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A Look At Glaucoma & Natural Prevention Techniques

With nearly 3 million Americans with glaucoma, it’s surprising that the importance of preventional eye care remains understated.

Glaucoma is an eye condition that can lead to blindness if not caught early. As this disease develops remarkably slowly, many people don’t know they have it until the damage has been done. In fact, glaucoma remains the leading cause of blindness in elderly persons.

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Why Healthcare Is Becoming Problematically Expensive & What We Can Do About It

Healthcare is becoming an increasingly controversial topic in the US.

With rates that are only getting more expensive, the consequences of ObamaCare, and hefty premium rates- there is an urgent need for reform in the US healthcare sector. Middle-class workers, students, and self-employed individuals are choosing to forgo traditional insurance and “wing it,” resulting in a steep decline in their overall personal wellness. Not only are people having difficulty in finding affordable solutions for their illnesses, they are also missing a key step in the security of their health: prevention.

So, what are our limitations and how do we solve them to make way for a stronger and healthier country?

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The Importance of Service & How it Can Reshape the World

“This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.” –Swami Vivekeanada

Charity is vital to the progress of humanity.

There is no act too small that can reshape someone’s life. The act of giving can entail many types of actions, whether it be donating money to a good cause, volunteering at a fundraiser, or even the simple act of spreading kindness on a daily basis. We think of charity as giving to others, but the amazing thing about this action is that in fact, it gives to both parties. By devoting part of your consciousness to the betterment of someone else’s life, you are also a building block in shaping a more wholesome and altruistic world.

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There are a number of ways you can contribute…

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Are Young Adults Able to Predict Their Chances of Developing Alzheimer’s?

Would you want to know?

A recent study  by the American Academy or Neurology (AAN) published on Science Daily, revealed that young adults may be able to anticipate their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Everything You Need to Know About Maintaining Good Eye Health

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eyes are windows to the soul, so it essential to take good care of them.

Like most preventative care, ensuring your eyes stay in shape as long as possible is a multistep process. This involves managing a well-balanced diet, UV protection, as well as avoiding certain external strains. The cautionary thing about eye health is that it tends to become worse rather than better over time.

The following steps will ensure that you are maximizing the quality of your eyesight for as long as possible:

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Stephen R. Covey’s Guide to Excelling in Professional & Personal Pursuits

Principle-Centered Leadership by Stephen R. Covey is a must-read for anyone wishing to maximize the effectiveness and morale of their work.

More than just time management, this guide reveals just how to utilize certain principles and methods proven to be successful. It takes a lot more than meets the eye to be a good model in the business industry. By setting an example of integrity and innovation, others are inspired to do the same. This instructive book is a great resource on how to establish and carry out a solid moral system as well as improve productivity in the workplace.

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Cancer Prevention: A Multistep Process Worth the Effort

Cancer is one of the scariest words in the medical field.

With no simple or painless treatment options or cures available, this disease nothing short of a scary cloud looming in the distance. With a broad range of risk factors and genetic predispositions, no one is safe from developing this life-changing condition. Like for all medical conditions, prevention is often times infinitely easier than a cure.

So, how does one ensure that they are lowering their risk for developing cancer as much as possible?

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A Survival Guide For Working From Home

Working from home sounds like a dream to most.

There’s no painful early morning commute, you are in the comfort of your own environment, and you don’t have to make small talk with any coworkers. In a world that is becoming incredibly more accessible by technology, virtual networking, and the world wide web, working from home is becoming a more popular option. However, once someone is in the reality of working from home, they becoming aware of all of the other problems that crop up.

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How to Fall-Proof a Home in Five Easy Steps

The following is a guest post by Max Gottlieb from Senior Planning.

If you’ve ever had a relative who has fallen, then you know just how important it is to avoid falls at any cost.

A fall oftentimes means the beginning of someone’s journey into death. Both of my grandparents, who were otherwise healthy, fell and within three months passed away. My grandfather, recovering from a hospital stay, rolled off of his bed and all the progress of his recovery quickly vanished. Unfortunately, with a fall like this, there is not much you can do to prevent it unless the older person wants to put rails on their bed, similar to a top bunk on a bunk bed. For most people, this is unrealistic. My grandma’s fall, however, could have been prevented.

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When In Doubt: Simplify

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.” — Henry David Thoreau

With the weight of our responsibilities, personal lives and relationships, life is rarely simple.

