World sleep awareness day

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Sleepy head…?

How many of us have been called that at some point or the other and resented it.

Have you had situations where you felt you could not keep your eyes open? Has this caused you an important assignment, or a contact, or sheer publec embaressment.

Did you ever wonder if your sleep levels were normal or not?

Just take this test,

0                    no chance of dozing

1                    slight chance of dozing

2                    moderate chance of dozing

3                    high chance of dozing.

Situation Score
Sitting and reading.
Watching TV
Sitting inactive in a public place. Eg theater or a meeting.
Lyind down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit.
Sitting and talking to someone
Sitting quietly after a lunch without alcohol
In acar,while stopped for a few minutes in traffic.

Total your score.

0 – 9                normal             you need not worry

10-13               mild                 you may be excessively sleepy depending on the    situation. You may choose to seek medical attention.

14 -19              moderate         you may be excepetionally sleepy depending on the situation. It might be  essential to seek medical attention.

20-23               severe              you are excessively sleep seek medical attention.

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Things to Know About Endometriosis.

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This is the endometriosis awareness month.

Endometriosis is a condition that results from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causes pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation.

Endometriosis is the ectopic presence of endometrial glands and tissues. Endometrium is the mucous tissue of the uterus which thickens during the menstrual cycle to prepare the uterus for the possible embedding of embryo.

6-10% of the women of reproductive age suffer from it. The stigmata include dysmenorrhoea, chronic pelvic pain, irregular uterine bleeding and/or infertility.

It is quite under diagnosed and has a latency period of 6-years before diagnosis.

It is debilitating and affects the quality of life.

The definitive cause of endometriosis is elusive though several causes are cited.

Common signs include

  • Painful periods particularly of the lower back and abdomen.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • Pain during urination or bowel movements, particularly during periods.
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Additional symptoms like fatigue, diarrhoea or constipation, bloating or nausea during periods may be there.

Often when endometriosis gets diagnosed when the woman concerned has an issue in conception, or an infertility issue.

Causes:

  1. Retrograde menstruation: menstrual blood flows into the pelvic region instead of out, this could stick the pelvic wall causing nevi.
  2. Transformation of peritoneal cells or the cells of the inner side of the abdomen into endometrial cell.
  3. Embryonic cell transformation hormones like estrogens may transform embryonic cells in the early stage of development.
  4. A surgical scar behaving like an implant.
  5. Endometrial cells transplanting through blood vessels or lymphatic system.
  6. Immune system disorders.

All the above are proposed pin-pointing a particular cause is rather elusive.

Risk factors that could aggravate endometriosis.

  • Never giving birth.
  • Starting periods early
  • Delayed menopause
  • Menstrual cycles of less than 10 days.
  • Increased oestrogen levels in the body or greater span of exposure to oestrogen.
  • Low body weight index.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • Maternal and matrilineal history of endometriosis.
  • Any medical condition that prevents natural menstruation.
  • Uterine abnormalities.

The signs and symptoms appear as pain and dysmenorrhoea after few years of menarche. It temporarily ceases with pregnancy and stops with menopause. Untreated endometriosis could result in infertility or ovarian cancer.

Its not about Bruises and cuts

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March 1st is the Self Injury awareness day.

Self injury is not any celebrate non-suicidal behaviour that inflicts physical injury to the body. This helps to deal with intense emotional distress or awaken the person from a sense of numbness or dissociation that sets in after emotional trauma.self injury 3

The physical pain validates and makes the pain real than the emotional one.  Though morphing the emotional pain to a physical one relieves the pain, the underlying issue remains.

People who tend to cause self injury are spread across age, gender, social-economical status, ethnicity, personal strength and even sexual orientation.

The types of self injury are very unique and absolutely personal.

The severity of the injury is not proportionate to the level of emotional distress. Whatever the severity, help is essential. The need to talk to someone is great.

Since self injury happens as a cope up mechanism for intense emotional trauma, it can manage through alternate handling.

