Category Archives: Health

Should You Train When Sick?

Training while sick.

There’s an ongoing debate in the Risky Fuel household about whether someone should exercise and compete in sports while they’re sick.

I believe in the “burn the sick away” philosophy. Sarah does not.

Her view is checkered, though, by the fact that competing in martial arts while sick is both gross and potentially plague causing/morally wrong.

She wrote about it for Asian World Of Martial Arts.

To read the story click here.

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John Cody’s Race Against Time

John Cody

John Cody

Faced with a cancer diagnosis that would rob him of his voice forever, veteran music man John Cody furiously worked to put together the songs and guest players for his album Hard Won: The Final Recordings.

I spoke to Cody just before he was set to have his throat surgery for Samaritanmag.

The interview appeared shortly after the album came out.

To read it click here.

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Micah Fletcher’s Heroic Act

When autistic poet Micha Fletcher and two other men stood up to some rampaging white supremacists in Portland who were menacing women, the results were grim. Of the three, only Fletcher survived after being stabbed in the next while the other two heroes, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, died from their wounds.

One thing about Fletcher that wasn’t disseminated quite as well as it could have been was the fact that Fletcher’s actions were the result of a clear sense of empathy, of right and wrong.

Often autistic persons get accused of not understanding, having or exhibiting these attributes. And yet, we have Fletcher proving this wrong with deeds.

Sarah wrote about this in a column for The Establishment.

To read it go here.

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Social Media vs. Your Mental Health

Social media

Social media

All that Instagram thirst-trapping, Twitter like-hunting and Facebook friend envy isn’t good for your mental health.

The problem, though, is that if you’re event remotely connected to a creative class job you need to be plugged into all these things to succeed.

So how does one keep social media from destroying their mental health?

Sarah tried to figure that out in a column for The Establishment.

To read it click here.

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The Wrong People Are Being Wrong About Figdet Spinners

Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinners

There are a lot of pearl-clutchers, back-in-my-day-ers and plain ol’ clods who’ve been making it known that fidget spinners are the greatest evil known to man™.

They’re wrong.

And Sarah used a recent column for The Establishment to explain why they’re wrong.

To read it go here.

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Samaritan News 10 Pack: Prince, Chance The Rapper, Blue Rodeo And More

Prince

Prince

Here are some of the stories I wrote for charity ‘n’ entertainment site Samaritanmag in May:

Country Singer Miranda Lambert Helps 60 Dogs Get Adopted

Blue Rodeo Show to Help Parry Sound Health Centre for Locals and Cottagers

Former Prince Associates Create Foundation To Continue His Charitable Work

Chance The Rapper Org SocialWorks Teams with Audio Company Landr

Ariana Grande’s Star-Studded One Love Manchester Concert Raises Millions For Terror Victims

Red Nose Day USA To Feature Julia Roberts, Celebrity American Ninja Warriors, Love Actually Cast, More

Nine WE Day 2017 Dates Announced, Including Toronto, New York, Vancouver

UK Musician Tim Arnold’s New Music Video to Support Equality

WATCH: Big Sean’s “Light” Video Condemns Senseless Violence

Lea DeLaria, Gavin Crawford and More Part of LGBTQ-Positive We’re Funny That Way Fest

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The Advantages Of Training With Your Significant Other

Training with your significant other can be helpful.

Training with your significant other can be helpful.

There’s mounting anecdotal evidence that there are benefits to be had if you train in the same sport as your significant other.

Your partner will better understand the physical, mental and technical commitments it requires to pursue an activity, and that’s a tremendous boost.

Sarah identified a number of martial arts-related couples who make good examples of this idea.

To read about them head over to Asian World Of Martial Arts by clicking here.

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