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Witches, Trolls, Elves, and Goblins of Elsah

Did you ever wonder where witches, trolls, elves, and goblins go to retire? Long a secret, it has been rumored they live in the mysterious and mystical village of Elsah, along the Great Mississippi River Road in middle America. The settlement, nestled in a valley that time forgot, flourishes today. But it wasn’t by coincidence the early nineteenth century village of Elsah came into existence – it was out of need. In 1820, during the great festival of Halloween, the grand clans of witches, trolls, elves, and goblins gathered in the Catskill mountains of New York. Their task being how to deal with their aging members, and their corresponding waning skills. Although each clan made argument against separating from their kinsman, ultimately it was decided that a grand retirement community was to be established in middle America. There, the senior members of these groups could spend the remaining days of their time on earth in peace and solitude, and away from the distractions of mortals. Or so they thought…


A gruff voice bellowed, “Gisella, the witches have had control over Elsah long enough, it is time to give one of the other clans an opportunity to lead.”

“It’s however the votes go, Zoljin. The witches have only been fortunate through the will of all the clans. And it does take someone with, can we say, a little something up here,” she teased, tapping her forehead. “You’ll have your chance when my term ends.”

Loud murmurs were heard among the trolls.

Zoljin spoke. “Make your fun Gisella. But since the last election, have you noticed the change in the numbers of dwarf trolls and goblins compared to elves and witches?” He grinned wide. “When I’m elected, there are going to be some changes made around here.”

“You’re a buffoon, Zoljin. But I didn’t call this meeting to listen to your rantings.”

Standing in the middle of stone ruins from an old mill house, she turned her attention to the citizens of the village that had gathered. All together, they numbered six hundred and seventy-three. “As you all know, for the last two centuries, we have been fortunate to exist here without much intervention from the outside world. But with the development of the communities around us, we are becoming more noticeable by the mortals. Perhaps it is time for us to find another place to live.”

The gathering suddenly became very active and voices of dissension could be heard coming from the furthest reaches of the group.

“No-o-o,” yelled Dalfry, leader of the goblins as he made his way to the front of the crowd. “We have been here too long, and moving is out of the question. What craziness has brought you to even contemplate such a thing?”

Raising her hands in an attempt to quiet the settlement, Gisella answered loudly. “The mortal’s technology is greater than it used to be. It is only a matter of time before they discover we are not of their kind. Our magic makes us appear as one of them during the day, but I warn you, they won’t be fooled much longer.”

“Nildur,” she called out, pointing to the chief elf, “you and I have discussed this many times the last few decades. Tell them, you agree with me.”

Zoljin and Dalfry turned toward Nildur waiting to hear his reply.

“Yes, we have discussed it, Gisella, and you know my position on it is not as clear as yours. I still have questions. So far, our magic has kept the humans from the true knowledge, and they only see us as one of them when they come to visit our community and homes. But after dark, no one that is an outsider comes here, thus permitting us to be our true selves.”

“Those that do,” interjected Dalfry, “get the fright of their life.”

The trolls and goblins roared.

“But aren’t you weary of disguising yourselves all day?” she pleaded with everyone. “I know when the dark comes we all transform into our true identities, but wouldn’t it be nice to just be ourselves all the time? The only break we ever get is during the festival of Halloween -when the mortals are too naïve to notice.”

“I have considered the impact discovery of our community would bring to our world,” said Nildur, “but we also would be going against the biddings of the grand clans. So, until we get approval from them, I am not in favor of leaving Elsah. Besides, we are too old to be looking for a new home. It takes great magic to prepare a place for us, and I don’t think we have it within us to make it happen.”

“Speak for yourself, Nildur. We troll and goblins can still perpetrate mischievous absurdities, surprise, and mislead the honest and sober. So don’t lump us into your weak rendition of what we can do or not.”

“Does that mean you are willing to consider a move then, Zoljin?” asked Gisella?

“Not at all,” he rumbled. “I’m for staying here and letting the humans know we are here.”

Gasps came from various quarters of the crowd; mostly from the elves.

