Birthdays are a league of their own. If your child is a baseball fan, then it can be a perfect theme for his birthday party! Here are a few home run tips for organizing a baseball-themed event you both will surely love.

•Start off by giving out creative invitation cards. They come in many interesting designs and shout-outs. They can come in any shape associated with baseball. Sample wordings can be:

- (Name) is sliding into home base for his 13th birthday!

- Draft Pick for (Name)’s 8th birthday.

- It’s (Name)’s First Pitch!

- Let’s play ball for (Nam)’s 7th birthday!

•When you send out invitations, request your guests to dress up for the theme. They can come in baseball jerseys, wear the team colors, put on caps, or wear pins. Dressing up for the part will make the party even more baseball-spirited.

•Decorate indoor walls with a birthday banner and pin towels lined up with baseball pins. This is one of the best times to showcase your child’s collection if he has one.

baseball pins•If you are holding it outdoors, welcome guests to the party by with streamers or banners that have the logo of your child’s favorite team or the team mascot, and of course a birthday greeting to the celebrant.

•Whether you are using an indoor or outdoor venue, red and white balloons can really liven up the place.

•You can prepare goodie bags that include baseball clapsticks or maracas that are shaped like baseballs, key rings, blinking magnets and baseball beads. Throw in baseball pins, a baseball stress ball and a water bottle to make it a more memorable take-away gift.

•Food is most important in any party but you really don't have to over-think the menu for a baseball-themed birthday. Serve light snacks such hotdogs, nachos and other finger foods. You can place soda bottles in mini coolers and the guests can just dig in and get their drinks. Prepare small bags of peanuts, popcorn and cracker jacks, lining them up in tables. Serve a variety of chips and dips in colorful platters. Sugar cookies and chocolate cookies are a sure delight.

•Minimize your need for centerpieces or table decors. You can line up baseball pins in the center of the table. Or have a really big baseball candy or gum machine.

•It won't be overkill if you spruce up your party table with baseball-themed tableware, especially if it is a children's party. You can get paper plates, bowls, cups, spoon and fork, napkins and table cloths that have baseball designs.

•Don't forget the cake! It’s always fun to have the celebrant blow his candles and make a wish after everyone sings “Happy Birthday!” You can have it as big and intricate as you want, like a stadium, or as small and simple like a baseball. You can have the birthday candle in the shape of a bat.

•You can also have cupcakes that have baseball-themed toppers like bats, mitts, helmets and assorted baseball pins.

•Children’s birthday parties should always have games. Baseball piñata equals big fun! Another equally exciting game that guests can play is wiffle ball. Younger guests can do a baseball spoon relay and Pin the Glove (much like Pin the Tail on the Donkey). Give out prizes to the winners.

•Don’t forget to send out thank you cards. They can say, “We’re glad you made it to our homerun party!”.

•Let guests bring home the ball game with baseball pins! They make good party favors. Children can add it to their collections, or trade it for another pin during season. Who knows, you may inspire a child to begin his own trading pin collection with your simple party keepsake.

Rubber wristbands might look old fashioned these days, considering that the current trend in style doesn’t favor them. However, no one can deny that their usage is still widely relevant even outside the fashion world. Some of the uses are business oriented; others are for more personal reasons. Whatever that reason may be, it is safe to say that rubber wristbands are not only used to look stylish anymore. Listed below are some common uses of the accessory.

•Promotional Giveaway – Small and Medium Size Companies these days are always looking for the most budget-friendly ways to promote their business, from simply handing out flyers to holding out a gathering in a public place. However, to make a lasting impression, they are also in search for physical items that would leave a mark on their clients that will still not blow their budget off. Simple yet attractively looking giveaways, such as rubber wristbands, could give that impression that these business establishments want their target customers to remember them.

rubber wristbands•Secondary proof of Identification – Ever heard a story from a friend that they have an event to attend but they’ve lost their Identification Cards while going there? It’s a terrifying thought but, when they continue their story, it was revealed that they are saved by wearing rubber wristband of their company or organization. Yes, these stories do exist and it is a cheap way of verifying a person’s identity in case of lost ID’s, if these items are legitimately used to confirm if the person is connected to their establishment.

