Munch & Save

Eat cheese and save $$$!

What is sweet is cheese as a good source of protein, and calcium for teeth and bones, especially in growing children and active seniors. And what is loveable is eating cheese and saving a lot of money at the same time.

How? Buy cheese in slabs of 500 grams!

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5 Holiday/Celebration Creations That Showcase Family/Friends

What is sweet is the upcoming merry-making during the holidays and other celebrations. And what is loveable is showcasing your family and/or friends via the following 5 holiday/celebration creations involving your photos.

1. Create a Family/Friend Photo Poinsetta Centrepiece

The Family/Friend Photo Poinsetta Centrepiece is a picture-perfect decoration in your home for the holidays or other celebrations. Poinsetta provides great colour and amazing aura of celebration for photos of your loved ones such as family members, relatives and friends.

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Natural/Herbal Weight-Loss Pills May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Did you know….?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) informed us that at least 69 natural/herbal weight-loss pills may be hazardous to your health because they are tainted with prescription drugs or mixtures of drugs, including laxatives, diuretics, and anti-seizure medications.

FDA does not approve or regulate these dietary supplements. Not all of the makers of the 69 have complied to the voluntary recall issued by FDA.

One very serious concern is the supplements containing more than one drug, and in doses three to four times what a medical doctor would prescribe to you. Furthermore, the info about these extraneous drugs is not disclosed on the products’ labels.

The FDA warns the consumer that “if a product seems too good to be true, it typically is.” Also, the FDA recommends the following solutions:

  • checking its list for all of the tainted weight-loss supplements
  • people who want to lose weight should discuss their goals with their medical doctor and take only an FDA-approved weight-loss drug as directed by your doctor. There are three FDA-approved drugs on the market: sibutramine (Meridia), orlistat (Xenical), and a low-dose version of orlistat that is sold over the counter (Alli).

For more info: http://www.cnn.com/2009/HEALTH/02/23/healthmag.weightloss.supplement/index.html

Unilever Recalls Possibly Contaminated Cans of Slim-Fast

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On December 2, Unilever reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that there may be possible bacterial contamination of the weight loss drink, Slim-Fast, due to a production problem in Covington, Tennesee. Ten million cans of these ready-to-drink products are being recalled by Unilever.

Other Slim-Fast branded products, such as powdered shakes, meal bars or snack bars are not affected by this recall.

Company: Unilever (UL) in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., U.S.

Recalled Products: all Slim-Fast ready-to-drink products in cans

Reason for Recall: possible contamination by Bacillus cereus

Adverse Effects: can cause diarrhea, nausea and vomiting

Consumers who have purchased the possibly contaminated cans must discard them immediately and contact the company at 1-800-896-9479 for a full refund.

For more info: http://money.cnn.com/2009/12/04/news/companies/Unilever_Slim_Fast_recall/index.htm

Foreign Particles Found In Certain Products

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Health Canada reported that foreign particles such as non-latex rubber, stainless steel particles and fiber-like materials were found in some vials of 5 products made by Genzyme.

Company: Genzyme Corporation facility in Boston, U.S.

5 Products: Cerezyme (the brand name for the drug imiglucerase), Fabrazyme (agalsidase beta), Myozyme (alglucosidase alfa), Aldurazyme (laronidase) and Thyrogen® (thyrotropin alfa)

Therapeutic Use: to treat rare, inherited diseases; these products are given by injection into the bloodstream

Potential adverse reactions from using these contaminated products: include damage to blood vessels, blockage of small blood vessels, and anaphylactic, allergic or immune-mediated reactions; these reactions could be serious

For more info: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/_2009/2009_190-eng.php

Winter Activities in Toronto

What’s happening here in your sphere?

If you live here in Toronto, Ontario, Canada:

  • there are free live musical performances, fireworks, and skating parties every Saturday, 7 pm, from Dec.5, 2009 to Dec.19, 2009 at Toronto’s 43rd annual Cavalcade, Nathan Phillips Square.

You can get the complete schedule and info at http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/cavalcade_lights/2009/

Canadian Asthma Drug for Children Recalled

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Health Canada announced yesterday that Zaditen, a prescription asthma drug for children is being recalled due to an inadequate amount of the active drug, ketotifen, in the drug as compared to the amount stated on the packaging label.

Company:  Paladin Labs Inc., Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Asthma Medication Recalled: Zaditen, lot No. 440494. in blister packages of 14 tablets in one-milligram doses.

Potential Health Risks from using this lot include: worsening of asthma symptoms in people with a stable condition.

Consumers requiring more information about this advisory can contact Health Canada’s public enquiries line at (613) 957-2991, or toll free at 1-866-225-0709.

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