Becoming a vegetarian

imagesPeople become vegetarians for many reasons, including health, religious convictions, concerns about animal welfare or the use of antibiotics and hormones in livestock, or a desire to eat in a way that avoids excessive use of environmental resources. Some people follow a largely vegetarian diet because they can’t afford to eat meat. Vegetarianism has become more appealing and accessible, thanks to the year-round availability of fresh produce, more vegetarian dining options, and the growing culinary influence of cultures with largely plant-based diets.

Today, six to eight million adults in the United States eat no meat, fish, or poultry, according to a Harris Interactive poll commissioned by the Vegetarian Resource Group, a nonprofit organization that disseminates information about vegetarianism. Several million more have eliminated red meat but still eat chicken or fish. About two million have become vegans, forgoing not only animal flesh but also animal-based products such as milk, cheese, eggs, and gelatin.

Traditionally, research into vegetarianism focused mainly on potential nutritional deficiencies, but in recent years, the pendulum has swung the other way, and studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also


QBeautiful hair adds some kind of personality to your image and naturally beautifies you. An attractive hairdo makes you the “eye candy” while, if there are visible dandruff flakes, you are certainly being eyed for a different reason.

Here are some natural hair care tips, which will help you maintain healthy locks:

  1. Nutritious diet and a healthy lifestyle is a “must”, if you desire to have beautiful tresses. Drink lots of water and make sure to include protein into your diet, lentils and meat, for example, are good sources. Vitamin A is a vital nutrient promoting hair growth, hence green leafy vegetables, carrots and cod liver oil should also be included into your diet regime.
  2. Stay away from hair styling treatments and products. Use of harsh chemicals will only spoil your hair growth in the long run; hence, it’s advisable to embrace the natural beauty of your hair and find the way to avoid chemicals based treatments, or, at least, use them rarely.
  3. To treat dry or damaged hair, to add shine and volume try to use aloe vera or curd for conditioning your hair, they are some of the the most effective,

The Health Benefits of Water

ADid you know that your body weight is approximately 60 percent water? Your body uses water in all its cells, organs, and tissues to help regulate its temperature and maintain other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water. The amount of water you need depends on a variety of factors, including the climate you live in, how physically active you are, and whether you’re experiencing an illness or have any other health problems.

Water Protects Your Tissues, Spinal Cord, and Joints

Water does more than just quench your thirst and regulate your body’s temperature; it also keeps the tissues in your body moist. You know how it feels when your eyes, nose, or mouth gets dry? Keeping your body hydrated helps it retain optimum levels of moisture in these sensitive areas, as well as in the blood, bones, and the brain. In addition, water helps protect the spinal cord, and it acts as a lubricant and cushion for your joints.

Water Helps Your Body Remove Waste

Adequate water intake enables your body to excrete waste through

3 Benefits of Going to the Gym for Your Health

Well, you’re getting biceps well marked, but what he looks like your liver? Is ‘fit’ your heart? You measure your progress in the gym watching you in the mirror, but that you cannot judge how your organs are.

All that sweat in the gym, only serves to show off a chocolate bar on the beach? That’s a very laudable aim, but since you work so hard, be nice profit from the effort. And it is possible. Exercise will help you be healthier and even be happier. An investigation of the Faculty of Public Health at Harvard University (USA) found that increasing energy expenditure only 950 kilocalories per week can reduce the risk of death from severe illness by 20%. And we tell you more:

  1. Against Alzheimer:

Intelligent men load much. The Alzheimer’s Society UK notes that the risk of developing the disease by six times if you have stress and high cholesterol. At the same time, according to recent studies, regular exercise helps remove LDL (bad) blood to the liver where cholesterol is removed. At Brandeis University (USA) found that weight lifting circuits with a large load (60% of your maximum in a replay at least) were more effective than exercise was

Should we soften our approach to female genital mutilation

A paper published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics asks whether some forms of female genital mutilation should be legalized in America. They argue that not allowing minor versions of the operation is a form of cultural prejudice.Female genital mutilation, also known as FGM refers to all procedures which partially or completely remove the external female genitalia. FGM also includes any other injury to a woman’s or girl’s genitalia for reasons other than medical ones. In most parts of the world, FGM is done by non-medical practitioners who also attend childbirths and carry out male circumcisions. According to WHO (World Health Organization), over 18% of all female genital mutilation procedures are carried out by health care professionals in clinical setting, a trend which appears to be growing.

