Sunday, May 31, 2009


Gotta get this

"MAKE IT COUNT" - official trailer from ELEMENT SKATEBOARDS on Vimeo.

Element Skateboards is coming out with documentary about the history of the brand and owner johnny schillereff. It features old and new footage and interviews with people that have helped build the brand into what it is today.



Aight, this my first official video with editing and all that stuff. The meal that everybody know and love during the BINKIS RECS the famous (MAC RONITH & CHEESETH) during cookouts and gathering is live in direct in your matrix. Expect to see more of these joints. In the wise words of Flux "fissssskk!!"

DJ MAFIOSO interview with ::[84]>>Blog

You know what it is. Shouts to Havoc!! 
Peep it right here:Spinning with DJ Mafioso


photo and words by Goldi gold
video by Bprice

Let me tell you something. I'm from jerz and you can't sit there and tell me. The kid. That your dope. Your word don't count to me. You got to show and prove fam. And during the revealing we'll decide, better yet, I'll decide if you need to be walking around promoting yourself like that.
That's what your peoples is suppose to do. But anway, StaHHr is dope. Let me repeat this again. StaHHR IS DOPE!!
Shit! This video is proof right here. I mean I didn't start believing this after the video. The skill has been seen and heard many time. This message is for you, the people. The people who get tired of hearing there is a lacking of something that's right there in your face.
Let's use this as a example. The lost art of Female emcees and you know somebody, let say like StaHHr murking mics every time she touch the joint. What can yo do? What can you say? Support the sister and tell everybody and their moms about here. And after that, And just like that. They'll be saying the same thing "StaHHr is dope" hahaha. Enjoy the video peoples

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Sprite Slam Dunk Winner

Man, you gonna watch this video 100 times. Gezzzusss!! The game done changed!!

2 Unofficial Official Video for Jay Electronica's

It's crazy because I didn't know my peoples sdq was doing the video's. Wow! He told me that Voodoo man joint took just 2 hours to shoot



Public Enemies

Friday, May 29, 2009

ATL - Phat Gear

This video was done when ny man Has just flipped the shop a year or 2 back. but dude stay with the exclusive mix, gear, dvd, music and kicks. Plus jungle45 up in there allday everyday

ATL - Phat Gear from Slick Rivera on Vimeo.

Live Dose of Ian Johnson's Solo Show at White Walls

Lawd!!!! These joints are sick!! if you in frisco you can peep Live Dose of Ian Johnson's Solo Show at White Walls Gallery. But peep the video with the throwback track in it. Whoa!!!


Damn, I was kinda scared for a minute. But new Vapors magazine son!! Gotta cop that

CurT@!n$ - Black Folks

Worth every bit of your time

Video for CurT@!n$ "Black Folks" off of the upcoming mixtape The Great Adventures of Dope Boy C: Dope For President.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

FREE!! City of Ink host LOVE Thrusdays @ Sutra MAY 28th

words by Miya Bailey
It's it's recession proof...May 28th..after my last tattoo, yall will see me and the City of Ink staff there...come out and party with dress code and FREE what can you say now?

Video: RODDYROD "This Time Around" feat. Phonte & Carlitta Durand

This some fly ish right here. Whoa! Is hip hp trying to make a comeback like the economy with all this music?

RoddyRod feat Carlitta Durand and Phonte - "This Time Around" from Humble Monarch on Vimeo.

"This Time Around" from producer RODDYROD featuring North Carolina mainstays Phonte & Carlitta Durand. Video directed by Humble Monarch. "This Time Around" will appear on the re-release of RODDYROD's concept album, Cuba After Market.

Rick Ross Presents Duce Pounds - U Gotta Love Me [Trailer]

Look! ROOOOSSSSS! is flooding the internet every week with trailers and new videos like little wayne did with the mixcds tough. Gezzzusss. And it ain't like he putting out wake ish. ROSSSSSS!!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

DJ Quik & Kurupt - Do You Know

Aight, this is dope right here. 09 seems to be the year of the veterans showing and proving

ghettoManga to be listed on Amazon

Word up!!! It ain't to late to cop that joint. I got it. So do you peoples and make that move. Peep it Ghetto Manga

One week he commanding the lighter shade to throw their Dick beater in the sky. The following week the heavy promotion for Shea Butter had heads open. It don't get any better than that. Well maybe it do. Check my man MIKE FLO blog son. Black Power

Rocksmith x Black Star

Aight, these joints are hot!!!!!!!!

