News For A New Age

Ramon Sanchez

Written by Ramon Sanchez Do you have a hot new idea or must-have product? Are you ready to take the dive and start your own e-business? While not overnight, thousands of e-business start-ups have become massive success stories in the past few years. The Internet is a prime entrepreneurial environment, fostering creativity. But even Google, Amazon, MySpace, Flickr and NetFlix had to start somewhere, and that somewhere is probably just where you are

right now. Most entrepreneurs find that starting a web business can be daunting. Where do you start? How do you get the word out? Where can you acquire funding? The first three years are the most trying, states one entrepreneur. Not only are you faced with planning along with heavy sales and marketing efforts just to get your name out, but you often lack a sustainable budget to do so. Patience and planning are the key to surviving your first three years – and beyond. Vasrues ten-week article series on starting your own e-business will explore the basics of launching an online business, show you the key steps to take and challenges to consider. This informative series includes: 1. A brief introduction. 2. Determining Your Brand and Niche. Brainstorm a unique business trait to form the foundation for your companys brand. 3. Defining Your Audience: Get in your customers shoes, so

youre better able to advertise to them. 4. Setting Your Business Structure: Understand the benefits of corporations, partnerships and sole-proprietorships, and ensure proactive tax compliance. 5. Developing a Sales, Marketing and Business Plan: Understand the importance of planning, and critical plans you should set into action. 6. Creating a Realistic Budget: Dont spend $1,000 on a new desk. Allocate money where you see the strongest ROI. 7. Finding Funding: Start-ups have many avenues to take for capital – from mom and dad to venture capital partners. 8. Finding People: Determine your values as a company first, then hire staff based on these core beliefs. 9. Planning and Building Your Online Storefront: Organize your website before you hire a designer to ensure everything fits and navigation is smooth. 10. Launching Your Plan and Building Momentum: Revisit your business

and marketing plans annually, fine-tuning and updating for your changing business landscape. Whether youve dreamed of working from home, being your own boss, setting your own hours, becoming one of the many eBay entrepreneurial success stories or simply promoting a remarkable idea, the next few weeks are certain to bring valuable insight. Stay tuned and leave your inhibitions at the door.

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Copyright c 2008, All Rights Reserved. Ramon Sanchez writes about Internet Marketing for the Vasrue website. In less than 7 Days you could start an online business, designed to generate large profits fast. Learn the insider secrets to Building an Online Empire by visiting: Read More Articles From Ramon Sanchez:

I bought an E100 from Amazon for

I bought an E100 from Amazon for my 7-year-old son about 45 days ago. I can tell you that only rain and wet roads have prevented him from riding it daily!

At first, my wife and I questioned my judgment in buying it for him. The first time he got on it, he lost control of it had a bad-looking crash. He hopped up unharmed though, so we gave him some time to learn. Every day since then, I have found him being diligent to charge

it and eager to ride it.

So, here's my list of pros and cons.


1. The battery lasts a good hour of uphill/downhill riding.

2. The large, pneumatic tire up front makes quick work of bumps and rocks.

3. The wide standing surface allows for his feet to be together, side-by-side, if he wants.

4. The scooter is sturdy and solid.

5. The handlebars and shaft can be separated from the body for transport.

6. It's quick enough for fun, but not so fast as to be dangerous.

7. It ships in two pieces: Handlbars/shaft assembly and the main body. Attaching the two pieces is all the assembling that's necessary.


1. The brake is insufficient. It will eventually stop the scooter, but don't let your kid(s) rely on it. Teach them to steer out of situations and release the throttle. It will not stop my 9-year-old (65 lbs) son when

he's rolling down our slightly sloped driveway. Of course, the effectiveness of the brake is directly proportional to the strength of the rider's grip, but the gripping power of kids in this age group is probably less than what this scooter-brake combo needs.

2. The rear wheel is like one on a regular Razor scooter – solid and slick. This works well on most dry surfaces, but be careful because it can and will slide in more situations than a grooved, rubber tire would.

