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Jun 20

Natural Hair Coloring Formula:

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Ingredients:
Bhringraj (Eclipta alba): One part
Hena (Lawsonia inermis) powder: one part
Amala (Emblica officinalis ) powder: Half part
Bibhitaki/Barro (Terminalia belerica): Half part
Kakmachi (Solanum nigrum ) powder: 1/4th part
Black Til seed (Sesamum indicum): 1/4th part

mix all powder in a container. Add sufficient quantity of the decoction of tea leaves to make paste. For tea decoction you can boil tea leaves just like making tea.Again add two teaspoonful of curds. Make a good paste of everything. Put this paste into iron pot for 12 hours.Then, apply this paste on your hair. keep it for an hour. Then wash you hair to remove paste. Do not use shampoo. Finally massage with sesame oil after hair get dried. Them you can use shampoo to get lovely hair with dark brown color
Jun 20

TIPS TO COMBAT SUMMER HEAT

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- Drink plenty of liquids like coconut water, sugarcane juice, buttermilk or at least 10 glasses of water a day.
- Eat light food- avoid hot, spicy, oily meals and eat foods having high in water content including frits, salads, soups and buttermilk.
- Lassi made from churned curd, cream and ginger or powder of fried barley dissolved in water acts as a re-hydrating agent in summer.
- A fresh green mango baked in hot ash or raw mango with salt can quench excessive thirst.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages and drinks containing caffeine (tea and coffee), which can make the condition of heat worse.
- Curd rice prepared by adding boiled rice to curdling milk and kept overnight, should be eaten in morning with plenty of raw onions.
- While going out, wear a white handkerchief or use an umbrella to block sunrays.
- Do outdoor work in the early mornings or late evenings.
- Wear light colored, loose fitting cotton clothes, preferably muted colors such as tan.
- Take frequent baths and showers and apply chandan (sandalwood) paste to body for cooling the body.
- Smoking can constrict blood vessels and impair the ability to acclimatize to heat, so quit it

Jun 12

Swine flu vaccines

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LONDON: With swine flu now an official pandemic, the race is on among drugmakers to produce a vaccine. GlaxoSmithKline said Thursday after the World Health Organization declared a global flu epidemic that it would be ready within weeks to begin large-scale vaccine production. Sanofi-Aventis also said it had started working on its own version. On Friday, Swiss pharma giant Novartis announced it had created an experimental vaccine that has not been tested in people. Novartis' vaccine was made via a cell-based technology that may prove faster than the traditional way of making vaccines, which relies on chicken eggs.
Many rich countries like Britain, Canada and France signed contracts with pharmaceuticals long ago, guaranteeing them access to pandemic vaccine. WHO and others estimate that about 2.4 billion doses of pandemic vaccine could be available in about a year.
The likely scramble for vaccines will leave many people in poorer countries empty-handed.
So far, swine flu has been mostly detected in developed countries like the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia.
"We do not know how this virus will behave under conditions typically found in the developing world," WHO chief Dr. Margaret Chan said Thursday. She said the agency expects to see a "bleaker" picture as the virus makes its way to Africa and Asia.
WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said officials were concerned people in poorer countries and those fighting other health problems like malaria, tuberculosis, malnutrition and pneumonia might be more susceptible to swine flu.
On Friday, WHO said that 74 countries had reported nearly 30,000 cases including 145 deaths. But so far, the virus appears to be mild. Most people don't need medical treatment to get better.
But the virus might have a more devastating effect in people with underlying health problems. About half of the people who have died from swine flu have had complications like asthma, diabetes, and obesity.
"Any population that has health challenges is potentially going to be at higher risk with H1N1 (swine flu)," Hartl said.
In May, officials led by Chan and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked vaccine makers to save a portion of their production for poor countries. Chan was aiming to get 10 percent of the global pandemic vaccine supply reserved for poor nations.
Some companies have agreed to help. GlaxoSmithKline PLC offered to donate 50 million doses of pandemic vaccine to WHO for distribution to developing countries.
During the bird flu crisis, Sanofi-Aventis promised WHO about 60 million doses based on the H5N1 strain. WHO is now talking with Sanofi to switch some or all of those vaccines over to swine flu doses.
Because more than 95 percent of flu vaccines are still made in eggs, experts say the Novartis announcement is unlikely to significantly boost the world's pandemic vaccine supply.
But the news pushed up Novartis shares by 4.4 percent to close at 45 Swiss francs ($41.84) on the Zurich exchange Friday.
WHO and nongovernment organizations like Oxfam are continuing to ask drugmakers to make some of their pandemic vaccines available for poorer countries at a cheaper price, as well as asking donor countries and organizations to pay for the doses.
But in a pandemic situation, WHO's attempts to secure vaccine for the poor and even the contracts countries have signed with drugmakers may make little difference to who actually gets the vaccine, some experts say.
In previous pandemics, vaccines have never left the country where they are made before all of that country's own needs have been met.
"WHO can say whatever it wishes, but pharmaceutical companies will take their marching orders from the politicians," said David Fedson, a vaccines expert and former professor of medicine at the University of Virginia.
"Do you think any doses of vaccine made in France, Germany, the Czech Republic or anywhere will be allowed out to go to other countries just because there's a contract?" Fedson said.
Ultimately, Fedson said health officials and politicians will have to deal with a limited amount of vaccine for the billions worldwide who want it. "There's a lot of dirtiness in vaccine politics," he said. "We may try our best, but we won't succeed in doing what's necessary."
Jun 07

