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Glossary Post #4

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.

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Peer Review Comment

For my Peer Review Comment, I reviewed asinnersthoughts on food! I have left a comment on the original post and below is a copy.

“The main point of this contribution is found in this sentence “…it can cause a lot of shock onto your body because it is not the same nutrients”.

From reading this contribution I learned a lot about you. I personally think it takes a lot of strength and discipline to carry out this lifestyle and it would be very tough for me to change my entire eating habits to become a vegetarian. I am also relieved to know that I am not the only one with the common misconception of justifying all carb loaded foods because “I’m not eating any meat products”.

It would be good for a college student to read this contribution because some of us, including myself, think that being a vegetarian is only eating vegetables, however, you mentioned that you also eat pastas and bread which honestly never crossed my mind. I am also glad that you touched on the moderation subject because usually, most people think you’re really healthy because you are a vegetarian but like you said “I justified eating all of these” … (unhealthy foods) … “under the idea that it was in moderation and that there was no meat in the meal.”

The strongest part of this contribution, to me, was the part where you said, “I feel like this is a concept that we as consumers are not super familiar with and that’s why moderation becomes a back-burner concept to a lot of us.” It’s true, I think that everyone falls guilty of practicing moderation and most of us don’t even entirely know the proper way of it.

Something that someone my question about this contribution is when you said “I am a vegetarian and that can go wrong very quickly.” A few questions that could arise are:

How could being a vegetarian go wrong very quickly? Does this have to do with health? Money? Habits?

Aside from this, this post was generally good and easy to read and understand.

I did find a couple grammar errors which I’m sure were just you trying to type as fast as you could so you wouldn’t forget your thoughts (me all the time). They were both in the first paragraph, the first one came from this sentence “I did wanted to exceed those limits.” (want rather than wanted), and the second came from the following sentence: “Now that I am adult…” (Now that I am an adult…).

Your section on being a vegetarian made me want to read more on this topic. Maybe for the new year I could try it out (not sure how long it would last) but I am sure that there are healthier alternatives to eating meat (I mostly just eat chicken or seafood… so maybe I’m kind of almost there? Probably… not really…)

On a 1 to 4 scale where 1 is the lowest possible and 4 is the highest possible, I rate this contribution a 4 overall, because you answered the prompt in a clear and concise way, and made it personal. I hope that you have been able to practice moderation cautiously like you wanted to!”

 

Great Photovoice posts so far – and….

So – I’m seeing some cool posts, and I’ll expect more by end of day TOMORROW (Thurs) – note, I had Wed Nov 23 as the deadline, but have corrected it because Thurs is the 23rd…

SO IF you want to post following whatever passes for tomorrow’s big dinner with loud family, feel free!

Just a reminder as to the Photovoice instructions – at the Guidelines and Deadlines page, about 2/3 of the way down. I think you’ll really enjoy this assignment. From the posts so far, I’m expecting to see quite a few projects that deal with food….

Grades and comments so far…

Hi folks – I have posted a space in Canvas, “Comments re performance to date,” that will show comments and a current grade for your work so far, according to the holistic grading rubric. (Note that “so far” is through what I SAW for you as of Oct 16….) If you do NOT yet see that I have added that space for you, do not fret. (And please be patient just a bit longer, as in until about this weekend. I am slowly – and with ENJOYMENT and value – reading your work, and enjoying getting to take that time.)

I am seeing some quite thoughtful posts, btw. For those who have NOT yet posted a Glossary Building post, it’s time to start, just a heads up…. Oh, and the GB posts I’m seeing tend to show me the learning that happens when we go after a new-to-us concept or term. Exciting! So do it….

Btw, the green checkmark in your Canvas space indicates that I am complete, so far, with your comments/grade. YOU may be missing one or more items, which you should be able to check against what’s due so far (in other words, if you did NOT yet do even one GB post, you know that.) Similarly, if you have done something, and you don’t believe I’ve seen it, make a note of it. Usually that will be because you neglected to UNcheck the UNcategorized category, or you used a category that made it look like it was for one prompt when really it was for another (or titled your post in some way that confused me, or something like that).

Another heads up – although you won’t see things “marked off” in that comments re performance space, I do have a “check-off” column for each prompt in an excel. If you DO believe your current grade doesn’t look as though it reflects what you’ve done, let me know.

