Jaundice Scare at Shimla

In the last 60 hours, 10 people have been reported with jaundice, with three deaths.

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In December, last year, the first case of jaundice was reported in Shimla. At that time, no one could have imagined the extent to which the situation that has arrived now. In the last 60 hours, 10 people have been reported with jaundice, with three deaths. 

On Saturday morning, Shimla woke up to the news of the death of Jagdish Vats, a leading High Court lawyer who was referred to PGI Chandigarh three days back after being diagnosed with jaundice. Although he was put on ventilator at PGI Chandigarh, he died today morning. 25-year old Surpiya, wife of Raman Jamalta, a young lawyer, and another lawyer Rakesh Chandel have also fallen victims to the disease causing serious anger among the lawyers community, which now proposes to take up the issue with the State High Court through a PIL.

Water samples collected by National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune have confirmed the presence of a dangerous virus in the water which was being supplied to the citizens from Ashwani Khad source. Experts have written to the state government saying the virus has origins in untreated sewage.

Jaundice symptoms
Jaundice symptoms

Source: Indian Express

What not to do to keep your skin glowing?


One might be aware about what to do to keep skin healthy and glowing. But then there are things that shouldn’t be done, to keep your skin fine too!

  1. AlcoholAvoiding alcohol is especially recommended when the skin disease is on the face or head, where heat will naturally rise more rapidly and affect one’s appearance. Rosacea, acne, seborrheic or atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are the most likely to affect the face.
  2. Spices: This one might be a known fact for our India based readers! Hot pepper, black pepper, ginger and garlic are also contraindicated, as are all the “gingerbread house” spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. This means avoiding chai teas, ginger teas, hummus, Thai food and the like. Of all of these, garlic seems to give the worst flare-ups of redness, burning and itch.
  3. Smoking: Smoking is something that should be avoided for much more serious reasons – it kills. It affects skin too. Cigarette smoking is strongly associated with psoriasis, especially pustular psoriasis of the palms and soles. Quitting will often improve the condition. Teenage acne, as well, is adversely affected by smoking. Teens already have a great deal of naturally occurring ‘heat’ in their lungs and stomach, as evidenced by their loud voices and voracious appetites – this is a sign of health and vitality during a time of great growth. However, smoking and drinking will push this lung and stomach heat over the upper limit of ‘normal,’ turning it into the red fire of acne.
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    Before & after the smoking. It shows how smoking affects our skin!

    Just quitting smoking will not help your lungs. You need to de-toxify it too!

  4. Oil, Shellfish and Tropical FruitsGreasy fried foods and bad oils are even worse, and should be avoided. Shellfish and fatty fish like salmon should be avoided for the same reason as oils, not only by weepy skin sufferers, but by anyone whose skin is red or itchy at all. Tropical fruit may also irritate. Mango, papaya, pineapple are the worst, while banana seems to be fine!

    Although, fresh juice of raw fruits and vegetables have got plenty of benefits!

  5. Gluten, Sugar and Dairy Products: Gluten, sugar and dairy are only a problem for a very small proportion of people with skin disease, and that they do not need to be avoided by the vast majority of sufferers. It may be that avoiding these foods will improve digestion, but rarely will this translate into an improvement of the skin disease.

 

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Quick cheat sheet to know what to avoid, if you’re on a Gluten Free Diet!

 

Watch how McDonald’s french fries are made!
Green tea, mint tea, salad, fruit, and clean, light meals, freshly prepared, are best. White pearled barley and beans are excellent at draining away excess mucus and dampness if the skin is oozy. Mung beans and aduki beans are wonderful at this, and all three of these substances double as “herbs” which are found in many skin prescriptions. When the eyes and face are red and itchy, jasmine, chamomile, mint and chrysanthemum teas are very soothing.

Find out about 5 great benefits of Amla!

Changing one’s diet is not easy, and changing it forever is harder still. For some, a dietary change may bring new problems: tension, stress, guilt, binge eating, excessive self-control, and of course, hunger! These may have a more detrimental impact on our health than the eliminated foods. Listening to your own body is essential. For skin disease sufferers, adjusting the diet a little to avoid heat is a good idea. In combination with a cooling herbal treatment, a change of diet might be just the thing to cure a persistent skin disease.

 

(Source: Vitality Magazine)

 

Newsletter Coming out!

We started a social campaign, and now we see ourselves growing! Started from a wordpress blog, we are now moving to our very own Newsletter!


Hello food lovers across the country!
Excited to inform you that we, FICCI Research and Analysis Centre have taken up a social awareness campaign.
We aim to educate all consumers about food quality. We have seen that brands as big as the 2-minute noodles can make a blunder. So what is the surety about other products?
FRAC is a food/beverage/animal feed testing and environmental monitoring laboratory.
We want all consumers to be aware of the industry and demand only safe and quality assured products.
With this in mind, we had launched our blog site Food Quotient some time back:
fraclabs.wordpress.com
which has started growing. We shared news items across different channels, provide life hacks, video tips, information about the industry.
Seeing its success, we are now heading on to our own Newsletter! We invite everyone to be a part of this campaign. You could drop in your email IDs to subscribe. Request you to visit our blogs, share the ones you like the most! And if you like things under 140 characters, we are there on twitter as well: @FRAC_labs  (www.twitter.com/FRAC_labs)
Check out our Facebook page for more : www.facebook.com/ficciresearchandanalysiscentre
Hope to gather your support!

School Kids Die Due To Presence of Insecticides In Mid-Day Meal; Presence of Organophophates


In an unfortunate event in Bihar, the mid-day meal for 21 children, consisting of Rice, Beans and Potato curry, became the last meal for them. Another two dozen kids were admitted to hospital in Patna. It was found that a poisonous insecticide Organophosphate was found in the meal. India has a national school lunch program, serving free meals to 120 million children in its 73,000 schools. In Bihar alone, 20 million receive the free meals. The Supreme Court of India ordered school lunches be provided in 2001, and the program has since grown into the world’s largest.

While popular with the children and credited with increasing school attendance, delivery of school lunches in India is complicated. Charities and non-government organizations along with local politicians are all involved, sometimes resulting in fraud and poor quality meals.

Provincial police are investigating the deaths and the school’s headmistress has gone into hiding, according to local news reports.

Source: Food Safety News

Tough to follow a diet plan?


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Adulteration in Sweets : Stay safe


Adulteration becomes inevitable when greed to earn a bit extra takes over. But, a bit of smartness can save you from being cheated. Here are some tips which can ensure pure and good sweets for your health. News Nation’s Madhurendra with FRAC lab’s help tells you how small test can prevent you from buying adulterated sweets from market.

Global standards for food safety set for revision : Times of India

Countries all over the world have come together to revise international standards for food safety and quality, even as concerns have grown in India in the past two months after the food regulator cracked down on major brands including Maggi, Top Ramen and some products of Tata Starbucks. As many as 185 countries, including India and the European Union, are likely to adopt new food safety and quality standards.


Countries all over the world have come together to revise international standards for food safety and quality, even as concerns have grown in India in the past two months after the food regulator cracked down on major brands including Maggi, Top Ramen and some products of Tata Starbucks. As many as 185 countries, including India and the European Union, are likely to adopt new food safety and quality standards. News

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