Well, the medical facts are clear, the more meat you eat, the more you predispose yourself to ill health. Meat contains less desirable fats, cholesterol and even chemical products associated with cattle rearing, meat processing and storage. Moreover, how you cook your meat matters too. High cooking temperatures associated with roasts and barbeques can initiate chemical changes that are damaging to health. Thus comes the link with cardiovascular disease, metabolic disease, cancers and other chronic conditions.
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Nowadays, you will find calculators for anything. Not just for simple maths to keep your bills in check, but for just about anything you can think of. You could for instance input some data into an app and calculate the distance from where you are standing to the moon. Or if worried about the atmosphere, you could easily calculate the day’s humidity, or the amount of gravitational force weighing onto your head. Well, calculating various parameters about your health is also at your fingertips.
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I recently listened to a regrettable tale from a friend of another friend. One of their kin had been experiencing some unusual symptoms, and the diagnosis was elusive. She eventually ended up at the hands of surgeon who recommended surgery. Nothing was found, but something entirely incidental and of no clinical relevance was apparent on one of her organs. The surgeon just removed it, even though that wasn’t necessary, and there wasn’t any prior consent. Worse still, the organ in question wasn’t within the said surgeon’s area of expertise.
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I recently had an interesting conversation with some enthusiastic students interning in our office. They seemed to wonder why a single patient usually requires a team of medical professionals to address specific healthcare needs. In the students’ minds, a single doctor should suffice. But nothing could be further from medical reality. It’s long been accepted that medical teams, working in unison, collectively perform better than individual clinicians working in isolation.
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Doctors’ orders, or instructions, are an integral component of your healthcare program. The orders usually come as prescriptions, recommendations for additional interventions, health advice, or a combination of various medical strategies. If you ever seek help from a healthcare provider, and have full confidence in their proficiency, you should always follow their advice. Unless an overriding situation arises and circumvents the initial orders.
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