Monday, 29 July 2013

All about Cholesterols - Good and Bad


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A number of facts and myths about cholesterol are widely circulated. I recently received a comprehensive PPT presentation on this topic. It appears to be from a reliable source. Important points in that  document are presented in this post.

Our liver produces 75% of the cholesterol that circulates in our blood. The other 25% comes from food. At normal levels, cholesterol actually plays an important role in helping cells do their jobs.

High cholesterol itself does not cause any symptoms. But it does cause damage deep within the body. Over time, too much cholesterol may lead to a buildup of plaque inside the arteries. Known as atherosclerosis, this condition narrows the space available for blood flow and can trigger heart disease.

Cholesterol Testing is done with a simple blood test known as a fasting lipoprotein (or Lipid) profile. It measures the different forms of cholesterol that are circulating in your blood after you avoid eating for 9 to 12 hours. The results show your levels of "bad" cholesterol, "good" cholesterol, and triglycerides

Most of the cholesterol in the blood is carried by proteins called low density lipoproteins or LDL. This is known as the 'Bad cholesterol' because it combines with other substances to clog the arteries. A diet high in saturated fats and trans fats tends to raise the level of LDL cholesterol. For most people, an LDL score below 100 is healthy, but people with heart disease may need to aim even lower.

Up to a third of blood cholesterol is carried by high-density lipoproteins or HDL. This is called Good cholesterol because it helps remove bad cholesterol, preventing it from building up inside the arteries. The higher the level of HDL cholesterol, the better. People with too little are more likely to develop heart disease.

The body converts excess calories, sugar, and alcohol into Triglycerides, a type of fat that is carried in the blood and stored in fat cells throughout the body. People who are overweight, inactive, smokers, or heavy drinkers tend to have high triglycerides, as do those who eat a very high-carb diet. A triglycerides score of 150 or higher puts you at risk for metabolic syndrome,  which is linked to heart disease and diabetes.

Total cholesterol measures the combination of LDL, HDL, and VLDL (very low density lipoprotein) in your bloodstream. VLDL is a precursor of LDL, the bad cholesterol. A total cholesterol score of under 200 is considered healthy in most cases. People who score in the "high" range have an increased risk of developing heart disease compared to those who score below 200

To calculate your cholesterol ratio, divide your total cholesterol by your HDL cholesterol. For example, a total score of 200 divided by an HDL score of 50 equals a cholesterol ratio of 4 to 1. Doctors recommend maintaining a ratio of 4 to 1 or lower. The smaller the ratio, the better.

Research shows that the cholesterol we eat has only a small effect on blood cholesterol levels for most people. A few people are "responders," whose blood levels spike up after eating eggs.  But for most, saturated fat and trans fats are bigger concerns.  Daily cholesterol limits are 300 mg for healthy people and 200 mg for those at higher risk. One egg has 186 mg of cholesterol.

Cholesterol comes from two sources: the body and food : and either one can contribute to high cholesterol. Some people inherit genes that trigger too much cholesterol production. For others, diet is the main culprit. Saturated fat and cholesterol occur in animal-based foods, including meat, eggs, and dairy products made with milk.  In many cases, high cholesterol stems from a combination of diet and genetics

Several factors can make you more likely to develop high cholesterol:
A diet high in saturated fats and cholesterol
A family history of high cholesterol
Being overweight or obese
Getting older

Until menopause, women typically have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. They also have higher levels of HDL cholesterol, the good kind.  After age 55, a woman's risk of developing high cholesterol begins to climb. Cholesterol can begin clogging the arteries during childhood, leading to atherosclerosis and heart disease later in life.  Ideally, total cholesterol should be below 170 in people ages 2 to 19.

