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How To Clean Polluted Vegetables Waxed Fruits

In Health on December 16, 2014 at 07:59

The habit of buying vegetables from the Vendors, who come out on the streets with the produce is now a thing of the past.

 

I recall, some 50 years back, of cowherd woman coming on the streets around 6 am with an earthen pot containing  Curds on her head, calling out Curds.

 

The curds would be rock solid and tasty.

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Fruits Vegetables.

 

Then followed the vegetable vendor with her basket filled up with garden fresh vegetables.

 

Then around 9 am we had a push cat rolling along with fresh fruits.

 

The rates, though quite cheap were negotiated upon.

 

I used to keep these vendors as a clock , especially the on calling out Curds ti wake me up for studying for the examinations.

 

These seem to be things of the past, possibly with the exceptions here and there in some villages.

 

Now one buys these things in an ir Conditioned show room , in packs.

 

The vegetables look glossy and inviting, the Curds in three-layered packs.

 

Are they tasty?

 

No.

 

Are the fresh and healthy?

 

Again, No.

 

Natural vegetables are not very bright in color and would have dust settled on them, with some of them having a portion bit by Squirrels in the case of fruits and by insects in the case of vegetables.

 

Squirrel bitten fruits are very tasty.

 

Farmers inform me the vegetables that have the markings of insects having bitten the vegetables are likely to be healthy and tasty.

 

Now what we have wax quoted Apples, oil polished vegetables that are inviting.

 

Not to speak of the pesticides used to grow them.

 

All these are highly toxic and can harm you, landing you with infections to Kidney problems.

 

How to clean the vegetables and fruits we buy thus?

 

1.Wash the vegetables and fruits with 2 7 Salt Water solution.This removes residues of pesticide.

2.To remove tough remains, use hot water, or steam.

3.Peel the vegetables and fruits.

4.Use Pressure cooking.

5.Do not use used oils for cooking.

Never buy a visually appealing vegetable or fruit.

These simple steps shall ensure that you get pollutant free vegetables/Fruits.

 

Read the Dietary Guidelines for a Healthy food the Notification issued by National Institute of Nutrition, India at the following Link.

 

http://ninindia.org/DietaryguidelinesforIndians-Finaldraft.pdf

2870 Clinical Trial Deaths 12 000 Adverse Events India

In Health on December 15, 2014 at 11:07

India, along with the African and some impoverished Latin American and Central American Countries leads the list of clinical deaths due to the drug trials.

 

These are the official figures.

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Clinical Trial Deaths India .

 

I doubt whether this constitutes even 10 % of the actual deaths.

 

One has to take into account that many drug trials are conducted in India on the sly., with the active connivance of doctors and Pharmacists.

 

More than 2,500 Indians have died in the course of clinical trials in recent years, government figures reveal.

According to an affidavit filed by the health ministry in the Supreme Court in response to a petition by health NGOs, there were 80 deaths due to clinical trials between January 2005 and June 2012. Between July 2012-August 2013 nine more such reported deaths occurred, making this total 89, according to the petitioner Swasthya Adhikar Manch (SAM), a health rights forum. Compensation was paid in 82 cases.

The ministry also admitted that 2,644 people died during clinical trials of 475 new drugs from 2005 to 2012.

SAM challenges this number of 80 deaths said to have been caused by clinical trials – among the rest who are said only to have died during the course of the trials and not as a result of the trials.

“No standard protocol was followed, there were no post-mortems; so how can they arrive at this figure?” Amulya Nidhi of SAM told IPS. Compensation is paid only if a death was said to have been caused by the clinical trial.

 

Government documents also say that around 11,972 “serious adverse events” (excluding death) were reported from Jan. 1, 2005 to Jun. 30, 2012, of which 506 were said to have been caused by clinical trials.

These figures have raised new opposition to the prevailing practices for conducting clinical trials.

India has become a hub of clinical trials for drugs over the last few years, mostly by pharmaceutical companies from abroad. Allegations of short-changing participants and of unethical practices have been rampant.

Responding to growing concerns by health activists, the ministry of health and family welfare set up a six-member expert panel under the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CIDSCO) in February this year. The panel has recommended that these trials should only be carried out in accredited centres.

Despite clinical trials coming under scrutiny in various courts, little has changed on the ground. At least 370 deaths have been reported during clinical trials in India since February 2013, but compensation has been paid in only 21 cases, according to government data. The amount ranged from Rs 4 lakh to Rs 40 lakh, a senior official told TOI. “

 

Citation.

http://www.ipsnews.net/2013/11/over-2500-deaths-during-indian-clinical-trials/

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/370-die-in-clinical-trials-in-2-years-kin-of-only-21-get-compensation/articleshow/45516891.cms

Image credit.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-2097386/Supreme-Court-clamps-illegal-unethical-clinical-trials-exploit-children-mentally-ill.html

In Vitro Fertilization IVF Malpractices

In Health on December 10, 2014 at 11:19

Child birth in an area which is proving to be lucrative for Doctors.

