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Consumer Complaint report is a site where consumers can talk about their annoying experiences with products and services. This is for the primary assistance of future consumers who can then learn from the experience of others and make an informed decision. This way, errant companies selling dubious quality goods, are checked.

The site is an ideal platform for those consumers were unfortunate to get cheated by companies who didn’t deliver on their promises. Consumer complaint report helps consumers make better informed purchase decisions, get better service from manufacturers and service providers and also help businesses provide better service to consumers.

We allow you to post your complaints which can be viewed by other visitors on the site. This helps others avoid the same problem and alerts them to the activities and unethical practices followed by such companies and service providers. Moreover, using the platform you can also gain leverage against the company and solve your dispute amicably.

We can help you learn from other complaints, read real experiences of duped consumers, share your own good or bad experiences in the consumer industry and also check out the customer services of many companies. By using our services you can help yourself and others in many ways. You can:

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Consumer complaint report is a powerful and informative source for consumers to publicize the unscrupulous acts of some business houses. For the postings to be allowed on our site it is important that they be authentic and verifiable. We help consumers as well as businesses serve each other better and improve market ethics.

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The San Diego Labor Lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik File A Class Action Against Alliance Human Services For Allegedly Failing To Pay Social Workers Overtime














San Bernardino County, California (PRWEB) March 13, 2014

On February 27, 2014, the San Diego employment lawyers at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik filed a class action lawsuit against Alliance Human Services, Inc. (“Alliance”) for allegedly failing to pay their Social Workers overtime pay. Salem v. Alliance Human Services, Inc., Case No. CIVRS1401129 is currently pending in the San Bernardino County Superior Court for the State of California.

The class action complaint alleges that the Social Workers who were employed with Alliance performed tasks such as meeting with potential foster parents in their homes, reviewing client reports, answering phone calls from county placement workers, and writing home studies into pre-formatted templates. The lawsuit further claims that as a result of these tasks, which are allegedly considered “non-exempt tasks,” the Social Workers should have been paid overtime wages. The lawsuit seeks an unspecified amount of back pay and statutory penalties for the Social Workers.

The lawsuit against Alliance is not the first time Social Workers have complained of being underpaid. Recently, the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that social workers in Washington state were entitled to overtime because they did not have to follow an advanced, specialized course of study to get hired and thus were not “learned professionals.” See Solis v. Washington, 656 F.3d 1079.

The San Diego labor attorneys at Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik represent employees in the State of California in class actions for unpaid overtime, unpaid business expenses, and missed meal and rest breaks. If you would like free California labor law advice, call one of their experienced attorneys today at (800) 568-8020.























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Financial Advisor Michelle Harf-Grim of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC Honored with the 2014 Five Star Wealth Manager Award











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Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) March 12, 2014

Five Star Professional is pleased to announce Michelle Harf-Grim, Wells Fargo Advisors, has been chosen as one of Baltimore’s 2014 Five Star Wealth Managers.

Five Star Professional partnered with Baltimore Magazine to recognize select wealth managers who provide quality services to their clients. Michelle Harf-Grim will be featured, along with other winners, in a special section of the February issue.

“Michelle Harf-Grim is committed to putting the needs of his/her clients first and working to help them succeed financially. We at Wells Fargo Advisors are proud to work alongside her,” Matthew Glenn, Branch Manager.

The Five Star Wealth Manager award, administered by Crescendo Business Services, LLC (dba Five Star Professional), is based on 10 objective criteria: 1. Credentialed as a registered investment adviser or a registered investment adviser representative; 2. Active as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of 5 years; 3. Favorable regulatory and complaint history review (unfavorable feedback may have been discovered through a check of complaints registered with a regulatory authority or complaints registered through Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process*); 4. Fulfilled their firm review based on internal standards; 5. Accepting new clients; 6. One-year client retention rate; 7. Five-year client retention rate; 8. Non-institutional discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered; 9. Number of client households served; 10. Education and professional designations.

Wealth managers do not pay a fee to be considered or awarded. Once awarded, wealth managers may purchase additional profile ad space or promotional products. The award methodology does not evaluate the quality of services provided and is not indicative of the winner’s future performance. 1,484 Baltimore wealth managers were considered for the award; 395 (27% of candidates) were named 2014 Five Star Wealth Managers.

