Rock Music – A Good Influence?

When children are young, it is easy to control the type of music they listen to. Mostly, children listen to what the parents do. Parents may choose to listen to music written specifically for kids, but at other times, the family may listen to whoever set the stereo station last.

The question becomes: Is Rock music safe for children?

Nearly all the best-selling albums of all time are Rock. But is this ‘rebellious’ genre of music having a positive or negative impact on children and society?

As with just about every subject, there are many pros and cons.

The fact is: Rock is a form of art that promotes creativity and expression. Many songs have very poetic lyrics and send off great messages to people. A big message sent through music these days is world change.

In 1985, Live Aid was put on by many rock musicians from Black Sabbath to U2. It raised over 232 million dollars for famine relief in Ethiopia and was inspired by the song ‘The Tide is Turning’ by Roger Waters of Pink Floyd.

Even today, many bands put on benefits for a plethora of causes. Several bands have toured in Iraq to perform for our troops overseas. Also many rock benefit concerts were put on to raise money after the 9-11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake.

Bands also promote Christianity in their music, especially in today’s day and age. Popular bands, such as P.O.D., Flyleaf, Pillar, and many others, widely and openly promote religion through their music. And other bands, such as Breaking Benjamin and Chevelle, subtly promote it through their poetic and abstract lyrics.

Looking at their generosity of both their talent and money, it is clear that many Artists have chosen to spread joy. Are there other benefits?

Music in general, as well as Rock, can inspire children to pick up a healthy hobby of playing music. Learning an instrument helps a child find a form of creativity they can express in an unimaginable amount of ways. Even if they aren’t going to become the next icon, enjoying music can often grant the listener or player an outlet for emotional issues or traumatic events as life progresses.

However, much like all good things, inevitably, you will also find the bad.

Many artists express their feelings through morbid and perverse metaphors and talk about dark taboo subjects. These artists have a breathtaking talent that people should be open to, but they are simply not for children.

Parental advisories can’t always be trusted. For instance, the songs ‘Digital Bath’ and ‘Lhabia’ by Deftones talks about a daydream of grisly melancholic acts, acted out of boredom. This album has no parental advisory on it at all. Yet, that same band has songs against drugs, racism, and other positive influences, but is also not for young children.

As much as the R.I.A.A. tries to help, they are not the parents of America.

As our children start to discovery their own taste in music, parents need to monitor the content and words. Maybe your child has found a singer or band that they really like. You have listened to the song and approve. Make sure when you buy that CD though, you carefully listen to all of the songs or simply purchase the one song that you approved.

Rock seems to be the most controversial but it also has many positive influences that should be taken in to consideration. There are some negatives that come with it, and those should be filtered out by the parents.

As a family and society, we do not want record companies, or anyone else for that matter, to decide what we feel is appropriate or not. We enjoy the privilege of making that decision. We do appreciate their input, hence the labeling. But, when it comes down to it, we are the parents; we will take responsibility for what our children are plugging in their ears.

So, the next time your child wants to listen to a song they like, instead of immediately refusing, listen with both ears. You will learn much of what your child likes and dislikes. You will gain insight into the thinking of your child. You will also learn what to absolutely deny your child.

Certain Rowing Exercises Can Potentially Relieve Symptoms of Scoliosis

As part of the scoliosis workout routines proposed to correct posture and also relieve pain in the spine, rowing exercises are in fact an excellent option. Rowing exercises may be used as a healing method for scoliosis considering it can work the sizable muscle groups around the back as well as shoulders, working to strengthen the muscles throughout the spinal column to stop misaligned parts from becoming worse. Below you’ll find a checklist of a number of rowing routines which are often beneficial to people suffering from scoliosis:

1. Bent-Over Rows – Stand with your legs a bit wider than your shoulders and drop down at the knees just a little. Poke your rear end out there as if you were attempting to brace against a wall and maintain your spine as straight as you possibly can. Put your arms straight out with palms facing straight down and holding the weights in your hands, and position your hands just in front of the knees. Pull your arms back and upwards a little more. Your arms should be alongside your upper rib cage and your elbows will be behind your back. Then clench your shoulder blades together as firm as you are able to in advance of releasing the clench and also lowering your arms back toward the knees. Once more, continue to keep your spinal column as straight as you can and certainly do not overextend the neck, keep your head up and don’t let yourself look down.

2. Upright Rows – Upright rows tend to be very simple and also require you to use smaller-sized hand weights. The most typical weights used for this exercise usually are within 2 and five pounds each. Come up straight and put your arms right in front of yourself lowered to around your waist. Your palms really need to be facing your thighs bearing the weights, and steadily draw your arms upward with the use of your elbows barely above your hands. Then urge your arms back all the way down and then temporarily stop prior to doing it again. Repeat this exercise ten times to achieve 1 set, then continue completing 2 additional sets featuring a small breather in between each of these. Make it a point through this helpful routine to have your body’s posture as vertical as you can.

3. Singular-Arm Rows – Utilizing something to lean on top of with the left hand, such as a chair or perhaps a exercise ball, grasp a slightly heavier weight inside of the right hand. Lunge forward using your legs so now the knees are bent slightly and one foot is at the front of your body and the other is just in back of your body.

Take the right arm and then suspend it by your foremost knee. Bring it all the way up and also backwards until your right hand is in fact next to your rib cage. Work on pulling the shoulder blades together as tightly as you can. Then gradually over time let your right arm travel downwards. Bring this about 10 reps for three sets on each particular arm.

In conclusion, remember that you should never start an exercise routine without consent from a qualified professional. The goal of these workouts is to improve your spinal health, and not to cause further injury.

How to Reverse Hypothyroidism and Get Pregnant ASAP

What’s a thyroid gland and how’s it connected to your fertility?

The thyroid gland is one of the seven endocrine glands, and it’s located at the base of your throat (behind Adam’s apple). Your thyroid gland is in charge of metabolism and energy production in the body. A bit like an electricity generator. In your early life and in utero it was involved in your brain development and organ differentiation. Later in your life it took control of your metabolism.

What are some of the body functions affected by your thyroid gland?

– Heart beat

– Blood flow to the hands and feet

– Glucose production

– Production of cholesterol

– Fat burning

– Production of heat

– Activation and secretion of steroid hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone to name a few)

– Rate at which you use oxygen

– Cell proliferation

– Intestinal integrity

– Kidney function

– And many more

How does it regulate your metabolism?

It either gives your cellular energy generators – aka – mitochondria a nudge to make more energy or instructs brown fatty tissue to release heat or it increases the activity of enzymes in charge of energy production.

Thyroid hormones

Your thyroid gland produces thyroid hormones T3 and T4. T4 is a precursor to T3 and is 20 fold more abundant than the more potent T3. To convert T3 into T4 your body needs one very important mineral – iodine.

Thyroid function and infertility

About 25% of female infertility cases and 15% of menstrual cycle disorder cases result from thyroid dysfunction. Especially subclinical hypothyroidism has a high prevalence in the population. Therefore thyroid function must be examined in all women with infertility and / or menstrual disturbances and irregularities.

Did you know the thyroid and the ovaries are related?

Apart from being endocrine glands, these two are known as sister organs! Immunologically they are like two sisters. Therefore abnormal autoimmune function of the ovary is closely related to the autoimmune function of the thyroid.

Thyroid hormones impact the action and secretion of steroid hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). Ovaries have thyroid hormone receptors, where thyroid hormones interact with and have a direct effect on ovarian hormone production.

