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Beware of Wen® hair care products, advertised in late night infomercials

You’ve probably all seen those late-night TV commercials for Wen® hair care products.

If you’re tempted to buy, don’t.

Unless you want your hair to fall out.

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Julie Edgar reports for WebMD, Sept. 26, 2016:

Krista Calderon first bought Wen hair products more than a year ago, believing that using something billed as “natural” would be better for her hair.

At first, she noticed that her eyebrows lost their shape and figured that the person who waxed them had messed up. Then she noticed that her leg hair was patchy. Five months into using two of Wen’s cleansing conditioners, she called the company to ask why she seemed to be losing hair. She was told she wasn’t using the products properly.

By December — 8 months after she started using them — she saw that the part in her hair was widening. Around the same time, Calderon read an article on her Facebook page about complaints against Wen and “put two and two together,” she says.

The experience left her with crippling anxiety.

“I didn’t want to go out from January 2016 until recently. I really became a recluse,” says Calderon, 26, who lives in Southern California. She estimates that from April to December 2015, she spent $300 on the Wen products, which are often advertised in late-night infomercials and in online ads. The cleansing conditioners sell for about $25 and up. She’s since thrown them out, slowly regaining her emotional footing along with her hair.

Calderon is among tens of thousands of Wen users who had a similar experience. The company, based in Santa Monica, CA, has received more than 21,000 complaints about the products, but denies they are the cause of the hair loss, breakage, and scalp irritation described by users. The company has proposed paying $26.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit against it, which would pay out about $25 apiece to most of the plaintiffs. The lawsuit also requires the company to include a caution on the label.

Meanwhile, however, Wen continues selling the conditioner and its other products, because of a lack of federal oversight of the $62 billion cosmetics industry.

The FDA doesn’t have the authority to recall the products on its own or to test a product for safety until someone complains. In the case of Wen® cleansing conditioners, although the FDA received 127 complaints in 2014 — the highest it had ever received about a hair cleaning product — the federal agency could only send a warning letter to the company, and issue a consumer alert about the cleansing conditioners. Should the FDA’s investigation find that something in Wen® products caused the reaction, the most the agency can do is ask the company to voluntarily pull the products from shelves.

Lawmakers have introduced two bills pushing for more regulation of cosmetics:

  • The Safe Cosmetics Modernization Act, introduced by Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX); and
  • The Personal Care Products Safety Act, co-sponsored by Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Susan Collins (R-ME).

Both bills would require companies to register with the FDA, submit product ingredient lists, notify the FDA of any reports of serious side effects, and authorize the FDA to prohibit the sale of products that have been found to cause serious health risks. The Feinstein-Collins bill would also require larger cosmetics manufacturers to pay a fee based on annual revenues.

The Personal Care Products Council (PCPC), a lobbyist for the cosmetics industry that represents companies like Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, has announced its support of the proposal, along with the Environmental Working Group and a handful of medical associations.

Ingredients such as formaldehyde, diazolidinyl urea, lead acetate, quaternium-15, and propyl paraben are preservatives and antimicrobials found in products ranging from shaving cream to moisturizers.

There is evidence that formaldehyde may raise the chance of getting cancer. North Carolina State University biology professor Heather Patisaul warns that parabens are endocrine-disrupting and can affect reproduction and organ development. She is a spokeswoman for the 18,000-member Endocrine Society, which supports the Feinstein-Collins bill.

Here’s the fraudster Chaz Dean hawking his Wen® hair care products:

~Eowyn

What’s that underneath Hillary Clinton’s jacket at 9/26 debate with Trump?

That woman sure has interesting objects secreted under her garments.

Remember this? (See “Strange bulges under Hillary’s coat suggest a defibrillator vest”)

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And this? (See “Hillary Clinton wears a catheter?”)

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At last night’s first presidential debate with Donald Trump, Hillary also had something hidden under jacket.

