What's the scam?
- Military members are getting pictures stolen from their social media profiles by scammers who are posing as them and asking people for money.
- Scammers will come up with a variety of different scenarios to try and get money from people. In Nikki's case, people were taking pictures she had posted of her kids and sending them to victims saying "she" needed money to take care of them, get home to them etc.
- The asks will start out small. The scammers will initially ask for gift cards or phone cards. Then they'll for money, starting with a few hundred dollars and build up. If they realize someone is vulnerable, they'll keep asking for more.
- The scammers usually target those who are divorced, widowed or people looking to build an emotional connection with someone else.
- People you don't know will strike up a conversation and subtly ask personal questions to get details about you.
- From there, they'll start building a connection and then ask for you to send gift cards or something small. That can escalate into them asking for bigger purchases or cash.
- If they ask for cash, usually it comes with a story about how they are stuck overseas without a way home or they need help financially. Selby says the military is not going to leave military members overseas without a way home. If someone is telling you that, it is probably a scam.
- Look at the dates pictures are posted. If the profile has only a few photos and they were all posted within a day or two of each other, chances are it isn't a real profile.
- A lot of times the captions have broken English. That's also a red flag.
Avoid the scam
- Ask to video chat to verify the identity of the person you're engaging with.
- They are targeting the military because a lot of times those deployed aren't able to Facetime or video chat. And, people generally want to help those in uniform. So if they have a service member asking for assistance, most people will talk themselves into it and want to help.
- The military has a generalized email with the ending ".mil". Ask the person to send you an email from their military email to verify it is actually legitimate.
- Don't send money to people you don't know.
Breast Cancer risk factors and symptoms
- There is nothing specifically that can be done to prevent breast cancer from occurring. But maintaining a healthy weight, being as physically active as you possibly can, eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, limiting alcohol intake and limiting or quitting smoking are some lifestyle modifications that may help to reduce the risk of developing breast cancer.
- The biggest risk factor besides being an aging woman is family history. Any families that have a strong prevalence of breast cancer, especially in a mother, sister or daughter, are going to be at a higher risk for breast cancer.
- A common misconception is that pain is an indicator of breast cancer. Symptoms Dr. Laura Dean tells her patients to watch out for: a developing lump, mass, thickening, changes in the skin and pay attention to the armpit area.
- Breast cancer starts inside the breast and because of the drainage pattern of the breast tissue, if it were to spread outside of the breast, the first place it would most likely go is the lymph nodes in the armpit area.
- If interested in genetic testing, it may be beneficial to start with your health care provider to get in contact with a genetic counselor. The genetic counselor can narrow in on your family history; specifically, who in your family has be affected and by what types of cancer.
- A benefit of genetic testing could be knowing if you are a carrier for BRCA1 or BRCA2. Knowing this information is helpful for you as the patient, but also any family members who may also be affected.
- The downside of genetic testing is that it's a lot of information and weight to carry. So, genetic testing should definitely be done with a trusted health care provider who can talk you through the results and what to do with that information.
- Mammography allows doctors and radiologists to find cancer well before a self check would reveal it, sometimes years in advance.
- Mammography is the gold standard for breast cancer screening. Mammography is recommended every year starting at the age of 40.
- 3D mammograms allow increased visibility of cancer inside the breast, especially dense breast tissue. It also decreases false positives.
- It is not uncommon to get called back for additional testing. This does not mean that something is wrong.
- Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy are all forms of treatment for breast cancer. Doctors are learning more every day about which treatments work best for different genetic makeups.
- Cold capping is a new development that is helping prevent hair loss during chemotherapy. It is a cold cap that goes on a woman's head while she is receiving chemotherapy infusions.
- Breast cancer affects men as well. Men typically present larger tumors and this is because they don't regularly get screened so they don't usually seek treatment until they notice a physical change.
- 75% of patients diagnosed have no family history of breast cancer. Screening is important for everyone, not just the high risk patients.
Where to find scholarships
- The best source for scholarships are the colleges themselves. It can be tricky to find, but searching the school website for scholarships is the best place to look.
Your high school counseling office is also a great starting point.
- Shannon recommends bigfuture.org as a resource when searching for schools and scholarships. It includes statistics for average GPAs, test scores and other useful information to compare your standing amongst others.
- Because of the internet, where every scholarship is available at your fingertips, you have so much more competition to win any scholarship. Focus on the schools you are applying to. That is really the best source and allows you to be strategic to maximize your chances of getting the most scholarship money.