“We can’t do that!” Nildur pleaded, trying to gain agreement from the majority of the villagers. “This has been our home for well over one hundred and fifty years. To reveal ourselves now to the humans would surely mean the end of all of us. Humans can be so judgmental and unsympathetic.”

“And may I add,” warned Gisella, throwing her voice as far as she could, “may even bring down the grand clans.”

Murmurs and grouses rose up from the assembly, mostly from the groups of trolls and goblins.

Zoljin waddled his short body next to Gisella with surprising speed. He threw his arms into the air indicating he was about to speak. “The grand clans are more than capable of taking care of themselves,” he emphasized. “They are younger and more powerful than we are. So don’t let Gisella or Nildur persuade you otherwise. We may be the seniors of our kind, but we still collectively maintain sufficient magical power to thwart the mortals.

He pointed at one of the other goblins in the middle of the gathering. “Nox, do you enjoy transforming into a human every day?”

Nox, surprised to be singled out, momentarily froze. His miniature, green body stiffening with each eye cast in his direction.

“Yes please,” yelled Gisella, “tell us how you feel, Nox. I’m sure coming from you your words will carry much weight.”

“Don’t make fun of him, Gisella, said Nildur. “He may be somewhat unintelligent and petty, but he is one of us and has the right to give his opinion about what happens in Elsah.”

Nox somewhat gathered his composure after Nildur’s support. “I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit. I find the form of a human repugnant. That’s why I stay in the caves all day, so I don’t have to transform.”

Whoops and hollers and fists rose up from the trolls and goblins. “Yeah, Nox, we agree with you.”

Gisella raised her cane sending a short bolt of light and bang to quiet the outburst. “That is exactly my point, everyone. The witches don’t necessarily like altering our appearances either.”

Then she engaged Zoljin loud enough so everyone could hear. “If we agree to move, we surely are able to find a place far from human settlements where we won’t have to change our appearance.”

“Or, we can stay here and not worry about what the humans think of us,” Zoljin challenged.

Nildur intervened. “Look, it’s obvious we aren’t going to settle this issue today. So may I suggest we all go home and think about what we must collectively do.”

Gisella nodded in agreement, and all the villagers separated and went to their respective homes.

Zoljin accompanied Dalfry to the entrance of his cave. “Brother, you and I and our clans are in agreement on staying here, and we possibly have the numbers to vote our wish. But did you notice Nildur was on the fence about what to do?”

“Yes, brother. I think he would be a good ally to bring over to our side. But the elves are sensitive to changes. However, a threat from the outside world surely would pressure them to consider a move.

“Then we have to force him to see reason,” added Zoljin. “I’ll invite him to meet with us.”

The beings carefully plotted their strategy.


The next night, Nildur, Zoljin, and Dalfry met under the stone aqueduct. The light of the near full moon could barely break through the cover of the trees.

“Why have you called me here, Zoljin?” asked Nildur, half stumbling in the dark – the sound of snapping twigs underfoot announcing his arrival.

“Because you are wise, Nildur,” said Zoljin, stepping from the shadows, “and command the respect of the elves. We need to discuss Gisella’s proposal for relocation with you.”

“But why here in secrecy… why not in the light of day?”

“Because we would have to take on ugly human form, and we try to avoid those situations when possible.”

“But if we meet inside our homes, where no strangers can see us, we can be ourselves. I don’t like going behind our mayor’s back… we should discuss these things out in the open.”

He answered, “And our argument is why can’t we just remove the magic that transforms us in the daytime so that we can be ourselves all the time.”

Nildur couldn’t believe what he was hearing. “You know that would only hasten mortal prejudices and fear.”

“So, are you suggesting the elves would go along with Gisella?”

“I didn’t say that, Zoljin. My vote at this point is to continue with the status quo.”

Zoljin chuckled. “That’s because your clan easily assimilates into human form. Except for a few anomalies, like your pointed ears, the mortal would embrace your kind. But we troll and goblins, with our grotesque features, would become outcasts and scorned, or worse.”

Dalfry elbowed his friend in the rib. “Tell him.”

“Tell me what?”

Zoljin feigned holding back their secret, then gave the awful news to Nildur. “The witches have plans to turn all the residents of Elsah into permanent mortals if we don’t agree to transfer to another place. They say it would be far better to join the humans than be destroyed by them. Better to live out a short life than to suffer at their hands. But if that happens, we lose what little magic we have remaining, and we will eventually all die an unnatural death.”

