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The Cost of Negative Heatlth Behaviors

This is not a full article, as it was merely a discussion topic response in my health class, but it is particularly relevant at the moment. So I am posting it tonight.

As previously stated, the CDC, NDIC, HCUP cumulatively estimate healthcare costs linked with negative health behaviors to be nearly 6 billion annually. While this number is inarguably shocking, the host of chronic illnesses linked to these behaviors makes it becomes easy to accept when one begins to research the prices for associated medications and treatments.

 

According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), division of the National Institute of Health (NIH), heavy drinkers have a greater risk of liver disease, heart disease, sleep disorders, depression, stroke, bleeding from the stomach, sexually transmitted infections from unsafe sex, and several types of cancer. They may have problems managing diabetes, high blood pressure, and other conditions” (NIAAA). The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report that tobacco usage causes lung diseases such as emphysema, lung cancer, bronchitis, and chronic airway obstruction. Smoking also causes coronary heart disease, stroke, and abdominal aortic aneurysm wherein the aorta is enlarged or compromised at the point where it runs through the abdomen (CDC). Obesity is linked with high cholesterol and triglycerides, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, stroke, cancer (including cancer of the uterus, cervix, ovaries, breast, colon, rectum and prostate), sleep apnea, depression, gallbladder disease, gynecologic problems, erectile dysfunction and sexual health issues, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis and skin problems.

With each of these primarily avoidable illnesses comes a built in expense for exams medications, and surgery. More specifically: breathing machines for sleep apnea, testing supplies for diabetes along with the potential need for prosthetic replacements for amputated limbs; oxygen machines/tanks, nebulizers, canulas, and inhalers for lung diseases; chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery for cancer; physical therapy, wheel chairs, hospital beds and in home care after a stroke, heart attack, or cancer.

While varying widely in expense, none of these items is inexpensive and are often not covered even when the patient has medical insurance. Even when they have insurance, it is likely an HMO, which is the most popular choice in the United States. In the event that the HMO does cover the items, we then have to question the fairness such coverage when these organizations typically charge premiums based upon age and those who have avoided negative health behaviors will pay the same amount as those in their age group who have indulged. HMOs operate for profit, most of which comes from many who pay for it and never, or rarely, use it. The more the insurance is utilized for treatment and the greater the number of subscribers seeking treatment, the higher the premiums must be in order for the organization to continue making profit. Should people making healthy choices, in effect, pay for the unhealthy choices of others? I do not believe they should. Regardless of difficulty, whether or not to engage in unhealthy behavior is a choice. Many people make healthy choices despite the overwhelming complexities involved.

 

Major Depressive Disorder

Major depressive disorder is a serious, pervasive condition in which symptoms are overwhelming and debilitating.

According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition, symptoms include a despondent state “as indicated by either subjective report (e.g., feels sad, empty, hopeless) or observation made by others (e.g., appears tearful)”; noticeably reduced interest or gratification in all, or almost all, activities; a substantial decrease in weight without dieting or increase in weight, or diminished or increased in appetite nearly every day; an inability to sleep or excessive sleeping; lethargy or decreased vigor; feelings of inadequacy or disproportionate/ inappropriate self-reproach; reduced capacity to think or concentrate, or uncertainty; persistent thoughts of death, intermittent suicidal ideation without a particular plan, or a suicide attempt or a definite plan for achieving suicide. Five or more of the aforementioned symptoms must be present most of the day, nearly every day, for at least two weeks. Symptoms must also cause significant difficulties functioning in daily life (American Psychiatric Association 2013.

A person with this disorder would appear listless, exhausted or uncaring. S/he might have red, glassy or wet looking eyes, with a lack of focus and the tendency to be downcast or avoiding eye contact. General appearance would likely be unkempt with an obvious lack of interest in self-care. Movements are sluggish and appear slow or exaggerated. Speech may be muted, slow and lacking in expressiveness. The person might seem bored or irritated in conversation. My former physician of 20 years (before retirement) notated in my medical record that I was experiencing MDD when I had little to report as happening in my life, as compared with a previous visit. 

I do not think the media has sensationalized the disorder, but coverage is far from unbiased.  Depression is heavily stigmatized as laziness or attention seeking behavior or it is summarily dismissed as a flaw in perception. Even if depression is acknowledged, the individual is expected to “snap out of it” or change the way he or she thinks. I cannot support this assessment with any specific examples other than my own experience, with nurses, friends and social media. 

