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t is not a title of a detective story but unfortunately it has become a ground reality. Once a medical profession was regarded a very respectable practice. An ailing person get recovery by the natural power of God but he or she is treated by a doctor, Hakeem or Ved.

Now this sacred profession is losing its regard and the practice is slowly becoming a part of a commercial venture. We think the commercialisation of this profession is not proper and healthy. The government is very slow in promoting the public health care system. The promise of the Congress party to increase the health sector budget to 2 per cent of Grand Domestic Product is now being implemented in the last central budget which the UPA is completing its second tenure. It is but natural that the corporate hospitals have commercialized the public health care sector. We have proposed that the government should create an official body to keep vigilance on the performance of these corporate hospitals particularly when the condition of the government hospitals is deteriorating. The government should check the charges of the medical tests, the fees of the doctors and the rent of the rooms and according to the facilities the categories should be assigned. Not to speak of poor people even the middle class cannot afford to get the treatment at these hospitals. This is one aspect while the other one is more tormenting. The corruption has gripped the doctors working in the big hospitals. Some time back one doctor of the NIMS was arrested while receiving bribe. The money was being given to him by a company manufacturing stents being used in angioplasty process. It was Dr. Sheshagiri Rao, the head of the department of cardiology. It means the hospital was using the stents manufactured by that company. It was also reported in media that every months about 3500 angioplasty processes are done in Andhra Pradesh while 30 per cent are not necessary. In these cases either the patents could be treated through medicines or they needed bypass surgeries. The doctors are recommending angioplasty only because they are hooked with the companies which are manufacturing stents. For their monetary benefits they are playing with the lives of patients. Are they doctors or killers?

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Some experts believe obesity is responsible for more ill health than smoking. Being significantly overweight is linked to a wide range of health problems, including: related health problems. A new way of calculating BMI has recently been proposed as the standard assessment is less accurate for extremes of height - the short and the tall.

What is obesity? A person is considered obese if they are very overweight with a high degree of body fat. The most common way to assess if a person is obese is to check their body mass index. BMI is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in metres squared.

The new calculator hopes to correct this. Why do people become obese?

If your BMI is above 25 you are overweight. A BMI of 30-40 is considered obese, while above 40 is very obese. A BMI of less than 18.5 is underweight. Another useful method is to take a waist measurement because fat in the centre of the body (apple-shaped obesity) is much more strongly linked to health risks than fat more widely distributed on the arms and legs. Women with a waist of 80cm or greater and men with a waist of 94cm or greater are more likely to develop obesity-


On average a physically active man needs around 2,500 calories per day, while a woman needs 2,000. If we eat any more, the extra energy is stored for later use, mostly as fat. This mechanism was life-saving during our huntergatherer days when food was often scarce. However, the boom in plentiful, cheap food, coupled with a general decrease in physical activity, means that those stores of fat are rarely called on. Instead they continue to grow. So why don’t people just stop eating foods high

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in fat and sugar if they know they can cause physical problems? Scientists are still searching for the answers, but it appears that our brains have been wired to encourage the consumption of calorie-rich foods, even at the expense of good health. Quite simply, these foods bring us pleasure. One recent study revealed that an area of the brain related to addiction and reward the nucleus accumbens - lights up when a participant is shown calorie rich, fatty foods compared to healthy food. Another area of the brain associated with pleasant tastes and reward, called the orbitofrontal cortex, is activated when we eat fatty foods. At the same time, people are increasingly living more sedentary lifestyles and therefore burning fewer calories. Studies have also shown that housewives in the 1950s were significantly slimmer than women today. This could be because their daily lives involved much more physical activity, including walking more and having fewer labour-saving devices. Therefore, some scientists argue that the rise in obesity is a result of our bodies’ inability to adapt to the changing environment. According to the NHS, another reason obesity is on the rise is because unhealthy eating habits are often passed down through families, due to a lack of good food education.

Childhood obesity Obesity experts say parents are struggling with a multitude of problems when it comes to their child’s weight. They range from a lack of education about food,


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limited cooking skills, limited money to buy healthy food, long working hours, easy access to snack food and pester power.

Pizza’s & Burgers and junk food joints have become a hot spot for children now a days to fill their tiny stomach’s. Well, pizza’s & the burgers taste nice and exciting but are unable to provide the nutrition that is required for healthy living. Obesity in children has tripled in the past two decades and an alarming concern for us to take note of the fact. The rate of development of mind and body in children decreases with junk food due to the empty calories it provides. A regular pizza provides about 600-800 calories whereas a burger provides you with around 300 calories. Researchers also warn that children who are fed with junk food have lower IQ than their counterparts who ate nutritious food. Junk food may fill the stomach but cant provide the quality of energy which nutritious foods provide. Junk foods are high in saturated fat and oil which leads to high cholesterol levels make you feel lazy and drowsy, resulting in lower concentration levels in children. Junk food decrease the efficiency which is important for children. Once the habit is developed for junk food, it gets very difficult to get rid of the addiction. To ensure that kids do not make this unhealthy lifestyle a permanent part of their life one should start inculcating good nutritional habits from the beginning. Ensuring enough physical activities is an equally important aspect of every child’s growth. In case you need professional assistance to get you started on a healthier lifestyle for your family call us for a free consultancy and speak to our expert now.


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o you often face one of those mornings where your bathe drain is blocked because of all the hair you’re shedding? It is true that losing hair is really heart breaking and the sight of seeing yourself going bald during your heydays is really a nightmare.

not just keeps your skin healthy but also makes hair roots strong. Another important tip is not to indulge in crash dieting or starving yourself to reduce weight as it has a very harmful effect on your hair.

Hair fall is a common problem that people face these days. Now, hair loss can be due to various reasons as in this hectic life we hardly get any time to maintain a beauty regime. Further, our unhealthy lifestyle and bad food habits add to the problem.

massage is the best treat that you can give to your hair. Rub hot oil into your scalp for at least one or two hours to restore the moisture of your tresses as this will replenish the hair roots and provide them intense nourishment. You can use massage your scalp with coconut, almond, neem, amla or olive oil.

