A Realistic New Year’s Resolution

All the Things You Need to Start — and Stop — Doing in 2018

The fatal flaw with New Year’s resolutions — and most goal-setting, for that matter — is that we typically bite off more than we can chew. We’re not setting realistic Goals. As such, we end up disappointed and, often, with a forgotten resolution by the time February rolls around.

Ahead are 13 realistic goals that anyone can accomplish in a calendar year — things that are not only doable but also enjoyable and will eventually become so second-nature, you’ll forget they were resolutions. The best part? Each contributes to a happier life and a healthier body and brain.

Take More You Time

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We’re guessing you maybe gave a little too much to others this past year and not enough to yourself. Perhaps you were stretched too thin or overextended yourself. That’s OK! It was a time for learning and growing. In the new year, it’s OK to say “no” sometimes and take a little more time for yourself. Whether it’s for getting organized, doing a solo workout, or just binge-watching your favorite show from your bed, allow yourself some personal space in 2018.

Stop Doing That 1 Workout You Hate

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This is your year, this is your time. You don’t have to run to lose weight, you don’t have to do indoor cycling to be healthy (or cool). If you truly hate running, then why are you doing it? If the answer is “because I have to,” you’re dead wrong. The same goes for all other activities. Use the new year to find something else that you do love that will have the same kind of healthy effects on your body and brain.

Unplug a Little More Each Day

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You don’t have to break up with technology (that’s ridiculous), but this year, do small things to unplug and reconnect with yourself, your loved ones, and your environment. Maybe give yourself a few more minutes in the morning before you check email, or don’t charge your phone next to your bed. You could even do a tech-free Sunday each week to truly let go. The world is your Phone-free oyster.

Learn 1 New Healthy Recipe You LOVE

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We’re fairly certain you can accomplish this in a calendar year — after all, you only have to find one. This may take a little trial and error (particularly if you’re new to the kitchen arena), but once you find something you love, you can incorporate it into your weekly menu — and thus, daily eating habits — for years to come. Start with some of our suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Ditch the Foods You Hate

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If you’re sick of kale, we’ve got news for you: it’s time to stop trying. Force feeding yourself foods you hate simply because they’re “healthy” is a surefire way to ensure your diet plans backfire (and your mood won’t be awesome, either). Even dietitians recommend finding foods you love and indulging now and then. Let go of the crap that makes you miserable and figure out what fuels your body and your soul. It IS possible!

Add 1 Low-Impact Workout to Your Routine

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We’re fans of running, cycling and high intensity interval training and zumba, but for the love of all things holy, give your knees a break this year. They may not have let you in on their secret yet, but your knees love those activities a lot less than you do. Before you become irate: we’re not suggesting you stop doing these workouts (unless you hate them, in which case, refer back to point two) — simply that you supplement your high-impact routine with some low-impact strengthening exercises. Pilates and yoga, anyone?

Make More Time For Breakfast

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You’ve probably heard this your whole life, but breakfast is important. Whether you’ve got weight-loss goals or you’re trying to add more protein to your diet, there are so many options for making breakfast easy and stress-free (hello, make-ahead meals).

 

Throw Your Scale in a Dumpster

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And then burn it. Honestly, if you haven’t set your scale on fire yet, are you really living? While it might be a helpful tool now and then for weight loss, there are so many ways to measure your success without that infernal tool. The number on the scale means nothing, and in fact, if you are also partaking in the weightlifting New Year’s resolution, that number might go up thanks to compact, heavy muscle.

Start Weightlifting

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We’re particularly excited about this New Year’s resolution, because we know firsthand how much weightlifting can change your life — and your body! You’ll boost your metabolism, feel so strong and empowered, and create lean, powerful muscle that will impact your everyday movements and life (walking up flights of stairs will feel completely different!). It may seem intimidating at first, but just start small and work your way up until you build strength.

Choose Gratitude Each Day

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One way to inject more joy into your year? Start each day with a gratitude reflection. What are you grateful for? What makes you happy? Focus on the good to improve your mood, and your physical health will follow suit.

Ditch Your Restrictive Diet

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Break up with obsessive calorie counting, food shaming, and all the things that make healthy eating miserable. It’s time to mix it up and find what works for YOU. No diet or diet tip can ever be truly universal because everyone’s body is different — so if you’ve been following something because it worked for someone else (and it’s not working for you), this is your chance to reassess.

End the Negative Self-Talk’

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We feel quite strongly about this one: you need to stop beating yourself up this year. Do your best in 2018 to give yourself grace, kindness, and patience. Start giving yourself more compliments, and make this year about no negative self-talk — ever. The more you berate and degrade yourself, the harder your year will be; you’ll also have a much harder time reaching your healthy goals.

