Headache Help From the Headache Doctor

Headache types: Headaches can appear in different areas of the head. I have found frontal (forehead) headaches to have four causes.

Neck pain headaches-The first and most common cause is a second cervical subluxation. The second cervical on the left will cause a frontal headache on the left and a second cervical subluxation on the right will cause a frontal headache on the right. These also cause sinus headaches and sinus congestion. The second cervical on the left is usually stuck in extension and the second cervical on the right is either lateral or stuck in rotation and compressed superior to inferior. A second cervical adjustment will usually clear up the sinuses in seconds.

Frontal headaches can also be due to a cranial problem in the frontal bone.

The third cause of frontal headaches is a bad night's sleep. This causes an imbalance of the pineal gland which can be corrected using TBM or Total Body Modification.

The fourth cause is emotional. These are commonly known as stress headaches or tension headaches. This header can appear on the frontal eminences. They are called the bad mood points which can be corrected using SET, Spinal Encephalo Technique. Once they are released, the bad mood and headache goes away. The frontal lobe of the brain is a common place for emotional armoring as well. Emotional armoring can occur in any lobe of the brain and can be cleared out using CARE or Chakra Armor Release of Emotions.

Occipital headaches (located in the back of the head) can be due to a subluxation of the occiput, a cranial misalignment of the occiput or due to toxicity or indigestion. An ileocecal valve spasm can cause a headache on the right occiput. A Valve of Houston spasm will cause a headache on the left occiput. These points on the occiput and can be used for correction of the ileocecal valve and the Valve of Houston. They are part of the Spinal Encephalo Technique.

Headaches located in the sphenoid area of ​​the temples are usually referred from the cervicals and can be corrected by adjusting the cervicals indirectly or directly by using Vector Point Cranial technique.

Headaches located in the temporal area can be due to a TMJ subluxation or emotional armoring in the squamous portion of the temporal bone or on the mastoid. The most gentle way to clear TMJ subluxations is to treat it with SET, Spinal Encephalo Technique. Just have the patient touch the reflex point and adjust T2, T4 and T6 with a double activator in three phases of respiration. The armor in the temporal lobe can be cleared out using the CARE technique.

Parietal headaches (on the top of the head) are often due to a bad night's sleep or stress. They can be corrected by separating the coronal and sagittal sutures or by doing a parietal lift.

Migraine headaches are often due to stress or diet. Migraine headaches may be caused by an allergy to wheat, dairy, eggs, chocolate, sugar, yeast, citrus, red wine, red meat, tea, coffee or corn.

Why Were EPCOT Countries Chosen and Why Are They Positioned There?

One of my favorite parts in all of Walt Disney World is the world showcase section of Epcot. Experiencing the various cultures, especially the food and beverages that each country exhibits gives a person the ability to see many other cultures in a short period of time. But have you ever wondered why the countries were set up the way they are, and why some are included and others are not? As with most everything interesting, there’s usually a story behind it.

The World Showcase at Epcot is represented by 11 countries centered on a large lagoon. The distance around the lagoon totals about 1 ¼ miles, and when the countries were being selected any country was welcome to place a bid. In some cases they had to get countries to agree on costs, and for that or for some reason couldn’t come up with an agreement. In fact, three pavilions were advertised as part of the project but were never built: Spain, Israel and Equatorial Africa. It is said that Spain still might be represented at some point in the future.

The original plan was to have the American showcase as the centerpiece, and that would have been the place from where visitors would start the showcase. From there they would go to Mexico to the left or Canada to the right, which of course are our natural geographic neighbors. Then it was decided that the American adventure, being the focal point of the entire area should be on the opposite side as the draw for people to circle the lagoon. That’s the way it’s set up now, as it is more visually appealing as the centerpiece of all of the lands across the lagoon. But Canada and Mexico remained where they are today.

In order to make sure that every country was equal, the frontage is the same as is the height of their tallest feature. In the interior some may spread out a bit more than others, but each is equal in frontage space. Morocco is interesting in that it didn’t cost Disney anything to build. The King of Morocco at the time was so thrilled to be part of the showcase that he sent his own people over to build it, totally paying for its construction. Another thing about Morocco is at night when the countries are all lit up as part of its illuminations, the temple in Morocco is not lit up as it would violate their religious beliefs.

Vulnerability: Beyond the Facade

For most people, vulnerability is a maniacal force – something bad and to be avoided. Throughout the day, endless Ego defense resources are utilized in an attempt to protect the frail sense of self from perceived dangers in the world. As is the case with many of our attempts of self-protection, over zealousness can lead to the distortion of reality, leaving the true value of emotional vulnerability behind a sea of ​​fear.
Before we can understand the significance of being vulnerable, let's look to see how the "gift" of vulnerability got such a bad rap. First, let's turn to some dictionary definitions of the word vulnerability:

1. Capable of or suspected to be wounded or hurt, as by a weapon: a vulnerable part of the body;

2. Open to moral attack, criticism, temptation, etc .: an argument vulnerable to reflection: He is vulnerable to bribery.

