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Ban Labs introducing immunity booster Care Golden Milk Turmeric Latte

Posted on 1 Aug 2020 03:08:13 GMT - health-fitness

Everyone has its own share of fighting against the pandemic hits in 2020. And so does Ban Labs. Best known for its Ashwagandha Herbal Care Green Tea, Ban Labs has launched another immunity booster product.

Ban Labs, a company over 50 years of domain experience in Ayurveda and natural beverages has now come out with a revolutionary product. It has just introduced Care Golden Milk Turmeric Latte with Saffron and Herbs to the world.

This product comes with so many specialities. It enhances immunity, reduces pain & muscle soreness, improves digestive health, works best for Cough & cold. A few sips of this Golden milk seems to serve its tagline, ‘If you aren't having GOLDEN MIlK yet, you're missing out the daily dose of Immunity!’ While launching the product the officials claim to be provided with several health benefits like it’s antioxidant to prevent cell damage, remedy for inflammation and joint pain, protein consistent for brain function, strengthens the heart.

Care Golden Milk Turmeric Latte comes in carton pack of 10 sachets for ordering online. But it can do wonders for you with definitely more than 10 benefits. But the most interesting part to be included is, it’s not like the household turmeric kadha we drink while we get cold or fever. It’s a pure beverage with exciting taste in both hot and cold form.

This newest launch, in fact, serves Grandma’s age-old Haldi ka doodh in a new form - ready mix. This powder drink could be prepared even without any illness just to have a cheerful time with family at home. And that’s why this Herbal drink stands alone and delights us. Turmeric is a unique condiment which finds extensive use in Ayurveda for its medicinal properties - particularly as a natural antiseptic and immunity-boosting antioxidant. When combined with milk and a few other condiments, this mixture becomes Care Golden Milk Turmeric Latte with Saffron and Herbs.

While talking to Ban Labs Director Maulesh Ukani, he mentioned, "We believe in enhancing people’s life by pure Ayurvedic products. We also understand how Herbal is evolving so here we are with a product that has household rooted recipe but at the same time let you feel millennial."

A combination of ginger and cinnamon in the product help reduce blood sugar levels and also lowers resistance to insulin. Ban Labs Golden Milk is anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic. Also, makes bones and muscles strong to be served as a multipurpose beverage and one of its kind.

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COVID-19 impact: Workplace disinfection a rising demand

Posted on 28 Jul 2020 07:22:44 GMT - health-fitness

The world is re-opening gradually after the COVID-19 shutdown, and so are offices and workplaces everywhere. But as they do, millions of office workers ask 'Is it safe? as they prepare to re-enter workplaces. No wonder, sanitisation and workplace hygiene have assumed increased importance and demand.

Global workplace experience and facility management company ISS, which has launched a disinfection and hygiene solution, Pure Space, says organisations are focusing on the well being of their employees. "So, any organisation planning to reopen their offices (even for the smallest percentage of employees) are preferring to go with our disinfection and hygiene services. They want their employees to feel safe and secure on returning to work. The focus is on sanitizing the high-traffic areas even during the working hours so employees feel safe and more connected to their workplace," Aksh Rohatgi, CEO, ISS Facility Services India, told IANSlife.

According to researchers, tight, enclosed indoors with little airflow can up your risk for contracting an infection. Research also indicates that a virus on a high-contact surface, such as a doorknob or a tabletop, can infect 40-60 per cent of the people in a workplace within two to four hours. In an enclosed space like an office, with co-workers sitting in close quarters, frequent disinfection is a need being felt across workplaces.

The users of Pure Space, which uses ATP technology to provide the before and after microbial count, largely include large organisations - MNCs and Indian companies - with a focus on employee well being, and hospitals /healthcare care centers, pharma companies where hygiene, disinfection and sanitization are of critical importance, Rohatgi said.

The procedure is an add-on to daily office cleaning services and breaks the chain of infection between people. It effectively removes all microorganisms that are typical sources of cross-infection. The cleaning focuses on high-touch surfaces - areas that human hands touch often. Do they expect a need for sanitised spaces to last beyond the pandemic? "Absolutely."

"The focus on hygiene and sanitisation has grown exponentially because of this pandemic and we expect the demand for sanitised spaces to continue well beyond the current situation. Everybody is aware of the difference a clean and sanitized space can make."

