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Importance of a Firm Mattress for Co-Sleeping


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o-sleeping is a personal choice. For those who choose this sleep method for their families, a firm, flat bed is the appropriate option. Soft mattresses or pillow tops are not recommended for babies to sleep on. Available at The Organic Mattress Store, the East Coast Organic Mattress Store’s Key West Mattress is an ideal choice for co-sleeping families.


With medium firm or extra firm options available, all Organic Mattress Store’s mattresses are free of flame retardant chemicals with no off-gassing of dangerous fumes. Instead, the store uses wool, a natural flame


retardant. This assures parents that their children are sleeping on a product that is safe and healthy.


Organic mattresses are constructed with organic cotton, natural latex and pure wools. Many customers report that switching from a traditional mattress to an organic option alleviates allergy symptoms and is more comfortable to sleep on. Pillow tops can be added for softness after families are no longer co-sleeping.


Source: The Organic Mattress Store. Franchising opportunities are currently avail- able. Location: 1075 Main St., Hellertown, PA 18055. For additional information, visit TheEastCoastOrganicMattressStore.com or call 484-851-3636 or 866-246- 9866. See ad, page 9.


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review of more than 160 studies has established compelling evi- dence that happy people tend to live longer and experience better health than their unhappy peers. One study that followed nearly 5,000 university students for more than 40 years found those that were the most pessimistic as students tended to die first. An even longer-term study that tracked 180 Catholic nuns from early adult- hood to old age revealed that those that wrote positive autobiographies in their early 20s tended to outlive the nuns that wrote more negative ac- counts of their young lives.


A SECRET TO LONGEVITY


Source: Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being.


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ew research from King’s College London and the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England, reveals yet another healing benefit of garlic. The scientists discovered that women that consume a diet high in garlic and other allium vegetables, such as onions and leeks, experience less hip osteoarthritis.


GARLIC IS KIND TO CARTILAGE


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