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Author: Tommy Zimmer

A Guilty Conscience Can Hurt You Physically and Mentally

“There’s no problem so awful, that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse.” This line is from Bill Watterson’s beloved comic strip, Calvin and Hobbes. Although meant to be funny, there is some truth to this statement. Nobody likes having a guilty conscience. It can be one of the most challenging things in your life. You might want to consider how to end this predicament. One way people resolve their guilty consciences is by looking toward righting the wrongs. Sometimes, people seek to rectify wrongs even when they have not created such wrongs themselves. But...

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4 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, over five million Americans battle Alzheimer’s each day. The Association believes the number could grow to sixteen million by 2050. Even scarier is that one in three seniors passes away with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. This year, alone, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia will have a $259 billion estimated price tag for the United States. These costs could increase to $1.1 trillion by 2050. With one in ten people, sixty-five years or older battling Alzheimer’s, one question becomes whether or not there are ways to prevent this from ever happening in...

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Four Ways Movies Can Relieve Stress

During the work week, you might encounter all sorts of different stressors. Such anxieties can lead someone down the path of addiction. Making sure your loved ones do not become overwhelmed could be one of the best deeds you do during National recovery Month. Nothing is straightforward in today’s world. You may have big projects or evaluations that might be weighing on your mind. Even after work, you still need to complete the other functions of your day. This might be anything from running errands to having a social life. Functioning successfully could depend on your ability to manage...

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Does Television Hurt or Help Your Brain?

In a 2013 study conducted by Tohoku University, neuroscientist Hikaru Takeuchi and other researchers found that the brains of more than 200 children between the ages of five and eighteen had lower verbal IQ scores because of the thickness of a number areas of their brains, including the septum, hypothalamus, visual cortex, and the sensorimotor area. Such areas are responsible for vision, arousal, aggression, and emotional responses. The thickening of the frontal lobe region (frontopolar cortex) can lead to the decline of verbal IQ scores that showcase language and vocabulary skills. Watching television could affect one’s eyesight, which in...

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The Unsettling Reality of Sleeping Pills

In 2012, doctors prescribed 60 million prescriptions to Americans. It was a 13 million increase from the 47 million prescriptions written during 2006. These facts came from IMS Health, a healthcare company, but the facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are even more startling. In a study they conducted interviewing 17,000 adults between 2005 and 2010, they discovered around 9 million American adults use sleeping pills. The majority of the subjects of that study were 50 years or older, white, educated, and female. It’s not surprising today that so many Americans struggle with Lunesta addiction. The...

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