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The Many Benefits of Olive Leaves

The olive leaf has been a sign of peace and prosperity for many generations. In Genesis, a dove returns to Noah's arc with a fresh olive leaf in its mouth pronouncing the end of the flood. Today the olive branch has become a symbol of peace and even appears on the flag of the United Nations.

We have heard plenty of the health benefits of olive oil, but very little of the health benefits of olive leaves. Recent research shows that the extract made from olive leaves can cure and protect from various diseases and symptoms.


It all begins with Pythochemicals ("plant chemicals") whose main purpose is to protect the plant from parasites and maladies. By consuming the plants, our bodies absorb the paythochemicals that protect us from the same hazards. One of those pythochemicals is called Oleuropein, which can be found in olive leaves.

Here are 10 health benefits of olive leaves:

1. They help prevent or slow down the development of cancer:
Findings from a study conducted in 2010-2011 show that the active ingredient in olive leaves can slow down the development of cancer cells in women who suffer from breast cancer, as well as slow down the development of Melanoma in cells that were taken from mice.

2. They encourage bone formation
In a study conducted in Spain in 2011, researchers discovered that the Oleuropein found in olive oils encourages the production of osteroblasts - large cells responsible for the development of the bone - which prevent osteoporosis and a decrease in bone mass.

3. They fight against bacterial and viral infections
Oleuropein is especially useful in fighting against micro-organisms such as viruses and bacteria. It transforms into elenolic acid in the body, which stops the reproduction of amino acids in viruses and bacteria, thus preventing them from replicating and spreading.

4. They prevent aging
Free radicals can damage the skin by disrupting the process of DNA formation. Olive leaves are rich in phenols, antioxidants that neutralize free radicals and help revitalize our skin.

5. They reduce inflammation
Oleuropein's ability to fight against germs can cure infections and relieve inflammation.

6. The
lower blood pressure

Researchers found that oleuropein can also improve blood circulation and prevent blood clotting. Olive leaves can also balance your blood sugar levels by improving the activity of liver insulin receptors.

7. They Fight against cholesterol
 Olive leaves are also known for their ability to stop the formation of LDL ("bad cholesterol") by preventing oxidation.

8. They Reinforce the immune system
The phytochemicals found in olive leaves support the activity of Vitamin C, which is essential to our immune system.

9. They cure infections
As part of its antiviral activity, olive leaf extract can also cure viral infections such as herpes and influenza.

10. And the list goes on and on...
Since olive leaves have anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, they can also help in cases of malaria, allergies, psoriasis, CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome) and more.

Convinced? Go to the nearest health nature shop and ask for olive leaf extract.

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Humor: Doctor, Patient and Nurse :)

A man was seen fleeing down the hall of the hospital just before his operation.

"What's the matter?" he was asked.

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6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. Now you have others to do all that and it's time for you to "be strategic."  Whatever that means.
If you find yourself resisting "being strategic," because it sounds like a fast track to irrelevance, or vaguely like an excuse to slack off, you're not alone. Every leader's temptation is to deal with what's directly in front, because it always seems more urgent and concrete. Unfortunately, if you do that, you put your company at risk. While you concentrate on steering around potholes, you'll miss windfall opportunities, not to mention any signals that the road you're on is leading off a cliff.
This is a tough job, make no mistake. "We need strategic leaders!" is a pretty constant refrain at every company, large and small. One reason the job is so tough: no one really understands what it entails. It's hard to be a strategic leader if you don't know what strategic leaders are supposed to do.
After two decades of advising organizations large and small, my colleagues and I have formed a clear idea of what's required of you in this role. Adaptive strategic leaders — the kind who thrive in today's uncertain environment – do six things well:


Most of the focus at most companies is on what's directly ahead. The leaders lack "peripheral vision." This can leave your company vulnerable to rivals who detect and act on ambiguous signals. To anticipate well, you must:
  • Look for game-changing information at the periphery of your industry
  • Search beyond the current boundaries of your business
  • Build wide external networks to help you scan the horizon better

