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Storms: The Sneaky Killer Of Business Growth

No matter who we are, it’s likely that sometime in our lives we have faced some kind of storm that has affected us. Whether it meant we had difficulties or could not get to work, or if a storm has stranded us in the middle of nowhere, the fact is that disasters happen – it matters most how we react.

Businesses Face A Double Blow

When it comes to severe storms, businesses can face double the damage, both in lost wages and in property damage. This recent storm in Stafford, TX is a prime example:

Winds ripped up multiple greenhouses at Weatherford Farms Nursery and the entire front facade of Yukon Glass was blown out. Part of the ceiling also caved into the showroom.

Employees watched

Anti Snoring Devices Are The Best

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Despite the fact that snoring is frequently recognized a minor tribulation, snorers can at times endure extreme debilitation of lifestyle. Facts on wheezing are regularly conflicting, however no less than 30% of mature people and maybe the same number as half of individuals in a few demographics wheeze. Essentially all medications for snoring spin around clearing the blockage in the breathing section. This is the excuse for why snorers are encouraged to shed pounds (to prevent fat from pressing on the throat), quit smoking and consider their side to counteract the tongue from hindering the throat.

Snorers are ordinarily unconscious of their snoring, and should depend on the perceptions of their bed mates. (See this article) A few snorers might wake up around evening time gagging and panting for breath, yet this happens only occasionally. There is an approach to quit snoring by using huge measures on the cushions, which frequently do not work or using different anti snoring devices. It works (more…)

Like Finding A Pediatrician In A Haystack…

It’s not as simple as asking your best friend. Here, doctor-shopping strategies that deliver.

paA few months before our son, Nate, was born last October, my husband and I joined the legions of parents in the market for a new pediatrician. I gathered a long list of recommendations from doctors and friends, then interviewed the top contenders who were also members of our health plan. Ultimately, we had to trust our instincts: We selected a doctor we felt would provide our child with first-rate medical care–in sickness and in health-and would help us be good parents.

We haven’t regretted our choice for a moment: When Nate was 5 days old and developed jaundice, our pediatrician went the extra mile–at 9:00 p.m. one Sunday–to find a company that would deliver a home treatment rather than admitting him to the hospital, which would have separated us from our baby. Now, a year later, our pediatrician always finds time to see Nate when he’s sick and calls back promptly to address questions or concerns.

According to 98000Reasons.org, any parents aren’t so fortunate. But finding a first-rate pediatrician in today’s managed-care system isn’t just a matter of hick. It takes legwork, especially if you want to land one who will stand up for your child in a medical crisis. Here, smart strategies you can use, whether you’re searching for a pediatrician for the first time or reevaluating your child’s current doctor:

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Safe Parenting Tips For When Your Kids Are Sick

yksWhen your child is sick, getting her the right medication makes all the difference. At the same time, parents worry about side effects. That’s why it may come as a surprise to learn that some prescription drugs–certain asthma medications, for instance–haven’t even been tested on kids. There’s nothing illegal or reckless about this; any drug that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults can be given to kids. The practice is called off-label prescription, and it’s common.

According to Parenting Twins And More, the problem is that children are not little adults; their growing bodies metabolize drugs differently. With this in mind, in August 1997, President Clinton proposed a rule that would require any new prescription drug intended for children to be tested on children. But drug companies are fighting the proposal, claiming it would slow down the approval of lifesaving drugs.

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Corporations And Congress: Why Even Hide Bribery Anymore?

gopacWhen corporations give millions of dollars to members of Congress, what are they buying? Friends in high places? Sympathetic interpretations of laws and regulations? Special favors written into laws? Access to strategy sessions in back rooms? Tax breaks? Other direct benefits for themselves?

The answer is, “All of the above.” Corporations are giving to get, plain and simple. And it works.

The tens of millions of dollars that corporations pay into congressional campaign war chests each year come back to the corporations in the form of significant and tangible rewards worth hundreds–if not thousands–of times more than their campaign contributions. Meanwhile, nothing goes to small businesses.

A good example is House Speaker Newt Gingrich. For years, Gingrich headed the GOP Action Committee, or GOPAC, which …

Single And Doing Good For Others: Nice Trade

sgfoAt Single Volunteers (SV), the goal is to become ineligible for membership. One success story is that of Tony Birchfield and Vicki Kern of SV’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, who met a year ago last spring while building a house for Habitat for Humanity. A few weeks later, the widowed business owner, who ran a San Diego tree service, and divorced nurse, both in their 50s, went horseback riding with handicapped children. They hooked up again at a barn dance for the Special Olympics, and four months later, they were married.

“They got to know each other in blue jeans, in full daylight, with sweat on their brows,” says SV’s founder, Anne Lusk. “That’s a wonderful, realistic foundation for any relationship.”

Lusk, 50, got the

Feel Good About Yourself! Your Health Is Better Than You Think!

Finally–a study that makes you feel good about yourself even if you don’t spend an hour a day at the gym! According to a recent report from the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, you can skip the treadmill and stay just as healthy by leading an active life doing everyday activities.

Being healthy can look like this!

Being healthy can look like this!

Researchers at the institute monitored 235 sedentary women and men between the ages of 35 and 60. One group spent 20 to 60 minutes a day doing vigorous exercise such as swimming or biking; the other group simply made sure to do 30 minutes a day of “lifestyle” exercise–raking leaves, climbing stairs. At the end of six months, members of both groups showed similar improvements in their …