Virtually every country in the world agrees that female genital mutilation is a violation of a female’s human rights. It is seen as an extreme form of discriminating against females in the community. As most procedures are carried out on young girls, it is also a violation against children’s rights.

According to WHO:

“(female genital mutilation also) violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture

The impact of shift work on health

When Dolly Parton sang of working 9 to 5, she expressed concern for people barely getting by with a hard life of routine that only seems to benefit the boss. But what about all those people working less conventional hours, including night shifts? Shouldn’t Ms. Parton be just as concerned about their welfare?

Shift work has its own demands that set it apart from jobs with traditional working hours. Shift work has its benefits; it can be more convenient from a child care perspective, is sometimes better paid and can allow workers time for other activities, such as study.

However, the medical and scientific communities are continually reporting that shift work can increase the risk of certain disorders and have a negative impact on the overall well-being of employees.

In this article, we take a look at what has been reported recently about the effects of shift work, what reasons could possibly be behind these findings and what people working shifts can potentially do to lower their risks of various health problems.

Shift work in the US

Shift work tends to be classified as any work schedule that involves hours that are irregular or unusual

Stop using BMI as measure of health say researchers

A new study shows that 54 million Americans whose BMI classes them as overweight and obese are in perfect health according to cardiometabolic measures, while 21 million whose BMI puts them in the normal category are unhealthy.

The study provides more evidence to support the idea that a person’s body mass index (BMI = weight in kg divided by height in m2) is a flawed measure of health.

In spite of this, BMI continues to be used as a yardstick for determining health status. Many employers use it to calculate workers’ health care costs, note the researchers behind the new study, who report their findings in the International Journal of Obesity.

And soon, if a rule proposed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is adopted, US employers will be allowed to charge employees up to 30% of health care costs if they fail to meet certain health criteria such as not having a BMI in the normal range (between 18.5 and 24.99).

The study, led by A. Janet Tomiyama, an assistant professor of psychology at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), analyzed the link between BMI and cardiometabolic health using data from the

Childhood poverty linked to brain changes related to depression

Children from poorer families are more likely to experience changes in brain connectivity that put them at higher risk of depression, compared with children from more affluent families. This is the conclusion of the new study by researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

First study author Deanna M. Barch, PhD, chair of the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences in Arts & Sciences, and colleagues publish their findings in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

The study builds on previous research from the team published last year, which found that children raised in poverty have reduced gray and white matter volumes in the brain, compared with those raised in richer families.

Additionally, they found that such brain changes were linked to poorer academic achievement.

For this latest study, the team set out to investigate whether childhood poverty may also lead to brain changes that influence mood and risk of depression, given that children raised in poorer families tend to be at higher risk of psychiatric illness and have worse cognitive and educational outcomes.

Poorer preschool children at greater depression risk aged 9 or 10

To reach their

Reboot your get in shape goals with yoga’s mind body connection

At the start of every year, millions of people resolve to get in shape. A few months later, the majority of them have abandoned their commitments.

The likely cause? Too many of us view diet and exercise programs as punishment for bad behavior rather than a positive lifestyle change. We think we can achieve our aesthetic goals of trimming and toning by forcing ourselves — like it or not — to show up at the gym and go through the motions. Whether walking mindlessly on the treadmill while watching TV or pushing ourselves in a bootcamp-style class designed to “crush” us, we usually disregard any connection between our mind and body in an attempt to simply get through our exercise.

This war-against-our bodies, means-to-an-end approach is not only difficult to maintain, but highly destructive to our self-esteem and body image.