3. The drive chain attaches on right side of the back wheel, and it has a cover over it. That sounds like it should be a good thing, but the cover is actually so large that it prevents most right turns. If you turn more than just a little to the right, the cover will make contact with the road, and the back wheel will lose contact with the road.


1. There is an on/off

switch on the battery.

2. The motor engages after the scooter reaches 3 mph.

3. The manual recommends charging the scooter for 12-18 hrs.

4. The scooter is heavy enough to render it useless without the motor. Don't expect that your kid will continue to use it as a push scooter when the battery dies.

5. The scooter did NOT ship in plain packaging. It shipped in just the scooter box. It was for my son's birthday, and the surprise was nearly spoiled when delivery came.


This scooter is a good buy for the money, and so long as you are aware of the issues that come with it, it will make for a fun toy. My son still tells me that this scooter is the best present he has ever received! If you have the money to get the 200 or 300, I would recommend doing so as long as you're comfortable with the increased speed/power.

Yes i know i misspell that, anyhow,

Yes i know i misspell that, anyhow, i wanted to write this review mainly beceause there is no other one and beceause i am completly satisfied with Amazon and Paul tv's. I bought two of these from Paul's tv's fullfiled by Amazon, they arrived just in time, well 1 day later than schedule but just in time for my plans.

I decided to upgrade my tv set

from my not too old Vizio 42 inch 120 hz to this one after a visit to a SAMS store, they had like 10 TV's from different brands, this one on a 55 inch model next to a Sony 55 inch, the Samsung was far better than the Sony image wise, on that moment i decided samsung was the way to go, then i saw some 60 inch models from other brands like sharp and other, so i also concluded that 60 inch was the way to go, so that is how i decided to buy this samsung un60d6400 model, one for my self and one for my brother.

I never understood the concept of deep blacks at least until now, this tv set has showed me what deep blacks are all about, and boy, they look good.

After wacthing Michael Jackson's “This is it” for

the “n”th time i can say that it looks way better in this Samsung than in my old Vizio…I cant wait to receive my new Home theather after the old one burn out within a test going wrong…

I can also say,that i never watched dish standard definition signal so well before this tv… not even with the so aclaimed anchor bay 2010 chip which turn out to be a deception, anyhow my new audio receiver was bought on audio basis only and not video chip, athough it states that it has the new Marvell chip, i plan to have all my connections direct to my tv through HDMI. HD from dish looks awesome.

I have only wacth one 3d movie, Megamind it looks ok… i need to see more…

I have also tested the wired lan conection

from the SMART TV. The Rango HD trailer from the smart lan conection looks superb!!!, I dont know why but it looks far better than Dish HD… anyhow 80% of the time i will use this set with my pc trough HDMI so i have access to all the web, but you tube works ok on smart tv, the remote doesnt have a keyboard but i dont care as i am not planning on using this frequently.

The TV is so slim that it looks so nice hanging on my wall with an ultra slim mount that i also bought from amazon, great buy also…The TV screen is just 1.5 inches from the wall.

Conclusion: i am one happy camper with this tv set,it is not cheap but it worths it.I would recommend this over the sony or the sharp aquos quatron.

After thoroughly reviewing the specifications for this

After thoroughly reviewing the specifications for this new LG 42PT350, I cannot find any difference between it and the equally fantastic model LG 42PJ350 I bought last year. I am so pleased with this TV after owning it for almost a year I feel compelled to tell potential shoppers to BUY IT, JUST BUY THIS TV, YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT !!! Here is my Review (Sorry for being so long…) Recently purchased this LG 42PJ350 42″ 720p Plasma TV online for under five hundred bucks delivered. (Amazon says this one year old model has been available “since 2003″ ? An obvious misprint.) We use it in our small (12' x 12') living room to mostly watch High Definition cable TV broadcasts, DVR recordings, and an occasional DVD movie. We watch a considerable amount of sports, and are not Blu-Ray collectors nor video gamers. Plasma HDTV technology seems to be becoming less popular with many consumers compared to LCD/LED, due in part to potential video burn-in,

