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The Fifth Vital

Michael Majlak’s struggle and his social media conquest

When he finished high school, Michael Majlak didn’t go off to University, but instead opted to hang out in the back streets of his home city, buying and selling drugs. The Fifth Vital is the faithful and merciless account of the years during which the social media mogul spent digging his own grave, but is also a lesson on how to save oneself, on the absolute certainty that there is only one way out of the tunnel, and that this is by fighting. Mike was able to successfully take back control of his life and to conquer the world of social media with his YouTube channel which now boasts millions of subscribers. So he decided to tell his story, to share his message of faith and hope with the world.

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The opioid crisis in America: the trap of pain killers and the indifference of the media ruined a generation

In the nineties, American doctors declared war on pain. The scientists at the time had good intentions, but their assumption was wrong: no one can be completely free from pain, because it is not a measurable sensation, but a highly subjective feeling.

In 1995, the pharmaceutical company Purdue Pharma released OxyContin, a powerful painkiller, advertising this opioid as a harmless medicine that carried no risk of addiction. However, opioids such as oxycodone became a death sentence for many.

In spite of the fact that pain had been classified in 2001 as the “fifth vital” by the Joint Commission, along with body temperature, blood pressure, respiratory rate and heart rate, which had long been used to measure a person’s vital signs, too often people were turning to pain killers. Over the last twenty years, the average life expectancy of Americans has decreased greatly, and this decrease is directly linked to the “oxycodone epidemic”.

Only in 2016, during the election campaign for the Presidency, did the mass media begin to shed light on Purdue Pharma’s involvement, which by then had enjoyed a decade of obscurity.


The key ideas of "The Fifth Vital"

The opioid crisis in America: the trap of pain killers and the indifference of the media ruined a generation
Parents always want the best for their children, but they cannot always know what is best for them: this is how Mike’s enthusiasm was constantly quashed
Painkillers, lack of discipline and his parents’ divorce, was a lethal cocktail that sent Mike straight to his local drug dealer
Not even after three arrests and one conviction could Mike manage to clean up his act: by this time he was in total freefall
There is always a way out, you just have to have faith: when he finally found a job he enjoyed, Mike was contacted by the famous YouTuber Logan Paul, with whom he ended up working in his new house in Los Angeles
The only way to do it is to never give up, even when you feel as though you are pushing beyond your limits
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