*To qualify as having a favorable regulatory and complaint history, the person cannot have: 1. been subject to a regulatory action that resulted in a suspended or revoked license, or payment of a fine, 2. had more than three customer complaints filed against them (settled or pending) with any regulatory authority or Five Star Professional’s consumer complaint process, 3. individually contributed to a financial settlement of a customer complaint filed with a regulatory authority, 4. filed for bankruptcy, or 5. been convicted of a felony.

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With $ 1.4 trillion in client assets as of December 31, 2013, Wells Fargo Advisors provides investment advice and guidance to clients through 15,280 full-service financial advisors and 3,328 licensed bankers. This vast network of advisors, one of the nation’s largest, serves investors through locations in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by two separate registered broker-dealers and non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company: Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC and Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network, LLC (members SIPC). Statistics include other broker-dealers of Wells Fargo & Company. http://www.wellsfargoadvisors.com

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Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik Announce Opportunity to Join Lorna Jane Class Action Lawsuit In California for Alleged Failure to Provide Timely Meal Breaks














San Diego, CA (PRWEB) March 11, 2014

The San Diego employment lawyers at the law firm of Blumenthal, Nordrehaug & Bhowmik announce an opportunity for current and former employees of Lorna Jane USA, Inc. to join a class action lawsuit against the clothing retailer for allegedly implementing unlawful meal break policies. Doyle, et al. v. Lorna Jane USA, Inc. was filed on February 25, 2014 alleging meal break violations on behalf of the company’s non-exempt employees in California who were paid on an hourly basis. The case is currently pending in the San Diego County Superior Court for the State of California, Case No. 37-2014-00004296-CU-OE-CTL.

According to the class action complaint, Lorna Jane allegedly failed to provide all legally required thirty (30) minute uninterrupted meal breaks to their non-exempt employees paid on an hourly basis in California.

Under the California Labor Code, non-exempt employees in California are entitled to receive a thirty minute uninterrupted off-duty meal period prior to the start of their fifth hour of work for the day. If an employee fails to receive their full thirty minute meal period, the employer is liable to pay the employee a penalty of one hour of that employee’s pay.

The San Diego labor lawyers at Blumenthal Nordrehaug & Bhowmik are now ready to represent other Lorna Jane employees. If you are a current or former employee of Lorna Jane in California and would like to know more about the Lorna Jane lawsuit, call (866) 771-7099 or click here to find out if you are eligible to join the class action lawsuit and make a claim for unpaid wages.

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Wholesale Designer Handbags: Review Exposes the Guide on How to Find Certified Wholesale Suppliers of Authentic Designer Merchandise











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Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 20, 2013

Wholesale Designer Handbags, a guide that aims at showing people how to access genuine certified wholesale suppliers of authentic designer merchandise. Things like clothing, shoes, handbags and more all at 50-80% off retail has caught the attention of Shelly Daniels, prompting an investigative review.

“Wholesale Designer Handbags doesn’t have a flashy website, it just provides solid information on how to find authentic designer suppliers. There is a reason that it is the top selling guide on finding certified wholesale designer suppliers on the Internet…it teaches people how to save 50-80% off on retail and it works,” reports Daniels. “It is not just a guide that shows you where to find authentic designer suppliers, but it also teaches people about the two biggest scams in wholesale goods, which are wholesale lists and fake merchandise.”

After the Wholesale Designer Handbags review, Daniels shows that it offers experience, honesty and up-to-date information. The creator of this guide has been doing this for over 10 years and knows the ins and outs of this industry. He’s so confident that people will love his guide that he is offering a no questions asked 60 day money back guarantee.

B. Marie Vinson of Poway, California said, “Words can’t express how thankful I am to you and to your beautiful directory. It has literally opened a window of endless possibilities for ordinary people like myself. I now feel so much more confident about going into business knowing that I have credible, reliable and trustworthy sources. By the way all of the suppliers have been truly fantastic to work with!”

“Viktor has created a guide that truly helps people find certified wholesale suppliers who ship to most countries, will not require an “account setup fee” to purchase wholesale, will give you the company’s complete contact information and even offer you a money-back guarantee on the authenticity of their merchandise.”

