Custom Rubber Bracelets -- Fundraisers To ID Bands
Initially used for spreading awareness about cancer, custom rubber bracelets are now the darling of every non-profit organization – both for awareness generation and as a great fundraising tool. The Red Cross has its own red custom rubber bracelets for supporting Tsunami victims, while the relatives of American servicemen wear green custom rubber bracelets bearing the message ‘Support our troops.' Besides, each cancer charity has its own custom color bracelets!
Custom rubber bracelets also serve as a fashion statement. That's one of the main reasons for their popularity. Ace cyclist Lance Armstrong had returned to win the Tour de France title for a record seventh time after his successful fight with cancer wearing one of these rubber bracelets. Since Lance Armstrong cycled to victory wearing his famous yellow LiveStrong rubber band, the Lance Armstrong Foundation has sold 52 million rubber bracelets and contributed millions to cancer research. Snapping at the heels of the LiveStrong cancer rubber bracelets in popularity, we have the pink breast cancer awareness bracelets.
There are rubber bracelets worn by Hurricane Katrina rescue workers and custom rubber bracelets with the tsunami theme as well. You also have NBA, MLB, and NASCAR custom rubber bracelets, rubber bracelets with team symbols, or ones with any specific designs you like.
Now you can even design your own custom bracelets: when you shop online you can have silicon custom-embossed extra wide bracelets, twice as thick as the standard silicone bracelets; you can select the colors, the design, and the text you want to print. There are colors and designs that glow in the dark. Obviously, the more you want to customize your bracelet, the more expensive it becomes. Silicone, leather and metal custom bracelets are more expensive then the rubber ones. The former, though, are really great fundraisers.
There are also screen-printed silicone bracelets. These cheaper than the embossed versions. Contact the custom rubber bracelet agencies and they will provide you with the different color and design options they have for their bracelets. Once you select your color, design, and even the material (whether silicone, metal, or rubber), the agency will send you a full color proof. You can make further additions or any other changes to the proof. Once you are satisfied with the design, the agency starts the production of your custom bracelet.
Custom rubber bracelets are used as identification devices. In hospitals, custom bracelets are worn by patients. These bracelets have all the medical information of the patient imprinted on them. This is really useful in emergency situations when doctors can access all the information they need from the patient's wrist. Newborn babies have bracelets around their wrists for identification in neo-natal wards.
Custom rubber bracelets are not just about a message or an attitude, but they are now important information tools as well.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Custom Rubber Bracelets -- Fundraisers To ID Bands
Friday, July 18, 2014
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
These guests are on a long driving trip through parts of the US & Canada. They called a few weeks ago and said they're like to stop by for three days. I'm not hosting them as such, they have hotel reservations. They would like us to tour the area with them. Now what could be wrong with that?
Friday, June 27, 2014
We seldom need air conditioning so summer means we have the windows and doors open. People are just plain noisy. There's cars, motorcycles, bicycles that cause my dog to bark, people in conversation and assorted other noises.
I always hope I'm setting off on a nice peaceful walk but that never seems to happen. The grounds here are beautifully landscaped but that means noise. Today it was riding mowers, push mowers, hedge clippers, and leaf blowers. I've never understood why it takes 4 men in a group to blow leaves. It's four times the noise and I'm sure leaves can't be that hard to blow. There's also the fresh cut grass that causes me to sneeze and make more noise.
Summer is time to update the complex. There are painters and aluminium ladders everywhere you look. They also power wash the buildings during the summer.
In just a few weeks it will be time to close up the house and wait for the rain to begin. I suspect if I walk during that time it will be peaceful and quiet but I've never enjoyed walking the the cold rain.
I've decided I need to call a meeting of the complex management, landscape management, and Mother Nature. This plan isn't working. We need some changes.
Monday, March 17, 2014
Historical Cannabis Facts
This history of cannabis is long and confusing, and only relatively recently has the possession of cannabis been a criminal offence. Here's a look back at some of the peculiarities of its history…
It's been a Medicine for 4000 years
Although the debate about medicinal marijuana is a relatively new one in the West, in India, China and the Middle East, cannabis' medicinal properties have been celebrated for around 4000 years. In China it was used to treat all manner of conditions from malaria to constipation! It took a long time for it to be used as medication in the west – around the middle of the 19th century. Queen Victoria was proscribed it to relieve period pain, and it could be freely purchased in shops throughout the United States.
Towards the end of the century, its usage in western medicine faded with the invention of the syringe. Injected drugs took effect far faster, and cannabis (which could not be dissolved in water and thus injected) fell out of favour. Over the last few decades of course, the debate over medicinal marijuana has reopened.
Founding Fathers Grew Hemp and Cannabis
While it is unclear as to whether any of the founding fathers actually used the drug recreationally, it is clear that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other founding fathers grew hemp, as documented in their own diaries. Jefferson imported seeds from China, while Washington notes that he was attempting to get his gardeners to separate the male and female cannabis seeds – “began to separate the Male from the Female Hemp at Do – rather too late”. Some have suggested that maybe Washington's insistence on separation of the crop implies he used the herb medicinally to treat his renowned tooth aches. Whether or not you believe this, you can't deny the significance of hemp to the history of the USA: the declaration of independence is written on hemp paper!
Hemp for Victory!
More recently, and an area of US history the government is very keen to brush over is the 1940's “Hemp for Victory” campaign. During the Second World War, imports of hemp were restricted, meaning that marine cordage, parachutes and other military essentials were in short supply. The government responded by distributing free cannabis seeds and allowing men to defer the draft if they agreed to stay home and support the war effort by growing hemp. By 1943, American farmers had harvested 375,000 acres of hemp.
Marijuana a Truth Serum?
Yes, for a time in the 1940s, the United States' Office of Strategic Services (OSS) experimented with cannabis as a truth serum. They noted in their trials that the drug made a subject (in this case a member of the mafia) “loquacious and free in his impartation of information”.
One example of its usage was in the interviewing of Augusto Del Gracio, one of Lucky Luciano's enforcers. After being given a cigarette spiked with THC concentrate, he talked openly about the gangster's heroin operations. So successful was the experiment that for the next meeting they upped the THC dosage in the tobacco – but this proved to be too much, and the mobster simply passed out for two hours.
Many US Government Funded Studies have Extolled the Virtues of Cannabis
Many government funded studies have been brushed under the carpet after they failed to turn the negative results intended. Studies have shown all kinds of things, from cannabis' failure to increase death rates (Sidney, S et al. – ‘Marijuana Use and Mortality'), its lack of long term consequences (Eisen SE et al. ‘Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life?'), that it may prevent cancer (multiple studies) and that it does have medicinal value (Joy, JE, Watson, SH and Benson, JA. ‘Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base'). The latter of these has been largely ignored by the government, and caused the co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government “would rather it never happened.”