10 Ways to Improve Indoor Air Quality


1. Do not allow anyone to smoke inside of your home at anytime.

2. Measure the indoor humidity with a digital humidity and temperature monitor to keep it below 50 percent. Do not use any type vaporizer or humidifier; you may need a dehumidifier. Always use vent fans in bathrooms, and allow them to run for at least 30-minutes after bathroom  and shower usage.  Also, use vent fans when cooking to remove moisture.  Promptly repair all water leaks.

3. Wear a N95 particulate mask (Centers for Disease Control (CDC) NIOSH rated) when vacuuming or sweeping to reduce your exposure to fine particulates and allergens.

4. Do not use carpet in the bedroom. Use a central vacuum or a vacuum with a HEPA filter regularly. Keep it mind that it takes over two hours for dust to settle back down. If you’re not filtering it mechanically, then your nose is filtering it.

5. Keep pets out of the bedroom at all times. Use a room size Air Cleaner in the bedroom with an adequate CADR (Clean Air Delivery Rate) for the size of the room.

6. Encase mattresses and pillows with “mite-proof” covers. Wash all bed linens weekly.

7. Install a MERV 11 or 12 disposable high-efficiency media filter in the furnace and air-conditioning system. Change the filter every one to three months (with the change of the seasons) to keep the air cleaner year-round.

8. Install a high-quality air purification system in your home. Find a “whole-home” system. Leave a fan on to remove particles that may trigger allergies and asthma.

9. Have your heating and air-conditioning units inspected and serviced every six months.

10. Vent gas appliances and fireplaces to the outside and maintain them regularly.

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How to Eliminate Tough Odors Without Chemicals

When it comes to combatting bad odors in your home, conventional wisdomfafocusArticle280 (or a trip to your local grocery store) offers little recourse. The most available options are usually heavily fragranced sprays or sachets designed to simply cover up the offending odor. So instead of a kitchen that smells like baked fish, you now have a kitchen that smells like baked fish and lavender.

The only real way to stop odor is at its source, and the best way to do that is with active air purification. Unlike traditional filtration, an active air purifier uses ionization which can remove those oft-seen floating particles from the air. This, in turn, may help reduce allergens, airborne pollutants, and stale, lingering odors. Some models also incorporate activated oxygen to quickly eliminate even the toughest odors where they start.

The greatest advantage of this “active” process is freedom from chemicals and fragrances; it simply freshens the air inside your home by utilizing natural processes. For individuals or families with sensitivities, this can be an ideal solution since introducing heavy fragrances or harsh chemicals into the home environment frequently exacerbates the problem.

If you are currently using passive air filtration, only the air going through the machine is being treated by the filter. And while filtration can be effective, all filters must be changed on a regular basis – which can be both costly and unappealing. Handling used filters can be messy and often results in the dislodgment of the very particles of dirt and dust you were trying to remove in the first place.

Consider using an active air purifier instead. That way, the air in your home is treated outside the unit and there are no messy or costly filters to replace. These air purifiers come in a variety of sizes. The smallest unit is perfect for use in hotels, stinky laundry rooms or around hampers or litter boxes. Larger units cover more square feet (up to 3000) and one can often deodorize an entire home. Additional features, like adjustable fan speeds and purifier settings, can create a customizable cleaning experience for every home.

Save the money you’d spend on filters, aerosol sprays and potpourri and get to the root cause of the odor itself. Eliminate the problem at its source with an active air purification system.


My Expensive Laundromat Trip

Yesterday, my wife and I did something that we haven’t done in many years –

Laundromat in Toronto, Canada

Laundromat in Toronto, Canada (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

we took a trip to our local laundromat to do our laundry.  It wasn’t by choice I assure you.  Our dear old Maytag washing machine that I paid $200 dollars to have repaired a few weeks ago broke again and left us all “unwashed-up” so to speak.  The reason I am writing about this adventure is because of my work in the green technology field.  As many of you know, I am an independent distributor with Vollara, a green technology company.

Vollara distributes an amazing product called LaundryPure.  This product is a small device that attaches to my washing machine and it allows me to wash my clothes using only cold water. I don’t have to buy laundry detergent, bleach, fabric softener, or use hot water.  We literally wash our clothes using only cold water.  You can imagine how much money I save by doing my laundry this way, and how much better this is for the environment because I am not dumping harmful chemicals into the environment. An extra benefit is I do not have to expose myself to these harsh chemicals either.

