To Write Love on Her Arms Announces Shares World Suicide Prevention Day Video #WorthLivingFor #WSPD20 @TWLOHA

The mental health non-profit To Write Love on Her Arms has shared an inspiring new video as part of its “ Worth Living For Campaign” to honor World Suicide Prevention Day (September 10) and National Suicide Prevention Week (September 6 – September 12). The video features appearances from US Women’s National Team star Ashlyn Harris, artist Morgan Harper Nichols, actor Chris Sullivan (This Is Us), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Dustin Kensrue (Thrice), Mark Vollelunga (Nothing More), surfer Caroline Marks, producer Moore KismetLevi The Poet, and more. To watch the video, please visit: youtu.be/cXSLMF3GdYE.
 
On the video, TWLOHA founder Jamie Tworkowski shares: “This video is a collection of faces and voices from around the world, friends of the organization and folks we’re yet to meet, all sharing what they’re living for. We hope it inspires others to consider and share their reasons to stay alive. Ultimately, that’s the goal-inspiring people to fight for healing and recovery. We believe there’s so much worth living for.
 
Additionally, TWLOHA will be simulcasting on   Twitch,  Youtube, and Facebook today at 2pm ET to revisit highlights from the “Worth Living For” campaign and share points of continued engagement. Beginning at 3pm, viewers can also tune in to Instagram as Tworkowski is joined by Twinnie, Selema Masekela, Hunter Hayes, Tonya Ingram, and Jon Foreman for a series of conversations.
 
This year marks TWLOHA’s 9th annual campaign to honor WSPD and NSPW.The campaign statement was inspired by words written and performed by artist Levi The Poet. When asked what the statement represents and what the organization hopes to achieve through the global campaign, Co-Executive Director Lindsay Kolsch shared:
 
This year has been hard for so many people – disruption and disconnection, uncertainty and changes – have become a part of our everyday lives. We know that people need other people and that connection is important not to us just as humans, but to our mental health as well. We want this year’s campaign to focus on the things that bring us hope, the things that are worth living for – collectively and personally. We believe that having this conversation and connecting those struggling to  mental health resources can be life-saving.
 
People can participate by purchasing the organization’s World Suicide Prevention Day pack, joining the conversation online using #WorthLivingFor and #WSPD20, and tagging @TWLOHA, and by donating to the campaign. TWLOHA will directly invest every dollar from the campaign into sponsoring 3,500 counseling sessions and supporting 45,000 searches for free or affordable mental health care using their FIND HELP Tool.
 
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. Since its start in 2006, TWLOHA has donated over $2.6 million directly into treatment and recovery and answered over 210,000 emails from over 100 countries.
 
To get involved, go to www.worthlivingfor.com.
 
For more information on To Write Love on Her Arms, please visit: www.twloha.com.
 
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3 Great Topical Cannabis Products for Pain Relief

Topicals have become the next big trend in cannabis products, and it’s not surprising when you consider all the benefits that absorption through the skin can bring when you’re using cannabinoids for health and wellness, rather than recreation and relaxation. Topical applications require a much, much higher dose before they enter the bloodstream, so even when THC is part of the equation, they typically don’t intoxicate. Much of the time, they’re not even detectable in consumption tests. CBD topicals are also in high demand, because the direct application to the site where it’s needed provides better relief at low doses, making the formulas that use them far more effective for local pain and stiffness than an oral dose of the same amount of CBD in most cases.

Many chronic pain patients swear by topicals and use them in addition to oral doses for complementary relief on bad days. Because they don’t contribute to the effects of oral doses because the CBD doesn’t penetrate to the bloodstream, it typically does not change the expected side effects patients are used to. This makes it easy to stay on routine while enjoying extra pain coverage. Whether you’re treating acute pain and stiffness due to a pull or muscle overuse or you’re treating something long-term that regularly stresses your muscles and joints, there are a few really effective ways to get that topical cannabinoid dose you’re looking for.

