C Force from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/c-force Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:45:22 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss C Force from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/c-force-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/c-force 013cb1a960b372a2f8e3bc907fac2514 How Shall We Honor Those on the Frontlines of the Pandemic? for 04/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/04/20/how-shall-we-honor-those-on-the-frontlines-of-the-pandemic Fri, 03 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Last week, I shared an opinion piece written by Gregory Jasani, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Maryland Medical Center. In it, he issued a stern warning to all who disregard social distancing mandates. "Every time we interact with an infected patient, our own risk of contracting the virus increases," he wrote. "Even if we only suffer mild symptoms, we will be forced to isolate ourselves so that we do not pass the virus to our patients. Losing medical providers at this crucial moment is something that our healthcare system simply cannot afford to do," he added.</p> <p>Other medical personnel on the frontlines of this pandemic are also starting to speak out on the need for greater compliance with the social distancing directive. In a recent investigative report by Sheri Fink, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent for The New York Times, she tells the story of 31 year-old Dr. Yijiao Fan, an oral surgery resident at Brooklyn Hospital Center. In good health and with no prior medical issues, he tested positive for the virus. "He had been in isolation at home all week and thought he was getting better, but began coughing blood that morning," she writes. "He was awaiting a chest scan." He had a message for a nation debating how to fight the pandemic. "It was short enough to whisper between coughing fits: Just stay home." </p> <p>In a press conference earlier this week, President Donald Trump announced a monthlong extension of federal guidelines to limit public gatherings, calling it "a matter of life and death."<p>Updated: Fri Apr 03, 2020</p> f827c6b31e6bba498837d40f78cac6d2 Dangers of Being Delusional When Sizing Up New Coronavirus for 03/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/dangers-of-being-delusional-when-sizing-up-new-coronavirus Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Attention all knuckleheads. I'm talking about those cyclists and runners who have been crowding New York's parks, hanging out at California beaches or frolicking in Florida during spring break. It includes those hiking in large groups through trails and parks and those who had to be cleared out from New Orleans' Bourbon Street &#8212; even after public health officials put out stringent social distancing guidelines with daily reminders. </p> <p>What is behind such a major decision-making malfunction by so many people? Ido Erev is a professor of behavioral science and management at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, Israel. Erev is president of the European Association for Decision Making. He is a specialist in research on decision-making under threat and has an idea or two on the subject. As he explained recently to The New York Times, there are large differences between individuals in terms of how they respond to threats like the pandemic we now face.</p> <p>"Everyone tends to overreact somewhat at the beginning. But then, a little experience reverses that sense in most people, and they begin to believe that 'it won't happen to me,'" Erev says. As time passes, they start to miscalculate the risk. As the Times reported, "people will self-isolate for a time and then, when nothing happens, they don't get sick, they'll begin to go out again &#8212; taking more risks than they had planned to." I would add to the list those that made the choice to ignore the warning from the outset.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 27, 2020</p> e49e54aac495e78d6adb67a838501eeb Are We Focusing on the Wrong Things in Combating the Coronavirus? for 03/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/are-we-focusing-on-the-wrong-things-in-combating-the-coronavirus Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>From the outset, there was consistent assurance from public health experts that stocking up on surgical masks will not reduce your chance of catching a common cold, the flu or the novel coronavirus. It was widely reported. As Dr. Pauline Jose, clinical instructor at UCLA and family medicine specialist explains to Livestrong: "There is no conclusive evidence that the use of face masks protects healthy people in their day-to-day life."</p> <p>Yet, the rush to buy this protective equipment has caused shelves and online outlets to be drained, causing some pharmacies to run out. The latest manifestation of this type of behavior is the panic-buying of toilet paper. What is it about toilet paper that makes people so anxious that they will buy a year's supply or more, clearing shelves faster than they can be filled? As a recent Los Angeles Times report points out, it would take a household of 15 to consume just one Costco-sized 30-pack over the course of a 14-day quarantine. For a couple, one pack can be expected to last nearly four months.</p> <p>We continue to be reassured that there is no risk to the nation's toilet paper pipeline. "It's not like suddenly all the toilet paper factories in the world are burning down," Willy Shih, a professor at Harvard Business School who studies manufacturing supply chains tells the LA Times. "They're still cranking this stuff out." Toilet paper plants can quickly increase output to meet demand when necessary.