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  • You Probably Do This Every Morning, But Here’s Why It’s Actually Really Bad For Your Health

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    Every morning when I wake up, the first thought on my mind is COFFEE!

    Like many caffeine addicts, the thought of having to speak to other humans or get ready for work without a large cup of joe is simply unbearable.

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    I like it black or with a bit of cream and sugar, but either way, I definitely don’t eat breakfast beforehand. That comes several cups later!

    I like it black or with a bit of cream and sugar, but either way, I definitely don't eat breakfast beforehand. That comes several cups later!

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    It’s a common habit to drink coffee before breakfast, but doing so might actually be negatively affecting your health – and I’m not just talking about that mid-morning caffeine crash.

    It's a common habit to drink coffee before breakfast, but doing so might actually be negatively affecting your health – and I'm not just talking about that mid-morning caffeine crash.

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    According to studies, when you drink coffee without any food – particularly black coffee – it elevates the levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach and digestive tract.

    According to <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10499460" target="_blank">studies</a>, when you drink coffee without any food &ndash; particularly black coffee &ndash; it elevates the levels of hydrochloric acid in your stomach and digestive tract.

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    If this only happened occasionally it wouldn’t be a big deal, but habitually drinking coffee on an empty stomach can eat away at the lining of it and your intestines. Over time, this can cause ulcers, bowel irritation, and, in worst case scenarios, bowel cancer.

    If this only happened occasionally it wouldn't be  a big deal, but habitually drinking coffee on an empty stomach can eat away at the lining of it <em>and</em> your intestines. Over time, this can cause ulcers, bowel irritation, and, in worst case scenarios, <a href="http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/coffee-harm-gut/" target="_blank">bowel cancer</a>.

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    Not to mention bloating, heartburn, gas, and cramping in the short term! No one wants that, especially during a busy morning at work.

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    So, before you reach for your coffee tomorrow morning, have a simple meal of toast or fruit. If you absolutely don’t have time to eat, add a bit of milk, soy, or butter
    to your coffee to cut down on the acid. Your stomach will thank you later!

    So, before you reach for your coffee tomorrow morning, have a simple meal of toast or fruit. If you absolutely don't have time to eat, add a bit of milk, soy, or butter
to your coffee to cut down on the acid. Your stomach will thank you later!

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  • Teen Creates An App That Gives The Public A Front-Row Seat To Political Corruption

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    It’s no secret that running a successful political campaign can cost candidates dearly.

    Because not every politician is born into money, some men and women running for office have to get a bit more creative with their fundraising. Their methods of choice often lead to accusations of political corruption, and that makes sense, since significant funding from outside sources has a tendency to influence policy.

    Thanks to one young coder, however, we can finally get up-close and personal with campaign funding while we browse.

    This is 18-year-old Nick Rubin, the brains behind a new browser plugin called Greenhouse.

    Using data collected by OpenSecret.org, Greenhouse funnels this information into infographics that show readers who’s funding everyone’s campaigns.

    “The United States of America was founded to serve individuals, not big interests or big industries. Yet every year, we seem to move further and further away from our Founders’ vision,” Rubin states on the program’s site.

    After completing the app’s free installation, any mention of major political candidates will be highlighted in pale green on any site you visit. Simply hovering your mouse over a politician’s name will bring up information about their campaign finances.

    And its capabilities aren’t limited to news sites. Even if you’re on a page like Reddit, you’ll be able to pull up the same info.

    Greenhouse is currently compatible with Safari, Google Chrome, and Firefox.

    To learn more about political financing, follow Greenhouse on Twitter. To download, visit the program’s website.

    (via AltHealth Works)

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  • She Lost 145 Pounds And Had The Last Laugh When Her Haters Tried To Date Her

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    Who hasn’t wanted to lose a little weight at one point or another?

    Every year, I promise myself that I will achieve my optimal weight, but soon enough, Cheetos, soft drinks, and late-night Netflix binges worm their way back in. Losing weight takes serious dedication, perseverance, and above all, time. It’s not something that happens overnight, especially when you’re talking about dropping as much as 145 pounds.

    Taking a look at these two photos side by side, you’d never guess that they were of the same woman.

    However, both are 23-year-old Emma Pope from San Marcos, Texas. After deciding to pursue a career in medicine, she lost an astonishing 145 pounds through hard work and clean eating.

    Her decision to lose weight was a long time coming. For year, bullies taunted her, calling her “fat girl” and even telling her to get off the court during a volleyball game.

    As much as the cruel words made Pope desperate for change, she knew her journey to health would not be successful unless it came from within.

    Instead of her daily diet of pizza and pasta, she started eating plenty of protein and grains. Of course, she added plenty of fruits and veggies to the mix, too!

    She also works out a ton. On average, Pope hits the gym four times a week and consumes only 2,000 calories per day.

