911 – EMERGENCY

DEAR WORLD

OUR WORLD IS IN A STATE OF EMERGENCY

THIS IS A BIG WAKE-UP CALL

WE HAVE A 911 RIGHT NOW

CHECK THIS OUT –

Alcohol

2016
2.8 million deaths
20% of deaths age 15 – 49

There is no safe level of drinking alcohol – Worldwide Study
(Global Burden of Disease study, Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2018) (1)

Amphetamines

Globally – 2nd most commonly used drug

2016
Large increase in use of Amphetamines in East and South-East Asia
Large growing market for Methamphetamine tablets and Crystal Meth in both regions – World Drug Report 2016 (2)

2018
Methamphetamines
Major markets continue to grow

USA
2nd greatest drug threat after heroin

East and South East Asia
Crystal Methamphetamine key concern

Amphetamines
70 tons – global seizure

36% rise on previous year

North America and North Africa
Increased seizures

World Drug Report 2018 (3)

Speed – street name for class B drug Amphetamine Sulphate (4)

Methamphetamine – class A drug (5)
Commonly manufactured in illegal hidden laboratories
Ingredients extracted from pills for cold remedies and strength increase combined with chemicals like battery acid, drain cleaner, antifreeze and lantern fuel.

Highly addictive drug burns up the body’s resources, creating a devastating dependence that can only be relieved by taking more of the drug. (6)

Methamphetamine – primary drug of concern  

Brunei Darussalam
Cambodia
Indonesia
Japan
Philippines
Thailand
Lao People’s Democratic Republic

Increase in use of Crystal Meth

Cambodia
China
Burma
Malaysia
Vietnam
Australia
Republic of Korea (2)

Used as ‘club drug’ at nightclubs and rave parties

Associated with serious health conditions including aggression, memory loss, psychotic behaviour and potential heart and brain damage

As with all drugs, a poison that first acts as a stimulant but then begins to systematically destroy the body (6)

2018
14 million methamphetamine pills seized in Thailand
$45,000,000 haul – one of the biggest hauls (7)

Asthma

Major global health problem
The Global Asthma Report – 2018 p.75

339 million people affected by Asthma

2016
420,000 people worldwide died from Asthma – more 1000 per day

UK
1,000 Asthma pumps a month prescriptions in one pharmacy

20% increase in 4 years – death rate one highest in Europe (8)

Caffeine

Caffeine is the most used drug in the world (9)

Caffeine use disorder noted as condition for further study in
Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) (10)

Caffeine is one of the most commonly used stimulants among athletes.
It seems to increase physical strength and endurance and might delay exhaustion (11)

Caffeine stimulates or excites the brain and nervous system (12)

Caffeine activates the brain’s reward centre and this is the same as Heroin and Amphetamines (13)

Why have we created a drug like caffeine to fool our brain, so we can push past our natural state of tiredness and exhaustion and continue to function in life?

Sleep and Caffeine

Caffeine has a similar structure to adenosine, a chemical that is present in all human cells.

In the brain, adenosine acts as a central nervous system depressant.

Adenosine promotes sleep and suppresses arousal by slowing down nerve activity.

Adenosine binding also causes blood vessels in the brain to dilate, increase oxygen intake during sleep. When awake the levels of adenosine in the brain rise each hour, making the brain and the body more alert.

To a nerve cell, caffeine looks like adenosine and caffeine binds to the adenosine receptors.

Caffeine does not decrease the cell’s activity as it utilises all the receptors adenosine binds to and the cells can no longer sense adenosine.

As a result, instead of slowing down because of the adenosine level, cellular activity speeds up.

Caffeine blocks adenosine’s ability to open up the brain’s blood vessels, causing them to constrict.

This is why caffeine is used in pain relief medicine for headaches.

If the headache is vascular, relief comes as the caffeine narrows the blood vessels.

The blocking of adenosine causes excitatory neurotransmitters to increase in the brain.

The pituitary gland notices this increased activity and releases hormones that tell the adrenal glands to produce epinephrine. (9)

Let us join the dots here and make it super simple so we all understand and get it.

Adenosine is a chemical, which is present in all living tissue, so that means every cell in our body has this.

In the brain, the job for this chemical is to slow things down, in other words reduce function and nerve activity.

Adenosine promotes sleep and suppresses arousal.

Caffeine looks like adenosine to a nerve cell but it does not decrease the activity.

Instead, it makes use of all the receptors that adenosine binds to and the cells are fooled because they can no longer sense what is real and what is not.

In other words, our cells can no longer sense adenosine.

As a result, activity starts to speed up in our cells instead of slowing down.

Caffeine takes over and blocks the job of adenosine, where it opens up the blood vessels in the brain. Instead it causes these blood vessels to constrict.
In other words, caffeine works totally opposite to our natural state of being.

This blocking of adenosine causes brain activity and these changes lead to a wrong message being sent to our adrenal glands to produce epinephrine – a hormone commonly known as adrenaline.

This means caffeine is artificially changing our biochemistry inside and altering us to have a false state of being.

This means our adrenal glands are over working every single day to produce a stress hormone because caffeine makes it do that.

This means the body is no longer in true balance, so it is going to affect all our organs and sooner or later give us the signs through illness and dis-ease that something is not right.

This means using caffeine ensures a constant availability of hormones (adrenaline), normally reserved and released when we are under stress.

This means our daily caffeine consumption gives rise to a false energy to keep us going, whilst underneath draining us.

This means that over time we are exhausted as we are living out of sync, but this goes un-noticed as we use the caffeine to keep ignoring our real state.

