Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. It is caused by the poliovirus.
The virus spreads from person to person and can invade an infected person’s brain and spinal cord, causing paralysis.
Paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio because it can lead to permanent disability and death. Between 2 and 10 out of 100 people who have paralysis from poliovirus infection die because the virus affects the muscles that help them breathe. Continue reading Risking their lives to wipe out polio forever→
Simple life, superfood diet of Lapland’s Sami people
Lapland is a cultural region that spans the arctic areas of Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the northwest tip of mainland Russia.
Traditional Laplanders are called the Sami people. Many of them still live the way their ancestors did, herding reindeer that forage across the wide arctic expanse for lichens in the winter and green plants in the summer.
The Sami lifestyle is simple and peaceful. The diet is rich in an array of superfoods.
The Sami people rely on reindeer for their very existence. They eat reindeer meat, use the milk for cheese, and the skins for clothing, blankets, and shelter. They create tools and decorations from the bones and antlers.
The Sami also use reindeer as pack and harness animals. Even the Lapland police use reindeer! In arctic weather, reindeer are more reliable than motorized vehicles or other animals.
All reindeer are considered domesticated in Lapland. Reindeer hunting is illegal.
In this two minute video, a young Sami reindeer herder explains the connection he feels to his reindeer:
In the current political climate where government agencies shut down small businesses for irrational reasons, an African hair braider’s victory in Kent last year is a small but welcome blessing.
The mission of the Washington State Department of Licensing (DOL) is to advance public safety and consumer protection. So how did this agency get tangled up in a federal lawsuit about hair braiding?
In June 2014, hair braider Salamata “Sally” Sylla filed a federal lawsuit against the Washington DOL, because the agency had ordered her to either get a cosmetology license, or shut down her business. Sylla was represented in her lawsuit by the Institute for Justice.