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Fall Brings Beauty… Along With Today’s Cold

Today’s Health  Article

November 2nd, 2015

Today beauty is all around us, living in the Pacific Northwest, there is no shortage of God’s beauty and splendor here, but with all this beauty comes that nasty cold. This year the cold season came a little later, having a long summer weather, being much warmer than usual due to the strong El Nino off the Pacific. I am not much for being indoors, nor due I like sitting or lying around, in fact my life is filled with tasks of work and family tasks, so when I catch a cold, it is my worse misery at the moment. In fact, colds to me, shuts every thing about me down and I am absolutely miserable.

This is the cold season. The cold season just drop upon us here as the weather went from the 80’s to the 50’s in a weeks period of time. Along with the wind and rain, fall was something that had not happened, everyone was still was in the summer mode and our bodies were not ready.

Almost like a flash of a magic wand, every body was suffering from this miserable cold. Now, I somehow believed, that I would escape the cold that almost everyone I knew, had it.  Why, because I live about half of my days in the country air, not exposed to large sectors of the public, I get plenty of exercise, and eat reasonably healthy.

If we had a choice… we all would choose not to catch a cold. but the common cold is not selective as to who  may catch  this contagious bug. From babies to the elderly, all are vulnerable to the common cold. Those who may be impacted with a cold , who are having different health issues, can actually lead to other ill health issues.

The Simple Cold

There is nothing simple about the common cold. It is in fact, been confused by the best. To this day, no known cure to for the simple common cold, even though the symptoms seem to be understood. What  happens is… most of us, as we live longer, we have endured this simple cold several times, and sorta take it for granite that it just another head cold, which it may be just that. Perhaps we now have to come to understand our health condition upon the symptoms arriving. Because the simple cold can be confused with other health issues. Some basic symptoms to watch for.

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One of the confusing facts or myths is that the common cold just comes in the damp and cold weather , which is not true.

A cold can come to your house, winter, spring, summer, and fall. For me, who is enduring a cold as I write, it comes with the burning throat and nose. Shortly after feeling those symptoms, comes the annoying sneezing, running nose, and aching body, and no energy. By now, you know you are not feeling well. These first few days are also when you are the most contagious and should either where a mask or avoid contact with others. So here I stay, at home and resting. For the continuing days, your nose will be watery and nasal secretions. Later, these become thicker and darker. You may get a mild cough.

It usually doesn’t get much worse, but it is also very likely to last into the second week or longer depending on your health condition before the cold. For example, if you suffer from chronic bronchitis, a cold will make it worse.

For the first few days, the nose teems with watery nasal secretions. Later, these become thicker and darker. You may get a mild cough. It won’t get much worse, but it is likely to last into the second week of your illness. If you suffer from chronic bronchitis, a cold will make it worse.

Dark mucus does not necessarily mean that you have developed a bacterial infection.

However, if you are coughing up dark material — or feeling a lot of distress low down in your lungs — you may have a bacterial infection. These symptoms can also be caused by a cold virus other than a rhinovirus.

Usually there is no fever; in fact, fever and more severe symptoms may indicate that you have the flu rather than a cold.

As mentioned earlier that Cold symptoms typically last for about 3 or 4 days, if longer other symptoms may also present.

Except in newborns, colds themselves are not dangerous. They usually go away in 4 to 10 days without any special medicine. Unfortunately, colds do wear down your body’s resistance, making you more susceptible to bacterial infections.

If your cold is nasty enough, seek medical attention. Your doctor likely will examine your throat and ears. He or she may take a throat culture by brushing the throat with a long cotton-tipped swab. This will show whether you have a bacterial infection, which requires treatment with antibiotics.

Call Your Doctor About a Cold If:

You notice an inability to swallow.
You have a sore throat for more than 2 or 3 days, particularly if it seems to be worsening.
You have an earache.
You have a stiff neck or sensitivity to bright lights.
You’re pregnant or nursing.
Your newborn or infant has cold symptoms.
Your throat hurts and your temperature is 101 degrees F or higher.
Your cold symptoms worsen after the third day. You may have a bacterial infection.

Beauty and Cold

Today’s Health Comments

I continue to enjoy the fall beauty here in the Pacific Northwest from inside my home while wrestling with my cold. I was the last in my family to catch, so others are getting well, while I am enduring what I find to be a miserable cold. What I wanted to share is that this year’s strain is a little tougher than normal, and the cough and tickle seems to be lingering longer than usual. Of course there is all  those medications and home remedies that are pushed  upon us to help us feel better but the bottom line is the cold has a set course and nothing really changes that.

The old advice handed out is get plenty of rest and drink plenty of liquid to stay hydrated. After that, you really are on your own.

If you are suffering respiratory health issues, a cold certainly can impact your health. Those who have allergies may be confused as to whether they do have a cold. Flue symptoms also can confuse these issues as well.

The simple cold is nothing simple at all, and sometimes a trip to the family DOCTOR is your best bet.

Your Health and Self Cpr

Today’s  Health Article

June 14th, 2015
Today and days of the past, all have been nothing out of the ordinary, in fact you take for granite that your health is on the top of the world. You really don’t think much about it, your health, in fact. most of us think we are invincible when it comes down to it.
So for just an example, you are all alone, driving home or you just arrived at home, from an unusually hard day on the job. It was just one of those days where stress and frustration set in and you were really tired.

Suddenly, you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to drag out into your arm and up in to your jaw. You are only about five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don’t know if you’ll be able to make it that far.

 Your Health

Today’s Health

The problem is that you have been trained in CPR, but the guy who taught the course did not tell you how to perform it on yourself. Your



This information has been posted and emailed thru out the Internet… HOW TO SURVIVE A HEART ATTACK WHEN ALONE. Since  many people are alone when they suffer a heart attack without help, the person whose heart is beating improperly and who now begins to feel faint, has only about 10 seconds left before losing consciousness.

 However, these victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously. A deep breath should be taken before each cough, and the cough must be deep and  prolonged, as when producing sputum from deep inside the chest.

A  breath and a cough must be repeated about every two seconds  without let-up until help arrives, or until the heart is  felt to be beating normally again.

Deep breaths get oxygen into the lungs and coughing movements squeeze the heart and keep the blood circulating. The squeezing pressure on the heart also helps it regain normal rhythm.In this way, heart attack victims can get to a hospital.

Tell as many other people as possible about this. It could save their lives!!

A  cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail kindly  sends it to 10 people, you can bet we’ll save at least one life.


Cardiologist Dr. Richard Cummins of Seattle explains that Cough CPR should be used only under medical supervision by a person about to lose consciousness, an indication of cardiac arrest.  It can be dangerous for someone having a heart attack that does not result in cardiac arrest (i.e. most heart attacks). This kind of person should call 911 for help and then sit quietly u yountil help arrives.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation,

Continues to advises you NOT to keep circulating this false information. Instead, here’s what they recommend that you actually do.

If you to take full-strength uncoated aspirin while you’re waiting for the ambulance to arrive. (Reminder: have a small container of these with you at all times, in your purse, in the car, everywhere!) And it’s a good idea to keep a list of your emergency contact numbers near the phone alone and think you are having a heart attack, call 911 or your local emergency number immediately for help. Chew one full aspirin during this time.

The American Heart Association…

They also remind us that the best strategy is to be aware of the early warning signs for heart attack and cardiac arrest and respond to them by calling 911.

If you’re driving alone and you start having symptoms like chest pain or discomfort that starts to spread into your arm and up into your jaw (which is the scenario presented in the Cough CPR email), pull over immediately, put on your emergency flasher lights, call 911 or, if  you don’t have a cell phone, try to flag down another motorist for help by leaning continuously on your car horn until you get help. A nd chew one full-strength aspirin.

Today’s Health Comments

Today our health should be treated seriously, yet our health is compromised by chain letters and false information. Unfortunately there is no regulations regarding this information being posted on the Internet. Ordinary people get caught up in the moment of passing on information, thinking they are helping others health by sharing. In moments, like this one regarding self CPR, thousands of people have been wrongly advised regarding their health. This is when a little research needs to take place or a phone call to your physician. Your health matters so a second opinion is worthy of the time.


Will Food Addiction Become More Prominent In Our Society?

Today’s Health Article

March, 8th 2015
Today’s article is one of mankind’s toughest challenges yet to face, world wide, food addiction. The greatest aspect to obesity, some will say, is food addiction. Many arguments have been made that obesity has reached epidemic proportions, and perhaps, most are absolutely correct. When 2 out 3 people in developed countries are over weight or very obese, why have we arrived at this point?
Could food addiction be so prominent in our society?
Eating has always been a requirement for mankind to survive, yet eating has become attached to so many social events in our lives, that we seem to be dining out, or eating with many facets of our life. So eating is no longer meeting the survival mode, but the next step up… social status, gathering, or celebration. Now those who have this financial means take the next step… eat food just because they can, not because they are hungry. This seems to find it’s way to forming habits. Otherwise you are constantly grazing on food within reach, and now you are on the edge of food addiction.

Food Addiction

Traits of Food Addiction

 Most all of us have a relationship with food. It not just eating for survival, we all whether we realize it or not, we enjoy food. Most of us eat in moderation and know also that food not only brings us nutrition, but also joy, and health.
However for some people, though, food is an obsession that dominates their life. Food addiction is a cluster of chemical dependencies that leads also to a loss of control over food.
In many aspects, the behavior of food addicts is similar to those who abuse drugs and alcohol, which makes it that much more dangerous, especially if left untreated.

It is no joke, but many of us are “addicted” to certain foods, but for true food addicts, this is a daily reality.

“Refined food addiction involves the compulsive pursuit of a mood change by engaging repeatedly in episodes of binge eating despite adverse consequences,” explains Kay Sheppard, author of Food Addiction: The Body Knows. “The brain and body of a food addict reacts differently to addictive foods due to an inherited predisposition to the disease of addiction. The term food addiction implies there is a biogenetic, physiological, biochemical condition of the body that creates craving for refined foods: carbohydrates, fats, and salt.”

There is no single explanation for cravings and food addiction. Reports have shown that some food addicts experience  a powerful  desire, a physical craving, and that suggests that it may be physiologically based.  This could  be suggesting an internal chemical basis to food addiction.

At the same time, there are multiple types of physiological food addiction, just as there are different biochemical processes that create different types of food addictions. That means food addiction can have many layers and many sources.

Researchers at Yale University have developed a way to define and classify human cases of food addiction

This development is called the “DSM-IV, a diagnostic criteria for substance dependence. Evidence suggests that the Yale Food Addiction Scale (YFAS) has become a very valid source of measuring eating pathology—especially binge eating— and may be a useful tool to identify potential food addicts.

Also, in a recent neuroimaging study, researchers also found that YFAS scores were directly related to neural activation in specific brain regions that play a role in the experience of craving—and that high scorers had activation patterns that directly correlated with a reduced ability to control their eating.

This means YFAS can be a very useful tool for identifying eating patterns that resemble classic addiction and it reinforces the view that food addiction is a classifiable condition, it has clinical symptoms, and it has a behavior profile similar to conventional drug abuse disorders.

Are Modern Foods Being Engineered to Increase or Develop our Addiction?

There is no need to pick out those in the corporate industry who know they are guilty… turning us  into lab rats, by manipulating the sugar, fat, flour and salt, to make their food addictive and irresistible. With this in mind, it’s tough for even the most disciplined individual to avoid the temptation.  Having food available everywhere, increasing portion sizes, enhancing the taste experience—these are all steps purposely designed  to be irresistable. The more intense our food experience becomes, the more we’ll consume and the greater the chance we’ll become addicted

Dr. Kessler, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner,  termed this “hyper palatable” for good reason.

Research suggests that highly-palatable food that excessively pleases our taste buds are also uniquely fattening and addicting.  For those people who become addicted to these appetite-stimulating foods, this powerful reward-seeking behavior can overcome the body’s innate mechanisms to balance energy intake and expenditure.

The problem is, palatability is very powerful.  This undoubtedly  re-enforces our behavior regarding our food consumption. This  behavior is overseen by the hedonic system in the brain, rewarding the brain and motivates us to eat and  influences the amount eaten. The more palatable the food, the more rewarding the processing part of the hedonic system can be compromised.

When this happens, the amount of palatable food we eat often exceeds the amount we need to satisfy our energy needs and it sets us up to over consume. And it’s no great surprise to learn that the high sugar, fat, and salt goodies pedaled by Big Food have abuse potential similar to addictive drugs.  Research has demonstrated that each of these nutrient elements affects specific neurotransmitter systems in the brain.  If you mess with them in just the right way, you can create food addiction.

Here’s the interesting part: Food changes the structure and function of your brain, especially if you’re vulnerable, as I am. Food addiction research shows that there are neurochemical similarities between substance dependence and binge eating of processed foods.

Critical data on food addiction  suggests that certain foods, such as sugar and fat, initiates addictive mechanisms in the human body similar to drugs like heroin or crack. The similiarities between overeating and drug abuse share similar neural and hormonal pathways.  This explains why some people cannot stop eating, even though it’s damaging to their health.

For many people, hyperpalatable foods may lead to binge eating behavior by overstimulating dopamine receptors in the brain. Foods that are dense in fat and sugar prompt the striatum to make endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals that can trigger binge eating. These foods also spark dopamine, which motivates feeding behavior, and the prefrontal cortex, which influences decision-making.

Dopamine, a neurotransmitter, is a known link between food pleasure, obesity, and addiction. The chemical reward, in turn, increases the probability that the associated action will become habitual, thanks to positive reinforcement conditioning. If activated by overeating, neurochemical patterns can make feeding behavior hard to control.

The areas of the brain that is involved in pleasure and self-control relies on dopamine. In both drug addictions and obesity, dopamine D2 receptor reductions are lower. There is a theory that binge eaters overeat to increase the amount of dopamine in the brain. In many substance abusers, a low level of dopamine receptors, caused by genetics or behavior, means they have to seek more dopamine-inducing substances to reach the neurochemical reward level of enjoyment.

Bingeing stimulates a change in the dopamine area, and the brain creates the increased instinctual appetite for the same foods that created the change (the craving). Brain imaging research shows dopamine receptors “light up” in drug and food addicts when they were thinking about their food or drug of choice.

Leptin acts as an appetite inhibitor and promotes thermogenic metabolism. Leptin plays a pivotal role in the regulation of energy balance, including appetite and metabolism. Research has indicated that normal leptin production is critical for maintaining healthy energy balance and avoiding obesity.

Additionally, fructose blunts leptin signaling, promoting sensations of hunger, and creates a desire for consumption even if we don’t need the extra food energy. While glucose stimulates the release of insulin (which decreases the desire to eat), fructose is a very weak insulin stimulator. Consequently, when eaten in abundance, fructose can result in biological changes that promote overconsumption.

Studies demonstrate that obese individuals show an abnormally high level of ghrelin in the body experience extreme appetites. Chronic lack of sleep increases ghrelin, creating hunger when one does not need to eat.

We begin to secrete insulin just by thinking about food. Insulin preps the body that glucose is on the way, so the body begins craving glucose. The greater the insulin and blood sugar response, the more intensely we like the food in our mind. Insulin signaling is sensitive to dietary fat and sugar intake.  Those with sugar and carbohydrate cravings tend to be insulin resistant. Insulin resistant individuals have elevated blood insulin levels that stimulate appetite and the drive to eat.

How to Overcome Food Addiction

Not eating enough (dieting), unstable blood sugar, low functioning thyroid, food allergies, and amino acid and fatty acid deficiencies can all weaken neurotransmitter mechanisms and disrupt brain chemistry. Nutrition should contain sufficient essential fatty acids and amino acid precursors to build sufficient serotonin and dopamine, including phenylalanine and tyrosine. Plus, we know that serotonin inhibits food intake, particularly intake of carbohydrate.

Understand that as a food addict, the food you reach for is designed to lead you astray. Don’t let it. Break the cycle. Understand that your addictive feelings are biochemical and you need to give your body a fighting chance. Diet adjustments can make you more resilient in the face of food seduction. Strengthen that muscle instead of relying on willpower, which doesn’t stand a chance against the addictive biochemistry of dopamine and its receptors.

You can definitely become stuck in an addicted/overeating cycle because of vulnerability to certain foods. If you think you might be one of those people, see if you have any of these symptoms.

  1. Food is all you think about.
  2. You want to stop—but you can’t.
  3. You eat in secret, or lie about what you’ve eaten.
  4. You eat beyond the point of fullness.
  5. You are compelled to eat, especially certain foods.

 Today’s Health Comments

Today you are much more likely to become addicted than you might think. The problem is most people have not really understood that food addiction actually was realty, while those who were enhancing their products, knew all along how to get you to eat more. I believe they were way ahead of the game in regards to understanding what it took to addict us. Why obesity has become so prevalent in our society is many are now the results of these tactics and now are food addicts as well. To understand  this addiction, one must seek help professionally, and begin  to move forward. This addiction must be taken seriously.

Will Water Become The Most Sought Out Commodity In The World

Tap Water


Today’s Health Article

March 7th, 2015

Today water is no longer a”COOL” topic. Water has actually has become one of the hotter topics across the globe. Most nations have recognized that mankind’s survival rests on the abundance of water. With the increased needs for food production and irrigation playing a great part of that, the control of water, is now becoming very important. The problem lies with bodies of water, lakes and rivers, that pass through several countries, will there be wars and conflicts arising from control of water rights. With that mind, these are some posting  that have hit the Internet.

 Why trading water futures could be in our future – CNBC.com

www.cnbc.com/id/101789481 CNBC  Jul 2, 2014 – In the next quarter century, demand for water will boom as the world … So the question is, Will this most precious commodity become a traded …

Companies proclaim water the next oil in a rush to turn …

www.theguardian.com › Money › US personal finance The Guardian Jul 27, 2014 – If you can’t pay for your water, you won’t get it – although Nestle, and … Water will become a commodity, but the money made will not be in its …

Water: A Precious Commodity – Forbes

www.forbes.com/sites/…/2011/…/water-a-precious-commodity-2/Forbes Dec 12, 2011 – As the Chinese become more carnivorous, here’s the catch: they … Water is a unique commodity because nothing else can substitute for it.

Will Water Become the Chief Commodity of the 21st Century …

www.scientificamerican.com › … › Climatewire Scientific American Sep 19, 2012 – South Bend, Ind., avoided $120 million in upgrades and conserved millions of gallons of water by becoming one of the first cities on the globe …

Will Water Become a Trade Commodity in the Future? – Quora

www.quora.com/Will-waterbecome-a-trade-commodity-in-the-future Quora Alex Tabarrok, Professor of Economics, George Mason University: Water is becoming more valuable which increases the incentive to trade, so yes more water …

Where Water Stands for the Next decadeglass ice water

The provision of water, and issues surrounding it’s provisions, are nothing new. However, the problem has dramatically changed. The last century, the majority of water was publicly provided. This process has incurred high capital costs in building long-lasting infrastructure to supply the population with universal access to water. The fundamental need of economic growth and industrialization, water was owned and centrally regulated through the command and control regulation of cities and countries.The emphasis was on providing universal access to water within most of the developed nations.

This  approach has now become heavily criticized for the ability of the state or country to continue the provision of water efficiently. This was questioned in the latter half of the 20th century, in parallel with the environmentalist movement, which raised the awareness of environmental degradation and ecological disturbances.

The  financial fiscal crisis of the past and present has decreased public spending in most developed nations, leading to further deterioration of state-run infrastructure and further exacerbating problems of these methods. With this in mind, critics have insistently commented towards our states and nations, in their inability to operate efficiently regarding water governance. This shift in attitude has lead to the intensification of the commodification of water.

The Why…

The fact is there is only so much water and to sustain life on this earth, a lot water is needed. When you think about it, mankind would not survive on this earth without it, nor would any other growing plant, or animal. With population still on the rise, though at a slower pace, this earth will still have it’s hands full trying to come up with new and improved ways to feed the masses. Even with the Hi-Tech means, our environment has already paid a price, utilizing too many chemicals to enhance growth, and modification of the DNA has had some ill health effects.

A lot of water, in fact about 2/3rds. is now used for irrigation, leaving the remaining for human population consumption. Will there come a time,when water will become the most sought out commodity, I think yes. For now, most people, take water for what it is, something they drink everyday that flows out of the faucet for a small price.

But wait, what if there is no longer enough for every one, where will you get water, the stores, for a premium price. When I was young no one bought bottled water…funny who would do such a thing. Yet today, it one of the number one beverages sold. There are hundreds of thousands of private wells through out the world, yet the question may be, do they own the water rights.

 Today’s Health Comments

Today there is no question as to the value of water, yet we continue to assume we will have the  same access and availability tomorrow as we did today. That thought process will soon change, just like we have come accustom to now buying bottled water. Also, should water become a commodity, prices may be determine by world markets, like grains, gold, or oil. Believe it or not some places in the world water already sells for a higher price per gallon than a gallon of gasoline. Today, many countries, their population uses less than 12 gallons of water a day, whereby the average person in the USA, uses  an average of 150+ gallons a day. The misuse of water, will only accelerate the need for water, and the shortage will become reality.

Several years ago we had a dry summer and the city ration the water by the address and everyone so complained that they had to conform to when they could use their water for needs other than personal care. The city patrolled the streets for those who did not conform to the rules. Most people would not have any idea what this might be like as a way of life every day. It might be well advised for all of us to look at how each of us look at our water usage. Water could be one of mankind’s biggest challenges in the future.

Why Our Children Go To Bed With Hunger

Today’s Health Article

March 3rd, 2015

Today’s current food shortage for some, is leading those same people to suffer from hunger. This is harmful to all people, but it is particularly harmful to our children. This is not referring to the hunger children feel between meals, but the hunger felt due to continuous lack of food. Yes, I repeated myself, so if you did not get it the first time, it might have hit home, the second time around. Feeling hungry for some is temporary, but for 1 out 4, they are hungry for long periods of time. This is a serious problem that mankind has been facing for sometime… and still needs to be seriously addressed.
Without proper nutrition, a child’s development can be critical. Not having enough of the right kinds of food can have serious implications for a child’s physical and mental health, academic achievement and future economic prosperity. In the United States today, nearly 16 million children face hunger. Consequently, these kids are facing greater obstacles to reaching their fullest potential.Childs Hunger

Define Hunger

Hunger is a term which has three meanings (Oxford English Dictionary 1971)

  • the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food; craving appetite. Also the exhausted condition caused by want of food
  • the want or scarcity of food in a country
  • a strong desire or craving

Define World Hunger

World hunger is usually referred to our second definition. The relationship with the world and its hunger is either malnutrition,  or what is commonly known as children under nourished.  Both malnutrition and under nutrition… refer to not having enough food.

Malnutrition/under nutrition   is a general term that indicates a lack of some or all nutritional elements necessary for human health (Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia).

There are two basic types of malnutrition. The first and most important is protein-energy malnutrition (PEM). It is basically a lack of calories and protein. Food is converted into energy by humans, and the energy contained in food is measured by calories.  Protein is necessary for important body functions including provision of essential amino acids and  development and maintenance of muscles. This is  the most serious form of malnutrition.

The second type of malnutrition, also very important, is micronutrient (vitamin and mineral) deficiency. This is not the type of malnutrition that is referred to when world hunger is discussed, though it is certainly very important.

Take a two-question hunger quiz on this section

Number of people in the world who suffer from Hunger

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that about 805 million people of the 7.3 billion people in the world, or one in nine, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2012-2014. Almost all the hungry people, 791 million, live in developing countries, representing 13.5 percent, or one in eight, of the population of developing counties. There are 11 million people undernourished in developed countries (FAO 2014)

What are the causes of Hunger?

Poverty is the principal cause of hunger. The causes of poverty include poor people’s lack of resources, an extremely unequal income distribution in the world and within specific countries, conflict, and hunger itself.

As of 2015, 2011 statistics, the World Bank has estimated that there were just over 1 billion poor people in developing countries who live on $1.25 a day or less.  This compares with compared with 1.91 billion in 1990, and 1.93 billion in 1981.  This means that 17 percent of people in the developing world lived at or below $1.25 a day in 2011, down from 43 percent in 1990 and 52 percent in 1981. This compares with an estimate of 791 million people living in chronic undernourishment in developing countries.

Progress has been slower at higher poverty lines. In all, 2.2 billion people lived on less than US $2 a day in 2011, the average poverty line in developing countries and another common measurement of deep deprivation. That is only a slight decline from 2.59 billion in 1981. (World Bank 2015, World Bank 2013).  Progress in poverty reduction has been concentrated in Asia, and especially, East Asia, with the major improvement occurring in China. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people in extreme poverty has increased.  The statement that ‘poverty is the principal cause of hunger’  is, thoroughly correct.

Why then are so many people poor?

Harmful economic systems are the principal cause of poverty and hunger.

The principal cause of poverty and hunger is simply the ordinary operation of the economic and political systems in the world. When you find the control over resources and income is based on military, political and economic power that typically ends up in the hands of a minority, then you will find those who live well. Yet those who are not, seem to fall to the bottom, and barely survive, and some do not.

Conflict as a cause of hunger and poverty. 46.3 million people were listed by the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees as people of concern in mid 2014 (UNDP 2014 p. 17 Table 1). These included 13 million refugees, 1.3 million asylum seekers, 25.6 internally displaced persons and 3.5 million stateless people. While it cannot be said that all are hungry, 46.3 million people are about 6 percent of the 805 million who are estimated to be hungry, giving an idea of the order of magnitude of conflict as a cause of hunger,

Hunger is also a cause of poverty, and thus of hunger. By causing poor health, low levels of energy, and even mental impairment, hunger can lead to even greater poverty by reducing people’s ability to work and learn, thus leading to even greater hunger. .

Climate change Climate change is increasingly viewed as a current and future cause of hunger and poverty. Increasing drought, flooding, and changing climatic patterns requiring a shift in crops and farming practices that may not be easily accomplished are three key issues. Hunger relates to our environment, and our climate changes. Climate changes and global warming has effected poor people. A recent report has associated  300,000 deaths a year due these changes. Could food shortages bring down civilization?

Does the world produce enough food to feed everyone?

The world produces enough food to feed everyone. For the world as a whole, per capita food availability has risen from about 2220 kcal/person/day in the early 1960s to 2790 kcal/person/day in 2006-08, while developing countries even recorded a leap from 1850 kcal/person/day to over 2640 kcal/person/day. This growth in food availability in conjunction with improved access to food helped reduce the percentage of chronically undernourished people in developing countries from 34 percent in the mid 1970s to just 15 percent three decades later.  The real problem is that many people in the world still do not have sufficient income to purchase (or land to grow) enough food.

Today’s Health Comment

Today it is mankind’s destiny to over come hunger. Will it be easy? Not really, as there 100’s of programs through out the world, and success is slow. What we do not realize is, population still continues to grow, land and water does not. Not only must we rely on hi-tech for food production, we must do better at food distribution. Food and water are needed for survival of not only the few, but for all mankind. The destiny of mankind may not rely all on what we can control. These such things as natural catastrophic acts, earthquakes, hurricanes, droughts, and global warming. Also the acts of war, and the financial destitution of countries leads to the intensity of hunger. With these causes, hunger will always prevail, and children will be going to bed hungry.

Will Mankind’s Food Production Be Adequate ?

Today’s Health Article

February 13th, 2015

Today’s Health Article is the 2nd Chapter to Mankind’s Destiny, Will Mankind’s Food Production be Adequate? This question will asked by many as population is continuing to grow. Although population grows and also slows down as density is created. In some nations the population growth has slowed down measurable amounts such as Japan, where as India will surpass China in the near future… according to stats.

Growth rates of the world’s most populous countries
Rank Country Population
Growth (%)
  World 6,895,889,000 5,306,425,000 30.0%
1 China 1,341,335,000 1,145,195,000 17.1%
2  India 1,224,614,000 873,785,000 40.2%
3  United States 310,384,000 253,339,000 22.5%
4  Indonesia 239,871,000 184,346,000 30.1%
5  Brazil 194,946,000 149,650,000 30.3%
6  Pakistan 173,593,000 111,845,000 55.3%
7  Nigeria 158,423,000 97,552,000 62.4%
8  Bangladesh 148,692,000 105,256,000 41.3%
9  Russia 142,958,000 148,244,000 -3.6%
10  Japan 128,057,000 122,251,000 4.7%


Is the world food supply keeping pace with population growth?

We have seen that our world population is projected to continue well into the next century. Food production must be increased to provide for the coming population expansion as well as the many people who are malnourished today.

Yes, it will be necessary to increase our current levels of food production more than proportional to population growth, so as to provide mankind an adequate diet.

Can our supply keep pace with an expanding human population?

 Food Facts

  • In 1798, Thomas R. Malthus predicted that population growth would outstrip food supply, causing great human suffering.
  • The early 1960s, most developed nations were self-sufficient in food,
  • Rapidly growing population. (~2% annually) caused many to believe Malthus’ prediction.
  • The Green Revolution (high-yield crops and energy intensive agriculture) brought about remarkable increases in crop production.
  • World grain output expanded by a factor of 2.6 from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • Today, per capita production has now slowed and appears to be declining.

To increase food production_food production

We can farm more land, or we can increase the yield from each unit of land, but all this depends on the availability.

Of the world’s total land area of 150 million km2 (16 X the area of the US), much is not suitable for agriculture.

  • Arable land comprises 10% of the total.
  • Permanent crops are 1%;
  • meadows and pastures, 24%;
  • forest and woodland, 31%.
  • The land surface that supports little or no vegetation: Antarctica, deserts, mine sites, urban areas 34%

Where this leaves the world’s productive land… mostly exploited. The unused land is either too steep, too wet, too dry or too cold for agriculture. The fact is… Asia, nearly 80% of all the potentially arable land is now under cultivation.

I, growing up on a dairy farm, my parents owned several thousands of acres and it isn’t surprising that some parts of of our earth’s surface was more productive than others. And like our farm, most of the “good soil” has been in agriculture for a long time.

Other remaining land, such as tropical rain forests, is highly productive under jungle or rain forest, but even with hi-tech farming methods of today, this is not always very productive when converted to agriculture.

The plain fact is there is only so much land on this earth. Cropland per capita is declining world-wide, our agriculture land is wearing out by over cropping and erosion, and do not forget our urbanization is taking over some of the very best land.

THE KEY … Food Production

Increasing the yields from available farmland appears to be the key to increased food production.

In the 1960s, the efforts of agriculture scientists began to be realized with the increase in crop production, in many areas of the world, especially Asia. Selective plant breeding produced high yielding varieties of rice and other crops, particularly maize, sorghum, and wheat. These high yield varieties (HYVs) performed best under high applications of fertilizer.   This also required more expenditures for pesticides, irrigation, farm machinery, etc. In the 1960s: during the greatest population growth in human history, food supply per capita grew.

Note… that Asia did better than the world average, while Africa did worse.

The Problem

Planting with genetic diversity also increases vulnerability to pests, necessitating heavy use of pesticides. This type of food production takes heavy use of fresh water and requires the use technology which is not available to all nations.

It may be difficult to estimate the gains in food production that may obtained from exploring new crop species, although this could make a large contribution.

Did you know?

Ninety percent of the world’s food is derived from just 15 plants and 8 animal species.

Wheat, rice, maize (corn), millet, and sorghum provide nearly all (70%) the food energy (calories) and up to 90% of all protein consumed by the world’s people. Cereal grains are mankind’s major consumption of  food, contributing more than two-thirds of the world production of edible dry matter and half of the world’s protein.

What Fraction of the World’s Food production is for Humans

In order to determine how much food the world can produce, and what fraction of that production is captured by humans

On land, us humans, consume about 40% of the total  NPP. This has probably never occurred before in earth’s history. Human “carrying capacity” on earth is hard to estimate, because it depends upon affluence of a population and the technology supporting that population. But at present levels of affluence and technology, a population 50 to 100% larger than we have today would push our use of terrestrial NPP to well over 50% of the available production, and the attending degradation of ecosystems on earth (e.g., air and water pollution) would be of major concern.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has published a study on the food production outlook through the year 2010. The FAO forecasts that production increases can, in fact, accommodate effective demand and rising world population, although malnutrition will become an increasing problem in developing countries. It is also assumed that continuing substantial investments in agricultural research are essential.

Today’s Health Comments

Today mankind faces the expectation that our population growth will outrun its food supply. Us humans have a long history of second guessing whether we do or do not have the food supply for mankind. Yet, from the 1950s to the 1990s, mankind experienced the most dramatic increase in human population ever, per capita world food production also increased.

With these high-yield varieties of crops – came enormous increases in yield per acreage. However, as mentioned above, there has been high environmental costs.

Most of our arable land is already being farmed, and the land area under agriculture has slightly declined.

Improved agricultural methods that would increase yields while minimizing environmental impacts hold the greatest promise for increasing world food supplies.

At present, humans use or co-opt a substantial fraction of the world’s terrestrial net primary production, raising doubts about our ability to greatly increase food supply to humans.

So though our population may have slowed down, our consumption has increased, obesity has proven that, water is at at an all time usage, and the need for all mankind to realize the need for means of food production without environmental impact.

Man’s Destiny for 2015





Man’s Destiny

Todays Health Article

January 18th, 2015


Today, I am suggesting the need to understand that man’ destiny, is a topic for this health site. Why should man’s destiny really be evaluated? Perhaps you might think I am off on another course or I have lost my mind. I found the topic so far beyond what I want to believe, it has been really hard for me get a handle on. I know for a fact, man’s destiny is not a subject that is daily discussed. The very reason why… who wants to talk about such an issue… that no one is sure about. Perhaps it is something, that if mankind’s destiny could be understood or found out,  would be beyond yours or my knowledge. Most likely all of us would feel incapable of doing any thing about man’s destiny. Yet, I believe that all of us are concerned in some small way. So simply for mankind to understand their role, man must understand that each and every one of us have a part to play.

But first, we must understand what is required of us. The outcome could shape our destiny for years to come. This article will try to simplify some of the major issues. which will impact our lives and our health for 2015 and for years to come.

My First Thoughts on Man’s Destiny

First, the everyday Life…

Most of us, life is filled by schedules, work, every day living, filled sometimes with heartaches, disappointments, grief, and even intense pain. While others whom seemed to have  a reign on life, joy and happiness, control of their success, and sometimes or eventually, find themselves in such disarray as well. Was it man’s destiny… our part.

Yes, you probably know those I am talking about, or you one of those who are acting out or destined to be. A few, who arrived at their “A” game of life—the one who is born into a happy family, they receive the very best education available, given the most rewarding  job, and then  marries the right person, has a happy marriage and has those wonderful children.  Yet others fall to the bottom and some pick their way back up.  Could this be only a part of mankind’s final destiny —other than the eventual reality of death. Could you be the one who is left wondering, ” Is this all life has to offer?” Is it worth it?

This is an example that I found touching. You may find this somewhat tragic. I remember reading this and saved. I credit the author whom is not known by me.

