Aaron Hernandez CTE reports!

Aaron Hernandez according to the latest of news had stage 3 CTE, per attorney Jose Baez. His brain was studied at Boston University. It is also in news that the family will sue the NFL and the Patriots. Evidently, there are four stages of CTE, and stage 4 is the most severe.

What’s the backstory?

Aaron Hernandez, the former New England Patriots player committed suicide in April while doing a life sentence for murder. But the story today is that he was found to have a serious type of C.T.E., the degenerative brain disease that is associated with repetitive head injury. What makes matters more interesting is that it has been found in more than 100 past NFL players. Analysts at Boston University who investigated the brain came to the conclusion that it was the nearly the most serious case they had ever witnessed with someone of the age of 27.

C.T.E., or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, can be identified only post-obituary. Hernandez is the most current past NFL player to have taken his own life and then been diagnosed with C.T.E. Some other former football players joining Aaron are Dave Duerson, Junior Seau, Andre Waters, Ray Easterling and Jovan Belcher, among others. Seau and Duerson shot themselves in the chest probably so that analysts would have the capability to investigate their brains. With Hernandez, he hung himself in his own prison cell.

Other players with CTE

Seau, Duerson and Waters were all older than Aaron, past the age of 40, while Hernandez is one of the youngest former NFL players to have had C.T.E. In July, analysts at Boston University discharged information that showed that they had found C.T.E. in the brains of 110 of the 111 past N.F.L. players they had looked at.

The fact that Aaron Hernandez had advanced C.T.E. is tragic. All in all, the NFL must address this devastating occupational health hazard for all its players and do it immediately. It is also tragic that Aaron received the worst case of C.T.E. at his age. It is no wonder now why he took his own life as he probably couldn’t deal with the situation. It is also important that fans address their relationship to the NFL.


But controversy still lies in the fact that he still killed someone. Does him having CTE make it okay to murder someone? But let’s also take into consideration that the brain chooses to murder. His brain was damaged, so yes, CTE played a part. But does that make him not guilty by reason of insanity or is he still responsible in the murder? Overall, they can only check for CTE on the dead. Plus, Aaron has always been violent so it is plausible that CTE exacerbated it.


Some things to know about the colour yellow

Some of the best things in life are yellow. Why do I say this? Well because it is true. Think about it logically. Think about things that are yellow. Eggs on the inside are yellow. Eggs bring us nourishment and protein. Something that is very important and that we need in our bodies to survive and live a healthy life. Lets face it, who doesn’t love eggs in the morning?


Another thing that is yellow and that is good for us is the sun. The sun gives us vitamin D. Vitamin D is something that many people are lacking in their bodies. So one of the best ways to gain vitamin D is by being outside. The sun provides health benefits as it keeps your bones strong. That’s because your body produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. The sunshine vitamin assists the body to absorb calcium, which is essential for bone health. Lastly, adults who get sunlight early in the day are prone to have a lower body mass index, a measure that takes into account weight and height. 

One of the prettiest flowers out there is the daisy that has yellow in it. Many are unaware that daisies represent purity and innocence and that a daisy is actually two flowers in one. Another fun fact about daises is that the leaves are edible. And Last but definitely not least, daises have lots of medicinal properties. They are thought to relieve indigestion and coughs. So the next time you come across a daisy remember these facts. It’s not uncommon for people to associate the colour yellow with brightness so it makes sense that it is recognized through nourishment. 


Life Lesson 101 

What is the point of surviving in this world if we don’t bring any meaning in our lives? We live to work towards something. We work to set goals and then accomplish them. We have passion and drive for particular things in our lives. But something obviously motivated us to bring us to that passion. 

Life is filled with both good and bad. In order to appreciate the good or experience true happiness, we must experience failure and sadness. Perfect examples of issues that many people face are with work, relationship struggles or just a lack of self-confidence.