Rocksmith will release two t-shirts to commemorate the highly anticipated on-stage return of Black Star, the legendary duo of Mos Def and Talib Kweli on May 30th. The two designs will be available during the Black Star show at Nokia Theater in NYC. A limited quantity will also be available on The Black Star concert, presented by Blacksmith and LiveNDirect, will consist of an early and late show on one day only.

How to Lose Weight While Eating More Food

We got to take care of ourselves by any means. Well at least the right means

7 ways to cut calories without feeling deprived.
By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Expert Column

One of the most common pitfalls to weight loss is an all-or-nothing approach aimed at dropping pounds in a hurry. When you start an unrealistic diet plan, you quickly learn that such diets lead to nagging hunger and cravings for forbidden foods. After a few weeks of this, most people return to their old eating habits, complaining that "diets don't work." But what if you could actually lose weight by eating more food -- simply by making a few changes to your everyday food choices?

The truth is that smart weight loss is not about starving yourself or restricting yourself to a few foods. It's about consistently making better food choices, and slowly changing bad eating and exercise habits into more healthful ones.

Here are seven choices that will help you lose weight while eating more food -- and will satisfy your taste buds at the same time:

Whole-grain foods such as whole wheat, brown rice, whole-grain breads, cereals, and waffles are a much better choice than refined white foods because they're generally higher in fiber, more nutritious, and more filling. Eat 3 cups of air-popped popcorn instead of 1 ounce of potato chips (about 15 chips) and you'll cut 65 calories and get a lot more food to crunch. Instead of having one refined-flour pancake with butter and syrup, you can enjoy two whole-wheat buttermilk pancakes topped with mixed berries for the same 270 calories.

Foods high in water are naturally low in calories because of their fluid content. Fruits, vegetables, soups, gelatins, and hot cereal are 80%-95% water, while foods like yogurt, puddings, eggs, pasta, beans, and seafood are 60%-75% water. Eating 1 3/4 cup of grapes takes longer and is much more satisfying than eating 1/4 cup of raisins, although both portions have 110 calories. A cup of minestrone soup (125 calories) and a tossed salad with light dressing (100 calories) is a satisfying lunch for 225 calories. Compare that to a chicken salad croissant weighing in at 550 calories, or a 6-inch tuna sub at 530 calories.

Lower-fat foods can really add up to calorie savings because fat has more than twice the calories of protein or carbohydrates. And when you take out some -- but not necessarily all -- of the fat, foods still taste great. Eight ounces of skim milk has 86 calories, while the same amount of whole milk has 150 calories. A 2-ounce serving of tuna packed in water has 66 calories but when it's packed in oil, the calories jump to 110. Light mayonnaise, light salad dressings, and lower-fat dairy are all easy ways to cut calories while satisfying your taste buds.

Treats that satisfy your sweet tooth don't have to bust the calorie bank. Sorbet, fat-free frozen yogurt, light or slow-churned ice creams, simple cookies, and fruit-based desserts have a fraction of the calories of super-premium ice cream, rich cookies and other decadent desserts. If you polish off a pint of super-premium ice cream, you can easily pack on 1,000 calories. Instead of eating out of the container (always a no-no), stock your freezer with portion-controlled novelty bars such as Breyer's Double Churned light ice cream bars, Skinny Cow ice cream cones, Fudgsicles, or Edy's Slow Churned ice cream bars, which satisfy with only 100-150 calories. Cookie lovers can enjoy two Fig Newtons, Pirouettes, or Nutter Butters for less than 130 calories instead of a single Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookie for 210 calories.

Fast food is considered a sure route to weight gain because many of our favorites are over-the-top in fat and calories (as well as sodium). Enjoying an occasional burger and fries won't do in your diet, but many people frequent fast-food outlets regularly. Next time you go to your favorite fast-food place, choose one of the better bets, such as a grilled chicken sandwich; side or entree salad with light dressings; chili or a baked potato topped with chili; or yogurt and fruit parfaits. Choose a grilled chicken sandwich on whole-grain bread with lettuce and tomato and a side fruit salad for 320 calories instead of a Big Mac and medium fries for 920 calories, and you'll save 600 calories! A bacon cheeseburger can set you back 1,000 calories, but an entree Southwest salad with grilled chicken and light dressing has only 360 calories. Also, skip the bacon, special creamy sauces, and fried foods.

