Monday, April 30, 2012


Insurance, building codes and rebuilding after a disaster

Q: Part of my home burned, and I'm repairing the large burned section of the home. County building codes require upgrades from what was originally there. Does my homeowners policy cover this added expense?

A: It depends. If your policy has what's called "law and ordinance coverage" -- it's often referred to as "L&O" or "upgrade coverage," then yes, your policy would address the added costs to make the required upgrades.

As a precaution, ask your agent or insurer if you already have the coverage or if you can add it to your policy.

Note: This is one of a series of common -- or in some cases, particularly unusual -- questions received by our consumer advocacy staff, who answer questions from consumers.


Got a question or insurance problem of your own? If you live in Washington, feel free to give us a call, toll-free at 1-800-562-6900. We'll do our best to help. (And if you live in another state or territory, here's a handy map that lists the contact info for your local insurance regulatory office.)

Thursday, April 26, 2012


Summer and Your Face Care

Skin Care in Summer

The sun is the primary anniversary of case crumbling but that does not stop achievement blistered is the end we appeal to achieve best of the bodies of the declared Western culture. Currently on the exchange affluence of sunscreen accessories are attainable which are absorption the face before, during and afterwards acceptance to sunlight.

Moreover, all these tanning creams are adapted textures and with a adjustment of authentic factors, so acquire according to your tastes or needs.

Now, the solar ambit by activity houses cosmetics, creams not abandoned arise to assure the case from the analysis but additionally to canteen the bristles from the adverse accoutrement of the sun such as the hydrating bristles masks, and to assure eyelashes with mascara waterproof solar lipstick additionally assets the breach from the sun, etc..

Those abbreviate tips will advice you in hot summer taken your face safe and sound.


Prepares case a ahead Sunbathing

Melanin – Active:
An ahead summer arrives; you can activate advancing your case preadolescences administrate yourself, alehouse carotene-rich foods such as tomatoes and allocation or demography vitamin supplements aimed at activating the melanin.

Cleaning and exfoliation of the case face:
Get rid of algae and comatose beef that will admission an akin tan. This is all-important throughout the year, but a ahead the summer is imperative.

Hydration:
For the bed is nice and durable, you allegation acquire the case altogether hydrated. It is recommended that you accrue hydrated throughout the year, but now in summer more. For night and for day use a moisturizer alpha and light.
Protect yourself while sunbathing

Choose your sunscreen:
You acquire the advocacy bureau of your sunscreen demography into anniversary your age, case acquaint and sun acceptance time. You use a affectation on dry case activate yourself fifteen anniversary a ahead sunbathing. You put chrism every four hours or every time you anatomy a bath.

First Days:
During the ancient two or three animalcule you should be absolute authentic with the acceptance to the sun. On the ancient day usually activity best burns afresh you can afterwards best all summer. At first, I acclamation you alpha with sessions of fifteen anniversary and gradually accession it to go every day. Avoid sun in the boilerplate of the day.
Repair your case and your hair

Sunburn:
After sunbathing, you acquire to restore case blow by sunlight. Normally there is an irritation, sunburn. It is adequate to administrate abatement milk.

Specific products:
After sunbathing, you allegation acclimation your case Administrate yourself adapted accessories for this. Your case works all day aggravating to activate the body's advocacy adjustment through the arising of melanin. At night, the tissues will appointment to acclimate the attacks suffered by sun exposure, afresh accent is committed to hydrate and change cells, and therefore, any achievement that is captivated absolute apprenticed put them.

After-Sun:
To abate damaged case you should administrate an after-sun, allocation from any of its adapted textures: milk, gel, balm, etc. They anti-inflammatory effects, soothing, refreshing, regenerating collagen and case beatitude additionally acclimate for the abutting exposure.

Hair deteriorated:
After acceptance to the sun and sea bathing, your bristles get dry and dull. You allegation use a specific abstainer that cleans bristles from chlorine and acrid residues that acquire been active to the bristles fiber. The functions of these shampoos are air-conditioned and calm. Afresh it is ambrosial that you administrate a affectation to hydrate and nourish.

Hoping that these tips get an admirable and advantageous accessory buck cat annoying all summer. So assure your face in summer, and your tan will be healthier, adequate and abuse of the world.

Insurance and fallen trees

Q: Will my insurance pay to repair my neighbor's home if my tree falls on his home?

A: It may not have to. Typically, a homeowner's own insurance coverage pays for such damage, unless you were negligent and your negligence caused the tree to fall.

Say the tree was obviously diseased or damaged and posed a clear risk to your neighbor's home, for example. In such cases, you could be found negligent and your insurer would cover the claim.


Note: This is one of a series of common -- or in some cases, particularly unusual -- questions received by our consumer advocacy staff, who answer questions from consumers.



Got a question or insurance problem of your own? If you live in Washington, feel free to give us a call, toll-free at 1-800-562-6900. We'll do our best to help. (And if you live in another state or territory, here's a handy map that lists the contact info for your local insurance regulatory office.)

