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Real Concern or Just Talks?

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On 14th June 2020, a news flashed everywhere about a successful actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide which left everyone in a huge shock.People just knew that he is going through depression and everyone started posting about mental health awareness.There were posts saying:’talk to your loved ones’,’understand and listen to them without judging’,’if you feel sad, depressed or anxious vent out your worries’,etc.I would like to ask all of them that, is mental health only concerned with sadness,isolation, anxiety or depression? Does one get depressed only because of not sharing his/her worries?

Let’s take an example.Vidyut coming from a really orthodox family is living as a male for past 17 years but as he goes through certain changes in his teenage, he starts facing discomfort with his sex(the biological identity as male/female) and gender(based on what society molds us into a man/woman).He  feels comfortable dressing like a woman and doing everything a woman would wish to do but regrets even about having the private parts which causes a lot of trauma .At such a young age he is totally confused about his own identity and tries to discuss it with his own family which turns into an intense conflict.It is hard to accept sudden big change but character shaming isn’t the right choice.Vidyut cries,feels frustrated and exhausting. Instead of calming him down his parents hit him with a cane stick,shout at him,lock him in the room and after some days even don’t allow him to live in nearby residence.As he starts leaving his house,one last time,with all the courage looking back and hoping that someone would stop him from going away suddenly hears harsh words like ‘You are a maggot to the society’,’Don’t ever call us your family and think of returning back.’
Now,consider Vidyut as your brother or son.What would you do?How would you react?Would you try to understand  and support him?Would you take him to a psychologist or a counsellor or would you simply declare him mad based on little knowledge and the beliefs you hold about this issue?Will you be able to give the same respect, support,love and care leaving what society thinks right and empathising the victim instead of blaming for being different?

This was a case of gender dysphoria.There are many such disorders and disabilities people are not at all aware about or even if they know some of them,the knowledge is not sufficient and hence these days people categorize certain much organized individuals as affected by OCD(Obsessive compulsive disorder.) But it’s much more than staying organized or being tidy.Anxiety is more than just worrying,PTSD than just flashbacks,Bipolar than having frequent mood swings and Schizophrenia than just hallucinations.We all just label someone as schizophrenic or BPD patient based on very little observation and act hostile or ignore.But only sharing posts won’t help.Sympathy won’t help.Just talking won’t help.If we really think of showing concern then it’s high time that we act, empathize, understand,help and spread awareness only after being completely aware about what the condition is in reality.Mental health is as important as physical health.Brain is an important part of our body like our heart or stomach is so if anyone doesn’t feel well mentally it’s ok to seek help without any shame or hesitation.

Consulting psychologist,psychiatric,neurologist or an NLP practitioner would really make a difference when you are not able to handle your loved ones,friends,family,classmate or even a colleague in your workplace suffering from any kind of trauma or a complete breakdown.Show humanity,not hostility.Connect with people,be responsible and show some love as everyone deserves it.

What else than thoughts, affects mental health?How does society contribute in shaping our thoughts,beliefs,attitude, behaviour through every dimension and stages of life?What is the motive of spreading awareness regarding mental health according to you? Do share your views in the comment box.

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People often sacrifice foot health for fashion, but at what cost ?

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Considering the fashion of footwear in this modern era not only causes pain but also hampers the structural alignment of the body . Footwears like high heels , narrow bellies , flat slippers , narrow loafers etc has a localised effect as well as has an impact on entire posture of the body. Therefore people must know how these footwears cause various changes.
The following is an abstract that will enlighten you about various changes that your choice of footwear can make.
An attractive pair of footwear can make a perfect outfit , but with this style comes much sufferings . Even though this causes discomfort and prolonged pain , this barely stops anyone from wearing themoccasionally or daily.

When heels are been worn by women for a long period of time, their entire body weight is transferred to the forefoot which strains the calf muscles. This imposes enormous pressure on the knee.

Further upwards , a women’s body will attempt to compensate and create balance by forward rotation of the pelvis which increases curvature of lower spine .This causes the lower back to push forward and results in hollowing . To compensate the hollowing the upper back becomes concave which leads to forward posture of shoulder and neck. Therefore bad alignment and tense muscles are its biggest repercussions .
Similarly when people go for narrow bellies , flat pumps and loafers they strenuously try to adjust their toes into these kind of footwears which cause sstrain on the midfoot. This results in the “plantar fasciitis” i,e. Inflammation causing pain in the midfoot . Consequently reducing the arches of foot and causing flat foot .

Flat foot changes the weight bearing pattern of our body and hence disturbs the posture of our body. Poor posture can not only impact a person physically but also brings down an individual’s self esteem by hampering the personality.
One can consider the following recommendations before making a choice for their footwear :

● Avoid wearing high heels for prolonged period of time.
● Stretch leg muscles before and after putting them on.
● If possible go for platform heels.
● Avoid choosing pointed toe heels or flat bellies to allow our foot to breathe. ● Buy a wide variety of footwear with proper arches and gripped sole.

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The Mutant strain.