“Preposterous! All along she has said the reason to relocate was so that we could keep our original forms. How did you learn such a thing?”

“One of the goblins stumbled onto a coven meeting a few months ago. He found them cackling over that big cauldron they use, and looking at their daytime reflections in the boiling water. Gisella was trying to convince the old warts there was a chance they would not get the votes needed to move the settlement, especially if the elves rebelled. So she extolled to them the virtues of becoming human in the event they lost the vote and, if that happened, they should combine their witch powers to transform us all into humans.”

“She wouldn’t do that,” Nildur objected. “She knows the consequences of mortality. And the elves would never agree to it.”

Dalfry grabbed Nildur’s arm. “Friend, she plans to try and convince your clan they are the most fortunate, that elves look especially pretty as humans because you have more to work with. Look at us though, we are horrible looking, and even when we take on human form, we are very plain. But in our original forms, we at least have the dignity of knowing what we are, with no need to compete against each other. Besides, I enjoy having the little bit of magic that remains at this point in my life. Don’t you? All that will be gone!”

Nildur contemplated their story. “Then I have no choice but to confront her and tell her the elves will withdraw their support.”

Dalfry suddenly appeared alarmed at Nildur’s declaration, which did not go unnoticed by Zoljin. If Nildur were to confront Gisella, she would certainly convince him that everything they told him was a lie.

Zoljin made his next move and bowed his head in shame. “I should have come to you about this before, Nildur. But I didn’t believe any of this possible, that is, until yesterday. What I haven’t told you is… ” He again feigned reluctance.

“Out with it! What else is there?

“Gisella threatened that if you did not convince the elves to go along with the witch clan, she was going to make you disappear and make it look like the trolls and goblins did it in order to sway the elf clan against us. So you see, challenging her is not in your best interest. It will only hasten her resolve.”

Nildur thought for a moment, Elves do not physically age, and most closely resemble humans without transformation, so there is not much need to seek human form. However, we have limited magical ability, and are easily slain by violence or extreme negative emotion.

“Seems as though the witches have all the power,” he finally said.

“Yes, trolls may be skilled at reshaping things of nature and concealing ourselves in nature when needed, but we only cause havoc by making the mortals see things that aren’t really there. And the goblins… well, while ugly and annoying to humans, are more likely to be viewed only as outlandish tricksters, clumsy, blundering, and more difficult to take seriously.”

Dalfry scratched his head. “Not so sure I like what you just said,” he gruffed, bumping his chest against that of Zoljin.

“Alright you two,” Nildur intervened. “Let’s not fight among ourselves. The question is what do we do about Gisella?”

“She has to go, if you know what I mean,” stated Zoljin. “It’s her or us. And I believe I have a plan.”

Nildur was horrified at his recommendation. “Why can’t we take our concern to the leaders of the grand clans. Surely they would know how to deal with this.”

“Don’t you see, Nildur, they no longer want anything to do with us. That’s why they put the old folks out in the wilderness; a place where we would not be in the way. I ask you, has any of them ever come to Elsah for a visit? I’ll tell you the answer; it’s no. That’s because when they put us in Elsah, they expected us to take care of ourselves.”

Dalfry nodded his agreement.

“Then what did you have in mind?” asked Nildur.

Zoljin pulled at his grey beard. “Separate Gisella from the coven. She is the strongest, and without her, they will do whatever we say.”

“And how are we going to do that?”

“You lure her into the woods, Nildur. The trolls and goblins will bind and gag her. Witches must cast their spells vocally. Therefore, if we muzzle her, she will be powerless.

“And then what do we do with her?”

“Ironically, she will be her own demise. Being a strong witch, she will try to channel too much magic in order to free herself. Her own raw strength at attempting complicated or stressful spells will cause her to burn herself out. She’ll simply disappear forever.”

“I don’t know,” Nildur considered. “We’ve never done in one of our own kind.”

“She would do it to you! What do you say?”

“Let me sleep on it. It’s a lot to digest in a short period of time.”

