Mom’s Warning After a Common Mistake Killed Her Baby

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No parent should ever have to experience the dreaded phone call Lisa Smith got three years ago… Smith’s daughter’s babysitter had just placed 17-month-old Mia into her car seat for a nap. Shortly after, the babysitter called Smith while she was at work. “Worst call I’ve ever had in my life,â€� she said. [1,2] “’Drop…

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Baby Was Photographed with the 1,616 IVF Needles It Took To Conceive Her

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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The single most special thing we can create in this world is new life. But, what happens when the body you’ve been given doesn’t allow you to have a child of your own? Some people accept their reality, some choose adoption, and others look to other alternatives such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). And that’s…

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Mushrooms For Depression: FDA Approves Psilocybin for Clinical Trials

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

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Psilocybin is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound found in fungi. Most of us associate “Magic mushrooms” with hippie culture. But did you know that ancient rock drawings may indicate that “shrooms” were used as far back as 9000 BC?[1] Magic mushrooms are illegal and categorized as a controlled substance in the United States, however, the FDA has recently…

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A Month Before A Heart Attack, Your Body Will Warn You With These 9 Signals

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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In recent decades, scientists have realized that heart attack symptoms can be quite different for women than for men. In 2003, the journal Circulation published the findings of a multicenter study of 515 women who’d experienced a heart attack. The most frequently reported symptoms didn’t include chest pain. Instead, women reported unusual fatigue, sleep disturbances, and anxiety….

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Smoking Weed Ages Your Brain By Almost 3 Years

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Smoking cannabis ages the brain by an average of 2.8 years, according to the latest study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. This makes smoking marijuana worse for your brain than bipolar or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.[1] But given the many benefits of cannabis, there are other ways which are safer to consume the product…

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Recall! Blood Pressure Meds Contain Wrong Drug

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

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Accord Healthcare has issued a voluntary recall for a blood pressure medication because the bottles actually contain a heart failure drug due to a labeling mix-up. According to the FDA, “A 100 count bottle of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets USP 12.5 mg has been found to contain 100 Spironolactone Tablets USP 25 mg. Since the individual lot, PW05264, of…

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People with Down Syndrome Are Living Better, Longer Lives Than Ever

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

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In 1983, learning that your child has Down syndrome was incredibly sad, since life expectancy was only about 25 years old. But today, people with Down syndrome are living well into their 60’s and beyond! (1) More than ever before, families affected by Down syndrome can expect to enjoy spending a full lifetime together, thanks…

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Your Brain Doesn’t Look Like How You Think It Does

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Let’s do a 5-second experiment. Think of a color- any color at all. Now think of a tool. Got it? Odds are, you’re thinking of a red hammer right now. You just saw for yourself how your brain handles concepts and categories. For every concept that you have a word for, your brain keeps a…

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10 Reasons Why You Should Be Making Love Every Single Day

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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For many couples, it can be a challenge to set aside quality time for sex. Whether it’s because their libidos don’t match, or life’s obligations have made them too tired for anything lascivious other than a goodnight kiss, a lot of couples fall into the trap of frequently putting off sex for another night, and…

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13 Signs Of Gaslighting In Your Relationship, Beware!

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

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Gaslighting is a form of emotional abuse that’s seen in abusive relationships. It’s the act of manipulating a person by forcing them to question their thoughts, memories, and the events occurring around them. A victim of gaslighting can be pushed so far that they question their own sanity. The term “gaslightingâ€� comes from a play…

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Helpful Dogs We’re All in Awe Of

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pets

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People are great, and all, but it’s always a special treat to see a dog in an unexpected place. Whether it’s a furry friend popping their head out of a car during rush hour traffic or a loyal seeing eye dog making everyday life significantly easier and safer for its companion, we’re all for it….

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Desiccating Crops: We Are Slowly Poisoning Ourselves

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

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Spraying Roundup (an herbicide containing glyphosate) on fields just before harvesting is a practice known as desiccating crops. Yum! So the food at the grocery store that we serve to our families every day is saturated in a known carcinogenic right before we eat it?[1]  This can’t be a good thing. Glyphosate is used to…

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Goodbye Nursing Homes! The New Trend Is CoHousing With Friends

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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When we plan for our retirement years, nursing homes or living alone with a home health care aid is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind. Unfortunately, however, as much as we dread the thought, there may come a day when our family will be faced with the tough decision of whether or…

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How to Use Japanese Shiatsu Massage on Your Hands to Beat Stress

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Mental Health

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According to the American Institute of Stress, 77% of American adults regularly experience stress-induced physical symptoms, with another 73%  experiencing psychological symptoms. The big 2 causes are money and work, with 3 out of every 4 Americans experiencing stress citing one of these as their #1 gripe. For many, feeling anxious occurs with alarming regularity…

