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“If the policy does not have a good amount of happiness index, if the policy is not every environment friendly, if the policy will not be able to ensure that it will result in the well-being of Bhutanese, that policy will never be approved in the country.”

Source: Meet the country that passes no law unless it improves citizens’ well being


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“The nation is going backwards on insuring kids and it is likely to get worse,” says Joan Alker, co-author of the study and executive director of Georgetown’s Center for Children and Families. Alker and other advocates for children’s health place the blame for this change on the Trump administration and the Republican-controlled Congress, saying the Republican policies and actions have cast a pall on enrollment in health plans.The number of children in the United States without coverage rose to 3.9 million in 2017 from about 3.6 million a year earlier, according to census data analyzed by Alker’s Georgetown team.

Source: Under Trump, Number Of Uninsured Kids Rose For First Time This Decade : Shots – Health News : NPR

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A rare but devastating polio-like virus appears to have made itself at home in the United States, partially paralyzing hundreds of children.There have been 127 cases reported in 22 states so far this year, with 62 confirmed as acute flaccid myelitis, said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, head of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She announced the numbers in a Tuesday media briefing.This year’s outbreak marks the third wave of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) to hit the United States since 2014, and this wave is on track to be the worst yet, experts say.

Source: CDC Warns of Polio-Like Virus Striking More U.S. Kids

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New research shows that physical exercise can “clean up” the hostile environments in the brains of Alzheimer’s mice, allowing new nerve cells in the hippocampus, the brain structure involved in memory and learning, to enable cognitive improvements, such as learning and memory. These findings imply that pharmacological agents that enrich the hippocampal environment to boost cell growth and survival might be effective to recuperate brain health and function in human Alzheimer’s disease patients.

Source: How Exercise Might “Clean” the Alzheimer’s Brain – Scientific American

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Acceptance of Imperfection

Today I asked my body what she needed,
Which is a big deal
Considering my journey of
Not Really Asking That Much.

I thought she might need more water.
Or protein.
Or greens.
Or yoga.
Or supplements.
Or movement.

But as I stood in the shower
Reflecting on her stretch marks,
Her roundness where I would like flatness,
Her softness where I would like firmness,
All those conditioned wishes
That form a bundle of
She whispered very gently:

Could you just love me like this?

Author: Hollie Holden


Nabbed from Facebook page- Wild Woman Sisterhood

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Younger doctors aren’t necessarily opposed to single-payer health care, and some fully support it. That could change the way doctors flex their muscle on one of the most contentious issues in American politics, Kaiser Health News and Vice report from an American Medical Association conference.Why it matters: The AMA has long fought government intervention in health care. It opposed the creation of Medicare, as well as the Affordable Care Act, and has formally opposed single-payer for years. But a group of young doctors recently pressured the organization into at least studying the issue again.

Source: Younger doctors are more open to single payer health care – Axios

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I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a fan of summer. Sure I love being outside again after a long winter and I love planting flowers and watching them grow. I like going to the beach occasionally – but even that in small amounts. Sitting under an umbrella lathered up in sunscreen, who wants to sit outside in 90° weather with a lot of other people doing the same thing? Not to mention the sand is so hot you can’t walk 5 feet without sandals or flip flops. 

I’m a Northern girl, grew up in Ohio, also lived in Upstate New York in the early 80’s in a house that didn’t even need air conditioning. Then Michigan for 16 years before moving to where I am now, which is Delaware. I miss Michigan and its weather. Yes, the winters could be long with the snow, but they were sunny and cold. Winters in Delaware are gray and wet. Summers could be hot in MI., but not prolonged heat waves like we have in DE., and don’t even ask about the humidity! Holy mother of god the humidity here is stifling and the mosquitoes! I can unequivocally say Delaware is as far south that I ever want to live. Retirement home/condo in Florida?  Hell no! More like a summer home in Maine.

It’s only July and already I’m counting down to autumn. You’ve heard of the book, ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ by John Steinbeck, well this is the summer of my discontent. I’ve not been a very happy person the last two months, I feel more cooped up in the summer than I do in winter. At least in winter you can put on more layers and still take a walk or hike. In summer that is not the case. You go from an air conditioned house, to an air conditioned car, to an air conditioned location and repeat. We normally  take a fall vacation, since moving to DE., we’ve headed to New England. I fell in love with Bar Harbor, Maine and Acadia National Park. The summer tourists are gone and the crowds have thinned out. You can hike for hours with only seeing a few people. I’m not sure where we’re headed this fall but it will be somewhere with warm days, cool nights, hiking and mountains.

Until then…..one more hot wretched month to get through. Maybe Mother Nature will surprise us with a cooler than average August? I’m not counting on it.


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