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Category Archives: Health

High-Calorie Foods

  • Protein Smoothies: If you want to gain weight, so, you should increase the amount of protein in your diet (as per recommended by your dietitian). And drinking protein smoothies are the easiest and yummiest treats you can give to yourself that not only help you attain your weight gain goal but also satisfy your cravings. Try to make some homemade protein smoothies with some natural fruits to have real-time benefits.
  • Dairy Products: Milk, cheese, egg, yogurt, butter and to name a few are some of the dairy products you need to add to your diet. These are high in calories and help you gain weight effortlessly. So, make sure you include them in healthy quantity with expert advice to take their real benefits.
  • Rice: Rice is a low-carb food that again one of the easiest ways to gain some extra pounds without making so many efforts. Make sure you have a bowl of rice regularly if you want to see quick results.
  • Nuts And Nuts Butter: Nuts and nut butter like peanut butter is no doubt a high-calorie food that is the way perfect to add to the diet if you are looking to gain some healthy weight. These are healthy and have enough nutrients your body requires to function properly.
  • Starchy Carbs: Starchy carbs helps you to gain healthy weight. Include potatoes, quinoa, oats, corn, beans, and legumes, squash, buckwheat, etc. And within a few days, you will see the results that for sure amaze you.
  • Dark Chocolate: It has a high-calorie density and therefore having, it may also have some positive effects on your weight gain goal. Make sure you add healthy quantity and if you have any other health problem, so consult your doctor first.

About Killer Foods

The government has been at war with the farmers who produce and sell directly to consumers without resort to genetics, with the accusation that their foods are contaminated with the Salmonella species of bacteria. Salmonella is the main causative agent for diarrhea. For example, American federal and state regulators are seeking legal sanctions against farmers in Maine, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and California, among others. These sanctions include injunctions, fines, and even prison sentences for farmers who fail to join the genetic bandwagon.

Genetic modification of foods started in the nineteen eighties. The biotechnology giant Monsanto began to genetically alter corn to withstand its activities in trying to round up their weed clearing agenda-or herbicide roundup, as it was generally referred to. The goal was to eradicate weeds but not crops and resist a corn pest called the corn borer. These small changes in the Deoxyribonucleic acid, DNA, the building blocks of proteins in the body, of the corn are expressed by the plant as proteins. Those proteins act as allergens, provoking a disorder marked by the overproduction of a type of white blood cell called an eosinophil.

The U.S. government started approving GMO corn and soybeans for sale in the mid-1990s, and today, 88% of corn, and 93% of soybeans, are the transgenic varieties. According to my findings, due to cross-pollination via winds, birds, and bees, there’s no such thing anymore as a GMO-free corn crop in the U.S. “It’s almost impossible to find a corn source in the United States that doesn’t have the [protein] in it,” Dr. Mansman, an allergist who works in a Virginia hospital, told an American Magazine.

Beyond all the hype, beyond all the gobbledygook, GMFs have become the stable shelf food in Europe and America, and the idea has become acceptable in other parts of the world. In fact the Nigerian National assembly has hurriedly passed the bill to back the genetically modified foods production in the country. Former President Goodluck Jonathan set up a committee to vet the so called biosafety bill as passed by the National Assembly before he could sign it into law. Then, participants at the 10th anniversary of African Agricultural Technology Foundation, AATF seminar say Nigeria’s dream of achieving food sufficiency in 2015 will be a mirage, unless the country adopts biotechnology in the agricultural sector. Even Olusola Saraki, a senator and chairman senate committee on environment and ecology, who is currently the Senate President, decried the delay in signing the bill into law. “As a matter of fact, the benefits of signing the bill into law by Mr President are numerous,” he said.” These include regulating the safe application of biotechnology in Nigeria to harness benefits in fields of agriculture, medical, environment sustainability and industrial growth.” Further more, the law will promote technological and material transfer for research collaboration and commercialization in biotechnology.” According to him, since 1996, biotechnology-driven crops had been commercially planted and their adoption had increased steadily, with over 8.5 million planting them in 21 countries, with most African countries developing biosafety.He also noted that all over the world, scientists, who recognized the benefits of the technology, had been at the forefront of the call for safety and regulation of activities in the field of biotechnology. “Therefore, there is the need for Mr. President to assent to the bill in the interest of our nation and the attendant economic and employment opportunities that come with it,” he had said. “If this feat is achieved, Nigeria, as a nation, would be sufficient in food production and thereby, save the cost of annual food importation and diversify same into a value chain mechanism.”

