Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health. Show all posts

What is the difference between A1 and A2 milk


At present, there are two types of cow's milk available in the market, A1 and A2 milk. The majority of cows that are being raised are A1 variety. A2 cows are the earlier breeds of cow.


A1 versus A2 milk

Milk is great source of calcium and protein. Casein is the largest group of proteins found in milk which makes up about 80% of the total protein content. A2 cows are the earlier breeds of cows like the desi Indian cows or the African cows that produce this protein in their milk along with an amino acid called Proline. In the new hybrid breeds, the proline amino acid got converted to Histidine due to alteration of genes over the years. These are the A1 cows that include breeds like Holstein, Friesian and Ayrshire.


Proline is strongly bonded to a small protein called BCM7, which prevents it from getting into the milk produced by A2 cows. On the other hand, Histidine holds a weak bond with BCM7, so it is easily released in the GI tract of animals and can enter the human body on consumption of milk from A1 cows and interact with the digestive system and internal organs. A2 beta-casein is protein found in milk produced by 'old-fashioned' cows like the Jersey, Charolais, Guernsey and Limousin. Milk produced by other mammals such as those from human, goat and sheep is similar to A2 dairy milk mainly due to the presence of proline.


What is BCM7?

  • BCM7(Beta-Casomorphin-7), I call it 'the milk devil'. Scientists have known about this protein fragment, or 'peptide', for more than 30 years. It is unique to casein, and hence the 'caso' in its name. It is also an opioid which attaches readily to opioid receptors in the brain, and hence the 'morphin'.
  • The absorption of BCM7 into the bloodstream leads to the high incidence of autism, schizophrenia, and other neurological disorders(under research).


Reports

  • A group of Russian researchers have shown that BCM7 does pass into the blood of babies who were fed infant formula which led to delayed psycho-motor(brain-to-muscle) development(as published in the international journal 'Peptides').
  • Another report published in the Indian journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 2012, indicates that it is associated as a risk factor for type-1 diabetes, coronary heart disease and mental disorders like autism and schizophrenia because it may enter your brain through blood.
  • The "a2 Milk Company"(New Zealand) claims that milk containing A1 proteins is harmful. But, a 2009 European Food Safety Authority(EFSA) review found that there was insufficient evidence to prove that bioactive peptides in A1 milk have a negative effect on health.


The history - Operaion Flood

Operation Flood, launched in 1970, was a project of india's National Dairy Development Board(NDDB), which was the world's biggest dairy development program. The white revolution was that it led to cross-breeding with European cows and import of foreign hybrid breeds of higher yield in order to meet the goal of mass production.


This has brought to a situation today where the old Indian breed cow has become a dying breed in India. Imagine this - The Gir cow, Which is Gujarat's(Indian province) breed, is now being imported from Brazil and the Brahmi Bull, Which is another pure breed, is more popular in Australia.


“Our first food is the water, the milk which planet can't feed except mother”
-William Foege

What happens if Corona virus vaccine is never developed


As of 14th May 2020 there are at least 95 vaccines under various stages of development to prevent Covid-19. Recently Pfizer begins human trials of possible corona virus vaccine. Oxford covid-19 vaccine's human trial results will arrive by June, Researcher confirms.



Vaccine - The Panacea

Historically, vaccines have been one of the greatest public health tools to prevent disease. But even as new technology, advancements in genomics and improved global coordination have allowed researchers to move at unprecedented speed, vaccine development remains an expensive and risky process.


Long Process

  • It takes months and even years just to start human trials of vaccines.
  • Vaccines makers around the world are racing to speed up their timelines for development, a process that typically takes years.
  • Companies/Universities are making extraordinary efforts to stagger trials and, in some cases, skip essential steps, such as animal testing.


Worst case scenario

  • There is another worst case possibility - that no vaccine is ever developed.
  • After the SARS outbreak in 2003, it takes researchers about 20 months from the release of the viral genome to get a vaccine ready for human trials.
  • 2020- no vaccine ready for deployment. Recently WHO envoy warns corona virus vaccine may never be developed.


Plan B

Pre-exposure prophylaxis options.
  • Remdesivir
  • HCQ
But, we required randomized controls trials for these two options.

