With more and more celebrities being spotted with an electronic cigarette in their hands, it’s no wonder that the world looks set to follow suit. Everyone from Johnny Depp to Courtney Love have been spotted with the latest quitting tool and some are even moving into advertising contracts for the brands. So, what is it that makes this tool so different from more traditional nicotine replacement therapies such as patches and chewing gum, well they help with the physical cravings as well as the mental side, that gum doesn’t cover, but they are also better for the overall environment. Here is why the phenomenon is set to help with greener living.
One of the most harmful aspects to the environment is the disposal of cigarettes, the filters cause the most damaging effects upon the environment as they do not degrade, due to the cellulose material they are made from, it takes approximately 12 years for them to completely disappear. They may only be small, but they litter the streets, fill up landfill and clog up drains as they accumulate. In the US, cigarette filter disposal costs the tax payers $11.5 billion to clean up* and this is on top of the decline in smoking due to global cigarette bans. Although electronic cigarettes and especially e cigarette refills need to be disposed of correctly, we will get to that later, the evidence suggests that by switching to these, you will be saving the environment and the economy for the high cleanup costs.
Electronic cigarettes are not biodegradable, so simply throwing them in the bin is not going to help the environment, but there are ways that you can continue to use the holder and dispose of the contents responsibly. E Cigarettes work by using a small canister and battery held within the body of the cigarette that contains a small amount of water and liquid nicotine. When you breathe through the cigarette, you will release a small amount of nicotine into your system, the same way an actual cigarette does but you won’t get any of the carcinogenic qualities of actual smoke. As with any product that uses batteries and/or electrical components, these need to be disposed of at battery recycling point – found across the country.
If electronic cigarettes are disposed of in this manner, then there should be literally NO harm to the environment at all. They contain no smoke, nothing is burned within them, this also helps to cut down on excess carbon monoxide entering the atmosphere. A recent survey into the environmental effects of cigarette smoke found that;
“Cigarette users inhale four times the carbon monoxide found in car exhaust. The smoke from one pack of cigarettes can raise the carbon monoxide concentration in a home to twice the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safety limit for outdoor air” (http://www.carbon-monoxide-survivor.com)
That evidence is only from 1 pack of cigarettes, so contemplate the damage from thousands upon thousands of cigarettes – not a good picture. Now that we know that cigarettes pose a large environmental risk and a high health risk, the only question left is what are you waiting for? swap to an Electronic Cigarette today and start your smoke free journey.
Andy Moss is a freelance writer for TABlites with a keen interest in Green Issues.
Stress can be a good thing. It is a little stress that helps us to reach our goals or keep on top of life’s demands. Without stress, it is likely that nothing would ever get done!
However, when the stress gets to be too much, it can have serious effects on your health. Amongst other things, stress can lead to high blood pressure, strokes and event heart disease. On a psychological level, it can cause anxiety, panic attacks, social hostility, etc. So, if you are under too much stress, it is incredibly important that you find a way to relieve that stress. Even temporarily, relieving the stress can make you feel much better. But how can you do this.
Have you ever considered aromatherapy? Aromatherapy is the practice of using scents and essential oils to create a certain desired effect.
To calm stress, a lovely long soak in Baldwin’s Synergy Harmonising Bath Oil could be just what you need. It includes a blend of essential oils that are fantastic for inducing relaxation. In particular, it has lavender extract – which is widely accepted as the number one thing for stress relief and relaxation. If you need any more relaxation, you could also buy a bottle of the body oil, which you can just massage into your skin, or you could add a little to a bowl of water to the room and let it fill the air with wonderful relaxing fragrance.
You could even invest in a diffuser or burner, especially for your oils. Oil burners work by heating up the oils, thus slowly allowing them to evaporate into the air; whist diffusers are great for ensuring a constant and steady release of the oil.
Once you have finished with your oils, it is very important that you keep it well sealed – if you leave it exposed it will become useless, as all of the aroma will be lost. A wide variety of storage bottles can be purchased in all shapes and sizes for oil storage, and are especially great if you like to mix aromas.
