Argentine government admits lack of vaccines for children of the official calendar

Some vaccines National Calendar are missing. Parents have to wander through different application centers to get them. What’s going on? While Buenos Aires legislator Graciela Ocaña awarded the problem “to the policies of import barriers imposed by the government”, the Ministry of Health yesterday issued a statement in which it acknowledged the bottleneck, but attributed to production problems two European laboratories. The text says that anyway no problems to get vaccinated at any point of the country. Continue reading “Argentine government admits lack of vaccines for children of the official calendar”

Cuba has become the world’s first country to end the transmission

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The World Health Organization hailed what it called ‘one of the greatest public health achievements possible’, adding that it was ‘an important step towards having an Aids-free generation’.

Elimination of transmission is defined by the group as a reduction to such a low level that it is no longer a public health problem.

UNAids executive director Michel Sidibé said: ‘This is a celebration for Cuba and a celebration for children and families everywhere.

‘It shows that ending the Aids epidemic is possible and we expect Cuba to be the first of many countries coming forward to seek validation that they have ended their epidemics among children.

Only two children in the country were born with HIV and five with syphilis in 2013.

An international delegation sent to Cuba by the WHO and the Pan American Health Organization in March determined the country met the criteria for the designation.

PAHO director Carissa Etienne said: ‘Cuba’s success demonstrates that universal access and universal health coverage are feasible and indeed are the key to success, even against challenges as daunting as HIV.’

Cuba’s Communist government considers its free healthcare a major achievement of the 1959 revolution.

But ordinary Cubans complain of a decline in standards since the fall of the Soviet Union, the country’s former benefactor, in 1991.

The PAHO and WHO credited Cuba with offering women early access to prenatal care, HIV and syphilis testing, and treatment for mothers who test positive.

The two organisations began an effort to end congenital transmission of HIV and syphilis in Cuba and other countries in the Americas in 2010.

WHO director general Dr Margaret Chan said: ‘Eliminating transmission of a virus is one of the greatest public health achievements possible.

‘This is a major victory in our long fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important step towards having an AIDS-free generation.’

Non-GMO Family

With the online buzz about food labeling in California, Washington, and so on, some wonder what this really is all about, especially mothers wanting to know what to feed their families. Genetically engineered ingredients or GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) have entered into the US food supply in full force, but strictly “under the table” in regards to most Americans’ awareness for many years. It’s strange to see that this has been out of the public eye for so long, but what are they really? What do GMOs do to us? Will we be able to choose whether to feed these to our kids or just be limited to buying genetically modified foods from the local grocery store?

These foods (GMOs) have been genetically altered by biotech companies like Monsanto (who produce the chemical spray Roundup), meaning that the DNA is taken from a certain species, whether it be from an animal, plant, bacteria, virus, etc. and that DNA is inserted into the DNA of another species in order to acquire a certain trait. This is done to resist herbicides, bugs, insects, etc. thus claiming to increase production levels and be safe for our consumption. However, “Numerous studies show that when organic agriculture is practi[c]ed well, it can bring double or triple the yields of conventional techniques [and] [w]ith intensive intercropping on mixed permaculture farms, yields can be higher still” [1] (emphasis added). More importantly, Monica Eng of the Chicago Tribune this past June reports the results of this five-month experiment, “Pigs fed a combination of genetically modified soy and corn suffer more frequent severe stomach inflammation and enlargement of the uterus than those who eat a non-GM diet, according to a new peer-reviewed long-term feeding study published Tuesday in the Organic Systems Journal.” [2]

By Mike Adams of the Natural News, he summarizes a two-year experiment (the average lifespan of a rat) conducted by Gilles-Eric Seralini of the University of Caen that came out last year, “Eating genetically modified corn (GMO corn) has caused rats to develop horrifying tumors, widespread organ damage, and premature death…

  • Up to 50% of males and 70% of females suffered premature death.
  • Rats that drank trace amounts of Roundup (at levels legally allowed in the water supply) had a 200% to 300% increase in large tumors.
  • Rats fed GMO corn and traces of Roundup suffered severe organ damage including liver damage and kidney damage.
  • The study fed these rats NK603, the Monsanto variety of GMO corn that’s grown across North America and widely fed to animals and humans. This is the same corn that’s in your corn-based breakfast cereal, corn tortillas and corn snack chips.”[3]

So these GMOs are clearly a dangerous choice to make when figuring out what to eat, but they can’t be so bad if they’re still allowed on the market, right?

Actually, implementations of science in regards to the food industry have certainly had ups and downs over the years, but the bad examples can stick around for some time unnoticed by the general population. One such example would be the scientific changes to fats to create “trans fat” [4], an idea with good intentions for purposes of convenience and usefulness, but turns out to be very bad for you, has been banned numerable times, is required to be labeled now in the nutritional facts, and its poor effects still sneak into our food through the process of hydrogenation. This particular case of trans fats is very similar to science’s additional shot at the food industry, being GMOs (though other negative scientific formations come to mind, such as High Fructose Corn Syrup and Agave Nectar [5]). Your health is not a good tradeoff for the convenience that these creations are associated with in regards to food processing.

Monsanto is another key player to know here in the discussion of GMOs. This US company giant Monsanto produces Roundup, a chemical spray containing Glyphosate, which is “…a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide used to kill weeds, especially annual broadleaf weeds and grasses known to compete with commercial crops grown around the globe.”[6] So “Roundup Ready” crops (corn, soy, canola, cotton, sugar beets, and so on) are prepared to resist herbicide sprays like Roundup through genetic modification, which one would think that this could then encourage sales of this spray to farmers for Monsanto; however, the excessive use of said herbicides eventually causes adaptation to things like invasive plants and weeds, thus requiring heavier and heavier doses of the spray. Sounds like a perfect recipe for profits doesn’t it? No wonder Monsanto is the biggest biotech company out there.

Along with this commonly used weed-killer, if you were to look at any gallon of milk at the grocery store you would see a statement regarding the use of “rBGH” (or “rBST”) in the dairy cows used for that milk, which rBGH is another product of Monsanto. “In the US, we saw a tipping point against Monsanto’s genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH) when it got kicked out of Walmart, Starbucks, Yoplait, and Dannon.” [7] Point here is that Monsanto honestly hasn’t had the best track record regarding the public’s view of their genetically engineered products, and for good reason, as rBGH is also very unsafe [8].

Lastly, although GMOs are still allowed in the US (though we tend to not excel in keeping our food productions free of other dangerous ingredients compared to other countries [9]), they have been banned in many other countries [10], a key indicator that many find GMOs to be ultimately an undesirable part of their food supply, as should we.

So these other technological failures like trans fats and rBGH and have received their due rewards, but will society ultimately reject GMOs as well? Given this history of rejected inventions being banned and shunned when introduced to our food supply, and new studies depicting the present negative health effects of GMOs, as well as any other additional threats from GMOs that could affect our environment and our future [11], choosing a non-GMO diet will become more available, because of the voice of the people7, and become an easier choice for mothers needing to know what to feed their family from day to day.

I am sure that this lifestyle non-GMO, will be a reality worldwide. Starting with the richest countries like the U.S. and Europa.Os encourage you to look at the various links posted for more information and for you to be happy with the healthy choices you make for you and your family!

 

References:

1– Eisenstein, C. (2012, October 9). Genetically modifying and patenting seeds isn’t the answer. In The Guardian. Retrieved November 17, 2012, from http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/oct/09/genetically-modifying-patenting-seeds

2- http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-11/features/chi-food-policy-gm-corn-and-soy-feed-cause-health-problems-in-hogs-says-study-20130611_1_gm-crops-pigs-health-problems

3- (http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/gm-corn-linked-to-cancer-tumors; see also http://nogmo.weebly.com/ for more info and pictures)

4- Trans fats were created by a rearranging of Hydrogen atoms in the molecular structure of particular fatty acid chains to try to have unsaturated fats (such as olive oil) – which are more easily absorbed by the body – stay solid at room temperature like saturated fats do (such as margarine), which fats are harder to digest and convert into energy. This particular “breakthrough” seems as it would be very helpful when cooking and baking at home, but your body can’t recognize what it is, has a hard time digesting it and using it to benefit your body, and in fact can have negative effects, such as an increased risk of coronary heart disease (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans_fat).

 5– These concentrations of fructose are also not recognized by the body, unlike glucose, and is sent to the liver instead (not the proper way of digestion aka going through the intestines), later becoming stored as visceral fat –causing strain to your internal organs – which is far more dangerous than where the glucose-turned fat would be stored, being as subcutaneous fat – stored underneath your skin throughout your body (http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/).

6- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate

7- http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/09/01/gmo-eradication.aspx

8- “rBGH is created using GMO E. coli just like aspartame, and is used in conventional cattle unless otherwise labeled.”(http://www.foodmatters.tv/articles-1/6-easy-ways-to-avoid-gmos) “rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone), also known as rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin) is a genetically engineered hormone that is injected into dairy cows to increase their milk yield by 15% or more. It is associated with an increased risk of disease and other health problems in dairy cows on which it is used… Naturally raised cows can produce milk up to 10-12 years. Cows that are injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) may only be productive for 3-5 years before they are culled from the herd… To use it seems cruel and unnecessary to shorten a dairy cow’s lifespan and cause it maladies such as ulcers, arthritis, kidney and heart abnormalities… rBGH is injected in a cow during her lactation period and creates an unnatural condition in which her milk production remains elevated (it would normally decline more rapidly in the last phase of lactation to allow her body to recover from the stress of milk production)…Canada, New Zealand, Japan and Europe have already rejected the use of rBGH in dairy farming, but it is still permitted by law in the US. (www.sustainabletable.org, en.wikipedia.org, http://www.albionmonitor.com)”- http://www.chipotle.com/en-us/fwi/fwi_facts/fwi_facts.aspx

9- http://www.livestrong.com/slideshow/1007800-11-banned-food-ingredients-still-allowed-us/?utm_source=articlebottom&utm_medium=1#slide-2

10- http://www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/countrieswithbans.cfm

11- http://nogmo.weebly.com/

Six misconceptions that appear in literature about vaccination, along with explanations of why they are misconceptions.

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By the CDC

1.  Diseases had already begun to disappear before vaccines were introduced, because of better hygiene and sanitation.

2.  The majority of people who get a disease have been vaccinated.

3.  There are “hot lots” of vaccine that have been associated with more adverse events and deaths than others.

4.  Vaccines cause many harmful side effects, illnesses, and even death
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5.  Vaccine-preventable diseases have been virtually eliminated from the United States.

6.  Giving a child multiple vaccinations for different diseases at the same time increases the risk of harmful side effects and can overload the immune system  For the full report : http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/parents-guide/parents-guide-part4.html

Moms Who Vax
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They believe in using science honestly, telling the truth, living by the social contract, and protecting our kids and yours.

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The Amount of Sleep you Actually Needed?

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sleep goodWe have been sure these questions must have performed in your concerns at some stage in time. So that you will don’t drop lodge how much rest is important, we are going to break misconceptions and hang out information. Continue reading and obvious many misguided beliefs about slumber and its value with inside our day-after-day operating.

1. The Power of Sleep

We all feel that we have much far greater things you can do compared to rest. But you which to complete issues superior, you should rest (sleep). As you rest, your mind stays hectic, managing numerous natural maintenance capabilities that keep you operating within side best problem. Without enough hours associated with restorative healing sleep, you’re as being a stereo system that requires repairing. If you omit your own required dose regarding rest each day, you may mind for a both mental and physical malfunction.

2. When to go for sleep

Many of us believe the possible lack of sleep at night can be produced upwards simply by Sleeping during the day. But sleeping in the daytime as well as staying awake through the night isn’t how the body is designed to perform. As per biology, during the night, your system does respond to the lack of daylight through generating melatonin – the hormonal that makes you drowsy. During the day, sunshine activates the brain to avoid endocrine production so you experience awaken and also inform. Just if you happen to would rather stay awake at night, we counsel you to pay for heed to the information and alter your own Sleeping routine.

Minimizes anxiety: Regarding rest deficiency, the particular system’s capabilities get into a situation of large notify, as well as cause pounds blood pressure and production of tension the body’s bodily human testosterone. The worries the body’s bodily human testosterone make it tougher to rest as well as the increased blood pressure increases the chance of heart attacks and shots.

3. How much sleep do you require daily?

7.5 hrs – 9 Hrs several a long times. This is actually the variety of several a long time that grown-ups need to devote resting every night. The key reason why this number is important happens because the brain re-energizes your body as you sleep. In the event you sleep any kind of much a smaller amount, the brain cannot full the evening responsibilities and as a result you are not able to give your best in the daytime. Regardless how limited your plan is actually, do make an effort to get the minimum quantity of Sleep.

We’ve offered you enough gyaan up about Sleep and it’s really value. We do we imagine you provide sleep the importance this warrants and also devote sufficient time during intercourse. Sleeping

For those of you who still study, pay attention to time off to sleep it’s necessary

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For those of you who still study, pay attention to time off to sleep it’s necessary. Sleep can be a medium for science or material you learn really understandable. Sacrificing sleep to learn when time will face a test, it is not recommended. Thus according to studies from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), it can actually harm the academic side of the students.

“Sacrificing sleep to extra learning time, quite counterproductive,” said Andrew j. Fuligni, Professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at bio-Jane and Terry Semel Institute of Neuroscience and Human Behaviour, UCLA.

Researchers engage 535 students in Los Angeles that their learning activities are recorded in a diary. The book contains old information learned, long sleep, and is there a second relationship of two things. That is, the understanding of the material being taught in the classroom and how bad in doing the test, quiz, or homework. The students noted that its activities over the past 14 days.

As a result, students who often spent his sleep to stay up academic  has decreased. And, did not rule out the face of exams or tests become problematic when the sleep-deprived struck.

Lack of sleep often associated with decreased night levels of concentration. In addition, the body is more lethargic and sense of sleepiness can be felt throughout the day. For students, this will be an issue when the material cannot be absorbed in brain studied.

“Sleep deprivation is responsible for increased academic problems that occur after the increase in study time,” Fuligni said.

Puppies

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“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.”  ~ Gene Hill

It´s always a joy to watch puppies at play.   Puppies are so cute, especially when they are clumsy, awkward and fall asleep in the middle of doing something!  It´s great to see their little personalities coming out.

DELIGHTFUL!

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Brighten your day: Indulge yourself in some Puppy Therapy right now!

Obesity in America and Sushi

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There are lots of factors which all have resulted in the expanding obesity of the American citizenry. Jobs are less physically demanding. Spare-time activities are much less physically active. Less active amusement is amazingly alluring, and calorie packed unhealthy foods are always at hand.

As a consequence, most adults, at some point or another, tackle issues of weight loss, nutritional value, and overall health. It is actually no wonder that various and sundry diet plans have grown to be a component of pop culture. The Miami Beach Diet is famous, and who has not discovered a low carb weight loss program? There is even a cookie diet program.

In USA weight problem so interwoven with your culture, it might be a good idea to look to other civilizations that do not exhibit these problems. It would not be useful to seek answers in rural nations. Clearly, reworking our entire financial system around weight reduction and health is not likely. So, let’s look at other nations with similar economies to ours.

Why not consider Japan? The small island nation is unquestionably a high tech, service oriented economy just like our own. Although, aside from the Sumo Wrestler, the Japanese are not thought of as dealing with a weight issue.

Let us start by checking out the quintessential Japanese food: Sushi. Is sushi healthy? Sushi is made up of small servings of rice (carbs) and fish. Fish is nearly pure protein. Despite the fact that some fish is fatty, most fish isn’t. Low fat fish includes tuna, albacore, halibut, red-snapper, and shellfish.

However, some sushi can be fattening. Steer clear of rolls with mayonnaise or other ingredients that include saturated fat, including Philadelphia rolls or tempura rolls. Stick with the straight forward, traditional rolls comprised of rice and fish. The smaller the volume of rice, the better.

Could sushi be the secret to Japanese weight control? The food balances reasonable carbohydrates along with a low-fat, high protein fish. Undoubtedly, there are various other variables, however eating sushi certainly can’t hurt.

Warm chickpea salad with cumin & garlic

warm chickpea salad with cumin & garlic

warm chickpea salad with cumin & garlic

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons whole cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 2 15-ounce cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Italian parsley, leaves only
  • Small handful fresh mint leaves
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 3/4 pound English cucumber
  • Flaky sea salt

Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet (cast iron is nice) over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and crushed red pepper and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about one minute or until the seeds are toasted. The cumin will turn slightly darker in color, and smell toasty.

Turn the heat to medium low and add the garlic. Cook, stirringly frequently, for about three minutes or until the garlic is turning golden. Do not let it scorch or turn brown.

Add the drained chickpeas and the chopped tomatoes and turn the heat up to medium high. Cook, stirring frequently, until the chickpeas are warmed through and are shiny with oil. Turn off the heat.

Strip any remaining stems away from the Italian parsley. Finely mince the parsley and the mint and toss this with the chickpeas. Stir the lemon juice and zest into the chickpeas.

Peel the cucumber and cut it in half lengthwise. Scrape out (and discard) the seeds with the tip of a teaspoon or grapefruit spoon. Dice the cucumber into small, 1/2-inch square cubes. Toss the cucumber with the chickpeas. Taste for salt. If necessary, add flaky sea salt to taste.

Refrigerate for at least an hour before eating. This salad is best after it has had a chance to sit overnight in the fridge, letting its spices and juices soak together into more than the sum of its parts. Serve slightly warm or room temperature.