Life without vaccine

  • Instead of wiping out Covid-19, societies may instead learn to live with it.
  • Treatments may be developed. But, outbreaks of the disease still occur each year(peaking in winters).
  • Cities would slowly re-open. But, shut again anytime.
  • Abrupt instruction to self-isolate could come at any time.

Last option - Herd immunity

When most of a population is immune to an infectious disease, this provides indirect protection or herd immunity(also called herd protection) to those who are not immune to the disease. For example, if 80% of a population is immune to a virus, four out of every five people who encounter someone with the disease won’t get sick(and won’t spread the disease any further). In this way, the spread of infectious diseases is kept under control. Depending how contagious an infection is, usually 70% to 90% of a population needs immunity to achieve herd immunity


There are many more diseases without vaccines

  • HIV (AIDS) - 4 decades and 32 million deaths later, the world is still waiting for an HIV vaccine. HIV mutates during a single infection. It continues to mutate inside the body. So, it's like you're infected with a thousand different HIV strands.
  • Malaria - 230 million cases and 0.4 million deaths annually.
  • Dengue - Vaccine developed recently in 2015 but failed in field.
  • Influenza is able to change itself from one year to the next. So, it is extremely hard to find vaccine for it.
Vaccines are the tugboats of preventive health
-William Foege

Seven tips for healthy lifestyle


Modern technology is really very good and helpful but, it can never save us from the problems caused by our unhealthy lifestyle. Rather getting a modern medical solution for every problem, It is much better to live in such a way that we will never ever fall ill.


A very small prevention is far better than a very big cure. Lets discuss about seven tips on how to live healthy and long life. This will help you avoid illness and in addition of that also help in weight loss


1. Get Enough Exercise

In the past people had to use their physical bodies within the course of their normal work. But today someone may rise up, take a car, then sit down, rise up to travel range in the car and when arriving destination, sit down again for the rest of the day. In such a life there's no physical labor. This physical inactivity is one among the most reasons for a number of diseases. Sport, running, walking and other things must be added to our life if our normal work doesn't require us to exert ourselves physically.


2. Go to sleep when you feel sleepy

This may sound simple, but many of us stay awake late even when their body is telling them that it's time to sleep. Yoga and Ayurvedic doctors also say that it's better to sleep at night and move during the day. However, people like students will take coffee and stimulants to review late into the night. Other people develop the habit of remaining active in the dark and sleeping during the day. While we will do that, it eventually takes a impact on our health. Health doctors say that this type of unnatural living is one among the contributing factors within the causation of cancer and other diseases.


3. Eat when you feel hungry

This is also an easy idea, but once more we frequently go against the messages of the body. If you dine out of habit or thanks to social pressure at certain time of the day, even once you haven't any real appetite, then you'll not digest your food properly. Acidity and indigestion begin, and this contributes to the likelihood of more complex diseases. Having an appetite is really a symbol of excellent health, but if you've got no appetite you ought to wait a touch then eat. (If you've got no appetite even after awaiting an inexpensive amount of your time, then you ought to consult a doctor because something is wrong.)


4.Fast on a Regular, Systematic Basis

If you'd ask a person to figure three hundred and sixty five days per annum with none rest, they might complain and say that they need to have some rest alternatively they're going to break down. But we've never bothered to ask or to believe our digestive organs which we compel to figure day after day without a rest. They cannot protest the way an individual would to his boss, but they give us signals that they can't work non-stop. When we ignore those signals and still compel them, then those organs break down. That is why periodic fasting is necessary. Refrain from eating for one complete day. This gives a rest to your digestive organs and also helps in the elimination of waste from your body. Regular fasting allows an individual to realize overtime for intellectual or spiritual pursuits. Fasting isn't only for hermits, but may be a sensible practice that anyone can practice.


5. Wash yourself with cool water before getting to bed

As mentioned above, proper sleep is important for the upkeep of health. If we wash our body parts(hand, arm, eye, leg, mouth, genital) before sleep using cool water, then this will relax us and prepare us for deep sleep.


6. Perform meditation on a regular basis

Your body is linked to your mind. Many of the diseases of this era are psychosomatic. Stress and anxiety take their control on our physical health. Meditation may be a mental exercise which, among other things, allows you to detach yourself from the concerns of life. Learn a simple technique and do it regularly.


7. Get up early every day

Once again the old proverb, “Early to bed, early to rise makes an individual healthy, wealthy and wise.” I don’t know if it'll cause you to wealthy, but it'll certainly make you healthy. Your body needs only enough sleep, not an excessive amount of and not insufficient .