Spicy curry could prevent Alzheimer's disease, dementia

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Eating spicy curry once or twice a week could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, according to a US-based researcher.
Curcumin, a component of turmeric, appears to prevent the spread of amyloid protein plaques, which are suspected to cause dementia, Murali Doraiswamy of Duke University, North Carolina, said.
Amyloid plaques, along with tangles of nerve fibres, are suspected to contribute to the degradation of the wiring in brain cells, eventually leading to symptoms of dementia.
Doraiswamy, at the ongoing annual meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Liverpool, said there was evidence that people who eat a curry meal two or three times a week had a lower risk of dementia, and added that researchers were testing the impact of higher doses to see if they could maximise the effect.
Doraiswamy told the meeting: "There is very solid evidence that curcumin binds to plaques, and basic research on animals engineered to produce human amyloid plaques has shown benefits."
"You can modify a mouse so that at about 12 months its brain is riddled with plaques. If you feed this rat a curcumin-rich diet it dissolves these plaques. The same diet prevented younger mice from forming new plaques.
"The next step is to test curcumin on human amyloid plaque formation using newer brain scans and there are plans for that," he said.
Doraiswamy said a clinical trial was underway at the University of California, Los Angeles, to test curcumin's effects in Alzheimer's patients, the BBC reported from the meeting.
He stressed that eating a curry could not counter-balance the increased risk of dementia associated with a poor diet, but he said: "If you have a good diet and take plenty of exercise, eating curry regularly could help prevent dementia."
Doraiswamy predicted it might be possible to develop a curry pill which had the same therapeutic effect.
Susanne Sorensen, of the Alzheimer's Society, said: "Indian communities that regularly eat curcumin have a surprisingly low incidence of Alzheimer's disease but we don't yet know why.
"Alzheimer's Society is keen to explore the potential benefits of curcumin in protecting the brain and we are conducting our own research into this area.
"A cheap, accessible and safe treatment could transform the quality of life of thousands of people with the condition."
Jun 04

The Health Benefits of White Tea

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What Is White Tea?

Like green tea and black tea, white tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. In addition to boasting greater antioxidant activity than its green and black counterparts, white tea offers the least amount of caffeine. Since there's no heating or oxidizing involved in its preparation, white tea is also recognized as the least processed tea variety.


The Health Benefits of White Tea

Although white tea isn't as well-studied as green and black teas, there's increasing evidence that the brew can enrich your health.

