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Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is the process of traveling abroad in order to receive medical care, be it cosmetic surgery, heart surgery, breast implants, a hip replacement, or dental work.

Rising health care costs and longer waiting times in the western countries like United States, Canada, and UK etc. are inducing patients to seek treatment overseas. While U.S. consumers are concerned mainly with the exorbitant cost of health care, Canadians are more troubled by wait-times for certain treatments. Indeed, approximately 1 million Canadians claim to be experiencing difficulties in access to care. As for UK, it is believed that more than 50,000 people from the UK travel for treatment abroad because of high medical care costs in UK.

Medical Tourism in South Korea South Korea has been growing as a tourist destination of choice for health and vacation because of their world class physicians, modern technology, and unique caring and compassion at great values for money at a fraction of the cost in the west. The country is home to some of the best hospitals and stand alone Specialty clinics in the world, offering world-class expertise, state-of-the-art facilities, and the warmth of hospitality. Also, some of the world’s best spa retreat resorts and tour destinations can be found in this part of the earth. Additionally, it’s not unusual to find plus accommodations, foreign language translators, and other amenities at some of the major facilities.

South Korea has made its initial foray into the lucrative market of medical tourism by launching the Council for Korea Medicine Overseas Promotion. Funded by the Government and 28 private hospitals, this organization will market medical packages to foreign patients seeking affordable health care. The Council has initiated a set of measures to promote the medical vacation industry by aiding hospitals in their marketing strategies. In this way, South Korea can generate greater overseas awareness of the country’s medical and tourism offerings. According to a Council official:

The average charge for an in-patient visit in a US hospital is dollar3,762, which is 13 times higher than in South Korea.

The average charge for outpatients in the US is dollar13,000 which is 9 times higher than in South Korea. South Korea’s affordable health care system has seen the number of foreign patients rise from 10,000 to 13,000 in just 2 years. With all these added measures in place, South Korea is on its way to claim its share in the prosperous medical vacation business

Benefits of Medical Tourism Health care costs are constantly on the rise in countless Western countries. In the US alone, it is already a multi-billion dollar industry that shows no sign of stopping (worldwide it is over dollar3 trillion US). But why pay exorbitant prices at home when you can travel abroad and receive the same treatment (if not better) from a fully certified medical facility for a fraction of the price?

Cool Carp Boilie Bait Flavours The Age Of Confidence In A Bottle

This is rapidly becoming the age of the bait sponsored angler. Commercial pressures and marketing demand that many more ordinary anglers are having to compete with those sponsored individuals. These fortunate are able to ‘free-feed’ huge quantities of top quality boilies, pellets and ground baits, supplied to them either for free, or at ‘knock-down’ discount prices.

Everyone knows that using bait supplied in large enough, regular quantities, will directly affect the movement, feeding behaviour and location of carp, in a water.

Generally, carp fishing has become more competitive than ever before, with many more anglers lining the bank each week-end. Sponsored anglers often catch many times the number of big fish than their peers.

This is not necessarily only a result of good angling ability, but simply more bait and perhaps time to leverage it. In this situation most anglers simply do not have the resources and time to compete and many even struggle to catch at all, which is a tragedy!

Making your own homemade boilie baits at cheaper prices is one way to get around this phenomenon. Trying to keep up with these guys use of bait is a severe challenge for many anglers. Often they will try and catch using the same baits as the sponsored angler to keep up. Are using particles and cheaper pellets, a better option?

As in the case of any new boilie bait or rig, the first original pioneers or field testers achieve maximum results. The whole point of a new bait is to achieve a competitive edge by being different enough to confuse the danger reference points of carp that have been previously caught by anglers baits and rigs.

So you are aiming to keep ahead of anglers as much as the fish. This means you ideally need to be using a slightly alternative approach at all times in order to keep maximising your catch rates.

This is not difficult, in fact very easy as long as you think fish not angler. It is surprising what a big carp will eat when it is not scared of it! Yes all baits are used in cycles, as one catches and fades another gets picked-up on by the majority. (Especially with different types of boilies and pellets.)

I do not mean to rock your boat but…What is your favourite bait flavour? This opinion is normally based on personal past successful catch experiences or recommendations. But can you improve on simply this, to multiply your catches hugely, in an increasingly competitive environment? Perhaps so:

Many fishermen get fixated on flavours, mistakenly thinking that if they can smell them and they smell good to them, then carp will love them too. But there are many variables (some unknowns) involved here and no-one actually knows what flavours really smell and taste like to a carp.

The scientists can trigger carp food receptors in tests and tell us numerous substances that will stimulate a carp to feed, or alter its behaviour in some way that makes it easier to catch them, (change brain chemistry and turn them on etc,) but this data does not translate evenly into making and exploiting carp baits. What does a carp think?!

Well now perhaps its time to get further into a carps brain and body, by exploiting particular ingredients, in order for you to compete and catch them more effectively but benefit them too you will see what I mean in a moment….

Would most carp anglers use algae flavour or a flavour that would make you feel sick like something well fermented would? I doubt it!

When fishing, most anglers fish the same flavour in all their boilie baits in a swim and do not vary their bait flavour levels for different hook baits, on different rods, in different areas of a water. Flavours work better in different levels at different temperatures and in different waters; and even in different parts of different waters.

How and why these flavours actually achieve carp takes is so irrelevant to most fishermen that they miss a huge area of know-how that would net them loads more fish at different times of the year. So lets look more into what some flavours are!

