Archive for April, 2011

Everything I eat is FAT FREE, why I am still FAT

Shit and piss

Shit and piss
Three old men were discussing their health problems.

1st old man : I have a terrible bladder problem that is giving me sleepless nights. Every night when I go to bed I had to wake up several times in the night to pee. When I pee, I had to stand by the toilet for ages before my pee barely trickles out. This gives me sleepless nights and an uncomfortable feeling of a full bladder.

2nd old man : I have such a terrible bowel that is giving me sleepless nights. Every night when I go to bed, I had to get up several times in the night to shit. And it was this shooting diarrhoea all night that gives me sleepless nights and stomach ache.

3rd old man : Oh dear, I have both the bladder and bowel problems. Every night when I go to bed, I piss several times like a race horse and shit several times like a pig during the night.

1st and 2nd old men : So you also had sleepless nights, just like us eh ?

3rd old man : Oh no, I don’t have sleepless nights at all, and that’s my big problem because I don’t wake up till 10 am the next morning !

Bad Effects of Video Games

Bad Effects of Video Games

•Most of the bad effects of video games are blamed on the violence they contain. Children who play more violent video games are more likely to have increased aggressive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and decreased prosocial helping, according to a scientific study (Anderson & Bushman, 2001). The effect of video game violence in kids is worsened by the games’ interactive nature. In many games, kids are rewarded for being more violent. The act of violence is done repeatedly. The child is in control of the violence and experiences the violence in his own eyes (killings, kicking, stabbing and shooting). This active participation, repetition and reward are effective tools for learning behavior. Indeed, many studies seem to indicate that violent video games may be related to aggressive behavior (such as Anderson & Dill, 2000; Gentile, Lynch & Walsh, 2004). However, the evidence is not consistent and this issue is far from settled.
•Too much video game playing makes your kid socially isolated. Also, he may spend less time in other activities such as doing homework, reading, sports, and interacting with the family and friends.
•Video games do not exercise your kid’s imaginative thinking. Using imagination may be important in developing creativity.
•Some video games teach kids the wrong values. Violent behavior, vengeance and aggression are rewarded. Negotiating and other nonviolent solutions are often not options. Women are often portrayed as weaker characters that are helpless or sexually provocative.
•Games can confuse reality and fantasy.
•Academic achievement may be negatively related to over-all time spent playing video games. Studies have shown that the more time a kid spends playing video games, the poorer is his performance in school. (Anderson & Dill, 2000; Gentile, Lynch & Walsh, 2004)
•Video games may also have bad effects on some children’s health, including obesity, video-induced seizures. and postural, muscular and skeletal disorders, such as tendonitis, nerve compression, carpal tunnel syndrome.
•When playing online, your kid can pick up bad language and behavior from other people, and may make your kid vulnerable to online dangers.
•A study by the Minneapolis-based National Institute for Media and the Family suggests that video games can be addictive for kids, and that the kids’ addiction to video games increases their depression and anxiety levels. Addicted kids also exhibit social phobias. Not surprisingly, kids addicted to video games see their school performance suffer.

Recommendation for Video Games
•Monitor video game play the same way you need to monitor television and other media.
•Be a loving, attentive parent who disciplines your child well. An aggressive child is more a product of dysfunctional parenting than anything else, including violent games and TV. According to Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Robert Butterworth, PhD, dysfunctional parenting, children with little guilt, and accessibility to firearms with little parental supervision can create violent children. “Most children who commit violent crime show an early combination of personality and family factors that include having trouble getting along with playmates in preschool,” Butterworth says. “By second or third grade they’re doing poorly in school, and have few friends. By the age of 10 they’re picking fights and getting labeled by their peers as social outcasts.” What’s more “they typically come from families where parents are poor at disciplining because they are indifferent, neglectful, too coercive or they use harsh physical punishment with little love.”
•Although playing video games can be a learning experience, give your kid a variety of entertaining things to learn from, so your kid will not be addicted to just one thing. Be sure to make him read books, play sports, interact with other kids, and watch good TV. Everything should be taken in moderation. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children not spend more than one to two hours per day in front of all electronic screens, including TV, DVDs, videos, video games (handheld, console, or computer), and computers (for non-academic use). This means seven to fourteen hours per week total.
•Limit the amount of time they could play and also used the video game ratings to limit the content of the games have children who do better in school and also get into fewer fights.
•Monitor the effect of video games on your child. Observe his behavior. If it appears that he is becoming more aggressive with his siblings or friends during the period that he is playing violent games, stop him from playing the games. If he becomes interested in history after playing historical games, then the game is beneficial to him.
What to look for in choosing a video game
•Decide what is acceptable in your home and if you think violent games are not acceptable, explain to your kid the reason why it might be bad for him.
•Check the Ratings of the game before you buy it or allow your kid to play it. Check its rating which is indicated in the box. Note the title and cover picture. If they have themes of sex and/or violence, then these themes are in the game. If possible, be familiar with the game or read its reviews in the internet. Sometimes, the “bad” part of the game is hidden in the higher levels. Do not neglect supervising your kid as a parent.
•Consider your child’s maturity level to determine which games are suitable for him. Chronological age is not necessarily a measure of maturity.
•Pick games that require the player to come up with strategies, and make decisions in a game environment that is more complex than punching, stealing, and killing.
•Look for games involving multiple players to encourage group play.
•According to Los Angeles-based psychotherapist Robert Butterworth, PhD , you should “evaluate the shows and games not just in terms of violence or obscenity, but in terms of the mental engagement that they require. Boys need to slay dragons and play games with action figures of cowboys and Indians,” he says. “They need to be in a fantasy where they are conquering heroes; suppressing this may have long-term effects that may not be good.”