High cholesterol leads to a buildup of plaque that narrows the arteries. It can restrict blood flow and is one of the major risk factors for coronary artery disease, heart attacks, and strokes. It also appears to boost the risk of Alzheimer's disease.  If the blood supply to a part of the heart or brain is completely cut off, the result is a heart attack or stroke

Cholesterol Busters:
Eat More Fiber :The soluble fiber found in many foods helps reduce LDL, the bad cholesterol. Good sources of soluble fiber include whole-grain breads and cereals, oatmeal, fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, and legumes such as kidney beans.
Know Your Fats: No more than 35% of your daily calories should come from fat.  Saturated fats  from animal products and tropical oils  raise LDL or bad cholesterol, while lowering the good kind. These two bad fats are found in many baked goods, fried foods , stick margarine, and cookies. Unsaturated fats may lower LDL when combined with other healthy diet changes. They're found in avocados, olive oil, and peanut oil
Smart Protein : Meat and full-fat milk offer plenty of protein, but they are also major sources of cholesterol. You may be able to reduce LDL cholesterol by switching to soy protein, such as tofu, at some meals. Fish is another great choice. It's rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which can improve cholesterol levels.
 Low-Carb Diet :Low-carb diets may be better than low-fat diets for improving cholesterol levels.
Lose Weight: If you're overweight, losing weight can help you reduce your levels of triglycerides, LDL, and total cholesterol.
 Quit Smoking :When you stop smoking, your good cholesterol is likely to improve by as much as 10%.
 Exercise :An aerobic exercise program could increase your good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol. Choose an activity that boosts your heart rate, such as running, swimming, or walking briskly, and aim for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week; two 15-minute walks works just as well. However, you must cosult your doctor before starting exercise.

Treatment: Medications can give your cholesterol levels an extra nudge. Statins  block the production of cholesterol in the liver. Other options include cholesterol absorption inhibitors, bile acid resins and fibrates. Your doctor may recommend a combination of these medications.
Certain dietary supplements may also improve cholesterol levels.
Herbal Remedies :Some studies suggest garlic can knock a few percentage points off total cholesterol. But garlic pills can have side effects.

Many people are able to lower cholesterol levels through a combination of medication and lifestyle changes. But how low is low enough? For people with diabetes or a high risk of developing heart disease, an LDL score of less than 100 is desirable. If you already have heart disease or coronary artery disease, some doctors recommend reducing LDL to 70 or lower

Can the Damage Be Undone? It takes years for high cholesterol to clog the arteries with plaque. But there is evidence that atherosclerosis can be reversed, at least to some degree. A low-fat vegetarian diet, stress management, and moderate exercise can chip away at the build-up inside the coronary arteries.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Eggs are good


"Eggs are good." says this advertisement. We had studied in school that all the vitamins and nutrients are present in Milk and Egg. So we used to write these names as example of every vitamin.
So Sunday हो या Monday, खूब खाओ अंडे।
However, those who have to worry about cholesterol may avoid the yellow portion and those who are worried about weight, may take the eggs cautiously.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Coconut Oil Again -खोबरेल तेल

Visitor count for this blog has now crossed 1200.

I had earlier written about an article on Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's decease.   It was found by Snoops that this claim was 'uncertain'..  Then recently I posted an article on Coconuts. That appeared more sensible, though not fully convincing.  I have now got another article in Marathi. It is supposed to be from Dr.Meena Nerurkar, a renowned writer and Doctor practicing in USA. She has listed a number of health benefits from Coconuts, reinvented in recent times. She has written that her grandmother used to give coconut oil as a single cure for many problems. In addition it was supposed to be very useful for maintaining good overall health. Then as a Doctor who has studied western medical science she had discontinued using coconuts due to the propoganda made against it, probably instigated by Soyabeen lobby. However, her daughter is again using Coconut oil liberally. Thus it has come through a full circle.

Use of coconut oil for applying to hair or skin is a very popular practice in large parts of India and many people think it is beneficial.  I think external application of coconut oil would not be harmful in any way. Questions are raised about its cholesterol contents (good or bad variety). This should be seen more critically by those who have hyperlipidimia problems.  

