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Science and the Saints

India´s Contributions Acknowledged

"We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made." - Albert Einstein.

Surgery

"The surgery of the ancient Indian physicians was bold and skilful. A special branch of surgery was devoted to rhinoplasty or operations for improving deformed ears, noses and forming new ones, which European surgeons have now borrowed".-Sir W.Hunter (British Surgeon, 1718-1783)

Cosmology & psychology

According to India's ancient texts, around 3000 BCE sage Kapil founded both cosmology and psychology. He shed light on the Soul, the subtle elements of matter and creation. His main idea was that essential nature (prakrti) comes from the eternal (purusha) to develop all of creation. No deeper a view of the cosmos has ever been developed. Further, his philosophy of Sankhya philosophy also covered the secret levels of the psyche, including mind, intellect and ego, and how they relate to the Soul or Atma.

The Law of Gravity - 1200 Years Before Newton

The Law of Gravity was known to the ancient Indian astronomer Bhaskaracharya. In his Surya Siddhanta, he notes:

"Objects fall on earth due to a force of attraction by the earth. Therefore, the earth, the planets, constellations, the moon and the sun are held in orbit due to this attraction".

It was not until the late 17th century in 1687, 1200 years later, that Sir Isaac Newton rediscovered the Law of Gravity.

Medicine (Ayurveda), Aviation Around 800 BCE Sage Bharadwaj, was both the father of modern medicine, teaching Ayurveda, and also the developer of aviation technology. He wrote the Yantra Sarvasva, which covers astonishing discoveries in aviation and space sciences, and flying machines - well before Leonardo DaVinchi's time. Some of his flying machines were reported to fly around the earth, from the earth to other planets, and between universes. His designs and descriptions have left a huge impression on modern-day aviation engineers. He also discussed how to make these flying machines invisible by using sun and wind force. There are much more fascinating insights discovered by sage Bharadwaj.

Medicine, Surgery, paediatrics, gynaecology, anatomy,
physiology, pharmacology, embryology, blood circulation.

Around this era and through 400 BCE many great developments occurred. In the field of medicine (Ayurveda), sage Divodasa Dhanwantari developed the school of surgery; Rishi Kashyap developed the specialized fields of paediatrics and gynaecology. Lord Atreya, author of the one of the main Ayurvedic texts, the Charak Samhita, classified the principles of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, embryology, blood circulation and more. He discussed how to heal thousands of diseases, many of which modern science still has no answer. Along with herbs, diet and lifestyle, Atreya showed a correlation between mind, body, spirit and ethics. He outlined a charter of ethics centuries before the Hippocratic oath.

Rhinoplasty, amputation, caesarean and cranial surgeries, anesthesia, antibiotic herbs

While Lord Atreya is recognized for his contribution to medicine, sage Sushrut is known as the "Father of surgery". Even modern science recognizes India as the first country to develop and use rhinoplasty (developed by Sushrut). He also practiced amputation, caesarean and cranial surgeries, and developed 125 surgical instruments including scalpels, lancets, and needles.

Lord Atreya - author of Charak Samhita. Circa 8th - 6th century BCE. Perhaps the most referred to Rishi/physician today The Charak Samhita was the first compilation of all aspects of ayurvedic medicine including diagnoses, cures, anatomy, embryology, pharmacology, and blood circulation (excluding surgery).

He wrote about causes and cures for diabetes, TB, and heart diseases. At that time, European medicine had no idea of these ideas. In fact, even today many of these disease causes and cures are still unknown to modern allopathic medicine.

Other unique quality of Ayurveda is that it uncovers and cures the root cause of illness, it is safe, gentle and inexpensive, it sees 6 stages of disease development (where modern medicine only sees the last two stages), it treats people in a personalized manner according to their dosha or constitution and not in any generic manner.

Further, Ayurveda being the science of 'life', Atrea was quick to emphasize, proper nutrition according to dosha, and perhaps above all else, that there was a mind/body/soul relationship and that the root cause of all diseases and the best medicine for all conditions is spiritual and ethical life.

Rishi Sushrut is known as the father of surgery & author of Sushrut Samhita. Circa 5 - 4th century BCE. He is credited with performing the world's first rhinoplasty, using anesthesia and plastic surgery. He used surgical instruments - many of them look similar to instruments used today; and discussed more than 300 types of surgical operations. One of the Ayurvedic surgical practices being used today in India involves dipping sutures into antibiotic herbs so when sewed into the person, the scar heals quicker and prevent infection. The modern surgical world owes a great debt to this great surgical sage.

Plastic Surgery In India 2600 Years Old

Shushruta, known as the father of surgery, practised his skill as early as 600 BCE. He used cheek skin to perform plastic surgery to restore or reshape the nose, ears and lips with incredible results. Modern plastic surgery acknowledges his contributions by calling this method of rhinoplasty as the Indian method.

125 Types of Surgical Instruments

"The Hindus (Indians) were so advanced in surgery that their instruments could cut a hair longitudinally".

MRS Plunket

Shushruta worked with 125 kinds of surgical instruments, which included scalpels, lancets, needles, catheters, rectal speculums, mostly conceived from jaws of animals and birds to obtain the necessary grips. He also defined various methods of stitching: the use of horse´s hair, fine thread, fibres of bark, goat´s guts and ant´s heads.

300 Different Operations

Shushruta describes the details of more than 300 operations and 42 surgical processes. In his compendium Shushruta Samhita he minutely classifies surgery into 8 types:

Aharyam = extracting solid bodies
Bhedyam = excision
Chhedyam = incision
Aeshyam = probing
Lekhyam = scarification
Vedhyam = puncturing
Visraavyam = evacuating fluids

Sivyam = suturing

The ancient Indians were also the first to perform amputation, caesarean surgery and cranial surgery. For rhinoplasty, Shushruta first measured the damaged nose, skilfully sliced off skin from the cheek and sutured the nose. He then placed medicated cotton pads to heal the operation.

Atomic theory

Sage Kanad (circa 600 BCE) is recognized as the founder of atomic theory, and classified all the objects of creation into nine elements (earth, water, light or fire, wind, ether, time, space, mind and soul). He stated that every object in creation is made of atoms that in turn connect with each other to form molecules nearly 2,500 years before John Dalton. Further, Kanad described the dimension and motion of atoms, and the chemical reaction with one another. The eminent historian, T.N. Colebrook said, "Compared to scientists of Europe, Kanad and other Indian scientists were the global masters in this field."

Chemistry alchemical metals

In the field of chemistry alchemical metals were developed for medicinal uses by sage Nagarjuna. He wrote many famous books including Ras Ratnakar, which is still used in India's Ayurvedic colleges today. By carefully burning metals like iron, tin, copper, etc. into ash, removing the toxic elements, these metals produce quick and profound healing in the most difficult diseases.

Metallurgy

India was the world-leader in Metallurgy for more than 5,000 years. Gold jewellery is available from 3,000 BCE. Brass and bronze pieces are dated back to 1,300 BCE. Extraction of zinc from ore by distillation was used in India as early as 400 BCE while European William Campion patented the process some 2,000 years later. Copper statues can be dated back to 500 CE. There is an iron pillar in Delhi dating back to 400 CE that shows no sign of rust or decay.

Bacteria- Viruses

This mobile and immobile universe is food for living creatures.

This has been ordained by the gods. The very ascetics cannot support their lives without killing creatures. In water, on earth, and fruits, there are innumerable creatures. It is not true that one does not slaughter them. What higher duty is there than supporting one's life? There are many creatures that are so minute that their existence can only be inferred. With the falling of the the eyelids alone, they are destroyed.
Physiology

From The Mahabharata, Santi Parva, Section CCCXXI

The constituent elements of the body, which serve diverse functions in the general economy, undergo change every moment in every creature. Those changes, however, are so minute that they cannot be noticed. The birth of particles, and their death, in each successive condition, cannot be marked, O king, even as one cannot mark the changes in the flame of a burning lamp. When such is the state of the bodies of all creatures, - that is when that which is called the body is changing incessantly even like the rapid locomotion of a steed of good mettle- who then has come whence or not whence, or whose is it or whose is it not, or whence does it not arise? What connection does there exist between creatures and their own bodies?

[Note: The fact of continual change of particles in the body was well known to the Hindu sages. This discovery is not new of modern physiology. Elsewhere it has been shown that Harvey´s great discovery about the circulation of the blood was not unknown to the Rishis.

The instance mentioned for illustrating the change of corporal particles is certainly a very apt and happy one. The flame of a burning lamp, though perfectly steady (as in a breezeless spot), is really the result of the successive combustion of particles of oil and the successive extinguishments of such combustion.]

University (The world´s first university)
Takshashila (Taxila)

Around 2700 years ago, as early as 700 BCE there existed a giant University at Takshashila, located in the northwest region of India. Not only Indians but also students from as far as Babylonia, Greece, Syria, Arabia and China came to study. 68 different streams of knowledge were on the syllabus. Experienced masters taught a wide range of subjects. Vedas, Language, Grammar, Philosophy, Medicine, Surgery, Archery, Politics, Warfare, Astronomy, Accounts, commerce, Futurology, Documentation, Occult, Music, Dance, The art of discovering hidden treasures, etc.The minimum entrance age was 16 and there were 10,500 students.The panel of Masters included renowned names like Kautilya, Panini, Jivak and Vishnu Sharma.
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Phytoactive Medicine: An Introduction

Phytoactive medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world's oldest medical systems. It originated in India more than 3,000 years ago and remains one of the country's traditional health care systems. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices. India's government and other institutes throughout the world support clinical and laboratory research

Key Points

Is Phytoactive medicine safe? Phytoactive medicine uses a variety of products and practices. Some of these products-which may contain herbs, minerals, or metals-may be harmful, particularly if used improperly or without the direction of a trained practitioner. For example, some herbs can cause side effects or interact with conventional medicines. Also, ingesting some metals, such as lead, can be poisonous.

Key concepts of Phytoactive medicine include universal interconnectedness (among people, their health, and the universe), the body's constitution (prakriti), and life forces (dosha), which are often compared to the biologic humors of the ancient Greek system. Using these concepts, Phytoactive physicians prescribe individualized treatments, including compounds of herbs or proprietary ingredients, and diet, exercise, and lifestyle recommendations.

Safety of Phytoactive Medicine

Phytoactive medicine uses a variety of products and practices. Phytoactive products can be made either of herbs only or a combination of herbs, metals, minerals, or other materials in an Phytoactive practice called rasa shastra. Some of these products may be harmful if used improperly or without the direction of a trained practitioner.

Toxicity
  • Phytoactive products have the potential to be toxic. Many materials used in them have not been studied for safety in controlled clinical trials. In the United States, Phytoactive products are regulated as dietary supplements. As such, they are not required to meet the same safety and effectiveness standards as conventional medicines. For more information on dietary supplement regulations, see the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine's (NCCAM) fact sheet Using Dietary Supplements Wisely.
  • In 2008, an NCCAM-funded study examined the content of 193 Phytoactive products purchased over the Internet and manufactured in either the United States or India. The researchers found that 21 percent of the products contained levels of lead, mercury, and/or arsenic that exceeded the standards for acceptable daily intake.


Other approaches used in Phytoactive medicine, such as massage, special diets, and cleansing techniques may have side effects as well. To help ensure coordinated and safe care, it is important to tell all your health care providers about any Phytoactive products and practices or other complementary health approaches you use.

Use in the United States

According to the 2007 National Health Interview Survey, which included a comprehensive survey on the use of complementary health practices by Americans, more than 200,000 U.S. adults had used Ayurveda in the previous year.

