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Do You Text While Driving? Why You Shouldn’t — and How to Stop.

iphone-driving_2891450b-300x187Guess: What’s one habit that’s very common and extremely dangerous?

Yes, of course, smoking. But what else?

Using your smart phone while driving is a terrible habit. So common, so dangerous. About one quarter of car accidents involve the use of a smart phone.

It’s easy to think, “Oh, I’ll just glance at the screen,” but it takes a minimum of five seconds to take a look, and if you’re going 55 mph, you’ll go the length of a football field in that time.

And it turns out that just reaching for the device raises the chance of an accident.

Probably, most of us know that using a phone while driving is a bad idea. And yet we’re in that habit. So how to stop? Continue reading

The Health Risks of Electromagnetic Fields

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Our dependence on electronics is higher than ever before and not likely to decrease any time soon. Could you even imagine going a few days without indoor electricity, television, your favorite household electronic (I heart you, blender), your cell phone, computer, or tablet? I couldn’t – even as I write this now, I’m typing on my laptop, my cell phone is next to my laptop, behind me sits our modem and wireless router, and as I look out the balcony I see power lines just a few feet away. I admit it, I love technology (most of us do). However, the problem is that all electrical devices emit an electromagnetic field that is potentially dangerous to our health – now that’s enough to make me think twice about my electronic use.

Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are invisible areas of energy, often called radiation, that surround any electric device. This includes cell phones, mobile towers, broadcast towers, computers, power lines, industrial equipment, electrical wiring, radiation machines, and household appliances, just to name a few. The actual electric component of an EMF typically doesn’t harm humans as it is the voltage used to power the device and is shielded by walls, cases, and other objects (however, direct contact can cause serious burns). On the other hand, the magnetic area of an EMF is where medical concerns arise since there are no barriers (besides distance) between magnetic fields and the human body.

At any given time, the human body creates a variety of tiny electrical currents to function normally. For example, nerves use electrical impulses to communicate with the body, while proper digestion, brain activity, and heartbeat regulation all rely on electronic currents. Exposure to a high EMF or constant exposure to low EMFs can over simulate our nerves, muscles, and other biological reactions and potential create health problems.

A variety of studies show links between EMFs and increased risk of cancer (especially brain cancer, breast cancer, and childhood leukemia), pregnancy complications (including miscarriage), reproductive problems, sleep disturbances, headaches, autism, respiratory problems, fatigue, and a host of other serious health issues. However, there is still a continuing debate about whether these links are causal and consistent. Regardless, even if the jury is still out, if you’re like me, I would rather take preventative measures now than risk so many possible negative health effects. Below are some tips to decrease the amount of EMFs that enter your body (while still enjoying the modern day benefits of electrical devices).

Remember the strength of the magnetic field weakens as it travels away from its source. The farther you can be from your electronics, the better. Here are 8 ways to decrease your exposure to EMFs: 

  1. Don’t sleep with your phone, computer, or any electronic device right next to you (I’m often guilty of this)
  2. Alternate which ear you use when talking on your cell phone
  3. Keep your laptop on a table or desk instead of your lap (whoever named it “laptop” clearly wasn’t thinking about EMF risks)
  4. Turn off electrical devices like TVs and computers when you aren’t using them (perk: you’ll be saving money too)
  5. Unplug electronics from walls when traveling or when you won’t use them for awhile (even just having an electronic plugged in but turned off still emits a low EMF)
  6. Consider investing in an EMF shielding device for home or office use (you can even find these in some hotel rooms)
  7. Repair faulty wiring in your home or business
  8. Take time each day to be technology free – go for a walk, meditate, practice yoga, hand-write in a journal, read a book (no reading devices), or spend time in nature

As researchers continue to study the relationship between EMF exposure and our health, you have the ability to protect yourself and your family now by being aware of this danger and using the tips above as often as you can.

Have you had any health problems associated with EMF exposure? Share your story in the comments below. 

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Are you “Inf-Obese?” A New Health Crisis and 3 Ways to Avoid It

Infobesity:  the feeling of busting at the seams with tweets, status updates, texts, emails…too much information! 

The average adult spends 6-8 hours each day online. With each passing moment, there’s a more portable gadget that makes consuming information easier… just as there’s another unhealthy junk food or ‘energy drink.’ Is this really any different than the obesity crisis?

Whether from distracted driving, or erosion of quality time with our children, or lacking a spare moment in the day to just relax…infobesity is equally as dangerous to our bodies and even more so to our spirits.

How can you avoid the dangers of infobesity and get Info-Skinny in 2011?

1. Apple is the New Marlboro

I’m half-joking. I love Apple. I have an iPhone. I want an iPad. I’d gawk upon seeing Steve Jobs. But here’s the problem. As the gadgets become more portable, is there any time or place in our lives where we’re actually not connected? I’m sure Apple and Google and Microsoft will keep releasing smaller and faster machines that make our lives more convenient. Just as the tobacco companies have shown reckless disregard for our health, don’t technology companies show a similar disregard for the sacred quality of life?  We use the cell phone as much if not more than some of our body parts.

So here’s something to consider…before buying a new gadget, ask yourself it if might invade upon your quality time with other human beings. There has to be a point where we push back a little against technology.

2. Phone in the Dash

I struggle with infobesity as much as anyone. I’ll admit, when driving, I’ll sometimes sneak a peak at who just texted me causing more than one almost-collision. We’ve all heard the bad news about distracted driving but in 2011, I’m gonna commit to putting my phone in the glove compartment when driving. Or if not possible, as soon as available for the iPhone, I’m going to download DriveReply which is ‘anti-distraction technology’**. Hmmmmm.

3. Coach…Call Timeout!

It’s really helpful to have someone in your life who can hold you accountable for being present in the moment. Whether a friend, mentor, or actual coach, I believe we’re at a point where things are getting so ridiculous, it needs to be OK to tell someone to put away their phone in a meeting or family dinner (here’s a brief video sharing how to do so tactfully, as created for the recent Thanksgiving holiday).

Roger Waters said, “Will the technologies of communication and culture — and especially popular music, which is a vast and beloved enterprise — help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us?" A great question…and a great resolution to consider…as we round the corner into the new year. Are you dealing with infobesity? And more importantly, are you ready to reclaim your quality of life anytime soon?

by David Romanelli (www.livinthemoment.com)

If you’re looking to reclaim the present moment, and are fed up with being overcommitted and overwhelmed, I’m launching a Livin the Moment Coaching and Mentoring Program on January 11, 2011. Visit here for more

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ElectroSmog: 10 Ways to Avoid Frying Your Brain

 Like smog created by air pollution, electrosmog is created by electromagnetic field radiation from cell phones, wireless computers and networks, and new utility technologies like Smart Grids and Smart Meters. Electrosmog envelopes us 24-7…in our homes, neighborhoods, workplaces, even hotels, and no one really knows the long-term effects on our health, or on our DNA.

The ever-expanding electrosmog is comprised of several EMF or electromagnetic radiation fields of different intensity…from ELFs (extremely low frequency fields); to “dirty electricity” — a frequency that gets on wiring in our walls from electronics that contain transformers, and from compact fluorescent light bulbs and dimmer switches; to RFs (radio frequencies), and a subset of RF called microwave radiation emitted by cell phones, wireless networks and portable phones.

“All these radiation fields disrupt the regulation of the nervous system in our bodies,” said Camilla Rees, during a recent interview on my radio show “Your Super Natural Life.” Camilla, founder of ElectromagneticHealth.org, is one of the foremost advocates for safer cell phone and wireless technologies, and exposes the link between electromagnetic pollution and our health. “We are electromagetic beings,” she said, “and are especially vulnerable to unnatural electromagetic fields.”  

Many people are becoming “electrosensitive” due, in part, to being exposed to more and more wireless devices like computers, printers and routers, cell phones, or from living near cell phone towers or antennas. According to Camilla, electrosensitivities can show up as acute symptoms like excessive fatigue, sleep disturbances, headaches, irritability, visual problems, memory loss, difficulty in concentrating, dizziness, and cardiovascular disruptions. Long-term symptoms include conditions like chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain syndromes. Also, German doctors have found that newly developing cancer cases are much higher within 400 meters of a cell tower. The risk of getting cancer increased by 200% after 5 years of exposure (H. Eger et al). Another study showed that within 350 meters of a cell phone tower there was a 300% increased incidence of cancer and a 900% increase in cancer among women alone (Wolf et al, 2004). “Even though you might not be experiencing symptoms now, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future due to increased exposure,” added Camilla. 

Magda Havas, Ph.D., co-author with Camilla of “Public Health SOS: The Shadow Side of the Wireless Revolution,” says that it can take just a small amount over a long period of time to be effected. “Symptoms of electrohypersensitivity have been demonstrated at exposures that are a fraction (0.04%) of U.S. exposure guidelines, in part because the guidelines themselves only take into consideration a 30-minute exposure, not chronic exposures.” Magda is also author of the newBRAG Antenna Ranking of Schools Report which ranks U.S. schools and shows parents and teachers how to gauge the risk of radiation exposure from neighborhood antennas. 

