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National Consumer Alert December 2012:
A glance back at National & Local Consumer Alerts,here's what made the news in 2012.
Consumer Alert:Voluntary Recall LG Electronics, issues a voluntary recall of 457,000 LG/Kenmore Top Load Washer. Among the many consumer alerts during the month of December,the Consumer Product and Safety Commission released a National Consumer alert in December 2012 referencing specifically LG and Kenmore Elite Top Load Washers. Sold at Best Buy,Home Depot,Kmart,Sears and other local retailers,the Top Load Washers has been reported as a potential safety hazard to consumers and shoppers. As of to date,there has been 343 reports of the malfunctioning top load washers. And out of 343 reports of the top load washer malfunctioning,it has been reported that 187 actually caused consumers and shoppers property damage.As a result ,CPSC has released a statement on their web site informing consumers of the steps they should take to avoid injuries and property damage. Most importantly,if youre a consumer that owns one of the Top Load Washers mentioned in the recall as describe in the CPSC report then it is recomended that you contact LG or Sears immediately. For further information please feel free to visit the following: www.lg.com/us www.sears.com 1-(855)400-4363 1(888)812-2936
November 2012 Consumer Alert:5-hour EnergyDrink
Inside the 2-ounce bottle that is promoted as a dietary supplement is an "Energy Blend" of caffeine and Taurine along with other ingredients,the 5-hour energy is sold throughout the United States. Recently,Consumers and Shoppers had been alerted to use caution when selecting a energy drink. Sadly,in the United States,in the month of November,thirteen deaths had been linked to the energy drink known as the 5-hour energy drink. According to the Food Drug Administration,the high caffeine energy drink could have adverse effects on the health of consumers. In total,aside from the thirteen deaths reported in November,the 5-hour energy drink has also been linked to 92 patient reports and 33 hospitalizations.To read more about the effects of 5-hour energy drink visit the following:
October 2012 National Consumer Alert:
A Steriod Medication Linked to Menigitis Outbreak.
A recent menigitis outbreak in the United Stated during the month of October is said to be the cause of 130 death due to steriod injection. Reportedly,the fungal infection affected hundreds as well as spread to seven states. Fever,headaches,nausea,and new neurological deficits associated with brain strokes each a symptom related to having the menigitis fungal infection. Administered to patients in 23 states,a steriod medication has been report at the center of a rare fungal infection. Usually injected into patients to control back pain,the steriod medication under investigation has been linked to a deadly menigitis outbreak within the US.
July 2012: Ford Escapes(Vechicle Hazard)
In July consumers and shoppers were notified of the potential fire hazard related to Ford Escapes.
June 2012: Defective Black & Decker Coffemakers
At the beginning of the month consumers and shoppers, were informed of recall and safety hazards of Black & Decker Coffemakers. The recall stated reports of 1,200 handles breaking and reported 1,276 burns or cuts. A voluntary recall had been issued of Black& Decker's Spacemaker (12-cup programmable under-the-cabinet coffemakers)
Sold at major retailers nationwide from July 2008 through May 2012.
May 2012: Amid the numerous consumer reports consumers and shoppers alike were alerted to , in the month of May
April 2012: While consumers and shoppers,
March 2012: During the month of March consumers and shoppers received safety recall
February 2012: For the month of February consumers and shoppers were informed of
January 2012: In the month of January consumers and shoppers were alerted to recalls and safety hazard
National Consumer Alert 2011:
At the beginning of 2011,the Consumer Product Safety Commission informed consumers of several products,objects,and items with the potential to cause harm plus injury to adults and children.Each month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission upon being informed of potential harmful and hazardous products,objects, and materialsimmediately releases this information to the public. As stated on its web site,"CPSC is chargewith protecting consumers from unreasonablerisk of injury or death from thousands of types of consumerproducts"
Keeping consumers informed plus up to date with consumer information continues to beone of the manybut very important jobs, I perform through out the year.Ultimately, in this section the consumers alerts as I plan should become available during each month.At this time, Im only able to give consumers a brief overview of consumers alerts.Unequivocally,all serious consumers and shoppers should visit the CPSC regularly to stay up to date on Consumer Alert information while that information continues to remain available on this site located to right with a hyper link connection.
Currently,the consumers alerts in this section has been changed to a quarterly review. Veritably, the intent of thissection continues to be to provide a very basic and brief overview along with other relevant consumer information.
---Founder & President of csaccac Inc
Aquarterly review Jan,Feb, & March
National Consumer Alert 2010:
Infant formula recalled
Consumer FoodSafety: Tainted Eggs Put Consumers Health at Risk.
As of to date, August 21st, the voluntary recall of millions of eggs produced by Wright County Farmsthat could have traces of salmonella remains a national consumer alert. The voluntary recall of the eggs was first issued and brought to the attention of the public on August 13th.Since the firstrecall of the eggs, the Center for Disease Control has reported approximately 300 cases of illness.Infected eggs was sent to the following states:California, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Texas, Georgia, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Iowa, Illinois, Utah, Nebraska, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Oklahoma.Consumershave been advised that thepackaged eggs produced byWright County Farm was place in different size cartons as stated in the baxterbullentin.com the eggs were placed in"6-egg cartons, dozen egg cartons, 18-egg cartons, and loose eggs for institutional use and repackaging) with Julian dates ranging from 136 to 229 and plant numbers 1720 and 1942." As result ofone the largest salmonella outbreaks in US History,Consumers have also been advised to check the dates and codes on the egg cartons.Consumerswho want to make sure that they are notpurchasing tainted eggswill find that the"...Dates and codes can be found stamped on the end of the egg carton or printed on the case label. The plant number begins with the letter P and then the number. The Julian date follows the plant number, for example: P-1720 223."