•Souvenir Items – In most special occasions, guests are given a memorabilia to take home. This serves as a thank you gift for their attendance in that particular event. This item is usually given as a souvenir in casual or cause oriented gatherings such as Walkathons, Charity Concerts and fundraisings.

•Sign of Support to an individual or cause – This is used by people who goes to an event where the cause he or she is fighting for is emphasized. These items can also be used to show support to a certain individuals on their functions and gatherings.

•Remembrance of a Special Event in someone’s life – A typical way to reminisce a point in your life is to look for things that could be associated to that moment. Some groups of people even go to lengths in making those kinds of day very special by ordering specially designed bands that have an inscription of their common ground. They personalize it to have those special moments (such as Graduation or Anniversary) immortalized.

•Substitute Cord in cases of emergencies – In times of great trouble such as earthquakes and other kinds of catastrophe, people often find themselves (or those around them) injured with no means to give them first aid due to the lack of immediate resources needed to treat them. More troubling is that most of those cases involve tying up a victim to prevent him or her from taking any more damage. Rubber wristbands can be cut to become cords, which you can use to tie up the injured area of the victim and stop any kind of additional complications in his or her current condition.

There’s always more than meets the eye for everything a person can see. Even a fancy looking rubber wristband is no exception to that and each thing that a person owns should be able to have more than one use to it. This is how people should utilize their resources, and fashion accessories like wristbands are no exception. Of course, people shouldn’t merely remember and try these uses of wristbands; they should discover other interesting applications as well.

Lanyards are a popular accessory nowadays. Apart from being able to adapt themselves to a variety of looks, lanyards are also great marketing materials. With their long, wide straps offering great visibility for any logo or brand name (along with their many and varied uses), this comes as no surprise.

There is a great selection of opportunities where lanyards can be used, Schools and corporations prize custom logo lanyards for their contribution to uniformity. Charitable organizations and prominent brands rely on the high visibility that lanyards give their trademark logos. Concert and athletic event organizers use lanyards for security purposes, as well as a means of quick identification for event participants.

Still, to get the maximum benefits out of logo lanyards, there are some considerations to be made. Since not all lanyards are made the same way (i.e., with some having more visible and noticeable logos than others), clients who commission lanyards for their brand or company might benefit from observing the following tips:

Choose the right fabric or material for the lanyard.

Logo Lanyardso Logo lanyards that are made of cotton or polyester fabrics are usually the best option. Cotton or polyester absorb and retain the ink from the silkscreen-printing process better than plastic or vinyl does. This means that company or school logos generally show up better on cotton or polyester lanyards, and are more likely to retain their shape and detail as compared to logos that are printed on plastic or vinyl lanyards.

o Another bonus for cotton or polyester lanyards is that the client can choose from a wider array of logo imprinting methods, such as silkscreen-printing, embossing, or weaving.

• Choose the best method for imprinting the logo onto the lanyards.

o The most common method for customizing lanyards is silkscreen printing, which involves using a mesh fabric and a stencil to paint a design onto the lanyard fabric. This method is great for intricate logos since the stencils used in the silkscreen process are patterned after the actual logo.

o One drawback of the silkscreen process is that the print can fade over time, especially if the lanyard is regularly exposed to harsh elements such (e.g., extreme weather). Also, certain details of the company logo, especially the more intricate ones, can be rubbed off the lanyard fabric in case the wearer includes the lanyard in the laundry.

o For companies that want heavy-duty and durable logo lanyards, the best option is to go for a woven lanyard. Woven lanyards are made by weaving the threads of the lanyard material so that they form the company logo or trademark. Since the logo or trademark in this case is practically built in to the actual lanyard as opposed to it being printed, it is less likely to chip off or fade.

o Another durable alternative to silkscreen printing is embroidery. As with woven lanyards, colored threads rather than ink are used in the logo imprinting process. The difference, however, lies in the fact that the company logo is stitched onto the lanyard fabric so the design is on top of the fabric (as compared to woven lanyards where the design is part of the actual fabric).

