SPOTLIGHT ON DIABETES

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has reported that as at July 2017 a staggering 100 million people in America have diabetes with a great number predisposed to it and this number is steadily rising. With brownies and doughnuts a cultural staple and the lack of consistent physical activity, this should come as no surprise. As clearly stated on the CDC site, “people with diabetes are at increased risk of serious health complications including premature death, vision loss, heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, and amputation of toes, feet, or legs,” which should be a deterrent for over consumption of sugar, but engrained cultural habits are indeed hard to break. What is more stunning is the number of people under 18 that have been diagnosed with the disease. The marked distinction between Diabetes 1 and 2 is: Type 1 is a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin while Type 2 is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes blood sugar (glucose). TYPE 2 Located in the abdomen, the pancreas essentially converts food into fuel or insulin for the body’s cells. This is also the area of the body that helps to store and use glucose. Insulin is then sent, as glucose (sugar) through the bloodstream into muscle, fat, liver, and most other cells so that the body can use it for fuel. An excess of insulin in the bloodstream can cause cells in the body to absorb too much glucose (sugar) which

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BLOGS IN PHOTOGRAPHY – FORT BENNETT, TOBAGO

One of my best Tobago experiences was my stay at Licorish Villa located in Fort Bennett, Black Rock, Tobago.  Of the six forts on theIsland of Tobago, Fort Bennett is probably the most famous. Fort Bennett overlooks Grafton Beach. The Fort was built by the Dutch between 1628 and 1636. Later on, in the 1680’s, the Courlanders refortified it in order to protect their then flourishing settlement in the Great Courland Bay area. During the 1800’s the fort fell into the possession of the British and was again refortified to protect their claim to Tobago. The fort was used for military purposes during the sugar revolution. Privateers and Buccaneers tried to interfere with British interests which consequently led to many battles. The Fort however, was a huge barrier for these pirates and the British once again were able to protect their territory and their interests. Nowadays the fort is a tranquil spot which is indeed contrary to its history. There is a small gazebo from which locals and tourists can see a panoramic view of Grafton Beach. At sundown there is an amazing sunset that is extremely breathtaking. The gazebo is the best vantage point. There is also Black Rock Beach, within close proximity. Black Rock Beach is located between Stone Haven Bay and Great Courland Bay on the western side of Tobago. It is known for its large black rocks surrounding the beach. Leatherback turtles can also be seen nesting at this site. Black Rock Beach is great for

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AN INTERPRETATION OF EMANUEL SWEDENBORG 1688 – 1772 by Marlene Daley

Reject blind faith and declare true faith to be an internal acknowledgement of the truth within. Even the most apparently trivial thought, when experienced from within, could hold a profound spiritual meaning, it is the presence of the spiritual sense which makes the Word divine. Faith alone justifies and it sets apart by time and distance, the works of the law. Charity cannot be conjoined with faith, since faith is from God, and charity, so far as it is expressed in works, is from man. But both must exist in unison in man, so that we may mirror in honor, the inner sanctum that God freely gives us. Both faith and charity are necessary for the evolution of salvation. One without the other separates us from our greatest truth. Faith alone cannot procure justification of truth, although it must be faith which results in obedience. The purpose of faith is to lead a person to a life according to truth. In faith we reveal God’s Love for each and every spark from the Divine, but it is in the expression of our love for God that charity becomes the product of faith and eternity is secured.  Faith by itself, if it is not complemented by action, is dead and produces nothing that is relevant to God.  Charity reflects the love of God and in itself produces the continuum of life’s evolution. The trinity of faith, hope, and love are the foundation for our existence. Charity is the link that binds

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EVERYTHING IS EVERYTHING IN HARMONY – Henri Almanzar

Balance is an evolutionary step. Where does one go to take the first step towards balance? The answer is …. Right here! – The place where desire and ego collide. The place where your inner turmoil is recognized for what it is ….. Illusion! No matter how real it feels to the ego … the spirit knows that it is a response to an illusionary penetration into human psyche. So the primary step to balance is to accept your spiritual nature, the inner voice which speaks from the core that supersedes the turmoil of the thought process. It’s that inner sanctum of thoughtlessness, where what is understood is that life exists and persists with or without you. Therefore, your thoughts are no more than you are at any given time when your focus is on them. The inner sanctum of thoughtlessness is neither perception nor a particular state of being; it is the existence of a life force that courses through you without your need to attend to it … for it is what it is… and has always been, in order to be what it will become. To achieve that understanding takes making the step in evolutionary thought, to become aware that the conduit through which energy flows is pulsating through you. It does not take blind faith, it just requires letting go as the experience passes through you and giving up the power to that which is greater than you.  This trust is not an action that needs

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AN ECO-FRIENDLY BURIAL OPTION

There is already a growing concern regarding the huge expanses of land that will be required for burial space, as the world turns and more people die. Though many are opting for cremation, the vast majority are usually so grief stricken that they cannot bring themselves to entertain the thought of anything short of a lavish funeral, part of which entails having their loved ones pumped with formaldehyde to delay decomposition. Dust to dust however, is inevitable and is the reality of that outcome. “Six foot six” below ground, as Jamaicans would say, became the norm after the bubonic plague struck in 1665 in London and the law for depth of burial was enacted to prevent any spread of the dreaded disease, but there are other reasons for underground burial as well. Though the average corpse today, is of no particular interest to medical science beyond an autopsy which looks at cause of death that may contribute to ongoing research in regenerative diseases among other issues, fossils such as skulls, teeth and bones may be in the long haul for archeologists, in their never ending study of evolution. This method for preservation of history could also serve to substantiate studies on changing cultures and traditions that may over time become obsolete but none the less contribute in large part to past ways of life through scientific understanding. Given the foregoing, probably the most brilliant cutting edge development to date to address this impending issue of burial space, has come out

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SEARCHING FOR BOB MARLEY – Marlene Daley

Some Jamaicans are just too brilliant to be labeled “wagonists,” but until such time that there is an appropriate label for them, we shall call them conformists. These are people who do not push the boundaries of life. They enjoy a staid existence until they arrive at a point in life which we will call their sweet spot, if you may, where they become locked into a mental feel good space that leaves them rebuking or evasive of anything new or different. This mentality leads to one of mimicry and reproduction; it’s the malaise of neocolonial personality, its basis is a result of settling on events of the past as golden age, rather than a gaze to the future with a trans-formative consciousness that the authentic self is the reservoir of artistic and transformational production. Artistic creation is always a project of social construction and transformation that moves beyond citation and hybridity. The artistic personality must have historical awareness, yet cannot be trapped in history, but rather, must make history a part of the process of artistic creation and transformation. Those who seek to articulate artistic creativity as a process of paying homage to history and mimicry are elites who seek to standardize and control. It all signals retirement which comes with that feeling of having lived a full life, yet it is the junction of the road which separates current consciousness from reminiscing. These citizens are dangerous to youth, youthfulness, development and continuing evolution, as the lack of need

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