The Good and Bad Effects of Video Games for 3 to 6years old

The Good and Bad Effects of Video Games
3 to 6 Years Old
Video and computer games, like many popular, entertaining and addicting kid activities, are looked down upon by many parents as time-wasters, and worse, parents think that these games rot the brain. Also, violent video games are readily blamed by the media and some experts as the reason why some youth become violent or commit extreme anti-social behavior. But many scientists and psychologists find that video games actually have many benefits – the main one being making kids smart. Video games may actually teach kids high-level thinking skills that they will need in the future.

Below are the benefits and harmful effects of video games, according to child experts:

Good Effects of Video Games
•Video games give your child’s brain a real workout. In many video games, the skills required to win involve abstract and high level thinking. These skills are not even taught at school. Some of the mental skills trained by video games include:
o Following instructions
o Problem solving and logic
o Hand-eye coordination, fine motor and spatial skills. In shooting games, the character may be running and shooting at the same time. This requires the real-world player to keep track of the position of the character, where he/she is heading, their speed, where the gun is aiming, if the gunfire is hitting the enemy, and so on. All these factors need to be taken into account, and then the player must then coordinate the brain’s interpretation and reaction with the movement in their hands and fingertips. This process requires a great deal of eye-hand coordination and visual-spatial ability to be successful. Research also suggests that people can learn iconic, spatial, and visual attention skills from video games. There have been even studies with adults showing that experience with video games is related to better surgical skills. Also, a reason given by experts as to why fighter pilots of today are more skillful is that this generation’s pilots are being weaned on video games.
o Resource management and logistics. The player learn to manage resources that are limited, and decide the best use of resources, the same way as in real life. This skill is honed in strategy games such as SimCity, Age of Empires, and Railroad Tycoon
o Multitasking, simultaneous tracking of many shifting variables and managing multiple objectives. In strategy games, for instance, while developing a city, an unexpected surprise like an enemy might emerge. This forces the player to be flexible and quickly change tactics.
o Quick thinking, making fast analysis and decisions. Sometimes the player does this almost every second of the game giving the brain a real workout. According to researchers at the University of Rochester, led by Daphne Bavelier, a cognitive scientist, games simulating stressful events such as those found in battle or action games could be a training tool for real-world situations. The study suggests that playing action video games primes the brain to make quick decisions. Video games can be used to train soldiers and surgeons, according to the study.
o Strategy and anticipation – Steven Johnson, author of Everything Bad is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture is Actually Making Us Smarter, calls this “telescoping.” Gamers must deal with immediate problems while keeping their long-term goals on their horizon.
o Developing reading and math skills – Young gamers force themselves to read to get instructions, follow storylines of games, and get information from the game texts. Also, using math skills is important to win in many games that involves quantitative analysis like managing resources.
o Perseverance – In higher levels of a game, players usually fail the first time around, but they keep on trying until they succeed and move on to the next level.
o Pattern recognition – Games have internal logic in them, and players figure it out by recognizing patterns.
o Estimating skills
o Inductive reasoning and hypothesis testing – James Paul Gee, professor of education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, says that playing a video game is similar to working through a science problem. Like students in a laboratory, gamers must come up with a hypothesis. For example, players in some games constantly try out combinations of weapons and powers to use to defeat an enemy. If one does not work, they change hypothesis and try the next one. Video games are goal-driven experiences, says Gee, which are fundamental to learning.
o Mapping – Gamers use in-game maps or build maps on their heads to navigate around virtual worlds.
o Memory
o Reasoned judgments
o Teamwork and cooperation when played with others – many games are played online and involve cooperation with other online players in order to win.
o Simulation, real world skills. The most well known simulations are flight simulators, which attempt to mimic the reality of flying a plane. All of the controls, including airspeed, wing angles, altimeter, and so on, are displayed for the player, as well as a visual representation of the world, and are updated in real time.

