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Heat 1/2 cup bath oil mixed with 1/2 cup water on High in your microwave for 30 seconds. Place the solution in a deep bowl and soak your fingers or toes in it for 10-15 minutes to soften cuticles or calluses. After drying, use a pumice stone to smooth over calluses or a file to push down cuticles. Follow up by rubbing in hand cream until fully absorbed.
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If you were ever forced to swallow castor oil as a child, this may be a pleasant surprise: The high vitamin-E content of that awful-tasting thick oil can work wonders on brittle nails and ragged cuticles. And you don't have to swallow the stuff. Just massage a small amount on your cuticles and nails each day and within three months you will have supple cuticles and healthy nails.
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1. Don't try to get anything past us. Prescriptions for painkillers or sleeping aids always get extra scrutiny.
2. We're not serving fries in here. I'd think twice about using a drive-through pharmacy. Working there distracts us-not a good thing when it comes to pharmaceuticals.
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comstock.com3. Generics are a close match for most brand names. But I'd be careful with blood thinners and thyroid drugs, since small differences can have big effects.
4. Sometimes we can't read the doctor's handwriting either. E-prescribing can help, but as of 2006, fewer than 20 percent of prescriptions were being electronically transmitted.
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5. I hate your insurance company as much as you do. "Even if something's working for you, the insurance company may insist you switch to something else," says pharmacy owner Stuart Feldman."I'm stuck in the middle trying to
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1. Divide and Conquer
"I've worked hands-on with so many clients and they all tell me the same thing -- they tend to pull everything out of their closets and then they run out of time and they push it all back in, which makes it worse than it was to begin with. So my suggestion to them is to divide and conquer. On a Saturday morning do your shoes, at other times do your slacks. People have told me that breaking it up into small projects has changed their life."
-- Mary Pankiewicz, professional organizer and author of Clutter-Free & Organized
2. Tidy Up Your Top Shelf
"Those who stack sweaters and T-shirts on shelves in their closets know it can become a jumbled mess, since stacks often fall over. For those clients I recommend the Slide N Stax Clothing Organizer. It is amazing because it is a plastic clear piece with sides and a bottom that fits on the top shelf and you can just bring that one piece down when you need something, instead of tipping
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Compiled by Book of OddsRead More »from Gender Wars at the Gym
Who's more likely to be lifting weights, or working out in the pool? Book of Odds, a website specializing in the odds of everyday life, compared men and women on ten of America's most popular fitness activities.
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The odds a man will do yoga at least once a year: 1 in 30.32
The odds a woman will do yoga at least once a year: 1 in 10.54
The odds a man will get on a treadmill at least once a year: 1 in 5.68
The odds a woman will get on a treadmill at least once a year: 1 in 5.41
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The odds a man will weight train using dumbbells at least once a year: 1 in 5.51
The odds a woman will weight train using dumbbells at least once a year: 1 in 13.74
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Just like your mom didn't need a thermometer to know if you had a fever, we bet your grandmother or other homegrown expert didn't let the lack of a medical degree stop her from issuing health directives. But which of them are worth following?
1. Grandma's wisdom: Ginger is good for upset stomachs.
Science says: Yes. Good evidence shows ginger reduces nausea.
2. Grandma's wisdom: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Science says: Granny's overstating this fruit's potency. Still, the peel is a good source of quercetin, an important antioxidant that, studies suggest, helps lower blood pressure, fight asthma and allergies, and prevent heart attacks.
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3. Grandma's wisdom: Honey speeds healing.
Science says: Yes. Mild to moderate burns (but not other types of wounds) heal faster if you spread honey on them -- maybe because it creates a moist, antibacterial environment that promotes tissue growth.
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If you watch TV late at night, then you know the infomercials touting the latest and greatest ways to make your life easier. Chances are those products are being sold by Telebrands, the originators of the slogan, "As Seen On TV." AJ Khubani is the brain behind Telebrands. Several times a year he holds inventor's days, where he invites regular people to present their inventions. Each inventor has five minutes to present, and if Khubani likes their product, that inventor could be on the road to becoming a millionaire.
Think you have a product that could be the next greatest infomercial? Check out the 5 things I learned from watching Khubani judge presentations recently in Los Angeles:
1. Have a common solution to an everyday problem.
2. Come with a working model of your product.
3. Don't spend a lot of money on the model. Telebrands can have it made for much less than you can.
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1. Know What's Coming
Do a full audit of your bills for a month to understand what is really coming in the mailbox or by email. An easy way to do this is to grab a big envelope and put every bill that you receive in that envelope (print the ones you receive online). After you pay the bill, put the statement back in the envelope. Then make a note of other bills that may be quarterly or annual, put those notes in your envelope too. This will provide a true picture of your recurring bills.
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2. I-12 east of Baton Rouge
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Simple strategies for making your breakfast healthier.
1. Sprinkle blueberries on your cereal.
Studies show that these tiny purple berries are loaded with valuable antioxidants that can slow down brain aging and enhance your memory. Not into cereal? Try baking blueberries into oatmeal to create your own oatmeal-blueberry granola bar, or mixing them into whole-wheat pancake or waffle batter.
2. Eat half a grapefruit twice a week
Grapefruits are loaded with folate, which has been found to significantly reduce the risk of stroke. But be cautious if you're taking medications: Grapefruit and its juice can interact with medications that have to be processed through the liver. Check with your doctor about any possible interactions between grapefruit and any medications you are taking.
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3. Drink tomato juice for breakfast
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