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14 Oct

Fighting Hunger Today!

Posted in Uncategorized on 14.10.14 by Merlyn

fhtWhen we think of hungry people, we tend to picture starving children in Third World countries with distended bellies and sticklike bodies. For most of us, it is hard to realize that right here in the United States nearly 32 million Americans go to bed hungry. Nearly 5.5 million of these are children under the age of 12.

Why, in a land that produces enough food to feed its people as well as people in many other countries, are we faced with the reality of hungry Americans?

The causes of hunger in today’s America are very different from those of a decade ago. While agricultural technology (the ability to plant, grow, and harvest stronger, more nourishing, and more abundant crops) has advanced, hunger persists because of poverty.

The ability to produce a sufficient food supply does not mean a nation will eliminate hunger, according to … Read the rest

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05 Oct

Is “Ice” Still An Issue?

Posted in Issues on 05.10.14 by Merlyn

iisaiTwenty years ago, it was “speed.” Today, there’s “ice.” What are they? What is the difference? Is “ice” safer, more dangerous, or just different?

Both are methamphetamines. First, let’s look at what the drug is, chemically. Methamphetamine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. It acts on the brain, causing feelings of alertness and well-being. These feelings are the “high,” the reason some start taking this type of drug and become addicted to it. In addition, methamphetamine can cause a physical dependence, which is why people continue to take it to prevent withdrawal from the drug.

The feelings from “ice” are very much the same as those from crack cocaine, another CNS stimulant. But how those feelings come about is different. When a nerve acts, chemicals, called neurotransmitters, are released from one nerve cell and move to the next cell. The neurotransmitters transfer the … Read the rest

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