Carbon monoxide exposure hospitalizes 43 elementary schoolers

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is also known as the silent killer because you cannot see or smell it. According to the CDC,“carbon monoxide, or CO, an odorless, colorless gas can cause sudden illness and death. CO is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned in a furnace, vehicle, generator, grill, or elsewhere. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or semi-enclosed spaces and poison the people and animals in them.” In other words, it is extremely bad for you.

This passed Monday on December 3, 2012, 43 students and 6 staff members of an elementary school in southwest Atlanta, Georgia were hospitalized after they were exposed to deadly carbon monoxide fumes. It turns out that like most schools, the school did not have carbon monoxide detectors.Surprisingly, they are not required by state or local laws and currently only Connecticut and Maryland have laws that require CO alarms in schools.

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Any establishment that has appliances, for example that burn fuel, may be at risk for a carbon monoxide leak. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website features a webpage on carbon monoxide and any questions that you may have about what it is, how to detect leaks and symptoms of poisoning as well as poisoning prevention. If you do not have a carbon monoxide detector in your home, you should strongly consider getting one. Once it hits the air, it can be deadly.

Physical inactivity is very bad for you.

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Winter time means less sun. Less sun means less energy. Less energy means less physical activity. So how physically active are you currently? A study developed over the summer has shown that physical inactivity can be as detrimental to your health as smoking. Yes, smoking!  According to the WHO, physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality causing an estimated 3.2 million deaths globally. This is why it is very important to be physically active everyday. Unfortunately, physical inactivity has become a global public health problem. It is believed that global urbanization has produced environmental factors that discourage participation in physical activity. We must remember that regular moderate physical activity such as walking, cycling, or participating in sports all have significant health benefits.

“Inactivity plays a role in almost every chronic disease there is.” – John P. Thyfault, PhD

“Every time you get up it gets better. Every time you sit down it gets worse.” – James Levine, MD, PhD

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Are you seeking ways to be more physically active that wont take much effort and time out of your busy day? Take a look at these ten simple ways that you can become more physically active. Being physically active can also boost your energy and help break that winter lazy syndrome! Sure it may be too cold for some people to do outdoor activities, but you can always take a brisk walk inside the mall or play a dancing video game. There’s so much that you can do to avoid inactivity! Make it fun and enjoy the benefits!

Natural remedies for cigarette addiction

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I won’t sit and bore you with all of the health risks of cigarettes or how it totally destroys your lungs and body. We all know cigarettes are bad. Sadly, before people realize how terrible they are, they are already addicted. Most people can’t bear to just stop smoking cold turkey so they use other methods to get their fix without smoking. There are all kinds of methods out there that help people stop smoking. One of the most famous is the Nicorette Nicotine patch that helps you quit smoking by giving you small doses of nicotine as you wear it. Theres also Nicorette Gum that you chew to get your nicotine and avoid smoking.

Mini-Electronic-CigaretteThe latest most popular form of kicking the ol’ smoking habit is the electronic cigarette, or “e-cigarette”. There are several brands out right now, endorsed by various celebrities and companies. Unsurprisingly, there has been controversy over the health risks of using electronic cigarettes. Let’s just be honest nearly every method endorsed will have some type of side effect.

Really, it’s better to find a natural remedy to help you quit smoking. There are several that you can mix up and use in your daily routine to kick cravings. Most of them are much cheaper than other methods out there and they are beneficial to your overall health. It never hurts to try and if you aren’t a smoker, share them with your smoker friends and family and see how they work out for them. Good luck!

World Aids Day Awareness

This upcoming Saturday (December 1st) is World Aids Day. This day represents the opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against the HIV/AIDS virus and to remember those we’ve lost to the disease. The international theme for World AIDS Day 2011 – 2015 is “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. However, locally our theme for World Aids Day is “I am My Brother’s/Sister’s keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS”. All around the world people will be participating in various events that raise awareness about HIV/AIDS.

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How will you “Act Aware” this year?

There are several websites dedicated to world AIDS awareness that you can visit to gain more information on the efforts to fight the disease, events, facts and how you can join the cause.

Here are some interesting links about World Aids Day 2012:

  1. World Aids Campaign
  2. Aids.gov
  3. The Guardian
  4. Presidential Proclamation  
  5. World Bank Blog
  6. HIV Aware UK

Is eating snow bad for you?

As a child, I loved to eat snow. I always went for a fresh soft snow, gently laying in the yard. I would use my bare hands sometime to lick it all up. My mother always thought it was okay as long as I didn’t eat dirty snow that looked yellow or brownish. Winter isn’t officially here yet, however, a late-November snow has already fallen in the northeastern part of the U.S., so the rest of us can expect to experience some snowfall very soon. Is eating snow still safe though? As the saying goes, “What goes up, must come down,” so the toxins and pollution in our atmosphere come down with rain will most likely do the same with snow. Still, pollution is not the only worry when it comes to eating snow.

In a snow study published in Science, researchers tested 20 samples of snow taken from several different parts of the world, and discovered that bacteria levels were high in all of the samples. Snow contains large quantities of Pseudomonas syringae, a type of bacteria that causes diseases in certain types of plants, but it is not known how this bacteria affects human health.

Here are some safety tips on snow listed on SafetyIssues.com™:

• Licking the snow off the kid’s glove is likely to be fine. A “meal” of snow is probably not a good idea.