1) Obesity Control

For a 2009 study, researchers tested white tea's anti-obesity effects in a series of experiments on human fat cells. Results showed that white-tea extract prompted fat to break down in existing fat cells. What's more, white tea seemed to reduce the expression of genes crucial to the growth of new fat cells.

While the study's authors suggest that white tea may be "an ideal natural source of slimming substances," scientists have yet to explore whether the tea could fight obesity when sipped (rather than administered directly to cells in a lab).

2) Cancer Prevention

White tea may hinder DNA mutations (potentially cancer-causing changes in genetic material) even more efficiently than green tea, according to a 2000 study that tested four white tea varieties (Silver Needle, Flowery Pekoe, Mutan White, and Exotica China White).

In an animal-based study published the following year, researchers found that white tea may be a powerful inhibitor of aberrant crypts (a precursor to colon cancer).

3) Skin Treatment

Topically applied white tea may improve the immune function of skin cells and protect against harmful ultraviolet rays, a 2003 study suggests. It should be noted that the study was funded by the skin-care company Origins Natural Resources, which manufactures white-tea-based products.

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May 31

स्वास्थ्यमा सुर्तीको असर

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विश्वभर मे ३१ विश्व सुर्तीरहित दिवसका रूपमा मनाइन्छ । सुर्ती र सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थले स्वास्थ्यमा पार्ने नकारात्मक प्रभाव कम गर्न विभिन्न कार्यक्रम आयोजना गरिन्छ । यस वर्ष सुर्ती र चुरोटका खोलमा सबैले देख्नेगरी सचित्र 'स्वास्थ्य चेतावनी' छाप्न लगाउने विषय राखिएको छ । विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठनले सन १९८७ देखि हरेक वर्ष सुर्तीरहित दिवस मनाउँदै आएको छ ।

सुर्ती र सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थ मृत्युको दोस्रो कारण हो । यसले हरेक वर्षर् ५४ लाख अर्थात् प्रत्येक ६ सेकेण्डमा १ जनाको ज्यान लिन्छ । सुर्ती जन्य पदार्थमा नियन्त्रण नभए सन् २०३० सम्ममा यसले प्रतिवर्ष ८० लाख मानिसको ज्याने अनुमान छ । क्यान्सर मध्ये ९० प्रतिशत धुम्रपानले हुन्छ । त्यसैगरी अन्य श्वासप्रश्वास र फोक्सोको सम्बन्धी रोगहरू ८० प्रतिशत, मुटुसम्बन्धी रोगहरूको २२ प्रतिशत सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थले गराउने अध्ययनबाट प्रमाणित भैसकेका छन् । नसर्ने प्रकृतिका दीर्घरोगहरू जस्तै मुटु सम्बन्धी रोग, क्यान्सर, चिनीरोग र दम खोकी नै विश्वमा मृत्युको ६० प्रतिशत कारण भएको छ । नेपालमा पनि यी रोगहरू व्यापक भएका छन् र त्यसको प्रमुख कारणसुर्ती र सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थ सेवन हो ।


नेपालमा सुर्तीको प्रयोगले स्वास्थ्यमा पार्ने असर बारेमा राम्रै ज्ञान छ । सन् २००७/०८ मा नसर्ने रोगका कारक तत्वहरूसम्बन्धी राष्ट्रिय सर्वेक्षणका सहभागीमध्ये ७१ प्रतिशतले दमखोकी लाग्ने, १५ प्रतिशतले क्यान्सर, ९ प्रतिशतले मुटुसम्बन्धी रोग र बाँकी ५ प्रतिशतले अन्य रोग लाग्ने बताएका छन् । यो लागु पदार्थ भएकाले यस्तो जान्दा जान्दै पनि उनीहरू सुर्ती प्रयोग गरिरहेका छन् । सुर्तीको प्रयोग मात्रै रोक्न सक्यो भने ४० प्रतिशत क्यान्सरको भार घटाउन सकिने अध्ययनहरूले देखाइ सकेका छन् । नेपालमा प्रतिवर्ष १५ हजारभन्दा बढी मानिस सुर्तीको प्रयोगबाट मरिरहेछन् । यस्तै भारतका प्रतिव्यक्ति आय एक डलर भन्दा कम हुने, ३४ वर्ष मुनिका आठ करोड मानिस यसको सिकार हाुदैछन् भने चीनका २० करोड ।


