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Month: March 2013

Practical tips for the prevention of RSI

Practical tips for the prevention of RSI

Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can be caused by a variety of tasks at work, such as forceful or repetitive activity, or by poor posture.The condition mostly affects parts of the upper body, such as the forearm, elbow, wrist, hands, shoulders and neck.RSI is usually associated with doing a particular activity repeatedly or for a long period of time.It often occurs in people who work with computers or carry out repetitive manual work.Symptoms of RSI include tenderness, aches and pain, cramp,…

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Should perfume ingredients that are potential allergens be restricted?

Should perfume ingredients that are potential allergens be restricted?

by Jonathan Ore     March 13, 2013New rules proposed by the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Consumer Safety have many perfume lovers, and those in the industry, worried for its future. The committee is recommending limits on the use of more than 100 perfume ingredients that may cause allergic reactions.Denyse Beaulieu, author of The Perfume Lover: A Personal History of Scent, was critical of the possible implications of such a ban on CBC Radio’s The Current Wednesday morning.“Every time…

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7 foods that fight fat

7 foods that fight fat

By Maridel Reyes, Health.com October 12, 2012  (Health.com) – Get excited: You can burn calories and combat fat by eating yummy food. “If you choose the right picks, studies show you can torch up to 300 extra calories a day,” says Dr. Pamela Peeke, author of “The Hunger Fix.” Whole, unrefined foods are your heroes. Your metabolism has to work harder to break them down than processed ones, so you’re zapping more calories — and storing less as fat. These recipes…

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8 Health Benefits of Hazelnuts

8 Health Benefits of Hazelnuts

Published on September 21, 2011Hazelnuts come from the tree of the same name and perhaps are most famously known these days for their use in confections such as praline, chocolate truffles or Nutella. The delicious flavor of the hazelnut is also popularly added to coffee and liqueurs and the oil from the nut can be used for cooking. The country that produces the most hazelnuts in the world is Turkey, followed by Italy and the US.Here are 8 health benefits…

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5 Risks That Are Always Worth Taking

5 Risks That Are Always Worth Taking

By  Jo Beth Richards Life is short and brilliant. Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back, tap into your courage and walk into the unknown with an open heart. Here are five risks that are always worth taking… 1. Love. Love makes you vulnerable & can hurt, but it is always worth taking. Without love we are nothing. With love we become who we are meant to be. 2. Follow your DREAMS.  We only live once — ONCE! So…

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5 Fats That Don’t Make You Fat

5 Fats That Don’t Make You Fat

By Jen Broyles There are a lot of myths out there regarding nutrition. We are always eager to try the next health fad or new diet in hopes of dropping pounds and feeling great. One of the biggest misconceptions is that fat makes you fat. Our society is obsessed with low-fat and fat-free products thinking they are healthier. This simply is not true. The majority of foods that are labeled low-fat or fat-free are refined processed foods in which the…

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Too Much Processed Meat Linked to Shorter Lifespan

Too Much Processed Meat Linked to Shorter Lifespan

March 7, 2013    By Health Editor   Steven Reinberg   HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) — Grilled hot dogs and sausages may be tasty treats at ball games and picnics, but a new study of nearly 450,000 people finds that eating too much processed meat might shave years off your life. Those who ate the most processed meat increased their risk of dying early by 44 percent. In broader terms, if people ate less processed meat, the number of…

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Hidden Sources of MSG

Hidden Sources of MSG

Kombu, a seaweed, was first used in Japan as a flavor enhancer.  A Japanese doctor isolated the main ingredient – MSG, or monosodium glutamate – and started what has become a million-dollar industry.MSG is now the most widely used flavor enhancer in the world.  MSG and MSG-containing substances are used in processed food, in fast foods, and in Chinese food.  They’re also found in nearly all canned and frozen foods.While some people can use MSG with no adverse effects, many…

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3 benefits of basil

3 benefits of basil

By Canadian Living Fresh and fragrant basil is a great way to make your meal more flavourful in a healthy way. Not only is basil a common cooking ingredient, it’s also used medically to treat common ailments such as headaches and coughs. Here are three benefits of basil:  1. Basil offers (almost) calorie-free flavour.  Adding 2 tbsp of fragrant basil to your salad or pasta will bump up the taste – and add just one tiny calorie.  2. It provides…

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It’s the Olive Oil: Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

It’s the Olive Oil: Mediterranean Diet Lowers Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

By Alice Park       Feb. 25, 2013 The Mediterranean diet is a well-known weapon in the fight against heart disease, but exactly how effective is it? To find out, researchers led by Dr. Ramón Estruch, from the Department of Internal Medicine at the Hospital Clinic of Barcelona, put the Mediterranean diet to the test against a low-fat diet. They followed participants to track rates of heart attack, stroke and heart-disease-related death. After nearly five years, the results were so striking for…

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