Finland is already cited as the happiest country in the world, which is probably why the world was eager to jump onto the idea that the nation was considering making its citizens even happier by implementing a four-day work week. It turns out that it was only a panel discussion and not a policy change at all, but is a four-day work week a good idea?
Facebook's pledge to do more about the spread of misinformation on its site has been a joke, but I can hardly blame them. Is it really their job to stop people from being gullible and fact-checking things before they believe and share them? As much as I hate that the social network has become so integrated into our world and is the home of much information (not to mention hatred), I also have to say that we're responsible for believing in what we choose to believe.
You are probably well aware that cocaine used to be utilized as a medicine, but did you know that quaaludes and chloroform were also considered medicines at some point in history? It's amazing what we've used, believing it to be good for us, and what we've outlawed as "bad." People like to argue that the government merely outlaws what it can't tax, but if that were true, all community and personal gardens wouldn't be allowed (yikes, don't say that aloud!).
I can't help but laugh, without humor, when I read that the Dems are struggling to agree on Pelosi's drug pricing bill, which would allow the government to negotiate prescription costs over SOME drugs on the market. Meanwhile Americans die every day without access to medical care or live in poverty, under bankruptcy declared from medical bills, while citizens in countries with socialized medicine only stare at us and shake their heads.
30 million Americans live with diabetes, which makes insulin, which is free in many countries, a necessity for survival. It's widely known that when the scientists who created insulin for diabetic patients designed it, they wanted everyone to be able to access it, allowing it to be mass produced without a profit. Today's pharmaceutical industry is an entirely different story, with the drug's cost rising 555%, including 45% in the last few years alone.
In an effort to become a healthier place to live, the Greek island Astypalaia has become a smoke-free place. The island is littered with cigarette butts every year, and instead of spending so much time and money on efforts to clean them up, citizens have decided to make the island a smoke-free place to live instead. According to the island's tourism website, it's an effort to improve "well-being, quality and pureness of life."
Remember how we were all outraged when it was ruled that pharmacists could reject your order if it was against their religious beliefs? Your life-saving medication just isn't as important as their personal beliefs, amirite? This is not okay, it never has been okay, and if you don't want to give someone medicine then get out of that business.
Todd Akin, Missouri's Republican candidate for Senate recently told a St. Louis radio station that "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy. It is Akin's belief that, in his own words, "If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."
This sobering thought is an oldie but goodie—well, not a goodie, but something that’s alarming when you think about it: though we don’t have any accounts of death due to vitamins in about three decades, about three million people have died due to prescription drugs.
I can definitely believe this, especially since my own mother got sick herself after taking diet medication as she attempted to lose her pregnancy weight. These simple diet pills were like speed, were known to cause death, and resulted in meth-like behavior for both my mom—who cleaned the house all day long, every single day—and me, who spent my early childhood copying her, as children do with their parents.
We have de-used antibiotics in our home for years now. Though I had to be put on the medicine when I had blood poisoning due to gallstones and my daughter was prescribed antibiotics a couple of years ago for an ear infection (which I thought was silly, since kids in Europe are rarely prescribed them for such things and they aren’t helpful in treating them), we otherwise do not use them if we can help it.
We buy milk that’s certified to not have antibiotics in it. We don’t even buy antibacterial soup or lotion that’s so popular (why do they even make it?). We do all we can to avoid using them when we don’t have to.