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Homemade Toothpaste!

What we didn’t know about becoming vegetarians, is that Bethany and I would become more and more health conscious than we have ever been. Becoming vegetarians has opened our minds to the benefits of raw foods, healthy living AND the dangers of processed foods, chemicals, and pesticides. If I can eliminate a chemical from my life, I will.

About a month ago I heard a friend say that floride  kills a bacteria on our teeth that helps them rebuild themselves naturally. He said he had a cavity and someone told him to stop using fluorinated toothpaste. He stopped using fluorinated toothpaste and his cavity went away.

I was intrigued. I had to look this up. So I went to Wikipedia. Just kidding, I use Goggle scholar. As I searched though scientific journals and abstracts I found that floride is highly debated and the majority consensus is that it isn’t safe and can cause cancer. According to the IAOMT (International Academy of  Oral Medicine and Toxicology) floride in only effective in tooth decay at high, cancer causing, levels.

Because of this, I took time to make some awesome natural toothpaste. Here is the link to the directions.

We have been using this toothpaste for a month now and I can say that this toothpaste is awesome. I feel cleaner and fresher.

Next post I write will be about the importance of flossing.

NES – Don’t Nintendo Player Hate Me!

I have been dying to play some old school NES & SNES but keep getting flashing screens and funny noises. After doing some research on youtube and the Goog, I found that the problem is due to bad a connection with the cartridge.

The Fix

Step 1 – Clean the cartridge (for NES or SNES).

  • Windex
  • Cotton swabs. A.K.A. Q-tips

Apply some windex to the Q-tip and wipe away years of dust and oxidation from the cartridge. Let it sit for about 2 min. and you are done!

I hate to say it, but blowing on the bad boy does more harm than good. The moisture in your breath takes along time to dry and helps the build up of crud.  Also don’t use alcohol to clean it. It is too harsh a chemical.

If this doesn’t fix the game then either your game is dead or the 72 pin connector in your NES is lose and doesn’t get a good connection with the cartridge.

Step 2 – fix 72 pin connector (NES Only)

To fix the 72 pin connector you will need to disassemble your NES and replace it with a new 72 pin connector. You can get these online for about $15. However, if you have a steady hand and patience you can bend all 144 pins back into place with a needle. I picked the cheap route and used a needle. Before I knew it I had be NES back together and as good as new.

Unfortunately some of my games were too far gone to bring back from the grave but the good ones are still golden like Super Mario Bros.

Also, Duck Hunt doesn’t work with LCD or Plasma TVs. The Nintendo Zapper gun only works with CRT Technology. LAME.