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Plastic Vs Glass Vs Copper - Which Type Of Vessel Should Be Used To Store Water?

Dr. L.A Dongarwar 88% (173 ratings)
MD - Ayurveda
Ayurveda, Thane  •  31 years experience
Plastic Vs Glass Vs Copper - Which Type Of Vessel Should Be Used To Store Water?

One of the most important aspects of staying healthy is to keep your body hydrated by drinking enough water. When it comes to drinking water, we stress on purifying it but do you ever stop to think about how you are storing your water? The vessel in which water is stored in not only contains it but also interacts with it and influences the chemical elements in it. In the old days, water was stored in earthen matkas but today, water bottles have become more popular. These bottles are commonly made of glass or plastic both of which can be harmful in the long run. Instead, Ayurveda suggests the use of copper vessels to store water. Here are a few reasons for this.

Plastic vs Glass vs Copper

One of the chemical elements present in all plastic bottles is Bisphenol A or BPA. This chemical has been linked to a number of diseases including cancer. They also contain a number of other toxins that are gradually absorbed by the water inside the bottle. Exposure to BPA when pregnant can lead to a woman giving birth to an underweight baby. This chemical can also affect the development of the brain and behaviour. Disposable mineral water bottles should never be reused for this reason. Plastic bottles also absorb odors and tend to leak after repeated use.

The glass is an inert material and hence when used to store water, does not influence it in any way. The two things you should look for, if you choose to buy glass bottles is that they are lead and cadmium free. However, glass bottles are not cheap and have a tendency to crack or break. Once broken, these bottles cannot be reused.

Copper also influences the chemical balance in the water. However, this does not harm the body in any way, but in fact, has a number of benefits. Copper acts as a natural sterilizer and has an oligodynamic effect on water stored in it. It has the ability to destroy a number of harmful pathogens that are commonly found in water. Copper is an element needed by the body and drinking water stored in a copper vessel supplies our body’s daily copper requirement.

Copper can also help regulate cholesterol, heart rate and blood pressure levels. Copper has also been associated with an ability to regulate thyroid functioning, ease joint pains, improve fertility, heal internal wounds, help in hemoglobin synthesis and in maintaining the proper acid-alkaline balance in our bodies. A copper bottle may seem a little expensive when you buy it but there is no chance of breakage. Hence, if handled properly, a copper bottle can last a lifetime.

From the given arguments it is clear that using a copper vessel is the best way to store water. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.

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Will PCOS Hamper Pregnancy?

Dr. Aprajita Singh 89% (72 ratings)
MBBS, MD, Registrar, DNB, MNAMS
Gynaecologist, New Delhi  •  14 years experience
Will PCOS Hamper Pregnancy?

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and infertility are considered synonymous by most. However, the truth is that they are not and there are a lot of treatment options that can lead to pregnancy, even in a lady who is suffering from PCOS.

Reasons PCOS lead to infertility
Women with PCOS have different hormonal pathways than a normal woman without PCOS. It changes the system of how your body produces the eggs and prepares your uterus for pregnancy. Three reasons why women with PCOS do not get pregnant, or why it is difficult for them to maintain pregnancy are:

1. Women who are suffering with PCOS do not ovulate normally.
2. They have irregular periods and thus their monthly cycles are not predictable.
3. As they have irregular periods, their endometrium may not be prepared when the egg is released. Thus, it does not help in sustaining the pregnancy.

Symptoms of PCOS
There are a lot of symptoms that show the hormonal imbalance due to PCOS.
1. Ovarian cysts
2. Excessive amounts of male hormones
3. High levels of insulin
4. Fertility problems
5. Weight gain
6. Ovulation and menstrual problems
7. Excess body and facial hair
8. Acne
9. Anxiety and depression

As there is hormonal imbalance in a woman with PCOS, the eggs may not develop properly, and at the same time, they may not be ready to get fertilized, thus leading to infertility.

PCOS infertility treatment
The good news is that even if you are one of them with PCOS, there are treatments that can help you to get pregnant.

Here are the drugs that help patients with PCOS.
Metformin (Glucophage)

It helps in reducing the insulin levels and stabilizes the hormones. Thus, doctors often prescribe metformin that will help in making the ovulation cycles regular.

Clomid (Clomiphene citrate)
Another fertility drug that helps in conceiving is Clomid. It may be prescribed with or without metformin. When women with PCOS take these two drugs together, their chances of getting treated for PCOS and getting fertile become more. Many women may need a high dose of Clomid so that they can retain fertility.

Gonadotropins
This medication is necessary for helping you with ovulation as gonadotropins are hormones that stimulate your ovaries to release eggs. When someone is not responding to clomid then this medication may be tried.

If you too are trying to conceive and yet have not succeeded, and can find the symptoms mentioned above, visit your doctor and start the treatment. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Gynaecologist.

