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A Medical Marvel!

 

A 25 year old  Robotics Engineer Diwakar Vaish has collaborated with A Neuro scientist Dr Deepak Agrawal at the famous AIIMS, (All India Institute Of Medical Science) Delhi to develop the smallest and most inexpensive Pocket Ventilator !

 

The Ventilator is 450 times smaller than a conventional Ventilator, looks like a Mobile phone and can be slipped into a pocket.

 

It does not require Oxygen cylinder/s to function as it runs on atmospheric air and operates both on power and battery with an almost nil operational cost.

It is controlled by an Android app which adjusts the air supply to match the normal breathing pattern of the patient.

An earlier portable Ventilator also pushes in air but does so at a fixed frequency not necessarily matching the person’s breathing pattern leading to a non-optimum oxygen saturation.

 

An FDA approved disposable ventilator is also available but has a shelf life of only about 4 weeks !

Currently India faces a huge shortage of Ventilator beds for critically ill patients as well as interrupted power supply for the functioning of Ventilators.

This  marvellous venture will provide an affordable option for families to buy portable Ventilators to use at home, as well as the ability to be used in remote areas where power supply is greatly reduced.

 

The expected cost after the Clinical trails and approvals is set to be only 15,000 to 20,000 Indian Rupees…

A huge applause to them both for developing this highly beneficial and needed Medical Marvel !

 

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Festive Winter Warmers.

 

Healthy Winter Warmers to enjoy during the Festive season.

 

Winter is that time of the year when Nature and its creatures take a break, humans included.

It is the season both for hibernation and festivities (which includes food and drink). These are few of my favorite ‘cocktails’ which are delicious, warming, have numerous health benefits and especially useful in keeping the sniffles away at this time of the year.

I use Organic whole spices and ingredients with proportions to suit the palette.

Enjoy!

 

1. Spice it up!

Ingredients:

Green Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black pepper, Ginger grated/cut, Licorice root (optional), Green Tea leaves (optional).

Method:

  1. To a pan of boiling water add the above ingredients in a proportion you desire, going easy on the cloves  2. Cover with lid and simmer for 5-10 minutes 3. Strain into your favorite tea cup and enjoy!

 

2. Golden Milk

Ingredients to make the Golden paste: 1 to 1.5 cups Water,  1/2 cup Turmeric powder, 5 Tbsp Virgin Coconut oil, Ginger (optional), 1.5 tsp Black pepper and 1/4 tsp Cinnamon.

Method:

  1. In a pan, mix the Turmeric powder into a cup of water, slowly heat and stir for 5-8 minutes till you get a thick paste. 2.  Add ginger, pepper, cinnamon and Coconut oil. 3. Continue stirring till everything is mixed. 4. Allow the paste to cool. 5.  Heat a cup of ‘milk’ of your choice and blend in one tsp of this Golden paste to make this healthy Golden Milk to be enjoyed at any time of the day !

The rest of the paste can be refrigerated in a glass bottle for a couple of weeks.  As I am not an advocate of dairy or soy milk , I suggest using Additive free Almond/Rice/Oat/Coconut milk. I personally use Organic Almond milk by Rude Health which is easily available in most supermarkets in U.K. This Almond milk contains some Rice milk in it which makes it naturally sweet thus avoiding the need to use any sweeteners.

 

3. Cinnamon Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup water, 1 banana, 1 pear, 3 Figs (fresh or dried), small piece of ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, Seeds of your choice.

Method:

Blend the above in a high speed blender for 1/2 to 1 minute for a winter warming smoothie. It tastes good even without figs.

 

Wishing you a Very Happy & Healthy Festive Season. Cheers!

 

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The Forgotten Channel of Detoxification.

 

The Forgotten Channel of Detoxification

My last blog post talked about Detox and Cleanses to Get Back to Good Health. Continuing the subject of Detoxification, the Drainage system of the body which is oft forgotten, the importance of which can not be stressed enough is the Lymphatic System.

This network of Lymph channels is larger than the Arterial system and travels along with the blood vessels and nerves in the body and carries a milky white fluid.

The Lymphatic system removes waste from every cell in our body and also regulates the Immune system as the important cells of our Immune system are highly active in the Lymph nodes of our body. It is the biggest waste drain in our body which if not supported can get clogged.

