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Archive for September, 2013

Your Body’s Response to Quitting Smoking

Did you know that cigarette smoke contains more than 2,000 toxic chemicals? Over time, these harmful toxins wreak immense havoc on the body, laying the groundwork for numerous health risks, such as emphysema and stomach cancer, that shorten the body’s lifespan and hasten the body’s natural aging process. (more…)

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Diane Nyad: 64 is the New… Amazing

Many of us have a list things we want to accomplish in our lifetimes.  These items might include running a marathon, seeing the bulls run in Spain or travelling the world.  For 64-year-old Diana Nyad, her life list included swimming 110 miles in the open ocean from Cuba to Florida, something she first tried unsuccessfully 35 years ago. This week, she accomplished this incredible feat, giving new meaning to the old adage that you’re never too old to live your dreams. (more…)

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