You Can Soon Buy ‘Magnum’ Bottles Of Ranch Dressing From Hidden Valley









The perfect gift for the ranch lover in your life!





There’s no denying that Americans have a love affair with ranch dressing. Particularly in the Midwest, where I’m from, people love to put ranch on just about everything.  From salad to pizza to buffalo wings and more, there’s really no food that can’t be made better with a little ranch.

If you agree with that sentiment, you will soon have access to more ranch dressing than you could possibly need with a magnum-sized bottle of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. Yup, the limited-edition bottle holds a whopping 1.75 liters of the stuff and will be available online for $25 beginning Dec. 3.

“Let the ranch flavor flow with this limited-edition bottle that comes in a custom-designed box perfect for any holiday occasion,” reads the product description. Check it out:





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To give a sense of just how large this huge bottle of ranch is, check it out next to the brand’s regular 8-ounce bottle:

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Now, that is a lot of ranch! And here is the custom box it comes with:

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How fancy!

For those who not only want to enjoy their ranch but also need to show off their dedication to the dressing, the company has launched a line festive products, including ranch ornaments for the Christmas tree, outdoor inflatable ranch bottles to put up in the yard and pizza-and-ranch themed wrapping paper. What a great way to spread holiday cheer and show off your ranch fandom at the same time!





This ranch-themed ugly Christmas sweater is guaranteed to make you the best-dressed guest at any holiday party:

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Do you know a ranch-lover who would swoon over a gift from Hidden Valley this holiday season?

The USDA Is Recalling 90,000 Pounds Of Ground Turkey After A Salmonella Outbreak









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Yikes! Check your fridge.





With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has recalled turkey products linked to a salmonella outbreak.

Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales, LLC recalled 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products after the USDA found that a sample of the products tested positive for a salmonella reading matching the outbreak strain.

The samples were from a Sept. 11, 2018 production, and, according to the USDA, the rest of the products shipped nationwide.





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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first announced the outbreak linked to raw turkey products in July, but more people have gotten sick, bringing the total to at least 164 in 35 states. One person in California has died, and 63 people have been hospitalized.

The outbreak started in November 2017. It’s unclear where the turkey at the center of this outbreak came from, as there doesn’t appear to be one centralized distributor, the agency said. This could mean that “it might be widespread in the turkey industry.”

Lab tests show that the salmonella came from a variety of products, including ground turkey and turkey patties. Tests showed that it’s also been in live turkeys and pet food.

The US Department of Agriculture and the CDC have been working with the industry, asking what steps could be taken to reduce this kind of contamination, and the investigation is ongoing.

Symptoms of salmonella infection include fever, diarrhea and stomach cramps, and they usually last four to seven days. Most people recover without treatment. In rare cases, the infection can cause death if a patient is not treated promptly with antibiotics.





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There are an estimated 1.2 million salmonella cases in the United States annually, and various foods are to blame for about 1 million of those illnesses, according to the CDC.

The CDC said that if you plan to handle raw turkey, make sure you are extra careful: Wash your hands after touching it. Cook products thoroughly to avoid getting sick. Thaw turkeys in the refrigerator, not on the counter.

Written by Jen Christensen and Madeline Holcombe for CNN. 

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How ‘Chopped’ Judge Chris Santos Lost 30 Pounds









Chris looks amazing! He lost the weight by making these few lifestyle changes.





As a restauranteur and a judge on the cooking competition show “Chopped,” Chris Santos’ life revolves around food. And so, over a 10-year period, he watched excess weight creep on until he realized he had gained 50 pounds. The chef decided some changes were in order to shed the extra pounds. With the help of a more plant-based diet and intermittent fasting, Santos has already dropped 30 pounds.

Three days a week, Santos practices controlled eating, which means that he fasts for 16 hours a day. He has also cut down on his alcohol consumption and switched from beer to liquor with water or soda water. He says that overeating and unhealthy food choices at night were a coping mechanism after a long and stressful workday, inevitably leading to his weight gain.





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“Before, when I got home after a 12-14 hour day, that was my time—that was me time,” he told People. “I would order food late, and it would never be anything good. It would be a cheesesteak, a pizza, a cheeseburger, any number of things that are definitely not healthy choices whatsoever. If GrubHub had a category called unhealthy, that would be the one I would be clicking on every time.”

In addition to overhauling his diet, Santos also began running and completed his first 5K. His next goal is a 10K, and he’s not ruling out the possibility of a full marathon.

