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Top 10 Most Dangerous Jobs in the World

In today’s world, our jobs dictate our lifestyle and personality. All jobs in the world come with their varied pros and cons. Often, we are required to make a difficult trade-off between job satisfaction and higher pay. However, there also exist jobs where the worries transcend such choices. Certain jobs that people take up either voluntarily or involuntarily, are dangerous in nature and can be threatening to one’s life. Yet, these jobs have to be done as they are in some cases, a necessary means of income for people. The following is a list of some of the most dangerous jobs in the world:

10. Construction Worker

The job of a construction worker involves intense hours of hard labor and working in difficult conditions. They need to handle coarse raw materials like bricks, cement, sand, and gravel for day-to-day tasks. In countries like India, where labor is cheap and unskilled, working conditions are inhumane as workers often have little safety equipment. They handle materials with their bare hands, and carry heavy loads from site to site on their backs and heads. Accidents on construction sites are also common. With the amount of complex machinery, and the tall heights of buildings nowadays, injuries take place frequently. There is also the risk of falling to death from the building under construction.

9. Electrician

After water, electricity is one of the most fundamental utilities needed for our daily sustenance. While electricity is available to us easily, it is not as easy for the people who bring it to us. Power outages, short circuits, domestic problems – all require electricians to fix them. The job of an electrician involves a high amount of danger. They are in direct contact with live wires and circuits while fixing issues, making them prone to powerful electric shocks. Moreover, they are even required to climb tall poles and towers, which exposes them to the risk of falling from such heights.

8. Stuntmen

Stuntmen appear to be the most daring and fearless persons when viewed on television or in stunt shows and competitions. However, only they truly know the amount of risks they take in order to do their jobs. Be it jumping from buildings, running through fire, or riding vehicles in dangerous ways – they perform the most extreme tasks. While we may see them and get entertained, and consider them to perform their tasks with ease, only they truly know the amount of courage that goes into performing their job. They belong to one of the few sets professionals who risk their lives and play with danger in order to make their livelihood.

7. Mountain Guide

Mountain climbing is a deceptively difficult job. Unlike trekking or rock climbing, mountain climbing requires intense amounts of stamina, determination, and courage. While mountaineers do so as an occasional activity, mountain guides are required to perform this dangerous job on a daily basis. As they are the leaders of group, they always have to be at the forefront, deciding the way and ensuring that it is safe for the others. Especially in mountains like the Himalayas, where weather conditions are extreme and breathing is difficult at higher altitudes, the jobs of mountain guides are made even tougher.

6. Sanitation Workers

Cleanliness and hygiene are essential to maintain an environment that is disease-free. Sanitation workers ensure this by disposing our waste properly. While our jobs are only limited to taking out the trash, it is these hardworking individuals who remove the trash from our vicinity, sometimes using their own hands to so. It may not seem so, but sanitation workers are often exposed to various risks while doing their jobs. Contracting diseases from handling waste does not take much time. This is more so in case of those workers who handle radioactive and biomedical waste, which has the potential of causing life-threatening diseases.

5. Firefighters

The jobs of firefighters are very strenuous, not to forget extremely dangerous as well. They have to constantly be alert and prepared for any emergency that might arise. Situations in their job are highly unpredictable. There’s no knowing how bad a fire can get. Firefighters often have to give up on their personal lives and give in their best for the safety of the public. They often have to enter blazing buildings to rescue people, and fighting large fires can sometimes take even days. They take up all these risks as a part of their daily job – doing what they can for the masses.

4. Bush Pilots

Flying a plane has its own pros and cons. On one hand, there’s the elegant feeling of being a master of the sky and commandeering a plane. On the other, there is a constant risk of any unpredictable issue or disaster that might arise. These chances of these risks converting into reality is much higher for bush pilots. As they are required to fly over uneven terrains without proper landing grounds, they have to be extremely dexterous and alert at their job. Malfunctions like engine failures and running out of fuel are common, putting them in dangerous situations as they often do not even have access to proper airstrips and runaways.

