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Hepatitis can’t wait!

“Is life worth living? It all depends on the liver” William James

Your Liver commands respect

“Every chemical that makes it into your bloodstream – be it through your lungs, stomach, or skin – meets up with your liver at some point. Since your liver is your body’s best defence when it comes to filtering out all those toxins, you need to treat it well”  Suzanne Somers

World Hepatitis Day is celebrated annually on the 28th of July

This year the theme for World Hepatitis Day is ‘HEPATITIS CAN’T WAIT’.

It’s said that a person is dying every 30 seconds from a hepatitis-related illness.

  • People living with viral hepatitis unaware can’t wait for testing
  • People living with hepatitis can’t wait for life-saving treatments
  • Expectant mothers can’t wait for hepatitis screening and treatment
  • Newborn babies can’t wait for birth dose vaccination
  • People affected by hepatitis can’t wait to end stigma and discrimination
  • Community organisations can’t wait for greater investment
  • Decision-makers can’t wait and must act now to make hepatitis elimination a reality through political will and funding.

SourceWorld Hepatitis Day.org

What is hepatitis?

Hepatitis is the inflammation of the liver caused by viruses.

The viruses that cause the inflammation are named after letters, A, B, C, D, and E.

Hepatitis B and C can cause liver cancer.

The majority of people are unaware that they are infected with the virus.

Exact Causes

Hepatitis A & E are caused due to eating contaminated food or drinking contaminated water.

Hepatitis B is caused by contact with the blood or body fluids of another infected person.

Hepatitis C and D are caused due to blood to blood contact.

Have you ever visited a patient suffering from liver damage?

I bet you start giving importance to your lifestyle!

And you are sure to take precautions to protect your liver.

How to protect the liver? ( General precaution)

  1. Maintain a healthy diet. You may ask what is a healthy diet? My friend, you can check with your dietician or internet’. The idea is to have a balanced diet.
  2. During a blood transfusion, ensure a safe process and prevent getting infected with Hepatitis B or C viruses
  3. Hepatitis B & C can also be transmitted sexually. Safe sex is advised.
  4. Don’t share toothbrushes, razors, needles or other personal care items
  5. If you are planning tattooing or piercing get vaccinated for hepatitis B.
  6. Regarding Hepatitis A infection, people get it by having close contact with a person who is infected from food or drinks, prepared by someone infected. It can also come by eating food, harvested from sewage-contaminated water.
  7. Avoid toxins. Toxins I mean insecticides, chemicals and aerosol products. Wear a mask and limit direct contact with these chemicals by wearing gloves.
  8. The majority of us love Alcohol and enjoy consuming the same. And in many places, it forms part of the culture and tradition. My advice is to stay away from alcohol. If you can’t, then consume alcohol responsibly.
  9. Avoid smoking.
  10. Avoid substances like cocaine, marijuana, hashish, heroin, inhalations, psychotherapeutic ( When used non medically).

Specific preventive measures for Hepatitis

Vaccines are available for Hepatitis A and B.

For Hepatitis C, D and E…there is no vaccination available.

So one must be careful and follow the measures to protect the liver as mentioned above.

Take home message

Love your liver and live longer.

 

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Disclaimer-The above post is not meant for any medical advice. It is intended for information purposes only. It’s not a substitute for Professional Medical advice. Consult your physician for medical advice.

Your mentality shapes your reality -Suzy Kassem

 Good Health

“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind, he can find the way to enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him” Gautama Buddha

And the secret is…

“To master the universe, firstly master your own mind!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

But the truth is…

Nobody can control or master or totally understand own mind!

What is the solution?

✔Sometimes you just need to relax and watch the fun unfolding

✔Develop faith that things will take a shape on their own

✔Allow nature to take its due course

✔It’s Ok if things are not as per your mind’s expectations

✔Let go little and let just life happen

Remember Wu-Wei.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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It’s time to ride 🚲

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when Hope hardly seems to worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

World Bicycle day is celebrated on June 3

Health experts across the world are encouraging people to use bicycles.

The idea is for the people to recognise the versatility & uniqueness of the bicycle as a mode of transport. 