•Video games introduce your kid to computer technology and the online world. You should recognize that we are now living in a high-tech, sophisticated world. Video games make your kid adapt and be comfortable with the concepts of computing. This is particularly important for girls who typically are not as interested in high technology as much as boys.
•Video games allow you and your kid to play together and can be a good bonding activity. Some games are attractive to kids as well as adults, and they could be something that they share in common. When your child knows more than you, he can teach you how to play and this allows you to understand your child’s skills and talents.
•Video games make learning fun. Your kid likes games because of the colors, the animation, the eye candy, as well as the interactivity and the challenge and the rewards of winning. The best way to learn is when the learner is having fun at the same time. That’s why video games are natural teachers. Having fun gives your kid motivation to keep on practicing, which is the only way to learn skills.
•Video games increase your kid’s self-confidence and self-esteem as he masters games. In many games, the levels of difficulty are adjustable. As a beginner, your kid begins at the easy level and by constant practicing and slowly building skills, he becomes confident in handling more difficult challenges. Since the cost of failure is lower, he does not fear making mistakes. He takes more risks and explores more. Your kid can transfer this attitude to real life.
•Games that involve multiple players encourage your child to work cooperatively to achieve his goals. Your kid learns to listen to the ideas of others, formulate plans with other kids, and distribute tasks based on skills. Some online games are even played internationally, and this can introduce your kid to players of different nationalities and cultures. This fosters friendships among different people.
•Video games that require your kid to be active, such as Dance Dance Revolution and Nintendo Wii Boxing give your kid a good workout. When playing these active games for 10 minutes, your kid spends energy equal to or exceeding that produced by spending the same amount of time on a three miles an hour threadmill walk.
•Finally, and this is controversial, violent video games may act as a release of pent-up aggression and frustration of your kid. When your kid vents his frustration and anger in his game, this diffuses his stress. Games can provide a positive aggression outlet the same way as football and other violent sports.

Why women in China do not get breast cancer

Why women in China do not get breast cancer

*1) Only one in 10,000 women in China will die from breast cancer. *
*2) The Chinese do not eat dairy produce!*
*3) **Observation : Elimination of dairy products caused the cancerous lump to shrink within days*

*Extracted from Your Life in Your Hands, by Professor Jane Plant.

I had no alternative but to die or to try to find a cure for myself. I am a scientist – surely there was a rational explanation for this cruel illness that affects one in 12 women in the UK ?

I had suffered the loss of one breast, and undergone radiotherapy. I was now receiving painful chemotherapy, and had been seen by some of the country’s most eminent specialists. But, deep down, I felt certain I was
facing death.
I had a loving husband, a beautiful home and two young children to care for. I desperately wanted to live.

Fortunately, this desire drove me to unearth the facts, some of which were known only to a handful of scientists at the time.
Anyone who has come into contact with breast cancer will know that certain risk factors – such as increasing age, early onset of womanhood, late onset of menopause and a family history of breast cancer – are completely out of our control. But there are many risk factors, which we can control easily.

These ‘controllable’ risk factors readily translate into simple changes that we can all make in our day-to-day lives to help prevent or treat breast cancer. My message is that even advanced breast cancer can be overcome because I have done it.

The first clue to understanding what was promoting my breast cancer came when my husband Peter, who was also a scientist, arrived back from working in China while I was being plugged in for a chemotherapy session.

He had brought with him cards and letters, as well as some amazing herbal suppositories, sent by my friends and science colleagues in China .

The suppositories were sent to me as a cure for breast cancer. Despite the awfulness of the situation, we both had a good belly laugh, and I remember saying that this was the treatment for breast cancer in China , then it was little wonder that Chinese women avoided getting the disease.

Those words echoed in my mind…. Why didn’t Chinese women in China get breast cancer? I had collaborated once with Chinese colleagues on a study of links between soil chemistry and disease, and I remembered some of the statistics.

The disease was virtually non-existent throughout the whole country. Only one in 10,000 women in China will die from it, compared to that terrible figure of one in 12 in Britain and the even grimmer average of one in 10 across most Western countries. It is not just a matter of China being a more rural country, with less urban pollution. In highly urbanized Hong Kong , the rate rises to 34 women in every 10,000 but still puts the West to shame.

The Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have similar rates. And remember, both cities were attacked with nuclear weapons, so in addition to the usual pollution-related cancers, one would also expect to find some radiation-related cases, too.

The conclusion we can draw from these statistics strikes you with some force. If a Western woman were to move to industrialized, irradiated Hiroshima , she would slash her risk of contracting breast cancer by half.

Obviously, this is absurd. It seemed obvious to me that some lifestyle factor not related to pollution, urbanization or the environment is seriously increasing the Western woman’s chance of contracting breast cancer.

I then discovered that whatever causes the huge differences in breast cancer rates between oriental and Western countries, it isn’t genetic.

Scientific research showed that when Chinese or Japanese people move to the West, within one or two generations their rates of breast cancer approach those of their host community.

The same thing happens when oriental people adopt a completely Western lifestyle in Hong Kong . In fact, the slang name for breast cancer in China translates as ‘Rich Woman’s Disease’. This is because, in China , only the better off can afford to eat what is termed ‘ Hong Kong food’.

The Chinese describe all Western food, including everything from ice cream and chocolate bars to spaghetti and feta cheese, as ‘Hong Kong food’, because of its availability in the former British colony and its scarcity, in the past, in mainland China .

So it made perfect sense to me that whatever was causing my breast cancer and the shockingly high incidence in this country generally, it was almost certainly something to do with our better-off, middle-class, Western lifestyle.

There is an important point for men here, too. I have observed in my research that much of the data about prostate cancer leads to similar conclusions.

According to figures from the World Health Organization, the number of men contracting prostate cancer in rural China is negligible, only 0.5 men in every 100,000. In England , Scotland and Wales , however, this figure is 70 times higher. Like breast cancer, it is a middle-class disease that primarily attacks the wealthier and higher socio-economic groups 每 those that can afford to eat rich foods.

I remember saying to my husband, ‘Come on Peter, you have just come back from China . What is it about the Chinese way of life that is so different?’

Why don’t they get breast cancer?’

We decided to utilize our joint scientific backgrounds and approach it logically.

We examined scientific data that pointed us in the general direction of fats in diets. Researchers had discovered in the 1980s that only l4% of calories in the average Chinese diet were from fat, compared to almost 36% in the West.

But the diet I had been living on for years before I contracted breast cancer was very low in fat and high in fibre. Besides, I knew as a scientist that fat intake in adults has not been shown to increase risk for breast cancer in most investigations that have followed large groups of women for up to a dozen years.

Then one day something rather special happened. Peter and I have worked together so closely over the years that I am not sure which one of us first said: ‘The Chinese don’t eat dairy produce!’

It is hard to explain to a non-scientist the sudden mental and emotional ‘buzz’ you get when you know you have had an important insight. It’s as if you have had a lot of pieces of a jigsaw in your mind, and suddenly, in a few seconds, they all fall into place and the whole picture is clear..

Suddenly I recalled how many Chinese people were physically unable to tolerate milk, how the Chinese people I had worked with had always said that milk was only for babies, and how one of my close friends, who is of Chinese origin, always politely turned down the cheese course at dinner parties.

I knew of no Chinese people who lived a traditional Chinese life who ever used cow or other dairy food to feed their babies. The tradition was to use a wet nurse but never, ever, dairy products.

Culturally, the Chinese find our Western preoccupation with milk and milk products very strange. I remember entertaining a large delegation of Chinese scientists shortly after the ending of the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s..

On advice from the Foreign Office, we had asked the caterer to provide a pudding that contained a lot of ice cream. After inquiring what the pudding consisted of, all of the Chinese, including their interpreter, politely but firmly refused to eat it, and they could not be persuaded to change their minds.

At the time we were all delighted and ate extra portions!

Milk, I discovered, is one of the most common causes of food allergies. Over 70% of the world’s population are unable to digest the milk sugar, lactose, which has led nutritionists to believe that this is the normal condition for adults, not some sort of deficiency.

Perhaps nature is trying to tell us that we are eating the wrong food.

Before I had breast cancer for the first time, I had eaten a lot of dairy produce, such as skimmed milk, low-fat cheese and yoghurt. I had used it as my main source of protein. I also ate cheap but lean minced beef, which I now realized was probably often ground-up dairy cow.

In order to cope with the chemotherapy I received for my fifth case of cancer, I had been eating organic yoghurts as a way of helping my digestive tract to recover and repopulate my gut with ‘good’ bacteria.

Recently, I discovered that way back in 1989 yoghurt had been implicated in ovarian cancer. Dr Daniel Cramer of Harvard University studied hundreds of women with ovarian cancer, and had them record in detail what they normally ate. Wish I’d been made aware of his findings when he had first discovered them.