Wednesday, April 25, 2012







California Previews NAIC’s End Game for Self-Insurance

In case you had any doubt about the end game the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has in mind for self-insurance nationally, you simply need to look at what is happening on the left coast.

Legislation is now moving through the California State Legislature that would impose new regulations on stop-loss insurance in such a way that would effectively eliminate the ability of companies in that state with 50 or fewer employees from self-insuring their group health plans.  It does this by prohibiting stop-loss carriers from providing coverage with specific attachment points below $95,000 and inserting other regulatory hurdles, including a provision stating that stop-loss insurance cannot discriminate in providing “coverage” to plan participants.

We had heard rumors that Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones was developing proposed legislation with a $40,000 minimum specific attachment point requirement.  That would have been bad enough, but a highly charitable interpretation of such development could conclude that Commissioner Jones’ motive was simply to support common sense health care marketplace regulation.

Such a motive is highly suspect of course, but the fact that he chose to push an attachment point requirement that is more than three times higher than that of any other state is clearly a brush back pitch to the self-insurance industry, to use a baseball analogy.

And Commissioner Jones did not throw this pitch without direction from the dugout.  The NAIC coaching staff likely sent him the signal to bring the heat in order to set the stage for other states to do likewise.  California makes for the perfect stalking horse due to its size and political composition of the Legislature which is generally hostile to the interests of the state’s business community.

We should also note that the word on the street is that Commissioner Jones is using his position as a stepping stone for higher public office and is looking for political fights to burnish his image as a serious player. 

While the weather is generally nice in California, a perfect storm of legislative and regulatory mischief is indeed brewing.   And such a storm could be coming to your state next.

So what’s behind all this focus on self-insurance?  There are two primary influences at play.

First, it cannot be overstated how much is riding politically for the Obama Administration and many others within Democratic Party establishment at both the federal and state level regarding the successful implementation of state health insurance exchanges as mandated by the Affordable Care Act.

As part of this obsession they are trying to stamp out any possible complication and have now latched on to the theory that the growth in the number of smaller self-insured group health plans will create adverse selection in the health care marketplace and therefor will threaten the viability of the exchanges when they come online in 2014, absent the law being overturned by the Supreme Court.

(This blog and other publications have previously addressed why this conclusion is a canard, so we won’t revisit the rebuttal analysis now.)

Armed with this concern, proponents of the ACA have positioned the NAIC to ramp up its efforts to clamp down on the ability of employers to self-insure. 

While industry observers have been fixated on the NAIC ERISA & ACA Work Group over the past year as it has been looking at updating its stop-loss model act - which presumably would bump up attachment point requirements - this blog is starting to think a little misdirection is at work here.

Sure, the NAIC could at some point come out with an updated model act that would not be favorable to the self-insurance industry but this is slow process.  Moreover, keep in mind that these are just suggested laws that each state would need to individually adopt.

It seems more clear that while this model act development process slowly plays out and keeps everyone’s attention, the NAIC, through individual insurance commissioner proxies, will simply “bum rush” the self-insurance industry with legislation like what has been introduced in California.

And just in case these insurance commissioners do not feel sufficiently motivated by NAIC orthodoxy, the health insurance industry is happy to provide the necessary nudge, which is the second factor in play on why self-insurance (via stop-loss insurance) is in the regulatory crosshairs.  It’s no secret that health insurers are concerned about losing market share in the small group market and they are enthusiastically parroting the adverse selection argument to justify new regulation. 

The fact that many insurance commissioners and/or the governors receive political support from the health insurance industry should also not be overlooked when making the circumstantial case that collusion is taking place among very powerful policy-makers and interest groups to restrict the ability of employers to self-insure.

Granted, California’s legislation is targeted at smaller employers, which a small segment of the overall self-insurance /alternative transfer marketplace.  But make no mistake, the end game of the NAIC is too strangle this marketplace in every way it can and limited encroachments left unchecked will likely lead to more existential threats.  Those involved with risk retention groups (RRGs) can certainly attest to this observation.

It’s important to understand this as the industry determines how it intends to position itself so it is not on the receiving end of any more brush-back pitches.

Actions by Insured against Insurer – Limitation Period not always Certain

Shaver v. Co-operators General Insurance Co. [2011] AJ No. 1411

Mr. Shaver was injured in a three vehicle accident on July 14, 2000 with one other identified driver. The Motor Vehicle Accident Claims Fund accepted liability for the accident and consented to a partial judgement in Mr. Shaver’s favour for $100,000.00. This judgement was entered on January 19, 2010.

Mr. Shaver found this compensation to be inadequate and issued a claim against his insurer, the Co-operators, on July 29, 2010 based on the SEF 44 endorsement in his policy:

Every action...against the insurer...under this endorsement shall be commenced [within 2 years] from the date upon which the eligible claimant...knew or ought to have known that the quantum of the claims with respect to an insured person exceed the minimum limits for motor vehicle liability insurance in the jurisdiction in which the accident occurred.