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 20, 2020</p> 808629b71deae425d7f38f3f8b0f584c Are Airlines Finally Cleaning Up Their Act? for 03/13/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/are-airlines-finally-cleaning-up-their-act Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The idea of commercial airlines being vessels for the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 reminds me that in today's world of air travel, we have, for years, taken certain risks when we fly without much thought. For example, unforeseen circumstances can cause flights to be grounded anywhere and at any time without warning, stranding us. The idea that air travelers might be exposed to germs and diseases when they fly is also not a revelation. Nor is the primary protective advice now being given to passengers especially new. As a primary precaution, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other public health officials, advises the public to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available and avoid touching the face.</p> <p>"The most vulnerable area may well be your eyes," Michael Zimring, former director of travel medicine at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore and author of "Healthy Travel" told USA Today back in 2014. "Medical professionals advise not going anywhere near them with your hands, as tear ducts are a fast route for germs to the nose and throat."</p> <p>Jacqui Reilly of Scotland's Caledonian University is the lead author of a study to determine the most effective ways of reducing the bacteria count on health care workers' hands. <span class="column--highlighted-text">As she recently told The New York Times, hand hygiene remained "the single most important intervention that you can do to prevent health care-associated infection but also to protect yourself and your family from infections and viruses."</span><p>Updated: Fri Mar 13, 2020</p> 33004a5c3aa786114914007f755b11f9 Coronavirus Risks Reward Some for 03/06/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/03/20/coronavirus-risks-reward-some Fri, 06 Mar 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Something appears to be outpacing the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus: the fear of contracting it, whether well-founded or not. It seems to be spreading faster than the disease itself and is now an additional plague &#8212; one that isn't getting nearly the attention it deserves. Within this fear can be found a sad commentary on human nature and a legion of folks out there who spread false information during this growing health crisis, either as a form of sport or as profiteers.</p> <p>Just consider what is happening with the compulsion to buy surgical masks. For some time now, health officials around the world have been imploring the public to stop buying these masks if they are in good health. Exceptions would be for those who are giving care for someone who is ill, experiencing symptoms or being investigated for having the virus. Such requests have not stopped people from continuing to stock up.</p> <p>It has gotten so bad that U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams took to Twitter last weekend to warn that a run on the masks could risk a harmful shortage for public health professionals. He emphatically warned that this so-called protective measure will not help against the spread of the coronavirus but rather take away important resources from health care professionals who need them.<p>Updated: Fri Mar 06, 2020</p> a671c9d6f6e4d65b13fa47b2afb51b8a Shielding Against Brain Trauma Needs To Be a Societal Goal for 02/28/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/shielding-against-brain-trauma-needs-to-be-a-societal-goal Fri, 28 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I'm just guessing, but I imagine it would be hard to find a top expert in health or science who would not admit there's a lot we don't know about traumatic brain injury prevention and treatment. As defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traumatic brain injury is any "disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury." Everyone is at risk for a traumatic brain injury, not just our military or athletes, especially children and older adults.</p> <p>As for our military, support for this need to enhance our knowledge of traumatic brain injury most recently came in the form of a study conducted by Duke University. <span class="column--highlighted-text">The study showed that under certain conditions, a helmet used by the French army in World War I provided better blast protection than the Advanced Combat Helmet widely used by the U.S. military. </span>Researchers pointed out that, ever since the first modern combat helmet was introduced in 1915, these protective devices have been designed to protect heads not from invisible shock waves but from shrapnel, bullets and other blunt physical objects.</p> <p>It is also noted that it was only when modern helmets were exposed to overhead blast waves that the 1915-era helmet outperformed them. The Duke researchers point to the raised metal crest running from the front to the back of what was known as the Adrian helmet (similar to a design feature also found on helmets used at the time by French firefighters) that may explain its superior protection from overhead blasts.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 28, 2020</p> b01035552992c2248034ec8eecae8dbc No Time for Downtime Anymore for 02/21/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/no-time-for-downtime-anymore Fri, 21 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>This past Monday was Presidents Day, a designated federal holiday where offices and many government institutions were closed. Still, a surprising number of American workers both in and outside of the office were working. Leading up to this day off, those who decided to enjoy it probably fell into the pattern of cramming in as much work as possible before Monday and then leaning in to catch up upon their return.</p> <p>According to a 2015 study conducted by Yesware, an email tracking and analytics company, on a holiday Monday such as Presidents Day, people only send 40% less emails than they would on a regular Monday, even though they're technically off work. On the weekdays leading up to and following a holiday, there is a noticeable bump in email volume.