I chose to do my peer review on jdie4’s Food Prompt 1 post. From reading this contribution, I learned that there are almost 100 different added sugars that are put onto food labels. So we as consumers barely know what we are eating nowadays. It would be good for a college student or parent to read this contribution because from this we can understand that buying products that have nearly no sugar in them, still have hidden sugars in them because the manufacturers hide the sugars on the labels. Or do not put them on the labels at all. The strongest (or most credible) part of this contribution is when the author talks about how to fix this situation, which is buying solely raw ingredients and avoiding things that come in a package. The weakest part (or something that someone might question) about this contribution is when the author talks about how the FDA may begin requiring all the food labels to say all the added sugar. But the manufacturers might fight this and not want to do it. (If any) One part that I had to read more than once in order to understand it is was no parts. The author made a great case when it came to defending his points on the added sugars with food labels. (If any) I did not find any typos, although just a few minor grammatical errors throughout. (Such as commas and semicolons).One part that made me want to read more on this topic is when the author brings up how this might be affecting Type 2 Diabetes. This hits close to home for me because a lot of my family members have Type 2 DIabetes, so we are very cautious when it comes to our sugar levels and what we eat. On a 1 to 4 scale where 1 is the lowest possible and 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a 3.5 overall, because the whole article was great and I really enjoyed reading it. The one thing I would change would just to add paragraphs instead of one whole paragraph. Sometimes when people read a huge article and there are no paragraphs it can be overwhelming.
For my PhotoVoice Project, I researched makeup and the benefits of buying cheap vs. expensive makeup. First, I went to Fred Meyer and found the cheapest makeup in the store. I was looking for the brand ELF, but they did not have it at Fred Meyer so I found the brand Rimmel London actually being the cheapest.Rimmel London is actually the brand that I use for most of my makeup, like my foundation. The expensive makeup I chose to research was Neutrogena. So in my PhotoVoice Project, I will be comparing the cheap makeup to the expensive makeup.
What choices do I have?
When anyone walks into the makeup aisle(s) at a supermarket you immediately start to think, what choices do I have? In other words, what makeup choices do I have? The makeup aisle basically throws on you SOOO many different brands of makeup that you really just end up getting stressed out and buying whatever catches your eye. Some people won’t even look past two different brands before they are done and ready to leave. But what happens if you really take your time and look at all the different brands, prices, products? You may just find a foundation that is the BEST foundation in the world at totally works for you, or you will find one that does not work for you AT ALL. So when you walk into the makeup aisle look at all the different choices you have and what really works for you and your budget. For me, I am a sophomore in college and working my butt off every day to make money to buy my makeup. So you could say that I take time and find the cheapest one, which is Rimmel London. Now if I was back at home on the West Side I would just go to Target and buy the ELF brand since that is the cheapest. But since the Fred Meyer here in Ellensburg does not have the brand ELF, I buy Rimmel London.
Who’s selling me what?
I really feel as though Neutrogena is selling its consumers for than Rimmel London. Strictly due to the fact that Neutrogena has much more headlines saying that it is the #1 Dermatologist recommended skin care line. Which yeah I could see as too why it would be because they have healthy products. But that does not mean that you have to buy their products. I first took a bottle of foundation from Neutrogena and compared that to a tube of foundation from Rimmel London. The bottle from Neutrogena was $16.49, whereas the tube from Rimmel London was $5.49. I then compared the two brands with powder, concealer, and bronzer. All were very different prices, and the Neutrogena brand continued to be the more expensive one. When I read some reviews on Neutrogena many believed that one of their skin peels made their skin “dry and itchy”. Now I don’t know if this is just me but if I was too spend 20 plus dollars on a product that I hoped would make my skin feel better, I would be pretty mad if that happened to me. So although Neutrogena is selling their products better and branding more by using celebrities in their commercials, I still believe that there are better products out there for much cheaper.
Who has the upper hand and how?
Neutrogena definitely has the upper hand in this type of situation. They have more commercials and advertisements than Rimmel London. Neutrogena also has a lot of celebrities in their commercials which helps with the sale of their products. If people see Jennifer Lopez wearing the Neutrogena foundation on commercials than people will want to be like Jennifer Lopez and wear the same foundation! That doesn’t work so much for Rimmel London because a lot of people do not hear about that brand because there are not as many commercials and advertising for that product.
What’s the typical discourse (what “most people” say?) about this & similar products/services?
