Sunday, September 12, 2010
I use a free computer desktop timer called TimeLeft, when I first used it ~year ago I didn't have any personal experience with it so didn't want to recommend it in case it was buggy. But SpyBot & I have had no problems with it, and I like it because it is very customizable and very user-friendly. After 15 mins on computer I get up and drink water and get stuff done, then my reward is to get back on when I'm done with whatever task I was doing. So here is the link and more info about it:
So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.
Today is the 255th day of the year; there are 110 days left in 2010.
Today is Sabbath Sunday, administration day, coupons, weekly menu plan, weekly plan overview in Franklin Covey, and walking, worship, and wings of praise.
I've been ruminating about a month now on 2011 goals. It's time to pencil in some of those thoughts - certainly a very rough, very premature stage; I would say a pre-draft stage. But I want to work on it a little today. So in addition to the regular weekly planning in Franklin Covey, today I'll begin at least jotting down my 2011 goals thoughts. I didn't start early enough last year, and though I pushed through it and I DID pray, it was insufficient, not well done, and late. My goals thoughts need to marinate and age awhile before they are "ready" and before I can refine them. And I was very rusty with the whole process last year. I'm glad I did them, it was the first time in a long time, and it was 100x better than doing nothing; but this year I want to do a better job.
Other things on the plan today are visiting a Farmer's Market, and finding my Financial Peace University (FPU) workbook because tonight at 6pm is my first FPU class. I'm already an FPU grad, and I'm already debt-free in fact FPU is how I became debt-free! But once you take the class you're a lifetime member and can take the class again as often as you like. Dave is soooooooo VERY encouraging, and I really *need* that encouragement right now; so I'm going. If you want to go, and/or find out more about the class, here's the link:
This weekend is the 9th Anniversary:
In total 3,497 people died in the attacks on 11 September 2001.
2,735 civilians in the World Trade Center died
87 passengers and crew members aboard American Airlines Flight 11 that hit the North Tower
60 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 175 that hit the South Tower
343 New York City firefighters and rescue workers and 23 New York City law enforcement officers, 47 Port Authority workers and 37 Port Authority Police Officers, lost their lives when they rushed in to save the victims in the World Trade Center
36 passengers and crew aboard United Flight 93, who gave their lives stopping four hijackers over Pennsylvania
64 passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon, killing them and 125 people in the building.
The 19 homicidal maniac murderers on the 4 planes are not included in the above count, nor should they be.
Friday, September 10, 2010
I'm interested in the modular desks and modular bookcases.
Does anyone have other DIY free sites, online only (not TV, not magazine)?
Thursday, September 09, 2010
The Honest Food Guide (HFG) is now available for downloading free of charge and is:
*Free from the corruption and influence of various food industries (dairy, beef, junk foods, etc.)
*Designed to benefit you, not Big Business
*Offers genuine nutritional information, not watered-down information designed to boost the sale of milk, beef and grains
Today is Thankful Thursday, lower body ST and walking. I'm checking out a free class tonight that has exercise set to contemporary Christian music. And since I didn't clean out the fridge yesterday, I'm behind the 8-ball today, have alot of chores to get done.
But right now I'm going outside for a walk as soon as it gets light enough, it's 5:22am.
Have a great day SparkFriends!
OUT ON A LIMB . . . or branch, blade, blossom, stem . . .
(I love the ones that look like they're precariously perched, barely there, or hanging off of something)
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
I like TRINITYROYAL's organizational secret very much:
"De-clutter your to-do list
Evaluate every item on your to-do list by asking yourself these 2 questions: 1) Is it required to meet my family's basic needs? 2) Does this action bring me closer to my life goal? If the answer to both questions is no, remove it from your list. If the answer to either question is yes, keep it. You will be surprised at how many things you strike off. Be sure to ask the same questions about any new items you plan to add."
Very wise, very timely advice for this time of the year when I'm thinking about goals and goal setting.
A thread on one of my teams, Natural Healing, sparked me to do research.
I use SinuFix by NaturalCare, one per day, and don't get sick. I had chronic and acute sinus infections for decades, every fall and every spring like clockwork. During bad years I'd get them in the summer too, or, stay sick for a whole 6 months, fall through spring. Just miserable. I am still today recovering and repairing my body and health from all the damage done by the antibiotics I took regularly for decades for extended periods, due to sinus infections. SinuFix changed all that. 2-3 per day are usually enough to clear up the sinus infection in a few days, though you can take up to a maximum of 4 per day. No antibiotics, no office visit, no copay, and no prescription needed.
I personally ship ONLY to a PO Box (not a UPS fan), so I don't use iHerb though I've heard lots of Sparkers like iHerb. Their shipping is only free if it's UPS, and iHerb won't ship - at all! - to a PO Box if the order is more than $80. No thank you.
Also Swanson's and Vitacost's shipping is only five bucks - very inexpensive. In addition to that, they ship to PO Boxes no problemo, with no minimum nor maximum order amount. In addition to that, they frequently have specials for free shipping, or specials that value more than $5 which is the same thing as getting free shipping. In addition to that, their price is always a few dollars less than iHerb. In addition to that, you can checkout via PayPal with Swanson and Vitacost, something I appreciate very much. I almost never use my cards online. It has to be for something pretty rare, like a plane ticket.
When doing research today, I included iHerb since so many like the company and enjoy their free shipping via UPS.
