Plastic Water Bottles And Their Effects On Your Health (Guest Post)

This is Dr,. Ramya. I am Doctor by profession and a health blogger by passion  , i am an ENT , Head and neck surgeon from the prestigious JIPMER, pondicherry , INDIA.

I had this huge passion to write things regarding the health and there by keeping every thing on paper and i have written articles in various journals regarding human papiloma virus in cancer patients and snoring articles in various health related platforms. I started this website to get people know about the recent advances and latest medical field discoveries that many are not aware of  and things that are going around us that can make mans life easy in regarding to mental and physical health.Hoping that the things i am writing ,are helpful for few i am sharing my views.
Thankful to Pooja for giving me the opportunity to introduce myself to you. I met her in this blogging platform ,She is one of a passionate blogger as her works proved so.
Hoping that many would encourage the new things around us about the medical science that would help you for better mental and physical health i am sharing my website and facebook page  https://selflifehacks.com/   , https://www.facebook.com/selflifehacks/

The common material we use in day to day life is none other than the plastic.

We use it for various purposes and one among the major uses is by food industries and this plastic comes in various forms like the mineral water bottles and water cans for drinking purpose with a label on it 100% pure.

But this is not always correct. !!

A new research by Orb Media, a journalism organisation in Washington, D.C., shown that a single bottle can hold dozens or possibly even thousands of microscopic plastic particles.

Do you believe that the water cans we are using are not containing just water but also plastic!!

The researchers had done their experiments on more than 250 mineral water bottles from 11 different well known brands and revealed contamination with plastic material that  includes polypropylene, nylon, and polyethylene terephthalate (PET). After a through examination they have revealed the size of the plastic particles to be 100 micron, and global average of 10.4 plastic particles per liter.  When compared to even smaller plastic particles they have shown to be 314.6 per liter.

Guess how much plastic we are consuming in day to day life!

These chemicals which when consumed have devastating effects on body. Though about 90 % of the plastic is excreted out but the smaller plastic particle less than 150 microns can go into our blood and the lymphatic system and organs like kidneys and liver and get stored in them.

What can plastic do to your body?

There are many researchers done in this field and many have proved the disastrous effects of the plastic.

Keeps your heart at risk:

The plastic contains a chemical named bisphenol A, or BPA, which is widely found in plastic bottles, plastic packaging and the linings of food and beverage cans. A study was done in Korea , where the people who consumed soya milk in the BPA lined plastic containers have showed dramatic increase in the blood pressure when compared to times they have not taken the containers lined by BPA and their urinary concentration of BPA has raised to about 16 fold times.

For every 20 mm Hg there is twice increase in the cardiovascular diseases like heart attack and stokes. This research has shown that drinking in plastic bottles can potentially raise your blood pressure and heart diseases.

Can cause cancer:

There are various chemicals in the plastic water bottles that can mimic the estrogen(Hormone) in our body thereby replacing the function of the naturally produced estrogen in our body and putting our body into risk of developing various cancer like the breast cancer, ovarian cancer,colon, prostate cancers and even PCOD and various other problems like low sperm count in men and female unable to conceive.

Can cause autism in children:

A recent research has proved the relationship between the autism(conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. ) and the chemicals in the plastic and the culprit is again the chemical BPA, so it is advised for the pregnant ladies not to consume the water that is stored in the plastic bottles.

Conclusion:

The normal mineral water bottle that we use is far beyond just water in it. It is mixture of various chemicals which are derived from the plastic that is present in the plastic containers. The plastic can cause devastating health issues like the heart diseases, infertility, cancers, autism etc. These are all sold to us in the name of 100 percent pure mineral water in plastic containers.

This can be prevented by immediately transferring the water from the plastic containers to the aluminium or copper or stainless steel containers before drinking at least for few hours. It is always said that “Prevention is better than cure” so reducing the usage of plastic containers can help in reducing the health hazards.

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9000 WordPress Followers!

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Lifesfinewhine just reached 9000 WordPress followers which is so amazing and so exciting!

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Thank you all so much for supporting my tiny piece of the Internet and I am so happy that so many of you take the the time to read, like, share and comment on my posts!

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Writing has always been a way for me to express myself and when I found blogging I finally found the perfect platform to express myself on. Thank you so much for being so supportive. I feel like WordPress is a community and we are one huge family which is such an awesome feeling!

