New Guidelines from WHO Put Children's Life At Risk: Paediatricians
Two leading paediatricians in India have urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to urgently revise its manual on classification of Adverse Events Following Immunization (AEFI), warning that the new guidelines put children's life at risk.
 
This needs to be done "urgently in the interest of child safety," Doctors Jacob Puliyel at St Stephen's Hospital in Delhi, and Pathik Naik of Children Hospital in Surat, say in a report published in the prestigious journal 'F1000Research'
 
Under WHO's revised manual on AEFI, only those adverse reactions observed during clinical trials of a vaccine, should be classified as vaccine related.  All new serious adverse reactions including deaths seen during post-marketing of the vaccine should be considered as 'coincidental' or 'unclassifiable', and the vaccine should not be blamed.
 
The WHO has also changed the definition of "causal association," the doctors say. Under the revised guidelines, if there is an alternate explanation for the adverse event, or another factor is involved, causative association with vaccine should not be made. "In other words, if after vaccination, a child with an underlying congenital heart disease develops cardiac failure, it would not be considered causally related to the vaccine."
 
The revised classification by WHO "is a major step backward for patient safety," the authors say, adding, "This could embolden vaccine manufacturers to be more reckless with regard to adverse reactions.".
 
Puliyel and Naik note that the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety has documented many deaths in children with pre-existing heart disease after they were administered the pentavalent vaccine (combined diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hib, and hepatitis-B vaccine). "Under WHO's new definition of causal association, these deaths would not be acknowledged as related to vaccination." 
 
Both Sri Lanka and Vietnam governments withdrew the pentavalent vaccine following the deaths of five children in Sri Lanka and 12 in Vietnam soon after vaccination. But WHO investigating teams declared that the deaths were 'unlikely' to be related to vaccination, the report says. 
 
The authors point out that a new study in India, showed that the switch from DPT (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) to pentavalent vaccine almost doubled the deaths following vaccination. "A large number of these deaths could have been avoided had the AEFI manual not been revised."
 
According to their report, the consequence of India adopting WHO's new classification can be seen from the causality assessment of 132 serious AEFI cases uploaded on the website of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Of the total AEFI cases, 54 babies died and 78 survived, "but not even one death was classified as vaccine-related. Nearly all the deaths were simply classified as unclassifiable or coincidental." 
 
Vaccines are drugs used as a preventive measure, given to healthy persons. . Adverse events following immunization must be monitored more carefully than other drugs, the authors note. "A credible immunization safety evaluation and monitoring system is essential for the success of immunization programmes." 
 
Adverse reaction and deaths may not show up as significantly increased in small safety studies. However, records of all deaths and serious adverse events following vaccinations should be maintained and periodically reviewed for safety signals.  
 
According to the authors, WHO's new AEFI classification scheme "that allows for an outright denial of any new causative association with vaccination" could fall foul of Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Adverse reaction and deaths may not show up as significantly increased in small safety studies. However, records of all deaths and serious adverse events following vaccinations should be maintained and periodically reviewed for safety signals.  
 
"Paradoxically, the AEFI algorithm is said to be for vaccine safety," says Puliyel. "Perhaps we need a scheme for public safety rather than vaccine safety."

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Sumitha Manivel

5 months ago

F1000research is not a journal but a publishing platform. I was not able to find any impact factor for it.

7 Tips To Deal with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Naturally
After diabetes, thyroid and hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has assumed the dubious distinction of a health epidemic. This problem has become common among women—young and middle aged. In this article, I am going to share some tips on how to combat this disease, with the disclaimer that this is not medical advice. What I am suggesting are simple home remedies that can benefit everyone.
 
Let us all understand that PCOS is basically a lifestyle disease and can be cured over of time. Stress is one of the basic causes for this disorder. Hormonal changes in a woman’s body also lead to this disorder. For some women, this disorder leads to heavy bleeding during their menstrual periods and, for others, menstrual periods become irregular. Here are seven tips to overcome this ailment and lead a happy life:
 
1. Lose Weight—Naturally
A good gynaecologist will tell you that the first step to deal with PCOS is to lose weight. Go for regular walks. Teenage girls and those who have crossed teenage are increasingly getting affected with PCOS. Stop using the elevator and use the stairs. Use every opportunity to walk. Walking is the best aerobic exercise that can correct your hormonal imbalances. A 30-minute brisk walk every morning will definitely lead to losing weight.
 
2. Beat Stress through Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama
Let us understand that PCOS is only a lifestyle disease like hypertension and diabetes. You can control it through yoga, pranayama and meditation. There are several forms of meditation available—like sahaja yoga, alpha meditation, and panchakosha. These are now widely available on YouTube. Meditation will take a maximum of 20-25 minutes of your time. Spiritual healer Deepak Chopra says that it is good to meditate at least twice a day;—if that’s not possible, do it once a day at least. Doing Surya Namaskar everyday is a must, if you want to win the war against PCOS.
 
