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27 July, 2012

Health Tips-48: Long-Term Effect of Coffee

I came across the following statement in an article captioned, "Rise above Chronic Fatigue" by Swami Kriyananda in the Chennai edition of The Times of India and thought I would post it here for the benefit of my viewers.  


Actually, during my Homeopathy days, we were taught to advise patients to shun coffee as a powerful stimulant, which interferes with the working of the homeopathy medicine.  Further, Coffee is addictive and could cause sleep disturbances.  Also, cafestol, a substance found in coffee, could trigger the rise of cholesterol.  High coffee consumption could result in loss of bone mineral density. 

Taking paracetamol with coffee could harm your liver.  

But there are people who say that coffee in moderation is actually beneficial.  From my point of view, anything that makes you an addict is bad.

Pranams to Swami Kriyananda and Grateful thanks to The Times of India.

25 July, 2012

Health Tips-47: Food and Energy

Our energy supply depends not primarily upon food and other external causes, but our capacity for smiles, for enthusiasm. People lead “one-horsepower lives” when they forget how to smile, when they overcomplicate their daily ruotine, and clutter their minds with the debris of useless desires and preoccupations – Swami Kriyananda

Excerpt from his article, “Rise above Chronic Fatigue” in The Times of India (date not available)

19 July, 2012

Health Tips-46: Fatigue

... The next time you feel fatigue, do some deep breathing.....  Swami Kriyananda

18 July, 2012

Health Warnings-17: Nail Polish and Diabetes

Nail polishes may increase diabetes risk in women, says a news item in The Times of India of July 18, 2012.  A study has found that phthalates commonly found in moisturisers, nail polishes, soaps, hair sprays and perfumes are endocrine disrupting chemicals and women with higher levels of phthalates in their urine are more likely to have diabetes.

I then searched the Net with the help of Google search engine and came across many interesting and useful articles, which reveal that phthalates could do harm to human beings in many ways.  I am furnishing below links to some of these, which may be of interest to you.

Urinary Phthalate Metabolite Concentrations and Diabetes among Women in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001-2008 by Tamarra James-Todd, Richard Stahlhut, John D. Meeker, Sheena-Gail Powell, Russ Hauser, Tianyi Huang, Janet Rich-Edwards

"Circulating Levels of Phthalate Metabolites Are Associated With Prevalent Diabetes in the Elderly" 
by Dr.P. Monica Lind, Dr.Bj√∂rn Zethelius and Dr.Lars Lind:

"Phthalates and Metabolism: Exposure Correlates with Obesity and Diabetes in Men"
by Melissa Lee Phillips

Grateful thanks to The Times of India; Environmental Health Perspectives, an Open Access Journal; and Diabetes Care of American Diabetes Association