When my Phone’s Battery Almost Died

It’s interesting how the impending death of one’s cell phone battery is treated with such exigence. People scramble to and fro looking for chargers, portable batteries, and outlets to plug in their devices.

I’m no different. 

A False Panacea

Good diets. No science.

For those paying attention, I have had hydrology on the mind lately. Access to potable water, being necessary for the maintenance of a healthy society, should be an inalienable right of all humans residing on Earth. (That sentence should belong in someone’s constitution, no?) However, access clean water alone do not constitute the whole picture of what it means to live a healthy life.

A small digression before we delve deeper. I don’t much care for the word healthy. It litters the landscape and one cannot go more than five minutes without hearing it or its derivatives. I don’t hate the word like I hate diet, but I take steps to avoid using the word—both of them, in fact—whenever possible. It really is fucking everywhere. Nevertheless, healthy is subject to overuse and abuse by the media and public alike. And we should treat these misuses with contempt. Unlike diet—which has die as its root—health has a more implicit root: hell. It sounds a bit like hell without the flames. The torture part is still there as the screams of the damned lament strict eating regimens (e.g. Atkins diet, Alkaline diet, Paleolithic diet, etc.) and exhausting exercise programs (e.g. P90X and Insanity).

“A state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”

Health is a conglomerate of various factors. More than just physical well being—adequate food and drink and the absence of injury or illness—it is also mental well being, a fact now being more seriously understood by public health professionals. Mental well being profits from fruitful social interactions, an agreeable living environment, and the luck of one’s genetic endowment. By the latter, I mean that certain genetic factors could predispose an individual to mental disorders, aside from psychological and social components. There is also the preventative aspect of health. Public health officials, researchers, and myriad medical professionals attempt to monitor and mitigate the spread of communicable disease as our world becomes increasingly globalized. With that comes teaching good hygienic practices at home and at work, educating the public how diseases are contracted and the behaviors that obviate illness, and having easy (and affordable) access to healthcare. As the World Health Organization says, health is far more being than unwell, it is “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”

However… (I’m sure some readers were waiting for it.)

There are numerous claims about health that are either exaggerated or downright false, unsubstantiated by evidence, let alone commonsense and good judgment. Promises of rapid weight loss, body-changing routines, and fad diets fall into these categories. One must be wary at all times of the unabashed declarations of quick fixes and boundless results.

So, dear readers, get ready for a bit of science with a generous serving of reality.

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I Cherish Every Memory, Bad And Beautiful, Because They Have Built Me — Thought Catalog

Gabriela PintoThere are many times when I sit alone reflecting on the life I have lived. Though young, I astonish myself so often. It is as though a mental visionary photo album stores itself upon the bookshelf within my mind. Whether I want to remove it from the shelf or not is a choice I…

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The multi-dimensional beauty of “Day to Night” photography — ideas.ted.com

Stephen Wilkes explains a technique of photography he developed to combine multiple moments into a single, breathtaking image. “Photography can be described as the recording of a single moment frozen within a fraction of time,” says Stephen Wilkes. “But what if you could capture more than one moment in a photograph? What if a photograph could actually…

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Cloaca World

Free admission.

Before I begin, imagine what the dreadful amusement park Cloaca World would be like, let alone look like. Welcome to some of the thoughts that traipse across my neurons. You’re welcome.

Let’s begin!

I have accepted—as I hope we all have—my place in the animal kingdom, a member of an intelligent primate species that has gotten “out of the food chain,” as Louis C.K. so aptly put it. Our escape notwithstanding, we are still bound to the activities of our ancestors. Waste elimination is often a discreet and private affair, seldom discussed in public and often reserved for bright rooms filled with various forms of polished earthenware. Each home has at least one main room relegated to the task, a veritable Cloaca Maxima, where natural bodily functions are masked by aerosolized shame and guilt. Is anyone truly fooled when walking into a bathroom and is hit with the smell of pumpkin pie? Last I checked, such are not the goods baked there.

O, the bathroom: a sanitized place where faucets are needlessly turned on to shield the outside world from our mammalian sounds. This, incidentally, is a major psychotic hatred of mine. Demure individuals who waste perfectly good water to hide what comes naturally to all humans need to be given a swift kick in the taint.

What the reader should have undoubtedly concluded is that this post will pertain to a particular set of bodily functions. The funniest kinds.

Enter at your own risk.

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