The Co-operators brought a summary judgment motion in Alberta arguing that Mr. Shaver was out of time as more than 10 years had passed since the claim arose. Mr. Shaver argued that his claim against the Co-operators arose only on January 19, 2010.

The court held that the limitation period in this endorsement allowed an injured person to sue later than the ultimate 10 year statutory limitation period in cases where the insured learned of inadequate insurance or of total claims exceeding the insurance limits after the expiry of that limitation period. The Co-operators appealed this decision to the Alberta Court of Appeal.

The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision, citing the principle provided by the Alberta Court of Appeal in Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Co., [1994] AJ No. 126:

An insured’s claim against his own insurer arises not at the time of the accident, but when he knows, or should have known, that the tortfeasor’s coverage will be inadequate to cover the insured’s damages.

In the case at hand, both parties agreed that it was not until January 19, 2010 that Mr. Shaver knew that the torfeasor’s coverage would not be sufficient.

- Kristen Dearlove, Student-at-Law

Monday, April 23, 2012


Insurance: When a car is burglarized

Q: My clothes, camping gear, camera and guitar were stolen from my car. Will my auto insurance pay for these things?

A: Maybe, but there may well be dollar limits for things like clothing, sports equipment, etc. that might be incidental to an outing or vacation. Your auto policy would specify those limits. (We had an odd fraud case a couple of years ago involving a man who kept claiming that his $33,000 collection of silk neckties was being stolen from his car.)

For things that are generally considered personal property, rather than auto-related property like a spare tire, jack, or roadside emergency kit, you might be able to file a homeowner's or renter's insurance claim. Talk to your agent or insurer -- and think about your deductibles. If you have a high deductible, it may not be worth it to file a claim for a small loss.

Note: This is one of a series of common -- or in some cases, particularly unusual -- questions received by our consumer advocacy staff, who answer questions from consumers.
Got a question or insurance problem of your own? If you live in Washington, feel free to give us a call, toll-free at 1-800-562-6900. We'll do our best to help. (And if you live in another state or territory, here's a handy map that lists the contact info for your local insurance regulatory office.)

Friday, April 20, 2012


Dogs and insurance

Q: Am I covered if my dog bites someone else visiting my home, or when we're at a city park or campground?

A: Generally yes. Your homeowners policy will typically cover the incident at home or away from home, but once your insurance company knows that your dog caused an injury, the company may take a second look at you as a risk. The company may not want to continue coverage, or could raise its rates, since it's hard to guarantee that the dog will never bite someone again.

Note: This is one of a series of common -- or in some cases, particularly unusual -- questions received by our consumer advocacy staff, who answer questions from consumers.
Got a question or insurance problem of your own? If you live in Washington, feel free to give us a call, toll-free at 1-800-562-6900. We'll do our best to help. (And if you live in another state or territory, here's a handy map that lists the contact info for your local insurance regulatory office.)

Thursday, April 19, 2012


Job openings: Actuary, financial examiner, analyst, technician, receptionist

Due to retirements, a promotion, etc., we have several jobs that we're looking to fill. It's been quite a while since we've had this many openings.

The jobs are listed below, along with a few highlights. For the official job listing and specifics, including duties, salaries, required qualifications, etc., please click on each job's link below. Application deadlines vary -- these are listed under each job description -- but the earliest is next Monday.

Actuary: We're looking for someone to review health and disability insurance rate filings submitted by insurance carriers to our office. This person will also provide assistance to our company supervision division's work, which includes analysis of the finances of insurers, holding companies and other entities.

Financial examiner: These positions work out of our office in downtown Seattle. Among other duties, our examiners audit the operation of insurers.

Analyst: We're looking for a life- and health insurance compliance analyst to work in our consumer protection division, which is located in our main building in Tumwater. The job involves helping consumers with insurance questions, problems and complaints.

Insurance technician: This position involves answering consumer hotline calls and routing them to staff in various divisions, including agent/broker licensing and consumer advocacy. It also entails some IT support work.

Office assistant: This person will provide receptionist services and first-line help to phone and walk-in customers, as well as a variety of complex clerical duties.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012


Trampolines and insurance

Q: I'm thinking about buying a trampoline for my kids. Are there any insurance issues?

A: Yup. Trampolines, while definitely fun, can cause injuries or even death. So it's a good idea to first talk to your insurance agent. Your insurance company may not want to continue coverage if you buy a trampoline. Also, if there is an injury claim, your insurer would review the claim, but might decide to later cancel your coverage. It's well worth a phone call to your agent or insurer first, rather than being surprised later.

Note: This is one of a series of common -- or in some cases, particularly unusual -- questions received by our consumer advocacy staff, who answer questions from consumers.

Got a question or insurance problem of your own? If you live in Washington, feel free to give us a call, toll-free at 1-800-562-6900. We'll do our best to help. (And if you live in another state or territory, here's a handy map that lists the contact info for your local insurance regulatory office.)

In rear end collisions, liability is often considered to be automatic. But the Court of Appeal has reminded us that there is no such fixed rule.