What sets people up for greater sensitivity to EMFs? Here are some factors that are known or suspected:

  • Excessive EMF exposure, as well as long-term exposure
  • Any metal in the body, like metal dental fillings, implants, braces, metal prostheses, and pace makers and deep brain stimulators for Parkinson’s
  • Conditions like MS and Lyme Disease
  • Excess levels of heavy metals in the body as well as genetic factors influencing detoxification 
  • Chronic infection in the body, including often hidden dental infections

10 Ways to Avoid Electrosmog Hazards:

  1. Eliminate as much wireless technology in your home as possible. Rewire the most basic connections, like the computer to the printer, and the computer to the internet, for example. Turn off wireless at night, do your body can rest and repair. 
  2. Don’t sleep with electric blankets, electric heating pads or with electric clock radios or telephone answering machines near your head.
  3. Don’t let your teenager sleep with a cell phone under his/her pillow.
  4. Use a corded landline telephone instead of a cordless one. 
  5. Don’t use your laptop computer in your lap, and while using a laptop turn the wireless internet connection off in the software, except while you need it.
  6. If you’re pregnant, stay far away from things like BlackBerries, which emit very high magnetic radiation fields while in use that might cause miscarriage.
  7. If you live close to a cell tower, block radiation coming into your home by using special paints, film and fabric to cover your windows. (These can be found here.) 
  8. Learn how to measure the various fields in your home by using meters and detection equipment that measure specific frequencies. (See the EMF-Help Blog™  on the Campaign for Radiation Free Schools Facebook Group)
  9. Keep your immune system healthy by avoiding contact with toxic chemicals in your home and detoxing your body from time to time. Camilla says there seems to be a synergistic effect between the toxic chemicals we encounter that are accumulating in our bodies, and EMFs. She points to research showing higher body burden of chemicals in people who are electrosensitive.
  10. Be aware of metal in your life because metal reflects EMFs and can create hotspots. This would include, metal coils in mattresses, metal furniture, metal eyeglasses, metals in your mouth and metal underwire bras 

 Beth GreerSuper Natural Mom™, is the bestselling author of Super Natural Homehost of “Your Super Natural Life” on Clear Channel’s Green 960 Radio, and impassioned champion of toxin-free living who busts open the myth that our homes are safe havens. She consults for restaurants, retreat centers and healthcare agencies. Follow Beth on Twitter. Become a fan on Facebook.

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Mobile Technology is Here to Change the World

A couple of years ago the mobile internet was something many were struggling with, apart from a few Blackberry users. Then Apple launched the iPhone to kick off 2009 and the Smart Phone revolution had started – now trade show attendees are far less likely to be humping their laptop around with them and are more likely to be getting their Twitter updates and email notifications from their cell phone. This means trade show marketing has to rise to the challenge of the mobile internet.

You may think this has nothing to do with you but check this – last year (2009) google reported that more than 50% of new internet connections were initiated by mobile devices, mainly smart phones. Forrester Research forecasts mobile marketing spend will increase by 43% in 2010 – in the middle of a recession! This is far more than any other B2B medium.

Mobile internet means trade show marketers have even greater opportunities to interact with the attendees but you have some issues to address first.

Cell phones do not display web pages the same way as a desktop – your tech team needs to optimize the website for the mobile web and that means making it leaner and bare (because the user only has a cell phone screen to view the page) and feature rich pages just run very slowly, if at all on a smart phone because the connection speeds are not as fast as fixed line or cable systems.

Once that is resolved, you can now focus on how to use social media and email updates, especially those to be used in the campaign which will be initiated at the trade show itself. You will also see many trade shows are themselves getting in on the mobile internet act with applications for scheduling, information on the venue and host city area and a lot more. Particularly interesting are the client information capture apps which allow exhibitor and attendee to swap information without worrying about swapping business cards and the automatic transfer to CMS systems back at base. Watch out for audience participation and polling apps too because these will help trade show marketers on the day with identifying trends and buying fashions at the show and for future use. Make sure the next time you set up your trade show displays, you are ready.

Who knows, maybe even the booth babes may be become more mobile?
 

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National Battery Day

“Mind is the battery cell,
Intelligence is the switch.”
~ Sri Sathya Sai Baba
 
No, National Battery Day is not meant to give you permission to assault people—thankfully, there is no holiday or any day when that is acceptable. This National Battery Day is brought to you by the companies that produce those things that are “not included” whenever you buy your kid a toy that needs a power source.
 
Yearly, Americans buy approximately three billion batteries to juice-up their cell phones, computers, radios, toys, watches, hearing aids…you name it. At an average length of two inches, strung end to end, those “disposable” energy sources would be 94,700 miles long – enough to circle the equator almost four times!
 
