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Types of lenses used in cataract surgery

It used to be that if you needed cataract surgery, you were then forced to wear extremely thick eyeglasses or special contact lenses in order to be able to see once the procedure was complete. Then, in the 1980s, the FDA approved the use of the use of intraocular lenses which are medical devices that are implanted inside the eye to replace the eye’s natural lens. Today, you have a variety to choose from and the best one for you depends on your lifestyle and your specific visual needs.

During your preoperative exam and consultation, your ophthalmologist will help you choose the best lens for you. Some of your choices include:

  • Monofocal — This type of lens is designed to correct either near or far sightedness. If you have this type implanted, you will probably need to wear glasses after cataract treatment in order to further improve your vision.
  • Multifocal — Also known as accommodative IOLs, this type of lens is designed to provide correction for both near and farsightedness. However, your brain needs to be taught to select the visual information it needs in order to form an image of either near or distant objects. Therefore, multifocal lenses usually require some adjustment and most people adjust better to these types of lenses if they are placed in both eyes. In addition, this type of lens is not an option for some people and is often considered a premium lens and may cost more than a monofocal lens and may require an additional out-of-pocket expense. Additionally, glare, halos, or decreased contrast sensitivity in certain conditions, such as night driving or dim restaurant lighting can occur. While some patients rarely notice these visual effects, others notice them, but are not significantly bothered by them.
  • Toric –This is a monofocal lens that helps correct astigmatism. Since it usually costs more than a monofocal lens, your insurance company may consider it a premium lens and therefore, may not cover it. Additionally, if the astigmatism is especially pronounced, you may need lasik eye surgery to further correct any residual astigmatism.
  • Aspheric – These are non-spherical lenses that are better able to mimic the shape and optical quality of the eye’s natural lens. This, in turn, enables it to provide sharper vision, especially in low-light conditions and for those that have large pupils.

As with any medical procedure, it is best to discuss all of your options with a trained physician before agreeing to any surgery. Moreover, keep in mind any other eye issues you may be suffering from, as well as visual needs when determining the type of lenses to choose. Also, bear in mind that in order to determine the power of the lens implant, you will have to undergo a series of eye measurements. These measurements are then used in complex mathematical equations in order to calculate the power of your new lens. Due to the fact that not every eye is the same, there can be inaccuracies in the formulas.

 

Thoron and radon remediation

Often, when a homeowner tests to see if a radon abatement system is needed, thoron levels are also divulged. However, thorium, which is similar to radon, is a shorter-lived element which decays about 6,500 times faster than radon.  In fact, thoron has a half-life of about 51 seconds. Radon, on the other hand, has a half-life of just over 92 hours. Therefore, since most of the thoron never makes it very far from where it originates, the US EPA does not consider it to be a major contributor to health problems.

Both radon and thoron are considered noble gasses. This means they are free agents in the soil and can easily move out of it and into your home.  However, the difference is that while radon has plenty of time to meander up through the soil once it is produced by radium’s decay in the soil, thoron only has a few minutes to do so.

Moreover, when thoron decays it becomes a solid reactive particle that easily clings to dirt in the soil and dust in the air and while the first decay product of thoron, Polonium 216, has a fairly long half-life of 10.6 hours and can be breathed into the lungs if it is airborne, because of its long half-life compared to that of Radon decay products, the lungs can push it back out before it decays.  Therefore, these two factors of not having enough time to get out of the soil and into a home and the long decay life of the first decay product have led to thoron being placed in the low-risk category when it comes to lung cancer.

However, bear in mind that there is some potential of over-estimating the amount of radon in a measurement by inadvertently including the thoron decays.  Therefore, it is recommended that diagnostic measurements that are taken in order to determine if radon mitigation is needed to be done close to a radon entry route with a scintillation cell detector as they are particularly sensitive to this problem. Additionally, since thoron has a 55 second half life, a sample of air drawn directly from a radon exhaust pipe, from the soil, or close to a stone foundation will have increasing decay activity until the pump for the monitor is turned off.  Then, at that time, the sample will have rapidly falling decay counts if there is thoron in the sample. However, it will have slightly increasing counts if the sample contains only radon.

Often, monitors that measure radon decay products for the purpose of determining whether or not radon remediation is needed collect those of both radon and thoron decay on the filter and the long-lived thoron decay products in the air cause working levels of the continuous monitors to read higher. However, a correction can be made by measuring the decay activity for an additional four hours after the pump had turned off at the end of the measurement period. One that had a built-in correction for subtracting the thoron decay products and listing the percentage that was collected was discontinued in the 1990s.

Should you hire a business tax lawyer, a CPA, or both?

Benjamin Franklin once stated, “Nothing is certain except death and taxes.” Therefore, you will probably need to call a CPA and/or a business tax lawyer at one time or another during your career.

Many people hire accountants because they tend to cover financial planning, general bookkeeping, preparing and filing tax returns, as well as tax planning and assisting with audits. In addition, they also do budgeting, cost and asset management, estate planning, and can help you in making in-depth business growth decisions.

CPAs or Certified Public Accountants have more specialized training and credentials. While an accountant may suit your needs for basic tax filing and business advice, for various out-of-state tax returns, as well as for financial and estate planning, asset management, and audits, hiring a CPA is well worth the additional expense.

On the other hand, while accountants and CPAs are more focused on managing your finances and filing tax returns, a tax attorney is better suited to deal with the legal aspects of financial proceedings. This includes payroll taxation issues, international business tax laws, filing a lawsuit against the IRS or representing you if the IRS files a lawsuit against you, as well as IRS criminal investigations, or tax fraud investigations.

