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Photovoice Final

The photos I took for my project are simple, but I intend for them to have a deeper meaning to readers. I have provided a photo of an ambulance, and a photo of a personal vehicle. This is the decision many Americans make in their own healthcare when they have a medical emergency. Americans will sacrifice their own health to save money instead of paying for ambulance transportation. In a personal experience, while outside an emergency room entry, a personal vehicle pulled into the bay next to our ambulance. A citizen stepped out and stated that their friend was going to need medical attention. Upon inspection, this was in fact the case and the friends of the victim had driven the person to the hospital via a regular car. This can be viewed as a consumer decision, because it is likely that they did not want to call 911 to pay for the ambulance ride. A large portion of the population in the United States has basic Medicare/Medicaid insurance. There also some individuals that have no insurance, especially in some areas of the country with high numbers of immigrants. No person should feel as though they cannot call for help and be treated by professionals due to their insurance or lack thereof. This class has discussed the choices we can make as consumers regarding our health. However, in my own opinion as a provider, this should not be a choice we are concerned with. Unfortunately, that is not the reality that consumers can exist in.


For two questions, I chose “What choice(s) do I have?” and “What is the usual discourse regarding this and similar services?” The choices for pre-hospital and hospital care are relatively simple. You can either take yourself to the hospital, or you can call an ambulance. Now, what most consumers are probably not aware of is that when paramedics show up, you do not have to take the ambulance. You are legally allowed to refuse treatment and transport, or you can be evaluated and choose to refuse transport. Regarding visiting the hospital, you can choose to be seen at emergency department for an illness or you may not. People have hundreds of varying insurance plans, and it is possible that it could be more affordable to be seen by an urgent care clinic or your primary physician. It is important as consumers that we be very aware of what our insurance does cover, so that we are not left with a hefty bill after we receive treatment or visit a healthcare site. Also, we must recognize how Medicare/aid differs from state to state in the event of using an ambulance or visiting the ER. A person may benefit from completing a project such as this, especially with this subject, because we do not consider disasters until they strike. It is rare that a young person in college (or any demographic) would plan ahead for an ambulance ride or ER visit. When the emergency is happening is not the time to stop and think how you will pay for the services.

PhotoVoice Project Part 2

When marijuana was legalized in 2012 in the State of Washington, it was not much longer before recreational stores started popping up everywhere. Even in Ellensburg there are 3 recreational marijuana stores. Cle Elum and Roslyn also have 3 stores in the area. The growing popularity of the cannabis industry can not be ignored and because of its contents, consumers should be aware of what they are being sold and what their choices are.

What are my choices and who’s selling me what?
I took a trip down to Ellensburg’s very own Cannabis Central where I took pictures of a few of the products they had for sale. I asked for a sample of marijuana flower, oil,  edibles, and body balm to take pictures of.

They provided me with a 2 gram package of “DDAWG QUIN-N-TONIC”. This is an indica dominant hybrid strain with a total THC percentage of 21.26% that costs $20. When it comes to marijuana there are 3 types you can get. Indicas, sativas, and hybrids indicas tend to have a sedating, full-body effect on people. The physical leaves are short and bushy and when consumed it is said to help with anxiety, insomnia, pain, and muscle spasms (Leafly, 2017). Sativas, on the other hand, are said to give you a “head high”, as well as make you more focused, uplifting and spark your creativity. It is said to relieve symptoms of depression, ADD, fatigue, and mood disorders (Leafly, 2017). Hybrids are a mix of indicas and sativas. They can be a 50/50 mix of the two, or they can be dominant towards one or the other. This appeals to people who do not want the full effects of either strain.


Next, they provided me with 1 gram of oil, with a total THC percentage of 75%. Oil is a more concentrated form of marijuana. It is much higher in percentage compared to other forms therefore the effects are felt much stronger. Depending on the strain and THC percentage, the price usually ranges from $20-$40. CBC is a component that is THC free and is very helpful with pain. With this, you do not feel like you are “high” and do not feel the effects that you would with indicas and sativas. Instead, the CBC affects only the sight of pain. CBC oil is said to be very helpful with individuals who suffer from frequent seizures. (Epilepsy, 2017).


