Charlotte County Woman Sues the Maker of Roundup, Retailers, and County over Health Issues

A new lawsuit is filed surrounding Roundup, the weed killer and pesticide. A woman is suing the company that makes it and the stores that sell it, claiming it ruined her and her neighbors’ health.

More and more people in Charlotte County are speaking up about their symptoms they say are related to Roundup.

Not only is Michele Stevens suing the County, she is also suing stores that sell the herbicide.

Stevens says she started getting sick in 2010 and that the symptoms are pretty extreme, “digestive issues, balance issues, blurred vision, fatigue, huge fatigue.”

The list goes on and on, but it took years to figure out what she believes caused it.

“We saw them spraying the lake,” Stevens said. “But that isn’t what we were thinking was making us sick, we really didn’t know.”

According to the new lawsuit, Roundup, which is a pesticide containing glyphosate, was sprayed all around Sunshine Lake and Sunshine Waterway where Stevens lived.

“We obviously spoke to doctors and experts to make sure that this was all related to the exposure. We did testing and obtained information both from former County employees who sprayed the area, as well as individuals who resided in the area. And it all became very clear that there was excessive spraying at Lake Surprise.” Stevens said.

Monsanto is the company that patented Roundup, and continues to advocate for its safe use on their website.

Stevens said she stop because she knows her health, “I am a vegetarian, I don’t drink, smoke, do drugs. This was not me.”

Now Stevens is suing Monsanto, Charlotte County and many of the stores that the County purchased roundup from including Sunshine Ace Hardware.

“My goal is to bring this awareness to the public, the health issues. People are out there struggling. They’re sick, they don’t know why they’re sick, like me,” Stevens said. “My goal is to ban Roundup. Ban glyphosate.”

Attorney Steven Marks said Stevens is just the first of many clients who will be filing a lawsuit.

WINK News reached out to the County and Sunshine Ace Hardware for response.

At the time of publishing, only the County replied, saying they don’t comment on pending litigation.

Roundup Lawsuit in Florida

Author/Reporter: Morgan Rynor. A big thank you to her!
please LIKE her page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MorganRynorTV

Advertisements

As A Business, Why Use Social Media?

If you are a business owner you may look at social media and think “What’s the point?”. That’s a valid question.

Ultimately you want potential customers and clients to find your business. That is the goal. Social media channels are avenues to accomplish that. Be it Facebook, Twitter, G+, Instagram, Google Adwords, SnapChat, or some other new site or app, it’s all a funnel.

Users go online and use a search engine such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, or something else to key in search terms for what they are looking for. That search engine then reaches out to its crawlers which scour the internet for relevant matching key terms and feeds back the answers of the top found businesses and websites in order by page.

That is why you will notice if you look for yourself you may be on page 1 of Google (congratulation if that is the case) or you may have to dig 20 pages in if you are a new start-up business (at least online). It takes time to move up in the ranks and gains are not permanent. Think of it as running in a marathon. You and other runners are competing for the same spots in the head of the pack. It’s not a short race. You may pull ahead for a bit only to be passed by another athlete for a time.

Organic vs. Paid Advertising

Organic traffic refers to gains that are made organically/naturally. On page (on your website) SEO (search engine optimization), Regularly posted blogs done in SEO format, relevant content, updated on a continual basis, and an easy to navigate user-friendly site where customers can easily find you, contact you, and buy from you or procure your services.

With organic SEO your results tend to stick, even if you bounce around a little in the rankings.

Paid Advertising such as Google Adwords or buying ad space on another site can be a hit – it can drive traffic and business immediately, it is however costly, and the results and listings are gone the moment you stop paying to place the ads.

Social media can fall into the same two categories because they offer boosting of ads. Consistency is key just as it is with your site. Posting relevant information often lets users know that you are #1 still in business, #2 active in the community, #3 are interested in having them hear from you. Many people use Facebook and Twitter the same way they do Google, to check information on a business. A good solid personalized page can mean more business.

Non boosted ads still reach a good number of visitors, and the boosted paid ads allow you to target directly the area, age group, sex, and interests you believe your customers fall in to. It’s a great way to market directly with minimal effort.

