Aug 27, 2013

Dry Eyes - Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

First of all, the most common symptoms of dry eye syndrome are:
  • Dryness
  • An itchy sensation
  • A gritty or sandy sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Excessive tearing
  • Blurry vision or difficulty seeing at night
  • A stinging, burning sensation
  • Red and irritated eyes
  • Eyelashes or lids with crusts, flakes, excess oil or dandruff
If you have any of these symptoms then you are most likely suffering from dry eyes.  There are three cases of dry eyes: blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction and tear film problems.  Here we focus on MGD:

Top Antioxidant Foods For Dry Eye


Beans such as red beans, black bleans, pinto beans and kidney beans all contain high-levels of antioxidants. According to a recent study one-half cup of red beans yields 13,727 antioxidants; red kidney beans have 13,259; pinto beans, 11,864; and black beans, 4,191. Since beans are inexpensive and easy to use in a wide variety of foods such as soups, burritos, rice and beans etc it can easily be added to a diet.

Berries also contain high levels of antioxidants. Choices available here are blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and red currants. Berries are also easily added to your daily diet as they can be used as snacks, in smoothies, in salads, for breakfast in yoghurts or for deserts etc.

Aug 26, 2013

Free Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care Sample


Pinch this free Head & Shoulders Itchy Scalp Care sample from PINCHme!

Just go to PINCHme and follow the instructions.

Top 9 Antioxidant Spices For Dry Eye


Cloves are dried flower buds and originate in Indonesia. It has one of the highest levels of antioxidants and is often used as a spice, particularly in Indian food. Cloves is actually one of the few spices that can compete with fruits and berries when it comes to antioxidant levels for standard serving sizes of meals.

Ginger or ginger root is consumed as a delicacy, medicine, or spice. Ginger is said to help with reducing inflammation. It can be used in cooking but also added to flavor to water, tea etc.

Cinnamon is derived from the bark of a tree with origins from Sri Lanka. Today, the trees can be found in most of South East Asia. There are different types of cinnamon; true cinnamon should be preferred, rather than cinnamon cassia which can be found in some grocery stores. Cinnamon has a high antioxidant level and is also believed to help with the stabilization of blood sugar levels and the management of diabetes.

Oregano is a common species of Origanum, a genus of the mint family. It is native to warm-temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano is said to help fight infections.

Turmeric is part of the ginger family and comes from South Asia. The spice turmeric comes from a root like structure called rhizomes, which are ground to make the spice. Turmeric is believed to help protect the liver from toxins and reduce cholesterol levels.

Parsley is native to the central Mediterranean region, naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and widely cultivated as an herb, a spice and a vegetable.

Basil, originally from India, is common in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in the Northeast Asian cuisine of Taiwan and the Southeast Asian cuisines of Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos. Depending on the species and cultivar, the leaves may taste somewhat like anise, with a strong, pungent, often sweet smell. Basil is considered beneficial in protecting against free radicals and suppressing inflammation.

Mustard seads
There are several kinds of mustard seeds and the can be colored from yellowish white to black. Mustard seeds are thought to be beneficial with helping everything from allergies to arthritis.

Cumin seeds are the spice of the cumin plant and are used in many dishes. Most typically, curry dishes.

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Aug 17, 2013

52 travel tips you must know


Do some quick, rough sums on a piece of paper so you have an idea of what things actually cost in Aussie dollars, for example $AUD1 = 10000 INDO Rupiah, $AUD5 = 50000 INDO Rupiah etc. Keep it in your purse. It only needs to be a rough conversion, this has saved me a fortune when my wife couldn't do the sums in her head while bartering with a Balinese wood carver - Bali boy of Darwin.

In Asian countries, take cash. The exchange rate is far better from an exchange shop than a bank and you remove the high withdrawal fees and low daily limits that the banks have in place to gouge you. I even take additional cash and convert to US dollars when I'm in Bali as it works out about 5-6 per cent cheaper. I now have a 'cheap' stash of US dollars for when the Aussie dollar goes south or I travel to the US - Greg of Wollongong.

