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Friday, October 28, 2011

Saffron Nan Khatai (Eggless Saffron Cookies Recipe) | Basic Eggless Cookies Recipe




Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies
Little girl with pig tail came running home and her little sister, also in pigtails, was just trailing her. With their big, heavy school bag promptly dumped on their beds, they were just about to rush into wash room to wash their hands and legs when the heady, sweet aroma wafted from their mother’s kitchen.

‘Wait a minute’, they said to each other and exchanged happy smiles.

‘Are you thinking the same as what I am thinking?’ asked little girl to her little sister in pig tails.

‘Are YOU thinking the same what I am thinking!’ replied her little sister.

‘So tell me what you thinking?’ questioned big sister to her small sister.

‘YOU tell me what you are thinking?’ promptly came back the reply from little sister.

They exchanged another secret smile and shrieked in delight!

NAN KHATAI…..



Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies

Yes, their mother was indeed baking Nan Khatai, a delightful Indian cookies/biscuits laced with hint of aromatic spices and sweet sugar and ghee. Amma used to make them for us days before the conventional ovens were part of Indian kitchens. In fact, my Ajji (Grandmother) used to make them decades ago when ovens were introduced in India. Yes, no electric or gas ovens but they still managed to bake these Nan Khatai on stove top. These cookies were made using make-shift ovens. What my Ajji and then my Amma used was a large steel or aluminium plate placed in a large, heavy deep pan with sand at the bottom and a lid with a vent. The Nan Khatai dough was placed on this steel or aluminium plate would slowly get cooked by the dry heat from the sand at the bottom of the vessel. It was a long wait but boy, one bit in to this delicate, crumbly cookies and that entire long wait seemed well worth it!!!

We’ve came a long way from make-shift sand oven to the modern day electric and gas ovens. But my fear of baking never let me go near it unless I had to dump the frozen potato chips/wedges or heat other frozen food. It’s only recently I have become friends (not entirely) with my brand new, sparkling electric oven. Other day when I was talking to my Mom, she mentioned that she made fresh batch of Nan Khatai for my Dad (she’s been using her ever-faithful gas oven for 15 years now!!!). From that day on, all I could think was those crumbly, sweet and eggless beauties.



Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies


Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies

At last I decided to bake some Nan Khatai for my two boys and got the basic recipe from my Amma. The only difference to my Amma’s recipe is addition of Saffron which lends it a rich and warm taste. While my Amma’s Nan Khatai is round, hollow in the centre and little puffed up; this one is rather like a cookie or biscuit. It may not match the classic beauty of my Amma’sNan Khatai but the taste… Oh, how do I explain! These delightful Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies are delight to eat and for a person who thinks she is born without sweet tooth, I gobbled up three as soon as it cooled down!!! While the cardamom and nutmeg adds hint of warmth, the pure Desi Ghee lends its own aroma and Indian-ness to thisSaffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies. And both my boys loved it so much that they think I should patent this recipe ;) Well, I am not that selfish! So why not try this Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies on this festive occasion of Navratri and surprise all your loved ones with something sweet, rich and delicious?
Wishing all the readers of Monsoon Spice Shub Navrathri! May Maa Durga empower you & your family with her Nine Swaroopa of Name, Fame, Health, Wealth, Happiness, Humanity, Education, Bhakti and Shakti.


Saffron dissolved in warm milk for Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies


Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies

Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies (Delicious, crumbly eggless cookies rich with Saffron and spiced with Cardamoms and Nutmeg or Cinnamon)
Prep Time: 15 mins
Baking Time: 12-15 mins
Makes: Around 18-20
Spice Level: N/A
Recipe Level: Easy/Beginner
Recipe Inspiration: My Amma
Serving Suggestion: Do you really need one? ;)