Don’t worry much for we bring to you some easy ways and measures that you can implement daily and weekly to reduce hair fall.

1. Say no to junk food: Your first step

towards healthy hair is to switch to a healthy diet and exercise regime. Include protein rich food like wheat, oats, barley, maize and brown rice in your palette. Kidney beans, black beans, chickpeas and green peas are another great source of protein. Also, drink a lot of water as it

2. Get a hair massage: A good hot oil

3. Beat stress: Yes, you heard it right. Stress

is a major factor that leads to hair fall. So, try to control it with meditation, yoga and breathing exercises.

4. General hair care: Avoid taking hot water baths as hot water opens the pores, making your hair follicles brittle leading to hair fall. Another thing to be kept in mind is to use a thick hair brush and not to comb your hair roughly if you are facing hair fall. It is also suggested that if you have long hair, then avoid tying your tresses in a bun all the time as this can also lead to hair fall as well. And finally, if you really love your hair then please avoid indulging in a lot of hair styling as it damages your tresses. 5. Choose a healthy lifestyle: A healthy

lifestyle is the key to keep you fit overall. So, please get ample amount of sleep as insufficient sleep may aggravate the problem. Also, say no to smoking and alcohol as they aggravate the problem of hair loss.


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Types of Hair Diseases



Anyone can be affected by hair loss diseases, young adolescents, adults, men and women. There are three phases of hair growth. One of the phases of hair lifecycle is its shedding. So, it is natural that you will lose hair at some point of time. You only need to guard against excessive hair fall by using the Unani Medicines of



Indications: It promotes the hair growth natural way and controls the falling of hairs. It protects the hair from becoming white. It’s constant use restores the healthy hair, keeps the hair in natural colour and promotes its normal lustre. It also strengthens the brain.

Indications: It is very old preparation of AHMED & COMPANY, Unani Pharmacy. It is prepared scientifically. Can be used in every season by every one to maintain the beauty of hair. It restores the normal growth with all its good qualities. It relieves headache. Maintain the normal functions of the eye and promotes memory.

Dosage: Apply three times in a week.

Dosage: Apply before going to bed and have bath in the morning. Can also be applied after having bath in the morning.

ACCO AMLA HAIR OIL Indications: Acco Amla Hair oil has the property of absorption in the root of the hair. It promotes the black pigment and keeps the hair in black colour. It maintains the normal lustre of hair and promotes growth. It is also indicated in dandruff and dryness. The oil cay be used by men, women and children.

Indications: It is a well-known shampoo and is prepared after much experiments. It cleans the hair, strengthens the root. It also keeps the hair soft and sparkling and relieves dryness. It is pure herbal. Synthetic ingredients are not used even for colour or flavour. It forms more froth while using.

Dosage: Apply before going to bed and have bath in the morning. Can also be applied after having bath in the morning.

Dosage: Mix 20 grams or 2 full table spoon of Zulfe Amber Powder in warm or cold water. Apply the paste to the hair.



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glass of beetroot juice daily may help reduce your blood pressure, according to a new study led by an Indian-origin researcher.

The study, published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension found that people with high blood pressure who drank about 227 gram of beetroot juice experienced a decrease in blood pressure of about 10 mm Hg. But the preliminary findings don’t yet suggest that supplementing your diet with beetroot juice benefits your health, researchers said. “Our hope is that increasing one’s intake of vegetables with a high dietary nitrate content, such as green leafy vegetables or beetroot, might be a lifestyle approach that one could easily employ to improve cardiovascular health,” said Amrita Ahluwalia, lead author of the study and a professor of vascular pharmacology at The Barts and The London Medical School. The beetroot juice contained about 0.2g of dietary nitrate, levels one might find in a large bowl of lettuce or perhaps two beetroots.


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ates provides many benefits to mankind. The Holy Prophet (may the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) described dates as a fruit which belongs to heaven and contains the remedy for poison. The use of dates holds a great deal of religious as well cultural importance. Specially, during the holy month of Ramadan, the importance of dates becomes prominent when it is used all over the Muslim world. Moreover, the popularity and significance of dates also becomes evident by the fact that dates and the date tree have been mentioned in the Holy Quran more than 20 times. It has also been mentioned in several Ahadith as well. Dates are full of nutrition. That is why they are used during the month of Ramadan when fasting during the entire day leads to weakness. Dates provide us with nutrition and energy to overcome this weakness. In fact, dates contain all the substances, which are required by our body, particularly during Ramadan after being in a state of fasting for the whole day. These substances include iron, calcium, fats and phosphorus. Dates contain approximately 10.6 percent iron. This is much more than you can find in any other fruit or vegetable.



abbage is a vegetable with round shape and soft light green in colour. The main reason behind its light colour unlike other vegetables is that cabbage is covered with leaves and is not exposed to direct sunlight. Cabbage juice is also recommended by doctors to heal the stomach ulcer. Cabbage is rich in Vitamin C; it even contains more vitamin C than Oranges. Vitamin C in cabbage helps in the growth and development of the body. Apart from vitamin C, It also strengthens the immune system. Apart from vitamin C it also contains vitamin E which keeps eyes and hairs healthy. Because cabbage is also a rich source of fiber, it is also extremely useful for the people suffering from constipation or any other related diseases. Sulphur in our body helps to fight against the infections, if your wounds take a lot of time to heal then it means your body lacks sulphur. Cabbage is also rich in iodine, which is a very helpful element and strengthens the brain and the nervous system. A research also proved that light cooked raw cabbage helps to prevent cancer especially prostate, breast and lung to cancer than thoroughly cooked cabbage


