Sunday, August 7, 2016

10 Ways a Massage Helps the Elderly

When I massaged my seventy-three year old father’s feet he said, “I need this everyday for the rest of my life!” Seniors everywhere can benefit greatly from Geriatric Massage Therapy. The upsides to seniors getting massage are endless but below are many of the more commonly known and observed benefits.

1. Increased circulation of Blood and Lymph. Massage already has the wonderful benefit of increasing the circulation of blood and lymph on a regular person, imagine how it can help a senior who may be less active or physically limited.

2. Stronger Immune System. Massage has been shown to improve and strengthen the immune system. Many seniors can be vulnerable due to weaker immune systems and therapeutic touch has been shown to be very effective.

3. Muscle Stiffness. As you age, the muscles become stiffer and need to constantly be stretched out. Massage helps with stiffness and painful conditions due to aging. Keeping muscles more limber helps to prevent injury

4. Less Inflammation in Joints. Massage helps to reduce the inflammation in joints due to the increased circulation of lymph. Lymph fluid carries away the products of inflammation and other toxic debris out of the body.

5. Reduces Anxiety and Depression. Seniors respond very well to massage as it helps to fulfill the need for caring human touch. Getting massage on a regular basis can greatly reduce and get symptoms of anxiety and depression under control.

6. Improved Range of Motion. Seniors can improve their range of motion when getting massage that incorporates passive stretching and range of motion. The passive movements help seniors to get a better stretch than they can get on their own.

7. Better Attitude. There’s nothing like healing touch to perk up someone that needs a little lift. Seniors who get massage on a regular basis have a better outlook on life than those who have no physical contact with others.

8. Improved Alzheimer’s and Dementia Symptoms. Therapeutic massage has been shown to improve symptoms of both Alzheimer’s and Dementia by reducing agitation and quieting some the symptoms related to both.

9. Greatly Improved Balance and Agility. Therapeutic massage helps to bring awareness to the body of the elderly helping to improve balance, coordination and agility.

10. Controls Blood Pressure and Heart Rate. Since massage helps to lower blood pressure through accessing the Autonomic Nervous System, It’s a great alternate way to control the heart rate. Regular massage helps with this by reducing stress levels in seniors.

Seniors love to be touched and many are starved for regular caring touch. If you’ve ever considered giving geriatric massage, I can tell you that you’ll have a very enthusiastic audience. Anyone still in massage school should consider giving senior massages as a wonderful and rewarding student project. Also, this would be a very special and unique area of focus for someone to practice in.

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10 Ways to Make Money in Classical Music

With the global economy in a major slump, orchestras closing their doors, classical music radio stations shutting down, and music education being slashed in the public school system, classical music may seem to be on its way out. Is it even possible to make money in classical music? Before you shut your violin case for the last time, sell your piano, burn your music scores, or quit the choir, check out how YOU can make money in classical music.

Music Gigs
The most obvious way to make money as a classical musician is to book music gigs. What is a music gig? It can be anything from having your string quartet hired to play a series of weddings and bar mitzvahs to playing in the pit of a Broadway show or being the leading act a major music festival. Music gigs usually run by word-of-mouth. For example, if your ensemble does an amazing job at the local Christmas cantata, that church may recommend your group to other churches that need your talent.

Selling Music Albums
It has never been easier for independent classical music artists and ensembles to publish CDs. Instead of waiting for the elusive record deal, classical musicians can take the initiative and sell their own albums of live and recorded performances. Many classical composers have found that selling their own music albums not only eliminates the middle man, but also gives them a larger share of the royalties. Only downside? You need to market your own album.

Working as a Music Director
Many of the greats like Bach found that paying the bills required working as a music director. This does not mean you have to become a local high school band director, but you may want to get a church gig or a gig at a community center as the music director. Pay for this position varies based on experience and the size of the venue.

Teaching Music
You can opt to to become a private teaching, sharing your knowledge of percussion , piano, voice, violin, composition, etc. with the next generation, or you can go full in and get a degree in music education to teach at the secondary and/or university levels.

Being a Solo Performer
If you are not tied down to family or a steady job and are extremely talented, you may want to begin your own solo tour. Decide where your music would have an audience, set up some music gigs, publicize your concerts, sell albums and music merchandise at the concerts, and use the contacts you gain there to begin the next tour.

