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A Touch of Adventure: Guided Tours of China

| Articles | June 20, 2008

China is one of the few countries that Westerners still feel a sense of wonder about. Not having traditionally been seen as

a tourist attraction, there are not many Western travelers who have ventured into this mysterious land. Today, however,

guided tours of China are more plentiful and cost-effective, making seeing China all the rage with adventurous travelers.

Guided tours of China most definitely will take you to Beijing, China’s capital city. You’ll visit the Forbidden City, an

ancient city built for China’s emperors, the Great Wall of China, a must for every traveler, and you’ll still have time for

bargain shopping with Beijing’s street vendors or at Silk Alley, a bargain hunter’s paradise.

Because China is such a large country, guided tours of China often include several intra-country airline flights. The

airplane flights are exactly like those in the US and Europe, with the exception that the in-flight meal is inedible and

you won’t understand a word anyone is saying.

The next stop on many guided tours of China is the ancient capital city of Xi’an, the beginning of the historic

“Silk Road”-a trading route extending from Asia to parts of Europe. Xi’an is famous for being the site of the

“Eighth Wonder of the World”-the famed Terra Cotta Warriors of Xin.

Most guided tours of Xi’an will take you out to the countryside where the archeological site and museum for the life-size

terra cotta warriors exist. There are three archeological pits containing thousands of life-sized terra cotta soldiers,

horses and carriages. These soldiers have been painstakingly recreated from fragments of pottery and the work at the site

is ongoing.

The best guided tours of the Terra Cotta Warriors will tell you a little secret. In the gift shop, there are stacks of a

beautiful picture book of the warriors, written in several languages. Next to the stack of books sits one of the original

farmers whose well-digging first uncovered the soldiers in 1974. He’ll sign your book for free, giving you a wonderful

keepsake to take home.

A recent trend in guided tours of China is to take you on a memorable, multi-day tour on a riverboat down the Yangtze River.

Most guided tours begin in Chong Xing, a sprawling city of 32 million people in South Central China. There, you’ll board a

lovely ship and you’ll receive a room to sleep in, many with private decks so you can enjoy the scenery.

A riverboat tour down the Yangtze River should be memorable and relaxing. Guided tours of the river include daily excursions

to sites along the way. As you travel downstream, you’ll reach the Yangtze River’s famous three gorges. These are areas of

the river with huge mountains and massive cliffs on either side of the river.

Unfortunately, guided tours of the Yangtze River may not be as exciting as they are today or even as they were a few years

ago. The Chinese government is building the largest hydroelectric dam downstream from the gorges, raising the water level,

displacing millions of people and marring the beauty of the three gorges. While onboard the ship, you’ll enjoy daily

activities and fine Chinese dining every night.

Next on your list will probably be Shanghai. Most guided tours of China take advantage of the fact that Shanghai is near

the mouth of the Yangtze River and close to where you’ll disembark. Shanghai can be considered the “New York” of China.

It is the center of finance and business in China and, for seasoned travelers, it’s an excellent place to shop before

stuffing your bags for the flight home.

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Eat Better: The Health Benefits of Organic Foods

| Articles | June 19, 2008

Organic foods have become easier and easier to obtain in recent years. Still, many consumers wonder if this type of food is

healthy enough to be worth the often extra cost. Many of the benefits of organic foods have come to consumers through word

of mouth and the promotions put on by advocates of organic eating. Fortunately, there has been research and several solid

arguments supporting the use of organic foods in everyday eating.

Several recent studies on farms which produce organic foods determined that organic farms don’t release synthetic pesticides

into the ground, the air and, most importantly, the water table. Some of the inorganic, chemical pesticides are known to be

harmful to wildlife and other animals. Organic farms also are superior to conventional farms when it comes to maintaining

surrounding natural ecosystems. This includes, maintaining healthy populations of natural plants, insects and indigenous

animals. They also rotate crops more often to maintain a healthy soil.

When researchers calculated the energy use per unit area or per unit of yield of organic food-producing farms, it was found

that organic farms used less energy and generated less packaging and chemical waste than conventional produce farms.

The yield in organic produce farms is about 20 percent less when those farms used half the fertilizer and 97 percent less

pesticide than conventional farming. Others feel that organically-used soil is of a higher quality and maintains higher

water retention than farms that raise produce conventionally. This factor may improve the yield of organic farms during

years when rainfall is less than average.