Flavours may be actual flavours and not nature identical or synthetically chemically produced. Many anglers prefer natural or nature identical flavours these days rather than one based on a solvent. Some flavours very water soluble.

Flavours are based on so many substances, from ethyl alcohol to glycerol, to propylene glycol and oils. Many modern carp flavours are mixtures of oils, taste enhancers, amino acids, sweeteners and different secret extracts and compounds etc.

N-butyric acid is a very commonly used attractor at the moment in the UK along with pineapple and the associated blue cheese flavour and blue cheese powder is getting more used and well known and these work very well in winter temperatures.

Amyl acetate, the pear drops smell is another example that held favour in the past fashions just keep changing! (Some flavours only require just one or two drops to be very effective while others take much more!)

One noticeable thing with many flavours is that when carp have been caught on them, they can very quickly lose effectiveness by danger association and actually become a carp repellant! (E.g. Propylene glycol and glycerol based flavours, but many others too!)

Many common flavours are formed when an alcohol and an acid form an ester as in esterification.

There seems to be a definite link between the carp attraction of the following when used in carp baits:

Plant phenols, alkaloids like betaine, alcohols, esters, essential oils, fatty acids, sugars, (saccharides like sucrose, lactose, maltose etc,) protein amino acids and non-protein amino acids and many many other natural substances….

Certain flavours have been found more effective in bait with an added sweetener like saccharin and Talin. (Talin is used in synthetic maple flavour.)Another very significant taste enhancer and enzyme active sweet plant protein is Thaumatin B. (Both naturally occurring plant extracts.)

Kiwi fruit contains a Thaumatin-like protein, and Nutrabaits Kiwi flavour is said to uniquely produce the biggest fish in a lake.

Water temperature and pH affect your baits potential to be detected by fish and this is possibly affected by water density changes in differing temperatures and other factors in the water environment. So fishing with different flavour levels in different baits and using different baits with different flavour ph levels and tones is very much an over-looked edge for most carp anglers.

On hard-fished carp waters where certain flavours have done very well perhaps add one or more flavours to the successful one and experiment. Do not bother making new baits, just create individual dips to soak your hook baits into and trial 4 or 10 different versions until your catch rate doubles or trebles or more! (Ive experienced this for myself…)

Betaine seems to have a range of uses in carp in regard to osmosis, amino acids synthesis for example. There is no doubt in my mind that when making carp baits, the addition of betaine hydrochloride, (e.g. at 1 gram per 1 pound mix of dry powder base mix,) makes all the difference, as opposed to adding a simple flavour or label.

The addition of a sweetening substance is significant to catch rates in carp: You definitely see a difference in takes with baits that have been sweetened rather than unsweetened; even if the bait itself is a savoury one like fish or meat.

You only have to put a very generous quantity of honey, or maple syrup, or brown sugar, icing sugar, fructose or molasses or sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk etc into any carp ground bait and compare it to one without to see the difference in results.

Talin is the name for one of the sweetest substances known and comes from a bark residue. It is in fact used in many synthetic carp flavours and with very good reason it really works! It is also used in production of synthetic maple syrup and many commercial bait companies use it in their flavours! (Perhaps try Hinders for this.)

Synthetic maple flavour also contains the very carp stimulatory alkaloids from the herbs; fenugreek and lovage. It is one of the greatest carp flavours ever discovered but does not seem in fashion much these days. (Try combining it with Scopex flavour!)

In fact in the 1940s American scientists a most effective flavour to eradicate carp using poisoned laced maize; it was synthetic maple syrup flavour!

Come cold water conditions certain flavours will out catch others. This may well be because of their acidic pH and how this affects the pH of your bait. Now I do not know much of the chemistry involve with flavours, but years of carp winter fishing results have provided many very reliable flavours.

Some substances in flavours and carp attractors help carp balance their body functions and equalise cells osmotic stress. Salicylic acid may help in this way. It is interesting that it is produced by the esterification of the natural phenol acetylsalicylic acid.
Eugenol from cloves is another famous carp attractor. It is a volatile phenol phenyl propenoid. Many world famous fruit, herb and spice winter flavours may contain salicylates in very very small amounts…

But the interesting fact about cold water flavours is that many of the best are even more exceptional when water temperatures rise. This is great news when you are making your own baits and really provides confidence and trust in your baits, in all conditions and times of year.

Natural substances in natural flavours contain some very powerful carp attractors or triggers. For example, there are significant levels of phenol alkaloids found in fruits such as strawberry, cranberry, guava, blueberry and mulberry, plum, tomato, blackberry and kiwi fruit.

You may already recognise that each of these flavours work exceptionally well to catch carp! Some are kept quiet, others are now fashionable and more well known now and therefore used by more carp fishermen in their baits etc.

(Of course, like most things in fishing, it is the baits, additives and flavours that are used by the highest numbers of anglers, that catch most of the fish. But that does not equal that these products are always the ultimate ones or the very best most suitable to use consistently in hard-pressured waters…)

Phenol alkaloids can affect brain activity and carp (and human) behaviour. Water chestnuts, peanuts and almonds contain significant amounts of salicylic acid also. This acid relieves stress and defends against animal eating attack and plant alkaloids play defensive roles too.

I have accidentally discovered the success of using very finely crushed almonds and peanuts in PVA bags with some exceptional catches… Try soaking these in your flavour mix with an added essential oil and pure salmon oil for example in your PVA bags.

Tiger nuts (chufas) and tiger nut extract, oil or juice are only one currently fashionable option. Tiger nuts (high in soluble glucose and oleic acid) were even grown in the UK during the war years, when sugar was in short supply!)