Creating a Music Ensemble
If you are a composer or musician who can’t find a professional classical group to work with, then start your own. Book gigs and concerts, record and sell your own album, and write and publish original music for your ensemble.

Writing about Classical Music
The internet provides literally hundreds, even thousands, of writing opportunities for music professionals. Even if your specialty is classical music, you may find that your keen musical ear can be useful for commercial music websites, band ezines, or popular music education blogs.

Whether you decide to network through music conventions, concerts, gigs, or social networking sites like MySpace, never underestimate the power of networking. The jazzer that you shared coffee with after the last Christmas cantata gig may be person who recommends you for the big music gig downtown with the professional orchestra.

Professional Organizations
If you are fortunate enough to live in a big city with large big budget professional orchestras, ballet companies, and opera houses, you may be able to eek a living through a steady professional gig. I suggest contacting musicians who already are involved in the professional ensemble and finding out about audition requirements for your instrument or voice, how often and when openings occur, and other specifics, like whether the ensemble has blind auditions.

Just like a band often earns more many when it performs live through the selling of tickets, gaining more music fans, selling merchandise, and selling albums, you or your classical ensemble should focus on concerts. Concerts are a little bit different than gigs, where someone else pays you. With concerts, you organize a venue, ticket prices, technical specs, etc. This is where someone with music business savvy can come in really handy, as well as an audiovisual technician.

On Perseverance
In any case, whether you decide to write a composition for your new music ensemble, travel the globe as a solo musician, sell albums online, or work a regular gig as a church choral director, there are many options available to the classical musician if you just expand your horizons. You may not be rolling in dough, but you will enjoy a fulfilling life accomplishing great things with your life’s passion – music. And that is worth more than all the money in the world.

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10 Ways to Be More Environmentally Friendly in the Workplace

10 Ways To Be More Environmentally Friendly In The Workplace

Let’s talk about 10 ways to be more environmentally friendly in the workplace. Rest assured, these eco-friendly tips will be very easy to implement and will ultimately help the environment.

1) Recycle as much paper as possible. Depending on the workplace, there is a reasonable chance that a lot of paperwork is generated throughout the course of the day. Don’t throw this into the trash. Instead, shred it and set it aside for recycling.

2) After lunch break, make sure that any recyclable soda cans or water bottles are placed into the recycling bin. There is no need for these items to end up in a landfill.

3) Carpool to work or use public transportation. This cuts down on CO2 emissions released by automobiles and is environmentally friendly.

4) You may want to think about making suggestions at your workplace to cut down on CO2 emissions generated by whatever it is that is being done where you work. These types of eco-friendly suggestions are usually welcomed by most employers because it will help them save money.

5) During the colder part of the year, if such conditions exist where your workplace is located, consider asking management to keep the thermostat set somewhat lower while everybody wears a sweater or jacket. This will reduce energy consumption.

6) See if there might be a way to utilize solar power or wind power to help generate some of the electricity that is used at the workplace.

7) If your workplace happens to be in a corporate park, see if some of your coworkers will volunteer to help you occasionally go around picking up litter. This helps the environment because the materials collected might be recyclable and small animals are prevented from potentially ingesting dangerous substances.

8) Try to reduce the amount of waste that is generated by being more efficient with the use of materials at your workplace.

9) Ask if it might be possible to purchase environmentally friendly office supplies. Any time your workplace is able to utilize different things that are made from recycled materials you are being eco-friendly.

10) Perhaps the best way to be more environmentally friendly in the workplace is to encourage coworkers to all play a role in trying to help the environment. It’s not enough if just one employee tries to do everything — it really needs to be a team effort.

By following this advice, the workplace can be made to be more eco-friendly so as to help the environment while also possibly helping the company save money.

by Chad Peterson

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10 Ways to Make More Money in Network Marketing

Network Marketing is an excellent way for the “average Joe or Jane” to make an extra income. This business concept has been around for decades, and it will not disappear any time soon. The reason for its popularity is simple… It Works! It does however, require lots of work and most importantly, dedication and persistance to get the job done. The best part is, once you are able to set up a solid network, your business becomes MUCH less time intensive. Almost like going on “autopilot”. The key is to get there as fast as possible.