In one study on organic farming techniques, a comparison of an organic farm and a conventional farm during a drought

season, the yields of soybeans were between 50 and 90 percent better than the regular farms. Organic corn yields were

mixed but, on average, the farms were on par with conventional farms.

Consider the risk of pesticide exposure on farm workers. Farm workers on organic farms are spared the health risks of being

exposed to pesticides, which are great, even when used correctly. Pesticides made from organophosphates, in particular,

can cause serious acute health problems with over-exposure. Long term exposure, unfortunately, is associated with breathing

problems, memory problems, skin conditions, cancer, miscarriages and birth defects.

To make matters worse, those who eat food not grown in an organic fashion can be exposed to both pesticides and herbicides

that remain on the food. This is why all produce from conventional farms should be washed carefully. Exposure to certain

herbicides is known to cause birth defects, even in small doses. Sadly, one recent study showed that the greatest source

of pesticides in babies is through the dietary consumption of food not grown in an organic fashion.

On a happier note, another study found that a group of children who were switched from a regular diet to an organic diet

dramatically reduced their levels or organophosphate pesticide exposure. In addition, studies have shown that organic food

actually tastes better in taste tests than conventional food.

If you want to keep your family as healthy as possible, consider making the switch to organic foods. The benefits to the

environment and likely to your family’s health are considerable.

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9 Bottle types

| Articles | June 18, 2008

There are three types of baby bottles are available: glass, plastic and plastic with disposable plastic liners. Glass bottles are very durable but they are a little heavier to use and they are breakable. Plastic bottles are also very sturdy and are more lightweight. Bottles with liners are convenient since the liners don’t need to be sterilized but they can also be expensive to use. Some plastic bottles are shaped at an angle to minimize the amount of air the baby takes in her stomach when feeding.

You can choose several styles of nipples in either rubber or silicone. You should buy new nipples every three months. As your baby gets older, buy nipples with larger holes.

Most babies are content with formula that is at room temperature. If your baby prefers warmed-up formula, heat the bottle (with the formula already in it) by running it under hot water from the faucet. This way you can ensure the liquid is not too hot and you can frequently check the temperature by shaking some formula on your wrist. Don’t microwave formula because the liquid heats unevenly. Even though the bottle may be cool to your touch, the liquid inside could be burning hot and scald your baby’s throat.

Feeding time is usually an enjoyable experience for the person feeding the baby and the baby. Cuddling with your baby is important and feeding time is the perfect opportunity to get in some skin-to-skin contact. When your baby is about halfway finished drinking the formula in the bottle, take a break and burp her to release any gas that may be accumulating in her tummy.

A general rule of thumb is to burp your baby after every 2 ounces eaten. If you forget to do this, your baby will wake up from her restful sleep crying due to the need to burp.

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9 – Fruitarian

| Articles | June 17, 2008

You’ve probably been hearing a lot about the value of a raw foods diet. A raw food diet consists primarily of uncooked, unprocessed fruits, vegetables, sprouts, seaweed, nuts and juices. It’s a vegetarian diet, but one that rejects any animal products. Its central tenet is that cooking and processing take out the majority of essential vitamins, enzymes and nutrients that our bodies evolved to thrive on.

Fruitarians, as the word implies, eat primarily fruits, with nuts and grains as well. A fruitarian diet also includes foods like tomatoes or avocadoes, which are fruits.

Fruit is nourishing and refreshing for your health. It doesn’t clog the body’s vital arteries; better still, it actually flushes and cleanses. A fruit diet also lightens our bodies and spirits, in line with the general lightening of our planetary vibration rate which many higher sources tell us is taking place at this time.

You need to eat carefully if you choose a fruitarian diet, because it can be more of a challenge to get enough essential protein in your diet. A fruitarian eats nothing which has been killed or stolen. That supplants meat, dairy, and plants with the thousands of fruit and nut combinations on the planet. E.g., a fruitarian can eat an avocado sandwich, a coconut milk shake or the purest coconut ice cream made from the milk and meat of the fruit, veggie burgers made of lentil or bean paste or tofu, a succotash of corn, limas, peas, and tomatoes, sweets made with pure maple syrup or date sugar, pecan pies made with fruit sugars, fruit shakes made of a mixture of orange and banana, pear and peach, pomegranate, papaya, and plum. A pizza of tofu, tomato, and pepper (not pepperoni), salads of tomato, cucumber, green and red peppers (but not lettuce, cabbage, or celery), nut butters such as almond butter or tahini, hummus {chickpea paste}. In other words, fruitarian may eat fruits 99.9% of the time, but occasionally do indulge in the delicacies of other food groups.

