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Don’t be fooled!!! Myths about Ebola Virus Disease

Myths and rumors about the Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa are hindering health workers from doing their jobs abroad and causing unnecessary panic and paranoia globally. Here’s the truth about some of the most common misconceptions about Ebola virus:

Myth: Ebola virus is airborne, waterborne or spreads through casual contact.

Truth: Ebola virus spreads when the bodily fluids of an infected person comes into contact with the mucous membranes of a non-infected person. That means Ebola virus in fluids like blood, sweat or urine has to come in contact with your eyes, mouth, nostrils, ears, genital area or an open wound in order to infect you.

In other words, it takes a lot of contact — not just casual contact — to become infected with the virus, which is why many of the victims of the disease in West Africa are health care workers or family members caring for a sick relative. In Western hospitals, transmission is easily prevented with precautionary measures like face masks, gloves, protective gowns and isolation units.

Health workers in West Africa are teaching community members about the importance of washing hands with soap and water, bringing sick family members to clinics and burying the bodies of people who have died from Ebola to minimize infection risk.

Myth: Ebola can be prevented by bathing or drinking a salt & water solution

Truth: I woke up this morning to several texts saying bathing with a warm salt & water solution will prevent one front contracting the deadly Ebola virus if they come in contact with an infected person. This is simply not true! The World Health Organization (WHO) wrote on twitter,

Bathing with salt and warm water, drinking water with salt does NOT cure #Ebola. Facts about what helps treat Ebola http://t.co/Evrm7YlsME

— WHO (@WHO) August 8, 2014

Myth: Even if you beat Ebola, you can still pass on the virus to others.

Truth: Usually, only people who are exhibiting Ebola symptoms can pass the virus on to others. Aaron DeVries, the medical director of the infectious disease division at the Minnesota Department of Health, addressed this issue and others during an interview with local NBC affiliate Kare 11. DeVries confirmed that only people exhibiting Ebola symptoms, like fever, headache, vomiting and diarrhea, can pass the virus on to others. However, the World Health Organization notes that a man who has had Ebola can transmit the virus via his semen for up to 7 weeks after they’ve recovered from the disease.

Myth: This is the first major outbreak of Ebola.

Truth: This is the largest outbreak of Ebola in history, but it isn’t the first. The virus was first diagnosed in humans in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It infected 318 people and had an 88 percent fatality rate. Since then, various strains of the disease have popped up around the African continent, infecting as many as 425 people in 2000 and, most recently, 57 people in 2012, according to WHO.

As of Aug. 4, 2014, the most recent count available, Ebola virus has infected 1,711 people and killed 932 people in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria since the virus emerged again this year.

Myth: Ebola can be treated with antibiotics (or onions, or condensed milk, or…)

Truth: Antibiotics cure bacterial infections, not viral infections. Currently, there is neither a cure nor a vaccine for the Ebola virus.

Instead, there is an experimental serum called ZMapp, which contains antibodies designed to help block the virus. Before the 2014 Ebola outbreak, it had only ever been tested on monkeys and has not been approved for human use. American Ebola patients Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol decided to risk it and take the experimental drug, and early reports are cautiously optimistic about their improving conditions. However, it’s unclear what role (if any) the drug is playing in their recovery, reports the Washington Post.

Myth: Ebola liquifies your organs, which causes bleeding from the orifices.

Truth: While Ebola symptoms can include bleeding from the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, those things only happen in about 20 percent of cases, explained Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, M.D., the associate hospital epidemiologist at Boston Medical Center and director of Infection Control at Boston University’s National Emerging Infectious Disease Laboratories in a previous HuffPost story.

The body’s organs are not liquified. However, when people die from Ebola, it’s usually because the virus causes multi-organ failure and shock. This occurs because Ebola virus weakens blood vessels, causing internal and sometimes external bleeding. The virus also prevents the body from clotting blood effectively, which would help to stop the bleeding.

Source: TWmagazine.net

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You’re gonna make it

I saw this in a book “The 7 habits of highly effective teens” by sean covey and I’ll love to share with you.

It’s totally normal to feel depressed at times. But there is a big difference between a case of the blues and sustained depression. If life has become a real pain for a long period of time and you can’t seem to shake off that feeling of hopelessness, things are serious. Fortunately, depression is treatable. Don’t hesitate to get help, either from medication or from talking with someone who is trained to deal with these issues.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, please listen closely to what I’m saying. Hold on for dear life. You’re gonna make it. Life will get better…I promise. You are worth millions and you are needed. Bad times will pass…they always do. Someday you will look back on your situation and be glad you held on

You’re gonna make it. Depression is a dream killer and suicide ends it all.
Are you having issues with school?
Are you having issues at home?
Have you gotten yourself into something serious?
Are you always condemned or rejected everywhere you go?
Is everything turning down on you?…and suicidal thoughts creeping in?

Please wait! And have a rethink. You’re gonna get through this. Its the truth. Do not allow this period(Night) prevent you from seeing the next(morning). No matter how long the night is, morning surely comes. Please hold on.

You are special. You have something unique to contribute and the world awaits it. We need you. I know it sounds cliché but this is a fact. I need you…I love you! Its very sad to hear stories of teens across the world take their lives for different reasons. Its starts with accumulated depression and frustration, then the silent thought creeps in and they eventually end their lives….I don’t want your story to end that way. I believe you’re gonna make it. Always remind yourself ” I’m gonna make it “.

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Have a colourful weekend!

QUOTES ON POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE

Keeping a positive mental attitude in everything we do in life is very important. The power of our thought is so strong that it can determine our future. A positive thought have a filling effect, while a negative thought have a sapping effect which is the major reason everyone avoids negative people. A positive mental attitude makes the sailing on a stormy day smooth. Be it at school, coping with a difficult person, preparing for a difficult subject, taking a stand, dealing with family issues, etc. With the thousands of thought that flood our minds everyday, developing a positive mental attitude is necessary for the beautiful life we want to live.

