Yes, Dolly Parton is everywhere right now. As if her talent and lovability didn't deserve attention enough, most of us know she was also a generous player who funded research for the COVID-19 vaccines. However, Dolly's most recent contribution just about broke the internet this week. Yes, we too were excited about Dolly Parton's new ice cream… but we mayyybe didn't expect it to sell out quite that fast.Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams recently crafted Strawberry Pretzel Pie ice cream as "our ode to the Queen of Country," as their website explains. The brand's product description makes clear that Strawberry Pretzel Pie channels the essence of Dolly herself: "sweet and salty, with timeless appeal, deep American roots, and makes you feel darn good." They say the flavor contains "[l]ayers of salty pretzel streusel, subtly sweet and effortlessly tangy cream cheese ice cream, and lipstick red strawberry sauce." As if all of the above is not enough reason to want it, the Strawberry Pretzel Pie ice cream will benefit Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, which is "a book gifting program that gives free books to children from birth to age five."RELATED: Grocery Shortages To Expect in 2021, According To ExpertsWell, all that was evidently plenty to spark a national ice cream spree. Jeni's site sells ice cream to ship nationwide, and they had announced that the Jeni's x Dolly Parton collab would officially go on sale Thursday, April 9 at noon…… And, it did. The problem was that we, like many, quickly learned that hitting the refresh button for 30 minutes straight meant the Strawberry Pretzel Pie launch had gone a little too well. Jeni's site crashed the second the ice cream was to go on sale, and we saw that Dolly and Jeni's fans around the country were none too happy about it on social media.Hey, when two powerful brands link up, maybe we should expect big things. While Jeni's was requiring buyers to purchase a minimum of four pints, at press time their site states that they're limiting shoppers to two pints of Strawberry Pretzel Pie per purchase. They're inviting fans to submit their email addresses to be notified when supplies are re-stocked. In the meantime, we'll applaud this launch for brand collaboration at its finest.Fortunately there are plenty of groceries you can find online this weekend: Check out the 9 Foods You're Crazy Not To Buy at Costco Right Now.
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Cannabis has seen an ever-increasing acceptance within society in the past few years. There are now 35 states that allow for at least the medical use of cannabis, with Mississippi and South Dakota being added to the list this year. Although many people believe there are great uses of cannabis, such as for pain or depression, there are obvious side effects. As an Emergency Physician, I see these side effects of cannabis use very often. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise. 1 You Might Feel Nausea and Vomiting One of the most common side effects that is not well known is that it can cause severe nausea and vomiting. The condition, called cannabis hyperemesis syndrome, is usually seen with daily users but can occur in any patient. It is characterized by nausea and vomiting that can need IV fluids and anti-nausea medications. Most patients describe that these symptoms improve with hot showers or using creams made from the active ingredient found in chili peppers, capsaicin. Although the symptoms can be managed, the best treatment is complete abstinence from cannabis. 2 You Might Feel Anxiety Cannabis is used for some patients who have depression or anxiety. There is a subset of patients who will experience a paradoxical effect. Some patients will have severe anxiety and even paranoia after use. Most patients can connect the anxiety with the use of marijuana that contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. Some patients find their anxiety is lessened with cannabis products that are higher in CBD or cannabidiol. If you are using cannabis for the treatment of depression and anxiety, it is important to work closely with a physician to ensure appropriate treatment. 3 You Might Feel Hunger It is difficult to see cannabis in popular movies or television that does not highlight the "munchies" that occur. For some patients, particularly cancer patients or AIDS patients, cannabis is specifically used for the treatment of their complete lack of appetite. Although helpful for some patients, increased hunger can lead to detrimental side effects, such as obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If you are going to be using cannabis for medical treatment, it is important to track your caloric intake and monitor your weight. 4 You Might Feel Sedation or Impairment As with many medications, there is the possibility of decreased attention and increased sedation with cannabis use. This can lead to dangerous conditions if the patient is operating heavy machinery or even driving. Consumer Reports published an article last year confirming that in states that have legalized cannabis usage, auto accidents have increased in comparison to their neighboring states. The article goes on to describe that possibly 50% of medical cannabis patients drove while under the influence. It is essential to realize the sedative features of cannabis and avoid driving or operating heavy machinery. 