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Let's face it: In today's world, whether in the office or not, we are never really off the grid.</span> Nowadays, rest has been commercialized and repackaged as "leisure," and there is little time for that.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 21, 2020</p> 3f4f4dd0b2ac805ab9eb052130d6a8c7 Time to Give Coffee a Break for 02/14/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/time-to-give-coffee-a-break Fri, 14 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>With the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak dominating the news &#8212; as it rightly should &#8212; I thought I would offer up a familiar subject for contemplation. Something that you might take a break with as you sit back, relax and drink it in. It should not be hard to swallow.</p> <p>According to the National Coffee Association, the number of Americans drinking a daily cup of coffee (or three, the average daily intake) is at its highest level since 2012. As you drop that spoon in the cup and twirl it around, know that Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day and that we are the leading consumer of coffee in the world. This accounts for an estimated $18 billion U.S. coffee market.</p> <p>I'm guessing that most coffee lovers &#8212; whether they prefer espressos, cappuccinos, lattes or iced coffee &#8212; probably aren't thinking about its health benefits or risks when reaching for their favorite brew. Still, whether coffee is good or bad for you is a matter of debate that continues to this day.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 14, 2020</p> cf757c8278a56da2c336e0abf678d156 Though Life Expectancy Rose Slightly in 2018, It Is Hardly Enough for 02/07/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/02/20/though-life-expectancy-rose-slightly-in-2018-it-is-hardly-enough Fri, 07 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>When we look at the things we try to avoid in life, you would hope that escaping premature death would be top of the list. After all, it speaks to our basic human drive for survival. Yet, in our modern world, preventable risks posed by smoking, unhealthy diets and drug use contribute mightily to diseases and, ultimately, premature death. These risk factors have led to a decrease in life expectancy.</p> <p>There is now at least some reason for hope. As recently reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for the first time since 2014, death rates in the U.S. declined, and life expectancy showed a modest uptick. According to its findings, life expectancy at birth in 2018 was 78.7 years, which is 0.1 year longer than the previous year. It may not seem like much, but in a nation of approximately 350 million people, the upturn in longevity reflects improvements in the lives of many Americans. </p> <p>The recent progress was driven by decreases in death rates from six of the 10 leading causes of death. As reported by NPR, in a continuation of an ongoing downward trend since the 1990s, there was a 2.2% decrease in cancer deaths. The numbers also show a 2.8% fall in deaths from unintentional injuries, which include drug overdoses. According to Kathryn McHugh, a psychologist at McLean Psychiatric Hospital and Harvard University, this represents the first positive change seen in a 20-year-long trend of drug overdose deaths. "I think these numbers suggest that some positive news is starting to come out of the many efforts to try to stem the tide on overdoses," McHugh tells NPR.<p>Updated: Fri Feb 07, 2020</p> 3293f05ba80e42565ea5f478b8c1e4ec Thoughts on Traumatic Brain Injury for 01/31/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/20/thoughts-on-traumatic-brain-injury Fri, 31 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In October 2006, some 30 hours after departing Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., I stepped off a C-130 troop transport plane and on to the tarmac of Iraq's Al Asad Air Base to fulfill a long-planned visit with our troops. If I had any doubts that I was now in a war zone, they were quickly dispelled when I was ordered to put on a helmet and armored vest and invited to join my military hosts as they headed to the base field hospital to visit two Marines who had just been dispatched there, victims of a suicide-bomber attack that had demolished their tank.</p> <p>As a former airman first class in the United States Air Force, past spokesperson for the U.S. Veterans Administration and honorary member of the United States Marine Corps, I have more than passing interest in the recent news that 34 U.S. service members are said to have suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike this month on the same airfield I visited more than a decade earlier.</p> <p>Though much of the discussion of this report has taken a political turn, my hope is that it will also bring to light more examination of what science has learned of traumatic brain injury, which is now referred to as TBI. Back in 2006, little was known by doctors or scientists about what happens to a brain as a result of a powerful bomb blast as opposed to a car crash on a highway or a blow to the head on the football field. This has changed in recent years, as medical science has improved its understanding of TBI's effects on brain function. Medical science has made significant advances in its understanding of head trauma and how to treat it.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 31, 2020</p> fc0642340b90ddbf9e94636d51f4e083 From Old Age To New Medicine for 01/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/20/from-old-age-to-new-medicine Fri, 24 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A wise man named Jules Renard once said, "It is not a question of how old you are, but a question of how you are old." No matter how we look at the issue of aging, one thing is clear: People age in different ways and at different rates. Recently, in a study conducted by Stanford University and published in Nature Medicine, scientists decided to take a deeper look at what is going on at a molecular level as people age. They hoped that such research might lead to a way to slow the personal aging process through medication or lifestyle changes targeted specifically to different individuals.