#Pot is Legal and #Teen Use is Down

potIsn’t it funny how when you legalize something that is otherwise ‘outlawed’ — the alluring danger and stigma is removed? Whether you’re in the school of thought who believes Nixon made marijuana illegal because he hated hippies or you couldn’t care less, the truth of its medicinal purpose is coming to light. Teen use is down and the national sentiments are shifting. I can’t help but shine the light on medical conditions that are helped by the taboo herb but you can’t argue the facts. To the American teens who refrain from partaking in the medicinal marijuana offers – I say thank you.

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#Parents are Good #Housemates!

Mortgage Bankers Association To Release Weekly Mortgage Market Index June 12For the first time in 130-years, more young adults live with their parents than with partners and/or roommates. For what it’s worth, the cost of living isn’t cheap. Whether you’re a retired parent or a young adult trying to make it – learn to love your parents. They’ll be the best housemates someday when the going gets tough and rates rise. Yes, they’ll want their space as much as you’ll want yours. But the perks anr countless. You can trust your parents/housemates implicitly. They’ve seen you at your worst. They likely won’t steal from you. They may ignore you as much as you ignored them when you were a teenager. They might be a little bored, if they’re retired. You’re their escape from the boredom. Regardless of where you stand on the issue, embrace opportunity whichever way it comes. If moving  back to the nest is an option for you – go with it. Independence is something we all strive to achieve. From what I understand, it pains parents to watch their kids struggle. Heck – even Kris Jenner let Kim and Kanye move in with her.  #nojudgement

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A Balloon to #LoseWeight?

balloonpillA balloon has been reported to help obese patients lose nearly 4% of their body weight in a 6-month study. After swallowing a pill, it balloons to take-up a portion of the persons stomach. In effect, the person eats less food, which results in a measurable weight loss. Is there any drawback? Sure, if you’re interested in insurance-coverage, this pill, known as the Obalon, could run you upwards of $2,000.  You cannot put a price tag on good health. However, if you’re currently diagnosed with prediabetes, you might consider getting a ticket to ride the train to Obalon and divert destination Type 2 diabetes. The annual cost of prediabetes is $500, compared to Type 2 diabetes being $10,500. The procedure is worth its weight in gold, not to mentioned the improved health benefits. Once this 3-balloon noninvasive weight loss procedure is FDA-approved, we could be looking at a great option for the obese and prediabetic population in the United States.

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How Much #Time Does #Confidence Take?

beautyTime is money and money is the goal of every business.  This is the simplest explanation as to why women who take more time to polish their appearance ultimately make more money. Maybe it’s confidence. Maybe it’s how she represents the company. First impressions are lasting and if you’re trying to handpick the best people to represent your company – you’d rather pay Susan the stunning vixen more than Henrietta the homely bookworm. They can both do the job but perhaps one makes the company look a little better. What are your thoughts on it?

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Is Your #UV Resistance #Gene Turned-Up?

UVganeYay genetics!! Breaking news – we have a gene for protection from damaging UV rays of the sun. We all have a gene inside of us that emits some degree of protection from damaging ultraviolet rays. Researchers found that people who have hire expression of this gene are less likely to die of melanoma, the type of skin cancer that kills 10,000 people each year. So how can we turn this gene up? That’s the forward-thinking result of this study and we’ll eventually know the answer. Every day I have a greater level of appreciation for people who have dedicated their lives to understanding our genes and how they can be used to improve life.

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How to Reduce #Cancer Risk

cancer-riskCancer doesn’t play by the rules. In most life situations, when you attack something with a lethal cocktail – it goes away. There’s nothing nice to say about cancer.  Some people even believe that cancer thrives on negativity. I can see that being true. However, alongside cautious optimism – four things we can do to reduce our cancer risk are: stop smoking, drink less alcohol, maintain a normal body weight, and exercise regularly. If you’d like to learn a little more about each of the aforementioned, be my guest. And if you’re holding the cards for skin cancer, this modified herpes virus may be the winning ticket for you. The things that drive researchers is heart and tireless passion for their cause. Cancer’s losing it’s edge as we’re learning more about it!

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Is that #GMO You’re Eating?

GMOThe government has unilaterally decided that if a food is made from a genetically modified organism (GMO), it doesn’t need to be labeled as such because it’s ‘safe’. The purpose of GMO is to modify an organism such that it doesn’t require as much insecticide or to make it brown less after preparing it. Some people notice that GMO foods grow faster and stay fresher longer. At the end of the day, transparency when it comes to the government knowing what people are doing is expected. Why can’t people expect the same from the food they put into their bodies? The government says it’s OK. End of issue. Look at it this way – if it does cause long-term adverse health effects, now we have government subsidized healthcare. I kid the President. We can’t handle the truth.

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#Potatoes Spike #BloodPressure

potatoesOh dear, potatoes. One of the popular and cheapest vegetables may be the culprit of undesirable blood pressure spikes. In all fairness, potatoes aren’t the first thought in your head when asked about a healthy vegetable. It lives in the root vegetable family and is laden with starches and carbohydrates, compared to the leafy green kind. Nevertheless, potatoes do give rise to blood sugar which in-turn boots the BP. Now you know. Is there an easy solution? Not exactly but engaging your culinary creativity may bring out the cauliflower, kale, or celery root. I know it’s not perfect but it’s worth a try.

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When #Celebrities Talk #MentalHealth

anxietyOver 20% of Americans live with depression, anxiety, or a combination of mental health challenges. Anxiety is arresting. Depression is a vacuum for motivation. When a celebrity speaks-out on it, it helps to shave a layer of shame away from the stigma. This interview with Kristin Bell speaks volumes on the topic. More than anything, it’s a sobering realization that just because 20% of people admit to having stress worthy of therapy — the true number is more like 40% – 50%, if not more. Life has stress. Stress by default wears on your emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Only robots are unaffected with life stresses, reason being because they’re not living beings. Robots are emotionless computers. Who wants to be a robot? Artificial intelligence doesn’t count. A fracture in your personality is what builds character.

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@Pfizer Unknowingly Aids #LethalInjections? #Psh #PFE

lethalinjectionA death sentence by lethal injection is done in a 3-step process: anesthesia, a paralytic, and finally cardiac arrest. Needless to say, US drug makers have stopped making the drugs to facilitate euthanasia. When that happened, the powers that be sought-out European drug makers for the job. CNN reported that Pfizer is now learning that they’re the lone drug company making the drug used for lethal injections. They claim to stop the use of their products in the lethal injection process. If Pfizer never knew about their products being used for lethal injections, would they have ever made the statement? I know firsthand that Pfizer facilitates doctors to test products ‘off-label’ on people. Pardon my empirical opinion but this is clearly a PR move. It’s nothing personal for Pfizer, it’s just business.

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