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Unlocking the Business of Health: RR Solution

Posted on 28 Jul 2020 03:45:50 GMT - health-fitness

With unlock 2.0 of the Indian economy, organizations and enterprises are owning up to their responsibility of ensuring employee safety, RR Solution, the leaders of corporate gifting, with an integrated marketing campaign #CourageToShowCare invites industry leaders for candid conversations to ensure employee safety and win back trust of partners, customers and colleagues in today's fragile business ecosystem.

The campaign talks about the need to appreciate compliance with safety norms and laud achievements that are both about success at work but also outside it. "Because most of us are working from home, it seems indispensable for us to ensure the safety of our loved ones and the community we interact with and that responsibility stays with us whether we are inside or outside our workplace," says Mukul Vashisht, founder and proprietor of RR Solution and Corporate Gifting.

Health and wellness is essential for industries and service providers. And this has been the biggest motivator why RR Solution and Corporate Gifting launched their own COVID-19 armoury and kit. One of the major topics of conversation during the first week of the COVID19 lockdown was the shortage of PPE kits. According to an NDTV report, India started manufacturing PPE kits within the first two months of the coronavirus outbreak. Earlier, all PPE kits were being imported. Union Minister Smriti Irani recently tweeted that India is now producing over 4.5 lakh PPE kits through more than 600 companies who are lab certified to manufacture these kits. A lot of these companies were still facing a challenge in distribution. Mukul highlights their white labelling service for brands helped them improve the accessibility of COVID19 essentials like facemasks, sanitizers and PPE kits.

"Bringing out new products, offering customers millions of choices and not limiting the choices to a preconceived standard but allowing 100% customizations is integral to our business." He explains.

The size of the Indian gifting market is set to rise from an estimated $119 million in 2019 to
$159 million by 2025, according to a report by TechSci Research.

India is all set to jump from the current online gifting market of $65 million to $84 billion by 2024, according to the latest research by 'Qwikcliver'.

RR Solutions

The campaign created and visualized by RR's communication agency, Growthjack Agency, is aimed at sensitizing individuals and the collective to take action as one to turn the table on COVID19. The campaign has gained over a million impressions online.

From the experience of serving international corporations, big business houses and corporates, such as The Apollo Spectra, Bose, Titan, CPA Global, YKK, Bausch & Lomb, we asked the man behind the gifting enterprise Shri Mukul Vashisht, what it means to run a business in these turbulent times.

"The supply-demand problem arose because we didn't ask the right questions at the right time. Any successful enterprise would need to manufacture, source or import their products at a price that gives them a competitive advantage in the value chain. Such benefit can only accrue if our institutions allow reform and build efficiencies of scale. With corporate souvenir items and corporate gifts for customers, RR Solution has improved accessibility of essential products like masks, PPE kits and more," he replied.

When asked about the way forward for businesses in India, he said: "We need to identify our core strengths - whether it is manufacturing, sourcing or import - and ensure that we stay competitive in that. Only on this basis can we think of increasing our exports and serving the international market."

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Researchers identify 21 existing drugs that could treat COVID-19

Posted on 25 Jul 2020 06:57:09 GMT - health-fitness

A global team of scientists has identified 21 existing drugs that stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Notably, four of these compounds were found to work synergistically with remdesivir, a current standard-of-care treatment for Covid-19, said the study published in the journal Nature. "Remdesivir has proven successful at shortening the recovery time for patients in the hospital, but the drug doesn't work for everyone who receives it. That's not good enough," said senior author of the study Sumit Chanda, Professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute in California, US.

"As infection rates continue to rise in America and around the world, the urgency remains to find affordable, effective, and readily available drugs that can complement the use of remdesivir, as well as drugs that could be given prophylactically or at the first sign of infection on an outpatient basis." In the study, the research team performed extensive testing and validation studies, including evaluating the drugs on human lung biopsies that were infected with the virus.

They also evaluated the drugs for synergies with remdesivir, and established dose-response relationships between the drugs and antiviral activity. Of the 21 drugs that were effective at blocking viral replication, the scientists found 13 have previously entered clinical trials for other indications and are effective at concentrations, or doses, that could potentially be safely achieved in Covid-19 patients.

Two are already approved by the US Food and Drug Administration: astemizole (allergies), clofazamine (leprosy) and remdesivir has received emergency use authorization from the agency (Covid-19). Four worked synergistically with remdesivir, including the chloroquine derivative hanfangchin A (tetrandrine), an antimalarial drug that has reached Phase 3 clinical trials.

