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Do you have a Santa skeptic in your house? I did, so I found a service to help me convince her. The website allows you to take a picture at your house and put Santa in the picture. Catch him standing by the tree, napping on your sofa, or crawling under your tree. The site has several poses to choose from to make your photo a memorable keepsake.

The site itself could not be easier to navigate. Once your photo is uploaded, You have 20 Santa and Rudolph poses to choose from. You can rotate and zoom your background image, rotate and resize your character, and add borders to complete your image. The site is extremely intuitive. You can use all the features without needing a list of instructions, or additional help. The most difficult aspect of the process is taking your personal photo. I recommend taking a look at iCaughtSanta first to check out all the poses before you begin snapping your photos. You will need at least one picture to upload to begin the process, but once you start, you will want to take more.

Santa crawling under the tree is my favorite, but sleeping Santa is a close second. You can also take outdoor photos and put Santa and Rudolph on your roof. The possibilities are endless. Use your imagination and create a family keepsake that rekindles a little magic.

Use promotion code SantaShare until December 10, 2013 to get your photo creation for free. After that, photos are $9.99.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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Bright Light Pillow Review

Every once in a while a product comes along that makes you think Why didn't I think of that? The Bright Light Pillow is one of those products. It is an amazingly simple, genius idea that I should have thought of first. But, lucky for me, someone else was more creative than I could ever be, so I can just relax and enjoy the finished product.  

Idea Village currently offers the Bright Light Pillow in two varieties, the square and heart shapes. The square pillow, called the White Starlight Square, pulses lights in red, blue, white, green and yellow in a repeating sequence. The Pink Beating Heart pillow glows red in a pattern that mimics a heartbeat. We received the Pink Beating Heart to test.

My first thought when we pulled the pillow from the box was that it is the softest pillow I had ever felt. It is as soft as a newborn baby toy, constructed of 100% polyester fiber. The picture on the box shows a dark pink pillow, and says that the light is red. In reality, the pillow is pale pink, almost white, and the light is a darker shade of pink, not even close to red. My little one did not care about the color, but if you are opposed to light pink, go with the white pillow.

The Bright Light Pillow is a small accent pillow instead of a full-size pillow, but it is large enough for my five-year-old to comfortably sleep on. Infact, she won't go to bed without it. For most children, it would be a snuggling companion instead of a pillow for sleeping.

At first, I was concerned that the battery compartment would be in the way and uncomfortable, but it is tucked away on the side. You can feel it if you lay your head just right, but it is not as noticeable as I expected. The pillow is surprisingly plush and comfortable.

My little one loves it. It quickly became her favorite pillow, and now she refuses to sleep without it. At $19.99, this pillow is well worth the purchase.    
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Ice Cream Magic Review

We have all seen the commercials, but  making single serve ice cream with just a few steps and a couple shakes sounds too good to be true. I have made homemade ice cream a few times, and it just isn't that easy. Unless we want to do it as a family activity, or I want to create a special flavor that I cannot find anywhere else, our ice cream maker stays firmly planted on its shelf in the garage.

When our Ice Cream Magic arrived, I was impressed with the packaging. It is brightly colored with smiling little faces everywhere. It really does look fun and inviting. My little one was eager to rip open the package, and start making ice cream. She was soon disappointed though since we had no cream in the house!

We removed it from the box for further inspection after I assured her I would purchase the necessary ingredients ASAP. The Ice Cream Magic really is adorable. It is an ice cream cone mug with a swirled ice cream lid made from heavy, sturdy plastic. The included recipe guide lists 11 varieties you can make with just a few simple ingredients. Sample recipes include chocolate coconut, peanut butter & jelly, and banana split.

Once we acquired the ingredients, we were ready for ice cream. I admit, I was skeptical having been disappointed by similar products marketed to children in the past. I purchased a half gallon of our favorite store ice cream just in case I needed a back up.