I do not know whether  the report is authentic and there is a 'Coconut lobby' at work now.

कोकोनट ऑइल
 - डॉ. मीना नेरुरकर

कोणाचे नशीब कधी पालटेल सांगता येत नाही. गेली तीस वर्षे नारळाच्या खोबर्‍याला, खोबरेल तेलाला आरोग्यबाधक ठरवल्यावर अचानक त्याचे ग्रह पालटले आहेत. दिवसागणिक वाढत असलेल्या अल्झायमर या रोगावर जालीम उपाय म्हणून खोबरेल तेलाला आता महत्त्व आलेले आहे. नर्सिंग होम्स व वृद्धाश्रमातले डॉक्टर पेशंटना टोस्टवर खोबरेल तेल लावून द्या असे सांगत आहेत. इतके दिवस आजूबाजूचा काहीही गंध नसलेली अल्झायमर पीडित जनता महिनाभराच्या टोस्टवरच्या खोबरेल तेलाने एकेकाळचे परिचित जग परत नव्याने ओळखायला लागलेली आहे. ते पाहून त्यांच्या प्रियजनांच्या मुद्रेवर हसू झळकत आहे. लोकहो, नित्यनव्या डाएट फॅडमध्ये कोकोनट ऑइलसध्या शायनिंग स्टार झाले आहे.

माणसाचे नशीब पालटवायला जसा एखादा गॉडफादर लागतो तसं कोकोनट ऑइलचे भाग्य पालटायला डॉ.ब्रूस फाइफ याच्या रूपाने गॉड़फादर लाभला. अमेरिकेच्या र्‍होड आयलंड राज्यात राहणार्‍या या न्यूट्रिशनल डॉक्टरचा शेजारी पॉल सोएर्स नावाचा फिलिपिनो माणूस होता. छोट्या चणीचा पॉल स्वत:सारखेच छोटेसे दुकान चालवायचा व त्यात मिरॅकल ऑइल विकायचा. आजूबाजूची फिलिपिनो जनता काहीही झाले की, त्याच्या दुकानात धावत यायची व तेल घेऊन जायची. कुतुहल म्हणून ब्रूसने एके दिवशी पॉलला कसले तेल विकतोस, कुठून आणतोस अशी विचारणा केली. पॉल म्हणाला, थायलंड वा फिलिपाइन्स देशातून नारळ आणतो, नारळाच्या डोळ्यात खिळा घालून पाणी काढतो, मग तो हातोड्याने फोडतो, आतले खोबरे किसतो, ते पाण्यात उकळत ठेवतो, पाणी आटून वर राहते ते कोकोनट ऑइल. कसल्याही व्याधीवर उपचार म्हणून ते देतो.

ब्रूस न्यूट्रिशनिस्ट असल्यामुळे त्याला प्रक्रिया न झालेल्या नैसर्गिक खाद्यपदार्थामध्ये रस होता. त्याने पॉलच्या दुकानात वेळ घालवायला सुरुवात केली. खोबर्‍यातून तेल काढण्याची किचकट प्रक्रिया सोपी करायला ब्रूसने खूप मदत केली. पॉलला खोबरे वाटायला मिक्सर आणून दिला. खोबर्‍यातून तेल काढायला द्राक्षातून वाइन काढायचा प्रेस आणून दिला. आता तेल काढणे खूप सोपे झाले. पॉलच्या सांगण्यावरून काहीही दुखत असले की, ब्रूसने चमचाभर कोकोनट ऑइल तोंडाने घ्यायला सुरुवात केली. कापलेल्या खरचटलेल्या ठिकाणी कोकोनट ऑइल लावायला सुरुवात केली. ब्रूसचे वजन कमी झाले, त्याची त्वचा तुकतुकीत दिसायला लागली. जखम पटकन भरायला लागली. ब्रूसच्या आश्चर्याला पारावर उरला नाही. इतके दिवस नारळाला का वाईट म्हणत होते याबद्दल त्याने खोलात जाऊन तपास करायला सुरुवात केल्यावर त्याला आढळून आले की, सोयाबीन इंडस्ट्रीने जगात पाय रोवण्यासाठी मुद्दामहून खोबर्‍याविरुद्ध अपप्रचार करायला सुरुवात केली होती. सगळे जण हार्ट ऍटॅकला घाबरतात. खोबरेल तेलात स्निग्धांश जास्त असल्यामुळे त्याने हार्ट ऍटॅक येतो, पण सोयाबीनचे पदार्थ खाल्ले तर हृदयविकार कमी होतात असा प्रचार सुरू केला. झाले. घाबरट लोकांनी हा रिपोर्ट वाचल्यावर कोकोनटचे पदार्थ खाणे कमी केले. चाणाक्ष सोयाबीन इंडस्ट्रीने स्वत:चे घोडे पुढे दामटले.

ब्रूस या मिरॅकल ऑइलने इतका झपाटला होता की, त्याने नारळ वापरत असलेल्या देशात जाऊन खोबरेल तेलावर संशोधन केले. खोबर्‍यात cholesterol असतात हे खरे, पण ते Medium chain fattyacids  असतात जे शरीराला हितकारक असतात. थायलंड, इंडोनेशिया फिलिपाइन्स, पॉलिनेशियन देश खोबर्‍यावर जगतात. त्यांच्यात हार्ट ऍटॅकचे प्रमाण जगापेक्षा खूप कमी आहे. ब्रूसने शोधाअंती खोबर्‍यामुळे हार्ट ऍटॅक येत नाही असे विधान केले. शेकडो डॉक्टराकडे जाऊन त्यांना खोबरेल तेलाचे महत्त्व सांगायचा प्रयत्न केला, पण कोणावर ढिम्म परिणाम होत नव्हता. शेवटी डॉक्टरांचा नाद सोडून त्याने कोकोनट ऑइलचे फायदे पुस्तक रूपात लिहायचा निर्णय घेतला. १९९९ साली त्याने Coconut Oil miracle या नावाचे पुस्तक स्वत:च प्रसिद्ध केले.

ते वाचून डॉ. मेरी न्यूपोर्ट हिने २००८ साली अल्झायमरच्या रोग्यांमध्ये कोकोनट ऑइलचा उपयोग करून पाहिला. फरक बघून ती देखील चकीत झाली. इंटरनेटमुळे तो रिपोर्ट जगभर पसरला. डॉ. ब्रूसने एकूण १८ पुस्तके लिहिली. त्यांच्या अनेक आवृत्त्या निघाल्या.लोक एकमेकाला ही पुस्तके भेट द्यायला लागले. केस, त्वचा यावर खोबरेल तेल लावून बघायला लागले. आता अनेक तरुण मंडळी खोबरेल तेल सर्रास वापरतात. यू ट्यूबवर अनेक हेल्थ फूड डॉक्टर नारळाचे दूध कसे बिनधास्तपणे वापरावे याच्या रोज नव्या रेसिपीज देतात.

माझ्या आजीच्या बटव्यात जगातल्या सगळ्या व्याधींवर अक्सर एकही इलाज म्हणून एकच औषध होते ते म्हणजे खोबरेल तेल. परीक्षा आली की. डोकं थंड राहावे म्हणून ती माझ्या डोक्यावर खोबरेल तेल थापटायची, केस काळे राहावेत म्हणून आंघोळीच्या आधी डोक्याला खोबरल तेलाचा मसाज करायची, कातडी चरबरीत होऊ नये म्हणून अंगाला खोबरेल तेल चोळायची, कान दुखला तर कानात गरम खोबरेल तेलाची धार सोडायची.सर्दी झाली, डोके खाली करून नाकात गरम खोबरेल तेलाचे थेंब घालायची. ती जेव्हा ९५ व्या वर्षी गेली तेव्हा डोक्यावरचे सगळे केस शाबूत होते व काळे होते. सध्या माझी हॉर्वर्ड विद्यापीठातली हुशार मुलगी अदिती नियमितपणे खोबरेल तेल वापरते. पणजीसारखे डोक्याला अंगाला तर लावतेच, पण तिच्यावरही वरताण म्हणून ब्रूसने सांगितल्याप्रमाणे रोज तीन चमचे तेल पिते. खोबरेल तेलात जेवण करते. खोबरेल तेलावर वाढूनही मी त्याचा वापर थांबवला म्हणून माझी कीव करते.

Coconut oil has come in a full circle in our house. आमच्या घराण्यात दोन पिढ्यांनंतर खोबरेल तेल परत वापरात आले आहे. कोकोनट गुरू डॉ. ब्रूसच्या अथक प्रयत्नांनी अमेरिकेतही खूप लोकप्रिय होत आहे. आता मीही न बिचकता वाटी वाटी सोलकढी पिते. आमट्या, उसळी, कालवणांना नारळाचे वाटण घालते. अजून मुलीसारखी तेल प्यायला लागलेले नाही, पण कोकोनट ऑइल अँटीएजिंग आहे असल्याचे रोज नवनवे रिपोर्ट बाहेर येत असल्यामुळे तसे करायला मला फार वेळ लागणार नाही.

कोणाचे नशीब कधी पालटेल ते सांगता येत नाही. जसे माणसाचे बदलते तसे एखाद्या पदार्थाचेही बदलते.

Saturday, 13 July 2013



People in tropical climate feel thirsty and need to drink water at regular intervals in order to make up for loss of water through respiration and perspiration. I think this article is written for Americans who are not used to take much intake of water. Actually they drink more of soft drinks than simple water. We can adjust our own quantities of water consumption depending upon the climetic conditions. Anyway, counting it in number of glasses is meaningless unless you know the size of the glass.  
The important point is one should drink water to avoid dehydration. Drinking water before bedtime may cause some inconvinience, but may also help in some way, if whatever given below is correct information.


How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night.

Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......
Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement!

I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water...
Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body
2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs
1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion
1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure
1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

Monday, 8 July 2013

Can a Needle Save The Life of a Stroke Victim?


Disclaimer : All the postings of mine in this Blog are only my  collection. MY ALL EFFORT IS COPY PASTE ONLY. Most of them are received in my email inbox, Some are downloaded from internet posted by some one else. I am just saving some time of readers to get them readily. So none of these are my own creation. I believe I am not violating any copy rights law or taking any illegal action am not supposed to do. If anything is  objectionable, please notify so that they can be removed.

This explanation applies both the views given below. However, I think the view expressed by Hoax Slayer appears more logical authentic. The view attributed to the 'Chinese Professor' appears doubtful.

I got a mail in my in box reading 'A Needle Can Save The Life of a Stroke Victim'. Though I was not convinced about the contents, I would have included it in this blog along with my standard  Disclaimer clauses. However, I got another mail from a friend indicating  a clear verdict from 'Hoax-Slayer' that it was a 'Dangerous Hoax.'

The first mail is purported to be from a Chinese Professor and advises pricking all ten fingures of a person who has suffered from a stroke and let them bleed. In addition prick his earlobes and bleed them and wait a few minutes, then the victim will automatically regain consciousness. Supposedly, the blood letting technique described will stop capillaries in the victim's brain from bursting. The patient will become all right after the loss of blood through his fingers and ears  He will not only survive but will be also saved from paralysis. The mail claims a case supposed to be from real life in which the patient got up, took a cup of tea and walked away.
(Probably he did not have a stroke. He might have just a stroke like temporary symptom.)

As per the Hoax slayer, this message is being circulated since 2003.  ( I got it in year 2013.) The health advice in the message is total nonsense and has no scientific or medical merit whatsoever. In fact, the spurious claims in the message are potentially very dangerous and acting on them could actually cost a stroke victim's life or cause the ongoing effects of the stroke to be significantly worse than need be.

Hoax slayer has quoted a respected American clinical neurologist Dr. Steven P. Novella as follows:
Hemorrhagic strokes are caused by bleeding into the brain. Ischemic strokes are caused by lack of blood flow to a portion of the brain. Ischemic strokes can also secondarily bleed from the damage to the brain tissue and its blood vessels.
Further, pricking the fingers or earlobes would cause (thankfully) a negligible amount of bleeding and would not in any way affect the stroke victim’s hemodynamics. And if it did, that would just worsen the stroke by decreasing brain perfusion and oxygen delivery.
But, the most concerning part of the message is its advice to wait until the victim has recovered from the initial stroke before taking him or her for medical treatment. This statement is irresponsible in the extreme and taking heed of it could have dire consequences.

Hoax slayer has quoted another Dr Jose Vega as follows:
The email conveys multiple unfounded ideas about stroke, but by far the most dangerous one of all is the suggestion that people should not be taken to a hospital until all their symptoms are resolved, on the grounds that "all the capillaries in the brain will burst on the way to the hospital." Actually even if you are into bloodletting, should you ever suspect that you or someone you know might be having a stroke, do yourself a favor and call the ambulance immediately.

A fact sheet about stroke first aid published on the Mayo Clinic website notes:
    Seek immediate medical assistance. A stroke is a true emergency. The sooner treatment is given, the more likely it is that damage can be minimized. Every moment counts.

Thus, this potentially life threatening misinformation should not be forwarded, or shared. If you receive this message, please do not send it on. And please take the time to let the sender know that the information it contains is dangerously inaccurate.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Wash Your Fruits


We are aware of the need for cleaning fruits and vegetables thoroughly to remove dirt and bacteria from it. However, we may not be aware of presence of pesticides on them. Another precaution taken by some people is to completely remove the skin and discard. Skins of some fruits and vegetables are not edible and are needed to be removed any way, but skins of some other fruits and vegetables are rich in fibre and minerals. They need not be wasted.  It is suggested in the following articles to use vinegar to remove pesticides as well as bacteria. I have not seen anybody employing these techniques.

1. Wash Your Fruits & Veggies With Vinegar

Many fruits and vegetables are grown with pesticides to get rid of bugs.  Although nobody wants to find a creepy crawly thing in a peach or tomato, according to the Environmental Working Group, even small doses of pesticides can adversely affect your health and are worrisome, not well understood, and in some cases are completely unstudied.

Fortunately, you can drastically reduce your exposure to pesticides and bacteria found on produce with a thorough vinegar and water wash.  Experts found that a white vinegar and water wash kills 98% of bacteria and removes pesticides.

You can concoct your own vinegar/water mixture at home to save money.  You’ll probably spend less than 20 cents  to make a homemade vinegar and water rinse, compared to around $4 for a premade produce wash.  Plus,  you can use the same bottle many times when you make your own wash!

Good Green Habits for Washing Produce

    Mix 3 parts water to 1 part white vinegar (3:1 ) in a spray bottle.
    Spray on fruits and veggies to get rid of pesticide residue.
    Rinse with water after spraying.
    Fill a bowl with water and add 1/8 to 1/2 cup of vinegar, depending on the size of your bowl.
    Place your fruits and veggies in the bowl.
    Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
    Rinse with water.

Note:The second version is super easy and quick.


2.  This method received from a different mail is essentially the same

We all have the frustrating experience day after day on how quick the fruits perish after purchased and taken home!

For this reason, you and your family will treasure this simple but important piece of information.

I mean how to wash away the chemical on the fruit.
Fill sink with water, add a cup of vinegar and stir. Dip all the fruits and soak for 10 minutes. Wash with water. All the dirt and wax is gone and the fruits will sparkle. They will last.

This will also wash away our fears and doubts about the pesticides and chemical covers on the various fruits.