Monthly Archives: August 2020

Too Many Birds on Campus

My secretary told me that she had received several complaints of large flocks of birds throughout the campus. I am the administrator of a medium sized university, so problems like this are always sent my way. The janitorial staff was working more than they should just on removing bird waste from the grounds. I had never had this problem in the six years I have been in this position, so I had to go online to find out more about bird control methods. I knew that I would have to have a company come in and handle it, but I still wanted to learn more about it on my own first.

I like to have an even playing field, or as much of one as I can, so I don’t get taken advantage of in any situation. I needn’t have worried with the company I contracted this work out to though. They were very honorable as well as reasonable, and I knew that I had made the right call in choosing them to help us with our bird problem. They told me that the problem was not severe, but it was still troublesome because of the amount of droppings this quantity of birds leave behind.

They explained the droppings and waste left behind is not only unsightly but unhealthy too. I had read about the different diseases that these types of bird leave behind, but he filled me in on even more. They have nests, and often things such as ticks and mites will be in the nests too. They bring about their own set of troubles, so I was avoiding more than one potential trouble by bringing in the professionals. They were able to install bird wires and nets as well as spikes in various spots throughout the campus, and we have not had any complaints since this was done.

Plant Sterols – Are They Really Helpful in Lowering Cholesterol?


Many people are becoming more and more conscious about their health particularly with their heart because of the rapid increase of mortality rate of heart disease and stroke not only in America but on other nations as well. As a health conscious person, you ought to stick to eating with a heart healthy diet, perform regular exercise, promise to cut down weight and take in supplements. Many people are still left confused on what supplements to take since there are a lot of products that are sold on the market. Some of them are aired during tv commercials, some are printed in magazines and most of them are scattered across the web. So what’s the ideal supplement that will help me lower my cholesterol numbers? Keep on reading to find out. Plant Sterols and Stanols These sterols and stanols are phytosterols which are components similar to lipids or cholesterol that is found in certain plant membranes. They are naturally found in most grains, nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes but give off a scant amount of sterols. That’s the main reason why organic and non-organic manufacturers incorporate plant sterols in their products such as margarines, yogurts, cereals and even in orange juice to help meet our needs. Mechanism of Action Why plant sterols? After long years of extensive study phytosterols show that they have cholesterol lowering properties that is helpful to managing cholesterol levels. They mainly compete with dietary (from animal products like dairy, eggs and meat) by incorporating them into the micelles in the GI or gastrointestinal tract. The sterol’s primarily function is to prevent dietary cholesterol from being absorbed by the bloodstream. Thus, the displaced bad cholesterol from the micelles goes to the liver for excretion. Safety and Effectiveness It has been over 50 years since researchers started conducting studies and experiments about the properties and effectiveness that plant sterols bring. The food and drug administration (FDA) itself had approved the efficacy of sterols in lowering LDL cholesterol. Thus, it is safe, effective and highly recommended for everyday consumption for people who are still struggling to keep their cholesterol numbers normal. Foods that possess phytosterols are very helpful to control and balance cholesterol levels. Keep in mind that a modified diet only serves as a fraction of the entire process in lowering your cholesterol numbers, you also need to stay physically active, stop smoking, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. You may also want to consider in purchasing a quality supplement to easily assess your needs.

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