screen reflectivity, and higher energy consumption issues. We're mostly concerned with motion blur, good viewing at an angle, and excellent HD rendition of cable TV. Plasma's strong points are lack of motion blur, higher contrast, and deeper black levels. And unlike LCD, the picture looks great from anywhere in the room; not just directly in front of the screen. Since nearly all HDTV is still broadcast at 720p, the 720 vs 1080 debate was a non issue for us, as the difference in picture quality (even with a 1080p source) is nearly indiscernible at typical viewing distances, and didn't warrant the extra $200 for a similar 1080p unit. (We are watching this set from approximately eight feet away.) Have not yet encountered any burn-in or image retention issues, even after pausing video for ten minutes, or after DVR programming sessions lasting five minutes. The plasma screen is made of glass, so yes, reflections occur on sunny days, but they also occurred with our old
CRT TV. Fortunately, window blinds cost less than spending a few hundred dollars more for a similarly sized, non reflective, motion blur prone 120 Hz LCD HDTV. We were initially interested in Samsung and Panasonic plasma units, but after reading of the dreaded Samsung 'Plasma Buzzing Noise' and the Panasonic faulty power supply's 'Seven Blinking Lights of Death' on several reviewer blogs (“the Google” can tell you more about these), we focused instead on LG. We've not encountered either of these problems with our new LG, nor have we read many similar complaints about their plasma TV's. This TV meets our needs, and its price was best in class. The LG 42PJ350's 720p Plasma HD picture is framed by a beautifully sleek, thin bezel, and looks amazingly sharp and lifelike. The extremely wide array of colors appear vivid and deeply saturated. Contrast, blacks and whites are all well defined.

The fastest action scenes have no blurring whatsoever. Viewing Standard Def broadcasts on this TV is somewhat less impressive (the light gray bars left and right of the picture that LG imposes when viewing 4:3 ratio programs seem bizarre and annoying. I prefer to use the 'zoom' function instead to fill in the screen.), but still an improvement over our previous 32″ Toshiba CRT dinosaur. I strongly recommend using an HDMI cable if you are going to connect to a satellite/cable converter box or Blu-Ray/ DVD player. The upgrade in both video and audio quality compared to coaxial cable is remarkable. You'll be missing the absolute best picture this TV can show you without HDMI. We did encounter one drawback to using an HDMI cable between this set and an HD cable box/ DVR; the HDMI cable also carries digital audio, and alters the TV's and converter box's usual audio functions. This LG TV's closed caption function is then disabled, as well as the Motorola Com
cast digital converter box's volume control (Comcast box's 'mute' still works, however.). This means you'll have to use the Comcast remote to change channels, and the LG remote for volume adjustment. Installing the old coax cable instead from the TV to the converter box allowed the volume/closed caption to function normally, but then the picture quality suffered. Why buy a High Def TV to view a subpar picture? Oh well, bye bye closed captioning. Perhaps a universal remote would make this situation more tolerable? Or is this a problem with using HDMI connection for ALL new HDTV's, and not just this brand? I'd appreciate helpful comments from others who have encountered this problem, as the LG website offers little in the way of assistance. An online instant chat with one of their techs yielded an odd, somewhat defensive, less than useful comment of “That's the way LG TV's are made.”

