I am intrigued by the relationship between the gut and the brain. This study that demonstrates outright behaviour changes is one example of our slowly growing understanding:
CBC News – Gut feeling: How intestinal bacteria may influence our moods
Even good old serotonin is now understood to be mostly produced by our ever-present friendly gut bacteria:
Microbes Help Produce Serotonin in Gut
http://www.caltech.edu/news/microbes-help-produce-serotonin-gut-46495 Medicine, nutrition and psychology are intimately intwined. Traditional means of understanding and teaching these disciplines will soon change forever.
Thinking outside-the-box; innovation; using simple everyday things in a totally different way. We already have everything we need.
NYTimes: From a Pile of Dirt, Hope for a Powerful New Antibiotic http://nyti.ms/1Fo39AT
Dr. Ada Igonoh survived #Ebola, this is her story.
I pray for the volunteers and all those who help despite the tremendous personal danger they face.
Smoking (tobacco or marijuana) is the MOST common gateway for teenagers to engage in further drug use.
Addiction is a disease that starts in adolescence, industries know they have to focus on young people for profits. After all, if you don’t start using any drug by age 21, you are unlikely ever to do so.
There has been a lot of focus on the benefits of legalizing marijuana. Can we as a Caribbean region quantify the risks associated with legally available Weed? Adolescents are at high risk of exposure and confusion about the dangers of smoking ganja in a legalized environment. Weed brownies, candy ganja, many marketing strategies make children their prime targets.
There has been a lot of talk about pot lately. Discussions of tax revenue, health benefits, violence reduction, and individual liberty. But one issue got completely lost: the developing brains of our children.
Read more of what Patrick Kennedy has to say on the matter: Legalizing pot endangers children http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/07/28/patrick-kennedy-marijuana-brain/13292245/“
This short link is not just for my friends in the OECS, this is for all Caribbean healthcare workers. Intra-regional travel makes is possible for any one of us to see this illness. Be Informed! Click on the link: Chikungunya (CHIK) Fever
Have you seen a case yet?