Follow these tips and you can’t go wrong.

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough

Plasma Therapy for Corona virus


Plasma therapy for Covid-19

Corona virus disease is an infectious disease. Nowadays Plasma therapy is widely used for fighting against corona virus. Let's see what is Plasma therapy? how it is useful? and is this the cure for corona virus pandemic?

What is Plasma?

Plasma is the little yellowish liquid component of the blood. It carries cells and proteins throughout the body. It makes up about 55% of the body's total blood volume. Blood serum is blood plasma without clotting factors. Plasmapheresis is a medical therapy that involves blood plasma extraction, treatment, and reintegration.

Convalescent plasma therapy

Convalescent is the process of recovering from an illness or medical treatment.
  • When people get sick with a virus or bacteria, they recover from the illness because their body produces antibodies specifically to fight that 'ANTIGEN'.
  • Vaccines also spur the body into producing these protective antibodies.
  • But there is no Covid-19 vaccine yet, so plasma from recovered patients remains doctors' best source of antibodies for now.

Plasma from patients who have recovered from Covid-19 will contain antibodies that their immune systems have produced in fighting the virus. That plasma can be transfused to patients whose own immune systems are struggling to develop their own antibodies. The plasma transfusion is therefore intended to provide the poorly patient to help their body fight the covid-19 virus.


What is Antibody?

An antibody (Ab), also known as an immunoglobulin (Ig), is a large, Y-shaped protein produced mainly by plasma cells that is used by the immune system to neutralize pathogens such as pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Antibodies are secreted by B cells of the adaptive immune system. The antibody recognizes a unique molecule of the pathogen(antigen), attaches to it and activates other parts of immune system to attack the 'foreign' antigen.


What is the process?

  • To get the plasma, people who have fully recovered from the infection must first donate blood. Donors must be free of symptoms for at lease 14 days.
  • The plasma is then separated from the blood in a process called plasmapheresis and screened for toxins or infections, like hepatitis or HIV. Next the plasma is tested to make sure it has enough antibodies to effectively treat or prevent Covid-19.
  • After that, it can be infused into the recipient through a procedure that's similar to a blood transfusion and is known to be safe.


This technique is not a new. Horse serum is used for creating vaccines for diphtheria, tetanus and scarlet fever. This technique is not useful in all the kind of diseases. As per the report china conducted this test in February and succeed.


Various trials and studies

  • In Shenzhen, China doctors used Convalescent plasma in some patients with encouraging results.
  • The study found that the therapy was safe and cleared the virus in seven out of ten patients.
  • Plasma from recovered patients has also been used in outbreaks of Ebola, as well as other corona viruses, like SARS(severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS(Middle East respiratory syndrome), Spanish flu(100 years ago), H1N1 swine flu(10 years ago).


Is this the cure for Covid-19?

No, This is not the cure for Covid-19. Convalescent plasma is a stopgap measure until a better treatment or vaccine is available. The therapy will be useful on people who have been hospitalized with Covid-19 but are not yet in critical condition. If the treatment can prevent those people from ending up in the intensive care unit, It will free up valuable resources like beds and ventilators fro patients with more severe illness.


Challenges

One of the challenges of plasma therapy will be administering it in the right window of time to provide the maximum boost to a person's immune system. The sooner it can be given(ideally, within a few days after exposure or the onset of symptoms), the better a person will likely fare. After that, patients might be too far along in the course of their disease to benefit. The timing could be tricky, because some people aren't admitted to the hospital until many days after their illness has begun.


Keep calm and carry on...

Uric acid and Health


Uric acid structure image

Uric acid cases are increasing rapidly in Modern Lifestyle. It is a serious disease, its initial symptoms are joint pain and body tightness. If this is left untreated, many troubles such as arthritis, kidney stones, diabetes and blood disorders start to increase. It is very important to keep it under control.



What is uric acid

It is a compound made up of elements such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen, which the body receives from proteins in the form of amino acids. Its quantity is removed from the body through urine, but when the amount of this element increases in the body, uric a starts accumulating in the body. Which damages the bones. Due to which there is a fear of getting arthritis.