(Maybe I was really chatting with 'Ask Jeeves', in his new gig ?) Audio from the PJ350's speakers is acceptable for a medium/small room (at 20 watts, they're loud enough, but have minimal bass, and seem to be aimed at the BACK of the set?), and there is an audio setting to enhance voices, but I plan to add a soundbar and a small powered subwoofer to complete our inexpensive home theater. And the LG “Infinite Sound” stereo wide feature was also disabled while connected with an HDMI cable. The included remote control is a bit awkward to use. The 'arrow' function buttons often need to be pressed more than once, due to their concave shape and slippery, hard plastic (not rubbery) feel. LG's menu seems logically laid out, and there are many options to adjust both video and audio settings.(Their “Picture Wizard” function helps adjust picture settings close to optimal. It gets close to where we like it to look, but your mileage may vary. I used it first, a
nd then set the TV to 'Standard' with the following levels: Energy Saving = minimum for daytime, medium at night, Contrast = 100, Bright = 50, Sharp = 40, Color = 34, Tint = 0, Color Temp = W20, Dynamic Contrast = low, Dynamic Color = low, Noise Reduction = medium, Gamma = medium, Black Level = low, Color Level = wide, Edge Enhancer = on.) The rectangular stand is, like the TV frame, a glossy piano black (fingerprint magnet). It feels sturdy, swivels left/right, and was relatively simple (four included screws) to attach to the TV. I'd rate this TV higher than four stars on the merits of its beautiful picture, attractively slim frame, and excellent value, yet don't feel it deserves five stars because of the closed captioning/audio glitch. If it turns out that HDMI causes similar problems with closed captioning on every brand of HDTV, then I'd gladly rate this LG five stars.

Clinton Douglas IV

Written by Clinton Douglas IV Copywriting is a career suitable for both the corporate and freelance worlds. So its an ideal resource for businesses – from start-ups to restaurants, local shops, professional service providers and real estate agents – to acquire the professional copywriting and editing they need. Hiring a freelance copywriter means you avoid hiring a permanent, full-time

employee, paying for benefits, office space, a computer and equipment. If youre looking for as-needed copy writing or editing work for your next brochure, press release, advertisement, annual report, website, business proposal, article, technical manual, newsletter or other written piece, heres are a few tips on finding the right one: * Look on freelance job boards like or Youll find hundreds of providers with varying credentials and backgrounds. Providers earn feedback for their services, so you can see exactly what other clients have said. * Check with any advertising or design agency. Typically these businesses either have copywriters on staff or work with freelancers on an as-needed basis. They should be able to recommend one or two.

* Expand your geographic view. Today, the Internet and email lets us work with service professionals at just about any locale. You might find a more qualified writer out of your geographic vicinity. * You get what you pay for. Sure, you can probably find a writer in India offering $5 per page for writing services. But keep in mind, you do get what you pay for. Check credentials, background and previous writing samples. You could be sacrificing quality content, native language word use and familiarity with the American culture for price. You can also find yourself in a costly lawsuit should you find later that your published piece is plagiarized. Realize youre hiring a service provider and, as such, paying for someones time. So, like a plumber, lawyer or attorney,

your responsible for payment whether or not you acquire the intended results. Review their previous writing samples carefully, ensure they have the background you need, then trust theyll do the right job for your business.

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Clinton Douglas IV, writes E-Business articles. In less than 7 Days you could have your own Highly Profitable Website. Visit his site now; Read the insider secrets to Building an Online Empire ==> Learn how to make fast online money by visiting: Copyright c 2007 All Rights Reserved Read More Articles From Clinton Douglas IV:

Copyright c 2010 Lisa Mazurka

Copyright c 2010 Lisa Mazurka Clinical Research Consulting, Inc. CRCI a contract research organization located in Boston, MA continues to attract pharmaceutical industry sponsors to its unique monitoring service model. Our model is unique and different from many CROs in the industry states Lisa Mazurka, CRCIs Founder and President. First, we hire and work with only the most seasoned clinical research professionals. We have a five year minimum experience requirement for all consultants working with our organization. This provides industry sponsors

