Foster Children Overmedicated. Who’s That Elephant In The Room?

Prescription medicine and medical doctors are wonderful benefits to our society. There is much good about discoveries in pharmaceutical research, miracles are created, advances made, lives saved. So why was I not surprised when I heard on CNN News that foster children are being over medicated, admittedly so to control behavior. A new study by the Government Accountability Office revealed such is the case. (E. Cohen, “Foster Care Kids Over Prescribed Meds”) We are talking about babies and toddlers here. What is going on here and who is in the position of power  amp; responsibility? Would it be the doctor, the pharmaceutical companies, foster parents, or social services? How far do we cross over the line before society stands up and says “enough”? Our children are at our mercy, especially those in foster care.

This is becoming an all too familiar tale. Not to mention the stories of teenagers and adults over medicated and over prescribed prescription medications. The countless number of individuals addicted to doctor prescribed medication in the country is rising quickly, not to mention resulting deaths in prescription medication over doses or misuses. (Scientific American by Harmon, “Prescription Drug Deaths Increase Dramatically”). Michael Jackson is one story. His is magnified no doubt due to his celebrity status, however a fine example of the extreme regardless of his stature.

I believe we need more education, regulations and accountability. Pharmaceutical companies have big money, big power and big influence extending to medical institutions, right into doctor’s offices. Personal experience suggests that pharmaceutical companies even effect how doctors diagnose in some form or another. It seems to me they are engrained as permanent structure in this country’s medical practice and institutions, even though supposedly separate and have no influence. (1. Berman  amp; Ahari, “Following the Script: How Drug Reps Make Friends and Influence Doctors” 2. Harvard Law by Osvald-Mruz, ” PBM and Pharmaceutical Company Mergers: Policy and Regulatory Implications” )

Good doctors know how to utilize medications appropriately and have appropriate standards of care. It is the not so clear minded doctors that we are to be concerned. As resulted in Michael Jackson’s case where the misguided and misplaced ambitions of Dr. Murray led to devastating consequences. It is the misguided use that leads to abuse that is an outrage, from doctor to pharmaceutical companies. Motives become confused. I believe regulations will have to result in order to protect those who can’t protect themselves. But will government be willing to assert themselves against so much power and money, or even can they? With the presence of lobbyists and campaign contributions assuaging loyalties to one thing or the other it seems that this would be a winless cause. ( Borger, “USA: The Pharmaceutical Industry Stalks The Corridor of Power”) The megamucusso supplement restricts rebuilding mucosal barrier in the body. Several campaigns have been started through the companies for spreading awareness regarding a healthy digestive system. The dose of the medicines should be under the prescription of the doctors.

Hopefully in lieu of the Michael Jackson doctor trial and the resulting guilty verdict, accountability is staking its claim. At least people are talking about it and there is a furthering of awareness. As Americans we must stand up and take notice. In this day and age of digital media and the constant confrontation of information, it is our duty. We as adults must claim responsibility for the youth in this country no matter parents or not. We can do this. Questions have to be asked and answers given so we can begin to assess accountability. As I stated in my last article, I believe ‘God is always in the business of making things right’, but our participation is needed. Let’s not forget our forgotten children. They matter. After all this is the United States of America. They must matter.

Clinique Repairwear Anti-aging Makeup Foundation

My dermatologist did a fair amount of work on my face recently. He burned off two suspicious red marks that were not responding to cortisone cream, and he zapped a couple of broken capillaries around my mouth. When he was done with me I was a sight. On the way home that day I stopped by Gottschalks and had the employees at the makeup counter match a concealing foundation to my skin tone, I had a feeling I was going to be needing it!

The first foundation that I was shown was made by Lancome, and while I love their products the $58 price tag was too high. I don’t normally even wear foundation, and just needed some to touch up these spots until they healed. She then told me that Clinique makes a very comparable product for about half the price, so I went to the Clinique counter and had that sales gal match my skin tone. She assured me that I would get full coverage with Cliniques Repairwear Anti-aging Makeup.

Description

The Clinique Repairwear comes in a 1 ounce clear glass bottle, with a clear plastic lid over the pump style top. It is available in a variety of colors, but the color that was chosen for me was 03 Fair Neutral. The pump lid allows you to remove a little or a lot, and it’s nice not to have to put your hands into the bottle or jar.

