Friday, October 14, 2011


Subject: Health Classics - 20 PAIN CURES FROM YOUR KITCHEN

Make muscle pain a memory with ginger
When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger's potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.

Cure a toothache with cloves
Got a toothache and can't get to the dentist? Gently chewing on a clove can ease tooth pain and gum inflammation for two hours straight, say UCLA researchers. Experts point to a natural compound in cloves called eugenol, a powerful, natural anesthetic. Bonus: Sprinkling a ¼ teaspoon of ground cloves on meals daily may also protect your ticker. Scientists say this simple action helps stabilize blood sugar, plus dampen production of artery-clogging cholesterol in as little as three weeks.

Heal heartburn with cider vinegar
Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. "Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain," explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.

Erase earaches with garlic
Painful ear infections drive millions of Americans to doctors' offices every year. To cure one fast, just place two drops of warm garlic oil into your aching ear twice daily for five days. This simple treatment can clear up ear infections faster than prescription meds, say experts at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. Scientists say garlic's active ingredients (germanium, selenium, and sulfur compounds) are naturally toxic to dozens of different pain-causing bacteria. To whip up your own garlic oil gently simmer three cloves of crushed garlic in a half a cup of extra virgin olive oil for two minutes, strain, then refrigerate for up to two weeks, suggests Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., co-author of the book,
Best Choices From The People's Pharmacy . For an optimal experience, warm this mix slightly before using so the liquid will feel soothing in your ear canal.
Chase away joint and headache pain with cherries
Latest studies show that at least one in four women is struggling with arthritis, gout or chronic headaches. If you're one of them, a daily bowl of cherries could ease your ache, without the stomach upset so often triggered by today's painkillers, say researchers at East Lansing's Michigan State University. Their research reveals that anthocyanins, the compounds that give cherries their brilliant red color, are anti-inflammatories 10 times stronger than ibuprofen and aspirin. "Anthocyanins help shut down the powerful enzymes that kick-start tissue inflammation, so they can prevent, as well as treat, many different kinds of pain," explains Muraleedharan Nair, Ph.D., professor of food science at Michigan State University. His advice: Enjoy 20 cherries (fresh, frozen or dried) daily, then continue until your pain disappears.

Fight tummy troubles with fish
Indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases...if your belly always seems to be in an uproar, try munching 18 ounces of fish weekly to ease your misery. Repeated studies show that the fatty acids in fish, called EPA and DHA, can significantly reduce intestinal inflammation, cramping and belly pain and, in some cases, provide as much relief as corticosteroids and other prescription meds. "EPA and DHA are powerful, natural, side effect-free anti-inflammatories, that can dramatically improve the function of the entire gastrointestinal tract," explains biological chemist Barry Sears, Ph.D., president of the Inflammation Research Foundation in Marblehead, MA. For best results, look for oily fish like salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, trout and herring.
Prevent PMS with yogurt
Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York's Columbia University. "Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux," explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.

Tame chronic pain with turmeric
Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That's because turmeric's active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book,
Reversing Diabetes . The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.

End endometrial pain with oats
The ticket to soothing endometriosis pain could be a daily bowl of oatmeal. Endometriosis occurs when little bits of the uterine lining detach and grow outside of the uterus. Experts say these migrating cells can turn menstruation into a misery, causing so much inflammation that they trigger severe cramping during your period, plus a heavy ache that drags on all month long. Fortunately, scientists say opting for a diet rich in oats can help reduce endometrial pain for up to 60 percent of women within six months. That's because oats don't contain gluten, a trouble-making protein that triggers inflammation in many women, making endometriosis difficult to bear, explains Peter Green, M.D., professor of medicine at Colombia University.
Soothe foot pain with salt
Experts say at least six million Americans develop painful ingrown toenails each year. But regularly soaking ingrown nails in warm salt water baths can cure these painful infections within four days, say scientists at California's Stanford University. The salt in the mix naturally nixes inflammation, plus it's anti-bacterial, so it quickly destroys the germs that cause swelling and pain. Just mix 1 teaspoon of salt into each cup of water, heat to the warmest temperature that you can comfortably stand, and then soak the affected foot area for 20 minutes twice daily, until your infection subsides.

Prevent digestive upsets with pineapple
Got gas? One cup of fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours, say researchers at California's Stanford University.. That's because pineapple is natually packed with proteolytic enzymes, digestive aids that help speed the breakdown of pain-causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine, say USDA researchers.

Relax painful muscles with peppermint
Suffering from tight, sore muscles? Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren't properly treated, says naturopath Mark Stengler, N.D., author of the book,
The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies . His advice: Three times each week, soak in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves -- a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half, says Stengler.

Give your back some TLC with grapes
Got an achy back? Grapes could be the ticket to a speedy recovery. Recent studies at Ohio State University suggest eating a heaping cup of grapes daily can relax tight blood vessels, significantly improving blood flow to damaged back tissues (and often within three hours of enjoying the first bowl). That's great news because your back's vertebrae and shock-absorbing discs are completely dependent on nearby blood vessels to bring them healing nutrients and oxygen, so improving blood flow is essential for healing damaged back tissue, says Stengler.

