Month: September 2013

Performance Enhancing Sports Doping Drugs and Facts

We may never know whether Lance Armstrong is guilty of drug doping, but he’s probably the most famous athlete ever accused of using drugs to enhance athletic performance. Unless you’re an elite amateur or professional athlete, performance-enhancing drugs may be completely off your radar. But if you’re a parent with a child who’s a budding star, or have a family member who has visions of playing at the next level of competition, understanding how and why athletes take drugs may be important to you. What is Drug Doping? Basically, drug doping is the use of performance enhancing drugs and supplements to increase an athlete’s ability to perform better in a sport. While steroids are usually the first that come to mind, there are a wide variety of drugs that athletes use to make them bigger, stronger and faster. Steroids, human growth hormone, and many stimulants may be legal to buy, but some athletes also turn to illegal drugs such as cocaine and marijuana to give themselves an edge or create a relaxing environment. Heroin and morphine are sometimes used to combat pain. Although many of the legal drugs are not addictive, most of the illegal ones are addictive and add to the problems associated with drug use among athletes. Major League Baseball and the Olympics are the most vocal opponents to doping, but even the NFL and high school...

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Eating Healthy: A Guide to Nutritious Food

Life changes can sometimes be difficult. The unknown can make people nervous. Coming out of your comfort zone is usually a challenge to any individual. Often times taking small steps toward a larger goal is the best way to begin a journey in a new direction. An individual may have huge health challenges that they need to overcome, but beginning with something small, like their eating habits, could be the first baby step they need to help them get the ball rolling toward a brand new lifestyle. Below you will find a few tips that can dramatically help you improve your eating habits and take you a few steps closer to the new healthier you that you dream of becoming. Pick Whole Grains This is a very simple step that can really make a difference in your health. Picking whole grain bread and pasta products does not take a lot of planning or thought, you just simply choose whole grain over white processed grain. When you eat whole grains you are giving your body the fiber it needs to function properly. When your body does not have enough fiber your digestive system does not function properly and your body holds on to waste products that it should be shedding. Simply picking whole grain over white flour will help your digestion and whole grains keep you fuller longer than processed...

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Molly: The Dangerous New Girl on the Block?

“Molly,” a psychoactive drug, has hit the pop culture scene and made a name for itself. Contemporary artists like Kanye West and Miley Cyrus have recently glamorized Molly in their music. It has also been the subject of some current and tragic headlines. In September of this year, a multiday New York music event called the Electric Zoo Festival had to be cancelled when two young people fatally overdosed on the drug and four others became critically ill. This came after a similar tragedy at Boston’s House of Blues only a week earlier. Even on the west coast, at a Los Angeles music and dance festival known as the Electric Daisy Carnival, a 15-year-old girl died after a fatal overdose of Ecstasy, the pill form of Molly, in August of 2010. What is Molly? It is often referred to as a “club” drug because of its prevalence at raves, which are all night dance parties, at nightclubs and some music concerts. Additionally, the Drug Abuse Warning Network reports that the use of Molly is on the rise with emergency room visits related to complications from ingesting the drug doubling from 2004 to 2011. Short for molecular, Molly is the crystal or powder form of MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a chemical used to make the drug Ecstasy. It can be snorted or taken orally. By increasing the levels of serotonin, dopamine and...

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Why Chronic Marijuana Smokers Can’t Quit

What are the chances of a legalized drug, that claims to help you, is actually harming you? According to multiple studies, the chances are favorable. Marijuana use is often categorized into several types of uses: medical occasional chronic Within the past few years marijuana use had been approved to be used for medicinal purposes. However, many industries both small and large seized an opportunity to earn a substantial amount of money, for their own monetary gain. An occasional smoker doesn’t smoke marijuana on a regular basis. In fact, an occasional smoker might smoke a “joint” once or twice per month, alone or with friends. Smokers, who use marijuana for medical purposes, only smoke the recommended amount prescribed by their doctor. So “Why do some people enjoy smoking marijuana on a regular basis, and why is it difficult for chronic marijuana users to quit?” Excessive use of marijuana over a long period of time causes a dependency to the effects of the drug. The “high cloud nine” feeling, the ultimate rush of a lifetime and worry free attitude are only a few reasons why chronic marijuana users, can’t quit. For most smokers their adventures with marijuana or “Mary Jane” begin long before they were adults. For some the journey of smoking cannabis began when they were in middle school, and for others it began when they entered high school. However, some...

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