Female Empaths: 11 Reasons Why Men Cannot Handle Them

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Everyone knows an empath. Just reading those four words, there are likely one or two people who pop right into your head. One of the reasons that is, is because empaths are different than the average person. When people are different – for some reason – their lives are filled with a unique set of…

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10 Genius Ways to Outsmart Grocery Stores, Eat Healthy, and Save Money

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Remember when you were a little kid and you’d walk into a theme park and everything seemed so big? There were so many rides, so many games and so much to explore that you didn’t even know where to start. If you were to go back to that same theme park today, it may seem…

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Nutritional Psychiatry: Eat These Foods to Reduce Depression

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Have you ever had that busy week when you couldn’t even include a proper meal time in your extra-tight schedule? Those days when the best you could do was to grab a quick hamburger and fries with a large soda? Your hunger pangs were satisfied and your stomach was filled, but your mind became foggy….

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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Why Fragrance Is the New Secondhand Smoke

Pierre Van ZylCancer, DIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Make, Mental Health, News + Discoveries, Pain Management, Women’s Health

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You’ve seen it on the label of your laundry detergent. You’ve seen it on the label of your personal care products such as lotion and shampoo. You’ve seen it on the label of your dish soap, perfume, and bug spray. Simply the word “fragrance.â€� But what exactly does this word mean? And why should we…

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7 Science-Backed Herbs That Accelerate Weight Loss

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Learn, Weight Loss

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Losing weight can be an exciting journey to become healthier and happier, but it can also be depressing and challenging at times. When I gained 50 pounds from an anti-inflammatory medication I was taking for an autoimmune disease I supposedly had, I never felt more fat or more depressed. I remember standing in my walk-in…

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22 Pieces of Life Advice People Would Give to Their 20-Year-Old Selves

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Self-reflection is a healthy and necessary part of self-improvement. How can we grow as individuals and become better if we don’t learn from our past mistakes? That doesn’t mean wallow in your past and let unwelcome feelings of regret take over. However, sometimes thinking about what you would tell your younger self helps put life…

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Holiday Shopping Safety Tips: 10 Things Every Shopper Should Know

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‘Tis the season to be jolly – but not without fair warning! With one of the busiest and well-loved holidays around the corner, unfortunately, it’s a time when criminals come out of the woodwork. Crowded malls, stressed shoppers, and occupied minds make some people easy targets. Thieves love the holiday season because people can let…

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Autistic Boy Fails School Exams– Teacher Sends Him Home with Powerful Letter

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries, parenting, Personal Growth + Development

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Every parent or grandparent wants their young ones to succeed in school. From getting good grades to getting even better friends, it warms the heart when that “perfect studentâ€� flies through school with flying colors. Reality is, more often than not, students struggle a lot throughout their studies. Fortunately or unfortunately, a student’s “successâ€� usually…

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Vulvar Cancer: How One Mom’s Skin Condition Turned into a Dangerous Cancer

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Women’s Health

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Imagine going through two decades of unsuccessful doctor’s appointments and visits to specialists. It would be a miracle if you didn’t lose your mind trying to nail down what was ailing you. What would be worse is finding out years later that this mysterious problem of yours is actually an uncommon and dangerous type of…

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How the Bacteria in Our Gut Influences Our Minds

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We know the basic steps to keeping a young, healthy brain: eat healthy, exercise, and get a good night’s sleep. Our brain health may also be influenced by an unexpected source — our second brain. Within the walls of our digestive system is the gut, or the “second brain,â€� which contains bacteria that could help mold our brain…

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Why Raising Kids Without Extended Family Nearby Sucks

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If we asked 100 people for their definitions of freedom, we could very well get 100 different answers. We would wager that one of the answers would have to do with the first time you moved out to live with your partner. No kids, no fights, no worries – complete freedom. But, as you would…

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Early Signs of Cancer that Every Woman and Man Needs to Know

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Men’s Health, Women’s Health

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Cancer is a mysterious killer we still know so little about. Despite successful treatments and declining death rates in the United States, the American Cancer Society estimates that 1,735,350 people will be diagnosed with cancer by the end of 2018. (1,2) That’s approximately 4,700 cancer diagnoses every single day. Over the last two decades, a…