I asked my wife, Joyce, before we left for the laundromat yesterday how much it cost to use the machines there and she said, “probably 50 cents or so.”  I couldn’t help but laugh at her.  I knew it had been a long time since we had visited a commercial laundry, but I knew it hadn’t been quite that long!  Well, just so you know, I’m going to break it down for you so you know how much it actually did cost:

1 large washer                   $4.75

1 small washer                  $2.50

2 dryers                                $3.25

1 Tide                                    $8.13

1 bleach                               $2.97

TOTAL                                   $21.60

I was totally blown away by how much this little trip cost us. There are only two of us in our family. Imagine if we had kids…and imagine if we had to wash clothes three or four times each week!  Granted, it is much cheaper to have a washer and dryer at home, but one still has to buy Tide, bleach, and fabric softener.  I did notice by the way, that a large bottle of Tide at my local supermarket was $14.98…how long does that last a family?  Now you see why I use my LaundryPure system!

As mentioned previously, my system uses only cold water! That’s it! I do not buy detergent, bleach, fabric softener, or hot water. Imagine how much money you can save your family by using a system like this.  If you would like more information on the LaundryPure, visit us online at http://www.myvollara.com/raines

Guide to Starting Your Weight Loss Program

Congratulations on your committment to living a healthier lifestyle.  Today, I

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Weight and height are used in computing body mass index, an indicator of risk for developing obesity-associated diseases. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

am going to share five short tips on starting your new weight-loss program.

1. Set a realistic weight goal. Research has demonstrated that a weight loss of only 10% can help mormalize blood pressure, blood fats, and blood sugar levels. Try to maintain a Body Mass Index (BMI) below 26.

2. Adopt a More Active Lifestyle.  Begin walking everyday.  Become more active as your fitness level improves and as your health allows. If you can’t do anything else, walk to the end of your driveway. Some activity is better than no activity.

3. Be Accountable.  Join a support group, and if you can’t find one in your neighborhood, then start one and invite others you know who are also on a quest for uncompromising health. Make sure to weight yourself at the same time and day every week. Only weigh yourself weekly! Do not depend on the scale as the only way to measure your success. Keep a journal of your activity; you don’t have to share it with anyone.

4. Learn Healthy Eating Habits.  I have found that it helps me in the beginning stage of a new weight loss program to keep a food diary. Learn about carbohydrates, sugars, and proteins.  Knowledge is power. Make sure you never skip meals. I know this sounds crazy; but, one has to eat to lose weight. Isn’t that a cool concept?  Lastly, drink more water. Try to drink 1/2 fl. oz. for every pound you weigh.

5. Discover Vollara Products For Your Uncompromising Health.  Put enzymes to work on your behalf.  I have found this is a big help. I have lost a large portion of my excess weight  with the Vollara 5-7-5 program.  I like Vollara because they have the CAeDS system.  CAeDS is a patented, proprietary nutrient delivery system. It is a highly refined and sophisticated system that provides the necessary nutritional co-factors and patented amino acid chelated minerals for full activation and assimilation of all of the Vollara products, without “robbing” from your body’s limited supply. CAeDS can also double the absorption of nutrients.

Relish your healthy appetite and enjoy your food when you eat. Do not punish yourself  if you deviate from your diet. Calories are cumulative. Just get back on the plan – it is for life and your health.  Learn more about Vollara’s supplements and super food nutrition products at http://www.myvollara.com/raines

REMEMBER: You are taking the first steps to a new, healthier you. The Vollara 5-7-5 Plan is “designed for a lifetime.”

Come back next week and I will be discussing the benefits of exercise.

Eating Healthy and Losing Weight: Part 2

  Several days ago, I posted Part 1 of this article about my healthy weight loss

Living with Uncompromising Health!

tips. Today, I am happy to bring you the final installment of this post. Please leave a comment so I will know you stopped by! 

  1. Do not weigh every day. If your body is like mine, and I certainly hope it isn’t, your weight will fluctuate daily. If you weigh daily, you will find yourself getting discouraged. I suggest weighing once a week at the same time each week. I have found that Monday morning immediately upon waking is the absolute best time for me. You find what works best for you.

  2. Set realistic goals. Ladies, unfortunately men usually lose weight faster than women. Do not try to lose too much weight too fast. And, do not compare yourself to everyone else. Everyone’s body is different and will respond differently. I always like to have a goal of losing ten percent of my body weight as my initial goal. This doesn’t mean you have to do that; this is merely what I like to do. You may not need to lose that much weight.

