Physician-Assisted Suicides

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What is Physician Assisted Suicide?

The choice and views of physician-assisted suicide versus the natural course of death for terminally-ill patients have been a long-debated and controversial matter. There are those who prefer the widely-accepted and traditional route of hospice palliative care, and then there are some who believe in the right of choosing euthanasia. Simply put, euthanasia is the practice of intentional suicide with the aid of a physician. These physicians can either supply a terminally-ill patient with a prescription for the life-terminating medication , or administer the drugs themselves. Euthanasia allows the patient to have more say over when and how to end their life.

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The Great Debate

As with any controversial debate, there are valid contrasting ethical and moral concerns on assisted suicide. Not surprisingly, most religious organizations view the act as immoral and an act against God. More than the fact that they consider the act a sin, are other concerns. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, for example, predicts a possible increase of mishandling for those who are most susceptible, such as the elderly, the poor, minorities and the disabled.

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Medical organizations and professionals who oppose believe that physician-assisted suicide would be in paradox of a physician’s Hippocratic oath not to harm patients as a trusted healer and medical advisor. Like the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, The American Medical Association also have concern for our vulnerable members or society. They fear providers may possibly be more inclined to suggest assisted suicide instead of providing whatever support needed to ease the transition. There are apprehensions within the medical community about patients being protected from corrupt doctors. The belief is that assisted suicide would pose a high ethical risk for the future, much like the opposition of eugenics.

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In addition are concerns that some patients may opt in assisted-suicide for reasons unrelated to pain and suffering, such as guilt, being coerced, or feeling as if they’re a burden to their loved ones.

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Safeguards

In contrast, those who do support assisted suicide believe that those in their last days should have the right to die in accordance with their own wishes. As far as shady or unethical doctors, many states that have legalized the practice have safeguards in place to prevent corruption. For example, in Oregon, not only must the request be voluntary, but it also requires two witnesses who can attest that it’s voluntary. In addition, the patient has to be the one to administer the drug. In a Colorado proposal, the state of the patient’s mental health during the request would be reviewed by a mental health professional if there is reason to believe that patient is depressed or not mentally sound. Two physicians would also have to confirm the terminal illness.


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My Personal Thoughts on P.A.S

The decision of an end of life choice has always been a controversial subject matter and should remain so. The legalities, ethical, and morality of the issue should always be held under a microscope to be certain that society protects the vulnerable. Those who want the option to decide their final months of life should have that freedom, within strict regulation. Only those who are in this dilemma or have witnessed the pain and suffering of a loved one can truly speak on the significance of respecting and having an end-of-life choice. As far as everyone else, the moral and ethical obligation to keep this practice from taking a turn for the worst in the future relies on our due-diligence in keeping provisions in place.

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Check out the video below for an unbiased and equally fair view on the matter


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Sources:
deathwithdignity.org/learn/access/.
http://www.government.nl/topics/euthanasia/euthanasia-assisted-suicide-and-non-resuscitation-on-request
vitas.com/hospice-and-palliative-care-basics/about-hospice-care/hospice-care-myths-and-facts/
“Religious Perspectives on Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) – Euthanasia – ProCon.org.” Euthanasia, euthanasia.procon.org/religious-perspectives-on-euthanasia-and-physician-assisted-suicide-pas/.
euthanasia.procon.org/questions/should-euthanasia-or-physician-assisted-suicide-be-legal/
‌ academic.oup.com/jlb/article/5/2/436/4996523
time.com/4572377/dc-council-approves-death-with-dignity/.
dailycamera.com/2016/10/25/editorial-death-with-dignity-is-about-personal-liberty/.

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Color Therapy (Chromotherapy)

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My favorite color is YELLOW. It’s bright, it’s cheerful, and it helps with my mood, especially when dealing with writer’s depression. Two years ago I even went as far as decorating my apartment livingroom in bright yellow decor with gray accents.

I recently found out about color therapy, also known as

Chromotherapy

and realized that this may be the reason to my attachment to the color yellow. So of course, I wanted to do a little more research on the subject.

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Some of what I found was that color therapy is a not a new type of healing. The practice began in ancient Eygpt and is still practiced in that part of the world for healing.

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In the western parts, I noticed that it’s not used much nowadays for healing except by natural healers, in saunas, by spa companies, and by some skin care retailers.

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What Exactly Is Color Therapy?


Check out the video below about color therapy and how even some skin care retailers are using it to sell products.


COLOR THERAPY IN GUIDED MEDITATION

My favorite content creators on YouTube for guided meditations are The Honest Guys. Feel free to check out this guided meditation video when you have time, as well as other regular guided meditations by The Honest Guys.


Other ways to incorporate color therapy


References:
https://www.regain.us/advice/therapist/what-is-color-therapy-what-is-it-for-and-is-it-right-for-me/

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Health Benefits of HUGS

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Recently my daughter had a stressful week. During that time, I noticed that she asked me for more hugs, as well as hugged her cat and stuffed animals more. Hugging seemed to have a healthy effect on her. Which led me to researching about this everyday physical contact that we take for granted.

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The benefits aren’t limited to just children & babies

I remember reading that hugging is great for self-care and help boost high vibratons. Well, it turns out that there are more health benefits to hugging than people even know.

Check out the video below to learn more about the benefits of hugs for adults and children.

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20-Second Rule

Keep in mind that it takes atleast 20 seconds to reap the healing benefits, according to studies.

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BEWARE

Hugging should only be acted upon with consent. Mainly with people you know. Some people have phobias about touching or aren’t as comfortable with the idea.


