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Early Disease Detection Health & Wellness

Stress: Good and Bad

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Most of the time, stress is thought of as a very negative thing. After all, that overwhelmed feeling we sometimes get can be disconcerting. This is especially the case when you have a lot to deal with in your life and the thought of having to deal with anything else makes you want to crawl in a corner.

However, stress is actually a good thing. In appropriate levels, that is. Too much stress is, of course, bad. But a little bit of stress keeps you alert, active and prepared for life.

Luckily, you can keep tabs on your stress levels by monitoring the hormones in your body–DHEA and cortisol primarily.

A home testing kit makes keeping track of these hormones a breeze. A Stress Check Test kit is the best way to monitor your stress levels and to ensure your body is dealing with stress in an appropriate manner.

There you go. Some actually useful information after all of that Lohan business!

Alcohol Testing Celebrity Substance Abuse Drug Testing Health & Wellness

Lindsay Lohan Does It Again

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This is good day to have a blog about drugs, let me tell you.

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Lindsey Lohan was arrested this morning at around 2 once again under the suspicion of DUI. Again! Rehabbed twice and still getting behind the wheel drunk? Not cool, Lindsay. Not cool at all.

It just gets weirder and weirder though. Apparently Miss Lohan was chasing another car that contained the mother of her assistant. So, we have a recently 21-year old alcoholic behind the wheel, chasing a woman all the way to a police station. She failed that whole, “walk the line” test so she was hauled inside for DUI. But what did they find her pockets? Yep, you guessed it! Cocaine!

This girl is on a serious downward spiral. Part of it is comical because her life is like straight out of a soap opera. However, to be real for a second, it’s really pretty sad. She has a serious problem and every time she gets behind the wheel inebriated, she’s endangering her life as well as everyone around her.

Rehab doesn’t seem to be doing it for her. I guess she’s checked back in though, but not at Promises this time. We all know how well they seem to be working. Just look at Britney Spears! Good Lord!

Hopefully whatever rehab treatment they’ve got “sticks” this time. Girl needs some tough love, that’s for sure. An ankle bracelet isn’t going to cut it. She needs daily drug testing or something. Completely random drug testing and tests for everything, even whippets, or whatever the heck it was she was using in rehab.

Again, good day for blogging, bad day for Lindsay.

Alcohol Testing Drug Testing Health & Wellness

These Spiders Are High On Life

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Well, not really. When I started to watch this video I thought it was serious at first. Ah, the lovely things people do with stock footage on YouTube.

Pretty funny stuff though, don’t you think? Spiders on the rampage! I like the caffeinated spider the best.

I feel slight pangs of guilt at making light of such an important subject. Spider drug use is on the rise, but we can put a stop to it with drug testing kits.

Well that’s enough of that. Have a good rest of the day.

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Paula Abdul Does It Again

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Paula Abdul is denying that she drinks (even a little bit) once again. She seems to be in a never-ending cycle of denial, don’t you think? I know that chronic pain can be debilitating, but she just acts plain old drunk!

Well, regardless of the real reasons for her antics, she’s currently blaming American Idol judge Simon Cowell for the perception that she’s added a little something extra to her trademarked Coke cup.

Apparently, Simon made some remark that the reason she was acting so strangely was that she had something other than Coke in her Coke cup. Ha-ha. Lame joke, but the notion has caught on.

Personally, I doubt some off-hand comment Simon made had anything to do with Paula’s inebriated appearance. Her actions are definitely louder than words could ever be.

I think someone needs analcohol test.

Health & Wellness Home Health Hazards

Keeping Your Home Healthy

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Lead is one of those things many people don’t think about when it comes to home safety. Well, I mean, they used to, but they don’t tend to focus on it as a real threat anymore. However, this simply isn’t the case. Some paints still contain lead as do other materials around the house. Lead is also present in gasoline.

Lead can enter the body through many means including the air, the soil, food, water and even in dust. Lead poisoning is especially dangerous to children. Children are often on the floor and down at the level where lead dust may settle. You can keep your children safe by:

– Laying a blanket on the floor during playtime.
– Always ensuring your child’s pacifier is clean.
– Cleaning windowsills with a damp cloth to pick up paint dust and chips.
– Keep children away from any paint that is chipping badly.
– Instill the habit in your children of washing their hands regularly.

These are just a few of the things you can do to keep your home safe. You can also purchase lead detector kits that inform you if you have unsafe levels of lead on various surfaces in your home or even in your water.