  3. Don’t always depend on your bathroom scales. I like to judge much of my weight loss by how my clothes fit. I suggest you take photo’s of yourself prior to beginning your weight loss program, and also take full measurements. Many times, your clothes and measurements will show better progress for you than the scales.

  4. If you find you need a cheat night, then by all means have a cheat night. I like Friday night for my cheat night. If you have done well on your program in a given week, go out and have your favorite meal. You don’t have to eat all of it, and you don’t need to go completely overboard; however, one treat meal once a week will probably be good for you – it certainly breaks the monotony for me.

  5. Finally, when you reach your goal weight, determine that you will never go back over a certain weight. For me, I want to reach 215 pounds. When I reach this goal, I will never allow myself to go back over 220. If I weigh and I have gained to 220, I will immediately start back on my program until I am back to my 215. Do not allow yourself to go much more than five pounds – this is often a recipe for a disaster, and trust me, you do not want to keep losing the same weight over and over.

 Lastly, make sure you are taking the proper nutritional supplements. I have a daily routine and when I miss I can really feel a difference in how I feel. I hope these tips have been helpful for you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I would also like to share in your success. Send me your photo’s and your story. I can be reached via e-mail at rainesorganization@myvollara.com Become a big loser like me! Be blessed.


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Me now after lots of weight loss with my granddaughter, Andreana

If you’re like many people, you made a resolution at the beginning of 2012 to lose some weight this year.  This is usually the time of year most folks have given up on that idea and moved on.  For example, how did you do last night while watching the Super Bowl?  Did you eat healthy, or did you give yourself permission to “pig-out” promising yourself that tomorrow you would start back on your diet?  Do you realize how many times I have done this?

Here’s the deal…eating for me is not just about eating too much occassionally. I am addicted to food just as a alcoholic is addicted to booze, or a drug addict is addicted to drugs.  Food has always been my drug of choice if you will.  I have spent many days talking with alcoholics about their addiction. It is amazing to me how we share the exact same traits. The one big difference, and this was what I always told myself to make me feel more comfortable, ” one can live without alcohol; however, one cannot live without food.”  For me, the weakness has always been fast food. Man, I should have owned a McDonalds! I love it. Now, that may not be your thing, but it is mine.  I recognize my addictive personality. Anything I like, I go after it with a passion. I don’t drink for religious reasons; however, I always stayed away from alcohol because I would not be able to drink socially, I would be the guy who was constantly drinking.  If I like it, and enjoy it, and get joy, satisfaction, and pleasure from it, I go after it. Thankfully, I know myself good enough to just stay away from certain things.

Back to resolutions. Did you make one to lose weight? Are you losing? Are you hot and cold? Have you already given up? You know the good part? Tomorrow is a brand new day, and it is never too late to start again. One must take it day-by-day.  The Super Bowl is over…maybe you consumed massive amounts of food. Not good, but so what! Tomorrow you can start all over again. The only way you will not lose your desired weight is if you quit! Winners never quit, and quitters never win.

I have been reading a book, actually it is a workbook, entitled The Don’t Diet LIVE-IT! Workbook by Andrea Wachter, LMFT and Marsea Marcus, LMFT. I highly recommend you invest a few bucks in this book. Chapter One discusses Outer Solutions vs Inner Solutions.  The book talks about how all that we really see of other people are their outsides.  Bad thing, that’s all most people see of you and me.  This is the reason most obese people are discriminated against. Most people don’t take the time to get to know an overweight person because they can’t, or they choose not to get past the fat.  Hey, I’m fat and I’m guilty! I’ve done it. I’m not proud of it. Sometimes we believe the outside of a person is all there really is. However, we each have an inner world that is far more important than what we show and see on the outside.

All my life I have found solace in food when I could not find it in my family or my friends. Food was something I could always count on. Everything else was unstable — parents might disapprove or be critical, friends might tease or turn on you, your best efforts might not result in success or happiness. But Big-Macs are always comforting, ice-cream is always creamy, peanut butter is always rich, and chocolate is always sweet.

For me personally, food can and was a solution for some things. It can end hunger, give nourishment, and provide pleasure. But there is no food that can combat loneliness, anger, shame, sadness, or anxiety. These are inner issues that need inner solutions. When we become obsessed with food and our bodies, we are tryiing to solve inner problems with outer solutions.

