Is America Suffering from Compassion Fatigue?

by Tony Wyman With the news of the world always at our fingertips, it shouldn’t be surprising that Americans are growing fatigued by a constant stream of bad news, mass shooting, destructive storms and rampaging wildfires.  With almost no way to escape the endless flow of information, more and more people are saying “Enough! Give me a break!” In fact, according to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center early this year, 68% said they are overwhelmed by the volume of information coming at them day and night.  And,…

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The Death of Madelyn Linsenmeir Shouldn’t Matter More Than the Deaths of Other Drug Victims

by Tony Wyman On October 7, 2018, in the idyllic community of Burlington, Vermont, a 30-year-old mother in police custody laid in a hospital bed where, later that evening, she would take her last breath, succumbing to the ravages of opioid addiction. Madelyn Ellen Linsenmeir left behind a 3-year-old son, a life full of promise and unrealized talent, as well as a family that penned her obituary so full of heartbroken melancholy that it touched the world.  Publications like People Magazine, The Washington Post and USA Today in the United…

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Mollie Tibbetts’ Death Was About Violence Against Women – Not Immigration

photo of murder victim Molly Tibbetts at her graduation. Tibbetts death is controversial due to the immigration status of her assailant.

by Tony Wyman Few would have blamed the family of 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts if they had joined the president in condemning a race of people the day police were led to her body by the Hispanic immigrant accused of brutally murdering her. After all, they had just suffered through 34 days of unimaginable fear and pain, desperately praying for a miracle, only to be crushed by the news they would never again see Mollie’s beaming smile light up a room again. Emotions will lead us to public statements that we…

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The Fate of Our Families And How We Can Change Course

crayon style drawing of family with Mom, Dad and Child.

by Paul Hamlin This may be chicken and egg argument, but in truth it doesn’t matter.  The American family is disintegrating, and it really doesn’t matter what happened first, whether societal pressures are destroying families or if families dissolving are causing the societal illness.  What we do know is that the family is a representation of the modern society. So, we can argue which came first, but the truth is we cannot solve the problems of society without looking at and solving our family issues. Let’s start with some disclaimers: This is…

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Heart Medicine: Is It Making You Depressed?

image of physician in hospital scrubs and with stethoscope

By Dena Leichnitz A recent study has recently come forth declaring that certain heart medications can lead to depression. However, it was not just heart medications but other medicines such as birth control pills and ACE inhibitors.  However, even doctors are uncertain if we are talking about which came first – the chicken or the egg in this kind of scenario. Very few people go out and celebrate having heart disease, therefore the disease itself and its resulting complications may play a bigger role in the occurrence of depression than…

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The Robin Williams Effect: Why Celebrity Deaths Lead To An Increase In Suicides

Robin Williams meme with photo of Williams and text from his quote about sadness and why depressed people often make a greater effort to please others

by Tony Wyman After comedian Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014, the number of people in America who took their own lives increased 10% over the next five months. Suicide prevention experts call this phenomenon “The Robin Williams Effect” and worry that media coverage of a celebrity’s suicide might be the catalyst that pushes others thinking about taking their own lives over the edge.  If celebrities, with all their fame, adoring fans, remarkable wealth and limitless opportunities can’t find happiness, the thinking goes of a person considering suicide,…

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When Pain Becomes Government Regulated, We Are All Potential Victims

photo of prescription opioid bottles. Recently published opioid therapy clinical practice guideline aims to improve quality of care and patient safety when treating acute and chronic pain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

By Janice Barlow with Richard Cameron No one should doubt that we’re still in the midst of an opioid crisis and have been for the better part of a decade. The nature of the crisis, however, is not what you have been led to believe by mass media reports and federal authorities.  Opioid medications have been part of treatment regimens for several decades. But in recent years, the line between who needs them to alleviate chronic or acute pain and who wants them because of the pleasant side effects, has become…

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Why Trump Is The Biggest, Best, Most Winning At Everything

By Janice Barlow WHY DOES THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES feel that he must be the best, do the most bigly and huge things, and out-perform everyone at everything in his wheelhouse? Donald Trump has the biggest, the best words. He’s very smart, a “stable genius“. He won in a landslide Electoral College victory. “In addition to winning the Electoral College in a landslide, I won the popular vote if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally” -November 27 on Twitter. (And now he wants to do away with…

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Flu Season Strategies To Beat Influenza Without Getting The Flu Vaccine

by Richard Cameron Competing Flu Vaccine Narratives Before we examine the controversy regarding the effectiveness of the annual flu vaccine and what alternatives are believed to be of value, let me issue the obligatory disclaimer. [This article is for informational purposes and not intended to dispense medical advice]. As a point of full disclosure, I personally have not received a flu vaccination for at least the past 35 years and perhaps none prior to that. During that period of time, I would say that I have experienced flu symptoms perhaps…

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Expecting the Unexpected: How Survivalists Prep

by J. Lee Many people consider survivalists who are also called preppers as those who wear tin foil hats. That is not a true assessment. It is never a waste of time to be prepared or to learn basic survival skills. The opinion of skeptics is of no surprise. Many prefer to take it one day at a time. They never think of scenarios when not being prepared could become a matter of life and death. They think crisis will never happen to them. I have had a survivalist mentality since…

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