Don’t Neglect Your Physical Health During Exams

Health is defined as physical and mental well being. We cannot separate one is superior to the other. Ultimate goal of any professional is a perfect action with all skills. One to do it in that way needs all two mentioned above in equal proportions.

Balanced diet and physical exercises promote physical health. Studying good scriptures related to ones own profession and gaining skills promote mental well being. Ultimate goal of any body’s life is happiness. If you have these aspects your actions would be perfect and you will be happy.

In relation to health in general, mental health is part of a whole. The body should be seen as holistic and symbiotic, that is, a whole whose parts work together to make you who you are. Without one system, others will fail. Without good mental health, it may be difficult to be physically healthy (eg. addictions, self care, etc.), without proper nutrition like micronutrient fortified beverages viz Horlicks, one can be neither physically nor mentally healthy.

It is all important, especially when considering a person as a whole organism!

If one cannot eat or eats too much, it affects their nutrition, and thus their physical health. If one cannot sleep or sleeps too much, it affects their nervous system and memory. Like physical activity, eating right also works in terms of making the body internally strong.

Ironically, a large number of students do exactly the opposite. During exam time, students tend to put on a lot of weight and thus become sluggish when they need to be highly active. This is largely because they spend almost the whole day at home during the period and indulge in binge eating. What makes matters worse is less physical activity coupled with inadequate sleep.

Dos and don’ts during preparing for examinations:

v      Stress – Don’t let worries overwhelm you

v      Confident – Keep the spirit high and you can crack any exam if you are confident

v      Eat right, drink right, and think right. Eat Home made foods, Fruits and vegetables, Salads and roasted snacks, Micronutrient fortified beverage like Horlicks, Lots of water, Small and frequent meals

v      Exercise – 20 minutes of exercise daily will keep you physically fit, active and alert

v      Break – Take a short (5 -10 minutes) break after every 45 – 50 minutes of regular study. This will help you regain your concentration and also help you refocus

v      Sleep – Sleep for atleast 7 hours a day. This will help your body function well and will also keep you internally strong

v      Learning by Understanding – Don’t cram, understand the concept

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EAT HEALTHY WHILE AT WORK

3472371310_402a7f0cc5_o copyIt’s 11:30 am. You’re at office and you are feeling hungry. You need something quick and convenient. Perhaps you’re late for work and you haven’t had breakfast. You probably lead a very busy life, and can’t always sit down to enjoy a healthy and relaxing meal. And for a variety of reasons, you may be inclined to buy and eat one of the many unhealthy snacks on the market. 

Or it’s mid-afternoon, your energy is flagging and you need a fast pick-me-up. You feedeg copyl drained and you reach for a “pick-me-up” for some re-found energy. Here you want to substitute a healthy bar for an unhealthy snack. Sounds smart? 

Well, if you think this is your story everyday, then let me tell you that you are not alone since this is essentially the same story for all office goers. Most people feel like eating something every 3 – 4 hours to avoid becoming too hungry. 

Now, the problem is with so much of work pressure and less time, it can be hard to determine what to eat during the long gaps between the meals. What’s more, there are so many snacks available in the market that you get confused which one to choose. There are our traditional snacks like samosa, kachori, western snacks like wafer, french fries and so healthy foods like chocolates, etc. Also, there is variety of bars available to kill the hunger. 

nuts copyHowever, in a perfect world, I would advise you to forget all about these bars and just stick with healthy foods. That’s still the best policy to follow most of the time. But it’s not always practical-or realistic. 

You can’t carry a banana in your pocket all the time. You have to switch to something handy like bars. But, the marketing of these bars is very intentional and very slick. In fact, the industry spends millions of fund to advertise these bars every year. Many of these bars are so loaded with less-than-optimal fats and loads of sugar that they aren’t any better than eating a candy bar. 

Hence, how to choose the healthy one?sc0115d copy

The good news is I have found a bar that is filling, nutritious and delicious! For starters, unlike so many of these other bars, Horlicks NutriBar is loaded with a smart balance of multi-cereal bar is enriched with iron, 11 vital nutrients, fiber and is only 113k cals and truly promotes optimal health. It’s a nutritional powerhouse!