Muffins, scones, doughnuts, and bagels can be deceptively high in calories. A cinnamon chip scone (490 calories), large bran muffin (370 calories), bagel with cream cheese (500 calories), or doughnut (250 calories) go down fast -- and usually leave you hungry again in a few hours because they're high in sugar and/or refined flour. Instead start your day with whole-grain cereal, skim milk and fruit (230 calories); an egg and two slices of whole-grain toast with a teaspoon of butter or margarine (300 calories); or oatmeal made with skim milk and topped with a few nuts (250 calories). And don't try to save calories by giving up breakfast. Studies have shown that people who eat breakfast control calories throughout the day better than breakfast skippers.

Dips and spreads can do serious damage. They can be addictive, and when you add in the calories from the chips or other dippers, they add up quickly. Two tablespoons of French onion dip or Cheez Whiz have 60-90 calories. But if you switch to salsa, hummus, or fat-free bean dip, you can enjoy more satisfying dips for 15-50 calories per 2 tablespoons and are more likely to eat a reasonable portion. Slice a whole-wheat pita pocket (130 calories) into 8 wedges for healthy 16-calorie dippers -- about the same as a single, much less satisfying cracker from a box.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Mike Tyson’s daughter dies after hanging accident

Damn. Dude was doing well in the public after that documentary. Hope he can maintain. Wishing and praying him and the fam well after this lost for real

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press Writer

PHOENIX (AP)—The 4-year-old daughter of boxer Mike Tyson died at a hospital Tuesday, a day after her neck apparently got caught in a treadmill cord at her Phoenix home, police said.

Exodus Tyson was pronounced dead just before noon, police Sgt. Andy Hill said. She had been on life support and police have said their investigation showed her injury on Monday was a “tragic accident.”

“There are no words to describe the tragic loss of our beloved Exodus,” the family said in a statement. “We ask you now to please respect our need at this very difficult time for privacy to grieve and try to help each other heal.”

Police said Exodus either slipped or put her head in the loop of a cord hanging under the console. Her 7-year-old brother found her and told their mother. She took Exodus off the cord, called 911 and tried to revive her.

Responding officers and firefighters performed CPR as they took the girl to the hospital.

Former heavyweight champion Tyson was in Las Vegas at the time of the accident and flew Monday to Phoenix, where he was seen entering the hospital.

The family’s home is in a modest, quiet neighborhood. Neighbors say they saw Tyson there from time to time and the children played outside regularly.

Dinka Radic, who lives across the street, said Exodus would ask her if she had any chocolate. When Radic gave her some, Exodus would hug the woman’s knees and “kiss, kiss, kiss.”

“She’d say ‘hi’ to everybody. She was really friendly,” said Abdul Khalik, 53, who lives next door.

He said Exodus rode her bicycle in the neighborhood and often played with his two children and his niece. He said his 14-year-old daughter had cried all day after hearing of Exodus’ death.

Ben Brodhurst, 20, who lives across the street, said Exodus’ and her family went trick-or-treating at his house the last couple of Halloweens. She was “very lively, very enjoyable to be around,” he said.

The neighborhood contrasts starkly with the lavish lifestyle Tyson had through his tumultuous years of boxing, when he spent tens of millions of dollars and says he had millions more stolen from him by unscrupulous associates. During two years at the height of his career, he earned $140 million.

The death of his child in such an unusual accident adds an awful chapter to the boxer’s troubled life.

Tyson first began boxing in a facility for juvenile delinquents in upstate New York at the age of 12. Eight years later, he became the youngest heavyweight champion ever when he knocked out Trevor Berbick in 1986. But in 1990, he was defeated by James “Buster” Douglas in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history, and soon after was convicted of raping a beauty pageant contestant in Indianapolis.

Tyson, who still denies he raped the woman, served three years in prison.

A few years later, he served three months in jail for beating up two men after a minor car crash in suburban Washington.

As his career continued, so did his bizarre behavior. He bit off a piece of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a boxing match and once threatened to eat the children of heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis.

Although Tyson’s children had lived in their unassuming neighborhood for several years, he purchased a separate home in the tony Phoenix suburb of Paradise Valley in 2005 for $2.1 million, selling it two years later for $2.3 million.

In November 2007, Tyson spent 24 hours in Maricopa County’s “Tent City” jail after pleading guilty to one count of cocaine possession and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence. Police found the drug when they pulled over Tyson’s car after he left a Scottsdale night club.

According to police, Tyson said after his arrest that he bought cocaine “whenever I can get my hands on it.”

At Tyson’s sentencing hearing, nearly a year after the arrest, his attorney David Chesnoff said his client had taken 29 drug tests without a relapse and was attending Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings.

Tyson had become an example of how one overcomes problems with drugs, a violent past and poor upbringing, Chesnoff said.

“He’s tried his hardest,” his attorney said, “despite coming from almost impossible beginnings.”

