Thursday, May 7, 2009

simple tips to measure and manage your asthma to lead a fulfilling life


Chest physician and allergologist Dr Pramod Nipadhkar gives you simple tips to measure and manage your asthma to lead a fulfilling life

Breathe this fact: According an estimate by the Asthma and Bronchitis Association of India, around 75 lakh people in Maharashtra and about 12 lakh in Mumbai suffer from asthma. Blame it on the city's frenzied lifestyle that leaves one breathless, both literally and figuratively. Congestion, never-ending traffic lines, increasing pollution and stress only serve to worsen the condition. Interestingly, the number of severe asthma cases in India is less than in developed countries where cold climate, closed atmosphere and pollen in the environment add to the problem. However, lack of preparedness, poor infrastructure and carelessness are responsible for fatalities in the disease here. The recent controversial incident involving Delhi teenager Akriti Bhatia, who died after an asthma attack while she was in school, is a case in point. Some experts believe that had timely action been taken, perhaps Akriti's life could have been saved. Needless to say, prevention and precaution is the best medicine in treatment of asthma too. And it's not difficult. All you need to do is be aware of the severity of your disease and half the battle is won.
As with other diseases, there are varying degrees of severity among asthmatics too. Also, there are varied types – brittle, allergic, seasonal, reversible and irreversible and so on. Generally, the following patients are considered most vulnerable:

• Those who contracted the disease early in life

• Those whose ailment is so severe they need to be on steroids

• Those who have psychological prob
lems – eg. depression along with asthma

• Those whose relatives might have passed away due to the disease (generally shows inclination towards severity).
Most people believe asthma attacks are sudden occurrences where often the patient has little or no time to react. Nothing could be further from the truth. Even in a patient in severe category, attacks are preceded by certain signals, which if recognised, can prepare you to handle any emergency. Just watch out for these signals.

• Getting persistent coughs

• Difficulty in completing even a full sentence

• Difficulty in walking some distance

• Tightness in the chest

• No relief in standard procedure like inhalers.
So if you have any of these symptoms, remember that it's time to measure your asthma. In most cases, a simple reading using the Peak Flow meter is enough to establish the severity.
This is a simple device (available in the market) that looks like a pipe with calibrated spring inside. All a patient has to do is blow into it from one end and the device shows the reading of your breath. The standard for a healthy adult male is 450-550 l-m (litres per minute) while for a woman it is 350-450 l-m. An asthmatic's readings are interpreted as: 80 per cent of expected: Normal 60 per cent to 80 per cent: Mild 40 per cent-60 per cent: Moderate Below 40 per cent: Severe asthma
    Simply put, if you
    suffer any symptom of an attack, immediately conduct a severity test using this device. It can make all the difference.
A certain amount of discipline too can go a long way in warding off an attack prime among which is being alert and taking medicines properly. Other steps include:

• Lung function test:
One of the most perfect methods to measure asthma condition, it is imperative that a patient undergo one, at least once a year.

• Build up immunity:
Exercise. It's the best medicine. Go for frequent walks, take up a sport, just engross yourself in any hobby.

• Diet changes:
Include plenty of salads, green vegetables, fruits and water. Have fresh curds during lunch. It contains lactobacillus which helps build immunity. Especially on days, when the symptoms are more severe be very careful of what you eat.

• Strengthen respiratory muscles:
Practise yoga, Pranayam and breathing exercises. Meditate.

• Follow the doc:
Don't reduce or stop medication until told otherwise. Treatment should be supervised.

5-STEP FIRST AID 1. Dont panic. Learn not to get overwhelmed by the attack 2. Give yourself the correct dosage of Salbutamol inhaler. Two puffs to be taken four times, every five minutes 3. If there is no relief, repeat procedure after 10 mins 4. If that fails too, take steroid tablet Prebisolone 5. In case of no relief, take nebuliser with Salubutamol inhaler.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

" WATER " - a medicine itself..!!!


It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven a its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.

1.. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water

2.. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minute

3.. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4.. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5.. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6.. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the
number of days of treatment required to cure/control/ reduce main diseases:

1.. High Blood Pressure - 30 days

2.. Gastric - 10 days

3.. Diabetes - 30 days

4.. Constipation - 10 days

5.. Cancer - 180 days

6.. TB - 90 days

7.. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards - daily.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make
this procedure as a routine work in our life.
Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

This makes sense .. The Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ...not cold water. Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you.

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion.

Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks: Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.

Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.

You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack.

Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.

60% of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up.

Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know, the better chance we could survive.

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Knowledge - about blood pressure

Garlic is very effective in lowering blood pressure.Take 2-3 raw garlic cloves a day. It slows down the pulse rate and relieves the symptoms of dizziness, numbness and shortness of breath and formation of gas within the digestive system. 

Allicin from Garlic Boosts Flow of Blood to Protect the Heart

By David Gutierrez

(Natural News) The chemical that causes garlic to give you bad breath may be the same one that protects your heart, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Allicin is produced when garlic is chopped, crushed or chewed. It further breaks down in the body into a variety of sulfur-containing compounds, some of which cause a strong odor typically associated with garlic breath. But hydrogen sulfide can also have a relaxing effect

on blood vessels, lowering blood pressure and decreasing the risk of heart attacks. Lower blood pressure also allows the blood to carry more oxygen to the body's organs, improving overall health.