Think Critically

"Conventional wisdom" opens you to fewer raised eyebrows and second guessing. But if you swallow every management fad, herdlike belief, and safe opinion at face value, your company loses all competitive advantage. Critical thinkers question everything. To master this skill you must force yourself to:
  • Reframe problems to get to the bottom of things, in terms of root causes
  • Challenge current beliefs and mindsets, including your own
  • Uncover hypocrisy, manipulation, and bias in organizational decisions


Ambiguity is unsettling. Faced with it, the temptation is to reach for a fast (and potentially wrongheaded) solution.  A good strategic leader holds steady, synthesizing information from many sources before developing a viewpoint. To get good at this, you have to:
  • Seek patterns in multiple sources of data
  • Encourage others to do the same
  • Question prevailing assumptions and test multiple hypotheses simultaneously


Many leaders fall prey to "analysis paralysis." You have to develop processes and enforce them, so that you arrive at a "good enough" position. To do that well, you have to:
  • Carefully frame the decision to get to the crux of the matter
  • Balance speed, rigor, quality and agility. Leave perfection to higher powers
  • Take a stand even with incomplete information and amid diverse views


Total consensus is rare. A strategic leader must foster open dialogue, build trust and engage key stakeholders, especially when views diverge.  To pull that off, you need to:
  • Understand what drives other people's agendas, including what remains hidden
  • Bring tough issues to the surface, even when it's uncomfortable
  • Assess risk tolerance and follow through to build the necessary support


As your company grows, honest feedback is harder and harder to come by.  You have to do what you can to keep it coming. This is crucial because success and failure--especially failure--are valuable sources of organizational learning.  Here's what you need to do:
  • Encourage and exemplify honest, rigorous debriefs to extract lessons
  • Shift course quickly if you realize you're off track
  • Celebrate both success and (well-intentioned) failures that provide insight

Do you have what it takes?

Obviously, this is a daunting list of tasks, and frankly, no one is born a black belt in all these different skills. But they can be taught and whatever gaps exist in your skill set can be filled in. I'll cover each of the aspects of strategic leadership in more detail in future columns. But for now, test your own strategic aptitude (or your company's) with the survey at In the comments below, let me know what you learned from it.
Paul J. H. Schoemaker: Founder and Chairman, Decision Strategies Intl. Speaker, professor, and entrepreneur. Research Director,

7 Ways to Avoid Being Hacked

Technically, everything that connects to the Internet can get hacked.  But there are several things you can do to protect yourself and your data from an attack. 
Here are a few tips that will mitigate the risk of getting your personal data stolen.

1. Be suspicious of emails

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A lot of cyberattacks are launched through simple malicious email campaigns. Email is a wonderful communication platform because you can sending anything to anyone, but that means it can be a huge security risk. Phishing, for example, sends victims seemingly innocuous emails that will lead victims to fake websites asking to update their personal information.
The best way to avoid being scammed by phony emails is to just make sure the sender is who you think it is. Check their email address to see if they match with the website you think it's from. To be extra cautious you can check the IP address of the sender.
You can do this by finding the source information from the email and looking for the IP address that follows the line "Received: from." You can then Google the IP address to learn the email's source. (Here is a good primer on finding email IP addresses.)

2. Check link locations

Unknown messages contain links to unknown sites. Surfing to a mysterious website can bring about unintended consequences. For one, it could mimic a site you know and trust and help you fall prey to a phishing scam. Or, it may be unsecure or infected with malware.
If you are tempted to click on one of these links, you better know exactly where it's taking you. The best way is to copy and paste the link location into a new browser to see what site is on the other side. If it's a shortened link, you can use tools like URL X-ray that figure out the real destination before you click it. 
Also, encrypted sites are the safest ones to visit. You know they are safe when you see HTTPS in the URL and the lock icon on your browser.

3. Never open attachments (unless you're really sure)

A good rule to follow is never open attachments unless you are 120% sure of where they came from. One of the easiest ways for hackers to download malicious code onto victim computers is by sending emails with virus-laden files.
A frequent way companies get hacked is by one unsuspecting employee downloading malicious software that infiltrates the entire network. The most dangerous file types are Word, PDFs, and .EXEs.