    The results have been absolutely life changing. She told The Daily Mail, “I’ve had messages from guys telling me they are sorry for what they said to me…I doubt they are apologizing out of the kindness of their hearts. There’s definitely an ulterior motive, so any attempts to flirt with me, I reject them immediately.”

    Haters aside, Pope is happier and healthier. She recently told her followers on Instagram, “Wanting to be a better, healthier person is what fueled my fire. Having people bully me and then turn around and apologize years later after seeing how successful my life turned out was just the cherry on top. If I can do it, anyone can.”

    You go, girl!

    If you need me, I’ll be at the gym.

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  • 20 Of The Tiniest Cats That Ever Did Cat

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    They say that good things come in small packages, and these tiny cats are no exception.

    Cats come in all shapes and sizes. Even the tiniest of kittens can pack the ferociousness of a full-grown feline. And these 20 tiny cats below prove that when it comes to cuteness, size certainly doesn’t matter.

    1. Fuzziness overload.

    2. A tiny cat in a tiny hat.

    3. This tiny kitten might be lacking those catlike reflexes.

    4. “Wake me up when I’ve grown an inch.”

    5. Every tiny cat needs a tiny companion.

    6. Don’t cry, little one. You’ll grow up to be big and strong.

    7. Playing hide-and-seek with a tiny cat can be a bit discouraging.

    8. This tiny kitten can’t wait to go trick-or-treating.

    9. “Don’t let my size fool you. I’m not afraid to start a cat fight.”

    10. I’ve heard of pigs in a blanket, but not kittens in a blanket.

    11. You’re never too little to start potty training.

    12. A handful of cuteness.

    13. This little lady knows a thing or two about accessorizing.

    14. That sassy cat is definitely telling us to talk to the hand.

    15. It’s always best to have a doggy pal that’s got your back.

    16. What’s cuter than one tiny cat? Three of them!

    17. A cat’s gotta eat, you know!

    18. Even tiny cats love getting a bit fancy.

    19. Who’s giving this kitty tiny kisses at midnight?

    20. “Come back to bed. There’s so much room for cuddles.”

    I may be a dog person, but these tiny kittens have earned a big place in my heart.

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  • This Dog REALLY Doesn’t Want To Leave The Store

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    Shopping can be an exhausting task. I prefer buying most of my things online, however, if I’m forced to drag myself to the store, I live by the rule of get in, get out.

    Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen. Every time I go shopping with my cousin’s wife, we can’t even think about leaving the store without walking up and down every aisle at least twice. It drives me absolutely nuts, but she’s family, so I usually let it slide.

    In a lot of ways, my cousin’s wife is like this reluctant dog. No matter how hard its human tried to leave the store, this nugget found a reason to stay. The determination here is really outstanding.

    This is why you never take your dog to the pet toy aisle.

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  • This Is Exactly Why Dash Cameras Are So Helpful In Today’s World

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    If you don’t have concrete proof of someone committing a crime against you, it’s not hard for the offending person to get away with it.

    This is especially true when it comes to hit-and-run crashes. I’ve been a victim of such an accident, and I can’t tell you how shocked I was when the person behind the wheel screeched off in his car before I could even read his license plate. Luckily, the damage was minimal and I was fine, but it’s infuriating to think about how he didn’t have to deal with his carelessness.

    That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a camera in your car — or on your motorcycle helmet — at all times. While enjoying a ride on his bike, YouTuber RPSTV witnessed an unfortunate car crash in which the driver responsible for the ordeal sped away. But he knew that he could help the victim by following the vehicle and recording everything, so that’s exactly what he did.

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    As of now, there’s no word on whether the driver has been found. Even though he got away, they now have a license plate number thanks to this quick-thinking biker.

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  • Bus Driver Comes To The Aid Of Traumatized Girl Whose Parents Couldn’t Be Woken

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    School bus drivers often have great relationships with their young passengers.

    After all, bus drivers are the first school officials kids in the morning and the last ones to see children in the afternoon. But recently in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, one school bus driver was confronted with the sad story of a seven-year-old girl who said she couldn’t wake her parents.

    The student somehow managed to dress herself and get to school on time, but after trying to rouse them for an entire day, she finally decided to tell someone.

    The bus driver reported the incident and police later found two bodies inside the young girl’s house, both dead of suspected drug overdoses.

    The bus driver reported the incident and police later found two bodies inside the young girl's house, both dead of suspected drug overdoses.

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    Also inside the home were three other children: a five-year-old, a three-year-old, and a nine-month-old baby. They were okay but taken for observation at a hospital before being placed with family services.

    Also inside the home were three other children: a five-year-old, a three-year-old, and a nine-month-old baby. They were okay but taken for observation at a hospital before being placed with family services.

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    The little one was clearly having trouble understanding the situation. One interaction that she had with an officer on the scene paints a heartbreaking picture.

