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In recent years, many tainted weight loss products have been sold in the U.S. Hidden ingredients have included stimulants, antidepressants, diuretics, seizure medicines, and laxatives. This list includes prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and drugs which are illegal to sell in the United States.

• Fluoxetine is a prescription antidepressant; It’s been found in dietary supplements for weight loss. There are a number of side effects to this drug.

• Phenolphthalein is a laxative. It was removed from the FDA’s list of safe ingredients in 1999 after animal studies showed that it might cause cancer.

• Furosemide is a prescription diuretic; Taking too much can cause the body to lose a lot of fluid through extra urination and cause dehydration, muscle weakness, and electrolyte imbalance.

• Phenytoin is a prescription drug used to treat seizures; There are numerous effects in overdose and numerous possible drug interactions.

• Sibutramine is the most common drug found in contaminated weight loss supplements. People taking sibutramine don’t lose a lot of weight, but they had an increased chance of having high blood pressure, fast heart rate, a heart attack, or a stroke.

• Some drugs approved for use in other countries but not in the United States have been found in supplements sold here.

The best weight loss regimen:

• Eat healthy and less

• Exercise

• Drink water

• Eat a plant based diet


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Poison Prevention Tips

  • Be prepared.
    • Put the poison control number (1-800-222-1222, U.S. only) in, on or near your phone.
  • Install a carbon monoxide alarm in every sleeping area of your home.
  • Poison proof every home where your child spends time.
    • Lock household products and medicines out of your child’s reach.
    • Use child-resistant packaging. Replace caps securely.
    • Store household products in a different place from food and medicine.
    • Keep purses out of your child’s reach.
  • Use medicines safely.
    • Read the label before taking or giving medicine. Follow instructions exactly.
    • Use the correct dosing syringe or cup, NOT a household spoon.
    • Ask your child’s pediatrician before giving any herbal medicine or supplement.
  • These especially hazardous household products must always be kept out of a child’s reach. Buy small quantities only. Discard unneeded extras safely.
    • antifreeze
    • windshield washer solutions
    • drain cleaners
    • toilet bowl cleaners
    • insecticides
    • hydrocarbons (gasoline, oils, paint thinners)
  • Keep button batteries out of reach of children. Secure the battery compartment on remote controls, key fobs, cameras, watches, flameless candles, and every battery-powered product. Why? Batteries lodged in the esophagus can burn a hole in just 2 hours, causing death or damage that will require feeding tubes, breathing tubes, and extensive surgical repair.

SafeKids produced an interactive graphic to show you some issues parents may miss when trying to make their house safer for young children.

Source: Poison.org

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If you think your child has come in contact with or eaten any of the following poisonous plants, check if she’s experiencing any difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or swelling of the mouth or throat.

  • If it is a life-threatening emergency – call 911.
  • If the child develops a skin reaction or upset stomach, call your child’s doctor and have him/her evaluated.
  • You can also call the poison control hotline (800.222.1222).

Plants to avoid:

  • Philodendron
  • Pothos
  • English Ivy
  • Easter Lily
  • Oleander
  • Daffodils
  • Mistletoe
  • Leopard Lily / Dumb cane
  • Peace Lily
  • Holly
  • Caladium
  • Azalea
  • Morning Glory
  • Foxglove

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Be aware of the common warning signs of Diabetes:

• Increased thirst

• Increased hunger (especially after eating)

• Dry mouth

• Frequent urination or urine infections

• Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)

• Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)

• Blurred vision

• Headaches

If you experience this, get tested.

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For congestion resulting from allergies, colds or flu, as well as relief for upset stomach and gas, prepare some tea by soaking 1 teaspoon of anise seeds, in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. In addition, chewing anise seeds is effective for treating bad breath.


To aid digestion, prepare an infusion of one teaspoon of cardamom with 1 cup boiling water. Once soaked, drink with a meal.

Bay Leaves

To treat dandruff, soak a handful of bay leaves in 1 liter of water – bring to a boil and then remove from heat. Cover the water for 20 minutes until the liquid cools. Pour on your hair and let it sit for 45 to 60 minutes. Rinse the hair well.


For relief from nausea, prepare an infusion of 1/2 teaspoon ginger in 1 cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking. Alternatively, chewing fresh ginger can be all the more efficient.

To alleviate headaches, make a paste by mixing ground ginger with water and smear it over the painful area. For alleviating cough and heartburn mix 1/2 a teaspoon of ground ginger with one teaspoon of honey.


