Myths About Sleeping Revealed

Sleep is supposed to be a peaceful and pleasant experience. However, many of our regular habits can hinder this experience. Simple activities from the position you sleep, the amount of sleep you get, the type of mattress you use, and even to the placement of your pillow can have a positive or negative effect depending on what you are doing.

A common myth is that everyone should get 8 hours of sleep per night to be well rested. This is close, but not correct. In order to ensure yourself a good night's sleep, you need to sleep on 1.5 hour intervals. That's right, you need to sleep on 1.5 hour intervals. This is because your rapid eye movement or REM sleep is the deepest sleep you can have. REM sleep cycles on 1.5 hour intervals. That means if you get 30 minutes less sleep or 7.5 hours instead of 8 hours of sleep, you will feel more well rested. The reasoning behind this is that you ended your sleep on a full REM cycle. Even 6 hours of sleep is more beneficial than 8 hours since you are completing 2 full REM cycles. In essence, you can sleep less and have more energy!

Why is it that after a power nap do you not feel so powerful? That is because most people take a quick 20-30 minute power nap and actually wake up less energized. This is from waking up mid REM cycle. If you are going to take a power nap, take it for 1.5 hours since this is how long a full REM cycle of sleep takes. By doing this, you will have more energy.

Another myth is that there is no right way to sleep. This is also false. You should avoid sleeping on your stomach at all costs. Sleeping on your stomach can result in swayback and back strain. This is due to the fact that you are removing the body's natural lower back curve. Sleeping on your side with your knees bent or on your back with a pillow under your knees is the proper way to sleep.

Lastly, the type of mattress is important for a good night's sleep. You want to sleep on a mattress that is firm, but comfortable. Like anything else, this varies from individual to individual. It is important to avoid sleeping on soft and sagging mattresses or cushions with little or no support. You should also never use more than two pillows under your head.

In essence, sleep is supposed to be a peaceful time where you can re-energize to take on the world tomorrow. If you follow these guidelines and ignore common myths, you will ensure yourself a proper and beneficial good night's sleep.

How To Care For Garden Tools

Whether you've got a small container garden on the patio or a large plot filling half your back yard, every gardening chore is easier with the right tools at hand. Collecting all the garden tools you need can be an expensive proposition, but if you care for them the right way they can serve you in your garden for many years. Buy good-quality tools and care for them year-round and you may pass your old hoes and trowels down to the next generation.

Long Handled Tools

Rakes, shovels and other tools with long handles can be awkward to store, falling on the ground or in the gardening shed and posing a danger to anyone who unwittingly may step on them. Create safe and secure storage for long-handled tools by cutting the bottom from metal coffee cans. Nail the cans to a fence post, garage wall or the door of the garden shed. Slip the handle of a tool through the can sleeve and the business end of the tool will rest on top, easily spotted but safely out of the way.

Smaller Hand Tools

Old-time gardeners had the right idea. Find an old basket and use it as a storage container for all your smaller hand tools. The spaces in between the weaving in the basket will allow stray stones and dirt to fall through, leaving the interior a cleaner space. You will always know where your tools are stored, so they will not be in danger of being left out in inclement weather and getting rusted and ruined.

Dull Blades

When your hand trowels, shovels and hoes get dull and you have a hard time cutting through tough weeds with them, sharpen them up to return them to their former edge. Use a knife sharpening stone to hone the edge just as you would a kitchen knife. Draw the stone in one direction down one side of the edge, then do the same thing in one direction on the other side of the edge.

Winter Storage

Winter time can be tough on tools with the temperature changes and ambient moisture in the air. Prepare your tools for winter and they'll come out looking good as new in the spring. Fill a bucket or two with builders sand or playground sand. Use enough buckets to allow all your tools' metal surfaces to be buried in the sand. Mix together enough WD-40 lubricating oil or plain vegetable oil until all the sand is moist with the oil. Use a putty knife and steel wool scrubbing pad to remove all the dirt and mud from all the tool surfaces. Plunge all the metal parts of your tools into the oily sand and bury them up to the hilt. Rub the wooden handles of the tools with linseed oil to keep them from cracking. Store the buckets in a cool, dry spot such as a garage or enclosed shed. When spring comes around, pull the tools from the oily sand and wipe them down with a burlap bag to remove the sand and excess oil from the metal surfaces.

Natural Deodorant – Why It’s Time To Ditch The Anti-Perspirant

In the early 1900s, advertisers convinced us that we smelled bad and that we needed to not only prevent odor causing bacteria from growing in our underarms but also prevent sweating. Antiperspirants were forced on us in the form of aluminum chloride. Aluminum chloride works by plugging the sweat glands in the wherever applied. Yes, it achieves the goal of preventing odors and sweat marks in clothing but at what cost?

The human body repairs itself and keep itself operating at top performance levels. Sweat is a natural process that not only serves to keep us cool when our body temperature rises but also to remove waste. When plumbing gets clogged, we take great measures to unclog the pipes and get the waste flowing out of our home. Our body is no different. Plugging sweat glands keeps waste in our bodies that should not be there.

Effects of aluminum based antiperspirants:

  1. It traps waste inside leading to swollen lymph nodes and possible increased odor
  2. May interact with DNA and lead to cancerous changes in cells
  3. Mimics estrogen and activates estrogen receptors that influence the growth of cancerous cells

Waste smells bad. Period. Some studies show that people who only use deodorant, which helps prevent odor, and not antiperspirants do not smell as bad as those who tend to use antiperspirants. There are natural options for absorbing moisture and preventing odor causing bacteria from growing in the underarm area.

