I was set a challenge recently; to make up a gift box of treats for a colleague ( thank you lovely Jennifer) and to make it plastic free.
'Piece of cake' i thought. After all, I watched the blue planet. Im good at recycling and being responsible.
I took out my pen and started to draw up a list of all the goodies I could include. This was exciting. I LOVE buying thoughtful gifts..
Lovely Jo Malone candle. Oh. Its wrapped in cellophane before its put in the pretty box.
Nice bath salts - sealed plastic bag
Pretty lipstick - plastic tube. Plastic outer tube.
Chocolates share bag - plastic
Face mask - plastic sachet
I know. Maltesers. They come in a cardboard box - but the box is wrapped in cellophane.
Pretty necklace from boutique shop - oh for goodness sake. WHY does it need a plastic wrapper.
Expensive Hand cream - I give up.....
So it turns out that I nowhere near as good at this as I thought. I spend hours pouring over the internet to work out what was going on.
Why are we using so much plastic?
And why havent we noticed?
why arent we aware that EVERY SINGLE TOOTHBRUSH WE HAVE EVER OWNED STILL EXISTS.
We all know that plastic is bad. 95% of plastic ever made is still in existence. A lot of that is in the oceans causing irreparable damage to the ecosystem and marine life. Manufacturers note in the cryptic small print that the item is (theoretically) recyclable, but councils have neither the technology nor the inclination to recycle anything but the most basic classes of plastic, therefore recyclable or not, the majority ends up in landfill.
Why arent we shouting the message that plastic is bad from the rooftops instead of continuing to use it in vast quantities in a mindless fashion . Has our refuse system become so efficient that we have become disconnected - that we think that things simply disappear when we throw them in the bin?
I refuse to believe that its because we dont care. We definitely care. I think it has become so ingrained in our sense of normality that it actually takes a wake up call to remind us to be more mindful.
Supermarket bags, plastic coated takeaway cups, water bottles, plastic wrapped sandwiches, plastic wrapped everything. All being pushed in us by supermarkets and big chains under the guise of 'convenience'
The cheap, disposable lifestyle is running away with us and reeking havoc with the environment; but is is really all that inconvenient to take a bag with you? Or to take a water bottle out instead of buying water every time we leave the house.
Plastic is being pushed as the easy answer. The panacea of food quality, ease of transport of out of season foods, convenience and instant gratification. Surely none of those things mean anything in comparison to killing sea turtles and irreversibly damaging the delicate ocean ecosystem
I think that this argument may have been lost along the way when it was being championed by hippies and eco warriers. People considered the message to be too far from the mainstream and lost amongst so many other campaigns to be truly heard.
But the tide is slowly turning. The Blue Planet, (spectacular piece of work led by the wonderful David Attenburgh) made us all sit up and think. There is a slow but steady trickle of people pulling out cotton bags at the supermarket, refusing straws in drinks, taking packed lunches to work. Every single action that reduces plastic is an action that is nothing short of heroic. You dont need to do it all. But you should try to do something.
I have now been (mostly) plastic free for a month. Im a professional who enjoys being polished and glamorous so I am definitely not going to suggest going shampoo free or disguising the smell of your sweat with lemongrass oil. It is a steep learning curve, but it is taking me back to a lifestyle which is more mindful and considered. Its also saving me a lot of money! I want to prove that it is possible to live a normal life; a better life, without plastic; and if I can do it, anyone can.
Nothing hits large companies more than the weight of public opinion and spending, so every time we refuse plastic is a small incentive to supermarkets to offer better options. This seemingly inevitable slide to self destruction CAN be stopped. And all it takes is for each person to decide that enough is enough. Its about choice. If we all choose to refuse plastic, then things will change. At present, it is nearly impossible to be plastic free, but if we can aim to significantly reduce or use of disposible items, we could reduce our plastic use by 90% without even noticing.
I challenge you to join me in becoming a plastic hero for April.
TOGETHER, WE CAN START A PLASTIC FREE REVOLUTION.
10 tips to get you started:
1. MAKE A PLEDGE TO SAY NO. Never accept bags from shops. If you forget your bags, either fill up your pockets and carry what you can, or go home empty handed. Its so easy to forget your bag for life, but if we all institute a rule of never accepting new bags, then we will significantly reduce the quantity of bags being generated. When your plastic bag for life is done, replace it with a cotton or canvas bag. They are sturdier and can be thrown in the washing machine to freshen up. I forgot my bag at the greengrocer so stuffed fruit into every pocket and into my sleeves. I havent forgot my bags again...