Aug 16, 2013

Surprising Things To Do In Australia

Here are a few  things you didn't know you could do in Australia.

1. Spot an alien in the UFO capital of Australia, Wycliffe Well. The Northern Territory outback town is a hotspot for sightings.

2. Go underground and explore streams that run through tunnels underneath Sydney's CBD. Tours are available by ballot only at the Historic Houses Trust of NSW website.

3. Check out one of Australia's great pink salt lakes. They turn pink from algae in the water, like this one in the Murray Sunset National Park, Victoria. You'll also come across the phenomenon at lakes in South Australia and Western Australia.

Aug 15, 2013

Ten money habits to quit right now

There are 10 stupid ways you're wasting money. It's not too late to change your habits!

Paying Interest

identity theftFew things in finance are as evil as interest payments. Historically, usury was looked upon as a crime, even a sin, and it wasn't uncommon for particularly greedy merchants to be burned or pilloried for charging excessive interest. Nowadays, charging excessive interest is standard practice and the greatest loan sharks of all are credit card companies, who entice you with promises of easy payment programs and large credit only to pull the rug out from under you with 18% interest.

As always, do your research. There are good credit cards and bad credit cards, and being able to tell the difference will not only save you money in the short term but, by keeping your credit score high, will make applying for things like a mortgage or car financing much less painful.

Credit card fees can be as much as 18 per cent, leaving you out of pocket in no time.

Can Huggies nappy get any cheaper?

Costco has the promotion to drop $6 on its Huggies bulk box between 3 August to 18 August, 2013.

Now, this week (starting 14 Aug, 2013), Coles is selling Huggies nappy bulk box for $28 each.

Supermarket wars!  Yeah!

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Aug 14, 2013

Stolen Wallet / Documents - Check List

Keep an inventory!

Do this today if possible. Write down or copy the cards in your wallet and contact numbers. Store this list in a locked drawer or safe and update it at least once a year.  There are many apps help us storing these information on the cloud securely now.  Look around.

Some not-so-important information, i.e. discount cards, can even be stored with your email account by sending an email to yourself and archive it.

When it happend, file a police report as soon as possible!

Whether your wallet was lost or stolen, file a report with your local law enforcement agency. This will help build a case if your identity is compromised as a result of the theft or loss. Remember to get the name of the officer who helped file the report so you can get help if you have additional questions.  Make sure you recieved a copy of report.

Aug 8, 2013

Food Waste Avoidance 11 - Making smarter food choices

For each item you plan to purchase, please answer the following questions with a simple yes or no first:

  • Is the product Australian made or owned? Or, are all or some of the ingredients?
  • Is it the product local, seasonal and organic?
  • Is the packing wasteful or excessive?
  • Is the package reusable? Is it recyclable in my kerbside bin?
  • How will I dispose of the package?
  • Can I buy the same with less packaging?

Aug 7, 2013

Current Best Savings Account in Australia

  • RaboDirect's High interest savings - 4.76 per cent (Condition: bonus rate for 4 months)
  • RAMS' RAMS Saver - 4.76per cent (Condition: minimum deposit $200, no withdrawals)
  • ING DIRECT's Savings Maximiser - 4.75 per cent (Condition: bonus rate for 4 months, on balances up to $250,000)
  • UBank's USaver - 4.66 per cent (Condition: monthly deposits)
  • Citibank's Online Saver- 4.65 per cent (Condition: bonus rate for 4 months)
  • HSBC's Serious Saver - 4.65 per cent (Condition: bonus rate for 4 months)
All rates based on a balance of $10,000, current at 6th August 2013

Food Waste Avoidance 10 - Smart Shopping

“The way we shop influences how much food we use or don’t use in our homes. Shopping without a menu plan and list means you are more likely to buy more than you need – food that will end up in the bin.” - Love Food Hate Waste (NSW)

So then, what is “Smart Shopping”?

Smart shopping is a combination of behaviours and actions that leads you towards creating a waste-free kitchen in your home. This combination includes:
  • Weekly menu planning
  • Using a shopping list
  • Avoiding not-so-Special Offers