 

You are asked to have a check up monthly from the 45th day .

 

Scan is recommended at least twice.

 

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Causes for Infertility

 

You are advised to undergo Natural delivery.

 

But the message is delivered skilfully to make you go in for Caesarian.

 

What has been normal  about  50 years ago has become a cause for tension while Doctors pay lip service to Natural delivery.

You are advised to take all sorts of Pills, especially Iron and calcium.

 

Nobody tells you that excess consumption of Iron gets thrown out and excess Calcium weakens the bones.

 

Simple procedure is to take natural foods like Greens,Dates, Pomegranate .

 

You would be surprised at the Doctor advising you of ‘ some concern  about the Baby’ as your delivery date nears;he would skilfully manipulate you for Caesarian.

 

This post is about malpractices in Infertility treatment, but I could not resist about mentioning what is being practiced for normal pregnancy.

 

Today a Normal delivery costs anywhere between  25, 000 to Rupees one lakh!

 

Now to Malpractices in Infertility treatment.

 

1.

is only required when there is no uterus and donor eggs are required when the ovaries have either stopped functioning or have been removed. But, as both these procedures add to the costs, doctors recommend them even when they are not necessary. For example, a woman may need just one prescription of drugs for

Rs 1,500, but she is sold surrogacy for lakhs of rupees. This kind of prognosis plays on the stigma associated with an infertile woman.

 

2.Secondly, infertility doctors often do not have adequate training in the hardware and software required for ivf. There are no checks and balances such as accreditation. In India, any mbbs graduate can do it without any training. Thus, any doctor can open an infertility clinic.

3.Thirdly, malpractices are encouraged by kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies. If a doctor prescribes hormones costing between Rs 1,000 and Rs 5 lakh in one cycle, he gets up to 60 percent of that amount from the pharma company. A doctor makes money by prescribing drugs to patients. That is why they often prescribe over-dosages. The child may never be born, but the doctor will make money. A drug company promotes hormone injections like toothpaste or any other non-medical product. The more a drug is prescribed, the more profitable it is for both the company and the doctors.’

 

The issue becomes even more complicated when the Patient Googles, finds some results, gets  confused and forces the doctor to prescribe and procedures even more.

 

Be careful in choosing a doctor who is not greedy and who cares for patients.

 

There are many around still.

 

Mind you there are not costly .

 

Please avoid specialty Hospitals, especially the Five Star Hotels, sorry Hospitals.

 

Citations.

http://www.tehelka.com/unethical-behaviour-medical-malpractices-in-infertility-treatment-surrogacy-in-india/

Dangers Of Google Search Health Conditions

In Health on November 24, 2014 at 11:41

Recently I came across two instances where Google search becomes dangerous.

 

In one instance, a Girl of about, settled in the US, was eating Dumpling in a Restaurant with her colleagues.

 

The dish was quite hot.

 

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TMJ condition

 

While engaged in conversation with her friends, shed did not notice it was hot and popped it her mouth.

 

It was so hot that as a reflex action swallowed it instead of spitting it out.

 

The piece got stuck in her throat, she could not speak,swallow, her face turned bluish and she could not breathe.

 

People around her did not notice it, but some one near by noticed it and gave her a slap in her back and she swallowed it.

 

Otherwise she would have choked herself to death.

 

Air Marshall Mukherjee of Indian Air force died this way aboard an aircraft this way.

 

But this post is not about the dangers of eating with out some basic precautions, while engaged in conversation.

 

( Hinduism forbids speech/conversion while eating).

 

The girl being educated a web addict searched Google for her condition, symptoms.

 

She found a lot of cases where the writers have expressed their problems of not being able to touch food for months because of Fear.

 

The girl got scared and abstained from eating for a week, when some one told her harshly to eat and ate normally.

 

In another instance, a girl searched Google for pain in the cheek, Jaws and got landed with people writing about symptoms of TMJ, where some one has written that  she has the condition for twenty years, in incurable pain and had been under Streiod(?) medication , which has complicated the issues by adding Insomnia to the list.

 

And this girl has started doing the rounds with the doctors , starting from Dentist,ENT specialist, Neurologist,Neurosurgeon and took FBC ( Full Blood Count) Test,urine Culture, Sputum and Stools.

 

All the parameters were normal.

 

The girl started imagining she has some disease hat would stay with her for Life and she would lose her sanity!

 

She did not sleep for two days, not more than 5 Hours a day.

 

She now imagines she has Insomnia and wanted to meet with a Psychiatric Counselor.

 

Having studied Psychology and known what this is about I forbid her.

 

I scolded her very rudely , counseled her and she is alright now.

 

Lessons.

 

1.Medicine is an evolving Science, if not exact.

 

Doctors proceed from Symptoms to disease and not the other way around.

