Health & Safety

March 25, 2013

Be on the lookout for illegal supplements

It is the responsibility of every Airman to be aware of what substances he or she is ingesting. In some cases, power bars and health foods are not always the best choice. If the ingredients of a drink, food, or snack are questionable, a physician or pharmacist should be consulted immediately.

Air Force Instruction 44-121, paragraph 3.5.5 states, “Studies have shown that products made with hemp seed and hemp seed oil may contain varying levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active ingredient of marijuana, which is detectable under the Air Force Drug Testing Program. In order to ensure military readiness, the ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is prohibited. Failure to comply with the prohibition on the ingestion of products containing or products derived from hemp seed or hemp seed oil is a violation of Article 92, UCMJ.” Therefore, all products containing hemp seeds or hemp oil are prohibited for Air Force members.

The labels on items should state the ingredients — many items are made using hemp. Officials have found a few items that use the word hemp as a marketing tool; however, it is not actually contained in the list of ingredients. Hemp rope and twine are very strong and are used to manufacture of a multitude of items, such as clothing. Ralph Lauren polo shirts contain hemp. They are using part of the plant stalk not the seeds or oil.

The chemical that produces changes in perception, mood, cognition and behavior, or THC, is mainly contained in the leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. Hemp seeds and hemp seed oil have the possibility of containing small quantities of THC and therefore military members are prohibited from ingesting.

Again, members need to carefully read the labels of all products before ingesting because the wrong ingredient can turn out to be detrimental to a career.

Airmen need to be proactive when considering their overall health and wellness.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Comprehensive Airman Fitness: A lifestyle and culture

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Comprehensive Airman Fitness (CAF) is comprised of a multitude of targeted programs and activities as well as resiliency skills taught to enable Airmen to make sound choices. The program’s goal is to build and sustain a thriving and resilient Air Force community that fosters mental, physical, social and spiritual fitness. The new...
 
 
Suicide---140828-F-XE708-004

Suicide Prevention Month: A reminder of our 24/7/365 responsibility to ourselves and each other

8/27/2014 – WASHINGTON (AFNS) — All Airmen have a responsibility that last much longer than a one-month campaign. This responsibility extends beyond ourselves and includes our work environment, our families, friends...
 
 

HEALTHY BASE INITIATIVE: Psychological First Aid Kit

We may think of being healthy as keeping in shape physically, but part of our overall health is mental. The following article, from http://www.mentalhealth.gov/blog/2014/08/psychological-first-aid-kit.html addresses this topic as it relates to children, but the same can apply to base personnel. Psychological First Aid, also known as PFA, is an intervention model to help people of...
 

 

Official says: Tobacco use harms military readiness

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the Defense Department has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said today, noting that service members are more likely to use tobacco products than civilians. Tobacco use can lead to excess oral cavity disease and...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan

Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster ...
 
 
HBI-Graphic

Access to Care

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patien...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin