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Edison, Thomas (1847 - 1931)

"The Doctor of the future will give no medicine,
but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame.
In Diet and in the prevention of Disease."

 

Hippocrates, Greek Physician (460 BC - 377 BC)

"Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. 
The natural healing force within each one of us is the
greatest force in getting well."

 

Blood sugar or glucose is the main fuel that our cells burn to provide the energy the body needs to function properly. The healthy body keeps the level of glucose in the blood within very narrow limits, as too high or too low a level of blood sugar can severely disturb many important bodily functions. High blood sugar, the outstanding feature of diabetes is given a great deal of attention, but what about abnormally low blood sugar.

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Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.

-William Blake

In today’s world an increasing number of our work force work at night. It is estimated that about 20 percent of the working population in the Western world is engaged in shift work. In addition our modern western lifestyle has many people staying up late at night and sleeping more during the day. The natural human sleep-wake cycle is designed for us to be awake during the day and to sleep for approximately eight hours at night.

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The human body is indeed amazing. The circulation of blood throughout our structure is vital to life. But the blood in our blood vessels must be thin enough to flow freely but at the same time able to clot if the vessels are damaged.  Blood clotting, called coagulation, is then important to prevent excessive bleeding. Specialized blood cells called platelets and certain proteins in the blood called clotting factors work together to stop the bleeding after an injury by forming a clot. Later, after the injury has healed the body naturally dissolves the blood clot.

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Fibroids are also called, uterine fibroids, fibroid tumors, growth, fibroma or fibromyoma: just different names for a condition that may affect three out of every four Jamaican women. In most western countries (Jamaica included) the most frequent major surgery performed on women is the hysterectomy (removal of the uterus). The commonest reason for this female surgical castration is uterine fibroids.

 

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Health officials are warning of an epidemic of a condition called dementia that features a pathological decline in mental function. Researchers estimate that the number of people suffering from it will double in the next 20 years.

The word dementia literally means ‘without a mind’ and occurs in several degenerative disorders of the nervous system. Dementia impairs how the brain functions and limits the sufferer’s ability to perform the normal activities of daily life. The infamous Alzheimer's disease (AD) is now the commonest cause of dementia.

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The public is often being reminded of the importance of many minerals like calcium, potassium, iron and zinc for good health. Magnesium, another important mineral is however often neglected. Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and is found mainly in the bones, muscles and nervous system.It features in over 300 different biochemical reactions in our bodies and is critical to health and wellness.

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You may not be aware of it, but on average you are constantly losing hair at an estimated rate of 100 hairs per day from the approximately100, 000 strands of hair in your scalp.

At any given time about 90 percent of the hair on your head is actively growing, in a growth phase that lasts as long as six years. The other 10 percent have gone into a resting phase lasting a few months that ends when those hairs are shed. The lost hair is then replaced by new hair growing from the same follicle, thus restarting the growing cycle. On average hair grows about half an inch per month, but with age that rate slows. Factors that interfere with this natural process of hair loss and replacement will produce balding

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Treating the Cause of Diabetes or Belling the ‘Diabetes Cat’

As another annual Diabetes Month comes around, more and more people are being diagnosed with the disorder and told that they have an incurable disease for which they must be treated with medication for the rest of their lives. Little or no attention is given to educating the public on the actual cause of the problem and how to prevent and reverse it.

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While we continue to focus on diabetes, it is important to remember that one of the ways that diabetes kills is by promoting heart disease. Heart disease is still the number one killer in Jamaica and the world and common and troublesome form of heart disease is known as heart failure or congestive cardiac failure (CCF).

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As people get older, one of their greatest fears is the fear of losing their mental functions, a condition referred to as dementia. Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is the most common cause of dementia in older people, robbing them of their cognitive ability and making it harder for them to think, remember, and reason. It destroys a person's memory, particularly short term memory and the capacity to think clearly, eventually making it difficult for them to perform very basic activities.

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Many of our men appear to be pregnant. Yes it is a not uncommon sight to see men whose swollen bellies make them look pregnant. They have what I call the male pregnancy syndrome. This condition is associated with a high incidence of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, circulatory problems and metabolic disorders like high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and uric acid in the blood. Other seemingly unrelated conditions like chronic fatigue, erectile dysfunction, chronic back ache, acid reflux, snoring and sleep apnea are also related to this kind of obesity. Medical research suggests that a man with a waist measurement of over 39 inches will increase his risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease by over 500%! 

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