World Mosquito Day and Chocolates.

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August 20th is the world mosquito day.

If man would have it, all mosquito’s would be eradicated and the journey began on august 20th discovering the female mosquito as the transmitter of Malaria in 1897  Since 1930’s the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has been commemorating this day.

This would mean a eradication of yellow fever, dengue, chikunginya, Japanese encephalitis. Of course.. But… it would also mean the eradication of chocolate…

Some facts on mosquitoes are

  • Mosquitoes belong to the family Culicoidea. There are about 3500 species of mosquito.
  • Of which only few hundred bite man.
  • Mosquitos’ habitats are found across continents and across climatic zones, the common prerequisite being all stages of mosquito growth requires water.
  • The life span of a mosquito depends on its sex, climate, humidity etc. the life span of a male mosquito is a week after it emerges from the pupa and takes flight. While the female lives for couple of weeks.
  • The food of the male mosquito is plant juice while the female requires animal blood, before it can reproduce.
  • An average female hatches about 500 eggs in her cycle.

What would happen if the mosquitoes were eradicated?

Well there would be major hiccups in the eco-chain and then the ecosystem will adapt to the no mosquito system, which could either be better or worse than the mosquito scenario. Simply because the mosquitoes have been in the ecosystem for 100 million years evolving with the chain.

The implication of this is that there is no prey for a predator, and no predator for a prey that would directly result in no food for a species and over population of the other.

It would mean no pollinator for many of the plant species.

The waters of Tundra is the home for a large biomass of mosquitoes, these mosquitoes are the food for many migratory birds, so eradication mosquitoes would mean 50% of these migratory nesting birds are deprived of food.

The swarms of mosquitoes in North American water bodies, steers the caribou tribe to move path facing the wind to protect itself from the mosquitoes, this results in trampling  out of the lichens, transporting of nutrients, the dead or weak feeding the wolves.

The larvae of mosquitoes are the primary food for many salamanders, frogs and lizards.

The Cercotopogrid species of mosquitoes are responsible for pollination of cacao, the cocoa plant.

The US army research has come up with chemicals that will drive the female mosquito to suicide and render the male mosquito sterile. I am really sure if they are linked to one another. Maybe it is time to see what in the eco-chain have we disturbed.

 

Dealing With Psoriasis Through Hypnotherapy

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Psoriasis

To put it in a nutshell is a skin disease marked by red, itchy scaly patches. And Hypno- dermatology is the informal label for using hypnosis in treating skin conditions.

If we were to look at Psoriasis metaphysically we are dealing with the excessive fear of being hurt due to damage to self esteem in the past. It is also associated with deep self hatred and a belief that one is not worthy of being loved. Most patients feel

  • Not good enough
  • Disgusting
  • Ugly
  • Useless
  • Worthless

All this could be present together or variably or just one of them could be present. Often suffers identify themselves with psoriasis and have a deep belief that it cannot be cured, it is this belief that makes recovery difficult.

Many of them have deep anger issues, almost 90% dealt with anger issues. This is usually self directed. Psoriasis is viewed as some kind of punishment. The anger is directed towards the skin in particular and the manifesting psoriasis, clients usually say things like,”I hate my skin”

Hypnotherapy comes to the rescue by creating a change in the belief systems about themselves and the trauma that they are dealing with.  This happens because the hypnotic trance allows the current day adult to visit the event of trauma reassess the situation as an responsible adult and help the traumatized inner child to deal with it.

As hypnotherapy gets the client to a space of almost forgetting their condition it helps to reduce the redness and itching that often accompany psoriasis. The skin, which is the largest organ in the human body is totally controlled by the subconscious mind.

The skin reflects the exact condition that the mind is in, as an example, the redness when one is embarrassed, or the paleness when one is tired. The dark circles of illness; these are all direct from the subconscious mind. so the red itchy skin, is about self directed anger and this requires forgiveness and healing.

The other two core beliefs would be “I am not good enough” and the “Victim” belief. A study by Paul Howard who specializes in hypno-dermatology shows 28% experienced 95% reduction in the psoriatic lesion. 29% obtained about 50% relief, 43% saw little or no reduction.

All participants reported a completely different attitude to their psoriasis.

