Today’s article will deal with a stroke that happens when a particular part of the brain is deprived of the oxygen it needs in order to function.

This stroke is called Ischemic Stroke.

There are two different acute (or smaller) versions of Ischemic Strokes (Thrombotic and Embolic) which are caused by other factors. But for the purposes of this article, we will only be looking at the harder hitting Ischemic Stroke.

That being said, let’s get started.

What are the signs and symptoms of Ischemic Stoke?

  • Drooping in the face
  • Sudden downgrade of consciousness
  • Field of vision corrupted
  • loss of vision
  • double vision
  • your eyes making uncontrollable movements
  • Speech difficulties
  • lack of muscular control
  • weakness or complete paralysis on one side of the body


Considering that these symptoms could come by themselves, or be a part of something else, a neurological exam, which will more than likely include a CT scan, may be necessary. This exam will determine whether the person is actually suffering from Ischemic Stroke.

What should the neurological exam reveal about the presence of an Ischemic Stroke?

When a neurological exam is necessary, it must cover several criteria. Including:

  • Confirmation of the criteria for stroke which would include neurological deficits
  • Determining the difference between a stroke and other diseases that carry the same criteria.
  • Creating a standard for which the condition of the patient will either improve or decline from.
  • Aiding in the diagnosis and determination of the stroke’s severity and finding out what can be done about it.

Where does a neurological exam check in order to evaluate the Ischemic Stroke?

Now that we know that we need a neurological exam, where do they look for signs of Ischemic Stroke?

  • Motor functions
  • Deep tendon reflexes
  • Speech
  • Alertness and consciousness of the patient
  • Senses
  • Balance and manner of walking
  • Nerves in the brain

I cannot stress this enough:


What about the therapies for those who survived an Ischemic Stroke?

  • dissolving clots (commonly called Fibrinolytic Therapy)
  • medicines like Plavix which prevent platelets from sticking together
  • a stent that expands arterial walls to promote blood flow (if dissolving the clot won’t work, this is used. this therapy is called Mechanical Thrombecomy)

What prevention strategies can we use against Ishemic Strokes?

For people with no previous history with this disease, prevention may include::

  • Statins (designed to lower your cholesterol)
  • an exercise plan
  • ceasing of smoking, alcohol consumption and drug use
  • antiplatelet medication to stop those platelets from messing with you


For people who do have a history of stroke and for those who have even survived one. prevention is similar to those who do not have a history of strokes with one additional part of therapy

  • medication designed to deal with hypertension called Antihypertensive


What can we do to help our chances not to have Ischemic Strokes?

  • Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Blood Sugar: keep them under control and have it checked often
  • Exercise: Remember the old adage: a body in motion tends to stay in motion.
  • Diet: healthy eating.


In our next article, we will discuss one of the minor cases of Ischemic Stroke the Thrombotic Stroke.


Until then:


Take care of your body and it will take care of you.





In this article we will be discussing the bleeding Hemorrhagic Stroke.


What causes a stroke to bleed?


Inside your brain you have blood vessels. if these blood vessels should happen to rupture, they would release their blood into the brain causing immense pressure. This is commonly considered an aneurysm.


What would cause these blood vessels to rupture?


High blood pressure can cause the blood vessels to enlarge and rupture. Another way these blood vessels can enlarge and rupture due to high blood pressure is when the walls of the blood vessels become weak.


In extremely rarer cases, the arteries and veins that allow these blood vessels fail to be connected by capillaries. This could be evident even at birth though these cases are not hereditary.


What are the symptoms of Hemorrhagic Stroke?


Symptoms will vary from person to person cause we are all made differently. You may not experience all or any of these symptomes:


  • nausea
  • immediate and extreme headache
  • seizures
  • dizziness and balance issues
  • problems with your mouth such as problems speaking or swallowing
  • disorientation
  • numbness in certain parts of the body (face, leg, arm) or even numbness on an entire side of the body


What can be done about Hemorrhagic Strokes?


