Friday, December 19, 2008


527,000 children under the age of 5 were reported to have died in 2007 in Africa and Asia from diarrhea due to rotavirus. Many deaths were likely unreported.

Bacteria and parasites also cause diarrhea. There are two kinds of poop that generally result from infection: bloody stools and rice water poop. I hope that you avoid the more serious infections. If you do find yourself on the toilet more frequently than you'd like, you can try this home remedy to rehydrate yourself:

3/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 4 tbl sugar, 1 cup OJ, 4 cups water

This replaces electrolytes and water. Sports drinks are too concentrated and do not hydrate enough.

Monday, December 15, 2008

World Focus, for Americans

I've caught a great show on PBS a few times, in Albuquerque it comes on at 5pm. It's called World Focus, and it's a 30 minute news show designed to inform Americans about world events. So if you don't know who Mugabe is and what is going on in Zimbabwe, don't be embarrassed, tune in online! There is lots of coverage on Africa, health crises, and other regions left off the networks.