Some of you might like to investigate the potential uses of mushrooms and fungi too! (Yeasts are only one option remember for instance, yeast extract contains significant salicylic acid levels…)

Caffeine in cocoa and coffee contains substances that are detected by carp (like dopermine) and are proven alternative carp attractors. (It has been proven carp have dopermine receptors.) Most of the biggest carp in a small water in Sussex UK felt the effects of this bait approach! Many were caught over forty pounds using truly addictive baits based on this principle of affecting brain activity and behaviour.

In carp this acid possibly has an anti-inflammatory role like the carp essential omega 3 fatty acids like those in fish oils. It is used in the production of Aspirin used to thin blood and prevent incidence of heart attacks.

Citrus lime, orange and lemon all contain significant anti-inflammatory bioflavonoid with beneficial cardiovascular effects. These fruits are familiar and successful carp bait flavours. Perhaps try mixing lemon and ginger essential oils with your flavours and add some liquorice extract to sweeten and Robin Red extract to increase the alkaloid levels and as a long range protein feeding trigger.

Citrus fruits like lemon, orange and tomatoes are acidic. But they form alkaline blood when digested, which is interesting considering the alkaline ph of a carps gut. (Each of these fruits contain salicylic acid…)

[Here are clues to great bait characteristics and most can be made simply from kitchen larder ingredients with a couple of commercial carp fishing products added!]

I must add here that so many of the successful carp bait ingredients have acid-forming characteristics, including: milk, butter, cheese, casein, whey, malted dairy products, all pectin preserved or sugared fruits, dried sulphured glazed fruits, white beans, soy beans, mushrooms, all meat, gelatin, fowl and fish, shellfish.

Also: All alcoholic drinks, coffee, curry, pepper, salt, spices, fish sauces, aspirin. Eggs, especially whites, preserved ginger, flavourings. Preservatives like benzoate, sulphur, vinegar, salt and brine. Tobacco juice! Starches as in wheat, semolina, rice, (and soya to a lesser degree,) all flour products; e.g. maize, grits, barley, groats, cornflakes and oats.) Rice to a lesser degree.) Desiccated coconut (one of my favourites) many nuts; peanuts and many seeds.

For winter baits, the acid spicy flavours really can work. Exploiting for example the cinnamic acid in cinnamon and coumarin (coumarate – an enzyme in turmeric.) (Megaspice and Bunspice B are good.) Significant levels of salicylic acid is also in yeast extract; a great carp attractor!

Other notable herbs and spices containing this acid and which you might like to try, either as extracts, or in essential oils, or flavour form, or as powders, are the following:

Cummin, cannella, curry powder, dill powder, garam masala, paprika and hot red peppers powders and extracts, black pepper, bergamot, mustard, rosemary, thyme, fennel and coriander.

Mustard (isotheocynates) and chilli powders (capsaicin) boost metabolism, dilate blood vessels and increase levels of the fat burning hormone ephedrine. (Ephedrine is the James Bond pill that keeps you active and energetic all night long!)

Sprayed dried fruit juices such as that of the famous strawberry contain large doses of bioflavonoids, antioxidants that have excellent cardiovascular benefits. They keep blood vessels healthy and keep blood triglycerides levels lowered (needed with diabetes.) In carp this means more health and energy! Many grains too, contain these healthy substances.

Bait success seems much to do with energy release or energy gain. Some carp baits with sweeteners even fool carp into eating them by making their in built mechanisms think they are eating something highly essential and beneficial to their diet, (when in fact this may not be the case at all!) As in consumption of very large quantities of peanuts, tiger nuts or very low nutritional value boilies.

Some carp baits when used by anglers can cause carp to even lose weight and become unhealthy. These baits may not kill the fish but certainly drop their weights!
I have observed so many similarities between naturally derived substances that maintain human health and carp health for use in very attractive and healthy carp baits.

Examples of effects of these flavours, ingredients and attractors are for example:

To reduce blood cholesterol, detoxify the blood, strengthen the immune system, balance liver and kidney functions and reduce high fluctuations in blood sugar (as in diabetes,) that these effects should all be looked at further in carp baits!

Cod liver oil is a prime example, containing essential fatty acids and carp attractive alkaloids too!

I highly recommend essential oils in conjunction with flavours. They do not attract carp from range perhaps like many flavours and additives, but do seem to give that extra edge and taste dimension.

Many times I have used these when all else fails, in large dosed bait soaks on the surface of baits, whether homemade boilies, pastes, particles, meat or fish pieces or ready-mades, to produce a big surprise in unfavourable fishing conditions and temperatures.

These oils are less easily distributed in water compared many components of flavours. Ideally your flavour will pull carp from range, home them into your hook bait and induce it to eat it by its attractive taste and palatability.

This is where taste enhancers are really great and there are many proprietary ones to choose from for carp baits. Of course, sea or rock salt is very good and a carp dietary essential.

Aromas found in peppermint, ginger, geranium and black pepper citronellals make baits different to the usual flavours. The combination of 5 or so essential oils in combination found in Olbas oil have always helped me catch more fish. (But in far higher drop doses than you might expect e.g. at 25 or more drops per pound of bait.

An added tip I have done very well for big fish actually dipping, soaking or glugging my pastes and boilie baits in neat essential oils, either in individual ones or mixtures, like eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil, black pepper oil, and garlic oil.

