Plant That Causes Severe Burns And Blindness Is Sweeping All Across America

A plant known as the giant Hogweed, or Heracleum mantegazzianum, has been spreading and growing, making its way across a number of states in America.

It might look quite beautiful, but the fact is that contact with this plant can have devastating effects.

There are a number of dangerous plants out there that can irritate the skin when touched or poison you if consumed, but the giant Hogweed – which is also known by many other names, such as giant cow parsnip, giant cow parsley, cartwheel-flower, or hogsbane – is especially dangerous.

A mere touch of this plant’s sap can result in lifelong scarring or burns on the skin or even permanent blindness if it gets into the eye.

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As of now, this plant has made its way into the states of Maryland, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, with Virginia being the newest of affected states.

The rampant spread of giant Hogweed has led health officials, experts and authorities to issue warnings to citizens about keeping safe around this plant.

Lovely to look at on the outside, the giant Hogweed grows to be between 8 and 14 feet and has lobed, dark green leaves that can hit a whopping 5 feet in diameter.

It has a thick and hollow stem that is peppered with white hairs and little purple dots and specks, and over the very top of the plant is a large umbrella formation full of incredibly beautiful white flowers.

Needless to say, it’s quite a sight to behold – but don’t let it fool you!

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The giant Hogweed makes use of a particular kind of sap that contains a chemical known as Photosynthesizing furanocoumarins.

The purpose of this sap is to make the plant extremely sensitive to light to promote better growth and health.

Unfortunately, that means that if it gets onto your skin, it will make the affected area highly prone to sunburns.

In fact, contact with this sap can cause third-degree burns and a variety of skin problems that cannot be cured and will be with you for the rest of your life.

On top of that, if the sap touches your eye by accident, the hypersensitivity to light can cause permanent blindness.

If you do touch sap by accident, you should immediately get out of the sun and go somewhere shady. Rinse your skin thoroughly with soap and cold water.

Even if you don’t see adverse effects, it’s a good idea to continuously apply sunscreen to the area or wear a bandage or clothing that will fully cover it from the sun, even for months after the incident.

If your clothes get sap on them, remove immediately, taking care not to get any on your skin, and wash separately from other clothing.

What happens if you spot a giant Hogweed growing in your yard? Do not under any circumstances try to get rid of it yourself!

Don’t weed whack, mow, or cut it as that will just promote further growth and spreading and make the chances of the sap seeping through the air much higher.

Instead, contact a professional plant control specialist as soon as possible.

I Showed This Video To My Friend Who Smokes And She Quit The Next Day

I Showed This Video To My Friend Who Smokes And She Quit The Next Day

Everyone is well aware of the health risks of smoking, but those who have a regular smoking habit often have a hard time kicking it. After an eye-opening experience, a man was able to quit his pack-a-day habit the same day. All it took was watching a video to help him quit for good. The video, uploaded by North Carolina nurse Amanda Eller, showed a comparison of the lungs of a smoker and those of a healthy person.

The black, cancer-ridden lungs of the person who smoked a pack a day for 20 years looked frightening enough when compared to the vibrant red, healthy lungs. By appearance alone, that might be enough to curb anyone’s smoking habit, but what happened next was beyond illuminating.

Each set of lungs was inflated to illustrate how well a person could breathe, depending on lung health. Notice the red lungs inflate fully and deflate, while the black lungs fail to properly inflate.

According to a report from the Daily Mail: “Smoking raises a person’s risk of developing lung cancer by approximately 23 times and is responsible for 87 percent of all related deaths.”

A woman’s voice is heard explaining, while attempting to inflate the unhealthy lungs: “Because these lungs are COPD, cancerous lungs, the elastance (the ability to rebound after being stretch during inhalation) is gone, so they will stretch out but then the recoil of them just snaps right back.” As a result, unhealthy lungs have to work harder to bring in enough air, which will leave the person feeling breathless.

Many people weighed in with comments on the Daily Mail’s coverage of the video, with one person noting: “Urgh. Absolutely revolting. Why any person would continue to do this knowing what it does to you, just completely baffles me. (And btw – I am a former heavy smoker, but I saw the light and quit. Thank goodness!)”