No longer is the problem of bleeding gums associated with adults only. Unhygienic oral health and inconsistent flossing habits have made this a common issue these days. People having bleeding gums complain about the pain and discomfort caused due to blood secretion. This problem has become so common these days that people do not even bother to visit a dentist and learn about the causes. They keep on taking pain killers until the pain becomes unbearable and incurable by the regular analgesic drugs.
Natural remedies for bleeding gums are a perfect solution. These home remedies have proved to be very successful over the last few years, even in the cure of some severe cases of bleeding gums. This article presents some of the most effective natural remedies for bleeding gums.
Vitamin C/Citrus Fruits
Intake of vitamin C through fruits and natural products is the most ancient and effective cure for bleeding gums. Back in the Renaissance period, sailors used to eat lime to protect their gums from bleeding. All the citrus foods are rich in vitamin C. For those suffering from bleeding gums, increase the intake of your favorite citrus fruits. These include oranges, mango, lime, kiwi, grapefruit, strawberry and papaya. Also try to add red peppers, broccoli or cantaloupe in your daily meals. Moreover, it is not advisable to take vitamin C chewable candies or supplements without proper medical consultation as these may cause acidity or allergies to some.
Doctors highly recommend people of all ages to drink two glasses of milk on a daily basis. Milk is a high source of calcium, which strengthens the gums and prevents them from bleeding. People who are allergic to lactose may take soya milk and yogurt to fulfill the daily need of calcium.
Clove is one of the most successful natural remedies for bleeding gums. It can be used either way, chewing or just keeping it in the mouth. Gentle massage of clove oil on gums also prevents the gums from bleeding.
Baking soda is one of the oldest and easiest home remedies for the treatment of bleeding gums. The acidic properties of baking soda serve as an anti-bacterial agent which fights off the infection and prevents the gums from bleeding. It can either be directly applied to the mouth, or can be applied in the form of a thick paste of soda and water.
Green tea is one of the quickest ways to stop the gums from bleeding. Those who do not like green tea can just gargle with it. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of green tea reduce the bleeding and minimize the pain. You can also add some grated ginger in the tea. This will elevate the immunity system and help in the cure of infection.
Tea Tree Oil
The antibiotic properties of tea tree oil gives immediate relief from pain and long-term use can cure the gum infection. One should not apply the oil directly however. It is recommended to use an approved and medicated tea tree oil toothpaste twice a day.
Raw vegetables, cranberry juice, basil leaves and chamomile oil are some other natural medicines for the treatment of bleeding gums. Moreover, a gentle gums massage is highly recommended as it increases the blood circulation and strengthens the gums. Dental flossing and routine checkups are a few things that one should never forget.
Natural remedies are always harmless with no side effects. The right application of home remedies eliminates the need of dental treatments, extractions or surgeries. It is better to opt for natural remedies when the problem first appears, rather than waiting for it get worse and incurable through home treatment.
Termites, bugs, vermin and other insects are proven to be a nuisance in buildings. If left unchecked these critters can cause major structural damage, which can be expensive to repair and can put the occupants’ health at risk. For instance, heavy termite infestations are found to cause more damage compared to fire, storms, floods and earthquakes combined. In the US alone, termite attacks have accounted for $5 billion of damage each year.
All too often, infestations occur in buildings that have wood or timber framing. This is not surprising at all considering that wood is an organic material, making it a great food source for some pests such as termites. Over time, wood may also develop cracks and gaps due to frequent exposure to changing weather conditions, providing easy access for vermin, bugs and other insects.
If you are thinking of building a new home, office, storage shed or barn, you do not want any of the aforesaid pests to inhabit and cause damage to your structure. Luckily, you will be able to prevent the threat of infestations by choosing to build with a steel building.
Steel building systems have long been used to create durable and customizable structures. However, they are also widely recognized for their efficient design that provides them the ability to resist infestations. Here are two ways how steel buildings address the issue of infestation.
Steel buildings are inorganic and hardy
Steel, which is the primary component of steel buildings, is impervious to infestations simple because it is inorganic and hardy. That means it does not provide a food source for termites and other wood-infesting insects, and cannot be chewed through by bugs, rats and other types of vermin. As a matter of fact, steel is rated as an infestation-resistant material by a number of building codes worldwide. So when you build with steel there is no need for you to install physical or chemical barriers to prevent parasites from infesting your property as a steel building already has an in-built structural protection capable of resisting a number of attacks.
