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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Electricity Bill Slashed

Your Electricity Bill Slashed

Electricity prices are forecast to climb 9.8% in 2009...and that’s on top of this years 5.2% hike. But with a few tweaks, you can save big in spite of the increase.

1. “Cycle” through savings; sign up for a cycling program offered by many utility companies, and they’ll use a radio signal to shut off your heating system for short periods during peak-usage times. The breaks are so brief, you won’t feel the difference. What will you notice? The discount on your bill.

2. Nix left-on lights; forget fussing at the kids about leaving lights on-instead, install motion detectors in their rooms, and you won’t have to pay for any unnecessary illumination. The quick fix, plug-in lamps into motion sensors ( about $13 dollars at hardware stores) that fit into any wall socket.

3. Bundle up your water heater; heating water is the third largest energy drain in American homes-about 13% of the average utility bill. But you can slash those costs up to 10% with a blanket for your water heater. 20 dollars, it keeps the tank insulated so water won’t need to be constantly heated.

4. Shop around; does your state give you the option of choosing your energy provider? If so, that competition can snag you as much as 20% savings a month. Many of the alternatives rely on renewable energy. Contact your state’s Public e Commission (in the blue pages) to find out your choices.









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Saturday, December 13, 2008

When Life Becomes a "Stress-Test"

When Life Becomes a “Stress-Test”

My Mom had an episode of Tachycardia, where the heart speeds to an uncontrolled pulse rate (rapid heart rate), symptoms might be that your neck and/or shoulder, or even your yaw feels stressed or in pain, short of breath and/ or extremely tired. All of these symptoms can bring to the conclusion of that your heart is under extreme stress. You might even experience pain radiating into either your left or/and right arm. You can become weak, sweaty, cold and clammy with chills and short of breath and even feel faintness for moments or even days). These symptoms might even make you believe, that its just stress related pain, without realizing you are in danger of heart-damage or heart-failure, look to the bottom of this post to prevent related Heart Self-Stress-Tests). With all of these symptoms, they refer it as a “Self-Stress Test“. What happens is, that the heart becomes stressed, because of the narrowing of a valve or vessels to the heart when exciding amount of breathing, blood-flow or when its not the type of thing/ things you do each day have been induced. They call it “Putting it off until the last moment” (sometimes).

These episodes are induced when the heart valves and veins are under stress (that normally isn’t in your activities of daily living, ADL‘s). She didn’t pass her ”Self-stress test“, which is also called Tachycardia in some cases (in which a heart valve has been damaged).

A Stress-Test that is sometimes required to some job titles that require heavy lifting, loading and working at a fast pace. Its where they have you walk swiftly on a treadmill for an amount of minutes and are monitored, to see if you can handle a rapid heart-rate, and they monitor your heart rate, pulse and blood-pressure (of course) for that time of the stress-test. The SELF Stress-Test is triggered when having a high dose of stress in your life, that isn’t expected, or put off until the last minute.

My Mom has been diagnose as having a heart disease because she failed her SELF stress-test. When failing a SELF stress-test, it can possibly and more than likely damage a lot of heart cells, which classifies you as having a heart disease. No one knows exactly what triggers these Self stress-test, but they are thinking that it is caused by not exercising, moving around as often, possibly your diet or even having a job that allows you to allow your heart to beat-up to a normal-fast-working pace.

It is always great to exercise on a daily basis, or at least bring your heart rate to your normal exercising rate, for your age. Remember to;

ALWAYS consult your Doctor in changes, if you have a history of heart disease, or because of your family history and or most importantly or diet.

Your diet has a lot to do with the way your body is, as is today. If you eat fast-foods, go out-to-eat and add a lot of salt or fat to your diet, more than likely, you will have a lot of health issues.


Ways to try and prevent a “Self-Stress”.


1. Pace yourself.
2. Ask for help from family or/ neighbors.
3. Do not put things off until the last minute.
4. During the holidays or Birthdays, plan ahead.
5. Eat right, meaning that your eat the amount of protein/ nutrients.
6. Drink plenty of water/ or good liquids (alcohol is not considered a good fluid).
7. Get plenty of rest, even if you take naps or take something over the counter that is not addictive. Or even ask your Doctor for easy sleeping techniques, drinking milk or even reading a good book at night will ease your tension, or stress.














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Thursday, December 04, 2008

A Parenting "Super Manny"

A parenting “Super-Manny”

Most children grouse about homework, but some escalate those complaints into full-blown tantrums. When this happens, parents have several options.

They can attempt the Herculean feat of staying calm and forcing their offspring to do their homework, which is akin to teaching rutting stags to embrace cubism. “They can let go to school unprepared, sometimes some kids wouldn’t mind. Or they can react by having their own meltdowns, which doesn’t much. Or they can learn new ways to cope. Enter ABC’s latest feel-good reality programs, “Super-Manny” is airing Friday 14, 2008. The producers, who not surprisingly also “Super-Manny.” hope this special becomes a series.
Instance, Mike Ruggles, a burly, gravel- voiced developmental therapist from Chicago, is Manny. The misnomer automatically makes one think that this is a sitcom or that the therapist to the rescue is named Manuel.
“A manny is, of course, a relatively new phenomenon,” producer Nick Emmerson says. “it’s a male nanny, essentially. We had noticed over the past few years that more and more make nannies were working in what was traditionally a totally female world.”
Ruggles is a former preschool teacher and a developmental therapist with 18 years experience. By his own admissions, he is goofy, and kids respond to that. His goal is to educate parents.
“Sometimes parents just don’t get it,” he says. “They don’t understand a child’s development or understand the kid. Ask 10 questions about their favorite stuff. You can’t just assume everything in the world. And things busy. Its your job to slow it down. It is the hardest thing to do, to be a parent.”
That’s certainly the case in the Marko household in Temecula, Calif. Its clear from the show that Doug is unemployed and mom Tracy feels put upon. She balances 8 month Jacinda on her hip while cooking dinner. The middle girl, 4 yr old Alexa, and the baby appear easy.
The problem is Gwen, 7, who pitches a fit over homework or when her will is withdrawn. Doug responds with spankings and yelling.
On camera, Ruggles says he has a week to turn around the family. He has the older girls role play, and both want to be Mom, yelling at Dad for being unemployed. Gwen talks about how her father called her stupid. “its embarrassed to hear,” Doug says on camera.
Ruggles talks with the parents, tells them spanking doesn’t work and gives the family a pillow emblazoned with a “Whack !” that they are to hit whenever the need arises.
“Its weird to think people will see us, even our neighbors or family,” Doug Marko says, “But there’s been five seasons of “Super-Manny” on TV, and those people are still alive. It won’t kill anyone to be on TV.”











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