Check out his progress in this before and after shot he posted to Instagram:

“I’m about to run my first 5K so with that in mind let’s call this ‘before and after part 1,’” he captioned the side-by-side photos. “I started this journey to a much healthier me on June 20, and so far I’m down 30 pounds! Look for ‘before and after part 2’ when I’ve lost another 15 to 20! Thanks to everyone who have been supporting me and keeping me on track, especially my inspiration @nataliemakenna!”





Best of luck to Santos on his continued journey to better health!

A Family ‘code Word’ Helped Save This 10-year-old Girl From A Possible Kidnapping









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This could be lifesaving.





Authorities are asking people to be on alert after a man in a white SUV attempted to lure a 10-year-old girl in San Tan Valley, Arizona on Nov. 14.

According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, shortly before 4 p.m., a 10-year-old girl was walking with a friend near a park in the North Pecan Creek neighborhood when a man driving a white SUV pulled up next to them.

The man reportedly told the girl that her brothers were in a serious accident and that she needed to go with him. The girl then asked the man what the “code word” was, but the man did not know and drove off.

“Kudos to the parents of this child for having a code word and talking about to their children about stranger danger,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “We hope by putting this out, it will encourage parents to have that conversation and create a plan with their children, so they know what to do if they are in that situation.”





The SUV has been reportedly seen circling the park several times a day, according to children who live in the neighborhood.

“This is generally what I consider a pretty safe area, I’ve never heard of anything bad,” said Patrick McDonald, who lives nearby.

“This one time, it saved my daughter’s life,” said Brenda James, the girl’s mother.

James talked to KNXV and the media so that other parents could learn about code words as she did.

“We actually just came up that few months ago. So it was something really recent from a story that I read,” James said.





The man is described as being possibly in his 40s with a short beard. The man reportedly covered most of his face with his hand while talking to the girl to conceal identifying features, officials said.

“I’ll definitely be going home and having a talk with my daughter and developing a code word at the very least,” said McDonald.

Anyone with information or sees the suspect, you are asked to call PCSO at (520)-866-5111 with any information.

Written by Jeff Popovich for KNXV.

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3 Easy Ways To Fight Negative Thinking And Boost Your Mood









Everyone can benefit from these three steps.





Remember the old Saturday Night Live skit “Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley?”

He would look into the mirror and remark, “I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And, doggone-it, people like me!”

He was all about giving yourself a “check-up from the neck up.”

Doctor Kristen Abraham — Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Detroit Mercy – says if negative thoughts are weighing you down, she recommends three steps to train your brain out of that pattern.

“What we’re looking for is balanced thinking,” she said.





1. Think Realistically

“The research suggests that for people with low self-esteem when they repeat to themselves, ‘I am a lovable person,’ that they actually feel worse, and it makes them feel less like doing things they enjoy,” explained Dr. Abraham. “We think that the reason is because they simply don’t believe it. And thinking more realistically is something most people can actually relate to.”

Dr. Abraham said in order to think realistically, it’s helpful to ask yourself three questions: What’s the best thing that can happen? What’s the worst thing that can happen? And what would I do to deal with it?

Working through your options will help you feel prepared.

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2. Take Action

When wrestling with negative thoughts in your head, don’t let those voices hold you back. Dr. Abraham said you should take action!

“Those [negative] thoughts are there, but I’m not going to let them get in the way of doing things with people I care about, getting to work, volunteering in my community or picking up a hobby I love,” she said.

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3. Practice Gratitude

Dr. Abraham said the third way to train your brain away from negative thinking is to practice gratitude. She said one easy way for people to do this is to keep a gratitude journal.

“They sit down every night, and they list 5 or 10 things that they’re grateful for. And the research consistently shows that this helps us to feel better, improves our well-being, and it improves our overall life satisfaction,” said Dr. Abraham.

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So maybe you’re thankful for the person who helped you with project at work…or held the door for you at the coffee shop.





Or maybe you’re thankful for a good night’s sleep … or quality time with the kids.

Whatever it might be, wrapping your mind around what’s going well in your life and realistically tackling what’s not … will help you boost your mood and find balance.

Of course, if negative thoughts get in the way of your ability to do your job or relate to other people, Dr. Abraham said you might be dealing with depression.

If that’s the case, you should seek help from a psychologist or mental health professional.

Your primary care doctor can give you a referral.

The good news is depression is treatable. But most everybody can benefit from these three steps to re-train how you think.

Written by Alicia Smith for WXYZ.

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Here’s How Kelsea Ballerini Responded After Someone Told Her To Lose Weight









Celebrities & Pop Culture

She blasted back with the perfect message.





Pop and country music artist Kelsea Ballerini has a message for fat-shamers: Pipe down!

