Health Alert

I try to be an FYI blog when I need to……especially when it comes to possible health issues…..

The weekend and I have a health alert I need for my readers to now about…………

Spanish Flu……Bird Flu…..what do these have in common?

One was a pandemic and the other had the possibility to becoming one also….

I touch on this because of something I read the other day about another disease that could become a problem……

The Nipah virus has now killed at least a dozen people in southern India and health workers fear it could become a global epidemic if it isn’t tightly monitored. More than 40 other people have been infected with the virus, which has a mortality rate of around 75%, Fox News reports. Health officials believe the outbreak in Kerala state began with an infected fruit bat, with later infections coming from human-to-human contact. There’s no known cure or vaccine for Nipah, which causes symptoms including fever, vomiting, and convulsions. To avoid being infected by fruit bats, citizens have been urged to ignore fallen fruit on the ground, especially if it has claw or tooth marks.

Previous outbreaks of Nipah were recorded in West Bengal and Bangladesh, more than a thousand miles away from the current outbreak. Experts aren’t sure how it ended up in Kerala, especially since no cases have been detected elsewhere in southern India and even migratory bats don’t travel that far. Some experts believe it was spread through infected figs and dates, while others say pressures on fruit bat populations may have activated the virus. “This is why it is so important to find the source of this outbreak,” a medical officer tells FirstPost. “Only if we answer the question of how the virus came to this part of the world can we put in place scientific measures to ensure that such an outbreak does not happen anywhere close by again. Otherwise, we cannot be sure of how and in which way this virus would spread in the future.”

The one good thing is there are few fruit bats in the skies of America but that does not preclude some infected person from getting on a plane and spreading the disease worldwide.

Sorry to be a downer…..but it is better to know than be caught flat footed. right?

Like I said originally….FYI.

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What A “Yoga Nazi” Eats

Weekend and I have found another diet for all the people that must try them all and never settle on one…..

I know a lady that I say is a Yoga Nazi because she is one of those people that feels she is right in her dietary plan and that everyone else should follow suit……at last time I saw her back in January she was heavy into the Paleo Diet……shall I define that for you?

In short, the Paleo diet imitates the foods that every single human on earth consumed before the rise of agriculture.The key is that the Paleo diet contains foods that have very high nutritional value, such as lean meats, seafood, fruits, and vegetable.

The diet also prohibits food ingredients that were created after the agriculture revolution, such as grains, dairy products, sugar, and salt because these products can lead to an increase in weight and a higher chance of developing health problems such as diabetes. (I believe salt is a natural occurring element….sorry for being picky)

Before the Paleo she was a vegan….only ate stuff that originated from seed…no eggs, honey, cheese, etc.  She then felt she was missing something in her diet and went to the Paleo and promoted it wherever she could.

I once again encountered this Lady and I had to ask how the Paleo thing was going…..that was a mistake for she has found another diet that meets her fancy for food……..the Kemetic Diet.

Never heard of this diet?  Well do not feel alone….neither has many other people……but for those that might be interested in a new diet……

The Kemetic Diet dictates that an individual’s staple foods — the ones they eat on a daily basis — should be vegetables and starches. The ideal starches are grains such as millet, corn, wheat or rice; beans or legumes such as lentils; and root vegetables like potatoes or yams. One of these starches, plainly cooked, should be part of every single meal, and should be accompanied by vegetables. According to Kemetic beliefs, vegetables must be eaten with starches in order for the starches to be digested properly. Fresh spices can be used as a seasoning. A typical staple food meal on the Kemetic Diet would include a vegetable-based sauce or broth flavored with spices and served on a cooked starch.

In the Kemetic Diet tradition, foods considered acceptable for occasional consumption are items that followers believe are beneficial in very small amounts but that strain the digestive system if eaten in large quantities. These foods include meat and any form of animal product such as dairy products and eggs; nuts; and fruit. Fish may be eaten more often than meat, but should still be kept as an occasional meal item. Followers of Kemet believe in consuming these foods more for medicinal purposes; for instance, fruit — especially citrus fruit — should be eaten if you are ill, and meat when a woman is pregnant. At no time, however, should these foods become regularly eaten staples.

Followers of the Kemetic Diet believe that consuming processed foods, sugar, salt and any vitamin or mineral supplements leads to health problems and should be eliminated from the diet completely. Additionally, they contend that you should only eat when you are hungry, ideally two meals a day with one small meal in the morning and a larger meal in the evening, focusing on eating only a small variety of foods since, according to Kemetic followers, eating many different types of foods puts unnecessary strain on the digestive system.

(livestrong.com)

Yet another diet……maybe I will come up with a silly dietary plan and try to con everyone to eat as I do….

More info on this diet……

http://sunnysidemagazine.org/2010/02/survivors-notebook-the-kemetic-diet/

I just wanted to give my readers all the info I could find on this “new” diet plan……my Lady friend swears that this is the diet to end all diets….I will take her word for it.

Any thoughts my friends?