Reading through the Early Life Matter’s readings, one of the new things I learned that stuck out to me was about the cord blood controversy. Cord blood is a source of stem cells from the blood of the umbilical cord. You would think that saving a newborn’s cord blood would be beneficial to them in the future because of the stem cells, but it most likely wouldn’t be because those cells could carry the same genetic defect that you are trying to treat. Most of the time, cord blood does not carry enough stem cells for it to be usable.
VBAC was also a new term to me, which is vaginal birth after cesarean. In some areas, women are not allowed to have a vaginal birth if their previous was a cesarean. Some doctors believe that there are risks involved with it, even though it’s still found safe to do. I have never heard of this issue in hospitals because I always thought that women had the option of what to do, as long as it wasn’t harmful to them or their baby.
The student loan elimination scam is when companies ask for money from students, making them think that it will help eliminate their loan debt. The money they ask from you is like a settlement, but they never work which makes it a scam. I thought this was interesting and relatable because this could happen to some of us after graduating.
The Fiduciary Rule requires financial advisers to put customers first and they are restricted from accepting any kind of compensation or payments that would create a conflict of interest. The rule basically states that financial advisers must put the clients best interests’ ahead of their own for their retirement savings.
Prior to reading both of these articles, I had no idea what the fiduciary rule was. I barely know anything about financial advisers or about retirement savings, other than you should start doing it early on. “4 Arguments Against the Fiduciary Rule Debunked” by Patrick Tucker explained the fiduciary rule better for me. The author was going against the arguments people had for the rule and explaining why they could be incorrect which helped me understand it better. The first article did have a better definition of the fiduciary rule, but the rest of the reading was a little tough for me to understand.
Wednesday: I have a routine of washing my face with cold water every morning to get rid of any oil or germs that might be on my sheets and to help wake myself up in the morning. Brushing my teeth and hair is also part of this morning routine I have. I usually don’t drink water until half an hour or an hour after getting out of bed, so this felt a little weird on my stomach on this day.
Thursday: The night before, I set a glass of water on my night stand so that I remembered to drink water right when I woke up. I continued with my routine of washing my face, and brushing my teeth and hair after waking up. I did spoil myself with coffee because my roommate brewed some that morning.
Friday: I had a glass of water on my night stand again and it’s getting a little easier to drink it in the morning. I don’t have class on Friday’s, so after doing the usual morning routine I went to the gym and kept myself hydrated with lots of water.
Saturday: Weekends are when I sleep in, so I didn’t get to drink my water or do anything until before noon. I still stayed away from coffee or sugary drinks and stuck with my water while I went to the gym that day.
Sunday: I didn’t sleep in as much on this day because I had assignments and online quizzes to do, but drinking water is easier in the mornings. I did get a coffee on this day to keep myself a little more awake while doing school work.
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.
An issue area of concern to me is the hazardous chemicals in cosmetics. This interested me because I own many different types of makeup, perfumes, and skincare products but I don’t really think about the different ingredients they have and if it could be harmful to my body. I think in this area, I am somewhat protected because all products do list every single ingredient/chemical there is in a product. Although most of the time, we don’t even know what over half these ingredients are and if they are harmful to our bodies. It is helpful that some stores like Walmart are banning 10 hazardous chemicals in products in their stores so that less people are affected by it. The US FDA website has a number of articles that show the different chemicals that are in many different products such as hair and nail products, tanning lotions, and makeup. It is definitely important to be aware of the harmful ingredients a product could have so that we can avoid continuously buying that product.
Prior to reading this, I have never read a CBO report or even knew what the CBO was. One of the things that stood out to me was the increased premiums. This shocked me because I thought one of the points to the American Health Care Act was more affordable health care for more people. But because of the higher premiums, more people will be uninsured because not everyone has thousands of dollars to pay out of pocket for healthcare. I am curious as to why premiums are increasing, because I know one of the main reasons that most people don’t have health insurance is because of the cost. I would also want to know what factors would change these projections on health care coverage for the next 10 years. I could find out more by reading more reports like this, or on the ACA website.
One of the words I learned from this weeks slides is hegemony. Hegemony is spontaneous or passive consent. In other words, it’s allowing things to happen even if they will not benefit us at all, but simply because we think that things are meant to happen naturally and that’s how things work. Dictionary.com’s definition of hegemony is “leadership or predominant influence exercised by one nation overothers, as in a confederation.” The definition of this word is so interesting to me because I think hegemony happens to many of us, when it comes to buying food, clothes, and many extra things that we don’t need. We purchase things that we crave, or think we need but later realize we could live without it.
Market justice is the idea that what is fair in the world or in our life is not possible. It is also the idea that our lives is operated like a market – we spend our hard earned money on things we desire. Market justice is important in consumer health because what we spend our money on can also affect our health. It can be medications to benefit our health, or unhealthy foods that do the opposite.
Social justice is the opposite of market justice and is the desired idea that we have in public health. It is the idea that societies are responsible to make sure everyone has fair and equal outcomes, no matter what healthy behaviors they choose to do. On pachamama.org, they describe social justice as, “governmental implementation of laws/rights that provide equal distribution of resources and opportunities, which in effect protects human dignity.”
It is interesting and quite funny how having different wording for things, but still have the same meaning can affect the way people answer these questions. The differences between the two poll questions is that the first one is straight to the point (talking about Medicare), and the second one does not exactly say it is Medicare, only describes it. To me, poll question 1 is more clear because it is straight to the point as long as you understand what Medicare is and does. The second poll question may take more thought into answering because although it describes what Medicare is, the person might be taking other factors into thought about insurance such as having to pay more taxes.
Hi everyone, my name is Shania Florencio. I’m a senior here at CWU majoring in psychology and minoring in public health. I joined this course a little late but I’m excited to learn more about consumer health. I love having psychology as a background in my public health courses because I really get to see how our physical health can affect our emotional/mental health. I’m still not sure what exactly I’ll do after graduating, but I know that everything I have learned in my psychology and public health courses will be beneficial to me.
I believe that my consumer health status is improving compared to a couple months ago. Even though money is tough as a college student living off campus, I find myself reaching more for nutritious foods other than cheap, unhealthy ones. I know that eating foods that are fresh, not processed, and don’t have a bunch of suspicious ingredients in it, will improve my energy level, skin, and my health in the long run. I am also into skincare, so I avoid most dairy products because I noticed that it can cause me to break out a lot. I do treat myself with some ice cream once in a while and deal with the breakout for the next few days. My consumer health status has also improved because I’ve started working out a lot more. This summer, I made it a goal to go to the gym and do cardio or weight train at least 4 times a week. After moving back to Ellensburg, I’ve kept that goal and have been making it a point to fit exercising into my busy school schedule!
Family and respect are two values that I hold. I grew up very family-oriented, and it has always been my top priority. My family raised me on the importance of not only respecting others, but also respecting myself. I believe that respecting others includes having an open mind to others beliefs and opinions.
One of the rights I am certain that we all have is Freedom of Speech. Everyone is entitled to their own thoughts and opinions and are free to say whatever they want. Another right that we have is the right to bear arms. Many choose to carry a weapon to protect themselves, or sometimes just to carry it.
A right that I believe everyone SHOULD have is healthcare. Many people do not have insurance, live close to an area where they can receive care when they need it, or understand the importance of receiving regular and proper healthcare. Another big factor in people not getting the healthcare they need is because it is expensive. Freedom to speak your native language is another right I believe we should all have. There are thousands of different languages in the world, and it is completely unfair that people get mistreated for speaking a different language.