Medication has been shown to be an effective treatment for MDD. 

According to Barlow and Durand, “[f]our basic types of antidepressant medications are used to treat depressive disorders: selective-serotonin reuptake inhibi– tors (SSRIs), mixed reuptake inhibitors, tricyclic antidepressants, and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors” (2014, p. 246). They go on to say that approximately half of the patients prescribed antidepressants find some relief, while half of those achieve normal or nearly normal levels of functioning (Barlow and Durand, 2014, p. 247)

 

 

American Psychiatric Association (2013). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition [Ebrary Reader version] Retrieved from http://dsm.psychiatryonline.org.proxy.cecybrary.com/doi/full/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.dsm04#BCFEJHED

 

Barlow D.H. & M. Durand (2014).  Abnormal Psychology: An Integrative Approach, zSeventh Edition [Ebrary Reader version] Retrieved from https://online.vitalsource.com/#/books/9781285755618/cfi/246!/4/4@0.00:0.00

 

Simply: A New Favorite Meal

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This is a simple one, and I find it to be extremely enjoyable!

Ingredients:

  • 1 c Multi-grain rice
  • 1 c cubed polenta
  • 1 small eggplant, cubed
  • 1/4 c diced onion
  • 1 diced tomatillo
  • sea salt
  • course ground pepper
  • cumin

Directions:

  • Prepare rice as directed
  • Preheat broiler or convection oven to broiler (my method of choice)
  • While rice is cooking, combine polenta and vegetables on a small baking sheet, sprinkle with spices
  • Broil vegetables and polenta for 15 minutes
  • By this time, the rice should be done.
  • Combine a serving of each and enjoy!

My First Tarot Video!

Basic Reading:

Today’s tarot reading will be regarding the general state of my world and we will be using the expanded Celtic cross layout.

The first card which represents the inquirer, me, is the six of swords, which signifies travel across water or a move from one place to another. There could be visits from distant friends or family, Any move I make will have positive magical uses. This card is useful when making major choices in my life.

The second card which represents helpful forces around me is the queen of swords which means that if I can bring forth my willpower to cope with emotionally trying events, I will undergo positive growth.

The third card which represents the oppositional forces around me, is the magician. S/he represents a person who has the ability to draw psychic energy from the universe. A student especially in the arts having the self control and determination to reach a goal. This is an excellent time to make certain that thought and energies flow in harmony.

The fourth card which is the hanged man represents present happenings or frame of mind. It means everything is frozen. A barrier in my life keeps me from moving forward, Living through tremendously stressful conditions but managing to survive by waiting for the right time.

The fifth card which represents my subconscious feelings is the sun. Continued courage and persistence will carry me through my struggles. Encouragement comes from all sides. This is the time of new beginnings, accomplishments, and success. The sun is a positive card, filled with energy and confidence.

The sixth card which represents the past influences on the question is the page of cups. I should carefully consider emotional involvement. This could mean a message of love, and engagement or wedding. I have decided to take an emotional risk but have no guarantee how my actions will turn out.

The seventh card which represents the potential immediate future is the high priestess. A secret will be revealed. Use the intuition to understand and solve the problem.

The eighth card which represents my fears and attitudes is the page of wands.  Important news and messages come to my attention. I should be careful how I use this information.

The ninth card which represents the influence and opinions of family and friends is justice which means danger is near but I will come to no harm. An unpleasant event will take me by surprise; however, I will not suffer from it. Karma is being balanced in my life.

The tenth card which represents the results of my actions and thoughts is the world. A new cycle of growth arrives after a static period. A sudden turn of events will send my life in a new direction. All good things are within my reach: attainment of goals, happiness, and recognition.

The eleventh card which represents the final outcome at the present time is the nine of pentacles which means my financial situation is changing for the better. Stress is evaporating. Material well being and safety build a strong security base.

Full reading:

Today’s tarot reading will be regarding the state of the world and we will be using the expanded Celtic cross layout.

TheThe first card which represents the inquirer or the significator is the six of swords.

This magical bird lives in the upper world of heaven and makes an earthly appearance only on special occasions. According to legend, the young girl embroidered a pair of ho ho ho birds into a silk tapestry. When the evening sun touched the silk birds, they came to life and carried the young girl into the land of the immortals.

