Features Briefs

July 9, 2014 

Apply now for Anderson Festival

The 36th Annual Peter Anderson Arts & Crafts Festival applications are now available at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce-Main Street-Tourism Bureau offices, 1000 Washington Ave., and online at peterandersonfestival.com. A completed application packet must be received no later than Aug. 1 for consideration.

Each year, this event brings in more than 120,000 visitors and nearly 400 vendors to the Mississippi Coast. The festival has been recognized as a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society, Festival of the Year for the Southeast and as a Top 100 Event by American Bus Association.

The event will be held Nov. 1 and 2 in downtown Ocean Springs. For details, contact the Chamber at 875-4424 or visit peterandersonfestival.com.

-- Sun Herald


Beware those fake meds online

Fake drugs can be dangerous for any unsuspecting consumer, and they're big business.

For example, British authorities recently arrested 237 folks storing $31 million of phony "meds" scheduled for distribution from 10,600 websites worldwide (72 percent of the fakes were from India; 11 percent from China). In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration blocks sale of such products when they can: This month they banned a "weight loss" med, B-Perfect, containing a pulled-off-the-market, controlled substance called sibutramine and a known carcinogen, phenolphthalein. They also yanked erectile dysfunction meds (with names like Full Throttle and Hard Up) that contained impure toxins along with the active ingredients found in Viagra and Cialis. If guys take these undeclared and unidentified ingredients with other meds, such as nitroglycerine (often used by guys with diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease -- all associated with ED), they can lower blood pressure to dangerous levels and cause serious damage.

But online, it's not just "alternative" meds that are dangerous. Recently the FDA shut down 1,677 illegal pharmacy websites that sold fake "brand name" and "FDA-approved" meds that were neither. Your solution: Check FDA.gov to identify dangerous supplements in "miraculous" weight loss, muscle building, and sexual enhancement products. Remember, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

-- Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Mehmet Oz

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