Following Peter’s and my insight into the Chinese diet, I decided to give up not just yoghurt but all dairy produce immediately. Cheese, butter, milk and yoghurt and anything else that contained dairy produce – it went down the sink or in the rubbish.

It is surprising how many products, including commercial soups, biscuits and cakes, contain some form of dairy produce. Even many proprietary brands of margarine marketed as soya, sunflower or olive oil spreads can contain dairy produce.

I therefore became an avid reader of the small print on food labels.

Up to this point, I had been steadfastly measuring the progress of my fifth cancerous lump with callipers and plotting the results. Despite all the encouraging comments and positive feedback from my doctors and nurses, my own precise observations told me the bitter truth.

My first chemotherapy sessions had produced no effect – the lump was still the same size.

Then I eliminated dairy products. Within days, the lump started to shrink !

About two weeks after my second chemotherapy session and one week after giving up dairy produce, the lump in my neck started to itch. Then it began to soften and to reduce in size. The line on the graph, which had shown no change, was now pointing downwards as the tumour got smaller and smaller.

And, very significantly, I noted that instead of declining exponentially (a graceful curve) as cancer is meant to do, the tumour’s decrease in size was plotted on a straight line heading off the bottom of the graph, indicating a cure, not suppression (or remission) of the tumour.

One Saturday afternoon after about six weeks of excluding all dairy produce from my diet, I practised an hour of meditation then felt for what was left of the lump. I couldn’t find it. Yet I was very experienced at detecting cancerous lumps – I had discovered all five cancers on my own. I went downstairs and asked my husband to feel my neck. He could not find any trace of the lump either.

On the following Thursday I was due to be seen by my cancer specialist at Charing Cross Hospital in London . He examined me thoroughly, especially my neck where the tumour had been. He was initially bemused and then delighted as he said, ‘I cannot find it.’

None of my doctors, it appeared, had expected someone with my type and stage of cancer (which had clearly spread to the lymph system) to survive, let alone be so hale and hearty.

My specialist was as overjoyed as I was. When I first discussed my ideas with him he was understandably skeptical. But I understand that he now uses maps showing cancer portality in China in his lectures, and recommends a non-dairy diet to his cancer patients..

I now believe that the link between dairy produce and breast cancer is similar to the link between smoking and lung cancer. I believe that identifying the link between breast cancer and dairy produce, and then developing a diet specifically targeted at maintaining the health of my breast and hormone system, cured me.

It was difficult for me, as it may be for you, to accept that a substance as ‘natural’ as milk might have such ominous health implications. But I am a living proof that it works and, starting from tomorrow, I shall reveal the secrets of my revolutionary action plan.

Extracted from /Your Life in Your Hands/ by Professor Jane Plant.*

*men in China do not get breast cancer*

Yoga to Remove Trapped Wind

Yoga to Remove Trapped Wind

The pose in yoga which is beneficial in relieving gas and flatulence related problem is known as the ‘Pavanmuktasana’ or in other words ‘The Wind Removing Pose’. New let’s see how to do this pose:

1.) Lie down on your back and relax. Take around 2 to 3 deep breaths to aid relaxation. Breath in deeply, hold the breath for a few seconds and then breath out slowly.

2.) Now as shown in the image below, inhale and lift both your legs, fold your legs at the knee and bring them towards your chin. Your thighs should rest on your belly.

3.) Wrap your arms around the knees and raise your head slowly so your forehead touches your knees.

4.) Now hold this pose for around two minutes. During this time, inhale deeply, hold your breath for a few seconds and exhale.

As this point all the trapped gas in your body should have come out.

5.) Bring your body back to the relaxed position as in Step 1.

Repeat the process once again if you still feel that the trapped wind has not come out.

For best results, do the pose with only the right leg first, followed by the left leg and then both the legs together as indicated in the above steps. In other words, you will complete the entire pose with the right leg first and then with the left leg.

This is an extremely effective yoga pose and can be done any time of the day. If you ate a heavy meal, wait for a couple of hours before attempting to do this wind removing pose.

If you are not comfortable doing this pose, there is another simple exercise that you can do. Just lie down on your stomach on a flat surface and do the deep breathing exercises mentioned earlier. Breath in deeply, hold it for a few seconds and then breath out. Repeat for around 2 minutes and you should start feeling free.

What is the Reason for Trapped Body Wind?

The main reason for trapped wind in your body is a bad diet. A simple way to avoid this problem is to add plenty of raw veggies during your meals. In addition to that, you will need to speed up your metabolism. A simple jogging exercise every morning should help you achieve this with ease.