But the question is, how safe is BMF? Investigations indicate that even scientists at the forefront of the promotion of biotechnology are coming out to speak against it. Most food literature focuses on poor nutritional quality of canned and pre-packaged food, which is the only source of food to certain urban people who have no access to fresh foods from the farm. Chemicals found in food packaging are unhealthy-as, for example, Bisphenol A, or BPA. This chemical has been banned from baby bottles and sippy cups in the United States but find ways into the stable consumption of the nouveau-rich in Nigeria. Since it is used to line food cans, intended as a protective barrier between the metal and the can’s contents, BPA actually leaches into the food we eat. The effects of leaching BPA are likely most detrimental for pregnant women, babies and children. This chemical has been linked with obesity, cancer (breast and prostate), early onset of puberty, Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD and retardation of development of brain and nervous systems. The case of early puberty has been a serious societal issue that results in increased rape cases and pedophilia simply because the children look older than they actually are. And Monsanto and other companies are at the forefront of these drugs. France has banned the use of BPA in the preservation of canned foods with effect from 2015. Soon, other European countries will follow suit. Apart from BPA, Aspartmine is another chemical. Aspartame has been linked to several different cancers and even degenerative brain conditions. Consuming aspartame regularly will burn out neurons and has been linked to headaches, mood alterations and even brain tumors. It is regarded as a healthy and sweeter alternative to sugar, though it actually causes diabetes and may also cause obesity. It was developed in a bio-weapons laboratory from excrement from bacteria culture and bleached with other chemicals by Monsanto corporation. It is currently sold under different brand names and used in food seasonings. Unfortunately this chemical, originally sold by Monsanto Corp, is now being re-branded under different names There are currently efforts underway to include aspartmine in milk and so called diet products-“low sugar” or “sugarless” drinks, even though aspartame is contained in many products already that do not list it as one of the ingredients. But by far the most important of these products are the genetically modified foods. “Introduction of genetically modified food has raised a number of fears, some genuine and some irrational,” says Dr.Leo d’Souza, a Jesuit priest and biotech researcher. “Human fears, whether genuine or irrational, have to be attended to.” These fears are currently being expressed by Nigerians who are skeptical of the benefits of the foods. For example, The Daily Trust Editorial of 26 June 2013 was particularly critical of the bill. “It may come as something of a surprise,” the paper wrote, “to some, even shock to many, that such a profound policy step would be taken without as much as consultation with the public.” The paper continued: “Still, even in advanced nations that have pioneered the technology and fully embraced the crops, controversies over them linger. Scientists have raised concerns about their effect on human health and on the environment. It is alleged that the crops damage the soil and that large quantities of fertilizers and hazardous chemicals are required to successfully cultivate them. And for particularly the developing world, GM crops portend another challenge of having to depend on giant companies in the West for seed imports to replant as some of the crops do not have seeds or those with seeds cannot produce high-yield varieties when they are planted. Unless these allegations about the disadvantages of the crops are satisfactorily addressed, it would be premature to expose Nigerian farmers to GM seeds when the technology is still in its infancy in the country, if at all.” The paper insisted that the main challenge now is that a large percentage of the national arable land is not being put under cultivation. ” Since the advent of the oil boom nearly four decades ago, successive governments have paid scant attention to agriculture as a national security issue. This is the time to do it, by going back to agriculture, which offers better food and economic security than oil. Efforts should also be made to find a solution to the huge post-harvest losses that farmers suffer. If these and many other steps are taken, the country may in the end find it does not have any need for inorganic substances like GM crops to feed the people,” the paper concluded.

Sound Mind in Healthy Body

Benefits of being healthy:

• From child to adult health plays an essential role in proper development and growth of the mind and body.

• If you maintain a healthy lifestyle then your body becomes free from different types of disorders and illness leading to longer life expectancy.

• You tend to look more attractive when you are physically fit.

• For those who work being healthy can make you feel more energetic and you are able to carry out exhausting tasks without pushing yourself.

• A healthy individual does not avoid his duties as he is able to reach his full potential.

• As your mind is free from mental stress you are able to handle the daily chores at home, school, work etc. with a positive attitude making you more interested and improving the output of the task you do.

