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Are Colon Cleansers Safe?

cup-of-tea-in-the-beach-1434877-mRecently, I have been amazed at how many of my friends, female friends in particular, are using colon cleansers, under advice from their friends or family that using a colon cleanser detoxifies the body and can help people lose weight. Something about the concept of colon cleansing just didn’t seem quite right to me, so I set out to do a little research to answer the question: Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

More than that, do colon cleanser actually DO anything or have any benefits?

I was skeptical, so after a bit of internet research to get the right questions to ask, the next thing I did was call my own doctor’s office and talked to one of the nurse’s there and asked her opinion about colon cleansers. Below is the transcript with that nurse: Read the rest of this entry »

The Truth About Acne and Acne Treatments for Teens

Acne Might Be a Symptom or a Medical Condition

One myth about acne is that all acne is the same, all acne comes from the same causes, and all acne can be treated the same. Adult acne and teen acne are often quite different, and even with teens, acne can be caused by many different things.

Another common misconception about acne is that it’s caused by being unclean or not taking proper care of the skin, particularly for those with acne on their faces. The truth is, the opposite is sometimes true: washing the face too frequently can cause acne flares! Read the rest of this entry »

Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

The Truth About Colonics, Colon Cleansers and Detoxifying Drinks

Recently, I have been amazed at how many of my friends, female friends in particular, are using colon cleansers, under advice from their friends or family that using a colon cleanser detoxifies the body and can help people lose weight. Something about the concept of colon cleansing just didn’t seem quite right to me, so I set out to do a little research to answer the question: Are Colon Cleansers and Detox Drinks Safe?

More than that, do colon cleanser actually DO anything or have any benefits? Read the rest of this entry »

Is Chocolate Really Dangerous to Dogs?

Heard it Said, but is it True?

 

On a recent episode of Army Wives, one of the character’s dogs had to be rushed to the vet because he ate an entire bag of chocolate chips. That reminded me of how I’ve always heard that dogs can’t eat chocolate, because it will kill them. I had never actually considered whether it was true or not, simply keeping chocolate away from my dogs. Now that I’m a writer, I decided I should verify the information, knowing how much misinformation there is on the web today. So instead of turning to the web to verify, I decided to pick up the phone and call my local vet’s office.

What the vet tech told me was this: Yes, chocolate is dangerous to dogs! Read the rest of this entry »

Methadone: Medical Detox for Heroin Addiction

Methadone: Medical Detox for Heroin Addiction

by Michelle Devon

Heroin is an illegal Schedule I narcotic, placing it in the group of the most highly addictive drugs available on the streets. There are many methods of using heroine, including: snorting, smoking, swallowing or injecting. Heroin is one of the few drugs known to sometimes cause an instant physical addiction in the brain.

Withdrawing from heroin is dangerous and could potentially be lethal. It is one of the most difficult drugs from which to detox, because the side effects of withdrawal will either kill you or make you wish you were dead. Read the rest of this entry »

Club Drugs – Dangerous and Deadly Fads

Club Drugs: Dangerous and Deadly Fads

by Michelle Devon

 

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) defines Club Drugs as: “Drugs popular with youth who are part of a club scene and want to take the drugs to gain increased stamina for late night dancing and partying. Generally includes marijuana, MDMA, LSD, and Ketamine. In the West and the South may also include methamphetamine and prescription drugs.” This article will explore several of the popular Club Drugs.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), other Club Drugs that are increasing in popularity are MDMA or Ecstasy, GHB or Liquid X, Rohypnolis or Roofies, methamphetamine or Meth. Read the rest of this entry »

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