Health and Wellness Tips- February

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Health Tip-Find Alternate Ways to Deal with Anxiety and Insomnia

Use of benzodiazepines (see chart below) to treat insomnia or anxiety may increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), new research suggests. Taking the drug for three to six months raised the risk of developing Alzheimer’s by 32%, and taking it for more than six months boosted the risk by 84%. The effects these drugs have on memory have been known for a while but the new link to the development of Alzheimer’s is alarming. Unfortunately, these drugs do not treat the underlying problem of anxiety, depression or insomnia. They are also addictive and getting off of them can be difficult. We live in a quick fix, fast paced society and this has led to many problems with alcohol and drug abuse especially with prescription drugs. Find alternate ways to deal with and handle problems and life. Life will always present problems and drugs will not solve problems.

If you are on these drugs and wish to get off, find a sympathetic doctor to help wean you off of them. Never stop taking any medication without first consulting with your doctor.


Benzodiazepines approved for use in the United States:

  • alprazolam (Xanax)
  • chlordiazepoxide (Librium)
  • clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • clorazepate (Tranxene)
  • diazepam (Valium)
  • estazolam (Prosom)
  • flurazepam (Dalmane)
  • lorazepam (Ativan)
  • oxazepam (Serax)
  • temazepam (Restoril)
  • triazolam (Halcion)
  • quazepam (Doral)


Green Tip-Forego Plastic Forks

Plastic_forksWhen ordering take-out you are going to consume at home request that no plastic silverware is included in your order and eat with your own forks and knives. Plastic cutlery is non-biodegradable, can leach toxic chemicals when handled improperly, and is widely used. estimates 40 billion plastic utensils are used every year in just the United States. The majority of these are thrown out after just one use. Besides, who likes eating with a plastic fork anyway?


Dental Tip-The Effects of Smoking on Your Teeth

smokers_teethDamaged Teeth and Gums

Yellow teeth are one of the most notorious effects of long-term smoking, but the dental damage doesn’t stop there. People who smoke tend to develop gum disease, persistent bad breath, and other oral hygiene problems. Smokers are twice as likely to lose teeth as nonsmokers.


Ladies Section

EyebrowBeauty Tip-Hairspray for Unruly Brows

Since getting older, my brow hairs are turning gray. These gray hairs seem to be a bit unruly and I don’t really care for the Uncle Leo look! (that will be funny to Seinfeld fans). For unruly brows, apply hairspray to an old toothbrush, then brush brows upward and outward.