Steel buildings are designed to create a tight envelope
In areas where bugs, rats and other vermin are active, wood framed buildings are particularly susceptible against attacks because they develop cracks, holes and gaps that serve as the main entry points for these pests. This is not the case with steel buildings, though.
Because all the components that go into a steel structure are designed to have consistent quality and follow strict industry standards, they remain dimensionally steady and they do not shrink, rot or sag even under heavy load. When they are connected together, they create a tight envelope that is free of cracks, holes and gaps, which means pests do not have ready access to the rest of the building. Additionally, because a steel building uses good concrete foundation, pests like rodents cannot dig their way into the structure.
As you can see, steel structures make for excellent building systems not only because they are durable, attractive and cost efficient. They are also resistant to infestations because they do not support conditions that attract termites, bugs, rodents and other vermin. So for your next construction project, consider using a steel building. Doing so will guarantee that your property will be protected against infestations and at the same time will save you money from frequent inspections.
This post was penned by Ericka, a freelance writer who has written different posts about a wide variety of topics, though she is particularly interested in construction and home improvement. She is also a regular contributor for Steel Buildings Design, a company known for designing, supplying and erecting high quality steel buildings in UK.
Is the brick wall outside your house marked with graffiti? Graffiti is scratching of pictures, symbols, and letters on the walls, sidewalks, and buildings with paint or other materials. Of these, paint is the most difficult to remove, but not impossible. Here are a few tips to remove graffiti from brick
Removing Spray Paint Graffiti from Brick Walls
Spray paint looks permanent, but it can be easily removed using various solvents or pressure washing.
This is the best and most recommended method of removing spray paint graffiti. Pressure washing involves using a wide-nozzle pressure washer under 700 psi. The wide-nozzle will ensure that no etchings are left behind, and the low pressure ensures that the brick colour does not change from red to orange
To remove graffiti using pressure wash, follow the steps given below
1. Before you begin washing, place water absorbing mats in the surrounding area to ensure that the chemicals do not get into creeks. Wear safety goggles and rubber gloves.
2. Holding the washer at a distance of 3 feet from the brick wall, wet the wall and the graffiti.
3. Use a small quantity of paint stripper to cover the graffiti and the brick wall. Use a paintbrush. Let it remain for 10-15 minutes.
4. Scrub the graffiti off the brick using a scrub.
5. Rinse using the power washer.
Mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, and methylene chloride are also used to remove paint-based graffiti from brick.
a) Mineral Spirits – These do not leave behind any odour. You can also use turpentine to remove graffiti, in the absence of mineral spirits. Saturate an old cloth with the solution and moisten the graffiti. Let it remain for 10 minutes before cleaning it.
b) Lacquer Thinner – This is more effective than mineral spirits. Scrub the graffiti with the thinner to remove it.
c) Methylene Chloride – This solvent is also commonly used for cleaning the paint brushes. It is harmful, and you should always wear mask and gloves before using it.
There are two methods of blasting – sandblasting and soda blasting.
This is a lesser-known method of removing graffiti from a brick wall. It is best not to attempt doing sandblasting by yourself as it may cause pores in the brick that can weaken the wall. Also, sandblasting must not be done aggressively. Call a professional to remove graffiti using sandblasting technique.
When using a sandblaster, keep the tip of the device moving over the graffiti and the other areas of the brick.
Soda Blasting Technique
You can also try baking soda blaster. This is a new method of blasting and is very effective. It is also an eco-friendly method, as no chemicals are used. Soda blasting is FDA approved.
The technique involves using soda bicarbonate, which is eco-friendly and water-soluble. It does not cause contamination and does not leave behind unpleasant odour. Another advantage is that it is inexpensive and therefore, everyone can afford it.
Soda is propelled using a low pressure and high volume dry or wet machine on the graffiti. When the soda blast comes into contact with the graffiti, the soda particles explode, causing release of energy. This energy removes the graffiti without causing any damage to the surface.
