HOW HOTDOGS ARE MADE

The average business man would do pretty much anything to maximize profit at short run. Basically, this is the goal of any successful business, or enterprise, or industry. Lets look at the sausage/hot dog industry for a bit. You would feel that hundreds of thousands of cattle get slaughtered daily to provide for the large and ever-growing market for these processed meat produce, right? Well, wrong!

These company’s sometimes use pretty much any animal, to produce their processed products and unfortunately, you just can’t tell. What I mean is that if for instance, you are a muslim and your religion forbids you from eating pork, but you love eating Sausages/Hotdogs, there is a high possibility that you have been eating pork without your knowledge.

The images below show the unhygienic conditions in which these processed meat foods are made, and the inhumane way these animals are treated before processing.

A cocktail of animals, which might include dead pigs and piglet, dead horses, dead donkeys and even dead dogs are being grounded whole, using the machine above. Then treated and processed to what we eat. I would have uploaded a video but these pictures pretty much speak for themselves, about the terrible process and steps involved in meat processed food types.

EAT THAT ONION! The Health Benefits of Onions

Onions, like garlic, are members of the Allium family, and both are rich in sulfur-containing compounds that are responsible for their pungent odors and for many of their health-promoting effects.

Onions are healthy whether they’re raw or cooked, though raw onions have higher levels of organic sulfur compounds that provide many benefits, according to the BBC. A 2005 study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that there is a high concentration of flavonoids in the outer layers of onion flesh, so you’ll want to be careful to remove as little of the edible part of the onion as possible when peeling it. For example, a red onion can lose about 20% of its quercetin and almost 75% of its anthocyanins if it is “overpeeled.”

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Because of their use in cooking around the world, onions are among the most significant sources of antioxidants in the human diet, according to a 2002 report in the journal Phytotherapy Research. Their high levels of antioxidants give onions their distinctive sweetness and aroma. These antioxidants and flavonoids may help promote heart health, reduce inflammation and decrease the risk of cancer, in addition to a load of other good things.

Onions can help increase our bone density and may be of special benefit to women of menopausal age who are experiencing loss of bone density. In addition, there is evidence that women who have passed the age of menopause may be able to lower their risk of hip fracture through frequent consumption of onions. “Frequent” in this context means onion consumption on a daily basis!

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Onions’ sulfurs may be effective anti-inflammatory agents, according to a 1990 study in the journal International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology. Quercetin has been found to relax the airway muscles and may provide relief of asthma symptoms, according to a 2013 study in the American Journal of Physiology. Although, onion is not as well researched as garlic in terms of specific inflammatory health problems like rheumatoid arthritis or allergic airway inflammation, this allium vegetable has nevertheless been shown to provide important anti-inflammatory benefits.

Unlike the research on garlic and its cardiovascular benefits, research specifically focused on onion has mostly been conducted on animals rather than humans. In animal studies, there is evidence that onion’s sulfur compounds may work in an anti-clotting capacity and help prevent the unwanted clumping together of blood platelet cells. There is also evidence showing that sulfur compounds in onion can lower blood levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, and also improve cell membrane function in red blood cells.

Onion has repeatedly been shown to lower our risk of several cancers, even when we consume it in only moderate amounts. “Moderate” generally means 1-2 times per week, even though in some studies it has been used to mean up to 5-6 times per week. Colorectal cancer, laryngeal cancer, and ovarian cancer are the cancer types for which risk is reduced along with moderate amounts of dietary onion. For other cancer types, however, moderate intake of onion has not been enough to show significant risk reduction. For these cancer types—including esophageal cancer and cancers of the mouth—daily intake of onion is required before research results show significant risk reduction.

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The fiber in onions promotes good digestion. Additionally, onions contain a special type of soluble fiber called oligofructose, which promotes good bacteria growth in your intestines. One 2005 study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that oligofructose may help prevent and treat types of diarrhea. The phytochemicals in onions that scavenge free radicals may also reduce your risk of developing gastric ulcers, according to the National Onion Association.

The chromium in onions assists in regulating blood sugar. The sulfur in onions helps lower blood sugar by triggering increased insulin production. One 2010 study in the journal Environmental Health Insights revealed that this might be especially helpful to people with people with diabetes. People with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes who ate red onions showed lower glucose levels for up to four hours.

In addition, Onions are assumed to be able to lower your risk of cataract formation, diminish replication of HIV, antimicrobial properties that may help reduce the rate of food-borne illness, Reduced risk of neurodegenerative disorders.

On the downside, although, not especially serious, eating onions can cause problems for some people. The carbohydrates in onions may cause gas and bloating, according to National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse. Onions, especially if consumed raw, can worsen heartburn in people who suffer from chronic heartburn or gastric reflux disease, according to one 1990 study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.

