Thursday, April 9, 2020

New Tennessee Coronavirus Stats Announced


New stats were announced today for Tennessee in regards to the Coronoavirus pandemic. Christian Activities takes a look at what Tennessee is doing right and what it is doing wrong in the fight against COVID-19.

As reported on this blog, Tennessee was once listed as the 3rd worst state in Coronavirus preparation. Has the state stepped up its COVID-19 preparations yet?

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Tennessee Falls to 3rd Least Aggressive State In Coronavirus Preparation


Tennessee is loosing ground in the battle against Coronavirus preparation according to one study. The Coronavirus aggressiveness study indicates that the Volunteer State is not prepared enough for COVID-19 and places Tennessee near the bottom of the list in a ranking based upon preparedness.. 

While many states are taking actions such as closing non-essential businesses, banning small gatherings, and ordering people to shelter in place to fight the spread of the coronavirus, WalletHup feels Tennessee is not doing enough. 

WalletHub released updated rankings today on the Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus, as well as accompanying videos. Tennessee has fallen from the 9th Least Aggressive state to 3rd least aggressive state against COVID-19 according to the study. 

To identify which states are taking the largest actions to combat coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 46 key metrics. The data set ranges from tested cases of COVID-19 per capita to school closures, ICU beds, and shelter-in-place policies. Below, you can see highlights from WalletHub’s report, along with a summary of the largest rank changes from our previous report and a Q&A with WalletHub analysts.

Aggressiveness Against the Coronavirus in Tennessee (1=Best, 25=Avg.):
  • 45th – State and Local Public Health Laboratories per Capita
  • 27th – Tested Cases of COVID-19 per Capita
  • 35th – Public Hospital System Quality
  • 43rd – Share of Workers with Access to Paid Sick Leave
  • 41st – Total Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding Per Capita
  • 21st – Public Healthcare Spending per Capita
Note: Rankings reflect data available as of 2 p.m. ET on March 23, 2020.

To view the full Coronavirus report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit: 
https://wallethub.com/edu/most-aggressive-states-against-coronavirus/72307/

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Top 10 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Safety Tips When You Have to Get Out


Many cities and states are now under lockdown, including Nashville. As people start to take Coronavirus more seriously, many are wondering what to buy to protect themselves and their families from COVID-19 when they have to go out shopping for groceries.

While Coronavirus is not deadly in most cases, people over 60 and those with a history of pulmonary problems, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension are more at risk. I had pneumonia when I was 24 followed by ongoing issues with bronchitis. This means I am more at risk, so I am taking novel coronavirus seriously.

The CDC and WHO both have information on their sites that will be helpful, but if you are looking for a few shopping tips from Amazon that can be applied to other stores, here are some of my personal recommendations. These safety basics may seem overboard to some readers, but I believe in "better safe than sorry."

Top 10 Coronavirus Safety Tips

1. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY. Always wash your hands after shopping or any interaction with other people or touching any public surfaces. Using soap and warm water, and washing all surfaces of the hands, fingers and wrist for 20-30 seconds work better than hand sanitizer. Wash your hands immediately after opening doors, shaking hands, pumping gas, etc. Better yet, use a paper towel or disposable gloves to open doors or pump gas and discard immediately, and avoid shaking hands to avoid exposure to COVID-19.

2. DON'T TOUCH YOUR FACE. Do not touch your face. Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes, like the plague, pardon the pun.

3. COUGH & SNEEZE PROPERLY. Sneeze and cough into your elbow to avoids spreading Coronavirus germs.

4. USE HAND SANITIZER. If you must go out, carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you for times when you cannot wash your hands.
Tips on maintaining social distancing during COVID-10

5. MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING. Practice social distancing. Stay 3 - 6 feet apart from others. Better yet, stay at home whenever possible. To avoid interacting with others, consider shopping online for supplies whenever possible, or use a shopping service to limit your exposure to Coronavirus.

6. DISINFECT SURFACES: Decontaminate after going out with spray disinfectants. Use on your steering wheel and any seats or trunk where you place items. Spray the bottoms of your shoes before entering the house. Alcohol-based disinfectants seem to work well against COVID-19.
Note: Spray disinfectants are not recommended for use on skin or clothing.

7. DISINFECT  CLOTHES. Wear clothes you can wash and dry on the hottest settings. Drop your dirty clothes in the washing machine immediately without touching other surfaces. Wash on hot setting with a disinfecting detergent, put in dryer on hot setting, and put on fresh clothes immediately. Spray the laundry area with disinfectant to avoid contamination from infected clothes.