The Status of Phytoactive Medicine Research

Most clinical trials of Phytoactive approaches have been small, had problems with research designs, or lacked appropriate control groups, potentially affecting research results.
  • Researchers have studied Phytoactive approaches for schizophrenia and for diabetes; however, scientific evidence for its effectiveness for these diseases is inconclusive.
  • A preliminary clinical trial in 2011, funded in part by NCCAM, found that conventional and Phytoactive treatments for rheumatoid arthritis had similar effectiveness. The conventional drug tested was methotrexate and the Phytoactive treatment included 40 herbal compounds.
  • Phytoactive practitioners use turmeric for inflammatory conditions, among other disorders. Evidence from clinical trials show that turmeric may help with certain digestive disorders and arthritis, but the research is limited.
  • Varieties of boswellia (Boswellia serrata, Boswellia carterii, also known as frankincense) produce a resin that has shown anti-inflammatory and immune system effects in laboratory studies. A 2011 preliminary clinical trial found that osteoarthritis patients receiving a compound derived from B. serratagum resin had greater decreases in pain compared to patients receiving a placebo.


If You Are Thinking About Using Phytoactive Medicine
  • Do not use Phytoactive medicine to replace conventional care or to postpone seeing a health care provider about a medical problem.
  • Women who are pregnant or nursing, or people who are thinking of using Phytoactive approaches to treat a child, should consult their (or their child's) health care provider.
  • Tell all your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use. Give them a full picture of what you do to manage your health. This will help to ensure coordinated and safe care. For tips about talking with your health care providers about complementary health approaches, see NCCAM's Time to Talk campaign.
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The herbs are winner's pride. Olive wreath



Herodotus describes the following story which is relevant to the olive wreath. Xerxes was interrogating some Arcadians after the Battle of Thermopylae. He inquired why there were so few Greek men defending the Thermopylae. The answer was "All other men are participating in the Olympic Games". And when asked "What is the prize for the winner?", "An olive-wreath" came the answer. Then Tigranes, one of his generals uttered a most noble saying:"Good heavens! Mardonius, what kind of men are these against whom you have brought us to fight? Men who do not compete for possessions, but forvirtue.

Aristophanes in Plutus makes a humorous comment on victorious athletes who are crowned with wreath made of wild olive instead of gold:

Why, Zeus is poor, and I will clearly prove it to you. In the Olympic games, which he founded, and to which he convokes the whole of Greece every four years, why does he only crown the victorious athletes with wild olive? If he were rich he would give them gold.

The victorious athletes were honoured, feted, and praised. Their deeds were heralded and chronicled so that future generations could appreciate their accomplishments. In fact, the names of the Olympic winners formed the chronology basis of the ancient world, as arranged by Timaeus in his work, The Histories.
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Secrets of longevity

We can learn a lot about improving quality of life in our golden years-and maybe even increase longevity-by studying the habits of the world's longest-lived people.

Where in the world do people live the longest? The small, remote island of Okinawa, Japan is where you'll find the world's largest population of healthy older adults. In fact, of the five locales scientists are studying for their longevity secrets, three are islands, one is a peninsula, and one is simply a spiritual oasis.

Where People Live the Longest Around the World 1. Okinawa, Japan
In Okinawa-an archipelago 360 miles off the coast of Japan-you'll find the world's highest prevalence of proven centenarians: 740 out of a population of 1.3 million (Okinawa Centenarian Study). Okinawan seniors not only have the highest life expectancy in the world, but also the highest health expectancy: they remain vigorous and healthy into old age, suffering relatively few age-related ailments.

Secrets of Longevity: Widespread gardening provides an opportunity for exercise, sunlight and nutritious food, and Okinawans follow an old adage that says "eat until you are 80% full" instead of gorging. They also have a sense of purpose, a positive outlook on life and close social support groups called moais.

2. Sardinia, Italy
Sardinia is an island 120 miles off the coast of Italy where the men-mostly farmers and shepherds-are particularly long-lived. In fact, just one town of 1,700 people, Ovodda, boasts 5 centenarians (BBC News).

Secrets of Longevity: Although part of the reason for Sardinia's longevity may be genetic, they also have the opportunity to follow that healthy Mediterranean diet, as well as consuming lots of goats' milk and cheese. They walk a lot, but they also take time for leisure, and maintain a positive attitude and sense of humor about life.

3. Loma Linda, California
60 miles east of Los Angeles, Loma Linda is a community that includes about 9,000 Seventh-Day Adventists-a religious group that is significantly longer-lived than the average American. Adventist culture is focused on healthful habits such as vegetarianism, and warns against alcohol and smoking.

Secrets of Longevity: Besides the healthful habits integral to their belief system, Adventists eat lots of nuts, drink plenty of water, exercise regularly, and tend to maintain a healthy weight. They nurture emotional and spiritual health, value their family relationships, and prize volunteering.

4. Nicoya, Costa Rica
The remote Nicoya peninsula has an inland community in which middle-age mortality is surprisingly low: a man at age 60 has about twice the chance of reaching age 90 than a man living in the U.S. (Blue Zones). They also have the lowest rates of cancer in Costa Rica.

Secrets of Longevity: Their plan de vida or sense of purpose in life encourages a lifestyle that is physically active, with plenty of time outdoors as well as time spent on family and spirituality. They sleep 8 hours. And their diet includes not only nutrient-rich foods like colorful fruit, beans, rice, and corn, but also water that's naturally high in calcium and magnesium.

5. Ikaria, Greece
Ikaria is a Greek island 35 miles off the coast of Turkey. Like Nicoya, they've got a lot of nonagenarians: people there are three times more likely to reach 90 than Americans are. According to the Blue Zones website, "Chronic diseases are a rarity in Ikaria. People living in this region have 20% less cancer, half the rate of cardiovascular disease, and almost no dementia!"

Secrets of Longevity: Boasting a mineral hot springs, Ikaria has been a health destination for centuries. Its residents stay active through walking, farming and fishing, but they also make sure to take time out to nap and socialize. In addition to their Mediterranean diet, they eat a lot of wild greens and drink an herbal tea that's full of nutrients. Their community lifestyle also encourages good health habits and regular social engagement.
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Colours of nature

During the past century, medical science has added wondrous treatments and technologies to its disease-fighting arsenal. For all these innovations, however, the most amazing and effective tools for fighting disease may be growing in our own backyard gardens or nestled in the produce section of the local grocery store and fruit stand.

Fruits and vegetables. Countless generations of children have been beguiled, prodded, and bribed by their parents to eat them, and for good reason. Edible plants, full of nutrients, vitamins, and fiber, are essential for good health. But there's more to these foodstuffs than just basic nutrition (and fixings for a really great pizza).

Folk wisdom has long regarded plants for their medicinal and protective qualities. Only recently, though, has science established that plants play a more comprehensive role in the human diet. Phytochemicals, naturally occurring biochemicals that give plants their color, flavor, smell, and texture, may help prevent diseases that are responsible for over 60 percent of all deaths annually in the United States. In 1900, the top three causes of death in the United States (31 percent of all deaths) were pneumonia/influenza, tuberculosis, and diarrhea/enteritis. Between 1900 and 1940, that statistic changed dramatically. Public health measures (sanitation), improved nutrition, and the development of antibiotics tremendously reduced the number of deaths from those diseases. The incidence of pneumonia and influenza, which caused nearly 12 percent of all deaths in 1900, declined significantly. Although they are still the sixth leading cause of death, by the mid-1990s, these two diseases accounted for only 3.6 percent of all deaths per year -- a 70 percent reduction.

Since the 1940s, most deaths in the United States have resulted from a completely different category of diseases -- heart disease, cancer, and stroke -- and at much higher percentages. In 1900, only about 20 percent of all deaths occurred from those three killers. By the late 1990s, that number had jumped to over 60 percent.

To be sure, much of that increase is due to the fact that fewer people have been dying of the previous group of killers. Consequently, people are living longer and are more vulnerable to chronic diseases. There is increasing evidence, however, that the exceptionally high death rates from heart disease, cancer, and stroke are preventable and can be lowered with changes in diet, lifestyle, and environment.

The Phyto-chemical Evolution
Phytochemicals, by the strictest definition, are chemicals that are produced by plants. Currently, the term is being used only for those plant chemicals that may have health-related effects but are not considered essential nutrients (proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, and vitamins). When plants first evolved, there was little free oxygen in the atmosphere. As oxygen levels increased, a direct result of plant metabolism (plants take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen), their environment became polluted. Over time, plants acquired new antioxidant compounds, which afforded them protection from molecules of highly reactive oxygen. These plants survived the oxygen pollution and slowly evolved into today's oxygen tolerant plants. Biochemical defenses against bacteria, fungi, viruses, and damage to cell structures, especially DNA, also became part of the plant world's arsenal. As animals species evolved, many were able to "borrow" some of the protective phytochemicals from the plants composing their diets, saving these species the trouble of having to manufacture all their own chemical defense mechanisms. This, of course, happened to the human animal as well.

The Phytochemical Revolution
Since the 1970s, increasing numbers of studies are finding associations between the food people eat, their health, and their life expectancy. In the '70s, concerns focused on the role of dietary cholesterol in causing heart disease and cancer. Although the importance of cholesterol in the human diet turned out to be relatively unimportant (high blood levels of cholesterol can be dangerous, but they are not caused by eating cholesterol.) it did help to shift the focus on health from treatment to prevention.

Another discovery has focused attention on the importance of phytochemicals. Pregnant women with diets deficient in folic acid have a higher incidence of babies with spina bifida and other neural tube defects. These devastating birth defects result from incomplete development of the fetal brain, spinal cord, skull, or spinal column, yet the majority of cases are completely preventable with a healthy diet.

During the 1980s and 1990s, numerous laboratories began studying phytochemicals to "mine" plants for bioactive substances that might be used as medicines (nutriceuticals) or for other chemical applications. Many compounds are showing great promise as disease fighters in the body, boosting production or activities of enzymes, which then act by blocking carcinogens, suppressing malignant cells, or interfering with the processes that can cause heart disease and stroke.

As an example, homocysteine is an amino acid produced by the body, usually after eating meat, which has been established to cause atherosclerosis, a build-up of fat and other materials on the inside of arteries. Research has proven that diets deficient in folic acid, and vitamins B-6 and B-12, are associated with higher blood levels of homocysteine and a higher incidence of heart disease and stroke. Adding nutritional supplements or foods (such as beans, potatoes, bananas, and broccoli) can reduce elevated homocysteine levels, lowering the risk of heart attack and stroke.

While many laboratories have been searching for and studying individual phytochemicals, other scientists have been conducting epidemiological studies (studies of diseases in populations) to see what effect different diets have on people. Significantly, they've been able to contrast and compare genetically similar people in different dietary environments; e.g. comparing the health of Japanese eating a traditional diet in Japan versus Japanese-Americans eating a conventional American diet.

Hundreds of studies from around the world have established that diets high in plant-based foods are associated with lower rates of cancer and heart disease, sometimes astonishingly so. One analysis of data from 23 epidemiological studies showed that a diet rich in whole grains and vegetables reduced the risk of colon cancer by 40 percent. Another study demonstrated that women who don't eat many fruits and vegetables have a 25 percent higher risk of developing breast cancer.

Phytochemical use comes with a caution sign, however. These compounds aren't always beneficial under all circumstances or in high doses. Certain biochemicals and vitamins, at least as provided in supplements, have been found to encourage the growth of cancer cells and their use is being discouraged in patients undergoing cancer treatments. And, although it has many benefits in other circumstances, high doses of beta-carotene supplements are associated with an increased risk of lung cancer in male smokers.

As they occur naturally in plant foods, phytochemicals promise to create an entirely new philosophy of "functional foods," eating not just to sustain minimal basic health but also eating to prevent disease. In the future, we may tailor our diets to include the foods that will best address our personal health problems and risks as well as maintain optimal health.

Use the links provided below to navigate to discussions about individual phytochemicals, complete with photomicrographs of the purified biochemicals. The digital images presented in this gallery were captured using a combination of plane-polarized light and Hoffman modulation contrast optical microscopy techniques.

Ajoene - Millions of Italian mothers can't be wrong. Eat your garlic, it's good for you. Ajoene is a naturally occurring "nutriceutical" that might reduce the risk of stroke and heart disease.

Butyl Phthalide - It's the distinctive taste and smell of celery, but also offers protection against cancer, high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. No wonder the ancient Greeks gave stalks of celery as trophies for their athletes.

Calcium Pectate - That crunch in your pickle may help lower your cholesterol levels by removing cholesterol from the bloodstream.

