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Mosquito Spreading Viral Fever Chikungunya In Many States

Posted by egovindia on August 4, 2006

Mosquito Spreading Viral Fever Chikungunya In Many States


Even before third world could contain Malaria virus, Aedes Mosquito has started spreading another fever.


It has already spread in South and arrived in Central India. 


Links to the Viral fever is given here,


Ravinder Singh


Chikungunya is a relatively rare form of viral fever caused by an alphavirus that is spread by mosquito bites from the Aedes aegypti mosquito, though recent research by the Pasteur Institute in Paris claims the virus has suffered a mutation that enables it to be transmitted by Aedes Albopictus (Tiger mosquito). This was the cause of the actual plague in the Indian Ocean and a threat to the mediterranean coast at present, requiring urgent meetings of health officcials of France, Italy and Spain, but nothing seems to be moving that way. The name is derived from the Makonde word meaning “that which bends up” in reference to the stooped posture developed as a result of the arthritic symptoms of the disease. The disease was first described by Marion Robinson[1] and W.H.R. Lumsden[2] in 1955, following an outbreak on the Makonde Plateau, along the border between Tanganyika and Mozambique, in 1952. Chikungunya is closely related to O’nyong’nyong virus[3].


Chikungunya is not considered to be fatal. However, in 2005-2006, 200 deaths have been associated with chikungunya on Réunion island and a widespread outbreak in Southern India (especially in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh); see Recent outbreaks below.

New viral fever spreads in five states


New Delhi: High incidence of a rare form of viral fever spread by mosquitoes has been reported in five states, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi said Friday.

“High incidence of fever cases with arthralgia were reported from 18 districts of Andhra Pradesh, 27 district of Karnataka, 31 districts each of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu and four districts of Madhya Pradesh,” Lakshmi told the Rajya Sabha.

She informed the house that 66,109 cases of suspected ‘Chikungunya’ fever had been reported in Andhra Pradesh as compared to 543,286 in Karnataka, 202,114 in Maharashtra, 41,211 in Tamil Nadu and 43,784 in Madhya Pradesh.

She said the government had deputed teams consisting of epidemiologist, public health specialists, microbiologists and entomologists for assessment of the situation and providing technical assistance and guidelines to these state.

She also said that the states had been provided the larvicides and pyrethrum extract for fogging.


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Detoxification Through Natural Means

Posted by egovindia on August 4, 2006

Detoxification Through Natural Means

Jagannath Chatterjee

Today the word most discussed in patient circles is “toxins”. We are regularly bombarded with toxins from every sphere, whether it be the chemicals and poisons in the environment, the pesticide infested food we eat, the plastic containers we use, the toxic elements in the workplace, the toxins we consume in the name of medicines, the list is endless.

The liver, kidneys, the skin, the digestive system and the lymphatic system regularly fight these toxins and tries to eliminate them. But as a naturopathic doctor has recently pointed out, our elimination system is capable of fighting hundreds of toxins, not tens of thousands of them. Therefore external help is today essential to keep ourselves free from the scourge of toxins.

First, the prevention part. We should be careful to avoid these toxins. As we go out into the busy streets of the cities, I would certainly advise wearing a filter. The filters made of gauge cotton and charcoal, keep out most harmful elements, if not all. Next we should curb the tendency to guzzle soft drinks and the various fast food items. These are literally poisons, infested with various harmful chemicals, used as ingredients or preservatives. We should try our best to eat organic food that is grown naturally even if it costs a little more. If we do not have access to organic food then we should try to wash the vegetables in a light potassium permanganate solution to at least reduce the toxic load.

We should try to store food items and water in glass bottles instead of plastic containers, as per recent research on the subject. The food we consume should preferably be fresh, instead of being refridgerated or pre-processed, ready to cook items.

If we are unable to stop medication, we should discuss the dosage and after effects with our doctor. Doctors usually prescribe a one-size-fit-all dosage instead of considering the body mass index and body type. We can also persuade the doctor to give us safer alternatives. We should resist from taking medications like antibiotics for viral problems, as they are useless in such conditions. We should also never self medicate or depend on the pharmacist and go in for over the counter medications.

Next the detoxification. Keeping fit and lean makes our body capable of better resistance to the toxins as well as better elimination. Taking plenty of water throughout the day (not at meal times) helps substantially. We should take 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. This is a must. Those who do not feel thirsty as a rule or hate water can get themselves treated homeopathically for the condition.

