Daily Archives: October 30, 2017

Challenge!!! Do you accept?!

When I was around 7-9 years old (maybe younger) I would naturally approach people and tell them how beautiful they were. If they were dressed up or not, were just taking  a quick trip to the store, whatever they looked or seemed like, something in me would draw me to people and I would tell them they were so beautiful. It made me feel good, but I did it more so for their sake. I wanted to spread smiles and happiness to strangers and give them something to feel good about. Some people need it more than you can see or even really know.

So, now I challenge you to do the same! For the next three days (or longer if you want, and I encourage) to tell 1 stranger a day, something nice! Whether it be about their looks, intelligence, goals, aspirations, or achievements. For each person you say something to, take note of how they reacted and how you think it affected the person. Did they smile, laugh, get embarrassed? Do you think it made their day better or worse, that they will tell their friends what happened? Next, take note of how you feel, before you tell them and after! Were you nervous to approach them, were you excited to compliment them, did you back out of the first few attempts? Lastly, do you think this is something you’ll keep doing? Sometimes it takes just being challenged to do something to start a trend in your daily life.

I am excited to see, should anyway take this challenge, how your experiences go! You’ll see it’s really not as scary or nerve racking as it seems. Good luck!

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Glossary Building Post #2

Glossary Terms:

  • Direct To Consumer advertisement (DTC)
  • Cesarean Birth (C-section)
  • Cord Blood

Parents, and soon to be parents, are vulnerable consumers. They are often bombarded with new fads in childbirth, some new product, etc. Many times these products or services being offered to them are unnecessary, fake, or not truly safe for their children. Terms such as fertility treatments, cesarean birth (C-section), and cord blood are thrown around often these days, but do these consumer truly understand what these terms mean?

Consumers who wish to be parents but are experiencing difficulties conceiving may often seek fertility treatments. Many fertility clinics post DTC advertisements on the web targeting those with difficulties in conceiving. “DTC ads are responsible for 12 percent ($2.6 billion) of the total growth in drug spending in 2000” (Walden 2017). These advertisements tend to overstate treatment benefits, misleading and manipulating consumers to believe that their specific treatment will guarantee results. “47 percent described their success rates as “superior” or “among the best”, without indicating what they were comparing themselves to” (Walden 2017). What vulnerable consumers do not hear about with these advertisements is the actual success of the advertised product. Many times the product has a very small success rate, but vulnerable consumers do not know those details they only see that the treatment is supposed to work. Many consumers end up spend exorbitant amounts of money with little to no results to show for their effort. Consumers should be aware of DTC ads and should look into the advertised products success rates before they buy into the product.

Consumers who are pregnant or wish to become pregnant should also know about the cesarean birth (C-Section) option. C-section births have become a very common method of delivery, though in many cases the procedure is not even necessary. Consumers should also know that in many cases if a woman has had a C-section in the past, then they are at risk to lose the option to deliver their next child in a different way. “in some parts of the country, women who have previously had a cesarean are denied the option to try for a vaginal birth because of hospital policy or because they can’t find a doctor who will agree to the option” (Roan 2017). Consumers should be aware of this term because by doing a cesarean birth option they could potentially lose their choice of birthing method for their next child.

Consumers should also be aware of terms such as cord blood. A consumer may be offered to save and freeze their newborns umbilical cord because the stem cells could prove to be useful in curing any complications later in their newborns life. This new fad is not all it seems though, there is no real guarantee that spending the money on saving the cord blood can actually help. If the newborn is born with a disease, then the cord blood is likely to have the same contaminates. The consumer is not informed of this issue though, they are led to believe that they have secured their child’s future in case of the worst.

Resources: 

Moninger, J. (2017). The Cord Blood Controversy. Parents. Retrieved 23 October 2017, from http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-baby/cord-blood-banking/the-cord-blood-controversy

Roan, S. (2017). Birth options: More women should have choice of vaginal birth after C-section, panel says. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 23 October 2017, from http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-0323-hosp-vbac-20100323-story.html

Walden, Rachel. 2017. “Direct-To-Consumer: Fertility Clinic Advertising On The Web – NWHN”. National Womens Health Network. https://www.nwhn.org/direct-to-consumer-fertility-clinic-advertising-on-the-web/.

 

Food Label (challenge)

So for this challenge, I asked my friend about food labels and what she would like to see on packaged food and beverage products. My friend said that she would like to know a lot of stuff that could possibly harm her health and more.When I asked her about what she would like to know about food packaging information, she said that she would like to know more about the preservatives, fats, and in general the (real) calories.

My friend and I talked about that we want to know if the product we buy is from free range animals or factories. It is good to know all the information that we can. I have seen some products with the “free range eggs” label sometimes. It would be more informative if the sellers were more honest about the products they sell because some customers do not want to buy factories products because some factories make the animals suffer; it is unethical the way they can treat the animals.

Another thing my friend talked about was that she wants to know if the chemicals or something in the ingredients can harm her health. She said they should put how safe the product is so that she can make her own choice to buy it or not to buy it. She emphasized that she wants to know what the preservatives can do to her like the result of eating it. I know some preservatives aren’t good.  For instance, butylated hydroxyanisole. According to David Zinczenko, butylated hydroxyanisole has shown to be carcinogen. Carcinogen is something can cause cancer and it is important to know this information on the food label.

Sources:

http://www.eatthis.com/8-ingredients-you-never-want-see-your-nutrition-label/