- There are scholarships for everything. You want to avoid doing a basic Google search for "scholarship." Be specific and focus in on your characteristics that make you unique and search based on that.
Applying for scholarships
- Parents and students tend to look at scholarships as a reward. Colleges view scholarships as a recruiting technique. Shannon suggests looking at scholarships from the colleges perspective. They are going to hand out scholarships to those who stand out the most in the applicant pool - the ones they really want to recruit.
- Don't waste time applying for dozens and dozens of broad scholarships. Every little bit helps, but make sure you're applying to scholarships that you are a perfect match for and meet all the qualifications.
- Take time to look up local community-based scholarships. The applicant pool is restricted and you have a better shot at getting that than a nationwide scholarship.
- Once you declare a major, you can focus on career-based scholarships. Apply for scholarships all throughout college, not just the first year.
- It should almost never cost you money to apply for scholarships. The only exception is a professional association that offers a scholarship, in which you would have to pay a fee to be a member of the association to be eligible. Anything besides that, it should always be free to search and apply for scholarships.
- Always be authentic in any essays you have to write. Think about who or what organization is offering this scholarship to you. What do they want from you and what are they looking for? Think about what their priorities are and make sure your application is speaking to those priorities.
- Only Division 1 and Division 2 schools offer athletic scholarships.
- If looking to a college coach for help, make sure they are qualified to offer guidance. Try to find someone that has worked in a financial aid or admissions office at a university.
Get more information about Shannon's company here: College Coach
What is it?
- Microblading is a type of tattoo. It implants pigments just under the surface of your skin. This technique requires a hand tool that scratches little lines resembling hair strokes. Microfeathering is another term for this.
- Microshading typically uses a machine. It is a little bit gentler on the skin because it just taps the pigment into the skin instead of scratching it in, like microblading. Ombre is another term for this.
How much is it?
- Cost depends on where you're located and the expertise of the person doing the procedure, but it can range from $300-$1,000. It costs quite a bit because of the training you expect of the person doing the procedur. Costs a lot of money and materials, like ink and home care, add up too.
- A follow up appointment is recommended around a year after your original appointment. This will be an additional cost but should not be as expensive as the original procedure.
- Depending on what state you live in, training is not required for this procedure so do your research and make sure you're going to a trained professional in this field. Look up websites and reviews before going. Whitney also says to look up images of their work - both fresh and healed images, look at how long they have been doing microblading, and look up if they have a license to provide this procedure or operate out of the facility they're using.
- There is only a very small cross section of people who are ideal candidates for microblading. Oily skin does not tend to do well with microblading. If you have oily skin, right after the procedure you will probably see nice, crisp hair strokes, but during the healing process, the lines will blur together and look more like microshading. It can end up looking blotchy.
- Microblading is a bit harsher on the skin. So it might be less ideal for someone with delicate or mature skin.
How long does it last
- It is technically a permanent procedure. It causes permanent changes to the skin, but it can fade over time and can require a touch up.
- Microblading usually requires a touch up about six months to a year after the initial procedure.
- Microshading tends to last a little longer. Typically a touch up would happen about a year to 18 months after the initial procedure.
- You'll go into the appointment for the procedure. You'll get a consultation first and discuss expectations. The procedure will start with a pre-draw. You can give feedback and make sure that's exactly what you want it to look like. After that is settled, you'll go through the numbing process which takes about 20 minutes. Then the procedure will start which takes roughly an hour.
- Afterwards, there is home care involved. This typically involves cleaning the brows, drying them and applying an ointment.
- The first 3-5 days your brows will be darker than usual. Around day 5, the brows may peel or flake.
- The whole healing process takes about 10 days.
- You keep your eyebrow hair! This process does not shave your eyebrows off.
Convection oven vs. air fryer
A convection oven heats air and then a fan blows it around. But in a big rectangular oven, it sometimes does not move the air around effectively. In a compact cylinder like an air fryer, the air moves more naturally like a cyclone. An air fryer has the same technology of a convection oven but just in a different configuration.
Oil and the air fryer
You do not put oil in an air fryer. You actually spray the food with oil and then put that into the fryer. So, there is no hassle of having to heat and cool oil.
Putting oil into a spray bottle and just spritzing it before cooking will do the trick. That can help reduce your oil intake as well. Grape seed oil, olive oil and canola oil are all good options to use.
