Formed FDA Members State Disapproval and Dangers of Drug Importation

The Food and Drug Administration have recently issued warnings directed at the Congress. They are stating that legalizing drugs importation from foreign countries would increase the risk for the citizen of the United States of America. Some of the many risk factors for the citizens of the U.S. include becoming exposed to drugs that are below the standards or to be prescribed medication that has been contaminated. The open letter by the FDA directed towards the Congress of the United States of America which contained the warning was sent on Friday by the Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and were signed by four of the former FDA members who reminded of the risks of drug importation (see: Four former FDA commissioners denounce drug importation, citing dangers to consumers).
Experts have stated that importation of drugs can also compromise the security of the medical products of America along with the benefits giving access to medication that is less expensive. The importation of drugs was recently legislated and the licensed sellers are in Canada and maybe European sellers will be legislated as well later in time. Government price controls vary from country to country and so in some place medication is less expensive than in America.
The FDA reminded that adulterated products are widely available and are one of the most profitable avenues. People need to be aware of that and take precautions. A big problem is the fact that most sites online state they are Canadian but in reality they are South American, Russian, or European. The users are being lied to and that is not safe in what they are ordering. Often medication is advertised is one kind but it is actually another drug in wrong box. Supporters of the importation of medication, however, claim these concerns are exaggerated and the importation can easily be managed. In a study conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation it was evaluated that approximately 19 million Americans have purchased important medication including via internet sites. That requires for safety controls of imported drugs to be as strict as possible and Bernie Sanders assured that maximum safety will be delivered.

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5 Weight Loss Tips to Abide By

Losing weight is not always easy; even when you are actively engaged in a special diet plan. However, there are five weight loss tips you can abide:

Don’t skip breakfast!

Yes, we’ve all heard how important breakfast is and in reality, it is! If you truly want to lose weight, you must start off your day with a meal that is nutritious and one that will give you energy. A breakfast that consists of protein, healthy fats and complex carbs is the best; for example, a slice of wheat toast with a small amount of peanut butter, several scrambled eggs and a cup of almond milk.

Control your portions!

The second tip is to control your portions but don’t go to extremes. To do this, portion your food out on a plate before eating.

• This will show you exactly how much you will be eating.
• Be careful not to eat foods out of a box or bag.
• When you do this, you often feel compelled to eat most or everything in the box or bag.

Find a fitness routine that works just for you!

Another tip is to find a fitness routine that works for you. Cardio exercise is great because it burns fat. Strength training builds lean muscle mass. When you put them together, you can maximize weight loss and preserve muscle mass.

Engage in other physical activities!

Tip number four is incorporating some extra activity now and then.
• For example, instead of driving down to the counter drugstore, walk.
• Or, take the stairs instead of going on the elevator.
• Another way is to park a distance away from a store, instead of fighting for a prime spot.
• When the weather is good, there is nothing like taking a good walk. It will keep you fit and also lessens anxiety and depression. Walking is refreshing and when the sun is out, provides a healthy dose of vitamin D.

Add some tasty and nutritious food to your diet!

Tip number five is instead of subtracting food in your diet, try adding foods to your diet.

• Bring in healthy and tasty food such as juicy grapes, deep-red cherries or add some walnuts and peanuts to your diet; just be careful to only eat a handful of each.
• For those who are constantly on the run, consider meal replacement shakes or even a cleanse. For cleanses, we highly recommend trying out Mannatech’s MannaCleanse.

To conclude, losing weight is not always easy; even when engaging in special diet plans. Follow the above tips and lose that extra, unwanted weight.

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Undercover Colors Nail Polish Uncovers Drugs in Drinks

Nail polish has been a fashion accessory for women as far back as 3000 BCE in China. In Ancient Egypt, it signified class rankings with different colors showing your status. A dentist invented acrylic nails sometime in the 70s. Today, nail polish is listed as one of the top five cosmetics used by women.

Now, the simple act of putting nail polish on your nails before going out for drinks can potentially protect you from a dangerous situation thanks to the up and coming company, Undercover Colors and their drug detecting nail polish.

