Dear World

It is time for ALL of us to buckle up and listen up.

Our world is in a mess and the time has come to pay attention as this stuff is not going away.

The following is a tiny micro snapshot of what is going on in our world today – 2023.

Let us not pretend any longer that it is not happening or turn a blind eye, as if it is not our problem.



78% young adolescents check their mobile phone hourly

46% constantly (1)



400,000 children and adolescents under age 20 are diagnosed with Cancer every year. (2)



90% Americans exceed guidelines for Salt – risk factor for High Blood Pressure and stroke.

50% contributed by Pizza, Bread, Cheese, Burgers, Cookies, Cakes, Bacon, Sausages, Frankfurters and Chicken Nuggets. (3)



Sex attacks on teenage girls rose during pandemic lockdown (4)



255,580 reports of children under age 18 sexually abused during pandemic lockdowns in 2022.

1000% rise since 2019 (5)



NHS treating children – young as 13 for Gaming Disorders (6)

Children as young as 9 exposed to online Pornography (7)



USA – 2022
245% increase in teenage Cannabis use over 20 years (8)



190 million Women affected by endometriosis worldwide (9)



Global Cocaine production reaches record levels as new trafficking hubs emerge. (10)



£2 billion – UK Cocaine market with 976,000 users
7 fold increase in Cocaine related deaths in 10 years (11)



Social isolation and Loneliness increase the risk of hospitalization or death from Heart failure. (12)



1 in 8 Americans over age 50 show signs of Food Addiction (13)



15 million children have Obesity – tripled since 1980s (14)



100,000 nurses quit the U.S. workforce during the pandemic due to Stress, burnout and retirements. (15)



90% Cardiac arrests outside hospital are fatal (16)



Radiological Society of North America

The brains of military personnel exposed to explosions show an abnormal accumulation of amyloid-beta protein.

Abnormal amyloid accumulation was seen in 66% of study participants exposed to explosions.

Amyloid-beta protein accumulation has been linked to the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Research over the last several decades suggests a relationship between repetitive or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and abnormal amyloid-beta accumulation.

TBI can result from indirect sources such as shockwaves from battlefield explosions. (17)



Menthol flavour E-Cigarette liquids associated with worse lung function in smokers.

Menthol vapers took shallower breaths and had poorer lung function.

Vaping products market continues to expand worldwide.
Mint and menthol remain among the top popular choice of youth.

Even nicotine-free mix contain compounds that can damage lungs. (18)



GLOBAL – 2022
Tonsil and base of tongue cancers increasing in Europe and North America, especially in youth non-smokers, due in the large part to infection with HPV. (19)

Virus (HPV) transmitted through vaginal, anal and oral sex toys (20)

Throat Cancer on the rise in young adults, which usually are a low risk group. (19)




1 in 5 teenagers have a Porn habit

1 in 10 felt addicted to Pornography (21)



Drug overdose fatalities among older U.S. adults quadrupled over 20 years.

75% un-intended deaths involved illicit drugs like Methamphetamines, Fentanyl, Heroin and Cocaine. (22)



£1 million drugs seized with guns and swords
222 arrested and 177 vulnerable people safeguarded by Police

Modern Slavery – horrendous emotional and physical abuse
Coerced through violence, blackmail and debt bondage to hold and supply drugs. (23)



Fentanyl overdose deaths quadrupled in 5 years
Death rates highest among young adults

279% rise from 2016 to 2021

Rate overdose deaths with Cocaine and Methamphetamine also increased. (24)


Dear World

This small report card tells us THIS IS SERIOUS.

We cannot ignore what is happening and if we are supposedly the most intelligent species on earth, then we better get on the front foot and address all this mess that we have created.

What if there is Another Way?




