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Did You Know: The Connection Between Vision Health and Diabetes

Diabetes can lead to conditions that affect your vision, such as glaucoma, cataracts and diabetic retinopathy. Equip yourself with the knowledge needed to prevent these conditions by reading these tips.

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5 Tips for Surviving Allergy Season

While it’s exciting to head outside and enjoy nature, the change in season also means allergies. Here’s how to nip symptoms in the bud.

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Understanding Autism in Children

Autism affects the way a person communicates and interacts with others. It does not affect all people equally, rather there are varying degrees of severity.

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Autism Awareness Month: Jonathan’s Story

A Michigan mom shares the story of her family’s journey with autism and how she wants more understanding for people like her son.

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Seven Ways to Keep Kidneys Healthy

Chronic kidney disease is a public health crisis that's serious but also preventable. Managing blood pressure and blood sugar are two of the seven ways recommended to keep the kidneys healthy.

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Winterize Your Home for a Healthy Season Indoors

As you cozy up at home during the long winter months, take these simple precautions to keep the flu bug and other illnesses at bay.

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Shovel Snow Safely: 12 Tips

You shouldn't dive right into snow shoveling without first taking your health into consideration, especially if you have preexisting conditions. These tips should help.

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How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. Here’s how parents can stay ahead of them.

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When You Should Talk to Your Doctor About Cramps 

For most women, having cramps is part of having your period. But here are some signs to watch for that mean you might need to talk to your doctor.

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Finding Relief: Who to Talk to When Allergies Strike

Learn how to spot the telltale signs of a new allergy’s development and where to go to receive qualified care and advice.

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What is Stiff-Person Syndrome? 

Stiff-person syndrome is a rare, progressive autoimmune disorder that affects how a person’s muscles move. Here are the symptoms and treatments.

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Boost Your Brain with These Healthy Foods and Habits

It’s never too early to think about your brain health. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, these tips can help keep your mind young.

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5 Easy Ways To Improve Your Speech at Home

Practice speaking clearly with these 5 easy speech techniques to help you feel more confident.

Improve your communication skills at home with these 5 tips
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Surprising Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy All Winter Long

Don’t let harsh winds and dry indoor heat ruin your skin. Give these five tips a try and you should stay radiant all winter long!

Surprising Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy
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Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

The dangers of snow shoveling are not limited to those who have poor health. Everyone should adhere to these safety tips.

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Unexpected Side Effects of Having a High Fever

Fevers are a normal immune response to infection, but high fevers can be problematic and can have some unexpected side effects. Here's what you need to know.

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Get to Know the GERD Diet 

Whether you’ve got occasional heartburn or GERD, following a GERD diet can help control acid reflux. 

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10 Ways to Protect Your Bones Today

As you get older, it becomes more and more important to keep your bones strong and healthy. Here are simple steps you can take to make a difference.

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What You Need to Know About Measles

Cases of the measles have been down in the United States since 2019, but the infectious viral disease should still be taken seriously.

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Your Roadmap to Conquering Flu Season

An annual flu shot is the best way to protect against the flu, but it’s only the first step. This guide should help you conquer flu season.

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Four Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

Good sleep, proper nutrition and these other tips should help keep your immune system performing optimally.

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Fall Allergies: Does Local Honey Help? 

Itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing. Fall allergies are a pain, but can eating local honey help alleviate those symptoms?

Itchy eyes, a runny nose and sneezing. Fall allergies are a pain, but can eating local honey help alleviate those symptoms? 
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Feel Summertime Sadness? You’re Not Alone

Do you find yourself feeling blue during the summer? You may have summer seasonal mood disorder. Here are the signs and what you can do about it.

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8 Things You Should Know About the Flu Shot

The flu vaccine is effective, does not cause the flu, and affects children and adults differently. Here are some other facts to know in order to stay protected.

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5 Sun Safety Myths Debunked

These common sun safety misconceptions and facts can reduce your family’s risk of skin damage and other sun-related health hazards.