Another commenter shared this frightening perspective: “I work in a respiratory department where we set up old smokers with ventilators to stop them from dying in their sleep. Keeps them going for the last five years of their miserable lives whilst they rely on supplemental oxygen whenever they want to leave the house. You may think you’re doing no harm but it will catch up with you and your final years will be difficult and frightening. I’ve never had a patient who said they’d do it all again.”

Others, however, tried to reason, noting that we all die eventually, with one commenter sharing: “Seems to me that it doesn’t matter if you smoke or not, you will end up dead one way or another. For example, the healthy lungs belong to someone who didn’t smoke and despite that, they are still dead. The moral of the story is enjoy life and do what makes you happy, you never know what might kill you.”

Another commenter countered that argument, noting: “So many ‘something will get you in the end’ comments. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable and premature death and 30% of cancer deaths. On average, smokers live 10 years less. Life is all about choices and choosing to be a slave to a pointless addiction that makes you smell and kills you and others is a stupid choice. Ask any smoker with emphysema or cancer agonizingly gasping their last breaths on a hospital ward with their loved ones sitting around them.”

Their Modeling Agency Kept Telling Them To Lose Weight, And Now They Are Fighting For Their Life

Their Modeling Agency Kept Telling Them To Lose Weight, And Now They Are Fighting For Their Life

Everyone knows that teenagers are very impressionable. They can succumb to peer pressure and other types of influence. But when an authority figure or someone they really want to, please tell them they have to do something, teenagers will sometimes stop at nothing to make it happen. Two fourteen-year-old twin sisters are now fighting for their lives because their modeling agency told them they had better lose weight if they hoped to make it in the fashion industry.

The two girls are fighting for their lives because their Russian modeling school urged them to stop eating until they became “living corpses.” Now doctors are working against the clock to keep them alive.

The teenagers developed anorexia because their modeling school told them to reduce their size. Because they developed the eating disorder, Masha and Dasha Ledeneva might not survive. And it seems that 29-year-old Maria Kokhno is ready to fight for the girls and advocate for change in the Russian fashion scene. Kokhno is an advocate for eating disorder sufferers and wants the public to help the Ledeneva twins to get the help they need to fight their horrible circumstances.

Because Russian modeling authorities urged the twins to lose weight, the fourteen-year-olds obeyed. And as they stopped eating to lose the weight, they dropped down to 80 pounds and 88 pounds respectively. Because they were so thin, their bodies stopped functioning, and the twins went into three-day comas. Doctors were not certain they’d come out of them.

If the modeling agency hadn’t told the twins “to reduce weight,” the girls would not have become anorexic and gotten into dangerous territory.

Because the twins were so sickly, doctors didn’t want to risk working on them. In order to find help, they were taken to Moscow where a few highly-trained doctors were willing to take the risk to help the girls survive.

The modeling agency wanted the already-slim teens to lose more weight so “their cheekbones were visible.” If they were able to meet those demands, they would have been given more photo shoots. That’s what the teens wanted more than anything, and they were willing to kill their bodies to get it.

When the girls had gotten too sickly, doctors in their home city of Lipetsk were unwilling to help. The twins had to travel more than 265 miles to a hospital in Moscow to get the treatment they needed to survive.

“Nobody was keen to help the girls, their mother went here and there, hospitals were rejecting them,” Kokhno said. “Masha can stand up, but Dasha is only lying and cannot even lift her head. The mother contacted TV presenter Elena Malysheva and the Nutrition Institute in Moscow, but nobody wanted to deal with ‘living corpses.’”

The girls are still in dire need of help.

“Both twins were told in the (modeling school) to lose five kilos (11 lbs) of weight each, so their cheekbones were visible. Both were about 50 kilos then.”

What do you think about how the modeling industry sent these young twins to the hospital?

Drink Lemon Water Instead Of Pills If You Have One Of These 13 Problems

Lemons are incredibly sour, but this fruit is chock full of benefits that allow them to complement and even replace conventional medicinal products!

Just put some lemon slices in warm water and you’ll solve a lot of issues.

