Nurse Pens Powerful Post About Flu Shot

Oct. 11, 2019 — “The flu shot is NOT always about you. It’s about protecting those around you, who cannot always protect themselves.”

A nurse’s Facebook post is going viral after she penned a powerful statement urging everyone to get a flu shot.

Amanda Bitz writes that we shouldn’t just get vaccinated to keep ourselves healthy. Instead, it’s “for the grandparents, whose bodies are not what they used to be, and they just can’t kick an illness in the butt like when they were young. For the 30 year old, with HIV or AIDS, who has a weakened immune system. For the 25-year-old mother of three who has cancer. She has absolutely zero immune system because of chemotherapy.”

Bitz goes on to build her case, citing heart-wrenching example after example, before concluding that everyone needs to do their part to keep others safe. “I have been in the room as a patient has passed away, because of influenza. I have watched patients struggle to breathe, because of influenza,” she writes. “Herd immunity is a thing. Influenza killing people is a thing. You getting the flu shot, should be a thing.”

As of Friday afternoon, the post had been shared more than 82,000 times and had more than 1,200 comments.

The flu can be deadly and cause serious illness, but vaccination rates remain low. Last season, 45.3% of adults 18 and older received flu vaccinations, according to the CDC. The rate was higher among children 6 months through 17 years: 62.6%.

A recent CDC study found that roughly two-thirds of pregnant women in the U.S. don’t get vaccinated against the flu — which puts them and their babies at risk. When pregnant women get the flu shot, it reduces their newborns’ risk of being hospitalized due to the virus by an average of 72%.

The agency recommends that everyone over the age of 6 months get vaccinated — if their health allows — and says vaccination is especially important for people with a high risk for serious complications, including young kids, adults over the age of 65, people with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease, and pregnant women.

Last year’s flu season lasted a whopping 21 weeks — the longest in a decade. But health officials aren’t sure how long this one will last or how bad it will be. Each flu season varies, but it usually starts in October, peaks between December and February, and lasts as late as May.

While flu activity is still low in the U.S., the CDC warns that Australia experienced an early start to its 2019 flu season and that, because influenza is unpredictable, circumstances can change very quickly.


Facebook, Amanda Catherine Bitz, Ocober 7, 2019.

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Review: Hmbldt Dose Vape Pens

Science and technology have come a long way over the last few years when it comes to cannabis and how we consume it. Hmbldt has developed a better vape method and more efficient way of dosing cannabis.  They are targeting the effects based on levels of THC, CBD, accessory cannabinoids, and just the right terpenes for specific conditions or desired effect. Hmbldt brand (short for Humboldt) has four standard formulas that are designed for different patients in mind; sleep, relief, bliss, and calm. Each recyclable vape pen is designed to give 200 doses. The pens are designed to express each dose for roughly 3 seconds and will vibrate and shut off when it’s time to stop inhaling, amazing! The latest addition to the line is a limited release of dose pens called Arouse & Passion.

Arouse is designed to get you in the mood to unwind and relax with plenty of THC for euphoria, CBD for calming, other cannabinoids for good measure and finally with five terpenes that complete the entourage effect that gets you in the mood. These terpenes work in conjunction and have many benefits including; elevated mood, stress relief, helps digestion, antifungal and antibacterial, and many more potential benefits. It has a very woodsy and spicy flavor on inhale and an earthier flavor on the exhale. See website for more details.

Passion is comprised of an equal level of THC and CBD as the arouse formula, however the passion has a different combination of terpenes that sets the two apart. Passion has Myrcene as one of the primary terpenes, which explains the sweeter, fruity flavor and good feeling that it creates.  B-Caryophyllene another of the five key terpenes in this formula and it has many health benefits and has a spicy flavor. Each formula and each dose pen is perfectly blended together for a revolutionary new experience.

These formulas are impressive and effective, the precise dose with each inhalation is perfect for inexperienced and experienced patients. There is nothing on the market today that compares to Hmbldt’s revolutionary design and formulas. This is no ordinary vape pen by any means, this is the future of precision cannabis consumption. Hmbldt brand has taken all aspects of cannabis to the next level with their line of cannabis oil vaporizers with their superior technology and formulations. This brand has developed a product that will appeal to all types of patients, our team is thrilled with the precise dosage and various formulations that will serve patients better for their desired result. We’ll be exploring this brand and the science behind Hmbldt products in the next issues, so stay tuned for more.

