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America the Beautiful For any of us who were hoping against hope that the COVID-19 pandemic had issued a metaphorical moratorium on the senseless and shameless predatory killings of black individuals and other people of color by our police (and otherwise socially-minded Caucasian individuals), stop the presses! The news is in. And it didn’t stop a thing.

From the killing of Breonna Taylor in her Kentucky home to the assassination of Ahmaud Arbery, recent weeks have signaled an uneasy escalation in the violence. This violence culminated in the much-filmed, various vantage point killing of another unarmed black man.

On Monday, May 25, 2020, former Minneapolis Minnesota Police Department Officer Derek Chauvin literally squeezed the life out of Minnesota resident George Floyd.

… even after…he was…unconscious, Chauvin knelt his ground

It was a scenario that is frighteningly reminiscent of scenes from several prominent movies. Spike Lee’s classic, Do the Right Thing, the Edward Norton/Edward Furlong vehicle American History X, and any number of 1970s “Snuff Films,” can’t even compare to the horror.

Chauvin and 3 of his colleagues full-weight knelt on the neck and back of Mr. Floyd. Presumably, this was done in an effort to subdue the accused. (At least, that’s what they’ll say.)

After more than six minutes, Mr. Floyd was non-responsive and had no pulse. And even after it was determined that he was most likely unconscious, Chauvin knelt his ground for an additional 2+ minutes.

How…do I heal when I’m not even…to acknowledge my pain…?

The shocking nature of the murder of Mr. Floyd has led to the latest wave of protests. It is a scene that has played itself out frequently in the past several years. But, for all the similarities that I can draw, the fact is this time it appears different.

…racism is an ideological construct that is a complicated mix

Much of the talk of healing is being replaced with real truths about the complexities of racism. (How exactly do I heal when I’m not even allowed to acknowledge my pain and what causes it?) Many people are actually cleansing their souls, expressing disgust at the fact that they’ve lived a privileged existence because of race.

People who normally don’t speak on such issues, AKA well-to-do, well known Caucasians, are coming out of their race-privileged closets. I feel that with each new confession, those who have lived the dream become a little more enlightened to the profound realities and complexities of the situation in which we find ourselves.

Often oversimplified in its destructive nature, western racism is an ideological construct that is a complicated mix. It’s equal parts false pride, denigrating lies and innuendo, historical omission, religious usury, and capitalistic tilt.

For the purposes of this article, we will dispense with the clinical and just get to the meat of it.

It’s being reprimanded for speaking your mind…about racism because that kind of talk is divisive.

Racism, overtly maligned, most often denied but, popularly underestimated, but always, always there. What is it?

Well, it’s not getting the job for which you know you are best qualified. The job eventually goes to someone (of the right race) who is underqualified.

It’s being dismissed and denigrated as a student by a Caucasian teacher who feels you don’t have the mental capacity to do the work anyway. It’s being reprimanded for speaking your mind and expressing your feelings about racism because that kind of talk is divisive.

It’s not being able to get a business loan for a venture that you know will be lucrative because your business is a start-up and not established.

It’s having…African Americans…in power… use and abuse your black body…to show that they deserve to be accepted into the Caucasian fray.

It’s worrying about your loved ones when they walk out of the door in the mornings because, well because we are all targets.

It’s being followed around in any store while being profiled like you’re a common criminal.

It’s having Caucasians, over and over, highjack dialogues about racism to prove that they are not racist or that they have suffered the same atrocities. (This is particularly vexing.)

It’s having black people/African Americans who are in power or authority use and abuse your black body, your black life, to show that they deserve to be accepted into the Caucasian fray. Stockholm Syndrome is alive and thriving in America. (For those who don’t get it, it’s about black people desperately needing to identify with the culture that kidnapped and obliterated black identity. Check out Samuel L. Jackson in Django Unchained. He gives a brilliant performance as the original “Tom”.)

It’s always automatically taking for granted that the Caucasian is smarter or has a more powerful position. It’s always, automatically looking to the Caucasian in the room for answers.

It’s people curtailing and manipulating their testimonials on racism to ensure that they don’t offend the sensitivities or hurt the feelings of the perpetrators of racism.

It’s always offering unnecessary disclaimers to let everyone know that all Caucasians are not racist.

It is beyond powerful.

