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he days when men and women would work for the same company for decades are largely a thing of the past. Though some professionals still remain loyal to a single firm for the duration of their careers, such instances are now the aberration as opposed to the norm. Switching firms or careers has certainly become more acceptable over the years, but that does not necessarily mean everyone who switches jobs is doing it for the right reason. Many people have switched jobs only to realize the grass is not greener on the other side. Others have switched jobs amidst economic uncertainty only to be laid off shortly after making the move. While the opportunity for a fresh start is nothing to scoff at, professionals looking to change careers should consider a host of factors before deciding to do so.

Motivation Before changing careers, it’s best to sit down and honestly assess what is motiving your potential move. If you harbor a strong desire to pursue a passion and make it your career, then changing careers is probably something you must do. But changing careers because you feel if you are slighted by a current employer or you feel like changing for the sake of change, then you might want to reconsider. If you’re considering a change because of an issue with your present employer, try working out the issue before pursuing a career change. You might find the issue is a byproduct of miscommunication and not something to change careers over. If you want to change careers because you feel like you need a change, keep in mind how difficult the job market is and how vulnerable you might be if your next move does not pan out. Give your motivation some serious thought before making any career changes, and you’re less likely to regret your decision. Experience

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Pursuing a new career in a different field can be exciting, but if you lack experience in that field then you could be making a mistake. While the economy has rebounded in 2013, the job market is still highly competitive and less than ideal for inexperienced workers. While you will need to start somewhere if you ever hope to transition to a new career, consider doing so on a part-time or volunteer basis and keep your current job. This gives you a chance to get your feet wet and pad your resume, and you will still have the safety net of a full-time career.

potential impact such a change may have on you and if you’re willing to live with that impact.

Relocation Better jobs might be available in a different job market, but there are disadvantages to relocating. Many established professionals already have a network of friends, family and fellow professionals, and abandoning that network for a new life in another city can be extremely difficult. Single workers might adjust more easily to a relocation, but parents must consider the potential impact a Quality of Life relocation will have on their families. Even Quality of life is too often overlooked when single professionals might find moving to professionals are considering a career change. a new city where they have no established Though the opportunity to make more money social circle is far more difficult than they is enticing, money should not dictate your imagined. Such a move can cause feelings decision. A new job with a higher salary of loneliness and isolation. Unemployed might require you to be on the road more professionals may feel that’s a risk worth often than your current career, negatively taking, but those who already have a job impacting your quality of life, especially if should determine if a relocation is really you have a family. Longer hours at the office something they are ready to try. may also take away from family or personal time, which can affect your quality of life as well. Before changing careers, think of the

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tress is a significant part of many people’s lives. Men and women experience stress for a variety of reasons, but the rigors of managing a career and a family are something many men and women point to as their biggest causes of stress. Though both men and women suffer from stress, how they respond to stress is vastly different. According to a report from the American Psychological Association titled “Stress in America,” only 52 percent of men say it is very important to manage stress. That pales in comparison to the 68 percent of women who recognize the importance of managing stress. In addition, the APA notes that roughly 25 percent of women recognize they are not doing enough to manage stress, while just 17 percent of men feel the same way. Such statistics are important, as men who underestimate stress could be unaware that stress increases their risk for depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease. Recognizing a problem with stress is a great first step toward reducing it and improving your long-term health. There are many ways men can reduce stress, but the APA again notes that men are far less likely than women to employ strategies to reduce stress. Fifty-one percent of women, for example, admit to reading as a means of relieving stress, while only 31 percent of men say they read to relieve stress. Men who want to buck these trends can take several steps to cope with and ultimately reduce their stress.

A healthy activity like jogging is one way men can effectively cope with excessive stress.