 For a smart worker like you, the bar also fits you with all the following essentials: 

  • Great taste, otherwise you wouldn’t eat it
  • 11 important vitamins
  • Multi cereal for the healthy support of your digestive system
  • Smarter fats, with no trans fats
  • Rich in Iron
  • Only 113 Calories
  • Consistent with the precepts in the ‘Take Care of Your Health’
  • Excellent value for your money without any compromise with your health

So, the next time hunger strikes you between meals, choose healthy, nutritious Horlicks NutriBar. Happy Munching!

SNACKS ARE SUPPLEMENTS, NOT SUBSTITUTE

In many cases, the eating habits of such professionals lead to changes that make them consume not so healthy foods like chocolates or local snacks like french fries, samosas, etc.

Higher in fat, and calories v/s healthy snacking options like fruits – such snacks when consumed everyday may lead to overweight & obesity, the mother of all chronic illnesses and loads of health complications in the long run. I wish I could get a readymade healthy solution. Are there any healthy options?

Fruits are always the best option. But we can’t carry fruits all the time. You can keep a banana in you pocket. Now, in this situation, healthier snacks like cereal bars are the best option which also provides natural fibres. Such bars are good fillers and are lower in fat v/s commonly eaten fried snacks. To satisfy hunger pangs and reduce the temptation to over eat, a leading cause of obesity, healthier options like fruits, cereal nutrition bars may be some of the options to be consumed between the two meals.

Enjoy snacking!!!

MCI needs to introspect, fast

Dr Ketan DesaiWith an inquiry already underway into the alleged money-for-seat scam involving functionaries of two private Tamil Nadu medical colleges, one hopes that the issue shall not die down at this early stage itself.

Most inquiries into issues related to corruption in high office reach a dead end and the process of fixing fault usually takes long, with several rounds of committees and inquiry panels being constituted.

But it would be in the larger public interest to prevent the matter from being put on the back burner so easily.

From the perspective of the MCI and its chief Ketan Desai, it would be good if issues related to alleged seeking of capitation fee by medical colleges can be treated as a matter separate from those related to facilities and infrastructure in these colleges and deemed universities.

Desai’s view that even UGC comes into play while dealing with deemed universities carries weight.

While it is easy to heap the entire blame on Desai’s head for the alleged corrupt practices in some private medical colleges, one cannot ignore the fact that his role is limited to owning up responsibility for the collective inability of MCI, UGC and Health Ministry in checking the menace of capitation fee.

Apart from some introspection, Desai and his team would do good by drawing a lesson or two from the Tamil Nadu episode.

The most crucial one could be that seeking capitation fee from students could be included in the list of grounds on which a private medical college’s derecognition could be recommended by a regulatory body like the MCI.

But the crucial aspect, as in most cases related to corruption in public places, is to prove the allegations.

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Hopefully, the current probe by the executive committee will succeed in nailing the culprits and restoring public faith in the system that governs medical education in the country.

For more information visit: http://drketandesai.com/

Foreign Dignitaries are flocking to India for treatment

Dignitaries from all over the world flocking to the country not to experience its rich cultural heritage; not even toashok seth9invest and discuss business projects but to get treated….. How does that sound? Too good to be true? Not exactly!

Indian healthcare set up is in the process of becoming the cynosure of all eyes. Pakistani human rights activist, Asma Jahangir and Bangladeshi jute minister, Abdul Latif Siddiqui getting themselves treated at Delhi bears this out with aplomb. Of the two, Jahangir underwent angioplasty at Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre this Thursday only. She had a tiny blockage in the right artery of her heart which was diagnosed on Wednesday when she was in the capital for her husband’s routine check-up at the Okhla based Escorts hospital.

SWITZERLAND-UN-RIGHTS-US-INTERROGATION-TORTURE“It was just a coincidence that I came along with my husband for his health check-up. I didn’t have any problem. But I too decided to go for a general check-up and the doctors found there was a blockage in my heart,” said Jahangir.

The doctors at Escorts then decided to perform an angioplasty to which she gave her consent immediately. The interventional procedure headed by Dr. Ashok Seth went on for about 40 minutes to rectify the blockage. The procedure was uneventful. She is fine and can resume work in a month’s time, said Dr. Vijay. It bears mention that Bangladeshi jute minister who underwent an angioplasty a week before Jahangir is already back to work. He was suffering from palpitations and chest congestion, due to a blockage in one of his arteries, said Dr Seth.

