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


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.

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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’.

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.