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Facing the reality of feeling SAD

Eli head shotBy Eli Zaret, New Oakland Community Liaison

I felt the first wave of sadness when I woke up on the first Sunday of daylight savings time. I thought, “What good is another hour of daylight this morning ifSAD2

I’m just going to get robbed of it when it gets dark at 5:30 this afternoon? We’re not ‘saving’ anything. We’re just trading morning darkness for afternoon darkness.” My cynicism continued, “And the days will only get  darker and colder — and — can I make it through another winter?”

My sadness is exactly that — “SAD” — Seasonal Affective Disorder — which, unfortunately, is as natural as the sun, moon, air and water. People suffer from it worldwide, though some worse than others and some not at all. As the name implies, SAD can take place at the change of any season, but it’s most common at daylight savings time when you put the lawnmower away, break out the winter coat and envision the imposing cold grayness of winter.

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America's deadliest health problem

IMG_0238Blog by Michele Bernard, RN, Director of Nursing, New Oakland

If I could get every American to watch and then take action, based on the new documentary, “Fed Up,” I’d be the greatest nurse in history. More realistically, if I can just touch those who I see or read this blog, I’d be quite satisfied.

The documentary, hosted by Katie Couric, explains how the sugar industry is systematically ruining our health via the obesity epidemic.sugar

Couric is angry, explaining that in trying to be the best mom she could be, she always went out of her way to feed her kids a low fat diet. After all, we’d been told for decades that we were fat because we ate too much fat. But what that really was, was just a big fat smokescreen. Fat provides flavor, so manufacturers simply substituted more sugar, and we all just got fatter. She adds, “Over 95% of all Americans will be overweight or obese in 2 decades. In 2050, one out of every 3 Americans will have diabetes.”

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to ban large sugared drinks in his city. Just the other day, that ban was thrown out by an appeals court because in infringed on people’s “personal autonomy.” In fact, it does infringe on personal decisions.

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IMG_1342By Martha Adair, Therapist, Director, New Oakland

Are Facebook and other social media sites immensely popular because of society’s growing inability to communicate well face-to-face, or, do they fill a void because peoplesm1 have fewer opportunities to communicate face-to-face?

This is the old, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg” argument played out in the wildly pervasive social media explosion.

We need answers and solutions, because, at worst, our children are getting bullied, and at best, are still wasting huge chunks of time caught up in the fascination, addiction and dangers of social media.

At a recent meeting New Oakland had the Warren Consolidated School System, middle school Principal Shaun Greene-Beebee said, “80% of the problems we have with our students stem directly from social media.”

Think of that: 80% of problems in our schools are attributed to something that didn’t even exist less than a decade ago!

Many students become hopelessly distracted by the constant flow of text messages, Facebook posts and Instagram photos. In fact, Greene-Beebee told of two seventh grade girls, straight-A students in fact, who were suspended for “sexting” naked pictures of themselves.

I’ll take a wild leap that the boys on the receiving end may have lost their teacher’s train of thought on the root causes of World War II.

So, we know we have a problem, but who is to blame? Mark Zuckerberg? The kids themselves? Or, is it us, the parents? Continue reading