(1) Maza, M.T., Fox, K.A., Kwon, S-J., Flannery, J.E., Lindquist, K.A., Prinstein, M.J., & Telzer, E.H. (2023, January 3).  Association of Habitual Checking Behaviours on Social Media with Longitudinal Functional Brain Development. JAMA Network. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(2) (2023). International Childhood Cancer Day. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(3) (2023, February 6). Top Sodium Food Sources in the American Diet – Using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. IAFNS. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(4) Schrader, A. (2023, February 26). Sex Attacks on Teen-Girls Rose During COVID-19 Pandemic, CDC Finds. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(5) (2023, March 27). Covid Lockdowns Created ‘Online Backdoor’ for Child Abusers, Says Charity. Safeguarding and Child Protection Association. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(6) (2023, March 28). NHS Treating Hundreds of Children as Young as 13 for Gaming Disorders. Sky News. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(7) (2023, January 31). Children as Young as Nine Exposed to Pornography. Safeguarding and Child Protection Association. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(8) Rideout, N. (2022, December 7). Teen Cannabis Use Abuse Has Increased 245% Over 20 Years, Study Finds. Oregon Health and Science University. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(9) (2021, March 31). Endometriosis. World Health Organization. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(10) Mackintosh, T. (2023, March 16). Cocaine Production Reaches Record Levels as New Trafficking Hubs Emerge. BBC News. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(11) Wright, S. (2023, March 17). EXCLUSIVE Albanian Narcos Bringing Cocaine Misery from Ecuador to the Streets of Britain: Investigation Lays Bare How Mafia from Tiny Balkan Country Has Seized Control of Transatlantic Smuggling Routes to Flood Cities Like Brighton with Drugs. Mail Online. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(12) (2023, February 1). Social Isolation, Loneliness Increase Risk for Heart Failure. American College of Cardiology. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(13) (2023, January 30). 1 in 8 Americans Over 50 Show Signs of Food Addiction, U-M Poll Finds. University of Michigan. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(14) Sullivan, K. (2023, January 9). New Guidelines for Treating Childhood Obesity Include Medications and Surgery for First Time. NBC News. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(15) (2023, April 13). NCSBN Research Projects Significant Nursing Workforce Shortages and Crisis. NCSBN. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(16) (2023, January 18). Nearly Half of US Adults are Unprepared to Help in a Medical Emergency. American College of Emergency Physicians. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(17) (2023, May 9). Recurrent Brain Trauma May Increase Alzheimer’s Risk. Radiological Society of North America. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(18) (2023, April 11). Menthol Flavour Makes Vape Juice More Toxic, Damaging to Lungs. UPMC. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(19) (2023). Oral, Head and Neck Cancer Awareness Week. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(20) (2022, May 27). Human Papillomavirus (HPV). NHS. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(21) Grant, H., & Milmo, D. (2023, March 10). A Fifth of Teenagers Watch Pornography Frequently and Some Are Addicted, UK Study Finds. The Guardian. Retrieved May, 27 2023 from

(22) (2023, March 29). Drug Overdose Fatalities Among US Older Adults Have Quadrupled Over 20 Years, UCLA Research Finds. UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Retrieved April 29, 2023 from

(23) Robinson, J. (2023, March 9). More Than 200 Arrested and Drugs, Guns and Swords Seized During County Lines Crackdown. Sky News. Retrieved May 29, 2023 from

(24) Reinberg, S. (2023, May 3). Fentanyl Overdose Deaths Nearly Quadrupled in 5 Years in U.S. Retrieved May 29, 2023 from







Comments 8

  1. Mail Online – 9 February 2023

    Quarter of a million out-of-work young Britons plan to never get a job

    • 227,000 unemployed people aged 18-24 plan never to enter the labour market
    • 30% do not think they will ever be able to achieve their career aspirations
    • 50% of those in employment in London are still receiving family financial support

    The City and Guilds survey suggests a quarter of a million people who are currently not working never plan to get a job.

    66% age 18 to 24 say it is too difficult to find decent employment.

    The report found –

    42% of those who are working are receiving financial support from their family
    50% is the number for those in London

    21% of young people don’t understand how to successfully apply for a job
    30% don’t think they will ever be able to achieve their career ambitions

    The report also found that many respondents harboured lofty, and even unrealistic, career ambitions, while others were left downhearted at the state of the job market where there are currently 859,000 young adults out of work.

    50% of those who took part in the survey said they would be earning more than the UK’s median salary of £28,000 within the next five years.

    79% of all working adults earn less than £30,000 a year.

    15% said they hoped to work in the arts, entertainment and recreation industry,
    These jobs made up only 2% of the labour market this year.

    2% said they wanted to work in the wholesale and retail trade.
    That made up 14% of the total available jobs.

    The report found that –

    • Many young people wanted to get into extremely competitive industries that make up a small amount of the job market.

    • A good salary tended to be the top priority for young people when looking for a new job, followed by exciting work and finding secure employment.

    Those who were attempting to get jobs said they felt put off from applying for entry level positions due to a perceived lack of experience.

    64% said they felt it was not easy for them to get a decent job these days.
    29% said they struggled to get interviews.