Cheers, enjoy the rest of your week, and keep exploring, learning, and writing. Oh, and make ONE healthy consumer choice in the next few days – whether modifying a choice you’d typically make, or deciding something entirely new for your life. Why not? You can do it. –Dr. P

So – you’re reading and writing, right?

I’m seeing some good posts, and planning to be able to take some extended time to grade them very soon!

If you’re writing, it means you’ve found the post prompts (under the Assignments page, labeled 7 Course Assignments in the menu, with a page for each week’s topical prompts. Also see them at the Estimated Schedule page.)

If you’re reading, and using slides, it means you’ve found the Content Pages – (labeled 6 Content Pages – and with specific content pages organized under that page) and the Course Slides page (labeled 4 Course Slides).

If you haven’t been using those pages, how about starting tonight!

If you’re truly stuck, still, it’s ok. It IS online, after all, and a new modality for many of you. CALL me. Or EMAIL me. Check the syllabus (here) OR my emails to YOU for that info!

Challenge – What you do when you wake up!

Hi folks – There’s a little something I like to call MORNING coming your way tomorrow, the next day, and every time you get out of bed for the next several decades we hope!

Here’s a morning challenge for you. Whether you’re seeking extra learning, extra credit, or just want to try a healthy boost for your mornin’ routine, this one’s for you. (Oh, and if you think routines are for losers who don’t like excitement, you might want to rethink. Here’s an easy read that discusses saving your “willpower by developing habits and routine” as part of being successful and especially as part of being able to make healthier decisions when you really should.)

So – routine up, everybody! Start your day with a few healthy behaviors that can really become habit. Give it a try….

MORNING CHALLENGE HOW-TO
The minute you hit the bathroom tomorrow, after a needed potty stop of course, do all of the items on the list below. Oh, and keep it up for five days. That’s Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Do it. Then write at least three sentences per day about your experience. Post on Sunday, by 11:59pm. Use your username and Challenge, morning, and routine as tags, and Challenge as the category.

  • Drink water. At least a few sips. Water make you feel a bit sick first thing in the morning? Used to for me, too. Now I fill a quart jar at the sink, and get about 12 oz down first thing. So work up to it. Just take a sip or two, if you can’t stomach more.
  • Wash your face. That’s right. Cool water or warm, doesn’t matter. Just take a cloth, hold it under running water, put your face down, and give it a nice soft splash and gentle pat or two. Dry gently. Doesn’t that face feel GREAT now?! Guarantee your eyes are now open.
  • Brush your teeth and tongue. Did that before bed? Good for you. Do it before you start your day, too. Can’t hurt…. Especially if you sleep with your mouth open, you’re all pasty dry and yucky. Clean it up.
  • Comb or brush your hair. Why not? You’ll look snazzy!

Once you leave the bathroom:

  • Hold off on any sugary drinks until you just can’t STAND it. Don’t drink sugary drinks in the morning? Are ya sure? Not just talkin’ about soda. Also JUICE. That’s right. If you’re drinking apple or orange or some other fruit juice, you’re getting less of the fruit’s nutrition and more calories and concentrated sugar. Eat a piece of fruit instead. Oh, and it’s cheaper, too. Try it and see – a couple of pounds of apples or pears or bananas, etc seems spendy, until you grab that $5 smoothie or that $3 pint bottle of fancy juice. Just sayin’…. Usually have “coffee” with a bunch of flavored whitener or syrup in it before much of anything else? Try it without that; use a little half and half or a soy or nut milk creamer instead, but check for sugar in those other things. Just TRY your morning joe that way…. You may not like it at first, but your health (and your wallet) will thank you.

Intro Post

Hello! My name is Erika B. (I just now figured out how to post on here.. hence all of the editing..) I am a transfer student from Wenatchee Valley College starting on my Junior year and am planning to major in Public Health. This is my first quarter taking public health courses which means I am slightly unfamiliar with the concepts but I can’t wait to learn! Ideally, I would like to receive my masters in Epidemiology.

I would consider my current consumer health status ‘okay’ or healthy. I don’t exercise as much as I would like to or use to, and I do try to eat healthy. I’ve taken nutrition courses that have helped in getting a general understanding of portion control and what portions of food I should be eating a day rather than just eating the first thing I see when I’m hungry. I walk to school everyday and take the stairs instead of the elevator. I am definitely a homebody, and this is my first time away from home so I am still adjusting to the new environment and being away from my parents for the first time.