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Momiji Manjū, A Lovely Japanese Gift (Guest Post)

By Derrick Theys

This little Japanese cake is called a momiji manjū. It is made of buckwheat and rice, and comes with a variety of fillings, like red bean, custard, or chocolate.

We bought a pack of momiji manjū on the island of Miyajima, in the bay of Hiroshima, where it is a speciality and a popular souvenir. They’re soft, spongy and delicious.

Many of the cake shops have the machine that makes them right there in the window. A batter is poured into a hot maple-leaf shaped mold, a blob of filling is squeezed into the middle, and the mechanical arm folds the mold over to close it up. The momiji manjū cooks until golden brown, and then A conveyor belt rolls it out, and seals it up in a little package. Wonderful!

We bought the pack as a gift, for a host family we were meeting the next day, to say thank you for hosting us. The box was wrapped up in a little furoshiki wrapping cloth, wrapped and tied, as is often customary for gifts.

We arrived in Beppu, a hot spring city in Japan’s southern island. We handed our host family the gift, and it quickly joined glasses of sake, beers, and chocolates on the table for everyone to enjoy!

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What A National Tragedy Can Teach Us About The Power Of Choice (Guest Post)

By Tiffany Wright

Last April marked the 20th anniversary for the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. I know,
I’m a bit late when I mention Columbine. However, after feeding my morbid curiosity by researching
the lives behind the two school shooters – and their motives – I came to believe we can all learn a lesson
about the power of choice.

One of the shooters, Eric Harris, started a journal one year before the massacre. I found some
excerpts here from Eric’s now-defunct blog where he rants about everything that irks him. If I didn’t
know who wrote them, I would’ve passed it for the absurd tirades of a typical hormonal teenager.

His accomplice Dylan Klebold was a more interesting case study. Dylan was less focused on hatred
and more focused on personal problems like depression and suicidal tendencies. It was depression that
fueled much of his homicidal intent.

Both Harris and Klebold had been formulating their plans for a full year.

Both recorded themselves talking about how much they hated the world and wanted to destroy it.

Both of their plans originally involved detonating hand-made bombs in the school cafeteria. The
bombs would’ve wiped out over 600 people. The two boys would’ve then gunned down fleeing
survivors. By the time the reporters and police crew would arrive, the remaining bombs from the boys’
van would wipe them out. Slate sums up their motive perfectly: “they were gunning for devastating
infamy on the historical scale of an Attila the Hun.” 2 As it was, the bombs were too shoddily built to
work, so instead they stormed the school building and shot 13 people before taking their own lives.

Can you imagine harboring so much hatred that you want to destroy hundreds of people?

Yet, a contempt for our imperfect world is what perpetrates such motives and deepens the cycle of
injustice. Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and author of “12 Rules for Life,” says in his book,
“People who think such things…appoint themselves supreme adjudicators of reality and find it wanting.
They are the ultimate critics”. 3 Harris and Klebold justified their negative feelings by taking revenge on a
cruel world. Both chose to act on their anger. This should remind us that we, too, have a choice on
whether we act on our negative feelings or not.

Here is one example where I struggled in choosing to let go of my anger. I was once debating a
certain hot-button topic with one particularly confrontational friend, I was on the receiving end of
mockery, shame and rudeness because of my opinions. It hurt, and I wanted to bite back.

Another example is my experience with social media. I witnessed a mob mentality against a position
that I strongly believed in. I saw so many cruel comments like,

“I hope your children die.”

“I hope you die.”

“People who believe X are f-ing retarded.”

Again, it hurt, and I wanted to bite back. And, as a sort of unhealthy defense-mechanism, I started to
think in the exact same hateful manner. The very same words that the mob spewed circulated in my
head.

“I hope they die.”

“I hope they never have children.”

“People who believe Y are f-ing retarded.”

“I hate them.”

“I hate them.”

“I HATE THEM.”

Then I realized that my thought process mimicked the “I hate everything” rant in Eric Harris’s journal,
and I immediately took a step back. I didn’t want to be embroiled in hatred. It was a miserable place. It’s
just that the urge to “bite” back was so overwhelming that I didn’t know what to do with those feelings.
So I considered: 13 innocent victims died because two angry people lashed out. Am I any better than
them if I lash out at those whom I believe wronged me?

