Most adults would define cigarettes and alcohol as drugs. Most teens don't. You see, we teens have constantly run into some incongruencies with good ol' Merriam-Webster. As you probably have already noticed, teen vernacular seems to differ from yours. Sometimes it's just that we use a different word for the same thing. (You say "making out," we say "hooking up"; you say something is "OK," we say it's "chill.") But when it comes to alcohol and cigarettes, it's kind of the opposite--we use the same words but have different meanings. So when you hear "alcohol," you think "drug." When we hear "alcohol," we think "no big deal." And it's the same with cigarettes. The dictionary calls a drug "something, often an illegal substance, that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness." So that would mean cigarettes and alcohol would be considered drugs, right? teens have their own definitions. We think of the social aspects of a substance, not its medical … [Read more...] about Talking about Alcohol and Cigarettes
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For most of my childhood, the only place I had encountered unglazed earthen pots was in the garden. Then one day, when I was 12, my parents ordered Biryani from this new restaurant that had set our locality abuzz. An earthen pot showed up with a saucer tightly affixed to the top by hardened dough that ran over the entire rim. What magic was this? My mother ceremoniously put a knife to the dough to slice through the seal and a heady aroma of cardamom, saffron, basmati rice and lamb filled the room, as if the Biryani had been cooked, right there, in my dining room. From the earthen pot came succulent tender pieces of meat swaddled in such flavor, and perfect fluffy grains of rice, each a microcosm of everything flavorful that had gone into the biryani. (Slash your cholesterol, burn stubborn belly fat, solve your insomnia, and more—naturally!—with Rodale's Eat For Extraordinary Health & Healing!)It was such an intense experience that it spurred an obsessive … [Read more...] about 5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Cooking In Clay Pots
Fate can take strange forms, and so perhaps it does not seem unusual that Captain Charles Moore found his life's purpose in a nightmare. Unfortunately, he was awake at the time, and 800 miles north of Hawaii in the Pacific Ocean.It happened on August 3, 1997, a lovely day, at least in the beginning: Sunny. Little wind. Water the color of sapphires. Moore and the crew of Alguita, his 50-foot aluminum-hulled catamaran, sliced through the sea.Returning to Southern California from Hawaii after a sailing race, Moore had altered Alguita's course, veering slightly north. He had the time and the curiosity to try a new route, one that would lead the vessel through the eastern corner of a 10-million-square-mile oval known as the North Pacific subtropical gyre. This was an odd stretch of ocean, a place most boats purposely avoided. For one thing, it was becalmed. "The doldrums," sailors called it, and they steered clear. So did the ocean's top predators: the tuna, sharks, and other large fish … [Read more...] about Our Oceans are Turning Into Plastic . . . Are We?
"When you drive through here, pay attention to your body," says Ronald Plain, a member of the Anishinabek tribe that lives on the Aamjiwnaang reserve. He's showing me where his people live. "Your lips might tingle. Your fingertips might go numb." Welcome to Chemical Valley, the industrial region around Sarnia, in southern Ontario. As we pass mile after mile of sprawling industrial plants, towering smokestacks, freighter-size tanks, and labyrinthine pipes connecting it all, the odors seem to change at each factory. One has the rotten-egg smell of sulfur. Another reeks of diesel fuel. Yet another has the nose-wrinkling redolence of cooked cabbage. Orange flames jet from the forest of smoke-stacks, evidence of the incineration of volatile gases that accumulate as oil is refined and chemicals are processed. The whine of machinery is constant, punctuated from time to time by blaring emergency sirens. Even before Plain's warning, my body began reacting to the polluted air. Now, my throat … [Read more...] about The Lost Boys of Aamjiwnaang
A light rain patters the windshields on Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania. The traffic sighs and groans and pushes forward. At the sight of the emergency vehicles huddled on the berm, the southbound drivers hesitate, some from a superstitious caution, as if the doom that claimed the crash victim might at any moment extend another tentacle; some in a gesture of respect, a kind of automotive bowing of the head; but most, let's face it, because they want to see. We dismiss the impulse as unworthy, and yet we wouldn't want to look so badly if there wasn't some lesson in this spectacle. "That could have been me," some part of us mutters. But before the thought resolves, the traffic quickens and the serene forgetfulness of highway driving resumes. Meanwhile, a few cars back but gaining, the statistics take up their morbid pursuit: roughly 40,000 dead every year on our roadways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and an annual injury count of 3.2 million. One day, … [Read more...] about Dead Man Driving