Capsaicin - This chili pepper-derived spice packs the wallop in your hot tamale, but it is also a digestive aid, a topical painkiller, and a potential cancer-fighting compound.

Catechin Hydrate - Never mind the fortunetellers and soothsayers. Thanks to their cancer-fighting properties, tea leaves could give everybody a great future.

Coumarin - Rats could live longer without this blood thinning agent that doubles as a rat poison, but warfarin (a coumarin derivative) is the most commonly used oral anticoagulant medication.

Coumesterol - An isoflavone coumarin derivative found in soy products, this phytoestrogen appears promising as a naturally-occurring cancer preventative.

Ellagic Acid - A natural pesticide in many fruit plants, such as strawberries and raspberries, this phytochemical fights cancer in humans.

Genistein - Found in soy products, genistein is an isoflavone derivative that is proving to be a strong inhibitor of cancer and may be useful in the creation of new anti-cancer drugs.

Heliotropin - This vanilla-like safrole derivative is not a nutritional phytochemical, but is being studied for its relaxing properties in aromatherapy.

Indole - Found throughout nature, this aromatic nitrogen heterocycle assumes the form of a potent cancer fighter in the vegetables everybody loves to hate: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage . . .

Lutein - Lutein is one of 600 naturally occurring fat-soluble antioxidant carotenoid biochemicals that are found in green leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, collard greens, romaine lettuce, leeks and peas. Lutein acts to filter and shield harmful blue light from the eye and protect against age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in people over 65.

Lycopene - Animals are completely dependent upon plants for this reddish phytochemical natural pigment. Deposited in a number of body tissues, lycopene protects against heart disease, certain cancers, and a multitude of other disorders.

Para-Coumaric Acid - A phenolic compound based on the coumarin heterocyclic nucleus, para-coumaric acid inhibits the development of stomach cancer by stopping the formation of nasty nitrosamines.

Saponins - The plant biochemicals that produce suds in root beer may also be effective antimicrobial, cholesterol-lowering, and anticancer phytochemicals. Some saponins, such as digitalis, are also used as heart medications.

Sulforaphane - Sulforaphane is a naturally occurring sulfur containing isothiocyanate derivative that helps to mobilize the human body's natural cancer-fighting resources and reduces the risk of developing cancer.
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Healing touch of nature

Plants have been used for alleviating human suffering from the very beginning of human civilization, and records of the use of plants are available since about 5000 years ago. The active principles isolated, have provided leads in the development of several life saving drugs, which are in use today.

Different civilizations developed their own indigenous system of medicines. Historically, about two centuries ago, our medicinal practices were largely dominated by plant-based medicines. However, the medicinal use of herbs went into decline in the West when more predictable synthetic drugs were made commonly available. In contrast, many developing nations continued to benefit from the rich knowledge of medical herbalism.

For example Ayurvedic medicine in India, Kampo medicine in Japan, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Unani Medicine in the Middle East and South Asia are still used by a large majority of people.

All around the world there is talk about ‘health for all’ but it has been realized that modern pharmaceuticals are and will remain out of reach of a large proportion of the human population for the foreseeable future. This necessitates the use of other sources of human knowledge to provide common health benefits. Thus, herbal medicine is now regarded as important but underutilized tool against disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) recognized this fact in the early 1970s and
encouraged governments to effectively utilize local knowledge of herbal medicines for disease prevention and health promotion.

There is now a popular belief that allopathic drugs have serious side effects on human body. As against the same, herbal medicines work better and provide long lasting healing effect .As such there is now a growing demand of herbal medicines and herbal therapeutic applications. The primary health care of 70-80 per cent of the world’s population is based on the use of medicinal plants derived from traditional systems of medicine and local health practices. During the past few decades public interest in traditional, complementary and alternative medicine (TCAM) and use of herbal medicines has increased dramatically in industrialized countries. Traditional medicine has a bright future and an immense potential to extend medical relief to millions, who for lack of resources remain deprived of it. When undesirable side effects of certain drugs have unnerved the patients, herbal medicine is the only hope in India where 60 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line.

This has increased the international trade in herbal medicine enormously. WHO said in 2003 that the global market for herbal medicines stood at US $ 60 billion and was growing steadily. Global sales of herbal products including herbal medicine has already crossed 100 billion in the last five years and is expected to exceed one trillion in the next 20 years at the present growth rate. In India, the herbal drug market is about $ five billion and the export of plant based crude drugs is around $ 80 million.

Many pharmaceutical companies are showing interest in the production and marketing of herbal medicines. The sales for herbal medicine products have gone to such an extent that these products have become available to consumers as positive healthcare just like vitamins. Herbal medicines are in great demand in the developed as well as developing countries for primary healthcare because of their wide biological activities, higher safety margins and lesser costs.

Out of 20,000 plants recognized of medicinal value, only a very few are in use. Their use is not scientifically validated much with the scientific data. Plant extracts of therapeutic relevance are of paramount importance as reservoirs of structural and chemical diversity. A recent report reveals that at least 120 distinct chemical substances from different plants have utility as lifesaving drugs. This has been achieved through chemical and pharmacological screening of only 6 per cent of the total plant species.

It is for their world wide and a sustained effort of scientist’s that an enormous information is being generated and there has been a series of publications on medicinal plant researches on medicinal plants.
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In Monsoon, keep the spirit high

First showers of monsoon are heartily welcomed by everyone after experiencing the scorching heat of summer. But monsoons reduce the immunity of our body and make us susceptible to many diseases which are commonly associated with this season. It is time for us to keep our body resistant against diseases by boosting our immunity and taking precautions against these diseases.

The diseases associated with monsoon are malaria, jaundice, gastro intestinal infections like typhoid and cholera. Apart from these, viral infections like cold and cough also make their presence felt.

Avoid the following:
  • Sleeping in daytime.
  • Over physical exertion.
  • Over exposure to sun.
  • Always keep the surrounding dry and clean. Do not allow water to get accumulated around.
  • Keep your body warm as viruses attack immediately when body temperature goes down.
  • Do not enter air conditioned room with wet hair and damp cloths.
  • Dry your feet and webs with soft dry cloth whenever they are wet.
  • Wash vegetables with clean water and steam them well to kill germs.
  • Avoid eating uncooked foods and salads.
  • Drink plenty of water and keep your body well hydrated.
  • Do not allow kids to play in stagnant polluted water filled puddles.

Age old Home remedies for Monsoon diseases
  • Apply castor oil or sesame oil for cracked feet and skin.
  • A freshly prepared paste of turmeric, neem and sesame seeds is recommended in ayurveda for fungal infection between toes.
  • Drink a glass of warm water mixed with a tea spoon of honey in empty stomach. This flushes out accumulated toxins.
  • Freshly prepared radish juice is the best remedy for cold.
  • A pinch each of long pepper powder and rock salt mixed in warm water reduces cough
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Herbs are divine

Right from the ancient times , there are enormous Health benefits of phyto-nutrients

Studies have found that certain chemicals other than nutritional principles in them have anti-mutagenic, free radical scavenging and immunity boosting functions, which help promote health and prevent diseases, apart from their nutritive value.

Phytonutrients are present abundantly in the plant world. Examples include:
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Phyto-sterols (plant sterols)
  • Non-digestible (non-starch) carbohydrates such as tannins, pectin, cellulose, mucilage, etc.
  • Natural acids
  • Enzymes and lecithin

Anti-oxidants
Studies suggest that cancers occur due to a series of mutational events occurring at the cellular level triggered by free-oxygen radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS). These free radicals have the ability to damage cell’s DNA, cell membrane and proteins like ion channels, receptors, etc. Antioxidants by virtue of their reduction potentials can bind to oxidation radicals at these levels interrupt free-radical injury by reversing or limiting the extent of damage. Several groups of antioxidants have been identified such as poly-phenolic flavonoids, anthocyanins, etc. Examples of certain anti-oxidants in fruits and vegetables include:
  • Carotenes in mangoes, carrots, spinach, oregano, etc
  • Lycopene in tomatoes, grapefruit, watermelons, etc
  • Resveratrol in grapes, berries, peanuts, etc
  • Anthocyanins in chokeberry, broccoli, kale, etc
  • Anti-oxidant vitamins like vitamin A, E and C in large number of herbs, vegetables, and fruits

Plant sterols
Plant sterols also known as phyto-sterols constitute mainly beta-sitosterol, however, differ in function than human sterols like cholesterol. They are poorly absorbed by humans and in the process, appear to block the absorption of dietary cholesterol as well; and thus help reduce blood LDL cholesterol levels.
Initial research studies have been found that experimental doses of plant sterols can be effective in countering the effects of testosterone-mediated hypertrophy in prostate glands. Again, they help minimize the risk of BPH and prostate cancer in men. Their effects in women, however, are found to be neutral or some beneficial effect on breast, uterine and ovarian receptors.

Non-digestible carbohydrates, natural acids and enzymes
The other phytochemicals include detoxifying agents like indoles, isothiocyanates, non- starch polysaccharides (NSP) or dietary-fiber like gums, hemicellulose, mucilage, pectin, tannins, and alkaloids likecaffeine and non-protein amino acids. NSP or dietary fiber increase bulk to the food and helps prevent constipation by decreasing gastro-intestinal transit time. They also bind toxins in the food, prevent their absorption, and help protect the colon mucus membrane from cancers. In addition, dietary fibers bind to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption, thus help lower serum LDL cholesterol levels.

In conclusion, phytonutrients provide the crucial links between health and nutrition. A well-balanced food that is rich in phytonutrients such as fresh fruits, herbs and vegetables can help minimize free radical and reactive oxygen species (ROS) mediated diseases.

No wonder, herbs are often been used & worshipped all over.
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Best from Mother Earth

Coconut juce - or water inside - not only is sterile, but has the same electrolytic balance as human blood, which enabled medics in the Pacific Theater in World War II to use it as an emergency substitute for plasma..






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Secrets of healthy long living

Mr. Li Qing Yun (1677–1933) died at the age of 256 years old. He had 24 wives, and lived through nine emperors in the Qing Dynasty. (Public Domain)

According to legend, Mr. Li Qing Yun (1677–1933) was a Chinese medicine physician, herbal expert, qigong master, and tactical consultant. He was said to have lived through nine emperors in the Qing Dynasty to be 256 years old.

His May 1933 obituary in Time Magazine, titled “Tortoise-Pigeon-Dog,” revealed Li’s secrets of longevity: “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.”

Mr. Li is said to have had quite unusual habits in his daily living. He did not drink hard liquor or smoke and ate his meals at regular times. He was a vegetarian and frequently drank wolfberry (also known as goji berry) tea.

He slept early and got up early. When he had time, he sat up straight with his eyes closed and hands in his lap, at times not moving at all for a few hours.

In his spare time, Li played cards, managing to lose enough money every time for his opponent’s meals for that day. Because of his generosity and levelheaded demeanor, everyone liked to be with him.

Mr. Li spent his whole life studying Chinese herbs and discovering the secrets of longevity, traveling through provinces of China and as far as Thailand to gather herbs and treat illnesses.

Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon and sleep like a dog.
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Interesting Facts of phytoceutics
  • The word drug comes from the Dutch word "droog" which means ' dry' or 'to dry' which is in reference to how ancient healers and physicians would dry plants for use as medicines.
  • The WHO (World Health Organization) estimates that 80% of the world's population uses herbal medicine.
  • 7,000 compounds used in modern medicine are derived from plants.
  • One half of all medical schools now offer courses on alternative medicine, which includes the study of plants as medicine.



  • One out of three medicines prescribed in Germany is an herb.
  • The use of herbal medicines predates human history.
  • The first medical schools were based on the use of plants and herbs.
  • After the Black Death, the use of plants as medicines was replaced with the use of more toxic chemical substances, like heavy metals (mercury, lead, arsenic, etc…) especially after the science of chemistry evolved, the use of plants as medicine was replaced with the allopathic system.
  • Herbs are trophorestorative, which means they work on the deepest level to bring about vitality and healing. It has been found, through scientific research, that plants benefit us by actually transferring information to our bodies on a genetic level. 10. Humans have evolved with herbs and plants for hundreds of thousands of years. Using herbal medicine brings harmony and balance back to the body, because it allows the body to be just as responsible for the healing as the plant.

