Why a Florida Woman Put Her Dad with Alzheimer’s on a One-Way Flight to Denver

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Alzheimer’s disease is devastating. This and other types of dementia can take both physical and emotional tolls on the affected individual as well as their family and friends. When family members experience something like Alzheimer’s, it is crucial that we show them empathy. However, 80-year-old victim of Alzheimer’s Jerry Ellingsen was shown none, an ongoing…

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The Heartwarming, Seven-Decade Love Story of Preble and Isabell Staver

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In an age of fleeting relationships and no-commitment “datingâ€� apps, hearing a true love story is like a big breath of fresh air. Preble Staver was born on October 17, 1921 and Isabell Whitney on October 31 of the same year. While the future lovebirds were studying in Philadelphia, they ended up meeting on a…

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Lady Gaga Shines a Light on Fibromyalgia: “Chronic Pain Is No Joke”

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How has fibromyalgia affected one of the best-selling musical artists of the 21st century? In “Gaga: Five Foot Two,â€� a documentary released on Netflix this month, Lady Gaga describes the pain that’s characterized her life with fibromyalgia for the past half-decade. “I have chased this pain for five years,â€� Gaga said. “I can still be me, and…

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Signs of Anxiety in Children: Emotional, Behavioral, Physical, and How to Help

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Anxiety doesn’t discriminate. It’s a nervous disorder that plagues adults as well as children. But do you know what one major difference is between the two? Compared to children, adults can better express how they feel. Even when children do complain of things like upset stomachs or headaches, anxiety disorder probably isn’t the first thing…

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Kyrstyn Johnson: An Open Letter to Parents About Infant and Pregnancy Loss

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In life, sometimes the hardest and heartbreaking stories are the ones we need to tell. They’re the ones that are raw, make us vulnerable, and lead us down the paths we fear most. But they are the stories and experiences that can be followed by immense growth. This is one of those stories… Kyrstyn Johnson…

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Brain Inflammation May Hold Key for Fibromyalgia Sufferers, Study Says

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Fibromyalgia is a condition that is associated with widespread chronic pain and tender points all over the body. The pain can be in a specific area or move to different areas throughout the body. It also occurs in people of all ages, including children. Pain can range from mild to severe to debilitating, in addition…

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Study: Eating Chocolate and Drinking Red Wine Could Help Prevent Aging

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Since the beginning, The Hearty Soul has shared the many health benefits of consuming dark chocolate and red wine. Chances are you know that these benefits come from a natural chemical compound called resveratrol. However, today we’re going to talk about something slightly different that may be able to slow down or reverse the aging process!…

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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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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

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

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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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How to Tell the Subtle Differences Between Laziness and Depression

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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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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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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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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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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

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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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New research says singing daily reduces stress, clears sinuses, and helps you live longer

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Music makes everything better! It can relieve pain, reduces stress, makes you work harder, and helps you relax. Music is one of life’s most beautiful gifts. To quote Jimi Hendrix: Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music. One of the best ways…

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You Can Get PTSD By Staying in an Emotionally Abusive Relationship

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Recognizing the signs When thinking about abuse, physical abuse may come to mind first. But abuse can come in many forms. Emotional abuse is just as serious as physical abuse and often precedes it. Sometimes they happen together. If you’re wondering whether it’s happening to you, here are some of the signs: yelling name-calling spewing insults or…

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The Benefits of CBD for People with Insomnia and Other Sleep Disorders

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If you are someone who struggles with sleep, has struggle with sleep, and continues to struggle with sleep… nothing – I repeat, nothing – fills you with envy more than listening to someone talk about the unbelievably soothing slumber they had the night before. The reason sleep loss is about so much more than bags…

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New Study Links Cured Meats to Insomnia, Mental Disorders

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Currently, the paleo diet is a very popular diet trend. I’ve noticed more bone broths, collagens and a wide range of jerky-type snacks at numerous grocers. For many, grabbing a jerky stick is a quick nutritious protein-dense snack, and the varieties available have come a long way since the original Slim Jim brand I remember…

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Mushrooms For Depression: FDA Approves Psilocybin for Clinical Trials

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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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13 Signs Of Gaslighting In Your Relationship, Beware!

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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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10 Signs You Grew Up Chronically Lonely

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It’s pretty common to feel isolated in adulthood- long-distance friendships are basically the norm and everyone’s so busy, it’s hard to connect. But children can be lonely too, even if they’re not actually alone. Here are the some of the subtle signs of a lonely kid: Signs of a Lonely Kid 1. Incessant Talking Kids…

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

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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

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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

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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

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

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

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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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Studies: Common Prescription Drugs Linked to Increased Dementia Risk

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

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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

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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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8 Signs You May Be Depressed and Why

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Everyone goes through highs and lows at various times in life. There are often bumps in the road along the way which throw us off and cause emotional upset. How do we know if we are experiencing temporary sadness, or if it’s a deeper issue like depression? What is Depression? Depression is a widespread, but…

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New Research Says Cannabis is Extremely Effective Against Depression and PTSD

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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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Chronically Ill Man Releases Audio of Hospital Staff Offering Assisted Death

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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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