Technology to Help Track WNV
The West Nile Virus (WNV) season is starting to heat up, although states like California have already seen human cases earlier in the year. The current surveillance systems used by counties are people going out to sites trapping mosquitoes and bringing them back to a lab to be processed for WNV sampling. With our vast amounts of technology, why are there not better surveillance systems for mosquitoes?
There is technology out there to track possible WNV mosquitos. Like many technologies it gets lost due to funding or lack of confidence in the people. There is a man in Texas that has a passion to help people be protected from WNV. There is a website he has created with current maps of mosquito activity by state and city. Frio Nature Conservancy (FNC) uses information from DNA testing, satellite imagery and Doppler Radar, capable of tracking the mosquito activity. Those areas can be further tested, sprayed or people made aware of mosquito activity in the area to avoid.
This system is known as GIS. GIS, also known as Geographical Information System, allows us to analyze, interpret, and understand data so we can visualize how it will help us in the future or present. This mapping system has been used for analyzing NY City flooding, St Kitts land use, and Ft Collins City map in real time. Why not use it for west nile virus mosquito surveillance?
It is People like John of FNC creating surveillance systems like this that create data to help an area respond sooner to WNV mosquito activity. The outcome would possibly be less human cases.
Go check out Frio Nature Conservancy at http://www.friocon.org/.
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Wednesday Recipe Day!
Yes it is Sunday and this one is so awesome that it can’t wait for Wednesday.
While on the very strict diet protein snacks were a challenge because they all had sugar. I was getting tired of eating nuts and fruit all the time. I found Nude Food that are gluten free and made with date sugar. That I was allowed to have and they taste so good!
The baker and saver in me wanted to make my own. Nude food bars can be a bit pricey not on sale at $2.50 a bar. I love baking and the last year have taken on the challenge of making recipes or food healthier. I came across a recipe for no bake cookies and started making it. Soon the recipe diverged into something else and became gluten free protein bars. Yes!! I am so into making healthier foods. Have you taken the challenge to cook or bake a healthier way??
Ok I know you want the recipe…. Here it is.
Gluten Free Protein Bars By Jennifer Holmes
1c almond butter or nut butter of your choice
1 1/8c agava nectar
1/2 c coconut flour
2 scoops Proflex protein powder or protein of your choice
1 scoop Fiberwise powder or fiber powder of your choice
note: The protein and fiber powder make 1/2c together
Any mix-ins you want
In a microwave bowl combine almond butter and agave and heat about 90 seconds to stir them together easily. Add mix-ins while still liquid like. Add protein and fiber powders and mix well. Add coconut flour and mix to a sticky dry consistency Take the dough between to wax paper and roll to thickness you want. Or you can press it in a pan then roll out. Cut into bars and store in the fridge. They are ready to eat!! Yum!
I made a vanilla orange pecan cranberry one and chocolate coconut chi flax sunflour walnut pecan one. Both Yummmmmy!!
Leave your comments below as to your mix-ins or variations.
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A member in our facebook group wanted me to create a list of what has helped my gain my health back from west nile virus neuroinvasive. It was all trial and error with support from friends and family. What worked for me may not work for others. Please comment below on what has worked for you to have a somewhat normal life with west nile virus.
In the first year of west nile virus infection I worked with a neuro feedback counselor to help me with new tools and ways to live with my new body. I also found in the first few months that electrolytes everyday, protein every 2-3 hours, and rest was key.
The second year I found physical therapy helped me get back use of my right arm. I developed a poliomyleitis like and was told I would not get my strenght back. I proved them wrong and have full use of it.
The third year I started acupuncture for the dizzy, headaches, and nausea.
The fourth year I started lymph massage to keep my system flowing properly and nutrition to get my health back.
Comment below on other solutions you have used.
Wish all well
Photobucket is having a contest to promote there new create a story. So I took the challenge and created my Alive with West Nile Virus story. It was an interesting time line to look back on. All the smiles do not show the pain, confusion, depression and anger that went with west nile virus neuroinvasive disease.
Leave a comment below on your thoughts. If you see this before Dec 9th go to Photobucket and like it.