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Loneliness & the Risks to your Health

Added December 30, 2016, Under: Diseases, Health

Loneliness in the western world has become a major public health issue.  In the USA, it is an invisible epidemic that is said to affect sixty million Americans. While everyone feels lonely at certain times in their lives, chronic loneliness poses a serious health risk with research showing that loneliness and social isolation are as much a threat to your health as obesity and smoking. We're more connected than ever but are we feeling more alone? Social pain and loneliness are as real ...

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Does Paper Still Have a Future in Our Lives?

Added December 26, 2016, Under: Books, Environment, How To, Technology

In this digital age, it is sometimes difficult to remember that a hard copy is always the most reliable way of preserving material. Technology continually changes and updates - and one system of saving material keeps replacing an older version so that, in time, there could be no way of recalling the original archives.  The equipment required eventually becomes obsolete. It was not too long ago that we thought we were heading for a paperless society - but it has not ...

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Psoriasis, The Causes & The Triggers

Added December 24, 2016, Under: Arthritis, Health, Inflammation, Skin Conditions

It is important for everyone to know that psoriasis is not contagious in any way. But why do people develop this skin condition? While scientists continue to be baffled about exactly what causes psoriasis, they confirm that it is linked to a problem with your immune system - your body's defence against germs. If you have psoriasis, your immune system mistakenly attacks healthy skin cells, as if it were fighting an infection. Your body responds by making new skin cells every few ...

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Would You Want to Preserve Your Tattoo for Posterity?

Added December 20, 2016, Under: Environment, How To, Technology

It never ceases to amaze me how people will come up with a completely innovative idea with which to start a business - something that no one else thinks of first. The latest such idea is the "removal" of unique tattoos from someone who has died so that these can live on.  Such tattoos may have special meaning and saving these may bring comfort to other family members. Whether or not we like and/or approve of tattoos, we have to agree that ...

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Lavender Essential Oil is an Ingredient for a Simply Made Setting Spray for your Makeup

Added December 15, 2016, Under: How To, Skin Conditions

When you have taken the time and the care to apply your makeup, whether it is for work, for a special occasion or just because it always makes you feel good, it makes sense to ensure that your makeup stays intact for as long as possible before you have to remove it again at bedtime. Various activities, including exercise, can prevent your makeup staying in place while getting caught in the rain or having to endure high humidity can all affect ...

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A Revolutionary Remedy for Tremors in the Hands

Added December 12, 2016, Under: Diseases, Doctors, Technology

There has been some revolutionary brain surgery carried out in the UK where a new technique targets tremors in the hands, and elsewhere, using high-intensity sound waves. This could be very good news for sufferers of many conditions Such conditions include Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) - and essential tremor (ET) which is a brain disorder that causes uncontrollable shaking and currently affects a million people in the UK. Twenty patients with ET are now being treated with this new therapy and I have watched ...

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Why We Must Keep Our Children On The Go & Moving

Added December 9, 2016, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Parents

  We have all seen those little stories on social media setting out how children from the 50s, 60s and 70s used to have all the freedom in the world, playing outdoors all day long (when they were not at school) and how they grew up to become the generation who were so innovative and inventive. The rise in occupational therapy Unfortunately, times have changed with the New York Times reporting that over a four-year period up to 2015, the number of students in New ...

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Keep At Least One Of These Plants In Your Bedroom As A Sleeping Aid

Added December 5, 2016, Under: Environment, Health

It was not so long ago that people were discouraged from keeping plants in the bedroom at night because it was suggested that they took all the oxygen out of the air supply while giving out carbon dioxide. In fact, nurses routinely removed all the vases of flowers from their patients' nightstands every night and returned them in the morning. Was this practice an old wives tale? Now you can safely share your sleeping space with at least one of these five plants. And ...

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Pregnancy & How A Very Natural Home Birth Can Be Successfully Achieved

Added December 3, 2016, Under: Babies, Environment, How To, Parents, Pregnancy

I was delighted to read the very recent story of the birth of baby Isobel to my friend Erin and her husband who live in New Zealand. She is an apothecary  of natural health and was determined to give her baby as natural a birth as possible. She kindly agreed to my sharing her story as a guest post here... As soon as I realized I was pregnant again, I set about making sure I had the best birth team on ...

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