In 1817, Baron Karl von Drais of Germany invented the bicycle.

Cycling as an activity

  • Keeps body strong
  • Reduced risk of heart diseases and diabetes
  • Keeps stress levels lower
  • It’s fun to ride
  • Good for weight loss
  • Improves lung strength (Especially in these Corona Days)
  • Boosts mental health
  • Cycling is a zero pollution mode of transportation

According to UN

“For the poorest urban sector, who often cannot afford private vehicles, walking and cycling can provide a form of transport while reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers, diabetes, and even death. Accordingly, improved active transport is not only healthy; it is also equitable and cost-effective,” 

Take home message

✔A bad day on a mountain bike always beats a good day in the office

✔Save the Planet. Ride a bike.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Life is tough but so are you

‘You can’t be sad when you are holding a dumbbell”  Unknown

“Instead of focussing on the weight of your body going down, focus on the weight of your dumbbells going up!”  Unknown

Breakups

‘Breakups are like dumbbells,

Dumbbells break your muscles and make your body stronger and breakups give us huge energy and if this energy if used properly we become more productive and finally more powerful!”  Khushhal Daga

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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This post is part of Jude’s Life in Colour- May 2021- PURPLE

World Laughter day May 2

“A well-balanced person is one who finds both sides of an issue laughable”. Herbert Procknow

World Laughter Day (WLD) is celebrated on the first Sunday of May.

This year it falls on May 2.

Can this day be celebrated when still corona is raging and millions are dying?

I don’t have an answer for this!

World Laughter Day was created in 1998 by Madan Kataria.

“I have not seen anyone dying of laughter, but I know millions who are dying because they are not laughing.”  Dr Madan Kataria

This year Corona is in no mood to lie low and hitting the humans with a vengeance

It’s is said laughter is great medicine and it’s a perfect formula in these gloomy days.

This day is celebrated to highlight the importance of laughter in our lives.

With the Covid pandemic spreading its tentacles across India and still active in other parts of the world, laughter or humour can be uplifting.

I can understand the loss of human lives.

And it’s very difficult to get a laughing mood.

But still, it is said, ‘laughter is the best way to fight corona during ‘isolation’ or ‘quarantine’ since laughter improves the body immunity to fight corona infection.

It’s advised that one should practice ‘laughter’ at least 30 minutes a day to improve overall body immunity and thus lung capacity is increased and lungs are made strong to withstand Corona onslaught.

And the effective weapon to fight Corona…

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.” Mark Twain

My post is incomplete if I fail to mention my friend Chris, who makes me smile everyday, through his blog, {Mr.Ohh’s Sideways View} and also via his comments on my various posts.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Losing is not an option

The World Kidney Day Steering Committee has declared 2021 the year of “Living Well with Kidney Disease” and is the theme for 2021. source-worldKidneyday.org

The day is celebrated every year on 2nd Thursday and this year it is in March 11.

Care your Kidney otherwise Kidney will lose you

World Kidney Day (WKD) is a global health awareness campaign focusing on the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems worldwide. source-Wikipedia

I am reposting the article for the benefit of readers

“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” Voltaire

All of us are aware that we have an amazing God’s gift in our bodies in the form of Kidneys, a wonderful organ, but sadly many of us forget its importance and ignore the steps to be taken to protect the organ from diseases and take things granted in our usual style.

Kidneys are the symbol of conscience, emotions, desire, wisdom & morality. ( Bible )

Did you ever consider having tests done to know the status of your kidneys?

Do you know millions of people die because of kidney failure? Kidney disease is a non-communicable disease and approximately 850 million people are affected in the world.

I am not into details of why kidneys fail etc, but just to bring awareness of how important our kidneys maintain body health  and how to protect kidneys.

In some parts of the world, men are so ignorant that they think testicles as kidneys.

People even crack a joke on these organs, (highly insulting to the great organ )

Kidney: A complex organ to convert beer into urine

England doesn’t have a Kidney Bank, but it does have Liverpool.

Celebrate this World Kidney Day by getting a full body checkup

Most people with early kidney disease have no symptoms making it all the more important to detect the disease early.

