True Wellness Includes Detoxing Methods

If wellness is about a lifestyle of overall good health than it has to become more than just exercising and healthy eating. I have discovered that detoxification is also needed, but can be difficult or embarrassing.  I admit this is where most men stop when it comes to wellness. We might add in some herbal remedies and supplements, but what I believe we need to add in is either a daily or weekly cleanse; a quick and easy detoxing method too. Our bodies store so many toxins no matter what we eat. There are toxins in the air too! In this day and age, an apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away. Colon cancer is a real and scary issue among men, so is liver failure. These two organs are our best way of detoxing, but when they are overloaded, we get sick or have to deal with unfortunate consequences. I’ve heard that juicing or an apple cider vinegar drink is a great way to get rid of toxins. However, juicing and apple cider vinegar drinks can taste horrible. For those that aren’t into juicing everyday here are three easy detoxing methods.

Ionic Footbaths

This has got to be the easiest and most relaxing method of removing toxins. Who doesn’t like a soothing foot bath, especially if you stand on your feet all day? What’s different about these footbaths is that the ions work with your body to pull out toxins through your feet. You can tell what type of toxins your body is full of by the color of the water. You will want to find a natural health provider to assist you because owning one of these special footbaths is expensive. Also, a natural health provider will be able to give you remedies for reducing your toxicity for a better result. I believe you need at least ten foot soaks in order to significantly decrease toxicity.

Colon Hydrotherapy
If you know what this is then I’m sure you’re tempted to pass on to the next idea. However, there are some of us guys that aren’t as regular as we should be. This causes really old toxins to sit in our colons and potentially cause cancer. Detoxing methods like this are a bit invasive and I definitely wouldn’t do it unless it was out of desperation. Colon hydrotherapy is like a massive enema. A doctor flushes out your colon with gallons of warm water to loosen up everything inside. Perhaps you’ve heard of old fecal matter being stuck on the walls of your colon and how it contributes to your weight, body toxicity, and overall health. It’s a last resort, but effective nonetheless.

Activated Charcoaldetoxing methods

Another one of my detoxing methods is activated carbon or charcoal. Yes, this is essentially like burnt toast, however, it is odorless and tasteless. Activated charcoal has the power to capture, bind, and remove poisons, heavy metals, chemicals, bacteria, toxins, and intestinal gases which have thousands of times more weight than the charcoal itself according to the article on Truth About Cancer. Doctors use activated charcoal as a cure for poison victims in hospitals. It comes in a liquid, pill, or powder form. You can even purchase activated charcoal soap for your skin.

There are many effective detoxing methods and if we are going to be healthy for real, then we have to add this to our regimen. This world is full of toxins and the government doesn’t really tell us everything we need to know to stay healthy. We can enjoy foods and drinks much more when we have a way to help our bodies stay clean.

 

Why is Men’s Mental Health Ignored By The Formerly Incarcerated?

There are many reasons why men’s mental health is ignored in regards to recidivism. According to many members of society, men’s mental health in association with crime has little bearing on their decisions. It is often considered an act of desperation for an individual to plead insanity in their case. If one is considered to have been aware and understood that their crime was wrong, the insanity plea won’t hold in court. However, mental health disorders are more complex than what most members in society think.

Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, phobias, and many other disorders develop while men are incarcerated. However, upon their release, they are sent out into the world still carrying the stigmas as former criminals. Therefore, society focuses on their past, rather than the fact that those crimes were paid for in full; as a result, making any mental disorders and traumas virtually impossible for society to accept as legitimate problems.

Money is another reason that mental illness is ignored. No matter the rhyme or reason, society often fails to have any sympathy for former criminals. The inability to solve the mental health problem is due to the high expense and leaves the criminal justice system unable to intervene in the area. It is reported that psychiatric help is more than twice as expensive as incarcerating a single prisoner annually. Therefore, it remains unlikely that the system will take the step to consider mental health issues as a real problem that results in recidivism. Ignoring the problem leads to forgetting its existence.

It seems that society is unable to imagine themselves in the shoes of former inmates. Many never realize that there are nonviolent crimes that label men for the rest of their lives. Even men convicted on nonviolent charges are changed forever; often experiencing severe emotional trauma that prevents them from interacting with society in a positive way. Their illness is often ignored because they are considered to have “made their choice”. Society feels that they’ve made the decision to commit the crime, and they should suffer the consequences, whatever that may be.