• Refrain from eating a lot of snow. It also contains particles from ordinary air pollution.

• Catching a snowflake with the tongue is OK. Eating snow that’s on the ground is not OK.

So what is the final answer?

So is it bad for you or not? To answer this question, we’ll rely on the fact that there are currently no published reports of people becoming ill from eating snow. If you really want to know how clean the snow in your yard is before you eat it, just take a sample and test it. When it snows, grab a container and collect a good amount of snow in it. After the snow melts, take a coffee filter and put it over the container, let it run through and allow the melted snow to collect any dirt or particles. You may need a magnifying glass to see anything!

 

Let’s talk cell phones and cancer.

Everyone owns a cell phone. EVERYONE. Some people can’t leave the house without them and others almost nearly have panic attacks if they misplace them. Cell phone are our lives! But this may be a curse for us. In case you didn’t know, cell phones emit radiofrequency energy. In other words, radiation. The tissues in your brain can absorb this radiation and put you at risk for brain cancer. In other words, as you talk on the phone, your cell phone is slowly frying your brain like a slow cooked egg. A recent government funded study has already shown that cell phones cause changes in brain activity, but did not conclude whether it could cause cancer. However, in a court case last month, the supreme court in Italy ruled that cell phones do cause brain cancer after a 60-year-old man developed brain tumors from heavy cell phone usage. The National Cancer Institute provides in-depth fact sheet on cell phone usage and cancer risk. It affirms that there is an evident risk for cancer, but leaves the topic open for more research as phone technology is ever-changing.

Hold up!

Just when I thought that the use of textual communication through Twitter, Facebook and text messages may be saving our brains from radiation. Unfortunately, cell phones emit radiation even when you are not talking on it. This is why it isn’t a good idea to put them in your pocket for storage. If you are interested in this topic, you may want to learn more about how cell phone radiation works. In the meantime, check out these 5 ways to reduce your cell phone exposure and start protecting your self from cell phone radiation now!

Let’s have a non-GMO Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is in exactly one week! No doubt people are looking for the best Thanksgiving dinner ingredients at the lowest prices. Food prices are not what they used to be and can really pinch the pocket around the holidays. We all know that the lowest priced food can often mean the crappiest quality, which makes room for GMO foods in your shopping cart. Learn about how you can have a GMO-free Thanksgiving dinner this year. Remember just because it tastes good, doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Give thanks for less GMOs in your food this year! Enjoy!

Are you willing to suffer for high fashion?

Ladies! Let’s face it, no pair of high heels are truly comfortable. Any woman wearing heels right now is probably experiencing some discomfort. If the heel isn’t significantly low or you’re wearing a $1,000 pair equipped and design with comfort, you are most likely feeling some pain. High heels can be cute, stylish, sexy and all, but they can also come with severe consequences for those who wear them. See a visually detailed graphic that reveals what high heels really do to your body. High heels are a staple in some women’s everyday look because of their work environment or profession. Still, high heels should be worn sparingly. No doubt high heels are high fashion but even the most fashion forward women should take heed. Take a look into the fashion world where high heels reign and get some tips on this issue:

Be stylish, yet safe. Don’t harm your body for the sake of high fashion!

Are you eating dirty food?

You would be amazed to see all of the grime, dirt and pesticide residue that sticks to the food you bring home from the supermarket. You must be sure to properly clean all of the fresh food items you plan to eat. Foods like beef and poultry are at high risk of Salmonella and other food borne illnesses. Any small dent or puncture in your fruits and vegetables open a path for bacteria to invade. Take a minute or two and have a look at the ten dirtiest foods that you and your family may be eating on a regular basis.

You must do more than a quick rinse to properly clean food. Think about the build up of pesticides and dirt on your produce. You must do more than rinsing to get it off. There are several effective ways to clean your produce that will ensure that you are eating clean food. Thanksgiving is around the corner and that means its about to be food heaven! Please folks, be careful with the food that you bring home from the grocery store and think twice before you snag grapes from the fresh fruit aisle for a quick snack! It’s bad, they haven’t been washed!

Be careful with coffee and caffeine!

Last week my great aunt, 71 was standing in the living room having a conversation with her daughter. In mid-conversation she fell to the floor, unresponsive for several minutes. Paramedics were called to the scene where they eventually got her to respond and rushed her to Galachia Heart Hospital to begin testing on her. My aunt is a real hardcore coffee drinker and her large consumption of coffee caused her to faint. Turns out that she was severely dehydrated as a result of drinking too much coffee and not enough water.

According to an article on DivineCaroline.comsome
health professionals recommend one cup of water for every cup of coffee that you consume. My aunt did not do this, and on top of that she was skipping meals until dinner time. The idea of caffeine dehydration has been thought of a myth due to studies have shown that in moderation, caffeine consumption does not lead to dehydration. Yet, this was not the case. My aunt was not drinking in moderation and health officials at the hospital determined that she was indeed dehydrated. According to Mayoclinic.com, dehydration is a side effect and a sign of a caffeine overdose. If you consume more than 500 mg (four to seven cups) of coffee daily, you may experience dehydration.

Don’t faint and scare the hell out of your entire family because you’re drinking insane amounts of coffee. Sure everyone is different, but if you’re drinking coffee and start feeling weird, stop drinking so much (even if it’s a little) and go talk to your doctor. That is all!