Stress – Watch out for it as it hunts for you !

Stress – Watch out for it as it hunts for you !
Stress is that unhealthy feeling inside, the uncomfortable factor refusing to budge and going unnoticed by self. It is often accompanied by a sense of impending disaster at times, expecting relentlessly for the worst to occur or fearful of what the future holds, nervousness, tense or a perpetual worried demeanour, jittery feeling….Anxiety !

Stress is the strain and hardships the Syrian civilians are going through, felt equally by those trying to accommodate or refuse entry to them.

As the modern age and day bring us technology and a glut of knowledge, they charge us for it too with serious mind and body conditions such as Stress. As time passes by Stress is acquiring more and more significance and attention. It is a problem of each one of us as we negotiate through the rigmaroles of everyday life, glued to our cell phones.
In a country like India the sheer number of people in every sphere of life including a hospital bed can in itself be over stressing, individual reasons causing stress notwithstanding. Trying for school admissions, bill payment lines, any government institution interface, traffic policeman, traffic itself , Boss at workplace, pollution, corruption, rising cost of living, shopping lists, noisy markets and roads, hostile city environs and smart phones are all habitat related causes of stress.
In the words of rock star David Bowie, “ a brain like a ware house it had no room to spare, I had crammed in so many things in store, everything in there, and all the fat skinny people, and all the tall short people, and all the somebody people, and all the nobody people, I never thought I need… so many people.
Stress has been defined by many. Dr. Hans Seyle, an authority on stress defines it as “ the rate of wear and tear caused by life.” Stress has both positive and negative shades. The medical dictionary defines stress as an organism’s total response to environmental demands or pressures. Miller-Keane Encyclopaedia and Dictionary of medicine defines stress as “ reactions of the body to forces of a deleterious nature, infections, and various abnormal states that tend to disturb its normal physiologic equilibrium (homeostasis).”

Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary defines it as “forcibly exerted influence; pressure.”
A state of physiological or psychological strain caused by adverse stimuli, physical, mental, or emotional, internal or external, that disturb the functioning of an organism and which the organism naturally desires to avoid.
In mechanics stress is defined as the force per unit area applied to a body or object, measured in pascals (pa) or newtons (N.m-2).
Stress is defined as the Psychological and/or physiological response of an organism to any demand made upon it by agents threatening its physical or emotional well being. Stressor is any factor or reason or instigator that causes a stress response.

Stress types are many, such as physical, caused in the body, could be due to a sudden change in body condition. Chronic stress could be due to an illness or changes in the body due to time.
Emergency Stress caused by external agents, such as an accident or foreseeing one involves the adrenal gland, which releases the hormone epinephrine into the blood. This pumps up the heart rate and blood pressure, pumping all sugar supplies into the blood and dilating all blood vessels in the muscles to receive the energy such as the dilating of the pupils of the eye upon witnessing or hearing something horrific. The hormone supply remains steady and continuous in case of prolonged injury or disease thereby creating possibilities of an adrenal exhaustion, a fatal condition.

Lack of appetite before an exam, goose pimples while watching a thriller or the thought of danger are all forms of psychological stress.

Stress in practical terms , one that we all can co relate to is work related stress. Irrationally demanding superior, peers, target pressure, inefficient time management, poor team handling, inability to perform multi tasking, inability to meet organisational expectations, negligent growth or increments, insecure future, threat of losing the job are all pertinent to this category. As one grows older and travels up the corporate ladder, stress increases further with every increase in designation and responsibility.
Options to tackle this kind of stress are to go for a job change or downgrade to a lesser pressure position within the same organisation. Hectic work ethic often results in lack of time for family and friends and loved ones. This is a major reason for stress too.
Indecision at appropriate moments, inaction and feeling of helplessness are major causes of stresses as well. Ignorance is not bliss in the case of stress. It in itself shall cause unknown stress.
Domestic Stressors include negative self esteem, loss of confidence and not addressing pressing issues, marital discord, ineffective parenting or lack of parenting skills; and lack of family support concept and inadequate resources and funds.
In some cases, anxiety is produced by physical responses to stress, or by certain disease patterns and medications.
Anxiety can be safely defined as a bye product of stress and distinctly different from it. To understand both we must understand anxiety as well.
Anxiety is being anxious, in the context without reason, due to fear, figments of imagination working overtime.
According to the Farlex medical dictionary anxiety is a multi system response to a percieved threat or danger. It reflects a combination of biochemical changes in the body, depending upon the patient’s personal history, memory and social situation in terms of intensity and frequency of anxiety attacks.
Anxiety is related to fear. It is often unfocussed, vague and hard to pin down to a specific cause. In this form it is called free floating anxiety. It is a multidimensional response to stimuli in the person’s environment, or a response to internal stimulus.

Anxiety can be a symptom of certain medical conditions as well such as the dysfunction of the endocrine system, hypo thyroidism, respiratory distress syndrome, mitral valve porphyria and angina pain ( angina pectoris, when pain occurs in chest or left arm due to blocked arteries and inadequate supply of blood to the heart).
Certain medications also cause anxiety as a side effect, such as drugs meant to treat asthmatic or thyroid conditions, psychotropic drugs, local anaesthetics and anti inflammatory drugs such as flurbiprofen and ibuprofen. Caffeine consumed in good quantities can cause anxiety. Withdrawal from certain prescription drugs, primarily beta blockers and corticosteroids, can cause anxiety. Withdrawal from drugs ofabuse, including LSD, cocaine, alcohol, and opiates, can also cause anxiety.
Sigmond Freud believed that all phobias and internal conflicts give rise to anxiety.
Symptoms of anxiety are headaches, dizziness, nausea, diarrhoea, tingling sensation in the feet or hands, sweating, numbness, blankness of the mind, tight breathing, clutching sensation in the shoulder blades and chest, trembling hands etc. Cognitive symptoms of anxiety include recurrent or obsessive thoughts, feelings of doom, morbid or fear-inducing thoughtsor ideas, and confusion, or inability to concentrate.
The diagnosis of anxiety is complex because of the variety of its causes and the highly personalized and individualized nature of its symptom formation. There are no medical tests that can be used to diagnose anxiety by itself. However sometimes medical practitioners use the Hamilton Anxiety scale and the Anxiety disorders interview schedule and or check blood sugar and thyroid levels.
Medications include anxiolytics or tranquilizers. These are either benzodiazepines or barbiturates which are now not in common use since they have to do with the slowing of the nervous impulses. Benzodiazepines relax the skeletal system and soothen the limbic one. Drugs under this category include chlordiazepoxide and diazepam. Such druga may be addictive in nature. Since anxiety often co exists with depression, doctors often use anti depressants for treatment such as escitalopram oxalate with imipramine with a combination of ormonoamine oxidase inhibitors.
Beta blockers which block the body’s reaction to stress harmones glucocorticoids and catecholamines are also used for treatment of anxiety such as propranolol, atenolol etc.
We can safely conclude that anxiety is a bye product of stress. This suggests that stress is a condition which needs to be identified and treated since it is deeply linked with disease. Recently results of many ongoing or concluded studies trying to establish a connection has revealed that certain diseases such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, respiratory disorders, body pains, hyper tension or blood pressure, bowel diseases such as infections and diarrhea,asthma, allergies, colitis, migraine headaches, and peptic ulcers are caused by stress. Although there is no conclusive data to support the link, however in studies stress subjects had enhanced symptoms of aforementioned diseases relatively to normal ones, suggesting that stress catalyses the onset of disease and aids in disease development in humans.