It seems the main reason mental illness is ignored is only because it’s easier to do so. It’s easier to think of these men in one light and never give them a chance to make it right or to put their lives on a better track. For this reason alone, mental illness in former convicts will likely never be treated properly to prevent recidivism in their futures.

How Mental Health Disorders Affect Success and Productiveness Within Men

By Pyerse Dandridge
Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp

Mental health disorders often result from extended time in incarceration. After release, men are sent back into society with not only criminal convictions, but gaps in employment, negative stigmas, alternate mentalities, and an extreme amount of work necessary to shed the skin society now sees. Simply reentering society can cause high anxiety and the consistent rejection can cause depression in terms of job searching.

It is clear that mental health issues are present in criminals during incarceration, but post-release, these anxieties have increased and other mental health disorders make recidivism highly likely in over 50 percent of men. Mental health issues can inhibit much of daily life including finding a good job. Successfully finding a good job is difficult because former inmates are usually subjected to obtaining low income jobs like janitorial work or fast food employment. Their past mistakes are used as ammunition in such a way that it is difficult to maintain motivation to keep up a positive path towards success. Most people have experienced the stress of job searching, however, think of the increased amount of stress when the odds are stacked extremely high against you.

Mental health issues can take a real toll on life. Success could almost be said to be completely out of reach due to the fact that underlying conditions prevent the ability to conduct oneself properly in society. Anger, paranoia, abrasiveness, high anxiety, mood swings, and other characteristics that are created during incarceration can cause major problems for many trying to create positive relationships with employers and co-workers.

It is clear that success post-release depends highly on the help these men receive to rejoin society with positive hope for something beyond a life of crime. Recidivism is twice as likely to occur in those who are released from prison with untreated mental health issues. If mental health issues were treated properly, these men could have a chance at a productive life.

Many don’t realize that male inmates must live a life completely isolated from civilized society, procure a heightened masculine mask fit for incarceration (in order to survive), and then are kicked back out into society. Often they are back in society with a completely different mentality than before their incarceration and are now without any genuine direction on how to survive outside prison walls. Considering all they’ve gone through just to pay their debt to society, these men have very little chance at success.

Why Mental Health & Ongoing Support For Men Is So Important

By Pyerse Dandridge
Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp

It is reported that over half of male inmates have at least one mental disorder. This means that mental health issues are present before incarceration takes place. Without treatment or with inadequate treatment, it is highly likely that men with mental health issues will re-offend and contribute to recidivism rates.

Mental health issues are often the reason inmates initially commit a crime. However, winning a trial with the plea of insanity is difficult to do. Studies show that less than 1% of those who plead insanity are actually acquitted and sentenced to psychiatric care. Of those who receive help, it is reported that over half are less likely to re-offend after their admittance to psychiatric care. However, of those who show signs of mental illness and are sentenced to prison time, their likelihood to recidivate increases exponentially.

Although there are programs to help former inmates, ongoing support after being released from incarceration is expensive. The cost for psychiatric care seemingly is outweighing the cost per inmate in correctional institutions. However, if recidivism is truly a problem the criminal system wishes to avoid, ongoing support and care after release should remain a priority. Institutionalization provides a steady way of life for men inside, however, when they are released, those with mental disorders are re-triggered when their placed back into society. The community expects former inmates to be completely rehabilitated, but in actuality they were always unable to function in a society that has extremely high expectations for them.

it is clear that psychiatric care could provide real hope for those who have very little opportunity to walk a more righteous path post-release. In psychiatric facilities, men are treated as patients, and the medical professionals conduct their care as patients rather than prisoners. Studies have shown that this form of rehabilitation has proven to prevent recidivism and allow proper diagnosis and resolutions, rather than pushing individuals back out into an environment where they have no other options.

Institutionalization provides an ongoing, supportive and stable environment. Though the cost may be financially high, how can it compare to the suffering of the individual and their unfortunate victims? There may be losses in certain areas, but if the criminal justice system would take into consideration the decreased rates in recidivism after receiving ongoing support for mental health disorders, the results would be highly favorable when looking at the bigger picture.

