Monthly Archives: February 2009

Tips for Healthier Living

Bella Mclaine asked:

Cosmetic Products Off Talks

During the 20th century, the popularity of cosmetics increased rapidly. Especially in the United States, cosmetics are used by girls at an increasingly young age. Many companies have catered to this expanding market by introducing more flavored lipsticks and glosses, cosmetics packaged in glittery, sparkly packaging and marketing and advertising using young models. The social consequences of younger and younger beautification have had much attention in the media over the last few years.

Criticism of cosmetics has come from a variety of sources, including feminists, animal rights activists, authors and public interest groups. There is a growing awareness and preference for cosmetics that are without any toxic ingredients, especially those derived from petroleum, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), and parabens.

Numerous published reports have raised concern over the safety of a few surfactants. SLS causes a number of skin issues including dermatitis. Parabens can cause skin irritation and contact dermatitis in individuals with paraben allergies, a small percentage of the general population. Animal experiments have shown that parabens have a weak estrogenic activity, acting as xenoestrogens.

Prolonged use of makeup has also been linked to thinning eyelashes. Synthetic fragrances are widely used in consumer products. In general terms it can be said that the fad of looking good and adorable is seen more and so they forget to take useful health beauty care tips that can serve a lot to take some precautionary measures for their own. Studies concluded from patch testing show synthetic fragrances are made of many ingredients which cause allergic reactions.

Setting as Careers

An account executive is responsible for visiting all counter sales and doors. They explain new products and “gifts with purchase” (free items given out upon purchase of a certain cosmetics item that costs more than a set amount).

A cosmetician is a professional who provides facial and body treatments for clients. The term cosmetologist is sometimes used interchangeably with this term, but most commonly refers to a certified professional. A freelance makeup artist provides clients with beauty advice and cosmetics assistance — usually paid by the cosmetic company by the hour.

Professionals in cosmetics marketing careers manage research focus groups, promote the desired brand image, and provide other marketing services (sales forecasting, allocation to different retailers, etc.). Those involved in cosmetics product development design, create and refine cosmetics products. Some positions that fall under this category include chemists, quality assurance and packaging people.

The Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC) is a learned society (professional association) based in the United States that supports scientific inquiry in the field of cosmetic science.

The Society website talks about the Society’s mission:

“Dedicated to the advancement of cosmetic science, the Society strives to increase and disseminate scientific information through meetings and publications. By promoting research in cosmetic science and industry, and by setting high ethical, professional and educational standards, we reach our goal of improving the qualifications of cosmetic scientists. Our mission is to further the interests and recognition of cosmetic scientists while maintaining the confidence of the public in the cosmetic and toiletries industry.”

Thus, the intimating beauty & health lies in the hands of people for their selfish motives only to décor the body along with utmost care of your health. Don’t forget advantage of one may give disadvantage in the other way round and you may not be able to bear it.

Spiritual Progressives Unite to confront the Religious Right, the Anti-Religious Left, and the Empir

Eileen Fleming asked:

An individual has not started living until he or she can rise above the narrow confines of his or her individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”-Martin Luther King, Jr.

During the third week of May, in Washington D.C. over 1,200 patriotic Americans of all faiths and the spiritual but not religious came together for the second conference of The Network of Spiritual Progressives/NSP and to lobby Congress. The activists are challenging the misuse of religion, God and spirit by the Religious Right and the anti-religious and anti-spiritual biases within the Liberal Left.

Authentic spirituality will inevitably lead one to become political. The Network of Spiritual Progressives is a diverse community that is unified by one heart that is broken over the state of the world and our nation. These activists are willing to sacrifice their life, resources and time to the work of confronting the Old Bottom Line in America which is based on greed, materialism, selfishness, power and over consumption.

The New Bottom Line proposes that institutions and social practices should be based on the higher values of love, caring, generosity, and equal human rights. The NSP proposes that the well being of every American depends on the well being of everyone in the world and recognizes our interdependence with all people and Mother Earth.

On May 18th the activists visited their Congressional Representatives to present “A Spiritual Covenant with America.”

The eight point platform addresses individual, social and governmental responsibility for ethical behavior that honors the sacredness of all life. As the debate over immigration was going on in Congress many activists were promoting a rational approach to immigration through a strategy of non-violence and generosity that works to eliminate poverty not with a hand out but with furnishing the means and the support to enable the impoverished to attain a decent life.

