Five Facts About Vegetarians That Will Impress Your Friends

It’s always nice to throw out an interesting fact when you are with friends. Here are some vegetarian-related snippets for you to use, whether you are vegetarian or not.

1. There are a lot of vegetarians out there

If you are a vegetarian you may sometimes feel a little lonely. You scour menus searching for the veggie option (hoping it isn’t mushroom risotto – or worse: vegetable stack) and most of your friends and family eat meat. Yet in actual fact, there are many, many vegetarians in the world. Millions! In India it is estimated that over 350 million people are vegetarian. In Taiwan, around 13% of people are vegetarian.

If you live in the UK you may be interested to know that as many as four million of you are vegetarian. In Brazil 8% of the population (that’s 15.2 million people) are said to be vegetarian. In the United States, 13% of the population regard themselves as either vegetarian or vegan.

So you are not alone. Someone just needs to tell the restaurants.

2. Vegetarians do not eat fish (or chicken)

Vegetarians hate being asked if they eat fish. By definition, a vegetarian does not eat animals – whether they are from the land or the sea. Where the problem lies is you may have met a fish-eating vegetarian. Or rather, someone who eats fish and no other animals and then labels themselves vegetarian. They are not vegetarian. Such people are actually called pescetarians.

The fish-eating issue can cause problems for vegetarians as all too often they may be served fish by their host at a dinner party or ‘fish’ ends up being the vegetarian option on a menu.

So the next time you meet a person who eats fish but calls themselves vegetarian, feel free to correct them.

3. Vegetarians do get enough protein

There’s another question vegetarians get asked all too often: where do you get your protein from? People who ordinarily don’t care about nutrition feel compelled to worry about a vegetarian’s intake of protein. It’s the sort of question that feels like the one trick meat eaters have up their sleeve and it’s not a very good one. Mainly because they are showing their ignorance of nutrition. Protein is plentiful in a vegetarian’s diet. Here’s a list to get you started: nuts, beans, textured vegetable protein, tofu, cheese, lentils, peas, yogurt, broccoli, spinach, avocado, soy and quinoa. Furthermore, many people actually eat too much protein (this is the case in Australia at least). So it makes little sense to be worrying about a person’s protein intake, especially when so many people are unable to meet their daily fruit and veg requirements.

4. Vegetarians have a lower risk of developing heart disease

People may be vegetarian for ethical or religious reasons. However, there is a positive consequence to your health if you are vegetarian. Vegetarians are less likely to develop heart disease. This is not the only benefit however. Vegetarianism can also reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and some cancers (including breast, colorectal and ovarian). Vegetarians are less likely to become obese. When you consider how prevalent these diseases are on society, this is good news indeed.

5. Anthony Hopkins is a vegetarian

In my first point I stated that there are many vegetarians in the world. It is not surprising then to learn that there are a whole bunch of celebrities out there who are vegetarian and vegan. Here’s a quick list, but there are many, many more. We have: Kate Winslet, Corey Feldman, Sarah Silverman, Carrie Underwood, Casey Affleck, Diane Keaton, Pamela Anderson, Ian McKellan and Natalie Portman. From the music world we have: Kelly Clarkson, Billy Idol, Bryan May, Johnny Marr, Moby, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin and Nelly.

2 Spells For Summoning Spirits

Here are 2 spells for summoning spirits. The more powerful your natural powers are, the quicker and more powerful these spells will be. Remember that a spell is just a spell so when casting spells for summoning spirits, the real key is your focus, your natural ability, and your desire to have that which the spell delivers. You can develop your natural ability and power through practice, learning, and constant study. These spells for summoning spirits will allow you to see the spirits more clearly as your natural power and respect from the elements develops.

First of 2 Spells For Summoning Spirits – Angel Summoning Spell

This is a very nice spell from the famous Silver Ravenwolf. It is used to summon 26 angels to help you in a lot of different things. This spell can be done anytime and is extremely effective. Repeat this often for the best results. The more you do it, the more your natural power will grow. Especially if you are constantly studying in many different areas. Simply find a nice, quiet place where you will not be disturbed. Try to pronounce the names as best as possible, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be effective.

Chant the following:

Ariel begins it.

Baradiel guides it.

The Chalkydri sing it.

Devas manifest it.

Elohim wills it.

The Fravashi better it.

Gabriel brings it.

The Hafaza watch it.

The Ischim balance it.

Jael guards it.

Kadmiel births it.

Lahabiel aids it.

Michael raises it.

Nebo ministers it.

Ofaniel sees it.

Patron angels devote it.

The Queen of angels speaks it.

Raphael inspires it.

Sandalphon prays it.

Thrones sanctify it.

Uriel strengthens it.

Vrevoil reveals it.

Watchers protect it.

Xathanael patrons it.

Yahriel places the glory of the moon on it.

Zodiac angels seal it.

And Spirit brings it through time and space.

So be it. Ho! (or say amen.) Make a sign in the air of an equal-armed cross using your dominant hand.