So there you go, it’s now very simple to relieve wind from your body using Yoga.

Side Effects of Cola Soft Drinks

Side Effects of Cola Soft Drinks
Instead of occasionally having these drinks, people these days have started using it as an alternative for water and other natural drinks. There has been a remarkable rise in the consumption of the soft drinks and much of the credit goes to those alluring advertisements. Youngsters are mainly targeted through these advertisements and it is them who are going to suffer a lot due to their ignorance and negligence.

Have you ever thought of the health effects of drinking such drinks? Majority of us are not aware that too much of soda can cause severe health problems from which one can hardly recover.

Most of the cola drinks are high in sugar and calories which your body doesn’t need at all. On the other hand there is only a meager amount of nutrients present in it and their frequent consumption may severely affect your immune system.

If harmful means, why people are craving for it? The answer is simple – they taste extremely good, easily available everywhere and creates a fake status impression.

Some of the major side effects which has been hidden under this great taste are


If you are concerned about your excess weight, the very first thing you have to do is to stop the consumption of these cola drinks. The soda present in these drinks is full of sugar and fructose which eventually result in the increase of calories in your body and thereby a fatty body. However these calories which build up in your body do not provide you any energy.

High Blood Pressure and heart related problems

The excessive amount of sweetener results in high blood pressure which in turn causes giddiness and increased heartbeat. Increased heartbeat paves way for cardiac related disorder and may even cost your life.

Calcium depletion

Excessive consumption of these drinks may deteriorate the calcium content in your body. The acidic nature of the drink followed by the increased sugar content eventually leads to weaker bones and also erodes your tooth enamel.

Possibility of becoming an addict

Cola drinks are rich in caffeine, a stimulant which can slowly turn you addict towards this drink just like what a coffee does to you.


Studies have shown that, if cola drinks were consumed on a regular basis they can make a person infertile. The ingredients of these drinks have such a harsh nature.

Gastrointestinal trouble and insomnia

Frequent use of cola drinks causes gastrointestinal troubles followed by insomnia. You may also feel a low appetite and therefore a drop in your overall body weight. The soda stimulates your nervous system and thereby disturbs your normal sleep.

I love my liver

Sexual Health

Sexual Health
Sexual health is something really important to nourish and nurture within yourself if you want to experience a great and fulfilling sexual union. It is important to be committed to maintain one’s sexual health and it all starts with proper guidance from the time one is a teenager. Sexual abstinence as well as protection becomes important aspects of understanding in order to protect your self from sexually transmitted diseases.

Health and Beauty
Information about birth control options should be made very clear with information coming through at a very young age for any person. All these are important to note since there seems to be a lot of withholding of information among youth leading to mishaps and teenage pregnancies. Certain societies hold dogma about sexual opinions and even being open about protection issues which in turn devalue the importance of proper birth control and sexual safety.

The different kinds of birth control processes include the birth control patch, the pill and even the ring. The Nuva Ring now available almost everywhere in the world is one of the most effective ways of safe birth control taking place.Emergency contraceptive poll or ECP or the Morning After Pill is one of those things that can come as handy for any woman after a chance mishap. However it is important not to overdo use of any of these pills as they can back fire a lot of things in terms of hormonal health and balance. Usually these emergency pills work for 5 mornings after sex and they can be had within 5 mornings after intercourse. Only one pill is necessary to meet the demands.Unprotected sex overall is not the advise that is to be given to anybody.

Pap tests for females under 19 can be concluded through proper clinics. Usually a health card is required in order to go through such tests. Testing for sexually transmitted disease of any kind can be taken by all people and possibly free of cost at most health centeres. This comes to be important as STD testing can be very helpful in most cases. Birth control patches such as Ortho Evra happens to be one of those things that are necessary in certain cases. These are time tested and have shown to bear good results. Both men and women must be able to help themselves with varied degrees of protective measures that they are comfortable with. For each individual it can be different but a common agreement regarding protection must be maintained in any case.

Free treatment or diagnosis in case of any form of contracted STDs is also available through health centers. Contacts of Chlamydia and gonnorrhoea can be cured through symptomatic treatments regarding these referrals.

Overall sexual health protection of any state should include protection of the children from sexual abuse. It is a very vulnerable state where a child would have to go through this but optimal laws, protections and vigilance are important in order to stop this criminal offence. It is a shame for any state where children and women would get sexually abused or harassed.

Healthcare personnel working with children should check with all levels of a child’s protection issue as most times children are unable to comprehend or tell anyone trusting what they have been going through. It is one of the worst ways the confidence and trust of a child is lost in the world. Children and young people thus require the highest levels of protection against sexual manipulation.

