Sunday, April 6, 2014

Giving For No Reason - Thai Commercial Shows How It's Done

A lovely Thai insurance company commercial, no less, touts the benefits of giving without expectations of return.  Giving because it feels good, not because we think we will benefit from that giving.  Inevitably we do, though. By giving and selflessly helping others, we actually enrich our own lives.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Duncan The Two-Legged Dog's Romp At The Beach Goes Viral

I love inspirational videos, but they're not always the humankind. This one has gone viral, but in case you missed it, it has to do with Duncan Lou Who, the carefree two-legged boxer pup who lets nothing get in his way.

World famous and inspirational Duncan Lou Who the two legged boxer puppy goes to the beach for the first time, along with Mane ( who was featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair and The Shake Book ) , Rou, Ducky and Miso. Duncan was born with severely deformed rear legs that had to be removed. He has a wheel chair, but can't stand to use it. So we let him be free and just walk on his two legs. There is some slow motion in this video, but NONE of the video has been sped up, this gives you an idea of how fast Duncan really it. All footage taken with a GoPro Hero 3.
He's up for adoption, it seems.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Get Rid Of Toenail Fungus The Natural Way

If your toenails are yucky and discolored, odds are you have toenail fungus.  If you're a woman and you wear bright colored nail polish make sure, first, it isn't the polish that's discoloring the toenails. I used to paint my toenails a bright red color and found that when I removed the polish my nails were a yellowish color, particularly my big toe. Since I switched to a lighter nail varnish, and now use a clear polish as a base coat, my toenails are back to normal. However, it did take a very long time for that to happen.

If you've been diagnosed with nail fungus, doctors will prescribe a topical or oral medication to get rid of it. However, it can take up to a year or more to cure the fungus, and even then it doesn't always work.

If you're like me, I'd rather try a natural remedy before I put chemicals into or onto my body, especially if the end result is zippo difference. Thankfully, there are a bunch of home remedies that some people swear by, but those too can take a long time.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR: In tablet form- take 2 per day, and apply ACV directly to the effected toes until it's gone.

CEYLON CINNAMON LEAF OIL:   Soak or spray your feet with a mixture of Cinnamon oil and water.  1-2% diluted ratio of oil to water. According to one person this worked within a month. They also recommend drinking tea made with cinnamon stick or cinnamon black tea. Drink a cup every day for 1 to 3 months, this apparently helps get rid of Candida, which can also be a cause of toenail fungus.

LISTERINE:  Soak with Listerine or apply with a cotton swab every day.

TEA TREE OIL:  With a cotton ball apply to the toe morning and night.

VICKS VAPO RUB: Rub it on your toenails every day.  Okay, so this isn't that natural, but it's cheap (as are all these remedies compared to the Western medications for fungus) and it worked for my sister. It took my sister a year before it finally was gone, but others have had it disappear within several weeks. I think the length of time depends on how quickly your toenails grow and whether you continue to use nail polish. Some people believe there might be a connection between nail polish and toe fungus with women.

WHITE MALT VINEGAR:  Use as a foot soak. In a small basin combine vinegar with water soak feet every day for about 30 minutes.

And some people use a combination of some of the above mentioned remedies.

LISTERINE/VINEGAR/SALT/VICKS:  Mix 1/4 cup Listerine, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 cup warm water and some salt. Soak foot for about 30 minutes every night, then apply Vicks to toenails.

LISTERINE/VINEGAR/TEA TREE OIL: Another person mixed half vinegar and half Listerine and applied this to the toenails every evening. In the morning, after showering, they would apply a drop of tea tree oil on the effected nails

For anything greasy like tea tree oil, or gunky like Vicks, most people apply at night and then use clean socks to prevent staining sheets.

I have read about some other more unorthodox treatments like applying Clorox Bleach, but I'd be very wary of using such a harsh product like that.

They are also working on treating nail fungus with laser light therapy, but it's relatively new and still in the process of clinical studies.

Bottom line, you have to have patience and be very diligent, but most people have been able to rid themselves of the nasty toe fungus with one or more of the above.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Subway Uses Dangerous Chemical In Its Bread

I used to love Subway sandwiches. Easiest, healthiest, quickest meal I could get in a pinch. At least so I thought.  But I just read an article claiming that in the United States Subway sandwiches use the following chemical in their bread: azodicarbonamide. That's the exact same chemical that manufacturers use to make the rubber soles for our shoes, yoga mats, etc. The same chemical that has been banned in Europe and Australia because it is known to cause asthma, allergies, other respiratory problems, and is also potentially carcinogenic. Singapore will levy a $450,000 fine, and jail you for 15 years if found using the chemical. In fact, the U.S. is the only country that allows Subway to use azodicarbonamide in its bread.

