How to Most Effectively Pick Your Battles: Fight, Flight, OR Negotiate?

We’re all given a finite amount of time in a day, and it’s up to each of us to determine how to spend it. In relationships (with kids, with a spouse, and so on), we’re faced with many conflicts every day, and you may be tempted to fight through each of these conflicts, to ensure you get your way, to prove that you’re “right,” or maybe just because you feel challenged. But most experts agree: choosing your battles wisely is a much better way of life than battling out every disagreement.

According to the late Dr. Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff … and It’s All Small Stuff, “Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that, upon closer examination, aren’t really that big a deal. We focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion.”

It’s up to us to choose to either make a big deal or simply let it go, and, according to Dr. Carlson, if you learn to choose your battles wisely, you’ll be far more effective in winning those battles that truly are important to you.

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Four Ways Sittosis “Tin Man Syndrome” is Overcome Naturally

Remember the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz? His body hadn’t been used in so long that he was stiff, inflexible and barely capable of moving … that is, until Dorothy fixed him up with a few squirts of oil.

Well, like the Tin Man, your body, too, can “rust” and get stiff if you don’t use it. This can manifest not only in your joints and muscles, but also in your internal organs. After several decades of misuse or neglect, your body may begin to manifest signs of illness or even start to shut down.

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Positive Psychology: How to Feel Happy Even if You’re in a Gloomy Place in Life

Job loss, layoffs, companies closing their doors, drops in the stock market and home foreclosures are now daily topics in the media, making it more and more difficult for Americans to uphold a positive attitude.

Surveys are showing that Americans are overwhelmed and uncertain and as a result, stress levels are on the rise. In one survey conducted by the American Psychological Association, nearly half of the 1,791 adults polled admitted to an increase in their stress levels over the past year. Additionally, more than half reported feelings of fatigue and lying awake at night due to stress and 60 percent reported feeling irritable and angry.

Another study by the American Psychological Association cited the current recession as the main stressor for eight of 10 Americans. The key to managing your stress levels while being flooded by constant reminders of a shaky economy and how it could impact your family is by applying positive psychology techniques.

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Stuffed Up Sinuses, Congestion, Headaches, Hard to Concentrate? A Natural, Ancient Solution

Americans suffer from 1 billion colds a year, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. There are also nearly 32 million cases of chronic sinusitis reported by health care providers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year.

Among the top symptoms experienced by those suffering from the 1 billion colds a year include:

  • Mucus buildup in your nose
  • Difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Swelling of your sinuses
  • Headache

For the 37 million Americans affected by sinusitis, which occurs when the lining of your sinus cavities (which are in the facial bones around your nose) become inflamed, each year, primary symptoms include..

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Four Common but Toxic Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy, Pre-Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Plus these are Good Healthy Insights for Us ALL!

While it was once thought that fetuses in the womb were largely protected from environmental chemicals, it’s now known that a woman’s exposure while pregnant has the potential to harm the developing baby.
In fact, a study sponsored by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns and found that the samples contained an average of 200 chemicals … chemicals linked to cancer, brain damage, birth defects and more.

“This is conclusive evidence that babies are being exposed to hundreds of industrial chemicals throughout pregnancy,” said Sonya Lunder, an EWG scientist, told the Associated Press. “The placenta isn’t a magic shield.”

The implications of all these chemical exposures are completely unknown, and while it’s likely impossible to eliminate all exposures (most people already have countless environmental chemicals circulating in their bloodstream), it’s a wise idea to minimize your exposure as much as possible during pregnancy and if you’re planning to become pregnant.

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Study Shows Toxic PAH Air Pollution Leads to Genetic Changes and Asthma — Starting in the Womb

heavy traffic areaWomen who live in heavy traffic areas such as the Northern Manhattan and South Bronx areas of New York City, could give birth to children with an increased risk of asthma due to what are called toxic PAH’s (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).

The finding came from a study of the umbilical cord blood from New York City children, in which researchers found a change in a gene (called ACSL3) associated with prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Most commonly, PAHs are released into the air when fossil fuels, gasoline and garbage are burned, and as such perhaps the most common route of exposure to these chemicals is by breathing contaminated air. PAHs exist in cigarette smoke, wood smoke, vehicle exhaust, diesel exhaust and asphalt roads, as well as in the air of industrial coking, coal-tar and asphalt production facilities, along with trash-incinerating facilities.

Because of this, air in urban areas may have PAH levels 10 times higher than those in rural areas.

While exposure to PAHs has previously been linked to cancer, childhood asthma, cataracts, kidney and liver damage and other diseases, the new study found the chemicals result in epigenetic changes that may disrupt the normal functioning of genes by altering their expression.

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Athlete’s Foot: How to Get Rid of This Common and Incredibly Itchy Fungal Infection

locker room athlete's footAthlete’s foot is one of the most common skin infections around, and usually attacks your feet in the dark, damp areas between your toes. Fungus, of course, love moist environments of all kinds, including showers, swimming pools and locker rooms, the latter being why this infection got the name “athlete’s foot.”

Top Symptoms of Athlete’s Foot

If you have one or several of the symptoms below, you could have athlete’s foot:

  • Itching, stinging or burning between your toes or on the soles of your feet
  • Itchy blisters
  • Cracking and peeling skin between your toes and on the soles of your feet
  • Excessively dry skin on the bottoms or sides of your feet
  • Thick, crumbly toenails that are discolored or pulling away from the nail bed

Not all skin irritations on your feet are athlete’s foot, however. Eczema, psoriasis or even a reaction to dyes or adhesives in your shoes can cause similar symptoms.

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The Pros and Cons of Being a Vegetarian: What the Experts Say

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If you disagree with one or more portions of the following article, no matter which side you’re on to start, it’s likely we have done our job opening up this topic for conversations at your next Doctor’s appointment and for us to chat.

With that we hope you agree?

More than 3 percent of U.S. adults are vegetarians, according to a study, “Vegetarianism in America,” by Vegetarian Times. Another 10 percent of adults say they largely follow a vegetarian-inclined diet, while over 5 percent say they are “definitely interested” in following a vegetarian diet in the future.

Vegetarians and vegans may live up to 10 years longer than meat-eaters, according to some experts. Others dispel this as a myth.

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Good Fats to Feel Better Vs. Fats Causing Depression and Heart Disease Why Even Skinny People Need to Know Their Fats!

donutsMany Americans are under the impression that “fats” is a four-letter word … a substance that must be shunned in your diet if you want to stay thin and avoid heart disease and other health issues. But this misguided nutritional dogma could actually be putting your health at risk, as all fats are NOT created equal — and, in fact, some fats are absolutely essential for your body to function optimally.

Repeat after us: All fat is not my enemy — and many fats are actually my friend.

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How Midlife Heart Disease, the #1 Killer, can be Avoided 

It is the size of a clenched fist, beats approximately 72 times a minute and is one of the most important organs in your body it’s the human heart. But with incredible endurance and life-sustaining responsibilities comes the likelihood for breakdowns, ranging in severity from transient to chronic and slow developing to sudden or even deadly.

And while heart disease is a widely known illness — and the leading cause of death in the United States — there are actually several different “types of heart disease” that fall under the classification of heart disease.

Heart disease, often referred to as cardiovascular disease, is defined as any condition that affects your heart. It is the number one worldwide killer of both men and women and takes approximately 2,500 American lives each day.

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