Many individuals will talk a lot about the products that they use, especially if they do not work have they hoped. Neutrogena is a very familiar brand and a lot of people chose to wear it. While Rimmel London is sort of on the back burner. Even though Neutrogena has great reviews and rates. The prices, on the other hand, are not so great. I mean for one thing of powder it is $13.99, whereas Rimmel London is only selling their powder for $5.49. A very BIG price difference, which ultimately defeats the same purpose. I personally believe that buying cheaper makeup products are still going to be just as healthy for you, rather than buying the more expensive ones. If people take the time to wash their face, good and clean, at the end of each night than you will not have any problems with buying the cheaper makeup. For me, I use the cheapest makeup products out there, and I continue to make sure I clean my face very well each night. In result, I have clear skin. So if anything buy the cheaper products rather than the expensive ones, because you will benefit from it in the long run.
My experience doing this project was great. I really enjoyed being able to research and do a topic that is close to my heart. I love makeup, probably just like everyone else. and realizing that you do not need to buy expensive makeup makes me feel great! When I first began my project, I went to the store and searched for the most expensive makeup. This was actually a lot more difficult than I thought it would be just because a lot of makeup in Fred Meyer is around the same price, but Neutrogena definitely stood out amongst the rest. When I arrived at the store the first thing I noticed was how many advertisements there are which reminded me of what we learned at the beginning of class! The makeup aisle, I believe, is the most competitive aisle in the whole store. Different brands have their way of trademarking their products so that you, the consumer, will buy them. They will advertise their products to be “healthy for your skin”, or “clean and fresh for your skin”. But all of them say that so how do we really know what is going to work for us and what is not. That’s an answer that only we can answer, and it is by buying the product that we feel like will work us. And if it works, then great you found YOUR makeup. But if it does not, then you go back to the store and move onto the next section or aisle of makeup and try that brand. All in all, you will find the right makeup for you, even if it takes a little time and effort.
PhotoVoice Project Below:
For Glossary Post #5 I came across three words in the DietaryGuidlinesandSugarSlides that I believe is important to know more about. The three words that stuck out to me were Omit, Allergens, and Morality. Although I have heard these words before I have never used them in my personal language, so I would like to know exactly what they mean.
Omit is when you choose to exclude or leave out something important. This can either be a person when you do not want them to be involved or you do not want them to know what you are talking about. This can also be when you do want to exclude something, such as a comment. Many people will use this word when they are referring to something being left out. Such as, “You omitted the most important part of the story in your presentation.”
Allergen is a type of substance that many people are allergic too. It is another term for the common word allergic, which is when your immune system acts abnormally to something. People are allergic to almost everything outside. Including pollen, grasses, dust and some medications. Everyone is different, so not everybody is going to be allergic to one thing.
Mortality is often referred to being associated with death. But also refers to many people be immortal, everybody is going to die one day. Mortality also has to do with the fact that we are not invincible. This is a good word to know as well because it is good to know synonyms for words, especially words that we are not familiar with.
Omit: leave out or exclude (someone or something), either intentionally or forgetfully.
Allergens: any substance, often a protein, that induces an allergy: common allergens include pollen, grasses, dust, and some medications.
Mortality: the state or condition of being subject to death; mortal character, nature, or existence.
For Glossary Post #4 I came across three words in the 209PharmaSlides that stuck out to me. It is very important for people to understand what these words mean, being that it is from the Pharma Slides. The three words that I chose were Patented, Stagnant, and Exorbitant.
Patented is an exclusive right that is granted by the government, that is passed to either a manufacturer or an inventor to use, or sell for a certain number amount of years. The most we see of this word “patent”, is in products made by companies. Companies will get a patent on their products to protect them in the long run, in case someone uses their same product idea. In this case, if someone invents a product that is patented, you could go to jail because you are violating the law. Another type of patent we see is used in documents, the document is protecting a right that the person has published.
Stagnant has a lot of different meanings but ultimately means dull, sluggish, or not moving. This can be related to many things: such as a standing pool of water, a swimming pool, or air. It is also characterized by a lack of development, advancement or progressive movement. In the PharmaSlides this version of the word is being used to describe how innovation has become “dull, or sluggish”. I believe that this is an important word to know because it is always helpful to know words and how you can express them differently.
Exorbitant is when you have exceeded an amount or reason. This can also have multiple meanings but results when you are trying to explain something, and you want to use different wordage to explain yourself. Again, I believe that is a good word to know because it is always helpful to know synonyms for words that you have never heard of. Such as this one.
