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How Xanax works (video)

WASHINGTON — Whether or not you have anxiety, you’ve probably heard of Xanax. But what’s in this popular and widely prescribed drug, and how does it work? This new video from Reactions describes how Xanax works in the anxious brain:

 

Heroin for Opioid Addicts, None for Cancer Patients

Heroin for Opioid Addicts, None for Cancer Patients
Where is the common sense and compassion in this country for cancer patients who suffer in agony? I write this because drug addicts, who largely seek pleasure from opioid drugs, are now getting better pain control than cancer victims. And these patients and their families should be enraged by what is happening.

The Federal Minister of Health (MOH), Ginette P. Taylor, has announced a 100 million dollar fund to fight the opioid crisis. She reports “This situation keeps me up at night.” I should remind her that cancer pain keeps many patients in agony   24 hours a day!

What is more galling is that the government wants to reduce barriers that limit access to heroin for addicts in drug-treatment programs. Yet there is no such access for cancer patients in hospitals. It appears that not all the lunatics are in the asylum.

Communion to Adulterers Promulgated as “Authentic Magisterium”

Communion to Adulterers Promulgated as Authentic Magisterium
If papal clarification was ever needed on the long-debated issue of the intended meaning of Amoris Laetitia chapter VIII, such clarification has now been provided for the Church at large.

Last week, Acta Apostolicae Sedis (AAS)—the Vatican’s organ for promulgating the Official Acts of the Apostolic See—published Pope Francis’ October 2016 letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires in which he praised their episcopal guidelines allowing divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion in some cases while living in a state of objective mortal sin.

Concerning these guidelines that allow “the possibility of access to the sacraments of Reconciliation and the Eucharist” in “complex circumstances” where “limitations that lessen the responsibility and guilt” permit adulterous couples to continue in adultery, the pope said in his letter:

By David Martin - Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - -- Lifestyles

Mazda CX-3 manual - a low end SUV that’s plenty of fun

Mazda CX-3 manual - a low end SUV that's plenty of fun
The entry level version of Mazda’s smallest SUV is not only a great vehicle that’s a blast to drive, it also shows clearly that there are plenty of common features on today’s vehicles that aren’t really necessary.

I mean, for 20 grand Canadian, you can have a great-looking “crossover” that’s also a great driving one (it feels kind of like a tall Mazda 3). It’s almost enough to make me want to think about owning an SUV, without simultaneously ducking to avoid a lightning strike from Heaven.

Sure, for that $19,995 entry price you don’t get adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, blind spot monitoring, and that type of thing. But you do get manual cruise control, and vehicle that handles so nicely that you should have no trouble keeping inside your lane (as long as you pay attention - and if you don’t, why are you there?). You also get outside rear view mirrors you can adjust to virtually eliminate blind spots - and plenty more standard features, like airbags, belts and the like. Just like every car today, pretty well.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, December 3, 2017 - -- Automotive

Taking Arsenic Would be the Safer Option

Taking Arsenic Would be the Safer Option
Today, there’s almost a crusade taking place to decrease the risk of concussion in hockey, football and other sports. But what is the risk of other injuries? A study, published in the issue of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, says you do not have to participate in high octane sports to be injured. The report shows that facial fractures among older adults are on the rise. And taking arsenic in some activities would seem to be a safer option for some seniors.

Researchers, at Wayne State University in Detroit, evaluated national emergency room statistics and discovered an interesting trend. During a five year period 20,500 adults ages 55 and older suffered facial fractures. In fact, the number of these injuries had increased 45 percent over the preceding five years.

The Most Perfect Christmas Gift

The Most Perfect Christmas GiftStanding at the post office window, I placed the tattered Bible in a box, but before sealing it, I lay my hand on the little black book … and remembered.

The book and I have always been together. Periodically, when its spine and pages separate, when handling has marred the cover’s gold lettering, I mail it to a bindery.

By Jimmy Reed - Monday, November 27, 2017 - -- Lifestyles

Mercedes’ golden age of design continues with 2017 C-Class Wagon

Mercedes-Benz' C Class wagon
Mercedes-Benz’ C Class wagon is a lovely and wonderful car that combines the best of a sedan with most of the utility of an SUV/Crossover. I call that a winning combination.

Okay, let’s get the “I’m a wagon guy” out of the way first. I’m a wagon guy. I love ‘em - they’re like a sedan except you can haul a big screen TV in them - depending on the size of the screen.

By Jim Bray - Sunday, November 26, 2017 - -- Automotive

Rich & Famous-Style Accommodation in New Zealand

Lodge at The Hills
Luxury homes in New Zealand’s most idyllic locales offer those with a lot of discretionary income to experience a slice of Kiwi heaven. They attract both famous (from Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga) to more low-profile visitors. What all of the guests have in common is the wish to rest and relax in luxurious comfort on their vacation.