Here are just a couple of tips I have found to be helpful in maximizing your Network Marketing Business:

1. Use your products regularly. This is Number 1 for a reason, this is the most ignored part of ANY network marketing business. How do you expect your business to succeed if you will not even use your own products? It does seem silly to even have to bring this up, but there are many who are not using their own products, and wonder why they are not making any money. Make a commitment to use your products for a year, and see where your business goes.

2. Educate yourself constantly. This is very important! You must rid yourself of negative ideas, sometimes referred to as “stinkin thinkin”. This can be done in a variety of ways. I recommend reading at least 15 minutes a day, but try to shoot for 30. Business and self-help books are a great way to start. Don’t forget your Multi-level magazines, as they are full of tips and advice. Lastly, listen to cassette tapes on multi-level tips from top earners in your business.

3. Spend as much time as possible with your upline. Your upline should have only one goal in mind, To Help You Succeed! They are a vast source of knowledge and information. Mingle with top distributors in your group, or other groups, and ask how they made it. Most everyone should be more than happy to provide you with excellent tips and advice.

4. Present your products and marketing plan personally to at least one person daily. Remember above when I said you are going to have to work, well here it is. Now here is the key, the prospects to whom you present your plan, do not have to be yours personally. Show the plan for your downline, and not only will you create “security” by placing members in your downlines’ downline, it will also give you a boost in your personal income! I can guarantee if you were to follow this rule for 6 months, you would create a downline with enough width and depth to create an income to sustain you and your family for life.

5. Care for your downline. An entire book can be written on this topic. Usually, it’s the little things that show you really care. Try to maintain regular contact, and always praise your distributor’s accomplishments. You can even offer incentives for specific achievements, such as money, travel, recognition, or other rewards, to help motivate your group.

6. Duplicate yourself by making distributors independent of you. This will help to multiply your time, thus making you and your group more effective. Always lead by example. Never stop recruiting, training and retailing. Remember the KISS formula – “Keep It Simple, Sweety” I know, I know, I changed the last word, but it maintains the meaning. This can be done my conducting simple, brief, yet dramatic presentations, and teaching your downline to do the same.

7. Create a large customer base. This is another largely ignored, yet very important, piece of your network marketing business. Many try so hard to build a huge downline, that they forget how much profit they could also make by selling their products to retail customers. Some people will just not want to become part of your downline, no matter how great a product/system you may have. This does not mean they will not be personally interested in your product. Try to make everyone your customer. Once you earn their trust, they will come to you more, and perhaps even join your downline later. Always “leave the door open”, as people’s needs do change.

8. Focus on your customers needs. You must give customers more than they expect, and always satisfy your customers complaints immediately. Try to listen 80% of the time, and talk only 20%. As stated above, your customers can be a huge source of future referrals and/or business. You must earn and maintain their trust. Once you have their trust, you can always ask for referrals, which leads to even more business and a larger downline.

9. Set daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals – and Write Them Down! You may have heard the expression, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” Breaking up a larger goal into smaller easily attainable goals, is the key to success. You cannot just jump to the end, you have to make progress everyday. Writing them down is another largely ignored, important tip to help you succeed. A goal is just a “passing thought”, or “wish” until you put it in writing. That is when it becomes concrete and real. It is also a great idea to keep a business journal of your daily activities, as it will help you to become more productive and time-conscious.

10. Get Out There And Do It Now! All of the knowledge in the world is useless and unprofitable, until you put the most important ingredient of them all in place. This “secret” ingredient should come as no surprise at all, but this is the #1 reason for failure at anything in life. It is ACTION! Remember, knowledge is useless without action.

Following these steps will almost give you immediate results. It is a good idea to implement as many as you can in order to maximize your success. Good luck with you and your business!

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10 Ways to Make Moving Easier

I have moved three times in the past three years, and after the second move resulted in losing several boxes of clothing, breaking one of my favorite pieces of furniture and days of trying to sort through unlabeled, unsorted boxes I decided I really needed to reevaluate my approach. I put together an easy system that enabled me to make the packing, moving and unpacking processes far faster and more efficient, in turn minimizing my stress. If you’re planning to move in the near future, I recommend following these helpful tips to make moving day a breeze.