Edibles can come in tons of different forms. Cookies, brownies, candies, tablets, just to name a few. They gave me a package of blue raspberry candy pebbles that contained 10 candies, each with 10 mg of THC in them, totaling 100 mg THC per package. Edibles appeal to the crowd who are intending to feel the effects of marijuana but do not want to smoke it either due to health or personal reasons.


Lastly, the body balm they provided me with 350 total mg of THC in it. Interestingly, it also contained Kava kava, which is notorious for its sedating and pain relieving effects on the body (WEBMD, 2017). Body balms, as well as lip balms, and moisturizers, are used on people who have muscle, skin, and joint pains in certain areas. After direct contact with the balm, the effects are supposed to relieve the pain temporarily.


Experience taking the photos
At first, I thought it might be awkward to go into a store that sells drugs and ask to take pictures. After I got over the idea, I went in at a decently slow time of the day so I wouldn’t be disrupting their flow of business. Fortunately, there was a friendly girl working there who helped me out without hesitation. I informed her I was doing a school project and needed to photograph a few items and she recommended a few to her liking that I should photograph. This project helped my thinking in consumer health because it made me realize that especially when it comes to drugs, we should know what we are consuming and who is selling it to us. The great thing about marijuana being legalized now is that when you buy it, it tells you who it is from, when it was harvested, what is in it, and what kind it is. As opposed to buying it off the streets and not knowing anything about what kind it is and what is in it. I think as college students we tend to trust our friends a lot when it comes to drugs and alcohol and if I hadn’t completed this course or project I may not have realized the impact that we as consumers have on our own health.

If someone had never been exposed to discussions of consumer health issues and approaches, completing a project like this may be beneficial because it could inspire somebody to educate themselves not only about this topic but every topic. When people are more aware and educated there is more chance for change to happen and progress to be made. My project provides the general public with a basic standard of what you should expect to see when you walk into a recreational marijuana store.


Epilepsy. 2017. CBC Oil for Seizures. Retrieved from https://www.epilepsy.com/connect/forums/living-epilepsy-adults/cbd-oil-seizures

Leafly. 2017. Sativa vs. Indica vs. Hybrid: What’s the Difference Between Cannabis Types? Retrieved from https://www.leafly.com/news/cannabis-101/sativa-indica-and-hybrid-whats-the-difference-between-cannabis-ty

Web MD. 2017. Kava Kava-Topic Overview. Retrieved from https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/tc/kava-topic-overview#1


The first image below is of a can of soup, 8 ounces of soup cost $3.29.

The second image below is of a box of granola bars, the box cost $5.09.

The third image below is of a box of single serving instant macaroni and cheese, this cost $3.59.

These images represent the high prices of gluten free options on campus. The images were taken at the C-Store in the SURC. Not only were the foods priced highly but there were so few options that I could only take a few pictures. The questions I chose to address with these photos were “what options do I have?” and “who has the upper hand and how?”. To answer the first one, I went to the C-Store to see what options students on a meal plan had, which were very few and far between. Only one individual shelf had gluten free options that were labeled and certified gluten free. It is obvious to see who has the upper hand in this situation – the producers and the sellers. Most individuals that eat gluten free do not do so by choice and must buy the overpriced items in order to eat. I have experienced this myself as well as my mom and some of my coworkers.

Taking these pictures did not really open my eyes to anything I didn’t know before because I have lived gluten free for years and I understand how we are a trapped market. I believe any individual that has never thought about consumer health or had to think about being gluten free would benefit from this project because it would make them pay attention to what other consumers have to deal with every time they go to the store. I believe that these images will give other readers the opportunity to understand and see what individuals that live gluten free experience when they go shopping – including the high prices for smaller amounts of food.