It is vital that you receive immediate medical assistance. In order to be free from this type of stroke, the bleeding that is causing pressure on your brain must be controlled and obviously reduced.


It is possible that you can get on medication that can slow down if not reduce the blood pressure and\or the bleeding. This medication is called blood thinners.


If you ever have a Hemorrhagic Stroke while on these blood thinners, then you would be at a high risk of bleeding too much.


Once this occurs, you will need emergency help and be placed on more medication that counteracts the effects of the blood thinners.


Is there anything we can do to prevent these Hemorrhagic Strokes?


While there is no definitive way of preventing a Hemorrhagic Stroke in its entirety, there are factors that we can avoid in order to reduce the likelihood that we will fall victim of it.


  • High Blood Pressure: The main culprit of these strokes. Keep your blood pressure in check and have it checked often.
  • Alcohol and Drug Use: These are considered to be contributing factors of Hemorrhagic Strokes. Stop drinking and using.
  • Blood Thinners: A surprising fact: although blood thinners reduce your risk of Ishemic Stroks, they could increase your chance of having a Hemorrhagic Stroke.


If you have any of these factors, or experiece any of the symptoms listed in this article, I strongly urge you to seek medical help immediately.


Don’t play with your life. The best defencse is knowledge.


Take care of your body and it will take care of you.



Recently, my mother called me to tell me she survived a mini-stroke. Her speech seemed muddled and incoherent. Almost immediately, thoughts began rushing through my head.

Is she dying?

What else is wrong that my mother was not telling me?

Is there anything either her or her and my stepfather could do to help her bounce back from this mini-stroke?

During the course of the next several articles, we will find out the different forms of strokes, their causes, treatments both in and out of the hospital, as well as what we can do to prevent a stroke from even happening.

I. What is a Stroke?

Blood flows to the brain carrying the necessary oxygen it needs to survive and thrive. However, when that blood flow stops, the oxygen cannot reach that part of the brain. In that case, the blood cells in that part of the brain begin to suffocate and eventually die. What’s even worse is that the functions that part of the brain controls die with it. This leads to a variety of problems such as memory loss, loss of motor function, numbness to an entire side of the body, and it can even lead to death.

II. What are the different types of strokes?

A. ISCHEMIC STROKESThis is the most common of the strokes.

B. HEMORRHAGIC STROKES: Bleeding in the brain.

C. TRANSIENT ISCHEMIC ATTACKS (or TIA): The lighter side of strokes.

III. What causes these types of strokes?

A. Ischemic Strokes are caused by a fat-like substance known as plaque collecting in your arteries which can not only slow the flow of blood to the brain, but it can also stop it altogether. There are 2 different types of Ischemic Strokes.

1. Thrombotic Strokes: These are caused by the plaque clots that form in the artery in charge of supplying blood to your brain.

2. Embolic Strokes: These type of strokes can form somewhere else in your body and travel to your brain and stop the flow of blood going there.

B. Hemorrhagic Strokes are caused when there is bleeding inside your brain that causes damage to all cells that are nearby. Also, this particular stroke can be caused by an abnormality in blood vessels that open up and bleed.

C. Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA) are caused by a minor block of blood flow in your brain. This stroke typically last only a short time.

IV. What are the symptoms of these strokes?

A. Ischemic Strokes: With these types of strokes, you may experience confusion and loss of memory, problems with speaking and vision, and weakness especially in the arms and legs not to mention dizziness, loss of coordination and balance.

B. Hemorrhagic Strokes: These types of strokes can be accompanied by confusion along with an intense headache, nausea, passing out, along with issues with his vision.

C. Transient Ischemic Attacks (TIA): These “drive-by strokes” come with dizziness, trouble with your vision and speech, headaches, confusion, and can even render one side of your body completely numb.

Knowing what we now know, who are the like candidates for a stroke? Read on.

