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Monthly Archives: October 2017

Weight Loss Motivation

            Losing weight is something that is very difficult to do, and something that millions of Americans are struggling with on a day to day basis. The reason that it’s so hard to lose weight is generally because of two things uniquely quite present in the United States. The first thing is that we quite busy people. Whether it’s your child’s extra curricular activities that are now nearly mandatory for every parent to attend, or if it’s just work, which manages to squeeze itself into various parts of your life, we are quite busy people. Another factor that makes the United States much more likely to have obese people is the food we have available to us. These two are not entirely separate factors. In fact, the reason why children are becoming so much more obese is intertwined with the first. We are busy people, and we use convenience food to save us time. While using the convenience food, it’s hard to go back because of all the preservatives, extra fat, sugar, and more that is put in our food, it is designed to make us want to come back for more- nearly constantly.

            The fact that this is such a prevalent part of our lives is the main culprit for the reason why so many Americans find themselves overweight, and their children too. However, our bodies are far more important than the addictive ingredients put into our food to make corporations money. You want to understand this important point, because it’s something that is affecting your and your families health. A great way to begin your weight loss is to obtain a bit more information when it comes to what is in food, especially pre-packaged food. There are a ton of articles out there written about this, but it’s important that you find articles from websites with qualified scientific backgrounds, so that you know that you aren’t getting bunk science, which can lead to a lot of issues in the future. Learning more about your body and the food that you put in it is an excellent way to lose weight because it serves as motivator, as well as educator on the kinds of food that you should be eating.

            Another huge factor in the weight gain of Americans is our physical fitness. With the popularity of the internet rising constantly, and the more entertaining and fun things to do in front a screen instead of while out doing some amount of exercise has made the epidemic even worse. Not only are we stuck on screens for the majority of our jobs, but your children are also stuck to screens on social media, watching television, and playing video games. Evolution has not yet progressed enough for our bodies to be able to handle this change, especially when you think of the fact that processed food has gained popularity at around the same time as a sedentary lifestyle. These two things combined have pretty much made the perfect recipe for bad bodies and out of shape lifestyles. If you want to get in shape, it’s best to involve your whole family. Not only will you be much more likely to lose weight because you have other people who are on the journey with you, but you’re doing it together. GoDaddy is the perfect place to set up a website that helps you keep in touch with your family about your goals and more.

Traditional medicine for Healthcare

According to a study conducted by the All India Coordinated Research Project on Ethno-biology (AICRPE), over ten thousand wild plant species are reported to be used by tribals for meeting their primary healthcare as well as food requirements. Further, there are approximately eight thousand medicinal plant varieties utilised by over two million traditional healers for treating ailments of both humans and livestock. Traditional medicine bequeathed from generation to generation is rich in domestic recipes for common health ailments. The best known examples of traditional medicine, differing in concept and protocol, are well developed systems such as ayurvedic and herbal treatments that have been widely used to sustain human health, especially in tribal regions of India.

1. Bhokar/Shelti – cures kidney stones, diarrhoea and stomach problem

2. Karvand – A rich source of Iron, Phosphorus and Vitamin C

3. Pathari – For ichthyosis (scaling of skin), xeroderma (dry skin). The roots are crushed and the extract is used

4. Kadu kand – Well cooked bulb slices can be consumed to get relief from stomach ache whereas paste of heartwood is used to cure wounds

5. Tetu – It is administered to women to treat leucorrhoea and menorrhoea

Traditional Medicine – Links to Maternal and Child Health

Traditional medicine is critical and has contributed tremendously to the healthcare of both the mother and the child in tribal regions. Jawhar block in Palghar district, Maharashtra is a tribal block having rich biodiversity, especially rice varieties having specific characteristics and uses. The tribal farmers have cultivated diverse rice varieties for purposes such as food security, instant energy provision during peak workload and medicinal use. This wonderful diversity of rice has formed the basis of a nutritious and secure diet for the vulnerable groups of the tribal population, that is, mothers, pregnant and lactating women and young children.

Various ongoing studies conducted by the NGOs such as BAIF Development Research Foundation in different tribal belts across Maharashtra found a number of rice varieties having specific medicinal properties and uses. For instance, one rice variety called ‘Mahadi’ has multiple health benefits; one of them is to cure weakness in women post pregnancy. Other rice varieties include Rajghudya and Kali Kudai (used to increase breast milk in lactating women); Kali Khadsi (for child’s growth and nutrition); Kasbai (used for nebulisation, which gives instant relief from cough) and Dangi (used for instant energy boost), among others.

Furthermore, traditional kitchens, serve as an in-house medical supply store. Tribal regions lack proper healthcare centres. Thus, most of the child deliveries take place at home and not in a hospital. The rate of institutional deliveries is slowly increasing but there is still a long way to go for this to become a rule, rather than an exception. Since most of deliveries take place at home, the traditional birth attendants play a major role in tribal regions. One of the practices performed by the birth attendants in villages is to use materials like cow dung as a disinfectant in the house that helps keep various diseases at bay. The various homemade medications, mostly herbal, for the mother and child are also prescribed predominantly. Restoring the mother to her original physiology is a challenge that the native healers often take up.

Habitat Loss – A Threat to Traditional Medicine

An impending threat to further proliferation of traditional medicine is the rampant loss of habitat. Unregulated harvesting of wild produce coupled with ecological degradation leading to extensive resource depletion and tribal landlessness (and even those who do have land are continuously losing their land to the government or private corporations) are some of the factors posing a grave and growing threat to the conservation of indigenous foods and traditional medicinal plants.

Furthermore, there has been a gradual erosion of indigenous varieties, especially rice biodiversity. Most of the indigenous rice varieties are being replaced by high yielding varieties. These high yielding varieties have not resulted in any spectacular increase in yield in this region. The majority of farmers, especially the resource-poor tribal farmers are not able to afford high quality expensive fertilizers which are normally recommended along with these varieties.

Tribal Healers – Traditional knowledge erosion and threat to livelihood

In addition to the above, there has been a gradual loss of practical knowledge about traditional medicine and healing practices in the tribal regions, during the past couple of decades. This has resulted in poor health status of the most vulnerable sections of the tribal population. Many factors contribute to this knowledge erosion. The most pressing issues pertaining to this knowledge erosion are: a) lack of incentives and recognition. For instance, scientists and researchers collect data and publish their studies but often fail to give the due recognition to the healers. Also, the ayurvedic and allopathic drug companies extract knowledge for research and development purposes, but do not usually share profits with the tribal healers; b) lack of proper documentation of knowledge regarding traditional healing practices; and c) broken intergenerational links (impacting dissemination of age-old knowledge and traditions from older generation to the younger generation), among others.

Tribal healers are known to use their own systems of healthcare with plant and animal extracts. However, in the recent past, factors such as aversion to follow the low income traditional healing practices; gradual shift to more lucrative alternate livelihoods; greater reliance on non-traditional healing practices and high degree of inroads by modern medicine, is threatening the traditional medicinal traditions to proliferate further. The native tribal healers are precious, but, still remain a neglected lot.

Traditional medicine is critical as well as cost-effective (in relation to hospital care) and ensures self dependency on healthcare due to enhanced reliance on the local biodiversity. It must be given the much needed boost.