I can hear girls grumbling—“Oh, how do I get the time for all these activities?” I would suggest that girls introspect on how much time they spend on the Internet or on WhatsApp sharing and forwarding mindless messages. Can we not devote 20 minutes out of 24 hours to do something that is meaningful, impactful and soul-stirring? It is important to remember that whether it is pranayama or Surya Namaskar or meditation –all have immense collateral benefits.
 
If you are doing breathing exercises and Surya Namaskar in the mornings, do meditation before going to sleep at night. You are the best judge, when it comes to planning your schedule. However, do remember to be flexible when required.
 
3. Watch Your Diet!
One of the important causes for PCOS is junk food. If you simply cannot resist it, set aside one day in a week to consume fast foods. Believe me, if you start abstaining from it, it will become a habit over a period and you will stop missing junk foods. Include green leafy vegetables, like spinach and methi (fenugreek leaves), as part of your diet. Consume copious quantities of salads. Sandwiches made of brown bread, cucumber, onion and tomato slices are not only nutritious but can also be tasty. Do not forget the age-old adage—“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper.” The more you stuff yourselves during the later part of the day, the more calories you accumulate which is not good anyway. Include olives in your diet by adding them to salads.
 
4. Embrace Ayurveda
Many allopathic doctors recommend quick-fixes by asking women suffering from PCOS to consume birth control pills to regulate their menstrual cycles. This is not a good idea at all. The key to fighting PCOS is to fight it with tonnes of patience. Ayurvedic medicines have the potency to deal with issues such as PCOS. However, you cannot take Ayurvedic medicines lifelong. So, strive to combat PCOS through natural means even if you have to take Ayurvedic medicines for a short spell. Go to a reputed Ayurvedic doctor—someone who has many years of experience and wisdom and not necessarily someone who features on top of the search engine results page, thanks to Google ads.
 
4. Grandma’s Recipes
Ginger juice was earlier considered a good remedy for PCOS when people did not know what PCOS was. You need to dilute ginger juice (one portion of ginger juice with four portions of lukewarm water). Some women may not like it. If it does not suit you, drop the idea. Instead, you can make a simple ginger rasam (recipe at the end of the article). Ginger and garlic are new-age super-foods that help you win the battle against bulge. Bonduc nut (Caesalpinia Bonduc herb) is the natural drug for treating PCOS. This nut is available in all Ayurvedic stores. You need to break the nuts and take the seed out and powder the seeds. Half a teaspoon of this powder is adequate.
 
Do keep in mind that grandma’s recipes can only complement your weight loss efforts. One should not think that consuming homemade remedies is a one-stop solution. Rather, think of adopting a holistic approach. Cinnamon tea and cumin tea are also extremely beneficial that will not do any harm to your body. Do not get flustered. It is very simple to make these drinks at home. Take two tablespoons of cumin seeds (jeera) and boil them in water and consume it throughout the day. If you wish to make cinnamon tea, all you need to do is to add 3-4 sticks to water and boil the water. New research says that it is always beneficial to drink water while you are seated. It is recommended that you consume hot water and stay away from cold drinks.
 
5. Consume Flaxseed Powder Every Single Day
Flaxseeds have a miraculous effect on your body. Though it may lead to constipation for some people, it has many positive effects. Rather than consuming roasted seeds, it is always better to consume flaxseed powder twice a day. The powder has more soluble fibre in it and so it easily gets digested and is more beneficial. Consuming flaxseed on a regular basis reduces androgynous hormone in women. Increase in androgynous hormone is the reason for girls having hair on the upper portion of their lips and lower portion of their chin. Instead of going for a facial or waxing, use turmeric to ward off this problem. Regular consumption of flaxseed will reduce androgynous hormone and this will retard the growth of unwanted hair on your body.
 
6. Drink Green Tea
Consumption of green tea at least twice a day is beneficial for losing weight and improving your metabolism.
 
7. Practise Mudras and Acupuncture
Many Mudras have been developed and these can be practised even when you are travelling. Acupuncture has time-tested solutions for dealing with PCOS. Remember, the battle against PCOS may be arduous but it is really worth the effort. In the long-run, we all need to remember that “Health is Wealth”.
 
Think about this. Did your grandmothers and great-grandmothers have this problem of PCOS? No. Today, we are living in a world characterised by ever increasing pollution and consumption of pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables. We can do very little about this. But we can definitely change our lifestyle, if we have to deal with lifestyle diseases. 
 