Ingredients:
1½ cups Maida/All Purpose Flour
½ - ¾ cups Granulated/Caster Sugar (Adjust acc to taste)
½ cup + 1tbsp Ghee/Indian Clarified Butter (or use melted unsalted Butter)
6 Green Cardamoms, crushed, peeled and powdered
¼ of small Nutmeg or ¼ inch Cinnamon, powdered
¼ tsp Saffron dissolved in 1 tbsp warm Milk
1/8 tsp Baking Soda
Small pinch of Salt
Few Cashews for topping (Optional)


Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies

Method:
  1. Pre-heat the oven at 180 deg C. Line the baking tray or sheet with aluminium foil or baking paper and keep it aside.
  2. Take sugar and ghee in a mixing bowl and add saffron dissolved in milk. Mix them well till sugar and ghee are incorporated well.
  3. Next add Maida/all purpose flour, baking soda, crushed and powdered spices and a small pinch of salt and mix them well till you can form dough. If the dough is too crumbly or powdery, add a tsp of milk at time till you can form dough.
  4. Make small lime sized or large gooseberry sized balls and lightly press the cashews on top.
  5. Place them in a baking tray lined with aluminium foil or baking paper and make sure that there are enough gaps between individual cookie dough.
  6. Place the baking sheet in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
  7. Once baked, take the cookies from baking tray/sheet and place them on cooling rack. Don’t worry if you find the cookies to be little soft as they will harden once cooled.
  8. Serve with a glass of chilled milk or coffee or tea and enjoy this Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies.


Saffron Nan Khatai/Eggless Saffron Cookies

Sia’s Notes:
  • Don’t worry if you find the cookies to be little soft when you take out them from the oven as they will harden once cooled.
  • For healthier option, use whole wheat flour or Atta in place of Maida or all purpose flour.
  • You cans tore them in an air tight container for up to a week at room temperature and up to two weeks in refrigerator.

Monday, June 13, 2011

5 PC Upgrades Almost Everyone Does Wrong (and How to Do Them Right)

Upgrading your PC's hardware can be easy, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do each task. Here are five upgrades that most users do a half-baked job on, and tips to help your upgrade go flawlessly.

Whether you're an experienced hand or a technophobic novice, chances are good that your last PC upgrade didn't exactly follow the industry's best practices. Many newbs flub upgrades through inexperience, but it's just as common to see a hardcore system builder throw caution to the wind while swapping out a CPU, snapping in some RAM, or swapping out a hard drive or graphics card. Whichever camp you fall into, cutting corners as you work on your computer puts it at risk of sustaining damage to sensitive components. In the worst case, you might even destroy the entire machine.

Adding RAM, swapping out a processor, or installing a new hard drive can be very simple tasks. But following basic precautions--however paranoid or myopic they might seem--can safeguard your system and save you money, time, and frustration. And taking a few extra minutes (or spending a few extra dollars) to route cables well and to ensure that your power supply is up to the greater demands of new components can make your upgraded PC perform better.

The most common error--and this goes for every type of component upgrade--consists of failing to use static protection. Novices typically don't even realize that static electricity in their body can discharge into a PC's components with just a light touch, potentially damaging sensitive circuitry.

Old hats, on the other hand, have the opposite problem: Years of handling hard drives, memory modules, graphics cards, and CPUs desensitizes us to the very real hazard posed by static electricity, leaving us vulnerable to a problem we know perfectly well how to avoid. So come on, folks. Wear an antistatic bracelet whenever you work on your components.

RAM Upgrades
The number one mistake that novices make with RAM upgrades is to buy the wrong kind of memory at the outset. Buying PC components has more and more become a self-service activity, and fewer safeguards are in place to prevent people from choosing the wrong package. So take the time to find out exactly what kind of modules your system takes, including the bus speed (in MHz).

Memory manufacturers produce RAM with various pin configurations, data rates, and bus speeds. If your laptop calls for 667MHz PC2-5300 modules, but the store has only 1333MHz PC3-10600 for sale, resist the temptation to try the flavor that's available. It won't work, you could damage your PC trying it, and the store probably won't give you a full refund for the opened modules.