$84.8 billion – Energy drinks market size by 2025

Market growth over forecast period expected to be driven by –

Hectic lifestyle
Need instant energy
Rising disposable income

$24.17 billion – Asia Pacific energy drinks industry expected reach by 2025
$19.12 billion – Europe energy drinks market share forecast to reach by 2025 (14)

Read this well researched blog for all the facts about Caffeine –https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-caffeine/

Cancer

2nd leading cause of death globally

$1.16 trillion – annual economic cost of Cancer – 2010

9.6 million deaths in 2018 estimated

5 leading behavioural and dietary risks lead to third of deaths from cancer:

Low fruit vegetable intake
High body mass index
Lack of physical activity
Tobacco use
Alcohol use

22% cancer deaths – Tobacco use responsible

Most common cancers

  • 2.09 million – Lung Cancer
  • 2.09 million – Breast Cancer
  • 1.80 million – Colorectal Cancer
  • 1.28 million – Prostate Cancer
  • 1.04 million – Skin Cancer
  • 1.03 million – Stomach Cancer (15)

Lung cancer tests to start in supermarket car parks
The Week – Issue 1153
2nd December 2017

Age 12 diagnosed with ovarian cancer (16)

Prostate cancer deaths higher than breast cancer deaths in women (17)

Chocolate

£5,000 Easter Egg – world’s most expensive
192 hours to make by a team

1,822 calories chocolate dessert pizza – demand growing

Chronic Fatigue

20 million people worldwide have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

1 million Americans affected (18)

250,000 suffering with CFS in UK (19)

Children now suffering with Chronic Fatigue (20)

Coffee

$48,000,000,000 retail value of U.S. coffee market (21)

2015/2016
151.3 million bags of 60kg – world coffee consumption (22)

2018/2019 Forecast
163.2 million bags of 60kg – world coffee consumption (23)

2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed everyday worldwide (24)

580% growth in cold brew sales from 2011 – 2016

$38.1 million ready to drink cold brew sales in 2017

105 billion cups of coffee consumed in US annually (25)

Europe holds highest share in Global Coffee Market followed by North America (26)

Coffee butter spread (27)
Coffee vaping juice
Coffee flavor water
Coffee flavor sweets
Coffee flavor liquers
Coffee flavor beer – £22 per pint (28)

Broccoli coffee latest trend for ‘hipster’ market (29)

44% coffee demand from millennial

47% increase in age 18 – 24
60% increase in age 25 – 39

Café culture in China and India becoming fashion symbol
Growing number large middle-class young professionals – high coffee consumption
Driving coffee consumption globally

Asia-Pacific – fastest growing market

Ready to drink coffee demand rising (26)

Dairy

Sparkling fruit and milk drink – fizzy milk to become the next big drinks trend (30)

Depression

Leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide (31)

Most common of all psychiatric disorders (32)

2015

322 million people have Depression (33)

Ketamine and swimming in ice cold water – new treatments offered (34, 35)

2017

108% increase – NHS anti-depressant prescriptions in 10 years (36)

16.2 million adults in US have Depression

80% new mothers experience Postpartum Depression symptoms include sadness, fatigue and mood swings (37)

Diabetes

1 person dies every 8 seconds from Diabetes (38)

700 million adults globally will be affected by 2025 (39)

Type 2 Diabetes after year of live streaming video games (40)

Diets

$3,000,000,000 – Diet pills and meal replacement market (41)

84% customers cannot keep weight off so keep coming back success for weight loss company (42)

Drugs

World Drug Report – 2018

2016
192 million people using Cannabis – most common drug

10,500 tons – Global Opium Production
65% rise from 2016 – 2017
This is the highest estimate recorded since UNODC started recording global opium production at beginning of 21st century.

Non medical use of pharmaceutical opioids reaches epidemic proportions in North America

63,632 died from drug overdose in United States
Highest number on record largely due to opioids like fentanyl

Global
450,000 people died as a result of drug use in 2015  (3)

2018 World Drug Report –
Note all figures out of date because this is how research works

What are the true real raw accurate figures today?
Can research really keep up with what is going on with all the drugs we are taking?

What about ALL the people that research does not have access to?
What about ALL those who think they are not addicted to drugs but they are?

We all know drugs are the secret stuff for many of us including children.
Not everyone is going to be open and up front telling researchers about their illegal habits.

This is worth taking note of as we see numbers and just accept this all like it’s not for us.

USA – 30 states have legalised Marijuana for medical or recreational use (43)

2016
63,600 people died due to drug overdoses

2014 – 2016
25% rise in overdose rates for 24 – 35 year old men

45 – 54 year old women had the most overdoses overall

15 – 24 year old women – highest increase in drug overdoses
19% increase (44)

Physicians murdered for not prescribing Opioids (45)

Opioids –  Highly addictive used to alleviate myriad chronic pain

Widely prescribed in US Canada Australia

142 die from Opioid overdoses every day in USA

2005 – 2015 – overdose rate doubled in Australia

298.5 tonnes morphine-equivalent opioids distributed around world per year
The Lancet (46)

Fentanyl

Effective pain suppressant powder – injection, patches, spray, lollipops

50 – 100 times more potent than morphine

Dangerous as readily absorbed through skin or inhalation
Risk to user, first responder attending or forensic scientists analysing drug

Side Effects

Abdominal Pain
Anorexia
Anxiety
Confusion
Depression
Diarrhoea
Dizziness
Fatigue
Flu-like Symptoms
Hallucinations
Headaches
Nausea
Nervousness
Shortness of Breath
Weight Loss (46)

Grey Death

Contains fentanyl, carfentanil synthetic opioid used by vets to treat very large animals, heroin and synthetic opiate U-4770 which is 7 times more potent than morphine.
Carfentanil is 10,000 times more potent than morphine

Purple Heroin

Combination heroin, morphine, fentanyl and carfentanil
Very small amounts can cause seizure, arrhythmia, breathing difficulties and death (47)

Africa and Asia – emerged as cocaine trafficking and consumption hubs

Kratom – emerging as popular plant based new psychoactive substance (3)

Microdosing using psychedelic drugs popular with California digital tech world
The Guardian – 1 September 2018

Nyaope

Highly Addictive

Emergence in South Africa

Contains a mixture of low grade heroin, cannabis and antiretrovirals:
Some antiretrovirals are hallucinogenic and cause dissociative effects

Low cost – 30 Rand or £1.60 per dose

Krokodil

Russia –
homemade version synthetic opioid desomorphine – provides cheap alternative to heroin
readily manufactured from codeine
use can result in serious physical injuries