Siddique was actually referred to some hospital in Singapore by Lab Aid Hospital of Dhaka. But, he preferred coming toAbdul Latif Siddiqui India to take treatment from Dr. Seth”, said Dr. Vijay. Dr. Seth is one of the most experienced cardiac surgeons in the world and has performed more than 40,000 Angiograms and 15,000 Angioplasties in his career, for which he has received recognition in the ‘Limca Book of Records’.

Is this a systemic failure or that of MCI alone?

The recent expose pointing towards private colleges allegedly flouting rules and collecting capitation fee has suddenly shifted the focus on the Medical Council of India and its role in regulating medical colleges, and in the process, bringing unnecessary disrepute to the noble profession and the capability of Indian doctors.

Without commenting on the merits of the case involving the two Tamil Nadu colleges, one thing that can safely be assumed about the recent turn of events is that the malaise is in our academic system – which needs an overhaul – and not the approach of individuals.

In fact, the same can be said about other bodies regulating private institutions of higher education in other streams. The Bar Council of India, for instance, which oversees the functioning of private law colleges, has also been under the scanner of courts for its inability to discipline private law colleges which have failed to maintain high standards of education.  

So, is the case of other questions related to MCI and its working? Is it possible for a statutory body like MCI to be hijacked by its chief in the way it is being made out to be? Is the system so weak that other stakeholders like the Ministry of health and the HRD ministry can be taken for a ride to such an extent that all rules can be manipulated to suit individuals?

Waiting for your comments folks…

HEART TO HEART

I guess it was only a matter of time. It was only inevitable that I would get to the heart of the matter sooner or later. Well! The heart of the matter is that India is staring a ‘heart disease epidemic’ in the face. What is worrying is that Heart disease is increasingly affecting young people and women.

According to Dr Ashok Seth, Chairman – Cardiac Sciences, EHIRCL and founder of Heart to Heart Foundation, “As of now, Heart disease is the ‘Number one’ killer disease in India. This is singularly unfortunate particularly because heart disease is upto a great extent, preventable. Sadly, the awareness levels in the country as far as heart disease is concerned are appallingly low. It is to address concerns like these that the ‘Heart to Heart Foundation’ has been created. The avowed intention is to arrest the relentless march of heart disease through preventive, curative and rehabilitative measures.”

The foundation seeks to involve government, professional and social bodies across the board in helping evolve a strategy aimed at reducing the overall burden of heart disease. Multi – pronged interventions aimed at beating heart disease will include:

  • Raising awareness through mass media education programmes
  • Making advanced treatment options available and affordable to the needy and the poor.
  • Training citizens in the basic life – saving measures. (Known as the “ Beat Heart Attack” initiative)

Dr Ashok Seth affirms, “It is my hope that endeavours like this one will go a long way in helping blunt the deadly thrusts of the ‘number one’ killer disease.”

Don’t you agree?

Traffic Havoc on Public Health

Introduction of BRT Corridors in Delhi have proved to be more hazardous in the already snarling traffic condition in Delhi instead of providing relief from the Traffic Congestion.

The traffic Scenario in Delhi has introduced various lifestyle diseases………the most common & unusual one being “BACKACHE”.

After hours of struggling in the over crowded buses managing to get hold of even a hand grip…to add misery to problem are gruesome traffic jams which leave a person sweaty and lifeless…even before he reach his destination.

Indian Traffic scenario & Bad road conditions plays havoc with one’s health and posture . Its become one of the newly introduced Lifestyle Problems.

After a long struggle to reach the destination (office mainly), the real challenge comes : to sit for long endless hours in front of the computer churning out figures & facts: which strains the Back muscles.

According to the research study Bad public transportation & faulty office postures rides for quite a long time can lead to a chronic back pain. Research also shows that Most of the (41%) people who are suffering from backache are users of public transport & spend 2-5 hours in front of the computers in Delhi.

Its become one of the newly introduced Lifestyle Problems.In such cases one should rely on ointments like Iodex Double Power.

LifeStyle Diseases

The day starts from getting up late. Hurrying to work …my half eaten sandwich (my breakfast!) clutched in my fist. And finally making it to the bus stop barely on time to face an overstuffed bus.

People struggling to manage a foothold, maybe on the cost of other’s feet only. Now comes the real challenge. Braving the grueling bus ride for an hour almost with Delhi’s pot holed roads, traffic jams, red lights (BRT Corridors adding insult to injury !!). Finally reaching the destination (Office) stinking like pig in a complete mess.

