Archive for July, 2009

Some information on Swine Flu.

1.What is swine influenza?
Swine influenza (also called swine flu or pig flu) is a group of influenza viruses that usually infects pigs. Infections in humans are uncommon. The current swine flu which is infecting people is a new strain of influenza A/H1N1. It is not certain how it developed. It’s genetic makeup shows parts of human flu, avian (bird) flu and swine flu.

2.What are the symptoms of swine flu?
The symptoms are expected to be similar to that of regular human seasonal influenza: fever, lethargy, loss of appetite and coughing. Some reports indicate infected people may also have a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

3.How can I prevent getting sick?
By observing good hygiene. Avoid people who are obviously sick. Be sure to wash your hands frequently. Avoid touching your face, and if you do, be sure your hands are clean.

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 4.What is the infectious period?
The infectious period for this strain is not yet known. According to the US CDC, infected people should be considered potentially contagious:
– one day before their symptoms start
– seven days after their symptoms start OR as long as they are still showing symptoms (whichever is longer)
Children, especially younger children, might potentially be contagious for longer periods.

5.What is the incubation period?
The “incubation period” is the time between when a person was exposed to the virus and when they start having symptoms. The incubation period for this strain is not yet known.
With seasonal flu, people develop symptoms within about 4 days of infection. However, for this new strain of flu, the incubation period may be longer. US CDC is currently advising people to monitor their health for 7 days after possible exposure.

6.Is there a vaccine?
There is no specific vaccine against this swine flu. Regular seasonal flu vaccine is unlikely to provide protection against this strain. Nevertheless, those who have not had a seasonal flu vaccine should consider doing so.
As a general good health practice, people should make sure all their routine vaccinations are up-to-date. This includes pneumococcal vaccination for certain adults. This vaccine is usually recommended for all people over 65 years old and younger people with serious long-term health problems (heart disease, diabetes, alcoholism, COPD, emphysema, asthma, cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS). This CDC information can help people work with their doctor to decide if vaccination is the right choice for them.

7.Is there only one type of swine flu virus?
No. Like all human influenza viruses, swine influenza viruses change constantly. There are four main influenza type A virus “subtypes” which have been isolated in pigs: H1N1, H1N2, H3N2, and H3N1. The most common strain found in pigs is the H1N1 virus. However, sometimes pigs can be infected with more than one virus type at a time. This gives the genes from the viruses an opportunity to mix and “reassort” to form a new virus.

8.Can humans get sick with swine flu?
Yes. Human infections are uncommon, but have occurred in the past. Human infections with swine flu is more common in individuals who have direct exposure (close contact) with pigs. The new strain that began circulating in April 2009 can move from person to person, and so more people than usual are being infected.

9.Can swine flu be spread from human-to-human?
Yes, sometimes. Historical evidence shows human-to-human transmission of swine flu has occurred. In 1988, in Wisconsin USA, multiple human infections were reported after an apparent outbreak of swine flu in pigs. No community outbreak was ever officially announced, but there was serological evidence to show that the patient (who had direct contact with infected pigs) transmitted the virus to the treating health care workers.
The current swine flu H1N1 strain that has infected people in several countries in 2009 also moves person to person. Most cases had no contact with pigs.

9.How does swine flu spread?
Typically, swine flu can be spread from pigs to humans, and from humans to pigs. That is more likely to occur when people have close contact (or are in close proximity) with infected pigs.
If a swine flu virus mutates to a form that can move from person-to-person, it is likely to spread in the same ways traditional seasonal flu spreads between people. It’s called “droplet” spread. When an infectious individual coughs, sneezes, talks, etc. they expel contaminated droplets. If these droplets get into someone else’s mouth, eyes or nose, that person can become infected with the flu.
These droplets can also get on objects like doorknobs, counters, desks, armrests etc. People also become infected by touching surfaces that have the flu virus on it and then touching their nose or mouth. This is why personal hygiene is critical to staying well.
It may also be possible that influenza spreads via “aerosol” transmission, where the where the virus floats in the air and infects people (particularly in crowded places).

