Shortages in the blood supply are a
real threat to the medical community
across the nation and Baton Rouge is no
exception. Consider these facts about
blood and the U.S. blood supply from
the American Red Cross:
• Every two seconds someone in the
U.S. needs blood.
• More than 38,000 blood donations are
needed every day.
• One out of every 10 people admitted
to a hospital needs blood.
• While the average red blood cell
donation is one pint, the average red
blood cell transfusion is about three
• Approximately 60 percent of the U.S.
population is eligible to give blood, but
only 5 percent do so in a given year.
• Blood shortages are particularly
pronounced during the summer and
recommends a moderate diet
high in fiber and carbohydrates
to prevent diabetes.
William the Conqueror, King of England,
may have thought of the first fad diet. In a vain
attempt to lose weight so he could ride his horse, the
king embarks on an all-liquid diet. The bump in his
fairly sound plan is that the liquid is alcohol.
Thomas Short derives
the strange notion that living near swamps
makes people fat (perhaps after visiting
Louisiana). Need to lose weight? Simply step
away from the swamp.