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Dietary factors and Social Security disability

Readers of this disability blog know that the Social Security Administration generally does not award disability benefits until an individual’s impairment makes it impossible to continue working in his or her field. For low-income individuals without an adequate work history, the same requirement of total disability may be applied in the context of Supplemental Security Income.

Factors such as age, employment history, and the nature of injuries or conditions can affect an individual’s eligibility for different types of government benefits. In the case of Social Security disability insurance, a functional impairment of 100 percent, or the inability to continue working, is generally required. 

Yet the progression of illness can be uneven. Occasional symptoms may develop into a debilitating illness overnight. Other diseases, like cancer, may go undetected until they pose a significant health risk. An attorney that specializes in disability benefits can advise potential SSDI applicants of the applicable requirements.

A recent article about a potentially dangerous chemical may provide a cautionary warning to readers concerned about preventative health measures. Admittedly, there is no cure for many degenerative conditions and diseases, like many types of cancer. For that reason, a holistic approach to diet and wellness may be the best available safeguard.

Specifically, researchers have discovered that a chemical additive used in the plastics industry to create spongy products is widely used in many processed and fast foods. The chemical is called ADA, or azodicarbonamide. Among other uses, its spongy effect can apparently make bread products appear more attractive. For that reason, ADA can be found as a listed ingredient on food brands including Subway sandwiches, Jimmy Dean, Wonder, and Little Debbie.

Source: The State Column, “’Yoga mat’ chemical turns up in roughly 500 foot items,” Lisa Rennie, March 2, 2014 

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