Wash away pain injuries with water
Whether it's your feet, your knees or your shoulders that are throbbing, experts at New York's Manhattan College, say you could kick-start your recovery in one week just by drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. Why? Experts say water dilutes, and then helps flush out, histamine, a pain-triggering compound produced by injured tissues. "Plus water is a key building block of the cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones, your joints' lubricating fluid, and the soft discs in your spine," adds Susan M. Kleiner, Ph.D., author of the book,
The Good Mood Diet . "And when these tissues are well-hydrated, they can move and glide over each other without causing pain." One caveat: Be sure to measure your drinking glasses to find out how large they really are before you start sipping, she says. Today's juice glasses often hold more than 12 ounces, which means five servings could be enough to meet your daily goal.
Heal sinus problems with horseradish
Latest studies show sinusitis is the nation's number one chronic health problem. And this condition doesn't just spur congestion and facial pain, it also makes sufferers six times more likely to feel achy all-over. Horseradish to the rescue! According to German researchers, this eye-watering condiment naturally revs up blood flow to the sinus cavities, helping to open and drain clogged sinuses and heal sinus infections more quickly than decongestant sprays do. The study-recommended dose: One teaspoon twice daily (either on its own, or used as a sandwich or meat topping) until symptoms clear.

Beat bladder infections with blueberries
Eating 1 cup of blueberries daily, whether you opt for them fresh, frozen or in juice form, can cut your risk of a urinary tract infection (UTIs) by 60 percent, according to researchers at New Jersey's Rutgers University. That's because blueberries are loaded with tannins, plant compounds that wrap around problem-causing bacteria in the bladder, so they can't get a toehold and create an infection, explains Amy Howell, Ph.D. a scientist at Rutgers University.
Heal mouth sores with honey
Dab painful canker and cold sores with unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear, and they'll heal 43 percent faster than if you use a prescription cream, say researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates. Raw honey's natural enzymes zap inflammation, destroy invading viruses and speed the healing of damaged tissues, say the study authors.

Fight breast pain with flax
In one recent study, adding 3 tablespoons of ground flax to their daily diet eased breast soreness for one in three women within 12 weeks. Scientists credit flax's phytoestrogens, natural plant compounds that prevent the estrogen spikes that can trigger breast pain. More good news: You don't have to be a master baker to sneak this healthy seed into your diet. Just sprinkle ground flax on oatmeal, yogurt, applesauce or add it to smoothies and veggie dips.

Cure migraines with coffee
Prone to migraines? Try muscling-up your painkiller with a coffee chaser. Whatever over-the-counter pain med you prefer, researchers at the National Headache Foundation say washing it down with a strong 12- ounce cup of coffee will boost the effectiveness of your medication by 40 percent or more. Experts say caffeine stimulates the stomach lining to absorb painkillers more quickly and more effectively.

Tame leg cramps with tomato juice

At least one in five people regularly struggle with leg cramps. The culprit? Potassium deficiencies, which occur when this mineral is flushed out by diuretics, caffeinated beverages or heavy perspiration during exercise. But sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily and you'll not only speed your recovery, you'll reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days, say UCLA researchers.

Thursday, October 13, 2011




Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs / STIs)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs / STIs)
June 8, 2011, 7:26 pm

Dr. B.J.C.Perera MBBS(Ceylon), DCH(Ceylon), DCH(England), MD(Paediatrics), FRCP(Edinburgh), FRCP(London), FRCPCH(United Kingdom), FSLCPaed, FCCP, FCGP(Sri Lanka) Consultant Paediatrician


* Sexual practices are changing the world over

and the age at which young people engage in sex is getting earlier.

* Young adolescents and teenagers are particularly
at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.

* A considerable number of diseases can be
contracted through sexual practices.

* Some people with these diseases are quite
normal to outward appearances.

* Protective sexual practices are the only way of
preventing these diseases in those who engage in sex.

* Confidentiality and anonymity are guaranteed by
medical personnel who deal with these diseases.

In the process of development in children, an important phase is the pubertal stage. There is marked physical development at this stage and in many the increase in physical stature is quite amazing. Additionally, and in both sexes, the pubertal stage signifies the development of sexual prowess and the ability to procreate. The hormonal changes produce natural sexual urges and it is a time at which information on the many and varied aspects of sexual behaviour should be provided for these children and adolescents. All over the world, there is an ongoing change in the sexual behaviour patterns of young people. Although our cultural barriers have so far managed to rein in this type of behaviour to some extent, there are some concerns that the age of onset of sexual activity in our young people is also getting earlier and earlier, particularly in the urban areas. This is now seen mostly with boys but there is no definite evidence that it is not so in girls too. With the changing world scenario and less and less emphasis now being placed on virginity in the West, our children too are, in all probability, gradually moving in the same direction. There is a definite and perceptible paradigm shift in the way young people think and behave with regard to sexuality all over the world. Many of the cultural taboos and beliefs regarding sexual practices considered to be the norm in the years gone by are now considered to be "old fashioned" and "unnecessary" by many youngsters in our country. One must come to terms with the fact that it is the way in which things progress in the new world.

