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Health & Wellness




Can Catholics use crystals for healing?
Philip Kosloski

Philip Kosloski for Aleteia sets out the facts from a religious and spiritual point of view. Read...

a few quick facts during national american heart month
Smith-Caldwell Drug Store

February is National American Heart Month. Here are ten quick facts about your heart with advice on how to maintain this vital organ. Read...

The Excruciating history of dentisty
Toothsome Tales & Oral Oddities from Babylon to Braces
James Wynbrandt

For those on both sides of the dreaded dentist's chair, James Wynbrandt has written a witty, colorful, and richly informative history of the art and science of dentistry. To all of those dental patients whose whine rises in tandem with that of the drill, take note: You would do well to stifle your terror and instead offer thanks to Apollonia, the patron saint of toothache sufferers, that you face only fleeting discomfort rather than the disfiguring distress, or slow agonizing death oft meted out by dental-care providers of the past. The transition from yesterday's ignorance, misapprehension, and superstition to the enlightened and nerve-deadened protocols of today has been a long, slow, and very painful process.

ISBN: 978-0312263195, 248 pages, $14.75 softcover, published by St. Martin's Griffin



The early days of aids explored in new podcast
Christopher White

A new podcast explores the complicated relationship between former Cardinal John O'Connor and the gay community at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s. Read... 

oral health bAsics for adults
Alyssa Hill joins our list of Health & Wellness Resources this month. Learn eight ways to maintain oral health as an adult as well as more specific information about dental care. Read...

Let them Hear
An Ear Surgeon's Joyful Experience with Enabling People to Hear
Joseph B. Roberson, Jr., MD

Let them hear. That simple phrase embodies Dr. Joseph Roberson's calling to be more than just one of the world's best ear surgeons-but also an instrument of healing and a witness of God's goodness in places both dark and light. Tracing the pinnacles and low points of Roberson's impressive career, this memoir transports you to moving and exciting stories of medical work across a global front. You'll experience first-hand the devastation of loss and the joy in recovery; you'll be pressed in for a close glimpse at the gritty, harsh world of the emergency room; and you'll follow Dr. Roberson into the dangerous-and sometimes bizarre-jungles of the third world, both literal and metaphorical. Most importantly, like Dr. Roberson, you too will be confronted with, and stunned by, the beautiful, miraculous power of healing-one stemming from the simple calling to "let them hear."

ISBN: 978-1946615336, $15.99 softcover, published by High Bridge Books

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Best Mattress Reviews 

Best Mattress Reviews is run by a review team of veterans from the mattress industry as well as journalists who have written extensively about sleep health and sleep products. We’re a Seattle-based crew where all those dark, rainy days really charge up our hypersomnia, and persistently lead us to the next cup of coffee. So, of all people, we understand the importance of a good night’s sleep, and how your mattress can help or hinder that. Our goal is to give you the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about what mattress is best for you, so that you sleep soundly.

Consumer Safety Guide

We’re here to help you get the answers you need about consumer and medical products. We want to educate the public and ensure consumers are informed about defective medical products, dangerous drugs, and high-risk consumer products. Our goal is to be your go-to online resource. We provide accurate, relevant information in one place, so it’s easy and convenient for you to know what risks you face. We give you information about which products and devices are safe and which ones are not – hopefully reducing your risk on a daily basis.

Drug Rehab Connections

We provide unbiased information reviewed by medical experts so our readers can make an informed decision on the next steps in their, or a loved one’s, drug rehabilitation journey. Drug Rehab Connections was founded by a group of individuals who know both sides of addiction. We know it from our personal lives as well as engaging and working with rehab and treatment centers. We are not a Treatment Center. Rather, We are a starting point to finding help for individuals and families battling addiction. We want to answer your questions—about drug rehab, the therapies available, treatment programs, and more—so that you are able to make decisions that can ultimately save your life or someone you care about.


We believe achievements start with education and a commitment to small, daily choices. We create content that engages and informs, and we complement it with practical tools to make living healthy an easier and sustainable process.

Mattress Help

First off, to be absolutely clear: mattress companies do not pay us for these reviews, and all our content is unbiased and independently researched. We’re beholden to you, the consumer, and not a mattress company. We created with one goal in mind: to help answer sleep questions so everyone can have a better night’s sleep.

New Mouth

NewMouth is an informational web guide for those seeking dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric, and specialty dental care treatments and procedures. All content published on NewMouth is created by our team of journalists, researchers, and those experienced in the medical writing industry. All pages and topics on the website are fact-based and sourced from current scientific research, such as scholarly articles, dentistry textbooks, government agencies, and medical journals. This includes information provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), the American Association of Orthodontics (AAO), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Project Know aims to inform parents and family members of those struggling with addiction, as well as addicts and alcoholics themselves, about the options available for treating addiction. With a library of original content, we educate in simple language. While is not meant to take the place of advice from medical professionals, who should always be consulted regarding issues of substance abuse or potential behavioral health disorders, we do provide overviews and offer resources that can expedite the process of familiarizing yourself with addiction, drug and alcohol abuse, dependency, treatment and recovery topics and options.

Recall Report

Recall Report was created to alert the public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products. With hundreds of suspected or confirmed dangerous drugs and products on the market, the up-to-date information we provide on recalls, alerts, and side effects is vital to keeping your family safe.


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Listings and links reviewed: June 2019


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