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Diets and Health
Q.  I’m in my early 50’s and was recently diagnosed as having sugar.  I am having a hard time trying to work out what to eat.  The Doc says I must eat healthier and I must not go hungry. But at the same time I need to lose weight! How am I supposed to do...
Question:  I need to know how to eat to keep healthy.  Are there any guidelines as to the perfect diet? Answer: There are several aspects to eating healthy.  The World Health Organization (WHO) has given us guidelines that apply to the population as a whole so that policy makers and groups of people can make decisions...
The rising incidence of obesity and related chronic diseases in all sectors of society is now of concern to everyone. Earlier this year, the Ministry of Health declared that closer attention would be paid to the offerings at restaurants, especially fast-food. The perception is that because of the proliferation of fast food outlets in the...
Nutrition specialist Patricia Thompson is calling for new approaches to raise public awareness and properly inform the debate on nutritional challenges in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. She argues that there is a serious risk of misinformation being accepted as scientific fact, especially in light of the recent thrust to educate the public in general...
CASE study: Maria presented with obesity at six years old being 21 pounds over ideal weight for age. Yet she seemed to be eating ‘healthy food’. Her mother ensured a ‘balanced’ breakfast before school, she carried cooked lunch from home to avoid the fried chicken at school, and returned home to a proper dinner at...
Question: I give my daughters snacks to carry to school, usually one pack of banana chips or plantain chips and that is the only snack they get for the day. Is this bad? Response: The purpose of snacks is to make good any nutritional deficit not obtained from the meals. There is also the question of the timing of...
Body cleansing is generally accomplished by two main methods: ‘Wash out’ done by either herbs (for example senna) or through colonic cleansing/irrigation.Fasting also known as detoxing. ‘Wash outs’ are traditionally done annually especially for children on summer holidays and by other individuals but this can be harmful if the nutrients especially the minerals are not replenished....
In the past, any discussion on food colour attracted negative reactions because this is generally considered to be artificially added to foods or produced by some undesirable chemical reaction during cooking.  Natural food colours associated with fruits and vegetables however have been found to be beneficial to health.  These foods have a range of colours...
Corona virus is among a new breed of modern viruses for which medical science does not as yet have any specific treatment/medications. This is similar to the period 1940s to 1960s when we were plagued with polio, whooping cough, measles, chicken pox and similar epidemics, now under control with vaccinations. Many who lack immune competence...
PEP – Grades 5 and 6 You would have heard about the coronavirus and how this could make persons sick with the influenza disease.  It is very contagious, that is, it spreads easily from person to person and this is the reason you are now on home study instead of going out to school.  You may...
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