It is most important that these young people, both boys and girls are provided with adequate and scientific information regarding sexuality and particularly on Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Adults being prudes do not help at all in the current social and global scenario. The electronic media and particularly the internet can provide some of this type of information but the very same portals are also guilty of things like pornography which is a most undesirable development. The developing and immature minds of these young people are that much more susceptible to all kinds of adverse influences emanating from ill-conceived information technology portals. However, there is very little one could do about such things and the only way of preventing these diseases is to provide young people with up-to-date scientific information regarding sexuality and the possible ramifications of unbridled sexual practices.

Sexually transmitted infections are caused by a myriad of different types of microorganisms or bugs ranging from bacteria to viruses. Some of these like syphilis and gonorrhoea have been very well known to mankind from time immemorial while others like the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causing the dreaded Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS has been a relatively more recent development. All these infections are eminently preventable if proper precautions are taken. The STDs or STIs are infectious diseases that spread from person to person through intimate sexual contact. They can technically affect men, women, boys and girls and these diseases have no social, cultural, caste, religious or creed barriers. It does not matter one little bit whether they are rich or poor or whether they are sexually promiscuous or not. Very often the first exposure to the infective agent results in the person developing the disease. Unfortunately, in many countries, STDs have become common among teens. Because teens are more at risk for getting some STDs, it is crucially important for them to learn what one could do to protect oneself. STDs are more than just a plain and simple discomfiture. They are a group of diseases with significant implications as a barrier towards good health. If left untreated, some STDs can cause permanent damage, such as infertility which is the inability to have a baby and in certain diseases like HIV/AIDS, even lead to an eventual fatality. Some of these infections are treatable while others like herpes virys infections and HIV and AIDS can only be controlled with the drugs available today and they cannot be "cured".

One of the reasons that STDs spread so readily is because people think they can only be infected if they have sexual intercourse. This is not entirely correct. A person can get some STDs, like herpes or genital warts, even through skin-to-skin contact with an infected area or sore. Some other diseases like HIV can spread through contaminated needles, blood transfusions with unscreened blood and even from an affected mother to her unborn baby. Another myth about STDs is that it is not possible to get these diseases with other sexual practices apart from conventional sexual intercourse. This notion is also not true because the viruses or bacteria that cause STDs can enter the body through tiny abrasions and injuries in other parts of the body and particularly such tears in the mucous membranes. STDs also spread easily because one cannot tell for sure whether someone has this type of infection without proper testing. The affected person may look quite normal for all purposes and some people with STDs may not even know that they have them. These people are in danger of passing an infection on to their sexual partners without even realizing it.

There are several things that make a person to be at risk of getting STDs. One of these is the onset of sexual activity at a younger age. The younger a person starts having sex, the greater is his or her chances of becoming infected with an STD. In addition, people who have sexual contact, not just intercourse but any form of intimate activity, with many different partners are more at risk than those who stay with the same partner. Those who engage in unprotected sexual activities without taking precautions against contracting these diseases are of course that much more liable to get these infections. Spermicides, diaphragms, contraceptive pills and several other birth control methods may help prevent a pregnancy but they do not protect a person against STDs. Of all the birth control methods, condoms are the only ones that may have a positive preventive effect in STDs.

There are a whole host of STDs or STIs that can present with many different symptoms. Genital discharges, ulcers, warts and even common symptoms like fever could be the presenting manifestation. What is important is that these symptoms are temporally related to sexual exposure, especially unprotected sexual experiences. On the other hand, exposure to diseases like HIV may not produce any symptoms initially or be associated with a mild illness resembling ordinary flu. The problems caused by HIV infection come on much later, perhaps even years later. Some of these diseases have long-term effects if they are not treated properly. In the same context it is important to point out that not all symptoms related to the genitals are caused by STDs. Sometimes people can get symptoms that seem very like those of STDs, even though they have never had sex. For girls, a yeast infection can easily be confused with an STD. Boys may worry about bumps on the penis that turn out to be pimples or irritated hair follicles. That is why it is important to see a doctor if one ever has questions about sexual health.

So much wrong information about sexually transmitted diseases gets passed around that it is no surprise that these very same diseases do get passed around too. Of course, the only way to be one hundred percent sure that one would not get an STD like syphilis, gonorrhoea, herpes, chlamydia or HIV, is not to have any type of sex or in other words, practice complete abstinence. But if a person decides to engage in sexual practices, one way of preventing these diseases is to stay well informed and to learn what is true and what is not true. A basic principle for all these people that would pay dividends in the long run would be to stick to just one sexual partner.

