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Coconut Oil and Oral Health: Dr. Nadia Kiderman

coconut oilThe health benefits of coconut oil have been researched for many years, and numerous studies have revealed that the aromatic oil can indeed improve a person’s well-being as well as prevent health complications in the future. In fact, recent studies have shown that coconut oil may have another beneficial use- oral health and hygiene. Dr. Nadia Kiderman, DDS, an expert based in New York City, wrote an article discussing the positive effects of coconut oil on a person’s smile.

“According to a study from the Athlone Institute of Technology in Ireland, coconut oil’s antibacterial properties could spell good news for your smile and help you avoid cavities,” Dr. Kiderman explains.

Nadia Kiderman

Nadia Kiderman

“A team of researchers is presenting the research at the Society for General Microbiology’s Autumn Conference this year. They looked at what effect coconut oil had on the mouth when it came into contact with certain enzymes used in the digestive process. The results showed that the coconut oil reduced the growth of several strains of the Streptococcus bacteria, including a strain involved in tooth decay.”

Though further research is required, lauric acid, a substance in coconut oil, becomes a monoglyceride called monolaurin when digested. Both lauric acid and monolaurin are known to have strong microbial properties, and can destroy harmful pathogens including bacteria, fungi and certain types of viruses.

Coconut oil is often used in skin care products, and is added to many health drinks and supplements. Perhaps with additional research, it will soon be added to oral hygiene products as well.

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Finding Your Soulmate: Rabbi Tully Bryks

The concept of soulmates has been around for centuries, and is constantly explored by people from a number of different fields. While some consider the concept to be a religious one, others see soulmates as a spiritual connection that is not necessarily related to divine influence.

Rabbi Tully Bryks, a Rabbi who works to provide answers on all Judaic topics, discusses soulmates at great length on his website. He explains that according to Judaism, soulmates are predetermined. In fact: “Forty days before a baby is born, a proclamation in heaven declares the ideal future soul mate for that baby’s soul.” Bryks goes on the explain how the creation of man relates to soulmates today, and how one might go about finding theirs.

Rev. Laurie Sue Brockway, author of Rituals for Love and Romance: Attract Your Soulmate with Ceremony and Self-love, also takes a spiritual approach to soulmates. However, she focuses more on the individual and how a person can locate theirs in today’s world. She explained that the key to finding your soulmate is not losing faith that he or she exists. She also stresses the importance of preparing yourself for love.

Brockway explains: “Make a list of what ‘soul mate’ means to you and the qualities you seek in your true love. Embrace your belief and find within yourself a place of trust and knowing that there is someone out there, somewhere, for you. If you can believe in love–even when life does not seem to be taking you in that direction–you are halfway there!”


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10-Year-Old Disabled Girls Petitions American Girl Doll

A 10 year old girl with muscular dystrophy is petitioning Mattel, the owner of the American Girl Doll brand, to release a disabled American Girl doll. Melissa Shang lives in Paoli, Pa., and suffers from a condition that stops her from running, skating and participating in other physical activities with other girls her age. Melissa explains that she loves American Girl Dolls, partly because they help her “understand how it feels to be someone else.”

Melissa and her sister YingYing are hoping Mattel will now help other girls understand what its like to be disabled.

“For once, I don’t want to be invisible or a side character that the main American Girl has to help,” Melissa states on her petition page. “I want the other girls to know what it’s like to be me, through a disabled American Girl’s story.”

“Disabled girls are American girls too,” Melissa says. “We face challenges and overcome them every day.”

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Business Schedules during the Christmas Holiday Season

The Christmas holiday season has many implications, but one of the most prominent is shopping. Consumerism rises significantly between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, and retailers are struggling to keep up with hordes of shoppers, long hours and increasingly busy schedules.

The winter holiday season is one of the longest holiday seasons of the year, and businesses all over the world often change their policies and services in an effort to meet unusual or urgent demands during this period. In fact, Puerto Rico has one of the longest Christmas holiday seasons in the world; it extends all the way to Three Kings Day. Banks and other companies on the island have tweaked their schedules to accommodate both staffers and customers during this time. Doral Bank, for example, announced that it would be open throughout December 24th and 31st, and would be closed during the first week of January.

Many businesses have decided to remain open for 24 hours prior to Christmas in hopes of appeasing last-minute customers. Short shopping hours combined with the stress of planning holiday celebrations make 24-hour availability extremely valuable, especially as time runs out.

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New Year’s Eve Ideas for Couples

New-Years-Eve-Date-Ideas-0.5-300x300New Year’s Eve may be one of the most romantic holidays, but arranging an evening that meets expectations, sends sparks flying and meets the budget can be challenging. Many couples want to have a date night, but are not sure how to go about that. Here are a few wallet-friendly but truly romantic options:

1. Find a local show and give the NYC-style a try. Dress up, grab a few drinks, and then dance the night away to some great music. Choose a venue that is convenient, so that your evening isn’t ruined with a long commute home.

2. Stay home. Dress up, light candles, and have a romantic dinner in your own dining room. Set the table, dim the lights, play some music… Slow dance in the living room, make some cocktails, exchange massages, or watch a romantic movie together.

3. Take a walk down memory lane. Make a list of places from throughout your relationship, and spend the night visiting each one and reminiscing. Reserve seats at an old favorite restaurant, walk through the park, visit the place you first met… Close off a solid year together by remembering why you are together in the first place.

4. Rent a cabin. If you’re nature lovers, or want a break from city life, look online for some last-minute deals on some romantic cabin getaways. Some will even let you bring pets, which is a great way to save on pet-sitting expenses.

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Take Advantage of Seasonal Downtime with Online Exhibits

1914a-item-pageWinter’s gloomy weather can get depressing, and people tend to stay indoors and become less active during this season. However, in many areas, the cold weather opens up opportunities that are often overlooked when the sun is shining. Museums, art shows and traveling exhibits are a great way to stay busy, learn something and stretch your legs without having to spend much time in the rain. Many such museums and foundations also offer online explanations and virtual tours, and interesting displays are only a click away.

The Shapell Manuscript Foundation, for example, recently released 10 new manuscripts from their archives onto their website, including two written by President Millard Fillmore. The University of Delaware Library also received a collection of World War II manuscripts, which are now accessible through their Special Collections web page. Gloomy days are a perfect time to enhance your knowledge of American history, as well as learn about other cultures and traditions throughout time.

You can even enjoy events that are happening in other countries. For example, a new visitor’s center was recently opened at Airman’s Corner, less than two miles from the famous Stonehenge landmark. The facility features ancient construction tools and other artifacts that hint at the lives of Neolithic and Bronze Age peoples.

“At last, visitors to Stonehenge will be able to get a sense of the people who built this monument, of their lives, their deaths and their ceremonies. Visitors will, for the first time, learn the astonishing history of the stones and will see objects, many never seen before, that will bring the stones to life,” explains Dr. Simon Thurley of English Heritage. “Instead of just a stopover or a quick photo opportunity, we want our visitors to step back in time and into the shoes of those who created and used this extraordinary place to marvel at original everyday objects they used, to talk the surrounding landscape as they did, and to sit in the dwellings that they would have built. It makes the real encounter with the stones themselves so much more exciting.”


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