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How To Help Your Loved One Get Used To An In-Home Care Provider

Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are working a job and have children, you likely don’t have time to try to take care of an elderly relative. You might not have the time to make sure that they are eating well-rounded meals, are able to bathe and go to the bathroom easily, and are able to get dressed and go outside. This can put a significant mental toll on your because you might feel very guilty about this. One way to make sure that your loved one gets the care that he or she needs and to lessen your guilt is to hire an in-home care provider from a company specializing in providing personal care services. This person will be able to assist your loved in all activities of daily living. However, your loved one might not take kindly to having a stranger in his or her home. Here are some tips for making the transition smoother. 1. Stay With Your Loved One During the First Day of Having the In-Home Care Provider It might seem counterintuitive to hire an in-home care provider and stay with your loved one, but you might want to do this in order to show your loved one that you are comfortable with the provider and that he or she should be as well. It will also likely help your loved one feel much safer if you are with him or her when the provider is first introduced because it provides them with a safety net. Finally, staying with your loved one will show that you care and are not simply handing him or her off to a care provider. 2. Have Your Loved One Make a List of Particular Details He or She Wants to Have Happen When you first talk to the in-home care provider, you are going to want to make sure that he or she knows the specifics of how your loved one likes things to be done. If your loved one prefers a made bed, the provider should know this. When you are going over all of these details, make sure that your loved one is there in order to clarify any points and feel involved in the decision-making process. 3. Create a Life Line Finally, give your loved one a personal phone number at which they can reach you if they want to talk about their provider or just want support. This will further decrease any feelings of abandonment and help your loved feel more comfortable knowing that he or she can talk to you at any time if need be. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in providing personal care...

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What To Do If You Suspect You Have Asbestos In Your Home

Posted by on Sep 9, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you’re planning on renovating your home and it is several decades old, you should be alert to the presence of asbestos. Asbestos was once widely used in home construction. It is now linked to various health problems, such as mesothelioma, so it is not used as much now. If your home is old, it could be in your floor tiles, siding, or ceiling tiles. Here are a few tips for dealing with it. Get An Asbestos Inspection Before you go ripping up your old floors, get an asbestos inspection from a certified contractor. This is very important, even though you may think it is an unwanted expense. You definitely want to know if asbestos is present so you can protect yourself when working with it. In fact, if the inspector finds asbestos in your home, you’ll have to let a contractor remove it rather than do it yourself. Your family will probably need to leave the premises for a while so you don’t breathe any asbestos fibers that are released into the air. How To Avoid Expensive Removal Asbestos is only dangerous when it is damaged, since that’s when it can release fibers into the air. An inspector will help you determine if the building materials have to be removed, or if they can stay and be covered up. For example, if you have old asbestos tiles on your floor, you may be able to safely cover them with another flooring material as long as they are not damaged. This saves a lot of money when compared to hiring a certified asbestos removal company to come in and remove the tiles and dispose of them properly. Let A Professional Remove Damaged Asbestos If the building material is crumbling or cracked, you may have to remove it. You may also want it out of your home for better peace of mind, even if the asbestos is still intact. Asbestos removal requires professionals who use safety equipment. The workers protect themselves with breathing respirators and full-body suits. They use techniques such as negative pressure that keeps the fibers from floating in the air. The material may be soaked with water first, since wet fibers are less likely to float up and spread around your home. The very nature of breaking up the asbestos and removing it poses a danger. For this reason, it isn’t wise to attempt to do it yourself. To keep your home and family safe, you want trained professionals to handle the job. Once the asbestos is out of your home, you can continue with your DIY renovations. Visit websites like for more information about asbestos...