A sharp-eyed tweeter samwise@samlipschitz spotted it:

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To verify samwise, I went to NBC News’ full video of the debate. Pay close attention beginning at the 2:02:00 mark. Every time Hillary bends down to shake someone’s hand, you can see the outlines of something under her jacket attached to her lower right back.

I slowed down the video and took these screenshots:

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The next two screenshots clearly show that the device at the base of Hillary’s lower right back is connected to a wire that extends all the way up to the base of her neck.

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Some commenters on RedStateWatcher say what Hillary had on was a battery pack and wire for the clip-on microphone pinned to the front of her jacket. As you can see in the screenshot from the debate (below), Trump had a microphone pinned to his lapel as well. I painted the yellow circles around their respective mikes.

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Indeed, I found this pic of an MXL FR-351 Lavalier Microphone:

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What do you think?

H/t and FOTM‘s maziel

~Eowyn

11-year-old boy trumps CNN anchor

The Clinton News Network anchorwoman tries to bait 11-year-old Matthew Schricker with a question about the “language being used, the namecalling that’s been used in the primary,” referring to Trump tagging his GOP primary rivals with nicknames like “Low Energy Jeb,” “Lyin’ Ted” and “Little Marco,” and correctly calling Hillary “Crooked Hillary”.

Matthew calmly replies:

“I really think that listening to a few bad words coming out of Donald Trump is a lot better than people getting blown up by terrorists, people getting burned alive, people’s heads being chopped off, and people being drowned.”

Bravo, Matthew!

Good comment on the video’s YouTube page:

Svolder: “This is what CNN has to resort to. Bringing 11 year olds on the program to pick apart, and then STILL losing”

~Eowyn

1st Trump-Hillary debate – Open Forum

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Location: Hofstra University in Long Island, N.Y.

Time: The debate begins at 9 pm (for the East coast) and 6 pm (for the West coast), and will last 90 minutes.

Moderator: Lester Holt, NBC News.

Format: Hillary, 68, won a coin toss and chose to take the first question. She will have two minutes to answer, after which Trump will be given equal time. Trump, 70, will then be given the first question at the beginning of the next segment.

Would you believe that Hillary’s name is mis-spelt in the debate ticket? LOL

2016-first-presidential-debate-ticketA Reuters/Ipsos poll released today has half of America’s likely voters saying they would rely on the debates to help them make their choice.

Please say a prayer for America — for God’s mercy that we be spared a President Hillary.

~Eowyn

On day before debate, Hillary in winter coat gingerly walks down stairs

Yesterday (Sept. 25) in New York City, where temps were in the low-70s, ABC News’ Liz Kreutz spotted Hillary Clinton gingerly descending a short flight of steps from a building (reportedly the Appleseeds Kids Center), wearing a long green winter coat.

Hillary first grasps the door handle while cautiously looking down at the steps. When Kreutz calls out to her, “Secretary Clinton. You feel ready for the debate?,” Hillary steps over to the side of the stairs, grabs hold of the banister with her right hand and gingerly walks down the seven stairs to the sidewalk. The man walking directly behind Clinton bounds down the short flight of steps without using the banisters.

Hillary at first ignores Kreutz’s question as she focuses on the stairs. Hillary’s face then lights up when she recognizes Kreutz and the two exchange quick greetings with Kreutz again asking about the debate. Hillary replies that she is “getting ready, getting ready!”.

Hillary then reaches out and grabs a handle in the black Secret Service van to steady herself as she steps down off the curb to the gutter. She then uses both arms to pull herself up into the van. The video clip ends at that point.

A 68-year-old woman who, as her physician Dr. Lisa Bardack insists, is “healthy and fit to serve as President of the United States,” should not gingerly walk down a few steps, holding on to the banister. But Hillary clearly has a fear of falling. Also, it wasn’t in the least cold yesterday in New York City; the temperature was in the low 70s. A normal person would be suffocating in that long winter coat.

Was she wearing GLOVES?!!

You would think this is an elderly, doddering, senile woman . . . .