In the case of thyroid hormone deficiency your ovary will not be able to produce sufficient amounts of hormones required for optimal fertility and a healthy pregnancy, leading to anovulation, predisposition to PCOS, endometriosis and miscarriages.

Thyroid function is linked to PCOS and Endometriosis

Studies have found that infertile women have a significantly higher prevalence of autoimmune thyroid disease when compared to fertile women. This is especially the case in women with endometriosis and PCOS.

Another study found that 44% of infertile women with autoimmune thyroid disease had endometriosis, compared with only 9% of infertile women without autoimmune thyroid disease.

Women with autoimmune thyroid disease have an increased risk of miscarriage. Which is why this is one of the tests that should be preformed as early as possible.

Poor thyroid function can result in

– Abnormal neuronal and placental development resulting in malformations and miscarriage.

– Deficiency of thyroid hormones during brain development in utero and early post partum period can result in brain damage leading to mental retardation, decreased intellectual capacity, psychomotor delay and deafness.

22 Symptoms of hypothyroidism

– Weight gain

– Intolerance to cold

– Hair loss

– Dry skin

– Menstrual abnormalities

– Constipation

– Infertility

– Recurrent miscarriages

– Fibrocystic breasts

– Poor concentration

– Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

– Sleep apnea

– Autism


– Dysmenorrhea – painful periods

– Menorrhagia – heavy periods

– Depression

– Psychosis

– Deafness

– Facial puffiness

– Loss of libido

– Goiter

Pregnancy and your thyroid function

Already from the fifth week of pregnancy there is an increased demand for thyroid hormone. But the problem and the catch 22 is that during pregnancy there is also an increased blood flow through the kidneys where iodine is filtered out of the blood and lost in the urine.

Studies have shown that even a very short 3 day deficiency of thyroid hormone during pregnancy can result in permanent brain alterations in the baby similar to those in autism. One in 20 newborns has potential brain alterations as a result of insufficient thyroid hormone during pregnancy.

ART Infertility treatments can cause temporary hypothyroidism

Controlled ovarian hyperstimulation is used to harvest the eggs for IVF or some other form of ART (assisted reproductive technology). This places an enormous strain on the thyroid gland to produce huge amounts of thyroid hormones. If adequate nutrients for optimal thyroid function are not present during and after IVF, the risk of miscarriages and malformations increases.

Maternity Blues

Postpartum (after birth) thyroiditis is one of the most common endocrinological disorders affecting millions of women world-wide. And it seems to affect women in the first year after delivery. Hypothyroidism is also associated with post partum depression or maternity blues. This doesn’t come as a surprise given how taxing pregnancy is on thyroid hormones.

What to do?

1. Don’t drink unfiltered tap water – fluoride in tap water interferes with healthy thyroid function. Poor thyroid function is linked to hypothyroidism and subclinical hypothyroidism which can lead to infertility. To see what I personally use and recommend, please go to my site listed below.

2. Take a regular iodine supplement. Iodine is an essential mineral for healthy thyroid function and for development of nervous tissue and the brain in foetus. Deficiency in pregnancy can lead to retardation. Women wanting to conceive as well as pregnant and lactating women should receive 200 micrograms of iodine daily. You can get iodine from marine fish, seaweed, kelp and eggs.

3. Another cheaper option which also works is an iodine disinfectant solution applied topically on the skin. You can buy it at any chemist or pharmacy. It’s a brown red disinfectant liquid in spray or dispensing bottle. All you need is a few drops on the inside of the wrist. Allow the liquid to be absorbed by the skin, and don’t wash it off until the remaining yellow stain is dry.

4. Eliminate Brassica family vegetables from your diet. They include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower. These vegetables contain chemicals called goitrogens. Goitrogens interfere with thyroxin (hormone produced by thyroid gland) production and utilization in the body. Steaming and cooking may deactivate goitrogens partially, but these vegetables are best avoided for the time being.

5. Start exercising in the morning as this will increase your metabolic rate and leave it at a high level for the rest of the day. The same applies for breakfast. Skipping breakfast in the morning will cause your metabolic rate to be set at a lower level, which will make you tired and lethargic as well as, most of the food your eat that day will be converted into fat as the body thinks it is in starvation mode.

6. Take a good quality multi-vitamin supplement containing Zinc and selenium as they are important nutrients for healthy thyroid function.

7. Have your thyroid hormone levels and thyroid function checked by your doctor. Your tests results may come back as normal (within normal ranges) but you still may be hypothyroid. Studies have shown that subclinical hypothyroidism often goes undetected. Therefore insist on having TSH, T3 and T4 tested, to see how much of the T4 you are converting to T3. So if your results are in the low ranges of normal and you are displaying the symptoms of hypothyroidism be sure to take the steps to boost your thyroid function.

8. Do yoga. Viparita Karani – is a yogic posture which improves pelvic circulation and the functioning of adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands. What you need: a yoga mat and a folded blanket or another folded yoga mat. How to do the posture? Place your blanket (folded second yoga mat) onto the yoga mat. Lie on the mat with your arms on the floor alongside your torso, then bend your knees and place your feet on the mat with your heels close to your sitting bones. Exhale, press your arms against the mat and push your feet away from the mat, drawing your thighs into the torso. Bend your elbows and draw them toward each other. Lay the backs of your upper arms on the mat and spread your palms against the back of your torso. Raise your pelvis and keeping the elbows at shoulder width support your hips with your hands. Inhale and lift your bent knees toward the ceiling, straighten the knees, pressing the heels up toward the ceiling. Stay in the pose for about 30 seconds gradually adding 5 to 10 seconds every day until you can comfortably hold the pose for 5 minutes. Exhale, bend your knees into your torso and slowly roll your back onto the mat keeping the back of your head on the floor. Contraindications: Do NOT do this posture if you are menstruating or have glaucoma.

3 Reasons That Your Office Needs a Renovation

At some point in every business, there comes the dreaded question of do we move or renovate? While renovations cost money and time, an updated office can result in increased worker productivity and morale, as well as brand awareness which drive through to your bottom line. In an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) survey, 90% of top management indicated that updated design had positive effects on worker productivity.

From the moment, your clients or potential clients walk through your door; they are making assessments about you and your business. Likewise your employees and potential employees are determining what it would be like to work for you. How you care for your office space will be a direct reflection of how you care for your clients and employees.

Too many people not enough desks

Your business has grown. What could be better than having more new people working for you? But now where will you put all of them? You are struck by the lack of space and need to rethink the layout. Before you push one more desk into the corner or search for a new office space, consider consulting with a design professional. Designers who specialize in office space planning often have creative solutions to your space management problems. They are well aware of the psychological effects of space on clients and employees and can help you make decisions about the balance of comfort, privacy and flexibility.

For example, do all of your employees have to work at the same time or even from the office? If no, the designer can convert the areas of assigned cubicles into hoteling spaces or touchdown spaces where employees come to work on an as needed basis.

Your furnishings, lighting and technology are outdated

If you haven’t purchased new desks and chairs in the last decade, you are missing out on some of the latest and greatest developments in ergonomics, not to mention your clients will wonder if you are cutting edge enough for them. Workplace injury costs can include lost wages, medical bills, insurance administrative costs, and the cost to other employees who have to pick up the slack. Investing in new furnishings is well worth the time and money spent. Today’s office furnishings accommodate the many different work styles of your employees. Desks can be raised for standing work and lowered for sitting at a computer. Many designers and other creatives prefer to draw standing. At the very least, adjustable and ergonomic office chairs are the norm. Follow the 90-90-90 rule: hips, elbows and knees are each positioned at a 90 degree angle. Feet should be flat on the floor. If they don’t reach, foot rests are effective.