By dipping your fingernail into your drink and swirling it around, it will change color if there is any evidence of a date rape drug in it. Drugs like Rohypnol, Xanax or GHB, commonly known as date rape drugs can be detected according to four North Carolina State University engineering students.

The four friends met while in their final year at NC State studying Materials Science and Engineering. They began thinking about some big societal problems. What came up was the almost epidemic level of date rape on college campuses.

Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim, decided to take the power they had as engineers and create something to help give power to others. Each one of them knew someone who was affected by the horrible crime of drug-induced sexual assault and so they wanted to tackle the issue and started working on a product. The nail polish start up company developed the prototype called Undercover Colors with money from a donations page on their website.

Analysis done by the Washington Post shows that more than 3,900 allegations of forcible sex offences were reported on college campuses nationwide in 2012, and this has grown 50% in three years. The nail polish developers hope that this product used by women every day will deter these potential perpetrators because now there is a risk of their getting caught.

Looking pretty and staying safe in one product sounds like something from the future. It is still in development but donations are pouring in and the company is growing. With the goal of inventing technologies to help women protect themselves, Undercover Colors will hopefully be on the market soon.

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The FDA and Steps to Improve American’s Health

The FDA, the Food and Drug Administration’s number one responsibility is to ensure the safety of the public by regulating drugs, biological products, and medical equipment. If something is sold in a department store, it may not be FDA approved, meaning the FDA has not approved its ingredients, functions, or workability of that particular product. The FDA also oversees tobacco products and the illegal selling to minors.

People are often curious about how certain products become FDA approved well others do not. The FDA has a step by step process in determining a product’s effectiveness and the reasoning behind if it gets the FDA stamp of approval or not. The first step is to test the products on animals and perform other laboratory tests in order to determine if it is safe to test on humans. If the product is safe, the FDA will perform clinical tests on humans to prove its effectiveness. The FDA will send off the results of the clinical tests and see if the benefits of the product outweigh the risks, and if so the product is approved for sale.

The Food and Drug Administration is a Federal organization under the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The United States Department of Health and Human Services oversees all of the food safety, tobacco products, and dietary supplements on the market today. A good bit of the FDA’s budget comes from user fees which are mostly paid by Pharmaceutical firms, and the rest is funded by the FDA from a budget provided by the Federal Government.

One of the big changes the FDA has made over the past few years has to do with the health of Americans. Trans fats have always been found on the labels of certain products, the FDA has begun to make steps to remove artificial trans-fat from the food supply. Trans fat has been linked to increased risk of coronary heart disease. Heart disease is the number one cause of death of Americans. It is a huge change to try and change the way food has been for decades, but it is a necessary change that the FDA noted, and is working to improve that area of the food industry. Former Commissioner Margaret Hamburg helped the initiative to ban trans fats. The FDA warns consumer to check the labels of products before they purchase them to ensure they are consuming only quality ingredients well they work to reduce the amount of trans fat found in certain products.

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Changing the World: One Piece of Foam at a Time

As the world’s population continues to swell, the resources consumed by each and every person is something to consider both in terms of conservation and renewal. Sustainability and productivity have quickly become a hot topic on many minds and institutions – particularly that of the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

On a mission to “foster actionable, interdisciplinary research to address fundamental challenges in sustainability, energy and environment; to provide national and international leadership in these areas through interdisciplinary education and outreach activities; and to develop and implement strategies for a sustainable environment,” iSEE looks to tackle the demands of our world’s ever-changing needs head on.

Amongst the most pressing areas to address on a global level is the use and disposal of polystyrene foam. Common misconceptions about the recycling of this packing material have led to initiatives like a ban on polystyrene foam. While many believe that polystyrene foam cannot be recycle, it very much can be as proven by the students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who have created a program specifically to deal with this growing problem.

Styrecycle, a student-pioneered and operated recycling program on campus has been created to cut down on the amount of polystyrene foam added to landfills each year. Partnering with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, iSEE was awarded a grant from the Student Sustainability Committee to purchase a polystyrene foam densifier – a machine that grinds up the plastic into small beads forming a dense tube, which is then sold and reused. Polystyrene foam is collected at participating Loomis Laboratory and Edward R. Madigan Laboratory.

