Daily Archives: November 7, 2017

Glossary Building 2

There is indeed a lot of business to be made with new parents, which makes them some of the most vulnerable consumers. This is especially true because the grand majority of parents would do anything to protect their babies and the companies/industries that are targeting them use fear and emotion to convince them to do the “right” thing for their baby, and since many first time parents are trying to figure out the parenting thing, they will believe them. In the Early Life Matters page, I read several articles that provided some interesting terms and information on companies that are thriving on new parent’s fears. One of the worst industries that targets parents is that of the cord blood industry involving private cord blood banks. Private cord blood banks convince new parents to pay to store and freeze their baby’s cord blood since the blood in the umbilical cord has a plethora of stem cells that have been used to treat over seventy different diseases. The idea is that if their baby is found to have a life threatening disease in the future, the cord blood is there for them, but if the baby was already born with a disease, their infected cord blood does nothing for them. For other families, they pay, but never use that cord blood. It’s money wasted.

Women who have had C-sections during one birth are usually not allowed to go through a vaginal birth because doctors won’t agree to do it it or it is against hospital policy. Unless, going through a vaginal birth for their next child is life threatening or would cause severe complications for the mother and her baby, it should be the mother’s choice what type of birth she should have.

Glossary terms/definitions:

  • Cord Blood Banking (Public/Private): The practice of preserving for future use fetal blood that remains in the umbilical cord at the time of birth. (medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com)
  • Stem Cells: an unspecialized cell that gives rise to differentiated cells (www.merriam-webster.com)
  • Cesarean Section (C-Section): A surgical procedure in which incisions are made through a woman’s abdomen and uterus to deliver her baby (medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com)

References:

https://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/cesarean+section

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Umbilical+Cord+Blood+Banking

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stem%20cell

Moninger, J. (2017, August 30). The Cord Blood Controversy. Retrieved November 08, 2017, from http://www.parents.com/pregnancy/my-baby/cord-blood-banking/the-cord-blood-controversy/

Roan, S. (2010, March 23). More women should have choice of vaginal birth after C-section, panel says. Retrieved November 08, 2017, from http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-0323-hosp-vbac-20100323-story.html

 

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Food: Prompt 2

I cannot deny that I’m a foodie, nor have I ever tried to. I love food and this includes the food that is not good for me, like burgers and pizza. Admittedly, I have taken a look at what I eat and I know full well it is not all very good for me. A lot of the times I am in a rush, yet I know I still have to eat something, and I am never one to miss a meal because I don’t feel good if I do. Due to my rush, I’ll more than likely end up buying some chicken strips and fries that are ready to grab over at the SURC. It’s just easy, but easy certainly does not mean better and in this case it does not mean healthy. There have also been times where I look at what I eat and decide to cut down on the amount of junk food I consume and try to make healthy choices, but by the end of the day or the next day I decide to award myself *face palm.*

I really did relate to the article because I want to eat healthy, but by “awarding” myself, I have defeated the purpose of being healthy. If I go for a run, it undermines my efforts because I’ll eat a handful of skittles or a pastry later (I have a problem). I definitely need to limit the amount of sugar and fats I put into my body and instead eat food with more nutritional value. I love running, but ever since school started I’ve stopped, so it’s safe to say I’m out of shape as I know I won’t be able to run as fast as I used to. I’d like to go to the gym and exercise because it’s good for me, but also because I enjoy it. Instead of putting it on the backburner, I should make my health more of a priority.

GB #2

As I was reading about debt, I thought of how many students are taking out loans to pay for their education. In this article, The Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates, there were a lot of useful information that could be helpful for students. In this article, I found a lot of terms that I thought would be important for people to know and especially to those who are borrowing loans. I also read this article called Debts and Deceased Relatives; it was interesting and useful information about relatives’ debts and what happens after they die. What happens once you die and you still owe a lot of money? Does your family have to pay for you?

I have found a lot of terms that I think are important to know. The first one I found to be an important word to know is forbearance. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, this word means refraining from something such as obligation, debt, or right. Forbearance allows students to postpone their payment or possibly reduce it. The second word I found is debt collector. A debt collector is a person or company that collects money that’s owed to others and in particular if the debts are past-due according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. According this this article Debts and Deceased Relatives, usually family members aren’t obligated to pay the deceased person’s debts unless their name is on the will. The estate of the deceased person should pay the unpaid debts according to the article. The third term is delinquent. According to Dictionary.com, delinquent means failing to fulfill an obligation or something that’s overdue. According to The Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates, delinquent is when a person fails to pay and it can lead to default. When a person goes into default, their credit score is ruined, government can seize their tax refunds, the amount of money a person owes increases a lot and leads to other problems.

  • Forbearance:  a refraining from the enforcement of something (such as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due  (Merriam-webster.com)
  • Debt Collector:  A person or company that collects debt owed to others ( Consumer Financial Protection Bureau)
  • Delinquent: failing in or neglectful of a duty or obligation or something that’s overdue (Dictionary.com)

Sources:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/forbearance

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0081-debts-and-deceased-relatives

https://ticas.org/content/posd/top-10-student-loan-tips-recent-graduates

https://www.consumerfinance.gov/ask-cfpb/what-is-a-debt-collector-and-why-are-they-contacting-me-en-330/

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/delinquent

 

 

 

Glossary Building Post – 4

My terms for this post come from Why “Everything in Moderation” Doesn’t Work.
This article discusses in detail why moderation is a misconception.