Check the lighting in each office. Is there enough natural light? Lighting has a huge impact on productivity. According to a study in the Scientific Journal, “the prime factor which affects the productivity of employees is lighting in the office”. If necessary, add task lighting, preferably full spectrum light. Finally, are your computer systems up to date? Even a switch to flat screen monitors has a huge impact on the space and feel of an office and having two flat screens can improve productivity.

Your walls, floors, ceiling are showing signs of wear and tear

Sooner or later, every office cries out for new flooring and a fresh coat of paint. With shoe and boot clad clients and employees, carpeting is the first surface in your office to look well worn. Check out those high traffic patterns and consider installing super durable surfaces in those areas. There is high end vinyl flooring that looks just like wood and even feels like it, but is much easier to clean. New carpeting is a great way to bring in updated color to your office space while speaking your brand to your clients. Painting the walls a new color is a quick and one of the least expensive ways to update a space. Depending on the color, the wall color can help improve productivity. Keep the colors of your industry and your brand in mine as you make your choices. An office designer can help you with the right colors. Make sure to have the ceilings painted when you update the walls as freshening one surface will make an old one look drab in comparison.

These are just a few of the most important items to consider as you move forward with your office renovation. Early in your plans, be sure to involve a qualified office designer. He or she can help save you money and time and ease the process so you can get back to focusing on what matters – running your business.

Famous Taxidermists

Martha Maxwell (1831-1881)

Martha Maxwell was one of the first women known to both collect and preserve her own skins. She was born in Pennsylvania but moved to the Colorado Territory in 1860s, during the first wave of the Pike’e Peak Gold Rush, where she became an accomplished hunter. Inspired by the work of a local taxidermist, she began skinning animals for artistic endeavors. Interestingly, Maxwell was a vegetarian throughout her life.

A self-educated naturalist and artist, Maxwell’s work helped found modern taxidermy and changed the look of natural history museums forever. In 1868 she opened a museum in Boulder, and she also showed her preserved animals and birds at both the Colorado Agricultural Society Fair in Denver and at the American Centennial Exhibition of 1876 in Philadelphia.

The Maxwell Owl (Otus asio maxwelliae) is named after Martha Maxwell. She was the first woman to have a subspecies named after her.

The Van Ingen brothers

Van Ingen & Van Ingen was an Indian company specializing in taxidermy. During its heyday, it was run by the three brothers Botha, De Wet and Joubert Van Ingen who were trained by their father Eugene Van Ingen, founder of the taxidermy firm. The Van Ingens lived and worked in Mysore, Karnatak in the southern part of India and became famous for their head mounts, full mounts, flat animal rugs and rug mounts with attached heads. In 2004, author Pat Morris interviewed the 92 year old Joubert for the book “Van Ingen & Van Ingen – Artists in Taxidermy”. Joubert is the last remaining survivor of the three brothers.

The Van Ingen brothers famously preserved shikhar hunting trophies in lifelike poses for the maharajas of India. Their work was considered incomparable to any other taxidermist in the world. The family worked chiefly with tigers, leopards and bears and their book “The Preservation of Shikar Trophies, Artists in Taxidermy, Mysore” is considered an important source for information on the abundance of wild leopards and tigers once found in the wild.

The company was active from the turn of the last century to 1998.

Louis Dufresne (1752-1832)

Louis Dufresne was one of the naturalists traveling on the ship Astrolabe on its remarkable journey. The ship sailed first to Madeira, Tenerife, Trinidad and the coast of Brazil. It then rounded Cape Horn and landed at Concepción and the Sandwich Islands. The journey continued along the northern coast of the Americas all the way up to Alaska. After visiting Monterey, the expedition crossed the Pacific and landed in Macao, China. Eventually, the ship returned to France with an abundance of knowledge.

In 1793, Dufresne started working as taxidermist and curator at Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle in Paris. In the early 1800s, he popularized the use of arsenic soap for preserving birds – a technique which had made it possible for the museum to build the world’s largest collection of birds.

Dufresne also maintained a private collection. By 1818, he had compiled roughly 1 600 bird specimens, 800 eggs from around the world and 12 000 insects. The collection also included a lot of shells, fossils, corals and amphibians. Today, the this collection is a part of the Royal Scottish Museum, after being purchased by the University of Edinburgh in 1819.

Allergic Reactions to Wool Carpets and Rugs?

The natural performance of a wool fiber and it’s durable qualities have protected man for over 25,000 years. Wool is actually a hypoallergenic fiber. Those who say they are allergic are most often referring to the prickle and tickle effect of an old wool sweater. Sitting or laying on wool carpets and rugs rarely, if ever, can cause the same effect. No one has ever been treated or diagnosed for anaflactic shock when coming into contact with wool.

Allergies are widespread in the developed world and that problem is increasing for two main reasons:

  • A great number of synthetic substances and petroleum based products are being used in the home.
  • The improved diagnosis of allergic conditions are now available to those suffering from allergies.
  • There is no reason why asthmatic or allergy sensitive people should not enjoy the comfort and good looks of carpets and/or rugs. Wool is non-allergenic and does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria. Wool carpet fibers are too long and too coarse to be inhaled and therefore do not affect asthma sufferers. In fact hard surface floors allow airborne particles to be disturbed and whirl into the air causing more irritation for hay fever and asthma sufferers.

    Recent data from Swedens Central Statistics Bureau, Army, and Flooring Association shows that over the past 20 years while the installation of carpet went down with the increase of hard surface installations, the number of allergic people increased dramatically over the same period.

    Wool fibers actually purify indoor air by absorbing air pollutants and gases. Wool fibers absorb common contaminants in indoor air like formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide and sulphur dioxide, while not releasing VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). This is one of the reasons why the LEEDS (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) environmental program accepted wool carpets as the only soft surface floor covering in the initial testing of accepted floor covering products. The approved products are rubber, bamboo, linoleum, cork, and, of course, wool. All of these products are also rapidly renewable, biodegradable, and carbon neutral.

    Not only does wool keep the air free of many harmful pollutants, it will not release them, even when heated. It has been estimated that wool carpets can continually purify indoor air for up to 30 years. What a natural and beautiful way to help the earth and improve the comfort in your own home.

    If you hear someone say “I’m allergic to wool”, just keep in mind that another man made myth is now explained and hopefully put to rest.

    My Tryst With Skin Pigmentation

    Well, this actually began about 8 months ago. I had slathered balm on my forehead during a severe headache and then completely forgot about it. The next day there was a small dark-grey blemish on the right corner of my forehead. Assuming it to be dry, dead skin I lightly massaged my usual face scrub on the entire face thinking that the exfoliation would shed the dry skin and the mark would heal.

    But, this did not happen. On the contrary a few days later the small blotch transformed into a thick, dark grey patch running continuously from one end of my forehead to the other. I was absolutely zapped when I looked at myself in the mirror, in the morning and so was everyone else around me. Family and friends asked all sorts of questions about it and I didn’t have a reply.

    At that time I didn’t realise that the mark was caused due to the balm that I had used. Instead, I thought it to be a reaction to the antibiotics I had consumed at that time for an aching wisdom tooth. But, a visit to a dermatologist explained that the mark was spread in that portion of the forehead where the balm had been applied and this skin disorder was called hyper-pigmentation. I had heard of it a lot of times from people around but now I, myself was going through skin pigmentation. It is a condition in which the skin produces too much of the pigment melanin (melanin is responsible for the colour of your skin) and this makes the skin darker than usual.

