Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga


The word "hot yoga" creates an image of some sensual yoga poses to create excitement in our mind. A number of people misunderstand this term as referring to something sexual. But its totally different. Hot Yoga is a practice of yoga done at certain high temperature in slightly moist environment. In reality its a way to replicate the high temperature and humid conditions of India, where yoga is originated. Some people say that high temperature helps in increasing flexibility of body and humid condition helps in more sweating to remove toxins from body.

Another common name of Hot Yoga is "Bikram Yoga", devised by Bikram Choudhary, who made hot yoga famous in western countries.

There is 4 forms of Hot Yoga done in various parts of world under different name. These are


  • Bikram Yoga: Its done in US since 1970s. There are 26 different poses in Bikram yoga performed at 105 degree Fahrenheit.
  • Forrest Yoga: This yoga in Indian Yoga combined with Native American spirituality. Its also done in a heated room. 
  • Power Yoga: Its aform of "Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga" done in replicated environmental conditions of Mysore, India.
  • TriBalance Yoga: This kind of hot yoga takes slightly higher temperature than Bikram Yoga but humidity is kept slighly less.


According to some people the word "Hot Yoga" is derived from "Hat Yoga" (in Hindi हठ योग ). Hat Yoga consists of those yogasans which need flexibility and physical fitness to its extreme levels. Before doing hat yoga a person should have done simple yoga for quiet some time.

Plastic - The Unknown killer of Human Beings

Plastic - The Unknown killer of Human Beings


In the modern world plastic has become an important part of our life. Following are few usages of plastic in our daily life which we are making us sick unintentionally.


  • We drink water from plastic bottles
  • Newly born kids drink milk from plastic bottles
  • Toys of kids are made of plastic (Some kids even try to chew them)
  • People use crockery made of plastic
  • We use plastic utensils in microwave oven
  • Plastic jars are used to store food items in kitchen
  • Plastic ice trays are used in freezers to make ice cubes.
  • A number of food items in market are available in plastic packings.
  • Plastic lunch boxes are used by kids and adults.


You might be wondering that how these items are making us sick. Here we will tell you some facts which should be known to every human being who is aware and want to live a healthy life.

Exact chemical composition of plastic of different brands is different. Its composition is proprietary thus not known. But according to an estimate more than 100 different chemicals can be used to make a plastic product. These chemicals can interact with the food item stored in it (even at room temperature). When we freeze these containers or use them in microwave that chemical interaction is increased.

If you think that plastic of top brands, BPA free Plastic and microwaveable plastic containers are OK to use. Then its just a misconception. Bisphenol-A (in short BPA) creates estrogenic activity (EA). Even BPA-free plastic creates estrogenic activity.

Estrogenic activity can cause following complications in human health

  • Early puberty in females
  • Reduced sperm counts
  • Altered function of the reproductive organs
  • Obesity
  • Increased rates of certain cancers
  • Problems with infant and childhood development.


Estrogenic activity (EA) even in very amount can change the structure and function of human cells. It not only changes cell but also the behavior of organs affected by it.

According to some researches plastic of almost every brand creates EA when put under stress like microwave or freezer. 90% of plastic samples create EA even at room temperature. So you can easily estimate the bad effect of plastic on human health.

How you can save yourself from plastic



  • There is only one simple solution. Try to avoid using plastic in any shape. 
  • Use stainless steel utensils and glass jars in your kitchen. 
  • Avoid eating fastfood packed in plastic containers.

Carcinogen - Substances that can cause Cancer

Carcinogen


Carcinogen are those substance which are directly involved in causing cancer. Its includes not only those components which which are directly linked to causing cancer but also those which are suspected to help a cancer causing element to evolve.

Carcinogen are available in plenty of things in our nearby object but we hardly recognize them. Here we list some most common carcinogens are making us prone to cancer in our own house and outside our house.

Carcinogens inside our house



  • Formaldehyde, a chemical common in building materials. Formaldehyde is a class A carcinogen. Here Class A means worst of its types. Formaldehyde have 50 different synonyms, which are used by manufacturers to hide its presence in their product. Methyl Aldehyde is one such common synonym.
  • Styrene, which is used to make plastics and rubber.
  • Bisphenol, used in the manufacture of food containers and drink bottles
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls found in coolants, flame-retardants and plastics. It affects nervous system and also linked to liver and brain cancers.
  • Perfluorinated found in fast food packaging, non-stick utensils, stain resistant carpets and furniture polishes. It makes people prone to bladder cancer.
  • Organochlorides found in plant pesticides toand mosquito repellents. It can create male genital problems and its disrupts the hormone secretion.
  • Phthalates found in plastics (water bottles and toys of children and many perfume bottles). Its also a hormone disrupter.
  • Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers found in flame-retardants in cars, furniture and TVs, and in clothing treatments. It causes severe hormone disruption and blood disorders.


