76 Tips for Home Indoor Allergen Control

Authored by Tom Hefter

The following tips have been provided to promote health and wellness and to assist residents, outside of our service area, in the removal of dust mites and indoor allergens from their living environment. These tips are not intended to replace professional mattress cleaners. Always consult your physician when allergies persist.

1. Encase mattresses, pillows, and box springs, within zippered plastic covers, specialty coated fabrics, or finely woven (pore size < 10) vapor permeable fabrics. NOTE: plastic covers make for noisy sleeping areas and it’s possible that dust mite colonies will continue to thrive within your mattress. All you are doing is placing a barrier between you and them. 2. Most widely reported is the suggestion to use non-allergenic, impermeable synthetic fiberfill pillows (easier to wash than feather, kapok, or foam). *** Recent research, reported at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), shows that synthetic pillows may contain more pet allergens than feather pillows. Regardless of its material, if your pillow is washable, wash it regularly. 3. Thoroughly vacuum mattresses, especially seams, perimeter cording, top, bottom, and sides at least once per week using a vacuum equipped with a certified HEPA filter. 4. Vacuum the mattress then use a hair dryer, blowing on high and hot, placed upon different areas of the mattress, will effectively remove moisture and kill some of the dust mites. NOTE fecal pellets and other microbial allergens will still remain. 5. Launder sheets, pillow cases, and mattress pads in very hot, soapy water at a temperature of between 130o-140o F. However, this also requires raising the temperature of your water heater as most water heaters have a preset temperature to avoid accidental scalding (most important if young children are in the home). Additionally, keep in mind that guanine in dust mite feces is not water soluble. 6. After laundering, hang sheets and bed linens outdoors on a clothes line and in direct sunlight. Continue reading 76 Tips for Home Indoor Allergen Control

Pointing Out the Dharmakaya

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“If you continue to practice meditation, then your experience will gradually increase and there will be greater and greater stability and greater and greater lucidity. However, the experiences that can arise in meditation can take various different forms. And in spite of the fact that the person has a real recognition of the mind’s nature, there is still the possibility or probability of fluctuation in experience even after that.

Sometimes you may feel that you have amazing, tremendous meditation, and at other times you may feel that you have no meditation at all. This characterizes meditation experience, which fluctuates a great deal. Realization, which is distinct from experience, does not change, but experiences can fluctuate a great deal or alternate between good and bad. There will still be times when you will have what you regard as good experiences and, in contrast, what you regard as bad experiences. When that occurs, just keep on looking. Don’t get distracted or sidetracked by the experience. Whatever meditation experience arises, you should recognize that it is transitory. As is said, “meditation experience is like mist, it will surely vanish.”

Experiences are different from the actual fact of the recognition itself. Because they are ephemeral experiences, they aren’t worth investing in. So if you have a bad meditation experience, do not be alarmed, because it too will vanish. If you have a good meditation experience, you need to continue; if you have a bad meditation experience, you need to continue. In either case, you simply need to continue to rest in this recognition of the mind’s nature.”

~ from Pointing Out the Dharmakaya by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, foreword by the Dalai Lama, introduction by Lama Tashi Namgyal, published by Snow Lion Publications

IHT and NYT Interview Lee Kuan Yew

The following is the transcript of the interview Seth Mydans had with Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew, for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. The interview was held on 1 September 2010.

Mr Lee: “Thank you. When you are coming to 87, you are not very happy..”

Q: “Not. Well you should be glad that you’ve gotten way past where most of us will get.”

Mr Lee: “That is my trouble. So, when is the last leaf falling?”

Q: “Do you feel like that, do you feel like the leaves are coming off?”

Mr Lee: “Well, yes. I mean I can feel the gradual decline of energy and vitality and I mean generally every year when you know you are not on the same level as last year. But that is life.”

Q: “My mother used to say never get old.”

Mr Lee: “Well, there you will try never to think yourself old. I mean I keep fit, I swim, I cycle.”

Q: “And yoga, is that right? Meditation?”

Mr Lee: “Yes.”

Q: “Tell me about meditation?”
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OODA

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The OODA loop (for observe, orient, decide, and act) is a concept originally applied to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level in both the military operations. It is now also often applied to understand commercial operations and learning processes. The concept was developed by military strategist and USAF Colonel John Boyd.