All it took was a quick jab for the author to begin a 2-year love affair with heroinBy Seth Mnookin When I was a child, I had nightmares about being forced to take drugs.By the time I was a teenager, I felt so disabled by a suffocating sense of unease and disquietude that I was only too willing to take whatever would level me out. I smoked, snorted, and swallowed pretty much anything a middle-class teenager could easily get his hands on: hash, prescription pain pills, all sorts of hallucinogens, even some blow. It was a tricky balancing act. If I used too much, I became overwhelmed; not enough, and I was just as incapable of functioning. On some level, I knew I was an addict. I just didn't much care. Drugs functioned as a pre-SSRI stand-in for Prozac--they were an imperfect chemical fix for my discomfort and sadness.I was 22 when I first tried heroin. I was just out of college and living on my own in New York City. I was smoking pot many times a day, but it had stopped working--I … [Read more...] about Inside the Addiction
Stan Jones could have used a supplement guide like this one. In 1999, Jones, then a Libertarian candidate for a U.S. Senate seat from Montana, began taking colloidal silver. He feared that Y2K would result in a shortage of antibiotics, and he'd apparently heard that colloidal silver has antibacterial and immunity-boosting properties. What he didn't hear was that it also has a possible (and permanent) side effect called argyria. Today, Stan Jones has blue skin. __________________________________________RELATED CONTENTDownload: Your 8-page guide to The Best__________________________________________ The lesson: Supplements are serious medicine, and how smart you are about what you swallow will largely determine whether you end up healed or hurt. Or a different hue. But where do you go for that knowledge? To an expert like me. As a professor of pharmacotherapy at Washington State University and the answer man for Men's Health's "Pills of Wisdom" column, I eat, sleep, and breathe … [Read more...] about Best & Worst Supplements
Diarrhea was Jeffrey Junig's alarm clock. Boiling in his guts at 3 in the morning, it would send him staggering to the bathroom, panting and coughing, his sweat-soaked hand shaking on the knob. He had to be quiet, fiercely quiet, because good God—what if his wife found out?The secrecy was almost as awful as the sickness. He hated those moments when he had to look his wife in the eye and lie, "Nah, just a little tired," or, "Probably caught that flu going around the hospital," or whatever other b.s. he could muster just to get away from her long enough to slip into the bathroom and slide a needle into his ankle.At least this wasn't his day off, Dr. Junig told himself as he slumped miserably on the toilet. It's tough being an addicted anesthesiologist, but it does have its perks: You get your fix on the job, the drugs are free, and if one of your patients dies on the table, well . . . that's just another tragedy chalked up to "unforeseen complications."One of the most dangerous and … [Read more...] about The Junkie in the O.R.
Credit: iStock.com/Suze777 Rough, dry, or hard skin on feet can be unpleasant for both tactile and visual senses. This coarse surface is likely due to dehydration and accumulated layers of dead skin on feet. A soft, well-moisturized foot is a sign of overall good health, and fortunately for you, there are various tips on how to get rid of dead skin on feet. It is very important to take good care of your feet before the dead skin leads to other problems like itching, pain, cracks, and an unpleasant burning sensation. We will examine the common symptoms and infections, disorders, and other environmental causes of dead skin on feet. We’ll also look at how to remove dead skin or soften and exfoliate feet skin, and how to get rid of hard skin on feet quick with many natural home remedies and recipes. What causes dead skin buildup on feet? Peeling skin on the feet or between your toes is often nothing to worry about. After all, your skin goes through a natural exfoliation … [Read more...] about How to Get Rid of Dead Skin on Feet – 15 Remedies for Hard Skin on Feet
Most people today are generally aware that fast food is not the healthiest food to eat. Typically, the majority of people eat fast food several times a week or more. People generally eat fast food for a few main reasons, mostly because it’s convenient, cheap and usually tastes pretty good. The cost factor is certainly an understandable reason given the current state of the world economies and everyone’s need to tighten up on their spending. But even this is really no excuse to be pumping the tons of toxic chemicals and “dead” food into you or your families’ bodies. Nearly all books and documentaries that have come out in recent years showing how bad fast food is mostly focuses on it’s high fat/ high sodium content. Very few of them truly reveal the real dangers of consuming fast food and just why it is totally unfit for human consumption. Hopefully this article will help you to truly begin to understand why it’s not just a “less … [Read more...] about Why You Should Avoid Fast food at All costs