• Health has a huge impact on one’s overall performance and efficiency. With good health and sound mind, you will have a better control of your life.

Wrapping Up:

An individual with good health and sound mind fully enjoys the good things in his life. With sound mind, an individual can find motivation and strength to do his / her work. Stressful lifestyle and unhealthy habits can adversely affect one’s health both physically and mentally. Loss of good health can lead to loss of happiness in life. To maintain a one’s health, following a healthy lifestyle is essential. Proper lifestyle will lead to the adequate development and growth of one’s body which helps in keeping it mentally, physically, socially and spiritually healthy.

Choose the Right Doctor

1. Look for an Integrative Doctor

In traditional medicine, the objective is to find out the core cause of the disease and then prescribe the right medicine. If you have a health issue, you may want to look for a good integrative doctor. To find the right one, you can ask friends, family or your colleagues. The goal of integrative medicine is to heal a person with a certain health condition.

Make sure you go with a practitioner that has a good deal of knowledge. Moreover, the professional should use a holistic approach in order to treat you. He should find out the root cause of your condition instead of treating the symptoms.

2. Symptoms and Underlying Causes

Today, doctors consider symptoms of a condition to prescribe medicine. On the other hand, an experienced integrative physician will take into account your illness symptoms and then try to find out the root cause of the symptoms. In the end, they may prescribe the right treatment. So, before you hire one, make sure they can identify and address the underlying cause of the problem.

3. A Coach, not a Friend

Your doctor is your coach, not a friend. The doctor will let you know what to do and what not. But it’s also your responsibility to follow their advice. So, during the interview, you should try to find out if the doctor is going to play the role of a doctor or coach. Remember: if the practitioner is friendly, doesn’t mean he is going to act like a friend.

Nutrient Deficient

Dry, Dehydrated Skin

Dry skin is very common in winter, but if your skin is drier than usual, it may be due to lack of omega-3 fatty acids in your diet. Omega-3s aid in nourishing the lipid barrier of your skin, which is responsible for keeping harmful germs as well as toxins out and vital moisture in. When there is an insufficient omega-3 fatty acid in your diet, your skin will lose moisture and this can lead to unpalatable scaly texture. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid include sardines, salmon, flaxseed, chia seeds, walnuts and so on.

Cracked and Sore Lips

When your lips are cracked beyond normal, it may be the sign of lack of riboflavin in your diet. If your diet lacks riboflavin, it can lead to cracking of the corners of your mouth and dryness of your lips. You may also notice a puffed, dark red tongue and an inflamed mouth. If it is not treated in time, it can lead to nerve damage which will eventually cause the tingling of your toes and fingers. Foods rich in riboflavin are broccoli, salmon, almond, eggs, etc.

Summer, Keep You Healthy

1. Seek shade

From 11am to 3pm the sun is at its strongest. During this period it is recommended for you to stay out of the sun as you are more at risk of burning or developing heatstroke. If you are having lunch in your garden or at the sea-side you may seek shade under a parasol to have maximum protection.

2. Stay hydrated

Spending too much time in the sun without drinking water will get you chronically dehydrated. It is recommended to reduce the consumption of caffeinated drinks or alcoholic beverages during hot days, as this will tend to make you even more dehydrated. You should drink at least eight glasses of water every day and even more on hot days to stay hydrated. Dehydrated skin is more prone to sun damage, so drink plenty of water!

3. Wear sunscreen

When you are exposed to the sun, always make sure that you are wearing a sunscreen that is right for you. It is important to know which sunscreen is suitable for you skin type and blocks both ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B radiation. Before applying your sunscreen, always check its expiry date. It should usually last for about 12 months from opening, moreover you can also check the label on the product. Always apply liberally and remember to reapply after swimming even if it says it is a water resistant sunscreen. Remember also that UV rays bounce off sand, snow, concrete, and water.

Neuroplasticity

Its Characteristics –

  • Neuroplasicity is at work throughout our life.
  • Most of us have very different behaviors and thoughts today than we had 25 years ago. This is because of action of neuroplasticity resulting in changes in brain structure and organization as we experience, learn, and adapt.
  • It is the ‘muscle building’ part of the brain. With every repetition of a thought or emotion, we reinforce a neural pathway. Similarly, with each new thought, we begin to create a new way of being.
  • As we age, change doesn’t come so easily because the brain loses some of its plasticity and we become more fixed in how we think, learn, and perceive.