When these types of situations come up, it’s easy to fall into the trap of self-doubt, and negativity and feel like giving up. The result is that it feels like there is no silver lining and you feel like you are surrounded by this fogginess and lacking any stimulation or incentive to move forward.


Now it is never fun or fair to be in this situation, but for many it happens and it is a part of life. So if you find yourself stuck in this trap, an easy and creative way to help get yourself out of this black hole, is to read inspirational sayings and quotes. Words can be so powerful and uplifting. They are like little reminders that can help you move forward when you are feeling down or get stuck in negativity. Thinking negative is normal, but shouldn’t consume your mind or your thoughts.


The most important part is that the people that have written these quotes, you will respect what they have to say and what they have struggled with. It will show you that if they conquer so can you.


So to put a little kick in your day here are a couple of the best inspirational words, sayings and quotes. They’ll inspire and motivate you, help you achieve what you thought was unlikely, and enable you to tackle life’s challenges.


The best inspirational saying and quotes:

1. “If you can’t fly then run. If you can’t run then walk. If you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward”- Martin Luther King Jr.

2. “Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards”- Soren Kierkegaard.

3. “The more real you get the more unreal the world gets.”- John Lennon

4. “My definition of stupid is wasting your opportunity to be yourself, because I think everyday has a uniqueness and everybody’s good at something.” – Pink

5. “The solution to sadness is not to look at it as a negative. The solution to sadness is understanding it. The solution to sadness is listening to it and walking it out of your heart the same way that it walked in. You can’t expect it to overtake you by walking in, and to leave by disappearing. It took steps in. It needs to take steps out.” – Najwa Zebian


Mental Health Awareness

For someone who went through anxiety I can’t say this enough. Although I never tried to commit suicide, the thoughts were there. Many people believe that a suicide attempt is a selfish act, because the person just does not think about the people left behind. I can tell you that when a person gets to that point, they don’t do it to hurt their family. They truly believe that there is no point to their existence. This is mental illness, not egotism. The truth is; anxiety and depression is a terrible illness and seems unyielding. I have been close to that edge, and some have lost friends and loved ones. Let’s look out for each other and stop putting mental illness under the rug.

Acne: Imperfections or Purity?

I am writing this to all those out there who suffer with acne. For myself I’ve had acne since my highschool days. It is something I’ve tackled with till this present day. It is something that is frustrating. It may not seem like a big deal, but it can really affect a person emotionally in a negative way. It can put a damper on the way that you look at yourself. Inevitably, it can cause insecurity and anxiety. The more we stress about it, focus on it, and pick at our acne, the worse it gets. The only way we can get past it is to embrace it.

I believe it was the singer Lorde who said that acne gives character. I loved hearing this and found it to be so true. More recently I had a friend from work also say that once a person is beautiful they always are and acne won’t change that. People are not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside. We have emotions, personalities, and intelligence and that is a huge part of who we are as individuals. At the end of the day no one is perfect or has perfect skin. These celebrities or models we see should not reflect how we look at ourselves. Half the time they are photo shopped or loaded with makeup. In my opinion I wear more makeup now than I did before. I used to believe it was wrong to hide my acne with makeup and it did make it worse, but now I don’t wear the makeup to hide. I wear it because it gives me confidence and to heighten my beauty.

Most of the time acne gets better and scars fade and usually once we get older it gets better. Most of the time it has to do with how we take care of ourselves health wise, what we eat, and are stress levels. For some it doesn’t have anything to do with this. In addition, we all have different skin types so some of us don’t have to worry about getting pimples. There are literally millions of remedies for acne and different things work for different people. I know for me for sure it has gotten better. I still get it but not as bad.

Overall, we should never look down upon ourselves, because at the end of the day it doesn’t matter how others look at ourselves, but how we look at ourselves. We should embrace our imperfections. Half the time people don’t even notice or pay attention to it. Acne is obviously something that many people have; others have it worse than others. Mine was never super bad to begin with, but when I was going through anxiety it was pretty bad. I know for myself I just had no confidence about myself. I avoided looking at myself in the mirror. But now that I’m coping a lot better with my anxiety and no longer experiencing it as bad, my acne has gotten a lot better.