Southern Paradise

Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have both taken time out from their schedules (not together) to soak up the southern splendour of Queenstown at Lodge at The Hills. Located in The Hills golf course – and owned by Kiwi jewellery king Sir Michael Hill – this spot is worthy of such high-profile guests. The six-suite estate includes an art studio, music and media room, and a wine cellar dining room. It boasts a heated infinity pool, spa pool, sauna, private golf course and outdoor fireplace. Sound good? It should – the high-season rate is $32,250 NZD (approx. $28,150 Cdn) per night.

By News on the Net - Friday, November 24, 2017 - -- Travel

Car buyers lose big when big government tells them what to buy

Car buyers lose big when big government tells them what to buy
DALLAS — For a century carmakers built the cars and trucks their customers wanted.  That’s changing. Increasingly they’re building cars and trucks the government wants their customers to have—and that means electric vehicles (EVs).

CNN reports that China, France, Great Britain, India, Norway and Germany are considering banning the future production and sale of gasoline and diesel-powered engines.

By Merrill Matthews - Thursday, November 23, 2017 - -- Automotive

Watch: Wine “legs” and minibot motors

Watch: Wine
As any wine enthusiast knows, the “legs” that run down a glass after a gentle swirl of vino can yield clues about alcohol content. Interestingly, the physical phenomenon that helps create these legs can be harnessed to propel tiny motors to carry out tasks on the surface of water. Scientists demonstrate the motors in a report in ACS’ journal Langmuir.

By American Chemical Society - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - -- Lifestyles

After cooking, biofortified corn and eggs retain vital nutrient needed to prevent blindness

Corn muffins and other foods made with biofortified maize and eggs retain vitamin A after being cooked
Fortified and biofortified foods are at the forefront of efforts to combat vitamin A deficiency worldwide. But little is known about what influence processing may have on the retention of vitamin A precursors in these foods. Now in a study appearing in ACS Omega, scientists report that a high percentage of these healthful substances — in some cases, almost all — can survive cooking, depending on the preparation method.

Strategies to combat the opioid epidemic

Strategies to combat the opioid epidemic
The opioid epidemic is ravaging lives and tearing families apart. Overdose deaths from heroin, fentanyl and misused prescription painkillers have tripled in the past 15 years. Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly newsmagazine of the American Chemical Society, explores how abuse-deterring and novel formulations for painkillers in addition to crime-fighting tools to quickly identify opioids could help curb the crisis.

Advocates of Abortion, Euthanasia, Invited to Speak at the Vatican

Advocates of Abortion, Euthanasia, Invited to Speak at the Vatican
Since 2013, many Catholics have been in denial about Rome’s collusion with abortionists, despite the fact that notorious abortion advocates like Paul Ehrlich and Jeffrey Sachs have repeatedly been invited to speak at the Vatican.

Once again, several advocates of abortion and euthanasia were given a platform to voice their views at a two-day “end of life” conference co-hosted by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life on November 16-17. The conference was conjointly organized by the World Medical Association, which supposedly opposes euthanasia, the German Medical Association, and the Pontifical Academy for Life, but it unfortunately provided a forum for the enemies of life to advance their agenda.

By David Martin - Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - -- Lifestyles

Catholic Priest to be “excommunicated” if he doesn’t pledge fidelity to Francis’ agenda

Catholic Priest to be excommunicated, if he doesn't pledge fidelity to Francis' agenda
In a true spirit of heroism and love for the Church, Sicilian priest Don Minutella has put his neck on the line and said the Gospel truth for the sake of those who today are being tempted by the pontifical “operation of error to believe lying.” (2 Thess. 2:10) 

Don Minutella was sacked last June by the Vatican for his open criticism of Pope Francis’ teachings, and has been under an order of silence for the past nine months, but Rome is now giving him a chance to “vindicate” himself. Under the pretext of asking him to pledge fidelity to the pope, the Vatican is asking Don Minutella to deny his Catholic Faith, that is, to cease from his strict adherence to Church teaching and to accede to the perfidious teachings of Pope Francis, i.e. his blessing of adultery via Amoris Laetitia, his blessing of Luther, gays, Marxists, and anti-life globalists, and his incessant push to unite the Catholic Church with world religions. Rome has said that if Minutella doesn’t consent to their wish, he will receive “two excommunications.”

By David Martin - Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - -- Lifestyles

A Recipe for Alzheimer’s Disease

A Recipe for Alzheimer’s Disease
What causes Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)? I recently read an article written by Stephanie Seneff, a Senior Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. I know from my years at Harvard that MIT does not employ dummies. So it’s worthwhile reading her “Recipe for Developing AD.”