काठमाडौं महानगरपालिका भित्र वयस्क मध्ये ३३ प्रतिशतले सुर्ती र सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थको सेवन गरेको पाइएको छ । त्यसैगरी, ललितपुर, तनहुा र इलाममा गरिएमा वयस्कहरूको ४१ प्रतिशतले सुर्ती र सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थ सेवन गरेको पाइएको छ । इलाम जिल्लामा त कम्पनीबाट उत्पादित भन्दा कागजमा हातले बेरेर खाने (कंकड) को संख्या धेरै छ । चुरोट खानेको ६७ प्रतिशतले कंकड खान्छन् ।


विकसित मुलुकमा सुर्तीको खपत घट्दैछ भने गरिब मुलुकमा उत्पादन र खपत बढेको छ । चुरोट उत्पादक कम्पनी गरीब मुलुकतिर आइरहेका छन् । उनीहरूले गरिबी र अशिक्षाका कारण पछाडि परेका मानिसलाई नै लक्षित गरेका छन् । सुर्ती र सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थको उत्पादन र विक्री वितरण नेपालजस्तो गरीब मुलुकमा तीव्र ढंगले भैरहेको छ । विद्युतीय संचार माध्यममा विज्ञापनमा प्रतिबन्ध लागे पनि पत्रपत्रिकामा मूल विज्ञापन दाता सुर्ती कम्पनी नै छन् ।


सुर्ती कम्पनीहरूले अर्बौ डलर खर्च गरेर किशोरकिशोरीलाई लत बसाएर मर्ने वा सुर्ती छोड्ने ग्राहक प्रतिस्थापन गर्छन् । किशोरकिशोरीले एकपटक सुर्ती जन्यपदार्थ सेवन गरेपछि प्रायः छाड्दैनन् । यसैले सुर्ती कम्पनीहरूले स्कुले विद्यार्थी वा युवालाई लक्षित गरेर बजार प्रवर्धन गर्छन् । जति धेरैपटक सुर्तीको विज्ञापन सुन्यो वा देख्यो, त्यत्ति नै गुणा त्यसको सेवन गर्ने संभावना बढ्ने अनुसन्धानले प्रमाणित गरेका छन् ।


त्यसैगरी कम्पनीहरूले भ्रमपूर्ण विज्ञापन दिएर पनि आकषिर्त गर्छन् । सुर्तीमा हुने निकोटिनले लत बसाउाछ । उनीहरूमा यसको प्रयोगले शरीरमा हुने नोक्सानीको बारेमा ज्यादै कम जानकारी हुन्छ । विश्वमा प्रायः गरेर १८ वर्षदेखि सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थको सेवन गर्ने गरेको पाइए पनि नेपालमा पुरुषले औसत १५ वर्ष र महिलाले १३ वर्षदेखि सेवन गरेको पाइएको छ । यो उमेर घट्दो छ । सुर्तीजन्य पदार्थले युवाहरूमा अरु लागुपदार्थ सेवनको खतरा पनि बढाउाछ । सुर्तीको कारण लिङ्गमा राम्ररी रक्तसंचार हुादैन । यस्तो अवस्थामा यौन उत्तेजक औषधिले पनि काम गर्न नसक्ने उत्तर क्यारोलिना विश्वविद्यालयका विशेषज्ञले प्रमाणित गरेका छन् । अर्थात्, सुर्तीले मानिसको यौन जीवन पनि ध्वस्त बनाइदिन्छ । ठूलाठूला महोत्सव प्रायोजन गरेर समाज सेवाको बहानामा यिनले छद्म रूपमा युवावर्गलाई प्रभावित बनाइरहेका हुन्छन् ।
सेवनकर्ताले आफैं छोडोस् भन्ने उद्देश्यले सुर्ती र चुरोटका खोलमा सुर्तीका कारण हुने रोगका डरलाग्दा चित्र राख्ने जनमत सिजैना गर्ने यस वर्षको विषय हो । सचित्र स्वास्थ्य चेतावनीले राम्रो प्रभाव पारेको अनुभव छ । ब्राजिल, क्यानाडा, सिंगापुर र थाइल्याण्डमा सुर्ती र चुरोटका खोलमा राखिएका चित्रका कारण सेवन गर्न छोड्ने वा सेवन गर्न सुरु नै नगर्ने गरेको पाइएको छ । यस पटक यही अनुभवलाई विश्वव्यापी बनाउन लागिएको हो ।

