Hospital to Ban Bacon?

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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A new health push may eliminate many peoples favorite dishes from U.K. hospital cafeterias. This ban includes recipes with sausages, mash, bacon, and all processed meat. Plant-Based Health Professionals UK Ltd, an association created by medical professionals, worry about the harm posed by these foods, particularly about the cancer risk from consuming processed meat. The…

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What Are Cervicogenic Headaches? (And Why You Should Know.)

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Pain Management

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A cervicogenic headache (also referred to as CGH) is a headache classified by a dull pain that starts from the neck and radiates across the back of the head up towards the temples. The pain may even spread across the forehead and around the eyes or ears [1]. Unlike migraines, a CGH isn’t a throbbing…

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A Tectonic Plate May Have Peeled Apart – and That Could Shrink the Atlantic Ocean

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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In 1969, a giant earthquake off the coast of Portugal sparked a devastating tsunami that puzzled the scientific community. Unlike the known earthquake zones around the globe, this natural phenomenon seemed to come from the middle of nowhere. There were no signs of a tectonic shift at the time. After puzzling it over for a…

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Happy ever after: 25 ways to live well into old age

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, Personal Growth + Development, Women’s Health

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Two women embarked on a mission to age with good health, happiness, and to be disease-free. As they researched medical studies and adjusted their lifestyles, they documented their findings on their blog and eventually their book, the Age Well Project. Susan Saunders was 36 when her mother developed severe dementia. She became her mother’s caregiver—despite…

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Microalgae System Turns Pollution Into Oxygen Equivalent To More Than 300 Trees

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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Mexican company BiomiTech won the Innovation award at the Contamination Expo Series 2018 in Birmingham, England. Its entry, the BioUrban 2.0 system beat the other six finalists. BiomiTech created an air purification system that transforms contaminants, such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide, into oxygen. They accomplish this by using a species of microalgae who…

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Teachers at School Built on ‘Toxic Site’ Have the Same Rare Cancer

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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After years of throwing toxic waste into a landfill, one Scottish municipality decided it was the perfect location to build a high school for students with special needs. But just seven years after the school opened, teachers and parents of Buchanan High School in Coatbridge are outraged that four staff members have developed the same…

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Utah Woman Sells Her Blood Plasma Twice a Week to Fund Her Shopping Habit

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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That’s one way to be a bloody entrepreneur… literally. 20-year-old Carisa Barker is a shopping addict, and she’ll most likely go into a major withdrawal if she doesn’t get a shopping fix several times a week. Her happiness starts and ends with retail therapy. According to her, she loves her lifestyle because she doesn’t have…

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News Cycle Fatigue

Pierre Van Zyl

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I recently took a week hiatus from the news. I was on a week of overnights, and the work- sleep- give kids dinner- back to work cycle didn’t leave much time for CNN, Instagram, Facebook, the Times app, or other sources of the often depressing news cycl…

A HEALTHY HOT CHOCOLATE THAT SUPPORTS YOUR ADRENALS

Pierre Van ZylHealth + Nutrition, Live Well

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You’ve heard about adrenal fatigue, or perhaps even felt it. You have a sweet tooth. You love chocolate. WE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE. I catch up with Greg Haglund, supplement expert (and founder of my personal fave Switch Nutrition), to chat about how we can support ourselves in times of high stress…with hot chocolate. Firstly,…

Lemony Bulgur Chickpea Salad

Pierre Van Zylbulgur, chickpeas, easy, Main Dishes, quick, Quick & Easy, Recipes, salad, Salads, Soy-free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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I’m so tired. I’ve been tired plenty during the internship, but how I feel right now is special. It is, as they say, next level. And, with a final on Thursday, four assignments to finish, and almost two weeks left in my current rotation, the feeling doesn’t promise to let up soon. I’ve been at…

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Running Without Music

AngelaRunning, running without music

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When I first started running in high school, I felt like I always needed music to get me going. I would carry my Walkman or later on Discman (stop laughing) in my hand as I slogged along for 3ish miles. Btw – the struggle with running with a Discman is real.  I think I spend […]

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Bananas and Avocados Can Prevent Heart Attacks

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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If you’re fairly familiar with the vitamins and minerals in the most common fruits and vegetables, you may be aware that in bananas and avocados, potassium and magnesium are notable ingredients in both of them. Like all foods, these two powerhouse fruits (because both are fruits rather than avocados being a vegetable) have many other…

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Processed Foods Have Always Been Deemed Unhealthy. What Exactly Does It Mean For A Food To Be ‘Processed’?