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Rove Marijuana Vape Cartridges and Pens, Good To The Last Drop!

Like Sarah Silverman and Nate Diaz, millions of reliable, hard-working Americans from coast-to-coast are turning to the therapeutic benefits of vaporizing their marijuana cannabinoids, particularly when in social situations. Diminutive, discrete, and highly effective, the Rove vape pen and its tasty cartridges provide chronic cover for those looking to “vape” while enjoying a night on […]

Vape Pens or Pre-Run?

With a growing number of methods for consuming today’s cannabinoid-rich weed available – dabbing it, smoking it, vaping it, or just plain old eating it – a never-ending debate continues to cultivate around the potential ramifications of using a vaporizer for consuming our heady modern marijuana strains.

As the discrete nature of vaping gains popularity around the country, there are several aspects/variables to the overarching conversation; functionality vs. fashion, the classic desktop vaporizers vs. the diminutive and easily concealed vape pens; the use of C02 vs. butane; concentrates vs. flower (a.k.a. ‘Pre-run’ to some); the medicinal/psychoactive results of oil vs. buds (Are oils more potent?), and of course the topic the media loves most, the elevated use of vape pens among high school kids.

While many believe that vaporizing is healthier for you in the long run (myself included), the existing clinical research on vaporizing weed remains woefully inadequate. Even the state of Colorado admits to being more than a little confused:

“Vaporizers heat marijuana to release its active ingredients without burning. As with water pipes or bongs, there has not been enough research to know if using a vaporizer is safer than unfiltered smoking of marijuana. Some research shows that vaporizers lower the amount of potentially harmful tars in smoke. Other studies have shown fewer respiratory symptoms among those using vaporizers. However, more research is needed to measure the chemicals produced by vaporizing marijuana and marijuana extracts.”

That said, while we wait for supporting evidence from the scientific community that vaping marijuana’s extracted cannabinoids is healthier, recreational smokers and patients alike are eager to provide their subjective opinion on the pros and cons of products like FlavRx Girl Scout Cookies, or GSC. In the below video Berner dips into the WMTV studio to check out some genuine solvent-free, CO2 extracted FlavRx GSC oil.

(FYI: Demonstrating its rapid growth within the modern lexicon, the word Vape was chosen by the good people at Oxford Dictionaries as the word year for 2014.)


Vape Pens & Cartridges and the Freedom to Medicate Where We Please

Vaporizers are the go-to device for medical marijuana users who need to alleviate their symptoms on-the-run, offering both the freedom and discretion to medicate wherever you need. While there are dozens upon dozens of vape companies out there, the question of where to turn for quality cannabis oil cartridges, especially for medical patients, has always been up in the air.

Last year, one company identified this problem and took to tackling it. FlavRx’s line of CO2, solventless, strain-specific cannabis oil concentrates have been setting the standard for consistency, purity, and effectiveness in the industry. Their goal was to not cut corners and not repeat the questionable practices of other oil manufacturers and extract artists. They wanted to make sure there their oil contained no funky additives like propylene glycol, which can cause sore throats and dry mouth, to keep medicine as pure as it is meant to be. They wanted to maintain the terpene profile of specific strains, not throw together a hodgepodge of different cannabinoids, aromas, and flavors, so consumers and medical marijuana patients have a recognizable, enjoyable experience. In the end, a clean, pure product was the result of their long, hard labors.

If consistency, purity, and effectiveness are important to you in your cannabis oil, then FlavRx delivers on all fronts. If you’re looking for a way to relieve debilitating symptoms at any time and place, then FlavRx’s new CBD oil is the answer. To borrow verbiage from vape-proponent Whoopi Goldberg, a “sip” of FlavRx’s new cannabis oil will deliver immediate relief to patients who need cannabidiol, CBD, to medicate without the typical “stoned” effect. CBD is used for an increasingly wide range of effects – from reducing nausea, suppressing seizures, and combatting pain and inflammation, to fighting cancerous tumors and cells and lessening anxiety.