For more information about this recall visit the following:
Consumer Food Safety:Tainted Eggs,Put Consumers At Risk.
August 14th,2010 Food and Drug Administration recalls millions of eggsthat could have traces of salmonella. A voluntary recall of one nations largest egg producer has been expanded to 380 million eggs .More specifically, the egg recall involves eggs produced by Wright County Farms.It has been reported that the eggs was shipped to fourteen different states in the US and distributed to several grocery stores including Krogers,Publix and Farm Fresh Stores.
For more information pertaining to this recall visit www.fda.gov
National Consumer Alert 2010
(OTCmedicineputsInfants and Toddlers at risk:A Voluntary Recall)
A voluntary recall of children's and infants over the counter medicine was issued during the month of April 2010. As a result ofquestions arising on whetherthe quality standards of certain over the counter medicine,specifically,children's and infant liquid product medicine that might not havemeet fdarequirements,McNeil Consumer Health Careissued a voluntary recall of over the counter medicine that could cause harm to infants and toddlers. The recalled included Children's and Infant'sTylenol,Children's and Infant's Motrin as well as Children's and Infant's Zyrtec, and Benadyrl. Although, the voluntary recalled was issued in during the last week of April,parents should continued to be caution when administering over the countermedicine to infants and toddlers. At the same time,therecall clearly states that *OTC liquid medicine could put infants and toddlers at risk of harm.
Health professionall advise parents to only administer the dose recommend on the labels of the over the counter medicine.
Also, healthprofessional advise if an infants or toddler has allergic reaction to the medicinedo not use the over the counter medicine visit a family doctor.
In addition to reading labels and properly administering over the counter medicineit's equallyimportant that parentsnotice afever , cough, or rash thatpersist for more than three or five days when this occurs parents should stop using the OTC medicine seek immediatemedical attention.
National Consumer Alert2010
Wal martrecalls2 General Electric brand of coffee makers sold between March 2008 and January 2010 after several reports of overheating and potential fire hazard.As a result of reported safety hazard, Wal mart has issued a recall of twoGE coffee makers.In fact, various news sources has reported thatthe GE coffee makerssold at Wal martstores to be a potential saftey hazard;therefore,consumers should use caution with the coffee makers. Although,it's a voluntary recall,Wal marthas advised shoppersof the defect of the 2 brand of the coffee makers recalled.At the same time,therecall pertains to two specificbrand models169164 color black and 169165 color white.
For more information visit www.walmart.com
National Consumer Alert 2010
Freshway Foods Of Sidney: Recalls Romaine Lettuce in 23 states including West Virginia and Virginia.
For more information visit www.fda.gov
National Consumer Alert 2010
Food products containing (HVP) hydrolyzed vegetable protein is being recalled by FDA. Distributed by Basic Food Flavors Inc.,the hydrolyzed vegetable protein called(hvp) could causesamonella poisoning. At this time,no illnesses or deaths related to the product has been reported to the Food Drug Adminstratin(FDA).
To receive further information visit FDAofficial site.
A list of affected products can be found at http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/HVPCP
National Consumer Alert 2010
Toyota recall a fiascoprompting consumers immediate attention.
National Consumer Alert 2010
Baby/Infant slings recalled:
No specific brand metioned in the baby sling recall,at least 7 deaths has been reported from the use of the slings.Suffucation has been reported as cause for recall of the baby slings.
*Ellaroo recalls Infant sling carriers:Although, the goverment has notnamed aspecfic babycarrier in the recent recall,I found three brands listed on the internet Ellaroo Ring Sling Slingrider carriers in the article it states that"The carriers were sold at juvenile product and department stores nationwide and online, including BabiesRUs.com, from June 2007 through February 2008 for about $100. They were made in India.
Consumers should immediately stop using the sling carriers and contact Ellaroo for instructions on returning the carriers for a repair or replacement Ring Sling."
Information provided by:http://consumer affairs.com
National Consumer Alert 2010
Dell notebook & batteryrecall:
Blinds & Shade chord safety hazard:
NationalConsumer Alert 2009
National Consumer Alert:The federal minimum wage in most states is$6.55,however, on July 24th 2009 the federal minimum wage will change to $7.25.
National Consumer Alert:
Dell notebook recall:
Blinds & Shade chord safety hazard:
NationalConsumer Alert 2009
National Consumer Alert:The federal minimum wage in most states is$6.55,however, on July 24th 2009 the federal minimum wage will change to $7.25.
National Consumer Alert:
HDTV Convertor Coupon Offered Ended July 31st.
July 31st,the last dayConsumerscould applyto receiveGovernment coupons to purchase aHDTV convertor box .As ofJuly 31st, the Government has stop issuing convertor coupons.
National Consumer Alert:
*June designatedas National Healthand Safety month.
National Consumer Alert:
Digital television set to officially begin on June 12th 2009.
