The Map You Grew Up with Is a Lie, This Is What the World Really Looks Like

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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The world is not quite what it seems. Most of the maps you see day-to-day are based on Mercator projection. Designed almost 450 years ago, even Google Maps used a variant of this projection until just a few months ago. However, as you can see below, it’s surprisingly bad at accurately reflecting the true size of…

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If You Have These 10+ Characteristics, You Belong to the World’s Rarest Personality Type

Pierre Van ZylLearn, Personal Growth + Development

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What do Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Morgan Freeman, Martin Luther King, and Nicole Kidman have in common? They’re all INFJ’s! The string of letters, INFJ, might not mean much to you, but together, they represent an unusual combination of personality traits. So unusual, in fact, that only about 1 or 2% of the world’s population is…

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Richard Pringle: The 10 Most Important Things I’ve Learned Since Losing My Son

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, parenting, Personal Growth + Development

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Parents… your children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for knowing that you cherished them. [1] Parents around the world share this sentiment and yet, it’s still so easy to get caught up in life’s trivialities. Deadlines, chores, work, extracurricular activities… all the things that parents allow to take the…

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What to Do if No One RSVP’s for Your Child’s Birthday Party

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries, parenting

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Imagine preparing 32 handmade goodie bags for your child to hand out to their classmates, each containing an invitation to their sixth birthday party, getting 15 RSVPs and then, on the day of the party, one whole hour in, no one shows up… That’s what happened to 6-year-old Teddy at his first ever birthday party…

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Is Shrimp Healthy? Everything You Need to Know About Shrimp Nutrition

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Under the sea, under the sea, darling it’s better down where it’s wetter, take it from me. As true as that may be for the water-dwellers, Americans prefer seafood on their plates. Over the last couple of decades, shrimp has become the most widely consumed seafood in the United States (along with canned tuna and…

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Aortic Dissection Killed John Ritter…What His Widow Wants Everyone to Know About the Disease

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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It’s been 15 years since actor John Ritter died suddenly at the age of 54 while rehearsing on a television production set. Remember? The famous TV star from beloved classics such as “Three’s Company” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter?” That passage of time, however, hasn’t slowed the passion or commitment his widow, actress Amy…

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Who gets to decide if you are too busy?

Pierre Van Zylboxes, discrimination, kids in training

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I talk about my kids. A lot. I mentioned them in my residency application, during my interviews, and share anecdotes at work with my attendings who have kids the same age. We share pictures, school recommendations, fun Sunday activities, etc.  All…

Kenneth Capron Wants to Buy Old Cruise Ship and Turn It into Homeless Shelter

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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Kenneth A. Capron, a man from Portland, Maine, has been floating around quite a novel idea: converting cruise ships into floating homeless shelters. Capron, the founding director of the non-profit MemoryWorks, recently applied for a $250,000 grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in order to start researching the feasibility of this idea. To start,…

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Mom Survey Finds Having Exactly 3 Kids Is the Most Stressful for Parents

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, parenting, Women’s Health

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Kids are cute, but kids are stressful! Whether you’re a parent, educator, caregiver or even camp counselor, you are no stranger to the stresses of taking care of children. Even though this stress is shared by people around the world, for some weird reason, they still find themselves comparing who is more stressed or who…

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Japanese Minimalism: 4 Videos Proving How Minimalist Japan Truly Is

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Home + Garden, Learn, Make, Mental Health, Personal Growth + Development

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Over the last few years, the minimalist movement has grown quite maximally and led people to completely rethink the way they choose to live their lives. Minimalism has even allowed hoarders to take their lives back and helped people to value relationships with family and friends again instead of material possessions. It is a trend,…

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Why Did I Start Running? {Just Run}

AngelaJust Run, run bloggers, Running, start running

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It’s another edition of Just Run, where each month a group of my running blogger friends gather with their tips, tricks and thoughts on all things running. In case you missed the previous editions: Tips for the New Runner Instagram Tips and Tricks My Worst Race Ever My Best Race Ever 5 Things I’d Hate […]

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Creamy Vegan Chick’n Rice Skillet Supper

Pierre Van Zylcashew cream, chick'n, easy, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, soy curls, student life, Vegan, weeknights

