If You Have Health Insurance, You’re Being Betrayed. Here are the Ugly Facts…

fast foodCompanies providing life and health insurance own nearly $2 billion worth of stock in the fast-food industry. The investments were in Jack in the Box, McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s/Arby’s, and Yum! Brands, which includes KFC, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut.

Dr. Pauline Rosenau, a professor of management, policy, and community health, said the investments were not ethical.

Rosenau point out that, “They are placing themselves in a situation of substantial conflict of interest … As long as insurers are largely private, for-profit entities, they are unlikely to identify with a public health orientation.”

The stock in the five leading fast food companies represents slightly above 2 percent of the total market capitalization of the insurance companies in question.

New Study Exposes the Dark Side of New Genetically Engineered ‘Killer Weeds’…

GM, superweeds, killer weedsA report has found that farmers are planting too many so-called Roundup Ready crops.These plants are genetically engineered to resist the herbicide Roundup, which allows farmers to spray the chemical to kill weeds without harming their own crops.

But overuse of this approach to weed control is becoming a problem. Use of Roundup has increased to the point that weeds are also becoming resistant to the chemical.

That means that farmers have to start using additional herbicides, some of them even more toxic than Roundup.

More than 80 percent of the corn, soybean and cotton crops grown in the United States are genetically engineered.

Does Your Home Harbor Safety Hazards?

home safety hazards, fire

Here are six of the most common home dangers:

  1. Falls

    This can be one of the deadliest at-home injuries. Put handrails on both sides of any stairs, and install grab bars in showers.

  2. Fires

    The greatest risk comes from inhaling smoke. Make sure your home has working smoke alarms, and keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.

  3. Radon

    Radon is responsible for about 21,000 cancer deaths a year. Test the air in your home.

  4. Carbon monoxide

    Have any gas or oil burning furnaces and water heaters serviced annually, and don’t use generators, camping stoves or outdoor barbecue grills inside your house.

  5. Tainted Water

    Water in many U.S. cities flows through old lead pipes. And 22 of the country’s 25 largest cities also have chlorine, E. coli bacteria and other harmful substances in the water. Use a water-filtering system.

  6. Paints and cleaners

    Roughly 40 percent of U.S. homes contain lead paint. Screen your children for lead exposure at ages 1 and 2.