Find the cause of your stress Recognizing the things that trigger your stress can help you avoid them or at least be more prepared for them going forward. Workplace stress is considerable for many people, and a 2012 study published in the medical journal Cardiology & Vascular Medicine found that people with job strain at work, which the authors defined as high demand on the individual and little to no freedom to make their own decisions as to how and when to do the work, had a 23 percent greater risk of heart attack. If work is the primary cause of your stress and you don’t address it, the impact on your health could be

dire. When you find yourself stressing out, take a moment to write down the things that might have triggered the stressful episode. It might be a particular task at work or driving in heavy traffic. Once you have identified the things that trigger your stress you can work to avoid them as best as possible or you will be able to see them coming and might be able to respond more calmly. Find a healthy response to stress How you respond to stress is essential to reducing it. As previously noted, many men do not even recognize the importance of managing stress, and those men might be more inclined to respond to stress in negative, unhealthy ways, such as by smoking or drinking. Such responses will only exacerbate the problem. Finding a healthy response to stress is essential. Some research has suggested that exercise enhances the body’s ability to deal with stress and provides the body with somewhat of a trial run at responding to stress. When the body is exercising, several of its physiological systems must communicate with one another, and those same systems must work together once again when the body is responding to stress. So exercise may not only relieve stress but also help your body become more capable of coping with stress. Discussing stress with others or a stressreducing activity like meditation are also healthy responses to stress. Take a proactive approach to stress Many people can trace their stress to taking on more they can handle. This can occur at the office, in your personal life or, as is the case for many people, a combination of both. Stretching yourself too thinly can make you vulnerable to stress. Even if one particular thing like work or family is not stressing you out, it’s important to recognize that stress can also be caused by a combination of things. Before stress even has a chance to settle in, make an effort to give yourself more down time and do not stretch yourself too thin.

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Men who need to lose weight should focus on a healthier diet full of lean protein, fruits and vegetables.

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hough many diet plans are geared to women, a fair share of men are interested in shedding pounds, too. Men may not discuss their weight gain woes around the water cooler at work, but that

doesn’t mean they aren’t just as concerned about weight gain as women. In recognition of the disparity between male and female weight loss efforts, weight loss experts have developed different programs to help men realize their weight loss goals. Instead of promoting salads and soups, these diets are advertising that meat and beer are acceptable while touting the benefit of lifting weights over pilates classes. But that doesn’t mean these new plans are any more successful than more traditional diet and exercise regimens. The foundation of any successful diet is cutting calories. Dieting is also successful when a person has the will power to stay on course. In addition, nutritionists often cite some tried and true methods to diet that men can follow as they attempt to lose weight. Consume lean proteins with every meal Meat, egg whites, fish, legumes, and nuts are some of the lean proteins men can rely on. Proteins help you to feel fuller longer, which

can prevent you from overeating. Eat throughout the day Aim to eat several small meals throughout the day to keep your body working and your metabolism high. Six to eight small meals per day will have you eating all day long, so you won’t have to worry about being hungry. But choose lean proteins, vegetables and fruits over fatty snacks. Fill up on fruits and vegetables When arranging your plate, devote half of the dish to fruits or vegetables and the remaining half to protein and a whole-grain. Using a smaller dish will trick the brain into thinking you ate more, which can prevent overeating and keep your portions in check. Drink only zero-calorie beverages Many people fail to realize just how many calories their favorite beverages contain. Drinking too many high-calorie beverages can negate the benefit of smart eating. Water, diet soft drinks and unsweetened tea

or coffee should be the beverages that you stick to on a regular basis. A study by the Atlanta-based Calorie Control Council, a group that represents makers of low-calorie and reduced-fat food and beverages, found that 39 percent of men were regular buyers of diet drinks in 1994. By 2004, the number had risen to 53 percent, as there’s much less of a stigma attached to drinking diet soda. Be aware of medications If you take medications, pay attention to the side effects. Some pills can contribute to weight gain. Switching to another medication may help. Although there are many diets geared to men, much of the same rules apply for men as women when it comes to shedding pounds. Eating the right foods in moderation is the key to any successful diet.

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Drinking water instead of high-calorie beverages like soda is one way men can lose weight and keep the weight off.

ew men jump at the chance to go on a diet. Eating smaller portions while saying “goodbye” to some of your favorite foods is never easy, especially for men who find it hard to resist a bucket of chicken wings or a juicy hamburger. Though sacrifice is a part of any successful diet, there’s more than one way for men to lose weight and keep the weight off once it’s gone. The following are a few simple dieting tips for men who want to start eating healthier without making drastic changes to their diets.