and therefore it is recommended to eat lightly cooked raw cabbage. Cabbage in raw or in cooked form is an excellent choice for anyone who want to lose weight as it contains low proportion of fats and carbohydrates in it. It is a full of fiber and has low bad calories. Though there are some health benefits of cabbage but there are some drawbacks of eating cabbage a well. The most important drawback of eating cabbage is that it doesn’t taste good, you will need to add something in it to give it a taste but this also kills its nutrition to some extent. Cabbage is a favourite vegetable of some people but it is not good enough to be added in a daily diet plan. It should be eaten less often. Whenever you cook cabbage, don’t forget to add ginger in it as ginger will give it some taste and will also minimize its acidic affect. The frequent use of cabbage can cause constipation as well as it can dry the skin. It also causes flatulence and its excessive consumption can lead to thyroid problems. However people who face flatulence after eating cabbage should blanch the cabbage for five minutes, change the water and then cook it in fresh water. This will reduce the chances of causing flatulence. People who suffer from Goiter (more common in women) should consult their physician before eating the cabbage as it contains iodine which is harmful for people who have related health conditions.

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here are many benefits of home cooked food that we all need to know and reinforce.

Freshly cooked food is richer in nutrients, in antioxidants, vitamins and micro nutrients when compared to preserved (and packaged) food sold commercially. Eating at home allows for variety. Seasonal fresh fruits and vegetable get consumed. These prevent cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes and improves eyesight, vigour, longevity and immunity. Healthy fresh home ground spices provide many health benefits. They could be very rich in anti-oxidants and other nutrients including omega-3-fatty acids. We eat less salt and less preservatives when we eat fresh home cooked food. Fresh home cooked food could be bio-friendly. Cooking fresh food at home promotes greater physical activity as we exercise different parts of our body during the various stages of preparing food. Home cooked food is hygienic and free of preservatives.

health benefits whereby delicate vitamins like B complex does not get destroyed.Traditional Indian drinks like butter milk, bel juice, coconut water, and nimbu pani provide many health benefits and nutrients. These benefits are absent when you consume bottled or tetra packed drinks. When we cook at home we make sure that the raw dals and rice are thoroughly washed and drained which removes to a large extend the artificial colour and the pesticides in them. The oil/fat we use at home is healthy. Whereas, in the usual restaurants what gets used is the cheapest oil and that which will enhance the shelf life of the food. Spices used in restaurants may not be pure and may contain added colours (which again are harmful) and other adulterants. When we cook at home hygiene precautions are taken which may not be so in the restaurants. This could give rise to smouldering intestinal infections and gastric ulcers in the long run. When you cook at home you can control the quality of the flour and spices. We can use whole grain, flour, pulses & pure home ground spice. When you prepare salads at home you can wash or clean them well to remove dirt & germs.

Cook rotis, rice, vegetables, dal and sambhar on low heat. Cooking on low heat has many


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Thyroid alert for women!


The disorder is affecting younger women too, of late. Here’s how to battle it with the right approach

t’s one of the most common disorders that can affect an individual owing to the fast lives we lead. Alarming figures say it attacks close to 12 million people, annually, and yet the unfortunate part is that many don’t even know they have a thyroid disorder. Have you wondered why you are gaining too much weight even when you are eating less food? Are you worried why your child scores poor marks in exams despite putting in a lot of effort? Do you know why one of your close friends find it difficult to conceive a child or is experiencing miscarriages? It could well be due to the thyroid gland.

The culprit The thyroid gland is located in the front of your neck with two lobes on either side of your windpipe. The gland is controlled by the pituitary gland that lies underneath your

brain in your skull. The pituitary senses the level of thyroid hormones in your blood stream and secretes thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH). “This hormone activates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3) hormones. Thyroid gland needs iodine to produce T3 and T4 hormones. Both too much and too little iodine can cause the thyroid to malfunction,” explains Dr Nupur Krishnan.

What is a goitre? This is the enlargement of the thyroid gland that takes place when essential nutrients like iodine and selenium are deficient in the diet. The gland thus grows in an effort to filter more blood to get the scarce nutrients out of the blood supply. It occurs in about 5 % of thyroid patients.

Iodine deficiency during pregnancy may lead to lower IQ among kids Researchers have claimed that mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy could be dimming the intellect of some babies born in the UK. Their study of 1,000 families showed lower IQs and reading scores in primary school pupils whose mother had had too little iodine while pregnant. Academics advise women of child-bearing age


to maintain iodine in their diets by eating dairy products and fish. Women were warned not to take seaweed pills, as they contain too much iodine. Iodine is essential for the development of the brain as it is needed to build some of the body`s hormone A severe deficiency is the leading cause of preventable brain damage in the world.

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Bread, rice, potatoes, pasta

Fruit and vegetables

Milk and dairy foods

Meat, fish, eggs, beans and other non-dairy sources of protein

Foods and drinks high in fat and/or sugar

Department of Health in association with the Welsh Government, the Scottish Government and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland It’s a good idea to try to get this balance right Some milk and dairy foods every day, but you don’t need to do it at every meal. And you might find it easier to get the Some meat, fish, eggs, beans and other balance right over a longer period, say a week. non-dairy sources of protein

Eating healthily is about about eating the right amount of food for your energy needs. In India, most adults are either overweight or obese. This means many of us are eating more than we need, and should eat and drink fewer calories in order to lose weight.

Just a small amount of foods and drinks high in fat or sugar

Based on the eatwell plate, you should try to eat:

However, it doesn’t apply to children under the age of two because they have different nutritional needs. Between the ages of two and five, children should gradually move to eating the same foods as the rest of the family, in the proportions shown on the eatwell plate.

Plenty of fruit and vegetables Did you know that we should be eating at least five portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day?


The eatwell plate applies to most people – whether they’re a healthy weight or overweight, whether they eat meat or are vegetarian.

