Household Garbage
Categories Advice

The Dangers Of Household Garbage

Reducing the hazardous waste in America’s landfills starts at
home. Millions of households are producing billions of pounds
of solid waste. Products used every day in our homes leach
hazardous chemicals after entering landfills. There are a
number of simple steps that average consumer can take to limit
the damage that many of these toxic materials are doing to the
environment.

The garbage situation has become a big concern in cities all
around the country and not only is this a political issue, but
it is also a problem that has caught the attention of the
general population. We all realize there is a growing problem
but nobody likes to admit that their garbage is contributing to
the problem.

Many municipalities have already started a recycling program to
deal with the growing mountains of paper, plastic, glass, etc.
Although it takes a bit of effort on the part of the public to
sort and separate their garbage, people are now beginning to
realize that the future of our environment is at stake.

One household product that is causing a problem these days is
throwaway batteries. Each year, Americans throw away 84.000 tons
of alkaline batteries. These AA, C and D cells that power
electronic toys and games, portable audio equipment and a wide
range of other gadgets comprise 20% of the household hazardous
materials present around the country in America’s landfills.

When a battery in one of the products we use fails, we simply run
out and buy a replacement. The dead battery ends up in the garbage
and no one thinks about where it goes and what happens to it after
the garbage is picked up.

Sealed inside these alkaline cells are harmful materials which are
not encountered by consumers during normal use. However, when the
batteries enter a landfill, the casings can be crushed, or can
easily degrade, which causes mercury and other toxins to leach into
the environment.

The problem of batteries in landfills is one of the easiest to
solve. Using rechargeable power can significantly reduce the number
of batteries which end up in landfills. Rechargeable batteries can
be used again and again, up to 1,000 times. One rechargeable cell
can replace up to 300 throwaway batteries, keeping the landfill free
not only from the batteries themselves, but also from the paper and
plastic materials that are used to package them.

There are a number of manufacturers in the country today who deal in
rechargeable products and some of them have a number of programs
already in place to ensure that rechargeable batteries never enter a
landfill at all. For example, one of the largest manufacturers of
rechargeable products is now offering a lifetime replacement guarantee
on all round cells. If the product ever fails to accept or hold a
charge, the company will promptly replace it and recycle the used cell.

If you have an environmental agency in your area, you might like to
work on this issue with them, or perhaps they already have a program
set up to dispose of used batteries. As a concerned citizen, your
suggestions and input will be invaluable to them as they attempt to
come up with some solutions.

Stop Smoking
Categories Advice, Health

Conquering The Smoking Habit

Conquering The Smoking Habit

Most smokers sincerely want to quit. They know cigarettes
threaten their health, set a bad example for their children,
annoy their acquaintances and cost an inordinate amount of
money.

Nobody can force a smoker to quit. It’s something each person
has to decide for himself, and will require a personal commitment
by the smoker. What kind of smoker are you? What do you get out
of smoking? What does it do for you? It is important to
identify what you use smoking for and what kind of satisfaction
you feel that you are getting from smoking.

Many smokers use the cigarette as a kind of crutch in moments of
stress or discomfort, and on occasion it may work; the cigarette
is sometimes used as a tranquilizer. But the heavy smoker, the
person who tries to handle severe personal problems by smoking
heavily all day long, is apt to discover that cigarettes do not
help him deal with his problems effectively.

When it comes to quitting, this kind of smoker may find it easy to
stop when everything is going well, but may be tempted to start
again in a time of crisis. Physical exertion, eating, drinking,
or social activity in moderation may serve as useful substitutes
for cigarettes, even in times of tension. The choice of a substitute
depends on what will achieve the same effects without having any
appreciable risk.

Once a smoker understands his own smoking behavior, he will be able
to cope more successfully and select the best quitting approaches
for himself and the type of life-style he leads.

Because smoking is a form of addiction, 80 percent of smoker who
quit usually experience some withdrawal symptoms. These may
include headache, light-headedness, nausea, diarrhea, and chest
pains. Psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, short-term
depression, and inability to concentrate, may also appear. The
main psychological symptom is increased irritability. People
become so irritable, in fact, that they say they feel “like
killing somebody.” Yet there is no evidence that quitting
smoking leads to physical violence.

Some people seem to lose all their energy and drive, wanting
only to sleep. Others react in exactly the opposite way, becoming
so over energized they can’t find enough activity to burn off their
excess energy. For instance, one woman said she cleaned out all
her closets completely and was ready to go next door to start on her
neighbor’s. Both these extremes, however, eventually level off.
The symptoms may be intense for two or three days, but within 10 to
14 days after quitting, most subside. The truth is that after people
quit smoking, they have more energy, they generally will need less
sleep, and feel better about themselves.

Quitting smoking not only extends the ex-smoker’s life, but adds new
happiness and meaning to one’s current life. Most smokers state that
immediately after they quit smoking, they start noticing dramatic
differences in their overall health and vitality.