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3 Options For Non-Narcotic Pain Managment For Chronic Pain

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you suffer from chronic pain, effective pain management can be very challenging. It is often difficult to effectively treat your pain without developing a dependency on powerful narcotic pain medications. Unfortunately, current statistics list that up to 5% of people that use narcotics for as little as a year develop an addiction to them and therefore, it is a good idea to consider the non-narcotic pain management options that can help you. It will also be helpful to remember that narcotics are also known as opioids. Consider Anti-depressants For Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia Or Musculoskeletal Pain One of the newer ideas for pain management in patients that suffer from chronic pain is the use of anti-depressants. Specifically, tricyclic antidepressants are a drug of choice that work by targeting some of the chemicals in your brain. As they change the chemicals in your brain, your pain level is likely to decrease as well and you do not need to be depressed to benefit from their use. It is important to note that the use of anti-depressants can be combined with other pain management techniques to provide better results. Ask About Oral Steroids If You Suffer From Back Pain About 100 million people suffer from varying types of chronic pain each year in the United States and approximately 27% of those people have back pain. For adults under the age of 45, back pain is the most common reason to qualify for disability. Steroids have strong anti-inflammatory properties and you may be able to kick-start a plan to manage your pain with up to two weeks using them. Long-term use is rarely recommended since there are many negative side effects associated with steroids if they are taken for long. Since antidepressants often take some time to begin working, due to their need to build up in your system, it is frequently helpful to consider combining the two for a brief period of time. Muscle Relaxants For Early Pain And To Relieve Muscle Spasms If you suffer from muscle spasms or your chronic pain has only recently come under the care of a physician, a first step frequently includes muscle relaxants. Their name relates closely to their function, as they literally allow injured or spasms muscles to relax. Although they can be combined with other medications, they also provide a sedating effect, so it is crucial to take them only as your physician orders. Do not expect to drive, operate heavy machinery or participate in normal daily activities while taking them, until you know how you react to them. In conclusion, non-narcotic pain management is often an effective option that does not present with the dangerous risks of dependency and addiction that narcotics do. If you suffer from chronic pain, be sure to discuss appropriate choices with your primary physician or a pain management specialist (such as one from Potter’s House Apothecary, Inc), to provide yourself with a better quality of life....

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3 Facts About The History Of Dental Implants That May Ease Your Worries About Getting Yours

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you are considering dental implants or have already scheduled a procedure, then you may have worries running through your mind about the procedure, and that is completely normal. It may help ease your mind to hear a few facts about the history of dental implants and just how long this “new” technology has been around to be mastered.  1. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry Was Started Many Decades Ago The fact that the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, or AAID, was formed in 1951 just may shock you. While many people today think of dental implants as new technology, implant dentistry has been around for over 60 years. Of course, techniques and materials used in implant dentistry have changed immensely over the years. The fact that implants have been studied and perfected over such a long period of time may make you feel a bit more secure about the fact that dental professionals really know what they are doing after having so long to perfect implant dentistry.  2. Osseointegration of Implant Posts Was Discovered in 1952 Just a year after the AAID was formed, osseointegration of implant posts was invented. A dental researcher was simply experimenting to see how jawbone healed, and he realized that a titanium cylinder he had placed in a jaw had become irremovable, like the jaw had accepted it as its own.  This is why titanium is still used in dental implants today, and if that one experiment had been performed with different type of metal or material, then modern titanium-post dental implants may never had been invented.  3. Bone Grafting Has Been Around for Centuries Bone grafting sometimes has to be performed before a dental implant is placed if there is not enough natural bone left to hold onto the new dental implant. For many people getting implants, this can seem like the scariest part of the procedure. Bone grafting is actually nowhere near a new thing, and it was believed to have first been performed in the 1600s.  Back then, the grafting may have been performed by taking bone from an animal, but as grafting evolved, it was soon discovered that transplanting bone from one part of a person’s body to another part (like their jaw) was a better idea. This is called autografting, and has successfully been performed and mastered over the last couple of centuries.  So, if your implant surgeon decides you need a bone graft before implant placement, remember that bone grafting has been being perfected for centuries and is nothing to be afraid of.  While dental implants are thought of as “new technology” it is really only the specific materials and techniques that are relatively new. You have nothing to worry about with today’s dental implant technology. For more information about implants, visit Peter J. Kaufman,...

