Running Head: CENTRAL EPISTEMOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS
Central Epistemological Assumptions of Hermeneutic Phenomenology and the Epistemological Assumptions of Empiricism
a) The ontological outlook recommends no such impartial and independent procedure of setting up the truth and involves a central epistemological structure
II. Central Epistemological Assumptions of Hermeneutic Phenomenology
a) In case of assumptions it will be found that the central epistemological assumptions of hermeneutic phenomenology are much different from the epistemological assumptions of empiricism, but some similarities also exist.
b) Primarily this discussion targeted the students of doctorate programs and some others who believe hermeneutic phenomenology to be a perfect strategy for research.
c) The purpose of the research is realizing a human trend and the practitioners’ knowledge and experiences of that trend.
d) The choice of research method depends on research questions along with the theoretical perceptions applying which the questions will be examined.
e) The methods of collecting data are scrutiny through observation, reflective exercises, and interviews.
The hermeneutic phenomenology generally derives ontological assumption with the intention of constructing the meaning intersubjectively setting the historical perspective as a limit. So to tell the truth, it is not at all independent, but to a certain extent is a procedure of knowing how the negotiations of meanings occur. This ontological outlook recommends no such impartial and independent procedure of setting up the truth and involves a central epistemological structure comprising of the definition of knowledge, what more to know from regular practices and the phenomena itself. All the ideas and meanings generating out of these experiences have a social framework. Entry to this social world happens through reports and explanations which people employ to give a meaning to their own actions as well as to the actions of others.
Central Epistemological Assumptions of Hermeneutic Phenomenology and the Epistemological Assumptions of Empiricism
Assumptions of the nature of the object of study: If assumptions of the nature of the object of study are discussed, it will be found that the central epistemological assumptions of hermeneutic phenomenology are much different from the epistemological assumptions of empiricism, but some similarities also exist. In empiricism, the object of study is physical in nature, and its functions by the aid of relation of source and outcome. Here is a basic view of this assumption that the phenomena are made up of separable elements that blend and intrude into each other, but may in law be found in isolation. In this case the variables are sometimes independently influenced; stimuli are the organism free characteristics of a physical environment.
On the other hand the object of study in case of inquiry based on hermeneutic phenomenology is neither a theoretical system concerning relations nor an automatic process concerning the forces. It is basically a semantic or documented structure of day to day practical activities. An instant ready-in-hand engagement is the initial point of hermeneutic enquiry.
Assumption concerning the relationship between the object of study and the researchers: The assumption based on the relationship between the object of study and the researchers also vary from each other. In case of empiricism it is to look for the covering laws, which reveal the promptness of the co-occurrence of all observables. The covering laws can not be taken as logical rules; they are basically statements expressing empirical and casual contingencies.
The general laws which are presented as statements saying that some specific events will take place provided there is a presence of some specific initial circumstances. These laws should always give the clarifications and descriptions of an event of past and also predict the future by proper explanations.
Conversely in the hermeneutic thoughts both the casual laws and the formal structures look for clarifying and the practical knowledge of human activities understandable by offering an explanation of them.
Assumptions based on the type and purpose of the knowledge: The assumptions based on the type and purpose of the knowledge also can be explained in to ways that is by empiricism and by hermeneutic phenomenology. Going by the empiricist paradigm the basis of knowledge for the investigator and the human subject is presented by means of observables of ‘brute data’. The data here are judged to be the facts concerning the world, which can be recognized and documented in a way independent of explanation. Within the paradigm a vital element for scientific interrogation is ‘data collection’ (without theory).
In case of hermeneutic inquiry along with the ontology which is its base, the major origin of any knowledge is considered to be entirely practical in nature. Such acts exist before any kind of theorizing and also possess properties which are distinct than that of theories. The most notable one is that they never involve any context free components which can be defined without interpretation.
Example: This discussion is basically done on using hermeneutic phenomenology in a convincing and precise research plan to examine knowledge about clinical reasoning along with its applications in professional practice of health. Primarily this research based discussion targeted the students of doctorate programs and some others who believe hermeneutic phenomenology to be a perfect strategy for research. A basic design leading towards a research which includes a research model and all the philosophical assumptions along with structure, method, and strategies employed for data collection and obtain meaning from them is the subject discussed on this paper. Some criterions are involved in this for ensuring the quality of the interpretive research along with strictness (Guba and Lincon, 2000) and reliability (Lincoln and Denzin, 2000; Harrington and Koch, 1998). Other than this, the ethical conduct is also maintained throughout the research. The Research outcomes are submitted to allow the readers to understand the actual approach of the research and to know the link between research design and results.
The purpose of the research is realizing a human trend and the practitioners’ knowledge and experiences of that trend (knowing the execution and communication of reasoning, a specific duty and ability of the health professionals). The purpose is a perfect fit for the strategies, intentions and philosophy of the interpretive research model. This model is structured by the influence of epistemology of the process of idealism (in case of idealism, knowledge is said to be a social structure) and includes numerous research approaches, having a central objective of looking for interpreting this social world. The analytical processes introduced by Dilthey (1833 to 1911) pointed out the interpretive understanding for deriving meaning of experiences of the participants as resisted to explain or predict their actions, which is basically the objective of this empirico-analytical research.
The interpretive paradigm says that the meanings are created by the human beings following some exclusive methods, based on the circumstances and individual framework of situation as they get involved with the society they understand (Crotty, 1998). The interpretive paradigm can be considered as the concept of multi-constructed truths (Crotty, 1996).The research paper get its results coming out from the communication between researchers and participants during the research (Creswell, 1998). So, subjectivity gets its value; it is admitted that the human beings are not capable of objectivity in totality are they are placed in a truth made up of subjective experiences. Again, the research is bounded by value because of the character of questions asked, values held, and methods by which the results are derived and interpreted. To choose a specific paradigm, some particular assumptions and outlooks are accepted. The communication and clinical reasoning are interactive and cognitive methods which are often implicit and intuitive and happen in context. The phenomena discussed here cannot preserve their necessary and rooted traits if minimized or measured like in case of quantitative research. Communication and the clinical reasoning are both complex phenomena which involve multiple purposes, interpretations, and strategies; no perfect approach towards communication or reasoning is known. Further, all the two methods are bound contextually (i.e. the people involved, social condition, health condition, actual setting); everything is approached following the circumstances.
Trying to measure or isolate communication or reasoning in the clinical practice never gets successful; the contextual procedures overlook the complications, truth, and effects of these acts in practice. As an addition to the contextual procedures, educational journeys in work environment are implicit. Interpretive paradigm is considered to be the most appropriate application for this research as it has potential to produce new perception of multifaceted human phenomena. Particularly, practical understanding is required, which is rooted around this world full of human interactions and meanings. Therefore it is suitable to scrutinize the phenomenon based on interpretive paradigm. The figure1shows an outline of the approach of the research with the different decisions and activities made all through the research.
The Hermeneutic phenomenology is found to be the most appropriate method for the research, as shown by Manen (1997), in his work. Hermeneutic phenomenology shows to be attentive towards the basic philosophies of both phenomenology and hermeneutics (Manen, 1997).
It can be stated as the research procedure with the target of producing high quality textual explanations of experiences based on chosen phenomena in life of individuals which can be connected to the experiences of others (Smith, 1997).
From the recognition of experiences, a profound understanding of meaning of those experiences is required (Smith, 1997), which happens through more and more deep and coated reflection, created using rich and descriptive language.
The choice of research method depends on research questions along with the theoretical perceptions applying which the questions will be examined (Shepard, Schmoll, Jensen, Gwyer, and Hack, 1993). It is a research is devised to know the phenomenon of knowledge, to communicate reasoning in clinical environment from the explanations of physiotherapists and experiences in the clinical practice. The phenomenology is based on lived experiences, so it is perfect for examining personal journeys of learning. However, phenomenology has its main focus on pre-reflective practices and feelings.
A main facet of the research is investigating the experiences of the psychotherapists along with their journeys of learning the communicating reasoning. Using hermeneutic phenomenology allowed the journey of experiences of the participants a further understanding by the researchers based on both the personal and theoretical knowledge of them (the researchers). Hermeneutics gives the interpretive factor to explain assumptions and meanings in the text of the participants that they themselves might have trouble in communicating, for instance, the knowledge of tacit practice (Crotty, 1998). The language and communication are knotted and hermeneutics presents a process of realizing such experiences of human beings captured through words and in perspective (Manen, 1997).
The methods of collecting data are scrutiny through observation, reflective exercises, and interviews. The figure 1 demonstrates the order of these actions. These policies are selected as they are fitting the philosophical structure of the research model and method, and make the way to experiences of the participants.
A suitable date is set with all the participants and the observers to watch them executing their regular tasks for almost one continuous day. They are said to select one date when they can be examined treating some patients and conversing with new graduates as well as students, with only one team meeting in the whole day and no clinics for any specialized problem. The instructions are given to make the most out of the hours spent with those participants watching their interactions and genuine practice with students and patients.
During observation, the observers do not take part in any action carried out by those participants, and try to lessen the problems caused by their presence. The observation is employed to gain the experience of communicating reasoning in clinical environments and to scrutinize interactions and probable influencing aspects. The significance of observation is that a great deal of thinking (or reasoning) concerning the clinical practice happens rapidly and at the preconscious level mostly in case of experienced practitioners, criticism on the observed actions can help to remember those thoughts and allow them to express their reasoning in words.