Analog television is set to officially end on June 12th,2009. After June 12th 2009, consumers that do not subscribe to cable will have to purchase a convertor box.For more information call1-888-DTV-2009
To get a coupon
To buy a conveter box
To install Converter
National Consumer Alert:
Safety First/Public health officials prepare for swine flu pandemic in the United States.
A confirmed forty cases of theswine flu has been reported in the U.S. Asof April 27th, it has been reported that 141 Mexico citizens has succumb to the viruse. Theswine flu unlike thecommon flu is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruse found in pigs,whereas the common flu viruseis a contagious respiratory illness found in humans.The flu which is known to the medical commnuity as influenza is a viruse.Likewise the swine flu is also a virusewith the exception that itis a viruse found commonly in pigs.The swine flu that is currently present in the United States and Mexico the"CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human." The intial finding of the swine flu began in late March and early April 2009.More importantly,the swine fluis considered a more virulent form of the common flu.In most instances the symptoms of the flu can be mild to severe.In fact,the swine fluhas some of the same symptoms as the common flu.Indeed,the symptoms of the swine flu is similar to the humanflu,as previously stated,the swine fluis considered more virulent and has been transmitted from swine to person,person to person,ultimatelyinfectingthe general populaton.Although the swine flu has been deadly in Mexico City,at the same time,it is important tocite that the flu viruse has been known to cause death among Americans.Specifically,inthe in United States;not surprisingly,Americans gather every year in doctor offices to get vaccinated from the flu,especiallyelder Americans.In addition to the elderly getting vaccinated,public health officials has citedthat duringthe flu seasonpeople with certain health conditions,including infants,and pre-adolescences has a greater risk of having complications from the flu viruse; therefore, ithas been recommended by public health officials that they alsoget vacinated.Although,the typical flu season in the United Statesusually peaksbetween January and February,clearly,the current cases of swine flu in Mexico and several states in the US has caused among public health officials.The flu which is also known as influenza"Since the beginning of the 2008-09 flu season,influenza activity has remained low in the UnitedStates but is now increasing."As a result,each year public health officials advise Americans to get the flu vaccine. It is stated by theCDC "on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu" as well as"200,000 people are hospitalized from flu and 36,000 people die from flu-related causes." ;however,"... the past 26 flu seasons, the peak of the influenza season has occurred in November one season, December four seasons, January five seasons, February 12 seasons, and March four seasons." Certaintly,American consumers should use the same precaution taken during the flu season to prevent the spread and complications of the swine flu.Besides getting vacinated for the flu,public health officials stated that covering nose and mouthwhen you sneeze,frequently wash hands,and avoid touching eyes,nose,and mouth, as well as limit contact with infected individuals. has stated the flu vaccinated might not have anaffect on the swine flu viruse,yet,other treatment for the viruse is available.Unequivocally,American consumerswho hasa greater risk of flu complications during regular flu season should take necessary precautions to avoid risk of swine flu in case of a pandemic in the United States.---cacjohnson
Information provided by
the Center for Disease Control &Prevention
National Consumer Alert:
Swine Flu Outbreakincites concern among public health officials,April 2009:
Public Health Officials states"it's unusual to see the flu in April"---
American Public HealthOfficials take precautions against the spread of swine flu in the U.S.,after Public Health Officials report of swine flu cases in Mexico.First reported out ofMexico City,the swine fluhas thepotential to become a pandemic. It has been reported that 68 people in Mexico has alreadydied from the current strain of swine flu. Subsequently, Public Health Officials has begun to take precautionstoeschew Swine Flu Pandemic in the UnitedStatesandMexico.Ostensibly,1000 people in Mexico City have been sickened by the swine flu.Surprisingly,the death toll over next couple ofweeks is expected to proliferate because prompt treatment of infected citizens has been slow or delayed. Although, a vaccine is not readily available in Mexico,Public Health Official statethere is treatment.Yet, the cause for delay of treating citizen is becausethe current strain of swine flu found in Mexico is a new strain.Meanwhile,Mexico City citizen wait in queues to get vaccinated, yet, Public Health Official state the new strain of swine flu is not covered by regular flu vaccine;however, getting vaccinated is one step to taking precautions againstapandemic.Moreover,in the United States eleven cases of the swine fluhas been reported. Futhermore,the swine flu that has been reported in states such as California, Kansas, Texas,New York and Ohiois much milder than the swine flu reported in Mexico City; in most instances, individuals in the UnitedStates infected with the swine flu has complained of nausea, dizziness and fever. Although, the cases of swine flu in the United States isnot as virulent as the swine flu case in Mexico, public health officials continue to prepare for a pandemic. In their efforts to prepare for a pandemic, Public Health officials state there is much unknown about the current strain of swine flu in Mexico City. As public health officials prepare for an possible outbreak in the United States,health officials continue to work and analysis the strain in Mexico comparing it with the strain in the United States. In the United States treatment is available for the swine flu; however, in Mexico City the treatment is either not given or not readily available. Health official states that Americans should begin to take precautions. Also, public health officials state certain common drugs known to treat the flumight not be effective in treating the swine flu. Consequently, the new strain of swine flu in Mexico has caused public health officals to become disconcerted.The reason forpublic health officials discontentment over recent report of swine flu in Mexico is because the current strain ofswine flu is not like the average strain of flu. The current strain of swine flureported in Mexico isbeing transmitted from swine to person, and person to person which is highly contagious.
To conclude,incontrovertibly,Americans should take precautions from spreading the flu as wellas the swine flu. The following steps every American can take to prevent flu outbreak as well as the swine fluislisted below,the listis provided by Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
Steps every American can take to prevent flu and swine flu outbreak, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:
1.Avoid Close Contact
2.Stay Home When You Are Sick
3.Cover Your Nose And Mouth
4.Clean your hands
5.Avoid touching eyes,nose,and mouth
6.Practice other good health habits.
Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
For more information visit www.cdc.gov
National/ConsumerAlert: * www.dtv2009.Gov
1-888-DTV-2009 has issued another contact number for Consumers with questions about the conversion from analog to digital (HDTV)
To get a coupon
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For the latest ,up to date consumer information read cacjohnson.com a biweekly article onConsumer Alert Information.
Articlesfor the month will post between(10th-28th) of each month---cacjohnson
Safety First:Over the counter medications.
What consumers should know before purchasing popular over the counter pain medicines and other over the counter drugs.
Safety First:More food safety:
What's the expiration date on the milk.meat products,bread, and frozen foods? What you 'll find in your local grocery.
SafetyFirst:What causes birth defects infants?
& Preventing birth defects infants.
Safety First:Filtering the televison show your kids
Safety First:What is samonella?
Ways to avoid samonella poisoning
Safety First:Food handling safety.
Safety First:Disposing of batteries properly.
Safety First:Preventing the spread of the flu virus.
Safety First:Preventing accidental deaths in the home
Safety First:The proper way to lift heavy items.
Safety First: Diet pills and dieting.What every person whose considering to begin a diet should know before before taking diet pills or starting a dieting program.
Safety First: Getting diabetes under control.
What is diabetes? Whose at risk?
Safety First: Avoid work related injuries.
What to do if your injured on the job.
Safety First:Extreme heat near tech gadgets
and batteries is a safety hazard.
Safety First: Avoid saftey hazards in the home,parents learn what potentially dangerous items you have hiding under your kitchen cabinets that could be making you sick.
Safety First:Store flammables and poisonous
liquids away from small children.
Safety First:Several States in the U.S ban text
messaging while driving.
Text messaging while driving was first brought to my attention in 2008,during this time period the banning of text messaging in all 50 states had not become fully effective,as January 1st,2009,no texting while driving became effective in California.On August 1st, 2009 Minnesota will follow California's footsteps.Presently,at this time 13states have ban text messaging for all drivers including the District of Columbia.With new technology becoming available faster than the fry handler can get the fries out the oil,safety first in the kitchen,at work, or on the road remains the prevailing exigent message that lawmakers firmly convey to cell phone users,especially teenagers to make driving safe for all drivers of all ages.
Safety First: How often do you change the battery in your car? When my car was hot rodded the electrical system kept draining the battery,but besides hot rodding a car, what else could be draining your car battery? (Cigarette lighters,car alarms,turning signals,&car speakers.)
Safety First:What's interfering with your brain waves?Changing channels to maximize the most of your brain.What frequency is your brain tuned into? Did you know that lead poisoning, asbestos,toxic waste,chemical fumes,and caffeine all could be effecting your brain. Consumers should be alert the items they use everyday from cellphones,microwave ovens,to satellites dishes,even the family computer could all be detrimental to their health. It is a known fact that the human brain operates on different wave lengths,What wave length is your brain tuned into?
SafetyFirst: Acupuncture safe or dangerous. What is acupunture? & Who is using acupuncture for medical reason?
It has been shown on, The View, Rachael Ray, GMA, Martha Stewart, and Oprah, a simple medical procedure that is suppose to increase stamina. Not surprisingly, audience members even some of the shows host has a practioner place thin like hair needles into their skin, it is a procedure commonly known as acupuncture and it has recently gained an increase in popularity in the United States . Today acupuncture is practiced by Practioner and MD’s throughout the United States. Most importantly, performed properly acupuncture is considered a safe medical procedure. What is acupuncture? It is a procedure that involves inserting hair thin needles into the skin to stimulate the central nervous system. Practice in all 50 states in the United States acupuncture along with breast augmentation, face lifts, micro derma abrasion and liposuction has become a widely popular medical procedure. Although,researchers argue the medical benefits from having acupuncture performed as a medical treatment because it is a procedure and not a pill.In addition to researchers concerns and uncertainty of medical results,the .Eventhough,researchers question the medical results of acupuncture, researchers has expressed doubts their uncertainty has not impede the popularity of acupuncture in the United States . One of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture did not gain recognition in The United States until 1970’s “when Richard Nixon became the first U.S. president to visit China …” Specifically, acupuncture is a procedure performed to promote balance and harmony within the body. In fact, as a medical procedure it is known to have few side effects which could also attribute to its popularity. Nevertheless, the validity of the medical benefits of having acupuncture performed as a medical treatment remains a rife among Western Researchers and clinicians. As a result, medical reviews by researchers state acupuncture has more of a placebo effect. Still, in the United States “acupuncture has been widely accepted…and endorsed by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Astonishingly, researchers state individuals who has received acupuncture as a traditional form of medicine has experienced relief from chronic fatigue, headaches, depression, allergies, back pain, sleeping disorders and menstrual problems. Remarkably, acupuncture as a medical treatment has very little to no side effects at all; certainly, it is one of the least expensive medical treatments with cost ranging from $50 to $100. Furthermore, individuals who receive acupuncture as a medical procedure: “tend to get sick less and recover more quickly as well as improved stamina, and vitality.” Moreover, “Many practioners view the acupuncture points as places to stimulate nerves, muscles, and connective tissue. This stimulation appears to boost the activity of your body’s natural pain killers and increase blood flow.” In most instance, acupuncture is safe; however, with any medical procedures the risk of side effects during the medical procedure is determined by the type of procedure; for example, the side effects related to having acupuncture performed as a medical treatment vary but is not limited to the following: “soreness” , “bleeding and bruising at the needle site” To conclude, an individual choosing acupuncture as a medical procedure, it is recommended that each individual conduct their search for an acupuncturist/acupuncture practioner in the same way they search for a doctor.---cacjohnson
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Safety First: Is caffeine ruining your life?