If possible, choose a simple logo for the process or simplify the existing one.

o While woven and embroidered lanyards are the most durable option, they are not always the most appropriate. Companies that have complicated logos (i.e., those with highly-detailed symbols or fonts on their logos) are usually discouraged from choosing the woven or embroidered option since it is very difficult for weaving or embroidery machines to replicate such intricate detail on a much smaller scale.

 

You see it around nearly everywhere. Students and employees are required to wear them. You’ve probably owned at least one in your lifetime.

Lanyards.

A lanyard is a long piece of material, usually in the form of a rope or cord, which can be worn around the neck, shoulder, or wrist to carry an object. One of the most common types you see today is the badge lanyards. These are used to hold identification cards (ICs or ID cards). But do you know where they came from?

First, it was a strap.

According to the Random House Dictionary, the word “lanyard” originated from 15th century France. At this time, the word “lanière” was used to denote a strap or thong. Originally, lanyards were used to tighten and lash ship riggings.

Then, it was something like a stapler: it attached two things semi-permanently.

Badge LanyardsLater on, the word evolved to mean something which connects a pistol, whistle, or sword almost permanently to a uniform. Lanyards were often used in situations where individuals would be likely to lose objects, such as in the cavalry and in the navy.

Well-made pistol lanyards were those that could be easily removed and reattached by the user, but must stay in place while the pistol is being drawn or still in the holster.

Then, it was something that just looked cool.

There was a time when lanyards were used more for their aesthetic appeal than functional use. Variously colored and braided lanyards were used by military officers as indications of their regimental affiliation and rank.

Best of all, they developed a dual purpose.

Mounted regiments wore their lanyards on the left shoulder, which allowed them to pull their whistles from their left tunic pocket and communicate with other members of the regiment. British Royal Artillery members also wore lanyards which carried keys for adjusting explosive shell fuses.

Today, it’s diverged.

Lanyards today come in many types, forms, sizes, and materials. These variations often depend on the end-purpose of the consumer. Common lanyards are made from nylon, polyester, paracord, silk, braided leather, or polyethylene terephthalate (PET).

Lanyards can still be worn as ornamental devices: the Orange Lanyard of the Dutch Military Order and the German Armed Forces Badge of Marksmanship are examples of these. Lanyards can also be used to carry electronic devices, such as cameras, cellular phones, or data sticks (USB devices). Some safety straps found on industrial cutting machines are actually lanyards. And do you know that strap that keeps linemen from falling? Yes, you guessed it. Those are lineman lanyards.

And the badge lanyards?

These are probably the most common, and most known, lanyards used today. Badge lanyards are often used to display ID cards or name badges both for formal institutions like work, prison, hospitals, and schools, and for public gatherings, like symposia, concerts, trade fairs, and conventions. They are often made from tough material that’s either flat and thick, or thin and braided.

Usually, a plastic pouch with at least one clear side is attached to the lanyard. The ID or name badge is inserted into this plastic pouch, with the person’s name (and often, picture) facing the front. Sometimes, small items like business cards can be hidden behind the ID for easy retrieval. Accessories can also be added to lanyards for easy attachment of pens or tools. Oftentimes, lanyards are also used like key chains, especially in situations where keys can be easily lost. This includes gyms, public pools, and communal showers.

Lanyards can be customized with the addition of a company name and/or logo of the company, event, or organization. Because of this feature, badge lanyards can actually be cool marketing options and identifiers today.

There are divided views on the use of MK-2866 (Ostarine) in the bodybuilding community. So, to help out those who are still troubled, here’s a comprehensive look at the good and bad points of the supplement.

On Suppression

One of the biggest views that revolve around Ostarine use is that it is said to be suppressive. The supplement has been around for a few years, and since its launch there hasn’t been much change. The bottom line is this: Yes, it can be suppressive, but only if it used in the wrong doses. At the right dosages, it can be quite effective. A common application of Ostarine is during PCT, which some users claim isn’t as effective as they’d hope. To get fuller recovery, simply use Ostarine with a usual PCT stack.