The process is employed in the time of the interviews while the researcher questions about the observed actions.
Similarly, the workplace learning comes as a subconscious phenomenon rooted in the social interactions (Billett, 1996). A lot of observations, connections and experiences are continuously recorded during the learning procedure, for potential later reflection. Observation is also employed to understand the setting of the work, to make a note the others interacting with participants, and to watch the level up to which the participants utilize the behavioral strategies (for example, using touch) and their culture (using friendly codes) as tools for working.
Another part of the method of creating data texts or sets is asking the participants to finish three exercises, which includes one preparatory exercise, one learning timeline & one report on a particular incident. The reflective exercises are used for assisting the participants for reflecting their previous learning experiences linked to the clinical reasoning along with its communication. The exercises come with some inquiring questions during the interviews to support deeper journey of learning for the participants. Preparatory exercise consists of questions that the participants are asked to reply in writing. These questions have its focus on communicating process of clinical reasoning to the trainee physiotherapists since teaching will be a much more obvious context for conscious communication of their reasoning and to reflect on those reasoning.
In case of the second exercise, the participants are told to give two timelines that will portray significant events, colleagues, mentors, friends, training and courses that they have practiced throughout their careers and the incidents which might have influence on the clinical reasoning they perform.
The last exercise, asks the participants to write down any three of their experiences that caused an alteration in their way of explaining their clinical reasoning in front of trainee physiotherapists, patients or any health professional. Writing is naturally reflexive, which makes it even more complex for any writer to settle close to the experience and showing as if it happened then only (Manen, 1997). Writers have a tendency of including explanations and analysis with the depiction of their experience. So, an interview is organized after writing those exercises, where all the participants are pushed for focusing straight on their actual experience while giving the detailed description.
Field notes of three sorts are taken during the complete research procedure, personal file, transcript file, and analytical file (Alexander, Aroni, Minichiello and Timewell, 1995). Personal file has a thorough sequential account of all the participants along with their settings, the other persons present (example, clients, staff, and family members) with reflective notes based on the experience of the research. The details found in personal file allow renovation of conversations based on context instead of just relying on a verbal recording. Particularly, any visible evidence of strategies and reasoning of participants that they utilize in communication of reasoning to their clients and trainee physiotherapists are recorded. Transcript file stores raw data of the interviews. Analytical file has a detailed assessment of the thoughts emerging as a result of the research questions during the progress of the research. It also has reflections and approaches based on the research, which decided its direction. This was just a way to prompt and record the reflexive inquiry performed by researchers.
In the time of the research, the chief data collector can also act as a member and a researcher both. As an insider that person will then get to enjoy a number of advantages. It helps to build faith and assurance in the relation between the researcher and the participants and allows the researcher to set up a bond with all the participants during the data collecting procedure, and also provides admission into their clinical thought process.
A code with specific jargon may be hard for the researchers to understand if they are not among the members (Frey and Fontana, 2000). There may be some researcher who can understand the language of the participants at ease, which primarily provides better access to the world of the participants without any continuous clarification. There can be a trouble if the researchers allot meanings for a particular word or slang, behaviors or decisions, differing with the participants (Minichiello, 1995). After knowing about the disadvantage, one should attempt to keep a hermeneutic alertness (Manen, 1997), which happens in conditions where they step backward to put reflection on the different meanings of the situations instead of admitting their previous conceptions and understandings. Thus, the reflexivity is sighted as a vital dimension in scheming and putting the research in practice. The actions taking place during the entire research, openings for attentive study of the experience of the research, and the association between the participants and the researchers, (example the methods of research questions) are incorporated into the procedure of the research and all of those are explained in the entire discussion.
To keep pace with the method applied to approach the research, the data analysis processes are generated from the hermeneutic and the phenomenological philosophy and also from guiding principles about methodical and practical methods of understanding the research data. So, the methods used here are specific for the research, and also illustrate the knowledge and understanding of specialists in the arena of the interpretive research. There are six steps of data analysis. Throughout these steps of data analysis constant explanation of the text of research and the learning phenomenon of communicating the clinical reasoning occur.
During the learning procedure the research assumptions based on the phenomena are continually tested by evaluating and contrasting those assumptions with results of the research text. Thus, any discrimination developed from personal experience or literatures are spotted easily. By constant cross-checking of the understandings of the researchers with the transcripts it may be required to maintain more closeness (or authenticity) to the constructs, grounding explanations in data. The plan to preserve genuineness was recommended by Guba and Linkon (2000). The conversation between these two authors of the paper regarding emerging results caused checking of the authenticity of the data for one more time.
The ethical points raised through this research are based on receiving knowledgeable permission and preserving the confidentiality of the participants. Knowledgeable approval is stated as
the voluntary contract of a capable person to take part in a healing program or research process, concerning the sufficient perception of its purpose, implications and nature (Sim, 1986).
The knowledgeable approval can be divided into four elements: disclosure (provides sufficient information), comprehension (realizing the information), competence (capability of the participants to take a balanced decision), and the voluntaries (no compulsion) (Sim, 1998). These participants are given information sheets with details of the goal of research and its process. These sheets are given to all the participants either straight or by the managers.
All the participants are provided with the chance to ask their questions about the research, and are informed that they can withdraw themselves from the research any time which will not cause any kind of penalty. Written permissions are received from the volunteers before the start of the data collection process. There is no association between the participants and the researchers that can be alleged as oppression.
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Running Head: CENTRAL EPISTEMOLOGICAL ASSUMPTIONS
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Friday, April 25, 2008
High cholesterol diet has a great impact on heart problems. Heart problems are considered as one of the leading causes of mortality in US. Certain fats are believed to cause the development of atherosclerosis. Hydrogenation is a process during which oils change into trans-fat, which is specifically detrimental. The process changes chemical structuring of unsaturated fat and turns out to more solidified form. In turn, it heightens the total cholesterol level and LDL cholesterol level, while declining valuable HDL cholesterol level.
If you are using high cholesterol lowering diet, it is imperative to get rid of wrong types of fats and oils and substitute them with heart-friendly olive or vegetable oils. Unsaturated vegetable oils such as peanuts, flux, sunflower, canola, corn and safflower can be a preferable selection. Heart-friendly oils consist of mono-unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acid which may decline the total cholesterol level and heighten the HDL level.
On the contrary, high cholesterol diet usually contains favorite foods such as junk foods including French fries or potato chips, crackers, corn chips and several other foods and unhealthy beverages. In fact, muffins, cookies and baked foods are tied up with incorrect type of fats.
Diet for Lowering High Cholesterol
Ideal Diet for lowering high cholesterol takes account of fatty fish as a minimum of twice per week. Different scientific studies recommend consumption of omega-3 fatty acids from plants and aquatic sources. These provide profit to people who are at risk for developing coronary complications. Fish comprises of lesser amount of saturated fat compared to meat products. Mackerel, salmon, trout and herring are high in two types of omega-3 fatty acids which include eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
On the other hand, tofu, walnuts, flaxseed and soybeans consist of alpha-linolenic acid. It converts into omega-3 fatty acid within the body, so this is a good selection if you are up to high cholesterol lowering diet. Researchers conclude that in Mediterranean civilization people had lower risk for developing cardiac problem. It is assumed that their diet contributed a lot for that. It was rich with whole grains, dried beans and peas, green vegetables, fresh fruits, fish and red wine.
People who are on diet for lowering high cholesterol level must drink plenty of water throughout the day. In fact, a minimum amount of 8-10liter is always recommended. The plenty supply of water helps in eliminating excessive cholesterol from the body. A regular intake of dhania or coriander mixed with water also helps in managing cholesterol level in the body. Additionally, it works as a good diuretic and enhances kidney function.
While considering your cholesterol level, in majority of the cases you are provided with your total blood cholesterol level, however, something more is required to understand the clear picture of your health. You should know about LDL, HDL and most importantly about cholesterol ratio. As common practice suggests, the diagnostic tests take into account four factors, namely, total blood cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Now, in majority of the cases, cholesterol ratio is defined as the value retrieved from the total cholesterol level divided by the HDL level. Additionally, few researchers and doctors also consider cholesterol ratio as per dividing LDL by HDL. American Heart Association (AHA) considers 3.5:1 as the optimum ratio for total blood cholesterol to HDL and always recommends keeping this ratio lower than 5:1. For LDL to HDL the ratio should be lower than 3:1.
Calculation of Cholesterol Ratio
Cholesterol ratio is also referred to as cardiac risk ratio. If it is greater than 7:1, it is assumed as a warning. Now we look at it in more details. Say, your total cholesterol level and HDL level are 200mg/dL and 50mg/dL respectively. Then your cholesterol ratio is 4:1. You can get this ratio by simply dividing the former value by the later one. Ideally, your cholesterol ratio may be within 3:1, however, below 5:1 ratio is good for maintaining a healthy balance. Higher ratio difference implies higher risk for developing heart problem, whereas lower difference ensures lower risk for the same. Quite obviously, high level of total cholesterol and low level of HDL heightens the ratio, which is absolutely undesirable. On the other hand, higher HDL and lower total cholesterol lower the ratio value, which is truly desirable.
