Thursday, September 26, 2013

How to Build a Storm Shelter

From The Family Handyman Magazine

A storm shelter is a super-strong safe room designed to withstand dangerous high winds, tornadoes and flying debris. You'll remain safe even if your house falls apart. We show you a type that you can build yourself.

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Frugal Fall Gardening Tips

Spring Fever is for spendthrifts.

For cheapskates, Fall's the time to garden.


Sure, everybody's green thumb seems to blossom with the first warmish day of spring, just about the same day the green blades of the daffodils pop up in the flowerbed. But by autumn, most fair weather gardeners have long ago hung up their hoes for the season.

In most parts of the country, Fall is the best time of year for all kinds of garden activities, including planting and transplanting plants. It's also the time of year when you can save a bushel of cash on gardening equipment and nursery stock, and save even more by properly tucking in your garden and equipment for its long winter's nap.

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5 Unique Ways to Store Your Books

From Care2.com

We might be able to download a digital book with the click of a mouse, but at the end of the day there is something very reassuring about a home filled with books; they serve as a roadmap of sorts showing where we have been in our lives, both literally and figuratively.

That said, having enough room to store books can sometimes be a challenge; here are five creative solutions for corralling books in unexpected spots.  The library in the staircase is really cool!  Read the entire article.



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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Best Deals of the Year Nature's Sunshine

Our son is a distributor of Nature's Sunshine Products and we would like to bless him by diverting our sales to his website for this promotion. If you use Nature's Sunshine's 600+ great quality herbs and supplements, or want to give them a try, this is a great time to do it. Choose free membership at checkout to buy at direct cost prices and don't forget to enter the code shown below for the additional 5% off and $1 shipping.   There is no auto-shipping, auto-billing or required orders.  No gimmicks!  Members shop at 30-45% off retail prices every day.  With your membership you earn points for free product on future orders if you choose to order again.   Here's the deal ... and thank you for being a blessing to our son. Randal and Donna
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Spread the word so that family and friends can take advantage of this very limited time offer.  Two Days Only:  Today and Tomorrow (9/24/13 - 9/25/13).  Products already on sale are not eligible for this order.
Simply visit this website and place at least $100 of products in your cart. Then type the offer code TRANSFORM in the box during checkout. 
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PLEASE NOTE: LIMITS ON LIQUIDS!
Bottle SizeMaximum quantity per order
32 fl. oz.12
16 fl. oz.24
Thai-Go and Noni Juice3 two-packs
*Some exclusions will apply. Offer valid September 24-25. A minimum order of $100 is required. Offer limited to one redemption per account. Applicable QV is discounted 5%. The 5% discount only applies to regularly priced products and may not be combined with any other special offer, certificate or discount. Offer not valid on Sunshine Rewards orders. **UPS Ground or Parcel Post for lower 48 states; US Priority Mail for Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii.

Great Deal For Nature's Sunshine Products

Our son is a distributor of Nature's Sunshine Products and we would like to bless him by diverting our sales to his website for this promotion. If you use Nature's Sunshine's 600+ great quality herbs and supplements, or want to give them a try, this is a great time to do it.  

Choose free membership at checkout to buy at direct cost prices and don't forget to enter the code shown below for the additional 5% off and $1 shipping.  

There is no auto-shipping, auto-billing or required orders.  No gimmicks!  Members shop at 30-45% off retail prices every day.  

Here's the deal ... and thank you for being a blessing to our son.  
Randal and Donna
 
Nature's Sunshine Products
Spread the word so that family and friends can take advantage of this very limited time offer.  Two Days Only:  Today and Tomorrow (9/24/13 - 9/25/13). Products already on sale are not eligible for this order.
Simply visit this website and place at least $100 of products in your cart. Then type the offer code TRANSFORM in the box during checkout. 
Shop Now
PLEASE NOTE: LIMITS ON LIQUIDS!
Bottle SizeMaximum quantity per order
32 fl. oz.12
16 fl. oz.24
Thai-Go and Noni Juice3 two-packs
*Some exclusions will apply. Offer valid September 24-25. A minimum order of $100 is required. Offer limited to one redemption per account. Applicable QV is discounted 5%. The 5% discount only applies to regularly priced products and may not be combined with any other special offer, certificate or discount. Offer not valid on Sunshine Rewards orders. **UPS Ground or Parcel Post for lower 48 states; US Priority Mail for Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Alaska and Hawaii.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fructose and Liver Disease in 10% of Teenagers



Scientific research shows high fructose corn syrup and table sugar are causing serious liver disease in 10% of our teenagers.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and table sugar (sucrose) are both made of glucose and fructose. HFCS contains glucose and fructose as single sugars and sucrose contains them connected together (as a double sugar or disaccharide).

HFCS and ethanol are handled the same in the liver and lead to liver inflammation and eventually cirrhosis. One can of beer has an equally harmful effect on the liver as one can of soda with HFCS.

Watch this video to understand why you need to avoid HFCS.  Your liver has so many functions in the body relating to many organs and the immune system.
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Air Leak Testing & Sealing

Finding air leaks in your home and sealing them saves money.  Here's an article with 10 places to look for air leaks.

#1 is Check Your Dryer Vent

If cold air comes in through your dryer vent, check outside where the vent goes through the wall. The vent should have a flap (or flaps) at the end to stop air infiltration. Make sure there’s a flap and that it’s not stuck open.

