All posts by Mike McDermott

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6 Ways Scenic Views of Nature Help Heal the Mind and Body

Posted by on June 7, 2019

It’s no secret that our environments affect our well-being. Studies show that there are significant long-term health benefits to being in or around nature. In healthcare settings, many facilities are bringing nature into their rooms because research has shown that “natural scenes are restorative, and are most liked when they have a depth perspective and an element of mystery.” Educators are even embracing the positive impacts of students spending time outside. The positive effects of nature are being incorporated into learning with the utilization of outdoor classrooms which are touted as providing physical, cognitive, and psychological benefits for students. Obviously … Continue reading 6 Ways Scenic Views of Nature Help Heal the Mind and Body


Blue-Sky-Dental

5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Dental Anxiety

Posted by on May 3, 2019

Although routine dental visits are a key aspect of oral overall health, around half of Americans experience some dental anxiety around their visits. For 5-10% of us, that fear translates into avoiding the dentist altogether. Though modern dental procedures are safe, effective, and generally painless, patients might experience a range of feelings that lead to dental anxiety — embarrassment about their oral health, lack of understanding about dental procedures, and a general sense of unease in the dental office setting. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to combat dental anxiety for your patients. By embracing an approach that seeks to … Continue reading 5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Dental Anxiety


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Understanding the Benefits of Printed Fluorescent Light Diffusers

Posted by on April 8, 2019

Natural sunlight contains all the colors of the visible light spectrum with each color radiating at equal intensities. It’s natural light which adds benefits to our health and well-being. Exposure to natural light influences our moods and emotions, helps regulate our natural sleep cycles, and is an essential component in our bodies ability to synthesize vitamin D. It was not that long ago our ancestors planned their activities around the rising and setting of the sun. Today, our schedules are far less reliant on natural light. We spend a significant portion of any day surrounded by artificial light, with little … Continue reading Understanding the Benefits of Printed Fluorescent Light Diffusers


Ceiling Fluorescent Lamp, delamping

What is Delamping and How Can it Help Your Office?

Posted by on March 8, 2019

Do you remember the last time you walked into a building that was simply too bright? If you are like most Americans, you have walked into an “overlamped” office or store. You may have found yourself squinting as the light reflects off white surfaces and perhaps even left with a mild headache. Unfortunately, many of today’s offices suffer from overlamped fluorescent light bays. The good news is that you can avoid this trend at your office by delamping your indoor office space. Below is a look at the delamping process and the benefits it can bring to your office environment. … Continue reading What is Delamping and How Can it Help Your Office?


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The Effects of Lacking Natural Light

Posted by on February 8, 2019

Spending time outside is good for your health. Everyone knows that you get vitamin D from the sun. You don’t get that from artificial light inside of a building. Unfortunately, we all have to work, and children have to go to school for a significant part of the day. To make matters worse, the lighting isn’t usually the best. It is often very unnatural, lacking natural light. As winter approaches, getting outside becomes even harder. You may be lucky if you get home before the sun goes down. As the days get shorter, you might not have a chance to … Continue reading The Effects of Lacking Natural Light


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Top Reasons Why Living in Your Parents Basement is a Bad Idea

Posted by on January 8, 2019

Top Reasons Why Living in Your Parents Basement is a Bad Idea What do hackers, millennials, teenagers and unemployed middle-aged oddballs have in common? These are all examples of people who might be found living in their parents basement. We’re not saying it’s all bad, but there are zillions of reasons why living in a basement is not a great idea. Social stigma Face it. There’s just no cool way to tell someone with whom you are flirting that you’d like to take them home to your mom’s basement. No matter how you try to dress it up, the fact … Continue reading Top Reasons Why Living in Your Parents Basement is a Bad Idea