Get Rid of Still and Standing Water!

There has been a lot of rain this Spring and if you live in certain areas then there are likely to be big pools of still water where kids play. These pools of water could be in the playground or in the parks. They could be in gutters on the road. It is common to find pools of water in your back yard or near eves troughs that have not been fixed. Still water also collects inside of old flowerpots that have been left out and deflated swimming pools.

Still water, which is also stagnant water is a big threat to public health. Yellow fever is a tropical disease that is spread by the yellow fever mosquito in parts of Africa and South America and the disease is spread by still water.

Yellow fever is not to be confused with Jungle Yellow Fever, which is a disease, spread from monkeys to mosquitoes to humans. Sometimes to make the differentiation the kind of yellow fever that is spread by mosquitoes only is referred to as Urban Yellow Fever. Jungle yellow fever is actually quite rare.

Yellow is much more common and it is spread by mosquitoes from human to human. The yellow fever mosquito that carries the disease is known as the Aides Egypt. These urban disease carriers make their home in still water in cities, towns and villages. Anything that can hold water such as discarded oiled drum and tires makes an excellent breeding ground for the yellow fever mosquito. As it rains frequently in both South American and African jungles they breed constantly in muck and puddles of still water.

There is no predicting whether or not a bite from a yellow fever mosquito is going to lead to a mild or life threatening illness. It really depends on the strains of infection that are around that particular year. The good news is that most cases of yellow fever, although uncomfortable are relatively mild.

Yellow fever gets its name from the fact that it can cause jaundice, which causes the whites of the eyes and the skin to turn yellow. Symptoms of a life threatening infection are high fever, headache, chills, backache, headache, muscle aches and vomiting. Sometimes the disease has a cycle where the person appears to get much better after a few days and then takes a severe turn for the worse, which can lead to shock, internal bleeding, liver and kidney favor. However this strain of the infection that is carried by the yellow fever mosquito is a lot rare.

Unfortunately there is no real specific treatment for yellow fever. People who contract it are advised to rest and drink plenty of fluids. Another essential part of the treatment is the use of mosquito repellents and nets to keep female yellow fever mosquitoes from biting the infected individual and spreading it to another human. Of course a big part of prevention is removing still water form the vicinity.

Hoodia for Post-Partum Weight

If you have gained weight after pregnancy you might want to consider taking hoodia. It has worked with me. The key is to take it in a safe way. Then you will be guaranteed to lose the weight in a healthy way.

Like any type of weight loss aid or supplement you are the safest if you use it in moderation. It is hard to harm yourself taking hooida but it can lead to anorexia if you take it daily for a large number of months. This is because it cuts hunger so effectively that you do not notice that you are losing a lot of weight. Not feeling the hunger helps disassociate you from your body.

You can lose as much as pound a day on hoodia but you do not want to go for that. Your body will soon hit a level called a plateau. The plateau is the point at which you cannot possibly lose any more. It will go into 'famine' mode and you will actually conserve pounds. It is a natural protective thing that your body does. It is not a good idea to lose too much weight like that as it can cause disorders.

The reason that I recommend it for moms who are a bit down and fat after giving birth is that it does cause you to feel slightly elated. Hoodia is a bit of a natural antidepressant but not so much so that you feel like you are on crack.

Hoodia can be taken every day and you can take big amounts if you like because it is not classifieds as drug. It is named a food. People in Africa eat it every day to stave off hunger and they have done this for centuries. In it's natural state it tastes like a very bitter melon. That is why us Westerners take it in pill form.

Still you need to be careful with this stuff. Research done in Africa shows that if you eat nothing but hoodia for three months you will eventually starve to death. You just won't feel the malnutrition set in.

The key to staying healthy while on hoodia and in fact on any type of diet that involves taking a supplement is to ingest a variety of different foods. Hoodia is a food but it is not considered to be a 'whole' food like wheat grass. It's value instead is to do with losing the pounds.

The biggest danger of taking Hoodia is losing too much weight too rapidly. You can lose ten pounds a week if you are the type of person who takes Hoodia and completely loses all appetite. However this type of rapid weight loss is very hard on the brain, muscles, nerves and heart and you could die if you were not careful with it With some individuals it takes as long as two weeks to work and with others the appetite suppressing effect seems to happen immediately. I did not take the recommended dosage at first and only took one pill a day. That resulted in about a one two pound weight loss for me a day.