Forbes Living Explains How E. Coli Can Be Dangerous to Kids

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Small children and the elderly are at most risk of becoming sick from any one of the strains of E. coli. Forbes Living shares how this bacteria can affect small children and what to do if you think your child may been exposed to it.

It is important to note that kids can get E. coli from a variety of sources such as consuming high-risk foods like undercooked meat, unpasteurized milk or juices, restaurants at which [people with E. coli] have eaten, exposure to live animals, recreational water, and exposure to child care centers.

Children will present symptoms like severe gastrointestinal pain, bloody stools and diarrhea, lack of appetite, shock and maybe even kidney failure. If any one of these symptoms is present, take the child to the nearest emergency room and tell them to test for E. coli. One of the most dangerous medical issues for kids is hemolytic uremic syndrome, which is a complication of E. coli. Red blood cells are destroyed prematurely and clog the blood-filtering system of the kidneys, which can take the life of a small child. Forbes Living TV reminds parents and caretakers that life is precious and the life of a child can be gone so fast.  Always err on the side of caution. It’s better to know than to wonder.

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Forbes Living and the Climbing Cost of Breakfast

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Why is breakfast food like eggs, bacon, coffee and butter getting so expensive? It seems like the most important meal of the day is becoming the priciest meal of the day. Forbes Living looks at the climbing cost of breakfast.

Some parts of the U.S. are going through the worst drought conditions experienced in decades. This results in higher prices for produce and livestock as farmers and cattle owners spend more to keep plants, trees and animals hydrated. Drought conditions produce a reduced amount of product from coffee beans to bacon. And consumers are choosing to eat more protein-rich foods like yogurt for breakfast versus cereals, which contain grains. All of these factors raise the price of traditional breakfast foods. To keep grocery bills from climbing, use coupons, discount codes and price checking apps. Many stores have bar code reading apps which give the shopper a way to find a lower price for a product.

Forbes Living TV also suggests making breakfast at home and taking it on the commute if needed. Make a breakfast sandwich in the microwave and use a thermal mug for hot beverages. Buy a small soft lunch cooler to take yogurt and fruit to work and have it while sorting through email. Let us know if there is a more cost-efficient way you do breakfast every day.

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Forbes Living Visits a Place Where They Ask Tourists to Keep Their Egos Locked Up in Their Luggage

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Forbes Living notes that a few decades ago, there lived a generation whose major claim to fame was being the most self-absorbed group of people the world had ever seen.  By all accounts, those individuals have been bested by the current crop of young people.  Think of them as “The Selfie Generation”.  Of course, part of this phenomenon is the existence of the ubiquitous digital camera, aka, the smart phone, which not only enables them to take pictures anywhere, anytime and without processing and printing costs, but these devices are also engineered to make it easy to snap that all-too-tempting selfie.  So while on vacation or when visiting interesting places or taking in fascinating sights, the tradition is no longer to take a photograph of the stunning scenery … but to take a photograph of your stunning self against the backdrop of the scenery.  It’s obvious from the composition of these shots which one is more important in the photographer’s mind.

Forbes Living notes that one popular tourist destination is trying to eradicate the selfie craze.

The Forbes Living TV show reports that one lush travel destination has done something about it.  La Garoupe, a posh beach in the south of France, has posted notices that selfies, which they refer to as “braggies” will not be tolerated.  No selfies alowed.  They even set up signage declaring the beach a Braggie-Free Zone.  There are also “Holiday Spam Police” patrolling the strand in order to surpress such egotistical behavior.  This initiative will no doubt bring a new level of taste to online social media.  If the beach is attractive, let us see a good picture of the beach, without the photographer dominating 2/3 of the frame.  While no one wants to see the quashing of personal freedoms, this measure will permit the rest of us freedom from these irritating moments of self-worship.

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Forbes Living – Skip the Anti-Bacterial Products, Expectant Moms

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Many common anti-bacterial products contain triclosan and triclocarban. These two ingredients are usually found in hand sanitizers, toothpaste, soaps, detergents and other products. Forbes Living shares information about why pregnant women might want to skip anti-bacterial products.

Recent studies with more than 100 expectant mothers found that triclosan was found in the urine of every women tested, triclocarban was found in more than 85% of the urine samples. More alarming is that triclosan appeared in half the samples of umbilical cord taken from the moms. This indicates that the chemical is reaching some fetuses. The results of this study show that this could affect the development of the unborn fetus.  Forbes Living reminds readers that there is no reason to use anti-bacterial products, especially hand sanitizer, as soap and water do a great job and do not contain the harmful chemicals.

The researchers also found butyl paraben, another anti-bacterial agent in the majority of cord blood and urine samples. This chemical is mostly in cosmetics and could cause shorter lengths of newborns.  If expecting a baby, read the labels of all cleaning products such as sanitizers, shampoos, soaps, etc. Toss out any which contain the chemicals and replace them, if needed, with Earth-friendly ones. Many organic cleaning products work just as well as the others with harmful chemicals.

