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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Wednesday, May 11, 2011 Page 4 I The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is challenging claims made by Pure Life Health Laboratories, makers of the Pure Life Patch. Promotional literature touting the benefits of Pure Life Patches, which are worn on the feet, claim that '98.7% of patients affected with 'benign' dis- eases are healed within the first 3 days of Pure Life Patch treatment' and '96% "of patients affected by 'serious' diseases were healed in less than 30 days after starting the treatment.' The BBB has given the company a rating of"F" due to their nature of business and the claims they're making, which are scientifi- cally unproven. "We were alerted to this compa- ny by a concerned citizen, whose mother was about to sign up for a $100 per month subscription for this highly questionable product," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. "We looked into the company's claims and sought the opinion of an M.D. who special- izes in alternative medicine. He reviewed the ingredients in the company's product and said that none have been proven to be bene- ficial in the manner claimed." The medical professional the BBB consulted, Dr. Greg Plotnikoff, the Medical Director of the Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott- Northwestern Hospital, noted there is no data to support the company's claims. He also added that due to the fact the product is manufactured in Japan, there isn't the same infra- structure in place as there is in the U.S. to test and validate health product claims. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester has also weighed in on detoxifica- tion foot pads, such as the Pure Life Patch, in an online article available on their website. The article states that no scientific studies have been published that show these foot pads work or that they're safe to use. They suggest that, as with anything that sounds too good to be true, people wait for scientific evidence that proves the claim before invest- ing their time or money. Pure Life Health Laboratories claims an address in Minnesota a mailbox in a UPS store on Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. The com- pany is not registered with the Minnesota Secretary of State. A BBB investigation determined Pure Life's parent company is CJW Holdings (also known as Ultralife Fitness), located in Midvale, Utah. That company has an "F" rating with the BBB of Utah, and there have been several government actions against them in regard to misrepresentations involving 'free' offers and claims involving the O products they market. The BBB has processed three complaints against Pure Life Health Laboratories regarding delivery issues. The company has resolved two of those complaints by provid- ing refunds. A third complaint is currently pending. If you're considering ordering an alternative medical product or treat- ment, the BBB advises that you be wary of those making dubious claims, and keep in mind that noth- ing is more important than your health. You'll also want to make sure that you're doing everything you can to ensure you're dealing with legitimate companies who are selling quality products they will stand behind. Here are some other things con- sumers should consider - or do - before ordering alternative medici- nal products or treatments: * Is the product you're looking at approved for use in the United states? The U.S. has some of the strictest safety standards world- wide, and though you may be able to purchase medical products from other countries, they may not be cleared for use here. Ask the manu- facturer of the device whether it's approved or check for yourself at the Food and Drug Administration's website, * If the company is offering a free trial, is that offer related to a membership, subscription or extended service contract? Also, is there an action you need to take should you decide not to continue receiving the product? * What are the companies return policies? How many days do you have to return the product? * Look at the product label. If the label is written in multiple lan- guages or the measures are in units other than those used in the United States, it's possible the product is approved for use in another country and not approved here in the U.S. * Talk to your doctor. They will be familiar with your medical his- tory and also be able tto advise you as to which products or treatments are effective and which are not. * Know who you're dealing with. Even if a company's website seems formal or legitimate, be wary if they don't provide their address and/or a contact number. * Check the company's Reliability Report at Additional advice on free trial offers is available at us/article/free-trial-offers--are- they-good-deals-425. Consumers who believe they have been misled by a free trial offer can file a com- plaint online with the BBB at www. National Foster Care Month May is National Foster Care Month. a time to come together on behalf of the nearly 500,000 American children who are in foster care because their own families are in crisis and unable to provide for their essential well being. Through my work with these young people, I know how resilient they can be. Foster children have an extraordinary capacity to overcome many challenges - but only if they have the support of a caring adult in their lives. If nothing changes by the Year 2020, nearly 14 million confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect will be reported, and 22,500 chil- dren will die of abuse or neglect, most before their fifth birthdays. National Foster Care Month offers an opportunity for informing poli- cymakers, business leaders and oth- ers in Cottonwood County about the urgent need for many more people to come forward and serve these young people. Without per- manent, nurturing relationships with adults, foster youth are far more likely than their peers in the general population to endure home- lessness, poverty, compromised health, unemployment, incarcera- tion and other adversities after they leave the foster care system. No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will change a lifetime for a young per- son in foster care. Visit www.foster- or call Cottonwood County Family Service Agency at (507) 831-1891 to find out about the many different ways to get involved. Sincerely, Jacqueline Flohrs, LSW Licensed Social Worker Foster Care Licensor Jean Wilder, LSW Licensed Social Worker Foster Care Licensor "Sfories from the BaH Cave" The geezer bench I was between places where I needed to be. I wanted to be where I wanted to be. I wanted to walk a trail. That didn't work out. Even the weath- er itself would have admitted that it was miserable. I decided to take a stroll in a shopping mall. I had seen others walking there and they seemed happy enough. I walked and I walked. I walk because I want to live a couple of months longer than I would if I didn't walk. I stopped at a bookstore and received a nasty paper cut while browsing a New Yorker magazine. I'd grabbed all the gusto that I could. I decided to take a break from taking a break. I wandered over to the nearest geezer bench and took a seat. A geezer bench is where geezers sit and wait for their wives to finish shopping. Each time I sit down, I am a different person. This time, I was a man who couldn't put a name to a face. I was sitting there, attempting to locate my nasty paper cut while running the multiplication tables through my mind, when a man smiled and waved at me. He car- ried a shopping bag displaying the name of a store. He had paid for the privilege of advertising for that store. He walked over and sat down on the geezer bench. He said, "1 haven't seen you for ages. How are you?" I'm good at remembering faces. I'm good at names. The problem is trying to connect the two. That combination throws me for a loop. I'd tell you my theory on the difficulty of recall- ing names and faces, but I don't remember it. My mother said that once I reached a certain age, there would be too many names and faces in my life for me to be able to remember them all. Those memories become moving targets. She was right, but that didn't help me identify my visitor on the geezer bench. I knew that it's not what a man has that counts; it's what he could live without. I was sorry that I was able to live without knowing the man's name. Who is he? I wondered that so intensely that I nearly said it aloud. He looked familiar, but who doesn't? I tried to shift into drive but my brain was insistent on remaining in park. My brain's odometer was piling on many miles as my mind searched distant databases of faces and names, hoping to find a match. I told him that he looked good, immediately wishing I could take the lame compliment back. I might have called him "pal" or "buddy." He was a talker. I let him talk, hoping his words would give me a swing at his identifica- tion. I struck out. My memory banks fell prey to hobgoblins. I became dimmer than a bad restaurant serving nothing but ancient leftovers. Apparently, the thing I saw lying alongside the canyon on my way to the mall, the canyon that some laughingly referred to as a "pothole," was my brain. I struggled to recognize the man who was talking about the high price of gas. It would be nice if we could complain about the low price of gas. He'd just told me how much he had paid, even with a coupon, for a gallon when another fellow smiled our direction. He waved and headed toward our geezer bench. I didn't recognize this guy either. He looked familiar just as the first man had. Equally familiar. I thought to myself, great, now I'll have to try to introduce the second man, whose name I couldn't remember, to the first fellow, whose name I was unable to recall. Panic mode became a viable option. The second man shook the first man's hand and said, "Why, Jimmy. It's good to see you." Jimmy. I ran through the Jimmys I knew. There was no match. A first name was good. I could go with Jimmy. At least I'd be able to introduce him to the other guy. He was Jimmy. The second man continued to talk to the first man, "1 didn't know that you knew AI Batt." The first man, the one who had shared the most intimate details of his gas purchases with me, looked vaguely annoyed. His face fell as if Moe of the Three Stooges had whacked him with a frying pan. He turned and looked at me. "You're AI Batt? I thought you were someone else." AI Batt 2011 71622 325 St. 1-1, MN 56042 O By Elizabeth Anders SS District Manager If you're one of the many teen- agers or young adults planning to get a surnmer job or start a career this summer, you may be sur- prised to see what's deducted from your paystub. If you don't know already, it's time to learn what your Social Security taxes are all about. law, employers must with- hold from a worker's paycheck Social Security taxes. While usu- ally referred to on an employee's pay statement as "Social Security taxes," sometimes the deduction is labeled as "FICA taxes" which stands for Federal Insurance Contributions Act, a reference to the original Social Security Act. The taxes you pay now trans- late to a lifetime of protection, for retirement in old age or in the event of disability. And when you die, your family (or future family) may be able to receive survivors benefits based on your work as well. Right now you probably have family members - grandparents, for example - who already are enjoying Social Security benefits which your Social Security taxes help provide. Because you're a long way from retirement, you may have a tough time seeing the value of benefit payments that could be many decades in the future. But keep in mind that the Social Security taxes you're paying can provide valuable disability or sur- vivors benefits in the event the unexpected happens. Studies do show that of today's 20-year-olds, about one in four will become disabled and about one in eight will die before reaching retire- ment. Warning: if an employer offers to bend the rules and pay you "under the table," you should refuse. They may try to sell it as a benefit to you since you get a few extra dollars in your pay. But you're really only allowing the employer to cheat you out of your Social Security credits. It's also illegal. Another tip: don't carry your Social Security card around with you. It's an important document that should be safeguarded and protected. And it can be a valu- able tool for an identity thief, if it's lost or stolen. If you'd like to learn a little more about Social Security and exactly what you're building up for yourself by paying Social Security taxes, take a look at our online booklet, How You Earn Credits, at www.socialsecurity. gov/pubs/10072.html. Do you prefer videos to read- ing? Check out our webinar, "Social Security 101: What's in it for me?" The webinar explains what you need to know about Social Security. You can find it, along with other informative webinars, at www.socialsecurity. gov/webinars. 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