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Don’t mistake dehydration for hunger The symptoms of dehydration are similar to those of hunger, so it’s easy to mistake thirst for hunger. If you find yourself feeling some hunger pangs even if you just ate, pour yourself a glass of water instead of reaching for a snack. You’ll avoid consuming unnecessary calories when you might just need to rehydrate.

Don’t eat after dinner It might sound simple, but many men eat mindlessly even when they aren’t hungry, and this eating frequently occurs after dinner. This can contribute to weight gain, especially if you’re snacking on unhealthy fare like potato chips or cookies. When eating anything that is high in carbs late at night, your body might have a hard time breaking that down into energy before you go to bed. If it does, your body will then store it as fat.

Don’t forget a diet is not just about subtraction Many men feel a diet is all about subtracting foods, but you can also add healthier fare. Add more fruits and vegetables, which can boost your immune system, making you less susceptible to colds and other ailments. If you aren’t a fan of vegetables on their own, incorporate them into your recipes rather than serving them as a side dish. Vegetables can add flavor to a host of dishes, including pasta,

Pack in the protein Research has shown that, when combined with exercise, a diet that is high in protein and moderate in carbohydrates can make it easier to lose weight. Healthy protein sources like yogurt, beans and nuts make the body feel full while encouraging it to burn fat. In addition, protein helps preserve muscle mass and can aid in muscle recovery, which makes for an added benefit for men who are dieting and exercising.

stir fry and even sandwiches. Divide and conquer your calories Dividing your calorie consumption into several smaller meals as opposed to three meals per day is another way to control appetite and weight. Often referred to as “grazing,” this approach to eating involves eating five or six smaller, healthy meals each day in an effort to keep the body’s metabolism going all day. This helps men burn more calories and get them used to eating smaller portions. Though the efficacy of grazing has been questioned, many men and women stand by it as an effective way to

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en hoping to get in shape typically know that getting fit requires a combination of diet and exercise. While it might be easy to adapt to a new exercise regimen, many men find it difficult to alter their diets. But a healthy diet does not have to be drab. The following are some healthy foods that men can enjoy on their way to improving their overall health.

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TURKEY: Each ounce of skinless turkey breast contains seven grams of muscle-building protein, which should interest those men looking to improve their physique. Turkey often has no saturated fat and is even high inn vitamin B and zinc. BEANS: Beans are loaded with protein and contain no saturated fat. Men who want to get the most bang for their bean should consider black beans, which have the most fiber per serving. Fiber swells in your stomach and makes you feel full, which can quell any hunger pangs you get during the day. This can help you avoid overeating. SWEET POTATOES: Sweet potatoes are a staple of Thanksgiving dinner, but they can be enjoyed year-round, too. Sweet potatoes protect the body against cell damage because they’re loaded with nutrients such as beta carotene, iron and vitamins C and E. Sweet potatoes also help your body’s muscles recover after a tough workout. BEEF: Beef might not be the first food men think of when they’re trying to get in shape and improve their overall health, but beef is loaded with nutrients, including protein, B6 and B12, niacin, phosphorous, and selenium. When buying beef, look for lean cuts. They should not be too difficult to find, as the United States Department of Agriculture notes that today’s beef is 20 percent leaner than it was as recently as a decade ago.

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YOGURT: Men who need to shed a few pounds should consider yogurt, which contains calcium thats help the body feel full as it effectively burns fat. In addition, yogurt contains active cultures that increase the amount of germ-fighting bacteria along the intestinal walls. Studies have linked those cultures to a reduced risk of getting a cold, so you might just avoid a cold while you’re losing some weight. SPINACH: Popeye ate spinach, and men looking to get in shape and stay healthy should follow suit, as spinach is loaded with calcium, fiber and beta carotene, which boosts your immune system. OATMEAL: Eating healthy can start in the morning with a bowl of oatmeal. It contains ample soluble fiber that can reduce a man’s risk of developing heart disease by helping reduce your cholesterol levels. If plain oatmeal is too drab, add some fruit like strawberries, bananas or blueberries, which contain more fiber, vitamins and minerals

