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Had Too Much Drink to Drive? These Apps, Devices Can Keep You Safe

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 | Permalink

Sometimes, you get so drunk that you believe you can still drive. And if you’re lucky, you have a good friend who’ll politely get you a cab instead. Unfortunately, you can’t rely on others all the time, especially when they are as sober as you are. That’s why these apps and devices exist. We all know that that driving when drunk isn’t safe, but f this doesn’t convince you, maybe these apps and devices will.

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1.       Guardian Interlock

If you have serious problem with drunk driving, then this device is the best solution for you. Guardian Interlock has breathalyzer that’s attached to your car’s ignition. You won’t be able to start your car unless you’re legally sober to drive. Although it’s quite expensive, this is definitely worth the money if you need it.

2.       Edison’s Craft Beer BAC Calculator

You can find a ton of blood-alcohol content (BAC) Calculators in the app market, but this one is said to be the most effective among the rest because= it can detect the exact beer you’re drinking with its accurate search tool—you can find pretty much any beer on it. Afterwards, you enter your gender, weight, and the number of hours you have been drinking. Hit the “Calculate BAC” button, and you’ll get your BAC result.

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3.       Alcohoot

So far, this is the coolest BAC device in the market—it transforms your smartphone into a breathalyzer. It is a lot cheaper and better looking than most breathalyzers, and conveniently plugs into your phone’s headphone jack. This tool uses an FDA-approved sensor, the same technology that cops used at DUI checkpoints, to analyze your breath. Another great thing about this technology, it comes a free app to help you understand your BAC and alcohol intake.

4.       Uber

Other than analyzing your BAC, it’s also important to secure a safe ride home when drunk. If you’re too intoxicated to drive, let Uber service take you home. This app allows you to easily book a cab to take you to your destination. You don’t even have to worry about having enough cash on hand as Uber accepts payments via credit card, Google Wallet, and PayPal.

There are so many road accidents caused by drunk driving. If you don’t take precautions, a fun Friday night can turn into a weekend of disaster. Take advantage of these mobile devices and applications the next time you decide to grab a few drinks with friends.

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Online Shoppers Beware! 4 Health Products You Should Never Buy Online

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015 | Permalink

From groceries to clothing to furniture, Singaporeans are fond of browsing the web to shop for their needs. However, we cannot always expect that everything sold online are of good quality, most especially the health products.

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With greed comes a lot of fraud, sellers don’t about the effects of the products to our health since they just want money. While you have to be careful of the things you buy online, these four health products can lead you to trouble—and health destruction.

1.       Some Prescription Medicines

If an online store allows you to buy medicines without doctor’s prescription, consider this a big red flag—especially for certain kinds such as heart medication. Even for the good reasons, you cannot legally buy restricted substances without doctor’s prescription. This includes common medications Ambien and Xanax.

Buying such medicines online without prescription could leave you with fake products that could contain hazardous ingredients.

2.       Weight Loss Supplements

You’ll never know what you’re getting when you buy your weight loss product online. Food and Drug Association (FDA) emphasizes that they have found undeclared and unsafe ingredients from online-bought weight loss supplements. Many of these products aren’t FDA-approved, so you can be sure that these products have not passed the safety standards.

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If you really want to check out something that promises to rev up your metabolism and maintain a healthy weight, tell you doctor what this product is before buying it even it says “natural” or “organic” on the label.

3.       Breast Milk

When it comes to the baby’s nutritional needs, breast milk is indeed the best for them but not if it’s from an online source. The problem with online breast milk is that it is an unregulated industry, so it can be contaminated with harmful bacteria and viruses.

What’s more, researchers tested over 100 samples of online-sold breast milk and found that more than 10% were mixed with cow’s milk, which can cause allergic reaction. It is understandable that some mothers want to buy breast milk if they can’t produce their own. However, the temptation of making more money might be too much for some sellers to put their product at stake, therefore possibly harming the consumers.

4.       Hormone Replacement Medications

If you’re approaching menopause, you might be tempted to buy hormone replacement products, herbs, or creams online. Who wouldn’t want a quick-fix to get back that healthy sex-drive, right? But beware! Don’t fall into the wrong hype.

Most hormone replacement products sold online are labelled “natural”. While this can make you feel safe, you always need a doctor’s approval when taking any kind of hormone product. Only professional doctors can ensure you get the right kind of hormones in the right amount.

There’s nothing wrong with purchasing things online. In fact, this can be a great alternative as most products sold online are a lot cheaper compared to regular malls and stores. However, not all products are guaranteed safe, especially products from the health industry. Remember that your health doesn’t come cheap, so it’s better to be safe than sorry by buying health products only under professional supervision and from legitimate sources.

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