Showing posts from August 28, 2016

Why Do American Soldiers Miss War?

By   Jenara Nerenberg According to author   Sebastian Junger , facing social isolation back at home deepens the trauma. Sebastian Junger is a former war reporter, the author of several best-selling books, and co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo . His latest book,   Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging , explores the loneliness and alienation of modern society and the haunting question of why soldiers miss war upon their return home. The book flips the script on PTSD, arguing that the isolation faced when returning home aggravates the trauma of combat, which raises the question of how to foster a sense of community and belonging separate from disaster or war. We talked with Junger about the causes and potential of communalism. Sebastian Junger Jenara Nerenberg: What avenues do you see that can help cultivate a sense of community and belonging to minimize loneliness and alienation in our society? Sebastian Junger:   I think if we actively espouse an etho

Martin Levya: Don't Ever Give Up

Martin Leyva did time for robbery but knew when he walked out of Chino State Prison he would never come back. He would transform his life. In a remarkable story, a blend of perseverance and the world opening up to show him his path, Leyva used his troubled past to become a beacon of hope for others in similar situations. He says, "The whole process [working with youth] feeds my fire for social justice because these youth are so important to our future -- to everyone's future. And youth are vulnerable. We adults have so much power over them-- to make them or break them-- and because so many people and institutions are threatened by them they use their power to break them. So when the youth get to a program like AHA! where they feel safe, where the adults are really committed to supporting and uplifting and empowering them, it changes the game. It changes how the youth see themselves --as inherently worthwhile people. Seeing them recognize their potential -- even just gettin

16 Tips for Pain-Free Joints

Stay in Motion It's the golden rule of joint health: The more you move, the less stiffness you'll have. Whether you're reading, working, or watching TV, change positions often. Take breaks from your desk or your chair and get active. Safety First Padding is your pal. So suit up when you do things like in-line skating or play contact sports. If your joints already ache, it might help to wear braces when you do activities like tennis or golf. Lean In to Your Weight Your size affects some of the strain on your hips, knees, and back. Even a little weight loss can help. Every pound you lose takes 4 pounds of pressure off the knees. Ask your doctor what's the best way for you to get started. Don't Stretch Before Exercise Flexibility helps you move better. Try to stretch daily or at least three times a week. But don't do it when your muscles are cold. Do a light warm-up first, like walking for 10 minutes, to loosen up the joints, ligamen

Diabetes Warning Signs

What Is It? When you have this disease, your body does a poor job turning the carbohydrates in food into energy. This causes sugar to build up in your blood. Over time it raises your risk for heart disease, blindness, nerve and organ damage, and other serious conditions. It strikes people of all ages, and early symptoms are mild. About 1 out of 3 people with type 2 diabetes don't know they have it. What Will You Notice First? People with type 2 diabetes often have no symptoms. When they do appear, one of the first may be being thirsty a lot. Others include dry mouth, bigger appetite, peeing a lot -- sometimes as often as every hour -- and unusual weight loss or gain. Later Symptoms As your blood sugar levels get higher, you may have other problems like headaches, blurred vision, and fatigue. Signs of Serious Problems In many cases, type 2 diabetes isn't discovered until it takes a serious toll on your health. Some red flags include: o Cuts or