However, the race wasn’t over yet. The moon was the ‘finish line’ that determined who won. That’s why the US did everything they could to win, maybe even cheat (winning would not just mean who has a bigger ‘stick’, but a global political and technological domination).
A significant bunch of the world is still skeptical if we really stepped on the moon. Recently, NASA uploaded just about every image captured by Apollo astronauts on lunar missions, which you can find on their Project Apollo Archive Flickr account. There are some 8,400 photographs in all at a resolution of 1800 dpi, and they’re sorted by the roll of film they were on. Here are some of them:
The people who went there are real heroes. They stepped up for humanity to expand its frontiers risking their lives in an unknown domain no one ever went. That’s brave! We need to honor these people no matter if some of the images were faked or not! Because it’s not important who stepped first, what’s important is that we stepped. And if we do not honor the individuals who took the role to represent the step of humanity, sooner or later we’ll run out of heroes who expand our limits (because who would want to risk their life like that). The most important thing is to strive together!
With a new diet popping up what seems like every day, it can be hard to keep track or even figure out which to try. The alkaline diet may be a little difficult to get into, but the end rewards more than make up for it. If you’re looking for a diet that helps with more than just weight loss, look no further!
What Is the Alkaline Diet?
The alkaline diet (also known as acid alkaline or alkaline ash diet) is at its core based around the idea of replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods to improve your health. As you metabolize foods and extract their energy (calories), they leave an ash as if you were burning them.
Acidic ash makes your body acidic and alkaline ash makes it alkaline, simple enough. Acid ash is believed to make you more susceptible to diseases and illnesses, whereas alkaline ash protects your body. Neutral acid has no effect.
Acidic ash foods include meat, poultry, fish, dairy, eggs, grains, caffeine and alcohol, and consist of protein, phosphate, and sulfur. Alkaline foods are typically fruits, nuts, vegetables, soybeans, tofu and seeds, consisting of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Neutral acids include natural fats, starches, and sugar.
The great thing about the alkaline diet is that it can work for vegetarians, vegans (with minimal substitutions) and even gluten intolerant people as well, so the transition can be smooth. Check out this helpful infographic and added list to get you started:
An alkaline diet helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol which are the biggest contributing factors to heart problems.
This is the body’s way of dealing with irritation or pain by attempting to remove it. It can often come as a result of infection or injury, so by alkalizing your body you are protecting it.
Alkalization influences and helps weight loss which is good at preventing diabetes and osteoarthritis.
This diet can make certain chemotherapy drugs more effective and less toxic. It has yet to be proven if changing acidity can actually prevent cancer, but consuming more fruits and vegetables is known to help.
The reason this diet works so well is due to increased consumption of healthy foods like fruits, vegetable, seeds and other greens while reducing or even completely removing processed junk foods. So even if you’re not looking to completely jump on board, eat more of these foods and you’re sure to feel great!
Recent data has revealed that prescription drugs kill more people in the U.S. than all illicit street drugs combined.
According to the CDC, overdoses on pharmaceutical drugs were responsible for 22,767 deaths in 2013. This was more than half all drug overdose deaths combined, including well-known killers such as heroin and cocaine. What’s more is that drug overdoses passed motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of death by injury that year, and most of them were young people between the ages of 25 and 54.
Many recent studies, such as this one published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, have revealed that prescription drug abuse is having a profound effect on America’s young people. The CDC called it an ‘epidemic.’
The authors of this particular study - Richard Netemeyer of University of Virginia, Scot Burton of University of Arkansas, Barbara Delaney of the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, and Gina Hijjawi of American Institutes for Research – asked 1000 teenagers about their usage of several drugs, including alcohol, legal and illegal drugs, and tobacco.
They concluded a few main points: One was that anxiety and stress lead to pharmaceutical abuse. Two was that prescription drug abuse increases when alcohol is also abused. Thirdly, prescription drug abuse was more prevalent among teens who abused illegal drugs. Lastly, the desire to be popular, or pressure to be a ‘good kid’ was heavily correlated with the use of pharmaceutical drugs.
The authors write:
“Teens need help before they reach these tipping points for prescription drug abuse. Adults spotting teens with very high levels of anxiety and at least moderate use of other restricted substances should realize that these are students with a high likelihood of prescription abuse.
Male teens with a high need to be popular and teens in general appear to be at exceptional risk. Campaigns must target parents as well, since they clearly underestimate both the physical risks of prescription drugs and the likelihood that their children will abuse these drugs.”
Additionally, reports to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) indicate that about 20% of teenagers try prescription drugs each year. It was found that drugs are acquired from friends and family with legal prescriptions, often without them knowing.
The large portion of teen prescription drug abuse is directly due to the lack of stigma from the FDA that illicit drugs have. “Prescription drugs are seen as blessed by a trusted institution, the FDA, while increasingly aggressive advertising by drug companies simultaneously floods parents and children with messages that these substances are safe, popular, and beneficial,” write the authors.
The New York Times published a damning editorial on this subject, concluding that advertisements for pharmaceuticals are everywhere purporting that every ill has a pill to cure it, leading to indiscriminate prescribing by doctors.
It would seem that organizations leading the way in the battle against prescription drug abuse have a fight on their hands.