Caffeine is found in coffees, teas, and soft drinks. Caffeine is a bitter alkaloid and a stimulant. Most Americans that drink caffeine do so to get a jolt from the caffeine to start their day. Since its discovery in 1819 by a German chemist, caffeine is one of the most popular food substance used in beverages. Although, caffeine has numerous usages; it is commonly known for its use in coffee, soft drinks, and energy drinks. It is not uncommon to find caffeine lovers waiting in a queue to purchase their favorite beverages that contain caffeine. For many caffeine lovers it is the surge the rush of energy after drinking a caffeinated beverage that draws them to caffeine like a magnet. Today ,in the United States,finding a beverage with caffeine is not difficult because many of thefast food restaurants, such as McDonalds, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, 7 Eleven, and Burger King all offer beverages with caffeine. So, whether if it’s a fresh cup of black coffee (Joe) or a carbonated drink most fast food restaurants offer beverages with caffeine.Besides selling their trademark hamburger the(Big Mac), most American consumers know McDonalds by their infamous slogan “Over one million served” which also includes serving caffeinated beverages to their customers.McDonalds has been serving its customer since 1940. Of the one million customers served many of them have purchased a caffeinated beverage,moverover,McDonald is also known for its special cups that holds its customers morning cup of black coffee also know as a cup of (Joe). In fact, McDonalds restaurants and McCafe's serves over six million cups of coffee a year. Served on the breakfast menu,McDonald's coffee is placed in styrofoam cups imprinted on the cups the words“caution hot”.There has been several legal cases reported against McDonalds stating that McDonald's customers received third degree burns while trying to drive and drink theirMcDonald's morning coffee. McDonald's customers blamed the temperature that McDonald's brewed the coffee caused the burns.As result of the legal cases filed against McDonalds,the franchise has changed the temperature and the way it brews coffee. It's not surprising to find coffee lovers waiting in drive-thrus or standing in lines to grab their cup of morning coffee;its this type of coffee craze that has made caffeine a widely popular food substance in the United States.Yet the question remains,Is caffeine ruining your life and how would you know? I t has been stated by researchers that caffeine is mildly addictive in addition to being mildly addictive some researchers consider caffeine to be a drug. McDonalds and Starbucks both know a lot about customer satisfaction but how far will their customers go for a caffeinated beverage or in Starbucks case their signature coffee and lattes.
Typically, in the United States most American consumes about 8 ounces of caffeine that is equivalent to two cups of coffee. The Food and Drug Administration is noted for calling caffeine “A Multiple Purpose…safe food substance.” One the most commonly known effects of caffeine causes consumers to feel a sense verve as well as temporarily reducing the feeling of languidness,and drowsiness.Unequivocally, the makers of coffee, soft drinks, and energy drink had to have some inclination of the affects of that caffeine would cause when used in beverages. As result of the use of caffeine in beverages, today many of the makers of coffee,teas,soft drinks and energy drinks make enormous profits from selling caffeinated beverages. Incontrovertibly, it is the caffeine that makes many of these beverages popular with American consumers. Still, many Americans consumers have a predilection towards certain caffeinated beverages, as a result,of consumers preference makers of coffee, soft drinks, and energy drinks advertising campaigns specifically appeals to a targeted audience. Clearly,caffeine has side effects both positive and negative. While caffeine might make some consumers feel energetic and enthusiastic it has a down side; first of all, it is know that caffeine affects the central nervous system. Furthermore, researchers has also stated in low dosage caffeine is not harmful but taken in large amounts caffeine can cause adverse side effects. Caffeine also comes in two other forms tablet and capsule. Readily available for high school students and college students to purchase in tablet or capsule form,caffeine is popular among students, especially during exams. Over-the-counter brands of caffeine such as No Doz, Overtime, Pep Back, Quick Prep, Caffedrine, and Vivarin is often used many adolescences. Despite the fact that caffeine is known to be mildly addictive,caffeine is still a widely popular food substance that has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Most definitely, caffeine lovers should heed the warnings of researchers that when caffeine is consumed in large amounts it can cause risk of heart attacks, other symptoms include feeling jittery, skittish, restlessness, headaches, insomnia, and anxiety. Generally, the affects of caffeine last about one to two hours; however, the strongest effects of caffeine last for an hour. Yet,caffeine can remain in the blood system for about fours to six hours depending on the dosage and strength of the caffeine.In some instances,caffeine is know to interfere with sleeping patterns;it has been recommened that most adults should get about eight hours of sleep.However,caffeine can cause sleep deprivation, irritablity,and mood swings.In fact,researches state if you experience irritabilty,headaches or migraines while trying tto cut back on caffeine these could be signs of dependence. At the beginning of this article,I asked consumers the question "Is caffeine ruining your life and how would know?"