“We’ll meet back here tomorrow afternoon for your answer.”


There was a knock on the door. “G-Gisella… come in,” a nervous Nildur invited. “W-what brings you here?”


Nildur turned paler than usual.

“You look alarmed, and suddenly don’t seem yourself,” she said, sneering. “What are you up to?”

“H-had a bad dream last night. All this talk of relocating or making ourselves human has me confused and on edge.”

“Personally, I don’t care one way or the other, Nildur, but you have to take a side. And, might I add, either way, the elves win. Your clan is already the most human-looking, so whether you transform or not, the mortals will likely accept you. It’s the rest of us you need to consider.”

“I still think we should consult the great clans.”

“Forget it.,” she said tersely. “They aren’t interested in our problems; they have their own to worry about. Do you need more persuasion?” she asked, taking a curious step in his direction.

He stumbled backwards. “I-I need more time.”

“Alright, you have two days until the full moon. I’ll be expecting your answer, and I hope it’s one you won’t regret.” She whisked herself from his presence as quickly as she arrived.


Nildur made his way through the forest to the aqueduct. The sun was directly overhead, but the tight canopy of the trees prevented sunlight from casting more than limited light and mysterious shadows. Dalfry and Zoljin were waiting.

“I didn’t trust you were being truthful with me yesterday, Zoljin, but Gisella paid me a visit this morning, and convinced me she is a threat. So I’ll agree to your plan, but it has to be done right away.”

“Good decision,” Dalfry said.

Without warning, stones and trees transformed into trolls. Goblins crawled from crevices in the ground and among the rocks. They quickly swarmed and surrounded Nildur; then stopped.

“We thought a demonstration would show you how we plan to capture Gisella,” said Zoljin. “We must move fast and catch her off guard. All you have to do is bring her here and we will do the rest.”


“At dusk she will be leaving her home to meet the coven. You must convince her to come here.”

“But what do I say?”

“You’re an elf, you’ll think of something. Be warned though… if you fail, you’ll be to blame for what happens to Elsah.”


Nildur worriedly waited outside Gisella’s home. He ran through a repertoire of dialogue he thought might work to bait her to the arranged site, but none seemed very convincing. She was very clever, and he could not take the chance of raising her suspicions.

After a bit, the door of her 1860’s home squeaked opened and there was Gisella. His knees shook.

Seeing him, “Nildur? What brings you here?”

He blurted out. “I-I took the liberty of contacting the leader of the grand witch clan about your proposal to relocate the members of Elsah. Needless to say, she was not happy and has come here to meet with you. Your presence is demanded to explain yourself.”

“The leader is here?” she repeated anxiously, looking around. “Where?”

“I’m to take you to her; let’s not keep her waiting.” He strode off in the direction of the aqueduct.

She trailed closely after Nildur, asking questions to which he gave no replies. Her mannerisms and talkativeness suggested she was genuinely concerned about meeting with the leader, and begged for Nildur’s support.

Gisella had not been paying attention to where they were going, but as they approached the aqueduct she became apprehensive and slowed her pace. “Where are you taking me?” she asked, scanning her surroundings. “I don’t believe the grand witch leader would agree to meet me here. What are you up to, Nildur?” she said, threatening harm.

“Come out, come out, wherever you are,” he implored, backing away from her.

Movement was detected from nearby rocks, and trees started to sway.


“Mayor, Mayor Swanson, are you okay?”

“Yes, I’m fine. I was deep in thought trying to finish the story I promised the residents of Elsah I’d write for this year’s Halloween party. I’m sort of stuck on the ending though.”

“Then you might want to save it for later, mayor. The press has arrived for your statement about the village revitalization plans. They’re waiting in the city council room.”

“Where are those notes?” she said under her breath, shuffling through papers on her desk. “Oh, here they are,” she said, knocking her desk plaque onto the floor in the process.

“I’ll get that, mayor, you better be going.”

As the mayor departed her office, the assistant picked up the plaque, and rubbed her sleeve across the brass lettering which read: Mayor Gisella Swanson, then neatly placed it back onto her desktop. She immediately followed after her boss.

Before entering the council chamber, a plain-looking man caught up with them and whispered in the mayor’s ear. “We have some unfinished business to discuss, mayor.”