4. Use two-factor authentication

As bigger companies get hacked, the likelihood that your password is leaked increases. Once hackers get passwords, they try to figure out which personal accounts they can access with the data they stole.
Two-factor authentication — which requires users to not only enter a password but to also confirm entry with another item like a code texted to a phone — is a good way to stop attackers who have stolen passwords. More companies are making it standard for logging in.
Slack, for example, instituted two-step authentication once it owned up to a recent data breach. This meant that if hackers did steal Slack user data, the hackers would still most likely not be able to get into a user's account unless they had another personal item that belonged to the user, like a phone. If two-factor authentication is an option for your accounts, it's wise to choose it.
Gmail two-step passwords 1Business Insider/Julie Bort

5. Use advanced passwords

This may be the most obvious yet overlooked tip. A strong password includes uppercase, lowercase, numbers, punctuation, and gibberish. Don't make the password a personal reference, and don't store a list in a saved file.
Most importantly, don't use the same password for multiple accounts.
There are some great tools like LastPass and 1Password that securely store passwords. Also, it's crucial to change passwords frequently — especially for vulnerable accounts like email and banking. 
Google engineer, serversAP Photo/Connie Zhou

6. Be wary of the cloud

Here's a good rule of thumb — if you don't want people to access your information, don't share it. This includes cloud storage. No matter how secure a platform says it is, you ought to keep in mind that you're giving it to someone else to watch over. While it's in the company's best interests to keep it secure, many privacy experts maintain that anything you put online stands the chance of being published online.
Does this mean you shouldn't store anything in the cloud? Not necessarily, it's just helpful to remain aware of where your files are going. And to know the practices of your cloud storage provider.
Additionally, be sure that if you delete files on your computer or smartphone that they are also deleted on any cloud backups you have too.
Getty Images / Daniel Garcia

7. On public Wi-Fi? Don't share personal data

Thinking about buying that plane ticket or checking your bank account while sitting at the coffee shop? You may want to think twice about that, as you have no idea how secure that connection is.
The same goes for places like hotels and conference centers. Security researchers just uncovered a vulnerability that made Wi-Fi traffic at some of the world's biggest hotels vulnerable to attack. There is no way for an individual to know if this is happening, so it's best to be judicious with where you are surfing.
If you must access private information while on these networks, it would be good to use tools like virtual private networks (VPNs), which encrypt traffic so the Wi-Fi network can't see where you're surfing. Or, better yet, just set up a hotspot using your mobile data.

Read more: businessinsider

Watching News is Bad for You

News is bad for your health. It leads to fear and aggression, and hinders your creativity and ability to think deeply. The solution? Stop consuming it altogether
By Rolf Dobelli, Author of THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY
In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets.
But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. The media feeds us small bites of trivial matter, tidbits that don't really concern our lives and don't require thinking. That's why we experience almost no saturation. Unlike reading books and long magazine articles (which require thinking), we can swallow limitless quantities of news flashes, which are bright-coloured candies for the mind.
Today, we have reached the same point in relation to information that we faced 20 years ago in regard to food. We are beginning to recognise how toxic news can be.

News misleads.

Take the following event. A car drives over a bridge, and the bridge collapses. What does the news media focus on? The car. The person in the car. Where he came from. Where he planned to go. How he experienced the crash (if he survived). But that is all irrelevant. What's relevant? The structural stability of the bridge. That's the underlying risk that has been lurking, and could lurk in other bridges. But the car is flashy, it's dramatic, it's a person (non-abstract), and it's news that's cheap to produce.
News leads us to walk around with the completely wrong risk map in our heads. So terrorism is over-rated. Chronic stress is under-rated. The collapse of Lehman Brothers is overrated. Fiscal irresponsibility is under-rated. Astronauts are over-rated. Nurses are under-rated.
We are not rational enough to be exposed to the press. Watching an airplane crash on television is going to change your attitude toward that risk, regardless of its real probability. If you think you can compensate with the strength of your own inner contemplation, you are wrong. Bankers and economists – who have powerful incentives to compensate for news-borne hazards – have shown that they cannot. The only solution: cut yourself off from news consumption entirely.

News is irrelevant.

