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.

courtesy of WorldAidsDay.org

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
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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!

Proposition 37 Fails to Pass in California

Well folks, unfortunately the pitch for GMO labeling didn’t get through. Prop 37 was successfully gained  47 percent of California’s votes, but big company names like Monsanto, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, General Mills, DuPont, Bayer and other food and pesticide companies put forth nearly $45 million to fund the “No on Prop 37” campaign, and won. According to Natural News, this same campaign has a criminal complaint filed against it with the FBI. The campaign was linked to an alleged criminal fraud in which it used a fake FDA quote and sent out mailers fraudulently using the FDA seal. Tisk, tisk, tisk!

Be not discouraged people! The battle for GMO labeling has just begun! This fight has spread substantial awareness about GMOs both nationwide and worldwide making people question the idea of GMOs and what exactly is in their food. In due time, our rights will be acknowledged. We are more than 4 million votes closer to victory. Their secret is out and we wont stop until until GMO labeling becomes a law. Don’t give up the fight! Continue to support GMO labeling!

Presidential elections got you stressed out?

Who will be the president for the next four years? This is all people have been buzzing about for the past couple months and more intensely in the past week. Well folks, tonight is the night! Either Barack Obama will serve his last four years as president or Mitt Romney will open up a whole new era as president of the United States. Many people are worried about the outcome of this election, which looks very close already. Some are worrying about the future of a lagging economy, the housing crisis, their jobs and finances. Others are just stressing to cast their vote in time.

Nasty campaign ads, replays of the debates, Twitter and Facebook going crazy, negativity and opinions all over the media, leaving us with the constant reminder that your vote counts toward the future. All of this has gotten some people on edge and feeling stressed. Believe it or not, there is something experts are call, “Election Stress Sydrome.” Do you have it? Find out if you do, and if so, there are ways to handle this and to manage stress. Tonight is the night of truth! And remember, what it is will be! Stress is bad for you, don’t do it!

Terror from the toilet.

I despise public restrooms. Especially if they don’t provide toilet seat covers, adequate amounts of toilet paper, paper towels and soap. Without these items provided in the stall, I feel like I’m in an unsanitary war zone. Honestly, I have a public toilet phobia. I always feel like there’s live STDs and diseases just waiting on the seat to find an entrance to my body. I don’t know about you, but I never sit on a bare public toilet. Toilet seats are yucky when considering how many butts have sat on them and how much crap and urine goes in them from anonymous people. Toilet seat covers just make me feel a bit safer.

But in reality, toilet seat covers don’t really do much as far as sanitation. For seat covers to be effective, they need to be disinfected with some type of alcohol solution. It turns out that there are other many other dangers in the bathroom not caused by sitting on the seat.

According to The Baseline of Health Foundation, most disease-causing organisms can survive only seconds on the toilet seat. The only way you can be infected with something on a toilet seat is if it has direct contact with your genital tract or it enters through an open wound. “The probability of contracting a disease from the toilet seat, unless you have open sores on your behind, equates to the chance of getting struck by lightning.” That’s a relief, but I still wont be bare-butting on a public toilet seat!