3. Open to attack; difficult to defend: a vulnerable bridge.

Definitions 1 and 3 make sense if you are Patton defending against a Rommel ground attack. And, they have a lot to contribute to the disparaging connotations surrounding the concept of open to being hurt. Instead, let's focus on the second definition, which directly addresses the issue at hand.
Open to moral attack. Yikes! Moral attack; that sure does not sound good. But wait. Who is doing the attacking and why would I be afraid of having my morals attacked? As I view it, I want my morals questioned. Not by others, but by myself. It is this outside force that motivates me to look inside of myself. How else am I going to understand what I stand for, and if I need to make changes to my moral foundation.
This was not always the case. In my younger days, I had no understanding of my own belief system. This caused me to end up in precarious situations, fearing vulnerability and the resulting emotional pain. I ran from pain. I tried to build a fortress around me to keep pain out. But, I could not run from my own life choices and beliefs – the source of the majority of my pain. After a while, I came to the realization that I had to change my beliefs and approach to the world. I embarked on a journey to do so, right into the heart of my own fears and sense of vulnerability. My other choice was to try to continue to forge an emotional state of invulnerability. This had not worked. Through facing my fears, I was finally able to hear and decode the important life lessons that were being communicated. Prior to doing so, these vital messages had reverberated off and away from my defensive walls. This is why I refer to vulnerability as being a gift; a very precious and wise one.
Many people fear the criticism of others. We do not want to show the world that we are anything but strong winners who have our lives together. Therefore, we keep close watch over what we allow others to see, apprehensive about how the world will respond to our true selves. By opening up and facing our true essence, one can process and react to the messages transmitted through vulnerability. Hopefully, these messages will not fall on deaf ears. With this in mind, here are some alternative definitions of vulnerability:

1. A state of being that allows learning to take place: I learned from my emotional pain.

2. A gift that allows you to touch your soul and create meaningful human contact.

3. A mechanism that allows one to grow through self-examination and exploration.

Using these definitions, ponder the following questions: have you purposely tried to seal your psyche / Ego off from a state of vulnerability? Have you looked inward to better understand yourself, or have you spent your valuable emotional resources trying to keep others out? Have you heeded the messages that are communicated through your emotional pain or are putting them on ignore? Have you learned to decipher when it is time to button up the hatch versus when it is appropriate and beneficial to open yourself to the world?
In essence, vulnerability is one of many tools that you can use to increase the chances of creating a meaningful and valuable relationship with yourself and with others. Thus, the next time you're feeling vulnerable, listen to the message being transmitted. It may contain valuable information that will assist you in creating success in life and relationships. Do not be afraid of the sea of ​​fear; rather, part it and walk through it. Happiness and success lie on the other side.

Soldering Your Jewelry With the Soldering Iron

It is common for the jewelry makers to have the skills to use the tools. One integral skill which is must owned by the jewelry makers is using the soldering tool to solder jewelry.

Some people consider that it is safer to melt and attach the jewelry using the iron. You will also find it easier to join the jewelry with that tool than using the blow torch. However, to do that, you will need the technique which is different from the old torch soldering. You also need to pay attention in choosing the metal. The iron can only be used on the basic metals like the tin or the copper.

Before you do that, you will need to prepare some tools like the soldering iron, solder, the soldering tape, the metal jewelry to be soldered, and the soldering blocks.

The first thing you should do is pushing the two metal pieces together. If you do it correctly, the pieces will sit flushing against each other. You need to keep the gap is as thin as possible. After that, you will need to place the tape on the piece's surface which is not made from the metal. You can put it on the glass for example where you will melt to the pieces of the metal.

Do not forget to heat your iron while you do that. After it heats up, you can touch the tip of your tool to the area you want to join for seconds. Press the tip a little to the gap where the two pieces join together. You have to heat the iron's tip until the solder can flow to the gap. After you have done, do not forget to cool the area. Do not touch it with your bare hands. Let it cool until it has the room temperature.

How to Change, Not by Doing, But by Understanding

In my work as a mental health therapist I meet people every day, myself included at times, who feel frustrated, hopeless, helpless and demoralized by their inability to change. Blaming themselves and believing that something is wrong with them they fall into depressed self hatred and self punishment.

Why is it so difficult to change? What does it take to change? If people understand this they would not hate and denigrate themselves for failing to change. This is why I am writing this article.

I continue to be as unable to change as ever. However, since the day I realized why I could not change and what it takes to change, I hardly ever feel despair or self-hatred on this account. Hopefully this will help you out of you despair over not being able to change in spite of your best efforts.

One way of understanding our failure to change and what it takes to change is alluded to in the saying, "what you resist persists; where there is no resistance there is no persistence." All martial arts are based on this understanding. Rather than oppose a force, move with the force and step out of the way. When we oppose a force we add energy, but when we step as no energy is added and the energy dissipates.

Psychologically, this amounts to rejection or acceptance. Our rejection is resistance or opposing the force, while our acceptance is non-resistance, and therefore, adding no energy. This is the basis of Marcia Linehan's statement, "all radical change is based on radical acceptance". What a paradox!

Our desire to change comes from rejecting the way we are, rejecting what we are doing / failing to do, and rejecting what we are feeling / experiencing. This, paradoxically, makes change impossible. Resisting / rejecting our experience opposes it, adding energy to it, and making it chronic. However, if we were able to accept what we were feeling or experiencing and just "step aside", the energy would soon dissipate and the feeling / experience would pass.

When looked at developmentally, it is easy to see how acceptance helps children mature, learn and grow, while rejection hurts them and obstacles further growth. Why? Because when we feel safe and supported we naturally explore, learn, take risks and grow, but when we feel threatened we tense up, constrict, and withdrawal – not a good platform from which to learn and develop.

So why is acceptance so difficult? It may well be due to fear. I commonly hear the belief that acceptance would lead to passivity, and to lack of change. It is ironic that people do not register that their continued resistance and rejection have failed to bring about the desired change, so they persist in "doing the same thing expecting a different result" – Einstein's definition of insanity.

