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Using mobile phone

One of the most common sights that we see each day is that of people with their mobile phone next to their ears. Mobile phones or cells have become a vital part of modern telecommunications. It has been seen that virtually everybody carries a mobile phone, including school going children. We have become so used to this gadget that it is impossible to think of living without mobile phones.

Mobile phone is a telecommunication and multimedia device. With the advancement of modern technology mobile phones are used not only for making calls but also for sending text messages, playing music, sharing photos and video and watching television programs.

Mobile phones communicate by transmitting radio waves through a network of fixed antennas called base station. They are low powered radio frequency transmitters that operate at frequencies between 450 and 2700 MHz with peak powers in the range of 0.1 to 2 watts.

A person using a mobile phone  for text messaging or accessing the internet will have a lower  exposure to radio frequency as the mobile user generally hold the instruments 30 -40 cms away from their body.

The health effects of cell phones have always been a topic of debate. According to a statement released by WHO confirms that there is an increased risk of glioma – a malignant form of brain cancer that is associated with the use of mobile phones.

Click here – An article in the Times of India

smoking can give you a heart attack

Smoking, stress and an unhealthy lifestyle can lead to heart attacks!! Here are people for whom a heart attack turned around their lives. They stopped smoking, started regular exercise and ate well balanced diets. Success stories of how they gave up smoking and took a healthy active lifestyle…

Hope it doesn’t take you a heart attack to give up smoking!

Click here for the stories…

Click here to know why smoking is good for you…

 

Kids addicted to the internet

In today’s internet age, almost all of us have a broadband connection in our homes. From internet connection in our PC’s to net connection in our laptops, notebooks and cell phones too, net connection is available at our finger tips. Under such conditions most parents, typically working parents, in urban cities, are either unaware or not in control of the amount of time their children spend on the net.

There is a lot to do on the net. From social networking sites, emails, gaming to videos, songs, etc. it doesn’t take long for kids to get lost in the vast amount of entertainment.

More than half of the kids between ages 8-18 are spending an average of about 5+ hours every day on the net! It is not a phase, he isn’t simply becoming a loner, he is becoming an internet addict!

Becoming hooked on to the net for the right reasons like getting information for a project or reading up about something is to a certain extent acceptable but most children are busy socializing or playing games which can turn out to be pretty harmful. So it is of utmost priority that you limit and supervise the number of hours your child is on the net!

For more information:

Click here – Press release on Internet Addiction Disorder: A Rising Trend In Metros

Click here – An article in the Hindustan Times

 

The director, of Tata Memorial Centre (Cancer Research Centre), Parel, specialized in prevention and management of breast cancer, in an interview with HT, talks about preventive measures and what increases your risk for breast cancer.

Prevention

  • Keeping weight in check - A woman increases her risk of breast cancer by 12% for every 4 Kgs that she is overweight.

    breast feeding

  • Having a child within the right age - For every year after the age of 25 that a woman delays pregnancy she increases her chances of breast cancer by 18%!
  • Breast feeding - Breast feeding actually keeps you safe from breast cancer, in fact for every additional month that the woman breast feeds she reduces her chances of breast cancer by 12-13%.
  • Regular checkups - Every woman must also have regular self – examination, or doctor physical examinations or even regular mammography tests conducted so that she can detect the presence of any abnormality early.

He also suggests physical examinations are better as they are inexpensive and seem to have a higher detection percentage as compared to expansive mammography tests.

The article

 

artificial sweetners do not help you lose weight

Against the popular belief that using an artificial sweetener can actually help you lose weight, Rujuta Diwekar, famous author of ‘Don’t lose your mind lose your weight’, says that it actually helps you put on weight!

She is of the opinion; your total calorie consumption goes up the moment you choose a sugar substitute over sugar. Using these substitutes make you crave for more food, in turn making you consume more. Not to mention the fact that those who drink diet colas assume that they can now binge on pizzas or burgers again increasing your calorie intake.

The extra 20 calories you might gain with a spoon of sugar is nothing compared to the calories you will gain due to binging on more food. So opt for the sugar instead, it will probably keep you thinner!

