Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Public Panic Over The Zika Virus Can Cause More Damage Than The Disease According To Dr. Sergio Cortes

The panic associated with Zika virus is causing more damage than the disease in certain areas of the world. There’s no doubt that the Zika virus is spreading. The virus has been causing a fever and a rash and other symptoms for more than 70 years. Africa was the first country to report cases of the virus. Then Asian countries reported an outbreak, but it wasn’t until April of 2015 that Brazil identified the virus, according to the chief medical officer of the Brazilian Ministry of Health, Sergio Cortes.

Dr. Cortes said on the symptoms of Zika virus are not aggressive and they only last for 3 to 7 days. Most of the time the symptoms disappear without medication. Some people do use anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers to relieve symptoms of the virus. But Dr. Cortes also said the symptoms vary from person to person. The most common symptoms are fever, rash and muscle aches.

The only way to diagnose the Zika virus is through an extensive exam, and that exam is only available through the Evandro Chagas Institute, and three units of Fiocruz. Most cases are diagnosed by observation, according to Dr. Cortes.

There is an ongoing discussion about the relationship between the Zika virus and the increased number of cases of microcephaly that have been reported in areas where there is a Zika virus outbreak. Dr. Cortes mentions that relationship on his website. But there is no real proof that the Zika virus causes microcephaly in babies that are born to mothers with the Zika virus. Dr. Cortes says there is strong evidence that microcephaly and the Zika virus are related even though that relationship has not been confirmed by the medical community.

According to the Ministry of Health of Brazil it is important that pregnant women or women that are trying to get pregnant take special precautions, and stay away from the breeding grounds of the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Pregnant women are at greater risk, even though there is no concrete proof that the Zika virus will cause the birth defect known as microcephaly.

The Ministry of Health in Brazil has spent an enormous amount of money and time trying to get to the bottom of this health crisis. Dr. Cortes has more information about the virus on his LinkedIn page. He also has a Twitter account. People follow Dr. Cortes on his Facebook page as well.

The Journey to Freedom: Yeonmi Park

In her book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom, Yeonmi Park recounts her harrowing tale out of North Korea and towards a new life with her mother. She began her travels in 2007, at age thirteen. Her mother went with her, and they were later joined by their father. However, before they could reach the liberty they so desired Yeonmi’s father died of cancer. The journey to freedom is not without its casualties.

Yeonmi and her mother crossed into China, went across the Gobi Desert and reached the Mongolian border. They finally flew to South Korea and attained their freedom after years of living as criminals and suffering from starvation, abuse, and daily terror.

Yeonmi is only one of many teenage and adult refugees who suffered from the oppressive regime of North Korea. Her story, while praised by some for shedding light on the situation in that country, could be detrimental for those still stuck there. The credibility of her story has been attacked. If found untrue – something Yeonmi vehemently denies – the similar stories from refugees could be viewed in renewed doubt. This could set back the worldwide cause of human rights and political persecution. Thus, any critics posse a serious threat to Yeonmi and global recognition of individual liberty.

These critics state that Yeonmi’s story on The Reason contains discrepancies in her purported life story and inaccurate descriptions of North Korea. But Yeonmi has an explanation for these so-called “mistakes”.

Like any author, she has changed the names of people involved in her story to protect them. Some are family members still in North Korea who could be harmed by the regime if their part in Park’s story was revealed. In addition, Yeonmi told the reason she suffered sexual a use during her time fleeing North Korea, and was ashamed to write the details of this experience for the world to read. Her omitting this particular detail does not affect the overall truth of her tale. Lastly, Yeonmi is not a native English speaker, and admits some errors in her tale may be due to the language barrier.

Yeonmi will not allow her critics to silence her voice. Her story is important for people around the globe to hear and understand, and she defends its accuracy and details. She states that she knows the truth, whereas her accusers have not lived the same life and have not seen or experienced what she has. Her story lives on, and is a call to action to help refugees who have not yet been able to escape.



Dogs Might Be Able to Teach People a Thing or Two About Taste

Food has always been an important consideration for people. But different times have brought different views of it. This might well be one of the reasons why it’s often such big news. It’s not at all uncommon for food news to be placed quite highly within a news agencies priorities. But this interest in food is often not limited to one’s own plate. In fact, a report in the Daily Herald discusses a food trend that’s occurring in a surprising place. And that’s the dog’s food bowl. The article looks into the fact that it’s becoming increasingly popular for dog food companies to drastically ramp up the quality of their ingredients and their recipes. This results in scenes that would have been shocking not too long ago. Such as high powered executives stopping a tour for a minute to take a bite of their dog food company’s product. Or the fact that another dog food company is working with an ad campaign that highlights the fact that they’re using recipes for dog food that’s based on human favorites such as lasagna. But these types of high quality offerings on Amazon aren’t as new as many people would assume. In fact, one of the most venerable of the high quality dog food brands dates all the way back to 2001. The high quality dog food brand Beneful was founded on the ideal of providing health benefits through great food. And like many chefs before them, they noticed something while working with the ingredients. A dedication to fresh and organic ingredients also impacts the taste of a meal. Beneful quickly discovered that as they perfected their recipes it wasn’t just becoming healthier and healthier. The meals were also becoming more and more delicious to the dogs. It isn’t simply about taste either. Humans have far less acute senses than a dog, and even people love the feeling of really chewing their food. For a dog that feeling of juices gushing out of a delectable bit of meat or even healthy veggies is of vital importance. And one can simply open up a container of Beneful to see how careful the company is to preserve the natural shapes and textures of the ingredients.