NYTimes: Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime

7 Apr

NYTimes: Taping of Farm Cruelty Is Becoming the Crime
http://nyti.ms/14VNRQV

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NYTimes: No to Keystone. Yes to Crazy.

10 Mar

NYTimes: No to Keystone. Yes to Crazy.
http://nyti.ms/XZhLiA

NYTimes: In Trafficking of Wildlife, Out of Reach of the Law

4 Mar

NYTimes: In Trafficking of Wildlife, Out of Reach of the Law
http://nyti.ms/Vs0kaG

Article: Pity for a predator: 100 million sharks die each year, conservationists say

3 Mar

Pity for a predator: 100 million sharks die each year, conservationists say

http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/02/17162143-pity-for-a-predator-100-million-sharks-die-each-year-conservationists-say?lite

Need a prescription?

2 Mar

…It was there that her son, Richard, visited a doctor and received prescriptions for Adderall, an amphetamine-based medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It was in the parking lot that she insisted to Richard that he did not have A.D.H.D., not as a child and not now as a 24-year-old college graduate, and that he was getting dangerously addicted to the medication. It was inside the building that her husband, Rick, implored Richard’s doctor to stop prescribing him Adderall, warning, “You’re going to kill him.”

After reading the article, “Drowned in a Sea of Prescriptions” by Alan Schwartz this February in the New York Times (), I’ve learned that our medical system is in need of a change–and fast. This story of a normal college student turning into a prescription drug addict is becoming more and more commonplace–except this story ended in suicide. The article claims that most cases like Richard Fee’s don’t turn out as drastic, most don’t end in suicide. To me the potential for this kind of abuse is way to easy.
How could he have be able to see so many doctors, who were completely unaware of his other prescriptions and warnings against further medication? How could he have been able to fool them all into believing he had A.D.H.D., and how did he convince them he needed more pills? The Fee’s did what they could to help their son–tried to get the doctors he saw to stop enabling him. But in the end there was no help for Richard since it had become too late; the system had already failed him. There are obviously many people who need medications for their treatments (and i have NOTHING against the medications themselves), but there is an increasingly large number of people who are finding ways to abuse this system and these pills (and the our system works now makes it is so damn easy!).

What i got out of this article was that we need to have better screenings to help avoid misdiagnosis by doctors during consultations, and thorough family histories and communication between patient and doctor are essential (not just a five-minute prescription refill). Even if a person isn’t intending to misuse the prescriptions given to them by a physician, they should always inquire with their doctor or get a second opinion if they feel that something isn’t right. We should always be questioning what we put in our bodies since it is our lives that they are affecting.

This story needs to be shared, and Richard Fee’s story heard.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/concerns-about-adhd-practices-and-amphetamine-addiction.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1 

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Penny

1 Mar

Penny

My adorable dog penny living it up on my bed.

Animal Cruelty

1 Mar

Enough is enough. How can this kind of heinous treatment of animals be allowed to continue? Sign the petition and spread the word. It is truly sad that most people won’t watch the video because it’s “too graphic” or because they don’t care…we care more about materialistic things than real issues and the real problems occurring on this planet. Yes the video is graphic–that’s because it is real.

Video:
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3957
Petition:
http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/stop-raccoon-dogs-being-skinned-alive-in-china-for-fake-ugg-boots-suffering-slow-sickening-horrendous-deaths?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition