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Seven Places to Go if You’ve Got the Valentine’s Day Blues

    Want a change from all of the Valentine’s commercials, flowers and chocolates?  Want to get away to escape the massive bombardment of lace, love songs and cupid’s arrows? Check out these countries with unique Valentine’s Day traditions that may be more suitable to your taste! 1)  Where to Go If You’re A Guy […]

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What are YOU afraid of?

Spiders, clowns, heights, flying? What are YOU afraid of? About 1 out of every 10 Americans have had a phobia of some type. Having fear is a natural response of our brain that evolved in order for us to survive. After all, if we didn’t have fear, we could get into all types of trouble. […]

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Get me a ticket to Turmeric!

Want something that is flavorful AND is good for you?  Well turmeric, an ingredient in many delicious dishes, actually meets the ticket! It has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and shown promise in preventing and treating a number of conditions including cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and heart disease. Where is in the world is it from? Most people […]

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The Science of the Spanish Siesta

Ever wonder why shops in Spain are closed in the middle of the day?  Its known as a siesta, and guess what? Its good for you!   A siesta is a midday nap. The word is derived from the Latin term hora sexta meaning the “6th hour from sunrise.”   The siesta initially evolved to help […]

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Long Live Our Grandfathers!

Where do men live longer? Sardinia, Italy, where there are a higher proportion of people living to be 100 than the average population. In particular, Sardinia has a higher proportion of men who live to be 100 (termed centenarians) as compared to the rest of the world. While in most places only about 12-20% of centenarians are […]

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Oh my aching bones!

Most people will  experience joint pain at some point in life.  Did you know that Dead Sea minerals may offer healing benefits for arthritis as well as many skin condtions?  These minerals have been used for their health benefits dating back to biblical times. Although you may have to take a pretty long flight into Jordan […]

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