 

3. Lumberjacks

Lumberjacks are frequently involved in intensive tasks. Their job involves chopping down trees, sawing them into timber logs and transporting them. This leaves them highly prone to accidents as most forests are on hilly landscapes. Falling trees and landslides are quite common, and many lumberjacks end up injuring themselves or losing their lives in the process. Despite how many precautions they might take, such accidents are often unpredictable. They risk their lives on a daily basis, performing such hard jobs and knowing that they might not get back home in one piece at the end of the day.

2. Miners

The mining industry is a colossal one globally. Millions of miners are a part of this dangerous industry, working in the most difficult environments. While they spend their time underground, there are chances of various mishaps. Mine blasts, gas leaks, suffocation, and mine collapses can not only injure, but also kill miners. Working conditions in mines are very poor and miners can also contract dangerous diseases because of the amount of dust and chemicals present.

1. Military personnel

A military personnel job is one of the most dangerous and difficult in the world. They are required to go through intense training, live in severe conditions, and always be prepared for unfriendly situations. Even today, various army men are stationed in conflict zones around the world. Their jobs require them to sacrifice everything for their country and people. Military personnel often have to go without food and water while doing their job. In fact, they even sacrifice their sleep to ensure that their people can sleep in peace. In today’s world, the geopolitical scenario is tense and uncertain. This has made the role of military personnel even more important, and at the same time, more dangerous as well.

Top 10 Harmful and Dangerous Effects of Coffee on Health

A lot of us today believe that we are ‘coffee persons.’ We prefer to start our day with a hot, freshly brewed cup of coffee and the enthralling aroma of coffee beans.  It’s as if there is nothing in this world that a good cup of coffee can’t fix.
Having a headache? Grab a coffee.
Feeling stressed? Again, go for coffee.
Trapped in a bad mood? Coffee will be your happy pill.
Got to stay up late? Coffee will be your partner.

Whatever XYZ the problem or situation might be, for the die-hard coffee lovers- coffee is the solution for pretty much everything. For them, coffee is not just a drink, it’s their companion. It accompanies them in all situations be it a lonely evening, a romantic date, an official meeting, a family get together or a holiday, coffee is everywhere. Till the time we stick to consuming a limited one or maximum two cups of coffee a day it is fine. But when this number starts witnessing an exponential increase, it is time to take it as an alarming sign. Consuming too much of coffee increases caffeine levels in our body and have some ill-effects on our health. Here are a few of such detrimental effects:

10. Headaches

It may come as a shocker to a lot of people who believe that coffee treats headache, opposite to our beliefs, it might be the reason for it in the first place. It is responsible for triggering headache as well. When consuming coffee on a daily basis becomes a habit and you refrain from it for a day or more, it results in a condition called ‘caffeine rebound’ that leads to headaches.

9. Pave the way to Insomnia

We have always heard stories about students resorting to endless cups of coffees during exam time to keep the sleep away. Since we blindly follow what we see or hear, looking up to coffee to keep those sleep doses away has more or less became a trend. No doubt that as caffeine suppresses melatonin, the hormone responsible for causing a sleepy feeling; it initially helps to keep the sleep away. But if the process is repeated for a long period of time, it can disrupt your normal sleep-wake cycle and might even lead to Insomnia in the long run.

8. Puts your heart at risk

Increased amount of caffeine is known to increase your heart rate and cause palpitations. Moreover, a long time regular and excessive consumption of the beverage can result in stiffening of the arterial walls, a condition which is referred to as ‘arterial stiffness’ in medical terms. Blockage of arteries may lead to irregular flow of blood resulting in insufficient blood supply and thus fatal heart attacks. Hence, uncontrolled consumption of caffeine puts your heart and thus your life at risk.

7. Increased anxiety and depression

Increased intake of caffeine may result in a feeling of nervousness, jitteriness, irritability, drowsiness and all of these leads to anxiety and panic attacks and even depression in the worst case. The technicality of it is that caffeine intake blocks the adenosine receptors, chemical responsible to signal fatigue and thus we feel pumped up and energized. But since the receptors were blocked, they become a lot more sensitive. When the caffeine leaves our body, we experience a ‘coffee crash’ which leads to the anxiety problems and all other symptoms.

