Ben Mester

Sep 032011

GMOs, AKA genetically modified organisms, are a comparatively new kind of organism in the world, the results of which haven’t yet been fully measured. Many people fear far-reaching corruption of the country’s food sources, so much so that a return to the original will become impossible and the original food that we once grew will no longer be available.

To some degree, this has already happened. Many of the original strains of wheat and other crops have faded from use, in lieu of other hardier strains of wheat that are more well suited for the climate of the United States. So the variety of crops that were once produced has faded in the face of bigger production techniques.

But in the short run, many people worry that some genetically modified foods have negative side effects those same unmodified foods don’t sometimes come with. There have been more than one cases of people becoming sick or dying of genetically modified foods, such as in 1989, when many Americans died from a genetically altered version of the supplement L-Tryptophan. Not only that, but the upward push of cancer seems to have a correlation with certain genetically modified products.

One of the most often debated is the genetically modified growth hormone rBGH that’s given to cows to improve their milk production. Most people have heard of this growth hormone, and many are worried that the constant use of this hormone is leading to premature development in teens and colon and breast cancer in adults. Though tests are not yet concluded, many are worried over the continued use of genetically modified products like rBGH.

One major difficulty in our nation is that many products containing genetically altered foods are not required to label that they contain genetically altered components. This means that many people are unwantingly eating huge supplies of genetically modified foods. Though natural health food outlets are everywhere, it can be expensive to eat an all natural diet, and it would be nice if there were a simple midrange solution. But finding info on which products include genetically altered foods can be somewhat difficult.

For more on the subject, take a look at the pros and cons of genetically modified foods. Many common foods have GMOs in them that most people are ignorant of. Truvia is one of them. Check out these truvia side effects to read more.

Aug 122011

The solenoid is a frequently missed electrical system of a car. The solenoid has a single simple job. It bridges the connection between the battery of a vehicle and the starter, allowing electricity to flow, and therefore, to start the car. Without this connection, there’s no way for electricity to flow from the battery to the starter and the car won’t start.

I have had more than one solenoid go faulty, and it’s troublesome to diagnose. Often, when you turn the key and the car doesn’t start, the most blatant culprit is the battery. Typically, when nothing happens when you turn the key, it means that either the battery is totally dead, or the ports are loose or corroded and not allowing electrical flow.

But the solenoid can regularly go faulty as well. When that occurs, you may notice two things. First, your car won’t begin at all, and second, you battery will still be charged. How can you tell if your battery is still powerful? One easy way is to look at your headlights. If your headlights still shine but nothing occurs when you turn your key, then you know that it is not your battery’s fault.

Even though there were a minor charge to your battery, enough so to switch on the headlights, there should still be some type of noise when you turn on the ignition. So ruling out the battery just about tells you their either your solenoid is faulty, or else that the starter has completely gone out. But even in this case, there should be some kind of noise.

Replacing a solenoid can be kind of a challenge depending on the vehicle. The solenoid is a tiny part, usually not too much bigger than a golf ball, but it can often be buried under other parts. So changing it can require a bit of experience. You could be able to still start your vehicle by manually bridging the link with a bit of metal and a rubber handle. I’ve made use of a screwdriver before for this by touching each of the raised posts together with the metal of the screwdriver, thus reestablishing the connection. But this is not recommended.

Understanding the electrical hardware of your car can save you a large amount of cash. Solenoid problems can be straightforward to mend. So can car battery issues. I don’t like to pay a mechanic unless absolutely required.

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