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Natural support for gout

by on 02/17/2017 - 02:46 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Mike Ventresca-Owner, Vital Choice Healthstore
Summer is full of fun outdoor activities, cookouts and increased exercise. But if you are prone to painful gout attacks, summer can also mean an increased risk of an attack.
Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. Symptoms usually occur without warning and include intense joint pain, inflammation and redness lasting anywhere from days to weeks. It usually affects the big toe, but can occur in other parts of the body.
This painful condition is often diet related. The main culprit is an unhealthy build-up of uric acid that forms crystals in the joint tissue. Uric acid is a by-product of purine metabolism. ...

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Home buying 101: Fixer-upper vs. move...

by on 07/27/2016 - 02:25 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Amy Hoes, Howard Hanna Realtor
It all looks so easy on shows like Property Brothers, Flip or Flop and Rehab Addict. Homeowners buy inexpensive homes then lovingly restore them via sweat equity and good contractors. The big reveal shows a sweet space that looks nothing like the “before” pictures. 
However for the average homeowner, the decision to purchase a fixer upper versus a move-in-ready home is a bit more complicated.
Price is a major consideration. A move-in-ready home will be more expensive but convenient—unpack your furniture, paint a few walls and, voila, you’re home. But make sure you don’t get swayed by upgrades that aren&rs ...

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Bishop’s sultry sound

by on 07/26/2016 - 01:39 pm
Category: Arts & Entertainment

By Jay Minkin, Minkin's Music
It was a hot afternoon in Nashville in 2012 during Americanarama at Grimey’s when I shared some shade with the lovely Bonnie Bishop. Little did I know that one of her songs, “Not ‘Cause I Wanted To,” was recently recorded by Bonnie Raitt for Slipstream, which eventually garnered both artists a Grammy and put the young Austin, Texas songwriter on the map.
She talked, and I listened, as she described the long recovery from a divorce, waiting to be uplifted before writing again and finally finding the spiritual freedom to pen “good recovery” songs on her album Free that was self-produced.  
Since t ...

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Funding the perfect retirement

by on 07/20/2016 - 03:33 pm
Category: Smart Living

By Mike Brady, Michael Brady & Co.
For many people thinking about retirement, their biggest fear is running out of money while they are still alive. I have been working with folks to overcome this fear for over 30 years. Here is what I have learned, in the simplest of terms.
First, the most important thing you can do is to learn to save. If you can’t save money then you won’t have anything to invest for the future. Saving is the most important component of being able to afford your lifestyle for the rest of your life. If you don’t save enough, no amount of investing savvy is going to make up for your lack of saving.
Second, time is on your sid ...

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Shoes for dudes

by on 07/20/2016 - 03:15 pm
Category: Smart Living

By John Luck, Lucky Shoes
I’m going to let you in on a little secret that may not surprise you: Most men don’t love to shoe shop.
Some may enjoy it, some may do it with little to no emotion, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a guy who “loves” it.
Guys are perfectly happy wearing one pair of shoes for eight hours a day, and a different pair for the other 16.
But I’d like to suggest the men reading this story go rogue. That’s right, guys. I want you to put down your golf clubs and visit Lucky Shoes to take a look at the shoe styles happening right now for summer. Heck, you can even bring your wife if you want to. He ...

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What’s your Plan B?

by on 07/18/2016 - 01:31 pm
Categories: Health & Beauty, Home, Smart Living

By Roni Bell, HealthMarkets Insurance Agency
If you’re a homeowner, the idea of going without insurance to protect one of your biggest assets is virtually unthinkable. If you own a car, the same school of thought applies. Life insurance is also a given, should the unthinkable occur.
So why, then, do so many people dismiss the idea of protecting their ability to earn a living? After all, it’s likely the main reason you’re able to afford the house, car and other tangible items you own.
I find that some people think of income protection insurance as a luxury versus a necessity. Others adopt the idea that because they are healthy, young or not working ...

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Hidden in plain sight

by on 07/13/2016 - 02:06 pm
Categories: Home, Smart Living

By Mike Padden, EncoreGarage of Ohio
Some people think they aren’t candidates for a garage makeover because their garage is too small, or they are using the space at peak capacity.
I’d like to suggest looking up. We’re experts at finding storage options that are often hidden right in front of our clients’ eyes. The ceiling is a perfect example. That’s where you’ll find prime real estate.
With our rugged, professional-grade components, we offer clients a number of different ceiling storage options. If climbing a ladder is doable for you, an affordable overhead rack system might be the way to go. If you need your belongings to ...

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Is it time to go gray?

by on 07/13/2016 - 11:36 am
Category: Health & Beauty

By Alice Woodrum, Alice Woodrum Salon
Our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and other female figures we look up to are the first to offer us lessons in beauty and personal maintenance. They tell us whether it's acceptable to leave the house without makeup on, and pristine hair coiffed just right. 
Before you decide to take the plunge and embrace those silvery strands, talk to Alice.
Q: I don’t want to color my gray hair anymore. Should I stop? —Marcy, Hudson
A: First, let’s discuss this sudden impulse to quit your hair color.
Ask yourself these questions, and be totally honest:
• Do you have an overwhelming urge to see wh ...

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Regaining booty confidence

by on 07/12/2016 - 01:54 pm
Category: Health & Beauty

By Dr. David Gutman, Advanced Hemorrhoid Specialists
I have to smile when I think of an elderly patient who, when he came in for a final check-up, told me his wife took a peek at his hemorrhoid-free backside and remarked that it looked beautiful.
Of course, the main goal of hemorrhoid treatment is to stop the pain, itching, bleeding, leakage and discomfort associated with those bulging anal cushions. A common side effect of treatment, though, is improved confidence.
Some people spend their days worrying that blood has soaked through their pants, that they'll be out somewhere and have to spend extra time in the bathroom trying to get clean or that general discomfort ...

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Top 5 questions to ask about a four-y...

by on 07/12/2016 - 12:07 pm
Categories: Community, Smart Living

By Julie Regula
CVCC Career Development Specialist
As countless parents and students are discovering, the term four-year college degree can be bit of a misnomer. 
According to the New York Times, only a minority of students at America’s public colleges—19 percent of full-time students—actually graduate in four years. Reasons vary, but I feel one of the biggest for adding a year or two onto your plan is losing credits when switching majors or transferring from college to college.  
And according to the National Student Clearinghouse, one-third of students heading into college this fall will ultimately transfer to another institution. So ...

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