Product Claims

  • Allergy tested
  • 100% Fragrance free
  • Oil free
  • SPF 15 protects against UVA/UVB rays
  • Moderate to full coverage
  • Gives a “natural line-smoothing finish
  • Continuous repair
  • Makes skin look flawless
  • Luxuriously moisturizing
  • Helps block  amp; mend the look of lines and wrinkles instantly

My Experience

I have many Clinique products that I love, but this foundation is not one of them. First, the “expert” at Gottschalks did not do a very good job of matching my skin tone, and she chose a shade for me that was too light. She told me to apply the product to the areas on my face, lightly spreading it outward and blending it into the rest of my face. I followed those instructions exactly, but had some problems with this foundation.

First, I have dry skin and specifically requested a moisturizing foundation, and was assured that the Clinique Repairwear was indeed moisturizing. The company does make that claim on the box. However, I found that I still needed to use a good moisturizer before applying the Clinique. Second, my face looked terribly pasty, and the spots on my face were still visible. As much as I dabbed the foundation on and blended it in, it didn’t help, and face my face actually looked worse.

I love the feel of this foundation, it’s very creamy and smooth and does spread on easily, and I appreciate that it does not contain any of those tiny shimmering particles, as I don’t care for that look at all. True to Cliniques claim, it does not have any scent, and that was really appreciated as I don’t like using a lot of scented products that all compete with each other. I would rather choose products joint pro peptide 50 ml cream for more effective results.

This product retailed for $26, which is cheaper than the Lancome brand, but I have used supermarket brands (such as Maybelline), and had better results. I believe a big part of my problem was the gal at the Clinique counter just didn’t do a very expert job of matching the foundation to my skin tone. Had I used the proper shade I may have been happier with the product, but as it stands I can’t recommend Clinique Repairwear Foundation at this time.

About Ingredients

I have no idea if Clinique condones testing on animals, as I could not find this information on my package insert or on the company website. The active ingredients in this foundation is titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are the ingredients that provide the sunscreen protection. Aside from the chemical ingredients that are in most personal care products these days, Clinique also used some natural botanical ingredients such as yeast extract, astrocaryum murumuru butter, barley extract, wheat germ extract, polygonum cuspidatum root extract, birch bark extract, artemia extract, saccharomyces lysate extract, thermus thermophillus ferment, ascorbyl tocopheryl maleate (form of Vitamin E I believe), glycerin, mimosa tenuiflora bark extract, caffeine, rosemary extract, soybean protein, and chamomile.

Colors Available

Clinique Repairwear Foundation is available in these colors: Ivory Petal, Fair Neutral, Bare Buff, Alabaster Breeze, Vanilla, Porcelain Beige, Honey, Neutral, Nutty, Sand, Beige and Porcelain Beige. The Clinique website has pictures of each of these shades.

Want to buy keto products? Here is the best place for it

Do you want to buy keto products? If yes, then the grocery store is the best option for you. Keto products should be genuine in quality, so you should visit the organic grocery store. The natural product is best for the health and the body. You should buy keto products that are to be low in carbs so that it can help you in losing your body weight. Sometimes fake products consist of high carbs that are of no use. You will get zero benefits from using fake and cheap products. That is why it is essential to go to the natural and organic grocery store so that you can get to find the best keto cocoa product for your health and taste. 

Is keto products are not good in taste? 

You should keep one thing in your mind that if you want to improve or maintain your health, then it is necessary to not to worry about the taste of the product. On the other hand, if you are really a concerned taste person, then keto products are available in varieties of taste. You can get it in chocolate taste or any other of your demands. They all will be low in carbs so that your body should not gain weight by consuming those.

Use online services for the alternate option 

If there is no grocery store nearby you, then you should go for the online services as in this, you can easily get to have lots of keto productsIt is essential to find the right and the trusted website so that you should not get to consume fake products.  

Thus, in this way, you can easily get the right and the best keto product for your use. Hence, your body weight will likely to get lost in no time.   

