Photography Quick Tip: Exposure Compensation for Properly Exposed Imagery

Learn how to use exposure compensation efficiently
Sometimes you’ll take photographs that don’t properly expose your subject.  Not using exposure compensation can make you image look way too bright, or way too dark. This is a result of a combination of a few things: which areas of the scene your camera measured for exposure, and how different in brightness the light and dark areas are in your scene.
You can quickly fix these images by using the in-camera exposure compensation to make your subject look just right.


Learn how to use exposure compensation for properly exposed imagery!



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Raw Carrots and Hormone Balancing



Raw Carrots and Hormone Balancing


Carrots, as do all root vegetables, contain antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial properties, which act as natural antiseptic and antibiotic agents in the bowel. Only difference is, these can be used every day for years without any harmful side effects.


The fiber in a raw carrot binds to excess estrogen, helping to safely remove it from the body. The carrot fiber also prevents the reabsorption of estrogen back into the small intestine. We can owe more cases of estrogen dominance to what is being described vs. the idea that the body is over producing estrogen, which is rarely ever the case. This is important because too much estrogen out of balance with progesterone can lead to array of unpleasant hormonal disruptions such as severe PMS, irregular cycles, endometriosis, PCOS, acne and weight gain.


Raw carrots and a healthy gut


The addition of a raw carrot to your daily routine can be a vital piece to the puzzle. Most GI issues will decrease blood flow in the intestine, which will increase the livers exposure to endotoxin and estrogen and lead to many unwanted side effects: headaches, PMS, bloating, constipation, thyroid problems, auto-immune issues and more.


The fiber in raw carrots bind to endotoxin and assist in normalizing gut bacteria. Gut bacteria is directly related to hormone regulation and is in fact where 20% of T4 is converted to T3, requiring an enzyme called intestinal sulfatase. Just so happens intestinal sulfatase comes from healthy gut bacteria. Studies have shown that endotoxin negatively effect thyroid metabolism.


Many people find that the daily use of a raw carrot eliminates their PMS, headaches, allergies, eliminates constipation, acne and bloating and other symptoms relating to hormonal imbalances. What is even more amazing is how quickly this can take place, but we will warn you – it might take a few days for your GI system to adapt to the raw carrot.


Not to be misleading, just like anything else, the raw carrot is not considered a magic pill but can be used very effectively along with a balanced diet. “More is better” is also a motto we strongly encourage you to reconsider. Although carrots are a great source of beta-carotene, the ability of the body to convert this to vitamin A is limited when thyroid function is less then optimal. Low thyroid function is intimately related with hormonal imbalances, meaning you cannot have one without the other. Additionally, the excess build up of beta-carotene in the tissues can lead to further interference of vitamin A conversion, place a toxic load on the thyroid and interfere with progesterone synthesis.


So if you notice you are turning into an Oompa Loompa, you may be overdoing it! Issues converting beta-carotene can result in orange calluses and under more extreme conditions, a yellowish-orange tint to the skin.


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10 Ways the Avocado is Great for Your Health

10 Ways the Avocado

is Great for Your Health


  1. It feeds your brain.  The vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids in avocados will make sure your brain has the furl to keep running.
  2. It lowers bad cholesterol. A single cup of avocado gives you 32% of your daily recommended monounsaturated fat.  This is the good type of fat that can be known to lower bad cholesterol.
  3. It gives you more of what you need. The monounsaturated fat helps absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K into your body making sure that you get what your body needs.
  4. It dulls the pain of arthritis. Inflammation in your joints can eventually turn into arthritis.  Avocados have Polyhodroxylated Fatty Alocohols (PFAs), which actually reduces inflammation.
  5. It keeps your eyes shining. For your eyes to stay healthy, they need zeaxanthin and lutein.  Avocados are full of them!  These two carotenoids decrease your chances of eye disease and help keep damaging light waves from harming your vision.
  6. It’s fiber that’s tasty. Fiber is an essential part of your metabolic health which helps regulate weight.  With about 27% of the fiber you need each day in a single avocado and its ability to reduce blood sugar spikes; you have a delicious weapon in your weight loss arsenal.
  7. More weight loss benefits. In addition to fiber, the monounsaturated fatty acids in avocados are more likely to be consumed as slow burning energy instead of being stored as fat.  You’ll still feel full after eating the avocado, but without all the guilt.
  8. It’s good for your heart and muscles. Potassium is needed for proper heart function and muscle contraction.  A banana has 10% of your daily recommended intake of potassium whereas an avocado has 14%.  Most of us (I am totally guilty) don’t get enough potassium, so help yourself to an avocado.
  9. It helps while pregnant. Ok for this one it won’t help guys, but for gals whom are pregnant it will.  Folate is necessary for developing babies during pregnancy.  With almost 25% of your recommended daily intake of folate per cup of avocado, you can give your baby AND yourself the help you both need.
  10. Chock full of nutrients. Your body needs vitamin C to repair itself and B-6 to combat disease and infection.  Avocados contain both of these (25% of your daily vitamin C intake) and 18 other minerals and vitamins your body needs to stay healthy.



