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Making Lemonade: Starting a Business After Ending A Career

Starting a Business After Ending A Career

Making Lemonade: Starting a Business After Ending A Career

By: Liz Sumner, M.A., CPC

What do you do when the money tree starts sprouting lemons?

It's increasingly common these days to find middle-aged, mid-level managers suddenly faced with huge shifts of circumstance. Down-sizing, bubble-bursting, plant-closing, and consolidating are just some of the forces creating a class of sudden solo-preneurs.

At 50-something you face particularly difficult job-hunting challenges. Your salary range is high. Your network is decent after so many years, but jobs at your level are few. You've been there, done that, and thought you were finished with all that new trick-learning.

A big upset like job loss can provide a shift of perspective - an opportunity to take stock. What is really important? What do you want to pursue at this point in your life? Is being your own boss the way to go?

I spoke with several silverbacks to share their wisdom gleaned from these life changes with a new member of the pack.

Dean turned 50 in January of 2005. In May he was fired from his position as marketing director of a high-tech firm. He's angry at the ease with which an employer could let him go.

"Control is a big issue for me. Do I really want to have someone tell what, where, and how? It seems like I work a lot but don't reap the benefits. If I were on my own I'd have all the benefits and all the risks."

Dean is deciding whether to find another job with the security of a regular paycheck and benefits, or start his own business. He finds information on the internet helpful but wishes there was a Big Brother-like program pairing people and businesses to help him sort through the options.

Carl was 51 when the ordinance plant where he was safety manager closed its doors.

"I had a lot of friends in the business. I could have easily picked up another job but I would have had to relocate halfway across the country. I didn't want to do that."

Bob was an engineer whose position was eliminated after 23 years with the firm. This sent him into a deep depression that lasted for months.

"I couldn't even drive."

With the help of his psychiatrist, Bob recognized what was most important in his life-his wife, his son, and his lifelong hobby, bird-watching.

"My doctor told me to go bird-watching every day. While out there on the wetlands I had a vision. I couldn't go back to the corporate life."

It takes a lot of stamina and belief in yourself to move ahead with plans for a business. Carl spoke of his state of mind at the time:

"I wasn't frightened. I'm a survivor. I screwed up when I was younger- went bankrupt, lost a lot of material things. One good thing about failing is that it gets you over that fear of failure. You learn from your mistakes."

Both men did a lot of research, internal and external. Bob determined that he loved birds, kids, nature, education, photography, and the environment. Anything he pursued needed to involve those. Once he was clear on the essentials the how-to landed in Bob's lap.

"I saw an ad in a magazine to call for franchise information. My mind immediately took off with the possibilities. I began looking at retail spaces thinking 'I wonder how that location would work?' I saw the ad on a Saturday. That Tuesday I called the company. On Thursday I had the package and on the following Tuesday they had it back."

Carl was taking his time, looking at options. His values included a love of people and a desire to create a positive environment.
His plans started with casual conversation.

"My buddies owned this building. There had been a restaurant there years ago but it had been mismanaged. And somehow the idea of starting another one came up. At first we were clowning around, yucking it up over a few beers, but then we started getting more serious.

Bob made use of the infant, but still helpful internet of 1995. Carl used lower tech methods to estimate his market.

I spent 15 days from 4:00 am to 11:00 am counting cars at that intersection. I figured if we could get a big enough percentage of them to stop we'd be in business.

Bob used a book called, The Insider's Guide to Franchising [Webster, B. 1986 Amacom, New York] to help him review his offer. Carl was mentored by a successful friend in the restaurant business who helped him think things through. They developed their business plans and opened their doors.

The first year was tough for both businesses. Miscalculations and errors sent both owners reeling.

At first Carl knew nothing about preparing and serving food.

"The restaurant was overstaffed and overpaid. I felt held hostage by the people who worked for me. Things were pretty shaky there for awhile. Some days I wondered if we could open the doors."

Bob got overwhelmed with paperwork and screwed up his accounting records.