Quitting is beneficial at any age, no matter how long a person has
been smoking. The mortality ratio of ex-smoker decreases after
quitting. If the patient quits before a serious disease has developed,
his body may eventually be able to restore itself almost completely.

  • Majority of addictions are caused by the DRD2 A1 allele gene
  • Being undermethylated (high histamine) can cause addictions to alcohol, drugs and cigarettes
  • Early life stress prenatal (in the womb) and postnatal (child abuse, moving a lot, etc) can lead to addictions

There is a thinking stuff from which all things are made, and which, in its original state, permeates, penetrates, and fills the interspaces of the universe.

A thought, in this substance, produces the thing that is imaged by the thought.

Man can form things in his thought, and, by impressing his thought upon formless substance, can cause the thing he thinks about to be created.

What the mind can conceive and believe it can achieve!

Sensible diet tips
Categories Advice, Diet, Health

Sensible Diet Tips

Sensible Diet Tips

Start your diet with a food diary, record everything you eat,
what you were doing at the time, and how you felt.

Instead of eating the forbidden piece of candy, brush your teeth.
If you’re about to cheat, allow yourself a treat, then eat only
half a bite and throw the other half away.

When hunger hits, wait 10 minutes before eating and see if it
passes. Set attainable goals. Don’t say, “I want to lose 50
pounds.” Say, “I want to lose 5 pounds a month.” Get enough
sleep but not too much. Try to avoid sugar. Highly sweetened
foods tend to make you crave more.

Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. Water itself helps
cut down on water retention because it acts as a diuretic. Taken
before meals, it dulls the appetite by giving you that “full
feeling.” Diet with a buddy. Support groups are important, and
caring people can help one another succeed. Start your own, even
with just one other person.

Substitute activity for eating. When the cravings hit, go to the
“Y” or health club if possible; or dust, or walk around the block.
This is especially helpful if you eat out of anger.

If the pie on the counter is just too great a temptation and you
don’t want to throw it away, freeze it. If you’re a late-night
eater, have a carbohydrate, such as a slice of bread of a cracker,
before bedtime to cut down on cravings. Keep an orange slice or
a glass of water by your bed to quiet the hunger pangs that wake
you up.

If you use food as a reward, establish a new reward system. Buy
yourself a non-edible reward. Write down everything you eat – –
everything – including what you taste when you cook. If you
monitor what you eat, you can’t go off your diet.

Weigh yourself once a week at the same time. Your weight
fluctuates constantly and you can weigh more at night than you did
in the morning, a downer if you stuck to your diet all day. Make
dining an event. East from your own special plate, on your own
special placemat, and borrow the Japanese art of food arranging to
make your meal, no matter how meager, look lovely. This is a trick
that helps chronic over-eaters and bingers pay attention to their
food instead of consuming it unconsciously.

Don’t shop when you’re hungry. You’ll only buy more fattening
food. Avoid finger foods that are easy to eat in large amounts.
Avoid consuming large quantities of fattening liquids, which are so
easy to overdo. And this includes alcoholic beverages.

Keep plenty of crunchy foods like raw vegetables and air-popped
fat-free popcorn on hand. They’re high in fiber, satisfying and
filling. Leave something on your plate, even if you are a charter
member of the Clean The Plate Club. It’s a good sign that you can
stop eating when you want to, not just when your plate is empty.

Lose weight for yourself, not to please your husband, your parents
or your friends. Make the kitchen off-limits at any time other
than mealtime. Always eat at the table, never in front of the TV
set or with the radio on. Concentrate on eating every mouthful
slowly and savoring each morsel. Chew everything from 10 to 20
times and count! Never skip meals. carbohydrate, such as a slice
of bread of a cracker, before bedtime to cut down on cravings.

Categories Advice, Aging

Growing Old Gracefully

Growing Old Gracefully

Today the average duration of human life in the United States
is just about 70 years for women and a little less for men.
Conservative experts believe that man is really build to last
about 100 years; and that medical advances and more healthful
living habits could bring this about within a generation or two.

What good is it to add years to life if we do not also add life
to years? In fact, unless people learn to enjoy life and to
grow old gracefully, the extra years may be an additional burden.

From 18 to 30 years is roughly the period of highest physical
and mental vigor. The experiences we accumulate from the day we
are born help us to conserve and to use our physical and mental
abilities more wisely, so that for some time after 30 years we
are able to perform increasingly well in spite of slowly slipping
vigor. After age 50 the increasing accumulation of experience is
no longer able to offset the now more rapidly energy and therefore
aging begins to assert itself noticeably and in many ways.

A number of things may come about gradually such as people who have
not used eyeglasses before may at some time in their forties need
them for reading, and in the fifties they usually need bifocals.

Also in the forties, people are likely to put on weight because
there is a general slowdown in the oxidation rate of the aging body
tissue. Also we tend to do less strenuous work with no reduction
in the amount of food consumed.

And in the fifties there is likely to be some loss of hearing.
Usually the high-pitched tomes go first, so words with the sounds
of F, S, and TH are confused. A hearing aid may be needed in
some cases.

