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This will probably not be needed by the younger generation!

I have lots of VHS videos from the early nineties that I recorded of my kids as toddlers.

Having them on VHS tapes is not the most convenient or easiest way to view them.

So we wanted to be able to see them on an Ipad and Iphone and then store them on the Itunes cloud ( you can use any online cloud based storage for this)

I also wanted to be able to share them with my now grown up kids on Whatsapp or by text message.

And by updating them to digital format it makes storing safer so there was less risk of losing them.

First off I read a lot of reviews on how to do this.

Some made it sound almost impossible with various download of drivers required.

I went off to Ebay and bought a cheap USB to  Video DVR / Scart lead convertor (less than £15)

When I received the converter it came with some manuals and a mini driver cd.

I realised I didn’t have a mini cd player on my PC.

So I had to go looking online for the drivers to allow the Video DVR link to be added as a device on my Laptop. ( I have done this on an Apple Mac too – if you seach on Ebay you will find a Mac compatible version )

It then took hours of trying to find a Windows 10 driver  — Forget this bit – I didn’t need any other driver. see here

I used a sample copy of Coral Video  then connected the DVR link to the VHS player and lo and behold I could see the video on my Coral editor.

Using Coral Editor

I played the video whilst using Coral to capture the clip   I kept the clips to under 4 minutes  this keeps the file size under 75 mb  which I found was a working shareable size over Whatsapp

Then once I had the file saved I choose to save my video as Iphone compatible MPEG

 

And then I added to my Icloud drive 

 

 

 

From there I can access from my Ipad and then share over Imessage or from my phone so I can use Whatsapp.

Hope this helps anyone out there with a similar desire to copy their VHS videos. 

Athlete’s Health Risks

When you drive your body to its limits… extra maintenance is required!!!

When we speak of groups that are at risk, we don’t always think of athletes… but we should as  being an athlete involves a nutritional risk that many do not think about.

The scientific explanation for this risk is perhaps best understood by thinking of a racing car compared to an ordinary commuter car (or an athlete compared to a sedentary person).

  1. A racing car deals with more stress and strain in one race than a commuter car does in many years of driving a few miles each day back and forth.
  2. A racing car uses up far more rubber, more gasoline, more oil and creates more heat and wear and tear on the engine than does considerable commuting in the family car.

Similarly:

  1. Athletes use up many times more minerals than do people who are sedentary.
    • An athlete sweats more in 5 years of athletic training and competition than couch potatoes do in 75 years of watching TV.
    • When a person sweats they are not just losing water… their sweat contains 60 essential minerals.
      • They are called essential minerals because if any of them are missing for any length of time, the result can be a degenerative disease, many of which are life threatening.
      • So, if athletes don’t get additional minerals and trace elements in their diets to make up for those which have been lost, their very lives can be at risk.
      • This is evidenced as numerous athletes each year, at very young ages, die of unexpected heart attacks. Wellness experts attribute this to loss of minerals needed for arterial integrity.
         
  2. Additionally, athletes use more energy and consume and metabolize more food. This means more free radicals are created. Free radicals cause damage to the body.
  3. Finally, athletes tear down their muscles and bones and tendons through the exertions they make. They need food nutrients to repair this damage.


The next thing that athletes need to do is increase their antioxidant intake.

Antioxidants combat free radicals which attack arterial walls and create scarring and thickened walls. Performance stress and metabolism of extra fuel as compared to sedentary people mean far greater free radical loads in athletes.

Note that the controversial writer of ‘Dead Doctors Don’t Lie’, veterinarian, Dr. Joel Wallach, blames sudden death in athletes on the lack of minerals, caused by sweating too many of the minerals from the body. He points to the addition of a tiny amount of minerals in the feed of animals as being the single most important thing anyone taking care of animals can do for animal health and draws the same corollary to humans.

 

Sudden Death of Athletes Occurs Too Often

Usually, the report we get on the news says that the athlete suffered from a cardiovascular abnormality.

Sudden death has been defined as “an abrupt unexpected death of cardiovascular cause, in which the loss of consciousness occurs within 1 to 12 hours of onset of symptoms” (1, 2). The majority of sudden deaths in athletes occur during or immediately after exercise (game, conditioning, training, etc). However, some deaths occur at rest or during sleep. Autopsy is very useful in making a definitive diagnostic determination of the cause of sudden death. Certain conditions (i.e., Long QT Syndrome, Brugada Syndrome) require detailed post-mortem biochemical and sometimes genetic studies.