with monitors who are not only highly experienced but also have a vast range of areas of indications that they have previously worked with. It makes our sponsors happy that they not only have seasoned professionals but experts in the field within the designated disease indication under research i.e., prostate cancer, COPD, Alzheimers disease, etc.. In addition, CRCIs model uses consultants versus full-time employees which has proven to be a better alternative for sponsors. One of the frequent complaints we receive from sponsors who are shopping for new CRO monitoring resources is the frequent turnover they have experienced with other CROs. This high turnover may be caused by two sources states Ms. Mazurka; The large CRO CRAs tend to be overburdened with a large amount of work and this leads to burnout and job dissatisfaction and/or recruiters tend to recruit CRAs from CROs for other industry positions. In addition, recent increase in turnover rates for CR
As at CROs has been a result of the current state of the economy. CROs are being forced to downsize as research projects are cut due to

lack of funding and financial resources. An article posted on the web by Fierce Biotech on April 22, 2009 noted that the economic crisis has now spread to CROs. Kendle International reported 2009 first quarter revenues far below the $121 million that Wall Street estimated 1. Further, the article notes that since the pharmaceutical/biotech industry does not normally have a lot of financial cushioning in its contracts and budgets, funding cuts go right to the bottom line forcing CROs to downsize their workforces to cut costs. Because CRCIs model is a consultant model, consultants are contracted and hired on an as needed basis. Consultants are also able to choose the projects that they find interesting and that fit into their current lifestyle part-time/full-time. Consultants do not experience the high burnout of full-time employees because they are able to balance their life and work responsibilities as they see fit. In addition, because they are consultants,
they are not recruited from job to job as employees and contribute to corporate turn over as is seen at other organizations. Our turn-over

rate has been less that 10% over the past 11 years, states Lisa Mazurka, president of CRCI. For this reason and the others discussed in this article, we have seen a recent increase in our business over the past few years and are becoming a fresh alternative for industry sponsors. References: 1. As R&D Spend Drops, CROs Face Tough Times, Fierce Biotech, April 22, 2009, M. Martino

Monitoring Model That is Beneficial to Industry Sponsors

Lisa Mazurka is Founder and President of Clinical Research Consulting, Inc. a niche Contract Research Organization CRO which provides clinical monitoring, project management, quality assurance and compliance QAC audits, education and training services to the clinical research industry. Ms. Mazurka has been instrumental in the development of CRCIs unique monitoring service model and continues to market the service as an alternative for the clinical research industry. Read More Articles From Lisa Mazurka:

High cholesterol is one

High cholesterol is one of the leading precursors to heart disease. And, research has shown that our diet and lifestyle, combined with our genetics determines whether we have healthy or unhealthy cholesterol levels. To keep your cholesterol levels in check and prevent heart disease, there are several measures you can take. The first is diet. Cholesterol in food comes from animal products. Meat, eggs and dairy products are all culprits. Reduce the amount of red meat you consume, replacing it with fish or chicken. Use low fat dairy products and reduce the number of egg yolks you eat, or use egg substitutes. Increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet and eat whole grains rather than refined products like white flour. The second is exercise. Be certain

to get at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. This will help you shed pounds if you need to, and will also help lower your serum cholesterol. Walking is a very good way to help get your daily dose of exercise. In addition to making lifestyle and diet changes, many people take supplements to help control their weight and cholesterol levels. There are many supplements available, but one of the best is something you likely have in your cupboard right now. Its tea particularly green tea. Asian cultures have consumed green tea in large quantities for centuries. And, throughout history they have had fewer problems with obesity and lower incidences of heart disease and many forms of cancer. Scientists are beginning to find a link between this high green tea consumption and better health. Much research has been performed on the ability of green tea to slow down the aging process and prevent illness. The magic potion in tea seems to be its
anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants, which are also found in fruits and vegetables, wine, cocoa and coffee, fight our bodies free radicals. Free radicals are created as a by product of our digestive process. Free radicals, left unchecked, damage our cells and DNA, leading to aging and disease. But, anti-oxidants combat anti-oxidants before they can hurt our bodies. This is why its so important to have anti-oxidants as part of your every day diet. All tea contains anti-oxidants, but green tea retains more of its anti-oxidants in their original, natural state because it goes through less processing