Carcinogens outside our house



  • IARC has classified outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen in 2013. Previously diesel engine exhaust, solvents, metals, and dust were categorized as carcinogens but not complete outdoor air pollution is mentioned as a cancinogen. It is a good step to make people aware of the bad effect of air pollution.
  • Particulate Matter is another carcinogen. However its a part of air pollution. It is combination of extremely small solid particles and liquid droplets found in air.


Miscellaneous Facts



  • You are inviting cancer to infect you or you family member if you are living near main roads.
  • Children are at most risk if you are living near petrol stations.
  • If you think farmers living in a natural environment are at lower risk of getting cancer, then you are wrong. Pesticides and herbicides used in farms are one of the major causes to develop several types of cancer.
  • Living near power cables or electricity sub-stations is also found dangerous for your health.
  • Some studies have found that living near chemical factories, steel makers, wood cutters/timber merchants or cement factories increases the risk of getting blood cancer or kidney cancer.


Lung Cancer and Air Pollution

During past few years passive smoking and air pollution in metro cities is becoming the major cause of lung diseases. Lung cancer is the worst form such diseases which can take a person to verge of death if not diagnosed at right time.

In a report in 1981, out of all cancer deaths

  • 2% are caused due to pollution
  • 4% are result of occupational exposure
  • 30% are due to smoking
  • 35% due to incorrect diet

Either the environment of that time was much safer or there were some mistakes in that report.

2010 report by the US President's Cancer Panel claims

  • 19% of all cancer deaths worldwide are due to environmental pollution and occupational exposure.

In year 2010 more than 220,000 lung cancer deaths were caused due to air pollution. Majority of these deaths were in China and East Asian Countries due to particulate matter in environment.

In year 2010 around 157,300 deaths in US were caused due to lung cancer. More than 17000 of them were non smokers. Researches contribute exposure to asbestos, passive smoking and air pollution is main reason for these 17000 lung cancer deaths.

According to a data from the Global Burden of Disease Project there were 3.2 million deaths around the world resulted from air pollution in year 2010, including 223,000 from lung cancer.

Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo monitored the health of more than 16000 men in the age group of 40 to 49 years between 1971 to 1998. During the study 418 men got lung cancer. Researchers lead to the following conclusion from that study.

  • Nitrogen oxide, mainly produced by traffic and Sulphur Dioxide increased the risk of Cancer.
  • Urban Air Pollution increases the risk of cancer in men.


Recently a six year old Chinese girl is diagnosed with lung cancer. She is the the youngest patient of lung cancer ever. The main reason for her condition is found to be air pollutants in her locality.

Air pollution exposes majority of population to risk of lung cancer. No matter how rich you are, you are similarly exposed to this threat same as a lower class person. Pollution due to industries and vehicles can't be stopped in a single day. So even if some regulations were imposed, still it will take years for the condition to be better.

No only the air outside your home is polluted, some carcinogens inside our house also pollute the air inside our house. Most of us don't even know the several carcinogen are present in the building material used to construct our house. Know more about Carcinogens.

13% Deaths in World are caused due to Cancer

Cancer is often taken as synonym for "Death" by common people. However medical science is much advance now and a number of cancer patients are treated successfully, but still "Cancer" is number one killer in this world. The following information is not for those who are already a cancer patient. Its for those who are healthy people and it will encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle to prevent themselves from this disease.

There are a number of types of cancer depending on the organ affected by it. The facts given below considers all types of cancer as just "Cancer".


  • Around 7.4 Million people die due to cancer every year, which is 13% of deaths around the world in a year.
  • 70% cancer deaths occur in lower class or middle class communities. This percentage is low in developed countries.
  • One-third population in developed countries develop cancer at least once in their lifetime.
  • Two in nine people develop cancer twice in their lifetime. It means that cancer can develop in any organ irrespective of the first cancer.
  • One in nine people can develop a cancer twice, if the survived the first.


Deaths by Cancer


Here are few major types of cancer with the number of lives taken by them every year.

  • Lung Cancer: 1.3 Million
  • Stomach Cancer: 803 Thousand
  • Colorectal Cancer: 639 Thousand
  • Liver Cancer: 610 Thousand
  • Breast Cancer: 519 Thousand


Deaths by Cancer in Men


The most common organs of men which are usually affected by cancer are oesophagus, lung, stomach, liver and prostate. Mortality rate of different types of cancer in men is as follows:

  • Lung Cancer: 31 % Mortality
  • Prostate Cancer: 10% Mortality
  • Colorectal Cancer: 8% Mortality
  • Pancreatic Cancer: 6% Mortality
  • Liver Cancer: 4% Mortality


Deaths by cancer in Women


The most common organs of women which are usually affected by cancer are lung, breast, stomach, colorectal and cervical.