I recall as an young girl, my grandmother would prepare for work in the morning by making a cup of coffee.Often my grandmother began her morning with her favorite news show and if time permitted she would ask me or my aunt to make her a cup of coffee. On the other hand, my dad would begin his day by brewing a pot coffee at about 5:00 am in the morning while waiting for the Today show with Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley. It has been a family tradition to make coffee early in the morning during the work week. It had not occured to me that my grandmother or dad could have been addicted to caffeine; it just seem like a normal part of the day to wake up and drink a cup coffee just the same way that I would make a bowl of cereal,or oatmeal. Drinking coffee is one of my most cherished family traditions.Not surprisingly,at the age of thirty-seven,I still love coffee,I love lattes,expressos,and soft drinks(Coca Cola).I have a predilection towards coffee and lattes with lots of whip cream,however,because of the recession and my limited income, I have been buying more carbonated drinks more than usual. It is a known fact that ceratin soft drinks cost less than a gourmet cup of cofee. I don't purchase soft drinks by the case,I usually just purchase a liter.I drink soft drinks for a quick energy but I don't drink soft drinks everyday.Although,I have a penchant for Coca Cola;I have not experienced caffeine withdrawals but there are some days I feel like I just have to a Coca Cola.To conclude,if you experience frequent headaches,irritabilty and mood swings then it could be time to cut back on your caffeine intake.---cacjohnson
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Safety First:Keeping your money safe
Automatic teller machines(Atm's )are located just about everywhere. Grocery stores,malls,gas stations,convienent stores, most often all will have an ATM making it accessible for consumers to access their money for shopping or emergencies.Nearly all ATM'swillacceptVisa,Mastercard,Discover,American Express,&Bank debt cards;American consumers utilize atm's when there are long lines at banks or when they only have a few minutes before returning to work while mulitasking.Nonetheless, during these hard economic times many American Consumers are strapped for cash and spending less,although Americans are being frugal they are still using Atm's but not as frequent.American consumers should remember safety first,especially,if keeping your money safe becomes more important than having the actual cash in your hand. Atm's still comes in handy during emergences,yet it is no substitute for in person visit to the bank
Listed below are some safety tips for using the Automatic Teller Machine (Atm):
Consumer Alert Information
Saftey First: Preventing Accidental Deaths Thousands of accidental deaths occur in the United States each year, most often accidental deaths occur inside the home usually when there is little or no supervision.A large number accidental deaths are contributed to choking,drowning, heart attacks,and strokes.Many of these accidental deaths are preventable deaths. American Consumers can help prevent accidental deaths by doing the following:
Keep a list of important numbers in a visible place for example on a refrigerator, or by the family computer.
Keep a First Aid Kit inside your home: a kit should contain oniments,bandaids,eyewash,
To Prevent Poisoning/Overdosing: Keep medicine up high in medicine cabinets places where infants and toddlers can not reach. Lock cleaning fluids in cabinets, do not reuse the bottles and dispose of cleaning fluid bottles as stated on the instructions.
Child safety: Do not allow toddlers to play with small toys that might get lodged in their throats forexample (ballon,buttons,marbles,coins,hair beads,and eraser caps)"The Consumer Product Safety Act of 1979 bans items that pose a choking risk. The small part safety test (SPTF)fixture is used to gauge the safety of small items.Objects that can fit into a cylinder that measures 3 centimeters(cms) in diameter 2 by 5cm deep failed the test."www.health.yahoo.com
It is strongly recommended that parents check all toddlers toys before allowing them to play with the toys.
Pool safety: Do not leave infants,toddlers or minors around pools without adult supervision. Below a list of ways to keep your infants,toddlers and minors safe
To prevent slips and falls: Immediately wipe up liquids on floors,
To prevent electric shock: Do not use electricals near running water, unplug electricals when not being used.
Educate:Know the warning signs of a heart attack and stroke The American Heart and Lung Association
information provided bywww.americanheart.org
information provided by www.americanheart.org
Safety First:Two DeadlyMix(Cellphones&autos)
Elminate accidental deaths with safety first. Millions of Americans own cell phones and automobiles both are a luxury and a necessity; however, the two combined together could become a deadly mix. For the next time your on the road,instead trying to make a call, text message, a family member, friends or coworkers while driving remember safety first. American Consumers can help prevent accidents by taking a few simple precautions such as:
1. Buy the accessories that come with your cell
;for instance,a hands free head set.
2. Pull over to the side of road in a well lighted area/
let the caller know your will return their call as soon as
get to your destination.
