Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome is an emerging illness affecting heavy users of marijuana.

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Have you been a heavy user of marijuana for a few years? Do you have episodes of nausea, vomiting and belly pain every few weeks or months? You might have Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome, or CHS, was first recognized in Australia in 2004. It affects chronic, heavy users of marijuana. (A heavy user is defined as someone who uses marijuana more than 20 days a month.)

The symptoms of CHS are episodes of abdominal pain and vomiting. In the beginning the symptoms are mild. Perhaps just a little nausea in the morning. …

An unethical business is not sustainable

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Corporate culture refers to all aspects of how a company relates to its employees, clients and the community. It involves every part of the company’s operations:

  • Does the company pay its employees fairly? Does it offer good benefits? Is the dress code casual, or more rigid? Are employees expected to work long hours? Is there a large employee turnover? Is the atmosphere upbeat and friendly, or tense? Is the company a union buster?
  • Is the company fair to clients? Does the company sometimes cut corners, or do they go the extra mile to make the client happy? Are there consumer complaints or allegations of fraud against the company? …

The repetitive nature of walking can lead to mindful meditation

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My weight is up and my stomach is sagging. Most days I sit behind a desk from morning until night. I haven’t played sports in many years. I am definitely out of shape.

My doctor suggested I start exercising. I decided walking would be vigorous enough to get my heart and lungs working, but not so strenuous as to strain my joints and muscles. It should be an easy way to get back in shape.

Fortunately, there is a nearby town park that has walking trails that are ideal. The main trail winds its way through five miles of pristine woods around a shimmering lake. …

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that the advancing stock market represents, “Inequality in a nutshell.”

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On the news that the Dow Jones Industrial Average soared past 29,000 for the first time, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted:

“The Dow soars, wages don’t. Inequality in a nutshell.”

There is a lot of inequality in the system. Things like nepotism, cronyism and discrimination in the workplace.

However, Ocasio-Cortez singles out the stock market as symbolizing inequality because it has recently risen faster than wages. That is not a fair criticism because short term moves in the stock market are not meaningful. They are often based on speculation. Advances can be quickly reversed.

In 2018, for example, the Dow rose 9% from January until September. Then, the market suddenly dropped 12% over the next three months. It would be absurd to try and peg wages to that type of erratic movement. …

I made some serious mistakes and couldn’t get a good job, so I made my own.

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I was a college freshman. I had a B+ average for my first marking period. The future was looking bright, but then I went off track.

I started trying some recreational drugs. They were fun at first. I smoked weed and did a little of this and that. Lots of my friends did. It wasn’t a problem for most of them, but I couldn’t control my usage. It was the overindulgence that became my downfall.

Once getting high became a habit, things started getting seriously screwed up. I started missing classes. My grades took a nosedive. I was spending all my money on cigarettes, drugs and booze. …

Prudent risk taking is an opportunity for growth. But businesses have to define which risks are acceptable, and which are not.

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There is always risk in taking steps to expand a business. That is not a bad thing. Risk can help you grow. But some risks are not worth taking. Anything that has the potential to quickly sink the business should be avoided.

Risk should be closely evaluated when forming a business plan. And it doesn’t end there. It is an ongoing process. Management has to constantly monitor the business to identify risks. Management of those risks will provide guidance when making strategic business decisions.

Unacceptable risks

Risk management starts with determining which risks are acceptable, and which are not. Every business is different, but there are some common serious risks that need to be identified. …

Walking with the Lord

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I regularly attend a large church in the downtown area of my city, but that’s not the church I’m writing about today. I’m writing about the personal church that is with me every minute of every day.

Construction on my personal church started a long time ago, with help from my parents and my teachers. They helped lay the foundation of my core beliefs. Things like love of God and love of neighbor are the basis of all my belief.

Building of this church has continued nonstop throughout my life. Biblical writers and Jesus Christ did the early work. …

Think about the big picture.

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I didn’t know what career I wanted to pursue, when I was in high school. I was putting that decision off until some time in the future. Instead, I focused on taking the various courses that would get me accepted into college. I thought the career decision could wait. I was wrong. That indecision would leave me with career paralysis.

I took a lot of math courses in high school, such as algebra, geometry, trig and advanced algebra. I also took a lot of science, including biology, chemistry, astronomy, physics and AP biology. …

When addiction is a family tradition

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This story is non-fiction. All names have been changed.

My family seems predisposed to addiction to alcohol. Not all of us are alcoholics, but it is common enough to make me believe alcoholism is linked to genetics.

My four siblings and I grew up with both my parents. My mother was sober, but my father drank beer and smoked cigarettes. His drinking increased as he got older. Living under that cloud of alcoholism put a strain on our family. He would get angry when drinking, and he took it out on us.

When my father wasn’t at work, he was home drinking. It became obvious that he had a problem, but trying to discuss it with him just led to denial and more anger. …

Figure it out on your own

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They say that with age comes experience. I am getting older. I’m not going to say how old, but probably older than you. I’ve done a lot of stuff in my life, and I’ve had a lot of experience, but does anyone want my advice? No!

I am the same way. I am skeptical of taking anyone else’s advice. Tell me what I should do, and I’ll think of reasons not to follow your advice. I have to figure everything out for myself. Sometimes it causes me problems, but that’s how I operate.

I could write a book about about my good experiences, but it all sounds like bragging. Nobody wants to hear it. …


J. Martin Stone

I write about my experiences.

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