1. Bath Products

Bath bombs, shampoos, and other products designed for your bathing time are a good way to get relief when you have time to really let it soak in. Especially in the cases of bath bombs and oils, which allow you to sit and soak and slowly absorb the medicine into your pores, providing all-over relief without intoxicating side effects. This is great for general soreness and fatigue, but the distributed dose is not always what people are looking for when there’s a single specific site of joint or muscle pain. That’s okay, though. Finding the place for this product means having better general support for fatigue, so your treatments for acute aches and pains are more effective.

2. Creams and Lotions

For direct applications with a higher dose, CBD sports cream and pain relieving balms are the best way to go. They’re designed to be worked into the skin like a traditional cooling menthol balm, so they’re a little thicker than a standard lotion. You can calibrate the amount you apply to the day’s aches and pains, targeting the exact site of muscle strain or long-term pain that’s become aggravated. Like the bath bombs, even these higher doses of CBD typically don’t penetrate to the bloodstream, so those who experience slight sedative effects from oral doses or smoking typically do not experience them from these creams.

3. Time Release CBD and THC Pain Patches

Last but not least, those needing both the higher dose to a direct area and the benefit of long-lasting exposure your skin can absorb over time will find it in pain patches, which are available from select manufacturers in various cannabis-friendly states and recreational markets. CBD patches are more widely available because of fewer restrictions on their status, and they’re very effective on their own or when paired with other treatments like oral analgesics. Topically, CBD use is as safe as any other over the counter and just as low in side effects. Like with any new products, though, you do need to make sure you’re not allergic to anything in the formulation, because while CBD is benign topically, different manufacturers use a variety of other herbal supplements in their custom pain relief blends.

Fast Daily Relief Without Intoxication

CBD is generally preferred for pain control during working hours by cannabis patients because it doesn’t intoxicate. At most, it’s described as having a mild sedative effect at high doses, causing light drowsiness. That can still be an issue for some users, though, and providing direct topical relief means dodging those oral side effects whenever you don’t want to deal with them. It also means being able to safely add to your dose without changing the side effects, so topicals provide additional relief when an oral dose alone isn’t enough but you don’t want to double down either.

Foods and Diets That Keep NFL Stars in Supreme Shape

NFL players come in all shapes and sizes depending on the position on the field that they specialize in, but one thing rings true for each of them, no matter the role they carry out on a roster: their diet must be on point.

If nutrition is neglected, then that can lead to training being a waste of time. With this in mind, coaches have added nutritionists to their staff, ensuring that each player is being fed and watered in the correct manner.

Here are some of the diets and foods that pro football players swear by, some of which may take you by surprise, and others that you could even incorporate into your own healthy lifestyle.
The Big Men Need Huge Calorie Intakes

For those men who operate in the defensive line, bulk is important when you are trying not to be pushed and shunted out of the way in a high-octane NFL game. To maintain their physical presence, they are required to take onboard plenty of calories, but the right kinds that will not hurt their heart or make them sluggish.

This means a whole range of protein rich foods such as lean chicken breasts, fish and wholegrain pasta. Meanwhile, many players are switching out pasta or rice to make room for quinoa, which gives a clean carb boost as well as being high in protein.

Diet Regimens That Seem to Work

Some fans are so particular about the diets that their favorite stars are consuming that some will even factor it into whether they will perform well at the weekend, adjudging that juicy burger they saw a QB eat on Instagram 24 hours before game time as a sure sign that their opposition’s NFL odds might be worth a perusal.

While this means of predicting how games will pan out may or may not pay dividends, there are some diet fads which seem to have legs in the world of the NFL, with top players apportioning much of their success or longevity to them.

One of these is veganism, with stars like Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick having long ago rejected the prospect of ingesting animal products of any kind.