However, there is still some overlap between these two professionals as both CPAs and tax attorneys can provide tax planning support. Additionally, they can also both provide assistance to individuals and organizations concerning financial decisions by focusing on the possible tax benefits or penalties of those decisions. The difference in these situations is that tax attorneys offer more specialization in the legal questions of tax planning, whereas CPAs tend to have more expertise on the financial implications.

In addition, both professions can help individuals and companies defend themselves when it comes to tax-related issues. Tax attorneys and business lawyers are educated to handle legal challenges and can represent clients in the court system by either going against or defending them from the IRS. However, a CPA can help to strengthen a legal case, as well. This is especially true if he or she helped to prepare the tax returns in question. One of the major advantages that a tax attorney provides is that of attorney-client privilege. A CPA can only offer attorney-client privilege if he or she is acting at the direction of a lawyer to give the client information relevant to the case.

Bear in mind that both CPAs and tax attorneys both have to have extensive education in order to practice in their fields. While all tax attorneys must earn a law degree and then pass the state bar association exam in the state where they plan to practice, some choose to extend their education even further and received either a master of laws degree in taxation or a CPA license. Therefore, you can have one person that wears both hats. Should you ever choose to move, remember that individual states enact their own requirements for taking both the CPA and state bar exams.

 

What is hard money lending?

A hard money loan is a short-term loan that is secured by real estate. They are funded either by private investors or a fund of investors. This is different from conventional loans that are done through banks or credit unions. A hard money loan usually lasts around a year. However, the loan term can be extended to longer terms of between two and five years. The loan generally requires monthly payments of only interest or interest and some principal with a balloon payment at the end of the term.

Borrowers who cannot get conventional financing, usually due to a recent foreclosure or short sale, can still obtain a hard money loan if they have sufficient equity in the property that is being used as collateral as hard money lenders are primarily concerned with the property’s value, rather than the borrower’s credit. However, his or her credit is still important. These types of loans are generally used when the banks say “No,” because, the hard money lenders can still say “Yes.” This is because issues on a borrower’s record, including a foreclosure or short sale, can be overlooked if the borrower has the capital to pay the interest on the loan.

However, you need to be aware that since hard money lenders take on more risk with their loans compared to a conventional bank loan, the interest rates for a hard money loan can be significantly higher than that of conventional loans. Interest rates for hard money loans tend to range from 10 – 15 percent, depending on the lender and the perceived risk of the loan. In addition, points can range anywhere from two to four percent of the total amount loaned. These charges vary greatly depending on the loan to value ratio.

The benefits of hard money lending include the fact that they are generally less of a hassle than a traditional mortgage and the loan is only for a short period of time. Therefore, those involved in real estate flipping, real estate investing, and builders, as well as those with credit issues find these types of loans appealing.

Flippers purchase a home in disrepair and within a few months, fix it up and resell it for a profit. Since they tend to keep the home for less than a year, it does not make sense to apply for and/or obtain a traditional mortgage for 15 to 30 years. The same is true for those in the construction industry. Builders purchase a piece of vacant land, erect a house, and sell it within a year. Therefore, they do not need a long term, conventional mortgage.

Investors tend to use hard money loans when time is of the essence and they need to purchase a piece of real estate, but do not have the money. The same is true of those that have credit issues. If you have the down payment, but cannot get a mortgage from a bank, then it is worth looking into a hard money loan, at least for the short term, until things turn around.

Why people wear contacts

Contact lenses are small plastic or silicone discs shaped to correct refractive errors. They are placed directly on the eye, where they float on a film of tears in front of the cornea. It is essential that you have your contacts fitted in order to ensure you are wearing the correct design as well as for comfort, safety, and accurate vision correction.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than 30 million people in the U.S. wear contact lenses and two-thirds of contact lens wearers are female. Due to the fact that 50 percent of those that wear contacts are between ages 25-44, the average age of contact lens wearers worldwide is 31 years old. However, children under 18 make up 10 percent of contact lens wearers, 15 percent are between the ages of 18 and 24, and 25 percent are age 45 or older.

Contact lenses can be used to correct nearsightedness, also known as myopia, farsightedness or hyperopia, astigmatism, and presbyopia. Lenses can also be used to correct astigmatism. However, need to be custom-made and may cost more than ordinary contact lenses. Additionally, contact lenses can be used by people who have had cataract surgery and were unable to have an artificial lens implanted in the eye. They may also be used to treat eye diseases, including keratoconus or damage to the cornea caused by injury or infection.

Lenses are also preferred by many over glasses because of both convenience and because many people prefer the way they look without eyeglasses. Lenses are also less likely to interfere during sports or other activities. In addition, because they are worn right on the eye, your entire field of view is in focus and there are no annoying obstructions or reflections are in view. Moreover, there is no weight or resulting discomfort and you do not have a frame to have constantly slipping down your nose and contacts do not fog up.

However, contacts are not for everyone and it is best to discuss your options with your optometrist, especially if you suffer from certain medical conditions including uncontrolled diabetes or hyperthyroidism as well as allergies, asthma, or other chronic respiratory disorders that can make it difficult to wear contacts. In addition, they are not recommended for those with dry eyes or chronic, recurrent infections or sores on the cornea.

Additionally, if you are unable or unwilling to care for the lenses properly or if your job exposes you to particles, chemical fumes, or other vapors that may be absorbed by or stick to the lenses, then it is not a good idea for you to be fitted for them.

If you do choose lenses for vision correction, be sure to remove and clean them as directed. Lenses are designed to be worn daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly. You need to ask which ones you have been prescribed so that you know how often to change them. In addition, it takes time to get used to them and ensure that you have the best fit and prescription for your eyes.

