Chow Line: FDA warns consumers to stop drinking sodium chlorite products

Although the agency first issued a warning against consuming these products in 2010, the warning was reissued this week….

I just saw a social media post warning against drinking Miracle Mineral Solution. What is it, and why shouldn’t I drink it?

Miracle Mineral Solution is a mixture of distilled water and sodium chlorite. It is sold online as a purported treatment for several diseases and conditions, according to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration.

But, instead of helping consumers, the product has sickened numerous people who’ve ingested it, the FDA said

As a result, the federal agency this week warnedconsumers to stop drinking the product, which is also known by several names including Miracle or Master Mineral Solution, Miracle Mineral Supplement, MMS, Chlorine Dioxide Protocol, and Water Purification Solution, according to the FDA.

“Some distributors are making false—and dangerous—claims that Miracle Mineral Supplement mixed with citric acid is an antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial liquid that is a remedy for autism, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, flu, and other conditions,” the FDA said. “But the FDA is not aware of any research showing that these products are safe or effective for treating any illness.”

Although the agency first issued a warning against consuming these products in 2010, the warning was reissued this week after the FDA said it has received reports of consumers who have suffered from severe vomiting, severe diarrhea, life-threatening low blood pressure caused by dehydration, and acute liver failure after drinking these products.

“Drinking any of these chlorine dioxide products can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and symptoms of severe dehydration,” the FDA warned. “Some product labels claim that vomiting and diarrhea are common after ingesting the product. They even maintain that such reactions are evidence that the product is working. That claim is false.”

Of particular concern for the FDA is that the more concentrated the product is, the more severe the consumer’s reaction can be.

For example, “product directions instruct people to mix the sodium chlorite solution with a citric acid, such as lemon or lime juice, or another acid before drinking. In many instances, the sodium chlorite is sold with a citric acid ‘activator.’ When the acid is added, the mixture becomes chlorine dioxide, a powerful bleaching agent,” the FDA said.

“Sodium chlorite products are dangerous, and you and your family should not use them,” the FDA warned.

Chow Line is a service of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, OSU Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line, c/o Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or


Simple, Family-Friendly Solutions

It’s no secret it can be tough to serve smart choices your kids will actually enjoy again and again….

(Family Features) During the hustle and bustle of a busy school week, juggling after-school activities, homework, dinners and next day lunch prep can be exhausting. Finding ways to simplify evenings while running a more efficient kitchen routine can make life more delicious for parents and children alike.

Consider these ways to make family meals work overtime for you.

Plan for leftovers. One easy way to make the most of your time in the evening is to make dinners that serve dual purpose – choosing recipes that shine when leftovers are reinvented for lunch the next day, like an all-time classic: chicken fingers. Making them at home is not only healthier than typical restaurant offerings, but leftovers can be used in a recipe like this Chicken Tender Smart Pocket, perfect for packing in your child’s lunchbox.

Use kid-friendly, better-for-you ingredients. It’s no secret it can be tough to serve smart choices your kids will actually reach for again and again. Set up a simple toppings bar with a favorite protein, chopped crunchy veggies and simple sauces alongside fun, do-it-yourself foods like stuff-able Toufayan Smart Pockets. Available in Original, 100% Whole Wheat, Everything and Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat varieties, they’re easy to hold, fun to stuff and only 80 calories each.

Focus on family favorites. When you’re busy making a meal the whole family loves, your time spent in the kitchen may not feel so much like a drain on the evening. Throw it back to childhood with these Sloppy Joe Smart Pockets, an easier-to-eat version with the timeless taste of seasoned beef.

Discover more family meal solutions at


Chicken Tender Smart Pocket

Servings: 1

  • 3          breaded chicken tenders
  • 2          tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1          Toufayan Smart Pocket, any variety
  • 2          pieces curly lettuce, washed and dried
  • 2          thinly sliced tomatoes
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Bake chicken tenders according to package instructions.
  2. Spread mayonnaise evenly on insides of pita bread pocket.
  3. Layer lettuce then tomatoes and place chicken tenders evenly across pita bread pocket. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.