In fact, I once used fresh rigs made using dental floss with added peppermint oil impregnated in the floss material. My catch rate always improved the first cast each rig was used and I soon put the two together and added additional peppermint oil soaks to all my lines, leads and rigs!

You might now have figured the significance of phenols mentioned above and maybe would like to try out these two ideas in your winter or summer baits (in very high levels!):

Peppermint oil (phenol; phenyl salicylate) and winter green oil (phenol; methyl salicylate…)

Heres a different essential oil to try: mustard oil. (Its volatile component is allyl isothiocyanate.)

(The antioxidant free radical scavenging effects of allyls etc, in garlic oil may have much to do with its success. Better still, when used with a sweetener, fructose from the supermarket, saccharin or a proprietary sweetener this is a great all season attractor and trigger.)

Winter green oil and ginger oil and salicylic acid all work as anti-inflammatories and one use for all three is to reduce headache inflammation!

I hope this gives you more clues to what effects carp really like in their baits and what volatile oils and flavours can do! Like many other fruit ester, fruit oils spices and herbs, these especially work well used as triggers and attractors in winter and cold water conditions.

Generally in carp baits, flavours work better without heat being involved. Boiling flavours as with many bait ingredients will actually destroy the active components that catch you more carp. Therefore you need to add flavours after boiling!

You can make a useful very creative mixture from a liquid amino protein product like Minamino or any proprietary fishing ones and add flavours and extracts to it. (You could try mixing up various carp liquid amino products to produce an exceptionally different flavour and attractor base.) One very simple one I remember making that hooked a huge carp within half an hour, on a massive water of thousands of acres was:

A mixture of ethyl alcohol flavours like Tutti Fruiti and other different based flavours, Scopex, n-butyric acid, Robin Red extract (from Haiths,) Minamino, sea salt, liquorice extract powder, Olbas oil, peppermint oil and eucalyptus oil. This mixture was re-frozen into pop-up boilies around 6 times until the bait was just buoyant, then frozen and stored until use.

This easy and simple mega-enhancement method works exceptionally well for pastes, dough baits, particles, pellets, ground baits, method mixes, and PVA bag mixes too so try them all! If you are lazy just try adding Nash baits peach oil palatant or any taste enhancer, citrus oil and flavour combination to your pellets, or boilies and compare results to those baits used without!

Using conventional proprietary boilie dips and glugs are not always the best option where they have already been hammered. Simply soaking your baits in dissolved sea salt or even liquidized tinned sweetcorn can make all the difference to your catch rate. Making changes, being creative and doing things different to the majority of your peers will make your catches consistently outstanding…

I had another memorable occasion where I had fished in cold temperatures for three days and nights without a take and decided to soak the hook baits directly in eucalyptus oil. The baits already contained this but I felt the levels were not high enough. With 5 minutes before packing-up one of the biggest carp in the lake took one of the baits.

There are so many options out there for you to genuinely exploit for massively improved catches. There are for example a host of other attractors and flavours to give you a new edge. Peppers with citrus tones not in general use, from Japan and Korea etc, or how about spicy seaweed from Hawaii etc…
Heres a few oils to mix with your flavours you might wish to trial:

Coriander oil, passion flower oil, apricot kernel oil, linseed oil, pistachio oil, hazel nut oil, macadamia oil, fruit pip oil, rose musk oil, safflower oil, coconut oil.

Other interesting areas of flavours are where the attractors form a cloud of attractive particles in suspension immediately around the hook bait. Use of special solutions, emulsions and colloids can create very effective areas of immediate attraction and modern emulsifiers also have great beneficial and carp attraction benefits.

With mass use of pellets not designed for carp fishing, some commercial pellets are designed more for their oil holding capacity. This may not be ideal for fast and effective carp food digestion and may inhibit uptake of many valuable nutrients and cause certain angler induced nutrient deficiencies.

Laxatives might well be another significant edge in baits, linked to use of some flavours. (Perhaps in the case of certain propylenes and related compounds.) The benefit to carp is that they will naturally excrete food faster by colonic peristalsis.

Insoluble roughage like water weed cellulose, mollusc and shrimp shells help this effect and a percentage of insoluble ingredients in your bait I think are a good thing for the carp. Crushed mollusc shells and prawn shell is great for this and a source of essential chitin containing nitrogen and is very important in the natural carp diet.

(Anyway, when carp are able to eat more bait; this produces more takes and fish caught!) Coarse bird food, shellfish and fish meal ingredients used in conjunction with lots of predigested ingredients might be more effective and preferable to mainly wheat semolina and soya based baits with a low percentage of fish meal to boost nutrition for example.

One of the most beneficial ways to create baits that carp can eat more of without getting filled-up, because it passes through their gut quicker is to really raise the level of soluble ingredients in your baits; focussing especially on the proteins and reducing whole carbohydrates.

The range of amazing new predigested proteins and other ingredients and additives is vastly under-exploited at present, by the average angler.

Innovative products can really work wonders too to give you an edge as in the case of all new ingredients! I wonder about the properties of aloe vera.

It is a gold-mine of water soluble amino acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, saccharides, plant sterols (these lower blood cholesterol levels,) and glycoproteins (cell membrane glucose containing carbohydrates attached to proteins and lipids.)

Aloe vera is a great healing agent with many as yet not understood benefits, while being a gentle laxative at low doses…

The old argument about how can a carp possibly eat one boilie in preference to a different one is mute. Most experienced carp anglers know this occurs on hard-fished much pressured waters for many varied reasons in certain situations.