Soda blasting is a type of a graffiti cleaning method. The only disadvantage is that it leaves behind a white residue.
It is always good to do a small patch test on a small area on the brick wall before you attempt to remove the graffiti. This is essential for good results.
Graffiti is found in almost all urban areas. The removal of graffiti is time-consuming and exhausting. But, using pressure-washing techniques along with soda bicarbonate ensures clean bricks. The technique is also environment friendly. Take safety precautions before you start with the removal.
About the author:
Martin Softly operated Graffiti Removal Perth, experts in removing graffiti from brick and other surfaces.
The causes of yeast infection
About 75% of women between the age of 20 and 40 will have at least one yeast infection in their lifetime.
Yeast infections are caused by high levels of yeast that have gone out of control. This can take place due to a number of factors. Fingers and toes that develop yeast infection in their webs were infected due to undue sweating. Get some loose, cotton socks; they help your feet get more air and dry the sweat that often occurs when feet are confined in shoes.
Vaginal yeast infections occur when a woman is having her period or is pregnant. This flows from hormonal changes that occur in her body. Oral contraceptive pills and steroids also add to vaginal yeast infections. A stressed-out emotional state or a compromised immune system can also cause a yeast infection. Yeast infections have been known to occur due to vaginal injuries.
Other types of yeast infections can be induced by taking antibiotics. In normal human body function, the yeast fungus is kept to healthy levels because our “good” bacteria kills some of it. However, if we take antibiotics to kill off “bad” bacteria, we often get rid of the good ones along with it. This leaves the yeast with no natural predator; so much yeast is allowed to grow that an infection takes place. This is a good reason to take antibiotics only when absolutely required.
Once you see the causes and symptoms of yeast infection, you will be equipped to combat it. Although you may not be able to ward off all yeast infections in the future, you will know how to protect yourself from most of them.
How to recognize yeast infection
It’s all depends on which part of the body is being attacked. Oral yeast infections, also known as thrush, are fairly common in babies. Thrush will appear as a red patch of skin in the mouth; often, this rash will be coated with what appear to be milk curds. All the same, this is not milk; don’t try to clean it off, or bleeding may result. A rash on the skin from a yeast infection will typically have a scalloped shape and may have several patchy, red areas on the surrounding skin.
A vaginal yeast infection will have symptoms including redness, irritation of the tissues, and swelling. There may be a white discharge that is noticeably thicker than the discharge that occurs with ovulation. In some cases, it may be clumpy to the point that it resembles cottage cheese. There may be discoloration. Urination is likely to cause burning pain, and intercourse may also be uncomfortable. The vaginal area will probably be very dry and itchy.
See your doctor to be sure that you do have a yeast infection and not some other kind of infection. Your doctor will be able to prescribe a medication to help your body fight off the yeast infection.
The eyes should never be taken for granted and should be looked after to keep them healthy. Healthy eyes not only mean improved vision, but your general wellbeing will also benefit. Just because you are having no vision problems or no irritation of your eyes, does not mean you should forego your eye examinations or neglect your eye health. Make looking after your eyes a part of your daily routine. It is actually quite easy to eat for good vision. Eye health is as simple as looking at what you put on your plate.
Eat plenty of greens
Greens such as spinach and kale help delay macular degeneration. It all comes back to colour and anything green and leafy is a boost for your eye health.
There are many supplements available specific to eye health. Vitamins A, B2, C and E are essential for good eye health, as well as selenium and zinc. Vitamin C is also found in citrus fruits, sweet potatoes and strawberries. Omega 3 fatty acids and lutein also play an important role in good eye health. These vitamins help delay age related macular degeneration, cataracts and vision problems. Vitamin A, also found in milk and eggs, is essential to enable the retina to function properly.
Protect your eyes from glare and exposure to harsh sunlight and harmful UVA and UVB rays. Wear good quality sunglasses when outdoors. Exposing your eyes to too much harsh sunlight can lead to cataracts and macular degeneration. Consider wearing polarized lenses to help reduce glare when driving. Sunglasses will not only protect the eye but also the eyelid.
Certain coloured fruits with higher pigmentation are filled with antioxidants and are of great benefit to the eyes. Try apricots, rockmelons, mangoes, oranges or blueberries which are rich in beta carotene and lycopene, which help with eye fatigue and promote good vision.
