A Healthy Dose of Politics

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Here’s one ticket on whose candidacy we can all agree: our personal health. Amidst a fairly sizable financial crisis, a heated presidential election, and a slew of social and economic troubles, it’s easy to forget—but hard to ignore—that our personal health needs our attention. According to this study explicated by the BBC, the annual cost of forest loss is between $2 trillion and $5 trillion. The study monetizes the disastrous effects deforestation has on the globe and its inhabitants: the less forests we have, the less clean air we can breathe, clean water we can drink, and the less carbon is kept out of the atmosphere. $5 trillion in health damage? Say it ain’t so!

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Relax, dear readers. Fortunately, we live in a world where we can effect change. We can elect wellness in 2008! How? Well, that’s the beauty of it; there are so many avenues—including the infamous financial issue that continues to hover over us all—through which we can foster healthy change. Making healthy choices, and understanding how to make them, is crucial to global wellness and vital information for your everyday life.

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Don't Sugarcoat It

According to these startling revelations from Men’s Health, the average American gobbles up 460 calories from sugar every day. That intake spikes our blood sugar and increases our risk for diabetes, which in turn increases personal risk for blindness, heart attack, and premature death. Perhaps, you say, we should rethink the sodas we drink, cookies we eat, and types of snacks in which we indulge. Well, cheap sugars like high fructose corn syrup pervade our supposedly-healthy yogurts and even our breads. What are we to do? How are we to proceed?

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