Residents affected by the devastating flooding across Derry and Tyrone last summer have been urged to attend the Consumer Parliament in the Guildhall later this month. Graham Smith, Head of Water at the Consumer Council urged people to phone in and register for the event on March 23 so they can discuss any outstanding issued they may have and see what assistance the Consumer Council can provide. The Consumer Council co-ordinates a large group of stakeholder groups on issues around heating, water and flooding, and anyone with issues around water supply or sewage is also urged to attend the Parliament, which is free.Graham sits on the Regional Community Resilience Group which comprises a collection of government and non-government bodies who work with communities directly to help them be prepared with regards what to do during flooding and how to recover afterwards. He said: “There will be two sessions during at the Consumer Parliament on March 23, where people can come along to … [Read more...] about Flooding victims urged to relate concerns at Consumer Parliament
The health care industry is consolidating in a series of head-snapping deals. But like many of the recent multibillion-dollar combinations, it's not clear whether the recently announced $52 billion merger of Cigna Corp. and Express Scripts Holding Co. will deliver lower premiums or cheaper drugs for consumers.Health insurance giant Cigna will buy Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit manager in the country. Unless federal regulators move to block it — as they did with two recent proposed health insurance company tie-ups — the merger is expected to be complete by the end of the year.It's just the latest sign that health care giants are trying to gain more control over rising costs, especially for new prescription medicines. In December, CVS Health — a pharmacy benefit manager with almost 90 million plan members — announced it would buy Aetna, which has an estimated 45 million customers.In 2015, only 1 percent to 2 percent of the American public used … [Read more...] about Will Cigna’s $52-billion purchase of Express Scripts benefit consumers — or shareholders?
If you need to save time and money while still being healthy, you may want to take a stroll down the frozen food aisle.Those aren't words you would normally expect to hear, but according to the results from a Consumer Reports test, three vegetables out of 31 varieties were named the healthiest and best-tasting. Those vegetables are:Green Giant Riced Veggies Cauliflower Risotto Medley This has small bits of cauliflower along with asparagus and mushrooms.It's just 88 cents a serving.Trader Joe's Carrot Spirals These spirals have a little sea salt, but there's not too much else to get in the way of the flavor.They cost 75 cents a serving.Birds Eye Steamfresh Protein Blends California StyleThis is a mix of vegetables, lentils and grains, which combine to provide an excellent source of fiber.One cup packs 12 grams of protein. Three Green Giant roasted vegetables fell flat with testers: the broccoli, carrots and Brussels sprouts.According to tasters, each vegetable had an ashy flavor.The … [Read more...] about Some frozen vegetables just as healthy as fresh vegetables, Consumer Reports tests find
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Millions of Americans have reportedly tried a supplement called kratom to treat a number of problems from chronic pain to opioid withdrawal.But the Food and Drug Administration is now calling Kratom itself an opioid and warn it can be addictive and dangerous. In a partnership with Consumer Reports, ABC 7 News Anchor, Kristen Sze, looks at why government agencies are urging Americans to steer clear of this controversial herb. For many years, the leaves of the Kratom tree have been used in Southeast Asia to treat aches and pains. Here in the United States, it can be purchased in the form of a powder, pill, or tea -- and it doesn't require a prescription.According to the American Kratom Association, there are three to five million people who have used it in the U.S. Alone. "The research that's been done indicates that people are using kratom to help alleviate chronic pain to treat mood disorders like anxiety and depression and in some cases to help wean themselves … [Read more...] about Consumer Reports: The dangers of kratom supplements
Sunday, April 01, 2018 by: S.D. Wells Tags: All-natural, badcancer, badfood, badhealth, BHT, EDTA, expeller pressed, food marketing, food supply, gluten free, GMO, gras, groceries, ingredients, pasteurize, processed food, sodium benzoate, toxic foods (Natural News) There’s a good reason why organic food spoils more quickly than processed food. Junk science has come a long way in the past 30 to 40 years, and to the demise of most Americans. What Big Food calls additives and preservatives “add” shelf life to foods while subtracting “real life” years from those who consume them. From GMOs to HFCS, binge-eating Americans stuff their faces with just about anything and then brag about some “health care plan” they get through their job, only to find out the hard way that chemical-based drugs also shorten lifespans, by adding lab-created chemicals to the food they eat, thus mutating and suffocating cells, and clogging arteries. So, when it comes … [Read more...] about Top 11 “buzz words” and phrases Big Food uses to fool consumers into thinking processed foods are healthy