DNA & Paternity Health & Wellness

Paternity Testing Saved the Day

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I’m sure you all have heard about it by now, but I still thought it was worth mentioning. As you may know, Melanie Brown–“Scary Spice”–recently gave birth to a baby girl. She claimed to know who the baby’s father was all along: her ex-boyfriend, Eddie Murphy. Murphy denied (repeatedly) paternity in the press but after a paternity test was completed, he is most definitely the father. Brown must be breathing a sigh of relief, though she seemed pretty confident from the start.

It’s amazing how people even allow things to get so out of hand they they require a test though, don’t you think? But as long as people are people, it can be useful.

Sometimes, testing can help people out. DNA and paternity tests are definitely one of those cases. Hopefully, Melanie Brown will be able to get on with her life and Eddie Murphy will live up to his duties as a father. With the ever-watchful eye of the media, I’m sure we’ll find out if anything goes awry!

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License to Sell? Drug-Dealing Teacher Gets Second Chance

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The day’s news come from Connecticut. Apparently, a man that used to teach at a school in New Haven just had his teaching license reinstated even though he was convicted of dealing drugs while he was a teacher.

This teacher’s name is Orlando Hernandez and he won’t exactly be allowed to run free, though. Even though he will be getting his teaching license back, he will be under strict supervision, subject to random drug testing and there will be limitations on his functions in the school.

This guy wasn’t exactly your idyllic image of a drug dealer. He lived an alcohol and drug-free life all the way into his thirties. However, it was after the death of his son and separation from his wife that he turned to drugs and the selling of cocaine to cope.

Normally, I’m not exactly privy to letting drug dealers near kids. But this guy seems to have just been going through a rough patch. More like a gravel pit covered in sandpaper Everyone deserves a second chance though, right? Luckily enough for this guy, he’s getting one. And with the random drug testing, he should stay on track.

Well, wasn’t that kind of an uplifting story?

Wow, I have issues with sarcasm.

Drug Testing Health & Wellness

Marijuana on YouTube

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No, I don’t have a video today, but I did find an interesting news story that involves the video sharing site, YouTube. Apparently, seven 15-year old boys were suspended from London Oratory school for smoking pot, video taping themselves and then posting the video on YouTube. A school official saw the video and you can bet there was hell to pay.

Also, London Oratory is the school where former Prime Minister Tony Blair’s sons went to school. Lovely, eh?

Okay, so I know that’s not “big news” but it’s drug related, right? That’s what you people want to know about, ya?

The verdict is still out on what will happen to the boys suspended from school, or in British terms “excluded”–gotta love that. If the results of this marijuana abuse are interesting, I’ll be sure to report back to you all.

Until then, this closes the late, late addition of Testing It Up.

Health & Wellness Pregnancy & Fertility

Fertility

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As I searched for a blog topic today, I came across a rather interesting blog about one woman’s struggle with infertility. If you have ever wondered what infertility is like or are going through it yourself, I suggest reading it. She discusses in detail all of the tests, procedures and issues involved with infertility.

You can read all about her fertility battle at Fertility Blog.

You can also buy at home fertility detectors to make sure you are maximizing the potential of each fertile period. Fertility detectors help you pinpoint the day(s) in your cycle when you are most fertile–meaning the time when you are ovulating and most receptive to the possibility of becoming pregnant.

So how can you tell if you’re in your fertile period? Besides the at home detector, your body does give off certain signs like:

– A slight rise in your Basal body temperature.
– Cervical mucus becomes cloudy, sticky and egg-whitey.
– A slight change in the position of the cervix–it will be slightly higher in the body.
– Slight pain in the ovaries.
– Minimal spotting.
– Tender breasts.
– An increased sex drive.

While you may not experience all of these signs, some are for certain. So, the next you want to get pregnant, pay attention to your body, use an at home fertility detector and make use of your fertile period!

Health & Wellness Home Health Hazards

Hidden Danger: Carbon Monoxide

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One of the biggest hidden dangers in your home could be carbon monoxide. It’s a colorless, odorless gas, that when leaked into your home, can cause illness, fainting and even death. It’s so dangerous that you should really test your home. You never know what could be lurking in the air you breathe.

If you experience any of these symptoms, you may have a carbon monoxide leak:

– Fatigue
– Dizziness
– Headache
– Nausea
– Chest pain

You may also feel as though you have the flu when at home, but once you leave the house, the symptoms lessen.

In order to ensure your home’s CO levels are within acceptable limits you can:

– Make sure your appliances are adjusted properly.
– Open flues when you use the fireplace.
– Never leave the car running in the garage.
– Have your appliances and heating systems check by professionals.
– Use an at-home carbon monoxide testing kit.

If you follow these steps, you will do much to keep your family safe from this invisible health hazard.