Krokodil kills skin tissue – causes crocodile type texture (47)

UK – Class A drugs return in popularity to levels not seen for 10 years

Home Office alarmed
more people taking cocaine and ecstasy than any point in past decade (48)

Cocaine delivered faster than pizza (49)

Monkey Dust

Police chiefs have lined a surge in this psychoactive substance which causes volatile dangerous behaviour among users to social media

Drug use spreads rapidly due to conversations on social media (50)

Spice  

Range of laboratory made chemicals
Mimic effects of THC tetrahydrocannabinol  – main psychoactive component of cannabis (51)

672 street names for Spice
https://spiceaddictionsupport.org/street-names-for-synthetic-marijuana/

SPICE IS NOT DESIGNED FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION (52)

Spice – Hundred Times More Potent than Cannabis (53)

“The most severe public health issue we have faced in decades.”
Marc Jones, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire (54)

Fresh calls have been made for the synthetic drug Spice to be made a Class A drug.

Spice also goes by the name “Zombie Drug”
due to the zombie-like state it can leave users in

Effects
Users recall experiences of feeling brain-dead and paralysed

Numerous reports of people having fatal heart attacks and strokes

Cases reported of kidney damage, liver damage and psychosis (54)

NHS
£100 million – common painkillers
£68.1 million – Paracetamol
£45.2 million – Aspirin
£23.5 million – Ibuprofen

£14 million –  gluten free bread
£2.2 million  –  Pasta
£0.9 million  –  Biscuits
£3.7 million  –  Sunscreen (55)

Earthquakes
June 2018
57,028 Earthquakes in last year
(56)

Eating Disorders

Anorexia – highest death rates all adolescent psychiatric conditions (57)

222% rise in treatment under section for Eating Disorders (58)

70% rise in men admitted to hospital for eating disorders (59)

40% women aged 15 – 30 take less insulin to lose weight (60)

4 year old child aware strategies how to lose weight

Image and weight worries before child starts school (61)

E-Cigarettes

900% increase in e-cigarette use among high school students (62)

Products containing nicotine unsafe in any form for youth (63)

Nicotine affects development of brain that controls learning and attention

Nicotine in e-cigarettes in youth can lead to addiction of other drugs (64)

Studies link e-cigarettes to health issues including Asthma and Bronchitis (65)

Fast Food, Junk Food

$198.9 billion – revenue Quick Service Restaurant industry
2020 – forecast to reach $223 billion (66)

$570 billion revenue generated from Fast Food

Bigger than economic value of most countries (67)

$690.80 billion market value expected to reach in 2022 (68)

$1.46 trillion food supplied by food service and retailing – 2014 (69)

Most prominent markets due to hectic and on the go lifestyle –

Europe
North America
(68)

Female Genital Mutilation

200 million girls experienced FGM in over 30 countries (70)

2018
3 year old girl FGM in UK (71)

Gluten

$198.7 billion – global bread market to reach by 2020 (72)

39 million tonnes bread, pastry consumption in 27 EU countries (73)

Happiness

Daily Mail – 25 August 2018

Course teaching Happiness popular at Yale University

21 week course promises ‘a set of scientifically validated strategies for living a more satisfying life’ (74)

50 years – income more than doubling but people are no happier
Lord Richard Layard, Researcher on Origins of Happiness: Evidence and Policy Implications, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) (75)

Reduced happiness – friendship paradox where less popular on social media (76)

Dopamine dressing – dress happy, wearing overtly fun clothes to lift mood (77)

Heart

Cardiovascular Disease
leading cause of death and disability in world (78)

Stroke – 2nd leading cause of death worldwide (79)

Teenagers who binge drink or smoke – stiffer arteries
The Guardian – 29th August 2018 (80)

$1,044,000,000,000 cost of cardiovascular disease by 2030 (79)

ALASKA AND AMERICAN INDIAN

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death among Alaska Natives and American Indians (81)

BRAZIL

Cardiovascular Mortality
3.5 times more increase than other developing countries (82)

CANADA

90% over age 20 at least one risk factor for heart disease
40% have three or more risk factors (83)

CHINA

CVD leading cause of death

6.8 million aged 35+ died
44% CVD related

China is facing a rising epidemic in Cardiovascular Disease and it shows no sign of abating
Frank Hu – Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology
Harvard Chan School (84)

EUROPE

€210 billion a year – CVD overall cost to EU economy

45% all deaths are Cardiovascular Disease

85 million living with Cardiovascular Disease (85)

JAPAN

Cardiovascular Disease deaths have increased (86)

MALAYSIA

Heart Disease has remained principal cause of death (87)

NEW ZEALAND

Single biggest killer

90 minutes someone dies from heart disease

30% of all deaths every year – Cardiovascular Disease (88)

SOUTH AFRICA

650 people die every day from heart disease or stroke (89)

USA

92.1 million adults living with Cardiovascular Disease or Stroke

$316,000,000,000 costs of CVD and Stroke

2,200 die of Cardiovascular Disease each day (79)

Heartburn

$10 billion spent worldwide on antacids
World Health Organization – 2017
Global antacid market growth – increase incidence of GERD globally

65% age 40+ suffer from acid reflux (90)

Heartburn identified as one of the cardinal symptoms of GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux disease

Increasing prevalence of GERD correlated to obesity
David Armstrong, Chair of World Digestive Health Day, 2015 (91)

15 million people experience heartburn daily in USA (92)

20% experience heartburn daily in UK

94% increase risk of stroke those taking PPI medication (93)

Holidays

$1,340,000,000,000 – Global International Tourism revenue (94)

Guests invited to use magic mushrooms on tropical retreat

£25 million luxury Blimp aircraft will be on offer

Extreme holidays for Adrenaline Junkies

Internet

4.021 billion – Internet users in 2018
Digital in 2018 report

250 million new users online for first time in 2017

Amount time spent on Internet up in the last year

6 hours – average user now spends using internet-powered devices and services

1 billion years online in 2018 if we add up 4 billion users (95)

400 + social networking sites

Dark Web used for illegal activity (96)

