Health Facts for World Salt Awareness Week: How Salt is Good for You

Health Facts for World Salt Awareness Week: How Salt is Good for You











Salt adds flavor to vegetables, making even spinach and broccoli appealing to kids and other finicky eaters.


(Vocus/PRWEB) March 24, 2011

Salt not only tastes good, it’s good for you. In fact, salt is essential to human health, according to the latest medical research and practice. What’s more, while salt reduction may be medically advised for some patients, recent studies suggest population-wide salt reduction efforts could lead to negative health consequences.

With World Salt Awareness Week March 21-28, the Salt Institute, the world’s foremost authority on salt, is highlighting the myriad health benefits of salt.

“Salt is a no-calorie health food that adds flavor to other health foods, like green vegetables,” said Lori Roman, president of the Salt Institute. “It’s not an exaggeration to say salt is an essential nutrient because without it we die. With it, we enjoy so many health benefits we can’t list them all.”

Whether it’s the saline solution used in a hospital emergency room or dietary therapy to treat or prevent health threats, medical experts have long recognized the important role of salt for life and good health.

Some of the most common health practices involving salt include:

Iodine Deficiency: Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) are the major cause of preventable mental retardation. Fortifying salt with iodine is the most cost-effective solution to this global challenge. Iodine deficiency also can lead to hypothyroidism, infertility, thyroid cancer, goiter, poor cognition, lethargy, and decreased labor productivity in adults. Restricting salt intake could increase risk of iodine deficiency, particularly among women, according to a 2010 study published in the American Journal of Hypertension.

Oral Rehydration Therapy: Scientific studies have confirmed the importance of a balance of electrolytes: sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium. After exercise it is necessary to replace not only the water lost through perspiration, but the electrolyte sodium. When diarrhea dehydrates the body, medical professionals use a combination of salt, sugar and water called oral rehydration therapy (ORT). The British Medical Journal called ORT potentially “the most important medical advance of [the 20th] century.”

Hyponatremia: When the body loses electrolytes, either from perspiration, diarrhea or over-rehydration with water, “water intoxication” or hyponatremia occurs. Severe hyponatremia is a medical emergency. Symptoms range from mild to severe and can include nausea, muscle cramps, disorientation, confusion, seizures, coma or death. To avoid this condition, medical authorities advise marathon runners and others prone to hyponatremia to consume extra salt. At athletic events, doctors tell athletes showing the first sign of symptoms to drink a sodium sports drink or eat salty foods.

Diabetes: Our bodies need salt to maintain healthy levels of insulin. Low-salt diets can impair insulin sensitivity, reducing the body’s ability to metabolize glucose and leading, potentially, to Type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. A recent study from Harvard Medical School links reduced salt intakes to an increase in insulin resistance, the condition that is a precursor to Type 2 Diabetes. Two other studies just out of Australia showed that individuals with type I or type II diabetes die in much greater numbers when placed on a salt restricted diet.

Elderly Falls: Because of declining renal function in the aging body, the kidneys retain less sodium. Changes in the intestinal function sometimes also lead to reduced absorption of many nutrients. These changes expose the elderly to an increased risk of hyponatremia. Recent studies have shown that elderly people with hyponatremia have more falls and broken hips and a decrease in cognitive abilities. As one Canadian cardiologist put it, “Spending your golden years in a retirement home with a low-salt diet will convert your last years to a long, chronic illness.”

On Monday, March 28, at 7 a.m., The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television will feature Salt Institute President Lori Roman and Morton Satin, SI’s vice president of science and research, to discuss how salt is good for you.

For more information about the benefits of salt, go to Salt Health at http://www.salthealth.org.

About the Salt Institute

The Salt Institute is a nonprofit trade association, based in Alexandria, Virginia, advocating responsible uses of salt (sodium chloride), particularly to ensure winter roadway safety, quality water and healthy nutrition. The Institute was founded in 1914 and consists of the world’s leading salt companies.