The golds and reds on the card illuminate the whole hose connection with the sun. In connection to the upper world is shown by the multitude of spirals. The whole hose swords offer protection and it’s magical presence create a positive space of balance and rest.

The divinatory meaning is you will travel across water or move from one place to another. There could be visits from distant friends or family. Any move you make will be positive magical uses: use this card when making major choices that will change your life.

The second card which represents helpful forces around to the inquirer is the queen of swords the legendary Naga as of India are the children of the Goddess Kadru. so my divine in nature, these creatures have the upper body, head, and arms of a human, but the lower body of a cobra. Some Nagas Are quite benevolent, while others are antagonistic. All Niggas possess great supernatural powers and have access to valuable ancient books of great knowledge and magic.

according to lore then I guess Prince a bowl home in an underground kingdom known as Bhagavati. The female Naga and the lush jungle setting on the card represent the beauty that can appear in the strange forms and exotic places. The precious gems adorning her are symbols of the ancient knowledge she shares.

divinatory meaning: if you can bring forth your willpower to cope with an emotionally trying event, you will undergo positive growth.

magical uses use when you need a card to represent a formidable, strong willed woman who has learned to cope with deep emotional loss.

The third card which represents the oppositional forces it around the inquirer, is the magician.

A creature found in many cultures the wing to cat has both positive and negative meanings cats are considered to be very psychic creatures. Capable of enhancing a magician’s power during a ritual, and able to see into the other world. The wings on the magical creature did note it’s talent for teaching reaching into the spiritual center for power. Through the wall and he channels His needs and desires at will. The crystal ball and the rune stones signify the magician cats ability to use many forms of divination to see into the past and the future. The Dreamcatcher portrays the magicians ability to communicate with the subconscious mind.

Divinatory meaning: a person who has the ability to draw psychic energy from the universe. A student especially in the arts having the self control and determination to reach her goal. This is an excellent time to make certain that thoughts and energies flow in harmony. Magical uses: use as a focal point to attract opportunities use with pentacles for prosperity and new opportunities.

The fourth card which is the hanged man represents present happenings or frame of mind.

as a beautiful priestess in the temple of Athena, medusa was seduced by Poseidon, does profaning her religious position and the temple itself. As punishment, Athena changed medusa into a terrible monster with snake skills hair of writing that I miss serpents a protruding tongue and a deadly gays that turned humans into stone.

In this card, medusa sits along a Path bordered with large rocks the spiral at her feet anchors any forward movement. The spirals on the rocks or have formed, presenting no clear pattern is to follow but many possibilities. But deuces stare has frozen all ability to see what needs to be done to break the impasse. One must wait, indoor, and learned patients.

divinatory meaning: everything is frozen. A barrier in your life keeps you from moving forward. Living through a tremendously stressful conditions but managing to survive by waiting for the right time. Magical uses use in spells when you need to freeze someone’s actions.

The fifth card which represents the subconscious feelings of the inquirer is the sun.

Images of the wing to Lionshare creatures with curly means and huge feathered wings on their back’s. In some cases, the wind wind it was transformed into the wings son desk. In ancient Egypt, the wings lien was associated with the Goddess images of the wing to lie and show creatures with curly means and huge feathered wings on their backs. In some cases, the wind wind it was transformed into the winged sun disc. In ancient Egypt, the wings lion was associated with the Goddess Sekhmet, Who hunted down and destroyed in justice and who wore the sun disk as a crown.

The lien has always been a symbol of the sun and it’s late here, it’s wings represent spiritual enlightenment, a special quality attained when seeking the light. The mountain is an important symbol of the world access, the center of all, and the hidden spiritual center within the each person. Each person must to send this into a mountain to discover a gateway to the realm of spirit.

divinatory meaning: continued courage and persistence will carry you through your struggles. Encouragement comes from all sides. This is the time of new beginnings, accomplishments, and success. The sun is a positive card, filled with energy and confidence.

magical uses: use as a central card for success, with the surrounding cards clarifying what kind of success you are seeking.

The sixth card which represents the past influences on the question is the page of cups.

