The Reason #She #Drinks

womandrinkingwineThose of us who drink do so for any number of reasons: recreation, frustration, stress, celebrations, breathing…you get the picture. So this essay recently written and provoking much attention from the working ladies asks the question are we drinking for the right reason? This talk of the patriarchy is getting a lot of notice in light of this infamous essay. But doesn’t the very question posed in it give even more power to this patriarchy? If you feel the the world in which you live is orchestrated by sexists pieces on the board – it further incapacitates you if you need a drink to cope with reality. Love of ice cream is never sexist. Kristi Coulter’s essay is definitely thought-provoking but somewhat leading to the bias of sexism. Women choose to drink. Women who choose to drink, whether in excess or not much at all, do so because of their own free will. It’s not fair to say they do it to allay the pressures of a sexist society.

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Is #Coffee In Your #DNA?

CoffeeDNAOne more feather in the cap for genetics and the preference for coffee.  We all differ in tons of ways. The way in which we metabolize caffeine from coffee differs between us. People who have a genetic variation drink fewer cups of coffee because their body cannot metabolize caffeine as quickly as those of us who crave it. The effects of caffeine on those who partake in the substance like it for the awareness and focus is gives them. Too much can make you jittery and unable to focus. Experience tells us where to draw the line. Genetics foretells where it may land.

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#PregnancyDolls Message is Miscommunicated

babydollAlthough the study was conducted “down under” – the results are just as likely to be similar in 15-year old US girls. These robotic dolls cry when they need feeding, changing, burping or whatever else babies need to allay crying. Great concept but once the dolls were handed-out to girls, it inadvertently proved to some teenagers that they can cope. It was an epic fail because the study design was flawed. Personally, a lot of the onus has been put on teenage girls. Aren’t boys included in this fun reality sneak-peek? Like 4-years in medical school – even after you’ve received your MD, you must spend years under the guidance of a seasoned doctor. Only then can you hang a shingle and begin to cultivate your practice. Why isn’t parenthood done in the same way?

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#Family Takes You Further in #Life

longevityBlood is thicker than water. Friendship is everlasting as long as you play by the rules. A family member cannot surrender their DNA. You expire with the genetic blueprint with which you were born. So when it comes to the latter years in life, research has found that family wins over friends in prolonging life. If family isn’t your bag, there are four other factors that helped prolong life in the latter years, which are: being married, having a large network of friends and family, participating in social organizations, and feeling closer to one’s confidants. There’s a hard and true fact among family and that’s it’s not always a walk in the park. Next time you’re faced with a familiar challenge, break it down to 10 minutes, 10 months, 10 years., This is a life transforming idea that puts it all into perspective.

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Maybe @instagram Cant ID #Depression

instagramI have Facebook, like an obscene number of world citizens. I have Twitter, like 300-million others. I even have a slow-release YouTube channel. However, I don’t have Instagram. According to a couple of researchers, if I did – any sign of depression would be spotted. But according to Wired, that’s hogwash. Using a specific filter doesn’t mean too much. Visually, we put out a certain vibe. But look into the tone, nuances, and content for a clearer understanding of our headspace. Instagram isn’t the be-all/end-all of mental health but it certainly keeps your Valencia filter busy if you’re depressed, or just looking for baby names.

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Is @McDonalds Burning Your #Kids?

mcdonaldsWho knew McDonald’s was giving kids activity-trackers? Laugh, if you must. They meant well but unfortunately, the toys that hoped to inspire kids to burn calories burned skin. Mickey Ds is one of the behemoth fast food chains but did you know it’s also the #1 toy distributor? Hasbro and Mattel are in the toy business. They sell toys. It’s their job to make sure their product is as close to perfect as possible. McDonald’s is a fast food chain.  McDonald throws toys in with ‘Happy Meals’ for good measure (no pun, intended). In no way is this an excuse for the crash-and-burn-your-kids activity tracker but it somewhat explains how it happened. Was the ‘Happy Meal’ worth it? Don’t keep your hopes up for an activity tracker. McDonald’s pulled them.

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Trouble #Sleeping? Unplug for a #DigitalDetox

digitaldetoxDevices like laptops and smartphones emit blue light. Our TVs also have the alluring aura of blue light, which disrupts our sleep by interfering with melatonin. Melatonin is our relaxation hormone that enables us to achieve restful and replenishing sleep. When we sleep, it’s time for your brain to rest. If your phone is nearby charging – any alerts can disrupt your quality of sleep. This unfortunately leaves us feeling tired and even adversely effects our IQ. There’s been a proposed solution to this widespread problem. Try a digital detox. I think I’m due. Can you unplug for 24-hours?

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#College Boys Opting #Drunkorexia

beerpongJust in time for the return to college. We revisit the less-than-smart college feat of drunkorexia. Heads-up to parents of boys, your child is more likely to fall victim to drunkorexia than the girl next door, says a new study. Forgoing food so that one can indulge in alcohol isn’t healthy, by any stretch of the imagination. However it seems the trend is more popular among men in the UK. Let us not turn a blind-eye to the fact that the UK and the US aren’t that different from one another. Typically women were more concerned about watching calories and making smart food choices. In light of this study, clearly that’s still in play here. Guys just prefer to remove the healthy calories entirely and replace them with empty calories from alcohol. Oh dear. Man up, boys. The ‘freshman 15′ is a rite of passage. Learn the ropes of accountability and start counting your points, like many females in the world.

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#Sexist to Question #Health of @HillaryClinton

hillaryIt’s kind of amazing that Glamour magazine is proclaiming it’s sexist to question Hillary Clinton’s Health. Hold on, Tonto. We’re considering her to be the Commander in Chief, the leader of the free world, the veritable button pusher. I think her, she, and it can take whatever the ‘road to the White House’ throws at the contenders. In light of the countless petitions questioning Trump’s soundness to be the President of the United States – let’s play fair. Surely the racism card was played in the elections with Obama. That didn’t work too well. Of course sexism is appearing in this election. Let’s do it clean. Hillary’s a fine woman. She can handle questions of her taxes, her emails, and her health without it being called sexist. Let’s see how the debates unfold next month. I’m excited, aren’t you?

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#Tylenol During Pregnancy…Hmm

tylenolCan the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy have effects on the behavioral health of the unborn baby? Anything’s possible. Tylenol is one of the ‘go to’ pain relievers for pregnant women. When a doctor recommends use of acetaminophen to reduce fever or treat pain – it’s because the drug is generally recognized as safe, no questions asked. However, when the imminent future holds a little baby in waiting – everything that happens today can have an effect on tomorrow. This is why the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy is being called to the table. This has been questioned before now and hasn’t raised any red flags. It’s a cautionary tale that the use of Tylenol (acetaminophen) can have effects on your pregnancy. A pregnant woman enduring  a fever may have adverse effects on her pregnancy. Premature labor, anybody?

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