Why Use MK-2866

When it gets down to it, the body becomes highly catabolic at the end of a steroid cycle, which means it experiences extremely high levels of cortisol and low levels of IGF. These can result to muscle loss – which is the exact opposite of what users look for in steroids. With mk-2866, immediate catabolic activity is prevented and the person is given adequate leg room for recovery to avoid this muscle loss.

What to Expect

The supplement was originally intended to help in the muscle wasting symptoms of people combatting chronic and genetic medical conditions, including AIDS and cancer. It wasn’t long before its metabolic advantages were introduced to the bodybuilding community, where it has been used for years as a means of aiding in muscle gain – and in some cases, fat loss and weight management.

People are unique, and so are their bodies’ ways of reacting to certain supplements. Collectively, the following are the average findings with the use of MK-2866:

• Ostarine is more potent than other SARMs in terms of promoting lean muscle gain. It has a longer half-life and does not create the side effects found in steroid use.

• During the first three weeks of use (at 10mg per day), there will be around three pounds of mass increase. The user can expect round and full muscles, as well as improved strength. There is no bloating or side effects. Most of the gained weight is due to retention of glycogen.

• At the fourth week of use (at 15mg per day), there will be an extra two pounds gained. There are no side effects. Unlike other SARMs, there is neither an increase nor decrease in libido.

• At the fifth week of use (at 25mg per day) and onwards, there will be around two pounds of gain per week, including fat loss. There is no androgen activity, which means no steroid-like side effects will be experienced.

• After three months (a full cycle), blood work has shown slight suppression and a subtle increase in estrogen levels – still not enough to create unwanted side effects. Instead, excellent muscle building and repair is noticeable. Fat loss will be profound at this point.

These are based on the experiences of bodybuilders who used the supplement for five weeks or longer at the mentioned dosages. For those interested in going on a full cycle with SARMs, it is recommended to document the BMI (body mass index) along with other measurements before, during, and after completion to correctly assess the effects.

Conclusion

Despite what literature says, 25mg per day is a good daily dose during PCT to experience proper recovery and maintain muscle gains. Going over this amount can cause suppression. It is helpful to ask around in bodybuilding forums or from fitness experts about the supplement before giving in to conclusions.

Challenge coins are part of a proud tradition started by the military decades ago. These custom coins carry great significance to the one bearing them; they symbolize recognition as much as medals and awards do. A challenge coin is usually awarded by a high-ranking officer to members of the military as a sign of acknowledgment and appreciation to the services they have rendered for the country and the achievements they have earned during that time. That tradition is still being carried up to the present time, with the challenge coin still bearing the mark of brotherhood as well as unit identity.

While the challenge coin tradition has been around for a very long time, no one can really verify its definite origin. A lot of stories have lived and survived with it though, successfully making its way in today’s generation. One of the most known tales about these custom coins revolves around a World War I pilot.

custom coinsThe story begun with the pilot being given by his lieutenant a medallion specifically minted for their air squadron. Shortly after that happened, the plane he was flying malfunctioned, leading him to crash behind enemy lines. The pilot was then captured by German soldiers and stripped off all identification, leaving him his squad medallion as his sole possession. Afterwards, he was taken to a French town where an attack happened; this gave him the opportunity to escape.

After days of tactically avoiding all German patrols, he was able to successfully reach the front lines. His difficult journey continued as he crossed No-Man’s Land until finally, he was found by a French outpost. Unfortunately, without any personal identification, the French base assumed he was a German spy and immediately decided to have him executed. As luck would have it, one member of the garrison recognized the crest on his medallion, delaying the execution long enough for them to properly discover his identity as a member of the United States air squadron. He was then sent back home.

Quite a story, isn’t it? Who would have thought that these custom coins, which were designed for recognition, led to a pilot successfully getting back home because he was, in a very literal sense, “recognized” as a member of the United States flight squad?

The pilot’s triumphant journey back home led to the military’s decision of making challenge coins compulsory for its unit members.

The popularity of the challenge coins grew even more as the Vietnam War began. The different units of the military eventually decided to have their own challenge coins minted with their respective unit’s emblems to express their unity and brotherhood. This act became one of the motivations that built each military unit’s camaraderie time and again.