Interested in working with us to achieve the best social media and SEO results possible? Sarah Barendse Creative works in conjunction with Damonaz Design. We would love to chat with you and do a custom quote. Great pricing and amazing results with personalized service. www.damonazdesign.comdz@damonazdesign.com.

239-244-8350.

Originally posted: https://www.damonazdesign.com/2019/02/why-use-social-media-as-a-business-2/

Social Media Isn’t About ROI

Let’s set the record straight. You need social media in this day and age to advertise your business. But, I also need to add that it is not about direct ROI (return on income) its about brand recognition and getting your name out there… Social media helps lend credibility to your company as a viable brand. If you expect to get rich over night only doing social media you are in for a rude awakening. 

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – they all help your company via visibility. People often check to see if you are present the same way they look you up on Google for reviews and a presence there. They may even go to Facebook for your address or phone number.

All of it is just a piece of a marketing funnel… and you need the entire funnel, not just one piece and certainly not just a short period of time. The world is flooded with businesses just like yours. The idea behind social media is to help yours stand out and express its individuality and confirm why people should trust and go with you when buying or using a service. 

The main complaint we hear from clients is “But we aren’t getting sales directly off of our social media. Maybe we should just stop.” While you are more than welcome to of course, it is a bad idea. Continued presence makes an impression of success. Likes, though fairly meaningless, make the impression that other people like the page and they should too. Success breeds success.

Mixing Social Media, Fresh Original Content on your web site and SEO (search engine optimization) along with some paid marketing efforts is the mix to go for.

Create fresh original content by way of regular well key worded blogs, spicing up on page content to keep the crawlers crawling, and doing great on page SEO targeting the audience you are looking to capture is key. Add to that directed marketing efforts like direct paper mailings and online AdWords ads which push people to your site where your message and products reside – now that is where your ROI comes in. That is where the right combination = money in your bank account.

We all want instant results. While paid ads can deliver that, it is the organic natural formation of SEO strategies that last over time. Blogs get shared, links built, your name pops up more and more. You move up in the ranks of Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines.
When the payment on pay per click ads stop – so do the ads and so does the traffic. With organic SEO, even if you stopped all efforts today… results would stay and possibly still keep building over time.

If you want your business to succeed online you have to give it time, effort, consistency, and yes invest some money into it as well. Very few businesses operate solely online. If you operate a service business and expect to sit back and just watch the customers roll in with no effort on your part other than hiring a marketer, you are in for a short rough ride. Nothing beats great word of mouth advertising. Great products, service, and overall attitude of the company will make a company while the opposite surely also holds true.

Interested in learning more about how you can grow your business online? Talk with us here at Sarah Barendse Creative www.sarahbarendse.com or Visit our sister site www.damonazdesign.com 239-244-8350. DZ@damonazdesign.com 

Mine is the path of the Sayer

Mine is the path of the Sayer. The way shower. My mom called me Sar growing up (pronounced Say-er), which only really occurred to me in recent years. I am a speaker of truth. Not for personal gain, but because I cannot seem to do otherwise. I am compelled.

I, after much soul searching, truly believe I have hopped in on the very front seat of the roller coaster we call this earth ride because I am a spiritual adrenalin junkie. I have the soul level urge to do everything first and leap into the unknown relatively fearlessly.

This has not been an easy or painless choice for this incarnation. My life has been filled with ups and downs of epic proportion. People have always looked to me for advice, even from a very very young age, with them being older even most of the time. I am an old soul. I do not know everything and sometimes doubt myself. But I seem to have an innate knowing because I trust my inner guidance and always have. I thankfully didn’t have to learn that, at least not in this life.

I believe that unconditional love and forgiveness can heal anything and do a pretty good job of living it in my own existence. Not at all to say I don’t get mad, clearly I do. I am human. I am a soul having a human experience. All of us came here for that -To experience contrast. Love and hate, happiness and sadness, dark and light.

I believe we are all here to teach each other lessons, some harder than others. All agreed to by both parties pre-birth to this incarnation. I look around in this earth realm and see so many false prophets. Some who start out well intentioned and get wrapped up in ego losing themselves, yet people still follow blindly not being able to trust their true guides……themselves.

If someone has to tell you that they are a Master. They are likely not. I am not claiming to be a master of anything. I am a work in progress. I always will be. I am perfect in my imperfections. As are you. Just felt the need to express all of that. Thank you for being here with me. You are appreciated.

