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1207, 2017

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

By |July 12th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on 4 Ways To Care For Your Teeth (Without Using A Toothbrush)


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 […]

807, 2017

Menopause 101

By |July 8th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Menopause 101


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

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

By |July 4th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Small Lifestyle Changes that Will Have a Hugely Beneficial Impact on Your Health

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 […]

2906, 2017

Funding Treatment: What Does Your Health Insurance Cover?

By |June 29th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Funding Treatment: What Does Your Health Insurance Cover?

All American people who aren’t wealthy have to purchase health insurance policies. That is an arrangement that should help to cover the cost of any medical treatments. Many people get it through their employer who might also pay into the scheme. That often assists in reducing the cost for the individual. However, there is a lot of confusion out there about the type of things that insurance covers. With that in mind, we spent some time looking at the most popular policies out there. In this article, we’re going to describe some of the ways in which people should use their health insurance. We’re also going to highlight types of treatment not covered by most deals.


The cost of hospital treatment

In most instances, health insurance will pay for many hospital treatments. However, it’s important to check the details of your policy. In some situations, the insurer will only cover the costs for the first $250,000. That means if the hospital charges more than that amount, you’d have to use your savings. Also, it’s vital to remember that costs can increase in emergency situations. You would have to pay fees for an ambulance to pick you up if you had a heart attack. You might also receive treatment without personal consent if you’re unconscious. However, your next of kin would give their approval.


The cost of medication

Medication also comes under most current health insurance policies in the United States. Some of them provide all the money while others just help to lower the price. It all comes down to the company you select and how much you pay into the scheme. When you consider that some cancer medications can cost thousands, it’s not a bad deal. […]

2706, 2017

Dealing With Grief: Ways You Can Move Through Your Pain

By |June 27th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Dealing With Grief: Ways You Can Move Through Your Pain

There are very few things that are as difficult to get through as grief. No matter who you’ve lost, you’ll start to realise over time that there are so many more things that you’re grieving for than simply the person themselves: the shared memories, the promise of the future, their other loved ones. Here are some tips on how to move through grief and get through it as whole and intact as you possibly can.

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Make It Mean Something

One of the things that’s hardest to bear about grief is how pointless and stupid death can feel, particularly if a young person has died. It’s a lot easier to come to terms with the death of someone in their eighties who’s lived a long and happy life than it is to deal with the death of a child or even a middle aged adult. One of the ways that you can try to come to terms with it is to make their death mean something, whether that means contacting a wrongful death attorney so that similar accidents will never happen again or starting a fund that will enable you to raise a lot of money for charity. Making something good out of something terrible will keep you busy and make you a little happier, while honouring the memory of your loved one.

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Take Each Day As It Comes

Some days will be okay and some days will be terrible and unfortunately there’s no way to predict which will be which. Just remember to cut yourself some slack – make yourself get out of bed and go to that coffee date with your best friend or weed your garden or eat a healthy lunch – but it’s also […]

2706, 2017

Visiting The Dentist: How To Overcome The Pain

By |June 27th, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Visiting The Dentist: How To Overcome The Pain

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Despite suffering tremendous pain, many people avoid going to the dentist because of fear. While there are home remedies and painkillers that can alleviate the agony caused by a toothache, they don’t get to the root of the problem.

Unfortunately, avoiding going to the dentist, even for a routine check-up is going to make your oral health suffer. From gum disease to tooth loss, you are putting your mouth in danger. Dentists can also spot signs of cancer, so failure to attend regularly is also putting your life at risk.

Reasons why we avoid the dentist

The issue of pain

Ironically, despite being in agony, people would rather avoid extra pain, such as from an injection into the gum or having a tooth pulled.

Having no control

Dental chairs may be relaxing to sit in, but the experience of having a dentist probing around inside your mouth isn’t. Patients can often feel helpless and overwhelmed when they are being examined.

Past experience

Sadly, there are bad dentists, and you may have had a difficult experience that led to further complication. Dentists can make mistakes, but people don’t often realize they can take out a medical malpractice claim when these errors are costly and life changing. Fortunately, these instances are rare but can be enough to put people off visiting dentists for life.

The movie ‘Marathon Man’

This 1976 movie saw Dustin Hoffman being interrogated by a crazed Laurence Olivier who gave him a dental grilling to get the required information. Once seen, never forgotten! Thankfully, dentists are there to help and not torture us, no matter what we might think.

How to overcome your fears

Bring a friend

Rather than worrying about going to the dentist alone, take somebody along with you. While they probably won’t […]

2506, 2017

Repeal Obamacare: Let’s Trust Rand Paul

By |June 25th, 2017|Editorial, Health, National|Comments Off on Repeal Obamacare: Let’s Trust Rand Paul

The only way to fix healthcare is to get government out of it! Let’s trust Rand Paul to lead the way to repeal Obamacare.

