Big Pharma equals big rip off

There are sick things happening in the pharmaceutical industry as prices are getting jacked up higher and higher with every passing year. Those in favor of the higher pharmaceutical costs argue prices should not be regulated in order to encourage companies to continue developing innovative medicine. AMNOG, a memorable name for a memorable change in […]

Sneaky toxins in your diet and why you should cut them

“Going paleo” has been a popular trend of late, but it’s important to remember introducing a paleo diet is not the same as “dieting.” Instead it is a lifestyle choice you make to treat your body with the kindness and care it deserves. The philosophy is based on the habits of the early homo sapiens, […]

A happy medium for carriage companies and Charleston locals

Charleston horse carriage companies are creating dangerous situations for not only the horses but also the residents of Charleston by offering year-round carriage tours. If the horse carriage companies would  only provide tours during the holiday season when weather is cooler and there are fewer people driving and walking around downtown, this could be a […]

Is technology actually making American society more anti-social?

Technology is supposed to make society more connected. We can constantly stay in touch with our smartphones in the palm of our hands through texting, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and many other outlets. But is talking face-to-face becoming ancient history thanks to this technology? Social media has become a primary form of communication. Yet, as we […]

Why Kendrick Lamar currently holds the throne in rap music

Hip-hop is one of the most competitive genres, with various rivalries and affiliations constantly battling to determine who is the at the top. Hip-hop magazines such as XXL and Complex release rankings and decisions every year such as XXL’s “50 of the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2017” to determine which songs were the most memorable […]

7 reasons to set sail for your next vacation

Travelers are falling into a mundane trap when planning vacations to cliché destinations that are picked out of familiarity. It is tempting to let the popularity of stereotypical vacation destinations lure you into a mediocre break from reality while making you feel like you are getting a bang for your buck. Most are unaware that […]

5 reasons it’s OK to love technology

The role technology plays in our lives is so prominent we need our smartphones and computers to do just about about everything that needs doing. While some try to reject all the technology in their lives, this foolish view overlooks an important fact– technology is only going to become a bigger part of our world […]

5 essentials to help be your best self when you’re down

Our lives are like rollercoasters with so many ups and downs and loops and turns.   Sometimes we feel like we’re on top of the world and can take on anything with confidence, optimism and hope. But then there are times when downs of the rollercoaster seem to hit us the hardest and the deepest, […]

It’s time to love yourself

Ladies, it’s OK to love yourself. Really. Growing up, most of us were taught that feeling beautiful is considered self-centered, that looking at ourselves in the mirror and telling ourselves we look great is egocentric. In fact, we often put ourselves down regularly to avoid being thought of as self-centered with. But developing self-love is […]

6 reasons why women still aren’t lifting weights

Ladies, do you walk straight to the cardio equipment when you enter the gym? Society has created a stigma that women shouldn’t lift weights, so much so that the majority of women have internalized thoughts that weights are manly and weights are only for men. The reason society has adopted this mentality stems from deep-rooted […]

Bikes around Charleston? Yikes!

It’s time for the protection of cyclists in Charleston. Charleston has repeatedly made headlines over the past decade for being an unsafe place for cyclists. The absence of practical bike lanes around the city has added to the confrontational culture between bikes and cars. The City Council has denied several proposed plans by local bikers […]

Why everyone should (can) run

A lot of problems you face in life can be solved by running. Trust me. Many people say they can’t run or don’t run, but that only means they have never fully experienced what running has to offer. Those who discount running are only missing out. Although I am a runner now, I haven’t always […]

Czech out Prague before you study abroad

You are probably thinking about studying abroad, which will be one of the best decisions you will ever make (seriously). While there are many important factors that come into play, where you decide to do the “studying” is the most important part of the entire process. Look no further. Prague in the Czech Republic is […]

Standardized testing isn’t the future

The college application process has become a battle of the test scores, and in order to change it, the SAT and ACT should be abolished.   One number from a three-hour test ends up inaccurately reflecting 18 years of schooling. Heavily weighting a college acceptance based on a single test score puts bias on students […]

Five 2017 films that reflect our current climate  

Although the Oscars have come and gone – with all the big awards like Best Motion Picture and Best Original Screenplay getting great fanfare – there are five films that definitely deserve an award for accurately reflecting the society we live in today and the current state of the country. The Charlottesville car attack, “Me […]

Why yoga should be taught in schools

Yoga is an ancient mind-body practice that  originated in India more than 2,000 years ago with the ultimate goal of achieving  a unified state of consciousness and self-realization. But yoga is also  used to improve overall health and well-being and would be an excellent addition to elementary education. Children carry the stress of their home […]

Pets known to provide significant health, life benefits

The solution to many common health problems may not be found in a pill box or a doctor’s office. People typically resort to medication or therapy for all kinds of conditions, but these methods are often expensive or have negative side-effects. Animal companionship and interaction has become a favorable alternative to traditional medical treatment, and […]

‘Free college’ isn’t really ‘free’

Bernie Sanders’ concept of “free college” caught the eye of many Americans  – especially millennials. Sanders’ idea is to give people who are underprivileged the opportunity to go to college. This concept seems ideal, but it is unrealistic. 20 out of 22 economists argued that “free college” is a bad idea, NPR recently reported. “Free […]

Five misconceptions of veganism debunked

The standard American diet is heavy on  meat and dairy, both of which have been linked to diabetes, obesity, cancer and heart disease. Since our diets impact our health in the present and long-term, it is crucial to think about the benefits of a plant-based vegan diet. A plant-based vegan diet abstains from all animal […]

Why it’s a good idea to lead a healthy lifestyle

Whether it’s to lose a few pounds or to improve your overall health, adopting a healthy lifestyle is crucial for anyone who wants to live a long and happy life. Everyday we are faced with choices. We can get up and go to the gym, or we can sleep in until noon. We can eat […]