The Second Of Spells For Summoning Spirits – Summoning Ghosts and Spirits

This is a very easy spell that can be done anytime. You need a needle, a piece of paper, a piece of red wool, and 5 candles.

Take the piece of paper. Make a big spot in the middle with a red marker, crayon, or color pencil. Then take the wool and put it in the needle’s hole. Near the spot in the middle write these words “YES”, “NO”, “MAYBE” and “I DON’T KNOW”. Write them around the circle.

Ritual: Put the needle on the red spot and hold it by the wool string. Don’t hold the needle just the wool.

Now you chant: “I call upon the spirit of (name the spirit that you want to call upon.)” You can call anyone you wish. You can call a past family member or an angel or anyone else you choose. Chant this three times. While you are saying these words, remember to spin the needle with your hand in a clockwise direction. Now you ask a question, and you wait for the answer. Try not to move the needle. You will know the answer when the needle goes near an answer (from those you have written).

Blondie Biography and Top 10 Songs

There were two main reasons I started listening to Blondie and they were: first I thought Debbie Harry was amazingly beautiful and second the style of music they made. At the time I got into Blondie I was listening to a lot of punk and new wave stuff like The Sex Pistols, The Clash, Sham 69, The Exploited, Ramones, Ian Dury, The Stranglers, etc… and it also helped me to annoy my parents. I actually used to like putting posters on my wall when I was a kid at school and one of my posters was a full size poster of Debbie Harry.

Blondie are an American punk/new wave cross and were formed in 1975 and consisted originally of Chris Stein, Debbie Harry, Jimmy Destri, Clem Burke and Gary Valentino. They were originally named “Angel And The Snake” but changed their name to Blondie in 1975 because Debbie Harry was repeatedly referred to as Blondie.

The self titled Blondie debut album was released in 1976 and then re-released a year later when they signed to a new record company. The band first received commercial success through an Australian TV show cock-up, the show was supposed to play the video to X Offender but actually played the video to In The Flesh. This event saw the album reach #5 in the chart. In 1977 Gary Valentine had left and the album Plastic Letters was released and saw Blondie achieve success in the UK when the album went in to the top ten.

The hole that was made when Gary left the band was filled in 1978 by the inclusion of Frank Infante and then a new member (Nigel Harrison) was also added and Blondie embarked on a massive UK tour which included a gig at The Roadhouse where The Boomtown Rats Opened. This tour made Blondie one of the first American New Wave bands to attain success in the UK.

Blondie started to see even more success after the release of their third album Parallel Lines in 1978 which contained the song Heart Of Glass which was their first US #1 hit and actually went on to sell over 1 million copies. Blondie seemed to be more popular in the UK and this was somewhat due to the singles Sunday Girl (which went to #1) and also One Way Or Another. Their fourth album Eat To The Beat also had many singles which were popular in the UK (Dreaming, Atomic and Union City blues).

1980 saw Blondie rise again in the US chart with the Release of the album Autoamerican which contained the hit singles The Tide Is High, Rapture and Call Me (which was recorded for the movie American Gigolo). Rapture is the only Blondie single to get a higher chart position in the US (#1) than the UK (#5) and was revolutionary because of the combination of rap/hip-hop with their usual sound.

The Hunter was released in 1982 and didn’t do as well as some of their previous albums and both Debbie Harry and Jimmy Destri had both released solo albums in 1981. After the decline in popularity of the band and the rising media attention of Debbie she decided to leave and Blondie broke up in August 1982. In 1997 they reformed and in 1999 the release of No Exit saw them return to the top of the charts once again and the single Maria reached #1 in the UK exactly 20 years after their first which was Heart Of Glass.

Blondie released the album The Curse of Blondie in 2003 and March 2006 saw Blondie inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame and also onto the Rock Walk Of Fame at Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.

My Top 10 Blondie Songs are:

01. Island of Lost Souls

02. Dreaming

03. One Way or Another

04. X Offender

05. Kung Fu Girls

06. (I’m Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear

07. Union City Blue

08. For Your Eyes Only

09. Maria

10. Good Boys

What Are Porcelain Veneers?

If you have defects in the structure of your teeth like imperfect enamel, the use of porcelain veneers would be a good way for you to make your smile more beautiful. They are perfect for people who suffer from problems like wide gaps between teeth, broken teeth, stained teeth, etc. There are both pros and cons for the veneers made of porcelain. Therefore, users usually need to study carefully both the aspects of their choice.

An obvious advantage of using these veneers is that it can give you wonderful smile. You usually would not smile often when you suffer from broken teeth because you would think that showing your teeth to the others is something embarrassing. However, the veneers made of porcelain can help you eliminate that problem.

Usually, the life span of these veneers is about 15 years. Therefore, it is long enough for people to use it. These veneers are so strong that most accidents in your oral cavity would not cause damage to the veneers. On the other hand, the veneers usually deteriorate gradually over the 15 years of its life.

It is also important that you know the disadvantages of using the veneers. For example, the unstoppable process would be a concern to many people. Unstoppable process means that you can not quit the treatment. It is because your scholars will chip off some portion of your teeth before creating the porcelain veneers. In other words, it will be impossible for you to say no to the veneers after you have decided to let your dentists get the chips and your teeth will have more imperfections than before.