Many young people believe that only trashy people who are promiscuous or the prostitutes are the people who get these diseases. Others may be under the misconception that these diseases can be contracted only from those who engage in sex for commercial purposes. All these are not quite true. Rich people get STDs and poor people get them. Athletes get them. Highly educated as well as the uneducated, could get them. High ranking officials and even professors get them. Even someone having sex for the first time can get an STD. The only people who have no risk of getting an STD are people who have not had sex or any kind of sexual contact. These diseases do not discriminate nor do they have any sort of respect for social standing. It is just the behaviour patterns of humans that make them that much more susceptible to contracting these diseases.

Even doctors often cannot tell by looking if people have STDs. These people look quite normal for all intents and purposes. Doctors often need to do certain tests to diagnose these diseases and to confirm them for sure. These tests include blood tests and special examinations on discharges from the genitalia. To make matters worse, some persons with STDs might not know that they have them as some of these diseases do not always cause symptoms. As far as young people are concerned, even if they think that they are clean, it is probably best to get checked out before having sex.

Some believe that there is some immunity associated with these infections and once a person has got an STD, there is no chance of getting it again. This is a myth and a very dangerous one at that. Some STDs like herpes infections and HIV are, in point of fact, there for life. Others, like syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhoea, can be contracted over and over again even if treated adequately during the first instance. Some young people believe that if one partner is checked and found to be free of these diseases, the other one is safe as well, even without that person being checked. This too is unfortunately not true. The other one could have one of these diseases and not know it. If there are serious relationships leading to sexual activity, it is best for both partners to get tested together. There are tons of myths out there about sex and STDs. The ones mentioned above are just a few of them.

STDs are more than just an embarrassment. They are a serious health problem. As with many other diseases, prevention is the key. The age old adage "if you cannot be good, you have to be careful" applies quite well to these diseases. It is definitely much easier to prevent STDs than to treat them. People who are considering having sex should get regular gynaecological or male genital examinations. There are two reasons for this. First, these examinations give doctors a chance to teach people about STDs and protecting themselves. Secondly, regular examinations give doctors more opportunities to check for STDs while they are still in their earliest, most treatable stages. In order for these exams and visits to the doctor to be helpful, people need to tell their doctors if they are thinking about having sex or if they have already started having sex. This is true for all types of sex. It is best to let the doctor know if one has ever had any type of sexual contact, even if it was in the past. One should not let embarrassment at the thought of having an STD keep one from seeking medical attention. Just postponing it and waiting for as long as possible before seeing a qualified doctor may allow a disease to progress and cause more damage. If one thinks that there is a possibility of an STD or if one suspects that a partner may have one, one should see a doctor right away. All members of medical staff, including those who work in special government hospital clinics that deal with these diseases, are duty bound to assure confidentiality of the information provided by the patients. They are also trained to be kind to people with these diseases and to have empathy in consideration of the circumstances in which these diseases are transmitted. g

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Sunday, April 3, 2011

100s of Schools have NO proper toilets,female students&teachers are affected as a result of this situation!Most cities have poorly maintained toilets!

200,000 people defecate in the open

Nearly 200,000 people still defecate openly in Sri Lanka, a spokesman for the Centre for Environmental Justice (CEJ) and Friends of the Earth Sri Lanka, said.

Executive Director CEJ, Hemantha Withanage said that according to the public perspectives' study conducted by the CEJ it had been found that hundreds of schools do not have proper toilets, female students and teachers especially are affected as a result of this situation. Most cities have poorly maintained toilets. Many toilets built in the Dry Zone are not used due to lack of water and they have been converted into animal shelters and most plantation workers and families are compelled to share only one or two toilets for many line houses.

"Though the situation in Sri Lanka is far better than South Asia we need to address the remaining issues relating to water and sanitation", he said.

The United Nations (UN) Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) aims at achieving a 50 percent reduction in the number of people who do not have proper sanitation by 2015. The fourth South Asian Conference on Sanitation in Sri Lanka

(SACOSAN IV) which will be held from April 4 to 8 will bring over 500 experts and SAARC Ministers dealing with water and sanitation to discuss the future course of action to meet the MDG goal by 2015.He said that SACOSAN was to monitor the progress achieved in the South Asia region and it would provide political support of the South Asian nations to achieve the MDG targets.

However, WaterAid's Regional Advocacy and Policy Advisor for South Asia Mustafa Talpur, commending Sri Lanka's achievement in providing safe drinking water and better sanitation has warned all countries in South Asia except the Maldives and Sri Lanka which were currently off track to meet the MDG target to halve the proportion of people living without access to a toilet.

"With every second a person obliged to defecate in the open and every eighth person having little or no choice but to drink contaminated water, the promises and resolutions passed by these nations have not been clearly realised", he said.

Mustafa called upon the governments of SAARC countries to meet the sanitation commitments set out in the Delhi Declaration by setting clear budget allocations, providing cost-effective interventions and targeting resources towards poor and unserved communities and putting in place effective monitoring and measuring procedures at national level to increase accountability.

Produced by Lake House Copyright © 2011 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.

Why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas. !!!

Please send this in formation to ALL your family & friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen, they may not be able to get the children out in time.

Shell Oil Comments - A MUST READ!

Safety Alert!
Here's some reasons why we don't allow cell phones in operating areas, propylene oxide handling and storage area, propane, gas and diesel refueling areas.

