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Author: Paul Linus

Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) and how to avoid it

Dangers of Bisphenol A (BPA) and how to avoid it

Home & Garden
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical that is used in the making of some types of plastics. It was invented in 1891 by chemists in a laboratory. In the 1940's and 50's BPA began to be a component of many everyday items, such as water coolers, baby bottles, plastic dishes, bicycle helmets, even some tooth fillings. Eventually, BPA use became so wide spread that it can now be found lining almost every canned food in the US. Some cash register receipts even contain BPA. The History and Dangers of BPA In the 1930's scientists realized that BPA had estrogenic properties, and it was actually used as an artificial estrogen medically for a while. So, rumors of potential toxicity should come as a surprise to no one. After all, it was used medicinally before it found its way into everyday items. ...
Dog sled adventure vacations, Northwest U.S.

Dog sled adventure vacations, Northwest U.S.

Travel
Dogsledding allows people of all ages and physical conditions to experience the wild stillness of the Northwest’s backcountry. The excitement of being pulled by a powerful team of sled dogs is a wilderness adventure like no other. When the dogs hear the command to go, “Hike!” they’re off at a run, taking passengers flying over the snow. As the dogs settle into a trot, the flurry of paws on packed snow and the gliding swish of sled runners accompanies the dogs’ panting. From the Pacific Northwest of Alaska, Oregon and Washington to the inland Northwest of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, there are a variety of sled dog tours available. Alaska Dog Sled Tours The best place in the Northwest to find dog sled tours is Alaska, home of the famed Iditarod race and a state where dog sled...
Directions in business strategy to maximize business growth

Directions in business strategy to maximize business growth

Business
Business growth rarely happens by accident or by osmosis. A growing business is usually the consequence of a business strategy successfully deployed in order to achieve that specific outcome. The highest rates of business growth can be achieved by combining four separate strategic directions into a well designed, consolidated, and highly focused effort to: acquire more new customers/clients, sell more products/services to the existing customer/client base, improve profit margins by raising prices and/or reducing the costs of supplying the products/services, and increase the existing retention rates of current customers/clients. Acquiring More New Customers/Clients The most commonly used strategy to promote business growth is to adopt a business strategy directed ...
How to become a good massage therapist

How to become a good massage therapist

Career
According to some therapists, the decision to become a massage therapist comes from a calling deep within and that placing their hands on someone makes them instantly feel better. Indeed, healing through touch is one of the oldest forms of therapy in existence, practiced as far back as the times of Ancient Egypt and by Jesus Christ in the Bible. Many cultures around the world have as part of their traditions a form of healing touch – the Polynesian royalty of Hawaii performed what is now known as kahuna bodywork as a rite of passage and initiation process into adulthood. The Japanese have incorporated the art of Shiatsu as a daily ritual to be shared between family members. But deciding to turn what is a natural inclination amongst humans – that of healing one another through touch,...
Shopping in Istanbul’s Bazaars

Shopping in Istanbul’s Bazaars

Lifestyle
The Grand Bazaar and the more authentic Egyptian Spice Market, situated in the old heart of the city, are two must-sees on any first-time traveler’s itinerary. Both of these popular tourist haunts close on Sundays, so plan accordingly. The Grand Bazaar – Beyazit, Istanbul Also known as the Covered Bazaar (Kapaliçarsi), this Ottoman-era covered market is home to thousands of vendors selling gold, Turkish carpets, clothing, handicrafts, silver, copperware, ceramics, leather bags, jewelry and other traditional Turkish souvenirs. Its origins date back to the 15th Century to the time of Mehmet the Conquerer (1451-1481). Covering 30 hectars, it extends over 65 streets, which are named after the Turkish crafts that are on display. However, let the buyer beware! Before visiting this Al...
How to control aphids in garden without pesticides

How to control aphids in garden without pesticides

Home & Garden
Controlling aphids in the garden, without the use of pesticides or powders and chemical sprays that kill the insect but leave unhealthy chemical residue behind, has gardeners jumping on the "green" bandwagon. What are Aphids Aphids are small pear-shaped insects that come in a variety of colors, with green and black being the most common. Aphids attach themselves to the area of the plant where new growth appears. They reproduce quickly and are voracious feeders. Aphids suck liquid from the plant, dehydrating it and eventually destroying it. Their waste is a sticky shiny residue called honey dew. Ants in the garden are attracted to the honey dew and will actually take aphids as pets. Once they have the aphids securely settled in their ant colony, the ants cut new growth from nea...