Rujuta Diwekar’s article

Artificial sweeteners suger-free not risk-free

Honey contains antibiotics

CSE or Center For Science and Environment has again done it. Their study conducted on major brands of Honey in India (Dabur, Baidyanath, Himalaya, Patanjali Products etc) showed that 11 out of 12 contain disturbingly high levels of antibiotics. Not only this, the imported brands (NectaFlor from Switzerland and Capilano Pure from Australia) also contain high levels of anti bacterial compounds which would be unacceptable in their country.

What really is startling is that we don’t have standards for checking the levels of antibiotics in the honey sold in India but have a strict code for checking it for domestic honey which is to be exported. Even foreign brands are taking advantage of this fact and selling honey with antibiotics which would have been rejected abroad.

Why does Honey have antibiotics?

From smaller farmers, honey producers are now large cartels who push for more production and higher profits. Honey producers use antibiotics to prevent diseases among honey bees. This antibiotics are then passed on their honey.  

What does ‘antibiotics’ in Honey affect us?

Exposure to antibiotics over a period of time creates many health problems. One of the antibiotics found in the studied brands honey is known to cause blood disorders and liver ailments. Also long term exposure creates antibiotics resistant bugs which creates large scale problems.

Read the findings here

Macdonanlds fries are harmful

We have all heard that McDonald’s use preservatives in their burgers and fries. But here are very interesting studies and research that can prove how a burger has survived for almost a year! And more importantly what it is in that burger that is the reason for the burgers’ prolonged survival.

There have been cases of fries and burgers that have lasted more than 5-6 months without spoiling. It is a real mystery how McDonald’s manages to do so, and raises the very obvious question of - what are we eating then? Is it safe? Can we continue?

McDonald’s in moderation is not such a bad idea, say some nutritionists while others say that you must abstain from it.

Read and judge for yourself if McDonald’s is really worth it!

 

Click here to know exactly why a burger doesn’t rot…

Click here to read an article written by us that tells you all you didn’t know about McDonald’s…

 

morning healthy juices

For some reason we simply do not have the time to have the recommended 2-4 servings of fruits a day. When we are all in a rush to get to work, trying to manage our time, who has the time to do a daily check on the food we eat?

But what if we told you there was a way to make sure you got the right nutrition at one time of the day, just after the nice ‘rise and shine’?

Morning juices made with the right fruits and vegetables, in the right proportion, includes all the nutrition that we need to keep as going throughout the day and helps us stay fit and healthy. Whether you suffer from diabetes or are worried about weight loss or simply need to be energized all day, there is a special nutritious drink just for you!

So to know what is the recipe for your daily health drink, click here.

 

personality type A diet

If you simply thought that your job or lifestyle was the only reason for your ill health and unhealthy eating habits, well here’s news for you. You personality type could also be the reason for you being stressed and wrong eating!

Type A personalities have a rushed, angry and reactive kind of behavior and highly stressed lives. They are supposedly are more prone to diabetes, hypertension, nutritional deficiencies and other such stress related problems. They usually tend to have irregular meals, binge at unusual times and consume loads of alcohol. For the same reasons they tend to be irritable, impatient and have disturbed sleep.

They are recommended a different kind of diet by nutritionist Madhuri Ruia.

She suggests that their diet should contain higher vitamin C, lesser sweet foods and caffeine; more regular wholesome meals and regular exercise to burn cortisol, the stress hormone.

To see the complete diet plan click here…

 

man drinking beer for living longer

New studies suggest that those who drink moderately throughout their lives live longer than those who do not drink at all. In fact even heavy drinkers outlive teetotallers! Before you hurry to bring out that bottle, note by moderate drinking, we mean 1 to 3 drinks a day.

In a study conducted over a period of 20 years, it was found that 69% of non-drinkers died, where as 60% of the heavy drinkers died and only 41% of the moderate drinkers There may be other factors involved but according to statistics those who drank out lived those who didn’t.

Another study at the University of Athens found that caffine actually helps in warding off heart diseases. So, having your morning cup of coffee can actually keep you healthy!

So looks like all those drinks that we thought would be unhealthy practices might actually help our health. But more research is required to back it up before you start sitting with your evening pegs drinking to your fine health!

To read the epaper click here

 

 
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