Buying Drugs Online: Scam or Secure?

One could not fail to notice that there has recently been a boom in internet pharmacy businesses. Surely it’s difficult to ignore the large numbers of emails flooding your spam box about advertisements offering the cheapest medicines online, overnight shipment, and prescription drugs without the need for prescription. But is it secure to buy drugs online or not?

Let’s face it, we live in a world where everything can be done with just a click of a button, and anybody can set up a website and pass it off as a valid business to obtain personal and financial information to use in fraudulent activities. And without proper know-how, it would be difficult to distinguish a legitimate from an illegitimate business. Here are some helpful hints on how to tell between the two.

However tempting the offer is, a drugstore that sells prescription drugs without asking for a prescription already sounds shady, not mention downright illegal. The first thing you need to check with any online pharmacy is if they require a valid prescription from your current primary care physician before they can dispense any medication. This is important because the prescription acts as a confirmation from your doctor or other health care provider. This also tells the internet drugstore that you’ve undergone due physical assessment, and that you’ve been prescribed the proper medication for the result of the assessment. An adequate diagnosis of your medication needs requires more than just filling out a medical questionnaire or providing them your credit card number.

No consumer can rest easy if the store they bought their merchandise from is illegal. This is why it is important to verify that the online drugstore you’re planning to buy from is a licensed pharmacy in the state you live in, or if it is licensed to dispense drugs to people who live in your state. Online pharmacies should not differ much from local pharmacies in terms of the quality of their service.

The National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) is the organization responsible for developing, implementing, and enforcing a set of consistent standards for pharmacies in different states. The NABP is composed of pharmacy boards from fifty U.S. states, the District of Columbia, three U.S. territories, nine Canadian provinces, and four Australian states. The NABP is also the group responsible for created the voluntary certification program for online pharmacies called the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites (VIPPS) to cover concerns regarding internet pharmacies. This program requires online pharmacies to meet the requirements set by the state from which their operations are based, and of the states to which they deliver medications to.

To ensure your safety against fraudulent online pharmacies, it is best to always keep these tips in mind:

l Buying any kind of medication from illegal sites puts you in great risk of receiving counterfeit or expired products, an incorrect dose, or no product at all.

l Taking medications not prescribed to you may produce dangerous drug interactions and create serious medical complications.

l Make sure that the online drugstore offers access to a registered pharmacist for any questions regarding the medications sold on the website.

l Beware of websites that offer and sell medications that claim to be quick cures or cure-all.

l As much as possible, avoid purchasing any prescription or over-the-counter medications from foreign websites.

l Check the NABP list if a pharmacy is included and is currently in good standing.

l Never give out any personal or financial information unless you’ve verified that the internet pharmacy is accredited by the NABP as a VIPPS.

Homemade Facial Skin Care Recipes

In today’s beauty-conscious society, women have so many options to choose from when it comes to the means of looking physically perfect. They can choose in the variety of treatments and products that promise appealing, yet oftentimes superficial, beauty benefits.

But you see, you don’t really need to spend a lot of money just to have a smooth and flawless skin. Availing different kinds of treatments and beauty products to make your skin look healthier and younger is vey expensive, especially if your budget is only limited. Why spend thousands of dollars in conventional beauty enhancement regimen when you can pamper yourself with natural skin care treatments at the comfort of your home?

Homemade skin care treatments as an alternative beauty regimen

If you are one of the gals who enjoy using natural concoctions as an alternative for expensive facial treatments and products, then homemade skin care is a perfect beauty option for you. Apart from the fact that homemade skin treatments are inexpensive compared to the ones offered at spas and salons, these treats are also safe and easy to do. It is also actually fun doing this type of beauty regimen, especially if you try it with friends. Homemade beauty treats also save you a lot of time as you no longer need to go the salon or spa for skin care treatments.

Must-try homemade skin care recipes

So if you haven’t tried any homemade skin care treatment before, the following are some of the widely known natural skin care recipes that are worth checking out:

1. Facial mask – cucumber/honey/oatmeal

For a must-try natural skin care moisturizer, one of the most popular homemade treat is the facial cucumber/honey/oatmeal mask. What you need are the following ingredients:

* One to two teaspoons of uncooked oatmeal

* One tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

* ¼ pureed or mashed cucumber

* One tablespoon of organic honey

You need to mix all the ingredients together until a thick paste is formed. You can add additional olive oil if you prefer a thinner texture. After mixing all the ingredients, you can gently apply the mask to your face, and wait for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.

2. Egg white whitening mask

Now for a natural whitening skin care treatment, what you ought to try is the egg white mask. The following are the ingredients you need for the mask

o One tablespoon honey

o One slightly beaten egg white

o Two tablespoon unflavored gelatin mix

In this particular natural skin care mask, you have to lightly beat the egg white until it becomes frothy. Next is to mix the gelatin and honey together, then add to egg white. After mixing all the ingredients together, you can then apply the mask on your face, and wait for 15 minutes before rinsing with tepid water.

3. Banana yogurt natural skin care mask

If you have a lot of bananas in your kitchen, then try concocting a banana yogurt mask for a natural skin care treatment. Below are the ingredients you need:

o ½ mashed ripe banana

o One tablespoon organic honey

o One tablespoon wheatgerm

o One tablespoon whole milk, plain yogurt

Once you have all the ingredients, you need to mix them all together. Apply to the face, then wait for 10 to 15 minutes before washing off with tepid water.

When Women Have No Voice In A Relationship

Previous research have found that positive social relationships are often associated with better health and less incidence of cardiovascular disease. The assumption was based on the premise that the more friends you have, the better your health will be. However, social relationships also include marriage. And due to conflicting findings on the health benefits of social support and the increase in heart disease risk among married women, researchers decided to take into consideration the quality of the relationship rather than the quantity.

Marriages and close friendships marked by negativity, such as conflict and adverse exchanges, boost the risk of heart disease. In a shelter for abused women, you will see different faces of physically and emotionally battered women who have similar stories to tell. Some had lived through harrowing physical abuse from their husband or lover. Others had to bear a life of verbal assaults. For these women, survival meant to just accept everything and keep their mouths shut until they had mustered enough guts to escape.

A new study on marriage, communication, and death appeared in the July-August edition of the Journal of Psychosomatic Medicine and featured the finding that women who don’t express themselves during disagreements with their husbands are four times more likely to die compared with women who express themselves freely. According to Dr. Elaine Eaker, author of the 10-year study, it is the first to look at the effect of marital strain in relationship to the development of heart disease and death. The study also confirmed that marriage is good for men’s health, but that unmarried men were twice as likely to die as married men.

Dr. Eaker cannot exactly tell why it is so hard for some women to speak up. It may be some type of protection mechanism. There is a general notion that women are taught not to deal directly with their feelings. On the other hand, men are raised to express their anger openly. During domestic quarrels, women are usually afraid of showing their anger towards their husbands for fear of its consequence. Either due to the threat of physical violence, or fear of losing their husbands as well as financial security. And when anger builds up like stress, it can damage the heart. A case in point is the story of Vinnie, whose husband left her for a younger woman. When the new wife asked the husband to get all the kitchen wares, she allowed him without saying a word. After “self-censoring” for so long, Vinnie lost the ability to express anger. She died from heart disease.

While taking into account other factors that could contribute to heart disease, such as depression, men and women with negative aspects in relationships are prone to a high risk of heart disease, married or unmarried, notwithstanding. And for women who are used to “self-silencing”, Dr. Eaker advises that they need to learn how to express themselves more constructively and out themselves in an environment where they feel safe to do so.