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1207, 2017

Major Risk Factors For Mental Health Issues

By |July 12th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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Mental health problems can be serious and debilitating. While they’re often classed as ‘invisible illnesses’ since you can’t see how a person is feeling just by looking at them, they can be just as problematic (sometimes more so) than physical illness. Depression, anxiety, OCD, schizophrenia, eating disorders and much more are afflictions that can completely rule an individual’s life. Here are some of the risk factors for mental health disorders to be aware of.

Genetics

Genetics generally play a role when it comes to mental health issues, as our genetics predispose us to certain afflictions. This means we have the potential to develop some illnesses inside us already, but often they have to be ‘set off’ by a stressor in the environment. Some people are just a little predisposed meaning that it takes a lot for their symptoms to start (and many can avoid getting mentally ill completely). For others, it will only take something small to trigger it. Since none of us knows for sure how we’re likely to be affected, it’s important to live well and trying to reduce the following:

Chronic Stress

Most of us deal with stress at one time or another. Driving tests, exams, competitions- they’re all likely to make us feel nervous and anxious. However in most people, when the stressors have been sorted, and things go back to normal, your mood does too. However, if you live a very stressful lifestyle, perhaps you have a high-pressure job, you’re caring for a sick loved one or you live in poverty, you might find yourself in a constant state of stress. Not only is this terribly bad for your physical health, but can also cause the onset of mental health issues too.

Traumatic Life Events

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1207, 2017

4 Ways To Care For Your Teeth (Without Using A Toothbrush)

By |July 12th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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If we asked you for the best ways to care for your teeth, you would probably come up with some of the more common methods, such as brushing your teeth regularly, using mouthwash, and visiting the dentist. However, there are other ways you can care for your teeth, and some of them might not have ever crossed your mind.

Eat foods containing magnesium

Many of us believe calcium is the main factor in strengthening our teeth in the fight against decay, and that is why we usually drink more milk. However, it is magnesium that provides the hard enamel our teeth need to prevent decay.

So, while eating foods rich in calcium will help your teeth, don’t disregard anything containing magnesium, such as green, leafy vegetables and cereal grains. Alternatively, supplements will also help, such as Caruso’s magnesium tablets. You still need to brush your teeth and floss after eating any food, no matter how good they are for your teeth, but you don’t want to miss out on the vital nutrients healthier foods offer.

Use a chewstick

Chew sticks don’t require toothpaste, and studies have suggested they are a worthy alternative to the traditional toothbrush. Also known as teeth cleaning twigs, they are naturally sourced from a range of medicinal trees and bushes, and are common across many African and Asian cultures.

Chew sticks have become a proven way to prevent tooth decay, cavities and gum disease while keeping your breath smelling fresh. Of course, many of us don’t have access to the trees that source the sticks, but they are easily available online. By chewing the roots of the stick, you are also strengthening the roots of your teeth. They can also be used to brush your teeth as […]

1007, 2017

Why Life On Campus Rocks

By |July 10th, 2017|Education, XPC|0 Comments

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Despite the rising costs, more and more high school graduates are making the decision to become college students, to keep learning and give themselves the best chance at a better future. It is awesome to read about and we often reflect on our own time there. Of course, deciding on which college isn’t the easiest of decisions to make and one of the biggest factors in their decision is whether to commute to and fro or stay on campus.

Look, they both have their ups and downs, their pros and cons, and everyone is different. However, if life lets you, then we can’t recommend speaking to some local movers and making the transition into campus life. Yes, it is terrifying and daunting and a giant leap into the deep end, but there are so many awesome positives to be had from living on campus, and here are just some of them.

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Freedom

For so many people, this is their first taste of freedom, like real freedom, living on their own and cooking their own meals and doing their washing. Of course, freedom can quite easily go to your head and you can end up eating pizza for breakfast and partying hard. But living on your own is a great way to find out who you are and discovering what balance you enjoy in your life.

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Friends

When you live on campus, you tend to go out of your way to meet people like you, people that you can call your family away from your family. Hallways, class, societies, bus routes; people are everywhere and with each new person you meet, you learn more about life from a new perspective. It is totally enlightening. What’s more, […]

1007, 2017

Now Is The Time For City Drivers To Ditch Fuel Cars

By |July 10th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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Drivers of fuel cars in cities look like they could be doomed if they don’t convert soon. Here are just some of the reasons why electric cars are the best investment for the future for those living in the city.

Fuel driving is constantly becoming more expensive

Whilst gas station prices may be plateauing, city dwellers may have other driving charges to soon contend with. The likes of London already have plans to introduce the first Ultra low emissions zone (to be referred to as the ‘Ulez’) by 2021. Drivers of polluting vehicles will be charged extra to enter this zone depending on their vehicle type. This is on top of the already existing congestion charge, which could make commutes to and from London an expense to far for many. For now this could only be London, but how many other cities will follow suit?

