Monthly Archives: June 2018

Provide Adequate Air Circulation

Adequate air ventilation is essential for good orchid health. In nature, most orchids are found in the tops of trees where there is constant air circulation. Indoor orchids are exposed to pollution from various sources such as cooking vapors, cigarette smoke, room deodorizers, and aerosol sprays which are all harmful to your orchids. Even something as seemingly harmless as a box of apples produces a substance called ethylene which is known to cause orchids’ sepals to wilt.

Without adequate ventilation, water trapped between leaves will not evaporate. The stagnant water provides a moist environment for various pathogens to thrive. Mold and fungi love this stagnant moisture.

A lack of ventilation also means that there isn’t a continuous supply of “fresh” carbon dioxide for the orchids to absorb, which they need just as much as water or sunlight for growth.

Air ventilation also cools orchid leaves heated by too much sunlight or high intensity indoor lights, thus increasing the orchid’s capacity to withstand excess heat and light.

Indeed, the importance of good ventilation for your orchids cannot be stressed enough. To ensure adequate ventilation, your orchids should be placed on a tray beside an open window if the weather allows for it. During winter, orchids should be gently ventilated with an oscillating or ceiling fan and the windows kept closed, as cold wind can cause the buds to fall.

Good ventilation prevents a variety of orchid problems and is easily obtained through the variety of ceiling and floor fans that are available today.

How to Stop Smoking

Learning to smoke cigarettes was the hardest and most miserable task you undertook when you were young! Smoking cigarettes was something that you had to learn to do. Learning to smoke took some persistence and putting up with the misery of coughing and hacking after every pull on a cigarette. What were you mastering? You were learning to suppress your body’s natural protective responses to hot, polluted smoke going into your clean, pure lungs. Lungs created for clean air only! You were controlling your body’s reaction with your mind!

When people think about trying to quit cigarettes, they realize it’s in the best interest of their health to quit. They understand the health and fitness hazards of smoking. They know how expensive it is to smoke. They have every smart valid reason to quit cigarettes. Yet, many can’t do it! What is the reason for this dilemma? Because smoking the cigarette is the end to a means. That ends to a means is to satisfy a physical craving, calm your nerves, keep you from eating, whatever reason you use to justify the smoking. It is really the mechanism, the suppression of the body’s defensives, that the smoker has spent so much time creating that allows for them and now causes the smoker to experience the urge to smoke. If you are able to quit cigarettes but don’t remove this body suppression trigger, the best you can hope for is to be an ex-smoker. What exactly is an ex-smoker? An ex-smoker is a person who has smoked in the past and has taken a break from smoking, but will probably resume smoking in the future.

The defense mechanism that you spent years building up remains functioning. It has become your ogre that you’ve forgotten how to be in charge of! You’ve erased from your memory why you created the ogre initially, because it was so long ago! You may overcome it and banish it for awhile, but it’s constantly pushing to break free. Eventually it will break free and you will resume smoking again. The cigarette is not the ogre. It is the mechanism you’ve created within your brain that compels you to smoke the cigarette that is the ogre.

Tips To Stop Smoking

There are physical addictions but, in addition there are also the psychological triggers that make giving smoking up difficult. Cigarette smokers become so used to smoking that they maintain regimens where they will smoke cigarettes at certain times of the day and when they do certain activities.

When I smoked I always looked forward to the after eating smoke and the first smoke in the morning. So when you try to break your addition and you are in the situation where you would usually smoke a cigarette, you find yourself craving one just out of habit. The activity has conditioned your brain to associate smoking with the activity. So as well as breaking the physical addiction you also need to break the psychological habits that have been set up.

Below are some tips to stop smoking:

1. You must devote yourself to stop smoking. You must really want to stop smoking. An individual needs to develop a burning drive to give up smoking.
2. Keep busy. When you find yourself in situations where you would normally have a smoke, substitute another activity for the activity of smoking. Brush your teeth, or chew gum until the craving passes. Don’t dwell about the craving and on how much you “just got to have a cigarette”.
3. Chewing gum can help you since it keeps your mouth busy and gives you with something to do instead of smoking. Chewing the nicotine gum can be extremely helpful with warding off cravings
4. Avoid dwelling on the giving up process. You must positive be about becoming a non smoker and not obsess over how hard it is and how much you need a cigarette.
5. Tips to Help You Quit Smoking Naturally

Add exercise to your new life activities. It occupies you and gets you through those moments when you are experiencing cravings for a cigarette. When you really are craving a cigarette, put on your running shoes or get out your yoga mat and go to it.

Try to eat a low-fat, high-fiber diet to increase the speed of detoxification and to help you preserve energy. These food items circumvent weight gain.

Tell your non-smoking friends and co-workers that you have quit smoking using naturally using natural methods. The idea of your coworkers catching you smoking and the associated embarrassment may be enough to keep you from lighting up a cigarette.

