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IP6: Nature's Revolutionary Cancer Fighter: Nature's Revolutionary Cancer-Fighter
IP6: Nature's Revolutionary Cancer Fighter: Nature's Revolutionary Cancer-Fighter
by AbulKalam M. Shamsuddin
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
47 used & new from $0.01

1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing "revolutionary" here... just a grab for notability., May 19, 2015
This IP6 compound might be helpful to general health, but the FDA has warned against taking it as some kind of "cancer cure" http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/EnforcementActivitiesbyFDA/ucm171057.htm

Furthermore, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has similarly warned "Laboratory studies show that inositol hexaphosphate slows the replication of isolated cancer cells. A small study of breast cancer patients showed that IP6 may be effective in reducing side effects from chemotherapy. Myo-inositol may benefit patients with bronchial dysplasia (chronic lung disorder). Large scale studies are needed." Does that sound like "this cures cancer?"

There is only one gold standard in health science for proving or disproving the clinical effectiveness of any treatment: the double-blind controlled study. There haven't been any, to date, to prove IP6 prevents or cures cancer. It probably does not much harm to take IP6 but beware, it does block absorption of iron, zinc, magnesium, and other trace metals which you may require in your diet.


Verbatim 120GB USB Portable Hard Drive (USBFLB120)
Verbatim 120GB USB Portable Hard Drive (USBFLB120)

1.0 out of 5 stars Defective by Design; can not ever possibly work on a properly designed USB port., March 1, 2015
I never got any real use out of the drive. It seems to not be compatible with MacBook Pro circa 2009, the computer my wife uses, and for which this drive was intended. I gave up on that and tried to use it as a little server drive on a NetGear WiFi Router, but there, too, the powering up was hit and miss. I sent it to Verbatim for in-warranty service, and they returned the same exact drive to me, saying it was fine ("we have the same light bulb here in our lab, and it seems to work perfectly..." -- old internet joke).

I think Verbatim made great floppy disks and rewriteable CD media. They're no good at this portable drive thing. Disassembling the drive just now, since it's basically a goner, it is built around a Western Digital Scorpio 120GB SATA drive and a SATA to USB ifc board built around a SunPlusIT SATALINK SPIF225 bridge chip. The power requirement for JUST the hard drive, as listed on the WD drive label itself, is 0.55A (yes, 550 milliAmps), which exceeds the USB power supply max spec by 50 mA. If your computer has proper USB hardware on it, it will refuse to supply more than 500 mA to the USB device. And, indeed, what I am observing and hearing is the power to the unit, cycling on and off, over and over, as it overloads the USB port, and the port temporarily shuts down power to protect itself. The WD part number is WD1200BEVS, Serial number WXE308DDxxxx (last 4 omitted for 'security'). Go look it up. Verbatim created a design that CANNOT WORK on a properly-designed motherboard. USB devices which require more than 500 mA must use an external power supply, not try to suck that much out of the port itself.

It's pretty annoying, because, as one fella reported in another review, he called tech support, and they claimed the MacBook "silver" computers were "too puny" to supply enough current. What is really going on? The MacBook is properly refusing to be beaten up and robbed by a USB device that is not "playing nice." Shame on you, Verbatim.


BOSS TU-10-BK Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
BOSS TU-10-BK Clip-On Chromatic Tuner
Offered by Moore Brothers Music
Price: $29.99
9 used & new from $19.98

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Easily confused by other noises, qualifies as "tone deaf" and that's not good., February 24, 2015
Clipped it onto my vintage Silvertone acoustic guitar with freshly restrung D'Addario strings. I had gotten things into tune using a Korg tuner gadget, then tried this Boss clip-on unit. Starting on the E string, it got that right; moving up to the A string, it was still showing "E" on the display, even though fretting the E a fifth up showed me that my A string was within a halftone of being in tune, for sure, but the Boss kept displaying "E" ... the same happened with the D string as well.

My only guess is that the slight excitation of the fresh, bright, new lower E string was interfering with the unit picking up the string actually being plucked. Pretty useless in my book. The little Korg unit worked perfectly, and always displayed the correct note name. I can't recommend this Boss unit. On top of everything, mine came with a dead battery. Apparently, the final assembly person didn't put the battery protection plastic on the correct (bottom) side of the CR2032 coin cell. Blaurgh!


Knorr Classic Sauces Hollandaise Sauce Mix 0.9 Oz (Pack of 6)
Knorr Classic Sauces Hollandaise Sauce Mix 0.9 Oz (Pack of 6)
Offered by Best Buy New York
Price: $11.05
19 used & new from $4.77

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets from a package, January 25, 2015
As good as it gets from a package! Has a rich creamy flavor and texture. Don't bother trying the others -- this one IS the best! No lemony flavors built in... Unlike many others which substitute lemon flavor for real egg and butter flavor. My fave for sure.


Cryotherapy Arctic Ice Cold Water Therapy With Universal Therapy Pad
Cryotherapy Arctic Ice Cold Water Therapy With Universal Therapy Pad
Offered by Med Supply Team
Price: $129.50
2 used & new from $129.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad unit, but mine failed after four days of use., January 16, 2015
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My unit was sold to me by "Med Supply Team". I was happy with the unit, although I was surprised at how small the cooler is. The description states it will provide cooling for 6 - 8 hours, but in my experience, that was more like 4 - 6 hours. The unit works well, is pretty quiet, but has a small capacity compared to any other unit that I've evaluated for purchase, yet is quite a bit less expensive too.