    I was told that if I didn’t take appropriate medication and instant action, the mark could reach the lowest layer of skin and even the bone below the skin. And once it reached the bone, no topical remedy or any other treatment could ever erase it all my life (God forbid!). The last few words really caught my attention and freaked me out. My skin was sensitive and the balm used, as the doctor said could have been a duplicate/ fake one which caused this strange reaction.

    I was given names of medicines (vitamin and calcium tablets) to be consumed for 1 ½ month and a kojic cream to be applied daily on the pigmented skin. Application of sunscreen twice a day was a must even when indoors as my skin had become photosynthetic (bulb rays too could cause further harm and delay the healing process). Complete sun protection (from both, UVB and UVA rays) had become crucial since ‘over-exposure to sun rays makes the skin produce more melanin causing the complexion to darken further’. A mild face wash was recommended as part of the ongoing treatment.

    As a last resort I was given the options of either Yellow Peel treatment or Laser Therapy (which was quite an expensive affair). Yellow Peel is a facial skin depigmentation treatment which would peel away the damaged upper layer of my skin by application of a mixture of depigmenting agents. Then, the lower layer of skin would be revealed and I would look fine again. This would take a few weeks or months, depending on the case (I was told 4 weeks in my case). Both these treatments, the doctor assured would cure my skin condition a 100 percent.

    I was called every 4 weeks by the doctor because as she had explained, “The skin has two layers; the upper layer (the epidermis) and the lower layer (the dermis). The cells of the upper layer are gradually shed and the lower layer emerges above, replacing the epidermis. This cycle takes around 28 days”. Therefore, the visit every 4 weeks was crucial in order to monitor the exact stage of recovery. I kept delaying the Yellow Peel treatment every time I met her as I was afraid that it could have side effects. So, instead the creams were changed and I was prescribed another fairness cream to be used along with the kojic cream the next month. I followed her instructions to the T.

    I’d noticed while walking on the road that people would give me weird, pitying glances. I guess they must be thinking, “Poor girl, she’s so young and is suffering from a severe skin disease”. I wish I could explain what had really happened to me. Some friends and well wishers advised applying stuff like raw milk and Aloe Vera gel on the pigmented area which I promptly did with very little progress.

    Then, I thought of surfing the net in my free time and looking for natural remedies on pigmentation that could be followed whilst following the doctors’ treatment too. I fed, ‘Natural remedies for skin pigmentation’ and search engines piled up a list of sites mentioning information on why pigmentation occurs and also how the damage could be solved in a natural way using fruits, veggies and herbs.

    I got remedies like cucumber juice, lime juice, papaya pulp, tomato juice, gram flour and water paste, coriander paste, mint paste, neem paste, fullers’ earth paste, sandalwood paste, fresh curd, the list was endless. All of these had to be left on the pigmented patch for about 10 -15 minutes before washing off with water. I followed them, mostly trying out any one remedy day after day. I even soaked orange peels in water and splashed it daily.

    Since none of the home remedies would cause side effects I would comfortably slather the fruit juices etc. all over my face and not restrict it to the pigmented patch only. Slowly it was turning out to be fun because while trying out all of these one by one I had realised that the quality of my skin had really improved. Disregarding the dark, pigmented patch, my skin had now become soft, supple, glowing and fairer. My cheeks had become a blushing pink in colour. It wasn’t heavy on my pockets too since such fruits and vegetables are always present in our kitchen. For e.g., I would always keep away a small piece of papaya or a slice of tomato to be mashed and applied on my skin once I’d be done with the household chores. In fact, once a friend asked if the reason for the glow on my face was because I was basking in love and that felt really nice.

    The last cream that I was prescribed was Triglow and the skin doctor said that it was the most effective cream in the world to cure pigmentation. It was helpful indeed. I noticed a drastic lightening in the pigmentation after using it for a few days itself. But the whole point was that I wanted it to heal completely so that I looked my normal self again which would take some more time. The repeated trips to the doctor were getting on my nerves now and I decided to stop visiting her and continue with her last prescription and the natural remedies till the pigmentation is healed.

    A small, hazy patch yet remains on my forehead but is lessening at a rather slow pace. One thing I realised while going through this entire distress is that there’s nothing better than our age old, natural remedies for our problems. Of course, major illnesses do require immediate and long term medication, under the doctors’ guidance. That’s how I too started out. But if we take a deeper interest in such natural and herbal cures we can live a better, healthier and a more fruitful life. The only issue is time; we are all short on time and we do not have the patience to wait for our problems to solve in this manner, at a slow pace.

    The Advantages of Becoming a Macro Manager

    “When Alexander the Great visited Diogenes and asked whether he could do anything for the famed teacher, Diogenes replied: ‘Only stand out of my light.’ Perhaps some day we shall know how to heighten creativity. Until then, one of the best things we can do for creative men and women is to stand out of their light.” – John W. Gardner

    Shine the light on creativity. Let the creative process work. Clearly define the goals and objectives. Give your employees support and freedom to reach those goals and then get out of their light. In this environment, team members will feel empowered to create new ideas and find creative solutions to old problems. Potential roadblocks will be anticipated and alternative routes quickly planned. Allowing a free-flow approach to work produces powerful enterprise – not busy work.

    A former colleague, Sarah, at one time worked for city government. She told me a remarkable tale of appearance being more important than results. Sarah found she worked best when she organized her work and only kept what was essential on her desk. Her superior called her in to his office and informed her she did not seem to have enough work to do since her desk was virtually empty. Sarah shared her solution, ” I stacked folders, manuals and papers all over my desk and on the floor. I put post-it notes on my computer and desk. No one ever bothered me again regarding my workload.”

    This is a classic example of micromanagement. Sarah’s boss didn’t like employees to stand out or look like they were not part of his “work model.” He clung to arbitrary, pre-established norms that went beyond performance. He was more concerned that Sarah looked like she was busy than he was about the quality or amount of work she actually accomplished. People work in different ways. Sarah prefers order and neatness. An effective leader focuses on outcome and productivity, not individual work habits. Simply looking busy is meaningless. When meeting with an employee to discuss performance, allow him or her to explain how they plan to meet deadlines and accomplish tasks.

    Some managers may say they agree to try a different system or change ways to handle a problem. However, sometimes their words are hollow. Craig, a colleague, is an ordained minister. As you will see from his prior experience, sometimes it’s not only about keeping people busy, it is also about using deception to manage potential problems, creating the illusion of change and flexibility. Craig was hired as a resource for pastors and churches to facilitate change. The denomination had announced a number of changes, which Craig had explained. Ultimately Craig became frustrated because the promised changes didn’t happen. He explained to the Board Members how failure to follow through with the changes would result in a large slip in morale. He concluded, “The consensus of the Board was to let me go rather than manage the larger changes.”

    Management can be downright hard at times. With a myriad of problems seemingly emerging from the telephone and leaking from the computer onto the desk, promised changes may seem like a great idea to stave off unrest. Craig’s experience demonstrates how a little deception can defraud a whole team. It was easy. Promise changes, but never actually make the changes. This is at best a temporary fix. Broken promises can only be explained away for a short time. Work relationships are like checking accounts. Each broken promise debits the Bank of Management Trust. A leader maintains a positive balance in the account by keeping his or her promises, no matter how small. Craig refused to run a negative balance and moved on with his life.