  1. Call someone up and talk for few minutes until the emotional overwhelming calms. It could be talking about anything.
  2. Acknowledge the emotional pain.
  3. Learning to express the feeling.
  4. Take a deep breath and resist the impulse at least for 15mnts.

Self injury is a sign of emotional distress. Severity or type of injury is not dependent on the level of emotional injury nor is it dependent on the personal strength of the individual.

Admitting emotional pain and seeking help is the thing to do and it takes tremendous courage to do so.

Of course when you begin to open up, there could be incredulousleness, blame game and judgemental advices but walk through it without paying heeds.

Even with therapy there could be occasional relapses.

As a hypnotherapist, for self injury is either about an undead past life or a Karmic obsessor. Both of which can be healed.

Sometimes people are unable to connect to their emotional self, particularly if over intellectualizing and analyzing has worked well for them before. Then this connect has to built very gradually and gently.

What worked for me was, a bit of meditating in the morning,

  1. Sit comfortably without resting your head. Feet firmly on the ground.
  2. Visualize that you are taking in the energy from the earth as deep as you can and release the breathe briskly through the nose. Do this seven times.
  3. The next visual is taking in the energy from the sun, take a deep breathe and release it very very slowly. This is seven times too.
  4. Just try to visualize the blending of the two energies that you have assimilated within you.
  5. This makes you sensitive to the environment round you, you will become aware of various sounds and smells around you, do not channelize the thoughts just let it flow and write them down as it flows. The writing should be in long hand, no spell checks or grammar checks do not read what you have written. Just write for the next 10mnts.

The writing is cleansing the intellect, after couple of days you will become aware of a pattern, sometimes there is anger that is release sometimes, grief there is also awaking of the creative streak from within.self injury 4

Another exercise that helped was geometric drawing in the night before i go bed. The only criteria I put for myself was the drawing had to geometric and it had to begin from the centre of the page. People have found relief with zendala’s and zentangles too.

For hypnotherapy consultation DM on @parwatisingari. or leave a message at the comment box and I shall get back.

 

 

 

Stand against Bullying

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The Friday of February is the world stand against bullying day.

Bully is defined as forceful subjugation by use of power or intimidation.

It could happen anywhere and the frequency spikes with each successful episode of bullying. Houses, schools, yards, cyberbullying there are all out there.

Many times we do not understand the fine line between bullying and ragging. Actually the varying intensity of the same. Many countries have anti-bullying laws in the India has too, but somehow the anti-ragging takes over the entire limelight.

Lets look at what is bullying. Bullying could be

  • Personal
    • Name calling
    • Teasing
    • Taunting
    • Threatening
    • Even sexual overtones in conversation would fall in this space.
  • Social
    • Exclusion,
    • Intimidating others to isolate, or ex-communicate
    • Spreading rumours.
    • Embarrassing people in public.
  • Physical
    • Kicking, pinching, hitting
    • Spitting
    • Tripping, pushing shoving
    • Breaking property
    • Making lewd hand gestures.

The perpetuator and victimology is discussed in the blog The Big Bully. Bullies are usually victims of bullying themselves. They are then unable to face the humiliation and feel very helpless, bullying others brings back the sense of power in them.

To deal with a bully

  1. Ask external help. Particularly if it is physical then authorities like the police do help.
  2. Though every victim is effected in the personal space, it cannot be taken personally usually the perpetuator is a victim of bullying too.
  3. If you are dealing with scars of bullying it is a good idea to take the help of a hypnotherapist and release that scar from your space.

For anti-bullying laws in India. read here. For hypnotherapy sessions to deal with bullying click here.

 

 

Patients charter for tuberculosis.

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The patient’s charter outlines the right and responsibilities of people with tuberculosis. It empowers people with the disease and their communities through this knowledge. It is endorsed by the WHO.  Stop TB partnership, national governments and civil society organizations.

Patients have the right to

CARE

  • Free and equitable care for tuberculosis.
  • Quality care meeting and international standards.
  • Benefit form community care programs like DOTS

DIGNITY

  • Be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Social support of family, community and national programs.