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Know The Type Of Hernia You Are Suffering From

Dr. Preetham Raj 90% (10 ratings)
MBBS, MS - General Surgery
General Surgeon, Bangalore  •  12 years experience
Know The Type Of Hernia You Are Suffering From

When an organ residing in a cavity such as the abdomen tries to push through the muscular layer it resides in, it is called as hernia. 

Though said to be genetic, hernias can be caused by things such as improper heavy lifting, incorrect posture, or chronic constipation and as a result of surgical complication or injury. Factors like obesity, pregnancy, smoking, chronic lung disease aggravate the severity of the hernia. It is believed that about 27% of all males and 3% of females can have a hernia during their lifetime.

Types of hernias:

  1. Inguinal hernia: The groin is the most common area, where the abdomen pushes through a weak spot in the lower abdominal wall, causing a protrusion into the inguinal canal. This is more common in men than women.
  2. Hiatal hernia: The abdomen has the diaphragm separating it from the thoracic cavity in the upper border. When it pushes through the diaphragm, a hernia is caused and there is almost always associated food reflux in these cases. Though the most common cause is associated old age, due to muscle weakness, there also are cases of congenital hiatal hernias.
  3. Umbilical hernia: The abdomen finds a weak layer along its length and protrudes through the skin on the stomach. Most commonly seen in babies around the bellybutton, it gradually corrects itself on its own. Quiet rare in adults, seen during pregnancy and in chronic obese people.
  4. Incisional: These are post-surgical, and happen when the organ protrudes through the weakened wall due to surgery. The abdomen is again the most common area and the hernia can happen either onto the external surface or internally, when they are called ventral hernias.

These are the most frequent types, though hernia affects other organs like the spine, brain, appendix, etc.

Treatment:

This includes a combination of constant monitoring followed by a decision to do surgical treatment. Hiatal hernias and umbilical hernias can be monitored for a while before deciding on surgery. Inguinal hernias may require surgery earlier in the stage. Post-surgery, a mesh is placed to hold back the tissue in its corrected place. The umbilical hernia in children could be self-limiting. If it does not get auto-corrected in the first year of life, that also would qualify for a surgical treatment. Hernias need to be managed under medical supervision. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a General Surgeon.

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Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?

MBBS, MD - Psychiatry
Psychiatrist, Bhopal  •  20 years experience
Too Much of a Good Thing: Are You Addicted to Your Smartphone?
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Hi, Patient creatine is 3.1 mg/dl and urea is 70 mg/dl and potassium is 5.3mmol/L and chloride serum is 110mmol/L, so will medicine work on this patient or dialysis is compulsory. Patient age 66 year and no blood sugar problem only he has high blood pleasure.

MBBS, MD - General Medicine, DM - Nephrology
Nephrologist, Delhi  •  9 years experience
Hi, Patient creatine is 3.1 mg/dl and urea is 70 mg/dl and potassium is 5.3mmol/L and chloride serum is 110mmol/L, so...
Hello, At present he can be managed conservatively with blood pressure medicines and diet restriction. It is necessary for him to be under regular follow up of a nephrologist.
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I am getting semen problem. It is ejaculated very easily. Give me some idea how to avoid that.

MBBS
Sexologist, Panchkula  •  21 years experience
I am getting semen problem. It is ejaculated very easily. Give me some idea how to avoid that.
Your semen is getting ejaculated very easily. I advise you to do start and stop technique and squeezing method to delay ejaculation during sex. Do kegel exercises daily. Follow this and give feedback.
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Hallo Dr. My name is Ashwini actually I am trouble with my hair I have problem of hair fall so I want to best treatment for my hair what can I do now for my hair which is the best shampoo and best conditioner and also waste oil for my hair and also give me some therapy and some best yoga for hair fall thank you thank you.

MD, MBBS
Dermatologist, Chennai  •  19 years experience
Hallo Dr. My name is Ashwini actually I am trouble with my hair I have problem of hair fall so I want to best treatme...
Use MX lotion twice daily. You are suffering from hormonal changes causing Androgenetic alopecia causing hair fall. It's completely stoppable even regrowth of hair is possible with certain medications without any side effects. Treatment depends on the grade of hair loss. So, it's a must for diagnosing which grade, you are in for an effective treatment. Please meet me in my clinic or do direct personal online consultation by sending photos for accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.
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Hello, My elder brother is addicted to alcohol, he eats Gutkha and also smokes, he has this habits since 10 years now, he is now married for 3 years and have no kids, he became very weak and his head shakes all the time due to weakness we are very much worried and want him to get rid of this bad habits of alcohol, we have asked him to quit this habits but he won't listen. We do not want his wife life to get spoiled because of him. We want him to lead a healthy life. Please help.