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Building muscle is a goal of many men. Men have more muscle mass than women, but it takes some effort to sculpt muscle tissue into a firm and fit physique. While there is no magic formula for transforming the body overnight, there are ways for guys to build muscle quickly and safely. can negatively impact muscle growth. Regularly alter your routine to keep your body guessing. Just as you can plateau with weight loss by keeping everything status quo, the same thing can happen with muscle growth if you do the same thing day in and day out. Remember not to workout everyday. Muscles grow during resting periods.

correctly, you will not build the bulk you desire. Furthermore, you could injure yourself. Always consult with a professional before beginning any workout routine, so you can be sure you’re performing the exercises correctly. A personal trainer and spotter can help correct mistakes in form. By following some guidelines, men can build muscle safely and quickly.

Ensure proper form If you’re not doing the lifting or exercises Start with nutrition As the old adage goes, “You are what you eat,” and this is true when it comes to getting fit and building muscle. Food acts as fuel for the body and plays a role in building muscle. A nutritious diet helps build healthy, lean muscle. The key is to eat enough so that you will gain muscle without eating too much so your diet does not negate the positive impact of your workouts. When choosing foods, multiply your lean body weight by 19 to determine the amount of calories you need to build muscle. Getting the majority of your calories from lean protein sources can help muscles grow faster. The rule of thumb is about 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight each day. However, don’t overlook the benefits of carbohydrates, which are a source of fuel for the body. Balancing proteins and carbohydrates with a variety of fresh produce will give the body the necessary vitamins and minerals it needs to repair itself after workouts. Less is more While it may seem like you have to spend hours at the gym to build muscle, it’s actually better if you scale back a bit. Fitness experts suggest doing no more than 20 sets per muscle group. In fact, sticking to around

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12 sets is even better. Keep repetitions in each set to around six for the most muscle growth. Don’t spend hours working out; stick to a 45-minute workout and do each set at a controlled speed. Slow speeds are always harder because they isolate the muscle being used. When working out, limit the amount of cardiovascular work that you do. Incorporate just enough to burn fat and not burn off muscle. Twenty to 30 minutes of cardio per session is ideal. Always incorporate stretching Stretching is a key to a successful workout. Stretching can help prevent injury, which can sideline any workout plans and reverse all of your hard work. Furthermore, stretching can improve recovery between workouts. Graze throughout the day Instead of eating three big meals per day, aim for four to six smaller, quality meals a day to continue to provide fuel to your body. This provides the calories your body needs to build muscle while maintaining a healthy metabolism. Change it up You may get stuck in a groove with regard to your workout routine, and that routine

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Symptoms of an enlarged prostate What is an enlarged prostate? An enlarged prostate, known as prostatitis or sometimes benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH, is the inflammation of the prostate. What causes the prostate to expand is largely unknown, but the condition has been linked to a few different factors. It may occur as a result of a bacterial infection or decreased immune function. Others find it is the result of weakening muscles. Genetics and the aging process also play a role in prostate enlargement. According to Prostate. net, men have a 50 percent chance of getting prostatitis in their lifetimes. Since the condition is so common, some believe that all men could eventually have an enlarged prostate if they live long enough.

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Symptoms Symptoms of an enlarged prostate vary in their severity, and a small amount of inflammation can cause major symptoms and vice versa. Information from the United States National Library of Medicine says less than half of all men with an enlarged prostate actually have symptoms of the disease. Those who do may experience any number of the following: • Weak or slow urine stream • Feeling of incomplete bladder emptying • Increased urinary frequency or urgency • Testicular pain • Pain with ejaculation • Straining to urinate • Continued dribbling of urine • Stopping and starting while urinating For many men, the increased frequency to visit the bathroom is one of the first indicators that there may be an issue with the prostate gland. Those who have slept comfortably through the night may now be rising one or two times per night to urinate. Many times an enlarged prostate, which leads to an inability to fully empty the bladder, can trigger urinary tract infections. This may compound symptoms and cause

