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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

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

 

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…

 

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

 

obese kid unhealthy eating

Most teens are resorting to this very option. With increasing intake of junk food and horribly unhealthy diets, the number of obese kids between the ages 14-18 has increased three fold. And now they are resorting to the option of bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery or weight-loss surgery is a procedure wherein the size of the stomach is reduced — often by removing up to 90 per cent of the organ. The surgery reduces the quantity of food the individual can consume.Thereby helping them lose weight. Dr. H Chandalia, eminent Diabetologist, says “This surgery is very effective but there are restrictions like you can only drink a very small amount of water at a time which may cause discomfort. In a way these surgeries are just one way to impose the lifestyle changes which the patient could otherwise not inculcate”.

Where the average size of a teenager’s stomach is about the size of a football, post surgery it becomes the size of an egg. The after effects result in immediate rapid weight loss and the individual almost never has a full meal again.

Not a Standard Procedure

There are certain situations where the child’s health is at stake, like with high BP or type 2 Diabetes, where this surgery is the only option out. But it is being clubbed with a well balanced diet structure and psychotherapy; post the operation, to help the kids deal with their condition.

But it is not a permanent solution for losing weight as without a balanced diet and proper nutrition the person can gain weight again. For teenagers who are not dangerously over weight, and have no other complications, they should resort to safer and natural methods of weight loss. Most doctors are not even sure of the consequences of changing an adolescents’ digestive system like this. Many turn down all or almost all teenagers as they do not consider this option as viable for children, especially those that come at a very young age of 12 and 13. They suggest rigorous weight loss programs instead.

While this option may become increasingly popular, especially among those who can afford it, it seems most popular among those with horrible lifestyles and high junk food intake. So instead of waiting until it comes to the point of surgery, cut down on the unhealthy food and increase your activity levels!

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HM/2010/08/29/ArticleHtmls/ht-SPECIAL-Obese-teens-go-under-knife-to-29082010001017.shtml?Mode=1

http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS//HT/HM/2010/08/29/PagePrint/29_08_2010_013.pdf

Loseit

Losing weight was never that easy. From dieticians to nutritionists to gym trainers, they all tell you the same thing. Eat less and exercise more, keep a watch on how many calories you intake and how many you manage to shed.

But what if you had a real time monitor over how much you were consuming and how much you were shedding? One that was in your mobile and you can use throughout the day - when you eat, when you exercise. The application can even recommend a good regime!

Loseit

Weight loss applications that can be downloaded in phones like blackberry, I phone and other such phones are simple, mostly free and not to mention fun and effective, according to many users.

The process is simple; immediately after you have a meal you enter what you have eaten into the application. It instantly gives you a count of the number of calories that you have taken in.

Similarly you enter the kind of exercise that you have done and for how long and it tells you how many calories you must have burned! Sounds interesting doesn’t it?

But of course a doctor’s consultation is required for check on the app as a machine cannot be relied upon a 100%.

malaria is on the rise in India

‘3- fold rise in malaria this month’ scream headlines in a leading city publication. With Mumbai reeling under the

Mumbai has recorded a total of 13,818 cases since July 1, it is reason enough to worry if one were to compare these figures to the 4830 cases reported last June. With 1.5 million cases of Malaria being reported in 2009, the current decade has witnessed the revival of a disease that was thought to be eradicated in the early 60s!

With the entire country facing the wrath of Malaria, it is best If were to protect ourselves from it. Following are a few tips to help protect yourself from Malaria.

  • Wearing Protective Clothing


Although it may sound simple, the wearing of clothes that cover your otherwise exposed skin can go a long way to prevent being bitten by the malaria carrying mosquito. Wear protective clothes such as long pant and long sleeved shirts.

Although the malaria mosquito, the anopheles mosquito, is mostly found in tropical and sub-tropical areas, you can still wear covering clothes – just make sure to take along thin, light colored, light-weight clothes when planning your wardrobe for your time in a malaria-risk area.

Thick socks should also be worn to protect the ankles, since it is normally an exposed area.

  • Using Proprietary Insect Repellent


Since the best way to prevent malaria infection is to stop being bitten by the anopheles mosquito which carries the plasmodium parasite, the use of insect repellent is a useful tool to keep these pesky things at bay. Apply an insect repellent to exposed skin which contains the ingredient di-ethyl toluamide (DEET). Various types of DEET containing insect repellents are available and ones containing concentrations of up to 50% DEET are effective and the results last for about four hours.

  • Sleeping Under a Mosquito Net


Not only will mosquito nets keep these flying irritations at bay, but will also help you in letting you sleep undisturbed. You can prevent being bitten by a mosquito while having a nap, by sleeping under a bed net. These fine gauge nets keep the mosquitoes away from you while sleeping and if hung correctly are most effective. Some nets that you can purchase are already treated with an insecticide, or a proprietary insecticide can be bought and applied separately.

Although it may be cumbersome to get under a mosquito net the first time it really is an excellent way to protect yourself. Care must be taken not to snag the netting as even small holes will allow the mosquitoes to enter the protected area.

  • Fixing Your House/Room to be Mosquito “Un-Friendly”


Although the term “room management” may not be the correct phrase to use, planning your bedroom or any other in the house to be “mosquito un-friendly” is an excellent way to protect yourself against malaria (plasmodium) infection. There are also other methods to help reduce the risk of malaria infection. A room fitted with mosquito mesh screens on the windows and doors are very successful in keeping mosquitoes at bay when the doors and windows are kept open for fresh air.

Courtesy : healthmad.com

sitting for long periods of time can increase your death risk!

20th century has seen many such inventions that have been aimed at making our lives easier. But while doing so, these inventions have also made us considerably lazy! And this laziness has spilled over to our professional and personal lives, where physical activity has taken a back seat in favor of sitting.

While, we all thought that there was nothing wrong with sitting, scientific reports have now pegged prolonged sitting on a daily basis to be extremely harmful to our body. In fact a new study has found that, the more time people spent sitting down, the greater was their risk of death. Researchers from the American Cancer Society, who conducted the study have pointed out that irrespective of the amount of physical exercise that a person gets, the amount of time spent sitting will result in an increase in the death risk.

The study found that Men who sat for more than 6 hours a day were 18 percent more likely to die than those who sat fewer than 3 hours per day. Similarly for women, who reported sitting for more than 6 hours a day, the death risk increased by 37% as opposed to those who sat for less than 3 hours a day!

To know more…click here

 
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