Myths and Truths About Allergies

These came in an email today from Robin Wilson Home and are a God-send given the time of the year.  Personally, my allergies are going absolutely crazy.  Maybe you can gleen something from these.

Myth: Vitamin C is beneficial for allergy sufferers

Truth: High levels of vitamin C can lower levels of histamine in the body, but beware: Fruit is not your friend. Many of our favorite fruits, from apples and bananas to peaches and plums, can cause symptoms similar to grass or tree pollen reactions. If you are sensitive, place the fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds to deactivate the proteins, and never eat the peel.

Myth: A hypoallergenic dog won’t aggravate my allergies

Truth: There’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog. Poodles, Labradoodles and Yorkshire terriers are all considered hypoallergenic because they don’t shed hair, but there’s no scientific proof that these breeds produce lower amounts of Can f 1, the most common dog allergen. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after playing with an animal.

Myth: Dust free equals allergy free

Truth: In general, the old saying “Cleanliness is next to godliness” is true. However, a little exposure to dirt and germs is actually a good thing, because it strengthens the immune system.

Myth: Shower often

Truth: Allergy sufferers are told to shower often to remove pollen and pet dander from their bodies. But beware of that shower curtain! The phthalate chemicals in vinyl shower curtains off-gas and poison the air with humidity and heat, and also attract mold and mildew. Always use a nylon shower curtain liner.

Myth: A pillowcase is enough to protect me from dust mites

Truth: If your pillow is more than three years old and has never been washed, it weighs more now than when you bought it. It’s loaded with dust mites that are next to your face while you sleep. Use hypoallergenic pillows over down pillows, and use a zippered pillow protector that you wash weekly for a double barrier. Wash your pillow twice a year and replace pillows every three years.

Myth: Air fresheners will clean the air

Truth: Air fresheners are full of chemicals like formaldehyde, petroleum distillates, limonene, esters and alcohols. Use a soy candle as an option that contains essential oils and no perfumes, as it will burn cleaner. Or try a hypoallergenic spray such as Endust which is certified by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.

Shakespeare’s Changeling

Acclaimed controversial novel explores the best-kept secret of the Elizabethan age – Shakespeare – the irony of a creative genius forced to hide behind the identity of another.

In her novel Shakespeare’s Changeling: A Fault Against the Dead, Syril Levin Kline reveals a two hundred-year-old controversy cloaked in a four hundred-year-old mystery.

This fast-moving page-turner begins in 1616. Writer Ben Jonson has just been charged by the Earls of Pembroke and Montgomery to edit a folio of Shakespeare plays that will be published as a tribute to the Countess of Montgomery’s deceased father, the 17th Earl of Oxford. Racing against time to find the missing manuscripts, Jonson’s mission turns dangerous when he hears the deathbed confession of the bedridden William Shaxper of Stratford.

The Earl of Oxford, jousting champion, court poet, and recognized writer and producer of court masques, has been compelled by Queen Elizabeth – his former lover – to keep his identity secret while writing history plays for the public theaters, broadcasting England’s need to levy taxes and build a navy to defend against attacks by the Spanish Armada.

Of necessity, Shaxper becomes Oxford’s impostor, a role made easy because the men are distant kinsmen. Oxford needs a front man to deliver the plays, and Shaxper, new in London, is seeking work as an actor, since public entertainment is the newest Elizabethan craze. Oxford and Shaxper find themselves locked in a symbiotic relationship necessary for both men to play their parts in writing and delivering propaganda plays in a time of war.

This is only one layer of secrecy cloaking this centuries-old conspiracy of silence about the mysterious Shakespeare pseudonym, explains Kline. There are many more.

Oxford and the Queen share numerous dark secrets that could be exposed if Oxford’s authorship were known, including the identity of their secret son, who is unaware of his true parentage and could have inherited England’s throne – if he had not tried to take it by force.

In her novel, Kline, like Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, Charles Dickens and many other writers, calls into question everything we thought we knew about the Bard. Readers will see Shakespeare in a new light.

Kline comments, “For two hundred years, many illustrious and well educated people have been unable to associate the grain merchant from Stratford with the ingenious authorship of the Shakespeare canon. By identifying the Earl of Oxford as the true author of the world’s greatest plays, we show that writers create within the context of their experience, and that the result is a uniquely individual perspective.”

