September 11th & the Coronavirus: Don’t Repeat History

I am concerned.

Nearly 20 years ago, our world stopped. Life as we knew it no longer existed, and we struggled to accept the horrific, life-altering events of September 11, 2001. From the moment the first tower crumbled, shattering more lives than windows and altering the projection of countless families in a heartbeat, rarely was an adult conversation had that didn’t reference the tragedy, especially in the first year.

The connection between September 11th & the Coronavirus

As the news channel blared from the television set so lunch could still be made in the kitchen while mom listened to the latest 9-11 coverage and the reporters shared theories and dark, earth-shattering realities on the radio while dad changed the oil in his 1996 Dodge Ram, children were inundated with adult issues and worries.

This inundation of 9-11 news coverage and conversation ripped a piece of innocence from children one harrowing detail and report at a time. For many youths, the non-stop chatter about the events of 9-11 created worry and anxiety in places within their minds and hearts where only days before glitter and unicorns used to reside. Many of these children grew up to be fearful of planes and worse,

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A Healthy Body is Impossible to Achieve Without Healthy Cells

  • 90% of North Americans are deficient in this mineral
  • The World Health Organization proclaims it the number one prevention of mental and physical disabilities, especially in utero (i.e. before birth)
  • It is one of the rare health supplements recommended by the FDA for pregnant and lactating women, infants, and young children

What is it?

IODINE!

The body requires iodine to produce thyroid hormones, and iodine also increases the efficiency of the metabolism.

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Chuck the Format & Tether Your Heartache: I Know You Suffer

This piece is for those who silently suffer. May you have the courage to expose the pain behind your smile.

Lower the emotional shield you created when life was too brutal for your heart and mind to fight. When we share the scars and lessons learned, we connect with others at the deepest of levels. To each and every one of you reading this, I want you to know that I know.

I know the silver spoon you were born with came at the cost of an absent parent.

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Coronavirus & Flu: The Annihilators of the 2020 Immune System Battlefield

March 6, 2020 Headline
The Chronicle of Higher Education
U. of Washington Cancels In-Person Classes, Becoming First Major U.S. Institution to Do So Amid Coronavirus Fears

March 5, 2020 Headline
The New York Times
‘When can we go to school?’ Nearly 300 Million Children are Missing Class

March 5, 2020 Headline
Los Angeles Times
The flu has killed far more people than coronavirus. So why all the frenzy about COVID-19?

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Be Your Best to Give Your Best: A Caretaker PSA

Green isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. The month of March is also National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month, which is proudly represented with the green awareness ribbon.

The CDC defines Cerebral Palsy (CP) as follows: a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. The CDC also notes that CP “is the most common motor disability in childhood” and that cerebral refers to brain and palsy refers to weakness or problem with using muscles.

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Think Iodine, Not Toilet Paper: The Race to Protect Yourself & Your Family Against the Coronavirus Starts Now

NEWSFLASH: “Don’t squeeze the Charmin!” is out, and “Can’t find the Charmin!” is in.

This tongue-in-cheek comment visualizes the decimated toiletry shelves of stores around the world as the fear of the coronavirus slithers into communities, shooting panic into the hearts of many and confusion as to how to best respond.

Contrary to what many believe, coronavirus isn’t the newbie at the fear-inducing panic party. According to Cleveland Clinic, “the older human coronaviruses were first identified in the mid-1960s,

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Quitter’s Day: The Graveyard of New Year’s Resolutions

Research shows that the second Friday of January is the average day by which New Year’s resolution motivation skids to a halt. That day is termed Quitter’s Day.

Wow. The term ‘quitter’ is aggressive. Although it may technically describe what’s happening, the stopping of a behavior, that word summons negativity like a plague summons death.

The American Psychological Association claims 93% of people make New Year’s resolutions. If the majority of those 93% start to throw their New Year’s resolution in the trash by the second week,

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Osteoporosis: The Myths, The Reality, & The Flare Gun

“By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and 240% in women, compared to rates in 1990.”
~ International Osteoporosis Foundation

Osteoporosis is a disease that makes a person’s bones weak and more likely to break. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, approximately 10 million Americans have Osteoporosis and another 44 million have low bone density, which places them at an increased risk for osteoporosis. The likelihood of a woman suffering from osteoporosis is greater than that of a heart attack,

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It’s What’s On The Outside That Matters

Why do we dirty a bowl with ice cream, outside of hygienic reasons, when we can create fewer dishes by eating directly out of the pint? Why do we pour chips into a plastic sandwich bag when we can take the entire bag to work and eat directly from it? 

Answer: The absence of food tells us when to stop eating, not the quantity.

Only our spoon or fingertips failing to grip remaining morsels of deliciousness make us stop eating. It’s not our stomach or our mind screaming at us to exercise proper portion control that stops our hand from searching for one more bite.

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Riddle Me This: If your perspective chases perfection, how do you travel further from your ideal life the longer you chase it?

What can be felt but not touched?
What makes people feel like they have nothing by suggesting others have everything?
What has been linked to divorce, suicide, poor nutrition, and mental health issues?

The answer: Pressure

Pressure to look a certain way.
Pressure to earn enough money to keep up with the Joneses.
Pressure to have the perfect marriage.
Pressure to be the perfect parent.

All this pressure is leading people astray. 

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