The beautiful sea nymphs known as berries where are the 50 granddaughters of the old sea God Pontus and gaea the earth mother. though related the nereids had no skills or fishtails. Unlike the met-folk the nereids Of the Mediterranean sea’s had emotions and feelings similar to those of humans. They enjoyed their ocean ramps with Poseidon and the Mer-folk and also rode there dolphins alongside Greek ships.

divinatory meaning: you should carefully consider emotional involvement this could mean a message of love, and engagement or wedding you have decided to take an emotional risk, but have no guarantee how your actions will turn out.

magical uses use for getting control of your emotions or for deciding if a choice is worth the risk.

The seventh card which represents the potential immediate future is the high priestess.

known to the ancient Egyptians as Ua sit  this cobra Goddess appeared on the crowns of pharaohs as the Uraeus

The upraised cobra. Ua zit appears in a variety of forms: a winged cobra, a crowned cobra, or a woman wearing a vulture headrest and the red crown of Northern Egypt. In human form, she holds a papyrus scepter with the long snake twined around it. A goddess of great power and magic. US zit was closely connected with the God ra and theGoddess Isis. the scrolls and thehieroglyphs represent hidden spiritual mysteries and ancient magical practices.

divinatory meaning: a secret will be revealed use the intuition to understand and solve the problem. This card can represent an important woman in a man’s life. Magical uses: used to represent the Goddess on the altar or during meditation used to help you seek your spiritual path or see into your future use of protection spells, particularly for major changes.

The eighth card which represents fears and attitudes of the inquirer is the page of wands.

The ancient Greeks believed that the moon goddess CRC had a great palace in the agency her name is linked with the Word Circle,, marking this deity as a feat spinner and weaver of destinies. Circle knew the ancient mysteries of making creative or distractive magic vibrating or nodding her hair. This power is symbolized on the card by the sparkles in her hair.

The lunar hare of creation and the owl of wisdom joins Circe in her magical activities. Her spell book of secrets covered with spiral signifies her creative and destructive energies. The owl brings her wind of change.

divinatory Tori meaning: important news and messages come to your attention. Be careful how are use this information.

magical uses this card is useful in spells when seeking the truth.

The ninth card which represents the influence and opinions of family and friends is justice.

Statues of ancient Chinese lion dogs or food dogs, were placed by temple doors as guardians. The statues are thought to come alive at night to make their protective rounds of the building they guard. The male lion dogs are always pretrade with a ball under 1 foot, symbolizing the balance of opposites, while the females have a rolled up puppy under 1 foot. Also known as demon catchers, these beings are said to be capable of hunting down and driving away evil spirits and troublesome energies. The Chinese believed that all evils begin as small ones, which grow and gain in power when he ignored. The lion dogs are capable of catching and destroying all evils before they spread as symbolized by the eyes in the Justice card. This card represents their ability to protect, right wrongs, and maintain justice.

divinatory meaning danger is near, but she will come to no harm. And unpleasant event will take you by surprise: however, you will not suffer from it. Karma is being balanced in your life.

magical uses: we use in protection spells.

The 10th card which represents the results of actions and thoughts of the inquirer is the world.

According to legend, this enormous reptile is closely connected with rainbows, creation, initiation, and rain making. Initially, the rainbow serpent have the task of creating creeks, rivers, and legs so that the people and animals could have water. Later, this creature also created sacred places in the land.

On this world card, the land animals and water creatures represent the opposite side of existence, which lead to spiritual initiations, or ritual death and rebirth through this combination, everything is manifest in the universe, whether physical mental or otherworldly spiritual seekers can follow the rainbow serpents path if they open their inner eyes to the world around them.

divinatory meaning: a new cycle of spiritual growth arrives after a static. A sudden turn of a Vance will send your life in a new direction. All good things are within your reach: attainment of goals, happiness, and recognition.

magical uses: use in meditations when faced with several choices. Discards power is also helpful when making personal changes to your life.

The 11th card which represents the final and outcome at the present time is the nine of pentacles.

Although Lilith was turned into a succubus the parade on sleeping man, she began as a benevolent D 80, 80 in childbirth. Lilith’s true character is revealed by the image on this card. And aspect of the great mother Goddess, Lilith is connected with the moon (cycles of life) and the owl (wisdom and initiations). The spiral shells over her heart represent the life force that connects generations. Pentacles of protection swirl it around her.

divinatory meaning: your financial situation is changing for the better. Stress is a vibrating. Material will billet being and safety build a strong security base. Magical uses meditate on this card to build up your resources, and to make right financial choices.