But the unique feed bait quantity and quality applied to a water by individual anglers compared to the majority, is a major factor in this.

My guess is that youd better ensure your hook baits are different enough to draw the attentions of fish in feeding positive ways!

Well, bait making and enhancing is an art and not an absolute science, thats for sure! It is evolving as I speak and future fashions in this very commercial led passion, recreation and sport, will always by its very nature, keep changing.

This is the age of confidence in a bottle and in a bag. The instant angler and the instant bait are here to stay. I hope now you are now more prepared than ever, to experiment with your baits! The well-used methods of over-flavouring, soaking and glugging your baits is just a preliminary step.

Lets hope all my miss-spent youth, applying what I learnt in plant physiology classes, making homemade carp baits, (while becoming a professional horticultural grower) benefits you too.

The author has many more fishing and bait edges up his sleeve. Every single one can have a huge impact on catches. (Warning: This article is protected by copyright, but reprints with a link are OK.)

By Tim Richardson. The thinking anglers fishing author and expert bait making guru.

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Save Money With Private Health Insurance

It was never a cheap option for a health insurance and recent research shows that health insurance premiums are at an all time high. Medical insurance is very much important these days because hospitals are no longer accepting patient not having medical insurance. You can buy an affordable health insurance policy and we here offering you some useful tips for that.

Choose Standard Health Plan

You have two options for private health insurance in uk, first one is the standard health plan and other one is comprehensive health plan. If you opt for standard health insurance plan then it will give you below coverage:

Basic hospital treatments
Emergency care
In-patient and daycare sessions
Diagnostic laboratory tests
Physiotherapy sessions
Home nursing
Online health service

These plans are more reasonably priced than comprehensive private health insurance plans. Standard plans are sold by insurance companies under various titles such as Assure, Primecare, Saver etc.

Search Around For Discounts

There are hundreds of medical insurers in UK that made uk insurance market so competitive, and this situation gives an opportunity to buyers to have an affordable health insurance plan. You just need to perform a detailed search, dont just blindly opt for an insurer that looks good on paper or is advertised heavily on the telly. Zone in on those private medical insurers that offers you value for money in terms of packages, discounts and benefits. There are a large number of private health insurers that offer cash plans, money saving discounts and attractive benefits.

Some of the companies that you can check out are:

Pruhealth Insurance Company: This is a subsidiary of Prudential Insurance offers several health insurance plans that suit all types of finances. There are three types of plans you can compare on their website: Core, Essential and Comprehensive.

AXA PPP Healthcare: AXA PPP has four types of health plans you can purchase based on your budget. The first plan is Assure that covers for surgical procedures, cancer treatments, scans, hospital bills, specialist fees and lab tests. The second plan is know as Key and it includes all that is in assure plus up to 300 benefit and psychiatric treatments. The third plan is called Ideal and it covers up to 800 per year. The fourth plan is known as Premier and it has no annual maximum for outpatient treatment.

Patient Choice: Patient Choice has a long list of health insurance providers from which you can choose a health insurer, or compare prices of different providers at different cost levels. You can also have a look at their affiliated doctors, hospital networks and clinical facilities.

Natural Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease

The following information is very important for over 50 year olds. If you are in this age group and are not in line with the following then I cannot see how anyone including yourself can guarantee the future of your health.

The aging-related illness Alzheimer’s disease has alarmingly increased in recent years. The same can be said about other forms of dementia.

Using the UK Alzheimer’s Society figures as an indicator reflective of the western world a disturbing continual exponential rise in dementia is expected. More specifically, a reported 700,000 plus have dementia in the UK, burdening the economy with a cost of more than 17 billion: The estimation for 2051 is around 1.7 million; that’s means roughly 2.5 times more dementia cases in the next 40 years, possibly costing well over 60 billion. Then there’s the vast numbers of unpaid carers; close friends and family members currently affected or to be affected…

So, there could never be a more important statement than the old adage ‘Prevention is the best form of cure.’ What are the preventions for keeping Alzheimer’s away?

As I have been saying in my previous articles regarding the treatment of other diseases, the answer lies in 4 highly underestimated or sometimes even ignored vital life-saving factors. These 4 factors are the key to the natural prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. They are.

1. Nutrition


Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, preferably organic, free of herbicides, fungicides and pesticides. Those rich in antioxidants such as pomegranates, strawberries, leafy-green vegetables like spinach, watercress and broccoli have been shown to significantly reduce Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Get about 80% of raw food in the diet (salad a day??) since the heat from cooking food can greatly reduce the nutrition value by denaturing the food’s vitamins and enzymes.

Good quality fats

Unfortunately, due to the effects of deceptive or misleading marketing and bad press, fats have been unjustly demonised. Doesn’t it say in the biology/nutrition texts books that fat is an essential requirement in our diet? Of course it does. Good quality fats taken in appropriate quantities are absolutely essential for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Good quality fats include foods rich in omega-3 such as eggs, seeds and nuts and fish oils…

Virgin coconut oil is an excellent fat for cardiovascular function, weight loss, digestive problem, insulin control, thyroid gland stimulation and has anti-fungal properties.

“A doctor’s husband made a remarkable reversal of his serious Alzheimer’s problem by ingesting coconut oil daily. Dr. Mary Newport had her husband Steve get off the pharmaceutical Alzheimer’s drugs as his condition just kept worsening with them, along with added negative side effects. Steve’s condition has improved greatly since coconut oil was included in his diet.”


High-strength supplements and foods rich in B-Vitamins greatly improve cognitive function such as better memory recall while reducing brain atrophy.