In Martin-Vandenhende v. Myslik, 2012 ONCA 53 (C.A.), the plaintiff alleged the defendant rear-ended her vehicle as she slowed to make a left turn. She testified she activated her left turn signal prior to slowing down and commencing the turn. The defendant’s version of events was that the plaintiff activated her right turn signal and pulled to the right, which he interpreted to mean she was pulling over to allow him to pass. As he pulled around her vehicle, she turned left into him.

The trial judge found in favour of the plaintiff. He held that “taken at its highest”, the signal was “perhaps confusing” and the plaintiff was “perhaps giving [the defendant] inconsistent signals”. The Court held that this was not taking the defendant’s evidence at its highest, as his evidence was unequivocal: he was not confused or being given inconsistent signals, as he testified the plaintiff indicated she was going right, not left.

Justice Blair cited Beaumont v. Ruddy , [1932] O.R. 441 (C.A.) for the proposition that generally speaking, where one car runs into another from behind, the fault lies with the driver of the rear car, and he must satisfy the Court that the collision did not occur as a result of his negligence. Since the trial judge did not make factual findings to resolve the conflicting testimony between the parties, it could not be said one way or another whether Beaumont had been satisfied. Justice Blair held:

31 In addition, the trial judge's approach was wrong in law, in my view. The common law principle enunciated in Beaumont v. Ruddy does not prescribe that a following driver is always at fault if he or she runs into another from behind. It simply states that generally speaking this will be the case, and shifts the onus to the following driver to show otherwise. There is no principle of law of which I am aware that automatically fixes a following driver who runs into another vehicle from the rear with liability "no matter what [the lead driver] chooses to do, within [his or] her own lane." Subject to the law's general bias in favour of fault on the part of the following driver and the "following too closely" jurisprudence, liability - as in any negligence case - depends upon whether the following driver was acting reasonably in the circumstances and, conversely, whether the lead driver was as well.

The Court allowed the appeal and ordered a new trial.

- Tara Pollitt

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


Trying to make our website better

We are redesigning the website for our agency (not this blog, but the whole Office of the Insurance Commissioner website). The point is to make it easy for consumers and other users of our site to quickly find exactly what they need.

Please help us by taking part in a brief interactive survey that will help us decide what topics to put where. It just takes a few minutes.

Many thanks.

Masks for Lighten Skin

Masks for Lighten Skin

Masks for lighten skin

Masks to Lighting Skin (elements):

Keeping your skin clean and healthy is important, because many factors our skin loses its original color. We present the 8 best skin lightening mask, an excellent choice for relaxation and improve skin appearance.

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  • Elder Flower: If you know of excellent skin lightening mask the elderflower is powder and mixed with a towel placed on the skin until dry. 
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  • Plain yogurt: One of the best skin lightening mask is to apply yogurt to dry and remove with water.
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  • Potato juice: Place in the face and let dry potato juice is one of the best options for skin lightening mask.
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  • Rice water: Among the best skin lightening masks have rice water is to boil some rice and put the resulting water.

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  • Aloe Vera: The best skin lightening mask would not be complete without aloe Vera gel to put your face is an excellent choice.  
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  • Lemon: Mixed with two egg whites make the best skin lightening mask.
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  • Orange peels: Do these masks for dry skin lightening peels left, do it and make a cream powder mix with milk.
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  • Rose petals and flowers of rosemary: These masks to lighten skin boil consist of rose petals and flowers of rosemary in white wine.

OIC web applications: Back online

We updated the system underlying many of our web-based applications last night, and everything's back online. Thanks for your patience.

Monday, April 16, 2012


Our web applications will be down for several hours tonight

Shortly after midnight tonight, we'll be taking all of our web-based applications offline for system maintenance. They will be back up by 7 a.m.

During this time, most of our online services will be down. This includes things like online licensing, consumer complaints, E-tax filings, searches for health insurance rate filing, company lookups, agent/broker lookups, etc.

The website itself will still be up.

Friday, April 13, 2012


SMOKING IS HARMFUL FOR HEALTH

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Say No To Smoking for health

The relationship between cigarette smoking and the development of many serious diseases is becoming clearer. This has led to an increase in inquiries in the health community and mental health.

WHO considers an addiction to snuff dependence? Such dependence, as well as many others, must be addressed properly, because nicotine can control some important aspects of a person's behavior.

Like other euphoric substances (alcohol and cocaine), on snuff is able to produce effects that enter into the mood of the person and their deprivation triggers search behavior of the substance.

The cigarette smokers have a significantly reduced life expectancy compared to the rest of the population. Some authors have estimated that 5.5 minutes of life lost per cigarette has been smoked. In 30 - 35 years of age who smokes two packs a day, life expectancy decreased from 8 to 9 years compared to a nonsmoker the same age. 

 Effect in Human

It has not been widely established, unlike other addictions, which smoking causes serious psychological disturbances, apart from the impulse or need to consume and how hard it is abandoned.