"This study significantly expands the possible therapeutic options for Covid-19 patients, especially since many of the molecules already have clinical safety data in humans," said Chanda. "This report provides the scientific community with a larger arsenal of potential weapons that may help bring the ongoing global pandemic to heel." The researchers are currently testing all 21 compounds in small animal models and "mini lungs," or lung organoids, that mimic human tissue.

If these studies are favourable, the team will approach the US FDA to discuss clinical trials evaluating the drugs as treatments for Covid-19. "Based on our current analysis, clofazimine, hanfangchin A, apilimod and ONO 5334 represent the best near-term options for an effective Covid-19 treatment," said Chanda.

"While some of these drugs are currently in clinical trials for Covid-19, we believe it's important to pursue additional drug candidates so we have multiple therapeutic options if SARS-CoV-2 becomes drug resistant."

The drugs were first identified by high-throughput screening of more than 12,000 drugs from the ReFRAME drug repurposing collection -- the most comprehensive drug repurposing collection of compounds that have been approved by the FDA for other diseases or that have been tested extensively for human safety.

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Deep Vein Thrombosis amid the pandemic

Posted on 25 Jul 2020 05:32:59 GMT - health-fitness

Thrombosis, also referred to formation of a blood clot (thrombus) in a blood vessel, is an often undiagnosed and untreated condition with severe repercussions. With about fifteen different types of thrombosis affecting different parts of the body, the most asymptomatic is Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). To understand why DVT is so problematic, one must first understand what deep veins are. Deep veins are much farther away from the skin than other veins. When a clot is formed in one of the deep veins, if untreated, it could potentially travel through the circulatory system and get settled in other parts of the body (also known as thromboembolism).

There are three major factors that can lead to clot formation: restricted or limited movement; damaged blood vessels, possibly caused by certain surgeries or pressure in the blood vessels; and disturbance in the pattern of the blood flow, which leads to stagnation of blood in the arteries or veins.

The lockdown has impaired the movement of people across the country. This has led to higher incidences of DVT. However, the fear of getting infected with the coronavirus along with the increasing burden of the COVID cases on the healthcare system has disrupted non-COVID treatment. Dr. R Sekhar (MS, FRCSEd, FRCSGlasg, FVSI) Consultant - Vascular and Endovascular Services, Kokilaben Hospital, Mumbai talks about the hesitancy behind seeking treatment says, "People either feel that the hospitals are currently treating COVID-19 patients only or they fear they might contract the infection if they come to hospital. They do not realise that a delayed diagnosis of DVT is more lethal than COVID. In fact, most would not realise that thrombosis itself could be a means of manifestation of the infection."

Having said that, Dr Sekhar also believes that as distressing and dangerous as the pandemic is, it should not be a reason to wish away potentially lethal diseases such as DVT. He added, "The incidence of thrombotic events is on the rise. It is prudent to be sensible and understand that hospitals have protocols in place for patient safety. Patients have more to fear from delayed diagnosis of vascular diseases than of the consequences of contracting COVID. While a vast majority of coronavirus infected patients recover, patients with delayed diagnosis of thrombotic events in the vascular system end up losing a limb or life."

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Having said that, management of Deep Vein Thrombosis is crucial as well.

  • Patients must ensure that they stay well hydrated
  • Avoid alcohol as it causes dehydration
  • Daily exercise is a must as it ensures optimal functioning of the circulatory system. This helps preventing stagnation of blood, thereby avoiding the formation of clots.

Case Study 1:
Harish Mishra* (name changed), aged 56, had low-grade fever and a swollen leg for a week. Owing to the disruption of non-COVID healthcare services and the fear of contacting the infection, Harish chose to opt for a local massage and self-medicated with painkillers and antibiotics. However, his condition steadily deteriorated. Harish was later diagnosed with massive Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), with a large clot ready to travel to the lungs. He also tested positive for COVID, with thrombosis being a known complication of the viral infection. Timely response, however, prevented fatal complications.

Case Study 2:
In contrast, Stanley Lawrence* (name changed), a young sailor aged 22 noticed swelling in his legs during the lockdown. A self-confessed and enthusiastic gym-goer, his water intake was very low. On observing the swelling, he rushed to hospital right away got cured of a potentially lethal DVT. Early diagnosis and effective management aided his recovery and he is back sailing now.