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Whistleblower Lawyer Comments on Surge in Customs Fraud Cases










NEW YORK, New York (PRWEB) July 29, 2013

Whistleblower lawyer Theresa A. Vitello from the national qui tam law firm Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP (“LPK”) has commented on a recent surge in the number of customs fraud cases filed under the Federal False Claims Act and urged whistleblowers to report customs fraud, which, as she explained, includes illegal conduct such as mislabeling products to conceal their true country of origin, removal of required labeling prior to delivery of products out of the country, undervaluing products to avoid paying import duties and other forms of tariff evasion.

“Your business competitor may be cheating customs and beating you out on important contracts and business deals, but what can you do about it?” said Vitello. “Filing a claim under the False Claims Act could not only stop your cheating competitor from getting business unfairly, but also put a handsome bounty in your pocket for reporting him to the federal government.”

According to the U.S. Department of justice*, late last year, Toyo Ink SC Holdings Co. Ltd. (“Toyo”), a large Japanese manufacturer of printing inks with affiliates in New Jersey and Illinois, agreed to pay $ 45 million to settle claims of tariff evasion brought under the False Claims Act. The lawsuit alleged that Toyo was deliberating evading paying required duties on imports by knowingly misrepresenting the country of origin for a particular colorant product. As per the DOJ, while Toyo represented the country of origin for the colorant to be Japan and Mexico, the colorant was actually imported from China and India and undergoing a superficial finishing process in Japan and Mexico.

The government’s complaint alleged that Toyo was engaged in this conduct in order to avoid paying “antidumping” and “countervailing” duties on the colorant. According to the Department of Justice, “The Department of Commerce assesses antidumping and countervailing duties to protect United States businesses by offsetting unfair foreign pricing and government subsidies. The duties are collected by U.S. Customs, which is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security. Import duties may vary depending on a product’s country of origin, which is identified by determining the last country in which the product underwent a substantial transformation.”

The whistleblower lawyer from LPK explained that the U.S. government became involved in the case against Toyo after a whistleblower filed the case under the qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act. In this case, the whistleblower was the President of the company that manufactured the colorant, not a Toyo insider.

Also in 2012, the government settled a $ 6.3 million case under the False Claims Act brought by a former sales account manager for a Chinese-owned logistics and warehousing company, CMAI**. CMAI imports automotive parts, which are distributed to Ford, General Motors and Chrysler. CMAI paid $ 6.3 million to resolve charges that the company evaded customs duties on the imported automotive parts.

In 2011, a Hong-Kong based jewelry manufacturer with New York affiliates, Noble Jewelry Ltd., paid the U.S. government $ 3.85 million to resolve charges that it was submitting false invoices on shipments and underreporting the value of the items shipped***. The allegations were first brought to the government’s attention in a complaint filed by a whistleblower under the False Claims Act.

Whistleblower lawyer Theresa Vitello explained that the False Claims Act seeks to recover government funds wrongfully paid out to individuals, companies or agencies that submitted false claims or who made false certifications in bills, contracts or other government documents, and can also be used, as it has in the customs fraud cases described earlier, to recover government funds that should have, but were not remitted to the federal government.

“Successful whistleblowers, known as ‘relators’ in False Claims Act cases, may earn anywhere from 15% to 30% of the government’s recovery,” said Vitello. “The share of the recovery received by a particular relator depends on a number of factors, including the amount and quality of the evidence he or she possesses, the overall value it adds to the case and whether the government elects to intervene in the case. The government may also impose fines for violations of the False Claims Act at a rate of $ 5,500-11,000 per false claim or violation.”

The whistleblower lawyers at Levy Phillips & Konigsberg LLP have the knowledge, experience, and passion to fight fraud against the government, while ensuring that the whistleblower’s rights are protected. LPK’s qui tam attorneys have a proven track record with recoveries that exceed $ 70 million.

LPK handles False Claims Act cases nationwide and has offices throughout the U.S., including New York City, Upstate New York, New Jersey, and Georgia. The firm handles all of its whistleblower cases on a contingency fee basis.

Individuals with evidence of customs fraud or any type of fraud against the government can contact LPK for a free consultation via a 24/7 hotline at 212-605-6200 or toll free at 1.888.FRAUD.USA (1.888.372.8387), or by submitting an email inquiry at http://www.fraudusa.com.