What to cook in an air fryer
Chicken, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, pizza, green beans, steak - the cooking options are endless with an air fryer.
Fish is also great in the air fryer! You don't have to worry about splatter from a stovetop or smelling up your house with a fishy smell.
You can cook frozen foods in the air fryer. The only challenge is when the frozen foods thaw, they are wet which inhibits browning.
Air fryers are great for even just reheating foods! It can brown the food and make it crispier than a microwave would.
When you first get an air fryer, test it out with a bag of frozen french fries. Spritz the fries with a little bit of oil, add some salt if desired and cook them in the air fryer.
Once you get a feel for how it works, try cooking other things! Meredith suggests the next thing to try cooking is a steak. "You may never use your grill again," she said.
There are different settings for different air fryers. There are manual air fryers and digital ones. Meredith prefers the digital ones to get a more precise temperature and cook time. There are also different sizes. The sizes range from two quarts to eight quarts.
Cleaning up is easy with an air fryer. Some pieces of the air fryer can be run through the dishwasher or you can soak it in the sink with some soap and water.
When converting recipes from a regular oven to an air fryer, reduce the temperature by 25 degrees and reduce the time by about 20%.
For recipes and air frying 101, visit Meredith's website here.
Recipes by Meredith mentioned with the episode include:
- Keep in mind what you wear. The eye tends to go directly to the brightest part of the photo. So, if there's one person in your image in white and everyone else is in black, the eye will immediately go to the person in white. Try to coordinate everyone's outfits so they are cohesive and work well together.
- Pay attention to the background. Try not to have any distracting elements in the back that will take focus away from what you're actually trying to shoot.
- Avoid full sun. Overcast days are actually the best days to shoot!
- Having subjects off to the side and not directly in the center of the photo will create better composition.
- Not everyone has to be straight on facing the camera. Have people turn their body to the side slightly.
- Bring a family friend or assistant to help you with the photos. They can help wrangle the kids and check the lighting to help get the perfect shot.
Toddlers and Photography
- Giving them a distraction can help when shooting with toddlers. Have them hold and play with a toy that you don't mind being in the picture. Also, have them in someone's arms. They will feel more comfortable and it can help them stay still and focus.
Teenagers and Photography
- Some teenagers aren't very enthusiastic about taking family pictures. Telling them it will be a quick session and actually living up to that promise will usually lead to more cooperation from them.
- Prepping and knowing exactly what you want will help keep the photo session shorter and hopefully hold everyone's attention.
Babies and Photography
- If babies are teething or sick and not feeling well, don't shoot that day. You won't be happy with the images you get of your grumpy child. Rescheduling for a different day when they are feeling better will make everyone happier.
- Don't use the flash on your camera. Try to get a separate light shining behind or next to the camera. It will create nice and natural shadows to give your pictures a more 3D feel.
- Not every picture needs a filter. You want a timeless image. You can brighten up a photo or enhance colors slightly but use filters sparingly and don't overdo it.
- Change your phone settings to the highest resolution if you want to print them. This will take up more memory on your phone, but it will print a clearer and more concise photo.
Learn more about Julia's business Jewel Images
What is bullying?
- When one individual makes it difficult for another to feel safe or comfortable in an environment. It could be at home, at school, in the workplace etc.
As a parent, what is the best way to handle your child being bullied?
- Acknowledge the emotions your child is feeling. Ask them what happened? When did this happen? Who was around when this happened?
- Be aware that the person causing the harm has some emotional triggers happening that is causing them to perform such an act.
What can your child say to a bully to confront them?
- Your child can tell them they don't like how this person is talking to them and making them feel. Your child can say the comments or behavior of this person is making them unhappy or uncomfortable.
- If confronting them doesn't work and the negative comments continue, have them go to a teacher or a counselor and tell them how this person makes them feel. Teachers and counselors are there to support students and make them feel safe.
- Chart the size of the problem with your child. How big is this problem? Is it happening to everyone or specifically to your child? How often does this happen? Understand the size of the problem and then go from there to figure out how to address it.
- Some schools have programs in which a parent or student can report something anonymously that they may be uncomfortable talking about. This makes the school aware of the issue and they can take steps to resolve it .
Technology and Bullying
- Be careful about what you post online.
- Think and reflect before you post something. The minute we see something on social media, we have the ability to react immediately. So, take time to think of a response before you react emotionally.
- Disconnect. Turn the phone and computer off for a little bit to reconnect with yourself.
