Camping is the Solution to All Problems

I love to go backpacking, and every summer I get in the car and drive hundreds of miles to reach pristine mountain ranges. It gives me a little break from the sweltering heat, and at higher altitudes, it gets really cold, even in the summertime. I’ve been caught in sleet storms, hail storms, snow storms, and rain storms, but being on the mountain is a goal of mine at least once every year.

The process is routine but filled with surprises. Every morning, I wake up and eat breakfast, pack up camp, and begin searching for the next campsite. Along the way, I hear and see the majestic wildlife that thrives on the mountain.

Summertime is the best time to be out in nature at high altitudes, and none other than the summer after my friend got the news that his longtime ex-girlfriend told him she was pregnant. I did some research, and these Georgia Family Law Attorneys suggested he try to get a paternity test. To take his mind off things, I took him out for a long trip that summer. I even thought of taking him again in the winter, but during the winter, plants and animals go into a dormant stage to survive the freezing temperatures and harsh climate. In the spring and summer, the mountain becomes very alive, and streams flow, birds sing, bears scavenge, and deer graze. There is something so naturally thrilling about coming across another living creature in a neutral, wild environment, it’s almost addicting after a while.

At night, the temperatures drop significantly, and your instincts tell you to be alert in the secluded forest. A campfire is almost a necessity to stay warm, but the night sky is bright if there is no overcast. The stars and the moon are exceptional sources of light at night, and you can see more stars on the mountain than you ever thought imaginable. I’ve been lucky enough to be out when a meteor shower came through, and I spent the entire night watching hundreds of falling stars until the cold forced me into my sleeping bag, placed securely in my tent.

Before it gets too dark, it’s best to put your food and aromatic items, like deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, and chapstick, in a bag, up a tree, and pretty far away from your tent. Bears and other critters can smell things a mile away, and when you’re in their neck of the woods, chances are they’ll come around to check things out if they get bored. I’ve only seen two black bears during my hiking trips, and noises are an effective repellent in the wild.

The fresh air at that altitude clears my mind, and I feel strong sensations of natural health when I’m on the mountain. Drinking fresh water out of a stream is a luxury that I would pay money for. Now that it’s winter time, I am counting down the days until I can get back to mother nature and witness the metamorphosis between seasons taking place. Naturally brisk, full of oxygen, and as cold as the deep earth, every summer, ice from the summit begins to melt and refills the struggling streams that give rise to babbling brooks and crooked creeks. Life thrives along these banks, and animals begin to stir out of hibernation and see the sun again. If you’ve never been there before, I highly recommend seeing it.

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How much money is your injury worth?

If you’ve been personally injured, you might’ve considered seeking legal representation to get compensation for all the costs associated with your injury. Monetary compensation for injuries can range from hundreds of dollars to millions. It all depends on the type of injury, the costs of the injury, the circumstances surrounding the accident, etc. In this article, we are going to explore some of the things that can affect how much compensation you are eligible to receive for a personal injury case.

There are generally two types of damages in personal injury cases: Compensatory and Punitive. Compensatory damages are meant to help the injured person back into a pre-injury state, or as close as possible. These damages are usually commensurate with the number of costs related to physical damage, emotional stress, lost time, and even loss of enjoyment. The other type of damage, Punitive, is generally charged in addition to any compensatory damages. These apply when a defendant’s actions that resulted in the injury are particularly appalling. Overall, the number of damages that are charged greatly depends on the circumstances surrounding the incident of personal injury. More costly injuries with greater physical and emotional harm will typically receive more compensation than others.

Some plaintiff actions can actually decrease the amount of compensation they are eligible to receive. If you have been personally injured but were partially responsible in one of the following ways, you might lose some potential compensation. The legal concept that describes this situation is comparative or contributory negligence. If for example, you were involved in a car accident, but you failed to buckle your seatbelt, you would likely be considered partially responsible for any injuries that you sustained during your accident, particularly if the accident could’ve been prevented by use of a seatbelt. Furthermore, you could share liability in the costs of your injury if you failed to mitigate damages following the incident. If you have been personally injured but don’t take reasonable steps to mitigate the costs of that injury, like failing to visit a doctor, you might forego some potential reparations. It is important to note that even if you were in some way responsible for the incident or failed to respond accordingly, you might still be eligible for financial compensation. To be certain, you should contact a lawyer with any questions or concerns that you might have.

Another aspect that affects the value of your injury is the legal costs that will accrue if you seek legal recourse. Attorneys can be very expensive, and you might run the risk of suing without receiving any compensation.

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Cavities: The Most Common Form of Dental Disease

Tooth decay, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), is the destruction of the tooth enamel – the hard, outer layer of the teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults. Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on our teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel. The stickiness of the plaque keeps these acids in contact with your teeth and over time the enamel can break down. This is when cavities can form.