23 billion visits – one pornography website

Children consume online time like junk food

15 hours a week on Internetchildren age 5 – 15 (97)

NHS has funded 1st Internet Addiction Centre (98)

CHINA

700 million Internet users

First country officially to recognise Internet addiction as clinical condition (99)

JAPAN

518,000 children ages 12 – 18 addicted to Internet (100)

Jet Lag

93% travellers will experience Jet Lag (101)

2016
$470,000,000,000 – Global Jet Lag therapy market

2023
$730,000,000,000 – market estimate growth (102)

Kidney

$48,000,000,000 cost per year for Chronic Kidney Disease treatment (103)

1 in 2 adults expected to develop CKD in their lifetime – USA (104)

1.2 million deaths – Chronic Kidney Disease

Latin America – highest death rate in the world

Mexico – highest Chronic Kidney Disease death rate (105)

75% cases – Diabetes and High Blood Pressure main causes of CKD (106)

45,000 premature deaths in UK due to Chronic Kidney Disease (107)

Kidney Disease costs more than Breast, Lung, Colon and Skin Cancer combined -England (103)

Mental Health

GLOBAL

$1,000,000,000,000
Depression and Anxiety cost to global economy per year (108)

12 billion working days lost each year due to Depression and Anxiety
50 million years of work is the equivalent (109)

50% all lifetime mental disorders start mid-teens
75% start by mid 20s (110)

Mental Health “one of the biggest health epidemics of our time”
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (111)

450 million people worldwide currently suffer from mental disorders (112)

UK

16 – 24 age young women high risk group for mental illness
Self-harming to relieve distress
Violence or sexual abuse + pressures from rise in social media (113)

20% – age 14 have self-harmed in UK (111)

110,000 children in London suffering significant mental ill health

68,000 children have conduct disorder (serious behaviour and emotional disorder) (114)

USA

2014
5 million people affected by Alzheimer’s Disease and related Dementia

2060
13.9 million people expected

2016
21% increase in death rate due to Alzheimer’s (44)

Modern Day Slavery

10.1 million children trafficked – UNICEF (115)

$32 billion – profits generated by global human trafficking (116)

Largest sources of income for organised crime
Fastest growing means by which people enslaved
The UN Office for Drugs and Crime (117)

Hidden illegal nature of human trafficking – gathering statistics difficult (118)

Sleep

$80,800,000,000 – Global Sleep Aids market by 2020 (119)

150 million adults suffering sleep-related problems

Strong link between psychiatric conditions and sleep problems (120)

Smoke alarms fail to wake children – repeatedly slept through (121)

Nap pods for new parents, city workers, tourists to catch up on sleep (122)

Social Media

3 billion people use social media each month
Digital in 2018 report

90% users access chosen platforms via mobile devices (95)

ADDICTION to Social Media has emerged over past 20 years

Harmfull as Drugs and Alcohol for Millennials (123)

300% increase – sexual assaults related to social media sites

88% teenagers seen cruelty to another on social networking sites (124)

Cyber-Bullying – most common online risk for all teenagers (125)

Millions of social media crimes go unreported (126)

UK

48% of girls aged 11 – 18 say they have been bullied or abused on social media
The Guardian (127)

Sport

$91 billion – Global Sports Market revenue – 2017 (128)

Study – domestic violence increases after football matches (129)

$50 billion cost on 2014 Winter Olympic Games (130)

50% elite British sports people suffer tooth decay
77% have gum disease (131)

Famous sports players die at young ages

Basketball players suffer mental health problems (132)

Marathon runner taking glucose gels and energy drinks – felt sick after

Snowboarder suicides on her 18th birthday
Struggling cope with pressures of high-level competitive sports (133)

Suicide

More deaths today from suicide than war and homicide together

800,000 people suicide every year

 2nd leading cause of death among 15 – 29 year olds (134)

 79% global suicides occur low and middle income countries (135)

Hanging, firearms and ingestion pesticide – common methods of suicide (134)

60% increase worldwide – suicide rates in last 45 years

 90% of all cases of suicide – mental disorders associated

Compelling evidence indicating adequate prevention and treatment of depression, alcohol and substance abuse can reduce suicide rates (136)

USA

123 people die each day by suicide

79% of all suicide deaths are males
51% of males used firearms

Poisoning most common form of suicide in females (137)

2nd leading cause of death for age 15 – 24

2010 – 2016
70% increase in suicide rates among young and teenage girls (44)

AUSTRALIA

400,000 people think about taking their life each year

65,000 plan or attempt suicide each year

Suicide leading cause of death for age 15 – 44 (138)

NEXT –

If we just look at one thing in this entire blog thus far, with our common sense hat on

We have evidence that suicide rates can be reduced
The evidence tells us there is a link with depression, alcohol, substance abuse and suicide rates.

Would it be wise to consider what this website has delivered on these topics and answer the questions presented in the blogs?

For example – Alcohol is a scientific proven poison.
This means it is not for human consumption and there are no safe levels.
Alcohol alters our state of mind – so are we able to join the dots here.

We drink a poison to alter our natural state of being.
Our body has gone into a 911 as it recognises poison.

Our mind overrides what the body feels and continues this highly addictive substance with its drug like effects.

Could it be possible that this altered state of mind leads to altered thoughts, which then lead to the ending of one’s own life?

Do we need to start looking at things differently and not accepting that a poison, which changes our natural state is going to be ok, if we drink in moderation as the adverts and government guidelines tell us?

Is it time to take full Responsibility for every choice we make, so we can inspire others by our own living way to do the same?

Not by ramming it down their throats or preaching it or even teaching it, but simply reflecting that there is another way that does not harm the human body.

Could this be the real game changer?