The Shell Oil Company recently issued a warning after three incidents in which mobile phones (cell phones) ignited fumes during fueling operations

In the first case, the phone was placed on the car's trunk lid during fueling; it rang and the ensuing fire destroyed the car and the gasoline pump.

In the second, an individual suffered severe burns to their face when fumes ignited as they answered a call while refueling their car!

And in the third, an individual suffered burns to the thigh and groin as fumes ignited when the phone, which was in their pocket, rang while they were fueling their car.

You should know that: Mobile Phones can ignite fuel or fumes

Mobile phones that light up when switched on or when they ring release enough energy to provide a spark for ignition

Mobile phones should not be used in filling stations, or when fueling lawn mowers, boat, etc.

Mobile phones should not be used, or should be turned off, around other materials that generate flammable or explosive fumes or dust, (I.e., solvents, chemicals, gases, grain dust, etc...)

TO sum it up, here are the Four Rules for Safe Refueling:
1) Turn off engine
2) Don't smoke
3) Don't use your cell phone - leave it inside the vehicle or turn it 0ff
4) Don't re-enter your vehicle during fueling.

Bob Renkes of Petroleum Equipment Institute is working on a campaign to try and make people aware of fires as a result of 'static electricity' at gas pumps. His company has researched 150 cases of these fires.

His results were very surprising:
1) Out of 150 cases, almost all of them were women.
2) Almost all cases involved the person getting back in their vehicle while the nozzle was still pumping gas. When finished, they went back to pull the nozzle out and the fire started, as a result of static.
3) Most had on rubber-soled shoes.
4) Most men never get back in their vehicle until completely finished. This is why they are seldom involved in these types of fires.
5) Don't ever use cell phones when pumping gas
6) It is the vapors that come out of the gas that cause the fire, when connected with static charges.
7) There were 29 fires where the vehicle was re-entered and the nozzle was touched during refueling from a variety of makes and models. Some resulted in extensive damage to the vehicle, to the station, and to the customer.
8) Seventeen fires occurred before, during or immediately after the gas cap was removed and before fueling began..

Mr. Renkes stresses to NEVER get back into your vehicle while filling it with gas.
If you absolutely HAVE to get in your vehicle while the gas is pumping, make sure you get out, close the door TOUCHING THE METAL, before you ever pull the nozzle out. This way the static from your body will be discharged before you ever remove the nozzle.

As I mentioned earlier, The Petroleum Equipment Institute, along with several other companies now, are really trying to make the public aware of this danger.

I ask you to please send this in formation to ALL your family and friends, especially those who have kids in the car with them while pumping gas. If this were to happen to them, they may not be able to get the children out in time. Thanks for passing this along.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Raising awareness on the disease is very important as Glaucoma is the 2ND most common cause of blindness worldwide. It is TO BE 11 MILLION BY 2020.!!

Glaucoma ‘Silent blinding disease’
Are you a target?:

Manjari Peiris

World Glaucoma Week is celebrated from March 6 to 12, 2011 to raise awareness on the disease among the public

Raising awareness on the disease is very important as Glaucoma is the second most common cause of blindness worldwide. It is estimated that 4.5 million people globally are blind due to this disease and that this number will rise to 11.2 million by 2020 with the increasing number of elderly people in the world by that year.


* Causes progressive damage to optic nerve

* Around 12 percent of Lankans become blind

* Second most common cause of blindness worldwide

* Caused blindness to 4.5 m people around the world

* Around 50 percent of affected people not aware about disease

Owing to the silent progression of the disease, at least in its early stages, up to 50 percent of affected persons in the developed countries are not even aware of them having glaucoma. This number may rise to 90 percent in underdeveloped parts of the world.

Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases that cause progressive damage of the optic nerve at the point where it leaves the eye to carry visual information to the brain.

Risk factors
If untreated, most types of glaucoma progress towards gradual worsening visual damage without neither warning nor obvious symptoms to the patient and may lead to blindness. Glaucoma is described as the ‘silent blinding disease’ as the damage is mostly irreversible.

There are several types of glaucoma - some may occur due to complications of other visual disorders in the form ‘secondary glaucoma’. However the majority is ‘primary’ occurring without a known cause.

Though there was belief in the past that glaucoma is caused due to high pressure within the eye, it is now accepted that even without pressure, one may suffer from glaucoma. The risk factors for causing glaucoma are the age (if over 40 years), racial ancestry, family history, high myopia (use of thick glasses) use of steroids for long time, short sightedness, high blood pressure or diabetes, eye injuries and smoking. Some form of glaucoma may occur at birth during infancy and childhood.

Vision loss
There is no cure for glaucoma as yet and vision loss is irreversible. However medication or surgery (traditional or laser) can halt or slow down any further vision loss.

Early detection is essential to limiting visual impairment and preventing the progression towards severe visual handicap or blindness. Eye care professionals can detect glaucoma in its early stage and advice on the best course of action. It is vital that when a person goes for routine eye examinations for spectacles, to remind the doctor to check eye pressure as well.

