Twenty Fifteen

I've dedicated years to improving myself, Torn through book after book on shelf after shelf I long to live better and deftly unfetter Those who fall victim to the charlatan: Wealth I've split my mind open with hopes to imbibe The customs and culture of each present-day tribe So at the end of my travels I may not leave, but arrive And while the ocean is deep, I'm learning to dive I follow my passions wherever they lead In the eyes of my peers I was

Drab Sands of Time

Possession is a poisonous vine It shackles the body and clutters the mind For what do I ever possess that's mine? Career is a sham, a clever design For what would I rather glean from the grind: Glistening gold or the drab sands of time? But choice is a luxury finer than wine It isn't and industry, nor can it be shined Why laugh in new places when I can stay home and cry? I'll work all my life so I can buy and then die. *** Cael September 8, 201

Are Microwaves Safe?

The microwave has become a very popular kitchen appliance since its development in the mid-twentieth century.  But are microwaves safe?  The convenience the microwave offers seems to trump this concern, as it gains popularity among those who are super busy and don't have time to cook or heat food up in an oven or on a stove or similar appliance.  As American society continues to push toward a faster food culture influenced by the desire to both save time a

Resist or Maim

You can’t leave through the door From which you came It’s do or die Resist or maim But through the blood The tears, the pain The memories That bend and fade Bets and debts And dues all paid Your new foundation Freshly laid For a life that you Would never trade Full moon, new moon Wax and wane And afterwards You’re not the same But in your heart You try to tame That raging storm That wild flame *** Cael January 31, 2014

Optimism and Stress – LOTs of Positivity

In  my last article, I discussed how stress causes illness in otherwise healthy individuals.  With this in mind, I'm going to touch on optimism and stress and how an optimistic nature or disposition can enable individuals to cope with stress effectively, thereby directly decreasing their risk of illness.[1][2] Below are items from the Life Orientation Test (LOT), a test designed to assess individual differences in generalized optimism vs. pessimism.  Fo

Stress and Illness – Don’t Worry, Be Healthy

Stress.  For me, that word conjures images of 6th grade dances and 11th grade finals to the forefront of my mind.  And while stress manifests itself in various shapes and forms, this emotional stress is one to which most people can relate.  Sleeping through your alarm, getting pulled over, missing the bus, getting caught canoodling with a stranger in your friend's basement--all of these (likely) would induce an emotional stress response in an individua...

Vitamins and Minerals Part V: Skin and Bones

Skin and bones are supported greatly by the vitamin and minerals in this article.  You are what you eat, but you're also so much more than skin and bones! In the first four installments of this series, I covered B-complex Vitamins, Vitamin C and the Fatties, Electrolytes, and Trace Metals, respectively.  In this fifth and final(!) part of the vitamin and mineral series, I will be focusing on three important yet very different nutrients: biotin, phosphor

Dangers of Dehydration–Ubiquitous or Overblown?

When it comes to water intake, we are constantly (quite ironically) inundated by the health mainstream with the importance of water and the dangers of dehydration.  We are advised to drink at least 8 8-ounce glasses (1.89 L) of water a day (sometimes more) and that if our urine is even the least bit yellow we're, *gasp*, dehydrated!  While no one is really able to defend that statement for the prescription to drink that much water, your typical health nuts

Vitamins and Minerals Part IV: Major Trace Metals

In the first three installments of this series, I covered B-complex Vitamins, Vitamin C and the Fatties, and Electrolytes, respectively.  In part IV, I'm going to focus on three essential trace metals: copper, iron, and zinc.  Unlike certain nutrients, these trace minerals cannot be produced, or synthesized, in the body.  Although they are only needed in small quantities, they are needed throughout one's lifetime for the body to function properly.  Additio

Benefits of Bodyweight Workout Routines

Bodyweight workout routines don't seem to garner the respect they deserve these days.  As gyms keep popping up all over the place and new machines, gadgets, and gimmicks become increasingly ubiquitous, workout routines consisting of bodyweight work tend to take a backseat.  This is really a shame because there are a lot of benefits to be gleaned from bodyweight exercises. Let's look at some now.     1) Cost One of the best perks of