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Over 50 Different Vaccine Patents are owned by the CDC

With over 50 different vaccine patents being owned by the CDC, how much faith do you have in it making accurate and credible INDEPENDENT studies?!  By owning so many patents that makes the CDC a FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION!!!!


In an interview with EcoWatch last month, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. reiterated his previous statements that the “CDC is a subsidiary of the pharmaceutical industry. The agency owns more than 20 vaccine patents and purchases and sells $4.1 billion in vaccines annually.”

In efforts to fact-check RFK Jr.’s claims, board members with and the Director of the Maine Coalition for Vaccine Choice have conducted an independent investigation to uncover just how many vaccine patents are in fact registered to the CDC.


The following is an exert from an editorial written by Ginger Wagner for GreenMedInfo. (The full article can be read by clicking here.)


I have been around long enough to know that vaccine claims have to be checked and rechecked. And since this is a very old claim, one that I would like to be able to state (if it is true), I decided to review it.


I am fortunate to have, as one of my partners in advocacy, fellow autism parent Mark Blaxill, an Intellectual Property expert who has been employed by billion dollar corporations to manage their patents.


Blaxill was the man who found out that HHS, through NIH, owns patents on all HPV vaccines, and receives a percentage of the profits for each dose of Gardasil and Cervarix administered anywhere in the world. He published the stunning revelation in a detailed three part expose entitled, “A License to Kill? Part 1: How A Public-Private Partnership Made the Government Merck’s Gardasil Partner.” 

When I contacted Blaxill to ask how to run a patent search, he was kind enough to do it for me.


He found 57 granted US patents with the CDC listed as an assignee. You can see the search results here.


Upon cursory review of the patents, I found that one did not seem applicable to vaccination, but merely referenced an article on vaccination. That leaves us with 56 CDC patents to scrutinize.


Here is what I found.


There are CDC patents applicable to vaccines for Flu, Rotavirus, Hepatitis A, HIV, Anthrax, Rabies, Dengue fever, West Nile virus, Group A Strep, Pneumococcal disease, Meningococcal disease, RSV, Gastroenteritis, Japanese encephalitis, SARS, Rift Valley Fever, and chlamydophila pneumoniae.


There is a CDC patent for “Nucleic acid vaccines for prevention of flavivirus infection,” which has applications in vaccines for Zika, West Nile virus, Dengue fever, tick-borne encephalitis virus, yellow fever, Palm Creek virus, and Parramatta River virus. (Source)


CDC also has several patents for administering various ”shots” via aerosol delivery systems for vaccines. (Source)


There’s a CDC patent on a process for vaccine quality control by “quantifying proteins in a complex preparation of uni- or multivalent commercial or research vaccine preparations.” (Source)


There’s a CDC patent on a method “for producing a model for evaluating the antiretroviral effects of drugs and vaccines.”



CDC has a patent for companies who want to test their respiratory system applicable vaccine on an artificial lung system.



If a vaccine maker is concerned that their vaccine might contain a human rhinovirus, CDC has a patent on a process for determining if such contamination exists.



CDC has a patent on an assay to assist vaccine makers in finding antigen-specific antibodies in a biological sample. (Source)


CDC holds a patent that provides vaccine makers with a method of “reducing the replicative fitness of a pathogen by deoptimizing codons.” Asserting that, “pathogens with deoptimized codons can be used to increase the phenotypic stability of attenuated vaccines.” (Source)


The agency also holds a patent on adjuvants for a vaccine used on premature infants and young babies. (Source)


There is a CDC patent to cover a vaccine for an infection induced by a tape worm found in pork. (Source)


They even have patents that cover vaccines for animal illnesses including Canarypox virus, Fowlpox virus, Sealpox virus, dog flu and monkey cancer.


Does this seem like a public health agency making “independent” vaccine recommendations, or a private company with an impressive portfolio to which one might look for investment opportunities?


Please read the full article at by clicking here.



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More Doctors are Now Warning to Stop Cooking with Aluminum Foil!



Admit it.  You, me, most of us have aluminum foil in the kitchen for cooking uses.  It’s easy, convenient, and it works.  But in this case what is easy and convenient isn’t necessarily what is healthy.  According to medical experts, the exposure to this heavy metal can cause long lasting adverse effects including mental decline, loss of balance, memory decline, coordination decline, etc. You know, the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.


Numerous amounts of people are sill unaware of the fact that when aluminum foil is exposed to high temperatures, it will emit parts of the metal into the food, thus you will be consuming the heavy metal aluminum when you consume the food.  Dr. Essam Zubaidy, a chemical engineering researcher at the American University of Sharjah, has evaluated the effects of aluminum on cooking and found that a meal cooked in aluminum foil can include up to 400mg of aluminum.


This means that “The higher the temperature, the more the leaching, the more aluminum you consume via the food.  Foil is NOT suitable for cooking and is NOT suitable for using with vegetables like tomatoes, citrus juice or spices.”


According to the WHO (World Health Organization) the Recommended Daily Allowance for aluminum is limited to 60mg daily.  So cooking with aluminum can mean you have the potential of consuming up to 7 times the recommended daily allowance.


There’s some food for thought!


