Acne Is A Part Of Life, But Can Be Beaten

July 27, 2015

anapolJust when a guy or girl is discovering the charms of the opposite sex, experiencing the urge to be independent, opening up to find a whole new social life–pop–he or she looks in the mirror and finds a face closely resembling a small pizza with extra pepperoni.

Almost every teenager gets a pimple now and then, but acne is more than just the occasional blemish. It’s physically uncomfortable, at times even painful, somewhat embarrassing–and it can turn the teen years into an era right up there with the Inquisition. Acne affects 80 percent of all teenagers. Knowing the facts can help you better understand your friends who suffer from acne or help you approach your own with a little more hope.

Beyond Blemishes

Acne isn’t the result of being dirty, eating junk food, or using too much makeup. And it isn’t just a “teen thing” that will always clear up by itself. Acne is a skin disease, but it’s not contagious. Although it usually begins in adolescence, it has both physical and psychological effects that can last a lifetime.

Where Does it Come From?

Acne is very obvious. It means blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples that can make adolescent skin look like raw hamburger. While the face–doesn’t it just figure?–is the most common site, acne can also spring up on the chest, neck, shoulders, back–any area where there are many oil glands. According to dermatologist Joseph Bark, here’s the series of events that makes the “zits” appear.

1. As you make your way into adolescence, hormonal changes are happening all over your body. One of them is increased amounts of the hormone androgen.

2. The androgen sends a message to your oil glands (technically known as sebaceous …

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The Heinous Truth Behind Smokeless Tobacco

July 22, 2015

smltco“Suspended! You’ve got to be kidding! You can’t suspend me for a week now. I need all the help I can get to get through chemistry. And the dean says if I’m caught again, I won’t be able to play baseball in the spring.” Tony was furious.

“It’s not like I did anything very serious,” complained Tony later to some friends. “I had a can of smokeless tocacco in my pocket, and somebody saw me take some as I left the school. That doesn’t hurt anyone. What’s the big deal? It’s not like I was drinking or smoking on the school steps.”

Tony felt angry and cheated. He knew there was a school rule about using tobacco. But he always thought of that as being about smoking on school property. The coaches had warned hom about using smokeless tobacco, but he couldn’t see what all the fuss was about.
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Change Your Life, Change Your World!

July 19, 2015

snoring1You’re tired of hearing it: “You look terrible!” “Did you get any sleep last night?” “Have you tried going to bed early?” You hear these questions from well-meaning friends and colleagues but you are tired of hearing it all the same. No one likes to be told they look like they haven’t slept in weeks. Of course you’ve tried going to bed early but that isn’t going to help when the main cause of your sleeplessness is beyond your control: or is it?

There are many people in this world who are victims of one of the largest bedtime terrors ever to exist. That terror is none other than snoring.

Maybe it’s you who snores and you’re being rudely awakened by a sharp elbow in your ribs or vigorous shaking. Or maybe you are the one who is being disturbed by the snoring and ear plugs aren’t doing much to block the noise.

The main question here is how to deal with it. Snoring isn’t fun for anyone involved. The snorer and the person who has to listen to the snoring are both unhappy that it’s happening. Many people feel like there is nothing they can do to change the fact that they make sure a loud, irritating sound all through the night.

But that’s not the case.

There are several lifestyle changes that can be made to help ease or even eliminate snoring (some are at this site). Of course, these are not all quick fixes and will need to take time and effort put in by the person or people affected. If you are in a partnership with someone (more…)

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Mollie Katzen: Vegetarianism’s First Major Icon

June 6, 2015

vhhWhat do cookbook authors like best about their jobs, next to cooking and eating, that is? The Frugal Gourmet (also known as Jeff Smith) might tell you it’s the stories from the countries where his recipes originate. For Julia Child, it’s probably a rich French sauce. But Mollie Katzen, author of the Moosewood Cookbook and one of the pioneers of the vegetarian cooking movement, without a doubt, never met a vegetable she didn’t like.