than other types of tea. In particular, green teas anti-oxidants have been shown to be effective at reducing cholesterol levels and helping with weight loss. Tea prevents the oxidation of LDL cholesterol into plaque, the hard substance that clogs our arteries, making us more susceptible to heart attacks and strokes. Studies have suggested that even if your LDL cholesterol level is high, drinking tea may prevent it from causing a problem. Tea is also thought to have an anti-inflammatory effect, which helps the heart in its overall function. In addition, green tea seems to have the ability to help patients lose weight. For overweight patients, losing weight usually means an automatic reduction in cholesterol levels. So, tea has a two fold effect for overweight patients with high cholesterol! In terms of weight loss, it appears that the combination of the anti-oxidants in green tea and the caffeine speeds up the metabolism and promotes the oxidat
ion of fat. Both of these attributes contribute to weight loss. In recent years, there have been several studies on green teas ability to speed weight loss. One of the most interesting studies was conducted by Osaka University in Japan. This study evaluated 98 men and 97 women, between the ages of 22 and 65. All subjects were healthy, though some were moderately overweight. The participants were divided into 3 groups. The first group received a placebo drink, the second group a green tea drink with a low dose of tea catechins anti-oxidants and the third group a green tea drink with a high

dose of tea catechins. The study was conducted over a 12 week period, during which time participants consumed their study beverage three times a day at meals. At the end of the twelve week period, participants who received the green tea beverages had lost weight and reduced their body fat and BMI, unlike the group who consumed the placebo drink. The group with the higher dosage of tea catechins reported more success than the low dose group. This study concludes the way countless others have in recent years: with the suggestion, at least, that drinking green tea can help you lose weight. And, losing weight can help you lower your cholesterol. In addition, other studies have shown that green tea may help lower cholesterol levels even in subjects who did not lose weight. So, drinking green tea may provide double the results for those patients seeking to lose weight and lower cholesterol levels. Adding green tea to your diet, along with making dietary
changes and getting the recommended amount of exercise each week may be all you need to get your cholesterol and your weight under control. *

Copyright c 2007-2010 Marcus Stout

Marcus Stout is President of the Golden Moon Tea Company. For more information about tea, green tea and black tea go to Read More Articles From Marcus Stout:

During a typical mold

During a typical mold investigation, one of our first steps is an interview the client to determine specific details in regards to any known mold problems, any health complaints, or any known changes or defects at the subject property that may have resulted in mold or moisture problems. Next, a comprehensive visual inspection is conducted of accessible areas of the Florida property, concentrating in areas of known mold problems, in areas where plumbing fixtures and AC units

exist and where condensation problems and moisture damage may exist. Usually inspections and testing takes us about 2 to 3 hours and around 5 to 10 air samples are taken on residential mold investigations, sometimes more and sometimes less. Most testing firms use Air-O Cells or Micro 5 spore traps, however, CyClex, Andersen and other impactor plates are also used. With these airborne spore testing devices at least one outdoor sample is taken as a control for comparison. Samples are used for measurement of spores per cubic meter of air and for identification of mold genus. Some mold testing firms take air samples from inside suspect walls. Direct samples of actual mold or moldy materials called bulk samples, or impression type samples of mold using simple clear tape or swabs are sometimes taken as well for identification of mold types. Such sampling methods lets the inspector know the type of mold growing on the surface that was sampled, b
ut this provide

less information in regards to your air quality. Because of high humidity in some area such as Florida, both indoor and outdoor readings of humidity are also commonly taken during mold testing. Temperature and dew point levels should also be monitored. A moisture meter should be used to measure moisture levels in representative building materials. Finally, after sample results are returned from the lab, your inspector will rely upon his or her knowledge of your specific buildings conditions, general building sciences, lab result interpretive skills, and interview information they obtained from you to draw conclusions regarding your mold problem. They should also come up with solutions to the problem as well. Information should be communicated to you in the form of a comprehensive and professional written report. Some examples of the type of information you should expect to find on your report are as follows: 1 The causes of
moisture or humidity

problems at your property. 2 Did toxic mold testing indicate airborne mold spore levels at your property to be higher than normal. 3 What should be done to professionally and safely correct the mold problem without causing the mold spores to be dispersed during cleanup.