Blood Cholesterol Ratio and Cardiovascular Risk
The HDL to LDL ratio and total cholesterol to HDL ratio are more relevant compared to total blood cholesterol level in terms of diagnosing the potential risk for coronary heart disease, heart attack, arteriosclerosis, and other cardiovascular disorder. For example, if someone has LDL to HDL ratio less than 2.5, that implies he is in safe condition. But if the ratio becomes higher than 3, it may turn out to be an indicator for possible complications. On the other hand, total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio is beneficial in analyzing probable risk for atherosclerosis. The best defined ratio is lower than 4:1. In fact, some health practitioners recommend using total cholesterol to HDL ratio instead of total cholesterol level. The LDL to HDL ratio is considered as a pure ratio and perfect. This LDL to HDL cholesterol ratio is thought to be a better marker for cardiovascular complications.
Your complete lipoprotein profile consists of cholesterol numbers including total cholesterol (TC), low density lipoprotein (LDL), high density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglyceride (TG) levels. Cholesterol numbers are very crucial to every human being. In fact, every individual after their 20 years of age should check their cholesterol level in a five years interval, if not otherwise recommended by doctors. The blood test signifying the cholesterol numbers is known as lipoprotein profile. This blood test is arranged by following a 10-12 hours of fasting.
Significance of Cholesterol Numbers
Cholesterol numbers are beneficial because they encode the level of different types of cholesterol in a quantifiable fashion. If it is not possible for you to find out the complete lipoprotein profile, understanding cholesterol numbers concerning total cholesterol level and HDL cholesterol level can offer you the essential idea about the status of the cholesterol content in your body. If your total cholesterol and HDL cholesterol numbers are more than 200mg/dL and less than 40mg/dL respectively, you should consult your doctor for a lipoprotein profile to be done.
Cholesterol numbers imply whether the individual is at risk for developing coronary complications in recent days or not. In fact, it helps in understanding the intensity and probability of the risk. For example, total cholesterol level less than 200mg/dL is desirable while 240mg/dL or higher is absolutely non-desirable and may pose a serious threat on health condition. On the other hand, the borderline condition is identified with cholesterol numbers lying between 200-239mg/dL.
For low density lipoprotein, the cholesterol numbers are assigned into 5 categories – optimal, near optimal or above optimal, borderline high, high and very high. The categories are identified with <100mg/dL, 100-129mg/dL, 130-159mg/dL, 160-189mg/dL and 190mg/dL respectively. Higher HDL is good for health, whereas higher LDL can lead to serious health complications. High HDL number may often balance high LDL number.
Factors Influencing Cholesterol Numbers
There are quite a few factors that can affect the cholesterol level in the body, hence the numbers. These are diet, age, gender, heredity, weight and physical activity. Among all these factors you can not simply do anything with age, gender and heredity. But of course you can manage the other factors by simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Apart from that, there are few other environmental factors such as smoking and excessive amount of alcohol consumption may pose a serious threat.
For women, the LDL level continues to rise in the post menopause phase. High blood cholesterol can be a familial characteristic. In such a case, the genetic structuring may lead to increasing amount of cholesterol production than normal. A healthy fat-free and cholesterol-free diet and regular exercise can benefit for not developing such complications.
In human body, cholesterol is produced by liver. It is a fatty and waxy substance which is required to protect nerves, construct cell tissues and make certain hormones. Cholesterol is very important to our health, although excess amount of cholesterol level brings negative impact to our overall system. If you go to check your cholesterol level, it is estimated in milligram per deciliter of blood (mg/dL). While determining whether you are at high risk with your cholesterol level, the doctor may take into account other factors such as family history, age, sex, high blood pressure, and smoking habits. During the diagnosis, a complete lipoprotein profile will reveal the details regarding total blood cholesterol level, HDL (good) cholesterol level, LDL (bad) cholesterol level, and triglyceride level.
Total Blood Cholesterol Level
If your HDL, LDL and triglyceride level are within the desirable limit and you have your total blood cholesterol level less than 200mg/dL, this means you are at low risk for developing coronary heart diseases. If you are diagnosed between 200-239mg/dL for your total cholesterol level, you are at borderline-high risk condition. At this time, doctors will thoroughly examine the LDL, HDL and triglyceride level and ratio. It may happen that your LDL can be balanced by the HDL count. If you have your total cholesterol level of 240mg/dL or more, you are at higher risk for developing coronary heart disease twice more likely than people having cholesterol at their desirable level.
HDL (good) Cholesterol Level
HDL is good and higher level of HDL is better for health. Men having HDL less than 40mg/dL and women 50mg/dL are at risk for developing heart disease. HDL level more than 60mg/dL offers safeguard against developing cardiac complications. On average, men and women have HDL of 40-50mg/dL and 50-60mg/dL respectively. Smoking and obesity may result in low level of HDL. In order to increase and maintain a perfect HDL level, one should strictly avoid tobacco smoking, must maintain healthy diet and practice exercise on regular basis. If someone has higher triglyceride level, he typically has a lower level of HDL and consequently is at higher risk for heart attack and stroke.
LDL (bad) Cholesterol Level
If you have a lower LDL level, that means you have at lower risk for developing heart problems. Typically less than 100mg/dL implies an optimal level of LDL while 190mg/dL may pose a serious threat on health. While determining appropriate treatment plan for someone having higher level of LDL, doctors first take into account the other risk factors as well. It greatly varies person to person. If a healthy level of LDL is applicable to you; that does not mean it will be suitable in a same way for your neighbor. So it is highly recommended adhere the treatment plan as suggested by your doctor so that it can work for you in the best suitable fashion.
Triglyceride is a kind of fat that is produced within our system. Typically people with higher triglyceride level have a higher level of total cholesterol in addition to high LDL and low HDL. Normally, your triglyceride level should fall below 150mg/dL. If you are having your triglyceride level higher than 500mg/dL, you are certainly at risk. The risk factors identified for developing higher triglyceride level are obesity, physical inactivity, smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and high carbohydrate diet. Additionally, genetic disorders may pose a threat.
Zocor, generically known as simvastatin, is used as a cholesterol lowering drug that helps in blocking cholesterol production in the body. It aids in lowering low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol level as well as total cholesterol level in the body. High cholesterol may lead to different critical health complications including heart attack, stroke, and cardiovascular disorders. Although Zocor helps in protecting body from these types of complications, there are significant side effects of Zocor like other drugs for treating cholesterol.
Side Effects of Zocor
Many drugs offer side effects including Zocor for treating cholesterol which are simply hard to avoid. In rare conditions, Zocor may lead to such conditions that may turn into collapsing skeletal muscle tissue, which may eventually lead to kidney failure. The common symptoms are unexplained muscle pain, tenderness, muscle weakness, fever or flue symptoms and dark-colored urine. Doctors strongly discourage having Zocor and other cholesterol drugs for potential side effects especially at the time of pregnancy. Using Zocor during this time may lead to cause birth defects and may profoundly affect the fetal development in an adverse fashion.
If you are on Zocor medication while not following a well-planned low cholesterol diet, it is very unlikely that Zocor will be of any help in minimizing your LDL and total cholesterol level. In such case, like any other cholesterol drugs Zocor will offer side effects only without any kind of specific benefits. The common symptoms for Zocor include muscle pain, muscle weakness, nausea, constipation or diarrhea.
Other Significant Influencing Factors
Zocor should not be used if you are pregnant or suffering from kidney disease. If you have diabetes, hidden thyroid, or muscle disorder, you should not take Zocor prior consulting with doctor. In fact, it is always recommended to take doctor’s advice prior taking Zocor like any cholesterol drugs to avoid side effects. If you are planning to become pregnant, you must discuss it with your doctor. In case if you are using this medication, you are strictly advised to undergo effective form of birth control. Till date no sufficient data have been found in support of whether cholesterol drugs like Zocor have any side effects on breast feeding practices, but you should not consume Zocor without informing it to doctor if you are breast feeding your baby.
Zocor and other cholesterol drugs may interact adversely in some conditions. For example, if you are taking Zocor and at the same time you are having diet rich in fat and cholesterol, you certainly do not get any benefit from Zocor. You should abstain from taking alcohol when you are on Zocor medication because alcohol increases triglyceride level. In fact, alcohol has a strong adverse effect on kidney function if you are on Zocor medication during that period. In fact, grapefruit and grapefruit juice may pose harmful side effects if used with Zocor.
Chihuahua is the universally accepted smallest breed. It is very among people from different background. The recent trend suggests an increasing celebrity ownership for this special type of dog. There are different views about the actual origin of Chihuahua. While many researchers argue that it was the gift from Aztec royalty and then brought to United States through Mexico by the Spanish settlers, some others believe ancient Egypt was the original root of Chihuahua and then it made its journey to Mexico, and then Spain.
Long haired Chihuahua has a significant similarity with Pomeranian because of their smooth undercoat with a long overcoat. The hair of this dog is known as 'Long Coats' or 'Smooth Coats', as specified by American Kennel Club (AKC). They look very cute with their lovely big eyes, apple-shaped head and fringed ears. A standard Chihuahua may have the height of 6-9 inches. However, the show dogs have lesser weight than those dogs not groomed for show purpose. Shows dogs have a weight around 6 pounds or less, however, ordinary pet dogs may have 10 pounds or more.