"Plus I went crazy at Vendormart. I bought four times as much inventory as I should have. Nowadays the franchise pairs successful stores and newbies so that doesn't happen, but those safeguards weren't in place back then."

In September Bob's store will celebrate its tenth anniversary. It has been recognized three times among the Top 30 Most-Improved stores. In February and June of this year his store was number 2 out of 320 in overall sales.

Carl was advised that he'd know if the restaurant would make it within four years. It was clear after three that they'd be fine. Today after seven years they're looking to expand.

"We're not getting rich but we're self-supporting, and the relationships are priceless."

What advice do they have in hindsight for Dean and others like him?

Bob says, "Find what you love and create your opportunity. Be willing to change-be retooled. Don't get stuck in a rut. And you gotta have another source of income when you're starting."

Carl adds, "We grossly underestimated the working capital we'd need. And if I had it to do over I'd own the building. There are improvements I'd like to make but I'm restricted by the landlord."

So back to Dean, who's looking at buying an existing restaurant business, if he doesn't decide to return to marketing. Where do you want to be in a year? What will you say when I check back with you?

"I made the right choice. I'm doing exactly what I should and I'm excited about it.


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Liz Sumner, M.A., CPC, of Find Your Way Coaching specializes in mid-life reassessment. Are you happy with your direction? Do you feel good about yourself? Are you fearless? Joyful? Energized? You could be. Visit or call 603-876-3956 for more information.

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Atlas Meat Company Recalls Pork Products Because Of Misbranding



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Atlas Meat Company, an establishment in Fort Collins, Colorado is recalling approximately 2,579 pounds of pork sausage products due to misbranding. The product might contain monosodium glutamate (MSG), which is undeclared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class III Recall meaning the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

The products subject to recall are listed below: 

  • 0.80 to 1.5-lb. vacuum-sealed or butcher paper wrapped packages containing “Atlas Meat Pork Breakfast Ssg.”
  • 0.80 to 1.5-lb. vacuum-sealed or butcher paper wrapped packages containing “Atlas Meat Pork Italian ssg.”

The recalled pork products were produced on various dates from Oct. 12, 2016 through Jan. 23, 2017 and bear establishment number “EST. 40306” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The USDA said the items were sold directly to consumers at the firm’s Fort Collins, Colo. location and shipped to retail locations in Colorado and Wyoming.

The problem was discovered by FSIS personnel during routine verification activities on January 23, 2017.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions resulting from eating this product. The USDA suggests that anyone with concerns about illness or injury should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Juan Meza, Plant Manager, Atlas Meat Company, at (970) 224-9210.


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Bedwetting: The Great Diaper Dependency Experiment

Bedwetting: The Great Diaper Dependency Experiment

Bedwetting: The Great Diaper Dependency Experiment

Some of the parenting websites I read regularly have recently featured discussions about something called diaper dependency.

Now I've got to tell you right out - this isn't a term I ever even dreamt would be in my vocabulary when I became a mom. Chalk it up to being just one more of the surprising things about being a parent - right? Basically, the diaper dependency theory says that kids who wet the bed, if they wear pull-ups or diapers (nappies to our friends across the pond), wet because they know they can. Their little minds figure dryness isn't worth a middle of the night trip to the loo, and since they're protected anyway... the theory says.

This idea makes me nervous. At the root, it sounds like it hints that after a while, enuretic kids only wet the bed from laziness, apathy, or choice. We are so not going there! For anyone who's got a child with enuresis, we know this is a crazy stance to take. Sure, on any given day, my child can be as lazy as a log, headache-inducingly apathetic, and even cantankerous - but so can every other child I've ever seen. But there's a big difference between not wanting to clean his room, do the dishes, or get all his homework done before knocking off for the day, and simply deciding, "What the hay... the bathroom's just not convenient enough, so I'll wet my bed."

The urge to be lazy is simply not an enticing enough tradeoff for waking up in a wet bed.