With recent advances in medicines, thrombosis can be effectively managed if there is sufficient awareness among the patients. If swelling in the leg or ankle is observed, along with low-grade fever and breathlessness, patients must seek professional help immediately. They must avoid self-diagnosis and self-medication, especially in times of the Pandemic. In addition, positive lifestyle changes and preventative treatment with anticoagulants can also help make a tremendous difference in the patients' lives.

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Health and Fitness: Why daily stretching is a health necessity

Posted on 24 Jul 2020 14:09:39 GMT - health-fitness

When it comes to working out, stretching has always been the underdog. Some people believe it is an essential part of exercise to avoid injuries, while others say can lead to injuries itself. The truth of the matter is that both of these claims aren't entirely incorrect. It's the execution is what makes all the difference when it comes to stretching.

According to Dr Sneh Soni, MD Physician, myUpchar, stretching on a daily basis, the right way, can lead to many health benefits. These range from:

Increasing your range of motion:
Just like most inanimate objects, if we don't use our body and our joints regularly, they begin to get rusty. Doing stretching exercises regularly ensures that your muscles remain healthy, maintain their flexibility and don't become a hindrance when you do need to use them. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) stretching, in particular, is found to be extremely effective in increasing your range of motion. PNF stretching is a technique that uses your natural reflexes to give you a deeper stretch. Consult a physical therapist if you would like to explore PNF.

Boosting performance
When it comes to sports, engaging in an active warm-up is considered the norm. This is where dynamic stretching proves to be very useful. A study published in the 'Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research' shows that instead of static stretches, dynamic stretches can boost overall performance by improving flexibility, speed, endurance, etc. In dynamic stretching, you don't hold a position for too long, instead you keep your muscles moving in a similar motion to that of the sport you're about to play.

Improving blood circulation
A recent study published in 'The Journal of Physiology' suggested that passive stretching, done for a period of 12 weeks, can help dilate the arteries and aid in reducing the stiffness in them. This leads to better blood circulation, which is one of key factors in the prevention of vascular diseases like strokes, hypertension and diabetes. Passive stretching is when you remain in one (relaxing) position while your muscles are stretched with the help of a partner, prop, accessory or even a wall.

Helping you relax
Over the duration of the entire day, many of us can end up accumulating stress with physical implications. Sitting at a desk with a slight hunch, for example, can prove to be extremely harmful to your posture, muscles and even bone structure. Even stress can stiffen your muscles. By employing the use of some basic and practical stretching techniques, you can relieve this physical discomfort and stress, which may allow you to rest easier during the night and wake up feeling refreshed.

Preventing strains and injuries
Stiff muscles can prove to be dangerous -- when you suddenly stretch them during your day to day activities, they could either end up putting unexpected pressure on your joints or lead to an injured muscles itself. Adding even just a few stretches to your daily routine can help you avoid this by improving the flexibility of your muscles and giving the endurance.

Relieving chronic pain
There's a reason why stretching has been included in physical therapy interventions for the management of shoulder, neck, back and knee pain. While you might imagine that stretching is not as effective in pain management as muscle-strengthening exercises are, a study in the journal 'Clinical Rehabilitation' found that only stretching was just as effective in reducing pain as a combination of strengthening and stretching over a year of physical therapy.

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Why do our elderly have difficulty in walking?

Posted on 17 Jul 2020 03:18:30 GMT - health-fitness

The cause for this lies in our spine. Our spinal canal contains bundles of nerves which travel from the back into our legs. These nerves are responsible for strength and sensations in our legs. As we get older, wear and tear leads to degeneration of the ligaments and joints in our back. This decreases the space for the nerves and the nerves start getting compressed. This compression is more while standing and walking and thus the person with advanced degeneration has a lot of back pain, leg pain and leg numbness while walking. This is called lumbar canal stenosis. Hence our elderly have more difficulty in walking.

How do we avoid this problem?

There is no foolproof method to avoid degeneration as wear and tear is part of life and growing old. However, we can reduce its effect with regular exercise, yoga, bodyweight control and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

How can we treat this problem?

Mild to the moderate problem can be treated with physiotherapy, medication and spinal injections. If the problem is advanced surgery is required. Surgery involves decompression of the spinal nerves with or without fusion. Surgery is performed microscopically and the patient can usually start walking the very next day after surgery. Due to the high success rate of the surgery, it is a common and routine surgery.

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What is a slipped disc? How to treat it?