Photovoice Part 2

Photovoice project

For my Photovoice project, I decided to go to a couple popular restaurant chains that advertise to be “healthy.” The restaurants I went to were Subway, Chipotle, and Panera Bread. These are places I go to eat pretty often because it’s affordable, good food, and they claim to be healthy. I have always been curious about whether or not these restaurants are actually healthier than most places, so I am glad that this class has me more aware and cautious about product claims and advertising and seeing if they are true. For my project, I looked at the calories, sodium, and sugar of the meals I ordered from these restaurants.

My recommended caloric intake from a calculator based from my age, weight, height, and activity level – 1786/day. It is also recommended that people consume no more than 2300 mg of sodium a day, and sugar 6 g a day.

How healthy is it?

Prior into starting this project, I was expecting Chipotle to be the “healthiest” for me. This is because they claim to use ingredients without any added flavors or preservatives, make their food in the kitchen. They also claim that their products come from small farms that don’t add any hormones, antibiotics, or pesticides to their plants and animals. However, Chipotle had the highest amount of calories at 615, and highest amount of sodium at 1645 mg. Panera Bread and Subway had close calories at 570-590, but Subway had more sodium at 1580 mg. As for Sugar, Panera Bread had the highest at 17 grams, Chipotle at 10 grams, and Subway at 6 grams. All 3 restaurants are a little “all over the place” on how healthy it is, but I would claim Chipotle to be the least healthiest out of all 3 because of its high sodium content. I was surprised at the amount of calories for Panera Bread because it was a salad and a sandwich, I was expecting the calorie amount to be high. Overall, I’d consider Panera Bread to be the “healthiest” out of these restaurants because it had less sodium and calories.

What choices do I have?

Eating at any restaurant, you have a huge selection to choose from. On most menus now, they show the amount of calories there are in each item. So using, “I had no other choice,” really isn’t an excuse now after deciding to eat something that wasn’t nutritious. There is also always the choice of cooking your own food at home, that way you choose where you buy ingredients from (organic, local) how you cook them, and what you add (seasonings, side dishes). Also when you cook your own food, you aren’t adding all the extra seasonings that most restaurants do.

Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?

As a college student on a very tight budget, I think one of the main reasons it’s difficult to be healthy and easy to be unhealthy is because most unhealthy foods are very inexpensive. While grocery shopping, it’s easy to notice that the unhealthy, processed foods are cheaper than organic, locally owned foods.

I really enjoyed doing this project! It has made me more aware of what I’m eating and putting into my body. The reason I go out to eat most of the time is because I get pretty busy to the point that I don’t have a lot of patience or time to make myself something to eat. One of my hobbies is going out and trying new different foods, but after this project I now want to stick to trying healthier, organic foods that don’t have so much sodium in them. After taking a picture of the foods I ordered from restaurants I enjoyed going to, I even realized that they aren’t that appealing or look good at all.  Although it is difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy, buying healthier foods is like an investment and beneficial because then you wouldn’t be consuming so much unhealthy food that could affect your body a lot.

Taking this class also made me aware of so many issues I never thought much about such as the pharmaceutical industry, healthcare, and the importance of sustainability. The readings I’ve done for this class made me see a whole different side of public health. If someone were to complete a project like this, I think it would benefit them by making them realize that what you see really isn’t what you get. Restaurants like these have advertisements everywhere claiming to be fresh, healthy, and delicious, so of course we believe them. Someone might start reading more into nutritional facts and seeing the amount of fat, calories, sodium, or cholesterol their food has. My project provides information and proof that restaurant chains who claim to be healthy are not. It also shows that it truly is easy to be unhealthy because unhealthy food is affordable and easy to get because it’s cooked for you.


PhotoVoice – Part 2


I don’t usually have fast food, but when I do, my two favorite places are Subway and Wendy’s.  For this project, I reviewed each locations’ nutrition facts as well as menu prices and compared them.

How healthy is it? Who is selling me what?