    There are times when goals seem clearly defined, yet little progress is actually being made on a project. A creative manager can step in and work with the group to explore the cause and effect of current lack-luster efforts. This should be done in a non-confrontational manner, allowing each member to offer ideas, ponder results, and help find solutions.

    I once owned a medium-sized manufacturing company that supplied the hospitality industry with framed art. We were having some serious issues with shipping finished artwork to clients. We had been using large cardboard boxes on wooden pallets. Damaged product was a common occurrence but nobody seemed able to think of a way to solve the problem. We had tried multiple ways of packing, many different types of protective wrapping and various strapping techniques.

    Finally in frustration I presented the problem in an open staff meeting. A nineteen-year-old employee who had been working for me about three weeks asked a simple question, “How much do the boxes, pallets and protective wrapping cost? “ The teenager then came up with a solution that was elegant in it’s simplicity. He said, “Gosh, for that much money we could build wooden crates.” We were lost in the forest; he saw the tree!

    Mary, a former teacher, told me a story of “great ideas” that can be robbed of value by busy work and not anticipating a roadblock. She taught in a private school where the upper grades were urged to interact with and tutor the lower grade students. This encouraged the older students to really learn the material well before having the opportunity to teach it to the younger kids. The children in the lower grades listened and responded to the older students, so the situation was valid and useful as an educational method. A new principal came on board and decided that the faster learners should be assigned additional materials to keep them occupied while the “slower kids” caught up. Mary described the outcome, “Unfortunately, children who were learning quickly began dallying over the first assignments because they knew the more they finished, the more uninteresting, unimaginative ‘busy work’ they would be assigned.”

    Mary’s example could happen in any work place. One bright employee has a great idea. The group enthusiasm gives the project a “Go!” before examining potential roadblocks. A great leader will allow what I call “creative incubation.” Managers must allow time for an idea to fully develop. Make sure the idea is ready before introducing it into the workplace.

    The ubiquitous Post-it®Notes is a great example of giving a creative idea time to work its way to success. Post-it®Notes, as we know it today, was not the planned product. Spencer Silver was working in the 3M research laboratories trying to find a strong adhesive. Silver developed a new adhesive, but it was even weaker than what 3M already manufactured. It stuck to objects, but could easily be lifted off. His supervisor did not squish Silver’s creation. In fact, management spread information about the discovery to other scientists working at 3M. Another scientist, Arthur Fry, used Silver’s adhesive to coat page markers. With the weak adhesive, the page markers stayed in place, yet lifted off without damaging the paper pages.

    3M began distributing Post-it ®Notes nationwide in 1980. The communication of creative ideas was encouraged at 3M and the result is the development of one of the most popular office products available today.

    A wise leader allows originality and creativity to flourish by focusing on goals and objectives – not the niggling details. Set the parameters and allow people to flex their innovation muscles. Remember, creativity comes willingly from team members who feel appreciated and valued. Inspire your team by being an openly supportive Macro Manager.

    How to Get Rid of Mice From Your Home

    Get Rid of Mice

    There have been many famous mice throughout the annals of time and many of them have struck a chord in our hearts. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Mighty Mouse and Jerry (of Tom and Jerry fame) are a few of the most endearing. However, it is a good bet that none of these wonderfully famous mice are the ones that have invaded your home. No, the rodents in your house are just your average pests and you should have no qualms about getting rid of them quickly. The following hints should put you on the path to eliminating this most annoying (and sometimes charmingly cute) animal.

    Mouse Traps

    There really is no “better” mouse trap. Two types have dominated the market for years – the traditional spring snap trap and the glue board. The spring snap is ironically considered to be more humane because death is instantaneous. The glue board, on the other hand, will hold the mouse to its sticky surface and keep it there until it starves to death. Woe!

    Keeping Mice Out

    Here’s an interesting fact. A mouse can find its way into your home through an opening the width of a pencil. It would behoove you to seek out cracks and crevices throughout your house and seal them up quickly with a good caulking compound. Not only will you deter mice, but other pesky critters and insects will find it hard to find their way in. Plus, your heating and air conditioning bills will go down.

    Clean Up

    Mice love to feast on the same things as teenagers and college students. Junk food left lying around on tables, rugs, counters and under furniture. Mice will be less likely to pay you a visit if you make your home a bit less hospitable by cleaning up sundry crumbs and foodstuffs. It’s time to say good bye to the stray Crunchberry and the half-eaten Mr. Goodbar.

    Mouse Poison

    There are certainly a number of poisons on the market to bring death to your mice. But think about this strategy three times to Sunday before spraying Dr. Death around your floorboards. Poison is not only harmful to mice, but pets and humans can become seriously ill when exposed to the toxins. Poisons should only be used in extreme cases of mouse infestation.

    Plug Their Holes

    In cartoons, mice usually enter and exit a room from a neatly rounded hole in the baseboard of a wall. In real life, their doorways are not too different and are pretty easy to spot if you are actively looking for them. You can make life difficult for your mice by tightly plugging the entryways with steel wool, which they can not gnaw through. Before you do this, make sure to peak inside the hole to see if the mice are sleeping in a matchbox or a sardine tin.

    Always More than One

    Do not be fooled by a single, solitary mouse. If you have one mouse in your house, you can be sure that there are several others scampering around your walls. House mice live in family units, often grooming their mates and offspring. Getting rid of mice quickly is crucial because they start breeding at three months, give birth to litters of 4-6 babies and have a life expectancy of four years. Remember this when you see that one, cute, cuddly critter.

    Is There a More Humane Trap?

    There certainly are traps that do not kill mice and simply imprison them in a cage until you come along to free them. However, mice have a knack for returning to their home so you must drive miles and miles before releasing them into the wild, where they will most assuredly die a horrid death anyway (remember that these are house mice you are introducing to the great outdoors). So don’t fool yourself by using these expensive “humane” traps.

    Do Mice Really Like Cheese?

    Actually, no! Research has shown that mice do not prefer cheese to other foods. Use peanut butter as bait if you want to lure mice with a yummy food.

    You Can Get Rid of Mice

    Mice are one of the most common of household rodents and they are not the easiest animals to eliminate. The two prong strategy should be employed to effectively rid your home of mice. First, traps should be used to eradicate mice already in your house. Secondly, every effort should be made to seal off and plug all mice entryways. Thoroughly cleaning your house and removing stray foodstuffs will also deter mice from making their way into your homestead. Good luck in your melee against mice.

    Natural Treatment for Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction

    The Sphincter of Oddi is a central gate to many liver, gallbladder and pancreas problems. Many scientists believe that the Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD) is a culprit of the pancreas diseases and it is the common source of chronic pain after gallbladder removal.

    Around the common bile duct, pancreatic duct and the duodenum wall there is a muscle valve called the Sphincter of Oddi. The Sphincter of Oddi, named after Ruggero Oddi, an Italian anatomist who discovered this structure in 1887. The Sphincter of Oddi controls moving of the bile from the liver, and gallbladder and pancreatic juice from the pancreas into the duodenum.

    Normally, when semi digestive food moves from the stomach into the duodenum sphincter of Oddi opens. Large amount of the gallbladder bile and alkaline pancreatic juice is released to digest this food. When no food in the duodenum, sphincter of Oddi is closed so the bile from the liver is collected in the gallbladder.

    Regulation of this complicated work is under control of nervous system and special blood messengers – digestive hormones. Stress, fasting, “harsh” liver cleansing, gallbladder removal, bad eating habits, alcohol, some medications, and recreation drugs badly influence in proper regulation and work of the sphincter of Oddi.