Effective Natural Deodorant Ingredients:

  1. Baking soda: Found in many aluminum free deodorants. We use it in our refrigerators to absorb odor. It will do the same thing for our body, absorbing moisture and preventing growth of odor causing bacteria. The downside to baking soda is that it is a salt, like aluminum, and may irritate the skin in the area it is applied to.
  2. Cornstarch: Absorb moisture. Made from corn grain and is a common ingredient in soups and stews.
  3. Coconut oil: Natural antibacterial agent. It is made from the meat of mature coconuts. It helps prevent the growth of odor causing bacteria. It is also used as a cooking oil.
  4. Activated charcoal: Natural purifier. Made from wood or coconut coals. It absorbs moisture and attracts impurities for a detoxifying effect. Activated charcoal medications treat poisonings, diarrhea, indigestion, and gas. It is also used in water purification filters.

What makes antiperspirants unhealthy is that the skin absorbs them interrupting the natural order of the body’s systems. The premise behind natural deodorant is that the ingredients are safe for ingestion but effective at preventing odor while working in harmony with your body.

We All Have Our Challenges

Challenges come along in very different ways. I have shared a few that came my recently, they may seem humorous but there is a key message here.

Some of you will be aware that earlier this year I did a sponsored bike to raise money for Victim Support in Yorkshire and Humber cycling to each area office in the region, a total of 170 miles.

After completing this challenge I thought what could the next one be?

Well I have a very close friend who had just started going to the gym and really would like to lose some weight but on occasions forgot to take the action to go to the gym and therefore motivation became an issue. I called him and said something to the effect "How do you fancy a challenge of doing a 10k run on Christmas Eve"?

Oh this was late September when I called him.

My friend said he would think about it and came back to me a day later saying, "I am up for this but do not fancy the cold or the date. How about we do it on the 5th December on the treadmill at my gym As it will be a bit warmer and we can watch the television as each treadmill has its own screen "?

What could I say but YES. I should point out that I am not really a fan of running or treadmills so this was a challenge for me.

Training started, my friend building up the kilometers and really looking leaner. The challenges for me are the boredom, I feel like a hamster on a wheel !!!! My gym has no such luxury as a television screen on the treadmill so initially I focused on a white dot on the lawn outside just to take my mind off the constant pounding. I have now moved on to listening to Enigma on the Ipod but the ears keep dropping out of my ears (another challenge)

All was going well until about two weeks ago then it happened, I fell over my lap top bag, cutting and badly bruising the toe next to my little toe.

I rang my friend, who after he had stopped laughing said, "I hope you will still be able to do this run as you have really got me going and I am looking forward to the challenge"?

I said I would be there, albeit with a toe looking decidedly dodgy I did not really feel that good about it.

Here was the next challenge. I could not run or put much weight on the foot but I really did not want to lose the momentum I had won, nor did I want to feel sorry for myself (it would have been nice though). Then it came to me, get the bike out and do some miles, this is just what I did. Just as I felt ready to go back to the gym came the next challenge.

Now you will like this.

I burnt my nose on our wood-burning stove. I know you are thinking how on earth did you do that? Simple really it does not take much practice !!! I had just put on a couple of logs, as I was shutting the door one began to fall out. I opened the door leant forward to push the log back in and my nose touched the top of the door. It hurt a little but nothing could have prepared me for what followed.

The next day the tip of nose was bright red in the shape of a circle. How could I have seen looking like this and dealing with the looks and no doubt the humorous comments that would come my way? After all I needed to get back into the gym !!!!! Now, not only did I have a slight limp I had a nose end that could light up any room.

Well I saw this as just another challenge to deal with; There was not much point in staying in. I saw the funny side. Yes people did stare and yes those close to me came out with the humorous stories. The really funny bit was when I was doing a seminar. The majority of people were transfixed by the nose really not sure what to say or do?

In the end they enjoyed me telling them about the wood-burning stove.

Some thought I had been beaten up, some even thought I had been bitten by a snake,

Imagination what a wonderful thing !!!!

We all have challenges it is how we deal with them that matters.

Oh, my sympathy goes out to hamsters everywhere.

Enjoy November.

If you would like to follow the progress towards the 10k challenge visit my blog

Creative Birthday Idea – Organise Him a Surprise Party

It’s easy to get complacent when it comes to special occasions such as birthdays or anniversaries. Of course, this is not good. It is healthy to take a break once in a while and it’s gratifying to do something special for someone you care about. One creative birthday idea that you can do for your boyfriend or husband is to organise a surprise party for him! Here are the steps you should follow to organise a successful surprise party:

  1. Your first step in constructing a successful surprise party is to pick a date. You can make the date on the actual birthday or a few days after. You need to make sure that the date you choose is a date he has free in his calendar.
  2. Once you have a date, it’s time to pick a location. The location can be anywhere: your home, your friends or family’s home or his favorite restaurant. The key thing when making this decision is realizing that somehow you are going to have to get all the invitees there, then lead your boyfriend or husband there without blowing the ruse.
  3. Now that you have a date and location, it’s time to make a diversion. If you make no mention of his birthday leading up to the big day he might get upset or suspicious. You overcome this by creating a diversion. Tell him that you want to go for dinner, just the two of you, for his birthday. Make sure you don’t organise the diversion date long before the birthday because it will seem odd – a week or two before should be fine.
  4. Use one or two trustworthy people to help you prepare because preparing a party on your own is a tough job. You need to coordinate the invitations, food, decorations, music, a birthday cake, and (optionally) a theme for the party.
  5. Send out the invitations to the masses at the latest possible time. Only close friends and relatives should know beforehand. The reason for this is simple – to avoid flapping tongues! Be sure to highlight the fact that it is a SURPRISE on the invitations. Guests need to know the venue, arrival time as well any particular dress code for the event. Ensure that you set their arrival time to 30 minutes before the time when you plan to do the actual surprise.
  6. The big day has arrived and it’s time to set the plan in motion. Either you or one of your collaborators has to set up the decorations and ensure that all the guests know what they are doing. Are they all shouting “Happy Birthday” or “Surprise”? They need to be told. If you are doing the surprise at a restaurant, you need a way to warn the guests that your boyfriend is coming so that they can start clearing their throats. If you are doing it at home, this is a lot easier because he will knock on the door and that will be your warning, but remember to tell guests to park far away so as not to ruin the surprise.

All in all, you need to have a relaxed attitude about “getting caught”. Even if you do get caught, there’s a good chance you won’t even know because your boyfriend will not want to hurt your feelings by telling you that he knows. Remember that the most important thing is that he knows how much you care for him because you have gone to all this trouble to throw him a party. That’s why you don’t need to fret if you suspect you have been discovered. Simply carry on organising the event as though you are 100% certain he doesn’t have a clue.

Liver Failure: Do You Have a Liver Failure Lawsuit?

Liver failure is scary stuff as is any major organ that fails. Liver failure happens when large parts of the liver become damaged beyond repair and the liver can no longer function.

Some of most common causes of liver failure are hepatitis B, hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and long-term consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol. Causes for acute liver failure include hepatitis A, B, and C; eating poison mushrooms, Tylenol overdose, and reactions to certain prescriptions medications like Ketek, among others.

Liver failure is a life-threatening condition that demands urgent medical care. Most of the time liver failure happens over a period of many years. But sometimes it can happen in as little as 48 hours which could be caused by taking certain medications.

Liver failure is a coin toss as to whether or not it can be successfully treated. If you or a family member has been the victim of liver damage or liver failure because of the antibiotic ketek, please contact a ketek law firm to find out how we can give you the support that you need for a possible liver failure lawsuit

Important Symptoms You Should Never Ignore in Your Dog

Is your dog sick? What are your dog’s symptoms? We all know that your dog can’t tell you if it feels bad (at least not in so many words), so it’s your responsibility to take care of your dog and to understand when your dog is feeling bad.

Just how do you do that? Well, the best thing I can suggest to you is to know exactly how your dog feels when it is not sick. If you know this, and you know it well, you will be able to tell the difference when your dog is really sick without anyone else having to tell you otherwise.

When your dog feels bad he will probably exhibit some sort of symptom that should communicate to you, if you’re really paying attention, that he does not feel well. What is a symptom? Well, to be precise, a symptom is often defined as “a physical sign that a disease or sickness is present”. Knowing exactly what kind of symptoms your dog has can usually guide your veterinarian toward diagnosing your pet illness.

Here are just a few of the more common symptoms your dog may exhibit if it is injured or feels “under the weather”, including: vomiting, diarrhea, going off it’s food, stumbling, seizing, drooling or limping.

The ability of recognizing your dogs symptoms and knowing when they need to be treated professionally is very important. This is a skill that everyone does not have but learning it can be the difference between life and death in many instances. The best thing I can tell you is to watch carefully. If your dog exhibits any thing out of the ordinary, and if that symptom continues or worsens over time, then it could very well become a problem.

Certain symptoms, such as seizures, breathing problems, or any kind of collapse should prompt you to get your dog a veterinary exam immediately. If there is ever any kind of doubt about the seriousness of any symptom then please contact your veterinarian or local veterinary emergency facility immediately and ask. Don’t wait to see if it’ll go away on it’s own. Explain the symptoms to the pet professional and ask for their advice. It is always better to be safe than sorry if you’re not sure whether or not your dog is in serious trouble.

There are all sorts of serious symptoms that should never be ignored in your dog. Potentially any of these symptoms could easily indicate an underlying disease and might even be your first clue to the presence of a life-threatening conditioning in your dog. You never know. So, here are a few symptoms that should never be ignored if you see them in your own dog!

Seizure. A seizure is often a symptom of some sort of neurological disorder. They can be caused by several things including epilepsy, toxins or tumors. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Collapse or Fainting. Any reasons for collapse or fainting should always be considered serious and should not be ignored. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Breathing Problems. Respiratory distress, labored or difficult breathing or even shortness of breath are all very serious symptoms and should be taken care of immediately.

Bloated or Distended Abdomen. Abdominal distension is an abnormal enlargement of the abdominal cavity and can often be a symptom of potentially life-threatening disease. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Unproductive Vomiting. Dogs that attempt to vomit over and over and are never able to bring anything up is very serious. You should call your veterinarian immediately.

Trouble Urinating. This can range from: straining to urinate, frequently attempting to urinate, or even great discomfort when urinating. This can be very serious. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

Bruising and/or Bleeding. This should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.

