WARNING – These are the latest food recalls, Blue Buffalo Dog Food, WellPet, Whole Foods, Wegman’s and more!

Are those name brand products in that bottle really what you paid for?

For years I have suspected that many products we buy in outlet stores are not what they claim to be.  My personal observation being they just don’t perform the way the products that I have purchased from a reputable licensed establishment do, which left me scratching my head and trying to figure out why.

As a licensed manicurist so many of my clients would come to me after having a manicure or pedicure at one of those “strip mall” type salon’s and ask “Why does the brand name polish (not going to name any names here just use your imagination) not stay on as long as the one you put on me?” The answer – it’s not that “name brand” polish in that bottle.  That’s right.  Dr. Oz just did an entire show on FAKE products being sold on the market today, some of which have hazardous chemicals in them to replace what you though you were buying.

Dr. Oz and his investigation team discovered that salon’s save empty product bottles and sell them to companies that manufacturer the FAKE product. They then fill the authentic bottles with FAKE product and sell them to you the consumer.  Hard to believe but it is going on every day.

In order to help educate the public and safeguard your purchase many of the product manufacturers are now stipulating on their product bottles that their product is only guaranteed when purchased within the professional beauty salon industry, not from a drugstore, supermarket or other unauthorized source.  So if you buy their product at a discount type store they will not guarantee it’s validity.

You think you are getting a great deal at the discount or drug store but do you really know what is in that bottle?  Some of the ingredients will shock you.

Every product I sell comes directly from the manufacturer or an authorized reseller of that manufacturer to guarantee I am giving my clients authentic goods. I wouldn’t have it any other way. However, not everyone has a conscience and some are only interested in making a buck off innocent folks.

Here is an example.  I sell a product called Cuccio Forte Nail Strengthener and many of you purchase it directly from me.  Go on Ebay and you will find what appears to be the same product for one-third of what I sell it for – the reason – it’s fake product.  My product is guaranteed to be fresh authentic product and for that reason I pay more than what the counterfeiters do for their fake product.  If you buy from Ebay or any other third party supplier I have no clue what you are getting in that bottle.  For this reason I stress to everyone buy from a reputable supplier that has been in business for a long time and has a proven track record in the industry such as Ulta or Sephora this way if you do have an issue with a product you have some recourse.  Buying from a flea market, discount drug store or any other retailer may not be your safest bet.  I’ve heard horror stories about people having their scalp burned by fake shampoo or children getting mouth sores from toothpaste that was sold under a popular brand but imported from another country and not disclosed on the package. Is it really worth putting your health at risk to save a few bucks?  I don’t think so.

Part of the Dr. Oz investigation team discovered third party suppliers selling outdated products that are useless or harmful.  How many of you look on the package for an expiration date for your cosmetics?  I never do but you should. Dr. Oz’s investigator found tons of expired cosmetics in random retail stores and flea markets that can do more harm than good to your skin.

Counterfeiting is a $63 billion dollar industry today and the US authorities cannot shut these people down at the rate they are manufacturing fake products.  It’s not just fake designer goods, its every day products like shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, nail polish, cosmetics, laundry detergent and much more and if you are buying them you are putting your family at risk.

We all love a bargain (myself included) but is the risk worth it?  You may think so until it directly affects you or your family.

To see the Dr. Oz episode about this topic go to : The $63 Billion Gray Market Behind Fake Health Products


IMPORTANT RECALL – Hyundai is recalling nearly 978,000 cars in the U.S.

Hyundai is recalling nearly 978,000 cars in the U.S. because the front seat belts could detach in a crash and fail to hold people.

Hyundai says in government documents that a fastener for a seat belt anchor may not have been fully latched during assembly. If that happens the belts can detach.

The company says it knows of one minor injury caused by the problem.

See if your car is affected by this recall here!

Don’t wait for them to notify you contact a local dealership they will have all the info.

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Infertility and Factor Five – have you been tested?

As many of you know I’ve shared some personal info about my medical history last week and in that post I shared that my husband and I suffered six painful miscarriages before and after our only son was born.

Back when I was trying to conceive (over 28 years ago) there wasn’t many advantages with medical coverage so we spent a small fortune (enough to buy a second home) trying anything we could to have a child.  I paid for tests that should have been covered by insurance but since they were not I had to pay out of pocket for many tests and infertility treatments.  It was draining and anyone who is going through this or has in the past knows how difficult it can be on a relationship and your mental well being.

People ask me all the time why did I continue to try after so many devastating losses – the only thing I can say is something inside me just kept saying “keep going!” and I did.

I make people laugh when I tell them my son is a “Motrin Baby” and I will explain why I call him that.  I also have a theory that he was meant to be born and if any of those other pregnancies survived my Andrew would not be here today.  I cannot even imagine life without him – I could just cry now thinking about it.

I was recently diagnosed with a clotting disorder called Factor Five.  When speaking with my gynecologist at my yearly checkup she said “Oh Roseann that’s the first thing we check for now when a patient presents with multiple miscarriages, I’m so sorry!”  Now you know I had a good cry.  All those attempts, all those failures, could have been prevented but no one thought to check for Factor Five.  I went to the best of the best in Philadelphia and still no one thought to check for Factor Five, a simple genetic blood test.  The cure – a baby aspirin for the first trimester – that simple.

Now this is why I call Andrew my “Motrin Baby!”

I never knew when or if I was getting a period.  I had the worst time for years with cramps, spotting, missed periods, etc.  The cramping was so bad that I would have to stay home from school or work the first day or so of my period.  Later I found out I had endometriosis as well so that didn’t help my infertility issue.  Because I never knew when my period was coming I would start to take mass doses of prescription strength Motrin to help relieve the pain.  Motrin like aspirin thins the blood – thinning of the blood helped stop the blood supply from clotting though the umbilical cord and helped my son survive.  Now I didn’t take Motrin for three months but took it long enough for him to implant in my uterine wall and become a viable pregnancy.  Hence my Motrin baby!

Of course I cannot tell you 100% that is what happened but it makes perfect sense to me.  He is my miracle.

The reason I wrote this article is to inform woman having infertility issues to be checked for Factor Five and the Lupus ANA Titer test.  This is very important to know if you have had multiple miscarriages.  I would insist on being checked for both if you have had only one miscarriage just to rule them out.

Having a positive Lupus ANA Titer does not mean you have the disease.  I’ve had a positive ANA for years and I don’t have Lupus but it does play a rule in conception and should be taken into consideration by your infertility doctor or specialist.  Be sure to ask to be tested for both of these issues it could be the difference between conception and failure.

I hope this helps someone going through infertility right now.  Don’t give up.  If you are a spiritual person and believe in the power of prayer – pray.  You can also seek out holistic practices with a reputable holistic fertility practitioner but please do your research and get references.  Many are not what they claim to be.  Do not take any holistic supplements without discussing this in advance with your fertility specialist.  Many infertility doctors can direct you to a holistic practitioner that they have worked successfully with in the past.

IMPORTANT Gerber Baby Food Recall!

Please tell all the mom’s with toddlers about this important recall from Gerber.

Gerber Products Company of Florham Park, New Jersey, is initiating a voluntary recall of Cheese Ravioli Gerber® Pasta Pick-Ups® because the egg allergen is missing from the “Contains” statement. The full ingredient list on the package does list “egg” as an ingredient; however, the “Contains” statement, designed to further alert parents to allergens in the recipe, did not include “egg” as is required. Only consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to egg are at risk of serious allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Read the entire article here Gerber Recall!