10.Can I catch swine flu from eating pork or pork products?
No. Swine flu viruses cannot be transmitted by food. It is safe to eat pork and pork products that have been properly handled and/or sufficiently cooked. Cooking pork to an internal temperature of 160°F (or 72°C) kills the swine flu virus as well as other viruses and bacteria.

NEVER DRIVE WITH DRY ICE IN YOUR CAR WHILE THE AIR COND IS ON

Remember this especially when you buy lots of ice cream during Baskin Robbins 31st day offer!!! They normally put dry ice in your ice cream pack if you buy a lot.

A friend bought four packs of ice cream and to prevent it from melting, the seller put the dry ice amongst the ice cream. My friend put it at the back seat (not the back of the car boot) and he started to drive with the windows closed and the aircon on (as what we all do). Soon after that, he had difficulty breathing and it was getting worse by minutes. Luckily, he was in a traffic jam and when he almost fainted, beside him was an ambulance. He dragged himself to the ambulance and got the oxygen treatment. He was getting better on the way to the hospital.  The ambulance officer drove his car to the hospital and he had the same experience. However, before his condition worsen, he opened up the window and he could breathe easily. Only later, when my friend returned to office and told his colleagues about his story, they pointed out to him that the dry ice was the problem. WHY?

Dry ice is made of CO2 and when it “melts”, it becomes CO2 gas straight away without leaving any wet mark (that is why it is called dry ice). CO2 is easier to be tied up in our blood and thus, when the dry ice sublimes into CO2 gas, it fills the car room with it along with the air con circulation and caused CO2 poisoning. So, dont put the dry ice inside your car if you are using aircon with fully closed windows. You must leave the windows open for such situation.

Hope this will help to prevent any fatality just from a small negligence like this. Imagine if you have your children inside, they might be the first victim.

Nickel Allergy

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Nickel is a common cause of allergic skin rashes (cutlery, toaster, metal teapots, scissors, needles, pins, thimble, etc)It also can be found in materials made of metal such as jewelry (rings, bracelets, necklaces). The popularity of body piercing also can increased cases of allergic contact dermatitis. 

What are the symptoms? Allergic contact dermatitis is a type of skin rash that appears red, swollen, scaly, and blistered, depending on the severity. The shape of the rash takes the shape of the metal material.

To prevent NICKEL ALLERGY

1. Avoid metal with nickel.

2. Do not eat canned food.

3. Choose a piercing studio carefully.

4. Wear nickel-free steel,surgical-grade stainless steel,18-karat yellow gold,titanium,14-karat yellow gold. 

5. Avoid jewelry with  cobalt and white gold.

6. Use substitute materials (as below)

  • Watchbands made of leather, cloth or plastic
  • Zippers or clothing fasteners made of plastic or coated metals
  • Plastic or titanium eyeglass frames

Office Girls, DO NOT CROSS YOUR LEGS !!!

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With reference from the attached pictures, for those who often cross their legs when sitting down for a long period of time, 3 unhealthy things will happen to them:

1) Their backbone tends to become ‘C’ shape.
2) They will have neck aches and backaches on one side.
3) For ladies, their shoulder will tend to slant one sided causing their bra strap to slip down the slanted shoulder.

Shared by Camelia

Rose McGowan. What a dress?

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EFFECTS OF COLD WATER

1For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this ‘sludge’ reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.
A serious note about heart attacks – You should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.
You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. 60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let’s be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

Protect Yourself from the Flu and the Vaccine

Have you noticed that the media chatter regarding the expected flu pandemic has been ramping up lately?  Could it be because pharmaceutical giants like Baxter and Novartis are moving full speed ahead to prepare for mass inoculations around the globe of H1N1 (swine) flu vaccines by this fall?  

I hope the name Baxter rings a bell.  In the April 15 issue of Undercover, I wrote about how Baxter’s seasonal flu vaccine had been contaminated with the deadly avian flu virus at one of their facilities in Austria .  This “mistake” would very likely have resulted in millions of deaths if it was not caught in time by a lab in the Czech Republic .