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ired of doing workouts, jogging and other weight loss remedies? What if simply eating can reduce your weight! No kidding, just try these superfoods that are not only nutritional powerhouses but also help you achieve that ohso-desirable slim figure and fitness. Here is a list of best superfoods for guaranteed weight loss that will set your weight straight. Oats Yes, oats work wonder as they contain high quantity of fiber. Consuming a bowl of oats in breakfast keeps you full throughout the day and help boost metabolism thereby burning fat. Avocadoes If you are trying to lose weight, this nutritional fruit can actually help you a lot. It contains ample amount of fiber that gives a feeling of fullness, so that one can stay satisfied with food for longer & proper digestion can also take place. Eggs For those who want to lose weight, eggs are the best way to start your day. Studies suggest that eggs contain an ingredient that can help to cut down calories consumed during each meal. Dark chocolates Gone are the days when you used to think that chocolates were major reasons in weight gain. Good news is that dark chocolates can actually aid in weight loss as they contain high quality cocoa powder which is rich in antioxidants and thereby helps in slimming. Salmon Salmon is an effective diet when it comes to weight loss as despite having fairly high fat


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content, it contains healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids that serve as a good weight-loss tool. Broccoli Though it is mostly known for its cancer fighting ability, but since it contains a high quantity of fiber, it also prevents weight gain. It also helps in lowering of cholesterol thereby boosting your heart’s health. Brown rice If losing weight is your motto for this year, try brown rice. It is a superfood that is low in calorie but has high fiber content; it keeps you full throughout the day thereby serving the purpose of weight loss. Green Tea Green tea is an excellent food for weight loss as it contains an ingredient called polyphenols that helps in dissolution of triglycerides which are deposited in our body. Oranges And last but certainly not the least is the mighty food namely orange that too helps in aiding weight loss as it contains large amount of fiber and Vitamin C that boosts metabolism and helps in weight reduction.



beautiful face is always the center of attraction even in a big gathering. Human skin is a thin and susceptible layer of the body that is prone to harmful climatic effects and skin on the face is even more sensitive. This is the reason human instinct always tempts to take very good care of this part of the body and face beauty tips are very useful for this purpose. You should try the following helpful tips to avoid most of the problems related to your face. Given below are some of the proven face beauty tips that will make your face looking fresh and attractive round the clock. You should drink two glasses of fresh water before having breakfast, early in the morning. Morning walk is very good for your skin because it gives a soothing effect to your mind and body. Choose your breakfast wisely. One glass of fresh juice and fruits (apple) should always be a part of your breakfast. Milk has been always used as a key beauty product since ancient times and it really works. Take a cotton ball, dip it in milk and then rub it on your face for fifteen minutes. It will lighten up the colour of the face. Repeat this process 4 to 5 times a week to get fruitful results.

your face from harmful effect of sun rays. Take 2 tbsp of cream, 1½ tbsp of flour and a few drops of lemon juice, mix all these ingredients and apply it on your face. Wash your face after five minutes with plain water. You can use this face beauty solution daily. Women with oily face may use gram flour instead of cream. Take 1tsp of lemon juice, 1tsp of cucumber juice and apply on your face and neck before taking bath to get a fair face complexion. Tomato is used to add beauty and shine to the face. Take a tomato cut it in two pieces and keep it in refrigerator for half an hour. After that, rub this chilled piece of tomato on your face. A paste made from yoghurt and tomato can be applied twice a week to have a soft skin and refreshing skin. Cleansing is a good way to remove dust and excessive oil from the pores of the face. Double action cleanser is suitable for oily face and triple action for all face types.

Cucumber is another secret of a fresh looking face; take a sliced cucumber and rub it on your face for ten minutes.

Make a mixture of honey and banana, add a pinch of turmeric powder, cream, rice flour and apply this mixture on your face and neck. You can make this beneficial mask in the blender as well.

Rose water is available in spray bottles these days. You can apply rose water with cotton, tissue or you could directly spray it on your face for a refreshing feel. It will help you get a glowing and shiny face. Rose water is also good to protect

Face beauty tips is the major concern of women and the above given useful tips can help a lot to bring freshness and smoothness in your face. These include face beauty home tips which are natural in nature and milder in effect.


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ack of sleep can reduce a person’s sperm count by up to a fourth in addition to reducing their quality, a new study warns.

Researchers found that men who slept poorly had lower sperm counts and fewer sperm that had formed correctly, compared with men who slept better. “Given the facts that approximately 20 per cent of all young men may have reduced semen quality, and that sleep disturbances are common and increasing in industrialised countries, the results of this study may have important public

health implications,” researchers said. They said future studies should look at whether interventions aimed at improving sleep might also improve semen quality, ‘My Health News Daily’ reported. The researchers used data from 953 young men who were mostly in their late teens and early 20s. They asked the men how well they had slept in the previous four weeks, conducted blood tests to measure their hormone levels and analysed their semen.

If you are looking for easy ways to improve your sexual health with just a few simple lifestyle changes, consider the following: Exercise More, Eat Healthier

Work In Walnuts

A recent study from Singapore found that when obese men lose weight, they experience improved testosterone levels and erectile ability. Just a 5 percent weight loss was shown to have positive effects on a man’s sexual health — another reason to hit the gym!

Do Your Kegels

A recent study from the University of California Los Angeles School of Nursing found that young men who ate about two handfuls of walnuts a day experienced an increase in sperm motility and vitality. Although it was a small study, researchers hope that further analysis in the field can better prove the link between walnuts and sperm improvement.

Kegel exercises aren’t just for women! Men can also exercises their Kegels — do so by isolating the muscle that you use to stop and start urine flow. It can help you to improve your erectile function and sexual pleasure, and it can also help to prevent urinary incontinence issues down the road.

