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Drug Abuse

Drug abuse isn't just about street drugs. Besides marijuana, legal medicines are the most commonly abused drugs in the U.S. Over-the-counter and prescription drugs can help and heal us. But some can be addictive and dangerous if they’re used the wrong way.

Keep your family safe. Use this guide to help you spot some commonly misused medicines. Because drugs come in many forms, not all pills and tablets are shown. Drug pictures are not to scale.


These are sedatives like phenobarbital, pentobarbital (Nembutal), and secobarbital (Seconal). They help with anxiety, sleep problems, and some seizures. But if you take more than prescribed, you can get addicted. High doses can cause trouble breathing, especially if you use them when you drink alcohol. If you can’t function without barbiturates, get help. Going into withdrawal can be dangerous.


Alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) are two examples of benzodiazepines -- another type of sedative that can h…

7 Reasons Your Muscles Are Cramping

What’s a Cramp?

If you’ve ever had a “charley horse” -- that odd pain in your calf -- you’ve had a cramp. But they can happen anywhere in your body at any time, even when you’re asleep. No matter where you get them, what’s going on inside is the same: Your muscles suddenly tighten up when you don’t want them to. Several things can bring on cramps, but you can do some things to keep them from happening.

Possible Cause: Not Enough Water

When’s the last time you had a glass of water? Cramps may be your body’s way of telling you that you need some -- you’re dehydrated. Other signs include dizziness, headache, and constipation. So keep water with you and sip it throughout the day, especially if you’re outside in hot weather.

Possible Cause: High Temperatures

Your body loses fluids when you work or exercise in the heat, and that can make you more likely to cramp. This may be partly because your muscles need water, but it’s also because you sweat out important minerals called electrolytes -- so…

Inspirational Quote – August 19, 2017

“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”

Wouldn’t it be a pity if we allowed our fear of failure, or the discouragement of others, to prevent us embarking on a path to make our dreams come true? However, I do realize that we are all different and it may be great deal more difficult for some of us to summon up the courage, focus and determination to pursue what we want most in life than others blessed with more “get up and go” and belief in themselves. It would therefore take more courage, more focus and more determination for these people to achieve their dreams but wouldn’t the end result be doubly sweet?

The Three Sacred Tasks: A Climate Scientist & Father Reflects

Disconcerted by the dramatic changes underway in Earth's climate systems, Climate scientist and father Peter Kalmus set out on a quest to change his life and the world. A quest that led him ultimately to cut his climate impact to less than a tenth of the US average, while simultaneous increasing his sense of joy and fulfillment. What follows are two excerpts from his new book "Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution".

10 Best Workouts for People Over 50

You Need Exercise Now More Than Ever

Let's face it: A 50- or 60-year-old body isn't the same as a 20-year-old one. You won't be able to do the same things -- nor should you. But exercise is key to your independence and a good quality of life as you age. So what do you need to think about to be healthy without hurting yourself?

What Exercise Does

You lose muscle mass as you get older, and exercise can help you rebuild it. Muscles also burn more calories than fat, even at rest, which will offset your slowing metabolism. Exercise helps stop, delay, and sometimes improve serious illnesses like heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and osteoporosis. It can help your brain stay sharp and keep you from falling into a funk.

Types of Exercise

Young or old, everyone needs different kinds. Cardio or aerobic exercise gets your heart rate up and makes you breathe harder, which builds your endurance and burns calories. Strength or weight tr…

Feeling Bad About Feeling Bad Can Make You Feel Worse

According to a new study, people who accept their negative emotions have better psychological health.BY YASMIN ANWAR

Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to a new study out of UC Berkeley. “We found that people who habitually accept their negative emotions experience fewer negative emotions, which adds up to better psychological health,” said study senior author Iris Mauss, an associate professor of psychology at UC Berkeley. © Yasmin Anwar and Melani King The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, tested the link between emotional acceptance and psychological health in more than 1,300 adults in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area. The results suggest that people who commonly resist acknowledging their darkest emotions, or judge them harshly, can end up feeling more psychologically stressed. By contrast, those wh…

Inspirational Quote – August 18, 2017

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man without trials.”

I don’t know a great deal about the actual process of transforming a chunk of carbon into a diamond but I do know that it takes a great deal of friction and hard work to shape it into the precious gem it will become. The same applies to us. We are ultimately “molded” into who we become by the events, situations and people we experience as we go through life. Let’s hope that we all end up the precious stones we were meant to be!

Rosanne Cash on How Science Saved Her Life

I n a prelude to her reading of Adrienne Rich's poetic tribute to Marie Curie, Roseanne Cash discusses the insights she gained as she battled to find a cure to her debilitating headaches. She realized the source of her creativity 'comes from the same room as her deepest pain' and argued that we have to listen deeply to our inner truth: "Persist and verify... The power that we abdicate to others out of our insecurity to others who insult us with their faux-intuition or their authoritarian smugness that comes back to hurt us so deeply... But the power we wrest from our own certitude that saves us."

10 Ways to Stay Hydrated

Why You Need It

Water keeps your body working the way it should. Your organs, muscles, and joints all need it. It also helps your immune system fight off germs, it’s great for your skin, and it cools you down when you’re hot. Drinking water can help you lose weight and lower your chances of kidney stones, too. If it’s not part of your daily routine, you can do a few things to change that.

Eat Your Water

You can, and you probably do. Most people get about 20% of the water they need each day from food. It gets into your system more slowly that way and can come along with nutrients you need. Foods that have a lot of water include watermelon, cucumbers, zucchini, and tomatoes.

Have Some Soup

It’s mostly water, and there’s one for every taste. You can make broth from fish, chicken, beef bones, or vegetables. Add beans, greens, meats, grains, or veggies -- even pasta or eggs. If you’re under the weather, try some homemade chicken soup: You’ll get more H2O, and you might even shake your cold fast…