Friday, February 5, 2016

Traditional Toys at Khoai Mela in West Bengal

Khoai Mela
Traditional toys for sell in Indian village market (khoai mela), Bolpur, Santiniketan, West Bengal.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Impact of Antibiotic Misuse on Our Gut Flora

Today I will be discussing on the impact of antibiotic misuse on general health. We Indians tend to use random antibiotics often as self medication or after getting advice from our doctors, when maybe there is no need to have any of them. So, let us consider the impact it may have in our daily life.

In modern medicine antibiotics play a major role. However, excessive or insensible use of it may do more harm than good. Usually, the adverse side effects of antibiotics are the main reasons for the harmful consequences of antibiotic misuse. The misuse or excess uses of antibiotics often cause serious damage to our health. Another problem comes from the resistant bacteria that may be formed due to improper use of antibiotics. Infection due to these antibiotic resistant bacteria can often be fatal.

Diarrhoea in Children due to excess use of antibiotics

We usually make a common mistake of taking antibiotics for common cough and cold. Interestingly, common cough and cold is often caused by viruses and not by bacteria. Therefore, the antibiotics we take for treating common cough and cold usually have no effect on the disease. In fact, these antibiotics do more harm than good by serving severe side effects in addition to the miseries of the disease. However, several studies have revealed that in about 50% of cases, antibiotics have been administered to children suffering from common cough and cold or upper respiratory tract infection caused by a virus. In these children there is a chance of developing a severe offensive antibiotic resistant bacterium (Clostridium difficile). This is a dangerous bacterium with high capacity of causing infection.

Scientific investigations suggested that among the children suffering from Clostridium difficile, 71% of them have received some sort of antibiotic treatment for lung, ear or nasal infection in the preceding 12 weeks. This clearly suggests how wrong antibiotic treatment can give rise to some secondary infection that may be more severe than the first one.
Clostridium difficile is actually a bacterium that resides within the small intestine and can produce severe form of diarrhoea. This bacterium is responsible for over 250,000 infections in different hospitals of the USA alone (stats not available in India, but will be definitely very high when compared with the hygiene level and number patients in Indian hospitals) causing 14,000 deaths.

The loss of the natural flora of intestine

Excess use of antibiotics gives rise to new sensitive bacteria in our intestine. Our intestine houses more than 100 trillion different types of bacteria. Most of these bacteria are harmless and helps maintaining the natural flora of the intestine and even help in digestion. However, excessive use of antibiotics can kill the beneficial bacteria and help flourish bacteria that can survive the antibiotic concentration (thereby giving rise to resistant strains).

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Music and its impact on child health

Music
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When we think of giving our child's education in music, we consider their inborn interest or talent. We spot them taking interest in music or hear them singing nicely and get them enrolled in some music classes. Often we also consider getting them engaged in some sort of extracurricular activities that may kill some of their idle time. We of course, never think of the possibility of any health benefit out of it. 

Although, we have heard about that music soothes the mind and is good for mental peace, we seldom take it as having serious health benefits. Numerous scientific researches have been conducted on the possible health benefits of music for children. Let us have some clear idea about whether music really plays some important part in the development of children.

First, consider singing of a child without any proper training. Every child starts singing naturally after hearing songs and most of us make the child sleep by singing a song. So, singing comes naturally to a child and comes without any sort of encouragement. Thus, the relationship between a child and music begins at an early age. They of course need some professional help at some point of time, whereas some of them possess gifted talents and can sing well without any professional training.

Therefore, the development of a child's brain and its association with music cannot be overlooked. If a child starts playing a musical instrument, then both halves of the child’s brain (the left and right) get activated and stimulated simultaneously. The left side of the brain is stimulated with logical thinking while the right with creative ideas. So, musical instruments can develop both the brains at the same instances. It can be considered a good exercise for your child’s brain.

Performing with wind musical instrument also helps your child in developing better lung capacity, cardiovascular enhancement, healing respiratory problems, benefits the throat muscles and also the vocal chords. Music also develops a better memory, improves hearing, creates a rhythm sense and imparts the sense of time as well as tempo.

Music can also improve problem in speech like stuttering and selective drills along with music and help many child eliminate this problem in speaking. Often problems of any kind related to speech make the child slower in the learning process compared to the other kids of the same age. Music has again proved effective in these situations. Problems in speech actually deprive a child with valuable information and should not be taken as lightly. 

Therefore, child development goes hands on. They are more interdependent than we think. Giving your child a music education irrespective of the child’s talent on music may actually help the child in better development. They will pick up languages and science better through music education.

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Methods to Impact Prevention of Alcoholism

I have given some insights of problems related to alcoholism and its impact on society as well as on the individual and some treatment procedures. Now I will write about the preventive methods and its impact on alcoholism. 