And although mercury was banned in the manufacture of alkaline batteries many years ago, many still contain small amounts of this troublesome material and – for some stupid reason – this is an unavoidable part of the mining and manufacturing processes. Ya’ see, when the other metals in alkaline batteries, like zinc and manganese, are mined, small amounts of mercury end up in the raw ore and aren’t removed.
 
While some establishments accept rechargeable batteries for recycling, most refuse to take the alkaline variety wrongly assuming that because they “supposedly” don’t contain any toxic metals, they can just be put into the trash with all of our other garbage.
 
But when tossed out with the trash, those batteries eventually pollute lakes and streams – they can leach from landfills and therefore expose the environment and ground water to lead and acid and mercury. But between you and me – I think that we can and should recycle all those AAA, AA, C and D alkaline batteries.
 
And I’m apparently not alone in my thinking. Programs like the Big Green Box program are doing what they can to keep alkaline batteries out of landfills by recycling and recovering the metals in every type of battery. From their U.S. collection locations alkaline batteries are sorted and shipped to a Canadian facility that crushes them to recover the zinc, manganese, mercury and steel.
 
Walgreen’s, IKEA and Whole Foods, among other businesses, also offer collection sites for your used alkaline batteries. But in the states that “require” consumers to recycle their alkaline batteries, there are many more businesses that participate.
 
The need for batteries to run our 21st Century lifestyle is only going to grow, so instead of continuing to purchase something that’s bound to stop working, may I suggest that you consider using the newfangled rechargeable batteries instead? Unlike the rechargables from years back, the newest varieties can be recharged easily at home or in your place of business at any available electrical wall outlet, and they actually hold their charge.
 
And my new, most favorite kind of rechargables are the ones that can actually be charged via a USB port on your computer. They’re ingenious! However, I’ve only found these USB-type rechargables online. 
 
Many of the newest types of rechargeable batteries can be re-used up to 1,000 times, which, if you add it up, is a tremendous savings over their life span even though up-front they cost more to buy than the “disposable” varieties.
 
So – next time you’re out shopping for batteries, forget the ones that will die on you in a week, and instead, pick up lithium-ion or NiMH types – simply because they contain fewer toxic metals, hold a charge, and won’t pollute the planet. And just think – while you’re saving precious cash and valuable resources, and safely using your new rechargeable batteries over and over and over again, that poor little Energizer Bunny will have keeled over and died a long time ago!
 
 
 

Walking the Walk

I know a physician who is working indefatigably to help his patients and make the world a better place. He works 16 hour days, sometimes seven days a week. He grabs food on the run and sleeps under six hours a night. 

Last month he had a wake-up-call. When he tried to donate blood, the hospital sent him immediately to the Emergency Room. Not to help out the ER docs, but as a patient whose blood pressure was dangerously high. He said he almost died.
 
He now realizes that he needs to practice the healthy life style he is preaching. In just a couple of weeks, he relates that his thinking is clearer, he has lost weight, and he is a better doctor. 
 
As 2009 is still in its infancy, here are a few ways you can not only take care of yourself, but also become a better health care practitioner.
 
         Watch your diet – Add protein for breakfast,  plentiful green vegetables, fruits in season anytime, and essential fatty acids either by eating small, cold water fish or by supplements. Eliminate sugars, alcohol, caffeine, aspartame, MSG, artificial flavors, bad fats. 
 
         Get adequate sleep – If you are getting fewer than seven hours of restful sleep a night, you are stressing out your immune system. Eventually, you will get sick. Is your bedroom dark, free from electronic “noise” and ventilated with good quality air? Are your sheets, blankets and sleepwear made of natural fibers? All of these practices will promote healing sleep.
 
         Stay hydrated – Yes, the body and brain need water to work properly. Keep a stainless steel or glass water bottle on your desk. Make sure your water is filtered, or better yet, natural with good minerals in it.
 
         Watch your EMF exposure at home and in the office – What invisible energy sources are beaming down on your brain? Use cell phones with a head set or remotely. Turn off wireless Internet at night. Check for cell phone towers nearby at www.antennasearch.com Have a qualified bau-biologie expert inspect your home and office to look at wiring and possible “hot spots.” (http://www.bau-biologieusa.com/ )
 
         Keep a healthy lifestyle – Make time to exercise. Mix it up: aerobics, walking, weight-bearing and meditative every few days. Stay away from toxic people or mitigate their effects with meditation.
 
         Promote non – toxic and recycled alternatives in your office – Offer organic soaps, cleaners and lotions in the restroom, and gluten- and dairy-free snacks in the therapy room.
 
When you “walk the walk, without a doubt, you will have the same experience as my friend the doctor. Your family, clients and patients will all notice and appreciate the differences, and you will feel better than you ever thought possible! 
 
A belated Happy New Year!