Measles Outbreak Affects 21 States And May Surpass Last Year’s Numbers

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An outbreak of measles has been reported that has already affected 21 states and the District of Columbia. From January 1st of this year to July 14th, a total of 107 people had already contracted the disease. The states affected by this outbreak include Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.

A majority of the people who did get measles were unvaccinated. This year’s outbreak is apparently on the track to surpassing last year’s numbers of measles cases. That case included about 118 people from 15 states.

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Stories have been reported of young men and women going on trips to foreign countries and contracting the disease. Once contagious, the disease easily spreads to other people or passengers on their flight or cruise. This happened when a 16-year-old girl went on a trip to Thailand and contracted the disease, which then spread in Alaska where she was currently visiting.

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Alaska state epidemiologist Dr. Joe McLaughlin shared his insight when the onset of measles occurs. “We notify health care providers in a situation like this even though it’s a low-risk measles is so highly contagious. It spreads through the air in respiratory secretions: coughs, sneezes.” 2017 and 2018 aren’t the only years where there was a measles problem. In 2014 there were 667 reported measles cases from 27 states reported to the CDC. Again, in these cases, most people affected were unvaccinated. Before 2014, measles outbreaks were particularly of low concern.

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Health officials have confirmed that at least two doses of the vaccine is 93% preventable. The virus is highly contagious and can linger even two hours after the affected person has vacated the area. According to reports, out of 1,000 people who contract the virus, two to three people will die from it. On top of these findings, a higher percentage of people will experience complications long-term.

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Symptoms of measles include red eyes, cough, runny nose, high fever, and a noticeable red rash all over the body. The infection can cause pneumonia, encephalitis, and even death if not treated properly.

Every year, around this back to school time do we hear about measles outbreaks and all of our #provax friends start tagging us in these mainstream media fear mongering posts. Nothing has changed. ⠀ Daycare kids (4-6 year olds) and kindergarteners entering school with their fresh MMR vaccine. “…but only the rubella is a live virus…” ⠀ Suzanne Humphries MD shared: "For anyone who thinks measles vaccines don't shed. Here is why we don't hear more of it" – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20822734 ⠀ "If measles and rubella were not under enhanced surveillance in Croatia, the case would have been either misreported as rubella or not recognised at all." ⠀ See also: – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24330942 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7494055 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11858860 ⠀ SWIPE 👈🏼 ⠀ www.thecalculatorsite.com/articles/units/convert-ui-to-mcg.php (here’s a calculator to convert IU to mcg or mg) ⠀ #measles #vaccinesshed #vaxxed #cancertherapy #naturalimmunity #vaccineawareness

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Popular Vitamix Recalled Over 100,000 Blending Containers

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued another recall. The recall this time is for 105,000 Vitamix blending containers. They were improperly made and the containers could separate from the base, which would expose the blades and could hurt you.

The recall specifically affects the Ascent and Venturist Series 8-ounce and 20-ounce blending containers. There have been 11 reports of customers suffering from lacerations after coming into contact with the blades.

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Any blenders made between April 2017 and March 2018 could be affected. If you have a Vitamix that could be affected, reach out to Vitamix customer support and they will send you a repair kit for free. If there is a green or orange dot on the bottom of the blade base, this will let you know that the issue was already fixed.

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If you are unsure if your product is affected, visit this website and learn if your specific blender is affected. You can also call 1-888-847-8842 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday and talk to someone at Vitamix who can help you.

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Do you have a Vitamix that was affected? This is bad news if you’ve forked over lots of money for a fancy blender. As always, be careful when using a blender or anything with blades. Even with the proper parts, there is always a risk of cutting yourself when cleaning a blender.

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A great tip is to fill it up with water and a little bit of dish soap after you’re done using the blender. Then just go ahead and blend! It will clean the blender thoroughly and you can just rinse clean without risk of cutting yourself while washing it.

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Vitamix has been around since 1921. They first started selling blenders around 1937 when the founders discovered that blenders could be a great way to make quick, easy and healthy meals for consumers. Eventually, Vitamix was the first company to have a television infomercial in 1949. Vitamix continues to be one of the top blender companies but recalls like this one could affect their sales.

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5 Things You May Do All The Time That Are Actually Illegal

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There are some things in our culture that seem relatively normal. We know they aren’t necessarily nice or good things to do, but they don’t seem illegal. Yet, they are! If you get caught doing anything on this list, you might get yourself into some trouble.

Here are some things you’ve probably done that are illegal. Did you know that spitting can be illegal?