by Dr Khem Karki

May 31

Effect of various approaches to therapy with statins

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Institute of Cardiology, Russian Cardiology Scientific and Production Center, ul. Tretiya Cherepkovskaya 15a, 121552 Moscow, Russia.

In a framework of multicenter study ATLANTIKA in a group of patients we carried out noninvasive ultrasound test of endothelium dependent vasodilatation (EDVD) of brachial artery before and at the background of therapy with atorvastatin. Aim of the study was to assess and compare effects of incremental (10 - 80 mg/day) and stable (10 mg/day) doses of atorvastatin on functional state of endothelium. The group of observation comprised 148 patients - 86 men, 62 women aged 59.5 (55;66) years, who were included into ATLANTIKA study and randomized to 3 groups: group A - active therapy with stable dose of atorvastatin (10 mg/day) (n=52), active therapy with titration of atorvastatin dose from 10 to 80 mg/day (n=50), group C - common therapy which could include lipid lowering drugs (n=46). At baseline there were no statistically significant differences between groups in main demographical, laboratory and instrumental parameters. Median EDVD was 5.4 (3.5; 8.0), 5.1 (3.9; 7.6) and 5.6 (3.2; 8.1)% in groups A, B, and C, respectively. After 12 and 24 weeks of observation statistically significant increases of brachial artery EDVD occurred only in group B (by 27.2 and 31.9%, respectively). There was no statistically significant positive dynamics of EDVD in groups A and C. Results of the presented work show that for achievement of statistically significant positive vascular effect it is necessary to titrate dose of atorvastatin until target level of low density lipoprotein cholesterol ( < 2.5 mmol/l) is achieved. Vascular effect of therapy with atorvastatin in a fixed dose 10 mg/day is inferior to that of aggressive therapy, however it is substantially superior to common treatment.
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May 27

The great weight loss trick

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Like most civilisations whose roots lie in very hoary and splendid traditions, Nepal  has been blessed with a great and noble heritage in many realms of human endeavour. This is particularly true of our ancient systems of healthcare such as the ayurveda and the unani.

Lately, there has been a surge in the popularity of such alternative systems of health management. Not surprisingly, ayurvedic offshoots of weight and health management have acquired an aura of their own.
Given such interest in natural remedies for weight control, we thought it prudent to comment on some of the ingredients in the more popular remedies. Though many of these ingredients are quite harmless, the general belief that anything ayurvedic or natural is free from side effects needs to be categorically denied. Many of the world’s most toxic poisons are found in nature!


•Honey-hot water-lemon: The most popularly touted formulation — that can be deemed ayurvedic or natural — for losing weight is the lemon juice-honey-hot water combo drink. From the point of view of science there is some merit to this formulation. The lime as well as the hot water act by suppressing appetite. This is caused by the increase in the levels of the chemical cholecystokinin in our bodies that causes appetite to decrease by creating a sense of fullness.

