Archive for March, 2013

Happy Resurrection and Happy Easter 2013!

For millions of Christians around the world, this a wonderful time of year to remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made when he died on what we now call Good Friday and rose again on the third day to redeem mankind’s sins. Christ took the sins of mankind onto himself, and in doing so, he gave us eternal life.

This season is the time where Spring is in the air and the temperature is perfect, so if you have little ones, enjoy the Easter egg hunts and gift baskets.

Have a happy and loving day with family and friends!


Food Borne Illness Chart: Understanding Food Poisoning

Have you ever become ill after eating a meal?  Have you wondered what type of bacteria, you may have contracted from the food that you ate?  If so, please review the list below and see what types of bacteria can be found in certain foods.

Food Borne Illness Chart You Should be Aware of:

Common Name of Illness
Onset Time After Ingesting
Signs & Symptoms
Food Sources
Bacillus cereus B. cereus food poisoning 10-16 hrs Abdominal cramps, watery diarrhea, nausea 24-48 hours Meats, stews, gravies, vanilla sauce
Campylobacter jejuni Campylobacteriosis 2-5 days Diarrhea, cramps, fever, and vomiting; diarrhea may be bloody 2-10 days Raw and undercooked poultry, unpasteurized milk,contaminated water
Botulism 12-72 hours Vomiting, diarrhea, blurred vision, double vision, difficulty in swallowing, muscle weakness. Can result in respiratory failure and death Variable Improperly canned foods, especially home-canned vegetables, fermented fish, baked potatoes in aluminum foil
Perfringens food
8–16 hours Intense abdominal cramps, watery diarrhea Usually 24
Meats, poultry, gravy, dried or precooked foods, time and/or temperature-abused foods
Cryptosporidium Intestinal
2-10 days Diarrhea (usually watery), stomach cramps, upset stomach, slight fever May be remitting and relapsing over weeks to months Uncooked food or food contaminated by an ill food handler after cooking, contaminated drinking water
Cyclosporiasis 1-14 days, usually at least 1 week Diarrhea (usually watery), loss of appetite, substantial loss of weight, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, fatigue May be remitting and relapsing over weeks to months Various types of fresh produce (imported berries, lettuce, basil)
E. coli
(Escherichia coli)

producing toxin
E. coli infection
(common cause of
“travelers’ diarrhea”)
1-3 days Watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, some vomiting 3-7 or more days Water or food contaminated with human feces
E. coli O157:H7 Hemorrhagic colitis
or E. coli O157:H7 infection
1-8 days Severe (often bloody) diarrhea, abdominal pain and vomiting. Usually, little or no fever is present. More common in children 4 years or younger. Can lead to kidney failure. 5-10 days Undercooked beef (especially hamburger), unpasteurized milk and juice, raw fruits and vegetables (e.g. sprouts), and contaminated water
Hepatitis A Hepatitis 28 days average (15-50 days) Diarrhea, dark urine, jaundice, and flu-like symptoms, i.e., fever, headache, nausea, and abdominal pain Variable, 2 weeks-3 months Raw produce, contaminated drinking water, uncooked foods and cooked foods that are not reheated after contact with an infected food handler; shellfish from contaminated waters
Listeriosis 9-48 hrs for gastro-intestinal symptoms, 2-6 weeks for invasive disease Fever, muscle aches, and nausea or diarrhea. Pregnant women may have mild flu-like illness, and infection can lead to premature delivery or stillbirth. The elderly or immunocompromised patients may develop bacteremia or meningitis. Variable Unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk, ready-to-eat deli meats
Noroviruses Variously called viral gastroenteritis, winter diarrhea, acute non- bacterial gastroenteritis, food poisoning, and food infection 12-48 hrs Nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramping, diarrhea, fever, headache. Diarrhea is more prevalent in adults, vomiting more common in children. 12-60 hrs Raw produce, contaminated drinking water, uncooked foods and cooked foods that are not reheated after contact with an infected food handler; shellfish from contaminated waters
Salmonella Salmonellosis 6-48 hours Diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, vomiting 4-7 days Eggs, poultry, meat, unpateurized milk or juice, cheese, contaminated raw fruits and vegetables
Shigella Shigellosis or Bacillary dysentery 4-7 days Abdominal cramps, fever, and diarrhea. Stools may contain blood and mucus. 24-48 hrs Raw produce, contaminated drinking water, uncooked foods and cooked foods that are not reheated after contact with an infected food handler
Staphylococcus aureus Staphylococcal food poisoning 1-6 hours Sudden onset of severe nausea and vomiting. Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea and fever may be present. 24-48 hours Unrefrigerated or improperly refrigerated meats, potato and egg salads, cream pastries
V. parahaemolyticus infection 4-96 hours Watery (occasionally bloody) diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, fever 2-5 days Undercooked or raw seafood, such as shellfish
Vibrio vulnificus V. vulnificus infection 1-7 days Vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bloodborne infection. Fever, bleeding within the skin, ulcers requiring surgical removal. Can be fatal to persons with liver disease or weakened immune systems. 2-8 days Undercooked or raw seafood, such as shellfish (especially oysters)


For more information, contact: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition Food Information Line at 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free), 10 AM to 4 PM ET, Monday through Friday. 


