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This past week media, both mainstream and social has been focusing on the death of Robin Williams. The morbid side of our curiosity seeks out to find all of the details of this tragic event. We scour the web looking for details, but why? Robin Williams was one of the most talented entertainers that our current generations had the opportunity to embrace. The first time I remember seeing him was when he appeared in a guest appearance on Happy Days. From there he went on to his own sitcom, several successful movies and a career that entertained us for over forty years.    Those in the entertainment industry live a very difficult life. We expect so much more from them, yet they like us face the same every day pressures as every one of us face. But they have an added pressure...
August 16, 2014
Planning your child's yearly physical? Not sure what to expect? Roy Benaroch, MD, a general pediatrician who practices near Atlanta, Georgia, is in the business of telling parents exactly what they need to know when it comes to their child's health and wellness. This father of three shares the following advice to keep parents informed and prepared as they begin to schedule and attend start-of-school checkups. >>First, and most important of all, go to the visit. You’d be surprised how often children are brought by a cousin or aunt or sitter. Sometimes they bring a list of questions from Mom—but what kind of a way is that to communicate? Even better: If both parents have questions, both of you should try to go to the physical. I like meeting both parents. And...
August 14, 2014
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Last week, I decided to undertake an incline interval workout routine during which I voluntarily jogged, sprinted, and butt-kicked my way up and down the virtual hills of a treadmill every morning, Monday through Friday. Which brings me to my apology: I’m sorry that this post is a bit belated; I was too busy nursing my legs back to the amount of strength it takes to hobble to my computer. Wondering why I decided to run incline intervals five days in a row? For starters, I get easily motivated sitting at a desk all day. I’m bombarded with fitness stuff all day, from my twitter feed to press releases, and I get this mid-morning itch to move. I’ll see a new squat variation or a unique circuit combo and just have to try it, and it just so happened that last week I felt...
August 13, 2014
  Stephanie Lusi, a licensed cosmetologist at Rejuvenation Day Spa & Salon in Myrtle Beach, SC, shares her thoughts on her discovery of derma e natural skincare products. I went to Sally’s Beauty Supply yesterday to pick up some waxing materials for work and saw that they had a $.99 grab bag. Normally I don’t buy any haircare or skincare products from Sally’s because I use TIGI (which is a color and product line I get straight from my TIGI distributor), and I use skincare products that I get from South Korea--but, I figured a $.99 grab bag is a really cute, fun idea so I picked one up. In my grab bag were 3 skincare products: >>derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub >>derma e Firming Moisturizer with DMAE, Alpha Lipoic and C-Ester >...
August 05, 2014
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Although I went a little piercing and tattoo-happy in my college days, I’ve never been a huge fan of needles. I cannot watch needles puncturing my skin because I WILL get ill and I WILL pass out. Why would I consider acupuncture then, you ask? First of all, I’m all about alternative forms of medicine. I don’t particularly enjoy having to ingest prescribed medications full of manmade chemicals. Lately I’ve been a lot more aware of what I choose to put inside my body, and at the ripe old age of 24, my body needs a little more TLC than in previous years. I want to go on record as saying my acupuncture experience was my least frightening encounter with needles ever. Lying on my stomach without the opportunity to see the needles didn’t hurt, but the needles...
July 25, 2014
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Growing up, I was always a physical kid. I lived in the middle of the woods on a lake in central Minnesota, where the nearest town with more than 1,000 people was 20 miles away. Needless to say, I had to make my own fun, which wasn’t very difficult considering I had ample amounts of nature’s playground to work with. My brother and I would swim and waterski; we would play baseball and volleyball, and ride our bikes around our yard. I also grew up dancing—enjoying many hours of practice each week for more than 14 years. Through all of that activity, though, I never gave any serious thought to running. I dreaded—dreaded—the mile-run in phy-ed class, huffing and puffing all the way around the track. Then, I went to college. I was done dancing and...
July 02, 2014
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Brace yourselves: We’re taking a trip back to Vegas. Mentally, anyway. Prior to my two-week visit this last April, I researched a handful of gyms to see which could offer a trial membership or a weekly pass for a reasonable rate, or if any allowed existing members—i.e., my girlfriend Kat, with whom I stayed for my entire trip—to bring along a buddy. The results of my research proved to be less than pleasing. The lowest price for a weekly membership still clocked in at $40—more than I pay for my current gym dues for the entire month. It’s kind of hard to justify spending that much for temporary gym access when my girlfriend’s neighborhood offers an abundance of free pavement and hills. Not to mention the natural resistance factors: wind, heat, other...
July 01, 2014
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Last week’s Supreme Court ruling allowing POM Wonderful to sue beverage giant Coca-Cola is certainly a score for the natural products marketplace.  Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said during oral arguments in April that he found the labeling of a Coca-Cola product called “Pomegranate Blueberry Flavored Blend of Five Juices”  misleading, and last Thursday he wrote for a unanimous Supreme Court that the company can be sued for it. For those who are not familiar with how the case has progressed so far, here is a quick summary: In 2008, POM Wonderful took Coca-Cola to court over its Minute Maid brand “Pomegranate Blueberry” flavored juice. POM  sued Coke under the Lanham Act. According to the lawsuit, Coca-Cola engaged in false...
June 20, 2014
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I guess you could say I’m obsessed with books. Not the seemingly ubiquitous e-books and e-readers and anything else e­-related. Like, actual books. The ones with crisp pages that you hold delicately in your hands and maybe (probably) smell. Case in point: One glance at my kitchen and you’ll find, in a space that I suppose was meant to be a bar, a makeshift bookshelf. That’s right, folks. All books, no booze. You’ll find fiction novels, nonfiction essays, poetry anthologies, short story collections, various law books, the AP Style Guide from 2009—but you know what you won’t find? Cookbooks. On the makeshift bookshelf in my kitchen, you will not find cookbooks. Considering that if I had to pick one food to live on for the rest of time it would be...
June 02, 2014
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A few years ago, a friend of mine decided to grow his own produce in a grand backyard garden that he built using simple, but purposeful, tools and his own two hands. He grew an abundance of different vegetables like tomatoes, assorted greens, carrots, peas, peppers—among many others. I looked forward to harvest, and enjoyed many deliciously fresh meals that offered flavors indescribable compared to those made with store-bought counterparts. Going even further back in time, I can remember my mom’s herb garden on the side of our house where she grew chives, basil, parsley, mint, etc. Every time I would walk by, I’d alternate which leaves I would grab to taste. There was really nothing quite like enjoying the fruits of your own (or your mother’s, or your friend...
May 30, 2014