Katzen will never forget her first foray into fresh vegetables.

“I hadn’t tasted a fresh green vegetable until the age of 12,” she writes in the prologue of her newly revised Moosewood Cookbook, when I was invited to dinner at the home of a friend whose (more…)

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Have You Protected Yourself From Fire Hazards?

May 30, 2015

fhsMore than 4,000 people died in fires last year, making fire the fourth leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Most of these fires were the result of human carelessness. Despite the fact that we all know that it takes three things to produce a fire–fuel, oxygen, and heat–we allow these ingredients for tragedy to combine in our homes. Most of us think we know all the fire prevention rules, but we seem to forget them all too easily.

Here’s an example of how innocently we can set the stage for a fire. Read the story and locate all the mistakes this teen made preparing for a party. The result was a fire that killed four of his friends and left him with burns over 40 percent of his body.

When Phil began setting up the basement for a party, his first concern was to be sure there was enough power for the amplifiers the band would be using. Knowing that amps draw a lot of power, he changed the fuses in the fuse (more…)

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Data Recovery And Your Crashed Hard Drive

May 12, 2015

Oh no, it’s happened. Your computer has crashed and all of your valuable data has vanished. What do you do now? Fortunately, data recovery services are an abundant service offered worldwide, yet many people don’t routinely invest in a good data recovery option. It is only when it becomes too late that they realize it was a precious commodity worthy of its investment.

Think it's not recoverable? You're probably wrong!

Think it’s not recoverable? You’re probably wrong!

Data recovery reminds me of life insurance. Everyone should have it, yet many people don’t. In some cases it is the lowest priority on their life’s totem pole. Why is that? I think it lies in the idea that it won’t happen to us. Unfortunately, the sad news is, it does and can happen to us.

I remember one point in my life, back in the bygone era when huge desktop computers with large CPUs were the norm. My boyfriend at the time thought it would be a good idea to vacuum out my dusty CPU. In his zeal, he managed to create an electrical charge between the vacuum and the computer, and voila, my computer would no longer power up. I had baby pictures, pictures from my life, my pregnancy, books I had written and more on that computer. All gone, with one suck of the vacuum.   It was from that day forward I made the important decision to invest in a data recovery system.

There are many data recovery options offered on the market today. The key is to find one that not only meets your needs, but fits into your budget as well. It doesn’t matter if you are a heavy user and have a substantial amount of data, or simply someone who saves all of your pictures somewhere other than the “cloud.” My point is, you SHOULD have some sort of backup plan in the event something happens.

Drive failure is normally caused by a hardware malfunction. However, there are many other events that can create a situation where you may need to recover your data. For example, in the case of a natural disaster. I know, I know, it won’t happen to you.

Hard Drive Recovery Associates specializes in crashed and failed hard drive recoveries. See here.

Regardless, the loss of your files is a massive problem. Data recovery can consist of simply re-installing your files that have been uploaded and saved with a data recovery company, or in some cases you might actually need a data recovery expert to physically recover your lost information. (more…)

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Fast Food – Not As Bad As We Think??

March 24, 2015

ffasIt’s hard to beat fast food for speed and taste, but as far as nutrition goes…well, most of us try not to think about it when we’re feasting on french fries, shakes, and double cheeseburgers. But when eating in fast-food restaurants becomes more than a once-in-a-while treat, it’s time to rethink your fast-food choices.

Fast-Food Nutrition

Fast food are not bad. All food, including fast food, has nutrients your body needs. Nutritionally, however, fast-food meals generally come up short in the vitamin and minreal departments, while being high in calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium. When fast-food meals are consumed once or twice a month, these nutritional problems aren’t a big deal. But relying on your local buger joint for meals once or twice a week? Not a good idea.

Luckily, making nutritious choices at the fast-food counter isn’t nearly as difficult as it used to be. In the last couple of years, many fast-food chains have developed new, more healthful products or reformulated existing products to please their health-minded customers. Salad bars and packaged salads, (more…)

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