Ebola: Should We Be Worried?

Ebola

Ebola, as of several days ago, has entered the United States. There seems to be widespread confusion and somewhat panic over this situation. Unfortunately, the mainstream media has failed to provide the facts because they’d rather 1) talk about how the virus is going to kill us all, or 2) absurdly try to convert this health issue into a political one. Thus, the purpose of this post is to educate you about Ebola, and whether or not we are at risk for an outbreak similar to the ongoing one in Africa.

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Antibiotics: Why Overusing Them is Leading Us Toward Disaster

We rely way too much on drugs to fix all of our problems. And that’s not a good thing.

Here’s a scenario for you: you have a child who isn’t feeling well, or you yourself are not feeling well. Most likely, it’s some kind of cold. What do you do? Many people will go to the doctor, and end up being prescribed antibiotics to fight the infection. All in a typical routine fight against a cold, right?

Wrong. Our reliance on pills and assumption that antibiotics are some kind of cure-all is going to come back and bite us. As a matter of fact, it already has. Continue reading Antibiotics: Why Overusing Them is Leading Us Toward Disaster

Sitting Shortens Your Lifespan

This might be me stating the obvious, but yes: it is unhealthy to live a sedentary lifestyle. If you don’t believe it, the proof is in the science. Past research has identified correlations between spending more time sitting and an increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. More recently, two new studies have additionally identified a correlation between sitting less and better health. Today, I’m going to discuss one of those articles. Continue reading Sitting Shortens Your Lifespan

Technical Difficulties

Hi everyone!

My laptop doesn’t seem to want to connect to the Internet anymore even though the network troubleshooter said there was nothing wrong, so I was unable to write today’s post (right now I’m literally typing up this one on my phone). I hope to post tomorrow by way of a trip to the library. Thursday’s post will hopefully be on schedule. Sorry for the inconvenience and I’ll do my best to get my computer up and running again.

Thank you for your patience!

G the AT

UPDATE: due to the flash flood watches for my area, I’ll be staying home. We’re in the process of getting hit by a tropical storm and it’s safer to stay off the roads out here as it’s prone to flooding. Because this is suppose to last through Thursday, I’ve decide to go on hiatus until next week. Again, apologies for any inconvenience.

UPDATE 2: The internet works again! Expect a post sometime tomorrow 🙂

EV-D68, and What You Need to Know

Enterovirus structure

Those of you in the Midwest are probably aware of the present EV-D68 outbreak going on here in the United States. It’s caused a flood of ER visits; CNN reports that the number of kids being hospitalized is well into the hundreds. If you have kids yourself, you may be worrying about whether or not your child is at risk. In today’s post, I’m going to give you the low-down of EV-D68. Hopefully I’ll give you a better understanding of what’s going on and teach you some strategies to lower the risk of infection.

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How Important IS a Warmup (and a Cooldown), Anyway?

Back when I played on my high school varsity soccer team, we had a pretty set warmup routine: we ran two laps, followed by 10-15 minutes of stretches (triceps, arm circles, quads, hamstrings, glutes, calves, and ankle rolls, followed by a couple of extra minutes of individual stretching), a series of passing and shooting drills, and then our talk before the game or practice. I, like other athletes across this country and around the globe, performed these warmups without question, not really stopping to think about why we were doing them. Do warmup (and cooldown) drills really prevent injury? Continue reading How Important IS a Warmup (and a Cooldown), Anyway?