 A dejected, shabbily dressed and lanky gentleman enters his house with drooping shoulders amidst a ramshackle of a dwelling. Some malnourished kids are strewn on the floor. A melancholy, creased-faced wife stares with a blank look from the side of the room. “Honey, I heard some good news today,” he says, obviously at the end of a hard day. “We pass this way but once!”

It is sad that most men, will lead their lives in quiet desperation, unhappiness and believe life is a living hell. This is only one of the lost pathways mankind is falling short.


What really is the meaning of Man’s Destiny?

Is there some transcendent meaning to man existence? I hold my own personal beliefs, but that would require a lengthy article in theology as to why God created the world. This is not to impose my beliefs upon you but to explain simply the facts we might have choices or control of.  So where every you live and what ever you believe in, mankind does have a destiny. With all that preamble, let us now look at man’s destiny and how man may be really compensated for all our atrocities and hardships which can be evaluated thru time. By meaning…” It may be conceived as a predetermined future, whether in general or of an individual”.

Mankind’s Problems for 2015

Are they prevalent because man chose to_________ as individuals.

I left this open for readers to fill in the blank. Not all will be listed here, as not all have health implications to mankind.

Since this is a health site, the list given here will be mostly directed to our health and well being and will be further discussed in the following  parts. Why because most who read these articles find it more easily to comprehend in parts.

  • Will mankind’s food production be adequate
  • Why 1 out 4 children go to bed hungry
  • Why water will become the most sought out commodity in the world
  • Will Food Addiction become a greater aspect to obesity
  • Is organic foods the answer or is there no such thing today
  • Will new diseases become prevailing
  • Modern packman feed on Antibiotics
  • Will our major  illness … Cancer, HIV, Heart Attacks, and ect.

Today’s  Health Comment

Today (2015) mankind’s destiny may require all mankind to understand the facts he will ultimately face into this year and years to come. Will mankind face the fact.. food production will become more and more a challenge. The facts do not make this the number one but comes close when 1 out of 4 children are going to bed hungry. Whether it is food production or distribution it will continue to be a problem. I believe that water will become the number 1 destiny for mankind to over come as population continues to grow and water becomes a need for survival of mankind. The remaining on the list will be commented on as the articles are written in the following days.

Today… Looking Back In The Good Ole Days



Todays Good Old Days

Todays Health Article

August 1st, 2013

Today… I have to wonder back to the good ole days,

when life perhaps may have been a little healthier than where we are at today.  I certainly believe we may have eaten better then or did we? I remember those days on the farm and the diet we were accustomed to. It seemed back then, those the days were hard and I long, and food was a great part of our life. For those folks who grew up on a farm, you would know what I am talking about. Yet this article is not about the hard work or about how much exercise we got, but all about our diet.

The farm house had no insulation in the house, like most houses built in that time, leaving you either hot or cold, depending on the season. Yet  we always woke up to the smell of breakfast and coffee brewing in our old metal coffee pot on the ole Monarch wood stove. Though I will always remember those smells from our kitchen on the farm, coffee was never my wake up call… I preferred milk.

When I wonder back today,

I have to question, have we slipped backwards from the good ole days? With all the technicians, food specialists and more controlled studies than we could ever understand… we are certainly not eating healthy today. We have reached uncontrolled proportions of our sugar intake, obesity at its highest proportions, additives in every thing, and now you must be your own food expert to keep yourself informed.

Looking back to my days,

you would call our past today… eating ORGANIC. We grew just about everything we ate.We had a large garden full of vegetables which my mom either canned or we placed into the 2 freezers we had. We grew fruit trees and they too were harvested by either canning or frozen. Then there was the berry patch as well which they were again frozen or turned into jam. Living on the farm we also raised our own meat as well… which is now hard to find today, without a premium price. Not only did we have the domestic meats, but my dad was an avid hunter… so you name it, we had it. Now living on a Dairy farm… you got it, we had lots of real cold milk to drink.

Now my parents perhaps were not the average folks, but where we lived, most of the people lived the same life as we did. They were strong believers, that your body should not be abused by junk food, alcohol, or tobacco products. In fact they led by example, so as a child I had that drilled into me… most has stuck with me. The junk food seemed to fall into place when I lived alone and had a very demanding job.

So back in the good old days we did not have to look at labels because we ate no processed food. All of our food had no additives we see today. Yes real sugar was found in the use of canning of fruit and jams. No need to read labels. The basis of our diet were all found all grown on the farm. We made a monthly trip to the store to get those basic staples  such as flour, salt and sugar.

Today’s Health Comments

I really wonder today, what track we as individuals are heading in the future decades. The path for some has led to eating Organic food, while others have fallen to the junk food and easy the way… prepared foods.I challenge you to put this to the test… ask your friends if they too remember the good ole days when they to ate their vegetables and fruit every day. The problem we have slipped into the fast paste society where we have forgotten our past. Perhaps we should do what use to work. Eating Right!

Why The OSE Ending Should Be Avoided

Todays Health Article

July 14th, 2014

Today, did you know that these letters OSE, are the  letters placed on food labels that you certainly MUST avoid, especially if they’re at the beginning of the list of ingredients? Meaning that their percentage is greater than their following ingredients.

Why should this be explained once again. Well I continue to see these in almost every thing we eat. What you may be uninformed is, spotting sugar on food labels, is not as easy as it once was. In one of our past articles, I exposed the fact,  where by corn syrup manufactures were seeking name change, and failed. Sugar is sugar, and corn syrup is not. But if you get into this disguise of  the words with OSE, you know for sure that food manufacturers are also aware that consumers of the current day are much more aware of sugars being added, discerning most people who choose not to see sugar in their lists of ingredients.

Not likely that you’ll see “sugar” but these OSE fruitose OSE

  • fructose

    • glucose
    • sucrose

And the worst of the worst, high fructose corn syrup.


