Living a healthy life is both a desire and necessity for all but unfortunately, under the given modern socio-economic paradigm, it has not become a standard for every person yet. In many parts of the world, especially in the lesser developed regions, people lack access to health care. In the developed parts of the world, millions of people find it difficult to access accurate health information due to information overload. Whether it be investigating which organic protein powders are safe for pregnant women or what lifestyle changes need to made when diagnosed with coeliac disease, figuring out what’s good for your health can be tough. The confusion seems to be a dominant theme in the given reality and it leads to dissatisfaction for millions of people. What is healthy and what is not are unknowns at large but there exist significant efforts for such definitions and going through them is not a bad idea to catch a glimpse of truth. As truth sets the intelligent and productive from the dumb and the destructive, matters related to human health will become more important and the general public will benefit as a whole.
Homelessness is a serious problem in the developed world and providing health care to such people is a matter of concern and emergency for many social workers. As more people get kick out of their residences due to insufficient funds and non-payments, they resort to living on the streets, lacking medical supplies or treatment while being prone to the possible dangers of such a lifestyle. The notion of ‘Street Medicine’ was born out of such situations with the intention to meet the medical demands of such people at no cost. Beginning in 2005 as a local Pennsylvanian project, the program managed to become an international success story, attracting more than 500 international participants every year to implement the notion of emergency and priority for the issue. Unfortunately, statistics show that the US states where the highest numbers of homeless people live are also the ones with the highest prices and therefore homeless people living in these areas can practically never access healthcare. The JPS Health Network has managed to provide funds for such people to register and receive treatment to provide them with emergency room services on the streets. Since most homeless people have significantly troubling health issues, it becomes a necessity to provide on-site emergency solutions to them as quickly as possible and the JPS Health Network continues to grow its networks of doctors, institutions and patients for this specific reason.
Another significant health-related issue that has surfaced throughout the years is cigarette addiction and the recent introduction of electronic cigarettes seems to be proposed as a solution to it. However, as statistics are compiled and analyzed, it becomes obvious that the whole thing is a marketing campaign for higher sales and profits and that vaping can cause significant harm to people, especially younger ones. The US Food and Drug Administration is about to embark on a nation-wide program to inform high school students about the dangers of using e-cigarettes as vaporizer use showed a %900 increase among high school students in 2016. The idea is simple: to target 10-12-year-olds and deter them from developing a liking for the ‘coolness’ of vaping, which they might do after seeing older students vape. E-cigarettes contain chemical liquids that not only lead to cigarette addiction in the latter stages of use but also contain toxic chemicals, which can cause a variety of different complications including cancer. Since most students vape in school bathrooms, the given campaign will be initiated in such locations to directly reach such individuals. Although the flavors taste good, the aftermath of regular use might not be so good in the end and the situation demands direct involvement as soon as possible.
In a similar vein, cannabis use has also become a controversial subject in America as well as the world with several US states along with some other countries such as the Netherlands legalizing the sale and use of medical marijuana already. Quite recently, South Africa joined the movement as the government legalized growing of marijuana for private consumption. Although the country has a history of serious battling with the substance, the newly legislated law protects the individual’s right to consume cannabis in a private setting with no intention to sell or distribute. The South African constitution and legal system are both undergoing a liberalization process within which the issues of privacy and personal freedom are positioned in a centralized spot. Although the government withholds its concerns over the health related effects of marijuana on the public, it has implemented the given set of laws to initiate a new movement of legal protection for individualism and cannabis is only one of the many subjects of concern. The government hopes that by providing such freedom of use to its citizens, it will invest into the creation of a more aware and conscious public in the years to come, not only regarding marijuana and other drugs but also about the importance of self-respect and responsibility.