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Salt That Heals and Salt That Kills

Many people are confused about salt and rightfully so-your doctor and health professionals tell you to decrease your salt intake to decrease your risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke and renal disease. On the other side of the fence, many gourmet chefs and holistic specialists claim that salt is good for you and essential for life.

The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) claim that Americans are consuming ever higher amounts of sodium, up to 6,000 milligrams a day, instead of the recommended daily allowance of 500 to 2,000 milligrams per day. These high amounts, in a form that is unfriendly to the human body and with no ancillary mineral benefits, are what lead to serious health problems. The sodium that the AMA and the CSPI are referring to is the sodium found in table salt.

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The Flaw in Flax Seed Oil

When flax seed oil first hit the health supplement market, vegans and vegetarians rejoiced. Finally, a health supplement that allowed them to continue to avoid meat and live animal products while filling their body’s desperate and vital need for omega 3 fatty acids, essential nutrients that help keep your heart strong, prevent strokes, improve memory function and delay or even stop Alzheimer’s Disease and Senile dementia.

Unfortunately, the celebration may have been a little premature. In early January, Daily News Central released the results of a study that indicates that while flax seed oil does contain all the proper ingredients that your body needs in order to make DHA and EPA, the two most important forms of omega 3 that have the biggest effect on heart health, mood and memory, your body does not actually use those ingredients to make them.

Therefore, if you take flax seed oil supplements or … Read More

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Usana – Usananimals – Healthy Nutrition For Growing Children

Marketed by the No.1 nutritional supplements provider, Usana Health Sciences, Usanimals are specially designed nutritional supplements for children. They consist of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients for growing children in the age group of 13 months to 12 years. During this period, children require optimal nutrition to support their development.

Most of the skills required in adulthood are learnt during the first 12 years. This includes simple activities like walking and running and complex ones like playing a sport or a musical instrument. The child also learns to speak, read, write and communicate with gestures. All this is a result of an increased coordination of brain and body.

Young children display a tremendous amount of energy. They can play and jump around through the day without any sign of tiredness. Obviously, children in this age range of 1-12 years need a lot more energy as compared to an adult … Read More

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Scope of Medical Education in Ukraine

Every student gets in a dilemma when they are about to take the final call on their career options. Right decision will always save us from the hardships which we may have to go through while chasing our goals. And the same applies when it comes to choose the best medical university abroad mainly in Ukraine. We have so many options before us, and they seem to be the right one too. But what follow later on are discrepancies in the degrees, mode of payments, financial assistance and practical trainings. When it comes face to face with foreign students who have invested a lot to reach there, it leaves them with no options rather than regretting on their hurried decision in selection of the medical University.

So, for a medical aspirant, homework is must. Homework as in inquiring in detail all the necessary information about the medical school they are … Read More

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The History of HMO Plans

Introduction:

Health Maintenance Organization Plans – HMO Plans for short – are a type of managed care program. The idea behind managed care programs is that maintaining good health will be achieved by preventing disease and providing quality care. By maintaining good health, it is believed that escalating health care costs can be controlled.

When HMO Plans were first introduced, members paid a fixed, prepaid monthly premium in exchange for health care from a contracted network of providers. The contracted network of providers includes hospitals, clinics and health care providers that have signed a contract with the HMO. In this sense, HMOs are the most restrictive form of managed care plans because they restrict the procedures, providers and benefits by requiring that the members use these providers and no others.

History:

HMOs were intended to take health care in a new direction. They were designed by the government to do … Read More