This nutrition sheet comes from Subway. There are 5 individual categories: Sandwiches, Salads, Breakfast & Pizza, Breads & Condiments, and Desserts & Sides. Each item listed includes the serving size, Calories, Calories from fat, Total Fat, Saturated & Trans-fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbs, Sugars, Dietary Fiber, Protein and Daily Value Percentage for Vitamin A, C, Calcium and Iron. This may seem like a lot of useful information but to an uniformed consumer, all of this information can be overwhelming and might even be useless unless they are tracking all of their meals and calories. When I go in to subway, everything has nutrition facts, on the overhead and on the glass displays. However, when I order, I don’t usually look at those things, I choose/order what I know I like rather than what I know is good for me and this is the case for most consumers. For instance, I will get a 6 inch 9-grain honey oat bread (230), Italian B.M.T (410), and pepper jack cheese (50). The bread, meats and cheese alone are over 600 calories, keep in mind I haven’t added any vegetables or sauces yet. While choosing subway may seem like the healthy choice, it’s usually not; for a healthy person, one meal should not exceed 500 calories.

For Wendy’s, when you visit the website it has you select a menu category such as a burger, side, or drink and then a specific category whereas subway, just listed everything on one convenient sheet. When I go to Wendy’s I like to order the #1, this is a cheeseburger with fries and a drink. The burger alone has 570 calories, the fries have 320 and the drink depending on what I get (usually Sprite) has 200 calories. The total amount of calories for this meal alone is: 1,090. No, this is not the only meal you will have for the day and this is over half the amount of calories that the average person is supposed to consume daily.

Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be healthy? Do I really know what I need to in order to make a healthy choice?

It is difficult to be healthy when you eat out because regardless of what you know (nutrition information), you will still (probably 8-9/10 times) choose what you like rather than what you know is good for you. It’s also difficult when there is a huge price difference in food. For instance, an entire meal at Wendy’s costs only $5-$6 (burger, fries and drink) but if you were to go to Fred Meyer for say, the burger patties will cost you $7.99 alone; it’s also more time-consuming to make it yourself. Essentially, we do know what we need to know (most of the time) in order to make a healthy choice but chose to ignore it.  Our job as informed consumers is to help inform other consumers starting with our parents or friends who will then tell their friends and continue this learning chain reaction. This is an easy way to begin making people healthier without it seeming like a chore (exercise or clean eating). If more people become informed on eating out and nutrition facts, slowly but surely we can begin to decrease the obesity problem in the United States.

In Ellensburg, I live near a subway which makes my ‘healthy eating’ a little difficult on busier days. The nearest Wendy’s to me is all the way across town where back at home, it was just a few blocks away from my house so this has been good on limiting how many times I go to Wendy’s. Now if I’m craving Wendy’s I have to stop and think “do I really want to drive all the way across town just for a burger?” the answer is usually no. While I working on this project, I realized how bad even Subway is for me. I try to track my calories on a daily basis and usually when I eat out I have a light breakfast or lunch or dinner so that I don’t exceed my calorie count and if I do it’s only by a few calories. However, when I go home on weekends or break, I don’t keep up with it as much and when my parents say let’s go have a burger! I don’t even think about it twice before ordering what I have now learned is really really bad for me.

After the food post in November and learning about moderation and how it doesn’t always work, some days I really have to restrain myself from having Wendy’s or Subway and set myself in the mentality that “okay just because you’ve been eating well for the last few days does NOT mean that you can have a burger today;” Eating out should not be seen as a reward and I’m glad that now I am able to catch myself on those days although it’s a challenge.

I have a 17-year-old brother who up until probably October, would eat out a lot! (Almost every other day or 2). I think someone like him and other high school teens could really benefit from completing a project like this because they would have a chance to see how bad or unhealthy fast food is even if it’s just looking a nutrition sheets and comparing them. Again, if we can stop the problem early on we can slowly but surely begin to decrease the obesity rates in the U.S.

Although I only covered two restaurants and compared them for my project, consumers will be able to see a typical fast food restaurant meal and compare it to the healthy alternative and realize that it’s not as healthy as we would’ve all expected. At Wendy’s your meal can range from 300-1,000 calories and at subway your meal can range from 400-1,000 calories as well depending on sandwich size and if you count every topping, sauce, chips, drink and sometimes cookie. I am hoping that consumers will become curious and begin researching more fast food nutrition facts and compare them, making them informed consumers.