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Is the new variant of covid 19 lethal ?
 A new variant of the coronavirus is spreading across the globe. It was first identified in the United Kingdom, where it is rapidly spreading, and has been found in multiple countries. Viruses mutate all the time, often with no impact, but this one appears to be more transmissible than other variants—meaning it spreads more easily. Barely one day after officials announced that America’s first case of the variant had been found in the United States, in a Colorado man with no history of travel, an additional case was found in California
Increased transmissibility can wreak havoc in a very, very short time—especially when we already have uncontrolled spread in much of the United States. The short-term implications of all this are significant, and worthy of attention, even as we await more clarity from data. In fact, we should act quickly especially as we await more clarity—lack of data and the threat of even faster exponential growth argue for more urgency of action. If and when more reassuring data come in, relaxing restrictions will be easier than undoing the damage done by not having reacted in time.
To understand the difference between exponential and linear risks, consider an example put forth by Adam Kucharski, a professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine who focuses on mathematical analyses of infectious-disease outbreaks. Kucharski compares a 50 percent increase in virus lethality to a 50 percent increase in virus transmissibility. Take a virus reproduction rate of about 1.1 and an infection fatality risk of 0.8 percent and imagine 10,000 active infections—a plausible scenario for many European cities, as Kucharski notes. As things stand, with those numbers, we’d expect 129 deaths in a month. If the fatality rate increased by 50 percent, that would lead to 193 deaths. In contrast, a 50 percent increase in transmissibility would lead to a whopping 978 deaths in just one month—assuming, in both scenarios, a six-day infection-generation time.
Transmissibility increases can quickly—very quickly—expand the baseline: Each new infected person potentially infects many more people. Severity increases affect only the infected person. That infection is certainly tragic, and this new variant’s lack of increase in severity or lethality thankfully means that the variant is not a bigger threat to the individual who may get infected. It is, however, a bigger threat to society because it can dramatically change the number of infected people. To put it another way, a small percentage of a very big number can easily be much, much bigger than a big percentage of a small number.
I dismissed the news initially because viruses mutate all the time and there have been too many baseless “mutant-ninja virus” doomsaying headlines this year. The exaggerated, clickbaity alarmism makes it harder to discern real threats from sensationalism. Given the constant reality of mutation, genomic variants should be considered innocent until proved guilty. Even an increase in the proportion of cases attributable to a particular variant is not definitive proof of an evolutionary advantage.
 
However, as data on the new variant roll in, there is cause for real concern. Trevor Bedford, a scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and a board member for the Covid Tracking Project at The Atlantic, points out that infections from the new variant are increasing very rapidly among the population in the U.K. Bedford also notes that this new variant seems to have a higher secondary-attack rate—meaning the number of people subsequently infected by a known case—compared with “regular” COVID-19.  Finally, the new variant seems to result in higher viral loads (though this is harder to be sure about as viral loads can be affected by sampling bias and timing). As Kucharski told me, all of this does not rule out other explanations. This increased transmission could be due to chance or founder effects—meaning one variant just happened to get somewhere before the other variants and then got “lucky”; it was early, rather than more transmissible. It could be due to changed behavior among people—quarantine fatigue, less masking—leading to more rapid spread. However, given the current evidence, along with the specifics of the mutation, it’s getting harder to assume that those other explanations are more likely than the simple proposition that this is truly a more transmissible variant.
 
 

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MRI Scan at ₹50

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MRI Scan at ₹50: ‘Cheapest’ Diagnostic Facility
 
Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, located in Delhi, is one of the most well-known religious places. This peaceful place of solace is visited by almost more than a thousand people in one single day. And at this peaceful shrine the country’s “cheapest” diagnostic facility will be implemented from the first week of December. An MRI here will cost just ₹50, according to Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee. This seems to be great news for all of us, especially to needy people. Right!!
 
A dialysis centre is being set up at Guru Harkishan Hospital on Gurudwara premises. The procedure of dialysis will cost only ₹600. You would be astonished to know that machines worth 6 crore were donated to the hospital. These include machines for dialysis, machines for ultrasound, X-Ray and MRI. For needy people the cost will be low but for others the cost will be a little bit high. A committee of doctors would be set up for this practice.
 
During this pandemic period the cost of all these tests are increased in private laboratories. So, where will the needy go? But, Sikh Community has come up with the solution to this problem. Whether it’s a natural calamity, a protest, or a pandemic, the Sikh Community always comes in front to help humanity. Besides setting these machines at a cheap cost, they have provided food to the needy during the lockdown, given shelter to migrants who stuck in the cities, and converted gurudwara into quarantine centers. Now, to help underprivileged with diagnostic facilities they have started this. A good initiative taken by them I must say!
 
Main point is that it will be open for 24/7 even on national holidays, so anytime you can access their facility. If you are needy and don’t have income for private hospitals then just catch the “cheapest” diagnostic facility of Gurudwara Bangla Sahib. Anyone can access this facility, no barrier is there. I am feeling so overwhelmed that people’s donations are utilized so wisely. Charity is the most auspicious act we all should do.
 
“After all Humanity is the most superior and comes first. Keep helping people who are in need, don’t stop. It is like that you could feel that you are at the side of god, from earth. The most beautiful feeling of the world.”
 
I have only heard that ‘Sikh seva is the best seva.’ But now I have seen it also. Good deeds would fetch you good results. So, keep going and help the needy, just like Sikh.
 
 

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