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** justice.gov/usao/mie/news/2012/2012_6_7_cmaiindustries.html

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US Federal Contractor Registration Reports 809 Available Government Contracts in Washington D.C.











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St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB) March 09, 2014

US Federal Contractor Registration is releasing highly regarded data showing the increase of federal contracts in Washington D.C. Currently after reviewing the federal marketplace for available solicitations, US Federal Contractor Registration has found 809 contracting opportunities in Washington D.C. In order for businesses in Washington D.C. to start bidding on these opportunities and awards, they must first become registered in System for Award Management (SAM).

Georgia Tech PTAC office “estimates that a high percentage of the 600,000 firms presently registered in SAM.gov have errors in their records. The mistakes range from misspelled words to empty data fields, to incomplete entries, to selection of incorrect procurement codes, and other flaws. As a result, these vendors miss-out on government contract opportunities either because they are screened out for not exhibiting attention to detail or because of incomplete information they cannot be identified by government buyers.” This shows that there is a real need for US Federal Contractor Registration’s services.

US Federal Contractor Registration is encouraging businesses to explore their full service SAM registration options or their self service options. Investing in US Federal Contractor Registration’s full service plan prepares a contractor for all that is ahead. The full service includes year-long technical support, annual System for Award Management migration updates, USFCR federal buyer newsletter addition, creation of a FEMA Vendor profile, grant assistance if needed, NAICS code research and the highly-recognized Verified Vendor Seal of Approval. Contractors can call (877) 252-2700 Ext 1 to start the government registration process or go to their SAM.gov Online Registration page. US Federal Contractor Registration complaints are immediately handled with extreme care due to the importance of federal paperwork compliance.

If a business is not fiscally prepared for the full service option there is still hope. US Federal Contractor Registration has Self Service option called GovernmentContractingTips.com. GovernmentContractingTips.com includes easy registration walkthroughs, video tutorials and free packet downloads on a range of topics from SAM registration to GSA Schedules. The ‘First Steps to Government Contracting’ breaks down the process from the basic registration to marketing your business and bidding on contracts. The ‘First Steps’ has helped thousands of businesses learn the ins and outs of the federal marketplace. Even if you decide to use our full service registration we still encourage you to reference GovernmentContractingTips.com because of the wide range of information it contains. Any business new to government contracting will find this website extremely valuable and easy to navigate.

US Federal Contractor Registration has registered over 60,000 private sector businesses in the SAM registration some of which include McGraw Hill, HP, Wells Fargo, Xerox, GoodWill, Dixie, UPS, Heinz, Sheraton Hotels, Marriott, Westin, Interstate Oil, CITI, and Coldwell Banker. As well as academic institutions and colleges like NYC, Northwestern, Oxford, Southwestern, and Mercer. Numerous federal agencies like US Army, US Navy, Veteran Affairs and United States Department of Agriculture have also had their government paperwork facilitated by US Federal Contractor Registration Case Managers.














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Scambook Issues Advisory for Military Consumer Protection Day 2013












Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) July 09, 2013

Scambook, the Internet’s leading complaint resolution platform, is issuing an advisory for military service members and their families as part of Military Consumer Protection Day on July 17, 2013. Due to factors such as reassignment to new cities’ bases, as well as long periods of overseas deployment, service members are at an increased risk of identity theft as compared to the general public.

“In honor of Military Consumer Protection Day, we’re hoping to raise awareness for the unique consumer threats facing the military community,” said Kase Chong, Scambook’s Director of Marketing. “Identity theft in particular poses a serious risk, but the good news is military personnel and their families can easily protect themselves by being proactive.”

To protect private information and avoid being the victim of identity theft, Scambook cautions consumers to take the following actions:

1. Place an “Active Duty Alert” on credit reports when deployed overseas. This makes it very difficult for identity thieves to open new accounts in the service member’s name. An Active Duty Alert lasts for one year, but can be renewed.

2. Review credit reports regularly. Military service members and their families, similarly to the general public, may receive a free credit report every 12 months by visiting annualcreditreport.com or calling 1-877-322-8228. By reviewing credit reports, military consumers can catch any suspicious or fraudulent activity early in order to quickly resolve it.

3. Guard all private personal and financial information online. If sending private information while shopping or completing identification forms, be sure the website URL begins with “https”. This means the site is encrypted and secure. Also always use a secure password protected Internet connection and avoid sending any private information over a public WiFi network.