Downsize Your Stuff

Get rid of any belongings you no longer use or need before you begin packing. You can host a garage sale, give items to friends and family or donate things to a local charity or thrift store. The more you get rid of, the less you have to worry about packing and hauling with you to your new home.

Pack One Room at a Time

Start with one room in your current house and pack everything in the room before you move on to the next. This is an excellent way to keep items that belong together, well, together during the transition. Labeling the boxes accordingly and packing one room at a time into the moving truck will expedite unpacking at your new home as you will know where everything goes without sorting through the boxes.

Create “Open First” Boxes

As you pack, compile essential items that you will need immediately after moving into separate boxes. Label these boxes with the room they belong in and the words “open first.” These might include pots and pans, work clothes or toiletries, for example. Doing this will make it easy to prioritize unpacking and you will not stress over trying to find an item you really need amongst a sea of other boxes. Consider labeling the “open first” boxes with a different colored marker from the rest or taping them off with colored duct tape to make them even easier to find.

Keep Boxes Light

Don’t pack more than 30 pounds of objects into a box. This will not only prevent injuries while lifting, it will decrease the likelihood of a box tearing open and items falling out and getting damaged during the move.

Utilize Towels and Clothing

To reduce the number of boxes you need, wrap fragile items in clothes and towels to protect them during the move.

Label Cords

To keep electronic cords from getting mixed up, label each by wrapping them and taping a label onto the cord. For example, “TV cord,” “Phone charger” or “Gaming console.” This way you will know exactly what cord you need as you unpack electronic items.

Mark Fragile Boxes

Always mark boxes that contain anything you think could break with the word “fragile” in giant letters. This way these boxes will be treated with care and stacked on top of heavier boxes to prevent your items from breaking.

Use the Best Company You Can Find

If you decide to use a moving company, use one that has a good reputation and good reviews from other customers. Do not trust a company with a bad reputation to handle your possessions, as they could get lost, broken or stolen during the move.

Stack Boxes by Weight

When loading your boxes into the moving truck, place the heaviest boxes at the bottom and the fragile boxes on top. This way your lighter boxes and breakable goods will not get crushed by heavier items.

Make Notifications Early

Notify the post office and any companies you have accounts with of your move before you move. The sooner, the better. This way mail forwarding will be kept to a minimum and you can begin receiving mail at your new address as soon as possible.

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10 Ways to Spice Up Your Coffee

Coffee is a delicious and irreplaceable part of many people’s daily lives. It helps us perk up as well as unwind, and in some cases it can even be a bit addictive. When you’re trying to make the most of your coffee break, it’s a good idea to add a bit of your own personal touch to your beverage! There are plenty of great tasting things you can add to your coffee other than flavored creamers.


Adding cinnamon to your coffee as it’s brewing is a fantastic way to awaken your senses. This is a great idea for the holidays – try adding a cinsnamon sprinkle to each cup of coffee before you serve them to your relatives!

Drinking Chocolate

Of course everyone loves a sweet and chocolaty mocha, and what better way to enjoy one than to add the ingredients to suit your tastes exactly? Adding drinking chocolate bit by bit can turn your cup of coffee into a tasty masterpiece.

Hazelnut Powder

Most people go straight for flavored coffee or creamers when they want the sweet and nutty taste of hazelnuts. If you buy organic hazelnut powder, the taste is far more pure, and you can add it without the cream – so no more overly light coffees just because you love hazelnut!

Baily’s Irish Cream

If you’re old enough to drink, then Baily’s is a fantastic addition to your coffee. (As long as it’s past noon, that is!) Adding just a splash can give your mug a delicious kick.


This is great to use with cinnamon and is best used when put in the coffee grinder before brewing along with your beans or coarse grounds. This gives your coffee a “pumpkin spice” sort of flavor, and it’s an especially nice treat around the holidays.


Whether you let a sweet peppermint stick sit in your mug with your drink or add a few drops of peppermint syrup, this minty kick to your cup can perk up your senses and get you out of a dull mood in no time. This is more of an acquired taste, though!


