Friday, March 18, 2005

I'm so happy, I just sneezed...

Interesting site :
National Native Title Tribunal


Wonderful diagram of my self-diagnosed cold (note the "docking ports" in particular).

How I became a sicky, ie immune compromised...I blame the chicken salad and/or freezer burned ice cream sandwich I consumed while visiting my 'friend' in Toronto:

Food Poisoning Overview
Food poisoning is a common, usually mild, but sometimes deadly illness. Typical symptoms include nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, and diarrhea that come on suddenly (within 48 hours) of consuming a contaminated food or drink. Depending on the contaminant, fever and chills, bloody stools, dehydration, and nervous system damage may follow. These symptoms may affect one person or a group of people who ate the same thing (this would be called an outbreak).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in the United States alone, food poisoning causes about 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and up to 5,000 deaths each year. One of the most common bacterial forms of infection, the salmonellae organisms, account for $1 billion in medical costs and lost work time.

Worldwide, diarrheal illnesses are among the leading causes of death. Travelers to developing countries often encounter food poisoning in the form of traveler’s diarrhea or "Montezuma’s revenge." Additionally, there are new global threats to the world's food supply through terrorist actions using food toxins as weapons.
Last updated: Jan 24, 2005

And then I had the flu earlier this month:

Habits for Good Health
These steps may help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like the flu:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze—throw the tissue away after you use it.

Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If you are not near water, use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

Stay away as much as you can from people who are sick.

If you get the flu, stay home from work or school. If you are sick, do not go near other people so that you don't make them sick too.

Try not to touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs often spread this way.

I hope you have enjoyed the above presentation of: My Health (or lack thereof)...


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