If the flap works well, check the caulking. If it’s cracking and peeling away, it’s probably allowing cold air to leak in. Cut away the old caulking, make sure the vent is flush against the siding, and apply new latex caulk.

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10 Clever Uses For Toilet Paper Tubes

There’s a tube at the center of every roll of toilet paper. And there are many, many rolls of toilet paper. Every bathroom, every home, every business, every plumber, millions and millions of rolls. And you recycle ‘em, sure, but what if you could keep them out of the bin all together?

That little piece of cardboard can serve a multitude of functions, and I don’t just mean children’s craft projects. Here's a couple of the ideas:

• You can keep your wrapping paper from unrolling and getting crumpled, simply by cutting a TP tube down one side and then slipping it over the paper roll, like a sheath.

• Sections of TP tubes are the perfect size for napkin rings! Just cover them in scraps of pretty fabric, contact paper, wrapping paper, glitter, or anything else you can imagine. They look adorable and no one’s the wiser.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Child Ear Infections & Vitamin D Research



From Natural Products Foundation Health Notes
by Kimberly Beauchamp, ND

Taking extra vitamin D during the winter months might help prevent ear infections in children who are prone to them, reports a study in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Most cases of otitis media originate from a viral infection, such as the common cold. Doctors may prescribe prophylactic antibiotics for children with frequent ear infections, but this isn’t always effective and can lead to antibiotic resistance.

Studies have shown that vitamin D has profound effects on the immune system, and low levels are tied to an increased risk of respiratory infections.

The study looked at 116 children between one and five years old who had a history of recurrent acute otitis media (more than three infections in the last six months or more than four infections in the last year) to see what effect taking vitamin D during the winter had on their risk of developing future ear infections. The children were given either 1,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day or placebo for four months.  Blood levels of vitamin D were similar (in the “insufficient” range) in both groups at the beginning of the study.

Significantly fewer children in the vitamin D group experienced uncomplicated ear infections compared with those in the placebo group.  (Read the entire article.)

Besides vitamin D, some other promising strategies for preventing childhood ear infections are on the horizon.

One of these is a nonabsorbable sugar called xylitol. The substance is widely used in chewing gum and added to toothpaste as a sweetener that has the added benefit of cavity prevention. Recent studies have shown that xylitol, taken as syrup or chewed as gum, can significantly reduce the number of ear infections in susceptible children, also decreasing the need for antibiotics to treat infections.

(Pediatr Infect Dis J 2013;DOI: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31829be0b0)

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Tabletop Machine Converts Plastic to Oil



Plastics are recycled back into oil in large plants, but a Japanese inventor has built a machine that can sit on a table and be transported by car or plane to accomplish the same task.

It's called the Blest Machine and was invented by Akinori Ito, after he began to see the places he played as a child disappearing. He wanted to make the process of plastic recycling more accessible, so less landfill would be required and less garbage piles in urban areas.

Ito is taking the machine to developing countries, where it can be used as a way to lessen the landfill problems and provide a useful fuel with the product produced. But the real value is in the machine's size -- small enough to sit in a family home, meaning that micro-production of oil becomes a real possibility.

Watch the 5-minute video.

If you're wondering about the price as I was ... the only price I see by Googling is $9500.  That means it would take a while to recoup the initial investment, but maybe the price will decrease over time.
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5 DIY Uses For Old Doors

From Care2.com

An old door is do-it-yourself gold. I never, ever advocate for holding onto stuff “just in case you might use it one day,” except in the case of old doors.

An old door can substitute for large wooden board in almost any project that calls for one. Old doors have personality. One old door might have interesting woodwork; another might have a glass window panel. They can be refinished to match newer wood, or you can utilize an existing rustic, chippy finish.

With an old door and some basic tools, you’re on your way to building a stylish and useful piece of furniture or storage solution.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

8 Foods We Eat In U.S. That Are Banned In Other Countries


This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “food poisoning.”

#5 - Azodicarbonamide
Bleaches flour, plastic, and induces asthma as an added bonus.

Found in:
Breads, frozen dinners, boxed pasta mixes, and packaged baked goods. 

Why it’s dangerous:
Used to bleach both flour and FOAMED PLASTIC (yoga mats and the soles of sneakers), azodicarbonamide has been known to induce asthma.

Where it’s banned:
Australia, the U.K., and most European countries.

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Easier Method of CPR - No Breathing Needed


The University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center Resuscitation Research Group is world-renowned for decades of research that led to new CPR guidelines that advocate chest-compression-only CPR, a method that doubles a person’s chance of survival from sudden cardiac arrest.

Arizona’s cardiocerebral resuscitation protocols changed the near-half-century-old approach to resuscitation and encompasses participants at all levels.  There is no need for mouth-to-mouth breathing or confusing steps.  There's only one action and anybody can do this.  View Video.


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10 Signs You Have a Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding Disorder is now recognized by the American Psychiatric Association as a mental disorder.

Does any of this sound familiar?

1. The “stuff” in your house is more than clutter. According to psychologist Gail Steketee of Boston University, “A lot of people have a catchall drawer or closet or even an entire room for extra stuff. It’s when you let it take over two, three, or more rooms that you run into problems.”

2. You are unable to throw away possessions. You experience severe anxiety when faced with throwing away possessions, even if friends and family consider them to be garbage.

3. Your possessions have taken over your living space. Maybe you have only a path through your living area available for walking through. Maybe your couch, table, or bed are covered in stuff, and there is just nowhere to put all of it. Perhaps you no longer can reach your bed, so you’re stuck sleeping on the couch.

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