“Researchers at Oxford University found that the mild memory problems suffered by healthy people stopped getting worse when they took a B vitamin supplement.

About one-and-a-half million people in the UK suffer from age-related memory loss, or ‘mild cognitive impairment’. It starts gradually — forgetting keys, wondering what you came into the shop to buy — but half of those affected will progress to Alzheimer’s and dementia within five years. Until now there has been no way to slow down memory loss.

The people in the Oxford University trial were taking a single pill containing three types of vitamin B (folic acid and vitamin B6 and B12) all in doses far in excess of the recommended daily amount (RDA). The pill contained 0.8 mg of folic acid (twice the RDA), 0.5 mg of B12 (250 times the RDA) and 20 mg of B6 (12 times the RDA).”

Vitamin D

Evidence has shown Alzheimer’s patients to be deficient in vitamin D. Daily exposure to direct sunlight, around 15 minutes plus a day, or vitamin D3 supplements giving 3000 – 5000 IU a day is the recommendation. Vitamin D aids immune system and bone health.


The plain and simple fact is that people in general do not drink enough water. People over 65 have been known to lose their natural sensation of thirst which compounds their bodies ‘drought condition’, bringing on a range of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s.

Drink plenty of water. Here’s what the management at a care home in Suffolk England had to say about the remedies of drinking more water.

“Staff at the Martins care home in Bury St Edmunds started a ‘water club’ for their residents last summer. Residents were encouraged to drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day, water coolers were installed, and they were each given a jug for their room. They report significant improvements in health as a result — many fewer falls, fewer GP call-outs, a cut in the use of laxatives and in urinary infections, better quality of sleep, and lower rates of agitation among residents with dementia.

“It’s been fantastic. The whole home buzzes now; there isn’t that period after lunch when everyone goes off to sleep.”

For Baroness Greengross, a cross-bench peer, it reinforces a conviction she has had for some time now — that many old people simply are not drinking enough, and it is harming their health.”

Avoid eating junk foods laden with sugars, too much salt and nasty trans-fat…

2. Mental health

The saying ‘use it or lose it’ is definitely the operative here. Take on new challenges that keep you mentally active, whether it’s by learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, solving puzzles or studying…

Learn to deal with stress. Meditation and yoga are very effective ways for handling stress. What other ways can you think of?

Don’t spend too many lengthy times alone. Stay regularly in communication with people.

3. Exercise

Research has shown that people who frequently exercise (3-5 hours a week recommended) are 75% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

4. Avoid environmental toxins


Aluminium toxicity in brain cells has been known to have an involvement in severe memory loss and senility. If you have them throw out your aluminium cooking utensils and foil packing. The same goes with antacids, antiperspirants or deodorants containing aluminium. Avoid canned drinks (aluminium cans).


Lead toxicity has been known to have an involvement in hyperactivity and aggression. People in cities may overly accumulate lead from petrol fumes produced by heavy traffic. Industrial pollution is another one to watch out for.


Mercury poisoning can be connected with a range of illnesses such as memory loss and headaches. Dental fillings, some vaccinations and sea foods from polluted waters are a few of the mercury containing things to be aware of.

Chelation therapy is a natural therapy used to remove the above three toxic metals. Consult a naturopathic practitioner. When chelated: Zinc and magnesium removes aluminium, vitamins C, B1 and zinc removes lead while selenium removes mercury.

-Indeed, this is not an exhaustive account of the natural prevention of Alzheimer’s, but something to encourage you to do further research while benefiting from taking preventative action such as that from the above recommendations.

Delayed Cancer diagnosis – how will it effect you

It has been stated that one in three people will develop a form of Cancer at some point within their lives, making it one of the most prolific diseases that we are now seeing. Due to this doctors have to be highly aware of the possibility of Cancer when making a diagnosis.

The importance of an early diagnosis when it comes to Cancer cannot be emphasised enough; in many cases an early diagnosis is the difference between life and death. An early diagnosis is also the deciding factor on your life expectancy. Early diagnosis is crucial regardless of what type of Cancer you have; this is especially true in the case of lung, ovarian and stomach Cancer as they have a much lower mortality rate if they receive a prompt diagnosis.

Sadly some people aren’t treated as early as they should be. There are many reasons for this such as a patient didn’t think anything of their symptoms and dismissed them as something else so they didn’t bother going and seeing their doctor. Also many people go to their doctor with symptoms but these symptoms are similar to another disease with the same symptoms so they could easily be dismissed. All of these are common human error but it is important that a doctor goes down all avenues when they are diagnosing you.

An example of why it is so important to catch any form of cancer early is people who are diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the earliest stage they have a 92% to 93% of a five year survival but this can quickly be reduced to 11% or 12% if the cancer has seriously advanced.

An example of when a diagnosis goes beyond simple human error is if a smoker goes to see a doctor with a cough and the doctor merely puts it down to the fact that they smoke. This is completely unacceptable as a cough is one symptom of lung cancer. In a case such as this the doctor should have examined the matter further and investigated the possibility of lung cancer, if for nothing else than to rule it out.

There are many different types of cancer so in order to make an accurate diagnosis you need a medical professional to correctly interpret your symptoms and by looking at your test results thoroughly. Failure to accurately diagnose allows the cancer to spread and grow, which can be at an alarming rate depending on where the cancer is and how advanced or aggressive it is.

