Justin Bieber Reveals He Has Ramsay Hunt Syndrome ‘Has Paralysis In Face’

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In a video shared to Instagram on Friday, Justin Bieber revealed he’s been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

Justin Bieber, popular international singer, took to Instagram on Friday to let fans know that a series of his concerts have been postponed, revealing that he has been diagnosed with Ramsay Hunt Syndrome.

“It is from this virus that attacks the nerve in my ear and my facial nerves. It has caused my face to have paralysis,” Bieber says in a video on Friday.

Ramsay Hunt Syndrome  is a painful rash around the ear, on the face, or on the mouth. It occurs when the varicella-zoster virus infects a nerve in the head, according to Mount Sanai News Site.

Hunt syndrome is caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox and shingles.

The virus is believed to infect the facial nerve near the inner ear and often leads to irritation and swelling of the nerve.

The condition mainly seen in adults, and rarely in children, are affected differently, though some symptoms that occur are:

  • Severe pain in the ear
  • Painful rash on the eardrum, ear canal, earlobe, tongue, and roof of the mouth on the side with the affected nerve
  • Hearing loss on one side
  • Sensation of things spinning (vertigo)
  • Weakness on one side of the face that causes difficulty closing one eye, eating (food falls out of the weak corner of the mouth), making expressions, and making fine movements of the face, as well as facial droop and paralysis on one side of the face.

Let’s continue to keep Bieber in our prayers as he makes a full recovery from this diagnosis.

Strawberries Have Been Linked to An Outbreak of Hepatitis A: What You Should Know

Organic Strawberries + Hep A + Outbreak

Hepatitis A cases have been linked to strawberries sold at Walmart, Trader Joe’s and other top grocery stores.

Strawberries have been linked to an increase in Hepatitis A cases. [Photo Credit: Mykel B Davis]

Organic strawberries produced from two brands, FreshKampo and HEB, sold at stores including Walmart and Trader Joes have been linked to a US outbreak of hepatitis A.

The affected berries were purchased between March 5, 2022 and April 25, 2022.

The Food and Drug Administration is “investigating a multistate outbreak of Hepatitis A infections in the United States and Canada potentially linked to fresh organic strawberries branded FreshKampo and HEB,” the FDA website says.

The FDA urges consumers who have purchased and stored them in freezers to not consume and dispose of them.

Hepatitis A is an inflammation of the liver that can cause mild to severe illness, the World World Health Organization website reports.

In rare cases, Hepatitis A can cause liver disease and death. Most people who are infected can expect to make a full recovery within a few weeks.

So far, the FDA has reported 17 illnesses and 12 hospitalizations connected to organic strawberry consumption. 15 of those cases were from California, while Minnesota and North Dakota reported one each.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency are also investigating.

Jif Peanut Butter Recall Affects At Least 69 Other Products: What You Should Know

Jif Peanut Butter Recall

Jif peanut butter has been recalled for potential salmonella contamination linked to a Lexington, Ky. manufacturing facility.

Jif Peanut Butter + Voluntary Recall
Jif Peanut Butter is being recalled due to potential salmonella contamination by the J.M Smucker Co on Friday.

On Friday, The J.M Smucker Co., the parent company for popular peanut butter brand, issued a voluntary recall to Jif’s peanut butter products.

According to the CDC, The Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are continuing the investigation on the outbreak as 14 people have reported illnesses and two of those cases have resulted in hospitalizations.

Jif’s recalled products are now linked to 69 other product recalls due to peanut butter being notably used in chocolates, fruit and veggie trays, peanut butter sandwiches and more.

The original recall covered 49 Jif products, but the widening recalls include a number of other popular brands including Del Monte’s PB&J sandwiches and some of Albertsons’ store-made snacks.

Recalled products can be identified Lot numbers between 1274425-2140425 and include the numbers 425 for the 5th-7th digits. “425” indicates that the product was produced in the Lexington Facility.

Jif Peanut Butter Label Of Recalled Lot Number including “425” indicator that item was produced in Lexington, Ky. manufacturing facility [The Food and Drug Administration]

A full list of Jif’s recalled products and their numbers can be found on the FDA’s website.

The Food and Drug Administration wants to note that peanut butter has at least a two-year shelf life and encourages consumers to check their cabinets for affected items.

Smuckers is promising to reimburse people who have to discard their peanut butter. If you are affected in the Jif recall, you can visit a special website to submit a claim for up to five products at a time.

Coupons are expected to be sent to pay for replacement items, but that process can take up to six weeks.

Based on the widening recall, the outbreak is said to expand beyond US borders and affects other countries and provinces such as Canada, and the Dominican Republic to Thailand and Japan, according to the FDA.

More on this outbreak is being investigated. Check back for details.

Emergency Shipments of Baby Formula Starting To Arrive In The US

Baby Formula Shelf + Target + North Houston + Formula Restock

A US national emergency began just a few weeks ago when a baby formula shortage swept the nation.

