Top 8 health myths busted!

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When it comes to health, people usually refrain from taking any chances. But there are several myths that refuse to die down. Let us bust several myths that are simply far away from the truth.

Myth 1 : All bacterias only cause diseases

Busted: Not all bacterias are unhealthy. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria commonly known as Probiotics, is beneficial for health. They are found in yogurt and fermented food. They keep our gut healthy and help in warding off conditions like Diarrhea and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

Myth 2 : Fat is unhealthy!

Busted: The oil and fat we consume can be classified into Polyunsaturated Fatty acid (PUFA), Monounsaturated Fatty Acid (MUFA) and Saturated Fatty Acid.

PUFA present in Avocado, Walnut & Flax seeds plus MUFA present in Olive Oil are extremely healthy. In fact avoid Saturated Fatty Acids present in Butter, Ghee and Dalda as they are unhealthy.

Myth 3: Tooth extraction can make you blind

Busted: Extracting tooth is no joke. Patients are cranky, nervous, uncooperative and added to this chaos is a myth that getting your upper teeth removed can make you blind.

Major nerves that supply Maxilla (upper jaw) are Zygomatic Nerve and Posterior Superior Alveolar Nerve. Major nerves that supply eyes are Oculomotor Nerve and Trochlear Nerve.

Meaning, eyes and jaws are two separate entities and hence tooth extraction has no effect on eyes.

Myth 4 : Oral sex is safer than vaginal sex or anal sex

Busted: People usually assume that Sexually Transmitted Infections spread only when partners indulge in penetrative sex. This idea is false. If oral sex is performed without precaution a person can acquire Herpes, HPV, Chlamydia and even HIV.

Myth 5: The 5 second rule

Busted: How many times have you quickly picked up your food, brushed it off and eaten it? Well sadly, the 5 second rule is an urban legend. Once the food is dropped it acquires dirt and bacteria regardless of the time period. The best thing to do is wash the food or simply discard it.

Myth 6: The blood in your veins is blue in colour

Busted : When a doctor or a nurse draws blood from veins for a test, the first question that patients ask is, If my veins are blue in color, why is my blood not blue?

The answer is optic illusion. The deoxygenated blood in your vien is dark red in colour (artery blood is bright red) and veins that carry this dark blood, are situated closer to the skin. The different wavelengths are processed differently, making the viens look blue in colour.

Myth 7: Blood donation affects your sexual performance

Busted: A person who donates blood can take part in any day-to-day activity, even sex. The balancing mechanism in the body (homeostasis) usually compensates for the blood that is lost. The blood circulation to pelvic area remains intact even after donating blood.

Myth 8: Standing under the hot sun will provide you with Vitamin D

Busted: Yes, Sun is a source of Vitamin D. The Ultraviolet rays present in the light spectrum help in Vitamin D Synthesis. But these rays are in abundance only during sunrise. Standing under the hot sun is of no use. Not only will this tan your skin, it can also make a person prone to skin cancer.

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YOUR HEART MATTERS AND HERE IS HOW YOU CAN PROTECT IT

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Your heart is unique. It is the size of your fist and beats throughout your lifetime. It never rests, it never complains. So, what is least you can do to protect it? Put it under lesser stress than what it already is under.

The leading cause of death worldwide is cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and what’s even worse is that 90% of these deaths are preventable.

With the rise of sedentary lifestyle, the chances of acquiring obesity, hypertension (Blood pressure), diabetes have risen making a person prone to stroke, heart attack (myocardial infarction), cardiac arrest and atherosclerosis (deposition of cholesterol along your artery lining)

So how can you protect your heart? here are a few tips to a healthy living and a healthy heart.

1) Exercise: All you need to do is get going. Run, cycle, hike or gym for at least 30 minutes per day for 5 days a week. Stay active. If you have a job that involves being behind a computer then get up often and take a small walk outside.

2) Diet: A low salt diet that is full of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain legumes, grilled white meat, nuts and seeds is best recommended.

Avoid food ingredients like butter, vanaspati, dalda, red meat as they can increase your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.

3) Stop Smoking: Not just tobacco, even your ‘herb’ counts. Smoking raises your blood pressure and hardens your artery walls. Use nicotine gum or patches to help you beat the urge. Changing a habit is tough, so make sure you involve a friend or family member in your journey.

4) No alcohol: It is bad for your liver and your heart as well. Alcohol can shoot up your Blood Pressure levels and over a long time can have devastating effect on your heart.

5) Take a chill pill: The urban lifestyle is very stressful, therefore try to remain as calm as possible. Try to practise yoga daily and take deep breathes whenever the situation gets out of hand.

6) Sleep: No don’t become Rip Wan Winkle, 8 hours of sleep is enough to rejuvenate your body from daily stress and tension.

