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COLGATE PALMOLIVE EXPLODING TOOTHBRUSH RECALL
There is a critical recall notice today involving "Colgate Motion
Electric Toothbrush". Colgate-Palmolive is recalling their this
particular electric toothbrush over safety concerns, in particular, the
potential for the "Colgate Motion Electric Toothbrush" to explode in the
hands of the user.
Yes, this product was Made In China.
Read more about the Colgate Electric Toothbrush Recall.
Removable Cargo Liners - A Head To Head Comparison
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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA'S
It is that time of year again and the shopping malls are filling with
Christmas shoppers looking for that perfect Christmas gift to buy for
everyone on their Christmas shopping list. As if the crowds alone weren't
enough to stress out the modern Christmas shopper, the sheer number of
products vying for your Christmas shopping dollars is growing by the day.
Ipods, Ipads, Iphone4, Blackberry Torch tablet PC's, Xbox 360, PS3,
Nintendo WII are only a few of the many technology based items on almost
everyone's Christmas shopping list. Those more willing to spend the higher
dollar amounts are looking at the various laptops and Macbooks as well as
LCD TV's perhaps even a 3D Flat Screen TV is on your shopping list.
Of course retailers know exactly how to push the emotional trigger
buttons of the frantic Christmas shopper looking for the perfect Christmas
gift for their wife, husband, teenager or boyfriend/girlfriend. Jewellery
stores are pumping diamond sales and electronic stores are pushing the
latest and greatest gadgets in hopes they will be part of your Christmas
Whatever you are looking at for your Christmas shopping list, stay
tuned to Consumer Acumen for all the latest Christmas gift reviews on
electronics, cellphones Ipads, Iphones, smart phones, Blackberry Torch,
the best cellphone plans available and comparisons of various cellphones.
Of course there is the Iphone4 vs Blackberry torch comparison along with
the PC vs Mac debate. Personally, I prefer Ubuntu Linux. Then there is the
comparison between LED vs LCD vs Plasma. I would say go for the LCD.
So when it comes to product reviews, know that ConsumerAcumen.com is on
your side for honest product reviews as well as the regular recall notices
and product failure reports.
Good Luck and Merry Christmas... However you celebrate the holidays, we
with you and your loved ones all the best of the season.
The Consumer Acumen / HTBWMedia gang.
FDA ORDERS PROPOXYPHENE, Dextropropoxyphene,
Darvocet off Drug Store Shelves - Read more
Pro Activ Pro-Activ a Proactive
Approach to Marketing.
It seems the new marketing buzzword of the decade is "Pro-Activ" or
various forms of it such as "Pro Activ" etc. So what does Pro Activ mean?
Well, in a nutshell, without the "e" at the end, absolutely nothing.
It first started with Yogurt companies vying for the weight loss market
by taking the Active part of the central part of all yogurt "Active
Bacteria" and combining it with the other part "Probiotics" and they
created their own word "Pro Activ" Of course, this bears a striking
resemblance to the word Proactive which implies taking control. So the
thought process must be, by taking ProActiv, you are taking a Proactive
approach to your health. Brilliant.
Of course there are many manufacturers of Yogurt and everyone started
using the term Probiotic to describe their yogurt. Simply look at the
yogurt labels next time you are at the grocery store and you will see what
I mean. All these names and numbers leave one wondering what is the best
Probiotic. Well, there is no simple answer to what the best probiotic
yogurt or the best probiotic supplement is. Fact of the matter, all
yogurts consist of Proactive bacterial cultures and one would assume each
one acts differently. The most known of these active bacterial cultures is
Personally, I have gone the route of buying several versions of
unflavored probiotic yogurt and created my own "super probiotic yogurt" Of
course, this would not work on a commercial level because some of these
probiotic cultures are protected by patents and would potentially result
in a lawsuit. Kinda funny, actually.
Probiotics have also hit the suplement market. There are several
versions of vitamins or supliments on the market with various active
bacteria in them. The most recent to hit the search engines is Align
Probiotics. This has people searching for side effects of Align Probiotics
Align Side Effects Probiotic Side Effects, Align Probiotics reviews and of
course, the Best Probiotics. Apparently, there is some sort of Align
Probiotic coupon you can print out there.
