It’s about people, not politics…

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norway_shuttingNorway shuts down to control Corona

 

WHAT IS SOCIAL DISTANCING AND HOW CAN IT SLOW THE SPREAD OF COVID-19?

How do I practice social distancing?
The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregrate settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.”

This means, says Rivers, “no hugs, no handshakes.”

It’s particularly important—and perhaps obvious—to maintain a that same 6-foot distance from anyone who is demonstrating signs of illness, including coughing, sneezing, or fever.

Along with physical distance, proper hand-washing is important for protecting not only yourself, but others around you—because the virus can be spread even without symptoms.

“Don’t wait for evidence that that there’s circulation [of COVID-19] in your community,” says Rivers. “Go ahead and step up that hand-washing right now, because it really does help to reduce transmission.”

Ref: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/13/what-is-social-distancing/?fbclid=IwAR3Sw6VKoEigNF8jiFKZU6ZFC_PKtbiwi6VnsjWqvlSGk9R_3NhncsAgKmk

 

How to avoid the spread of coronavirus when travelling

Security checks are thought to be the highest risk areas in airports. A study published by researchers from the University of Nottingham and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare found that half of all plastic luggage trays at security checks were harbouring at least one respiratory disease such as the common cold or influenza.
Scientists have been planning for a pandemic for decades and transport hubs are widely regarded as infection hotspots, with virus transmission rates up to six times higher for those using public transport systems.

Ref: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/global-health/science-and-disease/coronavirus-how-avoid-spread-tips-transport/?fbclid=IwAR3fEydd1BcVeUhbLdlMrzcQ9czx4vXqAtUzOexwnWmjVMny2D4jT3acXNk

We Knew Disease X Was Coming. It’s Here Now.

We need to stop what drives mass epidemics rather than just respond to individual diseases.

“We live in dense and highly connected populations. Pandemics are inevitable. The ways we fund health science (slowly, meagerly) and finance health systems (inadequately, inequitably) are simply not up to the task of preventing them.”

Ref: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/27/opinion/coronavirus-pandemics.html?fbclid=IwAR3qp9RhZp82ratipHHDgVxqgSfVdeyb9OEX9IjI-3knK1loSLgP-gYLwWw

Advice from Norwegian institute of public health

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Nurturing Thursday – Insulin

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

14th November is “World Diabetes Day”.

https://worlddiabetesday.org/about/2019-theme/

A story about today——

Today is the birthday of a man who made miracles happen. In 1920, a four year old boy Terry Ryder diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. In those days, the only way to save diabetes patients was to put them on a starvation diet. In July 1922, Terry weighed less than 12 kg & could not take 4 steps by himself. He was one of the first put on Fredrick Banting’s new discovery. Within 2 weeks he started gaining weight. By September Terry was healthy.

Terry was just one of thousands of children saved around the world by Fredrick Banting’s miracle cure for diabetes. Also adults and children around the world now take this miracle treatment for granted.

When Fredrick Banting discovered insulin, he refused to put his name on the patent. He felt it was unethical for a doctor to profit from a discovery that would save lives. Banting’s co-inventors, James Collip and Charles Best, sold the insulin patent to the University of Toronto for a mere $1. They wanted everyone who needed their medication to be able to afford it.

 

Inspired by Becca’s Nurturing Thursday

The Old Man and the Sea!

I am not a reviewer and reviewing Ernest Hemingway is not my business. A lot has already been written about the author and the book and probably future generations will have their share in coming times.

There are more than 300 million links discussing quotes, characters and analyzing various events of the book.

So what I want to say about the book. Instead of writing the text here, I took photo of the page and am giving it here.

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I was surprised and impressed after reading this. Such an excellent way to keep healthy. Moreover it was available to all fishermen. Such an important and unique piece of information about the fishing community. I have never heard of such community service. The book was published in 1952 which mean the story happened in Cuba around 1950’s.

India has 8,129 kilometres (5,051 mi) of marine coastline, 3,827 fishing villages and 1,914 traditional fish landing centers. A general story I heard about poor fishermen in India is they would spend the money  they have earned in drinking cheap alcohol. This is so devastating.

Has anyone know about such service in other countries in recent times or history?

While looking for some information, I found information on history of cod liver oil.

“Vikings would get livers from the cod and every house would have a drum full of fermented livers and the oil that rose to the top was used for everything from heat, to cooking oil, to a condiment, to using the oil as fuel for a wick.  They would take spoonful upon leaving their homes.”

Reference: http://www.mcjazz.f2s.com/CodLiverOil.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detox diet: No scientific evidence

Internal cleansing may empty your wallet, but is it good for your health?

This is second post in Health series.

The story begins (in my mind) when I read this article.

https://forskning.no/menneskekroppen-mat/det-er-ingenting-som-tyder-pa-at-detox-virker/1215643

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The article is not in english and so you can try google translator. But the reference article on which it was based is in English.

I am sharing the abstract of the research article. Full paper is of course available on journal website.

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A press release by Macquarie University  on the same research article mentions:

A critical review of the evidence surrounding popular detox diets has concluded that there is no compelling evidence to support the use of detox diets for weight management or toxin elimination.

Financial costs to consumers, unsubstantiated claims, and the potential health risks of detox products has lead researchers to state that until further systematic evaluations of commercial detox diets are undertaken, they should be discouraged by health professionals.

Researchers Professor Hosen Kiat, Head of Cardiology at Macquarie University Hospital and the Australian School of Advanced Medicine, and Dr Alice Klein from the Cardiac Health Institute, have conducted a thorough review of studies assessing eight of the most popular detox diets, including long and short programs that recommend different combinations of fasting, supplements, food modification, and laxative use.

