Burger King Halloween Black Burger To Blame For Green Poop


(PCM) When Burger King revealed their all new black Halloween Whopper just in time to celebrate the Halloween season, consumers flocked to the fast-food restaurant to give it a try, however they just as quickly flocked to social media to reveal that after consuming the burger their bowel movements were turning a lovely shade of green.

Talk about a little trick or treat in your stomach!  Apparently, the green poop is caused by the black food dye that is used to color the Halloween Whopper’s buns. The all-black Whopper has been available in Japan for quite sometime and there have been no reports of green poop, however they are using squid ink to color the buns rather than black food dye.

Needless to say the hashtag #GreenPoop is currently trending on both Twitter and Facebook and many people are now heading out to try the sandwich just to see if it actually makes them poop a different color. Many have reported that it is not even a sickly colored green, but more like a bright cartoon green which makes this all the more odd!

Have you tried the new Halloween Whopper? Did it make have #GreenPoop?

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What Does It Mean If You See A Teal Pumpkin This Halloween


(PCM) Each year thousands of children across the country will go out trick-or-treating picking up candy of all varieties to enjoy. However, there are some children that suffer from dietary restrictions, food allergies, diabetes and a host of other illnesses that do not allow them to enjoy most of the candy that is picked up door to door on Halloween.

This can prove to be quite an issue for mom and dad, as well as, incredibly frustrating for the child who can’t understand why he or she can not enjoy the same trick-or-treating experience as their peers. While it is completely impossible to be able to anticipate every child’s specific needs when giving out candy and treats this Halloween, there is one small thing you can do to be sure that all visiting children can be accommodated properly.

If you paint a pumpkin teal in color and leave it on your front steps or porch parents and children will know that it is safe for them to go trick-or-treating at your home, as you will offer alternatives other than candy such as toys or small games that will not make them sick.

Such a wonderful idea and we will certainly be on the lookout for teal pumpkins during the Halloween season. We urge everyone to take part in the Teal Pumpkin Project!

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Kids Are Becoming Intoxicated After Drinking Flavored Hand Sanitizer


(PCM) An alarming new trend is picking up among school children where they are becoming dangerously drunk by consuming a mere 3 or 4 squirts of flavored hand sanitizer. The U.S. poison control center has seen a steady increase in the amount of calls they have been receiving about children under the age of 12 who have consumed hand sanitizer and are dangerously intoxicated.

In a recent case, a six year old from Lawrenceville, GA ingested several squirts of strawberry-flavored hand sanitizer and was later rushed to the hospital with a blood alcohol level of .179! That is twice the legal limit for an adult to be considered drunk.

The amount of alcohol present in majority of hand sanitizers is 45% to 95%, so even ingesting small amounts could lead to alcohol poisoning in certain scenarios. On average wine and beer only contain about 12% to 5% alcohol by volume.

There are many reasons why the children are beginning to consume hand santizer that range from actually wanting to get drunk, it being a dare from friends or just because the hand sanitzer looks and smells yummy. Whatever the reason, this is a growing problem and in 2014 the U.S. poison control saw over 16,000 cases of hand sanitizer ingestion in 2014. Scary! Parents, remember to talk to your children about the proper use of hand sanitizer!

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The Benefits of Smart Snacking for Children

By Jan Wade-Miller
“Oh no, you can’t have that now. It will spoil your appetite for dinner.” How many times have you heard that while you were growing up? Many adults feel that all snacks are bad for children and can lead to weight gain but that isn’t always the case.

The trick is offering the right foods at the right time and knowing that snacks can be an important part of your child’s nutrition. Even if he or she is eating three full meals per day, the average child’s stomach isn’t big enough to hold all the calories and nutrients needed to fuel growth and build tissues and bones. Most children need three meals and two or three wisely chosen snacks per day. A few benefits of smart snacking are:

∎ Manages hunger between meals.

∎ Provides an energy boost between meals.

∎ Keeps older kids from overeating at the next large meal.

∎ Helps prevent overweight.

∎ Offers you the chance to add that fruit or veggie your child didn’t eat at their previous meal.

Give smart snacks instead of the unhealthy, popular ones like chips, cookies and sweets. They provide very little in the way of vitamins and minerals, only “empty calories.” Here are some helpful snack strategies:

∎ Keep snack portions small; under 250 calories.

∎ Give the grandkids snacks and meals on a regular schedule of every three or four hours. Allowing sufficient time between them will ensure kids are not too full to eat their regular meals.

∎ Keep healthy snacks at the ready so the grands will be able to make smart snack choices.

∎ Use the Nutrition Facts label when choosing foods to be used for snacks to be sure they are low in calories, fats and sugar. Instead, buy ones high in calcium, iron and fiber.

For smart snack suggestions and more, click here!

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Is It Possible That Gluten Sensitivity Doesn’t Exist?


(PCM) It seems now that the very same researchers who discovered evidence of non-celiac gluten sensitivity have recently discovered that it actually doesn’t exist. In fact their new findings are completely opposite to what was initially discovered. The researchers completed a follow-up study to the one that was completely back in 2011 that founded the theory that diets that contain gluten can be the cause of gastrointestinal distress in people without celiac disease, which is an auto-immune disorder fueled by gluten.

Gluten is a protein that is heavily present in food such as wheat, barley and grains. After the news of the findings back in 2011 that gluten could also cause health issues for people not suffering from celiac disease, the gluten-free food industry skyrocketed. Sales of gluten-free products could hit $15 billion by 2016, while on 1% of Americans actually suffer from celiac disease, nearly 30% are keeping a gluten-free diet.

The gluten protein is found in any normal diet for the average person, so researchers, no satisfied with the initial theory that gluten was the culprit behind the gastrointestinal problems that many people were suffering from decided to test the theory once again. Those who participated in the new research study were given  high-gluten, low-gluten, and no-gluten (placebo) diets, without knowing which diet plan they were on at any given time. In the end, all of the treatment diets – even the placebo diet – caused pain, bloating, nausea, and gas to a similar degree. It didn’t matter if the diet contained gluten.

The new study speaks for itself in proving that there was indeed no precise correlation between consuming gluten and suffering from gastrointestinal issues. In fact there could be other dietary triggers that have been wrongly interpreted as gluten-sensitivity that are the ultimate cause of the person’s gastrointestinal distress.   So, be careful of falling on the gluten-free bandwagon as the cause of your gastrointestinal issues could just be all in your head.

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Drinkable Book Filter Helps Bring Clean Water To Areas Around The Globe


(PCM) Scientists have now developed a “drinkable book” with pages that have the ability to filter water of impurities for those that do not have access to safe and clean water.

The book page filters were tested at 25 contaminated water sources in South Africa, Ghana, and Bangladesh and were able to filter 99% of bacteria and contaminants out of the water.

Dr. Teri Dankovich of Carnegie Mellon University is the scientist behind the new invention and claims it is aimed for individuals living in developing countries. She notes that 663 million people around the globe do not have access to clean drinking water and this invention would be of great service to that group of individuals.

All someone has to to do to use the filter is tear out one of the book pages, place it in a simple filter holder and pour water through it from area streams, rivers or wells which will then be cleaned and safe for consumption. The paper filters are coated with silver or copper ions, which are absorbed by the microbes.

Each book page filter has the ability to clean over 100 liters of water, which mean that one book could potentially filter water for one person for up to four years.  It is not known just how well the book page filters are able to kill certain viruses, but they do have the ability to filter out and kill most bacteria found in contaminated water.


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