Bites and Stings
Insects are everywhere! They can bite at any time of the day but bites are more likely to occur in the evening so lots of repellant is needed after sunset.
This is a common problem as we get older, since we do not eat so much, nor do we take as much exercise.
Cold sores or fever blisters are the common names for herpes simplex. Cold sores are viral infection of the skin.
Bed sores are red marks which appear at the pressure points such as heels, elbows, buttocks and hips. They are far easier to prevent than cure.
Chicken pox is a relatively harmless illness that mainly affects children. However, the virus can remain dormant in the body and cause shingles in adulthood.
The measles virus is highly infectious. However immunisation can prevent it.
Mumps is infectious from two or three days before the swelling appears until eight or ten days after that date.
Today, cancer of the bowel is responsible for thousands of premature deaths a year. The role of diet in maintaining healthy bowels is indisputable and every year, it appears that more and more is understood about the development of disease in the lower end of the gut.
It is well recognised and accepted that there are many 'risk factors' for heart disease, many of which are lifestyle risk factors.
Healthy Eating is all about getting the balance right. That is, the balance between all the different nutrients that exist in food and drinks.
The risks of being overweight are many, ranging from painful feet and knees to coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. The vast majority of people who are overweight would like to weigh less, but we know that instead of the incidence of overweight and obesity decreasing, it is in fact increasing.
Osteoporosis and diet
Bone is a complicated structure consisting of minerals, vitamins and protein. The main mineral is calcium. There is over 1Kg of calcium present in the body, but 99% of this is found in the bones.
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