Here are 13 problems that you can use lemon water to get rid of.

1. Muscle Soreness

A tough workout can leave you aching all over.

Lemon water is capable of hastening muscle recovery after a brutal exercise session while reducing overall damage to the muscles.

2. Brittle Fingernails

Weak fingernails can break easily, which leads to a lot of pain and snagging.

Lemon water is packed with vitamin C that helps to keep your nails strong and healthy.

3. Inflammation

Lemons boast a lot of properties that make them anti-inflammatory.

If you make it a habit to drink one glass of warm lemon water every day, your body will be cooled down and inflammation will decrease.

4. Illness

Lemons are packed with vitamin C, so when you eat them, your immune system is strengthened.

Vitamin C is also a fantastic antioxidant, and it’s essential for your body. Drinking lemon water regularly can guard against sickness.

5. Acne

Skin issues can be a real bother, and they might make you feel uncomfortable and insecure.

Luckily, the vitamin C content in lemons and the fruit’s ability to fight inflammation allows it to calm pimples down.

This also helps your skin’s protective layer, preventing further acne and stress.

6. Weight Gain

Gaining weight can be a real cause for concern for you. But if you drink lemon water every morning, the hydration helps you work off the extra pounds.

Some links have also been drawn between obesity prevention and vitamin C.

7. Heartburn

Simply known as acid reflux or complexly as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, heartburn is the result of acid from your body being expelled upwards, filling your esophagus.

This leads to an unpleasant feeling in your chest and throat.

You might think that a lemon’s acidity means it’s bad for this, but lemon water actually provides a unique alkalizing effect.

8. Gallbladder Disease

This condition is a result of an irritated gallbladder, often because of inflammation. A vitamin C deficiency can actually be responsible for this type of condition.

So, drinking lemon water can help manage symptoms, and it can also prevent it from occurring in the first place.

9. Sore Throat

A variety of conditions can lead to a sore throat, including colds, the flu, strep throat, or a cough.

Lemon water’s high vitamin C content is able to boost recovery and provide pain and irritation relief to a sore throat.

10. Fibromyalgia

This chronic pain disorder can have some symptoms relieved through lemon water.

Medication for this disease, which causes widespread body pain, can have lots of side effects, so lemon water is a good option to keep in mind.

11. Kidney Stones

Kidney stones are small hard objects, usually the size of pebbles, that collect in the kidneys.

Lemons contain citric acid and potassium, both which reduce the chances of crystals forming in the kidneys.

They also work to prevent urine from being overly saturated while increasing volume.

12. Joint Pain

Drinking a glass of lemon water daily when you wake up can help your joints to function in as pain-free a manner as possible.

Some research has also found that it may be good for arthritis!

13. Hypertension

Known also as high blood pressure, lemon water can help to keep this balanced and at a slightly better level so it doesn’t continue to cause problems and pose risks.

Please check with your doctor before using lemon water as an alternative for prescribed medication!

Never stop taking medicine without a doctor’s approval.

Warning: These Multicookers Have Officially Been Recalled Because They May Burst Into Flames

Warning: These Multicookers Have Officially Been Recalled Because They May Burst Into Flames

When you buy a product, you’re casting your vote for a manufacturer. In essence, you are telling that person, with your hard-earned dollar, that you trust them to deliver on their promise and give you something of quality. But sometimes manufacturers push out inadequate products and hope that people will turn a blind eye and buy them anyways.

While this type of behavior often has consequences, in the short term they can get away with it. But when people realize that they’re purchasing dangerous products like the massive airbag recall of recent months or how Claire’s was selling children’s makeup loaded with asbestos, brands can face total ruin.

If you’re the cook of the family, you know how valuable a multi-cooker can be. And if you’re loyal to the Instant Pot brand, you better think twice. They’ve recalled their products because they were a deadly fire hazard. The products could not stand up to the heat and would melt under pressure and result in potential fires.

So what do we know about this kitchen cooker recall? Instant Pot tried to preempt the chaos when they announced, a while back, on social media about how some customers were having “problems.” But they never explained how severe these really were. But to protect themselves from lawsuits, they advised customers to quit using their products until they could investigate what was making them melt.