What I’m Learning About Omega-3s and Rhodiola Extract

As I try to reestablish my life after prison, I noticed that even though I found a decent job and my writing career is in full swing, my productivity was suffering. I was becoming lazy, tired and felt an overall draining. I tried to research my symptoms and realized that I was hungrier faster than I should have been. I would eat and even after a few minutes, I would feel hungry again. I tried to ignore it, but as the hour went on, I experienced pain in my head, stomach and eyes. The pain in my eyes made it hard to focus. The only solution that I could come up with is to fix my hunger pains.

After some research, I found online that avocados contribute to a satiety or sense of fullness, which helps to stop hunger pains. I bought some and notice the positive results and decided that guacamole would be more versatile for my snacking habits. The brand I chose was “Yucatan Guacamole,” which 95% of its content is avocado. Although my pains weren’t as bad, they were still there.

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A quest to find more foods that would help me with satiety began. I came across Chia Seeds that I found at Vitamin Shoppe.  Not only did I get the same satiety benefits as avocado, but I noticed an increase in focus and sharpness. In fact, I’ve also noticed my compulsive behaviors have also minimized. Chia seeds have high amounts of Omega-3, protein, and fiber. I looked up the Omega-3 and learned that they improve brain function as they improve focus and moods. I found a Walgreens version of the Omega-3, which was recommended from WebMD.

Since I was already on this path, I began looking up a better root based supplement. I had been using ginger roots in order to improve my root chakra. The root chakra is the foundation of the chakra system and if I can correct any imbalances, then the other six chakras are easily corrected. I had previously learned that root based plants were a great way to strengthen this chakra. My search led me to Rhodiola Rosea.  Also, according to Cognitune: Smarter Health website, Rhodiola Rosea is a Scandinavian herb that “promotes cognitive and physical vitality.” As I took the supplement, I noticed an increase in my productivity, focus, happiness and I was more relaxed. For more information on this amazing supplement, please click here.

Another supplement I take is Boron to help remove fluoride from my body. Then I added a multivitamin to a Naked’s Green Machine smoothies for more vitamins and energy. I’ve also decided to test out Ginkgo Biloba extract, but I didn’t notice a huge difference with it.

All in all, it looks like my daily supplements will now be the Rhodiola extract, a multivitamin, and Omega-3 fish oil concentrate. I also work out for about five to ten minutes. Sometimes I do it twice a da. This helps me not to sit for a long period of time in one place. Moving around aids blood circulation. So far I have been doing this for about one month and I’m still seeing positive results. The question now is should I keep improving or just maintain the results?

**Update: I have been adding marjoram and lavender essential oils to canola oil. This combination not only gives me the Omega-3’s I need, but it aids to my relaxation and really calms me. I will be experimenting with Rhodiola and theanine to see how that works for me.

 

What do you think? Please leave your comments below.

Federal Prison Camp Herlong Entry 02: The Truth about the Prison Healthcare System

I remember I was in the Sports room watching the Heat during the Eastern Conference finals. All of the inmates had assigned seats. The seats that were closer to the TV belonged to the brothers that were in prison the longest. The seats that were against the wall and directly across from the television were the most desirable. They were also close to the television, but people hardly moved around over there which means you wouldn’t be bothered too much. On the left side of the television was a wall with the only window facing outside the room. To the right side of the TV were three rows of chairs (sometimes there were four rows) that reached all the way to the second window on the other side of the room.

The room was mainly filled with Blacks and those who usually kicked it with Blacks.  Some Whites didn’t want to be a part of this room because they felt Blacks were too loud. That could have been true, but there was also a power struggle. I’ll talk more about television in later blogs. I sat on the second row behind a brother called nicknamed “Good Word.” He got that name because he spread the Word to other inmates. Although he wasn’t a pastor, he did it because he was passionate about Christianity.

As we watched the game, I sneezed. I sneezed into my elbow; it was a “vampire sneeze.” No big deal right? Well, it turned out that it was. Everyone in the room swore I sneezed without covering my nose. Even Good Word jumped since he thought I sneezed on him. Needless to say, the room went silent. This made me paranoid and I started to wonder what was going on.

“What?” I said.

After more silence, a brother nicknamed “T” (he slept in front of me) said, “We got a lot of germaphobes here bro. We just don’t like getting sick.”