Sloppy Joe Smart Pockets

Servings: 4

  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1          clove minced garlic
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4       cup tomato paste
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2          teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2       teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1          cup water
  • 4          Toufayan Smart Pockets, any variety
  1. In large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper, breaking up beef until browned and no longer pink, approximately 6-8 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and water; mix well.
  3. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook 15-20 minutes until sauce thickens and flavors meld.
  4. Remove from heat; taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  5. Divide evenly among pita bread pockets and serve.


Making the Back-to-School Transition Easy from Kindergarten to College

These useful tips can help make the transition back to the regimented school year easier….

(Family Features) It’s time to get your household organized for another school year and all that comes with it.

Whether your child is headed off to kindergarten or going away to college, these useful tips can help make the transition back to the regimented school year easier and get your busy household organized for the upcoming season.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images


  • Tour the school. It is important to visit the school with your kids so they can get familiar with their new environment.
  • Meet the teacher. Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher and discuss the best ways to communicate with him or her throughout the school year. Some teachers prefer to keep the conversation going through email while others are more casual and utilize phone calls or in-person meetings.

Elementary School

  • Get into a routine. Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “school time” at least two weeks before the first day.
  • Get your kids involved in sports or other activities they can do after school to keep them active. An option like ‘all Free & Clear Liquid Detergent can help you remove stains while still being gentle on skin.

Middle and High School

  • Have a conversation about technology. In this day and age, it’s nearly impossible to avoid tech. Many students probably have schoolwork that requires use of the internet. It’s important to have a conversation with your children about reducing time spent on their laptops to educational purposes during the week.
  • Keep track of everyone’s schedule. There are plenty of free family calendar applications available for smartphones and other devices that can help you keep up with all members of the family and stay organized.


  • Simplify the laundry routine. When it’s your child’s first time living on his or her own, you’ll want to do everything you can to make things easier. Consider detergent pacs like ‘all Free & Clear Mighty Pacs Laundry Detergent, which fights tough stains while also being dye- and perfume-free, hypoallergenic and gentle on skin.

By implementing some of these simple tips, you and your kids can look and feel your best, setting up a seamless, stress-free transition back to the school year. Find more information at


Teachers’ Top Needs for 2019

We are blessed to have many basic supplies donated for the students in the North Baltimore Schools. Hopefully we can help more………

(Family Features) Great classrooms don’t happen by accident. Teachers across the country work hard to build vibrant, energizing learning environments for their students, which often means everything from microscopes to pipe cleaners, graphic novels to oboes, class pets to field trips and much more. As a result, teachers spend more than $1 billion from their own pockets each year on supplies.

However, parents and community members can lend a hand. Helping to offset teachers’ expenses can take many forms, from working directly with your child’s teacher to identify needs to participating in school-based fundraisers. Another option is sharing your assistance with a program like, which makes it easy for any individual to address the inequity in schools, one classroom at a time.

Over the past 19 years, more than 3.8 million people have donated to classrooms through the program. Last year alone, nearly 145,000 teachers had projects funded on the site and over 255,000 classroom requests were brought to life. These requests reveal some of the key things teachers across America need for success:

Books, Books and More Books

While books may seem “old school,” teachers know that a single book can change a student’s life. Year after year, teachers request books more than any other resource. Many elementary school teachers ask for leveled reading books to meet their students’ individual needs. Others want to diversify their libraries with books that reflect their students’ identities. “The Hate U Give” and “Wonder” are among the most popular books requested this year, and e-readers have become a popular way to expand libraries beyond what the classroom bookshelf can hold.

Flexible Seating and Classroom Furniture

Many teachers credit flexible seating with transforming the classroom learning experience. Rather than rigid desks, students choose from comfy chairs, bouncy balls, bean bags or wobble stools, all designed to let students get those wiggles out so they can better focus on their work.


