Thursday, January 21, 2010

Some info about HPV...

I have posted this before.. But recent events are making me want to repost this..

HPV is a virus that can cause cervical cancer and other diseases.

4 types of HPV - There are 4 types of HPV that cause the most cases of HPV-related diseases in women.
-Types 16 and 18 cause about 70% of Cervical Cancer.
-Types 6 and 11 cause about 90% of all Genital Warts cases.

HPV is easily spread. The virus that can cause cervical cancer can be spread through any kind of sexual activity - not just intercourse!!!

At Risk Now!
While half of all women diagnosed with cervical cancer are between 35 and 55 years old, many of these women were probably exposed to cancer-causing HPV types in their teens or 20s.

 Unlike other cancers, cervical cancer is not passed down through family genes. Cervical cancer is caused by certain types of a common virus. Human papillomavirus (HPV).

For most women the virus will clear on its own. But when it doesn't, cervical cancer can develop.

80% of women will have had genital HPV by the time they are 50 years of old!

Talk to a doctor to find out how you can help protect yourself. After you learn everything you can about human papillomavirus (HPV).
Take these facts and share with friends!

Also on the same note (kinda), get tested for HIV and STDs. Its important. If you have an STD, and don't get it treated, it can lead to issues with trying to conceive.  Lets take care of ourselves, and protect our bodies.

I know its cheesy, but our bodies are our temples.

Friday, January 8, 2010

My Cool Contests

Have you heard of them?
basically, you just log in and check the daily contests, and see if you won any of the prizes. it is really random. There is no rhyme or reason to how the names are pulled for each prize.



(or if the banner isnt showing up, go to http://www.mycoolcontests.com/?ref=5588&uid=pinky )

That is all for now :D

Monday, January 4, 2010

Mead Johnson, Maker of Enfamil, Loses Multi-Million Dollar False Advertising Case Against Store-Bran

This is a sponsored guest post written by a Press Release on behalf of PBM Products. Post powered by Sponzai.

GORDONSVILLE, VA., December  2 , 2009PBM Products, LLC, a leading infant formula company that supplies store-brand infant formulas to Walmart, Sam's Club, Target, Kroger, Walgreens, and other retailers, has received a favorable jury verdict and a $13.5 million damages award in its false advertising lawsuit against Mead Johnson & Co., the operating subsidiary of   Mead Johnson Nutrition Company (NYSE: MJN) (“Mead Johnson”), the makers of the national-brand Enfamil® LIPIL® Infant Formula.  Mead Johnson is 83 percent-owned by Bristol-Myers Squibb.



PBM’s lawsuit claimed that Mead Johnson engaged in false and misleading campaigns against PBM’s competing store-brand of infant formulas, suggesting they do not provide the same nutrition as Mead Johnson’s brands.  PBM’s store-brand infant formulas cost up to 50 percent less than Enfamil® LIPIL®.  The $13.5 million in damages awarded by the jury in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is one of the largest damages awards ever for a false advertising case.



“This decision by a jury of the people confirms that Mead Johnson’s ads have been false in suggesting that there is a nutritional difference between our store-brand formula products and their products, when in fact the only major difference is price,” said PBM CEO Paul B. Manning.  “Despite Mead Johnson’s scare tactics, parents are assured that PBM’s formula products are as high quality and nutritious as Mead Johnson’s.”



U.S. District Court Judge James R. Spencer issued his written rulings yesterday following the November 10th jury verdict. Judge Spencer’s written rulings permanently enjoined Mead Johnson from making any false statements concerning PBM's infant formula, including the claims Mead Johnson previously made in Enfamil advertising that "It may be tempting to try a less expensive store brand, but only Enfamil LIPIL is clinically proven to improve brain and eye development," and "there are plenty of other ways to save on baby expenses without cutting back on nutrition."  The Court also ordered Mead Johnson to retrieve from the public domain all advertising or promotional materials containing these or any other false claims about PBM's store brand infant formula.  

The details of the decision and the complaint are posted online in full at:







The nutritional supplements under examination in the case are two fats, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and ARA (arachidonic acid), which Mead Johnson calls “LIPIL®” solely for marketing purposes and touts as promoting infant brain and eye development. PBM’s claim focused on Mead Johnson’s direct mailing to more than 1.6 million parents of an alarming blurry picture of a child’s cartoon duck next to a clear picture of the same image which suggested that anything other than the Enfamil LIPIL® blend of ingredients is inferior and will result in poor eye and brain development.  Other parts of the false advertising campaign consist of statements that only Enfamil LIPIL has been proven to confer visual and mental benefits on infants, and store-brand formulas are a “cut-back in nutrition” compared to Enfamil. 