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Recovering From Total Ankle Replacement Surgery

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Arthritis in your ankle joints can make it painful to walk. An orthopedic surgeon will be replacing your ankle with an artificial joint to give you back pain-free mobility. Here is what to expect while you recover from this common joint replacement procedure. Damaged Bone is Replaced with Metal and Plastic During the surgery, your doctor removes portions of the tibia, your lower leg bone, and the talus, the bone to which the tibia connects in your ankle. Arthritis has worn down the cartilage between these two bones, causing the pain and inflammation in your ankle. An artificial ankle joint made of metal and plastic components that fit together, are inserted into the tibia and talus. This gives your ankle a smooth surface on which to walk again. The artificial joint is held in place in the bone with a special glue until the body can form its own attachments from the bone to the metal parts. Your recovery will progress slowly as the ligaments, tendons and muscles that hold your ankle heal fully. Watching for Infection is the First Step Once you get home from the hospital, you’ll spend a few days resting while your body recovers from the surgery and anesthesia. This gives the tissues in your foot affected by the surgery a chance to heal. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to monitor your ankle for signs of infection. Some of the signs of infection include: redness and swelling over the surgical site pain when pressing on the incision drainage from the incision If you should spot one or more of these signs, contact your doctor immediately so they can start you on antibiotics. Passive Physical Therapy to Regain Mobility After a few days of rest and healing, your doctor will prescribe physical therapy. The therapist will move your ankle through its natural range of motion to stretch the muscles. This gives you back the flexibility you need in your ankle to walk normally with your ankle in the proper alignment. The therapist will show you exercises that you can do at home to stretch those ankle muscles. You will also be able to slowly put weight on your ankles as you walk with crutches. Active Physical Therapy to Regain Strength After a few days of stretching your ankle muscles, the physical therapist will begin working with you to strengthen the muscles. This is important because the muscles, tendons and ligaments in your ankle hold the joint together and give you stability when you walk. You may also walk on a treadmill to practice bending your foot and ankle more while walking. During this period of therapy, you need to set your pace with the physical therapist. Stay within your limits and don’t push yourself beyond them or you risk injuring your ankle. At this point, damage to the tissues in your ankle could require another surgery to repair. Slow and steady progress is important when recovering from ankle surgery. You’ll be eager to get back on your feet and walk without pain. But don’t let impatience derail your recovery. For more information on joint replacement, contact a professional like Richmond Orthopedic Associate...

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3 Natural Acne Treatments

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Acne is a problem for adolescents and adults alike. Fortunately, because acne plagues the lives of so many people, there are a variety of acne treatments out there. When it comes to acne treatments, there are a lot of prescription and over-the-counter creams and pills you can use to fight your blemishes. While they work well for many people, creams and ointments also include a wide range of chemicals, and oral medications have many unpleasant side effects attached to them. For those who do not want to deal with side effects or harsh chemicals, the natural acne treatment route is a good way to go. Listed below are three natural acne treatments that are just as effective, if not better, than prescription and over-the-counter remedies. 1. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a very common skin care product that unblocks pores and has antibacterial properties; it has also been shown to be as effective as benzoyl peroxide (a common ingredient in many acne creams and gels). Just make sure that you dilute it first! Tea tree oil by itself can be too harsh on skin, so create a solution of one part tea tree oil and nine parts water, then apply that solution gently to your skin after washing.  2. Baking Soda: Baking soda has a multitude of uses. Not only does it exfoliate the skin and dry up excess oil, but it also fights off fungus and works as an antiseptic. Either use it by creating a face mask made of equal parts baking soda and water, or make a face scrub by mixing 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/8 cup water. Both options will rejuvenate your skin and leave it feeling cleaner and smoother.  3. Acupuncture: This last treatment might seem a bit extreme, but acupuncture (the act of placing hair-thin needles into specific points in the skin) is very effective in treating hormone imbalances, which have been known to be the culprit behind many people’s acne. Acupuncture reduces inflammation and improves the health of the whole body. When combined with herbal medicine, it has been known to be even more effective.  Persistent acne is not only painful and unsightly, it can cause a variety of psychological problems for sufferers as well, from low self esteem to depression. Nobody should have to suffer with acne with the plethora of treatments available today. Give these three natural remedies a try and start seeing results today, without resorting to using strange chemicals or dealing with dangerous side...