Apart from that, you need to learn about the change of color of the veneers. You need to pay attention to your diets and drinking habits. You should not drink or eat some of the foods which can seriously change the color of your teeth. Some of the examples would include colored soft drinks, colored fruit juices, red wine, the list is huge. This type of veneers made with porcelain is even famous for bringing a healthy and fresh look to your teeth, but they are somehow vulnerable to color changes. So, your teeth may not be as beautiful, if you do not control your diet and avoid taking foods or drinks which contain many colorants.

To conclude, choosing the veneers made of porcelain for resolving some teeth problems are very suitable so you can think of adopting this method, while keeping in mind their drawback too.

Parachuting Is Fun

What is the parachute? Nothing more than a thin, lightweight fabric, supported by tapes and suspension lines and attached to one’s body by special strong shoulder and waist straps, called risers, once manufactured out of silk. However, the days when parachutes were made out of silk have long passed. During the Second World War the parachutes introduced were made out from more durable materials, like woven nylon fabric. Today’s parachutes are made from a variety of long-lasting fabrics and materials, all selected to enhance performance and improve consistency over time; needless to say, something extremely important when one’s life is at stake!

According to the online version of Encyclopedia Britanica, the parachute is “a device that slows the vertical descent of a body falling through the atmosphere or the velocity of a body moving horizontally.” This is easier to understand, if one considers that through the use of a parachute a person increases his or her body’s surface area, which results in increased air resistance and thus a body’s motion slows down. Made out of soft and light fabrics, today’s parachute is both a pilot’s life savior device and a parachute fan’s exciting experience.

The word “parachute” is a combination of two French words: para (protect or shield) and chute (the fall). Thus, it literally means fall protection. But protecting oneself when falling from a height due to earth’s gravity, towards land or sea, is actually something that even when the parachute is worn still has to take place. Luckily, due to the industry’s innovations, contemporary parachutes come in a variety of shapes and types, while all are quite maneuverable and can be navigated.

The simpler version of parachute is the round one. Mainly used for their dragging features, in military, emergency units, and cargo applications, round parachutes are large mushroom-shaped canopies that prevent a body or object from falling on to the earth’s surface due to gravity. By extending the area of an object, these life-saving devices lower the velocity of a falling object or human being and thus, are greatly admired. Their contemporary version is much more stable than in the past and permits the person falling to navigate it towards the desired landing area. Other variations of the round parachute are the pull down apex parachute, the Para-Commander-type canopy, or the ribbon and ring parachutes. All offer different navigational experience to the one using them and are preferred in different circumstances and occasions.

Yet, no matter what your excuse to jump off a plane might be, it is absolutely essential to be professionally trained before attempting to use this device. Begin by conducting some research on the training facilities existing in your area and check their trainers’ profiles, hours of operation, plains, parachutes, uniforms worn by skydivers and other materials used prior to take off. Keep in mind that it is always best if you take some precaution before taking a risk.

Under Foot

Choosing the Best Flooring for Your Budget and Lifestyle

I get a lot of questions about flooring. Almost every day someone requests: "I need new flooring in my kitchen (mud room, powder room, kids' room – you name it) but I do not know where to start – how do I sort through all the options?"

Selecting the right flooring is not easy. You might have an idea of ​​the "look" you want, but will the end result be practical, cost-efficient and durable? Every room is different, as are our lifestyles, so there is no one recipe that works for all of us. This article will help by providing you with a list of questions that you need to ask yourself.

What is the style and function of the room?

Before you start, take time to consider how the room will actually be used. How big is the room? What is the level of traffic? Are kids going to play there? Is water damage possible? How much light does the room get?

How durable does it have to be?

If you want your floor to last, choosing the right material is a must. Bathrooms, bathrooms, mud rooms and laundry rooms require floors that can withstand water torture. Hardwood is long-repeating and you can refinish it as needed. Wood species differ in hardness, so the level of traffic should determine your choice. Ceramic and stone tile tend to crack or break if things get dropped on the floor. Laminate come to mind when you look for durability, and it works great in kids' playrooms and utility rooms. It is not an option although for those looking for "natural" materials.

How much comfort are you looking for?

Bathrooms and bathrooms are spaces where comfort underfoot is important. In winter, is not it nice to step out of the shower into a warm floor? Radiant heat works well with stone and ceramic tile. Remember that bathroom floors get slippery at times – select donated stone rather than the polished version, and look for tile with some texture to it. In kids' rooms, wall-to-wall carpeting is an option, as with playrooms and bedrooms. In the kitchen, hardwood is my favorite, although cork gives even more comfort underfoot while stone or ceramic tile may be hard on your back. Hardwood is also wonderful in the bedroom – just add a lush, high pile rug to make your morning landing a soft one.

What level of maintenance is acceptable?

Ceramic tile, stone and laminate definitely win in the maintenance department – a broom or vacuum and a mop should get the job done.

What about resale value?

