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23 – Types of Juicers

| Articles | March 31, 2008

If you’re eating more raw foods and making that important lifestyle change, at some point you’ll need to consider investing in a juicer. A blender is NOT the same thing. To get all the benefits of juicing fruits and vegetables, you need to be able to process every part of the food – seeds, stems, peels and pulp. That’s where all the vitamins are. A blender just can’t do that effectively. A juicer will extract all the nutrients from fruit or vegetable that not even your stomach can adequately do.

Juicers routinely used to cost $300-$400 and more. The best ones still do, but if you’re just getting into juicing, there are less expensive styles on the market as well. Here are a few you can research to find the best one for you. Natural food stores and cooking catalogues like Williams-Sonoma also carry juicers.

Here are some reasonably priced juicers to consider.

Omega 1000 – Makes good, virtually pulp-free juice. It’s a high-yield juicer but not good for juicing leafy greens. This juicer will not process wheatgrass. Price $150-$200

Commercial Champion – Better juice quality, pulpy with good nutritional value. Also a multi-purpose machine that grates and churns and can make nut butters. A good heavy-duty juicer, high volume, good for families. Does not process wheatgrass. Price $230-$300.

Solo Star – Create a pulpy juice, but very high nutrient value because the motor is a lower RPM. This is a multi-purpose machine that can grate, churn, make nut butters and extrude pasta. It can process wheatgrass. Price $190 – $300.

Green Power – A premium juicer, although a more complicated machine with more parts that need to be cleaned. Creates the least pulp with more nutrients. It is a Twin Screw Press type of juicer that is superior to masticating or centrifugal juicers. It will process wheatgrass. Also a multi-purpose machine. Pricey, but may be well worth it. Price $450 – $650

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Guided Tours of Wondrous Egypt

| Articles | March 30, 2008

Who hasn’t wanted to see the wondrous archeological sites and amazing artifacts to be found in Egypt-a land perfectly laid

out for archeology buffs? Now, guided tours of Egypt and all its splendor are available for travelers from all over the

world to visit and explore. Let’s take a look at what many guided tours have to offer.

Most guided tours of Egypt begin in Cairo, where Egypt’s largest airport and biggest city are waiting to greet you. While

in Egypt, your guide may take you to the famous Egyptian Museum, where the treasures of Tutankhamen and other ancient

artifacts are available for viewing. You may take a drive to Old Cairo, the area where ancient Christians and Jews lived

within the city. Have fun shopping at the colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar and don’t forget to bargain.

One of the most beautiful sites on guided tours of Egypt is a visit to the pyramids and the great Sphinx of Giza, a five

thousand year-old monument. After taking as many pictures as you can, visit the nearby Solar Boat Museum and continue on

to the ancient city of Memphis, the first capital city of United Upper and Lower Egypt, and see Sakkara, the site of the

Step Pyramid of Zoser.

Longer guided tours of Egypt will fly you out of the area to Sharm El Sheikh, a city on the sea with lovely beaches, pure

white sands and a chance to go diving in the Ras Mohammed Underwater Nature Reserve. Another option is a walking tour to

visit a Bedouin camp in the desert. Other visits include the St. Catherine Monastery or night tours of Mount Sinai, where

you can watch a gorgeous sunrise and visit the monastery located there.

Next, some guided tours will take you on a flight to Luxor where you’ll take a fabulous cruise ship for an unforgettable

experience on the Nile River. Cruise trips typically last five days and four nights. You’ll visit the Luxor Temple that

was originally dedicated to the God Amon-Ra. Karnak Temple is nearby as well.

Guided tours of the area will have you continue on your cruise ship and will take you to the famous Valley of the Kings and

Queens, where you can see the Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and numerous other archeological findings. The cruise

ship will be sailing upstream and will take you up to Edfu where you can visit the Edfu Temple, a famous part of Egyptian

architecture.

Still on the cruise ship the next day, guided tours of the Nile will stop off at the Temple of Kom Ombo, another Egyptian

archeological find and to the Nilometer, an amazing site built by the pharaohs of Egypt that was built to measure the height

of the waters of the Nile River.

Next, guided tours along the Nile River will show you the amazing and famous Aswan High Dam, as well as the Philae Temple

and the huge unfinished obelisk in the nearby granite quarry. At this point, your cruise ship adventure is complete and

you’ll fly back to the city of Cairo.

