Birth Control the Silent Killer

  Birth Control the Silent Killer Every month the pain hits me, but this is much more than physical pain. This is deep emotional pain. The kind of pain you might feel when you remember a lost loved one. Yes, I’m talking about the pain of my menstrual cycle. For me it’s severe pain. Pain from cramping. But it also

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How to Fight Age-Related Macular Degeneration

  About the Disease  Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that causes the loss of central vision. It is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans.  AMD causes damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina and the part of the eye needed for seeing objects that are

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5 Tips to Ease Back into Physical Exercise

As many of you know, I had surgery on my left ankle on October 7. Before the surgery, the surgeon told me to expect 2-8 months for recovery. At first, I felt as though the recovery was going very well. I was putting pressure on my foot and walking on it within about 4 days. Of course, it wasn’t a

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20 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

20 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar Recently I was given the opportunity to try Swanson Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother. My first thought was…what is “with Mother”. To find out, I visited the website of Swanson Health Products. “The Mother” is a natural complex of friendly bacteria, proteins, enzymes, and fiber. It gives the vinegar a cloudy appearance, but that’s

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10 Simple Ways to Prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis

I never imagined I would be writing a blog post about deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but as a recent sufferer, I wanted to let others know how to prevent them! Deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that forms in a deep vein, usually in a leg. The common symptoms of a DVT are pain and swelling in the affected

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An October to Remember

  This October will definitely be one to remember! It’s been a month full of emotions and pain. It is amazing how things can drastically change from one moment to the next. One thing is for sure, this was an October to remember! The Good!   September 25-October 2 – Mission Trip Guatemala I had the privilege of going on a mission trip

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10 Ways to Stay Mentally Sharp

10 ways to stay mentally sharp As we age, our mental sharpness ages right along with our physical bodies. Therefore, it’s important we exercise both our bodies and our brains. For some people, their bodies and minds see a gradual decline after retirement. This is because they aren’t using both in the same way. To keep healthy physically and mentally, we

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Life at 45…Middle Age?

Life at 45…Middle Age? It’s hard to believe that in just 12 short days I will hit the age of 45. Will I be considered middle-aged or did I already hit that point? What exactly is middle age? According to the US Census middle age is the time period from 45 to 64, but other online resources differ slightly. Either

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10 Natural Remedies for Depression

10 Natural Remedies for Depression People experience periods of sadness, loneliness, detachment, irritability, and other variations of moodiness at different points during their life. Depression occurs when these feelings become a consistent state of being rather than a passing mood.  Signs of depression: Difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions Fatigue and decreased energy Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and/or helplessness

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5 Health Benefits of Garlic

5 Health Benefits of Garlic Garlic is a plant that has been used throughout history because of its health and medicinal properties. It is high in a sulfur compound called Allicin, which is believed to bring most of the health benefits. Allicin is known to have antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antioxidant properties. Although there are many health benefits of garlic, I am

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