Save your cigarette money in a jar, then reward yourself – a visit to the spa, a good book or a weekend trip away will give you the reward you’ve earned.

Look for an all-natural remedy for stopping smoking naturally to help reduce the cravings to smoke. There are some excellent stop-smoking formulations to help you quit smoking naturally. Natural products containing the herb echinacea are known to help your body resist cravings. Sarsaparilla helps prevent the weight gain and passion flower aids in reducing tension and anxiety. Burdock root, kelp and hyssop are good for eliminating nicotine deposits from the body. Aromatherapy oil can be used at times when the desire to smoke becomes almost unbearable. Rub the oil under your nose; the action and the aromatherapy vapor together will help you overcome the urge. Flower essence therapy, using Dr. Bach’s Emergency Extract can be used in times of intense stress that may cause you to smoke. These flower extracts may be found at health food stores or Whole Foods, and they really work!

Stop smoking hypnotherapy entails the process of giving suggestions to your subconscious mind by a trained hypo-therapist. Every cigarette smoker has their own personal psychological triggers that bring a positive experience from smoking, like the smoke, the smell of cigarettes, operating a car, being stressed out, after eating a meal, or while watching TV. Hypnosis allows you to get free of these types of cravings and create a stronger and improved cigarette free identity. These treatments additionally offer a convenient home system by means of CDs or through other audio recordings. The result of this therapy varies from person to person. It depends entirely upon the susceptibility of the person to hypnosis. Hypnotherapy treatment alleviates the cravings and the need to smoke. Sometimes several hypnosis sessions are required to obtain permanent results.

Some advantages of hypnotherapy treatment to quit smoking are:
1. No side effects
2. Completely drug free treatment
3. The therapy session is not overly lengthy
4. Positive results will be achieved
5. The hypnotherapist can tailor the hypnosis session to suit your needs.

Semiconductor Technology

Article Summary.

The vast majority of the personal breathalyzers sold in pharmacies, mass market retailers and through the internet use “semiconductor technology” for sensing and measuring the breath alcohol content (BAC). Semiconductor devices are inappropriate for those interested in BAC measurement. This article explains why semiconductor breathalyzers should not be trusted for accurate and reliable BAC measurement.

What is semiconductor breathalyzer technology?

In semiconductor breath testers the alcohol sensor is formed from an inexpensive bead of tin metal oxide which must be heated to around 300 °C in order to function. A voltage is applied to produce a current across the sensor. When alcohol and other airborne substances contact the sensor, the resistance changes and so too the electrical current. The change in current is used to measure the breath alcohol content (BAC).

How selective are semiconductor alcohol sensors?

The answer is, not very. The tin oxide sensor cannot distinguish between alcohol and other airborne substances such as gasoline vapor, cigarette smoke, hairspray, breath acetone and a wide variety of other airborne substances. These other substances alone or mixed with breath alcohol will also trigger the sensor easily causing what’s called “false positives.” In other words, the device will sense alcohol even when none is present.

Semiconductor breathalyzers are short lived.

The more you use a semiconductor breathalyzer the shorter its lifespan and the more inaccurate it becomes. Semiconductor sensors rarely last longer than a year because the sensor is easily contaminated by airborne contaminants such as cigarette smoke. Additionally, sensor saturation with alcohol can rapidly destabilize the semiconductor device and throw-off the results.

Semiconductor Accuracy and Precision

Semiconductor technology is inherently inaccurate. At best these breathalyzers can detect the presence of alcohol but they can cannot provide accurate BAC measurement. They will read high, low or correctly and you’ll never know which. If you are close to the legal driving limit of.08BAC, it is quite easy to get readings that vary from.04 BAC to.12 BAC and everywhere in between. The possible marging of error is so wide as to render these devices useless and possibly dangerous if relied upon.

How can I Identify a Semiconductor Breathalyzer?

You can be pretty confident that any personal breathalyzer sold for under $150.00 is a semiconductor device. Most of these products do not identify the technology on the packaging but usually find reference “Semiconductor” in the product specifications.

Are all Breathalyzers to be Avoided?

Professional handheld breathalyzers, such as those used by Law Enforcement do not use semiconductor technology. Professional breath alcohol instruments use “fuel cell technology.” Developed and refined over many years, this technology is more precise, accurate and reliable. Recently, law enforcement manufacturer’s have introduced personal testers that use fuel cell technology.

Why has Nothing Been Done to Remove Semiconductor Alcohol Testers from the Market?

Virtually all semi-conductor breath testers are imported from China, Taiwan or Korea. Many are not approved by the appropriate regulatory authorities before being sold. Those approved are passed as alcohol screeners, meaning they can detect the presence of alcohol but this does not ensure accuracy. No semiconductor alcohol tester has ever been approved for evidential use (to stand-up in a court of law) by any State Law Enforcement Agency or by the U.S. Department of Transportation. The manufacturers are far removed from the hazards of these units, the distributors cover themselves with fine print and the retailers have not stepped up. Buyer beware.