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November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month

November is not only the month that will kick off the holiday season, but it is also National Diabetes Awareness Month. In fact, next Wednesday, November 14, is World Diabetes Day. What better time to review a little about the disease itself and the toll it can take on your health! Remind me again – what is the difference between Type I and Type 2 Diabetes? Type 1 (Juvenile): Type I diabetes occurs when the body fails to make insulin so that cells cannot absorb sugar (glucose), which is needed to produce energy. Early onset Type 1 diabetes is often considered a...

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Why Keeping a Gratitude Journal is Helpful

Why Keeping a Gratitude Journal is Helpful

Traditionally, the last two months of the year are those during which we begin to reflect on the events that have transpired during the year that will soon come to a close. Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away, and families that are fortunate enough to be able to come together for dinner will, more than likely, ask those at the table to answer a simple question: “for what are you grateful?” The answer might seem trivial or profound to those who hear it, but for each of us, gratitude is very personal. Why Wait for Thanksgiving? Just as...

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The Best and Worst Candy for your Teeth

The Best and Worst Candy for your Teeth

Trick or Treat! It is nearly time for children (and the adults who still feel like kids 😊) to don their cutest, scariest, most princess-like, superhero or original costumes and head out to their neighbors’ houses for Trick-or-Treating. Perhaps they are attending parties at school or at another community center. Regardless, Halloween has been called a “dentist’s dream” because of the massive amounts of candy consumed on October 31 and the few days thereafter…and the resultant tooth decay that can occur. FUN FACT: Americans purchase over 600 million pounds of candy for Halloween and spend in excess of approximately $4 billion...

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How to Sew a Button

How to Sew a Button

OK, gentlemen—we know you have been there. You are getting ready for work or school or a date and…pop! One of the buttons on your favorite shirt or jacket comes off. Now, not to be overly old-fashioned, but how many of you would be able to tackle this daunting repair job if your mom or wife or girlfriend isn’t around? You would probably rather tackle a job with a power tool than with a needle and thread. But there you are, all alone, button in one hand and garment in the other. Tailors and sailors know what to do! If you...

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What to Look for in a Toothpaste

What to Look for in a Toothpaste

Did you ever walk through the oral hygiene aisle at the drug store and wonder why there are so many different types and brands of toothpaste? Needless to say, the manufacturers of this universally sold product know that virtually everyone needs it on a daily basis, but why so many choices? Paste or gel? Solid or striped? Whitening or plain? Expensive or economical? How do you choose? Be an educated consumer First and foremost, check with your dentist about any recommendations he or she might make for your specific needs. You may need something that addresses gum issues, for example....

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