Hurricane Sandy Damaged My Roof

I have been through some pretty bad storms, but nothing compares to Hurricane Sandy. I am thankful that my house just sustained some damage, because I know there are a lot of people who lost their homes outright. Dealing with a damaged roof was my biggest concern, and that was made easy because of the company that I hired that does roof repair in Queens. I knew that there was no way I could do the repair on my own. Even if I was younger and felt confident of working on a hot roof all day long, I just do not have the knowledge on what all needs to be done in order to do the job right.

That is also why I hired a professional company. There were all kinds of advertisements from handyman services who would fix everything from a basement issue to a damaged roof. I wanted a professional who only concentrates on roofs, because then I know the job is getting done right. I also had safety concerns if a handyman would do the work. Continue reading

Understanding the Role of Marijuana in Cancer Treatment

There has been an endless discussion in the international media regarding the medical use of marijuana, which is otherwise also known as pot, grass, cannabis and ganja. Although very effective, there has been substantial abuse of this plant and its derivatives, leading to many severe effects. Drug abuse is a crime and therefore to curb this abuse, marijuana has been made illegal in the US. However, it is important to study its medicinal role in cancer treatment and judge whether medical marijuana should be made legal.

The medical use of marijuana has its own limitations since different strains of the plants have different effects and it becomes difficult to predict the effects. Therefore, certain substances have been isolated from the plant which can be used in optimum doses either alone or in combination with other drugs to deliver a predictable effect. Some of the marijuana plant substances (cannabinoids) have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to relieve many cancer and AIDS symptoms such as nausea, vomiting etc. and also increase appetite.

Medicinal Uses of Marijuana for Cancer

Marijuana has been endorsed as a drug that helps relieve vomiting, pain, nausea, and even stimulate appetite. According to certain supporters of marijuana, it is also claimed to have anti-bacterial properties, restrain the growth of tumor and also increase the airways that helps in breathing during asthma attack.

In its crude form, the stems, leaves and flowers of a marijuana plant are crushed and dried and then smoked via pipes or home-made cigarettes. It is also made into a concentrated form of sticky liquid known as hashish or hash oil. However, for medicinal purposes, compounds of marijuana are in chemical drugs. The two most potent active components in marijuana are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Studies and Evidences

Researchers across the world have been conducting researches to identify the effectiveness of marijuana and its compounds for the cure of cancer.

In certain countries, drugs containing THC and CBD have been approved for relieving cancer pain. In the US too, clinical trials are being conducted to test the effectiveness of the compounds for alleviating cancer pain. Results in a few trials have shown that those who took marijuana medicines took lesser number of pain relievers.

A study conducted to assess the effectiveness of whole plant extract of cannabis with specific amounts of its compounds showed that it was extremely effective in relieving pain in cancer patients who were in the advanced stage and who had extreme pain even after the intake of strong opioids. The study was a randomized, placebo-controlled study.

A review of studies published between the years 1975-1996 suggested that THC administered by mouth helped in reducing nausea which is associated with cancer treatment.

Recently scientists have stated that THC and CBD slowed the growth of cancer cells when tested in laboratory settings. When tested on animals, it was seen that cannabinoids helped to reduce the spread of cancer, thus lowering the risk.

In order to further research its effectiveness, marijuana is being studied by researchers and many clinical trials are underway.

Side Effects of Marijuana

Although there is a widespread agreement on the effectiveness of cannabis, many known after- effects have been identified by researchers. These include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heart beat
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucination
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Depression
  • Dizziness
  • Slower digestion

Furthermore, long-term smoking of cannabis has been associated with many harmful effects on the reproductive system and the endocrine system.

To conclude, it is apparent that marijuana is an effective substance that can have many benefits for those suffering from cancer. However, its abuse can lead to many complications and has some major side-effects. Further research is needed in this respect to identify the full potential of the substance.

