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I have not, @Hairlady ....  I've heard of similar for purses and key-chains and other things; it only makes sense....  When you get your weapon, make sure to take time to use it.  Practice drawing it from different scenarios; make sure you understand where is best for you to carry it (access it) if something happens; target practice; etc.  And, never leave the house without it.
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Mold Inspection & Removal / Use of Field Blanks in Mold Testing
« Last post by Mold Guru on April 24, 2018, 07:55:50 PM »
Is anyone using field blanks in their testing?

Who knows what they are?

Who knows why they are important?
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I so agree with this. more and more state are getting the right to carry law.. As soon as I get back to Ms. I plan on taking the course so I can get my carry licence..  I hate to say that its time because as I get older I know I don't have the strength i use to to defend myself.  so i will be ready in other ways..   I also saw a device that has this button on it to push in case you get jumped from behind. just push the button and it starts screaming and hopefully startles the persona and he/ she runs off.  Have you heard of yet @JasonYost

Thanks for your post.
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Jason, one of the big criticisms MMA fighters have of traditional systems and schools is that they don't go into combat, so they don't have any real fighting experience.  They claim this makes them superior to traditional fighting systems.  What do you think?

First, I'd point you to the original story as evidence that any kind of sport-fighting has its limitations when it comes to street-applications; in other words, the application of that fighting system on the street.  Why?  For those of you with street fighting experience, you know that people don't fight fair.  They "jump in" to help their friends (meaning you can be outnumbered easily and overwhelmed); they don't fight within any context of rules (meaning they don't care what set of rules or structure of fighting you're used to, they're going to do whatever they feel like they have to to harm you); they use weapons a majority of the time (that are illegal in those sports-fighting venues); etc.  So, while some fighting is better than no fighting (as long as it teaches a discipline useful in some aspect), sports fighting does not fit well into the culture of street fighting - most of the time.

That said:  There are some traditional schools that make the mistake of isolationism sparring (i.e., they only spar their own system, like Jui Jitsu and TaeKwonDo) or they don't compete at all.  This is, usually, worse than not competing at all.  In such schools it is hard for students to wrap their heads around what real fighting is.  (There's something to say about experience.)  We, at the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy, are NOT that kind of school.

Our systems are used by military and police all over the world (tested every day);
Our teachers have used their systems on the street;
Our teachers have used their systems in competition;
Our students use their system in some form of competition (as close to street fighting as one can find);
. . . . . . . . .

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As of right now, Wednesday's looking better than tomorrow.  I'm also free today until 5 p.m. EST.
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YES, Jason, if you have a few minutes, I would like to chat with you for a few minutes Tuesday or Wednesday.
Glenn 201-803-8786
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I'm glad you found value in it, @Mold Guru .
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This is good info!!!

Safety first & best practices are paramount!!!!!!
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When we talk about indoor environmental quality, we aren't just talking about the air's quality; rather, we're discussing the overall environmental quality.  Here's a brief example of what I'm talking about: While air quality might look at those things that make up the climate of a building, environmental quality includes other stressors, like noise, light, ergonomic conditions, overcrowding and other factors. I open with this; because, I want to stress something greater than air quality in this article.  I want us to focus on indoor environmental quality, in order to gain a clearer understanding of the subject at hand: indoor environmental carcinogens.

A carcinogen is a substance capable of causing neoplasm, which literally means "new form".  This new form is given the name: cancer.  The mechanism by which a substance causes growth of abnormal cells (this new form) depends upon the substance, itself, and the age, sex and overall health of the person exposed.  This makes establishing a threshold dose nearly impossible for some substances; because, (1) for some carcinogens there is a chance cancer will develop no matter the dose (amount of the substance) one is exposed and (2) individual sensitivities (i.e., susceptibility) vary from person to person.  Concerning this later point: What might be acceptable level of exposure for one person may not be enough for another to experience the severe irritation of disease development.  These are an important points we'll come back to in a moment.  For now note that dose-response curves for risk assessment are unreliable factors in risk assessment in relation to carcinogenic substances.

