They walk for Dirty Water

 

We all know that water is an essential element for our bodies.  In fact, without this important nutrient, we will cease to exist.  Incredibly, for such an important element which we need for our survival, most people seldom think twice about it.  When we need it, we go to the fridge, pour out the amount of water we want, and presto…it is there for the taking.  We take as much as we want, usually without a second thought.  Need a shower? Simply step into your shower stall and turn on the faucet.  Not a problem.

Now imagine for a moment that you don’t have those conveniences.  Gee, that’s almost hard to imagine right?  Now imagine a little deeper and visualize yourself walking a great distance with a bucket to carry dirty water in that you will collect from a polluted pond or a muddy river.

Dirty water contains pollutants that can make you fall ill with the cholera disease. Dehydration and diarrhea lingers for weeks sometimes before death occurs.     And of course, this dirty water must be shared among the entire family.

A water crisis is happening in parts of our world today without many people realizing it.  The areas affected are mostly in South East Asia, Latin America, and parts of Africa.  This crisis affects more than one billion people in all.  It did not just start happening; rather, it has been going on for years.    However many people are unaware of it, or do not realize the seriousness of it.  This could be due to most of us take water for granted.

However, this is a serious problem; and a heartbreaking one.  I am writing this post today to bring to your attention the suffering caused in the world due to a lack of clean water.

Now here’s where the good news come into play.  We can fix this.  Collectively, we as concerned humans looking out for each other on this earth can make a big difference by doing a very humane thing.

Charitywater.org raises money to help provide clean and safe drinking water for countless of needy families in developing nations.  If you consider this particular charity is a worthy course you may want to get involved in; then there are several ways for you to do so.  Simply visit the website: http://www.charitywater.org and learn how you can get started.

Charitywater.org website will show you how you can easily get involved in several different ways.  You can easily make a monetary donation for the cause, or volunteer your time and service by partnering with someone’s fundraising efforts or, if you are ambitious enough you can even start your own fundraising drive.  Their experts will show you how to get started.  100% of all money raised goes directly towards the cause of bringing clean water to millions of people living in developing nations around the world.

I am glad I discovered this charity and am honored to participate in such a humane cause.

Healthy trails to you.

Carolyn

Natural Nutrition, or Vitamin Substitution?

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I believe a lot of us have gotten to be so obsessed with our health, that we will take a pill for almost anything.  This isn’t always a bad idea, especially when it is a pill recommended by a trusted physician.  But what if the pill in question is something you can get naturally simply by eating the correct amount of nutrients?  In that case, a well balanced diet is all that will be needed.

If you are already consuming a well balanced diet, don’t throw money out the window.   Unless a doctor should tell you otherwise,  that is what you will be doing when you spend your money on a bunch of un-necessary  vitamins.

Here’s the 411. 

Most nutritionist agree, that the natural food supply is loaded with nutrients; far more than you can get from a pill.

All of our body’s systems depend upon us having a healthy intake of nutrients.  I’m talking about our muscular system, nervous system, skeleton system, and others.   A well balanced diet works to keep all of our body parts healthy.

A great immune system should belong to all of us.  Our immune system will usually hum right along, ready and able to fight off most harmful bacteria and viruses.  So it is most probable that our immune system will get a big boost when we consume a well balanced diet.

The thing is, there is a big difference between taking vitamin supplements to add to the diet and in taking vitamins as a substitution to eating a daily nutritious  meal.

I bring up this point because there are quite a few people who skip meals for one reason or another, (especially those who want to lose weight) and take vitamins as a substitute for that meal instead.

Here lies where the problem is:  No one does themselves any favors by skipping meals and substituting it with vitamins.  Natural foods are packed with much more nutrients than what you will get from a vitamin supplement.  It is through consumption of natural foods, our health will get the biggest boost possible.

I realize that there are certain diseases we may fall prey to despite how great our diet is.   Cancer is one of the diseases that come to mind.  But it is for this very reason that we should consume a well balance diet.   Unfortunately, in some cases, not eating a well balanced diet will create the cancer.

So what we have to remember is:

1) Eat a healthy diet

2) Do not skip meals

3) Do not replace food consumption with vitamin substitution

Look for a report to follow soon of what you might expect from vitamins, and which foods contain the most powerful vitamins.

Healthy trails to you

Carolyn

The West Nile Virus: Largest outbreak in 8 years

 

I was watching CNN a few days ago when I heard the news anchor say that the West Nile virus is at its worst in 8 years.  He went on to say that 80% of the cases are found in states including Texas and Mississippi.

This got me to wondering what people actually know about the West Nile virus, its cause, prevention and treatment.  So here I am today sharing a bit of info just to keep you up to speed with this menacing disease.

You may remember that the West Nile virus first showed up in the United States back in 1999, in the state of New York.  The source is believed to have come from the Middle East.  This is because a strain of the disease was the identical strain found in goose on an Israeli farm in 1998.

The cause of infection:  People can become infected after being bitten by a mosquito that is infected with the disease.  The misquotes become infected after feeding on birds that are infected with the West Nile virus.  A person will usually see symptoms of the disease 5 to 15 days after being bitten by an infected misquote.

Symptoms of the West Nile virus:  

Mild symptoms include headache, fever, body aches and sometime swollen lymph nodes. feeling fatigued, a loss of appetite, upset stomach, and a body rash.  These symptoms will last only for about 3 to 6 days before a complete recovery.

Severe symptoms include all of the symptoms found in the mild  form of the disease,plus: high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, tremors, coma, tremors, occasional convulsions, paralysis, and death.

The death rate is about 5 to 15% but is higher among the elderly.

The risk of infection:  The risk of getting the infection is higher during the summer months to the early fall season. In the southern climates, the infection can occur all year round because of the high misquote population.  During the cold climate, the risk factor is nonexistent.

The West Nile virus can also spread through an organ transplant and through a blood transfusion.  Because of this, all blood that is donated in the United States is checked for the presence of the virus, and must receive a negative finding before it can be used.

Treatment:  Currently, there is no antibiotic available for the treatment of the West Nile virus. Also, there has not been a vaccine developed for prevention.  Treatment for the West Nile virus is focused on complications from infection in the brain. Such infections include swelling of the brain (encephalitis), swelling of the spinal cord (myelitis), or swelling of the tissues around the brain and spinal cord (meningitis)

Methods of prevention:  From what I can determine, the most common ways to prevent getting the West Nile virus would be to use insect repellent when you go outside in the late spring, summer.  You should spray your clothes with the insect repellent also in order to prevent the mosquitos from biting through your clothes.  Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants when you know that you will be in an area where lots of mosquitoes are populated. Also, do not leave open containers of water near your house, because mosquitoes will breed there.  When possible, stay inside during dawn, and dusk hours because mosquitoes are most active at these times.

 Finally, most people who are infected with the West Nile virus will have a full recovery, and will only experience mild symptoms.  However permanent health problems may occur for some people (mostly elderly); such as seizures, brain damage, and memory loss.  The West Nile virus can be fatal, and the people who are infected that are older than 70 years old have the greatest risk of dying from the disease.  It is important to comply with the methods of prevention, and you will most likely have a better chance of not getting the virus at all.   Healthy trails to you.

Carolyn