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Has America turned into a lonely and depressing world? There is a growing observation that it has and has given birth to a new "hidden epidemic," loneliness..

This new kind of epidemic threatens over 40 percent (40%) of America's adult sector, who have voiced and reported that they feel lonely. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that about a third of America’s elderly, in ages ranging between 65 and 85, are living alone. However, a study conducted in 2018 revealed that even the youths are at risk of experiencing the negative effects of loneliness.

Loneliness can heighten stress levels, adversely affect mental and physical health, as well as impact longevity; all of which can drive people to binge eating, excessive drinking and/or drug abuse. That is, if they cannot find the one true remedy that they seek, having a genuine conversation with someone who really cares.

Mobile lifestyles are keeping friends and family farther apart. Despite being virtually connected any time of day, and regardless of the distance between people, reports have it that the number of Americans who have voiced feelings of loneliness has doubled since the 1980s.

Being Alone Together

Sociologist Sherry Turkle, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, describes this new kind of loneliness as being “alone together”

Holder of a Ph.D. in Sociology and Personality Psychology at Harvard University, Professor Turkle has conducted studies that revealed how electronic devices have actually created a distance between people, even as they live together. Virtual connections, cannot replace face-to-face contact, as it allows people to hide from others.

She says that being alone is not the only, or even the most common cause of loneliness. Loneliness can be experienced even when a person is surrounded by people. In most cases, people may be living together, but it is not the lack of relationships that is making them lonely. Professor Turkle explained that it is the lack of depth and meaning in relationships.

People gather in public places, in parks, malls, airports and shopping centers but the environment has become sterile; because more often than not, the people congregating in them are tethered to their mobile device. In many cases, even those who are together do not speak much to each other.
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American political scientist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, wrote in his famous but controversial novel “Bowling Alone” that

”loss of civic involvement is destroying communities even while people live in the middle of it….” “there has been a voluntary withdrawal from community that has left people disoriented and lonely.”

“Bowling Alone” was published in 2000, the dreaded Y2K that saw the beginnings of widespread virtual connections. Professor Putnam actually noted the declining social intercouse between Americans who used to enrich their social lives through civil engagement.

Advancements in technology did not help reverse Professor Putnam's observations, even if it allowed people to engage and interact remotely and virtually. Apparently, the speed and the ease by which people communicate made many less genuinely interested; getting lonelier in seeing proofs of how life seems to be just passing them by.

Based on the ASPS (American Society of Plastic Surgeons), nearly 18 million individuals in the United States went through operative and invasive cosmetic surgeries in 2018. We have seen a rise in cosmetic plastic surgery (plastic surgery Spokane WA) in the United States in the last five years. This means that more and more people have accepted plastic surgery and understand the benefits and side effects of such procedures.

While more people are slowly accepting these cosmetic procedures, there are still others who think otherwise about these types of surgery. And before we raise eyebrows on those who have already undergone these procedures, it is important to understand the difference between cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery.

Cosmetic surgery is targeted on physical enhancement, while plastic surgery rebuilds parts of the body that continue to be damaged by certain diseases and other circumstances like burns and trauma. Thus, based on the differentiation of both terms, we see that undergoing such treatment is not really bad. After all, we all want to be physically presentable to boost our self-esteem.

Media Influenced The Acceptance of Plastic Surgery Today

With the onset of the internet, more and more people have a better understanding of cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures. There are lesser eyebrows raised and there is more social acceptance of people who went through the surgery. Those who follow the media thought that cosmetic surgery helped bring many advantages, while religious people were more apt to see plastic surgery as something in contrast with their values.

Top five cosmetic surgical treatments 2018

Reports have shown the top five cosmetic procedure in the year were as follows:

  • Breast augmentation
  • Liposuction
  • Nose reshaping
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Tummy tuck

Minimally invasive procedures have increased in the same year. The top three most favored procedures include Botox, soft tissue fillers, and chemical peeling. The top five also shows that these procedures are focused more on the body.

Bottom Line

With the increasing acceptance of cosmetic surgery, we can expect more people to consider these procedures not only for medical purposes but also for aesthetic purposes. Thus, the numbers are expected to go higher this year.

Many people like to swim regardless of the age group you belong to or your status in the community. The swimming pool had been said to be the best place to spend a weekend with the family or friends. With a swimming pool available to the community, it can provide many benefits for everyone. Medical professionals have proven that the benefits of swimming are undeniable.