How to Use the Ice Cream Magic for Homemade Ice Cream

You need salt and ice for this ice cream maker just its larger counterparts. The manufacturer recommends using crushed ice, but we used cubes since that is all we had available. You fill the bottom of the cone cup with ice, and add 4 tablespoons each of both salt and water. Then, you place the silver freezing bowl over the ice and fill the bowl with your pre-mixed ice cream ingredients. A small plastic lid holds the ingredients in the bowl. After that, you twist on the cover cap, the piece that looks like swirled ice cream, and shake. After only three minutes, you should have ice cream.

Does the Ice Cream Magic Work?

Three minutes sounds quick and easy, right? When you are shaking a plastic cup, it seems like a very long time. My two girls and I decided to take turns shaking after the initial "I'm first!" fighting died down. The lid held securely in place with no drips through all the shaking, even when the five-year-old got a little too eager, lost her grip and accidently threw the Ice Cream Magic across the room. After three minutes, we checked on the ice cream. Unfortunately, it was still runny and did not look like ice cream at all. I stirred the mixture and discovered that the cream was firming up on the bottom and sides of the freezing bowl. Back to shaking we went. We shook, and shook, and then shook a little more. Finally, after about 10 minutes, we had soft, runny ice cream. The good news is that it actually tasted very good. Much better than my store brand.

After I tasted the ice cream and saw how good it was, I wanted to make the Ice Cream Magic work. I went back to the instructions to see if we did something wrong that made the ice cream not firm up the way it should. Under the heading Best Results I noticed a line that read "Use VERY cold ingredients." Hmm... The ingredients we used were cold, straight from the fridge, but probably not VERY cold. They put a lot of emphasis on VERY, so it must be important.  

I scooped our first batch of ice cream into a separate bowl, and my 11-year-old lapped it up while I washed everything and prepared to start again. This time I mixed the ingredients, poured the mixture into the freezing bowl, and put the bowl in the freezer for about 10 minutes. I allowed the mixture to get cold, but did not leave it long enough to freeze. This method worked much better. In 4 minutes, we had delicious, creamy ice cream.

Once we figured it out, it was a fun afternoon of fighting over what flavor to try next, and discussing which ones were our favorites. We ate way too much ice cream that day, and now I'm off to buy a second one. You can't have two kids in the house, and only one Ice Cream Magic.
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Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Cleanser Review


With so many anti-aging, collagen-building, youth-restoring products cluttering store shelves, it can be difficult to know what products to try. Most of the wrinkle reducers I have tried in the past seem to spend more of their money on advertising than on actual product development, leaving me no better for the purchase. When Ageless Derma gave me the opportunity to try their Anti-Aging Cleanser, I did not expect any miracles to say the least.

Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Cleanser is a gel cleanser that contains all the ingredients that other products also claim to include. Essential ingredients like glycolic acid, collagen and CoEnzyme-Q10. If you have read a women's magazine in the last 20 years, you know how important these ingredients are in anti-aging products. However, not all products containing these ingredients are created equally. I have never been overly impressed with glycolic acid or collagen products, but I was pleasantly surprised by Ageless Derma.

When the anti-aging cleanser arrived, it was neatly packaged in bubble wrap. The bottle was larger than I expected, which is always a nice surprize. I immediately liked the unassuming black bottle with white lettering. There were no gimmicks, no hype.

The first few days that I used the product, I was not sure what I thought about it. Since this cleanser is a gel, it does not foam like a soapy cleanser. It is silky smooth and slippery like many topical acne treatments instead of creamy like most of the cleansers I have used in the past. I massaged the cleanser on my face and neck, and it easily rinsed away leaving my skin feeling clean and soft. I continued using it twice a day for three weeks thinking that it was at least getting my skin cleaner than my current cleanser, even if it did nothing for my lines and wrinkles.

For the sake of full disclosure, let me say that I am 35, so I do not have too many wrinkles...yet. However, it seems that everyday I notice a new line, a crease that does not bounce back like it should. My skin is not terrible, but it is not 18 anymore either. I have two lines in particular on my forehead that I first noticed last year. These lines are deep grooves that I can feel with my fingers, and they are always there. After two weeks of using Ageless Derma Anti-Aging Cleanser, I can no longer feel these groves. They are still there, but they are not nearly as deep as they were a few weeks ago. I can still see them when I look in the mirror, but they do not glare at me any more. That improvement alone is reason enough for me to keep using Ageless Derma, but that is not the only result I have noticed.

