IBS, Childbirth and the Recliner

I figure that after working eight hours a day, sleeping eight hours a night, (yeah, I know in reality that isn’t what happens, but these are MY statistics) and the most of the other eight hours either driving the kids somewhere, running errands, cooking, cleaning, watching TV, or being on the computer, the average person…

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How to Have a Personal Breakthrough

I’ve been having what’s technically referred to as “a heck of a time” at work. My job has repeatedly driven me to the brink over the past several months. I would have sworn to you yesterday that there was no hope of redeeming the situation. But I had a personal breakthrough this morning–I simply can’t…

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Ice or Heat? What to Use, When, on Strains and Pains

“Ice it” is a refrain heard from the practice rooms of Dancing with the Stars to the neighborhood soccer field. But actual proof that icing eases the pain of sprains or other bumps and bangs has been lacking. That hole in the evidence has been filled in recent years by rehab experts who’ve hit the…

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How Too Many Emails Can Cause Your Brain To Explode

The sympathetic nervous system, otherwise know as the fight or flight response, arose to protect us during more primitive times. Think for a moment about a stone age hunter who always needed to be on alert to avoid being killed by a lion. The fight or flight system was effective in helping the ancient human…

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If You Drink More Water, Will You Lose Weight?

Could carrying around a bottle of water, like the grown-up version of a sippy cup, make you slimmer? A study done in Berlin and another more recently by some of the same researchers claim that downing 16 ounces of H2O a day boosts metabolism by 24% to 30%. Impressive? You bet. But before you buy…

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How Your Pet Is Keeping You Healthy

There are many reasons why people own pets. They’re adorable, cuddly, and they can even warn you when someone is at your door. But it also happens to be that your pet can improve your physical and emotional health. A growing body of research suggests that owning pets can relieve stress, ease depression, and help…

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Is Overeating Like a Drug Addiction?

We are bombarded by images of food everywhere we turn. Television ads, billboards, and creative product packaging are constantly telling us we’re hungry. For many, these images flash by without registering a second thought. But what if your brain is hardwired to see food as a reward? A study published in the Journal of Neuroscience…

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Allergies: Paba Free Sunscreen Options

PABA or Para-Aminobenzoic Acid was one of the earliest ingredients used in sunscreens, but now, due to its high number of reported reactions, which include contact dermatitis, a tendency to stain clothing, or a burning sensation when applied to the skin; it is rarely used in sunscreens anymore. People with allergies to PABA may also…

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How to tell if you are Losing Fat or Water Weight

A few years ago, when carbs were the minion in the kitchen, one of my cousins went on the Atkins diet. Within the first month, she lost over 30 pounds. After three months a grand total of 50 pounds were off of her. Less than a year after she started the diet, she put all…

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Do You Need a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist?

Takeaways: Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe psychotropic drugs as part of treatment. Psychologists cannot prescribe drugs and work in more general areas of how people interact. Both the Psychiatrist and Psychologist have the same undergraduate university training. Do you need a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist ? The answer to that questions lies in…

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