But for their fear of not changing, people may be quite ready to accept the way they are and what they are feeling / experiencing in the moment. I like to point out that they need not worry, as they are already stuck and not changing in spite of their best efforts.

I invite you to try accepting the way you are, your experience, your feelings just for a week, or even a day. You can always go back to rejecting, even though it is not helping you change.

If someone who has spent their life rejecting themselves and their experience were to accept themselves and their experience, even for a day, this would be a radical change.

It is an intriguing fact that "wrong-doing / wrong-feeling" can be repeated over and over with obviously disturbing results, but without loss of appeal. Guilt makes the "wrong-doing / wrong-feeling" seem real and punishment seem justified. Punishment but validates the "wrong-doing / wrong-feeling". So we get in an endless down, vicious cycle that leads to worse and worse feeling and worse and worse action. Hating yourself and feeling miserable are truly poor platforms from which to attempt change.

If you could change your point of view from one of "wrong-doing / wrong-feeling" to one of seeing your "flaws" as mistakes you would not repeat them. You're simply stop making the mistake. We do not repeat mistakes once we see them as mistakes, and mistakes never call for punishment, just for correction. It is wrong-doing that calls for punishment, not error.

However, even the smallest hint of guilt, lets you know that you have not really shifted perspective. You are still viewing what you are doing or feeling as "wrong-doing / wrong-feeling". Making a mistake may make you feel momentarily embarrassed, but never guilty. No change for the better is possible until you shift your perspective from "wrong-doing / wrong-feeling" to seeing that you are simply "making a mistake".

Tragically, I meet people all the time that mistakenly believe they need their guilt to keep them from doing bad things, failing to notice that their guilt not only fails in this but leads to the vicious cycle described above. I will never forget the day I deeply pondered living without guilt (I have not succeeded) only to run into my terror that without guilt I've become a violent, mad, unethical, corrupt, disloyal thief and cheat. I asked myself if I truly believed that without laws, morals, and ethics I'd become a mad man. I can not express the relief and freedom I felt when I realized that morals, ethics and laws do not stop humans in any event, and the reason I do not have this way is that I Do not want to.

Another barrier to change is our unconscious terror of never changing. I like to say that the fear you put behind you and refuse to look at comes back to haunt you, while fear that you stare down disappoints or becomes irrelevant. Being terrified, again, leads to fight, flight, freeze responses which offer a horrible platform from which to try to change and promote your natural learning and growth.

Getting past your worst fear involves coming to peace with the possibility of living out your worst fear. What is the worst that could happen if you never changed? Have you not been living with your unwanted, reviled "flaws" up to now? So what if you did continue living with them the rest of your life? You've managed live with the way you are up to now. Why could not you continue living this way, especially if you stopped apologizing yourself for "failing" to change? Is you self-criticism not the worst of it? What would your experience be if you no longer judged, or believe your judgments? Imagine this. Let it in. Take your time.

You may have noticed that I have been alluding to learning, growth, and development as the real source of change. Change by an act of will is unreliable at best and impossible at worst. True change, is based on development and learning. I am not talking about intellectual learning or adding information. I am talking about realization, insight, revelation or epiphany. These experiences change our level of understanding permanently, and when our understanding changes we change, that is, the way we are, what we do, and how we feel are different once we see things differently.

As I stated earlier, when we feel safe, supported, relaxed and at ease, we love to explore, take risks and learn. When we are at ease, our minds quiet down, and we are more open and receptive to new ideas and perspectives.

Thus, the key to change, learn, and grow is to feel safe. And safety can only come in a supportive, accepting environment. Guilt and punishment create a hostile, enabling environment that produce defensiveness, constriction and withdrawal – a poor platform from which to learn.

"In rejecting it you hold it to you, in accepting it you let it go." And when you let go, you let life grow. Happy changing !.

Golfing Tip – Avoid the Shank Or Socket Shot and Save Yourself From Embarrassment at the Course!

“The Shank” or as The Brits would call it, “The Socket” shot is often regarded as among the ugliest shots when it comes to golf. It is when you strike the ball with the “hosel”; the part of the golf club which connects the head to the shaft (instead of hitting it with the clubface as you should be doing). This results in your ball flying a horrifically low and short; often towards the right direction.

Why Does The Shank/Socket Shot Occur?

There are many possible causes for this including your swing or even can be traced back to the way you setup. Fortunately, there are ways for you to go about tackling this shot. You can save yourself from potential embarrassment on the golf course with the following tips.

Tip #1 – Watch Your Head!

Avoid dropping your head forward toward the ball during a swing. Doing so will cause your upper body to lunge towards the ball; the swing plane to shift forward and in the process, producing the Shank or The Socket shot. Try to stay focused and at ease to prevent your head from moving when taking a swing.

Tip #2 – Watch Your Feet!

Avoid putting too much weight to your toes unless you want to fall when you take a downswing. This will cause you to hit the ball with the hosel through the shifting the swing plane forward. Distribute the weight evenly between the balls  as well as the heels of your feet and maintain it throughout your swing.

Tip #3 – Watch Your Hands!

Ideally, your hands and wrists should work together to guide the club head to the ball. However, if your wrists slips and breaks early, it will cause your club head to flip towards the ball and in the process, cause the Shank. To address this problem, try to get your hands and wrists to stay ahead of the ball and keep your wrists firm when your club head connects with the ball. Don’t get it too stiff so that it will prevent the cock from being natural and coming down; maintain just about the right amount of firmness.

