As a terribly nearsighted writer, I am sometimes envious of people who don't need glasses, or who wear them conditionally for minor needs. My dad has 20/20 vision and I can't even drive well because of my vision. My poor kid inherited my sight as well. So the idea of contact lenses that let you zoom in on things makes me so excited--not just for me, but especially for my teenager.
For years, a relative of mine has stated that they are convinced that we have a cure for AIDS, but that the government would never release it because it would cost the pharmaceutical companies too much money. I get the conspiracy and I know big pharma is the worst--especially in a nation that should have had universal healthcare ages ago--but I don't know if we have ever found a cure. What I do know is that scientists have cured HIV in mice, and humans may be next!
One size fits all is a silly approach for most things. Sure, a standard certainly helps, especially in medicine, but when it comes to body temperature, not everyone has an internal temp of 98.6 degrees. In fact, some people's temperatures vary slightly; I know mine usually runs at 97 degrees.
The World Health Organization just declared an Ebola virus outbreak in the Congo an international emergency. The virus is spreading to larger cities and more than 1,600 people have died in the area, which is already considered a war zone.
Positive thinking is all the rage right now, especially with people believing in the Law of Attraction, and while I think that it's generally a good idea, I've also seen some harm come out of it when people refuse to think of anything except positivity. They seem to lack empathy for others when they do this, and I've seen too many people ignore actual real problems that they could help with, particularly in our government, by just leaving things to "god's hands." I think a healthy dose of action, and some compassion, go well with positive thinking.
Nature bathing, nature therapy, time outside, outdoor fix... whatever you call it, spending time outside is good for you. There's a reason why people love to go camping, hiking and boating. Even though outdoor adventures can be exhausting, it's a good thing because it's healthy for many people. Being outside has been found to be helpful in preventing or treating everything from depression to obesity to anxiety and immune health.
Whether you share a bed with a partner, your child or someone else, you know what a struggle it can be to get a good night's sleep sometimes. Some people sleep very well together while others simply don't. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to help yourself get a better night's sleep that aren't too complicated. Did you know that 1 in 4 married couples sleep in separate beds?
In high school, we used to collect bears to deliver to kids in hospitals. It never seemed like much to give the kids, but what could you really get them to help them feel like they weren't in the hospital anymore? It turns out that a little girl in the hospital, Ella Casano, had a much better idea: to use teddy bears to hide IV bags and make them less scary for kids.
We always say that we can assess an environment by checking out the local frogs, since everything permeates their skin so easily. They're like living environmental barometers. But we shouldn't sell ourselves short, because as it turns out, so are we. Years ago I read about a mother who attempted to keep her child free of any kinds of toxic chemicals by avoiding everything possible, keeping to an organic lifestyle, etc. only to find out that when his blood was tested, it still registered a bunch of fire retardants and other substances that horrified her.
A good night's sleep is the most underrated thing in the Western world. People brag about pulling all-nighters, saying we'll sleep when we're dead, believing ourselves to be invincible until we wake up one day having damaged ourselves beyond repair just by not sleeping enough. I know because I've done this, and my doctor won't let me hear the end of it.