But wait! Let's not throw this baby out with the bathwater. If you think back to the days of potty-training your little ones, there's a parallel to the diaper dependency theory. Those super-absorbent pull-ups made it pretty hard for the kids to know whether they'd had an accident. In the staying dry process, the day comes when you've got to chuck the pull-ups and try flying without a net. I started wondering whether it could it be the same thing with sleepwetting - maybe if he could feel it happening, he could stop.

So, it was time to try an experiment. As he reached the age of being between pull-up sizes (too small for adult sizes; too big for kid sizes), it might be time for a break.

The idea - see what happens if he went without pull-ups for a few days.

It wasn't really a big deal to try this for a few days:
* My laundry routine was already in full gear, so a few more sets of sheets wouldn't even be noticeable.
* His mattress was fully protected, so it didn't do any harm.
* He's already a very responsible kid, and takes care of his own bathing and clean-up.
* I also made a solemn promise not to complain if it didn't work.

Who knows - stranger things have happened, right? Maybe this would be the thing that works. Some kids just reach a certain age and their enuresis troubles disappear. Could this be the perfect storm situation that leads to dry nights?

Nope. It didn't work at all.

No harm done, and nobody was any worse for the wear. And we learned some things - first of all that the whole diaper dependency business is just plain silly. The experiment also led us to try again with a bedwetting alarm (we tried a couple several years ago, but found that either the sensor died quickly, or the alarm was unreliable and hard to shut off). And we found some other sources for pull-ups that'll work better than the ones at the grocery store.

What was his take on all of this?

This is probably the best part. It's been no bed of roses for him, but it does seem to have made him a more compassionate kid. When he knows another kid has medical problems or challenges, he's always kind and sensitive to their feelings. He's also gotten pretty verbal about his bedwetting problem - and, thankfully, calls me on it if I ever complain or say something to make him feel bad about it. (Yes, I'm still learning to master my own mouth, and don't always do it right.)

And get this - he's even written his own book about a kid with bedwetting challenges. It'll be published soon on my site, and we're hoping it will help other kids who have the same struggles. This is his first attempt to help other bedwetting kids, and gives me just one more reason to be a very proud mom.

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Sue LaPointe is the owner of – a site aimed at encouraging, supporting, and educating parents of bedwetters. Request your copy of the free report "Got a Bedwetter? Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid."

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A Good Strength Training Diet

A Good Strength Training Diet

Submitted by: Jack Hazelton

A good strength training diet is not just for muscle builders, since anyone who is wishing to lose weight or to slow or reverse the aging process would also benefit from a proper diet. After you turn 35, your body could lose a half of a pound of muscle per year and replace it with 1 1/2 pounds of fat. Strength training can help not only to reduce this; it can reverse the trend, reducing feelings of fatigue and weakness when you get older.

These diets are also useful for losing weight. Muscle burns fat, so gaining muscle mass increases your metabolism. If you have tried to diet to lose weight, you know that following a diet is difficult and the results are often not permanent. If you build up your muscle mass, you will have a much higher probability of staying lean and fit.

What to Eat to Gain Muscle Mass

A proper diet for muscle strength includes carbohydrates, fat, and protein, which all work together to keep your body performing well. Eating the right mix of these at the proper time can help you to avoid being sore and give you extra energy to complete your workout. Water is also essential for a proper diet.

Eating protein after strength training helps your body to restore the muscle tissue that you have torn down during the workout. If you are trying to gain lots of muscle, it may be necessary to supplement with protein, such as whey, for there to be enough for optimal gains. If your goal is to gain a large amount of muscle mass, eat as many grams of protein as your weight in pounds per day. When the goal is to increase muscle mass to lose weight, you should eat half as many grams in protein as your weight in pounds per day. Eating 20 to 30 grams of lean protein within a half-hour after your workout is ideal.

Carbohydrates give your muscles the energy to work out. Whole grains such as whole wheat bread or pasta contain more nutrients and fiber than white bread and pasta. If you are trying to lose weight, try to limit the grains you consume, especially wheat. Rice and quinoa are tasty substitutes.

Easy Meals for a Strength Training Diet

Lean meats such as beef are a rich source of protein. A stir-fry which also includes rice for carbohydrates and fiber from fresh vegetables is a perfect, and simple to prepare, after workout meal.