What you need to know about dental crowns

A dental crown, also known as a cap, is a permanent covering for a tooth. It can be made from metal, porcelain, or a combination of the two. While metal is the strongest, porcelain looks the nicest and that is why people generally opt to have the two materials combined. Regardless of the material, crowns should be handcrafted outside of the dental office by a skilled professional and made to fit your exact bite. This is important so that food and bacteria do not get trapped and cause you additional problems.

While it can be considered cosmetic dentistry, more often than not, your dentist will recommend a crown in order to try and save a damaged tooth. This is usually done if a tooth is broken or has a very large or very old filling. Dental crowns are also recommended to either anchor a bridge or protect a tooth that had a root canal.

 

You will need to see the dentist twice in order to get a crown. During the first visit, your dentist will take X-rays in order to check the roots of the tooth receiving the crown, as well as the surrounding bone. He or she will then numb the tooth in order to file it down along the chewing surface and sides. This is done in order to make room for the crown. The amount of tooth removed depends on the type of crown your dentist chooses to use. However, if you have a large area of a tooth that is missing, your dentist will not file the tooth. Instead, he or she will use a filling material in order to build up the tooth so that it can support the crown.

 

Once those steps are complete, he or she will either use a paste or putty or a digital scanner to make an impression of both the tooth receiving the crown, as well as the teeth above or below it. This is done so that the crown does not affect your bite. The impression of your teeth will then be sent to the lab that will create it. Your dentist will also put in a temporary crown in order to cover and protect the prepared tooth while the crown is being made. Temporary crowns are generally made of acrylic and are held in place using temporary cement.

 

It should take about two or three weeks for the crown to come in. Then, your cosmetic dentist will remove the temporary one and check the fit and color of the permanent crown. If everything is correct, the tooth will be numbed and the new crown will be permanently cemented into place.

 

Permanent crowns should be brushed and flossed like your regular teeth. However, while you have temporary crowns in your mouth, it is best to avoid sticky and hard foods, as both can dislodge the temporary crown. In addition, you need to be extra cautious when you floss with a temporary crown so that you do not accidently pull it out.

 

What is non violent communication?

Non-violent communication or NVC is a tool used for positive social change. It gives users the tools to understand what triggers them so that they can begin to take responsibility for their reactions. It also helps to deepen the connection with yourself and others, thereby transforming habitual responses to life. It is a radical change in how one thinks about life and meaning.

This type of communication is based on needs without interpreting or conveying criticism, blame, or demands and allows for deeper creativity to flourish. In doing so, solutions arise and both conflicts and misunderstandings can be resolved with greater ease. There are four components. They are observations, feelings, needs, and requests.

NVC allows users to express and hear themselves and others in ways more likely to foster understanding. It allows users to support everyone involved and allows them to nurture the joy in giving and in receiving. The practice of non-violent communication also includes self-empathy so that one’s own needs are met and both actions and responses are made based on self-connection and self-acceptance.

Developed by Dr. Marshall B. Rosenberg, NVC works by having those involved state concrete observable actions observe in oneself or the other person. This is followed by communicating the feeling that the observation is triggering. As well as both guessing what the other person is feeling, and asking them to tell you. NVC continues with an account of the need that is the cause of that feeling. However, if that is not possible, one can guess the need that caused the feeling in the other person and ask. Finally, a concrete request for action to meet the need just identified is completed.

To begin with, the observation that is made must be free from judgment so that there are no right or wrong feelings mixed in. For example, instead of saying, “You’re disgusting,” you should say, “When I see your shoes in the middle of the hallway, it bothers me because someone could trip over them.” This tells the other person what you see, and why it troubles you.

Continue by asking, “Would you be willing to or is it possible for you to put your shoes off to the side or in your room?” You can also ask, “Is there somewhere else you can put your shoes?” as this gets them involved in the decision making process in how to fix the problem of your needs not to trip and his or her needs to be able to take their shoes off when they enter the house and be able to find them when needed.

Non-violent communication takes time to learn. However, patience, it can become an important part of any school anti-bullying program. In addition to the above, participants also must learn to overcome denial of responsibility and learn how not to communicate desires and demands. In addition, one must be able to overcome feelings of being motivated out of guilt, as well as learn that needs are the basis for all communication.

 

 

What is Industrial Electronics?

The simplest definition of Industrial electronics is that it is the group of businesses that manufactures electronic equipment for manufacturing purposes. To go a bit further, it encompasses a branch of electronics that deals with power electronic devices such as AC/DC drives, meters, sensors, analyzers, and load cells automatic test equipment, as well as semiconductors, transistors, and radio frequency (RF) circuit boards.

Industrial electronics is different from entertainment and consumer electronics. Instead of DVD players and personal computers those in this industry deal with such things as capacitors, motor drives, panel meters, limit switches and networking switches. Some of the specialty equipment used in industrial electronics includes variable frequency converter and inverter drives, human machine interfaces, and both computer and microprocessor controlled robotics.

This type of electronics also covers every method and facet of control systems, instrumentation, mechanism, and diagnosis, as well as signal processing and automation of various industrial applications. The main research areas of industrial electronics involve electrical power machine designs, power conditioning, and power semiconductor devices. Major consideration is given to energy efficiency and management in consumer electronic products.

Furthermore, when defining and discussing industrial electronics, you could be referring to anything from a laboratory, automotive plant, power plant or a construction site. Moreover, industrial electronics are also used extensively in chemical processing plants, oil/gas/petroleum plants, mining and metal processing units, as well as electronics and semiconductor manufacturing.

