However, it's also clear that having plants in the home improves air quality, thanks to photosynthesis, which absorbs dioxide and releases necessary oxygen, thereby purifying the environment. Although we can't see these so-called `volatile organic compounds,' they're everywhere: carpets, trash bags, paintings, vinyl surfaces, synthetic fibers, cigarette smoke and even ink. There are numerous studies on the benefits of houseplants, most of which point to the aforementioned calming effect of the color green. Others have shown that when there are plants in office environments, employees request fewer days off in a year, and their levels of concentration improve while stress levels decrease. That was already tried. From 1980 to 1999, a wacky and wealthy dentist opened a sperm bank touted to store sperm from geniuses. In the article-turning article The Genius Factory: The Curious History of the Nobel Prize Sperm Bank, David Plotz traces the average and less-than-average kids born from brainy donors. Rothman (who has a photo of himself with Plotz on his bulletin board) told me he was offered the chance to adopt the genius collection after the owner died. Rothman, for his noble collection, is thinking firemen, policemen, and paramedics. He wants to assess demand. Masturbatorium at California Cryobank, Los Angeles, California. Randi Hutter Epstein, M. Less than 1 percent of men who apply to California Cryobank are accepted. As journalists love to report, it is easier to get into Harvard than a sperm bank. What the hell's wrong with you? Are you insane? How could you miss that stop sign? You could have killed me! Jamie recalls two policemen arriving at the scene, and her boys, seemingly unfazed, playing on their iPads in the backseat. All Jamie could muster was Sorry.
I'm so sorry. After putting her kids to bed that night, Jamie realized that exhaustion was the reason she ran the stop sign. I must have dozed off, she says now. I have no memory of seeing the sign or going through it. But the most impressive results were obtained by NASA in several studies verifying that plants capture dust particles (many that are harmful to us, such as benzene molecules) and send them into the ground under their roots, where they become food for the same plants. This means that, besides eliminating CO2, plants also eliminate all kinds of polluting particles from the air! All plants have the ability to absorb harmful particles from the air, but according to results from NASA's study, one of the most powerful plants is Sansevieria trifasciata, commonly called mother-in-law's tongue or snake plant. It's particularly effective at eliminating benzene toxins, nitrogen oxide and trichloroethylene from the air. In Tokyo, this is one of the most common houseplants, seen as often in subway stations as in offices. NASA researchers concluded that, in addition to Sansevieria trifasciata, the best plants for removing toxins from the air are: Another fun fact about houseplants is that they absorb noise, which is why it's a good idea to keep plants near windows in the city. As we've seen, keeping a bit of the forest at home provides all sorts of benefits, and this is something ancient cultures have always known. In India, for example, basil has been used for thousands of years to clean houses and foster a sense of peace. The ancient rules of feng shui, says Diana Quan, also value the power of houseplants to balance chi energy within the home, giving a boost to our emotional and physical well-being. Actually, it is easier to get into a sperm bank if you are already in Harvard, but not vice versa. You have to be smart, handsome, pass muster on several interviews that delve into family history, and eager to masturbate twice weekly for about a year. Other banks make similar claims about the difficult application process. Rest assured, someone is going to launch a business that caters to prospective applicants--downplay the alcoholic uncle but talk about the cousin who played football for Michigan. The main floor, the one above the storage facility, is for interviewing and masturbating. The masturbatoriums (their name) look like small, sterile powder rooms minus the toilet.