Your morning cup of coffee might be doing more than perking you up. It might be turning you on. Men and women who have at least one cup of joe a day are nearly twice as likely to describe themselves as sexually active, according to one study. And guys who indulge


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Enjoy the Perks of Your Daily Coffee


report fewer problems with erections. Jeanne Shaw, Ph.D., an Atlanta-based certified sex therapist and clinical psychologist, chalks up coffee’s erotic potential to the java jolt. “If you feel sluggish and the caffeine wakes you, then you’re going to say, `Oh, I’m horny,’ instead of roll over and go to sleep,” she explains. Coffee in bed in the mornings is the idea, but practice moderation (with the coffee, that is). Once you move beyond one or two cups a day, caffeine can leave you agitated and edgy.

Foods that Feed Your Prostate An ailing prostate can reduce your ability to have erections, putting a severe damper on your sex life. Prostatitis, a deep, sometimes painful and debilitating inflammation of the gland, can be eased by foods such as nuts, seeds and whole grains -- especially rye products. They contain plant hormones, oils and other agents that decrease swelling, congestion and inflammation of the prostate, says Dr. Brewer. Pumpkin seeds in particular contain oils that ease the discomfort and pelvic pressure associated with enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia- BPH), she adds. A diet with an oriental bent can help, too. Dr. Brewer says that soy products, rice and Chinese cabbage can reduce the effect of dihydrotestosterone, a testosterone byproduct that has been linked to bph.

Quit smoking This one is a no brainer. Smoking affects your performance and your overall health. For more than just your sexual performance do yourself a huge favor by stop smoking.

One third of British men aged between 35 and 60 years are unable to see their genitals due to a protruding midriff, also known as a beer belly, a recent survey has revealed. “Take off your clothes, stand upright and look down at your private parts, if you can’t see it, you are obese,” the group’s online doctor, Johan du


Strawberries and Other Berries Red is sexy. Red roses, sports cars, slinky red dresses. Strawberries: Researchers at the University of Rochester conducted experiments on undergraduate students to see if there was any real connection between the color and sex. In one, male and female students viewed images of women on red or white backgrounds. The men found a woman’s image on red more attractive than on white, while the female students did not. In another test, men were asked to rate attractiveness of pictures of women on red, white, gray, green, or blue backgrounds. As expected, the men scored the women on red as more sexually attractive. They also said they would spend more money on the women in red than on those in the other colors. Strawberries can be considered sexy for another reason besides their sensual color: they are high in the B vitamin folate that helps prevent birth defects, and vitamin C, a potential libido booster. Strawberries dipped in melted dark chocolate anyone? Or how about the classic strawberries and whipped cream? Blueberries (and blackberries) are just as sexy. Ideal for a great morning-after breakfast in bed, so you have energy for round 2, both berries contain compounds that are thought to relax blood vessels and improve circulation for a natural Viagra-like effect. Plus, they are tremendous workhorses for pushing excess cholesterol through your digestive system before it can be broken down, absorbed, and deposited along the walls of your arteries.

Plessis said. He urges men not to ignore it, as it can knock years off your lifespan but it can also put you in serious risk from life threatening illness. Campaign member Dr Sarah Brewer urges men to adopt a healthier life style.

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new study shows that potatoes are one of the best nutritional values in the produce aisle, providing one of the better nutritional values per penny than most other raw vegetables and delivering one of the most affordable source of potassium of the more frequently consumed vegetables, second only to beans. Dr. Adam Drewnowski and colleagues from the University of Washington used a combination of nutrient profiling methods and national food prices data to create an “affordability index,” which was then used to examine the nutrients per unit cost of 98 individual vegetables as well as five vegetable subgroups including dark green, orange/red, starchy, legumes (beans and peas) and “other” vegetables. The results indicated while dark green vegetables had the highest nutrient density scores, after accounting for cost, starchy vegetables (including potatoes) and beans provided better nutritional value for the money. Potatoes, in particular, provide one of the lowest cost options for four key nutrients including potassium, fiber, vitamin C and magnesium.         


Abnormal physical process Shallow sleep Bowel movement is not smooth Loss of appetite Urge for spicy food Badly smelling skin Stomach fatter than chest Feeling uncomfortable after meal Baldness is a sign of diseased body

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Among the most frequently consumed vegetables, potatoes and beans were the lowestcost sources of potassium and fiber-nutrients of concern, as identified by the 2010 USDA Dietary Guidelines. “The ability to identify affordable, nutrient dense vegetables is important to families focused on stretching their food dollar as well as government policy makers looking to balance nutrition and economics for food programs such as the school lunch program and WIC,” lead researcher Adam Drewnowski, PhD said. “And, when it comes to affordable nutrition, it`s hard to beat potatoes,” he said. The study was funded by the United States Potato Board and adds to the growing database of nutrition science that supports potatoes in a healthful diet. In addition, one medium-size (5.3 ounce) skinon potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana (450g), provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent), and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol. The study is published in the journal PLOS ONE.         


Destructive thought process Lose temper Irritating behaviour Laziness Not interested in any work Getting easily tired Any type of addiction Swelling around eyes Marks etc. on face and Frequent Headaches


mega-3 fatty acids found in certain foods, such as fish oil, may help lower risk of sudden cardiac death in people undergoing hemodialysis, according to a new study.

just starting hemodialysis were very strongly associated with a lower risk of sudden cardiac death over the first year of their treatment,” Friedman said.

Medical literature long has touted the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids for the heart. But until now, researchers have not studied the potential benefit for people on hemodialysis, who are among the highest-risk patients for sudden cardiac death.

The five-year survival rate for patients on hemodialysis is 35 percent, with the risk of death highest in the first few months of starting treatment. The most common cause of death in these patients is sudden cardiac death, which accounts for about one out of every four deaths.