Patent: the exclusive right granted by the government to an inventor to manufacture, use, or sell an invention for a certain number of years.
Stagnant: stale or foul from standing, as a pool of water.
Exorbitant: exceeding the bounds of custom, propriety, or reason, especially in amount or extent; highly excessive.
After reading the course slides on Greenwashing, I come up with this question. Is being Green too much and does it hinder us?I thought of this question because the slides on having a “green” life so too say really stuck out to me. Being green is great, you eat healthy-organic foods, and also buy organic products. But can this be too much?
I thought of this question because of someone that I know. Somebody I know, who is a mom, buys EVERYTHING either organic or “green” so to speak for her baby. Not too mention she is a vegetarian so everything she eats, her baby eats too. Now nothing is wrong with being a vegetarian and buying everything organic, but in a way it can be too much. This woman is also under the impression that just because something is “organic” makes it the best thing in the world and that she has to buy it because it is the absolute best thing for her baby. Yes, in a way buying green can be beneficial for us, but we have to look at other options as well. I recently did a post prompt on the difference between buying “organic” Honest Company Diapers vs. Luvs Diapers. The results were shocking and there was absolutely no difference in the products other than one was WAY more expensive than the other. You know which one it was? Yup, the Honest Company Diapers.
So basically my point here is that buying “organic” products and living a so called “green” lifestyle really can be hindering us. Another word would be tricking us, the “greener” companies are tricking us just to get our money by promoting there products by saying that they are “healthy for us” or “makes us green”, but really all these products have the exact same ingredients in them. So by buying the less expensive products we are still getting the fresh, healthy products that we hoped for.
For my third glossary post I came across three words in the Dietary Guidelines Slides that I believe were interesting. Being healthy is very important for your body, and yourself. So it is important that people understand what it means to be healthy and what it means to not be healthy. The three words that I chose were Insulin, Dementia, and Adulteration.
Insulin is a hormone made by the pancreas that allows the body to use sugars in the place of carbohydrates in the food that you eat for energy. Insulin helps keep blood sugar levels from getting too high or too low. We typically see insulin being used with type 1 diabetes patients. People with Type 1 diabetes cannot make insulin because the cells in their pancreas are destroyed. This is why people need injections to help their body process glucose and avoid health complications, like hyperglycemia.
Dementia is a not to be considered a disease, but instead it is considered to be a series of symptoms that all lead to be called dementia. These symptoms include memory loss, difficulty communicating, and confusion or disorientation. A disease that can be happen through dementia is Alzheimer’s. This is a disease, and is seen mostly in older adults. Dementia happens when there is damage in the nerve cells of the brain.
Adulteration is the noun form of adulterate, this can be defined as something that has been diluted with lesser quality ingredients. An example that we typically see of this is when fast food restaurants will use beaks and feet of the chicken and add them into the chicken nuggets. Adulteration is basically the process in which people will take an object and make it impure by adding inferior materials or elements.
- Insulin- a hormone produced in the pancreas by the islets of Langerhans that regulates the amount of glucose in the blood.
- Dementia- a chronic or persistent disorder of the mental processes caused by brain disease or injury and marked by memory disorders, personality changes, and impaired reasoning.
- Adulterate- render (something) poorer in quality by adding another substance, typically an inferior one.
“What Is Insulin?” EndocrineWeb, http://www.endocrineweb.com/conditions/type-1-diabetes/what-insulin.
“Dementia.” Mayo Clinic, Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 2 Aug. 2017, http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-203http://.
I will be doing my PhotoVoice Project on Cosmetics. Cosmetics is a huge part of my life, because I use them everyday. Within my project, I will be comparing cheap makeup vs. expensive makeup. Some of the questions I will be asking are:
- “What choices do I have?”
- “Who has the upper hand and how?”
- “Who’s selling me what?”
- “What’s the typical discourse (what “most people” say?) about this & similar products/services?”
I chose this topic because it is very important to me that I know what goes on my skin and if I will benefit from buying the more expensive brands rather than the cheaper brands.
For my second Glossary Post, I came across 3 words used in the BirthSlides that I found interesting. From the moment you first learn that you are pregnant, there is so much information thrown at you too make sure that you will have a happy healthy baby. There are also many things that people have to make sure they become aware of, in case something goes wrong or happens to your baby during childbirth. Not all births go smooth and easy like they say they do in books, movies or magazines. The three words in particular that I found interesting were: Induction, Jaundice, and Non-Supine Positions.
