Jan 25, 2016

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Grief and Loss Therapy

Unfortunately, losing a loved one is an inevitable part of most individual’s lives. When this happens, it is normal to grieve for some amount of time. However, when dealing with such a loss, many can feel overwhelmed and unable to deal with the intense emotions that come with such an event. When an individual becomes unable to cope with their loss on their own, seeking help from a grief counselor can provide immense benefits.

Losing someone close to us is expected to be painful and riddled with grief. Many will go through different emotions depending on their relationship to the deceased and how they have been taught to cope with difficult situations. Many can, however, turn to unhealthy coping techniques such as heavy drinking and become angry or depressed. This can lead to behavior such as social isolation, irritability, anxiety, and have a negative impact on your relationships.

According to the website of The Solace Center, after a loss, people can find healing and self-awareness in therapy leading to healthier ways of coping with such a loss. Dealing with such immense grief is an individual experience that is different for everyone, meaning that “tried and true” ways of dealing with a death might not be the best solution for you. By going to therapy and discussing the grief you feel, you can find personalized ways to reach acceptance of such a loss. While the pain of losing a loved one never goes away entirely, with proper counseling, you can cope with your grief in a healthy way.

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May 3, 2015

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Take Home Killer

Much like some cases of second-hand take-home exposure for certain industrial materials, PCBs or polychlorinated biphenyls piggy-back their way into the home through a worker’s clothing. Studies have shown that the dust in homes of people who work in close proximity to high levels of PCBs have significantly more PCBs than in non-worker homes.

One early case of this secondary exposure involved the wife and child of a Monsanto Industrial Chemical Company employee. Monsanto PCBs were the only locally produced PCBs in North America. The case was reported to the US Public Health Service in 1936. The officer that interviewed the wife and child saw that pustules and blackheads had developed on their skin, and concluded that it was due to the PCBs that the employee brought home with him from the work site.

Other cases prompted the release of papers linking PCBs and adverse health effects. In 1947, in an article by Robert Brown in the journal Chemist-Analyst, he warned about the toxicity of Aroclors. He pointed out exposure could lead to disfiguring skin conditions such as dermatitis. Despite these many warning signs, PCBs continued to be manufactured and used in many products.

It was only in the 1970s when the dangers of PCBs became widely known that pressure was put on legislators to restrict its use. By then, it had been widely disseminated. It is estimated that Monsanto alone produced 1.5 billion tons of PCBs. Between 1935 and 1971, the Anniston plant was dumping anywhere from 16 to 250 pounds of PCBs in Snow Creek daily. There have been efforts to clean up years of waste disposal in Snow Creek, but the contamination levels are still severe. The Environmental Protection Agency continues to prohibit the consumption of fish from Snow Creek.

Anniston is just one site that declared a hazardous area because of PCBs. Several other sites are also problematic because these are where the products using PCB were manufactured.

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Oct 26, 2013

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Risk Factors for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can have life-threatening consequences. It may cause early strokes, heart attacks, and dementia, among other problems.

However, there are many factors everyone can analyze to better understand their likelihood of suffering high blood pressure and take preventative measures.

Your likelihood of having high blood pressure increases if:

  • Your parents have high blood pressure – One thing you can’t control is your genes. The likelihood of experiencing high blood pressure runs in families, so if you come from a family history of high blood pressure, it may be wise to watch your diet extra closely.
  • You’re male – Men are more likely than women to develop high blood pressure before the age of 45, according to the American Heart Association.
  • You don’t exercise – A regular lack of physical activity can cause a range of potentially life-threatening illnesses, including high blood pressure.
  • You eat too much fat, sugar, or salt – Consuming too many “junk” foods can directly cause high blood pressure.
  • You drink regularly – Studies show that if a man consumes more than two drinks per day, or a woman consumes more than one, the likelihood of high blood pressure increases greatly.

If you or a loved one suffers from high blood pressure, you may be able to claim Social Security Disability Insurance. However, it must be proven that the disease affects the individual’s daily life, and this may be difficult to prove. It may be wise to seek legal consultation before filing for benefits.

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