The study, which included 100 patients who died of sudden cardiac death during their first year of hemodialysis and 300 patients who survived, is the first to examine this question. Allon N. Friedman, M. D., associate professor of medicine in the Division of Nephrology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and first author of the study, said the findings are impressive enough that he believes a placebo-controlled clinical study is warranted to confirm the results. “We found that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the blood of patients who were


“The risk of sudden cardiac death in hemodialysis patients is highest during the first year of treatment. The annual rate of sudden cardiac death is about 6 to 7 percent, which may even exceed the rate in patients with heart failure,” Friedman said.’ “This study is a first step toward identifying a possible treatment for sudden cardiac death in dialysis patients. “Because omega-3 fatty acids can be obtained from certain foods, such as fish oil, our findings also have important implications for the type of diet we recommend to patients on dialysis,” he added.

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Intelligence – Are you holding back your brain?


s intelligence fluid or crystalline? Is it a function of nature or nurture? Are you born smart, or is the power of your brain under no one’s control but your own?

You might have cruised through classes at school, or you might have struggled and wondered how your peers managed to pass their classes so effortlessly. In the first case, perhaps you met your match at university when you found you were no longer at the top of the class. In the second, perhaps you had just spent your life assuming some people were born smarter than others. In both cases you are treating intelligence as if it were a static trait — you’re born with a fixed quantity of it, and that quantity never changes. It’s a disheartening mindset to have. While successes are to be celebrated, failures – especially when they occur one after the other — begin to be regarded as inevitable. You might start to feel boxed in or imagine a glass ceiling is capping your intelligence while others whoosh past on a seemingly limitless supply of the stuff. Caroline Dweck’s 2007 study has the potential to make you feel better. Her research uncovered that your performance as a student is not a function of your perceived intelligence levels. In fact, those so-called “intelligence levels” aren’t very level at all. Dweck’s research shows that those who are


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brought up to believe they can constantly work at developing their intelligence tend to do so, and as a result perform better in classes than those who believe there’s an upper limit on how smart they are. The latter is characteristic of a “fixed mind-set” and you might have experienced it yourself when faced with a new task that requires some added effort on your part. It is likely to be exacerbated when an individual’s past experience has meant he or she has managed to overcome challenges easily, and without putting much work in. In the school or university scenario, this means that you may have been able to “naturally” perform well in a subject in the past, but when faced with a new, challenging task within that subject found yourself stuck. In this situation, you might find yourself confronted by thoughts of insecurity and selfdoubt, and may imagine your belief in your own intelligence was unfounded. But take heart — that is simply not the case. Consider adopting the opposite “growth mindset.” This relatively humble intellectual state focuses on learning rather than intelligence. The adoption of such a mindset means you ask questions in class, turn to peers and professors for help when you don’t understand something, and don’t look at every new challenge as an obstacle or a hurdle. It’s an empowering mentality to cultivate, and with it you realise there is nothing holding you back from achieving what you want to achieve.



ost older adults accept forgetfulness as natural part of the aging process. However, a group of Canadian researchers from the University of Toronto and Baycrest Health Services have found that mature adults can boost their memory and even perform as well on memory tests as younger adults through distraction learning. This type of learning uses a senior adult’s ability to associate useless information that distracted them while they were learning something new in order to remember what they learned.

The researchers recruited two groups of participants: students from the University of Toronto who were between the ages of 17 and 27 and older adults who lived in the community who were between the ages of 60-78 years old. All the participants were asked to take three tests. The first was to memorize a list of words and recall those words after only a few minutes. After this first test, there was a fifteen minute period during which the participants worked on an attention task that involved looking at pictures. While they were working on this task,


half of the list of words they studied appeared as distractors across the screen they were viewing. The effect was similar to watching television and then suddenly seeing weather information about an upcoming storm streamed across the bottom of the screen. In some instances the words were appeared during the 15 minutes assigned for the picture task and in other instances they appeared at the end of the 15 minute interval. After the picture task was complete, the researchers surprised the participants by asking them to recall the words on that original list. What the researchers observed during that second recall test was quite amazing. Repeating the words as distractors did not affect how well the young people remembered the words on the list. However, older adults rarely or never forgot the words that had appeared as distractors. These seniors were 30% more likely to remember the distractor words compared to the words that were not used as distractors. The seniors used hyperbinding, linking the words to the pictures, as a way to remember. What do these findings mean in terms of improving the quality of life for senior citizens? These results can be used to develop learning techniques for older adults that can help them remember important information like when to take medication or if they are supposed to be somewhere. The most significant aspect to all of this is that the seniors do not even have to be consciously paying attention to the distractors that will act as cues to remembering.

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oes the untimely burst of pimples leave you feeling embarrassed? Are you tired of squeezing out the blackheads or irritated with dry skin? Such problems keep troubling girls, time and again. But instead of going for natural ingredients to find a solution, many prefer to go for cosmetic resolutions. Neem is a natural herb that has many beauty benefits that often go unnoticed. So all you girls, especially brides-to-be, read on as we tell you about the beauty benefits of neem, which are certainly going to surprise you.

Treating Skin Infections

lines. Use the strained neem water to fight the signs of age spots or aging. It works effectively on skin pigmentation as well. Strained neem water will help in lightening the acne scars and lesions caused due to skin conditions. Alternately, you can prepare a neem-rose face pack for a smoother complexion, free from grease and oil. After it dries off, make sure you wash it off with rose water.

Remedy for Dry Skin A neem pack is quite effective in taking care of an excessively dry skin. Take some neem powder and add a few drops of grape seed oil in it. Apply this evenly on your face and leave it on for a couple of minutes before you rinse it off with cold water.

Boil a few neem leaves till the time they turn soft. You will notice the water turning green because of the discolouration of the leaves. Strain this water and add some of it in your bath water. Regularly taking bath with this water will help in keeping skin infections under check. Neem leaves have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and hence they are quite effective on skin infections. It also soothes irritation and reduces inflammation without drying the skin.

Neem provides an effective remedy in tackling problems such as blackheads, whiteheads and large pores. To combat these problems, you will need to prepare a mixture of neem leaves and orange peels. Pound the two to make a pulp and add a few drops of honey, soy milk and yoghurt to it.