High levels of stress cause constant release of stress hormones, such as adrenaline, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone, which stresses the endocrine glands and may result in hormonal imbalances and adrenal dysfunction. This can translate into anxiety disorders, insomnia or sleeplessness, depression, skin allergies, rashes and weakened immune system.
Stress is linked to high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia), blood clotting, and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). Eminent researchers such as Hsu et al. investigated whether insomnia is linked with higher risks for heart attacks and strokes. Researchers compared the frequency of cardiovascular events in 22,040 adults diagnosed with insomnia and 22,040 without it. During a10-year follow-up, the insomnia group had a significantly higher incidence of myocardial infarction and stroke. These findings are consistent with the growing evidence that poor sleep quality is a risk factor for adverse cardiovascular outcomes.
Depression is an independent predictor of adverse outcomes in patients with heart failure (HF), Analyzing data from 457 patients, Hwang et al. found that worsening somatic depressive symptoms, but not cognitive-affective symptoms, were independently associated with increased mortality of Heart Failure patients. The results although clearly point out to a connection between stress, depression and heart function.
Recent research suggests that self-esteem may be associated with improved parasympathetic nervous system functioning. In a large sample of healthy adults who wore ambulatory monitoring devices and completed electronic diaries, Edmondson et al. as reported by Forbes found that momentary increases in anxiety were associated with acute increases in ambulatory systolic blood pressure and that high self-esteem buffered this association between momentary anxiety and blood pressure. Thus, high self-esteem may confer cardiovascular benefit by reducing the acute cardiotoxic effects of anxiety.
Muscle tension due to stress can cause back and shoulder blade pains and cause bowel related gastroesophageal reflux disease to worsen. It can also result into painful menstrual periods, erectile dysfunction and low fertility.
A person suffering from stress can feel helpless and irritable ( cranky), frustrated, ill tempered, having constant negative thoughts, tense all the time with a feeling of impending doom, tiredness or fatigue,sleeping disorder or over sleeping and Lack of energy or focus.

Treating Stress – Many ways and techniques of treating stress have been propounded. Meditation and practicing Mindfulness in particular have proved to be effective in reducing stress and depression, improving attention and cognitive performance, and even increasing grey matter density in the brain. Exercises, workouts and doing things which build up confidence and health may also help.
We shall mainly focus on the main three, meditation, mindfulness practice and relaxation.

Meditation involves focusing the mind on an object or word combined with a passive attitude and a comfortable physical position. It involves concentrating on an intrinsic visual or thought and dwelling upon it for as long as possible to relax the mind and free it of clutter. Meditation is aprogressive process and involves many stages in it’s cycle, slowly exhibiting capability to de clutter the mind, increased capacity to concentrate and control thoughts and automatically brings feelings of more control and thus has an overall distressing effect on the mind.
Rationale-Meditation is believed to produce a state of relaxation that is incompatible with feelings of anxiety to induce a “trance state” that elicits positive mood and/or to provide a period of “rest”.
Meditation has been propounded by sages and ascetics in the Indian mythology and used as a tool for spiritual upliftment and used as a practice by those pursuing intellectual or spiritual goals.

Mindfulness on the other hand is a mental practice used to focus attention on the present moment, rather than on the usual “chatter” that’s going on in our heads. It also helps a person learn to not get caught up in his or her thoughts, but instead simply to acknowledge them and let them go.
Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) at UMass, has described mindfulness as paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment, curiously and non-judgmentally.

. “More and more people report using meditation practices for stress reduction, but we know very little about how much you need to do for stress reduction and health benefits,” said lead author J. David Creswell. While conducting research studies on two groups to evaluate effects of mindfulness on stress they observed-“When you initially learn mindfulness mediation practices, you have to cognitively work at it — especially during a stressful task,” said Creswell. “And, these active cognitive efforts may result in the task feeling less stressful, but they may also have physiological costs with higher cortisol production. However mindfulness practice has a positive controlling effect on stress.”
In the words of Alice.G.Walton, a contributor to Forbes, on mindfulness- “In principle, the answer is beautifully simple – thoughts don’t have to be believed. You can just acknowledge the ridiculous or negative thoughts that pop into your head, chuckle at them, and then release them. This is the essence of mindfulness.”
That’s the fundamental first step: Realizing the uselessness of most of our thoughts and how much negativity and sorrow they bring. “We often can’t see how painful the everyday chatter is. That chatter actually takes a lot of effort. But when we try to suppress it, it usually backfires, and makes things worse. The key to changing the cycle is that we HAVE to become disenchanted with it, and realize how painful it is.” Once we do this, getting out of it is, for the most part, easier.
In the words of Judson Brewer, MD, PhD, “It’s kind of like beating your head against tree vs. eating chocolate,” says Brewer. “You realize, ‘wow, there’s something better than banging my head against the tree; guess I’ll eat more chocolate.’” When we have something to compare our normal thought process to (like chocolate, or, in reality, a better mental state), we realize how painful our norm has been. It’s just a matter of seeing that difference (the head-banging vs.the chocolate or self-obsession vs. mindfulness), and we naturally become disenchanted. We can’t force it, it just happens.
“Mindfulness essentially means moment-to-moment awareness. Although it originated in the Buddhist tradition, you don’t have to be Buddhist to reap its benefits,” says Drew Hansen, a Forbes contributor. Mindfulness includes a broad spectrum of informal activities in addition to meditation.
Here are a few simple techniques that can be incorporated every day, even at work:
Spend at least 5 minutes each day doing nothing
Getting in touch with one’s senses by noticing the temperature of one’s skin and background sounds around.
Paying attention to walking by slowing the pace and feeling the ground against one’s feet.
Another approach is the “There is a way – “Alternative De-stressing Approach”-(TADA). In this when ever stress symptoms appear one is required to step aside into observance mode and observe oneself or others, pay attention to how one is reacting and behaving and feeling. This is nothing but observing what one is doing, saying, thinking, and feeling. However not passing judgement but accepting behaviour is an important aspect of this technique, since acceptance is not agreement. If you find yourself being out of control then you accept the fact that you are out of control without judgement
Stating that you are accepting the event is necessary at first. However, as you use the TADA technique you will find it to be more spontaneous. The last aspect of the TADA technique is the trust factor. The element of trust implies that the stressful events that are happening and recurring in your life are there for a perfect reason-and that reason is good.