Industrial electronics also encompasses the design and maintenance of everything from basic electrical fuses to complicated programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and can handle the automation of many different types of everyday electrical and mechanical industrial processes.

Since industrial electronics covers such a wide range of devices it’s important that those in the industry keep on top of maintenance. Otherwise, you will find yourself replacing items more often than you would like. Moreover, you should also keep on top of any and all advancements in the electronic world as new items are being manufactured all of the time and you may decide to upgrade some of your components to stay up to date. As with all types of electronics, you should also be aware of all of the safety hazards of each individual item.

One item that has seen remarkable improvement in a short amount of time is the industrial Ethernet switch. Developed in the 1970s, it began by only carrying 2 megabits per second. Today, less than 40 years later, it can carry up to 40GbE. In addition, they have been improved to withstand the intense conditions that manufacturing equipment undergoes including extreme temperature and electrical impulse change.

In order to become employed in this field, you will need, at a minimum, to be licensed and/or certified. However, the more advancement you would like to make, the more advanced your education should be. That means you will probably need at least a four-year degree or better. You can research on the internet or request information from your local Technical schools, community colleges, and universities.

 

Lower your Energy Costs with blinds, shades, or shutters

One of the most overlooked things about blinds, shades, and shutters is that they can help lower the amount of money you use to both heat and cool your home.  With that in mind, along with the vast amount of selections available, it is no wonder that attractive and functional are two words that come to mind when describing window coverings today.

One of the most effortless and cost-effective ways to reduce your utility bill is by installing window shades.  Regardless of the type you choose, window shades help to conserve energy in both the summer and the winter.  If one of the primary functions of your shades is to reduce energy, it is recommended that you choose shades that are two-tone.  They should be dark on one side and light on the other.  This way, you can turn them around depending on the season in order to ensure they function at their optimum level.  Another factor to consider when you use shades to lower your energy costs is installation because shades must be put up correctly to make them energy efficient as they must be flush with the window.

 

When it comes to lowering energy costs in warmer climates, indoor blinds are the best choice.  While the amount of heat lost due to the spaces between each slat is difficult to control, they are good at controlling the amount of light that comes into the room.  Additionally, blinds can be adjusted to block and reflect sunlight so that it is directed at the ceiling.  As long as the ceiling is a light color, it can help diffuse the light without heat or glare.

 

While shutters placed on the inside of a window do not supply much insulation, they can block the direct radiation from the sun and work best in areas that have sunny and warm climates.  Moreover, these window coverings allow for natural ventilation and allow the user to control the amount of sunlight that is let into the room.

 

When you are deciding what to cover your windows in, it is important to find window coverings that not only make the room look good and feel welcoming, it is also beneficial for them to help lower the cost of keeping the room they are in at an optimum temperature.  By choosing the right window coverings, you could be saving a sizable amount of money on the utility bill for your home while also making it look beautiful at the same time.

 

However, be mindful to remember that window treatments are not effective at reducing air leakage or infiltration. Therefore, you will need to add caulking and weather-stripping around windows in order to reduce air leakage that can affect the efficiency of both your windows and your window coverings.

 

A professional at a Hunter Douglas showroom can assist you in finding the window coverings that are right for your home.  Whether it is shades, shutters or blinds, they can help you determine what will serve you and your home best.

How property management software can improve tenant – landlord relations

In order for there to be a positive relationship between landlord or property manager and tenant, a number of actions have to be taken on both sides. The use of property management software can make it easier for both parties to complete their tasks so that it can be a long, fruitful relationship for both. This is important because moving is difficult as is finding decent tenants.

On the property manager’s side, he or she should create a written strategic plan for tenant management that includes a regular communications program with a single point of contact, as well as an assessment program with appropriate metrics that measure the level of tenant satisfaction, all in an effort to meet the renters’ real estate needs.

Online property management software can help you do this by giving you a place to create a tenant portal. Through this portal, you have a way of communicating with tenants. You can send out surveys to find out how you are doing and what you can improve on. Additionally, you can allow your tenants to get in touch with you through this portal and have them submit maintenance and/or meeting requests.

This ability to get in touch with you whenever and wherever they need to will help to keep tenants happy and gratified tenants are satisfied tenants that will stick around.

Another thing that these products can do is help you and your tenants with the paperwork that goes along with property management. Both sides will have complete access to lease agreements and other legal documents that are important in settling disputes.

One area that is especially prone to cause problems is that of maintenance. Tenants want any and all issues fixed quickly. Moreover, they want it done with as little inconvenience on their end as possible. That often translates into trying to avoid disturbing the tenant’s space unless absolutely necessary.

Residential property management software not only allows tenants to submit requests electronically, it also allows property managers to let renters know when the repairs will be made. It can also be used to go a few steps further. Property managers can have preventative maintenance scheduled and completed. He or she can also let tenants know when any and all repairs are scheduled by sending messages out through the portal.

On the renter’s side, tenants can use the portal to access documents, put in maintenance requests, and what makes landlords and property managers the most joyful, pay rent and pay it on time. An online portal means no more having to go to the bank and/or writing a check and mailing it. Through a few mouse clicks, tenants can find out how much they owe and for what. They can then pay the amount due. Additionally, they can also set it up to be automatic each month so there are no worries on either end.

With nearly 35 percent of Americans currently living in approximately 40 million units throughout the country, whatever measures that can be taken to improve this relationship should be.

Medical Marijuana Delivery Vs Dispensary

If you do not grow your own product, you have two main ways to get your cannabis.  You can go to a dispensary or you can have it delivered by a weed delivery service.  While both should provide you with the same quality product, the experiences are quite different. If you are unable or unwilling to venture out of your home, then you need to only look into a cannabis delivery service.  However, if you are able to go out, you should check out one of your local dispensaries, at least once.  This way, you will be able to see the products up close and get recommendations on which one is best for you and your condition. After that initial consultation, it is generally easier to deal with a marijuana delivery company for future purchases.  This is true for a number of reasons.  First and foremost, even though it is legal, there is still a stigma to being seen purchasing pot.  Therefore, you should choose a delivery service so that you can make your purchases discreetly. Additionally, when you deal with a cannabis delivery service, there are fewer laws involved.  Therefore, you do not have to worry about the shop closing due to improper practices and not following the zoning and licensing laws.  Many marijuana delivery businesses fly under the radar, so your privacy is protected and no one knows except you and the company employees.  The only things a delivery service needs are a car, a phone number, and a website.  No physical location is necessary. Another reason why weed delivery is better than the dispensary is because it is more convenient.  Many of the medical marijuana delivery services have either an app for you to order through or a texting service.  Since you do not have to battle traffic or the elements, you can sit and wait in the comfort of your own home for it to arrive.  This is especially true if you do not live close to a dispensary. Furthermore, not only do you not have to worry about sketchy people in the dispensary, someone else is responsible for the product while it is out on the street.  Even though it is legal, it does not mean the risk of theft has diminished.  Once it is in your home, you can find a secure place for it and not have to worry. Regardless of where you choose to purchase your medical marijuana, be aware that the first time you make a sale you will have to supply the company with your identification, your card from the state that says you are legally allowed to buy cannabis for the alleviation of pain and symptoms associated with a chronic illness and your prescription.  In addition, you also need to be prepared to pay with cash.  This is because due to federal law, banks cannot be in business with companies that supply marijuana.  While it may be legal in your state, it is not federally legal.

How to improve your dental web design

If patients are lucky enough to have dental insurance, then the first place they look for a new dentist is in the company’s directory.  This lets them know that the care that they get will be covered, and therefore, less expensive.  After acquiring the list of dentists that accept their insurance, the next place they will turn is to the internet.   They will put each name into the search engine of their choice and see what comes up.  That is why dental web design is so important.  Prospective new patients will click on your practice’s website and make a decision on whether or not to make an appointment based on what they see and the information that is available to them.  Therefore, your site must portray the best message possible. First and foremost, those searching for a new dentist need to know where you are located and what hours your practice is open.  This should be displayed prominently on the top of the page so that people can decide whether or not it is convenient for them to make an appointment.  Most people do not want to go out of the way to see anyone, including the dentist.   Another thing that those looking for a new dentist need to know is where you studied and if you are licensed to practice in the state.  You should have the DDS or DMD visible after your name.  Your dentist web design should include an about the doctor page where you can include any and all information related to how and when you opened your current office.  This should include how many years you have been in practice and if you are a member of the ADA or other professional organization.   How you and your office deal with emergencies, as well as anesthesia, are two other important pieces of information possible patients will need to make their decision and should therefore be included in your dental web designExplanation of the techniques you use and whether or not you practice sedation should also be included.   You may also want to include your employees’ pictures and biographies your webpage.  This will allow people to get to know your staff before they enter your practice.  They will see a familiar face and relax in the new environment knowing they are getting the best care possible.   Two additional features that your website should have is a place for feedback and recommendations and a section that lists the prices that you charge for various services.  The feedback will allow those looking for a dentist to see how much your patients like your practice and the service that they receive when they are there.   While not exciting, adding the prices to your website let both current and future patients determine whether or not they can afford to be seen by you and your staff.  Therefore, you may also want to include whether or not you participate in a payment plan as well as any and all forms of payment you accept.

Best gifts for the dab rig users

If you are someone you know is into dabbing and uses a vapor rig, there are a number of things that you can buy him or her for an upcoming birthday or holiday celebration.  This will make him or her as happy as can be by enhancing the experience.

 

If you know someone who enjoys using a bong, you can introduce them to concentrates by purchasing their first dab rig for them.  This will change the way they enjoy marijuana exponentially.  Unlike bongs, rigs focus on maximizing the flavor by heating up the wax or oil instead of the dry herb, itself.

 

If that special someone in your life already owns and enjoys a vapor rig, you can purchase him or her a nectar collector.  This device assists the user with reducing the amount of waste associated with using a rig.  It helps to control the dab and makes rig use easier.

 

A nectar collector has a glass or titanium tip, a complex, and a mouthpiece.  It may also come with a spill-proof bubbler body to hold water.  Users place lines or small dabs of concentrate on a silicone or glass plate and then heat the tip of the collector with a torch.  Once heated, gently touch the tip to the oil to vaporize and smoke it.

 

Another great gift is a healthstone.  They are glass vapor joints with a vapor stone placed in the center.  Healthstones are used by placing dabs directly on the inert carbon vapor stone and using a butane torch to vaporize them right. This enables users to be able to vaporize huge amounts of dabs very quickly.  Healthstones are good because the vapor stone doesn’t require an incredibly high-temperature in order to heat up.   Therefore, they can be used with smaller torches that produce smaller flames.

Want to really wow the marijuana smoker in your life, buy them a honey bucket.  A honey Bucket is designed to keep heat from transferring to your piece. This is done through the use of  a swinging arm that is made from titanium or quartz.  The arm is heated away from the piece and is then swung with a handle back into the dome.

 

The user can then use the arm’s bucket as if it were a nail head and dab normally.  Honey Buckets increase the longevity of a vapor or dab rig and offer extreme airflow.  There are holes in the sides of the arm’s bucket that allow for even more airflow.  These features make Honey Buckets one of the most pleasant ways to dab.