A halfway house, that a larger proportion of the league’s players appear to abide by, is a dairy free diet, with lactose-rich products such as milk and cheese only acting to slow players down.
Increasing numbers of pro athletes are becoming vegan

Snacking is Okay if It Is Healthy

Snacking between meals is often cited as one of the main reasons for people gaining excess weight, but often it is the choice of snack that people make rather than the actual snack itself that creates problems.

With NFL players needing a little energy boost now and again on the touchlines, they tend to turn to snacks like fruits, nuts and even a spot of hummus with vegetable or salad dips.

Staying Hydrated as Important as Staying Fed

Of course, food is only half the story when you are talking about a player’s nutrition, with their liquid intake every bit as important as the foods they gorge on.

While the advertising slogans of sports drink companies adorn the frontages of arenas and even the cups that players drink from, they increasingly are not the beverages of choice for top athletes.

One drink that is becoming increasingly consumed by elite players is coconut water, revered for being highly thirst-quenching but also rich in legal performance enhancing vitamins and minerals.

Staying Consistent Is Key

Everyone has had that excruciating moment where you realize a food or drink has not agreed with their digestive system.

This can be a major problem for a top athlete, with whole months of preparation for a big showcase event potentially being scuppered if they step out of line with their diet just before game time.

To prevent this happening, players ensure that they keep their diet healthy but consistent, so that there are no upset tummies before the first whistle blows. If you find yourself training for a marathon or other organized sporting event, you would be well advised to do the same.

Six interesting facts about the history of hemp that you may not have known.

While most of us have a very contemporary and modern view about cannabis, its actual origins date back to centuries ago. In the days of yore, marijuana was not only used for recreational purposes but for medicinal, spiritual, and even religious purposes. The history of marijuana/cannabis and the importance that it had in the lives of people, all over the world, is undeniable.   

But due to the lack of such knowledge and the absence of a comprehensive view of cannabis history, there continues to be a lot of stigma about it, despite legalization and normalization. 

So we’ve compiled a list of six interesting historical facts about marijuana, which will leave you surprised and give you a new perspective about this famous plant. 

Hemp: A part of life – 

During the 16th century, the cultivation of hemp was a commonplace activity. Hemp was used for making clothing, rope, and several other kinds of products. It was so important that the government ordered all the farmers in Jamestown, Virginia to grow hemp in their fields. Similar laws were enacted in Massachusetts, Connecticut as well as the Chesapeake colonies. It just goes to show how important marijuana and its corollary products were for the economy of that time. 

An Arabian Nights plot device – 

Believe it or not, it’s true. The Arabian Nights are a collection of fables that were told by the princess Scheherazade, to her spouse, the king of Persia, as a way to distract and prevent him from killing her. In these stories, the presence of marijuana is in the form of “bhang” which was used to intoxicate character in certain scenes. The prevalence of marijuana in her tales wasn’t out of place though, as it was frequently used by Persians, both peasants, and royalty, during that time.

Understanding the etymology – 

Despite being a widely used term to describe the substance, no one knows from where the word “marijuana” comes. Some speculate that it is derivative of the phrase “ma ren hua” which means hemp flowers in the Chinese language. However, the history behind the word “pot” is clear – it is a shortened version of the word “potiguaya”, an intoxicating drink made using the flowering buds of the cannabis plant.  

The invention of the Bong – 

The history of bongs is also foggy and unclear, as its presence can be seen in several cultures. Some speculate that it was devised by Asians, namely by the Chinese, as Chinese paintings and art often portray the use of water pipes. The word “bong” is also said to originate from the Thai term “baung” which described a bamboo pipe used for smoking. But devices similar to bongs can be traced back to Africa as well, where the inhabitants used objects called “earth pipes”.

Movies and marijuana – 

One of, if not the principal reason behind the negative sentiments that people have towards weed could be the movie “Reefer Madness.” Released in 1936, it portrayed marijuana as the cause of accidents, rape, murder, and almost every bad thing in the universe. Several people believe that this movie is perhaps a major contributing factor to the bad reputation that marijuana racked up. The plain ridiculousness of the film has now made it an inside joke amongst marijuana and cannabis advocates. 

