- Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist to be sure that this is the right solution for you. Detoxing can be dangerous if you have a health condition that needs to be managed by a specific diet. It can also be unsafe for a woman who is pregnant or nursing, since the baby will already be using so many extra nutrients to grow.
- Make sure you follow all recommendations for using the tea, including the proper amount of tea to drink each day. Drinking too much of anything can be a bad idea.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
- Anything that compares the person you’re breaking up with to an ex or to a new person you've met
- Talking about how difficult getting over the break up will be foryou
- Pointing out how this whole idea is really in the other person’s best interest
- Making the famous distinction between loving someone vs. being “in love”
- Stating you’re no longer interested but you’d like to keep the benefit or convenience of the sex
- I’m interested in someone else. You’d really like him/her.
- You can’t imagine how hard this is for me.
- I just don’t want you to get too attached.
- I don’t feel that way about you, but the sex has been really good.
- I'm getting married this weekend so I won’t be able to see you anymore.
- Trust me, I’m doing you a favor.
- I need to find myself.
- Right now I don't feel like I can give you what you need.
- I’ve been doing a lot of thinking….
- I don’t want to be together anymore, but we can still have sex if you want.
- I love you, but I'm not "in love" with you.
- It’s not you, it’s me.
Saturday, June 27, 2009
It's the digital camera industry's dirty secret: All pixels are not created equal. They don't tell you, because they want you to suffer from pixel envy. That's how they get you to buy the newest digital camera models.
But is a 10-megapixel camera really better than an 8-megapixel model? Or even a lowly 5-megapixel model? Not necessarily. Here's a case in point:
The 12-megapixel Nikon D300 retails for a little under $1,500. Nikon's D700 is also a 12-megapixel camera... but it sells for about $3,000. Since both are DSLR's, if you don't need the extra features on the D700, you'll get the same quality pictures for $1,500 less, right?
Wrong. Though both cameras offer roughly the same nominal resolution, at 23.6 x 15.8 mm, the D300's sensor is less than half the size of the D700's. That means each pixel in the D700 sensor is able to absorb more light... and thus can provide greater detail and richer color.
But don't knock the D300... it's sensor is still about twice the size of the average point-and-shoot camera's sensor.
Greater nominal resolutions can also create a disadvantage. Smaller pixels tend to increase "noise" - off-color or grainy spots in your photos. That's why your old 6-megapixel camera may have produced better looking photos than your new 10-megapixel model.
So when you're looking for a digital camera, look at two numbers: resolution ("megapixels") and sensor size. Because resolution alone is just half the story.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Determine How Much You Can Spend
Remember, owning a car requires more than making a monthly payment. Buyers should also consider all other associated costs of ownership to make the most financially sound decision.
Research All Cars in Your
Don’t eliminate any used cars from the list until you’ve had a chance to learn about them. Research:
- Insurance Costs
- Consumer Satisfaction
- Maintenance and Repair Costs
- History of any recalls
The way a used car looks is important, but appearance shouldn’t be considered apart from the above list. Take all factors together to come up with a list of possible choices and research these more in depth.
Look for Used Car Dealers that Carry the Cars You Are Considering.
Learn about the history of each vehicle before you take a test drive. Unfortunately, test drives cause many buyers to throw caution to the wind. Just because the car shines in the sun and handles well on the drive doesn’t mean it is the best choice.
Before you begin contacting car owners:
- Do some research about the kind of car you are looking for. In addition to reading auto magazines and websites, you might also want to talk with friends and family to get their opinions.
- Know the amount of money you can comfortably afford.
After you have narrowed your choices to a few cars learn about:
- Vehicle reliability
- Annual maintenance costs
- Mileage per gallon
- Any past recalls or technical problems (you should be able to find this information in the technical service bulletin of each car you are considering).
Contact the Private Used Car Sellers
You should ask specific questions about the car before you go forward. Examples include:
- Who was the primary driver? (younger drivers are generally harder on cars than older drivers)
- What was the car used for most? (Long distance traveling, back and forth to work, etc.)
- Are service records available for review?
- Is the title clear and in hand?
Friday, June 19, 2009
After a while, this can be a double-edged sword, however.
Many couples in long distance relationships find it so much fun and, in a way, so low-impact on their day-to-day lives, that after a while they become convinced that this relationship is obviously “the one.” And sometimes it is. But it’s hard to judge that from a distance.
Perhaps no long distance relationship advice is more important than tobe careful. Do not overestimate a long distance relationship’s potential to translate into a regular relationship where you live in the same town, same home, and are headed towards long-term commitment.