3. Make it rule to not text message while driving, hand your phone to the passenger
Safety First: Stop, Drop, & Roll
"More than 4,000 Americans die each year in fires and approximately 20,000 are injured. An overwhelming number of fires occur in the home. There are time-tested ways to prevent and survive a fire. It’s not a question of luck. It’s a matter of practicing and planning ahead....A smoke alarm is critical for the early detection of a fire in your home and could mean the difference between life and death. Fires can occur in a variety of ways and in any room of your home. But no matter where or how, having a smoke alarm is the first key step towards your family's safety." www.firesafety.gov
The importance of having a smoke alarm is between milli seconds of a saving a life. T he purpose of smoke detectors is to notify occupants that a possible fire could be in the home. Most importantly, smoke detectors should be strategically located throughout homes in such places as: hallways, kitchens, and bedrooms. According to comsumer fire safety.gov,"A smoke alarm should be installed and maintained according to the manufacturer's instructions. When installing a smoke alarm, many factors influence where you will place it, including how many are to be installed. Consider placing alarms along your escape path to assist in egress in limited visibility conditions. In general you should place alarms in the center of a ceiling or, if you place them on a wall, they should be 6 to 12 inches below the ceiling." Finally, consumers should remember to check smoke detectors reguarly to make sure they are working properly, change batteries at least three to six months.Today thanks to modern technology newer smoke detector do not require batteries ; however it is up to the homeowner to find the best smoke and carbon monoxide detector for their home, below is a list of imporant reminders that consumer fire safety.gov emphasizes to consumers:
- Install a working smoke alarm on every level of the home, outside sleeping areas, and inside bedrooms.
Towards the end of 2010,I began recording and broadcasting live on Ustream. Admittedly,the first show I had not rehearsed;fortunately,it worked well because I hadn't prepared my hair or makeup. Since my pre-teens, I've been somewhat preoccupied with my appearance,a little more than somewhat self conscious about my appearance on and off camera. After recording several live voice recordings,I eventually broadcast live on Ustream. Not quite the expert on working the web cam and the mic,I experienced difficulty with the audio and visual while recording the 15-30minute talk show on Ustream. Off schedule with the scheduled dates to of the airing of Get Twice the Luv,weeks later I resumed recording sporting a new hair cut and Demi lashes. Honestly ,I really enjoyed my Demi Lashes although they probably would have look better if they had been applied by a professional. Even though, my lashes had not been applied professionally I enjoyed the enhanced look. So,when I stumbled upon the Pro Lash product on the internet,I got excited about trial offer by the makers of Pro Lash. After testing the product, I concluded that Pro Lash is a great product,however,I 'd like to see a long lash applicator in addition to a lower price.
Cosmetic tip 4 June 2010:
Apply 2 to 3 coats of clear nail polish on costume jewelry or jewerly that's gold plated too keep it from fading and turning quickly. This week Ibought two sets of earrings one set gold and one set silver and before wearing the earrings I coated them with clear polish. It'sa simple cosmetic tip that does work as long as you don't wear the earring in the shower. Im not big on big hoop earrings, I have penchant 4 verysmall earringsbut since I've got 2 holes, I love the look.---cacjohnson
Cosmetic tip 4 May 2010:
The perfect eyeliner sharper
I stop waxing my eyebrows several years ago,today I pencil in my eyebrows using a black or browneyeliner &eye browpencil. As a result of not waxing my eye brows, I use my eyeliner& eyebrow pencil daily it's not suprising that my eye pencils get dull very quickly,for thisreason I like to keep a eyeliner sharpneron hand to sharpen the tips of my eyeliner & eyebrow pencils. Although, I love eyelinerand eyebrow pencils, today a large number of brandcosmetic offer eyeliners and eyebrow pencils with built in sharpeners thus offering consumers two products in one and ultimatelysaving consumerdollars---cacjohnson
Cosmetic Tip 4 April:
Cosmetic tip 4 March 2010:
The secret to soft, silky, and smooth skin is a good body wash or bar soap. On the days that I have run out of body wash, I use a bar soap. For some women using body wash daily causes skin irritation or yeast infections, therefore, I recommend for women with sensitive skin to use a bar soap daily such as; Aveeno bar, Jergens, Caress, or Dove. For example, I personally prefer to use Dove for washing my face because its a mild soap with a light fragrance, whereas, I prefer Jergens or Caress as an all over body soap. Both Jergens and Caress works to remove dirt and soften the skin, plus, they both smell great.
What body washes or bar soap do you prefer? ---cacjohnson
Cosmetic Tip February 2010
Singles and couples often celebrate Valentine's Day together in an atmosphere filled with love, laughter and romance. In some instances, on Valentine's Day, singles and couples patron their favorite restaurants while other chose to hang out with friends at a local club or bar; however, no matter where you might find yourself the next Valentine's Day looking great is a prerequisite to meeting new people and finding a potential new mate. Unequivocally, two things you dont want to worry about on a date or out with friends are unsightly hairs and body odor. Not surprisingly, the cosmetic tip for February is especially for the ladies, whether youre on a first date or rekindling the flame dress to impress on Valentine's Day. Also, ladies to avoid embarrassment having smooth legs and hairless armpits definitely help to keep away any feelings of discomfort or uneasiness. Although, Valentine's Day only happens once a year, of course, ladies should dress to impress for job interviews and employment, therefore having smooth legs and hairless pit is just required on Valentines Day, good hygiene should be practice daily. In faction the days that I am no able to pay to have my legs hot waxed, I use Skintimate shaving gel with a single blade in the shower to remove unsightly hairs. As part your daily groom, ladies watch out for unsightly hairs.