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I’m here to present you with a dish that kept me company in the final week of my first clinical rotation—seven days in which my enthusiasm for cooking was diminished by an exam, wrapping up my paperwork and responsibilities, and the process of saying goodbye to the preceptors and residents who have taught me so…

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How to Use Topical Hemp Oil for the Most Common Skin Issues

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Hemp oil is taking over the wellness world. Derived from the Cannabis sativa plant, this light, nutritious oil contains a number of beneficial substances that can improve the quality of your hair, nails, skin, and overall wellbeing. Unlike its cousin plant, hemp contains very little THC – the psychoactive chemical responsible for the “highâ€� of…

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Insects are Rapidly Disappearing Around the World, Leaving Scientists Horrified

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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We are all aware of how crucial bees are to our existence. In fact, they’re so important that even Morgan Freeman converted his 124-acre ranch into a bee sanctuary to help save the bees. But, a new report suggests that bees aren’t the only insects we should be worried about losing. Since about 1980, researchers…

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Health and Wellness Charge: What You Need to Know About This New Surcharge

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, News + Discoveries

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There are two types of people in this world – people who never ask for or keep their receipts and those who always do. Whatever side of the fence you are on, the next time someone asks if you’d like the receipt after eating out, you should say yes and look it over. Why? Because…

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Last Week’s Workouts

Angelahiking, Life, Running, Strength training for runners, Yoga

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Last week’s workouts had all of my favorites – running, yoga, strength training and hiking.  I call that a winning week! Monday Strength Training TRX plank/side plank Half kneeling cable lift Single leg deadlift Side lunge with KB shoulder press Bench step ups w/ KB Decline push up Cable flys Standing single arm low cable […]

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Finally! New Blood Test Could Catch Lung Cancer Before It’s Too Late

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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With any cancer diagnosis, the one factor that determines the entire path forward is whether it was detected early enough. This is especially poignant with lung cancer. Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women in the US, and is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. [1] Early detection…

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5 Easy Brain Hacks to Calm Anxiety Without Medications

Pierre Van ZylFitness + Yoga, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, Move, Personal Growth + Development

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Nobody is immune to anxiety, unfortunately. From time to time, we all experience that jittery feeling of overwhelming concern and worry for the future. It can be driven by various factors – genetics, life events, environment, personality, stress, burnout, you name it. However, statistics show that approximately 6.8 million adults in the US suffer from…

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New Study Finds One Probiotic That Can Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus can cause many health problems, including sepsis. Certain strains of this bacterium are resistant to antibiotics, so they are particularly dangerous. However, researchers discover that a probiotic bacterium can destroy this superbug. Researchers are now investigating the potential of a probiotic bacterium in treating MRSA infections. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) is highly resistant…

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Did You Know the Color of the Carbs You Eat Matters? This Doctor Explains Why

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Weight Loss

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Should We Avoid ‘Beige’ Carbs? Carbohydrates have previously gotten a bad reputation for spiking blood sugar, causing weight gain, and even contributing to diseases such as cancer [1]. As such, low-carb diets have been around for a while, including the ketogenic diet, which dates back to the 1920s, and the Atkins diet, which dates back…

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Complete List of the Best Foods and Essential Oils for Helping Prevent Alzheimer’s

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that can rob people of the ability to think clearly, perform everyday tasks and ultimately, remember who they even are. Because the disease is so devastating, and since previous treatments failed to come up with a cure, I’m always on the lookout for Alzheimer’s natural treatment options and Alzheimer’s news, scouring…

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Top 10 Subtle Signs of Anxiety Everyone Should Be Aware Of

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Mental Health, Personal Growth + Development

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What is anxiety? Put simply, anxiety is the incessant voice in the back of your head always reminding you that something bad will happen. However, anxiety is anything but simple. Oftentimes, people can mask their feelings of anxiousness and come across as introverted, strange, or rude. Combined with someone who either does not want to…

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How to Make Keto Chocolate Cookie Dough Fat Bombs with Coconut Oil