Ginger-Garlic Rasam Recipe
Peel one piece of ginger and crush it together with six to eight garlic cloves. Boil some water and soak a small ball of tamarind in it to turn it into pulp. Decant the tamarind pulp in a pan. Add salt, turmeric, one spoon rasam powder, the garlic-ginger paste, one small spoon of ghee and a pinch of asafoetida. Let the rasam boil. Switch off the gas and now you can add finely chopped coriander/ curry leaves. Season it with ghee, mustard and cumin seeds. Your garlic-ginger rasam is ready. Consumption of this rasam at least twice a week is extremely beneficial.
 
(The author is a Pune-based homemaker with deep interest in health, nutrition and spirituality.)
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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Excellent!

Arnavaz m. Havewala

5 months ago

Excellent article..will try to follow .
By the way, I really believe in Alternative medicine- but everyone thinks Im not getting the correct treatment for my daughter if I dont take her to an Allopath.

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In Reply to Arnavaz m. Havewala 5 months ago

Because we are made to believe through Ads that "stain (on your dress) is gain".

Public Health Experts Appreciate Amitabh Bachchan’s Decision Not to Promote Horlicks; Ask Parents to Stay Away from Sugary ‘Nutritional’ beverages
Appreciating Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan’s decision not to promote Horlicks, after its high-sugar content was brought to his notices, leading public health experts such as the Nutrition Advocacy in Public Interest (NAPi) has listed other high-sugar beverages touted as "nutritional"  that parents are encouraged to buy for their children's health. The group has listed the high sugar content in several major brands such as PediaSure, Complan, Protein X, Bournvita, Boost also Baba Ramdev’s Patanjali Power Vita and Shri Ojas Vita. Most of these brands have high-power advertising touting the high nutritional benefits of these beverages for young children. 
 
NAPI also called for both the government and private sector and their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to refrain from opting for a 'product-based solution' to curb malnutrition in the country.
 
Last month, NAPi wrote a letter to Mr Bachchan requesting him to from Horlicks brand like he did with Pepsi. NAPi in its letter to Mr Bachchan had said, "Horlicks is a high sugar product, as 100 gram of a popularly advertised pack of Horlicks Delight, contains 78 gram of carbohydrates of which 32 grams is sucrose sugar." (Read: Public Health Experts Ask Amitabh Bachchan to dissociate from Horlicks)
 
The health expert's group was reacting to partnership between Horlicks and Network 18 rendered support to the Indian Government's “Rashtriya Poshan Abhiyaan" to curb undernutrition in India. Many people welcomed this step as they roped in Amitabh Bachchan as the face of this project. The name of the campaign is similar to Poshan Mission of the Government and is called "Mission Poshan".
 
Responding to the NAPi letter, a spokesperson of Mr Bachchan told the Hindustan Times, the Bollywood superstar was not associated with the brand at all, and instead was endorsing the nutrition campaign on pro bono basis. “Mr Bachchan is not associated in anyway with the brand. He had been approached for Mission Poshan, a social campaign on hunger and nutrition, by a media group. He researched the subject and agreed to participate in and lead the charity campaign, without endorsing any brand involved. That too only if he is satisfied with the accuracy of the research done during the campaign,” the actor’s spokesperson was quoted in the report. 
 
NAPi says it also received a response from Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman of Niti Aayog, assuring that the Aayog will never promote any brand and is committed to optimising use of natural resources and methods for improving nutritional levels.
 
"Any campaign that envisions to curb or eliminate malnutrition should not partner with any food and nutrition companies or industry with the similar logic. We are happy to note your offer to support the cause pro bono but would like that you be vigilant of such subtle linkages to nutrition products like Horlicks, and many others high sugar products such as Complan, Boost, PediaSure, Bournvita, Power Vita, OjasVita, Protein X and similar. These are mostly high sugar products," the public health expert's body had said in a letter to Mr Bachchan.
 
Here is a list of Sugar Content of Top Malt/Health Drinks per 100 grams provided by NAPi...
 
1) PediaSure: Carbohydrates 62.74 grams of which sugar is 23.77 grams
2) Complan: Carbohydrates 62 grams of which sugar is 24 grams
3) Protein X: Carbohydrates 55 grams of which sugar is 32 grams
4) Bourn vita: Carbohydrates 85.2 grams of which sugar is 32 grams
5) Patanjali Power Vita: Carbohydrates 87.07 grams of which sugar is 72.66 grams
6) Boost: Carbohydrates 83 grams of which sugar is 26.5 grams
7) Shri Ojas Vita: Sugar 41.9 grams
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Ismail Bandookwala

6 months ago

He should also stop promoting Cadbury Chocolates, which are equally harmful specially for children.

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