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Rose Hips are a Great Source of Vitamin C

Added October 15, 2019, Under: How To, Natural remedies

At the end of the summer, and into the fall, roses left to their own devices will often develop rose hips. Rose hips have long been valued for their vitamin C and vitamin A content - they are also rich in antioxidants. Below you will find some natural remedies for the snuffles and sneezes that often come with the colder weather of the winter, using rose hips. Rose hip vinegar You can use this vinegar as a regular vinegar or to make a soothing ...

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Grow Milkweed to Help Save the Monarch Butterflies

Added October 12, 2019, Under: Environment, How To

Throughout the world, wildlife is under threat with so many species in danger of extinction. One such species under threat is the Monarch butterfly.  Their caterpillars ONLY eat milkweed with the plant providing all the nourishment the caterpillar needs to transform into the adult butterfly. But very sadly, these milkweed plants are rapidly disappearing.  They are losing their habitat because of land development and the widespread spraying of weed killer on the fields where they grow. We all need to do our best ...

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Having a Dog is Great for Heart Health, Mental Health & So Much More

Added October 11, 2019, Under: Exercise, Health, Pets

Often referred to as "man's best friend", owning a dog comes with so many health benefits - both for the dog and the human. Recent research by the University of Toronto, Canada and Mount Sinai Hospital, New York has found that, compared to non-dog owners, those with dogs in the home had a 24% reduced risk of dying in any year. Why having a dog is such a good thing! Walking your dog, and the regular exercise involved, is especially good for ...

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Is Vitamin C the Solution for Sepsis?

Added October 7, 2019, Under: Diseases, Doctors, Inflammation

A shot of vitamin C could be a life-saving solution for those patients suffering from sepsis according to researchers from Virginia Commonwealth University in the US. They have discovered that intravenous vitamin C therapy reduced death rates in septic patients from 46% ( in the placebo group) to almost 30% (in the vitamin C group). What has the vitamin C research shown? The lead researcher Dr Alpha A Fowler says: "This therapy could potentially transform the way we care for sepsis patients." He adds: ...

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Why We Need To Keep Up Our Hand Writing Skills

Added , Under: Children's Health, How To, Parents, Technology

It might be considered almost old fashioned today but handwriting remains an essential skill for both children and adults. For younger children, handwriting activates the brain more than using a key board - and this is because it involves more complex motor and cognitive skills. At the same time, handwriting contributes to reading fluency because when you write the letters, you gain a visual perception of them too. So parents, teachers - and those at the forefront of having a say at what goes ...

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How Safe Is Your Daily Cuppa?

Added September 30, 2019, Under: Environment, Health, Technology

Here in the UK, we are a nation of tea drinkers - and most of us use tea bags to make our mug of tea. And "cuppa" is the slang for a cup of tea. But how safe is our cup of tea? Should we be concerned? Researchers at McGill University in Canada have found that a single tea bag releases around 11.6 billion microplastic particles, and 3.1 billion even smaller nanoplastic particles, into that mug.  This is thousands of times higher than the amount ...

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How to Prevent & Relieve Heartburn or Acid Reflux Without Using Medication

Added , Under: Diets, Drugs, Health, How To, Natural remedies

Millions of Americans have been taking a popular heartburn drug for years.  Known as Zantac, it has now been pulled off the market. Available without a prescription and over-the-counter, this medication was used to prevent and treat heartburn and other symptoms caused by too much acid in the stomach (also known as acid indigestion or acid reflux). What are the causes and symptoms? Acid reflux is when stomach acid gets pushed up into the esophagus, which is the tube that carries food and ...

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The Problem with Plastic Straws

Added September 28, 2019, Under: Environment, Technology

Most plastics don't decompose, or biodegrade, when we get rid of them.  Sadly, plastics can stay in landfills for hundreds of years - and plastic in the ocean floats around as small pieces (called microplastics) that can poison marine life and hurt the environment. Plastic straws are little, but they are part of a huge problem. When did it become such a way of life that seemingly no one could drink anything without having to use a plastic straw to suck it up?  Is it a ...

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Therapy Pets are Dedicated To Caring for Us

Added September 24, 2019, Under: Health, Pets

While the use of dogs for the blind, the partially sighted and even disabled people is well known, it may not be so widely known that dogs and other animals are very popular as therapy pets. They help all types of vulnerable people to live a happier life. That special connection Over thousands of years, man has developed a close social bond with dogs in particular as they have learned to adapt their behaviour to man's lifestyles.   Dogs (and other pets) have been ...

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Do You Suffer from Arachnophobia?

Added September 23, 2019, Under: Diseases, Environment

Arachnophobia or the fear of spiders is the oldest and most common phobia in the Western culture.  The word Arachnophobia is derived from the Greek word 'arachne' meaning spiders. The response to spiders shown by an arachnophobic individual may seem irrational to others and often to the sufferer himself. It is such a pity that so many have this fear. Spiders have so much to give House spiders feed on common indoor pests such as clothes moths, cockroaches, earwigs, mosquitoes, flies and more, and look at why this is such a good ...

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