6. Complication in pregnancy

During pregnancy, doctors suggest to avoid taking more than a cup of coffee in a day. This is because, the fetus may be caffeine-sensitive and in such cases, excessive caffeine might harm the child in dreadful ways. Also, higher level of caffeine is known to cause uncontrolled pressure on urinary bladder that may lead to excessive urination or even miscarriages.

5.  Gastro-intestinal problems

The most basic effect that immoderate level of caffeine in our body has is that it increases the production of hydrochloric acid in our stomach. This leads to damaging of the stomach walls and makes it vulnerable to be attacked by bacteria. It also enhances the risk of developing ulcers and may also cause irritation to the small intestine. Apart from this, in some cases conditions like indigestion, constipation and diarrhea can also be attributed to high caffeine intake.

4. Hypertension

High blood pressure also referred to as hypertension can be one of the most common ill-effects observed amongst those with the habit of excessive caffeine intake. As caffeine has a stimulating effect on the nervous system, it is shown to increase the blood pressure. Though, this effect is temporary, it has the strongest effect on those who are not really used to consume coffee.

3. Fatigue

The characteristic of beverages like coffee, tea or other such caffeinated drinks is stimulating our energy levels to leaps and bounds. Yes, temporarily they do have a stimulating effect on us but on the contrary, they may also lead to rebound fatigue once the caffeine leaves our body. This occurs when we refrain from having such beverages after getting used to it. Of course, the fatigue can be controlled by re-filling the body with caffeine levels that it has been craving for, but then excessive consumption will lead to other ill-effects on your health and you will be trapped in a vicious loop. The one, where staying away from it is harder and staying too close is fatal.

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2. Fatal for Type-2 Diabetics

Caffeine elevates blood glucose levels in people with diabetes making it hard for them to control their blood sugar level. This is because it may lower the insulin sensitivity and the ones suffering from type 2 diabetes, whose bodies already doesn’t use insulin well, it may prove to be fatal.

 

1. It is an addiction

The worst ill-effect of consuming coffee excessively is that it is addictive in nature. Once your body is habitual of the caffeine intake, it needs it no matter what. Failing to fulfil this might lead to headaches, fatigues, irresistible cravings or even hallucinations and anxiety attacks. You face a miserable rebound and it entraps you in a vicious cobweb. It becomes difficult to get rid of this addictive need.

Just as everything has its pros and cons, coffee are also both a giver and a taker. If consumed in a controlled manner, it can prove to be beneficial but excessive consumption can even take you to the death-bed in worst cases. The perfect solution is to maintain a balance and enjoy your sip of coffee.

Top 10 Worst Common Addictions

The human nature is an intricate matter of study. It reacts in myriad ways to different situations, and all these reactions differ from person to person. Often at times, it is unable for the mind to control how it reacts to certain objects or events. If we like something, we use or consume it again. The frequency of reuse determines how healthy it can be. When this continuous reuse borders towards a zone that is potentially unsafe for the mind or body, it is often termed as an addiction. People today are more often than not, unable to control their addictions. While certain addictions are just considered as socially unacceptable and deplorable, some are fatal and can cause harm, even death. The following is a list of some of the worst addictions in today’s world:

10. Video games

Kids, adolescents, adults – people of all ages like to play video games. It’s an enjoyable pastime, brings happiness, and drives away stress. However, excessive video gaming can be harmful. In today’s world, there are multiple video gaming platforms, and video games have become generally expensive. A lot of people are consumed by their video gaming addictions, and spend hours and hours glued to their TV, desktop, or mobile screens gaming. This not only takes away their concentration and focus from other important things like studying or working, but can also harm their eyesight and brain’s functioning.

9. Social Media

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat – almost everyone these days has an account on at least one of these social media platforms. The social media craze has been growing since the early 2000s and doesn’t show any signs of receding. People spend more than half of their day in terms of cumulative minutes scrolling through social media or sending/receiving pictures to each other. Physical interactions have been replaced by video chats, and a person’s popularity is determined by the number of friends/followers he/she has on social media. The addiction has been known to significantly affect productivity and intellectual thinking, by preventing people from doing things that might really benefit them.

