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by Ron Kurtus

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Permission to provide a link Resources USA
 
Suggested resource Resources USA
 
Suggested resource Resources USA
 
Unmarked saucepan needs fixing Waterless Cooking USA
 
Pressure points in foot reflexology Reflexology Philippines
 
Recommending mesothelioma resource Resources USA
 
Replacement lids for Mastercraft waterless cooker Waterless Cooking USA
 
1962 cookware needs handles Cookware Companies USA
 
Handles for Treasure Chest Cookware Waterless Cooking USA
 
Could magnetic fields be causing problems? General USA
 
Needs handle for Dine Rite cookware Cookware Companies USA
 
Resources Resources USA
 
Wants replacement knobs for 1985 cookware Cookware Companies USA
 
Cookware lid whistles Waterless Cooking USA
 
Getting a dental x-ray X-ray Risks Pakistan
 

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Resources

Permission to provide a link

May 12, 2017

Question

Hello,

Nick here; I’m reaching out to introduce myself as Footprints Behavioral Health Center founder, 12 Steps advocate, and small business peer. As a business built on strong community support and professional referrals relationships, I know the many hours and energy went into building these relationships. Kudos on the impressive list of professional contacts on your resource page. I want to extend our professional relationship by adding your website to our website's Resource Page.

Let me know if that is okay.

Best,

Nicholas - USA (28043)

Answer

You certainly can add a link to our Health pages. Best wishes for success in your endeavors.

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Resources

Suggested resource

March 22, 2017

Question

Good afternoon,

My name is Jeron McFarland and I work in the outreach department at Mesothelioma Guide, an advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses. In addition, the resources and support you provide are commendable and something I personally admire. I can’t thank you enough for everything you’ve done assisting and guiding individuals throughout our communities.

Because Mesothelioma is a rare cancer and very few treat it, we specialize in connecting patients with doctors and treatment options that are best suited for them. Our services and resources are 100% free to patients and family members.

Unfortunately, that means we don’t have the necessary funding to advertise our services. Therefore, I'm reaching out to webmasters that have visitors who may have been exposed to asbestos or may be suffering from an asbestos-related illness.

I noticed you already have a mesothelioma resource in your links sections however, our resource separates itself from the rest for the simple fact that we have a Veteran and nurse, in-house, ready to answer questions from anyone all over the world. Would you be willing to add our resource to help us spread awareness? A little help can go a long way.


Best wishes,

Jeron - USA (27944)

Answer

Thanks for the suggested resource. I added it to our Health Resources page. Best wishes for success in your work.

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Resources

Suggested resource

March 20, 2017

Question

Hi,

First off, I hope your week is off to a great start! I'm reaching out to you today as someone responsible for disseminating health and specifically sleep-related resources. As you may or may not be aware, sleep disorders affect over 73 million people in the United States alone and my team at Tuck sleep aims to help reduce that number would love your help!

We created pieces to help everyone from newborns to teenagers to college students to our aging population understand sleep disorders, sleep hygiene and an gain an increased understanding of the often confusing science behind sleep.

We're trying to raise sleep awareness worldwide and would your help in this effort. We’ve been lucky enough to be featured on NPR and TedEd, as well as referenced by organizations like the ADAA and the American Sleep Apnea Association to name a few and were wondering if you might be interested in utilizing our information as well. Would you consider sharing this information by adding a link or our resources here alongside the other great organizations you’ve featured or wherever you see fit?

Kayla - USA (27949)

Answer

Thanks for the resources. I added them to Health Resources and Aging Resources.

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Waterless Cooking

Unmarked saucepan needs fixing

February 10, 2017

Question

I have a double boiler saucepan 2-3 qt with no brand mark. It's heavy and appears to be waterless. There is a circle on inside bottom of pan. The lid is Saladmaster and fits well. Did Saladmaster make a pan not branded??
Also missing handles on both pieces and the rectangular metal stub that handle fits onto is 1/2" x 3/4". The handle from the marked Saladmaster pan that came with this unmarked one fits on either pan. Need to know a possible brand so I can order handles to replace them.

Diane - USA (27873)

Answer

It is unlikely that Saladmaster would not have a brand mark on their cookware.

You can try to order parts from Saladmaster Parts. Personally, I would check into getting a new saucepan instead of trying to fix the old one.