Photovoice: Final Project

I went throughout the town of Ellensburg, WA looking for alcohol advertisements that enticed me to either purchase a drink or a bottle. As a college student, I do happen to have my fair share of times when I am a consumer of different types of alcohol. I also do fall victim to the creative advertising that the bars, taverns and restaurants around town have. These places base their “happy” hour around alcohol, and what they claim to be “cheap drinks.” When you think about it, they really aren’t. How healthy IS it? Well, to break it to you simply, alcohol just is not healthy in general. The goal of happy hour is to make you believe that alcohol will make you happier, and that happiness leads to a healthy life. When, alcohol is actually a depressant and truly doesn’t make you happier at all. The choices we have are endless, which makes it even harder as a consumer to say no. If you don’t like wine, well maybe you’ll like beer and if you don’t like tequila, well maybe you’ll like vodka etc. I think a part of the problem is the giant selection of alcohol. Without all those choices there may be less people to drink and purchase the products. Another reason why it is so easy to choose alcohol over other items is the pricing compared to healthier drinks. A 16oz Kombucha, a very well know health drink, costs almost as much as an entire bottle of wine and is just a little less than half the price of a half-gallon of vodka. Why would someone purchase the Kombucha to clench their thirst when a bottle of wine is almost as cheap and can clench their thirst more than just once? This makes it clear to me that these restaurants and stores have the upper hand on the consumers. Their skills for advertising and selling such an unhealthy product is outstanding. Most people, including health conscious people, understand consuming alcohol can be detrimental to their health yet, continue to drink it. The alcohol industry and those who purchase it are not going anywhere, so I do not see a change coming anytime soon.

Taking these photos and describing exactly what I saw behind the scenes lead me to how I am feeling now. As a consumer, it will be challenging for me to purchase alcohol going forward. I have an interest and great knowledge in health and know that it is not healthy. And with my information as a consumer, I know that alcohol offers no benefit to me if purchased. The alcohol business is all about money and buying and selling. With the lack of benefit all types of alcohol offer, it is shocking that this industry is still one of the largest and wealthiest trades. With my knowledge from this course I was able to take a step back and look at what consumers see as well as what the producers are thinking behind the scene. This gave me the ability to acknowledge both sides and produce a more honest PowerPoint with captions to my photos. If someone were to be exposed to this post, they would be able to see the other side of things as well. It may help them to think twice before purchasing alcoholic beverages or participating in a happy hour. Or, possibly they will try to recreate a project like this of their own. That would help them to get behind the scenes on their own and truly see how marketing can impact what consumers view as “healthy” or attractive. For the general public, could help them to not only be more aware of alcohol advertising but other marketing schemes as well. My project could offer the public more awareness of how we are tricked into purchasing items we really should not.

Photovoice project

Photovoice Part 2

IMG_6866McDonald’s Nutritional Fact PamphletJack in the box

Jack in the Box Nutrition Fact PamphletIMG_6867
Taco Bell Nutrition Fact Pamphlet

Do I really know what I need to make a healthy choice?

In short, the answer is yes, however, if you want to find out the information needed to make a healthy choice, you need to work for it. I went into three different fast food chains: McDonald’s, Jack in the Box, and Taco Bell. In the fast food restaurants, I asked for the nutritional pamphlet and recorded how long it took for the employee to give it to me. McDonald’s took 2 minutes and 17 seconds, Jack in the Box took 1 minute and 39 seconds, and Taco Bell did not have anyone present who knew where they were, but they offered to let me use one of their phones to look it up on the internet, in all I waited 2 minutes and 5 seconds before I was given an answer. McDonald’s was only able to give me a 54-page book that I could take pictures of but could not keep. This book was very extensive with its information and listed all the information that is generally required on normal packaged foods, however, I did not see an ingredient list, which was slightly concerning. Jack in the Box also listed all required information excluding the ingredients list, however, I could not find anything online that was nearly as extensive as McDonald’s in that I do not believe that it listed all things on the menu. Taco Bell was the same as the last two in that it listed the required information but no ingredients, and while it was not a 54-page booklet, it did seem to list all items on the menu. So yes, I was given the information that I need to make the healthiest choice possible at these fast food restaurants, but I had to wait for it, and one place was not able to provide me an in-person copy, which was disappointing.

