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US firearms: a cultural cancer

My country, a singular example, is the only nation to experience massacres regular people at the hands of murderers with guns automatic. When the families of the victims unite to urge lawmakers to ban the sale of such weapons, other citizens stand up angrily to defend “our rights to the Second Amendment. The Amendment says: “A well-regulated militia for the security of a free state is necessary, the people’s right to bear arms will not be infringed.”

The arguments of the Second Amendment about having regulated militias, which we do not have, are used as arguments for fear. Hunters are not threatened by gun control laws because they do not use assault rifles or submachine guns – or at least they should not use them if Bambi is going to have a chance and hunting is really a sport.

However, my ex-neighbor, who is not a member of any militia or hunter, boasted to me that he had 25 guns in his apartment.

“Do they make you feel more secure?” I asked.

“Of course,” he replied.

“How is that? You can not shoot more than two at the same time. ”

“Firearms give you the feeling that no one is going to mess with you.”

“Guns make me feel stupid,” I replied. “You can not discuss anything with them. One shoots or pretends to shoot. And the other can shoot you. ”

The discussion ended. My neighbor, like millions of fellow citizens, was frightened and the guns made him feel more secure, as does the owners of firearms throughout the country who spend time cleaning and polishing their weapons and their manhood.

The arguments of those in favor of arms refer to the fear of unknown intruders who would enter their home and steal, or other disquieting characters that would harm them were it not for their possession of lethal weapons.

In other words, judging from the public testimony of many on this subject, Americans are afraid, they are full of worries about those they do not know and the assumptions that “out there many armed people would hurt them if it were not For the protection offered by firearms,

If having the right to possess these protective weapons also means that crazy killers too, can acquire weapons of was, so be it.

The police, of course, do not provide sufficient or timely protection against the unknown potential assailants we see on TV or read in the news.

wikiprofessional.org reported that we have had “130 school shootings since Columbine whose results have been at least one student or school official dead or injured.” The police arrived after the shooting.

Ironically, many police chiefs want control of firearms, because they think that limiting access to arms would reduce the possibility of massacres such as we have had in various parts of the country. Many important police officers advocate serious controls on the sale of arms. But, say some to the left and to the right, that such governmental control would allow the oppressive state that commits murders around the world (in the name of freedom and democracy, of course) to possess a monopoly over arms in the United States, Same identity that tried to use the control of armament to disarm the Black Panthers and other groups of left and that assassinated to one of its leaders (Fred Hampton).

Powerful NRAs and old-style gun lovers see gun control as a concession to the liberal-radical ñoños. They demand unlimited access to all types of firearms to “protect our families.” Ironically, most gun deaths occur within families owning weapons when wives kill husbands or kill wives, or when one of the two uses a weapon to commit suicide or allows a child to find and Use one against a parent, a sibling, or other children.

Firearms are tantamount to a cultural cancer in American society, a disease almost incurable, although it is a disease fomented by the makers of weapons, the NRA and the combined TV-Hollywood.

In one of his last arguments of sale in favor of the violence with firearm. “The Gangster Squad” (well-known actors Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin) unite to defend the idea that the police use the violence with weapon – without identifying itself like police – like the unique way of Attack organized crime. Indeed, the entertainment formula routinely uses gun violence as the ideal (if not the only) method for settling disputes.

The children are shooting with toy weapons when they play cops and thieves or cowboys and Indians, and wait for the day when as teenagers they can own real weapons.

The hunting club as a sport agrees on the value of the rifles as a vital means to destroy Bambi and other similar creatures that have not harmed them. As a student I went hunting for deer in the woods of Wisconsin and I watched with horror as a group of drunken hunters opened fire on a supposed movement in the undergrowth. No one saw whether it was a cow, a human or a deer. They just fired at where the apparent movement had occurred. Luckily, they only made white in shrubs and trees.

Friends who have gone to hunt ducks wait for the winged creature to fly over the swamp and then open fire with shotguns, waiting for the birds to fall for only one shot and not be shattered or stuffed with metal – an uncomfortable meal. Ducks do not have weapons with which to respond or defend themselves. What sport!

The president has proposed background instigations for all sales of firearms, and prohibiting any assault weapon or military type to large-capacity porters.

Timothy McVeigh, a Christian and Army veteran, had been approved to buy weapons, but he did not use to blow up the Oklahoma City federal building. The issue of guns goes beyond the legislative capacity of the United States. It must reform an old and established culture of arms and death, a culture that the president helps to shape every time he sends a drone killer to kill another person in an unprocessed country. Obama could honestly admit, “I will not change the culture of the United States, and in truth, we are the arms.”

Cancer & Aids: yoga can help

It may be your own case, a family member or someone in your environment. But who does not know today what it is and what it means this cruel disease? Who has not lost someone even …


You know I’m a teacher of yoga and I believe greatly in their physical and mental benefits, but now have one more to tell you : it is a great therapeutic tool to help and accompany the process of cancer survivors.

