Picking the Right Exercise for 2018

It’s a well known fact that everyone should exercise. This universal truth is even more important in this day and age when most of us lead sedentary lifestyles. A lot of jobs involve sitting or standing for 8 hours, and most of us don’t even walk to our workplace as we drive or use public transport. Read more

What Happens When You Vape

The Many Side Effects of Vaping and E-Cigarettes

It is undeniable how vaping has blown up ever since its ‘discovery’ and immediate commercial introduction in the early 2000s. Vaping, to anyone who is still not familiar with it (though I doubt that there are still many of you guys), is another way of ‘smoking’, where there is no involvement of tobacco burning (as well as its many unpleasant impacts on physical aesthetics, but also to its deadly effects on the respiratory system) as it utilizes vapors (thus coining the term vaping) made by the boiling of the food-grade liquid mixtures inside its evolved cigarette-like receptacle. Read more

Living to 120 Could Soon Become a Reality

How would it be to live until you were 120 years old and in the best of health?

Extending the human life span has been something that scientists worldwide have been investigating for a very long time. Recently an article in The New Zealand Herald announced the upcoming series of tests of a anti-aging drug that will be done on humans. These tests are set to begin as early as next year. Read more

Beat the Addiction for Today and Tomorrow

By the time we realize that smoking is a bad habit and we must give it up, we are already addicted. The reason I say we is because even though I am not addicted to smoking, I know what addiction is. Read more

5 Things I (Re)learned by Having 50 People Over for Supper

My favorite day of the year has come and gone.  Friends’ Thanksgiving.  We started this event after our roommate suggested we have folks over to celebrate the holidays with our ‘family of friends’.  It began with about 15 people getting together, putting aside the to-do lists and committing a meal together.   Read more

7 Treatment Options for Wrinkle Removal

If you are self conscious of your wrinkles, there are lots of anti wrinkle treatments to aid getting rid of wrinkles. You do not have to choose right away. Read the information on these treatments carefully before finally picking one that you want. Read more

Makeup Tips for Sunny Days

Even though most people associate summer and the sunny days that it brings with joy, it can sometimes be quite difficult to remain looking, or indeed, being happy when your makeup is having a persistent tendency to come sloping down your face. Luckily, there are things you can do to either completely prevent this from happening, or at least, keep the necessary interventions on your makeup at a minimum. Read more

Natural Alternatives to Diet Soft Drinks

While the FDA has approved five artificial sweeteners for human consumption, the jury is still out on the long-term effects of consuming aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame and acesulfame-k. Consumers seeking tasty, low or zero calorie beverages are urged to drink water, nature’s ultimate thirst quencher, but many find themselves bored with a water-only regimen. Read more

When I Get to Live to More than a Hundred Years Old

“What if you can live forever?” What if you can see the seasons of life from spring, summer, autumn and winter for a thousand years or more? Some say that it’s a curse while billions around the world dream or aspire to have it in an attempt to cast out their own mortality and fear of death. The beliefs and versions vary. Some say you’d float in the sky in a white shining beam of light and be reunited to your creator, but that’s another form of immortality. That is immortality through an afterlife. Some view it as an oasis where milk and honey flow overabundantly in rivers. Some view it as a place where 70 virgins prance around to give you immeasurable pleasure but only if you do their bidding first in this life.

Some view it as a reunification with loved ones long gone and missed. But for me, immortality has two levels:

Conceptual: Some luminaries long gone, become immortal through their words, sacrifices or actions.

Practical: Science fiction and vampire novels come to mind.

Now you may be asking why this blog post is about immortality when I should be writing about trying to quit smoking. Our finite nature in this universe all hinges upon the fact that our organs fail. That’s why when somebody dies, people always ask what they died from. Heart attack, lung cancer, prostate cancer, liver damage, etc. All of the causes of death have to do with the failure of one or more organs. I am imagining a near future where scientists would one day be able to develop organ replacement techniques that are infallible. Maybe through stem cells or through nanobots.

Once they’ve done this and made it affordable and universally accessible, then we would no longer have to worry about a bevy of things that we should not be worrying about. At this very moment, my grandfather is slowly dying from cancer. When I came to visit them last week, they told me that what I am asking for was a miracle and miracles don’t happen in this world. What they needed was a practical solution, a solution of which I could not provide – nobody could. The conversation would have been different if the technology or the procedure was more readily available. Our conversation would have been about which star each would love to go to next, what robot models were being developed right now, the latest music or movie, how my daughters are learning how to code and play the guitar. In short, we would have been discussing living this life now.