Heart attacks for men have a ratio of 70% to 89% for sudden cardiac events. David Townsend of Detroit, Michigan is a heart attack survivor. He had a sudden cardiac event that led to an emergency triple bypass. David states that “if you don’t smoke don’t start.” His quest to be smoke-free, since his bypass surgery has been a struggle because of second-hand cigarette smoke, that has enticed his desire to smoke again.
His multiple scars from his bypass surgery are a constant reminder of his smoking habit that may shorten his lifespan.
D-Town Farms located on west Outer Drive is a seven-acre farm in a residential community and offers advice and help to other residents who want to be a part of the farming industry in Detroit. Victory Garden is a community garden, located on Schoolcraft, in an area where the neighbors get together to produce crops through the spring and summer in Detroit
Some residents have purchased side lots to their property through a sale from Detroit Land Bank of a $100, as residents are expanding their properties out with fewer neighbors in the neighborhoods.
The population loss in Detroit is represented by thousands of vacant lots, land left for weeds and trees to grow wild. Some land is being used for community gardens, providing healthy foods free of charge for the neighbors. Using land to cultivate food is a healthy and prosperous idea for Detroit, considering many vacant lots became dumping grounds for trash and demolished neighborhoods.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic low back pain (LBP). Chronic low back pain is the number two, most claimed disability, in the United States. Recently there has been a high increase in opiate use and abuse among pain sufferers. Due to the rise of chronic pain, doctors are now offering alternative methods so that pain patients can live without limitations. Sometimes, doctors will even work with each other, so that the opiate-prescribing doctor can be involved in the alternative treatment.
The high rate of addiction has become a concern in the United States, because some of the addictions are from opiate use and abuse. Opiates include prescription medication, prescribed in doses, as part of a patient’s pain management regime. In order to control the amount of opiates prescribed to patients, the patient’s primary care physician will first recommend pain management methods that don’t involve medication. The pain management doctor will decide to what extent medication is needed to control the patient’s pain and suffering.
“Educating patients with more current treatment options, helps lower the need of opiates on a regular basis,” says Dr. Sabbagh “The purpose of trying the alternative methods is to give patients relief and hope of some healing says Dr. Sabbagh.”
Methods of weight loss, diet, and exercising are daily routines that can aid in the rehabilitation. When asked about other treatments, Dr. Sabbagh stated “that some patients, are faced with easing their pain with a minimal invasive approach such as epidural steroid injections, nerve burning and lastly, surgery for the relief of chronic pain suffering”. These are all temporary solutions, that may last three-months to two-years, “It’s not forever, but long enough for some patients to want to try to be pain free as long as possible,” says Dr. Sabbagh. These approaches can lead to lower doses of prescribed opiate use, and as it was explained to me, every patient is different so the outcome varies from patient to patient, allowing some form of healing physically and mentally.
Dorie Fann-Purry of Detroit, MI is a chronic pain sufferer whose pain journey grew from a Fibromyalgia diagnosis into a Lupus diagnosis. Dorie states that, “even though I suffer from chronic pain daily, I finds relief in educating Lupus survivors on a daily basis, through my Facebook page” Dorie is a member of the Lupus Warriors. Dorie finds self gratification in being an active participating member and encourages other lupus survivors to participate with Lupus Warriors events.
The alternative solutions at times just end up being a temporary relief but for some, a temporary relief is better than no relief to chronic pain and the usage of opiates. Overall, education is the key to learning new ways to cope with pain besides opiates.
Healthy eating has been categorized as the culprit needed to help prevent and maintain certain health conditions. With the maintenance of weight and preventative measures taken to avoid the inevitable weight gain, from over eating and lack of exercise, there is still hope for those with exemplary determination to beat the odds of obesity.
When food is grown from the soil of the earth water is part of its growth process. These fruits and vegetables are naturally part water, some more than others. Water is also associated with maintaining a healthier weight, whether it is through a beverage or multiple fruits and vegetables. Water is known to be the fuel for blood and the circulatory system in our bodies.
Eating healthy requires preparation of foods that are healthy, low in fat, calories, carbohydrates, sugars, and sodium. Eating healthier diets can be time consuming, from shopping more frequently, to assure freshness of the food, to the times it takes to prepare balanced meals. Too often, a hard day of work ensues not prepping or cooking proper meals throughout the day. Maybe you find yourself grabbing a bite to eat while on the move to get to work or home, and that could suffice for the time being, but after a while, you could find yourself at risk of health issues. Healthy eating is a lifestyle choice, and the preparations that are involved for meals involving daily fruits and vegetables can be time consuming but, well worth the extra time to keep your body full of water, and feeling like a well oiled machine, making yourself more vital and energetic and having less chance of being obese.
Levi is a kidnap and rape victim, turned survivor. Levi was 18 when she was raped and in the last five years, she has endured the pain of rape and healing that would turn her life around for the better. Levi now wants to conquer a challenge of encouraging young girls about being out alone, and not in their safe zone of home.
Out at 3:00 am, walking home to her mother’s house Levi was snatched up and thrown in the back seat of a car. The driver of the car, stood outside of the car, smoked a cigarette and guarded the brutal rape on the inside of the car. Levi was eventually dropped off on the corner of West McNichols and Rockdale on the Northwest side of Detroit. As she began to try and walk on McNichols street, a resident from a nearby apartment building was returning home, seen that something was wrong and helped Levi to safety.
Levi was traumatized, and needed help to overcome the obstacle that had changed her life for the worse. Rape counseling, therapy and anger management, would be the beginning of a vital journey, while she enveloped herself into a song that she wrote and recorded, called, The Testimony. The arrest did not happen right away but one day a call from the Detroit Police Department would begin to change her life, as Levi had to face the repercussion of being out alone at 3:00am on the streets of Detroit.
Convicted rapist, Christopher Lee Johnson would be identified through the description of his car in other unsolved rape cases. Levi’s rape kit had DNA that would solve multiple rapes in the City of Detroit. Johnson would be convicted of Levi’s rape, the driver was never identified was only a part of Levi’s case. Johnson had already been interrogated without Levi’s case, so no one knew of a driver until Levi’s case surfaced with rape kit DNA and a description of a car that put a serial rapist in prison.
The program is just over a year old and now have about 100 businesses enrolled in the Green Light Project. In September 2016, Comcast Cable joined forces with Detroit to help fight crime by offering to install high definition cameras, so that the Detroit Police may solve crimes in real-time at an affordable price. DTE Energy collaborated with the City of Detroit when there were just 52 businesses registered in November 2016. They encouraged more businesses with an incentive offered by DTE for a $7000.00 rebate per business that enrolled, a 65 percent signup bonus.
Detroit has trademarked the Green Light Project protecting its interest for the signage, lighting, and the green light fixtures on the signs. Businesses involved so far are 24-hour gas stations, 24-hour drive thru restaurants, and liquor stores.The Mayor of DetroitMike Duggan, and Police ChiefJames Craig expect to see more changes in crime as more businesses participate in the Green Light Program. The first eight participants of Green Light see a 40 percent in crime reduction, newer Green Light participants are seeing an average of a 20 percent change in crime and there has also been a 40 percent change in car jacking’s, compared to a year ago. It was stated during the announcement of the 100th participant that all 911 calls will be dispatched to any Green Light participants first, no matter what. The changes will occur because of a green light flashing on a building that will represent security that leads straight to a monitoring station, that is divided into two parts, one for east Detroit and the other for the west side of Detroit.