November 1, 2009 at 5:48 pm Comment (1)
Do you remember how mothers got into the practice of exposing their children to other kids who had the chickenpox to evade the reported risk of adult chickenpox being potentially deadly? Well now apparently mothers are repeating the practice, only this time it’s with the H1N1 flu virus. Believing that it’s best to expose and infect kids while the virus is milder and evade the myths about vaccination, these mothers could be putting their kids at risk.
These risks are particularly worrisome because H1N1 tends to targets teens and children and has already killed 1,000 adults and children in the U.S. alone. Flu is also highly unpredictable, what may appear mild at first could become more severe or what one child experiences as a mild flu may be a much worse one in another child. Each of us has differing reactions to flu as we all have our own immune systems with separate experiences of exposure to disease. Taking children to these swine flu parties isn’t that much different than playing Russian roulette with your kids’ life and health.
While there are many concerns about the vaccine against H1N1 and several myths as well it’s by far the better option for parents concerned about their child’s health. Not only are these parents risking their child’s heath but also the health of anyone, especially other children who come into contact with their child afterward. Why would you want to risk that?
December 27, 2008 at 9:50 am Comment (1)
I am pretty sure that most of you have been to different Christmas parties in the past few days — munching here, drinking there and having your merry way, and there are probably more parties coming as we prepare for the New Year.
I know this is ‘the season to be jolly’, but let us not forget that our cholesterol levels can also party while we do. It may be a bit difficult to control the eating at this time (Yes, I am having a difficult time myself! :D), but there are plenty other ways to manage our cholesterol levels. Aside from having instant cholesterol tests handy, you can also follow these tips I have prepared for everyone.
At least 15-30 minutes of walking three times a week can help your metabolism and burn calories faster, as well as lower LDL and increase HDL. If you’re not committed to that, just start with the basics. Don’t lie down immediately after a meal. You can also take time to walk to your destination and back home if it’s nearby (and save gas in the process).
Drink Plenty of Water
There are a lot of advantages in drinking water. Not only does it clean the body of toxins, it also keeps you from being dehydrated, and works wonders for the skin. Drinking water is definitely healthier than chugging down cans of colas or bottles of beer.
Enjoy the Party!
Partying does not necessarily mean disaster to your cholesterol level. You can share one food serving with your partner or with a friend so you don’t have to eat so much.
During parties, stand, go around and chat with other guests. If there is room for dancing, go on and dance! This is a wonderful and fun way to exercise and a great way to interact with other guests as well.
So, see you at the party? ;)