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I got a heart.

Every day, an average of 18 people die waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The problem is that there are to many patients awaiting for a heart and fewer donors. Doctors recur to the Berlin heart for smaller children and Thoratec HeartMate II for adults, which help doctors to keep their patients alive. It is revolutionary as it has prevented many deaths of awaiting donors.

The past Christmas, occurred a wave of “holiday donation”, it was believed that patients with the electronic heart who were in a prior position in the waiting list would receive their transplant. It was a prediction made by doctors who are dwelling with the stagnation of heart transplant donors, the reason it was made is because doctors believe that during the holidays there are more accidents, suicides “or something of the sort” that create more donors as stated by the cardiologist Dr.Parag Patel.

An experiment was made by the doctors dividing the holiday months and non-holiday months. The results were contradictory: there were more transplants in the month of July than in December, in fact according the to the CDC suicide rates are lowest in December. However, Dr.Parag stated that the deaths in July were young people who died from non-natural death ( gunshots…) so he concluded it there was nothing different from the holiday donors.

Other features influence the transplant donations but the most accurate is that predictions can not be made. Donors are becoming scarce especially because only 1% of people who die sign in the organ donor list and the final decision in made by the family.

Transplants are subjects that don’t wait, they don’t have the physical time to wait for a thought out decision made by the donors, the doctors or the recipients ( as vital organs can only live 40 hours to it maximum after the person’s death).

Heart transplant procedure

REFERENCE:

Klein, J. (2014, December 24). The Myth of Holiday Heart Transplants. Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://motherboard.vice.com/read/holiday-hearts

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The world is in your hands

“A person does not grow from the ground like a vine or a tree, one is not part of a plot of land. Mankind has legs so it can wander.”
― Roman Payne, The Wanderess

Have you ever had the feeling that you were blocked inside a little box for year and that everything around you had never changed or moved? Has that feeling ever been overgrown by the only desire of change and escaping just to know what freedom feels like? Well, look no further the world is in your hands; traveling may be the solution or better said the start of the journey of your life.

In this specific post we will focus on the biggest dream of new born travelers: traveling the world. It is something anyone can do, but it needs preparation like anything in life, if you have motivation these tips will just be secondary details and totally forgotten once you begin the journey. Without further a do let’s begin.


First of you must ponder on the reasons on why you would like the world: maybe its boredom from the routine and you are looking for exciting and discovering new horizons …

Secondly acknowledge that you might get lost , you might get lonely and you might find yourself in dangerous situations , but understand it is inevitable but you will find tips here to prevent or see it in a relativist light.

  • You are not the first person traveling: socialize, and SMILE to locals, they will be your best map/GPS, hotel and guide for the entire journey. After a don’t e you will become a professional on non-verbal communication but you will be thankful of your new skill.
  • Be adventurous, there is no such thing as a mistake but regrets will last forever.
  • Don’t be cheap yet don’t be wasteful: spend the money on vital human needs ( and yes sleep is one of them).
  • Learn languages: the world is big and there a uncountable cultures. Enough said.
  • Have your ID, passport, VISA, International License in place: it will be your most precious and valuable good.
  • Don’t overload your luggage: traveling light is the way to go. You can always buy during your travel.
  • Stash cash in different places: money is the king in many countries, and people will try to rob you. A good idea is to saw it in your bag.
  • Get lost on purpose: it is guaranteed it will become your best memories.
  • Food wise: avoid eating uncooked or unpeeled foods ( fruit and vegetables, meat/fish) and you will be save from the famous “travelers stomach ache”.

REFERENCES:

  1. Karsten, M. (2013, November 13). My 30 Best Travel Tips After 3 Years Traveling The World. Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://expertvagabond.com/best-travel-tips/
  2. Crowther, L. (2013, July 9). 21 Travel Expert Tips for Planning a Round the World Trip. Retrieved January 9, 2015, from https://www.statravel.co.uk/travel-blog/2013/07/21-travel-expert-tips-for-planning-a-round-the-world-trip/

Meditation: How it helps you in your daily life

Meditation is an individual practice which trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness that has existed for centuries, according to the documentary “Meditation and the Power of the Mind” it’s history dates back to the beginings of Hinduism (considered the most ancient ctury in the world) during the Iron Age in India; it was then adopted to many other religions and has multuous interpretations nowadays. Regardless of what people may believe, meditation is very simple to integrate in ones daily life. It is compared to some extents to practicing a sport ( regular physical activity) as it considered to be a positive habit that you can do anywhere, any time, and it will always have immediate benefits. It can take just one or two minutes if you are busy. There is no excuse for not doing it when you simplify the meditation habit. The question we all ask ourselves what are the precisely the benefits of meditation and why is it essential to integrate it as a daily routine ?

  • It relieves stress and helps you to relax.
  • When you practice mindfulness, you can carry it out to everyday life.
  • Reduces anger
  • Mindfulness helps you to savor life, change habits, live simply and slowly, be present in everything you do: brings happiness and fulfillment.
  • Meditation has been shown to have mental benefits, such as improved focus, happiness, memory, self-control, academic performance and more.In fact your sensory organs become more enhanced.
  • Some research on meditation has indicated that it may have other health benefits, including improved metabolism, heart rate, respiration, blood pressure and more.
  • Need less sleep to recover from sleep deprivation .Require less time to fall asleep, helps cure insomnia.
  • Grows a stable, more balanced personality.
  • Helps you discover your purpose.

How does you body react to meditation?

What does meditation do to our body?

Prana

“Prana” is what our body is filled with after the change it undergoes due to meditation: as the level of ‘prana’ in the body rises, we bubble with joy. Only a few minutes of meditation can make the human system react.
“Prana” is also called the higher state of consciousness.

 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar* calls it the normal state of consciousness, since we are endowed with the ability to live in that state.

* Indian guru, humanitarian leader and peace ambassador

As you research this topic online, you will encounter the numerous benefits from meditation wether they are psychological, physiological or spiritual. You will never hear a negative point of view from someone who has engaged into meditation.

 Sources:

Article “Meditation In Daily Life” from Sri Sri’s webstite The Art of Living :
http://www.artofliving.org/in-en/meditation-daily-life

http://www.ineedmotivation.com/blog/2008/05/100-benefits-of-meditation/