Shipments of baby formula are being restocked at local grocery stores across the US [Mykel B Davis/Muscle Up Mommy]

A second emergency shipment has arrived in the US from Germany, following a nationwide infant formula shortage.

More than 100,000 pounds, equal to 1-million 8-ounce bottles have been received in Washington, D.C.

The first lady Jill Biden and U.S General Vivek Murthy greeted the plane, and said in a statement that fixing the baby formula shortage was the administration’s top priority.

“I’ve been heartbroken to hear the stories of parents searching for formula,” Jill Biden said. “As a mom and a nana, it’s impossible to hear the stories of children suffering and not imagine your own children in the same position. Food is the first and most important way we nurture our children.”

For weeks, the American people were concerned about receiving their child’s specific formula or alternatives amid medical health conditions such as food allergies and gastrointestinal issues.

Baby Formula Shelf at Target on i45 and Cypresswood in Houston, TX on May 25, 2022.

Many stores such as Kroger, Sam’s Club, Costco, and other major grocery retailers are beginning to distribute the new shipment of baby formula.

More shipments are expected to arrive as the White House has issued “Operation Fly Formula”, which is an effort to fly formula into the country to end the national shortage crisis.

Household purchase limits are still in effect and vary by location. See local retailer for details.

Nationwide Baby Formula Shortage Worsens: What You Should Know

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Nationwide baby formula shortage worsens as supply dwindles down.

Baby Formula Shelf at HEB Food Store in Cypress, Texas on May 11. [Mykel B Davis/Muscle Up Mommy]

America’s baby formula shortage is becoming a full on national crisis. Parents who use recalled Similac, Alimentum and EleCare powdered formulas are encouraged to stop use.

In many states, including Michigan and Texas, more than half of formula inventory is out-of-stock. Amid medical conditions such as food allergies and gastrointestinal issues, parents are scrambling to find their children’s specific formula and alternatives.

Many stores such a Walgreens, CVS, Kroger and other grocery stores have begun limiting product purchases to keep families from stockpiling available inventory.

Even with such product limits in place, experts and non-profit organizations say low-income families and children with special needs in rural areas will be most affected by the dramatic fallout of the formula shortage.

“It’s completely unfair. In a home where I have twin infants to feed, the product limit means my children will get 50% less food than a home with only one infant,” One mom of multiples said. “As if it hasn’t been hard enough to find their brand in stores, now I have to drive to multiple stores just to get what they need.”

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Baby Formula Shelf at Walmart in Houston, TX on May 10. [Mykel B Davis/Muscle Up Mommy]

The Food and Drug Administration reported consumer complaints of bacterial infections in four infants who consumed powdered infant formula produced in Abbott Nutrition’s facility in Sturgis, Michigan. They said in a statement, “All four infants had to be hospitalized and the bacterial infection may have contributed to death in two patients.”

The powdered formula consumed has been linked to a some risk of Cronobacter contamination. The FDA says contaminated baby-formulas should no longer be available in retail stores and parents are encouraged to check their home for any possible recalled brands.

A full list of recalled brands was published by the FDA.

This bacteria, the virus that led to the global pandemic in 2019 and caused extreme supply chain issues across the country is ultimately what led to this now baby-fomula shortage and national crisis.

The FDA suggests that parents who have children with special medical nutrition needs contact their children’s health care provider for recommendations on changing feeding practices, if regular formula is not available.

The FDA also says, “If you get infant formula through WIC, do not throw the formula out. Instead, you should take it to the store for a refund and exchange or call the company at 1-800-986-8540 to help you. WIC recipients should be able to obtain a different brand of similar formula. Call your local WIC clinic for more guidance.”

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Attorney Ticora Davis Merited The 11th Fastest Growing Law Firm In The US

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Founding Attorney Ticora Davis, The Creators Law firm

Ticora Davis, Attorney and mom of 2, is revolutionizing the work culture for women by creating a global model for work-life blend and team building.

Attorney Davis is founder of the Creator’s Law firm, where it’s woman-owned and woman-powered staff merited the distinction of being the 11th fastest growing law firm in the United States from Law Firm 500 and has served thousands of clients successfully.

Attorney Davis pinned a quote from Abraham Lincoln, “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” And she is determined to do just that. With a pen and legal pad in hand, Attorney Davis dreamt of being the most sought after trademark and business lawyer. She imagined serving who she calls the “top entrepreneurial titans and most daring business underdogs.”

Attorney Davis says, “One of the things I’ve learned is that dreams need to be protected and not just shielded from the naysayers and doubters, but covered enough so that you have the freedom and protection to design your destiny without fear.”

We asked Attorney Davis what gaps have she noticed in the industry that she helps to fill, and she said, the reason she does her work today is because every dream deserves a chance to be born. “It’s hard to think creating with freedom when you have a legal target on your business’s back.”

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Staff, The Creator’s Law Firm

Attorney Davis received Beyonce’s Beygood Grant in 2020. She believes that being both flexible and rigid along this entrepreneurial journey with both employees and clients, have awarded her with being the 11th fastest growing Law firm in the US in 2021.