The point is: the consumption of news is irrelevant to you. But people find it very difficult to recognise what's relevant. It's much easier to recognise what's new. The relevant versus the new is the fundamental battle of the current age. Media organisations want you to believe that news offers you some sort of a competitive advantage. Many fall for that. We get anxious when we're cut off from the flow of news. In reality, news consumption is a competitive disadvantage. The less news you consume, the bigger the advantage you have.

News has no explanatory power.

News items are bubbles popping on the surface of a deeper world. Will accumulating facts help you understand the world? Sadly, no. The relationship is inverted. The important stories are non-stories: slow, powerful movements that develop below journalists' radar but have a transforming effect. The more "news factoids" you digest, the less of the big picture you will understand. If more information leads to higher economic success, we'd expect journalists to be at the top of the pyramid. That's not the case.

News is toxic to your body.

It constantly triggers the limbic system. Panicky stories spur the release of cascades of glucocorticoid (cortisol). This deregulates your immune system and inhibits the release of growth hormones. In other words, your body finds itself in a state of chronic stress. High glucocorticoid levels cause impaired digestion, lack of growth (cell, hair, bone), nervousness and susceptibility to infections. The other potential side-effects include fear, aggression, tunnel-vision and desensitisation.

News increases cognitive errors.

News feeds the mother of all cognitive errors: confirmation bias. In the words of Warren Buffett: "What the human being is best at doing is interpreting all new information so that their prior conclusions remain intact." News exacerbates this flaw. We become prone to overconfidence, take stupid risks and misjudge opportunities. It also exacerbates another cognitive error: the story bias. Our brains crave stories that "make sense" – even if they don't correspond to reality. Any journalist who writes, "The market moved because of X" or "the company went bankrupt because of Y" is an idiot. I am fed up with this cheap way of "explaining" the world.

News inhibits thinking.

Thinking requires concentration. Concentration requires uninterrupted time. News pieces are specifically engineered to interrupt you. They are like viruses that steal attention for their own purposes. News makes us shallow thinkers. But it's worse than that. News severely affects memory.
There are two types of memory. Long-range memory's capacity is nearly infinite, but working memory is limited to a certain amount of slippery data. The path from short-term to long-term memory is a choke-point in the brain, but anything you want to understand must pass through it. If this passageway is disrupted, nothing gets through. Because news disrupts concentration, it weakens comprehension.
Online news has an even worse impact. In a 2001 study two scholars in Canada showed that comprehension declines as the number of hyperlinks in a document increases. Why? Because whenever a link appears, your brain has to at least make the choice not to click, which in itself is distracting. News is an intentional interruption system.

News works like a drug.

As stories develop, we want to know how they continue. With hundreds of arbitrary storylines in our heads, this craving is increasingly compelling and hard to ignore.
Scientists used to think that the dense connections formed among the 100 billion neurons inside our skulls were largely fixed by the time we reached adulthood. Today we know that this is not the case. Nerve cells routinely break old connections and form new ones. The more news we consume, the more we exercise the neural circuits devoted to skimming and multitasking while ignoring those used for reading deeply and thinking with profound focus.
Most news consumers – even if they used to be avid book readers – have lost the ability to absorb lengthy articles or books. After four, five pages they get tired, their concentration vanishes, they become restless. It's not because they got older or their schedules became more onerous. It's because the physical structure of their brains has changed.
News wastes time.

If you read the newspaper for 15 minutes each morning, then check the news for 15 minutes during lunch and 15 minutes before you go to bed, then add five minutes here and there when you're at work, then count distraction and refocusing time, you will lose at least half a day every week. Information is no longer a scarce commodity. But attention is. You are not that irresponsible with your money, reputation or health. Why give away your mind?

News makes us passive.

News stories are overwhelmingly about things you cannot influence. The daily repetition of news about things we can't act upon makes us passive. It grinds us down until we adopt a worldview that is pessimistic, desensitised, sarcastic and fatalistic. The scientific term is "learned helplessness". It's a bit of a stretch, but I would not be surprised if news consumption, at least partially contributes to the widespread disease of depression.
News kills creativity.
Finally, things we already know limit our creativity. This is one reason that mathematicians, novelists, composers and entrepreneurs often produce their most creative works at a young age. Their brains enjoy a wide, uninhabited space that emboldens them to come up with and pursue novel ideas.

