Some Toothpaste can be Hazardous to Your Health

Posted: November 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

According to Dr. Ryne Johnson of Newton Prosthodontics, the FDA is warning that some international companies are putting antifreeze in ‘knock-off’ oral hygiene products.  A list of the brands of toothpaste from China that contain DEG and are included in the import alert have been identified by the FDA and can be found below.  The products typically are sold at low-cost, “bargain” retail outlets.

The Toothpaste is contaminated with a bacteria that could pose “a significant risk to health,” according the FDA. In a separate announcement, the FDA has also said it has asked border guards to block imports of Chinese toothpaste because the department has found 21 samples contaminated with a poison.

The counterfeit Colgate toothpaste has been removed from the shelves of the Dollar discount chain, where it was being sold, the department said.  The Chinese toothpaste is sold in Chinese markets and dollar stores across the country. The toothpaste is labeled mainly in Chinese, and there have been no reports of adverse reactions.

The 21 samples contain up to 13.7% diethylene glycol (DEG), used in antifreeze and as a solvent. Genuine Colgate toothpaste is labeled in English.  Consumers should not use toothpaste with the incorrect markings.
The risks from both the Chinese toothpaste and the fake Colgate toothpaste are higher for children and vulnerable populations, such as patients with severe underlying diseases or with compromised immune systems. “While toothpaste is not intended to be swallowed, it is often swallowed by young children,” Swallowing the toothpaste could cause nausea, abdominal pain, dizziness, urinary problems, kidney failure, breathing problems, lethargy, convulsions, coma and even death, the department’s release said.

Dr. Johnson is accepting new patients.  He reminds everyone to use dental products approved by the American Dental Association (look for the ADA symbol) and to, “See a specialist…the difference will make you smile”.

The list of toothpaste: Cooldent Fluoride; Cooldent Spearmint; Cooldent ICE; Dr. Cool, Everfresh Toothpaste; Superdent Toothpaste; Clean Rite Toothpaste; Oralmax Extreme; Oral Bright Fresh Spearmint Flavor; Bright Max Peppermint Flavor; ShiR Fresh Mint Fluoride Paste; DentaPro; DentaKleen; and DentaKleen Junior. Manufacturers of these products are: Goldcredit International Enterprises Limited; Goldcredit International Trading Company Limited; and Suzhou City Jinmao Daily Chemicals Company Limited.

Original article - Dialectic

Maintain your Weight through the Holidays

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

It's easy to pack on the pounds during the holidays.  If you're not careful, they'll creep up on you.  Personal trainers share their expert advice for maintaining or losing weight in December.

When you are at the holiday parties or going out with old friends for lunch and/or dinner, it is easy to eat and eat…and eat. You can easily lose track of how many calories you are taking in.

One way you can avoid eating unhealthy foods at a Holiday party is to snack before you go.
Most personal trainers will also advise you eat 3 to 5 small meals a day and make sure they include lots of vegetables and protein like grilled chicken or fish.

Remember that exercise is key to weight loss and weight maintenance.

The more lean muscle mass you have, the more calories you're going to burn at rest.

Cardiovascular exercises like walking, running or group groove will start burning stored fat.  After that, you can add some resistance training like pushups or dumbbell exercises.  The resistance training will help build lean muscle mass and will eventually burn more calories.

Depending on your weight loss goals and your existing activity level it is may be a good idea to consult with your doctor before you start a new exercise program.

Original article – Fox News

Woman Attacks Child With Bug Spray

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Police and fire officials say a Ventura woman was arrested for allegedly spraying a 12-year-old girl in the face with a can of insecticide.

Police told the Ventura County Star that 52-year-old Jeanette Rohde was arrested Tuesday for investigation of child endangerment and assault with a caustic chemical.

Officers say Rohde went to the victim's house and argued with the girl and her mother. She left but police say she returned and when the girl answered the door, she squirted her in the face with a can of ant and insect spray.

George Williams,
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Rat Dreams

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Dreams About Rats: Dream Meanings Explained

Dreams about rats are a common theme at bedtime. If you or a loved one has been covering this ground at night, you may have questions about what it all might mean. As part of a Huffington Post series on dreams and their meanings, we spoke to Cathleen O'Connor, Ph.D., author of "The Everything Law of Attraction Dream Dictionary," to get expert advice about the meanings of your or your loved one’s dreams about rats. Note: While dream analysis is highly subjective, this post might provide some insight into why this dream occurred or is recurring.

