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Want to lose weight? Eat off a crinkly plate

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Junk Food Ban

Talking Points

Euthanasia

Questions for discussion:

  1. What is the difference between euthanasia and suicide?
  2. Is there a difference between euthanasia and murder?
  3. Does a family member or a doctor have the right to turn off a life support machine?
  4. How long should doctors keep someone alive who is brain dead?

Alcohol

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to balance alcohol consumption and a healthy lifestyle?
  2. What is your favorite alcoholic beverage?
  3. Should parents be able to determine drinking age for their children before the age of 18 (as opposed to the government controlling this)?
  4. Drink driving: in some countries it’s ok to drink a little before driving. Is it possible to have similar law in Russia? Why or why not?

Should cannabis be legalised?

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The National Cancer Institute Says Cannabis Kills Cancer

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) updated its website to include various studies revealing how cannabis may inhibit tumor growth by killing cells, blocking cell growth, and blocking the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow. The institute also said that cannabis does this while protecting healthy cells.

NCI released the following statement after updating its website:

Genetic Engineering

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"Genetic moderation"

WITH food security firmly on the international agenda, there's a growing appetite to look again at the opportunities promised by agricultural biotechnology.

Scientists working in this area are excited by new techniques that enable them to edit plant DNA with unprecedented accuracy. Even epigenetic markers, which modulate the activity of genes, can now be altered. The promise is to modify crops to make them more nutritious or resistant to disease.

Immortality: a myth or near future?

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why are so many people afraid of death, when it is unavoidable?Are you scared of death?
  2. What do you think lies beyond the death? Do you believe in life after death?
  3. Do you believe in reincarnation?
  4. If you could choose, where would you be born and when?
  5. If you could re-live your life, what would you change?

Life & Death

Part -1

1. What causes death?
2. Are "Living Wills" available where you live?
3. Are there special rites or ceremonies performed when a person dies?
4. Are you afraid of death?
5. Do you believe in life after death?
6. Do you often think of death?
7. Do you think that there is anything worth dying for?
8. Do you want to know the date of your death? Why or why not?
9. How do you cope with the death of someone special?

Obesity and Diet

1.​ What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘obesity’?

2.​ Can you explain the difference between a diet, diet and to diet?

3.​ Have you ever been on a diet?

4.​ Which is worse, obesity or anorexia?

5.​ Should schools ban junk food to fight obesity?

6.​ Do you think obesity will be more of a problem in the future?

7.​ Do you think there are any drugs that can reduce obesity?

8.​ Do you see nay relationship between obesity and video games?

Drugs

1.​ What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘drugs’?

2.​ Have you ever known somebody who was using drugs? What happened to this person?

3.​ Why are some drugs more addicting than others?

4.​ What happens in the brain of a person that causes addiction?

5.​ Have you ever known somebody who was using drugs? What happened to this person?

6.​ Have you ever used illegal drugs?

7.​ Are there strong laws in your country to prevent the use of drug

Vegetarianism

1.Do you know any vegetarians?
2.Do you think restaurants should offer one or two vegetarian dishes on their menu?
3.What are the different kinds of vegetarians?
4.Could you try vegetarianism for a month?
5.Could you try vegetarianism for a week?
6.Could you try vegetarianism for a full day?
7.If someone eats cheese and drinks milk, are they vegetarian?
8.If someone wears leather shoes or a fur coat, can they call themselves "vegetarian"?
9.What is the difference between a vegan and a vegetarian?

Do alcohol and pot really make you more creative? It depends

Creative artists have used mind-altering substances from time immemorial. The first evidence of fermented beverages was found in a 9000-year-old archaeological site in China, alongside some of the oldest intact musical instruments. Naturally.

In modern times, it's hard to imagine American culture without booze and pot — from Louis Armstrong, a prolific marijuana smoker, to Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald, heroic drinkers both. But how do alcohol and pot actually affect the creative mind? Well, it depends on who you ask.

Nursing Homes, Retirement Communities, Disabilities and Handicaps

Questions for discussion:

  1. Why do you think people send their elders to nursing homes?
  2. Do you think sending your loved ones to nursing homes is a kind of abandonment?
  3. Do you think we should take care of our parents when they grow old? Is it a family duty?
  4. Do you ever get tired of family duties?
  5. Does the government in your country care of people in their old age?
  6. Would you consider living in an retirement home when you're older?