How to improve neuroplasticity? –

The research has shown conclusively that the brain can form new neural pathways and create neurons throughout life. Notwithstanding our genes we inherit, our lifestyle plays an important role in improving this unique quality of brain. The following are ways that help you improve your brain fitness by harnessing neuroplasticity:

Do exercise regularly – Regular exercise and increased fitness promote brain functioning through a variety of mechanisms, including increased brain volume, blood supply and growth hormone levels.

Undertake intermittent fasting – It is a great way to increase brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF). In the brain, the BDNF protein is active at the connections between nerve cells (synapses), where cell-to-cell communication occurs. The synapses can change and adapt over time in response to experience, a characteristic called synaptic plasticity. Moreover, it detoxifies the body and recycles old proteins with new ones through the process of autophagy. The brain will benefit from this as well since a short fast has profound effects on neuronal autophagy.

Do meditations regularly – There is a ton of evidence that regular meditation has profound effects on the brain. The neuroscientists now view meditation as the top way to upgrade your brain, with the potential to transform your life in many big ways. Mostly it has to do with increased attention span, improved memory and higher activity at the prefrontal cortex. There are also a number of studies showing that it enhances cortical thickness and the density of grey matter.

Take adequate sleep – Sleep might be the most essential nutrient for neuroplasticity. The sleep deprived brain is muddled with connections, causing disorder of nervous information. Sleep restores that. Sleep provides a soft wipe of the brain, giving you the opening necessary to lay down new connections, form new memories, and learn new skills.

Remove stress – Stress dampens neuroplasticity in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex while increasing it in the amygdala, which is associated with fear, anger, anxiety, and other autonomic emotional responses.

Learn an instrument – Music training enhances brain plasticity. The research has found that children, who engage in musical training, show increases in IQ, verbal memory, and linguistic ability, even when the control group is composed of kids with otherwise similar backgrounds such as socioeconomic status, academics, etc. except for the music training. Merely listening to the same music doesn’t have the same effect. You have to actively participate in its creation.

Medical Education Conferences

Variety of sessions and workshops are conducted to enable the diverse group of educators and researchers to share and discuss interesting ongoing approaches, innovations, and interventions to medical education.

It is a platform for people of similar interests.

  • to form a network with others.
  • to take part in workshops and seminars.
  • to present their own work via presentations.

It provides tools for training of health professionals in developing, mastering and maintaining the important knowledge, skills, and attitude required for safe and effective patient care. These conferences help in developing and implementing curriculum, assessment and evaluation competency, simulation and observation studies, and policy or ethical dilemmas in medical training.

Undergraduate/Postgraduate level students get the opportunity to attend expert’s seminars. Plus, they also get a chance to lead a seminar which helps them to strengthen their basic skills and to reinforce a clinical experience with an evidence-based approach, in turn, it creates efficiency and improves compliance with duty hours and patient care.

Upcoming Medical Education Conferences in 2018

Medical schools, universities and many associations routinely offer conferences on medical education; from undergraduate medical education to resident and research education on the vast number of topics.

Have a look at the lists which are given below-
1. 15th APMEC 2018: 10-14 January 2018, Singapore.
2. Pain Management & Addiction Medicine for Primary Care: 16-18 February 2018 in Whistler (Vancouver) in Canada.
3. Cardiology for Primary Care: February 17-19, 2018 in Disneyland, California.
4. Infectious Diseases for Primary Care: 22nd – 24th February 2018 in Riviera Maya/Cancun, Mexico.

5. Clinical and Patient Wellness Program Series: February 22-24, 2018 in Orlando, Florida.
6. Pharmacology and Pain Management for Primary Care: Between 2-4 March 2018, it will be held in Sedona/Grand Canyon, Arizona.
7. Neurology and Psychiatry for Primary Care: In Napa Valley/Sonoma Wine Country, California, 9-11 March 2018.
8. Ottawa 2018.ICME 2018: 10-14 March 2018, Abu Dhabi.
9. Pediatrics for Primary Care: March 16-18, 2018 in Kapolei, Hawaii-Aulani.
10. Women’s Health and Pain Management: 24-26 March 2018 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
11. Emergencies in Primary care: March 29-31, 2018 in Punta Cana.
12. Psychiatry and Women’s Health for Primary Care: March 29-31, 2018.
13. 13th International Medical Education Conferences 2018: 13-15 April 2018, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
14. AMEE 2018: 25-29 August 2018, Basel, Switzerland.
15. Learn Serve Lead 2018 AAMC: 2-6 November 2018, Austin, USA.

