Study Shows Vaccines Provide Excellent Return on Investment

There was a new study that just came out, that shows that vaccines are a great investment in terms of money savings due to later treatment of diseases for which a vaccine exists. These cost savings come in the form of not only medical treatment but loss of productivity due to the medical illness. In addition to the cost savings on the individual that receives the vaccination, there is also a cost savings associated with the community in which that individual lives due to reduces illness overall. The study looks at low to middle income countries and the economic effects that vacations have therein. Although any vaccine can cause side effects, generally the side effects are minimal compared to the benefits they bestow upon the patient. Serious vaccine side effects are experienced in very few people (as little as 1 in 100,000) and can include allergic reactions among other things.

Smallpox_vaccineThe study is additional evidence that investing in preventative healthcare can make a difference, especially in countries where such diseases are more prevalent. Vaccines generally speaking are very economic to administer, when considering the cost of treatment of the particular diseases. Obviously some vaccines will have a better return on investment (ROI) than others (as some will even be negative in terms of ROI, based on this study), but the study is a good example of the overall benefit (at least economically) of vaccinations in a global environment.

One issue is that participation in vaccine programs in developing countries is still remarkably low (sometimes less than 10%, even when such vaccines are given freely); some countries have mandatory vaccines because of the value they are perceived to provide. Other countries like Australia are creating incentives to get their population vaccinated; for example they will not provide childcare subsidies to families who do not receive vaccines for their children.

Why Drinking 1 Gallon of Water is Extreme

gallon of waterThere are many reasons why people try to consume a lot of water and the primary concern is getting enough to replenish their needs, not be dehydrated, and make sure that they are flushing out toxins. However, some people take gallon jugs around with them everywhere and while this seems like a good idea, it might be overdoing things a little bit.

Most of the time, drinking 1 gallon of water is a good amount, but it does not take into account all of the other water that we get in our food. There is a lot of water in food and especially in fruits and vegetables. After all, there is a fruit called watermelon!

So next time you are thinking about how much water you drink, also consider about the food that is in your diet. Is your food giving you the nourishment that you need or at least a large portion of it? For some people, it is not easy to deal with an entire gallon (or even 3 liters, which is recommended) of water per day. It is just physically too much for them to consume without feeling uncomfortable.

If this sounds like something that is true for you, then it is probably a good idea to keep in mind your diet and try to get water that way more often. When you are drinking water, you are going to find out that you feel a lot better and your body is far more revitalized.

At the end of the day, there are many reasons you want to have enough water, but it just makes less sense to force yourself to drink more than is necessary. Most people don’t know that the majority of their skin is made of water and our brain needs high quantities to function. But that doesn’t mean you need to keep chugging on water so much so that it makes you sick!

Are Eggs Really Unhealthy?

The simple answer is: no. Eggs are not at all unhealthy even though they have gotten a bad reputation because of their cholesterol content. Most people who are trying to consume a healthy diet want to avoid cholesterol and fat because the media has painted both of these in a negative light. The reality is that eggs are one of the healthiest food sources that you can find. Like anything else, it is important to use them in moderation, but there is still an opportunity to get great health benefits from them.

What makes eggs such a controversial food? The fact is that eggs are filled with cholesterol because of the baby chicken that has not fully formed. Because of the high cholesterol count, people assume it is correlated with a personal cholesterol figure, which is not actually true.

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You might find that if you are trying to eat eggs on a routine basis, you will be able and much more likely to stay healthy because of the high choline and protein content. Choline is a nutrient that is found in organ meats and eggs and it is the precursor for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. This neurotransmitter is useful for memory formation among other things. It is important to keep in mind that eggs are the best source of choline that we currently have beyond parts of meat that nobody enjoys!

In addition, because of the combination of fat and protein, it is the most readily available and absorbed protein source that you will find. Even though protein powder and whey can work wonders, getting protein from eggs can be light years ahead of the curve. All you need to consider when you debate egg consumption is how many you think you need. More than likely you can get away with only eating 5 – 10 per week, but if you are a larger male it might be possible to even eat up to a dozen!

3 Healthy Supplements for Elderly

Elderly people have special needs compared to the rest of us because their body is aged and they are still trying to survive in a world that is quickly passing them by. If it sounds depressing that is because in many ways it is! However, it doesn’t have to be sad if the elderly decide to take their own health into their hands and supplement with some things that can help. Primarily, it is important for elderly individuals to focus on getting health supplements that are useful for their longevity and brain health.

Here are 3 different healthy supplements that they can use for the elderly, which will give them a lot of benefit:

  1. Fish oil – the human brain is made of omega-3 fatty acids and particularly DHA and EPA. These fatty acids are used to replace some of the lost brain matter and fish oil is the best way to do so. If you are trying to improve your health, fish oil can be the best way to go because it is such a potent omega-3 fatty acid product. Don’t make the mistake of using flax seed for omega-3 fatty acids!
  2. Creatine – did you think that creatine was only for bodybuilders? In actuality, it is useful for a lot of different health factors and the brain is key among them. Older people usually do not have enough creatine because they eat less food (And meat) and they need more creatine for their cellular function.
  3. Vitamin B12 – A lot of elderly people stop eating high quantities of red meat when they are older for whatever reason and that means they lose a lot of Vitamin B12. For vegans and vegetarians especially, it is important to get enough of this crucial vitamin.