Health


Between these lines

by GLENN TILLETT · TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017 Pablo Saul Marin, Belize’s current minister of health, has an opportunity now to re-structure the provision of dialysis services in Belize with a view to making it equitable, accessible and affordable. I’ve been told he does have a plan. I haven’t seen or read or been apprised of what that plan is, and therefore cannot form any opinion as to its consequentialities but as one of the almost 100 Belizean citizens who must have dialysis or face certain death, I am all ears. Currently, as I have been told by several persons […]


2012 Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Belize – Ministry of Health

Acronyms CNCD Chronic non-communicable Diseases INCAP Nutrition Institute of Central America and Panama FAO Food and Agriculture Organization CFNI Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute Kcal kilocalorie FBDG Food Based Dietary Guideline HECOPAB Health Education and Community Participation Bureau QUADS Quality Assurance Development Services PAHO Pan American Health Organization BAHA Belize Agricultural Health Authority HFLE Health and Family Life Education INSTITUTIONS REPRESENTED IN THE MULTI-SECTORAL GROUP Ministry of Health Nutrition Unit Public Health Unit Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB) Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital Ministry of Agriculture National Food & Nutrition Security Commission Ministry of Education School Health Unit Quality […]


What Guatemala does not want the world to see

While the Government of Guatemala burns through the budget on lavish lifestyles, keeping an unfounded claim on our independent nation of Belize, swarms of families live below extreme poverty and live their lives in the garbage dumps. Guatemala would do good with starting to address the basic human rights of their citizens before they look for more expenditures elsewhere but then again, the Oligarchy does not suffer so they do not care. Video by Primer Impacto


Factory Farming – It's coming to Belize 1

I watched Food Inc when it was released and it is important to watch. I have asked media houses in Belize to air this so people understand what is happening around them. I know you have heard the terms GMO or Organic Food; you may have even heard of Factory Farming. If you have not heard about these you may be asking what these are about. GMO – Genetically Modified Organism GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable […]


Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya (pronunciation: chik-en-gun-ye) virus is transmitted to people by mosquitoes. The most common symptoms of chikungunya virus infection are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash. Outbreaks have occurred in countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans. In late 2013, chikungunya virus was found for the first time in the Americas on islands in the Caribbean. There is a risk that the virus will be imported to new areas by infected travelers. There is no vaccine to prevent or medicine to treat chikungunya virus infection. Travelers can protect […]


UnHappy Birthday Belize

I wanted to wait for the festivities to simmer down before I put my thoughts out to my fellow Belizeans. I do not know how you will receive my speech or how it will be scrutinized, but these are my heartfelt convictions. I heard some of the speeches and for the most part heard a lot of pretty flowers, shiny gems and smelt nice perfume that all masked the reality that our nation faces today, 33 years and a couple days old. I won’t go into the pretties too much, you know that is not me. My idea is to […]


Dr Death Wouter Basson found guilty

The man dubbed as South Africa’s “Dr Death”, Wouter Basson, the former head of the Apartheid chemical and biological warfare programme; has been convicted of unprofessional conduct by the country’s health council. He had breached medical ethics when he was involved in the former apartheid government’s chemical and biological warfare programme, it ruled. He was accused of supplying and producing kidnapping drugs, suicide pills and arming mortars with teargas. South Africa became a democracy in 1994, ending white minority rule. Thousands of people were killed during the fight to end apartheid rule. ‘No doctor-patient relationship’ The media dubbed him “Dr […]


How the U.S. State Department Promotes GMO Global Agenda 2

Biotech Ambassadors by Food & Water Watch In the last decade, the United States has pursued foreign policy objectives on food and agriculture that benefit a few big seed companies. This commonly takes the form of the U.S. State Department exercising its diplomatic prestige and bully pulpit to pressure foreign governments to adopt policies favored by the agricultural biotechnology companies. Food & Water Watch’s comprehensive analysis of State Department diplomatic cables reveals a concerted strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology overseas, compel countries to import biotech crops and foods that they do not want, and lobby foreign governments — especially in […]


Belize Jungle Remedies featured in Chicago News

We all know about Belize Jungle Remedies, some of us got and still get our daily doses and scheduled parasite clean-outs. This is a normal thing in Belize as well as other nations in Central America and it’s nice to see that others from more advanced nations that don’t believe in anything but what a doctor prescribes at crazy prices are still reaching out for help. Growing up in Belize, I can attest that what I have used does work, you remember sina or Epazote right 😉 and the pharmacology in the US for example have researchers sifting through many […]


Asbestos in Drinking-water

Background document for development of WHO Guidelines for Drinking-water Quality Originally puiblished in Guidelines for drinking-water quality, 2nd ed. Vol. 2. Health criteria and other supporting information. World Health Organization, Geneva, 1996. Preface One of the primary goals of WHO and its member states is that “all people, whatever their stage of development and their social and economic conditions, have the right to have access to an adequate supply of safe drinking water.” A major WHO function to achieve such goals is the responsibility “to propose regulations, and to make recommendations with respect to international health matters ….” The first […]


The War on Kids

The War on Kids is a 2009 documentary film about the American school system. The film takes a look at public school education in America and concludes that schools are not only failing to educate, but are increasingly authoritarian institutions more akin to prisons that are eroding the foundations of American democracy. Students are robbed of basic freedoms primarily due to irrational fears; they are searched, arbitrarily punished and force-fed dangerous pharmaceutical drugs. The educational mission of the public school system has been reduced from one of learning and preparation for adult citizenship to one of control and containment. Filmmaker […]


Ractopamine

The FDA ruled that ractopamine was safe and approved it for pigs in 1999, for cattle in 2003 and turkeys in 2008. As with many drugs, the approval process relied on safety studies conducted by the drug-maker — studies that lie at the heart of the current trade dispute. The drug, ractopamine hydrochloride, is fed to pigs and other animals right up until slaughter and minute traces have been found in meat. ref Pharmacologically, it is a beta-adrenergic agonist. It is the active ingredient in products known as Paylean for swine and Optaflexx for cattle, developed by Elanco Animal Health, […]