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When You Lose Weight, Where Does it Go? The Answer May Surprise You — May 31, 2015

When You Lose Weight, Where Does it Go? The Answer May Surprise You

Breath out you’re high school chemistry skills to lose weight!
“it would take 36 hours to breathe out a net pound for a resting human being.”- this genus has figured out the key to weight loss and it’s all in the air!

Mitch Kirby

Recently, I was sitting and thinking about all of the diet and exercise suggestions that constantly bombard us from all sides. While trying to determine which techniques would likely yield the largest benefits, I decided to start from the beginning and attempted to answer a seemingly simple question: When we lose weight, where does the weight go? When the fat from our waistline disappears, what happens to it? Answering this question was actually way more difficult than I imagined at the start, and forced me to think back to my time as a molecular biology major in order to answer the question effectively.

After uncovering the answer for myself, I asked others to think about the question to see if the solution was more obvious to them than it was to me. Shockingly, even many physicians I asked were unable to answer this question accurately and completely. Below are the most popular answers…

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Dear Academia: Opposing Views Are Not “Discursive Violence.” —

Dear Academia: Opposing Views Are Not “Discursive Violence.”

Interesting article on language and education in our society. Im reporting this because he points out some facts about how we do things and don’t really know why. Very good read!

liberal left behind

One of modern liberalism’s biggest problems is that we have taken after the Bush Administration in allowing euphemisms to redefine concepts that are already well-defined.  Why, the U.S. doesn’t torture because we don’t “torture.”  We engage in “enhanced interrogation.”  Unfortunately, the left-wing engages in this bastardization of Webster’s in a distinctly Orwellian way.  Once we co-opt a word or concept, we can use it as a weapon.  You see this in online communities.  Tweeting someone without asking for permission is “harassment.” (Not to mention a Catch-22.)  A doctor engaging in lifesaving measures during childbirth is “birth rape.”  You oppose harassment and rape, right?  So you better agree with us or you are a harasser or rape apologist.

Noted “equity feminist” Christina Hoff Sommers spoke at Oberlin College.  Ah, college.  The marketplace of ideas, where young people go to try out new thoughts and to figure out what they really…

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Learning to feed my hunger —

Learning to feed my hunger

“I eat what I want when I’m hungry. Eat till I’m full. If I’m not hungry, and I want to eat, pause the food train and be in the moment.” I could not have said it better, eating is a life source and art enjoy them both!

An Honest Mom

I will never let another pair of pants tell me I’m fat again.

This from the mouth of my friend Rachael, as she speared another piece of perfectly roasted cauliflower off of the plate in front of us. We met for drinks, Rachael and I, and as the fathers of our children readied our kids for bed, we ordered another cocktail.

I eyed that tiny plate of cauliflower with resentment. It was so good. And there was so little. What a tease tapas can be.

R’s declaration convinced me of what I already knew—I must go buy new jeans.

IMG_4217 Familiar, anyone?

Oh, the ever changing expanse of the post partum body. I’ve been rail thin with huge boobs to very squishy and everything in between. The rail-thinness was the product of exhaustion, depression, and breastfeeding in my first four months with Jo. I remember being stunned by the sight of…

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Book Review: Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth — May 27, 2015
Locked Up as a Kid, This Young Adult Urges California to Adopt a Ban on Juvenile Solitary — May 26, 2015

Locked Up as a Kid, This Young Adult Urges California to Adopt a Ban on Juvenile Solitary

Prison Photography

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STATE BILL 124

The indubitable Ella Baker Center alerted me this morning to the efforts by activists and good-headed politicians in California to prevent the use of extended solitary confinement for people under the age of 18.

The Ella Baker Center is working to end the solitary confinement of youth with the Youth Justice Coalition,Children’s Defense Fund California, and California Public Defenders Association. Senator Mark Leno introduced the bill, SB-124

DeAngelo Cortijo who is formerly incarcerated explains why SB-124 is a good thing.

The first time I experienced solitary confinement, I was 11 years old.

Now, 11 years later I’m fighting to end the widespread use of solitary confinement in California’s youth prisons.

I’m writing today to ask you to join me in taking action.