Guided tours of Egypt, especially if they are comprehensive, will show you dozens of amazing archeological sites and will

teach you the history of this fascinating part of the world. You’ll see hundreds of ancient Egyptian artifacts and you’ll

come away with a new appreciation of how the Ancient Egyptians lived and built their monuments.

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Treat Your Garden Right with Organic Pesticides

| Articles | March 29, 2008

What gardener doesn’t want to rid his or her garden of all those nasty summertime pests? Yet to put chemical pesticides on

plants that will ultimately grow produce the family will eat seems a bit wrong. That’s where gardeners have a break as

there are several organic pesticides for use in the garden. These natural pesticides are safe and don’t damage the soil

year after year.

Many organic pesticides come from plant sources, some of which produce pyrethrum, while others produce rotenone, ryania, or

mineral-based pesticides. Mineral pesticides include cryolite, boric acid or diatomaceous earth-all of which are designed

to kill plant-destructive insects in your garden.

Experts say that, while organic pesticides are distinctly safer than synthetic pesticides, users want to be careful when

using them. Gardeners shouldn’t use them with bare hands and they should realize that some organic pesticides can be as

toxic as their non-organic counterparts. Least toxic products will say “Caution” on the label, more toxic products will

say “Warning” and the most toxic products will say “Danger”. These words, however, are not a signal of their potential for

environmental harm.

Some organic pesticides are minimally toxic to humans but are very toxic to animals. Ryania, for example, is highly toxic

to fish. Other organic pesticides kill even the most beneficial insects, such as the combination of pyrethrins and rotenone.

By law, all pesticides, including organic pesticides, must be used precisely according to the instructions on the label.

Read the label before using any organic pesticide.

An important group of “organic” pesticides is the biopesticide group. This unique class of pesticides involves using

biological organisms to control pests. In general this type of organic pesticide acts slower than other organic pesticides

and involves critical application times. Biopesticides reduce, rather than destroy, pest populations and they have a narrow

target range with a specific mode of action. Biopesticides have a limited shelf life as they are live organisms.

There are two general types of organic biopesticides. They include biochemical and microbial-based organic biopesticides.

Biochemical pesticides include insect pheromones, odor-based chemicals that disrupt the insect mating cycle by interfering

with the ability to find a mate. Pheromone-based traps can also be used to trap male insects, disrupting the mating cycle.

Organic microbial biopesticides include those that come from genetically-changed fungi, viruses, protozoans or bacteria.

This type of organic pesticide suppresses the pest population by secreting toxins specific to the insects, causing disease

in the pest population, interfering with the establishment of pests through competition and other modes of action.

One type of organic biopesticide is the bacterium known as Bacillus thuringiensis, a soil-based bacterium that is toxic to

several types of insect larvae but not to other things. This bacterium can be applied to plant foliage or incorporated into

the genetic material of larger crops. It is toxic to the larvae of moths and butterflies. Other varieties are toxic to

mosquitoes and black flies.

Gardening with organic pesticides is generally effective and healthier to the environment and the plants than synthetic

pesticides and make a good alternative to using harmful chemicals on your garden.

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22 Naptime

| Articles | March 28, 2008

A new baby needs a lot of sleep and when they’re not sleeping, they can be hungry or need a diaper change. It’s a little hard to know in the beginning what’s making your baby cry or if he’s tired. But as you both begin to settle into your routines, you’ll begin to notice the cues that your baby needs to nap. You want to make sure he gets in good naps during the day and at appropriate times so that you won’t have as much trouble getting him to sleep at night.

Even a very small baby will rub his eyes when he gets tired. He’ll yawn; perhaps he’ll get fussy. As children get a little older, their activity levels may pick up as they get tired and try to avoid sleep.

Try to keep to regular nap times during the day. If you’re baby is napping 3 times a day, then a mid-morning, early afternoon and late-afternoon nap is appropriate for a baby with a 7:30 or 8 PM bed time.

Often babies get tired towards dinner time, and then parents are faced with a dilemma. Do you let the baby sleep and risk not getting to sleep at bedtime? Or you do you try to keep him awake through dinner and perhaps put him to bed a little bit earlier?

Most parents will opt for trying to keep the baby awake a little longer in favor of keeping to a regular bed time. But if it’s been a busy day for the little guy, let him have a very short nap and then wake him up gently for dinner or a feeding and some light play before putting him to bed for the night.

Remember to make rituals for naps as well as bed time so your baby gets used to sleeping at regular times.

