Friday, February 12, 2016

5 Things You Didn’t Know You Should Be Paranoid About

Life is full of fears. Fear of death, fear of harm to loved ones, fear of this...



But every now and then we hear something new. Something we never knew we were supposed to be terrified about. Here are a few of life's fears you might have missed.

1. Microwaves



Don't you love when one of those extreme health nuts goes toe to toe with a scientific mind? That happened on a Facebook group recently. Someone was saying that she doesn't use microwaves because the radiation causes cancer. Someone quickly handed down the facts...but I doubt she'll listen because it's so much more fun for these people to live in fear.

2. Batteries catching fire



What do you do with extra batteries? If you're like many people, you store them in a drawer. However, 9-volt batteries, when left to roll around a drawer at will, can become a fire hazard. Read more about it here.

3. Children swallowing batteries



This is pretty serious. At Christmastime, an adorable toddler in Oklahoma died after swallowing a "button battery." In many cases, these batteries will pass through the body without harm, but if they become lodged in the esophagus, the alkaline can cause internal chemical burns. 

4. Dog treats made in China



While the initial warning only applied to certain made in China dog treats, everyone is now paranoid of any dog treat not made in the USA. And try to find dog treats made in the USA the next time you're in the pet store. You'll learn just how hard they are to find.

5. Pets and electric blankets



I was surprised I couldn't find more warnings about this topic, but pets and electric blankets don't mix. I learned this the hard way in my younger years when I had to take my dog to the vet after he'd been on the electric blanket for a while. The diagnosis? Hyperthermia. He'd overheated. They hydrated him and cooled him down and he was fine, but the vet told me dogs are not supposed to be on electric blankets for that very reason. Like many people, I just assumed it was because they might chew on the cords inside. My dog loves to sleep on my electric blanket but I always turn it off as soon as she gets all settled.

Those are only a few of the warnings circulated. What panic-inducing warnings have you heard recently?

59 comments:

  1. Thank you, Stephanie for sharing this interesting post. Child swallowing button battery is a serious matter. And I am learning something new about pets and electric blankets not mixing.

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    1. And pets LOVE electric blankets. I just turn it off as soon as she hops up on it. But I've known people who let their dogs sleep on electric blankets all night, every night, and nothing happened. I guess it just depends how sensitive your dog is to dehydration?

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  2. I knew that pets and electric blankets don't mix. 9-volts rolling around can catch fire? Good thing they're square and don't roll much.
    It's not life threatening, but the anti-gluten craze can die any day now...

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    1. LOL, good point (both on the gluten and the batteries!). I was watching a day-long argument on Facebook the other day about the deadliness of Keurig coffeepots and I realized, our society just doesn't have enough to worry about. You know life is good if your biggest worry is whether your household appliances are killing you!

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  3. Lol or anything made in China! Like fake bags! All those chemicals on them...just no.

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    1. How do you find a bag that isn't made in China? (Without paying $500 for a designer bag.)

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  4. I don't even want to dine out, take out, or buy food after going to our OSHA food handler's trainings. The things that can get in your food are numerous. :)

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    1. Yeah...but all of the options you mentioned pretty much mean you'd starve! We could buy all our groceries at Whole Foods but that gets expensive and even then, are we really sure what's in the food we're buying?

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  5. I'm aware that the microwave oven was an "accidental discovery." I've always been fascinated by the thought of the melted chocolate bar in the man's pocket :-) I've used a microwave for so long and did not know about what you said.

    I did not know about the battery one, but I haven't needed a lot of 9-Volt ones for as long as I can recall. And with no kids or pets, those last three ones are of no worry to me.

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    1. I'm young enough to remember getting our first microwave. I was too young to really understand what it was...but I grew up microwaving food in it without really questioning how it worked.

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  6. Oh gosh! With three boys I see and hear lots of warnings! I try to pay attention to those that make sense and ignore the rest. Otherwise I'd be scared to breathe!