Associated Press Writers Bob Baum and Terry Tang contributed to this report.

JOHN CROOMS Photoblog:Spread Love Dj Kemit's Birthday May 22 09

Lawd! Jungle45 all over the place. shouts to Big Al and press the link at the bottom and peep how the grown folks get down!! Damn, wish I was there!!

JOHN CROOMS Photoblog:Spread Love Dj Kemit's Birthday May 22 09

fallin remix - jaspect ft. senor kaos

All I'm saying. I better see the live version of this Banger at the Art beats and Lyric show in the ATL in july. This ish is crazy dope from both parties. Salute

Download: fallin remix - jaspect ft. senor kaos

The Gritty Committte Presents Hip-Hop Appreciation Week Mojo Swagger Born Day Bash

It just don't stop like hip hop fam. You know you gonna get the official nas from The Gritty Committe. post ish in your blogs or whatever to show heads ATL ain't jut about gold grills.,whips and chicks. Well the chicks are dope.hhahahah. but you know

Hip-Hop Appreciation Week Mojo Swagger Born Day Bash from Lex Boogie on Vimeo.

Photography by Gritty Committee's Jade Pixels
Video/Music by New Clothez Productions


Damn, Damn, Damn, Yo! the love for the 4 pound has been crazy as of late. The whole concept of the gear is to enlighten and be that armor for the products of the konkrete jungle on the daily grind from A to B affairs. But y'all define us. Not on some Fubu ish (for u by u) Naw son! The make ish happen part. Trying to make that difference part. Changing the world part. Yea, them adjectives just desribed everybody you see in these pics rocking the gear. So thanks much. You got us in the lab making it happen. And Damn. I gotta add these pics on the Myspace page. Lawwd!!!!

Monday, May 25, 2009

H.H.A.D.:Interview with DJ Fudge

Salute to Dj fudge and checkout his dope interview with H.H.A.D. right here fam: H.H.A.D.:Interview with DJ Fudge

Photo By Cory McBurnett

Hip-Hop Appreciation Last Hooray

Man, it was nothing but love yesterday at the Mojo swagger bornday cookout. Nothing but love. Peep the some of the pics on here and right here:
Hip-Hop Appreciation Last Hooray pt1
Hip-Hop Appreciation Last Hooray pt2
photos:Craig Flux Singleton 

JUNGLE45 TV: MOJO SWAG BORNDAY COOKOUT from Goldi gold on Vimeo.

Sean Falyon - HERE4U (short)

Visually appealing peoples!!! Sean Falyon peoples

Jay Electronica's RTB Tour Diaries: De La Soul

I had to find this video again. I just had too!!! If you a artist in any shape or form you'll relate

Jay Electronica's RTB Tour Diaries: De La Soul from Okayplayer on Vimeo.

Jay Electronica. Pay Attention son!!!

Jay Electronica from stay dougie on Vimeo.

Questions & Answers with Buckshot: Video

Señor Kaos of the interviews Buckshot as he talks about the upcoming project with Krs One, and the future of Duckdown. Also a lil performance footage in there.

Señor Kaos Interviews Buckshot from Señor Kaos on Vimeo.

The Gritty Committte Presents DTM CREATIVE GENIUS

This joint is gangsta for real peep the complete joint right here: "DTM Creative Genuis!!!"

The Gritty Committte Presents DTM CREATIVE GENIUS from Lex Boogie on Vimeo.

The Isley Brothers - Ballad for the Fallen Soldier

Rich people start wars. Poor people fight them. Salute the troops today while you bbqing

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Vintage Big Daddy Kane Freestyle

Lex boogie and I was having a field day listening to vintage Big Daddy Kane at the bbq earlier today


This video is 2 years old and still bangin. The bornday bbq gonna be live today. Plus dude was rocking the JUNGLE45 gear on the cover of the cd and video. word!!

The Real

words Goldi gold

Man, this pic is so real fam. I'm use too a photographer setting up a pic like this for a art show. Art imitating life. But seeing this is a reminder that it's real in the field for a lot of people. As much as we complain about petty stuff in our world and still enjoy the luxury of the same life we complain about. For some people. They really gotta tote steel and fight for their rights from sun up to sun down. No blogs, No facebook, No twitter to sit there in their office chair from 9 to 5 to complain about whatever or whomever just to get a reaction from people. Yea, Life is way too real that . So lets take advantage of the time we got and make things happen. For real. For real on all levels in actual life
Actual article for pic:For Somalia, Chaos Breeds Religious War

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Walmart, Border's, Chevron. That's a couple of locations with the mag. I'm on page 8. They did a fly write up for a brother. But the drawings don't stop baby!!!

