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I Need To Get Sick
Possibly: Muktuk, or the skin and blubber of whale or narwhals, is high in Vitamin C, D, and A. Large ingestions over a period of time can lead to hypervitaminosis A, a serious, but treatable, affliction. Nowadays, however, fairly high level of PCBs have been found in muktuk. All things in moderation, but I'll take the sushmi... ...Read more
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What are you referring to when you write "sick" & "sprinkles"?
Are you referring to having cold or flu symptoms? Do these symptoms only arise with rain or if the temperature decreases?
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Uncomfortable: Jet lag is the mismatch between your internal biologic clock and the external world. You will feel sleepy and have poor appetite for a day or so. Additionally your memory and analytical skills will be reduced until you have adapted. Exposure to sunlight, both morning and evening and using your body's natual sleep hormone-melatoinin prior to sleep you can hasten your adaptaion. ...Read more
Yes in severe cases: Sunburn if severe can cause a systemic reaction which can lead to an acute illness such as feverish feeling, dehydration, and fainting. It is important to stay well hydrated, treat the skin blisters if any and the burn on the skin. Visit a doctor or emergency room if you begin to feel light-headed, nauseated, or begin having severe chills. ...Read more
Cough: Cough happens when you are sick as a result of irritation of cough receptors that exist in the lining of the upper and lower respiratory tracts, as well as to a small degree in the ear, diaphragm, esophagus, pericardium and stomach. These receptors, when stimulated, transfer their stimulation to centers in the brain by way of the vagus nerve. Then you cough! ...Read more
Not healthy: You won't get sick immediately from eating old cooking oil, but having oil that has been sitting around for a while means the oil has very likely gone rancid. When that happens, trans fats develop and those are very unhealthy for us. So it is generally wise to use fresh oil for cooking and eating. ...Read more
Not related: Hydrocephalus is an increase in the water in the brain. Usually there is associated pressure that can cause headache and vomiting. Once the pressure is reduced, there should be full recovery - unless some other condition is present. Many patients with well controlled hydrocephalus do suffer migraines. Some have other medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, immune disorders, etc. ...Read more
Yes: It should not be the only source of diet from more than 48 hours. As long as other foods are added it can be continued a little longer. It only contains a small amount of sugar, electrolytes and water. It is not a complete food source and would lead to malnutrition if continued too long, or not used along with other foods and milk. ...Read more
Unlikely: Not much different than walking around the mall. You will be exposed to many with divergent exposures and backgrounds and might pick up a respiratory infection more likely but this could happen anywhere. If working in a soup kitchen, you are doing a good thing and this is helpful to your psyche and to society. ...Read more
Bugs...?: It is not likely that you will become ill, but why would you want to eat cereal that has bugs in it!? Make sure your food storage area is clean and do not keep food past the expiration date to be less likely to develop a infestation problem. ...Read more
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