I could see what he was talking about because one brother to the right of me nicknamed “Short Khop” covered his face with his t-shirt to avoid contact with my germs. Good Word actually jumped up and changed his shirt just in case I sneezed on him. The brothers in the room began to share their disgusting stories about inmates and their unhygienic sneezing habits. There wasn’t any drama, just jokes and some long stories. At the end of it, they asked or rather instructed me to cover my nose with my shirt or to sneeze in my elbow (which I did). Also, if I used my hands, I had to wash them immediately.

I thought about that all night. It bugged me that these brothers would be so paranoid about health with such a good health plan in prison.  I mean that was what I was told in schools as well as conversation with friends; inmates in prison get the best education and health care. I was told it was as good as the senators and politicians. Maybe it was because people are just that nasty here? Honestly, and this proves my ignorance to the whole prison life, I assumed prison would be the cleanest place ever. All of the money that went into prisons made me feel that it should be the cleanest place in any state. However, because these brothers were so concerned about health it made me question if the health care system inside the prison was really as good as I’ve been told.

The next morning I asked T and he told me, “There isn’t any great health care in prison. People don’t care about themselves or anyone else. The nurses and doctors didn’t care about doing their jobs either. They do as much work as they can at the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) then if they have time or if they feel like it, they come over to the camp.  You gotta remember, you’re in prison. No one gives a fuck here.”

So I asked, “Why don’t they isolate the sick to avoid germs spreading? The government could save money that way and take care of the minimum number of people.”

T said, “It ain’t about money. Look at how much they spend on lights, shelter, food, bedding, laundry, water, hot water. It’s cheaper and profitable to put low risk, low danger criminal on an ankle bracelet then to pay for all this. If the government really wanted to save money, they would save it.”

He went on to tell me that one time at a higher security prison, one person got sick with the flu. Within hours, the whole area got sick.  Some people took months to get over the flu. Before long, everyone within the 1,000 inmate prison had the flu. Since everyone doesn’t practice good hygiene, some people got the flu twice.  He told me some people missed visits and work assignments just because of it. Now he didn’t tell me this part, but I’m guessing the hospital couldn’t give out medicine because the medicine was on the commissary. If it is in the camp commissary, then the hospital or clinic will not give out the medicine.   Not all inmates have the money for commissary due to lack of family support or too many financial responsibilities. This means that inmates barter and trade to get the things they need if they can’t afford it (I’ll explain in other entries).

He told me that it took three months or more for inmates to receive needed surgeries, even life threatening ones like hernia surgeries. I saw two brothers that worked out too hard and got hernias. It took them four months to get someone to look at it and one year to get the surgery. It took 22 weeks to get his arm fixed because the nurses were on vacation. When inmates play football and break their legs or ankles, it could be two or three days before a nurse would see about them at the camp. This could also be due to fear of disciplinary action for those inmates who play tackle football or work out too hard. As far as I know disciplinary action could have been going to the SHU (the hole) or some kind of chore.  I’ve heard stories that some inmates would wait as long as they could in order to come up with a better story. If they had a better story for the administrators they would most likely prevent themselves or others from getting into trouble.

His explanation explained a lot. I was always wondering why people use their shirts or jacket sleeves to touch doorknobs and light switches. I noticed no one liked handshakes because they didn’t know what was on the other person’s hands. This explained why inmates took three or four showers a day and washed their hands so much. Some inmates washed their sheets and clothes daily. Personally, I washed my clothes daily, but my sheets were washed every two weeks. I also took two showers a day and used Magic shave once a week. Poor medical health was also why inmates gave me hygiene products when I first arrived in prison. They also gave me pens, paper and other things I needed in order to get situated.

Again, because of poor medical health standards, no one walked around with bare feet even if they were in the shower. No matter how many times the floors were cleaned, they got dirty just as fast. Also, inmates from higher security prisons were trained and conditioned to believe that a fight or a riot could occur at any time, so they needed to be ready.  I’ll save that for another post. That’s also why they worked out so much. They wanted to keep in shape, but they also wanted to keep their immune systems running smoothly. They took several vitamins and ate as healthy as they could in prison. Of course it was a challenge because of the limitations in our food choices, but more on that in another post. Herlong had a lot of random weather patterns, so it was definitely important to keep their immune systems healthy.

Prison isn’t always what the tv tells you or what your friends and family mentions to you in conversation. I had to find out the hard way about the prison system’s healthcare department. It’s a shame that inmates have to be treated unfairly. They’re already serving their time, why punish them even more?