Are You Prepared?

Are you prepared in the event of an emergency?  Many people fail to realize that true readiness takes detailed planning prior to the actual event.  If you had to evacuate, would your valuables be secure?  Or would you have enough water and food to sustain your family for 72 hours?  All these are good questions posed by Ronda Kaysen for the New York Times in her article, Preparing Your Home for a Disaster.  The thought of disaster preparedness can be overwhelming, but if you allow time for the various parts, it becomes a much less daunting task.

Time to Un-Plug?

Empathy, intimacy, learning to read body language and understanding how to talk face-to-face are crucial parts of being human, but now that we spend hours in front of our tiny glowing smartphone screens, scientists fear we are losing our ability to communicate.  According to MIT sociologist Sherry Turkle, these hours devoted to Facebook, games and texts are hurting our capacity to be present with other humans.

When was the last time you chose a walk with a friend over a text or PM chat?

What are we teaching all the children who are playing on phones instead of interacting with those around them?

How Smartphones Are Killing Conversation

Childhood Trauma = Chronic Illness?

Studies have shown that childhood trauma may lead to chronic illness in adulthood.  Even with this information available, most medical schools elect not to incorporate these findings into their curriculum.

“But shouldn’t physicians consider the whole patient–body and mind…” Donna Jackson Nakazawa asks in her article, Childhood trauma leads to lifelong chronic illness–so why isn’t the medical community helping patients?

Nakazawa lost her father at age twelve and began experiencing health issues at fourteen. These increased and followed her throughout adulthood.  Finally, at 51, a physician mentioned various studies that suggested childhood trauma could lead to cancer, heart disease and autoimmune disease later in life.  Two-thirds of Americans report some form of childhood trauma.  Could we be overlooking a huge factor in adult illness, one that is treatable or even preventable earlier in life?