The biggest RAM upgrade mistake that experienced users make is to neglect to check the capacity limits of their machine. Some systems--especially netbooks and ultralights (and a lot of Macs)--can accept only a certain amount of RAM. So despite the fact that your local tech store sells 4GB modules that fit in your machine, you could pack them home only to find that your two-year-old laptop takes only 2GB modules. The advice here is simple: Check the manufacturer's documentation before you buy.

Processor Upgrades
Be careful not to touch the pins of your CPU as you handle it.It should come as little surprise that some of the most devastating upgrade mistakes involve CPUs. The CPU is basically the brain of the computer, and if you mess up the installation even slightly, you can expect serious trouble.

Assuming that you've bought the right CPU upgrade for your machine, you still have to avoid three incredibly common mistakes that plague processor upgrades: pin displacement, poor thermal paste application, and improper heat sink installation.

Every PC CPU has lots of little pins that seat them in their motherboard socket to form the vital connections through which the computer's data flows. If one of these pins bends or breaks, you're hosed. So whenever you handle a CPU, take care to avoid touching the pins against anything--your fingers, a countertop, the edge of the case, other system components, anything. Also, don't force the CPU into its socket. If it doesn't fall right into place, something is off--and increasing your pressure on the processor is bound to bend a pin. Instead, lift up the CPU, check that the pins are straight and the socket is wide open, and try again.

In the event that your CPU does have a bent pin, proceed with straightening it out very cautiously. Use a nonconductive material, such as a piece of plastic to gently nudge the pin back into position.

Between the CPU and the heat sink is a thin layer of thermal paste whose purpose is to conduct heat away from the CPU and into the heat sink, where it can dissipate. To ensure good contact with the heat sink and to avoid creating hot spots on the surface of the CPU, this layer of paste must be smooth, thin, and uniform. One mistake that upgraders frequently make here is to leave the existing paste in place, or even to add new paste to the old paste. This can produce clumps in the paste, leading to uneven heat transfer and in some instances reduced radiation of heat away from the processor. To avoid this problem, make sure that both the CPU and the heat sink are completely clean of paste, and then add a fresh, even, ultrathin layer before reassembling the system.

Finally, avoid the mistake of using an inadequate or ill-fitting heat sink with your CPU. If your new CPU is substantially faster than your old one, it probably creates more heat, too. So unless you're already using a high-performance heat sink, consider treating heat-sink replacement as part of the upgrade process. You don't have to go all out with an expensive, complicated liquid-cooling system, but if you're spending $300 on a new CPU, spending $30 to $50 on a high-quality heat sink to protect that investment (and the rest of your PC) makes sense.

Hard Drive Upgrades
Next to RAM, a hard drive is one of the easiest PC components to upgrade. Often, the most difficult part of the process is reaching all of the screws with your screwdriver. That's because many system cases open only on one side, or contain framing components that block access to the drive cage. Resist the temptation to take the easy route of screwing the drive in on only the more accessible side. An unevenly mounted hard drive is likely to wobble slightly in its bay, causing undesirable vibrations that can make your PC noisier than it should be and potentially shorten the drive's life.

Nearly all PC chassis are designed to give you access to both sides of the drive cage. In most instances, the cage itself is removable, so you can snap it out, screw your drive in properly, and then snap the cage back into place. Take the time to do this, and you'll probably reap the rewards of a quieter PC and greater longevity from your drive.

Another common mistake--even among experienced PC builders--is to use the wrong type of screws to mount your hard drive. This error usually isn't disastrous, because the difference in diameter between case screws and hard-drive screws is subtle. But 6-32 case screws are slightly thicker and have a wider thread spacing than M3 hard-drive screws, so using the wrong screw will mangle the screw holes on the drive, which may cause problems later if you ever need to remove and reinstall the drive.