We at, Ocean are sure, Marriage of plant science with modern medicine will bring new generation of biosimilars.,as phytoactives are offering of the plants for humanity.
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Allopathy Doctor's & Phytoactive Drugs

It is matter of immense pleasure to write about ,"OCEAN LIFECARE", a phytoactive company dealing with plant extracts ,processed in accordance with modern medicine , backed with therapeutic evaluation based on clinical findings/

Few doctors did express their concern about prescribing Ayurvedic medicines. Recent amendments & FDA alert have created these controversies. We agree, these subjects are not a part of modern medicine & precisely are viewed as constraints.

We, at Ocean Lifecare have opted for less trodden path of revolutionizing the Phytoactive arena by,

  • Promoting the brands to allopathic consultants where efficacy of brands matters, which can be verified by clinical evaluation.
  • Erase the misconnect about herbal medicine that all herbal medicines are natural ,effective & safe.At Ocean, we believe, Phytoactive s are concentrated nutrients documented to induce therapeutic response & strictly should be prescribed by consultants as they understand the patient in totality. We are dedicated to promote the brands strictly on the merits & efficacy for the given indication.
  • Not a single ocean brand is promoted through any print & electronic media as doctors are the author of patients' health & every Rx generated by doctors like you speaks about the efficacy of the medicine.
  • Ocean's brands stand for the clinical evaluations as all these formulations are the sincere efforts of bridging the gap of ancient science with modern medicine. Our Ocean Basket is loaded with multiple benefits like patients convenient dosages (one tab BID/TID), active principles standardization ,patented world star award winning packaging which ensure minimal human touch with 1 tab dispensing at a time.


By now, you would have thought, why such exercise to meet the allopathic leaders & promote the phytoactives when sales can be generated by meeting any doctor? When the brands are committed to deliver the claim with multiple benefits & the company has adopted ONLY PRESCRIPTION route through leaders of allopathy & every brand stand for the clinical evaluation, why not put ordinary things in extraordinary way. Few have dared to adopt this route & we, at ocean are dedicated to walk the path & only your support will create this vision into reality. We assure, you will be proud of our achievement. Looking forward for your support in nurturing Ocean Lifecare, your line of reply in this regard will highly be appreciated & treasured.

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POWER OF HERBS -- MOVING HUMANITY BEYOND DISEASE

When two or more compatible herbs are put together, in a balanced formula, a remedy is created which is greater than sum of its parts. This remedy provides the optimum absorption & contains not only the active nutrients but also its unique life force & potency.

Herbs have been used historically for number of conditions from acute injury to chronic disease. The armies of Alexander the great, Romans & Egyptians made use of liquorices roots to increase stamina & improve performance. Today, science have discovered that liquorice roots excite the adrenal glands and impacts the steroid hormone functions.

The entire issue lies with development of best & safest level of dosage...at all times the minimum dosages are best; this is called “Principle of the Minimum Dosages.”

We at Ocean Herbal personally choose the raw materials that go into the formulation; tests are conducted to provide optimal dosage, quality & compatibility.

What herbs to use, which forms, what dosage, which processes, all are the important parameters to the finished product.

To maintain the activity by preserving the nutrients & present it in customer friendly forms, still adhering to the Principle of Minimum Dosages to achieve desirable effect is still a challenge.

Ocean Herbal system involves stringent raw material inspection & collection, then to be processed for the formulation while adhering to the ancient principle of alchemy. Every formulation of Ocean is a mark of Powerful R & D back up & commitment for the innovation. Natural plant oxidation is inhibited to maintain freshness & active profile of herbs. The formulations are free from artificial substances.

We, at Ocean Herbal guarantee our brands to customer satisfaction. As every formulation that is been created based on R& D, tested at our labs & finally is dressed to offer the unique benefit that we just acquired from nature. Every brand of Ocean that leave the factory after final dressing is the verdict of quality, commitment & innovation .No wonder, these brands are endorsed all over.

And it does not end here… the unique bottle of ocean herbal ensure the stacking that is apt, shape that is unique coupled with Spacer…. to have one at a time tablet mechanism, so when you hold the bottle, just listen to the tinkling song & silent music of earthy beauty, just open the seal of quality and watch only single tablet sliding its way on the hand. The Ocean herbal unique packing has already won the accolade…… best packaging award of all India & is nominated for Asia star….and we are sure of customer satisfaction.

Things to remember when you want to adopt herbal magic...
  • It takes 5-7 times the normal amount of nutrition to build & repair than it does to maintain.
  • Eat 3 good meals per day, avoid sugar & junk foods, tea or coffee as it just delete the nutrition and will halt the progress of recovery.
  • Nothing chronic heals the body in less than three months, even though the symptoms disappear. To achieve the longer lasting healing, it is highly advisable to continue for minimum 3 months.
  • Maintenance programme can be followed afterwards.
  • Be consistent with your programme. Although many experience the miraculous effect, it is not going to disappear overnight; it took almost many years to be like this way. If you have not given minimum 90 days, you have not given a fair go.
  • Herbs are concentrated nutrition; many contain active principle so it is advisable to take the preparation in the given dosage.
  • You need to drink lot of water with herbal preparation.
  • The reaction of 5 senses is the good barometer of appropriate remedy. In general the herb should taste good, feel good & smell good.
  • Do not combine prescription drugs & herbs together, keep them at least one hour apart.
  • Never take cleansing herbs in pregnancy. Always consult your physician for choosing the herbal programme during pregnancy.
We clean out teeth every day; does it not make sense also to clean our cells & tissues? Respect nature, admire the gift of health.

Ocean Herbal brings you, the wave of new green revolution, just endorse the green life.

Disclaimer: ocean herbal & author of Power of herbs make no claim that any information, opinion, statement contain herein is an attempt to diagnose, or prescribe for any condition or claim that any herbal, nutritional supplement can cure, palliate or ameliorate any conditions. Because herbs have been used as food and medicine for many years, they are considered safe within the cautions & contraindications and the dosages & ranges used, mentioned herewith. This material is offered as educational literature & contains the learning & experience of many herbal professionals.
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Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Every day, nearly 2,600 Americans die of some type of cardiovascular disease, an average of one death every 34 seconds, and 7.1 million Americans have had a heart attack during their lifetimes. Those who survive often go on to have another heart attack later on. But this need not happen. Eating habits and other lifestyle factors play a large role in the risk of heart disease. Moreover, heart disease can usually be prevented and even reversed.

Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis is the all-too-common form of heart disease. Plaques of cholesterol and other substances, very much like small tumors, form in the artery walls and eventually, the passageway for blood becomes clogged. Less blood flow means less oxygen for the heart muscle. Chest pain (angina) occurs, usually following exercise or excitement. When the blood supply is completely cut off, a part of the heart muscle dies-this is known as a heart attack.

What Is Atherosclerosis?

Atherosclerosis is not caused by old age. When battlefield casualties were examined during the Korean and Vietnam wars, American soldiers had significant atherosclerosis at only 18 or 20 years of age. Their Asian counterparts, raised on a diet consisting mainly of rice and vegetables, had much healthier arteries.

Older people are more likely to have heart problems than younger people because they have had more time to indulge in unhealthy habits, not because they have a hereditary tendency towards heart disease. Usually, the problem is not due to genetics, but to eating and smoking habits. Your doctor can tell you if you are one of only about 5 percent of the population with a true genetic tendency towards heart disease.

Many studies have shown the connection between cholesterol and heart problems. Beginning in 1948, under the direction of William Castelli, M.D., the population of Framingham, Massachusetts, has been monitored to see what influences the rate of heart disease.21 Castelli's study has shown that there is a cholesterol level below which, essentially, coronary artery disease does not occur. Framingham data show that only patients with cholesterol levels of less than 150 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) achieve the lowest coronary artery disease risk. In the first 50 years of the Framingham study, only five subjects with cholesterol levels of less than 150 mg/dl developed coronary artery disease. Rural residents in the developing areas of Asia, Africa, and Latin America typically have total-cholesterol levels of about 125-140, and they do not develop coronary artery disease.

What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is not the same as fat. If you had a bit of cholesterol on the end of your finger, it would look like wax. The liver manufactures cholesterol and sends it out to be used in the manufacture of hormones and cell membranes, and in other parts of the body. Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dl) of blood serum. Based on the results of the Framingham Heart Study and other research, the ideal level appears to be below 150 mg/dl. At that point, coronary artery disease is very unlikely.

Unfortunately, nearly 107 million Americans have cholesterol levels over 200, with the average level for coronary artery disease victims being 225. Surprisingly, the federal government's recommended maximum cholesterol level is still as high as 200.

Different Types of Cholesterol

When cholesterol is transported in the bloodstream, it is packed into low-density lipoproteins (LDL), sometimes called the "bad cholesterol." Although LDL is necessary in limited quantities (LDL delivers cholesterol to various parts of the body), a high LDL cholesterol level can dramatically increase your risk of a heart attack.

When cholesterol is released from dead cells, it is picked up for disposal in another kind of package, called high-density lipoproteins (HDL), the "good cholesterol." When doctors measure cholesterol levels, they first look at total cholesterol as a good, quick guide to a person's risk. For a more exact guide, they divide the total level by the HDL level. The lower your total cholesterol level, and the higher your HDL as a proportion of this, the lower your risk of a heart attack.

The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL should, ideally, be less than 4 to 1. Unfortunately, the average American male's ratio is much higher than that, at 5.0 to 1. Vegetarians, on the other hand, average only about 2.8 to 1.3

Smoking and obesity appear to lower HDL, but HDL can be raised somewhat by vigorous exercise and foods which are rich in vitamin C.

Decrease Cholesterol Intake

Since our bodies make plenty of cholesterol for our needs, we do not need to add any in our diet. Cholesterol is found in all foods that come from animals: red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, yogurt, and every other meat and dairy product. Choosing lean cuts of meat is not enough; the cholesterol is mainly in the lean portion. Many people are surprised to learn that chicken contains as much cholesterol as beef. Every four-ounce serving of beef or chicken contains 100 milligrams of cholesterol. Also, most shellfish are very high in cholesterol. All animal products should be avoided for this reason. No foods from plants contain cholesterol.

Every 100 mg of cholesterol in your daily diet adds roughly 5 points to your cholesterol level, although this varies from person to person. In practical terms, 100 mg of cholesterol is contained in four ounces of beef or chicken, half an egg, or three cups of milk. Beef and chicken have the same amount of cholesterol, 25 mg per ounce.

People can reduce their cholesterol levels dramatically by changing the foods they eat. Every time you reduce your cholesterol level by 1 percent, you reduce your risk of heart disease by 2 percent. For example, a reduction from 300 mg/dl to 200 mg/dl (i.e., a one-third reduction) will yield a two-thirds reduction in the risk of a heart attack. For some people, the benefits are even greater.

Decrease Fat Intake, Especially Saturated Fats

Keeping total fat intake low is an important way to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of other chronic diseases. Animal products, especially meat, ice cream, and cheese, as well as fried food, margarine, vegetable oil, mayonnaise, and many desserts are all loaded with fat. Unfortunately, the food industry often presents the fat content of certain products in a misleading way. Reporting the fat content by weight allows the water content to throw off the measurements and make these products look more healthful than they actually are. The most important piece of information to look for is the percentage of calories from fat.

In the leanest cuts of beef, about 30 percent of the calories come from fat. Skinless chicken is nearly as high, at 23 percent. Even without the skin, chicken is never truly a low-fat food. Most cheeses contain 60 to 80 percent of calories from fat, and premium ice creams often contain 45 to 65 percent of calories from fat. Butter, margarine, and oils of all types are typically 95 to 100 percent of calories from fat. Grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits, however, have comfortably less than 10 percent of their calories coming from fat.

Animal products also contain saturated fat, which causes the liver to produce more cholesterol. Unsaturated fats do not have this effect. Saturated fats are easy to spot because they are solid at room temperature, whereas unsaturated fats are liquid. Beef, chicken, and most other animal products contain substantial amounts of saturated fat. This is another good reason for avoiding such products.