A cavity, which is a tiny opening or hole on the tooth, is the most common form of dental disease. A cavity usually does not hurt, unless it grows very large and affects the nerves or causes a tooth fracture. An untreated cavity can lead to tooth abscess, an infection in the tooth.

According to a Babylon cavities dentist, to prevent cavities from forming, it is recommended that you brush your teeth 2-3 times per day, floss your teeth 1-2 times per day, and limit your intake of high-sugar beverages and food, like candies, gums and sweets. Other ways of checking plaques and preventing cavities are through dental sealants, thorough dental cleanings for your teeth and gums, routine 6-month checkups and in-office fluoride treatments.

Fluoride is a recent and effective advancement in the dental and oral health industry. Studies have shown that teeth exposed to a moderate and consistent amount of fluoride are stronger and the fluoride helps rebuild the tooth structure and prevent future decay.

Your babies need to be protected too. While your baby is teething, it is important to monitor the teeth for signs of baby bottle decay (also called early childhood caries, nursing caries and nursing bottle syndrome). Examine the teeth, especially on the inside or the tongue side, every two weeks for dull spots (whiter than the tooth surface) or lines. A bottle containing anything other than water – such as fruit juices, milk, formula, fruit juice diluted with water, sugar water or any other sweet drink – and left in an infant’s mouth while sleeping can cause decay. This happens because sugar in the liquid mixes with bacteria in dental plaque, forming acids that attack the tooth enamel. Each time a child drinks liquids containing sugar, acids attack the teeth for about 20 minutes. When awake, saliva carries away the liquid. During sleep, the saliva flow significantly decreases and liquids pool around the child’s teeth for long periods, covering the teeth in acids.


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The Health Risks of Obesity

In simple terms, obesity is being about overly fat or overweight, but in medical terms, it is about having at least an extra 20% in weight in relation to height. People suffer from obesity because of various reasons. It may be because of poor diet decisions, like overconsumption of calories in relation to calories that can be burned or of unhealthy food products such as potato chips and soft drinks. It may be because of the lack of physical activities, like failure to get adequate exercise. It may also be because of other medical conditions, such as eating and sleeping disorders.
Whatever the cause of obesity is, it doesn’t change the fact that it has negative effects on the person who suffer from it. The website of GastroCare LI has made a list of effects that obese people can experience on a daily basis:

  • Back pain
  • Breathlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Inability to participate in physical activities
  • Increased sweating
  • Snoring

Because of the effects listed above, you may think that obesity is merely an inconvenience, but it is more than just a hassle. It can make you more prone to certain medical conditions.

  • Cancer – Obesity has been known to be linked to the development of certain types of cancers, particularly those that involve the colon and kidney.
  • Diabetes – Being obese puts a person at greater risk of Type 2 Diabetes because of the blood sugar level effects of overeating, overconsumption of unhealthy products, and lack of physical activity.
  • Heart Problems – High blood pressure and high cholesterol level are likely conditions for those who are overweight, and these conditions may put enough strain into the heart, resulting into heart problems and even stroke.
  • Sleep Apnea – This is a condition wherein a person has brief pauses during sleep, and obese people are more likely to experience it. This may result into unsatisfying rests and daytime tiredness, which may further increase the likelihood of heart problems.
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Construction Workers – Most Prone to Work-related Accidents

The Willow Island disaster, which occurred in April of 1978 and killed 51 construction workers all working on a scaffold, is considered the largest construction accident in the history of the United States. So many more construction site accidents happened before and after this one tragic event, all severely injuring scores of workers and taking the lives of many others.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics records about 150,000 job-related injuries annually in construction sites alone, making industrial jobs the most dangerous of all types of works. To ensure safety in construction sites, in particular, and in all workplaces, in general, the United States government passed into law the Occupational Safety and Health Act, or OSH Act, in 1970 which, after a year, established the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHS’ main concern is to implement the mandate on safe and healthy working conditions in all work environments for the benefit of all employees.

In 2012, of the 4,175 deaths involving employees in the private sector, 806 were construction workers. The top four causes of deaths, which OSHA came to call the “Fatal Four,” include: falls; being struck by something, such as a truck, crane, a falling wall, a falling object or other heavy tool or vehicle; electrocution; and, being caught-in/between.

A personal injury attorney will always emphasize the necessity of construction jobs, yet will also affirm the many dangers construction workers are regularly exposed to. Thus, property owners, contractors, machinery manufacturers and all workers have the responsibility of doing their part in keeping working sites as safe as possible to avoid untoward incidents, which, in reality, can be avoided.

When an accident occurs, however, then hiring a highly-competent legal counsel may be necessary. He/She may be able to help the accident victim assess the extent of the injury, apply for Worker’s Compensation benefit or pursue the best legal action against the liable party (if the injured victims waives his/her claim for the Worker’s Comp benefit).

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