She turned and faced the man. “Not now, Dalfry,” and she went inside to the waiting reporters.

Source by Anthony Mays

Bowens Disease Treatment Tips

Bowen’s Disease is also known as Bowen’s. Bowen’s disease is a type of slow-growing and scaly skin patch. Bowen’s, most often, looks like a bright-red or pink scaly patch, located on previously or presently sun-exposed skin. Causes of BD include solar damage, arsenic, immunosuppression (including AIDS), viral infection (human papillomavirus or HPV) and chronic skin injury and dermatoses. It is thought to develop partly as a result of long-term sun exposure. The incidence in the UK is around 14 per 100,000 per year but a study of white people from Hawaii gave 10 times that figure, presumably because of exposure to strong sunlightIt is seen most often on the legs of women. Bowen disease most commonly is reported in whites. Bowen’s disease is not infectious or due to an allergy.

Bowen’s disease is most often seen in people in their 60s and 70s, and is about three times more common in women than men. Bowen’s disease typically presents as a gradually enlarging, well demarcated erythematous plaque with an irregular border and surface crusting or scaling. Bowen’s disease is more common in sunny countries. However, since areas of the body that are not normally exposed to sunlight (such as the genitals or anus) can be affected, sun exposure can’t be the sole risk factor. Virus infection has been implicated, particularly human papillomavirus (usually HPV 16 but more rarely HPV 2). Bowen’s disease is diagnosed with a biopsy. This involves a small part of the affected area being removed. A local anaesthetic is given to numb the area.

Once Bowen’s disease escapes the epidermis, it can become a more aggressive form of skin cancer. Photodynamic therapy (PDT), Cryotherapy (freezing) or local chemotherapy (with 5-fluorouracil) are favored by some clinicians over excision. Radiotherapy treats Bowen’s disease by using high- energy x-rays which destroy the abnormal cells while doing as little harm as possible to normal cells. Topical therapy is the use of a cream which is applied over a period of time to the affected area. Superficial x-ray treatment may be best for those unsuitable for surgery, especially with multiple lesions. Imiquimod 5% cream appears to be an effective treatment for Bowen’s disease on the lower limbs. Radiation therapy is rarely used now.

Bowens Disease Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Curettage is scraping off the abnormal skin under a local anaesthetic.

2. Excision (cutting the patch out) is done under local anaesthetic.

3. Efudix cream is a cream that may control or eradicate the disorder.

4. Photodynamic therapy is a new form of treatment.

5. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a newer treatment which is used for different skin conditions.

6. Topical therapy is the use of a cream which is applied over a period of time to the affected area.

7. Cryotherapy may be possible to remove the area by freezing it. Liquid nitrogen is sprayed onto the affected area to freeze it.

Source by Juliet Cohen

Hepatitis treatment with ayurveda, yoga and panchkarma

Among the many diseases that can affect the liver the most common is Hepatitis (a viral infection of the liver). Drugs, viruses, bacteria, mushrooms, and parasites like amoebas or giardiasis can cause hepatitis. The most common hepatitis viruses affecting the liver are named for letters of the alphabet: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, hepatitis D, and hepatitis E

  • Hepatitis A takes 14 to 21 days after infection to cause symptoms. It is transmitted through food. Once infected with HAV, some symptoms such as dark yellow urine and fatigue will begin to appear within 25 days
  • Hepatitis B is on the increase worldwide. It is transmitted through direct contact with blood, serum, saliva, faeces, urine, and sexual contact
  • Hepatitis C is a truly serious disease with no known effective treatment. It is transmitted through blood and body fluids in transfusions, injections, the sharing of IV needles with drug users, and possibly by sexual contact with exposed partners.
  • Hepatitis D only occurs in the presence of Hepatitis B virus
  • Hepatitis E is another common type of hepatitis in developing countries. It occurs in epidemics. The infection route for it is faucal-oral, the same as the route for Hepatitis A virus; therefore, again, you must be very careful in what you eat and drink
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Rigors and chills
  • Dark color urine
  • White color stool
  • Very much weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of weight
  • Pain in liver area