Don't Ignore the Power Supply
As we upgrade our PCs, we almost never reduce the system's overall power consumption along the way. So, after a few significant component upgrades, your machine's power demands could outstrip the capabilities of the power supply that came with the computer. This is especially true for users who upgrade an older graphics board to a newer, more power-hungry board with dual power connectors. Case in point: Upgrading an Nvidia GeForce 8600 board to a GeForce GTX 295 can quadruple the power demand on the PCI-Express channel. Not surprisingly, the power supply is one of the most commonly overlooked components in the world of PC upgrades.

If you've made a few upgrades to your system, take a moment to evaluate whether your current power supply is up to the workload you're giving it. Asus has a pretty good power supply wattage calculator to help you with this assessment. You may very well discover that you've been expecting a 650-watt power supply to run a system that can draw more than 800 watts under peak load. Upgrading to a more appropriate power supply can make your system faster and with greater stability.

Routing Cables Neatly
I know how it is: Maybe you're busy, or you don't care about the aesthetics of your system's components, and you just want to finish the upgrade so you can boot the thing and play some games. But it's a mistake to leave your PC's internal cables hanging like an impenetrable cobweb in the middle of your machine.

Good heat dissipation is critical to the stability and performance of any PC, especially as you add more-powerful (and therefore more-heat-producing) components to the system. If you block the flow of air through the center of the chassis by leaving it full of jumbled cables, you're undermining the performance of your system's fans and heat sinks. Routing cables neatly increases airflow through the system and helps keep your PC cooler.

If you look inside a really sweet machine from a performance builder like Velocity Micro or Maingear, you'll find cables virtually concealed from view, routed behind the walls of the chassis, under the motherboard, and along the corners of the case, held in place by itty bitty zip ties trimmed neatly at the neck.

You don't have to be as fastidious as the pros to give your machine better airflow and a slick, orderly appearance. Just buy a small bag of zip ties and use them to cluster cables together into vaguely coherent pipelines, leaving as much open space as possible in the center of the case. Then take a small wire cutter and snip off the ends of the zip ties.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

ICC CWC LIVE: India vs Ireland ~ Latest ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 Live Updates

It may be a potential mismatch on paper but the Indians would do well to not underestimate the Irish who are riding on a wave of confidence after a spirited win over England.

If the match against Bangladesh was a wake-up call for the Indian bowlers, the England game completely exposed the chinks in the armor. The wicket was obviously loaded in favor of the batsmen, but the lack of intensity remained a matter of concern.

The focus at the net-session on Saturday morning was completely on bowling and fielding under the hawk-eyes of coach Gary Kirsten. It was a welcome relief to see Ashish Nehra bowl with a good rhythm and at a lively pace.

However, there has been no major concern in the batting department. With 2 scores well over 300, the batsmen have little to worry about, except for perhaps complacency. The Indians are expected to make no major changes to their team composition.

The Irish on the other hand have given the game a completely different outlook. Their performance against England on Wednesday even forced the ICC to defer their decision on the format of the 2015 World Cup, which goes to show the kind of respect they have earned.

The batting at the top has looked brittle. Although Ed Joyce looked solid in his brief stay, he is yet to stamp his authority over proceedings. Skipper William Porterfield has also failed to ignite the spark and would look to iron out a few of his technical flaws.

But, the O'Brien brothers, who are currently at the forefront of the Irish cricket history will have the weight of expectation on their shoulders. John Mooney and Alex Cusack who proved to be handy with the bat against England would also bolster the batting.

The bowling however has lacked the variation, with only George Dockrell earning the respect of the opposition so far. It has been unidimensional, and would be a matter of concern for the team management. Given the Indian batting line-up, the onus is on the bowlers to delivery.

Expect a full house and an intriguing atmosphere once again at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Every nerve would be jangling in the Irish camp as it would be the first time they would be playing in front of 40,000 people who would be against them. Perhaps a "nothing to lose and everything to gain approach" may help the Ireland side to give a bit of a panic to the home crowd.

India vs Ireland in ODIs/World Cup
ODIs

India had defeated Ireland by 9 wickets at Belfast on June 23,2007 - the only game played by the two countries in ODIs.