The more that we have going for us, the higher potential we have for something going wrong. Even the most organized, well-planed individual can find it difficult to cope with the stress that accompanies even the best opportunities. Sometimes, we find ourselves too ambitious, only being able to put an ounce of energy into many different things at once. We fear that life is too short, that we need to seize each and every day for its full potential. This is true, but it is also true that sometimes, we can accomplish more by taking on less.

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All About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a serious and complex condition caused by Borrelia bacteria.

The disease itself is attained through a tick bite.  Quickly after the inception of the infection, a series of symptoms will most likely occur between 3 to 30 days. These symptoms include (but are not limited to) an itchy rash that can be up to twelve inches across, fever, and severe joint pain. If treated quickly, the disease can be cured with relatively no complications. However, some people don’t develop symptoms from the infection, which contributes greatly to the severity of the disease in the long run.

More serious complications from Lyme Disease include memory loss, chronic fatigue, severe migraines, heart palpitations, and the most severe being neurological problems that are sometimes irreversible.

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All About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is a chronic disorder in which an individual has irregular breathing during sleep.

This breathing irregularity occurs at intraverbals, typically lasting seconds to minutes. Although this habit seems negligible, it prevents an effective, healthy sleep pattern from occurring. This results in extreme daytime fatigue, moodiness, and sometimes, even depression.

Since this condition, that nearly 18 million Americans are projective to have, occurs during sleep, it is extremely tricky to diagnose. Individuals can go a very long time without even realizing they have sleep apnea, and struggle to find the cause of their endless exhaustion. Even doctors have a hard time diagnosing sleep apnea, as there are no physical indicators that one has the condition.

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Why We Should Be a Little More Selfish From Time to Time

“The man who does not value himself, cannot value anything or anyone.” — Ayn Rand

Without being loyal to our own needs, it is very difficult to truly help others.

From a young age, we are taught to extend ourselves to others, to share, and make the world a happier place. It is undeniable how very important this is. Given the state of the world, acts of kindness and generosity cannot be understated. However, it is possible for us to keep our own needs in mind without sacrificing this.

In fact, being selfish might just help the world be a better place.

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Turning a Hostility Between Generations Into Something Magnificent

“Every generation is inculcated in traditions of prejudice which are encouraged as normal, natural and healthy.” ― Bryant McGill

Between the baby boomer generation and generation y, a lot of things are done differently.

Both groups grew up in very different political, social, and economic conditions. Both generations faced completely unique challenges, had dramatically different role models, and remarkably distinct cultures. With genY rising as the dominant generation, there is an undeniable sense of bias, resentment, and inequality between the two age groups. In a world constantly at odds with itself, a generational discrimination adds a new layer of complexity to our cultural landscape.

In that is world constantly at odds with itself, a generational discrimination adds a new layer of complexity to our cultural landscape.

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What You Need to Know About Lupus

Lupus is a serious chronic inflammatory
disease
that affects many different organs such as the kidneys, lungs, and even the brain.

Lupus occurs when an individual’s immune system attacks its own tissues, making it an autoimmune disease. It is estimated that up to as many as 1.5 million people are affected by lupus. Because so many systems in the body are damaged from this condition, it can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult to manage. The complications from lupus vary from kidney failure, an increased risk of pneumonia, anemia, strokes and more. It is also important to note that developing lupus also increases one’s risk of cancer.

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How to Endure a Long Flight Without Going Crazy

The glamor of air travel – its aspirational meaning in the public imagination – disappeared before its luxury did, dissipating as flying gradually became commonplace. -Virginia Postrel

Anyone who has flown before knows just how stressful it can be.

While there is no cure yet for avoiding flight delays, screaming babies, and long security lines, there are ways to make air travel a little bit more bearable. And no, it doesn’t have to require the purchase of $11 bottom shelf whiskey three times per flight. (Although you can’t deny that it works for some).

Being as familiar with tedious and cramped airplane travel as I am, the following is my insider’s guide to surviving your flight.

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The Controversial Role of Technology In Our Lives

“In the old days, writers used to sit in front of a typewriter and stare out of the window. Nowadays, because of the marvels of convergent technology, the thing you type on and the window you stare out of are now the same thing.” — Douglas Adams

There is very little time in the day that we’re not somehow connected to a device.