 How healthy is it?

The answer to this question was by no means surprising, the food at any of the fast food chains is not typically on the healthy side, and many of the items on the menu either fulfill or come close to fulfilling a daily value. For instance, the XXL Grilled Stuft Burrito-Steak from Taco Bell has 40 g of protein and 2100 mg of sodium and 840 calories. This is over half a daily value of protein, almost all of a daily value of sodium, and almost half the daily recommended calories, in one burrito. McDonald’s and Jack in the Box have similar nutrition information provided for items on their menu as well. All in all, the food at these restaurants is not healthy, there may be an item here or there that could provide high protein and low sodium, but that would be a rarity and less likely to be ordered as the restaurants are known for their salty, greasy, and quickly served food.

 Why is it so difficult to be healthy/easy to be unhealthy?

It is so difficult to be healthy as a college student with access to these fast food restaurants because of the prices and location. As shown on the receipts, this food was very inexpensive, I did not pay more than $4.00 for anything ordered, and many of these places offer “meals” which allow the customer to buy a main dish, a side, and a drink for a discounted price. Also, these restaurants were located on the main road to get on the freeway to head to the western side of Washington, where many of Central Washington University students live. It is very easy to stop in and buy food for the road at any of these locations, especially as they all have drive-throughs.


Going around to these locations and asking for the Nutritional pamphlet was not nearly as awkward as I thought it would be. The employees were all very nice and understanding and did their best to get me the information as quickly as possible. This tells me that food service workers do want to let the consumer know exactly what it is that they are getting, even if the large corporations do not always want that. A concept from 209 class that inspired me is that consumers are not always given all the information before they make a choice, and I wanted to see if that information was available. If someone had never been exposed to consumer health issues, they may benefit from doing something like this. In doing this I found out exactly how much sodium, protein, and carbs are in the food offered at various fast food locations. The only problem is that an everyday consumer may not know what these values mean as there is nothing to compare them to, for instance, they may not know that the daily recommended value for sodium is 2300 mg or below. My project provides nutritional information for three large corporation fast food chain restaurants, and information on how to obtain the nutritional information. It also provides a few prices to tell the consumer what the price of fast food generally is, and shows real pictures of fast food, rather than the advertised pictures. Lastly, it provides the public with the idea that they do not know everything that is in their food, or all the nutritional information about their food, and puts an idea in their head, that maybe this is something they should know.               Fillet-o-Fish                   Pumpkin Spice Shake        Frito Burrito

(McDonald’s)                        Jack in the Box                 Taco Bell

Photovoice: Dietary Supplements

I choose to do my Photovoice on dietary supplements by looking at the questions: “How healthy is it?” “How Safe is it?” “TMI but not the right kind to help me make a good decision?” and “What’s the typical discourse?”  Due to health conditions, I was not able to take as many photographs as I wanted, but I was able to find sources online that I could use. I choose to show a variety of supplement brands throughout the video, in addition to labels found on the bottles.

How healthy is it?
I found that, in general, medical professionals recommended vitamins and that certain supplements have proven to be helpful in treating some conditions. However, research on their health impacts varies from a supplement to supplement. I also discovered that there was a shocking lack of regulation in the industry and this prompted me to start asking “How safe is it?” rather than “How healthy is it?” I took a photograph of a spoonful of supplements. Growing up children are used to receiving a ‘spoonful of medicine’ while sick. This shows supplements relationship with conventional treatments.

How Safe is it?
Consumers are very much at the mercy of supplement companies. The FDA does not regulate supplements; there is no safety, quality or purity testing (Hamblin, 2016.) The companies do not have to prove their product helps the conditions they advertise they do. To demonstrate this, I found an online label from a popular supplement brand and looked at the claims it made and statement on the back. Bottles with health claims all include a statement in small font “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

I also found that companies do not even have to prove their product is safe. It is left up to the FDA to prove they are harmful. For example, it took the FDA seven years to remove a harmful substance known as ephedra from shelves. During this time there were numerous reports, thousands of consumer complaints and 155 reported deaths (Harvard Medical School, 2013.)

