Monthly Archives: December 2009

Voting Question: A question about Rush Limbaugh and Barack Obama?

Why is it that news stories about Rush always have to include a line about Rush’s addiction to painkillers every time they mention him but news stories about Obama don’t include a line about his use and abuse of crack cocaine (which he admitted in his autobiography)?

I know that liberals out there will say that cocaine is not as bad as painkiller abuse, but the question isn’t about the merits of which drug a person chooses. Obama is a smoker and used crack, so I think every story about him should include this line, OR every story about Rush should stop using the other line.

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Resolved Question: HELP! HEALTH ONLINE!?

Choose the best answer for each question.

1. Which of the following helps to boost the function of the immune system by encouraging the formation of antibodies for protection?
hormones
vaccines
antibiotics
diuretics

2. Caffeine is naturally found in which of the following substances?
soda pop
fruit juices
medications
coffee

3. Caffeine addiction is caused by continuous ingestion of at least which of the following amounts?
20 milligrams per day
100 milligrams per day
200 milligrams per day
1,000 milligrams per day

4. What would be a good use of an analgesic?
reduce pain
replace the body’s needed thyroid chemicals
destroy bacterial infections in the throat
promote sleep

5. Which of the following may be a desirable effect of caffeine?
mental arousal
reduced stress and anxiety
increased fatigue
better digestive organ function

6. Which of the following should you NOT consult to find out the best and current information on drugs?
government websites
the local pharmacist who fills your prescriptions
the physician who is treating your symptoms and disease processes.
the good friend who believes only in alternative medicine.

7. Which fairly tasteless and odorless drug causes sleepiness, sedation, and the inability to remember events that occurred when one was under the influence of the drug?
methamphetamine
LSD
rohypnol
ether

8. Which of the following is not an effect of fetal alcohol syndrome?
heart defects
low birth weight and length
larger head size
mental retardation

9. Which of the following statements about FAS is not correct?
FAS is not preventable.
FAS is caused by mothers who drink alcohol while being pregnant.
Babies born with FAS often suffer heart defects or delayed growth.
Babies born with FAS often suffer from mental retardation and malformed faces.

10. Which of the following most commonly used drugs is involved in half of all car crashes?
heroin
marijuana
alcohol
cocaine

11. How is alcohol classified?
a depressant
a stimulant
an opiate
a narcotic

12. Which of the following is an example of proper drug or medication use?
taking more medication than prescribed
taking over-the-counter drugs for a cold
taking drugs at the wrong time of day
stopping a prescribed medication too soon

13. Which childhood disorder is most closely linked to environmental tobacco smoke?
emphysema
asthma
heart attacks
lung cancer

14. Which of the following is a result of smoking during pregnancy?
high infant birth weight
enlarged head size
decreased risk of infection
increased risk of miscarriage

15. What is the correct term that describes the use of inhalants as a drug in which the person’s body slows down and causes the person to lose control of their behavior and emotions?
injecting
snorting
huffing
licking

16. Which of the following terms describes what happens when a drug decreases the effect of another drug?
antagonistic reaction
synergistic reaction
intravenous reaction
hallucinogenic reaction

17. Which of the following is a common sign of drug abuse?
gettting good grades in school
developing friendships that encourage healthy behavior
good decision-making skills
unexplained changes in behavior

18. What is the name for stimulants that are made from everyday products and can keep a person awake for long periods of time, resulting in a lack of interest in usual activities, as well as a loss of appetite and a change in personality?
methamphetamines
cocaine
heroin
marijuana

19. Which of the following is NOT a good strategy for preventing drug use and abuse?
Form clear goals of what you would like to accomplish in the future.
Take time to study the side effects of drugs on the body.
Hang out with friends who are known to use drugs.
Learn refusal skills and the ability to say no when feeling pressured.

20. You are driving and notice the person ahead of you is weaving and swerving and straddling the lane marker. Such behavior indicates that the driver may be under the influence of which of the following drugs?
alcohol
analgesics
antibiotics
antiarrhythmics

21. Which of the following describes organic compounds that can help the body to function better to make energy, produce blood ce

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Relapse, Slips & Busts

Bill W. co-founders of AA
Bill W. a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous answers questions about alcoholism in a discussion in 1960.
Question; What about slips in general? You must have witnessed a lot of them.
Bill W.: The subject of slips is a very large one. It takes in a lot of territory.
Slips can often be charged to rebellion and some of us surely are more rebellious than others.
Slips can be charged to carelessness, to complacency. Many of us fail to ride out such periods sober.
Slips are due to the illusion that one can be “cured” of alcoholism. Things go fine for two or three years then the member is seen no more. He gets busy putting two cars in the garage and again returns to keeping up with the Joneses. That almost surely spells trouble.
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Relapse, Slips & Busts

Bill W. co-founders of AA
Bill W. a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous answers questions about alcoholism in a discussion in 1960.
Question; What about slips in general? You must have witnessed a lot of them.
Bill W.: The subject of slips is a very large one. It takes in a lot of territory.
Slips can often be charged to rebellion and some of us surely are more rebellious than others.
Slips can be charged to carelessness, to complacency. Many of us fail to ride out such periods sober.
Slips are due to the illusion that one can be “cured” of alcoholism. Things go fine for two or three years then the member is seen no more. He gets busy putting two cars in the garage and again returns to keeping up with the Joneses. That almost surely spells trouble.
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Caffeine Addiction

