By Christine Sismondo Special to the Star Sun., March 3, 2019 If you take your health advice from high-profile celebrities, like the Kardashians, Adele, Rihanna and several Real Housewives from various cities (and who doesn’t?), you may already know that the “hottest wellness trend of 2019” is the vitamin drip—an intravenous injection that delivers nutrients straight into the bloodstream. If you ask a doctor, though, you might get a different reaction. Many, in fact, take the position that the best-case scenario outcome for an average person loading up on vitamins is a toilet bowl full of expensive bright yellow pee. Designer pee, the celebs call it, we think. The worst-case, however, is that certain micro-nutrients are not easily flushed, so might build up in the body and cause, say, folate overload, niacin overload or iron toxicity—serious conditions. For these reasons, doctors tend to advise against mega-dosing, a concept first made … [Read more...] about Do you need a vitamin drip?
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By Robert Cribb Staff Reporter Vjosa Isai Staff Reporter Maham Shakeel Ryerson School of Journalism Sat., March 18, 2017 A growing number of boutique medical clinics is establishing a second tier of health services that critics say encroaches on Ontario’s public health system by charging as much as $4,500 in annual fees for services such as no wait times, genetic analysis and added testing that isn’t always medically necessary. A Toronto Star/Ryerson School of Journalism investigation documents a hybrid health-care regime that markets to a clientele who can access public health care while paying for services that reach beyond what is covered by OHIP, including 24/7 access to health-care professionals, fast-tracking of MRIs and a range of annual tests and lifestyle assessments. “I think this does represent two tiers (of health care in Canada),” says Dr. Danielle Martin, a family physician in Toronto who was … [Read more...] about Should the wealthy be allowed to buy their way to faster health care at private clinics?
4 ways to help your kids reach right height and weight for their age (philstar.com) - August 15, 2018 - 12:00pm MANILA, Philippines — It is only natural for parents to want the best for their children. For your kids to become better and healthier, ensuring their proper nutrition should be one of your main concerns. However, undernutrition remains to be a widespread problem for many Filipino children. In the 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipinos developed by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) of the Department of Science and Technology, one out of three Filipino children aged five to 10 years old is suffering from stunted growth or lack of height for their age. The survey also states that a third of children aged five to 10 years old are underweight or lacks weight for their age. According to the World Health Organization, stunted children have low height-for-age. Stunted growth also refers to … [Read more...] about 4 ways to help your kids reach right height and weight for their age
(Reuters Health) - Parents and caregivers should be aware of the three ways children can get the vitamin D they need, according to a new resource published in the medical journal JAMA Pediatrics.Although many people know calcium and vitamin D are vital for building healthy bones, not everyone knows calcium can only be absorbed when vitamin D is present."Vitamin D is sometimes misunderstood and underappreciated, especially when it works as a silent partner with calcium," said Dr. Megan Moreno of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, who wrote the one-page primer intended for parents and caregivers.The patient page, accessible for free (https://bit.ly/2JwqcO8), is based on recommendations given by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The resource emphasizes the best ways for children to obtain vitamin D through sunlight exposure, diet and supplements.Current guidelines recommend that infants under 12 months get 400 international units of vitamin D … [Read more...] about Experts suggest ways children can get Vitamin D
caption Fish, veggies, and eggs are staples of the Whole30 diet. source Shutterstock Do you want to stop drinking alcohol and cut all sugar, grains, beans, peanuts, and dairy from your plate for a month? Then the Whole30 diet is for you. Created in 2009 by then husband-and-wife pair Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, the premise of the monthlong regime is that if you put only “good” things in your body you’ll feel better, reduce inflammation, and transform your relationship with food. Melissa, a former heroin addict, came up with the plan after she left rehab, quit smoking, joined a gym, and started eating healthier. She shared what worked so well for her with the masses, and the Instagrammable hashtag #Whole30, which to date has spawned 3.4 million posts, was born. Whole30 involves a lot of diet restriction and willpower, which means the diet may not be the right choice for everyone. In fact, it ranked near the bottom of the list of US News & … [Read more...] about A grueling diet beloved by Instagrammers cuts out everything from alcohol to dairy — here’s how well it works