In the end, I cut my confrontational friend out of my life, and I haven’t looked back. I cut most social
media out of my life too, and now whenever I’m bored, instead of getting fired up over a smug Reddit
post, I watch wholesome Japanese dramas to brighten my day.

Let the proles spew their hatred. I choose not to fall into the same emotional traps as they did. I
choose to raise myself higher than the haters, for the sake of my emotional health and betterment.

We can choose not to fall into a similar line of thinking as Harris and Klebold. Choose something
better. Choose to move on from hate. Think about Harris and Klebold next time you want to say or think something hurtful about someone. Think about them before you press that “reply” button on a heated
social media thread. You never know whether a simple act of hate can spiral into something you will
regret doing.

I understand. We’re primed to have emotional reactions when the world treats us unfairly or when
someone insults us. I understand, and it can be a struggle not to “bite” back. This is why, before I part, I
will leave a powerful quote for you to reflect on:

“You will continue to suffer if you have an emotional reaction to everything that is said to you. True
power is sitting back and observing everything with logic. If words control you that means that everyone
else can control you. Breathe and allow things to pass.” ~ Bruce Lee

Here are some more inspirational quotes that I have composed:

“It’s not your successes that defined you, but the bravery to pick yourself up and try one more time.”

“You haven’t failed enough until you actually succeeded.”

“Life wasn’t made to overcome you. You were made to overcome life.”

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Works cited:

1. CNN, Cable News Network,
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2000/columbine.cd/Pages/SUSPECTS_TEXT.htm.
2. Cullen, Dave, and Dave Cullen. “At Last We Know Why the Columbine Killers Did It.” Slate
Magazine, Slate, 20 Apr. 2004, slate.com/news-and-politics/2004/04/at-last-we-know-why-the-
columbine-killers-did-it.html.

3. Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life. Penguin Books Ltd., 2019.

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Blogger Recognition Award

Thank you so much to tatterhood for this nomination! She is an awesome writer with multiple posts on so many interesting topics including books, music and lifestyle posts!

The Rules:
  • Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award.  Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.
How I Started Blogging

Well I had always loved writing and new that I wanted to write and one of my friends started a blog so I thought I would too because that would be the perfect way to start out and get better at writing as well as build an audience for my work.

Advice For New Bloggers
  1. Don’t give up- I know it’s slow when you start out and it’s hard to get views/likes/follows but if you put effort into it and keep posting regularly and stay active it will be worth it and your blog will grow.
  2. I’ve noticed a lot of bloggers these days, especially new ones, leave their links on the comments sections of other peoples posts- trust me you don’t want to do this. It’s super annoying and instead of giving you more traffic people are going to get pissed off and avoid you on purpose. Instead look for blogs that have a share and promote page and leave your link there.

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Nominations

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Ivy Feckett Is Looking For Love By Jay Spencer Green (Book Review)

About The Author

Resident in Ireland for the past 22 years, Jay Spencer Green has worked as a factory laborer, hotel dishwasher, van driver, conveyor belt supervisor, college lecturer, court coverer at Wimbledon, stagehand for the Chippendales, correspondence course tutor, and database editor. The consequent cornucopia of negative work experiences has provided enough trauma for several novels, which are now being stealthily introduced to the reading public like a slow-release poison. The first of these,Breakfast at Cannibal Joe’s, was voted one of the top ten indie books of 2015 and won the Lord of the Book Covers award. Lisa McInerney, winner of the Bailey’s Prize for Fiction, described it as “Savagely funny and deftly anarchic.”

Over the years, Jay has launched a number of projectiles into space, usually in the direction of the TV.

Goodreads

When brainiac nerds and smooth-talking power players meet up, there’s no telling what can happen. In the case of Ivy Feckett, what happens is a nonstop romp of wry, quirky fun.

Bookish Ivy’s cluelessness is as endearing as it is comical, from the first peek into her random sexual fantasies to the moment she realizes that her boss, the rich, handsome Ned Hartfield, is a serial manipulator with “wealth-induced Asperger’s.” Her search for love may not go as smoothly as her search for geocaches, but its route through awkward hookups, clumsy intrigue, and fake evangelicals is both hilarious and touching.

Told with a tone that’s pitch-perfect, Ivy Feckett is Looking for Love is a nerds-against-the-patriarchy romantic comedy that will tickle the inner geek of even the most sophisticated reader.