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7 Questions Answered About Obgyns And Midwives

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Whether you’re having your first baby or fifth, choosing the right medical provider is key to a healthy pregnancy. Understanding your options is a must-do before you make any decision. The two top traditional choices are an OB/GYN and a certified nurse midwife. What are the training differences for an OB/GYN and a midwife? An obstetrician (gynecologist) is a medical doctor who has graduated from an accredited medical school and completed at least four years of residency training in the specialty. A certified nurse midwife (or CNM) must have a bachelor’s degree, graduate education in midwifery and pass a certification exam, according to the American College of Nurse-Midwives. In addition, a CNM must also be a registered nurse (RN). Do OB/GYNs and CNMs deliver babies in different places? Sometimes. Most medical doctors do deliveries in hospitals. CNMs also work in hospitals, providing gynecology services and delivering babies. Midwives also may provide home delivery services or work in birthing centers. What happens in the event of a C-section? You need a licensed doctor, such as an OB/GYN, for a C-section. A cesarean section is a surgical procedure. Midwives are not trained or certified as surgeons. If you have already chosen a midwife and you need emergency surgery, a doctor will be called in for the procedure. Depending on your situation, you may still be able to receive after care from your CNM. What is a lay midwife? A lay midwife is someone who has informal training and no license or certification. Unlike a certified midwife, the lay midwife does not necessarily have an advanced degree. The amount of training and professional knowledge that these midwives have varies greatly. Be wary of anyone without a certification, credential or license from a national association or organization or a “midwife” with no university-level education. Do OB/GYNs and certified nurse midwives offer different services? In many cases, both types of professional provides the same or similar services. Both offer prenatal health exams, delivery/birthing care and follow-up/post-delivery care. What about continuing care? After you’ve had your baby, are through the post-partum period and are ready to return to your routine yearly gynecological care, who do you see? Both the OB/GYN and nurse midwife offer continuing gynecological services. These include regular checkups, screenings, problem care and family planning/birth control. Do insurance plans pay more for one type of medical professional over another? Not necessarily. The answer to this question depends on what type of insurance you have and their policies. Most plans do pay for certified nurse midwives, but few pay for the lay version. For more information, contact The Ob-Gyn Group or a similar...

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Can Certain Foods Improve Vaginal Dryness?