When renovating, always have in mind what is "expected" of a home in your neighborhood. Quality materials and craftsmanship are always a great investment.

Is the "green factor" important to you?

If so, think stone or reclaimed hardwood. Cork is another great choice and is the king of renewable materials.

Flooring, AZ

Here is a brief glossary of popular flooring materials. Each comes in many price levels, so you should be able to find one that is right for your decorating style and budget.

Brick – is making a comeback. Because of its porous texture, it is easy to color so "brick red" is no longer the only option. Great in mud rooms and kitchens, it can continue into the patio for a seamless transition to the outdoors.

Carpeting – offers endless possibilities as far as style, color, pattern and texture. It is ever present in our bedrooms but also makes its way into living and dining rooms these days. Silk, wool, wool mixes, stain-resistant nylon, sisals and grasses – the style and function of a room will inform your choice.

Ceramic Tiles – as old as the art of decorating itself – they come in unlimited colors, many shapes and sizes giving one a chance to create a work of art in one's home.

Concrete – great choice for lofts and contemporary spaces, and you can color it to match other elements of the room. Very easy to clean.

Engineered wood – becoming more and more popular these days as many homeowners choose radiant heat as an alternative to baseboard or forced air systems. It can be installed directly on a concrete base.

Hardwood – pine, maple, walnut, cherry, oak, mahogany, bamboo, hickory, cypress … dizzy yet? With more than 50 wood species and unlimited stain colors, what to choose? My favorite is dark hardwood. Dark flooring makes a room seem larger. It also sets off white trim and furniture so it "pops" beautifully. Lighter floors are more informal and work well in rustic or coastal style rooms. If you want a lighter effect, there are ways to make wood look almost white – pickling, liming and bleaching, to name a few.

Laminate – a quick and inexpensive way to cover floors. The planks snap together and are installed over a soft padding material so no nails or glue are involved. The key is to check how realistic the planks look when put together. Some products appear "real," while others shout "fake" before you even enter the room.

Rugs – a beautiful addition to any room, they go on any hard floor, setting the feel and creating warmth. It is easier then ever to get rugs in custom colors, patterns and sizes, with many companies offering inexpensive ways to create your own look.

Stone – a beautiful and classic choice. After you select your stone, you still need to decide: polished, honed or tumbled?

How to Create Your Own Virtual Private Network

With so many people constantly on the move, the temptation to use an open Wi-Fi network like those found in coffee shops and fast food restaurants increases daily. The problem with open networks is that although the internet connection is free, your data becomes vulnerable to hackers or people with the knowledge to steal your information right out of the air.

Simple things like checking your email, logging onto your banks website, or any other secure search on an open wireless network, sends your username and password over the air just long enough for someone who knows what they are doing, to steal your information and your identity. This is where VPN’s or Virtual Private Networks have grown in popularity over the years. They provide the user with a secure way of surfing the web.

Until now, you only had two choices when it came to secure web searches, VPN’s or Dedicated Security Appliance. VPN’s are easy to install and use. If you know how to download an app and put in a username and password, you are pretty much set. The downside to using VPN’s is the monthly service fee if you are using the paid version. The free versions while cost effective come with advertising for their service, which can get disruptive. VPN’s also do not help you to get back to your ISP, which is another downside. Dedicated Security Appliance’s requires and intermediate knowledge of computers in order to set up that method. Once set up though, the usage is relatively simple. This solution uses your very own firewall to help you achieve secure web browsing. The downside is that you would still be using your own ISP network, and it can be expensive to set up.

Another option is to build your very own VPN with DD-WRT to achieve secure web browsing. There are about four steps to this process with an important warning. Do not use your primary router for this job, as you may need to use the internet to troubleshoot problems.

1. Getting DDT-WRT

Even though you can look up online how to flash a router with DD-WRT, your router still needs to have a compatible version of DD-WRT with the VPN tab under services. If the VPN tab is not there, update the instillation. Then you will need a good power source. If your router is struggling power wise under its regular load, this will put it past the breaking point, so make sure you have a big enough power source.

2. Write down the installation process

This is extremely important and you will need four things:

a. The username and password of the router you will be using.

b. The external IP address of the router (192.168.1.300) for example.

c. The internal IP address of the router (192.168.300.1) for example.

d. Finally, you will need the internal DHCP range of the router.

3. Enabling the Virtual Private Network Servers

Even though a security flaw has caused the DD-WRT VPN servers to depreciate, and that flaw is hard to exploit, it is still a good starter VPN server. As time goes, you may want to move to an open VPN. The first step is to login and go to the “Services” tab. Next, click the “VPN” sub-tab where there will be two boxes, the “PPTP Server” and the PPTP Client. Click the “PPTP Server”. Enter the external IP address of your router in the “Server IP” box. Then, you want to enter a range of IP’s that the connecting computer will be using into the “clients IP” box (For example 192.168.300.310-320- etc.). Also, make sure to use the internal range of the router. Enter the usernames and passwords into the CHAP-Secrets section, putting each entry on a new line.

