New Colleague Nurse Betty: Simple Diseases of Everyday Life

posted by Jael Ever @ 7:00 AM
December 22, 2014

Listeria-Outbreak        Dr. Jael Ever asks for a complete overhaul of each section’s blog agendas and priorities, to explore needs for new staff.  Obviously, all bloggers on this network remain so burdened down with research, little time remains for intelligent writing. My colleagues and I lament that more help is needed.

Maleeke will continue her work on Ebola in Africa, while I must spend my time on new diseases attacking in the U.S. or moving up the coast from other nations on this continent, as well investigations of federal health agencies.

But there are many more medical stories demanding attention. Someone must keep an eye on day-to-day physical needs, necessary medical advice and seemingly incidental problems, that if left untreated, can create serious illnesses.

Thus, added to our staff is Nurse Betty, a nursing school graduate assistant.  She will blog now and then on these areas, as well as work with Frank Butterman on dietary warnings about food disasters.  Nurse Betty if you please:

Nurse Betty:  Thank you so much Dr. Ad Versery. Well, let me organize my notes. So much information on hand. Best to list them:  First, Drink Green Tea as often as possible, says Bob Livingston of Personal Liberty Digest. As a habit, it can cut down high blood pressure as much as 45%.

And, let’s see. Oh yes, this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put out a warning that Listeria disease found in caramel apples is traced to 28 cases and even five deaths.  So avoid eating caramel apples.

Robert Roos, editor of CIDRAP News, memos that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) tied Listeria in caramel apples from Carnival and Kitchen Cravings brands to “four cases of Listeria, two of which were fatal.”

Roos adds the CDC: “ . . . is recommending avoidance of all commercial caramel apples, including Fresh-Caramalized-applesthose with toppings such as nuts, sprinkles, or chocolate,” until further notice.  In school, we studied the Listeria outbreak in Colorado from cantaloupes, resulting in 147 cases and 33 deaths a few years ago.

And oh yes all reporting sources note a rise of flu cases around the nation during this holiday season. Lisa Schnirring from the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) tells nurses and doctors:

“With Christmas holiday days away, the nation’s flu markers are showing spirited rises, with 29 states reporting widespread activity and the disease affecting nearly all regions . . .With the H3N2 virus as the clearly dominant strain . . .9 of the 10 CDC regions see a rise of doctor visits with influenza-like illnesses.”

So wash or sanitize hands often.  Avoid people sneezing or coughing. And keep kitchens and bathrooms squeaky clean! Don’t overdo the Christmas shopping, cooking and eating rage. And get plenty of rest. Also my notes say . . . .

Dr. Ad Versery:  Thank you Nurse Betty. That’s enough for one day.  We’ll hear more from you soon. Let’s all remember what wholesale Christian Bibles recommend on the subject of health and healing:

“Bless The LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name. Bless The LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies (Psalm 103: 1 – 3).”

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