8. Shopping

There’s nothing inherently wrong or harmful in buying apparel or other products for yourself. However, with the multitude of shopping outlets in existence – both, physical and online, have turned the activity of shopping from an occasional one to a craze. Consumer culture has changed drastically and people are eager to buy the latest of everything. Even if it exceeds their spending budgets, people want to shop more and more, resorting to alternative forms of payment like EMIs and cashbacks. There’s a lot of wastage involved as well, as people keep buying new items and end up not using or discarding their old belongings before their life has expired.

7. Junk Food

Diabetes and obesity has become a global problem. Contributing to this pandemic disease is junk food. Tons of junk food is consumed by people of all ages around the world, and the numbers have only been increasing. While these foods taste really good, and can seem harmless even when consumed in small quantities, their harmful effects seep in gradually. They make people fatter, lazier, and unfit, leading to a possibility of catching a variety of diseases. Potato chips, friend foods, soft drinks – all contain unhealthy fats, making people averse to eating healthy foods and even ruining their appetites.

6. Pornography

Let’s face the facts – people do not easily admit to it, but many are addicted to watching pornography. The number of free pornography sites have grown manifold times and keep growing at an unstoppable pace. Lust and physical needs are feelings quite a few individuals find difficult to control, and hence watching pornography results in being the only release. While there are no dangerous effects of engaging in the activity of watching pornography, the addiction adversely affect one’s character. Many consider it morally wrong to do so, and it is also considered a taboo among certain cultures.

5. Caffeine

Caffeine is one of the most consumed drugs in the entire world. A significant constituent of coffee, energy drinks, and soft drinks, the substance is highly addictive. Caffeine is not a direct threat to one’s health; however, too much consumption can create cravings in the body, which if not satisfied, can lead to headaches and feelings of irritation. Office goers and students form the bulk of caffeine consumers, and they consume it on a regular basis, making them prone to addiction.

4. Work

The trials and tribulations of a nine-to-five job can be extremely taxing on the mind and body. Be it corporate jobs or those in any other fields, stress is not easy to avoid. Ever-increasing targets, piling up tasks, orders from the boss – all create mental pressure and tension. The need to meet targets and deadlines, and also the desire for a bonus drives people to work overtime. This increases the burden on them even more. Addiction to work is a serious problem in today’s world. As a matter of fact, people in Japan are known to die from heart attacks because of working too much and taking up excess stress.

3. Drugs

The war on drugs has been raging on for many years. Millions of people around the world are involved in drug abuse. The production and distribution of narcotics only keeps increasing and an increasing number of people, especially young individuals, find themselves caught in its web. Excessive usage of certain drugs like heroin and cocaine can not only create severe addictions, but also leave long-term side effects that can be damaging to a person. Thousands of people die annually from drug overdoses, highlighting how fatal and dangerous drug consumption can be.

2. Tobacco

It’s no myth that tobacco consumption is one of the most harmful activities a person can engage in. There are more than a billion people who consume tobacco via smoking cigarettes. In the short-term, the activity can create an addiction for nicotine, leading to people puffing their lungs away. Chest-aches and cough are also common among smokers. Long-term effects of tobacco addiction can take place in the form of life threatening diseases such as cancer, and increased possibilities of heart attacks. Even though the harmful effects of tobacco consumption are blatantly preached through all possible mediums, the tobacco addiction is hard to drive away.

1. Alcohol

One of the most damaging addictions of all, alcohol addiction can be extremely difficult to deal with. Alcohol is consumed all around the world. However, it is the quantity of consumption that is the matter of prime importance. Excessive consumption can create a craving in the body for alcohol that is frustrating to drive away. Most cases of domestic violence stem from alcohol addiction, and drunk driving persists to be a detrimental issue in today’s world. Moderation in terms of consuming alcohol is imperative. It can otherwise make an individual spiral down into a world of despair and exasperation.