4. Enabling the Client

Each mobile client may be a bit different, but the basic principle is the same. For Android devices with Android 4.1 or higher, the steps are as follows.

o Go into configurations

o enter the “more networks” tab

o click “VPN”

o then click the “+” sign to add a VPN

o Name it

o Type in the server address

o Click save then click the connection

o Enter your username and password the click connect and you should be done.

Now that you know how to create your own VPN, surfing the web will now be a safe activity. Enjoy!

MOSAIC Method – Online Threat Assessment Tool For Domestic Violence Victims

When I was a police officer, I found an effective tool to combat domestic violence. The threat assessment is used by virtually every governmental entity from The U.S. Marshals to court justices. It was made by Gavin De Becker, security expert and author of The Gift of Fear. De Becker, who says that violent crimes against women are often predictable, preventable, and committed by someone the victim knows, has developed a new threat assessment tool called MOSAIC. MOSAIC helps to determine the level of danger an abused woman has of being killed by her intimate partner. It is free and available to the public. Using the Danger Assessment requires the weighted scoring and interpretation that is provided after completing the training. The Danger Assessment is available in a variety of languages.

The danger assessment is a free, online assessment that, according to the website, works by “breaking a situation down factor-by-factor, like pieces of a puzzle, and then seeing what picture emerges when you put them together. MOSAIC helps the assessor weigh the present situation in light of expert opinion and research, and instantly compare the present situation to past cases where the outcomes are known.”

There are several types of situations that MOSAIC can assess: Domestic Violence (by a male or female), Workplace Violence, Threat by a Student, Threats to Public Figures, or Threats to Judicial Figures. The Domestic Violence assessment is the only one that is available to the general public; the other assessments have restricted access.

MOSAIC’s Domestic Violence assessment is easy to use. You simply log onto the site and answer 48 questions, which takes about 30 minutes. Based on the answers, MOSAIC assesses the likelihood that violence will escalate and rates that threat on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the greatest potential for violence. The site is highly secure, with many prompts that suggest ways to keep your information safe and private.

If you or someone you know is in any kind of abusive situation, I highly recommend using this tool to assess the potential for violence. Too many people fall victim to relationship violence because they deny or don’t understand the potential for serious harm. MOSAIC can help paint the bigger picture, and that may provide the wake-up call that saves your life or the life of someone you love.

If you or a loved one need help, please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline (www.ndvh.org) on the web or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

Modern Chandeliers

In ancient times, a chandelier used to be a branched candleholder, in modern times it has turned into a branched electric light holder. Where in ancient times chandeliers were purely functional, in modern times they are mostly ornamental. Modern chandeliers are not the only source of light in the room where they are installed. They are the optional source turned on on only occasionally.

Even unclear, the modern chandelier acts as a highly ornamental piece adding to the beauty of the room it hangs in. This is because modern chandeliers are made with a lot of care and a lot of attention is given to detail. A chandelier often becomes the focal point of the room, so intricate designs and excellent craftsmanship is needed to turn out pieces that are pleasing to the eye.

Modern chandeliers are made in various shapes and sizes and from different materials. Metal chandeliers made of wrought iron are very popular and have a wide share of the market. Glass chandeliers are available across a wide price range. Small delicate ones that can add an element of style to even a small room, to elaborately designed intricate crystal ones, glass chandeliers offer a range of variety.

A whole range of slim, trim and polished steel chandeliers is available for the modern home. Chandeliers like these are especially designed for modern homes with clean cut furniture and blend in with the décor.

There are no defining boundaries for the designs of modern chandeliers. A popular Dutch design company has come out with designs as diverse milk bottle chandeliers that have just one light bulb to elaborate ones with 85 light bulbs. Sleek deigns are the hallmark of modern chandeliers. Sleek designs ensure that there are fewer number of surfaces to clean. This fits in very well with the modern fast paced lifestyle. Less maintenance hassles make modern chandeliers a sensible buy.

TrailMaster Lift Kits – The Only Way To Avoid The Problems With Pot Holes

I am 21 and come from Germany. Now I have to do an internship in the U.S. for 6 months that takes place in San Diego. I love this city! Everything is so different from my home in Germany and everyone knows that different things are better things. And to be honest this saying is true in my case. I love the beaches here, the weather and of course the people. They are so friendly and open minded. We have had the best parties here during my first days after my arrival. But one thing is definitely better in Germany; the condition of the streets. We spend so much money on the improvement of the roads and highways that it is nearly ridiculous, but I didn’t fully understand the advantages of this policy until I came to the USA. In Germany, there are no damages to the car and no sudden scares due to road holes during drives. It is awesome. But here in the USA it is quite the contrast. There are road holes everywhere and you must take care to avoid all the threats of these. This is why I asked a few guys what to do with my car. I have a Cadillac Escalade and I am not willing to destroy it within the first two months. So, one of my American friends gave me some advice. He said that suspension lift kits are able to lift my car so that it can not touch the ground when driving over a pothole. Beside this great benefit, it also makes my car look great. So I found two benefits from just one piece of advice. Is this not the American dream? Maybe not yet, but you just have to imagine two hot girls sitting in the car and watching a fat flat screen and playing PlayStation during the drive; I think then your dream came true.