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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They are usually those tasty, really cheap, decadent, and super-convenient ones that every doctor says we shouldn’t eat. Why do all the good stuff have to be harmful? Generally, processed foods are defined as foods that have been converted from one form to another, usually finished with the addition of preservatives, sweeteners, inorganic nutrients, colors,…

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Keep Your Dogs Away From The Tempting Ocean This Summer. Saltwater Could Be Lethal To Them

Pierre Van ZylPets

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For the dog lovers (myself included), taking your dog on a fun day out to the beach is one of the coolest things to do in the summer. The curious love they have for the water is usually refreshing to see. Playing fetch in the water, sunbathing together (please keep them under a shade), and…

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Bug repellent made from coconut oil works better than DEET, government study says

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Health Awareness

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Summer nights, sunsets, and… bug spray. Many of you can relate to the seemingly unavoidable mouthful of insect repellent on a beautiful warm evening. Fortunately, there may be a natural alternative according to scientists. For those of you who would rather not spray the artificial chemical laden insect repellents, often containing DEET, you can once…

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Podcast 183 | Creativity

Pierre Van ZylMinimalism, Podcast

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By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Joshua & Ryan chat about creativity, creating more and consuming less, and the difference between “creating content” and “producing meaningful creations” with filmmaker and YouTuber Matt D’Avella, and they answer the following questions…

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Mocha Overnight Oats

Pierre Van ZylBreakfast, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, high protein, quick, Recipes, Vegan

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Mocha overnight oats are the perfect way to start the day! Combine your favorite breakfast with coffee for the best on the go healthy breakfast idea! These overnight oats are gluten free, vegan, packed with protein and packed with caffeine! Why this re…

Frozen Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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Summer means two things: One, every person with a sweet tooth is craving something cold and chocolatey. Two, no one has the time to invest in long, complicated recipes. These banana bites solve both issues while being a healthy snack suitable for almost every dietary lifestyle. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Those who are…

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Frozen Chocolate-Dipped Peanut Butter Banana Bites

Pierre Van ZylDesserts, eat, Snacks + Sides

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Summer means two things: One, every person with a sweet tooth is craving something cold and chocolatey. Two, no one has the time to invest in long, complicated recipes. These banana bites solve both issues while being a healthy snack suitable for almost every dietary lifestyle. They’re vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened. Those who are…

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Molasses to Pennies: All the Smells a Healthy Vagina Can Be

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Women’s Health

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A healthy vagina smells like a lot of different things — flowers isn’t one of them. Yeah, we’ve seen those scented tampons ads too. And it seems to us like all that flowery sunshine is another example of the world getting vaginas all wrong. Just take a quick trip to your local drugstore. You’ll find a…

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Molasses to Pennies: All the Smells a Healthy Vagina Can Be

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Women’s Health

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A healthy vagina smells like a lot of different things — flowers isn’t one of them. Yeah, we’ve seen those scented tampons ads too. And it seems to us like all that flowery sunshine is another example of the world getting vaginas all wrong. Just take a quick trip to your local drugstore. You’ll find a…

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BPPV: Why Loose Ear Crystals Make You Dizzy and How to Fix Them

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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For some people, a slight tipping of the head can trigger vertigo. They tilt their heads to look down or up, or simply roll over in bed, and suddenly the room is spinning. Accompanied by symptoms of dizziness and nausea, this condition can call a halt to regular day activities. “Episodes of BPPV can last…

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43-Year-Old Tennessee Woman Has Had 86 Skin Cancer Surgeries in the Past 20 Years

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Learn, News + Discoveries

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Lisa Pace had been a basketball player in her high school and college days, and being photographed in her pale, light freckled skin didn’t do much for her self-esteem. She hated it, and using her friend’s tanning bed, her self-tanning journey began in high school. In the year 2000, at the age of 23, she…

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Fertile Soil over Ashes: Washington Becomes First US State to Legalize Human Composting

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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Biologically, decomposition is a process that releases vital nutrients into the soil, thereby making it more fertile and suitable for re-use [1]. The human body is full of nutrients, and for some people, the thought of their nutrient-filled bodies being buried in a box to decompose or burned when they are gone is disturbing. They’d…

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These Avocado Grilled Cauliflower Sandwiches Will Make You Forget Grilled Cheese

Pierre Van Zyleat, Lunch + Dinner, Snacks + Sides

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Grilled cheese gets a decadent makeover with creamy, mashed avocado sandwiched between crispy, gluten-free cauliflower bread. If you have yet to try cauliflower bread, this easy-to-assemble recipe will become your new go-to sandwich. When cauliflower rice gets mixed with a little almond flour and egg, it creates a delicious Paleo bread that can hold up to piles of…