HAS THE INDIAN HEALTHCARE SYSTEM FAILED?

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“Sir, you have Cancer and you need to get this treated “

“Madam, everybody has to die one day and what’s the point? If I eat these expensive medicines my family will die of poverty.”

This is was an honest reply given by a Cancer patient, when he was informed of his impending doom. Heart breaking right? People prefer death over life !

In fact the gravity of the situation can be also be assessed with the following scenario. If a person were diagnosed with Diabetes, his monthly expenditure on the management of this disease alone would cost anywhere between ₹3,000 to ₹8,000. Can a farmer who barely manages to earn any profit from farming afford this?

Despite having a strong healthcare infrastructure, the price of health care is extremely high in India and on top of it, only 27% of the population is covered under healthcare insurance. (Latest online statistics)

Meaning, for the rest of the 73% of the population, a visit or admission into a hospital could wipe off their hard earned savings.

Why is healthcare so expensive in India?

A) Lopsided services

In rural and semi-urban India primary and secondary healthcare centers barely function either due to shortage of doctors or due to lack of infrastructure, forcing people to visit expensive private hospitals

2) High cost of medicines
Despite being a pharmaceutical hub, the rate of medical drugs have been exorbitant in the country. Companies create newer (and unwanted) combination drugs and raise the prices of the medicine. A patient has no choice but to purchase these medicines despite the availability of cheaper generic drugs.

3) Awareness of insurance:

As mentioned earlier, the knowledge of health care insurance is extremely low in the country. Plus the several insurance providers only cover major diseases and several diseases like Leprosy, Diabetes and dental conditions are uncovered only causing more heartache to the already troubled common man.

Solution:

The government will have to make a complete overhaul in the Indian health care system if it is serious about keeping its workforce healthy.

Firstly doctors serving in rural areas must be paid attractive salaries. Secondly infrastructure at government owned hospitals must be at par with those in private hospital.

When it comes to high cost of medicines, the government must be commended as a National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority that has already capped the prices of 300 drugs. But the government will have to stick to its stand as several pharmaceutical giants are planning to challenge this move in the Supreme Court.

While India has come a long way from being a land of the malnourished we still have a long way to go in achieving a completely healthy India. Only time will tell if the government can deliver!

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT THE HEALTHY WAY

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Should I stop eating carb and eat only proteins? Follow Crash diet, Atkins Diet or the Paleo Diet? Cardio or weight training? Drink this

or drink that?

For all those who want to loose weight, questions like these may hound you constantly. But weight loss is no rocket science. All that is needed is consistency, effort and the right approach.

How to do it right:

Weight loss is a number game. Our body needs 2400 calories to sustain the daily grind and the only way one can lose weight is to burn more calories than we consume. People stress so much on exercising that they forget to pay attention to their diet. People tend to skip meals and this is the wrong approach.

Weight loss must be healthy and must involve a long-term plan. Never lose than 10% of your body weight in one month. It can impact your health. Healthy weight loss is a must and can be achieved by the following ways:

1) Eat healthy: The first thing to follow is to eat the right way. Cut out the unhealthy food from your diet. Avoid eating starch (white rice), oily food, sweets or products with added sugar, red meat (lamb, beef and pork) and salt. Eat more of fruits and vegetables, white meat (chicken, fish and sea food) and egg whites

2) Don’t skip meals: never skip any meal be it your breakfast, lunch or dinner. Skipping meals drops blood sugar levels and in the long run can lead to loss of muscles and make you lethargic and moody.

3) Break the habit…slowly: Dietary habits are very tough to change. Make changes slowly as body takes time to adapt. Don’t suddenly stop eating something. Your body will crave it and you will end up binge eating.

4) Exercising: Doing cardio and stretching help in quick weight loss. But if your work schedule or age prevents you from this rigorous work out then, try power yoga, walking or skipping. Exercising daily and consistently is the key to healthy weight loss.

5) Stay positive: Remember weight loss takes time. You will not loss weight instantly. Be consistent with your efforts and the results will appear in the future. Keep yourself motivated and don’t ever let your guard down.

2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine is a game changer, here is why

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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo. The two men where jointly given this prize for their pathbreaking discovery of cancer therapy. The two men have discovered a treatment where in cancer can be regulated by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

A statement issued by the Nobel Academy reads ‘Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the ability of our immune system to attack tumour cells, this year’s Nobel Prize laureates have established an entirely new principle for cancer’

It also says, ‘Until the discoveries made by the 2018 Medicine Laureates, progress into clinical development was modest. “Immune checkpoint therapy” has revolutionised cancer treatment and has fundamentally changed the way we view how cancer can be managed.’

With this pathbreaking discovery, scientific community is sure to benefit as it could revolutionise cancer treatment.