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you experience pain, burning, or itching during sex, vaginal dryness may be to blame. This is a condition where the vagina doesn’t produce enough natural lubrication, leading to an increased amount of uncomfortable friction during penetrative sex. While there are a number of medications and lotions that can fix this issue, tweaking your diet may also help. Here are a few foods that may help combat vaginal dryness. The Cause of Vaginal Dryness To grasp how a dietary change can improve vaginal dryness, it’s important to understand the underlying cause of the condition. Vaginal dryness primarily occurs because of a reduction in estrogen levels. This hormone induces the production of a clear fluid that moisturizes the inner and outer tissues of the vagina. This fluid is also responsible for ensuring the skin remains thick and elastic. Unfortunately, when estrogen levels drop, the production of this necessary fluid also decreases. In addition to causing dryness, the lack of this fluid causes vaginal atrophy where the walls of the vagina become thinner and less elastic. There are a number of things that can cause someone to produce less estrogen including: Menopause Hysterectomy Childbirth Breastfeeding Medication used to treat endometriosis and uterine fibroids Certain cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy In some women, vaginal dryness may not be caused by lack of estrogen but by other factors issues as douching and having an autoimmune disorder called Sjogren’s syndrome. In this situation, you would need to use other methods to increase vaginal moisture. Foods that May Help Certain foods contain small amounts of estrogen (or estrogen-like hormones) and nutrients that promote good vaginal health. Adding a few of these to your diet may increase the amount of moisture your body naturally produces, which can help alleviate the dryness you’re experiencing. Flaxseed Flaxseed is mostly well known for the omega-3 fatty acids it contains, substances that help balance hormone levels, among other benefits. However, this seed also contains phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). While it’s believed the plant uses this substance as a defense mechanism, phytoestrogens mimic the effects of estrogen in the human body. Therefore, eating a small amount of this food each day may increase your estrogen levels and help combat vaginal dryness. It’s available at most retail stores and can be eaten as is or added to other foods such as cereals, yogurt, and salads. Soy Products Soy products are made using a legume called a soybean. This bean contains substances called isoflavones, which have the same effect as phytoestrogens on the body. The bean also contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which can help stabilize hormone production, as noted previously. You can eat soybeans as is or consume any of their derivative products such as milk and cheese to get the benefit. Be aware, though, there is an ongoing controversy centered on whether or not consuming soy increases a person’s risk of getting breast cancer. Foods Rich in Vitamin E Vitamin E is a natural skin moisturizer that works internally and externally. It’s an antioxidant that improves skin hydration and helps with cellular regeneration. You can get vitamin E from a number of foods including tofu, spinach, almonds, sunflower seeds, avocados, and shellfish. However, moisturizing the vaginal area using oil from vitamin E capsules may also help. If changing...

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3 Tips To Help Your Kids Take Better Care Of Their Teeth

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Adults know that caring for their teeth is essential, but conveying this message to children can be a challenge. Although baby teeth are not permanent, teaching your children to care for these teeth will establish healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Healthy oral hygiene habits established in childhood can help to prevent more serious dental problems in the future. Here are three tips you can use to help you kids learn to keep their teeth healthy. 1. Let your kids use a water flosser instead of traditional string floss. The best way to remove plaque from the crevices between teeth is by flossing. Unfortunately, teaching young children to use string floss correctly can be especially challenging. Since their small hands aren’t as nimble as an adult’s hands, it can be hard for kids to maneuver string floss correctly. By making the choice to let your children use a water flosser instead, you make flossing more exciting. Teaching your kids to properly use a waster flosser will ensure that their teeth remain as healthy as possible. 2. Buy a fun timer to help your kids learn how long they need to brush. Getting your kids to brush their teeth each day is a chore, and ensuring that they brush for an adequate amount of time can be a challenge. Dental professionals agree that children need to brush for at least 2 minutes twice per day. By introducing a whimsical timer into your child’s dental hygiene routine, you can help your young one learn to brush for the full two minutes. Look for timers that are manually operated, since your kids will enjoy turning the knob to set the timer themselves. Something as simple as adding a timer to your children’s daily brushing routine could help them establish better dental habits for the future. 3. Buy flavored mouthwash for your children. While brushing and flossing can remove much of the plaque from your children’s teeth, introducing mouthwash to their daily dental routine could be beneficial. Mouthwash is an easy way to swish away any food particles missed during brushing or flossing, and it can help kill off the bacteria that causes your children to have bad breath. Be sure to look for a mouthwash that is specially formulated for children, since these products usually come in flavors (like bubblegum or grape) that your kids will enjoy. Helping your kids establish better dental hygiene habits doesn’t have to be difficult. By introducing a water flosser, timer, and flavored mouthwash to your family’s daily routine, you can help your kids take better care of their teeth now, and help them learn habits that will prevent serious dental damage in the future. For more information, talk to a dental practice like North Phoenix Pediatric...

