Lifestyle

To vitamin and dietary supplement users alike, I, too, have believed that many vitamins and dietary supplements on the market will work to and significantly improve my physical appearance and health. After all, supplements are designed to support good health and healthy living. However, after completing much research for an English project that required us to find the answer to a difficult or compelling question, I found that these vitamin and supplement claims do not all necessarily hold true to this fact. Many vitamins and dietary supplements could potentially place users in great danger. In one specific case, a woman who had been consuming an herbal weight loss supplement called Garcinia Cambogia arrived at the emergency room for nausea, vomiting, stomach pain. This case of...
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Being on a never-ending quest to find the one with whom you’ll build an unbreakable bond and spend the rest of your life can be a difficult, tiring and sometimes seemingly impossible endeavor. But why does it often get so stressful? Are you truly doomed to spend the rest of your life alone or could the culprit be the endless fairytales and love stories we were fed from an early age that gave us an unrealistic idea and expectation of what a healthy and loving relationship should actually be? From my personal dating experience, every relationship is an entirely unique adventure, but they all have one thing in common – they are two-way streets that require both partners to meet in the middle in order to achieve success. Firstly, it’s essential to do some introspection and realize whether...
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Dear Fellow Americans, Yes, it was me. After 8 years of volunteering with the Red Cross in Puerto Rico (Aguadilla) and at the Miami ARC blood bank, I could not stand by and let thousands of people die. The Director, Dr. Bruce Lenes, had lied to me and other volunteers about the blood imported from Central America and the Caribbean being tested for HIV when in fact, it was only being tested for Hepatitis, the most common blood-borne disease. I was the one who spent 48 hours faxing anonymous warnings to all 800 Florida surgeons, the FDA, and CBS news. I was the one who told FDA Director David Kessler's staff where to look and what questions to ask Dr. Lenes. The whole story is just one of 15 crimes I reported and wrote about in my book that the FBI seized at gunpoint without a...
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Dear High Schooler, All my life I have felt like an outsider. Too weird for normal people, and too normal for the weird people. I've always been on the outside looking in. Being socially awkward and having social anxiety never really helped, either. I always feel like I'm being judged or watched even when I'm not. I have to remind myself to breathe, have to tell myself that not everyone hates me, convince myself to calm down and that everything will be okay. So you probably thought nothing of it a couple of days ago when we had that interaction. When you said: "Hey queer girl, do you have the time?" But your words wounded me, they made me angry, they made me sad. I didn't know why a perfect stranger was being cruel to me. Why you had to make a joke at my expense was unknown...
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Jesus Christ left His Followers with Two Commandments: Love God more than everything else and love your neighbor as yourself. (Plus, the Parable of the Good Samaritan is generally understood to define "neighbor" as all other persons.) Jesus also tasked His Followers with The Great Commission, instructing us to share His Good News with all nations. Yet some Christian denominations have long-excluded members of the LGBTQA community from full membership/participation. Leaders within these denominations often rely on a handful of Bible verses that could be interpreted as condemning homosexuality. Based on conversations I’ve had with other Followers of Christ on this topic, the Bible verses in-question condemn a different type of homosexual behavior than what exists in...
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To whom it may - and definitely should - concern: our city is in turmoil, and something needs to be done about it. It’s no secret that our city has a homelessness problem, and it’s definitely not going unnoticed by the public. The issue however, is how it’s being noticed. It makes me feel a form of second-hand guilt knowing that I wake up in a city everyday where those who are struggling are looked down upon to such a degree that we as a society have created a lower-than-low class for the ones who need our attention the most. Now, I’m no saint. My part in society is a small one, but I like to think it means something. I go to school everyday, working towards graduating. I work my part-time job at McDonald’s after school, and try to be a good person in the little ways I can. As a...
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Dear (former) roommates, A year ago, I was excited about the opportunity to share an apartment on campus with you. I had been in desperate need of upperclassman housing and almost couldn't find a spot. After meeting with 1 out of the 4 of you, I knew the apartment would be perfect for me. Or so I thought. After moving in during the winter break, I got acquainted with the place pretty quickly. Soon, the others moved in and we started decorating and organizing the apartment the way we wanted! I was more than excited to spend some time with you girls and figure out different ways we could hang out and have fun - in and outside of our apartment. But unfortunately that didn't work out. I realized that it was much harder to connect with each of you, especially since we were all so...
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Dear Freshman Franny, I know that you are feeling that pit in your stomach, slowly filling with the utter terror of failure. I know that you have a stack of homework as thick as your throat and that you get choked up with anxiety just looking at it. I know that all you want is someone to drop from the sky and help dig you out of this mess. I know what it feels like to stand in your shoes and quiver, but I also know what it's like to stand strong and solid on my own two feet and slay the darkness myself. You just got home from a five hour marching band rehearsal. It’s nearing midnight as you lumber towards your desk, already stacked high with AP textbooks and cluttered with papers and worksheets. I can see you hunching over the laminated wood of the hardy desk, utterly consumed by...
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Dear Teens and Young Adults, I’m here to tell you today that there’s an ongoing war, and it’s been going on longer than any war in history. This war affects us every single day -- some more than others. In fact every single one of you is in or has fought in this war. You may be thinking...What? What are you rambling about? What war? You might first think it’s the one happening in Afghanistan, or the Iraq war? But no. As important as they are, that is not the war I am here to talk about today. This war is the one we have with ourselves and over something we may struggle. Maybe there was a time you really wanted to say or do something. Or you had this amazing idea you wanted to share out or a message you wanted to give. Or perhaps you wanted to participate in something or ask someone...
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Dear John The Journal, I used to laugh at people who were friends with you. I wondered how someone so tedious could help people get through their day, but when I met you, I knew you were going to mean a lot to me. People would talk about how you were such a great listener but I figured that it just meant that you weren’t too good at having conversations. I wondered why it was so meaningful for people to be listened to all of the time. I was interested in getting to know you after months of speaking to Lavender Essential Oils and Goodbye Stress Anxiety Gummies. I was tired of having the same useless conversations with them so naturally, your quirky personality came into my mind. You were formally introduced to me by a friend who knows you very well. She gifted me a journal on my 14th...
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