As I would stare out of my cell window I could see the other kids outside and I remember feeling empty and afraid. On several occasions…

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Why the Attack on Mother? — May 19, 2015

Why the Attack on Mother?

Elysian Emporium

filipina1Women have been known as healer, nurturers the heart of the home, why have they been put in such a dark place is unsure.  Doing my research, I found a few reasons why.  Midwives as well as witches (at times one in the same) were known as the village healers, in many cases.  They helped women during childbirth by easing pain and delivery.  They’ve healed and cured many illnesses for many people and animals, including the “important” people.  Look at the case of Allison Peirsoun of Byrehill.  The ailing bishop of St. Andrews called upon her and she successfully cured him, saving his life if you will.  He then refused to pay her and had her arrested for witchcraft and burned at the stake.  In the 1500s if a physician could not find the nature of a disease it was automatically bewitchment.  The Orthodox Christians even went as far as believing…

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Found this photo for you on Tumblr — April 22, 2015
The effects of prison vs. Alternate programs —

The effects of prison vs. Alternate programs

Is prison less effective than rehabilitation programs for youth who are first time offenders?

Looking at how rehabilitation programs may have a greater, more positive impact on young teens who are first time offenders. Prison has a history of teaching life skills; to new and young offenders to aid in continued criminal behavior. Much like prison, rehabilitation programs also teach life skills, but these skills have a more positive impact on one’s life experience after breaking the law. Rehabilitation programs provide education, and skills that are applicable to the working world, they can also help provide a further career placement after the program completion. The programs also help with transitioning to a new home, as well as having practitioners for addiction recovery and recuperation back into society.

The prison system we all know of was once the alternative system to our earlier forms of punishment (Russell, 2007).Our punishments were quick and suited the crime committed. In the early 1800’s at the beginning of the revolution there was a change in the way people looked at punishment practices. This change allowed for prison practices to come into play successfully. (Russell, 2007)Like many new things groups of people began to form opinions; along came the reformers; the Rationalists and the Humanitarians. This was the beginning thinking to alternative programs! The rationalist began their movement in the early 1800’s a few years before the prison system came into play; believing that the law should be rational, that breaking the law was a conscience act and would be an ongoing occurrence. (Russell, 2007) The Rationalist proposed “parole”; parole was first informally introduced in 1817, it was approved by officials/the courts (Russell, 2007). Parole is the early release before sentence ended for good behavior; it had to be given at the time sentencing and could be taken away with bad behavior. The Humanitarians were slow in growth it’s believed that they began to gain numbers and power in the late 1830’s. Humanitarians believed that the law should be humane as well as caring and understanding, accrediting criminal behavior to one’s circumstances having reason behind their actions. (Russell, 2007)Suggesting Probation informally in 1841; a boot maker named Augustus asked the court to grant him custody of a drunk whom broke the law. (Russell, 2007) The court granted him custody on the promise that he return him in 12 weeks’ time sober and employed. Augustus did just that, he went on to do the same for many others well into his old age. (Russell, 2007)

