Did you know that your version of Internet Explorer is out of date?
To get the best possible experience using our website we recommend downloading one of the browsers below.

Internet Explorer 10, Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.

ticksticks

Babesiosis: New Tick-Borne Disease Is Freaking Me Out

Like us on Facebook:
The current article you are reading does not reflect the views of the current editors and contributors of the new Ecorazzi

Damn ticks.

Just when my paranoia over Lyme disease couldn’t get any worse, a new report today concludes that another tick-borne virus is causing alarm.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (who should really just stick to making me laugh with zombie-related posts), the disease Babesiosis is starting to become more common in the Lower Hudson Valley and coastal areas of the Northeast. It’s spread through those tiny bastard deer ticks and thrives in red blood cells, brining on symptoms akin to malaria. In some cases, particularly with those that have already compromised immune systems, it can be fatal.

In addition, due to ineffective screening, the disease is also showing up in the blood supply. From the NY Times:

Babesiosis already is the most frequently reported infection transmitted through transfusion in the United States, responsible for at least 12 deaths. In New York City, six transfusion-associated cases of babesiosis were reported in 2009. Infection by this route can be serious: One study found approximately 30 percent of people who were infected by a transfusion died.

What to do? Well, if you’re like me, eschewing nature isn’t an option. Make sure to  avoid tall grasses and while hiking stay on trails. Check yourself (have someone assist, if necessary) after walks in the woods. Light clothing also helps in more easily spotting the abominations. I also read a study that, bizarrely enough, showed that more people attracted ticks by sitting on logs. So – no logs. When in doubt, just burn your clothing, home, and any other possible items that may have come in contact with the outdoors. Better to play it safe.

Like us on Facebook:
0 Comments
blood

Study finds vegan blood is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells

Blood taken from vegans is 8 times more effective at killing cancer cells!

shutterstock_436148218

Stop calling vegan food “cruelty-free”

Many vegans proudly proclaim that their food is “cruelty-free” as though issues of justice and injustice begin and end with our use of nonhuman animals.

shutterstock_273565880

My Parents Forced Veganism on Me

If vegan parents don’t “force” their vegan values and beliefs on their children, society won’t hesitate to “force” standard American values instead.