Addressing a media awareness program on Glaucoma, Health Ministry Additional Secretary Dr Palitha Maheepala said that in Sri Lanka 12 percent of people become blind due to Glaucoma, hence those who are over 40 years should get their eyes tested at least once a year, “especially those who use thick lenses and diabetic patients should get their eyes tested yearly,” he said.

Consultant Eye Surgeon, Eye Hospital Dr Muditha Kulatunga said that one should be treated at the pre-preliminary stage for glaucoma. According to her about 100 patients take treatment for glaucoma a day at the Eye Hospital.


Monday, March 7, 2011

Dirty air triggers more heart attacks than cocaine

Dirty air triggers more heart attacks than cocaine

Don’t skip dinner to shed kilos as you need carbs even to cut calories, experts tell us Should you have a glass of milk or just fruits for dinner? No!

Don’t skip dinner to shed kilos!
March 6, 2011, 8:52 pm

Don’t skip dinner to shed kilos as you need carbs even to cut calories, experts tell us Should you have a glass of milk or just fruits for dinner? No, say experts. That may be too little. Eat breakfast like a king (or queen), but don’t starve for dinner either.

Keep the meal light, but make sure you get your nightly fix of carbohydrates, vitamins and fibre. This will aid digestion and keep your weight down. Recent research, too, shows that carbs at bedtime may just help in losing and maintaining weight. The American Dietetic Association recommends eating both carbs and protein as a snack, giving examples such as crackers and low-fat cheese, yoghurt and fruit or cereal and milk. Carbohydrates are necessary to process and break down fat in the body.

Fitness expert and nutritionist Namita Jain says it’s a myth that one must avoid carbs for dinner. She explains, "Carbs should make up 55-60 per cent of your diet, as they are the body’s main source of energy. Fruits and vegetables are examples of carbohydrate-rich foods that have great nutritional value, as they are loaded with fibre, plus essential vitamins."

She adds, "Incorporate healthy or good carbs by including whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. These carbs are digested slowly, helping you feel full longer and keeping blood sugar and insulin levels stable."

Explains Ritika Samaddar, Max Healthcare, "A healthy diet consists of the right carbs and proteins. Just a soup or salad may not be enough for a meal as it may not give you the minerals and fibre you require. Start with a soup, which fills you up, and then go on to your regular meal." Eliminate processed foods and anything made with white flour and white sugar. These cause your blood sugar to go up and down, leaving you tired and sapped of energy.

And don’t skip meals. A study, published a couple of years ago in the American medical journal Metabolism, and conducted by the National Institute on Aging, found that skipping meals during the day and eating one large meal in the evening resulted in a delayed insulin response, which could lead to diabetes.

As the day progresses, our metabolic rate goes down. It’s advisable to have a light and early dinner. Give your body time to digest the food before you go to bed. Rahul Rana, executive chef from Galaxy Hotel, Gurgaon, recommends dining between 7.30 pm and 8 pm, as it takes three hours for the food to be digested. "Sleeping after dinner can store all your energy, which then turns into fat," he adds. An ideal dinner, he says, is one of soups, salads and fruits, which is high in proteins, minerals, vitamins, fibre and has less fat.

Nishant Chaubey, executive chef of Cibo, believes that most Indians still opt for a traditional meal of roti/chawal-sabzi-dal. He states, "We need 0.8 grams of protein for every kilogram that we weigh."

Two rotis, sabzi, dal and salad is a good meal to end the day with, to get your fix of important nutrients. The trick is to keep the meal light and non-greasy, but make sure it’s nutritive. Says Mahima Trivedi, spa manager, Renaissance Hotel, Mumbai, "Fruits are not a substitute for dinner. Have a soup and salad, with a slice of multigrain bread. Avoid clear soups as they are low in nutrients. In salads, avoid heavy dressings."

She adds, "The right carbs, along with fibre, make digestion faster. Avoid potatoes and rice, and go for pulses, green vegetables and fruits. In meats, go for lean meats and opt for grilled over fried. Avoid red meats as they can make you feel heavy. A grilled chicken or chicken breast is a good dinner option." She adds, "One can even have a pizza for dinner if it has veggies but no cheese."

Remember not to skip meals, especially dinner!

The Good Dinner Diet?

- Chapatti, veggies and dal are an ideal meal.

- Soup, salad, wholegrain bread and tofu are a good option.

- You can have a healthy helping of beans such as lentils, black beans, chickpeas, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, fava beans, and lima beans.

- Frozen corn, peas, and other vegetables can be added to a recipe.

Dinner Don’ts

- Avoid sugary drinks. One 12-oz soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar in it! Try water with lemon or a splash of fruit juice.

- Trans fats are found in vegetable shortenings, some margarines, fried foods. Also avoid processed foods made with partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

- Say a big no to desserts! (ToI)

It is the loss of brain functions due to interruptions to the blood supply to the brain.!!! A stroke was also called a ‘brain attack..!!!