Induction is when you are given medication to jump-start contractions. This more than likely will happen if your labor does not start on its own. A lot of the time physicians or doctors will use this method if your labor starts to slow down or stops progressing. Most of the time you will see induction happen if you are one-two weeks past your due date. By this time the baby is getting uncomfortable or the placenta is becoming too small for the baby to stay in so they will induce to start the labor. Another type of induction that we see is if your water breaks but your contractions do not start. Once the placenta or membrane has ruptured or “your water breaks” you and the baby become at risk of infection. So they will in most cases use induction to start the labor process. In other cases, if the baby is premature the physician or doctor will wait to see if the baby will come on its own.
Jaundice is a common and harmless condition in which the baby is yellowish color after birth. This can happen when there is a build-up of bilirubin in the blood. Bilirubin is a yellow matter that is produced when the red blood cells have been broken down. Jaundice can very common after giving birth because newborn babies have a high level of red blood cells in their blood, which are fluctuating. This typically occurs when they are born because their liver is not fully developed, so the liver is less effective when removing the bilirubin from the blood. When your baby has jaundice there are many ways to treat it. One way to treat is by using phototherapy which is a special type of light that shines on the skin to help get rid of the bilirubin. Another way of treating jaundice is by using an exchange transfusion which is a blood transfusion that is taking a small amount of blood from your baby and replacing that blood with a matching donor.
Non-supine Position is the most common way of giving birth, which is laying flat on back and feet in stirrups. During a traditional vaginal birth, this is the position that most mothers will do. The majority of hospitals in the United States still use this position. There have been many questions recently raised that the non-supine position is actually quite harmful to the mother and baby. Lying on your back during childbirth can be very detrimental and dangerous. The main goal of childbirth is to align the baby’s body and head with your body for easy passing through the birth canal. Lying on your back can also be very hard on you and can ultimately make the pain of childbirth worse.
- Induction- is a medical procedure that is scheduled for pregnant women about to deliver and is used to stimulate uterine contractions during pregnancy before labor begins spontaneously.
- Jaundice-medical term that describes yellowing of the skin and eyes. Jaundice itself is not a disease but it is a symptom of several possible underlying illnesses.
- Non-Supine Position- is a position of the body: lying with the face up.
Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory Board. “Jaundice.” BabyCenter, 22 Apr. 2015, www.babycenter.com/0_jaundice_89.bc.
Reviewed by the BabyCenter Medical Advisory BoardLast updated: September 2017. “Inducing Labor.” BabyCenter, 1 Nov. 2015, www.babycenter.com/0_inducing-labor_173.bc.
“Supine Positions .” Mommypage.com, http://www.mommypage.com/2012/05/why-you-should-avoid-the-supine-birthing-position/.
When I first clicked on the website name it brought up the introductory paragraph of the website. Within the intro paragraph, there was a small description of what the FDA does and what they are involved in. I clicked around on a few of the different headings at the top of the website and most of them were very confusing. I did not really like how they were not clearly marked about what to click on to get more information. The part that was the most relevant and easy to access was the intro paragraph and the section where they have questions to ask yourself if you might be confused about a certain topic.
I thought that the intro paragraph was very informational and talked a lot what the FDA does and who they support. It also gives general information for new people who might not have ever heard of the FDA. I also really appreciated the section on asking yourself, just because people will always have conflicting views on a topic and people really want to know the answer to their question. These two sections were what I thought was the most consumer friendly.
When reading the article about moderation, my first reaction was that moderation is definitely not having only one doughnut a week but having other sugary, junky foods the other days. Yes, maybe people feel good about only having one doughnut but that doesn’t make it moderation.
I definitely do not see myself in the example of the”not-very moderate week that ‘feels’ moderate” either. I do enjoy having somewhat of a sugary snack every once and awhile, like a cookie. But I do not treat myself every day of the week.
In my daily diet, I try my best to eat my greens and protein, while having little snacks throughout the day. In some cases, I do practice the “somewhat moderation” though as well. Nobody is perfect and we can’t always be healthy. Most of the time though I do eat healthy, because quite frequently whenever I do eat unhealthy foods I just feel sick and weak. So it is always good to make sure that we eat healthy foods and foods that will give us energy.