3 Simple life-saving tests are(Source Kidney.org)

  1. B.P test-Checking your Blood pressure.
  2. Urine test- Protein in urine.
  3. Blood test- GFR ( glomerular filtration rate )

8 Problems of Kidney disease can cause  (source kidney.org )

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack and stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Put your life at risk
  • Weak bones
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy)
  • Kidney failure (end-stage kidney disease, or ESRD)
  • Anaemia or low red blood cell count

9 things everyone must do  ( source kidney.org )

  • Exercise regularly
  • Control weight
  • Follow a balanced diet
  • Quit smoking
  • Drink only in moderation
  • Stay hydrated
  • Monitor cholesterol levels
  • Get an annual physical check up
  • Know your family medical history

I can add

  • Control of Blood sugar and Blood pressure.
  • Don’t take painkillers / anti-inflammatory tablets regularly. They are nephrotoxic.

Take home message

Raise awareness for Kidney care.

Prevention is better than cure.

Wishing you a healthy life with good functioning kidneys.

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

Disclaimer-The above post is not meant for any medical advice. It is intended for information purpose only. It’s not a substitute for Professional Medical advice. Consult your physician for medical advice.

New Dictionary

Happiness is the new rich

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Inner peace is the new Success

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Health is the new wealth

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Kindness is the new cool

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“Happiness is the new rich.Inner peace is the new success.Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool”  Syed Balkhi

But who has got time to listen to the wise men?

Wise men can only narrate their experience.

Please share your thoughts.

Thank you.

Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

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Belly

Belly

When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor    Euripides

Your Dictionary.com defines Belly as

  1. the lower front part of the human body between the chest and thighs; abdomen
  2. the underside of an animal’s body
  3. the abdominal cavity
  4. the stomach
  5. an appetite for food
  6. the deep interior: the belly of a ship
  7. any part, surface, or section that curves outward or bulges, as the swelling part of a sail in the wind, the fleshy middle part of a muscle, or the upper surface of a violin
  8. the front part or underside of anything
  9. ARCHAIC-the womb

Do you know the truth behind the Belly ?

The belly rules the mind   Spanish Proverb

So control the belly and you can control your mind !

Human Belly

My talk is limited to the human belly, and the unwanted,unnecessary risky and even dangerous level of accumulation of fat layer in the Belly.

Belly fat can be visceral ( accumulation of fat between the internal organs ) or subcutaneous ( fat accumulation beneath the skin )

Between these two types of fat,visceral fat accumulation is more harmful causing health complications.

Any standard measurements for belly size ?

  • For women belly size should be less than 35 inches ( 88.9 Cms )
  • For men belly size should be less than 40 inches ( 101.6 Cms )

Remember you may not be overweight and you may be under false security that everything OK,but you belly fat is the one that tells the story of rest of your life.

What are the health problems one can get if one has excess of belly fat?

  • Heart diseases including heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer ( Breast / Colon )
  • Asthma
  • Dementia

Common Causes of excess of Belly fat

  • Junk food
  • Sedentary life
  • Alcohol / Smoking
  • Lack of sleep
  • Never ending stress

Junk food being cheap and gym memberships being expensive are the reasons why we are getting fat. coolnsmart.com

Check this link
Good things come to those who wait.
But bad things come to those who “weight.”

This post is part of Ragtag community’s RDP Daily prompts RDP-Monday-Belly

Thank you guys for the inspiration and preventing us, becoming lazy.

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏
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World Hypertension Day

This day is Celebrated on May 17 th.

We are all under pressure because of Covid-19,adding to our blood pressure.

The World Hypertension League (WHL) has announced that it will postpone the celebration of World Hypertension Day (WHD) 2020 until October 17, 2020, due to global COVID-19 pandemic. World Hypertension Day

The expanded theme for World Hypertension Day is Measure Your Blood Pressure, Control It, Live Longer, with a goal of increasing high blood pressure (BP) awareness in all populations around the world.

It’s a 6.5 minute read.

Have you ever checked your BP ( blood pressure ) ?

If not,first thing you do is to see a physician and get checked.