A slipped disc is basically a tear in the disc leading to extrusion (coming out) of the nucleus pulposus (soft jelly-like central part). This causes back and leg pain. This usually occurs in worn out discs. It is a common problem which can occur at any age but more common in middle-age. It leads to acute back and leg pain with muscle spasms.

The best way to avoid this is by strengthening the back and core muscles. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle with 30 to 60 minutes of physical exercise five days a week is helpful as well. Keep your body weight under control and avoid smoking.

Most of these problems are treated effectively with medication, rest and physiotherapy. When this doesn’t work, surgery may be required. Sometimes the nerve compressed in the back gets damaged leading to weakness and numbness in the leg, in which case surgery is performed urgently. We perform this surgery using minimally invasive techniques. The patient typically starts walking on the same day after surgery and can resume all routine activities and exercises quickly. There is no long term restriction or problem after this procedure.

Dr Satyen Mehta is a leading Spine Surgeon in Mumbai. He has over two decades of experience in treating spinal disorders. He is affiliated to major hospitals in Mumbai.

Spine Specialist Clinic
022-26485500 (call or WhatsApp on this number)
Khar (W), Mumbai
spinesurgeon@spinespecialist.co.in
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Cancer and COVID: How to tackle two evils together

Posted on 17 Jul 2020 03:00:22 GMT - health-fitness

CANCER - The word itself weakens the psyche and strength of many a strong people. The biggest reason for that is the fatal outcome traditionally associated with it in the past. However in the recent years, technological advances have improved the patient survival in early as well as some late cancers and has also improved quality of life in some terminal cancers.

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc in the year 2020. With excess of 12.6 million cases worldwide and 850 thousand cases in India, it is here to stay for the next year at least. With no vaccine in sight, the travel restrictions, social distancing norms and other precautions will continue. This has led to a lot of hurdles in cancer care and treatment.

Cancer is considered a semi-emergency situation as delay in treatment can increase the stage of the disease or in some cases can even prove fatal.

In the initial stages of COVID-19, the triage process was used, wherein only the emergency cases were being operated upon. Initial studies from China had shown that patients with cancer did worse during the COVID era.

However, things have changed over the course of last few months. A landmark study published by the Tata Memorial Hospital has shown that there were no complications and outcomes were not worse in patients treated for cancer during the COVID-19 era. Another study which also supported continuation of cancer treatment during COVID-19 pandemic was a large study by Memorial Sloan Kettering from USA. This also showed that there were no worse outcomes in patient undergoing chemotherapy for cancer.

In view of this scientific evidence, cancer treatment has been started for our patients. Due precautions are taken to screen the patients and segregation of COVID positive and COVID negative patients is done.

The following policies help in management of cancer patients during this COVID-19 era.

1) Wherever possible, online video consultation is preferred for the patients especially following up for routine surveillance.

2) When on-site consultation is needed, patients are screened for symptoms of COVID-19 and patient is evaluated in the OPD with due protective gear

3) Laparoscopic and robotic surgeries can also be done in selected cases with use of smoke evacuators, without any additional risk to patient or health care personnel.

4) For radiation, wherever possible hypo-fractionation protocols are used. This implies use of higher doses and higher frequency of radiation delivery, to finish the treatment in a shorter duration. In selected cases, this can mean just one visit per week for radiation or decrease in the duration of treatment from 5 weeks to 3 weeks.

5) Use of advanced procedures like HIPEC (heated intra-peritoneal chemotherapy) can be done in selected cases at centres of excellence.

6) Patients who have recovered from COVID do not have any additional complication rates or prolonged ICU or hospital stay. Most of them will have the same post-operative course like a patient without COVID.

Thus, even in this pandemic, the treatment of cancer can continue as previously. Advanced technologies like laparoscopy and robotic surgery can also be used. Complex surgeries can be considered with due diligence.

In these pandemic times, for cancer treatment, the saying by famous Cathaginian general Hannibal, hold true : "Aut viam inveniam aut faciam" - "I will either find a way or make one"

Dr. Ninad Katdare.
Surgical Oncologist.
Specialist in Robotic and MAS
Specialist in GI, Gynaec and Perioneal Oncology.
Contact: 9769172789
email : ninad.katdare@humaneoncology.com.

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Trivialization: The potential disaster; urgent need to focus on thoughts, not just behaviors

Posted on 14 Jul 2020 03:32:15 GMT - health-fitness

With gradual unlocking, it is incredibly common to witness public behaviours which pose immense risk of spread of contagion, which has a potential to turn into a disaster. In spite of oft repeated appeal for need of personal preventive measures by policy makers and public health authorities, we are coming across a blatant breach of such measures. Even after impressing upon people the need for more stringent infection prevention measures in the unlock period than during lockdown, public leniency can be observed on a day to day basis.

It is not uncommon these days to behold careless behaviours related to masking, social distancing, hand hygiene and spitting in public places; all essential steps to prevent spread of droplet borne contagious disease. Improper masking behaviours (not wearing masks, pulling mask below to uncover nose, mask lying around the neck, pulling mask down to talk, to name a few), lack of social distancing (though truly impractical in a few instances) and neglect of hand hygiene, are more often the rule rather than exception. Step out outdoors and you don't have to go far to realise that most people don't follow safe practices. Pent up energy of lockdown is turning few of them into free radicles ready to damage public health!

While we are right in being critical of such attitudes, it is more important to decipher thoughts and beliefs behind these attitudes and resultant behaviours. Such behaviours can be due to multiple reasons: wishful thinking, intolerance to long-drawn lockdown, ignorance regarding the science behind proper masking and hand hygiene, and irrational thoughts leading to irresponsible behaviours. Some of these thoughts are: it is better to have this infection once and for all so that we will develop immunity to it, anyway we all are going to have it someday, 80% of those who get infected have a mild or no disease. Such trivialisation can be disastrous for the individual himself and the population at large, and truly eviscerates safety. There is a need to impress upon people that such irrational thoughts are based on hypotheses and hypotheses are not scientific evidence. Let us delve into scientific evidence or the lack of it behind such thoughts.

Those who think we will develop immunity once we are infected should note that present scientific knowledge is not sure if, once infected, one is protected against reinfection. There are instances where presence of antibodies makes the next episode of the same disease more detrimental as seen in the case of dengue fever. Also, science is not sure how long the immunity will last. The other prevailing belief among many is that we all will be infected some day or the other, then why not have it now. Having a novel infection earlier than later has its own disadvantages. Science has learned many things about treating this infection in the last few months which has made the treatment more effective. Doctors will learn more as time goes by. The same belief can lead to overwhelming of health care facilities and will beat the very aim of flattening the curve. Moreover, we might get the vaccine in the future, which would help us avoid the disease. Another irrational thought that all of us will get infected sooner or later is not correct as enough herd immunity to stop the spread of the disease is

likely to develop once 42-66% of population is infected. Hence 34-58% of population may never have it and you may be the one who is spared for ever.

Another fallacious thought is that 80% of those who get the infection will have mild or no disease. True, 80% will have no danger to life but what about remaining 20%? You don’t know who will be in those 20% for sure and these have serious health implications and 3-4% may lose their life. There is another twist here. Scientific evidence indicates that few of those who had mild or no disease can go on to develop extremely morbid or life-threatening late-onset or long-term complications. Such complications are seen not only in adults (lung, heart, brain damage) but also in children (Kawasaki-like disease).

Apart from all the dangers to self, people with risky behaviours who go on to develop mild or no disease can transmit infection to those people with old age or comorbidities, in family, friends and community, for whom it would be catastrophic, and for no fault of their own! It is criminal, remotely akin to homicide (in fact it is criminal, if intentional, under section 271 of IPC).

We have to understand that self and external regulation are less effective in making behavioural changes. Campaigns directed towards only changing behaviours are likely to be futile. Irrational thoughts are the most reliable extinguisher of safe behaviours. Behavioural science emphasises that focussing on thoughts behind the behaviours is a more effective, impactful and long-lasting solution for behavioural change. If we target the thoughts underlying these risky behaviours, like in the most effective therapeutic intervention in behavioural sciences called CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), we can bring out a permanent & sea change in behaviour of people and improve the ability to advocate for oneself. Focussing on thoughts, and not just behaviours would surely optimise the measurable impact of campaigns on behaviour change.

We have to warn people of a potential disaster from these risky behaviours. We will be damned and rightly so, if we don’t realise that over alarming is far more forgivable in times of present crisis than over reassuring. To sum it up, I would strongly recommend targeting the underlying irrational thoughts if we are to have successful behaviour change campaigns.

