Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Deep Need to Bond

Loneliness is a serious public health issue that must be addressed all year round.  Loneliness affects 60 million Americans. In the age of Facebook and online connections, we are feeling more lonely than ever.  It’s an epidemic sweeping our nation, and wreaking havoc on Americans’ health.  Loneliness has been linked to the development of a number of serious chronic health conditions, including depression, high blood pressure and dementia.

Social isolation is as potent a cause of early death as smoking 15 cigarettes a day; loneliness, research suggests, is twice as deadly as obesity. Dementia, high blood pressure, alcoholism and accidents – all these, like depression, paranoia, anxiety and suicide, become more prevalent when connections are cut. We cannot cope alone.  Studies have shown the following affects of loneliness:

• Loneliness increases the risk of early death by 45% and the chance of developing dementia in later life by 64%.
• Extreme loneliness can increase premature death in older adults by 14%.
• Loneliness has twice the impact on early death than obesity.
• Loneliness is a form of stress, causing an inflammatory response, which harms the blood vessels and heart.
Professor Peter Cohen argues that human beings have a deep need to bond and form connections. It’s how we get our satisfaction. If we can’t connect with each other, we will connect with anything we can find — the whirr of a roulette wheel or the prick of a syringe.  The organs in this illustration are affected by loneliness.


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Move It Out

Rest is vitally important to illness recovery.  Movement, depending on the level of malaise, may be beneficial as well.  Guidelines for exercising while sick are summarized for you below, only if you feel up to it.  Get well soon.
Day 1 of illness:
Only low intensity exercise with symptoms like sore throat, coughing, runny nose, congested nose.
No exercise at all when experiencing muscle/joint pain, headache, fever, malaise, diarrhea, vomiting.
Day 2 of illness:
If body temp >37.5-38 C, or increased coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, do not exercise.
If no fever or malaise and no worsening of “above the neck” symptoms: light exercise with pulse less than 120 bpm for 30-45 minutes, by yourself, indoors if winter.
Day 3 of illness:
If fever and symptoms still present: consult doctor.
If no fever/malaise, and no worsening of initial symptoms: moderate exercise with pulse less than 150 bpm for 45 - 60 min, by yourself, indoors if winter.
Day 4 of illness:
If no symptom relief, no exercise. Go to doctor.
If fever and other symptoms improved, wait 24 hours, then return to exercise.
If new symptoms appear, go to doctor.
(Source: Precision Nutrition)

Monday, November 9, 2015

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Good afternoon! I'm super excited to share with you the latest relaxation trend in self care – adult coloring books. 

·         Experts tell us that coloring releases your stress. 
·         Recent studies have concluded that stress is the root cause of a number of illnesses.
·         Less stress equals a longer healthier life. 
·         Coloring activates the experience of reward and pleasant emotions.
·         Gather your color pens, pencils, and enjoy.

Source:  Neuroscientist Oshin Vartanian and Koenraad Cuypers, Nord-Trondelag Health Study, Norway

In response to this trend we are reissuing our celebrity endorsed coloring book kits titled People of Colour Illustrations:  Klip Klik Art.  Our product is endorsed by celebrities such as Sonia Sanchez, Poet, former Professor, Women’s Studies, Temple University; Bobby Jones, Producer/Host, Bobby Jones Gospel, Black Entertainment Television and Molefi Asante, Professor and Chair, African American Studies, Temple University.
When you purchase a kit the proceeds are donated to the TEAMS Institute to provide the following:

·         Free and reduced cost fun, food and fitness classes for the entire family
·         Preservation of a 100 year old historic African American farm
·         Community service in Africa, India, South America and the United States

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Serving With Care and Compassion

Police officers and federal agents are our public servants paid by us and charged to protect and serve. BEFORE YOU ARE ARRESTED 1) maintain a reasonable distance; 2) write down vehicle and badge numbers; 3) ask if you are free to go; 4) if are not free to go ask why you are being detained; 5) do not consent to search. IF YOU ARE ARRESTED do not resist arrest and your rights must be read to you.  You have the right to 1) request / receive a lawyer; 2) make a local phone call, memorize a family member and / or attorney phone number; 3) remain silent.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

There's A Pill For That

If you're like 1 in 3 American adults, you regularly take more than one prescription drug, according to the CDC.  Prescription drug medical reactions and errors kill almost 300 daily and up to 784,000 patients annually.  Your doctor won’t necessarily know all of the medicines you’re taking so ask them these questions when they give you a prescription.

1.     What is this prescription for?
2.     How will this medicine help me?
3.     What are the side effects?
4.     How do I take this medicine?
5.     Do you know how expensive this is, or if my insurance plan will cover it?
6.     Are there non-drug options I can try?
7.     Why is this new drug better for me than what I was taking?


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Perception of Protection

With the recent turn of events occurring in places of work, worship and play, here is some information on how to spot someone carrying a concealed weapon. Innocuous details that could be telltale signs of a gun include: Is the man's sweater color-coordinated with the rest of his outfit? When he walks, does the front edge of his jacket cling to one thigh more than the other? As he steps off the curb, does his hand brush his hip? (Robert T. Gallagher, former NYPD officer)


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Self-Service Safety

Pumping our own gas and checking ourselves out at the grocery store exposes us to all types of bacteria.  Touch a germ-infected surface, rub your nose or mouth, and the next thing you know, microbes are setting up shop in your body.  Viruses and bacteria live in public areas such as gas stations, shopping malls, grocery stores, restaurants. They can live up to two hours on elevator buttons, shopping carts, escalator handrails, or doorknobs, waiting for their next victim.  Cover the gas pump with a paper towel from the windshield cleaning station next time you fill your car tank.