If a cancer diagnosis is failed to be made then your correct treatment will be delayed, which will increase your chance of dying from the disease; however this problem can also be turned around, which basically means that if a doctor makes a diagnosis of cancer and there is no cancer present then this can cause a person a lot of unnecessary emotional suffering and shock and it may even lead to them receiving the incorrect treatment. Any situation such as this will be viewed as a form of medical negligence.

If you feel that you have suffered from medical negligence in the past three years due to actions that were taken or actions that were failed to be taken when it comes to your Cancer diagnosis then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.

Thousands of men and women across the UK have already claimed the compensation that they deserve after being involved in some form of a medical negligence claim, now it’s your turn so get in touch with a legal team today to find out where you stand with making a claim for compensation. Helen is the web master of Accident Consult, specialists in all aspects of Medical Negligence Compensation Claims.

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Allergies are a part of skin problems that can trigger any one; they can be the result of seasonal differences or may be various other reasons. The allergies can be upsetting but in many cases they are not fatal or chronic. These are just the skin problems which need to be taken care of, there are lots of medicines and drugs available which works best by helping the curbing down of allergies and improving the health condition.

Xyzal is a powerful anti-allergy treatment which works great by blocking the effects of the histamine, which is the major trigger for developing hives and allergies like sneezing, runny nose and itchy eyes. The medicine is a very powerful resource that helps in completely alleviating the consequences and factors that develop allergies.

The generic medicine within UK is the anti-histamine which is composed of Levocetrizine dihydrochloride which is a prescription drug and should be taken under complete medical assistance. Also, the medical formula is safe to consume as per FDA approvals. UCB and Sanofi-Aventis are the proud manufacturers of Xyzal anti-allergy treatment which helps great by relieving the allergies and other skin associated problems.

The medicine functions by reacting on the body immune system without harming certain cells of the body, the potential drug partly works on the release of histamine by binding the receptors and causing several allergy symptoms. As per medical tests histamine is the responsible chemical for emerging of allergies. Xyzal works very effectively on alleviating the itching caused due to hives and also on curbing the various other seasonal allergies.

UK online pharmacies offers generic meds which are of superior quality only the external part would differ. The medicines work in the similar manner as the original ones do. The drug is the most powerful supplement for relieving people from various seasonal allergies that can be real upsetting.

Xyzal is a tablet and should be consumed orally with water. The pill should be taken under complete medical supervision as it is a prescription resource and should be consumed with additional care. The basics used in treating the allergies are formed of Levocetrizine used in the Xyzal.

The drug is available in liquid and tablet forms, the medicine works tremendously in the positive way. It is the best drug that works in the immensely talented manner by alleviating the difficulties caused due to seasonal and perennial allergies. The anti-allergy solution is the best one offered online at extremely cheap and reasonable rates. However, there are many such meds which deliver wondrous effects when it comes to overcoming allergy problems and skin related difficulties.

The medicine is a well tolerated drug in children, similarly, the consumption of the pills is limited to pregnant ladies as, the active ingredients or the components used may interact with the unborn baby and also can be termed as harmful for the female carrying the baby. Also, the drug is not suitable for nursing ladies, as the medicine or its components may pass to the infant through breast milk.

Otherwise, Xyzal is the best anti-allergy solution that works in the phenomenal manner.

Healthcare in Malaysia

The healthcare system in Malaysia consists of both public and private sector hospitals. About 80% of these hospitals come under the public sector which are the best facilities in the region. The government heavily subsidizes the public sector. The private sector in Malaysian healthcare is now a rapidly growing sector. It works mainly on the basis of “fee” for services provided .

The public hospitals in Malaysia are of the following three types: general hospitals, district hospitals, and special medical institutions. There is a general hospital in each of Malaysias sixteen state capitals, which has an average of 600 to 700 beds each. These general hospitals provide specialized medical care. The district hospitals are smaller and provide more basic medical care.

The private hospitals account for 20 percent of Malaysias hospital beds, but they employ about 54 percent of the doctors in Malaysia.

SurgeryPlanet , the premier Medical tourism Facilitator with international accreditations, has the largest and best hospital network in Malaysia, which includes Mahkota Medical Centre, Gleneagles Medical Centre, KPJ Healthcare Berhad etc. Many of these hospitals in SurgeryPlanet hospital network are e ISO and JCI accredited hospitals. Most of the doctors at Malaysia are highly educated and experienced and do speak English fluently.

Medical Tourism in Malaysia
Malaysia has fast gained a reputation as one of the major medical tourism destinations of Asia. Malaysian hospitals are among the best in the region and most private hospitals have internationally recognized quality standards. Malaysia has become the chosen destination for medical travelers from all across the world due to many reasons. The cheaper cost of treatment in Malaysia, state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics, highly qualified doctors, and exotic tourist destinations. Most private hospitals in Malaysia provide comfortable accommodation facilities to tourists. Given Malaysias low cost of living, the accommodation does not cost a lot to the medical tourists. Malaysia ranks as among the top four centers of medical tourism in Asia with Thailand, India, and Singapore. In 2003, about 100,000 foreign patients sought treatment in Malaysia, bringing in millions in revenue. Many hospitals in Malaysia have set up international departments to cater especially to the international patients.

The Malaysian government is actively promoting medical tourism in Malaysia. As a result the number of private hospitals providing quality medical care to international patients has increased over the years. Medical and surgical procedures in Malaysia cost only 20 to 25 percent of the same in USA or UK. The official language of Malaysia is Malay, but English is spoken and understood by the doctors and health staff. The prices of medical and surgical procedures are a fraction of those in developed countries, with over 60% to 70% savings .

