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80-member Maharashtra family pledges bodies, organs
Palghar (Maharashtra) : An 80-member joint family living in Agashe village near Virar in Maharashtra has suddenly come into prominence after all of them voluntarily pledged to donate their bodies or organs and tissues.
 
Headed by retired farmer Baptista Lopes, the East Indian Christian family was inspired by a talk by Puroshottam Patil-Pawar, the chief trustee of the Bapusaheb Patil-Pawar Charitable Trust which runs NGO Dehmukti Mission that creates awareness on eye and cadaver donations.
 
Starting with the 82-year old patriarch Baptista, four members have already signed pledges to donate their full bodies, while the other 76 will donate organs or tissues.
 
"Around 20-odd family members either live or work elsewhere, but they have agreed to come and pledge their donation in due course," said Baptista's son Elvis Lopes, a 60-year-old retired private company employee.
 
The Lopes family is one of the rare and huge single joint families in the coastal Konkan region with around 100 members living peacefully and happily in one single wadi in Agashe village, around five km from Virar station.
 
"When we heard Patil-Pawar's simple and scientific explanations on the benefits of body or organ donation, we were impressed and convinced to do our bit. In fact, on January 10, when most of my family was present, a majority raised their hands in the auditorium," Lopes told IANS.
 
Speaking to IANS, Patil-Pawar said: "The Lopes family asked me to speak about the topic on which we are campaigning and creating awareness. It was on January 10, when the family was marking the 25th death anniversary of their former patriarch Bascao Dinya Lopes who died in 1991 at the age of 79."
 
After that, around 60 Lopes family members filled up forms pledging tissues like eyes and skin, and organs like blood, lungs, kidneys, intestines, heart, pancreas, liver, bones and bone marrow, and four members including Baptista pledged their full bodies.
 
The rest, some not living there currently, or the 12 minors -- the youngest to pledge is only 12 years old and others including school and college going children -- have announced their intention to sign up after they become majors.
 
Charged by the cause, Patil-Pawar said the Lopes family members were now enthusiastically reaching out to other villagers and also their own distant relatives in other parts of Maharashtra and elsewhere to make similar pledges.
 
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Meenal Mamdani

1 year ago

What an inspiring story. I wish more families would choose to honor their loved ones with such priceless gifts.

I am forwarding this article to my family members and friends to motivate them to do the same.

Brush your teeth twice a day and revitalise your heart
New Delhi : What have brushing and cleaning your teeth to do with your heart? A lot, say health experts, suggesting that taking care of your teeth and gums will not only help keep oral hygiene or make you smile better but also save your heart from various heart diseases.
 
Gum disease can be a reason for heart disease because bacteria from infected gums can dislodge, enter the bloodstream, attach to blood vessels and increase clot formation.
 
"Swelling caused by gum disease may also trigger clot formation. Clots decrease blood flow to the heart, thereby causing an elevation in blood pressure and increasing the risk of a heart attack", said Dr Subhash Chandra, chairman (cardiology) at BLK Super Speciality Hospital in the capital.
 
Dr Chandra recently treated Neelam, an 18-year-old girl who was diagnosed with endocarditis (suffering from leaking heart valve). The infection in her heart valves was caused by mouth bacteria.
 
Endocarditis is an infection of the heart's valves or inner lining. It occurs when germs get into the bloodstream and settle inside the heart, often on a valve.
 
The infection is usually caused by bacteria but in rare cases it is seen to be caused by fungi.
 
Not brushing the teeth increases the bacterial count in the mouth which can travel to the damaged heart valves to cause infection.
 
Many of the risk factors for gum disease are the same as those for heart disease, such as tobacco use, poor nutrition and diabetes.
 
Overall, people who have chronic gum disease are at higher risk for a heart attack. The people with moderate or advanced gum (periodontal) disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
 
There are two groups - namely coronary heart disease and infection in heart valves - in which the effect of poor oral health can be studied. Poor oral healthcare increases the risk of coronary heart diseases.
 
"Poor oral health increases the risk of infection in heart valves, especially in case of pre-existing damage in the heart valve. With such a condition, the infection due to poor oral health can reach to the already damaged heart valves, causing an infection there too." explained Dr Tapan Ghosh, director (cardiology sciences) at Paras Hospitals, Gurgaon.
 
Brushing your teeth twice a day is a mandate to maintain good oral healthcare. It is always advisable to go for a regular dental checkup in order to maintain a good oral health.
 
"One of the biggest mouth-heart connections is related to gum disease. The spread of infected bacteria by swollen and bleeding gums not only destroys the structure of teeth jawbones but can also cause heart attack," the experts cautioned.
 
Gum disease which is called "gingivitis" in its early stages and periodontal disease in the late stages is caused by plaque build-up along and below the gum line.
 
"Apart from heart attack, poor oral health hygiene may result in various serious health consequences as respiratory infections, diabetes, poor nutrition, osteoporosis and stomach disease like gastro-intestinal infection, H Pylori, gastritis and stomach cancer," added Dr Ramesh Garg, head (gastroenterology) at Saroj Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi.
 
So next time when you ignore brushing your teeth, hear the voice of your heart!
 
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Pan masala ads featuring celebrities violates ASCI code
ASCI says it will investigate advertisements by pan masala brands featuring celebrities as these would be in violation of its code of self-regulation in advertising content
 
Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) says advertisements by Pan Masala brands featuring celebrities are in violation of its Code of Self-Regulation and the Council will investigate such advertisements.
 
"We would like to educate the consumers and the advertisers that while products like Pan Masala and Supari are not banned for sale or from advertising by law, the ASCI code does not permit the use of celebrities in advertisements of products which by law require health warning on its pack or cannot be purchased or used by minors. Complaints against such advertisements have been received by ASCI and are being looked into. ASCI will approach the concerned advertisers to take necessary corrective action post decision by our Consumer Complaints Council," says Shweta Purandare, Secretary General, ASCI, in a release.
 
Recently, the Health Department of Delhi Government, taking cognizance of the serious health consequences of pan masalas and the significant influence their advertisements featuring celebrities, which have an negative influence on minors made.  The Health Department also made an appeal to celebrities not to appear in such products' ads.
 
According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Rules and Regulation, the statutory warnings like 'Chewing of Pan Masala is injurious to health' and 'Chewing of Supari is injurious to health' are mandatory to be printed on the pack as well as for the advertisements. 
 
The Council said, it has been observed that large number of Pan Masala brands are in potential contravention of the advertising codes under ASCI's Chapter III (To safeguard against the indiscriminate use of Advertising in situations or of the Promotion of Products which are regarded as Hazardous or Harmful to society or to individuals, particularly minors, to a degree or of a type which is Unacceptable to Society at Large). 
 
More specifically, Clause 2 (e) under Chapter III states:
Advertisements should not feature personalities from the field of sports, music and cinema for products which, by law, either require a health warning in their advertising or cannot be purchased by minors.
 
It is important that the advertisers as well as celebrities are aware of this clause of ASCI code and sensitized to this issue so that they can advertise in a responsible manner, the self-regulating body said.
 

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