I don't know a single truly creative mind who is a news junkie – not a writer, not a composer, mathematician, physician, scientist, musician, designer, architect or painter. On the other hand, I know a bunch of viciously uncreative minds who consume news like drugs. If you want to come up with old solutions, read news. If you are looking for new solutions, don't.

Society needs journalism – but in a different way. Investigative journalism is always relevant. We need reporting that polices our institutions and uncovers truth. But important findings don't have to arrive in the form of news. Long journal articles and in-depth books are good, too.

I have now gone without news for four years, so I can see, feel and report the effects of this freedom first-hand: less disruption, less anxiety, deeper thinking, more time, more insights. It's not easy, but it's worth it.

Health: What Is Kidney Dialysis?

Dialysis is the artificial process of eliminating waste (diffusion) and unwanted water (ultrafiltration) from the blood. Our kidneys do this naturally. Some people, however, may have failed or damaged kidneys which cannot carry out the function properly - they may need dialysis.

In other words, dialysis is the artificial replacement for lost kidney function (renal replacement therapy).

Dialysis may be used for patients who have become ill and have acute kidney failure (temporary loss of kidney function), or for fairly stable patients who have permanently lost kidney function (stage 5 chronic kidney disease).

When we are healthy our kidneys regulate our body levels of water and minerals, and remove waste. The kidneys also produce erythropoietin and 1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol (calcitriol) as part of the endocrine system. Dialysis does not correct the endocrine functions of failed kidneys - it only replaces some kidney functions, such as waste removal and fluid removal.

Some countries, such as the UK, are predicting a doubling of the number of patients on dialysis machine.

Why is dialysis necessary?

Approximately 1,500 liters of blood are filtered by a healthy person's kidneys each day. We could not live if waste products were not removed from our kidneys. People whose kidneys either do not work properly or not at all experience a buildup of waste in their blood. Without dialysis the amount of waste products in the blood would increase and eventually reach levels that would cause coma and death.

Dialysis is also used to rapidly remove toxins or drugs from the blood.

There are two main types of dialysis - hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis

What type of dialysis a patient should have really does depend on each individual case. Studies have indicated clearly that for kidney disease patients who need to undergo dialysis, one type of treatment is not best for all.

What is hemodialysis?

The blood circulates outside the body of the patient - it goes through a machine that has special filters. The blood comes out of the patient through a catheter (a flexible tube) that is inserted into the vein. The filters do what the kidney's do; they filter out the waste products from the blood. The filtered blood then returns to the patient via another catheter. The patient is, in effect, connected to a kind of artificial kidney.

Patients need to be prepared for hemodialysis. A blood vessel, usually in the arm, needs to be enlarged. Surgery is required for this. The enlarged vein makes the insertion of the catheters possible. US researchers have developed a new way of growing blood vessels using patients' own skin cells to seed the growth of tissue and have tested it in dialysis patients with end stage kidney disease.

Hemodialysis usually lasts about 3 to 4 hours each week. The duration of each session depends on how well the patient's kidneys work, and how much fluid weight the patient has gained between treatments.

In the UK hemodialysis is either done in a special dialysis center in a hospital, or at home. When it is carried out at home it is important that the patient, and/or his/her caregiver knows what to do. Kidney disease patients who are educated about dialysis are more likely to undergo a standard but under-utilized dialysis-related procedure than less knowledgeable patients.

The following people may have hemodialysis done at home:
  • People who can and want to learn how to do it at home.
  • People who are willing to carry on doing it at home.
  • People whose condition has been stable while on dialysis.
  • People who do not suffer from other diseases which would make home hemodialysis unsafe.
  • People who have suitable blood vessels for the insertion of the catheters.
  • People who have a caregiver, and that caregiver is willing to help with hemodialysis.
  • People whose homes can be adapted for hemodialysis equipment.
In the UK, the National Institutes of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends that every patient deemed suitable for home dialysis should have both home dialysis and hospital offered.

What is peritoneal dialysis?

A sterile (dialysate) solution rich in minerals and glucose is run through a tube into the peritoneal cavity, the abdominal body cavity around the intestine, where the peritoneal membrane acts as a semi-permeable membrane.

