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Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

 

Healthy Living: The Cellphone Guide

by Amy Lignor

 

Much like the political realm, there will always be debates and disagreements when it comes to the technological realm—especially when it comes to your health versus the almighty cellphone. Now, it is a fact that communication in the 21st century literally brought about a revolution. Mobile devices are being used and will remain at the top of “must have” lists for all ages technology, cellphone, health, Mobile devices, stress, teens, bacteria, eye strain, posture, car accidents, nomophobiafor the rest of time. By giving the world immediate access to help, navigation systems for their cars, the ‘best’ lists when it comes to everything from where to dine out to where to shop for the latest dog dish, the cellphone has become all powerful. Heck, there is literally an app for just about everything you can think of on this planet now. Add in the music and entertainment industries and the cellphone hits on all cylinders. However, even though we are in a world where we all know the cellphone will never go the way of the dinosaurs, there is still a great many arguments when it comes to how and when the cellphone should be used.

Good health is on peoples’ minds. And since the most popular cellphone out there is referred to as a “smartphone,” it seems appropriate to talk about the “smartest” reasons in the world why you have to stop looking at that phone of yours 24/7, in order to gain good health. Reasons, by the way, that have been proven.

 

If and when the act of using your phone becomes way too frequent, you put yourself at risk for numerous health issues. Although the teens in America probably don’t care about this, it is a fact that you will care as the years pass on by.

 

First, we address stress. Cellphone use has shown negative effects on stress levels because of the constant ringing, reminders, beeping, alerts, etc. Just as it was with the regular home phone, where you got on a list and salespeople called every night after you got home from a busy day of work just to bother you, cellphones have the exact same effect. Yet that effect is increased ten-fold by the constant texts as well as emails that are being received.

 

More and more sicknesses are occurring because of the touching and spreading of bacteria that comes with constant phone use. No matter how many times you wash your hands, germs are always being placed on that phone of yours.

 

One of the biggest problems you will have to deal with later in life is the constant eye strain from your cellphone. The blue light (HEV) emitted through smartphones has been shown to damage eyes and may even harm them permanently. And not only are the eyes being harmed, but the cellphone also makes your memory fade. These smartphones we use are the process by which we now remember important dates and events, as well as using it as an alarm clock and to store phone numbers, addresses, names, birthdays and so on…leaving our own memory to go lax.

 

When it comes to the body, cellphones are most definitely destroying posture. We text, read, check emails and more, and when we do, we find ourselves in a “hunched over” position. This is most definitely not good for the spine or neck later in life. Not only that, but your hands suffer when you overuse that smartphone of yours. Texting seems to be the leading cause of arthritic conditions as life moves forward, and that can hurt a person severely in their later years.

 

Everyone already knows that car accidents have increased because of the cellphone. For the first time, alcoholism dropped to the number two reason for car accidents in this nation since alcohol was created because of the usage of cellphones while behind the wheel. But there is even a new disease called nomophobia. There are those out there who have become truly scared of being without their smartphone; so scared, in fact, that they are developing this disorder that causes extreme anxiety and nervousness. (A study done by Psychology Today of 2,163 people found that 58% of men and 47% of women already suffer from this phobia.)

 

Loss of sleep occurs because of the constant need to be on the smartphone, as well as the loss of social and communication skills. In this world – even though we are talking about a technology revolution – face-to-face communication skills are necessary. You must be able to apply for a job in person. You must be able to hold an educated conversation with someone. Yet the more people turn to their texting abilities, the farther they move away from being comfortable with talking in person.

 

The list of reasons to put that cellphone down in order to gain better health will grow longer. So think first: Be smarter and get healthier now by putting that smartphone down.

 

Source:  Baret News

Live Longer & Better? U.S.A. Does Not Make the List

 

Live Longer & Better? U.S.A. Does Not Make the List

by Amy Lignor

 

We are talking about wellbeing, here. Yes, ours is the country where “streets were paved with gold” and “anyone who has a dream, can make it here.” We have the open rules and laws and kindness to one another, compassion, great workplaces…oh, wait, this list is going on a bit too far now.

 

U.S., Health, American burnout, stress, civil rights, life priorities, YOLO, wellbeingThe U.S. takes hits for highest heart attacks and strokes. Seizures, high blood pressure, stress and anxiety that comes from not knowing or being able to care for the baby when it arrives without taking a pay cut, forfeiting pay for twelve weeks, or even being outright replaced if requesting longer. But there are other countries where family, wellbeing, and the state of both body and mind is a priority for the governments and people who dwell there.

 

Let’s begin with France. In their policy, which is aptly named, “right to disconnect,” the French government has banned companies that are a certain size (50 or more employees) from sending emails out on the weekends or holidays. In other words, the employees are granted that right to take the time off and shut those computers down so that families can be visited and not said ‘hi’ to on the computer. France states that this is their peoples’ definite civil right.

 

When it comes to America, stepping away from a computer monitor seems almost impossible. Burning out at work and causing stress – incurring both mental and physical effects – is a daily issue. Science actually shows that if people got away from the inbox they would reduce stress levels substantially, but employers are more interested in the work than staying healthy.

 

In the country of Sweden, not only new parents but also just “daily” parents are allowed parental days off. Swedes are given 480 days of paid parental leave to spend with their kids over the year, whereas the U.S. gives a mom and a dad a big goose-egg. Yup. Absolutely no days are offered where parents can receive pay and spend time with their child. The law is you will not lose your job if you take up to twelve weeks unpaid time off for a new baby. Once they’re born, of course, all bets are off.