Eggs are an excellent source of all the amino acids, the building blocks for protein. An omelet with cheese and fresh vegetables makes a perfect meal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This supplies about 25 grams of protein and adding a slice of whole-grain toast adds carbohydrates and fiber. To lower the cholesterol intake, you can make your omelet out of just egg whites and use soy cheese.

Chicken breast without the skin is a lean, low-fat source of protein with 20 grams of protein and only 94 calories. A chicken quesadilla with low-fat cheese and fresh vegetables made with a whole-wheat tortilla is an easy-to-make meal that supplies everything needed for a strength training diet.

Snacks to Include in a Diet for Strength Training

Milk is a great muscle building food, supplying protein and carbohydrates. Cottage cheese is high in protein and easy to prepare with some lemon juice or fresh fruit. Almonds and almond butter supply lots of protein as well as fat for energy. Eat almonds plain, on sandwiches, or in shakes.

No matter whether your goal is to build lots of muscles, lose weight, or prevent or reverse aging, a strength training diet is a healthy way to get in shape. Developing good habits now can help you to stay healthy in the long run.

About the Author: For advice on health and exercise, visit Weight Training Tips to learn about all aspects of weight training and various workouts to include weight bench exercises.

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Abdominal Pre/Post Exercise Stretch Using An Exercise Ball

Abdominal Pre/Post Exercise Stretch Using An Exercise Ball

Submitted by: Dr. Alan Weidner

Strong abdominal muscles play a vital role in the core stability of the human body. Most folks have weak abdominals, accompanied by weak gluteals, and hypertonic (tight) hamstrings and hip flexors. Exercise balls are a great way to strengthen many of these muscles. However, prior to any core ball workout, it is in your best interest to warm up the tissues that you are about to strengthen to avoid muscle strain. The objective of the abdominal pre/post exercise stretch is to warm up the abdominal muscles before actually strengthening them. By the way, a therapist (chiropractor, physical therapist, trainer) should be able to help you determine is you are weak or tight in any of the above-mentioned areas.

Description: This exercise is done while lying on your back over the ball. You need to either have someone help you at first or become familiar with the ball before you try this exercise alone. You must be able to keep your balance on the ball and relax at the same time. A ball that allows you to sit at the same height as a normal chair is ideal. A slightly under inflated ball is also easier to handle at first.

Step One: Sit on an ab exercise ball (you’ve probably seen these large, colored, air-filled rubber balls everywhere!).

Step Two: Slowly walk forward with your feet, away from your exercise ball, until you are laying on your back on the ball. Keep your feet flat on the floor. It is important to keep your feet at least as wide as your shoulders to help you balance yourself.

Step Three: Let your head lay back and slowly raise your arms above your head.

Step Four: Take several deep breaths with slow exhalation and let the abdominals stretch.

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Since this exercise assumes some balance and coordination on your part, the first time you do this exercise you might go over the ball and land on your head or side. It wouldn’t hurt to have a spotter to help you the first time around. This is good advice for any new exercise you might try on the exercise balls.

Warning: Therapeutic exercises should not significantly increase pain during the exercise. Increased pain or symptoms could be a sign of a more serious condition and you should consult your health care professional for guidance.

About the Author: Dr. Alan Weidner graduated summa cum laude from Southern California University of Health Sciences. His website, , offers home exercise help, including exercise balls and rolls.

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Hair Growth And Beyond

Hair Growth And Beyond

Hair Growth And Beyond

By: John Stanley

Nothing in life is as simple as it seems, so it should come as no surprise that the strand of hair that you found on your brush this morning is an amazingly complex part of your body. Hair begins appearing on the human body while it is still in the womb. By the time a developing fetus reaches 22 weeks old, there are already 5 million follicles on the body. Interestingly enough, that is all of the follicles that will ever develop regardless of how long we live. None will ever be added.

Hair Anatomy
Hair consists of a follicle, which is embedded in the skin, and the shaft of hair which appears on our body. The follicle itself consists of multiple layers with each layer having a specific function. The papilla lies at the base of the follicle. Capillaries are connected to the papilla and they supply blood to the cells which surround the bottom part of the hair strand called the bulb.