This approach helps de-stress and has gathered a lot of steam and popularity in handling stress techniques world over.
Clarity leads serenity. If you’re stressed with work, get clear about exactly what tasks must be done and pen them down to prioritise. They will actually turn out to be much lesser than when thought and perceived in the mind to be a handful. Avoid Learned Helplessness – failing to respond or act to improve our circumstances.
Feeling of control and tidiness also improves stress levels. We always must have our home, office and car for example in proper order and shape. As the esteemed behavioural psychologist Martin Seligman has shown, there’s a strong correlation between feelings of control and well being.
Focus on helping other people. This brings about a feeling of satisfaction and adds meaning and variance to the mind helping in de stressing.
Taking wholesome and multipronged action to improve habitat or surroundings or while addressing a problem situation also works wonders. It results in some things working out wonderfully and encourages one to keep moving on, tasting more success, confidence and satisfaction all of which are stress busters.

Relaxation techniques are also useful for reducing stress. People use progressive relaxation which involves doing exercises which relax a particular set of muscle or muscle clusters.

All said and done stress needs to be recognised mostly by self evaluation and treated as good as any other body condition. After all life is just to be lived once. Who knows how long there is to live but he who desires quality of life more than quantum of life shall better reap the joys of life.
At the end of it all stress handling or stress management is more of an art and requires conscious, sustained and guided effort. We all will agree that in life all that will matter in the end is what prepared us better for the end and made the end as stress free as possible, where the end is nothing but to be seen as a new beginning.
Disclaimer: The opinions and suggestions given in the write up are our own and should not be interpreted as a prescription for any drug or diagnosis of disease, for which readers should visit specialist medical practitioner only. There is no intent to duplicate any content from anywhere, quotes or specific knowledge is taken for education and non commercial objectives.
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Shimbhala 500 ml A potent herbal Extract for the Heart-Testimonials

Shimbhala is a Herbal formulation made of extracts of Ginger,Garlic,Lemon, Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey.
It helps in treatment of Atheroscelorosis in which arteries harden and inner walls accumulate plaque which blocks the arteries and restricts blood flow, thereby increasing the chances of a heart attack or myocardial infarction.
Shimbhala helps control high cholesterol and blood pressure. It prevents cardiac incidence and reduces the risk of a heart problems.Promotes smooth blood flow. Shimbhala tones up the circulatory system.

Testimonial 1
Atul Kumria

Age-50, Location New Delhi, General Manager with a recruitment Firm. Previously in Telecom Sales
I am an active 50 year old with a cardiac history of suffering a heart attack in February, 2007, at the age of 44 years. I was a smoker with a family history of cardiac disease. My father and mother have both dies of congestive heart failure. My father had a series of Myocardial Infarctions apart from suffering from Angina Pectoris, Pulmonary congestive disorder and what doctors called cardiac asthma. My Grand father died of cardiac failure too.
After my attack, lucky that I survived, I simultaneously underwent angioplasty in the same artery and got one medicated stent at Metro Heart Hospital, Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi in which one of my main arteries was stented. My doctor told me that the other artery was also blocked 90% and actually it also required stenting. Lack of finances forced us to leave that option.
I was put on to Shimbhala as an alternate medicine by my cardiologist/interventionist himself and my artery which in the first angiography had shown 90% blockage had opened up with 45% blockage after two years of constant intake of Shimbhala, 15 ml daily.
Prescriptive drugs are meant to keep cardiac condition regulated and in check but are not known for opening up blocked arteries or reversing a cardiac condition. Originally I was prescribed medicines that I am supposed to consume lifelong, which includes cholesterol lowering Statin 10mg, betablocker 80mg, anti hypertension drugs combination of three salts total 20 mg daily and aspirin.
After using Shimbhala for 2 years continuously and subsequently intermittently, my prescriptive drug quantities have decreased substantially. Statin 10 mg has come down from 10 mg to nil. Statin drug prolonged usage definitely causes muscle atropy, which is pain and weakening of the entire muscular system, fatigue and weakness in the limbs. Liver function also worsens faster with Statins as the drug acts on the fat in the liver itself.
BetaBlocker dosage, Telmisartan IP reduced to 80mg from 100mg 0f proponolol earlier. Clopidogrel and Aspirin dosage has gone down from 150 mg to 75 mg.
I do not have to eat Statin anymore as my cholesterol, triglyceride counts are always well within limits. Stopping Statin gave a boost of energy in itself and I feel much more relaxed in the mind and body with my overall condition. Thanks to Shimbhala.
My quality of life has improved tremendously and I do not suffer from any chest pains which used to keep re-occurring time and again. After the attack I had started feeling very insecure as I would experience short term pains in the left area of the chest, both front and back and I would always carry a nitroglycrin spray (imported from Germany) and sorbitrate tablets in my pocket for emergency use.
I do not feel breathless anymore and I go for long walks whenever I get the opportunity from my work schedule. I feel more energetic than before and am certainly more confident as I underwent a severe post attack trauma and had totally lost the zeal and confidence to be working remain outdoors.
I thank my cardiologist for introducing me to Shimbhala and giving me an opportunity to live with a certain level of quality, enjoying every moment that I live. After my attack I thought I could not live a normal life anymore but Shimbhala improved my overall condition quite dramatically and I have been lucky enough to go along with my highly skilled and motivated trekker wife. We have done numerous mountain climbing trips and expeditions in the Uttarakhand Himalayas, post the attack, including the latest we did, the high altitude Chandrashila Peak winter expedition, (kedarnath valley height 16000 ft), the Roop Kund Trek in Uttarakhand, apart from many nature trails and mountain driving marathon, as one of my other passions is driving like crazy in the hills and for long distances such as Binsar, Munsiyari, Khirsu,Chopta and many other exotic locations in Uttarakhand.
I have met many Ayurvedic doctors some of whom say that garlic extract may reduce plaque in arteries but garlic in itself is tamsik food and may become the cause of onset of other diseases. If we assume this theory to be true, I am quite clear that to experience other diseases, we need to survive heart disease first !
Thank you Shimbhala once again and keep it up.
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Testimonial 2
Ajay Seth

Age-49, Location New Delhi, Vice President with an automotive component export house.
I am a busy family man, mostly from home to office and back with a routine of 2 to 3 international trips in a year. I have been suffering from sporadic chest pains and high cholesterol. My cardiologist diagonosed it as Angina Pectoris and prescribed al lot of drugs to me.
Walking for 15 minutes would give me a constricted feeling in the chest and sometimes tingles in my left arm. My office work began to suffer as I was not able to cope with my work demands and my own strong work ethic. I remember feeling extremely let down in life and I used to feel quite down. I started looking around for alternatives and someone advised me to start having Shimbhala.
Initially Shimbhala 15 ml dosage daily resulted in loose stools for me however after a week or so it started getting better and normalised after a fortnight. I noticed I was more energetic and able to go for daily brisk walks which earlier I was not able to do. I come back from work and go for a 45 minute brisk walk. My prescription drug for lowering cholesterol has also reduced to 5 mg from earlier 10mg.
I am back at intensive touring internationally and very recently have been promoted to VP-Sales within my organisation. Doctors have declared my condition as Stable Angina as I no longer have the pains here and there and neither do I have any more pain or numbness in my left arm. I eat very plain food and avoid all kinds of fried foods or fat rich foods. I do not eat red meat and neither indulge in any smoking or alcohol consumption. I have also been able to benefit tremendously from meditation and a lot of my group mates in the meditation group are also benefitting from the amazing results of Shimbhala.
I thank Shimbhala for easing my situation and all those friends and loved ones who stood by me in my troubled times.
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Testimonial 3
Ritesh Sabharwal