Gritty Interview with the Legendary Tim Dog

Words Lex Boogie
In the Spirit of Hip Hop Appreciation Week in Atlanta we just wanted to splash you with official Gritty Tim Dog Interview.He is settin the record straight and letting cats know why he is so relevant to Hip Hop...

The Gritty Committee Tim Dog Exclusive from Lex Boogie on Vimeo.

The Gritty Committee: StaHHr thafemcee @ GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR TROY DAVIS

Once again the Gritty Committee is here for the people. StaHHr murking the mic with the hardest positive lyrics you will hear in your life at the Troy Davis Really. Keep it 100 peoples

StaHHr thafemcee @ GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION FOR TROY DAVIS from Lex Boogie on Vimeo.

The Wrong Ways to Grill--and How to Do It Right

Stop throwing on that apron for looks sun!!!

8 Wrong Ways to Grill From Adam Perry Lang

Using a Flimsy Grill Brush: Invest in the sturdiest one you can; one with heavy tines (the coarse brush hairs) that won't fall out. In this case, price doesn't always indicate quality. Just get a sturdy-looking one, not necessarily a fancy one.

Using Dull Spices: Don't ruin a great cut of meat with dull spices. Buy small amounts and buy them fresh (and often). Try anything from Ancho or Hatch chile powder to coarsely ground fresh black pepper, apple juice, or bourbon.

Cooking Meat on the Wrong Heat: Tougher, collagen-rich cuts should be on a relatively lower indirect heat. Collagen is the tough stuff that converts to gelatin when it’s cooked right and gives barbecue that stick-to-your-ribs luscious texture. Meat with a lot of intramuscular fat (the marbling), on the other hand, should cook on direct heat. Lean cuts of chicken are actually best on moderate heat.

Not Soaking Wood Chips: Often, the wood you're using will be too dry, which won't release that beautiful smolder. The water slows down the burn because the water has to cook off before the wood around it ignites. While this is happening, you get just the right amount of smoke.

Removing Corn From Its Husk: When grilling corn, leave the ear in its husk. This ensures that the corn will stay sweet and juicy throughout the cooking process.

Improperly Extinguishing Flare-Ups: Some chefs are very averse to them but, hey, they're inevitable, so just embrace them. Whatever you do, don't try to extinguish them with water. You wouldn't put out a grease fire with water, right? When you see an unwanted flare-up, don't panic. Just move your meat to another hot part of the grill. If you're still getting flare-ups and are afraid that your meat might burn, retreat to the lower-temperature zone. If your grill doesn't have a lower temp, try stacking any meat that needs a break from the heat on top of one that doesn't.

Forgetting the Post-Grill Marination: Instead of taking meat from the cooker and putting it on a dry cutting board, I paint a layer of glaze or barbecue sauce on the board. I drizzle on oil and add salt, pepper, herbs, and things like green apple, garlic, jalapeno, lemon zest grated on the Microplane.

Running Out of Fuel: Be prepared with more than you think is enough! The last thing you want is to be caught with half a tank of propane or too little charcoal.

KRS-One & MC Shan interview

Got this from dknightent. Damn,some real tangible ish you can feel right here!!!!!!

Friday, May 22, 2009


This too gangsta for the ears!!!




Man, it's always refreshing to see people that was and still in the game  still doing their thing. Mass-confusion before they made the powermove to cali held the ATL down son! Shit!! They even printed them jungle45 t shirts for us for a hot minute. I mean dope printing also. And that was the thing. We was going at the same heads with the gear but it wasn't a problem for them to print and look out with the gear. So it was good to hear that the got the site up and running with some new gear fam. Word. Peep the heads that had the masses in the ATK rockin "the illest alive" shirts:

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Top 5 Dead or Alive:The Show PART 2

Top 5 Dead or Alive:The Show PART 2 from Evereese Hamilton on Vimeo.

by Evereese Hamilton
I am a new TV show, that gives you a chance to debate your top 5 emcees. (Dead or Alive) We are not just dealing with a list of 5 emcees. We will be looking at albums, songs, lyrics, etc... Everything that make a real emcee. It's not who's hot, or who has the most Myspace hits, it's who are the Top 5 emcees dead or alive. All you have to do to be a contestant on the show is email me a video presenting your top 5 emcees with albums, songs and lyrics. (Whatever other pertinent info you see fit) If you have what it takes to be on the show, it's on!!! The winner will be chosen by the viewers, who will vote online. For more information,

Blaqkout [DJ Quik x Kurupt]-”9x’s Outta 10″

Damn, the track and the flow is crazzy!!