Their investigation yielded some horrifying results. Electronics on the bottom of the cooker, the Gem 65 model to be exact, were faulty. And when they got warm, these electronics caused the multicooker to melt. And when it melts, the whole thing becomes a ticking time bomb and fire hazard.

Don’t throw away just any Instant Pot product. This recall only affects one model – so far. The one that you must beware of is the Instant Pot Gem 65 8-in-1 multicooker. This product is the one that can burn your house down. The rest have not proven to be dangerous when used as instructed.

But the recall did cause some confusion. The faulty ones were only sold at Walmart between August 2017 and January 2018. So these are newer products. If you got something like this Instant Pot for Christmas or gave it to someone, make sure you share this recall warning.

What exactly should you look for? If you have a Gem 65 model with one of the following batch numbers, it is subject to the recall. Unplug it and do not use it.

  • 1728
  • 1730
  • 1731
  • 1734
  • 1746

This “batch number” is vital to keeping your family safe from fire damage.

Instant Pot did the right thing as soon as they knew their product was faulty. They contacted and partnered with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to declare the official recall.

If you own one of this dangerous multicookers, stop using it and take it to Walmart for a replacement.

About 104,000 products are affected by the recall. 107 Instant Pot Gem 65s have malfunctioned. And five cases of exploding cookers have resulted in property damage.

Call Instant Pot at 888-891-1473 if you have any questions.

One Month Before A Heart Attack, Your Body Will Warn You With These 8 Signals

Our bodies are much smarter than we give them credit for. It is usually our interpretations of their signals and warnings that are incorrect. But when we learn to tune into what our bodies are trying to tell us, we can take action and help mitigate problems before they arise. Below we’ll go through common warning signs that a heart attack might be in your future. Notice any of these? Make a doctor’s appointment and start taking action for better health today.

Chest pains

We all know that chest pains are a symptom of heart attack. But when they occur suddenly and are intense, you should go to the hospital. It could be a sign that you have a heart attack right now. If you feel the tension and uncomfortable sensations in your arms, jaw, neck, shoulders, or chest, get medical help. It is an early warning sign. It affects men much more often than women. Only about thirty-percent of women have this symptom.

Insomnia

Obviously, insomnia can have a lot of causes. Maybe it’s stress. Perhaps something else. But if it comes on suddenly, it could be a heart attack warning sign, especially for women.

Abdominal pain

Have you been having stomach problems recently? Maybe bloating, pain or nausea? When abdominal pain comes before a heart attack, it is often episodic. It can ease off then return periodically.

Hair loss

It’s part of aging, but losing hair at the crown of your head is an unwelcomed sign of heart attack risk. Men over 50 are at the highest risk. But women must pay attention to this too.

Unexplained fatigue

If you’re feeling tired out of nowhere, know that unusual fatigue is a significant warning sign for heart attacks. Fatigue naturally increases at the end of the day and after intense physical and mental exertion. But if performing mundane tasks becomes exhausting, you could be at risk.

Loss of breath

Are you experiencing breathlessness or dyspnea? This strong feeling is terrifying. You may experience it as struggling to draw a deep breath. And you could feel tired or dizzy. Women and men can both experience this issue and often comes six months before a heart attack.

Irregular heart beat rhythms

Also known as arrhythmia, irregular heartbeats or increased heart rate (tachycardia) should not be ignored. If it comes with dizziness and fatigue, your heart might not be working right. Contact your doctor.

Strange perspiration

Although a doctor might write this symptom off as “menopause,” hot flashes could be a sign of an impending heart attack. Don’t ignore strange and unusual perspiration. If it comes with flu-like symptoms and anything else including clammy skin or sweatiness no matter what the temperature, get a checkup immediately.

You can never be too cautious when it comes to heart attack warning signs. If you’ve experienced any of these eight, go see your doctor or go to the hospital if they are very intense. Don’t ignore what your body is telling you. Be proactive. It could save your life.

Teacher Warns Others After His Tongue Is Slowly ‘Eaten Away’ By Energy Drinks

Countless news stories over the past few years have successfully changed the public’s opinion about energy drinks.

