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Anti-psychotic Drugs May Cause Brain Damage


Professor Grace Elizabeth Jackson, formerly of the US Naval Medical Service, had written an exhaustive book on how dementia is the result of medicating psychiatric patients with anti-depressants. Her book, Drug-induced Dementia: A Perfect Crime, was based on her vast experience in the field.

Now comes a bigger bombshell. Researchers from the University of Oulu (Finland) have published a paper in the prestigious journal PLOS ONE, on how simple anti-psychotic drugs, like chlorpromazine, a derivative of naphtha, can shrink brain cells in patients with schizophrenia, even those who are as young as 30 years of age. Brain cells start shrinking naturally around the mid-30s, but patients taking the drug, who had been observed for nine years, consistently showed brain cells shrinking across the board, in all parts of the brain.

The moral of the story is that, in reductionist drug therapy prevalent in modern medicine, the patient’s safety is under constant threat. We have not yet understood how the human mind works. So the theory that one disease can be taken care of by one drug, seems to be seriously flawed. To complicate matters, we now get daily reports of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) harming more and more patients; and these ADRs are one of the leading causes of death!

Yogurt for Healthy Blood


When it comes to treatment, that too of such feared diseases as raised blood pressure, people remain unconvinced that they could use natural methods to correct the abnormality. But several studies inform us that probiotics can do wonders. Consumption of cultured yogurt and Indian dahi is the best form of natural probiotic therapy.

A paper published recently in Hypertension reports that the overall result of nine randomised controlled studies showed how yogurt could effectively control mild to moderately elevated blood pressure. Interestingly, it is as effective as, if not more than, the common drugs used to treat hypertension.  

Potassium Ions Are Vital for Our Bodies


Lay people usually do not recognise the importance of potassium ions for health.

 

Potassium is a vital element that controls the electrolyte acid base balance in the system, regulates water balance, helps in many chemical processes in the body like energy metabolism, and helps synthesise proteins in cells, thus helping us grow muscles. It also helps convert glucose in the blood to storable glycogen, to be kept inside the liver for use on a rainy day. Potassium also helps nerve conduction which is vital for all our body functions. The best source of potassium is the humble banana. Normal adults require up to 4,500 micrograms of potassium a day; children need a little less. Even though potassium is not as important as magnesium, which is hard to come by in our daily diet, it plays a vital role in the functioning of our body.

Foods for Women with Heavy Menstrual Flow


Avoid starchy foods. Avoid dairy products. Eat plenty of fruits,  vegetables like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, other leafy vegetables, and take virgin coconut oil. Sugar and carbohydrates abet excess flow. So, replace all heavy carbs with low-carb foods like avocados, Brussels sprouts and cabbages.

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Indian market trends

The Sensex and the Nifty rose 2% each during the fortnight ended 13th August. ML Mega-cap Index advanced 3%. ML Mid-cap Index rose 1%. ML Large-cap Index and ML Small-cap Index fell 1% each. ML Micro-cap Index declined 2%. 

 

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Fund flows
Foreigners: Foreign institutional investors were net buyers of stocks (Rs1,058.65 crore). They bought shares worth Rs27,377.74 crore.
 
 
Indians: Domestic institutional investors were also net buyers of stocks (Rs745.68 crore). They bought shares worth Rs10,699.11 crore.
 

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