Short irons are also contribute highly to shanking; when you return the ball in your stance. When such a case takes place, place the ball forward and off the left heel. This will enable your club enough time to readjust before the connection with the ball. Another good tip would be to rotate your arms; aiming at the target as you come down. This will help to encourage a square clubface further.

What Should I Do If A Loved One Displays Codependent Personality?

Coping with a codependent personality on a daily basis is emotionally stressful for the entire family. Codependent behavior is often manifest as a desire to control others, which can become detrimental to anyone around a codependent person. It is like living with an addict, as the family may become volatile. It is challenging not to let the behaviors of an insecure or controlling person dictate your own feelings.

It may be helpful to remember that codependent behaviors are usually learned, and are often unknowingly passed down through generations. When this occurs, the noticeable behaviors between parent, child, and grandchild can seem very different, but each individual may have taken her own unique behavioral stance to compensate for unhealthy conflict during her upbringing. This may help you understand the motivation behind your loved one's actions, as well as remind you not to allow their behavior patterns to control you. Part of this is recognizing when they are displaying codependent personality behaviors, such as publicly sabotaging you to keep you from turning your back on them, or continuing blaming you for their own problems.

You should also remember that a person with a codependent personality often does not realize that they are stifling the people around them. To them, their behavior seems rational because it keeps them keep control. Also, realize that their behaviors are difficult to change because to them, codependency has become the normal method of conducting their lives.

It is not entirely up to you to learn how to deal with a codependent personality. Seeking help in the form of therapy or support groups may be necessary. Even if the codependent person does not want to attend, other family members may find it helpful to learn a professional's definition of codependency and how to deal with the behavior. It may also help you express your feelings in order to remain calm when dealing with the codependent person. Opening communication lines will always strengthen a family, especially during these difficult times.

Becoming volatile towards a codependent personality can have an even negative effect. This type of person will often take your anger and use it to make himself the victim, because your anger reinforces his feelings of low self-worth and inadequacy. His victimization in turn can make you feel guilty, which it should not – you are not responsible for a codependent's behavior. This is why it is also helpful for the codependent to go to a support group. Speaking to others about his situation may help him keep his emotions in check and have a healthy discussion about the issues of codependency. However, please note that until a codependent person decides for himself that he needs help, it is futile to try to force him to take any corrective action. Until then, you can show love and support by being firm and refusing to enable the behavior.

Even if your codependent family member does not seek help, you should consider seeking it on your own. Understanding the condition can help you avoid developing a codependent personality yourself, and help you understand your family member's motivations. If they wish to seek help later, it will always be there. And you will be prepared to help them through the recovery process if you make the effort to understand codependency. Believe me, it is worth the effort when you emerge happy and healthy after the recovery process, stronger and closer than before.

Improve Dental Health by Eating the Right Foods

How are Tooth Cavities Caused?

Eating right can help prevent the two most common dental problems that people typically struggle with: Cavities and gum disease. Tooth decay (that eventually leads to cavities) is caused by accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. This bacteria comes from the food you eat and acts on the sugars contained in food (this is why sugary foods are not good for teeth).

The acid produced slowly eats away at your tooth enamel and then the internal part of the tooth called the dentine. Finally, over a time, the tooth gets ‘eaten away’ by acid and chips off, leaving behind a hole or cavity. Cavities are often hotbeds for bacterial infection and can lead to severe tooth ache.

Moreover, bacteria from the mouth may enter your body through the saliva or the bloodstream leading to other health problems.

What is the Relationship between Food and Dental Health?

A balanced diet gives the body the right amount of nutrients. Nutrients help the body revitalize its immune system and this in turn boosts resistance to dental diseases.

Calcium helps build teeth and the jaw. A person who eats a diet poor in calcium is more likely to develop dental problems. To help the body absorb the calcium, the diet should contain adequate amounts of vitamin D. Lack of vitamin D in the diet can lead to dry mouth, burning sensations and a bitter taste in the mouth.

Iron is also necessary for nourishment of blood vessels in the mouth. Deficiency in iron may lead to ulcerated sores and inflammation of the tongue. Vitamin C also helps in absorption of iron.

Adequate amounts of Vitamin B2, B12 (riboflavin)and B3 (niacin) can prevent bad breath and ulcers. So your diet should ideally contain all these nutrients. eating the right foods can stave off dental problems and reverse tooth decay.

Which Foods are Good for Dental Health?

The following foods are good for improving dental health:

  • Milk, yoghurt, cheese, oysters, beans – These contain calcium and phosphates that help re-mineralize teeth and also strengthen gums
  • Nuts, bran, red meat, liver – These foods contain high levels of iron
  • Pasta, spinach, chicken, fish, almonds – These are concentrated sources of vitamin B2, B12 and B3
  • Pears, sweet potatoes, red peppers, Kiwi fruit and oranges are great sources of vitamin C
  • Celery stimulates the salivary glands leading to production of saliva. Saliva dilutes concentration of bacteria. Celery also acts as a natural floss and cleans between teeth
  • Raisins are excellent sources of oleanolic acid that discourages the growth of oral bacteria
  • Onions have a strong antibacterial action due to the sulphurous compounds they produce. They are best when eaten fresh and raw.

Which Foods are bad for Dental Health?

It’s advisable to curb intake of the following foods:

Carbonated Soft Drinks: Soft drinks, canned iced teas and diet colas all contain flavor enhancers. Although diet sodas contain much less sugar than their conventional counterparts, they contain tooth-enamel eroding acids, namely phosphoric acid and citric acid.

Alcohol: Feeling dry-mouthed after last night’s party? That’s the alcohol working to dry up salivary secretions. Ensure that your mouth is protected from excessive dryness by using rehydrating rinses or simply by drinking a lot of water.