In addition to the reduction in lines and creases I have seen, my acne scars have completely disappeared. My skin is noticeably brighter and smoother. This product is changing the texture and appearance of my skin when other products have failed. I cannot say why this is. I can only speculate that other products use inferior ingredients, or the ingredient particles are too large and unable to penetrate the skin. Whatever the reason, do not be fooled into thinking that all products that contain collagen, glycolic acid and CoEnzyme Q10 work the same. I have used many products that claim to include these ingredients, but saw no improvements in my skin when the bottles were empty. Ageless Derma is different, and I didn't even have to finish the bottle to see real results.  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Does Curvinexx Work for Natural Breast Enhancement?

Curvinexx is a "Pharmaceutical Grade Breast Augmentation Formula" according to the bottle. It contains a proprietary 630 mg blend of Fenugreek Seed, Fennel Seed, Saw Palmetto Berry, Pueraria mirifica, Dandelion Root, Don Quai, L-Tyrosine, and Kelp. Can this magic blend of herbs and extracts really cause an increase in breast size and firmness? I ordered a few bottles to find out.

The dose of Curvinexx is 1 capsule twice a day, but you can double that dose for faster results. I doubled the dose honestly expecting to just lose my money twice as fast.

On the first day, I was a small c cup, but cup size is not a standard measurement. Simply changing your band size changes your cup size. Bra manufacturers and professional fitters call this phenomenon sister sizes. If your bra size is 36 C, it is also 34 D and 38 B. It is up to you to try them on and see what fits best. Different manufacturers also widely vary in what they consider a C cup, so it is not possible to have one bra size that is always yours. With that in mind, I was a small C cup. Like many women, I had bras that fit well enough, but were in all honesty probably a little too big. I also had a few bras that were the same size as the others, but they never came close to fitting.

After 1 month of 4 pills a day, I noticed a difference. My breasts felt different. They looked different. Not a lot different, but still noticeably different. They were firmer, slightly lifted, and my smaller breast was actually catching up with the larger one. Was it my imagination? I thought it was at first, but then someone else noticed. He paid a little more attention (Did I really just admit that publicly to strangers?). I began overflowing the cups I had worn for years. I pulled out the bras I had bought on a whim without trying them on that I had never been able to wear, and they fit.

After 1 month, my breasts are firmer, lifted, rounder and about 1/2 a cup size larger. I have experienced no side effects thus far, but that does not mean that side effects are not possible.

My only regret is that I did not photograph my before. I apologize for my lack of photographic proof. I considered it, but the thought of publicly posting half-naked pics distressed me just a bit. I'm not sure why. It seems that simply being female and online is reason enough to post compromising photos today, but for some reason, it made me a little uncomfortable. Perhaps by month 6, I will change my mind and at least post an after, but I'm not sure how much good that will do without a before.

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Is Natural Breast Enhancement Possible? My search for Non-Surgical Breast Enlargement


Years take a toll on a woman's body, and one of the most common complaints of women over 35 is sagging, deflated breasts. After babies and numerous weight fluctuations, I began to carefully consider a breast lift. After all, according to doctors, a surgical lift procedure is the only thing that will help. I have never felt particularly blessed in this area, so thoughts of surgery naturally drifted to the consideration of breast implants.

The problem is I am a wimp. I have no tolerance for pain. I have also never had any surgery that required general anesthesia, so I am a little hesitant. I hate the thought of my first surgery being an elective breast enhancement procedure. Oh, and there is the risk of death. Mustn't forget that. And don't forget the fact that fake breasts look fake. Some people like fake; some don't. 

I decided to push the dream of lifted, larger breasts aside. Then I heard about natural breast enhancement. 

I was compelled to research. What I found disturbed me. Every doctor says it is not possible to increase breast size with supplements, but many doctors of traditional medicine still do not understand the benefits of d-chiro-inositol for pcos. I have witnessed those benefits firsthand, so doctors do not know everything. All I kept reading and hearing from the doctors I consulted was that more research is necessary, but in their opinions no supplement could increase breast firmness or size. Would I like a surgery consultation? Hmmm...