Uric acid ankle pain image

Symptoms

1) Aching joints
2) Ankle ache
3) Swelling of the lumps
4) Feet stiffness at bedtime
5) Unbearable pain in the studio in sitting and getting up
6) Sugar level rise

What to eat and what to avoid

Avoidance of some kind of food is the most important to keep uric acid under control. This problem is aggravated further by consuming a high protein diet. This problem can be relieved by avoiding some kind of food and drink.



Do not eat this diet(Only if you suffered from Uric acid problems)

1. Yogurt

Turn off curd, rice, dry fruits, lentils and spinach. They contain a lot of protein.


2. Lentil-Rice

Consuming milk or lentils while sleeping at night is harmful. Due to this, a lot of uric acid starts accumulating in the body. Avoid peeled pulses completely.


3. Non Veg

If you are fond of eating non-veg, stop eating meat, egg, fish immediately. Eating it increases uric acid rapidly.


4. Bakery Foods

Do not eat bakery foods such as pastries, cakes, pancakes, cream biscuits, etc. Foods rich in trans fat increase uric acid content.


5. Water after meals

Rules for drinking water must also be followed. Do not drink water while eating, water should be drunk before and after one and a half hours.


6. Soya Milk

To avoid the problem of uric acid, do not eat soya milk, junk food, spicy foods, cold drinks, fried foods.


7. Alcohol

Do not consume substances like alcohol, caffeine, smoking. These things increase uric acid. They contain yeast which is harmful for health.


Now we will see what we can eat in uric acid problem

1. Apple Vinegar

Apple vinegar helps in reducing uric acid by increasing the pH volume of blood in the body.


2. Small Cardamom

Eat 2 green small cardamoms with 1 glass of lukewarm water before going to bed at night.


3. Onion

Onion increases metabolism and protein content in the body. If both of this is present in good amount in our body then it can easily control uric acid.


4. Water intake

Drink sufficient amount of water to remove the amount of uric acid from the body. Keep drinking water for a while. Drink 10-12 glasses of water a day.


5. Vitamin-C

Include orange, amla like food in diet which contain good amount of vitamin C.


6. Celery

The quantity of uric acid is controlled by taking celery.


7. Raw Papaya

Take a raw papaya, cut it and separate the seeds. Now boil the papaya in 5 liters of water for 5 minutes. Cool this water and sieve it, then drink it 2 to 3 times a day.


Ask not what you can do for your country. Ask what’s for lunch.
― By Orson Welles

Nutrition and its benefits


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Good nutrition protects the body from many diseases. But, we have many such small habits which, also become enemies of our health. The result is that the body does not get the full benefit of the food we eat.



The nutrients and lifestyle involved in food have a big impact on our health. We take care of health only when we have the right information. By starving for long hours or eating the wrong things, the body does not get nutrition and metabolism starts messing up. Such foods should be eaten less, which increase blood sugar levels. Eat nutritious items with high calories. Do not eat too much at once. Do not heat food again and again it will also burn out nutrients and necessary proteins.



Morning breakfast is important

Many people do not take breakfast in the morning in a hurry. At the same time, people who are on dieting feel that, by not having breakfast, they will avoid more calories. But this mistake makes us obese. Metabolism of the body suffers badly and fatigue starts. The reality is that we get energy for the whole day by having breakfast in the morning. Do not take only carbohydrate items in the morning. Eat protein rich items with green vegetables. This will keep the stomach full for a long time and will not cause hunger again and again.



Take care of your mind as well

The main function of the brain is to receive messages from all the organs, deliver them to the right organs and control emotions. The brain needs proper nutrition to complete all these tasks in a proper way. Therefore, eat foods rich in nutrients like vitamin E, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids and protein. As far as possible, eat only fresh things. By repeatedly heating the food or cooking it for too long, its nutrients are destroyed.



Avoid eating wrongly matched items

For example, do not eat fruit with food. This takes a lot of time to digest food. Similarly, eating cold things immediately after hot things increases the chances of indigestion. Foods in the intestines keep rotting for a long time. Due to this, problems of gas, bile, and irritation begin. Do not eat curd or salt mixed with fruits. Things that can be eaten raw, eat them in the same form. It is better to eat fruits as a salad before eating.



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Fats and carbohydrates are not enemies

Carbohydrates and fats are not enemies of the body. The body also needs these nutrients. Only the need to maintain balance. Include dairy products in the diet regularly. Dairy products are rich in vitamins A, D, E and K. Likewise, always eat food mixed with vegetables. Include fruits, vegetables, whole pulses and whole grains in your food, this will give enough fiber to the body. As far as possible, eat only the food prepared at home.



