Why I Do Not Garden

Posted by on May 15, 2019 in Cancer | 0 comments

There are many steps to maintaining a garden. One particular step is eradicating invasive species of plants. Invasive plants infest a garden and hoard nutrients meant for the other plants. Not only this, they are notoriously hard to get rid of. Simply pulling up weeds is inefficient; at this point, many species will have already spread their seeds around for the next season, turning gardening into a Sisyphean battle!

If the rhizomes are not properly dealt with, the time spent pulling up weeds was all in vain. Aside from pulling out weeds, some people rely on domesticated grazing animals to control the growth. Cows and goats can be beneficial for controlling invasive species — they eat weeds as a source of nutrition. Of course, once the land is clear, the rhizomes must still be cut. Grazing animals just help to clear the land more efficiently than one person doing it all on their own. However, the average person does not have enough space or money to purchase an animal whose sole purpose is weed eradication. Additionally, major companies cannot justify additional costs that come along with purchasing an animal. Veterinary expenses, in addition to the costs of housing the animals, make this a poor choice for many people.

This is why a lot of people like to turn to chemical warfare to eradicate pest species. A herbicide, a relatively new creation in terms of agriculture, can be engineered to kill off weeds and other invasive species while keeping the intended crops healthy. Roundup is one example of a herbicide created for this purpose and is now the most widely used herbicide in the United States.

However, herbicides do not come without their flaws. In recent years, many herbicides have come under fire for their effects on the human population. Roundup contains glyphosate, a chemical that was recently classified as a 2a carcinogen. This means that repeated and prolonged exposure to Roundup can lead to a lot of nasty side effects. Since Roundup’s invention in 1974, it has been adopted in over 150 countries. These means that a huge number of people have been exposed to glyphosate and its effects. One of the most serious side effects of prolonged exposure to glyphosate is cancer. Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and B-cell lymphoma have all been linked to glyphosate in Roundup. As a result, there are many Roundup cancer lawsuit attorneys whose main goals are to seek justice on behalf of victims.

If someone has had repeated exposure to Roundup and ended up with cancer, there is a strong likelihood that the two events are related to each other. Many lawsuits have already been filed against Monsanto for lying about the dangers associated with the most common herbicide in the United States. A lot of these have been combined into a Multi-District Litigation, although some choose to be treated on an individual basis.

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Is there a candy that fights cavities?

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Dentist in Patchogue | 0 comments

What causes us to end up with cavities? Some people think it’s because our teeth are too soft, but the real cause is the environment we create inside our mouth. When we have an overabundance of acid, refined foods, germs and not enough saliva, cavities can begin to form. This is because the ecosystem within us is not in a healthy balance. While doing some research on this topic, I stumbled across the website of a Patchogue Dentist that provided lots of helpful information.

So how can we straighten things up in there? If you’ve been to the doctor at least once, you already know the basics. We can brush and floss more consistently, drink water and eat healthier. Sometimes this isn’t enough though. What can we do between brushing? One thing you can do is change what is able to grow inside of your mouth.

Licorice actually helps to do this.

We mean the boring, sugarless black licorice. Red vines will only add to the sugar in your mouth.

Licorice roots have been used by humans ever since the first men discovered that they were slightly sweet and a thirst quencher. Perhaps they noticed that their teeth wouldn’t hurt after they chewed on them as well. Licorice roots have a compound within them known as glycyrrhizin. Glycyrrhizin is proven to reduce tooth decay in humans. They’re natural, cheap, and you can buy them online. However, we do have one word of caution. Licorice roots are considered a natural herb by the FDA, so they are unable to regulate a proper dose. Glycyrrhizin can cause unwanted side effects in large doses such as increased blood pressure, reduced potassium levels, and heart arrhythmias. So be sure to chew on the licorice roots a little bit at a time and only once every few days.

If you’re a parent looking to help prevent cavities in children, they’re probably going to be averse to chewing on licorice roots. When all is said and done, they taste a lot more like sticks than licorice.