V. Stroke Candidates

While each stroke type may carry its own criteria for candidates, there are several common threads that tie them together.

1. Age: As we get older, our bodies begin breaking down and becoming more susceptible to injury and sickness

2. High Blood Pressure: High blood pressure can cause a stroke by damaging the brain cells responsible for delivering oxygen to the brain and causing them to rupture. Also, high blood pressure can cause your blood to clot. Delivering the same result of the brain not getting the oxygen it needs.

3. Smoking: Another brain cell killer. By smoking, you ingest chemicals that go from your lungs into the bloodstream. These chemicals disrupt, damage, and even kill the cells in the blood that delivers oxygen to the brain causing a great risk of strokes. As if that was not enough, smoking also causes you to lose HDL, commonly called the good cholesterol making you defenseless against the threat of a stroke.

More bad news for smokers who do not wish to have a stroke. By the ingestion of the chemicals found in cigarettes, you run the risk of damaging your arterial walls and the chemicals also affect the production of platelets in the blood making it more likely for the blood to clot. Which we know after reading this article, the clotting of the blood prevents the brain from getting the oxygen it needs thus causing strokes.

Now that you know how we unintentionally make ourselves vulnerable to strokes, what can we do, outside of the hospital, that can help us treat, and perhaps lower your risk of becoming stroke’s latest victim? Here are a few suggestions.

VI. Preventative Measures

1. Check your blood pressure: Strokes aside, knowing what your blood pressure is and having it checked often, could mean the difference between life and death.

2. Smoking kills: Quit em if you got em. Don’t start if you haven’t.

3. Lose weight, feel great: One of the biggest problems in America today. Obesity causes high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Beware. You will be a great candidate for stroke if you don’t keep your weight under control.

Be active: Keep that blood pumping. Not to mention the weight loss benefits of exercise.

5. Sweet blood: Know your blood sugar levels and your cholesterol.

6. Diet: lower your intake of salt and potassium. Your body will thank you for it.

7. Warning, warning: Keep an eye out for the warning signs. If trouble arises, seek medical attention.

Well, there you have it.

Never take symptoms lightly. If you even suspect you are having any of the symptoms, you should get to a doctor immediately. It could mean the difference between life and death.

Don’t let a stroke strike you out. Take care of your body and it will take care of you.



This image highlights where your adrenal glands are located

A staff member in the place where I work announced that she was going to her doctor today. She mentioned that she had an adrenal adenoma.

Almost immediately, thoughts began rushing through my mind.

“Sounds serious.”

“Is it fatal?”

“Will she be ok?”

When I heard this news, I began my search for the answers. I simply had to know everything about adrenal adenoma.

Adrenal Adenoma is a non-cancerous tumor located in the cerebral cortex of the adrenal gland.

The non-cancerous tumor is caused by an abundance of hormones that take up space in the adrenal glands, instead of moving the body.


This is a CT scan of adrenal adenoma

Cushing Syndrome, along with several other serious conditions can result from the collection of these unmoved hormones.

Doctors cannot find a cause of these adenomas.

Symptoms of Adrenal Adenoma.

  1. The symptoms vary depending on the function of the hormones being accumulated.


  1. Aldosterone – An over-abundance of this hormone can cause high blood pressure and low potassium levels. The high levels of this hormone, have also been linked to Conn’s Disease.


  1. Conn’s Disease is caused by the extreme collection of aldosterone. The clever thing about this particular adenoma is that it hides in high blood pressure, which can be caused by a number of other things like poor diet rather than Conn’s Disease.


  1. Cortisol – The hormones that collect themselves in your adrenal gland that carry this function, cause a rise in your weight. This can be found in your belly and make your head appear to be more round. This hormone collection also can cause mood swings and make you a good candidate for Diabetes. Also, by this hormone collection, it could lead to Cushing Syndrome.


