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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

THE 'WHITE' MAN IN ME FEARS THE 'BLACK' MAN OUT THERE





Yesterday I found
myself taking the public transportation to work and as I sat and watch persons
take their seats on the bus, I couldn’t help but realize that I was making snap
judgment about the folks that came on the bus. However, the man that sat next
to me REALLY stood out. To say he made
me feel uncomfortable is putting it mildly. Though he was ‘animated’ by the same energy we call ‘God’, I couldn’t help feel like a ‘white’ man sitting next to him.





For the first
time I got how a white person feel when he/she
sees a black man that looks a certain
way. Have I felt like that before? Perhaps!
I guess I never paid attention to it because for the past few years I’ve been
in my own bubble, using my car to go where ever I needed to go. This made me
feel so out of touch with how things really are because I don’t think about
folks that use the public transportation services to get to where they need to
go. But I digress…as the guy with his ''I just came out prison'' look sat next me
fishing for something in his pocket, I PRAYED
that he wasn’t pulling out a knife or gun. Can you say residual effect of the last time I used public transportation?





A few years
back, I sat @ the back of bus, about 5/6 young men that looked to be my age
came on the bus. One sat next to me, asked me for money I gave the usual, ‘I don’t
have any’ reply and thought that was that. Next he showed me a knife that he
took out of his pocket and then told me NOT
to make him use it on me. @ That point I was upset because I just got paid I wasn’t
about to give up my money. So @ that point I decided to move from the back of
the bus as we near a stop because I felt something was going to happen. I made
my way to the front of the bus and all of the guys but one stayed as we got to
the stop. I saw one of the guys pick up a huge rock waiting for me to get off
as they ‘assumed’ it was my stop. If it
wasn’t for the bus driver and an older lady on that bus, I am sure I would have
been attacked and/or killed by those
men. I wrote this blog entry to say, we shouldn’t judge ‘white’ folks when they see a ‘black’
man that looks a certain way, because maybe, just maybe he could be what he appears
to be. 

STUDY: INFREQUENT SEX CAN RAISE THE RISK OF HEART ATTACKS







People who
engage in physical activity only once in a while -- and that includes sex --
have a higher risk of suffering a heart attack or sudden cardiac death, at
least in the one or two hours right after they've exerted themselves, experts
say.







But in another
nod for exercise, the more physical activity you engage in, sexual or
otherwise, the more protected you are against such problems, according to a
study in the March 23/30 issue of the Journal of the American Medical
Association.





"The
triggering effect appeared to be sharpest for people unaccustomed to physical
activity," said study senior author Jessica K. Paulus, an assistant
professor of medicine at Harvard School of Public Health and an adjunct
assistant professor of epidemiology at Tufts Medical Center, in Boston.
"The recommendation from our paper is consistent with current guidelines,
that those looking to initiate an exercise program, especially those at higher
risk, do so very gradually and under the care of a clinician or
physician."





Certainly
previous studies have looked at this issue, but most of those had been unable
to pinpoint issues of timing, said study author Dr. Issa J. Dahabreh, a
research associate with the Center for Clinical Evidence Synthesis, Institute
for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts.





This
meta-analysis took the weighted average of 14 other studies to determine that
people who engaged in "episodic" sexual activity had a 2.7 times
higher risk for a heart attack while sporadic physical activity raised the risk
3.5-fold.





Occasional
physical activity raised the risk of sudden cardiac death fivefold, but overall
risk was low largely because people engaged in these activities so infrequently
and the risk went away so quickly.





"The actual
incidence is extremely small. You're talking two-to-three events per 10,000
patient-years. That's very, very small," said Dr. Christopher Cove, an
associate professor of medicine and assistant director of the cardiac
catheterization lab at the University of Rochester Medical Center.





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