Author Bio: Sameer Gupta  is a medical writer who writes well-researched, in-depth cancer articles which provide relevant information to help patients combat the deadly disease

Breast Cancer Awareness

The Breast Cancer Society is doing an excellent job in the society by helping out the needy breast cancer patients in getting through their disease and curing medical procedures in an effective manner. The society is not only providing medical aid and medicines on cheaper or no prices but is also influencing a great deal of impact in the community through its breast cancer awareness programs. The awareness campaigns run by the society are highly informative for the uninformed and illiterate women in particular. The society is targeting to break various myths regarding breast cancer through its exact breast cancer awareness programs.

The society is informing people in far flung areas in various countries. The widespread information is also partnered with efforts to financially support the breast cancer patients. The patients are provided $100 per month for supporting their financial needs. Moreover, the cancer patients are also provided with free medicines and equipments to save their lives and health.

The families of the breast cancer patients are also helped both financially and morally by the society. The strong network of volunteers also helps these breast cancer patients in communicating with each other and helping themselves in all regards.

Cheap Twin Bed Reviews

Cheap twin beds are available in many different designs, sizes and style. Its standard style is loved by most people because it fits the bed frame. Be sure that you chose regular size of twin bed because some other countries have many different sizes that are not suitable for your frame. Twin bed for kids comes in different design, and decoration. Some are printed cartoons characters like Mickey Mouse, and Barbie for girls. For boys, they printed cars and other animations. Frames are also available in different traditional design and style. The most common materials used in making twin bed are metal and wood.

Cheap Twin Beds
Cheap Twin Beds

Some of the cheap twin beds offers affordable price depending on the style. Manufacturers add some decorations to make all-in-one twin bed. They put drawers and bookcases in its side. It also has built in shelves that are can serve as storage of light valuable things. Other type of the cheap twin beds can be used as a seat during day time and sleeping every night. It can be expanded because has roll-out trundles to have additional space for sleeping.

Cheap Twin Beds For All

Cheap twin beds for adults are available online. You can find there quality twin beds in affordable price. Some of the twin beds have it sleek design that is suitable for your bedroom. If you have a small-spaced room, you can buy minimal sized twin beds. Big sizes are also found in the market.

Available Cheap Twin Beds Online

• South Shore Bookcase Headboard 39

These cheap twin beds features plenty of storage space and one full-length shelf for light-weight things. It provides space for your alarm clock and small radios. This is design using recycled materials and assures its durability. This twin bed’s size measures 42 inches height and 43 inches width.

It is a perfect cheap twin beds for those who love books. It has bookcases in the side where you can store your collection of books and organize them according to their titles. You can enjoy relaxing in your beds while reading your favorite books.

• South Shore Furniture, Twin Mates Bed 39/Country Pine

This is a great option if you’re looking for cheap twin beds. There is a lot of space for storage with three drawers. It is a vintage-style twin bed made from composite woods. Its weight is 109 pounds and its size are 77x41x16 inches.

• South Shore Furniture, Cosmos Collection Twin Mates Bed

This twin bed can be bought at a cheap price. It has a shaker style twin bed box manufactured from composite wood. It has a built-in 3 pull-out drawer with nickel handles. It measures 76.2×40.2×13.8 inches and weighs 111 pounds. This is design for those who have minimal-sized rooms. You can store files and other valuable to its drawers.

These are some of the examples of cheap twin beds available online. You can also search for other twin beds online. Chose the design that suits your taste and chose the color that suits the decoration of your room. In choosing the quality of the twin bed, you must also consider what are the materials used in making the product. Choosing the right twin bed is good to assure it’s durability and performance. Cheap twin beds are good for anybody. There are also cheap twin beds designs for adults and children.

Dealing with Varicose Veins-Health as well as Fitness

Varicose blood vessels are most observed in the thighs and ankles. They’re large, twisted veins that may be seen near the top of skin. Based on the Mayo Center, Varicose blood vessels occur when arteries weaken as well as stretch. Varicose VeinsIn this problem, varicose veins cannot move blood to the center.

They primarily weak to the effectiveness of gravity ought to be limited and may not break the rules the blood in the legs.
This leads to blood to gather in the actual legs and boosts the pressure about the veins. This particular causes ultimately the blood vessels to enlarge. Sometimes the small blue or even red blood vessels visible on the top of skin. These are often called varicose blood vessels, because they frequently resemble the spider internet.

