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Dr. Keith Ablow: Loneliness is now more deadly than obesity. And we still don’t we have a plan to reduce it

by on Aug.12, 2017, under 2017 Year

Speaking recently at the 125th annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, wisely focused on the toll that loneliness is taking on Americans. 

Dr. Holt-Lunstad presented findings culled from two massive 2010 analyses of data from hundreds of studies involving millions of individuals. Among the data: Social isolation, loneliness or living alone was each a significant factor contributing to premature death.  And each one of these factors was a more significant risk factor for dying than obesity.

Think about that: Loneliness now eclipses obesity as a cause of premature death in America. The AARP estimates that 42.6 million Americans over the age of 45 are suffering from loneliness, with nearly one quarter of the population living alone, marriage rates declining and the number of children per family dropping. 

And we don’t have any credible plan to reduce loneliness. In fact, all indications are that it will continue to rise.

-I” We’re increasingly a people who pose. And posing leaves the poser and his or her audience feeling empty–and alone. -”

No one knows precisely why loneliness is surging, threatening the lives of many millions of people, but it does seem that the burgeoning use of technology may have something to do with it.  Personally, I would contend that technology may be the chief factor fueling it.

Multiple studies have indicated that frequent Facebook users don’t feel more connected to others; they actually experience feelings of loneliness, decreased self-esteem and depression. 

I believe the same will prove true of Snapchat and Tinder.
Apps aren’t the only offenders. With email and texting replacing phone calls (and even phone voice messages), the ability to rapidly share written thoughts has disembodied our communications with one another, sucking the intonation and warmth out of much of our day-to-day communication. 

You can’t really say, “I miss you,” through text, in the same way you would say it by phone–sounding earnest, or, perhaps, even melancholy. You can’t say you love someone through text the same way you would say it–provided you really meant it–by phone (never mind, in person).

Emails lack the humanity of typed letters, let alone handwritten correspondence (which has all but disappeared from our interpersonal repertoire). 

When the daughter of a friend of mine received a postcard from her friend vacationing in Europe, I watched her exclaim, “She sent me a postcard!” Then, she grimaced slightly, squinting at the cursive writing. “Wait, I think it’s by a computer . . .”   She moistened the tip of her finger and ran it over the characters.  “Yeah,” she said, obviously a little dejected, “it doesn’t smudge.  She must have sent it to a bunch of people.  It looked so real.  Well, at least she didn’t just text.”

That young woman’s disappointment at the loss of some part of the potential human, feeling connection between her and her friend may not be catastrophic, but it is happening to millions upon millions of people trillions of times a day. And I believe these trillions of micro-doses of estrangement are exacting a human toll.
“LOL,” the omnipresent reply to a text or Snapchat communication, may mean someone is actually laughing, I suppose, but, more often, it probably means the person texting it is mildly amused. It may even be a complete lie, hiding a person’s actual disdain for what he or she has just received.

We’re increasingly a people who pose. And posing leaves the poser and his or her audience feeling empty–and alone.

Add to this the number of people opting for virtual reality–whether simulated games or simulated sex or simulated travel–and the gravitational pull of technology toward a solitary existence would seem evident.
Marshall McLuhan, the genius who authored the classic “Understanding Media,” wrote, “The medium is the message.” 

As an unintended side effect of using technology, with all its scale and convenience, we may well be communicating to one another–and to ourselves–that we don’t really value one another enough to visit, or write to one another by hand or call one another by phone. And the toll of this micro-dosing of estrangement–as incredible as it may sound–may well be early death for millions of us. 

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical A-Team. 

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Spirit of Vanity – White glamour model with 32S breasts who uses tanning injections to make her skin darker records bizarre video claiming it’s the first time she’s visited Los Angeles as a ‘black woman’

by on Aug.01, 2017, under 2017 Year, Spirit of Vanity

– Martina Big spent £50,000 on surgery to transform herself into an ‘exotic Barbie’
– She used tanning injections and a sun-bed to give herself ‘crispy brown’ skin
– The former air hostess has visited Los Angeles for first time as a ‘black woman’

A white glamour model who spent £50,000 on surgery in a bid to transform herself into an ‘exotic Barbie’ recorded a video claiming she is visiting Los Angeles for the first time as a ‘black woman’.

Former air hostess Martina Big, who claims she is 28 and a size 6, has boosted her breasts to a size 32S, and used tanning injections and her own powerful 50-tube sunbed to achieve her ‘dark, crispy brown’ complexion.

The German tanning addict, who claims her breasts are ‘Europe’s biggest’, adder her dream was to ‘get darker and darker and see what the limits are’.

Before the surgery and injections

After the surgery and the injections.

Extreme: The former air hostess wants to ‘get darker and darker and see what the limits are’

In a recently uncovered video, Martina is seen standing in front of the Hollywood sign in a leopard bikini top and shorts.
She said: ‘ The last time I visited this with blonde hair and white skin… And now I’m a black woman with African hair [sic].’

The video has been slammed by viewers. One wrote: ”I’m not pleased or supporting this mess.
‘I’m a black woman as you can see and I don’t think this is cool. It’s sad. It’s pitiful.