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Insightful Guided Tours of the Holocaust

| Articles | June 16, 2008

There are few guided tours of Europe more poignant than a tour of the major sites of the Holocaust-the extermination of

millions of people in the 1930s and 1940s. Tours such as this actually exist for the traveler who wants to see a side of

European contemporary history that is rarely available to the average traveler.

Guided tours involving Holocaust sites often begin in Amsterdam as many flights from the US end up there first. In

Amsterdam, you can visit the historic Anne Frank house that has been turned into a museum of related artifacts. You can

also visit the Corrie Ten Boom House, where a Dutch family hid many refugees from German rule. Corrie Ten Boom was featured

in the book she wrote, The Hiding Place, which was eventually turned into a movie.

The next logical stop on your tour is the Westerbork Transit Camp and later on, the Bergen-Belsen Concentration camp.

Anne Frank died of typhus there and over 50,000 others died there as well. Guided tours of this area will show you what

these people went through and will provide you with detailed information about the site’s history.

Many guided tours of Holocaust areas will show you the Wannsee Villa where the decision to exterminate the Jews was made.

The villa is located in Berlin, which is also the site of the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Your tour guide will likely take

you to both places in Berlin.

While in Germany, you’ll see the Buchenwald camp in Weimar. Besides Jewish prisoners, many political prisoners, Communists

and those involved in medicine and the arts were imprisoned there and used for slave labor. Buchenwald was one of the few

concentration camps that existed on German soil. It’s a poignant visit but one worth seeing.

Next, many guided tours will take you to Krakow, Poland. You’ll visit the Treblinka train station, one of the few remnants

left of the death camp. Treblinka was one of three death camps in which no one actually lived there and all prisoners sent

to the camp were killed. On a lighter note, you can see the original “Shindler’s Factory” where some laborers were treated

considerably better than their counterparts.

Not a single one of the guided tours devoted to the Holocaust would miss a visit to the infamous Auschwitz and Birkenau

concentration camps. Many areas of these camps have been destroyed as they were a poor reminder of the horrible things

that happened there but there are several sites left to see and to think upon.

By this time, many travelers on guided tours of the Holocaust run the risk of being depressed by what they’ve witnessed.

For this reason, as the tour winds southward again, a stop in Prague, in the Czech Republic, might be a good idea.

It’s a beautiful city with castles and lovely architecture to see and explore.

While in the Czech Republic, many guided tours related to the Holocaust will take you to the site of the village of Lidice

and the memorial there. It was the site where, in 1942, all male residents of the village were massacred and the remaining

villagers were deported before the village was destroyed in its entirety.

Camp Mauthausen in Austria and Dachau in Germany will round out most guided tours involving the Holocaust.

Both are infamous camps and are a big part of the history the Holocaust has to show the people of today.

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Are Records, Cassettes and CDs Just Artifacts Now?

| Articles | June 15, 2008

Every few years, an advance in technology comes along that renders the previous technology worthless. It has happened countless

times. First the Steam Engine came along and was the mode of transportation for millions of people. Then, cars and airplanes

came along and fewer and fewer people chose to travel by train.

Later on, the telegraph came along and was a relatively quick and easy way for people to communicate over long distances.

Then the telephone was developed and no one had use for the telegraph anymore.

Same with VCRs. Every family in America had a VCR and then DVDs and DVD players came along and make it pointless to have a

VCR that played VHS tapes.

Well, it has happened again. The mp3 player came out in the late 1990’s and has since become the primary way that music

enthusiasts listen to their music. Records were the big deal for a long time, and then came along 8-track tapes, cassettes

and finally compact discs were all of the rage before mp3 players came along. Now, people are primarily downloading their

music from online music retailers instead of purchasing compact discs or tapes in stores.

