One of our little children was sick.
Their childhood illness was wrapped up in an additional problem — the child was also severely malnourished.
A cold, a flu, a cut — it doesn’t matter what kind of ailment a child faces —
— when they are malnourished — the effects are worse.
In a place where there is not enough healthcare — these conditions put a higher burden on responsible adults —
In addition to the stresses of tending a sick child, with few resources, and the possible spread of the illness to themselves due to lack of clean water — there are not always enough beds in hospitals if the child’s fever spikes.
— there may not be enough vehicles to rent one if you need to try to reach a professional.
That means — swollen little eyelids and dry little lips are your business — to moisturize, to comfort — to soothe —
Each tear that falls is a drop of liquid that isn’t in their bodies that you might not know how to replace.
What do you do, when they are this sick?
One of the village doctors, has a solution.
The children hate it — but it works.
In the lines of the sick and afflicted — the doctor calls those who are suffering from certain symptoms — giving the influenza-affected, cold-affected, incontinence-affected children —
— a quick shot of vitamin A.
A quick shot of a — vitamin supplementation?
Vitamin A is actually cutting edge medicine — providing an economical new solution to measles and other childhood diseases. If immunizations are not present or available, Vitamin A is a second-line defense which helps the children fight the epidemic once infected with their own natural systems.
Still, for someone who still has to hold and rock the sick little babies — who hate those pokey- needles —
I had to wonder — for the love of God —
— could someone just try planting some freaking carrots around here?
So… that’s what we did.
Rainbow carrots — none the less.
Notice how the inside of the carrot slice also resembles a human eye?
That’s a good way to remember that they also help to guard against blindness.
The carrots swell fat and crisp underneath the ground twice a year — in the rainy season, and the shoulder http://pinterestingagainstpoverty.org/fresh-carrots-in-a-village/season.
We learned that all you have to do to regrow your first batch of carrots is return the top of the carrot to the ground you pulled it from. It contains the seed, and the root regenerates much faster than the feathery little seeds you purchase from the store.
One of the benefits in education of living in areas that have food insecurities — is you learn what each food has to offer by the diseases and effects the deficiencies have on human bodies, when certain vitamins and minerals are lacking in the diet.
So — even in the USA, if you are sick and have the flu — go eat carrots. Even fresh carrot cake has great nutrients to offer.
Here are a few great carrot recipes to bless your day:
- Fresh Carrot Cake (a friend made this for me when I was feeling under the weather.)
- Carrot Cake Smoothie (if you’ve got a good blender, mix one of these up and enjoy.)
- Orange Carrot Ginger Juice (super-healthy and easy-to-make.)
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