitary pads to one girl in a developing nation.
The makers of the product hopes that this would help keep the girls in school while they are on their period. Thinx has also teamed with AFRIpads in Uganda to make the reusable pads, thereby providing local Ugandan women with job opportunities. The styles range from sexy lace thongs for your "light days" ($24) to trendy hiphuggers for your "heaviest" days ($34). The most expensive pair, the Luxe, will set you back $47. They also come in black color for now.
Don't Wash Chicken Before Cooking It
According to recent studies, washing chicken prior to cooking, increases the wide spread of Campylobacter bacteria on multiple surfaces (hands, clothing, cooking utensils, counter tops and more) via splashing droplets of water. Campylobacter bacteria, usually found in contaminated food or water, can infect the gastrointestinal tract and cause abdominal pain, severe diarrhea (often bloody), vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis etc.
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that about one in every 1,000 reported Campylobacter illnesses leads to Guillain-Barré syndrome. As many as 40% of Guillain-Barré syndrome cases in the U.S. may be triggered by campylobacteriosis. A tiny drop of juice from raw poultry can have enough Campylobacter in it to infect a person! The National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NAMRS) reported that 47% of raw chicken samples bought in grocery stores tested POSITIVE for Campylobacter.
Be warned that in addition to raw meat, the bacteria can also be present in the giblets, especially the liver. How to prevent the spread: - Use hot soapy water to wipe the area. - Do NOT wash raw poultry prior to cooking. - Prevent cross contamination by immediately washing any cutting boards/utensils that have come into contact with raw poultry before using them to prepare any other foods. Source: BlackDoctor
Keep Your Hair,Get Rid Of Split Ends
I saw this article on Instyle Magazine and decided to repost it because this is a problem that most women face. Recently, I had to trim my split hair because it seemed as though my hair stopped growing at some point. I knew the only remedy to keep my hair healthy and lengthy was by trimming off the split ends. As sad as it was to see my hair become shorter, I was a bit pleased that it was for the best interest of my hair.
However, Velaterapia, - was introduced to us as - a treatment popular in Brazil where your split ends are literally burned off section by section with a candle. Scary!!! I never tried it. On Instyle Magazine, Anh Co Tran shared a simple method on how to eliminate split ends, without cutting your healthy hair. “When the hair is blown out straight or naturally straight, you can see all of the dead ends hooking upward….
The best way to describe the method is doing a scissor over-comb like a men’s haircut, but on a longer length,” he says. “All you have to do is comb through the hair and cut upwards into the split end, going for the ones that are sticking up.” Naturally, hair grows in an outward direction from the scalp, but as your hair gets longer, the split ends will prompt the rest of the hair follicle to separate if not tended to properly.
Ask your stylist for a dry cut — this will help them get an idea of how your hair moves in its styled state — comb through, and cut upwards into the split ends that are sticking up. “If you cut off just the hooked areas, the hair will grow out and down as it should, but won’t continue to split,” Tran adds. “It’s a great method for people who don’t want to have new layers cut, or just want to grow out their hair.”
Is Swimming Pregnancy Safe?
We all know that working out during pregnancy is a sensitive topic. While some doctors say it's okay, others oppose the idea. In 2007, when I was pregnant with my first child, my doctor was very firm and against the idea of staying in the bath tub, exercising such as swimming or doing yoga and I was so bored. Swimming during pregnancy has been a controversial issue for a while now, leaving many expecting mothers confused if not scared. Click on photos
In a recent study, healthcare experts concluded that pregnant women swimming is actually good for the unborn child. You can swim in any fresh water as long as the water is not "stinky." Swimming at beaches, streams, lakes etc. is all great. However, doctors are not very comfortable about pregnant women using hot tubs and swimming pools. An overheated hot tub is harmful to the baby while the use of extra chlorine in pools may be hazardous to both the expecting mother and the unborn baby.
In the study, "levels of a by-product called trihalomethanes (or THMs) were significantly higher in swimming pools than in tap water" writes study author Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen, PhD, an environmental science researcher at Imperial College of Science, Technology, and Medicine in London. If you have a private bath tub, simply ensure it is disinfected and clean. For those of us who can't do without a swimming pool, just make sure that the chlorine content of the water is appropriately monitored.
Intravenous (IV) Vitamin Nutrition
The latest celebrity health fad is the intravenous vitamin therapy. It is a method of infusing a solution containing vitamins, minerals and natural substance into the bloodstream. Clinical studies have reported that the treatment can prevent and treat several diseases and conditions. Naturally, administering medication orally, usually takes a while to process in the stomach and intestines. Besides, many vital nutrients could become inactive or absorb in the digestive tract. Click photos
However, by introducing the nutrient directly into the bloodstream provides to a faster therapeutic response by correcting any intracellular nutrient deficiencies in the body. There are also claims that IV nutrition can treat many conditions such as hypertension, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, fibromylagia, diabetes, hepatitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, viral illness, common cold, improve memory and alertness, body cleansing etc.
The solution, also known as Myer's Cocktail, was invented 30 years ago by Baltimore physician, John Myers. The vitamins are reportedly administered in larger doses compared to the vitamin content in pills. It can also be tailored (customized) depending on patient's diagnosis, overall health status and condition that they are being treated for. The procedure which could last for about 1 to 2 hours, is very affordable. Usually between $99 to $300 per session and done weekly by devotees.
Although, the side effect is said to be minimal, doctors point out that too much of everything good be bad. Repeated use of IV vitamin infusion can result to hypervitaminosis. Excess level of some vitamins such as Vitamin D could be harmful to the kidneys or bones. Also, high level of magnesium may cause low blood pressure, which can trigger lightheadedness or syncope.
Celebrities such as Madonna, Simon Cowell, Cindy Crawford and Rihanna as huge fans the treatment.
Skin Infection from Eating Fish
A rare skin infection is spreading in New York City, ChinaTown, according to Health Officials. Mycobacterium Marinum is flesh eating bacteria that is present on some contaminated seafood and they can enter into the body through a portal entry. Doctors advice we wear gloves before handling seafood. Although, the infection is not life - threatening, if left untreated for a long period, may require surgical treatment. Cooking your seafood also helps to kill bacteria. Click photos
Skin Infection From Raw Fish
Fashion Trend Or A Health Issue?
Eyelash Jewelry" is the current buzz and they come in different designs such as Snow Flakes, Unicorn etc. However, Doctors believe that they are extreme eyelash extensions that could pose some health issues. Brian Boxer Wachler, M.D. an Ophthalmologist said "these are like cosmetic tumors" Some health risk he pointed at were "infection, permanent loss of your own lashes, allergic reaction to your skin, and cornea abrasion" if a pointy jewelry should fall into the eye. Click photo for more .
Some of these designs are like two millimeters of crystal. According to the Doctors, Crystals can cut through glass. So this can really cause some serious health issues if these particles fall into the tear film in the eye.
Black Window Eyelash Jewelry Spider False
Green Peacock Feather
Beads with Chains