INFORMATION

  • Information about available care services,
  • Be informed about condition and treatment
  • Know drug names, dosage and side effects.
  • Access to medical records in local language.
  • Have peer support and voluntary counselling.

CHOICE

  • A second medical opinion with access to records.
  • Refuse surgery if drug treatment is at all possible.
  • Refuse to participate in research studies.

CONFIEDNCE

  • Have privacy, culture, religious beliefs respected.
  • Keep your health condition confidential
  • Care in facilities that practise effective infection control.

JUSTICE

  • File a complaint about care and to have a response,
  • Appeal unjust decisions to a higher authority
  • Cote for accountable local, national patient representatives

ORGANIZATIONS

  • Join or organize peer support groups, clubs and NGO’s.
  • Participate in policy making in TB programs.

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SECURITY

  • Job security from diagnosis through to cure.
  • Food coupons or supplements if required.
  • Access to quality assured drugs and diagnostics.

PATIENTS RESPONISILITIES

Patients have the following responsibility.

SHARE INFORMATION

  • Inform healthcare staff all about. Your condition.
  • Tell staff about contacts with family, friends etc.
  • Inform family and friends and share your TB knowledge.

FOLLOW TREATMENT

  • Follow the prescribed plan of treatment.
  • Tell staff of any- difficulties with treatment.

CONTRIBUTE TO COMMUNITY HEALTH

  • Encourage others TB-Test if they show symptoms.
  • Be considerate of care-providers and other patients.
  • Assist family and neighbours to complete treatment.

SHOW SOLIDARITY

  • Show solidarity with all other patients.
  • Empower yourself and your community.
  • Join the fight against TB in your community.

This is part of the Axsheya and DOTS program of TB prevention, feel free to print, share and use this information.

Know the RO water purifier price for your home.

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Water purification

Once up on a time there were no industries,  no deforestation and less pollutions, so water was clean like the air. The dead and decaying plants and animal carcass created antibody giving the rivers their mysterious healing power.

Now things are different, water is polluted, and we need to purify water. So how does water get cleaned? What are processes that allows purification. But before that let us look at the relevance of water.

Earth is made up of 82% of water was what we learnt at school, the USGS water science school says that it is 71% lets stay with that. This water manifests as different water bodies, oceans, seas, lakes, rivers and even within us.

In our everyday life we need water to sustain us, we either drink it or used it cook, we also use water to bathe and clean. Water is an essential part of our existence.

The 2014 WHO report claims that 842,000 deaths/year are courtesy waterborne disease. These deaths could have been prevented if adequate care had been taken. Clean, safe portable water is necessity. Indiscriminate urbanization like remote location is hugely challenged when it comes to sanitation. This also raises challenge to safe and hygienic drinking water. Water contains, ions, algae, nutrients, parasites sometimes minerals and lot more.livepure2

various methods are used for purification, these methods are established depending on the purpose of water consumption.

  • Boiling water of course is the most traditional way of doing things
  • Filtration. This is a physical process and eliminates water and gross particle suspensions.
  • Distillation or boiling water condensing it and collecting it is another popular method.
  • Sedimentation, uses basin or clarifier, it separates amorphous metal hydroxide from water, this is commonly called demineralization.  Studies however say that removing minerals from water could cause digestive and urinary problems.
  • Slow and rapid sand filtration, are biologic process where sand is used . water seeps through the layers of sands, slowly until it is safe for consumption.  In the rapid sand filter activated carbon is used which removes taste and odor from water.
  • Flocculation and coagulation is the term that is used  when chemical components are added to water to remove unwanted particles both organic and inorganic.
  • Chlorination is another popular methods, but this harmful both to germs and humans.
  • Iodinization is done using 2% tincture of Iodine, this kills, bacteria and viruses when added to water but is only moderately effective when it comes to Protozoa.
  • Calcium hypochlorate or Pool Shock is used. It is safe and effective as long as it is not mixed with other chemicals or algaecides. It is quite economic to. But it is essentially an alternate chlorine product.
  • Finally we have the ultra violet rays. For this method to be effect the water needs to be clear.

