Red Alerts Cause Less Holiday Travel
and Greater Sooner Pre-Holiday Shopping
The holiday season is fast approaching, but many may be making merry closer to home this year … for several reasons. First, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has set the national threat level at Elevated, or Yellow, which means there is a significant risk of terrorist attacks.
However, the threat level for all domestic and international flights is High, or Orange, meaning there is a high risk of terrorist attack that’s causing many to think twice about travel. Meanwhile, travel warnings have been issued for several popular tourist destinations, including Mexico and Europe.
In Mexico, narcotics-related violence is common, especially in the northern border region. Large firefights have taken place in broad daylight, in streets and public venues, in Ciudad Juarez, Tijuana, Chihuahua City, Nogales, Nuevo Laredo, Piedras Negras, Reynosa, Matamoros and Monterrey. In fiscal year 2009, more than half of the Americans killed in Mexico were killed in the border cities of Ciudad Juarez and Tijuana.
The U.S. Department of State also recently issued a travel alert for Europe, warning U.S. citizens that information suggests al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks and may target public transportation systems and tourist spots.
On top of the threat level, one in six Americans is now either unemployed or underemployed, making money even tighter for many families. Airfares are also expected to rise by 20 to 30 percent compared to last year as airlines trim their schedules.
RESULT: Holiday Shopping is Starting and Will Sell Out Even Earlier This Year
With many opting out of their traditional travel plans this year, Americans are likely to hit the stores early for the best selection of holiday gifts, as well as to spread out their spending.
According to the PriceGrabber® Holiday Consumer Spending Insights consumer behavior report, 65 percent of women and 49 percent of men plan to start shopping earlier this year so they can make purchases over a few months’ time, and minimize any strain to their budgets.
Forty-eight percent of consumers are also planning to spend less on their 2010 holiday purchases than they did last year, and most are looking for practical gifts to put under the tree.
8 Valuable Gifts That Improve Your Health, for Less
For those of you who want to get a head start on your holiday shopping, to beat the long lines and last-minute rush coming in the next two months, there are fabulous finds to be had. What’s more, the gifts that follow are not only value priced and practical, but they will be highly valued and used by the recipient … often with benefits to their health. And what could be a greater gift than that?
1. MiniMate for Keeping Veggies Fresh, Longer
The MiniMate is an evolution of that old box of baking soda you and your grandmother probably have in your refrigerators. Using FDA-approved technology, the Minimate can eliminate most of the germs or mold that may be living on your foods without harming the food or leaving behind any residue.
This is important as these molds and bacteria can make you and your family sick, and they can also spoil food before you have a chance to eat it. This is especially true with organic foods, since there are no preservatives to help ward off the germs. So the MiniMate not only keeps your food safer and healthier, it also saves you money by cutting down on the amount of food you have to throw out and replace.
The MiniMate even helps neutralize pesticides and chemicals on your produce, leaving no residue except clean, fresh oxygen.
This product has been featured by the Food Network’s Paula Deen as a "Hot Pick" and was given the National Health and Wellness Seal of Approval.
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2. A Personal Air Purifier to Breathe Easy During Your Commute
The Car Ionizer uses negative ions to eliminate pollutants and allergens from the air in your car. There are no filters to be changed and it can be recharged over and over by plugging it into your car adapter.
Because the car ionizer is detachable, once you arrive at your destination, such as church, school, or your doctor’s office, you can bring it in with you to help reduce your chances of getting an airborne virus, and to reduce odors.
This is the perfect gift for anyone with asthma, allergies or nagging coughs, as it will help them to breathe easier throughout the coming year.
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3. "Stretching Toward a Healthier Life": The Ultimate Stretching DVD
Proper stretching is one of the most widely recommended methods to help you look and feel younger, live longer, avoid and even overcome serious health issues, and increase your mental concentration and emotional well-being.
And if you have back pain, neck pain, or pain in your knees, shoulders, arms, hands or other parts of your body, you are doing yourself an extreme disservice by NOT stretching.
The best part of all is, when you do the RIGHT stretching exercises as presented in this "Stretching Toward a Healthier Life" DVD (which now has FREE SHIPPING for a limited time), you will actually feel great while doing them, as well!
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4. SheaNetics In-Home Workout DVD Set
Perfect for anyone on your list who wants to work out but can’t find the time, SheaNetics, developed by fitness expert and Vince Vaughn’s mom, Shea Vaugh, is an amazing fitness program for all ages and all fitness levels.