Reparenting Technique, BA, BEd
Psychologist, Bangalore  •  47 years experience
Both of them are orally ingested habits of alcohol and gutkha and so quitting can be a little difficult but can be done at one time. There are no guarantees about stopping one’s addiction. But that does not mean we should not keep at it, over and over again until we succeed. Now it is difficult to give up all by himself because he has become addicted to alcohol and gutkha and there is so much to do. Under such circumstances it is best that he is admitted into a de-addiction center and stay there for at least 6 months and after that he can attend counseling with a professional. Since he has probably tried and found it extremely difficult I suggest he does one of the following: It sounds like he is in an advanced stage of alcoholism and gutkha use and needs admission to a rehabilitation center to ideally help deal with this problem. There are medicines that help with the drinking just to ease the initial craving and to act as an antabuse i.e. He will have a serious reaction, if he consumes even a small quantity of alcohol or alcohol based substances. It has to be carefully monitored to see that he does not only consume the medication but is also avoiding alcohol. Ultimately, it is his will power and the support that he receives from the medical fraternity and his close and dear ones. He must also learn to substitute and deal with the oral need, a rigid value system, the script issue, and of course take a look at all the genetic factors to plan a strategy not to get into what is called ‘cross addictions’ i.e. Another form of addiction that may appear alright but is in fact as bad as the primary addiction. The center or hospital and the counselor will advise and guide him on several measures and precautions he will need to take to stay with his resolve. Even after the rehabilitation he must attend AA meetings and continue this support for a long time. The family will also need to attend some sessions and go for Al-anon meetings for their co-dependency issues. He cannot be treated in isolation because the family has gotten used to his drinking in particular and have made some unhealthy adaptations to somehow cope.
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Sexual Harassment Case In Office - How Should You Handle It?

B.A. Hons . Psychology, MA Psychological Counseling, EDM Psychological Counseling, Trauma Specialist, MPhil Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, Hyderabad  •  14 years experience
Sexual Harassment Case In Office - How Should You Handle It?

Every now and then we come across workplace sexual harassment cases in India, and each time a company, industry or even state comes under the spotlight. Unfortunately, sexual harassment in offices has become a concerning trend which can happen to both women as well as men. It can be in the form of unwanted physical conduct, verbal abuse or suggestive language, or suggestive text messages or videos and such.

Instances

Generally, an employee might be threatened with some form of punishment unless sexual favors are granted, embraced, proposed for an affair, sent obscene phone calls or even subjected to sex-stereotyped jokes in cases of sexual harassment. The harassment can take other forms as well.

Some official sexual harassment cases have rocked India since quite a long time. In one, a lady professional had accused her well-known boss of touching her inappropriately at a party, though the accused wasn’t jailed.

In another instance, a very capable executive was accused of sexual harassment by his secretary, and had to resign. There was yet again a case where a female employee was harassed for three years by her superior. In some instances, out of court settlements resolved the issue too.

Two men had once accused a very famous Indian citizen of sexually controlling and harassing them in the name of professionalism, while the honchos of many reputed companies continue to appear in the news for lewd behavior and even rape.

Effects on victims

Irrespective of the fact whether the victim is a man or a woman, sexual harassment in offices can lead to various psychological disorders such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, increased blood pressure, sleep-related problems, suicidal tendencies and physical aches or pain. The self-confidence and willpower of the victim is often shattered.Hence, it’s crucial to know how to deal with such harassment. 

Tips on dealing with sexual harassment

  • Clearly tell the perpetrator that his or her advances are unwelcome. Say NO firmly but politely, or send a text message or email if you are not comfortable with a direct confrontation. Save the message as proof.

  • Make notes of where, when and how the harassment happened and who else was present there.

  • Inform another colleague you trust about the harassment, or friends and family members.

  • Save all the work you do and all official communications in case the perpetrator decides to question your performance.

  • Take your HR department or another senior into your confidence and provide proper evidence like text messages, videos or voice recordings as evidence. The HR is actually bound to address the issue.

  • Don’t expect all your colleagues or teammates to support or believe you. This might happen especially if the harasser is a superior.

  • Try your best to avoid the perpetrator, or keep a discreet recording device handy if you are unable to avoid. At least make one co-worker your witness, if you fear harassment might occur again.

  • Make a police report if the problem is grave, or consult a lawyer who deals with such cases.

  • Don’t be shy; it will simply feed the harasser’s ego. Practice assertive responses if need be. And never ignore any sexual harassment incident.

Your mental health is important

As a sexual harassment victim, it’s natural to have many questions, doubts, and fears. Don’t be afraid to consult a psychologist to process feelings like shame, confusion, rage, guilt or isolation after a traumatic experience. If you ignore these feelings, they might come back to you on a later date and affect your normal life. Finally, believe in yourself and know that you are right. If you are confident, your workplace will become a better place for you.