Aging is generally accompanied by a loss in physical and mental
flexibility. This is noticed in a tendency to become stiff in the
joints; in slower comeback after a strenuous trip, excessive “night
life,” or hard work; in slower healing of wounds, sore muscles,
and sprains; in slower recovery of pep after an illness; and in
greater difficulty to adjust to new people, new places, and new
ideas.

Men, especially, will notice loss of muscular strength. There will
be increased unsteadiness and delicate muscle movements will be more
clumsy and the stride in walking will become shorter. The conclusion
now is that the performance and ability of the elderly has long been
underestimated and can be greatly improved by a proper diet, sleep
and exercise along with rest and relaxation.

Many elderly people tend to lose their joy and will to live and
chronic worriers may mope around and withdraw. Medical authorities
now say that laughter is one of the best medicines for the elderly.
You can always keep your sense of humor tuned up by surrounding
yourself with pleasant and interesting people. Just act your age
and don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself even when no else is around.

Now that we all know the role that physical activity plays in our
lives, remember to do something physical every day. The joints must
be used or quite simply they will tighten with age creating that
stooped worn out appearance we so often associate with getting old.
Keep yourself flexible and fit on an exercise program consistent with
your ability.

Lab Test you should have done each year

  • Coenzyme Q10 2.5 – 3.5  mg/L
  • Vitamin B12 500–1300 pg/ml
  • Vitamin D (test in autumn) 60- 80 nmol/L
  • Pregnenolone hormone 195-225 ng/dL

You can order the above test here

Supplements for keeping joints pain free.

  • Hyaluronic acid
  • MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin sulfate
  • S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)
  • Turmeric
  • Fish oil
  • Water 4-8 glasses a day

 

Categories Advice

Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth

Herbs and Vitamins for Healthy Teeth

Our modern diet has caused many of us to become deficient in certain minerals and our dental health can become adversely affected. Cavities in children and people of all ages are being linked to nutritional deficiencies.

Most of us take for granted that we are getting enough of the needed minerals in our diet. That assumes that everyone knows the importance of minerals for our health and wellbeing.

Much of our farmed soil has become depleted and the majority of people cannot afford a completely organic diet. Combined with dietary choices based on taste rather than health, it is easy to see how these nutritional deficiencies can occur.

Phytic Acid Locks Up Essential Minerals

Phytic acid is a substance commonly found in most grains, nuts and beans. It has the ability to bind to minerals in your body, just like a magnet. This process removes the minerals before they get a chance to be absorbed and deposited where we need them most.

If your family’s diet consists largely of grains (crackers, cereals, breads, pastas, rice, bagels, cookies, cakes) or bean salad or raw nuts and nut butters, chances are you are getting copious amounts of phytic acid in your diet and not enough minerals for your teeth and bones to grow and remain strong.

In addition to reducing intake of these food types, there are food preparation methods, such as soaking your beans and nuts overnight that can help remove some of the phytic acid before it is consumed.

Supplementation

Keeping the immune system strong with antimicrobials can help fight off decay and prevent infection or abscesses from setting in. Popular antimicrobials include licorice, myrrh, goldenseal and echinacea. Including garlic in your diet wherever possible is beneficial for boosting your immune system and preventing infections.

Calcium

Our dental enamel is approximately 90 percent calcium phosphate.

Calcium Rich Herb Sources

  • Shepard’s Purse, Clivers, Coltsfoot, Horsetail, Toadflax, Mistletoe, Dandelion, Plantain, Pimpernel and Chamomile.

  • Include these in your diet via teas, capsules, tablets or powders.

Calcium Deficiency

The body is always communicating feedback to us. The trick is learning how to listen to the signals. Signs of calcium deficiency include:

  • Rickets, unexplained nervousness, muscle spasms and cramps, joint pains, osteomalacia, cataracts, insomnia and tremors.

Getting enough calcium is important, but the issue of effective uptake of calcium may have more to do with the lack of Magnesium, Vitamin D and K2. This can be obtained from the foods we eat or by supplementation to ensure that the calcium we are digesting is actually getting absorbed correctly. If any of these are lacking the body will pass much of the available calcium from the body before it can be used.

Vitamins A, C and D

If not enough of these vitamins are being absorbed by the body, the teeth will break down and loosen.

Vitamin K2

Naturally found in the fermented Japanese dish of Natto Beans, this supplement has gained much attention recently. It is reported that anyone who is taking Vitamin D or Calcium supplementation should also be taking K2.

It is naturally found in egg yolks and some hard cheeses; however, the amount claimed to be needed in our diet is basically unattainable unless you are frequently consuming the fermented Natto Bean mixture.

K2 helps to deposit minerals such as calcium into the correct places in our bodies, such as the bones and the teeth and remove excess calcium from where we don’t want it deposited, such as between the joints, where it can cause painful inflammation.

Silica

Ever important for bone, teeth, skin and hair care, you can add this mineral to your diet with horsetail tea.

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