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Are Spinning Power Toothbrushes Safe?
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CALIFORNIA -- Facts and numbers to support what may be the potential for permanent injury of damage to gum tissue, resulting in one of the most intense forms of pain people are forced to endure of exposed nerves in teeth. The companies who distribute these products have included pressure sensors to other similar power toothbrushes to protect this soft tissue.

This safety issue becomes clear after understanding the median speed (7,600 motions per minute) and operating action (spinning-rotating) of these certain types of power toothbrushes without pressure sensors. (Other power toothbrushes operate in a safe manner i.e. pulsating, vibrating motions.)

When used on the top teeth ½ of this operating action will be spinning/pushing back and away where the soft gum tissue tapers down to a very thin layer to meet the teeth, with ½ of these motions spinning/pushing back and away at the thin layer of gum tissue on the bottom set of teeth.

If these spinning-rotating toothbrushes are used 2 times daily for a total of 4 minutes it will be the equivalent of using your hand and arm, with a manual toothbrush, a total of 30,400 motions per day. 4 (minutes) x 7,600 (motions per minute) = 30,400

30 (days use) x 30,400 (motions per day) = 912,000

Over 6 month€™s (180 days use) x 30,400 (motions per day) = FIVE MILLION FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY TWO THOUSAND motions spinning/pushing back and away where the soft gun tissue tapers down to a very thin layer to meet the teeth. Dental professionals have verified that it only takes a small amount of this thin soft layer of gum tissue to be spun/pushed back to expose nerves, and once this damage is done it is permanent with no feasible way to correct or reverse it.

I do not ever recall being taught in school to brush my teeth in an upward motion on the top set or a downward motion on the bottom set of teeth (motions that would push back and away where the soft gum tissue tapers down to a very thin layer to meet the teeth) and this is what is happening when you do not have any control over the spinning/rotating operating action of these type of power toothbrushes.

Any person who may come to the understanding of the potential for a product to cause injury along with related deceptive business practices, can file a complaint for recording purposes only, there is no requirement that you have ever used these certain types of spinning/rotating toothbrushes to file a complain.

After enough complaints are filed these officials in charge of protecting consumers will not be able to justify any further delays in resolving any safety and deceptive business issues. For this reason I ask that you file this on-line complaint.

After becoming aware of the high speed and certain operating action of spinning/rotating types of power toothbrushes I understand the potential, with extended use, of how these spinning/rotating nylon bristles may spin/push back and away where the soft gun tissue tapers down to a very thin layer to meet the teeth when contacting this soft gum tissue during the process of brushing teeth. This complaint is only directed to the certain types of power toothbrushes that operate in a spinning/rotating manner and do not have the additional features of pressure sensors.

As the Disney company, along with the federal departments of the USCPSC, FDA, and FTC has been given evidence and information regarding these certain type of products potential for injury and have not taken any action, I am requesting the State of California file a Consumer Protection suit so a jury of citizens will be able to determine any deceptive business practices or potential for injury from extended use of these certain types of power toothbrushes.

Evidence that fully merits a consumer protection lawsuit over deceptive business practices is that these companies install safety devices in other similar power toothbrushes such as pressure sensors to protect the soft gum tissue, proving they are aware of the potential for damage to the gum tissue.

Further evidence is no additional warnings are included on the packaging of models that do not have pressure sensors to protect the soft gum tissue, stating that extended contact of the spinning/rotating nylon bristles, where the soft gum tissue tapers down to a very thin layer to meet the teeth, could result in damaging this tissue. If this warning was included it would inform people of this product'€™s potential for damage and result in far less profits for these companies, as fewer parents would purchase these certain type tooth brushes for their children to use.

I recommend that the State hire an outside law firm to conduct this suit on contingency, as was done in the State of Alaska's Consumer Protection Lawsuit against ** and the prescription drug Zyprexa, so it will involve few state resources, and cost the taxpayers nothing to resolve these issues.

Mickey Mouse Operation
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I am very sad and disappointed with my overall experience at Disney in the last five years. Being a Florida resident I frequent Disney at least four times per year. I am a seasonal pass holder and will not make the investment any longer. I grew frustrated over the years with the excessive increasing prices stepping outside what Walt Disney wanted for the average person to be able to come and enjoy Disney. Although this was a negative I knew I could always rely on Disney to provide a very clean and plush experience I was never disappointed with.