Surrounding the follicle are two sheaths, inner and outer, which are designed to both protect the hair shaft from damage, and to help it grow out in the proper direction. The inner sheath runs next to the hair shaft and ends at the oil (sebaceous) gland. The outer sheath runs to the gland and ends at the erector pili muscle. This is the muscle that causes our hair to "stand on end" when it contracts.

The hair shaft is comprised of three layers of dead protein cells called keratin. The innermost layer, known as the medulla, is not always present in every hair shaft. The second layer, known as the cortex, provides the bulk of the hair shaft. The hair color is mostly determined by the pigmentation contained in this layer. The outermost layer is called the cuticle. It is comprised of a series of overlapping cells. The hair's luster and sheen comes from the cuticle.

How Hair Grows
Scalp hair grows at an average rate of six inches per year, or only .3-.4 mm per day. There are three distinct stages of hair growth.

- Catagen Phase
This transitional phase runs about two to three weeks. At any given time approximately 3% of your hair is in this phase. There is no hair growth during this period while the out portion of the hair root sheath shrinks and attaches itself to the root.

- Telogen Phase
This phase, known as the "resting period" is experienced by approximately 15% of your hair. Telogen lasts for around 100 days for scalp hair and significantly longer for other body hair.

- Anagen Phase
This phase defines a period of activity where the hair cells are dividing and new hair growth occurs. This phase can last for as long as two to six years. Shorter growth periods are indicative of people who have trouble growing their hair long.

Hair Growth Disorders
There are two hair growth disorders that affect humans. Hirsutism is a condition affecting mostly females. It is defined as a condition where excessive thick and dark hair growth is experienced in areas typically reserved for males. These areas include the face, chest and the areolae or area surrounding the nipple. Hypertrichosis is a condition which causes excessive hair growth in areas of the body where visible hair is not normally present. Both of these conditions are treatable.


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John Stanley is the author of several articles relating to hair loss and what can be done about restoring lost hair.

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Baby Acne - The Whole Truth

Baby Acne - The Whole Truth

Baby Acne - The Whole Truth

By: John Wellington

It is natural for parents to be alarmed if their baby doesn't have typical soft, smooth skin. It is nothing to cause alarm because it is common in most babies to get various rashes. Baby acne is characterized by a rash of small red bumps or whiteheads developing on the face, but could also appear on the neck and back. If it appears scaly on the face, have your pediatrician take a look to be sure it is not eczema before treating it as baby acne.

Baby acne is commonly the mother's hormones passed to the baby in the placenta during pregnancy, but won't appear until 3 to 4 weeks afterwards. The hormones trigger the baby's oil producing glands, leading to the development of acne. It could also be the result of taking certain medications. The condition of his/her skin can worsen for several days if it comes in contact with milk or saliva. Increased blood flow to the skin, usually caused by crying, will irritate your babies' skin.

Treating baby acne is simple. Using water or a mild baby soap to gently wash their face once a day will help considerably. It is not caused by dirt so don't scrub your babies face because it could cause the irritation to worsen. Cleaning your babies' face with towels that have been washed in harsh detergents may also be a factor in the worsening of acne. Using warm water when washing the face could help to open the pores, which can help to clear the oils and sweat that contribute to acne baby. Greasy lotions and oils could aggravate the skin's sensitive condition. They can also contribute to pore clogging and persisting irritation.

Baby acne can become troublesome in the winter, just as with adult acne. Cold weather is a common factor in the drying out of facial skin, and the increased use of moisturizers. Some moisturizers are greasy and can cause break-outs. Light baby specific lotions will do better moisturizers intended for adult use. Parents tend to over-bundle their baby to prevent discomfort caused by exposure to cold weather. However, over-bundling could cause a heat rash that will worsen baby acne. Be sure to keep your baby comfortable because if he/she is in warm clothes and is in warm indoor environment, it could cause your baby to break out from heat.