8. PROTECT YOUR FACE Amazon carries a huge selection of Face masks, but these can be tricky to find. It has been widely reported that only N95 masks work against Coronavirus, and those are hard to find. It is easier to find Level 3 face masks and lower face masks, but even those face masks are difficult to find. I found a Level 5 face mask that said it had an N95 filter layer to stop bacteria, but it sold out before I could post it. Level 5 masks that have or allow you to insert an N95 filter might be decent protection, and they might keep reappearing as new stock comes in, so check back often if you need a few masks.
Note: Please do not hoard face masks. Our medical professionals need them desperately so please stay home and avoid getting out rather than stocking up on masks.

Painters masks also might afford some protection.if you can find filters for them that block organic matter like bacteria and germs.

9. PROTECT YOUR EYES. Since there is evidence COVID-19 can transmit through the thin membranes of the eyes, eye protection is also important. Amazon also carries a wide assortment of Safety Googles, such as these basic safety goggles They also have safety glasses that look like normal glasses if you don't want to look like you are wearing goggles.

Other items to protect the head, hair and face include machine washable baseball caps, shamaghs, nd even face shields,

10. WEAR DISPOSABLE GLOVES: Disposable gloves are also important to have on hand for opening doors, pumping gas, handling trash, and other contaminated surfaces, as well as taking care of sick family members.

List your own Coronavirus safety suggestions in the comments below.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Tennessee 9th Least Aggressive State Against Coronavirus

With states taking actions such as closing bars and restaurants or banning large gatherings to fight the spread of the coronavirus, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the Most Aggressive States Against the Coronavirus as well as accompanying videos.

To identify which states are taking the largest actions to combat coronavirus, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 35 key metrics. The data set ranges from tested cases of COVID-19 per capita and state legislation on the pandemic to the uninsured population and share of the workforce in affected industries. Below, you can see highlights from WalletHub’s report, along with a Q&A with WalletHub analysts.

Aggressiveness Against the Coronavirus in Tennessee (1=Best, 25=Avg.):
  • 45th – State and Local Public Health Laboratories per Capita
  • 40th – Tested Cases of COVID-19 per Capita
  • 35th – Public Hospital System Quality
  • 43rd – Share of Workers with Access to Paid Sick Leave
  • 41st – Total Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Funding Per Capita
  • 21st – Public Healthcare Spending per Capita
Note: Rankings reflect data available as of 5 p.m. ET on March 16, 2020.

For the full report, please visit:

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Red Cross Tennessee Update on COVID-19 

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Red Cross Tennessee Update on COVID-19

RED CROSS REGIONAL CEO TO GIVE UPDATE ON COVID-19 AND THE IMPACT ON BLOOD DONATION
COMMISSIONER OF HEALTH ENCOURAGES, “ALL HEALTHY TENNESEANS TO DONATE BLOOD.”


The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now, as well as in the weeks to come to help patients who are counting on lifesaving blood.

At press time, more than 4,500 Red Cross blood drives have been canceled across the country amid COVID-19 concerns. That translates to about 150,000 fewer blood donations nationwide.

On Friday, March 20, the Regional Executive for the American Red Cross of Tennessee, Joel Sullivan and Tennessee Dept. of Health Commissioner, Dr. Lisa Piercey will join forces to encourage all healthy citizens to donate blood. Both Sullivan and Dr. Piercey will donate blood after a media briefing on the latest affects of COVID-19 and blood donation.

Workplaces, college campuses and schools are canceling their blood drives as these locations temporarily close and more people are being told to work remotely and practice social distancing. “We are expecting cancellations to continue to increase,” said Sullivan, “This is causing much concern for blood collection organizations, like the Red Cross, as well at hospitals across the country.”  The American Red Cross supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply.

Sullivan and Dr. Piercey will address the media before their scheduled donation at 10 a.m. – If you decide to participate, please park in the parking deck and follow signs to the first floor and donation center lobby.

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About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.



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Thursday, January 2, 2020

FTC Goes After MLM Neora, Formerly Nerium, for Illegal Pyramid Scheme

Two Nerium containers back when I tried it circa 2014.

Nerium has always had a questionable reputation. I have to assume that was one reason--perhaps the main reason--the company changed its name to "Neora." Apparently, watchdog group Truth In Advertising shares that opinion.
NERIUM’S MOVE TO DISAPPEAR & REINVENT ITSELF AS NEORA

As someone who writes skincare articles and has written them for sites like Yahoo and Examiner, I was contacted during Nerium's early boom and offered a free trial. I tried it and it burned my skin. Not only that, but the product was held in small containers hidden inside much larger plastic containers.

This prompted me to do a great deal of research into the product and discover it was the brainchild of a serial MLM marketer Jeff Olson who used dubious claims and faulty science as well as fake endorsements to hawk his latest MLM product.