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Last Week’s Workouts

AngelaMount Washington Road Race, mountain running, Running, Strength training for runners, trail running, Workouts, Yoga

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Last week’s workouts meant peak week of training for Mount Washington Road Race.  It’s taper time! Monday 40 min bike ride Strength training It was a gorgeous Memorial Day and I had zero desire to hit the gym.  Instead I opted for my first outing on my bike of the season and a backyard strength […]

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The Fit Foodie’s Guide to a Gut-Friendly Diet

Pierre Van ZylHealth + Nutrition, Live Well

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Improving our gut health is on the lips of every health foodie right now. You can’t go into a bar in Sydney now without being offered a ‘healthy’ Kombucha Cocktail. But what is good gut healthy really all about? And how do we make better meal choices to support a healthy digestive system? I promise…

Weekend Reading, 6.2.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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I can’t believe it’s already June—it seems as though last August was only yesterday, and I was staring down the long road of the dietetic internship. Everyone assured me that the year would fly by, and in the aggregate it has, though some of the rotations have felt endless. My current rotation is one of…

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Effects of THC on Damaging Alzheimer’s Proteins

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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By now we’re sure you have heard about a special little compound known as THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC )is what’s responsible for the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects. Time and time again, THC is proving to be a powerful compound. This active component is well known for providing pain relief, making it useful in many conditions….

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Effects of THC on Damaging Alzheimer’s Proteins

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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By now we’re sure you have heard about a special little compound known as THC. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC )is what’s responsible for the majority of marijuana’s psychological effects. Time and time again, THC is proving to be a powerful compound. This active component is well known for providing pain relief, making it useful in many conditions….

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Scientists Solve a Century-Old Mystery to Treat Asthma and Airway Inflammation

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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A team of European research groups recently claimed they uncovered a contributing cause of asthma symptoms, and even better, that they may have just designed the cure. Scientists from Ghent University in Belgium partnered with others from Ghent University Hospital, a biotech company called arGEN-X, and associates from Stockholm, Marseilles, and Rotterdam looked to gout as…

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Man Who Lost Arms and Legs to Sepsis Calls for More Awareness and Training

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness

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Imagine waking up and finding that you no longer have arms or legs. Or part of your face. This happened to Tom Ray in 1999 at the age of 38. Before this, the former corporate banker was opening up a business with his wife Nic, who was pregnant at the time, when he developed sepsis….

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Cannabis-lookalike found in Ontario contains carfentanil

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Pain Management

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Canadian health officials issued a public alert concerning a drug that looks dangerously similar to cannabis. However, this drug contains opioids [1]. The Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy stated in a press release that the drug substance has been discovered in Ontario, Canada. It is reported to look like cannabis, but a test found that…

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Parmesan Cauliflower Bites Will Be Your Newest Obsession

Pierre Van Zyleat, Lunch + Dinner, Snacks + Sides

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Think cauliflower for your next snack! These cauliflower bites are an easy and delicious side dish to whip up, that is, if they are not all eaten before the meal even starts. Cauliflower is becoming an increasingly popular vegetable, and for good reason. It’s healthy, low in carbohydrates, and tastes yummy with almost everything. You…

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Why Does Cilantro Taste Like Soap to Some?

Pierre Van Zyleat, Learn

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Cilantro is a super versatile herb that adds a bright, citrus-like flavor to almost any dish. My first experience with cilantro was at a neighbor’s party when I was 16—I helped make a cold rice dish that had fresh cilantro in it (my job was separating the leaves from the stems). I hated that dish….

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Woman Who Had Dementia For 5 Years Turned Out To Have A Common And Reversible Condition

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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A new medical report details the case of a woman who started showing strange “altered behavior” and was diagnosed with dementia for five years. However, her symptoms were actually reversible. The unnamed woman, discussed in BMJ Case Reports, started exhibiting a gradual change in behavior, which was noticed by her family. As well as no longer cooking, keeping…

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10 Ways Your Body Is Telling You You’re Running Low on Key Vitamins

Pierre Van Zyl

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When it comes to matters of health, it’s often easy to get lost or overwhelmed by what everyone else is telling you about your own body and what it needs. However, if you know what to keep an eye out for, the body has an incredible way of “communicating” that something is wrong — or…

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10 Minute Skillet Chicken Taco Recipe

Pierre Van Zyldinner, keto, low carb, Paleo, quick, Recipes, whole30

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10 minute skillet chicken taco recipe is going to become your new favorite way to make chicken for your tacos! Ready in just 10 minutes, this recipe is so easy to make and incredibly flavorful! This healthy recipe is paleo, Whole30 and keto friendly! W…