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The Shocking State Of Humanity: Our World With Just One Hundred People

The Shocking State Of Humanity: Our World With Just One Hundred People

Increasing connectivity, technology, and global awareness have made it easier than ever to observe the state of our globe. As we move forward in our ability to calculate and explore, so does our talent for discovering ourselves. Unsurprisingly, the way society works in some places in the world differs drastically from others. Though this data shows troubling inequalities, the only way to overcome difficulties is by properly understanding them first. By boiling down statistics across the world to percentages out of 100, it’s more simple to internalize the triumphs and struggles across humanity. If the world had just 100 people, the globe would still be an abundantly varied place.

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    One of the most basic needs, food, is an inequality everyone should be concerned with. Though a somewhat large portion of the world has access to food, many still don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

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      Additionally, an alarming number of people across the world live in societies that restrict basic freedoms, such as religion and free speech. When people in the developed world picture humanity, it is easy to forget how much work must still be done. With nearly half the globe living under threat of harassment or imprisonment, it is clear that standing up for others is more important than ever:

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        Not only that, electricity, another basic need, still remains a luxury for nearly a quarter of the world’s citizens. Though some may not think about electricity as a need, imagine what would happen to medical care, education, or the possibility of economic growth if there were no access to power.

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          On the other hand, cultures around the world are one of the most magnificent ways humanity is rich. Viewing the data as percentages out of 100 also allows us to see how racially diverse the world really is. With such variety in the world, it should be obvious why racism and racial profiling can be so detrimental.

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            Health is another area where the world is uneven. Since much of the developed world has some access to modern medicine, it’s easy to forget that most of the world does not. This is an especially troubling fact when trying to contain and defeat serious illness. In the case of HIV/AIDS, many drugs exist that allow sick patients to manage this infection and live a healthy, normal life. In the chart below, 1% may seem low, but it actually amounts to approximately 70 million people. Keeping in mind that much of the world does not have access to these relatively cheap treatments, such a large figure shows just how much we need to step up and aid those without help. Since tens of millions are affected by just this one disease, it puts the importance of disease control, research, and prevention in perspective.

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              Finally, another crucial tool to moving forward in the world is education. By viewing education inequality across the globe, it is clear how fortunate those of us in a position to be educated truly are. Not only that, global education inequality shows how important free education resources are, as well as increased technology to access these resources.

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                Though differences between us seem colossal, our basic needs and desires unite humans around the world. Growing technological and scientific advances make it more clear than ever that in order to move humanity forward, we must first make efforts to bring support and opportunity to those without. By examining new data in creative ways, those of us with the potential to make a difference are more enabled to act. Though some of these problems take place far away from us, there are always ways to assist reputable charities, or help disadvantaged people in our own neighborhoods. What are some everyday ways you can bring assistance to those in need?

                Learn more about these statistics here and here.

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                12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

                12 Things That May Cause Breast Cancer You Should Avoid

                I’m a hypochondriac. Always have been since I was a child. One of my biggest fears as an adult is getting breast cancer. I visited my gynecologist a few months ago and asked what I could do to help prevent getting breast cancer. You know what she said? Nothing. According to this recommended OB/GYN doctor, besides regular check-ups to see if I already had breast cancer, there was nothing I could do to prevent a cancer that impacts 1 in 8 U.S. women.

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                After heavily researching breast cancer, I found out that I was making quite a few mistakes with my everyday activities. Here are 12 things that may cause breast cancer that you should avoid.

                Buying Deodorant Without Checking the Label

                I actually have a good friend who is more of a hypochondriac than I am, so I went to her with my concerns about breast cancer. She took me into the bathroom and thrust her deodorant at me. While at first I was confused and slightly offended, she explained that I should start using a different deodorant because the mass-produced ones at the store have ingredients (ie aluminum –based compounds) I can’t afford to put under my armpits and so close to my breasts. Luckily, she had an extra Tom’s natural deodorant to give me.

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                There might not be any “conclusive” research that links antiperspirants to breast cancer but better safe than sorry.

                Using Chemical Hair Dye

                I know so many people who dye their hair every few months using the cheap boxed dyes you can buy at the store. Sure, it can be fun but it’s like playing Russian Roulette because the dyes you use most likely contain carcinogens. The National Cancer Institute even warns against the practice of just picking out a hair dye willy-nilly. So the next time you do it, go to a health foods market and find the most naturally-based hair dye you can.