You can frame your exercise goals to support a positive body image. Still, most get-in-shape aspirations are aesthetically focused, striving for a body that looks better rather than a mind and body that feel better. Yet connecting your mind and body is the key to dropping the “no pain,

Add Neck Problems to Reasons Not to Smoke

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016  — Here’s yet another reason to snuff out that cigarette: Smoking can damage the cervical discs in your neck, a new study contends.

The discs, located between your vertebrae, absorb shock to the spine. They become dehydrated and shrink with age, and this degeneration can lead to neck pain.

This new study found that smoking seems to worsen this natural wear and tear.

The researchers analyzed CT scans of 182 people. Current smokers had more advanced cervical degenerative disc disease than nonsmokers, according to the study.

The findings were to be presented Thursday at the Association of Academic Physiatrists’ annual meeting, in Sacramento, Calif.

“This is another example of the detrimental effects of smoking. Tobacco abuse is associated with a variety of diseases and death, and there are lifestyle factors associated with chronic neck pain,” said lead investigator Dr. Mitchel Leavitt. He is a resident at Emory University’s physical medicine and rehabilitation department, in Atlanta.

“Pain and spine clinics are filled with patients who suffer chronic neck and back pain, and this study provides the physician with more ammunition to use when educating them about their need to

Top health issues you need to pay attention to in 2016

Runaway drug prices. “Pharma bro” Martin Shkreli became the most hated man in America in 2015 after he raised the price of an old drug and called a journalist a “moron” on Twitter for asking why. The issue so inflamed the public that a number of presidential candidates joined in the outcry, and a Senate committee launched an investigation into four companies – including Shrkeli’s — for their pricing practices. While Shrekli has been let go from his position as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, the issue of drug pricing continues to be a major concern among consumers. Since then, a number of different interest groups have come up with proposals for different types of pricing schemes, from more federal subsidies for those in need, increasing things like coupons or programs offered by companies to discount prices or even something very radical like tying prices to outcome — meaning that those that extend life the longest would be most expensive.

Is the public outcry so strong that 2016 will be the year when the government or industry comes up with a way to ease the burden on patients?

Children born in the summer more likely to be healthy adults

Women who were born in the summer are more likely to be healthy adults, suggests new research published in the journal Heliyon. The authors of the study, which involved almost half a million people in the UK, say more sunlight — and therefore higher vitamin D exposure — in the second trimester of pregnancy could explain the effect, but more research is needed.

According to the study, birth month affects birth weight and when the girl starts puberty, both of which have an impact on overall health in women as adults.

The environment in the womb leads to differences in early life — including before birth — that can influence health in later life. This effect, called programming, has consequences for development throughout childhood and into adulthood.

The researchers behind the new study, from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge, UK, looked at whether birth month had an effect on birth weight, onset of puberty, and adult height. They found that children who were born in the summer were slightly heavier at birth, taller as adults and went through puberty slightly later than those born in winter months.

“When you were conceived and born occurs largely ‘at

A Health In Harmony Volunteer Goes to COP21

Over 40,000 civil society observers, government delegation members, heads of state (from over 190 countries), lawyers, negotiators, policymakers, healthcare professionals, scientists, students (the list goes on…) gathered in Paris the last two weeks to come to a global agreement about where we stand, where we are headed, and more specifically, what needs to be done about rapid climate change and its impact on people and planet. That’s no small order.

This was my second time attending the UN Climate Negotiations. I have had the opportunity to work with both civil society organizations (last year at COP20 in Lima, Peru) and government delegations (this year, with the country of Seychelles and other small island developing states). On this global, UN level, I work to advocate for a fair, equitable, and legally binding global agreement, especially in terms of gender justice and human and indigenous rights.

This year, with better planning and more time, I was also able to incorporate the work that I like to be involved with on-the-ground – tropical forests and health care. After spending my summer in Sukadana, I wanted to understand how a program like ASRI fits into the global climate agenda.