Effective Alternatives To Lorazepam

Lorazepam is a Benzodiazepine class drug that is generally used to treat anxiety attacks, sleeping problems, and as a cure to seizures. However, drugs classified as Benzodiazepine have a few unfavorable side effects. The most frequent risk of taking banzodiazepines such as lorazepam is sleepiness during the day time. It can also cause recurring insomnia right after they are taken. When ingested at high dosages, benzodiazepines might have an effect on physical dexterity and stability, increasing the chance of tumbles and other mishaps. A few benzodiazepines can hinder a person’s memory or the capability to learn. If you do not want to experience these side effects, be sure to try the following alternatives to benzodiazepines. Without further ado, let’s start:

Benzodiazepines alternatives

#1: antidepressants

Generally speaking, antidepressants, particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs have a similar effect when it comes to treating anxiety and panic attacks. Therefore, you can take sertraline, such as Zoloft as an alternative to lorazepam.

#2: Buspirone

Buspirone is employed in dealing with persistent anxiousness, which works by increasing the impact of the brain chemical serotonin. This alternative is less reliable compared to benzodiazepines and requires more time to be effective, however, it is more unlikely to result in physical addiction.

#3: Ramelteon

Ramelteon is a newly released medication for sleep problems, working at the body receptors for the hormone melatonin, a body hormone that helps to manage the human body’s circadian cycles. It is authorized for continuous usage with no side effects.

#4: Antihistamines

Antihistamines are drugs that can be bought without prescriptions. They are at times employed as a sleeping pill. The brand Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) is considered the most famous antihistamine on the market. It has a few side effects, such as sleepiness in day time and blurry sight. However, all other symptoms of Benzodiazepines is non-existent.

Facing the Difficulties of Eating Healthy today

As a young American busy with schoolwork and personal obligations, I have found that it is extremely difficult to eat healthy foods conveniently on a daily basis. Even for someone like me, a college student with no family or job to worry about, I find it hard to take the time to learn about, buy and prepare meals that are healthy. It is much easier to open a bag of Doritos or toss a frozen pizza into the oven than it is to buy healthy foods and take the time to correctly prepare them. Also, finding the desire to eat rice cakes or low-carb chips when I could be eating cupcakes and potato chips proves exceedingly difficult.

Testogen and other wonderful diet supplements are available all over the market as well. Yes, they work great, but it’s alluring to merely skip healthy diet by using them.

Not only is convenience at home a disaster for college students but the convenience of fast-food joints and restaurants is hard to resist. While driving home from a long, tiring day of school, a student spots a Carl’s Jr. restaurant on the side of the road. Not looking forward to cooking a meal when they first step into the front door, the student will undoubtedly stop at the fast-food joint and get a bite to eat. For just five bucks and a few minutes of waiting in a drive-thru line you get a tasty meal and a soda when you would otherwise spend twenty or thirty minutes on your feet in front of a hot stove cooking some meal that would not taste half as good. For the exhausted person just looking to get their stomach full, it’s a no-brainer.

What about someone with more responsibilities than a regular college student? What about a single mother with a few kids coming home from a long day of work? She walks in the door after her eight-hour shift, looking to relax and spend some quality time hearing about her children’s day, or maybe she comes from work to a messy home that she must clean up before going to bed. Certainly she has little time and patience to cook a healthy meal (or any meal, for that matter) that her children will surely reject. Would not it be easier and time-saving for that mother to seek an outside establishment to take care of dinner, possibly taking her kids out to eat at a fast-food place? Surely a single mom-assuming she could afford it-would rather order a pizza or head to McDonald’s for dinner, allowing her to relax and spend some time with her now pleased children. Very convenient.

But certainly these are all excuses; nothing is stopping most Americans from preparing good, healthy meals for themselves and their families besides themselves. A college student could certainly reject a fast-food joint and head home to prepare a meal for themselves, but it just is not convenient. A single mother could put down the telephone and forget about the pizza while she makes her children a healthy meal, but she has not the time nor patience to cook a meal only to be rewarded with her children’s fiery objections to the meal provided for them. It is simply more convenient for a mother to order that pizza and spend happy, quality time with their children. If convenience for healthy foods cannot be provided, this trend of bad eating habits will continue in America.