additional pain or burning when passing urine, as well as increased urinary urgency. An infection also may lead to blood in the urine. Diagnosing an enlarged prostate The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis. The prostate secretes fluid that nourishes and protects sperm, and is responsible for pushing this fluid into the urethra prior to ejaculation. The prostate gland’s proximity to the bladder and the penis is largely what causes the problems with urination. Also, because of the prostate’s location, the single best way to detect enlargement of the gland is through a digital rectal examination, or DRE, during which a doctor will insert his or her finger into the rectum and feel for the prostate to see if it is enlarged or tender. Should there be any indication of an abnormality, a prostate-specific antigen blood test, or PSA, or an ultrasound may be suggested. Treatment Medical treatment often helps alleviate the symptoms of an enlarged prostate. A doctor may prescribe alpha-blockers, which relax the muscles around the urethra to help urine flow more freely. If enlargement is due to infection, antibiotics could be given. Other medications, such as 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors, reduce the level of a certain form of testosterone called DHT. With less DHT present, the prostate shrinks. If medications do not alleviate symptoms, surgery may be necessary. In some cases, an enlarged prostate may be an indicator of prostate cancer. A doctor may want to run tests to see if cancer is present. Prostate cancer is often very slow-growing, and some people prefer a wait-and-see method of treatment if symptoms are not troublesome. Understanding enlarged prostate symptoms can help men with the condition feel better faster.

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Beer boasts some surprising health benefits T o some men, the major food groups include burgers, chicken wings and beer. Whether hanging out with buddies watching a game on TV or firing up the grill for a backyard barbecue, many men prefer beer as their beverage of choice in social settings. Though beer is not something many people associate with health, some might be surprised to learn that beer does provide some notable health benefits. Beer should always be consumed in moderation, but beer fans should know that those cold ones aren’t just refreshing but potentially healthy as well.

Raise a glass to improved health. Moderate beer drinking has a variety of benefits.

Builds bone strength A 2009 study from researchers at Tufts University determined older men and women who consumed one or two drinks daily had higher bone density. Beer contains silicon, which has been linked to bone health. Of the various types of beer, pale ale has been shown to have the highest concentration of silicon, so beer drinkers might want to enjoy a pale ale when having their next beer. Keep in mind, however, having more than two drinks has been linked to increased risk of bone fractures, so stick to one or two.

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Antioxidant boost Beer contains flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants that help to protect the body from disease. Dark beer contains more flavonoids than other varieties. Beer also contains vitamin B6. This is essential to making hemoglobin, the red protein in blood that also helps ferry oxygen around in the body. More oxygen helps muscles work more efficiently and has other health benefits.

Lowers risk of heart disease Dark beers have roughly one gram of soluble fiber in each 12-ounce serving. Various research suggests that consuming adequate amounts of soluble fiber through a healthy diet can help lower LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol in the blood. Any source of alcohol, including beer or wine, increases the level of good cholesterol in the blood, too. Hops and the malt used in beer making also provide polyphenols, which are hearthealthy antioxidants. Reduces risk for kidney stones According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, compounds in hops could help slow the release of calcium from bones, which may prevent kidney stone formation. A study in Finland singled out beer among other alcoholic drinks, finding that each bottle of beer men drank daily lowered their risk of developing kidney stones by 40 percent.

Researchers suggest beer’s high water content helps keep the kidneys working and flushing out the system. Increases mental acuity Beer may be associated with hazy thinking and forgetfulness the morning after consumption — but that’s only when consumers overindulge. A 2005 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that examined the effects of moderate alcohol consumption on cognitive function found older women who consumed about one drink per day lowered their risk of mental decline by as much as 20 percent when compared to nondrinkers. Such benefits may be applicable to men as well. Guards against stroke According to researchers at Harvard School of Public Health, moderate amounts of alcohol, including beer, help prevent blood clots that block blood flow to the heart, neck and brain. These clots are contributors to ischemic stroke, which occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked. Beer can also promote relaxation, reduce stress levels and help bring on a more restful sleep. The United States. Department of Agriculture also reviewed various studies that indicate moderate drinkers live longer than nondrinkers due to lower rates of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

