March 2017 - Sovereign Health Group
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National Nutrition Month: Enhance gut-brain connection to reduce depression
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As the United States observes the month of March as National Nutrition Month (NNM), reminding all Americans of the significance of making informed dietary choices and inculcating healthy eating habits, much needs to be done to create awareness about the benefits of scientific food and nutrition information. This year, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” is […]

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As the warm evening sun casts it fading glow, the sound of pounding Jamaican bongo beats coming from a clandestine mezzanine in a high-rise apartment in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco grows louder. It’s Friday and a Hip Hop themed party is in full swing. With sounds of laughter filling the room, Jeremy (name […]

Harsh penalty for addiction serves no purpose
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Languishing behind bars, his mind becomes a battlefield of raging emotional conflicts that have destroyed his self-worth. The very thought of a lashing cane sends shudders down his spine. Coupled with incessant cravings for drug, Adewale Adebayo (name changed) becomes more anxious and depressed. Hallucinations run wild as his psyche attempts to shield itself from […]

California legislators propose bill to monitor veteran suicide rates
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American war veterans continue to live a life rife with unique challenges, fighting wars to safeguard national interests. As a result, many of them often struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Approximately 20 veterans commit suicide on a daily basis across the United States, reveals data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, a figure which […]

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Observed worldwide on March 21 each year, the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination aims to remind people about negative consequences of racial discrimination. It encourages people to remember their obligation and determination to combat discrimination in all forms. In the United States too, discrimination based on race and ethnicity continues […]

65% employers justify sacking workers with opioid addiction
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The United States in the midst of an opioid-related overdose crisis. The statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suggest that an alarming six out of 10 drug overdose deaths involve an opioid. According to the CDC, from 2000 to 2015, more than 500,000 people died from drug overdoses in the country. […]

Acknowledging disorder, getting treatment is key to fighting depression
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Living in a socio-cultural set-up where the mere expression of vulnerability is viewed as a sign of weakness often tends to heighten the stigma surrounding depression. In fact, even near and dear ones, including family members, often don’t prioritize depression treatment as they would in the case of physical illnesses. Eight years ago, Adam, then […]

Humboldt County model of tracking cannabis may be replicated statewide
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The pilot track-and-trace program launched by California’s Humboldt County to monitor the medical cannabis market ended in February 2017. During the nearly seven-month period of rigorous testing on a micro-scale in partnership with the Swiss company SICPA, the program tracked around 1,800 pounds of marijuana in the county. It was started in August 2016. In […]

Older-Americans
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Olivia Henderson (name changed) finally said ‘yes’ to marijuana. At 98, she is the oldest resident of an old age home in San Fernando, Los Angeles County. As evening approaches, she carefully opens her medicine chest and fishes out a bottle of pills. She opens the cover and pops an oval green capsule filled with […]

California-lawmaker-advocates-tax-on-prescription-opioids-
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Opioid overdoses are a reality in California. The menace is affecting bustling metropolises across the Golden State. Just like their fellow countrymen in other parts of the United States, Californians are witnessing a sharp increase in the number of overdose-related visits to the emergency rooms statewide. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH), data indicates […]