Category Archives: Health
Being optimistic and happy are two mottos that I usually attempt to live by. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the reality. Without sadness, depression, feelings of worthlessness, etc., one wouldn’t grasp how great the rest of life truly is. Like I said, I try my hardest to be positive and not stress the small stuff, but some days that is harder than others.
I have a good job, I’m engaged and planning a wedding, I own my home, I have 3 awesome dogs, my friends and family are amazing, we’re keeping up with our bills (the most stressful thing ever ha), yet, I’m having difficulty shaking this crappy ass mood of mine. I feel unfulfilled and can’t pin down what it is that’s making me feel this way. Regardless, I wouldn’t want to be around me like this (that’s a lie, I’m still awesome), and therefore, I must do something.
Instead of letting this mood take me over, and just accepting that this is how I feel, I WILL do something about it. No, I’m not going to cry in the bathroom stall (again) or anything absolutely fucking insane, but maybe something as simple as working out? Granted, I should be doing this anyway, but it might be a nice idea to get my mind focused on something else. I might also be in a better mood if I were smoking hot. So, yes, this definitely needs to happen.
GETTING INTO SHAPE, GETTING SMOKING HOT AND KILLING THIS DEPRESSION STARTS… NOW!
One of my favorite things in life is discovering new things about myself; It’s as if you’ve found a little piece to a puzzle… and it’s incredibly fucking gratifying. Sometimes you look for the puzzle pieces, but other times, they just happen to come into your mind because circumstances have forced you to think about things differently. Well, this is exactly what happened to me the other day while watching trash tv.
And before I tell you what show I was watching and you begin to judge me and my addiction to mindless drama, please know that I also enjoy intelligent shows. I love tv and will watch everything from Real Housewives to The Newsroom. I admit when shows are awful and staged, but I’m only human and find it incredibly addicting. Anyway, I was watching ‘Dance Moms’ on Lifetime and found out something that led me to, well, writing this article I suppose. One of the girls on this show revealed she had a neurological disorder, RND (reflex neurovascular dystrophy), and as her mother described her pain and symptoms, it started to sound nearly identical to my neurological disorder, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy). The only differences were that all the people with RND were children, while those with RSD were old (I was told I was very young to be diagnosed with such a disease). Along with that, a high percentage of children with RND were high achievers, or “perfectionists”. That last bit of news was shocking to me, mainly due to the fact that no one really made that connection with RSD, until the two disorders started being compared.
As I began looking into the connection between the two, people have now started thinking that these are the exact same disorder, only pediatricians have coined another term for children who seemingly have RSD, which is RND. So, RSD or RND, they both are the same. After realizing this, it seemed to me that I should start looking into RND to gain more information on what I believe I have (because like I said, they seem like one in the same). But now, I can’t help but feel that somehow I created this disorder and inflicted it upon myself. Many people believe that it’s as much psychological as it is real. Clearly, the pain I feel, the swelling and discoloring that can occur, those ARE real; but what if the onset of RSD was actually a consequence of something internally that I couldn’t handle? What if I never felt capable of succeeding 100% and in turn created something that I could use as a crutch, my psychological mind forced to not feel like it couldn’t achieve something because I wasn’t good enough, but because I couldn’t? Or what if I have some mismatched wires that led me to believe I was trying to fulfill perfection, but then turned into this, RSD?
Obviously, my discovery isn’t really a puzzle piece that fits perfectly…yet, but, I’ve found the piece. I haven’t yet fit it into my puzzle, but it’s opened my mind up to trying to make sense of something that seemingly came from nowhere.
After coming across the Magic Flight Launch Box, I was incredibly thrilled to try this product out and see what it could do. At home, I have a clunky (off brand) vaporizer that is usually more difficult to assemble than I’m interested in; So more often than not, I settle on the water pipe. I have a neurological disorder (CRPS) and it weakens my immune system, which in turn means I get sick more often. Smoking as much as I have been is not good for me, and I have been searching for a small, easy to assemble vaporizer that didn’t take forever to get going. The Magic Flight is exactly what I was looking for.