Roles and responsibilities of health professionals, in regards to health management, safety as well as health check are important. Any state government department of health should be able to educate the youth and protect the children from the harms of any exposure to sexual malpractice.

Sex Doctor Gives Sexual Health Advice To Women

Gastric bypass surgery

Gastric bypass surgery

Published by Bupa’s Health Information Team, December 2010.

This factsheet is for people who are having gastric bypass surgery, or who would like information about it.

Gastric bypass is a type of weight loss surgery. It works by making the stomach smaller and the digestive system shorter.

You will meet the surgeon carrying out your procedure to discuss your care. It may differ from what is described here as it will be designed to meet your individual needs.
About gastric bypass surgery What are the alternatives? Preparing for a gastric bypass operation What happens during a gastric bypass operation? What to expect afterwards Recovering from gastric bypass surgery What are the risks? About gastric bypass surgery A gastric bypass is an operation to make your stomach smaller and to shorten the length of small intestine that the food then passes through. This allows the food you eat to bypass most of your stomach and part of your small intestine. This means that you eat less and that some of the food you eat won’t be fully digested. It can help you lose weight if you’re very overweight (morbidly obese).

Gastric bypass surgery is sometimes called a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (named after a surgeon called Roux). This is the most common gastric bypass operation done in the United Kingdom.

Your doctor will usually suggest you may be suitable for a gastric bypass operation only if you have tried other methods of weight loss, such as diet, exercise and medicines, and these haven’t worked. This type of operation will only be offered to you if:

you’re very overweight with a body mass index (BMI) of more than 40 you have a BMI of between 35 and 40 and have a medical condition, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, that might improve if you lose weight What are the alternatives? There are other types of surgery available that can help you to lose excess weight. Some of these involve creating a smaller stomach by inserting an adjustable band.

Your surgeon will talk to you about the options available.
Preparing for a gastric bypass operation When you meet your surgeon, this is your opportunity to understand what will happen, and gives you the opportunity to discuss and ask questions about the risks, benefits and your alternatives. Your surgeon will tell you about the options available to you and the pros and cons of each.

Your surgeon will explain how to prepare for your operation. For example, if you smoke you will be asked to stop, as smoking increases your risk of getting a wound infection, a chest infection or a blood clot and slows your recovery. This is particularly important before a gastric band operation as excess weight also increases your risk of a complication. You may be given a pre-operative diet to follow which is aimed at shrinking your liver, which gives your surgeon easier access to your stomach. You may be given printed advice in the form of a booklet.

A gastric bypass operation is usually done under general anaesthesia. This means you will be asleep during the operation. You will usually have to stay in hospital for between two and five days after your operation.

You will be asked to follow fasting instructions. This means not eating or drinking, typically for about six hours beforehand. However, it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice.

At the hospital your nurse may check your heart rate and blood pressure, and test your urine.

Your surgeon will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and any pain you might have. This will help you to be informed, so you can give your consent for the procedure to go ahead, which you will be asked to do by signing a consent form, which your surgeon also signs.

You may be asked to wear compression stockings and be given an injection of an anti-clotting medicine called heparin to help prevent blood clots forming in the veins in your legs.
What happens during a gastric bypass operation? A gastric bypass operation usually takes between one and three hours.

A gastric bypass operation is usually done using keyhole (laparoscopic) surgery. It can also be done through a single, longer incision. During keyhole surgery small cuts are made in your abdomen (tummy) rather than one large cut. During a keyhole operation your surgeon uses small instruments, guided by a special telescope with a camera, to perform the operation.

However, if you’re very overweight or have had surgery to your abdomen before, then your surgeon may recommend having an open operation, which is performed through a single larger incision.

Using surgical staples your surgeon will make a pouch at the top of your stomach, separating it from the lower part of your stomach. A new opening from this pouch is made. This is connected to a section of your small intestine so that food can bypass your old stomach and the first part of your intestine. Sometimes a drain is inserted to stop fluid from collecting inside your abdomen.

Afterwards, the cuts are closed with stitches or small metal clips. A dressing is placed over the wounds.
What to expect afterwards You will need to rest until the effects of the anaesthetic have passed. You may need pain relief to help with any discomfort as the anaesthetic wears off.

If you had open surgery, you may have a catheter to drain urine from your bladder into a bag. You may also have fine tubes coming from the wound which drain fluid into another bag and are usually removed after a day or two.