Addressing Acne Problems

Takes care of Hair Troubles

The most favourite home remedy that has been passed on from one generation to another is about using neem to treat acne. To effectively put this to use, first boil a few neem leaves in water (as explained before) and dab a cotton ball in that water and then apply it evenly on your face. You can also use a neem-cucumber face pack or neem-yoghurt face pack to keep a check on excessive oil secretion by sebaceous gland.

The antibacterial and antiseptic properties of neem come in handy while treating scalp conditions.

Used as Skin Toner When used regularly, neem works as an excellent agent to prevent wrinkles and fine


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Cure for Skin Pores

Neem oil helps in hair growth. Massage neem oil on your hair roots without breaking your hair strands. This will take care of your hair thinning problems as well. It is recommended that you apply this face pack at least thrice a week to notice results. If you only have blackheads, apply some neem oil on the affected area. For dandruff control, apply a mixture of neem powder and water on your scalp and leave it for an hour before you shampoo your hair.

Stress can play a pernicious role in triggering a vicious cycle that leaves these groups overwhelmed by uncontrollable impulses and distracted by negative feelings -- all of which may, in turn, spark subsequent cycles of relapse, bingeing and failure.


hrough a career that spans almost three decades, Rajita Sinha, psychologist and head of the Yale Stress Center, has sought to understand the processes underlying these stress cycles in hopes they may one day be prevented For Sinha, it all began with emotions. She was 9 years old and living in her native India when she began training in classical Indian dance, which is heavily focused on experiencing and expressing emotions. Indian dancers use facial expressions and hand gestures to tell the stories of people’s sacred lives. Stress and sickness Getting rid of stress “Dancing tied me to the powerful effects of our emotions,” she recalls. Psychology plus ballet: Meet ‘Dr. Dancer’ Sinha practiced the art form through college, growing ever more fascinated by how brain and physiology affect emotions and how emotions motivate behavior. She started her career by working with individual emotions such as anger and sadness,


examining how they affect the body and change our response to different stimuli in the environment. What she observed back then was that people don’t generally have pure emotions -- that is, they don’t feel just angry or fearful -but that their emotions are often mixed. “If you asked them how they were feeling, they would say they were stressed or upset,” she says. She set out to understand how emotions work together, both to protect us and to cause the stress that can wear us down. The habit of addiction In 1994 Sinha was running the substance abuse treatment unit at Yale. As the clinical director, she was doing research on cognitive behavioral treatments that taught recovering addicts how

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to identify problems and overcome cravings. Although the research showed that these skills worked, they tended to have only modest effects; a number of people benefited, but that number was not large. “I would run these groups in my clinic and see the same individuals come back over and over again,” Sinha recalls. “They would tell me, ‘I know what I’m supposed to do, I have these skills, but when I’m out there and something happens, I just can’t help myself.’” “The biggest challenge with addiction, of course, is relapse, and I set out to understand what drives relapse; what brings these behaviors back.” It became clear that there was often a threshold moment during which some kind of a challenge or trigger prevented the recovering person from accessing his or her cognitive resources. The way the emotions were flooding the person somehow led to a greater risk of relapse. In each case, Sinha observed that stress played a pivotal role in the loss of control. Clearly Sinha and her colleagues couldn’t be out there with each person as he or she was relapsing, but they set out to replicate the behavior in a laboratory setting. “We began to bring addicted people in recovery into the lab and gave them a series of challenges in controlled experiments. We found that when addicted individuals were under stress, they almost automatically wanted to start using drugs again.” The research began to establish a clear pattern of stress-induced craving for drugs -- both for those early in recovery and those who were actively using. And it wasn’t just higher levels of anxiety and negative emotions that were making the recovering addicts seek relief from the stress; there was also a parallel process happening -- the stress was actually escalating the craving for the drug. Replacing addiction with a healthy obsession Subsequent experiments showed that stress


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played an important role in the loss of selfcontrol across a spectrum of behaviors, including gambling and the consumption of tobacco, alcohol and food. “We started to look into the brain to see what was happening and found that during those periods of arousal, the ‘habit’ regions in the brain were activated,” Sinha says. “We have lots of habits that are very important for survival. It’s a very evolutionarily hard-wired response that comes from a primitive need to respond very quickly. It’s very hard to break that link.” Drugs, food and habitual behaviors all have a direct effect on the biology of stress. It’s a feedforward model, Sinha observes. Her research has shown that stress begets more stress. This is of particular concern because there’s a direct link between stress, anxiety, depression and chronic disease.

Stress and the brain While we have long known about the connection between addiction and stress, and how stress can increase our susceptibility to chronic diseases, we have only recently begun to understand the biological mechanisms. Stress triggers the evolutionary “fight or flight” arousal response, where the whole body gears up to move quickly to get out of danger. As part of this arousal, the body releases the stress hormone cortisol and ramps up by using our energy stores, which release glucose and insulin so that muscles have the energy to deal with the stress. Substances like alcohol, nicotine and cocaine -and high-fat, high-calorie comfort foods -- can serve as powerful modifiers of the stress system. They change our stress pathways and affect the way we are able to control our response. The brain area most vulnerable to stress, including early childhood stress, is the prefrontal cortex, which is crucial for metabolic homeostasis, or stability, as well as for survival and adaptation.


The Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) said: “O slaves of Allah! Seek medical treatment, for Allah has not sent a disease without sending a remedy for it.” (At-Tirmidhi)


uslims turn to the Quran and Sunnah for guidance in all areas of life, which may include health and medical matters. The Prophet Muhammad once said that “Allah did not create a disease for which He did not also create a cure.” Muslims are therefore encouraged to explore and use traditional and modern forms of medicine, with faith that any cure is from Allah. Traditional medicine in Islam is often referred to as Medicine of the Prophet (al-tibb an-Nabawi). Muslims often explore the Medicine of the Prophet as an alternative to modern therapies, or as a supplement to modern medical treatment. Here are some traditional remedies that are a part of Islamic tradition. Note: One should always consult with a medical professional before attempting any treatment. Some herbs may be harmful in certain conditions and in certain amounts.