The abdomen is the area between the chest and hips - it contains the stomach, small intestine, large intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen. Peritoneal dialysis uses the natural filtering ability of the peritoneum - the internal lining of the abdomen. In other words, peritoneal dialysis uses the lining of the abdomen as a filter of waste products from the blood.

The dialysate is left there for some time so that it can absorb waste products. Then it is drained out through a tube and discarded. This exchange, or cycle, is generally repeated several times during the day - with an automated system it is often done overnight. The elimination of unwanted water (ultrafiltration) occurs through osmosis - as the dialysis solution has a high concentration of glucose, it results in osmotic pressure which causes the fluid to move from the blood into the dialysate. Consequently, a larger quantity of fluid is drained than introduced.

Although peritoneal dialysis is not as efficient as hemodialysis, it is carried out for longer periods. The net effect in terms of total waste product and salt and water removal is about the same as hemodialysis.

Peritoneal dialysis is done at home by the patient; by a willing and motivated patient. It gives the patient a greater amount of freedom and independence because he/she does not have to come in to the clinic at multiple times each week. It can also be done while traveling with a minimum of specialized equipment. Peritoneal dialysis is said to 'save lives and save money'.

Before having peritoneal dialysis, the patient needs to have a small surgical procedure to insert a catheter into the abdomen. This is kept closed off, except when fluid is being introduced or taken out of the abdomen.

There are two principal types of peritoneal dialysis:
  • Continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) - this requires no machinery and can be done by the patient or a caregiver. The dialysate is left in the abdomen for up to eight hours. It is then replaced with a fresh solution straight away. This happens every day, about four to five times per day.

  • Continuous cyclic peritoneal dialysis (CCPD) - a machine does the dialysis fluid exchanges. It is generally done during the night while the patient sleeps. This needs to be done every night. Each session lasts from ten to twelve hours. After spending the night attached to the machine, the majority of people keep fluid inside their abdomen during the day. Some patients may require another exchange during the day. A study found that a significant number of patients prefer "dialysis while you sleep" treatment. Nocturnal dialysis improves heart disease in patients with end-stage kidney failure.
Peritoneal is ideal for patients who may find hemodialysis too exhausting, such as elderly people, babies and children. As it can be done while the patient is traveling it is more convenient for those who have to go to school or to work.

A combination of aspirin and the anti-platelet drug dipyridamole significantly reduce blockages and extend the useful life of new artery-vein access grafts used for hemodialysis.

Dialysis helps, but is not as efficient as the kidneys

Although dialysis helps patients whose kidneys have failed, it is not as efficient as a normal kidney. Consequently, patients on dialysis need to be careful about what and how much they drink and eat. They will also need medications.

A significant number of patients on dialysis can work and lead normal lives. It is possible to go away on vacation as long as dialysis treatment is possible at their destination.

Women on dialysis will probably not be able to get pregnant. There will be a higher level of waste products in the body compared to a woman with normal kidneys - this interferes with fertility. Women who do become pregnant while on dialysis will probably need increased dialysis during the pregnancy. If a woman has a successful kidney transplant her fertility should return to normal. Dialysis has some effect on male fertility, but much less than on female fertility.

What are the symptoms of kidney failure?

Kidney failure tends to happen gradually. Even if just one kidney works, or both work partially, normal kidney function is still possible. So, it can be a very long time before any symptoms are noticed by the patient. When symptoms do occur they tend to be different from person-to-person, making it harder for doctors to diagnose kidney failure quickly. The following symptoms may be present:
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Frequent need to urinate, especially at night. Frequency grows with time
  • Itchy skin
  • Erectile dysfunction (men have difficulty getting and/or sustaining an erection)
  • Nausea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Water retention (swollen feet, hands, ankles)
  • Blood in urine
  • Protein in urine
A sudden injury can cause kidney failure. When it does, symptoms tend to appear faster, and progress more rapidly as well.