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22 – Benefits of juice

| Articles | March 27, 2008

Eating raw foods is a way to give your body some of the nutrition it desperately needs. Many of us are at least slightly overweight, and even the morbidly obese are starving for essential proteins and amino acids. All the processed, cooked foods we eat give us only a small percentage of what we need. Consequently, we eat and eat and yet we’re still not nourished. Psychologists try to tell us we’re eating to make up for an emptiness in our souls. Wrong! Our bodies our empty and trying to tell us so.

Eating raw foods is good for us on so many levels. It’s satisfying to eat them. They take more time to chew and swallow, so we don’t eat as fast. And we’re getting so much more in the way of nutrition by consuming fruits, vegetables, nuts and sprouts.

It can take time to prepare raw foods, however. Which is why a juicer is an important addition to your kitchen once your start to be serious about raw foods. A good juicer can process an entire apple – seeds, stems, peel, pulp and all – and turn all that into a healthy, nutritious juice.

Buying apple juice is NOT the same thing!!! Don’t even look at apple juices or even ciders in the grocery store. Put that $2 or $3 aside and save up for a juicer. Buy bags of apples, orange, bananas, carrots and make your own juices to get everything from the fruit that you’d get by eating it raw. Now you’re getting juice that’s as fresh as the fruit or vegetable you made it from. No preservatives, no processing that strips most of the energy from the fruit. And think of all the delicious combinations you can make with the many tropical fruits that are available now in most grocery stores. You can customize your fruits and add non-typical ingredients like pumpkin to an orange juice. Now that’s a powerhouse of a juice!

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Discover Guided Tours of Brazil

| Articles | March 26, 2008

Most people don’t think of South America went they think of going on vacation. Even so, there are guided tours of many

places on this continent that will provide you with an adventure of a lifetime and will allow you to see things few venture

forth to see. Adventure guided tours of Brazil may be just the South American location for you.

Most guided tours of Brazil begin in Rio de Janeiro, the largest city in Brazil. After getting you settled, your tour guide

may begin by taking you on a spectacular two-stage cable car tour of the Sugar Loaf Mountain. At the top of the mountain,

you’ll need to have your camera ready to take mountaintop pictures of Rio de Janeiro, Copacabana Beach and the lovely

Guanabara Bay.

While still in Rio de Janeiro, many guided tours will take you to see the sights of the city, including a visit to the H.

Stern Gem Factory-the largest jewelry factory and store in the world. You may also visit the Corcovado Mountain, ascending

the mountain by means of a cog railway. At the top, you’ll have a panoramic view of Rio de Janeiro from the site of the

statue of Christ the Redeemer, sitting 2,300 feet above the city.

While in Rio de Janeiro, many guided tours will introduce you to traditional Brazilian cuisine, shopping areas, music

venues and areas for further shopping and sightseeing on your own.

Another common site for guided tours of Brazil is Foz do Igua, the fourth largest city in Brazil, located in Southern

Brazil. There you will see the stunning Iguassu Falls, a waterfall with a flow capacity equal to three times that of

Niagara Falls. The falls marks the demarcation between Brazil and Argentina. Perhaps you’ll stay in a hotel overlooking

the waterfalls.

Many guided tours offer you the opportunity to spend a couple of days at the waterfalls, including walking tours of the

Brazilian side of the falls and a motor coach tour of the Argentine side of this spectacular place. You can walk through

the Foz do Igua National Park with views that take you to spots directly over the falls-including one called the “Devil’s

Throat”.

Take an early morning flight out of the falls area, where many guided tours of Brazil will take you to Manaus, in the heart

of the Amazon River valley. You may stay at a hotel on the Rio Negro just before it meets with the more expansive Amazon

River.

Guided tours of this area of Brazil would be remiss if they failed to take visitors on an actual Amazon River tour. So hop

on an Amazonian riverboat for a day-long tour down the Amazon River. Many such tours will let you stop off for an amazing

hike through the jungle and a picnic lunch in this pristine area of Brazil.

Guided tours of the city of Manaus are also available, where you can see the Indian Museum, the municipal market and a

famous Italian opera house. Then it’s off to fly to Brasilia, Brazil’s planned, national capital. You’ll go on a lovely

tour of the city, including the President’s residence, the Military Ministries, the Itamaraty Palace and many other sites

of interest.

Other guided tours will fly you into Salvador da Bahia, where you’ll take a historic tour of this site of colonial

architecture. You’ll visit the Solar do Unhao, a restored colonial mansion where you can dine in the slaves quarters.