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The Difference Between Food Allergy and Food Intolerance

Up to 85 million Americans are affected by food allergies and intolerances. Learn the key differences between them.

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Healthier Holidays: Simple Ways to Cut Carbohydrates

Registered dietitian and certified diabetes educator has some healthy food swaps for you to try this holiday season.

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Back-to-School: Backpack Health

As kids bring more and more home in their backpacks, make sure their backs stay healthy and strong by following these guidelines.

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Piercing Safety: Do You Know the Risks?

Do you know which red flags you should look out for when getting a new piercing? Find out to avoid complications.

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Five Tips for Picking Out Sunglasses

The sun can damage more than just your skin. Follow these tips to pick out the right sunglasses for you, and start protecting your eyes today.

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Why Men’s Health Matters

Keep the men in your life healthy by learning the facts about men’s health.

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Differences in Chronic Asthma and Exercise-Induced Asthma in Children

Does your child suffer from chronic asthma or exercise-induced asthma? Read more to find out how you can help manage their symptoms.

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How To Combat Allergies

Spring brings the beginning of warner weather, blooming flowers, and allergies. Check out these tips on how to combat them this Spring.

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What is World Prematurity Day?

World Prematurity Day is observed every year to raise awareness of premature birth and the concerns that premature babies and their families face globally.

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3 Must-Ask Questions for Every Doctor’s Visit

Next time you visit your health care provider, follow the Ask Me 3 questions to be sure you leave with all the information you need to get better.

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Breast Cancer Prevention: Tips for Every Age

It is a time to educate yourself on how to stay healthy and prevent breast cancer.

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4 Changes Women Should Make for Their Heart’s Sake

Read up on cardiologist Joni Summitt’s tips to help women reduce their risk for heart disease.

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Do You Have Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Noticing a persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things lately? Read on to see if you meet the criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

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Would You Know if Your Child Had Trouble Seeing?

Prepare for the start of school by checking in on your child’s eye health. Here are signs their vision isn’t 20/20 and what to do about it.

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Skin Cancer Survivor Wants Others to Learn from Her Mistakes

After skin cancer surgery, one of our team members is urging others to be safe in the sun.

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The 411 on Avoiding Ticks and Lyme Disease

Tick season is upon us! Learn how to protect yourself and look for signs of Lyme disease.

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The Difference Between Food Poisoning and the Stomach Flu

Don't let hot weather and poor storage ruin your next meal. Here's how to reduce the risk of food poisoning and stomach viruses.

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Understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Many people who have experienced a traumatic event may not recognize that they have PTSD. By increasing awareness, more people will feel empowered to seek help.

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Have No Fear: The Men’s Health Cheat Sheet is Here

Ready to take control of your health? Here’s a quick list of men’s health screenings that should be on your radar.

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The Importance of Speaking Up About Your Mental Health Struggles

Professional athlete Kevin Love shares his mental health struggles, here’s why it’s important to be vocal about your own experiences

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Endometriosis Explained: Signs, Risk Factors and Treatment

Endometriosis is a painful condition that's linked to infertility in women. Learn the signs, risk factors and treatments associated with this chronic illness.

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What You Can Do Now to Prepare for Spring Allergies

Why wait until you’re miserable to fight allergies? Simple steps taken in advance can make a world of difference.

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Coping as Sumi’s Caregiver

KC Mehta, like many caregivers, faces isolation and loneliness because of the all-consuming nature of the work he does to care for his wife Sumi.

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Sumi 2.0: Becoming Sumi’s Care Partner

Alzheimer’s disease has changed many aspects of Sumi Mehta’s personality. One constant, says husband KC, is her smile.

Sumit today
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Sumi’s Smile: A Caregiving Love Story

Sumi Mehta was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 59. Her husband KC, remembers it as “the saddest day of our lives.”