Because of rapidly evolving technology, 65% of children now entering primary school will hold jobs that don’t currently exist. Resources like laptops and tablets help students learn at their own pace and practice 21st century skills like coding. For example, coding robots and 3D printers are becoming some of the most popular items requested in high schools.

Back to the Basics

Many teachers simply need basic supplies: paper, pencils and tissues top the list. Last year, teachers requested enough pens and pencils to write the complete works of William Shakespeare more than 2,000 times.

Life Essentials

Another popular request is “hygiene closets,” which allow teachers to provide students facing poverty with free toiletries to take home such as deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, as well as laundry supplies and clean undergarments.

An Appreciation for the Arts

There are plenty of extracurricular activities at nearly every school that require care and compassion from the community. Drama teams, for example, require supplies to create music, perform plays and more. Donations often allow students to explore their artistic abilities while learning how to create sets, write their own scenes, use instruments and more while simultaneously building their management and teamwork skills.

Community Service

Not all learning must take place in a classroom. In fact, teachers across the country often take aim at new ways to engage students, such as integrating practical life into the daily curriculum through an outdoor learning environment like a community vegetable garden. By requesting composters, rain barrels, seeds, gardening tools and more, educators can take their classrooms outside to help make the planet healthier while students learn how to be healthier themselves. It also gives students an opportunity to give back to their community by donating food to local families in need.

Most Requested School Supplies

  • Books
  • Technology
  • Basic classroom supplies
  • Flexible seating

Learn more about how you can make a difference for classrooms in need at

For North Baltimore Local Schools contact the Board of Education office at 419-257-3531; NB Middle School/High School at 419-257-3464; Powell Elementary School at 419-257-2124.


A Romantic Rendezvous

Remember “The Love Boat” ??Celebrate love with a Caribbean cruise….

(Family Features) Whether you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary or simply looking for a getaway with your significant other, a seemingly always popular option is a romantic cruise.

Gavin MacLeod (“Captain Stubing”) and Jill Whelan (the Captain’s daughter “Vicki”)

Next year, there is an opportunity to enjoy the luxuries of an ocean-going vacation while joining a potentially record-setting crowd to reaffirm your love with your partner. In February 2020, international premium cruise line Princess Cruises hopes to set a world record, hosting the largest renewal of vows ceremony at sea over Valentine’s Day.

Gavin MacLeod, who portrayed the endearing “Captain Stubing” in “The Love Boat,” and Jill Whelan, his television daughter “Vicki,” will officiate and host the ceremony onboard Regal Princess. Setting sail Feb. 9, 2020, the cruise will begin in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with ports including Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Princess Cays, Bahamas.

“Come aboard with me as we’re searching for couples to renew their vows and set a world record for the largest vow renewal at sea,” MacLeod said. “I’m honored to be officiating this ceremony and can’t think of a better way to commemorate a couple’s love than by reaffirming their commitment to one another onboard the ‘Love Boat’ over Valentine’s Day.”

Contact your travel advisor and find more information at

Princess Cruises

Understanding Common Myths About Prostate Health

If BPH is left untreated, the condition can worsen over time and lead to permanent bladder damage…

(Family Features) When it comes to your health, misconceptions about treatment options and their potential side effects can have a negative impact on your overall wellbeing.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

One common condition that is shrouded by misinformation is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Also known as enlarged prostate, BPH is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate that typically occurs as men age causing bothersome urinary symptoms such as a frequent need to urinate day and night, weak flow, difficulty starting urination, an urgent need to go, and other symptoms. The condition affects more than 40 million men in the United States alone with more than 40 percent of men over 50 and 80 percent of men over 70 suffering from BPH.1,2,3

However, some men and women are not entirely familiar with available BPH treatment options beyond medication, according to surveys conducted by NeoTract, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Teleflex Incorporated and manufacturer of the UroLift® System. Survey results show that half of men diagnosed with BPH reported their doctors informed them of medication as a treatment for BPH, while only 8 percent said their doctors spoke with them about minimally invasive outpatient treatment options.