Having said all that, my unit FAILED after four days of use. I was just back home from the hospital after a total knee replacement, and the pump stopped pumping. The power supply showed power "on" but no go. I guess this happens sometimes: you get an "infant mortality" as they call it. I contacted the seller, Med Supply Team, and they provided a full refund, no further questions asked and no hassles. THAT is the way to stand behind the products you sell! I couldn't be happier with Med Supply Team and I would buy from them in a heartbeat. So, three stars for the product itself, but FIVE STARS for the seller!


Lee Kum Kee Sauce For Ma Po Tofu, 2.8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Lee Kum Kee Sauce For Ma Po Tofu, 2.8-Ounce Pouches (Pack of 12)
Price: $14.99
5 used & new from $14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious Ma Po sauce that does not overwhelm with spiciness in any one dimension! Great with eggplant instead of Tofu., September 25, 2014
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This is a very good, inexpensive rendition of the famous "Pockmarked Old Grandma's Tofu" sauce (Ma Po Tofu). It is not very spicy, so if you make yours hot, add some dried red Japanese chilis (in the Mexican foods section of your market in the West) or even red flaked pepper Italian style, to give it some heat. Sriracha works nicely as well.

I don't like tofu all that much, so I use diced eggplant, sauteed in oil with garlic and ginger, and then add ground beef (instead of the pork). Very, very tasty!


DROK® Ultra Small 5V Car Audio Amplifier Mini Power Amplifiers Digital Motorcycle Ampli Board Support USB Power 2 Channel Stereo Amp 3W+3W for Portable Speaker Headphones Headset
DROK® Ultra Small 5V Car Audio Amplifier Mini Power Amplifiers Digital Motorcycle Ampli Board Support USB Power 2 Channel Stereo Amp 3W+3W for Portable Speaker Headphones Headset
Offered by DROK
Price: $6.78

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb low-cost, compact stereo amp module for a cheap-o porta-speaker or headphones project. Can't Beat The Value!, September 14, 2014
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This unit is rated to deliver 3W into 4 ohms per channel at 10% THD. That's not high fi by any stretch, but good enough for most boombox/portable speaker applications. The ganged volume control feels smooth, and has a detent-click off position at fully CCW. I'm sure this quality-feeling item accounts for a majority of the actual cost of the unit.

I ran mine using USB power. I cannibalized an old mouse cable, tapping the red and black (+ and -, resp) conductors to deliver 5 V. WARNING: the recommended max operating voltage of the PAM 8408 (by DIODES Semiconductor) is 5.5 volts, with a max stress rating of 6v. Thus, running it off 4 AA Alkalines is NOT recommended without inserting at least 1 diode in series to drop the voltage a bit. (Be sure to use a diode capable of conducting 750 mA safely). Also note the manufacturer recommends NOT powering the unit unless the speaker loads are already connected.

Plugging this into my line-out on a Dell 4550 with a SoundBlaster LIVE audio card produced nice, room-filling volume. It also operated nicely driving some speakers when plugged into my iPhone (although AC/DC's "Hells Bells" didn't have as much bass as I would have liked without boosting the equalizer settings).

I think this is a fine choice for setting up a small pair of battery- or USB-operated porta-speakers for your phone, MP3 player, or similar application. I imagine it would work well enough too, with some 60 ohm headphones although I did not try that myself.


Epica Ultra-Fast Digital Meat Thermometer
Epica Ultra-Fast Digital Meat Thermometer
Offered by Perella's
Price: $29.95
5 used & new from $14.38

5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the inexpensive, fixed probe cook's thermometers!~, September 8, 2014
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THIS IS THE ONE! I have tried a bunch of the other thermometers, and this one is the best one of the cheapies. It works VERY well... quite accurate, and pretty quick to read. It passes the body temperature, ice point, and boiling point checks. The case is very functional and the thermometer is held in place with a sturdy "snap!".

Summary: Two Buttons, Celsius and Fahrenheit, min-max-foo. Accuracy-foo. No Naked bodies, but great for probing meat! Joe Bob says "check it out."


StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable
StarTech.com USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable w/ UASP - SATA to USB 3.0 Converter for SSD/HDD - Hard Drive Adapter Cable
Price: $12.14
73 used & new from $10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars This is simplicity itself. Used it to externally mount ..., September 8, 2014
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This is simplicity itself. Used it to externally mount a 2.5 in drive taken out of a MacBook Pro on the new MacBook, to transfer files. Works perfectly, and the price is right!


SATA DVDRW slim slot load UJ-898A UJ 898 UJ8A8 UJ-8A8 Burner Rewriter Superdrive For Apple Macbook PRO
SATA DVDRW slim slot load UJ-898A UJ 898 UJ8A8 UJ-8A8 Burner Rewriter Superdrive For Apple Macbook PRO
Offered by laptopygp
Price: $44.99
11 used & new from $30.98

3.0 out of 5 stars Some issues with mounting holes, otherwise, just what I needed! WORKS!, September 8, 2014
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As others have said about the drive mounting, it's true: it seems like one of the three holes has been moved since the MacBook Pro was first produced. I have mine fixed in place with only 2 of the three screws, but that's not really an issue.

Of more concern is the annoying way that the manufacturer, Panasonic, slapped some kind of "A OK" quality sticker right on top of the two screw holes on the back (opposite the open slot) edge of the drive, RIGHT WHERE the two screw holes are that you need to access to get your little mounting bracket in place. I had to carefully peel away the sticker from the holes, and it wasn't an easy task, as the paper was glued on with some kind of very hard, brittle stiff glue; not the usual rubbery-cement kind of stuff. That was a pain.

All in all, it went into my MBP 5,1 and worked just fine. I would have given it 5 stars had there been no issue with mounting holes being covered or in the wrong place.


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