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A Way of Life: Toxicity in Our Environment and Eco-friendly Cleaning Products

Because toxicity has become a way of life, and we must breath and eat, we are continuously exposed to pesticides and polluntants, some stored right under our kitchen sinks, says a report from the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass., and the Harvard University School of Public Health.

The study was published last October in Environmental Science & Technology, Sedona, Ariz., naturopath doctor Teresa Dale, Ph.D. says "demonstrates that we are exposed daily to a wide array of chemicals that affect our hormone systems." Chemicals like phthalates and alkyphenois may heighten the risk of hormone-linked diseases like breast cancer and testicular cancer.

To limit your exposure, "read labels carefully, use nontoxic cleaning products and avoid using indoor pesticides," says Environmental Protection Agency spokesman Dave Dergan. There are nontoxic cleaning products and pesticides right in your kitchen. If you have baking soda, white vinegar, borax, and rubbing alcohol in your pantry and bathroom, you have the basic ingredients to make your own cleaning products and pesticides that don't cost you an arm and a leg. I have included formulations for making your own products from these items and many more at the end of this article.

There are plenty of effective, earth-safe cleaners that you can buy or make. Using these alternatives will reduce the toxic burden in your house and environment. By switching to environmentally friendly cleaners protects your health and that of the community you live in while reducing air, water, and ground pollution.

I bet you are asking yourself, "So why isn't everybody doing it?" There are very few people who actually read the labels of the products they purchase and even fewer who know the impact these chemicals can have on our bodies. Most people do not take the time or have the time to research the chemicals that go into these products.

Not all "green" products are created equal, some have simply added essential oils to make it smell like the formula has changed. "You need to read the labels carefully to check for irritating chemicals, such as chlorine, ammonia and artificial fragrances and dyes," says Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., a preventive-medicine specialist in Tucson, Arizona. "Buy cleaners from health-food stores or retailers specializing in environmentally friendly products."

"Eco-friendly cleaning and laundry products are the next frontier of environmentalism," says Marci Zaroff, former publisher of Macrocosm and CEO of Under the Canopy, an organic fabric clothing company. "It's an inexpensive, easy and effective way to protect our planet and commitment to life."

Here are some options to get you started onto the path of "thinking green":

* CITRUS OILl; sold in health-food stores and home improvement stores, fills rooms with the smell of oranges and is far more pleasing to your nose (unless you like the smell of hospitals).

To clean or polish wood floors, dilute 1 c. of citrus oil in one gallon of hot water, and mop with a sponge. For floors that are greasy, simply use a stronger solultion. You can also clean kitchen counters and tabletops with this solution. Citrus doesn't strip the protective sealants. On porous surfaces like marble or granite, only use diluted oil and it should never be allowed to sit on a surface, always wipe it dry when finished.

* TEA TREE, THYME AND LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS: these have been proven to have more antiseptic in some studies than phenol, the most common chemical disinfectant. Many disinfectants contain chlorine, which reacts with organix matter in drinking water to produce potentially carcinogenic trihalomethane.

VINEGAR: Vinegar is known as nature's most practical liquid and is so versatile that you can use it in the kitchen and bath, laundry and garden, housecleaning and car cleaning, even pet care and personal care.

To deodorize and inhibit mildew growth on outdoor plastic mesh furniture and patio umbrellas, mix 2 cups white vinegar and 2 tablespoons dishwashing liquid in a bucket of hot water. Use a soft brush to work it into the grooves of the plastic and for scrubbing seat pands and umbrella fabric. Rinse with cold water; then dry in the sun.

Introduction To Fundamental Analysis: Forex by: John Sanderson i FOREX traders almost always rely on analysis to make plan their trading strategie

FOREX traders almost always rely on analysis to make plan their trading strategies. There are two basic types of FOREX analysis – technical and fundamental. This article will look at fundamental analysis and how it used in FOREX trading.

Fundamental analysis refers to political and economic conditions that may affect currency prices. FOREX traders using fundamental analysis rely on news reports to gather information about unemployment rates, economic policies, inflation, and growth rates.

Fundamental analysis is often used to get an overview of currency movements and to provide a broad picture of economic conditions affecting a specific currency. Most traders rely on technical analysis for plotting entry and exit points into the market and supplement their findings with fundamental analysis.

Currency prices on the FOREX are affected by the forces of supply and demand, which in turn are affected by economic conditions. The two most important economic factors affecting supply and demand are interest rates and the strength of the economy. The strength of the economy is affected by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), foreign investment and trade balance.