But I want to tell you more details about the TrailMaster lift kit because I think my friend is right about the benefits of it. Each Trailmaster Suspension Lift Kit comes complete with all the components you need to raise your rig from 2″ to 6″ and I think it is very important to have this attribute. Beside that I want to mention that only hard-wearing materials, like ductile iron and high-grade steel, are used to build Trailmaster Lift Kits. Another benefit for me, since I’m not such a car freak, is the fact that you can install it by yourself in 1 day with basic tools and moderate mechanical skill. I think these advantages are enough argument to buy these products. And I think I will buy it as soon as possible and possibly I take it with me to Germany. Of course I do not need it in order to avoid the difficulties with the road holes, as I mentioned, but it looks so great. And looking great is a benefit in each country!

Installing a Stair Lift to Increase Safety

Walking up and down the stairs is something that is difficult for many individuals who are over 65 or suffer from medical conditions that effect their mobility. Not only is climbing the stairs difficult, but it is also dangerous, so many people choose to install a stair lift.

A fall down the stairs can be devastating and is the leading cause of hospitalization and incidental death among people over 65 For this reason, many avoid the stairs or rely on friends and family to help them. In some cases the inability to safely use the stairs may seem cause for a dramatic life change, such as a move, but none of this is necessary if you choose to install a stair lift, which is also often called stair chairs.

A stair chair gets its name, because a person is able to move up and down the stairs in a chair. A track is secured to the stairs and an electric motor then moves the chair along the track. Depending on the type of lift, some are capable of supporting over 500 pounds. These models are considered heavy duty stair chairs and also feature seats that are wider and reinforced. Most non-heavy duty lifts support around 350 pounds.

Individuals who have straight stairways are usually able to install a stair lift for much less than the cost of a residential elevator. In these cases, the stairway lift can also be installed without any major home renovation and often in less than a week. Several do-it-yourself kits are available that can be installed in only a few hours. If you do not feel comfortable or qualified to do the installation, you can have the lift professionally installed as well, which still costs considerably less than an elevator.

Those that have a straight stairway or one that is 'L' shaped and has a 90 degree bend, can usually install a straight stair chair with little difficulty, but those with curved steps are not so lucky. A curved lift will have to be custom built and professionally installed. Usually the cost is at least a hundred times more than a regular stair chair. The curved lift also will only work for the staircase it was designed, which greatly limits the resale value. In this case, a residential elevator is a good option.

Unlike the curved lift, the elevator will recoup much of its initial cost when the house is sold. Several quality residential elevator kits are available that can easily be retro-fitted into a home. They can be installed into wooden frames, without the necessity of having a brick or concrete elevator shaft. A vertical space between floors is necessary, but often times a hallway closet provides the perfect space. Since the cost and time it takes to build and install a curved lift and an elevator are reliably the same, the elevator is almost always the preferred choice.

Using a stair chair or an elevator is an excellent way to decrease the risk of a fall. In many instances they can be easily installed for a very affordable rate, without requiring excessive home construction.

Electric Cookers – Fast and Simple Cooking

With the introduction of electric cookers, your problem of cooking has been solved. You can now make tasty food in no time with the help of these appliances. No matter what you want to cook, whether it is rice or potatoes or any other vegetable, you can cook them in it. You can also use a rice cooker to do simple and effective cooking. You do not need to sit in front of the appliance and wait till it cooks. There is an automatic timer that switches off when the rice is ready.

With cooking time dramatically being reduced, you can get more time for the other household work. Also you can concentrate more on cooking top quality food. Kitchen Appliances are an essential part of your kitchen. They make life very easy in kitchen. With the help of these electronic machines, you can speed up your meal preparations.

These days, you have many choices to make about kitchen appliances. So spend your time researching about different models and find the right appliance for your needs. But you need to consider various things like what are your cooking needs and what is your budget. What you buy should meet your eating requirements. These days, you can find a multitude of latest technology cooking appliances. A tasty and delicious food is what we always look forward to. If you have a device that can cook food automatically, you no longer have to be dependent on anyone.

Working people do not like spending most of their time in kitchen. When they come back to home after a hectic schedule, they like to relax and do some fast cooking. They are always looking for convenient cooking devices which cook food automatically.

No more are cookers simple cooking utensils of the past. They have come a long way offering great functionalities and utilities. Since cooking is an important activity in every house, there is a need of late cooking appliances so that cooking may be made easy and efficient. This useful kitchen tool is used for various beneficial reasons. Food can be cooked speedily in this device.

Since it takes less time to cook food in this special electrical device, you can utilize your time in other things. Earlier, you could find pressure cookers made up of aluminum or stainless steel. There are Rangemaster electric cookers that have really made cooking more easy and convenient. Just remember that it is always recommended to go through the user manual and safety precautions first before using your electric pressure cooker for the first time.