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Our Unsung Heroes: 7 Reasons We Love Our Dads

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

With Father’s Day around the corner, we’re thinking of all the reasons we appreciate our dads.

Amidst all of the outward celebration for all the mothers of the world, it’s easy to understate the love and admiration we have for our dads. The truth is, our dads play just a significant role as our mothers do, albeit a sometimes quieter one.

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Why Gratitude is the Key to Happiness

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  — Marcel Proust

The ingredient for true happiness is shockingly simple.

Being the complex humans we are, we like to overcomplicate it. We tell ourselves that we need X, Y, or Z before allowing ourselves to be truly happy. We procrastinate happiness. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we get married. We tell ourselves we will be happy once we finally lose that weight, or once we finally buy that house. This inner dialogue seems like it could be motivating, but it toys with a dangerous idea: that happiness is only achieved once certain conditions are met. And this could not be farther from the truth.

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Your Summer Retirement Bucket-list

The summer serves as a wonderful and sunny time for relaxation.

However, too much r&r can leave one antsy, bored, and anxious. For those of you who are entering or in the middle of retirement, summer is a great time to switch things up and try something new while the weather is beautiful and the days are long.

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5 Philosophical (But Entertaining) Films You Must Watch

There is a fine line between a movie that is frustratingly cryptic or delightfully puzzling

I must admit that most action movies, even ones with A-list actors and excitingly novel special effects, lose my interest rather quickly. For a movie to hold my attention, it has to dig under the surface of what the story initially shows. This doesn’t mean that it has to be particularly complicated or require extremely close attention to detail- but rather artistically showcase a bigger “meaning” than the one presented. For me to consider a movie good, I gotta work for it.

The following are a list of films that I found charmingly mysterious, captivating, and thought-provoking.

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A Guide to Keeping in Touch with Your Kids and Grandkids Long Distance

“Love is the shortest distance between hearts.”

It’s becoming more and more common for younger generations to get up and move for work, school, and volunteering.

Between busy schedules and different time zones, it can be difficult to keep in touch with family that is always on the move. Fortunately, we live in a time that technology makes it easier than ever to stay in contact! Although nothing beats face to face communication, there are plenty of fun and easy apps and resources for keeping family close even when they are physically thousands of miles away.

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WomenAid: Building Stronger Female Communities by Ultraism

“When the female voice is repressed and stifled, the entire community can easily find themselves cut off from the sacred feminine, depriving themselves of the full image of god.”  –Rob Bell

The prevalence of female leaders in our society is slowly but steadily improving.

The road to female empowerment has been a long one, but in the past decade alone, we have reached some significant milestones. The gender pay gap has had a notable increase in attention, the 2016 US Presidental election has a strong female candidate, and there has been a number of female public figures and celebrities standing up for the importance of feminism. There is no denying that the issues of gender equality still have a lot of work left, but we are inching closer and closer to resolving them.

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Alain De Botton and the Philosophy of Our Everyday Lives

“Let death find us as we are building up our matchstick protests against its waves.” -Alain de Botton

The truth is, none of us really know it all.

However, there are certain people in the world who seem to have an uncannily keen understanding of human nature in a way that most of us ignore. When we think of philosophy, we tend to think of the ancient greeks passionately arguing about morality, ethics, or the question of God. If we are willing to expand our perspectives, (and be brave enough to confront some rather difficult ideas) we will then find philosophy actually is very present and relevant in our everyday lives.

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Crohn’s Disease: The Basics & Treatment Options

Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.

For those with this condition, their immune systems end up attacking the good bacteria in their intestines . This often results in ulcers and painful inflammation. The symptoms of Crohn’s can be quite uncomfortable, the most common ones being painful cramping, fatigue, diarrhea,  and weight loss. The pain can range from mild to severe, and if left untreated can have serious health consequences.

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The Unexpected Perks of Getting a Little Bit Older

An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets, the more interested he is in her.  ― Agatha Christie

Growing older feels a little bit like running a marathon.

Only upon crossing the finish line, everyone is kinda half asleep and half-heartedly discussing an NPR article you know was published at least over a month ago. When you’re younger, it seems as if everyone is cheering you on for even the smallest things- as if getting an oil change for your car (that you definitely don’t pay the insurance for) is the mark of a Responsible and Promising Young Adult. However, there are some fabulous perks to being on the other side of the hill, so to speak.

