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Da Won (Amy) Shin
Apr 29, 2019
In Forum III - Marijuana
The discussion in this forum highlights several insightful ideas about the role of culture in this controversy. It seems that the legalization of marijuana has more to do with the public will, stigmas, and deep-rooted cultures than with purely scientific facts. For instance, people are fearful of marijuana, even though smoking or drinking alcohol could have worse health repercussions. Therefore, I'd argue that the push for legal marijuana needs to be rooted in more than just a legislative basis—the society needs to be ready for its legalization. Because culture and popular sentiment is unique to every society/country. The debate isn't a matter of right or wrong, but rather of IF and WHEN. Just because it's legal in one state doesn't mea nit ought to be legal in another. What are your thoughts? Do you think that there any tangible repercussions to the legalization of marijuana in only some regions?
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Da Won (Amy) Shin
Apr 01, 2019
In Cases of Depression
Cara Delevingne, the famous Victoria Secret model, was hit with "a massive wave of depression, anxiety, and self-hatred" by the age of 15. She turned to partying, alcohol, and drugs to distract her from her internal crises, and even "suddenly...wanted to end it." It's plausible that her career in the modeling and acting industry, which are both very critical about appearances and reputations, might have caused or exacerbated her depression. Thankfully, Delevingne is now overcoming her depression.
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Da Won (Amy) Shin
Apr 01, 2019
In Cases of Depression
Anne Hathaway rose to fame since starring in the Disney movie, The Princess Diaries. But in an interview in 2007 with Tatler magazine, Hathaway revealed that she suffered from anxiety and depression. She had been on medication because she was "hurting for so long." She described her experience with depression as "so negatively narcissistic to be so consumed with self." Big hollywood figures like Hathaway remind us that depression is an issue that can affect anyone, despite how well put-together or happy they may appear externally. It's a health problem of great complexity.
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Da Won (Amy) Shin
Dec 24, 2018
In Forum I - Vaccines
There's been a lot of discussion on this forum about the controversial idea that mandatory vaccinations infringe on the right of parents to decide on their child's healthcare path—whether it's a concern of free choice, affordability, etc. Some possible solutions I'd like to bring up are: 1. As is currently being done in many places, the WHO recommends a system of accountability, wherein local officials are held accountable for the vaccination of local citizens. At the grassroots level, community leaders must ensure that parents understand the importance of vaccination through education. Strides have been achieved in the past decade through this method, such as in Nigeria, which is on the verge of eradicating polio. In Slovakia, for instance, the Slovak Public Health Authority has taken an unwavering stance in favor of mandatory vaccinations, despite immense public backlash by traditional-minded parents and activists. I think this is in large part due to Slovakia's commitments as a member of the European Union. 2. If the affordability of vaccinations is an issue that disincentivizes the poorest in society from seeking it (in countries where it's not mandatory), how about a system of welfare that's contingent on vaccinations? I'd like to know whether this has been implemented in your country of residence, and whether you think this would improve the moral/practical aspects of the issue. 3. Should the government just subsidize more vaccinatons? In countries like Japan, the 2009 flue pandemic prompted the health ministry to expand the scope of vaccinations that are covered by public funds. This list extended to Haemophilus Influenza B in 2013, Pneumococcal Pneumonia in 2014, and Hepatitis B in 2016. Some improvements have been reported. What specific programs/models have your country implemented to foster greater "accountability" and to encourage people to get vaccinations? What obstacles does your country face regarding vaccinations?
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