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WELLNESS--It has long been suspected that cleaning chemicals have long been to blame for reduced lung function and potential long-term damage. Finally, a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine that followed 6000 people over a 20 year period has linked the use of cleaning chemicals with reduced lung function and damaged lungs. The study compared the effects on these people lungs to smoking 20 cigarettes a day for a 10 to 20 year period.

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WELLNESS--Staying healthy on the road is no easy task. For most of us, business travel can be exhausting and sometimes it seems that matter how well intentioned you may be to stay healthy on the road, coming home exhausted seems inevitable. Here are 7 quick tips to help you travel in a healthy way and come home refreshed.  

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WELLNESS--There are many reasons that reading has been demoted as a priority in our culture with the most glaring being screens. 

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WELLNESS--This year the flu has ransacked the nation and isn’t finished wreaking havoc quite yet. There are a few reasons this season is so bad, starting with the type. Each year, there is a different flu strain and often more than one. H3N2 is leading the way this year, which causes influenza A, and two types of influenza B. H3N2 is particularly effective when attacking the human immune system learning quickly how to get around our fighter cells and get deeper in the body and various organ systems leading to serious illness. H3N2 has historically been responsible for more hospitalizations and deaths than other strains and has been around for about 50 years. 

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WELLNESS--There is a new book out called iGen that explores the relationship between screen time and happiness in teenagers. The author states that kids born after the year 1995 … kids aged 23 or younger … have grown up with such a damaging amount of screen time that they are less likely to be happy than kids born before them that have logged only a fraction of screen time. 

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WELLNESS--While organic fruit and vegetables have been consistently growing in popularity for many years, there are still plenty of people that don’t understand the importance of making the choice to go organic.

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WELLNESS--Can too much cardio actually kill you? While we know that the effects of cardiovascular exercise is primarily beneficial, there is a growing body of research indicating that too much of this good thing called cardio may actually be dangerous. Like everything considered healthy or unhealthy, extremes on either end seem to be dangerous. 

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WELLNESS--As the holidays approach, traffic is on the rise all across America. For those of us in big cities traffic goes from challenging to downright terrible. While the obvious solution is to not leave ones house, for most of us that is not an option. There are a number of things we can do to help manage stress and air quality while driving on congested roads.

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WELLNESS--Everyone knows a dog is a man's best friend, but if someone told you that having a dog could decrease your chance of heart disease by 36% and reduce your chance of premature death by 33% would you believe it? 

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