 

You are what you eat? Well, Japan is known for having some of the healthiest diets, restaurants, and more in the world. And their people have diets that are not exactly what you would call restrictive. They are encouraged by the country to live on a nutritional high-grain, high-carb, low-fat diet, eating fish and soybean products. The foods available are many, varied and good. When you add on the fact that Japan’s people own the second-highest life expectancy rate of any other country in the world, enough said. When it comes to an American diet, the “Golden Arches” is still, after all the research, science, study and deaths incurred from high blood pressure, among one of the most popular “restaurants” favored by American citizens.

 

Moving forward to the Great Outdoors and having the ability to breathe in fresh air and work out in true majesty, New Zealand is the place to be. Even dubbed “the adventure capital of the world,” New Zealand and its many cities and locations are terrific for mental health and heaving off that indoor-behind-the-desk life from someone’s shoulders. When it comes to America, although outdoor enthusiasts are not rare, video games, television sets, and cell phones are the main choices of activity that all together do not help a person’s wellbeing like the Great Outdoors.

 

Along those same lines, South Korea – which is home to one of the most technologically savvy groups of people in the world – has found that technology has caused negative effects on hardworking people. Which is why the government made the smart move to sponsor many counseling centers with programs to help people with an internet addiction. The treatment is working and working well.

 

Losing sleep is normal in America. All types of stresses take that much-needed, and prescribed by doctors, eight hours of sleep out of almost everyone’s lives. But people in Spain know the power of the nap and the reality that sleep is definitely necessary to keep a brain and body healthy. Although there is no longer a government mandated “nap time,” the people of Spain don’t need one mandated. The time-honored tradition of an afternoon siesta will remain because, especially for employers, the short sleep actually boosts their workers creativity and productivity a hundred-fold. In America? That’s easy. Without our dependence on coffee, most of us wouldn’t make it through the afternoon.

 

In other words, countries out there know exactly the small twists and turns, rules and regulations and civil rights that should be allowed to their citizens that will make them happier and a whole lot healthier. America could most definitely take some pointers. Prioritizing happiness is something one and all should do. After all…you never know how long you have left.

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Source:  Baret News

The “Studiers” Need to Study Something Worthwhile

 

The “Studiers” Need to Study Something Worthwhile

by Amy Lignor

 

The environment, and keeping said environment clean, depends on a great deal of things. Most especially we need teamwork that comes from every man, woman and, yes, dog. Just like every man and woman, of course, the dog should get a little love when it comes to thanking them for all
studiers results, dog hugging, stress, humans and canines, man's best friendthe work they do. Yet from Psychology Today came results of a new study that may be among the dumbest ever made.

 

First of all, let’s face it, we have “studiers” studying everything. People receive grants and funding to “discover” new things that help the universe, as well as “study” things already in the universe in order to make them better. Then there are those (admit it) that receive funding and grants to do a study on something that is absolutely ridiculous.

 

This new debate has arisen from a study that says hugging your dog is a bad thing. Apparently they never saw those billions (and I mean, billions) of pictures, videotapes, etc. that are posted everywhere you look showing a dog cuddling up with master, mistress and best friend. This study states that dogs are “technically cursorial animals, which is a term that indicates that they are designed for swift running.” Which we all know. But the study moved on to state: “That implies that in times of stress or threat the first line of defense that a dog uses is not his teeth, but rather his ability to run away.” And when humans prevent the dog from running by hugging them, the dog becomes stressed.

 

The study says it can be seen in many pictures where dogs are lowering their ears, turning their heads away from the hugger and even when they lick the hugger’s face. The researcher stated that out of 81.6 percent of photos, only 7.8 percent of the dogs were comfortable being hugged. The study says to stop this action and just give them a nice pat, feed them a treat, or offer up a “kind word.”

 

It is a good thing these people are not marriage counselors or even more would be divorcing at this moment in time. Without a grant, people know dogs run. However, not a large percentage run away if they or their person is in danger; they run at the animal that’s preying on them. And when it comes to helping the dog and giving it a warm, comfortable hug, that is an extremely kind thing to do and makes the animal happy and relaxed.

 

Dogs do an incredible service to the environment. Yes, there are those who have special jobs like taking care of people in wheelchairs, servicing the deaf, blind, wearing the badge of doggie policeman – you name it, the canines do it. But even the everyday dog’s normal tendencies are one of the biggest helps we have to the planet. May seem silly to some, but think about it:

 

When digging up soil to bury a bone or two, the soil is exposed to the air which helps renew and enrich the soil. Dogs have the knack of being able to dispose of our own human junk that causes ill effects on our already overflowing landfills; and when it comes to dog transportation, they love to walk. This not only helps fight obesity issues in humans, but it also saves on car transportation which releases gases into the environment. Dogs take humans off the roads, which is what “green” is all about.

 

Dogs bond with other animals that could become endangered (or already are) and become their protectors. Don’t believe me? Check out many programs out there, including one in Australia where sheepdogs are used to protect the endangered Little Penguin. The dogs bond with the penguins and keep them safe from predators during low tide.

 

Do they deserve kindness and hugs? Do they really deep down despise hugs and wish the humans would go away? Be your own judge: A recent story was posted regarding an Army private who had been undergoing basic training away from home. He returns and his dog, a best friend for a good long time, actually began to cry. She was so excited she practically fell into the boy’s arms and made sure her hug was offered far before he could even begin.

 

In other words, let’s put the career of “studiers” on the list with line sitters and optimist speakers. It belongs there. Because, frankly, if you have this much money and are just dying to give it out (government as well as corporate investors), stop the studies. Roads need to be tarred, animals – including dogs – need to be saved from shelters, and the list goes on. Start spending money on saving this planet and saving its people.

 

I’m sure all canines will agree.

Source:  Baret News