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    1. So true!!! What about the one about water bottles? Someone wrote a college thesis on chemicals leaking from bottles when they get hot and everyone flipped out. It was never even proven. (Plus, water bottles probably get hot before they even get to the grocery store, being stored in warehouses and non-refrigerated trucks and all...) We just can't do that to ourselves.

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  7. We have a lot of old batteries lying around, because we don't know how to dispose of them properly. These days its hard to find any product options in South Africa, where its not made it china. Have a great weekend.

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    1. That is a tough one. You aren't supposed to toss them in the trash, but there are specialized places you're supposed to take them...and I think you have to pay? So most people just toss them in the trash, sadly.

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  8. No doubt about it. The world is a dangerous place to live.

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    1. We won't make it out alive, so I guess we may as well enjoy it while we're here.

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  9. I try not to be afraid! Since hubby's cancer diagnosis and treatment, we enjoy each day. I turn off the news, frequently, just for a break!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. :-( So sorry to hear about that and you're so right. Live life to the fullest. None of us is guaranteed tomorrow, so why live in fear?

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  10. I keep my dead batteries in a small plastic container in the cupboard and bring them to a battery recycle collection centre when it's full. A dead 9 v battery should not have enough power to start a fire in my opinion.

    I love my microwave and would rather die than not be able to use it to thaw food or reheat my cup of tea or coffee and left overs.

    Sure, the world is not always a safe place to live in but I'm not ready to move on a safer planet yet. In the mean time I'll stay away from tight rope walking between hot air balloons. It would be cool but I'm not there yet, lol.

    Have a safe and great weekend Stephanie.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. We have one of those battery holders that has a compartment for each battery for our new batteries. It's pretty handy!

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  11. I've never understood how could one even use electric blanket, it always sounded to me like covering yourself with death LOL
    I Have a paranoia, only a slight one, from light bulbs ever since one exploded while I was sitting under it and sent deathly shards all around the room. I was unhurt only because a book saved my head :) Ever since then I don't have a ceiling lamp.

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    1. I have an electric throw--mostly I use it first thing in the morning when it's cold in our bonus room. I got it to use in the sunroom in the winter, but I don't go out there to work until it gets warmer in the afternoon.

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  12. Pretty much anything can be the death of us, so get over it--that's my philosophy! I've used electric blankets back when I lived along and keep the house cold--I'd heat up the bed before crawling in and when I crawled in, I turned it off.

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    1. When I lived alone, I had a heated mattress pad. I'd set the thermostat to really cold at night and have it start warming the house up around 4am or so...it saved on electricity. But it turned out that something was wrong with the heat pump in that small house and I didn't even realize it until my husband moved in and we noticed it wasn't getting warm enough at night.

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  13. wow at least that guy had a parachute, and I'm glad I'll never fly in a hot air balloon

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    1. Yes, that parachute was a dead giveaway, wasn't it! The picture still gives me the creeps, though!

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  14. Often these TV News worries disappear if you wait long enough. Coffee bad...three days later coffee good. These are interesting though.

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  15. All great advice. Now it's time for me to microwave my breakfast.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ☺

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  16. That first picture almost gave me a panic attack.

    I rarely use the microwave, but more because I somehow haven't even made it completely into the 20th century, never mind the 21st...

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  17. Life is a dangerous option.There are no guarantees. That's why I don't buy warranties. lol
    I have always been fearful of electric blankets. The two dogs that share my bed love thick fluffy comforters. So I bought a big washer that I can wash them in. Hopefully they will not become dangerous.

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  18. Seems like a 'just because I'm paranoid, doesn't mean they're not after me' kind of thing. We don't get out of this life alive, so we might as well live it while we are here!

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  19. Toothpaste being associated with cancer. Dammed if you do, dammed if you don't.

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  20. I hear over and over (from one friend at least) that cell phones cause cancer. He has one, but he never keeps it in his pocket. But according to one study I was reading, cell phone usage is less dangerous than standing in the sun for too long.

    Sometimes you never know what the next big thing to be dangerous is going to be. Sometimes it's unfounded, sometimes it's well founded, but too late.

