Even though smoking has been around for 5,000 years and is associated with many religious ceremonies and rituals, today the dangers of smoking are well known. It is one of the most preventable forms of death worldwide.
In the United States over half-a-million death are related to the impact of smoking, and if you are a life-long smoker you have a 50% chance of dying early. Living a long and healthy life and is your number one reason to quit. Here's how.
The quality of our relationships affects our health. Our relationships are governed by a give and take of energy. Some coworkers and colleagues make us more electric or at ease. Yet others suck the life right out of us. There is no doubt that energy vampires roam the world sapping our exuberance. Most persons don’t know how to identify and cope with vampires, so they mope around as unwitting casualties, enduring a preventable fatigue.
The following are types of energy vampires and how to deal with them:
Sitting around the fire and telling ghost stories at Christmas Eve predates Halloween, so the following are those told by Katherine Ramsland who is a professor of forensic psychology at DeSales University, and who has written several books including one titled Haunted Crime Scene. She describes not only crime scenes but stories that she's heard about the ghost of serial killers, which is not surprising since these murderers had no peace in life, and it appears not in death. Following are some of the stories she's heard.
Investigators early in the Jacob Wetterling search were focused heavily on Wetterling neighbor Daniel Rassier, so much so that they spoke to Rassier under hypnosis and at one point asked Patty Wetterling to talk to secretly record him.
In early September 2016, another man, Danny Heinrich confessed to capturing, molesting and killing Jacob on the night of Oct. 22, 1989. But court documents released Friday by the Stearns County Attorney's Office show that authorities long had their eyes on Rassier, whose long driveway ended at the spot where Jacob was grabbed.
She was beautiful and only twenty-three years old when Elizabeth Cochran Seaman (1864-1922) better known by her pen name of Nellie Bly pretended to be insane in order to be committed to a notorious asylum, and write a piece of investigative journalism which produced sweeping reforms at the institution as well as embarrassing the administration running it.
To put into context the exploits of this young journalist, this was a time when women even didn’t even have the right to vote, and the role expected of most women was to be a wife and mother. Elizabeth was less than twenty years old when she started working with the Pittsburgh Dispatch which is where she received her pen name of Nellie Bly. During her early days there she wrote investigative articles on women factory workers but the editors wanted her to cover fashion and society instead. These duties did not suit her and she signed up as a foreign correspondent and went to Mexico. Only twenty-one years old she spent six months there reporting on the culture of the Mexican people, and in one of her dispatches she reported on the imprisonment of a journalist, prompting Mexican dictator Porfirio Diaz to threaten her with arrest. Wisely she returned to the United States.
Upon returning her editors wanted her to report on the arts and she quit her job at the Pittsburgh Dispatch and left for New York City in 1887. Four months later, and with no money left to sustain her she was able to gain an interview with Joseph Pulitzer who ran the New York World. Penniless and intrepid she agreed to take a risky assignment which was to go undercover in the Women’s Lunatic Asylum on Blackwell Island. Her description of the experience made her famous as an investigative journalist.
Moms and dads, back off and let the children struggle a little this school year — they'll be better off
School jitters can hit parents harder than kids. Many who constantly worry too much about their children, though, tend to forget what is best for them.
Maybe you call friends to check who the best third-grade teacher is, which math tutor works the hardest, or which soccer coach will most likely get your daughter in front of college scouts.
"Please, clouds, don't rain!" Not going to work, is it?
And neither will trying to reassure someone who just can't be reassured. They will go on fretting, no matter how you plead.
Chronic insecurity in your relationship is a major problem. Why? Because relationships really, deeply matter. Your health, your wellbeing, your happiness are affected by your relationships more than any other factor. And your most intimate relationships have the biggest effect of all.
It's not just the insecure person who suffers
Feeling insecure in a relationship is horrible for the one who is feeling the insecurity. The burden - of fear and obsessive thoughts, of feeling powerless, of awful awareness that all this insecurity may actually itself be destroying what you treasure most - can feel pretty unbearable.
But it's also tough for the person on the receiving end of all that insecurity. The truth is that being involved with a really insecure person can be hell.
This article highlighted what a common problem insecurity is
I wrote an article a while back on overcoming insecurity in relationships and was inundated with feedback from all over the world. The scores of comments on the article itself were just the tip of the iceberg. My inbox overflowed with hundreds more private emails from people wracked by feelings of relationship insecurity.
