Daily Archives: October 18, 2017

Early Life Matters Prompt 1

So I read about childbirth, C-section, and preconception care. I think that new parents to be are very vulnerable to all the things in the market because most of them are not aware of what they actually need. They’re vulnerable because they are new to parenting; they might encounter something that they might not need or actually harmful for them and they’re not aware of the harm. What I really found interesting was this web called Preconception Health and Health Care. What this mainly talked about was how new parents can take care of themselves in order to prevent problems with new babies being born.

I think that most pre-parents and young parents would really like to know in order to make the best choices possible for themselves and their new babies is that they have to take care of themselves. They should make this a priority. Many parents to be are not aware of the things they might be doing that will be harmful for their babies. Some might think that it’s okay to do drugs because it won’t really affect their babies but that’s not true at all. Because what parents do, it also affect the unborn child very much. For instance, eating too little or too much or drug abuse will affect the baby. Also, pregnant women should watch out what they eat because what they eat might have some bad ingredients. Always take time to look at the food label and understand what you’re putting into your body. What they should know for sure is that their every action has an impact on the child. Just because the child is not physically in this world doesn’t mean the things they do does not affect it.


GB Building 1

As I was looking over one of the PowerPoint, I came across this word “hegemony” and I found it very interesting. I have never seen it or heard of it. Beside this interesting word, I found two other words that I think are important to know. I’ve seen these words but never actual knew the definitions of them. These words reflect what consumers might feel by the things they buy. I found these three words on the first PowerPoint. I came across one of the words I chose and thought, “victimized is perfect for reflecting how might someone feel by purchasing something that are not good for them”.

So the first word is victimized. I chose this word because I think that it reflect perfectly what a consumer might feel after they buy something that is not beneficial for them. For instance, consumers buying something that contains harmful chemicals or some sort of hazardous stuff in it. Victimized can be used for people who have been treated unfairly or hurt somehow. The dictionary define this word as “to make a victim of.” Another word I chose is commodity. This word is used in many ways. But, the dictionary defines it as an “economic good” for instance like a product of agriculture or mining. It also defines it as an article of commerce. I just think that people should know what it is because it a word that can be used in many different ways. And in the PowerPoint, the word was used as something being bought like a product. The third word I chose is hegemony. I have no idea what this word was before I read about it. According to the dictionary, it means “political or cultural dominance or authorities over others”. Sort of like influencing something. I find this word interesting and important to know because it explains why consumers keep purchasing things unnecessary, harmful, and just not beneficial. In a way, there is authorities over consumers to keep encouraging them to buy things that are not necessary.

The three words:

  • Victimized: To make a victim of
  • Commodity: An economic good such as product like grain and corn; an article of commerce according to Merriam-Webster
  • Hegemony: political or cultural dominance or authorities over others.










Glossary 2

I have come across three more words that you maybe familiar with.  They can mess with our hormones and cause other health problems.  I saw the words on the overview slides of Consumer Healthy, it was on one of the URLs like UPI.com I belive.

  1.  Bishenol A; more commonly known as BPA which is used making plastic materials such as Rubbermaid or another company.

Definition by Wikipedia for  Bisphenol A (BPA) is an organic synthetic compound with the chemical formula (CH3)2C(C6H4OH)2 belonging to the group of diphenylmethane derivatives and bisphenols, with two hydroxyphenyl groups. It is a colorless solid that is soluble in organic solvents, but poorly soluble in water. It has been in commercial use since 1957.

BPA is a xenoestrogen, exhibiting estrogen-mimicking, hormone-like properties that raise concern about its suitability in some consumer products and food containers.  Of course, FDA says it is still safe to use products made with BPA at the level they allow.

Products that contain BPA include water bottles, baby bottles, dental fillings and sealants, dental devices, medical devices, eyeglass lenses, DVDs and CDs, household electronic items, and sports equipment.  Source:  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/221205.php

2.  So they came up with Bisphenol S and Bisphenol F; more information about these two terms are as follows:

Bisphenol S is supose to be an alternative for BPA.    Bishenol S was made early as 1869 as a dye.  Bishpenol S is an organic compound with the formula (HOC6H4)2SO2, and is used in curing fast-drying epoxy glues and as a corrosion inhibitor.

Recent work suggests that, like BPA, BPS also has endocrine disrupting properties.  What makes BPS, and BPA, endocrine disruptors is the presence of the hydroxy group on the benzene ring. This phenol moiety allows BPA and BPS to mimic estradiol. In a study of human urine, BPS was found in 81% of the samples tested. This percentage is comparable to BPA which was found in 95% of urine samples.    Another study done on thermal receipt paper shows that 88% of human exposure to BPS is through receipts.

