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Earthquake and precautions to save life

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Chennai & most of the states on the eastern coast of India trembled a couple of days back when the tremors hit us. Some of us in our organisation too panicked & strangely there were many who did not understand the seriousness of any such disaster and were found casually evacuating our office premises. Medguru would like to focus on the right approach to be handled during any such natural calamities or whenever an alert is given for possibility of any such disaster in the days to come (however, let us pray that we don’t face any such days). An earthquake (also known as a quake, tremor or temblor) is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity, seismism or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time. Earthquakes are measured using observations from seismometers. The moment magnitude is the most common scale on which earthquakes larger than appro…

BreakFast is very Essential for a healthy lifestyle

How many of you have heard the saying that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day? More importantly, how many of you have heard the afore-mentioned saying, yet still skip breakfast or make poor and unhealthy breakfast choices each morning? You may not be the only one, as many people, who know the benefits of eating a healthy meal, still leave the house in the morning without having consumed a filling or adequate breakfast. Most people who skip breakfast or who eat an unhealthy one use either lack of time in the morning or weight watching as their excuse. We will explain further on in the article that skipping breakfast in order to lose weight is a total misconception that holds absolutely no truth and in fact the opposite is true, in that skipping breakfast, in some cases, could cause you to become overweight. What happens to our body first thing in the morning? If you consider that when we wake up in the morning, for the majority of us, our body and brain have been without…

Biggest April Fool

On March 31 1989, astonished British policemen were sent to investigate a glowing flying saucer that had settled down in a field in Surrey.
As the policemen approached the craft with their truncheons held out before them, a door opened in the bottom of the ship and a small figure wearing a silver space suit walked out. The policemen immediately took off in the opposite direction. The alien turned out to be a midget, and the flying saucer was a hot air balloon that had been specially built to look like a UFO by Richard Branson, the 36-year-old chairman of Virgin Records. Branson had taken off in the balloon the day before, planning to land in London’s Hyde Park on April 1. However, a wind change had blown him down a day early in the Surrey field. The police reported that they received a flood of phone calls from scared motorists using roadside emergency phones as the balloon passed over the highway. One of the policemen who had to approach the craft later admitted that, “I have never been…

Migraine Headache

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What is a migraine? A migraine is a throbbing, intense headache in one half of the head. It can affect people of all ages. The cause of migraine is not known. During an attack, the blood vessels in the brain dilate and then draw together with stimulation of nerve endings near the affected blood vessels. These changes to the blood vessels are probably what cause the pain. But migraine is still a condition that is poorly understood. What are the typical features of migraine? ·People often use the word ‘migraine’ to refer to headaches of many different types. So-called ‘classical’ migraine attacks have several features: ·Headaches that occur in bouts of between roughly 4 to 72 hours ·The headaches usually affect one side of the head at a time, although both sides may be affected in separate attacks ·The headaches are usually throbbing and worsened by normal physical activity  nausea and/or vomiting ·Preceding symptoms, called ‘aura’, that most often are visual, such as zigzag lines or flashing …

Aches and Pains

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Onion possesses pain killing property.  It is beneficial in the treatment of pain in the eye.  The juice of onion and honey should be mixed in equal quantity and stored in a bottle.  This mixture should be applied to the eyees by means of an eye-rod.  It will provide relief in a short time.

Onion is a valuable medicine for suppression pain resulting from piles.  Occasionally, blind piles swell up and cause toturous pain to the patient.  It becomes extremely difficult for the patient to even sit.   Fo treating this condition, two onions should be half-baked by burying them in live ash.  They should then be thoroughly pounded in to a paste after removing their outer covering.   This paste should be friend in ghee and a tablet prepapred from it.  This tablet should be placed over the piles while hot.  It should be retained there in position by applying a suitable dressing.

The patient will fecomfort immediately after this application.  The patient suffering from piles should daily eat o…

Sexual impotence and Onion

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Onions have been attributed aphrodisiac properties since prehistoric times.  They have been hailed as more than foods in the Egyptian, Greek, roman, Arab, and chinese literature.  Onions were considered so ptent that in olden times celibate Egyptian priests were prohibited from eating them.  This vegetable is believed to increase libido and strengthen the reproductive organ.  In France, newly-weds were fed onion soup in the morning after their wedding night to restore their libido.

A syrup made from onion and honey has been found very effective in restoring sexual power.  This syrup is prepared by mixing 30 g of onion juice with 60 g of honey and placing it on fire.  It should be taken off the fire when it obtains the consistency of syrup.  A person may take even double the dose, if it suits him.  It reddens the face within a few days and is one of the best aphrodisiac foods.

Guava Health Benefits

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The health benefits of guava include treatment of diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, cough, cold, skin care, high blood pressure, weight loss and scurvy.

