"Reports that say that something hasn't happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns;there are things we know we know.We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns-the ones we don't know we don't know."
Friday, December 19, 2014
GOD'S Pharmacy is Amazing Must Share
God left us a great clue as to what foods help what part of our body!
1. A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... and YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.
2. A Tomato has chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.
3. A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.
4. Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.
5. Celery, Bok Choy and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak.. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.
6. Avocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers.
7. Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.
8. Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries
9. Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.
10. Onions look like the body's cells. Today's research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.
11.A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body.
12.Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
13. Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.
Send in your comments and do good today, by sharing this with your friends and family members-health is wealth.
What Texas can learn from Nigeria when it comes to containing Ebola
By Elahe Izadi: The Washington Post
A student at Olumawu School is guided through the use of hand sanitizer in Abuja, Nigeria, on Sept. 22. (Reuters)
While devastating reports continue to stream out of West Africa, where the deadly virus has overwhelmed already weak public health systems and left thousands of people dead, and anxiety grips the United States over the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the country, one nation serves as an example of hope: Nigeria, which appears to have successfully contained Ebola.
As concerns spread over U.S. hospital readiness, there are some lessons to be learned from Nigeria, where officials managed to get ahead of the fast-moving virus after it was brought into Africa's most populous country by an Ebola-infected man who'd flown into Lagos. This week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that the outbreak could be coming to an end in Nigeria, with no new Ebola cases since Aug. 31.
As in the U.S. case, Ebola arrived in Nigeria by passenger plane. But unlike Thomas Eric Duncan — who arrived in Dallas before he became symptomatic and was therefore not contagious during his flights from Liberia to Texas through Brussels and Dulles International Airport — Patrick Sawyer was already symptomatic when he landed in Lagos on July 20. At that point, Sawyer, Nigeria's Patient Zero, was contagious and dying.
It was a nightmare scenario with the potential to spiral out of control, given the bustling city of Lagos, Africa's largest, is a major transportation hub. As Sawyer was placed in isolation, public health officials had to track down every single person who'd come into contact with him, from the flights he'd boarded to the Lagos airport and the private hospital where he went after landing. And they had to do so quickly, making the process known as contact tracing a priority.
"In the whole system approach in beating the war on Ebola, contact tracing is the key public health activity that needs to be done," said Gavin MacGregor-Skinner, who helped with the Ebola response in Nigeria with the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation. "The key is to find all the people that patient had direct close contact with."
From that single patient came a list of 281 people, MacGregor-Skinner said. Every one of those individuals had to provide health authorities twice-a-day updates about their well-being, often through methods like text-messaging. Anyone who didn't feel well or failed to respond was checked on, either through a neighborhood network or health workers.
Nigeria took a "whole community approach," with everyone from military officials to church elders in the same room, discussing how to handle the response to the virus, MacGregor-Skinner said. Such an approach, and contact tracing in general, requires people be open and forthright about their movements and their health, he said. Stigmatization of patients, their families and contacts could only discourage that, so Nigerian officials sent a message to "really make them look like heroes," MacGregor-Skinner said. "This is the best thing people can do for Nigeria: They are going to protect and save Nigeria by being honest, by doing what they need to do, by reporting to the health commission," he said. This made people feel like they were a part of something extremely important, he said, and also took into account real community needs. "You got real engagement and compliance from the contacts. They're not running and hiding." Sawyer had come into contact with someone who ended up in Port Harcourt. That person, a regional official, went to a doctor who ended up dying from Ebola in August. Within a week, 70 people were being monitored. It ballooned to an additional 400 people in that one city. Success stories of people coming through strict Ebola surveillance alive and healthy helped encourage more people to come forward, as they recognized that ending up in a contact tracer's sights didn't mean a death sentence.
In the end, contact tracers — trained professionals and volunteers — conducted 18,500 face-to-face visits to assess potential symptoms, according to the CDC, and the list of contacts throughout the country grew to 894. Two months later, Nigeria ended up with a total of 20 confirmed or probable cases and eight deaths.
