While we are making so many changes to health care, it is important that people do not fall through the cracks. What about a family of 4 with income in the mid-30′s — how much can they really afford to pay out of pocket for health care? What other needs/wants will be sacrificed to pay for health care? http://www.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/content/20140129-2000-in-danger-of-losing-health-care-coverage-because-of-rite-care-cutbacks.ece
Providence Student Union demonstrates against high-stakes testing by dressing up as guinea pigs and lab rats.
Interesting take on how hospice can inform a stronger spirituality and dedication to mindful living.
Originally posted on soulshinemoments:
My hospice internship has been good for me in a lot of intrinsic ways. Because I have had to confront my own death and dying beliefs and fears through helping others, I have sought my spirituality in much deeper ways than I have in the past. No better way to celebrate and appreciate life than to be reminded how temporary it is! I also feel and think about God in a much more real way than I have in years. I feel that He is omnipresent. I feel that life is valuable and meaningful more than my pre-hospice days.
Another thing I have learned about hospice is the amazingly beautiful mind-body connection which gets easily over-looked in our society. Many patients actually improve with hospice care because they get that extra attention and TLC and human touch that perhaps their life was lacking. I believe this attests to the fact that there is something deep within all of us, a human spirit, that must be tended to not only while in hospice, but always and in general.
While the fam was sick this weekend, I decided I was going to take it easy myself, too. I saw some really good documentaries via Netflix. One was called: Serving Life. It was about prison inmates who volunteered to service other prison inmates who were in hospice care. To see the humanity throughout that documentary was incredible.
Wish we had enough wind energy in the US to influence electricity prices…
Originally posted on GES-Blog:
Electricity prices in Europe dipped in December as mild temperatures, strong winds and stormy weather produced wind power records in Germany, France and the U.K.
According to Platts, a global energy information provider, energy prices across Continental Europe fell by 0.4 per cent in December 2013 compared to November 2013, when calmer winds and colder temperatures supressed wind power and boosted electricity prices.
The price decline was even more marked in Germany, where the average baseload price in December fell 10 per cent month over month.
Originally posted on Global Risk Insights:
With benefits for the long-term unemployed ending at the beginning of 2014, forecasters are downgrading US growth projections.
For 1.3 million long-term unemployed workers in the US, 2014 starts with a shock. Federal jobless benefits for those who have been out of work for more than twenty-six weeks, which have been in effect since 2008, are set to expire. Renewing the program – which pays an average of $300 per week to Americans, who have been unable to find work for more than six months in a depressed job market – was a Democratic priority in the recent budget negotiations, but was eventually left out due to a Republican demand.
Jobless benefits became a proxy for the debate over the size of the federal government, and in the process the program’s impact on economic recovery was lost. The expiration of the program is forecasted to be a drag on an otherwise optimistic outlook for consumer spending and GDP growth in 2014.
Nice review on healthy antibiotic foods and herbs…
Originally posted on Complete Health Circle:
An article by Christina Sarich of the Natural Society.
The overuse of antibiotics has become a modern-day epidemic. These drugs have depleted our natural immunity by killing the good bacteria in our guts and also creating super-bugs that have become resistant to almost any form of prescribed drug around. Instead of making yourself weaker, and depleting your body’s natural ability to cure itself from any number of ailments, try utilizing natural foods and herbs to ditch the Big Pharma meds for good.
Here are 8+ foods which harness natural antibiotic properties.
Angus Davis feels better, so I guess everything is right and good in the fiefdom of downtown Providence. Lame duck Governor Chafee is not feeling like having a big fight, so Angus will get his way. As the new corporate zoning Czar for the city, I wonder if Mr. Davis would consider helping to rehabilitate the poor and downtrodden, rather than just exiling them from his high tech encampment.