Some Symptoms of Lymph Congestion are Tiredness, Bloating, Swelling (including of Breasts), Stiff and sore muscles, Dry skin, Itchy skin, Brain fog, Cold hands and feet.

 

Supporting Lymph Drainage

The Lymph system drains well in an alkaline and hydrated environment. STRESS and Acid forming Diets decrease the alkalinity of the body cells. Drinking adequate amount of WATER is a very important habit to keep the Lymph flowing. All RED FOODS and HERBS speed the movement of Lymph eg Beets and Berries. EXERCISE plays an important role especially the use of Trampoline Rebounder and climbing up and down the stairs are effective Lymph moving exercises. Massage is another good Lymph mover.

It is important to have the channels of detoxification open and flowing well before undertaking any stringent cleanses so that the toxins can be moved out of the body without harming or straining it.

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Do Smartphones Cause ADHD like Symptoms?

Do Smartphones Cause ADHD like Symptoms?

Is Digital Information overload altering the Wiring and Circuitry of our Brains and Body?

 

Research at the University of Virginia shows that when students kept their mobile phones on Ring/Vibrate mode with alerts on, they reported symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity, akin to ADHD, than when they kept their phones on Silent mode.

The Univ of Virginia study led by research scientist Kostadin Kushlev, assigned 221 students for a period of one week with their mobile phones within easy reach and maximal phone interruptions by keeping their phone alerts on and another week with mobile phones away, minimal phone interruptions by keeping the alerts off.

At the end of each week, the participants completed questionnaires assessing inattention and hyperactivity. The results showed that participants experienced significantly higher levels of inattention and hyperactivity when the phone alerts were turned on.

 

“We found the first experimental evidence that smartphone interruptions can cause greater inattention and hyperactivity — symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — even in people drawn from a nonclinical population,” – University of Virginia research scientist Kostadin Kushlev.

 

The study concluded that people not diagnosed with ADHD, experienced some of the disorder’s symptoms including distraction, fidgeting, restlessness, losing focus etc.

 

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Your Wellness Journey.

 

Your Journey to Wellness Sometimes Starts with Many Questions.

As a Practitioner,  I am frequently asked these questions:

  • “Have you  treated or can you treat XYZ dis-ease?”
  • “Can the treatment / remedy you prescribe get rid of XYZ disease or symptom?”
  • “Can you get me Well?”

 

My answer is, I can certainly assist you on your path to Wellness using my knowledge, experience as well as the use of various modalities in personalising and delivering your Wellness programs, but it is ultimately you who will get yourself Well.

The factors causing your situation and the journey to resolution are unique to YOU! Here you will gain your own Why’s, insights, experiences, lessons to learn, new ways of thinking and lifestyles that serve you. The path is a process not a protocol.

… Appreciate what you have, Focus on your Wellness, more than your illness. Focus on what you want (your wellness and vibrant health) rather than what you don’t (your named illness and symptoms). And… Seek assistance when needed to optimise your best result for what you clearly want.

What you focus on expands!

 

To your Wellness…

Dr Simi Khanna

 A Supreme Diagnosis.

 

I went to the Lord’s clinic to have my routine check up and I conveyed I was ill!

 

When God took my B.P., he saw I was low in Tenderness

When he read my temperature, the thermometer registered 40 degrees of Anxiety

He ran an ECG and found that I needed several “love bypasses” since my arteries were blocked with Loneliness and could not provide for an Empty heart

He also found I was shortsighted since I could not see beyond the shortcomings of my brothers and sisters

When I complained about deafness, the diagnostic was that I had stopped listening to God’s voice talking to me on a daily basis

 

Wellness Apps for Your Smartphone.

 

Wellness Apps for your Smartphone and Computer that Protect Your Health!

Recent research indicates exposure to Bright and Blue-spectrum light late in the evening produced by LCD screens may disturb the natural rhythm of your body and cause sleep and other health disruptions.

Your eyes have photo(light) receptors which are sensitive to a narrow band of blue light (460 – 480 nanometers) that mimics sunlight and suppresses the production of an important hormone, Melatonin responsible for healthy sleep-wake cycles and body regeneration.

Studies show an average person reading or working on a Smartphone or Tablet for a couple of hours before bed time may find their sleep shorter by about an hour and may cause hyperactivity especially in children.