If you boil potatoes in a utensil, it would take around 30 min to boil them. But if you boil them in a cooker, they would be ready in 10 min time. This is because of steam that is formed in it because of the sealed lid. Hotpoint electric cookers have become popular people these days. This easy to use appliance comes with user friendly controls and safety features. With these devices, you can literally enjoy food cooking.

While buying electrical appliances, you need to research about a variety of brands, price and features. The higher temperature of cooker helps in cooling faster. These hi-tech cookers are a one stop solution to your cooking needs. Whether it is frying, heating, roasting or boiling, these appliances can help you. They are perfect for large families and are a great time saver.

There are rice cookers that are best for preparing steamed rice. They automatically shut off after the rice cooks. So cook delicious meals while retaining important vitamins and minerals. These electronic devices are being used since ages and are the preferred choice of many who want delicious food in less time.

The various advantages of these appliances are:

They save time and cook healthy.

They are good for large families.

They make flavored meals in less time.

They are safe to use.

When you have decided to buy an electric cooker, you need to prioritize your needs. If you have a large family, you can consider a large model which is ideal for you and your family. You can find cheap electric cookers easily in the online market.

An electric cooker can make your life easy by cooking mouth-watering meals in very less time. No matter what you want to cook, whether it is rice or potatoes or any other vegetable, you can cook them in it. You can also use a rice cooker to do simple and effective cooking. You do not need to sit in front of the appliance and wait till it cooks. There is an automatic timer that switches off when the rice is ready

Why You Cannot Trust TSH 3 and 4 Test Results for Thyroid Health and Wellness

I advise all of my clients to specify a full thyroid panel of tests when they get a checkup. Those of us with autoimmune diseases and those with degenerative diseases such as cancer, obesity and other potentially serious diseases often have undetected thyroid issues. In addition to those with health issues, men and women who are 40 and older, whether they have diseases or not, should request full thyroid panel testing when getting a physical.

I have vitiligo — an autoimmune disease that is often seen as a symptom of a malfunctioning thyroid. Medical doctors were slow to recognize the correlation between thyroid health and vitiligo. I was one advocate in the 1990s who encouraged fellow vitiligo sufferers to take my research to their doctors and demand, if they had to, thyroid testing. Back then, most medical doctors thought of vitiligo as only a “cosmetic” disease. Unfortunately, many still do.

What I’ve found over the years is, many people like myself, have thyroid problems that go undetected when our doctors test for TSH 3 & 4, without more thorough testing. I’ve has symptoms of hypo-thyroidism most of my life, but not once has it ever shown up in TSH 3 & TSH4 tests. Ever.

I had a physical 2 weeks ago. I requested the full panel of thyroid tests. The doctor questioned why I wanted it, asking if I had problems in the past. Though my thyroid always tested within “normal” range, I have known I was hypo-thyroid pretty much all of my life based on my lifelong vitiligo and other symptoms such as low body temperature. So, I had to persuade this doctor to do what she should do for every patient — fully check my thyroid for dysfunction.

When my test results came in the mail this past Monday, my TSH 3 and TSH 4 showed a perfectly normal thyroid range; however, the tests that I had to persuade the doctor to do showed a different story. It showed that I was bordering hypothyroid/Hashimoto’s disease. These results are very typical of those of us with vitiligo and/or other autoimmune diseases. It is also typical of many sufferers of other diseases, and for many whose thyroid tests in normal range in the standard TSH 3 & TSH 4 tests.

Undetected thyroid problems are epidemic in the USA, and a large undetected part of the problems of obesity, diabetes and cancers, as many natural health professionals such as myself believe. In the USA, the average person gets little to no iodine in their diet, which is necessary to nourish the thyroid. Bread eaters are blocking absorption of the iodine that may occasionally get in their iodine-poor standard American diets. Supplementing iodine is mandatory for health, thanks to removal of iodine from, and the addition of bromine to bread products.

Since my 20’s when I uncovered my own hypo-thyroidism/Hashimoto’s tendency via symptoms and by performing the Basal Temperature Test, I’ve supplemented to improve and nourish my thyroid. My current regimen includes Iodoral iodine, plus raw thyroid glandular supplements to nourish my thyroid to function properly. My body usually signals me when my regimen needs tweaking. I encourage my clients to find a qualified endocrinologist in addition to learning how to monitor their own thyroids via the Basal Temperature test. Once clients learn the symptoms of thyroid problems and learn to listen to their bodies, they often can tell when something is off.

Since many doctors do not go beyond the TSH 3 & 4 thyroid tests, I encourage you to take a proactive role in your health care. Insist on full panel thyroid tests. If I had not insisted on the Thyroid Antibodies test, my bloodwork would’ve missed a very important fact — I have a thyroid problem! Since the thyroid controls every metabolic process in my body, my entire state of health — both physical and mental — were at stake.

As stated earlier, I’ve regulated my thyroid since my early 20s and I can sense when my thyroid is off. I knew I had to up my supplements based on how I felt and how my body was holding onto weight. I listen to my body and I know when I either need to lower or raise my supplements, which changes with age, stress levels, lifestyle changes, etc.