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Subtle Signs That Your Partner Is Emotionally Abusing You

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

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Anytime we embark on a new relationship, we are essentially taking a gamble. After all, we don’t really know someone until we get comfortable with them, or vice-versa… (and even then, do we still know?) No person knowingly enters into a traumatic relationship. Obviously, there are the noticeable signs when someone rubs us the wrong…

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Why People With Mental Illnesses Always Feel So Tired

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health

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Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. is living with some form of mental illness. For these people, just getting out of bed can be the hardest thing to do. Then comes the basic tasks like brushing your teeth and changing your clothes to look presentable to the outside world…all the while, you are…

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How Drawing Helps 19-Year-Old Artist, Kate Fenner, Cope with Schizophrenia

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

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Every now and then, we like shining the spotlight on the incredibly talented artists we come across like this painter-goldsmith duo who turns your kids’ drawings into unforgettable pieces of jewelry or Al Margen, whose drawings highlight the deepest and darkest aspects of society. Today, we’re turning that spotlight towards Californian Kate Fenner or, on…

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If You Want to Lose Weight, This Fat Loss Pyramid Shows What’s Most Important

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Weight Loss

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For years, conventional wisdom has said that cardio was the best exercise for weight loss. After all, running all day, every day, burns more calories, right? Well, now recent research has cast doubt on that theory. What Is The Best Way To Lose Weight? The pyramid below designed by NASM-certified personal trainer Sam Altieri shows…

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One Early Sign of Alzheimer’s That May Show Up Before Others (Not Memory Loss)

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

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When it comes to Alzheimer’s, most people probably assume that one of the first symptoms of this brain disease is memory loss. Although Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are typically characterized by a gradual (and sometimes rapid) decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills, researchers from Washing University in St. Louis may have found…

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A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days. School employees showered him with theirs

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Learn, Personal Growth + Development

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Robert Goodman, a 56-year old history teacher who has taught at Palm Beach Gardens Community High School for 23 years, one day unexpectedly learned that had stage 3 colon cancer. CNN reports that the Florida public school teacher realized he’d need at least an additional 20 sick days to accommodate his chemotherapy…days he did not have….

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Morbidly Obese Man Drops 300 lbs for Wife

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Weight Loss

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The desire to present your best self to your spouse on your wedding day is a common one among couples in love. In the ceremony, you hear the words “Til death do us part,â€� and you want that life together to continue for a very long time. So, if there’s a nagging thought in the back of your…

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Intrusive Thoughts: The Debilitating Anxiety Symptom No One Ever Talks About

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

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Over the last few years, anxiety disorders have risen to the top of America’s most common mental illness. Every single year, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), they affect 40,000,000 people aged 18 and older. [1] That’s almost 1 in every 5 people! The silver lining in all of this is…

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The Dark Side of LED Lighting

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness

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Overexploitation of electricity is one of the leading causes of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. As a result, the world is shifting toward LED light bulbs (a more energy efficient option). This shift has decreased energy requirements by 95% in comparison to the typical incandescent light bulbs. That’s good news, right? While this is terrific…

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Studies: Common Prescription Drugs Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Men’s Health, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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We wish it wasn’t the case but, unfortunately, memory loss is a hot topic. People have countless questions about brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. What really causes it? Will there ever be a cure? Are there any natural preventatives? How do my other medications that I’m taking affect my risk of such problems?…

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LCHF 101: Complete Beginner’s Guide to a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, News + Discoveries, Weight Loss

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LCHF is a relatively new term to the diet industry, but in reality, the principle is nothing new.  LCHF Diets incorporate both the Atkins and Ketogenic diets which have been around since the 1970’s and 1920’s, respectively. LCHF (low carbohydrate, high fat) Diets are extremely popular for weight loss, but additional health benefits can be…

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Signs of Iodine Deficiency That Should Never Be Ignored, from Mood Imbalances to Headaches

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

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When someone is diagnosed with goiter, it tells us that a person may be suffering from an iodine deficiency. Goiter refers to abnormal swelling of the thyroid gland due to hyperthyroidism, lack of iodine in the body causing hypothyroidism or other disorder producing enlargement of the thyroid. But you shouldn’t wait for a goiter to…

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9 Early Warning Signs of Diabetes to Never Ignore

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

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Diabetes is a silent killer. It is a chronic condition which affects the way in which body metabolizes sugar. In type 2 diabetes, the body either resists the insulin effects or does not produce enough insulin to regulate the movement of sugar into the cells. Diabetes can often creep up with symptoms many people unwittingly…

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What This ‘Divine Herb’ Does to Your Blood, Liver, and Brain