2. Give up straws. Drinking straws have no real purpose in life, are used for 20 minutes then litter beaches for hundreds of years. You need to be quite clear about this because most bars and restaurants will pop a straw in your drink without you asking. Make sure to specifically ask for No straw. They will get the message if enough people ask. If you really cant live without straws, buy bamboo or steel straws for a plastic free straw experience!
3. NEVER EVER buy fruit and veg packaged in plastic, and dont pick up small bags to keep your fruits separate. There is just no need for fresh items to be packaged - your oranges honestly dont mind if they are touching your apples. Choosing loose items means you have more choice over quantity and ripeness too. Your supermarket should have everything you need loose, but go and have a look at your local fruit market or greengrocers. Take a cotton bag and fill it with goodies.
4. Choose items with plastic free packaging wherever possible. Buy bread from the bakery instead of off the shelf. Buy cheese from the counter and ask them to wrap it in paper or to put it in your own container. Choose chocolate that is foil or paper wrapped rather than a plastic bag of sweets. Be mindful of deliberately rejecting items that are wrapped in plastic. If you are lucky enough to find a store with loose grains, take jars along and fill up.
5. If you really need an item in plastic packaging (eg shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste) and cant find an alternative then choose the largest bottle you can. One large bottle contains FAR less plastic than many smaller bottles.
6. Dont buy packaged lunch foods. Either bring your own lunch from home or sit in a cafe and eat. Dont ever accept plastic cutlery. It might seem like a small thing, but if we all make these small changes then demand will drop and production will slow down.
7. Carry a water bottle. Find a bottle you like and carry it with you at all times. In the uk our drinking water is safe and pleasant to drink, so you can refill anywhere. In europe, water is safe but often has an unpleasant taste. If it stops you buying bottles on the go, buy a water filter bottle, or filter for the house. These are cheap and readily available, and can significantly improve the taste.
8. If you enjoy takeaway coffee, take your own steel takeaway cup. Coffee shop cups are made of plastic lined paper and as such are not recyclable. Most coffee shops offer a discount if you take your own
9. Switch to bar soap. Modern soaps are much kinder to skin that their older counterparts; and one bar will outlast 2-3 bottles of handsoap and showergel
10. MICROBEADS are causing havoc with marine life. These are now banned however there is a good chance that you still have products containing them. If you do, either return the item to the manufacturer and make them take responsibility for disposal, or seal the product in its packaging and put it in the NON recyclable rubbish. If you remove the contents and recycle the packaging, the microbeads will leach into the water system.
Good luck and let me know if you are joining in. I will be running a separate plastics blog so as not to spam the Aer medical page - come over and have a look x
Everybody wants to look a bit younger and a bit fresher. Like they did in their 20s when they didn’t even notice their tight plump skin and high cheekbones. (Youth is entirely wasted on the young!) With the myriad of anti-ageing treatments available promising the world, no price is too high and no treatment is too bizarre in the quest to tighten and rejuvenate. Despite the promises of instant rejuvenation and baby soft skin, we all face the inevitable slide into middle age and beyond. But what if we could change our bodies at a cellular level. What if our cells could become immortal and stop ageing in its tracks. Do we actually want to retain our youth forever?
As long as time itself, people have been seeking the elixir of life. The fountain of youth that could keep us looking and feeling young.
It is quite possible that scientists may have stumbled across a discovery that could cause cells to turn back the clock on ageing and its all down to a group of tiny proteins called telomeres.
Telomeres (greek: telo=end, meros = plate) are tiny protein caps which sit on the ends of chromosomes and protect them from damage and from sticking to neighbouring chromosomes. ( for the science geeks they are nucleotide repeat sequences TTAGGG repeated hundreds of thousands of times)
Each time a human cell divides, a gap is left at the end plate resulting in telomeres shortening with every cell division.
After years, telomeres become too short for further cell division and the cell undergoes programmed cell destruction, or it switches itself off. (If the cell doesn’t decommission and continues to replicate, it risks relaying aberrant information and even forming cancer cells.). If the function of these cells is not taken over by others, then function slows and the body begins to show physical signs of ageing.