                Smoking

                Regarding my visit to the gynecologist, she did come back after our conversation a few minutes later and asked if I smoked or drank a lot of alcohol. I said no (I don’t think any true hypochondriac can do either of those things). “You’ll be fine then,” she said. But she forgot about second-hand smoke, which can be just as dangerous. Now, I won’t go near anyone if they’re lighting up, including my BFF’s boyfriend. He can get as mad as he wants; my health is more important!

                Wearing the Wrong Bra Size

                When an organization devoted to protecting women against breast cancer suggests you get fitted with the right bra, you take notice. Bras that are too small or big might pose a risk because they just aren’t supportive on the breast tissue or if they are too tight they will cut off drainage of the lymph fluid. Hey, it was a great excuse to head to Victoria’s Secret to get measured.

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                If I had my choice though, I would go all-natural and join the bra burners of the 60s (however, my mom was a bra burner, so that might make it a little awkward).

                Using Chemical Household Cleaners

                If the cabinet under your kitchen sink looks like most, there are enough chemicals to make all sorts of crazy things. And yes, as you and I suspected, those chemicals are REALLY bad. Not only are they connected with breast cancer, they are connected with other kinds of cancers, as well as chronic conditions like migraines, allergies and more. So from now on, clean with vinegar, baking soda and other materials that aren’t going to give you a medical nightmare.

                Using Mothballs

                When I was a little kid, I learned to use mothballs. They actually remind me of my grandmother, bless her heart. Little did I know that they are filled with chemicals that have been connected with breast cancer development. Looks like I’ll be looking for an alternative, like cedar chips. Sorry, Grammy!

                Putting Non-Organic Make-Up on My Face

                I won’t tell you the foundation I use, but I will tell you that after I read the ingredients, I promptly threw it away. It was chock full of all sorts of nasty things like parabens, which have been found en masse in tissue samples that came from breast cancer patients. I can still wear make-up, though. A trip to my local whole foods store was all it took to come up with organic-based, paraben-free cover-up.

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                Neglecting My Physical Health

                In my research, I discovered losing weight is a good way to ward off breast cancer since there have been indications of a link between being overweight and being diagnosed with this type of cancer. That’s all the motivation I need to get off the couch and head to the gym.

                Drinking Alcohol

                Like I mentioned above, alcohol has never been my drink of choice but basically everyone else I know highly enjoys their beer. Yet alcohol is super problematic if you want to avoid breast cancer, liver cancer and heart cancer. In a global study, over 21 percent of alcohol related deaths were because of cancer. I’m hoping for a soon-to-be revolution that swaps alcohol for tea (healthier and less expensive) when it comes to social drinking. Tea time anyone?

                De-Odorizing My House With Air Fresheners

                I love a clean-smelling house and car, but the air fresheners I’ve been using contain phthalates, a type of plasticizing chemical. Phthalates have been found in air fresheners because they help create a long-lasting fragrance. Unfortunately, that fragrance could be deadly. Looks like I’ll be boiling some water, cinnamon sticks and cloves on the stovetop to make my house smell really amazing!

                Storing Everything in Plastic Containers

                I have a habit of collecting those plastic containers. Whenever I get a coupon for them, I just go hog-wild and buy a bunch. But they have a connection to breast cancer, which I didn’t know before. It’s especially bad when you use them to reheat food in the microwave. I’m going to suck it up, throw them out and use glass containers instead.

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                Buying the Wrong Food

                I figured that pesticides were trouble from the get-go, and I was right. They get into your foods and, in some cases, seem to foster an environment where cancerous cells feel compelled to grow within the organs and tissues, including the breasts. It’s one more reason to buy from local farmers, as long as they don’t use pesticides. You’ll have to ask them, by the way; most local food market stands don’t have signs up about the whole pesticides topic.

                While everyone still makes fun of me for being a hypochondriac, I know in my heart that I’m actually just protecting myself, and maybe educating some people on the health dangers that lurk in everyday items. My wellbeing is worth being the butt of a few jokes. Yours is, too.

                Featured photo credit: NA via istockphoto.com

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