The personality and temperament of long haired Chihuahua is as same as short haired Chihuahua. Both of them are loved for their sweet nature and jovial personality. They are very alert type of dog and possess a barking aptitude whenever they face any stranger. They can be an excellent companion for the elderly and disabled individuals. Friendliness and socialization are their primary skills that make them so adorable to everyone. However, they are also known for their high-strung nature, hence sometimes it becomes really tough to train them.
Chihuahua, both short and long haired, is not recommended for child's play, although they belong to 'Toy Dog' group. They are simply nice for adults with their sensitive companionship. But their fragile bone structure and small size can lead to experience potential injury to them, if they are handled badly. This may occur with little children. With their strong socialization skills they can make friends with other animals such as cats and dogs from other breeds.
Both short and long haired Chihuahua can not tolerate too cool temperature. They need to wear coats or sweater to feel comfort during winter and spring seasons. Like any other long haired breeds, long haired Chihuahua needs proper grooming and utmost care. If the dog does not receive proper grooming and care, its hair will be filled with knots, mats and burs and the hair will lose its shiny stunning looks. Long haired Chihuahua may get affected with ticks and hitchhikers, so these also need to be removed with proper care. Monthly bathing with residue-free shampoo is essential.
Long hair is the recessive property of the gene, so it is compulsory that both the partners should be long haired Chihuahua. In fact, only selecting high quality partners can ensure having high quality offspring with stunning textures. Professional breeders keep well-maintained records for each and every breed to ascertain the quality of the offspring. A well-documented long haired Chihuahua always deserves high price.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Chihuahua is the smallest dog around the world. It is a very popular breed and partially its popularity rises with an increasing celebrity ownership. Amazingly, the Chihuahua is dated back to Aztec civilization, however, over time it was brought to Mexico by the Spanish settlers, and then to the United States. Some researchers also believe that Chihuahua was originally native to Egypt, and then it made its way to Spain via Mexico.
Long haired Chihuahua typically has smooth undercoat along with a long overcoat, which makes it difficult to differentiate from Pomeranian. American Kennel Club (AKC) defines the hair of this dog as 'Long Coats' or 'Smooth Coats'. A long haired Chihuahua has an apple-shaped head, with big eyes and tasseled ears. Typically the height of a Chihuahua may range between 6 to 9 inches. The exhibited dogs have lesser weight compared to the non-exhibited ones. While the former weighs around less than 6 pounds in average, the later may go up to 10 pounds or more.
While considering temperament and personality, there is no distinction between short haired and long haired Chihuahua. Both of them are very loving and affectionate. They have a jovial personality on one hand, however, a very alert type on the other. They are the most preferred pet for the elderly and disabled people because of their friendliness and socialization. This breed also has a negative reputation of being high-stubborn and it becomes tough to train. However, following a successful training, this breed turns out to be an excellent pet.
Although it belongs to 'Toy Dog' group, many standard breeders do not recommend both short and long haired Chihuahua for households with small children. They go very well with adults and offer their nice companionship throughout. Due to their small size and fragile bone structure a long haired Chihuahua must be handled very carefully, otherwise there is always a risk for potential injury. They can make friendships very easily with other breeds and animals such as cats and dogs from other breeds.
Both short and long haired Chihuahua is highly sensitive to cool temperature. So, in order to keep them in comfort, they are commonly found in coats or sweaters especially during winter and spring season. Although long haired Chihuahua looks exquisite with its long wavy soft hair, it needs a thorough care and proper grooming. Long haired Chihuahua needs extensive grooming in order to remove knots, mats and burs. Also a closer look is also required in order to make the dog free from ticks and other hitchhikers. Bathing with residue-free shampoo is important for a long haired Chihuahua. It should be done at least once in a month.
From the genetic perspective, long haired Chihuahua is the product of recessive genes. It means both the partners must carry these recessive genes in order to have long haired Chihuahua offspring. Professional breeders usually maintain a good track of their long haired Chihuahua stock. They need to maintain an excellent record of each of the dog of this variety in order to ensure the improved quality of the breed as well as to customize certain texture over the long coat. When the pedigree is properly documented, the price increases dramatically.
Teacup Chihuahuas are a small sized dog. However, their physical fitness does not depend on their size at all. In fact, they are quite steady and healthier compared to other small breeds. Teacup Chihuahuas have a very sweet and charming personality, so despite of being a good watcher, they can make wise friendship with stranger once they find him inside your room. However, till the dog finds someone in your yard, it keeps barking loudly.
Teacup Chihuahuas are blessed with long coat which is more or less similar to human hair. If you are allergic to dog or cat hair, it is quite likely you do not have to face the same problem with your Teacup Chihuahuas. A regular maintenance is compulsory in order to maintain the beautiful hair of the Teacup Chihuahuas. It is always better to take the Teacup Chihuahuas to the professional grooming expert for a regular grooming session.
If you buy a Teacup Chihuahuas, you must know how crucial daylight and fresh air is to the growth of Teacup Chihuahuas. In fact, they also need to do regular exercise to have a healthy and steady body. When you will take your Teacup Chihuahuas for a walk, you must be careful enough. It is simply because of their too friendly nature that may bring danger sometimes. Usually, Teacup Chihuahuas tend to greet dog from the same breed when they meet. It may be possible that the other dog may not have the same friendly attitude, so it may eventually harm your dog in return.
Teacup Chihuahuas are found to mix nicely with other household animals such as dogs and cats. In fact, they try to show their friendly attitude towards bigger dogs as well. Many times, the bigger dog does not accept the friendliness so smoothly and the result may be harmful to your dog. On the other hand, while playing with cats, Teacup Chihuahuas get harmed due to the claws of the cats.
Good nutrition, warmth and affection are the three key feature without which a Teacup Chihuahuas may not grow with health. While buying dog food for your Teacup Chihuahuas, you must look at the nutrient content written over the label of the food pack. Typically, you must provide food three to four times daily to a Teacup Chihuahuas till it reaches at its six months age. After that, it may be given twice daily. In order to avoid obesity and related problems such as crippling bone diseases, you must provide your dog a balanced diet as well.
Sleep is also very important for a healthy growth. Although a young Teacup Chihuahuas show full enthusiasm and vitality during their play time, it may fall asleep suddenly without any prior symptoms of inactivity. They usually need a warm and quiet place to sleep. Sudden sleeping pattern improves as they age. Exercising is very important to keep a Teacup Chihuahuas healthy. If the dog does not do sufficient exercising, it may show maladaptive behavior pattern. They feel really very happy with continuous affection and a sense of being an integral part of a family. Like human, they also need companions for life.
Teacup Chihuahuas, despite of their tiny size, are a very robust type of dog. If you compare to other tiny breeds, it is physically quite steady and healthy among all others. If you are an owner of a Teacup Chihuahuas, it means you are having a real good companion with you. Although Teacup Chihuahuas are a good watch-dog and usually bark really loud when some strangers come at your place, once they are in Teacup Chihuahuas can be their friend with its sweet and loving personality.
Teacup Chihuahuas are a long coated breed whose coat hair resembles the hair of a human. Typically people who are allergic to dog or cat hair do not face any sort of problem with the coat of Teacup Chihuahuas. Due to their exquisite long hair, Teacup Chihuahuas owners may need a regular maintenance of their dogs. In fact, Teacup Chihuahuas need frequent grooming sessions from an expert grooming professional.
Exposure to soft daylight and fresh air can keep your Teacup Chihuahuas lively. All Teacup Chihuahuas need a walk in the sunshine and they also need to do regular exercise. However, if you take your Teacup Chihuahuas for a walk, you should pay enough attention. It is due to the friendly nature of Teacup Chihuahuas. Most commonly, it is seen that the dog loves to greet other Teacup Chihuahuas while they are walking, which is potentially dangerous as there is always a chance for the dog being harmed by a less friendly dog.
Due to the sweet and friendly nature Teacup Chihuahuas can make friends with other household animals as well such as dogs or cats. Even in a strange environment, Teacup Chihuahuas show their friendliness to other bigger dogs without any apparent fear. However, you should be enough careful because not all dogs are as friendly as your Teacup Chihuahuas are. Teacup Chihuahuas become very friendly to pet cats, however, you should take enough care in this case as well. The cats may use their claws while playing with your Teacup Chihuahuas which may in turn hurt the dog, especially the eye areas.
While you consider buying Teacup Chihuahuas, you must concern about three essential aspects that a Teacup Chihuahuas must need. These are good nutrition, warmth and affection. Teacup Chihuahuas need to be fed three to four times a day till they become six months old. Since that time twice daily will do. You must read the labels while buying the food for your dog so that you can be sure about your dog's nutrition. However, a balanced feeding is crucially important. Otherwise, the dog may become overweight and become susceptible towards having crippling bone diseases.
In order to stay fit and healthy, the Teacup Chihuahuas need a warm and quiet place to sleep. Usually, you can see them playing energetically and all of a sudden they fall asleep. The sleeping hours usually decrease with their growing age. Another important aspect is of course exercising. In order to attain a good health and sound temperament, all Teacup Chihuahuas need regular exercising. Lack of exercise may impose improper behavioral pattern in Teacup Chihuahuas. Affection and a sense of becoming an integral part of a family make them happiest. As they can be your good friends, they also need companions for life.
