DMAA supplements could pose harm in post-workout supplements and is potentially responsible for some recent deaths in healthy young adults.

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According to the Center for Disease Control, in the United States, “more than half of all adults take some kind of supplement” whether that be a multivitamin, protein, fish oil pills, etc.  It is estimated that on all of these combined Americans spend roughly $30 million per year, according to Nutrition Business Journal. They can be found on store shelves everywhere, from drugstores and supermarkets, to retail stores and superstores like Walmart and Target, and now they have supplement specific stores such as Vitamin Shoppe and GNC who has been the topic of many discussions recently.

GNC has more than 8,100 total retail stores spanning the entire globe.  Making $2.4 billion in revenue last year, according to the same The New York Times article, they made up for about 43% of sales of all nutrition products.  Their brand alone, The Pro Performance, brought in nearly $300 million just last year alone and while GNC works with an independent testing company to insure the products they’re selling don’t contain any substances banned by the World Anti-doping Agency, there is still one factor that is of great concern to consumers.

That concern is the fact that supplement makers are not required to prove that their supplements work safely on humans and that they’re healthy, they are only required to “submit some kind of safety data  to the F.D.A. if they plan to introduce new ingredients to the market” and they are required to contain only the ingredients listed on the labels.

It is 100% up to the F.D.A. to find any risky supplements on the market and get them off if need be, but the problem is that there are over 85,000 supplements currently on the market and this number is steadily increasing.  One current supplement that has stirred up a lot of talk in the news recently is called Jack3d. [Read more...]

GM brand, Buick recalls over 50,000 more vehicles

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Another GM recall has been issued recently for up to 51,640 vehicles for electrical and fuel gage issues.  In GM’s statement they said “In the affected vehicles, the engine control module (ECM) software may cause the fuel gauge to read inaccurately”.  This could keep the driver from accurately knowing when to refuel and to run out of gas and possibly cause an accident which GM wants to prevent at all costs.  The vehicles affected are:

  • 2014 Buick Enclave
  • 2014 Chevrolet Traverse
  • 2014 GMC Acadia

These models of cars that were manufactured between March 26, 2013 and August 15, 2013 are the vehicles that could be affected by this recall.  For information about who to contact if you believe your vehicle could be affected visit this link. [Read more...]

5 Things to Know During Your Auto Repair and Following a Car Crash

Car repair shopAn accident can cause a lot of inconvenience. You still need to get to work and other places, so losing your vehicle to the auto repair shop can be a major burden. Most will rent a car in the meantime. Here’s what you need to know about renting a car while your vehicle is in the shop.

1) Call Your Insurance Company

After an accident, contact your insurance company. Even if someone else caused the crash, it’s important to notify your own insurer. This will start the claims process and an adjuster can answer questions about renting a vehicle under your own policy terms. [Read more...]

Five Steps for Handling a Car Accident with an Underinsured Motorist

Car insurance policyIf you were in a car accident with an underinsured motorist whose insurance coverage isn’t enough to cover your damages, you’ll have to file an additional claim with your own insurance company using your underinsured motorist coverage (UIM). (That is, if you carry that type of coverage; it’s not mandatory in Indiana, so you’ll need to check your policy.)

The Claims Process after an Accident with an Underinsured Driver

The claims process after an accident with a driver with too little insurance can get complicated. Dealing with two insurance companies and the variances in policies can be quite frustrating.

After the accident, here’s the recommended way to handle matters: [Read more...]

5 Steps to Deal with Car Damage after a Car Accident

When an accident results in car damage, it’s important to know what to do afterward. It could affect the outcome of an insurance claim, including recovery of your compensation.

1) Take Photographs of Your Vehicle 

Take several pictures of your damaged vehicle. Get a variety of shots, including close-ups, wide shots, and different angles. Make at least doubles of the photos so you can share them with the insurer and keep copies for yourself. [Read more...]

A new virus, first reported in the Middle East, finds US soil for the first time and is hitting close to home.

Then United States has seen and reported its first case of a new virus.  Becoming more known in the Middle East and around the Arabian Peninsula in particular, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus has been reported in northern Indiana.  A health care provider recently visited Saudi Arabia and was exposed to the disease, when he came back he traveled through Chicago and took a train to Munster where he was admitted to Community Hospital in Munster, Indiana. [Read more...]

Am I working more hours than I am getting paid for?

A recent Yahoo article details a CNNMoney analysis of Department of Labor data stating that Subway was found responsible for 17,000 fair labor violations, which is more than McDonald’s.  It would seem that most employees don’t know what their rights are, or if they do they are too afraid of losing their jobs to do anything about it.  It is important to know your rights as an employee.

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Sprained Ribs after a Car Accident

If your chest sustains a severe blow in a car accident, it can damage the ligaments and supporting structures in the chest, causing sprained ribs. The damage and overstretching of these ligaments can cause pain and swelling, and may take months of healing time in order to fully heal. [Read more...]