Other than when you are sick and need to sip ginger ale through a straw or when you are vain (and don't know that the natural color of teeth is NOT white) and don't want to coffee stain your teeth (what is a toothbrush for, though?) there is NO reason to use a straw and double NO reason to carelessly toss it on the ground or even in the trash for it to find its way into the environment, which we share with each other, animals, like the sea turtle in the video above, and the earth. For our own wellness and health, we have to, in fact we must start moving towards #zero waste by consuming less landfill fodder wrapped goods, using less plastic, and just being more responsible about our individual and collective carbon footprint.
Did you know? Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States. In only the past twenty years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, in an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution.
After 31 years as a prominent and well-respected Financial Times columnist, Lucy Kellaway has made the decision to leave – to be a maths teacher. There are many programmes encouraging fresh graduates to enter the teaching profession, but what about seasoned professionals? In her talk, Lucy will reframe the way we think about being an educator and why it’s more important than ever to be one now.
Charles Neville, the saxophonist in New Orleans’s most celebrated band, the Neville Brothers, died on Friday at his home in Huntington, Mass. He was 79. His family announced his death, of pancreatic cancer.
The Neville Brothers: an American R&B/soul/funk group, formed in 1977 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Pancreatic cancer: According to the American Cancer Society, for all stages of pancreatic cancer combined, the one-year relative survival rate is 20%, and the five-year rate is 7%. These low survival rates are attributable to the fact that fewer than 20% of patients’ tumors are confined to the pancreas at the time of diagnosis; in most cases, the malignancy has already progressed to the point where surgical removal is impossible.
Charles Neville, "Horn Man", December 28, 1938-April 26, 2018
Colin Kaepernick gave a powerful speech in Amsterdam when he received Amnesty International's Ambassador of Conscience Award 2018. His former teammate and close friend, Eric Reid, was present at the ceremony and handed him the award.
#UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
"Healthcare , as we know it has been reduced to disease care. The annual economical impact of the most common preventable diseases is currently $1 trillion. That has to change. We need to think bigger, use common sense, and get that original word back. health care. And when we have it back, elevate it."
I am the guest blogger for Toitime's Health Is Wealth Blog, which drops every Tuesday at 2:00 PM EDT
TOITIME is the personal blog created almost 4 years ago by LaToi Storr. Toi details her journey back from near death after a harrowing pregnancy accompanied by a brain hemorrhage that almost claimed her life. (Miraculously, Toi and her husband and then two children welcomed a beautiful little girl that is now a feisty , healthy, and in-control 3 year old directing the family of 5!)
Love Under New Management
Miki Howard's 1989, Love Under New Management is a perfect example of the need for patience in all things, particularly with love and happiness. In the song, the CLOSED sign had already been placed on the door, despair seeping in when out of seemingly nowhere, love under new management came right in. While waiting for that love, it's good to use the time to build health with wellness-especially physical and emotional wellness, particularly since 2 out of 3 women die from a preventable, chronic disease (womenshealth.gov) Light & love all ways, Efua
Stunningly gorgeous, Marielle Franco could have easily grasped her physical beauty/wellness and lived out her days as a model or in some other occupation that idolizes outward beauty. Undoubtedly her days would have been much longer than the 38 years worth of days her life was afforded as a social justice and wellness advocate and politician.
But, that would have never worked for her and who she was to be.
You see, each of has a life matrix that when optimized allows us to be well, and subsequently healthy. And while we each need every dimension of wellness (occupational, social, intellectual, financial, emotional, environmental, spiritual, and physical) to have some kind of balance in order to be healthy, no two people's matrices (or matrixes) are exactly the same-not even twins. Councillor Franco's matrix , therefore, required that she seek not only her own social wellness, but the social wellness and its equity for the the people most frequently marginalized-LGBT community, favela (poor, shanty towns of Brazil) inhabitants. and blacks/mixed race citizens.
Those that are perceptive enough will realize that the history and present day of Brazil and the United States have served to create an almost identical caste-like system that metes out access to health and ability to create wellness according to a complex mixture of race and class.
But Marielle Franco, herself a child of Brazil's deep-rooted discrimination, violence, and fractionated communities, navigated her way to her own wellness, health and power.
Franco was a rarity in Brazilian politics: a powerful black woman.
And a powerful woman is someone and something that many, sometimes, even other women, struggle with.
The day before her (Franco's) death, she mourned the loss of Matheus Melo, a young black favela resident who was shot while coming out of a church with his girlfriend, just the latest victim of the multifront conflict among drug traffickers, militias and police in Rio state that has left casualties on all sides. “How many more people need to die before this war ends?” Franco tweeted.
The next day Marcella Franco was assassinated .
Her killers have not been caught. But the federal prosecutor’s office in Rio says that the evidence, including the highly professional killing, points to a hit by corrupt police officers.
It's unlikely that Marielle's killers will ever be found or that they will confess. But truthfully, even if they were to confess or be found, it's really the (political) environment that refuses to tolerate an outspoken woman of color representing the rights of all people, that stole the life force of
Marielle Franco, July 27, 1979-March 14, 2018
How many more MARIELLE FRANCOs, how many more PEOPLE need to die before this war ends?
We only dispense wellness because wellness is the key to health, and health opens the door to life.
#mariellepresente #sayhername #hojeesempre #socialwellness #health #life
Our 1st season, 2nd episode, Let's Take The Time To Fall In Love ...With Wellness went off without a hitch, except for somehow though recorded, the conversation wasn't visible live. Fortunately, the video was captured and is shared here as part of this blog post. Recording Artist Melanie Roberts prepared an awesome breakfast burrito (mushrooms included! →note: Chester County (PA) is the mushroom capital of the world, and was an incredible host, welcoming There's A Pharmacist In The House into her home for a Cup Of Joe: The Conversation. (BTW, the coffee was super good, and earned an approval from host S. L. Efua "Bambi" Joe! We talked about how health is defined by creating wellness, and how individuals must take the time to create wellness to be a seamless part of every day life and not like an albatross worn around the neck. Melanie brought it with an impromptu bit of her song, Let's Take The Time To Fall In Love. Video editor and daughter of Mel Roberts, Onyx, co-produced the show and kept everything running smoothly. Melanie is appearing on May 5, 2018 in Remembering The Uptown: The Musical, Part III.
CUP OF JOE: The Blog
Conjecture, facts, and opinion on health and wellness, holistic practice, and the quest for sustainability & optimal health.