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At What Age is One Old Enough to Make Healthcare Decisions?

The article in the The Atlantic is what I came across both yesterday and today on LinkedIn. A 17-year-old girl is being forced to accept treatment that she does not want. Cassandra C. was diagnosed with a type of cancer called Hodgkin’s lymphoma in September 2014. The disease infiltrates essential components of the body’s immune system, specifically weakening the lymphatic tissue, which helps fight infection. Though fatal, patients often have a high survival rate with early treatment. Yet, Cassandra was adamantly against treatment from the beginning, according to the Hartford Courant. Her mother (Fortin) supported her decision….

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#Cancer, #EndOfLife, #Healthcare, #Treatment

The Fall of Giants: End Of An Era

Our lives are shaped by a multitude of factors, many of which are present as we grow up and some we encounter throughout our lives. One of the most significant and shaping experiences during my life has been my participation in the unique sport of fencing. For those who know me now, finding out that I ……

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#Commack, #Competition, #Fencing, #Sports, #WardMelville

Food Additives Part 1: An Examination of What We Eat

By: Theresa Klepper
Edited by: Sharon E. Chin

“[The] FDA is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by, among other things, ensuring that the nation’s food supply for human and animal consumption is safe, sanitary, wholesome and properly labeled ”(2).

Picture of 2 week old cappuccino remains with syrup

Can we trust what we eat?
Our faith in the well-being of the food we eat sits on the shoulders of the FDA; it’s their job to make sure we can trust what we consume. Yet are the American people healthy? When we consider what the American people think they’re eating compared with what people are actually eating, we may want to ruminate a bit more before choosing what to munch on.

Today’s eatables often contain many harmful and unnecessary additives. For the inquisitive mind, therein lies the doubt: what am I really buying, consuming, and putting into my body? Am I just eating chicken, or am I getting more than what I bargained for? The thought of not knowing if food is safe casts doubt on the current strength of regulations on additives.

Let’s review these past case studies of food additives. In Part Two of this paper, we will discuss their availability, and examine who should be held accountable for their wide spread popularity….

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#Additives, #Fda, #Food, #Health, #PublicHealth, #Research

The Gift Of Anticipation

As I write this, it’s early in the morning of Christmas eve and while the anticipation of Christmas morning just 24 hours or less awaits, Anticipation itself is felt before job interviews, while awaiting calls to offer you employment or the fresh start on your ramped-up job search in 2015.

Some cynics will tell you not to get too high when job searching, and they base that advice on the knowledge that for every single person that gets the job offer, there are dozens who will be disappointed, let down and could become discouraged. The advice they are kindly giving is meant to spare you the crash from high anticipation to rock bottom frustration. I can see why that advice is handed out….

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#Attitude, #Depression, #Employment, #Interview, #Jobs, #MentalHealth

Addiction on Trial: Follow-up Interview with Dr. Steven Kassels

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Steven Kassels this summer re: his recently published book, Addiction on Trial: Tragedy in Downeast Maine, which posted to Social Justice Solutions. I enjoy reading and read a few books at a time, so this one appealed to me as a ‘fun read’ initially but went a step further as another theme in the book is addiction. So my fun read became enjoyably educational.

If you as a reader like crime, murder-mystery, courtroom drama, and dysfunctional family dynamics, then you will like this book. If you are a reader who wants to be educated with a refreshing approach, the interwoven theme of addiction will appeal to you as well….

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#Addiction, #Education, #Maine, #Treatment

Discrimination Exists

Discrimination exists. Racism, sexism, ageism, anti-Semitism, and every other “ism” that separates people into groups exist.

And, so grouped, in some instances, some people experience reduced privilege. In some instances some people experience reduced rights. In some instances some people experience ……

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#Alllivesmatter, #Antoniomartin, #Nyc, #Police, #Racism

Democrats Are In a Policy Funk

After losing the House in 2010, and now the Senate four years later, Democrats seem bereft of ideas about how to reconnect with the electorate.  Democrats seem to have a grip on the White House and Hillary Clinton appears to be the odds on favorite going into 2016.  Yet, with Republican policies blatantly favoring the rich, you have to wonder why so many middle class voters are casting votes for the GOP.  Republicans now hold majorities in both chambers of the legislatures in 29 states—their most since 1920—compared to just 11 states for the Democrats.  In 23 states, Republicans control both chambers of the state legislatures and the governorship, compared to just six Democratically-controlled states.  Republicans are now governors in 31 states including the very blues states of Maryland and Massachusetts, and President Obama’s home state of Illinois….

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#DemocraticParty, #Economy, #Government, #Research, #SocialPolicy, #White, #Work

Tis’ the Season to be Jolly & Sober

As we all know, the holiday season brings joy to some and anxiety to others.  It is therefore not unexpected that at this time of year there is an increased feeling of loneliness for those who are alone, a heightened sense of hopelessness for those who have depression, and an increased challenge by the temptations of the season for those who are faced with the disease of addiction. “Tis’ the season to be jolly.  Fa la la la la, la la la la.”  Really?  So during a time when we are faced with the senseless deaths of fellow citizens for minor crimes and the rising up of voices, which reminds us of the disparity that existed between the discriminatory penalties imposed for crack cocaine versus powder cocaine, I thought I would share a few stories….

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#Abuse, #Addiction, #Alcohol, #Health, #Holidays, #MentalHealth

With Juveniles, the World Should Not Follow Our Lead

The United States has the obscene distinction of being number one in the world for the worst policies on the treatment of youth in the justice system, and youth of color bear the brunt of our harsh and regressive policies.

No other country in the world routinely prosecutes youth in adult criminal court, an estimated 250,000 youth in the U.S. annually. No other country places youth in adult jails and prisons on a regular basis. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, nearly 100,000 youth are cycled through adult jails and prisons annually. …

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#Jail, #Justice, #JuvelineJustice