Category: "Better Health"

Doulton filters with mold

I ordered a British Berkefeld water filter on Amazon.

This system uses Doulton filers.

And those filters arrived wrapped in a wet paper, inside bubble bags. Under these condition it is not unsurprising to find some mold had developed between the filters and the paper:

Doulton filters with mold
"New" filters with mold spots
Doulton filters with mold
The paper the filters were wrapped in...

I contacted the seller (named "AllSpares") and they have been totally unhelpful. "We are sorry we did not receive the photos.". I sent them twice. For all I know they are in their spam box... Of course they gave no alternative means of sending the photos, they don't answer the phone and keep telling "send the photos before we can approve a return".

So I have to post the photos on my blog so I can send them a link through Amazon?

What a lousy service :/

I'm not going to use these filters. I could clean the outside or even trust they filter the mold, but how do I know if they have mold on the inside too?

Quantifying Yourself...

Quantifying Yourself...

You've probably heard about the "Quantified Self" concept. In a nutshell you track everything that's measurable about you and you try to use it to your advantage.

I've started quantifying myself like this a couple of years ago... Here's a quick recap of what I've tried so far and quick thoughts and what I deem useful or not in hindsight.

1. Weight : I started with a Withings scale which automatically records my weight and body fat/lean mass every day. Just looking at the graph gives me awareness of my slacking or of my progress towards my goals and actually makes it easier to stick to my self imposed nutrition plan.

2. Sleep : The second area I tackled was sleep tracking with a device called Zeo which straps onto your forehead and records your brainwaves during the night. The company went bankrupt and the device is actually bothersome to strap on every night. But during the time I used it it gave me some great insights on my sleep patterns and definitely convinced me I should stick to my 9 hours of sleep per night and not try to shave off a cycle in a hopeless chase for more productive time :p

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