“Our biggest challenge was that commercial detox diets rarely identify the specific toxins they aim to remove, or the mechanisms by which they eliminate them, making it difficult to investigate their claims,” said Professor Kiat.

“To the best of our knowledge, no rigorous clinical investigations of detox diets have been conducted. The handful of studies that have been published suffer from significant methodological limitations including small sample sizes, sampling bias, lack of control groups, reliance on self-report and qualitative rather than quantitative measurements.”

Most concerning were the potential health risks identified as associated with the detox diets.

“The detox industry founds itself on the notion that chemicals can be neatly divided into ‘good’ and ‘bad’ categories. In reality it is the ‘dose that makes the poison’,” said Professor Kiat.

Consumers should also keep in mind that the human body has evolved highly sophisticated mechanisms for eliminating toxins. The liver, kidneys, gastrointestinal system, skin and lungs all play a role in the excretion of unwanted substances, without chemical intervention.

“However, considering the vast number of synthetic chemicals to which we are exposed, this is an interesting and worthwhile area of research.”

Read the full story at : https://www.mq.edu.au/newsroom/2015/02/06/literature-review-finds-no-evidence-to-support-detox-diets-for-weight-loss-or-detoxification

The bullet points are:

  • Many detox diets contain little proteins that are important for building muscle, as well as whole grain products.
  • Too much fluid is bad as it risks diluting important nutrients like vitamins and minerals in the body.
  • Gastrointestinal rinsing can be harmful as it can damage a healthy intestinal flora
  • The body can clean itself
  • liver, kidneys ++ can eliminate toxins

The bottom line

The human body can defend itself very well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence. If you’re generally healthy, concentrate on giving your body what it needs to maintain its robust self-cleaning system — a healthful diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups. If you experience fatigue, pallor, unexplained weight gain or loss, changes in bowel function, or breathing difficulties that persist for days or weeks, visit your doctor instead of a detox spa.

More interesting reads

https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-dubious-practice-of-detox

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/dec/05/detox-myth-health-diet-science-ignorance

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/what-detox-diet

 

 

Sugar – It’s better to put some in the garbage than on your waistline

I shall be writing a series of posts related to health. I shall share what I found insightful.

To begin with here are some quotes:

  • Your body will be around a lot longer than that expensive handbag. Invest in yourself ~ Anonymous
  • YES! getting yourself healthy does cost money. But doctor and hospital visit will cost more ~ Anonymous

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This morning I read an article related to sugar in our food. The important points it includes are

  • Big Sugar has paid researchers to conduct misleading — if not false — studies about the health effects of added sweeteners. It has come up with a dizzying array of euphemistic names for those sweeteners. And it has managed to get sugars into a remarkable threequarters of all packaged foods in American supermarkets.
  • Virtually the only way to eat a healthy amount of sugar is to make a conscious effort. You can think of it as a political act: resisting the sugar industry’s attempts to profit off your body. Or you can simply think of it as taking care of yourself.
  • You may have heard about high-fructose corn syrup.  Many researchers believe that sugar is sugar. But people don’t generally overeat natural sugars. Have you ever inhaled five apples in one sitting?
  • Your rules should revolve around added sweeteners, rather than the natural ones in fruits, vegetables and dairy.
  • Fix your breakfast. It’s the most sugar-packed meal, and it doesn’t need to be. Eggs, fruit, nuts, plain yogurt, plain oatmeal and traditional pita bread are delicious — and free of added sugars. If you’re pressed for time, boil a dozen eggs, refrigerate them and grab one or two in the morning. A sign of a good breakfast plate: It has an array of natural colors.

  • Redo your pantry. Steer clear of staples — like sauces, crackers and breads — with unnecessary sugars.

  • Eliminate soda. Just get rid of it. Soda and sports drinks are essentially liquid sugar.

  • Whip portion inflation. Restaurant desserts are often family-size servings marketed as individual portions. The marble-loaf cake at Starbucks, for example, has more sugar than most adults should eat in an entire day.

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After checking a few more articles I gathered this:

  • There’s also the matter of fruit juice concentrates, which are juices that have been stripped of nearly everything but sugar and evaporated. A lot of seemingly natural foods include ingredients like “apple juice concentrate.” That’s sugar. That will be a lot clearer when the labels are updated.
  • Health experts recommend that you focus on reducing added sweeteners — like granulated sugar, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, stevia and molasses. You don’t need to worry so much about the sugars that are a natural part of fruit, vegetables and dairy products. Most people don’t overeat naturally occurring sugars, as Marion Nestle of New York University says. The fiber, vitamins and minerals that surround them fill you up.
  • When you eat out, think of every dessert as a serving for two. It’s better to put some in the garbage than on your waistline.

A lot can be said and discussed on sugar and health/lifestyle but for now this much is enough. I would love to hear from you, any experience or information.

The links of health post will be mentioned on page: Health

References:

  1. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/11/opinion/sugar-industry-health.html
  2. https://www.starbucks.com/menu/food/bakery/chocolate-marble-loaf-cake?foodZone=9999
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/guides/smarterliving/how-to-stop-eating-sugar
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/22/upshot/it-isnt-easy-to-figure-out-which-foods-contain-sugar.html
  5. https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015/resources/2015-2020_Dietary_Guidelines.pdf
  6. https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/food-and-drink/starbucks-christmas-drinks-latte-gingerbread-sugar-calories-dougnuts-a8047836.html