The CDC also pointed to the robust public health response by Nigerian officials, who have had experience with massive public health crises in the past — namely polio in 2012 and large-scale lead poisoning in 2010.
When someone is on a contact list, that doesn't mean that person has to stay at home for the entire incubation period of 21 days from the last contact with someone who had Ebola. People on contact lists are not under quarantine or in isolation. They can still go to work and go on with their their lives. But they should take their temperature twice a day for 21 days and check in with health workers.
Officials in Texas began with a list of about 100 names; they have whittled the list down to 50 people who had some contact with Duncan. Of those, 10 are considered high-risk.
The CDC recommends that people without symptoms but who have had direct contact with the bodily fluids of a person sick with Ebola be put under either conditional release, meaning that they self-monitor their health and temperature and check in daily, or controlled movement. People under controlled movement have to notify officials about any intended travel and shouldn't use commercial planes or trains. Local public transportation use is approved on a case-by-case basis.
When symptoms do develop, that's when the response kicks into high gear. People with Ebola are contagious only once they begin exhibiting symptoms, which include fever, severe headaches and vomiting.
While four people in Dallas are under government-ordered quarantine, that is not the norm. Those individuals "were non-compliant with the request to stay home. I don’t want to go too far beyond that," Dallas County Judge Clay Lewis Jenkins said Thursday.
On Friday, the four people were moved to a private residence from the apartment where Duncan had been staying when he became symptomatic.
A law enforcement officer will remain with them to enforce the order, and none of the people are allowed to leave until Oct. 19.
Duncan is the only person with an Ebola diagnosis in Dallas, and no one else is showing symptoms at the moment. But, as Nigeria knows, the work in Dallas has just begun.
Send in your comments and share for others to join.
Also read: EBOLA HAS NO CURE HOWEVER THERE ARE PREVENTIVE MEASURES-LETS WORK TOGETHER :http://aspiration4real.blogspot.de/2014/09/ebola-has-no-cure-however-there-are.html
My organisation and I recently went to West Africa in order to help displaced women and children. During my visit, I met the Ekwugha family-from a small town in South Eastern Nigeria. A kind and welcoming family who wants the best for their children -eventhough they are struggling to make a living.Importantly, there is an urgent need of support through donations because their little daughter Oluomachi (2years) was diagnozed with a hole in the heart/enlargement of the heart in March 2014 and she is going to require an open heart surgery in India. As you know,medical cure requires quite a lot of money. The family is having a hard time keeping up with this situation especially the expenses involved which is beyond their ability.
We have been in communication with the RABINDRANATH TAGORE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CARDIAC SCIENCE (RITIICS) in Kolkata India and a space has been provided for urgent and immediate heart surgery. The total cost including traveling expenses ( with her mum) is put at USD 35,000.00. Her condition is slowly getting worse, but doctors are still saying it's possible to save her life if urgent steps are taken.
We are asking you to assist us raise this money to save this little girl's life, Oluomachi is beautiful and we know she has a great future ahead of her.And with your help/kindness , she will surely succeed.
We will greatly appreciate all your support to help Oluomachi get the surgery that she needs to save her life.The words ‘thank you’ don’t seem enough but please know that the Ekwugha family is incredibly grateful to you, from the bottom of their hearts and thank you in anticipation of your support in this very difficult time in their family.
EBOLA HAS NO CURE HOWEVER THERE ARE PREVENTIVE MEASURES-LETS WORK TOGETHER
Shortly after the outbreak of Ebola in Guinea, when it seemed like bad news was the only news, Good Deeds Alliance Foundation field team in Guinea started to receive reports of something that seemed almost impossible given the climate. Ebola victims were being released from the hospital, completely recovered. They were healthy and even given certificates signed by health authorities stating that they could safely return to normal life.
Even though that seemed impossible, however, there they were: folks, weak and glancing in the bright sunlight but healthy, emerging from isolation wards. And not just the lucky few we expected, but more than 30 per cent of those infected were surviving.