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What Twenty-Somethings Should Know About Colon Cancer Risks

Colon cancer has become more prevalent in young people with diagnoses steadily on the rise among people in their 20s and 30s. Here’s what to do to stay healthy.

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Colon Cancer: The Importance of Catching it Early

When caught early, colon cancer has a high survival rate. Here’s what to know about colon cancer screenings.

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High-Tech Ways to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Check out these apps that will help you keep track of your heart health.

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Jumping for Heart Health

Jumping rope is a staple of the Kids Heart Challenge, a nationwide effort by the American Heart Association.

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5 Children’s Dental Problems and How to Prevent Them

Does your child have a healthy dental routine? Here's some tips on how to prevent cavities, gum disease and more.

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Hidden Signs of a Thyroid Condition

Millions of Americans are living with some form of thyroid disease. Are you one of them?

A woman is at the doctor's office for a thyroid exam
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The Link Between Heart Attack and Stroke

Can you stop a heart attack before it starts? Here's how to reduce your risk of coronary artery disease, stroke and its related conditions.

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Top 5 Myths About the Flu Vaccine

Winter is coming–don’t let one of these misconceptions stop you from getting a flu shot. It’s the best way to stay healthy all season long.

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How the Flu Impacts Chronic Conditions

The flu can become dangerous or even deadly for those who are already dealing with health complications, like diabetes and asthma. Here’s how:

How the Flu Impacts Chronic Conditions
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Stopping Health-Related Stigmas

Unfortunately, many illnesses and conditions, both physical and mental, are stigmatized in society.

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Q&A with a Dermatologist: Real Advice for Great Skin

Dermatologist Dr. Brittany Carter-Snell answers the most common skincare questions and offers us insight on the best practices for maintaining healthy skin.

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Your Family’s Health History: Why it Matters

When it comes to health, learning your family’s history can help you identify conditions you might be at risk for and start taking preventive measures.

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Should You Work Out When You’re Sick?

As cold and flu season approaches, it’s important to understand when our bodies need to rest and when we can continue with our workout.

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Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Alzheimer’s is a common form of dementia. “World Alzheimer’s Month” is an opportunity to learn more about the disease.

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Diabetes 101: A Guide to Understanding Risk Factors and Prevention

By educating yourself and your loved ones, you can better understand the risk factors and methods of prevention associated with this life-altering condition.

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COPD 101

COPD is a less-discussed disease, but this blog covers what it is, how to prevent it and how you can treat it.

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Special Challenges Adopted Children Face

Adoption is a life-changing experience that may bring about some unique challenges for the child that manifest in a variety of ways.

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The Breast Cancer Few People Talk About

When you hear about a breast cancer diagnosis, it’s natural to assume it’s a woman who is dealing with the news. But breast cancer can also happen to men.

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What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Prevention

Living a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of many illnesses, including breast cancer.

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Remembering Brandon Michael: A Story of Infant Loss

Guest blogger Lindsey Clair shares her experience with infant loss in this moving post.

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Tips for Managing ADHD Symptoms Beyond Medication

October is National ADHD Awareness Month and this article highlights some tips to curb ADHD symptoms beyond medication.

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Understanding Michigan’s Newborn Screening Program

There’s a lot that comes to mind when thinking about why living in Michigan is so great, and the newborn screening process we have here should be one of them.

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Smoking out the Stigma Associated with Lung Cancer

Lung cancer can impact all individuals – not just smokers. Read on to learn more about this deadly disease.

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Physical Therapy: Knowing When to Go

Still a little fuzzy on how physical therapy can be helpful? Read on to learn the needs for treatment, when to see a PT and the benefits of physical therapy.

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Senior Falls: Why They’re Dangerous and How to Avoid Them

Falls are the number one cause of injuries and deaths from injury among older Americans. Find out how to reduce your risk.

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Signs a Child is Struggling with Their Mental Health

Nearly 14% of adolescents struggle with depression, a mental health condition often compounded by stress, poor diet, lack of sleep and other factors.

