Some studies have shown that given very young children a sugar solution (or a sucker from the doctor’s drawer) before, not after, the shot reduces the child’s crying.

Water to be treated that is colder than 68 degrees F will take longer. A warmer solution of the original mixture from the bottle will have a higher concentration of iodine. So, fewer capfuls will be required, and more water can be treated before refilling the Polar Pure bottle. You can warm the bottle in your pocket or in sunlight. Dosage instructions, as well as thermal reactive paint on the bottle, tell you how much liquid to pour from the bottle into the water that is to be disinfected.

Who really knows if organic is any better? The bad stuff is already in the environment. Pesticides. Herbicides. Acid rain. Dust from nuclear fallout. Does that ever really go away? It’s all out there, hanging around waiting to get into your food. Fact is, unless we raise beef cattle in a hermetically sealed tank, they’re going to soak up crap that never leaves their systems. And you’ll wind up eating it.

We will never know 100% where they lurk, trying to find a way into our homes and nightmares, but there are some things we can do to protect ourselves.

This has not been in the media, but a 23 month old near here is fighting for his life, and a pregnant woman just south of San Antonio is fighting for her life. In Mexico, these folks might have died already, but here in the US, folks are getting Tamiflu or Relenza quickly, and we have ready access to ventilators. What this means is that within a couple of weeks, regional hospitals will likely become overwhelmed.

Doing a little research is always a good idea. That means find out how long your potential caterer has been in business, what kind of affairs they have catered in the past. And if you are a real detective, you will want to check with the local health department. They have records of any problems or health violations filed against the business. Trust me, that is really good information these days.

But I pull into Taco Bell anyway, because that’s what Americans do. Fast food. We spend billions of dollars and half the water in America to make a food item you ingest in just under two minutes.