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The Important Psychological Difference Between Knowledge and Wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. ― Confucius

At a first glance, knowledge and wisdom seem like seemingly identical notions and are often used interchangeably.

Upon a closer examination of what these words truly mean, their obvious differences become transparent. Let’s start by taking a look at their definitions:

Knowledge is defined as the theoretical or practical understanding of a subject.

Wisdom is defined as the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.

Using these definitions alone, it appears that one can have knowledge without wisdom- but not wisdom without knowledge. So, what does all of this mean?

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A Boomer-Friendly Approach on French Beauty and Aging Gorgeously

“Beauty is not something you turn to in a panic when a wrinkle or pimples appear, but that it’s far more important to see it as a ritual, figuring out what routine works best and carrying that with us through our lives.”  Mathilde Thomas

It’s no secret that french women are universally revered for their ability to flawlessly showcase their natural beauty.

Although it might seem like genetic luck, it really has more to do with their culture’s organic and gentle approach to beauty and skincare. French women radiate confidence, simplicity, and grace- something that is cultivated through their self-loving beauty regime.

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The Deal on Health Supplements: Necessary, Optional, or Useless?

“A healthy body is a platform for flourishing a healthy mind.” Pawan Mishra

If you walk down the health aisle at any drug store, you’ll be amazed at just how many vitamins and supplements there are out there.

Ten years ago, simply taking a vitamin C supplement in the morning would make you feel a step ahead of the health game. In recent history, the market for vitamin supplements has gone through the roof. There seems to be a capsule for any condition out there (even ones you didn’t know you could have!)

Really, there are supplements available that are marked as  “curve-enhancement,” “sharp mind“, and “placenta pills.” Who would have known?

So, in the midst of this colorful and extensive health market, what vitamins do we actually need to be taking?

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Rethinking Menopause & Strategies for a Comfortable Transition

“Our mothers were largely silent about what happened to them as they passed through this midlife change. But a new generation of women has already started to break the wall of silence.”  Trisha Posner

Menopause is perhaps one of the most delicately discussed phenomena in women’s health.

It is very common for women to have feelings of apprehension or shame regarding this life-altering milestone. Menopause is simply the natural evidence of the maturing feminine body, something that has been treated as an unnecessary taboo in our culture. It’s not a secret that growing older holds a lot of social and psychological weight for women. Thankfully, due to the number of emerging female voices and influences, the collective attitude about these deeply personal changes are beginning to become more positive and empowering.

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Quotes That Capture the Unique Essence of the Baby Boomer Generation

The Baby Boomer generation grew up in an incredibly important and dynamic time in American history.

The Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and moon landing were all life-changing events for the boomer generation. Among all of these political and social changes, was a deeply spiritual and energetic collective voice of artists, musicians and writers. Baby boomers grew up listening to Elvis, Ray Charles, and The Beach Boys.

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How Accepting Failure Turns You into a Success

“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
Steve Maraboli

The most satisfied people don’t necessarily lead better lives than anyone else.

In fact, most of them are remarkably ordinary people with very modest lifestyles. Happy people aren’t always rich, they don’t have perfect relationships and friendships, or even perfect health. They all have their own unique shortcomings, their own family issues, and the same amount of problems that anyone else does. However, satisfied people do all seem to have one thing in common:

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How Soy Consumption Impacts Your Hormone Levels

Most of us regularly consume soy: whether it be through soy milk, vegetarian products, tofu, or protein shakes.

With so many different uses,  soy has been a longtime popular meat product replacement for many vegetarians. Soy has also been known for its high protein content and wide array of health benefits such as controlling cholesterol and managing diseases like type 2 diabetes, thyroid cancer, and prostate cancer.

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Baby Boomers: A Generation of Caretakers

“The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.”

-Carson McCullers 

The baby boomer generation has been put in an exceptionally unique position.

Most of the baby boomers still have dependent children,  and many of them also have the responsibility of being the primary caretaker for their aging parents. This position comes with some very tough decisions, such as: when is it time to consider assisted living? How does one budget new insurance and medical care expenses? How can I be there for my family members in need without completely sacrificing my own goals?

