Depression, Anxiety And Your Mental Health

atyYou and your best friend have a fight, and you feel so miserable that you stay in your room listening to music all day. Is that normal, or are you depressed?

You hear a song on the car radio, and the beat stays with you all day. You can’t stop humming it through social studies class, lunch, and swim practice. Is that normal, or do you have an obsession?

There’s a lot of confusion about what are normal emotions, feelings, and thoughts, and what are not. Psychological terms are often used casually in conversation. Many of us have a …

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Health Foods: Sometimes, The Additives Are Unhealthy

hfIn the outside, it looked like any other food store. Stacks of newspapers cluttered the pathway to the front entrance. Women juggled brown bags and crying kids as they searched for their car keys. The shopping cart I grabbed even had that one rebellious wheel that insisted on sticking.

As I hauled my cart toward the entrance, I looked for the usual poster-like window signs that announce weekly food specials. But all I saw was a small, inconspicuous sign that read, “Organic Food Forum.”

Once inside, I quickly dumped my stubborn cart for a more manageable basket. …

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Test Yourself: Are You A Good Samaritan?

gsYou’re driving a friend, who lives on a farm in the country, home one rainy afternoon. Suddenly you see a car far ahead of you skid wildly in a curve and crash into a tree. As you approach the accident, you see the driver slumped over the steering wheel. Your reaction?

A. Drive by. Assume the next car to pass by will know what to do.

B. Drive by, but stop at the nearest phone to call for an ambulance and the police.

C. Stop at the accident and give first aid.

D. Stop at the accident; one of …

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Athletic Shoes And Science: Good Partners

asasThere is a science to launching a rocket, a science to building a computer, and even a science to planting a garden. But the next time you are in a shoe shop or sporting goods store looking for sneakers, you may find that it helps to know a bit about the science of athletic shoes — and your feet.

It’s no joke. Today, selecting the right athletic shoes for the right activity means knowing about how your foot reacts to specific activities. This requires understanding something about the mechanics and physiology of your feet. Like other sciences, the technology …

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Looking At Health On A Global Level

buhA newborn baby lies limp on a blanket, closes his tiny fingers into a fist, and cries. His cry is weak because he is hungry and sick.

The baby was born in a developing nation of Africa where the average yearly income is less than $500. His father struggles to farm land that is not fertile, and his mother walks miles each day to find firewood and clean water. Sanitation is lacking in the baby’s village, so food and water are contaminated with sewage. Many people are sick. There is no medical care, because the village has no doctor …

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Are Amino Acids A Scam?

aaaasFlip through most muscle magazines and you’ll see the ads: “Builds muscle and burns fat.” “No side effects.” “A natural steroid.” “Quick results.”

These claims suggest that athletes, dieters, and anyone else who thinks they need a nutritional boost can benefit from taking something called amino acid supplements.

Not only are these “miracle pills” promoted in bodybuilding magazines, you can also see them marketed in health food stores, health clubs, and through private distributors.

The theory? Amino acids, especially arginine and ornithine, trigger the release of growth hormone. This hormone, as its name implies, stimulates muscle growth …

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Getting Better At Decision Making

gbadWhat would you like to eat for lunch? Will you spend all your birthday money on a new outfit or save it for car insurance? Which colleges should you apply to?

Life is full of decisions. Some are small and seemingly unimportant. Others may have significant consequences. Whether you’re choosing between a cheeseburger with fries and a tossed salad with low-cal dressing or whethter you’re weighing career options, you’ll rely in varying degrees on logic, emotions, and “sixth-sense” intuition.

Suppose you were trying to decide between two job offers. You’d think about the facts: the pay rate, the hours, …

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Listen To Your Dreams… Seriously!

ltydsYou’re rushing through the empty hallway, late for play tryouts. You stumble around for what seems like an eternity looking for the tryout room, but you can’t find it. You’ve forgotten all the lines you’ve been practicing. Or you’re sitting in a classroom, waiting for a history exam to begin, and you realize that you haven’t studied for the test. You panic. you begin to sweat. Your heart beats faster. You’re not going to pass this test!

Sound like a nightmare?

It’s one of th most common. One study on dreams and nightmares revealed that almost one-thired of the …

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Smokeless Tobacco Can Mean Cancer or Worse!

sltbcThe poster hung on the locker room wall. Everyone seemed aware of it, but made an effort not to look at it too closely. As one student remarked, “This poster makes me uncomfortable.” And that was its reason for being.

In large black letters, the poster said,” Smokeless Tobacco Can Do for you What It Did for Sean Marsee.” Under that were two pictures: the first, dated 1983, was a typical year-book-type picture of Sean. The second picture, dated a year later, showed a boy with a misshapen face, tubes running into his nose, and a tracheotomy tube in …

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The Eyes Have It

eyeThe eyes take up very little space in the human body. Yet most of us would say that of all our senses, vision is the most important to us.

Human vision is extremely versatile. People can see distant objects or near ones, a telephone pole on the horizon 1 to 3 miles away, or the words on a magazine page. Most people’s color vision is sensitive enough to discriminate between at least 120 different colors. People can see even in very dim light. Most see in three dimensions, giving them the advantage of depth perception.

Cheers for Tears

Seeing …

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