The NSP supports a “Global Marshall Plan to use 5% of the GDP of the advanced industrial societies-each year for the next twenty years-to end global poverty, hunger, homelessness, inadequate education, and inadequate health care. This will do more for homeland security and military safety than does sinking trillions of dollars into wars and strategies of world domination that can never work and are immoral…not by dumping money into the hands of corrupt governments, but through cooperation with NGO’s committed to human rights, democracy, environmental sustainability and enhancement and respect for native cultures and traditions.” [Number 7 in The Spiritual Covenant with America]

Many will say the NSP members are all dreamers, but it was dreamers who imagined life without slavery, civil rights, and women’s rights and it was Rilke who first understood: “You must give birth to your dreams: they are the future waiting to be born.”

These ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers and visionaries will not be satisfied with any short-term political gain. The task of transforming society requires commitment, persistence and a deep inner life. What progressive spiritual activists have in common is a broken heart united over the plight of the poor and oppressed, a commitment to total non-violent resistance no matter what the provocation, and sacrificial lives that offer time and resources to actualize the message Christ spoke of when he proclaimed on the Mount of The Beatitudes, that the reign and the kingdom of God is a kingdom where all beings are equal and valued just as they are.

In a country that possesses 11,000 nuclear weapons with many in excess of 20,000,000 tons of TNT [the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were 12,000 tons] yet claims to be based on the Judeo-Christian ethic of thou shalt not kill, is staggering in it’s hypocrisy. The law of Karma is what goes around comes around and the fallout from one of these WMD will find its way back home through water and wind currents and the words of Pogo come to mind: “We have seen the enemy and he is us.”

Mankind is the only species that has the choice of annihilating itself. “Since the end of the Cold War, the world has spent more than $10 trillion on armaments. The Untied States alone spends approximately $100 million every day to keep its nuclear arsenal at the ready.” [Jonathon Granoff, TIKKUN Magazine 9/11/03]

American money proclaims “In God We Trust” but the facts on the ground are that we have become an empire of blasphemers.

Fundamentalist Christians rail against abortion yet are for capital punishment and war. They have narrowed morality down to abortion and same sex marriage and neglect that God is love and where ever there is love: God is there.

If we are serious about a peaceful world we must have a moral agenda that stands firmly against empire building and violence. John Dear, the Jesuit priest who has been arrested 75 times for his peace activism asked Cesar Chavez what he thought was the key to peace, and Chavez exclaimed: “Public Action! Public action! Public action!”

In the ’60’s we understood if one is not a part of the solution, one is part of the problem. Throughout America patriotic spiritual activists of all faith paths and the spiritual but not religious have found common ground and are doing something more than criticizing and whining. Chapters of The Network of Spiritual Progressives are forming from the New York Islands to the Gulf Stream waters for this world belongs to all human beings.

Inconsistent Views Towards Animal Rights

Scott Hughes asked:

Among other reasons, I became a vegan because I cannot justify needlessly killing an animal. If I needed to kill and eat animals to survive, I would. However, we do no longer need to kill animals to survive. A person can just as easily survive without eating meat, while remaining just as healthy.

In fact, we have the technology to essentially create meat without killing animals, considering how simple of a substance meat is. We recreate meat in the form of meat substitutes, such as soy burgers.

Despite their ability to live easily without killing animals for food, many people still choose to eat meat. These people do not grant animals the right to life. If a person murdered another person and then ate that other person, almost all people would adamantly oppose it. Meanwhile, these same people slaughter animals without giving it a second thought.

It is hard to understand why murdering a human is so objectionable while murdering an animal is not. Most of us vegans and animal rights supporters view that as very inconsistent.

The inconsistency of people’s views towards animal rights goes further, though. While people carelessly murder animals because they like the taste of meat and the look of leather, these same people fall heads over heels about “cuter” animals. For example, pigs are generally smarter than dogs, but many people object to the idea of needlessly murdering and eating a dog.