Copyright c 2007-2010 Daryl Watters

Daryl Watters is president of A Accredited Mold Inspection Service, Inc. He provides home, mold, and indoor air quality investigations in South Florida. He is also the creator of MIR forms designed to aid inspectors in the production of computer generated indoor air quality and mold inspection reports. For more information visit: Read More Articles From Daryl Watters:

In recent years, new

In recent years, new emphasis has been placed on the therapeutic benefits of drinking tea. Of course, there are many different varieties of tea that a consumer can choose from. As a result, unless youve really studied the issue, you may not know one kind of tea from another. If youre in the dark about black tea, youre certainly not alone. A number of people are unfamiliar with this unique, soothing beverage. However, once you learn about black tea, you may be tempted to trade in your daily cup of java for a mug of tea. Lets take a closer look at what makes black tea so special. A Geography Lesson To truly understand the black tea phenomenon, you must first know a little geography. Black tea flourishes at high altitudes, such as those found

in the Himalayan Blue Mountains. Assam, which boasts more than 800 estates specifically geared toward the cultivation of tea, constitutes one of the worlds largest tea producers. This black tea can be mixed with African teas or Ceylon teas in order to produce English or Irish tea. This blending often occurs in European cities such as Hamburg or Amsterdam. However, unblended teas are also quite popular-such teas are known by the term single estate teas. The tea leaves are sorted, then go through natural fermentation. Through this oxidation process, the tea leaves change from green to black. The next step of the process involves the packaging of the tea, which is then given a brand name. In recent years, black tea has become the worlds most popular beverage, whether served hot or cold. The Phenomenal Effects of Black Tea One of the key reasons for the phenomenal popularity of black tea is its soothing nature. Anecdotally, tea drinkers have been sayi
ng for years that black tea can help calm unsteady nerves-but now theres scientific research to prove the point. Scientists at the University College London, in a study published in the journal Psychopharmacology, discovered that black tea can reduce the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone, in the bloodstream. The study showed that black tea-drinkers were able to cut their stress levels faster than individuals who consumed a tea substitute. The study examined 75 young men were divided into two groups and monitored for a period of six weeks. One group

drank a caffeinated tea mixture that was fruit-flavored and made up of the components found in black tea. The second group received a placebo that contained caffeine and that tasted like tea, but that did not actually contain tea. In addition, the two groups were subjected to stressful situations-the possibility of joblessness, an accusation of shoplifting, or a nursing home incident. Group members then had to prepare an oral response and state their case before a camera. As they were subjected to the stressful incident, researchers measured their cortisol, blood pressure, and blood platelet levels. The scientists found that these situations resulted in significant increases in blood pressure and heart rates for both groups. Nevertheless, nearly an hour after the situation had died down, the tea-drinkers experienced a nearly 50 percent drop in their cortisol levels. The group that had taken placebos saw only a 27 percent decrease in their cortisol cou
nt. The tea drinkers also reported being more relaxed than the non-tea drinkers did. As researcher Andrew Steptoe told the news media, Drinking tea has traditionally been associated with stress relief, and many people believe that drinking tea helps them relax after facing the stresses of everyday life… Although it does not appear to reduce the actual levels of stress we experience, tea does seem to have a greater effect in bringing stress hormone levels back to normal. Steptoe added, This has important health implications because slow recovery

following acute stress has been associated with a greater risk of chronic illnesses such as coronary heart disease. Meanwhile, according to a USDA study, consumption of black tea can lower bad cholesterol levels and can cut the incidence of heart disease for individuals who are at risk. In addition, a number of studies have indicated that consistent consumption of black tea can protect the body against numerous human cancers. Some Final Thoughts It would be wrong to call black tea a miracle cure. Drinking the beverage does not guarantee that an individual will be protected for life against serious illness. However, there is a vast amount of research to suggest that black tea has numerous therapeutic benefits for those who consume it regularly. Making black tea a habit can provide a protective effect against heart disease, cancer, and stress-related illness. As a result, you might consider giving black tea a try. There seem to be no significant
negative side-effects associated with drinking it, and theres plenty of evidence to suggest that it can be a healthy alternative to other beverages.