Eye fatigue is common in people who use computers or mobile phones for long periods of time. Reading continuously for long periods also contributes to eye strain. It is therefore necessary to give your eyes a break. When working on a computer, take a short break every 20 minutes. Look at something 6 metres away for 20 seconds. Repeat this every 20 minutes. This exercise will allow your eyes to refocus and help prevent blurry vision. Blinking, palming and figure of eight are also great eye exercises to help relax your eyes.
It is also important to keep your eyes hydrated. Drink plenty of water. However, if your eyes sting or feel gritty, you may need to lubricate them with artificial tears. Consult your doctor as you may be suffering from dry eye syndrome. http://dryeye.com.au has some great tips on eye care. Take care of your eyes if you work with hazardous materials. Always wear approved safety glasses. Daily life can subject your eyes to eye strain, harsh sunlight and a not so healthy diet. A well balanced diet will help prevent diabetes and will also help to maintain a healthy weight.
About the author:
Emma Jane worked as a nutritionist for 5 years before she quit her job to be a stay-home mom of two boys.
Toenail fungus is an extremely common condition. Even though this condition is extremely common, there are a lot of things that people do not know about it. Below are five of the little known facts about toenail fungus:
Toenail Fungal Infections can Affect Anyone
Many believe that unclean people are the only ones who are affected with this condition. On the contrary, anyone can develop this ailment. The fungus thrives in moist environments, so all you have to do to develop this condition is not dry your feet off thoroughly. It is also important to note that this condition can very easily spread from person to person. Furthermore, if you sweat a lot, then you can very easily develop a toenail fungus infection.
These Infections do Not go Away on Their Own
Many people ignore their toenail fungal infection because they think that it will go away without any treatment. There are a lot of conditions that will go away if you just let them run their course, but a toenail fungal infection is not one of them. If you continue to ignore an infection, then it will most likely get worse. It may even begin to spread past the toenail.
These Conditions Can Be Treated at Home
A fungal infection does not necessarily warrant a trip to the doctor. There are a number of home remedies available to treat a fungal infection. Some of those home remedies include apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil and Vicks vapo rub. However, if you do not experience relief with any home remedy, then it will be a good idea to consult with a doctor.
Many people believe that they can use a treatment for a few days, and their infection will go away easily. Unfortunately, toenail fungal infections can be very difficult to treat. In fact, it can take up to one year for a toenail function to go away completely.
Toenail Fungus Infections are Often Recurrent
Not only are toenail fungus infections hard to get rid of, but they can also be recurrent. If you have a condition that weakens your immune system, then you will be even more likely to develop recurrent toenail fungus infections.
Toenail Fungal Infections Can Easily be Confused With Athlete’s Foot
Toenail fungal infections and athlete’s foot are both fungal infections, but they are two different conditions. Athlete’s foot is a condition that affects the skin on the foot. A toenail fungal infection only affects the toenails.
Eating a Balanced Diet Can Reduce the Risk of This Ailment
Your toenails are a part of your body. Therefore, if you keep your body healthy, then you can keep your toenails healthy. Leafy greens and garlic are examples of some of the foods that you should be eating on a regular basis. Sugar, dairy, wheat and caffeine can possibly encourage the growth of fungus.
About the author:
Sam Moser is a freelance web content writer who graduated from the School of Journalism at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. In the last 2 years, Sam decided to start researching about fungal infections. His research led him to the toenail fungus laser removal clinic in Houston.
Educating yourself about your candida infection is the first and most important step in curing this painful, annoying and relatively dangerous chronic condition and taking responsibility over your health and well-being.
Although yeast infection (known by the names of Candida, Monilia or Thrush) is in fact a very common condition, (as three out of four women develop it at some point in their lifetimes), it is little discussed. Most people regard candida infection as a ‘on the surface’ problem that should be treated with creams and antibiotics whereas few are aware of its potentially risky complications.
Yeast Infection is first and foremost an internal problem. Like most chronic conditions, there is never one cause for this fungal problem and thus yeast infection cannot be permanently eliminated using medications or creams that work superficially and fail to tackle the root factors that trigger the formation of candida infection in the first place.