However, Ebola has turned cities into ghost towns for example, my colleagues and I travelled upcountry to one of the worst affected areas of Sierra Leone – Kenema. When we arrived in the town, there’s a terrible feeling that Ebola has taken over with plans to conquer other territories. Chlorine buckets sit outside most restaurants for folks to wash their hands; Ebola information posters are plastered on buildings; Radio’s and TV’s are loudly broadcasting conversations about Ebola; people are talking about it ceaselessly on the street and people have stopped their normal way of greeting: handshaking (they now brush the elbows). Moreover, spending a few days around people who have been tragically affected by this disease was an unforgettably sad experience. I was however heartened by meeting some of the lucky people who are surviving Ebola.
Most worryingly, the Ebola ward of Kenema Hospital is now packed to capacity with 45 Ebola patients and numbers growing each day; however stories of survivors are starting to emerge regularly. Each day at around 15.00 pm, those who survive are released from the Ebola treatment centre located on the grounds of the hospital – it is a moment of unlikely joy and relief, in a place where so much tragedy exists.
John (7 years ) on the day he left the Ebola treatment centre.
John 7, is a reminder of hope and survival in an otherwise deeply tragic situation. He was in the treatment centre at Kenema for more than one month after contracting the virus in Daru village about 40 km out of Kenema town, and one of the worst affected communities in Sierra Leone.
Most worryingly, however, most ill people do not make it for example, 11 years old Lucy is very ill . The virus stole into the girl's house , invisible as death, and brutally killed her grandmother, uncle and great-aunt. There were dark rumours everywhere that Ebola was witchcraft. Soon her mother and aunt fell sick too. Good Deeds Alliance Foundation and Health workers came and talked to the family for a long time. Then we put on yellow heavy plastic suits, white plastic aprons, masks and bibs and took 11-year-old Lucy and her mother and aunt away in an ambulance (and everybody knew that when they took you away, you never came back).
Lucy's story, recounted by her nurse, epitomizes the fear — and sometimes bravery — that comes with the epidemic. In the treatment centre’s isolation ward, things got worse for Lucy's family. Her mother, feeling awfully depressed and hopeless, gave up, waiting for death. Her aunt was also in the same situation and believed that she was going to die. “No, you're not,” Lucy insisted-tears on her big brown eyes. “We are fighters and God is on our side-and will never fail us”.
This little girl’s faith and encouragement gave her mum and aunt hope (When her mother or aunt lost hope, she kept persuading them. She told them to keep drinking water) and after a while at the isolation centre, they survived however little Lucy, still infectious, had to stay on in an isolation facility and later died of Ebola Virus.
In the town , people are afraid, however, these vulnerable people have a right to be afraid: Only about 40% of those sickened in the outbreak have survived; in previous outbreaks, the mortality rate has been as high as 90%. We have met families destroyed by this virus. There were babies whom we sadly watched die. We saw no child younger than 4 survive Ebola.
For us the hardest thing is seeing children in the isolation units. Toys are placed in the beds with them, and the cribs are placed near windows, so people outside the unit can wave.
Most worryingly, these little children have lost their parents and we worry how they will survive in one of the poorest regions in the world.
Worryingly, some survivors are shunned when they return to their villages. Many face a financial struggle, having lost their family breadwinners. The impact on these families, outside the emotion and trauma of their loss, is that the people who are most affected are typically young and strong because they're the ones taking care of the sick all day.
HELP NEEDED: EBOLA HAS NO CURE HOWEVER THERE ARE PREVENTIVE MEASURES-LETS WORK TOGETHER
Good deeds Alliance Foundation is responding to an outbreak of deadly Ebola, that started in Guinea in March and has now crossed the border into Sierra Leone and Liberia (Cases in Nigeria too). Communities living in remote areas in the Kailahun district and in three further vulnerable districts - Pujehun, Koinadugu and Kambia are at particular risk.
Ebola is a highly contagious disease that kills up to 90 per cent of those it infects. It is transmitted through human-to-human contact and although there is no cure or vaccine (yet), it is preventable. The initial infection comes from contact with a contaminated animal and symptoms include fever, vomiting, muscle aches and diarrhoea.
'It's a race against time to respond quickly and contain it as there is no cure and the mortality rate is so high.'