Telomeres are also sensitive to oxidative stress and free radicals which can cause premature shortening and therefore premature ageing.
All is not lost though. An enzyme called Telomerase lengthens Telomeres by gluing proteins on to the end of the telomere every time the cell divides. This prevents the telomeres from wearing out too quickly, and, if they had a sufficient supply of telomerase, cells could keep dividing indefinitely; that is to say, they could become immortal. Whilst this sounds like a far fetched theory, it is scientifically accepted that if we could increase the production of telomerase, telomeres would remain long and ageing would be delayed. Most human cells have a scanty supply of telomerase.
Increasing telomerase activity could slow down the ageing process
But what’s the catch?
Good question. Because so far it sounds like if scientists could manufacture telomerase in daily pill form, we could all look like 25 year olds indefinitely!
Not quite.. The body is excellent at knowing which cells are faulty, worn out, or are beginning to code spurious information. It programmes those cells to self destruct or switch off. If we provided an endless supply of telomerase to all of the cells in the body, it would be akin to providing Miracle Grow to the weeds and plants in your garden, then being overwhelmed by Japanese knotweed, and risking losing your beautiful flowers. Cancer cells are known to have high telomerase activity, so by providing an external source of telomerase, faulty cells which should have been destroyed could progress to cancer. Therefore we may take away one of the body’s safety nets against cancer cells.
To safely increase telomere length, we need to harness the power of telomerase and allow the body to continue to weed out rogue cells as needed. The best way to do this is to encourage the body to build more telomerase of its own and to and send it to appropriate and healthy cells.
Digging out the weeds, then putting miracle grown on the flowers, and using plenty of it!
How can we lengthen our telomeres naturally? Are there any lifestyle changes we can make?
We haven’t yet found the silver bullet, but scientists are working on it. In the meantime there are some medically proven ways you can increase your telomere length and help yourself to look 10 years younger. Don’t you just love it when healthy advice can be robustly backed up by science? It will be no surprise to hear that common sense, healthy living advice is actually good for you!
1. Reduce oxidative stress
This means reduce the effect of free radicals on your telomeres by providing a steady flow of anti-oxidants. How do we supply anti oxidants? Vitamins of course! Specifically vitamin C and E. Berries, lemons and pineapples are particularly high in vitamin C, but most fruit and veg will give you a healthy boost. Blueberries are known as a superfood but all berries pack a vitamin rich punch. Vitamin E rich foods include spinach, trout and olive oil. Interestingly, studies have shown that those who take regular multivitamins have telomeres 5% longer than non users so it may be a good idea to include an A-Z vitamin tablet if your diet is not nutritionally complete
Studies have shown that those who exercise have longer telomeres. This effect is particularly noted in middle aged participants. One study showed that middle aged long distance runners had 75% longer telomeres than their non exercising counterparts. This doesn't conclude that long distance running is better - indeed over exercising may reduce the beneficial effects by increasing oxidative stress; but it does clearly show that commencing and sticking to an exercise programme causes a significant improvement in telomere length. It also shows that if you are in your 40s, 50s, 60s or beyond, its not too late to take up exercise. in fact it might be the perfect time because your body will reap the most rewards. Just remember to start gently and speak to your doctor before starting if you have medical conditions.
3. Reduce stress:
Chronic stress has been shown to prematurely reduce telomere length – and we know that this leads to premature ageing. Find your Zen and do what it takes to reduce your stress. Some people enjoy getting outdoors, some love music or reading, cycling or painting. There are a million articles on this, so I wont go on, but find your happy place – if not for your sanity, then for your telomeres!
We haven’t yet found the elusive fountain of youth, but science is moving in the right direction. A few simple lifestyle changes are PROVEN to keep you happy and youthful. Send us your before and after photos!
In the internet age, it can be very difficult to separate fact from fiction, especially on medical matters. Internet Warriers create swathes of misinformation for their own inexplicable reasons and this information is carried forward as 'fact'. The Anti-vaxxer movement has caused huge amounts of damage to the nations health and wellbeing by loudly pronouncing their conspiracy theories and medically inaccurate 'facts'
As doctors, our only priority is YOU and your health. Here are 10 reasons why we think you should book your flu vaccine today.