Candy bars, lollipops and toffee bars: Any sweet that involves prolonged sucking and chewing is bad for teeth. This is not just related to the sugar content (although that’s bad too). The longer the sugar stays in the mouth, the worse it is for your teeth – the bacteria get to metabolize the sugars for a longer time.

Summary

To put it in a nutshell, take care to avoid acidic and sweet foods. If you want to drink orange or grape juice, suck it through a straw and swallow it straight down the throat. Swishing it around the mouth is more likely to give your teeth an unwanted acid bath.

As a precaution, rinse your mouth with clean water after drinking or eating sugary or acidic foods. This helps get rid of the acid deposit on the teeth and prevents tooth decay.

The Business of the 21st Century: Review

Robert Kiyosaki, the author of the best-selling series of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” books has recently published a new book. This is a review of this latest book, “The Business of the 21st Century”.

He introduces the book:

“In The Business of the 21st Century, I’m going to show you why you need to build your own business, and exactly what kind of business. But this isn’t just about changing the type of business you’re working with; it’s also about changing you. I can show you how to find what you need to grow the perfect business for you, but for your business to grow, you will have to grow as well.”

The premise of this book is that you can STILL experience success in business. Despite the “tough times” that are present due to the worldwide economic crisis, fortunes will be made.

But the qualifier is that you must choose wisely.

It is a current reality that American workers are competing with workers in every country in the world. Many of these workers are HAPPY to do the same work for one-tenth (or less) of your current wage!

For this reason – and many more economic factors – we are living in an era of unprecedented unemployment levels. The rates are often correlated to “The Great Depression” but that is not a fair comparison.

While the percentages of people who are unemployed may be similar to Depression levels, we live in a completely different world. The level of education, technology, and mobility are a hundred times more advanced that in the 1930’s. And yet, tens of millions of Americans are unemployed – or “underemployed” and working in jobs far below their education and experience. This is especially true of “Baby Boomers” who have very slim chances of matching their old jobs.

Robert Kiyosaki touches on this realityin his description of “The Cash Flow Quadrant”. He says ALL income earners fall into one of four categories, or four corners of “The Cash Flow Quadrant”.

The four divisions are:

Employee: These people are looking for a good job with benefits. They are also 100% at the mercy of their employers, who are at the mercy of global competition. The goal of every employee is to have some money left after paying all their expenses.

Self-Employed: These are small business owners and sole proprietors, characterized by “Mom and Pop” stores and service providers. Unfortunately, many displaced workers have tried to open a business only to find that they merely “bought” themselves a 100-hour per week job. They also quickly learn that when they stop working they stop earning.

Business owner: These people understand that maximum earning potential is only attainable by leveraging the efforts of many, many more. A business builder creates a “machine” that operates around the clock, without their direct input in every stage of the process.

One of the HUGE differences in the wealth creation potential of a business owner is the legal and ethical ability to record expenses on a “pre-tax” basis.

And the fourth quadrant is the Investor. The Investor has achieved sufficient wealth so that their money now “works” for them! This is the goal that all people strive for, if only to reach the point where they can someday “retire”. Unfortunately, today the vast majority of Americans can never retire without a drastic reduction in their lifestyle.

According to Kiyosaki, Business owners and Investors represent less than 20% of the productive population. More than 80% of workers are not free to direct their own schedules – they are tied to their job or their store.

Robert Kiyosaki advises that EVERYONE should have the goal of being a self-employed business owner. He then writes WHY network marketing is “The Business of the 21st Century” for these reasons:

1. Network marketing is the easiest business model to transition from employee to business owner. You can also start part-time and transition to full-time. In addition, the cost of entry is very low – usually as little as a few hundred dollars.

2. Network marketing is a system that provides leaders who have a vested interest in YOUR success. These leaders – and the available marketing systems – ALSO provide extensive training to make you successful. In most cases, these training resources are available for FREE or at a very low cost. Note: it is ALWAYS less expensive to purchase the accumulated wisdom of successful people than to repeat their mistakes!

3. Network marketing provides the most effective means of promoting a product – that is, by using personal relationships to provide recommendations. (Today these recommendations extend online to thousands of “friends and followers”)

4. Network marketing leverages the efforts of dozens, hundreds, and even thousands of others. All of these people are working on THEIR business but also are creating a stream of residual income for you.

5. Network marketing provides almost unlimited opportunities to increase your knowledge and develop your personal skills – which makes you more valuable as a leader and resource to others. It also places you in the circle of influence of other leaders who are in the top 1% of income earners and opens up additional opportunities.

6. Network marketing is a scalable enterprise. There are many avenues open to successful network marketers. All of these can be expanded to increase the business, across the country or around the world.

7. Network marketing creates not only wealth creation but an asset. The business you build is legacy. You can create a business that will outlive you.

8. Networking marketing is one business that creates residual income. You also create multiple streams of income – unlike more than 80% of workers who have one paycheck and are helpless when that ends. Residual income means you earn even when you are not “working” and you can hardly turn it off! For these reasons, network marketing truly has no income ceiling!

9. Network marketing has no education prerequisites. You can even participate if you are over-educated! There are no barriers based on race, age, background, or any other factor that may make you “unemployable” in a typical job search. Today, hundreds line up for one job opening as a janitor. In network marketing you can bypass every hurdle and start immediately.