I’d like to hear your comments. Please feel free to share them with me. Tell me what you are finding gives you strength to carry on. Tell me your struggles. Subscribe to this blog so we can take this journey together. I still have a long way to go, but I will make it, and you can too. Let’s do it together.  Some of you have asked me what I use to keep my energy level up.  My company has an excellent energy drink called Re:Vive.  Click here to watch a short video on the product. I use the Vollara nutrition line in my weight loss journey. Specifically, I use RE:PLACE as my core foundation, I use RE:ACTIVATE for appetite supression, as well as RE:VIVE.  RE:DUCE is excellent for those times you may slip-up and eat too much, and RE:CLEANSE is great for a good body and colon cleanse.  All of these items can be ordered directly from my website.

Thanks for joining me today. Let me hear from you. If you don’t want to leave a public post, contact me directly at rainesorganization@myvollara.com

I’m pulling for you, and I’m here to help you. God bless.




With Vollara, You're Headed in the Right Direction

Good afternoon to my fellow “losers!”  Of course, we all know I am referring to those of you who are losing their excess weight with me on the Vollara Uncompromising Health Weight Loss Challenge.  I hope you are a smaller person today than you were yesterday.  Today started day 36 for me.  The biggest hurdle is over – I have almost lost 10% of my body weight, and that was an initial goal for me, on this my second leg of weight loss.

I’ll bring you up-to-date on where I stand.  I have lost 30 pounds in 35 days.  I am really starting to feel some great energy and positive feelings coming into play. Yesterday, I had to go visit my internist for a check-up, and he was pleased with my over-all health.  My heart has always been strong and healthy, even when I weighed my heaviest of 555 pounds. Yesterday was no exception.  To my doctor’s surprise, my blood pressure was 118/80.  Here again, hard to believe, but my blood pressure has always been normal. 

I have truly been blessed to stay healthy in spite of my weight. I just turned 49 in December. My father died when he was 59. He had diabetes, arthritis, kidney failure…you name it, he had it. I lost my maternal grandmother to diabetes, and my paternal grandmother to diabetes. My dad’s mom lost her leg to the disease, prior to her death.  I have always been overweight; however, I have always been healthy. That has always been my problem! Each time my doctor would tell me to lose weight or die, I brushed it off because I was so healthy. The only issue the doctor’s could point at me and show me was my cholesterol levels, and at my heaviest weight, my level was 232.  You see, I was in denial. As long as all my medical tests were good, I never worried. When the doctor said, “you are going to die,” I always said, “I’m not dead yet, and I am healthy.”  Is that insane or what? There I was at 555 pounds arguing with the doctor.  When my dad died at age 59, it was like cold water in my face. That was the turning point for me. 

If you need to lose weight, please listen to me! DO NOT delay another day…start getting your weight off now!  There isn’t one excuse you can tell me that I haven’t used. You cannot convince me you are happy being overweight, you cannot convince me you are healthy being overweight, you cannot convince me of one thing, except you are heading down a dead-end street. Literally!

My wife, Joyce, has been a true help-mate to me. Joyce is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).  I figured it was cheaper for me to marry a therapist than to pay for one.  She always told me, “honey, you are insane. You are doing the same thing daily, and expecting a different result.” Naturally, I never wanted to hear it. If you won’t listen to anyone else, please listen to me. I am you. I am overweight. I know the pain and discrimination you live in every day. I can help you. I will lose the weight with you. I will encourage you. Will you do it?

In closing, I have been telling myself I wanted to lose down to 180 pounds. Yesterday, my internist told me he felt it would be more appropriate for me to get down to 200 or so. Hey, I liked that! I am trying to be smart and listen to my doctor now. I have revised my goal to 200 pounds.  Now, all I have to do is lose approximately .41 pounds each day, and on my birthday this year (December 29th), I should be at my goal weight.

I use Vollara nutritional weight loss products. If you want to get on the challenge with me, visit my website and place your order today. Re:Place is the core product in my program. I also use Re:Activate, Re:Duce, Re:Cleanse, as well as my daily nutritional supplement, Re:Fuel.  Feel free to make comments below, and subscribe to this blog so we can keep up with each other.  If you would like to correspond with me confidentially, feel free to send me an e-mail at rainesorganization@myvollara.com

Come on…join me…be a loser!