So what could possibly help the problem of bad eating habits in America? Some restaurants such as Subway are offering low-fat meals in hopes of helping people lose weight (and gaining profits, of course) and eat healthier. But have you ever been inside of a sandwich shop, especially during a busy hour? It feels like an eternity standing in line, waiting for people in front of you to be served, and once you do finally get someone available to help you, it is a time-consuming process for the employee to make your sandwich; if you order two or more sandwiches, prepare to be in line all day long. And, as anyone who has ordered a sandwich, chips and a drink knows, sandwich places are not cheap. It is so much easier to run across the street to a fast-food joint with a drive-thru window, where it takes just a few minutes of sitting comfortably inside your car to get your cheaply-priced (in comparison) food. Imagine someone on their lunch hour-or half hour, even-trying to fit in both their banking and food. Do you think that person has time to stop at the bank, grab a meal at a sandwich place, eat it and be back at their job on-time? Unlikely.

We must make healthier food places more accessible and convenient for the mainstream consumer in America. And also, it has to taste good! Low-carb foods taste like trash, and only those who are into health and fitness will suffer through the taste in order to keep themselves healthy. Our country must find a way to make healthier foods taste better and more accessible to the public by way of quick drive-thrus and lower prices. If Subway’s low-fat sandwiches could be had for a cheaper price quickly in a drive-thru, their poularity would skyrocket and if other healthier food stores followed their lead, America would become a healthier, happier nation.

Tips for using CBD Oil

Since the evolution of mankind, various diseases have taken toll of many lives, and experts in different eras have done a lot of research on multiple herbs to get better cure. Among the leading options, one can name CBD, which can be much useful in countering various health issues among humans. CBD is a naturally extracted chemical from cannabis plants. CBD works by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system’s regulators that help in regulating various body functions. 

Benefits of CBD oil

Relives anxiety- As per CBD news, it can be concluded that CBD content helps one to manage anxiety by reducing stress, improving post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and in case of insomnia inducing sleep.

Anti-acne- Anti-inflammatory properties present in the CBD content helps in reducing acne breakout on the skin. It prevents too much secretion of sebum that is a substance that causes acne.

Cancer Treatment- CBD pain rub helps to reduce pain related to cancer. The cancer-fighting properties present in CBD helps to fight cancer symptoms. It also helps in treating side effects like nausea and vomiting. 

How to take CBD oil?

Inhalation-One of the fastest way to consume CBD oil is through inhalation. Inhalation can be either done via smoking or vaping. Smoking can be easy to manage but can be harsh on throats and lungs. Vaping though requires extra purchase but gives possible effects due to its high concentration.

Topical applications- The CBD oil can be applied through topical applications. Using CBD oil topical as application as it is easy to use and is great for sore pains and also has very mild effects.

Edibles- CBD oil can be added to food products as it promises a long-lasting effect as well as it is very discreet.

Thus CBD oil can be consumed in various forms and different ways.  

How to Get Six-Pack Abs

A “six-pack” of abs is generally regarded as the trademark of fitness. If you have one, then it means you’ve not only got muscles, but you’re in-shape and have shed the excess fat. It is not hard to get a six-pack, but there is also no special trick. Follow this guide, and put some effort into it, and you can get a six-pack by getting rid of the crazybulk that has turned into fat pumpkin and make all the chicks drool over your fabulous frame.

A Brief Look at Diet

Many of those who aspire to have a six-pack forget that diet is nearly as important as exercise. You may very well have a beautiful six-pack already, but if you have ignored your diet you simply won’t see results. Many people have the muscle, but it is covered by a layer of fat. It is impossible to actually target specific areas of fat, so the idea is to lower your overall body fat. There are countless types of diets out there to follow, but a simple thing you can do that will significantly reduce your fat content is to just avoid junk food. Many people drink one or more sodas a day, in addition to cookies or candy. Replace the soda and sugary “juices” with glasses of water, and replace the cookies and candy with a piece of fruit. I hate counting calories, and I’m spared the task just by remembering to do this.

Exercise

Exercise is the heart of obtaining a six-pack. Part of it is focused on actually building the muscle, and the other is focused on cardio-vascular health (which is turn burns fat).