A pilot study of hypnosis in the treatment of patients with Psoriasis by Tausk F and Whitmore SE  author Tausk F is from the department of Dermatology, The John Hopkins School of Medicine Baltimore Md, USA he is accessible at ftausk@welchlink.welch. Is as follows

The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of hypnosis as a treatment modality for patients with psoriasis, the proposal was based on the observations that the severity of the disease could be co-related to the emotional stress.

Tausk&Whitmore, conducted a three month randomized, single-blind controlled trial of the use of hypnosis with stable, chronic, plaque type psoriasis. The details of the test can be read here http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10396014  – The study concluded that hypnosis could be an useful therapeutic tool to deal with psoriasis.

spinal muscular atrophy

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August is the month of spinal muscular atrophy.

This is a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movements. As most of the nerve cells that control the muscles are located in the spinal cord, the affliction is called spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

This usually passed down through families. When a child manifests SMA it is because it has received two copies of broken gene one from each parent, as a result the child is unable to make the protein that is required by the cells that control muscles. The lack of the protein results in the muscle dying.

If the child receives only one defective gene then the child is a carrier, he/she will not manifest the disease but could pass broken gene to his child.

Type 2 SMA or chronic infantile SMA is seen in children between 6-18 months, symptoms range from moderate to severe, usually involving the legs more than the arms, the child may be able to sit and walk or stand with help.

Type 3 or Kulgelberg-Welander disease also known as Juvenile SMA  manifests when the children are 2-17yrs, this is the mildest form of the disease, the child may be able to stand or walk without help, but would have issues running, climbing stairs or getting up from a chair eventually the child may require a wheelchair to get around.

Type 4 manifests in adulthood, there could be symptoms like muscle weakness, twitching or breathing during the younger days. Usually the upper arm and legs are affected. Though the symptoms here are present throughout life, it can be managed with exercises. This particular form presents with a number of variations.

The outlook depends on when symptoms start showing and its severity. With type 1 symptoms manifest any time from birth to 6mnths. Though it is usually visible by age of 3 months. The development is delayed the child may not sit up or crawl. The life expectancy here is usually at the maximum 2yrs. It is possible to make the child’s comfortable with help from doctors and support team.

In all other forms the child can be taught to manage himself/herself by working on easing the symptoms. It is vital to remember that every child or adult with SMA will have a different experience. The treatment plan has to customized to ensure the child has a better quality of life.

Research work is on for newer drugs and treatment options.

Some support sites:

 

Psoriasis

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This month is about creating awareness about Psoriasis.

What is psoriasis?

It is a chronic non-contagious auto-immune disorder and appears as a red, scaly patch. It itches, cracks and sometimes it also bleeds.  If left alone it could develop to Psoriatic arthritis.

For psoriasis to manifest, there should be those genes that cause psoriasis, then the person should be exposed to the triggers, these triggers could be stress, skin injury and sometimes even infections. The trigger sends out a faulty message to the skin cells and its multiplication or growth accelerates.

Though it is perceived as contagious, it is not. All the same, it renders the person embarrassed, and results in higher levels of anxiety and depression. People with psoriasis are also higher risks for heart attacks, Crohn’s disease hypertension, obesity and depression.

As of now there is no known cure, the condition can only be managed.

The name is derived from the Greek word Psora that means itch… it is chronic and non-contagious and is recognizable by red inflamed lesions covered by silvery white scabs of dead skin.

It tends to occur more commonly in people with fair skin.

The physio-pathology is such that the body creates new cells faster than the normal 28-30 days, so shedding of the mature cells has to happen in less than a week instead of the usual 28 -30 day cycle. As the shedding does not occur the dead cells rise to the surface as patches of dead skin, these are particularly seen on the arms, back, chest, elbows, legs nails folds between the buttocks and scalp.

The most common for of psoriasis is psoriasis vulgaris or Plaque psoriasis it is small red bumps that enlarge, become inflamed and then form scales. Though the scales on top flake easily, removal of the scale below could cause bleeding and tenderness. Plaque tends to occur on elbows, knees, scalp and trunk.