Do our brains need fitness?

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Why You Need to Put Your Brain on a Fitness Plan, Too

Fact: We are outliving our brains. Life expectancy in the United States today is about 80 years old. Girls have a one in three chance of living to 100, while boys have one in four. The problem? Our cognitive brain performance peaks in our early 40s. That means mental functions like memory, speed of thinking, problem-solving, reasoning, and decision-making decline in the last 30 or 40 years of life.

Play is More than Fun

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Free, imaginative play is crucial for normal social, emotional and cognitive development. It makes us better adjusted, smarter and less stressed

One study found that kids who played with blocks scored higher on language tests than kids who had no blocks. Perhaps the children with blocks simply spent less time on unproductive activities such as watching TV--but the end result was good for them in any case.

Marijuana: To Legalise or Not?

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Uruguay to sell legal marijuana for $1 a gram

President José Mujica presses on with plan to create government-run legal marijuana industry to combat criminals
Uruguay's drug tsar says the country plans to sell legal marijuana for $1 a gram to combat drug-trafficking, according to a local newspaper.

The plan to create a government-run legal marijuana industry has passed the lower house of Congress, and Uruguay's president, José Mujica, expects to push it through the Senate soon as part of his effort to explore alternatives in the war on drugs.

Vitamin Supplements: Pros & Cons

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The Top Five Vitamins You Should Not Take

I used to take vitamin supplements almost every day. Taking vitamins seemed like a good idea: after all, we know that vitamins are essential for life, and vitamin deficiencies can definitely hurt you. I always thought that vitamins were an inexpensive way to get a little bit healthier. Millions of Americans apparently agree with me. Close to half of the population in the U.S. takes vitamins, with multi-vitamins being the most popular.* Vitamins are sold in virtually every grocery store, ranging from mega-markets like Wegmans to the organic Whole Foods chain. The vitamin and supplements industry, which is immensely profitable, relies on the intuition that if a little bit of something is good for you, a bit more can’t hurt. Right?
Wrong.

How to Stay Young and Beautiful

Questions for discussion:

  1. What science says about what to eat and what not to eat to stay healthy?
  2. How to stay young and beautiful in terms of diet?
  3. How do different foods affect our body metabolism?
  4. What are the few changes in diet can actually can help slowdown the ageing process?
  5. How to get rid of toxins produced in our body which speeds up ageing process?
  6. Can practicing Yoga, aerobics, fitness, being vegetarian regime can slowdown ageing process?

Mind, Body and Health

Questions for discussion:

  1. In what ways are mind and body connected?
  2. Do you have a kind of red warning flag that indicates too much stress?
  3. Are you a member of a health spa/gym? Do you always eat healthy food? Is your diet healthy?
  4. Do you consider alcohol a drug? Do you drink a lot?
  5. Do you read magazines or news articles about health? If yes, what subject(s) do you find the most interesting?
  6. Do you go for regular medical check-ups? Do you go to the dentist twice a year?

Healthy Lifestyle

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to have a healthy life style in modern world?
  2. Why do many people try to have a healthy life style? What is the main purpose of it?
  3. What is healthy food? Do you pay much attention to what you eat? Do you think it is more important for you to eat healthy or tasty food?
  4. Do you agree with the saying: "Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy"? Why do people say so?

Fruits and Vegetables

Questions for discussion:

  1. Do you like to eat fruits? What's your favorite one? How often do you eat fresh fruits?
  2. Do you like vegetables? What's your favorite one? Do you think that fruits and vegetables are good for your health? Why or why not?
  3. What the means the saying: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away?"What are the most common fruits and vegetables in your country?
  4. Can fruits and vegetables help you cure diseases? Can fruits and vegetables help you lose weight if you are on a diet?

Healthy Lifestyle

Questions for discussion:

  1. Is it possible to have a healthy life style in modern world? Why do many people try to have a healthy life style? What is the main purpose of it?
  2. What for you is healthy food? Do you agree with the statement: "Eat your breakfast, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy"?
  3. What are the most effective ways to lose weight? Do you think diets are useful or not?
  4. Is physical activity (jogging, going to a gym, swimming pool) an important part of a healthy life style?

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