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Eating a large amount of green onions or rapidly increasing your consumption of green onions may interfere with blood thinning drugs, according to the University of Georgia. Green onions contain a high amount of vitamin K, which can decrease blood thinner functioning.

It is also possible to have a food intolerance or an allergy to onions, but cases are rare, according to an article in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. People with onion allergies may experience red, itchy eyes and rashes if an onion comes into contact with the skin. People with an intolerance to onions may experience nausea, vomiting and other gastric discomfort.

Inspite of these few minor allergic issues, why not grab an onion today guys and enjoy all these positive health benefits.

DIETITIANS URGE NIGERIANS TO EAT OFADA RICE TO REDUCE LIFE THREATENING DISEASES

Two dietitians on Saturday in Lagos advised Nigerians to eat more of ‘ofada’ rice than polished rice because of its immense health benefits.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews that ofada rice reduces cholesterol and also very good for people with diabetes.

The rice is produced locally in Nigeria; it is short and has brown stripes; it is cultivated without chemicals, and mostly planted in some parts of the country.

Mr Olusola Malomo, a dietician, who works at Massey Hospital in Lagos, said that ofada rice contains some vitamins, which has been polished and parboiled in processed rice.

“Ofada rice contains vitamins B6 and B12 which has been washed with chemicals in processed rice.

“It was also found that ofada rice contains more phosphorous and fibre, which help in the reduction of the risk of bowel disorder and fight constipation.

“Ofada rice has been linked to protection against atherosclerosis, ischemic stroke, diabetes, insulin resistance, obesity, and premature death,’’ he said.

Malomo also hinted that the local rice has additional nutrients and phytochemicals that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

“This local rice when eaten regularly can also reduce risk of life threatening diseases.

“It also provides essential nutrients such as vitamin B, phosphorous, selenium, manganese, potassium, and magnesium.

“Selenium reduces the likelihood of colon cancer, magnesium keeps the bone healthy, it also contains insoluble fibre which help reduces risk of gall stones, and help maintains normal body weight.

“Although we have been preaching about the health benefits of this local rice for years, we will still continue to inform people of its immense health benefit,’’ he said.

Another dietician, Mr Olu Cole, who works at Rains Hospital in Lagos said that ofada rice has more health benefits to human.

“This rice has cholesterol-lowering effects include polyunsaturated fatty acids and important dietary sources of water-soluble, fat-soluble, and insoluble antioxidants.

“Many people did not know that the unpolished rice has more health benefits than the polished rice.

“Although it is very expensive in our local markets but we still urge people to try and eat this rice.

“Eating this rice will ward off diseases in our system, if we say that it is expensive, when we fall sick, we will still use our money to buy expensive drugs.

“Cole said that people should imbibe the culture of eating the rice so as live healthier,’’ he said.

Both dieticians, however, urged government at all levels to help local farmers with funds so as to boost local rice production.

 

 

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COMPANY TO RAISE $252M AFTER CANNABIS DRUG SUCCESS

British drug developer GW Pharmaceuticals Plc said it would raise $252 million through the issue of 2.8 million shares on the Nasdaq.

Shares in the company have been gaining after positive trial results of its experimental drug Epidiolex, and have notched up gains of more than 50 percent this year, shrugging off early declines.

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GW Pharma’s drug reduced the incidence of seizures in people suffering from rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

The company, which was founded in 1998 with the aim of capitalizing on the medical benefits of cannabis, said the American Depositary Shares would be sold at $90 per share

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GW Pharma has had a rocky time on the London stock market, and in 2013 opted for a dual listing on the Nasdaq, where it has raised more than $500 million from U.S. investors.

The company’s stock was down 2 percent at 600.5 pence on the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

The future is indeed looking lit for weed.

 

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STOP ORAL SEX, IT CAUSES CANCER

Men are twice as likely as women to get cancer of the mouth and throat linked to the human papillomavirus, or HPV, one of the most common sexually transmitted infections, researchers say.
For men, the risk of HPV-driven cancers of the head and neck rise along with the number of oral sex partners, researchers said Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in the US capital.

Nearly two out of three of these oral cancers in the United States and most western nations are caused by infection with the HPV 16 strain of the virus, and incidence of cancer is on the rise in recent years, said Gypsyamber D’Souza, who teaches epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

Middle aged white men are at particularly high risk compared to other races.

She said her research shows that youths are engaging in oral sex at increasingly young ages, compared to past generations.

“Our research shows that for men, the number of oral sex partners — as that number increases, the risk of an oral HPV infection increases,” she told reporters.

But with women, the number of sexual partners does not appear to raise the risk.

“Comparing men and women with the same number of sexual partners, a man is much more likely to become infected with oral HPV than a woman.”

Furthermore, women who have a greater number of vaginal sex partners appear to face a lower risk of oral HPV infection, she said.

The reason may be that when women are first exposed to HPV vaginally, they mount an immune response that prevents them from getting an oral HPV infection, she said.

But men do not seem to have equally robust immune responses.

“Men are not only more likely to be infected with oral HPV infection than women, but our research shows that once you become infected, men are less likely to clear this infection than women, further contributing for the cancer risk.”

HPV infection is quite common, and most people clear the virus within a year or two, she said.

In some cases, however, HPV does not go away and can lead to cellular changes in the mouth and throat, which eventually become cancerous.

Oral sex may raise the risk of head and neck cancer by 22 percent, according to a study published January in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
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BASIC NOTES ON DIABETES MANAGEMENT

Diabetes (also known as diabetes mellitus), describes a group of metabolic diseases in which the person has high blood glucose (high blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body’s cells do not respond properly to insulin, or both. People with high blood sugar will typically experience frequent urination, they will become increasingly thirsty and hungry.

Over 300m people, suffer from diabetes globally. Forms of diabetes include :
Type 1 Diabetes (or juvenile diabetes) – the body does not produce insulin. Approximately 10% of all diabetes cases are type 1. It is very rare and it usually occurs before the person’s 40th year. This kind of diabetes requires the person will be insulin dependent for the rest of their lives.
Type 2 Diabetes – the body does not produce enough insulin for proper function. Approximately 90% of all cases of diabetes worldwide are of this type.
Gestational diabetes – associated with pregnancy, occurs usually around the 24th week. It is characterized by high blood sugar in women who have no prior history of diabetes

In this article we are concerned with the Type 2 Diabetes. Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes are : Increased thirst, Increased hunger even after a meal, Dry mouth, Frequent urination,remarkable weight loss, excessive fatigue, blurred vision and headaches.

When diagnosed with diabetes, one of the most important steps to effective management is “diet consciousness”.

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You need to know how foods affect your blood sugar levels. It’s not only the type of food you eat but also how much you eat and the combinations of food types you eat. Carbohydrates are the foods that often have the biggest impact on your blood sugar levels. And for people taking mealtime insulin, it’s crucial to know the amount of carbohydrates in your food, so you get the proper insulin dose. Plan for every meal to have a good mix of starches, fruits and vegetables, proteins, and fats. It’s especially important to pay attention to the types of carbohydrates you choose. Some carbohydrates, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, are better for you than are others.

Having diabetes does not involve any particularly difficult dietary demands, and while sugary foods obviously affect blood glucose levels, the diet does not have to be completely sugar-free. Sugar-sweetened beverages — including those sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or sucrose — tend to be high in calories and offer little in the way of nutrition. And because they cause blood sugar to rise quickly, it’s best to avoid these types of drinks if you have diabetes. However, there have been scientific notions that “A glass of red wine daily” might help prevent diabetes.

Dietary concerns vary slightly for people with different types of diabetes. For people with type 1 diabetes, diet is about managing fluctuations in blood glucose levels while for people with type 2 diabetes, it is about losing weight and restricting calorie intake.

Physical activity is another important part of your diabetes management plan. When you exercise, your muscles use sugar (glucose) for energy. Regular physical activity also helps your body use insulin more efficiently. These factors work together to lower your blood sugar level. The more strenuous your workout, the longer the effect lasts. But even light activities — such as housework, gardening or being on your feet for extended periods — can improve your blood sugar level. Aerobic exercises are usually considered to be best, in which the heart rate and rate of breathing go up considerably. Lower-intensity exercise such as swimming is as much of an option for keeping healthy as higher-impact exercise such as running, however.

Always, check your blood sugar level before, during and after exercise, especially if you take insulin or medications that lower blood sugar. Exercise can lower your blood sugar levels even a day later, especially if the activity is new to you, or if you’re exercising at a more intensive level. Be aware of warning signs of low blood sugar, such as feeling shaky, weak, tired, hungry, light-headed, irritable, anxious or confused.

Insulin and other diabetes medications are designed to lower your blood sugar levels when diet and exercise alone aren’t sufficient for managing diabetes. But the effectiveness of these medications depends on the timing and size of the dose. Medications you take for conditions other than diabetes also can affect your blood sugar levels. When you’re sick, your body produces stress-related hormones that help your body fight the illness, but they can also raise your blood sugar level. Changes in your appetite and normal activity may also complicate diabetes management.

Although, there are talks of artificial pancreas options, for diabetic patients but it we finally get them, effective management is key. Please note that with effective management, a healthy diet and good exercise as well as dedication to your medications, you can still lead a long happy life when you have Type 2 diabetes.

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