Citizens of the United States do not require a visa to visit Malaysia for social, business, or academic purposes. Nationals of all ASEAN countries do not require a visa for a stay of less than one month. For stays exceeding one month, the nationals of ASEAN countries, except Brunei and Singapore, require a visa. The nationals of the following countries require a visa at all times: Afghanistan, India, China, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, etc. The citizens of following countries require a visa for a stay exceeding three months: Argentina, Australia, Netherland, Norway, Qatar, France, Germany, Hungary, etc.

Why International Patients prefer Malaysia for medical treatment?

Medical expertise in Malaysia is at par with the western countries and most private hospitals in the country have internationally recognized quality standards. All private medical centers are approved and licensed by the Ministry of Health and are required to maintain stringent quality standards. People from around the world have been visiting Malaysia for Medical Tourism and avail high quality medical treatment in some of the best healthcare facilities in the country.

Cost Benefits: When compared to the medical costs in the US and UK, Malaysia offers medical services and healthcare facilities at a very competitive price. Medical Tourism packages offer world-class medical facilities to medical tourists at affordable prices.

State of the Art Healthcare Facilities in Malaysia: Most private hospitals and healthcare facilities are well equipped with state of the art equipments and are well staffed with English speaking and internationally trained medical professionals.

Highly Qualified Medical Professionals: Most hospitals and healthcare facilities are staffed by well-experienced and highly qualified English speaking medical professionals with extensive international qualifications and are supported by an equally efficient group of English speaking paramedic staff.

Affordable and comfortable Accommodation: Most private hospitals in Malaysia offer accommodation for their patients ranging from comfortable rooms to luxurious suites with full time nurses. Sleep-in facility for patients traveling companion is also provided by some hospitals. The cost of accommodation is very reasonable and allows most foreign patients and travel companions to enjoy the comforts ofl luxurious hotel or hospital suites.

Tourism in Malaysia
International Medical Patients get ample opportunity to enjoy the exotic Malaysian beaches or go for sightseeing and participate in other tourist activities during or after their recuperation. While patients with minor surgeries enjoy an exhilarating tourist experience, Malaysia also offers enough opportunity for critically-ill patients to take a leisurely vacation on the quiet beaches. An extensive and relaxing tour of Malaysia not only works as an enriching experience but also actively contributes to the patients recovery.

SurgeryPlanet, the most trusted and renowned medical tourism facilitator, makes complete door to door arrangements for international medical travelers globally. For more information visit.

Avail Your European Health Insurance Card Today!!!

As they say Health is Wealth, thus it is always preferable to insure your health for uncertainties. Today when life is uncertain and you just dont know what will happen to you the very next minute, insuring your life and health is completely advisable. For those who reside in UK and are frequent travelers to European countries, The European Health Insurance Card UK (EHIC) is a must have item. This card allows you to receive either free or discounted health care in countries which are listed under the European Union. In short this card will avail you the same treatment as a local resident of the country you are planning to visit during your vacations. This card is a substitute for E111 Form since January 2006.

Do keep in mind that there are certain rules for you to adhere by before you apply for your EHIC Card. To know everything about it you can visit the government website and read the frequently asked questions.

Who can avail the benefits of EHIC?
Residents of following given countries can apply for an EHIC card and enjoy the benefits:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Leichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

Applying for an EHIC
-Now you can apply for your EHIC card online, without any hurdles and delay.
-For those who want to renew their card, can do so six months prior the expiry date.
-Once availed, it is valid for five years.
-Please keep in mind that your EHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance.
-It does not cover lost or stolen property, nor does it helps you with flight related problem. For all this you need travel insurance.
-An EHIC covers only state-provided emergency treatment.
-Yes, most of the accidents are covered under EHIC but you are not permitted to go to abroad to use the card to specifically receive the medical treatment.

Though one can get his EHIC card from post office for free, but many online websites these days promise you to provide with extra benefits if an EHIC is applied with them. These companies will charge you with some fees for providing add- on services. So if you are planning to explore Europe during your next vacations make sure to apply for your EHIC, to make your visit tension free and secure.

Aviva Health Insurance

A quality insurer is pretty hard to find these days, because many companies are simply on a profiteering overdrive. Therefore it is usually not a bad idea to stick to the reputed players, particularly if its health insurance you want. And there are very few which can match up to Aviva health insurance in that regard.Aviva is the largest insurer in the UK and has various health cover plans meant to suit all needs and budgets. Of course choosing a healthcare plan is ultimately something you do after a lot of consideration, but most of the time insurers show their true colors when you lodge a claim.Aviva has a commendable claims-to-settlement ratio and will rarely reject your claim if it is filed with the correct documentary evidence and as per their instructions. Decisions regarding claims are made by capable administrators backed up by a nursing team. Settlements are quick and so you do not feel financially exposed at any point of time.Aviva health insurance, also provides for switching of individual health insurance from other private operators. So, if you are not too happy with your present insurer, you can get in touch with Aviva to complete the formalities required for a switch. You will get a plan that is either identical or very similar to the one you have.Then there are Aviva healthcare plans for children. Because children have specific healthcare needs, they have to insured differently so that their future is secured. You can also try the International healthcare plan which provides global coverage or the Speedy Diagnostics plan which covers all expenses involved in getting a medical condition diagnosed quickly by specialists.There are a large number of Aviva network hospitals you can get treated in all over UK. So, getting a quote from Aviva health insurance can solve all your insurance worries quickly!

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