  1. Cushing Syndrome is when the cortisol in your body becomes excessively abundant in your adrenal glands. This can corrupt the functionality of a number of your body’s systems. While it is possible for Cushing Syndrome to be cured, your body may need time to recover from the lack of proper function.


  1. Sex Hormones – The over-grouping of these hormones have different effects on the different sexes.


  1. Females – Too much testosterone can cause you not to have any menstrual cycles as well as hair loss.


  1. Males – Too much estrogen can cause a decreased sex drive and even problems getting an erection.


However, there are a couple of genetic conditions that exist for those who are more likely to have them.

Who’s a Good Candidate?:


  1. Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia – This is a rare condition caused by non-cancerous tumors located in the endocrine system. The hormones released from the endocrine system control many different and important functions of the body.


  1. Symptoms of Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia – More often than not, these non-cancerous tumors may not even carry warning signs. In fact, you may be unaware that you even have them. If you have these types of non-cancerous tumors, you are more likely to get non-cancerous tumors in your adrenal glands as well.


  1. Familial Adenomatous Polyposis – This rare condition is caused by the presence of an over-abundance of polyps that grow in your large intestine, as well as your upper respiratory tract. This too will make you a good candidate for Adrenal Adenomas.

Treatment for Adrenal Adenomas:

  1. Surgery – If the adenoma is not functioning, your doctor will not likely suggest any procedure.


  1. However, if the adenoma is alive and well, your doctor may suggest that total removal of the gland and the adenoma may be in order. This removal is done through small holes made in your body.


  1. If the adenoma proves cancerous, your doctor will have to perform open surgery.


  1. Medicine – In some cases, a hormone stopping medication may be the answer to prevent the function of the hormones or their accumulation.

The important thing to note here is that the tumors are NON-CANCEROUS. These tumors may not be malignant, but they can sure make your life a living hell.

That being said, I strongly urge anyone that has any of these conditions to follow the doctor’s suggestions and stay healthy.




We have all heard people tell us to “detox” our bodies.

Hearing such advice, many of us dismiss the notion, never to pick it up again.

That is until the next person tells us to “detox” our bodies.

But what does all this talk about “detoxifying” our bodies mean and why is it so important for us to do it?

In this article, we will discover the answer together.

In the previous article, WANT TO KEEP YOUR INSIDES CLEAN? TEAS, PLEASE, I discussed the teas that we can drink that will help us detoxify our bodies.

After this article, I hope we can live happier and healthier lives as we treat the insides of our bodies as well as we do the outsides.


  • DIGESTION PERFECTION: Well, not quite. However, with a detox routine, your metabolism will be restored and you will be able to digest what you eat more proficiently.


  • POWER ON: The detoxifying of our bodies allow all the junk that still rests in our bodies to be released and with it all the sluggish feelings that are associated with the junk.


  • GARBAGE OUT: In speaking of the junk that remains in the body after digestion, a good detox routine will help you get rid of it so it does not cause any unwanted consequences.


  • JUNK ATTACK: Those unwanted consequences, what are they, you ask? A good detoxifying of your body allows you to skate past things like high blood pressure and other chronic illnesses.


  • BLOAT BE GONE: Days after you start a detox routine, and as the junk in your body is released, you will experience improved bowel functions and built up gas and bloating will be a thing of the past.


  • FAT BURNER: Your body has a natural ability to burn the fat it receives from the foods you eat. However, with the junk coming with it, this ability is no longer functioning at its peak. Introduce a daily detox routine to help your body not add to its issues and add to your weight.


  • IN WITH THE GOOD: The nutrients and minerals that the body needs are taken out of that food. With all the junk that is packed in our foods, the body cannot properly deal with the nutrients and minerals. The body cannot use what it does not process. A daily detox routine will help the body deal with this issue.


  • GIVE YOUR STOMACH A BREAK: It is amazing what the stomach has to do. Your stomach makes the acid that is responsible for the break down of your food as well as gets rid of what it does not need. Overload your stomach with junk and you will soon find yourself with stomach problems. A daily detox routine can help you here too. Not only is a liquid detox (like the teas from the previous article) easier to digest, its also a great way to detoxify the body while giving your stomach a chance to rest.


