October 11th, 2012

Boost Immunity with Herbs

You can surely preserve your health herb wise. To feel the difference this season, go herbal. But before you get indulge, read on the beneficial factors of these herbs. Amla, known as Indian gooseberry, is the richest and best source of vitamin C. It also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, albumin, cellulose, fibre, carbohydrate, sugar and water. It helps reduce all the three body humours—vatta, pitta and kapha, or the air, fire and phlegm; which, when aggravated above their normal limits, cause a disease. The special properties of rejuvenation and revitalising of the entire body systems makes amla highly beneficial for increasing the body’s resistance power. Turmeric is recommended

August 18th, 2011

How to Prevent Flu

This time of the year, when everyone around you is doubling up sneezing or coughing, and it seems that it is just not possible to escape flu, My Health Guardian comes with a prevention plan. Agreed, flu is terribly contagious, still you can prevent it. Like all things in life, you just need to plan right and stick to the plan. Keep reading to learn more. Let’s get the facts right at the outset. To avoid flu you need to emphasize on hand hygiene and wash your hands well, after you’ve used rest rooms. Even when you are back from crowded places (read elevators, restaurants) or handled money, door knobs, wash your hands well or use hand sanitisers. Avoid touching your face, nose or mouth

April 7th, 2010

Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

Multi Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (MDRT) is a scarier version of TB that needs prolonged treatment and is a major public health problem. It also threatens the success of DOTS, the WHO-recommended treatment approach for detection and cure of TB, as well as global tuberculosis control. DOTS—Directly Observed Treatment Short Course is a method of conquering TB. The basis of this program is to both treat and then monitor the TB infected subjects very closely, making sure they complete their course of antibiotics. What is MDRT? Dr R. K Maini, Director, Department of Pulmonogy at Artemis Health Institute says, “MDRT is defined as TB which is not responsive to the first line of

April 7th, 2010

Diet Guidelines for TB Patients on Medication

TB is a contagious disease. When people with active infection cough, sneeze or spit indiscriminately without covering their mouth and face, the expelled droplets act as medium to spread infection. Experts estimate that up to 90 percent of the population many have encountered tubercle bacillus sometime in lives, but in majority of cases, the immune system successfully keeps a full-blown infection from developing. People who do not defeat it outright often carry the germ in a dormant state, sometimes for decades, before immunity weakens and the bacteria begin by replicating and infect the host. TB is a curable disease. Patients need to follow the prescribed treatment regimen exactly and

November 4th, 2009

Tuberculosis–The New Challenges of an Old Disease

  Mankind shares a long association with tuberculosis, an infectious disease that has plagued humans since antiquity. Skeletal remains of Egyptian mummies have evidence of tubercular decay. World TB Day on 24 March, commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis, the TB bacillus. For long we believed that tuberculosis was a disease that afflicted only poor. At GHC we thought to demystify these myths. TB can happen to anyone—yes, you heard it right, even affluent people. Pulmonologists say that the bug causing TB is latent in our bodies and our immune system normally suppresses it.

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