As of this writing, charges against Derek Chauvin have been upgraded to 2nd-degree murder. His colleagues/partners in crime have also been charged. And Mr. Floyd’s death has been ruled a homicide.

Neither of these outcomes would have occurred a few years ago. There has been very minimal character assassination of Mr. Floyd. A few years ago, this too would be completely opposite.

The protestors have gone nowhere and numerous world leaders have spoken out about this atrocity. Again, this is light-years from the results of the no so distant past. It is different. Let’s hope we are not hoodwinked by these phenomena.


Because of this perfect storm of atrocious tragedy, pandemic cabin fever, pandemic induced furloughs, we are now it appears peeling back the multifaceted very complicated layers of racism. Racism is such an institutionalized villain that has victimized and vilified legions for hundreds of years.

Racism, the pandemic to rival all pandemics.

Rash Muhammad

The Literary Illuminati


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6 Home Remedies to Relieve TMJ Pain



6 Home Remedies to Relieve TMJ Pain

Talking, laughing, smiling, and chewing are all jaw movements that you make daily without much thought. However, these simple movements can cause much pain if you have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ). TMJ Leander discomfort may have a significant impact on your quality of life.

Teeth grinding is a common cause of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD), which can cause chronic pain and stiffness in the jaw, among other symptoms. There are a variety of therapies available to assist you to ease your discomfort.

Here are some home remedies to treat TMJ;

1.  Eat soft meals

 To prevent your jaws from overworking, eat soft meals like mashed potatoes, yogurt, mashed potatoes, soup, cottage cheese, salmon,   scrambled eggs, cooked fruits and vegetables, beans, and grains. Avoid Hard and crunchy foods (such as pretzels, hard rolls, and raw carrots) and chewy foods (like taffy and caramels). In addition, avoid chewing gum.

2.      Wear a bite guard

A bite guard (also known as a stabilizing splint) can protect your teeth from clenching or grinding. Bite guards are typically made of plastic, and they fit over your lower and upper teeth to keep them from rubbing together. Bite guards come in various styles; for example, you can wear a firm or soft bite guard.

Consult your physician or dentist to determine how long you should wear the bite guard. If the bite guard is causing you discomfort or changing the way you bite, stop using it immediately and consult your doctor.

3.  Use heat or cold therapy

Applying wet, warm heat packs or ice packs to your jaw might assist in relaxing the muscles in your face and jaw. Your doctor will tell you how long to leave the ice pack or heat pack on and where to put them.

4.      Learn to manage stress

Stress is one of the leading causes of TMJ. When people are worried, they tend to clench their jaws unconsciously throughout the day. If you are stressed, go for a walk daily to clear your thoughts, write down your concerns in a notebook, talk to a psychologist, try yoga, meditate, or soak in a bubble bath. Make every effort to relax and enjoy yourself.

5.      Limit jaw movement

Your jaw may strain your jaw if you yawn, scream, or sing at the top of your lungs frequently. To give your Temporomandibular a respite from movement, try to limit any severe jaw motions in your daily life. This may help to alleviate some of your discomforts.

6.      Try acupuncture or massage therapy

TMJ discomfort can also be relieved with acupuncture. The acupuncturist will insert needles in places surrounding your jaw and other areas to ease pain and enhance jaw function, enabling you to open your mouth easily. In addition, gently rubbing your TMJ joint can also help ease up the muscles surrounding your jaw and relieve pain.

Temporomandibular joint disorders may cause severe headaches, grinding and locking in your jaws, ringing in your ears, and neck pain. Fortunately, you may treat TMJ pain using home remedies. However, if the pain persists, you should seek further medical treatment. Contact Pendleton Orthodontics to book your appointment for TMJ treatment.

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Benefits of Regularly Visiting a General Practitioner



Benefits of Regularly Visiting a General Practitioner

Regularly seeing a primary care physician may positively impact your health. Your trusted general practitioner (GP), Dr. Kalpana Desai is well-versed in dealing with various medical conditions and may tailor treatment to meet your requirements. You have a solid partnership when you have a long-term connection with a professional who treats the person, not just the condition. There are several additional reasons why it is a good idea to have a regular general practitioner, including:

Someone who understands you

GPs are typically the initial point of contact for your health. Having a regular GP gives them the chance to know you and develop a better grasp of your medical history. Every time you go to the doctor, you do not have to describe your medical history. The more often someone sees their primary care physician, the more likely they are to be open and honest with their doctor about their health. They believe that their concerns are taken into account.