Generally speaking, Voyager, the smart LG cell phone is an excellent combination of beauty and technology. It offers a wide range of ground-breaking services and features. The touch screen in this beautiful LG cell phone is a landmark of fascinating technology. Had it launched prior to the mid of 2007, the Voyager probably holds the crown for the best designed LG cell phone even today. Let us explore few basic features of this great LG cell phone.
The Touch Screen
The touch screen of Voyager is not only like a button, but it looks better than a button. The designers have shown their true excellence while crafting this LG cell phone model. The touch screen is not only a symbol of elegance, but also it is a brilliant composition of user-friendliness. It is available at $300 with a Verizon indenture for two year, a fair deal indeed. Additionally, it is more wallet-friendly compared to several iPhones, BlackBerrys, and Treos.
When you push the external touch screen of Voyager, measuring approximately 3" crossways, it offers a mild vibrating sensation to your finger. This sensation is a product of the VibeTouch Technology, which offers you the same sensation that you receive from any other keyboard or keypad. Although it is an insignificant factor compared to other features, this little contribution matters a lot to overall craft.
Simple QWERTY Keyboard
The QWERTY keyboard installed in this LG cell phone is very user-friendly. In addition, a mini-mouse is also attached. This gives an excellent scrolling and clicking feature with improved navigation. Keyboard is an outstanding alternative especially for beginners, who may feel quite uncomfortable while using the touch screen solely. For them, figuring out the exact location over the screen may seem to be a daunting task most of the times.
On the other hand, navigating with the help of keyboard is pretty easier and quicker. You can use keyboard to open the phone in a simple fashion. Additionally, it is easier to use inner keyboard to navigate between the non-touchable screen areas. Furthermore, the use of keyboard can smooth out the experience of scrolling options and accessing from one page to another. Certainly, touch screen facilitates an easier connection to the web, but keyboard and inner screen are good for typing compared to the virtual keyboard facility, enabled with touch screen option.
Other Useful Features
The Voyager LG cell phone is operated with the help of Verizon's fastest data network, which enables its user to download data at the speed of a cable network. However, the default browser setting only enables its users to view a specific portion of the webpage, not the entire one. In order to see the entire page, you need to make an effort with the help of the tiny scrolling bars. The text downloading time is relatively very less, however, graphics take time.
This LG cell phone comes with a 2mega-pixel camera along with a music player, which supports different formats like mp3, wmv and aac. You can also download songs from the site of Verizon at the price of $2. Voyager also synchronizes with Verizon's V Cast mobile TV service, which associated with eight channels, including ESPN, CBS, and Comedy Central. Additionally, this hi-tech LG cell phone offers driving directions as well as location-dependent information.
Similar to any other cell phone users, it is very likely that you might be interested in a do-it-yourself guide to repair your cell phone. In fact, there are varieties of problems that you can resolve without actually sending them to the service centre, which, nonetheless to say, helps you in saving a hefty fee at the end. In many cases, cell phone repair is not a daunting task as it seems. You can easily attempt to repair your cell phone with the help of few essential accessories and a basic guidance.
An ultrasonic cleaner is one of such essential appliances that you might need to use at the time you try to repair your cell phone. It is helpful in cleaning the different parts of the cell phone. Ultrasonic cleaners create lots of tiny bubbles that finally allow you to rub the entire places, otherwise virtually impossible to access. All the delicate corners and portions that can not be cleaned with the help of the hand can be cleansed with the help of an ultrasonic cleaner.
Repairing Broken Parts
When it comes to cell phone repair, odds are there that you have to take interest in repairing faceplate, keys, broken antenna, screen or any other things. In such cases, you first need to identify the accurate problem and analyze the available replacement options along with expenses. In most of the cases, a generic replacement of the concerned body parts will make your cell phone perfect. However, if you find that the replacement expenses are higher than buying cost of a new cell phone, it is useless to go for a cell phone repair in such case.
When you need to go for a replacement as an integral part of your cell phone repair procedure, you need to care about few important things. First of all, you must look for authenticated suppliers, who are able to offer you these parts at cheaper rate as well. You may look at different auction sites like eBay. Most of the cases, installation instruction comes with the package of the product. You need to read it out carefully before trying to install the same.
The second most important point is compatibility. This is where the authenticated suppliers play their significant role. If your supplier is genuine, he must guide you to find out a compatible alternative for the damaged parts of your cell phone. If you do not install a compatible part to your cell phone, it will not work properly. Once you are fully equipped with the compatible parts and proper instructions, you are ready to start repair your cell phone. Best of Luck!
Your last month cell phone records show that you ordered hamburger every night for a week, you called up in social service organization repeatedly as an anonymous intruder, you verified your voicemail 30 times in a day simply because you would like to check if you have received any specific call.
Odds are there that you, like many other cell phone users, believe that your cell phone records are confidential. Even though increasing legal conflicts, information agents consistently provide the name and other details associated with a specific cell phone number, other phone number along with the full details of incoming and outgoing calls.
There are different websites which provide cell phone records against a nominal charge, say about USD 100 or more. It is assumed that the agents of these websites use a special technique known as pre-texting in order to receive the cell phone records. While obtaining the cell phone records, these agents pretend to be a customer asking the phone statements from the users.
In such cases, the agents ask the users to email or fax their personal details. This illegitimately obtained information can be truly discomforting to the cell phone users. In few cases, it can be life threatening including abduction, burglary, etc. Due to this illegal activity, you could turn out to be a victim of stalking.
If you really care about protecting your cell phone records, here are few useful tips that you can follow to protect the same. You must speak to your cell phone carrier and appeal to remove your call details from the monthly bills. This will certainly help your details not to get disclosed illegitimately whenever your bills are accessed.
You must request your cell phone carrier to deactivate the online access of your account. This is one of the common methods that the information brokers use. They intrudingly access the online account of the users, even when the customers do not have much idea about its existence or they never ask it to activate.
You must make your account password protected. While creating your password, use something unusual and not readily guessable like birth date, driving license number, social security number, anniversary date, mother's maiden name, etc. These are easy to guess. It is best not to use the same password elsewhere. The password needs to be alpha-numeric for ensuring higher degree of protection.
You must appeal to your cell phone carrier not to set any reminder question, in case you forget your actual password. In majority of the cases, the cell phone carriers set a reminder question, which helps to retrieve the password against the verification of few supplied information, such as zip code or last digit of bank account number. Don’t activate this facility. In case you forget, you need to visit your local store to refurbish your account by submitting valid identification proof.
It has been for the last few years, the concept of cell phone booster is on rise. Although there is a strong debate regarding the effectiveness of this wonder gadget, ideally a cell phone booster is used to enhance RF waves in order to make them stronger for a better communication. While the advocates of the service of cell phone booster claim that the booster has the power to increase the signaling strength both at reception and transmission ends, the skeptics argue that the entire installation process is simply so complicated that one can not verify and compare the signaling strength between pre and post-installation phases.
Although the manufacturers of cell phone booster claim that it significantly enhances the range of the signals, it has been noticed that the cell phone booster needs to be attached to the cell phone in order to work properly. The installation and removal process is a daunting task, so it is really difficult to point out whether the phone works better before installing the cell phone booster or not. Another important question comes under consideration with the perceived sound quality. Since sound quality is comparatively an objective measure, which may significantly vary from person to person, it is tough to define the exact difference of perceived sound quality.
Interpretation of the Common Claims
It somehow seems like a hoax that a simple sticker attached to a cell phone can boost up the signaling system of the cell phone with an improved RF waves. If this is so, it is again very unusual that the cell phone manufacturers are not doing it by themselves. With this boosting sticker, the only one instruction is available to the users, which says that you have to place it beneath the battery. This is quite vague since it can be virtually a wide number of placements depending on the way you are handling your cell phone.
Quite surprisingly, but the cell phone booster is not actually attached the cell phone, and the irony of the system lies with the illustration of the cell phone booster that depicts a metallic arrow as same as the antenna itself. The skeptics raise question whether the arrow itself has a say on the decoding of RF waves. Additionally, the illustration instruction also includes an 'up-side' note, so by all accounts this might imply if somebody lies down on his couch by holding the phone up-side, it may not work, which is truly confusing. On the other hand, if they say that the RF signaling has an up-side direction, this, nonetheless to say, has no meaning.
Hence the functionality and effectiveness of cell phone booster is truly doubtful. Many people do not keep their faith on these stickers since they do not consider them as convincing. However, still cell phone booster is available in the marketplace and an increasing number of people actually count on them. This article is solely based on individualized opinion. So better be wise while you are going to purchase such gadget.
AT&T, formerly known as Cingular Wireless, is one of the largest companies in the US. AT&T is continuously serving its customers with hi-end wireless system enabled with data network and digital voice technology. AT&T cell phone is an integral component and excellent contribution of their hi-end wireless system. Let us explore why AT&T cell phone is the best choice for you and your family.
Choosing a Phone
We simply do not feel satisfied, if our phone only does its job that is, calling and receiving calls from others. Rather, we desperately look for various other capabilities and features that virtually do not have any direct connection with making phone calls. AT&T cell phone enables a wide number of advanced features like listening music, streaming video, playing games, picture messaging, and many more.
