Monthly JOW: A Million Reasons Why

Monthly JOW: A Million Reasons Why

Health and Wellness, Life & Community, Lifestyle
The Monthly JOW - Jewel of Wisdom By Sajjiah Parker A Million Reasons Why … “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.” --Mark Twain How profound are the words of Mark Twain if you take the time to consider their meaning. Let’s dissect, and delve a little deeper, beginning with the first half of the quote: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born…”. Stop right there … “THE DAY YOU WERE BORN!” I pause here and place emphasis on this point because I think we all generally take the day we were born somewhat for granted. It is understandable, and I am guilty of it myself given that, after…
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Its Time to Live Freely

Its Time to Live Freely

Health and Wellness
by Sajjiah Parker “You must master a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.” – Marianne Williamson We are here one moment... and gone the next. Tomorrow is never promised to us, and therefore we must make the most of each day... living our lives with purpose, passion, and peace and love. Yet oftentimes, instead, we waste such precious life being captive to our own self-doubt and self-criticism, negative emotions, and the negative influences of others and the world around us-- thoughts and emotions of fear, anger, resentment, confusion, and lack. Life is entirely too short to waste even a moment on that which disrupts our solace and peace of mind and causes us pain and discontent. Remember this: you can always choose how…
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The Miracle

The Miracle

Health and Wellness
by Martii Peeples Luther Vandross has a song called, Miracles Happen. And when you come to know Maurice Brown, this title perfectly fits his journey. Maurice was born 23 years ago and his mother’s pregnancy was plagued with health issues. After Maurice turned a year old, he started showing signs there may be something wrong, but his father was against going to the hospital. His parents thought it was a minor issue which would correct itself, but Maurice suffered a stroke at a young age. [caption id="attachment_2583" align="aligncenter" width="300"] photo by Martii Peeples/Family[/caption]   This stroke left him with severe brain damage. He was on oxygen twenty-four hours a day. The doctors tried to persuade his mother to put Maurice in a home. Katrina, couldn’t do that to her son,…
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Social Justice in a Real World

Health and Wellness
by Karen Gates Injustice has been around since Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden to enter the real world. Cain slew Abel when jealousy set in over whose offering was better, and the momentum has continued. There is much to be said about the injustices prevalent in the world around us. The list is endless, with quite a few familiar to most of us: domestic violence, sex trafficking, financial debt, homelessness, environmental pollution, poverty, and prejudices of culture, religion, gender, or socio-economic status. The massiveness of the idea of justice versus injustice can be overwhelming or confusing and leave one feeling quite hopeless that any difference can be made. “What is justice? Don’t the courts take care of that? What does “social justice” mean? Where do I start?…
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Separating Fact from Misconception: Street Medicine Detroit Talks about Stigma

Separating Fact from Misconception: Street Medicine Detroit Talks about Stigma

Health and Wellness, Life & Community
By Anirudha Rathnam Street Medicine Detroit comes across a wide variety of medical conditions during our clinic days. These range from the most common health conditions in the United States, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, to uncommon infections like trench foot, which is caused by extended exposure to dampness (first seen among WWI soldiers who fought in the trenches). One thing we’ve noticed is that people who experience homelessness usually don’t have just one medical condition. It’s often a combination of a few things that can complicate their health and well-being, such as chronic illness (asthma, diabetes, or epilepsy), domestic violence, sexual assault, being an unaccompanied youth, addiction, physical disability, unemployment, and/or mental illness. To clear up a common misconception, “wanting to be homeless” is nowhere in this list…
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What’s the Hype about Hypertension?

Health and Wellness, Life & Community
By Andrew Wayne and Anirudha Rathnam High blood pressure, or hypertension, is one of the most common medical conditions in the United States; perhaps so common that people assume it’s harmless. During our clinical days with Street Medicine Detroit, we come across cases of hypertension frequently. There are many drugs on the market that do a great job of treating high blood pressure, but that doesn’t mean it’s a condition you take lightly. Seemingly invisible at first, this is a chronic condition. It can lead to serious complications five, ten, or even twenty years down the road, including heart attacks, kidney disease, problems with vision, or even neurological concerns like strokes and dementia. Hypertension is defined as having a blood pressure of at least 140/90 mm Hg, whereas a normal…
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