In addition to the three above steps, Scambook is advising service members and their families to learn the red flags associated with identity theft. A military consumer may be the victim of identity theft if he or she experiences any of the following:


    Mistakes on bank statements, credit card bills or other financial accounts.
    Bills or collection notices for unfamiliar services or accounts.
    Applications for new lines of credit, loans or housing are unexpectedly denied.
    The IRS sends notifications that someone else has used the consumer’s Social Security number.

If service members or their families observe any suspicious activity, especially the aforementioned, immediate action is advised to repair the potential damage caused by this identity theft.

Military consumers are directed to contact one of the three nationwide credit report companies to place an initial 90-day fraud alert, create an Identity Theft Report by filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and notify local law enforcement.

Scambook also recommends that active duty personnel report the situation to their commanding officer for advice and support. This will alleviate the situation if bill collectors attempt to visit the service member’s base due to fraudulent debts.

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President COO of McGee Wealth Management Linette Dobbins Named 2014 Five Star Wealth Manager by The Five Star Program











(PRWEB) March 05, 2014

McGee Wealth Management announces that Linette Dobbins, President/COO of McGee Wealth Management, Co-Branch Manager of Raymond James Financial Services, and CFP® has been named a 2014 Five Star Wealth Manager by The Five Star program.

“I choose this work because I can be a positive influence in the lives of clients through multiple disciplines. This allows me to truly walk our talk of making life a richer experience. I am honored to be recognized by the Five Star Program,” Dobbins says, responding to the news.

The Five Star program is the largest and most widely published wealth manager award program in North America. Award candidates are evaluated against 10 objective criteria to determine the Five Star Wealth Managers in more than 40 major markets. The Five Star Wealth Manager award process includes nominations by wealth managers, financial planners and advisors, CPA’s and estate planning attorneys. Candidates can be nominated by their firm or a peer to be considered for the Five Star Wealth Manager Award.

Award candidates are evaluated against objective criteria. The candidates must be credentialed as an investment advisory representative, or a registered investment advisor. Candidates must be actively employed as a credentialed professional in the financial services industry for a minimum of five years with a favorable regulatory and complaint history. Candidates must be actively accepting new clients and must have fulfilled their firm review based on internal firm standards. Other criteria considered includes on-year client retention rate, five-year client retention rate, non-institutionalized discretionary and/or non-discretionary client assets administered number of client households serves, and educational and professional designations. This award is bestowed by an independent third party organization not affiliated with Raymond James.

The prestigious Five Star Wealth Manager Award is given to less than 8 percent of the wealth managers in a market. McGee Wealth Management adds this award to a long list of awards and accolades throughout their history.

Since 1988, Linette Dobbins, CFP® has been a driving force behind the success of McGee Wealth Management, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor, helping develop the business into one of Oregon’s leading wealth management firms. As President and Chief Compliance Officer, Linette helps define and implement the firm’s vision. She interfaces with regulatory agencies, and supervises all investment and financial planning functions.

About McGee Wealth Management

McGee Wealth Management, an independent firm is a fee based advisory wealth management firm integrating financial services with holistic planning, consulting, and asset management. With the exemplary credentialed staff, comprehensive services, and philanthropic recognition, McGee Wealth Management believes their “Making Life a Richer Experience” motto exemplifies their stellar client relationships, built on trust and collaboration, with a strong focus on the financial needs of multi-generational families.

McGee Wealth Management’s key team members include Judith McGee, L.H.D., C.F.P.®, ChFC, CEO/Chairwoman (MWM) & Co-Branch manager (RJFS), D. Linette Dobbins, CFP®, President/CCO (MWM) & Co-Branch Manager (RJFS), and Jennifer Currin Gutridge, CFP®, Executive Vice President (MWM) and Financial Advisor (RJFS). Visit http://www.McGeeWM.com, call 503-597-2222, or write 12455 SW 68th Ave. Portland, Oregon 97223 for more information. McGee Wealth Management is an Independent Registered Investment Advisor. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC. For media requests contact Diane with Inspired Media at info(at)inspiredmc(dot)com.
















