Month: February 2020

Blood Pressure

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says: High blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death for Americans. In 2017, nearly half a million deaths in the United States included hypertension (high blood pressure) as a primary or contributing cause. According to the National Health …

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Sandwich

Sandwich

For most of my working life I had a sandwich for lunch. Ham, beef, chicken, turkey, tuna, cheese, cream cheese, peanut butter, tomatoes, eggs, banana, … and many combinations of these. When I retired, it was a habit I continued, having more or less the same fillings. But when I went vegan at the start …

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Milk

Dairy

As part of my going more or less vegan over a year ago, I’m not now generally consuming milk or dairy products. I’m not obsessive, so don’t get worried if I see that a prepared food contains a tiny proportion of butter or other dairy product. But I don’t use liquid milk, and I don’t …

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Toxins in tap water

Tap water in developed countries used to be assumed to be 100% safe to drink, and most water authorities assert that this is still the case. However, there have been an increasing number of studies that throw some doubt into the picture. The problem seems to be that industrialisation (factories and agriculture) generates a range …

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Porridge with fruit

Breakfast

“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” But is this the best advice about breakfast? A study in 2016 published by the Nutrition Society provided some support, but was viewed by the National Health Service as needing more research. Research …

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Sleep

We often hear that sleep is important, but that leads to several questions: • How much sleep should we be getting? • What if we have less sleep than we should? • Can you have too much sleep? • Is an afternoon nap a good thing or a bad thing? The Harvard Medical School in …

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Stroke

According to Wikipedia: A stroke is a medical condition in which poor blood flow to the brain results in cell death. There are two main types of stroke: ischemic, due to lack of blood flow, and hemorrhagic, due to bleeding. Both result in parts of the brain not functioning properly. Signs and symptoms of a …

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Cholesterol

According to the Mayo Clinic in the US: Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in your blood. Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells, but high levels of cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. With high cholesterol, you can develop fatty deposits in your blood vessels. Eventually, these deposits grow, making it …

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. According to the National Health Service, the three main symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are: • involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor) • slow movement • stiff and inflexible muscles A person with Parkinson’s disease can …

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