The main thing is all about confidence. People who have big personalities don’t worry about blemishes on their face. We live in a society where looks are the way we judge people. Our faces are the first thing that people see so of course we are prone to look at people a certain way. But I think now we are moving away from superficiality and focusing on personality over looks, well at least I hope we are. All in all, I think we are moving towards a time where people are becoming less judgmental. Of course people still focus on beauty and looks, which is notable but I believe that we should never bully, ridicule or judge people who have bad acne.

The Mysteries of Life

Tell a lie find a truth

For every door there is a key.

Redemption has its own intent

The sense of ourselves is to believe.

Were all living in a dream

When we close our eyes

No stress no confusion

Everything feels like an illusion.

When we wake up

We look around

And all we see are choices

Waiting to be made.

Sadly the answers to the questions

Slowly start to fade.

Stress Less With These Health Tips

Stress Less With These Health Tips

Are you a person that suffers with Anxiety? Or a person that doesn’t handle stress easily. Well let me tell you Stress, anxiety, and depression are some of the leading causes of heart disease. Also having stress for a long time does no good to your body. As a person who suffered with anxiety I can tell you all the things that it can do to your body. Many people think Anxiety is all a mental thing, which it is, but people don’t know physically, what is can do to you. For younger people it can cause more acne, which can worsen self-confidence. In addition, having a lot of stress can cause a nervous stomach, which can lead to producing too much acid in your stomach. You can develop acid reflux. Although this is a more minor condition, it is a discomfort. Anxiety can also cause you to loss weight and lose your appetite. Last, but not least stress and anxiety can also cause muscle tension and Insomnia. In order to prevent these things from happening or if you’re already experiencing them, here are some ways to eliminate them.
The first help tip I’m going to advise is exercise. Exercise is a great way to create endorphins. Exercise is definitely not something easy. You have to be motivated and determined. When I tried to do yoga and exercise it was hard, because of the muscle tension I was experiencing. But exercising was supposed to help with this. At times I felt like giving up. But once my anxiety levels were lower I was able to consistently work out and get into a routine. Best of all it made me tired and I was able to sleep better. In addition, I found it improved memory and the whole reason I started was because my doctor said it helps with acid reflux. Working out gives you confidence, in addition to looking better you feel better. I continue to get compliments all the time, which pushes me to keep working out. I continue to add new workouts and make sure to workout all different areas of my body.
“When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. So it stands to reason that if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.” ( ADAA)
Another health tip in order to reduce anxiety and stress that many might not turn to is music. Music functions as an escape. It is very therapeutic. “Music is widely used to enhance well-being, reduce stress, and distract patients from unpleasant symptoms. Although there are wide variations in individual preferences, music appears to exert direct physiologic effects through the autonomic nervous system.” (Kemper,282)
Social media as well as music helps with stress in my opinion. The way in which, I find social media as a stress reliever is, for example watching TV. Television has a way of distracting you of bothersome thoughts. This is a form of rumination, which has known to be very effective. It keeps your mind off complicated matters and allows you to focus on something else. Even things such as Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr are helpful. People can say what they want about these mediums of social media, but I have noticed they have a way of entertaining us in many ways. It can be as simple as posting a comic picture or being able to chat online with friends. It is a great downtime and even good when you’re taking breaks between studying. It is not to say that it should be done instead of exercising or enjoying a gorgeous day outside, but I find it’s not just browsing on the web. Social media is far from a waste of time. It encourages reading. On twitter and Facebook many pages and tweets have links to fascinating articles

Kemper, Kathi., and Suzanne C. Danhauer. “Music As Therapy.” Southern Medical Journal 98.3 (2005): 282-87. Web.

“Physical Activity Reduces Stress.” Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 June 2016.