A few vegetable oils are also high in saturated fats. These are known as tropical oils: palm oil, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil. Hydrogenated oils are also high in saturated fat.

While liquid vegetable oils are much better than animal fats and tropical oils, all fats and oils are natural mixtures of saturated and unsaturated fats. Therefore, none of them will do your coronary arteries any good, and should be kept to a minimum.

The following chart shows the percentages of saturated fat in different kinds of fat:

Animal Fats

Vegetable Oils

Beef Tallow 50%

Canola Oil 12%

Chicken Fat 30%

Corn Oil 13%

Pork Fat (lard) 39%

Cottonseed Oil 26%

Tropical Oils

Olive Oil 13%

Coconut Oil 87%

Peanut Oil 17%

Palm Oil 49%

Safflower Oil 9%

Palm Kernel Oil 82%

Sesame Oil 14%

 

Soybean Oil 15%

 

Sunflower Oil 10%



While the saturated part of oil is what increases your cholesterol level, the unsaturated parts have health problems of their own. These include a tendency to increase free-radical production, impair the immune system, and increase body weight.

Go Vegan

As suggested above, basing one's diet on plant foods-grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits-is the best way to keep saturated fat intake low and to avoid cholesterol completely. A vegan diet is free of all animal products and yields the lowest risk of heart disease. One study showed that people who adopt a vegetarian diet reduce their saturated fat intake by 26 percent and achieve a significant drop in cholesterol levels in just six weeks. Besides the very low levels of fat eaten in a typical vegetarian diet, vegetable protein also helps decrease risk for heart disease. Studies have shown that replacing animal protein with soy protein reduces blood cholesterol levels even when the total amount of fat and saturated fat in the diet remain the same.

Fiber: The Added Advantage of a Vegetarian Diet

Soluble fiber helps to slow the absorption of some food components such as cholesterol. It also acts to reduce the amount of cholesterol the liver makes. Oats, barley, beans, and some fruits and vegetables are all good sources of soluble fiber. There is no fiber in any animal product.

Maintain Your Ideal Weight

Losing weight helps to increase HDL levels (the "good cholesterol"). Carrying excess weight can affect one's risk for heart disease. People who are thick around the middle ("apple-shaped") are at a higher risk than those who carry excess weight around the hips and buttocks ("pear-shaped"). "Apple-shaped" people should lose weight through a low-fat diet and aerobic exercise.

Recommended Herbal Treatment:

Tab.Ocelip

Dosage:
Two tablets two times daily

Tab.Ocecard

Dosage:

One tablet two times daily

Dr.Bhushan Bhavsar
B.A.M.S., M.B.A.(HHM)
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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

What Is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure (hypertension) increases the risk of dangerous health problems, such as heart attacks and strokes. Doctors measure blood pressure using two numbers, such as 120/80. The first number shows the surge of pressure in the arteries with every heart beat, and the second number shows the pressure between beats. If either one of these numbers is too high, blood pressure can be dangerous.

Bringing blood pressure under control is very important, and treatment often involves taking medication. However, changing the way you eat can bring you blood pressure down and may help reduce the need for medication.

What Can I Do to Control My Blood Pressure?

Reduce salt in your diet. Cutting down on salt helps reduce blood pressure. You can do this by: " Using less and less salt in cooking. Your taste will soon adjust. " Avoiding adding salt to foods at the table. " Avoiding salty snacks, such as potato chips. " Avoiding canned foods with added sodium (salt). " Choose low-sodium (low-salt) varieties of canned soups and vegetables, or fresh or frozen vegetables which are naturally low in sodium. " Limit foods that are packed in brine, such as pickles and olives, and high sodium condiments, such as soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, and barbeque sauce.

Read the "Nutrition Facts" label. The amount of sodium (salt) in a food product is listed on the nutrition facts label. The following label claims can be placed on a food package which will tell you if the product is low in salt:
  • Low Sodium-contains 140 mg or less sodium per serving
  • Very Low Sodium-contains 35 mg or less sodium per serving
  • Sodium Free-contains less than 5 mg of sodium per serving

Choose more vegetarian foods. People who follow vegetarian diets typically have lower blood pressure.

No one knows exactly why these foods work so well, but it is probably because cutting out meat, dairy products, and added fats reduces the blood's viscosity (or "thickness") which, in turn, brings down blood pressure. Plant products are generally lower in fat and sodium and have no cholesterol at all. Vegetables and fruits are also rich in potassium, which helps lower blood pressure.

Try following a vegetarian diet for four to six weeks to find out how well these foods will work for you. Then have your doctor check your blood pressure. Pure vegetarian diets-diets that do not contain any meat, chicken, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, or animal fat-are generally adequate in all nutrients except vitamin B12, which is found in fortified cereals.

Include more of the following foods in your diet which are naturally low in sodium:
  • Whole grains-brown rice, whole wheat bread or pasta, unsweetened hot or cold cereal, millet, barley, buckwheat groats, and quinoa
  • Beans/legumes-dried (not canned) black-eyed peas, kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, navy beans, chickpeas, soymilk, textured vegetable protein, and tofu
  • Vegetables-fresh or frozen varieties, such as broccoli, mustard greens, collard greens, kale, spinach, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, squash, and corn
  • Fruits-fresh or frozen varieties, such as bananas, oranges, apples, pears, grapefruit, strawberries, mango, papaya, guava, strawberries, and blueberries


Lower your weight. Avoiding fatty foods, such as animal products and fried foods, and increasing the use of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans helps reduce weight. In turn, this helps bring down blood pressure. As an added benefit, losing weight reduces your risk of diabetes, heart problems, joint problems, some cancers, and other conditions. If you have a significant weight problem, be sure to consult with your doctor about the best ways for you to lose weight.

Limit alcohol use. Alcohol can raise blood pressure and it helps to limit alcohol to no more than one to two drinks per day (beer and wine count as drinks).

Become more physically active. Exercise can help bring down your blood pressure. A typical healthy exercise schedule would include a brisk walk for a half-hour each day or one hour three times per week. Since exercise puts added strain on your heart, be sure to check with your doctor first about the best way for you to become more physically active.

Avoid tobacco. There are many good reasons to quit smoking, and healthier arteries is one of them.

Let your doctor know you are concerned about your blood pressure and want to use foods to help bring it under control. High blood pressure is dangerous, so, let your doctor guide you as to when and if your need for medication has changed.

Recommended Herbal Treatment:

Tab.Ocecard

Dosage:
One tablet two times daily

Dr.Bhushan Bhavsar
B.A.M.S., M.B.A.(HHM)
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Ten Delicious Dishes to Help Defeat Diabetes

A Report by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

The food you eat plays a crucial role in your health. Certain foods can even help in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. In diabetes, the cells of the body cannot get the sugar they need. Glucose, a simple sugar, is the body's main fuel. It is present in the blood even if you don't eat any sugary foods, because the foods we eat are broken down into glucose. A hormone called insulin signals the body's cells to let glucose in. In people with diabetes, glucose cannot get into the cells where it is needed.

People with type 1 diabetes do not have enough insulin to signal the cells to let in glucose, so it builds up in the blood stream. People with type 2 diabetes or who are at high risk for diabetes are said to be insulin resistant, meaning that while there is enough insulin present, the cells aren't paying very close attention to the signal. Being above one's healthy weight and choosing a fatty diet increase the likelihood of insulin resistance. Both types of diabetes are reaching epidemic proportions: An average American born in 2000 has a one in three chance of developing diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Low-fat, fiber-rich diets built from legumes, vegetables, whole grains, and fruits help individuals avoid diabetes and control blood sugar levels. Such diets can also prevent complications in people who already have diabetes.

Choosing the right foods can make a world of difference to your health. Look for delicious, minimally processed foods from plant sources. Here are ten tasty choices for the prevention and management of diabetes:

1) Mixed Greens with Apples and Walnuts: This low glycemic index fruit is a great choice, along with fresh apricots, peaches, and pears. The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly a food releases its sugars. Foods with low GI raise blood sugar levels more slowly than high-GI foods. It's helpful to raise blood sugar slowly so that your body can properly remove them from the blood. Walnuts are high in important omega-3 fatty acids, which do not adversely affect glycemic control, unlike the saturated fats found in meats and cheeses. Omega-3 fatty acids also help keep your heart healthy by decreasing triglyceride levels in the blood and reducing the risk of fatal cardiac events.

2) Steamed Artichokes: Serve this beautiful vegetable upright on a plate with rice wine vinegar as a dipping sauce. Artichokes are low in calories, nearly fat free, and delicious. They're also rich in fiber, which slows down the absorption of natural sugars from the starchy foods we eat and has been shown to reduce insulin resistance.

3) Hummus Dip with Baby Carrots: Hummus is a hearty dip made from chickpeas, sesame seed paste, garlic, and lemon. Chickpeas provide protein and fiber, while sesame seeds are a great source of vitamin E. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help protect and improve circulation in the eyes. Use carrots to dip with and get double the eye- and anti-oxidant protection from the beta-carotene in the carrots. People with diabetes frequently develop eye problems, particularly diabetic retinopathy, or damage to the retina. This can lead to a gradual loss of vision.

4) Old-Fashioned or Irish Oats with Fresh Strawberries: Here's a breakfast that fills you up without filling you out. It's also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, and soluble fiber. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and a potent eye protector, while vitamin B6 may help prevent diabetic retinopathy (retina damage). Soluble fiber, in addition to helping keep blood sugar under control, can help lower blood cholesterol levels. People at risk for diabetes-and those already coping with it-have a high risk for heart disease. Therefore, it's important to choose meals that decrease cholesterol levels.

5) Quinoa Tabouli: This protein-rich whole grain can help head off those carbohydrate cravings with a healthy choice. Some individuals crave muffins, cookies, cakes, and white bread-all foods that raise blood sugar levels unnecessarily. Tasty and healthier whole-grain foods can satisfy the need for carbohydrates.

6) Mushroom Barley Soup: Barley has the lowest glycemic index of any grain, and mushrooms are tasty and magnesium-rich. Magnesium helps maintain nerve cells and may also play a role in preventing diabetic retinopathy (retina damage).

7) Edamame: (boiled fresh soybeans in the pod) - A delicious, hearty, protein- and fiber-rich snack that is fun to eat and chock-full of disease-fighting phytosterols (a plant compound that can lower cholesterol, among other things). Look for fresh edamame at your local farmer's market, or check the frozen vegetable case in the supermarket. Most kids love them.

8) Fruity Spinach Salad: An attractive salad decorated with sunflower seeds, oranges, sweet red pepper, and cucumbers and flavored with raspberry vinaigrette fat-free dressing makes a delicious first course or side dish. Spinach is great for magnesium; sunflower seeds provide vitamin E, selenium, and magnesium; and oranges and red peppers are good sources of vitamin C. Selenium is an important antioxidant. This mineral protects the cells of the heart and blood vessels from damage, which is important because of diabetes' strong association with heart disease.

9) Curried Cauliflower and Peas: This dish is low in fat, high in potassium (which lowers blood pressure), rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals, and high in flavor. Serve it as a main dish with brown rice and a side salad for a simple but delicious meal.

10) Basmati and Wild Rice Pilaf: Whole grains and nuts are good sources of chromium. Chromium works with the hormone insulin to get glucose into the cells, where we can use it for energy. A deficiency in chromium can lead to high blood glucose levels. Chronically high blood sugar levels damage the body, especially the eyes, kidneys, and nerves.

Recommended Herbal Treatment:

Tab.Diabomin

Dosage:
One tablet two times daily

Dr.Bhushan Bhavsar
B.A.M.S., M.B.A.(HHM)
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Calorie Intake

Technically, there is no magic number of calories we should all eat each day to lose weight. While most people can lose weight eating around 1,500 calories, you can assess your own personal caloric needs with a little math.

Why Estimate Your Caloric Needs?

To estimate how many calories you should consume in order to maintain your weight, you'll need to do a little math. By using a simple formula called the Harris-Benedict principle, you can assess your basal metabolic rate -- also known as your BMR.