I then attempted to locate women who have actually used breast enhancement supplements with successful results. This task is more difficult than it sounds. Online reviews of these products usually list the ingredients, say that the pills are unlikely to work and little else. I found few reviews from women who have actually used the products. Each pill's website displays glowing testimonies from satisfied customers and Amazon has a number of 4 & 5 star rated pills with positive reviews. The problem of course is determining the validity of these reviews. I still had very little information about the effectiveness of any natural breast enhancement products. All I had were guesses, assumptions and some breast cancer fear thrown in for good measure. 

Left with no other options to find an answer, I ordered a few bottles of Curvinexx.   

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Energems Energy Supplement Review

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Energems.

I have never been a fan of energy drinks or supplements. I usually get my boost from coffee, and lots of it. However, there are days when I just can't seem to get enough. Since the energy supplements I have tried in the past either taste terrible or leave me feeling jittery instead of energetic, I usually just stumble through my day exhausted, praying that I make it until I tuck my kids in bed. I count down the hours until I can fall into bed, telling myself that tomorrow will be better. Tomorrow I will write more. Tomorrow I will exercise. Tomorrow...

When the opportunity arose to try a new kind of supplement, I was intrigued. This supplement is completely different from anything else I have ever seen. It is not a drink I would have to choke down or pills that need swallowing. These supplements are candy, made with real milk chocolate. What could be better than that? I have a little problem with chocolate. I want it every day. I love chocolate like a drowning man loves air. I need it, and I was given an excuse to indulge without guilt. It's research. 

What Are Energems?

Energems are large pieces of candy-coated chocolate. Each gem is only 15 calories and contains less than 1 gram of fat. A serving is 3 gems of chocolate-craving satisfying goodness, and each box holds 3 servings for a price of just $2.99. Just 3 gems equal 1 energy drink, so you get 3 full energy drinks in 1 box of Energems. Unlike other energy supplements, Energems taste great, provide no jittery feeling, and I can't stress this enough, are made with real chocolate. 

They are currently available in 3 flavors: chocolate charge, peanut butter blast, and mint fusion. My favorite of the 3 was definitely mint fusion. This flavor has just enough mint to balance the chocolate without overpowering it. I expected the peanut butter to be my favorite, but it has the slightest bitter aftertaste. Of course, if you really want to taste the chocolate, chocolate charge is flavor for you. Chocolate charge has a mild, creamy milk chocolate flavor that is perfect for a quick chocolate fix. The candy coating is quite hard, but I found that if you hold it in your mouth a few seconds, it begins to melt and you can more fully enjoy the flavor. 

Ingredients in Energems

Inside each piece are B vitamins, caffeine and a proprietary energy blend. Each serving, 3 gems, has the caffeine of a strong cup of coffee, 2g of fat, 8g of carbohydrate and 7g of sugar.

Niacin: Also known as Vitamin B3, Niacin is currently used in high doses to increase good cholesterol levels. Although more research is necessary, niacin shows promise in treating Alzheimer's disease, type 1 diabetes and cataracts. Each serving of Energems contains 45% of the daily recommended allowance.  

Vitamin B6: The body is unable to store excess Vitamin B6, so it is essential to get enough from your diet or supplements each day. This vitamin is essential for several bodily functions at the cellular level and supports a healthy metabolism.

Vitamin B12: This vitamin is a multi-functioning little gem that supports everything from emotional stability to increased energy. Proper Vitamin B12 intake can reverse chronic fatigue and improves mental capacity. Each serving of Energems contains more than enough Vitamin B12 based on the recommended daily allowance.  

Folic Acid: Everyone knows that folic acid is important for pregnant, or soon-to-be pregnant women, but it is also important for men and non-pregnant women. Folic acid can help reduce the risks for heart disease and can prevent or reverse anemia.

D-Glucuronolactone: A natural metabolite found in the body, D-Glucuronolactone increases energy, alertness and concentration. It also helps to detoxify the body and can help to improve mood.

Taurine: Taurine is an amino acid that may have antioxidant properties and researchers believe that it may help improve athletic performance. 