A couple of values that I hold are: effort and respect. The outcome is solely reliant on the amount of effort you put into something, whether it’s doing your job right for the hundredth time or studying for an exam in a new subject. It is also important to always respect others opinions and views even when you disagree.

One right we have as American’s is the right to vote. Another important one is freedom of speech. We are free to post whatever we’d like on social media. One right that I believe we should have is equal treatment between the different social classes. Another right I believe we should have is tax-free women’s hygiene products.

Staying on Track – Resources to help you!

Hi everyone –

I have just completed a page, Estimated Schedule and Staying on Track, that should clarify all the deadlines and help you indeed stay on track with PUBH 209 work.

Please review it carefully, and note that the clickable parts take you out to post prompt options, the Guidelines and Deadlines page, etc.

Let me know if you have questions and I do look forward to seeing your ongoing development as an engaged, informed, and empowered consumer!  –Dr. P

Help from Dr. P – and a great end to our first week!

Hi everyone –

Let me just say “Woo hoo!” because I’ve had some great chats with several of you and I see that folks are really getting started.

Again, reading my “Guide” WILL help you. I promise. Otherwise, once you’ve accepted the invitation and logged in, just click on the pencil “Write” icon at the top right of your screen, choose Consuming Health Matters at the LEFT, and start your post!

If you’re mostly concerned about getting started with readings and assignments, no worries! Note that (as explained in the syllabus) there are two deadlines, discussed below.

One deadline is “Perfect World” on Fridays, every week at 10pm. The second is “Last Chance” on Sundays at 11:59pm. Please try to have your Intro post up for THIS week’s Last Chance deadline, if not today’s Perfect World deadline, ok? Once you get the hang of things, you’ll be posting like a pro. And remember – choose “Intros” as your category, and be sure to add your username as a tag.

You can have the course blog open in one window, and be writing your post in another window. See what I mean? Visit the front page of the blog, here, and then open it again if you want to and then click the pencil/”Write” icon.

This “1-2-3” list should help you get started and feel relieved. Keep reading…

  1. Visit the intro post instructions here: 1 Getting Started in PUBH 209 work
  2. Then go out and read the first content page, A Page to Start with: Thinking and Discourse Matters, here. (Be sure to click the clickable items in it so that you are ACTUALLY reading this important piece of introductory course content and understanding my “basics” of consumer health!)
  3. Next go view the Overview slides here: 4 Course Slides
  4. Now you’re getting ready to write your first “real” post, the Thinking and Discourse post, which you will find here. Remember, you are responsible for ONE prompt each week. The Thinking and Discourse prompt is due NEXT Friday (PW deadline) or NEXT Sunday (LC deadline). PLEASE NOTE: You’ll find three Thinking and Discourse prompts, meaning you have options. It also means that, if you want to, you can start on Extra Credit/Extra Learning (explained in the syllabus) this very week!

Ok, get started. We’ll talk soon, especially if you’re still SO lost that you can’t log in and start writing. –Dr. P

 

 

Welcome to PUBH 209 – Fall 2017!

As you know if you’ve reviewed the course syllabus, grading rubric, and “Note” on points, grading, and learning, I expect that (through exploring this content) YOU will become engaged, perhaps a bit enraged, and ready to take on the world of consumer health issues. This material, to me, is among the most fascinating and concerning in public health – and it’s also quite poorly addressed. Because we honestly do not know what to do about the societal issues we face that are, when it comes down to it, our own fault. Yep, I said it. We’re the cause, ultimately, as a society, of our own issues. And now we have to face them as individuals and as a nation and a world.

Start considering the breadth and depth right now. Get a bit confused, concerned, annoyed, or what have you, and then go take a nice bath, a walk, a breath. Share a meal with someone you care about, pat a puppy, read a good book, or watch a stupid TV show. Then come back to this stuff in the morning. I can’t promise you’ll enjoy every minute, but I bet you’ll be interested most minutes… Again, welcome. I’m so glad to have you in this class with me, with each other, and with the world. This quarter. “See” you very soon. –Dr. P