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Apple Logs Your iMessage Contacts – and MAY Share Them with Police

While using iPhones we generally feel our information sent or received via iMessage is safe, right?!  This does not seem to be the case any longer.  According to “The Intercept” iMessage logs all phone numbers in which you contact and shares this (and other potentially sensitive metadata) with law enforcement via court order.


Every time you type a number into your iPhone for a text conversation, the iMessage app contacts Apple servers to determin whether to route a given message over the SMS system (represented in the app by the green bubbles), or over Apple’s proprietary and more secure messaging network (represented by the blue bubbles).  Apple then records each query in which your phone calls home to see who’s in the iMessage system and who is not.


This log also includes the date and time when you entered the number, along with you IP address which will (contrary to a 2013 Apple claim that “we do not store data related to customers’ location) identify a customer’s location.  So all is logged and stored and turned over to law enforcement when they request it via court order.  Do you feel your privacy violated yet?  Don’t worry it only gets worse.  You don’t even have to commit a crime to have your records turned over, only suspected.  Apple has confirmed to “The Intercept” that it only retains these logs for 30 day periods, but court order after court order, law enforcement can court order Apple every 30 days and piece together multiple months long lists of whomever numbers someone has been entering into a phone.


The Intercept received the document about Apple’s Messages logs as part of a larger cache originating from within the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Electronic Surveillance Support Team, a state police agency that facilitates police data collection using controversial tools like the Stingray, along with conventional techniques like pen registers. The document, titled “iMessage FAQ for Law Enforcement,” is designated for “Law Enforcement Sources” and “For Official Use Only,” though it’s unclear who wrote it or for what specific audience — metadata embedded in the PDF cites an author only named “mrrodriguez.” (The term “iMessages” refers to an old name for the Messages app still commonly used to refer to it.)


Phone companies routinely hand over metadata about calls to law enforcement in response to pen register warrants. But it’s noteworthy that Apple is able to provide information on iMessage contacts under such warrants given that Apple and others have positioned the messaging platform as a particularly secure alternative to regular texting.


The document reads like a fairly standard overview that one might forward to a clueless parent (questions include “How does it work?” and “Does iMessage use my cellular data plan?”), until the final section, “What will I get if I serve Apple with a [pen register/tap and trace] court order for an iMessage account?”:



This is a lot of bullet points to say one thing: Apple maintains a log of phone numbers you’ve entered into Messages and potentially elsewhere on an Apple device, like the Contacts app, even if you never end up communicating with those people. The document implies that Messages transmits these numbers to Apple when you open a new chat window and select a contact or number with whom to communicate, but it’s unclear exactly when these queries are triggered, and how often — an Apple spokesperson confirmed only that the logging information in the iMessage FAQ is “generally accurate,” but declined to elaborate on the record.


Apple provided the following statement:

When law enforcement presents us with a valid subpoena or court order, we provide the requested information if it is in our possession. Because iMessage is encrypted end-to-end, we do not have access to the contents of those communications. In some cases, we are able to provide data from server logs that are generated from customers accessing certain apps on their devices. We work closely with law enforcement to help them understand what we can provide and make clear these query logs don’t contain the contents of conversations or prove that any communication actually took place.


And it’s true, based on the sample information provided in the FAQ, that Apple doesn’t appear to provide any indication whatsoever that an iMessage conversation took place. But a list of the people you choose to associate with can be just as sensitive as your messages with those people. It requires little stretching of the imagination to come up with a scenario in which the fact that you swapped numbers with someone at some point in the past could be construed as incriminating or compromising.


Andrew Crocker, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said the document prompted further questions:


“How often are lookups performed? Does opening [an iMessage] thread cause a lookup? Why is Apple retaining this information?”

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement did not return a request for comment.


The fact that Apple is able and willing to help the government map the communications networks of its users doesn’t necessarily undermine the company’s posturing (and record) as a guardian of privacy, though this leaked document provides more detail about how the iMessages system can be monitored than has been volunteered in the past. Ideally, customers wouldn’t need to read documents marked “For Official Use Only” in order to know what information Apple may or may not disclose to the police. In a section of its website devoted to touting the privacy safeguards in its products, Apple claims that “your iMessages and FaceTime calls are your business, not ours. … Unlike other companies’ messaging services, Apple doesn’t scan your communications, and we wouldn’t be able to comply with a wiretap order even if we wanted to.”


In 2013, after Apple was revealed to be among the tech companies caught up in an NSA surveillance program known as PRISM, which tapped into customer information on the central servers of nine leading internet companies, the company released a rare statement regarding its “commitment to customer privacy,” insisting that it would be unable to share sensitive customer data even if it wanted to:


For example, conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them. Apple cannot decrypt that data. Similarly, we do not store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.


Questions of how much Apple could or would aid police if asked vaulted back into headlines following the mass shooting in San Bernardino last year, which left the FBI in possession of the shooter’s iPhone, which it was unable initially to decrypt. Apple balked at demands that it help crack the phone, allowing it to enjoy a reputation as not just a maker of expensive electronics, but a determined privacy advocate. We need more technology companies that are willing to take public, principled stands in defense of our private lives, but these same companies should follow through with technical transparency, not just statements.



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