Caring for Aging Parents

After devoting 10 years to caring for her parents, Barbara McVicker began searching for a way to help others deal with their own overwhelming caregiving circumstances. She interviewed hundreds of caregivers and healthcare professionals, gathering their stories and compiling information and common themes essential for all caregivers.This data, including numerous poignant stories, became the basis for her presentations, as well as her book, Stuck in the Middle: Shared Stories and Tips for Caregiving Your Elderly Parents. Find out more and get your copy of Stuck in the Middle today at!

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The American Right to Healthcare

As the presidential election of 2008 approaches, the focus on the problems with American healthcare intensifies. Unfortunately, there are many complicated challenges facing our citizens in terms of providing first- rate yet affordable healthcare to meet our nation’s healthcare needs. As this debate has progressed, I have noticed a question that is being asked with increasing frequency. That being “Is healthcare a fundamental American right?” Continue reading “The American Right to Healthcare”

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CDC Issues Alert on Diet Supplements

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working collaboratively with state health departments, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on reports of adverse health effects following consumption of the dietary supplement “Total Body Formula,” and “Total Body Mega Formula” manufactured in the USA exclusively for Total Body Essential Nutrition, Inc. This dietary supplement has been found by FDA to contain hazardous levels of selenium (up to 200 times the label value) and chromium (up to 17 times the label value).

An FDA press release on April 9, 2008 detailed information regarding the level of selenium in the product ( ). FDA is advising consumers to stop using “Total Body Formula” in flavors Tropical Orange and Peach Nectar and “Total Body Mega Formula” in the Orange/Tangerine flavor and discard them by placing them in a trash receptacle outside of the home. “Total Body Formula” products are sold in eight-ounce and 32-ounce plastic bottles. “Total Body Mega Formula” is sold in 32-ounce plastic bottles. Products with the following lot numbers should be discarded: Total Body Tropical Orange with lot numbers 4016801, 4024801 and 4031801; Total Body Peach Nectar with lot numbers 4016802 and 4031802; and Total Body Mega Orange/Tangerine with lot number 4031803.

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