Health and Wellness

v32_GloverKnown for Hollywood blockbuster successes such as The Color Purple, and Lethal Weapon, these days, actor and activist Danny Glover is using his celebrity and fame to raise awareness to a new “Lethal Weapon”: the AIDS Epidemic.

Danny Glover joined more than 25,000 advocates, policymakers, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies from around the world for the 19th International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Washington, DC on July 22, in an effort to address the global HIV/AIDS crisis.

banner_val_weeks_healthWhat are your summer goals? Is to start an exercise regimen? Well, sometimes even the thought of physical activity can become overwhelming. You have to avoid “OVERKILL”. Take it slow. The first thing you always want to do is warm up. It is very important for your health; and warming up will help you enjoy your workout more. Warming up also raises your body temperature and prepares your heart and its entire system by slowly increasing the blood circulation to and from your heart and muscles.

We have what’s called connective tissue attached to our muscles. Connective tissue is like hard plastic. It is very stiff and can be easily broken if not properly warmed up. The same applies to connective tissue…it will not become flexible until warmed up for about 5-10 minutes.

Proper warm up and cool downs will also reduce the severity of soreness in the next day or two following your workout. Increased blood flow and removal of toxins helps more oxygen to get to the muscles. Retaining waste products contributes to soreness. That’s why it is also a good idea to get a massage before and after a workout. Massage increases blood flow as well as moves unhealthy toxins to your waste system so that they can be removed from your body. Increased blood flow and less toxins = better performance.

v31_CorneliusThe question of why Don Cornelius took his own life in February may never be answered, but the TV and music icon’s son is spearheading a campaign of suicide awareness to prevent others from experiencing the same type of loss that befell him.

The result is the Don Cornelius Foundation, an organization that “not only concentrates on suicide awareness but it also focuses on providing information to people who are in need.”

“This is a huge, huge issue and it’s an issue that has a veil of shame over it. People are still very uncomfortable with who’s talking about suicide,” Tony Cornelius detailed to EURweb’s Lee Bailey. “Breast cancer at one time was something that was under the table. Women didn’t want to discuss it. AIDS was something that was under the table. No one wanted to discuss it. I mean, I think this is an opportunity to bring this to the surface.”

The creation of the foundation comes months after the suicide of Don Cornelius. Tony Cornelius admits to coping with his father’s passing on a day to day basis.

Zombies no more?

Excluding the infamous Miami Zombie case, some authorities think the recent hash of zombie attacks across the country have been due to bath salts.

But President Obama has had enough.

Last week, the president banned bath salts and 31 other synthetic substances. Dr. Rani G. Whitfield of Baton Rouge, LA., was just one of several medical doctors who breathed a sigh of relief.

“I’ve been practicing medicine for 12 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” he told NewsOne. “When problems began surfacing in the emergency room a little over a year ago, we were seeing psychotic episodes and extreme agitation. The kids were telling us about a new drug called ‘bath salts.’ We didn’t know what it was. They were like, ‘No, it’s not what you put in your water. It’s not ‘Calgon take me away.’”

v31_WaterBy now, we’ve all gotten used to fluorine and chlorine in your drinking water. No big deal for many of us.

But how do you feel about antibiotics, anticonvulsants, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones in your drinking water? Associated Press conducted a five-month inquiry that detected pharmaceuticals in drinking water supplies of 24 of 28 major U.S. metropolitan areas. It found that a vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans.

While most of the 25 cities investigated had between 1-15 detected pharmaceutical drugs in their tap water, Philadelphia water had 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems! 63 pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds.

The concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water raises worries among many scientists of the long-term consequences to human health. Drinking water treatment plants are not designed to remove these pharmaceutical residues.


Untitled document


Untitled document


Untitled document



Untitled document


Subscribe to the Forward Times

Untitled document



Untitled document

Latest comments