QualityPrescriptionDrugs's Health Tips - August 2011 (Can't read this? click here)
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Summer is almost over and back to school commericals are on their way. It's the last month to enjoy the beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures before the leaves fall off from the once green trees. Remember, use suncreen to protect your skin from the sun's powerful rays and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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Strange Ingredients in Cosmetics

cosmetic's ingredients

Have you ever wondered exactly what made some cosmetics shine while others were given bad reviews? Well the answer lies in the ingredients of these cosmetics. Some ingredients have very scientific names that mask what the actual ingredients are. Be warned that the ingredients may not be pretty however, they are used in small amounts and even bring great positive effects to your skin.

  • Cow Dung: Don't be fooled. You read that correctly. Contrary to what most would think when they hear the words cow dung, it can surprisingly create a pleasant vanilla fragrance.
  • Used Cooking Oil: Scientists say that applying used cooking oil on damaged skin will help regenerate the skin. So don't be alarmed the next time you are out eating fries and you're asked, “Would you like a facial with that?”
  • Ambergris: This is basically whale vomit which is used in perfumes because of its earthy smell. It is usually found washed up on shore in South America. Recently it has been replaced with synthetic ambergris because the natural ingredient is too expensive.
  • Cochineal Beetles: Cochineal Beetles give the crimson red found in many dyes and cosmetics. These beetles are boiled in hot water, left to dry in the sun, and then crushed to give a deep red. The color is then used in many hair dyes and lipsticks. These crushed bugs are also found in some sports drinks and have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
  • Snail Slime: Slime that is secreted from a snail is used in anti-aging cosmetics that works by increasing your skin's softness and smoothness and are available in many salons.
  • Placenta: Many manufactures have claimed that placenta stimulates tissue growth, reduces wrinkles and is great for your hair however these claims have yet to be proven.

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How Safe Is Your Child's Packed Lunch?

safety of packed lunches

A parent may think that their children's packed lunch can remain at a safe temperature until lunch hour however, this isn't always the case. It has been noted that the majority of packed lunches do not stay at a safe temperature by the time lunch time rolls around as packed lunches usually only last one to two hours before they are exposed to food-borne illnesses. Even when the parent uses containers, which are made to retain a cold lunch, they still are found to be at an unsuitable temperature for kids to eat. Some parents had even sent their children their packed lunches with ice packs and it was found that the lunches with only one ice pack were not enough. To prevent food poisoning, the amount of icepacks required had to be closer to 3 or 4 ice packs to remain at a suitable temperature. Sometimes even the teachers, whom were able to keep their food in a refrigerator, were not able to keep their foods at the right temperature until lunch time. It is important to keep your lunch at about 4 degrees since this is technically the temperature of your refrigerator.

Some foods like meats, poultry, eggs and seafood can become dangerous for your child since bacteria can grow on them quite easily. A way to make perishable foods less suseptible to this is by draining them of any liquids; drying your food helps make sure they do not spoil as quickly. The best option for kids is to send them products which do not spoil easily such as apple sauce, fruit cups, whole grain bread, trail mix, or cereal. For a suitable treatment for food poisoning, consult your physician. It is important to be careful of which ingredients to add to your child's lunch.

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