Source:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_S

3.   Bishenol F

Bisphenol F (4,4’-dihydroxydiphenyl-methane, BPF) is a small aromatic organic compound with the chemical formula (HOC6H4)2CH2. It is related to bisphenol A through its basic structure, as both belong to the category of molecules known as bisphenols, which feature two phenol groups connected via linking molecules. In BPF, the two aromatic rings are linked by a methylene connecting group.

BPF is used in the manufacturing of plastics and epoxy resins. It is used in the industry as a way of increasing the thickness and durability of materials.   Its use in this way is important in the production of tank and pipe linings, industrial floors, road and bridge deck toppings, structural adhesives, grouts, coatings and electrical varnishes.   BPF is also utilized in liners, lacquers, adhesives, plastics, and the coating of drinks and food cans. Another use for BPF is in dental materials, where it can be found in restorative materials, liners, adhesives, oral prosthetic devices and tissue substitutes.

BPF has been shown to be present in the environment and as a food contaminantThis results in a low level, chronic exposure for humans. Due to this chronic exposure and the estrogenic effects that BPA has been shown to have, studies on BPF have occurred and are still occurring, to assess the effects that BPF has on living organisms.  In addition, one study done in rats found the greatest effect of BPF to be liver toxicity.

Source:   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bisphenol_F

So these alternatives has some kind of affects our health is some way; so we can avoid materials made with these ingredients as much as possible.  That is about all we can do or buy alternative materials.





Glossary Building 1

Just a little bit ago I went into Dr. Pearson’s office to get some help with my blog. I may be a millennial and all, but I am not tech savvy in any way. I was having a very difficult time navigating Consuming Health Matters. Once I entered her office I felt a sense of ease and confidence. She showed me everything I kept questioning and lead me to where I needed to be. How do I get to this page, where do I find that? I was no longer stressing about posting on the blog. Once I saw how she laid it out, everything made so much more sense. It really wasn’t as complicated as I had made it for myself.

During my meeting with Dr. Pearson, she landed on a few pages I had not been to before. They intrigued me slightly so I decided to revisit them when I got home. “A Page to Start With” had two red links that I ended up clicking on. The first link took me to ideology, which I had heard of before but never really understood. I was directed to a Wikipedia page that explained to me exact what this meant, which I thought was refreshing. I felt like this was something I needed to be comfortable with during this course. I concluded that ideology is the beliefs and thoughts that a certain group has. After acquiring wisdom on the definition of ideology I looked at the second link, which was written by Dr. Pearson herself. She had discussed social justice and market justice, two terms I was very unfamiliar with. Market justice is vastly different from social justice; their definitions are almost exact opposites. The idea that fairness is not ideal nor possible is what Market Justice covers. Social justice, on the other hand, is the idea that fair outcomes should be ensured to all. Now, with all that knowledge in my head, I am excited to see how these terms continue to be used throughout this course.



Ideology: a comprehensive set of normative beliefs, conscious and unconscious ideas, that an individual, group or society has

Market Justice: self-determination and self- discipline; rugged individualism and self-interest; benefits based solely on personal effort; limited obligation to collective good; limited government intervention; voluntary and moral nature of behavior

Social Justice: shared responsibility; interconnection and cooperation; basic benefits should be assured; strong obligation to the collective good; government involvement is necessary; community wellbeing often comes before individual wellbeing

Early Life Matters Prompt 1

After reading the birth slides and articles, “The Cord Blood Controversy,” stood out to me in terms of families being vulnerable to unneeded stuff for their newborn. Prior to reading this article, I did not know a lot about saving umbilical-cord blood, but I did think it would be useful in a way. But when you really think about it, that umbilical-cord blood is most likely the same type of blood that that child will have years later. The article does say that there is barely a chance of the child needing that blood later on. Although there are stem cells in cord blood, it is unknown if they even have the ability to develop into other types of cells. New parents are more vulnerable to medical or luxury things because they are still learning and want the best of everything for their child of course. I think what most parents would really want to know is what is safe and unsafe for their children. In many products such as food, skincare, and clothing, there are ingredients that could be harmful to the child that they are unaware of. Or even ingredients that claim to do something such as “less fussiness” and not even do that at all in the product. Parents should speak with doctors and educators about what things they could avoid or lean toward when purchasing things for their baby. Raising a family is costly, but thousands of money could be saved by not purchasing unneeded things.