1. A COLD IS NOT THE FLU
I can't stress this enough. Colds and Flu are different illnesses caused by different viruses. if you have been in bed for a few days feeling miserable then bounce back, it is not the flu. Flu is a serious illness that will keep you in bed for a few weeks and may take over a month to recover from.
2. FLU IS VERY CONTAGIOUS
The flu virus is spread by droplets or particles in the air, can spread over 6 feet and is active for several days on surfaces that it lands on. That means that if someone is three rows away from you on the bus, you are at risk. Touching any surface in a public area that has been touched by someone with the flu can spread the virus - so touching door-handles, surfaces, toys, taps etc all cause spread. Flu can be infectious from the day before symptoms arise, so people might not realise that they are infecting others.
3. FLU CAN'T BE TREATED WITH ANTIBIOTICS
Antibiotics are used to treat bacterial infections. Flu is a viral infection and as such, antibiotics have NO effect on the severity or longevity of illness. If someone has a confirmed case of flu, they are occasionally offered an anti-viral medication, but these are of limited benefit.
4. FLU CAN LEAD TO SERIOUS MEDICAL COMPLICATIONS
Such as pneumonia, adult respiratory distress syndrome and death.
In the recent Australian flu epidemic, there were reports of healthy young adults having pus-filled lungs.
5. FLU IS NOT AGEIST
Clearly the elderly and very young are always more vulnerable to infectious diseases, however flu can hit previously healthy young adults with devastating consequences. Every year, healthy adults end up in ITU with serious consequences of flu. Its possible that this is because the elderly population may have already encountered various flu viruses in their lifetimes, but young adults may have never been unexposed.
6. MELBOURNE FLU IS PREDICTED THIS WINTER
Australia has just had its worst flu epidemic since records began. The Melbourne flu virus seems to be particularly infectious and people became much, much sicker than in previous years.
7. FOREIGN TRAVEL MEANS RAPID TRANSMISSION
Where previously, flu would travel slowly between villages, air travel and tourism can cause small outbreaks to become global pandemics, such as happened with the Swine flu outbreak from south America.
8. LAST YEARS VACCINE MIGHT NOT BE ENOUGH PROTECTION
Every year, medical researchers need to survey global flu activity and predict which flu viruses will be most active, and include those in the annual vaccine. On top of that, the flu virus changes shape every year to try to evade detection. This is called viral shift and drift. There is a good chance that the virus will have changed shape since you were last vaccinated; and last years vaccine didn't include protection against Melbourne flu
9. PROTECT YOUR COMMUNITY AND FAMILY
Even if you think you are healthy enough to cope with the flu ( and you might not be - see point 5), there are members of the community who are too frail or ill to survive a bout of flu. If you work with the elderly, children, or in a healthcare setting, you have a moral obligation to protect your patients. If enough people are vaccinated, then herd immunity is formed and the virus has nowhere to spread to and dies out.
10. YOU CAN'T GET THE FLU FROM THE FLU INJECTION
Its biologically impossible. The flu vaccine is made from a small portion of the outer shell of the flu ( the antigens) or from a deactivated virus therefore there is NO LIVE VIRUS available to create disease. Some people might feel achy or feverish after the vaccine. This is a transient immune response, but it is NOT the flu. The only way you can get the flu straight after a vaccine is if you were already infected and were going to get it anyway.
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLU?
1. Get you and your family Vaccinated. This is the best protection available
2. Avoid close contact with people who are unwell
3. WASH your hands if you have been out in public, on buses or in shops. Hand washing with soap and water saves lives in hospitals and can protect you and your family too. Carry hand sanitizer if you are eating in public.
4. The Queen always wears gloves in public to prevent picking up germs whilst shaking hands. Be like the Queen and wear gloves if its practical.
5. Try to avoid touching your face. Its a habit that we all have, but if you have picked up a virus on your hands, then you will transfer it to your airways if you touch your face.
6. Don't go outside if you are unwell. Stay off work and away from public areas until you are better. If you need to see the doctor, ask them to make a home visit to prevent spreading infection to the waiting room
7. Teach good cough etiquette. Covering your mouth when coughing and disposing of handkerchiefs after sneezing significantly reduces viral spread.
Flu is a killer disease. Please don't let fear and misinformation prevent you from protecting yourself and your family. Book your vaccine today.