A vast majority of people understand that these sugary drinks aren’t healthy at all.

The chemicals produce a hyper-active cardiovascular response that can be detrimental to anyone’s health.

One man has come forth to show the negative effects of energy drinks in real life. He is actively warning others about the dangers of these drinks.

He recently shared a picture of his tongue after it had been nearly ‘eaten away’ by the chemicals in energy drinks.

Dan RoyalsDan Royals, a primary school teacher, recently took to Facebook to share his horrifying photos.

His doctor told Royals that his tongue’s deterioration was likely due to the dangerous chemicals present in energy drinks.

In his social media post, Royals describes the impact that these addictive drinks had on his tongue.

It’s up to our imagination to determine how these drinks impact our internal organs.

Royals had a bad habit of drinking five or six energy drinks per day.

His primary motivation was the energy provided by the drinks. He had a difficult time keeping up with his students all day.

Although he would brush his teeth on a daily basis, the chemicals still negatively impacted the health of his tongue.

The proactive teacher warned his followers on Facebook to stay away from these energy drinks. Despite his oral hygiene, the energy drinks still eat away at his tongue.

The visual impact is quite disturbing. Royals is hoping these images will encourage others to make more healthy decisions.

Several studies have looked into the addictive quality of energy drinks. Although there is no addictive substance, the kick of energy becomes psychologically addicting.

Once a person crashes, they are in immediate need of another boost.

It’s important to note that energy drinks don’t only negatively impact the tongue. There’s a story of a man who experienced tooth decay from all of the energy drinks he consumed.

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He was drinking around six cans of Monster each day. He even experienced trouble eating because his teeth were so sensitive from the decaying process.

Strange Disease Has Been Popping Up All Over, Here’s What You Need To Know To Protect Yourself

The possibility of waking up to a black tongue leave alone a hairy one is just horrifying. The condition may sound like something gruesome straight out of a horror film, but it is a real condition. You may have probably never heard of it because it is scarce.

It was recently put under the spotlight by a medical doctor in a Washington medical journal where he wrote about the case of one of his patients. The fifty-five-year-old woman was taking a dose of prescribed antibiotics when she realized that her tongue was turning black and that she also had an odd taste in her mouth.

Black hairy tongue (also known as lingua villosa nigra) is an entirely harmless tongue condition that makes it look like it has little black hairs on it. There are tiny projections on the tongue called papillae, and they contain taste buds. If for any reason (for instance, as a side effect of some medicines) they grow longer than a millimeter long, dead cells and microscopic food particles may get trapped between them.

These particles may be decay or get stained by tobacco in smokers or similar substances which turns them black. This makes the tongue look like it is growing little black hairs, and it can be very worrying as well as utterly disgusting.

The most obvious symptom of a black hairy tongue is an obvious discoloration at the back of the tongue. The color could be black, brown, yellow or even white. The tongue also looks like it is covered with little soft hairs or fur. Patients like the woman have also complained of a sour, metallic or bitter taste in their mouth.

Also, as a characteristic of many oral conditions, people with black hairy tongue may also experience bad breath. In other cases, the papillae overgrowth may be excessive, and they may reach the back of the mouth which may irritate, a feeling of being tickled or even gagging.

The good news is that a black hairy tongue is temporary and usually reverses in a very short time. Even though it is extremely unattractive and uncomfortable, the tongue papillae quickly go back to their average length in a few days, and the discoloration disappears. You may visit your doctor if it lasts for too long or it is incredibly uncomfortable.

Oral experts, however, advice that the best way to keep it in check is by practicing good oral hygiene. We should remember to brush the tongue as well to remove the dead cells and food particles that could get trapped between the papillae.

Dentists Are Urging Patients To Keep Their Kids’ Baby Teeth Because It May Save Their Lives

When children lose their baby teeth, what do parents usually do with them? They ask their children to put the tooth under their pillow so the tooth fairy can come and collect it, giving a dollar in its place. But after this new scientific finding, the tooth fairy could be out of a job because dentists are urging parents to hold onto their children’s baby teeth as doing so could help save their lives.