Many of us might have tasted this mouth-watering treat, or at least have seen it or heard about it. Guava is very common in Asian countries. It is a good looking pear shaped or round shaped seasonal fruit, light green or yellow or maroon in colour from outside when ripe, with white or maroon flesh and lots of small hard seeds enveloping very soft and sweet pulp. It is eaten raw (ripe or semi-ripe) or in form of jams and jellies.

This attractive fruit is a real storehouse of nutrients. If it is “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” in Europe and Americas, it must be “A few guavas in the season keeps the doctor away for the whole year” in the Indian Subcontinent and places where guavas grow. Its scientific name is Psidium Guajava.


◦ Diarrhea and dysentery:  Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds those make your gums feel tighte…

Digestion

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The pulp of the ripe fruit is beneficial in the treatment of bilious vomiting, flatulence, and indigestion.  It is also useful in constipation.  An infusion of the pulp prepared by macerating it in water is particularly useful for loss of appetite and disinclination for food.  For better results, black pepper  cloves, cardamoms and camphor to taste may be added to this infusion after staining.

For gastric problem, a mixture of a tamarind and jaggery has been found highly valuable.  The method of preparing this mixture is to take some tamarind, which has been preserved for more than one year and sock it overnight in water kept in an earthen container.  It should be mixed well with a stick and stained, if necessary.  Soaked tamarind and jaggery may be mixed in equal quantity with one tablespoon of lime, mixing it well again with a stick.  When it becomes like jam, it should be put in a glass container, filling only three-fourths of the container.  It should be closed loosely and left f…

Turmeric Cold and Cough

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Turmeric with its antiseptic properties is an effective remedy for chronic cough and throat irritations.  Half a teaspoon of fresh turmeric powder, mixed in 30 mL of warm milk is a useful prescription for treating these conditions.  The powder should be put into a hot ladle.  Milk should then be poured in it and boiled over slow fire.  In case of a running cold, smoke from the burning turmeric should be inhaled.  It will increase the discharge from the nose and bring quick relief.

For treating cough and allergy, a teaspoon of turmeric powder should be mixed in a cup of milk and one pinch each of caraway seeds, pepper, cinnamon, and dry ginger added to it.  Then a cup of water should be added and mixture boiled on a slow fire until the whole water is evaporated.  This should be strained and taken daily before bedtime after adding some hone.  This treatment should be continued for seven days.

Turmeric powder in combination with caraway seeds or bishops weed is useful in colds in infant…

ALLERGY

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Certain food items, fruits, drinks, spices, condiments, weather changes, water pollution can be controlled without much extra effort, though air pollution is difficult to control.  Prevention and precaution are the best forms of defense   Since air pollution cannot be controlled, you can take preventive measures such as wearing cloth mask for respiratory tract protection, binoculars for eyes and skin protection.

Similarly, you can use your window to grow flowers and creepers so as to let in oxygen and let out poisonous elements/gases.  To free your house from germs, you can burn the herbs and spices for that purpose.  Always ash the vegetables and fruits before consuming them.

It is a misplaced notion to preach that able-bodied persons need not undertake any exercise, either indoor or outdoor.  If health is in order, exercise must be undertaken regularly - as regularly as you take your meals.  Your life pattern must be guided by following imperatives viz:

1.  Regularity in food habit…

Laparoscopy

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In laparoscopic surgeyr, the patient was taken to the operating room, placed in supine position, where her anesthetic was induced. Legs were positioned in low Allen stirrups. She was prepped and draped in usual aseptic fashion. She was in and out catheterized. Sponge stick was placed into the vagina and used for retraction. A 5-mm infraumbilical skin incision was made and the Veress needle was advanced where intraperitoneal placement was confirmed with the water drop test. The abdomen was then insufflated with approximately 2.5 L of carbon dioxide gas. The Veress needle was then removed and a 5-mm trocar and sleeve was gently advanced into the abdomen where intraperitoneal placement was confirmed with the laparoscope. The patient was placed in a fair amount of Trendelenburg. We were still unable to visualize pelvis, so we opted to place the suprapubic port. This was done under direct vision via a 5-mm skin incision, utilizing a 5-mm trocar and sleeve, which was advanced into the abdom…

Daylight Savings Time 2013

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Daylight Saving Time starts on Sunday, March 10, 2013, 2:00am




Every spring we move our clocks one hour ahead and "lose" an hour during the night and each fall we move our clocks back one hour and "gain" an extra hour. But Daylight Saving Time (and not Daylight Savings Time with an "s") wasn't just created to confuse our schedules.

The phrase "Spring forward, fall back" helps people remember how Daylight Saving Time affects their clocks. At 2 a.m. on the second Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward one hour ahead of standard time ("spring forward"). We "fall back" at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday in November by setting our clock back one hour and thus returning to standard time.