(Then, to lose weight, you'll need to cut calories or burn extra calories and shoot for a level lower than the results you get with this formula.)

Calculate Your BMR

Your BMR is the amount of energy your body needs to function. We use about 60% of the calories we consume each day for basic bodily functions such as breathing.

Other factors that influence your BMR are height, weight, age and sex.

Step one is to calculate your BMR with the following formula:

Women:

655 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)

Men:

66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in years)

Please note that this formula applies only to adults.

Calculate Activity

Step two: In order to incorporate activity into your daily caloric needs, do the following calculation:

If you are sedentary : BMR x 20 percent

If you are lightly active: BMR x 30 percent

If you are moderately active (You exercise most days a week.): BMR x 40 percent

If you are very active (You exercise intensely on a daily basis or for prolonged periods.): BMR x 50 percent

If you are extra active (You do hard labor or are in athletic training.): BMR x 60 percent

Add this number to your BMR.

The result of this formula will be the number of calories you can eat every day and maintain your current weight. In order to lose weight, you'll need to take in fewer calories than this result..

As you lose weight, you can re-calculate the formula to assess your new BMR.

Apples
385 grams = 200 calories
Fried Bacon
34 grams = 200 calories
Kiwi Fruit
328 grams = 200 calories

Butter
28 grams = 200 calories


Recommended Herbal Treatment:

Tab.Ocelim

Dosage:
Two tablets three times daily

Dr.Bhushan Bhavsar
B.A.M.S., M.B.A.(HHM)
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A Guide to Healthy Weight Loss

Of the many ways to lose weight, one stands out as by far the most healthful. When you build your meals from a generous array of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans-that is, healthy vegetarian choices-weight loss is remarkably easy. And along with it come major improvements in cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and many other aspects of health. The message is simple: Cut out the foods that are high in fat and devoid of fiber, and increase the foods that are low in fat and full of fiber. This low-fat, vegan diet approach is safe and easy-once you get the hang of it.

Getting started can seem a bit daunting. It is often hard to imagine doing anything-be it a diet, new exercise regimen, or any other new, healthy habit-forever. Try this: Follow the diet approach outlined here for just three weeks. That will give you enough time to adjust to new flavors and will also allow you to start significant weight loss and see other positive health changes.

The best way to do this approach is to follow the diet completely for three weeks. This means no sneaking ranch dressing onto your salad, adding egg whites to muffin batter, or having a bit of chicken with dinner. Only by doing the diet all the way will you be able to reap all the benefits and avoid lapses that can lead to weight gain.

So let's get started! Choose the day when you would like to start the diet. Weigh yourself before you start and keep track of your weight during the three weeks. Also, keep a record of what you are eating. Keeping a food record and a journal of how you feel while you're on the diet will help you monitor your progress. Below is a comprehensive guide to get you started. Good luck!

Low-Fat Vegan Diet

Overall Principles: Choose foods from plant sources. Avoid all animal products and keep vegetable oils to a bare minimum.

Focus on the "New Four Food Groups"

The New Four Food Groups-grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruit-can provide you with all the nutrients you need. To meet your nutrient needs, select 8 servings of grains, 3 servings of legumes, at least 4 servings of vegetables, and 3 servings of fruit daily. Its important to vary the foods you choose within the food groups, because not only is "variety the spice of life" it helps you to cover all your nutritional bases. The food guide chart below will provide you with about 1500 calories. At the end of this guide, you will find ways to adjust this level of calories to meet your own energy requirements.

Food Group

Serving Recommendations

Grains
(A serving equals about 80 kcal)

6 of your 8 servings should be from whole grain sources like wheat bread, brown rice, whole wheat pasta, bran cereal, and oatmeal.

You should get 8 servings a day. A serving is ½ cup cooked grain, like oatmeal or pasta, 1 oz. of dry cereal (usually ¾ cup to 1 cup), one slice of bread, or half a pita bread or tortilla. Most bagels are actually four servings. Eight servings may sound like a lot, but 1 cup of oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich with two slices of bread for lunch, and a bowl of pasta made with 1½ cups of spaghetti with a slice of French bread meets your 8-serving goal.
Check the servings off each day:

Legumes
(A serving equals about 100 kcal)

Have at least 1 cup of beans every day.

You should have 3 servings from the legume group each day. A serving is a half-cup of cooked beans, ½ cup low-fat bean spread, 1 cup low-fat soymilk, or 1 oz. of veggie meat substitute.
Check the servings off each day:

Vegetables
(A serving equals 35-50 kcal)

At least one serving should be a raw vegetable like salad or carrot sticks and one should be a dark leafy green vegetable like kale or broccoli.

You should aim for at least 4 servings of vegetables each day. This means ½ cup cooked or 1 cup raw. As long as the vegetable isn’t topped with a fatty dressing or sauce, you can eat as many servings as you want from this group. At least 1 of your vegetable servings should be calcium-rich, dark leafy greens, such as broccoli, kale, or collards.
Check the servings off each day:

Fruit
(A serving equals 80 kcal)

Limit fruit juices and eat whole pieces of fruit instead.

Aim for 3 servings of fruit each day. A serving is ½ cup chopped or one small piece of fruit. Aim for low-calorie, high-nutrition fruits like strawberries, kiwis, mangoes, blueberries, peaches, plums, oranges, grapefruit, and raspberries.
Check the servings off each day:

Sweets
(optional)

One sweet serving has no more than 1 gram of fat and equals 100 kcal.

You should have no more than 1 sweets serving per day. Your sweets should be fat free. Try fruit if you are craving sweets. Other low-fat ideas include a bowl of sweetened whole grain cereal with low-fat soymilk, a soymilk/fruit smoothie, or sautéed bananas or apples (in water and a bit of maple syrup) with a little cinnamon.


If you've checked off all your boxes and you're still hungry, add extra servings of foods from the vegetable or bean group to your plate. Is this too much food for you? Cut out the sweets first, then subtract a grain serving or two. However, you shouldn't cut your calories too low. Most people should never go below 1200 calories per day.

Information on Condiments and Beverages
  • For salad dressings and condiments, use the non-fat varieties, such as fat-free Italian dressing for salads and mustard for sandwiches.
  • Coffee and tea are fine, but make sure to use non-fat, non-dairy creamers and sweeteners.
  • Alcoholic beverages can be used occasionally. Avoid creamy beverages such as White Russians and Bailey's Irish Cream.
  • Sugar may be used occasionally.
  • Nuts, seeds, avocadoes, olives, peanut butter, chocolate (non-dairy), and full-fat soy products such as tofu, tempeh, and soy cheese, come from plant foods, but are too high in fat to be conducive to weight loss. These foods may be used in modest amounts on rare occasions.

Foods to Avoid
  • Meats, poultry, fish, eggs (both whites and yolks), and all dairy products (regular and non-fat), including milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, cream, sour cream, and butter.
  • Added oils, such as margarine, salad dressings, mayonnaise, and cooking oils.
  • Fried foods, such as potato chips, French fries, onion rings, tempura, and donuts.

Meal Suggestions

Breakfast-Often breakfast can be similar to the one you are accustomed to with a few simple modifications.
  • Hot cereals: oatmeal, cream of wheat, creamy rice cereal, grits, or Irish oatmeal with cinnamon, raisins and/or applesauce (no milk)
  • High-fiber cold cereals: wheat or oat bran cereals with non-fat soy or rice milk and berries, peaches, or bananas
  • Melons, such as cantaloupe and honeydew, or any other fruit
  • Whole grain toast topped with cinnamon or jam (no butter or margarine)
  • Bagels (no cream cheese) topped with apple butter or hummus
  • Oven-roasted "home fries" plain or smothered with roasted mushrooms, peppers, and onions


Lunch-Whether you dine in or out at lunchtime, there are lots of healthy and delicious options to choose from. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Salads
  • Garden salad with lemon juice, fat-free dressing, or soy or teriyaki sauce
  • Legume-based salads: three-bean, chickpea, lentil, or black bean and corn salads
  • Grain-based salads: noodle, couscous, bulgur, or rice salads

Soups
  • Vegetable-based soups: potato-leek, carrot-ginger, mixed vegetable, or mushroom-barley.
  • Legume-based soups: black bean, vegetarian chili, spinach lentil, minestrone, or split pea.
  • Instant or prepared soups (as long as they are low-fat and free of animal products).

Sandwiches/Wraps
  • CLT: cucumber, lettuce, and tomato sandwich with Dijon mustard
  • Hummus sandwich tucked into whole wheat pita with grated carrots, sprouts, and cucumbers
  • Sandwich made with fat-free meat alternatives such as barbeque seitan or veggie pepperoni slices with your favorite sandwich veggies
  • Black bean dip, peppers, tomatoes, and lettuce wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla
  • Italian eggplant sub: baked eggplant slices, pizza sauce, and mushrooms on a multi-grain sub roll
  • Black bean and sweet potato burrito with corn and tomatoes

Other Ideas and Add-Ons
  • Last night's leftovers
  • Fresh fruit, applesauce, or fruit cup packed in juice
  • Cut-up vegetables
  • Rice cakes, fat-free crackers, baked tortilla chips

Dinner-Emphasize vegetables and grains in all your meals. The evening meal is a good place to try new items. You might start with a bean, rice or other grain, or potato dish and add a couple of vegetables.

Starches:
  • Grains: Use generous amounts of grains.
    • pasta
    • brown rice
    • boxed rice dishes (e.g., pilaf, curried rice, etc.)
    • couscous
  • Potatoes: Enjoy them baked or mashed and topped with steamed vegetables, salsa, ketchup, Dijon mustard, black pepper, or black beans.
  • Breads: Whole-grain is preferred. Avoid sweet breads that contain oil, eggs, or milk.

Vegetables:

Try any vegetables you like.
  • Greens (broccoli, spinach, kale, Swiss chard) topped with lemon
  • Carrots
  • Corn (note: corn is technically a grain, but works as a vegetable)

Legumes:
  • Pinto beans, vegetarian refried beans, baked beans, black beans, garbanzos, kidney beans

Main Dishes:
  • Pasta marinara: Choose commercial brands that are free of cheese and are low in fat.
  • Beans and rice: Try black beans with salsa, vegetarian baked beans, or fat-free refried beans.
  • Soft tacos: Prepare this dish with whole-wheat flour tortilla, beans, lettuce, tomato, and salsa.
  • Chili: Vegetarian boxed versions are fine.
  • Veggie lasagna: Made with low-fat tofu to replace the ricotta, layered with grilled veggies.
  • Rice pilaf, Spanish rice, or packaged rice dinners: Try packaged rice dishes and omit butter.
  • Steamed rice and stir-fried vegetables: This meal can be seasoned with soy sauce. Be sure to use a non-stick pan.
  • Fat-free vegetarian burgers: Make your own lentil burgers or try soy-based commercial brands.
  • Fajitas: Lightly sauté sliced bell peppers, onions, and eggplant in a non-stick pan, with fajita seasonings.

Desserts
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fat-free chocolate or fruit sorbet
  • Popsicles
  • Baked apples

Snacks
  • Bagels (plain or flavored; no cheese, butter, or margarine)
  • Fruit, carrots, or celery sticks
  • Vegetarian soup cups (split pea, lentil, etc.)
  • Toast with jam (no butter or margarine)
  • Baked tortilla chips with salsa or bean dip

GENERAL TIPS

Trying New Foods And New Tastes:
  • Explore new recipes, new books, new products.
  • Fat-free meat substitutes can ease the transition.
  • Be strict with yourself. This is easier than teasing yourself with small amounts of the foods you are trying to leave behind.
  • Focus on the short term. Three weeks is a short time.
  • Frozen vegetables are fine.
  • Canned beans and vegetables are okay for convenience.
  • If you have trouble finding recipes you like, explore our recipe database or try a healthy, vegan cookbook.

Cutting The Fat:
  • Use a non-stick pan.
  • "Sauté" vegetables in water or vegetable broth.
  • Steam vegetables.
  • When you can't avoid oil, use a cooking spray instead of poured oils.
  • Use non-fat, non-dairy coffee creamers.
  • Read package labels to check grams of fat per serving. It is best to choose products that have less than 2 grams of fat per serving.