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January 4th, 2005 Celebrate the First World Hypnotism Day

January 4th, 2005 Celebrate the First World Hypnotism Day










(PRWEB) December 7, 2004

As more and more people are taking care of and responsibility for their own health, world wide, so the recognition for complimentary protocols such as hypnosis is getting higher. Canadian Representative Dr. Georgina Cannon, Director of the Ontario Hypnosis School and Clinic is spearheading initiatives to bring Hypnosis to the world and to heighten awareness of the benefits of hypnosis.

Her mission is to demystify concepts of Hypnosis we may have picked up from movies or parties where it seems a person has no control. Cannon says, “If I could hypnotize anyone at will, I’d hypnotize Brad Pit. That’s not an accurate portrayal of hypnosis. A person is actually more aware when under hypnosis than normally and is fully cognizant of his or her surroundings.”

Hypnotism is safe and effective intervention for a variety of motivational, self-improvement and goal setting situations. It is natural and free of side effects, when performed by a certified competent professional practitioner the results are long lasting and often permanent. It is important to note that no one can be hypnotized against their will and no one can be forced to do things while under hypnosis that they do not want to do.

For more information on World Hypnosis Day or to interview Dr. Cannon, contact Darlene Montgomery at: lifedreams@idirect.com.

Ethical guidelines

The National Guild of Hypnotists has ethical guidelines, which all members must adhere to. The National Guild of Hypnotists holds to the ideal that hypnotism should be practiced in a free and open manner in line with all national and state requirements. NGH Hypnotists are not practicing medical or mental health arts (unless additional credentials are held by the member) Hypnotists do not diagnose disease, but can help in an adjunct to conventional medical or mental health interventions. We have our own unique non-diagnostic language, which we use with clients in order to help them to achieve. The American Medical Association approved hypnosis as a viable medical practice in 1958

Dr. Georgina Cannon, a certified master clinical hynotherapist, is an international award-winning teacher, lecturer and Director of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre in Toronto, Ontario. In the seven years since it’s founding, Cannon has initiated the ethical protocols and procedures for regression now followed by her students and many others in the regression field.

She is recognized by many in the media as “The Source” for expert opinion in the field of hypnotherapy and issues around complementary wellness treatments, and she regularly meets with medical and wellness professionals to enhance their knowledge and awareness of hypnosis and the dynamic healing potential of soul, or past life journeys.

Cannon is on the advisory board of the National Guild of Hypnosis. is recognized by many in the media as “The Source” for expert opinion in the field of hypnotherapy and issues around complementary wellness treatments. She is a certified master clinical hypnotherapist, is a vibrant international lecturer, teacher and director of a hypnosis school and clinic. For more on Georgina Cannon visit, http://www.ont-hypnosis-centre.com

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Ontario Hypnosis Centre Stages Largest Relaxation Day Ever on World Hypnosis Day, January 4 2006

Ontario Hypnosis Centre Stages Largest Relaxation Day Ever on World Hypnosis Day, January 4 2006










(PRWEB) October 16, 2005

On January 4 2006, Ontario Hypnosis Centre in Toronto, Canada will stage the largest relaxation day ever in order to draw attention to the growing field of hypnotism. On that day, hypnotherapists from across Ontario will meet at The Sutton Place Hotel to stage a relaxation session for 350 people, including politicians, entertainers, and media to educate and demonstrate the extraordinary power we all have within us. Hosting the event is Dr. Georgina Cannon of the Ontario Hypnosis Centre. Anyone who wants to de-stress and make a Guinness Book of Records attempt at the world’s largest stress reduction session is welcome.

TThis first time- ever -event takes place at the prestigious Sutton Place Hotel in their Royal Sutton Ballroom from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. The timing is specifically designed so that participants may start their relaxing evening at the hotel’s Accents Restaurant & Bar, where special arrangements have been made for a reasonably priced prix-fixed dinner designed for the historic event. Special room rate arrangements have also been made to accommodate the out of town participants for this event.