That article, which explores the reasons for insecurity and offers practical tips to help overcome it, eventually became the springboard for the development of the new 10 steps to overcoming insecurity in relationships course. My article was mainly addressed to those who are themselves feeling insecure in a relationship; but I also got - and still get - hundreds of emails from people who have extremely insecure partners. A common recurring theme of these accounts is how isolating it can feel to find yourself in a relationship with someone who is deeply insecure. And this is one major reason why extreme insecurity can be so damaging.
A relatively new designer drug known as flakka (alpha-PVP) or gravel has steathfully made its way into the United States. Several incidents have occured in Florida, and recently an FSU student stabbed a couple, injured a neighbor who tried to intervene, and when the police arrived, he was found gnawing on the face of one of the victims. He was making animal noises, and even a stun gun was ineffective against him. It took four officers to finally pull him off the man.
Flakka is a man-made synthetic cathinone drug that looks like bath crystals, and it is mostly imported from China. It can be ingested by being snorted, eaten, injected or vaping which is the most dangerous as it goes straight into the bloodstream and can produce an immediate overdose of the drug. The worst part is that it’s highly addictive, it can be bought on the streets or online, it simulates the effects of cocaine and methamphetamine magnified 10 times, and only costs about $5. It's not only the price, but the effects of the drugs that can last for several days which entices new users to fall into a drug habit that can be very difficult to overcome.
The flip side of this cheap euphoria is extremely dangerous. It can raise your body temperature to 104 degrees and elevate your blood pressures, all of which can cause several body organs to fail or produce a heart attack, stroke or other life threatening health event.
As with other drugs the user wants to recreate the initial rush, and in order not to crash, it drives the person to increase their intake. This is when the dangerous downside of this drug will begin to manifest. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the user can experience Excited Delirium (ExDS) which is characterized by delusional behavior, high pain tolerance, sweating, panting, agitation, lack of tiring, unusual strength, feeling extreme body heat which precipitates shedding clothing, and in some instance attraction to mirrors or glass.
All of this translates into paranoia, a racing heart, panic attacks, depression, suicidal ideations and decreased sex drive all of which culminates in a violent and psychotic individual.
Presently the DEA classifies this as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, and 20 other countries including China have banned over 100 synthetic drugs among them flakka. It is illegal to produce, transport or ingest this type of drug.
The behavior exhibited by persons who have taken this drug is described as "zombie-like" or "possessed by demons". This might be a little over the top, but after seeing the video below, it's very easy to see why it's described this way.
Again the headlines detail the tragedy of the death of children at the hand of their parent. This last one takes place in Texas where a mother, Sheborah Thomas, is reported as allegedly murdering her 5 and 7 year old children, and then stowing their bodies under a neighbor's house as she was in the process of moving away from her home. When asked by a neighbor about the children, she calmly admitted she had drowned them. The children's father is incarcerated.
Several neighbors and acquaintances have stated that they had never seen any signs of mental illness or mistreatment of the children; however I wonder how accurate and truthful these statements are. I am sure that when an investigation is made of the family there will be many tale tell signs that this mom suffered from some type of mental illness, but more than likely those around her who saw her functioning and apparently taking care of her children, chose to look away and ignore, unfortunately for those children, what they recognized as unstable behavior. Fear of being held responsible either for “turning in” the mom, or worse the care of the children if she was found unfit to care for them, allowed this murder to take place.
The headlines today tell of a tragedy that unfortunately is being seen once too many times, where twin 16 month old toddler girls passed away after being left in a hot car by their father
I speak from personal experience as a mother of 3 children who were born in a 5 year span, that I understand the temptation to try to do something without bringing your children along, but hot on the heels of that thought is the vision of all the things that could go wrong. I think the closest I came to it was at a gas station, in which I raced from my vehicle to the cashier inside (this was the 1980s), keeping in line of sight my three, sleeping children. I think I practically threw a $20 dollar bill at the attendant and shouted out the pump number as I ran out the door back to my vehicle.
This is why I can’t understand how events like these occur, in which you forget that your children who are dependent on you, are strapped into a seat and left to slowly suffocate in a vehicle. The only explanation I can think of is to blame it on the subconscious, in which in my experience is so much more powerful than what most people think. In some persons, the subconscious desire, especially if it’s strong enough overcomes fear of consequences, or the moral or ethical dilemmas involved in getting a certain result. It’s so powerful that it overcomes bonding and love for your offspring.
Expert in traditional and alternative areas of hypnosis, subconscious behaviorist