In our next article about vaccines, we will be debunking common myths spread by anti-vaxxers, including Mercury, Autism and Formaldehyde
by Dr Heather Robertson
CAN YOU BE A CHOCOLATE LOVER WITH BEAUTIFUL SKIN?
Winner of the womens' Health Future 50 Beauty awards, Esthechoc by Cambridge Chocolate is a new and scientifically proven way to eat yourself to better skin. 10 year of research has led to a product which captures all of the goodness of dark chocolate and combines it with marine collagen to boost cellular growth and skin health.
Each box comes with twenty-one 7.5g individually wrapped pieces dark chocolate, at 38kcal each for a price of £42. The logic behind the three week supply is that scientific evidence shows that results will be seen in three weeks. The chocolate is dark and rich, with a slight seaside aftertaste, which is delicious once you get used to it!
I decided to give this product a try because I notice that I was developing wrinkles around my mouth as a result of habitual threading, waxing and laughing too much!
I know exactly what you are thinking..
'Gluten free, vegetarian chocolate that supports natural oxidative stress protection and detoxification processes whilst helping to maintain healthy oxygen levels in the skin? That sounds too good to be true!'
it does sound too good to be true, but the product is backed by robust scientific evidence and the results speak for themselves. Here are my before and after pictures. I made no other changes to my skincare or dietary regime.
As you can see from the pictures, after just three weeks, my skin began to look plumper, healthier and glowing. My nose to mouth lines have significantly improved and I have even noticed that puffiness around my eyes has reduced.
The only downside is the price, but on reflection, the price is considerably less than if I had paid for fillers and peels to achieve similar results, so the chocolates are worth every penny. Add in the benefit that they are made from familiar ingredients and are deliciously tasty, they are well worth the price.
If like me you are looking for an alternative to invasive treatments to get back your youthful radiance, this could be the product for you.
See Aer Medical's website for more information and to send us your queries. We would love to hear your comments below.
by Farrah Khan Al Mousawi
The author has no allegiance to, or pecuniary interest in Esthechoc
All reviews are independent and unbiased
You are all the books you read, and all the words you speak’
In a world obsessed with looks, we have to ask ourselves, are we teaching our girls the life skills necessary for a balanced and happy life? Girls specifically because of the “female objectification” excuse that seems to be cropping up in comments everywhere in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Girls today, perhaps more than any other time with the rise of social media sites, are under pressure to emulate the air brushed perfection and beauty of celebrities and socialites. But are these are the wrong things to be striving for?
Don’t we have a responsibility to teach our girls to be smart, talented, resourceful, and funny as well as pretty? Teach them to strive to be leaders and influencers and an inspiration to others.
Shouldn’t we be encouraging them to reach for the stars instead of the mascara?
Shouldn't their role models be ground-breaking and inspirational women like Malala Yousafzai who survived a murder attempt by the taliban and now is a human rights activist, championing education for girls; or Valentina Tereshkova who was the first woman in space in 1963; a time when many women didn’t even work, rather than reality TV personalities and the Kardashians? Shouldn’t we be encouraging them to stop taking selfies and start playing sports, reading, contributing to society, and learning new skills. Don’t we have a responsibility to stop the culture of self-obsession and nurture the inspirational women of the future.
Resist the urge to compliment a girl solely on her looks. Instead, show interest in what she’s learning at school, ask what her favourite subjects are, and if she has any hobbies. What she wants to be when she grows up. That way she will realise she is valued for more than just her appearance.
I know it’s difficult. The media relentlessly force feeds us images of impossible ideals of perfection, and deliberately promotes the exploitation of women because sex sells.
But what about everything else women have to offer? When did how we look begin to determine who we are? Campaigning for women’s rights and bridging the gender inequality gap should be our priority instead of buying into airbrushed distractions. If we don’t try to change things for our girls now, how will we answer to the generations to come?
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be the best possible version of ourselves, so long as we’re doing it for ourselves and no one else. And as long as we recognise that beauty is not a recipe for happiness, status, or success. A culture based on looks is inherently toxic. It can lead to feelings of inadequacy, stress, and in extreme cases, depression. After all, looks fade. And if we don’t first love and accept ourselves, how can we begin to expect others to do the same?