  • DETOX IS THE BEST MEDICINE: When you add detox to your regular routine, you decrease the need for the medications you take for diet related issues.


  • YOUR SKIN IS GLOWING: Detoxifying your insides has benefits for your outsides as well. By detoxing your innards, your skin will have a radiance about it and your acne and blemishes will disappear.


  • A SLIVER OF INFO ABOUT YOUR LIVER: The headquarters of detoxifying the body. Your liver is the mainstay of detox for your body. However, the more junk you throw at it, the harder it is for your liver to keep up. Give your liver a break and detox.


  • UPSTAIRS LOOKING GOOD: According to those who maintain a detox routine, they say that their thinking is less cluttered and maintain more focus.


  • AGE SLOWER: The junk we engulf comes back to haunt us by shortening our lives. Cholesterol and Heart Disease are just two real threats to long life. In order to combat this threat to your life, detoxify your body and lengthen your days.


  • WE NEED BACKUP: By detoxifying our body, we get rid of the junk that hinders our immune system from battling disease and sickness. Help the fight by adding a detox routine.


  • MANE CONCERN: In addition to all the outside benefits of detox listed in this article, your hair will be shiny and full of life once you get rid of the junk we eat.


  • ZZZZZ: A regular detox routine also improves your quality of sleep. This effect is when the body and mind become quitter due to the expelling of the junk from our foods through our detoxing regularly.


  • P-U: With all the junk we eat, its no wonder why we have gas and bloating. The built up gases can show up in our breath thus making us less appealing to those around us. Did you know that detoxifying your body will get rid of those gases? Detoxify your body and take care of this issue.


After reading this article, I hope you understand the need for detoxifying your body on a regular basis.

With all the benefits that detoxifying your body can give you, there is only one question to ask:



The body goes through a terrible amount of havoc during our daily lives.

Every day we seem to be in a rush to go from one thing to the next.

Within the “daily grind”, we quickly engulf something in those precious few moments we find during our day only to return to our hectic lifestyle.

We become so entrenched in our living that we fail to see we are in fact slowly dying.

The foods we invite within us during these times bring toxins that cause bloating, indigestion, along with a host of other health problems.

What can we do about this unseen threat to our health?

In this article, we will find several liquid options to cleanse our bodies from these toxins.

  1. Burdock Tea: This tea is quite possibly the least known of all the teas on this list. Known to support the liver in detoxifying your blood, Burdock tea uses your urine stream, your sweat, your breathing, even your stool to get rid of the toxins you ingest. Detoxify yourself.


  1. Milk Thistle Tea: Another tea that helps your liver detoxify the body, Milk Thistle Tea also is great for your digestive system. This added benefit gives your liver a break as it allows the digestive system get rid of the toxins you allow into your body. This tea has also been used for protecting healthy cells in your body for decades. It does a body good.



  1. Fenugreek Tea: While not well known in America, this tea helps your digestive tract in its battle against indigestion and bloating. Not only that, but Fenugreek Tea also lowers blood pressure, and supports your liver. This tea also slows the rate of sugar that goes into your blood stream. Are you feeling gassy? Bottom’s up.


  1. Cayenne Pepper Tea: This tea not only cleans out your insides, but also boosts your energy, helps regulate your blood sugar, and helps your digestion. Cayenne Pepper Tea releases the toxins that are in you through your spit and mucus so watch out for runny noses. Fending off a cold during flu season is another added benefit of this tea. Are you getting sick? Don’t forget this tea.


  1. Red Clover Tea: Red Clover Tea is another tea that helps your liver and blood by removing the toxins that are found inside. Another benefit of this tea is that it helps clear the phlegm found in your lungs. Here’s to your health.


