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When Can We Expect COVID-19 To End?

This is an excellent summary of how South Korea has managed to contain COVID-19 more effectively than many other countries thus far. What follows are Dr. Woo Joo Kim's key points on COVID-19 and what we can expect in the months ahead.

The Chinese government notified the World Health Organization of COVID-19 on December 31, 2019. Read more about When Can We Expect COVID-19 To End?

 

COVID-19 Update

In monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, I'm feeling more optimistic than I was about a week ago, primarily because it's clear that more countries are understanding the importance of social distancing, canceling unnecessary gatherings, avoiding non-essential travel, and supporting the health care system.

Canada and the United States appear to be learning from what is happening in Italy, Spain, and other European countries.   Read more about COVID-19 Update

 

General Preparedness Stockpile List

In the event that an emergency requires that we stay at home for an extended period of time, it's prudent to have a stockpile of everyday essentials, enough to meet the needs of a household for at least three weeks.  What follows are some suggestions for what to keep in storage in the event that we need to quarantine ourselves at home. 

Groceries: Read more about General Preparedness Stockpile List

 

An Often Overlooked Cause of Vomiting

Most parents don't realize that not getting enough food can be the cause of unexplained vomiting in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning.

Where there is no fever, stomach flu, or any other common cause of vomiting in younger children, vomiting is often caused by low blood sugar. Most typically, this happens to children between 8 months and 4.5 to 5 years of age. Read more about An Often Overlooked Cause of Vomiting

 

Are You Drinking Plastic With Your Hot Coffee or Tea?

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If you often drink hot coffee or tea through a plastic lid, I would encourage you to find an alternative solution to the lid. Read more about Are You Drinking Plastic With Your Hot Coffee or Tea?

 

Persimmon Skins and Other Foods that Can Cause Obstruction in the GI tract

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If you enjoy eating persimmons, please know that it's best to avoid eating their skins.

Persimmon skins are one of several foods that can contribute to the buildup of an indigestible mass in the gastrointestinal tract - called a bezoar - that can lead to serious complications and a need for surgery if the mass gets large enough to obstruct the GI tract. Read more about Persimmon Skins and Other Foods that Can Cause Obstruction in the GI tract

 

What To Do If You Fall Through Ice

In a suburb of Ottawa, there's a river that mostly freezes over in the winter and becomes a trail for snowmobiling enthusiasts. This river narrows as it runs past the backyard of a friend of mine. Narrowing translates to faster water flow, which makes it less likely that the river will freeze over in that location.

My friend tells me that just about every year, one or two unsuspecting snowmobilers come ripping down the river trail and end up going through thin ice and drowning. Just a few years ago, a man and his young daughter tragically died in this way.

Even if you aren't into snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, or other popular outdoor winter activities, it doesn't hurt to know how to maximize your chances of surviving if you fall through ice.

In the following videos, Dr. Gordon Giesbrecht - a thermo-physiologist and professor at the University of Manitoba - shares tips on how to survive after falling into icy cold water. Below the video, you'll find a summary of a few key points to share with loved ones. Read more about What To Do If You Fall Through Ice

 

Do You Know What Drowning Really Looks Like?

Note from Ben Kim: Many thanks to Mario Vittone for graciously giving me permission to share this valuable article with our readership. Please read through Mario's article below and consider sharing this information with family and friends. Read more about Do You Know What Drowning Really Looks Like?

 

How X-Rays Damage The Body

Original article below published in November of 2004, reposted on January 30, 2019 along with the video clip from the Joe Rogan Podcast above with guest Dr. David Sinclair. Read more about How X-Rays Damage The Body

 

Warm Weather Reminder For Parents

Just a reminder that it's never a good idea to leave a young child in a car, even for a minute. Children are not able to regulate core body temperature and tolerate heat and cold to the same extent that grown-ups are; if left in a car in warm weather, young children are at risk of quickly experiencing hyperthermia - stroke, seizures, and even death can occur if hyperthermia is severe enough. Read more about Warm Weather Reminder For Parents

 

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