Age-47, Location New Delhi, General Manager-Sales with a lubricating Oil division of an MNC.
I am a heavy weight individual having been on the heavier side ever since college days. I love to eat all kinds of tasty foods especially Panjabi preparations and am a moderate drinker and smoker. I was diagnosed with diabetes at an early age and have ever since been on ant diabetic drugs and diet regimen. I had developed a high blood pressure condition also and was unaware of it for more than a year. Chest pain and severe dizziness drove me to a check up and I was diagnosed with Unstable Angina Pectoris.
Prescriptive drugs helped stabilise my condition. I am still using 20 mg of telmisartan and rosuvastatin 10mg. I have diabetes controlling drug dose of 20 mg daily. and one of my close friends advised me to use Shimbhala 500 ml as it contained artery healing ingredients. I have now been having it regularly for more than one year and have no intentions of stopping it. I have got used to it and the day I skip it I feel there is something left to do which I am missing on.
I have no more constrictive feeling in my chest or laboured breathing. In fact I had frequent bouts of pain and numbness in my joints which has also disappeared. I have started going for morning walks and the improvement in my condition has helped me to even regulate my eating (calorie intake monitoring). I am walking for almost 90 minutes daily and intend to shed 20-30 kgs. Thinking upon the benefits of having Shimbhala, the uppermost in my mind is the wholesome energy and lively feeling I have and to be able to stick to my hectic touring schedule.
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Testimonial 4
Atul Vohra

Age-38, Location Chandigarh, manager with a Private Firm in Sales and Marketing
My problem since last four years has been high LDL cholesterol. I eat outside all the time forcefully due to the nature of my job. I have been a moderate smoker and love to socialise. When I was diagnosed with a cholesterol problem the doctor advised me to bring about changes in my lifestyle and start getting used to the idea of sticking to a simple way of life without any chronic bad habits.
Although I reduced my smoking and liquor intake I started feeling quite unsettled and was not able to come to terms with the idea of having developed a bad health condition at such an early stage of life.
My chemist advised me to use Shimbhala as according to him he had started it with many patients all reporting good result and improvement in their respective conditions. Although I will admit I was irregular initially with the daily dosage (also because I never liked the taste or smell) I slowly got used to it and then gradually it became a habit.
I have now used Shimbhala for six months and stopped it only after 5 consistent normal readings of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. I am much better now and I feel the same intrinsically as well. I have told about Shimbhala to all my friends and colleagues and many of them have started using it, some for their parents who have a heart condition or those who have joint aches.
Thank you for giving me this platform to share my experience and I hope it will reach many.
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Testimonial 5
Mohan Lal

Age-57, Location Chandigarh, Jr. Engineer with PWD, Chandigarh U.T.

I am well settled in Chandigarh and about to retire in 2016. I have been a bidi smoker ever since childhood and have had no illness all my life until recently when I was diagonosed with heart disease. I was advised by pass surgery as I had multiple blockages in my arteries. At the time of diagnosis I was unable to walk more than 10 to 15 steps as it would increase my breath rate and heart rate. I had to curtail a lot of my activities and cut down on my evening social life as well. However I decided not to go in for surgery as I neither had the finances nor could I gather enough courage to do so.
Ever since I have used Shimbhala for almost one and a half years now. I am not completely out of danger but I have been able to improve upon my condition quite a bit. I go for long slow walks now in the morning on the Sukhna Lake and I do not feel breathless anymore. My cholesterol and blood Pressure are both stable and within limits and I follow a very simple diet plan now. I drive around on a two wheeler as I have always done and I don’t feel scared as initially when I developed the heart problem I had stopped driving as it would scare me.
I plan to continue having Shimbhala and hope that I would scrape through without going in for surgery as I am very scared of them and especially open heart surgery which anyway does not enjoy a very high success rate.
Thank you Shimbhala and AnushvedaWellness for continuing even home deliveries on call.
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Air Pollution- A Silent killer running Amok !

Air Pollution is the single largest risk to our health, threatening to assume draconic proportions and raining death all around! New studies reveal that air pollution causes cardiovascular diseases including angina, ischemic heart disease and strokes apart from causing respiratory disorders and obstructive pulmonary diseases. Both indoor and outdoor air pollution are responsible for these health issues.
The new study links beyond doubt cancer to air pollution as well.

A photo taken at dusk on November 26, 2014 shows a general view of the skyline of Seoul shrouded in smog. Air quality monitors in Seoul recorded pollution levels of particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) classed as 'unhealthy' on a scale defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
A photo taken at dusk on November 26, 2014 shows a general view of the skyline of Seoul shrouded in smog. Air quality monitors in Seoul recorded pollution levels of particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) classed as ‘unhealthy’ on a scale defined by the US Environmental Protection Agency. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)