 

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Forbes Living Chronicles Destinations of Distinction

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(Croatia)

There are an incredible amount of places to visit in the U.S. and in the world. Where do you wish to visit? What do you want to do? Forbes Living has a few ideas in mind to share with our readers.

Get out of town. Head to the shore, the mountains or to a favorite weekend getaway. A few of ours are Fort Myers, Florida, Key Largo, Florida, and Sarasota, Florida.  We take in the local flavor, do a little shopping and learn something about the marine life all around us.

When we want to go far, our imagination takes us to South Africa where families, couples or singles can be fascinated by the area’s Big 5: lions, leopards, elephants, Cape buffalo, and Rhino. Travelers are able to ride in safari vehicles while spotting these magnificent animals in their natural and protected environments. Volunteer opportunities are available for visitors over the age of 18. But keep in mind that any business which operates a breeding facility or cub petting facility is not an ethical place of business. There are several excellent places to give back to in the region and welcome volunteers.

Many tourists love to visit Croatia with its stunning towns, cliffs, waters and people. It is location chock full of history and delectable food. From here, chart a route to other nearby destinations of distinction. Forbes Living recommends taking photos and sharing them along the way.

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Forbes Living with Tips for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

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While it may seem like the need to be very aggressive is vital in order for a small business to survive, it is also necessary for them to be ethical also. Forbes Living shares tips for small and medium sized businesses.

First and foremost, treat all employees with the same respect and consideration that is given to friends and family. No one appreciates being dictated to or asked to do something which is not right.

If a specialist is hired, let them do their job without interfering. No one is an expert at everything.

Always be honest if there is an issue with a product or service. Attempt to resolve it and not bury it.

Forbes Living also suggests the quarterly meeting with managers to review good workplace ethics and business practices.

Always be sure paychecks are accurate. If an employee is paid hourly then they should be paid by the hour. If the employee is not hourly and receives no commission, then the worker is exempt from overtime and exempt from being docked hours time is missed for an appointment.

Does it seem like people want to become reality or Internet stars? Don’t believe everything you read or see on the net. There are many so-called review sites and complaint sites which do no checking of facts. Be wary of them. Use common sense instead. 

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Forbes Living Cautions: Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer Sun

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The folks at Forbes Living love our dogs as much as anyone else.  Now that summer is in full bloom, it’s fun to bring our favorite pets along with us when we go out for some fun in the sun.  But regardless of the old phrase “The Dog Days of Summer”, dogs can suffer from overheating, sunstroke and worse if their owners don’t keep a sharp eye out.  Dogs don’t perspire, so the only way they cool themselves off is through their tongue and sinuses, which is why in a hot environment, they pant a great deal.  If you see your dog doing this, it means he or she needs a bit of shade or maybe even a stint in the air conditioning.  Always bring some water with you and a little bowl for your pet to drink from.  And it can never be said too often:  never lock your dog in a car, even with the windows cracked open.  There are many canine fatalities each year due to this practice.

Forbes Living warns that some dog breeds can handle a hot summer day better than others.

The Forbes Living TV show notes that cats may be the smarter creatures after all, as they just don’t often go out with owners on a leash.  As for dogs, it’s best to keep their summer outdoor time to periods early or late in the day, when the sun is lower and it’s generally cooler.  Make sure there’s some grass for your dog to walk on, as pavement can get excruciatingly hot under the high sun and a dog’s paws can become burned from this.  Older and overweight dogs are more vulnerable to the heat and there are specific breeds that are most in peril:  those with a short nose.  As most of the dog’s cooling takes place through the tongue and the sinuses, Pugs, Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pekingese, Boxers, Shih Tzus and French Bulldogs don’t seem to have as much capacity to keep cool efficiently.

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Forbes Living Shares Three Exercises Worth Trying

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Notice we said “trying”.  There are some exercises which are worth giving a shot a few times. Forbes Living gives readers a few ideas about which ones to try now before the weather changes.

Run. Running is a great exercise to try. To get started, try jogging for a few minutes when taking a walk. Slowly build the pace until in a short run. Running and jogging are great cardio exercises. Both use the body’s largest muscles – the legs – which in turn boosts metabolism – which in turn helps people who want to lose weight lose it quicker.

Biking. What we once did as a kid is now pretty cool to do as an adult. Plus, we get the added benefits of a good cardio workout, good muscle workout, and we can now get the coolest bike in the store. Once we have the basics, it is off we go for several miles at speeds our legs alone cannot take us. And don’t forget the sharp-looking helmet to go with the bike. A good looking rider is one which is perfectly outfitted for safety.

Swimming. This is the perfect time of year to go out and enjoy the pool, lake or ocean. Water temps are mild. Bathing suits are on sale. Get in a few easy laps and reap the aerobic benefits as well as the refreshing water. Add a cap to keep hair out of the way and goggles to see clearly in any kind of water and keep salt and bacteria out. Swimming is a fun way to add fitness to a weekly schedule. Forbes Living invites readers to try one or all of these this summer. 

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