    50% of those unemployed said they felt their education had not given them the skills to get a job.

    68% of all young people reported feeling ill-equipped or not confident in their skill set when looking for job.

    The research found that young people who have faced additional challenges, such as young carers, care and prison leavers and those who come from less affluent families, are falling way behind their peers in the labour market at the earliest stage of their careers.

  2. Brigham and Women’s Hospital – 8 August 2023

    A new study finds women who consumed sugar sweetened beverages daily had a higher risk of developing Liver Cancer or Chronic Liver Disease.

    65% of adults in the United States consume sugar sweetened beverages daily. Chronic liver disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide.

    This is the first study to report an association between sugar sweetened beverage intake and chronic liver disease mortality.

    This was an observational study of 98,786 post-menopausal women who were followed for more than 20 years.

    Those that consumed one or more sugar sweetened beverages daily had an 85% higher risk of liver cancer and 68% higher risk of chronic liver disease mortality compared to those who had fewer than 3 sugar sweetened beverages per month.

    Dear World

    This is super Serious and deserves our attention.

    FOR THE RECORD – the content of this comment has also been published on our Women article. We tend not to duplicate but where it is needed, we will do so and this is one such comment.

    THIS IS SERIOUS and therefore it has a place on this particular blog for that reason.

    Of course this study can be dismissed by those that want facts and numbers. We have still not reached the point where we unite and accept that if almost 100,000 women are saying something and we have them voicing what they consume daily, then we need to note this and not wait for more research that fits our agenda of delay. Yes, while we wait for more data and our researchers to analyse and hypothesise, we need to be reminded that we are nowhere near closer to finding out how on earth this is happening and what is really going on?

    Our world has relied heavily on evidence and when we receive the study, there is always more to research and it gives us something that we know is called delay in the inevitable. Time to wake up world, this is such a serious study we cannot ignore it.

    We ALL know sugar is poison to our body. Our body is communicating that sugar is causing our liver to not function in its natural state and this needs to be addressed.

    WHY are we not going there with the questions –
    WHY do we need sugary drinks everyday?
    WHY are we using sugar to prop us up and what would happen if the prop was not there?

    Are we prepared to admit that without the sugar fix, we may simply not be able to even function?

    How are women living that gives rise to relying on sugar to hit the body to keep going?

    How are women coping with life if sugar drinks are needed every single day when we know sugar alters our natural state?

    How many women are aware that their one or few drinks with sugar everyday has serious consequences?

    What is happening to women who RE post-menopausal that sugar intake everyday is the norm?

    Without asking sensible questions, we will remain the statistic of ill health when in fact we could make changes that will receive a different response from our body.

    What if these women made adjustments because they are educated or presented with the facts of what happens when we consume sugary drinks daily?

    What if these women then became real role models for the younger generations so they reflect by their everyday lived way that it is possible?

    AND finally, what if those like the author of this website and this comment are the ones that present, not because they need the recognition but because they have a body that does not have daily sugar filled drinks?

    There is something about listening and receiving common sense presentations from those that live what they say. In other words, they walk the talk and talk the walk. They are coming directly from something that they live and it holds value and most, if not all of us would feel that on some level or have already experienced that. There is no fake sale or trying to convince or preach something. It just is. Take it or leave it.

  3. British Medical Journal – BMJ 1 September 2023

    Fluid on the lungs is a relatively little known hazard linked to open water swimming, warn doctors in the journal BMJ Case Reports.

    Older age, swimming long distances, cold water, female sex, high blood pressure and pre-existing heart disease are among the risk factors. However, it frequently occurs in those who are otherwise fit and healthy.

    Open water swimming has become very popular, with over 3 million in England in 2021, but mounting evidence points to a link between the activity and a condition called Swimming-Induced Pulmonary Oedema (SIPA).

    First reported – SIPA leaves swimmers struggling to draw breath and depletes their blood of vital oxygen.

    Example in this report states a woman in her 50s, keen competitive long distance swimmer and triathlete with no medical history of note, experiencing difficulty breathing.

    Arrival at hospital – rapid heartbeat and x-ray revealed pulmonary oedema. Further scans revealed fluid had infiltrated the heart muscle, a sign of strain, known as myocardial oedema. However, she had no structural heart disease.

    SIPE recurrence is common and has been reported in 13% – 22% of swimmers and scuba divers, suggesting a predisposition to the condition.