Office again sucks out the rest of my energy level by devoting full 9 hrs glued to my computer slouching on my chair. Snacking in between the meals, doing my favourite pass time office bitching leads to regular bouts indigestion & gastric. Thank god to some natural digestives available in the market (I prefer Eno Digesure) I am relieved. Time to leave office and I shudder with the thoughts of bus ride back home.phew..!!

I am a dead bird once back home with a nagging backache….a warm massage of Iodex Double Power from mom ….and i am ready to shoot for work again. I am very sure that many people do face problem like me and I am not an alien in this world of life style probs! 🙂

Holograms can only save us from Fake Drugs !!!

Deepali took an off on last Sunday again. Is it not really bugging when your maid does not turn up on a holiday? Moreover, the excuse that she gave was the same every week. Now, we (me and my room mate) were at the receiving end and decided to ask what exactly was her problem. When she came on Monday we pounced on her with our volley of questions. She said that her 10 years old son is suffering from fever for the last three weeks. “Medicines are going on, but no sign of recovery”, with these words she burst out. We tried to console her but at the back of our mind thought it to be a cooked up story. But, later when she told that she was even ready to leave the job for her son, the matter seemed to be serious.

We decided to accompany her along with her son to the nearest hospital. One of the senior doctors over here was my acquaintance. As Deepali was unable to speak Hindi, I explained the whole thing to the doctor. The doctor asked for the prescription. Deepali being ignorant did not carry the prescription, but instead took the medicines with her. The doctor checked the boy thoroughly and said that he was suffering from a kind of viral fever. Then, he went for the medicines, looked are re-looked them with meticulous attention. The words that followed from him startled us.

“These are all fake drugs”, he said. For a moment we were bamboozled. I got back my sense and uttered ‘Counterfeit Drugs???’ Deepali said, but her husband bought them himself from a renowned store. The doctor replied that the medicine dealers themselves do not know the aspects of difference between authentic and fake drug. Not to talk about the layman. He shows us, “See there is no hologram on the Crocin Stripe. Let me show you an original one.” We compared the two varieties. To our surprise, we found out that except for that ‘Hologram’ everything the fake drug was a complete mirror image of the original. He too prescribed Crocin for the boy but asked Deepali to check for hologram/metallic stripe for authenticity this time.

Within a couple of days the boy was all right and we got Deepali back regularly on service.

The episode came to an end, but I started my research on Counterfeit drugs. After having surfed Internet and read several journals, I found out that a parallel market of fake drugs ran with that of the original drug market. In fact, today the counterfeit pharmaceuticals are flooding hospitals, web sites, pharmacies and street medical stores round the world. Visibly indistinguishable, they pose tremendous threat to the health and lives of people at large.

These fake drugs have found an extensive inroad into the developing world, affecting millions of people and plaguing public health. According to the Center for Medicines in the Public Interest, Counterfeit drug sales will reach $75 billion globally in 2010, a more than 90 percent increase from 2005.

Another report states that Drug-resistant strains of malaria and tuberculosis (TB) are rampant in Myanmar. They are now spreading rapidly towards Thailand. Coming to the India, our country has emerged as the leading distributor of spurious drugs. It has a share of 75% in the total fake drugs supplied all over the world. However, health ministry estimates that only 5% of the drugs in India are spurious.

Much has been written about the problems of the supply of pharmaceutical counterfeits. Common topics include inadequate laws, lack of enforcement, and the absence of criminal penalties for counterfeiters. But there is least discussion on how general public can fight this serious issue. People like Deepali or her child can’t wait till there are special laws formed to combat this problem. So what should the customers do to avoid fake medicine?

The enormous growth of spurious drug industry and its disastrous impact has alarmed the led the genuine drug’s manufacturers. Companies like GlaxoSmithKline HealthCare and Piramal Healthcare to take vital measures to ensure that their consumers get authentic drugs. In India, the spurious drug’s market has grown at a deadly speed. In India, only less than 1% of the drugs manufactured are tested. At present, each of the 26 government labs test 2,500 drug samples annually. ASSOCHAM estimates the market for counterfeit drugs is growing at a frightening rate of 25%.

The only tip to buy genuine medicine is to check for hologram on the foil of the drugs like Crocin, Iodex and Phensedyl.