In other words, AT&T cell phone offers all the hi-end solutions. Virtually you can measure the effectiveness of a cell phone in a variety of ways. AT&T takes a great effort in designing their cell phone. Battery life, size, screen resolution and weight are taken under wise consideration. AT&T cell phone covers cool entertaining features like music, video, games and MEdiaNet.
Choosing a Plan
The services of AT&T cell phone are actually boundless. Whether you need the service for your family members, individual purpose, or corporate reasons, AT&T cell phone is the best choice for you. In the family package, you will be able to enjoy unlimited night and weekend benefits. Additionally, you are allowed to share minutes if you select family plans. When you are looking for individual plan, you will never have to worry about domestic long distance and roaming charges.
Choosing Services and Features
AT&T cell phone has an extensive range of calling features including call forwarding, call waiting, caller ID, scheme for nighttime and weekends, voicemail enabled service, parental control, long distance call facility, mobile to mobile scheme, six way calling facility, three way calling facility and voice dial. Push to Talk facilitates an instant access to an individual or a group of individuals, without bothering about dialing and ringing procedures.
Additionally, MEdiaTM Net enables different cool services such as checking email, surfing websites, watching videos, downloading tones, applications, games, etc. In other words, AT&T cell phone facilitates wireless internet experience exclusively designed for mobile phone. AT&T cell phone service integrates parental control which effectively helps parents regulate the wireless usage of their children. Depending on the requirement, AT&T offers many flexible solutions.
If you are a perfectionist and know how to enhance the beauty of an interior, odds are there that the floors of your house are typically covered with beautiful carpets. In fact, carpet changes the look and feel of a room entirely. Even a simple room can turn out to be very gorgeous when you spread a carpet on the floor of it. But the beauty dies off, when your carpet becomes soiled.
Carpet cleaning business is a lucrative one. Similar to other places in the United States, carpet cleaning services in Virginia is also quite popular and always on demand. Most of the companies offer a multitude of services regarding carpet cleaning and maintenance. In this article, we will discuss about three popular companies offering carpet cleaning services in Virginia.
This company is offering a wide variety of carpet cleaning services in Virginia. Their extensive range of services include carpet cleaning, oriental rug cleaning, pet odor removal, upholstery and leather maintenance, water damage, specialty stain removal, and pressure washing. In addition, Alexandria, Virginia carpet cleaning services offer an exclusive 60 days money back guarantee.
The professionals in Alexandria are trained extensively to become facilitated with most up-to-date carpet cleaning appliances and techniques. They offer a three step cleaning process and the company is recommended by many renowned organizations and carpet manufacturers nationwide, for instance, Astrobite Steam Cleaning Company.
Maple Carpet Cleaning
Maple Carpet Cleaning, one of the most renowned carpet cleaning services in Virginia, primarily puts their emphasis on hot water extraction method. This method is also known as steam cleaning method. Similar to Alexandria cleaning, as said above, Maple Carpet Cleaning makes the use of three step procedure.
Maple Carpet Cleaning Services in Virginia offers four types of services, such as carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, pet odor removal and deodorization. This company is highly adored by many individuals and professional institutions for its excellence in craftsmanship and outstanding customer services.
Hews Carpet Care
Hews Carpet Care is offering their services for quite a long time. They are professionals who are providing their excellent services in the area of upholstery cleaning and carpet cleaning services in Virginia, Washington D.C and Maryland area. Apart from their carpet cleaning service, they are also engaged in drapery cleaning, carpet stretching, carpet installations and repairs.
Hews Carpet Care not only covers their services for household segment, but also deal with governmental and commercial areas as well. They also offer carpet cleaning coupons for their regular as well as new customers. If you are living in Virginia and looking for carpet cleaning services with reasonable saving opportunity, Hews Carpet Care can be a good choice for you.
Everyone knows how carpet enhances the beauty of an ordinary room. No matter what the size of the room is, but when you place a carpet, it improves the overall look and feel. But when it becomes dirty, there is certainly a reason to worry. While many of us take the benefit of professional help, many may attempt to clean it by themselves. People usually look for useful tips and info on cleaning carpet, needless to say, Internet is the most accessible medium of helpful information. In this article, we will discuss about different tips and info on cleaning carpet.
Clean with Shampoo
This is one of the most common methods of cleaning carpet. Both professionals and non-professionals use this technique to clean carpet. So, you may have found about this technique in various discussions, tips and info on cleaning carpet. The process is not so techie; however, it needs practice and skills. You can buy cleaning solution from the supermarket. The cleaning solutions need to be spread throughout the area. Once it becomes dried, it turns out to be brittle; it is then vacuumed with the help of a vacuum cleaner.
Apply Homemade Solution
Many people look for homemade solution, tips and info on cleaning carpet. It is mainly because of two reasons. Either there are children members in the family or the family has some pets like dogs, cats and the like. The chemicals present in the cleaning solution may turn out to be harmful for children and pets, so these individuals deliberately look for herbal or homemade solution. Mix white vinegar, baking soda and water together. Apply this solution over the stained area. The acetic acid present in the vinegar helps removing the bad odor from the carpet.
As you can easily understand, homemade products are far better than commercialized synthetic products. So, when on earth you are going through any carpet cleaning guide, or tips and info on carpet maintenance and care, odds are there that you will find valuable information on the benefits of homemade products. Virtually, the advantages of the combination of vinegar and baking soda as cleaning solution are simply endless, since the solution is disinfectant, deodorizer and stain remover.
An old proverb says that prevention is better than cure. The same line goes with carpet cleaning. It is better to vacuum it thoroughly on a regular basis than to seek for professional help when you find it a chaos already. Needless to say, it is one of the most commonly advised useful tips and info on carpet cleaning and proper maintenance. Most of the wears in the carpet actually occur as a result of improper maintenance and dirt. Since dirt always attracts more dirt, so if you do not vacuum it on a regular basis, more dirt is accumulated day by day. So, vacuum frequently.
Steam carpet cleaning method is one of the most widely used methods. Many professional carpet cleaning companies use this method as the primary mode of cleaning carpet. This is also known as Hot Water Extraction Method. While the other cleaning methods are classified under the category of light surface cleaning, steam carpet cleaning method is considered as the only cleaning method defined as deep cleaning method.
Unless alternative carpet cleaning methods came too, many people considered steam carpet cleaning as the automatic choice for maintenance and cleaning method. This is why till today, steam carpet cleaning has been one of the major carpet cleaning businesses in the United States. Here, in this article, we will discuss about few essential facts about steam carpet cleaning that you must not wish to miss out.
Is It Water Spray or Steam?
This procedure is frequently named as steam cleaning. In the majority of the cases, fine spray of clean water is employed to force out soil from the carpet. The vacuum cleaner, located in front of the sprayer, then sucks up all the dirt immediately. In very rare occasions, real form of steams is used. In the steam carpet cleaning method, professionals spray a water solution mixed with detergent over the carpeting. Then a vacuum cleaner is used to remove the water and soil together.
Truck-Mounted Vacuum vs. Portable Vacuum
Many professional cleaners use a truck-mount vacuum machine to extricate the soils from the carpet, or else, they may also count on small and portable vacuum machine which can be carried over to the home or office. However, the truck-mounted system is mostly preferred from health and efficiency aspects.
Since the truck-mounted system extricates the dirty air and humidity outside of the house, this steam carpet cleaning method is mostly appreciated. It does not allow the dirty air to re-circulate throughout the house. In addition, the truck-mounted system is more efficient than the portable system and the truck-mounted system facilitates a better cleaning job.
During steam carpet cleaning, the carpet gets thoroughly dampened. Additionally, the pad at the bottom of the carpet also becomes wet. If the room does not have adequate ventilation or if the humidity is too high, steam cleaning of carpet may increase the vulnerability of mold growth. Once the evolution starts, it is virtually impossible to resist. Even when the molds are not growing, it becomes problematic, since it causes various health complications like asthma and allergies.
Carpets are affected badly most of times by numbers of insects. Bugs are one of the insects that affect mostly on a carpet. The relation between Carpet Cleaning and Bugs are very strong in this manner. The protection is very much needed for preventing the carpets from the harmful insects for providing it more life and strength. Carpet Cleaning and Bugs are the two very inter related topics in this aspect.
Not only bugs but also the other familiar insects such as fleas, ticks, mites, wasps, centipedes, mosquitoes and other flying insects are very harmful in this issue which can weaken your carpet so the process of Carpet Cleaning and Bugs, fleas, ticks and lice removing in very essential for adding some extra life or essence of beauty to your carpets. Other critters like mold, mildew, influenza and bacteria are also very harmful for your authentic carpets.
Essential Understanding about the Subject
The relation between the process of Carpet Cleaning and Bugs is very co-related. Through this article you can easily find out the relationship among them. Female bugs are dangerous for your loving carpet where many sweet memories has been laid but the presence of the bugs can add some more tragic memory by laying their eggs in the carpet. The female bugs can set down five eggs per day and five hundred eggs in their life time. The bugs do not shell like the ants and that make the Carpet Cleaning tough for Bugs removal.