Not Eating or Loss of Appetite. This is often the first indication of illness in your dog. This should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.

Pacing and Restlessness. In dogs, pacing and/or restlessness can usually be indicative of pain, discomfort or distress in your dog. In many cases it an indicator of a serious problem. This should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.

Losing Weight. There are several causes for this, if you’re not actually trying to help your dog lose extra pounds – some of which can be very serious. This should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.

Urinating and Drinking Excessively. Either of these are often the early signs of several diseases such as: kidney failure, diabetes, thyroid problems, uterine infections, etc. If you think that your dog is drinking excessively, make an appointment with your veterinarian immediately.

Fever. The normal temperature in dogs is 100.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. If your dogs temperature is higher, call your veterinarian asap.

Excessive coughing. Don’t think that this is no big deal. Coughing is a common protective reflex to clear the throat, etc. It can also affect the respiratory system if the coughing is excessive. Common causes of excessive coughing can be quite severe, such as: an obstruction in the windpipe, heartworm disease, bronchitis, pneumonia, lung tumors, kennel cough or even heart failure. This should be evaluated immediately by your veterinarian.

Bloody Diarrhea – Bloody Urine – Bloody Vomit. Any of these should be evaluated by your veterinarian as soon as possible. Some may be the result of minor ailments, while others could be severe or even life threatening. Contact your veterinarian immediately.

While the list of dog symptoms above is not at all all-inclusive, it is meant to be merely a resource of symptoms of which you should always be aware of as a dog owner. Keep an eye on your dogs health in much the same way you would do so for your own child and you will be well on your way to a long and lasting relationship with your own dog. Your dogs health is important so watch for any symptoms your dog may exhibit closely and be ready to act on them as necessary.

Top 5 MLM Companies – MLM’s Industry Leaders

In this article we take a quick look at the network marketing industry heavyweight contenders. We review the features, advantages and disadvantages of the top 5 MLM companies based on their popularity. The measure used to determine the most popular is simply Internet search traffic volume. Although popularity may not necessarily be the best reason for any person to join, we thought it would be useful to know a little about these companies that are attracting the most attention in the online world.

The actual popularity of various network marketing companies is calculated by Mark D Worthan’s Best-MLM-Opportunities.com which uses Google search data. His rankings are based on Google Trends, which is a service from Google Labs that allows you to compare the number of searches for various keywords across time. The service can be used to determine the relative number of searches for various MLM companies. Here are the results from current data, along with a short overview of each company:

1. Amway – Amway began when its founders became distributors of Nutrilite vitamins in 1959. Amway is famous for “legitimizing” the network marketing industry in 1979, based on FTC’s ruling that the company did not qualify as a pyramid scheme. This was based on the finding that the Amway compensation system was based on product sales vs. recruiting payments. Amway reported sales of $8.4 billion in 2009. Amway North America was closed in the early 2000’s and most North American distributors became memebers of sister company Quixtar, but still continue to order Amway products. At that time, the average monthly earnings for “active” Independent Business Owners was disclosed to be $115. The main advantage of Amway is is broad name recognition in the industry. Its main disadvantage, as reported by many distributors, is its compensation plan which makes adequate earnings difficult for most IBOs.

2. Herbalife – Herbalife was founded in 1980 and achieved net sales if $2.3 billion in 2009. Over the years Herbalife has faced occasional legal challenges over the safety of its products, none of which has yet been upheld. The company reached settlement with the California Attorney General in 1985 for $850 million when charged with making inflated product claims. The company’s product formulations were changed to eliminate Ma Huang in 2002 when several states enacted laws to ban the use of ephedrine alkaloids. In 2007 a scientific study at the University Hospital of Bern Switzerland and Israeli hospitals found an association between consumption of Herbalife products and hepatitis. These items and other media and legal settlements seem to be the company’s main disadvantages.

3. Mary Kay – Mary Kay started in 1963 as a skin care and cosmetics products company, based initially on a tanner’s formulations. Worldwide revenues were $2.5 billion in 2009. Brand recognition is the main advantage of this company, which obviously appeals more to women than men. A significantly high annual turnover is experienced for both US (68.6%) and Canadian (85%) consultants. Earnings statistics reported for Canada were that of 29,675 consultants, only 1878 grossed more than $100, 276 of the 553 Sales Directors earned more than $17,471 and 15 of the 23 National Directors earned more than $100K, which suggests significant earnings are experienced by only a few top consultants.

4. Pampered Chef – Pampered Chef was founded in 1980, using in-home demonstrations to market cookwares via the party plan business model. Berkshire Hathaway Corporation acquired Pampered Chef in 2002. Earnings figures are unavailable.

5. Monavie – Monavie distributes a juice product made from blended fruit juice with main components of freeze-dried acai powder and puree. Monavie, founded in 2005, was recently ranked eighteenth on Inc. Magazine’s 500/5000 ranking of the fastest growing private companies in the US. Company claims of effectiveness of its key polyphenol antioxidants have been refuted by the FDA, Linus Pauling Institute, and European Food Safety Authority which state that such compounds have little or no value following digestion. A Newsweek article reported only 10% of distributors earned more than $100 per week and the 2008 rentention rate for new recruits was only 30%. Monavie reamains a very viable opportunity for signifant earnings despite these issues and highly popular #9 ranked on MLMInsider.com’s annual report. This may be due to its more up-to-date and potentially lucrative compensation plan and outstanding management, although a recent mlmwatchdog.com video reports a significantloss of interest due to compensation plan changes in the last year.