People look at Michael Vick like he is a monster for organizing dog fights, which is utterly hypocritical and inconsistent. Fighting dogs probably do not suffer any more than factory-farmed chickens who are debeaked, stuffed into an over-packed cage, and eventually slaughtered. Why do people think it is fine to make animals suffer for the enjoyment of leather or the taste of a meaty burger, but not for the entertainment of a dog fight?

Of course, many people have inconsistent views when it even comes to entertainment and animal rights. Having dogs fight or cock fights for entertainment is seen as wrong and often made illegal, but hunting for entertainment is a common pastime.

Some may try to excuse the inconsistency by saying that killing is not as horrible as making the animal suffer while staying alive. However, there is still more inconsistency here. Why then do they not have a problem with animal testing? Animal testers carelessly torture animals with unsafe and dangerous products to make perfumes and other needless products. If needlessly torturing animals for petty pleasures is so objectionable to these people, it is inconsistent for them to buy beauty products that have been tested on animals.

Simply put, most people base their views regarding animal rights on emotions rather than on rationality, which results in irrational inconsistencies. Many people do not want to reconsider their inconsistent views regarding animal rights, because that would likely lead to giving up meat, leather, and other animal products.

The Philosophy And Ethics Of Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP

Shawn Carson asked:

Neuro Linguistic Programming NLP was developed by Richard Bandler and John Grinder from studying three leading therapists, Milton Erickson, Virginia Satir and Fritz Perls. Since then it has become a leading toll in business management, sales, education, training, personal coaching and sports as well as therapy and many other areas.

NLP AS PHILOSOPHY

However NLP can also be viewed as a life philosophy. In particular, NLP can be used to help us decide how we should live our lives (i.e. ethics), the nature of reality (metaphysics) and the nature of knowledge (i.e. epistemology).

The remainder of this article discusses the philosophy of Neuro Linguistic Programming, focusing in particular on the NLP Presuppositions.

NLP PRESUPPOSITIONS

NLP can itself be viewed as an epistemology, in the sense that it has basic presuppositions upon which the rest of the discipline is built. The detailed presuppositions vary depending upon the teacher, author, or school of NLP with which one is dealing with, although most are common to all practitioners.

Common Neurolinguistic Presupposition include:

1. The map is not the territory.

2. Everyone lives in their own unique model of the world.

3. The positive worth of an individual is held constant; it is only behavior which may not be appropriate.

4. Every behavior has a positive intention.

It should be noted that the Presuppositions of NLP are not deemed to be true or false. They are considered to be useful in doing therapy or simply living our lives.

THE ETHICS OF NLP

You will note from the above presuppositions that NLP puts value on the individual, irrespective of the behavior that they may be engaged in at any particular time. This is a vital belief for a therapist who may be treating a disturbed individual, who engages in self destructive or otherwise negative behavior.

In fact, valuing the other as an individual is the basis of many ethical and religious systems.

In addition, not only does each individual have a constant positive worth, each behavior has a positive intention. So even when someone does something that could really annoy us, by believing that they have a positive intention we give ourselves permission to think the best and move on without experiencing anger. Someone cuts you off in traffic, you can get mad, or you can wonder what emergency they are going to, or what other issues they have in their life that make them behave in that way.

NLP teaches us that each individual has their own map or model of the world, which is unique to that individual. In NLP we are taught to respect those maps. So, when we meet another person, we can be respectfully curious about their map of the world, curious about their beliefs and values, curious about how they see things, and what they feel.

NLP actually goes further than this. It tells us that the map is not the territory. That our map is not reality. Not just other people’s map, but our map as well. It tells us that we have no monopoly on being right, and in fact we are by definition wrong, at least to the extent that we think we’re right!

CONCLUSION

As we study NLP and take the Presuppositions of NLP to heart, we will begin to respect other people and ourselves more. Knowing that each person has a unique map allows us the space to accept and even value the differences that exist.

We can also begin to accept our own weaknesses as we separate our behavior from our identity. This gives us the ability to look at our own weaknesses with empathy and know that we can change them without losing our self.

Why Volunteer During Your Holiday?

Groshan Fabiola asked:

ing while vacationing can be an unforgettable and amazing experience. For the people who love traveling, it is the best opportunity to enhance or preserve the places they are visiting, while helping local communities. For those who like offering their services, it is the best opportunity to put all their ideas and skills into practice, while visiting exotic and amazing locations all over the world. Such an ethical holiday is hard to forget and may be the most rewarding holiday you have been on.