Overall World Cup record

India have won 33 and lost 25 out of 60 played - winning % 56.77 (NR 1 Tied 1)

Ireland have won 3 and lost seven out of eleven played (Tied 1) - winning % 31.81.

In 2011 - ODIs

India have won 3 and lost 3 out of seven played - winning % 50.00 (NR 1).

Ireland have won 1 and lost 1 out of two played - winning % 50.00 (NR 1).

Approaching milestones

- Sachin Tendulkar (1944) needs 56 runs to become the first batsman to complete 2000 runs in the world cup.

- In case of a hundred, Sachin would become the first batsman to post four world cup hundreds in India. At present, both Mark Waugh and Tendulkar share the record with three centuries at the world cup in India.

- In case of an Indian win, it will be their 50th under Gary Kirsten.

- Harbhajan Singh (248) needs two wickets to complete his 250 wickets in ODIs.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Leaked Screenshots: Windows 8 Has Improved Taskbar, Installs Faster [PICS]


Tantalizing clues about the upcoming Windows 8 are accumulating. The latest addition is the screenshot above, which was leaked Friday.

You can thank whomever leaked this screenshot for ignoring Microsoft’s admonition, “Let’s not leak our hard work,” because for the first time, here’s the left side of the Windows 8 taskbar. The useful progress indicator of Windows 7 will reportedly show additional functions beyond the usual file transfer progress it shows now. In Windows 8, there will be progress indicators for hardware installation — here you can see it indicating progress while installing a mouse.

According to Win7China, Windows 8 will be a speedy install, taking a mere eight minutes, which the site says is 2.5 times faster than Windows 7. Keep in mind, though, according to Windows 8 News, Microsoft is using a fast PC with an eight-core CPU to get those numbers.

The leakers say that Microsoft has expanded its System Restore capability. Now it’s referred to as “Factory Restore,” a hard-reset function that rolls back Windows 8 to its original state in two minutes.



This next screenshot shows the bottom right part of the Windows 8 desktop, focusing on the system tray area. A new addition is a profile picture on the bottom right, reportedly displaying an avatar for either a local account (where you’ll also be allowed to use video avatars) or a Windows Live ID account. According to Win7China, this means users will be allowed to use their Windows Live ID to log into Windows 8, hinting that there will be further integration of Windows 8 with the cloud.

So when can we see more and get our hands on this new operating system? There’s no firm release date set yet, but Windows 8 News reads the tea leaves, looking at leaked information about when the Milestone 3 build was compiled (they’re saying it was on February 28, 2011). From that info they extrapolate the first beta of Windows 8 will appear around June or July, 2011, with a possible release in early 2012.

Images courtesy Download Squad and Win7China

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Can Your Mattress Kill You?

We used to sleep on bed mattresses made of more or less natural untreated stuff. But now, they tell you that you ain't cool, man, if you do not have a visco-elastic polyurethane foam (also called memory foam) mattress. They say this is the technological revolution in your bed, the Star Trek dream in your bedroom and the idea of the rigid mattresses is just a prejudice. It is being strongly advertised that the memory foam will remove your back, neck and articulation pains.

Millions of people have got a better sleep and life quality, according to the sites selling these products, and, in their published surveys, about 90 % of the clients vote for these mattresses. More than in the elections held in a Communist country.

But the sites do not mention that the foam is made from petroleum-based chemicals, starting from the proper foam to flame retardants and viscosity inducing agents. First: what does polyurethane mean?

The term refers to any polymer made of organic units joined by urethane connections. By organic units you should understand hydrocarbons from the petroleum or derived chemicals.