Oh wait.

She is!

Which do you believe? Dr. Lisa “Faustian Bargain” Bardack or your own eyes?

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~Eowyn

Blacks (finally) are abandoning Hillary for Trump

But will they continue to do so in large enough numbers to make a difference in the election?

Mary Kay Linge reports for the New York Post that according to a Los Angeles Times/University of Southern California tracking poll released on Sept. 18, 2016, Donald Trump is gaining support among “African American” voters — whose enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton is eroding.

Support for Trump among Black voters sharply increased in the space of less than a week, from just 3.1% on Sept. 10, to 19.6% through Sept. 16 when the poll was taken.

Meanwhile, the same poll showed Clinton’s support among that group plummeting from 90.4% on Sept. 10 to 71.4% six days later.

What happened in those 6 days?

Hillary’s collapse at the 9/11 memorial ceremony of course.

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~Eowyn

This is Chiraq: 7 killed, 36 wounded in weekend shootings

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From MyFoxChicago: Seven men were killed and at least 36 other people have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening, including a man left in critical condition on a sidewalk near Millennium Park.

The downtown attack happened about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe. A 54-year-old man walking with two other people got into an argument with another male who then pulled out a gun and shot him in the head, according to Chicago Police. He was taken in critical condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The shooter took off on a bicycle but was arrested nearby and questioned Saturday night, police said.

The most recent homicide happened at 4:29 a.m. in South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood. A 28-year-old was shot in the neck in the 9200 block of South Colfax, police said. He was taken to Trinity Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:04 a.m., authorities said.

At 7:25 p.m. Saturday, a man was shot to death in the Englewood neighborhood on the South Side. The 22-year-old was standing outside looking at a vehicle in the 1500 block of West 56th Street when shots rang out and he was struck multiple times. He was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said. The Cook County medical examiner’s office could not immediately confirm the fatality.

Earlier Saturday, a man was shot to death in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Officers responding to a call of a person down about 2:30 a.m. found a 37-year-old man dead with a gunshot wound to the head in the 2600 block of West Wilcox, police said. The medical examiner’s office has not released his name.

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Less than 30 minutes earlier, a man was killed and a woman wounded in Gage Park on the Southwest Side. They were outside at 2:10 a.m. in the 2200 block of West 50th Street when a vehicle pulled up and a gunman got out and opened fire, hitting 20-year-old Jose Vizcarra in the head and a 24-year-old woman in the foot, according to police and the medical examiner’s office. Vizcarra, of the 400 block of North Hamlin, was dead at the scene, authorities said. The woman was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in fair condition.

Friday night, a 19-year-old man was killed and a 20-year-old man critically wounded in another Englewood neighborhood shooting. A gunman walked up to them about 8 p.m. in the 5600 block of South Racine and opened fire, hitting Izael McKenzie in the head and the older man in the back, authorities said. Both were taken to Stroger Hospital, where McKenzie died at 8:44 p.m. He lived in the 5600 block of South Throop. The other man was in critical condition, police said.

About 5:35 p.m. Friday, 21-year-old Joaquin Gonzalez was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene in the 2600 block of West Haddon in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side, authorities said. Police have not provided details on the circumstances of the shooting, but an autopsy ruled Gonzalez’s death a homicide. He lived in the 7700 block of South Peoria.

The weekend’s first fatal shooting came 10 minutes before that in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side, where someone chased 56-year-old Carl Jackson into his apartment building in the 1000 block of West 77th Street and shot him repeatedly, authorities said. Jackson died at the scene.

The most recent nonfatal shooting happened at 7:05 a.m. Sunday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. The 34-year-old was standing in the 300 block of South Laramie, waiting to cross over to West Gladys, when an SUV pulled up and a male got out and shot him in the abdomen, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition was stabilized.

At least 32 more people have been shot in other city attacks since 4:15 p.m. Friday.

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

Take a bow mayor/NBC photo

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