Prevention of alcoholism is possible through early intervention in teens. In young people suffering from problem drinking, right intervention give good result as their addiction is often depends on the influence of their parents, role models; advertisements of alcohols; friends and family; and other close associates. Their psychological need for alcohol; how early they started drinking; genetic factors are few other things that need to be considered. In case of teenagers, beware of the following signs and symptoms of alcoholism or problem drinking: -
  • Lost interest in personal appearances, hobbies and other activities in life
  • Coordination problem, slurred speech, memory lapses and blood shot eyes
  • Changes in friendships and difficulty in managing old relationships and friendships
  • Having problems in school, getting poor grades and decline in overall performances in school
  • Frequent mood swings and suspicious behavioral pattern
Preventing teenage alcohol use is a necessity and we can all do it. Change your own alcohol use if necessary to help your child. You can always set a good example in front of your child. Talk freely and openly, spend quality time together and take active participation in your child’s life. Let them know the worse consequences of his or her behavior and surely things will be positive.

What makes us to drink?

Alcohol is an integral part of our society and share an important space in our emotional, spiritual, social and daily life. So, you may start drinking for various reasons like: -
  • For some relaxation after a strenuous day at work
  • To socialize and enjoy with your friends
  • You may like to drink because of its taste
  • Alcohol may be an integral part of your culture
Other circumstances, may lead to your drinking habit such as getting the chance of being close to somebody through drinking; to get rid of your bad feeling; loneliness; to control your anger or sadness; and because of other compulsions.

There have always been some important reasons behind your excessive likeness towards alcohol. There must be some important cause and psychological reasons behind every heavy alcohol consumption or taking of other toxic drugs. You must be struggling to cope with some problems in your life that may include relationship problems; unable to take care of yourself; low in self esteem; unable to manage emotional stress and strong emotional challenges. Initially, alcohol and other drugs may seem to the solution for other problems you were suffering with, but eventually the alcohol and drugs will itself become a greater problem for you in life.

When your drinking habit produces unwanted consequences, then it becomes most concerning part of your drinking. You drink as you like it and you may be getting adapted with the harm caused by it to you, but your drinking may cause serious damage and harm to other people, which you must be aware of. More you drink; more is the potential to harm others. Drinking thus can be classified as over drinking, risky drinking, harmful drinking and dependent drinking on the basis of alcohol consumption.

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The Impact of Nutrition to Fight Alcoholism

Nutrition
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Alcoholism is a grave problem which is very complex in nature and need simultaneous attention to several issues. The success rate of orthodox treatment procedures is pretty poor and thus the need to look into other available options is necessary steps to combat alcoholism. In this regard, there is very little approach has been taken towards fighting alcoholism through nutrition and diet and most people are completely unaware of this technique. So, in this post I will share the impact of nutrition on treatments of alcoholism.

Hypoglycemia and vitamins play an important role in the fight against alcoholism as stated by Bill Wilson, the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous. Other researchers like Joan Larson (wrote the book Seven Weeks to Sobriety), also emphasized the importance of diet and nutrition in the treatment of alcoholism. In her treatment center (The Health Recovery Center) she got a success rate of 75% with alternate treatment for alcoholism.

According to Dr. Theron Randolph alcoholism is nothing but advanced food allergy and cannot be treated as mental illness. He deduced that an alcoholic person is addicted to the source of food, which the alcoholic beverage is made (barley, corn, cane or grapes) of and not to the alcohol itself. In advanced food allergy, the individual craves the allergic food. The alcoholic person has allergies to such food and as in advanced food allergy, gets addicted to the allergen. But, alcohol helps in quicker absorption of the food products further heightening their cravings for the food sources (barley, corn, cane or grapes) they have advanced allergies. When they consume the same food as such, without alcohol, it cannot produce the same effect as the absorption is not heightened.

Further data support the fact that most of the alcoholics are hypoglycemic and there is a reciprocal relationship between them. The symptoms of hypoglycemia and alcoholism are same and they include depression, insomnia, irritability, nervousness, restlessness, aggressiveness, confusion, fatigue and many more. These symptoms provoke the alcoholic person to drink more and thus when a person tries to become sober and his hypoglycemia is not addressed, he will continue to have the desire to drink more. Thus, there has always been a high risk of relapsing to alcoholism to get temporally relief from these symptoms. So, treatment of hypoglycemia is an important step in alternative treatment of alcoholism, and if done successfully can lead to higher rate of success. 
Relapsing to alcoholism is the major problem in alternative treatment of alcoholism as around 60% of the treated patient start drinking within a year. Thus, they have to be admitted repeatedly for treatment. So, long term recovery through alternate treatment is very rare. 

According to Rand Report in 1990, where they made a four year long study on 922 men undergoing alternative treatment, they found that only 28% patients were refrained from drinking even after six months of treatment. This falls back to 21% after one year of treatment and to mere 7% after four years. Considering the small size of the subgroup it clearly suggests the gravity of the relapsing problem with alternate treatment.

So it is quite clear that traditional alcoholism treatment still need a long way to go to become a major success, but it still can be used effectively in combination with authorized medication plans. Addressing issues like food allergy, nutritional deficiencies and hypoglycemia can be quite successful with traditional treatment.

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