Are you in danger?
Varicose veins could be hereditary. They’re usually more typical in obese people, or are a symbol of long.
Signs and symptoms of varicose blood vessels
Some individuals feel discomfort or fatigue within the legs at the conclusion of your day, or varicose blood vessels often trigger no symptoms besides minor swelling within the feet as well as ankles.
In more severe conditions, pores and skin dry as well as itchy. In this instance the pores and skin to split up and bleed very easily. These open up wounds could be a long time for you to heal. Even though the bloodstream pools inside your legs, the skin looks tan for the reason that area. House Treatment with regard to varicose blood vessels.

Avoid restricted clothing
Tight clothes can limit circulation and may contribute in order to varicose blood vessels. Avoid socks which are red represents on their legs, restricted trousers as well as tight belts in order to leave.
Whenever seated, put your own legs on the footstool. Prevent your thighs when seated.

Switch jobs often
Sitting as well as standing for a long period can often bring about varicose blood vessels. If you need to sit within school or even work, attempt to regularly increase and extend your legs by walking.
Even should you must stand for a long period, try altering positions frequently and sit when you are able.

Many training
Try in order to exercise frequently by strolling, cycling, floating around or what ever activity which interests a person. Recruit muscles within the legs to avoid blood through pooling within the lower extremities.
Exercise will even help keep the weight lower. This will reduce the quantity of direct pressure about the lower extremities.
Treatments for varicose blood vessels
The traditional medical procedures is problematic vein stripping to get rid of the blood vessels
Newer, less unpleasant treatments make an effort to identify the primary seal is actually leaking vein within the thigh.
Techniques for example ultrasound-guided froth sclerotherapy, radiofrequency ablation and laser light treatments are additionally available.
When in order to call a physician?
If your skin over the actual varicose problematic vein starts in order to bleed seriously and didn’t stop along with direct stress, contact your physician.
Also, in case your legs swell and be painful, you’d other health conditions who require help.

A Gym Ball is the Perfect Companion for Shakeology

Are you hitting the gym? Maybe you’re like myself and making use of that gym ball you have sitting around. After finding delicious Shakeology ingredients, I made the decision to start exercising again. Diet has always been the most difficult part for me but with Shakeology I think I can finally get over that hump. I like eating tasty meals which is exactly what Shakeology provided. So, if you’re using a gym ball, you might want to check out some tips and advice that I’ve learned over the years! For all intents and purposes a Gym Ball is a wobbly bench.try-shakeology-ingredients Continue reading

Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite Review

My husband and I wanted a good quality juicer that we could use to make juice quickly and in large quantities.  For our purposes, the masticating juicers were not exactly what we were looking for at the time. After a lot of reading and research, the centrifugal Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite is what we decided on for our family of 6 fruit and veggie juice-guzzling individuals.

We have written this review to help others decide if this is the juicer they need. It is our real life experience based on three years of use ….

We need a lot of juice for our large family and we need it fast. We can’t be chopping and peeling for ages every day so we needed a centrifugal model that would produce lots of juice with a minimum of fuss. We wanted a durable machine we could use twice daily for morning and evening consumption.

To be honest I was in awe of this when it first arrived much to my husbands amusement.  It is a very solid and heavily built machine – the Godfather of Juicers perhaps…!

It has a sleek, kind of industrial look to it that fits in well in modern kitchens and it matches our stainless steel range cooker nicely.  So, lets have a look at it’s main features, it’s benefits and anything else we can think to say about it including downsides ….

High Powered Motor…..

It has a high powered (1000watt) motor which has two speed settings; low (6500 revs per minute) and high (13000 revs per minute);  which you can alternative between for the different types of fruit and vegetable ingredients you will be juicing – you will get to know which are better juiced fast and which are better slow as you become used to the juicing process.  In general, it is better to juice most things slowly for the ultimate juice extraction – but if you are in a rush in the mornings – then you can turn up the speed….