Researchers took blood vessels from rats and immersed them in a solution of crushed garlic juice. They observed a 72 percent reduction of tension in the blood vessels. In addition, red blood cells that were exposed to small quantities of crushed garlic juice were observed to start giving off hydrogen sulfide immediately. The researchers found that the chemical reaction causing the emission of hydrogen sulfide appeared to take place mostly on the surface of the cells.

"Our results suggest garlic in the diet is a very good thing," said lead researcher David Kraus. "Certainly in areas where garlic consumption is high, such as the Mediterranean and the Far East , there is a low incidence of cardiovascular disease."

Garlic is also known for its anti-cancer abilities. Used topically, crushed garlic eats away cancer tumors on the skin. Used internally, garlic halts the growth of cancer tumors throughout the body, functioning as a natural, non-prescription "chemotherapy" agent that has no negative side effects.

Garlic is strongest in its raw state. The longer garlic is cooked, the more of its healing photochemical are destroyed. To use garlic medicinally, use small amounts of it raw, or cook it minimally. From Garlic Boosts Flow of Blood to Protect the Heart

Indian Gooseberry:
Indian gooseberry is also very effective in controlling high blood pressure.

Lemon is also very effective food in controlling high blood pressure.It helps in maintaining capillary fragility. 

Grapefruit is useful in preventing high blood pressure.
Watermelon also safeguards against high blood pressure.The seeds of watermelon also can be dried and roasted and taken in liberal amounts.

Rice is low-fat, low-cholesterol and low-salt content is very good for people suffering from high B.P. who have been advised salt-restricted diet.Particularly brown rice having calcium soothes and relaxes the nervous system and helps relieve High B.P symptoms.
Boiled potatoes are very valuable in lowering high B.P. Boiled potatoes absorb very little salt and thus are very useful.Potatoes are rich in Potassium and not sodium salts and magnesium present in potato is also beneficial.

Parsley is very useful in high blood pressure.It helps maintain the blood vessels .Parsley can be taken as a beverage by simmering 20gms of fresh parsley leaves gently in 250 ml of water for a few minutes.Drink this several times a day.

Vegetable Juice:
Raw vegetable juices, especially carrot and spinach juices, taken separately or in combination, are also beneficial in the treatment of high B.P If taken in combination, 300 ml of carrot juice and 200 ml of spinach juice should be mixed to make 500 ml and taken daily.If taken separately, one glass should be taken twice daily, morning and evening.
Cut down on these:
Cut down on salt, cholesterol, fat, tea, coffee and alcohol intake to keep a tab on high blood pressure.
Don't repress your feelings:
Don't repress your feelings, talk about them to friends and exercise regularly.


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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Exercising in pregnancy boosts baby’s IQ

Burning Fat While Expecting And 9 Months Of Breastfeeding Make A Clever Child, Say Experts

 Mothers who exercise during pregnancy are helping to boost their child's IQ, according to research by American psychologists.
    In a challenge to the conventional wisdom that intelligence is 80% inherited, Richard Nisbett, a psychologist and father of two, argues that recent findings point to a pivotal role for mothers. Fathers, whether absent or doting, have relatively little influence over their offspring's intelligence.
    In a new book, 'Intelligence and How To Get It', Nisbett highlights the important part the mother plays in shaping her children's ability to learn and reason, starting shortly after conception. "Chil
dren whose mother exercised 30 minutes a day score around eight points higher on standard IQ tests than children whose mothers were more sedentary," he said last week. "breastfeeding for up to nine months may increase IQ by as much as six points."
    Previous generations of mothers were encouraged to avoid doing much exercise after the first three months of pregnancy. The latest research suggests that using light weights, stretching and even running can be beneficial to some, though not all.
    Official advice in Britain is that the more active and fit most women are during pregnancy, the more easily they will adapt to their changing shape and weight gain. It will also help them to
cope with labour. "Exercising large muscle groups increases the growth of neurons and adds to the blood supply of the brain," writes Nisbett. Exercise and breastfeeding combined, he says, will raise a typical child's IQ to about 114, 14 points above average.
    Nisbett also argues that the way mothers talk to their children can help to increase their IQ. He encourages parents to ask questions to which they already know the answers and, if necessary, explain how they know them. This is said to encourage children to seek answers to their own questions.
    Nisbett praises middle-class families in particular for setting what he calls "anticipation exercises", in which children are asked to make predictions, such
as where a submerged duck will surface in a pond. He also says that children who successfully complete a task should be praised for their hard work rather than be called clever, because hard work is something over which they have control.
    His ideas are catching on. In Texas, mothers are being taught how to create an "educationally rich" atmosphere at home for their children, especially during the summer holidays. Nisbett says the choice of school also helps. He praises Kipp, or Knowledge Is Power, the fastexpanding private school chain in the United States, which trains poor urban children and their mothers to study 12 hours a day and take only short holidays. Kipp IQ scores match those of expensive private schools. SUNDAY TIMES

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