However, like with new technology, mp3 players continue to outshine any other form of music storage. Mp3 players play music

seamlessly and do not skip like CD players and cannot scratch like records or break apart like cassettes. So yes, overall,

records, cassettes and CDs are simply artifacts in the music world and more and more people will continue to convert to

mp3 players until it is the only way that people get their music. Some people still collect records and many companies

still release records and tapes but they are really hard to find, just like a good artifact.

What will be the next type of technology that will turn in to artifacts when something else comes along? Well, for

starters, traditional commercials will be artifacts of the past as the TiVO continues to grow in popularity. Regular

televisions will become artifacts as people move to flat screen digital sets. More than likely, DVDs will eventually move

into the artifact category when some other type of movie device is adopted by the general public.

It is the natural evolution of society and the world. Yes, we can mourn the loss of the records and tapes, but we know that

we have mp3s which rival everything else in quality and delivery ease. We can embrace the past and remember yesterday with

tears in our eyes, but the fact of the matter is, we need to evolve to continue to make new and exciting products that we

want to buy and be a part of. We need that in our consumption-obsessed culture.

So say good bye to the record, the cassette and the compact disc. They are all artifacts now. Say hello to the future of

music with a good set of tunes and a good mp3 player.

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Eat Healthy with Organic Foods

| Articles | June 14, 2008

When you go to the grocery store or supermarket to buy fruits or vegetables, do you pick just any produce or are you

particular about getting organic foods? There is a difference between the two and, after our discussion, you may decide

that organic foods are the way to go. Let’s take a look at the benefits of buying organic produce.

While both types of produce may look the same, organic foods must be able to meet specific standards of production,

including specific growing and processing conditions that are unique to foods that can be labeled “organic”. For crop

foods, the organic foods can’t be grown using any chemical pesticides, non-organic fertilizer, human waste fertilizer or

sludge from sewage. They also cannot be processed using ionizing radiation-a process that kills bacteria but that some

people believe is unsafe. Finally, the food can’t be genetically altered.

At one point, organic foods were grown on small farms, particularly those that were family-owned and operated. In today’s

time, however, organic foods are grown on larger farms and are more readily available in most supermarkets, co-ops and

health food stores. In the US, parts of Europe and Japan, the production of organic foods is currently federally regulated

and in other countries, specific organic certification is required before these foods can be sold.

Organic foods can include fresh vegetables and fruits, which are not processed and come directly from the growers through

farmer’s markets, supermarkets and roadside stands. Many of these products are only available during certain times of the

year. One can also get organic eggs, dairy products and meat in their fresh and unprocessed forms.

Organic eggs are generally provided by free-range chickens and not from those kept in cages in large, egg factories.

Organic meats must not come from animals that have been treated with any growth hormones, steroids or antibiotics.

Processed organic foods can be found in the organic food section of the supermarket but often are more expensive than

their conventional food counterparts. Processed organic foods can include canned products, frozen produce, prepared items

and even snack foods.

In truth, processed organic foods need only contain a certain percentage of organic ingredients. In Australia, for

example, a food can be labeled “organic” if it contains at least 95% organic ingredients. In other countries, however,

the percentage can be less than that. Even so, those non-organic ingredients must be free of artificial food additives

and no aspect of the food can be processed using chemical ripening techniques, genetic modification or irradiation. In

some cases, the organic food must be made using energy-saving techniques and packaged in recyclable or biodegradable


It’s not always easy to identify whether or not your food is truly organic. Sometimes, you need to buy directly from an

organic grower in order to be certain the food is organic. More recently, however, foods that are organic can be

identified by governmental labeling, stating that the food is “certified organic”.

Because of the safety and wholesomeness of organic foods, you may wish to do you and your family a favor by buying only

organic products. The food tastes excellent and you can be assured you’re getting a product that won’t be harmful to you.

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8 Formula

| Articles | June 13, 2008

If you’re new mother, you already know that breastfeeding is best for your baby. But not everyone can successfully breastfeed. What’s important is that your baby gets the nourishment he needs to develop and thrive. If your baby isn’t thriving on breast milk, then you need to switch to formula. There are many different options to choose from.

The brand you choose isn’t important. All formulas are prepared according to FDA regulations which specify minimum and, in some cases, maximum nutrient level requirements for infant formulas, based on recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Nutrition. These regulations and the Infant Formula Act help to make sure that all infant formulas are nutritionally complete and safe for your baby.