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FlavRx’s CBD oil provides the benefits of a 1:1 THC to CBD ratio, which gives patients balanced, powerful, therapeutic relief. This is thanks to a case of the cannabinoids in cannabis working together to produce greater palliative effects than any single cannabinoid alone. This synergy between compounds in cannabis is generally called the Entourage Effect. 1:1 THC to CBD is extremely effective at reducing nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy and is also used by many for relieving pain. CBD both provides no psychotropic effects to patients and also limits the intoxicating effects of THC – so it helps you regulate as you medicate

As more and more patients and the medical community at large adopt the usage of CBD to treat conditions from epilepsy to Alzheimer’s, it will become vital for patients to know how their medicine was made, what strain it came from, and just how pure and potent their medicine is. They don’t want to feel duped by their local dispensary after purchasing improperly labeled cannabis oil with bogus lab-test results. They don’t want unwanted residuals and leftover solvents tainting their medication. They want to know that their medication will never fail to give them the effects they’re expecting.

FlavRx’s medicinal oils are extracted with a super-critical, solvent-free CO2 method. Their CBD oil comes in both 0.5 and 1 gram cartridges, which should give patients anywhere from a week to over two weeks worth of medicating. Furthermore, puffing on FlavRx’s cartridge you should notice it retains the light woodsy and citrusy flavors that are most commonly associated with the strain. FlavRx’s strict adherence to safe extraction that keeps the consumer’s health in mind every step of the way comes as a very welcome departure from most other cannabis oil offerings in the industry.

With FlavRx’s CBD-rich medicinal cannabis oil, their hardware keeps things as simple as possible so you can deliver therapeutic relief as quickly as possible. Their vape pens are designed to fit all standard batteries with 510 threading. The portability and ease of taking medication out in the open world is incredibly freeing. Medical cannabis oil cartridges don’t have to be a mystery. FlavRx has seen to that and will continue to cater to the needs and concerns of medical marijuana patients.

Visit FlavRx’s official website or Instagram page for more information!


California Wants to Ban E-Cigs, Vaporizer Pens, and Kill Fun

Did you know that it’s technically NOT illegal to vaporizer on planes or trains?!

California’s government has already had a perplexing, counter-intuitive and counter-productive battle with marijuana this year. Whether allowing cities to ban dispensaries left and right or denying millions of LA’s patients safe access, they’ve been on a senseless witch hunt. And it just got even stupider.

Bill SB 648 which has already passed the Senate seeks to ban the use of E-Cigarettes/Vaporizer Pens wherever cigarettes are banned. Here is the insane legislation that is going to pass in two weeks unless enough people fight back:

  • Ban e-cigarette use in virtually all workplaces in California, including in hospitals. Violations would be punishable by fines of $ 100, $ 200, and $ 500. (Section 12)
  • Ban e-cigarette use inside or within 20 feet of any public building or in a vehicle owned by the state. (Section 4)
  • Declares that the use of electronic cigarettes “may be a hazard to the health of the general public,” and would include e-cigarettes in all future smoking bans passed in California. (Section 11)
  • Ban e-cigarette use in railroads and air carriers*. (Section 13) (wait, it’s legal to vape on a plane?!)


…Because California’s police departments have nothing else to do but look for people making a conscious choice to smoke and live healthier. And it’s complete, utter bullshit.

The only problem with this assault on vapor rights? The state of California has absolutely no chance of enforcing this rule if it indeed passes. Because the E-Cig and Vaporizer pen movement have passed the point of no return and there simply are not enough of pigs to to feed off the millions of vapors in the state of California.

Plus, good look catching the vaping miscreants of California: vaporizing is, in nature, extraordinarily discreet. Unless one does not inhale, there is virtually no scent from vaping (and ghost hits are a breeze). Thus, not only will the vapor have zero impact on society (especially compared to a cigarette)–but cops will be relying on “catching” a vapor by sight.


If you go to out in California, Colorado, New York City, or any major city, portable vaporizer and e-cigs are simply everywhere. It’s a billion dollar industry, and one that will not stop exploding because of a law like this in California.

Whether it’s at a town carnival, a music festival, or your local golf course, vaporizers–like Cloud and G Pens–have emerged as the public blaze of choice. Off the top of my head, I can think of a dozen places I’ve brashly smoked a vaporizer pen in public without worrying about getting caught–and without any security guys or nearby patrons caring.