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6 Sneaky Reasons You’re Tired That Have Nothing to Do with Sleep

Mothers talk about sleep the way someone who is starving talks about food. Fatigue can overshadow your life, making everything seem like too much trouble.
― Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett

We’ve all been there.

There are times that we maintain a balanced, sufficient sleep schedule and still end up exhausted. Our bodies are complex mechanisms that can be quite finicky at times.  It’s a frustrating feeling, not being able to get the energy you need despite a full night of rest.

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The Effects of Creativity on Your Brain

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.” ― Albert Einstein

The idea that the left-side brain and right-side brain work against each other is a commonly believed misconception.

We all have dominant strengths: some of us are naturally good at mathematics or talented at art from a young age. We all possess unique combinations of skills and qualities that differ wildly, and cannot be simply contained within “he’s just a math guy,” or “she’s a painter.”

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How Traveling Solo Teaches Us About Spirituality

“I am not the same having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” -Mary Anne Radmacher

The act of traveling has deeply spiritual origins.

In many cultures, to travel away from one’s home was a serious journey: one that was taken for the purpose of connecting with God, seeking truth, and gaining wisdom. Even historical, non-religious explorations required a leap of blind faith, and a trust of the unknown.

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Coping with Loneliness: A Quiet Epidemic of the Senior Community

Retirement is a complex and bittersweet milestone.

This change is met by many new opportunities and time to develop personal interests. However, when the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world carries on, it’s very common for feelings of loneliness to develop. Even with a supportive network of family and friends, the solitude that accompanies some later in life can be difficult to bare.

This problem seems to be so quietly ignored that people who find themselves in this position find it difficult to seek help.

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Why We Should All Learn to Be Comfortable with Solitude

“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.”  ― Michel de Montaigne

We spend most of our days in constant contact with other people.

Technology has made us available to others at all times, so even our “alone time” is interrupted by communication from friends and family. While maintaining strong bonds with others is important for our physical and emotional health, there is also something to be gained from the ability to sit alone from time to time.

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Our Aging Market: Conference Discusses How Businesses Can Target the Right Audience

How can we create a prosperous market free of generational bias?

With the continuous development of new technology and the rapid expansion of online marketing, the business industry has taken on a level of complexity that has not been witnessed previously. Millennials are beginning to master the art of digital advertising, companies are branding themselves through social media, and businesses can directly interact with specific audiences in a way that haven’t been able to before.

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5 Reasons to Learn a New Language Later in Life

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ― Frank Smith

Learning a foreign language can seem like an intimidating task.

However, the process of learning a language is just as enriching as mastering one. Studying a language not only gets you closer to being bilingual, but has life changing benefits you might not expect. Culture is deeply embedded into language, and by exploring that, you are exposing yourself to having a more enlightened, diversified worldview.

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How Retiring at an Older Age Prolongs Your Life

The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.  -Abe Lemons

The desire for a long and happy retirement is universal.

The freedom of enjoying the simple pleasures of life after years of hard work seems to be the bright light at the end of a long tunnel. However, it is becoming more and more common to see people continuing to work past the typical retirement mark. In many cases, it’s not even financially necessary. So why are they doing this?

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The Science of Sentimentality: How Nostalgia Can Help Us

“I am suddenly consumed by nostalgia for the little girl who was me, who loved the fields and believed in God, who spent winter days home sick from school reading Nancy Drew and sucking menthol cough drops, who could keep a secret.” — Audrey Niffenegger

We all share a strange relationship with memory.

Bits and pieces of the past tend to float to the surface when we least expect it. Sometimes, they are unwanted reminders. Upon recognition, we immediately push those memories down again, locking the door behind them, wiping away the trace of dust left behind on our hands.

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Sneaky Ways to Save on Summer Travel in Paris

On our Teddycan blog, we’ve written a lot about how to save on airfare and hotels. The tricky part to budgeting a trip (especially an international one), is avoiding all of the hidden expenses you run into once you get there. Living in Paris and being virtually poor has allowed me to become, how do you say…creative? in how I manage my finances. Learn from my mistakes and you won’t have to substitute your meals for vending machine kinder bars.

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Solutions for Osteoporosis: From Mainstream Medicine to Chinese Herbal Cures

Bone mass inevitably decreases as we age, making us more susceptible to bone fractures and back pain. This is a condition known as osteoporosis, which over 10 million americans struggle with. Women are much more likely to develop osteoporosis, and having a family history also increases your likelihood. One of the biggest factors in this condition is lies in how much bone mass you had to begin with, which usually reaches its peak in your early twenties. Other risk factors include: lack of calcium and vitamin c, a high sodium intake, smoking, and an inactive lifestyle.

