Waterproof Mattress Pad


The Newpoint Terry Waterproof Mattress Protector is absolutely fantastic. If you have any one in the house that is potty training or with incontinence issues, this is this mattress protector is the product to use. On Amazon, this mattress protector comes in sizes from Twin (currently at $9.88) to California King (currently at $29.99).So, what’s [...]

Omron Pedometer HJ-112: Step Currency

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I love my Omron Pedometer. I am constantly checking it throughout the day just to make sure that I am on track to meet my fitness goals.With pedometer secured, I am totally focused on “step currency.” That’s a term for my personal game where I earn steps (or points) throughout the day for completing certain [...]

Omron Pedometer HJ-112 / HJ-113


I recent purchased an Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer. Amazon also sells the Omron HJ-113 Digital Pocket Pedometer, but only through a third-party. Besides the obvious color difference, the HJ-112 has a front reset button to zero out your stats, and the HJ-113 does not. First, I am a reluctant adopter of a pedometer. I [...]

Palo Alto Fire


Yesterday, I spotted this fire while biking through the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Preserve. When I tried to call 911 to report the fire, I was placed on hold for much too long before I simply gave up. If you are considering terminating your land line at home and going 100% cellular, keep in mind [...]

Air Quality Forecast


During the past week, the California wildfires have left the air quality a bit lacking. Even though I am not in an area threatened by wildfires, I have seen their toll on my immediate surroundings. I have smelled a smoky odor on and off during the past few days and the skies have been quite [...]

Cancer Incidence, Mortality, and Associated Risk Factors Among Chinese Americans


The American Cancer Society released a report on Cancer Incidence, Mortality, and Associated Risk Factors Among Asians Americans of Chinese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese Ethnicities in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. The report looked at prostate, breast, lung, and colon/rectum cancer among Asian Americans in California. “Chinese Americans had among the lowest incidence [...]

Farmers Markets and Organic Foods

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Lately, the American mainstream press has focused on China’s poor food and product safety record. However, the open secret is that there’s no secret at all. Before the pet food debacle, these same stories would appear in the newspaper, but be buried in the international news section. Now that American pets have died, these same [...]

China’s Upton Sinclair


Whenever I read any negative news articles about China, I don’t see a society too different from the one we celebrate in America. From a business, legal and political perspective, some analysts may contend that America and China are polar opposites. But, that is not the case. In fact, we are traveling along the same [...]

No More Pearl Milk Tea


I love the pearl milk tea at Fantasia Coffee & Tea. My favorite flavors are taro and red bean. However, a recent study may give pearl milk tea lovers some pause. While drinking tea can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, these benefits do not extend to drinkers of pearl milk tea, also [...]