Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
"Officials with the New York State Attorney General's office conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart — and found that four out of five of the products did not contain any of the herbs on their labels. The tests showed that pills labeled medicinal herbs often contained little more than cheap fillers like powdered rice, asparagus and houseplants, and in some cases substances that could be dangerous to those with allergies."
While listening to all the debates going on over whether to vaccinate children for measles, I mentioned to Dale that when I was a kid I had measles and actually had that disease twice. Back then there was what was called the two week measles and a three day measles. We were supposed to stay in a darkened room while the illness was active because too much light could cause blindness. Most of what I remember was that it itched, but never looked like the photos we're been shown of kids with measles today. We broke out but never to the extent I'm seeing now.
My one vivid recollection was having the measles in summer and being confined to a couch on our screened in back porch and having to watch all the neighborhood kids, and my sister, play in the wading pool. I still see this whole scene in my mind.
But Dale then recollected that he never got the measles and for that matter, he never had the mumps or chicken pox either. How on earth did he manage that? Every kid in that era all seemed to get these things, the germs traveled down the block so that by the end of one week everyone was sick. To me, mumps was the worst, our necks swelled up around the face so much we looked like balloon heads.
Chicago Heights must have been a childhood illness-free zone. I'm glad our kids and their kids didn't/don't have to go through this.
Eating on an airplane tray table is the same as eating off of a toilet or bathroom sink according to experts studying germs on planes.
Here's more info to make you think twice about flying:
Tests of the bins you must put your stuff in before going through security showed high amounts of dangerous bacteria and one bin yielded evidence of fecal matter at levels high enough to make people sick.
But it is the tray tables on the plane which have the highest amount of bacteria.
I heard a local news report on this today and the reporter asked the doctor about using the tray tables and he said, "you do, I don't."
I will say, though, that Dale flys a lot and he is almost never sick.
Bird Flu threat to 10 million turkeys...and 6000 infected ducks face being culled
Thanksgiving on the horizon and we get this kind of story, but fear not Americans, this is, so far, happening in England. I did not know people in England celebrated Thanksgiving. In the US, we're about to be treated to scary stories about how to avoid salmonella when we cook our turkeys.
Shocker. "Some doctors and registered dietitians say they are increasingly seeing people whose desire to eat pure or “clean” food—from raw vegans to those who cut out multiple major food sources such as gluten, dairy and sugar—becomes an all-consuming obsession and leads to ill health. In extreme cases, people will end up becoming malnourished."
There is even a new term for this obsession-Orthorexia Nervosa which is defined as: "an eating disorder that involves obsessive healthy eating, sometimes to the point of malnutrition." This is not yet an official diagnosis in the mental health field but will most likely become one in the near future.
Gluten free, fat free, meat free, dairy free, sugar free and on and on.
Just maybe we shouldn't be placing blame for the Ebola crisis on politicians and political parties. All of a sudden the Ebola freak out has all the media big shots telling us it's all the fault of republicans or all the fault of democrats. Nonsense.
If there is blame to pass around, it's probably at the doorstep of agencies whose job it is to be on top of disease control. Government's main job should be to protect and defend and when it gets sidetracked into other things like the impact of tv's and gas generators in Vietnam, they aren't doing us much good.
Anyway, disease and weather hits us all and has forever. "Matthew 5:45 For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust."
We mainly need those who are put in place for a reason to get about doing their jobs. And stop making Ebola a political issue.
The Ebola disease has many of us living with the beginnings of paranoia. Tell me you haven't gone over the threat of this disease in your mind. Yesterday I was in Bed Bath and Beyond picking up something and when I went to pay I became acutely aware of the horrible cold...or something...the checkout clerk was suffering from. We're hearing so much about Ebola and it's symptoms that I had more than a little uneasiness going home. What's going to happen when the real flu season hits? Will we be constantly wondering if a sick person had any possible contact with someone with Ebola? Checking our pulses...so to speak.
It doesn't help that health care workers who were all hazmatted up are starting to come down with it or that there hasn't been a real study done on this illness. No one seems able to say anything with any assurance. And, the American doctor who was cured of the disease has been giving blood for the newer cases. But he can't keep this up for everyone who comes down with it or his own blood supply will be gone.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has one job and that is to keep a lid on diseases, get out front, work for courses of treatment. The Ebola virus has certainly not been the CDC's best effort. And in Spain it's even worse. Supposedly this disease is hard to catch, at least that's what we're told. How's this for making us feel confident:
"Ebola is really, really hard to catch, but let's kill this Spanish nurse's dog just to be safe."
The nurse told Spain's newspaper, El Mundo that she had followed the full safety protocol for treating an infected patient and did not have “the slightest idea” how she could have gotten the virus.