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Intestinal Microbiota: How Your Health Depends on Microbes

Our bodies require a healthy amount of microflora to run smoothly. This healthy bacteria is essential in digestion, nutrient absorption, mental health, and energy levels. Without a substantial amount of good bacteria, destructive bacteria flourishes and wrecks havoc on our health.

The bacterial balance in our gut can get out of whack for a few reasons: using antibiotics, consuming too much sugar or processed foods, stress, and lack of sleep. Most people don’t even realize their gut is out of balance until it is too late.

Here are some ways to ensure your gut is in good shape:

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Traveling the World through Literature: Books to Read This Spring

Passionate readers have the unique luxury of leading many lives. Whenever I am feeling a bit geographically claustrophobic, I throw myself into a good book. Whether you are too busy to travel, or on a tight budget, picking up a book is the next best thing to hopping on a plane. Here are the books I recommend reading this spring that will take you distant lands:

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The Link Between Depression and Coronary Heart Disease

Does being diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder put us at risk for developing cardiovascular disease?

Recent clinical studies have shown that there is in fact a correlation between Major Depressive Disorder and Coronary Heart Disease. Those that have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder are at a much higher risk of developing Coronary Heart Disease, accompanied by a higher mortality rate. Research has shown that 15-20% of those who experience a myocardial infarction met the criteria for having Major Depressive Disorder.

The tricky part lies in determining if one condition is a primary trigger for the other.

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Is Candida Silently Destroying Your Health?

Candida is a fungus that lives in your digestive tract, and in small amounts, does a good job of absorbing essential nutrients. Also known as yeast, candida is found in an abundance of foods we consume, such as bread, beer, wine, pretzels, and cakes.

An overgrowth of candida can have extremely insidious effects on our health that most people are completely unaware of. In fact, the symptoms of candida overgrowth mimic symptoms of other common illnesses like depression, diabetes, and irritable bowel syndrome. If left untreated, candida can wreak havoc on our immune systems, gastrointestinal system, and our mental health.

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Hypothyroidism: Managing Your Symptoms Wisely

Hypothyroidism is a condition marked by an under active thyroid, making the metabolic processes in the body extremely inefficient. Though this condition is not typically life threatening, it is accompanied by many uncomfortable and painful symptoms that can be depressing to cope with. Conventional treatment for hypothyroidism usually involves hormone therapy and/or surgery. Continue reading Hypothyroidism: Managing Your Symptoms Wisely

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Coping with Heart Disease: Prevention Tips & Alternative Medicine

At Teddycan, we believe in the importance of approaching our health from a holistic viewpoint. This means using multiple sources as a way to get the best, most well-rounded advice. We know that you know the basics, so we are eager to share some interesting, alternative advice for you.

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Living with Arthritis: How Do I Stay Active?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that is marked by pain and swelling in joints. This discomfort can make it tough to be as active as you would like. However, a little bit of exercise goes a long way, and can actually improve your symptoms greatly. So, the question is, how do you do this without making your condition worse?

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Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Spring

The best time of the year has arrived!

With spring comes plentiful opportunities, new life, and lots and lots of…yard work. After the long winter, it’s very likely your lawn vaguely resembles a scene from Dante’s Peak or Twister. If you are feeling overwhelmed, check out our helpful tricks for getting your garden pretty and primed for planting. Continue reading Tips for Preparing Your Garden for Spring

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Type 2 Diabetes: What You Need to Know

Type 2 Diabetes is a common disease which occurs when your body cannot maintain proper insulin levels. This results in  your pancreas making too much insulin, and then consequently, not having enough. Although the complications from Type 2 Diabetes can be severe, prevention and catching it early make a world of difference.

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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes at Home

If you have read our post on the basics of Type 2 Diabetes, than you are familiar with the risk factors and complications that can occur from this common disease. The most promising aspect of Type 2 Diabetes is that is entirely preventable.

These are our tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will keep you far away from Type 2 Diabetes:

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Healthy Fats That Supplement Your Diet

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Fats actually play a significant role in maintaining a healthy diet. Healthy fats, also known as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, help keep your heart healthy, support mental alertness, and play a vital role in managing your moods!