The device itself is tiny and can take some getting use to, that is, if you have larger hands than I. For me, the size was just perfect and made it easy to handle with just one hand. The dimensions are 2.5” x 1.25” x 0.9” and easy to keep hidden, if being discreet is something that appeals to you. Again, it heats up so quickly and makes it easier to use than your average pipe. Vapor formed rather quickly and I was able to take a hit after just 3 seconds, sometimes 4 seconds.
The design is also appealing to me. Lets be honest, people are interested in buying things not only because of what they can do, but also because of how they look. In a way, it seems like a very well made DIY project, and this is something I really like. The wood finish is rather awesome and unique, considering most other vaporizers on the market.
But what really sold me was the price! To get such a reliable vaporizer for only $129 was well worth it. I would suggest anyone get this if you’re looking for something that will get the job done. Yes, it doesn’t have the space to really do the job of a Volcano or other, more large vaporizers, but who wants to heat it up, put it together, and deal with the clean up? Just pack another bowl in the Magic Flight and you’re good to go!
The only thing that I didn’t like so much was the battery life. They seem to die rather quickly (around 5 bowls on average), but luckily they give you two rechargeable batteries, which charge up pretty quickly. If you’re going on the road, you’ll just want to be sure you keep these batteries ready to go. So, while it is a con, it’s really the only one and not enough of one to make me not use this product every day. In fact, I have used it everyday since I’ve gotten it. My throat is not hurting quite so much, the vapor tastes much better, and I can use the remnants to cook with. Love it.
Also, here is an instructional video that is also posted on their website:
I am getting really sick and tired of this conservative Mormon telling me what I can and cannot do with, or for, the one I love. My relationship, whether deemed appropriate or not in his mind, is MINE to handle as I please. If my fiancée (soon to be wife) is in the hospital, there is not one person who will be able to keep me from visiting. Why would anyone want someone who is ill to not have the support of those who love them by their side? It’s an unnecessary way of torturing gay individuals who don’t live up to the religious standards of some Americans. I don’t know when we decided that separation of church and state was no longer working, but I can reassure you that I most certainly wasn’t involved in that vote. Oh wait, nothing of the sort ever took place, yet we still manage to create laws based upon religious beliefs.
Two years ago, the current President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, required all hospitals to treat same-sex couples with the same rights as married heterosexual couples, which includes visitation rights. This is also included in Obamacare, for those who were wondering.
Unfortunately, the presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, feels that is no longer necessary. In fact, he believes that allowing same-sex couples to visit each other in the hospital is not a civil right, but rather, a “benefit” that states can take away if they choose. While this is disgusting, there is also the matter of gay adoption on the table. This too, is something Romney feels the states should be deciding. Instead of allowing some good-hearted, loving couples or individuals to adopt children in need, the state will decide if that isn’t in the best interest of the child. Let me remind you, there have been numerous cases of children who have been adopted to heterosexual couples and are found to be abused physically, sexually and emotionally. I can see how that could be a better upbringing than a non abusive gay household.
“Governor Romney supports a federal marriage amendment to the Constitution that defines marriage as an institution between a man and a woman,” Romney advisor Bay Buchanan toldBuzzfeed today. “Governor Romney also believes, consistent with the 10th Amendment, that it should be left to states to decide whether to grant same-sex couples certain benefits, such as hospital visitation rights and the ability to adopt children. I referred to the Tenth Amendment only when speaking about these kinds of benefits – not marriage.”
A President that only supports a percentage of his country, will most certainly not be a great President historically. The gay rights movement will one day be a thing of the past, just like the civil rights movement. I’m not saying that people no longer face discrimination based on skin color, but the laws have most certainly come to their aid in since the 1950′s/1960′s and I am positive the same will happen for those fighting for gay rights.
I am a liberal, but I do not vote based solely on my political party, I vote with the individuals political policies in mind as well as their plans for America’s future. I am disgusted with the fact that people are still willing to vote for a man who does not respect a good percentage of Americans, simply because they do not want to vote for Obama. Think before you recklessly vote for someone based on ridiculous matters. This is our country, our freedom and our way of life. Vote smart.
It’s so nice to see people in China coming together to save a man from being eaten alive. Oh wait, that doesn’t happen? Anyway…
This incident took place in Guangzhou, China, when a retired teacher attacked a younger man after getting into a disagreement about a seat on the subway. A female passenger took the video and uploaded it to a Chinese website, Sina Weibo.