 

One symptom may be indicative of any disease, some of them serious, some worth ignoring.

 

By trial and error or experience or both, Doctors diagnose.

 

It is foolish to replace a Doctor with Internet search.

 

Still worse is to reading fro among the first twenty or so results in Google search.

 

I find people normally taking the first two or three results of Google search as Gospel.

 

Nothing can be more wrong.

 

Authentic information need not appear in the first results.

 

The first page search results are determined not by so much by the  correctness of the information  but by keywords, the search term used, and then the number of times the article has been read.

 

If the initial query has been incorrect, the site has used the correct key words though wrong information, the results will appear in the first twenty results.

 

Therefore the first results in Google search need not be correct.

 

Again unless you know the fundamentals of medicine do not read internet, whatever the site says it is.

 

And remember our Body is the best system in the world to rectify itself.

 

Do not brood over illnesses, consult a Doctor , have faith in him and follow his advice.

 

Take tie in finding out a general physician who does not prescribe you medicine at the drop of a hat, or who sends you for a lot of tests even for a small thing.

 

And stick with him.

 

Such a doctor need not be expensive.

 

I go to a doctor who is at least 50 years old, who checks me up physically, allows my body to heal without resorting to heavy dosage and one who is cal and not in a hurry.

 

 

 

 

 

Cold Fever Stomach Illness in Children Safe Sure Remedies

In Health on November 23, 2014 at 07:55

I have four grand children from 90 days to six years .

 

I have found that even for a slight indisposition of the children, they tend to rush immediately to Pediatrician  and the funniest part is that the child has to get an appointment, some time after seven or eight hours of the illness being reported,

 

The problem with infants , children is that some times the child,infant can not be left unattended for illness for such long periods, especially if they have high fever or diarrhea.

 

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Child with Cold.

 

Immediate action has to be taken.

 

The Allopathy system treats symptoms and most of the medicines, including the anti biotics have guaranteed side effects, while the cure is not assured.

 

For cough, medicine is prescribed to  suppress cough and anti biotics which are heavy are prescribed.

 

While the former gives one feeling of the illness is cured, the latter leaves problems, at least in respect of bowel movements.

 

Sere the Siddha medicine solves the problem.

 

These medicines do not have any side effects , they  are natural foods and are available at  Indian Homes.

 

For Colic(Stomach ache), Constipation.

 

Give a cup of warm milk before bedtime with one teaspoon of ghee added to it.

Provide a natural laxative foods such as soaked raisins or dates, honey, bran, sesame seeds, mango, papaya, grapes, and fresh figs.

Inculcate proper eating habits and food combining when possible, sufficient water intake, high quality oils, and providing plenty of high fiber foods can be helpful in the prevention of constipation.

In the case of infants, the mother can apply a small amount of castor oil to her nipple before breastfeeding.

For babies with intestinal colic, mix equal parts of Cumin, Fennel, and Coriander powder and add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of this mixture to a cup of hot water, let it steep for 15 to 20 minutes, then strain well.

The mother can also drink it to reduce the qualities of vata in her breast milk.

In the case of infants, it is useful to administer the tea with a baby medicine dropper, available in most baby supply sections, and dilute it a little, if needed, to make it more palatable

 

For Colds, Fever.

Cold.

Yashtimadhu (Licorice root) and a little raw honey it helps liquefy and expectorate phlegm.

 

Make a Paste of the root, about half a teaspoon, ix it with Honey and give the child, till the cough subsides.

 

Or take a Nutmeg, Jathikkai, make a paste, small quantity of paste, by rubbing it out with a little quantity of water.apply this mixture on both the sides of the nose.

 

Running nose will stop immediately.

 

For chest congestion or restricted breathing.

Warm  sesame oil, or ghee with a pinch of rock or black salt, can be massaged onto the chest followed by a eucalyptus steam inhalation. Tulsi (Holy basil) works wonders for soothing coughs, decongesting the lungs and sinuses, as well as lowering a fever by promoting sweating. Tulsi tea can be prepared by adding1 teaspoon of Tulsi powder to 1 cup of hot water. This can also be given before bedtime to break a fever when nothing else works.

 

Fever.

A remarkable home remedy for lowering fever consists in rubbing fresh onion juice to the child’s navel region while applying a cool cloth to the forehead to protect the brain.

 

One can apply a paste made of turmeric powder and war gingelly oil on the forehead.

 

For Rashes,including Diaper rashes.

 

One of the best remedies for this is to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of Kumari (Aloe vera) juice into the baby’s drinking water.

 

For Deworming and clearing Parasites.

 

A simple household remedy for worms like thread, pin, and round worms, is to take 3 to 5 drops of fresh onion juice diluted in one teaspoon of water 3 times daily.

 

Two or three tender leaves of Neem tree may be made and given to the child, either directly or with warm water.

 

 

 

 

 

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