5 You Might Develop Psychiatric Health Concerns Depression and anxiety are certain diagnoses that proponents of cannabis use state are safely treated. There is data suggesting, however, that cannabis can be problematic in patients with other psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia. Some studies suggest there is a direct correlation between the usage of cannabis as a teenager and the development of schizophrenia later in life.RELATED: What Smoking Marijuana Every Day Does to Your Body 6 You Might Feel Dry Mouth Specifically, for patients who use cannabis by smoking, dry mouth can be a very common side effect. Although it seems more of a nuisance than a true side effect, dry mouth can have some major health concerns. Good oral health, such as gum and dental health, requires a moist environment. With drying out of the oral cavity, there can be a regression of the gums which can lead to tooth decay and even teeth falling out. 7 You Might Foster Decreased Sperm Health Cannabis has been found to reduce sperm viability in a number of different ways, one of which being the number of sperm produced. In a study in Denmark, weekly use of cannabis was found to reduce the number of sperm. Other studies have looked at the health of the sperm in patients who use cannabis regularly. There seems to be a correlation with cannabis use and sperm that do not have appropriate forward movement, or appropriate ability to contact and thereby fertilize the egg within the female reproductive tract. There has been a major push to legalize the use of cannabis for medical treatment of many different disorders. Although there is anecdotal evidence of its benefits, specifically in seizures and chronic pain, it is not without side effects. It is important to consult your physician before starting any medical treatment, including cannabis. As for yourself: To get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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There are times we hear about recalls or concerns about a food's ingredients, but we might easily dismiss the news because it doesn't pertain to a product we buy. Unfortunately, that is not the case for a food that many of us might have in our pantries as we speak. The brand that's arguably been the best-known macaroni and cheese for decades is being sued for allegedly using an ingredient that's been shown to harm the health of some children for years, leading to hormonal issues, asthma, and more. Before you prepare for a pantry purge, we've got details.Kraft Macaroni&Cheese allegedly contains chemicals that have been connected with allergies, asthma, obesity, and hormone interference in children—this, according to what some trade websites for the legal profession are reporting about the matter. It's not entirely clear what led two plaintiffs to bring a case against the Kraft Heinz Company (which makes Kraft Macaroni&Cheese) on April 5 in the Northern District of California. However, immediate research suggests that at least one of the two plaintiffs could possibly have someone in their family who may have been negatively impacted by the chemical that the plaintiffs are calling the Kraft Heinz Company out for. At the moment, the specific circumstances seem unclear and we're careful not to speculate.RELATED: Costco Foods You Should Always Avoid, According to NutritionistsSo while there are some details that seem unknown, perhaps the important point to note is that some consumer advocates have reportedly been calling on the makers of Kraft Macaroni&Cheese to remove phthalates from the product since 2017. If this is true, then Kraft Heinz is likely aware of the claims regarding their alleged use of phthalates, and this lawsuit contends that they knowingly continued to use the chemicals in Kraft Macaroni&Cheese—despite the dangers about phthalates that some scientists have documented. Namely, a 2015 study found that "immunologic changes, including increased propensity to develop wheeze, allergy and asthma after dietary and inhalation exposure to these chemicals, may be occurring."It seems more could unfold as this Kraft Macaroni&Cheese lawsuit gets underway. In the meantime, be aware. It may also be worth checking out the 9 Foods You're Crazy Not To Buy at Costco Right Now—including another beloved mac and cheese brand that's currently on sale and lists zero antibiotics or preservatives. Get the food news your family needs every day by signing up for the Eat This, Not That! newsletter.
You're at risk for stroke if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, smoke—or don't exercise, are obese, are of an older age, among other factors. Knowing the warning signs can make all the difference. "During a stroke, every minute counts! Fast treatment can lessen the brain damage that stroke can cause," says the CDC. "By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can take quick action and perhaps save a life—maybe even your own." Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise. 1 You May Have Sudden Numbness or Weakness You may have sudden numbness or weakness "in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body," says the CDC. "A stroke occurs when blood flow in the brain becomes obstructed. When brain cells become deprived of oxygen-rich blood, they begin to die and lose their functions," according to Flint Rehab. "The area of the brain affected by stroke determines the secondary effects that occur. For example, if the area of the brain that regulates sensation is affected, it may result in impaired sensation like numbness." 