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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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How To Make Eco-Friendly Wet Wipes & Other Suggestions

Added September 21, 2019, Under: Children's Health, Environment, How To

In spite of their obvious convenience, many people have been turned off commercial wet wipes because of their threat to the environment. We have written about how wet wipes are causing watery waste havoc.  Once reserved for babies, now adults and children are using wipes in their millions – leading to massive sewer problems in the western world. Experts say that mislabeling is to blame.  Although often labeled as flushable wipes, this is far from true. Wet wipes are designed to stay wet ...

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Is Oniomania a Modern-Day Problem for You?

Added September 16, 2019, Under: Health

There is a new word around - and that is Oniomania - and it means suffering from a shopping addiction or compulsive buying. Most of us like to do a bit of shopping from time to time and that is perfectly natural. But for some, a bit of shopping can turn into a much more frequent occurrence, even becoming an obsession. The age of online shopping is not helping this compulsion If you do become a compulsive shopper, think how easy it becomes when ...

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Improve Bone Density, Strength & Balance with Weight Lifting

Added September 9, 2019, Under: Diseases, Exercise, How To

The slow and controlled lifting of weights will increase bone density and make your muscles stronger. Studies have shown that strength training over a period of time can prevent bone loss - and even help to build new bone. Yes, weight training for osteoporosis, not just walking or doing aerobics, but lifting weights can help protect the bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures. The advice is to try and do regular weight training on three days a week but not on consecutive days - obviously to give your body a chance to rest ...

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What You Eat Can Affect Your Arthritis Symptoms & Even Reverse Them

Added September 7, 2019, Under: Arthritis, How To, Inflammation, Nutrition

Millions of people suffer from arthritis - and the word arthritis means inflammation in the joints. There is a common misconception that if you use your joints too much and work them too hard over your lifetime, you will wear them out. But apparently there is no evidence showing that using your joints causes them to wear out more quickly. Do not believe the wear and tear myth! In fact, you need to keep them moving and active.  To exercise regularly, to walk for ...

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How Climate Changes Can Affect Those Arthritis Symptoms

Added September 4, 2019, Under: Arthritis, Environment

No one wants to suffer from arthritis and joint pain but changes in the weather can be a constant contributing factor to those arthritis symptoms that can affect so many. And it is not just during a special time of the year. Different climate changes at different times of the year can be the cause of joint pain flare up whether  it is cold, it is raining or the weather is humid. There are 4 categories of climate changes Low barometric pressure is ...

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