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The symptoms of burnout before it causes irreparable damage to your career and/or relationships

The symptoms of burnout before it causes irreparable damage to your career and/or relationships

Burnout can sneak up on you before you know it. Particularly at risk are type-A personalities. If you find yourself experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may need to dial it back a bit with your workload or other commitments before it causes damage in your professional and/or personal life that you cannot recover from. As Dr. Carter describes on PsychologyToday.com: “Burnout is a state of chronic stress that leads to: physical and emotional exhaustion, cynicism and detachment, feelings of ineffectiveness…

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If you or a loved one has an ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) you should consider disabling it before end of life care.

If you or a loved one has an ICD (Internal Cardiac Defibrillator) you should consider disabling it before end of life care.

My grandfather came home on hospice care and it was a situation where we knew there was no recovery. He had a pacemaker and a defibrillator installed several years ago, and no one at the hospital, hospice, nor his heart doctor suggested to us that it should be turned off. It added hours of discomfort to his process of dying and witnessing that happen has impacted me more than his actual death. In the state of mind that we were…

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Essential oils are called that because they are the “essence” of a plant, NOT because they are “essential” to human health

Essential oils are called that because they are the “essence” of a plant, NOT because they are “essential” to human health

From wikipedia: An oil is “essential” in the sense that it contains the “essence of” the plant’s fragrance—the characteristic fragrance of the plant from which it is derived. The term essential used here does not mean indispensable as with the terms essential amino acid or essential fatty acid which are so called since they are nutritionally required by a given living organism. There are a lot of alternative medicine practitioners who deliberately take advantage of the misleading name “essential oils”. While…

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A flu shot isn’t just for you. It protects people who can’t get a flu shot.

A flu shot isn’t just for you. It protects people who can’t get a flu shot.

Every year around this time, you see reminders to get your flu vaccine, and every year, a bunch of people don’t do it, for one reason or another. “I never get the flu anyway.” “The flu shot makes me sick, so why bother?” “It doesn’t even work, so what’s the point?” The point is that in addition to protecting you against the most common strains of the flu each year, we need a critical mass of people to get vaccinated to prevent…

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Babies do not shiver when they are cold. If you see a baby shivering it needs to be fed immediately because it probably has an extremely low blood sugar.

Babies do not shiver when they are cold. If you see a baby shivering it needs to be fed immediately because it probably has an extremely low blood sugar.

Babies have a major problem with thermoregulation (keeping a normal temperature). Because of this, many people think that when a baby starts to shiver it is cold. That’s not true. If your intervention is to try to warm the baby it will more than likely die of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Keep this in mind and it could save a baby’s life. Source 1: http://www.stanfordchildrens.org/en/topic/default?id=hypoglycemia-in-the-newborn-90-P01961 (shows signs of hypoglycemia including ‘jitteriness, which is often confused as shivering.) Source 2: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3726172/ (shows baby’s do not…

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What To Do When Anxiety Causing Thoughts Arise?

What To Do When Anxiety Causing Thoughts Arise?

When anxiety causing thoughts arise, start mentally describing objects or actions you see in your vicinity, as if you were narrating a story. This will distract your brain from spiraling down that dreaded black hole. The idea is to make the voice in your head act as a narrator to things that are happening around you. This turns your focus outwards rather than inwards. Lots of anxiety arises from too much focus on oneself. There’s a recently coined word that…

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If you cannot access abortion services for any reason, AidAccess.org will mail you the abortion pills for a donation amount of your choice.

If you cannot access abortion services for any reason, AidAccess.org will mail you the abortion pills for a donation amount of your choice.

So ladies if you’re in an area where abortion is banned or restricted, you aren’t out of options. AidAccess.org is run by physicians and women’s rights advocates who offer abortion services internationally to women who may not otherwise have access. This includes the USA where abortion is heavily restricted in some states and often very expensive. After a brief questionnaire, an advocate will mail a valid prescription, instructions, pills (plus some extras) and will even walk you through the steps if needed…

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