Scientists in discussing how to prevent such sudden deaths among athletes say things like this:

Intense training and the strain of competition, which increase physiologic demands on the heart, produce alterations in electrolytes, blood volume and levels of hydration and together increase sympathetic tone and withdrawal of parasympathetic tone. Multiple interactions of those factors with the hypertrophied myocardium and the disarray of myocardial fibers act as triggers for potentially lethal ventricular arrhythmias . Also, increased myocardial mass and insufficient regional perfusion during high-intensity exercise cause myocardial ischemia, and over time, replacement fibrosis, both of which may act as independent triggers of arrhythmias. In fact, patients with HCM that survived a sudden death had a very high incidence of inducible ischemia on thallium stress-testing . In addition, lack of appropriate blood pressure and heart rate response to exercise may act as the initial event cascading into a hemodynamic collapse with loss of consciousness. Finally, partial obstruction present at rest may increase twice as high with intense physical exercise compared to levels at baseline , which can potentially result in myocardial ischemia, hemodynamic compromise and arrhythmias. Autopsy, histological and microscopic studies, and sometimes biochemical tests establish a post-mortem diagnosis of HCM.

The bottom line is that athletes need to increase their nutrition level considerably above ordinary people, and the won’t find a better source of nutrition than Melaleucas Cellwise and Vitality Multivitamin & Minerals both of which are powered by Oligo for maximum absorption

 

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Apple Iwatch Golf Apps

Good value Apple Iwatch Golf Apps

Apple Iwatch Golf Apps on the course

Apple Iwatch Golf Apps – When I first looked at the Apple Iwatch  I was a bit sceptical, thinking of it as a gimmick Iphone add- on with an expensive step counter and a few other added features for the geeks.

But since my kids clubbed together and bought me one for Christmas.. well my Iwatch has massively grown on me, and once I discovered the Apple Iwatch Golf Apps I was hooked !

First off the app to ping my phone  when I had misplaced it was super handy and then the exercise analysis app bullied me into shape.  I forgot to take the watch off one night and it buzzed me at 3 in the morning to tell me to stand up. Oh and the Ebay app came in handy to keep up with my prospective golf club purchases and the text messages on my Iwatch without having to actually lift it out of my coat pocket was a handy feature.

Then the AHA moment came – Golf GPS – as a super keen golfer it was one of the things I looked in the iWatch Apps. I wasn’t expecting much to be honest but when I went to the iTunes App store and typed in golf -The Kid in a candy store feeling happened pretty quick.

Apple Iwatch on the course

Apple IWatch Golf Apps

In the App store there are quite a few free Apple Iwatch golf apps with  GPS and Golf scoring apps plus a few golf Tuition analysis Apps available for free. (more later on these tuition apps)

Iwatch Golf Apps

Apple Iwatch Golf apps

This seemed perfect however when I briefly googled the watch to get an idea on which one to download and its value for golf,  The reviews were olden basically nothing was setting the world on fire, plus battery life seemed like a big concern – so maybe the Apple Iwatch was not ready for golf or so it initially seemed until I ignored the reviews and actually tried out a few of the Apps.

I first downloaded PROTOS Caddy from the Apple App store   (funnily golf apps for the Iwatch don’t even get a mention in the advertising blurb!)

Protos Caddy

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This is the one I have used most. Its a free GPS system with most Worldwide golf courses on it. I play at Monifieth Scotland.

Monifieth has two courses and both come up when I use the “search nearby” function on my phone. There is an advert that pops up on the Iphone screen when you load up to look for courses, it selects these based on your GPS location. So you must have your location services activated.

Then its simply a case of ensuring your Iwatch is connected (paired) to your Iphone and then opening the Protus app on your Iwatch.

I have found the yardages to be pretty accurate and because of the ease of use I have even stopped using my Bushnell Laser!  The I-watch is just so much simpler. I play off a low single figure handicap and find the Iwatch golf Apps accurate enough to let me trust the figures given. I have paced the yardages out on the green to from the yardage zero point, this allows me to keep a simple chart of the iWatch zero point and where it is on every green.