Cosmetic Tip January 2010
soft, medium, hard, or battery powered a good toothbrush for daily use to prevent decay and gum diseaseshould be included as a definitepart of any good dental daily regimen.Throughout the years,I tried various types of toothbrush in different brands and sizes.Although, as a small kid I grew up with manual toothbrush, a manual toothbrush was basically a toothbrush with bristles that formed the head of the brush, often the head was offered in various soft medium or hard.Overtime I was taught to get the best effect as well as healthier teeth to brush my teeth up and down including my gums that was before the invention of battery powered toothbrush(tb).Moreover, it is important to change toothbrushat least every 4 to 6 weeks because of the build up of germs on the bristles after numerous usage.Today,I have a penchant and predilection for the battered powered toothbrush with the changeable heads.Futhermore,battery powered tooth brushescleans the gums better as wells remove more germs and food particles than if you just using regular toothbrush with a handle.Also they make great stocking stuffers.Subsequently,battery powered toothbrushes remain popular among adults and small children.as result of the popularity of battery powered toothbrushes makers of battery toothbrushes have made available the battery powered (tb)in many of the different styles in particularkids movies,fun and easy to use they assist with teaching small chldren good dental habits.In most instances consumer will the notice the results of a good toothbrush and tooth-paste within one week.
Tea,coffee,mustard,red dyes in food and drinks stain teeth and wreck havoc on tooth enamel and gums instead of manual toothbrush try a battery powered toothbrush for tough stains and to get the best results.---cacjohnson
Results in from November& December product test:Which deoderant performed the best?
Cosmetic Tip 4 December
Making a perfect smile work foryou:
A toothpaste that freshens,brightens,and promotes healthy teeth.
Cosmetic Tip 4 November 2009
Finding the perfect 24 hrantiperspirant forday&night events.Normally, I use Dove or Secret but this month I decided to try two other kinds of deoderant,I'll reveal the results next month---cacjohnson
Cosmetic tip4 October 2009:
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Cosmetic tip for July 2009: Replace cosmetics that might have been contaiminated from dust particles immediately to prevent acne breakouts.Also, wash blush brushes in mild soap and then letair dry.
Cosmetic tip for June 2009:Finding the right hand cream or lotion to maintain manicures.
I work with my hands a lot during the course of the week from typing, to lifting,carrying shopping bags,washing dishes,even taking out the trash, therefore, as a young woman in my mid thirties maintianing and takingsteps to make sure I have healthy handssometimes lot a of work.As result,each month I have my nails manicured by a licensed a professional,instead of going to the nailsalon every two weeks I only go once a month. Astonishingly,I am able to maintain my manicure with the use of a really good hand and body lotion/cream. I have tested several types of lotions as well as creamsin thelast few monthsfor example I havetestedPonds hand cream,Nivea,Eucerin, Walgreens brand with Aloe Vera,and Coco Butter. I have that creams and lotion that are not to heavy or oil works best for my hands especially after a manicure,of course,finding a really good hand lotion/or cream varies for each individual,most importantly, consumer should know thata variety creams are available at localchain store and department stores.---cacjohnson
Cosmetic tip for the month of May 2009:
Replace cosmetics that might have been contaiminated from dust particles immediately to prevent acne breakouts.Also, wash blush brushes in mild soap and then letair dry.
cacjohnson's comestic bag contains lip gloss,eyeliner, black mascara, eyeshadow,blush,liquid foundation and cream to powder foundation.
Cosmetic Tip for the Month of April 2009:
This months makeup tip is from Cosmetique. cacjohnson has tried several of Cosmetique cosmetics. During the trial process with Cosmetique, cacjohnson received the following items listed below.
"Makeup is easy with the right tools....Applying makeup is simple with these precision performers..." --Cosmetique
*visit Cosmetique oncacjohnson's Product&Service web page
Cosmetic Tip for the Month of March 2009:Summer is approaching alongwith new fashion trendsbringing in cutsyshirts,and dresses.Ladies to keep your look fresh and on the cutting edge applyneutral tones during the day,remember ladies for the day you want to look less dramatic,so,emphasize your lips and cheekbones.Also,ladies when you're going out for the evenings, try glamming up your eyes.Here'sthe million dollar question:What makes for a fresh natural look?A solid foundation,yes, foundation,a good foundation and no one will even notice you're wearing makeup.And,ladies,don't forget to include a daily cleaning regimen. For those of you with a spotless, mark free face,use Dove beauty soap bar or Tone. I have tried both, I like them both ,however, Dove has less of a scent.Finally,foryoung girls and women withoil skinhaving a good facial cleanser is very important to reducing blackheads,I exfoliate about once week with an apricot facial. I use a cream foundation to cover discoloration as well as to even out my skin stone.A really good facial scrub is equally important ashaving the right shade of foundation.
Cosmetic Tip for the month of February 2009: I love mascara and use a lot of ittothicken my eyelashes, but I also replace my mascara about twice a month. One the most frequent questionsI have often heard pertaining to eye makeup is "How long should I keep my mascara?" cacjohnson recommends to consumers and mascara users that they should replace their mascara at least once a month, however, if your mascara falls on the floorand becomes contaminated due to particles circulating in the air then it is recommend that the consumer replaces the mascara to avoid irration in or near the eye area.On the other hand, a blog called genuis beauty.com recommends"Mascara can be used for 3 to 5 months;it quickly goes bad due to frequent contact with the air and the eyelashes,but when not used it dries out and should not be diluted."www.genuisbeauty.com
information provided by www.genuisbeauty.com
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