Before the ‘tanning’: Martina said last time she visited Los Angeles she was ‘white and blonde’

Bizarre: In the video the glamour model claims she is now a ‘black woman’ with ‘African hair’

Martina first began dabbling with surgery in 2012, when her boyfriend encouraged her to take up modelling.

She once aspired to look like Pamela Anderson or Katie Price but has since decided they’re ‘not curvy enough’.

Earlier this year Martina had three melanin boosting injections that have turned her a deep shade of mahogany.

Still fair-haired but with a noticeably smaller bust, Martina is pictured before she spent £50,000 on surgery to transform into her idols Barbie and Jessica Rabbit.

Martina first began dabbling with surgery in 2012 and has since spent thousands on her look

Martina first began dabbling with surgery in 2012 and has since spent thousands on her look

Martina with her boyfriend Michael, who has also had tanning injections himself, and encourages her extreme look

She recently visited Los Angeles plastic surgeons Paul Nassif and Terry Dubrow and asked them to give her enormous butt implants to ‘balance out’ her extreme figure.

Appearing on reality TV show Botched on E!, she said: ‘I have the biggest boobs in Europe but I need my butt to match my boobs.’

However she eventually conceded she needed a less ‘extreme’ procedure.

In the television appearance Martina was not sporting a darker skin colour. It is not known when the recently uncovered video was filmed.

New dream: Martina achieves her look with injections, sun-bed sessions and hours in the sun

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Satan’s Altar Call – Opioid addicts turn to pet medications to get high

by on Jul.09, 2017, under 2017 Year

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —
A disturbing new trend in the opioid crisis.

Veterinarians say that addicts are now stealing pain medication from their own pets, even reports of owners intentionally hurting their pets to get their hands on prescription.

“To think about an animal in pain because the owner is abusing it is the last thing we want to think about,” said Dr. Lisa Ciucci, veterinarian and owner of Gardens Animal Hospital in Palm Beach Gardens.

Addicts are so desperate for their next high, that as a last resort veterinarian Lisa Ciucci says they are now after their pet’s prescriptions too.

“People get blacklisted,” said Ciucci. “There are names that get bounced from vet to vet that says don’t work with this person, don’t prescribe them medication.”

A Kentucky woman was arrested in 2014 accused of purposely cutting her dog with a razor just to get the pup’s prescription for herself. Ciucci says she hasn’t seen an incident that severe yet herself, but at her clinic she says addicts do try to game the prescription refill system.

“They’re always quick in naming what pain medication they would like us to prescribe,” said Ciucci.

The most common requests include the pain-killer Tramadol, anxiety medication Xanax, and Valium, which treats muscle spasms, anxiety, even seizures. And, if simply asking fails, addicts sometimes flat out lie to get a prescription refilled.

“Usually it’s that the dog jumped on them and they spilled everywhere and they just can’t find them or pick them up — that seems to be the most common excuse,” said Ciucci.

To make sure she’s being told the truth, Ciucci says she always gives the pet a thorough physical exam. But if the symptoms don’t match what the owner’s saying, Ciucci has the difficult job of telling the addict no.

“Do they ever get upset with you?” we asked.

“O yeah, absolutely,” said Ciucci.

“What do they do?”

“They start blaming, throwing accusations, being rude because they want the response of, ‘okay, here’s your medication’. And so when you stand your ground and don’t give them the medication, you get an upset client.”


Ciucci says she’s never had any physical threats. But, in today’s wild world of pet prescriptions she finds herself walking a morality tightrope she’s never experienced before.

“We train, we live, our entire existence is to do the best for the animals…to have to think about, ‘do i have to deprive a patient of something they need in order for not having it be abused by the owner’ is a terrible thing,” said Ciucci.

The problem’s gotten so out of control that some veterinary schools now teach how to handle addicts that try to abuse their pet’s prescriptions.

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Protecting the Lambs: Aspiring teen model struck by train during photo shoot

by on Mar.18, 2017, under 2017 Year, African-American Community, Protecting the lambs, Revival In America

(CNN) — A Texas teenager who wanted to become a model was struck and killed by a train during a photo shoot.

Fredzania Thompson – or Zanie as she was known to family and friends – was a student at Blinn College, but she had a bigger dream.

“She wanted to model. She definitely had the talent, and the smile for it,” Earl Chatman, her fiance told KBTX.

According to authorities, Thompson was having photos taken with the train tracks as her backdrop. She began moving away from a train coming down the tracks when she was struck by another train coming in the opposite direction, on another set of tracks.

Police say they are investigating the incident, as is “common practice for our agency.”

Fredzania Thompson

“We do not speculate any foul play at this time,” Justin Leeth, the police chief of Navasota Police Department told CNN.

On Monday, family and friends of Thompson gathered to celebrate what would have been her 20th birthday.

“Zanie always wanted to make sure everyone was okay. This is paying our tribute to her,” Chatman said to KBTX.

A funeral for Thompson is planned for Saturday.

CNN attempted to reach out to Chatman for this story, but our request for comment was not returned.

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