Over the last five years I have watched the quality and attention to detail diminish. Rides having broken parts or not even working for months or years at a time. The shows obviously have had budget cuts and the cleanliness is no longer second to none. The following have been a few observations that is not indicative of the experience I grew used to since I was a child.

1) The renovation of the Living Seas is so poor I would be embarrassed to call this a new Disney ride. 2) There used to be men continually walking around cleaning anything anyone dropped instantly. Although there is not litter blowing in the streets, there is clearly visual garbage and unclean conditions. 3) The Yeti on the Matterhorn was broken for months. A new ride in the Animal Kingdom is not even given the respect to repair the biggest part of the ride. So bad do they not care that they still left the light on it showing every kid with an imagination that it is fake!

4) I ate in the German Pavilion tonight. There was two of us and a 3 year old and the bill was $127.00 and the food was so bad it was unedible. The sausage was garbage the fried veal was dry and the sauce was gross. The salads were wilted and the employees reflected the food and the poor show. 5) I bought tickets into Epcot at 5 PM with the ticket lady telling me that it was open until 9 PM. They closed all the rides at 8 PM and the event cost me over $200.00.

6) The 9 PM show in Epcot used to have holographic figures and was different all the time never disappointing me. Now they do not even bother to bring the burnt nasty barges off the lake after the show. You can see them anytime you are there.... No mystery anymore in Disney. 7) There is an empty ride in Epcot that has not been renovated in years! 8) The Universe of Energy is as old as the Dinosaurs. 9) The Mexican pavilion used to have good food now I would not feed it to my dog.

10) On three occasions now I have been told there was not a table available for the fireworks in the UK PUB. I left disappointed once. The second time a waiter came out after I was turned down and seated me in his section on the water....the best seat in the house. The third time when I was denied I looked for myself and there was two tables available and I left in disgust. The employees clearly did not want to seat me so they could leave as soon as the fireworks were over.

I am not complaining even about the pricing but the experience is awful for the amount you pay for what you get is absurd. I am finding a different vacation spot for my family.

Robbed at Disney World Florida

ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- On July 3, 2009 my wife and I were on our second day of our four day trip to Disney. We were at Epcot and stopped to have lunch at the Electric Umbrella. As, I was putting condiments on my sandwich, somebody stole our bag which was right beside me. The contents of the bag were video camera, passports, $500 us, my wallet with my drivers license and insurance, car and hotel keys and most importantly my medication which I need to take 3 times a day. We went to customer relations and reported our bag stolen. They called in a security officer who took my statement.

We had to contact our bank and credit card companies to report our cards stolen which left us with no money. Then we called the Orange County Sheriff's Dept. The Deputy took my statement and told me I was a victim of grand theft. After I was done with the Deputy, I asked to speak with the manager of customer relations. I told him what had happened to us and he didn't seem to care. I asked the manager if he could refund us the 2 days remaining on our tickets, and he said NO because we had no ID. Hello, our ID was just stolen in your park.

The only thing he would do for us was to give us $50, so we could call a locksmith to come and unlock our car so we good get the spare key that was locked in the car. Realizing we had no money and no gas to get us back to our hotel in Daytona Beach, I pulled into a 7-11 to see if I could find the closest Canadian Consulate. With the help of the manager we found the closest one was in Miama, 350 miles away. The manager seeing the predicament that we were in gave us $100 to help us get back to our hotel. This man was our guardian angel and we will never forget his kindness and yes we paid him back the money.

Later that night I had to go to the hospital to see a doctor to get a prescription for my medication that was stolen from me. The visit to the hospital costed $246 which I'm hoping will be covered by my insurance. We could not sleep at all that night because the person who stole our bag, had our hotel and car keys and could've came to the hotel to steal the car. We phoned Disney's Lost and Found the next morning and was told our bag that was "LOST NOT STOLEN" was found in a garbage can in a washroom on the other side of the park. I had to drive 85 miles back to Disney to get my bag, which THANK GOD had everything except the video camera and cash.