You have a few safe bets if you want to add the delicious taste of coconuts to your coffee – you can use coconut milk, coconut water, or coconut extract. If you use the extract, use very little and always make sure it’s the liquid kind! Coffee with coconut goes especially well with pastries in the morning or early afternoon. Yum!


This one is a given, as caramel swirls or splashes are available at many coffee shops all over the world. Caramel is sweet and can be very light-tasting, making it adored by lovers of coffee everywhere. It’s very sugary though – and that means it’s not so good for you!


This is a weird one, but in many cultures salt is used in coffee (and many other beverages) to remove bitterness. In fact, salt is used in many sweet treats the world over, and is used before brewing in coffee pots to ensure a cleaner tasting brew.

Almond Extract

This is my personal favorite – almond not only tastes delicious, but the scent of almonds is irresistible. Adding just a tiny bit of organic almond extract to your coffee cup (or the whole pot once it’s done) can give your taste buds a real treat.

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10 Websites that Closed in 2010

10. E-Victims. A charity website geared towards helping individuals who were victims of internet crimes was forced to close due to a lack of funds. A British based website, run by founder Jennifer Perry, was unable secure funds to operate. Perry, however, will continue her work off the net including consulting with city officials and talking to judges and other officials about domestic abuse victims being stalked online. The website has been in existence since January 2007, and has won local community awards in Perry’s city.

9. Sky Songs . Aimed to be iTunes’s music rival, Sky Songs’ subscription service was forced to close after being unable to effectively compete with Apple’s iTunes. The service was launched in October 2009 and in that time had only been able to attract less than 10,000 subscribers. The UK based service offered subscribers unlimited, ad-free access to stream music and included five mp3 downloads for around $8 USD per month. The website announced that the full closure of the service would be in February of 2011.

8. Black Hawk Safety Net.A Chinese website used to teach individuals how to hack websites by launching cyber attacks and how to implant or spread malicious software was closed by the Chinese government in February 2010. The arrest took place after Google was taken down in China after Google alleged that China-based hackers were attempting to hack Google’s mail service to obtain the private e-mails of U.S. businesses and prominent Chinese human right activists. The website was established in 2005 and had over 12,000 paying members.

7. Fashionair. Co-founded by American Idol creator, Simon Fuller, was a luxury fashion website along with Sojin Lee, who once worked for another luxury fashion website, Fashionair was an entertainment site for fashionistas featuring everything from upcoming films and news in the fashion world. The website was notable for its “Seven days of fashion” series, where an industry expert would show an outfit they handpicked for everyday of the week.

6. Fitfinder. UK social networking website, similar to Facebook when it first started, was a student run website. The website, made by a computer science university student, was forced to close doors after various complaints from several universities were made about the website distracting students. The owner of the site was fined by his own university and took down the site for fear his degree may be in jeopardy if he didn’t

5. The Pirate City. A website popular as a place to download pirated versions of popular TV shows and movies was removed from the web after a large scale crackdown on pirated content offered on the internet by Federal investigators. Pirate City was one of nine websites seized in July 2010, who were targeting sites offering Toy Story 3 and Iron Man 2 downloads within hours of the movies premiere.

4. Brittany Murphy Foundation . After the death of the actress, her widower, Simon Monjack, set up the Brittany Murphy Foundation as a charity supporting arts education for children and began accepting donations through the website. It was later revealed, by Entertainment website TMZ, that the foundation was never registered as a non-profit organization through the State of California or the IRS as is required by law. When this was revealed the website was closed and a notice stating that all funds would be returned was left at the address. Later in the year, Monjack mysteriously passed away, from the same cause as his late wife, anemia and pneumonia.

3. RevolutionMuslim. The radical Islamic website was closed after it was blamed for inspiring Roshonara Choudry, to stab a British MP, Stephen Timms. Additionally, it was later revealed by counter-terrorism specialists in the United States (where the site was hosted) that at least one third of the 50 individuals arrested in America over the last year as terror suspects were involved with the English language website.

2. Craigslist. While the actual website didn’t closed the “adult services” section of the website was removed in September 2010, after getting a lot of bad press following the high profile case of Philip Markoff who was accused of murdering a masseuse he met off the site. Attorney generals in 18 states pressured the website to do so as most of the posts were for illegal prostitution ads.

