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The Asian Diet Pyramid by Fotopoulou Sophia

The diets of Asia -- the phrase has, somehow, a nice, tidy sound, almost comforting in its suggestions of orderliness. Libraries and government agencies in Asia, we assume, just must have entire buildings full of books with page after page of neat, long rows of tables and charts telling who grew what, who ate what, and who died of what.

But this is not the reality.

The diet and health statistics of some Asian countries and peoples are indeed well and carefully recorded. But the data in others of this vastly diverse,…

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The gout by Yannis Vassilopoulos

The gout by James Gillray

Gout is a type of arthritis, which is caused by crystallization of excess uric acid in joints. The symptoms are inflammation, swelling and pain in the affected area. Normally, affects the big toe and referenced as podagra. The inability to excrete the pilled uric acid makes gout an irritable and painful ailment.

Gout does not necessarily attack the big toe. It may also affect several joints such as heel, ankle, elbows, wrists and ears.

It may be hereditary. Some of its causes are related to bad circulation, high cholesterol, alcohol consumption, infection…

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The Hippocratic Oath by Fotopoulou Sophia

Hippocratis, the celebrated Greek physician, was a contemporary of the historian Herodotus. He was born in the island of Cos between 470 and 460 B.C., and belonged to the family that claimed descent from the mythical Aesculapius, son of Apollo. There was already along medical tradition in Greece before his day, and this he is supposed to have inherited chiefly through his predecessor Herodicus; and he enlarged his education by extensive travel. He is said, though the evidence is unsatisfactory, to have taken part in the efforts to check the great plague which devastated Athens at the beginning of the…

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The Mediterranean Diet Pyramid by Fotopoulou Sophia

Defining and understanding the "Mediterranean diet" is not easy because there are several countries (each with different variations of the diet) that border the Mediterranean Sea. Still, the traditional diets from the people living in the 1960's in countries like Greece and Southern Italy have been studied extensively over that past several years. This is due to the notably low incidence of chronic diseases and high life-expectancy rates attributed to these populations who ate traditional 'Mediterranean diet' foods.

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