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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Staying in ketosis is a breeze with these chocolatey keto cookie dough fat bombs! If you love chocolate chip cookie dough, you’ll go nuts over this recipe for keto-friendly fat bombs. With just 10 minutes of prep time, you’ll have a batch of naturally sweetened treats that won’t kick you out of ketosis. These fat bombs are…

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Coconut Oil Pulling: How to Wash Away Plaque and Fight Gum Disease in 7 Days

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, News + Discoveries

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Oil pulling is an Indian health remedy that has been claimed to whiten your teeth, improve your oral hygiene, and provide other health benefits. In recent years, as natural remedies have become more widely used, coconut oil pulling has become more popular. In this article, we’re taking a look at how oil pulling works and…

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Homemade Hamburger Vegetable Soup Recipe (Vegetarian and Vegan Options)

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn, Lunch + Dinner, Make

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We love this time of year for two reasons: 1) wearing cozy knitted sweaters and 2) eating soothing, heartwarming soups! The soups are especially a favorite because they’re so fun and easy to make… Most of the time, all you have to do is throw everything in the pot and get creative with the ingredients…

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Brandi Doming’s Thai Red Curry Sweet Potato Dip

Pierre Van Zylblog friends, cookbook, cookbook review, dip, Dips, Gluten-free, No Oil, Quick & Easy, Recipes, Sides, Small Plates, snack, Snacks, Soy-free, Vegan

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Happy Thursday, everyone! Amazingly, this is the very last morning of my current clinical rotation. Putting aside the overall challenges of the DI itself—new schedule, lots of oversight, lack of privacy—my seven weeks at this site have been a wonderful learning experience, with supportive and caring dietitians as teachers. I’m still struggling to wrap my…

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Housework Woes: Simply Having a Husband Creates 7 Hours of Chores

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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Do you take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to have and to hold, to pick up after, to arrange appointments for, and to remind to turn on the dishwasher on the evening? “I do!” If marriage vows sounded like this, would women still get married? A recent study suggests that, whether they…

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Top 10 Best Holiday Pajamas On Amazon You Could Ever Ask For

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Well, everyone, is that time of year again… Green and red everything is filling the shelves in every store imaginable, Christmas songs are dancing through speakers, and you can watch all of the heartwarming holiday classics on TV every single day until January… It’s safe to say that Christmas spirit is on its way to…

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Trail Mix Bites with MegaFood® Daily Multi Powder

AngelaHealthy Living, Healthy Snacks, Life, MegaFood, Recipes, Running, Supplements

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  This is a sponsored post on behalf of MegaFood®. As a MegaBlogger, I receive compensation and products. All thoughts and opinions are my own. In our fast-paced society of convenience, it can be challenging to get all the essential nutrients we need from diet alone. I always thought that I got enough nutrients from my […]

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Butter Nutrition 101: Is Butter Bad for You or Is Butter Good for You?

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Everything is better with butter! How many times have you heard that before? People’s perceptions of butter haven’t always been positive, though. Falling under the “saturated fatsâ€� umbrella, butter has gotten a lot of flak for apparently skyrocketing cholesterol levels, clogging arteries, and increasing risk for heart disease. Between government recommendations and cardiologists’ advice and…

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Fire Safety Tips for Preventing House Fires, from the Laundry Room to the Kitchen

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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Remember when fire departments warned parents not to let their kids charge their phones or tablets on their bed or under their pillow? Well, the firefighter warning we’re sharing with you today is arguably more important – it’s about something we either always ignore or never think of… Ignorance may be bliss but when it…

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Study Shows That Spanking Leads to Long-Term Harm on Children

Pierre Van ZylLearn, Personal Growth + Development

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The appropriateness of spanking as a parental disciplinary technique arouses passionate debate. But a new meta-analysis of five decades of research suggests that, in addition to the psychological effects on children, there may be a large price to pay for the parents. Measuring the effects of spanking has proven difficult, not only because so many people…

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Don’t Ignore These 65 Signs of Abuse

Pierre Van ZylLearn, Personal Growth + Development

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Overview You probably know many of the more obvious signs of mental and emotional abuse. But when you’re in the midst of it, it can be easy to miss the persistent undercurrent of abusive behavior. Psychological abuse involves a person’s attempts to frighten, control, or isolate you. It’s in the abuser’s words and actions, as…

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