We don’t necessarily recommend or advise against joining any of these top 5 companies, but merely wanted to look at a few facts about them. The main point to be made here is how few people do any checking on company background, the founders and/or compensation plan before joining. If evaluating home business opportunities, it is advisable to get familiar with the industry, establish some selection criteria and make an informed, unemotional choice. One thing to note is that strong emotions often come into play in the “buying” process of selecting a home business opportunity and after the fact justification of decisions made emotionally is very common.

Procession Caterpillars – Friend Or Foe?

Caterpillars remind me of my garden, eating the plantation, small, harmless, maybe even cute but annoying to the plant life with no risk to me, children or my pets. Ask me about procession caterpillars and I will give you a completely different answer. Friend or foe?

Foe would not even begin to describe these characters, they are the enemy and should be avoided at all costs. Enemy probably sounds too strong a description for a little hairy caterpillar but trust me, do not make a judgment because of its size or because you have always liked them.

Found across Europe, especially in Mediterranean countries where the temperatures are generally warmer, specifically titled Thaumatopoea Pitycampa or the caterpillar of the pine tree. They are considered a threat to the trees, dangerous to animals and to people can cause a very strong allergic reaction caused by the hairs found on their backs.

Traditionally, the nests are found in the pine trees and their home is usually positioned on the sunny side of the tree and can often be spotted from a distance where the pine needles have turned brown.

On closer inspection, white candy floss woven on the branches and delicate silk bags can be seen decorating the trees. These are the nests of the procession caterpillar, protecting them as they grow and keeping them warm.

To feed, they leave the safety of their home at night and walk along the branches to demolish and quake on the pine tree, venturing further afield once they depleted the supplies. They are greedy and destructive and are active in the winter months, often feeding in zero temperatures before returning to the nest to rest and digest their feed in the warmer, sunlight hours.

In March when they are fully grown they commemorate the next stage of their journey, leaving the safety of the nest and tree in search of a burial site.

Why are they named procession caterpillars? When they start to move, they look as though they are marching, like an army in a line, head to tail determined to find a suitable pupation site in the soil. They may travel long distances from the host tree before they bury themselves, spending the warmer months buried as a pupa. In August, the moth emerges from its cocoon, mates and lays its eggs in a pine tree and the cycle commences all over again.

We have lived in Spain for several years now and we have a lovely pet dog named Angel, who is a West Highland Terrier, who loves to prey to hunt and explore the woods around the pine trees. We have never experienced any problems and for the majority of the year it is a safe and pleasant place to walk. During the first quarter of the year, January through April we do have to be vigilant and we prefer to find other areas to walk.

The beginning of the year is the most dangerous time for exposure to the caterpillars, although the nests are formed before then. Due to the weather being warmer, whether climate change is to blame or not I do not know, but I have seen the caterpillars in the woods feeding and away from their nests in early December, although unusual.

True to her breed, Angel is always sniffing in bushhes and tracking a smell through the undergrowth and it is this behavior that causes her the greatest threat. Along the back of the insects are fine, irritating hairs that if inhaled, licked or indeed ate the caterpillar can cause her great pain. Dogs, cats and foxes are among the animals at most risk to these insects, attracted to them because of their color and some say their odour.

If the hairs come into contact with the animals lips or tongue, the area will swell very quickly and cause a large amount of pain and we need to ensure this does not asphyxiate them. If the caterpillar has been eaten then the symptoms are more severe with vomiting, a fever and blood present in the urine. If you suspect your animal has come into contact with the caterpillars you must take them to the vet immediately, the faster the treatment can be administrated the better.

The hairs on the caterpillar are released into the air and do not have to be attached to injury injury. Beware, poking the insect with a stick or treading on them will only release the hairs into the environment and you will become more susceptible to inhalation. Even if the caterpillar is dead the hairs remain dangerous.

Disposing of the nests during the winter months should be left to the professionals, although spraying the nests with hairspray to ensure the hairs do not disperse into the air, covering with a plastic bag and cutting the branch down is the usual treatment before setting the nest On fire. Protective clothing including goggles must be worn, so leave it to the experts. A procession of caterpillars are usually set alight after dousing them with lighter fluid, again to prevent the hairs from circulating.

Please note, I do not advocate this procedure as the trees and woodland are often dry and desiccated and this poses a real threat to forest and bush fires.

Please keep your pets safe, do not panic about the caterpillars, learning to live with them, being careful and aware helps to prevent any problems or encounterers with the insects. They are not around all year, it is only for a short period of time that you need to be vigilant. Remember, if you think your pets have come into contact with them or indeed yourself seek veterinary and medical assistance immediately. Photographs of the caterpillars can be found on my website.

1 All Natural High Fiber Food You Should Eat Daily

It’s no secret that high fiber foods are essential, and there is one type of soluble fiber you should eat every day, FOS. In this article, you will learn about FOS, why you should consume it regularly, and where to obtain it.

1. What is FOS?

  • FOS is an acronym for fructooligosaccharides. In their all natural, whole food state, these are complex carbohydrates, or sugars that come naturally from edible plants such as garlic, onions, leeks, oats, barley, rye and chicory root. Insulin is an example of a compound that is considered to be a FOS. One great thing about fructooligosaccharides is that they help the body make its own “good” bacteria to fight off the “bad” bacteria in the digestive system.

