An Effective Way to Help the Third World: Peepoople

Peepoople’s products are portable, biodegradable, single-use toilets, serving the target markets of impovished people, disaster areas, and refugee areas. As the website states:

Peepoo is a personal, single-use, self-sanitising, fully biodegradable toilet that prevents faeces from contaminating the immediate area as well as the surrounding ecosystem. After use, Peepoo turns into valuable fertiliser that can improve livelihoods and increase food security.

This seems a much more effective way to truly help those in the Third world, instead of  vaccinations or supplying shoes.

Read more at: Peepoople.com

Study: Soft tissue and bone infections from puncture wounds in children

A research study from way back in 1997 found that if people puncture their feet, they are more likely to get infections because of their shoes, because of the puncturing object going through the bacteria-laden medium of the shoe, and injecting the bacteria deep into the foot. The article states:

There was no significant difference in the prevalence of osteomyelitis and soft tissue infection based on footwear (tennis versus other shoes). There were no cases of osteomyelitis among barefoot children… was strongly associated with the wearing of tennis shoes, … None of the barefoot patients in our study had osteomyelitis. …a pseudomonas infection…did not develop in any barefoot patient. These data seem to support the theory that P aeruginosa does not grow on puncture objects, but rather is intimately associated with shoe gear.

Consequently it is safer and healthier to go barefoot.

Read the article: Soft tissue and bone infections from puncture wounds in children.

Restaurant Health & Safety Inspections in Greater Victoria

For inspections of restaurants in Greater Victoria, visit: http://healthspace.ca/Clients/VIHA/VIHA_Website.nsf/

Who Are We?

Here is an article that explains why some of us engage in dangerous behavior, the tantalizing evidence that toxoplasmosis, a common parasite, may affect human behavior. The article is entitled A game of cat and mouse and postulates that “…entire societies are being altered by Toxoplasma. In 2006 Kevin Lafferty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, published a paper noting a correlation between levels of neuroticism established by national surveys in various countries and the level of Toxoplasma infection recorded in pregnant women… phlegmatic Britain, with a neuroticism score of -0.8 and a Toxoplasma infection rate of 6.6%, to hot-blooded France, which scored 1.8 and had an infection rate of 45%…”

Article: Processed meat raises risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer

This excerpt is from Mike Adams, the Health Ranger … (more…)