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5 Common Headache Triggers

Posted by on May 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Headaches can range from mild to excruciating, and they are never fun to deal with. Most people have occasional headaches, but for some people, regular headaches are a part of life. If you suffer from headaches on a regular basis, it may be helpful to figure out what your headache triggers are so you can remedy the situation. Some of the most popular headache triggers include: Dehydration Your body is made up of a lot of water, so it is very important to to stay well-hydrated by consuming the appropriate amount of water each day. But it is easy to get distracted or busy and forget to guzzle down glasses of water. One of the biggest signals that your body will send you when you are dehydrated is a throbbing headache. The next time you get a headache, try immediately drinking a bottle of water. If drinking water helps get rid of the pain, you may be able to stave off your regular headaches by making it a point to drink more water every day. Weather Changes Many people do not realize it, but changes in the weather can actually trigger headaches in some people. The most common weather situations that cause headaches are a rise in humidity, a rise in temperature, or a rise in atmospheric pressure due to stormy weather. While you obviously cannot control the weather, paying attention to your local forecast can help you prepare and make sure that you have a pain reliever on hand. Low Blood Sugar The human body needs balance to operate properly, so if your blood sugar level is low, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including headaches. The key to keeping your blood sugar at the right level is to eat several small meals during the day and have healthy snacks as needed. Try not to skip meals, as this can cause your blood sugar to plummet.  Hormones If you are a woman, you may notice that your headaches worsen during different parts of your menstrual cycle. These headaches can be attributed to the drastic drop in hormone levels around the beginning of your period. The best thing you can do during this time of month is drink a lot of water, eat healthy foods, and use a pain reliever. Your Posture The way you carry yourself while walking, or how you sit at a desk or when working on a computer, may directly contribute to headaches. Hunching forward can put a lot of pressure on the muscles in your neck, back, and shoulders, which can result in a dreaded tension headache. Pay attention to your posture when you are upright, and sit up straight when working on the computer. If necessary, don’t hesitate to seek treatment for your headaches from an experienced...

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Mineral Water: Could It Help Stave Off Osteoporosis?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you’ve followed your doctor’s instructions for osteoporosis prevention and you still want to do more to keep your skeleton safe, you may have an interesting new option: drinking mineral water. Unlike some stronger supplements, you can’t make yourself sick drinking mineral water, and the benefits it has to offer may surprise you. What Is Mineral Water? While the term mineral water may be colloquially used to refer to any carbonated or bottled water, it actually has a specific meaning where the FDA is concerned. In order for a product to be labeled mineral water, it must be sources from a genuine, protected underground spring. That means companies can’t use a mineral water label to fool you into drinking trumped up tap water. Additionally, nothing may be added to mineral water before it’s bottled except carbonation, so companies wishing to use the term must deliver water to you exactly as it’s found in nature. How Can Minerals Strengthen Your Bones? The minerals you’ll find in a bottle of spring water are vital for hundreds of reactions in your body, and this includes strengthening and maintaining your bones. Here are common minerals found in this water which can also promote bone health: Potassium: This mineral is a popular solution for preventing muscle cramps, but scientists now believe it can also help prevent osteoporosis by neutralizing the acids that cause bones to break down. Calcium: The building material for all bones. Since osteoporosis results in a loss of bone mass faster than your body can replace it, increasing your calcium intake can help rebuild your bones more quickly. Building strong bones before you develop osteoporosis can also help to stave it off. Magnesium: If calcium is a building material for bones, magnesium is the building permit. It stimulates production of calcitonin, a hormone that encourages bone growth and discourages the body from reabsorbing bone mass.  The best part about mineral water is that it delivers these minerals together, preventing you from going out of balance. Too much calcium without magnesium, for example, might give you a magnesium deficiency as it gets used up in adding calcium to the bones. With mineral water, this risk is negated. What’s The Catch? Mineral water does have one downside when it comes to bone health: sodium. In people who consume a high-calcium diet, sodium can prevent the body from using the calcium, instead passing it uselessly and allowing your bones to deteriorate. Fortunately, not all brands of mineral water are high in sodium, and most mineral water companies will inform you of the mineral balance in your water, allowing you to shop for low-sodium varieties. Low-sodium mineral water is harmless at worst and can offer some seriously health benefits at best. If you’re worried about developing osteoporosis, consider adding a few bottles to your grocery list. You can get it from many sources, including Nature’s Energy. Years form now, your skeleton will thank...

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