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Saturday, April 21, 2007

Preparing For Lasik Surgery

Preparing for any type of surgery is a daunting task. You must make sure you have everything ready and your body is in the best possible shape. While preparing for LASIK eye surgery may not be quite as difficult, there are several things you need to prepare for before LASIK.

You definitely need to stop wearing your contact lenses in the weeks leading up to your consultation before LASIK. Since the surgery is dependent on the shape and measurement of your cornea you must let it regain its shape. Lenses sometimes reshape the cornea themselves, causing problems with LASIK. Here are some FDA recommendations based on your contact lenses:

Soft contact lenses should be removed and not worn for at least two weeks prior to your LASIK evaluation.

Rigid gas permeable lenses should be removed and not worn for at least three weeks prior to LASIK evaluation.

Hard lenses should be removed and not worn for at least four weeks prior to LASIK evaluation.

When you meet the doctor to discuss LASIK eye surgery you should let him know a few things about yourself. Let the doctor know about any past or present medical and eye conditions as well as all medications you are taking or are allergic to. It is important that you disclose all of this to your doctor before deciding if LASIK is right for you.

After you’ve disclosed this personal information to the doctor, you should then discuss if you are a good candidate for LASIK surgery. Let him explain to you the risks, benefits, and alternatives of the surgery as well as what you can expect from beginning to end.

You should stop using any lotions, perfumes, or creams the day before the surgery as well as any makeup that may cause debris to get in the eye. The doctor may even request that you scrub and wash out your eyes for a good time before LASIK surgery to prevent the chance of any type of infection.

Finally, you should definitely arrange with a loved one for transportation to and from the LASIK surgery. Before LASIK surgery some doctors will arrange for you to take some medicine to help you relax that could impair your vision and reaction time. After LASIK surgery you may need a few days to recover your vision, hence the need to arrange for a drive home.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Natural Cleaning Products

The following is a list of non toxic cleaning products.
Baking soda-This is an all purpose cleaner and is very effective on glass coffee pots and glassware. It also removes red wine stains from carpets. A paste made with water can shine stainless steel and silver. The paste is also good at removing tea stains from cups and saucers.

Grapefruit seed extract-Add this to water in a spray bottle for an odourless way to remove mold and mildew.

Lemon juice-Can be used as a bleaching agent on clothes and can also remove grease from stoves and worktops. Add two tablespoons of lemon juice to ten drops of real lemon oil and a few drops of jojoba oil to clean and polish wood furniture.

Coarse salt-Good for cleaning copper pans and scours cookware. Sprinkle salt on fresh spillages in the oven and wipe off. Sprinkle some salt on rust stains then squeeze a lime or lemon over them. Sit for several hours then wipe off.

Tea tree oil-This can be added to vinegar/water solutions and has anti-bacterial properties. Will kill mold and mildew and can be used on kitchen and bathroom surfaces instead of chemical products. Add 50 drops to a bucket of water to clean worktops and tile floors.

Potatoes-Halved potatoes can remove rust from baking pans. Follow up with a salt scrub or dip the potato in salt before scrubbing.

Olive oil-Can be used to lubricate and polish wood furniture. Mix three parts of olive oil to one part vinegar.

White vinegar-Will clean linoleum floors and windows when mixed with water and a little liquid soap. Cuts grease and removes stains, removes scum and cleans toilets.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007


Until about 150 years ago, people used only natural methods of preserving food. It was dried in the sun, in the air or at the fireplace, or preserved using sugar, salty or sour liquids, oil or starches. Later, it was preserved using heat and eventually by using very low temperatures or ice.

When food hadn't been changed by mechanical or chemical methods, freezing or drying were the best and healthiest ways of preserving it. However, as soon as fresh food has been processed by industrial methods to become non-perishable, it loses a great part of its vital ingredients.

About 80 per cent of food in supermarkets is treated to increase shelf life or improve its appearance. When a natural product is processed, it loses its attractive appearance, taste and smell. So the chemical industry uses many substances to enhance them.

Many preserving additives can kill the bacteria present in food. Bacteria and human cells are very similar, both having their own metabolism and both highly sensitive to toxins. Therefore, we may assume that such additives could have a similar effect on human cells as they have on bacteria. But as long as there is no proof some additives are dangerous, they will continue to be used.

The human body isn't equipped with anything that could be used to detoxify the ever increasing quantity of foreign substances we consume. They remain somewhere in the body, where they may start to accumulate. These substances hinder metabolism as well as many other functions and little is known about what may happen when toxins come into contact with each other, producing cross-reactions.

In certain quarters these problems have been known for some time, but the food industry largely ignores the fact that such reactions could be detrimental to our health. Business comes before health.

Many people like to drink coffee, tea, hot chocolate, fizzy drinks or alcohol instead of water. Drinks containing caffeine stimulate the taste buds. They also stimulate digestive juices in the stomach, increase heartbeat and brain function. These reactions may last a few minutes or even several hours. Then the counter-reaction begins.

The coffee drinker gets nervous and sometimes shaky and sometimes depressive. Sleeplessness and depression are only two of the problems. Habitual coffee drinking can also be the cause of chronic migraines. Cola type drinks can also cause hyperactivity in children. Over the last fifty years the consumption of coffee and sweet drinks has increased massively. Because coffee and alcohol stimulate kidney function and water elimination, these drinks can dehydrate the body. Chocolate drinks can also provoke allergies which can cause loss of appetite. Moderation or elimination altogether is the best choice.