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Category: Health EN


Radioactive metals in consumer products

Authorities in the Netherlands found about 900 women’s handbags that had originated in India and were decorated with metal rings laced with radioactive Cobalt-60 on each bag’s shoulder strap. Thousands of everyday products and materials containing radioactive metals are surfacing across the United States and around the world. Common kitchen cheese graters, reclining chairs, women’s handbags...
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Cancer warning needed for talcum powder

The Consumers association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Ministry of Health to place a warning on cosmetics containing talc. Talcum powder has been directly used on the skin as an effective absorbent to help deodorise and for imparting a silky touch. The primary component in talcum powder is magnesium silicate hydroxide (commonly known as talc). Talc is the main ingredient in baby powder, medicated...
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Antioxidants – Food’s amazing healing powers

There's something magic in food that can save you from virtually every disease and it’s described in one word: antioxidants. Here’s what everyone should know about this miracle food substance. Antioxidants are basically nature’s anti-ageing medicine. It protects against free radical damage in the body. Free radicals are unstable, high-energy, electrically charged molecules that can damage...
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Red meat raises your risks of cancer, heart disease & diabetes

“Eating Meat May Increase Risk of Early Death, Study Finds,” ran the headline in The New York Times in March. “Dying for some red meat? You may be,” quipped the Los Angeles Times. The big news came from a study that tracked more than half a million Americans aged 50 to 71 for 10 years. Those who reported eating the most red meat were roughly 30% more likely to die mostly of cancer or...
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Supplements can hurt you – and your pocket!

Most people buy vitamin and health supplements and just take the manufacturer’s word about what’s in them. But there could be more to — or less in — your supplement than what they tell you.  And they might not even be worth your effort and money.  Lab tests confirm this. Poor Value In 2008, scientists from the review website, whatsit, tested 27 brands of popular cod liver oil and omega...
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Depression and its many causes

We all feel “down” or “blue” at times. All of us have days when we feel “depressed”. Usually, these feelings are temporary, and we can have a great day tomorrow. Even when we have a bad day, we can still find enjoyment in things. These occasional bad days are part of life and not depression. Sometimes though, these feelings may persist for several days or even weeks. This is common...
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Find out whether you are depressed

Are you depressed? To find out, complete the following questionnaire. Check off the symptoms which have occurred to you nearly every day for at least the past 2 weeks.  I FEEL sad, depressed or down most of the time.   True  / False  I AM less interested and less able to enjoy the things that once gave me pleasure.   True /  False  I USUALLY feel tired and without energy.    True / ...
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Some self-help tips to fight depression

If you suffer from long-term or severe depression, with constant thoughts of death or dying, including ideas about suicide, seek professional help immediately. For occasional sadness and depression, here are some ways to lift the fog:  EXECISE. Depression is in many cases a result of a lifestyle of physical immobility. Studies have found that running or jogging for example, lifts depression. It...
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Gratitude is good for the body, mind and soul

Gratitude, or thankfulness, seems to be a lost art today. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others,” wrote Roman philosopher Cicero. “Nothing is more honourable than a grateful heart,” Roman senator Seneca was quoted as saying. Most religions encourage gratitude. In Buddhism for example, gratitude is said to be a hallmark of humanity. “When a...
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Start a gratitude journal

Consciously or unconsciously every moment of our day, if we’re not practising gratitude, we’re practisng a degree of ingratitude. We’re never really standing still. We’re either being grateful or ungrateful. With gratitude, our attention is focussed on the blessings of life.  Ingratitude blinds us to these blessings. In every situation, find a way to be grateful. Every day is a great...
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