Cigarette smoke contains lots of toxic substances, including carbon monoxide (CO). CO has high affinity for hemoglobin, red blood cell component that carries oxygen to the tissues, so that red blood cells of smokers lose 15% of the oxygen carrying capacity. This can injure the heart and circulatory system. Can be found also other gases such as nitrous oxide and hydrogen oxide, responsible for cough and restrict the flow of air through the bronchi. 
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Tar is a carcinogen that causes absolute and encourages the development of various tumors.

Nicotine produces an increase in heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac output and oxygen consumption in the tissues.
The risk of lung cancer is 10 times higher in a smoker, and heavy smokers (2 or more packs per day) the risk is 15 to 25 times higher.
The children of smoking mothers weigh less at birth compared to infants of nonsmokers. 

 Treatment

Currently there are a variety of interventions to help the smoker to quit their habit, many of whom have better long-term, between 6 and 12 months. Numerous studies have demonstrated that treatment approaches that incorporate behavior change of the person are those that offer a greater chance of success. 

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Lately it has incorporated the use of nicotine replacement therapies in the form of gums and patches.

For treatment to be effective must be met in three stages: • Commitment to quit and setting goals. • Initial change: mainstay of treatment includes group therapy, nicotine replacement, behavioral management techniques and relaxation, individual follow-up, etc.. • Maintenance of quitting: mainly ready to face the withdrawal symptoms, as many of those who relapse have at least one symptom of nicotine withdrawal

The latter is very important because it is responsible for 70% of those who quit falls in the same year.

History of Smoking

The first Europeans who came to America found that the Indians smoked a pipe leaves snuff, and introduced the practice in Europe in the mid-sixteenth century. Almost all the snuff was consumed in pipes, cigars or as snuff. This pattern changed in the early twentieth century, when every smoker had been consuming more than one thousand cigarettes a year. The general attitude of society was that the tension eased snuff and had no ill effects. During World War II doctors recommended sending cigarettes to the soldiers, so it was included in batches of rations. 

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However, epidemiologists were quick to note that lung cancer, rare before the twentieth century, had increased considerably in the early 1930's. Some organizations initiated studies comparing the deaths of smokers with non-smokers over a period of several years, either to die of cancer or other causes. Furthermore, experimental animal studies showed that many of the chemicals in cigarette smoke are carcinogenic. In 1962, the U.S. government chose a group of ten scientists to analyze the evidence available to them. Their findings were included in the annual report on health in 1964, which stated that "smoking is a health hazard of sufficient importance to justify the need for appropriate remedial actions."

The first step taken in 1964 was to include a warning on cigarette packs. This warning was reinforced in 1969 to read as follows: "Health authorities warn that the snuffs seriously damage your health." Since 1971 banned all cigarette advertising on radio and television. In the 1970 and 1980 several cities and states passed laws requiring spaces reserved for non-smokers in public places and work. In February 1990 a federal law banned smoking on all domestic flights whose duration is less than six hours. In Europe the situation was similar including the warning on cigarette packs that smoking is harmful to health and banning smoking in public places. These measures are aimed at eradicating this habit as bad.

The risks of passive smoking

Passive smoking is a person who does not smoke, but is forced to breathe air laden with snuff smoke in enclosed spaces (offices, public places or at home). The so-called "secondhand smoke" includes two types of smoke exhaled by the smoker and the cigarette that usually when qualm. Ester mixture contains over 4,500 chemicals of which over 40 are known to cause cancer in humans or animals and many are strong irritants. The secondhand smoke is also called snuff environmental smoke, and exposure to it is called involuntary smoking or passive smoking. 
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It is estimated that a person who breathes the smoke present in an environment where smoking takes damage equivalent to smoking one cigarette per hour. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) has classified secondhand smoke as a known cause of lung cancer in humans (Group A carcinogen). The agency estimates that the United States, passive smoking causes about three thousand deaths annually from cancer in nonsmokers.

Exposure to secondhand smoke irritates the nose, eyes and throat. Also can irritate the lungs, resulting in coughing, excess phlegm, chest discomfort and reduced lung function. The secondhand smoke can affect the cardiovascular system. A person who is married to a smoker has a 30 percent increased risk of developing lung cancer than a person living with a nonsmoker. 
 

Children at risk

The secondhand smoke is a serious risk to child health. Exposure to secondhand smoke seriously affects the lungs of young children that are under development. Among the most seriously affected by this exposure are infants and young children of smoking parents, for whom an increased risk of infections, lower respiratory system, such as pneumonia and bronchitis, increased hospitalizations annually. It also increases the possibility that these children suffer a decline in lung function and symptoms of respiratory irritation like cough, excess phlegm and asthmatic breathing. It can also cause middle ear infection, the most common cause of infant surgical ward. 

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Asthmatic children are especially at risk. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of them suffer episodes and increased symptom severity and that many patients get worse due to secondhand smoke. Also it may be the cause of thousands of children without asthma, the contract every year.

Another risk to consider is the passive intoxication of the fetus when a pregnant woman smokes but does not live with smokers. This issue is so important that in some countries, smoking is prohibited in places where there is a pregnant. 