Amazon

The “nerds-against-the-patriarchy” romcom guaranteed to tickle your inner geek!

When brainiac dweebs and smooth-talking power players meet up, there’s no telling what can happen. In the case of Ivy Feckett, what happens is a nonstop romp of wry, quirky fun.

Bookish Ivy’s cluelessness is as endearing as it is comical, from the first peek into her random sexual fantasies to the moment she realizes that her boss, the rich, handsome Ned Hartfield, is a serial manipulator with “wealth-induced Asperger’s.” Her search for love may not go as smoothly as her search for geocaches, but its route through awkward hookups, clumsy intrigue, and fake evangelicals is both hilarious and touching.

The second novel from award-winning author Jay Spencer Green, Ivy Feckett is Looking for Love is an outrageous, hilarious, and uplifting tale that will have you amused while you muse, cackling while you contemplate, and chortling while you cogitate. Sometimes all at once!

Voted Best Indie Comedy Book of 2016.

My Thoughts

Okay not going to lie, I could tell this book was going to be good by the title. Do you guys ever see a title and can kind of figure out how the book is going to be? I had one of those moments with this book. It’s really clever, funny, weird (in a good way!) and I really enjoyed reading it.

As you can probably gather from the title this book is about a girl called Ivy. She is totally a shy, smart, nerdy, introvert who is not the best at going out and meeting people. She prefers to stay home and day dream instead (relatable af right?). Her roommates are however the opposite- total extroverts who love going out and meeting people. Her best friend is nerdy, dorky and sweet Sam who she really cherishes as a friend. Is he secretly in love with her? Duh.

Now it all gets really interesting when Ivy meets Ned- a confident and powerful men who gets what he wants. He also happens to be her boss who she definitely starts fancying- cue the love triangle between Sam, Ivy and Ned.

This book was hilarious, witty, romantic, super relatable for an introvert like me and at times a little risque. I also loved Jay Spencer Green’s writing style and I am definitely going to be reading more of his books in the future.

I would totally recommend this book for anyone who enjoys romance or just wants to read something witty and a bit romance-y.

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5 Memes Extroverts Can Relate To

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Six Word Story

Scorching heat, sun above, dehydration- summer.

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The Liebster Award

Thank you so much to Erin over at KittyJadeblog for another nomination. She has an awesome blog about travel, lifestyle, six word stories and so much more. Do check out her blog out and I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Rules

• Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you

• Share 11 facts about yourself

• Answer the 11 questions the blogger gave to you

• Nominate  11 bloggers who deserve the award

• Create 11 original questions for the nominees to answer

• Let them know they’ve been nominated

Facts About Myself

  • I’m a Taurus
  • I love reading
  • I love travelling
  • I’m 22
  • I want to become a full time blogger eventually
  • I love makeup and everything to do with it
  • I’m a history major
  • I love animals
  • I love Star Wars
  • I have a tattoo
  • I have six piercings- all on my ears.

Questions:

When did you start blogging?

I published my first post in 2015.

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What is your ultimate inspiration for writing?

You guys- you’re always supporting me and leaving the best comments!

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One thing you regret buying?

These expensive heels I bought years ago that I kind of never wore again after prom…

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Are you a minimalist, hoarder, or something in between?

I would say something in between. I love minimalism and try to buy as little as possible but I have a weakness for makeup and books and I just can’t help but hoard them!

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Do you believe that objects can bring true happiness?

I think that depends on who you are as a person. I think for some people it truly can but for others it would bring happiness for a while but not permanent happiness.

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One thing you have always wanted to do?

Go bungee jumping!

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Do you have any favourite books at the moment?

Absolutely! I love Pride and Prejudice which is my all time favourite, I also loved Girl On The Train, Simon Vs The Homesapien Agenda and Warriors Don’t Cry.

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What is the first thought you had this morning?

Urghhh.

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Do you get frustrated with yourself when you do something wrong, or do you embrace it?

As someone who is kind of a perfectionist this is something I had a problem with. I would get really frustrated I didn’t do something perfectly but over time I have learnt to let things go more and embrace my mistakes instead.

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Where have you always wanted to go?

Bhutan or Germany.

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How often do you take photographs (places you’ve been, food you have enjoyed etc)

WAYYYYY too often. Check out my Instagram to see them!

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My Nominees

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