Ancient medicine – 

The use of marijuana as medicine has been around for centuries, and not a new concept at all. It was a “fundamental” herb in Chinese medicine and was used for several purposes. Hemp flowers were used to cure menstrual issues, whereas the seeds were used as laxatives, diuretics, and more. Its oils and tincture were used to control shedding in women and mens hair, and cure sulfur poisoning as well 

 

Coral UV 3-in-1 Sanitizer

With recent attention paid to UV-C sanitizers for at home disinfection, we want to introduce you to the Coral UV 3-in-1 Sanitizer: a compact, UV-C sanitizer that provides an easy and chemical free solution for sanitizing everyday items. Our most used items collect the most germs but are the hardest to clean (keys, cell phones, TV remotes). The UV 3-in-1 sanitizer is an effective solution for limiting germs around yourself and your home.

UV light sanitizer

Coral UV uses a high energy, artificial UV-C ray that breaks down the DNA of bacteria and germs and disrupts their ability to reproduce. Compared to other forms of disinfection, the Coral UV 3-in-1 doesn’t damage materials over time like steam sanitizers, can sanitize items in as little as 10 minutes, and requires minimal maintenance.

With an influx of UV-C sanitizers hitting the market, there are a few key functions that distinguish Coral UV from other brands:

  • Accreditation & 3rd Party Testing – Coral UV can back up their claims of 99.9% UV-C sanitation with successful tests from accredited institutions.

  • Minimal design – No one has room in their home for a UV-C sanitizer as large as a mini fridge. Coral UV is a top-open, compact sanitizer that naturally fits in with the rest of your kitchen, nursery, or living room. This helps to maintain consistent use.

  • Stainless Steel Chamber – Reflective stainless steel ensures the sanitizing UV-C light reaches every corner inside the device.

  • Drying function – A built in drying function is convenient for items you might rinse off beforehand, such as pacifiers and water bottles. Coral UV is one of the only sanitizers that has this option.

  • Replaceable parts – Over a long period of time, UV-C lamps can lose some of their strength. Coral UV has replaceable bulbs included and for purchase on their website so you don’t have to eventually replace the entire unit.

The Coral UV 3-in-1 sanitizer will be stocked for purchase at coraluv.com and on Amazon.

Here is a video of myself and my young son learning how to use it. It’s pretty easy, we think you will love it- especially now, with the urgent need to be as clean as possible.

Attorney General Sessions Still Hesitant on Cannabis Reform

U.S. Attorney General and former Alabama senator Jeff Sessions has been a thorn in cannabis activists’ side for decades. The ostracised member of the Trump Administration has been strongly against cannabis legalization and research for years, but now seems to be viewing the topic with a more open mind.

When speaking to a Senate panel in late April, Sessions admitted that there may be a justification for more cannabis research, saying that it was “perfectly appropriate to study” the herb. Sessions even now says that medical marijuana may have “some benefits.”

Unfortunately, the encouraging murmurs that Sessions made to the Senate panel about CBD drinks were balanced out by a rejection of existing research into the herb and inaccuracies when discussing America’s treaty obligations – the US is signed up to the UN’s 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances. Sessions is also reluctant to believe that Plain Jane CBD could have medical purposes, unsurprising after the decades he has put into opposing it.

An example of this was given in Sessions’ refusal to give credibility to studies showing that states with working medical cannabis programs have lower opioid overdose rates than those which don’t. The idea that cannabis could hold the key to ending, or at least controlling the opioid crisis was raised to Sessions by Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii.

The Attorney General said that while he has instructed staff to assess this research, he threw in the caveat that he doesn’t think any reduction in opioid overdoses will be sustained. Sessions used the American Medical Association’s (AMA) opposition to marijuana as the foundation of his argument.

