Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Precautions

Swine Flu Precautions 
By Amy Bauer

Swine Flu, influenza A H1N1 occurs in pigs as a respiratory disease. It is not the same as the human flu virus H1N1 genetically. Swine Flu normally does not infect humans.

There commonly has to be a direct exposure of humans to infected pigs. Every 1 to 2 years there is a small outbreak in the United States. Usually it happens when a child touches a sick pig at a petting zoo or a worker comes in contact with a pig that has the Flu.

People spread the virus by sneezing and coughing, with unclean hands that touch the nose, eyes or mouth, sharing items such as cups or towels, or going to work or to school when exhibiting symptoms. Usually the infected person sheds virus in the first 4 to 5 days. This period is highly contagious.

Symptoms to look for are fever, lethargy, appetite loss, coughing and at times a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Eating pork is safe when it is cooked to a temperature of 160 degrees. Viruses are almost clever with an intelligence that allows them to adapt and mutate.

Swine Flu can be/is deadly so the World Health Organization has released 25% of its antiviral drugs, personal protection equipment, and respiratory protection devices because of the recent outbreak in the United States. Keeping your immune system at top level is important.
Other measures are frequent handwashing especially before touching the mouth and nose, coughing into a disposable tissue, using hand sanitizer, using disinfectant wipes on doorknobs, phones, keyboards, and other shared devices and staying home with symptoms.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

The Grapefruit Diet

The Grapefruit Diet
By Terje Ellingsen

The Grapefruit diet is not a diet for life. It is a short time diet; it only lasts 2 1/2 months. It is a diet for rapid weight loss and fast weight loss diets are always popular. We have seen popular diets come and go and this dieting program is no exception; we can call it a fad diet. It is also a weight loss diet for real heavy weighters who need to lose lots of pounds.

If you follow this diet exactly you should be able to lose 52 pounds during this two and a half month's dieting period. To sustain the weight loss however, you need to change to a long term diet. The usefulness of this diet is to motivate people who are severely overweight towards a flying dieting start. If you look at the diet this way, it might be useful for you.

General Guidelines
  • During this diet you should reduce your coffee consumption, it slows down the burning process. Only one cup a day
  • Don't eliminate anything from the diet. The combinations of food listed in the diet are important for the fat burning (especially bacon AND salads)
  • Drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day which means 64 oz. total daily
  • Fry your food in butter and cover your vegetables generously with butter
  • If you want you may double or even triple helpings of meat, salad or vegetables
  • Never change the amount of grapefruit or juice. This has to do with the diet's fat burning effect
  • This diet allows no desserts, breads, white vegetables or sweet potatoes
  • The diet does not allow eating between meals. If you follow the diet you will not get hungry
  • Stay on the diet 12 days, then stop the diet for 2 days and repeat the dieting cycle for two and a half month (approximately 75 days)..
  • On this diet you can eat until you are stuffed
  • Never eat less than the minimum listed at each meal in this diet.
The Diet Plan
  • Either 1/2 grapefruit OR 8 oz. unsweetened juice
  • 2 eggs any style
  • 2 slices of bacon
  • Either 1/2 grapefruit OR 8 oz. unsweetened juice
  • Salad with any dressing
  • Meat any style and any amount
  • Either 1/2 grapefruit OR 8 oz. unsweetened juice
  • Salad with any dressing OR a red or green vegetable cooked in butter or spices
  • Meat or Fish any style cooked any way
  • Coffee or Tea (1 cup)
Evening Snack:
  • 8 oz. glass of tomato juice or 8 oz cup of skim milk.

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