On the first day, you may have to wear special stockings on your lower legs, which are attached to an intermittent compression pump. The pump inflates the stockings and encourages healthy blood flow in your legs and helps to prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

You may also need to wear compression stockings to help maintain your circulation. You will be encouraged to get out of bed and move around as this helps prevent chest infections and blood clots in your legs. You may have a nasogastric tube fitted (a tube inserted into your nose that goes down to your stomach) to keep your stomach pouch empty. This is usually removed after one or two days.

You will have a drip inserted into a vein in your hand or arm to give you fluids. If you feel well enough, you can start to drink small amounts of water soon after your operation.

Two to four days after your operation you may have an X-ray to check there are no leaks. You may be asked to swallow a fluid (barium) that shows up on X-ray images. If the X-ray shows that the operation has been successful, you will be able to start drinking freely, including soups and fruit juice.

You will usually be able to go home two to five days after your operation. You will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.

Your surgeon may use dissolvable stitches. The length of time your dissolvable stitches will take to disappear depends on what type you have. However, for this procedure they should usually disappear in seven to 10 days. If you have non-dissolvable stitches or clips you will need to have them taken out. Your surgeon will tell you when and where to have them removed.

Your nurse will give you advice about caring for your healing wounds before you go home and give you a date for a follow-up appointment.
Recovering from gastric bypass surgery If you need pain relief, you can take over-the-counter painkillers such as paracetamol or ibuprofen. Always read the patient information that comes with your medicine and if you have any questions, ask your pharmacist for advice.

You will need to make changes to the foods you eat after your operation and you will only be able to eat small amounts at each meal. You will be given specific dietary advice. Initially your diet needs to be very soft and pureed; your dietitian or surgeon will explain how to reintroduce solids into your diet. You may also be asked to take vitamin and mineral supplements.

You will be asked to make other changes to your lifestyle, such as becoming more active. These changes will help you to get the most from your gastric bypass operation and will help you to lose weight and keep it off. Your dietician and surgeon will give you more advice about the foods you can eat and what other changes you need to make.

You may need to have regular blood tests after your operation. These are to check that you’re getting all of the vitamins, minerals and nutrients you need to stay healthy.

It usually takes between four and six weeks to make a full recovery from a gastric bypass operation. However this varies between individuals, so it’s important to follow your surgeon’s advice.
What are the risks? As with every procedure, there are some risks associated with gastric bypass surgery. We have not included the chance of these happening as they are specific to you and differ for every person. Ask your surgeon to explain how these risks apply to you.

Side-effectsSide-effects are the unwanted but mostly temporary effects you may get after having the procedure. You’re likely to have some bruising, pain and swelling of the skin around your wounds.

You may feel or be sick after eating, because the amount you’re able to eat is a lot less than before the operation. This will get better as you change your eating habits.

If you eat too many sugary foods, you can get an unpleasant sensation called dumping. This is when the food moves too quickly through your digestive system and causes your blood sugar or blood pressure to fall. This is very rare if you follow your diet closely. It may make you feel sick or faint, or give you abdominal pain and diarrhoea. Eating small meals and eating little or no sugary food will help to ease these symptoms. You may also find it helpful to sit down for around 20 minutes after a meal and rest, rather than getting straight back to work or other activities.

ComplicationsComplications are when problems occur during or after the operation. Most people aren’t affected. The possible complications of any operation include an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessive bleeding or developing a blood clot, usually in a vein in the leg (DVT).

Being very overweight increases the risk of complications following any operation. You’re more likely to have complications from having a general anaesthetic and are more at risk of developing blood clots. If you have other conditions linked to your weight, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, then these can also increase your risk of developing complications.

Complications specific to a gastric bypass operation can include:

an infection in your wound or a chest infection
a blood clot in your lung (pulmonary embolism)
a leak at the place where your intestine is re-joined to your stomach. This can be serious and will need surgery to repair it straightaway
a lack of protein, vitamins and minerals caused by the change in the amount and type of food you’re able to eat after the operation. This can affect your general health. Vitamin and mineral supplements and a high protein diet can help to prevent this If you lose weight quickly, you may develop gallstones. These can be painful and you may need surgery to remove them. Your surgeon may advise removing your gallbladder when you have your operation or prescribe a medicine called ursodeoxycholic acid to reduce your risk. Always ask your surgeon for advice and read the patient information leaflet that comes with your medicine.

During your operation your surgeon may come across an unexpected problem and may need to convert the keyhole operation to an open procedure. This won’t affect how well the operation works, but it may take a longer time for you to recover afterwards.

Not everyone loses enough weight after gastric bypass surgery. If this happens your surgeon may suggest another operation.

The exact risks are specific to you and will differ for every person, so we have not included statistics here. Ask your surgeon to explain how these risks apply to you.