“Medication is often the first-line therapy for enlarged prostate, but relief can be inadequate and temporary,” said Gregg R. Eure, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Urology of Virginia and Eastern Virginia Medical School, a paid consultant of NeoTract, Inc. “Patients can experience headaches or dizziness when taking BPH medication, as well as other negative side effects such as sexual dysfunction, often causing them to quit taking BPH medication altogether. Fortunately, there are alternative treatments, like the UroLift System, to medication for men with BPH that can break the cycle of side effects caused by medications, enhancing a man’s quality of life without the risk of more invasive surgery.”

The symptoms of BPH can cause loss of productivity, depression and decreased quality of life. In addition, if left untreated, the condition can worsen over time and lead to permanent bladder damage.4

If you’ve been diagnosed with, or think you might have BPH, understanding your options and the potential impact on your health and quality of life is the first step in treatment. Arm yourself with these facts before scheduling time to consult with your doctor:

Myth: BPH is linked to prostate cancer.
Fact: BPH is noncancerous and unrelated to prostate cancer,5 but the symptoms of BPH can greatly affect a man’s quality of life.

Myth: Medication is the only first-line treatment for BPH.
Fact: There are alternative treatments to medication for men with BPH, including the minimally invasive UroLift System, which is clinically shown to rapidly and effectively treat urinary symptoms while preserving sexual function with no instances of new onset, sustained erectile or ejaculatory function.6,7 Results from multiple studies of diverse patient populations are consistent with data from the randomized L.I.F.T. Study, demonstrating the safety and effectiveness of the treatment for patients with BPH in a real-world setting.

Myth: Delaying treatment of BPH doesn’t cause bladder damage.
Fact: If left untreated, BPH can worsen over time and cause permanent bladder damage.4

Myth: There are no minimally invasive procedures available to treat BPH.
Fact: An option like the UroLift System is a minimally invasive outpatient treatment that can be performed in an office setting under local anesthesia in about an hour. An alternative to medical therapy, the treatment can relieve prostate obstruction and open the urethra without cutting, heating or removing prostate tissue.

For more information about BPH treatment options, or to find a physician near you that treats this common condition, visit

1 Berry, J Urol 1984 and 2017 U.S. Census population estimates.
2 NeoTract US Market Model estimates for 2018 based on IMS Health Drug and Procedure data
3, Berry SJ, et al., J Urol. 1984; 132; 474-479
4 Tubaro et al., 2003 Drugs Aging
5 Chang, The Practioner 2012
6 McVary, J Sex Med 2014
7 Roehrborn, J Urology 2013 L.I.F.T. Study


BVHS Weekend Column: HPV Prevention

Through the Gardasil 9 Vaccine……

HPV Prevention Through the Gardasil 9 Vaccine,  by Allison Westcott, MD

 HPV stands for human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted infection. Over 14 million new cases occur in the U.S. yearly, although most people do not know that they have been affected. This infection can lead to genital warts or certain types of cancer, with the most common being cervical. Also included are vulvar, anal, penile, and cancers of the head and neck.

Dr. Allison Westcott, MD

HPV is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact and sexual contact. Most sexually active men and women will contract the HPV virus at some point in their lives. While there is no cure for the HPV virus, there are effective vaccines available for prevention. The symptoms of HPV can be treated through the Gardasil vaccine.

The Gardasil 9 vaccine protects against nine different HPV types. These nine types of HPV cause cancer and warts. In October of 2018, the Gardasil 9 vaccine had been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people of the ages of 9 to 45 years, opening a wider range of opportunity for people to receive the vaccine. There is a three-dose schedule that can be completed within six months. Because of their immune systems, adolescents only need two doses prior to the age of 15. The best practice for receiving the vaccine is to begin routine vaccinations at the ages of 11-12 for both males and females. The HPV vaccine is not recommended during pregnancy, although it does not appear harmful to the fetus. It is recommended during postpartum and is safe for those breastfeeding.