Here is an excerpt from a web page at MedicinalFoodNews.com discussing why fructooligosaccharides work differently than other fiber foods in the intestines:

“…the human does not have the enzymes to break down the FOS as it travels down the digestive tract. When the FOS reaches the large intestine and the colon, the bacteria that are found there start to break down the FOS. These bacteria have the enzymes needed to break down FOS. Bifido bacteria have been reported to use FOS. It is believed that foods that promote bifido bacteria growth are good for the health.

How exactly the FOS exerts its beneficial effects is not certain. However, increasing the numbers of beneficial bacteria in the lower intestine, changes in the pH balance of the intestinal contents, together with increases in enzyme levels that may be related to the detoxification of carcinogens in the diet all have been cited as reasons to increase the FOS levels in the diet.”

Most fiber foods only sweep the intestines, but FOS fiber also aids digestion, thus boosting assimilation of all foods through the intestinal walls. When you consume enough friendly bacteria in the colon, then the body is able to produce its own abundant amount of all of the B vitamins.

2. Why you should consume FOS regularly.

  • Absorb food more efficiently as it passes through the intestines, thus assisting in digestion.
  • Stimulate the growth of good bacteria in the intestines, such as Acidophilus, Bifidus, and Faccium.
  • Reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by trapping fat and cholesterol in the intestinal tract, so they can be flushed out more easily.
  • Assist assimilation of complex carbohydrates, making them last longer, which is good for blood sugar regulation and the reduction of cravings for sweets.
  • Minimize yeast infection, Candida, and bloating.
  • Naturally treat symptoms of constipation, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and lactose intolerance.

Another benefit of fructooligosaccharides is that they are being used as all natural low calorie sweetener substitutes to replace artificial sweeteners and sugar. That makes FOS an essential part of a low carbohydrate diet for anyone who is trying to avoid eating sugary foods.

3. How do you get FOS in your daily diet?

  • Eat onions, leeks, barley, oats, rye, garlic and chicory root.

Unfortunately, these are not foods that the average person will eat enough to get all the benefits of FOS. Fortunately, with modern technology and innovative manufacturing processes, there are ways to get fructooligosaccharides in an all natural, whole food form without eating weird foods. You may want to investigate a product called, VitaShake, that is touted as one of the most reliable sources for FOS, easy to use and digest. It helps people feel full and satisfied because it assists in the assimilation of complex carbohydrates. There is also an energy bar with a similar effect that has FOS and is known as SunBar. You won’t find these FOS sources in stores, but they are readily available on the Internet. If you want an easy way to add important fiber rich foods to your diet, then learn more about FOS, fructooligosaccharides, and find ways to make these important nutrients part of your healthy routine.

What Causes Too Much Uric Acid in Your Body? – 3 Things to Avoid

Once you know what causes too much uric acid in your body, you should then try as hard as possible to avoid the things that cause the situation. In this short article you’ll discover three of the key things to avoid that can lead to too much acid in the body.

1. Avoid Being Overweight

Being overweight is a key factor in excess acid production and so having high levels of uric acid in the blood. Recent studies have shown that the majority of gout sufferers are overweight. So getting yourself down to your proper weight should be a priority. But don’t crash diet, as this can actually trigger an attack!

2. Avoid High Purine food

Chemical compounds in our bodies and food produce uric acid as part of the body’s metabolizing process. So consuming foods with high concentrations of purines will produce more acid than foods with relatively lower levels of purines. Generally speaking, high purine foods are high protein foods. You should limit your protein food intake to no more than 3 oz per day.

3. Avoid All Alcohol

Alcohol consumption is strongly linked to higher uric acid levels in the body. Beer is reckoned to be particularly bad for this. There are studies that show that people who drink more than 2 units of alcohol regularly have higher than the average levels of uric acid in their body.

These are three of the things that causes high (too much) uric acid in your body and should therefore be avoided.

But, of course, these three on their own aren’t enough. You need to not only get rid of the symptoms of your present gout attack, but also prevent further frequent attacks (recurring gout) as these can lead to excruciating kidney stones and permanent joint damage. And you can do all this completely naturally.

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Aloe Vera – Medicinal Uses, Interactions, Dosage

Plant Description:

Aloe is a genus of plants associated to family asphodelaceae. Aloe is a popular houseplant having multipurpose folk remedy. Commonly known as Aloe vera . Aloe vera means true Aloe and it was originally spread through the Mediterranean.It is stem less plant, short stemmed plant growing to 100 cm tall.The leaves are lanceolate, thick and fleshy, green to gray green with serrated margin.The succulent plant having Leaves that are being radical, spiny and toothed. The spike of the Aloe vera plant on which the flowers are produced are of 90 cm tall. Each flower having pendulous with a tubular corolla 2-3 cm long.

Gel and latex are the two basic products of aloe vera. Gel is the leaf pulp or mucilage, the jelly-like substance obtained from the parenchymal tissue that makes up the inner portion of the Aloe vera leaves.