WHAT WE NEED:
1) Volunteers: we need expert health practitioner’s that will join our field workers on the ground to educate, isolate sick people, train Nurses and treat sick people-wanna join? contact us.
2) We need medical suits,surgical gears, gloves and medical jackets that will prevent health workers from contaminating Ebola virus( while saving lives, many have contaminated the deadly virus and died) .
3) We need disinfectants, soaps, water; detachable toilets and bathrooms (for sanitation) in order to help poor communities to improve their hygiene and thus help prevent the disease and subsequently eradicate it.
4) We need money ( any amount is ok -no matter how much) in order to help displaced families and children recover and build a new life- please note that most breadwinners are dead.
SEND YOUR DONATIONS online (Via Credit Card/Paypal ) at http://www.gooddeedsalliancefoundation.org/see-our-work/image-photo/
Businesses are in a tizzy these days
because the posts on their Facebook Pages are reaching fewer people. A recent
studyestimated that brand posts
on Facebook are typically seen by about 6 percent of a page’s fans, and that
figure is expected to fall further this year. The decline has created a growing
tension between brands, which have used social media for free marketing for a
decade, and Facebook, which is trying to boost its thriving advertising
business and manage a deluge of content from individual users and Pages. One
company went so far as to “break up” with Facebook because of its page’s
declining reach, which yielded a “sorry I’m not sorry” response from the social
angry reaction, Facebook will continue to nudge brands toward paying to reach
more of their fans. But there are some strategies page owners can implement to
make their free posts more effective. Here’s a guide to making your Facebook
Page work for you in the pay-to-play era.
Target Your Posts
Facebook’s myriad settings options is the ability to target Page posts to
specific users based on their age, gender, location, relationship status and
other criteria. Brandon McCormick, Facebook’s director of communications,
wouldn’t say whether a targeted post gets a greater organic reach within its
subset of users than a post broadcast to all a Page’s fans. But anecdotal
evidence from TIME’s Facebook account indicates that targeted posts reach a
large percentage of the fans they’re aimed toward in some cases. Even without a
boost in reach, a smartly targeted post is more likely to engage those users
that do see it. Brands can enable post targeting by selecting “Edit Settings”
from the “Edit Page” drop down menu in a Page’s admin panel.
Use Photos, But Make Them Original
Plain-text status updates have secretly
been one of most effective types of posts for boosting organic reach for years,
but the company announced in January that it would bereducingthe distribution of text posts and
increasing distribution of others. Photos, when used correctly, can be a win
for both audience engagement and reach, and they align with the increasingly
visual nature of the social network and itsspinoff
apps. But be wary of “meme photos,” stock images with humorous or dramatic text
layered over them. Facebook has reduced their reach in a quest to promote what
it deems “high quality” content.
Post at Odd Hours
Figuring out the best time to post on
Facebook has been an elusive goal for social media practitioners for years.
Consider this, though: with 757 million people now visiting Facebook every day,
maybe you don’t want to post something at the same time as everyone else. If
the type of content you’re posting might appeal to people who are awake late at
night or early in the morning, try posting during off-peak hours. Remember that
it’s easy to schedule a Facebook post in advance.
Start a Conversation
An increasing number of items that appear
in the News Feed show a user’s friends engaging with other content—liking,
commenting or sharing a post from another friend or Page. If you can get a
conversation started with a post by asking a question, it’s more likely that
your Page will be pulled into other users’ feeds. Make sure the questions are
pertinent to your organization, though. “If you’re a small restaurant, [fans]
would rather see what your specials are that night than for you to ask how
their day is going,” McCormick says.
This may seem obvious, but remember that
Facebook’s ultimate goal is to keep as many people as possible glued to the
social network for as long as possible. If your posts keep people engaged, as
measured by likes, comments, shares and time on screen, the social network will
reward you with further reach. Spam up your page with excessive posts that no
one likes or comments on, and your reach is likely to decline even faster than
everyone else’s. The company now regularly resurfaces content that is more than
24 hours old if it’s receiving heavy engagement from users. “Brands are
competing for a very, very small pool of space when they’re looking for organic
reach,” says Nate Elliott, principal analyst at Forrester Research. “The best
way to do that is to offer relevant content that attracts user engagement.”