More than a token of brotherhood and service, these custom coins have developed other purposes as well, varying from being rewards (for special military services) to being gifts presented to foreign diplomats.

Now, challenge coins remain as a soldier’s symbol of pride as a member of an elite group from all levels of its chain of command. It is still compulsory for members of the military to carry their challenge coins up to now.

These custom coins have also reached far beyond the military side, as companies and sports teams have begun using them as souvenirs, giveaways, and incentives to commemorate an individual’s participation in an event or to recognize exemplary performance as a member of a particular organization. One thing is for sure though, even if nobody can verify the authenticity of the United States Pilot story, the survival of the challenge coin is just proof that some things can actually last forever.

eye doctorRoutine eye check-ups are vital in ensuring that your eyes are always at their best state. Whether it is quarterly, biannually, annually, or every 10 years, you should not skip out on your scheduled appointments with your Fairhope eye doctor.

However, while it is important to go to all your scheduled check-ups, you shouldn’t limit your visits to those check-ups alone. Your vision may change anytime, that’s why it’s important to be vigilant when it comes to eye care. The following are some of the telltale signs hinting that you need to take a trip to the eye clinic.

1. Trouble seeing distant or close objects: This is a classic sign of eye problems and is indicative of either nearsightedness or farsightedness. If you often find the need to sit closer to the TV, or if you find that you need to move the phone farther from you to read a text, then you’re in need for an eye check-up. Though nearsightedness and farsightedness are fairly common eye problems, they are not to be ignored. Moreover, there’s a chance that your condition is not as simple as you think.

2. Eye strain: If you notice that your eyes are often tired and dry, it’s best to have them checked by your doctor. Frequent eye fatigue is a sign of declining eye health. You may need to take some supplements and use lubricating eye drops as prescribed by your eye doctor. However, if you find that you only experience eye fatigue after hours of working in front of the computer, then there’s nothing you should worry about. Sudden and frequent eye strain is the one you should watch out for.

3. Swollen eyes: If you woke up with your one or both of your eyes itchy and swollen red, then it’s probably infected. But to make sure it wasn’t merely irritated, observe if the swelling goes down in a day. You may also use eye drops to provide relief. However, if the swelling continues and is accompanied by discharge, you will need to visit your Fairhope eye doctor.

4. Visual disturbances: A sudden appearance of visual disturbances may be a sign of problems in the retina. Common visual disturbances include halos, partial vision loss, sight obstruction, and floaters. If you experience any one of these signs, it’s imperative that you go to an eye clinic as soon as possible. Retinal damage is treated as a medical emergency, and it must be attended to at once by an eye care professional.

5. Frequent headaches: Do you notice yourself having headaches on a regular basis? Headaches are early signs of vision changes and eye fatigue. Your vision can change any minute, and the changes are usually imperceptible to the human eye until it gets more serious. Commonly, the earliest symptom is recurring headaches. If you start to experience headaches often, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with your Fairhope eye doctor.

6. Problem focusing: We’ve all experienced having trouble focusing on distant objects after reading a book or staring at the computer screen for a long time. That is perfectly normal. However, if you find yourself having difficulty in focusing all of the sudden, you may want to have your eyes checked by your Fairhope eye doctor. Focusing difficulties may be indicative of refractive problems, which could get serious if left untreated.

For a majority of people, the sense of sight is the most useful and priceless of all the five senses. It gives us the ability to see and appreciate the beauty of the world. It is thus important that you take care of your eyes to the best of your ability. Don’t abuse your vision and pay attention to the signs and symptoms of eye problems. Once you feel that something is wrong with your eyes, don’t hesitate to contact your Fairhope eye doctor. After all, it’s your vision that’s at stake.

Iron on patches comes in different forms and styles depending on what the customers are looking for and most importantly the need for it. It will be helpful to identity the type of garment wherein the patch will be attached on. Some of the garments might be damaged ones the high temperature home iron is pressed against it. In other case, it can be the other way, wherein patches can ruin the clothes.