Severe acne that lasts beyond the first 6 months or appears severe enough to result in facial scarring, may need to be treated by your pediatrician. Usually a mild medicine will be prescribed. An over-the-counter ionic colloidal silver solution could help to kill the bacteria present in excess oils and put a stop to uncomfortable itching. Other benefits of treating acne with ionic colloidal silver are that it reduces swelling, promotes healthy skin growth, and is hands down the safest treatment available to use on a baby. Rest assured that once your babies' acne clears up, it wont be making an appearance again until your child reaches its teenage years.


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Kiss the Ring: Hierarchy Matters (It's not what you think)

Kiss the Ring: Hierarchy Matters

Kiss the Ring: Hierarchy Matters (It's not what you think)

By: Dr. Karen Otazo

Excerpted from The Truth About Managing Your Career... And Nothing But The Truth.

Someone once asked a Washington insider how to deal with important people whom you can't stand. His reply? "You put on your respectful face and you don't blink." This strategy is known in business circles as "kissing the ring." Its origins lie in a much earlier era, when royalty and clerics wore rings of office denoting their status. Bowing your head as you kissed their rings was how you showed respect for their office, while not necessarily feeling that sentiment towards the characters themselves.

Why go to the trouble to show deference to someone you don't personally like or respect? In the cut and thrust world of business, as in the political sphere, it's all about survival. Or, to look at it more positively, enlightened self-interest. Like it or not, the business world is structured by a strong sense of hierarchy. Why else would we be so fixated on gaining promotions and better titles? Those high up can have a significant impact upon your reputation and career: positive if they like you and see you playing by the rules, negative if they feel slighted by you in some way. Showing them the appropriate respect helps keep your career path obstacle free.

"Kissing the ring" might mean responding in a neutral to positive way when someone important says something off base in a meeting. Or staying positive with your boss when he or she doesn't understand what you're trying to do or say. However irritated or amazed you feel, keep your facial expression kind and free of negativity, a kind of poker face. It's worth practicing this in front of the mirror so that it's ready to put on when you need it.

"Kissing the ring" doesn't mean being sycophantic though. It's just about treading carefully around egos. There's nothing wrong with telling a senior person that you think there might be a better way of doing things, but just make sure that you think strategically and don't react there and then, especially if there are others present. If you are genuinely concerned about something you might want to bring it up in private in a neutral way but not make a big deal out of it. You do this by talking about it in a low-key way, tactfully introducing your point by saying, "By the way, what do you think of... " or, "Is there is a case to be made for this other point of view?"

Are there "don't kiss the ring" moments too? You bet. As soon as anything looks the slightest bit immoral or illegal you need to stop and think. Don't jump to conclusions, but once you've confirmed that something improper is up, do everything you can to extricate yourself from the situation before you get into trouble. If, for example, your company requires that the highest level person at a dinner should pick up the expenses then you might hesitate before paying for something so that your boss doesn't have to put it on his or her expense report. While illegality is something that you should always report, without exception. There are ex-employees of Enron or Health South, currently in jail, who probably wish they had spoken up, or even left their jobs, rather than keeping mum.

"Kissing the ring" is one of a repertoire of respectful behaviors that will serve you in good stead with high ranking people. At some point in your career you will have to suck in your gut and show deference to a senior person whom you can't stand. Be prepared for it.


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Dr Otazo is an author, consultant and global executive coach. She worked in multi-nationals in US, China, Indonesia, India, France. See more about Dr. Karen Otazo at

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Mountain View Packaging, LLC Recalls Chicken Products Due To Undeclared Allergens and Misbranding



The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Mountain View Packaging, LLC, an establishment in Boise, Idaho is recalling approximately 1,080 pounds of chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The products contain egg, milk and wheat, known allergens that are undeclared on the product label.

The FSIS has designated this a Class I Recall of High Health Risk.

The following products are subject to recall:

  • 18-oz packages of “@ease Sweet Chili Chicken Meal Starter, Fully cooked, boneless, battered white meat chicken in a sweet chili sauce” with a “Best By” date of 5/17/2018 and UPC code of 36800-38348.