Strokes, Killer No. 2 in Sri Lanka
March 6, 2011, 9:52 pm

By Don Asoka Wijewardena

Strokes account for the second highest number of deaths in Sri Lanka, Consultant Neurologist Dr. Padma Gunaratne says.

Dr Gunaratne, who was elected President of the Sri Lanka Neurologists’ Association at the Annual General Meeting of the association, at the Cinnamon Grand recently, delivering her acceptance speech, said what was termed stroke had previously been known medically as a cerebrovascular accident. It is the loss of brain functions due to interruptions to the blood supply to the brain. A stroke was also called a ‘brain attack’, she said.

People over 50 years of age were prone to strokes and even children of 12 years old suffered from strokes, she said.

Dr. Gunaratne said that most people who were suffering from hypertension, diabetes and kidney failures were likely to have strokes and the factors leading to strokes had been identified. The high risk factors for strokes were high consumption of salt, lack of exercises, smoking and drinking.

She pointed out that people above 50, should get timely medical attention if they were suffering from heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and kidney diseases. If they failed to get medication on time they were prone to strokes which, she said, were preventable. Every day about 40 died of and another 80 people suffered from strokes, Dr. Gunaratne said.

Dr Gunaratne added that healthy eating habits should be cultivated among people. Fruits, vegetables and cereal should be consumed by people instead of fast food which contained a very high salt concentration.

Caption: Consultant Neurologist Dr. Padma Gunaratne has been elected 44th President of the Sri Lanka Neurologist Association. Dr. Ms. Gunaratne delivers a speech on strokes after becoming the President at hotel Cinnamon Grand recently.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Secret behind young looking!

Secret behind young looking!

[Tips to look young]
* Secret is in our mind
* Cultivate unadulterated mind
* Compassionate heart
* Relaxation
* Recreation
* Cultivating patience


Is it a wish, myth or a fact that men reach their passionate prime at the age of 18 and women at 31? Is age nothing but a number? This is what some researchers have been trying to discover from time to time. During a survey, a group of women have come strongly against the thought that ‘age is just a number’ and calling it a delusion. They say such statements define them, shape them and influence what they do and how they do it. They proclaim, ‘whether one likes it or not, the date of birth of a person marks out until the day one dies’.

A UK based survey once claimed that a woman is most eye-catching when she is 31, but cynics commented that it should be wonderful news for young women who can rejoice when they are at their peak. Some may argue as to how anyone can presume to tell an entire gender when they will be at their most alluring?

Total vegetarian
This topic takes me back to an interview with a prominent Sri Lankan in London, the late Dixon Kotelawela, cousin of Sir John, one time Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister. Dixon was in his mid seventies, after recovering from a by-pass heart surgery he had become a total vegetarian, yet he looked quite virile and vigorous.

During the interview I ventured to find out the secret behind his hale and hearty looks at his age. Dixon in a very judicious manner quipped: “My dear fellow, it’s not the chronological age that counts but the functional “! Naturally, there and then it dawned on me that age factor hasn’t got to be the case!

Internal happiness
S Ramachandran, who writes to the Hindu newspaper, once commented how people feel despondent in thinking about their health, security aspects and age. His advice was not to bother about them bit offered a formula to remain young and healthy by understanding the basic principles of life and following them meticulously. There is an immeasurable difference between growing older and growing up. Growing older is mandatory whereas growing up is optional. The secret behind staying young is mainly in our mind. Some suggest to drink honey, Royal jelly or consume vitamin pills until you become an hypochondriac!

Be ‘young’ all the time. File photo

The basic attribute to remain ‘young looking’ would be to cultivate an unadulterated mind and a compassionate heart, relaxation and recreation are two supplementary forces that will help one to have a good sleep or listen to soothing music, spiritualists advice. How does one do it? For those whose hearts are impregnated with celestial fire it would be much easier to derive internal happiness being ‘spiritual’ and performing good deeds and helping others while not expecting reciprocative favours in return.

Quarrelling with others, ‘ flying off the handle’ frequently or envying others’ wellbeing will not bring any good. Cultivating patience and learning to forgive and forget will bring about an internal transformation automatically without one’s knowledge. At that state, a person’s heart will sparkle outside which will prompt others to say: “Well! You look so young looking! What is the secret and how do you do it”? Our face certainly is an evident mirror of our heart!

One’s ability to assimilate the inevitable impermanence in human life and train one’s mind to hit upon humour on a daily basis is supposed to help maintain one’s youthful appearance.

Bodily functions
Certainly one needs to have a dream in life because when one loses such a dream one naturally dies several times prior to the final call of death. That is why we see so many people today ‘who are dead’ in their mind and thought walking around and not even realising about this fact.

Our brain is the most powerful computer which controls all our bodily functions. So, if we can whip up the brain with a magic mantra like, ‘I am well, fit and young looking’ regularly, wise men advise us not to worry about the ‘chronological, biological, or psychological aspects in life.

Optimistic in attitude
As a supplement to mental exercises if one can pay heed to one’s eating habits too, along with regular physical exercises without always opting to be like a dormant bag of Samba rice and remain cheerful, positive and optimistic in attitude, the age factor can become a myth.

