Tag Archives: Huffington Post

Chemicals with my toothbrush? No Thank you!

Anyone else see something very wrong with this? There are enough chemicals being introduced into our world and lives without now adding even more as we brush our teeth.  According to an article in the Huffington Post last spring, Colgate has filed a patent application to have your toothbrush release caffeine while you brush. If they can get away with caffeine what would be next?  Your flu vaccine?  Just a thought.

Chronic Illness Etiquette or 8 Ways to Annoy A Friend With Chronic Illness

I recently read a blog post on the Huffington Post written by Lisa Copen who has been suffering from chronic since 1997.  I have posted about chronic illness and reblogged posts from others on the do’s and don’ts when it comes to what to say and how to act around others with chronic illness.  Lisa presents 8 Ways to Annoy a Friend With Chronic Illness in her post.

1) Remark on their treatment

2) Tell them they need to fight the disease

3) Get excited to use their disabled parking permit

4) Say they are so lucky because….

5) Tell them it is stress

6) Talk about their assistive devices

7) Tell them about a cure

8) One-up their illness

Lisa takes these eight topics and expands on them.

Peanut Allergy

I have been reading quite a bit about children dying from food allergies.  Today I read something on the Huffington Post about a rocker going into anaphylaxis from eating a single blue m & m.  Rocker, Liam Gallagher, at age 40 reacted violently to eating a blue m & m that had a peanut in it.  His mouth began to swell and his throat began to tighten.   He developed anaphylaxis and was seen by a doctor who told  him he had a peanut allergy.  He now carries something with him (most likely an epi-pen).

This is just a reminder to all of us that we can develop an allergy to peanuts or any other food at any age.  Out of the blue our body can decide that it isn’t going to tolerate any more of a protein in a certain food.  It is also a reminder to take food allergies and intolerances seriously.