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housands of men rely on the use of proton pump inhibitor, or PPI, medications to tame symptoms of acid and gastroesophageal reflux disease, commonly referred to as GERD. The Federal Drug Administration is warning that individuals on prolonged regimens of PPIs may experience low levels of circulating magnesium in the blood, which can increase a person’s risk for serious health conditions. The FDA has noted that brand name prescription drugs, including Nexium, Desilant, Prilosec and Prevacid, may contribute to hypomagnesemia. Low levels of magnesium in the body may result in weakness, cardiac arrhythmia, muscle cramps, irritability of the nervous system, tremors, hallucination, epilepsy, and hypertension. Hypomagnesemia has been linked to poor levels of magnesium in the diet and intestinal deficiencies that lead to

inadequate absorption of the mineral. Alcoholism, which stimulates renal excretion of magnesium, can also be a culprit, as can taking diuretics. However, recent evidence now shows that popular PPI medications may cause low magnesium levels. While supplementation with magnesium may help, the FDA warns that in about 25 percent of cases, “magnesium supplementation alone did not improve low serum magnesium levels and the PPI had to be discontinued.” The FDA advises that PPI treatment given to patients who receive a stent or experience a cardiovascular event may increase risk of heart attack or stroke. WIDESPREAD USAGE Proton pump inhibitors are among the most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States. They are one of the largest classes of drugs in the country, representing more than 100 million prescriptions annually, according to IMS Health, a healthcare

market research firm. Many PPI drugs are now available everywhere without a prescription from warehouse centers to independent drug stores. According to research published in the Archives of Surgery, which looked at nearly 3,000 Australian adults, many of whom were expecting surgery to correct GERD, men were more likely than women to have weak valves where the esophagus meets the stomach, which can contribute to GERD symptoms. Men also were more likely to have esophagitis or Barrett’s esophagus, both of which are changes to the esophagus caused by chronic acid exposure. According to Anthony Starpoli, M.D., a gastroenterologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York, men may be more likely to underreport the severity of their GERD symptoms. Rather than visiting a physician, some men may self-medicate with PPI medications now widely available over-thecounter. Mitchell Katz, M.D., director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health, estimates 60 to 70 percent of people taking PPI drugs probably don’t need them and should attempt to change their lifestyle before resorting to medication. SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES OF GERD

GERD is a burning sensation in the chest that sometimes spreads to the throat with a sour taste in the mouth. It may cause regurgitation of food or stomach acid. Chest pain, a lump in the throat or trouble swallowing also may be symptomatic of GERD. In healthy people, the esophageal sphincter — a circular band of muscle around the bottom of the esophagus — will relax to allow food and liquid to reach the stomach and then retighten. However, if this valve becomes weak, stomach acid can back up into the esophagus. OTHER ALTERNATIVES Those looking to reduce or cease PPI medications can turn to lifestyle changes. Avoiding certain foods, eating smaller meals, drinking less alcohol, and quitting smoking are key ways to help minimize GERD. Losing weight and exercising can also promote positive results. When they first came on the market, GERD medications seemed like they had minimal side effects. As more research is done on to these medications, many within the medical community are advising patients to reduce their dependency on PPI drugs or supplement with more natural treatments.

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A white rose symbolizes many things, but one thing it symbolizes is honor, reverence and remembrance. Bland Enterprises pauses this Father’s Day to honor, respect and remember Dad. We wish all fathers a very happy Father’s Day, but we especially want to remember those fathers who are no longer with us. We invite you to stop by our Petersburg location during our regular business hours this Friday thru Sunday to pick up a complimentary white rose in memory of your father. Pick up your complimentary rose in memory of your father from our Petersburg location this Friday thru Sunday for Father’s Day

In Loving Memory Of the Fathers We Have Laid to Rest Thus Far in 2013 Quinton W. Epps Herbert Bland, Sr. Eugene Leggett Moses Winfield George Allen Deacon Robert E. Stephens Scott D. Bowes Douglas Moore, Sr. Kevin R. Jones Timothy Taylor Vernon Martin, Jr. Jerome Davis Lawrence R. McKeever, Sr. Tas J. Underwood, Jr. Roy E. Coles Robert H. Haener Ricky W. Robinette Clyde O. Cratch, Jr.

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