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Message to the smoker

It is now difficult to be a smoker. As the public becomes aware that smoking poses a danger not only for him but for others, people who do not smoke, they begin to speak more frankly and smokers are proving a group disapproved.

If you choose to smoke, here are some things you can do to protect those around him:
  • Do not smoke around children. His lungs are very susceptible to smoke.
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  • If you are pregnant, stop smoking.
  • Become active in the development of smoking policy in your company. Encourage the establishment of smoking cessation programs for those interested.
  • Keep your home smoke free. Because smoke lingers in the air, can expose them if they are not present when you smoke.
  • If you must smoke inside, limit yourself to do it in a ventilated room with windows open.
  • Submit your home tested for radon. Radon contamination in combination with the smoke produced by smoking is a much bigger risk to health than each alone.
  • Do not smoke in a car with the windows closed with passengers.
The high concentration of smoke in a small, closed compartment substantially increases the exposure of other passengers.

Many people quit smoking; most of them fail on their own, without the help of a program or medication. But if not, there is help.
It may be that your employer will offer a treatment, or ask your doctor.

In the house:

  • Do not smoke in your home, or allow others to do so.
  • If a family member insists on smoking indoors, increase ventilation of the place where people smoke. Open windows or use exhaust smoke.
  • Do not smoke around children, especially infants and preschool children, as they are especially susceptible to the effects of smoke snuff.

Where children:

  • Do not allow babysitters or others working in your home to smoke indoors or near their children.
  • Find out the rules for smoking who cares for her children during the day, babysitters, day care, school, among others.
  • Help other parents understand the serious health risk to the child by secondhand smoke. Work with your parent-teacher associations, your school board, community leaders and other citizens interested in getting the child's environment smoke-free.

What to do at work?

We recommend that every company has a smoking policy that effectively protects nonsmokers from involuntary exposure to tobacco snuff. Many companies and organizations already have standards in place but their effectiveness varies. Simply separating smokers from nonsmokers, and in the cafeteria, you can reduce exposure, but even so, the latter will be exposed to re-circulated smoke or seeping to places of no smoking.

Two options to effectively protect non-smokers are:
  • Prohibiting smoking indoors or limit it to rooms especially designed, thus preventing smoke from escaping to other parts of the building.
  • The costs of establishing rooms designed for this purpose vary according to the building and possibly more costly to eliminate smoking completely.

If smoking is permitted inside a building should occur in a room that meets certain conditions. The air in the smoking room must be taken directly to the outside by an exhaust fan. Do not continue to circulate in other parts of the building. It is necessary that the amount of air that is removed from the room is greater than the amount received, ensuring that secondhand smoke does not leak to the nearby places.
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The smoking cessation programs sponsored by companies form part of any general rule for smoking. If smoking is permitted in designated areas outdoors, they should not be placed near the doors (or near air intakes of the ventilation system) where nonsmokers are forced to cross the smoke of smokers congregating around doors. Some companies have installed outdoor locations with shelters and ashtrays for the convenience of the smoker. With these measures the company will be protected from potential lawsuits from employees who do not smoke, which would otherwise be affected by pollution from smoking. 

Smoking and its consequences

Why quit?
What are the physical benefits?
What do to quit smoking?

Why smoking is considered an addiction?

Among the substances contained in cigarette nicotine is present, which is responsible for producing drug addiction.
When smoked, nicotine enters the circulation and reaches the brain. Blood levels of the substance halve in the first 30 minutes and this partly explains the need for frequent whistle smoker. The body develops tolerance to nicotine and then it takes more and more cigarettes to achieve the same effect.

Why people start smoking?

People start smoking, usually in adolescence, for several reasons:
  1. Peer pressure: Many people, especially young people, care about their appearance, do not want to be different, if their friends smoke they should also smoke to feel accepted.
  2. Misleading advertising messages: magazines, television, radio, etc., make people believe that smoking is beneficial and that they will see better smoking.
  3. Insecurity: Some people choose to smoke to try to feel relaxed or when they are with other people.
  4. Concern about body weight: many people smoke because they mistakenly believe that if you leave a lot of weight increase.

What is the health problems related to smoking?

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There is evidence that smoking causes specific health risks: 


  • It Smoking creates addiction to nicotine. 
  • It decreased sense of smell and taste. 
  • Low physical ability, headaches, contractions, cough, asthma, frequent colds and bronchitis. 
  • Osteoporosis, early menopause, wrinkles, impotence. 
  • In pregnancy, increased fetal death, premature labor, low birth weight and sudden infant death syndrome in infants
  • Atherosclerosis and vascular disease: angina, myocardial infarction, hypertension, aneurysm, stroke.
  • Diseases of the mouth and teeth including oral cancer.
  • Other types of cancer: breast, cervix, lung, bladder, kidney and pancreas.

What are the physical benefits if you quit smoking? 

  • In the early days of the body improves oxygenation and less fatigue, and headache contractual and more physical ability.
  • In the first weeks improves the taste, smell, texture of the skin and decrease asthma, bronchitis and colds. 
  • In the first months reduces greatly the risk of vascular problems such as heart rate and brain, improve emphysema and chronic bronchitis and can improve sex life. 
  • In the early years, and increasingly, reduces the risk of cancer by smoking and improving osteoporosis. 
  • In pregnancy, the risk to the fetus and newborn decreases greatly.