Uses and Benefits

External uses

Aloe vera is used externally to treat different skin conditions such as:

  • The sap of Aloe vera heals pain and reduces inflammation. Aloe vera is mostly used for the treatment of burns and bruises.
  • Aloe vera gel urges the healing of insect bites, and relieves itching and dandruff.
  • Aloe vera is the safest and stimulating purgatives to persons of sedentary habits and phlegmatic constitutions.
  • Extract of Aloe vera are regularly used in herbal medicine and by cosmetic companies.
  • Aloe vera is also work as the remedy for coughs, ulcers, diabetes, cancer.

Internal uses

  • Aloe vera is able to enhance the formation of collagen when applied to skin wounds.
  • Aloe vera helps intensify normal muscle joint functions.
  • Aloe vera promotes healthy digestive surfaces through the esophagus and stomach.
  • By adding Isabgol and aloe vera gel to the diet, there was a marked reduction in total lipids, total serum cholesterol, serum triglycerides, fasting and post meal blood sugar levels in diabetics.
  • Aloe also boost the immune system and act directly to abnormal cells, thus preventing or treating cancer.

Side Effects
There is evidence of significant adverse side effects:

  • Aloe containing laxatives pose cancer risk to humans.
  • Internal use of aloe vera latex may turn the urine red and may also cause abdominal pain.
  • Chronic internal use may increase the likelihood of potassium losses.
  • Overdose can also cause heart arrhythmias, nephropathies, edemas, accelerated bone deterioration.

Drug Interactions

Drug interaction based on the two principles pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic. Certain medicines interact with the Aloe: some interaction may positive so they may increase the need of Aloe, some may get failed so before taking it, consult your doctor.Aloe vera is a common herb used for antibacterial and lipid lowering effects. Compounds that are present in the Aloe vera cause the reduction in prostaglandin synthesis, which may inhibit secondary aggregation, and prolongs bleeding.

Dosage

  • Only for maintenance take one in a day or every other daydose.
  • In the presence of others with compromised immune systems take three times a day.
  • Use Sovereign SilverT in its pure form, rather than mixing with water or anything else except for aloe * (where appropriate). Hold dose under tongue for 30 seconds before swallowing. Please allow no less than 5 minutes before drinking or eating and no less than 45 minutes after drinking or 1-1 / 2 hours after eating.
  • If you would like to insure delivery into the intestinal tract, take 1: 1 with whole leaf aloe vera and swallow directly.
  • MPS-GOLD is taken in the form of powder mixed with water once a day only for the health maintenance.
  • Aloe vera cream having 0.5% of aloe is applied on the burn surfaces three times a day.
  • For diabetic patient, they should take one tablespoon of aloe juice twice daily.

New Mover Spending Habits

For years, we have known that new movers plan to spend more money in their first 6 months than the average person does in 2-3 years. We finally have survey results that show how much money the new movers will be spending, how they will pay for these purchases, and the products they plan to purchase within the next 3, 6, or 12 months.

Judge for yourself the value to your business that these new movers can bring. Now you can see exactly where and when these new movers will be spending their money. This is what makes new movers so special. When surveyed, 39% of new movers responded they will spend over $30,000 in the first month and 66% will spend in excess of $15,000.

When asked what upgrades and improvements were they planning to make to their new home they responded as follows: 28% will have their bathroom remodeled, 47% will require general handyman services. Other answers and percentages of people answering ‘Yes’ are as follows: Fencing 18%, Kitchen Remodel 21%, Landscaping 29%, Lighting/Outdoor 19%, Painting 35%, Patio/Deck 24%, Repaving Driveway 9%, Security System 61%, Sprinkler System 21%, Wall Covering 9%, and Window Replacement 17%.

People who just moved have a huge need for securing different contractor services as well. When asked what services they would require within 1-3 months they answered: plumber 28%, electrician 30%, mason 13%, fencer 18%, painter 35%, wallpaper 12%, carpet 29% and a carpenter 35%.

New movers also have a need to secure new professionals to handle these services. When new movers were asked 68% answered they would change their primary doctor, 59% their insurance agent, 41% their dentist, 24% their accountant and 77% their bank.

When asked what products they plan to purchase within the first six months 58% responded that they would purchase a new automobile, and almost 100% planned on buying some piece of furniture. Other answers included purchasing: Bathroom Accessories 70%, Bedding/Linens 54%, Carpeting/Rugs 62%, Draperies 36%, Flooring 61%, Mattresses 44% and Mini Blinds 83%.

As is evident, having a direct response mailing program targeted to new movers should not only be a critical part of your marketing mix, but will most likely prove to be your best source of new business.

When you contact the new movers that recently entered your community, you should plan to make a very compelling offer. These new families will be your customers for years and years. You want to do everything to encourage them to contact you. As you know, nothing works better than FREE. A free pool service, free lawn service, dry clean a garment for free, a free meal, a free check-up, a free pizza. All of these are “too good to resist”. If you can’t do it free, then meet them half way – free soda with pizza, a free bottle of wine with dinner, or 50% off your first visit, or $25 off your first visit.

All the Wold's a Stage – Act Like It

It's amazing how many articles, books and websites are dedicated to the art of the most dreaded sales job – the Cold Call. Type it in as a web search and a staggering 55 million hits come up – MILLION. That's probably 4 or 5 times the total number of cold calls that are ACTUALLY made each year.

If so much is written on being more effective with cold calling, that you waste time cold calling and you should have no fear cold calling, why is it still so hated? Simple – FEAR. Fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, just plain old fear. So, you are asking yourself, why are you writing about Cold Calling when no one else can help. Well, I discovered something quite by accident the other day when I was taking care of this fearful job.