The problem is that the majority of yeast infection sufferers choose to leave it in the hands of others: Doctors, pharmacists, drug and over the counter industries. They willingly choose NOT to take responsibility for their candida condition, for their health and for their own body.
If you suffer from yeast infection then you must have experienced the confusion stemmed from conflicting advice and from information overload. Honest information about vaginal yeast infection or any other type of candida infection is harder to come by than ever before, and nearly everyone has been misled at one time or another. I know I have. I wasted literally thousands of dollars on candida treatment programs that didn’t “work out” and anti-yeast infection products that didn’t do anything.
Furthermore, to successfully navigate through today’s jungle of misleading, dishonest and conflicting information, you’re going to have to become a very shrewd and discriminating consumer.
There are in fact, alternative, cheap, safe, natural and holistic health practices and methods necessary to permanently eliminate the symptoms of this disease and cure the root internal cause of yeast infection regardless of its type, location, or level of severity.
To effectively overcome candida infection, you need to be aware of the real cause of yeast infection and be able to identify its symptoms. You need to know how to self-test and diagnose your candida condition, learn about the dietary principals needed to maintain a candida free environment and about the complimentary treatments that will help you battle against the negative effects and complications of your yeast infection.
By educating yourself about the steps you need to take in order to deal with your candida infection condition and help your body heal itself and control the fungal overgrowth from the inside out you can and will eliminate the pain, annoyance, humiliation and frustration associated with this condition and feel more in control. Additionally, as a side benefits you’ll feel more energized, healthier and vibrant. You will enjoy improved digestion, enhanced vision, and healthier hair, skin and nails.
Knowledge is power. Embrace it. Share it and apply it and you will be yeast infection free.
This article is based on the book, “Yeast Infection No More” by Linda Allen. Linda is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated her life to creating the ultimate holistic yeast infection solution guaranteed to permanently cure the root of candida and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, naturally, without the use prescription medication and without any side effects. Learn more by visiting her website: Yeast infection no more!
More often than not it is a very intriguing scenario that people are faced with on and off where they are compelled to deal with their medical issues in a more comprehensive manner. Lasting chronic pain has often been the basis of much distress for a number of people across time and it has resulted in the immediate attention being given to the basis of the same. This is where chiropractics becomes a very important field wherein a lot of people are able to delve into it to find a solution to a number of ailing problems which may have had a lasting impression on the bodies of a number of people. Once again this is where Premier Health Chiropractic comes in.
P.H. Chiropractors is a premier conglomeration of well-trained, top class doctors who are well versed with their practice in a variety of fields. The aim and objective of this group is to ensure that all those who come to them with ailments are provided with correct diagnosis and a proper prognosis to their issues. The objective extends into further providing the required support to ensure the patient is free from all forms of immediate and delayed relapse. A comprehensive and efficient approach to diagnosis and treatment makes this group one of the best to seek help from in this field. The group has relief centers in six prime locations including Minneapolis, St. Paul and Plymouth amongst others. Overall, their presence across these three centers is a reason for much comfort for the citizens of these locations.
The Premier Health Chiropractic are a group of people not only well equipped when it comes to personnel but also well equipped when it comes to equipment of the standard modern practice and also the expertise related to it. Their practices are often recognized as amongst the most proficient primarily due to the combination of all the factors mentioned and above all a dedication and desire to serve the common man to their utmost ability. Human health is always a priority for any living being and at PHC, it is no different with the list of specialists being available to arrange for the best in terms of treatment that anyone can ask for.
The final and yet the foremost matter of interest is the matter of economy. When it comes to the medical practice, economy becomes a matter of prime importance. After all, not everything is covered by health insurance and then again, a lot of people are not endowed to cover treatment without insurance. In such cases, the financial support that comes in is twofold, with a payment structure that is aimed at reducing the immediate concerns of the people in need of the requisite treatment as mentioned. The second aspect of consideration is the reasonability of the treatment plans in terms of their cost and physical impact more than anything else. In either stead, neither aspect is imposing, as is often the case. So, in all, the group forms the complete package.
About the author:
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.