"Mindfulness" is becoming the latest buzz word being applied as a solution in almost every industry, profession and human condition in the developed world. In British newspapers published in 2004, the term was used in articles just twice, yet ten years later that figure had risen to 150 mentions.

But what is exactly is mindfulness and why is it becoming a global panacea?

The practise of mindfulness has been derived from ancient Buddhist philosophies, and is described in the dictionary as "the meditative state of being both fully aware of the moment and of being self-conscious of and attentive to this awareness; a state of intense concentration on one’s own thought processes; self-awareness."
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There are too many suicides among soldiers in our military (and even one is too many). One would assume this is due to getting "Dear John" letters from wives and girlfriends back home or from the carnage and stress of being in Iraq and Afghanistan. But there’s something else that has been linked to soldier suicide–something strange: a new study suggests that low levels of the highly unsaturated omega-3 essential fatty acids (the kind found in fish oil) may be associated with increased risk of suicide. Should we blame C-rations?
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Military personnel and contractors stationed in Iraq risk not only enemy gunfire, suicide bombers, and roadside bombs, but the very air they breathe often is polluted with dust and other particles of a size and composition that could pose immediate and long-term health threats–the same type of threat that civilians face who live too near pollution spewing highways and power stations.read more

The LAST group of people you’d expect to be worried about climate change is the military, since you’d think they’d be used to heat by now, since they’re current fighting two wars in desert regions and helping to bomb in a third. However, climate change presents national and homeland security challenges that will require the US military to adopt a new way of doing business.
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