In Conclusion:

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The Power of Cucumber

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I’ve always had a great respect for cucumber and have always recommended eating them daily. My daughter thinks they’re a tasteless, bland, and boring fruit. In reality they’re a godsend and I especially have a greater respect for cucumbers now that i’m 37.

Why?

Reason #1

CUCUMBERS HAVE ANTI-AGING POWER

As a kid, I used to always wonder why women in spas placed cucumbers over their eyes.

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As an adult, I realize the anti-aging power in cucumbers and always try my  best to include cucumbers in my diet (with the skin on).

Cucumbers keep the elasticity in your skin TIGHT!

Copper promotes collagen production and aids elastin. Cucumbers are packed with copper and antioxidants such as vitamin A & C. These vitamins regenerates collagen, prevents wrinkles & sagging, fights acne, and reduces the risk of skin cancer. They also hep lighten and brighten skin.

Cucumbers also contain vitamin B-12, B-5, & K.

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Reason #2
CUCUMBERS AID IN WEIGHT LOSS

It should go without saying that cucumbers are low  in calories. Because they’re high in water (95% water) and low in calories, research shows that they’re one of the best vegetables to add to your diet when trying to shed some weight.


 Weight loss and the anti-aging  benefits are my main reasons for respecting the fruit. Check out the video below to discover the many more health benefits and power of

Cucumber


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References:
https://www.herbaldynamicsbeauty.com/blogs/herbal-dynamics-beauty/cucumbers-anti-aging-power-for-skin
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-of-cucumber#section4

Nomophobia (Phone Addiction)

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If you’ve read my scifi book, Negus, you may have remembered a short story about aliens secretly conducting research on earthlings. In the below passage, the aliens provide send communication back home about the use of mobile phones on Earth. Check out the excerpt below:

Have the technologists yet figured out what the rectangular objects are in the photograph?

We are working on finding a way to have one of these devices in our possession. That feat in itself has proved to be quite the task as these devices seem to always be in the clutches of these beings. Perhaps it is of some sort of lifeline? We are eager to learn from our expert technologists on what purpose these devices serve these beings.

The device is always a short distance away. It must be a lifeline as we have both seen the beings in panic when the device is missing. This reason alone makes it a difficult task in obtaining the device for research. 


Definition of nomophobia

fear of being without access to a working cell phone 
-Webster’s Dictionary

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If you’re like 66% of Americans, you may suffer from nomophobia. This year you may want to add descreasing phone usage to your list of new year resolutions.  Execept unlike you’re other resolutions, stick to it.

There are those that have it so bad, that they develop

ringxiety

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or

Phantom Vibration Syndrome,

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Breaking Your Phone Addiction:

This year, think about reducing your phone usage and/or phone addiction. Interact with those in front of you, find a hobby, learn a new skill, read more, etc. Disconnect from the matrix and explore the world around you without posting it to social media

Tips:

Get an alarm clock instead of using your phone

Turn off notifications

Put your phone away while eating, watching television, or anything else.  Be present.

Stop taking your phone in the bathroom with you. Opt for leaving a couple of magazines in there instead.

Check out these videos for more helpful tips:


References:
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nomophobia
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/rewired-the-psychology-technology/201305/phantom-pocket-vibration-syndrome
http://anewdomain.net/smartphone-addiction-stats-new-survey-infographic/

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Haitian Independence Day- Jan. 1st, 1804

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Haiti became the first black republic on January 1st 1804. I wanted to dedicate a blog on the Haitian revolution and a Haitian tradition many haitians, including myself, practice every year on January 1st. But first check out this wonderfully put together video on the Haitian revolution.

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New Year’s Haitian Tradition

Go to any Haitian household on New Year’s and you’ll most likely find a big pot of soup joumou on the stove.  This isnt to celebrate the new year, but to celebrate Haiti’s independence day.

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Chef Philippe’s Soup Joumou

Start With: 2 lbs of pumpkin squash–kaboucha, substitute: butternut squash and lots more good stuff Preparation time: marinate meat overnight, 45 minutes-prep time, cooking time-1 hr 30 minutes.

Marinate the meat the Night before
2 lbs of beef marinated overnight with
3 cloves of crushed garlic, 1 tsp of thyme
1 tsp of fresh black pepper
1 medium shallot
1/4 tsp scotch bonnet
3 scallions
juice of 2 lime
1 tbsp of kosher salt
1 tbsp chopped parsley

Ahead of Time:
Soup Stock:
beef leg bones: 2-3 lbs, cut into 2” pieces
1 onion
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery
parsley, salt, and pepper to taste
Boil for 1 hour, add enough water for 12 cups of stock or substitute store-bought, sodium-free stock.

Vegetables
2 lbs of pumpkin squash–kaboucha, substitute: butternut squash
4 big carrots, medium slices
3 celery stalks, cut in medium cubes
2 medium leeks, cut lengthwise, in 2 pieces, half or third the length
2 medium turnips, peel, cut in medium cubes
3 medium Yukon gold potatoes, peeled, cut in medium cubes
1 lb cabbage, sliced & cut in med. sizes
12 cups of beef stock or store-bought sodium-free stock
2 tbsp of olive oil

  1. Prepare your mise-en-place, clean, and peel all your vegetables.
  2. In a large pot, add marinated beef with the olive oil,
    add 2 cups of cold water, cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
  3. Cut squash into 3-4” wedges. While the meat is cooking in a medium pot in 6 cups of slightly salted cold water. Cook pumpkin for about 30 minutes on medium heat, covered. Drain, remove pumpkin from peel, puree and set aside.
  4. Add pumpkin puree, simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Note: The soup broth should not be thick, after adding the Joumou puree you can always add more beef stock.
  6. Adjust seasoning, salt and fresh black pepper to taste.