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Reflexology

Pressure points in foot reflexology

January 29, 2017

Question

1. what are the pressure points in foot reflexology?
2. what are their functions in each pressure points?

Jesus Ramon Neopolo - Philippines (27837)

Answer

I don't have the specific pressure points. You can check the various Resources near the bottom of the Reflexology page.

Best wishes for your work in reflexology.

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Resources

Recommending mesothelioma resource

January 16, 2017

Question

Good afternoon

My name is Virgil Anderson, and I’m a cancer patient at NCI. I saw some information on your site about mesothelioma and asbestos, and I was hoping you had room for mesothelioma.net. The medical professionals behind mesothelioma.net got me into NCI, and have been responsible for my continued battle against mesothelioma. They sponsor The American Cancer Society, ALA, Make a Wish Foundation, MD Anderson and many, many more.

Please, if there’s anything you can do to help, let me know.

I appreciate your time in advance, and hope you’re off to a good start in 2017.

God bless,

Virgil - USA (27809)

Answer

Thanks for the information. I checked an saw that I already have a link to mesothelioma.net. However, I moved it to a more prominent position.

Best wishes for a full recovery from your cancer.

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Waterless Cooking

Replacement lids for Mastercraft waterless cooker

January 14, 2017

Question

Do you have a source for replacement lids for Mastercraft waterless cookers? They have the steam release valves on them. These were purchased in the 80's. Any help you can offer would be appreciated.

Thanks!

Teresa - USA (27804)

Answer

Mastercraft cookware has been out of business for some time now. There are various used sets available online, but I doubt you could find replacement lids. Sorry.

Best wishes in finding a solution or source.

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Cookware Companies

1962 cookware needs handles

December 2, 2016

Question

I have waterless cookware purchased in 1962 by Future Homes. Stainless steel pan needs replacement handle. Any suggestions?

Linda - USA (27521)

Answer

You can check a local repair shop. They may be able to install generic handles. Best wishes for success in getting new handles.

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Waterless Cooking

Handles for Treasure Chest Cookware

November 29, 2016

Question

Hi, I have a set of treasure chest cookware from the mid 70s. To the best of my memory, they were 18/8 stainless steel waterless cookware. They are still in excellent condition, except for a couple of handles. Any ideas where I can find them. Thanks

Susan - USA (27511)

Answer

Your cookware sure has lasted a long time. You can check Treasure Chest Cookware, but the company is based in England.

You can check a local repair shop. They may be able to install generic handles. Best wishes for success in getting new handles.

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General

Could magnetic fields be causing problems?

November 14, 2016

Question

Hello Ron,my name is Michael G. McGovern. I am a Plumber and I was looking up info about the effects of a magnetic field on cells. I came upon your information and I found it to be excellent. Thank you.

I believe that the magnetic field from high voltage power lines caused the water in my brother in laws toilet to become hard water and ruin the toilet. I also believe that the same magnetic field caused his three daughters cells to not act according to there specific design. Two of the girls developed type 1 juvenile diabetes and the third developed thyroid problems. Both are cellular malfunctions.

I looked at the said problems from a plumbing point of view. Because the toilet looked like it had been accumulating deposit of minerals because of hard water but the water was soft I started to wonder how this could be possible. Then I looked out the window and I noticed the high voltage power lines. I believe that the power lines magnetic field caused the water to become hard. Like reversing the softening process. Which could be true.

I also started to read about power lines and their magnetic fields. One thing I did notice was that there is a higher rate of leukemia with people by the power lines. A cellular malfunction again.

Do you think it may be possible, if the magnetic field did cause the cells to not perform correctly, such as it appears to have done with the water. Could these cells which are not functioning correctly due to the effects from the magnetic field be made to in turn act accordingly. Such as we do with hard water?

Sorry if this is long and goofed up but I am trying to stay awake. I just turned 51 and I need a nap. Thank you for your time. Have a safe and positive day. Sincerely

Michael - USA (27487)

Answer

High voltage lines radiate electromagnetic fields. Some people are more sensitive to this radiation than others. However, my preference is not to live near them if possible.

Likewise, I don't think it is a good idea to sleep with an electric blanket, since the radiation is right near you, even if it is a lower power. Also, there had been studies about radiation from over-using cell phones or mobile phones. None of the studies actually proved the dangers 100%, but I prefer to be cautious.