L-Theanine: L-Theanine is another amino acid that is found in both green and black tea. Research has largely centered around its stress-relieving effects, but it is thought to have other benefits including weight loss and stroke prevention. More research is necessary to determine whether the additional benefits conclusively exist.

Do Energems Work?

After enjoying a full serving of 3 Energems, I did not feel jittery or uncomfortable at all. I actually did not feel the nearly overwhelming rush of energy I usually associate with energy products. What I felt was awake, alert and focused. I had steady, consistent energy for several hours without any crash or adverse side effects of any kind. I found myself getting through the day easier, with less coffee, and discovered that more of my to-do list was checked off when I finally climbed into bed at night. I no longer crave a 2 PM nap. I feel more like myself throughout the day even when the little one has nightmares or the older one is sick.  

The best way to discover if Energems work is to try them for yourself. Use the code GETLUCKY at to receive 30% off your order, or visit the Energems facebook fanpage to get a free sample. But you better act fast because the offers expire October 4, 2013!

Energems are energy supplements that are bite-sized, hard-coated gems made with real milk chocolate. Designed for the modern, on-the-go consumer, they contain caffeine, B vitamins and a proprietary energy blend. Think of them as a great alternative to traditional energy drinks and energy shots!

You can try Energems absolutely for FREE! Just click over to their Facebook fanpage and sign up now:

Energems are a delicious and low-calorie way to boost your energy, focus and concentration! Please visit for more info.

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Lower Bad Cholesterol in 28 Days With the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterraneand Diet and Cholesterol

The Mediterranean Diet is named after the many foods consumed in the Mediterranean region. Those following the diet are encouraged to consume legumes, olive oil, fruits, and vegetables in high quantities. Fish, dairy and wine are allowed in moderate amounts. Eggs and other meats are to be eaten rarely, if at all.

A number of studies have been conducted on the Mediterranean Diet, most of which have shown great health benefits to adopting this lifestyle change. It is one of the few "fad diets" that has been supported by the National Institutes of Health as a heart-healthy diet. The NIH states that the Mediterranean Diet can help those with diabetes to control their disease, can lower triglycerides, can help maintain heart health, and can lower bad cholesterol.

Many of those who suffer with bad cholesterol are told by their physicians that the best way to improve their health is by making diet changes and adopting an exercise regimen. However, it can be difficult to make changes to habits that have formed over the course of a lifetime.The Mediterranean Diet challenges this, as the diet reflects the delicious cuisine of those who live in the Mediterranean region. Followers are encouraged to exercise, but also to eat foods such as fresh goat cheese, hummus and whole grains. Dieters may also drink wine with each evening meal if they wish. This wine allowance not only mirrors the Mediterranean lifestyle, it also helps dieters to feel as though they are not denying themselves the foods and drinks they love.

Studies conducted on the Mediterranean Diet have shown that bad cholesterol is lowered while good cholesterol is raised. This is likely due to the intake of heart healthy fats that appear in nuts, avocados and olive oil. Also important is that the diet limits foods in saturated fats like red meats and most dairy. Furthermore, the consumption of beans can greatly reduce high cholesterol. Because legumes are high in insoluble fat, they help to flush the system. This flushing not only helps to lower bad cholesterol, but also helps to keep cholesterol from forming.

A strict adherence to the Mediterranean Diet can lower cholesterol in as little as 28 days when dieters  follow all of the food guidelines and begin an exercise regimen. Most studies have shown that while cholesterol begins to drop in one month, it can take up to three months to see major improvements. After nine months, many of those who follow the Mediterranean Diet will have well-balanced cholesterol as well as a smaller waist line.

The Mediterranean Diet is touted by laymen and professionals as a diet that not only aids in weight loss, but helps the body to be healthy and strong. Following the Mediterranean Diet is easy, healthy, and delicious.