The Styrecycle student intern’s role comes into play by picking up the polystyrene foam and delivering it to local recycling company Community Resource, Inc. that houses and manages the machine. Each participating member of the process constitutes an intricate part in ensuring that this potentially harmful product is better used.

“We are really trying everything that we can to reduce our impact on the environment. This may be a small step, but it’s a step that we can take as a campus right now.”
Since its inception, countless emails and phone calls have been placed from others wanting to help in the collection, others asking where they too can drop off their used polystyrene foam and even from those in the community digging through their own garbage to remove recyclable foam. iSEE hopes to see further environmental improvements as the program continues to spread across the community. Check out Styrecycle’s Facebook page here.

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Trans Fat Gets Burned

The FDA moved to protect American citizens from themselves on Tuesday by approving a ban on chemically altered fats (known as trans fats or partially hydrogenated oils) over the next three years. Trans fats are liquid fats that undergo a scientific process that makes them behave more like lard or butter. This extends the shelf-life of many foods. Unfortunately, this version of the fat is significantly unhealthier for human consumption; making it comparative to saturated fats. The primary health risk being a spike in cholesterol levels which can harden arteries and lead to stroke or heart attacks. It is believed that thousands of heart attacks will be prevented by removing trans-fat from the food supply.

The current health trends in America had put trans fats in the cross hairs and many food manufacturers had been proactive about removing these deadly ingredients from their products ahead of the FDA’s ruling. At the current estimate, 80% of trans fats have already been removed from the food supply. By 2018, the FDA’s ruling will reduce the remaining 20% almost entirely.

CSPI executive director Michael Jacobson called the ruling a “major victory for public health.” Former Commissioner of the FDA, Margaret Hamburg played a key role in the regulations. The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a non-profit organization, had sued the FDA in order to speed up this decision and is especially pleased with the outcome. Americans seeking to improve their health and those unaware of the dangers of trans fat are the true winners of this decision.

Liquid oils like olive oil, canola oil and safflower oil make excellent substitutes for trans fats and partially hydrogenated oils. Consumers will start to see food manufacturers moving towards these products as well. The most commonly purchased items that contain partially hydrogenated oils are coffee creamer, frozen baked goods, frosting, and refrigerated biscuit dough.

Did you know that companies who claim to be “zero trans-fat” may actually contain the noxious ingredient? That’s because under the current trend, products containing 0.5g of trans fat or less can claim no trans-fat. The new ruling will also put an end to this loophole. Consumers will be able to make decisions for themselves and their families with confidence and transparency.


College Party Health Safety Tips

College is supposed to be one of the most important experiences in a young person’s life. They learn information and develop skills that will lead to a lifelong career. It is also a time that young people are required to start learning their way through the world. Alcohol is a huge part of the social life in college. Although most drinking activity is dressed up to appear like harmless fun, there are many dangers that drinking alcohol at a party brings. One of the most damaging is date rape.

This results when someone slips a drug into a victim’s drink without their knowledge. The drugs, which are colorless and tasteless, will render them unconscious and at the mercy of whoever has just drugged them. This is a serious problem but there are steps that you can take to avoid becoming the victim of date rape. Due to the frequency of date rape and the use of date rape drugs, innovative products are being created to help detect the presence of drugs in drinks. For example, Undercover Colors ( is currently developing a color changing nail polish sticker that changes color when it comes in contact with common date rape drugs like GHB.

When you make the choice to drink alcohol you are taking responsibility for yourself. This means that you don’t allow the alcohol to diminish your ability to defend and protect yourself. Have a good time but don’t drink so much that you can’t pay attention to what is happening around you. Being responsible for your choices is part of being an adult.

  • Never accept drinks from someone else. Only accept drinks from someone you trust. Once you are drugged you will be helpless to defend yourself, so make the decision to be vigilant. Always watch your drink and never leave it unattended.
  • Let your instincts guide you. If you are in a place that doesn’t feel “right”, or makes you uncomfortable get out. Call a friend to come meet you and escort you home. Many colleges provide escort services to help women from being in compromising positions.
  • If you are going on a first date with someone, make sure that you check in with a friend before and continually check in throughout the date. Make sure to meet in a public, populated place. Don’t leave a party with someone that you have just met. You have no idea who they are or what their intentions are.
  • Stick with your friends. There is always safety in numbers. When you are at a party where people are drinking alcohol, make sure to not get separated from those you went with.