  1. Cilantro Tea: Releasing your toxins through urine and stool, Cilantro Tea also removes heavy metals that hide out in your body after you eat. Cilantro Tea contains compounds that stand against arthritis and removes chemicals that are harmful in your body. Consider adding this to your health conscious diet.


  1. Dandelion Tea: While raising the amount of chemicals in the body responsible for helping detoxifying the body, Dandelion Tea supports the liver, improves the gallbladder and helps get rid of toxins through your urine. It is also a great remedy for constipation. Dandelion Tea is also known for preventing gall and kidney stones from forming. The final benefit of Dandelion Tea is that it prevents the growth of bacteria on your skin. Add this to your routine and your body will thank you for it.


  1. Chicory Tea: Coffee lovers, rejoice. Chicory Tea, according to those that drink it, tastes like coffee. It helps get rid of toxins through your digestive track by raising the level of gastric juices in your body. In addition, it helps fight liver dysfunction, helps fend off gallbladder disorders, even good against jaundice. Do you suffer from anemia? This is the drink you need. For best results, drink this every day.


  1. Ginger Tea: Ginger Tea is made from one of the world’s best-known herbs. This tea also has a compound for battling ulcers. Improved circulation, fueled up digestive system and the release of toxins through your sweat glands are what you can expect when making this part of your daily detoxifying routine.


  1. Garlic Tea: Are you looking to lose some weight? Then look no further. Garlic Tea helps eliminate excess fat as it helps you win the battle of the Bulge. As with its main ingredient (garlic,) it aids in keeping your ticker ticking and it helps you with your bad cholesterol. Vampires, beware.


Do you feel sluggish? Constipated? Bloated? Or do you just want to make sure that your inner self is as tiptop as your outside self is? Drink any of the teas listed above regularly and start living healthier than you are now.


Sugar, man’s perfect sweetener turned man’s silent killer.

Some people take condiments like sugar in moderation.

There are those of us who have to due to Diabetes, or other medical conditions.

However, what about those of us who do not have Diabetes or other related issues? Can it still become a problem?

Yes. Sugar, once taken to the extreme, can be a problem in and of itself.

People who are addicted to this silent killer, and who are not diabetic, develop a problem known as high triglycerides (too much fat in the blood).

Picture, if you will a straw. Take a glass of water and run it through that straw. There is no problem. The water runs easily.

Now, add a little sugar to that same glass of water and pour it through the same straw.

You will find that it still runs rather easily.

Keep adding sugar to the same amount of water and you will soon discover that the water passing through the straw becomes more difficult.

That is because the more sugar you add to the water, the more it turns to sludge.

Those of us with an addiction to sugar face this problem.

The water in this demonstration is our blood and the straw is our veins and arteries.

As our blood thickens, it makes the heart have to work harder to get the blood to where it needs to go.

This causes a rise on our blood pressure, which may result in a heart attack, stroke, or a host of other medical problems.

On top of this problem, if we intake too much sugar over an extended period, we develop another problem called Pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis is where the Insulin, which is responsible for regulating our blood sugar, becomes so overwhelmed with sugar, that it actually begins to devour the inside lining of our pancreas, causing extreme pain.

An overabundance of sugar in the body also gives way to liver and kidney damage.

The more sugar we ingest, the more is translated to body fat because the liver and kidneys cannot metabolize it fast enough.

We have to kill our addiction to sugar before sugar kills us.

But how do we fight such a sweet and silent killer?

As I dove deeper into the subject, I learned of at least nine ways we can stop sugar from stopping us.

  1. Avoid processed foods: Foods that taste good are not always good for you. Processed foods contain so much sugar that they actually come in different forms such as, sucrose, fructose, glucose, and high fructose corn syrup.


  1. Increase your Serotonin: Exercising and going on a sugar-free diet will stop this silent killer from killing you. In addition, the exercise will benefit you in other ways as well.


  1. Stevia: This all-natural sweetener is reportedly sweeter than sugar. However, like sugar, do not overdo it or you will find yourself with some undesirable health issues.