According to modern Western psychologists, the over 50’s are more likely to be at their sexual peak than half their age groups. One of the main reasons to their claim is that “men and women in the over 50 age group have more time and freedom than any previous generation and certainly they are not going to spend their time limited to only babysitting their grandchildren”.

Similar to’ mature wine’, they say, which is more rounded and full bodied,’ the yearning for intimacy is strong as between 50 and 70 year olds as it was at 30 - older you are, the more likely you are to have the skills and understanding to make life fulfilling.

Anyone can grow older, that doesn’t take any talent or ability but the idea should be to grow up by always finding opportunity in change. Have no regrets. If hearts are open we will always be in a cheerful mood which will reflect through our face. Then we do not have to fear when the death call comes as we all will realize that one day we have to leave this world.

We think that our spouse and children will be unable to withstand our loss. But the truth is no one is going to die for you; they may be depressed for some time. Time heals everything and they will carry on. So be cheerful, make hay while the sun shines and be ‘young’ all the time because you have never felt old within from the time of your birth!


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hearing loss could be ‘early warning’ for dementia..!!!

Hearing loss could be ‘early warning’ for dementia
February 16, 2011, 7:01 pm

Older people who suffer hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia, according to study which could lead to early interventions against Alzheimer’s disease.

By Richard Alleyne

Researchers have found a close relationship between losing your hearing and losing your memory and believe the former could be used as an early warning or the latter. They say that interventions that could delay the onset of dementia by even one year could lead to a more than 10 per cent decrease in the prevalence of dementia by 2050. Dr Frank Lin, of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore, and colleagues studied 639 individuals age 36 to 90 without dementia.

Participants initially underwent cognitive and hearing testing between 1990 and 1994 and were followed for the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease through to May 31st, 2008.

Of the participants, 125 had mild hearing loss (25 to 40 decibels), 53 had moderate hearing loss (41 to 70 decibels) and six had severe hearing loss (more than 70 decibels).

During a midpoint follow-up of 11.9 years, 58 individuals were diagnosed with dementia, including 37 who had Alzheimer’s disease.

The risk of dementia was increased among those with hearing loss of greater than 25 decibels, with further increases in risk observed among those with moderate or severe hearing loss as compared with mild hearing loss.

For participants age 60 and older, more than a third (36.4 per cent) of the risk of dementia was associated with hearing loss.

The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease specifically also increased with hearing loss, such that for every 10 decibels of hearing loss, the extra risk increased by 20 per cent.

Dr Lin said that the two conditions may share the same cause.

"Hearing loss may be causally related to dementia, possibly through exhaustion of cognitive reserve, social isolation, environmental deafferentation [elimination of sensory nerve fibres] or a combination of these pathways," he said.

"If confirmed in other independent cohorts, the findings of our study could have substantial implications for individuals and public health.

By the year 2050, an estimated 100 million people or nearly one in 85 individuals worldwide will be affected by dementia.

The research was published in the Archives of Neurology.

© The Telegraph
Group London 2011

All types of medicinal properties are freely available within the body! That’s why people eat daily to assimilate necessary materials from FOOD!

A new therapy discovered by a Sri Lankan
February 16, 2011, 10:02 pm

A Sri Lankan Doctor, Prof. Maruthu Canthaboo, of the United Kingdom, has discovered and developed a new therapy to cure illness. He has named the new therapy, which requires no internal medication, ‘Cerebro Neural Therapy’. Prof. Maruthu Canthaboo, who hails from the Delft, has written books in English and Tamil in order to spread the concept of this therapy across the globe. The books were scheduled to be launched on Saturday the February 12, at the Colombo Tamil Sangam, Rudra Mawatte, Colombo 07. He also has a plan to translate the books into the Sinhala language and other major languages. The English book was released by the Indian Holistic Medical Academy in Pondicherry and in London.

The book release event was to be chaired by the President of Colombo Tamil Sangam Dr. M Kathirgamanathan. Dr Sri Kantha Arunachalam, the former Head of Siddha Medicine, University of Colombo was due to be the chief guest. Dr Indrapala, Dr Sheifudeen, Dr Uthuman Lebbe and Rajmohan were expected to address.

Prof Maruthu Canthaboo was due deliver a lecture on how this new method of treatment without any internal medication works on illnesses.

Prof. Canthaboo argues that all types of medicinal properties are freely available within the body. That’s why people eat daily in order to assimilate necessary materials from the food for daily survival. Knowing this simple logic, the sufferers are taking internal medicines of synthetic origin which are damaging the cells of the body and creating other diseases.

The question is when a person falls sick how to bring the medicinal properties to the site of the disease? The answer is given by Prof. Canthaboo in his book very clearly in simple manner.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The surprising benefits of lemon!

The surprising benefits of lemon!

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Charles Street Baltimore , MD 1201.
This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer!

Read carefully & you be the judge.

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits. You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy. How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multimillionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc... It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.
The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas ... The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemotherapeutic in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Cause Street, Baltimore, MD1201