To register call 416.489.0333 or 1-866-497 7469

Once a corporate leader and strategic planner for blue chip corporations, Dr. Georgina Cannon, left her $ 300,000.00 a year corporate career 10 years ago to start of all things, a hypnotism clinic and school. Cannon sold most of her worldly assets, including her home and BMW to start up a business in the centre of Toronto’s Cumberland Ave. Today she is known as one of North America’s most recognized spokespersons for the field of hypnotism, speaking and teaching dentists, doctors and assorted businessmen and women, the applications of hypnosis and hypnotherapy. Cannon’s pragmatic approach to hypnotherapy has brought her some of the most prestigious awards in her field, including the Order of the Braid

Georgina Cannon is one of four key world organisers of this event, and as such is focussing her attention onto Canada where teams of hypnosis clinics will be holding open houses, running demonstrations, dispelling myths, and in general encouraging Canadians to discover the power of their mind.

For more on the event or to interview Dr. Cannon for an article contact: Darlene Montgomery at 416-696-1684.

About Hypnotism:

Hypnotism is a safe and effective intervention for a variety of motivational, self improvement and goal setting situations. It is natural and free of side effects, when performed by a certified competent practitioner the results are long lasting and often permanent.

Guidelines of Practice:

The National Guild of Hypnotists has ethical guidelines which all members must adhere to. The National Guild of Hypnotists holds to the ideal that hypnotism should be practiced in a free and open manner in line with all national and state requirements. NGH Hypnotists are not practicing medical or mental health arts (unless additional credentials are held by the member) Hypnotists do not diagnose disease, but can help in an adjunct to conventional medical or mental health interventions. We have our own unique non diagnostic language which we use with clients in order to help them to achieve the change they desire.

About Dr. Georgina Cannon:

Ontario Hypnosis Director, Georgina Cannon, is a Doctor of Metaphysical Counselling, NLP Master, Timeline practitioner, Past Life Regression Therapist and accredited Instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists, the Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association and the International Board of Regression Therapies.

She is recognized by many in the media as “The Source” for expert opinion in the field of hypnotherapy and issues around complementary wellness treatments, and she regularly meets with medical and wellness professionals to enhance their knowledge and awareness of hypnosis and the dynamic healing potential of soul, or past life journeys.

She is also on the Advisory Board of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Georgina specializes in enabling clients to achieve major life changes, healing personal and emotional issues, and she facilitates Past Life Research and Regression sessions. Dr. Cannon received the NGH worldwide “Hypnotism Media Award” for being regarded as The Information Source for Media.

She was also inducted into “The Order of Braid”, in recognition of outstanding achievement, dedication and service to the profession of Hypnosis. Dr. Georgina Cannon has been featured in many national print and broadcast news articles and television programs, including a three-part, one-hour series on CBC Television, broadcast in the fall of 2004.

For more on Georgina Cannon visit, http://www.ont-hypnosis-centre.com

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Mercy Ships Celebrates World Mental Health Day

Mercy Ships Celebrates World Mental Health Day











Kids show what they’ve learned in the self esteem workshops.

Garden Valley, TX (Vocus) October 6, 2010

World Mental Health Day, promoted by The World Health Organization (WHO), is designed to raise public awareness about mental health issues. This special day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, as well as investments in prevention and treatment services. The treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders is formidable … especially in resource-poor countries.

Mercy Ships is a global charity that operates the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, to deliver world-class health care to some of the world’s poorest countries. The organization has a thriving Mental Health Program that is trying to close the treatment gap by educating people in West Africa.

Mental health is defined as how we think, feel and act as we cope with life. The Mercy Ships Mental Health Program aims to restore hope and bring healing by providing basic counseling skills to health care workers, church leaders, teachers, social workers, corrections officers and many other community leaders. Teaching those skills will increase the availability of mental health resources and address issues of mental illness, epilepsy and trauma.

Dr. Lyn Westman, the Program Administrator, spends most of her time in the field teaching and coaching community leaders in the countries served by Mercy Ships. Mental Health is a problem that is rarely addressed in the developing world. The education provided by Dr. Westman is extremely useful and hard to find locally.

During the Mercy Ships Field Service to Togo, the Mental Health Team conducted a five-day camp for orphans and abused children. Before the camp began, a day of training was held to give an overview of the program to parents, teachers and caregivers.

