Put a leash on ‘standby power’

submitted by Sarah Bergen, Blogger/Publicist, Exact Solar

Standby power, vampire power, phantom load, ghost electricity, leaking electricity. These are all terms used to describe wasted energy that most people are entirely unaware that they are wasting. Standby power refers to the energy that electronics put out when they are plugged in, but not turned on or being used.

When your microwave isn’t being used, it’s still using power.

Your phone charger that is plugged in 24/7—that’s a culprit, too. Every electronic attached to the wall all day is adding dollars to your electric bill and wasting precious energy.

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Whitening teeth before the prom or wedding?

submitted by Drs. Hopenwasser, Faust and Scholl

A brighter smile portrays youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. Teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile.

According to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey:

  • Virtually all adults (99.7%) believe a smile is an important social asset;
  • Three-quarters (74%) of adults feel an unattractive smile can hurt a person’s chance for career success;
  • When respondents were asked, “What would you like to improve most about your smile?” The most common response was: Whiter and brighter teeth. If you are not happy with your smile, teeth whitening may be a good first step.

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Neurofeedback vs. mood disorder

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Lana (not her real name), an attractive twenty-something young lady always struggled emotionally. Keeping her life together and planning for her future were difficult; therefore, staying in school and later keeping a job were insurmountable challenges. Her mood swings always interfered, and attempts at medication were not successful.

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Solar panel myths and misconceptions

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Lately, solar power has come into the mainstream. Despite this recent rise, many people still have mistaken ideas about solar panels.

Myth #1: I need to be rich to afford solar panels.

Truth: Solar panels are less expensive than ever. Innovative financing programs are now available that make it possible to have your own solar-generated energy – reducing or eliminating your electric bill before you pay a dime for the system. Solar panels allow you to replace a monthly liability (your electric bill) with a valuable asset that saves you more than it costs.

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New technology in the dental office

submitted by Drs. Hopenwasser, Faust and Scholl

Today, there is much dental technology available for your benefit, specifically the JVA (joint vibration analysis), Tekscan (T-scan) bite analysis, 3D CBCT scan (3D X-rays), and Virtual Impressions.

JVA is a series of computerized tests that help analyze and diagnose the status and health of the TMJ (temporomandibular joint). If you grind or clench your teeth, your jaw pops or aches or you have migraines, the JVA may be a helpful tool in finding a solution to your problem.

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Conquering autism one child at a time

submitted by Dr. Maria DiDonato, D.Ed. Psychologist, Achievement & Wellness Center, www.achievewell.net

Ray (not real name) was a very cute little guy, but his behavior was a challenge. Screaming, argumentativeness, spontaneous agitation, anger, stubbornness, impulsivity and resistance to redirection, were commonplace. There was no consoling him when screaming over extended times, soothing him when upset, or redirecting him when off track. He was alone in his own world and always unpredictable.

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Something for nothing

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

We’ve all heard the saying “there’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, what about free solar panels? Sadly, despite commercials you may have heard on the radio, there are no free solar panels, either.

What you can readily get now, however, are solar panels with no money down. While these aren’t free, you can get the benefits of the solar panels before you have to start to pay for them and reduce your monthly overall out-of-pocket expenses right away.

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New ideas for Passover meals

submitted by Megan Collins, RD, ShopRite of Yardley

Passover begins April 3rd, so now’s the time to start planning your menu. Why not incorporate something new into your traditional Passover celebration? Here are some innovative ways to add whole grains and fiber to your holiday meal.

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What’s in your cold and flu arsenal?

submitted by GNC, Newtown

Every year, millions of dollars are spent on cold and flu remedies. Lately, more and more health conscious consumers are choosing products that actually prevent symptoms from occurring in the first place. Here are some of the most effective products on the market:

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College students and dental decay

submitted by Drs. Hopenwasser, Faust, & Scholl, Bucks County Smiles

Did your college students come home for the holidays with newfound smarts and independence? Since catching up over the holidays often includes a dental check-up and cleaning, did you also find a change in their dental exam findings, i.e. more cavities? Here are some possible reasons why and how to prevent it in the future.

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