While many parents hold onto their child’s first tooth lost, some have the habit of keeping all of them in their possession. Now, this habit could prove to be a lifesaver as dentists are coming forward to share the new research about this bizarre hoarding.

The United States National Center for Biotechnology Information has announced that stem cells derived from baby teeth can be used in numerous medical procedures. That means if a parent held onto a child’s baby tooth, researchers might be able to extract stem cell information to help save the child’s life later.

You’ve undoubtedly heard about stem cells. They were a thing of controversy only a few decades ago. Now they’re old-hat and commonly researched in the medical field. However, discoveries around stem cells, which are cells that have not yet grown into a specific bodily function, keep coming at a fast pace.

Stem cells have the ability to become any cell in the body. This means that scientists can help determine their purpose so they can do wondrous things in the human body like fight cancer.

Most scientists now harvest stem cells through bone marrow. This can make it difficult to access. But as it turns out, baby teeth are loaded with bone marrow, which makes it an easy way for scientists to access this potent type of biological information.

Now that you know that a lot of vital information is stored within baby teeth in the form of stem cells, this information is only accessible to scientists if they have the teeth in the first place. If you or your parents saved baby teeth, they could become a life-saving resource later in life if stem cells are ever required.

While stem cells can be used to fight cancer, researchers have uncovered other ways to use stem cells in baby teeth. One of the most exciting ones is that stem cells can be used to regrow bones. They are also useful for re-growing neural cells in the brain and for preventing heart attacks. Imagine if one of your baby teeth was used to save you from a heart attack in your later years. Stem cells from these teeth can also help regenerate the liver, treat diabetes, and reproduce eye tissue. There are also other uses being discovered every year, and there seems to be almost no limit to how useful these baby teeth can be.

Although many of the treatments are only in their infant stages as it comes to research, in a decade or two baby teeth could come in very, very handy.

Outbreak Keeps Spreading As Now It Has Officially Hit 21 States

About 118 people were reported to have been infected with measles all over the United States. While the number doesn’t seem like, doctors are now issuing out a warning that is getting everyone alarmed. It is number that the number of measles this year might even be higher than that of last year.

According to reports from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 21 states are currently being affected by the outbreak. As a result of this, the CDS is keeping a close eye on these states. The states so far affected are: 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 – and the District of Columbia.

A CNN report concerning the state of the measles outbreak in the nation provides the following information for those who know little about the disease: “Measles is a contagious virus that spreads through the air via coughing and sneezing. Symptoms such as high fever, rash all over the body, stuffy nose and reddened eyes typically disappear without treatment within two or three weeks.

Yet one or two out of every 1,000 children who get measles will die from complications, according to the CDC. ”

Symptoms of measles don’t appear immediately. usually, a patient does not begin to show signs of infection until about 9 to 11 days after initial infection. After the appearance of the initial symptoms of this disease, it is also possible that a red rash appears. This red rash may even spread to other parts of the body as well.

Patients with the weak immune system due to diseases like HIV, AIDS, and Leukemia are usually the most susceptible to complications as a result of measles. Others at risk of suffering complications include infants and adults over the age of 20.

While there is currently no specific treatment for an outbreak of measles, especially if there are no complications, doctors will usually recommend bed rest for patients. It is also usually advised that patients take lots of water and other fluids to prevent dehydration. In a case where complications arise, medication can be prescribed to treat certain specific complications.

Also while, antibiotics are ineffective against the virus, when additional bacterial infections develop, antibiotics can be administered.

The state of Texas Is currently the most affected by the current outbreak in the United States. With a contagious disease like measles, the general warning is that parents should be more cautious about whether they are living in an affected state or not. The disease is highly contagious and everyone who isn’t vaccinated against it is at a higher risk of being infected.

For patients already suffering from Pneumonia, a case of measles can be quite fatal.

The issue of vaccination has been wildly politicized in the united states, but despite the huge debate surrounding it, doctors are urging parents to get their children vaccinated against the virus which is the only sure way of preventing an infection and keep their children safe since it is almost impossible to prevent child-to-child interaction which is the only other possible alternative in cases of infectious disease outbreak like this.