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  21. Gads, thanks for the tip on electric blankets and dogs! Ironically, I've never used one for fear of 'burning up' in my sleep ;-) It does seem as though everything has a side effect; from make up containing bat doo to moth balls, pressed wood furniture and paneling - even laser / ink jet printers emitting carcinogens. We thought hog wire was safer around kids than barbed wire until our daughter nearly severed a finger.

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  22. I didn't know about dogs and electric blankets. Wonder if cats are the same way? My cat sometimes sleeps under the electric blanket when it's really cold at night. He usually doesn't stay under the blanket long, maybe he knows his limits.

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  23. I remember when we got our first microwave, we kids were warned not to stand right in front of it while it was on. I still don't.

    Need to always watch the toddlers with the swallowing risks. Didn't think of the small batteries, but that totally makes sense.

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  24. I just finished watching a series on Netflix called Evacuate Earth, where scientists weigh in on all the ways our life on this planet can be changed forever, from a rabies epidemic to getting knocked off orbit away from the sun and freezing down to -100 degrees. This show is NOT for kids, or for the squeamish!

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  25. Eek!! I was always worried my kids would swallow something they shouldn't.

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  26. My friend's son put a battery in his ear and it got lodged. Then the ER used peroxided to flush it out and it caused a chemical reaction and damaged his ear drum.

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  27. Oh, that gif! That's enough reason to make me paranoid.

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  28. I thought about possibility of children swallowing batteries but did not realise batteries can be a fire hazard.

    There's lots to be concerned about in this crazy world . . . lol



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  29. Abandonment is my greatest fear. I've been through it many time. It never gets easier.

    Love,
    Janie

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  30. My dear son has been a little goofy about safety around the house since his accident. I could understand that if the accident happened in the house! He checks doors, stoves, light switches...no more paranoia allowed in mi casa.

    Thanks, Stephanie!

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  31. didn't know about pets and electric blankets...and some scary points indeed today, thanks

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  32. I had no idea about some of these.

    I regularly look through batteries and throw out the old ones.

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  33. Yikes Im serious danger being a natural born skeptic...:)

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  34. Oh my gosh, Steph. That last one's a stunner. Who'd a thought?

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  35. Another interesting post Stephanie. I've heard of all these warnings at one time or another and am sure they are valid, though know no one who has experienced problems. The panic-induced fear I'm hearing the most of lately is associated with the upcoming election. If one listened to half the crud the media spews we all would be scared out of our
    minds. :)

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  36. Interesting post! I didn't know about any of these! The one about pets and electric blankets I find especially shocking - I wouldn't have thought of that in a million years. If we ever get a pet, I'll make sure to keep it off the electric blanket!

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  37. I knew about the batteries because of my hubby. I didn't know about electric blankets so, if I had one, I know not what to do. I am not happy about all the treats made in China and let's hope we will see more places move back here. If people won't buy stuff because they are made in China then the Companies will move back.

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  38. I had no idea about dogs and electric blankets. I wonder if that applies to cats, too? I am definitely asking the Vet.

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  39. I'm the type that just assumes everything is deadly ha, so I never knew that about electric blankets, but if I have a heating pad on me I always turn the heat off when Penny lies on it. She loves the warmth but I'm always afraid I'll burn her!

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  40. Better be careful ! Informative post !

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  41. I've concluded that most things in this world are bad for us. Not much we can do about it though.

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  42. Poor little dog. I had no idea.

    Happy Valentine!

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  43. ...and falling off the couch.

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  44. yup....am paranoid from num 1 to 3...not 4 and 5 as i dun have pet

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  45. Hmm. I hardly ever use a microwave (mine's currently sitting unplugged in my pantry), I don't keep 9-volt batteries around, and I have neither kids, dogs, nor an electric blanket. I'm good!

    Kidding; I know there are plenty of other things to be paranoid about. :P

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  46. I am WAY more afraid of falling off a high wire (or a bridge, which is practically the same thing!!!) than microwaves or electric blankets or Chinese dog treats.

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