Page 7 - Interesting Facts

Sleeping on your left side might help you relieve heartburn!


Also known as pyrosis or acid indigestion is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone.It’s a very annoying pain we get from the regurgitation of gastric acid. This causes a pain that often rises in the chest and may radiate to the neck, throat, or angle of the jaw! And what’s worse is that it could indicate a gastroesophagael reflux disease (GERD), or something worse.

Most of us have had that horrible sensation before, but there is a solution to cease the pain and the symptom itself. Several studies suggest that sleeping on the right side aggravates heartburn, while sleeping on the left tends to calm it.

A hypothesis suggests that by sleeping on the right side or lower esophageal sphincter, whose job is to retain food in the stomach and not allow it to get back to our throat, relaxes and therefore the stomach acid rises and the heartburn begins.

So you might want to ask your Doctor if sleeping on your left side could make you feel better and also make his job easier!

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Women are 6 times more likely to be abandoned by their spouse after being diagnosed with cancer or MS!


No one wants to receive a life-threatening diagnosis. If you do get the news that you have cancer or MS or a brain tumor, you would hope that your spouse would stand by and support you. Battling an illness is tough enough without having to worry about your partner abandoning you. Unfortunately, this isn't always the case.

Serious illness causes extreme stress and can lead to separation and even divorce. Depending on the situation, this marital discord can affect the patient's survival. In a study of 515 married patients with life threatening illnesses, researchers found that spousal abandonment was six times more likely if the patient was a woman.

According to the study, female gender was a strong predictor of spousal abandonment. Further, when divorce or separation did occur, the patient's quality of life and quality of treatment were negatively affected.

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There is a native american tribe that has lived at the bottom of the Grand Canyon for over 800 years!


The Havasupai people have been living in the Grand Canyon for at least 800 years, once laying claim to an area the size of Delaware.

In 1882 they were forced to give up all but 518 acres of their land. That, along with various other factors, put the tribe on the brink of extinction, but they have since bounced back.

They regained approximately 185,000 acres of land in 1975, and have been heavily involved in tourism, as they have beautiful streams and waterfalls.

Today the tribe is doing well, with about 650 members, and around 200 others claim Havasupai heritage.

Their language Havasupai is the only Native American language in the United States of America spoken by 100% of its indigenous population.

Supai is the name of the Havasupai city located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and is home to about 500 members of the tribe. It’s one of the most remote cities in the United States, as it can only be accessed by taking old U.S. Route 66 and traveling about 60 miles along BIA Road 18 to the trailhead.

The city can be reached from the trailhead via an 8 mile hike. Alternatively, you can get their on horseback or by helicopter.

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Luxottica is a mega-corporation that controls 80% of all eyewear brands. Is this a monopoly?


The societies that subscribe to some form of capitalism like to believe there is free and fair competition in their economy. And largely this is true. Companies compete for consumer wallet contents by trying to out market and out design their competition.

Take Ray-Ban for instance. They have always been the stalwart in the fashion sunglasses market, until they were challenged by the likes of Oakley and Arnette.

Then we have Bvlgari, a truly premium fashion brand of eyewear for the well heeled. They are also challenged daily by the likes of Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Versace.

And we could go on with brands such as DKNY, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada etc. It's nice to know that there are lots of different companies all fighting it out for our hard earned cash, and may the best brand win.

Or is this really the case?

In actual fact, all the brands mentioned above, and a whole lot more, are managed by one company, the Italian based mega-corporation, Luxottica. The company is the largest eyewear producer in the world and controls over 80% of all eyewear brands.

The company, started in 1961 by Leonardo Del Vecchio, actually has two modes of operation. It has a number of "house brands" such as Oakley and Ray-Ban, but then also manufacturers eyewear under licence for most leading fashion houses.

They have recently come under fire for artificially keeping product prices high, something they can easily do considering their stranglehold on the market.

So much for free and fair competition then.

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Eyeglasses are so expensive because one company owns most eyewear companies and distributors!


Ever wondered why glasses cost so much? They're so small. How could they possibly be worth hundreds of dollars?

Well the truth is that they're not. While prescription glasses are valuable, non-prescription bifocles, such as sunglasses are really just some small pieces of plastic screwed together.

The reason that high quality glasses are so expensive is because the market is cornered by one very large company, Luxottica.

This Italian firm is the largest eye wear company in the world and owns the vast majority of the business. Hence, they have the power to drive up prices as they serve many different brands.

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