10. Network marketing is perfectly positioned to take advantage of modern technologies. While the industry has been successful for decades using only face-to-face sales methods, these new technologies expand the opportunities exponentially. In particular, the growth of social networking gives you access to thousands, even millions of people. It is also a fact that millions are looking for ways to increase their income at any one moment.

For ALL these reasons, Robert Kiyosaki concludes that network marketing IS “The Business of the 21st Century”.

Fireproof File Cabinets – Do You Really Need Them?

So you have bought sufficient fire insurance to cover your business in the event of fire, or you believe you have. Many individuals who own businesses and homes tend to live in the false notification that they have fully protected their business and home with fire insurance. This is far from the truth. What is deemed as the intrinsic value of your business are the most critical items for its survival. How much would you value valuable customer mailing lists, purchases and billing records as well as warranties? Priceless! And when you are faced with the harsh reality of losing them for good in a bad fire, you would probably seriously consider getting fireproof file cabinets.

Fire proof file cabinets are designed to insulate your documents and withstanding heat from a fire. Depending on the fire resistant rating specifications you can literally keep your paper documents, media and digital records safe for varying periods of time within these safes.

The most common and reliable reference is the Underwriters Laboratories approved fire resistant rating. This is an industry standards rating system and many reputed manufacturers exclude them and specify their fire proof file cabinets and burglary safes respectively. Take for instance a UL fireproof rating of 350 degree Fahrenheit means that the interior of the safe will not exceed 350 degrees F within one hour of the fire. This is the most common standards set for fire proof safes and cabinets.

For those of you who run a business at your home office, you might consider getting an additional fireproof media safe if your business entailing handling a large number of media and digital records as part of the daily activities. This is due to the fact that such files and records including tapes, CDs, DVDs, flash drives, USB drives, do not take to heat as well as paper items and they damage much more easily. Here, instead of 350 degree F, you will need a safe not exceeding internal resistant temperature of 125 degree F in the event of a fire.

Alternatives to having separate systems is to purchase a safe-in-a-file-cabinet system which houses all your important documents together at one place, making it easier to retrieve all your items at one shot in times of fire. While there is convenience, there are also risks of losing everything in the fire.

Having separate security systems for your documents as well as media records could help to spread your risks in times of disaster when you least expect it to happen. You also have a choice from a wide variety of designs and colors to choose from. Often, owners would prefer that the fireproof file cabinets and safes blend into the background of the office or home interior, to attract as little attention as possible. You can specify customization for the higher end products.

5 Reasons to Choose Wallpaper For Your Walls

Some people prefer painted walls over wallpaper but those people may be missing out on some real advantages of wallpaper. It seems that wallpaper tends to go in and out as a popular trend, but no matter if it is popular or not, here are 5 reasons why you should choose wallpaper for your walls.

1. Wallpaper Offers a Variety of Styles

With paint all you can choose is the color of the walls and if you are not handy with a paintbrush you usually choose one color. With wallpaper you have a ton more variety to choose from. You can pick from different patterns, textures, and colors. With wallpaper you have thousands of options to pick from, while with paint you are quite limited. With wallpaper the options are endless in what type you can choose for your home – you may be surprised at the types of wallpaper they make nowdays.

2. Wallpaper Can Help Disguise Imperfections

Wallpaper is a great way to hide any imperfections or uneven surfaces that a wall may have. You can easily take wallpaper and cover the wall so that a crack in the wall or a dent in the wall is not visible anymore. Wallpaper does a much better job at disguising things than paint does.

3. Wallpaper Displays Your Real Personality and Interests

If you happen to love boats, then you can easily express that interest in your life with wall paper. When you choose wallpaper for your walls you can really express your personality and interests. No matter what thing or hobby that you want to show off, there is most likely wallpaper that goes with it.

4. Wallpaper can Improve the Appearance of the Room

Depending on what type of wallpaper you decide to go with, it can actually make a room look much better than before. Some wallpapers can make a small room look larger or can bringing together the items of the room into a cohesive style. Putting wallpaper up on the walls is the largest thing that you can do to change a room. If you choose a wallpaper that is pleasant to the eye and fits well with the style it can actually look much more appealing than just paint on the walls.

5. Wallpaper Borders Are a Great Option for Extra Style

If you are unsure if you want to paint or wallpaper a room, try painting and adding a wallpaper border to the wall. This gives you the personalized style and added character to the rooms but without the big commitment of wallpapering the whole wall. A wallpaper border in the middle or top of the wall is a great way to incorporate more of your sense of style in the room.

Wallpaper is a home decorating tool that is not going anywhere. It may always come and go in the décor trends, but there are permanent benefits to having wallpaper on your walls at all times.

Home Fireproof Safe Ratings – How to Determine If Your Safe is Fireproof

Want to Blow Up a Safe?

With these tests for your home fireproof safe, it could explode. This article tells you how to test a fireproof home safe to determine if it meets the standards for fire resistant ratings established by The Underwriters Laboratories. Please note that I use the term fireproof interchangeably with fire resistant, technically they are not interchangeable. I also recommend that you do not actually try this in your own home. It is far too expensive and dangerous.

Material Needed

1. You will need a minimum of two identical home fireproof safes. You will need a third fireproof home safe if you want to do the explosion test by itself.

2. Select some documents that you can use for a test. Make sure it is something that you can spare but do not use blank paper otherwise you will not know if is readable or not. I've contemplated using my BS degree in electrical engineering. I have not used it for years. If you are testing a media safe, then you may want some CDs that you got for Christmas and can not stand. Try a flash drive and memory stick also.

3. You'll need a furnace big enough to heat one safe at a time. If you've watched MacGyver or the A Team, I'm sure you can improvise. Otherwise check out a local pottery kiln.