Since I researched that article, I made a personal decision to avoid a flu shot at all costs.  I have also warned friends and family that a mild case of the flu may ultimately be safer than the long term health effects of the vaccine.  

But now I have some news to share that may even protect you from the flu itself, thanks to an enlightening article I recently read by John J. Cannell, MD.1 Dr. Cannell is a psychiatrist at Atascadero State Hospital in California , a maximum security hospital for psychiatric patients.  In 2005, an influenza A epidemic broke out in the hospital.  One by one, each ward became infected as patients came down with chills, fever, cough, and severe body aches.

Only one ward in the hospital remained free of infection — Dr. Cannell’s.  Why was this so? His patients intermingled with patients from other wards and were not noticeably different in their age, health, or medical treatment.  

The only difference that could be discerned was that Dr. Cannell’s patients had been receiving a daily dose of 2000 IU of vitamin D for several months.  That’s it.  All of his patients took vitamin D and not one caught the flu!  

Dr. Cannell’s research then led him to some remarkable discoveries about the effectiveness of vitamin D as a potent antibiotic and antiviral.  Vitamin D boosts the body’s production of antimicrobial peptides, a class of proteins that quickly destroys the cell walls of bacteria, viruses (including influenza) and fungi.  These peptides also keep the lungs free from infection.  

But that’s not all.  While vitamin D is destroying flu-causing viruses, it simultaneously performs another life-saving function.  It prevents the immune system from producing a dangerous amount of inflammatory chemicals (cytokines) that attack sensitive respiratory membranes.  In severe cases of the flu, this inflammation can destroy the normal cell lining of the respiratory tract.

In the early history of mankind, we wore loin cloths and spent most of our time out of doors.  With only 20 minutes of full body exposure to the sun, we were able to synthesize 20,000 units of vitamin D within 48 hours.  Our exposure to the sun gave us built-in immunity to contagious diseases.  

Compare that to how society has evolved over the centuries.   We spend most of our time indoors and perhaps get a few hundred units of vitamin D from our diet.  In the past couple of decades we even started slathering our skin with sun block and now get even less vitamin D in our already deficient bodies.  No wonder influenza continues to be a plague.
It is an established fact that most of us are deficient in vitamin D. Knowing this, I recently began taking 2000 units per day in supplement form, which is a safe yet effective dose.  Living in Florida , I also get year-round exposure to the sun — although like most people, I’m not outdoors as much as I would like to be.  

While I can’t advise you on how much vitamin D you should be taking, I can say that if you are dark skinned, elderly, or live in a northern climate, you are at a higher risk for catching the H1N1 flu due to vitamin D deficiency.  

If you are in one of these high risk groups, make it a priority to have your levels checked.  Dr. William Davis recommends vitamin D dosing to his patients so that they stay in the normal range of 60-70 ng/mL.2 According to Dr. Davis, since he began prescribing vitamin D, viral and bacterial infections have become a rare occurrence.  Depending on your health and other factors, your doctor may determine that you need up to 5000 units of vitamin D per day, especially in the winter.

I can’t think of an easier or safer way to protect yourself from the flu and the vaccine.

References
1.       http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/51913.php.
2.       http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=88729
Note from Amma Ra:
 
Get out of doors as much as possible, walking and gardening is grounding, plus you get free Vit D. Personally I do not feel Swine Flue is a great threat at all. But someone has spent an awful time and money training the army, the police and the medical profession to make sure that we all get vaccinated. During the last epidemic in the early 1900’s the vaccines killed far more people than the Flu itself. Check these things out for yourself.
 
Seems they couldn’t get the Avian Flu scare off the ground, so an expensive and determined effort is being put into Swine Flu. Apparently the vaccine will be ready for use in Great Britain in late September or early October.
Forced vaccinations certainly ought to ring alarm bells. Use the tools of discernment and intuition and inner guidance. Remember that fear is a great magnet and can kill you without even contracting a disease.