Sarah

Circa 2012

Missing the quaintness, but not the cold!

I love AZ…….. The weather is lovely… I do not miss the freezing north….but I will say this……… I do miss the unique quaintness of Vermont. 

Of course many of the things I miss are no longer there….I can remember weekends with my mom just driving about, wandering and exploring, seeing what we could find…. one of my favorite places was TheCandle Mill in East Arlington, VT. An old wooden huge 2 story building that had the feel of a renovated barn with all kinds of nook and cranny rooms to explore. As soon as you opened the door the intoxicating scents of a multitude of candles would hit you like a wall of “Ahhhh”. It was right on a river and had several small alcoves you could sit in over top of the water and just enjoy it.

They had every kind of wonderful candle you could think of and you could even dip (color) your own in big vats of colorful wax. Huge candles bigger than me, and candles that looked like ribbon candy that were carved. Interesting boxes, bags and a whole floor of music boxes including one I was totally enamored with that hung on the wall there for years. It was a mirrored box, 2ft wide by 1ft high. Had it been in a home rather than on display it could have been mounted in a wall to look like an ornate flat normal mirror. The switch on the side though, when flipped on, was amazing. The mirroring faded away and revealed a ballroom with several figures inside dancing.

This was back in the day when kids were well behaved enough at shops like this still allowed you to explore and touch things without signs everywhere yelling at you before you even did anything.

This was an amazing little “plaza”, and I use that word loosely. It was a series of connected buildings, all that had their own interest. Right next door was the Rosebud Toy Company and RAH Earth. Rosebud was filled with stuffed animals and toys that required imagination to play with  – cool interesting and out of the box.It was an amazing place for gifts. RAH Earth was owned by a lovely woman named Roseanne who made beautiful custom pottery including music boxes, one of whichI still have. It is little clay me and my dog pumpkin sitting on a park bench.

Next door to them was a cheese shop that had cheeses from all over the world and samples galore. At the end was a hat shop where you could play dress up and see how you looked in just about every kind of hat there was.

In the neighboring town of Manchester was the world famous Jelly Mill. This monstrous converted barn was enormous and had heavy welded artistic metal doors. This is the single most unique “shop” I have yet to find. It was an indoor mall of sorts, in that it housed 20 or so individual shops. The building was old and creaked when you walked. It added character, and also made you wonder if one day someone wouldn’t just simply disappear, falling through the floor while shopping.

Jelly Mill early 80’s

There were gift cards, amazing unique jewelry collected from all over the world, crystals, plants, hand made figurines, a huge collection of fancy soaps that smelled wonderful, candies, pastries, candles, trinkets,boxes, cookware, toys, and a fantastic little café restaurant called TheButtery. I loved having lunch there, as a kid I guess that was my version of a tea party and it made me feel import and “fancy” as I only got to go there on special occasions. You could stay in there for hours and still not see everything. I do distinctly recall liking to go there with my dad better because he would buy me jellybeans.

The more you wandered around Vermont, the more eclectic tiny mom and pop shops you could find. We never knew what we might come home with and it was always an adventure.

Especially in retrospect, Vermont was a lovely place to grow up.

Wishing all my VT friends warm thoughts on this cold day!

Outgrowing Friendships

In life, there come periods where change is inevitable.

Nothing can stay the same forever. That includes our circle of friends. Friendships are based on commonalities, not just whether you like each other or not. When those common interests begin to fall away, it means that growth is happening to one, the other, or hopefully both parties.

Growth is the natural order of things. As we age, we change. As we explore the world we find new exciting things that trip our fancy, we form opinions based on our experiences, we work on ourselves letting go of old baggage that doesn’t serve us any longer.

Friends will sometimes remark “you’ve changed” and mean it in a not so nice fashion. Take it as a compliment. It means you haven’t been remaining stagnant. Whether your friend approves or not is inconsequential.

Friends are wonderful things. It is important to have people in your world who genuinely care about you and your wellbeing and vice versa. All friendships aren’t meant to last a lifetime though. It may feel strange or uncomfortable to feel like you should walk away and leave someone in your past, but it is a natural occurrence in life and will happen time and time again. It doesn’t mean you no longer care about them or that they didn’t play a major role in your life for a time.

