Sunday, September 28, 2014

Magic mushrooms to combat addiction and depression?
Addiction and depression are two things with which I am not familiar. I have no experience with either and, until reading this article, I had never considered them to hold any relationship with each other whatsoever. The idea that psychedelic mushrooms could be used to treat an array of mental ailments sounded preposterous. I wasn't convinced that a Schedule I drug like mushrooms could be beneficial for those suffering from mental health conditions like depression and addiction. Millions upon millions of Americans suffer from these maladies, and I had trouble believing that such a drug could actually be of assistance to those affected. Further reading about psilocybin and recently conducted studies has opened up my mind to the possibility of the use of such a drug to help treat a range of mental illness.

What do you think? Could magic mushrooms really be utilized as medicine? Should such illegal drugs even be considered for medical use? Where are the boundaries?

The Pros and Cons of Milk and Dairy
For reliable dietary advice, most nutritionists agree, look to the food pyramid. But when it comes to advice about milk and dairy, the question is: Which pyramid?
The official food pyramid comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It incorporates the recommendations of top ranking nutrition scientists from around the country.  But other groups, disagreeing with some aspects of the USDA’s recommendations, have constructed alternative pyramids. One of the most influential is the food pyramid created by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health.  And one of the big differences between its advice and the USDA’s relates to milk and dairy products.
In 2005, the USDA’s dietary guidelines increased the recommended servings of milk from two to three cups a day. The latest guidelines, released in 2010, repeat that advice. They specifically urge Americans to get more fat-free or low-fat milk and related dairy products.
According to Harvard’s food pyramid, on the other hand, milk isn’t an essential part of a healthy diet -- and may pose risks
Indeed, countries in which almost no milk is consumed, such as many Asian countries, have low rates of fractures, he points out.
It’s true, he acknowledged, that milk is a good source of potassium. But the levels used for the USDA recommendations are much higher than they need to be to prevent hypertension, according to Willett.  “We’re much better off advising people to consume less salt,” he says.
As beverages go, milk is relatively high in calories. One cup of 2% milk has 138 calories, for instance. Drinking three cups a day adds 366 calories to the diet -- a lot for anyone watching their weight.
But Willett’s chief worry is that drinking too much milk may pose dangers. “By now there’s quite a body of data showing a higher risk of fatal prostate cancer associated with milk,” he tells WebMD. “And though the evidence is somewhat mixed, we’ve still seen a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer associated with drinking three or more servings of milk.”

What do you think? Is milk good for you? Do you think the food pyramid is correct? 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Risk of Alcohol to teens
 Alcohol is a big ideal with high school and college students. Teens tend to follow one another's actions and sometimes there not the best decisions. Teen drinking is a big deal because the teen brain isn't fully developed. Small amounts of alcohol can help people feel more relaxed and less stressed. Teens now a days are loaded with stress from school and activities. However sense the teens brains are not fully developed they can not make an educated decision when to stop. When teens drink to much their lives and others become at risk. Drunk driving and alcohol poisoning are huge risks of drinking. I believe that teens should be taught how risky and dangerous drinking is. Do u guys think there should be more funding on teaching teens the danger of alcohol?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Differences between sadness and Depression

Many people think that depression and sadness are the same thing. But there wrong, I always thought they were similar emotion . By reading this article i learn that depression can last a long time and effect your life in a big way. It can always change you're mood and drain you're energy out. You will have trouble in joying the good parts in life. Depression can keep you from concentrating at school you can get distracted easily. And have less motivation everyday that goes by day by day. People with depression have a lot of trouble staying happy. Sometimes it gets to that point that it gets worse that you start to think negative and have to start taking pills and see a therapist twice a week. Sadness in the other hand is less scary and something that happens once in a while. people mostly get sad when they lose a family member or got a bad grade on a test they studied really hard for but eventually get over it. And move on. depression and sadness are two different kind of emotions that you need to look out for because you never know when someone needs your help the most and you don't realize whats going on.

How do you know your depressed or sad?.. 
How do you it's the right time to let it out?
Why do you think people get depression out of know where?
Do you think being sad can lead to depression?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coping With Colds

Coping With Colds

One part of health we've been discussing is physical health, and since I've been dealing with a cold for the past week, I chose to post this article. I wasn't too surprised by the fact that the common cold is the leading cause of school absences, but I was shocked at the lack of remedies. There are over-the-counter cold medicines you can take, and you can eat chicken soup if it makes you feel better, but you really have to let the sickness run its course. At this point in time, I would think scientists would have developed a cure for something so common by now. Since there is no true cure, what do you think we should do to prevent the spreading of colds? How do you think this will affect our futures, as individuals and as a community?

Sunday, September 14, 2014

How Just a simple 5 Minute Run Can Prevent Heart disease!

This article really interested me in many ways. At first I really just thought that it was going to be a simple running article but the statistics that were shown in the article really had an impact on my idea for health! Kids these days are exposed to a lot of junk food, things that can really harm your body and especially your heart. A good way to really maintain a healthy diet for me and stay fit has been to run as much as I can to stay healthy. This article truly shows how much just a simple 5 minute run can help your life in the long run!

Do you agree with this article in how this short of run can have THAT big of an Impact on your life?? Let me know and i will share my opinion as well! Let me know any ideas that you have about this!

How just a simple 5 Minute Run can prevent heart disease!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Do Abstinence Only Programs REALLY Work?

In my opinion, abstinence should be taught as an option to teens who are confused about sex; however, studies back up the fact that teaching only abstinence leads to more teen pregnancies. I believe abstinence should be taught, but other options such as birth controls and pregnancy preventions should be mentioned as well.

Do you believe abstinence only education is a valid option? Are there any benefits to abstinence only education?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Golden Gate Bridge and The Suicide Net

One of the more sensitive topics we learn about in health is depression and suicide. 1 in 12 teens have attempted suicide in their lifetime. The Golden Gate Bridge, a popular tourist attraction and the pride of San Francisco, is also an extremely popular spot for those who no longer wish to live. In an effort to combat the rising number of suicides committed on the bridge, a bill was passed allowing a massive, steel net to be built 20 feet below the bridge in an effort to deter/save possible suicides. I, personally, do not think this is the way to prevent suicides. A person who is strongly suicidal will find a way to attempt. I think there are better ways that we could spend this money that can still be put towards suicide prevention. Do you feel this is an effective way to prevent suicides? Why or why not? Do you think there is a better way to prevent suicides among teens and adults? What might you propose?

Monday, September 8, 2014

 This was recently discovered and still amazes me. Since this next unit is about sleep and I had just heard about this i figured it would make sense to post it here. I used to think sleep wasn't that important, just something adults wanted more of and teenagers could care less about. This article really opened my eyes to the importance of sleep. I had no idea the brain would open up and rinse out toxins while you're asleep, i just thought it shuts down.

knowing this about the brain and what it does, will you make sure you get enough sleep?  Or will you continue to get not enough sleep?

Sunday, September 7, 2014

 Healthier Happy Meal

Two kids are working with the top chef at McDonald’s to make Happy Meals more nutritious
NOVEMBER 09, 2012
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman posed with Sarah Ralston and Elanya Saley at McDonald's headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Fast food is known for being convenient. But when it comes to nutrition, it is not considered to be the best choice. McDonald’s says they want to change that. In July 2011, the company announced a plan to provide customers with healthier options. One change since then has been the addition of apple slices to Happy Meals.
Now, the fast-food chain is enlisting kids’ help to make changes to their kid’s meals, which they call Happy Meals. Sarah Ralston, 11, and Elanya Saley, 9, won a contest to become honorary Happy Meal chefs. Their job is to help the company’s executive chef, Dan Coudreaut, create a healthy new Happy Meal option. “I want to make sure that [kids] are being active and healthy,” Sarah told TFK.
Kids Pitch In
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman interviews McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut.
Kid Reporter Alice Gottesman interviews McDonald's executive chef Dan Coudreaut.
At the company’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Illinois, the two girls started by experimenting with pocket food—a term used for food items that have a filling. They made turnovers stuffed with broccoli and cheese, empanadas packed with chicken and vegetables and ravioli made with meat and spinach.
Sarah and Elanya started with pocket foods because it is easy to put vegetables in pocket food. If you can grow all the vegetables in one place and put them in the foods in one place, it’s possible to then ship everything out to the thousands of McDonald’s locations, Coudreaut explained.
According to Coudreaut, making changes to the Happy Meal can be challenging. Even adding apple slices required a great deal of planning. “With 14,000 restaurants, that is a really hard thing to do,” said Coudreaut.
Still, Coudreaut hopes to make many more changes, with the goal of making the meals more nutritious. “We aren’t stopping at apples,” he said.
i used to love happy meals when i was small. my question about this article is should Mcdonalds change the happy meal to a more healthier meal or just leave it the way it is ????????????? 

Too much protein in middle age 'as bad as smoking'

Too much protein in middle age 'as bad as smoking'

One of the components of health that we discussed is physical health, and a big part of physical health includes eating the right foods. Growing up, many people believe they are eating the right foods for themselves until something bad happens or people tell them otherwise. Personally, my dad always told me to eat more protein, and therefore I believed that protein was the ultimate food quality that I needed to find in every meal. Reading this article really shocked me because around 80% of my diet consisted of protein-based foods. I still think I will continue to eat like I have mostly because I feel healthy, but it also has my mind thinking of other things that I normally do that can contribute to me having a longer, healthier life.

Now knowing that my diet is a lie, I'm curious as to see what else can either benefit or detriment my life. What other choices can teens make in their diet to lead healthier lives? What does it really mean to "eat healthy"?