Not to be outdone, the next level of marketers decided to take Proactiv
to a whole new level, the Skin. There is now a Pro-Activ Acne Creme out
there. A quick search shows they seem to have Justin Bieber on their
side... So it must be good :P
So does the Pro-activ designation mean you are putting probiotic yogurt
on your face to reduce acne? Maybe this will be the next trend, remember
the beer Shampoo fad. Of course it is on the Internet, so it must be true.
Truth be known, the best cure for acne is to wash your face with a warm
clean soapy facecloth 2 to 3 times a day. Ya know, after you eat.
Typically speaking, grease will start to flow out of our pours after you
eat so washing your face is the best cure for that. Eating all the
Probiotic yogurt, dousing it down with Proactiv margarine and plastering
your face with cream will not do as good a job as just washing.
Oh ya, the margarine companies have jumped onto the Proactiv bandwagon.
There is now a Proactiv Becel margarine on the market which touts the use
of Plant Sterols (Not Probiotic bacteria) to help reduce cholesterol
levels. In addition to blocking the absorption of Cholesterol there is
also an added risk of blocking the absorption of certain vitamins. This
brings to mind a fad of the past, Olestra, which unlike Plant Sterols, is
an artificial fat which is not absorbed by the body. Yet it still has the
wonderful yummy melt in your mouth taste of good old Natural Fat. Now the
next part almost made me piss myself laughing when I first read the
warning label on a bag of Olestra Chips a friend "smuggled" across the
Canadian Border. In addition to blocking the absorption of certain
vitamins, this synthetic nummy Olestra caused anal leakage. Ya, you heard
me right, they actually mentioned "Anal Leakage" on a bag of chips. Now
doesn't that just make ya wanna run.... to the bathroom that is.
Anyways, back to the folks at Becel ant their brand new Plant Sterol
Pro-Activ Margarine. Looking at the label, there appears to be no
Probiotics, nor do I see any claimed that proactively rubbing Pro-Activ
Plant Sterol margarine on your face will help prevent Justin Bieber from
getting acne. So that brings up the question, What are Plant Sterols?
Well, unlike Olestra, Plant Sterols occur naturally in foods such as nuts
fruits and vegetables the kind added to food is usually derived from
As for the risks of Plant Sterol, well there is the blockage of certain
vitamins and People with sitosterolaemia are discouraged from using it as
they are unable to metabolize plant sterols. There is, however, no mention
of this on the label. I only see some instruction to consume at least 5
teaspoons of Plant Sterol containing Becel Margerine a day. Wow, that 227
Gram mini tub which cost me about 5 bucks will go quickly. I wonder if I
can add chocolate syrup to it to make it taste better.
Some of the spookiest complaints we’ve received in recent years are
from readers whose appliances seem to turn themselves on. It’s a
sporadic phenomenon that seems to haunt a range of small appliances,
including toasters, toaster ovens, microwaves and coffee makers,
posing a serious fire and burn hazard in many cases. Other readers
tell us their ghost won’t allow an appliance to turn off, even after
the toast pops up or the timer goes off. Some readers have had to
unplug the appliance to get it to shut down.
The “ghosts” have often turned out to be faulty electronics,
especially with toaster ovens. The problem was cited in at least 10
toaster oven recalls
issued between 2005 and 2009. Last week,
Frigidaire and Electrolux cooktops and ranges
because they unexpectedly turned themselves on. In this case it was
from liquid pooling under the control knob. We’ve also heard reports
of a Magic Chef range that was inadvertently turned on and off by
the wireless signals from a nearby cell phone.
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, we recommend taking the
precaution of unplugging toaster ovens and other heating appliances
when not in use. That’s not practical for large appliances like
ranges, ovens and washing machines (yes, we’ve heard horror stories
about those, too). Ultimately, eliminating these phantom switches
will require a larger effort to identify problem products and, if
needed, strengthen quality and safety standards. To do that,
consumers should report the problem whenever it happens.
Do you have a ghost in your appliance? If so, we want to hear from
Report your problem product
and help Consumer Reports
keep you safe. Don’t forget to include the model name and number,
brand, when you bought it, and a detailed description of the
problem. It’s also important to share this information with
For more on haunted houses and appliances, see our
Home & Garden Blog.
--Carolyn Cairns - http://blogs.consumerreports.org