Air pollution is the introduction of particulates, biological molecules, or other harmful materials into Earth’s atmosphere. Air pollutants can be classified mainly into primary pollutants which have a direct impact on the atmosphere such as carbon emissions or sulphur dioxide emissions from industrial smoke. Secondary pollutants are caused by the chemical reactions of the primary pollutants, for example to smog we see in our cities.
Outdoor air pollution is increasing as a result of the inefficient combustion of fuels for transport, power generation and other factors such as home heating and cooking. Combustion processes produce a complex mixture of pollutants that comprises of diesel soot particles and the lethal killer, Lead.
Urban outdoor air pollution is estimated to cause 1.3 million deaths worldwide per year.
Some main sources of pollution are burning of fossil fuel (Petroleum, wood, dung, oil stoves etc) which emits pollutants such as carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides. Carbon emission is linked with the process of incomplete burning of fossil fuel.
Other contributors are agricultural activities, industrial activities, mining operations and all emissions coming from domestic and indoor sources.
Pollution in cities is measured in terms of Suspended Particulate Matter in the air commonly known as SPM.
The pollution is further depleting the Ozone layer which is necessary for the ecosystem of the earth, which due to the gaseous imbalance lets in more sun light and heat, warming up temperatures world wide and what we term as Global Warming. Over the last 100 years, large amounts of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are being released into the atmosphere. The majority of greenhouse gases come from burning fossil fuels to produce energy, although deforestation, industrial processes, and some agricultural practices also emit gases into the atmosphere. These Greenhouse gases act like a cover around our planet, trapping energy in the atmosphere and causing it to warm. This phenomenon is called the greenhouse effect and is natural and necessary to support life on Earth. However, the cumulative and excessive percentage of these gases in the atmosphere can change the Earth’s climate and result in dangerous effects to human health and welfare including the ecosystem.
Premature melting of ice regions, increased sea water levels, loss of submarine life and changes in world climate in both intensity and frequency are the outcomes which are clearly visible.
Pollution is trapping us in our own backyard of technology and science, the hallmarks of the modern human race. We built it to facilitate us, satiate our ever increasing appetites for everything and truly demonstrating consumerism in all aspects of life. However a whole gamut of fallouts, consequences was never thought of, planners and the think tanks never had the foresight to build an appropriate structure of checks and balances. Some developed nations have just run away with the “the first one, the preferred one” advantage and have developed at the cost of polluting the whole atmosphere, having realised the perils of pollution and outsourcing manufacturing or processes which are polluting, twisting the global economies with their money power and clout. Now the developing ones although have woken up but still do not seem to be too concerned or atleast convey the impression of being hand tied. Most actions taken are out of compulsion and international pressure and the approach remains far too slow, lacking will.
On 25.03.2014 WHO declared that 7 million died in 2012 of air pollution caused problems. Approximately 15 deaths of every 100 were from air pollution related causes. This places the air pollution factor as the biggest environmental risk to health.
The report released by WHO has estimates which have been scientifically and logically driven and extrapolated on data received from satellites, findings of all ground level based institutions and region wise, country wise emission values and predictor analysis of pollution drifts mapped with existing natural air currents. The researchers have technology at their command which gives them better insights of regions, demographically and even rural and urban splits.
In 2012, regional analysis revealed low and middle-income countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions having the largest air pollution-related burden , with a total of 3.3 million deaths linked to indoor air pollution and 2.6 million deaths related to outdoor air pollution.
The findings of the WHO report show that outdoor pollution related total death count broken up reads as – 40% ischemic heart disease and 40% stroke vis a vis indoor pollution 34% stroke and 26% ischemic heart disease. Respiratory/pulmonary disorders in both remain between 10% to 11%.
We can safely say that Air Pollution is a major reason of cardiac events and causes Heart disease. The Particulate Matter is responsible for thickening the walls of the carotid artery, thereby increasing the chances of a myocardial infarction or stroke. The walls get thickened due to the deposit of particulate matter which is extremely tiny such as the PM1 which has the capability to pierce the blood stream and attach itself to free radicals in the blood and form plaque on the artery walls causing it to harden and thicken.
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The American Heart Association mentions modern cardio vascular studies that suggest the possible links between acute and/or chronic exposure to Particulate Matter and cardiovascular events. It may be related to increases in heart rate and blood pressure, fibrinogen, and blood coagulation factors; arterial vasoconstriction; inflammatory mediators (eg, C-reactive protein [CRP]); endothelial injury/dysfunction; and reduction in heart rate variability (HRV). Resultants may include myocardial ischemia (significant ST-segment depression during exercise testing, angina pectoris, or both), malignant ventricular arrhythmias, increased plaque accumulation and vulnerability, and increased possibility for acute thrombosis triggering acute coronary syndromes and cardiac events.
According to Dr Maria Neira, Director, WHO’s Department for Public Health, “ The risks from air pollution are now far greater than previously thought or understood, particularly for heart disease and strokes.”
According to Dr Carlos Dora, WHO Coordinator for Public Health, “Excessive air pollution is often a by-product of unsustainable policies in sectors such as transport, energy, waste management and industry. In most cases, healthier strategies will also be more economical in the long term due to health-care cost savings as well as climate gains.”
The Chinese context – A total of 16 of the world’s top 20 most polluted cities are in china. No. 1 on the World Bank list is Linfen City in Shanxi Province, China which is known for it’s coal industry. Lead poisoning was described in a 2001 paper as one of the most common paediatric health problems in China. 30% children are reported to have excessive lead levels in their blood. A Green Peace campaigner Mr. Zhang Kai for East Asia reported improvement over last year in certain cities of China such as Beijing. However he said “this is the only silver lining in a situation where 90% of cities still record levels of pollution that far exceed China’s own air quality standards.” China is also trending towards frequent Industrial explosions, killing many on the spur of the incident and releasing pollutants in the atmosphere in abundance.
China Pollution
A Chinese watchdog group, released names of top polluted cities in China which includes Yangquan,Datong, Shizuishan in Ningxia Hui, Sanmenxia in Henan Province, Jinchang in Gansu Province, Shijiazhuang in Hebei Province, Xianyang in Shaanxi Province, Zhuzhou in Hunan Province and Luoyang in Henan Province
Beijing stood 28th on ranking within China. Recently in the news for being one of the top most polluted cities in the world Beijing is atleast showing some signs of recovery and is slightly better off than New Delhi atleast. In Beijing, PM 10 levels decreased about 40 per cent from 2000 to 2013; in Delhi this has increased about 47 per cent from 2000 to 2011.
The US context – The clean Air act has shown significant reduction across the board for major six pollutants. carbon monoxide pollution in the US reduced by went down by 51% for the period 2000 to 2010. For the same period Ground Level Ozone dropped 11%. Lead levels in air dropped by 89% from 1980 to 2010, Nitrogen dioxide by 52% and sulphur dioxide by 83%. The Clean Air Act Amendments of 1970 and 1977 authorized the regulatory Environmental Protection Agency more teeth to enforce stricter emission norms all across and results have been encouraging. The US is also engaged in finding long term solutions to the problem of emissions, researching ways and means to replace the internal combustion engine.
The European Union Context – For the period 1990 to 2013 reductions in emissions of almost all air pollutants has been reported. The largest fall was in sulphur oxides by 86.7 %, non-methane volatile organic compounds (NMVOCs) 60 %. Nitrous oxides (NOx) 53.5 %with ammonia emissions falling by 27 % .
London- Nearly 9500 people have died in a single year in 2010, due to air pollution effects in London because of high levels of PM 2.5 and Nitrogen dioxide, a bye product of emission from diesel engines. In January 2015 NO2 levels in Oxford Street had exceeded the legal limit for the whole of 2015 in the space of just four days – while the limit was also breached in Putney High Street a day later.
However some of the counter measures taken by the UK Authorities include stricter Emission Zone standards, the delivery of more than 1,300 hybrid buses and capping of taxi age. The Mayor’s office in London also released plan for Ultra Low Emission Zone in London from 2020.

The Indian context – New Delhi-The Times Of India recently quoted a recent research study revealing that in Delhi the most lethal ultrafine particulate matter or PM1 had high levels even in lowest pollution pre monsoon season and that too in the perceived cleaner and posh parts of the city. PM1 is the smallest of all particles. It is 2.5 times smaller than PM 2.5, which is 30 times smaller than a human hair width. The PM1 particles are so small and weightless that now for vehicles with Euro 5 fuel standard, the emission is being measured are in number of pollution particles as against the weight of particles.

PM1 levels are 35% to 50% higher than PM 2.5 levels in Delhi which is alarming since PM 2.5 levels are as it is skyrocketing in Delhi. Delhi is has earned the dubious distinction of being the world’s most polluted city, singled out of 1600 cities mapped worldwide.
PM1 can easily penetrate deep within the lungs and blood stream. PM1 causes cardio vascular disease. T K Joshi, director of Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) says “Since they get diffused with the blood, new research strongly suggests they can travel to the brain and cause strokes.”