For relief from a cough, prepare an infusion of dried basil leaves: 1 teaspoon in 1 cup of boiling water. Soak the leaves and then add honey.

Dill Seed

Try to swallow a teaspoon of dill seeds to stop hiccups. In addition, chewing on this herb’s seeds will reduce bad breath.

Fennel Seeds

Chewing fennel seeds can alleviate bad breath and relieve stomach cramps. An infusion can be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking. Crush the seeds a little before the brew. This will help to treat gas.

Garlic Powder

Garlic powder is a natural mosquito repellent. Make a paste of garlic powder and water, which can be applied to your pulse points, behind the knees, the ankles, a drop or two on the cheeks, face and neck. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes.

Caraway Seeds

Chewing caraway seeds helps relieve gas. An infusion can also be prepared by soaking 1 teaspoon of caraway seeds in 1 cup boiling water. Strain before drinking.


To raise the amount of good cholesterol in your body, mix 1/2 a teaspoon cinnamon in coffee or tea. For treating joint pain, you should try 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey.

Cinnamon may also be used to alleviate menstrual cramps. Just add a little cinnamon to your coffee and tea or sprinkle on food.


Chew 1 clove root to remove bad breath or to treat dental pain. Place on the tooth until the pain is gone. You can also chew 3-4 cloves roots to relieve nausea or a sore throat.

Ground Black Pepper

To stop bleeding, sprinkle a generous amount of black pepper over the cut and it will neutralize the bleeding and the pain.

Cayenne Pepper

To clear the sinuses, sprinkle some red pepper on food or gargle with water to relieve a sore throat. In addition, cayenne pepper suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism. Sprinkle a little on your toothbrush or add a cup of water and gargle to rinse your mouth, prevent gum disease, accelerate the healing of gingivitis and treat toothaches. You can also prepare a solution of 1 teaspoon of pepper with 1 cup of water and apply it to the affected area.

Allspice (Also known as: Jamaica pepper, pepper, myrtle pepper, pimenta)

To relieve muscle aches, ground the allspice to powder form, then add a little water to get a thick paste texture. Apply to a strip of clean cloth and put it on the painful area.

Celery Seeds

To relieve fluid retention, prepare a diuretic infusion by crushing 1.5 teaspoons of celery seeds in 1 cup of boiling water, then soak for 20 minutes.

This infusion may also be used to hasten the arrival of a late menstrual cycle. It also helps to treat high blood pressure and anxiety.

Peppermint or spearmint

For treatment of abdominal pain and cramps, prepare an infusion from 1.5 teaspoons of dried mint leaves per cup of boiling water. Strain before drinking.


Salt is an effective cure for pain and acts as a great disinfectant too. Prepare a solution of salt and water and rub it on the insect bite area or rinse your mouth with salt-water several times a day to disinfect the mouth and throat.


Boil 1 cup of water with 1 teaspoon of cumin and let it cook for a few seconds. Cool and drink in one sip to relieve your cold symptoms.


To bring your temperature down, stir 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder with 1 cup of warm milk and add a teaspoon of honey.


Get relief from a cough and a sore throat with an infusion of thyme. Mix 1 tablespoon of dried thyme with 1 cup of boiling water. Strain and drink. To ease a gassy situation, mix 1 teaspoon of thyme with 1 cup of boiling water and strain before drinking.

Mustard Powder

To relieve congestion, mix 1 tablespoon of mustard powder with 1 liter of hot water and then soak your feet. Please note that mustard plasters have been used traditionally to treat coughs, colds and the flu.


Boil 1 teaspoon of coriander seeds in 1 cup boiling water, it will help you deal with high cholesterol levels.

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According the latest research: Half as many children are killed by guns in US states where laws governing the sale, purchase and use of the weapons are stricter.

In the last two decades, more than 26,000 children and teenagers have been killed by guns, accounting for more pediatric deaths than heart disease and cancer combined.

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Gun injuries, including many from assaults, sent 75,000 U.S. children and teens to emergency rooms over nine years at a cost of almost $3 billion, a first-of-its-kind study found.

Researchers called it the first nationally representative study on ER visits for gun injuries among U.S. kids. They found that more than one-third of the wounded children were hospitalized and 6 percent died. Injuries declined during most of the 2006-14 study, but there was an upswing in the final year.

The researchers found that 11 of every 100,000 children and teens treated in U.S. emergency rooms have gun-related injuries. That amounts to about 8,300 kids each year.

Almost half the gun injuries were from assaults, nearly 40 percent were unintentional and 2 percent were suicides. There were five times more ER visits for boys than for girls.