Making a difference and trying to change the world for the better (even in a small way) is the first reason why you should choose a volunteering holiday. The projects you can volunteer for while traveling are very diverse and address all types of people. Depending on your skills and fitness, you can choose the type of project you wish to volunteer for and thus help people in need without having to make any special efforts. The rewards you will receive are priceless and the great time you will be spending makes your ethical holiday worthwhile.

Preserving or enhancing some of your favorite places is another reason why you should choose an ethical holiday. Planting trees, harvesting crops or gardening are just a few of the activities you can volunteer for on your vacation. The amount of time you spend volunteering is entirely up you. Building homes, teaching children to read and write in English or saving endangered species are other types of projects you can volunteer for while vacationing in some of the most wonderful and exotic places in the world.

An ethical holiday can still be comfortable . You can help people and put your skills to good use while having a luxury volunteer holiday. If you are not used to basic accommodation, you can still have an ethical holiday and experience the wonders of volunteering. A luxury volunteer holiday can offer the same rewarding experiences without having to lower the standards of accommodations and facilities.

Volunteer based vacations can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. You can have an ethical holiday where you choose the type of volunteer work, in the type of accommodation you want, and you can also choose the length of the holiday. A luxury holiday can become an ethical holiday, an unforgettable time and a unique experience. Luxury volunteer holiday is the perfect alternative to having a luxury cruise. Superior quality accommodation and services, exotic locations, great activities and the opportunity to help those less fortunate than you are ingredients of a luxury volunteer holiday.

A holiday is about taking time off from your busy life, about relaxing and having fun, about experiencing new things and seeing new cultures. Being able to give something back to the community that welcomes you as a guest and being able to immerse yourself in their culture, without any special effort on your part is the missing ingredient from your holiday. Luxury volunteer holidays allow people have life- changing experiences while vacationing.

Questionable Medical Practices

Dr. Johnson C. Philip asked:

Natural science and technology has made enormous progress in the past few centuries, and this has been possible only because of experimentation.  Men everywhere, in their quest to understand the world better, have subjected every conceivable  process to experimentation and possible modification.  This has brought us numerous blessings in the form of modern means  of mass production, faster communication, better medicine, and better mass transportation.  However, careless use of science and technology has brought a number of curses also many of which manifest in the form of pollution.  Many kinds of experimentation in areas which  are ethically doubtful or completely wrong have also brought similar problems, and they are only going to increase with  time.

The products of technology breakthroughs often promise rich financial rewards in certain fields of research and this promise of pot of gold, coupled with the present day greed for money has made many researchers to overlook all kinds of moral obligation.  At the same time, man is becoming more and more daring to perform experiments which he perceives as doubtful or wrong because this adventure gives an expression to his rebellion against God.

Several dozen types of medical researches come in the category cited above, where the ethics of all of it becomes very important.  However, when such ethically doubtful  or wrong experiments  become the  routine practice  in  any  medical establishment, then even the Christians serving there tend to take it all so mechanically that they just overlook or forget the ethical side of it.

It has been widely reported in popular as well as medical publications that presently abortion is being  performed all over the world for the most trivial reason.  This procedure terminates the life of a person created in the image of God, but it has become such a part of many medical personnel that they just do not pause to think  what they are doing.  This attitude has given rise to another experimentation on live aborted fetuses | This is a cruel condemnable practice, but reportedly it is taking place all over the world.  They are using unwanted but lives babies to run all kinds of tests : the effect of chemicals, transplantation, and almost anything which one can conceive.  Some researchers even cut away the body part of these live bodies for harvesting their cells or for using the organs.  Many even do not care to anesthetize them, adding cruelty to the murder of an infant.

It is understood that some of the best cosmetics sold around the world contain cells extracted from the tender bodies of aborted babies.

God has created man in His own image, and in spite of man’s fall he carried that image in himself.  Therefore man is different  from all animals.  A baby, even at the youngest stage, is different from animals in kind.  It is a member of mankind and no one  except a court of law can order a life terminated.

Christians should therefore, never become an active party either in terminating a pregnancy or in conducting experiments on an  aborted baby.   They may never  be able to stop such activities   which go on in their institutions, and thus they might be constrained to become a passive party to it all, they should try their best to avoid active involvement.