His early claims tried to tie the company's research into MD Anderson Cancer Center in Texas. The cancer center was forced to respond with this article: 
Setting the record straight about MD Anderson and Nerium
Actor Ray Liotta sued the company for using his images in a fake before and after photo for Nerium AKA Neora. 
Ray Liotta Claims Skincare Company Faked His Endorsement

A search for Nerium burn turns up page after page of people complaining and even suing the company over chemical burns caused by the product. I experienced a Nerium chemical burn first hand, and it was painful and disfiguring until it cleared up after I used a product called Soothe to heal the burn. 


In 2017, Nerium's Jeff Olson was accused of massive, multi-million dollar fraud by Nerium SkinCare (NSC) and Nerium Biotechnology (NBI), partners of Nerium International. The Nerium partners asked in the lawsuit for inspection of the books. 
Nerium Under Fire for Fraud 

Now Neora has moved beyond Nerium's bad skin care into dangerous new ground,  and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not pleased. The Federal Trade Commission has sued the multi-level marketer Neora, and its Chief Executive Officer, Jeffrey Olson, alleging that the company is basically an illegal pyramid scheme that falsely promises its recruits they will achieve financial independence if they join the scheme. 

That's bad enough, but the lawsuit also alleges that Neora and Olsen deceptively promote “EHT” supplements "as an antidote to concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy caused by repetitive brain trauma, as well as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease."

According to the FTC website, the FTC is seeking to permanently stop the Neora defendants’ deceptive practices and return money to consumers.

FTC Sues Multi-Level Marketer Neora, formerly known as Nerium, Alleging it Operates as an Illegal Pyramid Scheme


It pays to do your due diligence before trying skin care products or becoming a rep for any company. Never just read the company's literature. Google it. 

Many MLMs are run ethically and provide good products that benefit consumers like legacy companies Mary Kay, Avon and Rodan + Fields. The term MLM is not a bad word, but companies like Nerium/Neora give it a bad reputation.

Also see:
Have you heard of Nerium Skincare?

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

Fashion, Beauty, Health and More at Southern Women's Show


The 2019 Southern Women's Show in Nashville, TN
The 2019 Southern Women's Show took place March 7-10 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, providing aisle after aisle of fashion, beauty, skincare and health products of particular interest to women. Approximately 350 vendors were on hand to tempt southern women to try something new.
Kathryn Darden with TDOTHottie, Greg Woerdeman

The female-friendly expo featured cooking demos, fashion shows and a smattering of celebrities and semi-celebrities including Savannah Chrisley, Ms. Cheap, the TDOTHottie, Greg Woerdeman, Tyson Beckford, and, yours truly. I had the privilege to walk the runway as part of the DAN Talent Group Models and Talent fashion show.
Dashsmiles tooth whitening
One of the more interesting booths included the dashsmiles tooth whitening booth where women sat for 15 minutes to 1/2 hour with a tooth whitening apparatus in their mouth. I ran into my friend Alicia Lajoie with her beautiful daughter there, and Alicia reported later that the device worked wonders.

There were a few food vendors on hand to feed hungry ladies, but a little more variety would have been nice. I ended up having a grilled cheese sandwich served with beef and blue cheese.

Various vendors at the Southern Women's Show in Nashville, Tn.

With jewelry, purses, boots and more--the Southern Women's Show lived up to expectations. It is a great day out with the girls and a fun way to celebrate International Women's Day.

Trivia: International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. It became a socialist and communist holiday after women got the right to vote in Russia in1917 and was adopted by the feminist movement around 1967.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Eating Healthy Garbage


If the title of this blog posts conjures up images of someone eating from a trash can, you aren’t far from wrong. I have discovered a new way to recycle food by making a healthy broth from the pieces and parts we would throw away. I now freeze small bags of...well... garbage to use to make healthy meals.

We throw away the outer green layer of an onion because it is a little rubbery, but I toss it in a freezer bag. After harvesting herbs I take the leftover bare branches and twigs and add them to the freezer bag. The same goes for eggshells, parts of celery I discard, bones, etc. They all get tucked away in my freezer until I have enough to make a tasty broth.

When I am ready for some more, I just grab a bag of discarded food from the freezer, toss in a little seasoning, and add some water. After cooking in a crockpot in low for about 20 hours, I strain out the broth and throw the garbage away. The broth is so healthy with all its nutrients and is wonderful in soups and rice dishes. This broth is perfect for penny-pinchers and people who don’t like to waste anything as well as those who like healthy home-cooked dishes. So save your garbage to eat later. You’ll be glad you did!

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