The Publisher’s Note

                                       

Wanda Carter, Publisher, Author, Station Chief

The Publisher’s Note 

Today’s young people are identified by a variety of categories. For example, Millennials also know as generation Y range in age between 24-38. Where as the Generation Z group ranges in age between 4-24 and the Baby Boomers 46-64.  Age only depicts a persons time in this realm of life. It does not reflect a persons level of maturity or consciouness. Age is an outward expression of the inner self demonstrated through our behavior.  

As we grow older,we become more aware of the inner self. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2020) asserts that human beings are aware of their environment, others, their senses (smell, touch, vision, sound taste) and themselves. The more we learn about our history, the better we understand our where our belief systems and ideologies (our experiences, our exposures to cultural trends, traditions and family life skills) came from that shape our perspectives in life.  Check in next week, for another, Publisher Note…

 

 

Assertions Based on Observations 

12/10/20 Excerpts from https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20360227

According to the Mayo Clinic, (December, 2020) Pancreatitis is an inflamation of the pancreas. The condition is caused by a blockage in the gall bladder from gall stones. Most  blockages occur in the gall bladder ducts that pass through the Pancreas, thus you have Pancreatitus. “The Pancreas produces enzymes that with digestion and harmones that regulate the way your body processes sugar (glucose).” Pancreatitis caused by gallstones

Excerpts from Mayo Clinic:  https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/pancreatitis/symptoms-causes/syc-20360227

Causes

Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes become activated while still in the pancreas, irritating the cells of your pancreas and causing inflammation.

With repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis, damage to the pancreas can occur and lead to chronic pancreatitis. Scar tissue may form in the pancreas, causing loss of function. A poorly functioning pancreas can cause digestion problems and diabetes.

Conditions that can lead to pancreatitis include:

  • Abdominal surgery
  • Alcoholism
  • Certain medications
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Gallstones
  • High calcium levels in the blood (hypercalcemia), which may be caused by an overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism)
  • High triglyceride levels in the blood (hypertriglyceridemia)
  • Infection
  • Injury to the abdomen
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic cancer

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a procedure used to treat gallstones, also can lead to pancreatitis.

Sometimes, a cause for pancreatitis is never found.

Risk factors

Factors that increase your risk of pancreatitis include:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption. Research shows that heavy alcohol users (people who consume four to five drinks a day) are at increased risk of pancreatitis.
  • Cigarette smoking. Smokers are on average three times more likely to develop chronic pancreatitis, compared with nonsmokers. The good news is quitting smoking decreases your risk by about half
  • Obesity. You’re more likely to get pancreatitis if you’re obese.
  • Family history of pancreatitis. The role of genetics is becoming increasingly recognized in chronic pancreatitis. If you have family members with the condition, your odds increase — especially when combined with other risk factors.

Complications

Pancreatitis can cause serious complications, including:

  • Pseudocyst. Acute pancreatitis can cause fluid and debris to collect in cystlike pockets in your pancreas. A large pseudocyst that ruptures can cause complications such as internal bleeding and infection.
  • Infection. Acute pancreatitis can make your pancreas vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Pancreatic infections are serious and require intensive treatment, such as surgery to remove the infected tissue.
  • Kidney failure. Acute pancreatitis may cause kidney failure, which can be treated with dialysis if the kidney failure is severe and persistent.
  • Breathing problems. Acute pancreatitis can cause chemical changes in your body that affect your lung function, causing the level of oxygen in your blood to fall to dangerously low levels.
  • Diabetes. Damage to insulin-producing cells in your pancreas from chronic pancreatitis can lead to diabetes, a disease that affects the way your body uses blood sugar.
  • Malnutrition. Both acute and chronic pancreatitis can cause your pancreas to produce fewer of the enzymes that are needed to break down and process nutrients from the food you eat. This can lead to malnutrition, diarrhea and weight loss, even though you may be eating the same foods or the same amount of food.
  • Pancreatic cancer. Long-standing inflammation in your pancreas caused by chronic pancreatitis is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer.

Causes

Pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes become activated while still in the pancreas, irritating the cells of your pancreas and causing inflammation.

With repeated bouts of acute pancreatitis, damage to the pancreas can occur and lead to chronic pancreatitis. Scar tissue may form in the pancreas, causing loss of function. A poorly functioning pancreas can cause digestion problems and diabetes.

Conditions that can lead to pancreatitis include:

  • Abdominal surgery
  • Alcoholism
  • Certain medications
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Gallstones
  • High calcium levels in the blood (hypercalcemia), which may be caused by an overactive parathyroid gland (hyperparathyroidism)
  • High triglyceride levels in the blood (hypertriglyceridemia)
  • Infection
  • Injury to the abdomen
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatic cancer

Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a procedure used to treat gallstones, also can lead to pancreatitis.

Sometimes, a cause for pancreatitis is never found.

Risk factors

Factors that increase your risk of pancreatitis include:

  • Excessive alcohol consumption. Research shows that heavy alcohol users (people who consume four to five drinks a day) are at increased risk of pancreatitis.
  • Cigarette smoking. Smokers are on average three times more likely to develop chronic pancreatitis, compared with nonsmokers. The good news is quitting smoking decreases your risk by about half
  • Obesity. You’re more likely to get pancreatitis if you’re obese.
  • Family history of pancreatitis. The role of genetics is becoming increasingly recognized in chronic pancreatitis. If you have family members with the condition, your odds increase — especially when combined with other risk factors.

