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The Mayday Project gains further recognition of Chronic Lyme in Philly

Lyme patients gather in a peaceful protest at IDWeek (in Philadelphia, PA)

Last weekend The Mayday Project protested outside the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) conference in Philadelphia to support those suffering from Chronic Lyme Disease. Specifically they asked for improvement of the IDSA Lyme guidelines, which would allow for more regulated lab testing and treatment for those ill with the disease in its chronic form, which has been scientifically proven, yet not legally recognized.

According to the CDC, Lyme disease is the fastest growing vector borne infectious disease in the US, estimating around 300,000 cases per year. …read more

Restarting the Dialogue Around Income Inequality

Protesters Involved in the Occupy Movement

Remember the Occupy movement, which was so big a couple of years ago? Groups of people all over America staged sit-ins all over the country to protest the fact that the top 1% of Americans hold 40% of the nation’s wealth. But then, days led into weeks, and nothing happened. The people went home.

For the first time in history, the majority of policymakers in Congress are millionaires, which sets them apart from the constituents that they represent. And it’s no secret that there aren’t any big lobby groups throwing dollars at our …read more

Searching For Natural Cures: The Power Of Medical Marijuana By: Hannah Rosenberger

Pot is no longer just for rebelling against the man…or your parents. Today marijuana has cut its long hair and is pushing its way forward into productive society. Despite a deeply imbedded cultural stigma attached to marijuana use, an objective look at its incredible health benefits could help it break through.

English: DEA raid on a medical marijuana dispensary in Hollywood, California. Description is from the Flickr photo set. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1972, the United States’ Congress passed the Controlled Substances Act. This based the ban of marijuana on the claim that it had “no acceptable medical use.” …read more

From Vacants to Vegetables: How do I build a garden By: James McComas

Cross-posted from UNspOILed

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As reported in my last post, I obtained rights to build a community garden on a vacant lot from the City of Baltimore. But I have never actually gardened, and had no idea how to build a garden from scratch. After doing my homework, and looking into examples of urban gardens online and around the city, I had a better idea of where to start. So this is what I had to start with (see above). Not so great in the natural light department, but at least there wasn’t any …read more

Nature Deficit Disorder: It’s a thing

Cross-posted from Nature Deficit Disorder – It’s a Thing– UNspOILed. Read original post here.

View from Buzzard Rock in George Washington National Forest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently returned from a three day backpacking trip in a remote area of the George Washington National Forest. It was a much needed vacation from my urban-focused life, allowing me to reconnect with nature, and helping ward off symptoms of Nature Deficit Disorder. Yes, that is a thing.

Don’t get me wrong, I love living in the city, and actually prefer it to a rural or suburban lifestyle. But as someone who has …read more

Veterans Die…Waiting for Medical Care

VETERANS DAY 2013 (Photo credit: arbyreed)

We sing the national anthem with pride, take the day of November 11th to remember those who served our country, wear “Support Our Troops” paraphernalia, and thank veterans for risking their lives…but what does it matter if we fail to accommodate their health upon return?

I am extremely disappointed with the recent medical record fraud in Phoenix, VA. According to a recent preliminary report, “at least 1,700 military veterans waiting to see a doctor were never scheduled an appointment and were never placed on a wait list at the Veterans Affairs medical center …read more

Summer is Coming to Baltimore…Take Advantage of These Fun (and Healthy) Things to Do!

Summer is coming, and the WellPower Blog Team would like to suggest some free or low-cost ways to get involved in the community and stay healthy!

English: The Baltimore Rock Opera Society’s “Brothership”, a converted 1988 Saab 900, which first premiered at Artscape in Baltimore, Maryland, July 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Go to Artscape

From July 18-20 go to “America’s Largest Free Arts Festival.” Here you will find magnificent exhibits, designers, artists, film, and a packed tight schedule of live concerts, dance, theatre and so on. You don’t want to miss it!

Volunteer at Velocipede Bike Project

Volunteer on …read more

The Big Deal Around Obesity Disproportionately Affecting Minority Populations

(Photo credit: Malingering)

In honor of National Minority Health Month, the WellPower Blog team continues to raise awareness on health disparities affecting racial and ethnic minority groups in the U.S., including the ways social determinants affect health, specifically obesity.

Obesity is defined as a person weighing at least 20% more than they should for their height – and it disproportionately affects minority populations, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health:

African American women are 80% more likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic White women Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders are 30% times more likely …read more

Rx: 1 Inhaler + Heat…Supporting Preventative Health

Pharmacy Rx symbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I’m sorry,” is all the doctor could say at that point. The patient would have to have surgery–an amputation…all because he didn’t have access to medical care before diabetes took over.

According to the Center for Disease Control, African Americans, Hispanic/Latino Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander Americans are at higher risk for type 2 diabetes than the rest of U.S. population. These racial and ethnic minority groups are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes due to poverty, lack of access to health care, …read more

The Shriver Peaceworker Fellows Program Gives Back to Baltimore

“Peace Corps Volunteers, stay as you are—be servants of peace; work at home as you have worked abroad—humbly, persistently, intelligently. Serve your neighborhoods. Serve your cities. Serve the poor. Join others who serve. Serve…Serve…Serve…that’s the end. That is the challenge. For in the end it will be the servants who save us all.”

– Sargent Shriver, Peace Corps First Director

Kennedy and Johnson greeting Peace Corps volunteers, 1962 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The WellPower Blog is committed to creating a healthier nation by lifting up community involvement, including drawing attention to local organizations striving to end …read more