What do dreams about this subject mean?

Before determining what your rat dream means, you must first ask yourself what you associate with rats, says O'Connor. Are you afraid of them or do you think they're cute? "Rats are seen by many people as pests that carry disease or cause other problems so they have many negative connotations," she notes. "Yet rats are also survivors, able to withstand harsh environments and highly intelligent. The meaning will evolve from both your association with the qualities of rats as well as what is going on in your current life."

What can I learn about myself from dreaming about rats?

"The first thing to think about is whether you or someone you know is behaving unethically in a situation in your life," suggests O'Connor. "You often hear the expression that someone is a 'rat,' meaning he is untrustworthy or has betrayed someone." Alternatively, a rat in your dream could represent feeling like you're caught in a maze somewhere in your daily life.

Are there any tricks to avoiding or inducing dreams about this subject?

If you fear rats, set the intention of waking up in a dream if a rat appears. "This is a technique known as lucid dreaming," she says. "In a lucid dream, you can notice you are dreaming and take control of the dream events and overcome your fears." If you want to dream about rats, then visualize rats before falling asleep.

Beyond analysis, what cultural symbolism can be found in dreams about rats?

"In Chinese culture, the first symbol of the zodiac is a rat and people born in a rat year are said to possess the positive qualities, including creativity and intelligence, of a rat," explains O'Connor. "In Hindu tradition, rats are associated with the god Ganesh, who is worshiped as the remover of obstacles. In some Native American traditions, rats are symbols of survival and lack of fear." Dreamers from these various cultural traditions may find a different meaning from those in a traditional western culture.

Who tends to have dreams about this subject most frequently?

According to O'Connor, rat dreams do not affect one swath of the population more than another.

Does it mean anything if the rat is dead in my dream?

Dreaming about a dead rat may mean you're overwhelmed or frightful about a situation in your real life. It could also represent letting go of a relationship, especially if that relationship involves betrayal. "In that case, the dream is letting you know that the situation has come to an end," notes O'Connor.


George Williams,
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA

Amazing Bugs-Insects

Posted: November 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Loudest Animal on Earth is a Tiny Insect
Lion's roar? Whale's song? Ounce for ounce, this bug has them beat

It's a wee bug, but it makes a monster noise.

Commonly known in the U.S. as the "water boatman," the 2-millimeter-long insect produces a sound equivalent to sitting in the first row of a loud orchestra. For their size, they are the loudest living animal, say a team of researchers from Scotland and France.

"I met someone who does underwater recordings and they heard these sounds … and wondered what the sounds were and what was making them," said Dr. James Windmill at the Center for Ultrasonic Engineering at Glasgow's University of Strathclyde. "We figured it must be a larger bug."

Windmill and a colleague teamed up with Jerome Sueur, a biologist at the Natural History Museum in Paris, to study the bug. They presented their work this month at a conference in Glasgow.

The male water boatman produces the sound by rubbing body parts together, called stridulation, like a cricket chirping. The males do it to attract a female, of course, and have evolved over millions of years to be a loud "bunch of males trying to outdo each other," said Windmill.

The herbivorous bugs live in shallow water, less than a foot deep, but Windmill doesn't suggest people walk along the river banks expecting to hear a very loud sound. Ninety-nine percent of the sound is reflected back into the water, though the remaining 1 percent can be heard out of the water.

Scientists do not understand how such a loud sound can be made with body parts the width of a human hair. However, the insects have a bubble of air under their bodies they use to breathe underwater, and Windmill suspects they may use it to amplify the sound.

"I love the biology but I take the practical view that there is something we can take from it and learn from it," said Windmill. He is interested in studying how animals hear and produce sounds, to develop better technologies such as sonar and biomedical ultrasound.

"As an engineer, I get to learn something. The loudest thing on Earth is a creature people wouldn't expect, like a lion roaring or a whale singing. The loudest thing on this planet is this tiny insect."

Source = Chicago Tribune

George Williams,
General Manager - Staff Entomologist

Pest Control, RI, Pest Control, MA