There are many sites and attractions to see on guided tours of Brazil. Allow yourself at least two weeks to see and

discover all that Brazil has to offer.

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The Beauty of the Perfect Cup of Organic Tea

| Articles | March 25, 2008

As our world becomes more and more filled with plastic waste, unused pesticides and herbicides, many tea lovers have come to

the conclusion that organic tea is not only the safest tea you can buy but that it might even be the tastiest. Let’s look

at organic teas and how it’s made for the consumer.

Organic tea begins with soil that can be considered “organic” itself. Soil quality has a great deal to do with the foods

we eat and drink, whether it be meat products, produce or products like tea, which are harvested from tea plants grown in

the soil.

The tea plant itself can live more than a hundred years and is generally tightly rooted into the ground, eliminating the

chance for crop rotation. Nutrients must be directly added to the tea bush and, in organic tea plants, these nutrients

must be natural products. On conventional tea farms, chemical fertilizers are sprayed directly onto the tea plant, which

retains some of the chemical when harvested. Over-treating the land can burn the tea leaves and destroy soil integrity,

leaving the soil vulnerable to erosion.

In organic tea estates, nutrients added to the soil are typically made from manure, compost or plant cuttings. Microbes in

the soil break down the fertilizer, making it useful to the organic tea plant. Some organic tea gardens practice a custom

called permaculture, in which plants are grown between the tea plants to allow for an interconnected and sustainable soil

system. Some of the plants used in this practice are legumes, which rejuvenate the soil by adding nitrogen to it.

Some tea gardens practice biodynamic agriculture in which the entire area is considered a holistic, self-nourishing soil

system. Carefully-aged soil preparations use plants like dandelion, yarrow and chamomile, which are worked into the soil

in harmony with local conditions. Organic soil is kept healthy and nutritious without the addition of harmful chemicals.

Organic tea is labeled as such by being “Certified 100% Organic”. This applies to loose leaf tea and to tea inside teabags.

Certified organic tea is grown, handled, processed, stored and packaged in accordance with the standards set forth by the

National Organic Program. This type of food is also regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration.

Certified organic tea is grown on farms that have been inspected on a yearly basis by the certifying agency. The tea

handler and the processor of the tea leaves are also inspected and must meet the regulations of the certifying body. Some

products, simply labeled “organic” are not 100% organic but must contain at least 95% organic food product.

The organic tea producer is also audited yearly and is issued a certificate that says the producer have met USDA-National

Organic Standards for handling organic tea. A certificate is required for each type of tea labeled and sold as 100%

organic. Steps are taken to prevent the commingling of non-organic and organic ingredients at all times and machines are

washed to prevent commingling.

Purchasing 100% organic tea signifies to the buyer that the tea they are drinking is not laced with pesticides or other

chemicals. Non-organic tea, given that the leaves are routinely sprayed with pesticides, may contain trace chemicals that

are not healthy for anyone to drink.

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21 – Juice vs. blend

| Articles | March 24, 2008

We saw an interesting article about starvation in which the comment was made that there are really two types of starvation. One, of course, is caused by too little or no food at all. But there is another type of starvation caused by serious malnutrition, and even though the U.S. is the fattest nation on the planet, our bodies are starved for important nutrients and enzymes. It’s partly why we’re so fat, because we keep eating and eating, but we’re eating highly processed, cooked foods that have the essential components burned out of them. Cooking removes up to 80% of food’s important amino acids, fibers and vitamins.

It’s one reason why switching to a raw foods diet makes such compelling sense. When you start eating raw foods, you’re suddenly getting all the nutrition from food that nature intended you to get. It’s the way our bodies were meant to eat, in balance with the planet.

We suddenly become the vibrant, healthy animals we’re supposed to be.

But we still live in the modern world, with all its pressures and time constraints. It’s one reason why getting your whole foods from juicing is a good idea. You can still get all the fiber you need without taking the time to cut, peel or slice the food. Raw foods do take a little more time to chew and swallow and that’s a good thing. But if you don’t have the time for that, then you should consider using juices for at least a portion of your raw foods intake.

You do need to invest in a good juicer though, and that’s different from a blender. A blender can’t process the fruit peels that contain most a fruit or vegetables vitamins and enzymes. A juicer is a more high-powered appliance that will process everything – seeds and stems, peels and pulp. It’s designed to do it quickly and efficiently. They can be expensive, but there are many more options today than there used to be as this concept has gained in popularity.