The health problems that your nieces have may be a result of the radiation. But doctors really can't tell for sure.

As far as the water becoming hard goes, the minerals have to come from somewhere. High voltage electromagnetic fields wouldn't create those minerals. If he has a water softener, it may be on the blinks. Or maybe he needs one. Others in the neighborhood should have experienced the same problem.

Also, it would be worthwhile to see if other children in that neighborhood were having health problems.

I hope this helps, and best wishes for the health of the girls.

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Cookware Companies

Needs handle for Dine Rite cookware

October 11, 2016

Question

Do you know where I can find long pot handle for Dine Rite waterless cookware? Bought them in 1973

Lizabeth - USA (27364)

Answer

I have no listing of the Dine Rite company. The company probably went out of business in the past 43 years.

You might try local repair shop or cookware store to see if you can use some generic handle.

Best wishes in getting your cookware fixed.

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Resources

Resources

June 5, 2016

Question

Hi,

With looming budget cuts and states slashing social service programs, I'm sure many people are turning to your site to find free health resources on a daily basis. I know the immense amount of time it can take to compile these items for your community, such as those on your Useful Links page, so I thought that you might appreciate being introduced to some of the free resources and content that we provide at KoolRecovery.com.

Here are a few that I believe are a good fit for your audience:
How To Choose The Best Inpatient Alcohol Rehab Center Guide (http://www.koolrecovery.com/how-to-choose-the-best-inpatient-alcohol-rehab-center/)
Detoxing from Alcohol: The Definitive Guide (http://www.koolrecovery.com/detoxing-alcohol-definitive-guide/)
Please let me know your thoughts and if there's anything that I can do for you. I'd be happy to share your resource page with our community as well.

Thanks in advance!

--
Nicholas Russi, LAADC, NCAC, CCS
Co-Owner & Director of Kool Living Recovery Center
Linkedin // Website

Nick - USA (27058)

Answer

Thanks for the suggested resources. I added them to the Mental health Resources page.

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Cookware Companies

Wants replacement knobs for 1985 cookware

May 12, 2016

Question

I purchased a set of Society cookware for my daughter when she graduated from high school in 1985. the knobs on the lids broke.I need to know if I can purchase replace knobs.

Barbara - USA (26995)

Answer

Check the website. They have a link to replacement parts.

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Waterless Cooking

Cookware lid whistles

April 11, 2016

Question

Dear Mr. Kurtus,

Thank you so very much for the educational review of this unique product. It's much appreciated.

I have inherited an old, but pristine set, from my beloved professor of 32 years ago. He may have them that long or longer. He told me he got them from United Surgical Steel Co Inc. in Montgomery ALA on a teacher's discounted plan. He taught in New Orleans.

At any rate, I did some investigation (thanks to your informative site) and it seems they were manufactured by American Cookware Inc.

Which brings me to the reason for reaching out:
The tops have a spring loaded handle. I have tried to tighten them so they would sit flush to the lid but there is a space where steam escapes from. The issue is a very loud whistling that occurs when steam escapes. It's rather irritating to say the least. If I tilt the top the steam releases that way and no whistling occurs. But then the pot's not completely covered.

Would you be able to offer any advise regarding how to manage this feature?

Other than that the cookware is phenomenal. I enjoy cooking and so did he. This, in part, is what makes my inheritance so very special, as they lasted his lifetime. I'm certain they'll last mine.

Thank you so very much,
Gigi Canales

Gigi - USA (26923)

Answer

One thing you can try is to call United Surgical Steel Co Inc. at (334) 281-3440. It is a long shot, but they may be able to help you.

You might also check American Cookware's Facebook page.

Also, you might try a local repair shop to see if they can fix the problem.

I hope this helps. Best wishes on getting your cookware lid fixed.

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X-ray Risks

Getting a dental x-ray

March 1, 2016

Question

what is the safe way for taking dental x rays,
how to take the dental x ray?
procedure please.
thanks

Rahmat - Pakistan (26827)

Answer

Most dental x-ray machines have low dosages of radiation and are safe. However, the dental technician should provide a lead vest to protect the reproductive areas of your body.

Usually a film container or x-ray detector is held on the inside area of the teeth being examined by the x-rays.

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