Bullies within the family
- Sometimes people in your family may not know how they are acting is bothering you. Having a one-on-one conversation with them is a good place to start.
- If that doesn't work, try going to someone you trust in your family that you can lean on to help you communicate with this person.
Bullies within the workplace
- Go to that person and tell them that their behavior or comments are making you uncomfortable. Ask them why they are treating you that way. Ask them if there was something that happened that made them act this way towards you.
- Have a plan of action. Try to make a truce and say if they have an issue with you, they can come to you and have a conversation about it instead of treating your poorly.
- If the behavior continues, talk to a manager or supervisor. If it still continues, sometimes getting Human Resources involved or taking legal action is necessary.
Key points from Shannon Vasconcelos of College Coach on That Expert Show
- 80 percent of students receive some form of financial aid for college.
- FAFSA is the key document a student needs to fill out in order to apply for financial aid, It's now available as an app called the My Federal Student Aid app. The Department of Education created this app as a way to reach more families and students and make it easier to apply for financial aid, right from your phone.
- The FAFSA application opens on October 1 but there is not a standard deadline. The deadline is determined and can differ by each individual school. Deadlines for the application can range from November to March so make sure to check the school websites you want to apply for so you don't miss the application deadline.
- Even if the deadline isn't until March, applying earlier is better. Some schools can run short on funding so applying early is the best option.
- There are standard questions on the FAFSA application like name, address, social security number etc. It will also ask about the income and assets of the student and the parents.
- FAFSA looks at your income two years prior to the year you're applying for. So typically, if applying for financial aid all four years of college, they will be looking at income from sophomore year of high school to sophomore year of college. These are called the base years.
- One thing to avoid doing is artificially inflating your income during the base years. This can happen when you sell or cash in on stocks or withdraw from a retirement account, which a lot of people do in order to pay for college. When you do that, it can create a capital gain on your tax return and your income looks higher than it otherwise would have been. You want to avoid doing one of those income producing moves in one of the base years.
- Assets held in the students name are looked at more harshly than assets held in the parents name, such as a large personal savings account.
- 529 is a tax advantage college savings account. The tax advantage is that you get all of the growth of the account tax free as long as you use the money for college.
- If your child decides not to go to college, you can withdraw your money out of a 529 but you would have to pay taxes on it plus a 10 percent penalty.
- Saving For College is a great resource for researching 529 plans and which one is right for you.
- 529 plans can only have one beneficiary at a time listed on them, but you are able to change the beneficiary within the family.
- If your children are close in age and will be going to college at the same time, it is better to have two separate 529 plans for each child.
- National average costs of college per year
In-state public university: $25,000
Out-of-state public university: $40,000
Private university: $50,000 but Shannon has found it to be more around $70,000
- Some colleges tend to be more generous than others when it comes to financial aid. To check out the colleges that offer the most financial aid, see Shannon's blog post here.
Hilary Johnson of Hatch Tribe on That Expert Show with Anna Canzano
Advice for someone with a business idea but doesn't know how to get started?
- Let the creativity flow! Carry around a notebook with you and write down any and all ideas you have for your potential business. It's a process but over time, some of those ideas will become a little more exciting and those may be the ones that you choose to pursue.
Once you decide on an idea, what is the next step?
- Research is very important when getting started and when your business is up and running. Research other businesses doing a similar thing. Doing research online is wonderful, but stepping outside and actually talking and interacting with others in the field can be very beneficial.
Planning for the financial commitment of starting a business
- Develop a budget. Factor in the one-time start up costs but also think about what it's actually going to cost to run the business. What resources will you need? - Start saving money right away! Don't spend money on unnecessary things and start putting it towards a nest-egg you can use to launch.
Are things like Facebook groups necessary to have a successful business?
- Not really. For some businesses it is the right move to have an online presence in the form of a Facebook group but it is not necessary for all businesses.
- Think about who you are trying to reach with your business. If community -- connecting people to others and yourself -- is a huge part of that, a Facebook group or something similar is a good tool.
If you've launched a business but have felt it plateau, what steps can you take in order to continue to grow?
- Always remember we get tired of our own message before anyone else does. Hilary says it takes 7-11 times for someone to hear and recognize a message.
- If you want to grow your business there are two areas in which you must invest time and money.
- Humans want immediate results. But when owning a business, you have to be patient. Give your sales and marketing strategies time (90 days is a suggested amount) and then look at analytics. See what is working for your business and what you may need to improve upon and you can build a new strategy.
