19May 2017

Netflix “13 Reasons Why”: A Hidden Lesson

May 19th, 2017|2 Comments

Netflix is currently offering a series, titled “13 Reasons Why”, a story of a high school girl who commits suicide, leaving 13 recorded tapes for the 13 people who helped cause her suicide. The series has received critical acclaim and commercial success, as it addresses several important topics: mistreatment by others (including bullying), teenage depression, and suicide.   If you were born in the 1990s, you have a higher risk of developing a depression than if you were born in the 1980s. If you were born in the decade of the 2000s, you have a high risk of depression than if you were born in the 1990s. The prevalence of depression is rising with each decade. By 2030, it will be the number one diagnosis in the world. Worse, suicides are also rising.   What is causing this rising tide of depression and suicide? There are researchers who blame the chemicals, contaminants, and toxins in the world – from air / food / water – as possible culprits, claiming that those elements are disrupting the normal functioning of the chemistry in the brain. After all, over the past 50 years, we have created 77,000 new chemicals – and they are [...]

11Apr 2017

Millennials’ Changing Gender Identity and Sexuality: Why Now?

April 11th, 2017|2 Comments

When I was growing up, a person’s gender and sexuality were so much simpler. A persona was either male or female, gay or straight. Today, people’s gender and sexuality can be almost anything – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, pansexual, asexual, genderqueer, aromantic, two-spirit, etc.   Recent research shows that nearly a third of young people view their sexuality as somewhere between 100% heterosexual and 100% homosexual. Facebook, with its one billion users, now offers 60 options for users’ gender. In California, there is a bill that would add a third gender option on all identification documents – like birth certificates and driver’s licenses - listing male, female, and nonbinary.   Celebrities, like Miley Cyrus and Kristen Stewart, have been tabloid examples. Each of them have dated men and women; and each of them have described their sexual preferences as “fluid.” Some surveys have claimed that there are 100-200 shades of sexuality. What a contrast from 25-50 years ago when a male actor would hide his homosexuality, even getting married to a woman, just to save his career.   Today, fortunately, we have become more and more tolerant, especially the younger generations. Young people are finding an increasing sense of empowerment [...]

1Mar 2017

Rising Rates of Colon Cancer and Rectal Cancer

March 1st, 2017|0 Comments

A recent study just revealed a rise in the rate of colon and rectal cancer in those people under the age of 55. That includes Generation X and Millennials. Anyone born in the 1990s has twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer as someone born in 1950s. Since screening for colon cancer is not typically recommended until someone turns 50, many of these cancers are being detected in advanced states, making them much harder to treat. At this point, the researchers claim that they cannot determine the cause of the rising rate of these colon and rectal cancers in this younger population. Doctors worry that too many of these people are ignoring the early signs of colon cancer, including consistent bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, blood in the stools, or weight loss. They are also concerned that too many people are ignorant of the medical conditions that are associated with a higher risk for these cancers. People with GI disorders are individuals with increased risk of these cancers. If you have inflammatory bowel disease or ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, your risk of colon cancer and rectal cancer is significantly higher. If you have [...]

7Feb 2017

Sick and Tired of Our Post-Election Stress?

February 7th, 2017|0 Comments

Since the election, there has been a constant, almost daily, stream of unexpected decisions, enormous conflict, multiple marches protests/ demonstrations, and subsequent chaos. For many people, it has reached a point of overload. They go to bed with their heads still spinning from the daily events, the evening news, or the cable talking heads. They yearn for a bit of relief, a few moments of peace, and a reduction in their own emotional turmoil.   I’ve always viewed life as shaped like an ice cream cone. You stand at the very bottom of the cone. Right above you, there is your family and closest friends. Above them, there are your classmates or your work cohorts. Above that larger group, there is your neighborhood and your community, all expanding outward. At the top of the cone, as you progress upward, there is our national and global world. Today, the top of the cone tasty like ice cream; it looks more and more like the ocean – with us caught in the perfect storm.   Each one of us can choose where we want to spend our time and effort in that cone. We can move up and down inside that cone, [...]

17Jan 2017

Millennials: Rising Above Economic Inequity

January 17th, 2017|4 Comments

I want to address the economic disparity between the millennials and the other generations in the United States. The millennials should receive a higher level of understanding of their financial straits, and the millennials deserve a much higher level of respect for how they are taking ownership of their lives, prioritizing their values in a far better fashion than most of us.   Everyone is aware of the economic inequity in our current world. There are the 1%, who are wealthy and living well, and then there are the other 99%, who are struggling with no improvement in their finances for decades. A recent article confirmed how the combined financial worth of the world’s 8 richest individuals is now equal to the total financial worth of half of the 7 billion people on this planet.  Yes, 8 individuals in our world have more money that half of humanity.   The impact of that financial disparity may be hardest on the millennials. The median household income for millennials is just $40,581. That is 20% less than the baby boomers when they were the same age. Yet, millennials are far better educated than their baby boomer counterparts. Clearly, in today’s world, higher [...]