Tobacco

$1,000,000,000,000 – Tobacco Industry annual revenue (139)

6,000,000,000,000 cigarettes smoked every year (140)

1 billion smokers in the world (139)

8 million predicted die from Tobacco use by 2030 (141)

4,000 chemicals in Tobacco smoke (142)

70% smokers likely suffer Anxiety and Depression (143)

20th century
100,000,000 died of smoking related diseases

21st century
1,000,000,000 deaths expected worldwide
Allan M. Brandt – Professor of the History of Medicine & Science – Harvard University (144)

THERE IS NO SAFE LEVEL OF TOBACCO USE (145)

TV

This instrument can teach 

It can illuminate and yes it can even inspire but it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it towards those ends

Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box
Edward Murrow – CBS TV journalist, 1958 (146)

Video Gaming

$91,000,000,000 – Global Gaming Industry (147)

$905.6 million – Global Esports economy in 2018 (148)

2024 Olympics – organisers in deep talks about having video games leagues (149)

1 in 10 gamers showed signs of addiction
From an online poll by leading academic
Professor Vladan Starcevic – Medicine Department of Sydney’s Nepean Hospital (150)

41% gamers played online to escape (151)

Players experience a sense of control when they enter into fantasy world of speed, realism, violence and new morals

Many games offer online anonymous interaction with other people;
Sense of family or belonging in the form of a pseudo persona the player develops when repeatedly playing the game

Playing provides an alternative reality in which problems are solved and success and reward is possible

Game provides a sense of control

If life becomes difficult or stressful, the game will provide an avenue of escape from Responsibility and Reality

Taken from in-depth study about gaming addiction (152)

The DSM is the handbook of the American Psychiatric Association and is considered the standard US reference book for mental health
In 2013, it included Internet Gaming Disorder as a condition for ‘further study’

Internet Gaming Disorder is thought to be gradually progressive behaviour, with a chronic course deteriorating over time

The pathological gaming behaviour may lead to significant physical and mental health problems as reported by numerous literary evidences (153)

INTERNATIONAL CLASSIFICATION OF DISEASES – ICD 11

2018 – Gaming Disorder

A pattern of gaming behaviour “digital-gaming” or “video-gaming” characterized by –

Impaired control over gaming

Increasing priority given over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities

Continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences

For gaming disorder to be diagnosed, the behaviour pattern must be of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning and would normally have been evident for at least 12 months.

ICD – International Classification of Diseases is used by medical practitioners around the world to diagnose conditions and by researchers to categorize conditions

The demand for treatment of gaming disorder has been a key factor in including this in ICD-11 (154)

China has military style boot camp to help gamers overcome Internet dependence

Gamers using diaper as afraid to interrupt the game

Dysfunctional relationships in the family are behind it
Tao Ran – Director
The China Youth Rehabilitation Base

Adults quit their jobs and played 24/7
Some never left their room in 6 months
Never saw daylight (150)

SOUTH KOREA

Channel that shows eSports 24 hours a day

2011 – Korean government introduced Cinderella Law –
forbids playing computer games between midnight and 6am for youth under age 16

Law introduced as country had problem with young people addicted to gaming

Younger and younger people are becoming addicted
Dr. Kim Hyun-soo – Psychiatrist (155)

Gamers so obsessed they stop eating and sleeping altogether

There have been tragic social cases that are related to game addiction

With gaming, it is the frontal lobe that degenerates
It is the frontal lobe that makes humans act like humans
Having it damaged can explain the antisocial, impulsive and unhappy behaviour (155)

USA

72% households play video games (156)

Video game addictions develop out of certain types of life circumstances and often become the ‘filling’ for unmet needs and emotional conflicts in a person’s daily life

Children who spend inordinate amounts of time playing video games may have underlying unresolved issues going on in their everyday life

Compulsive gaming behaviours closely resemble the behaviours exhibited by drug addicts (157)

Youth

UK

2013 – 2016
50% growth in Class A drugs young people convicted

Students dealing in drugs to pay off student loans (158)

11 year old children taking Xanax (159)

Youth buying Xanax on social media (160)

Cheaper than Tobacco and easier access than Alcohol (161)

Psychiatric medication used treat anxiety and panic disorders (162)

2017
13,463 – girls under age 18 admitted hospital due self-harming, number has doubled in 20 years

The education system now places a greater emphasis than ever on exam results, while the rise of social media can make problems like bullying or body image issues more intense than they were in the past.”
Emma Thomas – Chief Executive of Young Minds (111)

Tech students unable to boil an egg or change a lightbulb

66% students admit never paid a bill

25% students never washed own clothes

University students known as masters of the digital world, have lost skills that older generations have

Managing cash, making friends and staying healthy among biggest challenges

Young people under intense pressure to perform academically
Never been taught basic skills

“The focus for young people now is on study and learning rather than life skills”
20 year old student

Note – $ quoted in this article refers to USD

Our World Health has reached epidemic levels

Our Global Wellness campaigns are not working

WE HAVE SERIOUSLY LOST THE PLOT

Our Solutions are not working

Our Priorities are not the Truth

We have made Lying so normal

We all need to be asking more Questions

We need to get Talking about the real stuff

It is time to STOP the Hot Talk

It is time to get super Real

It is time to get really Honest

It is time to change our Focus

It is time to change our Priority

It is time to stop all the Blame

Is it time to stop our Excuses

It is time to end the War inside us

It is time to Let Go of all the nonsense in our lives

It is time to know that Alcohol is a scientific proven poison

Is it time to be honest that Caffeine is our most legal drug

Is it time we all learned what Nil by Mouth could do for us

Is it time to ask – are we being Fooled in anyway

Is it time to tell our kids that Doing more is not the answer

Is it time to STOP – JUST STOP

Is it time to review what on earth is Politics doing for us

We have a current form of Intelligence1 that dismisses those of us who are not able to memory recall and study in a certain way

Is it time to change the education agenda and teach everyone how to live human life, so that we can all learn how to live who we truly are.