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The approach is consistent with what is called "precision medicine," an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle.</span> It stands in stark contrast to a one-size-fits-all approach, in which strategies are developed and aimed at the average person, with less consideration for differences between individuals.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 24, 2020</p> 0f99f184ebb3a4ed13e4fb86d8df2e4b Calling Off Alcohol for a Change for 01/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/20/calling-off-alcohol-for-a-change Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>For more than a decade, "Dry January" has served as a resolution calling for a month-long break from alcohol. If you want to jump on this wagon, it is never too late to start by stopping. Whether you make it to the finish line or not, studies show that giving up alcohol &#8212; even briefly &#8212; has health benefits.</p> <p>Dry January has been gaining traction in recent years and is international in scope. It is particularly popular in the United Kingdom. The term "Dry January" was registered as a trademark of the charity Alcohol Concern in mid-2014. In January 2014, according to Wikipedia, more than 17,000 Britons stopped drinking for that month. One study conducted in Britain with an estimated 850 men and woman who tried Dry January reported that at the end of the month, 62% said they slept better. About half said they lost weight, and many reported feeling more energetic.</p> <p>If you are interested in giving it a try, it is suggested that you have a strategy to get started. You might want to start by assessing your relationship with alcohol. How much do you drink? When do you drink? Why do you drink? It is also suggested that you do not try going it alone. Try to find a friend who is willing to abstain with you so you can hold each other accountable. Also, make your commitment clear in social situations to garner support and minimize social pressure.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 17, 2020</p> eab94f3f336d4b3288460f51c764709a Slamming Doors on Rural Hospital Care for 01/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/01/20/slamming-doors-on-rural-hospital-care Fri, 10 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>While final statistics have yet to be revealed for New Year's Eve, it is a good bet that they will show a sharp uptick in emergency room visits beginning around midnight. Long before that hour, one regional facility in Madison, Wisconsin reported more people coming in with influenza or from accidents slipping on ice. On the night itself, Dr. Kyle Martin, the medical director at SSM Health's emergency room, estimated they would likely be about 20% busier than average before the night shift was over.</p> <p>At Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, New York, emergency medical center physician Dr. Dean Olsen said the number of trauma patients can double or triple compared to a typical night in the emergency room. The bulk of those are likely to be patients involved in motor vehicle accidents or assaults.</p> <p>That said, New Year's Eve is hardly the ER's most dangerous day of the year. That distinction goes to the Fourth of July.<p>Updated: Fri Jan 10, 2020</p> 9f83bf95c162b5a8309c9292ec9c0444 Health Issues We Should Aim To Resolve for 12/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/19/health-issues-we-should-aim-to-resolve Fri, 27 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>If you are preparing a list of New Year's resolutions and are looking for a starting point, the folks at the American Medical Association annually assemble a list of 10 wellness-focused resolutions that they feel could make the most impactful, long-lasting improvements to your health. You can find the list on their website. After thumbing through my C Force offerings over the past year, I submit the following additional thoughts for your consideration.</p> <p>DON'T SMOKE &#8212; ANYTHING<p>Updated: Fri Dec 27, 2019</p> 0b6e5a6aa876cf0b5fe0fed43e161989 Crisis of Vaping Among Kids Clouds Holidays for 12/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/19/crisis-of-vaping-among-kids-clouds-holidays Fri, 20 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>During the holidays, I think we all tend to respond to the positive and inspirational stories around us. The problem is that in writing about health and wellness at this particular moment, I am staring at 6 million reasons why I must shine a light on some disturbing facts that just will not go away &#8212; if only to keep them top of mind.</p> <p>I am referring to the estimated 6 million middle and high school students who used tobacco products this year; that's almost 1 in 4 American teenagers. According to a new federal report, most of the tobacco use was through vaping. Vaping teenagers make up a growing new generation of people who are becoming addicted to nicotine.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 20, 2019</p> f4a50b98a99d209b7c0f7a7028595357 1 Low Opinion of High Tech for 12/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/19/1-low-opinion-of-high-tech Fri, 13 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>As I noted last week, I often have a low opinion of high technology and its overall impact on our lives and health. I know that some experts will say this fear is overblown and today's technologies have made us more connected than ever before. It is a point made by Terri R. Kurtzberg, an associate professor of management and global business at Rutgers University in a recent post on The Conversation.</p> <p>Kurtzberg points out how technology allows colleague to work together from afar, friends to keep in touch without restraint and grandparents to touch base with grandkids; it's just a matter of finding that ever-elusive balance as to how and when we use our technological devices.