New York Times Articles
Is This the Poster Food for a Radiation Menace?
Prior to the radiation that was emitted from the damaged nuclear reactors in Japan; a particular scientist was asked about the health complications that were taking effect after the radioactive matter that was pouring out of the reactor plants. The reporter who was conducting the questions, Denise Grady, swallowed the answer without a burp or a fart. The scientist was comparing the radioactive materials leaking out with a banana. The scientist was defending his stand that the sources of radioactive materials come from reactors only. He said that bananas have got naturally occurring radioactive materials in the form of potassium.”…Bananas are a most potent source “He also passed the notion that it’s upon our bodies to clear the effects of radiation (irradiation)”…every second, our bodies…are irradiating.”(Grady, 2011)
Come On, I Thought I Knew That!
Psychologists have researched and found out that when something under straining circumstances are bound to retain at least some memories about the material read, whether based on history or language. The psychologists gave an example of an exam session,”…concepts that seem perfectly clear become fuzzy at exam time, and those that are hard to grasp somehow click into place when it counts. The article soberly pipes that “mistakes in judging what we know(had been termed as fooling ourselves)in meta-cognition are partly rooted in simple biases…will be long remembered and that further practice won’t make further difference…beliefs that are subconscious and automatic…stop to think about it.”(Carey, 2011)
Without His Mother’s Milk, a Haitian Boy Is Lost
Young women in Haiti are badly advice, mostly by Houngan (voodoo priest) not to breastfeed their infants under instructions that they have bad milk which in Creole, a dialect in Haiti is termed as “let gate”. This causes a fatal disease called gastroenteritis and the symptoms depicted by the hapless infantry victims are: pasty dry mucus membrane, sunken eyes and fontanel and extremely loose skin. Upon being advised by the Houngan about their milk being bad, the mothers opt to breastfeed their infants with watered-down 7Up soda and the water is contaminated with disease (cholera) causing organisms. The central theme is that if infants are deprived of their mothers milk (and not the bottled soda), their lives are terminated by gastroenteritis. (Rosen, 2011)
Pesticides: Ban on a Cousin of DDT Has Loopholes in India, Where Children Were Harmed
Endisulfan is the chemical product that is being lambasted as the “DDT’s cousin”. The ban on the product was excluded in the case of India where the administrators claim that the ban was a scheme by the chemical companies in the West to stagger the market in India. The chemical have been pointed for the deformities that have fallen onto children whose parents were employees on the cashew farms. The ministry of agriculture has turned down the orders by the international community to give quits to the farm chemical under the pretence that there no other options that will be pocket-friendly to them whilst producing their crops. (McNeil Jnr., 2011)
Eating Local Honey Cures Allergies
There is a conjecture that honey that is produced locally can ward allergy off from the people that suffer from it. The claim has been greatly refuted by researchers from the University of Connecticut Health Centre. Elsewhere, in 2002, revealed that scientists had tracked the people suffering from allergy on the onset of the season of springtime allergy and the deduction that was reached by the scientists was,”…allergies are triggered by windborne pollens ,not pollens…unlikely that honey collected from the plants that don’t cause allergy symptoms would cause therapeutic benefit.” (O’Connor, 2011)
Carey, B. (2011). Is this the poster food for radiation menace? New York Times , D5.