4. Get some protective gear. Oven mitts will not do well opening a safe that has been heated to 2,000 degrees F.

5. Somehow, you will need to find some thermometers and recording devices that will let you know the internal temperature in the fireproof safe. I do not think an Oregon Scientific weather station will work without you are testing for the UL 125 rating. It will also need to measure humidity.

6. You will also need to measure the external temperature of the safe. Good luck finding a cheap thermometer that goes to 2,000 degrees.

7. Oh, I almost forgot. You will probably need a small crane to hoist your home fireproof safe 30 feet in the air while it is still hot. A quick release will also be needed for the drop test.

8. At the bottom of the drop test, you will need a pile of bricks on a cement slab.

Ratings

Assuming you have been able to assemble all the material above, it might be good to find out what the different UL ratings mean and the criteria that will determine a successful test. Each of the ratings can be used for a fireproof safe but it is meaningless unless you specify how long the safe will meet the standard.

UL 350 – The safe must keep the interior temperature below 350 degrees Fahrenheit. That's below the normal temperature for most paper products to burn, char or become useless.

UL 150 is the rating for tapes, cartridges, microfiche, and microfilm. In addition to keeping the interior at or below 150 degrees, the humidity must be below 85%.

UL 125 is the standard for diskettes. In this case, the temperature can not exceed 125 ° F and 80% humidity. I have a feeling that this standard is a bit out of date because most people do not store diskettes anymore.

Heat Test

The first test is to see if your fireproof home safe will protect the contents for the specified length of time. You need to start at normal room temperature and humidity. Load your safe with your test material and haul it over to your furnace.

Heat your furnace to the following temperatures (all Fahrenheit) for the test you want to run then put the safe in the furnace. Be careful, when Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were tossed into a super heated furnace, the guys assigned to the task were killed from the heat.

o 1,550 for a h hour rated safe
o 1,700 for a 1 hour rated safe
o 1,850 for a 2 hour rated safe
o 1,920 for a 3 hour rated safe
o 2,000 for a 4 hour rated safe

Leave your home fireproof safe in the furnace for to to 4 hours. Here comes the kicker. Do not remove the safe after the allotted time, simply turn off the heat and let it cool down inside the furnace. If you have a really good furnace, like the ones that the guys at UL have, that would take up to 68 hours.

You'll need to record the interior temperature during the heat up and cool down phase. If it goes above the rating, your home fireproof safe flunked the test. When it gets cool enough to open, you will need to check your test contents to make sure they are still good.

Impact Test

I think the heat test was something boring. The impact test is a lot more fun and does not take as long. For this test, you need your second home fireproof safe. Start the same as before but the times and temperatures in the furnace will be less.

o 20 minutes at 1,460 degrees for a h hour rated safe
o 30 minutes at 1,550 degrees for a 1 hour rated safe
o 45 minutes at 1,640 for a 2 hour rated safe
o 60 minutes at 1,700 for a 3 and 4 hour rated safes

This part sounds like a TV game show. You now have 2 minutes to get the safe out of the furnace, lift it 30 feet in the air and drop it onto your pile of bricks. If you can see the insides through any cracks or the door, your fireproof safe flunked the second test. However, if it still looks OK you are not done yet.

Turn your safe upside down and reheat it again. This time you can remove it from the furnace and let it cool. Open the safe and examine the contents. If everything is OK, including no damage due to moisture, you are almost done.

Explosion Test

If you are a fan of Mythbusters on TV, then this has the potential of being the most fun. If you only bought two safes, then you will want to do this before you do the drop test.

Start with an empty fireproof home safe. Heat it to 2,000 degrees then open it and stuff the test documents, CDs or other material in really quick. Slam the door shut and keep the exterior at 2,000 degrees for another 30 minutes. If your safe has not exploded you are almost done. Once it has cooled enough to make sure you can handle it, open your home fireproof safe and make sure your documents are still OK.

Congratulations, you have just provided that your home fireproof safe is indeed fire resistant.

Mythbusters Test

None of your safes are any good anymore so this is for those who like to see things blow up. Get a stick of dynamite and … No, I'm not going there. Someone may accuse me of endangering people.

Conclusion

It is a lot cheaper and safer to just look inside your safe and see if it has a UL sticker.

Building Green With Steel

Over the years many developers, builders and architects have put their focus on creating environmentally responsible or sustainable buildings. Steel buildings fit these requirements beautifully! Using a steel building for your next building is an environmentally sound choice as well as a safe one, as steel can be recycled and then remanufactured into new pieces that retain their structural integrity. Steel offers many advantages over wood-frame construction over and above their environmental benefits.

In the past steel was primarily used for railroads and automobiles, today though it is quickly becoming the choice material for new buildings. Due to steel's resistance to both fire and earthquake it is a favorite building material for areas where these risks are predominant, such as California and Hawaii.

Steel is lightweight, making it easier to work with and cheaper to ship and store than lumber. Steel buildings are also easier to carry and move around a jobsite, so there is less strain put on construction workers who are putting together steel buildings. Steel buildings are manufactured to strict standards to ensure quality, and they do not contain twists or knots like traditional building materials, nor will they ever get them so you're building with straight parts when you build a steel building which of course, saves in labor and frustration.

Construction-grade steel already uses approximately 70% recycled content and generates very little waste during production. In fact, Absolute Steel buildings are certified to be 67% recycled materials. It is noncombustible and also resists insect infestation. When the steel is no longer needed (such as when building is demolished) it can be fully recycled into new steel products.