Green driving is constantly becoming cheaper and more convenient

Many perks already exist to electric car drivers across the world. These include free parking and charging stations in cities such as Amsterdam. The likes of London meanwhile have allowed electric cars to use bus lanes, whilst Californian cities are allowing electric vehicles to use HOV lanes. On top of all this, some countries are introducing grants to businesses allowing them to purchase electric cars or help with electric car repairs. All this is making owning an electric car much more attractive to the average city driver.

The range of electric vehicles is more diverse than ever before

Sites such as bintellielectricvehicles.com show the range of electric vehicles now available. Whilst before buyers were limited to small and squat car designs, you can now buy anything from an electric scooter to an electric SUV depending, allowing […]

807, 2017

Menopause 101

By |July 8th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

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The word menopause tends to concern both genders more than it probably warrants.

For women, it’s not a pleasant idea. It’s the signifier of the end of their fertility; the ceasing of a biological clock they may have been listening to for years now. If they have already had children, that’s unlikely to be too much of an issue – but if they are childless, it can be difficult to handle. Then there’s the very real physical symptoms of menopause, from the hot flashes that every woman is told to expect right through the higher risk of illnesses such as osteoporosis and joint and muscle pain.

For men, the idea of their spouse or Mom going through menopause is pretty terrifying as well. For years, pop culture has depicted menopausal women as rampaging, hormonal horrors that anyone with any sense will flee from as soon as they can.

So, given the fact that there’s pretty much no one who would shrug their shoulders at the idea of menopause, maybe it’s time to get some facts.

What Is Menopause?

The natural cessation of the reproductive cycle for a woman. Every woman is born with a limited number of eggs. When supplies are exhausted through years of periods, menopause is the result. A woman who has gone through menopause is no longer able to have children by natural means. The average age a woman goes through menopause is 51 years, but anything after the age of 40 is considered standard.

What Are The Symptoms Of Menopause?

Hot flashes, lethargy, and irritability – but don’t worry, there’s no need for the woman to turn into a hormone bomb that is constantly exploding. Sure, there might be some mood changes, but nothing that is any more […]

407, 2017

How To End Your Relationship With Debt

By |July 4th, 2017|Financial, XPC|0 Comments

Adulthood is almost synonymous with debt nowadays, especially if you’ve gone to college. Even when you think you have everything in place to start paying off your loans, life is rarely so predictable; accidents, unforeseen job situations, and increased expenses can all hinder your efforts to get out of debt. Worse still, they may get you into even more debt because you’ve had to borrow more money to stay on top of your bills.  Living with debt can be stressful, but there are ways you can bring it down to a manageable level, and eventually end your long-term relationship for good.

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Set A Budget

One of the first things you have to do to get out of debt is to make a vow to stop borrowing money. The only way you can do that is to set a strict budget that allows you to live within your means. In addition to not applying for new credit cards and not going on vacations you can’t afford, there are many ways you can reduce your spending on a monthly basis.

Reduce your bills

If your energy bills are the biggest expense in your household, the easiest way to start saving on this is to make your home environmentally friendly.  Start by switching to energy efficient LED bulbs, unplugging all appliances you’re not using, and insulating your home so you don’t need to turn up your thermostat as much. Doing these small things can reduce your energy consumption, saving you money on your bills each month and helping the environment.

Shop smarter

The best thing you can do to keep your food bills low is to find ways to reduce the amount of waste you throw away each week. Fortunately, there are several […]

407, 2017

Small Lifestyle Changes that Will Have a Hugely Beneficial Impact on Your Health

By |July 4th, 2017|Health, XPC|0 Comments

When it comes to health, fitness, and wellbeing, most of us make the huge mistake of thinking that things have to be all or nothing. It’s not surprising. Glossy magazine covers are plastered with intense detoxes, diets and exercise regimes. Online articles make out that so much as looking at a cake is essentially an act of unforgivable sin. When we pass the gym, we look in on individuals who appear to have been born in the facilities and spent everyday bench pressing our whole body weight. So, it’s not surprising that many of us opt for the option of “nothing”. We don’t have the time, energy or cash flow to go all out with our health and fitness, so why do anything at all? We might as well kick back on the sofa after work with a takeaway and fizzy drinks, right? Wrong. Health and fitness don’t have to always work in extremes. Believe it or not, you can make tiny changes to your everyday routines and still see beneficial effects down the line. Even if you do succumb to that chocolate eclair you’ve been eyeing up. Here a few little lifestyle changes that can make all the difference to your general wellbeing.