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National Safety Month: Tips for Proper Food Storage and Foodborne Illness Prevention

Every year in the U.S. foodborne illness causes approximately 48 million afflictions and 3,000 deaths. Proper food storage is key to avoid becoming a victim.

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Camp Casey: Providing Help, Horses and Happiness

Camp Casey is a non-profit organization that was established in 2004 with the mission of bringing smiles to kids with cancer and rare blood diseases.

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Table Talks: Managing Mental Health

Mental illness can impact everything from work to social lives. It is often viewed differently because it can not be physically seen.

A Healthier Michigan Table Talks: Managing Mental Health
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How to Support a Parent Caring for a Child with a Serious Illness

Caring for a seriously ill child can be emotionally challenging. Read up on how to support parents going through this difficult experience.

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Why It’s Important to Be Honest About Your Sexual History

Sex is an uncomfortable topic but read on to see why it's important to be completely honest with your doctor.

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Common Contact-Wearing Habits to Avoid

Do you sleep or swim in your contacts? Discover how this common practice is putting your vision in danger.

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The Connection Between Seasonal Affective Disorder and ADHD

People with ADHD have a higher chance of developing Seasonal Affective Disorder. Learn how individuals can lower their risk and treat symptoms.

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Different Ways Stress Can Affect Men

Men are less likely to address mental health issues like stress and depression. This can lead to more serious conditions affecting them and their families.

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Arthritis Does Not Discriminate By Age

Read our team member's first-hand experience dealing with osteoarthritis at the young age of 32 years old.

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Sharing My Depression and Anxiety Coping Tips

For this writer, talking openly about her depression and anxiety is a way to let others know they’re not alone and that seeking treatment is important.

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Foods that Can Help Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms

If you or a loved one has Parkinson’s disease, there are foods that are good to incorporate into your diet. Find out what’s best to add to your meals.

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Why I Regret Tanning in My Teens and 20s

There is no safe way to tan. The darker skin tone that results from time in a tanning bed or in the sun is caused by cellular damage to the skin.

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Six Self-Care Tips for Women

Women can take control of their health and significantly reduce the risk of serious conditions. Dr. Patricia Ferguson shares six tips to get started.

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Talking to a Loved One About Hearing Loss

Hearing loss affects approximately 20% of Americans. Despite its prevalence, it can be difficult to talk to loved ones about signs of hearing loss.

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Parkinson’s Disease: What are the Risks and Signs?

Due to the unpredictable nature of Parkinson's Disease, it’s imperative to understand the signs and risks associated with the illness.

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Tips for Prescription Safety, Storage and Disposal

60 percent of Americans take a prescription drug, so it is important to know how to safely consume, store and dispose of them.

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Working Out Effective for Reducing Parkinson’s Symptoms

Newer research has also found that exercise may have a neuroprotective effect, meaning it can protect from neuron degeneration.

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Talking to Kids About E-cigarettes

E-cigarette use among youth has been declared “an epidemic”. Learn how to talk to your kids about this health hazard.

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Rock Steady Boxing: Beating Parkinson’s to the Punch

Did you know you can fight symptoms of Parkinson's disease by boxing?

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Michigan Woman Donating Stem Cells to Man She Saved Years Ago

“Everybody has the potential to give selflessly to somebody else.” Read up on a Michigan woman donating stem cells to the same recipient she saved years ago.

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Organ Donation FAQs

Want to become an organ donor, but don't know where to go next? Here's a breakdown of common organ donation questions.

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Have You Registered to Become a Donor Yet?

In the U.S., over 100,000 people are in need of an organ transplant. Discover how you can improve or possibly save a life by becoming a registered donor.

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Overcoming Injury: Vince’s Story

The road to recovery can be draining. Read Vince's story about how he stayed positive after a life-altering injury.

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Is It Worth Investing in Food Sensitivity Tests?

You have probably seen food sensitivity tests all over social media – here is what you need to know about using them.

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