Copyright c 2007-2010 Marcus Stout

Marcus Stout is President of the Golden Moon Tea Company. For more information about tea, green tea and black tea go to Read More Articles From Marcus Stout:

The 2007 World Series

The 2007 World Series of Poker Main Event Day 1A held at the RIO casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on July 6th, marked the beginning of what has become known as the largest poker tournament on earth. Harrahs who owns the World Series of Poker WSOP decided to add another three days to the schedule on June 30th making it even bigger. Jack Effel who is the WSOP tournament director, stated that the extra days would help to provide a comfortable experience for all players who wish to enter. Comfort is appreciated given the $10,000 per person entry fee for this tournament. Now

Day 1 will be split up into four segments, Day 1A, 1B, 1C and now 1D with Day 2 split into 2A 1A + 1C and 2B 1C + 1D. Each segment will give the WSOP the capacity to handle 3000 players daily for a maximum total of 12,000 players. If this number is realized, then it will eclipse the 8,773 WSOP attendance record set last year for the 2006 Main Event. All players will be given $20,000 in chips to start with to play on levels lasting 120 minutes each. The goal for each player in the Amazon room is to last 6 levels a day and survive. The prize pool size, total number of entrants and payout schedule cant be accurately calculated until all phases of Day 1 are complete. But one fact is solid and that is all have their eyes fixed on a bracelet featuring 136 grams of 18-carat white gold set with 120 diamonds that will go to the champion of the Main Event. The money is not bad either as 2006 Main Event winner Jamie Gold received $12,000,000 USD for first place. Playi
ng in the Main Event is not as easy as what the world sees on ESPN and the World Poker Tour. In fact, less than 10 minutes after Day 1A began, the first bustout happened when

a player got pocket Aces, went all-in and had them cracked by someone else who had A K. Seated in todays field were a number of the games top professionals such as WPT announcer Mike Sexton, Amarillo Slim, Bobby The Owl Baldwin 1978 Main Event champion, Haralabos Voulgaris, Mark Vos, Ram Vaswani, David The Devilfish Ulliott, Dewey Tomko, Arnold Spee, John Spadavecchia, Doyle Brunson holder of 10 WSOP bracelets, Jose Rosenkrantz, Liz Lieu, Mel Judah, World Poker Tour champion Alan Goehring, Michael Mizrachi and Marcel Luske. And comedy relief was provided by Brad Garrett and Ray Romano from the Everybody loves Raymond television series. By 10:30 p.m., the official player count was released as 1,287 for Day 1A. This seemed to be quite a bit short of the record setting 2,138 entrants who came to the tables in 2006 on its Day 1A. As play continued, there were plenty of bad beat stories going around the Amazon room with more and more bustouts taking place. If
you were there, the most lengthy ones begin with, I had pocket Aces and…, accompanied with looks ranging from sad to angry. Some of the big names who are no longer in this tournament

round are Victor Ramdin, Blair Rodman, Jerri Thomas, Mickey Appleman, Perry Friedman, Michael Mizrachi, Gabe Thaler, Alan Smurfit, Johnny Chan and Doyle Brunson who were both looking for an 11th bracelet to tie Phil Hellmuth. Phil now holds the record for the most WSOP gold bracelets 11 of them and number of cashes 63 in total so far at time of this writing than any player on the face of the earth. Ray Romano was not able to outlast Brad Garrett at the tables and settled a $2,000 wager with Brad. Brad stated that the money will be donated to an agreed upon charity. The tournament round ended at 4:00 a.m which made for a long 16 hour day with 450 players that will move on to Day 2A.

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