U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2013). Food. Retrieved from

My Educational Sacrifice – Tune Into Blog Talk Radio Every Saturday Morning

The Sacrifices Associated With Obtaining an Education

Judith Owens will share her story about her educational journey.  If you have ever thought about giving up on the way to your own destiny, then you must hear this encouraging story.  Judith’s story is sure to encourage and inspire you to greatness!

Listen to Judith’s inspiring story on Saturday, March 23, 2013 from 4:30 am to 5:00 am Pacific Standard Time and 7:30 am to 8:00 am Eastern Standard Time. If you would like to call in and ask her questions, you may do so by calling (909) 202-8670.  Also, if you miss the show, you can listen anytime to the archive of the show by clicking the link below:


Happy St. Patrick’s Day – 2013

Have a safe and wonderful day!

Radio Interview With Children’s Author Michelle R. Britto

Would you like to speak with the new children’s book author, Michelle R. Britto, about her new book called What’s Below Your Tummy-Tum?

If so, click the link below and call (909) 202-8670 on Saturday, March 16, 2013 @ 4:30 am PST or 7:30 am EST. Please tune into this important show about empowering children to protect themselves against predators.

You could help save a child’s life with this valuable information from a social worker of 19 years who has seen all kinds of cases and violence against children. See you on “The Virgin’s Island Radio Show!

Interview With Author Michelle R. Britto – What’s Below Your Tummy-Tum?

Michelle R. Britto lives in New York.  She is a mother of 5 children.  She has been a social worker for 19 years.  Her hobbies include: yoga, going to temples, sketching, writing, and travel.  She is passionate about children and music.

As a parent, grand-parent, or as a concerned adult have you ever wished there was a manual that could tell you how to have those difficult conversations with your child about taboo topics like molestation and rape?  If so, this interview style blog is a must read and this new author is going to delight you.

Judith: Michelle, in your own words, how would you describe the first book in your new series of children’s books?

Michelle: The book is designed to empower the whole child. When a child is sexually violated they are violated mind, body, and spirit. Children grow up scattered and do not know how to handle the emotions and physical components that have happened to them which causes the child to be disconnected.

Sexually molested children have to get to the core of the pain, so therapists give them back their voice.  Children are taught to un-learn unhealthy relationships.

Judith: Why did you write What’s Below Your Tummy-Tum?

Michelle:  When I had my first daughter I wondered how anyone could violate such small body parts. “It was like God was telling me to write this book.”

Judith: Do you have an estimate of how many cases of child molestation there are in your states/United States? What are the statistics?

Michelle: 1 out of 4 children will be molested by their 10th birthday.  By the time a girl is 16 years old she will have been sexually violated. Boys typically do not report.

Judith:  At what age should parents talk to their children about inappropriate touching? How should parents overcome their fear of protecting their children from predators?

Michelle:  Parents should start explaining at age 2. Parents have to realize that if you teach a child their body parts, how do you skip over the most important and sacred body parts? Don’t over-sexualize the conversation with your kids. Parents should not think as adults when explaining body parts to children. As a parent you are speaking to the whole child (mind, body, and spirit) at every level. It’s a foundation for emotional and spiritual intelligence.  These are gateways into all of a child. If we stop looking at this issue as explaining adult sexual parts, this would not be an issued to be feared.

Judith: Why is your book so important for every parent to have in their possession?

Michelle:  “Because parents make the assumption that this will never happen to their child. Children see what parents and most adults cannot see. A parent never knows what may happen. The only way to know is to acknowledge, not live in fear, but to empower their child. The Psychological Stages of development Trust and Mistrust happen between the ages of 2 to 5 years old. Children are sponges during these ages, so from 2-5 and that’s when they learn language best. This is the best time to teach the children the language of their bodies.”

If a parent does not explain body parts and how important it is for children to understand that NO ONE else should be touching their private parts it could be detrimental to them later. As parents, we must have this conversation.

Judith:  What if a parent has discovered that his/her child has been molested or violated, would this book still help them?

Michelle:  Yes.  Because the child still needs to feel like they are safe.  The book is interactive.  The child gets to name their safe people.  This book is very important in helping a child discover who their safe people are.

You may purchase this wonderful book now by logging onto:

To read more about the author, Michelle R. Britto, and to contact her for conferences and seminars, please click on the link below:

What Have You Been Eating – 2013?

As 2013 has begun, what have your eating habits been like?  Will 2013 be a healthy eating year or have you chosen to eat fast food?  Most experts says that people break their New Year resolution by the 18th of January.

Leave a comment and tell us how you are doing and how you plan to improve your health this year.









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