Indicators

Various indicators are released by government and academic sources. They are reliable measures of economic health and are followed by all sectors of the investment market. Indicators are usually released on a monthly basis but some are released weekly.

Two of the most important fundamental indicators are interest rates and international trade. Other indicators include the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Durable Goods Orders, Producer Price Index (PPI), Purchasing Manager's Index (PMI), and retail sales.

Interest Rates - can have either a strengthening or weakening effect on a particular currency. On the one hand, high interest rates attract foreign investment which will strengthen the local currency. On the other hand, stock market investors often react to interest rate increases by selling off their holdings in the belief that higher borrowing costs will adversely affect many companies. Stock investors may sell off their holdings causing a downturn in the stock market and the national economy.

Determining which of these two effects will predominate depends on many complex factors, but there is usually a consensus amongst economic observers of how particular interest rate changes will affect the economy and the price of a currency.

International Trade – Trade balance which shows a deficit (more imports than exports) is usually an unfavourable indicator. Deficit trade balances means that money is flowing out of the country to purchase foreign-made goods and this may have a devaluing effect on the currency. Usually, however, market expectations dictate whether a deficit trade balance is unfavourable or not. If a county habitually operates with a deficit trade balance this has already been factored into the price of its currency. Trade deficits will only affect currency prices when they are more than market expectations.

Other indicators include the CPI – a measurement of the cost of living, and the PPI – a measurement of the cost of producing goods. The GDP measures the value of all goods and services within a country, while the M2 Money Supply measures the total amount of all currency.

There are 28 major indicators used in the United States. Indicators have strong effects on financial markets so FOREX traders should be aware of them when preparing strategies. Up-to-date information is available on many websites and many FOREX brokers supply this information as part of their trading service.

Forex Trading: The Exact Forex Trading Logic

Generally Forex trading systems are made inedible technical indicators (a tender mean (MA) crossover, overbought/oversold conditions inside an oscillator, and that.) But could you repeat that? Are technical indicators? They are solely a run of data points plotted inside a chart; these points are derived from a algebraic formula useful to the fee of one agreed currency duo. Inside other terms, it is a chart of fee plotted inside a uncommon way with the intention of helps us think it over other aspects of fee.

Here is an valuable proposition on this definition of technical indicators. The detail with the intention of the readings obtained from them are based on fee proceedings. Take pro occasion a lengthy MA crossover indicate, the fee has dead up sufficient to get on to the fleeting cycle MA crossover the lengthy cycle MA generating a lengthy indicate. Generally traders think it over it equally ?the MA crossover made the fee energy up,? but it happened the other way around, the MA crossover indicate occurred since the fee went up. Everywhere I?m tiresome to make at this time is with the intention of by the aim, fee behavior dictates how an indicator want play a role, and this must befall taken into consideration on one trading decision made.

Trading decisions based on technical indicators lacking taking fee proceedings into consideration want produce us a reduced amount of accurate results. Pro model, again a lengthy indicate generated by a MA crossover equally the promote approaches an valuable resistance level. If the fee suddenly starts to bounce back rancid with the intention of valuable level here is thumbs down top on taking this indicate, fee proceedings is telltale us the promote doesn?t aspire to energy up. Generally of the calculate, under this circumstances, the promote want take up again to fall down, disregarding the MA crossover.

Don?t make me ill-treat at this time, technical indicators are a very valuable aspect of trading. They help us think it over particular conditions with the intention of are otherwise trying to think it over by watching wholesome fee proceedings. But as it comes to influence the trigger, fee proceedings inclusion into our Forex trading logic want beyond doubt deposit the odds inside our act of kindness, it want generate privileged probability trades.

So, how to create a exact Forex trading logic?

Initially of all, you need to get on to guaranteed your trading logic fits your trading personality; otherwise you want discover it tricky to stay on it. Each trader has uncommon needs and goals, hence here is thumbs down logic with the intention of impeccably fits all traders. You need to get on to your own investigate on various trading styles and technical indicators until you discover a thought with the intention of impeccably facility pro you. Get on to guaranteed you know the nature of whatever technical indicator used.

Secondly, incorporate fee proceedings into your logic. So you single take lengthy signals if the fee behavior tells you the promote wants to energy up, and fleeting signals if the promote gives you indication with the intention of it want energy down.

Third, and generally importantly, you need to be inflicted with the restraint to stay on your Forex trading logic rigorously. Try it initially on a sample tab, at that time move on to a minute tab and irrevocably as feeling comfortably and being regular profitable apply your logic inside a regular tab.