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November 02, 2020

IMMUNITY OF MANADA / MARÍA VAN

What do you think, would it work for us here in Mexico to go over herd immunity to control the virus? From what I see daily, there is no control and our percentages of cases vs. deaths are very high. If it worked in Sweden, why not here?

R. Doña Maria, so many mistakes in so little space. Sweden is among the 10 highest countries in Europe in percentage of deaths per 100,000. This virus is going to be stopped with a vaccine, social distancing, hygiene, masks and effective tracking. The rest are illusions. WHO and physicians and ethicists around the world agree that any proposed approach to achieving herd immunity through natural infection is not only highly unethical, but also unattainable and tantamount to mass murder. It’s not that way, Dona Maria.

What are zebra stripes for? Are they for decoration?

A. It has been called camouflage to confuse large predators, a sign of identity for other zebras, and a kind of portable air conditioner. Now, most scientists agree that the job of a zebra’s stripes is to protect itself from biting flies that can carry deadly diseases.

Can ginger help reduce nausea?

A. Ginger contains gingerol and shogaol, which can help control inflammation in the body (International Journal of Preventive Medicine).

Often considered an alternative medicine, ginger can also help relieve nausea and is reported to decrease the severity of postoperative nausea and vomiting.

It can also offer an alternative to anti-nausea medications after surgeries.

To stay hydrated we must drink eight glasses of water a day. I’ve heard and read it multiple times, but these eight glasses of water are too much for me. They make me go to the bathroom a lot and sometimes I just can’t do it. Will this hurt?

A. The original “eight glasses” claim supposedly comes from a 1945 US Food and Nutrition Board recommendation that stated that we should drink 2.5 liters of water every day for good health. There are two problems with this recommendation:

1. It was not based on any actual research.

2. Most of this intake could come from food.

These three factors influence how much water you should drink: body weight, activity level, and local climate. Generally, the more you weigh, the hotter it is, and the more active you are, the more water you need. Remember that drinking and drinking water are not the same since you actually drink water with your food. The best rule is that you listen to your body.




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