By JD Schramm*
In my TED Talk, I acknowledged for the first time that, in 2003, I tried to end my life. I wanted to share this in a public setting because 19 out of 20 people who attempt suicide will fail — and those that make the difficult decision to come back to life need openness from their loved ones and a lot of resources. Perhaps that’s what you are in need of right now.
[ted_talkteaser id=1167]My journey cannot be your journey. And while there are probably great gaps in our specific experiences, there is likely some overlap too. In the process of thinking about my experience, a few themes have emerged which I think have a more universal application. If you have others, by all means add them to the list; if some of these do not work for you, then simply attempt the ones which do.
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JJ VIRGIN/Tips for Living Healthy
Amped Up Drinks Alter Heart Function
When people gulp energy drinks to get their hearts pumping, they’re actually increasing strain on the organ, researchers reported. In a small study of 31 patients, having just one energy drink significantly increased short-term ventricular strain, a measure of the heart’s contractility, compared to baseline.
Most of the effect appeared to be due to the taurine contained in the drinks, rather than the caffeine. This naturally occurring amino acid in the body has been shown to increase release of calcium in muscles.
Sales for the multibillion dollar industry are growing every year and now there are more than 500 different brands available around the world. These energy boosters are full of compounds that have known stimulant effects, including caffeine and taurine. Additives, like taurine, may compound the stimulant effects of caffeine. That’s why it’s not surprising that emergency department visits related to energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011, according to a recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA). In 2011, about 20,000 Emergency Dept. visits nationally were linked to these buzz-inducing beverages.
“Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come:
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever loved.”
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
Ever since my earliest days of studying Shakespeare way back in middle school, sonnet 116 has always been my favorite. As the years go on, I think my enjoyment of it only increases. In today’s world where…
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