Symptoms, Withdrawal and Treatment
Coffee, tea, cola drinks, chocolate and many foods contain caffeine. A new range of drinks on the market is a variety of high content caffeine drinks such as Red Bull.
Caffeine, a stimulant, is the most widely consumed drug and is a stimulant. Caffeine has occasionally been considered a drug of abuse and has the potential for people to become addicted.
After studying two cases and a survey of the population the researchers concluded that caffeine abuse and addiction are potentially serious conditions.
They propose guidelines for manufacturers such as;

clearly indicate the caffeine content of products containing comparatively higher quantities of caffeine;
warn that such products should be avoided by infants and children wherever possible, and inform adul… Continue reading

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Resolved Question: How do I handle my crazy ex boyfriend who drives cross country to visit and tries to outdo my fiancee?

My ex, formerly known as “Evil McShneebles” has made a new appearance in my life. Thats right. After finding out, through facebook or some such, he discovered I was getting married. Talked to my parents. Discovered I lived in [City “X” 600 miles away from his home]. He wrote me long, ridiculous emails to which I responded curtly. He texted me numerous times, which I ignored. Then, I get a call on Xmas day. I def won’t answer it—its him. I get a text saying he is in City X to deliver gifts. I try and get my fiancee to step up, but he doesn’t. “The more, the merrier,” he says.

Than Evil McShneebles shows up bearing a trunk full of gifts for me, inside jokes from four years ago. I hate him. He stole so much from me, ruined many years of my life with his cocaine and alcohol addiction, and now I can’t shake him. Of course, the next day, my fiancee hops on a plane and ex is over, just as my car breaks down—and I’m getting ready for a cross-country trip to the 600 mile away home. Now he knows I am going back to our home city (600 miles away) and wants to caravan.

He wants me to be greatful that he can take me to all these places for car parts, help out, etc, and confesses that he hasn’t had sex in 4 years, not since we were last together (keep in mind, he is a late-twenties actor and model—not some fatass—-creepy, right? And all his newer exgirlfriends hated him for this—he chose to remain celibate) WTF??? So, of course, I say—“ha ha. Well, it must have been a vacation for you. From what I remember, you always preferred porn in our relationship. None of that nasty ‘real-life’ for ya”—-SEE?? I am NOT nice. Not encouraging. He even went through my trash only to discover one of his gifts, and I didn’t deny that I threw it out.

Help!! My fiancee just tells me to deal with it, or fly out and see him in his families city. Now I have to cancel plans to go home cuz I need to avoid Evil McShneebles! I can’t get rid of him. He is so manipulative, and now my fiancee thinks he is charming.

How do I handle this? How can I get my fiancee to step in? I know it is the ONLY thing which will help–Evil Mcshneebles never listens to me and apparently thinks that four years of ignoring him was equal to us having a “whirlpool relationship” and that “we are very special to eachother.”

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Voting Question: Does my brother have an addiction?

I’m 15 years old and my brother is 16. My brother smokes a lot of pot, cigarettes and he drinks. Just 3 weeks ago he came home from a friends house drunk and on drugs. he was so out of it that my dad told me to call the police. the police came and my brother was rushed to the ER. He is okay now but the nurses said he wouldnt be alive if we didnt call the police. He took Elavil pills (an anti-depressant medication) mixed with alcohol. Anyway, i have a suspsision that he is addicted to some hard core drugs. he always tells me he isn’t but i have a gut feeling that he is. just 20 minutes ago i went into his drawer (yes i snoop in his room) and i found a little baggy with a white powdery substance in it. It looks like he already used what was in the bag, but the white powder is still on the sides and edges of the bag. Now i know that he is probably using some hardcore drug, but does anyone have any idea what it could be? i smelled it and it has no smell at all. then i tasted a little of it and it has no taste at all either. (I heard cocaine has a bitter taste thats why i tasted it to see if it was cocaine). I’m extremely worried about my brother. i am going to tell my mom about this i just dont know how. No smell and no taste, what kind of drug could this be? Any ideas? It’s a white powder but when i looked really close at it, it almost looked like a very very light blue.
If you have some unintelligent to say, dont bother answering. I don’t need to be beat up, my question is if anyone has any ideas on what the drug could be.

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A Program of Action

A.A.’s 12-Steps – A Program of Action
A.A.’s Twelve Steps, which constitute its program of recovery, are in no way a statement of belief; they simply describe what the founding members did to get sober and stay sober.
They contain no new ideas: surrender, self-inventory, confession to someone outside ourselves, and some form of prayer and meditation are concepts found in spiritual movements throughout the world for thousands of years.
What the Steps do is frame these principles for the suffering alcoholic – sick, frightened, defiant, and grimly determined not to be told what to do or think or believe.
The Steps offer a detailed plan of action: admit that alcohol has you beaten, clean up your own life, admit your faults and do whatever it takes to change them, maintain a rel… Continue reading

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