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The Green Dorm Room, by Lily Berthold-Bond

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ebookcover Green is the word, nowadays. You can’t take a walk around campus without seeing people wearing shirts or bags that command, “GO GREEN.” Green is the trend, it’s the scene, and you can jump on the bandwagon with a green dorm room. This eBook includes an all-encompassing green dorm room shopping list, with how-to tips for how to go green with each item on it. It also has over 40 pages of thorough, detailed information for creating your ideal, entirely green dorm room. Mainly, The Green Dorm Room is a substantive, practical guide for college students to go green – cheaply and easily.

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Excerpt from The Green Dorm Room

Neti Pot
Colds in college are like chicken pox in nursery school. They spread. Quickly. So what to do? While it might seem nice to curl up in bed with a book, a box of tissues, and a hot mug of tea, that is usually not a viable option. No, the reading must be done, the studying must go on, the essays must be written. The best that can be done is to clear up the sinus passages, pop in a cough drop, and keep going.

Well, apparently clearing the sinus passages is quite the ordeal! Coming from a house that nixed nasal sprays from the get-go, I was shocked by how much my college friends relied on them. Do you ever go just a little bit over on the number of sprays you’re supposed to use? Do you ever cheat the time limit you’re supposed to leave between sprays? Has it stopped helping?

That’s because you’ve built up a tolerance. The nasal membranes no longer respond to the same amount of nose spray you had used before to treat the same level of congestion. So you use more. And more. Probably not a good idea. You can, in fact, overdose on nasal spray.

Those harmless-looking chemicals in nasal spray (Phenylephrine, Xylometazoline, and Oxymetazoline) aren’t quite as harmless when you use them in excess, or for more than 3-5 days. Overdosing on nose spray that contains any of these chemicals can lead to “extreme tiredness, sweating, dizziness, a slow heartbeat, and coma.”

So what’s the alternative? Well, lucky for you, I have found one! Not to mention that it works incredibly well. The neti pot! The neti pot is a ceramic tea pot that you fill with warm water and salt. It is an ancient Indian medicinal tradition that has been used for thousands of years to treat allergies and sinus congestion. It works like no other – I have never had such great sinus relief. You can find them for as cheap as $4 (try Amazon for a wide selection) – much cheaper than 2 semesters’ worth of cold medicine. Once you go Neti, you won’t go back.

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  • annfj says:

    I hope this is available for the Kindle…I’ll download it tonight if it is. I do have a question. In the interest of full disclosure I work for Lutron Electronics, a lighting control company, but I am wondering if you discuss product like automatic timers, light dimmers, and occupancy sensors in your book. It so easy to waste energy in a dorm room where the electric bill is invisible to you, and lighting is a very significant contributor to energy use and abuse in any home or building. Reducing your lighting output is a very green upgrade for environmentally conscious students.

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  • Lily says:

    Unfortunately, it is not yet available for Kindle – we’re working on getting that to happen as soon as possible. And yes, I do address energy efficiency and conservation in my book.

    Thanks for your interest!

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