Are You Working Yourself to Death?

In 1969 a 29-year old Japanese man who worked in the shipping department of Japan’s largest newspaper died from a stress-related stroke. His death is now considered the first known case of karoshiin the world. Karoshi translates as “death from overwork.” We’re talking stroke, heart-attack, internal hemorrhaging, and other stress-induced conditions that besiege the over-worked, over-pressured employees of the world.… [Read more]

America’s Hidden Heroin Addiction and Who’s Taking Action

Instances of heroin use are skyrocketing in America, and has become an epidemic among many teens and young adults. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 8,000 lives have been taken by Heroin in just the last year. That number is expected to triple as use of the illicit drug continues to spread.… [Read more]

How Rates of Drug Use in American Teens Have Changed

Drug abuse rates have always been a concern for Americans. More specifically, they have been concerned with teen drug use rates. Our culture and social norms have changed from generation to generation and what causes these changes is still mostly up for debate. Since 2008, drug use in teens has gone up and down. But in general, teens have been using less hard drugs, even though marijuana use has gone up.… [Read more]

What Are The Health Benefits Of E-Cigarettes?

Many smokers today are switching to e-cigarettes. One of the top reasons being their ability to help benefit people’s health. As more of us are aware of the dangers associated with smoking, quitting is a journey many are taking. Substitutes like e-cigarettes can be helpful in making this transition. Below is a list of some of the ways your health can potentially benefit if you switch to e-cigarettes on the road to quitting.… [Read more]

Bread Behind Bars: What’s Changing on Prison Menus?

Prisoners may be having more of an opportunity to eat healthier, thanks to a recent boom in prison gardens and a fight for better mental and physical health within the legal system. The initial idea of hardened criminals living it up on fresh fruits and vegetables may be uncomfortable, but keep in mind that one of the biggest populations of current prisoners are nonviolent prisoners arrested on drug charges.… [Read more]

The Newest Craze: Caffeine Vaping

There’s a good chance you haven’t heard yet about this unusual new trend: vaping caffeine in place of your normal morning cappuccino. While it might sound like an unusual new habit, it seems to be working for at least some people. But how do you know if you should give it a try?

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Party All Night: Living on Campus in a Culture of Binge Drinking

As a society we often consider college life a rite of passage. Young adults go off to college and learn to be independent. Sure, we think our kids are now adults and that they can handle themselves, after all isn’t that what college is about? But over the years there has been an aspect of college life that has been overlooked.… [Read more]

Chock Full O’ Health Benefits: Drink Your Coffee, Dear, It’s Good for You

People of a certain age will recall a 1980s advertising campaign that featured the “coffee achievers of American society—the movers and the shakers.” It showed clips of actress Cicely Tyson fake-slapping some guy during a rehearsal, glam-rocker David Bowie (who, incidentally, is English) and Annie and Nancy Wilson of Heart. “Hold on tight to your dreams,” someone sang in the background, and then a woman’s voice explained, “Coffee gives you the time to dream it.”

The ad was a clumsy appeal to younger people (those at the tail end of the Baby Boom), because coffee was viewed as something only old people drank.… [Read more]

Benefits of a Public Healthcare System

Public health and the availability of healthcare services have become increasingly prominent issues in recent years. In the US, the controversial debate regarding the possible establishment of a public healthcare system has sparked many to revaluate their opinions towards public healthcare.

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How public healthcare works

The fundamental principle behind a public healthcare system is that the tax payments which individuals make to the State will be allocated towards the payment of their healthcare.… [Read more]

Understanding the Need to Take Time off to Reflect

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It’s summer and half the year is already over. Days tend to pass very quickly when one is busy with work or  taking care of kids. Sometimes it can get a bit overwhelming as there are so many things to do on a daily basis. You can get mentally and physically exhausted by the end of the day.… [Read more]

G8 Summit: Avoidance of Discussions about the Environment

The 39th G8 summit is being held in the United Kingdom today and tomorrow.

Representing approximately 15 percent of the world’s population, 65 percent of the global gross domestic product and two thirds of international trade, the G8 is an informal group of advanced economies that meets once a year at a Summit of Heads of State and Government.… [Read more]

Living with Parkinson’s: No Longer Shall I Be Chief Spider Warrior of the House

This is why it’s always better to listen to Momma than it is to fight spiders.

I have always been the Spider Fighter in the family. Gail is deathly afraid of spiders. For me, it’s bees and wasps. Ever since I’ve known Gail, when there was a spider to be dispatched and I was around, it was my job to send the spider to his Spider Hell.… [Read more]

Understanding the Need for Me Time for Full-Time Moms

Being a full-time mom can be very draining at times. So often there are 101 things to be done on a daily basis that leave little time for breaks. One not only needs to take care of the household but to also take care of the kids. This leaves extremely little time to care about yourself and most of the time a mom will put her needs last or even neglect them in favour of the family.… [Read more]

Smoking In China: A Way Of Life

Through most of my life I have considered China a country of good health and healthy habits; I thought of it as a place where everyone is always eating vegetables, drinking tea and practicing Kung Fu to stay fit. However, the reality is much different from what you would imagine. Many in China engage in one of the dirtiest habits you can think of….… [Read more]

Bashing Smokers

Yep. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna bash cigarette smokers.

Now, what brought this on is an exchange I had with someone on Twitter. I tweeted something to the effect that if the big tobacco companies were against California’s Proposition 29, then I’m for it. I’ve been seeing tons of anti-Prop. 29 ads on the teevee, all of which use rightwing buzzwords like “taxes” and “out-of-control-spending” and “doesn’t create jobs” etc.… [Read more]

Sleeping Your Way to Health

Ever heard the phrase ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead?’  Well, the reality is that the lack of sleep will bring death to one’s door sooner than one may think. Across the United States, it’s evident that American culture has been blessed by its ingenuity and determination to pursue goals, dreams and careers. However it has also been plagued by this drive, which forces one to sacrifice… [Read more]