Complications

Pancreatitis can cause serious complications, including:

  • Pseudocyst. Acute pancreatitis can cause fluid and debris to collect in cystlike pockets in your pancreas. A large pseudocyst that ruptures can cause complications such as internal bleeding and infection.
  • Infection. Acute pancreatitis can make your pancreas vulnerable to bacteria and infection. Pancreatic infections are serious and require intensive treatment, such as surgery to remove the infected tissue.
  • Kidney failure. Acute pancreatitis may cause kidney failure, which can be treated with dialysis if the kidney failure is severe and persistent.
  • Breathing problems. Acute pancreatitis can cause chemical changes in your body that affect your lung function, causing the level of oxygen in your blood to fall to dangerously low levels.
  • Diabetes. Damage to insulin-producing cells in your pancreas from chronic pancreatitis can lead to diabetes, a disease that affects the way your body uses blood sugar.
  • Malnutrition. Both acute and chronic pancreatitis can cause your pancreas to produce fewer of the enzymes that are needed to break down and process nutrients from the food you eat. This can lead to malnutrition, diarrhea and weight loss, even though you may be eating the same foods or the same amount of food.
  • Pancreatic cancer. Long-standing inflammation in your pancreas caused by chronic pancreatitis is a risk factor for developing pancreatic cancer.

 

10/15/20

Today’s Publisher Note is based on an assertion that I have developed over time.  For instants, most millennials who are parents – do not seem to understand that their actions manifest through their children’s behaviors.  Children learn from observation, listening, and interacting with others.  The parents are the first teachers, counselors, mentors, and spiritual leaders. 

Their children mimic the behaviors that they see. They develop their understanding of the world and how to live in it from their first teachers, the parents/guardians. Then their learning is extended through their interactions with family members, friends, and others. Behaviors are learned and so are reactions to external stimuli (joy, anger, sadness, anxiety, and or depression) that others interject into our lives. 

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According to Watson (1913), a behavioral psychologist believed that all behavior is learned through conditioning. Thus if a child continually observes his mother engaged in an augment with his father, and when the fight is over, the father hits the mother because she has disagreed with him, the child then punches his sibling when they disagree with one another. The resulting learned behavior for the child is to fight when someone disagrees with them. In conclusion, model the behavior you want those who are observing you to see.

Moreover, Rivier University (2019), confirms that the study of behaviorism is the analysis of observable behavior. So I would suggest that parents monitor their behavior while in front of their children.  Young people mimic behaviors that they see, so be very careful about losing your temper and displaying negative behaviors while your children look on. They are framing their personalities and adapting their responses to things that make them angry. Help them, model the behavior you want to see. Peace… 

 7/29/20

Today’s note is focused on the family. What is the family unit today? The mother, a senior who has grown children, whose children are adults and have children themselves. What constitutes the extended family? Are they the cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, grandparents, close friends, and long time buddies? What comes with these titles and relationships? Do we diligently understand the responsibilities associated with being a member of a family? 

Family members love one another regardless of our shortcomings or personal deficiencies, each family plays a vital role in how the overall unit functions. No member has the right to dismiss, ignore, abandon, or exclude another family member from any benefit shared by the entire family.  Family benefits should include the right to assist one another when in need. If Aunt Sussie needs $1,000 and there are 10 working adults in the family unit, each should be willing to invest a $100.00 into Sussie’s financial deficient. She can repay each member their $100.00 over the next 10 months. So that everyone gets their investment back. Then when John needs $5,000 for a down payment on his new home, the 10 family members would need to contribute $500 each to assist him. Then once he’s in the property, John can borrow against the equity in his home to repay each family contributor their $500.00 investment. 

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Families are designed to be sustaining. They should be able to acquire property every year as a group, to ensure that each member of the adult family ends up with real estate for their individual family unit. That is what other cultures have been doing since the beginning of their invasion into this country. We are the native inhibitors of “Turtle Island is a name for the Earth or for North America, used by some Indigenous and First Nations people and by some Indigenous rights activists. The name is based on a common Indigenous creation story” (Turtle Island, the place we now call America). Think about that, a great number of people who have dark melanated skin have been misled for many generations. Most believe that they are from another continent (Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica). And that they were sold into slavery. That is true for some (but not for the melanin people who were inherent to this land. What a distortion of the truth, generations of melanin people have been misled into believing that they are less than everyone else. I wonder why? Is it because people with melanin have been reared to ignore what is happening to them and around because strive is all that they should strive for. That way, the rich and elite will always have a volunteer workforce. All they had to do was practice the Willie Lynch theory, you know the one that manipulates melanin’s into hating each other, distrusting one another, even their mothers and fathers because they lack respect for themselves and others. I believe that the millennials may never have empathy for anyone else because self-preservation is paramount in their minds.

Like Fröhlich (2019), Author of the “East Africa’s forgotten slave trade” said, East Africans were sold as slaves by Muslim Arabs to the Middle East and other places via the Sahara desert and the Indian Ocean.” Most People of color (melanated people) don’t know their innate place of birth. They can’t trace their roots or the family history for more than four generations. See how far you can trace your family roots. What part of the world did you come from or are you indigenous to this great country, Turtle Island, the land of free bronze skin Indiana’s and Melaninated people.