•Green tea: Pushing my point about caution further, there is scientific data to support the fact that drinking a couple of cups of green tea could rev up your metabolism leading to control in weight gain. Further research, however, is required before we make a strong recommendation. Moreover, green tea extracts taken for weight loss could cause vomiting, nausea and bloating in addition to loading one with heavy doses of caffeine. In fact, many weight-loss teas contain botanical laxatives (Senna, Triphala) and diuretics.

•Guggul: This is another popular ingredient in weight loss preparations that has been used traditionally. Guggul is a resin/gum and its active ingredient is a plant sterol that reduces fat in the human body. Scientists have studied guggul and preliminary data suggests that it may be associated with a small loss in weight or a reduction in tissue folds. But the studies have been small and it is not yet clear whether guggul offers any benefits over diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.



* Watch the sugary beverages. Instead, drink water, non-fat milk and zero-calorie beverages.
* Slow down -- when you eat too fast you will eat too much.
* Choose broth-based soups, such as chicken broth, with lots of vegetables over cream soups.
* When you go out to eat, take half of your meal home.
* Keep a bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen counter instead of a jar of cookies.
* Don't skip meals -- you will just get too hungry and eat too much at the next meal.
* Add one cup of chopped vegetables to your favorite soup or pasta meal.
* Don't keep high-calorie snacks in the house -- buy fresh vegetables and fruits, low-fat yogurt, and enjoy air-popped or light popcorn.
* Keep track of calories -- join Calorie Count.
* Get moving -- walk or run every day to burn calories.

May 24

Ayurveda bulletproof Jacket

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A “bulletproof” jacket made of pulses, which its creator prefers to describe as an “ayurvedic jacket”, was one of the inventions that over 50 innovators presented at a workshop held at National Chemical Laboratory (NCL) .
Makarand Kale has developed it and he uses pulses to stop bullets. “I call it the ayurvedic bulletproof jacket. I made it to prove the strength of ayurveda,” says Kale, a sportsman who has his own sports academy in Sangli.

He created the jacket in 2003, and says the Army has tested it for carbine bullets and AK-47. “We are trying to improve it so that the jacket can obstruct a bullet fired from 1.5 km,” he says.

Kale is planning to file a patent for the jacket that weighs 2.1 kg and costs Rs 22,000 apiece . “The jackets used by our soldiers on the border weigh 9 to 11 kg and costs about Rs 40,000,” he says.
May 24

Laughter the Best Medicine

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Laughing is great for body, mind and spirit. Don’t confuse laughing with being happy. Although, being happy is important too, the actual process of laughing has some very interesting and positive affects on the human body.

Studies have found that laughter releases bad and distressful emotions that cause harmful chemical effects on the body. They found that laughter activates the T cells, B cells, immunoglobulins, and NK cells; it helps to fight viruses, and regulates cell growth. This could be very important in the research for cancer since it also fights against tumorous cells. Your body steps up production of natural killer cells that attack viral infected cells and some types of cancer and tumor cells.

A person's heart can reach up to 120 beats per minute (bpm) when laughing. Laughing can lower your blood pressure, increase vascular flow, and boost the immune system. Your body produces more gamma interferon, an antiviral protein that “turns on” the various parts of your immune system. Your body increases the antibodies that fight upper respiratory tract insults and infections It gives the diaphragm, abdominal, intercostal, respiratory accessory, and facial muscles a complete workout. Some people, depending on how they laugh, may even use their arms, legs, and back muscles when laughing.

Studies have found that laughter also releases endorphins in the brain. Endorphins are our bodies' natural pain killing opiates. In a study published in the Journal of Holistic Nursing, patients were told “one-liners” after surgery and before painful medication was administered. Those exposed to humor perceived less pain when compared to the others. Imagine that… a medicine that’s free and that has no bad side effects. The pharmaceutical companies haven’t quite figured out, as yet, how to get those two qualities into a single pill, but in the meantime a good laugh will get you by. We all know that a good laugh leaves us feeling great. That wonderful, euphoric, post-laugher feeling is a type of “positive stress” that produces healthy and positive emotions.
source: www.examiner.com /Jane Fitch

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