Rethinking the War on Drugs

The War on Drugs was originally created to combat dangerous and uncharted territory. Between drug use and the illegal drug trade a new problem erupted on the streets of America. President Nixon declared the war against substances in 1971, then increased federal funding for drug related agencies and imposed harsh and mandatory sentences for drug crimes. Forty eight years later we have enough empirical evidence … Continue reading Rethinking the War on Drugs

Daily Inspiration: One State Caps Cost on Life Saving Medicine

The United States is notorious for our complicated healthcare system. Insurance and pharmaceutical companies have been in the middle of debates about a standard of care that should be mandated by the government. Medicine is a big ticket item for most people who suffer from a range of ailments. Insulin is a life saving drug that helps regulate blood sugar levels in type 1 and … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: One State Caps Cost on Life Saving Medicine

Daily Inspiration: There’s Always a Silver Lining

The body is a tremendous vehicle for carrying us through the day to day, but when it breaks down, life comes to a standstill. Selma Blair is an actress who is widely known for her roles in cult classics in the 90’s and 00’s. She recently opened up about her Multiple Sclerosis (MS) diagnosis and how it has changed her. MS is a degenerative disease … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: There’s Always a Silver Lining

Vaccinations Are a Big Deal

The history behind infectious diseases is terrifying. Vaccines were created out of necessity; people were dying in mass quantities. In fact, it was the number one killer of humans. The first successful vaccine was developed in 1796 by Edward Jenner and used cowpox to create immunity to smallpox. The prospect of eradicating viruses was groundbreaking at the time and as the scientific community continued to … Continue reading Vaccinations Are a Big Deal

Daily Inspiration: Help Others With Organ Donation

There is a shortage of organs being donated. According the the U.S. Department of Health and Services, 20 people die each day waiting for transplants. In 2017 over 100,000 people were in the national waiting list and only 34,000 surgeries were performed. In today’s video, a baby’s eye sight is restored after being born blind. She received an eye transplant from a donor. It is … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Help Others With Organ Donation

Daily Inspiration: Woman Combats Cerebral Palsy with Boxing

Cerebral Palsy is a congenital disorder of movement, muscle tone, or posture that occurs from complications: before, during and after birth. CP can span from mild to severe and the quality of life varies from person to person. Kate Farley has CP and has taken up boxing to combat the effects of the disease. She meets with a personal trainer twice a week to train. … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Woman Combats Cerebral Palsy with Boxing

Daily Inspiration: Live a Life to be Proud of

Claire Wineland was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at birth. With CF mucous fills up in the lungs and other organs and eventually sufferers may need a lung transplant. She documented her experiences with her YouTube series The Clarity Project. Today’s video is a mash up of her overall message and spirit. She passed away earlier this week after finally receiving a lung transplant. Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Live a Life to be Proud of

Daily Inspiration: Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

How many hours of your life do you spend indoors? For many people it is almost all of it. Today’s video was created by The Velux Group, a company that manufactures skylights. In this video (which reads almost like a commercial) the narrator explains the transitions we have made from nature to an indoor environment. The downsides of living a life within walls include sickness … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Get Outside and Enjoy Nature

The Suicide Machine Aims to Make Death Peaceful

Death means different things to people across cultures and religions. Assisted Suicide gives death a permanent and scheduled date. Although questionable, physician assisted deaths are not new. This type of death was highlighted in mainstream media through Dr. Kevorkian. He was a medical pathologist that helped terminally ill patients end their lives and was eventually prosecuted for it. In an interview with the New York … Continue reading The Suicide Machine Aims to Make Death Peaceful

Daily Inspiration: Cancer Survivor Becomes Stoma Designer

Heather Maston is a stage three colon survivor who discovered how to make her new disability work for her. After having her large intestines and rectum removed, she now has a permanent ostomy bag on her body. To help her cope with this new accessory she designed covers for the bag that she wears daily. She can switch them up depending on her mood, and … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Cancer Survivor Becomes Stoma Designer

Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart

Bill Conner was reunited with his daughter in a very special away. She passed away suddenly on a family vacation and her parents decided to donate her organs. During a 2000 mile journey to bring awareness to organ donation, he met the recipient of his daughter’s heart. Losing a loved one is very difficult. Donating organs can be a way to commemorate a life, by … Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Father Hears Daughter’s Donated Heart

Daily Inspiration: Spread Valentine’s Day Love

Today you can be the inspiration for a child in need. Children’s hospitals are accepting well wishes on free e-cards for sick patients this Valentine’s Day. Help bring joy and love to their little hearts. Here are some hospitals participating this Valentine’s Day: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital St. Jude’s Research Hospital Boston Children’s Hospital Trust Arkansas Children’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Continue reading Daily Inspiration: Spread Valentine’s Day Love