The long distance relationship is an easy place to be on best behavior. Anyone can be accommodating, flexible, and attentive for a long weekend. This says little, in most cases, about how accommodating, flexible and attentive each party will be if you see each other every day, much less live in the same home.
In a nutshell, always remember: a long distance romance is NOT real life. It can be a wonderful little bubble that floats through real life. Party on in that bubble. Live it up.
Real life happens when you step outside that bubble to incorporate both your habits, idiosyncrasies, faults, families, jobs. Life becomes very different from what it was inside that bubble. Make changes to your life with caution.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
There are no strict rules about how to end a relationship. However, a few tips can help when breaking up with someone.
- Don’t be evasive, unclear or vague. Be direct and to the point. This is not an enjoyable matter for either of you. Giving false hope or making your partner guess at what you want prolongs everyone’s misery.
- Do not break up in stages. You may think this will make the loss easier. Don’t fall for it. This only serves to administer low, medium and high doses of pain over a longer interval.
- Don’t lie or invent a story. Things will not add up and the falsehood will be found out sooner or later - usually sooner. Getting over a break up is hard enough without introducing mistrust. Making someone piece together bits of information while leaving him/her to guess what is true causes unnecessary pain.
- Don’t blame someone or something else for your choices. Identifying and asking for what you want is an important developmental step and is necessary for mature relationships. Also, hiding behind excuses is pretty transparent. It is likely the other person will see what you are doing. Conversely, if he/she actually believes your excuse, the person will try and problem solve how to remove whatever relationship obstacle you’ve fabricated.
- Don’t delay ending a relationship. Once you know you want to break up with someone, it does not help if you deny what you feel. Your partner will sense a change, perhaps reaching out for reassurance. This may feel like “neediness” to you which will increase your feelings of being stuck.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Subwoofer are designed to reproduce the lowest frequencies of our audible hearing range. These sound waves from the subwoofer can exceed 30 feet in length, and interact with a room's walls, ceilings, and floors. Depending on room placement, a sub creates cancellations, or reinforcements of the sub-bass. You can even prove this for yourself.
Compare the performance of your subwoofer based on room placement. Try it in the middle of the room, against a wall, and then in a corner. You should notice a marked difference in the level of bass from one location to another. Additionally, the subwoofer will sound different based on your position in the room in relation to the subwoofer.
For home theater, placement in the corner generally gives the smoothest response. For music and music videos, the subwoofer MUST be placed in between the main speakers (or very close) to avoid loosing some notes in some listening locations. Some hardcore audiophiles will use SPL meters, and advanced test equipment like RTA's to optimize subwoofer placement.
Monday, June 1, 2009
(HealthDay News) -- Drinking too much cola can increase the risk of a muscle problem called hypokalemia, experts warn.
In people with hypokalemia, a drop in blood potassium levels results in problems with vital muscle functions. Symptoms can range from mild weakness to serious paralysis, say Greek researchers who conducted a review of people who drank between two to nine liters of cola a day.
Two of the patients were pregnant women who were admitted to hospital with low potassium levels. One was a 21-year-old woman who drank up to three liters of cola a day and complained of fatigue, appetite loss and persistent vomiting. Anelectrocardiogram revealed she had a heart blockage, and blood tests showed she had low potassium levels, the researchers explained in a news release.
The second pregnant patient, who'd consumed up to seven liters of cola a day for 10 months, had low potassium levels and was suffering from increasing muscular weakness, the researchers noted.
Both patients made a rapid and full recovery after they stopped drinking cola and took oral or intravenous potassium. The case studies are described in the June issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice.
"We are consuming more soft drinks than ever before, and a number of health issues have already been identified including tooth problems, bone demineralization and the development of metabolic syndrome and diabetes," and there's increasing evidence that excessive cola consumption leads to hypokalemia, Dr. Moses Elisaf, of the University of Ioannina, said in the news release.
Elisaf said the three most common ingredients in cola -- glucose, fructose and caffeine -- can contribute to hypokalemia.
"The individual role of each of these ingredients in the pathophysiology of cola-induced hypokalemia has not been determined and may vary in different patients," Elisaf said. "However, in most of the cases we looked at for our review,caffeine intoxication was thought to play the most important role. This has been borne out by case studies that focus on other products that contain high levels of caffeine but no glucose or fructose."
However, "caffeine-free cola products can also cause hypokalemia because the fructose they contain can cause diarrhea," Elisaf said.
The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia has more about hypokalemia.