Create a Bedtime Routine

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This year, we want you to get more sleep! One of the ways you can ensure that happens more often is by creating a nightly ritual that’ll help ease your anxious feelings and soothe you into a sound slumber. Maybe aromatherapy speaks to you, or you’re up for trying some CBD before bed — whatever it is, it’ll help you snooze, which in turn will positively impact your health and mood all year long.

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Blue Whale Challenge: How parents, teachers, and others can help teenagers in crisis

Every day, we hear of so many crime reports from across the world. Most of these happen in the ‘real’ world, where the perpetrator and the victim occupy the same space. But now, we have another world to worry about – the virtual world. One in which it sometimes becomes impossible to tell who the perpetrator is.

Cybercrimes and bullying are becoming serious concerns. Although they are conducted in the virtual world, they hold the power to impact the physical world. What might seem like a simple rant on twitter or an emotional quote on instagram or snapchat can influence a large number of people in the actual world. The most vulnerable to online bullying and cyber crimes are children and teenagers who have access to all manner of information on the internet, but are not always mature enough to be able to handle it. Hence, it is so very important to educate not only children and teens but also adults on how to be responsible and how to guard themselves against these crimes.

The Blue Whale Challenge is not very different from what any criminal in history has tried to do in the physical world. One man takes upon him to rid the world of the people he thinks don’t deserve to live. Teenage is a most vulnerable time in the life of a person; as the person is struggling with identity issues and still trying to figure out who they are. This makes them especially susceptible to online crime and emotional abuse, such as the Blue Whale Challenge.

 

Teens are known to experiment and take risks because of peer-pressure, parental and school expectations or media influence. Now with their accessibility to the virtual world they are being attacked and bullied via social media platforms also. It is important to understand that their struggle is one of self-esteem, the need to be understood and accepted, and having a sense of worth, wanting to matter to the world around them.

Parents, teachers, and care-givers must understand that once we help them in the real world to reduce these issues they are less likely to fall prey to such crimes online. They will then have the strength to say no, stand-up for themselves, identify and report abuse not only in the physical world but also the virtual world. There has to be a more active role that each one of us needs to play in spreading awareness about how to combat these crimes and protect ourselves and our loved ones.

Low self-esteem, disconnecting with friends, wanting to be alone, withdrawal from family members, reluctance to leave their electronic gadgets unattended, avoiding school or work, changes in personality (anger, sadness, crying), drastic changes in appearance or weight, fresh marks on the skin or wearing clothes that hide these marks even in summers, are some of the signs that may help a caregiver, friend, or family member to identify a need for help.

In such cases, it becomes important to make the person feel that help is available without judgment. Encouraging expressing one’s feelings either in spoken words, a letter or a journal helps in releasing these amped up emotions. We must convince such teenagers that their pain is understood, that they are brave, that we respect them for who they are, and that they have done nothing wrong.

We must challenge their belief that they deserve pain by showing them compassion and support. This will help the person move a step away from harm. Also, spreading awareness about how to report abuse online, taking screen shots or saving IP addresses as proof will let them know that help is available.

We need to remember that at the end of the day we are humans be it in the real or the virtual world. Our struggles and concerns may seem vastly different from one another but they are very similar. We all have a need to be accepted and loved; and accepting and loving oneself is the first step to that. To know that it is okay to be confused or scared, but to always believe that we are worthy.

As adults, it is our responsibility to watch out for these signs in children and teenagers around us. Without trying to invade into their privacy or threaten them with dire consequences; we must show compassion and the strength to stand by them. Only by convincing them of their own worth can we protect them from these invisible monsters.

 

Prevent and cure Swine Flu with Homeopathy ! ! !

Swine Flu –  As of now Swine Flu  has taken 310 Lives in Gujarat Alone.  HOMEOPATHY CAN HELP

Don’t panic, just be alert!

The first thing I want to tell all is “Don’t Panic!”, before we talk about the Swine Flu virus and its probable treatment. There is a need to get alert.

What is Swine Flu infection?

Everyone knows about and may have suffered with influenza or flu infection. Flu is an infection caused by certain virus, which comes, stays for a few days and goes away. Similarly, Swine Flu is also a kind influenza virus. Here, the difference is that it can be more severe than regular flu infection.

Why is it called H1N1?

All virus have been named. H1N1 is a name given to the Swine flu virus. In the same group, there are some related virus-named as H1N2, H2N3, etc.

