Is Anything Really “Free”?

iarefreeSo what if you have to spend money to get a giveaway? If l bought $25 worth of cosmetics, I figured, I would actually be saving $18!

I have to confess something: I love a free gift promotion. You know, at the department store cosmetics counter, there’s a sign that says, “Free gift with any purchase of $XX.” You buy something you need; you get something free. I love it.

I wasn’t always this way. I used to look at those signs and scoff. I used to think, Some free gift–you have to spend money to get something free. And in the most practical of ways, I wasn’t wrong. But I wasn’t really paying attention.

Then one day a girlfriend started raving to me about these promotions. She’s an expert: She told me she scans the newspaper for announcements. “I’ll travel across Read More »

Hard Drive Recovery After Fire Damage

hdrafdSometimes it is hard to avoid disasters but that does not mean we can never recover our data. If a company can recover its data after a major fire, at least it will be possible for it to start from somewhere. This might sound crazy, but make sure that no one operates the drive after an event of fire. Ignoring this advice will make the process of hard drive data recovery impossible. Operating the disks will likely drive the smoke particles onto the platters to cause irreparable damage to the drives. Call your favorite hard drive repair company to come and assess the situation first. This will also be the perfect time to know how much it will cost to repair the drives and the timeframe.

Hard Drive Recovery Group is a Mac and RAID 5 recovery specialist.

There are those people who might try to clean the drives themselves. Unfortunately, this is likely to make the process of hard drive recovery very difficult. By using the wrong cleaning tools, it is possible that you will damage the drive. Always wait for the professionals to arrive and rectify Read More »

Sleep Deprivation Can Be Beaten!

sdcbbWhen the alarm clock says go but your body says no, these tricks will give you the energy you need–all day.

You’d the subject of losing night’s sleep would merit one word: yawn! After all, you don’t need anyone to tell you how lousy you feel the day after you’ve been kept awake by a sick child, the rush to meet a deadline, or anxiety about an upcoming event.

Yet the topic turns out to be the subject of hot research. Organizations including the U.S. Army, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the U.S. Department of Transportation have a serious interest in what effects even a few lost hours of sleep have on soldiers, astronauts, airline pilots, truck drivers, doctors, and shift workers. Happily, their studies have done more than just catalog the ill effects of sleep deprivation; they’ve also yielded scientifically sound strategies for overcoming them–no matter what your Read More »

The Crusade Against Toughman

cruatEric Crow couldn’t move. He couldn’t speak and couldn’t rise up from his bed. His wife, Paula, had never seen him like this. A former high school wrestling champion, Crow lifted weights and kept himself in excellent shape. But now, hours after being beaten in a Toughman Contest in Kansas City, KS, the 23-year-old pipe fitter was helpless, incoherent.

When the fight ended, he’d seemed okay. But then Crow went to the men’s room and didn’t come back. His father found him standing in the hall, looking dazed. Thinking all his son needed was rest, the elder Crow sent his son home.

“Eric!” Paula screamed. He just moaned. On the way to Bethany Medical Center, Crow slipped into a coma that surgeons later said was caused by repeated blows to the head. His condition never improved, and four days later, on December 13, 1995, he died.

Friends and family remember Crow as a warm, funny, hardworking young man devoted to Paula, his high school sweetheart, and their 17-month-old daughter, Jordan. At the time of his death, he was going Read More »

Dealing With Siblings: Tips You Can Use

nowinsiMost of us go to heroic lengths to head off tensions between kids: We divvy up bags of M&M’s into precise portions, give artwork equal representation on the fridge, buy each child new sneakers when only one really needs them. Unfortunately, as we know all too well, none of these tactics guarantee harmony.

“Sibling rivalry is a redundant phrase — if you have siblings, you have rivalry,” says Susan Witt, Ph.d., professor of family and child development at the University of Akron. “My kids have actually fought over who gets to throw away the dryer lint!” Yet it’s not just children’s inherent sense of competition — or even jelousy or anger — that spurs confrontations. Sometimes, parents themselves unwittingly fan the flames of rivalry.

Here, common mistakes well-intentioned parents make-plus the right ways to handle sparring kids:

* Comparing. Most parents know to avoid unfavorable comparisons (“You’re such a slob! Why can’t you be neat like your brother?”). What we may not realize, however, is that even Read More »

Don’t Let Stress Get You Down

dlsgydDo you know how to be good to yourself? Here, 43 little lifts that will improve your mood when you need it most.

Last Saturday, my life descended into a bad sitcom: My husband was at work, and I invited my friend Gina to have lunch with me and my infant daughter. Before Gina arrived, however, FedEx delivered an enormous box containing a stroller that I had ordered–along with 11 other boxes that held high chairs mistakenly shipped to me. Gina, who is nine months pregnant, had to squeeze through a mountain of cardboard to get in the door. So did the visitor who arrived two minutes later–a baby-sitter whom I had wanted to meet and whose appointment I had forgotten.

By 4:00 p.m.–after a lunch during which my daughter wailed and Gina began having contractions–I was a wreck. When my husband walked in the door, I knew I needed first aid. An enlightened soul, he gave me a foot massage, fixed me some scrambled eggs, and looked after the baby. Then, I turned to a routine that has helped me survive many a disaster: I retreated to a steaming tub, dug out a nightshirt I’ve had since college, and fell asleep to a videotape of The Women.

Most of us, of course, have developed our own comfort prescriptions for a Read More »

Dads Help Each Other!

dadsheoDesiree, almost 2, turns her liquid brown eyes to her father. “Cookie?” she implores.

“Do you deserve a cookie?” her father, Eugene Anderson, responds with mock sternness. Then he smiles. “Give me a hug first.”

Desiree wraps her arms around Anderson’s neck, and he plants a fat kiss on her cheek. “Okay,” he relents. “Just one.”

Father and daughter are on an outing to The National Zoo in Washington, DC, accompanied by Donald H. Christian–the man instrumental in bringing them together. Christian, 56, is codirector of Dads Advising Dads (DADS), a government-funded program based in Rockville, MD, that helps fathers like Anderson–young, unmarried, and with a history of run-ins with the law–play a positive role in their children’s upbringing.

Since launching the program in 1995, Christian has Read More »

Supplementing For Your Mind?

supplemfymYou don’t need a doctor’s prescription for SAMe, St. John’s wort, and kava, top-selling natural products for emotional distress. But if you’re thinking of trying them, read this first.

The numbers don’t lie: More people are turning to natural products to case their emotional aches and pains. But buyers beware. The products don’t always deliver what they say they do, as GH discovered when it tested eight brands of SAMe, a high-profile natural antidepressant.

Simply put, what’s promised on the bottle isn’t always what’s inside. In our tests, the amounts of actual SAMe–the active ingredient–varied wildly from brand to brand. In one brand, no SAMe was detected. Because these products are legally classified as “dietary supplements” and not drugs, they are essentially unregulated. David Kessler, Ph.D., M.D., dean of the Yale University School of Medicine in New Haven, CT, railed against this lack of oversight during his tenure as Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner, lie and others have called for supervision and regulation of these potent–and, at times, dangerous–products. “We all take for granted that because a product says that something’s in it in the label, it’s actually in it in the bottle,” Dr. Kessler said. “That’s not the case with dietary Read More »