    Spasm or blockage of this muscle valve may cause pancreatic juice goes backward, thereby increasing the pressure inside the pancreatic duct. Digestive enzymes shut inside the pancreas, begin to digest their own pancreas, initiate inflammation, pain, and finally the death of pancreatic tissue. Thus, chronic pancreatitis is developed.

    Tumor, gallbladder stone, or scaring can make an anatomical blockage of the sphincter of Oddi. It happens relatively rare. However, more often can be functional, temporal spasms of the sphincter of Oddi without any abnormality in the tests. The common reason for sphincter to be spasmodic is irritation of it by the “aggressive” bile and pancreatic juice.

    What could make bile and pancreatic juice “aggressive”, corroded, and irritated? Let’s explain that.

    The liver’s most important functions are producing and releasing bile and removing the toxins from our body by dividing them into water-soluble and fat-soluble wastes.

    Water-soluble wastes move into the blood and the kidneys eliminate them from the body.

    Bile serves to eliminate a variety of the toxic, fat-soluble wastes substances from the body. These substances include cholesterol, bile pigments, toxic chemicals, drugs, heavy metals, etc.

    Hepatitis, fatty liver, Candida-yeast overgrowth, parasites, congestion, inflammation, infection of the gallbladder, high body’s acidity, poor eating habits, alcohol can cause the bile to be thick and acidic, therefore make it difficult for it to move through the ducts.

    When the bile and pancreatic juice are getting acidic, they also become very “aggressive”, irritated, and corroded for the ducts, sphincter of Oddi, and small intestine causing jerky movement; “wrong way traffic” – bile/pancreatic juice refluxes in the stomach, ulcers and even cancers.

    No surprise, it causes loss of appetite, nausea, gas, bloating, heartburn, attacks of pain, especially after “bad” foods or bad food combination. Pain can be last for 30 minutes to several hours and even bring person to ER.

    Therefore, the goal of treatment has to be focus on root of the problems such as biochemical, acidic changes in the bile and pancreatic juice. In the normal situation, the bile and pancreatic juice are very alkaline fluids. However, if whole body is getting acidic, the bile and pancreatic juice also became acidic and “aggressive”.

    Checking saliva and urine pH with litmus paper at home may show acidic condition of the body especially if saliva and urine pH repeatedly less than 6.6.

    What can naturally normalize the alkaline condition of the bile and pancreatic juice?

    Only minerals and bicarbonate from food and water can naturally neutralize the whole body acidity.

    For this purposes, European doctors have used healing mineral water for a long time. Treatment with healing mineral water (balneology) is a part of education in some European medical schools. There are many healing mineral spas all over the Europe.

    Most famous and researched mineral water is water from hot spring in the small Czech town Karlovy Vary. Karlovy Vary healing mineral water attracted millions visitors all over the globe. It was distributed by barrels and bottles many years ego. Demand of this water was so high hence, the mineral salt had manufactured there by vaporizing the spring water in 1764. It was a good option for people, which cannot visit Karlovy Vary or wanted ongoing the healing course at home.

    Dissolving this salt in the water produces mineral water with the same healing value.

    Karlovy Vary healing mineral water has been object for serious medical study for hundreds of the years. First medical book about that water have a laxative effect was dated by 1522. Later, a large number of medical papers confirmed the healing action of this water in many digestive disorders.

    European doctors showed that drinking mineral water makes bile and pancreatic juice less acidic, liquid, and less “aggressive”. It naturally improves digestion, alleviates the pains and cramps, and lessens gas and heartburn.

    This water may dissolve the gallbladder stones and expel them; it also is very beneficial for persons with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, chronic pancreatitis, and hepatitis.

    What else can make the bile and pancreatic juice less irritated for the sphincter of Oddi?

    Herbal medicine is the oldest way to eliminate digestive problems. Chinese medicine, Hindu system – Ayurveda, European herbology offer many healing herbs for digestive disorders. Some of them increase amount of the bile, promote its easy elimination, decrease spasms and pain. The simple example is peppermint tea. Knowledgeable medical practitioner can customize the herbal remedies for any digestive problems.

    No question, food is the important, safe and cheep medicine for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.

    Food needs to be alkaline and full of the natural digestive enzymes. Some vegetable blends or juices are good for these purposes. Warm vegetable soups are also helpful for many digestive problems. Some persons with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction suffer from Candida-yeast overgrowth, food sensitivity, and allergy. Appropriate diet changes are necessary to correct these conditions.

    Stress can lead to spasm of the sphincter of Oddi as well. Worsening sphincter of Oddi dysfunction after mental or physical stress can be seen very often. Consulting, relaxation, meditation, medical hypnosis, listening the custom hypnoses CD at home, acupuncture, massage are some natural ways to alleviate the stress.

    It would be wise to stop drinking alcohol temporary for a few months to improve condition because the alcohol interrupts the normal function of this muscle valve. Upper abdominal pain after alcohol consumption is typical for sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.

    Unfortunately, there is not simple and safe test for diagnose early stage of the SOD now. Therefore, any kind of pain in the upper stomach area after heavy meals can be the alarm bell of the sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.

    By author’s opinion, strategic position of the sphincter of Oddi involves it in many digestive diseases and disorders. On the other hand, sphincter of Oddi dysfunction by itself leads to many digestive symptoms.

    Natural treatment of the early stage can avoid serious problem in the future and improve the quality of life.

    It is important to work with a knowledgeable, licensed medical professional.

    The information on this article is presented for educational, informational purposes only. It is not intended as a substitute for the diagnosis, treatment, and advice of a qualified licensed professional.

    Festivals in the UK – 2010

    It's festival time in the UK!

    With a wealth of festivals to attend this summer its time to pack your tent, (or camper van), and hit the road!
    Here are a selection of what's happening.

    Glastonbury festival is now in its 40th year and these years promises to be a biggie with both U2 and Muse hitting the stage.

    As well as some of the largest names in music you can also expect to see another 1500 to 2000 other activities around the site of the 5 day festival! Everything from healing and cabaret to poetry and crafts

    Worthy Farm, Pilton, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

    In Herefordshire there is the Big Chill festival at Eastnor Castle

    Big Chill boasts a hugely diverse selection of musical styles. Jazz, Dub, Folk and film, cabaret and poetry
    Massive Attack, and MIA are headlining with a huge selection of supporting actions.

    The 3 day festival starts on August 5th

    Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL

    Larmer Tree Festival

    A healthy selection of musical syles and a crowd of only 4000 makes the Larmer Tree a super chilled event taking place over 4 days from 14th July.

    With the likes of Alison Moyet, Robbie Cray, Jools Holland and Newton Faulkner you can expect a laid back relaxing atmosphere, perfect for sitting in the sun and sipping a beer!

    Also on offer are a huge selection of street theater and arts workshops. Ideal for adults and children with some excess energy to burn.

    Camping and showers are all free of charge!

    Larmer Tree Gardens, near Tollard Royal.

    Isle of White Festival has a huge line up, as you would expect, with star attractions being Paul McCartney, Blondie and Squeeze to name just a few!

    On top of this there is the Big Top, Acoustic stage and Platform One for new and unsigned bands. Also new this year is the Big Festival Bike ride, a guided tour of the island by push bike !! (I'll just wait here thanks!).

    You can also expect to see a huge amount of arts and crafts as well as magicians and street performers.

    Seaclose Park, Newport, Isle of Wight

    Friday 11th – Sunday 13th June

    So … there are just a few festivals for you to have a look at. Enjoy your summer!