Scalp psoriasis is seen in at least 50% of the population. Nail psoriasis begins as pitting of finger nails or toe nails, the size and shape and depth of these marks vary. There maybe thickening, or yellowing or crumbling of the effected nail and the skin around the nail may be inflamed. There are times when the nail peels away from the nail bed. Guttate Psoriasis comes from the word gutta that means a drop… this could emerge, and heal without treatment, or morph into plaque psoriasis. Pustular psoriasis usually occurs win adults, and is blister like lesion with non-infectious pus, it is surrounded by reddened skin, this usually localized though at times it is widespread this is many a times the first symptom of a potentional chronic plaque psoriasis. If this generalized it is then known as Zumbusch pustular psoriasis and develops as painful patches or inflamed skin, this is rapid, pustules appear in few hours, dry and peel off in a day or two, this can make life threatening demands on the heart and kidneys. Plantar Psoriasis manifests at the base of thumb or sides of the heel.  The disease gets less active after feeling. Though it can morph into painful disabling lesions on the finger tips or toe tips then it is called acrodermatitis continua of Hallopeau. The nail could become deformed and disease can damage bone in the affected area.

Inverse psoriasis occurs in the armpits and groins, under the breasts and in other areas where skin flexes or folds. This disease is characterized by smooth, inflamed lesions can be debilitating.

Erythrodermic psoriasis disrupts the body’s chemical balance and can cause sever illiness. This is charecterized by sever scaling, itching and pain this effects most of the body. this could either manifest directly or develop in a patient with a history of plaque psoriasis.

About 10% of the Psoriasis patients develop into a complication called psoriatic arthritis. This usually manifests as a combination of the following symptoms

  1. Joint discomfort, swelling, stiffness or throbbing.
  2. Swelling in the toes, ankles
  3. Pain in the digits, lower back, wrists, knees and ankles
  4. Eye inflammation or pink eye conjunctivitis.

Though the exact cause of psoriasis is not known, immune-system malfunction is what triggers the disease, factors that could trigger the malfunctions arepsoriasis2

  • Family history
  • Stress
  • Exposure to cold temperature extremes
  • Steroids and other medications
  • Racial tendencies.

The acceleration to psoriatic arthritis could occur with bacterial infection or trauma.

The treatment is done after a complete physical, histo-pathological and biochemical tests are done.

visit:http://www.psoriasisawarenessmonth.org/.

Nutrition

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I was just de-cluttering my house when i found notes on nutrition given by our Pedodontics professor Dr.Shobha Tandon who would insist on asking the slum kids about the vegetables, they ate, if they ate chapatti, according to her, rice was not nutritious enough. Well then there was a study done by the Paediatric department of Madras Medical College where they had evidence that children eating traditional pazhachor had no vitamin deficiencies so how does that work.

Nutrition is essentially a the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for heath and growth. This is not uniform it changes with personal situations like age, general health, energy expended, etc. and on external factors like climate. To put it in a nutshell optimal nutrition is eating the right things in the right amounts at the right time. The food we eat can either be the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest or form of poison.

Its is very important, at it is possible to develop a deep dialogue and relatedness with our body for it talks to us all the time. Our body loves us, and it does everything to keep us alive and functioning. We can feed it garbage, and it will take and digest it for us. we can deprive it of sleep it still gets us running next morning. We drink too much alcohol or tea and coffee in my case, it will eliminate it for us. the love the body has for us in unconditional. It allows us to life the life we came here for. The real issue in this relationship is not whether our body loves us, but whether we love our body. in any relationship if one partner is loving, faithful and supportive it is easy for the other to take that person for granted, that’s what we do with our bodies. It is time for us to shift this and our cravings are one of the best places to begin, our mutually loving relationship.

Ever noticed how our food craving changes with the season, it also changes with our emotional state; those are keys we need to know. Our traditional normal food, is not about focusing on a single agent, or talking about cancerous food to avoid, it is about the holistic effect nutrition has on health. For example no matter how much of calcium we take in, the body will absorb only what it requires, the rest of it gets accumulated and expelled as waste.

Traditionally people ate what was available locally during the season of the vegetable. Which is why I am kind of sceptic about this whole thing about standard chart of nutritional requirement. Let’s say whole wheat is good, bread is good, but toast with butter on it is bad, because natural butter has  cholesterol while margarine does not, fine, but hold it, dry toast roasted on your flame or toaster has somethingortheother on it which cancerous.