On Nov. 8, Ballerini posted an incredible photo of herself from the 2018 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. During the show, photographers captured an awesome shot of the “Miss Me More” singer strutting her stuff on the catwalk.

Ballerini looks fit, happy and confident in the photo, and she captioned it with a simple, all-caps message: “GLOW.”





However, when an insensitive commenter told the artist to “lose some weight” in response to the fashion show photo, the gloves quickly came off.

“Not today, Satan,” Ballerini blasted back in a separate Instagram post with an animated screen caption of the offensive comment. She relied on Patrick Star of “Spongebob Squarepants” fame to show exactly how she felt about the remark.

Beyond the beautiful combination of Patrick stuffing cheeseburgers down his throat and the little guy in the corner sweetly saying, “You need a hug,” Ballerini had a more direct response to fat shamers.

“Hi troll,” she wrote on Instagram. “Listen. First of all, I’m not a model. I’m a singer. Second of all, I’m not responding to this to give you attention because you don’t deserve that. I’m responding because I am a healthy, normal chick which I pride myself on and work hard for, and want other young girls to see that and know that ‘skinny’ is not always the goal. And for you to think it’s ok to comment on my weight or size is disgusting. I’m going to get a burger now. Bye.”

We bet that burger tasted delicious.





Ballerini has never been shy about showing off her fit body, whether it’s onstage or via social media. On Instagram, she shared her music video that features her in the boxing ring:

And she also makes sure to share snaps of herself indulging in one of her favorite meals: pasta!

Good for Ballerini for standing up to fat-shaming trolls!

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Llama Blood Could Be The Key To An Effective Flu Vaccine









What do you think of this new development in flu prevention?





Flu shots might be getting a bit cozier and cuter now that llamas, the fluffy, hardworking pack animals, may hold the key to flu prevention. A new study has found that antibodies in the animals’ blood are effective at preventing various strains of flu in mice. Before a new vaccine can be launched, however, the research needs to be replicated in humans.

According to the study published in Science, scientists have developed an effective nasal spray derived from the llama antibodies. Scientists have been testing it in mice and, so far, the llama antibodies seem to guard against influenza more effectively than our own antibodies can, and human antibodies are the ones currently used in vaccines.





The Basic Biology

Antibodies are proteins produced by the body when the immune system recognizes a bacteria or virus in the blood. Once identified, the antibodies get to work neutralizing the intruder and preventing illness.

Animal and human antibodies work the same way. But what makes the llama antibodies unique is their size and shape: They are smaller and straighter than human antibodies. As a result, they can reach parts of viruses that human antibodies can’t, and thus, the llama antibodies fight the viruses more effectively.

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From The Lab

For this study, the researchers extracted four different antibodies from the llamas’ blood: two for influenza A and two for influenza B. The researchers combined them in a nasal spray and gave it to a group of mice, while another group of mice received a placebo.

The researchers then infected the mice with lethal influenza strains. All of the mice that received high doses of the spray survived, while the entire group of mice that received a placebo died.





The research is promising and it could be great news for future flu seasons. However, it’s not going to change your prognosis this season. There’s still extensive research to come to see if the combination works in humans.

What do you think of this new development in flu prevention?

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The FDA Is Expanding A Recall For Blood Pressure Medicine Due To Potential Cancer Risk









Yikes! Check your medicine cabinet.





The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says another heart medicine is being voluntarily recalled after tests showed that it was tainted with a potential cancer-causing chemical.

The new recall of losartan potassium hydrochlorothiazide is sold by the company Sandoz. The voluntary recall only involves the 100 milligram/25 milligram tablets, it does not involve the other versions of the drug, sometimes sold under the brand names Hyzaar. If you take Sandoz’s losartan potassium, look on the bottle for the lot number. If it has the lot number JB8912, then you have the recalled pills. Patients use these drugs to keep their high blood pressure in check.

The drug is being recalled because the active ingredient has tested positive for N-Nitrosodiethylamine or NDEA, a suspected human and animal carcinogen that is used in gasoline as a stabilizer for industry materials and as a lubricant additive, according to the National Institutes of Health.

The ingredient was made by Zhejiang Huahai Pharmaceutical Company Co. Ltd. The FDA placed the Chinese company on an import alert at the end of September, meaning all of its active pharmaceutical products and finished products will not be permitted to enter the United States. The FDA made that decision after an inspection of the facility.





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Several pills that contain valsartan, another drug used by heart patients, have been under a recall since July. The drugs were tainted with NDEA or NDMA, N-nitrosodimethylamine, an impurity that is also considered a possible carcinogen by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

NDMA is an organic chemical used to make liquid rocket fuel and is a byproduct of manufacturing some pesticides and processing fish. It can be unintentionally introduced into manufacturing through certain chemical reactions.