The Gardasil 9 vaccine is 88% effective in preventing persistent HPV infection, genital warts, vulvar/vaginal pre-cancer, cervical pre-cancer and cervical cancer. If an HPV infection is persistent past the age of 30, there is a greater risk of developing cervical cancer. HPV infections that cause most cancers and genital warts have dropped 71% amongst teen girls that have received the vaccine. Prevention is always better than treating after the fact.

High HPV vaccination rates would reduce or even eradicate HPV disease and cancers dramatically. The HPV vaccine is 100% effective preventing HPV, 60% successful in reduction of genital warts, 50% effective in reduction of vulvar/vaginal cancer, and 20% successful in reducing high-risk cervical lesions. However, not being vaccinated against HPV is 0% effective.



Back to School Safety Checklist

We are grateful for the new sidewalks in NB on E. Maple Street, that will help keep our students SAFE as they walk to school….

The National Safety Council has created this checklist to help us in all areas  related to Back to School safety before we send our lovebugs out the door. Whether on foot, by car, or bus, or bike, lets arrive safely!

PUCO seeks public comments

On proposed gas pipeline safety rules….

COLUMBUS, OHIO (August 14, 2019) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) on Tuesday issued draft rules for public comment regarding gas pipeline safety. Comments are due Sept. 13, 2019.

As part of its regular five-year review, the Commission issued proposed rules for public comment. Among other things, PUCO staff-proposed rules:

  • Adopt the 2019 federal gas pipeline safety standards
  • Require gas pipeline operators to have a plan for abandoning inactive service lines
  • Create detailed reporting requirements for gathering line owners
  • Allow staff to serve gas pipeline owners via email

The Commission’s gas pipeline safety standards govern many aspects of a natural gas distribution company’s service including outage reporting and master meter systems and safety inspections.  

The Commission is seeking comments on the proposed changes from interested parties and the public by September 13. The public can provide comments on the “Contact Us” section on the PUCO website. Correspondences should reference case number 19-47-GA-ORD.

A copy of today’s Commission entry and proposed rule changes is available on the PUCO website at Click on the link to Docketing Information System (DIS) and search for case 19-47-GA-ORD. More information on the PUCO rulemaking process is available on the PUCO website.

PUCO initiates complaint

Against Frontier’s landline service…..

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Aug. 14, 2019) – Today the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) ordered staff to file a formal complaint against Frontier North, Inc. regarding the telephone provider’s landline service quality. The PUCO has received numerous customer complaints regarding extended service outages which may result in safety concerns, such as a customers’ inability to contact emergency services, doctors, and family and friends.

“Customer complaints indicating extensive telecommunication outages are troubling and deserve to be examined,” stated PUCO Chairman Sam Randazzo. “Today the PUCO is taking steps to investigate allegations of poor service quality.”

On Aug. 13, 2019, the PUCO staff filed a letter to the Commission citing 33 specific instances where Frontier allegedly failed to provide adequate and reliable telephone service to its basic local exchange service customers and recommended the Commission conduct a thorough investigation. Among other things, the staff identified issues concerning extended service restoration timelines, failure to provide basic telephone service that would allow customers to place or receive calls at any time and failure to comply with previous Commission orders and entries.

Today’s entry opens an investigation and directs PUCO staff to file a formal complaint against the company. Frontier will then have 20 days to respond to the allegations in the complaint.

The PUCO regulates basic local exchange service (BLES). BLES is a flat-rate landline phone service which provides access to a dial tone, 9-1-1 and long distance service. Other telecommunication services, such as mobile or internet services, are not regulated by the PUCO and not a part of this investigation.

A map of Frontier’s service territory is available on the PUCO website.

A copy of today’s Commission entry is available on the PUCO website by clicking the link to Docketing Information System (DIS) and searching for case 19-1582-TP-COC.