Enjoy these powerful quotes on a positive mental attitude

 

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1. “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”

-Walt Whitman

2. “If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

– Frances Hodgson Burnett

3. “The difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.”

 – Unknown

4. Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.

– Willie Nelson

5. Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.

– Anthony J. D’Angelo

6. “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
-Abraham Lincoln

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7. “Get going. Move forward. Aim High. Plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude. Believe me, you’ll love it up here.”
-Donald Trump

8. “If you can quit, quit. If you can’t quit, stop complaining – this is what you chose.”

-J.A. Konrath

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9. “Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.”

-Rodolfo Costa

10. “You are essentially who you create yourself to be and all that occurs in your life is the result of your own making.”
-Stephen Richards

11. “Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but has not solved one yet.”

 – Maya Angelou

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12. “If you say you can or you can’t you are right either way”

– Henry Ford

13.  “When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”

-Shannon L. Alder 

14. “Our beliefs about what we are and what we can be precisely determine what we can be”

– Anthony Robbins

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15. The pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.

– Winston Churchill

16. “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

 – Anais Nin

17. The World is what we think it is. If we can change our thoughts, we can change the world.

– H.M. Tomlinson

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18. “We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.”

 – Swami Vivekananda

19. Every day may not be good, but there’s something good in every day.

– Author Unknown

20. There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.

– W. Clement Stone

 

 

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Guest post: 15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

Happy New Year Everyone!!!!
Sometime last year, I came across this post “15 things you should give up to be happy”. I have been waiting for the right time to share it with you and decided the time is right. The time is now.
I hope you enjoy it.

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy
Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right
There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question:
“Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer.

What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. Give up your need for control
Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame
Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk
Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs
about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining
 Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism
Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others
Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change
Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels
Stop labelling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open.

“The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears
Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.

“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. Give up your excuses
Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past
I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment
This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another,  attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations
Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves.  You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

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Motivational quotes on SELF-CONFIDENCE

Self confidence starts by loving yourself completely( loving your flaws, strengths, dreams and hopes) and developing a habit of positive thinking. While some of us are born with self-confidence, most of us have to work at it. Building self confidence is a day to day work so don’t expect to see the change in one day. Let these motivational quotes boost your self-confidence and help you love/believe in yourself more.

“When someone tells me “no,” it doesn’t mean I can’t do it, it simply means I can’t do it with them.”
Karen E. Quinones Miller

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.
Theodore Roosevelt

“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.”
Lao Tzu

“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“As long as you look for someone else to validate who you are by seeking their approval, you are setting yourself up for disaster. You have to be whole and complete in yourself. No one can give you that. You have to know who you are – what others say is irrelevant.”
Nic Sheff

“With realisation of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.”
Dalai Lama

“A great figure or physique is nice, but it’s self-confidence that makes someone really sexy.”
Vivica Fox

“Self-confidence is the first requisite to great undertakings.”
Samuel johnson

“I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence, but it comes from within. It is there all the time.”
Anna Freud

“Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence”
Vince Lombardi

Confidence is a habit that can be developed by acting as if you already had the confidence you desire to have.”
Brian Tracy

“The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do.”
Author Unknown

“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. “If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.”
Alan Cohen

“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.”
Oscar Wilde

“Don’t you dare, for one more second, surround yourself with people who are not aware of the greatness that you are.”
Jo Blackwell-Preston

“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
Marilyn Monroe

“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”
Harvey Fierstein

“Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?”
Brigham Young

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The new you: HUMILITY by Babalola Olusegun

Humility is best defined as the quality of being modest and respectful. It is a priceless virtue and basically needed for anybody who wants to get to the top and maintain that shot in any sphere of life.

Humility is not the absence of weakness; it is the acknowledgement of your weakness as what you can work on. It is not the absence of achievement; it is seeing your achievements as what you should put under you and not over you as you strive for more. It is the exact opposite of pride and does not rub you off yourself esteem. Rather, it brings honour. This fact is evident in the lives of the most humble teachers the world has ever known like the Lord Jesus Christ, Moses, Mother Theresa and Gandhi. Here are the highlights about humility as taught by them.

-Teach others the principles of humility by your lifestyle.

-Recognise someone somewhere is better than you, if not on earth, at least God in heaven.

-Don’t always boast about your achievements; let others do that for you.

-Acknowledge that no matter what you have achieved, something is still more challenging. So focus your energy on overcoming it.

-Admit you can learn from anybody, anything at anytime

-Develop a teachable spirit.

-Learn to serve others first.

-Always commend people for their time and energy and make an effort to compliment those around you.

-Develop a forgiving spirit for those who hurt you no matter their offence.

-Learn to take to correction and always admit you are wrong when you are.

With constant practice and consciousness of these simple facts, your name could one day join the shortlist of world’s true humble teacher. As you aspire for greatness, never forget the key that unlocks the door which is humility.
From today, glow with the new you.

Have a great week!

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Incredibile food art you should see

Food is very essential to humans. It supplies nutrients to our body and for pleasure. But some creative people have used food as a medium for art. They incredibly combined different types of food to achieve a beautiful art piece-edible art. It makes you crave for more and eating become very interesting especially for children.

Vegetable face

Vegetable face

farm made with butter

farm made with butter

curry onsen

curry onsen

'Hot' dogs

‘Hot’ dogs

Angry birds sandwiches

Angry birds sandwiches

lisa_simpson_food_art

lisa_simpson_food_art

Food-Art-Worms1

Food-Art-Worms1

Pasta nest

Pasta nest

sleeping rice bear

sleeping rice bear

Let’s get creative!
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