You will not find a book more startling in its revelations, or more dramatic in its exposure of the lies and crimes hidden for centuries by the rich and powerful. At the heart of the story is a boy born after a brief affair between the young Michelangelo and an African slave girl: his name is Aly, and he recounts his amazing tale as an old man while looking back for the meaning of his life, and awaiting the assassins who would eventually take it.
He tells how the Princes did not die in the Tower, and how the ex-king married the daughter of a lady whose face is still known to us all. He tells how Columbus stole the fame of discovery from his two captains, who visited the Americas three years before him. He tells of the horrors he saw unleashed upon the people of the Caribbean, and how in consequence he dedicated his life to resisting Spain’s plan to make the world its slave. We glimpse him helping his father paint the frescos in the Sistine Chapel, and listen as he discovers the horrific blueprint hidden in the backdrop of the Mona Lisa. He tells of seducing the most powerful woman in Europe, and of killing tyrants both famous and evil. Older, he falls in love with a young princess, fathers a child by her, then puts her – the Virgin Queen – on the throne. Never forgetting Spain, he next masterminds the theft of vast hoards of Spanish silver and gold, treasure for Elizabeth to build a navy able to save England from any Spanish Armada.
It is a tale that not only takes our breath away, but one to change how we see the world around us. It exposes how ‘truth’ is created to deceive, how fairy tales can be transformed into ‘history’, and how words mask ‘reality’. It is a book for those who do not fear their most basic ideas being challenged, but more importantly, it is a book for the 21st Century, when all we hold dear is in peril from avaricious billionaires, and the corrupt and twisted politicians that work for them.
A tick bite usually isn’t very painful. And people who spend a lot of time outside often learn to just remove the tick and forget about them. But it might be time to change that because the evidence shows that tick bites are becoming more dangerous.
The rates of tick-borne illnesses are increasing. And so are the number of ticks. So, let’s take a look at the issue and ask why are tick bites getting more dangerous? What should you do if you get bitten? And how can you prevent it?
Why are Tick Bites Dangerous?
Tick bites are not usually dangerous by themselves. Ticks are far too small to do any real physical damage to your body. And unlike spiders, they don’t carry any dangerous venom. The real danger from tick bites comes from the fact that many ticks carry dangerous diseases that they can spread through their bites.
And it seems like these diseases are becoming more common. Rates of infection are on the rise, and that’s primarily because of the weather. The past few winters in much of the world where ticks are endemic have been unusually warm, which means that ticks are active for more of the year than they usually are. And more active ticks means more frequent tick bites.
The most famous disease spread by the bite of a tick is probably Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a condition that causes headaches, muscle aches, and chronic fatigue. Most cases can be cured if treated early. But if left unchecked, the disease can enter the chronic stage, which can’t be cured and can be so debilitating that it changes your life.
But there are a number of different- and often dangerous- diseases that can be spread through tick bites like babesiosis and anaplasmosis.
What Should You Do If You Are Bitten?
If you are bitten by a tick, the first step is to monitor your health carefully. Obviously, it’s not necessary to head to the doctor every time you get a tick bite. But there are a few signs to watch out for that suggest you might be infected by a dangerous disease. When it comes to Lyme disease, the most important thing to look for is a distinctive rash around the site of the bite. Many people refer to this rash as a “bullseye” because it consists of a single red spot at the site of the tick bite and then a ring around it.
But if any tick bite results in a significant and visible rash, you should probably head to the doctor and tell them you were bitten by a tick.
However, many tick-borne illnesses don’t show any visible symptoms in the early stages. And even people with Lyme disease don’t always develop a rash. That’s why it’s important that you watch out for the development of any symptoms for a few weeks after any bite and make sure to see a doctor immediately if you experience fever, headaches, or muscle pains.
Getting treatment early is the most important factor when it comes to dealing with Lyme disease or any tick-borne illness.
How can you Prevent Bites?
But the best way to protect yourself from these kinds of diseases is to avoid getting bitten in the first place. And while you’ll never totally avoid all tick bites if you spend significant amounts of time outside, there are a few things you can do to minimize your risk.
First, watch out for the kinds of places ticks live. Ticks feed by catching onto passing animals from long stalks of grass or the limbs of a bush. Anytime you pass through some dense undergrowth, there’s a good chance you might pick up a tick or two. Avoiding heavy patches of long grass or making sure to check your legs after passing through is a good way to avoid any unwanted passengers.
Second, if you know you’re going to be going outside for a while, it’s a good idea to wear long pants and tuck the legs of your pants into your socks. This keeps ticks from getting under your clothes where they can crawl up your body unnoticed.
