Tagged as Public Health

Without question, one of the biggest battles everyone is fighting today is the "Battle of the Bulge" - no, not the German offensive against the Allies in December of 1944 but, rather, the fight to keep excessive fat from our bodies.  This battle isn't just about "looking good" but, more importantly, about staying healthy. Being overweight is, after all, a precursor or marker for the most lethal diseases...
You may be surprised at some of the things given the "lime" light in this article. As a general rule, too many people ignore how important cleanliness is in relation to food safety. The worst that can happen, some people think, is an upset stomach, diarrhea or vomiting. That, however, is one of many misconceptions which, in spite of food safety education programs, still "plague" us. Foodborne illnesses...
There's a hot debate brewing not just in the U.S. but all over the world about something called genetically modified organisms or GMOs.  Unfortunately, some people have decided to either stay away from the issue altogether or take the much safer, less-controversial approach of defending it, in line with government and big corporation agendas - "safer," that is, than questioning or opposing what some...
There is no question that the FDA has been designed as an instrument for good; without it, anyone out there could bottle anything they thought was acceptable as a "medicine." This used to be the case, in fact, in the 1800s. Back then the American population were experimental "mice" for the thousands of charlatans who claimed to have a cure for any disease out there. In most cases, what these self-declared...
By now most people are familiar with or have at least heard about the Zika virus.  In fact, this latest "pandemic" drama involving a hitherto-obscure virus sounds like something the world went through not too long ago.  Does the word "Ebola" come to mind? - It turns out that these pathogens have a lot in common.  Both Ebola and the Zika virus came from the jungles of Africa; both originated, supposedly,...
Access to germ-free and unpolluted water has always been important.  Most people know that. People know, for example, that contagious, microorganism-induced diseases were often the main cause of death before the 1900s.  They also probably know that water (as in the case of cholera, malaria, Schistosomiasis, Shigellosis, etc.) was often the medium that these microorganisms needed or used to spread themselves...
Unfortunately both the US government and the big corporations have their own peculiar, difficult-to-fathom notion of what constitutes "safe."  Most of us would say that something is "safe" if: - it's been thoroughly tested by objective, not-swayed-by-special-interests-&-financial-concerns researchers, - its benefits far outweigh any potential side-effects, complications & interactions with other substances,...
There are a number of reasons why you shouldn't blindly trust in either the government or big corporations when it comes to whether something is safe or not.  For one thing, these people may define "safe" more liberally than you - in other words, they may be willing to inflict a higher risk on you than you would be willing to inflict on yourself if you were in their shoes. Secondly, big companies often...
As a preface to what you’re about to read, the intent of this article is not to make you paranoid. The purpose is to create awareness! - Public places can often times be much more contaminated than you think. A simple trip to the grocery store can expose a person to a staggering array of germs. These can potently translate to sicknesses and diseases. While working at a grocery store, this concept is...
Although we've made great headway in the area of eating healthy, many people still question whether it's worth the effort and, more importantly, if it really makes a difference in the long run.  For sure, some of the arguments that they give for not changing their supposedly "unhealthy" diets appear to make sense. You may even say that, in some instances, they are 100% correct. Having said that, some...