At AER Medical, the ethos is to enhance natural beauty and healthy skin, along with and inner beauty and self development. Be your best self all day, every day so you can focus on changing the world.
By Farrah Khan Al Mousawi
In Gibraltar, we are very lucky to have weather that allows us to wear flip-flops or sandals for most of the year. This feels liberating, but considering that most foot problems are worsened by summer shoes, this comes with a range of health problems for your feet.
Sandals, flip flops and ballet flats, whilst pretty, offer almost no arch support for your feet. This can exacerbate problems such as over pronation, shin splints and collapsed arches - AKA the dreaded 'flat feet'. Not only are these problems unsightly, they can lead to joint pains and straining of knees and hips.
Wearing open shoes can lead to a build up of hard skin (callous) and makes toes more vulnerable to injury. Feet are exposed to germs from the street, which can lead to infections if the skin is broken.
So what is the best way to care for your tootsies? Varying your footwear and alternating shoes every day or so allows feet to have variation in pressure points and keeps shoes fresher. Everyone should have a daily foot routine of washing, carefully drying between the toes and applying moisturiser to dry skin. Diabetic patients should check daily around the feet and between the toes for signs of skin damage. Keeping nails trimmed, and cut straight across can help avoid ingrowing toenails. Patients with diabetes or sensory neurological problems of the legs need to take particular care of their feet, and should already be having annual foot-checks. They should NEVER cut their own toenails.
Many people need more intensive treatment than can be done at home, so have professional foot treatments. These may be provided a beautician or a podiatrist.
Beauty salons offer pedicures of varying degrees of luxury and should be considered as a pampering treatment rather than heavy duty foot repair. They typically involve a foot soak, gentle scrub, superficial exfoliation and application of cream before cuticles are trimmed and nail varnish is applied. These relaxing treatments will keep your feet looking pretty and can remove a small amount of dry skin. However they are unable to tackle any significant calluses or other foot problems, and are not suitable for those with certain medical conditions. They may cause harm to patients with diabetic feet because even the smallest skin break or burn from hot water could lead to catastrophic, non healing infections in the feet.
To really care for your feet, a trip to the podiatrist/chiropodist is in a different league. No longer the reserve of the older generation, podiatry offers a ‘medical pedicure' which is a superpowered pedicure capable of restoring the most unpleasant of trotters and transforming them into glorious things of beauty. A medi-pedi involves medical assessment, surgical excision of dry skin using blades and drills, nail assessment and care, application of nourishing foot cream and overall foot health examination. This is then topped off by an application of medical nail polish which unlike traditional nail varnishes, actively improves the health of your toenails! Podiatrists are experts in all things foot related and can assess and treat ingrowing toenails, bunions, calluses, collapsed arches and gait problems. Treatments are carried out by medical professionals in a safe and sterile environment. The results of this are far superior to and will by far outlast those of a standard pedicure.
It’s worth mentioning that Pedicures are one of the most common ways to spread fungal infections, warts and veruccae. Beauticians use a variety of methods of cleaning equipment and some may be inadequate to prevent cross infection. Don’t be scared to ask before embarking upon treatment because all good beauticians will be happy to discuss their infection control policies. Podiatrists always use disposable blades and all other equipment is autoclaved to ensure 100% sterilisation; so you can be confident that your feet will be happy and healthy.
As a doctor, I would always recommend that diabetic patients choose a podiatrist over a beautician for pedicures. Actually, scratch that - I think everyone should give it a try.
JG Podiatry, Ocean Medical Clinic, Gibraltar www.jgpodiatrist.com
The Foot Medic, Bearsden, Glasgow. www.foot-medic.co.uk
Margaret Dabbs, Marylebone, London www.margaretdabbs.co.uk
by Dr Heather Robertson
We are a brand new boutique medical clinic in Gibraltar, specialising in general medicine and medical aesthetics.
We are are group of young and dynamic senior doctors from the UK committed to providing first class, British standard treatments.
All of our treatments are bespoke to your needs, and each treatment is only carried out by the best doctor for the job. We provide a range of aesthetic and skin health treatments and specialise in problematic skin. We also sell a wide range of medical skincare products and lifestyle accessories.
We will be blogging about topics including product and treatment reviews, medical issues and lifestyle.
If you would like to be a guest blogger or have topics you would like us to cover, feel free to contact us! We would love to hear from you.