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Planning a Romantic Getaway? Try This Website First!

A Bed and Breakfast is a wonderful option for people who want a personalized, peaceful vacation! Finding the right place can be a bit more difficult than booking a hotel, but our partner Bed and Breakfast makes finding what you are looking for incredibly easy!

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The website is extremely efficient and easy to navigate. It helps you find the right accommodation for you, and provides you with a detailed background, customer reviews, and prices based on your trip dates. Even better, Bed and Breakfast ensures that you are getting the best price!

You should enjoy the process of planning something special, and we are happy to help you along the way.

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Trying to Shed a Few Pounds? Try These Healthy Habits

Trying to lose weight and get in shape can seem like a daunting, long-winded process. However, it does not have to be! If you are looking to lose weight and feel better, the best way to start is with baby steps. Here are some healthy tips that will get you feeling healthier, happier, and more productive about your overall wellbeing!

Drink water

Though it seems like a given, most people aren’t consuming enough water on a daily basis. Being dehydrated leads to water retention (making you bloat), over-eating, and fatigue. Continue reading Trying to Shed a Few Pounds? Try These Healthy Habits

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Coffee & Your Health: Friends or Foes?

We can all admit it: we just want some good justification for that second  third cup of coffee of the day.

I come to you with (mostly) good news.

Coffee is a stimulant, meaning it speeds up our nervous system. This contributes to the invigorating energy boost it gives us- it get things going.  Continue reading Coffee & Your Health: Friends or Foes?

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How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Health: A Scientific Explanation

The word mindfulness might conjure images of meditation, yoga, and other mainstream new age trends. At a first glance, that wasn’t for me or my lifestyle. But the more I learned about mindfulness and how simple it was, my health improved dramatically!

So what is mindfulness, anyway?

Mindfulness is defined as: a mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.  Continue reading How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Health: A Scientific Explanation

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The Vitamin Guru: 5 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C

Vitamin C plays a bigger role in our health than we give it credit for. This vitamin is essential in our digestion process, it serves as a powerful antioxidant, and it is directly related to our cardiovascular health. If you are tired of forcing yourself to drink a glass of orange juice after brushing your teeth, you might be interested in these alternative foods that will also meet your vitamin C quota: Continue reading The Vitamin Guru: 5 Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C

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Exercising your Brain: 4 Free Apps to Train your Memory

Your brain is like any other muscle in your body- you have to actively use it in order for it to stay strong. There are lots of fun ways to stretch your mental muscles that won’t feel like work and that may help prevent Alzheimer’s.

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Natural Remedies Series: 4 Antidotes for Arthritis You Can Use at Home

Rheumatoid arthritis can make doing even the smallest tasks around the house unbearable. The good news is that you have natural remedies for your joint pain sitting in your own kitchen! The bad news is that… you still have to do your housework. If you have a few days before you can see your doctor, or experience short periods of soreness, check out these natural remedies: Continue reading Natural Remedies Series: 4 Antidotes for Arthritis You Can Use at Home

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Spring Travel on a Budget: Don’t Break the Bank This Year

A spring trip is a great opportunity to give yourself the energy and confidence to revive your life! However, planning the trip can be quite expensive and stressful. So before you slam your piggy bank against a brick wall or cash in your least-promising kids’ college savings, consider these affordable travel destinations that you (and your wallet) will adore:

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Honey: Sweet Relief?

 

With spring around the corner, allergies are the last thing you want to worry about. Both my sisters and my mom suffer from terrible seasonal allergies, so I began to wonder what kind of natural remedies might help them. I had heard of the common belief in using raw honey from a local hive as a home remedy to help relieve allergy symptoms, but I wanted to do some research myself to see if this was true before recommending it to my family. Continue reading Honey: Sweet Relief?

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The Path Less Traveled: Underrated Cities to Visit this Spring

With Spring right around the corner, most of us are taken over by the desire to shake off our winter boots and celebrate the warmer weather with a short trip. With so many destinations within reach, it can be a daunting task to narrow down a choice. During this busy travel period, a lot of popular destinations are crowded with college students and can quickly become loud and chaotic. Here are some beautiful, more secluded destinations for those of you that are looking to travel, but also wish take it easy and keep relaxation a priority.

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