Good Looks ….

You cannot fail to be impressed by the highly durable die cast steel body; the heavy duty stainless steel wire mesh filter in the spinning chamber and titanium plated grating/chopping teeth and disk. This juicer means business.

Ease Of Use ….

It has a very good sized round feeder tube for your whole size fruits and veg to be fed into the spinning (centrifugal) chamber where all the chopping and grating takes place.

Clean Up ….

The residual pulp is spun through the mesh and out into the large hard plastic pulp collecting bin.  You can pop a (recyclable!)plastic bag in there and hook it over the sides of the bin so you can simply lift out your pulp and bin it afterwards – saves a little washing up – if you plan to juice more than once a day, you can leave the pulp in there until it is used for the last time as it is a very big container!   For cleaning up, it all comes apart very quickly and simply and all parts except the motor can go in the dishwasher if you wish, but do need a quick rinse first.

Secure Fittings ….

An easy clamp locking arm automatically adjusts up to 1/4″ all round to accomodate all parts and lock them together nice and tight.

Juice Collection ….

The pitcher jug is see thru thick plastic and a good size for juice collection. You do need to keep an eye on the marked full level as it needs to be tilted ever so slightly when removing it for pouring or storing and could result in spills. The defrother really works well to remove the foam if you dont like it, we just stir it in! If you want to make a huge amount of juice in one go, then stop the juicer before the jug is full, transfer the juice elsewhere (or drink it !) and then continue – easy!

Getting Started and Recipes ….

There is also a basic juice recipe book which arrives with the machine and you can download the manual with recipes from the product page as a PDF.  This will get you up and running with ideas.

Okay – thats the features and information covered ….  what are the benefits and what do WE think about this machine – really…?

As mentioned earlier we use it twice a day everyday. Sometimes we use it three times…  The juicer is fast and we mean fast.  It powers its way through a bunch or carrots or beetroot or parsnip with ease.  A whole head of celery? No problem…  Also, you can pack green leaves like spinach in between and around harder stuff and juice that too.

It is a little noisy, but just for two or three minutes, we don’t care about that! Rather that than stand there peeling and waiting and waiting and waiting some more for a quiet little masticator to do its stuff. It can leak/spit a little around the edge of the pulp collection container, more noticably when you have something very soft or bright like oranges, carrot or beetroot.  Adding the plastic bag seems to help a lot, sealing the very tiny gap that seems to be the cause. We wipe up around it only once a day and we have a white kitchen!  We have noticed one or two tiny spots on the ceiling once, but nothing to speak of and we use it very often.

We like to juice very soft fruits in it by squashing in with harder stuff. It juices more thoroughly and drier that way. It does a very good job of a pure citrus juice which the children like best producing a lot of quality juice very quickly.  We prefer easy peel tangerines or satsumas (the bigger the better) or easy peel oranges if you can find them.

Juice residue does build up on the parts of the machine, which will remain even after a hot dishwasher wash.  You need to be prepared to do a maintenance scrub with non abrasive cleaners now and then to keep it shiny and new looking. Of course any other juicer would need this to be done.

The pitcher jug can be replaced cheaply if it becomes too stained and it bothers you. We are on our second mesh filter, about three months ago it started to peel off the frame slightly at an edge where it was soldered. We contacted the manufacturer and it was replaced within a few days and still usable during that time anyway.  It took nearly three years of use for this to happen – which we think is excellent service.

It is still going strong and we do put it under pressure.  You could use this machine in a juice bar!

You need to be prepared to buy quite a lot of fruit, fairly often, but it is still cheaper than shop bought juice and ten times as nice.  Theres a lot of temptation to go a bit mad with fruit when you first get one, but after a few weeks this passes and you do become more sensible with a staple of juice ingredients you really do like.

On the whole it is a great machine, it has been given 4.5 stars by customers on Amazon.com and we would agree with that. Although there are a few people whose experience was not ‘ideal’, you should not be too concerned about that. It is clearly a very good quality machine which gets the job done efficiently.