On The Go:
  • Travel Tips:
    • Request non-dairy vegetarian meals for flights
    • All hotel restaurants have oatmeal, pasta with tomato sauce, potatoes, and vegetable plates, even if these items are not on the menu.
    • Bring along instant soup cups, instant oatmeal, and small containers of soy- and rice milk.
  • Dining Out: Look for ethnic restaurants, especially Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, and Italian, as they normally have many vegetarian dishes.
    • Japanese: vegetable sushi
    • Chinese: lots of rice with smaller amounts of vegetable dish; request oil-free and sauce on the side
    • Mexican: bean burrito, hold the cheese, sour cream, and guacamole; Spanish rice. Ask the waiter to bring out warm corn tortillas to dip in the salsa and to take away the fried chips.
    • Italian: pasta e fagioli (soup); pasta marinara. Ask that oil be kept at an absolute minimum.
    • Thai: vegetarian selections with lots of rice; avoid coconut milk
    • Indian: rice dishes or breads (beware of curries-very fatty)
    • Middle Eastern: couscous; baba ganouj and hummus with lots of pita bread
    • American: vegetable plate; salad bar; baked potato; baked beans; spaghetti; fruit plate. For salads, ask for no dressing, or try lemon or lime juice or soy or teriyaki sauce. Ask that fatty toppings, such as cheese, bacon, eggs, olives, and avocados, be left off.

At Work: Keep the following on hand.
  • Instant soups
  • 3-bean salad
  • Rice cakes
  • Bagels
  • Fresh or dried fruit
  • Bean dip with rice cakes or fat-free chips

Cravings:
  • Stock up on healthful foods at home and at work to prevent hunger-induced indiscretions.
  • Keep unhealthful foods out of the house. Donate non-perishable items that aren't allowed in the diet to your local food pantry.
  • If you follow a very low-fat menu, your tastes will gradually drift to prefer lower-fat foods.

Troubleshooting:
  • What to tell others:
    • "I'm following a low-fat [or vegetarian] diet right now."
    • "I'm trying to increase my fruit and vegetable intake and cut out some fat."
  • If beans give you gas, use less beans and more grains and meat analogs.

Recommended Herbal Treatment:

Tab.Ocelim

Dosage:
Two tablets three times daily

Dr.Bhushan Bhavsar
B.A.M.S., M.B.A.(HHM)
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Urticaria

Urticaria is a skin disease in which pale red swellings in groups on the surface of the skin are observed mainly on the trunk along with itching. Urticaria is a case of hypersensitivity reaction of the skin to allergens. Urticaria develops around loose tissues of the eyes or lips, the affected area may swell excessively causing pain and discomfort, although scary in appearance, the swelling goes away in 12 to 24 hours with right treatment.

This disease is also known as "Nettle rash "or "Hives" as the rash of urticaria resembles the sting of a nattle. It is also known as "Sheeta pitta" in Ayurveda.

Symptoms of Urticaria:
  • Red or white patches on the skin with burning, itching, stinging. The eruption may be as small as pin heads or as large as a rupee.
  • Fever, digestive disturbance, prostration.
  • The eruption may be rounded or irregular and often surrounded by a reddened zone.
  • The disease may affect either part of the whole body.

Causes of Urticaria:
  • Digestive disorders- It may result from digestive disorders like mechanical irritation in the digestive tract or toxemia.
  • Drugs like aspirin, penicillin, and quinine.
  • Certain food often causes urticaria in susceptible individuals. These include strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber, oatmeal, wheat, nuts, fish, eggs, chocolate, cheese, butter.
  • Bites of bedbugs, wasps, bees, mosquitoes, flies.
  • Emotional excitement.
  • Viral infection.
  • Vaccines and blood transfusions.
  • Synthetic products such as deodorant, perfume and talcum powder, cosmetic products, animal derivatives, and similar synthetic substances may cause Urticaria.

Types of Urticaria:
  • Acute Urticaria : It last for 6 weeks or less.
  • Chronic Urticaria : It last more than 6 weeks.

Home remedies for Urticaria:
  • Salt: About 12 grams of salt should be dissolved in water and taken by patient. The throat should be tickled to induce vomiting. This will help in curing eruption.
  • Rose water and vinegar: When there is a severe itching on the eruption, about 35 ml rose water mix with 25 ml of vinegar and applied locally to the affected area. This will give immediate relief.
  • Mint: 7 gm of mint and 25 gm of brown sugar should be boiled together in about 175 ml of water and drunk. This will relieve the itching.
  • Turmeric: Patient should take 2 tsp of turmeric powder mixed with a cup of water daily.
  • Rauwolfia: 1 gm of powdered root can be taken with a cup of water daily.
  • 3 gm of root powder of Arni should be taken with 12 gm of pure ghee twice daily.
  • For local application, prepare a paste from turmeric, seeds of chakramarda and sesame, kooth and massage over the affected portions. Once or twice a day.
  • Application of calamine lotion is workable up to certain extend in Urticaria.
  • Take a tub, filled 1/2 with luke warm water and add 1/2 cup of cornstarch with 1/2 cup of backing soda. A person suffering from urticaria will have to soak the body in to this at least once a day.
  • Use the pulp of Aloe or a cream containing Aloe on the affected area.
  • One can have nettle tea. Add honey or lemon for flavor. Nettle are considered having property to heal urticaria.

Other treatment for Urticaria:
  • Warm water enema.
  • Exposure to fresh air and sunlight.
  • Avoid exposure to cold and cold water.
  • Hot epsom salts bath: This bath is prepared by dissolving 1 kg of commercial epsom salts in an ordinary bath of hot water, taken three times a week, at least for 10-20 min.

Diet for Urticaria:
  • All fruits diet: The patient should take three meals a day of fresh juicy fruits such as oranges, apples, pineapples, grapes, pears, peaches, papayas.
  • Well balanced food consisting of nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables and fruits. The emphasis should be on fresh fruits and raw vegetables salads.
  • Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, all fresh foods, refined food which are difficult to digest.
  • Water and lemon intake: A glass of water containing the juice of half a lemon may be taken one hour before each meal and also between meals.

Raktmokshan (blood-letting): Raktmokshan is an Ayurveda method used to draw out a certain amount of toxic blood from the body. This helps in detoxifying the blood, thus helping mainly in various chronic skin diseases. Often leech is used to suck out the impure blood from the affected area. One should contact a doctor for Raktamokshan.

Recommended Herbal Treatment:

Tab.Allosergia

Dosage:
One tablet twice daily

Dr.Bhushan Bhavsar
B.A.M.S., M.B.A.(HHM)
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Using Foods Against Menstrual Pain

What Causes the Pain?
Most women experience some menstrual pain, for up to 15 percent, it is severe enough to interfere with work and other activities for one or more days every month. Sometimes the pain diminishes after childbirth, but for many women it continues.

In the 1960s, it became evident that chemicals called prostaglandins are a central part of the problem. These chemicals are made from the traces of fat stored in cell membranes, and they promote inflammation. They are also involved in muscle contractions, blood vessel constriction, blood clotting, and pain.

Shortly before a period begins, the endometrial cells that form the lining of the uterus make large amounts of prostaglandins. When these cells break down during menstruation, the prostaglandins are released. They constrict the blood vessels in the uterus and make its muscle layer contract, causing painful cramps. Some of the prostaglandins also enter the bloodstream, causing headache, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Researchers have measured the amount of prostaglandins produced by the endometrial cells and found that it is higher in women with menstrual pain than for women who have little or no pain.

Using Foods Against Pain

There may be a more fundamental approach. Rather than focus on the prostaglandins themselves, it may help to focus on the cellular "factories" that make them. Oral contraceptives lower the production of prostaglandins by inhibiting the growth of the endometrial cell layer. As a result, 90 percent of women who take oral contraceptives experience reduced menstrual pain. However, diet changes may be able to accomplish much the same thing.

In every monthly menstrual cycle, the amount of estrogens in a woman's body rises and falls. Estrogens are female sex hormones, a sort of hormonal fertilizer that makes the cells of the body grow. Estrogens are responsible for breast development at puberty, and each month they cause the lining of the uterus to thicken in anticipation of pregnancy.

A measurement of the amount of estrogens in a woman's bloodstream as her period ends and a new cycle begins finds that estrogen is gradually rising. For about two weeks, it rises toward a peak and then falls quickly around the time of ovulation. It rises again in the second half of the month and then falls just before her next period. The uterus sheds its lining in a menstrual flow, accompanied by crampy pain.

How Foods Change Hormones

The amount of estrogen in a woman's blood is constantly being readjusted. A low-fat, high-fiber diet can significantly reduce estrogen levels. Cancer researchers have taken a great interest in this phenomenon, because lowering the level of estrogen in the blood helps reduce the risk of breast cancer. Less estrogen means less stimulation for cancer cell growth.

If a woman eating a Western diet cuts her fat intake in half, her estrogen level will be about 20 percent lower. If the amount of fat is cut even more, the estrogen level will drop further, which is a good change because a lower hormone level will have less effect on the uterine cells. In addition to lowering estrogen, a low-fat diet may also be beneficial because high-fiber vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains help the body eliminate estrogens.

Estrogen is normally pulled from the bloodstream by the liver, which sends it through a small tube, called the bile duct, into the intestinal tract. There, fiber soaks it up like a sponge and carries it out with other waste. The more fiber there is in the diet, the better the natural "estrogen disposal system" works.

Animal products do not contain fiber. When an individual's diet consists predominantly of animal products such as chicken, fish, or yogurt, daily fiber needs may not be met. The result can be disastrous. The waste estrogens, which should bind to fiber and leave the body, pass back into the bloodstream. This hormone "recycling" increases the amount of estrogen in the blood. However, the reabsorption of estrogens can be blocked with the fiber found in grains, vegetables, beans, and other plant foods.

So, by avoiding animal products and added oils, estrogen production is reduced. And by replacing chicken, skim milk, and other non-fiber foods with grains, beans, and vegetables, estrogen elimination is increased.

In a research study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology in February 2008, a low-fat, vegan diet significantly reduced pain and PMS for many women. The diet change was designed to do two things. First, it eliminated all animal fats and nearly all vegetable oils. Second, its emphasis on plant-based foods means that there was more fiber in the diet.

Putting Foods to Work

The key to success is to follow the diet strictly, so that the beneficial effects it has are evident after a cycle or two.

Have plenty of:
  • Whole grains: Brown rice, whole-grain bread, oatmeal, etc.
  • Vegetables: Broccoli, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard, Brussels sprouts, etc.
  • Legumes: Beans, peas, lentils
  • Fruits


Avoid completely:
  • Animal products: Fish, poultry, meats, eggs, and dairy products
  • Added vegetable oils: Salad dressings, margarine, and all cooking oils
  • Fatty foods: Doughnuts, French fries, potato chips, peanut butter, etc.


This sounds like a significant change, and it is. However, while everyone feels a bit at sea for the first several days, virtually everyone makes the change in about two weeks. Those who have the best time with it are those who experiment with new foods and new food products and who enlist the support of their friends or partners at home.

As the benefits kick in-reduced menstrual cramps, weight loss, and increased energy-most women find the diet change is so rewarding that they wish they had tried it sooner. It is important to avoid animal products and oily foods completely. Even seemingly modest amounts of them during the course of the month can cause more symptoms at the end of the month.

Be sure to choose foods in as natural a state as possible, brown rice instead of white rice and whole-grain bread instead of white bread, in order to preserve their fiber.

Give this experiment a careful try for just one or two cycles, and see what it can do. The power of foods will be demonstrated in a very different way.

Recommended Natural Treatment:

Cap.Femon C
Dosage:
1 Capsule two times a day.

Sy.Femon C (Strawberry flavor)
Dosage:
2 teaspoon twice a day.

Tab.Nutrocean (A Natural health supplement)
Dosage:
1 Tablet twice a day.