DJ QUIK & KURUPT "BLAQKOUT ALBUM" 9x's Outta 10 from DBAKER on Vimeo.

Notorious B.I.G - Interview From "The Show"


Boost Your Company's Image With Video

We already got this on lock. Shouts to the gritty and other blogs. just got to confirm this for the others no believers out there

By Ramon Ray of

Because video production and hosting are easier than ever, more business owners are creating their own videos as marketing tools.

Market Activity Hosting on YouTube, or other video hosting sites makes video sharing easy, and cameras like the Flip that easily transfer video to computers make the entire video production process easier.
Creating basic videos with captions, backgrounds or other professional enhancements is not necessarily a must, but if you want to be taken seriously by your customers (or prospects), it's important that your video looks as good as possible.

Your video doesn't have to be professionally produced, but in the same way that you wouldn't create your own business cards from index cards, you should consider improving the overall quality of your videos.

To do this, you could use the free video editing programs that are built into most operating systems. But if you want to take video editing to an entirely different level, you might want to consider a video editing tool that lets you select a background, making your video look much better.

Video Presenter, for example comes with a "green screen" that you lets you customize the background you want for your video, very similar to your local weather forecaster. You can add whatever background you want.

At the much higher -- and more complicated -- end, Adobe Premiere (by Adobe (ADBE Quote)) lets you do a full range of professional video editing. The product is more expensive ($800) and complicated for the average computer user, but in the hands of someone who takes the time to learn it, it's one of the best video editing programs on the market.


6 Daily Habits That May Make You Sick

I guess you can't always use the weather as as a excuse anymore on why your sick

From the kitchen to the backyard, WebMD uncovers common household activities that could affect your health.
By Lisa Zamosky

They say that home is where the heart is. But what you may not know is that it's also where 65% of colds and more than half of food-borne illnesses are contracted. The things we do around the house every day have a big impact on both our long- and short-term health. Here are six common household activities that may be making you sick.

1. Using a Sponge
The dirtiest room in everybody's home is the kitchen, says Phillip Tierno, PhD, director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at the New York University Langone Medical Center and author of The Secret Life of Germs. "That's because we deal with dead animal carcasses on our countertops and in the sink." Raw meat can carry E. coli and salmonella, among other viruses and bacteria.

Most people clean their countertops and table after a meal with the one tool found in almost all kitchens: the sponge. In addition to sopping up liquids and other messes, the kitchen sponge commonly carries E. coli and fecal bacteria, as well as many other microbes. "It's the single dirtiest thing in your kitchen, along with a dishrag," says Tierno.

Ironically, the more you attempt to clean your countertops with a sponge, the more germs you're spreading around. "People leave [the sponge] growing and it becomes teaming with [millions of] bacteria, and that can make you sick and become a reservoir of other organisms that you cross-contaminate your countertops with, your refrigerator, and other appliances in the kitchen," Tierno explains.

Solution: Tierno suggests dipping sponges into a solution of bleach and water before wiping down surfaces. "That is the best and cheapest germicide money can buy -- less than a penny to make the solution -- so that you can clean your countertops, cutting boards, dishrags, or sponges after each meal preparation."

In addition, once you've used your sponge, be sure to let it air-dry. Dryness kills off organisms. Another way to keep bacteria from building up in your sponge is to microwave it for one to two minutes each week. "Put a little water in a dish and put the sponge in that," Tierno advises. "That will boil and distribute the heat evenly [throughout the sponge] and kill the bacteria."

2. Vacuuming
Conventional vacuum cleaners are intended to pick up and retain big pieces of dirt, like the dust bunnies we see floating about on our floors. But it's the tiny dust particles that pass right through the porous vacuum bags and up into the air. So, while our floors may look cleaner after running a vacuum over them, plenty of dust, which can exacerbate allergies and asthma, remains.

Pet allergens and indoor dust, which contains the highest concentrations of hazardous materials like heavy metals, lead, pesticides, and other chemicals, are found in higher concentrations in the smallest particles of the dust, explains David MacIntosh, MD. He is principal scientist at Environmental Health & Engineering (EH&E), an environmental consulting and engineering services firm based in Needham, Mass.

"The everyday habit of cleaning with a conventional vacuum cleaner results in a burst of particles in the air and then they settle back down over the course of hours," says MacIntosh.

Solution: Look for a vacuum cleaner with a high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter. Unlike those in conventional vacuums, HEPA filters are able to retain the small particles and prevent them from passing through and contaminating the air you breathe in your home.

