Closing Thought–12Feb18

My recent stay in the hospital showed me how serious the flu season is this year….all their employees that did not get a flu shot must wear a face mask when dealing with patients.

A lot of bloggers have written or posted about the flu season this year……I guess I will join the band.

This flu season is a beast, and the CDC warned Friday that we aren’t done yet. Another 10 children have died from the flu, bringing the total this season to 63, NBC News reports. That’s still fewer than the 110 who died last flu season. But USA Today reports the US is seeing the highest rates of flu-related hospitalizations since the CDC started keeping track of that stat in 2010. And 7.7% of all doctor visits are related to the flu—the highest rate since 2009.

It could still get worse. “We don’t know if we have hit the peak yet,” says acting CDC director Anne Schuchat. We’re in week 11 of this flu season; flu season typically lasts for 16 weeks but can run as long as 20 weeks. “We could potentially see several more weeks of increased flu activity,” Schuchat says. It’s as yet unclear exactly why this flu season is so bad.

Many people like to self-medicate and save the cash that most doctors get without using a gun…it is robbery…..

Here are 10 herbs that some swear will help you beat a cold this season…..

If you feel a cold coming on, consider the benefits of herbal medicine.  The following herbs have been shown to be effective at battling the common cold.

  1. Echinacea:  Echinacea is known for its ability to enhance the immune system.  It stimulates white blood cells, increases production of interferon and increases immune cells ability to destroy invading microbes.  Six studies show that echinacea significantly reduces the risk of respiratory infection.  A separate six studies show that echinacea shortens the duration of colds and flus.(3)
  2. Astragalus:  Astragalus is a tonic and adaptogen.  Studies show that it boosts immune system and fights viruses, bacteria, and inflammation.(3)
  3. Elderberry:  Elderberry can inhibit the enzyme that the flu virus uses to penetrate cell membranes.  In one study, elderberry juice mixed with raspberry extract, glucose, citric acid and honey inhibited both type A and type B influenza virus.(3)
  4. Garlic:  Garlic boosts immune function and kills a broad range of microbes.  Studies show that garlic is active against cold and flu viruses.  Garlic also functions as an expectorate to help remove mucus from the body.(3)
  5. Licorice root:  Licorice root contains glycyrrhizin, which has been shown in studies to inactivate and inhibit a wide range of viruses.  It also contains a polysaccharide ingredient that increases the bodies production of interferon and activates while blood cells. (3)
  6. St. John’s wort:  St. John’s wort can inhibit influenze A and parainfluenza viruses.
  7. Lomatium:  Lomatium has been used by Native Americans for bacteria and viral infections.  Studies show that it is potent against viruses and bacteria.(3)
  8. Stinging Nettle:  Studies show that this herb inhibits influenza A virus and is also packed with nutrients.  Nettle contains high amounts of carotenoids and flavonoids that help ease allergies. (3)
  9. Lemon Balm:  Test tube studies show that lemon balm or Melissa oil has antiviral effects against parainfluenza and other bacterial infections. (3)
  10. Peppermint:  Peppermint oil helps relax the airways and open congested sinuses and nasal passages.  One study shows that inhaling peppermint relieves respiratory discomfort.(3)

Instead of purchasing over the counter medicines that often leave you feeling groggy and run down, consider herbs that will help boost your immune system, shorten your time of sickness and allow you to return back to your daily routine.

Take care of yourself….be well……chuq

Yemen–America’s Shame

For two year the Saudis have been bombing Yemen back into the Stone Age…..the humanitarian crisis is getting worse by the bomb…..not not are the people in starvation mode they are also facing the worse cholera epidemic in a 100 years…..and all made possible by the US and its aid to our buddies the Saudis.

As the world focuses on isolated incidents of terrorism taking place in Western countries, the wholesale slaughter being committed by Western countries against others generally goes unnoticed unless being pinned on the victim nation. However, even with Americans and other Westerners paying scant attention to Iraq and Syria, the conflict in Yemen scarcely gets a mention except in communities of human rights activists and geopolitical commentators.

Even after Yemen has overtaken Syria as the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis, most of the world has remained deathly silent about the situation unfolding there.

While not overwhelmingly involved with troops, bombing campaigns, and the like in the way that it is in Syria or Iraq, the United States is nonetheless complicit in the destruction of an entire country by providing intelligence, weapons, and political support to Saudi Arabia and the GCC in their war against the Yemeni people. In addition to that support, however, the United States has, at times, also contributed limited direct military support to the Saudi effort.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-faces-of-yemen-where-is-american-outrage/5619219

One of America’s most respected news stows is “60 Minutes” and they recently did a feature on Yemen…..

Saudi Arabia’s year long blockade and bombing campaign in Yemen has gotten very little coverage in the United States, even as the extreme food and fuel shortages have developed into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

Now, as the Saudi noose on Yemen tightens — leaving 7 million people facing starvation and another 1 million infected with cholera — the war is having its moment in the media spotlight.

On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired a 13-minute segment on the war’s devastating humanitarian toll. The program featured imagery of starving children and interviews with displaced people, all obtained after Saudi Arabia blocked “60 Minutes” from entering the country.

https://theintercept.com/2017/11/20/60-minutes-yemen-war-us-involvement/

The Saudis have gone so far as to bomb the available airport to keep supplies from entering into the country…..I lost a lot of respect I had for “60 Minutes” after they failed to report the whole story did nothing but a fluff piece to silence some critics…..this is why we have some much call out of “fake news”….no one wants to report the truth anymore.

An estimated 130 children or more are dying every day in war-torn Yemen from extreme hunger and disease, according to ​Save the Children, an international aid group

The charity said a continuing blockade by the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Houthi rebels aligned with the country’s former president was likely to further increase the death rate. It said more than 50,000 children are believed to have died in 2017.

The coalition closed all air, land and sea ports to stem the flow of arms from Iran on November 6, after Saudi Arabia intercepted a missile fired towards its capital Riyadh. It has since said that aid can go through “liberated ports” but not the key Houthi-controlled port of Hodeidah.

http://www.smh.com.au/world/yemen-children-are-dying-at-a-rate-of-130-a-day-while-saudiled-blockade-continues-20171118-gzo21m.html

Even the American Conversation has weighed in on the atrocity that is Yemen…..

Yemen has been upside down for three years. Hunger, epidemics, and a blockade are all getting tighter. But the misery has escalated following the ballistic missile which was fired from Yemen at the King Khalid International Airport in the Saudi capital on Nov. 4. Overnight, Yemen became completely isolated from the entire globe.

This development has ushered in a new wave of civilian suffering. It feels like the war has just opened a new chapter of violence in a country beset by crises since the eruption of the 2011 uprising.

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/dispatch-from-yemen-were-cut-off-and-starving/

Sad and to watch American news then NO one cares about the plight of children in Yemen or the rate of starvation…..truly sad.