Our world is really Sick and we need to understand why we get sick in the first place

Our Youth1 are not doing great and this blog presents some real facts

Our Youth2 are our future adult generations – have we thought about that and what that means

Our life seems to be full of Complications and we have not yet considered SIMPLE LIVING

Our Fast Food and Junk Food industry exists because we want it – they call that supply and demand

We all know now that our lifestyle choices can change our Blood Pressure, so why on earth are we creating 2 in 1 pills, as people are forgetting to take their medication

We need to use our common sense and ask why are we the only species on the planet who drinks the milk of another animal – in other words why we love our Dairy

We all need to have a solid sound Foundation in life, that supports our body and becomes our living way

How many of us Lose something or Forget something important, during our day to day life

How serious is it that we have a mind altering Drug with volumes of research confirming this is not for human consumption, yet countries are now legalising Cannabis

Who created Spice, the synthetic version of Cannabis that is rife in prisons and cheap as chips

What is it about us that just wants More more more

What is it about us that feels comfortable Sitting on the Fence, watching the world go by and do nothing, when we know we can Do Something

What is it about us that sees Mistakes as something bad, instead of a simple learning

What is it about so many of us that respects and values Our Car better than our own body

Why are Women trying to Be someone they are not

Why have we dropped our standards so low, that we have become Careless in our life and in our world

Why has our world accepted Shouting and Swearing as normal and said nothing

Why are we allowing individuals, companies, businesses and corporations to Get Away with It

In other words – not raising the standard for each and every one of us on how to live a See Through Life

Why is nothing enough for us, no matter what life brings

Why are we indulging in Christmas and New Year celebrations, with a license to do whatever we want

Why do we want the whole month of D E C E M B E R to go away, so we can forget the crap year we just had

Why have we not considered that our lifestyle choices may be the reason we suffer with the Common Cold every year

Why has our world not united and got a Recipe for Life that could work for us all – Equally

Why have we gone crazy about our Eating choices and demand more and more weird and whacky food combos

Why are we demanding extreme food choices like a 9,600-calorie burger deliberately created to affect our Heart

If we suffer with Cold Hands and Cold Feet, then is it time to read this blog, that makes sense and take action

Before we champion and celebrate our next Independence Day – would it be wise to really stop and consider the true health of our nation

Can we even get our head around the thought of living a life without any Crazy Days

Are we ready to admit that we need our Holidays as a form of self-medication

Are we using Social Media to be recognised and identified, or are we using it for the greater Truth for all

Have we ever considered that our ill choices could be harming Mother Earth

Have we joined the dots that our Holding On actually stops us moving on and evolving

Have we stopped to realise what OVERDOING IT does to the human physiology on a daily basis

Have we considered that most of us lack a true Commitment to Life

In other words – we do not want to Commit to the everyday basic stuff with Consistency

Could this put an end to us Giving Up on life

There is a science to Sleep, yet we have created a huge multi-billion dollar sleep aid industry – why is this

What if we started taking Responsibility and prepare our body for long haul flights, to end suffering from Jet Lag

What if we were taught from young how to Plug in and Connect and what that means

What if we are really all connected and true Family is grander and greater than bloodlines

What if we could spend our time wisely if we knew how to deal with our Regrets

What if by doing a Take 2 we can stop giving ourselves a hard time for no real reason

What if we could discern everything when Listening to Other People

Some of us are big into Gossip, Cursing and Judgement of others, without knowing the real harm

SomeWhat are we subscribing to for our Birthdays and is it what we truly want

What would happen if all of us in this world started practicing how to Be Gentle in every movement

Most of us are unaware that EXPRESSION IS EVERYTHING and what that actually means

More people are living way beyond their means with a Champagne Lifestyle on a Lemonade Budget

Where do syndromes like Just in Case come from and how does this stuff affect us in life

Where is our common sense when we wear Footwear that clearly damages our feet and our posture is compromised

How would our world be, if each of us learned how to Close Cycles, by using this blog from Simple Living Global

How do we have a dis-ease called Raynaud’s for over 150 years without a cure yet

How on earth did the word FOMO get into our dictionary vocabulary

How come some of our kids are not trained in basic Toilet stuff that teachers now have to do it

Do we honestly think that the images in our mind about a Perfect Life are going to be real or are we in illusion

Do we all know that Video Gaming has now got a place in the International Classification of Diseases

Do we really think that living life in the Fast Lane is going to work for our long-term Health

Do we need to hold our Politicians to account and demand Truth across the board

Looking at the state of the world today, how can we be Bored when we just need to Get on with It

No more Vices
No more Secrets
No more Double Life

Dear Dear World

SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

How are we choosing to live that is causing so much ill in our world today?

If this is the current state of our world, would we invest in it as a Business

How can we really celebrate Global Wellness when all our health systems are in crisis

What Intelligence2 have we subscribed to and why are we not challenging it

Is it time we all seek Truth as our only way

Is it time to consider Another Way

IS IT TIME TO END WHAT DOES NOT WORK


If you are feeling suicidal, contact your GP for support or the Suicide Helplines.

In a crisis contact your emergency services.

UK – Samaritans available 24 hours
Tel: 116 123

Childline – for children and young people
Tel: 0800 1111

USA – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Tel:  1-800-273-8255

Other Countries
Check International Association for Suicide Prevention Resources on Crisis Centers
https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres


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  1. This is the most strongest blog thus far from Simple Living Global.

    Just presenting the facts, 163 research items that have been read.

    We can no longer ignore the state of our world today.
    SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

    It is time for us all to wake up and ask the questions that this website is presenting.

  2. Stunning blog, meticulous in its stats and facts and it paints a very stark picture for humanity at this time.

    For all the technology, pharmaceuticals, medical care, highways and byways, organisations and staff, churches and religions, charities and research – we still have a tsunami that is facing us – the tsunami you lay out clearly here.

    Question is, how are we going to respond?

  3. When you see the statistics laid bare like this, there really is little to do but sit with the Truth and consider that we have arrived in a pretty dire place as a society.

    It feels like we are living in a state of complete unrest.

    If there was ever a wake up call for us to sit up and take note, it is this blog.

  4. The drug statistics here are huge.

    More drug usage now than at any time in history.

    Cocaine delivered faster than pizza.

    To be honest, this doesn’t surprise me.

    It feels like everyone is struggling in some way or another. People looking for avoidance or answers. Fatalism abounds.