What research has shown is that there are specific genes that are associated with some cancers, and there may be inherited factors that play a part in the disease, as well.  Among cancer researchers there are at least two general classes of carcinogens: genotoxic carcinogens and epigenetic carcinogens.  The former class include those substances that react with the DNA (which is the genetic material containing information for cellular function, metabolism and growth).  The later class does not interact with the genetic material; rather, it causes the disease through some other form of interaction (e.g., asbestos, which you can read more about here: http://restorationboard.com/indoor-air-quality-occupant-safety-27/the-truth-about-asbestos-exposure-it's-impact-on-one's-health/).  There are, however, some carcinogenic substances that do not fit into either of these categories.
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As noted above, the mechanism of cancer causation is important to risk assessors (i.e., inspectors), industrial hygienists and occupational safety and health professionals because of the clear implications that there may not be a threshold dose for many carcinogenic substances, especially for those in the genotoxic class.  It's important that inspectors understand this when performing a risk assessment; otherwise, improper determinations/conclusions can be made at terrible costs.

There are various ways carcinogenic substances are categorized by various governmental and industry organizations.  Here are a few:

1.)  The National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) uses the notation Ca to indicate that a substance is a potential occupational carcinogenic.  While NIOSH may establish Recommended Exposure Limits (RELs) for some of these substances, they do not all (for many of the reasons cited above).  The ones that they do not establish RELs, NIOSH recommends exposure be avoided.
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4-nitrobiphenyl

2.)  The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) addresses these substances through specific standards, some of which include Permissible Exposure Limits (PELs).  An example of this is 4-nitrobiphenyl, addressing manufacturing, processing and handling, found in 29 CFR 1910.1003.  No PEL (or action level) is given; however, there are many provisions included, such as but not limited to clean change rooms for workers.  The lack of a PEL means that any detectable level is unacceptable by OSHA's standard.

3.)  The American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) uses a 5-category classification system for carcinogenic substances, in effect since 1992.  A1 indicates an agent that is a confirmed human carcinogen, evidenced by epidemiological studies or convincing clinical evidence in humans.  A2 is for suspected human carcinogens, as demonstrated in experimental animals at dose levels by routes of administration, sites, histological types or mechanisms that are considered relevant to worker exposure.  A3 are animal carcinogens, as demonstrated in experimental animals at relatively high doses, or by routes of administration, at sites, of histological types, or by mechanisms that are considered relevant to worker exposure.  A4 indicates the agent is not classifiable as a human carcinogen, based on inadequate data for humans and animals.  A5 designates substances that are not suspected as human carcinogens, based on (1) studies that have gone on long enough to allow for any latency period associated with cancer, (2) data that has been collected in a reliable and scientific manner, and (3) studies that have adequate statistical power, concluding exposure does not convey a significant risk of cancer. 

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What are some examples of carcinogens that can be found indoors?

Asbestos, benzene, cadmium, chromium, hexavalent chromium, and vinyl chloride are just a few.  I won't get into each of these in this article, as each could be the subject of its own....

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How do I know what to look for?

Most people don't, and can't.  They lack the training in industrial hygiene and toxicology to do so.  This is where you need to seek out a credible industrial hygienist and medical professional to help you (1) diagnose and treat your illness (medical professional) and (2) diagnose your building (industrial hygienist).  To learn more about industrial hygiene and industrial hygienists, read the following: http://restorationboard.com/indoor-air-quality-occupant-safety-27/what-is-industrial-hygiene-who-is-an-industrial-hygienist/.  An industrial hygienist will guide you through the process and perform the necessary inspections in conjunction with your medical doctor's diagnosis and treatment.

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We are proud to announce that Terre Haute, Indiana, now, has a true self-defense school, geared toward empowering everyone to life with things like:
 
1.) Full or part time lessons
2.) Dedicated to real-life situations (rather than sports fighting)
3.) Individualized attention for individual empowerment
4.) Instructors who've used their fighting system (rather than just theorizing about one)
5.) Multiple systems of discipline
6.) Weapons and empty-hand training
And much more!  With classes nearly everyday of the week!
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"Most of the people I meet have never been in a street fight, much less a life threatening situation.  This means they have the wrong idea of what fighting is, yet ... there is much taken for granted." Jason Yost, Wing Chun Sifu (teacher), explains.  "Self-defense is everyone's responsibility...  When someone attacks you there is no time to dial a number, or reach for something you don't already possess, or learn how to fight.  One has to be ready to do whatever they have to to survive.  And, either they can, or they can't...  You see: Ability is being able to do what you intend to do the moment you intend to do it.  There is no other definition, and no excuse."

If you had to justify to those counting on you - those you love - the outcome of a serious confrontation today, could you?  Well, now you can by learning real self-defense at the Yost Wing Chun Kung Fu Academy in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

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