Knowing the intention or purpose of the owner firsthand before getting the desired patch should also be determined. He might go for a classy, stylish look or trendy approach. Not all people will favour fancy looking patches, so putting their preferences in consideration is also important.

Patches used by organizations or institutions sometimes have intricate designs that needs to be captured in details. This is critical for them since distinctiveness is at stake if this is not clearly seen onto their products or collaterals. A different style of patch should be used to achieve what is desired.

For example, the most common iron on patches that can be bought in stores has discreet colors or it will come with countless shapes and sizes primarily used in mending torn clothes. Obviously, the patch wouldn’t be too visible and its color will just blend to that of the clothes. If a person’s goal is to simply cover the damage area then, it will be significant to search for a patch with similar color to the clothes. Simple solution and yet still offers efficiency and fast-results.

Iron on patchesAnother is the printable transfer, this iron on patches are more common for purses, t-shirts or tote bags. Designs are created with the use of computer software; once the designs have been selected and finalized this will be printed in a transfer paper. Printed side of the paper will be facing the shirt leaving the back side on top wherein we can start pressing it with an iron.

It will be advisable to use solid and dark colors for printable transfers. If not, light colors will appear clear on a white colored shirt. Printers assume white colors as the background color of the paper so no ink was actually printed.

This type can be of great start for a small business, a simple gift idea for a friend or even for personal use. They can customize the designs depending on the occasion. The only foundation is creativity and endless imagination.

If you aim for a distinct kind of patch, it will be best to use embroidery iron on patches. It is commonly seen onto the apparels of private and government organizations. Primarily, they can be easily identified among others. Colleges and universities are also using these for their uniform logos. As seen, designs are very detailed and clear because it has been sewn. If they plan to create their own embroidered patch, then a machine for these should be used. They are also computer based machines that can create embroidery materials.

Just like the others, this can be modified as specified by the customers. A wide variety of choices are available from funny characters all the way to famous sayings. This can be easily applied as well in shirts or denims just by using home iron.

Personalized items are really popular these days. The use of patches became a means for this. There are several iron on patches that people could choose at and use for whatever reasons that they have. They just have to make sure that the patches to be placed are dress appropriate, timely suited to the person wearing it and will serve its purpose above all.

The marketing teams of world-renowned motivational speakers play a crucial role in their success. They work before and after a speaking engagement, and do damage control when necessary.

Those who are just starting to establish themselves as motivational speakers might find themselves doing everything, from the marketing to coordinating to the actual speaking engagement. If you are one of them, are you prepared?

These are nine ways to promote yourself as a motivational speaker.

1. Get a representative.

A speaker who hard-sells himself might appear desperate for some. Because you are selling yourself, you cannot over-patronize yourself as others will question your credibility. After all, a good motivational speaker will have other people do the referral on his behalf.

To appear professional, get a representative and let him do the proposals, presentations and meetings.

2. Put up a website.

motivational speakersAll your competitors have their own websites by now, many of them already appearing in the first five or 10 pages of Google, Yahoo and Bing. This is their way of reaching out to more people who cannot attend their speaking engagements and those who still have questions that can no longer be accommodated in actual events.

People will want to know more about you, so offer them valuable information through your website.

3. Publish a book or eBook.

Before the era of eBooks, publishing a book was only reserved to the already-established motivational speakers who are guaranteed with paying followers. However, in this generation, everyone can already afford to purchase an eBook (or just publish it for free). Having your own book adds extra points to your credibility and authority in your line of specialty.

Doesn’t having a book under your name make you look big-time like Stephen Covey and Zig Ziglar?

4. Join forums and seminars.

People with common interests organize and attend forums meant to share their knowledge and experiences. You can join these events and offer free advice for everyone to hear in the discussion. Next time, the organizers might invite you and this time, with pay.

5. Volunteer in various profit and non-profit organizations.

Different organizations have their own training sessions, whether it is for personality development or efficiency improvement. Holding such events allows them to build better communications and camaraderie within the organization. However, not all of them have in-house trainers and speakers. This is where you become valuable.

Send proposals to them and let them know that you are offering your service (initially) as a volunteer.

