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April 13, 2018

Vaping could be leading thousands of teens to start smoking who otherwise wouldn’t have

Vaping, which involves puffing on vaporized liquid nicotine using an e-cig or vape pen, seems to be healthier than smoking, a deadly habit that involves inhaling burning tobacco. And for some adult smokers, vaping may be somewhat helpful for quitting. But the practice also appears to be creating thousands of new smokers, most of whom are teens whose first exposure to nicotine is via an e-cig or vape pen. Smoking kills. No other habit has been so strongly tied to death.

In addition to inhaling burned tobacco and tar, smokers breathe in toxic metals like cadmium and beryllium, as well as metallic elements like nickel and chromium.

It’s no surprise, then, that much of the [...]

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March 27, 2018

#WorldSleepDay: Why sleep is important

Sleep is our most basic need, crucial to our overall health and well-being. Lack of sleep can lead to a number of long and short-term health problems including heart disease, strokes and diabetes.

It may also lead to reduced concentration, low memory recall, and poor academic productivity. According to World Sleep Society, sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.

Today sleep is receiving attention the world will commemorate World Sleep Day, an annual day observed to raise awareness of sleep disorders and the burden that insomnia places on society.

There are many reasons for [...]

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March 15, 2018

The coconut oil debate

Coconut oil will have their detractors and supporters. Whichever study one chooses to believe in, the key is to consume it in moderation.

WE have heard countless times that broccoli, blueberries, kale and salmon are superfoods.

This is because they contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well as fibre.

Many believe that these nutrients can prevent cancer, stroke, heart attack and Alzheimer’s disease. They are also believed to have anti-ageing properties.

In recent years, coconut oil has been added to this list. A quick Google search will reveal thousands of links on its health benefits.

Coconut oil is said to be able to reduce [...]

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October 30, 2017

See how smaller medical schemes can save you money

Does the size of a medical scheme matter?

“YES” it certainly does if you are looking for the “big brand identification”, but “NO” if you looking for good quality benefits, affordability and real value for money, considering you do your homework well.

Have a look at some of the interesting findings of the 2017 GTC Medical Aid Survey…

7th GTC Medical Aid Survey

Annually, GTC (formerly known as Grant Thornton Capital) publishes an in-depth investigation into the array of medical aid plans and benefits. They have just released their 7th medical aid survey in a study that analysed the rates of 22 open medical scheme benefit options, as well as closed scheme [...]

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