They are decorated with posters of naked women. There is one small TV to play videos and a stack of pornographic magazines. Rothman is particularly proud of the room he decorated. One bored, pimply faced young man was sitting in the waiting room. Since her separation from Doug, Jamie had been unable to quiet her mind at night. She would worry about unpaid bills, think about the latest other mom from school that Doug was dating, wonder if she would be alone forever, and fear that her kids were scarred for life. The next day, she would drag through meetings at the advertising agency, feeling as though she could fall asleep at any moment. Jamie saw her asleep-at-the-wheel fender bender as an actual wake-up call. It could have been so much worse, she says. I was relieved that my kids were okay, I was fine, and so was the other driver. But I was reminded that there are very serious consequences when I let myself get totally run-down. Many of us found the experience of divorce so consuming and overwhelming that it caused good health habits to fall by the wayside. When you feel discouraged, stressed, or exhausted, setting your alarm an hour earlier to exercise doesn't feel like a priority, especially when your to-do list is a mile long. But we found that taking care of ourselves when we were going through our divorces made a big difference in our ability to handle whatever came our way--the difference between struggling under the weight of all we had to do and facing challenges with energy and optimism. According to this Chinese method: Not all plants can be considered beneficial. They shouldn't be left to grow any which way, or to wilt, as this transmits negative energy to the environment. In the article on science, we saw that one of the keys to the valuable effects of shinrin-yoku are phytoncides. Can we get the same effect without leaving the house? Not exactly, but we can take advantage of part of its properties with the help of essential oils. All we need to get started in aromatherapy is to buy a diffuser and good quality oils.
A good place to put one, for example, is next to the computer where we work. Besides providing phytoncides, different essential oils have the ability to influence our mood. After a diffuser has been on for a half an hour, particles stay in the air for three or four hours. Any essential oil has effects similar to those we saw in the article on science, but the most effective ones seem to be oils that have been extracted directly from trees because they have a greater concentration of phytoncides. Administration and marketing are on the next floor. Young attractive women interview candidates and reject the ones they decide are ugly or will not be reliable masturbaters. Each candidate is given a chart that looks like a seven-step food pyramid, with a large base and tiny top to emphasize how difficult the process is. Step one, the base, begins with the basics (height, weight, age, sperm quality). You must be between 19 and 39 years old. The top step is the final review and approval by the medical director. On the bottom of the article, it says: 1,000 donor applicants. On the top of the article, it says: 9 donors complete the process. Rejects are sent an e-mail without stating the reasons for the cut. They do not want candidates to try to improve their performance and reapply. It was all interconnected. If I wasn't sleeping enough, I didn't have the energy to exercise. And when I wasn't exercising, I didn't eat very well. The first step was getting enough sleep. Our TLC Action Plan is a three-week spotlight on you to help you make self-care a priority. You will hear tips that helped Jamie, Eleanor, Carlotta, and others get enough sleep so they stopped looking like mombies from The You'll learn quick, easy ways to swap in foods that impact your mood and make you feel better, and to sneak in exercise each day.
Though developing a new habit can take time, our three-week plan aims to help you jump-start your efforts with simple steps you can take even in the middle of upheaval. We encourage you to form new, healthy habits, like exercising when you feel stress instead of indulging in a bag of chips. Embrace these practical strategies to sleep, eat, and sweat like the resilient woman you are. We're not talking about the half-second hug with air kisses or the quick arm squeeze. Let's look at a few that have proven to be more effective. In a study conducted in Japan, hinoki (Japanese cypress) essential oil was used to vaporize hotel rooms. This is the same oil that was used in Petri dish experiments to prove that they activated our highly-valued NK cells, which are fundamental in keeping cancer cells at bay. When conducting this new experiment on subjects who were staying in hotel rooms, having no contact with nature but breathing air vaporized with cypress oil, an increase in health and NK cell activity was observed. All in all, there was a 20% increase in activity over another group of subjects at the same hotel who were in rooms without aromatherapy. In another study, sugi essential oil (Japanese pine) was used with subjects who spent several days in rooms with aromatherapy. Subsequent medical checkups showed a reduction in blood pressure and stress. Lastly, another test showed that a group using a diffuser with cedar essential oils on a daily basis achieved a significant reduction in blood pressure compared to another group that wasn't exposed to aromatherapy. Other essential oils with a significant phytoncide content are eucalyptus, any conifer oil, and oils from citrus trees. There are some essential oils that have a lower concentration of phytoncides, but they have other health benefits. There is no waiting list. Administrators claim that after several interviews, including one with a genetics counselor, they glean honest information. I have my doubts. Most applicants are undergraduates, and the $900-a-month prize for masturbating seems like enough of an incentive to forget about a family history of a potentially heritable disorder. Most married couples choose sperm whose donor looks like the husband to keep the process a secret from outsiders and perhaps from the child. Single women and lesbians can choose any kind of man they desire.