An experienced general practitioner (GP) will be able to spot any problems with your health right away and recommend the right course of action. As soon as a problem becomes severe, persistent, or even life-threatening to the patient, the doctor takes measures to prevent it.

Integrated health care

If you have a medical problem that necessitates the participation of additional health care providers, your general practitioner is your primary point of contact. If a medical expert or allied health practitioners like a psychologist or podiatrist is necessary, this might be the first step.

Advice on health and wellness from a professional

Your general practitioner is your best bet when diagnosing and treating different health-related issues. In addition, they are likely to be the initial point of contact for most health difficulties you encounter in your lifetime. In addition to treating colds and flu, they are one of the most acceptable sources of science-based advice on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding illness in the first place!

A complete medical history kept in one place

Every time you see a local doctor, they take down essential information about your health, such as your family medical history, results of medical tests, prescriptions for drugs, allergies, etc. Regularly seeing your doctor ensures that your medical history is thorough, accurate, and up-to-date. When you visit your doctor, they will consult your medical file, and if you have been to more than one doctor, your information spreads out. As a consequence, your medical issues may be misdiagnosed and treated inappropriately.

General practitioners can identify and treat a wide range of common health issues. They might refer you to specialists if your problem is outside their practice area.


Because regular doctors are accessible at times convenient to you, you will have to wait less time for an appointment with them. You can expect to be seen within a few hours after seeking an appointment with a regular GP rather than a few days. Patients should expect to be seen on time by most frequent GPs, and the time spent in the waiting area will be substantially less than when visiting a different doctor.

You and your family’s health and well-being are best served by seeing a general practitioner regularly. Choosing a GP may be a complex process that requires a lot of trial and error. Finding a doctor with whom you are comfortable and who can work on your health for the long term is critical.

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What They Did Not Tell You About Sleep Apnea



What They Did Not Tell You About Sleep Apnea

Do you know that sleep is equally important as a healthy diet? For wholesome health, you need a goodnight’s sleep. Therefore, if you are not sleeping as recommended, you expose yourself to various health issues. Pain and stress can keep you from sleeping. However, sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that can make you dread sleep. Chase Dental Sleepcare specialists will treat you if you have sleep apnea symptoms and help you get the sleep you have been missing. Therefore in this article, you will learn astonishing facts about sleep apnea.

·         Did You Know That You Can Develop Sleep Adverse Brain

Do you know that most sleep apnea people go undiagnosed and treated throughout their lifetime? If you have had sleep apnea and are not considered seeing a doctor, you can develop a sleep adverse brain. Once you are asleep, the airway becomes obstructed, and your brain responds by waking you up so you can breathe. So you will find every night you will wake up several times to gasp for air. With time, the brain becomes conditioned to keep you from sleeping because sleep makes your body lack enough oxygen because of sleep apnea. Therefore, you will find that you have insomnia where you cannot fall asleep at night.

·         It Severely Shortens Your Life

Sleep apnea is a dangerous condition that, if left untreated, shortens your life. When you cannot breathe during sleep, your body does not have sufficient oxygen. Deprivation of oxygen can cause a low heartbeat. You can suffocate, and if no one recognizes that you are not breathing in good time, you will lose your life. Also, if the brain becomes conditioned to recognize insufficient oxygen, your body reacts to establish a balance every time. The body releases the release of trigger hormones and sugars. With time, you discover you have Type 2 diabetes because the body releases too much insulin. Besides diabetes, you run the risk of suffering from life-threatening cardiovascular diseases.

·         It Poses A danger To You and Others

Because of sleep apnea, you can have irregular sleeping or insomnia. Your inability to sleep during the night will cause you to experience sleepiness during the day. If you drive yourself and fall asleep, you become a hazard to yourself and others using the road. You will cause an accident because you cannot control the vehicle. The accident can cost your life and the life of other road users. Also, if you function in a production site where you have to control machines, you can fall asleep and forget about the machine. The machine will either overheat or produce undesired quantities and quality goods. You can also get injured by the same machine.

Millions of people suffer from sleep apnea, making it important to see a doctor if you snore or have irregular sleeping during the night. The Chase Dental Sleepcare facility purely deals with the sleep disorders such as sleep apnea. If you are experiencing trouble sleeping, book an appointment today before too late.

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