Black Seed


Black caraway or cumin seed (nigella sativa) is not related to the common kitchen spice. This seed originated in western Asia, and is part of the buttercup family. The Prophet Muhammad once advised his followers: “Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment except death.” Black seed is said to help with digestion, and also contains antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and analgesic properties. Muslims often consume black seed to help with respiratory ailments, digestive issues, and to boost the immune system.


Honey is described as a source of healing in the Quran: “There comes forth from their [bees’] bellies, a drink of varying colour wherein is healing for men. Verily, in this is indeed a sign for people who think” (Quran 16:69). It is also mentioned as one of the foods of Jannah: “The description of Paradise which the pious have been promised is that in it are rivers of water the taste and smell of which are not changed; rivers of milk of which the taste never changes; rivers of wine delicious to those who drink; and rivers of clarified honey, clear and pure...” (Quran 47:15). Honey was mentioned repeatedly by the Prophet as a “healing,” a “blessing,” and “the best

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medicine.” In modern times, it has been discovered that honey has antibacterial properties and has other health benefits. Honey is composed of water, simple and complex sugars, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and several different vitamins.

miswak. It is used as a natural toothbrush, and its oils are often used in modern toothpastes. Its soft fibers are rubbed gently over the teeth and gums to promote oral hygiene and gum health.

Moderation Diet

Olive Oil The Quran says: “And a tree (olive) that springs forth from Mount Sinai, that grows oil, and it is a relish for the eaters” (Quran 23:20). The Prophet Muhammad also once told his followers: “Eat the olive and anoint (yourselves) with it, for indeed it is from a blessed tree.” Olive oil contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, as well as Vitamin E. It is consumed to promote coronary health and is used on the skin to increase softness and elasticity.

Dates Dates (temar) are a traditional and popular food for breaking the daily Ramadan fast. Eating dates after fasting helps to maintain blood sugar levels, and is an excellent source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and complex sugars.

Zamzam Water Zamzam water comes from an underground spring in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. It is known to contain large amounts of calcium, fluoride, and magnesium.

Siwak Twigs of the Arak tree are commonly known as siwak or


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The Prophet Muhammad advised his followers to sustain themselves, but not overeat. He said, “The son of Adam [i.e. human beings] never fills a vessel worse than his stomach. The son of Adam only needs a few bites that would sustain him, but if he insists, one third should be reserved for his food, another third for his drink, and the last third for his breathing.” This general advice is meant to prevent believers from over-stuffing themselves to the detriment of good health.

Adequate Sleep

The benefits of proper sleep cannot be overstated. The Quran describes: “It is He Who made the night a covering for you, and the sleep a rest, and He made the day to rise up again” (Quran 25:47, also see 30:23). It was the habit of the early Muslims to sleep directly after Isha prayer, wake up early with the dawn prayer, and take short naps during the midday heat. On several occasions, the Prophet Muhammad expressed disapproval of zealous worshippers who gave up on sleep in order to pray all night long. He told one, “Offer prayers and also sleep at night, as your body has a right on you” and told another, “You should pray as long as you feel active, and when you get tired, sleep.”



eg pain refers to any kind of pain that occurs between the heels and the pelvis. There are many reasons for leg pain, and not all of them are caused by a problem that originates in the leg; some injuries or spinal problems can cause aches and pains in the leg(s). Leg pain can be long-term, transitor y, i nte r m i t te nt , acute, or slowly progressive. Pain may affect just part of the leg, such as the knee, or the whole limb. Leg pain may be felt as tingling, sharp, dull, an ache, or a stabbing sensation. Some leg pains may be just a nuisance, in some cases the cause may never be found, other leg pains may be a sign of a more serious disease or condition, even a life-threatening one.

Leg pain caused by trauma Trauma has a medical and psychiatric meaning. In this text, it refers to the medical meaning. Trauma is a serious injury, wound or shock, and can include broken bones, damage to bones, damage to muscles, joint


injury, or a combination. Even trauma to the back, if the sciatic nerve becomes inflamed, can cause pain that makes its way down the leg along the sciatic nerve (sciatica). Overusing some part of the leg can also lead to injuries. Fractures - fracture refers to any kind of break in bone, and sometimes cartilage. Not all bone fractures are caused by trauma - patients with osteoporosis may have such weak bones that they fracture with the minimum of pressure. Fractures are common causes of leg pain, and occur when nerve endings in the tissue that surround the bone (periosteum) send pain messages to the brain. Sometimes, a bone fracture can cause muscles to spasm, which further exacerbates the pain. Shin splints - medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, refers to pain just behind the tibia (shinbone) or along it. Shin splints occur when too much force bears down on the shinbone and connective tissue that connect muscle to the bone. Runners and those who take part in stop-start activities, such as squash, tennis, soccer or basketball are more likely to suffer from shin splints. Symptoms

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may include soreness, pain or tenderness, and sometimes mild swelling in the affected area. Strains and/or sprains - strains are injuries to tendons or muscles, while sprains are injuries to ligaments. Strains occur when you tear, twist, or pull a muscle. People with a sprain commonly experience acute pain, weakness and muscle spasms. Sprains usually occur as a result of trauma, such as a fall. The area may bruise and the pain can be intense, especially when moving. Compartment syndrome - this is when an increase in pressure and swelling affects

a compartment (limited space); the blood vessels, nerves and possibly also the tendons that run through the compartment are affected. Symptoms typically include tingling, numbness, sometimes severe pain, as well as loss of movement in a foot. Eventually, in time, the nerve can become compressed, there may be paralysis, contracture, and even death. Bleeding - an injury to the leg that causes internal bleeding can lead to pain. A buildup of blood can press against tissue, bone and nerve endings. Blood itself is irritating, and can cause inflammation, which is painful.

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