1. Signing on to free Wi-Fi

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Whether or not your local Starbucks lets you log on to their Wi-Fi while you’re getting coffee, it is actually illegal. Same goes for stealing your neighbor’s Wi-Fi. The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1984 is a law against hacking and it is not very specific. In 2007, a man was fined $400 and given 40 hours of community service for connecting to a cafe’s Internet for over a week without paying anything.

2. Getting drunk

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Of course, you know that drinking and driving is illegal, but public drunkness is also illegal, even if you are simply walking home. State laws vary, but some states are more strict than others. In some states, police can even arrest you if you seem drunk even if you didn’t have any drinks. Basically, don’t drink so much that you cause a scene or look like you are about to pass out in front of a bar.

3. Spitting

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If you need to spit, look for a trash can. Some states and cities made it illegal to spit in public to avoid the spread of disease.

4. Sitting on a sidewalk

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If you are waiting for a bus, you might want to sit down on the sidewalk. In about half of U.S. cities, sitting on the sidewalk is actually illegal. Same goes for lying down in public.

5. Jaywalking

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Most people know that jaywalking is illegal, but most people do it anyway. It seems like there is no harm if you walk across a street with no traffic, but it could lead to a fine if you get caught. In New York City and Los Angeles, the fine can be $250!

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Studies Show Americans Desperately Need To Improve Their Posture

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It’s no secret that most people these days have poor posture, and it’s mainly because they’re not thinking about how they should sit. Even as you’re reading this right now, you’re probably fixing your posture. The way that we sit greatly affects our posture and, overall, how our lower backs will react to it long-term.

Some of us can’t control how often we sit. Many of us work office jobs or some of us work at home. Yet there are tons of people who work in retail or work in restaurants and they’re on their feet 24/7. It’s not sitting that’s the issue, it’s how we sit. And there’s been loads of studies conducted on this one global issue alone.

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A study conducted in 2016 reported that Americans typically sit about 9 to 13 hours a day. University of Arizona anthropologist David Raichlen shared his thoughts on the comparison of hunter-gatherers, Hadza, to that of Americans. Both groups sit on average quite a lot, but the results of the Hadza shocked Raichlen. The Hadza reportedly sit an average of 10 hours a day. Now, with this information being said, the Hadza also have no reported back, muscle, or joint pain despite sitting just as much as Americans do. Surprising?

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Orthopedic surgeon Nomi Khan shared his thoughts on posture and the way most Americans sit.   “Most of us do not sit well, and we’ve certainly been putting a lot more stress on our spines. If we change the way we sit, it will help to decrease back problems. We should sit less, and we should sit better.”

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Khan goes on to say that most people sit with a curve in their spine and their behinds curved under. This posture, in turn, puts a load of stress on backs and can turn into more serious issues down the road. He says that it’s easier to see this in others, but we often forget about it for ourselves.

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It’s not recommended that you puff out your chest and stuck your butt out to sit up straight, but it’s important to remember not to curve your rear end underneath and hunch over. Sit up straight, relax your shoulders, and straighten out your spine. Your body will adapt to the new posture in time!

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Wine And Cheese Advent Calendars Are Coming To Aldi In November

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Do you remember those advent calendars as a kid? Each day during the holiday season, you could eat a little piece of chocolate in that day’s square. Now you can bring back the tradition as an adult, this time with wine or cheese. Aldi will be offering Wine Advent Calendars and Cheese Advent Calendars starting on November 7, 2018.

Last year, Aldi only offered these popular Wine Advent Calendars in England. Now they are coming to the United States. Each box comes with 24 mini bottles of wine in assorted varieties of red, white, rosé, and bubbly. The box is $70. Not only is it a fun way to celebrate December, you can also learn which Aldi wine you like the most.

Countdown to #ChristmasDay with our #Wine Advent Calendar.🍾🍷Behind each door is a taster of our award winning wine range, from Bordeaux reds to J.P. Cenet bubbly, there is sure to be something to suit everyone. Were you lucky enough to get your hands on one?! #AmazingAldiChristmas #DrinkResponsibly #AldiUK #Christmas #AdventCalendar #ChristmasCountdown #WineLover #RedWine #WhiteWine #Champagne #FridayFeeling

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Aldi is known for their cheap but quality wines. They sell all different varieties and flavors and have even won awards for their wines. Do you ever buy wine at Aldi? If so, which kind is your favorite?