Well lets take fruits, we are told apples are healthy, hold your horses the price tags glued on it, has a glue which is toxic and the toxin reaches the core of the apple in about 2hrs of the label sticking. So we are totally messed up with what we should eat and what we should not.

Even within the body, if lower the cholesterol to reduce your cardiac issues you could be increasing your risk to cancer.

To me the best way to handle this hype is don’t pay attention to the statistics, pay attention to your body.   Ayurveda evaluates on our body based on the various body systems and its functioning. The diet is then built around it. of course a patient asked my daughter how does that fit into the traditional family and community eating habits and individuality.

My daughter who is an Ayurveda physician says, that there is a broad pattern of requirement because communities and families have similarity then we tweak things to suit us, she likes to point out that since my blood pressure is low, I tend to opt for little more salt in my diet that becomes an individual taste.

On an very loose frame work, people who have a Vata prakruti, again very very loosely who tend to be thin, dry and often feel cold need more grains, oils, salts and little spice in their diet.  When there is a deficiency they tend to be prone to anxiety, constipation and sleeplessness. While people of Pitta prakruti, who tend to be warm and have a more intense and focused nature need, more raw vegetables, and mildly spiced food. Hot and spicy food can make them prone to skin rashes, liver weakness and anger bouts.

People of kapha nature are those who tend to be overweight or stocky and often move and speak slowly. They benefit from lighter foods like vegetables and salads and thrive on hot spicy food. Its best that they avoid dairy, nuts, and grains.

Nothing is right for everyone, and everything is right for someone, Ayurveda avoids everybody must dogma.

Despite cooking being the new fad, we still have stopped cooking wholesome grandma’s dishes I mean my grandma kind of food, about 80% of the food on the shelves of supermarket didn’t even exist 100 years ago.

Basic nutrient of good health, is self care and the self care formula is very simple, that is nutrients in, and toxins out in the realms the body works that is mental, emotional, physical, environmental and spiritual.

There are some special cases where nutrition supplements are required,

  • Pregnancy
  • Nursing mothers,
  • Women who excessively bleed during menstruation.
  • People recovering from trauma.
  • People recovering from prolonged illness.
  • People on long term therapies.

and traditional food does provide it, since traditional food went out with my grandmother’s mother, and like I mentioned before food stocked in the supermarket did not even exist a century ago we need to pick them up. One place which I found that was relatively good to buy the nutritional supplement was… www.purayati.com  the reason why I even consider them was that they do not sell elsewhere and they do not have discount offers which mean there are no old stocks to be rid off.  Anyway check it out for yourself.

 

 

 

Ringing in the ears

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rinningn my 22yrs of dental practice I have patients who have come and I have diligently referred them to the ENT department, after ensuring that their temperomandibular joint is fine. The patients classically describe this as continuous loud buzzing, droning, whispering, humming or whistling. These sounds tend to me more audible, louder and most of them com to my clinic because their sleep is challenged and they presume that it is a sleep issue and tinnitus was considered as fancies and not something of concern.

Studies in UK show about 10% of the population of UK suffer from Tinnitus though I am not sure about the world statistics. all the same current studies show that there is a direct connect between Tinnitus and injuries arising from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq the rise is almost 75 and the affected age group is 18-30yrs.   The increase is also seen in 18- 30yrs who frequent nightclubs and concerts where sound of high decibels is heard.

Medically we would classify causes of Tinnitus as neurological damage, ear infection, embedding of foreign objects in the ear, nasal allergies, wax build up, exposure to loud noises which is the commonest of them all, patients are told to live with it.

Recently neuro-physiology is exploring ways to deal with this by toning the sounds with sea wave sounds, and other sounds essentially to distract the brain.

On shifting the focus of my work to a more holistic space, I realized that tinnitus needs to be handled with emotional and practical support.

Metaphysically this is linked to memory and consciousness.  Toning an ancient method of healing with voice helps. It reduces the pressure within the ear and harmonizes the vibrations of the sound allows the frequencies within to reprogram the tones and energy alignment; it also instills a sense of well-being within the person. Since I do not do toning,

I had a client suffering daily ongoing tinnitus for 15yrs, the tinnitus took the form of whispers it was worse when he visited specific places, or was stressed, the biggest trigger ringing of any prayer bell. There was no history of ear-infection. When he visited the physician or ENT he was asked to live with it.