  1. Detox your body: Drink plenty of water. The more water you drink, the more you flush your body clean from sugar and other toxins we invite in our bodies through what we eat.


  1. Do not engulf: Eating smaller portions throughout your day, rather than eating a large quantity during meals, is another way we can fight off the sugar monster. This process will help against unsafe drops in blood sugar.


  1. The money food: Eat plenty of greens. This gives you a boost in your energy, thus stifling your cravings for the sweet bandit.


  1. Under the sea: Eating sea vegetables provides you with a serious mineral absorption that sugar would rob you of.


  1. Craving sweet? Go sour: Drinking fermented probiotic drinks every time a craving hits, is the best way to eliminate your desire for sugar and processed foods.


  1. Sugar stress? Meditate: Meditation helps us relieve stress and therefore stops us from running to sugar for help.


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Multitasking.  It seems like such a necessary element in today’s world.

However, multitasking is not with its fair share of naysayers.  Some say multitasking is impossible. Others say that multitasking leaves the activities involved to be done haphazardly and without giving them the proper attention, each activity deserves.

However, did you know that when you sleep, your body multitasks? Below is a list of most of the activities done while you sleep as found on

  1. Where am I? As we drift off to sleep, our bodies become less involved in the world outside it. The world we knew disappears for those few precious hours.


  1. Take a breath. While we sleep, nothing shuts completely off. And thank God for that. Our bodies still breathe in the air we need. In fact, our air intake becomes more relaxed. Without this function, we would not be able to rise the next morning.


  1. Simmer down. The stress of the day seems to melt away as we sleep. Our sleep helps regulate our blood pressure, temperature, and lightens our mood. Forget whatever kind of day you had and relax your cares away in Dreamland.


  1. Heal thyself. The rigors of the day-to-day life cause both visible as well as invisible damage to our skin. Damage can consist of cuts, scrapes and bruises. As we drift off into deeper sleep, the tissue repair begins to take place. Also, this time promotes tissue growth.


  1. After a good night’s rest, we feel re-energized. This is because while we sleep, the energy that we depleted during our day is replenished once more.


  1. Lights, camera, action. In speaking of what we dreamt about, the body, during Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep tells us bedtime stories called dreams and nightmares. Some we remember, others we do not (to find out the difference, read the next article: Dreammare, coming soon).


  1. At ease, soldier. During sleep, the body instructs your organs, muscles (except for those with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) and other similar problems) to relax. This enables your sleep to become more fruitful. The more the body is at rest, the deeper sleep we can achieve.


However, with the muscles and organs at rest, some of us experience our airways closing up, giving rise to an inconvenient and disturbing function the body goes through while we sleep.


  1. Sound off. The act of snoring, while irritating and disturbing is another task that the body performs while we sleep. Snoring happens when the passage of air in and out of our bodies becomes restricted or blocked. As air tries to get to and from our lungs, it causes the sound everyone hates to hear.


So, forget your day, relieve some stress, rest, recharge, and “hop in the sack.”

And if anyone tells you that multitasking is impossible or unprofitable, you can tell him or her that you multitask in your s


We live in a very blessed nation. Our country has such an abundance of food, that we have actually become allergic to it.

Do you think anyone in any Third World nation is “lactose intolerant”?

However, what would happen if all our resources went away?

What would happen if all animals died of a disease that rendered their flesh inedible?

What would happen if all plant life on Earth, considering all the toxins we release into the air, suddenly became inedible?

Where would we be then?

Well, to quote what many freelancers go through, our feast would turn to famine.

There would be chaos everywhere. People facing such a threat would be fighting and clawing their way through the streets for anything and everything they could get their hands on.

How would we survive?

What would we eat in the face of a food crisis?

Below is a list of foods that, if kept untouched, will last the longest in the event that all other foods become inedible.