Bugs are the Main Enemy for Your Carpet
The bugs lay their eggs in different parts of a carpet. The eggs are small, whitish and very tough to notice without the use of magnification machinery. In the first stage the eggs are featured sticky but with the proceeding of time they became spread to the entire carpets and the main thing is that they are looked like a small pin head. For this cause the eggs are not ordinarily possible to see with bare eye. The relation between the Carpet Cleaning and Bugs are very essential for the long life of your carpet without any hazards to sleep over it.
Seventy to ninety degree temperatures are the most efficient climate for the reproduction of bugs as well as their lives. The bugs can generate their three or more generations in about a year and this will make your carpets irritable and out of use as well as weaken. The bed bugs are become very active in night and irritate you during sleeping so for a good and healthy sleep in the night without any hazards the relation between Carpet Cleaning and Bugs are very important.
The most common carpet cleaning methods employed by carpet cleaners are steam, dry cleaning and shampoo. No matter what type of cleaning methods is chosen, but the best carpet cleaning methods depend on the expertise and experience of the cleaner. Since every method has its own pros and cons, so there is no definition of the best carpet cleaning methods as such. When you hire professional cleaners, it is their expertise and dedication that leave your carpet dirt free, no matter what carpet cleaning methods they have employed. Let us explores three different carpet cleaning methods, best one is the one which you find most suitable to your needs and offer you best outcome in a cost-benefit analysis.
This is also known as hot water extraction method. This is one of the best known carpet cleaning methods used in the carpet cleaning industry. While using this technique, the carpet cleaners usually bring a portable unit at your place. Otherwise, they may also bring a big steaming machine mounted on the van. Although these two options are great, but many company prefer to use truck-mount machine since it provides better support for heat and vacuum. In addition, carpet cleaning solution is also employed to the rug and allocated it to settle over there. It is then washed up with clean water. Sometimes, carpet cleaning professionals also use rising solution for the purpose of washing up the solution.
Many carpet cleaners consider the dry cleaning method as one of the best carpet cleaning methods since it has minimum risk for soap residue. In the dry cleaning method, the cleaners apply dry but slightly moist powder over the stained area of the carpet and let it agitate. After some time, the powder is vacuumed up. It is then cleaned up the dirt along with. In recent days, the focus has been shifted towards using organic powder without any synthetic content in it. Many standard carpet cleaners use organic cleaning powders. Apart from that, dry foam method is also used as a substitute for shampoo cleaning, one of the best carpet cleaning methods used both professionally and non-professionally.
As its name implies, in this method shampoo type carpet cleaning solution is applied and the area is allowed to become agitated. The cleaning solution soaks up the dirt from the carpet and the solution is left there to dry. As soon as the cleaning solution becomes dry, it turns into brittle form and becomes separated from the fibers of the carpet. So it can be easily removed with the help of a vacuum cleaner. Shampoo cleaning method is a widely used method that an amateur can also employ for the cleaning purpose. This method is also referred to as encapsulation. Usually it takes one to three hours for drying up.
Is there any one on the face of earth who bears with a stained carpet? Probably the answer is no. Once you find a stain over your carpet, your mind somehow draws to that part too often and looks for an effective solution for cleaning the carpet area. If you visit local stores, you may see range of carpet cleaning products, some of which are even quite costly. But the irony is you really don't need to pay high for getting carpet cleaning solutions. In fact, you can make homemade carpet cleaning solution, while not compromising with quality.
Homemade Stain Remover
In order to prepare homemade stain remover, a great carpet cleaning solution, you need white vinegar, baking soda and water. Now blend white vinegar and baking soda nicely to make a paste. Then brush the paste over the stained area and let it dry. When it becomes dry, blow it up with the help of a vacuum cleaner. The stain from carpet will be vanished. However, not all stains removed only one attempt. For them, a multitude of attempts may become necessary.
For Steam Cleaners
If you have a steam cleaner, you can prepare homemade cleaning solution for your steam cleaners as well. It is very simple to do. You just only need two ingredients – white vinegar and hot water – and then fill the steam cleaner. Next step is very simple. It is very likely that you have used your steam cleaner before. You have to follow the same procedure while using these two ingredients. If you have just bought your steam cleaner and never used before, please read the manufacturer's instruction regarding the use.
Benefits of Homemade Cleaners
Many people on earth prefer homemade carpet cleaning solution over commercialized ones. It is simply because the homemade carpet cleaning solution works with optimum efficiency like the commercialized ones, however, without posing threat for any potential chemical harm. Secondly, you can prepare homemade carpet cleaning solution at lesser price compared to the products available in the market, which means it is also smoother for your purse. The acetic acid present in the vinegar is effective in removing stain and odors.
So, when you are getting a low-priced effective carpet cleaning solution, which works like an excellent disinfectant, deodorizer and spot remover, why are you heading for other costly products available in the marketplace? It's the high time to give your carpet a new look with homemade carpet cleaning solution. Apart from so many benefits offered by homemade carpet cleaning solution, it is also safe for kids and pets.
If you visit to supermarket, it is quite unlikely if you have missed watching the shelves consisting of different carpet cleaning products. While some of the carpet cleaning products are for general purposes, some for specific reasons. The products for carpet cleaning may range from shampoo to spray and so on. In fact, many people prefer to use shampoos and spot cleaners. So, these two belong to the category of major carpet cleaning products. In this article, we will shed light on various carpet cleaning products available in the marketplace.
Shampoos are one of most commonly used carpet cleaning products. However, if you have messed up while using these products, you must use hot water extraction immediately. In fact, it happens too frequently for people who are not handling carpet cleaning job professionally. So, it may happen to you if you are trying to clean your carpets, while not having enough expertise. Apart from this reason, many people prefer to use shampoo and hot water extraction to clean extremely dirty carpets.
Similar to shampoo, Bonnet cleaning specifically includes a spongy pad, referred to as bonnet, which is connected to the bottom portion of a rotary machine. This is one of the most widely used carpet cleaning products for cleaning and maintaining commercial places. During the application of the product, detergent solution or shampoos is squirted and rotary pad is applied to stir up and confiscate the dust shelved the detergent solution away from the carpet. If both of the sides of the carpet become dirty, the rotary pad can be reinstated and shortly unsoiled.
Stain repellent is one of the most commonly used carpet cleaning products. It is used to remove the stains created by coffee, alcohol or other water / oil based products. If you use it without any professional help, you better read the instructions thoroughly before applying the same on the carpet. Since it contains many harmful chemicals and strong odor which can be eventually uncomfortable for the body, you must care to protective gear to defend against these chemicals at the time you are handling such carpet cleaning products.
Many people prefer using dry carpet cleaning products over solvents. Quite obviously, dry powder is one of the most excellent choices for them. Similar to carpet cleaning solutions, dry powder is effective in removing deep down dirt and offer an elegant finishing. Odds are there when you are using solutions, it may leave soap residue in the carpet, which may eventually bring new dirt. However, this is not common with dry powder products. So many people like to use dry powder for their carpet cleaning purpose.
Similar to any other companies, a few numbers of carpet cleaning companies belong to the group of bad companies. Admitted, majority of carpet cleaning companies are doing their business with honesty, but for some of them honesty is not the primary outlook. The later group tries to scam their customers. In this article, we will discuss about the common carpet cleaning scams that these carpet cleaning companies usually attempt to make. By reading this article, you can certainly make an informed choice, while making yourself free from possible scams.
Entice and Switch
This is one of the classic scams that carpet cleaning companies make. In this scam, customers are tempted in with an extremely low priced option. Most commonly you have seen advertisements in your local newspaper that some carpet cleaning companies offer their service as less as at USD 5 per room, which is virtually an unreasonable price at which no business can make any profit. But in majority of the cases, these companies do not depart your house at such price. They then adapt few scamming techniques to raise the bill, once you become captured into their hand.
Preconditioning trick is one of the commonest modes to increase the bill. The majority of legitimate carpet cleaning companies usually include this in their pricing, yet the scenario is quite opposing for the scammer companies. Odds are there that the scammer companies clean the room at the rate of USD 5 per room, but they have all the possibilities to add the additional USD 25 per square foot just to meet up the costs in preconditioning. If you refuse to do preconditioning, chances are likely you will end up either poor quality finishing or rush job.
Additional Room Trick
Some carpet cleaning companies raise their bills by additional room charges. When you are using a coupon, you need to read its fine print thoroughly. Some carpet cleaning companies simply claim for additional charges over a particular size of room, say over 100 square feet of carpet area, which is virtually impossible to limit in actual situation. This implies the typical sized room will be considered as double room under this scheme. So, virtually you are paying more to these scammer companies.
Many carpet cleaning companies tender protection services at a quite reasonable price. In fact, this service usually does not come under entice and switch, if the company does not need to adapt high pressure tricks to survive in their business. This type of company usually informs their customers that the carpet will be damaged if they do not apply the carpet protectors. Although carpet protector is simply great to extend the quality life of the carpet, it is not a mandatory option for the carpet. Beware.
Carpet cleaning business is one of the business industries that never fall. No one loves to see a stained carpet in their home. When an individual buys a carpet, he or she never wants to look it dirty or damaged as long as it is in their home. Since carpet cleaning demands expertise and skills, so not everyone can try using carpet cleaning solutions personally. Rather they prefer to look for a professional solution. This is why carpet cleaning business is always on demand. Needless to say, it is quite a profitable business as well.