Is your PB pressurised because you are under pressure ?

“Life is not merely being alive, but being well”. Marcus Valerius Martialis

Belonging to the medical profession,I am happy if I can bring awareness about common health problems.

Why knowledge about Hypertension important ?

Because high blood pressure is a ‘Silent Killer‘.

The medical term used for High Blood Pressure is ‘Hypertension’

What do I mean by silent killer ?

Most of you with Hypertension have no symptoms and when the blood pressure goes up. you are not even aware.

High BP develops gradually and over the time.If you are careless, by the time you realize you would have developed one of these complications,hence it is said to be a silent killer.

  • Stroke,
  • Heart attack
  • Kidney failure
  • Vision loss
  • Sexual dysfunction

High BP can not be cured.It can be managed through life style changes and medications as per your doctors advice.

Managing blood pressure is a life long commitment and a test for your will power.

There are many reasons why one can develop Blood Pressure, ( Please consult your Doctor )

‘Life Style’ is one of them and I am limiting my discussion to this aspect.

What is life style ?

Wikipedia defines “Lifestyle is the interests, opinions, behaviors, and behavioral orientations of an individual, group, or culture”

Are you under pressure,based on your lifestyle philosophy?

I am suggesting some of your life style aspects which can elevate your Blood pressure.

1.Reacting to each and every incident that happens to you.Your response & if your reaction is more than what is required, leading to stress.

2.Tension,anxiety,imaginary worries,thinking of future,stress… out of physical,mental, emotional exhaustion.

3.Smoking & Drinking habits-You indulge in smoking or drinking because you are under stress and you think these habits make you forget the problem and in the process you get addicted and even hooked.

4.Being Overweight- result of Eating habits/physical activity.

Obesity happens over the time. Because of eating too much ( wrong foods ) and at the same time lacking physical activity.

you are stressed because of friends and colleges making fun of your body.Not just that, you also have to face the health related complications arising from being overweight.

I shall discuss each in detail

1.Stress

“Stress is thrash of modern life,we all generate it but if you don’t dispose it properly,it will pile up and overtake your life” Danzae pace

By definition,stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from demanding circumstances.

Stress affects all of us.Mild stress is OK,since it makes you get ready to solve your problems.But chronic stress affects the health which is irreversible.

When you are stressed, your body reacts in flight or fight mode,because stress hormones are produced.

The problem with stress hormones is that your body responds by increasing your blood pressure to pump blood to the body muscles so that body is in a position to react to the situation.

Our bodies can easily deal mild degrees of stress.However the chronic stress and the consequence of these stress hormones lead to Hypertension.

Stress triggers highly vary from one individual to other and it is difficult to gauze how mildly or strongly you react to the situation.stress can affect you emotionally,physically and even your behavior may change.
Solution– Never react to the situation immediately.Understand that you can’t not control every thing that happens to you.Think for a while and make sincere attempts to find an alternate or look into the problem in a different perspective.Exercise regularly and stay positive.

2.Smoking

Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world.I know because I’ve done it thousands of times”. Mark Twain

Jokes apart,you all know that smoking is bad for lungs and can lead to lung cancer.Are you aware that it can also lead to high blood pressure and heart disease ?

Nicotine is the culprit.It increases your heart rate,narrows the blood vessels by hardening it’s walls and thus increases your blood pressure.
Solution-Just quit smoking.Don’t ask me how and when.

” you are greater than your addiction “. Nasia Davis

3.Drinking

” Alcohol,what is that ? It’s not in my Vodkabulary,but let me check in Whiskypedia. Unknown

On a lighter note it is said alcohol is the cause and also the solution- to all your problems.

You are aware that alcohol causes liver and digestive problems.You will be shocked to know that chronic consumption leads to hypertension.

Nevertheless people take things easy in alcohol matters and when questioned about high consumption they come out with funny explanations.

” In beer there is freedom,in wine there is health,in cognac there is power and in water there is bacteria “. Unknown

Alcohol contains calories that contributes to weight gain which is a risk factor for high blood pressure.Alcohol formula itself triggers hypertension.

Solution-Just stop drinking.Quicker the decision made better for everyone around you.

