Alcoholism is nothing new to modern society, but we have only recently begun to understand it in the past century. Alcohol has been a part of human culture for thousands of years, and alcoholism throughout history has often been portrayed as silly, stupid or even an endearing characteristic. We’ve all seen the movies or read a book where a funny drunk is stumbling about saying ridiculous things in broken speech patterns. However, we’ve come to realize it is a much more serious issue than that would suggest. Alcoholism is a chronic disease that affects 15 million people in the US alone, and 88,000 deaths are attributed to excessive alcohol use each year according to the Center for Disease Control.
What is Alcoholism?
You can get drunk or even die because of intoxication without actually being an alcoholic. After all, a drunk driver can die in an accident after only one night of drinking. So, what makes a person an alcoholic? Continue reading →
For most of humankind’s journey through the ages, daily life was fraught with genuine perils and terror of the unknown. Thus, it’s only natural that we experience instinctively fearful reactions to certain stimuli in the modern world, even when such fear is irrational. Problems occur when an illogical fear becomes extreme and causes a change of general behavior. Such fears are known as phobias, and identifying their presence is the first step toward overcoming them. Continue reading →
Imagine your frustration that your classmates have finished their tests and you are still struggling to understand the jumble of letters and words on the page. Dyslexic students cannot read efficiently or respond quickly to what they have read. People with dyslexia typically have average or above average intelligence but they labour to understand written text. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, there are several contributing factors that might lead to developing the learning disorder, including genetic makeup, brain injury, and others. Continue reading →
While there is no miracle cure for Alzheimer’s dementia, researchers have discovered that our daily diet has an immense impact on improving the cognitive function of Alzheimer’s patients as well as determining whether or not we develop the disease later on in life. Medical experts believe that a diet low in fats and rich in antioxidant foods such as blueberries and grapes (particularly grape seedsand grape seed extract) can significantly minimize the likelihood of age-associated cognitive decline even if there is a history of dementia in the family. Surely this is fantastic news for persons who have seen their loved ones severely limited by this terrible disease!