Today these divisions in thought have been broken into three schools of thought each one has strong legitimate arguments. The first position is that ‘prisons suppress criminal acts”. Believing that the unpleasantness of prison along with the negative social stigma; will deter later criminal behavior as to avoid the out casting in society. (Centre for Criminal Justice Studies University of New Brunswick, 1999) The second viewpoint ‘schools of crime’ proposes that prison increase criminality due to the psychologically destructive nature of prisons. Making it more likely that offender’s criminal behavior subsides.  The third perspective on this is the ‘minimalist/interaction’ position whom believe that “prisons are essentially ‘psychological deep freezes’, in that offenders enter” (Centre for Criminal Justice Studies University of New Brunswick, 1999). “This perspective also suggests that lower risk offenders may be more adversely affected by greater lengths of incarceration through exposure to an environment typically dominated by their higher risk, more hard core peers” (Centre for Criminal Justice Studies University of New Brunswick, 1999).  Because of these many different viewpoints Canada has integrated a modern twist, adding various combinations of alterative and prison as we will look at next. Some thirty years ago ‘The Renaissance Project’ was introduced to Canada from the United States. The project started in Westchester County N.Y, it was the first of its’ kind providing living, care, education, and self-help (Russell, 2007). The program still runs in Canada and in the United States, in Canada it is estimated that 1,200 people are helped each year quickly becoming the best of the best in rehabilitation programs. (Russell, 2007) Programs like the renaissance project and many other alternatives to prison were made more accessible in 1996 when Canada changed the criminal code (Russell, 2007). Due to overcrowding and the increase in criminal behavior they allowed judges to freely sentence charged criminals to alternative programs.  In Canada we practice probation and parole which we discussed above; among other alternative programs practiced in Canada such as community service programs, boot camp, and house arrest. (Russell, 2007) The community service that is instilled into Canadian rehabilitation remains a non-profit government organization that provides wonderful opportunities for a better landscaping and economic stature by reintroducing criminals back into society in a positive manner. For criminals who may need a more disciplined rehabilitation there are programs and organizations based firmly around a military style experience such as boot camp, by instilling a little more stern approach to criminal rehabilitation. (Russell, 2007) Boot camps provide core values and morals to those who need a more direct approach. Lastly House Arrest is a very common practice among the courts as it gets the point across and the punishment can take place immediately, this allows the offender to serve their sentence at home under electronic surveillance.

The impacts of alternative programs in Canadian society are very minimal if any. Graham Stewart of Canada’s John Howard Society said “We could put somebody through University for what we spend on a person in prison”, this statement proved most true, while doing my research for this paper I found that the cost to incarcerate someone far exceeds the cost to rehabilitate someone into society; It costs over $28,000 to keep one person in federal prison for one year (FAMM). Not to mention due to the negative stigma associated with being an ex-convict it makes it more difficult for integration back into society to happen successfully as it is not easy to find willing employers to hire. “The relationship between prison growth and falling wages among low-skill and minority could be interpreted in many ways. People with felony records have difficulty finding good jobs. A small research literature thus finds that incarceration reduces earnings” (Western, 2002). While over 40% of offenders who leave prison will reoffend and be back in prison within three years of their release. Alternatives to prison are proven to flout the underlying causes of crime (i.e., drug addiction and mental illness) preventing offenders from committing new future crimes (University Of Toronto , 2014).  Along with the immense opportunities alternative programs offer they are  favored among the public in which 77% believe that alternatives to incarceration are more appropriate with conditions and amendments (University Of Toronto , 2014) this clear turn in thinking is providing new careers and chances for those who were unlucky to follow the path of crime.

Work Cited

Centre for Criminal Justice Studies University of New Brunswick. (1999). New Brunswick, Canada.

FAMM. (n.d.). ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION IN A NUTSHELL. Washington , USA.

JULIA DMITRIEVA, K. C. (2012). Arrested development: The effects of incarceration on the development of psychosocial maturity. Cambridge -Cambridge University , Ontario, Canada.

Russell, C. (2007). Alternatives to Prison Rehabilitation and other programs. Mason Crest.

University Of Toronto . (2014, February 14). Retrieved February 26, 2015, from University Of Toronto: http://criminology.utoronto.ca/criminological-highlights/

Western, B. (2002). The Impact of Incarceration on Wage Mobility and Inequality. The Impact of Incarceration on Wage Mobility and Inequality. American Sociological Association.

My Ethical View on Assisted Suicide — April 12, 2015

My Ethical View on Assisted Suicide

In Canada euthanasia was previously illegal, however on February 6, 2015 Prohibitions on Physician-Assisted Dying (PAD) was added to Canadian Charter. This made Canada the second country in the world to introduce PAD; allowing Canada to join some of the great countries like Belgium, the Netherlands, and Switzerland in the euthanasia fight for legalization. (The Supreme Court of Canada Ruling in Carter v. Canada: A New Era of End-of-Life Care for Canadians) This issue is important because of the abundance of controversial material. This is such a rich topic as it has many different points of view to take into consideration. There are two main views to this topic; the pro-life movement who oppose the legislation and the right to die movement who argue the individual’s freedom. It is a highly controversial topic that is open to a great deal of discussion and debate.