3. Sleeping With Pillows and a Mattress
The average person sheds about 1.5 million skin cells per hour and perspires one quart every day even while doing nothing, says Tierno. The skin cells accumulate in our pillows and mattresses and dust mites grow and settle.

If that's not gross enough for you, Tierno explains that a mattress doubles in weight every 10 years because of the accumulation of human hair, bodily secretions, animal hair and dander, fungal mold and spores, bacteria, chemicals, dust, lint, fibers, dust mites, insect parts, and a variety of particulates, including dust mite feces. After five years, 10% of the weight of a pillow is dust mites. This is what you're inhaling while you sleep.

"What you're sleeping on can exacerbate your allergies or your asthma," says Tierno.

Solution: Cover your mattress, box springs, and pillows with impervious outer covers.

"Allergy-proof coverings seal the mattress and pillow, preventing anything from getting in or out, which protects you," Tierno says. He also suggests that you wash your sheets weekly in hot water. Make sure the temperature range of the water is between 130 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

4. Grilling Meat
So much for the summertime staple: Barbecuing meat creates the cancer-causing compounds polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). When fat drips from the meat onto the hot grill, catches fire, and produces smoke, PAHs form. That's what's contained in that delicious-looking charred mark we all look for on our burger. HCAs form when meat is cooked at a high temperature, which can occur during an indoor cooking process as well.

Solution: "Limiting your outdoor cooking, using tin foil, or microwaving the meat first is a sensible precaution," says Michael Thun, MD. He is emeritus vice president for epidemiology and surveillance research with the American Cancer Society.

Wrapping meat in foil with holes poked in it allows fat to drip off, but limits the amount of fat that hits the flames and comes back onto the meat, Thun tells WebMD. Some of the excess fat can also be eliminated by first microwaving meat and choosing cuts of meat that are leaner.

5. Opening Your Windows
When the weather turns nice, many of us throw open our windows to breath in the fresh spring air. But that may be an unhealthy move, considering the combination of seasonal allergies and poor air quality of many cities throughout the U.S. According to a recent report by the American Lung Association, 60% of Americans are breathing unhealthy air. And the pollution inside our homes may be worse than outdoors. The Environmental Protection Agency lists poor indoor air quality as the fourth largest environmental threat to our country. Bacteria, molds, mildew, tobacco smoke, viruses, animal dander, house dust mites, and pollen are among the most common household pollutants.

Solution: Shut the windows and run the air conditioner. All air-conditioning systems have a filter that protects the mechanical equipment and keeps them clean of debris.

"Pollen and mold spores that have made their way indoors will be run through the air-conditioning system and taken out of the air as they go through the duct work," MacIntosh says.

But much like with the vacuum cleaner, these filters can only capture the largest particles. "The conventional filters just pick up big things, such as hair or cob webs," says MacIntosh. "Filters intended to remove the inhalable particles, which are very small, exist on the market and some are very effective."

They may also be worth the investment. A recent study published in The New England Journal of Medicine showed that cleaner air might add as much as five months to a person's life.

Tierno says that air purification systems are important, particularly in a bedroom where bacteria are teaming.

6. Sitting in Front of the TV
Sitting in front of the television has become a national pastime and one of our least healthy behaviors, particularly because we often do it while snacking on food that is high in calories.

"When you're sitting there in a trance, you can really pack on some calories," says Thun. "Today, more than one-third of the U.S. population qualifies as obese and one-third qualifies as overweight. Thirteen million Americans are morbidly obese."

Excess body weight puts us at greater risk for heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and a host of other diseases, Thun says. "That poses a greater health risk than the toxic cleansers under our sinks."

Solution: Turn off the TV, put away the bag of chips, and go for a walk.

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Hot in recession: Cheaper wine, chocolate, Spam

and Total firearms sales rose 27.5 percent at Smith & Wesson for the three months ending Jan. 31

By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – It's not all doom and gloom in the U.S. economy. Some products are bucking the recession and flying off store shelves.

Sales of chocolate and running shoes are up. Wine drinkers haven't stopped sipping; they just seem to be choosing cheaper vintages.

Gold coins are selling like hot cakes. So are gardening seeds. Tanning products are piling up in shopping carts; maybe more people are finding color in a bottle than from sun-worshipping on a faraway beach.

Strong sales of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and chili helped Hormel Foods Corp. post a 6 percent increase in first quarter sales in its grocery products unit.

Consumers have trimmed household budgets and postponed buying cars, major appliances and other big-ticket items. Yet they still are willing to shell out for small indulgences and goods that make life more comfortable at home, where they are spending more time.