What are the symptoms of Swine flu?

The symptoms are similar to regular flu:

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  • Fever
  • Cold
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Body ache
  • Sore throat
  • Chilliness
  • Backache
  • Pain in joints
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Lack of appetite
  • Low energy

Where do you get it from?

Swine flu being a viral disease, it spreads from a person suffering with the same virus. It spreads through air, by sneezing and coughing, and touch of the affected patient. A sneeze or a cough of a patient can through millions of Swine flu virus in the air.

Congested places such as closes room, classroom, office, train, bus, mall, etc are sources of infection, as one infected person could spread it to many healthy patients.

Who is at higher risk?

Those who are already suffering with poor resistance.

Children having tuberculosis
Elderly people above 65 years
Children below five years
Patients with diabetes or other disease which lowers vitality
Pregnant female
HIV positive patients
Patients with heart, lung, liver or kidney disease
Patients who are on immunosuppressive medicines for other diseases
People with tremendous physical or mental stress
Patients on cortisone or chemotherapy

Why is so much of Panic about Swine flu?

Well, swine flu is now an pandemic, which means the entire world is at risk. Since the disease spread rapidly and it can have serious consequences, there is obviously threat to life.
It is important to get alert and extremely careful about:
Controlling the spread
Timely treatment

What happens to Swine flu patient, finally?

Swine flu infection, like most other viral infections, is likely to subside eventually; whether treated or not. However, some of the patients are at risk of turning into a serious medical condition called ARD (Acute Respiratory Distress syndrome), which may turn even fatal.

How to diagnose Swine flu?

The diagnosis test is done using nose and throat swab at the laboratory. Many labs are able to conduct this test for the cost of about USD 30. Some countries have control over the test. In India, as on today, only the government run hospitals are allowed to conduct the test.

 

Homeopathic treatment for Swine Flu

The doctors, conventional as well a the homeopathic, have limited experience so far about the treatment of Swine flu, as the infection is new to the humans.

However, on the basis of the nature of the disease and its pathophysiology, we can opine that homeopathic is likely to work well in the cases of Swine flu, since homeopathy has well established role in the treatment of many viral diseases.

We can recommend homeopathic medicines which are likely to help cases of Swine flu, which may work by enhancing the immune system. The medicines are also likely to work as preventive in some cases. However, such statements would always go with the disclaimer that no claims are being made for its cure or prevention.

Commonly indicated homeopathic medicines:

Depending on the individual symptoms of the patients, one or more of the medicines could be prescribed: Influenzinum, Gelsemium, Arsenic album, Rhus toxicodendron, Occilococcinum, etc are some of the common medicines. They can also be used as a part of probable preventive measure.

Precaution:

If you have recently visited a country or place/city under Swine flu attack or have met a person suffering from the infection, it is advisable to get a test done.

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What to Do for Avoiding Swine Flu:

  • Always cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose and mouth frequently as there is always some virus on tabletops, telephones and computers
  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Alcohol-based gel or foam hand sanitizers
  • Wear a well-fitted mask in public places
  • Drink loads of water and get enough sleep
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people
  • Stay away (3-feet distance) from people who have a respiratory infection
  • Use disposable tissues

Swine flu is not a food borne illness so there is no restriction on food and drinks.

Special Note:

Swine flu is most contagious in the initial five days. In the case of children, it can be contagious up to 10 days. If you have already got it: Please confine yourself to a room. Wearing a mask is a must and Keep yourself away from social gathering, your work place and other public places, to avoid spreading the infection to others.

 

What is the Real Reason Behind your Disease ?

Humans are prone to diseases, which is a fact that cannot be taken away. Even though there have been ground-breaking advances in the field of modern medicine about antibiotics and life sustaining drugs,  we are still not spending enough time in understanding the real reason behind the cause, genesis and evolution of diseases. We must study why an individual is more prone to certain kinds of diseases, when has his disease precipitated, what series of events have led to breakdown of the entire system. The answers to this can be found in the stress-diathesis model and by studying the PNEI (Psycho-Neuro-Endocrine-Immunological) axis.

The stress-diathesis model asserts that if the combination of the predisposition and the stress exceeds a threshold, the person will develop a disorder.

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The diathesis, or predisposition, interacts with the subsequent stress response of an individual. Stress refers to a life event or series of events that disrupt a person’s psychological equilibrium and potentially serves as a catalyst to the development of a disorder. Thus, the diathesis–stress model serves to explore how biological or genetic traits (diatheses) interact with environmental influences (stressors) to produce disorders.