Dr. Akanksha Rathi Maheshwari, MD, DNB, MRCP (London)
Consultant Psychiatrist, Bombay Hospital, Mumbai

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Divya's White Light Healing Center

Posted on 10 Jul 2020 09:39:43 GMT - health-fitness

Many of us are curious about the mystical nature of tarot, but no one understands the craft better than Divyaa Pandit, a tarot card reader, spiritual healer and life coach based in Mumbai. Divyaa has been been a proficient healer for over 10 years, and provides a wide arsenal of holistic services under the banner of her company White Light Healing Center.

An entrepreneur at heart, she started off as a homemaker and mother to four children, and built her spiritual practice from scratch. Today, she has a plethora of clients all over the world that swear by her skills and services. Her instinctual clairvoyance - a skill she was gifted with since birth - drew her to the craft of tarot card reading. Once she mastered the cards, Divyaa continued to study the spiritual arts, and soon became proficient in reiki, crystal healing, shamanic healing, theta healing, inner child healing, access consciousness healing, dream healing and more. Apart from her affinity for the above, Divyaa is also well-versed with the spiritual aspects human psyche and the universe, due to her advanced knowledge of neuro-linguistic programming (NLP), numerology, hypnotherapy and past life regression.

Her years of work with her clients seeking to mend problems of the subconscious led her to the breakthrough method of healing, Matrix Resolution Therapy. This is a form of therapy where Divyaa and her group of mediums work together to delve into the subconscious minds of those who seek this healing and unravel their blocks from within.

Divyaa Pandit

Despite her expertise in several kinds of healing, Divyaa has always considered tarot card reading amongst her most adept services. Divyaa has a unique approach towards tarot card reading. She believes that tarot can be used as a tool of inner wisdom and guidance. Her version of tarot is an amalgamation between the person seeking answers and the reader herself - a congruence of energies that create a gateway for the cards to reveal insight into the past, present and future. While technical knowledge of the craft is important, Divyaa also believes in the innate intuition of the reader, which determines the accuracy of every reading.

Known widely as the 'Remedy Queen', Divyaa is also well-versed with crystal, herbs and home remedies that can help heal spiritually induced troubles. She believes in the powerful relationship between crystals and tarot, especially how one can show a clear pathway while the other can help guide you through it.

For those who wish to get in touch with Divyaa Pandit, can find her channel on YouTube under the name "White Light Healing Center".

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Lockdown health and fitness: Dealing with muscle pain

Posted on 10 Jul 2020 07:41:56 GMT - health-fitness

In times of COVID-19 and the lockdown, most people have been staying indoors and levels of activity have decreased significantly. Work from home has become the new norm and we may see more of it even if the COVID-19 pandemic resolves. For online classes, students have to sit for long hours in front of laptops or mobiles, often maintaining an incorrect posture on the bed rather than using a table and chair. Sitting at the desk or on the sofa watching TV for a long time weakens and tightens muscles, stiffening the back, shoulders and neck.

Dr Kaushal Malhan, Director Orthopaedics and Joint Replacement surgeon at Fortis Hospital Mulund points out: "A survey conducted at UK's Institute for Employment Studies (IES) found that more than half of those who responded, said they were experiencing new neck, shoulder or back pain. Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plummeted over a fortnight since, with 60 percent saying they are exercising less, a third eating less healthily and 20 percent saying they were consuming more alcohol. Almost two-thirds (64 percent) of the 500 respondents said they were sleeping less, while 48 percent said their new working life involved increased and irregular hours."

Dr Malhan notes the common causes of muscle pain we see nowadays include:

Muscle cramps: Muscle cramp is a sudden contraction of one or more muscles. This can be intense and sometimes even lead to muscle injury. Sitting for long hours in a particular posture can lead to muscle cramps along the upper back, shoulder blade and calf muscles. These can be treated by gentle stretching exercises, massage, hot fomentation and good hydration.

Muscle strains: Muscle strains are injuries due to sudden strenuous contraction of the muscles or a vigorous sudden stretching of the muscle leading to damaged muscle fibres. These are often seen due to unaccustomed or incorrectly done exercises. People are adopting new exercises by watching videos without proper supervision and preparation, resulting in muscle injury. These are treated by rest, ice fomentation, splintage and anti-inflammatory medications.

Overuse injuries: Overuse injuries or repetitive stress injuries are due to a small strain being applied very frequently. This happens due to bad posture with excessive repetitive pressure on a particular muscle or indulging in a particular motion frequently thus causing excessive localised muscle strain. An example is that of a tennis elbow when an individual may develop persistent pain along the outer side of the elbow because of some simple repetitive activity such as doing household chores like lifting, repetitive wrist extension, etc. To treat, one needs to rest the part, and couple it with Ultrasonic Therapy with a Physiotherapist and anti-inflammatory medicine.