4.Obesity

“Obesity Is not because it runs in the family !!! It is because no one runs in the family !!” unknown

Though there are many causes for obesity,sedentary life style and high calorie/fat food in take are major reasons.When we eat junk food and don’t exercise we get fat.

Solution-Regular physical activity, 60 to 90 minutes of moderate activity and dietary modifications under a nutritionist guidance helps you to keep a check on your weight

Thank you for your patience in reaching this point.

Please share your views on how not to succumb to the life style habits.

My other health related posts

Please share your views.

A hair raising tail

The closer…the better

A good laugh & a long sleep are the best cure in the Doctor’sbook-Irish Proverb

Forgotten Hygiene

This is something we have been doing wrong all along !

Thank you. Namaste  🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

 

References

World Hypertension day

How smoking affects blood pressure

High Blood pressures from Alcohol consumption

Obesity & Blood Pressure

Disclaimer– The contents of the post are for information purpose only,and are not intended to be professional medical advice,diagnosis or treatment.Please take the advice of your physician regarding hypertension.

More wine – Less whine 🍷

Wine

“Sip….sip…hooray”

Looks like you can’t separate history of wine & History of Human beings.

Wine has inspired countless intellectuals,writers,poets,entertainers and philosophers.

” A ta sante” “a votre sante” ‘Tchin-tchin” ” “Salud” “Cheers” “….. Sounding familiar ?

Drink wine,and you will sleep well.Sleep and you will not sin,and you will be saved.ergo,drink wine and be saved Medieval German Proverb

The only thing better than a wine is two bottles of wine

Just joking my friend.This is a funny anonymous quote.People always advice ‘Moderation’. Can you tell me what ‘Moderation’ constitutes ?

Have you heard of Novinophobia ? It means fear of having no wine.

Cenosillicaphpboa ? It means fear of empty glass.

TFOROOW ?? ( The Fear Of Running Out Of Wine )

How is your routine life going on my friend ?

I know …….immediately you are jumping to tell about your Corona time.
I completely understand.

All days are not the same.

Some day you are having a tough time and this is the time a glass of wine comes to your rescue.

Most of you know wines can be broadly classified into 5 types and approximately over 10,000 ( really ? I am not sure ) varieties of wine come under this category.

  1. Red wine
  2. White wine
  3. Rose wine
  4. Sparkling wine
  5. Desert wine

Are you aware that ‘National Drink wine day‘ celebrated on 18 Feb and ‘National Red wine day‘ on 28 th August ?

Why Red wine is a preferred choice ?

Red wine roots are Biblical.

What did Rumi say ?…..Either give me more wine or leave me alone.

Red wine has antioxidants that can reduce inflammations in the body,said to be good for Gut health and improves immunity and approximately 150 ml per day with meal as advised by Alberto Bertelli,at the university of Milan. Check this BBC link.
Is wine Good for you ?

Red wine

A friend of wine is a friend of mine!”

Some interesting Quotes

1.Don’t waste a drop innocent grapes died for you unknown

2.Good wine makes good blood, good blood causeth good humors, good humors cause good thoughts, good thoughts bring forth good works, good works carry a man to heaven, ergo, good wine carrieth a man to heaven.” James Howell

3.wine is the most civilized thing in the world Ernest Hemingway

4.Beer made by men,wine by God ! Martin Luther

5.If food is the body of good living,wine is its soul Clifton Fadima

6.A glass of wine keeps the doctor away.A bottle of wine would keep everyone away.I think I’ll have a bottle unknown

7.An empty bottle of wine is better than a filled one. It shows achievement.” Unknown

8.Who is this –moderation– people are telling me to drink with?!” Anonymous

9.You can’t buy happiness,but you can buy wine and that’s the kind of same thing Unknown

10. I have three moods

  1. Glass of wine
  2. Bottle of wine
  3. Whole damn Winery

Hope you are having a fun day !

Thank you. Namaste 🙏🙏🙏

Philosophy Through Photography

DisclaimerI am not here to encourage you drinking or become a habitual drinker.All of us know that consuming alcohol is injurious to health’

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