With this in mind, I was keen on


Hello, thank you for coming to this page! We are in a completely new time and it’s exciting and if we are going to evolve as a human species we need to consider the other species who share this planet with us. How can we have true peace on this planet if we continue to kill and cause suffering to others? To have true peace for all, means peace for all species as we truly are all interconnected in this great web of life. So what we do with our buying choices and what we do with our food choices affects others. And those others are human and non-human. It’s time to be mindful and caring of others. It’s time to evolve! Once humans depended on animals, and used them for food, sacrifice, divination, clothes and shelter. But today we don’t need to. We have so many choices, and the animals have told me over and over that they are finished suffering. So let’s honour them for their sacrifice and allow them to live in peace in the new era. It’s well and truly time to give them the respect and reverence they so deserve. Let’s champion a world without

Vegetarian? 6 Tips for a Healthy Vegetarian Diet

Kirstie Alley learned the hard way that cutting meat from your diet is not a magic route to svelteness. As she told People magazine earlier this year, “For seven months I was a vegetarian, and I can’t tell you how much weight I gained being a vegetarian!” (She actually does tell us: 83 pounds.) Indeed, while a plant-based diet has been associated with many health benefits—including a smaller risk of death from heart disease, lower LDL cholesterol levels, and a reduced incidence of diabetes, obesity, and cancer—the diet has to be “appropriately planned,” as the American Dietetic Association said in its recent position statement on the subject.

What does that mean? Here are six tips to keep in mind if you’re thinking of going all—or partially—veggie.

Define what you mean by vegetarian. There are lots of variations on a vegetarian diet. Most strict are vegans, who eschew any kind of animal products, including butter and eggs. (Vegans disagree over whether to eat honey; some feel it’s cruel and exploitative of bees.) Less stringent are vegetarians who eat eggs or dairy. Some, oxymoronically, eat fish, though the accurate term for them is pescatarian. And then there are


Since our founding, Mali Health has worked at the health systems level to improve not only access to basic healthcare, but the quality of care itself.  Today, we partner with clinics to improve the capacity and quality of the services they provide to the residents of our partner slum communities.

We utilize participatory strategies and our years of experience to identify areas in need of improvement.  With partners that include providers, patients, and management, we set small, achievable goals for improvement, a process in which all stakeholders are involved, enabling continual progress toward a better patient experience. Achievements include:

  • Reduced the cost of medical care for children enrolled in our Action for Health program

  • Operationalized the prescription process, ensuring patients get the most effective treatments at an affordable price

  • Increased transparency, educating patients on what services are available at the clinic and what the standard price is

  • Improved bedside manner and patient entry systems, helping clinic staff communicate more clearly and sympathetically with patients, improving the patient experience and encouraging future health-seeking behavior.

Mali Health also assists in building health infrastructure.  In 2010, we helped construct a clinic in Sikoro

BPA in Food Packaging: Canadian Health Officials Say It’s Okay at Current Levels

Health Canada announced yesterday that it still has no reason to conclude that the level of bisphenol A, or BPA, in food packaging is harmful to people — the same position the Canadian government has held since 2008. The updated statement is based on a new assessment of BPA data.

BPA has been the topic of much controversy in many countries, and in 2008, the Canadian government said that ingestion of the chemical, found in plastic bottles and linings of metal cans, posed no health risk to the general population. Two years later, they instituted a pioneering ban on BPA use in baby bottles, addressing its potential toxicity to infants and children — a decision that was based on research evidence that the chemical leached out of plastic containers upon heating.