In Homoeopathy we study all these factors that have led to the person becoming ill and treat him at that level so that the effects of our medicines are permanent and long lasting. We also study the PNEI axis of a diseased person in detail before prescription of our medicines.

Simply speaking many researches over a period of time have strongly concluded that stress has negative effects on functioning of nerves, of the entire endocrine system (Thyroid, Ovary, and Pancreas) and on the immune system. A study in Harvard suggested that exam going students were more affected by a common virus than non-exam going students, the blood investigation of both sets of students showed a major suppression of immune cells in “stressed” exam going students.

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Having said that, no man is without stress in life, one must go through their share of worries in life. The brain does not have a punching bag where it can remove these unresolved emotions. Think of the body as the canvas of an unsettled mind where the portrait is the disease. In homoeopathy we go the roots of the genesis of the disease. That is why our case taking involves such depth into the life of a person. Where we try and study the Bio-Psycho-Social factors of the disease. This is how we are trying to get to the root cause of the disease rather than a superficial understanding. No other system in the entire world goes to understand a man’s disease in such great depth. Once we are able to perceive this phenomenon in a man, we are able to give tailor-made individual medicine that is most suited to his genetic make-up, precipitating and maintaining factors of his disease.

We aim to heal the man completely rather than just temporarily removing his symptoms.

By: Dr. Shashvat Joshi

Growing Up On Homeopathy ! ! !

As a child, i was a mischievous one, i gave my mother and father a pretty rough time growing up, always playing, always falling and getting hurt, getting wet in the rains all the time, playing with fire crackers, getting skin cuts with kites and all sorts of problems. My Parents never scolded me or were never upset with this kind of behavior. In fact my father would  praise me for the bruises and marks on my body and  would tell me go and get some more.

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This attitude of my parents made me a strong and confident child. I was never afraid of anything nor did anything effect me. This sort of a childhood environment and motivation made me into the person i am. i grew up to be a very adventurous person. from climbing to Everest base camp, scuba diving into the deepest oceans and riding across India to reach the highest motor able road in the Himalayas. My father who is also a well known and a reputed homeopath never gave me any vaccinations.  I was completely brought up on Homeopathy. I had never known the concept of vaccination as a child, i was surprised to find my friends visiting the clinic every year for their shots. One day out of curiosity i asked my father, why wasn’t  i given these shots like the rest of the kids, my father smiled and told me the answer to this question you will find once you grow up.

Growing up, i was never hospitalized, i had never taken any medicine for fever, i had never taken antibiotics, i used to fall in once a year. My immunity had been strong from day one of my life.  Meanwhile i used to see my friends fall ill at every change of weather, when they had cold drinks and ice-cream and had to be hospitalized all the time.  Till day i am healthy and fall ill only once a year lasting for 2-3 days.

I too grew up to be doctor and studied the concepts of innate immunity and acquired immunity, as parents all must thrive for inculcating acquired immunity in your child. Give him the freedom to play in dirt and in the monsoons, let him fall and make mistakes. We must stop becoming over protective of our children, teach them to  be independent as early as possible. We must realize that  the anxieties and insecurities are ours that are over protecting our children. The Pediatrician scares us and advises us  a large number of vaccinations. We must ask ourselves are all these vaccinations required. Weren’t children healthy before the advent and development of  vaccinations. Ask the doctor, will taking BCG vaccine completely prevent your child from getting TB ?. These are concerns that are growing among Indian parents now. Let the child recover by himself when he is ill. It is we who are weak that cannot see our child in fever.

In Homeopathy we believe in the same thing, we do not directly attack the bacteria and viruses, rather we push the bodies immune system get stronger and attack the bacteria on their own. This helps the body’s immunity to grow and acquire this specific immunity so that next time whenever this bacteria enters the system it will be able to fight it with ease. We want to make our patients stronger and independent of anyone and anything

Make your children independent

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Healthy Family

 

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The complete physical, mental as well as social well being is HEALTH. The process is dynamic with the constant demands and challenges from the environment around us. The current time is full of stress which creates imbalance and produces UNEASE which is capable to produce DISEASE if not understood and taken care of.

I believe that the rise of Psychosomatic diseases and Psychiatric diseases are product of not paying attention to Mental Health.  We can do much about it. The emotional stability and Social wellbeing is achievable. We can talk about it and bring solution based on need of the each case.

Early parental guidance to raise healthy and creative children is the stepping stone in building up

Healthy family. This will reduce stress in parents as well as give them INSIGHT in to the capabilities of children. Children are future of nation.

