Turn on the TV, go on the internet or pick up a newspaper, and right now you’ll be overwhelmed with bad news. With so much misfortune affecting so many people, on a local, nationwide and global level, it’s easy to become pessimistic, believing that things are just going to get worse and there’s nothing we can do to change it. The truth is that we can change things, not on a large, immediate scale, but in small, simple increments. Remembering to stay on top of recycling, donating some canned goods to a local food pantry, offering to type or print a resume for an out of work friend without access to a computer, these are all easy acts of kindness and community service that genuinely make a difference, particularly if you encourage the idea of “paying it forward,” doing a good deed for someone with the intent that they in turn will do a good deed for someone else. It can instantaneously improve your mood and overall outlook. Human kindness is one of the biggest harbingers of change, and no act of it is ever too small.
Things will eventually improve overall, but right now, during one of the most difficult periods our country has faced in many years, what are you doing to improve your world? What small task can you perform to bring change?
The American Red Cross is facing an unprecedented demand for blood donors this season. Recent natural disasters such as the Missouri tornadoes have depleted blood supplies, and record high temperatures have discouraged potential donors from visiting Red Cross centers. Have you ever donated blood? Most people over the age of seventeen and weighing more than 110 pounds are eligible to donate, and appointments can be made at your local blood center online. Whole blood donation can be performed in less than an hour, with a minimum of pain, and that single pint of donated blood can drastically improve the chances of someone surviving a life-threatening injury or surgery.
Check out this video that explains the blood donation process:
Consider making a whole blood or platelet donation, and encouraging friends and family members to do the same. It’s a decision that can and does save a life.
The manufacturer of Tylenol has announced that it is recommending a lower dosage amount on its products, lowering it from 4000 milligrams, or 8 pills, per day to 3000 milligrams, or 6 pills.
The change will affect extra strength Tylenol products in the fall and other Tylenol products containing acetaminophen in 2012. It comes about in light of recent reports that show many acetaminophen users often exceed the recommended dosage, which can cause liver damage. Acetaminophen is one of the most popular over the counter painkillers in the country, with more than 50 million Americans using it on at least a weekly basis. Tylenol is lowering their optimal dosage after a recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration, which also advised that prescription medications containing acetaminophen limit the amount of the drug to 325 milligrams per pill.
In addition to liver damage, excessive acetaminophen use can cause rebound headaches. This usually occurs when a person takes painkilling medication to treat a headache, then takes more when they believe the first dose isn’t working. While the headache eventually goes away, it may “rebound,” or return shortly afterward, often more painful than before. Unfortunately, the most effective way to treat a rebound headache is to simply ride it out until it goes away, while avoiding taking more medication.
If you’re dealing with chronic pain that is only relieved through excessive amounts of acetaminophen, ibuprofen or any other over the counter medication, it’s important to see your doctor. Whether the pain is due to a temporary or long-term medical issue, a doctor should be able to offer other solutions to pain management, whether it’s prescription medication or alternative treatments such as acupuncture or yoga. Acetaminophen is meant to be used only in small amounts, and should be treated as such, as taking too much does far more harm than good.