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Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Oct. 6, 2014

Pick the best mattress




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | You don't have to be among the roughly 70 million Americans with chronic sleep problems to dream about a new mattress, says Consumer Reports. Almost three out of four respondents to a recent industry survey believed a new bed would help them sleep better.

Here's what to consider as you shop:


  • Don't buy in to firmness claims. About half of the mattresses proved softer than advertised in Consumer Reports' tests. And a firmer mattress isn't necessarily better for your back. Instead, use Consumer Reports' Ratings scores for back and side support as a guide. Then try any mattress you're considering by lying on it for at least 10 minutes on each side, your back and your stomach, if that's how you sleep. More than 80 percent of subscribers who did so said they were still satisfied later.

  • Check return policies. That's especially important at Costco and other retailers where you can't try out a mattress before buying. Costco's return policy is relatively generous and includes free pickup and return with no repacking needed. Many other major retailers hit you with pickup and restocking fees.

  • Look for a label. Some, though not all, states require retailers include one that declares "all-new material," along with an alert if the mattress itself is used or was returned. Check with authorities in your state. And consider buying only tagged mattresses from trusted sellers.

  • Don't buy solely by brand. Almost 13,000 subscribers in a separate survey found the Tempur-Pedic, Ikea, Original Mattress Factory, Noveform and Sleep Number brands to be the most comfortable, and the Sealy, Serta, Simmons and Stearns & Foster brands less so. But as Consumer Reports' tests found, different models within the same brands can perform very differently. And though Sleep Number's $3,000 Innovation Series 18 topped Consumer Reports' tests, its research shows that its Classic C2 -- recently advertised with a limited-time $699 price -- differs notably in construction, with a much thinner foam layer.

  • Weigh latex concerns. Many mattresses, even innerspring models, include latex-based foam layers that might concern those with latex allergies. Manufacturers often claim that their processing removes the protein allergens that can cause problems for allergy sufferers.

  • Keep your old box spring if possible. You could save roughly $150 to $300 by using an old foundation if it isn't sagging or damaged. But you may need a new one if you're switching from innerspring to foam. Also be sure the mattress warranty doesn't require a new box spring, as some do.

  • Shop during the holidays, and haggle. Huge markups and profit margins often let retailers lower prices by 50 percent or more, especially during major holidays. That also leaves plenty of room for haggling year-round. Roughly one-third of Consumer Reports' survey respondents slashed $185 or more off the price by doing just that.

WAYS TO SABOTAGE YOUR SLEEP

Sleep deprivation has been linked to weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, suppressed immune function and lower overall life expectancy. If you aren't getting seven to eight hours of sleep each night, check these common culprits:

  • Varying your bedtime. Love those late-night Saturdays? Staying up more than an hour later than usual can make it harder to fall asleep on Sunday -- and harder to get up on Monday. Try to keep a consistent bedtime schedule, even on weekends.

  • Watching the late, late, late show. The bright screens of the TV and e-books can fool your brain into thinking it's morning. Click both off an hour or so before bed.

  • Drinking that extra cup of joe. Coffee or tea too late could keep you up all night. Opt for decaf coffee after 6 p.m., earlier if you're having trouble sleeping.

  • Having one for the sack. Alcohol, which starts out as a mild sedative, becomes a stimulant as it's metabolized. Have that last cocktail at least 6 hours before bed if you have sleep problems.

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    Previously:


    Find -- and fix -- the cause of your fatigue
    Got joint pain? How to get relief
    Four healthy foods you can overdo
    How to hear a whole lot better
    Interior paints
    Want happy feet? Here's how
    Don't let these ad traps catch you
    Secrets to a better night's sleep
    Where to find last-minute vacation deals
    Costly fees you should never pay
    Should you repair or replace that broken product?
    Why prepaid legal services may not be a bargain
    Secret scores you need to know about
    5 reasons patient portals can lead to better health
    7 ways to save money on a gym membership
    Food fake out
    Four healthy foods you can overdo
    Fat facts and fat fiction
    Surprising ways to cut your drug costs
    Get organized for under $5
    7 money stumbles to avoid
    How to make great choices in technical gadgets
    Cancer screenings you should avoid
    In tests of interior paints, newcomer outperforms big names
    Unscrambling the latest egg advice
    How to buy a coffee maker
    Save big on eyewear
    Car owners prefer independent shops
    How to hear a whole lot better
    Bargaining can reap big bucks
    Surprising ways to cut your drug costs
    Should you report that fender bender?
    Great new sites for saving big
    Better joints without surgery
    6 surprising hazards in your home
    Protect your good name online
    Great car care gifts
    How low car payments can hurt you
    High-fiber cereals can satisfy your taste buds
    What you need to know about prepaid cards
    The only 2 rewards cards you really need
    Can good bacteria fight a growing medical threat?
    11 things every home should have
    Dump your big bank and save
    Beauty products you're probably using the wrong way

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