-Promote With Other Pages
Get mentioned in a post by another brand,
and your Page could show up in the News Feeds of users who don’t already like
your organization. Facebook added this feature in February, but stressed that
such cross-promotions have to make logical sense in order to earn extra reach.
Ensuring that the two Pages have a large pool of overlapping fans can help.
Pepsi, for instance, could mention its subsidiaries like Frito-Lay and Gatorade
in a post, or a city tourism page could work to cross-promote that town’s
Hop on a Trending Topic
Facebook took a cue from Twitter earlier
this year and introduced trending topics that attempt to summarize the biggest
news of the day. When users click on a trending topic, they see a mix of
content from other users and Pages about the story. Posts from friends or Pages
a user is connected to get higher placement in the trending feed, so if the
topics are relevant to your brand, consider joining the conversation or
providing a useful link.
Buy an Ad
Facebook, of course, says this is the
most straightforward solution. The company hassimplifiedits ad unit offerings in the last year
in effort to attract more customers. “If you’re a business, advertising is
probably the best bet for you because what you really care about is guaranteed
reach,” McCormick says. “It’s not a great marketing strategy throw something
out there and hope somebody sees it.” He points out that Page fans still matter
for paid posts because Facebook offers discounts on ads that can be delivered
with a social context (basically showing a user that one of their friends also
likes the brand featured in an ad). More Page fans means more opportunities to
provide this context and buy cheaper ads.
Doctor Tests Positive for Virus After Treating Victim
Nigerian health officials wait to screen passengers at the arrival hall of Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos on Monday. Associated Press
Nigerian health authorities said they had confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous nation and quarantined eight additional people, all of whom helped treat a Liberian-American who died of the disease in Lagos in July.
Nigerian health authorities confirmed a second case of Ebola in Africa's most populous nation and quarantined eight additional people. Dr. William Karesh discusses the outbreak on the News Hub with Sara Murray. Photo: Getty Images.
"One of the doctors who attended to the American-Liberian victim has tested positive for Ebola virus," Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu told reporters on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria's capital. "He is being treated at an isolated facility."
Mr. Chukwu said eight more health workers have been quarantined and that 62 other people who came into contact with the deceased Liberian-American, Patrick Sawyer, are being monitored for signs of illness.
Nigeria's second case shows one of the biggest challenges facing health workers in West Africa: patients in denial that they have Ebola.
Mr. Sawyer, a consultant at the Liberian Finance Ministry, had recently seen his sister die from Ebola and was exhibiting the virus's hallmark symptoms by the time he arrived in Lagos from Monrovia on July 20, said Jide Idris, Lagos State's health commissioner. The consultant told hospital workers he thought he was suffering from malaria for two days, during which time they didn't take the precautions such as wearing protective suits that are typically prescribed to prevent Ebola's spread. He died there on July 25.
Nigerian officials moved swiftly to identify and monitor everyone who came into contact with him at the airport and the hospital where he died, but news that one of those doctors contracted the disease raised fresh fears that the disease could take root in Lagos, Africa's most populous city.
The Ebola outbreak that began in February is the worst on record: On Monday, the World Health Organization said the death toll had reached 887 in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, as well as Nigeria, as of Aug. 1, an increase of 158 since it released figures on July 31.Mr. Chukwu said on Monday that officials would try to isolate the disease even if it pops up outside of Lagos. "Emergency centers have been set up in all states to tackle any Ebola outbreak if reported," he said.
The WHO said there have been more than 1,600 cases of Ebola since the disease emerged in West Africa this year.
An American doctor who contracted the disease after working at a treatment center in Liberia was flown to an Atlanta hospital last week to receive top-flight treatment in isolation. Officials plan to bring a second American infected at the same center to the same Atlanta hospital this week.
The outbreak prompted the presidents of Liberia and Sierra Leone to stay home this week rather than attend a historic summit among about 50 African leaders and U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.