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Jennifer Lopez said Men Are ‘Useless’ Before 33 – and She’s Actually Not Wrong

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If you already have the best husband ever, keep reading anyway… This advice could help the hopeless romantic friend in your life who thinks they will never find love. Because according to 49-year-old singer, dancer and actress, Jennifer Lopez, that friend may just need to look for someone over a certain age. Tinder is a…

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The Exact Probiotic Strains You Should Take for Anxiety, Constipation, Eczema, Weight Loss, and 4 More

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

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In recent years, probiotics have become increasingly popular. While once an unknown ingredient for improving your health, probiotics can now be found everywhere from your favourite yogurt to a pack of gum. One of the key reasons foods and supplements containing a variety of probiotic strains has become so popular is that the health benefits…

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8 Things Everyone Needs to Know Before Taking Antidepressants

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Sadness, feeling down in the dumps, or general depression is a normal part of human emotion. Everyone experiences these feelings on occasion. Feeling depressed over a long period of time however can be an indication of something out of the ordinary. It’s estimated that over 300 million globally live with depression. It’s not just adults…

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6 Simple Stretches to Eliminate Foot and Leg Pain for Good

Pierre Van ZylFitness + Yoga, Heal, Learn, Move, Pain Management, Pain Relief

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Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and one of the most common foot conditions. It is a painful inflammatory and degenerative condition of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that connects the base of the heel bone to the toes, and whose function is to help support the arch…

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10 Natural Remedies to Soothe Chronic Pain in the Lower, Middle, and Upper Back

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I’ve had two major surgeries (knee and breast cancer), two wisdom teeth extracted, and one broken rib (mountain biking), so I’ve been given my share of prescription opioids to help with pain management. I don’t like how I feel on opioids, so I always take one dose after surgery, then drop the remainder off at…

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4 Health Benefits of Drinking Okra Water and How to Make Your Own at Home

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

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Do you like ladyfingers? No, not the delicious and light ones used in make mouth-watering Tiramisu. We’re talking about okra, the nightshade vegetable with the weird texture and finger-like appearance – but don’t judge a book by its cover! Not only is okra an excellent addition to your diet, but it’s also incredibly beneficial for…

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How to Tell the Subtle Differences Between Laziness and Depression

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Learn, Mental Health

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Every once in a while, everyone needs a lazy day. After a long work week sometimes, all you want to do is order takeout, binge-watch your favorite Netflix series, take a workout break, put off a chore or two, and finally sleep in. Doing all that is okay, but what happens when a lazy weekend…

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Marco Melgrati: 16 Illustrations Depicting the Harsh Truth About Modern Society

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Italian illustrator Marco Melgrati is currently living in Mexico City where he creates strikingly poignant art that urges us to question modern society while reflecting on our collective past. Throughout his career, Melgrati has done editorial work for international newspapers and magazines. However, his creativity has reached the online masses and resulted in quite the…

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List: Worst Laundry Detergent Brands Linked to Allergies, Cancer, and More

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

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Laundry detergent can be a lot like a rich, decadent dessert. You can smell it from down the street and it’s baked to absolute perfection. But, deep down inside, you know that those refined ingredients and cups of sugar can have both short-and-long-term effects on your health. In the same way, just because laundry detergent…

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Can Green Tea Extracts Cause Liver Damage?

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Sipping on organic green tea in the mornings is a great way to help protect your brain from dementia, encourage a healthy metabolism, and boost insulin sensitivity (1). But popping a few green tea extract pills every day is a totally different story. 50-year-old Jim McCants of Prosper, Texas learned this the hard way, and…

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3 Things Everyone Can Learn from Melissa McCarthy’s Daily Routine

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Hollywood’s landscape has shifted drastically in the last few years, especially in terms of famous actresses, one of whom is Melissa McCarthy. Not only is she being recognized for how much money she is making, but for the surprising way she conducts her day to day life. Unlike many Hollywood stars’ jam-packed schedules where it…

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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