Fortunately, there are some lollipops on the market that contain pure licorice extract and stevia to give them a sweet flavor. These lollipops can be purchased on Amazon and do serve as a great alternative if you live in an area without fluoride. Cavity-fighting lollipops are a great, easy to eat treat for adults and kids alike. Most formulas on the market today suggest having them twice a day for ten days. I kept mine in my car because the kids and I are always together in the car twice a day. I would give the kids  a lollipop in the morning on the way to school and again when I picked them up after school.

How Does This Work?

Glycyrrhizin actively works to disrupt the production of cavity-causing germs in your mouth. Some cavity-causing germs take hold in our mouths when we aren’t drinking enough water, or when we eat unhealthy foods. Glycyrrhizin creates an environment that fends off these germs and doesn’t allow them to multiply in our mouths.

 

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A Few Rules to Abide by When Traveling

Posted by on Feb 5, 2018 in Prescription Drug Laws | 0 comments

In my opinion, there is nothing better than going for a drive and listening to music with the windows down. The fresh air and open road combine perfectly to create a stimulating experience. Music adds that extra bit of enjoyment, and it’s one of the reasons I always volunteer to drive my friends around. The rule amongst my group of friends is always whoever is driving gets to pick the music. With unlimited data plans and streaming services on cell phones, it’s never been easier to find the perfect song.

The only problem I have with online streaming is when I get on a plane. There’s no cell service up there, so I have to organize my playlists before I leave. It wouldn’t be so bad, but I’m already a procrastinator. I wait until the last minute to start packing, and then I always end up bringing too much stuff in my suitcase. I guess I’d rather have too much than not enough. I’m limited to the amount of storage on my phone though, so I can’t overpack my songs. It never fails, I always end up wishing I had put one more album on my playlist once I’m in the air.

I don’t get nervous about flying, but I’m always afraid I’m going to get sick from traveling. There are so many strangers, and we are all in an airtight cabin. Therefore, I try to boost my immune system before I fly. I take anything that even remotely protects against germs, and it’s become part of my traveling ritual. Modern medicine is a marvel. When I was a child, I always took medicine for granted. If I were sick, my mom would give me something, and I would go back into my little world, no problem. As an adult, I have a much greater appreciation for the research and chemistry that goes into developing a pill with medicinal value. My only complaint is that we don’t have a capsule that will satisfy nutrition and hunger needs. I would love to be able to meet all of my food needs through a convenient, healthy pill.

I also bring an assortment of medicines with me in an Advil bottle, like ibuprofen, cold relief, sinus relief, and allergy medicine. You’ll have to be careful that you don’t end up packing anything extra in an unmarked bottle though. If the TSA catches you with prescription medications, you can be in a lot of trouble. Even though a doctor prescribed them, it’s essential to travel with prescription medicine with the right labels. If you don’t have the original bottle with your name on it, you can be charged with a crime. It seems silly, but the law is very clear about its demands. As bad as it might be to end up at your destination with a cold, it would be far worse to miss your flight because a federal agent is questioning you about undocumented prescription medication. That’s why I always play it safe by packing my assortment of medicine and leave my prescriptions in the proper bottle with a label.

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Houston’s slow moving insurance crisis

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Insurance | 0 comments

After Hurricane Harvey, the Texas insurance industry will really be put to the test. While the government has pledged a great deal of money to rebuild infrastructure, many homeowners will rely on their insurance to rebuild their homes. With extreme flooding damaging homes up and down the coast and especially around Houston, that is sure to put a strain on insurance company resources.

This issue will further be complicated by an unexpected factor: the lack of construction workers to do the rebuilding. According to Vox, much of the major rebuilding that took place in New Orleans after Katrina was done by undocumented workers. With recent crackdowns on that workforce, and with a very low unemployment rate, construction companies are struggling nationwide to find enough workers.

What workers they can find will cost more than most companies are used to paying as well, since undocumented workers were obviously cheaper to hire.

All that means that the situation in Houston will be, as Vox put it, “ripe for exploitation.”