The USDA said sweet chili chicken items were packaged on Dec. 23, 2016 and Dec. 30, 2016. 

The recalled items bear establishment number “EST. P-39904” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 

The recalled sweet chili chicken items were sold to a distributor in Utah for further distribution in the following states:

  • Idaho
  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • Wyoming
  • Utah
  • Montana

"The problem was discovered on Jan. 13, 2017 by a customer who was attempting to scan the items to place them into inventory at their store. Specifically, the UPC numbers did not match the UPC codes." the USDA posted online.

According to the USDA, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating these items. Anyone with concerns about illness or injury are advised to contact a healthcare provider.

The USDA urges consumers who bought the recalled items not to eat them, instead they should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Gary Shaw, Chief Administrative Officer, at (208) 344-1183 x106.



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Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Your Child Wets the Bed - Why?

Welcome to the club!

It's probably not a club you ever dreamt of joining, but you're in it anyway. The good news is that chances are, your membership will be short-term. Most kids start staying dry before starting school. Each year after that, the percentage of bedwetters decreases even more. There aren't very many kids who go off to college needing diapers - it does happen, but it's really pretty rare.

So what's up with bedwetting?

What's the cause? In other words, why you? Why your child? First of all, there are two types of bedwetting. The first is Primary Nocturnal Enuresis (PNE). This describes children who have never stayed dry at night, or at least, never on a regular basis. The second type is Secondary Nocturnal Enuresis. This describes kids who used to stay dry, but who have recently started wetting the bed. The causes for each type are different, and so are the remedies and treatments.

Primary Nocturnal Enuresis

Generally, primary enuresis is a problem passed down from one generation to the next. It's more common in boys, but happens to girls, too. Even if your whole family is mum on the subject, you can bet some of the nests in the family tree throughout the years were floating! You might not have a line of relatives clamoring to share their experiences, but you can know they're out there. If the former bedwetters in your family are willing to fess up, it could go a long way toward helping your child's optimism. After all, if Uncle Joe used to wet the bed, and is now married, employed, and dry, there's hope!

Theories abound about the causes of primary nocturnal enuresis. Small bladder. Immature bladder. Deep sleeper. Brief REM cycle. Too many fluids before bedtime. Too little fluids during the day. Too much caffeine. The list is endless.

The list of what doesn't cause bedwetting is just as long. Enuresis isn't caused by emotional problems, how you potty trained your child, a serious medical disorder, or your child's laziness or apathy.

Enuresis of either type merits a visit to your pediatrician. But chances are you'll hear that it's a problem your child will outgrow, that it's a hereditary problem, and that you should try different remedies to see if any are helpful.

Some families find bedwetting alarms helpful. For others, it's just a really loud interruption of a good night's sleep. There are medications, including pills and nasal sprays that can help in some cases. Again, they work for some kids, sometimes. Same thing with homeopathic or herbal bedwetting remedies, hypnosis, and biofeedback. They're all worth a try. Just do your research first, and follow the directions exactly.

Secondary Enuresis

This is the type of bedwetting that catches you by surprise. Your child's been dry for years, when all of a sudden, you're getting that midnight knock on the door. "Mommy, I wet the bed." What the heck is going on?

Good question - and it's one your pediatrician may be able to help you with. It's important to rule out bladder and urinary tract infections. If something simple like this is causing your child to wet the bed, you're really in luck! A few days on an antibiotic, and you're out of the bedwetting club!

If there's no evidence of infection, take a look at your family's recent circumstances. Have you moved, had a new baby, lost a relative, changed schools, or had something else stressful happen? Some children have trouble processing these events, and their worries intrude on their sleep enough to bring on a cycle of bedwetting. Provide the support your child needs to get through the stressful time, and the bedwetting will end sooner than later.

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Sue LaPointe is the owner of Bedwetting Help for Moms – a site aimed at encouraging, supporting, and educating parents of bedwetters. Request your copy of the free report "Got a Bedwetter? Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid." Ask your bedwetting questions by visiting

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