Some might argue that there is nothing wrong with such experimentation because no one wants those babies anyway; they would have died sooner or latter.  Therefore  what is the harm if they are used for  something which might benefit the whole of mankind.  This argument depends upon a number of false arguments  – – the chief being that no one wants the baby.  There are many couples who might want to adopt the child if given a chance.  Also, there is no child who God does not love.  In fact, Christians should not contribute their energy to movements which divide children into wanted and unwanted categories.

Second, arguing does not conform to Christian ethics.  We do not evaluate the worth of a person or activity purely on the basis of some assumed worth.  Rather, the  appropriateness of every activity is judged on the basis of what the word of God would say about it.  In contrast to it something is accepted purely on the basis of its value to a great number of people, the people will soon find justification for even the most fallen and rotten activity.

Christians cannot stop all the unethical activities going around them, and they are surely not called to do that.  However, they can try their best to detach themselves from active involvement.  This might not be east because standing for one’s conviction demands a lot of cost.

Strategies of Internet Marketing

Achal asked:

In an environment where so much commerce is taking place online, any company who wants to achieve their full potential must have a solid Internet marketing strategy in place. Unfortunately, even with the online world such an integral part of doing business these days, many companies don’t completely develop their strategies.

 

Even with all the information available online about Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Pay per Click (PPC) advertising, and all other forms of Internet marketing, many companies are unaware of the best procedures to get to the top of the search engines. Working in the SEO industry I am often surprised (though I suppose I shouldn’t be) at how many misconceptions are still so prevalent.

 

For example, many companies still believe a simple website is enough. If you build it they will come. And then they seem surprised when no one visits the site. For more details go to www.internet-marketing-word.com Then there are the companies who actually still believe that old Black Hat SEO techniques are valid Internet marketing strategies. These are techniques that have long ago been shunned by search engines, such as keyword stuffing or automated generation of countless doorway pages.

 

Why do they do this? Because somewhere along the line of marketers someone heard that someone else had a lot of success doing this. Pretty vague, right? This is, of course, a bad way to start developing Internet marketing strategies.

 

If you are going to create a valuable marketing plan you must start with a strong knowledge base. This is probably the main motivation for many companies to outsource their SEO campaign. The just don’t feel as though they can conquer the learning curve witching a manageable time frame.

 

But if you are going to do it in-house, this is where you need to start. Gain an understanding of what works and, more importantly, why it works. The same goes for techniques that are ethically questionable. Find out what makes them Black Hat SEO and why all the search engines frown on them. Then you’ll be able to actively apply your knowledge as you attempt new Internet marketing strategies.

 

The next step in developing a strong marketing plan is evaluation. Take a moment and really evaluate what you have on your site. It has to be a “friendly” site, and it has to be friendly in at least two aspects. First, you must be visitor friendly. This means readable content, intuitive navigation, and strong information architecture.

 

Second, you must also be friendly to the search engines. This means readable content, intuitive navigation, and strong information architecture.

 

Sound similar? There’s a reason for that. For more details go to wwwauto-hits-machine.com They are. But don’t be completely fooled. Search engines and customers may be looking at the same thing, but the way to impress them is subtly different. Knowing these differences will help you accomplish this and be friendly to both at the same time.

 

Next, it’s time to reach out to other areas of the Internet and draw attention to your site. I’m not talking about customers yet. I’m talking about other websites. You need links from them in order to build high rankings. These rankings will be required before customers can find you, so you must seek out “votes” from other sites first. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, and a great deal of SEO revolves around this task. This could include social marketing, viral marketing, article marketing, bloggin, and any other ethical method to gain one-way, quality links.

 

Finally, and this almost brings us full circle, a marketing strategy requires understanding. It means you must understand that despite the speed in which eCommerce moves, Internet marketing does not have overnight results. It takes time. Time to gather links and time to build trust with customers and with search engines.

 

Developing an Internet marketing strategy, then, requires knowledge, evaluation, outreach, and understanding. When you can accomplish this you can begin to secure your online presence.Andy Elias on is a writer at Main10, Inc, a Utah Internet marketing company. If you’d like to learn more about developing your SEO campaign, visit their site today.