The change to Daylight Saving Time allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours. During the eight month period of Daylight Saving Time, the names of time in each of the time zon…

Alcohol

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While alcohol can be great for helping you relax, it can also have the effect of making you feel tired — both in the long-term and the short-term. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system and acts as a sedative — so those couple of ‘harmless’ drinks at lunchtime may have the effect of sending you off to sleep come mid-afternoon! Alcohol can also adversely affect your sleep patterns, particularly if you drink just before bed. If you do drink before bed, then while you might crash out initially, your sleep pattern will be disturbed — and not just by fact that you’ll probably need to relieve yourself in the middle of the night! Also, on the following day, you may have to suffer both the effects of a hangover and the associated tiredness.


Deep breath in the morning hours

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Being outside can be a great revitaliser. Even just 10 minutes outside during your lunch break breathing in some fresh air can put the spring back in your step. The body thrives on getting sunlight — so being stuck in an office or factory space is only going to bring on feelings of tiredness. Get out there and make the most of the daylight hours when you can — and if you can combine this with some physical activity, then all the better. Also, when you’re outside, remember to breathe properly! Apparently most of us don’t breathe properly and are chest breathers rather than taking it right down to the abdomen. So, take a little time each day to focus on your breathing to help you re-energise.


Holistic therapy

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Complementary therapies can be helpful when you need to alleviate fatigue by promoting relaxation so that you get a proper night’s sleep. Reflexology, aromatherapy, acupuncture, yoga and massage are just some of the meditation or relaxation techniques you can try. A more relaxed you means your body will be able recharge itself more effectively and you’ll probably also have much more quality sleep time. Complementary therapies can help you to feel more refreshed, invigorated, and able do your daily tasks more efficiently — and this will free up more time for yourself!


Drink Water

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Don’t forget to keep hydrated throughout the day, as this can also help to prevent tiredness. The recommended daily amount is around two litres per day, but this depends on other factors such as your work environment or how much physical activity you get through in a day. Water is thought to make up around 80 per cent of the brain — and so poor hydration can adversely affect your mental as well as your physical performance. In fact, such is the link between water and performance, it is not uncommon for schools to allow children to have water to drink throughout the day in the classroom — and the same idea should certainly be applied in your own workplace. The best way to stay well hydrated throughout each day is to have a water bottle within arm’s reach at all times.


Boost energy

Physical activity is a great way of boosting your energy levels and avoiding fatigue. If you’re unfit, then that generally makes you feel tired, and being tired means you won’t feel like exercising! You may have to break this cycle of inactivity to get yourself feeling less tired and more energised. Just introduce some physical activity into your routine — even if this means simply getting off the bus a few stops earlier and walking the rest of the way to work, or even cycling in. Of course, if you can also fit in some other exercise into your day, such as running, swimming or going the gym. Just make sure you keep it regular and that it fits in with your life.


Slowing down

People frequently get in the habit of trying to do too much. The demands they are putting on themselves may leave them feel fatigued — and if there are not enough hours in the day to juggle their job, family and friends, then they may end up not getting enough sleep either. On the other hand, having a more balanced lifestyle, making some time for yourself, and learning to relax and slow down sometimes will mean you’ll be more able to function efficiently. Think about what you could change to give yourself more time for relaxation. It’s also best to have realistic expectations about what you can achieve rather than running yourself into the ground!


Caffeine in the evening to be avoided

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While Caffeine might be great for giving you a boost in the daytime, and while some people just can’t do without their early morning wake-up cuppa, by the evening time you really need to start thinking about laying off the caffeine unless you want to get a restless night’s sleep! Caffeine — contained in things such as tea, coffee, chocolate and cola drinks — can cause restlessness and sleeping difficulties, which will only add to your tiredness the next day. It may also result in you needing more caffeine to keep you going — so it’s best to try and break the cycle by cutting down on the amount of caffeine you drink.


Eat Well and healthy deit

Your diet can have a big impact on how you feel. Without a proper, balanced diet you can start to feel a bit sluggish and are likely to become fatigued — so ensure that you eat healthy meals and at the correct times. Skipping breakfast will ensure you start your day on the wrong footing and force you to run on empty until lunchtime! Eating ‘little and often’ can work for some people, as it means that they’ve got something to sustain them rather than going for longer periods between meals — which will help them to avoid the feeling of being hungry and tired prior to their main meals. Keeping blood sugar levels stable is also important to avoid fatigue — so make sure you eat enough carbohydrates.


Stress avoidance

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Stress is one of the most common reasons for feeling tired — so beating stress will naturally help to alleviate your tiredness. There are several ways in which to tackle stress, but the most important thing to do is identify what is causing your stress in the first place. It may be work that is the main cause of your stress — perhaps because of bad work relationships, long hours, or an unfulfilling job. If that’s the case, then look at your options about how you can improve the situation. Also, make sure you switch off from work in your leisure time, and try out some relaxation techniques such as having a massage, taking a hot bath or listening to some music.