You Are What You Eat, And The Planet Is Too

Have you heard the saying: ‘you are what you eat?’ This saying is true for us, and it’s true for the planet we live on - Planet Earth is what we eat.

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We know that the planet is slowly dying, but what you might not know is how much your weekly cheeseburger is contributing to not only greenhouse gas emissions but also water and land depletion.

Chickenpox To Shingles: Young to Old and How Vaccines Changed the Game

Are you itching to learn more about chickenpox and how it connects to shingles? Do the vaccines work?

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One in three people develop shingles in their lifetime. What causes this epidemic? The same virus that causes chickenpox causes shingles, Varicella-zoster virus (VZV)1. VZV is a member of the herpes family - whose other members are responsible for cold sores and genital herpes1. The first infection with VZV causes chickenpox2. Once the active infection is over, the virus becomes latent - it’s still present in your body, but it’s now hiding from your immune system in nerve cells i.e. neurons3. If the virus re-activates, this secondary infection is called shingles3.