“Kline keeps the pages turning…The result is a thoroughly researched, convincing interpretation of one of the major theories of Shakespeare authorship that is likely to keep readers engaged…a lively interpretation that will win Oxfordian approval and may even convince Stratfordians to suspend disbelief and enjoy it.” ~ Kirkus Reviews

Shakespeares Changeling“The past fifteen years have brought an avalanche of credible new evidence that the Earl of Oxford – a dazzling Renaissance man in all senses of the phrase – played a key role in writing the poems and plays attributed to the actor Will Shakespeare. Following on the scholarship of Joseph Sobran (Alias Shakespeare, 1997) and Bertram Fields (Players, 2005), we now have valuable new contributions to the authorship conundrum from Syril and Peter Kline, in fiction and nonfiction respectively. We are all in their debt.” ~ Knight Kiplinger, financial journalist, Washington, D.C.

Author: Syril Levin Kline is an educator, journalist, theater director, and performer who believes that challenging academic orthodoxy can lead to new insights and discoveries that enhance all fields of learning. She has two independent sons, two dependent cats, and lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband Peter, author of The Shakespeare Mysteries. She proudly claims Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, as her own distant kinsman.

Unholy Alliance: A History of the Nazi Involvement With the Occult

Just how linked were the Nazi’s and Adolf Hitler to the Occult?

One book dares to ask and answer that question.  With a forward by Norman Mailer, this engagingly written book is a comprehensive but popular history of the occult background and roots of the Nazi movement, showing how the ideas of a vast international network of late 19th- and early 20th century occult groups influenced Nazi ideology, from Madame Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley to the Thule Gesellschaft, the Order of the Golden Dawn, the Order of the Eastern Temple, and the pseudoscientific expeditions to Iceland and Tibet of the Ancestral Heritage Research and Teaching Society.

Nazi appropriation of the occult was a strange mixture of astrology, freemasonry, racism rooted in occultism, and popular European folklore.

This is a must read for any historian or anyone who wants to know the truth of the Nazi’s and their occult under pinning.

Unholy Alliance: A History of the Nazi Involvement With the Occult

What is an App Magazine

I’ve talked a lot about apps today, both for the Android and for the iPhone, but I had to pause for a moment and think about what exactly some people may think Apps are.

So what are Apps?  The simple answer is that they are tiny little programs that make your smart phone do some pretty cool stuff besides making phone calls and sending a text.  Apps can be as simple as tools to take photos all the way to Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Receivers to tell you where in the world you are.

It was in exploring the question of Apps when I stumbled across an App to help explain what Apps are.  What I found was a App magazine called, intuitively enough, What Are Apps which is a one month free magazine that provides new App users a host of device insight and how to’s on the many “great possibilities of Apps.”

It’s new, and I imagine with time the device magazine will grow to have a vast collection of insights and opinion about the platform.

So, the next time you have a question about an App, look no further than the iPad Newsstand Apps, they have a What is an App for that.

Postcard memories

I was just on a trip to the San Francisco Bay and I think I took close to 1000 photos on my iPhone.

You know how it goes, you take a billion photos and then have to figure out which ones go on Facebook, which go out to friends in email, which hit the trash can (that 2am photo of the round of shots) and which are worthy of being printed.

Usually, when I get to the ‘worthy of being printed’ phase, I look at my old inket printer and question the value to worth of using half a print cartridge for a picture that is ‘probably’ a good one to keep.

But, since I’ve been home, I was looking at the iTunes app store and stumbled onto an app for the iPhone that makes printing photos worthwhile. It prints more as a memento than as a stuffy old frame stuffer.  The app is called ByPost Postcard Maker, and it allows users to send iPhone photos out as real printed postcards to anyone anywhere.

It’s simple too.  From what I can see, all I need to do is select a photo from the library (duh) and the app flips it so you can write your message and the address to send it too.  the cards go out in the mail on on a thick postcard the same day for $1.50.

Memories in a snap from a snap you just took.  Sure you can post the photo to the web, but how much cooler is it to send it by mail and have it show up in your family’s mailbox.  You know that family who hates to read email and always wants you to send a card.  Well, now you can right from your iPhone and right when you think about sending it.

It really is a great app that, best of all, is FREE!

Now I can send those thank you postcards with the pictures I took!