Category Archives: General

Are Teeth Whitening Strips Safe?

Everyone is looking to get a brighter whiter smile, but can getting that smile harm your teeth? There are many at-home products that can brighten up stained teeth. Whitening strips are the most popular at-home remedy, because they deliver quick results. Whitening strips are also typically less expensive than other at-home whitening tools. The biggest concern people have is if whitening strips are safe for their teeth. The general answer is yes, but there are a few exceptions to this rule.

The Problem with the IQ Test – And the Solution

The term “IQ” has infiltrated our every-day vernacular, even making to the fringes of the US presidential race. In 2013, Donald Trump tweeted “Sorry losers and haters, but my I.Q. is one of the highest -and you all know it! Please don’t feel so stupid or insecure, it’s not your fault.”

What Is The IQ Test?

So what does the term IQ really mean? IQ is short for “Intelligence Quotient”, a term that was coined by Frenchman Alfred Binet in the late 1800s in Paris. Binet has been retained by the French Ministry of Parisian schools to develop a test that would be able to identity and remove children that were slowing down the pace of classroom teaching.

When is the Best Time to Get Braces?

At some point, many people are faced with the fact that they need braces. Braces have many purposes for dental health, a major one being to correct jagged, misaligned, or overlapped teeth. Braces can also correct overbites or underbites. Dentists will refer to this simply as a “bad bite,” but the official name of the condition is called malocclusion. An overbite is when the upper jaw is bigger than the lower jaw, and an underbite is when the lower jaw is bigger than the upper jaw. Patients typically wear braces for about 2 years, though the time frame ultimately depends on the patient.

How Ergonomics Can Prevent Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

Carpel tunnel syndrome is the experience of feeling numbness, tingling, weakness, soreness, throbbing, or other problems with the hand or possibly wrist. It’s been a syndrome that many office workers have experienced due to constant keyboard use, however, many other professions can lead to the uncomfortable nerve damage asscoiated with the ailment. It all begins with pressure on the median nerve in one’s wrist, and several tendons that travel up the forearm. Ultimately, too much use or wrongful use of the hand or wrist can lead to carpel tunnel syndrome.

Wine Tasting Tips Everyone Should Know

If you’ve ever been wine tasting, you know that there are a few rules to the craft. For some, it’s a simple taste and a quick move on to the next flavor. For others, it’s a complete judgement contest of the aroma and qualities the wine possesses. Wine is an incredibly healthy beverage (in moderate quantities). Going wine tasting can be fun, but also healthy for that same reason.

How to Bring More Laughter into Your Life

Laughter is a great dose of medicine to lower your blood pressure, blood sugar, and even stress levels. But despite knowing the health benefits of a few good laughs, the older we get the harder it is to get tickled. Laughter is actually not as spontaneous as it seems but you can find ways to contrive humor into your daily activities.

You hardly lose anything when you laugh anyway, and you will be doing yourself a lot of good in return. So why not smile and laugh more and you’ll find yourself being more positive in the way you look at life. Here are my personal tips on how I’ve added more laughter to my day. Do me a favor and start bringing these tips into action.

Tips For Summer Diet Weight Loss

Summer time is for vacations, festivals, camping, holidays, and cookouts. Whether you live in a place where there is sunshine all year or snow for 6 months, the summer is a time for everyone to relax and enjoy. But what do you do if your on diet or trying to lose weight? Sometimes will power alone can’t help you resist a s’more or a wheat beer. Here are some helpful tips on eating healthy this summer without missing out on summer fun.

Best Jobs of 2014

After reading reports from MSN Money, Business Insider, and US News and World Reports, we have created a list of nine of the best jobs to pursue this year. They were chosen for having a good combination of projected job openings, good salaries, job security, and a good work-leisure balance. Read on to learn more about some of the best jobs of 2014 (not listed in any particular order)!

  1. Software developer: These are the people responsible for today’s most popular iOS and Android apps! You can thank them for getting you addicted to Flappy Bird or Candy Crush Saga. In addition to application developers, US News and World Reports says that software developers can also focus on building entire operating systems (as opposed to the apps/programs that run within the operating systems).
  2. Web developer: This job includes the men and women who make sure your company’s website looks sleek and modern instead of outdated and frumpy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this is one of the fastest-growing careers on the market, with a projected growth of 20% in the next eight years.

Tips for Eating Healthy on Vacation

With Spring Break quickly approaching, vacationers young and old are feeling the pressure to get bikini ready. Hitting the gym, skipping the cake, and filling up on healthy lean proteins and complex carbs help the body to get vacation ready. Often though, the healthy choices and exercise disappear once the getaway begins. While food is an important part of enjoying your vacation, eating the right foods can help to maintain high energy to enjoy it to the fullest. Our friends at the Sayre Mansion, a bed and breakfast in Bethlehem, PA, shared these tips for staying healthy without sacrificing taste.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Is Laser Spine Surgery an Option?

As we age, our bones start to weaken and we tend to experience more pain in the back and neck areas. Vertebral fractures and other disc-related problems start to appear, especially for people over the age of 35. Back pain and injury is also attributed to the kind of lifestyle we live. For example, frequent lifting of heavy items can lead to spine problems. All of these back-related symptoms are indicative of the degenerative disc disease.