Anemia - People with chronic kidney disease are usually affected by anemia (90% of them). When levels of EPO (erythropoietin), which is produced by the kidneys, are low, anemia can develop. EPO makes the body produce red blood cells. When your red blood cell count is low you have anemia. Chronic kidney failure patients who have anemia are usually given an ESA (erythropoiesis-stimulating agent) injection. Ferumoxytol, a novel intravenous form of iron that permits rapid administration of large doses, is effective for treating iron deficiency in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients on dialysis.

What are the causes of kidney disease?

Dialysis patients' health and lifespans linked to their mental health

Scientists from the Ilsan Hospital in Gyeonggi-do, Korea, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, USA, found that dialysis patients with gradually worsening mental health have a greater risk of having heart problems and dying early, compared to their counterparts with no mental health problems.

The researchers explained that heart disease is the leading cause of early death among patients with kidney disease.

They revealed, in an article published in Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology, that dialysis patients with progressively lower mental health scores had a 7.6% higher risk of being admitted to hospital for heart problems, and were 5.8% more likely to suffer a premature death.

Pomegranate Juice May Help Dialysis Patients

Researchers from the Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel, found that regular pomegranate juice consumption may help dialysis patients ward off a number of complications.

They reported that in a study involving 101 dialysis patients, pomegranate juice reduced the risk of cardiovascular events and infections.

Dialysis patients on pomegranate juice experienced significantly less inflammation and oxidative stress damage caused by free radicals, compared to those on placebo.

If patients drank a "controlled amount of pomegranate juice with a safe and monitored content of potassium", doctors may find that they would have fewer complications. The scientists added that "It is important to consider the risk involved in potassium overload, especially in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients with dietary potassium restriction."

Written by Christian Nordqvist
Source: MedicalNewsToday

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Using Our Powers

To be a master means to use at the right time the powers that we have.

We do have a lot of powers within us which we can use in different situations. But we sometimes find that we are not always able to order the right power at the right time. So, sometimes in spite of having the power within us, we are not able to use it because it doesn't come to use when we require it. 

We need to practice being the master having control over all our inner powers. The more we practice being the master, the more we will find our powers working perfectly under our order. Then we will be able to use the right power at the right time. Read this article to explore the power within you...
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6 Ways to Reduce Employee Stress

Stress is a very real emotional issue but, not all stress is bad. When under control, it can be the force that propels us on to bigger and better things; deadlines, for example, provoke a very necessary 'stress reaction' in order that we get the job done!
However, stress, when it is out of control can cause employees serious issues. From depression to anxiety, it is a very real emotional health issue that needs to be addressed; many employers, however, assume it is the employee that needs to deal with it. At a time when they feel at their lowest, it can be hard for an employee to approach their line managers or supervisors to tell them where the stress is coming from, and why.
Many employers are becoming increasingly proactive in helping employees manage stress, as well as reducing the factors that can induce it. These actions and deeds are also becoming wider and more varied; a session of paint ball or a 'pint down the pub' is no longer sufficient, however welcome they may be! Proactive employers are looking at Onsiteplus corporate massage, for example and reaping the rewards of stress-free, happy staff!
So, how can employers look to reduce and eliminate unnecessary stress from a workplace? Here are 6 top tips…

Tip 1: the working environment

In an average week, staff and colleagues will spend more time in the office or work environment than they do at home. Some employees may see their colleagues more, than they do their own spouses or partners. It makes sense to spend time, effort and money on the work environment, making it as comfortable as possible.
It may only be the small things, like a constant supply of soap, clean towels etc. in the bathrooms, but also additional considerations such as the amount of physical space someone has in which to do their work. Cramped and stuffy is not good! Clutter-free and clean, make sure the environment is welcoming.

 Tip 2: Work overload OR not enough

People automatically associate stress with too much work and whilst this is true, not having enough to do – inducing boredom, irritability and restlessness – is also a source of stress for many employees. Look at how work is proportioned and distributed through the team; is one person shouldering a massive burden, but another bereft of work?

Tip 3: Interruptions and noise

Two factors that can significantly add to stress as it bubbles under the surface is interruptions and noise. When people are trying to get things do, the constant interruption to their focus or distraction through noise – this could be a noisy office, radio or loud TV – it can be harmful to the flow of work.
Looking at the work environment and working out what can change, and how this is for the better, is really important step when addressing stress in the workplace.

