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Early Disease Detection Health & Wellness

Holistic Health Tips for Diabetes

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I’m no expert on diabetes, but this video is a pretty good introduction to the disease and how to adjust your diet to keep it under control.

Have you been feeling run-down lately? Take an at-home diabetes test to see if you either have the disease or are close to developing it. Diabetes has much to do with your diet, so make sure you follow your doctor’s advice and reduce your carbohydrate intake as much as possible. Remember: the first step in treating diabetes is detection, so purchase a diabetes testing kit today to see where your blood sugar stands.

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Owen Wilson: Hooked On Drugs or No?

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I’m sure everyone have heard all about Owen Wilson’s suicide attempt. However, the jury is still out on whether or not he was high on cocaine or heroin or a combination of the two while doing it. According to FOX News, Wilson’s attorney is stating that he was not on any drugs other than anti-depressants and that Wilson’s stomach was not pumped when taken to the hospital.

It’s all very confusing. I mean, Owen Wilson always seemed like a happy guy. However, it’s just another one of those odd facets of celebrity. The public is deluded into thinking they know these people, when they obviously do not. And why is it that the funny people of the world always end up having some deep, dark secret or hidden depression? It’s really quite sad.

And in this case, a drug testing kit probably wouldn’t have even helped if what Wilson’s attorney says is correct. Too bad there isn’t a depression detector or some device that can tell when someone is mentally unstable. And I don’t want that to sound like I’m making light of the situation, because I most certainly am not.

If you think someone in your life might be using drugs, however, a drug testing kit really is the best way to confirm your suspicions and put a stop to the abuse.

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TestCountry in Inc, 5000

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Woo hoo! I’m not one to brag, but we here at TestCountry are pretty darn excited to say the least. In fact, in case you haven’t already heard, TestCountry was featured in the 2007 Inc. 5000, a listing of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. And wouldn’t you know it, we clocked in at number 239. 239!! That’s pretty good, don’t you think? We’re on a roll here people.

You know why I think we’re booming right now? I think it has a lot to do with the consumer market in general. People want to know about themselves. They want to be given the tools or be given access to the tools they need to explain some symptoms they are having or to figure out if their loved one is abusing drugs. There are a millions reasons to need tests and luckily, TestCountry is just the place for all of your testing needs.

Now that didn’t sound too much like an ad now did it?

Health & Wellness Home Health Hazards

Toxic Mold: A Real Danger

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Many people are aware of the dangers of toxic black mold. However, when people are looking for mold in their home, they tend to miss places like the attic, basement and crawl spaces underneath the house. This video discusses the dangers of toxic mold and shows you some ways to beat the mold!

And if you think you have this nasty stuff in your home, you may wish to purchase at mold testing kit. A mold test kit can help detect mold in your home so you can work on getting rid of it and getting on with your life.

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Symptoms of Drug or Alcohol Abuse

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Even though different drugs produce different symptoms in people, there are some general symptoms of addiction in general that I thought may be beneficial to include here today:

– Lying
– Avoiding social situations
– Lack of interest in activities they used to enjoy
– Bragging about drug use
– Risky behavior
– Gets in trouble with the law
– Has developed a need to take more and more of a drug in order to get the same effects
– Depression
– Getting into trouble at school or at work
– Mood swings
– Decreased performance at a job or in school.

Even though some of these symptoms can be explained by other causes, it is always important to note changes in behavior and to do something about it if you can.

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Junk Food While Pregnant Is Not the Answer

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Doesn’t this just seem like common sense? I thought so, but apparently not. A study was just reported that rats that are fed a diet of junk food while pregnant are much more likely to produce offspring that are obese. Well, duh!

The offspring, when grown, continued to chow down on the unhealthy stuff even when presented with the regular, healthier food. Duh, again! Junk food tastes good. Rats aren’t stupid, people!

And even though this study wasn’t conducted on humans, scientists believe the findings directly relate to people. Say it with me now everyone, “duh!”

Am I the only one that thinks this is kind of pointless? Shouldn’t we be trying to figure out how to reverse the junk food cravings than showing they exist in the first place? Of course they exist. Half the country is overweight.

Sorry for the rant. But I think it needed to be said. On a related note, women that are expecting a child should definitely try to eat healthier diets. I mean, c’mon. What you eat directly feeds your baby. You have to remember that. If you’re not sure if you’re pregnant, use an at home pregnancy test. The sooner you start eating better during your pregnancy, the healthier you and baby will be.

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When the Good Guys Go Bad

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Henry Kim, a lead narcotics agent in southern California, was arrested and charged with selling prescription drugs to someone that turned out to be an undercover Long Beach detective. That’s a pretty big oops, don’t you think?

I think I get more and more cynical everyday, but doesn’t this sort of thing just get you? A man that’s supposed to be protecting people from those that sell drugs is selling drugs! Ugh. Pardon me, but I’m just slightly disgusted. I think home drug testing kits should be made available to everyone, anywhere. That way we can live in a world without the influence of illegal drugs or illegally-used drugs, like when a prescription medication is used without a prescription.

What do you think, everyone? Drug testing kits all around?

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Meth Abuse Leads to Brain Disorders

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I just read an article about how meth use by teens can lead to serious long-term brain disorders. It seems that long-term meth abuse in adolescents can lead to symptoms very similar to those of Parkinson’s Disease.

The study was performed on mice which were in adolescence in their development. One group was given a dosage of methamphetamine while the other group was given saline. This seems to be just the beginning of these sorts of tests. So we’ll see what happens next. In the meantime, all we can do is try to discourage meth use among teens. And the best way to do that is with home drug testing kits.

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More “The Office” and Drug Testing

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You may remember that I posted a blog awhile ago with a hilarious video from the TV show The Office. It seems like Dwight was trying to be a anti-drug enforcer and he ended up looking like a big ol’ idiot.

If you liked that, you’re in luck people. Here’s some great deleted scenes from that same episode of the The Office. Who knew drug testing could be so funny?

Wow, I felt like a salesperson there. Maybe I’m in the wrong department? I know drug testing is serious business, but what’s life without a little bit of poking fun at that stuff you’re not supposed to laugh at? But remember: if you think a friend or loved one is using drugs, a home drug testing kit could save their life!

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Pot Makes Your Brain Go To Pot

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You remember those old “This is your brain on drugs” commercials with the egg frying in a pan? Everyone knows that drugs cause damage to your brain, but I bet you didn’t know that marijuana can have life-altering effects on your brain as well. So many people think of marijuana as a drug that, while it can impair you for a while, doesn’t cause permanent damage. But think again.

Marijuana use has been shown to be linked to the development of depression, suicidal thoughts and even schizophrenia. Those are very serious mental health disturbances!

It seems that if you used marijuana from the age of 18 onward, you are six times more likely to become schizophrenic. Six times more likely! So much for no serious side effects, huh?

So people can continue to kid themselves or acknowledge the fact that, as with any drug, marijuana alters your brain chemistry, and with persistent use, can cause permanent, irreversible damage.

You can help prevent drug use in your home by using at home drug testing kits that detect up to ten drugs at a time. Put a stop to drug use today.