<p>Updated: Fri Dec 13, 2019</p> 1c1b145a8566b3f0d470be332d1fcdca Opting for a Low-Tech Holiday Season for 12/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/12/19/opting-for-a-low-tech-holiday-season Fri, 06 Dec 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I could be wrong, but it seems that with each passing year, it becomes harder and harder for us to properly reflect on the true meaning of what that good old holiday spirit signifies. Such reflection can be essential in realigning us with our spiritual selves and is an integral component to maintaining overall wellbeing.</p> <p>A sign of this disconnect can be seen in our dwindling loss of a sense of empathy. According to one study from the University of Michigan, today we care for others about 40% less than people in the 1980s did. In today's digital era, from Twitter to Facebook and everything in between, rudeness has become the new normal.</p> <p>The problem is that those on the receiving end can take it so personally, despite the fact that, in reality, rude attacks say far more about the sender than the receiver. "People appreciate diplomacy. People appreciate being respected and heard. That's why rudeness has such an effect on us psychologically," says bestselling author on the subject Danny Wallace. "We feel immediately dismissed, put-upon, disrespected ... Rudeness spreads like a cold," he adds. "Even witnessing rudeness is enough for us to become infected."<p>Updated: Fri Dec 06, 2019</p> 29269716223ac43f3921533adce28fce Do We Grow From Tragedy? for 11/22/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/11/19/do-we-grow-from-tragedy Fri, 22 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>It seems that every year around the holidays, numerous stories appear in the media of people skirting death or overcoming tragedy. These are certainly stories that need to be told. According to a recent post by psychology professors Eranda Jayawickreme of Wake Forest University and Frank Infurna of Arizona State University, they also fit a narrative to which people tend to subscribe. Writing for The Conversation, the psychologists point out that we tend to narrate our lives in terms of the challenges we have confronted and the setbacks we have overcome. We are attracted by the idea that there might be a silver lining to tragedy &#8212; that from tragic experience, we can learn to find a newfound appreciation for life. This also fits in with the biblical theme of redemption. Psychologists have come to describe this phenomenon as "post-traumatic growth."</p> <p>The two authors point out that research to date on the topic reveals some points of concern. For example, most research on post-traumatic growth asks people to estimate how much they have changed because of their trauma. Yet it has been shown that people are not particularly good at accurately remembering what they were like before a traumatic event. "Telling others that you've grown might actually be a way to cope with the pain you're still experiencing," they write. Also, the questions typically used by trauma researchers tend to ask only about positive changes.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 22, 2019</p> e318ca248e8ef0fed61b67a7f1365f43 Remembering Veterans Is Not Enough for 11/15/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/11/19/remembering-veterans-is-not-enough Fri, 15 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p>As we close the books on Veterans Day 2019, I cannot help but search for a message that will resonate from this national holiday &#8212; a day where we honor and show appreciation for all who have served in the United States military in safeguarding America. For me, Veterans Day is a reminder of how proud I am to have served in the U.S. Air Force. Of my father, who fought in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge. Of my brother Aaron who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. I think of our brother Wieland, who served in the U.S. Army and was killed in action in Vietnam, and I think of his heroism as he walked point alone and drew enemy fire so that others in his platoon might be spared. </p> <p>These memories are with me, to be revisited during every public recognition of our men and women in uniform. Such reminders fortify my love of freedom and the need to protect it. My wife, Gena, and I also love that Veterans Day falls during the same month we celebrate Thanksgiving, for members of our military deserve our enduring and unending thanks.</p> <p>As the years pass, I am also reminded of how not everyone shares such a direct connection to military service. A smaller share of Americans currently serve in the armed forces than at any other time since the era between World War I and World War II. Younger Americans are far less likely than older ones to have a family member who served in the military. The result is a military that is less directly connected to the rest of society than in previous generations. I can't help but feel that this stands in the way of a depth of understanding of what the military service experience is for active personnel, veterans and their families.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 15, 2019</p> eaff45c64e12166a513fb9061a500666 Surviving in an Increasingly Divided World for 11/08/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/c-force/11/19/surviving-in-an-increasingly-divided-world Fri, 08 Nov 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Last week, I touched upon how the current political environment &#8212; where anger seems to be the animating force &#8212; is resulting in turmoil and distress at such a level that health experts fear it could be generating serious negative consequences for the mental health of millions of Americans. We are talking about symptoms like sleepless nights, damaged friendships, constant fatigue and mounting depression.</p> <p>We are best prepared to deal with these mental health challenges when we are in good physical health and find time to downshift, exercise regularly and have good social connectedness with friends, family and co-workers.<p>Updated: Fri Nov 08, 2019</p>