Despite the efforts of the municipalities to ensure that water supplied to houses are safe, the water is not safe to portable and consumed.  Being aware of this most of us boil or filter the water. Boiling does eliminate lot of germs but it has its limitations. Water needs to boiled for at least 20mnts to kill the microorganism. It could get recontaminated when it cools down.  It consumes time and alteration of taste occurs with the escaping oxygen.

UV Light is a safe way to purify water, it can destroy the micro-organisms. This process is the ultraviolet germicidal irradiation and it uses 250-270 nanometer wavelength of ultraviolet light rays. Unlike the chlorinated water, it does effect the taste or smell of water.

UV light process is a physical one and not a chemical one. it renders the microbe ineffective by destroying the genetic material inside the cell. Though it is possible render water totally sterile, it is not practical when it comes to household applications, which is the claim is the water is 99.99% microbe free.

With UVLight the advantage is major disease causing bacteria like E.coli, typhoid, dysentery etc. get nullified without changing the taste or smell of water.

There are a few limitations however like

  • UV purification is effective when the light is strong and exposure to the water is adequate.
  • The water should be  clear of suspended and dissolved particles so that its intensity is not reduces.
  • Unfiltered water could shield microbes from UV-rays.

The RO and UV purification system offered by Livpure makes it the best option as  passes the water through 6 filters, including the RO filter filtering the water so that it is almost crystal clear, this is now allows the intensity to be optimal, water is clear there is nothing to shield the microbe from the UV rays, so the  water becomes microbe free. Finally essential minerals are incorporated into the water to ensure that the water is healthy.

livepureLivpure has products of various efficacy and economy… you could choose the right one for you here.. RO water filter prices..if you are confused how to choose you could invite the Livpure expert to check the quality of the water in your zone and choose the right one.

 

 

Tuberculosis Awareness

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Tuberculosis is is a highly infectious disease caused by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis TB is a disease with devastating social and economic costs. Morbidity and mortality due to TB is higher than due to any other infectious disease.

This gets spread through the air when a person suffering from TB sneezes or coughs, the TB germs get into the air in the form of tiny droplets these tiny droplets when inhaled by a healthy person can cause disease. A single TB patient can infect about 10 -15 people in a year.

The reality of TB in India is

  • 40% of Indian population is infected with TB
  • Every year 18 lakh people in India develop TB of which nearly 8 lakhs are infectious.
  • 4 lakh people die in India due to tuberculosis every year.
  • TB causes enormous social and economic disruption as it affects the most productive age group that is 15-55yrs.
  • The burden of TB is enhanced by the stigma attached to it.
  • TB
  • Kills more women in India than any other disease

Symptoms of TB

  • Cough for 2 weeks or more
  • Evening rise of body temperature
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chest pain
  • Blood streaked sputum.
  • Quite a few times TB effects organs other than the lungs. TB is diagnosed through sputum examination, and if necessary chest X-ray. If the TB is else where then the procedures are different.

DOTS is a strategy adopted in revised national tuberculosis control program under DOTS the patients swallows the drugs in the presence of a health worker or DOT provider. This ensures regular and complete drug administration. Further, in this strategy the total number of doses and total duration of treatment is reduced with more effective standardized drug regimens. This has proved effective in all countries adopting dots.

DOTS is administered in two phases.

Intensive phase – this is of two or three months duration. During this phase a health worker or a trained person watches as the patient swallows the drugs in his presence three times a week.

Continuation phase – this is of four to five months, during the continuation phase, the patient is issued medicine for a week in multiblisher combipack of which the first doses swallowed by the patient in the presence of the health worker or trained person. it has been proven by clinical trials that thriece a week alternate day treatment is as effective as daily treatment.

Citizens  responsibility in TB management

  • You can volunteer as a DOT provider for TB patients in the neighbourhood.
  • Advice anyone coughing more than two week to get sputum tested.
  • Motivate TB patients to complete the treatment.

This article is part of the TB awareness drive, please feel free to download or share.