Essential Nutrients

Protein- Protein is required in the making, maintenance and repair of body tissues. Milk, soybeans, poultry, lentils, milk and meat contain protein.
Calcium- In addition to bones and teeth, it keeps muscles and heart good. Important for growing children. Milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, tofu, spinach, broccoli, contain plenty of soybeans.
Fiber- If you want to keep the digestive system good, then eat fiber-rich things. For this, eat apples, pear, oats, whole grains and dry fruits.
Iron- Iron has the function of making blood in the body and transporting oxygen to all organs. It is sufficient in whole grains, beans, nuts, pomegranates, beets and green leafy vegetables.

Important things

1. Make green vegetables in less oil spices. Avoid frying or cooking for too long.
2. Do not always eat bread, butter and parathas in breakfast. Bread, vegetables, oatmeal, curd, sprouted grains, etc. should also be consumed. This will provide adequate nutrition to the body.
3. After boiling the vegetables, use that water also. At the time of boiling, 5 to 55 per cent of the nutritious elements of the vegetables dissolve in water.
4. If you do not have time to eat breakfast, then definitely eat a handful of walnuts, almonds and cashews.

Eat fresh fruits and vegetables it will keep you healthy and Fit.
Our food should be our medicine and our medicine should be our food
-By Hippocrates

Health benefits of Papaya for women


Papaya Slices

Fruits are deeply related to a person's health. All the nutritional deficiencies of the body can be overcome with the help of fruits.


One such fruit is Papaya. Benefits of which keeps a person away from diseases with the help of various nutrients like protein, potassium, fiber and vitamin A. Many problems of women can be easily treated with the help of raw papaya. Today we are going to discuss some of the same problems of women in which they should fulfill their desire for a healthy body by consuming raw papaya. So let's know about this information ...



Infection of urine

Women often have urine infection problem, especially in summer, this problem is more annoying. Urine comes with intermittent and burning sensation, mild fever, pain in the lower abdomen and smell of urine due to problems. But you do not have to worry, because raw papaya is very helpful in relieving it. This prevents the bacteria from growing by eliminating infection.



Helps in diabetes

Papaya as well as raw papaya is not less than a boon for patients with diabetes. Eating it contains sugar in the blood and it increases the amount of insulin. Yes, drinking of papaya juice contains vitamin A, C, magnesium and potassium. Raw papaya juice keeps diabetes under control. Include raw papaya in your diet if you also have diabetes.



Helps in breast feeding

Eating raw papaya is very good for women who have breast feeding, because such women are in high need of nutrients. Apart from this, it helps to increase milk by fulfilling all the enzyme deficiencies in the body.



For Heavy Weight problems

Increasing weight is the biggest problem of today's women. If you have the same problem and you want to reduce the weight, then take raw papaya. Yes, raw papaya has high fiber content. Therefore, eating it removes the extra fat deposited in the body. So you can eat raw papaya as a salad. It helps in weight loss rapidly. Or you can also eat raw papaya by mixing it with grated curd.



Helps in Cancer prevention

Many research has found that eating raw papaya regularly reduces the risk of cancer. There are anti-oxidants, phytonutrients and flavonoids present in it, which act to prevent the formation of cancer cells in the body. Which can reduce the risk of cancer.



Immunity Strengthening

We are easily vulnerable to diseases due to weak immunity. Yes, one gets sick immediately due to mild changes in the weather. But if you include raw papaya in the diet, then you can strengthen your immune system. Raw papaya contains vitamins A, C and E, which makes the body's immune system strong. Vitamin C present in it relieves stress. You also stay away from diseases by defeating stress. Immunity system works as a shied against diseases.



Gives Ease in the pain of arthritis

Consuming raw papaya is also very beneficial in relieving joint pain. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties present in raw papaya help to relieve the pain of Arthritis. For this, you boil 2 liters of water. Then wash the papaya, remove the seeds and boil it in water for 5 minutes. Now add 2 teaspoons of green tea leaves and let it boil for a while. Now filter it and fill it in the bottle. Drink this water throughout the day. You will feel relaxed within a few days.



I'm a really huge fan of papaya juice.
-Andy Milonakis