How dangerous is passive smoking?

  • Nonsmokers who breathe tobacco smoke regularly (at home or at work) have specific health risks including:
  • Increased risk of lung cancer, emphysema and heart attack is more than other people who are passive smokers.
  • In children increases the frequency of bronchitis, pneumonia, asthma and sudden infant death.

How to quit?

Quitting smoking is a physical and mental task. The person must be prepared and be convinced to want to try to leave for their benefits. Some motivations to quit are as important as an example to children and grandchildren, increase (regardless of age) physical performance, not depending on the cigarette, prevent disease, avoid pregnancy problems, save money, etc..

Tips for quitting: 

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  •  Think about why you want to quit. 
  • Select a date to quit smoking (does not leave "little by little"). 
  • Ask for support from family, friends and coworkers. 
  • Eat a balanced, drink plenty of water and not drink alcohol to excess. 
  • Do things that enhance stress (exercise yoga, recreation, etc.)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012


Kusnierz - Combining Impairments in Determining Catastrophic Impairment

Kusnierz v. The Economical Insurance Company (2012) 108 O.R. (3d) 272 (C.A.)

Kusnierz is an important Court of Appeal decision regarding catastrophic impairment under the SABS.

Mr. Kusnierz suffered a below the knee amputation and clinical depression in a 2001 accident. The parties disagreed as to whether he met the criteria to be declared catastrophically impaired, and the trial judge held that he did not. The key issue was whether physical and psychological impairments can be combined in evaluating whether a person is catastrophically impaired under the SABS.

The Court of Appeal held that it is permissible to combine physical and psychological impairments for the following reasons:

1. The legislator did not expressly forbid the combination;
2. The AMA Guides aim to assess the total effects of a person’s impairments on daily activities;
3. The Guides describe a number of situations where physical impairments should take into account mental and behavioural impairments;
4. The combination of impairments is consistent with the purpose of the SABS. The Court noted that the respondent conceded that there are few cases where physical and psychological impairments are catastrophic when combined but not when assessed separately. The class of persons who are CAT will therefore remain small; and
5. Combination promotes fairness and the objectives of the statutory scheme.

Although Kusnierz has the potential to open up the floodgates for catastrophic claims, it may be that the class of cases that fit into this situation remains small, as predicted by the Court of Appeal. It may take time before the full effects of Kusnierz are truly known.

- Tara Pollitt

Monday, April 9, 2012


Health Tips And Exercises During Pregnancy

Take Care Your Health Before & After Pregnancy

During pregnancy the woman's body changes dramatically. The increased size and weight is the most prominent sign. As they grow breasts and belly swells, many women are convinced that your body will never recover its normal shape, but the body does not need to be altered permanently.

A proper system ensures that no excessive weight gain, and correct posture and practice gentle exercise, say that after birth the body easily and quickly return to its previous form, if not a better way.

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Possible problems during pregnancy and the postnatal period. 

Pregnancy: 

Ø  During pregnancy back pain caused by the extra weight of the abdomen, which implies a greater strain on the back
Ø  Hemorroides that may be aggravated by constipation
Ø  Varicose Veins
Ø  cramps
Ø  Swollen ankles

All this can be caused by  poor circulation and standing for a long time.

 Postnatal period: 

Ø  The breasts may fall if there has been a good bra during pregnancy and after.
Ø  The back pain can come from not having adjusted the position after the birth of the child.
Ø  A protruding stomach comes from lack of exercise.
Ø  A weak control of the bladder and the swelling of the matrix may occur if not strengthened the muscles of the pelvic floor exercises. 

The following pages provide advice on posture and relaxation, and describe a few simple exercises before and after delivery. Always consult a physician before beginning any exercise.

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Posture and daily activities:

This section begins with the good and bad way to perform certain actions, such as walking, sitting and standing. The extra weight makes these actions are difficult during pregnancy, and perform them incorrectly increased tension in the abdomen and back. Good posture is important at any time, but during pregnancy is even more vital. The back stance is the most widespread cause of back pain in pregnant women.

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 Relaxation:

A pregnant woman gets tired easily, and rest in the later stages of pregnancy is essential. After 34 weeks, and earlier if possible, try to stand for 30 minutes to an hour, preferably after a meal. If it is difficult to lie down during the day, try to rest   as much as possible horizontal.


Exercises before delivery:

Health Tips & AlertPregnancy involves a considerable effort for women, and in itself is more strenuous physical activity it performs. Assuming there are no complications, most women are encouraged to continue with a normal routine, but must be careful not to over-tired. Walking is an excellent way to maintain general fitness during pregnancy.

The remaining recommended exercises are designed specifically to improve posture and circulation, and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic area. These muscles support the abdominal organs and stretch like a hammock from the coccyx (tail bone) to the front of the pelvis. It is very important to learn to contract them during pregnancy to maintain its elasticity.