  • Lung Cancer: 26 % Mortality
  • Breast Cancer: 15% Mortality
  • Colorectal Cancer: 9% Mortality
  • Pancreatic Cancer: 6% Mortality
  • Ovarian Cancer: 6% Mortality


How you can save yourself from Death by Cancer ?



  • More than 30% of cancer cases can be prevented by not smoking tobacco and having a healthy diet.
  • Remaining physically active and having a healthy diet also prevents you from getting cancer.
  • Never take any health problem lightly and get it checked and diagnosed with the help of a doctor. If cancer is detected in early stage than it can be treated adequately.
  • 70% cancer deaths occur because they are not diagnosed at an earlier stage where it can be prevented from growing further. So get yourselves checked properly for any medical condition.

Obesity in America Facts and Statistics

Around 35% or 78.6 million of US Population is Obese. It means more than one-third of the American population score above 30 on BMI. Those who score more than 30 on BMI scale are considered as Obese, and those who score between 25 to 30 are taken as overweight. Now if we add all overweight and obese people of America then they will make around 74% of US Population. It means 39% of US Population is overweight and 35% is Obese. Most people say that its a side-effect of being one of the most advanced countries in the world. Lets dig this fact little further.

Facts about Obesity in America


Is Obesity connected to our earning level ?


Some surveys conducted on American citizens concluded that our earning level have effect on our obesity level. But the results are different for both genders. Those men who are earning more prone to obesity while women have totally opposite relation between earning level and obesity. The more a woman earn, more are chances for her to be slim.

Is Obesity connected to our educational status ?


Yes, a survey conducted on US Citizens concludes that educational status is connected to obesity only in women. The more educated a women is, lesser are the chances of being obese. But there is no effect on men. It simply means that women utilize their knowledge to have a better health but men only chase wealth.

Age Group Wise Obesity Percentage in US


Age Group 02 - 05 Years: More than 8% are Obese
Age Group 06 - 11 Years: More than 17% are Obese
Age Group 12 - 19 Years: More than 20% are Obese
Age Group 20 - 39 Years: More than 30% are Obese
Age Group 40 - 59 Years: More than 39% are Obese
Age Group Over 60 Years: More than 35% are Obese

Note : In age group of 2 - 19 Years, Obesity is defined as BMI level of above 95th percentile.

As you can see from the above data that obesity percentage increases with age-group till the age of 60. After that it decreases slightly due to old age diseases and diet changes.

Obesity leads to other diseases


Its a matter to think about as obesity is the path to a number of diseases which are considered as best killer diseases in US. Some of these diseases are

  • Heart diseases
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Certain types of Cancer (Like breast cancer and colon cancer)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Apmea
  • Gall Bladder Disease


Obesity affects the Economy


These diseases not only affect the health of American citizens but also affect the economy of state and all families. During year 2008 Annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion which is almost twice the US budget allocated for healthcare annually. According to an estimate the medical costs for obese people is $1,429 higher than those of normal people.

Major Causes of Obesity in USA

Family Lifestyle
Smoking
Genetics
Unbalanced Diet
Inactivity
Age
Lack of Sleep
Medical Problems

Some Unknown facts about Obesity in America

1 out of 3 is Obese
1 out of 20 is extremely obese
2 out of 3 Americans are overweight
Today an average American is 23 pounds heavier than 40 years ago.
Obese people in America spend around $1500 more compared to normal american on his/her healthcare.
In current trend continues then by 2030 almost half of the population of America will be obese.

BMI Calculator Online Free Application (App for Android and Win)

BMI (Body Mass Index) is a standard way to measure obesity. You can calculate your BMI by using your weight and height and feeding it in the BMI Caculator given below. You can consider it as a free app for Windows and Android platform, as users on any device can access this page and calculate their BMI free of cost.

BMI Calculator (Online Free Application)


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Free BMI Calculator


The BMI Calculator provided here is free of cost and you don't need to install it in your device. Its readily available online on this page. You access it anytime 365 x 24 x 7 . All health conscious people should bookmark this page for future usage and open it again to calculate BMI of a friend or family member.

BMI Chart for Men Women Children 

Benefits of this Free Online BMI Calculator:

  • You don't need to install any unnecessary app on your device. You just need to bookmark this page.
  • You don't need to pay for it.
  • You can measure BMI of anybody at anytime.