It is most important to correct what you are doing wrong and perform the repetitive activities in a manner which will not be strenuous for the muscle. This can be done by correct position of joints e.g. keeping a soft support under the wrist joint so as to reduce the extension at the wrist while typing. Correct posture at the work station with elbows rested and back supported will reduce the risk of neck and shoulder pain.

Muscle pain due to arthritis in adjacent joints: A number of patients with knee arthritis whose mobility levels have decreased are suffering from pain, not just in the knee joint but also the muscles of the thigh and the calf.

Measures to prevent muscle problem:

Regular gentle stretching exercises focusing on all relevant muscle groups; listen to your body and dial up or down as needed or as much as can be tolerated. Use your doorway for a full body stretch

Aerobic exercise like walking should be done regularly within the house

Deep breathing exercises and a positive optimistic outlook to reduce stress

Endurance exercises involving lightweights and multiple repetitions for muscle groups which are more prone to problems

Hot fomentation and gentle massage for tight muscles

Regular hot water bath

Drinking lots of water and having a healthy well balanced diet

Avoid sitting in one position continuously for too long

Regular change of posture and breaks from prolonged sitting with walks and movement exercises

Avoid posture which specifically strains one muscle group

Body postures should be such that the head and neck lie along the centre of gravity axis

Postures should be such that none of the muscle groups are under constant tension

Workstation should be designed so that the computer screen is at a height, backrest supporting the back and elbows supported on the table. Soft silicon support under the palms so as to avoid wrist hyperextension. Scapular retractions can be done while sitting to reduce neck pain

While doing household chores avoid excessive loads at one go and divide a heavy job into small lighter sections

Take a break in between activities. Movement breaks are better than standing breaks

In case of any pain please consult your doctor for treatment

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What your body really wants to tell you!

Posted on 10 Jul 2020 06:46:29 GMT - health-fitness

The constipation is trying to tell you you’re holding onto things not letting go! The indigestion & flatulence is trying to tell you that you are unable to digest something going on in your life! The shoulder pain is saying you are feeling burdened in life, your backache says you are feeling unsupported or unable to stand up for yourself, your recurring ankle injury is saying you probably feel like you don’t have the strength to handle something and the heat boils on your face say you are angry and want to show it!

Almost every illness is reflecting the emotions you feel, forget about and leave unaddressed. The body being your best friend tries to make you aware of it through dis-ease so that you can resolve it and live a happier, healthier life.

Your body is made of over trillion intelligent cells constantly picking & relaying information, processing it at unimaginable speeds and responding with precision every time. Whatever it faces, the body has advanced systems thoughtfully put into place to handle everything & return to homeostasis.

Yet, there are times when the body has recurring problems & is unable to heal itself. It doesn’t respond to treatment or medicines leaving doctors perplexed. Different research studies show that almost 30% to 55% of illnesses are psychosomatic, which means the body gets affected by psychological factors. In the hundreds of clients I have worked with I see that almost 90% of issues in the body can be explained & resolved by addressing the emotional baggage which gives you holistic and lasting relief.

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Let me share the story of a nutritionist who came to me complaining of severe constipation, skin rashes, mouth ulcers and unexplained weight gain. She used to work out regularly, eat healthy, and had consulted her doctor but the medication hadn’t helped much and the health complains had persisted for months. She connected with me post seeing my TEDx video on the ‘Mind-Body Connection’ and knew her issues were psychologically rooted. In the 2-hour healing session we worked with her subconscious mind and while it started with everything she was emotionally dealing with right now, it went deeper till we reached the core beliefs of unworthiness and anger created in her childhood. When we resolved the childhood experiences and released the trauma her inner child was still holding on to, the body immediately responded by healing overnight. The constipation, ulcers & rashes reduced by over 80% within 24 hours! And she was not surprised because she knew she had let go of a whole lot of emotional baggage she had been carrying for years!

This is just how beautifully your body is connected with your thoughts and emotions. Helping you by red-flagging the pent up emotions and healing when you resolve them. If you are facing recurring issues, visit a healer or therapist today! You need a happy body for a happy life!

By Janki Ravani, Founder House of Happiness (A holistic healing venture)

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