Moderation according to the article can be defined as: restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance. Typically, when we say ‘everything in moderation’ we think less of something rather than avoiding it all together. For say, you go out to have a couple of drinks and tell your friends, I’m drinking in moderation tonight. While you are still performing the ‘bad’ task you justify it by setting a limit rather than avoiding it and being the ‘party pooper’. As the article mentions When you are eating something from the same category of non-health foods once a day, it’s not a treat – it’s a habit. Which leads us into the next term, habit.

Habit can be generally defined as a constant routine that while in some cases may be good, it could develop into a bad norm that can be difficult to stop. An example of a good habit that turned into a harmful one is exercise. For many people going to the gym 4-5 times a week for 1-2 hours is normal and a good healthy habit. However, when a person begins to FINALLY see results they start making the gym a priority and rather than continuing their healthy gym habit they begin to work-out in excess. This means they start going to the gym 6-7 times a week and instead of only being there for 1-2 hours they increase the time to 3-4 hours (could even go twice a day). This then impacts their social life because they’d rather go exercise than hang out with their friends; it impacts their mental well-being because all they can really think about is exercise and it impacts their physical health because while yes, they are exercising, exercise in excess has been proven to develop negative health effects.

The final term is Superfood! According to the article, there is no such thing as a superfood. A common ‘superfood’ is avocados. Yes, avocados are high in fiber and potassium but they have always been, they didn’t just recently become a super nutrient-dense food. (Personally, I hate them, I’d rather eat kale or broccoli…) Anyway, this is an important term because in today’s society of clean and healthy eating there is a large emphasis placed on certain foods to be labeled superfoods and it’s important for consumers to know that Superfoods are only nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for health and well-being. (fruits and vegetables)

Moderation: restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.

Habit: Habit can be generally defined as a constant routine that while in some cases may be good, it could develop into a bad norm that can be difficult to stop

Superfood: a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being.

 

Sources

https://consuminghealthmatters.files.wordpress.com/2017/04/whyeverythinginmoderationdoesntworkarticle.pdf – Why Everything in Moderation Doesn’t Work

Google define: superfood

Food Matters Prompt One

The three resources that I found most enlightening from the Food Matters page were “The Whiskey Boom’s Dirty Little Secret”, “Healthy Eating Index”, and “The Snackification of Everything”. From the first article, something new to me is that most whiskey companies do not make what they bottle. If the label says “bottled by [name of company]” or “produced by [name of company]” then the company put the whiskey in the bottle after the whiskey was produced elsewhere. Most likely, the whiskey was “actually made at a massive plant in southern Indiana, where each barrel holds about 63 gallons of aging bourbon,” (Reid, 2014). New information that I learned from the second article is that not all people have access to the same foods. For instance, a person living in Nebraska may not have as much access to fresh fish or sushi as a person living in Seattle. This is mainly due to socioeconomic factors and living location. In order to apply this to real life, the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR) came up with a scoring system called “The Healthy Eating Index” to rank foods and meals. Something new I learned from the third article listed above is the newfound prevalence of snacking. The article says that “only 10% of Americans snacked three or more times a day in the late 1970’s, the figure had risen to 56% in 2010” (Akst, 2014). As I am currently in several Nutrition classes, I am very aware of the poor eating habits of Americans, however, I was not aware that many of these habits can be linked to snacking. This article goes on to say that snacking perhaps became so popular because the public likes the idea of a noncommittal relationship with food the way that they like the idea of a noncommittal relationship in other aspects of life.

None of this information is particularly concerning health wise other than the information on snacking. Mostly, these articles were very informative and made me feel as though I could make better decisions in the future. I would gladly tell me friends not to buy the more expensive whiskey and bourbon as it is basically the same as the cheaper stuff, and perhaps I would enjoy a debate over the idea of snacking and its relation to my generations favoritism of brevity over longevity. However, as I have just turned 20, I do not see myself having kids for a while, once I do I am sure I will find the Healthy Eating Index helpful. The one policy decision impacting people’s choices and health outcomes is the Healthy Eating Index. I am interested in Nutrition, and the fact that there is a way to measure the nutritional value of the foods that kids are ingesting is very important especially with the number of obese children on the rise. If people were less informed than me about these topics, they may be surprised. Some of my friends who enjoy expensive whiskey and bourbon may feel cheated as they have been paying more for the same quality of their favorite alcohol. Those with kids, especially overweight kids, may feel the need to research more on the Healthy Eating Index to best help their child. And those who are prone to snacking or to replacing meals with snack food may be interested in the snacking culture and may enjoy reading how it applies to American culture now.

Bibliography

Akst, D. (2014, December 19). The Snackification of Everything. Retrieved November 07, 2017, from http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-akst-snacks-20141221-story.html

NCCOR. (n.d.). Retrieved November 07, 2017, from http://www.nccor.org/projects/hei/

Reid, C. (2014, December 31). The Whiskey Boom’s Dirty Little Secret. Retrieved November 07, 2017, from https://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-whiskey-booms-dirty-little-secret/