But it seems that the AMA is more open to medical cannabis than it once was, releasing a study in April which shows that pharmaceutical drug use has declined in legalized states. The study concluded, therefore, that medical cannabis legislation is linked to a reduction in opioid prescriptions among the “Medicare Part D” group. States where dispensaries are allowed experienced an even greater fall in prescription drug use, with morphine and hydrocodone prescriptions declining the most.

It is now AMA policy to support cannabis research. The policy states that cannabis is antispasmodic, can enhance appetite and reduce pain sensation. All three of these properties are thanks to the effects of cannabinoids in the endocannabinoid system (ECS).

CBD crystals activists and lawmakers did take something from Sessions’ comments though. Those who would simply like to see an increase in American cannabis research have grown frustrated at the unnecessary obstacles stopping these studies from taking place. These have stopped marijuana reform from progressing at the rate it could have and creates a vicious circle. Lawmakers say that they want to see more confirmation of cannabis’ medical potential before supporting it, yet without the studies, reaching that level of proof is difficult.

Why is it beneficial to write your thoughts, anonymously?

When hiding behind any device, people think that no one can find them or catch their identity. Though it is not so true. In the changing time, people do concern about their privacy while making any transactions online. People also concern about what if someone tracks the record of their applications. When you’re using any social media or other platforms to share your data, it is not possible to get 100% privacy even by hiding your profile from public to private. It is because all your history from your browser is connected with an IP address. Often, people assume that the IP address is just their residential address.

For knowing all about IP address, one must know that it is a number that connects to the internet and all the things you do over the web gets stored in it. If you want to ensure 100% anonymity on the web, it is a must that you switch to an anonymous IP address first. You can use a VPN service for this purpose. If you are lacking any single thing about being anonymous, it can lead to a hacker learning your real identity.

Ever thought of releasing an anonymous blog post? Do you think whether writing an anonymous blog can constitute to some benefits? Or whether it is not any useful thing to use anonymity for posting online content? Often, people confuse anonymity with the sole benefit of hiding your identity from the web. Though, it holds a long list of benefits for people to post contents online without the fear of anyone posting negative comments on your post or other fear. When you get the power to write freely on any controversial subject, you talk about reality. And how can you get this power? Often, anonymous blogging allows writers to come up with clear thoughts on any topic. 

Benefits of anonymity to share your thoughts

Are you searching for the benefits which are associated with anonymous blogging? Online anonymity does come with a bunch of benefits for internet users. It can be safety or privacy concerns that enable writers to post content or share their thoughts over a certain topic anonymously. When looking for how the anonymous identity can help you talk about your thoughts, you can learn all the things from the points discussed below:

 

  • Stay confident in speaking truth

 

Whether you have any content experience or not, you need to post content, ensuring that it doesn’t breach any social issue or anything controversial can result in severe consequences. As a writer, one would avoid talking everything about facts and truths when using their real name for publishing content. This is a reason why writers rely on anonymity for posting content with reality. Anonymity opens the door to be free about truth and what prevails in reality! You can explore some hidden truths about society, religious pressures, and much more only on the anonymous contents. Without even a single thought, you can speak up straight about the facts using an anonymous name. Or when you go anonymous, you get the power to talk about the social or political issues without thinking that someone can impose a legal complaint against you.  

 

  • Help others with your stories.

 

Thinking how you can help people by sharing your narrative stories? Many times, people face the same situation in life as yours. And when you’re out with your story in front of the world, people get power to stand up against the odds in their life seeing you. When you talk about your stories with the world anonymously, people get to interact with your experiences and how you stood strong against the challenging phase of your life. 

 

  • Secured data

 

When using the internet service, everyone knows the value of confidential data and the consequences associated with its unauthorized disclosure. When you’re coming up with your stories or thoughts over the web, millions of internet users can access it and get to find your real identity. In those millions of people, some hidden internet culprits don’t miss a single opportunity to steal the data of internet users for unauthorized usage. When you blog online or post any content using your real identity, there might be hackers tracking your location, password, or other sensitive information. What can you do to betray the hackers? For this purpose, it is a wise decision to share your thoughts using an anonymous profile and anonymous IP address for publishing it. 