 

These 2 Smartphone Apps make your device screen adapt to the Sun cycle.

  1. f.lux for Desktop and Latop Computers
  2. Twilight App for Android

As sunset approaches your screen’s blue light emission reduces gradiently to protect your eyes and health.

 

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Study Reveals Dangerous Molecules of Bacteria in Processed Foods.

 

Leicester University Study reveals Dangerous Molecules of Bacteria in Processed Foods.

 

A new study published in the journal of ‘Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular diseases’ headed by Dr C. Erridge at the University of Leicester has shed further light on the problems associated with consuming processed foods.

Analysis of processed foods done found majority of the products contained a bacteria that gives rise to PAMPS (Pathogen Associated Molecular Patterns) which is linked to various disease states including Cardiovascular diseases and Type 2 Diabetes.

The processed foods included:

  • Burgers and sausages
  • Ready chopped vegetables
  • Ready meals especially Lasagne / Bolognese
  • Certain cheeses and chocolates

 

Fresh meat, vegetables and fruit hardly have any PAMPS, but once the food is chopped finely and left for some time they appear and are thought to grow with refrigeration and processing.

A diet low in PAMPS tested on a group of people for one week showed:

  • Lowering of body weight (average 0.6kg)
  • Reduced weight circumference (1.5cm)
  • 18% lowering of harmful cholesterol levels

 

The researchers say the risk to consumers can be greatly reduced by food manufacturers through detecting and eliminating the source of contamination in food production.

This would make the food healthier with hardly any change in taste or cost.

 

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Wholefood Fats Debunk the Cholesterol Myth Again!

 

Wholefood Fats debunk the Cholesterol myth again

Consumption of high Wholefood fats bust the Myth on Fat Cholesterol theory yet again.

 

From a Study published in the American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine (15th October 2015):

  • Candidates for the study consumed High fat vegan diets, where 20 to 40% of their diet was fat from wholefood sources or were near vegan, where less than 10% of the calories consumed were from animal sources
  • On an Average the person lost more than 50lbs in weight and kept it off
  • Average Cholesterol dropped
  • Average Blood pressure dropped and had results better than drugs. Out of the 445 participants where 200 of them were on no medication, saw an average drop of Systolic pressure of 26mm Hg, with 8 cases showing dramatic reversal of severe heart disease.

Thereby showing that FOOD WAS MORE POWERFUL THAN MEDICINE.

Please note the choice of fats was mainly from a variety of whole plant based foods which had Fats along with Phytonutrients, lignans and fibre eg Nuts, Seeds, Avocados, Olives (NOT FROM THERE EXTRACTED OILS)… and some animal protein from various sources. The Diet was not combined or substituted with high carbohydrates.

 

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The Verdict on High Protein diets and High Fat diets!

 

The Verdict on High Protein Diets and High Fat Diets!

 

Research and discussion on the 2 recent varieties of diets have highlighted the following factors:

High Protein diets:

While consumption of Unprocessed, grass fed, high quality animal proteins have shown to be a vital source of energy and health, they also produce 2 unhealthy molecules.

  • One of the molecules promotes inflammation making the person more liable to heart disease, stroke, memory loss, impotence and Cancer.
  • The other chemical produced in increased amounts leads to Kidney failure.

 

High Fat diets:

The importance of consuming good quality fats can not be overemphasised.

Consumption of fats was vilified for a long time especially due to their cholesterol connection and the public was advised to consume low fat diets.

Recent research has confirmed that consumption of good quality unrefined fats including saturated fats from sources like Butter, Ghee, Coconut oil are paramount for the functioning of the body especially the tissues and organs that contain/ are made up of fat eg the membranes of cells, brain… and it is indeed good news that the public is being made aware of these facts.

However diets high in fats can also clog up the membranes of cells in individuals with rigid or unhealthy cell membranes. This hampers the transport of nutrients and toxins into and out of the cells thereby further decreasing energy levels and healthy functioning of the cells.

Saturated fats also breaks down the blood -brain barrier , a natural barrier which prevents inflammatory molecules entering the brain. High consumption of such fats lets sugar into the brain, leading to short term high or alerting of senses as seen even in Alzheimers and has been likened to cocaine.

 

The Verdict and moral of the research and much discussion thus leads us back to the adage that Anything in excess is toxic and moderation is the key.

 

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