    It is clear from what this blog presents, but it is also clear in what I see happening around me. The conversations I have. The sharings about how intense life is, the stresses, the dissatisfaction, the partying and the post partying come down. Cycles repeating themselves with no satisfaction in sight.

    And the supply is there to meet the demand.

    What can we do? Read this blog. Consider our choices.

  5. Daily Mail – Page 43
    2 June 2018

    A Murder, Stabbing and a Machine Gun attack – yet another night of senseless violence in London.

    London’s violent crime epidemic intensified after a woman was stabbed to death and a man left fighting for his life after a machine gun attack.

    Three other men were stabbed in separate attacks within hours of each other and two teenagers were rushed to hospital after acid attacks.

    Violent Crime Epidemic

    Senseless violence – what is this telling us?

    Where are our senses when this violence takes place, what is our awareness of how we are feeling?

    Do we have any awareness of oursleves when this violence is going on?

    Is there so much tension inside that something flips and we’re gone?

    Can such aggression towards another just come from no where?

    Are we turning to substances like drugs and alcohol, when we feel a niggle or hurt inside that instead of expressing and communicating about it, we numb it out, but all the while it is simmering and brewing inside, so at some point it releases in violence?

    Can turning to substances contribute to the violence, by amplifying what is held within?

    What if we were raised to feel any hurt and have the space to express it
    In other words, we stop, pause, feel it and deal with what was there.
    Could this turn the tide on our epidemic of violence and move towards a more harmonious way with each other?

    Is this 911 blog presenting that we need to bring about real change and it comes from how each and everyone is living.

  6. I had to read this blog twice because the detail was such an eye opener.

    The state of the world cannot be ignored and it is getting worse.

    Do we continue to live the way we are?
    Or do we take Responsibility for everything we do and the choices we make?

    Humanity is suffering and as Simple Living Global says something is not right.

    I printed this blog today and placed this on my notice board in my office. I will definitely revisit this blog.

  7. I have referenced this blog multiple times in conversations since I read it.

    I can feel the impact it has had.

    The imperative to open our eyes and see what is going on is clear.

    To discuss what we see.

    To consider how we contribute to the whole.

  8. This is one of those blogs that you just can’t stop reading.

    The statistics you present here are as enthralling as they are shocking and there is so much that could be commented on.

    In particular, I found your explanation of adenosine to be very informative and it made it easy to understand the deeper workings of the effects that caffeine has on us.

    Looking at this blog overall, it is a damning indictment of where we are as a humanity and yet what is presented here is a fraction of what is going on in the world if we were to consider all of the illnesses and diseases that mankind has, the reasons we have for not going to work, corruption, greed, famine, war and any other reason where we treat another human being lesser than we are.

    As this blog says, ‘SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT’, and this blog has gone a long way in exposing what that is.

    Thank you Simple Living Global for your continued dedication in exposing what is not the truth.

  9. Thank you for this monumental blog.

    This blog is indeed a powerful wake up call.

    It is a status report on the state of humanity which stands as an indictment of the way that most of us live.

    Once I had finished reading the blog, I asked myself the question, “How have things got so bad?”

    What came to me was an answer that is rooted in my own personal experience. And, perhaps, my personal experience of making ill choices can be seen as something of a microcosm of the the wider human malaise that is delineated in this blog.

    So, the answer to my question was this: in the past, asking myself certain poor questions has led to me making ill choices of behaviour and consumption. Questions such as: “how can I make life better?”; “how can I be happy?”; “how can I fit in with everyone else?”; “how can I have what other people have?” ; “what do I need to do, drink or consume to get me through this?”; ” how can I get what I want?; “how can I avoid taking responsibility?; and, ” how can I escape life?”

    Once I’d had enough of all the misery I had weighed myself down with by pursuing these questions, I started asking myself a different question out of sheer desperation.

    The areas of my life that have changed positively are the areas where I have continually and persistently asked the question, “What is the Truth of this situation?”

  10. We really are in a state of emergency.

    With all of the statistics and facts presented in this blog and on this website, surely it is a wake-up call for us.

    I know that for a long time I had kept my head under the blanket, not wanting to be seen or speak the truth of what is really going on in the world, or what I know to be the Truth – but what if exposing the ill is what is needed, in order for us all to start to question where we are today and so we can at least consider how we will move forward?

    A fundamental shift is required if we ever going to change what does not work.

    Something clearly is not right, as this blog is presenting and what if the power is within each one of us to make that change?

  11. Traditional farming is not attracting our younger generation with it often seen as a laborious job, that requires hard work with little pay.

    Instead, at least in England, I have read stories of the younger generation of farmers turning to alcohol.

    One news story was about a conference that has been going for at least 50 years which will not go ahead next year, due to the poor conduct and drunken behaviour of young farmers at the annual event.

    The other news story that I have been reading about has been a movement to creating non-alcoholic beverages, using home grown crop as a way to appeal to the non-alcoholic drinking crowd.

    Some of us may say – well this is fair enough if there is a market for it, but what if this is the issue?

    Why do we have a market for beverages that will be sold as non-alcoholic?

    Why do we NOT have a huge demand for natural, nutritious foods, which is what farming was originally about?

    We all know that most people no longer eat home cooked food on a regular basis, with take-outs common place and new restaurants popping up every day on local high streets, and so it is obvious that the demand is no longer there for us to nourish and nurture ourselves.

    Is it because our focus is all about having a good time and there is minimal consideration for the human frame?

    Is it no surprise then that the younger generation feel no call to move into the profession of farming?

    Is it possible that farming is now a dying trade?

    Do we care that we have a 911 on our hands here, as if this trend continues, what will happen to agriculture, the quality of our food and the human body as a result?

  12. A true sit up and listen blog here with some astounding facts about the truth of the state we are in – Yes agreed – we are in a state of emergency.
    I shall be passing this one on for as many people to see as possible.
    Thank you for all the research and pulling this all together in one place.

  13. Thank you for bringing to our attention the drug called Krokodil, Simple Living Global.

    This article in the Metro gives some more information and there are concerns that it has hit the UK too.

    https://metro.co.uk/2018/10/29/flesh-rotting-zombie-drug-krokodil-is-being-taken-in-britain-experts-warn-8084549/

    The pictures on the link are quite horrendous, showing rotting skin.

