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Sugar vs. Cocaine

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Surprisingly, a common household ingredient is similar to the addiction some may have to a powerful drug such as cocaine. This ingredient is sugar. Sugar is in practically everything we eat and trying to stray away from the foods with this substance in it can can be extremely difficult. Studies have discussed that being addicted to sugar can be in fact worse than an addiction to cocaine.
In the movie, "Fed Up", a study was conducted on rats. The rats had the decision between drinking sugar water and cocaine. In a landslide the rats chose the sugar water over the cocaine. This is significant because since sugar is offered everywhere in our everyday lives, we become addicted to what it gives to us. In fact, the study suggests that cocaine is 8x more addictive than sugar.
Food and drinks that have an increased amount of sugar are digested easier in our bodies. Therefore, our bodies produce gluten rapidly. Once it reaches a specific point, the body will release insulin in order …

Multiple Sclerosis

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Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a disorder in which one's immune system attacks the myelin present in their body. The job of myelin is to protect the nerve fibers in one's body. However, when the myelin is deteriorating, it leaves the nerves along the spinal cord open and easily damaged.

Much like Lupus, scientists do not know what causes Multiple Sclerosis. Though, some correlation has been discovered including viral infections, lack of Vitamin D in the environment, certain genes, and smoking.

Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis usual begin to arise between the ages of 20 and 40, Though, they can occur at younger ages. The most common symptoms include fatigue, tingling sensation, vertigo, cognitive changes, emotional changes, sexual dysfunction, depression, and many more. While less  common symptoms that do not occur as often are headaches, hearing loss, itchiness, speech issues, seizures, and problems with the digestive and respiratory systems. The effects from the symptoms are known…

Vaccines

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Vaccines are a topic of controversy internationally. Whether or not to vaccinate a child is among conversations and within the making of laws for attending public schools nationally. This is because there are both positive and negative effects to vaccinations.

Vaccinating a child can be extremely beneficial when building up an immune system against the fatal bacteria. It can allow the child to not have to suffer through the course of a disease that can be easily prevented. Instead, they can go on a play-date healthy as could be with their next door neighbor. According to the AAP, vaccinations work in preventing 90 - 95% of all cases of a disease.

Many are worried that the chemicals used in vaccines are harmful to one's health. However, the Federal Drug Administration requires that a drug be tested for a minimum of ten years before allowing it to circulate. This allows them to test for any side affects and allow the company's to fix the issues if need be.

Choosing to vaccinate…

Black Market Transplants

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In this video, the struggle to find organs, specifically for a kidney transplant in the U.S. is defined. It is mentioned that some people resort to traveling to foreign countries to get a transplant. They can do this because in many foreign countries people are allowed to sell their organs for profit. Which later benefits the recipient traveling to get it.This is known as a black market transplant.

In my opinion, the U.S. should allow citizens to sell their organs for money. This way people would not have to travel outside of the country for oftentimes a riskier procedure than it would be at home. Also, the procedure will be beneficial to both the donor and the patient receiving the donation for multiple reasons.

The procedure will benefit the patient in need because they will no longer have to be constantly suffering. This is a serious concern because patients oftentimes need to wait between months or years to get to the top of the list (when they do not have an immediate family mem…

Inhumane Treatment with Law Enforcement

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In prisons across the country, law enforcement treats the mentally disabled with little to no empathy. Many of these inmates have mentally disabilities that they cannot refrain from occurring such as bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, etc. Thus, leading them to not listen to officers, most of the time they are being harmless when doing so. Some of the harmless actions may be using profanity, which can easily be ignored or urinating on the floor, which does not put anybody in danger.

However, law enforcement officials do not take mental disability into consideration whatsoever when trying to detain a inmate. They immediately begin to use extreme force against these inmates the moment they do not adhere to an officers commands. These brutal force methods include using stun guns, chemical sprays, and oftentimes breaking bones. Which only scares the inmates more and put them on a higher watch of their surroundings.

In my opinion, law enforcement officials should learn how to ad…

Street Medicine

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Street Medicine is a free form of healthcare provided directly to those living on the streets, under bridges, and the general homeless. This form of medicine is supplied through teams walking through these areas and approaching the homeless (pictured), medical care vans, and pop up clinics.

The importance of street medicine is that it allows the homeless to receive basic healthcare and check-ups without having to worry about a copay at a hospital. Therefore, allowing them to have a healthy body and get the proper kick start they need in order to further their life into something successful.

In fact, Dr. Jim Withers, the man who originally founded the Street Medicine Institute worked with a formerly homeless man and dressed himself as if he were homeless. This allowed many people to trust him and were willing to let him come towards him rather than seeing him as a threat. Also, having the formerly homeless man by his side allowed the two men to fully understand how these people feel a…

Unseen Disabilities

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Everyone around you has some sort of disability that they overcome each day. Even if it is a small obstacle it is still something they always have to worry about. Disabilities do not need to be a physical appearance. Many disabilities can be a subtle difference between you and the person next to you, that can oftentimes be hidden or is automatically hidden. However, just because you cannot see a physical difference in these people and yourself does not mean they are not suffering. Some unseen disabilities that may be present are:

ADHD: Developmental neuro-pyschiatric disorder in which a person's actions are not appropriate for their age group. This affects between 3-5% of adolescents and about 40% of those proceeding into adulthood.

Asthma: Chronic inflammation disease of the airways that blocks or narrows the tube in which the lungs are supposed to breath from. This affects nearly 27 million people in the U.S. alone.
Autism:  Neuro-developmental disorder in which one has impaired s…