One of the great developments in printing has been digital technology. A digital printer can generate an amazing number of different images quickly and accurately. Historically, printing was done by pressing a plate with the original image against something else. As far back as woodcut prints, a picture was cut or etched into a plate made of wood or metal, and then paper was pressed against the plate to transfer the image to the paper.When offset printing was discovered, an additional step was added when the plate was pressed against a rubber band that then transferred the image to the paper. But no matter what the type of printing, the starting point was always a plate. When digital printing was developed, the plate itself became unnecessary, opening up a wide range of possibilities. A digital printer uses as its image source a digital file, not a plate. The image is scanned onto a specially prepared internal drum and the drum transfers the image to paper.Because the drum can be can be reused over and over for any image, the same machine can be used for a wide range of printing jobs with the switch between jobs much less costly than when a plate is used. However, due to the slower printing time, digital printing is best for smaller jobs. In most modern printing companies, digital printing is offered as a great solution for smaller print jobs that involve a unique result.One fun application of digital tech in the printing world is personalized books. Since the original image being used is simply a digital file, the actual content of the book can be changed easily. There are many companies that offer personalized children’s books and digital printing means family histories and stories can be printed and bound at a reasonable cost. Fine art reproduction also utilizes a digital printer. Astoundingly accurate copies of artwork can be made on the higher quality digital machines and artists have a great deal of control over the color balance and saturation of the final product.Printing is an age old art. Once accessed only by a few professions, high quality printing is now available to everyone and for those that have unique projects that require accurate reproduction; digital printers are an affordable answer.
Herbal medicine is arguably the oldest form of medicine and has been used by man for millennia.Herbal medicine is the use of plant materials to enhance well being and treat disease. Today, people all over the world are still using herbal remedies, which have been past down through the generations, which increasingly, scientific research is validating.Herbs are used as medicines for both man and beast, they are used to flavour food, enhance taste and are common ingredients in natural skin care products, soaps, potpourris, ointments, food and many other areas of human life. They have even found their way into remedies for our pets and livestock.Up until about 200 years ago, before western medicine was conceived of, herbal remedies where the only medicine available to man for treatment of illnesses and diseases. The Chinese and Egyptians developed traditional systems of medicine (Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine, respectively) which incorporate a systematic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of disease.Since the early 19th century, methods of chemical analysis became more sophisticated and chemists began making their own synthetic versions of the ingredients originally found in herbs, beginning the transition from raw herbs to synthetic pharmaceuticals.Today, pharmaceutical companies are still heavily researching herbs/plants for ‘new medicines’ that may prove useful in treating many of today’s diseases, for which orthodox medicine has little or no answers.Since the advent of drug manufacture, users of pharmaceutical drugs have increasingly experienced more and more side-effects as well as resistance to these modified forms of medications.This begs the question, why try to fix something, when it’s not broken? Herbal medicine is working as well today as it has for hundreds of years and with respect to side-effects, herbal medicine causes far fewer adverse reactions and related health problems than their synthetic counterparts. In addition, herbal medicines are more easily tolerated because the constituents are not of a synthetic type, which are known to have potential long term, and sometimes irreversible side effects.This is not to say that taking any old herb is safe, far from it. Herbal medicines need to be treated with great respect and due diligence, as they too can cause harm if not used appropriately. However, herbal medicines in general do not pose the same risks of side-effects or adverse reactions as their synthetic counterparts. The human metabolism is designed to metabolise naturally occurring substances, and is not always able to metabolise synthetic drugs fully, potentially causing a myriad of health problems and occasionally deadly side-effects.Choosing a good, qualified medical herbalist can present a challenge, as this profession is not well regulated in many countries. It is important therefore to make sure that the herbalist you seek is a member of a professional association. In Australia there are several associations such as ANTA, ATMS, and others. Europe, Canada and the US also have professional associations that will be able to help in finding a qualified, reputable medical herbalist.It is important to take time and care in choosing the right herbalist – your health and wellbeing depends on it.
This is a common question at my law firm. A potential client calls and says that they have defaulted on a credit card account. After I explain what their options are, they inevitably ask “Can’t I just send them $10 per month? If I do that, then they cannot sue me, right?” Wrong! This is a myth of the highest proportions. For reasons that I cannot explain, consumers often believe that it is better to send something, no matter how small, on an account that they have defaulted on, than to make the collection agency prove their case.In my opinion, it is one of the worst mistakes that you can make on a delinquent collection agency account. What these individuals fail to realize is that making that sort of gesture may do much more harm than good.Let’s look at the facts: The individual has defaulted on an account. The original creditor has given up on collection and sold the account to a collection agency. We don’t know when the default occurred, so time is of most importance. Making a payment, or an effort to pay, might be a large mistake for a number of reasons.The first reason is that you are acknowledging that you owe a debt to the collection agency. I would never recommend that a client do that. I prefer that the collection agency prove that a debt is owed, and to further prove that they are entitled to collect. Don’t do their work for them! The second issue of harm in sending such a payment is that it removes the Statute of Limitations defense. The Statute of Limitations is a law (which varies from state to state) which sets forth the amount of time that one has to file a lawsuit on a given subject. In Pennsylvania, where I practice law, the Statute of Limitations for Credit Card debt is 4 years.You can imagine the scenario where Joe Client defaults on a credit card in the year 2002. He fails to make payments for 5 years and the account ends up with a collection agency. The collection agency threatens to file a lawsuit, and Joe Client sends in a $10 check. Not only is Joe acknowledging that he owes a debt to collection agency, he has effectively terminated his argument of Statute of Limitations (which in this case would have prevailed in a court of law). Further, the collection agency (or anyone who sues you) is not obligated to accept anything other than payment in full of whatever amount it is that they are owed. Sending in the $10 payment is of no use, in my opinion.