These are places that, even if this insane rule passes, don’t have the means or desire to piss off their customers/clients/peers by ratting them out for a plastic vaporizer from China that barely smells and helps their businesses:

1. Hotels

2. Clubs

3. Golf courses (and Mini-Golf Courses)

4. Casinos

5. Strip Clubs

6. Movie Theaters (they have enough trouble checking tickets)

7. Beaches

8. Buses

9. Strip Clubs (strippers really love vaporizer pens)

10. Your “non-smoking” apartment (that never said “non-vaporizing” when you moved in)

And good luck catching Darth Vapor as he sits in traffic on the 405 with nothing to do but listen to KCRW and slowly inhale some (almost) scentless OG Earwax…

Here’s how you can get involved to make sure this (pointless) ban doesn’t go down:

You are encouraged by the CASAA to contact your representative and let your voice be heard. Everyone’s voice and own story matters, so if you could also please submit testimony on SB 648 directly to with the subject line “SB 648 Testimony.”  If you have already submitted testimony, please resubmit it to ensure that members of the Government Organization Committee are sent it.

Canadian pens erotic answer to “Fifty Shades” as a dare

TOKYO | Thu Feb 7, 2013 6:28am EST

TOKYO (Reuters) – Canadian novelist Lisa Gabriele never felt she was especially good at writing sex scenes, but when an editor dared her to write an erotic novel to rival the wildly popular global hit “Fifty Shades of Grey,” she took up the challenge.

A week later she had some 40 pages written on “S.E.C.R.E.T.”, the just-published story of an underground society that helps women realize their wildest sexual dreams.

“I’d always written about men and women and relationships, but I’d always thought of it as leaving the sex at the bedroom door and shoving them in and saying, ‘Okay, I’ll see you in the morning,'” said Gabriele, who wrote the novel and conducted her interview with Reuters under the pseudonym L. Marie Adeline.

“I’d never really had the courage to tackle it.”

Right away, she had the idea that women should have the chance to explore a wider variety of sexual fantasies than the S&M at the core of “Fifty Shades,” the story of a naive student and a manipulative entrepreneur.

Enter S.E.C.R.E.T., a society that uses a 10-step programme to bring alive the most secret fantasies and desires of its members. The goal? Sexual fulfillment.

Since Gabriele’s previous books, both of them Canadian bestsellers, dealt with quieter themes like coming-of-age and family dramas, she needed to do some research. Googling “Top Ten Female Sex Fantasies” helped, as did asking her friends.

“I was surprised by how forthcoming they were,” she said. “That was the wonderful thing about ‘Fifty Shades’ – it actually got people talking in explicit detail about things. I’m sure they’d always read (erotica), but I don’t think they sat in book clubs and talked about being tied up.”

A reader of Harlequin Romances and other bodice-rippers in her youth, Gabriele found that writing the book turned out to be much easier and more fun than she expected, though maintaining the right balance was sometimes tricky.

“I didn’t want to make it dark, I didn’t want to use various words, the pornification of sex. I’m not a big porn consumer – I’m 45 years old, it’s not a big part of my life,” Gabriele said.

“I wanted to keep the porny aspect away from this book. Every so often I would inadvertently head there, but my editor had a really firm leash on that, she would pull me back a bit.”

Another unexpected challenge was realizing that character development was just as essential when writing erotica as with any other fiction – and following up on a quiet romance that began to emerge between two of her characters.

“I was grateful for it,” she said. “It was a nice break from all the sweating and panting to see these two people coming together slowly and figuring out that they actually might be in love with each other.”

Though erotica has been around for decades, Gabriele said its current popularity may be an outgrowth of the “Twilight” vampire book and film franchise as well as Fifty Shades.

The popularity of e-readers, which allow people to read anything they want in public without revealing their literary tastes, could also play a part.

Gabriele, whose identity was unmasked this week by state broadcaster the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) where she used to work, has a two-book deal for more erotica, and may write a third if the appetite is there.

“But I don’t know about a fourth,” she said. “By then I might want to go back to my quiet little family dramas.”

(Writing by Elaine Lies; Editing by)

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