Then its just a case of estimating where the pin is in relation to the yardage given by the Iwatch – front back central. And then hit the ball!

The only thing I found frustrating with the Protos system was if you are moving around the course missing out holes or going back in the round to replay due to the course being busy, or as in my case where the course layout changed and the hole had to be manually sought out. The Iwatch only offers previous or next hole. This is a small inconvenience to be honest and as its a FREE Golf App not something to dwell on.

My opinion is that the IWatch golf apps feature is the best bit about having an iWatch !

Treat yourself to an Iwatch today you won’t regret it especially as the other devices Eg Bushnell Watches costwise are not much cheaper than the Iwatch Sport, and the Apple device offers so much more!

Whats your opinion?  Tell me in comments below.

 

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Iwatch Protus Caddy App

 

Starting a business all on your own from home can be a big learning curve where you are in unfamiliar territory.  It can be easy to spend huge amounts on a startup.  People who are prepared to risk their savings on expensive dreams are becoming rarer. However people still take their retirement payout and “invest” in a startup business.

Yes it can work for you but the present day statistics point to pause for thought before jumpino-sellingng into a traditional bricks and mortar business. The finance decisions are yours totally until you need to involve banks etc then it becomes an accountable burden,  so its worth being critical and careful.

The baby boomer generation is turning 60,  and the prospect of retirement is looking more frightening than ever before.

House prices are dropping, retirement plans dwindling, interest rates not paying enough on savings.  So retirees are now facing challenges they had never anticipated. Those challenges aside, retirement packs its own host of roadblocks for those who want to leave the workforce.

The cost of living is often more than most people assume, and few workers are able to retire with as much savings as they need in order to live comfortably.

“Everybody thinks your expenses go down when you retire,” says experienced home business owner Rita Canney. She says  “My expenses stayed pretty much the same!”

For the solution to those problems, many retirees, Rita included, are looking to the same source of residual income that Elizabeth Lindberg discovered nearly 25 years ago.

At the time a retired  66-year-old nurse  she’s now earned over  $1 million to date from her Melaleuca business. Elizabeth enrolled with Melaleuca in December 1985,  just a couple of months after the company opened its doors, a year after most people retire.

The company had only eight products, all based on Melaleuca oil. “The first appeal was the safety of the products,” says Elizabeth. “I was a nurse in a hospital and I saw so many children come in because of unsafe products. I had to let everyone know, especially parents with children, that they needed safe products in their homes.”

Elizabeth Linburgh

Over the years, she built her business to a high management level. “I know I couldn’t survive solely on my Social Security; so my Melaleuca check gives me a secure retirement,” she says. “I lived during the Great Depression, so I know about financial hardship. If people want financial security, Melaleuca, I truly believe, is one of the best sources.”

Elizabeth had her 94th birthday recently and now lives in a retirement home but is still being paid every month on efforts from years ago. I emailed her a birthday congratulations and she responded almost immediately. ” Thank you Colin for your kind words.Best wishes for success and isn’t it fun helping to clean up the world? Elizabeth

 

 

 

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As its National Lupus Awareness month I remembered I had recently listened to a call about this illness and decided to share and post part of the call as a point of reference for folks in my group so they can hopefully help others with this valuable information.

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I agree about the energy levels. I’m a homeschooling mom of 4 with lupus. Exhausted is my first, middle, and last name! After taking the supplements  pack for about one month, I was able to notice a HUGE difference in my energy levels, my nail growth, and my hair. They most important to me was the energy level though. I’m thankful of these products and that this company makes such a great product!


After a year of bizarre symptoms and unbearable pain, I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus and its companion, Fibromyalgia. The medical answer was to take a powerful anti-malarial drug that has side effects that are accumulative and irreversible, (i.e.)pigment deposits on the retina that would cause eventual blindness, chronic diarrhea (embarrassing and uncomfortable) causing a depletion of potassium and other trace mineral.

None too sure that the cure wasn’t worse than the disease I began to try to find an alternative treatment. It took six years before someone introduced me to this range. After only two months following the regimen recommended by Dr. Ramero, the joint pain has subsided, my energy level is unbelievable and my blood pressure no longer requires prescription medication, and I am taking only half my dose of Plaquenil. It is my sincere belief that anyone with Lupus would benefit from these products.

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