Natural Minerals

FACT- Our body’s immune system requires a minimum of 60 ‘natural minerals’ per day to enable it to carry out its function which is to protect us from all sorts of ailments and illnesses.

FACT – Imagine what is happening to your body IF you do not feed it sufficient ‘natural minerals for IT to do its job effectively.

FACT – These ‘natural minerals’ are transferred from the soil into the food that is grown there, but unfortunately they are ‘no longer’ available in the quantities we require due to over farming, chemicals and pesticides.

FACT – Over the past 50 years and more this natural 100% supply has diminished to an alarming extent – by as much as 75% in most Countries across the World. In fact there is one State in the USA where there has been a 100% depletion of them!

FACT – The above came from a World Wide survey carried out by the World Health Organisation some 50 and more years ago – and WE are only just being told about it.

Well there is ‘one’ way YOU can make sure both yourself and your family feeds your bodies with the necessary amount of ‘natural minerals’ on a daily basis – and that is with a daily “Natural Sizzling Minerals” drink – or some “Natural Mineral Powder” sprinkled over the veg or other food you and your family eat on a daily basis.

By the way, there is ONLY Company in the World providing this benefit – and they are NOT available in the shops either.

Finally – a little note – whilst I would personally agree that ‘organic’ fruit & veg are better for you than all the other stuff we tend to buy just remember that even ‘organic’ food is mostly grown in ‘depleted’ soil. Just a thought.

To avoid any confusion please let me make it quite clear that Natural Minerals are NOT a cure for anything – they are not a medicine but they ARE a necessity in our daily lives as you will have read above.

Argan Oil

Contingent upon the sort of the Argan oil removed (culinary or corrective), this God-sent valuable blessing discovers use in a wide assortment of life regions.

Not exclusively it’s a profoundly pined for fixing in relatively every gourmet food these days, yet in addition it picked up acclaim in pharmaceutical and also in beautifying agents and excellence fields.

The Argan tree is one of the most established trees on the planet and is currently found in an intramontane territory with low normal precipitation covering in excess of 2,560,000 hectares.

It becomes just in Morocco and in light of the existential noteworthiness for the locals, the UNESCO has proclaimed the region a secured Biosphere Reserve.

No big surprise local people call it the “tree of life” on account of its significance and as it gives them timber, charcoal, nourishment for their dairy cattle and the celebrated oil, which is viewed as a standout amongst the most profitable sustenances on the planet in the most recent decade.

Separating Argan Oil

The collect time of the Argan organic products is from July to August.

What’s more, instead of the olive tree, the argania spiniosa can’t just be shaken to accelerate the collecting system.

Consequently, the ladies are obliged to gather the natural products starting from the earliest stage fell the rest from the tree utilizing stones in a backbreaking procedure.

What likewise solidifies the reaping venture, is the trees’ unpleasant and prickly contorted stems.

What’s more, albeit numerous individuals trust that most of the Argan oil on the business sectors today is removed from the natural products gathered by goats, this is a long way from being valid, essentially in light of the fact that the amount of Argan organic products expected to fulfill the progressing and expanding overall request, is a long ways past what any crowd of goats can process.

In the wake of opening the Argan nuts, which may contain a few almond-molded pieces, the ladies either generally cook them to refine the taste lastly crush them utilizing a hand-stone plant to extricate the culinary Argan oil or they process them normally to yield the restorative one.

In the culinary rendition, the batter increased in the wake of granulating the cooked parts is hand-manipulated utilizing high temp water and afterward squeezed to isolate the oil from the rest.

Present day Argan Oil Production

These days, to accelerate the generation procedure, a major number of producers utilize machines to extricate Argan oil, particularly the corrective one.

On account of restorative Argan oil, there’s no water utilized and the pieces are squeezed normally without broiling.

This is what’s presently known as “chilly squeezed”.

However, regardless of the alternatives current innovation is putting forth, the conventional generation of this extraordinary oil is making strides again in view of the high Argan oil quality achieved along these lines.

Fortunately, in the two cases, to send out Argan oil outside of Morocco, the maker and/or exporter must give consistence records demonstrating his/her oil is regarding thorough quality and cleanliness rules.