The FDA is testing all heart drugs known as ARBs for these impurities.

Not all medicine containing valsartan is recalled. The FDA keeps an ongoing list of products that are recalled and a list of the valsartan products that are not recalled.

The latest recall impacts less than 1 percent of the total losartan drug products in the US market, according to the FDA.

If your drug is on the recall list, the FDA suggests taking it until your doctor or pharmacist provides a replacement. Because not all valsartan and irbesartan drugs are involved in the recall, you might be able to switch to a version by another company.





It’s unclear exactly what the cancer risk is if you take the contaminated valsartan pills; the FDA believed that the risk was low with the valsartan recall.

It estimated that if 8,000 people took the highest dose of valsartan (320 milligrams) containing NDMA from these recalled batches daily for four years, there may be one additional case of cancer over the lifetimes of 8,000 people. Many patients take a much lower dose of valsartan, and therefore their risks are theoretically much lower.

The FDA said it will continue to test all products containing valsartan and similar drugs for the presence of impurities.

Written by Jen Christensen for CNN.

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These Residential Water Heaters Are Being Recalled Due To Fire Hazard









Yikes! Check your water heater.





Homeowners, you may want to stop what you’re doing and check your water heater right away.

A.O. Smith, a leading manufacturer of water heating systems, has recalled more 615,000 residential water heaters due to a potential fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced. The company has found that the gas burner screen on these units can tear, which can produce excess radiant heat and spark a fire if the water heater is installed directly on wood or a similarly incendiary surface.





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The recall affects A.O. Smith’s 30-, 40- and 50-gallon Ultra-Low NOx water heater, which was sold under the American, A.O. Smith, Kenmore, Reliance, State, U.S. Craftmaster and Whirlpool brand names. The units were made between April 2011 and August 2016 and have serial numbers with the first four digits between 1115 and 1631, according to the CPSC. They were sold at home improvement and hardware stores primarily in California.

A.O. Smith has issued the recall after receiving six reports of fires that were sparked by water heaters installed directly on a combustible floor. However, no injuries have been reported.

Customers who own one of these water heaters should examine the unit’s data plate for its brand name, model number and serial number. To confirm whether or not your model has been affected, visit WaterHeaterRecall.com and input the model and serial number shown on the plate.

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A.O. Smith has also recalled its 30-gallon natural gas water heaters, which were sold exclusively at Lowe’s Home Improvement stores in California from February 2018 through April 2018. The heaters, with the model number G6-UT3030NV, have a faulty flame arrestor that could pose a fire hazard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.





Customers who own either water heater should turn off the power and stop using the unit immediately. You should also reach out to A.O. Smith at 800-854-2793 to determine if a free repair is needed.

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You Can Now Buy Flavored Sparkling Water Infused With CBD









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Will you give this a try?





Flavored sparkling water is all the rage these days, and now people are taking their bubbly drinks to another level with a little something extra. First, there was alcoholic sparkling water, and now there is CBD- and adaptogen-infused seltzer.

Recess seltzer comes in peach ginger, pom hibiscus and blackberry chai flavors, and each can is infused with full-spectrum hemp extract oil, which contains all of the cannabinoids found in the plant, including CBD. Each can of Recess contains 10 mg of CBD.

CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive compound found in cannabis. CBD does not cause a high, but has been touted for providing relief from a variety of conditions, including chronic pain, insomnia and anxiety. It has also shown success in treating certain forms of epilepsy.





It’s showing up in a number of products, including capsules, sleep sprays, oil drops, bath bombs, massage lotions and pet treats. Laws regarding the legality of CBD and CBD-containing products vary from state to state.

As you can see, the pastel-colored cans are Instagram-worthy:

In addition to CBD, Recess seltzer also contains adaptogens, which are herbs that are believed to have healing properties. According to Recess, the adaptogens in their drinks include American ginseng, which improves focus and memory, L-theanine, which reduces stress with the help of green tea and Schisandra, which boosts immunity and promotes balance.

“We all have too many tabs open in our browsers and in our brains,” reads Recess’ website. “That’s why we made Recess: Each can is a moment to reset and rebalance. It’s how you wish that 2 p.m. coffee would make you feel.”





They are sold online for $39.99 for an eight-can can pack of a single flavor, and $30 for a six-can variety pack. Each can is between 15 and 25 calories, with between 4 and 6 grams of sugar, depending on the flavor.

Would you give CBD-infused seltzer a try?