  • In modern medicine, the only protection against hepatitis is the HAV and the HBV vaccines. There is nothing available for HCV protection so far.
  • Therefore, limiting our exposure to hepatitis is the best prevention.
  • Doing safe sexual practices.
  • Taking precautions when exposed to blood and blood products.
  • Avoiding the sharing of IV needles.
  • Taking care to eat in restaurants that enforce hand-washing policies among their employees.
  • Avoiding scavenger seafood


Cirrhosis of the liver is a chronic, diffuse degenerative liver disease in which the parenchyma (the functional organ tissue) degenerates, the lobules are infiltrated with fat and structurally altered, dense perilobular connective tissue forms, and areas of regeneration often develop. Cirrhosis is the seventh leading cause of death by disease in the United States. In most cases, though, there is a loss of liver cell function, and an increased resistance to blood flows through the damaged liver tissue (a condition known as portal hypertension) leading to esophageal varices. Severe cirrhosis leads to ammonia toxicity, hepatic coma, gastrointestinal haemorrhage, and kidney failure. As liver cells are destroyed, they are systematically replaced by scar tissue.


  • Alcohol abuse
  • Treatment of liver cirrhosis
  • Altered diet (eat small but frequent meals of nutritious foods).
  • Avoiding or limiting the use of alcoholic beverages
  • Avoid chemicals or chemicals based drugs
  • Sodium and fluids should be restricted
  • Patients should avoid exposure to infections
  • Our liver protective package

n our centre Ayurvedayogashram Amritsar, India we are providing pure ayurvedic and herbal remedy for all type of Hepatitis with the help of Ayurveda, Yoga and Panchkarma. We provide online and offline both type of treatments.

Source by Dr Naveen Kumar arya reports Chinese Chicken producers up in arms against cheap US imports

Calls are growing for action against imports of cheap chicken from the United States which some claim benefit from state subsidies. In particular, a type of chicken known as poulard — young hens that have been spayed to fatten them — are being targeted.

China announced dumping and subsidy probes on chicken and auto products from the US on Sept 13, two days after US President Barack Obama imposed tariffs on tires from China.

Chinese industries complain that they’re being hurt by “unfair trade practices”, the Ministry of Commerce said on its website?and  The dumping investigation relates to poultry alone.

Ma Chuang, deputy secretary-general of the China Animal Agriculture Association, said investigations into the issue had been going on for nearly six months and the results were sent to the Ministry of Commerce formally in August, and We did it on the basis of complaints from domestic companies and relevant investigations.

Over the past three years, Chinese poulard producers have seen their profits decline, with the situation worsening since the second half of 2008. During that period, imports of poulard rose sharply, Ministry of Commerce data shows

China imported 790,000 tons of poulard products in 2008, of which more than 73.4 percent was from the United States. In the first half of this year, more than 300,000 tons — 89 percent of imported poulard products — were from the US. And US poulard was 300 to 500 yuan cheaper than domestic poulard per ton.

Luan Wentong, vice-chairman of Shandong Industrial and Commercial Federation, told the local lawmakers of Shandong province in February this year that imports of cheap poulard were forcing more than 6,800 local producers to struggle for survival.

Shandong province is the main domestic base for poulard production, forming 20 percent of the industry and 50 percent of the nation’s exports.

According to data collected by Luan, imported chicken thighs cost 5,000 yuan per ton after freight and 7,000 yuan at the market, while the average cost of domestic processing companies is 9,000 yuan per ton.

Subsidy support from the US government for soy and maize reduced the feed cost of poulard products. Feed makes up 70 percent of the entire cost of raising poulard. Ma added other benefits including credit support were also implemented by the US government to stimulate exports.

In June, China said it had asked the World Trade Organization to set up an experts panel to investigate US restrictions on imports of Chinese poultry products. Beijing told the WTO’s dispute settlement body that Washington had imposed protectionist measures in completely banning Chinese chicken products entering the US market.

The US said it was examining whether Chinese poultry was safe for human consumption.
Chinese poultry companies have been struggling over the past couple of years amid bird flu and a flood of imports, and the financial crisis is making that worse.