Dr Leo Rebello, in his book “Nature Cure & Yoga Therapy”, advises four glasses of lemon water enriched with a spoonful of honey and a pinch of pepper powder, prepared fresh everytime, throughout the day, for a period of 10 to 15 days as a detoxification method. After this,a glass of the same every morning will not only help eradicate toxins but also help in maintaining the alkalinity of the body. It also helps reduce fat. At least take a glass of lime water every morning, fresh and preferably in a glass container. Lime water in metal containers tend to react with the metal.

The water therapy should be accompanied by increasing ones intake of raw foods and fruits, salads and fruit juices. The food should contain enough roughage to facilitate elimination and prevent constipation. Constipation is supposed to be the root cause of disease as the waste accumulated in the colon does not find a way out and is recycled back into the body. The food should be 80% alkaline and 20% acidic. The intake of non vegetarian food should preferably be reduced, specially if one is not too active physically. A well known naturopath has advised me to avoid non vegetarian food, including milk, like the plague considering the hormones, medication and unnatural food given to the animals to fatten them and increase milk production. All non-vegetarian foods, excluding milk, is acidic in content. Milk is neutral. Curd and buttermilk can be included in the diet to facilitate digestion and keep the guts healthy.

The white poisons, sugar, salt, white flour, and also deep fries, microwave cooked food, are best avoided. Refined sugar and salt tax the body as a lot of effort is needed to assimilate them. They rob the body of vital nutrients and minerals. One should also reduce and eliminate smoking, alchohol intake and the desire to sip endless cups of tea or coffee. Herbal tea is a good alternative. Another option would be to sip a cup of warm water slowly everytime you get the urge for consuming tea or other hot beverages. This will also help in curbing acidity. In India herbal cigarettes are available for helping people kick the habit of smoking.

Various yoga asanas that compress and twist the stomach will nourish the alimentary canal, liver and kidneys by both squeezing them as well as increasing the blood flow to these vital organs. One should exercise so that one sweats a little so as to keep the pores of the skin open. After exercising one should vigorously rub or massage the body, rest for some time and then take a bath, caring again to massage the skin during the bath and while drying it later with the towel. The massage not only helps the skin but also squeezes the cells helping them eliminate the toxins. It also increases the blood flow to the skin.

Taking deep breaths while on a morning walk in natural surroundings will fill the lungs with fresh air, thus ensuring that enough oxygen is supplied to the lungs and body. A majority never breathe deep enough to supply the body with the oxygen it needs. A few pranayama exercises, done slowly and taking care not to overstrain oneself, may be included in ones exercise routine.

Remember always, your health is in your own hands. If you want to stay healthy you must make a conscious effort. There is no pill which can take the place of the above. Often the body automatically goes into the detoxification mode taking the form of a cold, dysentery, diarrhoea or a skin rash. We should not immediately try to stop those discharges. Rest, and taking plenty of fluids, is the answer. However if the symptoms persist or are very violent, one should consult a holistic healer. 

The mainstream doctors do not recognise that the skin too is an excretory organ. They do extreme harm by treating skin problems as external infections and prescribing steroidal ointments to suppress them. We must remember that the skin is the strongest organ of the body and the toxins that the other excretory organs are unable to handle are excreted through the skin. The stronger the toxin, the more the itch, inflammation and secretion. It is often noticed that after the skin excretions are suppressed, other organs are affected. Today it is recognised through scientific studies that treating eczema and psoriasis through external means severely compromises the immune system and may lead to cancer. 

You can also take the help of natural methods like accupressure and accupuncture for detoxification. Reiki and Pranic Healing are very good for eliminating emotional as well as physical toxins. A regular practice of self appraisal and meditation will help rid oneself of negative thought patterns and the resultant toxins they can create in the body. Emotional toxins are a hidden danger that few guard against.

If you feel you need a full scale detox, please do it under the care of a naturopathic doctor, or an ayurved or homeopath, as one can be inconvinienced by the body’s efforts at detoxification, especially if the toxic overload is huge. Being under the care of a doctor reduces the anxiety as well as the discomfort. One can also avail specialist treatments like steam baths, mud baths, enemas etc.

Try the above and feel physically and mentally fit and fresh. And also save the money you would pay to the doctor if you did not pay attention to detoxification. Toxin accumulation within the body is the prime cause of disease according to all holistic modes of treatment.

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