Theoretically, a fully reacted polyurethane polymer should be chemically inert. But any chemist will tell you that even fully reacted polyurethane can produce dust inducing mechanical irritation to the eyes and lungs. And, as there are no industrial processes 100 % complete, you should expect the polyurethane to expel its chemical load. Only the resin blends can expel isocyanates, which were proven to be skin and respiratory sensitizers, causing asthma. This is just a short list of toxins found in an analyzed type of memory foam: TDI (Toluene Di-Isocyanate), Polyol (Poly Ether Gycol), Silicone Surfactant, Tertiary Amine, Stannous Octoate, Flame Retardant, Pigments/Dyes. TDI is an aromatic hydrocarbon (it is really smelly) causing asthma. Tertiary amines have strong odors and are allergenic. No need to comment on the dyes... You can read here how the "technology chemicals" can impact your health.

OK, I understand that the material can be used in various technologies, but how the heck you can make mattresses out of it? People spend around one third of their life sleeping. This way, you expose people repeatedly and continuously, for long periods, to low levels of chemicals. Sleeping on such a mattress or pillow exposes the person to tight contact to the chemical source, fact that increases several times the contamination degree.

It is clear that the hydrocarbons evaporate and load the sleeping room. Most of the hydrocarbons are powerful carcinogenic chemicals and attack, with severe damages, the immune and nervous systems. Most autoimmune disorders (like arthritis, lupus, allergies asthma, and others) have been connected with or thought to be boosted by increased exposure to petroleum. Interestingly, in the US there are no exposure limits for carcinogenicity in the case of the polyurethans.

Some researches detected very high levels of toxins, like arsenic and phosphor compounds, in the memory foams.

Such actions forced producing companies to remove most toxic chemicals from the mattresses and pillows in many western countries, but the remaining stock can be sent to new virgin markets, unaware of the issue.

Memory foam was originally developed by NASA, but the agency found it too expensive. There are voices saying that NASA abandoned the material because of chemical volatility issues. Now imagine people spending $ 1,000-6,000 with the hope of a better health, and instead ruining it. I wonder where do those 90 % are, when hundreds of posts on the Internet talks on a very different note.

We have received at Softpedia.com a mail from someone who clearly belongs to that 10 %:

"I bought the mattress at the beginning of December 2007. In 2-3 weeks after sleeping on those mattresses and pillows, me and my wife started having severe nausea, dizziness and a sensation like being irradiated or having a powerful allergy. The room was loaded by a sweetish-bitter scent (many aromatic hydrocarbons have this smell, like benzene, but also some aldehydes, both categories being powerful carcinogenic and known to attack neurons and provoke severe allergies). Routine analyses looked normal, and the medics were not able to find the cause. I clearly remained with the sensation that the mattress expelled gases. One month later I threw away the mattress. Those at the store that had sold me the mattress told me it was because of the plastic wrapping. You can imagine how "happy" my holidays were. That's the trick: At the beginning, I really enjoyed the mattress, then the problems started. By the New Year I was praying for living. After getting rid of the mattress, we were better in two weeks."
We watched on what people say on Internet. Indeed: Great for a while! Then...

We extracted some opinions from here. The symptoms vary from rashes to sinus problems, or swollen, inflamed red and itchy eyes and skin, difficult breathing, enlarged lymph nodes (sign of inflammation), irregular heartbeat, vomiting, fever, asthma symptoms, sore throat, nose bleed, diarrhea. People reported the same symptoms even in pets (like cats). Some even reported lymphoma (blood cancer) in dogs exposed to these mattresses.

The issue of the scent is omnipresent.

"Just being in the sleeping room made many feel very sick, and after months it was equally persistent."

"Now three months after removing the bed from our room we are still unable to even use our room (I have to hold my breath if I have to go into our room to get something). We have tried everything to get the odor out of the room. We have left the windows open with 3 fans running day and night (rain got in and ruined our hardwood floors), we have used an ozone machine to try to neutralize the odor, we have removed everything from the closet and washed it. We have scrubbed down everything in the room 5 times, including walls using water and baking soda. All of this still has not removed the odor."

"I have a firm mattress and have tried 2 brands of memory foam toppers. One brand was very expensive and the second was a cheaper one. Both had very bad smells and the directions said to air them out for a few days and I did. The smells never went away and I tried sleeping on them after a week. The more expensive brand had a worse smell and made me sick with headaches from the first night. A few months later I tried with the cheaper one and after airing it out it was still smelly. Now after a month I have been getting bad headaches and bad dreams. This morning I am removing it and never going to try memory foam again despite it being very comfortable."