 

If your friend or loved one complains about having to heat up the nail in between each dab, it may be time to invest in an e-nail.  Electronic nails stay heated to a specific temperature until they are turned off.

 

Regardless of what you purchase, be sure that you do your research and get an expert opinion so that you know you are getting the best product.

Auto Repair Marketing Ideas to attract female customers

The majority of women feel that taking their car in to be fixed at an auto repair shop is about as much fun as going to the dentist for a root canal.  They often feel vulnerable when they are at the shop.  Women feel like they are being ripped off and do not understand why when they brought their car in for an oil change, they now need to spend over $300 on a new air filter and new brake pads.  One way that mechanics can get past this fear is through auto repair marketing and by using various mediums to educate their female clientele so they feel less intimidated by the experience.

 

First and foremost, car repair shops can and should use social media as part of their auto repair advertising campaign.  They can post car care tips and coupons or specials on Facebook and Twitter.  In addition, one of the mechanics can create a video for YouTube where they further explain how certain parts of the car work, as well as how and when the part should be serviced.

 

In addition to social media, car care shops can hold in-person seminars for those interested in learning more about what is under the hood of the automobile they so heavily rely upon.  These meetings can take place at the shop or in a parking lot and can be done in conjunction with a particular woman’s organization. A little bit of knowledge can go a long way when it comes to negotiating the price for a particular repair.

Another part of auto repair marketing is auto repair website design.  Women like to find specific information when they research the best car care shop with the best auto repair prices.  Therefore, in addition to the name, address and phone number, your auto repair website should include estimated prices so that customers, both women and men, will know what to expect when they bring their car in.  This information is especially important because many repairs come when least expected and are therefore not budgeted for.

 

Another thing that should be included in your auto repair website is pictures of you and your employees in action with reviews of the work done.  It is good to have referrals, even if you have to offer incentives for your customers to honestly review your work.  If they see that the majority of people are satisfied with your work, potential customers will feel more comfortable using you.

 

A blog or a link to your Facebook tips and Youtube videos is another helpful thing to have on your website for customers.  This makes it easy for them to get to and easy for them to share with others.

 

Finally, when designing your auto repair website, have a place where clients can make appointments online.  After all, have you ever tried to make a phone call or an appointment of any kind with screaming kids in the background?  It is much easier to make an appointment over a website and no one has to hear the craziness that is your kids and home.

Call a company with HVAC services to ensure your happiness, healthiness and comfort in your home.

Our health and our home are very important to us as is our comfort. No matter what kind of home you live in, you want to feel comfortable and you also want to be healthy. When living in a home with poor heating you will not be the most comfortable because you will be cold. HVAC serviceNo one wants to go to sleep at night with a beanie on and shivering. No wants to dread getting out of bed in the morning to go pee because you are too cold. No one. On the flip side no one wants to miserably hot during the summer. When we step in from outside we want to be refreshed and relaxed. If your home is equal to a sauna then you certainly will not feel comfortable. And then if the ventilation of your home isn’t the best it can be then you can breath in a bunch of dust and allergens that can affect your health. Also having your home too hot or too cold can affect your health as well. That is why you must pick a company that specializes in all of these systems. One company that is highly skilled, educated and experienced in HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) systems is Air Conditioning Specialists. Located in Portsmouth, VA they serve the surrounding areas of Suffolk, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Williamsburg.

When it comes to your comfort, your health and your home you can’t just trust anyone. That is why AC Specialists are committed to offering you the best service possible so you can feel happy and healthy in your home. When your air conditioning goes out you are advised to call an air conditioning repair company like AC Specialists that knows exactly what they are doing so you don’t have to spend another minute being miserably hot when you just want to cool off from the hot summer day. They make a committment to you to have your air conditional all fixed as soon as possible so you don’t have to waste another minute of your summer being too hot. Feeling warm is meant to happen in the sunshine not in your living room. AC Specialists understands this and wants to make sure you get everything you wanted from your summer by keeping your home as cool as you desire it to be.

Their extensive knowledge of heating and cooling systems will keep you happy, healthy and comfortable no matter what time of year it is. Like I said, no one wants to be too cold to get up in the middle of the night and use the restroom. We are supposed to look forward to making coffee in the morning, not dreading it. With AC Specialists they will ensure prompt repair of any of your HVAC system to make sure you are as comfortable as you deserve to be in your home. After all doesn’t being healthy and comfortable mean that you are happy? AC Specialists sure thinks so and they want to help you get everything you deserve for your home.

Did you know an electrician can help create recessed lighting in your home?

Did you know that electrical services includes more than emergency electrical services? There are a lot of reasons why someone might need an electrician. They do a lot more than even climbing telephone poles and working on the lines though that of course is really awesome to watch. They have to be very skilled to climb up there like that. It seems very dangerous and yet a lot of what an electrician has to do is quite dangerous if emergency electricianyou think about it. Being electrocuted is no fun and though sometimes good things come out of it like the discovery of electricity, thank you Ben Franklin, other times it can just leave you feeling awful or much much worse. That is why we should respect our electricians and thank them for all of their hard work. After all think about where you would be without electricity? We use so much of it throughout the day that I don’t think a lot of us realize how necessary it is to our daily lives and even to our livelihood. This wasn’t always the case but certainly it has become so as of late.