2 You May Have Sudden Confusion or Trouble Speaking You may also have difficulty understanding speech, says the CDC. This may also be the result of a TIA. "Symptoms of memory loss due to a transient ischemic attack are often temporary and vary depending on the area of the brain affected," says Cedars Sinai. "Short-term memory loss is the most common form of memory loss due to a TIA. Patients experiencing short-term memory loss will have vivid memories from long ago, but will have difficulty remembering the events of the present day." 3 You May Have Sudden Trouble Seeing in One or Both Eyes "After a stroke, you may have difficulty with visual processing or your ability to make sense of what you see. The most common visual processing problem after a stroke is visual neglect, also known as spatial inattention, which can affect your perception of things around you as you may be unaware of objects to one side," reports RNIB. 4 You May Have Sudden Trouble With the Following Issues You may have "trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination," says the CDC. "If a stroke happens in your cerebellum or brainstem, the areas that control balance in the brain, you may be left with vertigo. This means having a feeling that you or the world around you are moving or spinning. You can feel dizzy or lose your balance," says the Stroke Association.RELATED: The Easiest Way to Avoid a Heart Attack, Say Doctors 5 You May Have a Sudden Severe Headache with No Known Cause "During a stroke, blood flow to part of your brain is cut off. Cells there don't get enough oxygen and start to die. There can be two causes. Either a blood vessel is blocked, for instance with a blood clot, or a blood vessel tears or bursts and causes bleeding in or around the brain," says WebMD. This can result in a sudden headache. Call 9-1-1 right away if you or someone else has any of these symptoms. 6 What to Do if You or Someone You Know May Be Having a Stroke "Acting F.A.S.T. can help stroke patients get the treatments they desperately need," says the CDC. The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms. Stroke patients may not be eligible for these if they don't arrive at the hospital in time. If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T. and do the following simple test:F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is the speech slurred or strange?T—Time: If you see any of these signs, call 9-1-1 right away. And to protect your life and the lives of others, don't visit any of these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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When it comes to eating right, it's easy to get distracted by complex eating plans. But you also need to ensure the bases are covered. You need—to quote mom—to get your vitamins.Researchers found that many adults aren't getting adequate levels of Vitamins A, C and D, in a recent study at the University of Illinois. This doesn't mean you should start popping multivitamins and supplements as insurance (especially because recent studies indicate that they're largely ineffective)—in fact, it's best to get our nutrients from whole foods.Here are some of the most common vitamins we don't get enough of, along with the foods that can replenish your natural stores. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise. 1 Vitamin D There's been a lot of talk about vitamin D deficiency recently, and it's worth repeating. Up to 70% of us aren't getting enough. The sunshine vitamin—so named because the sun produces D upon skin contact—is essential for healthy bones and teeth, and emerging evidence links it to a lower risk of some cancers. "The most common deficiency that I see in my practice is vitamin D," says Gina Consalvo, a registered dietitian who practices in Pennsylvania. "Our body does make some D when exposed to sunlight, but usually not enough to meet our body's needs," she adds.How to get it: Consalvo recommends whole eggs, fish oil and fish such as herring, halibut, salmon, mackerel, or tuna. Fortified foods like milk, breakfast cereal and yogurt are also rich in D. 2 Vitamin B12 Essential for the production of red blood cells, nerves and DNA, B12 also plays a crucial role in the production of energy. It's found in whole food sources like meat, eggs and fortified milk. But plants don't make B12; if you're following a vegetarian or vegan diet, unless you're a lacto-ovo vegetarian, you might not be getting enough.How to get it: Beef (always go for grass-fed), chicken, seafood, dairy products and eggs. According to the USDA, the foods with the highest levels of B12 are beef, clams and lamb. 3 Vitamin A Poor vitamin A—despite its place at the top of the alphabetical heap, it's underappreciated. But you definitely want to ensure you're stocked up: It's essential for proper immune system function, tissue growth and repair and bone strength.How to get it: According to the USDA, foods in the top-10 highest sources of A are beef, veal, sweet potatoes and carrots. The CDC's Diet and Nutrition Report adds that fish-liver oils, liver, egg yolks, butter and cream are known for their higher content of vitamin A. 4 Vitamin C Up to 15% of us aren't getting adequate C, and that number's on the rise compared to previous decades, according to the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. It may not prevent colds, but C is a powerful antioxidant and is essential for healthy skin tendons and blood vessels. In a University of Arizona study published in the journal Nutrition&Metabolism, researchers found that vitamin C levels impacted fat oxidation during exercise, and cited a survey that showed levels of C have a direct relationship to body fat and waist size. (But don't use that as an excuse to go C-crazy: megadoses aren't effective and may be toxic.)How to get it: Oranges are considered the gold standard, but many more foods are richer in the vitamin: Red peppers have almost four times the C of an orange! Also good sources: Chiles, broccoli, brussels sprouts and strawberries. Vitamin C also makes your skin tighter and look younger.RELATED: The Unhealthiest Things in Your Medicine Cabinet 5 Potassium Only 4.7% of Americans consume adequate potassium, University of Illinois researchers found. You best get to it as the mineral is crucial in maintaining healthy heart and kidney function. The nutrient also helps flatten your belly in two ways: you recover after a workout, and it helps the body flush out water and sodium, reducing belly bloat.How to get it: Add bananas, avocados, nuts and leafy green vegetables to your grocery list. According to the USDA, the food highest in potassium is molasses, if that's your jam. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these 35 Places You're Most Likely to Catch COVID.