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Monitor Your Alcohol Consumption

It’s time to review your drinking habits. Keep a check on your consumption, even if you think that it’s relatively low. A huge problem when it comes to alcohol is binge drinking. Many people will feel that they consume alcohol responsibly and in a healthy manner because they don’t touch a drop for most of the month. However, if you have a huge blow out on one weekend, this can be more detrimental to your overall health than […]

407, 2017

Is Your Driving As Safe As It Could Be?

By |July 4th, 2017|Editorial, XPC|0 Comments

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We all like to think we’re safe and competent behind the wheel- but let’s face it, everyone has some bad habit or another. We might get away with doing these things for years, but you never know when you’re going to get caught out and end up in an incident as a result. Driving is incredibly dangerous, not only is it’s yours and your passenger’s lives in your hands, but pedestrians and other road users too. You have a responsibility to keep others safe, and that means ensuring your driving and your car is a safe as possible. Here are a few things to bear in mind.

Do Regular Vehicle Checks

Don’t just wait for your car’s warning lights to come on- or worse, to break down entirely before doing checks on your car. You should regularly be topping up the fluids, checking all of the bulbs work and the tread on the tyres. If anything sounds off or doesn’t feel right, get it to the garage as a matter of urgency. If your car fails and you cause an incident due to neglect it will be seen as your fault. Go for a full service at least once a year. They will be able to spot any potential problems so you can get them sorted before you break down or cause further damage to the car.

Upgrade Your Car

While there’s nothing wrong with older models, especially from a cost point of view (since a newer car is unavailable to many due to the price). However if you have the means to upgrade, it’s well worth considering. Newer cars have better safety and driving features. Not only helping you to avoid a crash but meaning if you […]

2906, 2017

Free Download of FAKE NEWS to Celebrate Independence Day

By |June 29th, 2017|FakeNews|0 Comments

We are making the book FAKE NEWS available for a free Kindle download from June 30 thru July 4th.
It can be downloaded through Amazon. – Paperback also available for $9.95.
From the back cover:
In a War of Words, Kerry Wood arms you with insight – as the battles over hearts and minds continue in a war as old as mankind; propaganda (fake news) versus the truth.

From the fake news regarding life on the moon by one of the world’s largest newspapers to coordinated fake news scares on subjects like Y2K and Ebola, most will be disturbed by at how far the Mainstream Media has gone.

You will be armed with facts like: The New York Times started the Climate Change scare more than a century ago, in 1895!

Many people have been reaching beyond the Mainstream Media, to an alternative press. As a result, the alternative press is growing, with new entities coming online every year. Can Limbaugh, Hannity, Beck, Breitbart, and others, continue to replace the Mainstream Media?
Excerpts from the Introduction:
What is fake news?

The MSM wants you to believe that “fake news” is just made-up stories on the web pretending to be news.  That is certainly fake news, but that’s not the focus here.  For the purposes of this book, we are focusing on the MSM. I have no appreciation for people who write fake stories on the web or anywhere. I’ve even been the target of completely fake garbage perpetuated by a couple of soulless cowards on the web and I still have a greater dislike for the MSM for their constant drumbeat of degradation where our country is concerned.

Fake news is not just the reporting of false information.

Often, it is taking a small, relatively meaningless […]

2906, 2017

What Are The Pros and Cons of a Career in Property?

By |June 29th, 2017|Business, XPC|0 Comments

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There are so many jobs and career opportunities surrounding property. Whether you’re involved in buying and selling, renting, helping people find their dream home or even from another angle such as construction or architecture there are plenty of different routes to consider. As with any job there are always going to be pros and cons, here are just a few relating to the property industry.

Pros: Helping People Find Their Dream Home

Buying a home is probably the biggest purchase most people will ever make in their lives. It’s such an important decision, and being able to help clients and be a part of that is a rewarding element of the job as a realtor. If you’re in the business of flipping houses or construction, you get to be the one that takes an old, run down house and transform it into a dream home. Even as a landlord you’re giving people the chance to live in a fantastic home, even if it’s only on a rented basis.

Cons: The Legal Side

Maybe you’re a landlord who has ended up with nightmare tenants, or perhaps you’re a lawyer who is going through an ongoing legal battle with clients regarding property. While there are financing options for attorneys, in this case, the legal side of things can be time-consuming, frustrating and expensive. There are a lots of different laws and procedures that have to be followed when it comes to property, and when things don’t run smoothly, it can cause a headache for everyone involved.

Pros: Great Money

Property in general gives plenty of opportunities to earn good money. Whether you’re a landlord, buying properties to sell on, work in real estate or in property law, you have a flexible […]