Delhi pollution

The National Green Tribunal has recently intervened in the face of inaction by the Delhi Government and issued a slew of directions to governments in NCR, most of which, although are yet to be implemented. It is heartening to see the NGT reviewing banning of old vehicles, diesel vehicles etc and even going to the extent of asking the manufacturers of cluster buses being used in Delhi for public transport as to why their models make so much noise.
Overall recommendations made by various institutions are gathering dust and the Delhi Government is still mulling over what to do and itching to pin it on the central Government for having done nothing either by releasing statements such as “it should not be the responsibilities of the state governments only to counter pollution. Centre needs to pitch in too.”Blame game is on and it is as murky as the Delhi smog.

Other parts of India fare no better. In India, more than half of the monitored cities have above-average or critical levels of particulate matter pollution below 10 micrometers. Future trending by any available technique is spelling impending disaster.

Steps taken by Government of India to curb air pollution include implementation of the Bharat stage-IV emission norms in 13 large cities including NCR for new 4-wheelers from 2010. Mass emission standards (Bharat Stage III) as a country wide notification defined for two, three wheelers and diesel driven agricultural tractors from April 1, 2010 throughout the country alongwith strict norms for in use vehicles in 2004. Usage of CNG vehicles for mass transport in cities such as Delhi. The Government also introduced alternate public transport systems such as the Delhi Metro and similarly trying to replicate in some other cities such as Jaipur, lucknow etc. Standards have been developed for Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2) and load based standards for particulate matter (PM) including revision of PM emission standard for the cement industry.

However In India the Agencies monitoring the environment and implementing standards and norms to follow and creating awareness are slow in response and seem to be debating possibilities more than imposing a few and implementing them on a war footing. Decisions have to go through red tape and recommendations being implemented on the ground with alacrity are not happening. The problem seems to be set for compounding further by all the ambitious economic growth projects the current government is embarking upon without developing any meaningful pollution control protocol.

The framework of controlling measures falls far short of the scale and speed at which pollution is increasing, both in terms of oversight as well as in recognition of the gravity of the issue. Actions proposed or taken till now do not justify the intent.

The metro city public however has started viewing Environment pollution in India more seriously. In a survey conducted and statistics released by PEW research centre on how Indians feel about sensitive and critical issues, 74% of the respondents displayed extreme concern on air pollution in 2015 as against 52% in 2014. 73% were very concerned on global warming too.
The shift in attitude towards pollution problem also stems from the fact that Delhi residents and public have been in International and domestic platforms both with a spew of articles and readings on Delhi’s air quality woes. Nicholas Dawes, an editor at The Hindustan Times, said the media coverage was just one reason for the attitude shift. “I think the people of Delhi are increasingly unwilling to tolerate tough circumstances,” he said. Dr. Joshua S. Apte, an assistant professor of environmental engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, studying Delhi’s air pollution since 2007, said recognition was a start. “The thing that gives me greatest hope is the huge increase in awareness that I’ve seen in Delhi just in the past year.”
However, by and large the problem of Pollution at ground level still lies in the annals of “read about it, feel about it and let someone else act on it.”
As Pink Floyd puts it “Your lips move but I can’t hear what you saying. Oh I have become comfortably numb.”

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Antibiotics – An Invasion in India, US and China !

Antibiotics consumption in the world is startlingly consumed in majority by India 13 billion as against China 10 billion and USA 7 billion, as brought by a study for the year 2010. Figures must be even more frightening for 2015 because there is nothing to suggest a shift in trends. More population, more infections, more drugs and inverse trends!
Globally, overprescribing antibiotics — or, prescribing it when a simpler drug would do — is the biggest reasons for the evolution of antibiotic resistant pathogens, disease-causing organisms.
Although population of the toppers is to be kept in mind since we are dealing in absolute numbers, the consumption per person is equally alarming. In per capita terms leader is the US with 22 units per person, followed by India 11 and China 7.
According to Mr.Ramanan Laxminarayan, research scholar and lecturer at Princeton University, the reason behind the proliferation of antibiotics in India is “a combination of increasing income and affordability, easy access without a prescription, willingness of physicians to prescribe antibiotics freely, and a high background of infections that should ideally be contained by better sanitation and vaccination.” People forget, he said, that “antibiotics do have side effects and […] they are less likely to work for you when you really need them.”

The prescriptions whether private or in a research institute or a government hospital or dispensary will have a tendency to order a heavy prolonged dose of antibiotics to overkill the disease. A broad spectrum regimen such as penicillin shall be adopted backed by an aggressive dosage in both frequency and milligrams to ensure the infection disappears. Generally in the lax atmosphere of drug law enforcement, the chemist also delivers the drugs over the counter even without a prescription and without too much fuzz. Minimum effort. Minimum expense. Maximum result. This psyche of the Indian populace in general aids all such carelessly driven machanisms of the drug market too.
Many broad-spectrum antibiotic drugs (cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones, and carbapenems) are sold over the counter without [the] presence of a documented clinical need.
The ignorance and callousness are at every level of the society – from care providers like doctors, to pharmacists, lawmakers, manufacturers and [even] the consumers. In 2012, IIMAR reported that the Medical Council of India (MCI) had received 702 complaints of such over-prescription in 2011-12, of which 343 were referred to state medical councils.
“In 2010-11, MCI received 824 such complaints, following which it cancelled the registration of 10 doctors and warned four others,” IIMAR reported.
According to a senior Indian pharmaceutical controlling agency, “Chemist and [drug] associations are not interested in curbing their volume of business and the [pharmaceutical] industry is also silent for the sake of their profit,”
According to the consulting firm Deloitte, pharmaceutical sales in India stood at 22.6 billion dollars in 2012, with a predicted rise to 23.6 billion in 2013. Sales are expected to touch 27 billion by 2016.

The companies developing the drugs have a high level of contact through medical representatives introducing newer brands and creating aggressive awareness, encouraging the prescribers and sellers both to be adventurous too ! Currently there is no oversight on appropriate prescribing. Who cares for the side effects ! Another disease developing could be treated with another regimen of drugs ! As frank Zappa says “another day another sausage”.
The lethal bacteria are starting to have the last laugh. This situation is caused by prolonged use of a particular drug or a family of drugs. This is apart from the side effects that these modern scientifically developed drugs carry with them. Mostly hit organs in general always include the poor liver and the kidneys.
According to a report on world’s anitibiotic report 2015, being released by Washington based Centre for Disease Dynamics,Economics and Policies (CDDEP), bacteria strain “Kleibsiella peneumoniae” has for example, assumed dangerous levels of resistance towards even last resort antibiotic class- the Carbapenems. In India it is 57% in 2014, increasing from 29%. In Europe the resistance level is below 5%. To class III generation Cephalosporins, the bacteria strain Keibsiella is 80% resistant, to flouroquinolones 73% and 63% to aminoglycosides. Carbapenems antibiotic class is meant to be used for the most extreme circumstances and as a last resort, only when the patient’s life is in danger and no other treatment will cure the infection.
India has recorded a resistance level of over 80% for 3 different drug classes in the case of the deadly E coli virus, which causes diseases of the intestines such as severe diarrhoea, abdominal cramps and food poisoning.
For a country like India with limited healthcare facilities and a doctor patient ratio of one doctor to every 1,700 people, as well as 29 percent of the population languishing below the poverty line, the emergence of super bugs could be disastrous, experts say. Infections that could be treated in a week or two in Europe could take very long for treatment in India and / or become life threatening!
India, with a diverse patient profile and a mostly unregulated healthcare system, was late to adopt the new protocol for rational use of antibiotics in 2011 and other remedial measures laid out by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Experts say That there should be “antibiotic protocols for all hospital, clinics and dispensaries and this should be displayed in each healthcare-providing agency [and] institution. There should be statutory warnings on each pack of antibiotics, highlighting the hazards of misuse.”
“Time has come to raise [our] voices against the irrational use of antibiotics.”
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Amazing Facts- Recognizing a heart attack and knowing what to do For Self and others, Godforbid!