A simple basal temperature thermometer is helpful to gauge your own thyroid health, with the Basal Temperature Test. Shake the thermometer down at night, and check your armpit temperature as soon as you awaken, without stirring much, for 5 consecutive days. If your temperature is consistently low, consider further testing, because it signals thyroid issues, despite TSH 3 and 4 results. Find a qualified endocrinologist who is open to your concerns and proactive stance regarding your health when asking for full panel thyroid testing. It could save your health, and ultimately, your life.

Use A Webinar To Build A List Both Before And After A Webinar

Have you run a webinar yet? Or have you at least heard or attended a webinar? It's a live online event, usually one or two hours, where one person can present their computer screen, present PowerPoint slides or a web page, and live on that call, speak out some kind of narration or training.

What's great about a webinar is you can teach one to many, you can have hundreds of people show up, you can teach a paid class, you can teach for free, you can pitch, and what's great is that webinars are great business building tools in many ways because you can use your existing contacts to get more people to show up. You can use webinars to build relationships. You can use webinars to get new prospects and new buyers.

The easiest thing to do to get more people on a webinar is to contact your existing leads and get them to show up to your webinar. This means that if you are building an email subscriber list using a service such as Aweber, you should type out a quick email, give your subscribers your webinar link, get hundreds and hundreds of people to register and attend this live event.

Another great tool is this thing called an affiliate program. An easy way to sign up for an affiliate program is a service such as ClickBank. ClickBank allows you to run a referral program or an affiliate program which means that if you sell a $ 100 product from a pitch webinar, they will give anyone who refere people $ 50 for every $ 100 that you make. This means that even if you have no existing contacts, you have an affiliate program, tell these affiliates to promote your link to their email subscribers, to their social media followers and their blog followers, now you get access to new leads, new prospects, make more sales than you would have on your own.

Finally, you can use various sites to list your webinar. You may have heard of sites like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or LinkedIn. These are all social media sites where you make friends, find friends of friends, and now they can see what you post on your wall, and vice versa.

If you make lots of real estate friends on Facebook and you're running a webinar about real estate, you can post this link to your Facebook wall, you can set up a Facebook event, even run paid ads and pay Facebook for people to click and register for this event.

Once you have your first few people registering for your event, it's important to remind them several times before the webinar to make sure they attend. That means keep posting on your social media sites such as Facebook, keep telling your associates to send out emails, and send out your own email to your own customers and prospects to make sure they show up.

Once the big day comes, present for about an hour about your favorite subject – about the subject that they're all talking about. Solve a few of their problems and pitch a paid product at the end – low-ticket or high-ticket. Record that webinar.

Now that you have a webinar recording, you can do two things.

First of all, if your webinar recording is really great, charge for it. If your webinar taught several things, lasted several hours, and got people great results, there's no problem charging $ 10, $ 50, $ 100, or more for a webinar recording because what is it? It's a video. It is video training.

On the other hand, if you'd rather use your webinar recording to build a list, here's something you can do. Place the webinar recording – the video – on a web page with nothing else on it but a link to buy your product. Set up what's called an "email opt-in" page.

Create a force squeeze page where there's nothing else to do but enter a name and email address to continue. That way, when people come to your blog or website, they see a web page where they're asked to enter their name and email address in exchange for a free training video. They enter it in, fill it out, and they get sent along to your webinar recording. Even if they do not buy right away, you now have built a larger list of email subscribers.

That's how you use webinars to build a list before and after a webinar. Promote it using email, affiliates, and social media. Send reminders as a webinar comes up. Use that webinar to build a list by putting it behind a forced opt-in page and to make extra sales.

Quit Smoking Plan – Full Proof Plans

Quit smoking plan and a commitment to follow it strictly is a must to ensure when one plans of quitting smoking. Putting a stop on smoking is no doubt a difficult job, but with proper planning and careful research one can overcome all possible hurdles he or she is likely to encounter.

Full Proof Plan to quit smoking

o Quit Smoking plan starts with marking quit day on calendar.

o Do not forget to discuss your stop smoking plan with doctor or health care provider. Ask him or her about some quit smoking medications or counseling. Using medication or counseling improves the chances of success and combining them turns out to be even more effectual.

o Let your colleagues or families know about your quit smoke plans. They can become a good source of ethical support to you.

o Throw away all tobacco or other smoking products from home, office, car or other places. Do not keep cigarette in hands, in case as you can not defy the temptation. In addition, consider well cleaned teeth as your inspiration to stay firm on the decision of quitting smoke.

o Keep a stock of different items that can be used as replacements like crunchy vegetables, cinnamon sticks, hard candy and sugarless gum.

o There are many clinics and hospitals that offer some stop smoking groups or special classes. You can join them to get support of people who have either stopped smoking or want to. Some stop smoking counselors also provide necessary guidance through simple text messages.

Quit smoking plan does not end here. If you had attempted earlier for smoke cessation, but failed, try to find out the reasons what things you encountered in the way and why you are going to start it again.

Summary

Before following any smoking cessation plan, you need to identify first what can work and what can not. It is better to enlist all triggers beforehand and then deciding how to use each of them.