This post is a guest article by E. F. He is a nutrition expert and blogger. He blogs about the mediterranean diet meal plan shopping list. If you want him to discuss his finds on foods high in cholesterol to avoid with you, follow him on Twitter.
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How to Keep the Weekend from Destroying Your Diet


Don't Let Your Cheat Day Ruin Your Diet

If you manage to maintain the discipline to stick to a diet, then you know how very tempting it can be to stray from that diet once you've put in your forty hour work week. After all, weekends are a time for kicking back and relaxing, right? But does that mean it is okay to relax when it comes to dieting? Although it is usually a good idea to include one cheat day in any eating plan, it is important to keep in mind how easy it is to stretch that cheat day out for an entire weekend, which can be a great detriment to your diet. So how do you keep the weekend from sabotaging your weight loss?

  • Limit your cheating: Rather than spend an entire day (or weekend) indulging in all those things your diet forbids, choose one major splurge and go for it. That piece of chocolate fudge cake that was calling your name all week, or even a second helping of your mom's fried chicken. Just remember that once you've splurged on your chosen item, the cheating is over and it's back to your diet . . . until next weekend.
  • Stay busy: Rather than spending the entire weekend lounging around on the couch, make plans for your weekend and stay on the go. Of course, active plans like the gym or a jog are great, but even plans to go shopping or work out in the garden can be a great distraction for diet-busting temptations.
  • Special gatherings: Many people enjoy socializing with their friends on the weekend, whether it is a night on the town or a day barbecuing. You do not have to avoid these social opportunities altogether, but you do need to plan ahead. Decide how you will eat and drink while you are having a good time with your friends before you go. Perhaps you can eat a meal beforehand so that you do not splurge on party foods, or bring your own low-calorie beverages. Whatever your plan is, the most important thing is that you do have a plan so that you are not caught off guard when you are vulnerable.

As you can see, there are certain things you can do to stick to your diet plan even when the weekend is urging you to stray. Follow these tips to keep the weekend from destroying your diet and you will thank yourself come Monday.

About the Author: Keila Sineath is currently working in a phlebotomist training center and studying to become a nutritionist. Her goal is to one day be able to help people balance their lifestyles and conditions with the perfect diet for optimal health and the least amount of medication possible.
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Women and Heart Disease - What You Need to Know

Heart Disease in Women

Despite the warnings from the American Heart Association, many women are under the misconception that heart disease affects only men. Unfortunately, this couldn't be further than the truth. In fact, heart disease is the leading cause of death among American women. If you've been living in the dark, here's everything you need to know about heart disease.


The numbers don't lie. Heart disease affects over 42 million women. Out of those 42 million, 8 million have suffered from a heart attack and/or angina. These numbers are staggering to those who believe men are the only ones who need to be concerned about this health issue. Something else women need to realize is that over 35% of women over the age of 20 will die from heart disease. Another staggering fact is that around 200,000 women will die from a heart attack this year, five times as many as those who will die from breast cancer. Last, but not least, women account for over 56% of heart failure deaths.

How Men and Women Are Different

As with most things in life, men and women are very different when it comes to heart disease. First of all, women experience different symptoms than men. Women experience shortness of breath with a change in activity, and while they may experience chest pain, it isn't as big of a symptom as it is with men. Another difference is that women have some form of protection from from heart disease because of their increased estrogen level, but this protection decreases as they age. Because of this decrease, women are more likely to experience heart disease in their 50s and 60s. However, this is changing due to the American diet and the earlier onset of menopause.

Risk Factors & Prevention

A number of risks that can increase a woman's chance for heart disease include high cholesterol, smoking, family history, PCOS and age. However, weight, race and diabetes can also increase your chances of getting heart disease. Changing bad habits early and closely monitoring risk factors that you cannot control will greatly lower the risks.

You have a number of ways to help prevent heart disease. The first line of defense is to change your diet and start an exercise routine. You should also discuss your risks with your doctor and resolve to give up bad habits, such as smoking, that are putting you at  greater risk. Heart disease is not a man's disease. The numbers make it clear that more women die of heart failure than men. Sadly, one of the reasons is that women choose to ignore their symptoms and the facts. Don't become another statistic. Talk to your doctor today about the risks and whether or not your heart is healthy.

About the Author: Eric Gundlach is a healthcare professional who enjoys educating men and women about common medical conditions like heart disease and conditions caused by candida yeast. He urges everyone to visit by Dr Eric Bakker to learn more about how yeast can impact the lives of men and women of all ages.
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