Recognizing a Heart Attack or a Cardiac event !
With most heart attacks, victims do have some warning but most of the time the symptoms can be confusing. The stereotypical “Bollywood heart attack,” clutching the chest in agony, is only one scenario. The feeling in the chest may be more squeezing, tightening or heavy pressure. It may travel down the left arm or up to the jaw or around the back between the shoulder blades, particularly in women. One study found that 71% of women experience flulike symptoms with no chest pain at all.
Both men and women may have indigestion, nausea, lightheadedness, profuse sweating, shortness of breath with little exertion and overwhelming fatigue.
According to a senior Cardiologist, “People whose heart muscle is shutting down often feel really tired, so they lie down and take a nap. That’s not a good idea. They may not wake up.”
Even if you merely suspect you might be suffering from a heart attack, seek help as soon as possible. “It takes skilled physicians and nurses and lab technicians and often some kind of imaging tests to actually diagnose a heart attack, so there’s no way you can diagnose it yourself at home,” says cardiologist Janet Wright, executive director of the Department of Health and Human Service’s Million Hearts campaign, which aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes in the next five years in the US.

What to do During a Heart Attack

It does make sense to take one adult-strength aspirin, which prevents blood clots and may help keep an artery partially open. Chewing it will get it into the bloodstream quicker than swallowing it. The brand doesn’t matter, as long as it’s uncoated. There are sublingual glycerine sprays available as well used often by angio patients and sorbitrate tablets.

Call for Medical help or someone who can for you

Women in majority take longer than men to seek help when they have heart-attack symptoms–mainly because they don’t want to make trouble and also because they have too much else to do. Some doctors also are guilty of brushing them off when they complain or mention their perceived or actually experiences.
A US research by a heart attack survivor, Ms. Thomas, and a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showing that women are 7 times more likely than men to be wrongly diagnosed in mid-heart attack and sent home from the hospital.A 2005 poll from the American Heart Association found that only 8% of family-care physicians and 17% of cardiologists were aware that more women have died from heart disease than men every year since 1984. Women do bear some of the responsibility for delays in care themselves. “Women think, ‘Yes, we’ll call the doctor after we pick up the kids and finish that report and put the casserole in the oven,’ ” says Ms. Thomas.Public-health officials in the US also say that physicians need to be more aware of women’s heart issues, and watch their bedside manner with false alarms.
Facts on Heart Disease – India and the US
USA: A 2005 poll from the American Heart Association found that only 8% of family-care physicians and 17% of cardiologists were aware that more women have died from heart disease than men every year since 1984 in the USA.
According to a American study” A lifetime spent being obese could be a predictor for coronary artery calcification, a major risk factor for heart disease”.
Researchers from the US National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute found that the rate of coronary artery calcification is higher among people who have been obese for more than 20 years of their lives, compared with those who had never become obese.

India: In India, the threat of heart disease has been significant for quite some time. It’s been a case of the Pigeon shutting it’s eyes on a cat approaching. The very magnitude compels us to question every detail of our complicated lifestyle choices, diet and level of physical activity. This too in the urban educated class. The rural mass is dependant on godly intervention and hope, just like they pray for having good monsoons every year!
Heart Disease has been a leading killer in the West and has now aggressively made its way to India. According to government data, the prevalence of heart failure in India due to coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity, diabetes and rheumatic heart disease ranges from anywhere between 1.3 to 4.6 million, with an annual incidence of 491,600 to 1.8 million.
According to a report by published by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), one of the apex trade associations on the cardiovascular disease scenario in India, the country has seen a considerable increase in the number of heart disease cases over the past couple of decades. The report suggests that the leading cause of this is India’s economic growth and urbanization. A large section of the population has adopted an unhealthy lifestyle combined with decreasing physical activity, increasing stress levels and a higher intake of saturated fats and tobacco.
Says the President of the Heart Care Foundation of India “2.4 million Indians die due to heart disease every year. The numbers continue to grow due to things like stress, unhealthy eating habits, lack of sleep and dependence on alcohol and cigarettes.”
In India very few programmes see the daylight of success or a good reasonable kick off! To address this rising heart disease epidemic, the government had initiated an integrated National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancers, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Strokes but nothing much has been achieved on this front so far. A senior health ministry official who wished to remain anonymous said “Though the programme is being implemented in 100 districts of the country, much still needed to be done to make it effective.”
India will soon bear the largest burden of heart disease globally: In India, out of the estimated population of more than 1.27 billion dispersed across various geographical regions, about 45 million people suffer from coronary artery disease. ‘According to current estimates, India will soon have the highest number of cases ofcardiovascular disease in the world,’ says Dr Nikhil Kumar, Director, Cardiology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon. It is estimated to account for 35.9% deaths by the year 2030.
70% of the urban Indian population at risk of heart disease!
Very recent projections suggest that India will have the largest cardiovascular disease incidence in the entire world. 20% of the fatalities in India are from coronary heart disease. By 2020, it shall go upto 30%. The incidence of the disease is as much as 10-15 years earlier in a life cycle than people in the west.
There are an estimated 45 million patients of coronary heart disease in India. An increasing people and majority are young. Current lifestyles suggest this number shall be ever increasing ! There are atleast estimated 50.8 million diabetic patients in India, a percentage which is the highest compared to any other given region in the world.
Diabetes occurs in India at an average age of 45 compared to 55-60 years in the rest of the better world inhabitations.
Blood Pressure is increasing rapidly in urban areas commonly known as hyper tension. Urban rate is 25%-30% and rural is 10%-15%.
Sedentary or inactive lifestyle devoid of any routine or exercise is a major cause of death, disease and disability in India. It causes increased mortality and raises cardiovascular disease, type II diabetes and obesity apart from a higher incidence of colon and breast cancer, anxiety, hyper tension and lipid disorders or imbalances.
In the light of the above it becomes the responsibility of each and every citizen of any country to execute 2 roles, one towards oneself and one towards others especially community at large (very relevant in the Indian scenario) wherein education can be departed in all possible modes right up to the rural village ( In India the Gram)level.
The individual needs to know the disease and how it occurs, how to prevent, what broad diet to eat and lifestyle changes to be brought. Last of all how to handle a cardiac emergency after recognizing one !
Regular tests such as checking on lipid profiles and especially parameters such as LDL cholesterol, Triglycerides, blood sugar level done on a bi annual basis would be ideal as a routine monitoring.