Dr.Bhushan Bhavsar
B.A.M.S., M.B.A. (HHM)
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Stress at Work

Tips to Reduce and Manage Job and Workplace Stress

In this difficult economy, many of us are finding it harder than ever to cope with stress in the workplace. Regardless of occupation, seniority, or salary level, we're spending more and more of our work days feeling frazzled and out of control, instead of alert and relaxed.

While some stress is a normal part of the workplace, excessive stress can interfere with your productivity and reduce your physical and emotional health. Finding ways to manage workplace stress is not about making huge changes to every aspect of your work life or rethinking career ambitions. Rather, stress management requires focus on the one thing that's always within your control: you.

Coping with work stress in today's uncertain climate

For workers everywhere, the troubled economy may feel like an emotional roller coaster. "Layoffs" and "budget cuts" have become bywords in the workplace, and the result is increased fear, uncertainty, and higher levels of stress. Since job and workplace stress increase in times of economic crisis, it's important to learn new and better ways of coping with the pressure.

The ability to manage stress in the workplace can not only improve your physical and emotional health, it can also make the difference between success or failure on the job. Your emotions are contagious, and stress has an impact on the quality of your interactions with others. The better you are at managing your own stress, the more you'll positively affect those around you, and the less other people's stress will negatively affect you.

You can learn how to manage job stress

There are a variety of steps you can take to reduce both your overall stress levels and the stress you find on the job and in the workplace. These include:
  • Taking responsibility for improving your physical and emotional well-being.
  • Avoiding pitfalls by identifying knee jerk habits and negative attitudes that add to the stress you experience at work.
  • Learning better communication skills to ease and improve your relationships with management and coworkers.


Tip 1: Recognize warning signs of excessive stress at work

When you feel overwhelmed at work, you lose confidence and may become irritable or withdrawn. This can make you less productive and less effective in your job, and make the work seem less rewarding. If you ignore the warning signs of work stress, they can lead to bigger problems. Beyond interfering with job performance and satisfaction, chronic or intense stress can also lead to physical and emotional health problems.

Signs and symptoms of excessive job and workplace stress
  • Feeling anxious, irritable, or depressed
  • Apathy, loss of interest in work
  • Problems sleeping
  • Fatigue
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Muscle tension or headaches
  • Stomach problems
  • Social withdrawal
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Using alcohol or drugs to cope

Common causes of excessive workplace stress
  • Fear of being laid off
  • More overtime due to staff cutbacks
  • Pressure to perform to meet rising expectations but with no increase in job satisfaction
  • Pressure to work at optimum levels - all the time!

Tip 2: Reduce job stress by taking care of yourself

When stress at work interferes with your ability to perform in your job, manage your personal life, or adversely impacts your health, it's time to take action. Start by paying attention to your physical and emotional health. When your own needs are taken care of, you're stronger and more resilient to stress. The better you feel, the better equipped you'll be to manage work stress without becoming overwhelmed.

Taking care of yourself doesn't require a total lifestyle overhaul. Even small things can lift your mood, increase your energy, and make you feel like you're back in the driver's seat. Take things one step at a time, and as you make more positive lifestyle choices, you'll soon notice a reduction in your stress levels, both at home and at work.

Get moving

Aerobic exercise-activity that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat-is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body. For maximum stress relief, try to get at least 30 minutes of heart-pounding activity on most days. If it's easier to fit into your schedule, break up the activity into two or three shorter segments.

Make food choices that keep you going

Low blood sugar can make you feel anxious and irritable, while eating too much can make you lethargic. By eating small but frequent meals throughout the day, you can help your body maintain an even level of blood sugar and avoid these swings in mood.

Drink alcohol in moderation and avoid nicotine

Alcohol temporarily reduces anxiety and worry, but too much can cause anxiety as it wears off. Drinking to relieve job stress may also eventually lead to alcohol abuse and dependence. Similarly, smoking when you're feeling stressed and overwhelmed may seem calming, but nicotine is a powerful stimulant - leading to higher, not lower, levels of anxiety.

Get enough sleep

Not only can stress and worry can cause insomnia, but a lack of sleep can leave you vulnerable to even more stress. When you're well-rested, it's much easier to keep your emotional balance, a key factor in coping with job and workplace stress.

Tip 3: Reduce job stress by prioritizing and organizing

When job and workplace stress threatens to overwhelm you, there are simple steps you can take to regain control over yourself and the situation. Your newfound ability to maintain a sense of self-control in stressful situations will often be well-received by coworkers, managers, and subordinates alike, which can lead to better relationships at work. Here are some suggestions for reducing job stress by prioritizing and organizing your responsibilities.

Time management tips for reducing job stress
  • Create a balanced schedule. Analyze your schedule, responsibilities, and daily tasks. All work and no play is a recipe for burnout. Try to find a balance between work and family life, social activities and solitary pursuits, daily responsibilities and downtime.
  • Don't over-commit yourself. Avoid scheduling things back-to-back or trying to fit too much into one day. All too often, we underestimate how long things will take. If you've got too much on your plate, distinguish between the "shoulds" and the "musts." Drop tasks that aren't truly necessary to the bottom of the list or eliminate them entirely.
  • Try to leave earlier in the morning. Even 10-15 minutes can make the difference between frantically rushing to your desk and having time to ease into your day. Don't add to your stress levels by running late.
  • Plan regular breaks. Make sure to take short breaks throughout the day to take a walk or sit back and clear your mind. Also try to get away from your desk or work station for lunch. Stepping away from work to briefly relax and recharge will help you be more, not less, productive.

Task management tips for reducing job stress
  • Prioritize tasks. Make a list of tasks you have to do, and tackle them in order of importance. Do the high-priority items first. If you have something particularly unpleasant to do, get it over with early. The rest of your day will be more pleasant as a result.
  • Break projects into small steps. If a large project seems overwhelming, make a step-by-step plan. Focus on one manageable step at a time, rather than taking on everything at once.
  • Delegate responsibility. You don't have to do it all yourself. If other people can take care of the task, why not let them? Let go of the desire to control or oversee every little step. You'll be letting go of unnecessary stress in the process.
  • Be willing to compromise. When you ask someone to contribute differently to a task, revise a deadline, or change their behavior at work, be willing to do the same. Sometimes, if you can both bend a little, you'll be able to find a happy middle ground that reduces the stress levels for everyone concerned.

Tip 4: Reduce job stress by improving emotional intelligence

Even if you're in a job where the environment has grown increasingly stressful, you can retain a large measure of self-control and self-confidence by understanding and practicing emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is the ability to manage and use your emotions in positive and constructive ways. When it comes to satisfaction and success at work, emotional intelligence matters just as much as intellectual ability. Emotional intelligence is about communicating with others in ways that draw people to you, overcome differences, repair wounded feelings, and defuse tension and stress.

Emotional intelligence in the workplace:

Emotional intelligence in the workplace has four major components:
  • Self-awareness - The ability to recognize your emotions and their impact while using gut feelings to guide your decisions.
  • Self-management - The ability to control your emotions and behavior and adapt to changing circumstances.
  • Social awareness - The ability to sense, understand, and react to other's emotions and feel comfortable socially.
  • Relationship management - The ability to inspire, influence, and connect to others and manage conflict.


The five key skills of emotional intelligence
There are five key skills that you need to master in order to raise your emotional intelligence and manage stress at work.

  • Realize when you're stressed, recognize your particular stress response, and become familiar with sensual cues that can rapidly calm and energize you. The best way to reduce stress quickly is through the senses: through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. But each person responds differently to sensory input, so you need to find things that are soothing to you.
  • Stay connected to your internal emotional experience so you can appropriately manage your own emotions. Your moment-to-moment emotions influence your thoughts and actions, so pay attention to your feelings and factor them into your decision making at work. If you ignore your emotions you won't be able to fully understand your own motivations and needs, or to communicate effectively with others.
  • Recognize and effectively use the nonverbal cues that make up 95-98% of our communication process. In many cases, what we say is less important than how we say it or the other nonverbal signals we send out, such as eye contact, facial expression, tone of voice, posture, gesture and touch. Your nonverbal messages can either produce a sense of interest, trust, and desire for connection-or they can generate confusion, distrust, and stress. You also need to be able to accurately read and respond to the nonverbal cues that other people send you at work.
  • Develop the capacity to meet challenges with humor. There is no better stress buster than a hearty laugh and nothing reduces stress quicker in the workplace than mutually shared humor. But, if the laugh is at someone else's expense, you may end up with more rather than less stress.
  • Resolve conflict positively. Resolving conflict in healthy, constructive ways can strengthen trust between people and diffuse workplace stress and tension. When handling emotionally-charged situations, stay focused in the present by disregarding old hurts and resentments, connect with your emotions, and hear both the words and the nonverbal cues being used. If a conflict can't be resolved, choose to end the argument, even if you still disagree.

Tip 5: Reduce job stress by breaking bad habits

As you learn to manage your job stress and improve your work relationships, you'll have more control over your ability to think clearly and act appropriately. You will be able to break habits that add to your stress at work - and you'll even be able to change negative ways of thinking about things that only add to your stress.

Eliminate self-defeating behaviors

Many of us make job stress worse with negative thoughts and behavior. If you can turn around these self-defeating habits, you'll find employer-imposed stress easier to handle.
  • Resist perfectionism. No project, situation, or decision is ever perfect, so trying to attain perfection on everything will simply add unnecessary stress to your day. When you set unrealistic goals for yourself or try to do too much, you're setting yourself up to fall short. Aim to do your best, no one can ask for more than that.
  • Clean up your act. If you're always running late, set your clocks and watches fast and give yourself extra time. If your desk is a mess, file and throw away the clutter; just knowing where everything is saves time and cuts stress. Make to-do lists and cross off items as you accomplish them. Plan your day and stick to the schedule - you'll feel less overwhelmed.
  • Flip your negative thinking. If you see the downside of every situation and interaction, you'll find yourself drained of energy and motivation. Try to think positively about your work, avoid negative-thinking co-workers, and pat yourself on the back about small accomplishments, even if no one else does.
  • Don't try to control the uncontrollable. Many things at work are beyond our control- particularly the behavior of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react to problems.

Five Ways to Dispel Stress
  • Take time away. When stress is mounting at work, try to take a quick break and move away from the stressful situation. Take a stroll outside the workplace if possible, or spend a few minutes meditating in the break room. Physical movement or finding a quiet place to regain your balance can quickly reduce stress.
  • Talk it over with someone. In some situations, simply sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone you trust can help reduce stress. Talking over a problem with someone who is both supportive and empathetic can be a great way to let off steam and relieve stress.
  • Connect with others at work. Developing friendships with some of your co-workers can help buffer you from the negative effects of stress. Remember to listen to them and offer support when they are in need as well.
  • Look for humor in the situation. When used appropriately, humor is a great way to diffuse stress in the workplace. When you or those around you start taking things too seriously, find a way to lighten the mood by sharing a joke or funny story.

Tip 6: Learn how managers or employers can reduce job stress

It's in a manager's best interest to keep stress levels in the workplace to a minimum. Managers can act as positive role models, especially in times of high stress, by following the tips outlined in this article. If a respected manager can remain calm in stressful work situations, it is much easier for his or her employees to also remain calm.

Additionally, there are a number of organizational changes that managers and employers can make to reduce workplace stress. These include:

Improve communication
  • Share information with employees to reduce uncertainty about their jobs and futures.
  • Clearly define employees' roles and responsibilities.
  • Make communication friendly and efficient, not mean-spirited or petty.

Consult your employees
  • Give workers opportunities to participate in decisions that affect their jobs.
  • Consult employees about scheduling and work rules.
  • Be sure the workload is suitable to employees' abilities and resources; avoid unrealistic deadlines.
  • Show that individual workers are valued.
  • Offer rewards and incentives.
  • Praise good work performance, both verbally and officially, through schemes such as Employee of the Month.
  • Provide opportunities for career development.
  • Promote an "entrepreneurial" work climate that gives employees more control over their work.

Cultivate a friendly social climate
  • Provide opportunities for social interaction among employees.
  • Establish a zero-tolerance policy for harassment.
  • Make management actions consistent with organizational values.

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