Kids dieing in Haiti still perplexes me.  It still makes me wonder why God allows this.  Why do people spend millions on homes here in the states when these children will die before they are 5.  Why do I spend $2 every day this week for coffee when these children could take my $2 and live on it every day?  Why do these mom’s have to loose child after child because they have no money to feed them?

Licia admitted this little girl in and doesn’t expect her to live long.  Why? How?

Licia had this chart on her blog today and I wanted to share it with you.  I will probably go my entire life and never experience what these children experience.

HOW STARVATION AFFECT THE BODY

Area

Effects

Digestive system

Decreased production of stomach acid

Shrinking of the stomach

Frequent, often fatal, diarrhea

Cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels)

Reduced heart size, reduced amount of blood pumped, slow heart rate, and low blood pressure

Ultimately, heart failure

Respiratory system

Slow breathing and reduced lung capacity

Ultimately, respiratory failure

Reproductive system

Reduced size of ovaries and testes

Loss of sex drive (libido)

Cessation of menstrual periods

Nervous system

Apathy and irritability

In children, mental retardation (sometimes)

Mental dysfunction, particularly in older people

Muscles

Reduced muscle size and strength, imparing the ability to exercise or work

Blood

Anemia

Metabolism (body processes to convert food into energy or to synthesize needed substances)

Low body temperature (hypothermia)

Fluid accumulation in the arms, legs, and abdomen

Disappearance of fat

Skin and hair

Thin, dry, inelastic skin

Dry, sparse hair that falls out easily

Immune system

Impaired ability to fight infections and repair wounds

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