So what are some of the other services that electricians can bring to us? They can also help us with the actual lighting of our homes. Not just the electrical wiring but they can create different ways for our home to lit up. One of those ways is called recessed lighting. This means that instead of a fixture that hangs down from the ceiling they can create lights that are up in your ceiling to create a smoother, sleeker and more modern look for your home. They can do this with general or accent lighting. Many of us don’t realize how much lighting affects our mood but it absolutely does. Perhaps some people think lights are too bright or too soft. Maybe there isn’t enough light or there is too much. Either way lighting can greatly affect our moods. It’s a good idea to ask Mahaffey Electrical Services how they can help you get your home’s lighting that way that you would like to have it. They can change the shade of the bulb, the brightness of the bulb and they can even remodel your ceiling to create the perfect recessed lighting. These lights start as low at $65 so give them a call and see what that would look like in your home.

Mahaffey also has years of experience with commercial electrical services which is really amazing since they are a family owned company. They have helped with companies like Boston Donuts, Blimpies, Auntie Ann’s Pretzels, and Betsy Johnson Clothing Store. This service includes LED conversion and of course their well known emergency electrical services.

So no matter what your electrical needs are call Mahaffey Electrical Services to get everything you need taken care of taken care of. They are a company that strives to be the best they can be. With an A plus Better Business Bureau rating you can tell that so far they have exceeded their own expectations and they will indeed exceed yours.

 

Is it beneficial to spend money on moving labor?

Two different friends simultaneously moved into a new house and each person had an entirely different experience. They were asked a series of questions about their respective moves to determine what the benefits of hiring a moving company were, if any. The friends moving servicenames are Natalie and James.

Natalie and James were asked the following question: just how stressful was your move on a scale from one to ten?

Natalie answered by saying, “I would say a 4. Moving is always a little stressful but this time I called a moving labor company so I didn’t have to rely on asking friends to help. I am no longer in my twenty’s and felt like beer wasn’t a good enough offering for them to come and help me anymore. Plus I founding a company that was affordable and it was totally worth the money just because of all the stress it saved me.”

However James answer was a little different: “Oh I would say a 12. Easily. I have so much stuff and I had no idea where to start. I had to beg my friends to help me and a couple of them bailed at the last minute the day I was planning on moving. It took so much longer because it was just my sister who ended up helping me and the both of us could barely move the big furniture. It was really intense.”

It seems like hiring a company with moving services really makes a different in stress levels when it comes to your move. The next question they were asked was how did it feel once all of your things were moved into your new space?

Natalie responded joyfully saying, “I couldn’t have been happier. It was a little smaller than my old place but much more affordable. Because my move happened so quickly with the help of the moving service, I was really able to unwind and enjoy unpacking my belongings in my new space. It was great!”

James response once again differed. “Man, it took so long for me to get all of my stuff moved that by the time I was in the new space I was so stressed out I wanted to cry. Seriously.”

Once again it seems to bode well for those who choose a professional help with their moving. The final question that James and Natalie were asked was if you could move again would you do anything differently?

Natalie’s response: “Not at all. I mean I didn’t consider a moving labor company until this move because someone suggested a company to me. Next time I will be even less all over the place knowing how easy this move was.”

Then James’ response: “I want to do everything differently!” He laughed awkwardly. “I will definitely call a moving company. I mean I got everything done but it took forever and was really overwhelming. I know it’s totally worth the money to hiring people to help with the moving labor. I mean my sister is great and all but more help would be nice.”

To sum it up it looks like hiring movers is much more beneficial.

Find a gym that will give you nutrition advice.

Managing your health can be a hard thing to do in this climate where we are all so dang busy all of the time. If you have specific disorders that need to be managed it can be even fitness centersmore challenging, especially if you have more than one. Autoimmune disorders like Celiacs  disease can actually lead to other autoimmune diseases and illnesses like arthritis and can even lead to death in some severe cases. Educating yourself about your health can seem like a very overwhelming thing to do. You can definitely use the internet and google, perhaps even WebMD to help you find out how best to take care of yourself, but it’s always so much more helpful to get an in person analysis of what you need in terms of taking care of yourself and your health. That is why fitness centers like Future Health are so important to be emerging at this time in our culture when it seems like so many food related illnesses are popping up out of the woodwork. These companies can help us not only get fit but help us by educating us about nutrition and other fitness related issues that are coming up culturally and individually.

Exercise is an exceedingly important way for individuals to take care of themselves however each of us are so different it is really important for us to not only exercise but to educate ourselves on the food that we ingest. For example, if some one does live with Celiac’s Disease, then they are going to need to know what it does to their body when they eat gluten. With gyms like Future Health, they can help connect you with individuals that will talk to you about your health and nutrition and give you specifics about how you can care for your body. With Celiac’s Disease, you must stay away from food and skin products that may contain gluten. Gluten actually destroys your intestines in such a way that you can not probably absorb the nutrition in your food so essentially if you are gluten intolerant or Celiac and are eating gluten, then you can be severely malnourished. This can also lead to a phenomenon called “leaky gut” where you intestinal walls actually split open and food particles leak into your body. Then you immune system will start to attack these food particles which can send your entire system in shock. In all, this can lead to other auto immune diseases and in serious cases can lead to death.

That is why going to a basic health club doesn’t always cut it for everyone. It’s important to get all of the help you can when it comes to your health. Choosing a company like Future Health can be very useful because they will help you find out the information you need to know about your body and your nutrition. Exercise is not the only way to care for your body. Eating well for you body as well as getting enough sleep is very important.

 

My friend got botox and I respect her for it.

One of my favorite people in the entire world gets botox. I was really shocked when I found botoxout but it looks so good and you wouldn’t have ever known! She really helped clear up a lot of negative stigma around botox I utterly and outrageously respect this woman. She said botox can be a quite simple procedure even some plastic surgeons will do botox with just an in office visit. She was laughing to herself because she kept thinking she was drooling and she kept asking me if she was but she wasn’t. Then I started to laugh with her. She is one of my favorite people and she is forty years older than me but we have such a great time together. She owns a beautiful shop on the main street of this mountain town that I used to live in and she used to help me find things that I wanted to buy though I could never afford it. Then one day she offered me a job which was so wonderful because I desperately needed one. After making a little money I started to buy some of the things her shop.