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Sleep, while one of the most blissful and relaxing things we do to survive, is also one of the most essential. When we close our eyes for those few hours each night, we give our body the chance to recharge after all the stresses of the previous day. Millions of processes go on while you sleep, helping the brain to commit things to memory, while cells go to work regenerating and repairing the tissue that was damaged while we were awake.
When we don’t sleep, however, none of this gets the chance to happen. Not only will we awake feeling cranky the next day and have a difficult time concentrating, prolonged periods of sleep deprivation may have serious consequence on hour health. In fact, ample research has been conducted on exactly what happens to different parts of the body if we are not getting our eight hours each night.
What these studies have found is that lack of sleep can cause a slew of serious and life-threatening conditions, ranging from cancers to diabetes, and heart issues. So what exactly are the conditions that have been officially linked to poor sleeping habits? Click “view slideshow” to find out a few.
A 2013 study conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins University found that a lack of sleep can both be a cause of Alzheimer’s disease and impact the speed of the disease’s progression. The study was conducted based on previous research that discovered sleep is necessary for the brain to get rid of “cerebral waste,” or the garbage-like buildup that can accumulate and cause dementia.
Conducting their study on 70 adults, ranging between the ages of 53 and 91, researchers found that those who reported getting poor sleep each night showed a greater amount of beta-amyloid deposition in their brains on PET scans. This compound is known to be a definitive marker of Alzheimer’s disease, leading researchers to conclude that lack of sleep is preventing the brain from getting rid of this form of “cerebral waste.”
Source: Spira AP, Gamaldo AA, An Y, et al. Self-reported Sleep and β-Amyloid Deposition in Community-Dwelling Older Adults. JAMA Neurology. 2013.
2. Obesity and Diabetes
Diabetes has long been linked to poor sleep, but a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago unpacked how poor sleep can potentially cause obesity, and ultimately, lead to diabetes. Knowing that fatty acid levels within the blood can impact metabolism speed and insulin’s ability to regulate blood sugar, researchers examined the effects little sleep had on fatty acid buildup.
Examining 19 men’s sleeping patterns, researchers found that those who got only four hours of sleep over the span of three nights had high levels of fatty acid within their blood between 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. This was a 15 to 30 percent increase over those who got 8.5 hours of sleep each night. Also, researchers found that the increase in fatty acid levels caused a higher degree of insulin resistance, all signs they attribute to pre-diabetes. Those who got more sleep, however, did not present the same markers for obesity or pre-diabetes.
3. Cardiovascular Disease
Cardiovascular disease has been linked to poor sleep for some time now, but a recent study presented at EuroHeartCare, the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology found greater evidence of a strong correlation. After following 657 Russian men between the ages of 25 and 64 for 14 years, researchers found that nearly two-thirds of those who experienced a heart attack also had a sleep disorder.
What’s more, the men that complained of sleep disorders also were found to have a 2.6 times higher risk of myocardial infraction, a heart attack that occurs when the heart muscle dies, and a 1.5 to four times greater risk of stroke.
It may be shocking, but recent research conducted in 2014 found a link between increased incidences of suicide in adults and poor sleep, regardless of past history with depression. During a 10-yearstudy conducted by researchers at the Stanford University of Medicine, 420 participants ranging in middle to late adulthood were examined. Out of this group, 20 participants found to suffer from poor sleep unfortunately committed suicide. Because of this, researchers concluded that those who were experiencing difficulties sleeping on a consistent basis were 1.4 times more likely to commit suicide.
Those who were more vulnerable to this effect of poor sleep, researchers say, were white males 85 years or older. The study ultimately attributed this increased rate of suicide due to sleep deprivation associated with health problems and stress that increases with age.
Ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease marked by ulcers within the lining of your digestive tract, as well as Crohn’s Disease can be a product of both sleep deprivation, and excess sleep, says a 2014 study. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital found that the right amount of sleep is necessary to curb inflammation responses within the digestive system which often lead to the two diseases.
After studying women enrolled within the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS) I since 1976 and NHS II since 1989, researchers found that risks of ulcerative colitis increased as sleep per night decreased to six hours or less. Alternately, researchers also found that more than nine hours of sleep increased risks as well, suggesting that the threshold for stopping digestive inflammation is a very narrow window that requires just the right amount of shut-eye. Although this response was only found within adult women, the increased chances of developing ulcerative colitis when getting little sleep existed despite other factors like age, weight, and habits like smoking and drinking.
6. Prostate Cancer
In a 2013 study published within the journal Cancer Epidemology, Biomarkers and Prevention,researchers found an increased incidence and severity of prostate cancer in patients with sleep issues. After following 2,425 Icelandic men between the ages of 67 and 96 for three to seven years, researchers discovered that the danger of developing prostate cancer rose in 60 percent of men who had trouble falling asleep. This number doubled with men who reported having difficulty staying asleep. What’s more, those who experienced sleep problems were also more likely to have later stages of prostate cancer.
Researchers of the study attribute this link to melatonin, a hormone known to regulate sleep. Higher levels of melatonin have been previously founded to suppress tumor growth, while levels of melatonin in those exposed to too much artificial light (a known cause of sleep deprivation) were found to have more aggressive tumor growth.
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