Source by chenxiao

Advantages Of Vegetarian Lifestyle

Many people across the globe are adopting a vegetarian lifestyle due to various physical, mental and spiritual reasons. To be a vegetarian or not depends completely on a person’s choice. Being a vegan means excluding all animal flesh from one’s diet and eat plant based foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains and seeds. Several people practice vegetarianism in different manner and there are different levels to it.

There are several advantages associated with living a vegetarian lifestyle.

  • Vegetarians suffer from less health problems like high cholesterol, high BP, obesity, breast cancer, colon cancer, arthritis, type II Diabetes and heart disease.

  • Vegetables and grains contain antioxidants and other nutrients which are good for the body in the long run.

  • Meat contains fats and fatty acids.

  • Vegetarians have a stronger immune system.

  • Not having animal products is beneficial for the environment.

  • Vegetarian diet is comparatively cheaper and can help you save money.

  • Many religions also prohibit the intake of meat and meant products.

  • Thousands of animals can be saved from being killed every day.

  • Many meat products have parasites and bacteria that can harm you.

  • Plant based products require less water, you can save a lot of water.

  • Vegetarians have lesser risk of allergies.

  • It can help boost world’s food supply and reduce world hunger.

  • Meat industry leads to water pollution, deforestation and habitat destruction.

  • Saves you from the guilt of harming a living creature.

  • There are a lot of fibers in plants that are beneficial for smooth functioning of body.

  • You can save yourself from deadly diseases like bird flu and Mad Cow.

If you start to follow a vegetarian diet, you can not only live a healthy life but also can protect the environment and prevent cruelty on animals. Many famous celebrities have also taken up vegan lifestyle to create an example for other people to follow and many people are influenced by that. You can also take a small step towards it by including vegetables in your diet for 2-3 days a week. It will also help you save a lot of money as your health cost will go down and also fresh fruits and vegetables cost way less and are extremely healthy.

No matter what your reason is to adopt a vegetarian lifestyle, it is sure to help not only you but also others in the long run. You will start to feel the difference in a short time span.

Source by abhishek khandelwal

Testing and Choosing a Profitable Price Point For Your Products

We do it every day. When you need to buy gas – you might go to a competitor’s station – even if they only offer gas $0.03 cheaper than your usual stop. When you go to McDonalds, you’re thrilled if they started a new 2 for $2 deal. But what if I came up to you and told you I’d sell you my Jaguar for only $1,000. You’re probably not going to go for it. Why? Because it’s too cheap – there must be something wrong with it. Our instincts are there to protect us.

When you’re selling on the ‘net, structuring your prices depends on what you’re promoting. If it’s a tangible item that someone is purchasing to have you ship to them – such as an Mp3 player – then you have to be competitive with other vendors. If you’re selling services, you have to be competitive as well – but in both cases, you might come up against a foreign competitor who can slash their prices far below yours – so you need to make sure you address that with your potential customers. Your price point must ensure that you profit in the end. That means taking into consideration every single element of investment you have in your ventures. From the domain name to the shipping charges and the time you invest. You want your customers to feel like they’ve gotten a good deal, but at the same that they’ve invested in something worth the money they spent. You also have to take a look at supply and demand. Trends carry a lot of weight with products – both informational and tangible. You might find a great wholesale deal on a shipment of iPods – or decide to write a Survival Guide to the Bird Flu. Look for newsworthy items online and in the paper and target your products around that.

What Is the Fair Market Value of Your Product? It depends on where you’re selling it. If it’s an eBay item, then your customers are going to be bargain-hunting more than your average visitor who arrived at your site through a search engine or ad. Is your inventory new, refurbished, or used? That can affect the price you set. Do you offer a warranty on it? Anything you can do to increase its value means you can charge a bit more. Look at the current competition in the marketplace. If other people are selling something far below what you could sell it for, then find another product. If the market is flooded with too many sellers and not enough buyers – then their prices will plummet and you don’t want to be stuck with excess inventory. However, if the competition is doing a poor job of promoting the products, and you think you have a chance at excelling in that area, then by all means – go for it!

Use additional resources to help you pick a target price point. Invest in some trade magazines, look at catalogues, and see what the manufacturer recommends as the selling price.

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Source by Tony Norella

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