Dickerson Oxton - March 2019

Know Who You're Hiring 3 QUESTIONS TO ASK ANY LAWYER Finding an attorney is a big job. After all, this person is going to represent you and your case, and you want to make sure you’re in good hands. Thankfully, most lawyers offer free consultations. While these no-cost meetings are designed to help lawyers understand the strength of your claim, you should also use this opportunity to gauge the professional you’re thinking about hiring. Here are a few questions you should ask during these consultations. Very few people would be brave enough to sign up as a lawyer’s very first case. When you’re looking for representation, you want someone who has more than just a theoretical understanding of the law. Practical experience is important, especially when it’s tied to the specific category of practice your case aligns with. Plenty of lawyers tout their decades of experience working in the law, but if 90 percent of their experience is in criminal law and you’re looking to recover damages from a complex Have You Been Misdiagnosed? SOMETIMES EVEN DOCTORS GET ITWRONG WHAT’S YOUR LEGAL BACKGROUND?

Go Natural with Your Antibiotics 2 WAYS TO FIGHT BACTERIA Our world is becoming increasingly antibacterial with practically every office, medical facility, and school being equipped with dozens of containers of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes. While these products claim to be 99.9 percent effective at killing bacteria, the harsh chemicals dry out our skin, and over time, bacteria become more and more resistant to these agents. Doctors, too, are blamed for overprescribing antibiotics. As a result, we’re hearing more and more about “superbugs” — strains of harmful bacteria that cause severe illness and are not easily remedied by antibiotics. But you can still protect yourself and your family against illness-causing bacteria without resorting to harsh chemicals and medications. The answer is to go all-natural! Here are two options that are completely natural yet totally effective against the microorganisms that make us sick. RAW HONEY Most honey you find at the store has been pasteurized and filtered, rendering it far less effective when it comes to its antibacterial properties. On the other hand, raw, unfiltered honey is an incredible antiseptic. Even better than your average raw honey is manuka honey, which comes from New Zealand. Its antibacterial properties are potent enough that hospitals around the world keep it on hand to treat certain kinds of infections and burns. If you get a cut, applying raw honey to the wound can keep out harmful, infection-causing bacteria while killing any existing bacteria. Not only does the honey help prevent infection but it can also help reduce healing time. Raw honey can also help alleviate internal infections, such as peptic ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori . Manuka honey is particularly great for this — just add some to hot tea or water and drink! OREGANO A study published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences took a look at the effectiveness of oregano against bacteria. It turns out certain compounds in oregano — carvacrol and thymol — make it a strong antibacterial and antifungal agent. The study found that oregano was effective against salmonella as well as other harmful microorganisms and fungi that make people sick. As an antibacterial, oregano is most useful as an essential oil. In this form, it’s highly potent, meaning you only need a drop or two in a glass of water for it to have an effect. You can drink it, or you can infuse a couple of drops into some coconut oil and apply to your skin. However, be warned that because it is potent, it should not be used on a regular, ongoing basis. Use only when needed and only for a few days at a time — and never use it undiluted!

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