Upon returning to our hotel after getting our bag, I had to phone my brother to wire us some money so we could get back home to Canada. We had to cut our vacation short by a week and drive 24 hours home. I'm still really shaken up by the robbery. I can't believe the way we were treated by the manager of Disney's customer relations. I highly recommend anyone who is thinking of going to Disney World to be very careful of your belongings and don't expect any help from Disney if you are in a crisis.

In my opinion Disney doesn't care about you, they care only about the almighty dollar. I know I made a mistake by carrying everything in one bag, but I did not leave it unattended. I guess it was too much to expect a little bit of compassion from a company the size of Disney. After all, Disney claims their number one priority is their cast members and guests. I will never visit Disney World again.

Disney World: Traveling With Your Pet? Beware Of Pet Kennel Contract

ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- About two years ago, disney world changed the contract you sign when you board your pets at their kennels. It no longer is the typical kennel agreement that you sign when you board pets. It says that you are "voluntarily" signing it and that you are giving up all your rights if the disney kennels negligently or intentionally hurt, harm or even kill your pet. If you refuse to sign it or try to alter it, they will not let you board your pets. At the bottom of the "release agreement" it says:

"I have read this release and indemnity agreement, fully understand its terms, understand that I have given up substantial rights by signing it, and sign it freely and voluntarily without any inducement." Before making your long trip with your pets, be aware that you should make arrangements to kennel outside of Disney World. Before you kennel with Disney World, fully understand the dangers to your beloved pets.

Want to have fun at Walt Disney World?
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- I am listing a few tips so that you can enjoy yourself while at the happiest place on earth! 1. First of all please remember that Walt Disney World is a huge place with a lot of people from all around the world visiting it - so PLEASE know your limitations.

For example - children under the age of 4 will not only not remember ever being there but because there are so many things to do and see as well as the size of the park it is highly unlikely they will enjoy themselves. A stroller is a very good idea for children even as old as 6. You can reserve a stroller or wheel chair for your entire stay. Ask the person at the rental area for details.

  1. Stay on the Disney site. I have stayed both on and off the site and will never stay off site again. I will not give advice as to where to stay as it really is a personal taste as to what is appealing to you. We have stayed all over the park and have enjoyed it all.

  2. Use the dining plan and make your table service reservations BEFORE you leave home. It really is worth the price. One note here - The dining plan is connected to the number of nights you stay at the park and not the number of days you have the ticket. So if you are staying there 6 nights you will have the dining plan for 6 days. We always plan our trip so that we are staying there the same number of nights as days. This way we have the flexibility to rest the day we arrive or before we leave.

  3. Go during their off season! Not only are the hotels cheaper but the park is less crowded, the staff is less stressed and there are little to no lines. My favorite times are late September and early May. 5. Carry as little as possible! 6. Disney stuff is so expensive. We tell our children exactly how much money they have to spend. Last time we went we gave each child an envelope with their money in it. It was truly amazing how much they do not want when they are spending their own money! LOL

  4. Pace yourself - We have stayed there for 10 days and still did not get to do it all. It is far more important to have fun and not kill yourself than to see it all. Use the fast passes. 8. Unless you are planning to go somewhere else you do not need a car at Walt Disney World. Disney will pick you up and drop you off at the airport.

  5. Have fun!!! Be a child again. Let your children dress in their costumes to eat with the Princesses, Pirates or the Toy story people. My little girl wore hers all day and had a party! Bring a bathing suit for your little ones during the really hot weather to the Magic Kingdom. There are water splash areas in Donald's boat, Arial's area and Pooh's play area. Once you get there remember to play! Your food, room, transportation, and admission are all taken care of. So just have fun!!!!!!

Totally Ruined our Vacation

We planned our daughter sixteenth birthday party at Disney World. That was the only thing our daughter wanted to do for her Sweet Sixteenth Birthday. We set up our vacation with AAA and saved our money and made our plans to celebrate her birthday. We had dinner reservations for our daughters birthday at Magic Kingdom and they would not let us in for our reservations 1 hour before the park close. We went to guest relations and try everything to get in and they refused.

