- December 21, 2012
End Of The World
Well we have reached the big day. The countdown is long over and here we are at the 21st of December 2012. If you are reading this then chances are that you are not dead and the world did not end.
There has been countless end of the world prophecies ranging from 634 BCE to modern times but the little blue planet still defiantly keeps on spinning. Unsurprisingly there is still many yet come with the second coming of Jesus set between 2018 and 2028. Then if you manage to make it to the year 10100 CE it has been suggested that the universe will be diminished to a state of no thermodynamic free energy, therefore no longer being able to support life. So yes, if you are one of those people that have built a bunker in the ground or are hiding in a big giant sphere fibreglass ball that looks like a big marble (yes someone did actually do this, Google it) than I am sorry to let you know that this will not work and you have wasted your money.
I have my own theory about the Mayan calendar and I do think that they was predicting something big to happen in 2012...here’s how I think it goes. What the Mayans really predicted was the rise of the electronic cigarette so in fact it wasn't the end of the world but the end of the world in which we knew it, or at least for smokers anyway.
Ok...maybe this isn't true, but you don’t have to be an all foreseeing Mayan to predict that if you carry on smoking that you will die. The truth of the matter is for roughly half of adult smokers it isn't a question of if the expensive little white stick will kill them but how it will kill them? This statement may well be a little hard to believe but contrary to belief if you are a smoker you are likely to die from circulatory or cardiovascular disease rather than lung cancer. This is the reason why many people slip under the radar, especially older people, whe
- December 06, 2012
What are Addictions?
Addictions are unremitting and persistent behaviours that we have no control over. Many people assume that addictions only include physical things such as consuming alcohol or even taking drugs but this is not the case. Normally there are two types of addiction which include substance dependence and behavioural addiction.
Substance Dependence: This refers to someone who has a compulsive need to take substances such as drugs or alcohol in order for them to function normally. This type of addiction is the most documented and is the most commonly associated with the word addiction.
Behavioural Addiction: Behavioural addiction or process addiction as it is increasing referred to, includes a compulsion for a person to continually engage in a process. This type of addiction is just as serious as substance dependence as it can progress to an individual developing mental, physical, social and financial problems.
The antiquated view of an addiction was quite narrow-minded and was only really associated with substance abuse that temporally altered the chemical balance of the brain. However as our understanding of the human psyche has evolved our shaping and understanding of what constitutes an addiction has took on a wider spectrum.
Below are the top 10 most common addictions:
Everybody enjoys a drink on a Friday or Saturday night (maybe both) but when this social activity takes a sinister turn and becomes a compulsive need it can lead to multiple problems for the individual including physical, mental and financial consequences.
When a person drinks alcohol it changes the way in which the brain functions. The levels of dopamine are increased and as a result the person experiences pleasure. Alcohol dependence is a ominous addiction as it is something that happens over a period of time. As the individual drinks more and more excessively over