It seems counterintuitive that multivitamins, touted for decades for their health benefits that aid a vitamin deficient nation, could actually pose a danger to our health. A multitude of scientific research is opening eyes to the unnecessary and risky nature of the supplements that line our shelves and medicine cabinets.
One study found that most Americans get their required vitamins and nutrients from their diets. Taking multivitamins after having already reached the optimum intake can have dangerous outcomes. Folic acid, which is found in many multivitamins, can lead to lesions that can result in colorectal cancers if consumed in excess. Since most Americans receive their daily folic acid from foods like cereals and bread, taking a supplement on top of it is overload. Seniors, who tend to take iron supplements, can have an increased risk of heart disease from the excessive iron. Health experts recommend that people should take multivitamins only under special circumstances: anorexics, children who are picky eaters, and vegans are of the select group.
When it comes to our health choices, it may be tempting to pop a multivitamin to ebb our fear of rickets or scurvy. However, recent research has shed light upon the dangers and uselessness of these pills. We generally get the nutrients we need from our food, and consuming multivitamins as an added measure may actually be detracting from our well-being.
It seems counterintuitive that the Canadian government would provide heroin addicts with free heroin, since as Americans we are so used to seeing drug abusers be persecuted and thrown in jail or cast out from society like lepers.
Being a port city, Vancouver is vulnerable to heroin importation by boat from the Pacific. In the beginning of their efforts to end this problem, the city implemented the use of suboxone and methadone for treating addicts. These two heroin alternatives are safer than the drug itself, and have proved successful in weaning some off of drugs entirely. More recently, Vancouver has switched from these alternatives to heroin itself for the worst cases. Doctors and nurses give out the necessary amount to the users and monitor them. This creates a safe environment for people who have gone down a dark path in life and are having trouble finding their way back.
In the United States, heroin is harshly penalized for possession, usage, and distribution. Admittedly, heroin dealers should not be allowed to illegally sell this deadly drug throughout the country. That said, people who end up addicted to heroin should not be vilified. Many start at a young age where they do not fully realize the ramifications it will have on their life. Charging them immense fines, throwing them in jail, and leaving them with a tainted record that can prevent them from assimilation back into society is a much more illogical idea than setting up a safe haven for these drug addicts.
Heroin is potentially deadly and can lead to a life of crime, but providing addicts with a safe and regulated place for them to indulge in their drug habits avoids these issues. If we adopt similar measures as Vancouver, our drug addicts could avoid overdosing, not feel forced into crime to get their fix, and decide for themselves when and if they are going to get clean.
It seems counterintuitive that someone would be denied a loan based off of the content on their social networking sites, but this practice is becoming reality.
Recent advice in our modern, technologically based world has warned that employers, college admissions officers, and the rest of the world can see and judge us on our online profiles. However, the claim that lending companies would deny us a loan based off of our digitally portrayed selves sounds ludicrous. Shockingly, this is all too true. LendUp, a San Francisco based company, is one of several companies carrying out these judgements. Applicants have been denied credit for being online friends with someone who was late paying a loan. People who have active social media lives are seen as stable by these companies. Even more shocking, there are no regulations in place to oversee these discriminatory practices. If these unchecked schemes by lending companies prove successful for business, it is speculated that banks may undertake the same type of online investigations.
The fact that people tailor their online profiles and portray skewed, unrealistic versions of themselves is evidence that these companies are basing decisions off of irrelevant information. Additionally, people could be Facebook friends with various members of their old high school class, having seen none of them in years. The fact that they could be denied credit because an old school chum failed to pay back a loan on time is nonsensical. Social media provides a very brief, one dimensional look into people’s lives and is filled with their own biases. It does not reflect their financial standings, trustworthiness, and ability to repay a loan. If this practice becomes the norm for lending companies, or even more frighteningly, banks, our best course of action may be to change our social media names to a disguising moniker or delete our online profiles altogether.