Steel buildings are non-toxic and do not off-gas, keeping the indoor air free of contaminants. It had a rigid composition that makes it the perfect choice for building in a high-wind area. Steel buildings do not absorb water or dry out so one never has to worry about cracking or rotting during the lifetime of the building.

Did you know steel is the most recycled material in the whole world, since any type of steel can be recycled endless times to make new steel products? It takes 75% less energy to produce recycled steel than new steel. In fact, for every ton of recycled steel produced, 2500lbs of iron ore is saved as well as 1000lbs of coal and 40lbs of limestone.

Steel is certainly the product that should be used to build a strong building, as it will not warp, split or rot, will not grow mold and is extremely resistant to wind, fire and insects. Steel also has about a 200 year lifespan, giving steel buildings more longevity than their lumber-built counterparts.

Although on the surface it would appear that steel framing is more expensive than wood, building with steel offers many advantages that certainly offset the cost. Steel allows for different, more complex designs and hold up better in extreme climates, which in turn leads to lower insurance premiums.

In closing, steel buildings are more energy efficient, have minimal maintenance, and are certainly more environmentally friendly than their wood counterparts. Old steel buildings that are no long maintainable can be 100% recycled into new building materials with a minimum of effect on the environment. If you are considering a switch to a building material that helps the environment while providing a safe and secure place for your business or family then a steel building should be at the top of your list.

How Important Is Commercial Cleaning Services To Us

One of the things that business owners complain about is that the morale of their employees is low. Many of them get someone in to paint and design their offices so that they can look nice but forget that anything left to itself bids to entropy. Those beautifully designed office spaces must be cleaned and maintained if they are to fulfill their purpose. Hiring the services of a commercial cleaning company is one of the best things you can do to raise employee morale and to also send the right message to those who visit your offices on business.

If the carpeting and floors are spotted, the windows smudged the blinds dusty and the surfaces dirty the clients you are hiring to woo will immediately conclude that you run a haphazard business and that things at your company are not in order. This can be a great turn off to your prospective clients. Getting a commercial cleaning company to come in on a regular basis and keep things looking clean and tidy will create a great company image that most people will buy into.

Your employees will also thank you for bringing in the cleaners. Studies have been done that prove that those who work in an environment that is clean and uncluttered tend to be much more productive than those who do not. You can there before get more out of them by simply minding their environment. In addition, a clean environment means that there are less germs in the space and the air quality in the space is good leading to less allergic reactions, colds and flu's. Your work can end up taking less sick days simply because their environment is kept clean. By hiring a quality cleaning service you communicate to your employees that they matter to you and that their well-being and health is important.

Commercial cleaning services can be hired for both domestic and office cleans but the two have different needs. When selecting one for the office, understand that the office personnel will not provide any direct oversight for the cleaning job. It is therefore necessary that references be provided to show that they can do a good job. Office cleaning is generally not as complex as domestic cleaning and as such, takes a shorter time.

Some of the differences that are expected between commercial and residential cleaning include:

• Residential cleaning will generally take place in the day time while cleaning offices usually occurs at night.
• The billing of services may also be different with businesses preferring to pay after receiving an invoice. With the domestic cleaning services the pay is usually due up front.
• Security is also a consideration. Whereas a home owner can be in the house as the cleaning procedures, the office scenario is often different.
• Cleaning of sentimental objects is another consideration. At home, things of sentimental value are scattered all round, while in the office there may not be anything that has extreme emotional value to the owner.

Commercial cleaning services are a great solution for the workplace.

Little Changes That Can Lead to a New You

We've heard for years that there are many health benefits to losing weight and getting fit, but it seems that more and more people are having trouble reaching their fitness goals. They eat the wrong foods or they try fad diets. They may even just give up by thinking that nothing will work for them. If this sounds like you, then take heart. Here are some tips out that can help you lose weight and get fit while still living a normal lifestyle.

Drink Water

Water is the elixir of life. Every cell in your body needs water to function properly, and it is essential for your metabolism to work properly. When you are dehydrated, your body is fighting to be able to work as it should, which means that it can not focus its energy on burning fat and building muscle.

You should be drinking at least six glasses of water today, and you may need even more. If you are exercising or tend to sweat heavily, then you need to increase the amount of water that you drink.

Drinking water does not have to be a chore. Add fresh fruit or mint leaves to make it flavorful. Keep a large bottle of water on your desk and sip from it as you work. You may also want to try adding a few flavored ice cubes to it to make it even more refreshing.

Exercise Daily

You do not have to be a marathon runner in order to exercise daily. Simply find an activity that you enjoy and do it. Go for a walk with your family after supper, or ride your bike to work every day. Go for a swim in the mornings, or play golf with a friend. The point is to move. The more you move, the stronger and healthier your body will be.

Eat a Balanced Diet

There are so many diets out there that forbid you from eating certain foods. These eating plans are hard to maintain, which means that you quickly gain weight after you complete the diet. Rather than following a short lived diet plan, change your eating habits to something that you can live with permanently. Focus on eating a variety of foods, and center your diet on fresh fruits and vegetables. Whole grains and lean proteins are other healthy essentials that will help you reach your fitness goals.

Hire a Trainer

If you are still having trouble getting the body you want, enlist the help of a personal trainer. He will be able to give you many diet and exercise tips that will sculpt and tone your body. A personal trainer will also hold you accountable for the decisions you make on a daily basis that can negatively affect your health.

Do not be discouraged if you are having trouble losing weight and getting fit. With a few small changes, you will quickly be on your way to looking fit and fabulous.