We filed a complaint with the BBB of Florida and it was a bigger joke like guest relations at the Disney Gate. Disney is to big to file a complaint on. They just don't care if they ruined your entire vacation. They've got your money what do they care. We stayed at the Wilderness Lodge which also turned out to be a big waste of money also. It is a overpriced Motel 6.

Disney World debacle
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Last year my wife and I stayed at a Disney Resort. We had heard so much about how great the Disney experience was. We ponied up the $160 to go into the Wild Kingdom Animal Park (Totally not worth the money). We purchased the tickets at the resort and headed to the park. We arrived as they were letting people into the park. They scanned our ticket and it did not read for some reason. They rudely told us to go over to the customer service line and figure out what was wrong with our tickets. They did not take us their or tell us where to go. They just said get out of line.

So we found the customer service desk and they checked the ticket and said they did not issue the ticket and we would have to go back to the resort and figure out the problem. At this point my wife and I were getting upset because it was not a short trip back to the resort. I asked to speak with someone and the guy basically told me no. He then went on to make a smarta$$ comment which really infuriated me. We had to go back to the resort and have them reissue the tickets.

By the time we got back to the park the day was half gone and we did not even want to be there. It was the worst customer experience I have ever had. I would not recommend Disney to anyone. Save your money and go someplace that will treat you with respect. All Disney wants is your money. I will never step foot in another Disney park and I will tell everyone of my experience.

Magic Kingdom
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Took my 5 yr old son to Magic Kingdom yesterday for his birthday, since he's never been there before. While it was terribly humid, the lines weren't too long. We went on the Jungle Cruise and the cast member, let him steer the boat (totally by chance that he got to do this), but it made him feel so special. (I didn't let him wear his "Happy Birthday" pin since it had his name on it -safety issue).

We also went to Mickey's Toon Town where you can meet Mickey & Minnie. I like this since you don't have to be at a certain location at a certain time. They also have where you can meet Disney Princess' or Disney Fairies. I took him to both since my little man loves the pretty ladies. And at each one, the Princess/Fairy actually carried on a little conversation with him, calling him a Prince and giving him a kiss on the cheek (where her lipstick makes a kiss print). He was in Heaven. He felt very special.

At each of the meetings they have a Disney photographer that will also take pictures and then scans a "Disney Photopass". You keep the card with you so that at any time they take any photos they can scan the card and you can later view and order prints online. I think they stay there for only like 30 days, but I thought it was so cool that they have this service. Of course along with everything else Disney, the print prices are astronomical. But I can share them by e-mail link with other people for free.

Such A Disappointment
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ORLANDO, FLORIDA -- After watching my granddaughters eagerly await the month of March... We were finally headed to Disney World in Florida. Since the previous August they watched the commercials with anticipation and excitement when they see the children shake Mickey's hand or hug Cinderella. Every commercial..."I want to do that Nana!!" at ages 3 and 5 all they wanted to do was touch or see a princess. We saw a Donald Duck and a Goofy. Unfortunately we were too far along in the 75 minute line to get out to enjoy those 2 characters. Cinderella went by in her coach during the parade at 8:15 pm. Followed by the 7 dwarfs who were alone. No Snow White!!??

I was disappointed as I was herded like cattle between the hours of 7-8:15 when the parade begins. We were not allowed to stop and figure out where we were or where we were going. Just those blue sticks in my face with people hollering - "keep going, can't stop here, can't stop on the sidewalk, get in the ropes, keep going... blah, blah, blah." After $400 and 9 hours of walking, I would think I could stop, but there was someone lurking with that darn blue stick. No Disney characters around was the BIGGEST disappointment for my babies... Don't know what I'll do now, But I don't think I'll ever waste my money on a $2,000.00 dream vacation to Disney World. What a joke.

We Would Like To See More
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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA -- I am an African American working wife and mother. My daughter and I were looking for character themes to decorate her room. When she asked me- "mom how come none of the three princess are black?" She said "I want to be a princess." Keeping in mind my child grandmother is Caucasian and I never really knew my child notice because she has a mixed family. It has puzzled me ever since and now I would like to know when will my child have the pleasure to see a black princess or a movie about a black princess.

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