Along with the Tinnitus he had a low back issue, and history of inability to sustain a relationship.

From a holistic point of view Tinnitus can be placed with disorders of the Vishuddha chakra or the 5th chakra.  This chakra governs communication, so it something being communicated either by the clients own inner self, or by an external source.

This required working with inner child, who is demanding attention or to be precise who is demanding to be heard. It could also mean that the inner child was hearing sounds that it did not want to.

out of the tinnitus cases that I dealt with in my clinic, the most successful one was a woman who presented with an associated symptom of violent anger when she heard the church bells, the Tinnitus attack would be triggered by this sound. Sound of rustling of leaf triggered discomfort, close to fear.

  • We gave her an Emerald to meditate with sea wave sounds.
  • After week on after reviewing we addressed the anger, and fear. Using hypno-drama. The emerald meditation of course was continued.
  • After 21 days, the patient was reviewed and then we went in for organ regeneration through hypnotherapy.
  • 21 days later

Through the therapy the patient had to face certain issues, release certain beliefs, find closures and work through forgiveness, but eventually the body balance was achieved, and creativity found its expression, with anger and fear released the emotions were stabilized. This brought tremendous relief in the condition. She is still working on it.

Callus and Corns

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corn.jpgA callus is a Thickened and Hardened part of the skin or soft tissue especially in an area that has been subjected to friction. It could also be the bony healing tissue which forms around the ends of broken bones. A hard formation of tissue, especially new tissue formed for a wound.

Calluses and corns are caused by repeated pressure of friction on a area of skin. The pressure causes the skin to die and form a hard protective surface, a soft corn is formed in the same way, except when sweat is trapped where the corn develops the hard core softens. This usually occurs between toes.

A hard corn is medically called Heloma Durum, while Heloma Molle is the soft one.

These calluses and corns may go away by themselves eventually, once the irritation is consistently avoided. They may also dissolve with ketolytic agents that contain salicylic acid sanded down with a pumice stone or filed down with a callus shaver. Or pared down by a professional such as podiatrist or a foot health practioner.

The primary treatment for corns and callus would involve avoiding the repetitive actions that caused them to develop. It can be resolved by wearing shoes that fit right, using protective pads and taking other self care measures. If the callus persists various medical interventions are available, like

Trimming away excess skin  the doctor pares down the thickened skin or trim a large corn with a scalpel usually in the out-patient. Medications like 40% salicylic acid are often used, these are also available as over the counter patches. It is a good idea to use a pumice stone or a nail file or emery board to smooth away the dead skin before applying a new patch. Antibiotic ointments maybe suggested by doctors to reduce the risk of infection. Shoe inserts are often prescribed by doctors to prevent recurring corns or calluses, if there are any underlying deformities.

On an body plane or metaphysically feet are dead give ways of the current situation in your life, this is an extension of reflexology or a technique in itself.

Metaphysically, corns, callus, and blisters represent someone or causing friction in your life, or you are protecting yourself from something. The right foot represents how you engage with the outside world, or your masculine side, the emotions represented starting from the big toes, each toe represents, joy, desire, decisiveness, attachment and fear.

The left foot indicates our relationship with ourselves, besides representing emotions; the toes of the left foot also represent the five elements. That is the ether, air, fire, water and earth in the order beginning with the big toe. The left also indicates the feminine aspect of us, and the emotions that the left side represent are sorrow, creativity, love and trust.

If one were to look at the chakra system then ether toe is the throat chakra, the air toe represents the heart chakra, the fire toe represents the solar plexus, the water toe is the sacral chakra and the earth toe is the base chakra.

What I would do in my clinic is the out patient do the cleaning up of the callus, and teach the patient basic foot care, from there depending on the area disturbed we would begin healing with addressing the friction in a trance.

If the patient is diabetic then the capillaries are involved so the hypnotherapy would take another route.  As Metaphysically we would be dealing with other issues. Though organ regeneration is a major game changer here.