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Bel Marra Health Reports on New Research that Discovers Increased Cancer Risk in Night Shift Working











Bel Marra Health Reports on New Research that Discovers Increased Cancer Risk in Night Shift Working


Toronto, ON (PRWEB) July 24, 2013

Bel Marra Health, who offers high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, reports on a new study revealing a direct link between long-term night shift work and an increase in breast cancer risk.

As Bel Marra Health reports in its article, (http://www.belmarrahealth.com/cancer/your-work-schedule-could-be-doubling-your-breast-cancer-risk/) data collected by the Bureau of Information Statistics shows that about fifteen million Americans work full-time during evenings, nights, or on rotating and irregular work shifts. Workers who habitually work long and late shifts, such as doctors, paramedics and police officers, have been warned for years now of potential short-term and long-term health problems. However, a new study conducted at Queen’s University has now shown a direct link between night shift working and an astonishing increase in breast cancer risk.

Indeed, for certain professions and many individuals, there is no choice; working the night shift is a necessary part of life. But as more and more of these people are forced to take time off work due to related health problems, both business owners and medical researchers are being forced to take a closer look at the precise relationship between work schedule and health, and at more effective strategies to protect workers in the face of these growing health risks.

A group of Canadian researchers looked at the specific relationship between work schedule and cancer rates. Shockingly, they discovered that women who worked night shifts for thirty years or more were twice as likely to develop breast cancer.

Over 1000 women suffering from breast cancer and 1000 without cancer were involved in this study. These ladies were employed in various jobs and were asked about their shift work patterns in the course of their careers. The Queen’s University researchers also looked at the hospital records of the participants with cancer, to determine the type of tumor these women had been diagnosed with. After examining all of the case studies, the researchers found that women who had worked night shifts for thirty or more years were twice as likely to have developed breast cancer.

Some medical officials question the findings because they say the research doesn’t take into account the diversity of shift work patterns, nor did the research look at outlier factors, such as the degree of chemical exposure that commonly comes with particular night-shift professions. Similar studies have been conducted in the past with exposure in mind, for example, research had been conducted on the shift work patterns of nurses.

One of the theories being used to explain this relationship between night shift working and breast cancer centers on melatonin. This hormone is blocked by light, and previous studies have suggested that it has a protective effect against cancer. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center are one of many groups examining suppression of melatonin as a possible explanation for health problems. There are other potential triggers, however, including sleep disturbances, changes in vitamin D levels, and upset body rhythms.

It is interesting to note that in Canada, workplace insurance boards have showed great interest in the results of the Queen’s University study now published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Also, in Denmark, thirty-seven women who were diagnosed with breast cancer while working night shifts were compensated following a decision by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

While the cancer connection may be recent news, the negative impact of shift work on general health isn’t. Many have heard the common health complaints of a friend or family member working late-night shifts. The very nature of shift work often leads workers into obvious problems, such as sleep deprivation, difficulty fitting in exercise, eating on the run, and more limited food choices (as most restaurants are closed and many night workers will reach for available processed foods). In the short-term, this lifestyle can make a person feel fatigued, cause nausea, concentration problems, as well as affect memory and mood. In the long-term, it can cause serious problems to the cardiovascular system, immune system, hormone balance, and metabolism.

Bel Marra Health doctors say being awake during odd hours throws off biological rhythms. This is when negative health impacts begin to become more serious. Problems related to late night shift work shouldn’t be ignored. A physician can help give advice on how to cope with work schedules.

If one has to contend with night shift work, it is recommended that 7-8 hour blocks of sleep still be maintained, and to try and avoid frequent rotating shifts or frequent consecutive night shifts. To get a better rest, avoid consuming more than one cup of coffee during each shift, and use blinds or shades to block out light when sleeping during the day.

(SOURCE: A. Grundy, et al. Increased risk of breast cancer associated with long-term shift work in Canada. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2013.)

Bel Marra Health is the maker of “Sleep Sure Plus,” a high-quality nutritional supplement that helps improve quality of sleep, reduces anxiety and stress, and helps to fall asleep faster and longer. All ingredients are backed with scientific evidence. Every product is tested for safety, quality, and purity at every stage of the manufacturing process. Furthermore, Bel Marra Health products are produced only in Health Canada approved facilities, going the extra mile to ensure that our health-conscious customers are getting top quality products. For more information on Bel Marra Health, visit belmarrahealth.com or call 1-866-531-0466.
























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