I am a data-driven person. I have been disappointed with my inability to control, track, and understand who is visiting my blog and improve my website to reflect those statistics since I have moved to WordPress.With this in mind, I have decided to return Veritas Health to blogspot. My posts have been transferred (…manually…) back to the original site and I have made improvements to echo the advantages of WordPress (like a customizable “About” section and the ability to add pages).
I’m sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause you readers. But I am confident that this will improve your interaction with VH over the long term. Thanks for reading!
August came and went so quickly that I hardly even realized that there is an anniversary to celebrate — one year of Veritas Health, my beloved public health blog. I started Veritas Health because I could not find anything on the web like it. Individuals just didn’t seem to be writing about their public health experiences or ideas on the web! Now I not only have a public health blog, but am Co-Editor at the new HSPH Connection blog and have a Twitter account (which is in dire need of followers…)!
More recently I have noticed a flurry of internet public health activity. Departments of Public Health have Twitter accounts and even CEOs of large hospitals have their own blog. This public health and new media thing is really beginning to catch on.
I have decided to commit to increasing my consumption of locally grown/raised foods during my last year at HSPH (Harvard School of Public Health). It was difficult to decide whether to initiate this using Veritas Health or my food blog, TastyKate, but finally decided that TastyKate was a better venue. Check out my first post here.
There are many barriers to healthy eating that we, in public health, are always throwing around. Healthy food is too expensive. It’s not available. It takes to much time to make. I’m going to try to put some of those theories to the test.
I hope that you will follow along. This will certainly be an adventure.
How about an article in today’s New York Times:
It would be impossible to eliminate all chemicals and microbes from drinking water, right? Rather than elimination, the EPA often sets standards of “allowable” levels of chemicals and microbes in the water supply. For example, a chemical used to kill weeds, atrazine, has been considered safe when the yearly average does not exceed 3 parts per billion and the daily dose remains under 297 parts per billion.
New evidence suggests that atrazine may be particularly harmful for the babies’ development. While still in the womb, dosages exceeding just 1 part per billion were associated with low birth weight and birth defects (if you find this article please pass it along!). In animal studies, atrazine exposure has been associated with development of cancer. Epidemiological studies suggest that there may be increased rates of some cancers, including prostrate cancer among people with close contact with atrazine, as well.
After a few months living in California I was struck by the number of food allergies and intolerances of my friends, colleagues, and their families. Gluten-free, lactose-free, peanut-free, pit-free…the list goes on and on. I don’t believe that these diseases are just more ‘common’ in people living in the Bay Area, rather I think it is more likely that doctors (and patients) are probably more aware of food allergy signs and symptoms and thus more apt to screen for and diagnose these problems. In a highly educated, wealthy area like the Penninsula (i.e. Silicon Valley) this makes sense.
The peanut allergy epidemic (I’m not sure that it would officially be characterized as such….) that led to pretzels in airplanes and banning of peanut products in some schools surely raised America’s awareness about some food allergy issues. Lactose intolerance has been around for a long time and is fairly well-known. Although many Americans suffer through stomachache after stomachache unwilling to believe that glass of milk or bowl of ice cream could be the culprit. Celiac disease, an extreme form of gluten intolerance is another story.
After months of hard work compiling data for the United Nations Development Programme our final report on the intersection of HIV/AIDs and sex trafficking was presented in Bali (see my previous post on this international conference). Reuters picked up the story and published it in its AlertNet section on Wednesday.
The commercial begins with two cute kids in the frame. One is trying to figure out the other’s height with measuring tape; they are playing in a large kitchen. Then the fact, which is something to the effect of
So what does the ad suggest? Feed your kids more vegetables (dark green leafy vegetables are a good source of calcium and salmon or tuna are excellent sources of vitamin D)? Encourage your kids to play outside during the day (sunlight is the best way to help your body produce its own vitamin D reserves)? No…