Tell whoever you are in touch with and pass on the info to as many using as many means available as possible and hope awareness causes some arresting trends in an otherwise very dismal scenario.
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Signs of a Heart Attack
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Apple Cider Vinegar- It’s medicinal Properties

Apple Cider Vinegar: A Natural Supplement for Health
“Most Herbal experts recommend the use of raw, unpasteurized, unheated, apple cider vinegar as an important dietary ingredient. It reduces common infections, aids whelping, improves stamina, prevents muscle fatigue after exercise, increases resistance to disease and protects against food poisoning”.
Apple Cider vinegar is very rich in vital supplements such as vitamins, minerals and trace elements which are abundantly found in apples, such as potassium which normalizes acid levels [pH] in the stomach, improves digestion and the assimilation of nutrients, reduces intestinal and faecal odours, helps cure constipation, reduce some of the symptoms of arthritis and helps prevent bladder stones and urinary tract infections.
Apple Cider vinegar also contains Boron, a mineral which is necessary for all life. Deficiency of Boron in humans can cause bone rickets ( rough and deshaped).Without boron, calcium cannot form and maintain strong and healthy bones as both combine to give strength to the bone and aid in their formation. Boron affects steroid hormones release in the human body. It regulates their use, and determines the duration for which they should be retained in the body which is utmost critical..Blood and tissue levels of several steroid hormones (such as estrogen and testosterone) increase dramatically in the presence of boron. Both of these are needed to complete the calcium-to-bone growth cycle. This bond between these ingredients namely hormones, boron, and calcium is the main basis on which estrogen replacement treatment for osteoporosis is so successful.
Apple cider vinegar should be made from fresh, crushed preferably green apples which are found in upper reaches and freshly grown for the purpose of vining. These are then matured in wooden casks and the vinegar thus obtained is amber in colour with the semi solid content at the bottom which is the “mother. Standardised variants of vinegar contain approximately 4 to 7 percent acetic acid, which is responsible for the way vinegar tastes and smells..
A leading research and health practitioner, in his own research has pointed out that apple cider vinegar lowers blood’s natural alkalinity, and getting it to be in it’s healthy acid state, with the ideal pH balance, which discourages bacteria and is less likely to grow yeast and fungus.The acidic qualities of ACV help break down protein, in the digestive system, for absorption into the bloodstream.
ACV is very effective in detoxification of the body. It purifies, breaks down fatty, mucous and phlegm deposits within the body thus aiding in protecting all organs where it is likely that fat deposits and toxic deposits shall accumulate such as the kidney and liver.
Apple cider Vinegar helps extract calcium from fruits, vegetables and meat, helping in good bone and skeletal health of the human body. It also possesses huge amounts of Potassium which is necessary for the replacement of worn-out tissues of the human body apart from helping healing of soft tissues.Potassium deficiency can cause many ailments such as hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, sinusitis, weakness, prone to infections etc. The beta-carotene in Apple cider controls damage caused by free radicals, helping in the skin to keep firm and radiant. This beta-carotene within apple cider Vinegar is said to be in a natural and easy to digest form.
There are no known side-effects of ACV if used in recommended dosage as it has been consumed by humans from generations. People with high creatinine levels in the kidney or with kidney disease should however avoid using ACV.Pregnant or lactating women should also avoid ACV. or take the opinion of their medical advisor.

References:

Vinegars and Acetic Acid Bacteria. International Symposium; May, 2005;
Available at:http://www.vinegars2005.com/images/Vin_2005_book.pdf. Accessed March 9, 2006.

US Food and Drug Administration. Acetic Acid – Use in Foods.http://www.fda.gov/ora/compliance_ref/cpg/cpgfod/cpg562-100.html. Accessed March 9, 2006.

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Cardiac Benefits of Garlic and many more-additional information

Garlic’s properties summed up include the following:

Reduces cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar balancer, cancer combatant, fungus fighter, bronchitis soother, cold curer, wart remover, and immune system booster.

It also could mention garlic’s potential career as an organic pesticide. This member of the lily family is one of the most extensively researched and widely used plants. Its actions are diverse and affect nearly every system in the human body especially the circulatory system.

Lots of people include garlic in their daily diets for health reasons, while many others eat it because they love its pungent flavor. Many thousands of acres of land in India is used for Garlic cultivation.

Uses for Garlic

As an antimicrobial, garlic seems to have a broad spectrum action. It displays antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties and is reportedly effective against many flu viruses and herpes simplex (the virus responsible for cold sores). Garlic can be safely added to soups, salad dressings and most of the Dals (lentils) that we eat in India as well as to dry vegetables we cook. It can be used quite extensively in non vegetarian diets such as chicken dry or curry, mutton dry or curry or fish. This builds up our immune system for especially fighting off colds, cough, or flu. Garlic reduces congestion and may help people with bronchitis to expel mucus.

Garlic is used to treat many types of infections: Garlic capsules can be used internally for recurrent vaginal yeast infections, garlic infusion topically as a soak for athlete’s foot, or add garlic to an oil to treat ear infections.

Garlic may improve immunity by stimulating some of the body’s natural immune cells. Studies suggest that garlic may help prevent breast, bladder, skin, and stomach cancers. A study of women in Iowa U.S. suggests that women who eat garlic may lower their risk of colon cancer. Garlic appears particularly effective in inhibiting compounds formed by nitrates, which are preservatives used to cure meat that are believed convert into cancer-causing compounds within the intestines.

Garlic lowers blood pressure by relaxing vein and artery walls. This action helps keep platelets from clumping together and improves blood flow, thereby reducing the risk of stroke. Garlic also decreases the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, substances that increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Garlic’s cardiovascular protective properties have been demonstrated in a number of studies, including a  4 year clinical trial on people who were 50+ years old, who already had symptoms of atherosclerosis. Those who consumed at least 900 mg per day of a standardized garlic supplement had significant reduction of arterial plaque formation.

Garlic contains a large number of unique sulfur-containing compounds, which are credited with many of this herb’s medicinal actions. Did you ever wonder why garlic bulbs on your kitchen counter don’t have a strong odor until you cut or crush them? That’s because an enzyme in garlic promotes conversion of the chemical compound alliin to the odorous allicin. Allicin, in turn, produces other sulfur compounds: ajoene, allyl sulfides, and vinyldithiins. These sulfur compounds are potent antimicrobials and are thought to be the source of garlic’s lipid-reducing and cancer-preventing effects.

The constituents in garlic also increase insulin levels in the body. The result is lower blood sugar. Thus, garlic makes an excellent addition to the diet of people with diabetes. It will not take the place of insulin, antidiabetes drugs, but garlic may help lower the need for additional insulin by reducing glycogen (stored sugar) release from the liver and by increasing the overall effectiveness of insulin.

Garlic is a herbal remedy that can be used as an antibiotic and to treat infections.

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