The older man, a 67-year-old who has been identified only as “Chen,” boarded the subway at around 8:30 a.m., according to Sina.com. The younger man, a 28-year-old identified as “Wu,” reportedly shoved Chen out of the way as he scrambled to get a seat.
Chen was apparently upset that Wu wasn’t respecting his elders and resulted to punching the young man as the fight got heated. The witness said that people tried to break it up at first, but it soon got so violent that many people were too afraid to intervene.
Both men suffered minor injuries and apologized for their actions. It seems as though no illegal drugs were involved during this attack.
If for any reason, the video below doesn’t work or was removed, please click here: NEW ZOMBIE ATTACK ON SUBWAY [Warning Graphic] (Low)
Great News SoCal: Pot Ban Lifted After Impassioned Plea From Cancer Patient, Councilman Bill Rosendahl
Obviously, this doesn’t help the federal crack down on medical marijuana dispensaries, but it does show that Californians are willing to work at a state level and attempt to keep the dispensaries open and the regulations more clear.
In a faint and gravelly voice, Los Angeles Councilman Bill Rosendahl delivered an impassioned plea Tuesday asking his colleagues to lift the ban on pot dispensaries, asking them: “Where does anybody go, even a councilman go, to get his medical marijuana?”
Minutes before the council voted 11-2 to rescind its recently passed ban on storefront pot shops, Rosendahl said the council’s decision had created “a very emotional moment” for him. Rosendahl has been battling cancer for the past three months and relying on medical marijuana during that time.
“On the 20th of July, I had an MRI that was very, very serious. And the bottom line on that was, they didn’t give me much time to live. And I said, ‘No, no no no, I’m not ready to go. I certainly want to live a long time,’” said Rosendahl, who has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments and relying on a walker to move around in recent days.
Rosendahl, 67, said he began taking medical marijuana a decade ago to manage his neuropathy, a stinging pain in his feet, taking it “occasionally at night.” But on Tuesday, he put the issue in the context of his battle with cancer, which has made it difficult for him to speak above a whisper.
“If I can’t get marijuana, and it’s medically prescribed, what do I do?” he asked his colleagues.
Rosendahl criticized President Obama’s handling of the issue and spoke against some of the recent federal raids of dispensaries. And he said Los Angeles should work with state lawmakers to make California law regulating medical marijuana clearer.
UPDATE: MONDAY, September 24th at 12:05 PM – This photo is getting A LOT of attention on FaceBook. If you’d like to read comments or join in on the debate, please visit here!
The remarks that were made by Mitt Romney the other day have made quite an impact, especially in regards to his campaign. Unfortunately, he managed to infuriate the 47% that he was speaking about, considering that most everything that came out of his mouth was a fabrication. As stated above in the photo, many people who work and pay their taxes are still voting for Obama due to his stance on strengthening the middle class and giving every hard-working American an opportunity to succeed in this country and make a name for themselves. Mr. Romney is too far detached from the middle class to even know anything about what kind of work we do or how little we use the government, despite our need to do so.
The American Dream is slowly growing from beyond our grasp, because it’s financially impossible for us to make the necessary moves to get ourselves ahead. Luckily, we don’t take for granted what we do have and continue fighting for our dream no matter what bigoted politician gets in our way and tries to inhibit us. Obama has my vote and hopefully the majority of this country’s as well!
This story is shocking and downright insane. Although it is around 3 years old, it is necessary to spread this video and share this officer’s arrogance. Swearing is a moral issue, NOT a legal matter. While I do not condone swearing for young people, I also don’t feel its something that should be taken too seriously, seeing as they really are just words. I would also like to know how he knew how old the girl was? And if Sgt. Robert McFarlan didn’t, would he still have treated her just as poorly, even if she was over the age of 18? The full story is below:
Many people have been known to act out, especially when their lives and the lives of those they loved are in danger. This young girl’s father was dying for all she knew, and she was counting on 911 to provide her with that. Instead, 17-year-old Adrianne Ledesma was scolded for being foul-mouthed and hung up on by this officer who refused to even ask her what the emergency had been. THEN, the officer LIES about what had transpired during their “conversation”. Absolutely disgusting display of how those in power use it as they please, regardless of the lives that it may affect.