Under the supervision of Dr. Westman, 31 children, ages 9-15, enjoyed a carefree week on the campus of L’Institution Privee La Prosperite, a Christian school near Lomè. All of the children who participated in the camp were either orphaned, abused, or from single-parent homes.

Working with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity, the team placed the children into four groups, with three adult supervisors per group. Each day the children had two lessons to complete in addition to songs, games and Bible stories.

To help these traumatized children deal with the difficulties in their lives, the team leaders talked with them about Biblical principles – explaining that all children are special and that God loves them and has a plan for their lives. They all seemed to thrive on the loving attention they were getting.

All of the children were allowed to tell the stories of their lives, which helped them to alleviate stress. The campers were also taught how to protect themselves from abuse and how to set boundaries in their lives.

This particular outreach was funded by one of the Mercy Ships national offices in Europe. When the ship performs its Field Service in Sierra Leone next year, the team will operate a very similar children’s camp.

The kids’ camp was an excellent way for the Mercy Ships Mental Health Program to impact young people who are experiencing unique challenges. In everything they do, the Mental Health team strives to fulfill its mission of improving the availability of mental health resources to positively impact those who have lived through traumatic experiences.

About World Mental Health Day:

World Mental Health Day on 10 October raises public awareness about mental health issues. The Day promotes more open discussion of mental disorders, and investments in prevention and treatment services. The treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders is formidable especially in resource-poor countries. Physical and mental health are intertwined. There is a real need to deal with mental health problems of people with chronic physical illnesses and for physical care of mental health consumers through a continued and integrated care.

About Mercy Ships:

Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $ 808 million, impacting more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has over 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to become the face of love in action, bringing hope and healing to the poor. For more information click on http://www.mercyships.org.

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Make The Most of Yourself and Let Your Life Flow, ?Make Your Imagination Rich? Marks Your Place in the World

Make The Most of Yourself and Let Your Life Flow, “Make Your Imagination Rich” Marks Your Place in the World










Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (PRWEB) April 14, 2006

Everyday we are faced with unpleasant circumstances that cause us to go into fits of worry, fear, frustration and anger. Unfortunately, these stress-related emotions corrode our inner health. In 2000/2001, over one-quarter of Canadian adults had stated that their lives were either quite stressful or extremely stressful (Source: Statistics Canada, Health Reports). These were due to time pressures, work-related pressures, financial problems and other social pressures. This can lead to the loss of your most valuable tool: your self-respect.

“It’s not a pleasant feeling when you lose your self-respect,” states Shawn Bent, author of “Make Your Imagination Rich” (Intuitive Insights Publishing; 2006; $ 20.95/trade paperback; ISBN 0-9739743-0-3). “You feel like you’ve lost your place in the world, you lose control over your life and you forget about what makes you unique and special.” When Bent forgot about himself, he felt that he had suffered terrible consequences.

He then wanted out of such an emotional turmoil. When he started learning about the imagination and started applying some of the concepts, his life improved dramatically. “Make Your Imagination Rich” was then brought to life. Instead of being written in the traditional self-help fashion of lists and instructions, the book is written in a very thought-filled and reflective style. This allows readers to relate to the information by calling upon their own thoughts and automatically engaging in constructive actions as a result.

Readers will learn about the imagination and how it affects their outer lives. Instead of formal instructions, the book is organized in a way that uses metaphors to interconnect the concepts of personal development while relating those concepts to subjects in our daily lives. Analogies are also used to help explain concepts further and also to help engage the reader’s thoughts even more. If you are tired of struggling and want to establish clarity and understanding in life, then this book is for you.

This book also emphasizes the importance of inner health. “Once you overload your inner self with negative thoughts and feelings, your outer life’s circumstances will be adversely affected as well,” adds Bent, who has succeeded in conquering his own inner demons.

This book appeals to everyone, both young and old. Ultimately, “Make Your Imagination Rich” will enable people to view life creatively, constructively and curiously.

Shawn Bent is a writer who lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of Toastmasters International and is also a graduate of Algonquin College.

For more information on Shawn Bent, or to schedule an interview, contact Mr. Bent directly.

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