FML Eye Drops Dosage Side Effects and Cost

FML Eye Drops


FML eye drops is a widely used eye drop with  fluorometholone as the main ingredient, which is a type of corticosteroid (or steroid). Corticosteroids are usually used for reducing inflammation. Its mostly prescribed for a short-term use after eye surgery. FML eye drops reduces the itching, irritation, pain and redness in eyes. Never take this eye drop if your doctor have not prescribed it to you. As its a corticosteroid, so prolonged usage of this medicine can cause some side effects. One more ingredient of FML eye drops is polyvinyl alcohol, which acts as lubricant for dry and inflamed eye.

FML Eye Drops Dosage


Its important to follow the dosage instruction given by your doctor. As FMl eye drops are usually prescribed after an eye surgery so its more important to follow the advice and dosage told by the doctor.

In most cases its prescribed to put 1 to 2 drops of FML eye drop in the affected eye every hour for 1 or 2 days. After that the frequency of dose is decreased gradually to just 2 to 4 times in a day. This eye drop is never prescribed for more than a week due to the side effects associated with it.

FML Eye Drops Side Effects


The side effects listed are not seen in every patient using this eye drop. Only a few users of FML Eye drop complain one or two side effects listed here. If you feel any one of them then consult your doctor.


  • Blurred vision after putting in the drops
  • Sensation of something in the eye
  • Eye pain, itching or irritation
  • Watery eyes
  • Dilated pupil
  • Increased pressure inside the eyeball
  • Eyelid swelling
  • Unusual taste
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Increase in blood pressure
  • Skin Thinning (Visible veins near eye)
  • Prolonged usage can damage optic nerve


Precautions while using FML Eye Drops



  • FML Eye Drops can damage your contact lens, so its better to remove contact lens before using this eye drop and then wear it after 15 minutes.
  • Never touch the tip of dropper, else can cause infection in your eye passing the germs through the drops.
  • Don't drive or operate any machine just after using FML Eye drops as it can blur your vision for some time.
  • You should not use this eye drop if you are suffering from fungal, bacterial or viral infections of the eye
  • This eye drop is never prescribed for children under 2 years.
  • Always keep this medicine out of reach of children.


FML Eye Drops Cost


FML Eye Drop (5ml) witha concentration of 1mg/ml costs $8 to $10 . Prices may differ with country, currency and brand.

Prednisone 20 mg Tablet Side effects and Overdose symptoms

Prednisone


Prednisone is a corticosteroid which suppress the immune system and helps in reduction of release of those compounds in body which causes inflammation. Prednisone is anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant medicine. Usually its available in the form of a 1, 2, 5 and 20mg tablet.

Usually 5 mg daily dose is the physiologic dose for adults. But in some cases Prednisone 20mg can also be recommended. Never decide you dose on your own. Stick to the dosage told by doctor.

Prednisone is used to treat following medical conditions:


  • allergic disorders
  • skin conditions
  • ulcerative colitis
  • arthritis
  • lupus
  • psoriasis
  • breathing disorders


Prednisone 20 mg Side Effects


Prednisone is an Asteroid and its the basic side effect of steroids that them weaken our immune system and make our body prone to catching infection. Some common side effects of Prednisone are

  • shortness of breath
  • vision problems
  • severe pain in your upper stomach
  • severe depression
  • bloody or tarry stools
  • eye pain
  • changes in personality or behavior
  • slow wound healing
  • sleep problems (insomnia)


Long Term Usage Side Effects of Prednisone



  • It can cause bone-loss (osteoporosis), especially if you smoke while taking Prednisone. Its necessary to take have diet rich in Vitamin D and Calcium to protect yourself from this side effect.
  • It can cause thinning of skin and easy bruising.
  • Sometimes it causes changes in the shape or location of body fat in your face, neck, back, and waist. It can also increase acne or facial hair
  • Prednisone long-term usage can also cause menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.


Precautions to be used  while taking Prednisone



  • Never stop taking Prednisone suddenly. Its dose should be reduced gradually as per the advice of a doctor.
  • Never use Prednisone if you are suffering from any type of fungal infection.
  • Prednisone can worsen the condition if you are already suffering from any infection or recovered from an infection in past few weeks. So if your doctor is prescribing Prednisone then he/she might ask you about your medical condition in past few weeks.
  • Usually Prednisone is not prescribed from pregnant women, as it can affect the growth of unborn baby.
  • Prednisone can cause some medical test results to be unusual.
  • Try to keep yourself away from sick people as you are more prone to diseases (Prednisone is an immuno-suppresant).
  • Prednisone should be taken with food or milk to prevent stomach upset.


Prednisone Overdose


Prednisone overdose does not cause any life-threatening condition. However these are some side-effects of long term usage which are discussed above. If you forget to take a dose then take it as soon as you remember, but if its almost time for your next dose then leave it. Never double your dose to makeup for a missed dose.