Counting down to Christmas is even more fun with our Wooden Advent Calendar! Add your own surprise behind every door… What will you be filling yours with? Comment below!🎄🎅 In stores now. #AmazingAldiChristmas #Aldi #Festive #AldiUK #Christmas #AdventCalendar #CountdowntoChristmas

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This is the first year Wine Advent Calendars at Aldi will be available in the United States. However, some states, like New York, have laws against selling alcohol in supermarkets like Aldi. So, it just depends on the laws if you will be able to find it in your state or not. You’ll know if your local Aldi sells wine regularly or not.

This #Christmas, treat your amour to a Specially Selected Bordeaux Chateaux Limited Edition Case of unique reds. 🍷‘Wine’ not indulge in a tasting session with the family on #ChristmasDay? ✨ In store now. #AmazingAldiChristmas #DrinkResponsibly #AldiUK #ChristmasShopping #ChristmasPresent #Wine #RedWine #WineLover #Gift

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If you’re not really into wine, they are also doing a cheese advent calendar and the cost is way lower. For $13, you get 24 fancy mini pieces of cheese, including cheddar, gouda, and edam cheese. If you like both wine and cheese, what a great way to celebrate the holidays or give as a gift to a wine and cheese lover.

Ho…Ho…Hoping you’ve got room for more cheese! From butter-soft #Brie to satisfyingly strong #Stilton, we’ve got you sorted this cheesemas. 🧀Comment below with your best cheese joke for the chance to #win a voucher! #AmazingAldiChristmas #Cheeseboard #Cheese #Love #Crackers #Pudding #Christmas #Dining #Entertaining #Festive

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These advent calendars are sure to sell out, so check your local Aldi around November 7th when they start arriving in stores. Are you more interested in checking out the wine or cheese advent calendar or both?

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Aretha Franklin Receives Tribute With New York Subway Stencil Graffiti

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Some stencil artists just made their way to Franklin Street subway station in New York to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who recently passed away at age 76. The graffiti including adding the first name ‘Aretha’ to the Franklin Street sign, in addition to stenciling and spray painting lyrics to some of her best songs around the station.

This project received praise all over the Internet. Even those who don’t agree with defacing any sort of property were absolutely touched by this public display of appreciation for the late singer. In addition to this absolutely amazing tribute to Franklin, an outpouring of love shook up the world on August 16th when news broke that she had died.

Aretha Franklin honored in subway graffiti https://t.co/cdc6bdz1ax pic.twitter.com/Wxcfq34kpH

— New York Post Metro (@nypmetro) August 16, 2018

Celebrities, politicians, and artists (just like these stencil artists) paid tribute to Franklin. Singers dedicated some songs to her at their concerts while some politicians like former President Barack Obama and current President Donald Trump also expressed their sadness and condolences to her family at this time.

New York City's Franklin Street Subway stop pays homage to the late Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/khxuWwJCra

— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) August 16, 2018

Franklin was best known for her hit songs, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Respect”. She received many honors throughout her life, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. She was also listed in the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time in Rolling Stone magazine.

Spreading Love to the #QueenOfSoul, It's The Brooklyn Way. #RipArethaFranklin pic.twitter.com/5rJdNBopIk

— Chris Wallace Way BK (@CWWayBK) August 16, 2018

The late singer had been dealing with a number of health issues leading up to her death. A lot of it stemmed from issues with her weight and, ultimately, pancreatic cancer. She was in hospice for the last few weeks of her life, surrounded by family.

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Since the news broke of Franklin’s death, her hit song “Respect” sits in the Top 5 of the R&B/Soul Charts on iTunes and the #1 playlist is currently “Aretha Franklin Essentials,” which includes all of her top hits.

This should be PERMANENT. https://t.co/bStf4qawHr

— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) August 17, 2018

With how influential and life-changing Franklin was and continues to be, this might just end up being permanent.

I'm not a big fan a defacing public property, but I'd let this one stand. https://t.co/Adr6xwlhfc

— I'm sick to death of all the winning (@williams1977) August 16, 2018

People from all walks of life (with different opinions on stencil art) are coming together to pay tribute to the Queen of Soul. No matter which way it’s expressed.

Brooklyn County of Kings paying R-E-S-P-E-C-T to the #QueenofSoul Aretha Franklin with temporary street art @BPEricAdams @RobertCornegyJr @cmlauriecumbo @TishJames @RepJeffries @RepYvetteClarke @News12BK @NY1 @bklyner @TIDAL @Daydog @LondellMcMillan @Essence @TheRoot @BKStreetArt pic.twitter.com/asj8v13mGM

— Chris Wallace Way BK (@CWWayBK) August 16, 2018

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