On the thread several people brought up Wellness Formula by Source Naturals. Since several liked it and I've heard it mentioned before by Sparkers, I decided to look into it. And since some on the thread were using it the same way I use SinuFix, I decided to compare the two as well.
COMPARISON BETWEEN SINUFIX AND WELLNESS FORMULA;
Echinacea, garlic, Vit A, Vit C, and Zinc
WELLNESS HAS, SINUFIX DOES NOT HAVE:
Andrographis Aerial Parts Extract (10% andrographolides) 100 mg
Angelica Root Extract (1% ligustilide) 30 mg
Astragalus Root Extract (10:1) 20 mg
Boneset Aerial Parts Extract (4:1) 90 mg
Cayenne Fruit 40 mg
Copper (as copper citrate) 300 mcg 15%
Echinacea angustifolia Root Extract (4% echinacosides) 15 mg
Elderberry Fruit Extract (5% flavonoids) 246 mg
Elecampane Root Extract (4:1) 114 mg
Eleuthero Root Extract (5:1) 75 mg
Ginger Root Extract (5% gingerols) 30 mg
Goldenseal Root Extract (5% alkaloids) 48 mg
Grape Seed Extract (Proanthodyn) 30 mg
Horehound Aerial Parts Extract (4:1) 54 mg
Isatis Leaf Extract (4:1) 18 mg
Isatis Root Extract (4:1) 36 mg
Mullein Leaf Extract (4:1) 47 mg
Olive Leaf Extract (15% oleuropeins) 129 mg
Pau D' Arco Bark Extract (3:1) 33 mg
Polygonatum odoratum Rhizome 270 mg
Propolis Extract (2:1) 216 mg
Selenium (as sodium selenite) 60 mcg 90%
SINUFIX HAS, WELLNESS DOES NOT HAVE:
Butterbur (Petasites vulgare) (root extract)
Calcium (as Calcium ascorbate) 23 mg 2%
Grapefruit (seed extract)
N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC)
Nettle (leaf extract)
Oregano (leaf extract)
Peppermint (Mentha piperita) (leaf extract)
Vit B-5 (Pantothenic Acid as calcium pantothenate) 92 mg 920%
Vit B-6 (as Pyridoxine HCl) 27 mg 1350%
Between Wellness and SinuFix; and between iHerb, Swanson, Vitacost
SinuFix capsules are only avail from manufacturer in bottles of 60
SinuFix svg size is 2, 30 svg per bottle
SinuFix Swanson $17.35, 58 cents per svg
SinuFix Vitacost, $17.45, 58 cents per svg
SinuFix iHerb, $19.89, 66 cents per svg
90 tabs Wellness, svg size is 3, 30 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $11.91, 40 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost, $12.22, 41 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $13.16, 44 cents per svg
120 capsules Wellness, svg size is 6, 20 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $11.41, 57 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost $11.70, 59 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb $12.60, 63 cents per svg
180 tabs Wellness, svg size is 3, 60 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson $22.30, 37 cents per svg
Wellness Vitacost, $22.87, 38 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $24.63, 41 cents per svg
240 capsules Wellness, svg size is 6, 40 svg per bottle
Wellness Swanson not avail
Wellness Vitacost, $22.35, 56 cents per svg
Wellness iHerb, $24.07, 60 cents per svg
SUMMARY PRICE COMPARISON:
SinuFix from Natural Care best price:
60 capsule SinuFix Swanson $17.35, 58 cents per svg (or half that if you only take 1 like I do)
Wellness Formula from Source Naturals best price:
180 tabs Wellness Swanson $22.30, 37 cents per svg
Something I never noticed before doing this exercise; apparently the capsule form even within the same brand and formula, i.e. Wellness, is more expensive to manufacture than tablet form.
That would be one reason SinuFix is more expensive than Wellness, aside from the other differences, i.e. NAC is expensive and Wellness doesn't contain NAC, etc.
I am intrigued enough by Wellness Formula to try it. Not sure I want to give up SinuFix though, since it works like a charm for me.
Of special note to me: I like that Wellness has astralagus, angelica, elderberry, and extra bioflavanoids. I like that SinuFix has NAC and Vit B5.
I want to look up the herbs in both that sound familiar but I can't name the function of off the top of my head.
NAC takes care of mucous naturally, very important in upper respiratory infections. In addition, Dr. Blaylock MD, board-certified neurosurgeon, says of Vit B5 (tho a dif form) and of NAC:
Pantethine - this vitamin is the enzyme form of pantothenic acid. It plays a vital role in enhancing the aldehyde dehydrogenase enzyme (for detoxification).
N-acetyl L-cysteine (NAC). This is a substance that in cells is converted to glutathione. Glutathione is your cell's major protection against free radicals produced by toxins. In addition, NAC removes mercury. NAC also enhances detoxification.
Yes it goes without saying it's definitely better to do things the REAL natural way, which is to eat organic fruits, vegetables, and dark leafy greens to prevent things from coming on. But when you get a cold or get a sinus infection anyway, then what do you do? Yes of course the disclaimer is you must always ask your doctor. But for me, natural is better than antibiotics, and doctors only wanted to prescribe and do surgery, not cure (I used traditional doctors then). SinuFix and Wellness Formula are worth their weight in gold if they keep you well, in my opinion.
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