Claims on both sides of the issue have resulted in the emergence of alternate views in regards to euthanasia. The controversy lying mainly within the moral status of the issue; as it’s possible to sustain life but the inability to relieve physical psychological and social suffering still remains. Both arguments presented powerful facts and ideas about the issue in general. The right to die; advocates claim terminal diseases that cause extreme pain; the technology exists to end this suffering and discomfort. All that is required are trained professionals to carry out the procedure. “Pro-life advocates state that euthanasia is a drastic measure that leads to and impede the development of essential treatments for terminal illnesses, and disabilities”.   This statement claims that euthanasia is an unnecessary solution in dealing with terminally ill patients. Not only does the concept to deal with the ‘lack of choice’ in the situation but also prevents the development of future treatment options.

Euthanasia supporters share the opposing idea that terminal diseases result in intense physiological and psychological pain. Why not use the technology that exists to alleviate the suffering? A calm and peaceful end would result in this circumstance as well. Another argument for euthanasia takes a more logical approach to the issue. The financial implications are overwhelming. “Expenses for the terminally ill will continue to rise with no ceiling”. Pro-lifers on the other hand claim that euthanasia interferes with the development and creation of rehabilitation programs and treatment options. Cost should not be an issue when it comes to dying with dignity. In both issues, the main issue revolves around freedom of choice in the matter. Should a dying person not be given the option to choose what he or she prefers? The charter of rights and freedoms guarantees this right, and the issue can be applied to both sides of the argument. Science has evolved so that life can be extended despite illness or incapacity. Terminally ill patients can be sustained through medical intervention. What becomes the issue are the moral implications of these developments. Does this scientific development and improve the quality of life for the individual for the sake of life’s itself? This is the issue. “Thus, the individual’s right to die when his or her quality of life has deteriorated to the point of being unbearable has been the focus of debate surrounding this issue” (Jerome, Yip “Euthanasia: “An overview.” Canadian Points of View 2009)

My view on this after doing a little research on the law stands the same as did three years ago. A few years ago I investigated the laws on euthanasia and assisted suicide, remembering that my strong stand on the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide. While we are not quite at this point, to be a part of the generation to witness this coming to into play was a prideful moment in my life.  The right to do whatever to one’s body has always been my strongest base in any argument; I am after all a humanitarian! To finally know that if one day I may be as lucky enough to be blessed with a terminal illness, I can choose to end my life before the pain and humiliation sets in. I began to vote the moment I turned 19 aiming to achieve a better community for the people of Windsor and Canada, I was doing my part in society; I was contributing my voice, my opinion, even understanding that it was small and that could be considered nerdy by peers!

Each generation moves a little more to a better way of life, self-image, and society. It is my belief that our current generation has made the biggest stride in way of ethical issues and societies views on them. Growing up homosexuality, abortion and euthanasia were all big topics I heard often among my peers, my elders, and as well as on television. I grew up hearing and seeing the long debate on all of these topics. Looking back on the last decade all of these have been brought to a more excepting light in the media and society,  I simply can’t wait to see what else might happen in the coming years; as well as what I may participate in aiding in these historical movements.

Foot Notes

Euthanasia and overview pg.3

Point; euthanasia should be legalized pg. 2

Point; euthanasia should be legalized pg. 2

Euthanasia and overview pg.2

Euthanasia and overview pg. 3

Bibliography

 Coles, Eaton Denies, “Point: Euthanasia should be legalized.” Canadian Points of View 2009

 Jerome, Yip “Euthanasia: “An overview.” Canadian Points of View 2009

 Klassen, Jeff “Counterpoint: Euthanasia will slow the development of drugs and cause unnecessary deaths.” Canadian Points of View 2009

 Lessenbury, Jack “Death becomes him.” Frontline PBS 1994

 Smith, Corinne “Anti-euthanasia doctor’s hostile to Québec’s assisted suicide bill.” CBC News 2013

 Unknown Author “Euthanasia: Guide to Critical Analysis” Canadian Points of View 2009

 The Supreme Court of Canada Ruling in Carter v. Canada: A New Era of End-of-Life Care for Canadians. No. Carter v. Canada. Supreme Court. 6 February 2015.