When I was a child, bed bugs were considered to be a rather disgusting nuisance written about in classic novels that no longer existed anywhere in the modern world.
The truth is that humans and bloodsucking bed bugs made strange but regular bedfellows for centuries until shortly after World War II when strong pesticides like DDT and chlordane came into widespread use. Heavy pesticide use nearly eradicated bed bugs for over 50 years with most people living today having little to no memory of the major pest threat they were in the past.
The knowledge that pesticides damage the environment and contribute to health problems resulted in the banning of DDT in 1972 and chlordane in 1988. In addition, the changing attitude toward the use of chemicals along with bed bugs developing an increased resistance paved the way for a slow but steady resurgence. Bed bug problems are now commonly found even in the most modern and sanitary living environments including four and five star hotels!
Yacon is a species of perennial daisy native to South America. It is a close relative of the sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke and has been cultivated and consumed traditionally from Colombia to northern Argentina since pre-Incan times.
Succulent, tuberlous yacon roots, not to be confused with the turnip-like legume jicama in Ecuador, have been used as food and a medicine by local populations for centuries, but its popularity has spread beyond its native range with availability in urban markets only since the year 2000.
The primary modern interest in yacon is for use as an alternative sweetener particularly for diabetics or those trying to lose weight.
I had a little scare the other day when I realized that we were (very) low on probiotics and that our family’s go-to brand for traveling couldn’t be shipped for about a month due to low supply.
The reason this freaked me out temporarily (I fortunately found another source that was able to ship immediately) is because I have quite a bit of travel planned in the coming weeks and starting to take a higher dosage of probiotics now than I usually take at home is very important.
In fact, a therapeutic strength probiotic is the number one most important supplement for traveling (beware: just any old probiotic won’t do the job). If this surprises you and you would have picked another supplement like Vitamin C or cod liver oil as the most important travel supplement, then read on. Here are the reasons why traveling with a strong probiotic is very important.
The practice of ultrasound during pregnancy is highly controversial with authorities acknowledging that there are clear hazards as found in animal and cell studies. Nevertheless, the routine practice continues with multiple scans encouraged in most prenatal settings even with low risk pregnancies because ultrasound hazards have supposedly not been confirmed by human studies. In addition, Western medical authorities claim that there isn’t a single official case of ultrasound damage.
The Catch-22 is that human studies on the effects of ultrasound in the United States and other Western nations are discouraged and virtually banned because such research is considered unethical.
Moreover, funding on the safety of ultrasound screening on the fetus virtually stopped since 1991, when, strangely enough, the FDA raised the limit for machine ultrasound intensity levels by a factor of eight.
Any woman who has had to take off her clothes in a doctor’s office for a physical knows that this is a very vulnerable and sensitive time, particularly if the doctor doing the examination is a man!
Certainly, any male doctor with even a shred of bedside manner would know that this is not the time for lecturing, let alone berating, belittling or otherwise terrorizing, a female patient for exercising the basic civil right, frequently religiously motivated, to make medical decisions for herself and her children.
Even more repulsive is a lucrative financial motive behind the bullying, as in the case of a doctor losing a generous vaccination bonus for failing to achieve a certain rate of compliance in his patient pool.