Pseudoscience Will Not Improve Your Life, Astrology Included

Pseudoscience Will Not Improve Your Life, Astrology Included

Astrology, detoxes, chakras, reiki. None of them do anything valuable, and any "success" just reinforces the narrative in someone's mind that it does benefit them. They don't.


I'm a big proponent of the following maxim: live and let live. I believe that interfering in the personal lives of individuals is the equivalent of unnecessary intrusion, and should not be engaged in. However, even with this in mind, we all chime in and offer our comments on people's lives and bad decisions. I think incorporating any of this into life is a bad decision; astrology, detoxing, homeopathy, and anything of the sort.

None of these things I have mentioned will benefit you, and here's why.

Astrology, for one, should NOT be used to determine the path your daily life will take. The descriptions are vague, imprecise, and could apply to anyone. You cannot tell me that you've heard the descriptions about luck, misfortune, or exciting events just be passed around from person to person, sign to sign. The overall descriptions that define each sign? Come on. Any of these descriptions could fit anyone of any particular sign. It doesn't assist you to predicate your life on something so vague and to base some hopes on it, especially when anyone could be compatible. Also, the stars aren't even in the same orientation they were in when originally charted, and many have died.

Detoxing: Guys, here's a lesson. You have a liver. The liver took on the burden over time of removing dangerous toxins from the body and metabolizing them. It removes the most concerning aspects of your daily habits that manage to enter the body. Now, this can be damaged, certainly. And it is by no means perfect; genetic defects can impact your body's ability to ward off these toxins. However, there is no other method that has been proven to be effective. NONE. You're just giving money to someone who is a snake oil salesman. A charlatan. No one benefits except for the person who managed to deceive people into buying into his nonsense.

And that brings up another thing; alternative medicine. This could entail ANYTHING since it is so broad; forgoing doctors in favor of brews, creams, "herbs," and other remedies prepared in the comfort of one's home. Unfortunately, a lot of these either don't work, or have a placebo effect. They can be attributed to other things besides what you have prepared. A lot of these remedies also need to be bought as well. Buying something with no real effect on well-being? That just does not benefit you. See a doctor if you have concerns. PLEASE. See a doctor. They know more about this, about what may be afflicting you and harming you.

And that is really it. None of this really assists you physiologically or even mentally. Sure, peace of mind is important, but it's more similar to peace-of-mind via delusion, rather than anything else. We all have wacky beliefs, and I understand we all have different worldviews. However, a lot of these things have either no real effect or a negative effect. Seldom do we see any of this affect you positively, and it doesn't benefit a person to continue to do this. Do something else instead.

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The Negative Effects Of Working As A CNA

You know you are a CNA if you are undermined, understaffed, and emotionally and physically drained.

I write this not as a way to deter people from wanting to be a CNA or to demean the job, but in order to outline the negatives, since some only outline the positives. With a job comes responsibility, and it is like that in any area or field. We have the good and we also have the bad. I am in a field where not many people like their job and they don't care who knows it. Others enjoy it and make the best of it. It is like that with any career. There are always both sides.

I write this after coming home from a meeting that we have to attend every week for 13 weeks straight. These meetings are preparing us for a new unit in our building, and they offer education so that we have the knowledge to communicate and take care of our residents. I like these meetings because I enjoy learning more in my field, however, others see it as a burden and a waste of their time. There are people who will bring in workplace drama, those that will do the bare minimum, and those that just don't care and will call in when they know their shift is short.

As a Certified Nurse Assistant, you help your residents, and you try to give them the best care that you can provide. That is the number one rule. If anything, that is the golden rule in nursing. When you step in on that floor, you are expected to give your full effort in giving the residents the care they need. Meanwhile, others step in and couldn't give a damn.

What upset me the most after the meeting was that we had to talk about abuse. We had to discuss what abuse was and why we need to treat our patients with dignity, respect, and kindness. As a CNA that is my work. I was saddened that something like this occurred, and that someone would demean a resident in a way that no one should be treated.

I'm furious, upset, and confused. The people that work in this field are there because they care, and they want to help those that cannot help themselves. So, why would they do such a thing?

It made me think of all the other negatives that I encounter in my field. The lack of appreciation from other staff and the constant undermining is tough. Nurses telling you that you are not doing your job right, or management becoming picky when you cannot chart between your residents is difficult. There is always something that you are doing wrong in someone else's eyes, and there is never a thank you when you leave your shift and everyone is clean and taken care of. There is no one to pat your back other than yourself, and you have to be your own cheerleader for a place that only looks at you as the lowest of the totem pole.

There are never enough of you. I say that because there is always a demand for CNAs, and no matter how many you have in a facility, there will never be enough. You will be short one shift or another, and you will have to scramble to reach everyone to make sure they are taken care of properly.

You come home and you have to go right back to bed because you took extra shifts. You are exhausted, and yet you still come in and put all your energy into work because you think of the residents. You consider what it would be like to not have anyone to care for you. You put them before yourself.

No one tells you any negatives as you are getting trained and go through clinicals. They only tell you that you are going into a profession that will help those that cannot help themselves, and that you should be proud of your job. It is not incorrect, but it is not fully true.

You will get called names, cursed at, abused, and you will get over-worked. No one will tell you thank you, and no one will baby you through your shift. You are a CNA. You take care of those that cannot take care of themselves. You are there to help and give care. Yes, there are negatives and you will want to quit like I've wanted to do multiple times. I will admit it. You will get upset and frustrated. This is not an easy job, and it was not intended to be, but you will get through it if you keep your heart open and honest. Do your work diligently, and do what you can to make others' lives better. That is the only reward you need to overcome the negatives.

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