I simply don’t trust politicians as a normal starting point to repeal Obamacare or any other issue, but willing to let them earn my trust. When it comes to healthcare, it is extremely difficult to trust them to do the right thing and that difficulty is compounded by the complex structure of Obamacare as it was built in a way to prevent it from being dismantled. In order to dismantle, it will have to be done through more than one piece of legislation. I really don’t want to get into the weeds on that, but we either pass this first piece and win a round geared toward dismantling with half the votes in the budgetary process or we do it all as a full blown repeal (which would be preferable) but will then need two-thirds votes (which we will never get) in order to repeal Obamacare.

So, do we trust them (our politicians) to continue to take the right steps to unravel and dismantle rather than repeal Obamacare? Can we actually trust them to see it through? I simply can’t make that leap. I believe Senator Rand Paul has earned trust on this issue and where some of the holdouts may (or may not) be posturing, I believe he is very sincere in his efforts to do the right thing.

There also seems to be a rush to pass this because Obamacare is rapidly failing. Whenever anyone feels “rushed” to make a major purchase or major life decision, I always advise they go home and sleep on it. There is nothing wrong with taking […]

2306, 2017

Living With Osteoporosis

By |June 23rd, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Living With Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a surprisingly common condition. It’s predicting that within the next couple of decades, the amount of people with this ailment will rise into several million. Of course, you will already know if you have something like this. But, for those that do, life can be extremely hard. Dealing with broken bones and pain each day is a hard life for anyone. It doesn’t have to be this way, though. Using the right methods and techniques, it’s easy to make a life like this much more liveable. A lot of people don’t realise how much they can do. So, to help you out, this post will be going through some of the ways to make this condition much more livable.

Osteoporosis is a condition which leaves bones weak and prone to breaking. When someone has this condition, their breaks aren’t any less painful than they are for others. So, living with this can be extremely hard. In most cases, it will be a wrist, arm, or a leg which will fracture. But, when you have this condition, you have to be careful with everything. And, that’s the first tip. By thinking about the items you use in everyday life, you can often improve your chances of avoiding an issue. For example, you may wear high shoes a lot. But, with osteoporosis, this could make it very easy to break your ankle. So, it’s worth looking for other shoes. This sort of logical can be applied to most areas of life.

One of the major causes of osteoporosis is a body’s inability to either produce or use vitamin D. This vitamin enables the body to use calcium and other minerals to repair parts of the body. […]

2106, 2017

Recognizing When A Passion Has Become An Addiction

By |June 21st, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Recognizing When A Passion Has Become An Addiction

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Addiction is a hard thing to define. Most people in modern society experience addiction to some extent towards a multitude of different things. Many of us may not even realize that we’re addicts or bordering on addiction because many addictions have a relatively minimal impact on our day-to-day lives (or we and other people don’t notice the impacts).

You may be glued to your phone screen or enjoy one too many pints at your local bar. Perhaps it’s something more serious. Whatever the case, all manner of addictions at all manner of levels should be kept in check and stopped altogether in severe cases. You need to recognize when your “passion” for something has become an addiction, and here are some thoughts on overcoming it.

Decide to stop.

A good way to figure out, once and for all, the extent of your addiction and your ability to overcome it is to decide to make a change. Stop using the thing in question altogether. Stop smoking, drinking, using social media, or eating junk food. See what happens because that will reveal a lot about the state of your mind. If you find that giving up the thing is easier than you thought then your addiction may not have been severe; it might just be a smart idea to live more healthily and cut out any minor addictions which are damaging your body or your lifestyle.

Of course, if the test fails and you can’t resist going back to your drug (whether that’s a literal or a metaphorical drug) then you’ll know that you were perhaps a little more addicted to the substance or lifestyle decision than you originally thought. It’s time to wean yourself off it if that’s the […]

2106, 2017

Moving Forward With Your Career When You Have Been Involved In An Accident

By |June 21st, 2017|Health, XPC|Comments Off on Moving Forward With Your Career When You Have Been Involved In An Accident

Life can throw unexpected situations at us. That might be in our daily lives, our working environment and career, or in general with family and friends. Sometimes it’s these unexpected moments that can hurt us the most. Like being involved in an accident. Be that in the car, walking to work or in the workplace. One minute you are blissfully getting on with your day, the next your life can change forever.

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A lot of the time these incidents are not our fault, and this is where our mindset and jobs can get affected. We can wonder why me? Why did this happen? How could I have avoided this situation? Over and over again those questions will run through your mind. But the best thing you can do is work on that and come through it the other side a stronger person. A confident and inspiration that not only will help you carry on with your career but allow you to move forward and become more successful than ever. It’s making sure your mind doesn’t turn negative. So if this happens to be you, and your find yourself hurt and injured. Or just traumatised by an accident that wasn’t your fault, then here’s a simple guide to handling your career going forward.

Focus on positive thoughts

It may feel like such a struggle to focus on positivity right now, but this is the moment that you need it the most. Your mind can switch to become quite negative quicker than you will expect. It will become a habit and one that needs breaking immediately. Try and focus on the good things in your life. You may still have your health; you may still have a fabulous career. […]