Carpet cleaning business has high level of job satisfaction, if you have a fascination towards helping people to improve the beauty of their room. The job, if you think it from different angle, accommodates a dynamic setup for office space, since you get the opportunity to visit houses of different people and virtually their homes are your office space. Unlike to any other businesses, carpet cleaning businesses have very little running costs involved, once you are packed up with necessary carpet cleaning appliances and equipments.
Carpet Cleaning Services
When you own a carpet cleaning business, you have a wide number of options to serve your customers. One of them is of course carpet cleaning services. In fact, it is the major service with which you are known to be an owner of a carpet cleaning business. In order to provide a cleaning service, you only need to be equipped with necessary products, appliances and other necessary equipments. Last but not the least you should have to educate yourself with sufficient knowledge regarding different carpet cleaning methodologies and available products in the marketplace.
Typically a carpet cleaning business does not limit its service only to cleaning service. In addition, it may also facilitate services like selling products, equipments or appliances for personal use. Moreover, offering guidance and counseling may also be essential parts of carpet cleaning business. If the business runs successfully, it can also come up with varieties of other options such as offering apprenticeship to prospective job seekers, etc.
The fun of this business is of course its flexibility of services. People love to decorate their rooms with carpet and any maintenance related to carpet belongs to carpet cleaning business. So, if you have planned to start a carpet cleaning business of your own, don't be late. Start researching on various available products and equipments and their usage, different stains and all other relevant information regarding carpet cleaning and maintenance, grab some good products and start it off.
There is a significant difference between carpet and upholstery cleaning. While you can try cleaning carpet at home, but upholstery cleaning always needs professional help. Apart from spot removal, carpet and upholstery cleaning is quite different. There are wide varieties of products used for carpet and upholstery cleaning and maintenance.
Methods used for carpet cleaning
Carpet and Upholstery both are very frequently used for decorating the households or the business areas but there are some clear differences between the carpet and upholstery cleaning techniques. The carpets are being cleaned with numbers of processes which are applied rapidly. Steam or the technique of hot water extraction is the main process among them all. Dry cleaning and shampoo are the two others methods which have some uses also. Some of the well accepted carpet cleaning solutions is mentioned in this occasion.
Hot Water Extraction Method of Cleaning
The methods used for carpet and upholstery cleaning are not the same in manner. Carpet cleaning is done by the rapid use of dry powders, dry foams, shampoos and bonnets with the most effective method of hot water extraction. Hot water extraction is the most accessible method used by a huge percentage under the blue sky. In this method either the cleaning company would bring a mini unit to your resident for cleaning the carpet at home or the company will bring a 'truck mount' for carrying the carpet to their warehouse.
In this method the cleaning process is done by the use of high heat and great vacuum process. A solution is used for cleaning the carpet gently and allowed it to reside thoroughly. Then the carpet is sponged down with water as well as the rinsing solution. In the method of hot water extraction the drying time of the cleaned carpet is approximately between four to six hours.
Shampoo and the Carpet Cleaning System
Shampoo is another instrument for cleaning the carpets. In this cleaning system of the carpets a solution is taken and applied to the floor coverings and frantic. The cleaning solution then captivated the soil and after this step the carpet has been taken for drying it. When the cleaner became fragile and easy broken then the fibers are broken out and the entire carpet body became unsoiled or dirt free during the whole body is nurtured by the vacuum cleaner. This carpet cleaning procedure with shampoo is also recognized as Encapsulation. The average time for drying the carpet during Encapsulation is approximately 1 to 3 hours.
Camping trailers are simply a perfect option for families which love to enjoy the scenic beauty of nature as a part of their outdoor activities. Camping trailers facilitates a nice and safe place for sleeping as well as a good carrier for different camping accessories and supplies. Additionally, camping trailers are a good mode for transportation. Camping trailers are available in a wide variety of sizes of the accommodation, varying from one individual to a dozen, you can choose depending on your budget and requirement.
A Pick-up Home
Camping trailers can be hooked up by using a car or pick-up truck. These trailers can be set up very easily and quickly. You can place the trailers to utilize right away by towing in the campground, or anywhere during urgent situations. Many camping trailers offer the facility of electricity and plumbing connections, which certainly brings more comfort like home. Not only for the camping purpose, but the camping trailers can be used for other purposes as well, for instance, when the house get damaged due to any natural calamities or for some other reasons like fire.
A Great Carrier
Camping trailers can be used for carrying goods to campsite or to other places as well. When you are moving to some new places, it is very likely that you may need to carry heavy stuffs like stoves, kitchen appliances, plumbing tools, chairs and many others, the shifting becomes very easy and comfortable if you use camping trailers for them. Additionally, when you are at your campsite, you do not need to worry about keeping a good eye on objects, if you have camping trailer with you.
A Shading Option
When you attach a canopy to your camping trailer, you can enjoy shading. It can protect you during rainy weather or direct mid-day sunlight. You can use it as a great area for relaxing. You can even use the shaded area if you do prefer to sleep within sleeping bag for staying close to true outdoors. In addition, you can use this area if you have planned for early outdoor activities like fishing. If you sleep there overnight, you can easily wake up with the touch of first sunshine, even without disturbing your co-campers who are sleeping peacefully inside the camping trailer.
An Outside Home
Camping trailers can be used as an outside home that kids really enjoy. They prefer it to share with their friends and sleep with them in the backyard or driveway, with the enjoyment of outdoor sleeping experience. Camping trailers are safer than the tent, so parents can feel good about it. If you have children in your family, look how much they enjoy spending their time inside the trailer right outside of your doorsteps.
When you are on your camping trip, camping stoves can serve you the best to meet your cooking needs. There are various ways that you can employ to ensure that your camping stoves are functioning optimally. In this article, we will discuss how you can obtain great performance from your stoves, exclusively designed for camping purpose.
Choose the Correct One
Not all camping stoves serve the same purpose. You have to choose the correct one depending on a wide variety of factors, such as your camping destinations, number of campers in the group, etc. Unless you choose the right stoves for your camping needs, it will be harder for you to keep them working according to your expectation.
When you are on your camping trip, quite obviously you might be looking for something that do not make burden on you with its extra weight. So, when you choose camping stoves, portability matters a lot. Everyone wants something lightweight. Many lightweight portable stoves weigh around 12.5lb to 23lb, which are simply ideal to use during camping session.
Proper Fuel Supply
It is essential to choose appropriate fuel supply for your camping stoves. Fuels that are easily available such as propane are most popular choice for many campers. Since the carrying capacity is limited, it is also important that the chosen fuel should be able to provide enough heat. Butane and propane can serve this purpose effectively.
Additionally, weather influences the selection of fuel quite significantly, for instance, if you are camping during winter, choosing white fuel is good for your camping stoves. So, it is better that you look for camping stoves that have multi-fuel option. In most of the luxurious camping stoves you can enjoy this facility.
Single burner stoves are good if you are alone on your camping trip. But when you are camping with your family and friends, it is always better to go for multi-burner camping stoves. As you know, multi-burner camping stoves will allow you to cook several items together, this effectively saves your time and effort, and certainly gives you more energy and time to make the moment precious, and after all, this is what you come for.
Value Brand Name
While choosing your camping stoves, do not go for cheaper deals. Rather you must care to buy branded products. Truly you have to pay more if you choose branded ones, but you can be rest assured with the efficiency and safety of the products, you have chosen. Only a reputed brand can offer you different flexible features attached with your stoves, exclusively designed for your camping needs.
Knives have great significance in human history of hunting and outdoor activities. Aligned to this historical fact, camping knives are designed specifically to meet the camping needs. Knives can offer different types of solutions, since knives can be used as weapons, equipments and cooking appliances. The use of the knives is typically unisexual, which means both the genders can take the benefit of knives in different situations.
When you are planning for a camping trip, quite obviously you have to care buying or collecting several camping gears, so that your trip could be trouble-free, exciting and pleasant. Without the help of different camping gears, you can not possibly enjoy all the funs of a camping trip. Likewise many other essential camping gears, camping knives are vital for the success of the camping trip. The manufacturers design various types of camping knives used for a wide array of purposes.
There are different types of camping knives available in the marketplace. You can buy survival knives especially when you are planning to head for wild camping. As its name suggests, survival camping knives are used in emergency and survival conditions. These types of knives are designed with a long, strong blade and they are portable in nature. Typically survival camping knives have saw like teeth at any one side of the long blade. There are ongoing debates on the appropriate length of the blade of the survival knives.
As Kitchen Appliances
When you are on a camping, you may like to use chef's knives. Typically, when you shop from any standard camping gear retailers, you will be offered with varieties of camping knives pack, which includes all the necessary knives, forks and spoons. In most of the cases, the camping knives designed exclusively for kitchen purpose are made up of stainless steel. Hence these knives generally do not get much affected by the changing weather or humidity in the air.
Fixed Blade & Folding Knives
As their name suggests, fixed blade camping knives contain one blade fixed in front of a holder. Typically survival knives are fixed blade knives. These types of knives are kept inside the boot and used to defend during any emergency situations. On the other hand, folding knives are designed for multi-purpose uses. These knives house more than one tool in a pack. All of them are very small in size and can be easily fitted into a pocket. Generally, the blade of the fixed blade knives is lengthier than the blades of the folding knives.