I discovered this practice recently thanks to Zentro Urban Yoga , where Amy Dara, a great expert in this discipline , provides training to teachers.I talked with her two weeks ago to write an article on this topic. Here we summarize what Amy told me, why he uses the word “Survivor”, how is this type of yoga and how it can help those who are going through this very tough time.


Why this word? It’s the first thing I asked Amy Dara, an expert who has spent six years teaching training in the United States and Europe. “The word survivor or survivor is applied to living people diagnosed with cancer and undergoing treatment or have already passed , ” I said.

Amy, who lives and teaches yoga in Washington (also in a hospital),became interested in this subject through cancer survivors who came to their own classes and they obviously had special needs who knew attend.Dara was formed with Tari Prinster, another teacher to helping and, after overcoming breast cancer, developed the program “Yoga for Cancer Survivors” .


Benefits at all stages

As he explained Amy, yoga gears can be practiced at all stages of the disease but, ” every survivor has a treatment designed for your own type of cancer : one only need surgery, others require treatment forever, and most need some of each and you will have to inspections and tests performed periodically.

But as Dara says, “any cancer patient can improve both your physical and emotional state throughout practicing yoga disease”. These benefits, backed by studies extend to the quality of sleep, fatigue and anxiety generated by this disease, and help reduce medication intake. Amy the details at each stage of the process:

Diagnosis. “The practice of yoga helps prepare the body (strengthening muscles and bones, improve flexibility and balance) and mind (overcome the trauma of being diagnosed and the fear of uncertainty) for treatments.”

Surgery . “Improving the immune system by moving the lymph through the body, it reduces the risk of blood clots and helps proper healing of the surgical site.


Chemotherapy / immunotherapy .”Relieves fatigue, improves concentration, calms stomach upset and increase self – esteem after hair loss.” This last point seems to me very important, because I know, for someone very dear and close, how it affected and worried this issue …

Radiotherapy . ” It reduces the risk of limited movement in areas affected by burns and relieves the discomfort of being in the same position for a prolonged time the radiotherapy machine range.”

Hormonal therapy . ” It balances the fluctuations of mood, helps prevent weight gain and to manage hot flashes.”

End of treatment . At this stage yoga “helps restore normalcy in the body and mind, to reduce the risk of depression after being left alone after so long with the health care team and caregivers, and to prevent and control the side effects of long term treatments. ”

Tests for detecting cancer . In these cases, according to Amy, yoga can help a lot to relieve anxiety.

But also stressed Amy me that “at each stage of yoga improves mood and empowers the survivor to care”. In addition, ” the classes also serve to benefit from the support and inspiration of the other survivors , ” he says. And I sincerely believe that doing some gentle exercise, guided and therapeutic with others who are going through or have gone through the same as you, with whom not have to worry about your looks or your emotional state, it can be very rewarding and beneficial .

But can any cancer patient practice yoga? As Amy says, yes, because “practice can be adapted to the unique needs of each person at each stage of treatment.”


How are classes

Yoga sessions for cancer last between 60 and 75 minutes. ” It is a combination of Hatha, Vinyasa and restoration ; a combination of postures, breathing techniques and meditation “is practiced. “And always so adapted to the needs of students , ” he says.

The benefits of this discipline are countless survivors of cancer, but there are also contraindications and positions that should never be done , “the positions of forward lean and strong torque to avoid the risk of vertebral fractures, because many cancer treatments they have as a side effect the early onset of osteoporosis. ”

” We also postures that put the weight for a long time in the arms should be avoided in case the cancer is located in the upper body for example facing dog posture and down, or feet in the case of the disease has affected the bottom, because they increase the risk of lymphedema , “he stresses. It said, it seems you can not teach a lot in yoga classes for cancer , but Amy says that there are many options. And indeed, yoga includes various positions and breathing practices and relaxation that can be used.


Undo myths

As he spoke with Amy, there are many myths surrounding the practice of yoga for a cancer process . In fact, that unfortunately are familiar with the subject know that what virtually all patients do when they are in treatment is simply rest, afraid to move , and much more to exercise.

But Amy says even that the practice of yoga does not have to be soft:“Many people tell cancer survivors to rest , when most want – can -move and exercise to calm your mind.”

“The important thing is that they know the medical precautions to take to avoid complications such as lymphedema, and not feel pressured to do more than they are capable of, ” he says. ” A certified yoga teacher to teach yoga for cancer can show them how to adapt practice at every stage , ” he says. This last point is important: practicing yoga or any other physical activity for cancer should be done with someone skilled and adapted form. Not just any yoga class or activity, albeit mild.

Lively Up Yourself!

Despite its benefits, yet few cancer patients in Spain dare to practice yoga, especially for lack of information. If this post has encouraged you to do, Amy recommends ” go without expectations and be open to what happens, you’re with other people who understand what you’re going through .” One last tip of Amy: “Before you begin, introduce yourself and talk to the teacher about your type of cancer.”

Where to go. In Zentro Urban Yoga  you can do a course or take lessons.In the Spanish Association Against Cancer you can also find workshops and yoga teachers even cancer. In the MD Anderson Center they offer yoga classes for cancer patients.

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