TMI but not the right kind to help me make a good decision?
My research showed that dietary supplements make a lot of claims (some of them unfounded) about their product, but most lacked proper warning labels. The FDA does not require dietary supplements have warning labels and when they are included they are generally vague. Most labels do not warn about possible drug interactions or possible adverse side-effects (Harvard Medical School, 2013.) I include a photograph here of a warning label typically found on bottles to display how vague the information is.

What’s the typical discourse?
Dietary supplements are often marketed as ‘all natural’ this leads people to believe they are safe to take, especially since most bottles lack proper warning labels. Dietary supplements are believed to enhance your life and have a positive impact on health. This is evidenced by the 2017 MARS Consumer Health Study finding that over half of Americans believe that taking dietary supplements make long-term health differences. I took an image from an alternative health site. The photo shows supplements next to other herbs and flowers to demonstrate supplements association with ‘all natural.’

Making the Video
Creating the video and taking the photographs helped me employ many of the skills I learned in PUBH 209. For example, the first thing I did when researching dietary supplements was to look at the labels. In the class learned that labels are often misleading and deceitful. Looking at the labels showed me that the health claims were not evaluated by the FDA and that the warning labels were vague listing no drug interactions or side-effects.

If someone had never been exposed to consumer health, a project like this would benefit them greatly. The project has someone consider a specific consumer health item by asking critical health questions about it. I believe that many people get into consumer health while researching a health issue they were concerned about. Additionally, a project like this can make the process of learning about consumer health less overwhelming, as you focus on one specific issue.

I hope that my project helps the potential public be more careful when looking for dietary supplements. Dietary supplements can be very valuable to good health. Personally, I have benefited greatly from dietary supplements. I hope that I encouraged watchers to check out the medical research conducted on dietary supplements and if they are unsure that they consult their doctor or nutritionist. Furthermore, I hope they research the quality of the brand they buy from (or will buy from) before making their next purchase.


Video and Text References
Bazaman, M. (2017). Vitamins, Supplements Have a Healthy Hold on US Consumers. Retrieved from https://us.kantar.com/business/health/2017/vitamins-and-supplements-have-a-healthy-hold-on-consumers/

Hamblin, J. (2016). Why Vitamins and Other ‘Dietary Supplements’ Can Contain Anything. Retrieved from https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/06/supplements-make-tobacco-look-easy/488798/  

Harvard Medical School. (2013). The arguments against dietary supplements. Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/alternative-and-complementary-medicine/the-arguments-against-dietary-supplements  

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. (2016.) Echinacea. Retrieved from https://nccih.nih.gov/health/echinacea/ataglance.htm

Nature’s Bounty. (n.d.) Nature’s Bounty Fish 2400 mg OilSoftgels, 90 ea. [Infographic]. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Natures-Bounty-Fish-2400-OilSoftgels/dp/B002QMB55Y

Puritan’s Pride. (n.d.). Echinacea 400mg-200 Capsules. [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Puritans-Pride-Echinacea-mg-200-Capsules/dp/B004R657LA/

Viva Naturals. (n.d.). Premium Non-GMO Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids and Rose Hips. [Photograph]. Retrieved from https://www.amazon.com/Viva-Naturals-Premium-Non-GMO-Bioflavonoids/dp/B00C6C3GCY/

Statista. (2017). Retail sales of vitamins & nutritional supplements in the United States from 2000 to 2017. Retrieved from https://www.statista.com/statistics/235801/retail-sales-of-vitamins-and-nutritional-supplements-in-the-us/  

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Photo Voice Part 1

I know this is late, I mixed up the dates for some of the posts so I’m trying to get back on track.

For the photo voice project I will post images of food that are recommended for individuals that have autoimmune diseases, like myself. The other images will show the pricing of these foods to show the trapped market we live in. The photos will address the questions “what choices do I have?” and “who has the upper hand and how?”.