6. Join membership groups and speakers bureaus.

Joining membership groups allows you to penetrate a specific market by being one of them, while joining speakers bureaus introduces you to other speakers who might help you build connection and improve your craft. Normally, speakers bureaus also offer marketing assistance to their members, so why not take advantage of it?

7. Publish printed materials.

Printed marketing materials still work, but instead of distributing them to people by yourself, it might be wiser to just distribute them to relevant offices and organizations for their members to see. For instance, you might want to leave copies in guidance offices, front desks and speakers bureaus.

8. Send proposals to seminars, conferences and conventions.

Research for scheduled seminars, conferences and conventions, and send proposals to take part on them. You can volunteer to become one of the main motivational speakers, moderators or consultants. If that is not possible, ask if you can set up a booth or desk in the event where you can offer free consultations (remember that you are there to promote yourself rather than do actual business).

9. Set up social media accounts.

Most importantly, have your presence felt across the social media because that is where real discussions and interactions happen. Social media gives you the chance to start discussions and offer your service to people for free or premium.

Post videos of your speaking engagements on Youtube and Facebook, and create additional consultation videos. Also update your followers, so your presence will be consistent.

People nowadays are paranoid when it comes their health. Everything from GMO products, cancer agents, conventionally-produced-and-pesticide-bathe crops, electromagnetic radiation, UV radiation to soy products and pastries are bad. Hell, eating anything today or just enjoying the outdoors is bad!

What you have to remember is that everyday we are exposed to thousands of substances that are bad for our health and to try to avoid those substances is futile. The body is actually fairly equipped to take on these substances (we did not become one of the most successful species to evolve on earth for nothing). If you really want to stay healthy, then make your body and your immune system stronger by exercising and eating healthily so your body is at its prime to take on the “bad world” that we live in.

This puts us at the issue of using storage containers for a variety of purposes and the health concerns associated to their use. The following are some health concerns raised by some people in response to the widespread container building revolution:

storage containersFumigation – This process requires bombarding the wooden flooring and wooden crates inside storage containers with potent chemicals that act as pesticides and fungicides to ensure that only the cargo are unloaded into the destination without the risk of spreading pests and diseases. Health concerns regarding these substances are becoming a major issue especially for those who are planning to call a storage container home. Now let us get two facts straight:

•Not all containers are treated with chemicals – Only around 15% of containers contain dangerous levels of chemicals for humans and of that, only 0.5% presents immediate risks to personnel who will directly handle cargo. It is worthy to note that for people to develop diseases, chronic and frequent exposure to the chemicals must happen first. Now, numbers and percentages do not matter if you are unfortunate enough to buy or rent a storage container from that 15%. What will you do now?

•Containers with dangerous chemicals can be treated to remove dangerous chemicals – Treatments to decontaminate storage containers exist, though these will cost some money. However, the overall cost of building, for example, a house or office using a container will still be cheaper than building a conventional house. Some use epoxy coating to cover decontaminated surfaces for extra “security” against toxic fumes.

Harmful chemicals from cargo – Benzene and Toluene from adhesives used in the cargo and other chemical emissions from freshly-produced factory goods can build up inside storage containers. The health risks associated from these chemicals are less than fumigants but nevertheless, still significant. This is remedied by simply facilitating ventilation to remove or reduce the chemical hazards.

Paints used to protect the container – To make storage containers resistant enough to survive sea transport, it is best to use paints that are lead-based or have chromate and phosphorus. To eliminate the health hazards these paints produce, removal is recommended. Some removal methods range from sanding (hand or powered), wire brushing to heat stripping. It is important to wear the necessary gear and observe the safety precautions when removing the paint. Some people even measure the lead levels before they paint it again with the desired hazard-free paint.

Electro-magnetic fields (EMF) – The theory behind this is that because you are enclosed in a metal box, EMFs will be propagated more and thus may cause harm for you. The truth is, we are exposed everyday to low-levels of electro-magnetic fields (any electronic device generates low-level EMFs) so this is not new. Although exposure to high-levels of electromagnetic field can have adverse effects, there is currently no evidence to suggest that low-level EMFs can affect health.

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