* This health tip is only for educational purpose.This can't be use as a medical/legal document or proof. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Just few hairs to transplant how much it costs Please reply obly some hair front of head.

MCh - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, MS - General Surgery
Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon, Mumbai  •  6 years experience
Just few hairs to transplant how much it costs
Please reply obly some hair front of head.
Hello lybrate-user You are very young for a hair transplant surgery You need to wait and treat yourself with medical treatment Hope this advice will help you.
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I am 29 year old and my hight is 5.2 inch. My weight is 65 kg. My skin colour is dark and I am suffering from dark circle. My face is some lite some dark. I want to clear my skin please suggest me medicine or any skin treatment.

FMC (Fellow in Med.Cosmetology), BHMS, csd
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, rajkot  •  6 years experience
I am 29 year old and my hight is 5.2 inch. My weight is 65 kg. My skin colour is dark and I am suffering from dark ci...
Take proper sleep and time to time food Avoid using mobile computers tv too much You can put aloeveera mask over it for 10 min daily You can put cucumber or potato slice daily for 10 mins Take rich diet like green vegetables carrot dates cereals milk banana beetroot etc Drink atleast 10-15 glass of water a day For day or night cream or procedure contact abha arc of life
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I want to reduce fat fom my lower portion, below the waist. From my bums and from my thighs. What should I do and what food should I prefer.

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General Physician, Calicut  •  11 years experience
I want to reduce fat fom my lower portion, below the waist. From my bums and from my thighs. What should I do and wha...
Avoid junk food, oily food, tea,coffee, red meat, bakery products and milk products, Do regular exercise, heavy walk. Avoid day sleep.
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Weight put on kaise karu. Heavy diet leta hu bt nahi hota. Koi protein powder ya medicine se ho sakta hai yadi haa to bataye konsi?

MD, MBBS
General Physician, Delhi  •  11 years experience
Weight put on kaise karu. Heavy diet leta hu bt nahi hota. Koi protein powder ya medicine se ho sakta hai yadi haa to...
Start cap. Optimum nutrition fish oil 2 caps daily after meals you ll start feeling things by 3rd week continue for 3 months and stop you can order it from Amazon. Also check your 1. TFT 2. Vitamin D3 levels 3. Calcium levels 4. CBC with ESR 5. Lipid profile follow with reports.
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Anal Breathing - Know The Method!

Ph.D (Male Infertility), M.S (Infertility), D.G.L.S, D.R.C.O.G, C.Sc., D.M.R.D, M.B.B.S
Sexologist, Bengaluru  •  42 years experience
Anal Breathing - Know The Method!

Anal breathing is the beginner’s version of Tao’s Qi Gong. It focuses on the lower portion of the body. Anal breathing helps young men and boys suffering from critical sex problems such as impotence and weak erection. The knowledge of anal breathing is passed by the Tao masters of China thousands of years ago. This method aims at enhancing the bio-energy flow from the conception vessel and Governor's vessel. Once the technique is mastered, it can fetch rich benefits to people suffering from sexual problems.

How is anal breathing done?

  1. The procedure starts with a simple exercise of the butt. While urination, light pressure needs to be applied to the bladder by pushing the ankles and the heels upward and squeeze the buttocks against the anus and the tailbone. This will stop urination by contracting the PC muscles and the prostate gland. This, in turn, makes the buttock muscles trigger the s4-s2 muscles to close the prostate-bladder outlet.
  2. Similar width of the shoulder and the leg should be maintained at all times while performing this technique. Slight pressure should be exerted against the bladder and the buttocks should be contracted against the tailbone until it becomes warm.
  3. The contraction of the butt should be synchronized with the inhalation. While inhaling, it should be ensured that the muscle of the tailbone-anus should be contracted towards the spine. The air should be sucked into the spine, anus and the tailbone of an individual. The sensation of the air getting into the anus is known as anal breathing.

Tips to contract the muscles:

  1. Beginners have a tendency to contract the anal muscles harder than necessary. Hard contractions end up in doing more harm than good. With more practice, it is possible to master the procedure of contracting the tailbone-anus muscles thereby improving the quality of the erection.
  2. The pressure applied to the bladder should be very less. The pressure should be such that the relaxation and the expansion of the prostate and the PC muscles happen smoothly.
  3. In case a person possesses a weak prostate or PC muscle, it is advised that he consumes herbs such as the Patricia, Pyrrosia, dianthus etc.

Check the reservoir:
If the morning erection is no more felt or there is a feeling of fatigue in an individual, the testosterone percentage may be extremely low or non-existent. It is the testosterone that produces nitric oxide to empower erection. If testosterone is lagging in a person, it is advised that necessary measures are taken to build up testosterone levels in the body. This could be done by hormonal therapy, consumption of herbs, medications and such other ways. In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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