While the Canadian ban on BPA in baby bottles is still in effect, Health Canada maintains that its original 2008 policy statement that BPA doesn’t pose a serious health risk still stands. “Updated dietary exposure assessments are lower than those estimated in the assessment of August 2008,” the agency writes in its updated assessment. “Therefore, based on the overall weight of evidence, the findings of the previous assessment remain unchanged and

10 Foolish Health Rumors You Should Ignore

 — Urban legends and health myths are certainly nothing new — we’re pretty sure even our Neanderthal ancestors passed some version of them around their cave fires. But the Internet has certainly helped outdated advice die hard, so it’s no wonder these fake facts keep popping up in our inboxes. We picked our favorites from such myth-busting sites as Snopes, the authors of Don’t Swallow Your Gum!: Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies About Your Body and Health, and more. Here’s why you should stop falling for these, once and for all:

  1. Chewing gum takes seven years to pass through your digestive tract.

    The truth: Gum addicts can relax. Although your body can’t digest chewing gum, it doesn’t just sit in your stomach, according to You eliminate it when you go to the bathroom just like other food you haven’t digested.

  2. Plucking a gray hair causes two to grow back.

    The truth: It’s fine to tweeze that errant hair. Genetics plays a key role in when you go gray, regardless of how often you pluck. It can take six months from the time a hair falls out until it grows back long enough for you to notice it; during that time, you’ll automatically see

3 Health Wins (and 2 Losses) During March Madness

As March Madness sweeps the nation, fans everywhere may be surprised to learn that the NCAA tournament isn’t just fun and games — it can actually have a significant impact on your health.

Most of the effects seem positive. “Being involved in a social group with shared values and interests is demonstrably healthy,” says Chris Peterson, PhD, professor of psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Being a sports fan is an excellent example of that.”

But the tourney may not be a health slam dunk. Certain factors, such as whether your team wins or loses or how riled up you get during games, can take a negative toll on your health and safety too.

So will this year’s tournament be a boost or bust your health? Read on to find out.

  1. Health Boost: Self-Esteem Spike

Among garden-variety (as opposed to hardcore) fans, cheering on your alma mater can lift your self-esteem and lower levels of anxiety and depression — regardless of whether the team wins or loses, says Daniel Wann, PhD, a sports psychologist at Murray State University in Kentucky. “Research shows that identifying with a team helps you feel like part of a community, which improves well-being,” he explains. Those

Tap Into Beer’s Health Benefits

Beer drinkers, take note: Your favorite pint may be healthier than you realize. When it comes to good-for-you happy hour beverages, we tend to think mainly of red wine and its heart-friendly antioxidants. Recent research, however, reveals that beer may also help what ales you, from reducing the risk of osteoporosis to beating brain fog.

But before you go on a beer binge, remember that moderation is key to reap its health perks. That means no more than two 12-ounce beers a day for men and one for women. “If you overdo it, alcohol can take a toll on your health, contributing to liver damage, certain cancers, heart problems, and more,” says Andrea Giancoli, RD, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. People with certain health conditions — including gout, high triglycerides, or breast cancer, for example — should avoid drinking beer or other alcohol because it can exacerbate those health problems, according to Joy Bauer, RD, nutrition and health expert for Everyday Health and The Today Show.

Too much alcohol can also cause weight gain. After multiple rounds, calories can add up quickly (a 12-ounce regular beer can pack up to 150 calories, while a light beer has around 100).

But for

Experts Issue ‘Top 5’ List for Better Primary Care

To streamline and save money, reduce unnecessary antibiotics, screenings, report authors urge.

6 Steps to Achieving President Obama’s ‘Cancer Moonshot’ Cutting back on unnecessary antibiotics, delaying wasteful imaging for lower back pain and foregoing annual ECG screenings for healthy, low-risk patients are among the actions that could help streamline primary care, experts say.

Perhaps taking a page from David Letterman’s Top 10 list, the authors of a new report came up with a “Top 5” list of action items for each of the primary care disciplines — family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics — to help save money and conserve health resources.

Many physicians are already behind the suggestions, according to the report, which appears online May 23 in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

“I have seen many instances where I thought clinicians were not making the right and wisest decisions in ways that were not good for patients’ health and not good for prudent use of finite resources,” said Dr. Stephen Smith, one of the report’s authors and professor emeritus of family medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, RI.

Smith is also a member of the National Physicians’ Alliance (NPA), a group of 22,000