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Looking back you may ask yourself, when did it start.  Was it the week we switched from Day Light Savings time or was it when your schedule ran amuck with holiday plans, parties, and craziness?  You probably can't pinpoint it but you know somewhere along in there you started hitting the snooze alarm at least once, you needed that second cup of joe to get you going in the morning and you had to push yourself twice as hard to get your exercise program completed for the day.  So is it just the...

It is that time of year again... the time when we take a moment to reflect on 2010 and what we want to change for 2011.  The number one New Year's resolution is to loose weight.  Gym memberships go up significantly in January only to dwindle by March 1.  Exercise equipment sales are highest in December and January only to see that same equipment become coat hangers and dust collectors by March.  Why is this?  We can help.

As you prepare to set your New Year Resolutions may we suggest...

In the December 2, 2010 issue of Science Daily an article entitled, "Fountain Of Youth In Your Muscles?" caught my attention.  How could it not?  Aren't we all looking for the Fountain Of Youth?  According to this article a recent study that was done at Tel Aviv University's Sackler School of Medicine, found that "endurance exercise" like a jog along one of our many trails, or a spin class at your favorite gym is the key to unlocking the stem cells of your muscles. 

Why do they...

This time of year there are so many lovely aromas.  The freshness of evergreen boughs, the delicious and welcoming scents of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg coming from warmed cider, the alluring smells of home baked cookies and the heavier scent of wood burning in the fireplace.  Each of these aromas has the ability to bring back memories, make your mouth water, or even help you to relax and breath deeper.  This fascinating effect is called aromatherapy. 

The roots of Aromatherapy...

We all know that brushing our teeth twice a day is important for a healthy mouth.  But did you know that a study published earlier this year shows that people who brush twice a day are 70%, yes you read that correctly, less likely to develop heart disease than those that didn't?  Good oral hygiene is also connected to a decrease in systemic inflammation which is linked to so many diseases. 

There are seven common symptoms that your dentist, and yourself, should be looking for in...

From cosmetics to cleaning products to diapers, we live in a world of wonderful scents that might be making us sick, even when those fragrances come from products that claim to be organic, natural and pure. In an analysis of 25 of the most commonly used scented products — including ones labeled “organic,” “natural” or “non-toxic” — scientists at the Univerity of Washington identified at least 133 chemicals wafting off of them.  Each product emitting an average of 17 chemicals each.  A...

Washing your hands, these days, may not be all it is cracked up to be.  In fact, it could be dangerous, or at the least bad for your health, if you choose to use one of the multitude of antibacterial products on the market.  As recently as seven years ago there were only a few dozen antibacterial products on the market being promoted for home usage.  Currently, according to the CDC, there are over 700 products on the market.  And that raises some alarming concerns.

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Your eyes are your window to the world, so protecting them is a top priority. One of the best ways to keep your eyes healthy as you age is with nutritional eye friendly foods.   Your mother may have told you to eat your carrots so you can see clearly at night.  But carrots are far from the only foods to keep your eyes healthy.

Egg Yolks -   Egg Yolks are high in lutein, a yellow hued antioxidant.  It is known for its ability to protect against cataracts and macular...

The American coffee market gives us the title of  "Largest Consumer" of coffee in the world. On average, we consume 450 million cups of coffee per day, which adds up to over 150 billion cups consumed in one year! In order to satisfy this need for caffeine, the USA imports a third of the world’s coffee.

The most expensive coffee beans in the world come from Indonesia but the bulk of coffee beans come from Brazil.  Brazil provides approximately 30 - 40...

Research has shown that smiling can reduce stress levels in a persons body.  But what if you don't feel like smiling?  There is good news....approximately 50% of a person's ability to feel happiness ( and therefore feel like smiling) depends on their biological make up or natural disposition.  The other interesting statistic coming out of this research is that 10% of feeling happy is dependant on a person's circumstances.  A whopping 40% was determined by their intention to be happy and...

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