Tip 4: Feedback and feeling valued

People need to know they are doing a good job.
In many cases, it really is that simple. Going to work every day, can be a grind, no matter how great the job is or how much someone loves working for the business. The fact they have an exemplary attendance record, with very few days sick, on time and always function to the best of their ability are all accolades that need to be acknowledged. But, as employees are often working for the business for a long time, the management team can forget to say 'thank you', or to realise and value the contribution of employees.
Without your hardworking staff, your business would not be the success that it is!

Tip 5: Purpose and trust

Many people go to work with purpose; they understand their role, what is expected of them and, in the main, they trust and like their employer.
However, there are times when this can become skewed and blurred; add to this a dollop of stress and what you can have is an unhappy employee. In some instances, issues of trust are not easily or quickly resolved; it can take prolonged input over a longer period of time.
Making sure that people know they have a purpose and are given the responsibility to follow this through makes staff feel empowered and motivated.

Tip 6: Time Out

In a busy workplace, it can be difficult to take a break; over 40% of workers surveyed in a recent study stated they were 'too busy' to take time away from their desk to eat lunch. This 'eating at the desk' is not only harmful to your employee, but it is also hurting productivity.
Taking time out should be encouraged. On site chair massage, for example, is a great choice of activity to prize workers away from desks or work stations. Without taking any clothes off, a fabulous massage is delivered to the neck, back and shoulders – in 15 to 20 minutes!

Stress is something that affects us all, at one time or another. Some stress can be 'good' but when it goes on and on, it can really harm both the individual and the business. What action do you take on stress in the workplace?


Beware of Fraud Jobs

I was following a job lead in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Finally they offered me a huge package. After receiving the offer letter, I informed my family. Someone in my family start putting doubts in my head and I thoroughly searched on the internet and on one blog I found that there is some kind of a job scam going on.
Here are some points which makes it more suspicious:
  1. Someone is communicating with me on the behalf of that company, but using a gmail account.
  2. I am asked to pay for the Work Permit to work in the UAE "as per company Policy" (As I was looking into UAE jobs, UAE rules state that all work-permit expenses should be handled by the employer).
  3. The contact phone numbers given by that HR person is the same as listed on the multinational company's website (Oil and Gas).
  4. When I googled it, I found two companies with the same initial name. In the contract, the email of one company is being used and the logo of another company. I searched google to see if they are a group of companies and found that one is an Oil and gas company and the other one is Construction company.
Note: From both companies' websites, I have found their official emails.
Also note that I applied for the job from a job website after googling the company and from there I got the response from the gmail account on behalf of actual company.
After exchanging a couple of emails, I got a form to fill, and after a couple of days, I got this job offer.

Q1. How should I contact them whether this job offer is legitimate or not?  
Q2. Should I forward them the email with the contract I received for confirmation?  
Q3. How can I keep myself safe from possible job scams?


1. If a recruiter asks for money for any purpose, just say THANK YOU and walk away. This is the biggest red flag! Recruitment agencies make money by placing people in companies. And companies pay them healthy commission for the placements they do.

2. If the recruiter mentions that the opening is URGENT, beware!

3. Few online job sites make a convincing pitch by adding FAKE job openings, fake testimonials, photos of people who have been recruited. Easiest thing is to do a GOOGLE search on the recruitment agency themselves by adding words like "scam", "fraud". This may bring up some vital information on the recruitment agency and other scams. And if more than one person talks negatively about a particular agency in an online forum, then it most probably is true. Doing Google Image Search on the photos will tell you that the photos are taken from other websites!!

4. Before committing to any company do a thorough due diligence on the company. Search in Google for company information, Managers and so on.

5. Check about the company in which has a database of most companies around the world. In this age of connected lives, it will be a shame if you fall prey to the online scams.

6. It will also be good to lodge a complain with the Police Department on any organisation, person, site that is conducting scam. I believe the authorities will take right action.

7. Go through local online forums. Here are LINKS: Fraudwatchers, Dubai Forum, Desert Speak,  Complaints BoardGo through these links and educate yourself. Do not fall prey to any scam.

8. USE Common sense!

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