The Brown Bag Check-Up

You may start off taking a couple of prescription medications and then add to your daily regimen an over-the-counter drug such as an allergy pill, a multi-vitamin and an herbal supplement without informing your doctor or pharmacist. I recently heard on the Dr. Oz Show that if you are taking a combination of more than 6 drugs (including prescription, non-prescription and supplements), you have a 94% chance of a drug interaction. A 2004 report from the CDC found that deaths from accidental drug interactions rose 68% between 1999 and 2004. Unintentional drug poisonings accounted for… [read more]
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The Power of Purpose

Over the last few weeks I have been surrounded by friends and family members dealing with the challenges of an aging relative. Their specific situations and circumstances are different, but in each case I have been amazed by how much the attitude of each individual impacts their ability to cope with the issues they’re facing. The woman who helped care for me before I started elementary school is now in her mid-80’s and has no living relatives, so my parents have adopted her as family. They make meals for her, take her to church, clean… [read more]
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5 Ways to Dodge Debit Card Disaster

Ensure Your Debit Card is a Smart Alternative to Credit or Cash Whether it’s to avoid carrying a lot of cash or a response to the dramatic changes in the credit card industry of late, people are turning in ever increasing numbers to debit cards as a primary source of spending money. In 2010 alone, an estimated 40 billion debit card transactions will be completed. This can be advantageous to consumers in many ways, provided the potential pitfalls of debit cards are fully understood and avoided. 1. Be Your Own Overdraft Protection Overdraft protection provides… [read more]
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