  1. Dried beans: Often called Legumes, can be found in a variety of places such as grocery stores and dollar stores. If they are kept in a dry area and sealed properly, they can last your lifetime. Not only that, but beans contain protein to help with your energy. Although they harden with the passing of time, you can soften them back by boiling them in water. Dried beans include Lentils, Black Beans, Pintos, and Peas.


  1. Dried pasta: Another food that if kept away from moisture and insects, as well as sealed properly, can last the rest of your life. It is a great source for carbs and is available in a variety of different flavors. This also can come from the same grocery store as the dried beans.


  1. Hardtack: Made from just flour and water, this food if made and sealed properly could possible outlive you. While it is practically tasteless, it would mean a lot if you were starving.


  1. Instant coffee: Coffee drinkers rejoice! The only thing to worry about this drink is water, sealed, and stored in an area clear of moisture and insects. Instant coffee can last for years to come.


  1. Uncooked white rice: If kept away from moisture and insects, uncooked white rice is another food that could outlive you. A descent source of carbs and protein, this makes for a mean in itself.


And finally…


  1. Hard Liquor: In the event of worldwide or nationwide food shortage, and in the event of injury, alcohol has been the tried and true disinfectant and sterilizer. It also helps with mood issues. Another quality about hard liquor is that you can use it to trade with other survivors any other supplies that you may need.


  1. Humans: Not to add any horror, but as long as there are people walking about, there is a source of meat. Cannibalism has been around for centuries. Moreover, if we are not careful, what went around, may come around again.

Although we may live in a very blessed nation, life teaches us that nothing is certain. Times can get rougher. Situations may turn for the worst or our economy can plunge, or even evaporate.  No matter the cause, the foods listed above could mean the difference between life and death.



Suicide, by many, is considered to be taking “the coward’s way out”.

Yet, in our society, every one of us does it every day and will not see the results of it until years later.

How are we committing suicide every day?

To find the answer, one needs only to look at what is in front of him or her.

Below is a list of things associated with our lifestyle that is ironically leading to our deaths.

  1. Distractions: Not paying attention to the outside world will definitely kill you dead. Things like crossing a street without looking both ways, messing with an electrical appliance with wet hands, and even walking through town or an alleyway without paying attention, to what you are doing can be hazardous to your health…and your life.


  1. Smoking: For years, the Surgeon General has warned us about the dangers of smoking. Commercials on television warn us as well. Yet, smoking is still as much of a threat as it ever was. Smoking leads to a host of problems, such as heart diseases and cancers. Stop killing yourselves and stop smoking.


  1. Drinking alcohol: At first drinking was considered an acceptable social thing. Now, people drink so much and so often, that it has become an addiction. Drinking leads to many causes of death, which include cirrhosis of the liver, cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, not to mention the deaths it, causes both on and off the road. Step away from the bottle and live to tell the story.


  1. Medications: Believe it or not, the medicines that we take can kill us if we are not taking them as directed. Sleeping pills, if you overdose can have you fall asleep and not wake up. Some medications contain side effects that can kill you if you are not cautious. So, take your medications as directed, and if a problem arises, seek medical help immediately.


  1. Obesity: For a number of reasons, people gorge on food thinking that they are safe from harm. This train of thought is not only wrong, but dead wrong. As people engulf food at such a high rate, they are doing their bodies a disservice. This overeating leads to obesity and it is the cause of a host of health-related issues in itself such as high cholesterol, which leads to heart attacks, strokes, and even cancer. Instead of gorging, go out and exercise. Your body will thank you.


  1. Mental disorders: Now more than ever, people are standing up and taking notice that mental problems such as depression, if left undiagnosed, are killing people. If you suffer from any form of mental affliction, PLEASE do not go at it alone. Seek out professionals that can help you regain your life and overcome the trappings of the mind.


The dangers we do not see are oftentimes what ends up killing us. Be mindful of the world around you and if you see any of these things in your life, or the lives of the ones you love, you can change it now before it is too late.