I tell you all of this because she meant a great deal to me. She offered me help, she offered me a job and then she offered me her friendship. She is someone I would really like to grow up to be like. She owns her own business but she also gives herself days off to go hiking and go on vacation. She meditates and eats well. She takes care of her skin and her body and looks wonderful for being sixty-eight. That’s why when she told me she was doing botox I was a little surprised because it didn’t seem like her. Then she debunked some of the things that people say negatively about botox and told me she felt great about feeling empowered in her own body and looking the way she feels on the inside. I am so happy that she feels empowered to be herself and do what feels good for her.

There are many other things that she might choose to do one day that include the lifestyle lift which is a significantly faster and less painful way to have things done like a facelift, eye brow lift and jaw lift. Because plastic surgery is currently so popular there is a lot of research that is going in to find less painful ways to get your desired results. I am not sure if my friend will ever get a facelift but I know if she does she will feel empowered in that choice. I respect her so much and am so glad she talked to me about plastic surgery. I love that she does what she wants without caring what people think one way or another. I really enjoy the conversations that we have and look forward to connecting with her and soon as possible. I am sure that when I see her she will look great.

MacBride’s cubicles can really brighten up your day.

Each of us spends a significant amount of time in an office space. Be it we are working in that office, waiting tirelessly in that office, or just visiting that office for a mere moment, cubicle wallseach of us spends a good chunk of time in offices, some more than others. So why not make the time that we spend in the office one that isn’t as stressful and daunting as one might first think. We often equate the office with stress and even disdain, but we don’t always have to feel that way about our work space. What if we could make our work space just a little more cozy, a little more intentional and just a little more pleasant all around? With the help of companies like MacBride New and Used Office Furniture you can intentionally make your office space cozy and pleasant in just one stop. MacBride prides themselves on providing commercial design, being affordable, comfortable and even environmentally friendly. They know that even office furniture can have a negative impact on the environment if you are not conscious about your choices and they have made a promise to be conscious about the choices they make when it comes to their products and our planet.

MacBride has a wide variety of office furniture to choose from so you know you will find exactly what you are looking for. Because we spend so much time in our office space, you want to make sure you are getting something that matches your space, the collective energy of your workers and then of course something that makes you smile. When you choose MacBride you will certainly find something that will work for you and for all of your coworkers. MacBride offers office furniture new and used from chairs all the way to office partitions and cubicles so you can be sure to find something that will fit not only your tastes but your needs. MacBride also exceeds the ordinary when it comes to their furniture. If you look at their website, you will see that their innovative view of office furniture is refreshing and exciting. They incorporate splashes of color here and there and offer incredibly modern and also timeless pieces of furniture that is sure to brighten up any room and any one’s day even if they are someone who is just waiting in the office. Since your office is one of the first things you see in the morning and the place you spend the most time during the day, it’s really important that you make the space something that you enjoy being in.

So take the time to think about what kind of space you would like to create with your office. What message do you want to send with the way your office furniture is set up, even down to your cubicles. Trust MacBride to know how to give your space what it needs. I know that you will be glad that you did and derive lots of joy and happiness from your new office space.

We need environment protection for mountain lions.

environment conservationMountain lions are an incredible species. Of all of the large predators in America, gators and mountain lions have stood the test of time. Our beloved grizzly bears can really only be found in and around Yellowstone National Park, in Canada and are all over the place in Alaska. Wolves were only just reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park and can be found some places around Yellowstone and have even been spotted in Colorado. There was a spotting as far as Durango, Colorado in the far southwest corner of Colorado. As well there have been sighting of Mexican wolf packs in the Weminuche wilderness which is the largest wilderness area in the state of Colorado. Grizzlies and wolves used to be found all over the United States as well as bison and many other species that have been eradicated in certain parts of the country. Wildlife preservation is a serious and important part of what we do as stewards of this earth.

Mountain lions can still be found all over the United States. Right now there are observations of mountain lion behavior in Souther California. There are many mountain lions that live in and around the greater Los Angeles areas. Unfortunately there are so many interstates and highways that weave their way through L.A. that they cut off major wildlife corridors that especially effect mountain lions. These wildlife corridors are places where animals instinctually travel throughout the years. They are considered part of migration or territory. There are an incredible amount of lion deaths that happen through lions trying to cross these interstates throughout the year. There are some places in L.A. that create wildlife corridors underneath or over the highways for habitat preservation. Still some lions are able to cross the highways. There is one male that they have been observing that is living in a park in the middle of the greater L.A. area. You don’t ever see him out and about but you sure do find evidence that he has been around. There is enough food for him, now and if that changes he will probably move on to try and find more territory.

Cat on cat fights also happen which can cause deaths. There are a great number of male lions that can get very aggressive with each other. As we create more and more space on our lands for housing and strip malls, we are slowly cutting into the territory of the mountain lions which greatly affect them as a whole. Land preservation is such an important piece of what we are on this earth to do. While these big cats have stayed around for much longer than any other major American predator, there are still threats to them while we continue to encroach upon their habitats. The amount of attacks on animals and people is relatively low, but the further we retreat into their space the higher those numbers will be. Let’s not make a bad rap for these animals by taking advantage of their wild nature. Let us be great stewards of this earth and conserve our lands to create a beautiful place for generations to come.