How to Safely Dispose of Prescription Medicine

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Expired and unused prescription medications are more often than not thrown in a medicine cabinet and can sit there for years before you ever even think about them again. This can lead to accidental misuse of the medication as a person fills new prescriptions and places them in the cabinet near the old ones. Taking expired medications or the wrong medications can cause all sorts of health problems and old medications might interact negatively with new medications a person is taking. Somme medications can be downright dangerous if taken by the wrong person. 

There's also the possibility of abuse, as prescription pain killers and muscle relaxers can fall into the wrong hands, and the possibility a kid could get into them and end up overdosing on them. Safe disposal of prescription drugs ensures they don't accidentally or intentionally get misused or abused. Instead of keeping potentially medications around "just in case," it's much safer to dispose of them properly and get new medication the next time you need it. 

Read the Label

Many prescription drugs have specific disposal instructions printed right there on the label. If the label doesn't say how to dispose of the drugs, then there's a pretty good chance it's somewhere on that medicine information paper the pharmacist gave you and you never read. If there are specific instructions for disposal, follow them. They're on there for a reason. 

Drug Take-Back Programs

Check with your local city garbage service to see if there's a drug take-back program in place. A number of communities have opened up no questions asked drug take-back programs where people can anonymously turn in unused drugs for proper disposal. This keeps them out of landfills and the sewage system and is the best way to dispose of unused medications if a program is available in your area. If not, the Drug Enforcement Agency occasionally sponsors Drug Take-Back Days and has stations set up in cities nationwide. 

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Why Do You Stink When You Sweat?

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Anyone who works out regularly would likely attest to the fact that stink and sweat walk hand in hand. You work hard, you work up a sweat and all of a sudden you smell bad enough to make your friends', family and coworkers' eyes water. While you might assume it's the sweat that smells, that isn't exactly correct. If you don't believe me, wipe sweat off your forehead the next time you're sweating and smell it. You probably won't smell much. 

Sweat Glands: Eccrine vs. Apocrine Glands

The human body contains 2 basic types of sweat glands. The glands that cover most of the body produce the salty, clear sweat you're covered in after working out. Apocrine glands are specialized glands that are only found in two areas of the body: the groin and the armpits. Not coincidentally, these are the areas of the body that tend to smell the worst after a good workout. Apocrine glands secrete a different kind of sweat that's brimming with proteins, fatty acids and salts. 

What Causes the Stink?

When you sweat, it isn't the sweat itself that smells. The sweat comes in contact with bacteria on the skin and the bacteria begin to feed on it. As they process the sweat, the bacteria release chemical byproducts that make you smell like an old onion. These bacteria are especially active in the feet, groin and the armpits because these areas tend to be dark and damp and are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria. 

The sweat in the armpit area contains an additional compound known as androstenone that really ups the stink factor. Oddly enough, some people don't notice this smell, while it drive others up the wall. That's probably why you can't get within 15 feet of Carl in accounting without your nostrils burning and he seemingly doesn't notice a thing. There's even a small subsection of the populace that likes the smell of androstenone, so he might even think he smells good.

If you know someone like this, print this article out and slip it into their desk drawer or locker. If you are someone like this, you'll know because this article will magically appear somewhere you frequent. Since I don't know you and don't have to be tactful, I'll be the one to tell you. Put on some deodorant. The people around you will appreciate it greatly. 

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Are You Being Abused: Top Signs of Emotional Abuse

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While there's usually no doubt when physical abuse has taken place, it's often more difficult to determine when emotional abuse is occurring. This is compounded by the fact that emotional abuse can take place without either the abuser or the person being abused realizing it's happening at the time. People in general are much more likely to tolerate emotional abuse than they are physical abuse because many of them don't see it's taking place until they take a step back and ask themselves if they're being abused.

The reality is emotional abuse can be every bit as damaging as physical abuse. Words can slice right through a person, leaving them battered and beaten emotionally. An emotionally abused person often suffers deep damage to their psyche and feels worthless and unable to cope with life.

Here are some of the top signs of emotional abuse. If any of these items are taking place in your daily life, there's a pretty good chance you're being emotionally battered.

Made to Feel Less than Human

An emotional abuser often feels insecure and seeks to make those he or she is abusing feel lower than them. They believe they can maintain control over the people in their lives by making them feel worthless. They'll insult their loved ones, both in private and in front of others and will often resort to degradation anytime there's a disagreement. If you're constantly told you're stupid and are made to feel lower than low, you're being emotionally abused.

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Why Do People Say "God Bless You" After a Sneeze?

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Ah....Ah....AH-CHOO! 

Sneeze around other people and you're likely to hear one of two common things that people say to other people when they hear them sneeze. Most people will either say "Gesundheit" or "God bless you" when someone sneezes. 

"Gesundheit" is a German word that means "health." This makes sense because sneezes are often a warning someone is getting sick and they accompany colds and other illnesses as a symptom. It was likely brought over to America when German-speaking immigrants started arriving en masse around the beginning of the last century. 

The saying "God bless you" dates even further back, with most sources attributing it to Pope Gregory the Great, who reigned in the 6th century. It's believed he started saying it to people he heard sneeze during an outbreak of the bubonic plague, since sneezing is one of the first signs that appears when someone contracts the plague. 

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