    How to Hold Down Patio Furniture

    Patio furniture is a big investment and you certainly want to make sure it’s there for you to enjoy year in and year out. If you have a protected backyard area, you probably don’t worry too much about holding down patio furniture so that it doesn’t wander away in a strong wind or a tempest.

    But battling the elements is a way of life for those who live on the coast or in areas where the trade winds seem to always be blowing. Often, a strong wind can come out of nowhere, sending all your furniture, food and beverages flying. This is especially true if you have a patio filled with plastic patio furniture.

    As you know, these inexpensive pieces can come in real handy at a party, supplementing your permanent patio furniture so everyone can gather, enjoy a drink and have a bite to eat on a hot summer’s day. Not only are they inexpensive, but they are easy to move around, especially when compared to a quality piece of furniture, which is made to last and is far more substantial.

    To keep your party from becoming an unintentional whirlwind of excitement, you’ll want to take some precautions when preparing your party if there is wind in the forecast. With just a few precautions, you can be assured that your party will be a hit, even if it’s hit with a sudden gust of wind.

    Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to weight your furniture down with an unsightly red brick. You can, however, weight a small patio table down with a glass brick that is filled with colorful sand or other heavy objects, such as glass beads. This not only adds weight, but beauty to these tables.

    If your party is going to last into the evening, you can use a similar trick, but create lighting instead. You can use the decorative glass bricks to hold a single candle or push several tapered candles down into a base of sand or aquarium rocks. This can create an elegant decoration as well as hold down the table.

    Plastic patio chairs are a little more difficult to work with. That said, you can create a simple weight with lead sinkers. If you’re anywhere near a lake, river or ocean, chances are good that you have a fishing tackle store nearby. Sometimes Wal-Mart will have a good selection as well of lead fishing weights.

    Get a good commercial grade lead sinker, one that is heavy enough to keep your chairs in place without adding so much weight to the chair that it’s difficult to move around. You can mount these weights one of two ways. If you want them out of sight and out of mind, you can add them to the base of the legs where they curve together. You can glue them in there permanently or use some decorative duct tape (it comes in many colors these days) to hold them in. Alternately, you can hang the weight from the center of the chair. Just drill two holes in the center of the chair (usually there’s already one there for a drain) and tie the sinker to it with fishing line. Be sure that you leave enough line so the sinker touches the patio or deck. You don’t want it swinging around and potentially hitting the guest sitting in the chair.

    Larger dining room tables won’t move as readily, but if you have an umbrella you’ll want to make sure it has a weighted base to add heft to the table. Otherwise, your umbrella can catch a sudden gust and send your table flying. The decorative glass bricks mentioned above can also help keep the table weighted enough to resist a brisk breeze. These bricks are available at nearly any home improvement store, as they are a popular item homes where they are used to create translucent walls in the bathroom or between rooms. To add a decorative touch, insert a string of colored lights into the opening and plug them in when darkness falls.

    Obviously, wood, wrought iron and steel patio furniture won’t wander off as easily as the plastic variety. But with just a little bit of creativity and some planning, you can host an outdoor party with confidence, even if the weather calls for a bit of a bluster.

    Investing In Real Estate For Beginners: Apartment Complexes

    Here is some advice for investing in real estate for beginners who are thinking about investing in apartment complexes. Many commercial property advisors with an opinion say that apartment complexes with over 150 units are the properties to buy, it’s not necessarily true. Multifamily units are indeed a solid investment. However, what you really want to invest in is where you can earn the most rent per unit. Often that is in multifamily complexes with less than 100 units.

    When you are making a purchase bid for a large complex, you are often bidding against financial institutions with deep pockets. This creates two distinct disadvantages for you as a beginning investor.

    First, most beginner commercial investors are forced to join a large consortium of other investors to get in on a multi-million dollar deal. This dilutes your ownership interest and the weight your opinion counts when issues arise such as when to sell.

    Second, when you and your investors are bidding with the last dollars that you have to invest, the large institution can easily out bid you by several thousand more than you can raise. Going up against large institutional investors can be overwhelming.

    There are many other reasons to invest in complexes with less than 125 units:

    A. There is less upkeep and maintenance. You may be able to avoid the added expense of an on-site manager and full-time maintenance crew.

    B. There are more medium-size complexes available at any given moment. That means less competition from other investors and more opportunity to find one with exceptional cash flow.

    C. Cash on cash returns for medium complexes are frequently better than for large complexes as you are able to offer a wide variety of amenities and services.

    D. You will not be dealing with a financial institution as the seller with a cumbersome sale policy. The seller will more likely be an individual or small partnership that can provide flexible sales terms if they choose.

    E. They typically will require less equity to acquire. This means you can control the property as an individual or with a couple of partners. You thus own a higher percentage of the property and thus a bigger amount of the profits.

    F. Often the less knowledgeable seller has avoided raising rents because they have become friendly with the tenants or they are afraid the vacancy rate will increase. By studying the local market rents and vacancy rates, you could find that you can immediately increase cash flow through rent increases.

    There are some very good arguments to owning small apartment complexes in the 4 to 12 unit range. This can be a good start if you personally manage them and perform most of the maintenance. However, this size complex seldom generates enough income to leave a profit when a property management company is hired.

    Investing for beginners can begin with small complexes and once the income is stabilized buy another. After a couple of years, you will have 3 or 4 small complexes located all over the city. This becomes a problem because now you have the equivalent number of units as a medium-sized complex but are still managing them yourself. You also have the added burden of having properties at multiple locations meaning you have to drive all over town to take care of maintenance and upkeep.

    Medium-sized apartment complexes have long been the favored type of and classic value for commercial investing. Now is the ideal time to make this investment move. Vacancies are down and rents are up. Income can be very predictable.

    Do the math and you will see that very small apartment buildings are more risky than medium but medium size complexes have advantages over the large complexes that we’ve already discussed.

    If you own a small eight-unit complex, each unit represents 12.5% of the income stream. If you own a 80 unit complex, each unit represents 1.25% of the income stream. Still, an 80-unit complex is much easier to manage than a 175-unit complex.

    Investing in real estate for beginners can be profitable, but you need to know what works best for you.

    The Best Professional Hair Straighteners

    There are plenty of hair straighteners on the market but only a few give good results. If you often style your hair and don’t have the time to visit salons, then investing on professional hair straighteners is recommended.

    Professional hair straighteners are heavy duty irons with advanced features. This allows them to work on different types of hair. They may cost more than the ordinary hair straighteners but in the long run, you’ll be getting more value for your money. Here are some of the best and reliable professional hair straighteners available on the market:

    1. Karmin G3 Salon Pro Flat Iron This flat iron has 1 inch pure tourmaline plates which makes it easy to style short to medium length tresses. This makes it easy for you to style, flip and curl tresses. It has ceramic-tourmaline plates that quickly heat up and makes your hair shinier and straighter compared to other types of plate materials. It has a variable temperature setting that allows you to choose what suits you.

    2. Corioliss Pro-V Flat Iron This professional hair iron features ceramic-tourmaline with nano silver technology. Its ceramic plates reduce friction between the hair and plates. It has even heat distribution which reduces damage caused by uneven heating of the plates. The plates also emit negative ions to repair and make your hair shiny. Aside from that, the nano-silver technology kills germs in your hair making them clean.

    3. GHD Dark Flat Iron This styling iron has ceramic coated aluminium plates that have even heat. It has a universal voltage system that automatically adjusts the operating voltage which ensures it will work anywhere in the world.

