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Health & Wellness




The 'deadly' food we all eat
Brendan Miller
BBC Reel

Palm oil is unhealthy to our bodies but it also adversely affects the air we breathe, wildlife, economies. This BBC video (3.25 minutes viewing) explores why palm oil is so problematic. View...

Catholicism and mindfulness: compatible or contrary
Carl E. Olson
Catholic World Report
Susan Brinkmann

At face value it would seem that the Mindfulness program(s) would be a useful meditation tool for your daily prayer life. It's reported that Mindfulness can reduce stress and anxiety and improve sleep and immune systems. On the other hand, Mindfulness which is based on Buddhist ideas, is leading some Christians to question its compatibility with Christian prayer and practices. Read...

Faith-Based Study Guide on Climate change
Catholic Rural Life

Are you interested in learning more about yourself and your faith as well as what you can do to make amends with the earth? Catholic Rural Life’s The Faith-Based Study Guide on Climate Change is a document that can walk you through Global Climate Change using a step by step reflective methodology called Shared Christian Praxis.

Free, six-part downloadable (pdf format)
Catholic Rural Life



The latest on "wellness Waters"
Christine Byrne

There's a new trend in water drinks. They're being labeled "wellness waters" and producers are toting their alleged health benefits. Is alkaline water and hydrogen-infused water really that miraculous? Christine Byrne checks in with several experts to examine the wellness benefits of these two products. Read...

The importance of Arch support
Lauren Hutchens

You can put 200,000 to 300,000 lbs. of stress on your feet each mile you walk. It's important your feet, and in particular your arches, can support that kind of pressure. Lauren Hutchens explains the different types of arches, how they function and how you can actually support your arch supports. Read...

Give Back The Light: A Doctor's Relentless Struggle to End Blindness
James C. Moore and Steve Charles, MD

This is a book about a physician who has been intimately involved in saving the vision of millions of people through the spread of his technology and surgical techniques. Dr. Charles is an historical and yet mostly unknown figure who has lived a remarkable life of great importance. In the telling, Moore helps readers view the wider world and their contributions to it in a different light, and offers a prosaic understanding of the sheer joy of just seeing.

ISBN: 978-1626345621, 256 pages, $18.19 hardcover, Publisher: Greenleaf Book Group Press


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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

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.

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. 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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