1. Wikileaks. The website known for posting classified government documents and videos otherwise unavailable from anonymous sources and news leaks was shuttered this year various times, first by distributed denial of service attacks, and later by it’s own internet host, Amazon. Amazon closed the website for violating the host’s “terms of service,” although many suggested it was due to political pressure. The site was ousted by their former Swedish host, and has struggled to stay live since posting U.S. cables that revealed a host of classified date. Paypal and major credit cards have also refused to process donations made to the site.

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10 Ways to Promote Your Etsy Shop

I am a member of Etsy, I created a shop recently. I will share with you, how to promote your shop more effectively:

1. Sign up with twitter, follow people and some will follow you back. Afterward, post updates daily or every other day about your shop or about an item in your shop. Send your followers messages periodically about your shop-send them a link.

2. Submit your site to search engines, Google, in my humble opinion is the only one worth while, but you could also try Yahoo and MSN.

3. Create a blog or website and display your links or widgets-promote your site by listing it in directories; send your twitter followers or facebook friends/fans a link to your site.

4. Create flyers and business cards and place them where there is high traffic; like train stations, cafes, bus shelters, and university libraries.

5. Network with other artists and handmade sellers. You could do this on Etsys’ forums or contact sellers through facebook.

6. Write articles about Etsy or your shop. You can try places like Ehow, Associated Content, EzineArticles, and Squidoo. Place a link to your Etsy shop within the articles.

7. Use to bring targeted traffic to your website.

8. Start a vlog on youtube and give tutorials on how to make the products that you sell. You could also network with other craft vloggers, and subscribe to their channels. Youtube will also inform all of your subscribers when you upload or favorite a video; so if you’re active on Youtube, this is a definite way to reach customers.

9. Post on forums and put your Esty or blog link in your signatures.

10. Create a facebook page for your website. Link your page to your existing facebook profile so you can build fans. You can also pay facebook to promote your page to obtain fans.

More advice about how to make money at home can be found here This is a compiled system on ways to build a great presence online, sell your product, or promote other people’s products or services.

I hope I helped a little, thanks for reading and Good Luck with your shop!

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10 Ways to Reuse Prescription Pill Bottles

If you seem to have a collection of prescription pill bottles lurking in your medicine cabinet that are empty or nearly empty, here are a few ideas of ways to recycle or reuse them.

1. Use them to keep spare change for parking meters, toll booths and vending machines in your car or truck.

2. Use them to store seeds for future planting. Be sure to label the container with the date and type of seeds you are storing. If you are concerned about moisture ruining your seeds, add a packet of silica gel to the prescription pill bottle to keep it moisture-free.

3. Make a small sewing kit for travel or office using a prescription pill bottle. A few buttons, needles, and thread (wind several different colors onto a small piece of cardboard that will fit inside the bottle) should do the trick.

4. Use them to store dried herbs or other seasonings. Prescription pill bottles work especially well for this in small RV kitchens or at a campsite.

5. Pill bottles are excellent for storing beads and other jewelry making components such as bails, jump rings and beading needles.

6. Use them to keep sharp items like thumbtacks, pushpins, staples or toothpicks out of reach for small children.

7. Think crafty. There are some very clever items that have been created using prescription pill bottles, from lamps to painted snowmen. Use a search engine online to find instructions for craft ideas that are suitable for a variety of age groups.

8. Create a toy for a pet. Add dried peas or beans to a pill bottle and be sure the lid is secure. Cats in particular love swatting these recycled toys around on kitchen or hardwood floors.

9. Use them to store barrettes, bobby pins or other hair accessories in your bathroom drawer.

10. Store emergency cash. Pill bottles can be a great place to stash a roll of dollar bills in a sock of lingerie drawer, or with an emergency/survival kit.

Be sure to remove prescription labels prior to use. Use a labeler or permanent marker to mark the reuse contents.

To wash and sanitize pill bottles before using, add them to the utensils basket in your dishwasher.

Never use prescription pill bottles (or OTC medication bottles) to store candy in for children.

Never store food or topical use items (lotions, creams, etc.) in a pill bottle that has not been thoroughly cleaned. There is a possibility of medication residue causing adverse reactions or side effects.

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