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Holy basil is known as “the queen of all herbsâ€� because of its powerful therapeutic, stress relieving and immune-boosting properties. Its botanical name is Oicimum sanctum, but it goes by many other names too, including holy basil, tulsi, Green tulsi, sacred basil and Ocimum tenuiflorum. This powerful herb has been used for 3,000 years by…

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New Research Says Anxiety Disorders And Depression Are Linked To Narcissistic Abuse

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

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Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders, but it wasn’t always a “disorder.” In fact, anxiety is an evolutionary response encoded in you that helps you detect and deal with threats. For early man, living out in the wild, anxiety kept humanity on its toes and alert to predators. In modern society, though, anxiety isn’t…

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New Research Says Magic Mushrooms Actually Turn Off Part Of The Brain That Causes Depression

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

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For thousands of years, humans have consumed psilocybin mushrooms for their psychoactive “tripping” effects. Seen primarily as a recreational drug, most people eat them for the euphoria and the visuals. But science is revealing that the humble mushroom is actually useful for more than a good time. Controlled studies have revealed that magic mushrooms can…

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10-Year-Old Girl Almost Dies After Painkiller Triggers Stevens-Johnson Syndrome

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

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We often share eye-opening stories and talk a lot about the potential side effects of many medication – especially ones that have become commonplace and are prescribed so freely. The story we’re sharing today further highlights the potentially fatal dangers of painkillers that are currently on the market. In January 2017, then-8-year-old Alexa Juckiewicz-Caspell from…

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7-Day Low-Carb Sugar Detox Meal Plan to Fight Weight Gain, Type 2 Diabetes

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Weight Loss

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Low carb diets come in many colors, flavors, and popular names! The Atkins, Ketogenic, and other low-carb-high-fat diets are all example of low carb diets. This type of diet, as stated in its name, limits the amount of carbohydrates you eat, usually to ~50g of carbohydrates per day.[1] They’re often replaced with foods that are…

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New Research Says Cannabis is Extremely Effective Against Depression and PTSD

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Mental Health

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Marijuana and the United States government have had a rocky relationship for the last 70 or so years, but now, it’s becoming clear that cannabis can actually help the very people the government has damaged through endless warfare. As many as 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans return home with Post-traumatic stress disorder, a…

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Mum Who Took Illegal Cannabis Oil to Battle Terminal Cancer Given the All-Clear

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal

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Finding out that you are medically ill can be devastating, especially if the diagnosis is fatal. That’s what happened for 52-year-old Joy Smith. Two years ago, on August of 2016, her doctors diagnosed her with an incurable stomach and bowel cancer and told Joy that she would have around six weeks left to live –…

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Chronically Ill Man Releases Audio of Hospital Staff Offering Assisted Death

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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Can you imagine having an incurable brain disorder that has left you bed-ridden, unable to feed yourself or speak properly, and limited your ability to move your arms and legs? How about being in that circumstance and only being given two options: (1) pay $1,800 a day to keep your hospital bed or (2) medically…

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4 Bedtime Drinks to Improve Sleep and Aid Weight Loss (Recipes)

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Drinks, eat, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, Weight Loss

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Do you ever have those days where you leave home only to be hit by a reality you haven’t noticed in a while? Everyone’s walking around with raccoon eyes and blank stares on their faces, looking unkempt and sluggish, seeming like they’ve kind of given up… It’s not just you who has been noticing. Just…

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Do You Have ‘Memory Thief Syndrome’? The Link Between Dementia and Hearing Loss

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

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What is Dementia? The World Health Organizing defines dementia as “a syndrome—usually of a chronic or progressive nature—in which there is a deterioration in cognitive function (i.e. the ability toprocess thought) beyond what might be expected of normal aging. It affects memory, thinking,orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgment.â€� (1) It isn’t strange that…

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How to Lose Weight Even If You Have PCOS: 8 Science-Backed Tips

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is a common hormonal disorder that affects up to 20% of pre-menopausal women. The exact cause is unknown, but an imbalance of male sex hormones (called androgens) is a big culprit. One of the most common symptoms is weight gain. In fact, 39% of women with PCOS are overweight or obese…

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Top 21 Quickest and Safest Ways to Drop 1-5 Dress Sizes

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Weight Loss

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Want to lose weight and keep it off? You’re in the right place. I’ve put together the most comprehensive list of ways to lose weight… without any “miracleâ€� potions, crazy diets or other scams you usually come across. These are all credible and scientifically accurate recommendations that you can implement right now. But before you…

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McDonald’s Salads Tainted with Cyclospora Have Sickened 286 People in 14 States

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

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One of the latest dangerous food outbreaks is that much more proof that sometimes, convenience comes at a cost! So, if you’ve eaten a supposedly health salad from a fast food restaurant in the past couple of months, please keep reading… Around mid-May, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public…

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