Your Personal Products Are Dangerous – Find Out Why (And What to Do)

If you’re a canny shopper then read on, because you might find some of the following information extremely useful.

That’s because canny shoppers are slowly beginning to realise that you have to be very careful when you choose your personal products in the supermarket or elsewhere. Unfortunately many of the personal products that so many of us consume every single day can be dangerous.

Yes, unfortunately it’s true. These products, including soaps, shampoos, deodorants, skin care products, cosmetics and much more can contain chemical ingredients which are, in many cases, known to be dangerous to our health and even to cause cancer.

Whilst this is not new there is a gradual ground swell of organisations and people who are attempting to publicise the fact that many brands of product should be avoided.

Unfortunately the problem stems from the fact that regulation in many countries is inadequate to force the companies that manufacture many of these products to use only known safe ingredients.

In many cases there is little or no official supervision of any of the ingredients which are used in personal products, and for this reason many of the ingredients used in our personal products are industrial chemicals which are known to cause health problems for people.

Whole organisations are dedicated to publicising this issue. Two such organisations are the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which seeks to alert people to the risks involved in using many brands of cosmetics and other personal products, and the Cosmetic Safety Database which gives people a place to go to search both ingredients found in many products as well as the products themselves to find out the perceived level of risk in using the product or the ingredient.

I’ll give you one quick example. Many products include some form of fragrance. After all it doesn’t like to smell good? However unfortunately many fragrances are simply a combination of chemicals, many of which are known to be risky to your health.

These chemicals are rarely if ever listed, all you will ever see on the label is some generic terms such as “fragrance”. No one knows what chemicals make up the fragrance.

So if you’re a canny shopper it will pay you to do some research online to find out more about how to find safe cosmetics, safe skin care products and other safe products when you’re buying for yourself and your family. There are high quality and safe products available, but they’re not the big brand names.

Spend some time online, research and learn as much as you can, starting with the organisations that are listed above, and you can be an educated and canny consumer who knows what to buy and what to avoid when you’re looking to stock your bathroom cabinet.

Creating Your First Audio Product – Choosing a Microphone

Audio products — teleseminars, mp3s, podcasts — are amongst the easiest product to create. No information products marketer should be without at least one audio product. Even if that product is only an audio book. And like any product the tools you use to create the product greatly affects the quality of the end product.

But what do you need in order to create audio products?

At its simplest you need only four things… a computer, software, a microphone and a script. The most important thing you need — beyond the script — is the proper microphone.

So how do you choose the proper microphone? After all there are all kinds of computer microphones out there in the market. They range in price from two dollars to several hundred dollars.

How can you be sure that you are buying the right one for the job without overspending?

When selecting your microphone it helps to understand what the choices are and what each is best for and what to look for.

There are two major classifications of microphone — directional and omni-directional.

Directional microphones pick up sound in only one direction. At its simplest this is accomplished by having the microphone exposed in one direction. For example, we’ve all seen headphone microphones that have openings in only one place… normally pointed at where your mouth would be.

Omni-directional microphones pick up sound from many directions equally. This generally requires that the microphone “head” have perforations in a number of directions. For example, most desktop microphones have holes in the end of the microphone as well as in several spots around the circumference.

Omni-directional microphones are best used to pick up background noises such as a group conversation. Directional microphones are generally used to pick up localized sounds such as a single person speaking. For audio products, you generally will want to pick up each speaker’s voice rather than a group with background. Even if you need to use multiple microphones and tracks, a directional microphone will work better.

The second element to consider is the configuration of the microphone. Generally there are four configurations… desktop, headphone, clip and boom. While in theory any of the configurations will work, in practice most people only have access to certain combinations.

Desktop microphones are the inexpensive microphones used by many computers. Most laptops, in fact, have a built in desktop microphone. These microphones can work well for telephone purposes with the proper drivers. However, most desktop microphones are omni-directional. They simply will not work well for creating audio products.

Headphones are the next most popular microphone. They range in value from very inexpensive to very expensive. Frankly, for most people, inexpensive is as good as an expensive headphone. Headphones generally use directional microphones. They are your best choice for creating audio products.

Clip mikes are a type of microphone which clips to your clothing. They may be either omni-directional or directional. Frankly it doesn’t matter in this case. Both are intended to pick up the speaker’s voice only. Generally, you will get a cleaner recording with less noise from a directional clip mike; however, you will need to spend more time ensuring that you get an acceptable sound level. Clip mikes are good for speakers who like to move or where you are making a video at the same time. However, they tend to be expensive and purchased after you know what you are doing.

Boom mikes are generally used with video recording. These are the long microphones that stick out from professional cameras. They can be omni-directional, directional or semi-directional. Generally, they are not used for audio recording. Instead they are used where a microphone in the picture would be distracting.

General Guidelines For Selecting a Brown Leather Office Chair

Ever experienced a severe backache while trying to beat a work deadline? Surely, it would always be one of the perennial complaints of office employees. Backache strikes most when workloads start to pile up and you’re stuck to staying at your desk, trying to finish the research assignments your boss have generously given you. And while a great number of professionals believe that backaches are caused by stress, there’s a much more apparent source that most professionals fail to recognize: the office chair they are using.

Yes, the office chair you are using might be the culprit, the very reason for your backache. You do most of your tasks at your desk, sitting on your office chair. So it is just but fair to ensure that your desk chair provides utmost comfort that you need to get through a long working day. Simply put, it should be your comfort zone in the office, where you can accomplish your work and appreciate sitting down to any tasks at hand.

And what could be better than having to sit, relax and enjoy working in the comfort of a brown leather office chair? With its ergonomic design, one would surely cease having pet peeves over severe back ache every now and then and solely focus on accomplishing his or her tasks instead.

But one might ask, why a brown leather office chair? Brown because this shade practically matches any office interior (especially those with wooden designs) while giving a lighter and warmer effect than the shade of black. And leather, because as we all know, tops as the best material for chairs.

A brown office leather chair comes in variety of sizes, styles, and designs made available in the market. However, the following are some of general product details which can be used when looking for a brown leather office chair:

– Back rest/Back pad with reclining function
– Gas lift seat height adjustment
– Capped and adjustable arm rest
– Chair wheels ready to roll to allow flexible mobility

In sum, your office chair should not be a cause to damage your posture nor impede you from impressing your boss for submitting a well done research project. It should not ruin your mood and affect your professional relationships with your colleagues. Rather, your desk chair should be your faithful support for you to accomplish your office task, even ahead of time. It should provide comfort and relaxation you need to keep you upbeat even after a long working day. And since your office chair affects your work performance and your work attitude in general, the comfort of a brown office leather chair might be all that what it takes to get the promotion you’ve been waiting for.