This type of sports or exercise is actually superior to other sports as stated by many professionals in the sports and even in the medical field. Start giving swimming lessons for kids to allow them to take advantage of the benefits of swimming.

Benefits Of Swimming

Swimming Benefits Everyone Both Children And Adults

Swimming can be done by everyone, both children and adults. Interestingly, individuals with unique needs can certainly do it too. Physiologist says that the benefits of swimming extend also to people who suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, rheumatism and even those with weight problems. So regardless of age, gender, and physical capabilities.

When your body is submerged in the pool with water waist-high, your body bears only 50% of your overall weight. With water at your chest level, you only support 25-35% of your weight. Hence as water goes higher, the lesser weight you support.

This is due to the buoyancy of the water while swimming. So everyone can feel the benefits of swimming. Even if you have muscle or bone problems, you have fewer worries because buoyancy can relieve pain while improving your health.

Tones up muscles in all parts of the body

Swimming can move the entire body. While it stimulates the entire body, it is the best and most fun exercise. Swimming is not just refreshing, it also helps make the body become active. Movements while swimming helps train and improve muscle strength.

Risk of injury is smaller

When compared with various other low-impact sports activities, swimming has got the tiniest possibility of injuries. This too is due to the buoyancy of water. However it can be different among pro swimming athletes, the chance of injuries could be higher. Swimming sports athletes are exposed to the risk of knee and shoulder injuries as a result of recurring hand and foot motions.

Recently, the name Sackler affixed to a major wing of The Louvre museum in Paris, has been taken down. According to officials at The Louvre, it was because the said name belonging to the art philanthropist family that funded the refurbishment of the rooms in that section, has reached the end of a 20-year legal term for its use as the name of the rooms.

The action taken by The Louvre would have been regarded as a standard practice, except the name was taken down only after a protest was held by Nan Goldin, an American art photographer and activist. Apparently the name of the donors belonged to Mortimer and Theresa Sackler, owners of Purdue Pharma, the pharmaceutical company that amassed a fortune out of the production and sale of the highly addictive painkiller known as OxyContin.

A day before The Louvre removed the Sackler name, Nan Goldin and activist members of the Paris-based campaign group called PAIN or Prescription Addiction Intervention Now, had waded into the fountains of The Louvre; whilst carrying red banners written with “Take down the Sackler name” as their protest message. .

At the time the protest was held on 1 July, The Louvre still had on display the Sackler name on its website and on the museum walls of 12 rooms containing eastern antiquities, and key pieces of The Louvre's Persian collection.

Although Goldin and the PAIN group acknowledged that donations are important to the functioning of museums, they assert that such donations must also be ethical. The American art activist explained by saying,

“Museums are for the public and the artists; they do not belong to donors. These are supposed to be places where people can receive a higher form of education experienced through art, and not a place where they come into contact with dirty money.”

Satisfied that The Louvre took action by taking down the Sackler name, Goldin expressed satisfaction by saying direct action works. What is important is that the name has been scrubbed out of institutions and museums. She pointed out that The Louvre being the most visited museum in the world, should have been the first to remove the name from its walls.

When asked by the press if the museum removed the Sackler name in reaction to the protests held by Goldin and the PAIN activists, museum officials did not make any further comment.

What’s Wrong with the Sackler Name and The Family’s Pharma Business?

Not many are aware that the family gained most of its wealth from the blockbuster prescription painkiller, which their Purdue Pharma branded as OxyContin. The pill, which was first launched in1996 is said to be stronger than morphine and has been pinpointed as the cause of the current opioid crisis.

Termed crisis because the OxyContin drug is said to be causing the deaths of more than 100 people everyday in America, and has turned millions into drug addicts. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is costing the US government an estimated $78 billion plus a year.

People at the Purdue Pharma company, had previously admitted in a 2007 criminal lawsuit that they had misbranded the painkiller. Thereafter a wave of lawsuits have been filed in courts, assailing the deception involved in covering up the unsafe use of OxyContin,

Still many, have noted that none of the Sackler family members have been named in the lawsuits. Presumably, the family’s philanthropic role in the field of art and education in major institutions like The Louvre and several others, has helped keep the family name out of courts. Rob Reich, professor of ethics at Stanford University, calls such philanthropic acts as “reputation laundering”