Most exercise programs are geared only toward giving you short-term physical improvement. But SheaNetics™ understands the real goal for us all is to find total health and fulfillment that is life-lasting. This can only be achieved by creating harmony in body, mind and self, which is why SheaNetics not only works out your body – creating a leaner, more toned you – but also focuses on creating positive energy.
This is “meditation in motion and thought,” a program that reduces stress and allows you to enjoy a lifestyle of fitness, personal balance and well-being.
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5. Eliminate Stress From Your Life With “Staying Healthy in a Stressful World”
This highly praised DVD will be a literal lifesaver to anyone who is struggling with stress. It provides a complete training program by Dr. Peter Reznik, one of the most respected mind/body integrative therapists of our time (a recognized expert in mental imagery, dream work, and clinical hypnosis). This highly recommended DVD will help you:
- Identify the Three Major Sources of Stress and embark on a practice for transforming your stress into life-enhancing experiences.
- Choose from a menu of 14 Short Mental Imagery Exercises for addressing such stressors as: Anger. Anxiety. Being Hurt. Being Overwhelmed. Decision Making. Difficulties letting go of the workday. Disappointment. Fear of unwanted consequences. General anxiety about life. Guilt or regret about an error made during the day. Restless mind. Sadness. Time pressure. Worry.
- Learn and practice the Physical Stress Buster series, designed for use right at your desk.
- Use the Mind-Body Progressive Relaxation to shift gears, replenish your energy, and increase your vitality and clarity of mind.
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6. The Wellness H2.O: An Individual Water Purifier and Reusable Water Bottle in One
The Wellness H2.O enhanced water bottle is the next evolution in water technology. Not content with merely replacing wasteful bottled water, the Wellness H2.O combines the best portable filtration technology with rare Japanese stones and a patented enhancement process to produce an unparalleled quality of water.
The ultimate environment product, the Wellness H2.O eliminates 1,100+ plastic bottles, reduces carbon emissions and conserves natural resources. It also saves you up to $1,000 in bottled water purchases every year, and is made of LDPE (low-density polyethylene) plastic, which is BPA-free.
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7. Sleep Easy CD for Those With Trouble Sleeping?
For anyone who has trouble sleeping at night, the Sleep Easy CD -- with music by a renowned meditation music composer with 20 years experience -- helps you find deep rest and sleep. Users have reported falling asleep faster, waking up less throughout the night, falling back to sleep faster when awakened during the night and feeling more rested the next morning.
The CD contains both the Sleep Easy guided meditation with music in the background, as well as a track of music alone, which can be used at any time for its relaxing effect. The insert that comes with the CD includes "Principles to Sleep By," which provide a backdrop to help with sleep.
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8. Top-Quality PIONAIR Air Treatment System
The gift of pure air is one of the best you can give, but the challenge with most air filters or purifiers is that air must be drawn to the unit, either through natural air flow, or through the use of a fan. This method results in uneven treatment and can leave pockets of polluted air, plus fans are noisy, subject to failure, and require higher levels of electricity.
Unlike most air purifiers, the PIONAIR™ Air Treatment System doesn't wait for pollutants to contact a filter or plate. Instead, the PIONAIR generates air-purifying technology that migrates through the area and neutralizes organic odors, microbes, & molds at their source. As a result, the PIONAIR produces fresh clean air throughout your home or office uniformly, by addressing the pollutant source - without the use of fans, filters, or plates!
There are two different models available. The original PIONAIR is especially effective against mold, mildew, organic odors, and chemical vapors (such as formaldehyde). The PIONAIR is also effective against pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke, although for maximum relief from these types of particulate, we most highly recommend the new PIONAIR SMART POINTE system.
The PIONAIR SMART POINTE uses the same technology as the original PIONAIR system, with the added benefit of actively-generated negative ions. These actively-generated negative ions clear the air of particulate FASTER than the original PIONAIR system. Therefore, the PIONAIR SMART POINTE is effective against particulate such as pollen, dust, pet dander, and smoke, AS WELL AS mold, mildew, organic odors, and chemical vapors (such as formaldehyde).
So if you are struggling with airborne particulate, such as pollen, dust, pet dander, or smoke, choose the SMART POINTE. If you do not have airborne particulate, choose the Standard PIONAIR. Both the Standard and the SMART POINTE are effective against mold, mildew, organic odors, or chemical vapors (such as formaldehyde).
For maximum effect, both the original PIONAIR and the PIONAIR SMARTE POINTE systems are intended for around-the-clock use. The system consists of a base unit and a lamp module.
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SixWise Says ...
Gifts from the heart, which cost no money but impart a lot of meaning, are often the best gifts of all.
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