Category Archives: health

Could a Major Epidemic strike the U.S. and How Bad would it be?

By “major epidemic” I mean a widespread disease outbreak, with a high fatality rate, and one that changes the way survivors live on a daily basis. The CDC classifies the 2009-2010 flu season as a “pandemic” (widespread epidemic) of the … Continue reading

Ebola Outbreak in Africa is “Out of Control”

This virus, Ebola, has been around since the mid-1970′s. It’s an appalling disease. The fatality rate is very high; few victims survive. The progression of the disease is rapid. The effects are like something from a SciFi-horror movie. The virus … Continue reading

Chikungunya Virus hits the U.S. for the first time

This virus is new to the U.S. of A. Past outbreaks have occurred in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus spread to some islands in the Caribbean. In 2014, the first cases … Continue reading

Fish Antibiotics For Human Use?

Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about fish antibiotics and how folks are using them (or planning to use them) to treat humans.  I’ve read several articles that say that the antibiotics sold for treating common bacterial infections in fish … Continue reading

The Copper content of Nuts, Seeds, and Legumes

Storing foods high in carbohydrates is relatively easy: white long-grain rice and white pasta keep very well and are high in carbs. But stored protein is more problematic. Rice offers about 8% of its calories in the form of protein, … Continue reading

Update on the MERS Virus — Outbreak

I just posted an article on MERS last week (April 28th), and then there were two new developments: 1. May 2nd, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirmed the first case of deadly MERS virus in America. The CDC called … Continue reading

MERS Infection Spikes and Spreads to Europe

MERS is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a viral infection with a high fatality rate. So far, more than 40% of persons with lab-confirmed cases of MERS have died. The CDC and the WHO are tracking the number of cases and … Continue reading

Unprecedented Outbreak of Ebola in Africa

Here’s the news report: An outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa has spread to Guinea’s capital and beyond its borders in an “unprecedented epidemic,” a leading aid agency reported Monday. A total of 122 patients are suspected of … Continue reading

Which Supplements Should You Store? Selenium

Not every vitamin or mineral supplement is good for your health. Generally-speaking, the best way to obtain the nutrients that you need for survival and good health is from your food. But selenium is an exception to that rule. The … Continue reading

If We Lose the Antibiotics Battle

There’s a fight going on in medicine today, a battle between medical researchers seeking new antibiotics and bacteria developing resistance to those antibiotics. And medicine is losing ground. Resistance to antibiotics is spreading, and fewer new antibiotics are available to … Continue reading

Prepping for the 2013-2014 Flu Season

Flu season is fast approaching. In the U.S., flu activity commonly peaks in January or February, but it can begin as early as October or November. The CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and … Continue reading

Update on the MERS Outbreak

MERS is an infectious disease called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. It is related to SARS, but much more deadly. The first cases were identified in September of 2012. In February of 2013, there were only 13 confirmed cases, but 7 … Continue reading