Students thwart asthma
To the Editor:
During my last Earth Sciences class before exams, I suddenly
began to experience horrible pains in my chest and extreme
difficulty breathing. The pressure was unbearable and I was
completely unaware of what was going on. I went into the
hall to call an ambulance, but before I could, I began to
black out. I shoved my phone into a student’s hand
and gasped “Call an ambulance!”
I don’t recall much of what happened, but I do remember
there were several wonderful students who were put on the spot
and assisted me during this horrible experience. Unfortunately,
I don’t remember faces and I don’t have any names,
but I sincerely want to thank everyone who aided me. I also
want to express gratitude to the Student Emergency Response
Team who arrived in less than two minutes. I have great respect
for all of you — I felt like I was with true physicians
in your care.
After a day in the hospital, it was concluded I had an asthma
attack (my first), and I am comforted in knowing I was in heroic
hands during this incident. I am so proud to be a part of such
a great school with caring students and a one-of-a-kind response
team. Once again, thank you to the boy who called 911 for me,
and sorry for putting you on the spot. Many thanks to the girls
who stayed and comforted me, and to SERT. I hope you all read
this; your kindness and help will not be forgotten!
Java jive talkin’
Re: “Coffee has medical benefits: study,” Jan.
To the Editor:
It was good news to hear that drinking six cups of coffee a
day can decrease the risk of developing diabetes and Parkinson’s
disease, since Canadians drink over 15 billion cups of coffee
a year (101 litres per person).
However, before you add increasing your coffee intake to your
list of New Year’s resolutions, consider the nutritional
recommendations for Canadians is to consume no more caffeine
than the equivalent of four cups of regular coffee per day.
Caffeine is considered to be the world’s most widely
used drug. It is a mild stimulant of the central nervous system
and can be a source of addiction. In high quantities, caffeine
can create a number of health concerns, including dehydration,
irritability, insomnia, anxiety, irregular heartbeat, upset
stomach, inability to concentrate, altered calcium metabolism
and an increase in blood pressure.
Drinking coffee can be a part of a healthy diet, but like
all foods, enjoy it in moderation.
Honours Foods and Nutrition IV