Recession shoppers also are drawn to items that make them feel safe, both personally and financially.

"The focus on the family hearth is something that has happened in nearly every recession. It's, `How can I have more fun at home?'" said Paco Underhill, whose company, Envirosell, monitors the behavior of shoppers and sellers across the U.S. and in other countries.

"People are much more focused on their homes and their immediate happiness and they're buying things that they can use themselves — seeds, fishing equipment. Lipstick and chocolate are small rewards that make you feel better."

Profits in the first three months of 2009 at Hershey Co., the nation's second-largest candy maker, surged 20 percent and beat Wall Street's expectations. Kraft Foods Inc. reported double-digit growth in macaroni and cheese dinners — the consummate comfort food.

Recessions, it seems, are good for love, too. Over the final three months of 2008, condom sales rose 5 percent and reported its strongest performance in seven years.

But economic woes are as rough on the tummy as they are on the wallet. Chicago-based market researcher Information Resources Inc. reports that sales of laxative liquids and powders rose 11.5 percent for the 52 weeks ending April 19. Sales of

stomach remedy tablets, including Pepto-Bismol and Phillips brands, climbed 8 percent.

As expected during any economic slump, recession shoppers looking for deals have boosted sales at discount chains such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Dollar Tree Inc. sneaked into this year's Fortune 500 for the first time, at No. 499.

There's a general tendency to trade down, according to Leo J. Shapiro & Associates, a consulting firm in Chicago. That means eating dinner at the kitchen table instead of restaurants, buying used cars and shopping at do-it-yourself auto parts stores. It means spending less on clothes. Sales at luxury retailer Saks Inc. fell 32 percent last month. Sales at Goodwill Industries

International stores in the U.S. and Canada jumped by 7 percent in March.

"If you're used to eating out, maybe you're now buying a high-end steak at the supermarket," said Bill Patterson, a senior analyst in Chicago with Mintel International, which supplies consumer, product and media intelligence. "If you eat at home mostly, maybe you are going down from the branded product to a private label."

People are not drinking as much beer or wine at bars and restaurants, but they haven't stopped drinking. The Wine Institute says that despite the recession, U.S. sales of California wines totaled about 467 million gallons last year — 2 percent more than the year before. But people are looking more closely at cheaper selections: The overall retail value of California wine sales fell slightly from 2007, the institute said.

Those on the go are not shying away from footing the bill for sturdy running shoes. Sales increased 2 percent in 2008, said Tom Doyle at the National Sporting Goods Association in Mount Prospect, Ill.

"Runners aren't going to hurt themselves to save a few bucks," he said. Likewise, sales of bicycle helmets are up as parents continue to spend money to protect youngsters, he said.
The financial meltdown produced more interest in home safes. Coin dealers are awash in customers as investors big and small see the safety of gold.

Sunshine Minting Inc. in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, which supplies gold blanks to the U.S. Mint, doubled its work force in 2008.
"It just came on like gangbusters," said president Tom Power, who struggled to hire, train and get new equipment to handle

demand that doubled, then tripled. "You can't just flip a switch and jump up production overnight."
Guns are selling well, too. Total firearms sales rose 27.5 percent at Smith & Wesson for the three months ending Jan. 31. It's not a sudden interest in hunting behind the increase; hunting firearm sales at the company declined during the quarter by 46 percent.

Gun sales are being driven by concern that the Obama administration will tighten gun laws. But people also are feeling a level of fear and heightened interest in self-reliance as they weather the recession.

"They are looking down the road going `What could happen here?'" Underhill said. "I think a lot of Americans are truly scared. One of the things that tickles is our pioneer ethos, which is, `I feel better with a year's supply of toilet paper' and `Maybe I should start canning and pickling.'"

Many people already are.

The number of home vegetable gardens is predicted to jump more than 40 percent this year, compared with two years ago, according to the National Gardening Association. Sales of vegetable seeds such as green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and lettuce climbed 30 percent as of March at W. Atlee Burpee, a large seed company in Warminster, Pa. It organized a basic training course called "root camp" for hundreds of would-be gardeners this month outside Philadelphia.

Still, when the economy grinds to a halt, people clench their teeth. That could mean spending money at the dentist.
There's no statistical evidence, but dentists such as Dr. Matthew Messina in Cleveland, Ohio., are seeing more people with tooth-grinding injuries.

"The body responds the same way to a real threat, `There's a burglar in the house,' as it does to a perceived stress like `I'm worried I'm going to lose the house,'" Messina said.


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