Healthcare, Nature

CBD Oil As a Dietary Supplement: Pros and Cons

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Description: Look practically everywhere online, and you’ll see just how much people are raving about CBD oil, but is it a good dietary supplement? This article will look at the pros and cons.  Cannabidiol found in CBD oils is a natural substance that comes from the cannabis plant, which many people have been using to treat various ailments, from anxiety to problems with their immune system functioning. If you’re wondering about how to use CBD oil, it is commonly ingested by placing drops under the tongue, but it can also be found directly within popular products from drinks to bathe soaps.  While the pros of CBD have been well documented in scientific literature, what can be said about this compound in terms of dietary impact? This is what we’re going to focus on in this article, so let’s go!  Immune system functioning One of the reasons that CBD is such a great dietary supplement is that it balances your immune system functioning, helping your body to regulate digestion. The immune system is often in an imbalanced state, which can lead to incorrect absorption of vitamins and minerals in the gut.  When our immune system…

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How Privacy And Security Concerns Are Impacting Coronavirus Contact-tracing

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay The world expects the telecoms to play a vital role in the control of coronavirus through contact-tracing apps that should be used to mitigate its spread, this is, however, proving to be a tough nut to crack. Contact-tracing, as seen by a lot of people, is fraught with privacy and security issues which may undermine this much-needed avenue of fighting COVID-19. We need right now to put in everything we have got scientifically into mitigating the spread of coronavirus as a body. We shouldn’t be divided, but is that really possible?   Without any doubt, telecommunications has a great role to play in contact-tracing especially where we deploy apps that can monitor the spread of the virus. However, this can only be feasible where nations, corporations, and individuals are on the same page. Incidentally, that is not what we have on the ground now. While we believe that contact-tracing will go a long way in redeeming the situation we have at hand, there are concerns from varying quarters as regards the privacy and security of the people. Fighting the coronavirus pandemic in Asia  A vivid example of the use of contact-tracing in the fight against the spread of…

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Cybersecurity: The Flip Side of The Coronavirus Pandemic

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay There were insinuations that coronavirus was an accident from a laboratory in Wuhan that was studying bat coronaviruses and then spread to the public, though, this has been debunked by the WHO. If indeed it had been, then the persons behind the evil plan did not take a lot of things including the cybersecurity impact into cognizance. What would it have been like if, for an accident, the whole world was thrown into this mammoth amount of cybersecurity threats and attacks we have been experiencing? Sherrod DeGrippo, senior director of threat research and detection at Proofpoint was reported to have observed that the total volume of phishing emails and other security threats as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic now represents the largest coalescing of cyberattack types around a single issue that has been seen globally and maybe for a long time to come. Check Point Threat Intelligence, revealed that since January 2020, there have been over 4,000 coronavirus-related domains registered globally. While 3% of the websites were found to be malicious, an additional 5% are suspicious.  Check Point Threat Intelligence also pointed out based on hindsight that coronavirus-related domains are 50% more likely to be malicious…

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Was The World Short-changed by AI For COVID-19?

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay  COVID-19 came hitting hard at the very fabric of our culture, we were ill-prepared for it. Billions of people worldwide are under lockdown, thousands have died, and more are still dying.  Globally, governments, businesses, and individuals are confused, facing an uncertain economic future. Without mincing words, the world was completely unprepared for COVID-19 despite our technological advancements in the areas of AI and machine learning, hence, we are suffering the consequences and direly so.  It is on record that an artificial intelligence company called BlueDot was the first to notice that something weird was going on and, therefore, went ahead to alert the world of a cluster of “unusual pneumonia” cases occurring around a market in Wuhan, China, about the midnight of December 30, 2019. The company likened the symptoms to those of the SARS, an outbreak that was experienced in 2003. Incidentally, before the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Chinese authorities eventually got around to informing us nearly a week after the emergence of COVID-19, it was late and the harm had been done. The question is, how did we get it wrong?  It would have been expected that since we have progressed so much…

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