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21 Sleep methods

| Articles | March 23, 2008

There are many different methods from the “experts” on dealing with sleep problems in your developing baby and child. Again, do what works best for you and what you feel comfortable with.

The Ferber method involves letting the baby cry herself to sleep, on the theory that if you’re firm about bed time, she’ll learn to comfort herself to sleep. This doesn’t mean just plunking the baby down in her crib and walking away. It differs from what you may already be doing in that it encourages you to put the baby in her crib while she’s still awake, so she gets used to falling asleep without you. But this might also mean letting her cry it out for a few weeks. This can be stressful for everyone in the household.

Another method is the controlled crying method. Again, this involves your usual bedtime rituals of a bath, perhaps a snack and a story, rocking and cuddling. Put your baby in her crib and kiss her goodnight. If she starts to cry, wait 10 to 15 minutes before going in to comfort her. Try to resist picking her up, just shush her quietly and pat her on the back. Some experts suggest not talking, as this can reinforce the waking and crying behavior. You want to reassure your baby that you’re there, but you still want to encourage sleeping.

After the first half hour of crying, increase the intervals before you check on the baby by a few minutes each time, up to about 15 to 20 minutes between checking. This can take some time, and can be trying on your nerves, but in time, your baby will learn that you’re not going away and that you’re nearby. This teaches your baby self-comforting, but also gives her the confidence and security that you’re there for her.

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A Taste of Aussie Life on Guided Tours of Northern Australia

| Articles | March 22, 2008

Australia is a huge and diverse land of beauty and wonder. Guided tours of several areas of this vast continent are

available, including guided tours of Northern Australia, which take you into the interior of this wonderful and fascinating

place.

Many guided tours of Northern Australia will take you first to the ocean on a luxury sailing tour of the Great Barrier Reef,

one of Australia’s most popular natural wonders. Through crystal clear ocean waters, you can snorkel or scuba dive among

the amazing sea life that lives among the lovely coral reefs. After a day on the ocean, you’ll travel west through some

changing landscapes and into the Australian outback.

The next stop on most guided tours of Northern Australia is a trip to Mount Isa, a lovely mining town and then through

Queensland and Carnooweal on your way to the flat and interesting Northern Territory. Perhaps you’ll take a refreshing

swim in the aqua-colored waters of the Mataranka’s thermal pool, hidden within a grove of tall, shady palm trees.

Following this stop, you’ll head back up north.

As you travel, many guided tours of this area will take you on a cruise through the spectacular gorge systems of the

Katherine Gorge and then it’s on to the fascinating Magnetic termite mounds, visible in the Litchfield National Park.

Visitors can swim at the lovely Florence Falls before going back to civilization in the city of Darwin in Northern Australia.

In Darwin, guided tours will often have you stay at a luxury hotel and will show you the areas for shopping, dining and

enjoying the nightlife at one of Darwin’s famous nightclubs. Visit the museums and the historic early settlement in this

Australian frontier city. Guided tours by open top bus of the city are available for those who wish to see what Darwin is

all about.

Next, guided tours will head east to the famous Kakadu National Park, truly one of Australia’s most lovely wilderness

refuges. In the park, you’ll see the Nourlangie Rock which reveals original aboriginal art from thousands of years ago and

you’ll be visiting an aboriginal site where these people have lived for more than 40,000 years.

To really “see” Australia’s finest, many Northern Australia guided tours will take you on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise,

where you can snap pictures and catch sight of Australia’s many crocodiles, snakes, dingos and other water life easily

found in the Kakadu region.

Another favorite spot for guided tours of Northern Australia is the Manyallaluk Aboriginal Cultural Center where you’ll see

how the native peoples lived and continue to live today. Demonstrations show you how to throw a spear and create fire the

natural way. This center is run by the aborigines themselves so you’ll get a really authentic experience. There are

places to shop for aboriginal souvenirs.

Guided tours of the area rarely fail to stop at Alice Springs-often for a couple of days. One can visit the Western

MacDonnell mountain ranges, where one can see the Ochre Pits, Simpson’s Gap or hike the Ormiston Gorge. There are many

places to eat authentic Australian food.

Guided tours of Northern Australia take you back to the aboriginal life and help you explore the Australian Outback in ways

few people have been able to do. The sights and attractions are many and it’s a great trip for the whole family.

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