Finally, consider a good bug repellant and spray it anywhere a tick might be likely to latch onto your body. And make sure to check yourself all over after coming indoors for any ticks.
By practicing a little bit of prevention, you can avoid any of the dangerous diseases spread by tick bites. And that means you’ll be able to enjoy your summer worry-free.
The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and is posted here for sharing purposes only. No copyright infringement is intended.
Even in a quiet Vermont town, unspeakable acts of the past can destroy the peace of the present.
In the remote pastoral hamlet of Canaan, Vermont, a high-profile legal case shatters the town’s sense of peace and community. Anger simmers. Fear and prejudice awaken. Old friends turn on each other. Violence threatens.
So when a young teenage girl is savagely murdered while babysitting at the house of the lead attorney in the case, Detective Sonja Test believes the girl’s murder and the divisive case must be linked.
However, as the young detective digs deeper into her first murder case, she discovers sordid acts hidden for decades, and learns that behind the town’s idyllic façade of pristine snow lurks a capacity in some for great darkness and the betrayal of innocents. And Sonja Test, a mother of two, will do anything to protect the innocent.
Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.)
by Anthony Bourdain
Genre: Professional Cooking/Cooking Methods/Raw
1.99 at time of posting!
Medium Raw marks the return of the inimitable Anthony Bourdain, author of the blockbuster bestseller Kitchen Confidential and three-time Emmy Award-nominated host of No Reservations on TV’s Travel Channel. Bourdain calls his book, “A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook,” and he is at his entertaining best as he takes aim at some of the biggest names in the foodie world, including David Chang, Alice Waters, the Top Chef winners and losers, and many more. If Hunter S. Thompson had written a book about the restaurant business, it could have been Medium Raw.
Genre: YA/Social & Family Issues/Dating & Sex/Pregnancy
2.99 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
First love and family turmoil in a meaningful YA story.
Sixteen-year-old introvert Samantha Cross is falling in love for the first time. There’s only one problem: she’s falling for her older sister’s boyfriend, Ben Swift. Her sister Veronica is beautiful, outgoing, and confident. Samantha is used to her sister getting all of the attention and everything she wants, even if she doesn’t like it. But now they’re being torn apart by love for the same boy, their parents’ separation and mother’s declining emotional state, and their move away from Calmer Cove into city life in St. John’s.
As her life crumbles apart around her, Samantha’s feelings for Ben only grow stronger. Then she finds out the boy driving the vintage Thunderbird has mysterious issues of his own. Will Samantha let Veronica keep the only boy she’s ever loved, or will she end up ruining her sister’s happiness to take control of her own? Tensions between the siblings escalate, and Samantha is torn between doing what she thinks is right and acting on her heart’s desire.
One thing becomes clear: one of the Cross sisters is in for a broken heart.
Calmer Secrets (Calmer Girls Book 2)
by Jennifer Kelland Perry
Genre: YA/Social & Family Issues/Girls & Women/Romance
3.89 at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
The clashes continue in this gripping sequel to Calmer Girls.
Samantha Cross is all grown up, busy with art school, and free of romantic entanglements. That’s how she prefers it, having renounced love ever since Ben Swift came between her and her sister Veronica four years ago, changing their lives forever.
Quite the opposite, Veronica rides the dating circuit with every eligible guy she meets. The rift between the sisters is still intact, troubling Samantha and raising questions about Veronica’s lifestyle choices.
But when an old friend turned sexy bass player rocks Samantha into a wild infatuation, she rethinks her abstinence. While feeling out this intense relationship, Ben barges back into their world with devastating news, sending both sisters into a tailspin. Is Samantha fated to fall under his spell again, or will she side with Veronica against dire new threats facing their family?
In an explosive climax, Veronica reveals long-buried secrets of her own, secrets that could impact all their futures and any hope of reconciliation between the Cross women — a.k.a. the Calmer Girls.
What If You Were Transported to a Land Without Color? And the Only One Who Could Restore it Was You?
When Alvin gets a mysterious pack of gum for his birthday, he, of course, blows a bubble as large as he can. But when that bubble carries him away to a far-off land where everything is gray, he’s in for the adventure of his life, and more than a little danger.
Because he’s the only one who can restore the Kingdom of Color to its former glory. To do it, Alvin has to battle man-eating plants, outsmart the bumbling Crimson Guards, cross the Sugar Dessert, overcome the two-headed dragon, and find the color-stealing goblins. It’s dangerous. Scary. Impossible! But it’s the only way to restore color to the kingdom.
In the multi-award-winning, The Land without Color, Benjamin Ellefson has crafted a middle-grade tale full of fantasy and wonder that will capture young reader’s minds, as well as their hearts.
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