That exploitation may take different forms. It may mean, as in New Orleans, paying people (even legal American workers) to do dangerous work for little pay (that is if they can find them). It may also include, and this is at least as likely, a conscious effort to appraise property at its actual value. Appraisers on the ground in Texas will have a heavy burden reappraising for clients after the initial valuation placed by the insurance companies. The importance of this job cannot be overstated for the coming years. Should insurance companies fail to meet the true value of a victim’s home, they may never receive enough compensation to rebuild their homes at all.

It seems highly likely, unfortunately, that just like in the case of Katrina, the federal government is woefully behind on what is required for the situation. Just as the Katrina response was famously slow, so Congress has been slow now to approve the necessary funds to get a strong start on the recovery. Having approved only $8 billion in aid (when an estimated $180 billion will be needed), the government looks as likely to cut corners as the insurance companies, leaving Houston in a very tough position indeed.

With aid needed elsewhere as well (specifically, in southern Florida and Puerto Rico), Houston, despite being the fourth biggest city in the country, may find itself a lower priority in the near future. Should another major storm hit either this year or next, it is hard to say how much more aid can be counted on at that point.

Which leaves Houston with a major crisis, one far slower in coming than Harvey. It may be years yet before Houston is aware that the insurance companies and the government have failed to meet obligations, and that the former is near bankrupt, and the latter is too busy to help.

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Will Pot Be Legalized in the Northeast?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Criminal defense | 0 comments

For many people in New England (and, let’s face it, across the country), the question of legalizing marijuana has been raised repeatedly over time, but now the chorus is getting louder. After seeing the success of states like Colorado who have legalized marijuana and have seen tax revenues and industry explode as a result, lawmakers in Rhode Island have actually taken another step toward legalization by creating a commission to explore the possibility of legalizing pot in the state.

According to a news report in the Providence Journal, nineteen panelists were selected by the General Assembly to explore the possibility and feasibility of legalizing marijuana in the state. The resolution was drafted in June and the panelists are supposed to deliver their recommendations to the assembly by March 1st. The committee begins meeting this month, in October. According to the new

According to the Journal’s story, commission members include state and local lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, members of substance abuse counsels and organizations, chamber of commerce officials, a medical marijuana patient, a criminal defense lawyer, and a therapist, among others. It is clear that the panel was designed to represent individuals across a broad spectrum of disciplines and social approaches to provide balance and thought to the discussion of legalization.

While citizens wait for the panel’s final decision, individuals who are arrested for possession of marijuana still may face criminal prosecution as a result. Depending on the situation, the individual’s criminal history, and the amount of marijuana in their possession, individuals may face heavy fines and even jail time if they are apprehended by law enforcement with pot on them.

If marijuana were to be legalized in Rhode Island, Cape Cod, or anywhere in New England, these issues would clearly become obsolete for many people, especially those who are charged with minor infractions, like possessing a small amount of weed. Personally, I feel that our jail system and the huge issue of overcrowding would be helped tremendously if people were not jailed for minor offenses. By legalizing marijuana especially (which I personally think is harmless, but that is a debate I’ll save for another blog post) it is hard to argue that we can alleviate some of the stress and strain on our already overwhelmed legal system.

Attorneys in the Northeast tend to agree, like this criminal defense attorney that I found through a Google search for defense attorneys in the Northeast, James Powderly. His firm represents individuals in Massachusetts who were charged with crimes ranging from serious offenses like assault, burglary, and murder, to non-violent offenses like possession of marijuana. Criminal defense attorneys routinely represent clients who are facing criminal charges for offenses that in other states in the U.S., (we’re looking at you, Colorado and Washington) are completely legal activities, and are relatively harmless.

In Rhode Island, lawmakers are at least making progress by discussing the possibility of legalizing marijuana so that people will not have to suffer the consequences of possessing the drug for personal, recreational use, an activity that I have made plainly clear on this blog many times, is something that I personally do not have an issue with at all. Maybe other states in the area, like Massachusetts and New York will follow suit if Rhode Island legalizes marijuana?

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