How do you know when it's time to fold?
- About 50% of businesses will fail by year five. It is not uncommon. That doesn't mean don't go for it! But, if you reach a point when you realize this isn't sustainable anymore, being able to exit out of that business is a win. Walking away because it didn't pan out like you thought it would is success, not a fail.
- Set a threshold for yourself: By this date, if I haven't reached this (it could be number of customers or how much money is in the bank etc.), then I'll need to make some decisions. Sometimes the decision is to get another job to earn some extra money to keep the business afloat. Sometimes it's closing the doors and planning a new endeavor.
- Know your target audience and market to them. A lot of business owners make the mistake of not marketing at all or spending a lot of money and marketing to the wrong audience.
- If you already have an online audience, go to them and ask what they want to see from you. A common mistake people make is assuming what their audience wants. Just ask them! They'll tell you what they want to see from you.
Dena Royer breaks down key things to know about CBD
- There are two types of CBD. One is derived from a hemp plant which resembles bamboo and one is derived from a marijuana plant. Both plants contain CBD but it's more abundant from hemp. There is a very low amount of THC in a hemp plant and that can be removed.
- Anything sold in a dispensary is derived from a marijuana plant and will most likely contain THC.
- If you use a CBD product derived from a hemp plant, you won't feel any sort of high.
- People can use CBD for a variety of different reasons including trouble sleeping, anxiety, inflammation, pain, arthritis, cancer, migraines etc. CBD can help with neurological and autoimmune problems.
- Dena says CBD does not interact or interfere with other medications you may be taking.
- There are many ways you can use CBD. You can smoke, vape and take it sublingually. If you don't want to ingest it in those ways, it also comes in creams, oils and gummies, among many other forms.
- CBD is not hemp oil.
- Dena says you can't overdose on CBD. Every body is different so dosage will vary from person to person.
- Start with a few drops of a CBD oil under your tongue and see how you feel. Your body will tell you how much you need to use in order to see and feel results.
- If you've never used CBD before, research it! Research the symptoms you are experiencing and look into different products. Go with a company and product that has been on the market for awhile and has a money back guarantee. That way, if a certain product doesn't work for you, you're able to return it and try something else.
- If you aren't seeing the results you want, try another product. Not every product works the same so you just have to find the right one that works for your body.
Dr. Scott-Dixon of Precision Nutrition offers strategies on how to get more nutrition into what we eat (for both adults and kids)
Red, Yellow, Green Light Food List
Red light: foods you can't eat in moderation, foods you may be allergic to, foods you hate
Yellow light: foods you like if prepared a certain way, foods you like in moderation
Green light: foods you love, foods you can eat any time
Sit down and build this list for you and/or your child. Focus on the green light foods and try to prepare meals based on those items. Maybe throw in a food on the yellow light list.
If your kids are old enough, you can have a great conversation with them about food choices. What food items do you like? Why do you like them? Is it the taste you like or the texture?
Recognize your food preferences (and theirs) will change!
There are benefits to intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting means occasionally abstaining from food for a day every few weeks or every month. It can help manage blood sugar, lower inflammation and there is a psychological benefit to it as well. People learn that being hungry is not an emergency.
Kids and Food
Genetically, people have different taste preferences. They change as we age and try different things. You will have aversions to foods when you're younger that are much stronger than at other points in your life. Keep talking to your children and try to discover what they like about their favorite foods. Over time their preferences will change and their horizons will broaden.
Have fruits and vegetables available but don't try to force them on your child. If fruits and vegetables are a normal part of your routine and food choices, over time your child will most likely adapt those same habits.
Your children learn by observing and doing, not by telling. If you are interested in improving your kids choices, think about your own choices. They learn by watching you, not by what you're telling them.
Kids often need to try foods several times before they start to accept them.
Give your kids a choice. Take them to the grocery store and teach them the names of different fruits and vegetables. Give them the chance to pick out which one they want to try and that way they are excited about it and not dreading it.
Involving your children in the creation of food can help introduce them to new tastes and new items they like.
Be kind and compassionate and patient with yourself during the ever-evolving food choices of you and your children.
Summary of interview with family medicine expert Dr. Rouhkbakhsh with the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and APD at Forrest General Hospital Family Medicine Residency. On Twitter: @DrHealthyBod @JrnlOccEnvMed