What it means is that we all are destined to walk our own path and not everyone is meant to follow along. They have their own trail to go down too. If you feel like you have outgrown your friend or group of friends, it’s likely you have. Wish them well and continue on your way.

Clearing room in your social circle opens up space energetically for new better-suited matches to arrive in your life.

Be excited to see who is next.

#1 On Google Instantly!

Sorry, I call Bullshit. No one can make you number 1 on Google overnight.

I do SEO for a living as well as Marketing, Blogging, and Graphic Design. Many of you get spam mail daily promising the world. The fact is no one can get you to #1 on Google overnight. If they try to it is through paid ads that will automatically drop your ranks as soon as you let the ad go. Organic traffic takes time and consistency as well as great content. The beauty is that those results – stay.

Don’t fall for slick emails that are most likely spam. Blackhat SEO may get you there fast, but it will also get your site dinged and eventually blackballed. Want to work with a company that cares about your business and produces results over time consistently? Work with us at Sarah Barendse Creative and Damonaz Design.

You will see the difference.
www.sarahbarendse.com & www.damonazdesign.com

The Ideal Christmas Gift – Christ Revealed!

Did you miss the series? It would make the ideal Christmas gift this year!

The “revealed” series has been great so far. This one should be very interesting too. I have gotten a lot of messages saying “I thought you weren’t religious? Why are you promoting this one?”

I’m not.

I don’t subscribe to any organized religion. I am, however, very spiritual. Christ – was said to be the “son of God” – we all are.

What made him special?

What I believe: Is that Jesus was a wonderful example of what we all have the potential to be.

When you are in perfect alignment with your higher self and the Universe it opens up a world of power and possibilities.


His ideals are what many of us subscribe to.


At the very least, he was a very noteworthy person and historical figure… This series promises to be very interesting.

Did you miss Christ Revealed? You can still see it!  http://revealedfilms.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=2&aff_id=1011

There is no one in history whose life,
teachings and death have had a greater
impact on humanity.

This film has been created to bring light to who Christ was, from his humble beginnings to his teachings (whose radical views on the value of women, children, and “the least of these” turned society upside-down in just three short years), all the way through his death and resurrection.

A life-changing journey around the world and through history, guided by experts in the field.

As we explore the life and times of Jesus Christ, you’ll hear from leading experts in the fields of History, Philosophy, Science, and Theology – as evidence is unveiled and viewers discover the tangible truth of who Christ the Savior was.

Far from disproving the claims of the Bible, you’ll see how scientific and historical facts add up to prove that Christ was, indisputably, who he claimed to be.

In a world where faith is increasingly devalued, this series offers a fresh look at the life and teachings of Christ as well as sound spiritual and scientific answers to some of the most pressing questions facing humanity.

Did you miss Christ Revealed? You can still see it! http://revealedfilms.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=2&aff_id=1011

Christ Revealed – Greatest Humanitarian Ever

Faith in the Universe, God, and Christ are Under Attack Like Never Before…
You don’t have to be religious to follow the example of Jesus Christ. He is what we all should aspire to be. A great humanitarian and human being.

http://revealedfilms.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=2&aff_id=1011

Defend Your Faith With…

Revealing Astonishing Facts That Will Transform Opinions About the Validity of Christ and the Resurrection.

Get Access Now
Free 9-Day Viewing Begins November 13th

http://revealedfilms.go2cloud.org/aff_c?offer_id=2&aff_id=1011

#ChristRevealed #Christ #Jesus #God #Universe #Spirituality #Love#humanity #truth #Faith

Confused about the vaccination issue? Join the crowd…

Because if you’ve been watching the news, then you know things have reached a fever pitch…

You see, after my friends, Dr. Patrick Gentempo and Jeff Hays, released their breakthrough docu-series, Vaccines Revealed in 2017, the lies and corruption regarding government mandated vaccines were finally exposed.

Their findings? Those vaccines can actually MAKE you sick instead of preventing you from getting sick.

This has released a storm of outrage and demands for investigations into the underhanded practices of Big Pharma…

But with all this arguing and back-and-forth, you still have crucial questions, including:

– If the law says so, should I vaccinate my kids?
– If they’re already vaccinated, what do I do next?

We’ve got your answers right here.

LINK <<Watch this Short Video Now>>