The hunger and fire for success intensified once her children were born. Attorney Davis says, their presence has elevated her empathy and tenacity and creativity. She added, “Becoming a mother empowered me to remember that above all, I will and will always be Ticora. I matter and cannot lose myself in work or motherhood, but must endeavor to balance work with play and dedication with rest.”

For our mom readers, We asked Attorney Davis if given the option to hire help with cooking, cleaning or yardwork, which would it be, and she says she receives support from “amazing professionals like chef’s, meal prep companies, baby sitters, professional house cleaners, landscapers, beauty professionals and consultants. It’s important for me to lean into my zone of genius and trust others with theirs.” She notes that hiring help is a form of self-care to her.

Attorney Davis says her new clients can expect to see a new website in May 2022, and heightened customer experience with custom welcome boxes.

To Contact Attorney Ticora Davis,

Feeling Blue: Expectation Versus Reality

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Tired,Exhausted,Female,African,Scrub,Nurse,Wears,Face,Mask,Blue

I caught myself feeling blue for the last couple of days, and before I picked myself up from the slump, I allowed myself to just sit and feel. I wanted to understand WHY I was feeling that way. I wanted to know how a new plan could adjust my mood.

I used to try to quickly sweep my feelings under the rug, but this left me drained, in a mood with everyone around me, and extremely short fused.

I realized I had been comparing my right now to previous experiences that went better. I was being hard on myself about not meeting my own deadlines that were way too aggressive to begin with, and unaligned with what God wanted for me. 

I mean I completely took on the weight of all the things that are essentially out of my control, and added them up one by one until the weight weighed me down. It’s always in these moments of darkness that I remember to Let Go, and Let God. The more I try to hold onto things that I can’t control, or resist the seasons of change, the heavier the load gets.

This time, I reminded myself that all I can do every single day is show up as my most authentic self, and do what I can to bring my goals to pass, and everything outside of that, will align as it should.

Once I fully accepted that, I woke up grateful and a lot less heavy.

I want that for you today too (and everyday after that).

Let go of the things that you can’t control. Everything will come together in due time…and when it does, you’ll see why God made you wait.

Remember, You’re doing well and IT’S HAPPENING.

How Postpartum Depression Fueled My Passion For The Gym

Mom Going Through PostPartum Depression

Having twins changed my perpective on a lot of things. I used to think that the snapback was as simple as physically getting back in the gym to tone, but turns out, my journey was much different than that.

I had my twins by emergency ceserean. Not that this was my original birthing plan, but I was open to whichever delivery method that was going to get my girls here safely.

Postpartum Recovery

After the postpartum recovery period, i noticed some things that made me feel off. I was sad more than usual and felt an exteme guilt for wanting to get alone time too. I didn’t know how to express it. Instead, I held it in to myself and it toiled into this big fiery ball of resentment for everyone around me that had the life of flexibility that I once had.

I spent most of my day breastfeeding, pumping when they slept, and waging a war on house chores so that I could appear to have it all together. Ironically enough, it was this exact obsession with keeping it together that led me to losing it all.

Deciding to Make A Change

My mental health went to complete pits after I let go of myself. It wasn’t intentional. I just couldn’t separate the tasks of taking care of my children, taking care of home, and taking care of myself. Unfortunately, this isn’t a 3-for-1 special and while I was caring for one area, another was starving for my attention. Ultimately enough, I sacrificed anything that involved my personal needs and as a result, I could never really feel ‘alive’.

I caught myself staring at my reflection in the mirror with tears streaming down my face, bags under my eyes, in an old oversized t-shirt to realize that this is NOT what I want my story to be. It was that day that I made a firm decision that a change was needed and it was time to get really selfish about myself and my time.

I set 3 goals: to get back in shape, to start doing things that I used to love doing, and to put myself first so that my kids can have a happy mom and not one that always looked and felt like crap.

This decision changed my life forever and to this day, I keep these same 3 goals in mind. So to the mama who is battling with herself, her family, and the house… choose you. You cannot pour from an empty cup, and no one wins when mama is at war with herself.

Snack Choices For Your Sweet Tooth

Snack Choices + Apple Slices + Sweet Tooth Craving
Snack Choices + Apple Slices + Sweet Tooth Craving
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For many of us, snacking is a huge challenge.

Especially when those sweet tooth cravings start to kick in.

I want to share with you my go-to snack of choice when I’m looking to stay discplined and committed to my fitness and wellness journey.

Drumroll……. please….

It’s a very simple snack; one that doesn’t cost a fortune and can be stocked year-round: Apple Slices and Peanut Butter.

The brand of apples and peanut butter that you choose is completely up to you.

The Benefits:

  • Apples help to improve your digestive system.
  • Apples may help lower your cholesterol and blood pressure.
  • Apples are great for your immune system.
  • Peanut Butter is a great pick for added protein (Hint Hint- Body Builders)
  • Peanut Butter is also great for managing your blood sugar levels.
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter a day can help aid in weightloss.

Try this simple sweet tooth craving trick out.

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