The couples are facing challenges too. My focus is creating open and communicative relationship by which multiple goals are achieved. Strong family bond creates emotional stability as well as gives individual space for growth to all is the demand of TIME.

By:  Dr. Jyoti S. Joshi

 

Why Homeopathy for your Child?

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As parents, we have to make many important decisions for our children. Decisions that begin from the nature of childbirth, the type of food and feeding practices, to which nursery and school to put them in. Many of these decisions may seem trivial to some individuals. For instance, one may think how does it matter whether a baby is fed milk through a bottle or by using a bowl and spoon, isn’t it? It makes a world of a difference! Not only does it affect the child’s physical health but also interferes with their psychological growth. As important, and even more so, is the decision of choosing the right type of treatment for all your child’s problems.

In today’s world of speed and technology, everyone wants results. Naturally, the ways of modern medicine are very much in vogue and trending fast. All parents want the best and quickest forms of treatment for their little ones to help them overcome their complaints. But nobody is considering at what cost. Let’s just take a moment and do that.

With every change of weather, with every sip of a cold drink many children start with complaints of cold, cough, breathlessness, throat pain, fever, diarrhoea etc. for which the parents must rush them to the family doctor. Most common mode of treatment usually consists of an antibiotic, an anti-pyretic (fever medicine) and other medicines for symptomatic relief. Over a span of 3-4 days the child gets better. When we ask the doctor what it actually is, the most common answer is ‘Viral infection’. But we fail to understand that if it is a viral infection, then what is the need of an antibiotic?

For those of you who don’t know, antibiotics are used for infections that are caused by bacteria. They have no role in treating viral infections. In fact, there are no forms of treatment available today to cure a viral infection. Usually, viral infections are self-limited and are overcome by the body’s nature defence mechanism. Hence the child gets well within 3-4days. Even the most dreaded Dengue fever, which is of viral origin has no specific medicines to cure it. Lots of fluid, rest and close monitoring is all the treatment that one can give.

So why are we over-medicating our child with these medicines when they are not required? Not only do they receive the excess drug, but also should deal with its side effects ranging in a variety of gastro-intestinal upsets, weakness, loss of appetite etc. Apart from this, because of the non-judicious use of antibiotics, the bacteria soon develop resistance against the drugs and evolve to adapt and overcome the drug, hence becoming stronger. Soon the action of the antibiotics seems to be insufficient and need for higher range arises. This is a continuous process which puts the human body through unwarranted stress and susceptible to worse types of infections. Lately it had been reported that a woman from the USA who had recently been to India and got herself operated for her hip died of an E. coli infection which was resistant to 26 types of antibiotics that are available in the USA. This is just an example of the rampant rage with which bacteria are becoming more and more tough to deal with. Many researches and talks are taking place about the same. One such informative TEDtalk will help bring more clarity on the same.

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Here we can appreciate the role of Homeopathy in dealing with such situations by enhancing the body’s own defenses in overcoming the infection. Even in a bacterial infection, the body is able to combat the illness with the help of these medicines and hence the overall immunity of the child increases. Isn’t it better than supplying external soldiers in the form of antibiotics to fight our own battle? And this it does in a safe and natural manner without causing any side effects.

It is commonly seen that allergies, whether of the skin or respiratory system, are confused with infections and dealt with wrongly. An allergic response is the body’s own reaction to a certain substance which it is sensitive to. It does not possess the properties of an infection such as running a high fever or spreading it to others. This sensitive response of the body is very individual. Homeopathic remedies show wonderful results in such conditions wherein it reduces the body’s exaggerated response and in turn decreases its symptoms. The child in time develops a reduced reaction to the sensitive substance and remains untroubled.

But then comes the question, isn’t Homeopathy slow? Wont it take time to act? What about the child until then? Here is another myth that needs to be broken. Homeopathy is not slow! When administered in the right dose, it brings about a change within minutes to hours. Many acute illnesses like diarrhoea, vomiting, cough, fever, wheezing show great response to the treatment and fast recovery. Also, unlike with modern medicine, the child’s appetite is restored, his energy levels come back to normal and is back in action much faster. This is because children are known to be more sensitive in responding to Homeopathic medicines and hence, are most profited by this mode of treatment. And one cannot deny how easy it makes the job of parents in administering these sweet candylike-tasting pills to them!

With regular Homeopathic treatment, not only does the child improve quicker but it also boosts his immune system which reduces the chances of him contracting infections easily. The result is a happier, healthier child which is what every parent strives for.

By: Dr. Priyanka Joshi

      MD (Hom) Paediatrics