PBM successfully argued that these advertisements were false and misleading especially since PBM store- brand infant formulas have the same nutrients at the same levels as Enfamil.  PBM infant formulas are formulated to contain DHA and ARA, and are sourced from the same supplier in amounts which equal or exceed the DHA and ARA in Mead Johnson’s Enfamil LIPIL®. 



This decision marks the third time PBM Products has sued Mead Johnson for false advertising claims. On the prior occasions Mead Johnson admitted that it made false claims about PBM’s products.  It is also the first false advertising case to focus on the issue of DHA and ARA nutritional ingredients in formula, which were introduced into the market in 2003 and have become a staple in recent years by many brands as key components for infant development.



“This jury verdict should send a significant and clear message to Mead Johnson about the way it conducts marketing and advertising for its brands,” said Manning.  “This lawsuit also demonstrates our complete commitment to defending our products and the valuable brands of our retail partners.”



“As a parent and supporter of children’s medical research, I take a personal responsibility in assuring our customers that the products we produce are healthy and nutritionally equivalent to brand names like Enfamil® LIPIL®.  It is important, especially now, for parents to know that there are lower priced yet highly nutritious store-brand formulas that will provide the same benefit to their children as any national brand name formula product,” Manning added.   



The U.S. infant formula market is estimated at $3.4 billion and the global market is estimated at $7.9 billion.



All of PBM’s formulas, and for that matter all of U.S. infant formulas, are subject to the exacting standards of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), pursuant to the Infant Formula Act of 1980.  This legislation vested FDA with the authority to ensure that all infant formula products sold in the United States provide the necessary levels of identified nutrients required for the growth of healthy babies. For more information, visit this FDA link.



PBM Products was represented by the law firm Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP.  Partners from the firm’s advertising practice, Harold P. Weinberger and Jonathan M. Wagner in New York, led the team.  



About PBM

PBM is privately owned and based in Gordonsville, VA.  PBM companies specialize in manufacturing, distributing, and marketing consumer food, nutritional, and pharmaceutical products. For more information, visit www.pbmproducts.com.



Enfamil® LIPIL® are registered trademarks of Mead Johnson & Co.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

A new year, a new start.

First off, Happy New Year to all! its 2010! Can you believe it? Its been a decade since Y2K and everyone freaking out about the Millennium.

First I want to say that 2009 has had its ups and downs for me. Alot of downs. But Im holding my head up high for 2010. Its a new decade. I hope that this year is great for me. For my family. We are finally in a good place, and I hope we can stay in that state of mind as well.

So, 2010. Aint we supposed to be flying in cars now? Aint we supposed to be living like the Jetsons? Arent we supposed to be like living with all this high tech stuff now? I don't see anything crazy... besides the cell phones, and the laptops, and the ipods, and the beautiful 27in monitor from the new Apple iMac, the cool new mouse that Apple has thats all touch! iPod touches, and iPhones, and oh my! Thats the only space age type stuff we using regarding technology. So, maybe in the next decade we can come up with the flying cars that everyone can have, and we can be living in space like the people in Wall-E (minus the overweight and tiny bones lol).


I do have to say, that my son has grown so much. Hes 5 now, will be 6 in July 2010.
We got some of his old toys that he no longer needs and were gonna donate them. I told him were gonna give his old toys to some little boys who dont have any toys. I told him that 3 days ago when we did it.
Today he comes up to me just now and said "Mommy, I wanna take my toys to little boys with no toys." How cute!!! Im proud of him for letting us give some of his old toys away. Christmas was just last week, and he got a bunch of new toys, and again, I am so proud of him acting all grown up!

Anyways.

Heres to everyones 2010. Hopefully you make yourself a goal - not a resolution - but a goal for this new year. Whether it be to find a good job, or to save some money, or whether it be to eat healthier, or be nicer to people this year, maybe even sticking to your word. I hope you make your goal, and stick with it thru the year. I am gonna try to make a goal for myself, and try to keep it.

Happy 2010 to everyone.

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