    Here is an extract from the news article –

    ‘Users’ skin becomes scaly and rotten around injection sites due to chemicals added during the cooking process. It’s sometimes made with paint thinner and phosphorous from matches – hence the name Krokodil…Users who inject it often die within 2 years…’

    What is going on?!

    Just taking this one topic alone – this is evidence that we are in a state of emergency.

    Many of us are likely to be unaware of this drug and I have to say that I was before reading this extensive article by Simple Living Global.

    It really raises the question – what is going on with human life, that we have gone to another extreme of creating a drug that literally rots the flesh?

    Is this a reflection of the absolute lack of value and regard that we have for the human body?

    What if by taking care of our bodies, we are not just healthier, but we can contribute to society more, be committed to life and have access to a form of intelligence that far surpasses any score on an IQ test?

    What if the very thing that we are eroding is the very thing that we need to truly succeed in life, so that we all can evolve?

    Is it possible that the purpose of creating this drug is to retard evolution?

  14. Thank you for this astonishing blog.

    The details presented in this blog regarding the self-harm we are doing to ourselves globally through our lifestyle choices is alarming, to say the least.

    On reading the blog for a second time just now, I found myself asking the question, “Why do so many of us make the well-being of our body a secondary priority, only paying attention to the choices we have been making when we have finally become ill or are in pain?”

    One possible answer to this question is that too many of us choose not to feel what we are doing to our bodies when we consume harmful substances and, instead, override the body’s communication with us so that we can continue to consume the very thing that harms.

    Considering this ability we have to override the body’s signals reminds me of the moment that I decided I would never drink alcohol again.

    I drank alcohol for many years, from childhood until the age of 39, when I stopped.

    I remember the moment I decided to stop drinking very vividly. I had taken a sip of a drink and, instantly, I felt very spaced out and disconnected to myself in a way that scared me. I decided in that moment, if this is what happens when I drink alcohol, I am never drinking alcohol again.

    When that happened, I was not only a red, but perplexed. I had to understand why that sip of that drink had made me feel so terrible, when I had been drinking alcohol for years and never felt that way before.

    I quickly realised that, at that time, I had felt and registered what that sip of that drink had done to me without overriding the sensations. And this had been possible because, in the months previous to this experience, I had been working with the author of this blog and learning what it is to be connected to the real me, what it is to be in my body rather than my head and what it is to really feel.

    I still haven’t drunk any alcohol since that night when I decided to stop.

  15. Talking to a care worker about the state of the care home industry.

    She shared about the level of abuse going on.

    In people’s houses where family members have taken on the role of carer and are struggling and resenting it – taking that out on their charge.

    Inside care homes where the job is just a job and there is, at best, no true care being brought – just function, and at worse, there is wholesale abuse happening.

    She also shared how it is very common for old people to take a fall at home and because there is no family or community around them, they can go for days laying there before they are found – no one notices the curtains aren’t opened, no one checks in.

    She shared how she found one lady rotting away on her floor, alive. She had been there for days. Maggots in her mouth from the vomit. Laying in her own waste. Her skin eaten away where it had been sitting in urine.

    Basically the worst torture you can imagine, laying there unable to move but aware and experiencing the full horror.

    She said the devastation for these people is impossible to fathom. They can be nursed back to function, but they simply don’t get over it and are terrified to go home.

    She said you would be shocked to know how many people suffer this fate around the world.

    If this is not an example of how we are in the midst of a 911 crisis in society, I do not know what is.

    1. Jenifer thank you very much for sharing this. It most certainly is an eye opener.

      It is great that this lady has shared this with you and that you have chosen to share this here, so that we all can be more aware.

      How many people are living like this?

      We have become a society where we ‘mind our own business’ or ‘don’t want to get involved’ but to what extent is this causing harm?

      I have been to care homes and have witnessed how staff can take advantage of older folk, not respecting them and honouring what they are saying; this is also abuse as abuse is not just about being physically hit.

      It is interesting what you say about true care as well or the absence of it, as particularly in our societal systems we have forgotten this crucial aspect. It is not so much what we do for another but the way that it is done that makes a lasting impression and difference, but ‘the way’ is often now negated in favour of getting the job done and at what cost?

      Is it time for us all to wake up and open our eyes to the fact that the way that we are currently operating is sub standard and is way below the decency and respect that we all deserve?

  16. Harvard T.H. Chan – 17 January 2019

    https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/leading-health-care-organizations-declare-physician-burnout-as-public-health-crisis/

    Burnout among USA physicians has become so widespread that a new paper published today by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard Global Health Institute, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association (MHA) has deemed the condition a public health crisis.

    The paper includes directives aimed at curbing the prevalence of burnout among physicians and other care providers including –

    The appointment of an executive-level chief wellness officer at every major health care organisation

    Proactive mental health treatment and support for caregivers experiencing burnout

    In a 2018 survey conducted by Merritt Hawkins, a physician recruitment organisation
    78% of physicians reported some symptoms of professional burnout.

    Physicians experiencing burnout are more likely than their peers to reduce their work hours or exit the profession.

    By 2025, the US Department of Health and Human Services predicts that there will be a nationwide shortage of nearly 90,000 physicians with many driven way from medicine or out of practice because of the effects of burnout. Further complicating matters is the cost an employer must incur to recruit and replace a physician estimated at between $500,000 and $1,000,000.

    This is a 911 situation.

    If our doctors are sick – those that are there to treat us when we are ill, then we are in serious trouble.

    Are we ready to wake up and accept that all is not well?

    Are we aware that if we are ill in anyway it is impossible to support another with their healing?

    Is it possible that we need to put self-care at the forefront of employee health, in all professions?

    Does this blog by Simple Living Global on Self Care raise some poignant questions for us to consider?
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/self-care/

    Is it possible that as employees we need to put the care of ourselves first as part of our responsibility in taking care of our health?

    Is it possible that we will always get burnout, if we continue to put the needs of others above the care we need for ourselves?

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