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Midnighters and Sunsetters

Image courtesy of Jeremy Little via Flikr.

Image courtesy of Jeremy Little via Flikr.

I’m sure there are a lot of people that are wondering what that title means.  Here’s the short of it:  One lives in the dark while the other one lives only in the daylight.  They are both medical conditions that affect people that have worked different shifts throughout their working lives. (more…)


The Curse Within

This post is dedicated to the many victims of cancer, their families and the survivors that give us the inspiration to find a cure.  Most notably to a survivor that has given me the inspiration to share this story:  Mike L.  Thank  you, Mike.

A physical is just a physical, right?  Nothing to worry about.  You get some blood work done, possibly an EKG for your heart and you might get an x-ray for your chest or even some scope testing for your colon or your stomach.  That’s totally routine.  So you go through all of that unpleasantness and then wait for your doctor to give you your clean bill of health.  You did all that is recommended in taking care of yourself. (more…)

Loss is Inevitable

Image courtesy of Sara Biljana via Flikr.Recently, a dear friend of mine lost her mother.  Although loss is inevitable, it does not make it any easier to deal with.  There are seven stages in a grieving process and some people go through them faster than others.  But it isn’t easy for anyone.  If you know someone that simply says, “Oh, well……it happens” maybe you should rethink your choice in the people you let into your life.  Even for someone that you didn’t know all that well, there is still a grieving process when you realize that you will never see them again on this earth. (more…)

The Debate over the New Health Law

Image courtesy of Mark Evans via Flikr.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of impoverished Americans rose to 15.1% in 2011.  The number in 2010 was 14.6%.  The current poverty level set for 2012 is $23, 050 per year gross income (about $1921 per month) for a family of four ($11,170 for an individual).  That leaves a lot of families living at or under that level unable to afford health care coverage.  The sagging economy and growing unemployment has put a huge burden on those families.  When their income does not pay the bills and buy the groceries, usually the first thing that is dropped is the cost of health insurance. (more…)

Health Fund Updated to Cover Cancer Treatment

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The Twin Towers, circa 1999.

Since the terrorist attacks on the twin towers on September 11, 2001, there have been many illnesses associated with the fallout from the explosions. Toxic dust and chemicals caused the demise of some great and cherished people. But it isn’t over yet. There are people that were not at ground zero that are suffering, too. They have developed different cancers and respiratory diseases that have been associated with the dust and chemicals that drifted throughout the city. (more…)

Ban on Super-Sized Soft Drinks?

Image courtesy of the Chicago Tribune.It’s no secret that obesity is world-wide problem these days, with people eating more sugar and starches than ever.  Even in some third-world countries, people find a way to cure a sugar craving.  With all the warnings of how obesity and large sugar consumption can harm your body, there are a lot of people that have such as addiction to the substance that they continue to consume levels of sugar that are unhealthy. (more…)

Health Ministers Target Chronic Diseases

Image courtesy of the World Health Organization.The World Health Organization (WHO) states that they are now past the phase where noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are hidden, unrecorded and misunderstood.  The statement was made by Douglas Bettcher, who is the acting director of WHO’s health promotion and chronic disease department.  The WHO would like to reduce early deaths caused by chronic diseases by 25% by 2025. (more…)