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Having a Holiday Party? Here's How to Chill Beer, Wine or Soft Drinks in 3 Minutes!
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1) Take warm beer, wine or soft drinks, and place into a steel pot from the kitchen.

2) Tossed in enough ice cubes to completely cover drinks.

3) Fill the pot with water.

4) Tossed in about 2 cups of table salt.

5) Stir to be sure the salt dissolved.

6) Place into the freezer and in 3 minutes drinks will be chilled.

Say NO to Styrofoam This Holiday...
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Each year Americans throw away 25 trillion Styrofoam cups. This is enough to circle the earth 436 times. Imagine how much Styrofoam we could keep out of our environment if we all carried travel mugs to use when purchasing hot beverages.

Source: http://www.oberlin.edu/recycle/facts.html.

Christmas Holly: Use Caution...
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The holly plant is one of the plants most commonly associated with Christmas. Although a fun and festive Holly is also poisonous. The bright red berries can be confused with edible berries if you have little ones in the house.

Cold and Flu Season? 7 Things You Can Do To Stay Well...
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This is the time of year for the of dos and don'ts of cold and flu etiquette. Here you go:

Dodge that kiss:Try to avoid it completely with a preemptive handshake (but then go wash your hands) Or frown like a person with a bad cold and say something like: “I'm coming down with something, gotta skip the usual greeting.”

Sick people should stay home: As much as you care for your loved ones and colleagues at work, do them all a favor and keep to yourself. If you can't take time off, at least stay hydrated. Pick up some cough drops. And keep a hefty supply of hand sanitizer nearby.

Offer the flu season fist-bump: When confronted by unwanted intimacy, this is a reasonable option. People will laugh, but then they'll probably try it themselves.

Sneeze into your elbow: You probably thought it was okay to sneeze into your hands? Wrong! And then you're going to shake someone’s hands?  Sneezing into your elbow drastically decreases the spewing action that can catapult germs into the air or onto your hand.

Wash your hands a lot: Hand washing is the best thing we can do to prevent the spread of colds and the flu. Wash your hands for 15 to 20 seconds every time you sneeze, every time you shake hands and before you sit down to eat.

Don't be shy about telling others you're sick: They'll be glad you did. Believe me, discretion has no place in the battle to fend off flu's and colds.

Take extra precautions when flying: Bring plenty of antibacterial wipes to clean off tray tables, armrests and seat belts, well as some travel-size hand sanitizer. Keep yourself hydrated, with water or juice.

What is Emotional Freedom Techniques?
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Emotional Freedom Techniques, known as EFT consists of fingertip tapping on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a wide range of emotions. EFT may alleviate issues such as depression, anxiety, insomnia and post traumatic stress disorder. Acupoint tapping, as it is referred to, sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain. EFT accesses the amygdala, an almond shaped part of the brain that initiates the body’s negative reaction to fear, known as the “fight or flight” response.

Clinical psychologists Dr. David Feinstein and Dr. Dawson Church, award winning author of The Genie in Your Genes, have confirmed through their landmark study that tapping on specific meridian points has a positive effect on cortisol levels, known as the “stress hormone.” Research suggests that EFT may be effective because of it’s ability to balance the activity of the parasympathetic and sympathetic regions of the brain and may be a powerful healing tool.

Anti-Aging... Is This Reality?
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We hear about it all the time. Call it “Anti-Aging,” “Regenerative Medicine,” or even “Longevity,” it represents one of the “hottest” topics in Medicine today. As one might imagine, this is an extremely complex topic, but one where breakthroughs are happening every day. There was a time in the not so distant past when we referred to “anti-aging” as the ability to stave off “age-related” disease states (e.g., arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.). However, now medical science is truly delving into ways to stop cellular aging.

The concept, as proven by The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) is very real. A4M is a progressive organization with thousands of members world-wide, dedicated to informing and teaching healthcare practitioners (who include among their membership: scientists, physicians, chiropractors, pharmacists, dentists, veterinarians, nurses and others), the science of aging, and treatments to improve cellular health that will assist us in the anti-aging process.

So the question still begs, are there products that actually aid with anti-aging? The truth is that technically speaking, our bodies are constantly forming new cells. This is accomplished by DNA replication. During this process, the tips of the DNA strands (Telomeres) become shorter, which results in cellular aging. Until recently, the only proven way to stop aging was through caloric restriction, (aka, dieting.) However there has been a breakthrough in this technology with one patented product that mimics caloric restriction. It is called Oxaloacetate (benaGene®).

Even Google is getting into the act with Chief executive Larry Page announcing that Google is setting up a new company whose intention is to basically “make you live forever!” The new company, Calico, will focus on the "challenge of aging" and attempt to cure illnesses associated with it. Stay tuned, it only gets more exciting!

Bluefin Tuna: Say NO...
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Despite being an endangered species and the subject of a world-wide agreement to not over-fish, Bluefin tuna is still served at sushi restaurants around the world. Many people still don't know about the tuna's status. Pacific Bluefin tuna spawn off of the coast of Japan and travel all the way to California and Mexico, where they're caught, often before they get the chance to return to Japan to reproduce, further depleting their numbers.

Go Low-Energy Lights This Holiday!
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According to a U.S. Department of Energy study, if everyone replaced their conventional holiday light strings with LEDs, at least two billion kilowatt-hours of electricity could be saved in a month. The savings would be enough to power 200,000 homes for a year!

Decorate with Nature...
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There are some beautiful, eco-friendly options out there for making your house festive for Thanksgiving. They are also a fun way to get your family involved in the decorating. Here are a few ideas: Pumpkins: Use Pumpkins, gourds and squash around the house and as center pieces. Hollow out a pumpkin as a candle holder or for fresh flowers. Pinecones: You can create pinecone name-tag holders to place at each setting. Maybe you could scent them with cinnamon or have the children create turkeys out of them. Pinecones also look great in a glass vase. Acorns: Use acorns with strings tied around them as napkin holders. Or fill a glass vase with them, and they will serve as an anchor for tall autumn branches. Fall Leaves: Fall leaves can be used in a garland or to surround a candle. You can also put them in a glass bowl with water and use floating candles for a beautiful center piece.

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Unplug appliances when not in use. Your electronics, computer, TV, and phone chargers, use energy even when they're turned off. Stand-by power can account for as much as 20% of home energy use. Save both energy and money by unplugging your devices, or put them on a power strip that you can turn off when your devices are not in use.

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