Conclusion

One can’t deny the benefits associated with online anonymity. Using a real identity to talk with the world over the web can lead to certain consequences like stolen data, misuse of confidential information, and other things. Currently, people are switching to smarter ways of using internet service to avoid any security threats or malicious attacks. Anonymity gives a wider platform for writers to talk openly about their thoughts and share sensitive facts freely.

Reasons why you should install a water filter system

Everything to do with hygiene draws back to water. It is also ironic that we suffer water challenges, yet the entire earth’s surface comprises of 70% water bodies. Tapped water may not be hygienic and safe for drinking as you may think, and that is why you should try out a water ionizer for the drinking water. A high-quality water ionizer will help flash out possible toxins in the water to a safe cellular level. 

It is also important to note that safe water greatly impacts your health, and the average chlorinated water doesn’t guarantee that. Tap water travels through pipelines before it reaches your home, a delivery channel that you have no control over. Consequently, you can’t tell what happens in between the treatment facility and your tap. There is also a high possibility that pipe water picks a lot of contaminants along the way, which may include bacteria and other waste products. In brief, you have many reasons why you should install a water filter system at the office and, most importantly, in your home. 

Do you still need enough reasons? Well, they include but aren’t limited to the following:

 

  • Eco-friendly

 

How many bottles do you think your household will consume in a month? Well, that will be slightly over 100 maybe. If another 100 families also consume the same number, there will be a total of 1000 bottles that will contaminate the earth if not well recycled. An average plastic material takes about 1000 years before fully decomposing in landfills. The detrimental effect that such waste will have on earth will be felt for the next millennium!

On the contrary, water filters are eco-friendly because they are built for longevity, and you don’t have to dispose of them after a short while. 

 

  • Cost-effective

 

Installing an advanced water filter system in your home is cost-effective in many ways than buying bottled water. It is also cost-effective in that it can significantly help reduce the cost of plumbing repairs in your house, mainly if you depend on borehole water. The best thing about having a reliable water filter system is that you can also carry your water from home when traveling or when going for work. That way, you’ll save whatever you’ve been spending on drinking water while away. 

 

  • Improve the taste of water

 

Piped water has many elements that inhibit the natural taste of water. If you’ve been keen, drinking directly from tapped water leads to poor drinking habits because the water doesn’t appeal. In contrast, an advanced water filter system will eliminate contaminants such as Chlorine, foul smell, and bacteria to enhance the taste of water. A high-quality filter system will also lower the pH of water, which is good for stomach health. Improving the taste of water will likely change the drinking habits of everyone in that house. Drinking plenty of water is also healthy in terms of skin tone enhancement and maintaining a balanced pH in the body. 

 

  • Use less soap

 

There is no big difference between an advanced water filter and a water softener. Consequently, once you install a filter in the whole house, you’ll start experiencing the benefits of softened water, such as using less soap in laundry and dishes. 

 

  • Get rid of Chlorine

 

It is so ironic that Chlorine is acceptable in swimming pools, yet no one wants to consume much of it. The main reason is probably that Chlorine has a lower pH, making it acidic, hence dangerous for the body. When Chlorine is ingested, it reacts with your body water to form acid, which corrodes the cells. An advanced water filter system will get rid of Chlorine to safe levels (if not the whole of it) and save you from such a nightmare. 

 

  • Improve Gastrointestinal Health

 

Lastly, you might also want to consider improving your Gastrointestinal Health. The human digestive tract requires plenty of water to flush out waste and reduce the chances of blotting. High-quality water filters remove 99.99% of germs and bacteria hence eliminating micro-parasites that reside in water, which can compromise stomach health when ingested.

Generally, drinking safe water isn’t only healthy but also helps reduce stress knowing that your family is well-taken care of. Moreover, it gives you an upper edge when it comes to disaster preparedness, say a sewer line bursts.