"Bought (...) mattress and first night I slept on it, it had a strong odor which I had never smelled from any mattress I had owed before. I thought it must be because it was just out of the plastic and they were using a different cover material. The next morning I woke up with a migraine headache (which I don't get), my body ached, my hips bones felt as though I had fell to the floor and landed on them, my knees hurt, my back ached."

"My (...) still stinks after 2 years; I wake up groggy after sleeping on it, seem to need 9 hours of sleep and still don't feel rested, and have developed an auto immune disorder--Hashimoto's disease-- since purchasing."

Paradoxically, the mattresses that aimed to relief back and neck pain worsen it! This happens due to allergies (autoimmunity conditions), when the white cells can attack your own tissues, including muscles. This translates into back and neck pain.

"After two and a half years of owning this bed my husband and I both started having back, neck and shoulder pains. Some mornings I would feel like my arms and shoulders were beaten up. It took hours for the pains to subside. It was a major undertaking just to turn over in the bed because each position I was in started to hurt. I felt like I was tossing and turning all night and waking up exhausted. I would say the last six months have taken its toll on both of us. We were out of town at a relative's house sleeping in their bed and awoke to no pains - that's when I started to realize it was our bed causing the pains."

These are allergy symptoms.

"It started with minor problems and got worse - Hives, kidneys hurting, swollen lips, flu feelings, morning cough, sore joints, etc. We had two memory foam pillows and a memory foam mattress pad on our bed. Took them off and within two days all problems were gone. Two months later all is well and no more memory foam."

Here come the effects on the nervous system. Nightmare, migraines, insomnia (!), panic attack, anxiety, lethargy, irritability, memory loss and depression do not miss!

"I recently purchased a visco-elastic memory foam mattress topper pad. Since using this pad, my wife and I have both experienced dizziness, headache, nausea, etc."

"The first night of sleeping on our new high end latex foam layered mattress, I awoke with a headache and nausea and noticed a horrible sickly sweet smell that permeated the mattress, the room and even penetrated the other rooms in the house. After calling the salesman(who said mine was the first complaint of mattress odor) he recommended that we air it for a few days."

"Outgassing from our new adjustable air mattress gave me false symptoms of a heart attack. The night before my "attack," I had brightly colored strange dreams. I was depressed for the next couple days (unusual for me), and the depression lifted within twenty-four hours of moving the mattress outside."

"I purchased a memory foam topper for my bed. I am at home sick today after trying to sleep on it for the last week. At first I thought I really liked it and the smell would soon go away but now my husband and I both have noticed that we feel tried and completely drained of energy. I never get headaches or a sore throat, but now we both keep on having them."

This seems to be the best solution:

"3 months ago I bought an Isotonic memory foam topper and pillows from Bed Bath and Beyond. It was the best night sleep I got in a long time, although for the last 3 months I have been severely ill and never associated it with the bed. I went to the emergency room about 2 weeks after purchasing the topper. I was extremely dizzy, could not keep my balance, could not breathe through my nose, shortness of breath, sore throat, my ears felt infected and it was hard even to eat a slim slice of bread. I bought a HEPA air filter hoping that would help and after giving that a couple of weeks I was still very ill. So after being bedridden for 3 months I racked my brain for what had changed since I got sick. It came to me, the mattress topper. I immediately got on the internet and found this site and was shocked to find what I thought was causing my sickness. I got rid of the mattress and pillows 3 days ago and progressively felt better every day. Today was the first time I have been able to live life in a long time. If I can be of help to anyone please feel free to contact me."

We would like you to share your opinion with us. If all this sounds familiar to you, please send us a message.

Courtesy : http://news.softpedia.com/news/Can-Your-Mattress-Kill-You-76887.shtml

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