If you see any of the above -ose words in the first 3 or 4 ingredients on a food label, rest assured that product is LOADED with sugar and you should be avoidinhe suffix -ose is used in biochemistry to form the names of sugars. This Latin  suffix means “full of”, “abounding in”, “given to”, or “like”. Numerous systems exist to name specific sugars more descriptively such as;

 Monosaccharides…the simplest sugars,

Can be named according to the number of carbon atoms in each molecule of the sugar:

  • Pentose is a five-carbon monosaccharide,
  • Hexose is a six-carbon monosaccharide.

Aldehyde monosaccharides…

Can be called aldoses;

Ketone monosaccharides…

 They may be called ketoses.

Larger sugars ….Disaccharides and Polysaccharides

can be named to reflect their qualities.

Lactose, a disaccharide found in milk, gets its name from the Latin word for milk combined with the sugar suffix; its name means “milk sugar”.


The polysaccharide that makes up plant starch is named amylose, or “starch sugar”.

The origin of the -ose suffix has been perhaps extracted from glucose which is an important hexose whose name came from the Greek γλυκύς = “sweet”. But others say it  derived from the Latin  sucrum = “sugar” plus the common Latin adjective-forming suffix -ōsus; Latin sucrosus would mean “sugary”

Todays Health Comment

Today we have to go beyond our simple vocabulary to understand all the names of sugars that continue to be added to our foods and drinks. Back in the day sugar was just that on the label list. Then one day someone declared that too much sugar led to poor health and they were right. The problem was by then the food and drink industry learned that the human being had and become addicted to the sweet taste and it sold product, whether healthy or not. Since this discovery the method of disguise, OSE names, has led to poor health and obesity. Will it ever end, not likely as long as we continue to consume products with these sugars.


” Will Your Child Become A Polio Victim “

PolioTodays Health Article

June 10th, 2014

Todays article may rattle some of you or just may blow your mind about polio returning after 35 years. It was only thru continuous vaccinations and monitoring control that this dramatic disease ( Polio) was virtually disposed  out of our lives. For those who would argue that it has never been eradicated. They are right, but for those who understand the computer language, a firewall (vaccinations) has been protecting us from this dreadful disease. Further saying is… if we, or some of us let their firewall down, the virus attacks those unprotected. This is what really is happening Right Now! This is so Serious… we may be about to see the first break out… flashing across the News, the Net, and the Media, that somebody’s child has just become a Polio victim.

Explanation…What is Polio?

Poliomyelitis , often called polio or infantile paralysi.

Polio is an acute, viral, infectious disease spreadlng from person to person, primarily via the fecal-oral route. The term… Polio derives from the Ancient Greek poliós referring to the grey matter of the spinal cord, and the suffix -itis, which denotes inflammation of the spinal cord’s grey matter.

Also a severe infection can extend into the brainstem and even higher structures, resulting in polioencephalitis, producing apnea that requires mechanical assistance such as an iron lung.


  • Approximately 90% of polio infections cause no symptoms at all.
  • Those who have been affected can exhibit a range of symptoms if the virus enters the blood stream.
  • In about 1% of cases, the virus enters the central nervous system, preferentially infecting and destroying motor neurons, leading to muscle weakness and acute flaccid paralysis.
  • Different types of paralysis may occur, depending on the nerves involved.
  • Spinal polio is the most common form, characterized by asymmetric paralysis that most often involves the legs.
  • Bulbar polio leads to weakness of muscles innervated by cranial nerves.
  • Bulbospinal polio is a combination of bulbar and spinal paralysis.
  • Poliomyelitis was first recognized as a distinct condition by Jakob Heine in 1840.
  • Its causative agent, poliovirus, was identified in 1908 by Karl Landsteiner.
  • Polio had existed for thousands of years in certain areas, with depictions of the disease in ancient art.
  • Major polio epidemics started to appear in the late 19th century in Europe and soon after the United States, and it became one of the most dreaded childhood diseases of the 20th century.
  • By 1910, much of the world experienced a dramatic increase in polio cases and epidemics became regular events, primarily in cities during the summer months.
  • These epidemics—which left thousands of children and adults paralyzed— led actions taken towards the development of a vaccine. Developed in the 1950s, polio vaccines have reduced the global number of polio cases per year from many hundreds of thousands to almost eradicatin in 2013.

 There are now  reports of new cases!


WHO sounds alarm on spread of polio – CNN.com



The spread of polio constitutes an international public health emergency, the World … May 5, 2014 — Updated 1818 GMT (0218 HKT) … At the end of 2013, 60% of polio cases resulted from the international spread of the virus, and “there was …

CDC Global Health – Polio – Updates on CDC’s Polio


United States Centers for Disease Control and Preve…

According to global polio surveillance data from June 11, 2014, 94 polio cases have been reported to date in 2014 from Afghanistan, Cameroon, Equatorial ..

Polio’s Return After Near Eradication Prompts a Global


The New York Times

May 5, 2014 – By DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. MAY 5, 2014 … “What we don’t want is cases moving into places like the Central African Republic, South Sudan or …

Mysterious polio-like illness affects kids in California


USA Today

Elizabeth Weise, USATODAY 12:09 p.m. EST February 26, 2014 … have been linked to polio-like outbreaks among children in Asia and Australia,” he said

‘About 20’ cases of polio-like illness found in California



Feb 25, 2014 – “About 20” cases of a polio-like syndrome have been identified in California children over the past 18 months, a Stanford University researcher …

Today’s Health Comments

Today if you are pondering about vaccinating your child for Polio… you must read this article or check out the links included in this article. There is no question whether this is a dreadful disease and it is not anything you would wish upon anyone. It would take me several pages to explain the hard times, the tears, the embarrassments, the struggles, and the reality that your child may never walk again.

No parent should have to explain , why you as a parent, chose not to have them vaccinated. Yes, I thought I would never walk again… and I did not have the serious Poli0 that left me permanently crippled. But that was fortunate for me, as I only spent 2 years of my life, learning how to walk again. Those 2 years seemed liked an eternity when you are a young person. No person on this earth should have to go thru a disease that is preventive.

The BAD News is… POLIO HAS NOT  ESCAPED US! Everyone has to take the steps of vaccinating , as it is a world problem coming to our back door.