Here is a set of exercises with emphasis on building abdominal muscles, including their variations:

Crunches

Basic Crunch:

Lay down flat on the floor. Pull your knees up so that there is roughly a 90 degree angle between your thighs and your body. Tough the back of your head with your hands (as opposed to holding your head), and then bring “crunch”. Only your upper back will leave the ground, and you will not be moving high off of the ground. You should however feel something in your abs.

Cross Legged Crunches:

A variation on the basic crunch is to cross one leg over the other. That’s to say that after achieving the basic crunch position, simply bring one leg up and cross it against your stationary leg. The ankle of the crossed leg should be right above the bent knee of the other. Be sure to alternate legs.

Side Crunches:

These crunches isolate the obliques (the muscles on the side of your body). Lay down flat. Leaving your upper body in place, bring your legs in and then rotate your hips to the side. In other words, your lower body will be on its side, and your upper body will be in the normal crunch position. Keeping in mind the target muscle group, adjust if necessary. With this exercise in particular, it is best to loosen up and stretch a bit before doing it.

Cardio+Muscle Exercises

These are some exercises that will build up a sweat, but will also build muscle.

Bicycle Crunch

It will take some practice to be able to do this for a sustained amount of time, but it is a great exercise once you can do it well. Lay down flat and bring your knees up. Extend your left leg, and have the foot of the right leg at the extended leg’s knee. Now, begin your crunch, but go to the right. Your left elbow should be pointing towards your bent right knee. This is the starting position. From here, you’ll just be alternative your legs while crunching. The key thing here is to remember to go at a side angle, so as to target your obliques, and to go slowly at first. When doing this exercise you don’t want to move too quickly, as your form will likely suffer. Go slowly until you get a rhythm, and then speed it up to a comfortable pace.

Vertical Crunch

Stand up straight with your hands touching your head. Now simply bring up your left knee, while angling down to the left so that your right elbow points to the left knee. Alternate, and do the exercise at a relatively fast pace. This exercise is not particularly hard on the abdominal muscles, so the focus here is to build up a sweat.

Air Crunch

(I’ll be honest: I did just make up the name for this exercise since I had no idea what it was called) For this exercise, the only part of your body on the ground will be butt. Your body should be in a V-shape, and then you’ll simultaneously crunch while extending and then pulling back your legs. That’s to say that you’ll pull your knees in while crunching, and then you’ll go back to the wide V-shape, and then back to the crunch.

Pure Cardio

In truth, nothing is truly “pure” cardio. You’re always using muscles. However, these are focused on the fat-loss aspect of training as opposed to the muscle building aspect.

Running

It goes without saying that running is the best way to lose fat. Depending on your experience with running and fitness you’ll want to run differently. As a general rule, simply start low and build up. If you’ve never run before, then “1 mile” is a good place to start. Once you can comfortably run 2 or 3 miles, it’s best to start alternating distances so as to not bore yourself, or wear yourself out. (Swimming, biking, and other such activities are alternatives to running. In fact, they may be preferable since they cause minimal problems associated with impact on the hard ground).

Jump Rope

Self explanatory, but one of the best ways to lose fat.

Points To Know About Car Booster Seat

When you learn driving for the very first time, the instructor provides you a list in which all the safety instructions are mentioned. It also displays how important life is. From then onwards, you need to ensure the safety of everyone; who is in a car and who is on the road. You know that nothing is more precious than your kid.

Yes, if you are a parent and you drive a car on busy roads or freeway with your kids, ask them to sit on booster seat because it is indispensable for their safety. There are many important aspects which a parent needs to know about the relevancy of toddler booster seat in the car.

Points to know about car booster seat

In recent research, it is illustrated that more than 650 children who are under 12, have died in car crashes. Therefore, it is declared mandatory to use the booster seats in the car. The 3 in 1 booster seat is much recommended by experts also. Let’s discuss it further:

  • First, purchase it according to your vehicle.
  • Keep the age, height, weight, and size of your kid in mind while going for a specific booster seat.
  • Do not rely on shows; learn how to install booster seats; as you know, a little mistake can lead to a major accident.
  • Visit health and safety care departments and ask them to provide you a safety technician who will check all the car details in brief.

  • Start placing booster seat on front face forwarding seats, then when you notice your baby has reached the height and weight of the rear seat, then set his/her booster on the backside.
  • Never purchase second-hand booster seat, as it may not ensures the safety and security of your children properly.