Not cool!

Thanks to Vani Hari of the blog, Subway says it plans on removing the chemical.  Of course they say they had it in the pipeline prior to Hari's petition hitting the Internet, but that seems doubtful.

Sign Hari's petition to get them to remove that chemical. And tell them what you think on their Facebook Page.

Shameful that they tout their food as healthy! Bye-bye Subway, at least for now.

Source: Buzz Feed

Monday, December 23, 2013

Tchaikovsky's "Sugar Plum Fairy" From "The Nutcracker" On Glass Harp

For those who celebrate, Christmas is almost upon us, and here's a very cool rendition of P.Tchaikovsky - Sugar Plum Fairy (The Nutcracker) on glass harp by polish musicians Glass Duo.

This was a performance in June 2010 at the Chamber Music Festival in the Basilica di Santo Stefano, in Bologna, Italy.

It's quite lovely.


Happy Happy, Merry Merry!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Little Drummer Boy- by A Capella Group Pentatonix

This is a beautiful version of "Little Drummer Boy" by amazing A Capella group Pentatonix. They're very young, and very talented.

Thought I would share, since 'tis the season.


Friday, November 8, 2013

GiveBackFilms Does Good Deeds To Inspire Others To Do The Same

While most of the youth today are too busy being self-involved, about a month ago Kyle Orrefice (18) of Atlanta, GA, and Josh Gibson (25) of Utah created the YouTube channel GiveBackFilms. The lads are dedicated to doing good deeds, videotaping themselves helping people in their communities, and then posting those videos on YouTube. They are doing this in hopes of inspiring people to help others by paying it forward and giving back.

In the latest video (below) at a gas station, Gibson and two buddies, Andrew and Robert, are seen randomly paying for other people's gas for people's gas. But they also have a video of paying for fast food at a drive through (which then inspired others to do the same thing for the drivers behind them), giving homeless people $100.00, and tipping a waitress $200.00. Initially it came out of their own pockets, but they have been pulling in some revenue from ads on YouTube, so they are hoping that will fund future projects. They hope to post a new video every Monday.

Now you might think that videotaping good deeds defeats the purpose, that one should not want or expect recognition for doing good, and in a way that's true, but they want these videos to go viral to get others to be inspired to do the same thing, maybe consider giving a waitress a larger tip, or buying someone a meal for no reason, or giving a little more to some homeless person. Nothing wrong with that.

Well done, lads. There is hope yet.

Here's some more background on the boys.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Handy Smartphone Apps For Information On Unsafe and Safe Cosmetics

Do you ever wonder whether the cosmetics or skincare items you are buying are safe, and whether there's a safer alternative? Well there's an oddly named app called THINK DIRTY, that you can download for free onto your I-Phone from the i-Tunes Store, that will do that for you. I don't have an i-Phone, but it looks like an interesting app.

The description:

Think Dirty is the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. It’s an independent source that allows you to compare products as you shop. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and cleaner options.

- Barcode Scanning: over 10,000 cosmetics and personal care products majority from Canada and the U.S. are currently in our database.

- Dirty Meter: a comprehensive rating is given, along with detailed (but easy-to-understand) information on ingredients, certifications, and health impacts.

- My Bathroom Rating: keep track of what’s already in your bathroom. Learn your current dirty rating, and track your progress on “cleaning” it up.

- Shopping lists: save products to make shopping faster and easier.

- UPC Submission: Are we missing a product? Scan and submit a barcode for us to look into. For registered users who submitted products, we thank you and will notify you once they are in our database.
If anyone has an i-Phone, and you download the app, let me know what you think. And of course, free is good, you have nothing to lose.

Then for those of us who have Androids, there's another similar app called SKIN DEEP from the Environmental Working Group for both i-Phones and Androids.

The description:

EWG’s Skin Deep® Cosmetics Database is the world's largest safety reference tool for personal-care products. EWG has launched this app to provide you with easy-to-navigate safety ratings at your fingertips for a wide range of products and ingredients on the market.

This Skin Deep® app has information and online safety assessments for more than 72,000 personal care products, 2,500 brands and 9,000 ingredients, culled from product labels and from the scientific and industry literature.

To calculate a product score, we tally the hazards of each ingredient and evaluate every product in relation to all the others in Skin Deep®. The safest products score well by both measures: a low hazard rating AND fair or better data availability. EWG’s ratings are the best available information you can find on the safety of personal-care product ingredients.

Download for  i-Phone. Download for Android on GooglePlay.  I have downloaded the Skin Deep app, and will update after I have a chance to see how it works.