Category: Health

NBA Players Are Going Vegan to Up Their Game

What do Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, and Enes Kanter have in common? While your first response might be to say they’re all NBA stars, there’s another thing worth pointing out: they’re all vegan. That’s right! Awareness of the numerous health benefits of veganism is growing, and top athletes are making changes to incorporate the cruelty-free diet into their lifestyles. Not only have athletes reported weight loss; they’re also experiencing more energy, better sleep, and less injuries. Damian Lillard adopted a vegan diet in order to lose weight. Since making the switch, he’s lost 10 pounds and gained broader health...

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A Wearable Tech Miracle For the Legally Blind

Legally blind people can now see with the help of electronic glasses invented by eSight. The wearable technology behind the glasses is a high-definition, high-speed camera. Innovative algorithms sharpen the video and display it on screens directly in front of the user’s eyes. The glasses feature Bioptic Tilt which helps the glasses adjust automatically to the wearer’s movement, protecting them from nausea. This is a crucial leap forward from similar technologies which have tended to leave wearers feeling queasy and affected their balance. For Conrad Lewis, the founder of eSight, the project is close to the heart. Lewis grew up...

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Having a Cat Protects Babies From Getting Asthma, Study Finds

Cats have long been dealt a bad reputation, with superstitions around them dating back to the Middle Ages when black cats were considered to be witches’ familiars, or even witches embodied. We may not believe this exact sentiment anymore, but black cats are still viewed negatively. Often associated with the month of October, and Halloween in particular, it is widely believed that seeing a black cat means bad luck for the witness. Another myth is that cats will suck away a baby’s breath, eventually suffocating them to death. There are two reasons people believe a cat might kill a...

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The World is Facing a Clean Water Crisis We Can No Longer Ignore

In April 2014, the city of Flint experienced something typically reserved for third-world countries and impoverished communities. The city decided to stop using the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department and instead began sourcing the city’s water from the Flint River. Due to a series of unfortunate oversights, including failing to apply corrosion inhibitors in the water, the city’s water began to suffer a major public health disaster via lead contamination. By the time the effects of the contamination began to take hold, between 6,000 and 12,000 children were already exposed to drinking water with higher levels of lead and...

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Vegan Food is Going Global – And You’ll be Surprised How Many Meat-Eaters are Digging In

For many people, veganism has brought to mind mythical visions of barefooted forest-dwellers and cartoon princesses followed by tribes of deer, birds and other woodland creatures. It has a reputation for being an incredibly difficult way of life adopted by only the most extreme dieters. Well, times are changing. Vanishing are the days of dreaded questions like, “Where do you get your protein?” and, “How do you live without cheese?” as vegan meats, cheeses, yogurts, milks and eggs are popping up all over the world. In the United States alone, veganism has skyrocketed to over 600% in the past...

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Finally! Pizza Hut in the UK to Offer Vegan Cheese

Everybody loves pizza. With origins in Italy, the food’s been around for centuries. Now, it’s a popular choice for people across the globe. Although there are countless pizzerias, only one is the largest pizza chain in the world: Pizza Hut. This pizza empire was created in 1958 by two brothers, and now, almost 60 years and over 16,000 locations in over 100 countries later, the company has finally decided to explore a plant-based option for dairy. As the “pizza company that lives life unboxed,” Pizza Hut has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for junk-food loving vegans...

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Book: How One Man is Changing the Way the World Sees Farm Animals

Nathan Runkle was just 17 when he performed his first open rescue — a risky endeavor involving sneaking into a farm or other animal facility to document the horrendous conditions inside, rescuing some of the suffering animals along the way. A bold move from someone who had grown up in a farming family, though Nathan had turned vegan years earlier and had already founded his own animal rights organization, Mercy for Animals. In his newly released book, Mercy For Animals: One Man’s Quest to Inspire Compassion and Improve the Lives of Farm Animals, Nathan reveals the journey from his...

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Yemen is Dying While the World Watches

Yemen is being destroyed by a man-made humanitarian crisis. Already the poorest country in the Middle East, over 80 percent of its population is in need of basic assistance due to armed conflict and a skyrocketing cholera epidemic sweeping over large war-torn regions of the country. The cholera outbreak has spread to an estimated half a million people, or around five thousand per day, half of them children.  It has claimed the lives of about 2,000 people since April. “This is the world’s worst cholera outbreak in the midst of the world’s largest humanitarian crisis. In the last 3...

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