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So many people have diabetes—about 1.5 million are diagnosed in the United States each year, and nearly 1 in 10 Americans have it—you'd think it'd be easy to spot. But although the condition is relatively common, many people go undiagnosed because the early symptoms can be vague, easily overlooked at first, or confused with other conditions. Here from Eat This, Not That! Health are the first signals your body might send when you develop diabetes. Read on to learn about the new study—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these Signs Your Illness is Actually Coronavirus in Disguise. 1 Increased Thirst A very common early sign of diabetes, increased thirst happens because diabetes causes sugar (glucose) to build up in the bloodstream. Normally, the kidneys process glucose, but when they become overwhelmed, the excess glucose is flushed out with your urine. Water from other body tissues is pulled along with it, leaving you dehydrated and craving fluids to replace what you've lost.The Rx: Experts such as Harvard Medical School advise drinking four to six cups of water per day. If you're hydrating adequately but you've noticed an uptick in thirst, talk with your doctor. 2 Frequent Urination In early diabetes, the body will increase urine production, attempting to flush out that excess blood sugar, and you might find yourself having to go more often. "It's important to know what is normal for your body," says Leigh Tracy, RD, LDN, CDE, a registered dietitian and diabetes program coordinator at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. "The average individual urinates between seven and eight times per day, but for some, up to 10 times per day is normal."The Rx: "If you are urinating more than your norm, and especially if you are waking up multiple times in the middle of the night to urinate, speak with your primary care physician right away," says Tracy. 3 Excessive Hunger Diabetes causes blood glucose to rise uncontrollably. At the same time, it prevents cells from using glucose for energy. That lack of energy can make you hungry.The Rx: "If you notice you're constantly hungry even though you have just eaten regular meals and snacks during the day, you should speak with your doctor," says Tracy. 4 Fatigue Because diabetes elevates blood sugar at the same time it prevents the body from using it for energy, that can make you fatigued. Frequent urination can also disrupt your sleep.The Rx: There's a difference between tiredness and fatigue. Normal tiredness gets better after rest. But if you still feel worn out despite getting an adequate amount of sleep, it's worth discussing with your doctor. 5 Blurred Vision According to the Mayo Clinic, high levels of blood glucose pull fluid from your tissues, including the lenses of your eyes. This can affect your ability to focus and cause blurry vision. Diabetes can also cause new blood vessels to form in the retinas, damaging established vessels. If those changes progress untreated, they can lead to vision loss.The Rx: If you're experiencing any signs of diabetes such as blurred vision, it's important to see your doctor ASAP, and regularly if you're diagnosed. "Diabetes is a progressive disease, even in patients with excellent lifestyles," says Sarah Rettinger, MD, an endocrinologist at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California. 6 Cuts or Bruises That Won't Heal Diabetes can make skin injuries, such as cuts and bruises, slower to heal. High blood sugar can stiffen blood vessels, slowing blood flow and preventing oxygen and nutrients from getting to cuts and bruises to heal them. Diabetes can also impair the immune system, slowing the body's natural repair processes.The Rx: If you notice that cuts or bruises aren't healing as quickly as they have in the past, see your healthcare provider. 7 Unintentional Weight Loss Losing weight without any changes in diet or exercise may sound great, but it's the definition of too good to be true: It can signify a serious health condition such as hyperthyroidism, cancer or diabetes. When diabetics lose glucose through frequent urination, they also lose calories. Diabetes may also keep cells from absorbing glucose from food for energy, and the body may begin to burn its fat stores as fuel instead. Both can result in weight loss.The Rx: If you're shedding pounds without trying, see your doctor and ask if you should be tested for diabetes. 8 Tingling, Pain or Numbness In Hands or Feet Diabetes can lead to a kind of nerve damage called neuropathy, which can cause tingling or numbness in your extremities like hands or feet. This is dangerous because numbness can make cuts or injuries easier to overlook, and because diabetes can cause wounds to heal more slowly, complications can result.The Rx: Be aware of what's going on with your body, and if you're experiencing any unusual pain, numbness or tingling in your hands or feet, see a healthcare provider without delay. 9 No Symptoms "People often have no symptoms of diabetes," says Kristine Arthur, MD, an internist at MemorialCare Medical Group in Irvine, California. "Sometimes they may notice weight gain, persistent hunger and increased fatigue associated with high insulin levels, but these symptoms can be present in other conditions, so it is important to have blood tests done to find out what is the cause."The Rx: Have your HgbA1c (sometimes called "A1c") levels checked with a blood test every year during your routine checkup. And to get through this pandemic at your healthiest, don't miss these Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.