I started to fantasize about what it would be like if I could pay someone to make Cold Calls for me. What it would be like if someone stepped into my shoes and said the things I wanted to ask without worrying about the response. First, I thought it would be a great idea to trade calls with someone; They make my calls I make their. A great idea I need to research further (do not steal this now) but not an instant answer. The more I thought about how nice it would be the better I felt. I was relaxed, not anxious, relieved beyond belief. Then it hit me – BAM – like Emeril the chef likes to say, I cooked this great idea.

When I make Cold Calls who says I have to be ME? We watch television shows and movies all the time where actors and actresses play characters that are anything like the real person playing the part. Why not play the part of ME as someone else? We do it on first dates all the time, creating someone we know the other person will like. Why not create a character that is an employee of mine, one that listens to what I have to say; Knows what I do, how I do it but has no fear when it comes to making cold calls.

"Roger", my new employee, knows all about my company, products and services. He can answer any question that comes his way, he's bold, brash and does not take no for an answer. If someone says they're not interested or have no need for our product or service "Roger" could care less – just one more call down and one less to make the next time around. "Roger" has that way about him, very confident and loves what he does.

Well good old "Rog" went on to make forty calls that day without a care in the world. He was almost "too" confident, wanting people to say "no" quickly so he could get to the next call. This guy is a real go getter when it comes to the phone now. To "Roger" All the World is a Stage for him to act on and carry out Cold Calls. "Rog" is one of my best employee's now. Works for almost nothing and is always up to the task.

Creating your own "Roger" or "Linda" is easy and amazingly simple to do. Sit back and simply imagine what the ultimate cold calling guru would look like to you. Picture the color of their hair, their eyes, complexion, even how they dress. Do they have any outstanding characteristics? Maybe a chin like Leno or a smile like Jennifer Aniston, if you build them … they will come.

Next imagine how they would talk, sit, handle themselves on the phone. Envision them with more confidence than you could ever conceive in a person. Make them into someone you would want as a best friend. Got them pictured in your mind? See them making calls and sales one after another. Carefree, having the time of their life and enjoying work like no one you have ever seen. Do you see them now, can you feel their confidence? Now pick up the phone and start making calls, no not you, "Linda" or "Roger". Add the little inflection "Linda" has in her voice when saying the company name, that little southern drag "Roger" has, like he has talked to this stranger before.

Make several calls like this and see if you do not feel different. Check your results, number of calls, meetings, messages left. How did you feel when "Linda" tripped over a word and then simply laughed it off without a care in the world? Pretty darn good I bet.

This is not a one act play; This is going to be the longest running show in history. Every time you schedule yourself to make calls you need to picture "Linda" or "Roger" in your mind. What great thing did they do over the weekend, what trip do they have planned? Amazing how their sales numbers are consistently the best in the company is not it? They really have their act together and the attitude they use on the phone shows this to be true.

If you really want to take this to the next level and get really good at it, join a local theater group or take some basic acting classes. Too much … then read a book on acting for beginners and learn how to develop and get into a character. All the World is a Stage – Cold Call like it is.

I Broke Up With Her and Regret It – How to Win Her Back After Breaking Her Heart

Every morning you wake up with the same realization. “I broke up with her and regret it,” is the first thing that pops into your mind. Regardless of how hard you try you can’t get the image of her crying over the break up out of your mind. You wish with everything you could take back those words so you two would be back together again. Sadly, life doesn’t have a rewind button for instances like this when you mess up catastrophically. There is a way for you to soften the memory of that day enough that she’ll forgive you and consider getting back with you.

As uncomplicated as it sounds, an apology has to be your first step if you want to get her to want you back. This shouldn’t be a major production number. There’s no need for any gifts and don’t stop off at the local florist’s shop on your way to see your ex girlfriend. It’s easy to forget the depth of the power of saying “I’m sorry” to someone you’ve hurt. She really needs to hear those words from you and if you’re intent on being with her again, you have to say them with meaning. Making amends and moving forward begins with telling her you regret what happened.

She’s going to remain a little cold and distant for awhile. Just because you apologized, don’t expect her to run back to you with open arms. That’s not going to happen. You have to continue to prove to her that you truly do care for her and that you regret your decision to hurt her.

Your focus at the moment is on being her boyfriend again. It’s your ultimate goal but right now you have to start viewing this as a small steps kind of journey. Over time you’ll get closer to her by taking little, yet important steps, that will show her she can trust you with her heart.

A good example of this is to call her every couple of weeks. Don’t launch into an emotional speech about all your past regrets. That’s what your apology was for. Instead, ask about her life. Find out what’s going on with her and be engaged in the conversation. Your interest will show her that you genuinely care for her whether or not you two are together. One exception when you do call her is to not ask about her dating status. For right now that’s none of your business.

Meeting her for coffee is another great way to keep the lines of communication open while you re-establish yourself as someone positive and necessary in her life. Always be friendly and focus all your attention on her. You don’t want to be responding to text messages or phone calls when you’re with her. This suggests that you don’t value her as much as whoever is on the phone.

By remaining someone she can turn to for emotional support in her life, you’re guaranteeing that she’ll begin to see you the way she used to. Patience is your best friend if you want to get your girl back so draw on all that you have.