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  • Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Is it really possible to get cancer from using the mobile phones? This appears to be the stance of Health Canada as they release guidelines to its citizens to help safeguard against possible cancer problems. They did this in spite of no verifiable data that using a cell phone can cause cancer to develop. What influence, if any, will advice this have on global health insurance? Is it possible that international health insurance could become more expensive for heavy mobile phone users?

Health Canada has stressed that heavy mobile phone users and children are at risk much more than adults because they are more sensitive.  They also based their warning on a report released in May by WHO about possible carcinogens from exposure to radio frequency and electromagnetic fields. This exposure could result in a form of brain cancer known as Glioma.

Their efforts to warn are more preventive since they admit that conclusive data has yet to be established even if there are cases linking heavy users to brain cancer. They said in a press conference, “There are a small number of epidemiology studies that have shown brain cancer rates might be elevated in long term/heavy cell phone users. Other epidemiology studies on cell phone users, laboratory studies and animal cancer studies have not supported this association.” In short, it’s possible which is why they are being cautious as well. Furthermore, these are just guidelines to reduce use until new data is expected to be released in 2012.

The Subway outlet in the Vancouver International Airport apparently served bad tuna to 7 of its customers who ended up in the hospital. Most of them were employees of Subway’s franchise owner but imagine what a nightmare it would have been if those were travelers?  While things like this happen, it does put more emphasis on the need of travelers to get international health insurance. If this happens to someone en route to the US or another country, the expenses incurred would have been huge. Without international health insurance, one would have to spend unexpectedly even if medical expenses were covered by company that sold the tainted food.

Such expenses would be the time and opportunities lost as well as the costs of baggage that may have gone on to the intended destination. The whole situation would have been a nightmare happening while experience nausea, and trauma.

As for the 7 employees, 6 of those were able to leave almost immediately. One person had to stay in the hospital for further observation and treatment.

This is what is hard about being on the go all the time. You have to make do with the available food choices, and if your immune system is weak from all the traveling, your body will not be able to fight off any germs or bacteria you may ingest.

Subway is an excellent food choice, and this incident is a fluke that normally does not happen. It will serve as a reminder to the company to be more careful about hygiene, sanitation, and food care. This particular Subway branch is cooperating with authorities. Hopefully, measures will be put in place to avoid a repeat of this incident especially in a high foot traffic area.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released a travel warning of a deadly polio strain that has been detected in both Pakistan and China. Travelers planning to visit any of these two countries should get shots and international medical insurance. According to WHO this polio strain is known to be a wild polio virus originating from Pakistan, and the potential for the virus to infect many is very high because of the Muslim Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Without international travel health insurance, travelers to these countries could end up sick and not have the proper medical care or treatment. With the international medical insurance you have better chance of dealing with situation should it happen to you.

One of the main concerns of WHO is the fact that the pilgrimage is done in areas where there is insufficient access to clinics and doctors. This could aggravate the problem and cause a major headache if anyone brings in the virus.

They further said that the strain in China has a genetic link to that in Pakistan which means someone from Pakistan brought it into China. The reason for the high risk alert level that WHO is placing on this wild virus is the potential to become paralyzed, as well as the swiftness that it happens.

Right now, Pakistan has 84 reported cases, and 9 confirmed cases in China. Unfortunately, these 9 cases in China is not the official count so the numbers could go higher. 

Without the immunization, one could get the virus through body fluids, contact with feces that contain the virus, through sneezing or contact with infected mucus, or by something as simple as drinking from a glass previously used by an infected person with the wild polio virus.

From AIDS and TB, the new global killer according to the United Nations is heart disease, lung disease, and cancer. While these 3 have always been at the top of the list, this time it has become alarming to the point of UN calling it “a public health emergency in slow motion.” It ties in with the recommendation for international travel health insurance because the UN also released a report that global international travel is increasing. With these top 3 killers which can go undetected for years, getting international health insurance will make a person more aware of his health and well being.

The most frustrating concern about these 3 health problems is that they are curable or can be treated so that a person can live for many years. It’s not like AIDS which has no cure; or an unknown bug that suddenly shows up on the radar. By watching what one eats and drinks, lifestyle, and regular check-ups, no one has to die an untimely death from any 3 health problems.

The UN is strongly recommending that nations push for healthy habits. Next week the UN General Assembly will conduct a summit on 4 chronic diseases, including diabetes. If the world can come together to fight these diseases, we would not have figures like 9 out of 10 nearly dying from any one of these 4 health issues.

This isn’t the kind of anniversary anyone would want to celebrate. It’s a solemn occasion to remember lives lost and families broken apart by the events of September 11 ten years ago. There will be hundreds of visitors traveling, hopefully with international travel insurance, to different sites affected by the 9/11 events.

Over and above the sadness that is expected to envelope the country, the reason why many foreigners feel the need to be in the U.S. is because of admiration for the resiliency and patriotism Americans feel. This is a guiding light for the rest of the world to follow whenever tragedy occurs.

Naturally, there are still fears about terrorism which makes international travel insurance a necessity. In fact, according to former CIA director, Michael Hayden in a interview with The Daily Caller, he says, “Safer is the right word; we’re not truly safe.” He was referring to the fact that the threat from radical terrorists remain. “But, they are less capable.”

This was confirmed by Matthew Levitt from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy who says that the al-Qaida while badly shaken still has the potential to do damage. And sadly, it can happen anywhere in the world, not just on September 11 or any other special event. This is why it’s far better to be prepared than to wait for something to happen before we act to protect ourselves and our family.

Anyone planning to travel to Canada might be surprised to find out that previously declared most livable city, Vancouver has been usurped by Melbourne this year. Vancouver now ranks third, coming in after Austria. Does this mean you need international health insurance when you visit Vancouver? Of course, because overseas health insurance is applicable for when you get sick outside of your home country. It covers your expenses which would otherwise wipe out your entire travel budget. And it applies for every country.

Many people assume that if a city is listed as highly developed and ranked as extremely livable and modern, you’re safe, health-wise. That would be a big mistake because one can get sick anywhere and it could be caused by airborne virus or touching an object that has something infectious like a doorknob or a countertop.

Also, places like the United States, Canada, and Australia have costly medical care. It gets to a point of being exorbitant if you don’t have insurance. They cost more because the facilities there have the best equipment and doctors, and those things cost money. Proof of this is the criteria on which the most livable cities are based on: health care, infrastructure, education, culture, and stability. In the case of why Vancouver dropped after maintaining the top position since 2002, the answer could possibly be the hockey riots this past summer.

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