Health Articles

Tooth Whitening: Is It Worth the Cost?

Are you considering a tooth whitening procedure? Before spending the money, do your homework.

In recent years, your dentist may have started pitching tooth whitening procedures (often using a nifty laser device) as a means of brightening your smile. And of course, there are all those handy over-the-counter “brightening strips” and systems you can buy at the corner drugstore.

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Does Zinc Really Help Cure the Common Cold?

Pharmaceutical companies have added zinc to some cold remedies for years, but medical opinion has gone back and forth on whether it helps.

Zinc is a useful metal in industry, and of course skiers and others who spend a lot of time outdoors have been using zinc-based sunblock for ages. (That’s why pro skiers always have white smears on their noses whenever you see them on TV).

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Taking Herbal Supplements? Let Your Dentist Know

Herbal supplements may be perfectly natural, but they may not mix well with dental work.

Many people think that just because herbal supplements are all-natural, they don’t need to tell their health care professionals that they’re taking the herbs. Consider your dentist, for example. Some folks don’t even take them into account as medical professionals anyway, which in fact they are.

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Cleaning Up On Personal Hygiene

Want an easy way to save cash? Keep an eye on your family’s personal hygiene

Most of us don’t care to talk much about personal hygiene, and that’s understandable. It is, after all, personal. But the fact is, the old “cleanliness is next to godliness” argument has some solid economic reasoning behind it. So as a savvy consumer, it behooves you to understand how it can save you cash.

But it isn’t all about being so clean that you squeak. Let me explain what I mean.

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More Simple Sunburn Treatment

Here are a few more simple home sunburn treatment options

As long as there’s a blazing ball of nuclear fusion hanging in the daytime sky, we’ll need sunburn treatment options to heal those who decide to expose their tender skin to it. Fortunately, those treatments don’t have to be especially high-tech or expensive; some, in fact, are surprisingly simple.

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Two Surprising Home Remedies for Sunburn

You don’t have to run to the store for some special soothing cream when you’ve got these simple home remedies for sunburn on hand.

Thanks to a strenuous PR campaign on the part of aloe vera lovers everywhere, most people are aware that this spiky desert succulent offers one of the very best home remedies for sunburn. Aloe juice not only sucks away the pain, it kills any bacteria that might be trying to sneak in.

But if you don’t have an aloe vera plant handy, you’re still copacetic as long as you have either milk or vinegar in your kitchen.

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How to Make Bark Aspirin

If you’d rather not imbibe harsh chemicals and think it might be a good idea to practice your survival skills, then you might try making bark aspirin.

If you’re in pain and there’s a stand of trees handy, you might be able to avail yourself of one of the more effective natural remedies out there: bark aspirin. This may sound just a bit hippy-like for some folks, but the truth is, all aspirin derives, ultimately, from tree bark.

You see, salacin, the chemical precursor to commercial aspirin, was originally isolated from willow bark, hence the name (the scientific name for the willow is Salix). It’s also present in the bark of poplar trees, which tend to be more common than willows.

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Which Humidifier is Right for Your Family?

Humidifiers are beneficial to your family’s health — but only if you buy the right type

Dry, itchy eyes? Sore throat? Asthma? You may need a humidifier. If it’s wintertime, you run your heat to stay warm. But if have any of these symptoms, you probably need a home humidifier. Homes need to maintain a 30% to 50% humidity level for not only the health of that people that live there, but also for the health of your home.

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Is Lasik Eye Surgery Right for You?

Discover if you’re a candidate for Lasik surgery

Are you considering having Lasik surgery? If you wear glasses or contacts, it’s probably crossed your mind once or twice. The thought of life without glasses or contacts is like a dream come true – especially to those people who have had vision problems all their life. Before you make your decision, discover if you’re a candidate for the surgery and if it’s right for you.

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Electric Toothbrushes — Do You Get What You Pay For?

Discover if expensive toothbrushes are really better than cheaper versions

Most of the time, “You get what you pay for” is true. But does it apply to electric toothbrushes? Maybe…maybe not. You may just be surprised. Learn which toothbrushes work best and which ones are worth the price.

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