    The authors advise swimming in warmer water, without a tight fitting wetsuit and avoidance of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories to minimise risk.

    Dear World


    As humans, some of us conveniently dismiss or ignore that our body is simply NOT designed to be in cold waters.

    Common sense knows that when we step into a warm room, under the soft duvet or blanket or a hot bath, our body relaxes and we drop deeper into our actual body.

    However, there is stimulation with a lot more people joining the cold sea Christmas Day and New Year’s Day jumping into the sea dressed up or with very little on – but what for?

    Social media or to be claiming some kind of fame? Furthermore, the elderly are attempting this too and wild water swimming is bigger than most are probably aware of.

    While researchers come up with more evidence, there is a strong chance this will continue and there will be more incidents like the example given.

    What is clear is our human body is not designed or equipped to be assaulted and abused in this way. We can continue, but there will come a point where we will realise no amount of force will make the body obedient to something that is not true.

  4. American Association for the Advancement of Science AAAS – 27 September 2023

    Lack of Financial Planning is linked to a higher risk of death in the UK and the U.S. according to a new study over 22 years.

    People who are less socioeconomically advantaged have lower life expectancies, with a number of possible underlying mechanisms, such as less ability to spend on healthcare or the psychological effects of economic inequality.

    Previous research has shown that many households struggle to financially prepare for old age.

    The researchers found in this study that people who planned their finances into the future had a lower risk of dying during the study periods. This association held true even after statistically accounting for other factors that could affect mortality risk, such as demographics, income and self-reported life expectancy, which could inform financial planning decisions.

    In addition, people who planned further into the future had better self-reported health and this association was strongest for the least financially advantaged participants.

    The authors said that the study suggest lack of financial planning was not only bad for the wallet but also health and longevity.

    Dear World

    This article deserves to be posted on THIS IS SERIOUS because we have a rising number of people in our world who have made absolutely no plans for how they are going to be taken care of if they had to stop work because of ill health or an accident. Some are dependent on a partner that may not make it to old age due to current health issues and so it goes on and this is the raw reality.

    How many live in rental properties and have not considered that one day they may need to move due to lack of affordability or job redundancy or old age?

    We seem to not have this retirement planning on our radar as most live within a budget or need to provide for family and thinking ahead would cause anxiety and fear, so we simply do not go there.

    THIS IS SERIOUS as we now have a study that tells us our lack of responsibility when it comes to financial planning increases the risk of death. Just knowing this can bring on some kind of anxiety as we simply are not equipped and that is the truth.

    So where do we go and how can we make changes when we feel trapped in the systems we live in, pay our taxes, go on vacation and not consider the future years as that’s too much?

    What if we started taking responsibility now for everything and start with what we are spending and where can we be more sensible? Balancing our ledger means we cannot just spend or have what we think we want or what others have because that’s how we operate. Having the lastest newest smartphone or buying Christmas gifts when we can barely pay our bills is not a sensible and mature approach.

    We have whole generations – the youth of today where many do not even think about saving or those that do want to stop work and retire decades ahead of the usual age. What is this saying about our future workforce?

    Our world is in a serious mess. We know our health systems are running on red and the debts are mounting due to the rise in multiple illnesses and diseases that are now prevalent worldwide.

    We have created a world that demands 24/7 of whatever we desire or fantasise and we get it at the click or tap of a digital device.

    The good old fashion – only spend what you can afford and save money – is no longer on our radar and then we have studies like this giving us the end result of what happens.

    Time for a re-set and get Back to Basics as it pays, literally to tighten up and sharpen up when it comes to all our expenditure, including the seemingly small stuff, which all adds up if we ignore it, as that’s how we roll. Not sensible, not real and not responsible.

  5. The Guardian – 30 October 2023

    Councils in England are facing bankruptcy.

    The housing crisis will push many local authorities into bankruptcy as the increasing cost of emergency accommodation for thousands of homeless families threatens to overwhelm council budgets.

    Millions are being spent in a year and in some cases between 20% and 50% of their total available financial resources to try and cope with and unprecedented and rapid explosion in homelessness caused by rising rents and a shrinking supply of affordable properties.

    The scale of the crisis means some affluent counties cannot supply enough emergency homes to meet their legal duty to support homeless families. Rates in homelessness in some districts have more than doubled year on year.


    Have we bothered to ask how on earth has it got to this point?

    Who or what is running the show – and why have we allowed this?