It is important to remember these tips in order to keep yourself safe and allow for the college experience to be one of the best things that ever experience. So be smart when you are out for the evening, and help create an environment that is safe for women.

Diabetes Symptoms and Warning Signs in Women

Diabetes can happen at any age, though type 2 diabetes is more common in those over 45 years of age. Many of the risks for diabetes are the same between men and women, but there are some differences.

The risk of developing diabetes is higher for people who:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are do not lead active lives
  • Have high levels of fats called triglycerides, low levels of “good” cholesterol, or both
  • Are a member of a high-risk race or ethnicity
  • Have a history of high blood sugar
  • Have a first-degree relative with diabetes
  • Have conditions that are associated with the body not using insulin effectively (insulin resistance

Other unique risk factors include a history of gestational diabetes or having given birth to a baby weighing over 9 pounds.

According to the National Institutes of Heath (NIH), close to one-third of women with diabetes do not know they have the disease. It is recommended that screening for adults of both genders be done in those over the age of 45 who are overweight or obese and who have one of the risk factors listed above.

On the other hand, men are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than women. The exact reasons why are unclear, however.

One possible reason could be that men tend to carry their weight in the belly area more often than women, which can increase insulin resistance.

Men are also more likely than women to develop heart disease as a result of their diabetes. The risks become relatively similar between the sexes once women reach menopause.

Read the complete article here.


Manatech to Launch New Weight Loss Line

Mannatech ( is looking to launch a new weight loss line to add to its already expansive glyconutrient supplements. This line is completely patented next to an impressive 117 more. Asia is a monster market for this company. While it’s true that it is vulnerable to global currency fluctuation the product has adjusted itself to compensate for any losses and continues to go forward with ever-growing global return.

New Branding New Plan New Success
The CEO Alfredo Bala, the mastermind behind the new product line is using this very new positive product to boost sales in the global market as part of a revitalization scheme. This company has a sharp tendency to be resilient and with an entrepreneurial spirit, to turn on a dime for the better. In an effort for constant improvement, the company has made its compensation plan even more attractive which is sure to turn some heads on the people that are selling the product. It doesn’t stop there either. The entire company is in the midst of a great new revamp or revitalization of sorts with new branding. And to showcase the new branding, the new product will be the main event.

What is a Glyconutrient?
A glyconutrient which is the basis of this new product line is there to help people with the 8 sugars it needs for optimal function mostly at the cellular level for immunity boosting and maintenance. The intention is to replace the sugars, 6 which are not found in diets

Special Focus on the Associates
This new product line will be the main event with the associates of the product. The company will work to engage and educate so as to boost ” drive positive sales growth”. This is important as this product line will tell the company a lot about the direction it will take and show Mannatech where it must improve further. Mannatech is a company that care about the physical health and well-being of its consumers and will take every step necessary to improve the product line it launches.

Mannatech Notoriety 
In 2006 Forbes Magazine named Mannatech as number five in the best small companies in a list of 200 top companies. That’s great and hard to come by recognition. One year later, BusinessWeek named the company Top 100 Hot Growth Small Companies.” Since then, it has lived up to its name.

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How Fruit and Alcohol Impact Breast Cancer Risk

Fruits and vegetables are important sources of fiber,vitamins, and other biologically active substances, which are thought to offer protection against breast cancer.

However, conclusive evidence is lacking, and most previous studies have focused on consumption of fruit and vegetables starting from the midlife years. By then, breast tissue may no longer be so vulnerable to carcinogenic influences.

Researchers, led by Maryam S. Farvid of the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA, wanted to investigate how eating fruits and vegetables in the teenage years could impact breast cancer risk later in life.

They used data from a study that followed 90,000 nurses over 20 years.

The nurses had reported their nutritional habits in early adulthood, and half of them had also reported their usual diet in adolescence.

Read more here.


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