The Real Estate Website Digital Divide

As I spend most of my working hours online, I suppose I just naturally assume that everyone should have a website. Moreover, being submersed in the world of online real estate daily only served to reinforce this notion. So needless to say, I was a little surprised when I heard that there was a lot of thinking that predicated their move to a real estate website.

For the client, their reality was much different then mine. For the client, setting up a real estate website meant taking a jump into the realm of the unknown. As the client went onto explain, the web represented a literacy that they were not fluent in; a literacy that their kids could eat and breath, but that had, with the process of time excluded them.

It quickly became apparent that the decision represented much more then a need for online lead generation. For this particular client, it was facing a reality that technology had moved beyond them. This is far from tragic, the saving grace here is that client recognized their own ignorance and rather then letting it hamper their business aims, they chose to embrace it and make the jump regardless.*

Why is this moving story so important? Acceptance of new technology is often a difficult thing. In a prior post I looked at a survey that basically indicates most people resist technology simply because it is deemed expensive, frightening or time consuming (An Interesting Test). The end result is that many people are pushed to the loosing side of the digital divide. This disparity becomes greater as time rolls on. Thus, by not making the leap of faith, our client could have found themselves in a loosing position a few years from now. By jumping in with both feet, they firmly staked their ground in the digital realm and are refusing to go softly in to the night.

Apart from being the feel good story of the month, I highly encourage you to examine your own motivations for looking for a real estate website. If you find yourself shying away for reasons of ignorance, unfamiliarity or lack of time, really consider your desired outcomes. The digital divide is real and something that should not be ignored. There are great resources out there designed to take the stress out of setting up a real estate website such as this review for web developers building real estate sites. Gone are the days of needing to be a code wizard to run a real estate website. Understand your technological hang ups and move on.

Get STD Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Anyone who is sexually active should know the 2 important mantras: protect yourself and get tested. More than 30 million Americans each year become infected with an STD. When sexually active with more than one partner it is especially important to have an STD test periodically. This is to safeguard yourself and those you care about.

Many STDs have no symptoms and some only have symptoms after a length of time. Additionally, some STDs need to be specifically tested for. The good news is that most STDs are curable and all are treatable. In many cases you can even get an STD home test. But do yourself a favor and don’t wait. The longer you wait the greater the risk. Some STDs can have long term health effects if not treated. Sterility, increased cancer risk and even insanity can occur from specific STDs if left untreated. Chlamydia if left untreated can cause pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).

In women PID is an inflammation of the reproductive organs which can scar the fallopian tubes causing an ectopic pregnancy or even infertility. Rather than suffer any health-related consequences pick up an STD test at home. There are significant benefits to this option. An at home STD test can offer a number of advantages notably privacy and anonymity. Another benefit of the home STD test kits is that the scheduling is flexible. STD Test is only one of many at home testing options. Tests for HIV, herpes and hepatitis are also available on at least one 10-panel at home testing option which can be purchased at your local pharmacy or online. Most of the available at home tests provide 8-panel testing.

The STD testing cost is modestly priced. The at home package can be purchased for around 24 dollars. It requires that you provide urine and blood at one of several thousand available labs in your area. The product and testing are FDA approved and the results of the testing are available online within 24 to 48 hours later. You are provided a unique log-on and password where the STD test results can be accessed in the privacy and comfort of home. There is no mandated physical exam which is the case should you seek out a free STD test. If it turns out that you test positive, a physician will contact you if you like. The STD testing at home works well for some providing anonymous STD testing.

Vegan Diet And Iron

Vegetarians are those people who consume only plant foods, and do not eat meat or seafood and may not eat eggs. Vegans follow the same diet as vegetarians, and in addition, do not consume dairy products too. A vegan diet gives many health benefits, and with a careful diet plan, like with a vegan diet and iron, it can provide all the essential nutritional requirements of the body.

Dark green leafy vegetables and dried beans are good sources of iron, better than meat on a per calorie basis.

Absorption of iron by the body is increased markedly by eating foods containing vitamin C, along with other foods containing iron.

Anemia is a disease caused by iron deficiency is a worldwide health problem, especially in young women and children. In anemia, the healthy red blood cells reduce in the body. Iron helps in building red blood cells; when the body does not have sufficient iron, it will make lesser red blood cells or unhealthy red blood cells leading to a condition of “iron deficiency anemia”.

Less iron in our body limits oxygen delivery to cells. This results in decreased immunity, poor work performance and fatigue. On the other side, an excess amount of iron in the body can result in toxicity and sometimes even death.

It is not necessary that vegans have a higher incidence of iron deficiency than meat eaters. There is a plant based meat that is rich in iron for vegans.

Iron is a vital nutrient because of its role in carrying oxygen in the blood. Iron in the diet can be obtained from two sources, and hence the names:

Heme Iron: This is the iron found in food products from animals that originally contained hemoglobin. Red meats, fish, and poultry are the common sources of heme iron. Hemoglobin is the protein in red blood cells which delivers oxygen to cells.

Non-Heme Iron: This is the iron that comes from plant foods like beans and lentils. Such form of iron is added to iron-fortified and iron-enriched foods.

Although heme iron is better absorbed than nonheme iron, but most of the dietary iron is nonheme iron.

Vegan diets are based only on non-heme iron. Due to this, dietary iron recommendations are higher for vegetarians and vegans, as compared to non-vegetarians.