The posture and daily activities

Practicing good posture all the time in pregnancy will help to avoid excessive strain on your back and stomach.

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During pregnancy, there is a tendency to walk badly, with the pelvis thrust forward, increasing the curvature of the back.
The ​​best way to go is straight, head up, back straight, abdomen and chest high. When you're tired, it's easy to get into a chair with a curved spine and secured improperly. The abdomen, chest and ribs incline, causing backache.
  
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Sit down, on the contrary, well back in his chair, his back and thighs on the floor or on a cushion. Pulling the pelvis down and getting into the abdomen. In a normal chair, a cushion used to fasten the curvature of the back. 

To raise a child with ease, you have to crouch with knees bent and feet apart. Keeping the right column, approaching the child and straightening. 

Avoid heavy lifting during pregnancy. To lift an object from the floor, you have to bend your knees with your feet up position, keeping a straight back. 

To put on, sit in bed or chair with your legs apart, and placing the foot on the opposite knee. 
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When to use a broom and shovel, you have to bend with separate rollidas back straight. 

When they sit on the toilet, place your feet on a stool, knees wide apart, or leaning forward to avoid tensions. 

Kneel on all fours is the position best for cutting fabrics. 
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Incorrect posture when ironing is a common cause of back pain, Try to avoid bending your back and use an ironing board too low. 

For a better comfort when ironing, set diagonally to the table with one foot before the other, knees slightly bent. 
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Avoid too lean on the sink. 

On the contrary, put one leg in front of the other and bending it slightly, keeping your back straight. 

Sweeping with a broom, put one foot before the other and swinging forward and back, keeping your back straight as you sweep. 

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Try to avoid smoking in this whole time.


Postnatal exercises

  Once the baby is born, the woman wants to regain its previous rate ASAP. Therefore, we have included a section of exercises for the postnatal period. 
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 As during the antenatal period, the emphasis is on the muscles of the pelvic floor, which must be strengthened to regain proper control of the bladder, for sexual relations and to prevent bulging of the uterus in middle age. Immediately after birth, it should begin gentle exercise, but after six weeks of delivery usually carries no danger stronger exercise. 

Balanced Diet after Delivery


For nine months have probably been watching your diet as possible to give your baby the best nutrition possible. Now that you've given birth, especially if you are breastfeeding, monitor their diet with the same care will bring many benefits.

Eating well for better breastfeeding: You will be surprised to know that in studies analyzing the composition of milk from mothers in countries where famine and industrialized countries, the composition of breast milk is more or less the same. But the nutritional status of mothers who cannot eat well is much worse than that of the mothers made ​​a balanced diet. In short, what your body does not get through balanced nutrition to feed your baby, you will get.

Being well nourished will give you more energy, stamina and overall good just when you need it most: during his recovery from childbirth and in the following months. Caring for a baby requires a lot of energy and stay healthy will help you stay in shape.

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 A balanced diet: Eating well means eating proper portions for weight and height of the main food groups and avoid others, or at least eat them in moderation.

If you followed a nutritionally balanced diet during pregnancy, it is easy to continue eating this way. Because if you are breastfeeding need to add some calories to your diet, the recommended diet during pregnancy is very well adjusted to their needs because it gives those extra calories and contains sufficient calcium levels to remain stable while nursing her baby.

There are some traditional beliefs in our culture who believe that there are certain foods that should not be eaten during the quarantine because damage to the state of the matrix. According to tradition the postpartum period is a "hot" in which we must avoid things that are considered "cold." Although it is an ancient tradition, excluding fruits and vegetables from your diet is not a good idea during the postpartum period.

Your diet during the postpartum period should include: Vegetables, grains and cereals: lentils, beans, peas, rice, breakfast cereals, breads etc.
Vegetables (leafy greens, reds and yellows): spinach, broccoli, peas, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, peppers etc.
Fruits (including citrus fruits because they are high in vitamin C): orange, strawberry, banana, apple, peach and so on.
Dairy: milk, yogurt, cheese etc.
Protein: Meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, nuts and so on.
Healthy fats (in very small portions): vegetable oils, margarine, mayonnaise, dressings etc.
Sweets and unhealthy fats such as lard or trans fats should be avoided or eaten only occasionally.

Eat healthier: An effective way to eating healthy is to insert small Amerindians or healthy snacks between meals. Three meals a day, three snacks, mid-morning, a snack and at bedtime will help you avoid hunger and keep your glucose levels more stable. Some examples of healthy snacks are a fruit with a yogurt, a slice of bread with some cheese or a handful of nuts with a natural fruit juice.

Moreover, a hearty breakfast and balanced is one of the best things you can do to start the day. It will give you energy when you need to arrive hungry and avoid the lunch hour. Include in your breakfast fruit, cereals, and dairy proteins.

And above all, watch your portions. Always close to a cup that is your standard measurement of food. A vegetable serving is one cup raw, cooked vegetables a half as a serving of rice or beans. In bookstores you can find food books to calculate how to measure portions of foods you like.