    Professional styling irons are a good investment because they give you advance features and great results. Before purchasing one, it is recommended to research and compare features that suit your needs.

    Little Known C3 Corvette Stingray Facts

    The Corvette Stingray has long been a popular car with people from all walks of life. The iconic shape of a Corvette Stingray can turn heads even today, 30 years after the last Stingray was produced. This article is intended to provide information regarding the Corvette Stingray to all Corvette fans, whether you already own a Corvette, are considering buying a Corvette, or just like interesting facts and figures regarding classic Corvettes.

    The C3 Corvette Stingrays are the generation of Corvettes produced between 1968 and 1982. The general design idea for the Corvette Stingray was modeled after the Mako Shark II concept car. When the term “C3” is used, it refers to the fact that they are the 3rd generation of Corvettes. Each generation of Corvette was given a designation as such. The current Corvettes (as of 2011) are referred to as C6, or 6th generation Corvette. Each generation refers to any major changes that are made, such as body design, drivetrain, etc. Of course, each year model within a single generation varies slightly from one year to the next, yet they still retain the same general look and feel as the rest of their generation. In the case of C3 Corvettes, the engine and chassis components were mostly carried over from the previous generation, however the body and interior were new, thus the new generation designation. This can be very useful when looking for information regarding a specific year Corvette, as most Corvette enthusiasts refer to the generation more frequently than a specific year or range of years.

    One of the most obvious facts that stands out about the C3 Corvette is that it was the first use of T-top removable roof panels in a Corvette. Many of the 3rd generation Corvettes had removable glass or fiberglass tops that allow the driver or passengers to remove the roof panels, therefore allowing a more open top.This was a rather novel concept at the time, and it was not the originally intended design. The designers initially wanted to make the car a Targa Top, which means the entire roof panel is removable, hence the shortened name T-Top. After testing, the engineers determined that the lack of a support brace in the middle proved structurally insufficient for the powerful V-8 engines. This combined with the fact that the body was made of fiberglass made for a potential design flaw that could cause the body to flex under acceleration, resulting in cracked windshields, chipped paint, and other complications. As such, the designers added the brace in the middle, which seemed to resemble the letter T. The name remained “T-Top” even though the design was changed substantially from the original and the name was meant to reflect the previous design.

    During the C3 years, GM made many attempts to further the development of the Corvette, which ultimately has led to the current design. One such attempt, which is also a relatively little known fact, is that there was once a Rotary Engine Corvette. In 1970, Chevrolet licensed the Wankel rotary engine (similar to the type used in the famed Mazda RX7 and RX8) and began building a two-rotor and a four-rotor Corvette in its testing and experimental department. A fiberglass mockup was approved in June 1971 by then GM President Ed Cole. On September 13, 1973 a 266 cubic inch two-rotor Corvette was displayed in Frankfurt, Germany. The four-rotor 390 cubic inch Corvette was put on display in Paris, France on Oct. 4, 1973, as well as the two-rotor. The 2-rotor engine GM developed was a fuel and oil hungry engine, and wasn’t practical for production. On September 24, 1974, GM President Ed Cole postponed the introduction of the Wankel engine, most likely due to emissions difficulties combined with fuel and oil concerns. The rotary engine Corvette never made it to production. This venture did prove useful, however. It helped GM understand the limitations of the car, and venture forward into other areas of exploration.

    Another of these innovative ideas was also taking shape around the same time. GM attempted to produce a mid-engine Corvette, to rival the mid-engine sports cars of Italy. It was called the XP-882, and it was first shown at New York Auto Show in 1970. The engine was a 400 cubic inch small block V-8 mounted behind the seats, transversely (like most of today’s front wheel drive cars, with the engine sitting sideways). The engineers built two XP-882’s. Shortly after the 2 were built, John DeLorean, the man who later started the company bearing his name behind the famous DeLorean cars of Back To The Future fame, became Chevrolet general manager. John cancelled the program, as it was expensive and impractical to build. It was the hit of the auto show, but GM never produced or sold the XP-882 Corvette. At least one, if not both, of these extremely rare Corvettes is still known to exist.

    If you are a collector, or want to find a rare and valuable piece of history, look for a 1970 Corvette. 1970 Corvettes are considered by many among the most desirable of the C3 generation, as only 17,316 were produced that year due to production issues stemming from labor strikes. To give you an idea why that number is relevant, the Ford Mustang production for the same year was 190,727, more than 10 times the volume! This was the lowest production number since 1962, and quality examples in good shape are getting harder and harder to find.

    If you are looking for rarity, one of the rarest and most desirable of all production C3 Corvette Stingrays is the 1969 ZL1 Corvette. The $4,718 ZL1 package required many other options, including $1,032 L88 Special L88 (all aluminum block) 427 cu. in. 430hp Engine, $81 K66 Transistor Ignition System, $37 F41 Special Front and Rear Suspension, $384 J56 Special Heavy Duty Brakes, and $46 G81 Posi-Trac Rear Axle. Radio and air conditioning were not available with the ZL1 package, and only 2 out of the 38,762 Corvettes made that year had the ZL1 package. The total package price of this car new was approximately $11,000, including the base price of $4781. To put that number in perspective, $11,000 was the price of some small 3 bedroom houses, or a new Ferrari at that time! The same year, a buyer could get a well equipped Pontiac Firebird Trans Am for around $4,300, making this a truly rare and exceptional car.

    The C3 Stingray generation are to date the largest generation of Corvettes ever produced, and are the most popular today with collectors. Of the over 1.5 million Corvettes built between 1953 and 2010, over 540,000 were made during the C3 generation, between 1968 and 1982. These are the well-known “Stingray” design, although the slightly different name “Sting Ray” had been used as far back as 1963. Corvette # 500,000 was a white 1977 Stingray. It rolled off the assembly line to major fanfare on March 15, 1977. This is an exceptional collector’s car, as it celebrated half a million Corvettes ever made.

    It is a well-known fact that all Corvettes today are produced in only one place, which is the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky. However, this wasn’t always the case. Up until 1981, Corvettes were made in St. Louis, Missouri. The last St. Louis Corvettes ever built left the factory on June 1981 and July 1981. Are you curious as to why they only produced one each month? Bowling Green production was already in effect, and for several months both factories worked in tandem, allowing the St. Louis factory to assemble as many cars as they could with the parts still left in their inventory. This allowed them to save on shipping and labor costs, as moving large parts for automobiles is a rather expensive and labor-intensive undertaking. After these two cars left the factory, Bowling Green, Kentucky, became the only factory to produce Corvettes. This is the only time when Corvettes were produced simultaneously in two factories. Producing the cars in only one factory allows much tighter quality controls, providing quality over quantity, so that has remained the standard for Corvettes. The very last one built in St. Louis was white and has a build date of July 31, 1981. Somehow, the car managed to survive for 30 years, and is now restored exactly as it was originally built, with all the frame and chassis markings, and every detail exactly as it was when it left the factory. A hidden plaque was originally installed by the plant workers in the cars right front fenderwell to designate the last car down the production line, which helped authenticate the car. The car sported a 350 Cubic inch engine at 190 horsepower and a 3-speed Turbo-Hydramatic 350 automatic transmission.The car was sold at the Barrett-Jackson’s Las Vegas auction in September, 2010 for $150,000.

    I hope these facts about Corvette Stingrays has proven both useful and interesting. The Corvette has truly been an iconic car, capturing the hearts of generations, both young and old.