The Real Dangers of The Cinnamon Challenge

cinnamon The Cinnamon Challenge is a viral internet challenge whereby people film their attempts at swallowing a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under a minute without drinking any water.

Sounds easy, right? It’s not. In fact, the challenge carries a number of significant health risks that can leave people with permanent medical conditions. Learn more about all the best reasons not to step up to this challenge. Continue Reading…

Travelers Beware: Six Small Animals to Avoid

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Imagine concealing something small enough to fit in your pocket that is capable of killing every player in a football match. Something made not by man, but by Mother Nature herself. As the saying goes, the greatest things come in the smallest packages, especially in the animal kingdom. We’re not sure about you, but up until now we were blissfully unaware of these tiny killers lurking out in the world.

As animals that you would have immense trouble spotting until it was too late, the power in each of their respective punches, bites and stings will literally leave you reeling, and in most cases, fighting for your life. So next time you plan a trip out to the Australian Bush or your favourite Brazilian rainforest, have a read through your health plan and make sure you are covered for the right range of antidotes, antivenoms and procedures you may need after facing any of these six small killers. Continue Reading…

The Health Risks of Winter

Brace yourselves, winter is upon us! And with it’s inevitable drop in temperature comes an increase in risks to your health. In regions that experience proper seasonal weather (not you Sweden, or conversely Jamaica) there are typically twice as many deaths in winter as in summer. In the UK, for every degree the temperature drops below 18C, the death rate rises by 1.5%, and there were an estimated excess of 25,700 deaths during winter in the UK in 2010/11. America similarly had an excess of 95,000 deaths over the winter months compared with the rest of the year. The majority of these deaths are of seniors over 65, so old people, wrap yourselves up warm and be careful. Most deaths during this time (some 70%) are due to icy roads causing traffic accidents, but lets look at some of the health risks that come with mean ol’ Jack Frost.

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The Health Risks of Cleaning Products

There are certain times of the year when most householders will embark on a cleaning binge, with the traditional Spring clean and the period just prior to Christmas being arguably the two most common times when most of us will be caught up in a dusting, mopping and vacuuming frenzy. But in our efforts to have our homes as clean and shiny as possible, are we compromising our health and the health of our families?

In recent years, a number of studies have been carried out to find out what effects (if any) everyday cleaning products can have on the health of those that use them. While most of the findings have been positive and state that a majority of products are safe to use when specific safety guidelines have been followed, there have been some surprising results. Worryingly, some popular and well known products were found to contain levels of toxins and chemicals above the legal limit and how these particular toxins and chemicals, when mixed, can cause health risks under certain conditions.

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