    Why are our councils not operating with transparency and allowing the public to know how monies are being spent?

    If we get simple – we could ask how do those who make these financial decisions operate in their own personal life when it comes to money?

    We place people in high positions and we start the blame game but forget those that are employed to be trusted with the public purse may not be equipped, because no CV bothers to check how they budget and conduct their own finances.

    Of course, there are many other factors to consider which is how much sympathy and pandering do we do when there is a homeless case?

    How much are we into getting the numbers reduced and that means finding emergency accommodation at whatever cost just so it looks good on the figures?

    Is it time we admitted not only do we have a SERIOUS 911 but we ought to now consider how to change this whole way of running business especially when it comes to public monies?

  6. UPI Health News – 15 November 2023

    65% rise in U.S. medical insurance claims for treatment for Eating Disorders between 2018 and 2022, according to a new report.

    Increases were seen across all eating conditions

    The largest rise was ARFID – more than triple
    Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder

    81% rise in Binge-Eating Disorder

    73% rise in Anorexia Nervosa

    1 in 10 patients with Eating Disorders were diagnosed with multiple disorders and were 5 times more likely to suffer from one or more mental illnesses and 4 times more likely to have a substance abuse problem.

    The database of 43 billion private healthcare claim records were drawn on and is the largest in the United States

    The study also looked at accompanying mental health conditions and found –

    72% of all patients with Eating Disorders had at least one co-morbidity led by bulimia sufferers and

    78% of whom were diagnosed with one or more mental illness that was not an eating disorder

    4 in 10 patients had a Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

    39% had a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder, with some being diagnosed with both conditions

    24% of all Eating Disorder diagnoses were for Binge-Eating Disorder or Anorexia on their own, making them the most common eating-related medical conditions.

    89% of all eating disorder claim lines were females, except for males younger than age 9, which exceeded females

    94% by condition, claims for Anorexia were female

    ARFID was the eating disorder that most affected patients under the age of 13

    Binge-eating disorder mostly affected age group 31 – 65

    All regions saw significant rises in claims for Eating Disorders –

    84% rise in the South

    2018 – 2022
    100-fold increase in video consultations for treating Eating Disorders

    Dear World

    This is SERIOUS and what next is the question?

    Where is this going and what are we doing about it?

    We simply do not have the resources and do we really want to wait for the next and the next study to tell us SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT when it comes to eating dis-orders of all kinds.

    Our kids seem to be getting younger and younger and we ought to remind ourselves that not everyone is coming forward to speaking up, so there is a strong likelihood that these stats are not reflecting the actual reality of the problem we have.

    We have kids with eating disorders at a very young age and we have children with Obesity. Is that enough to stop us all to ask WHY and HOW have we got to this point and where is our Responsibility before we start blaming or pointing fingers.

  7. British Medical Association – 5 January 2024

    GP practices in England are experiencing significant and growing strain with declining GP numbers, rising demand, struggles to recruit and retain staff. This has had knock-on effects for patients.

    NHS are still losing fully qualified GPs at an alarming rate over the past year.

    Fewer doctors are looking after greater numbers of patients.

    The overall number of GPs has seen little growth since 2015, with the number of GP partners declining significantly over that time.

    England would need an additional 16,700 GPs to be on equal footing with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) average.

    Latest data from November 2023 confirms there are 1,881 fewer fully qualified full-time GPs compared to the September 2015 baseline.

    Whilst the GP workforce is declining, the number of patients is increasing.

    November 2023
    63.03 million patients were registered with GP practices in England – another record high.

    18% increase (355 patients per GP) since 2015, demonstrating the ever mounting workload in general practice.

    83% of appointments were booked to take place within 2 weeks.

  8. Diabetes UK – 10 January 2024

    30% living in the UK have stopped going to their GP for medical advice due to the difficulties of securing an appointment, according to a new survey.

    25% of adult responders were unable to get a GP appointment.

    1 in 3 of the participants that have given up say they have resorted to DIY medical care.

    15% say they try to treat themselves instead of seeking professional medical care/1 in 5 have purchased medicine online without any advice from a trained healthcare professional.

    1 in 3 people suffering with pain had put off seeing a GP.


    1 January to 8 December 2023
    13,000 people contacted Young Minds for support.

    2,800 parents and carers rang the charity in need of urgent crisis support.

    Young Minds, a UK mental health charity stated that parents required help to deal with anxiety, low mood, depression and anger in their children, as well as autism-related complications and behaviour problems.

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