    The child came up to Officer Michelle Burton with her homework with a simple request to sign off on it. In Burton’s words, “She said, ‘I did my work.’ She pulled it out and showed it to us. It was math homework. ‘Which number is greater? Which number is odd or even?’ I told her, ‘Sweetie, you probably won’t have to go to school tomorrow. But where you’re going is going to have everything you need.’”

    Drug overdoses have an enormous effect on families, and in McKeesport, they are all too common. In a recent report, officials stated that there is “an opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S., and Allegheny County is not immune.” There were 422 opioid-related deaths in the area last year.

    Drug overdoses have an enormous effect on families, and in McKeesport, they are all too common. <a href="http://www.alleghenycountyanalytics.us/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Opiate-Related-Overdose-Deaths-in-Allegheny-County.pdf" target="_blank">In a recent report</a>, officials stated that there is "an opioid overdose epidemic in the U.S., and Allegheny County is not immune." There were 422 opioid-related deaths in the area last year.

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    Governor Tom Wolf added that “addiction too often is an invisible problem. But in Pennsylvania, the problem is visible — in the lives lost, the families broken, the communities shaken.”

    Governor Tom Wolf added that &ldquo;addiction too often is an invisible problem. But in Pennsylvania, the problem is visible -- in the lives lost, the families broken, the communities shaken.&rdquo;

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    But this isn’t just a Pennsylvania problem. Nationwide, opioids such as heroin and prescription pain relievers kill more and more people each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What can we do to ensure no more young children have to live through these horrors? The answer to that question can’t come soon enough.

    (via The Washington Post)

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  • Prison Guards Crush Inmate With Pneumonia To Death, Ignoring His Cries For Help

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    “I can’t breathe. I have pneumonia.”

    Those were some of 35-year-old Michael Sabbie’s last words before being crushed to death by prison guards at the Bi State Jail in Texarkana, Texas, last year. The stay-at-home father of four was originally detained after reports of a domestic dispute with his wife, Teresa, over family finances.

    Allegedly, Sabbie threatened his wife over the course of the argument before leaving their home. He was charged with third-degree assault.

    Five guards at the prison, which is run by a for-profit company, piled on top of Sabbie one day claiming that he was resisting arrest when in fact, he was pleading with officers to let him catch his breath.

    Initial reports stated that Sabbie was found unresponsive in his cell, implying that he died of natural causes or at the very least without officer involvement.

    A prison doctor made note of the man’s obesity and cardiovascular issues as well, further reinforcing claims of natural death. In this case, however, there is video evidence that Sabbie’s death was not some inevitable event. He was killed by guards in uniform while begging for his life.

    Sabbie very well could have died from cardiovascular or respiratory complications, but that was only after he was thrown into a state of medical crisis.

    Director David C. Fathi of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project has stated in the past that the creation of misleading medical reports in prisons is a national problem.

    Regarding these reports, Fathi said, “If you look at the medical record, you often find egregious neglect and denial of care. If someone dies of cancer that went totally untreated, is that death from natural causes?”

    Dehumanization is a core issue in the criminal justice system that leads to abuse and neglect. Such treatment sometimes has deadly consequences. That was certainly true in Sabbie’s case.

    To watch the situation unfold, check out the video below. This content may be disturbing for some viewers.

    Conventional thinking that paints inmates as being non-human is what leads to this type of behavior. To learn more about the case, check out this report.

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  • These Adorable Plushies Are Hiding A Sinister Secret

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    As a life-long lover of all things animal, I have been known to keep a plushie or two around.

    Stuffed animals are a staple in any home with children, but they’re also a perfect way to curb my gotta-save-them-all animal instinct.

    While most stuffed animals are pretty adorable, the William Mark Corporation has put a new twist on pillow toys with their Feisty Pets line.

    Sure, they look adorable…at first…

    But then…FEISTY!

    All it takes is a tug at the back of the head to turn them from cuddly and cute to crazy and deadly.

    Do you dare keep a Feisty Pet around? Choose from a bear, dog, cat, or monkey here.

    You never see the cute ones coming.

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  • Orphaned Baby Manatees Saved By Humans Who Love Them

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    Let’s face it: manatees are adorable.

    They’re also classified as a threatened species. In addition to loss of habitat, manatees also face dangers from boats and other watercraft, which is why you may see some with scars and injuries.

    When Bonnie, a momma manatee who has lived in the Florida Keys for over 20 years died from boat-related injuries, she left behind two babies who couldn’t survive without her.

    Scientists, law enforcement, and volunteers worked together to save these two calves.

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    Back at the sanctuary, both babies will be bottle-fed and nursed back to health.

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    Thanks to their rescuers, they may someday be able to live on their own in the wild.

    Maybe they’ll even wind up in a Calming Manatee meme. Faith in humanity restored.

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