The American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse or recommend that your infant drink any specific brand of formula if you choose not to breastfeed, except they do say that low iron formula should not be used.

Baby formulas mostly differ in the type of sugar and protein that they have. Regular iron fortified infant formulas, such as Similac Advance, Enfamil Lipil, and Nestle Good Start Supreme are made with lactose and cow’s milk based proteins. Most infants who are not breastfeeding exclusively should be given a cow’s milk based iron fortified formula.

Soy formulas are made with soy protein and are lactose free. They are good for children who don’t tolerate lactose or milk proteins.

Elemental formulas are also lactose free and are made with hydrolysate proteins, which are easy to digest for infants with protein allergies. If you have a family history of food allergies or formula intolerances, you might choose to start your baby off with a soy or elemental formula if you do not want to breastfeed.

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8 – Raw only?

| Articles | June 12, 2008

A diet is considered a raw food diet if it consists of at least 75% raw, uncooked fruits, vegetables, sprouts, etc. Raw and living foods are believed to contain essential food enzymes (living foods contain a higher enzyme content than cooked foods). The cooking process (i.e., heating foods above 116F) is thought to destroy food enzymes.

People who follow the raw diet use particular techniques to prepare foods. These include sprouting seeds, grains and beans; soaking nuts and dried fruits; and juicing fruits and vegetables. The only cooking that is allowed is via a dehydrator. This piece of equipment blows hot air through the food but never reaches a temperature higher than 116F.

Do you have to follow the regimen that strictly? Of course not. But it’s certainly worth it to incorporate some of these techniques and ideas into your diet. If you tend to snack at work, try taking in carrots or apple slices. Many of the bigger grocery stores now offer packaged vegetables or fruits that make it easier to pack them and take them to work. We’re a nation of convenience, and much of the resistance to healthier eating is that it does generally take a little more effort and time to buy and slice fruits and vegetables. Food retailers have been catching on, slowly, and it’s much easier now to get bags of sliced carrots, celery, apples, nuts and raisins.

Of course these aren’t necessarily organic foods, and organic is the better way to go, but we think anything raw is infinitely better than cooked, processed food. If you have the time, do buy organic and slice them yourself. But if you’re in a hurry, and nowhere near a natural food store, then don’t beat yourself up or sabotage your efforts because you can’t do this 100% all the time. That’s not realistic. Anything from the fruit and vegetable aisle is going to be better for you than a potato chip, or worse yet, a french fry!

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Family Artifacts: Gateways to the Past

| Articles | June 11, 2008

There is a famous saying that says you must understand the past to know where you are going in the future. This is certainly

true when you think about your past and what that will mean for you and your future.

If you take a look at your family’s artifacts, heirlooms and photos, you will find a huge history in your family that you

were not aware of previously. This past will clue you in to a number of things, including what your great-grandparents,

grandparents and parents were like in their younger days to what types of fashions they wore and what they enjoyed doing.

Or, studying family artifacts and records can clue you in to the history of the health of your family and give you an

opportunity to understand what types of illnesses are common in your family and what you should be on the lookout for when

you visit your doctor.

Studying family artifacts will also help you piece together the history of your family. Where did your family immigrate

from? Most likely, artifacts that your family still has will give insight to the lives the family led in their old country

and give an idea of why they decided that risking it all and coming to America was the best choice for them.

You could most likely spend hours looking at old records, artifacts and photos. It takes you back to a time that you were

not a part of and never will know firsthand. However, taking the time to look at all of it will give you an idea of what it

takes to make your future bright.

If you can see examples of mistakes your family has made in the past, you can take those mistakes and in turn find a way to

keep from making those same mistakes in your own life. You can also find a way to have potential family illnesses diagnosed

early and taken care of before they turn into serious problems.

So, if you have not already, schedule an afternoon to visit with your Grandparents about the past and ask them to relive

their good memories with you. Then, ask if you can see some of the mementos and artifacts that they have kept for years.

They will most likely be excited to share their lives with you and be thankful that you care. You, in turn, will find out

interesting facts about the past and where your family came from and where you can help take it in the future.

Understanding the past is indeed the key to understanding the future. Take your opportunity to find out more about the

family artifacts in your family while your Grandparents are still around. They will appreciate your gesture and you will

sit in awe of the stories and events that they have lived through in their lives.

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