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Some tips to cope with the increased pollution levels.

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis should get the dose of their medicine increased during smog days. Avoid exertion in conditions of smog. It is better to avoid walking during smog hours. Drive slowly during smog hours. Heart patients should stop their early morning walk during smog hours. Remember to take the flu pneumonia vaccine. Keep doors and windows shut particularly during the early morning hours. It is better to wear protective masks if you must venture out.

Difference between fog and smog

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Whenever the humidity is high air movement is less and the temperature is low fog is the automatic choice. It reduces visibility and more accidents are reported on the roads and delay in both railway and airlines services. When the level of pollution is high in the atmosphere the pollutant particles get mixed into the fog reducing its visibility further and the resultant is called as smog. Smog is very dangerous to both lungs and the heart. High sulfur dioxide contents lead to precipitation of chronic bronchitis. High nitrogen dioxide contents lead to precipitation of asthma. High particulate matter PM10 air pollutants sized between 2.5 to 10 microns can damage the lungs and precipitate asthma due to air flow and inflammation. High contents of particulate matter PM 2.5 air pollutants less than 2.5 micron in size can enter the lungs and damage the lung lining. They can also be absorbed and cause inflammation of the heart arteries. Patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis should get the dose of their medicine increased during smog days. Avoid exertion in conditions of smog. It is better to avoid walking during smog hours. Drive slowly during smog hours. Heart patients should stop their early morning walk during smog hours. Remember to take the flu pneumonia vaccine.

Winter can be divided into wet and dry winter. Wet or early winter is characterized by fall in temperature along with high humidity. Environmentally, we see fog and smog during this season. Dry or late winter on the other hand is characterized by absence of fog, smog and presence of chilly airy winds.
Most hypothermia illnesses occur in dry late winter. The transition phase between wet and dry winter is on the day of Lohri. In terms of Ayurveda, this means shifting from Kapha to Vata atmosphere. The onset of dry winter is also the time for accelerated movement disorders in the body. Accelerated hypertension, arrhythmias, paroxysmal atrial tachycardia, brain hemorrhage, heart attack etc. all occur when dry late winter starts.
The correct lifestyle in this season has been defined in Ayurveda and it involves reducing consumption of stringent, bitter and pungent foods

Over 1500 nurses participated in Divya Jyoti Nurses’ Festival in the ongoing 19th Perfect Health Mela. Various competitions including health debate, skit/health play, health model display, poster-cum-slogan writing and collage making were organized in the festival. The topics included – Should nurses spend at least two years abroad, the patient-doctor relationship, ideal clinic, natural fast food and slim with taste.

Following are the gist of discussion:

  • Nurses are the backbone of the society and an important conduit between patient care and the doctor.
  • Nurses can play an important role in educating the people about dengue fever as well as the smog menace.
  • Every doctor who practices should hire services of a nurse whose job should be to check blood pressure, pulse of every patient and for about history of smoking, alcoholism, sexual preferences and diet.
  • They should also be doing the job of talking to the patient after the doctor has seen and counseled them about the prescription details.
  • They should also telephonically call the patient at regular intervals to know about their status.

Live workshop on hypertension

A workshop on Hypertension was also organized. The faculty included Dr Vanita Arora from Max Heart Institute and Dr KK Aggarwal.

Facts about hypertension

  • The conclusion of the workshop was that every effort must be made to keep the blood pressure below 120/80.
  • Hypertension affects 15-20% of the society.
  • The first blood pressure should be checked at 4 years of age.
  • Even 5mm reduction in blood pressure reading can reduce the mortality
  • Hypertension is silent killer and if not controlled can damage the eyes, kidney, heart and brain.
  • In hypertension, in addition to controlling the blood pressure reading, it is equally important to control blood sugar and lipid profile.
  • Smoking even one cigarette can increase the blood pressure reading.
  • The harmful changes of high blood pressure can be regressed with lifestyle management.

Anmol festival for children with special needs

Anmol, a festival for children with special needs was organized in the Perfect Health Mela. The festival was coordinated by Balwant Rai Mehta Vidya Bhavan. Over 200 children with special needs participated in folk dance, yoga, painting, singing and diya decoration competitions.

Seminar on Therapeutic Value of Indian Classical Dance

A special seminar on therapeutic value of India Classical Dance was organized in MTNL Perfect Health Mela. Noted dancers Guru Jitendra Maharaj, Saroja Vaidyanathan, Nalini-Kamalini and Kanak Sudhakar participated in the seminar.

Facts about classical dance

  • Classical dance is better than western dance as in addition to exercise, it harmonizes the body’s autonomic nervous system.
  • It comes into category of an aerobic dance.
  • It gives all the advantages of doing pranayama and meditation.
  • People who do classical dance regularly have less chances of developing heart attack.

Qawwali by Urdu Academy

Urdu Academy organized a live performance of Qawwali by Mr. Ghulam Sabir Nizami, famous qawwal of Delhi.

All Pathy Consensus on Exercise

Doctors from all pathies participated in a seminar on exercise organised in association with All India Radio. The faculty included Dr. KK Aggarwal, Dr. V.A. Siddiqui (Homeopathy), Dr. BN Sinha (Ayurveda), Dr. Raisuddin (Unani), Dr. S.N. Yadav (Yoga), Dr. R.K. Tuli (Holistic medicine) and Dr. D.N. Sharma (Naturopathy).

Facts about exercise

  • One should exercise 80 minutes a day and brisk exercise 80 minutes a week.
  • The speed of walking should be at least 80 steps per minute.
  • One should do resistance or weight bearing exercises twice in a week.
  • Avoid doing strenuous exercises for the first time in life after the age of 40.
  • According to Ayurveda, one should exercise to his or her body type.
  • Diabetics who exercise should not exercise if blood sugar is lower than 90.
  • In conditions of smog, avoid walking early in the morning till sunlight appears.

Pakistani stall attracts crowd

For the first time, a Pakistani delegation has set up a stall in the Perfect Health Mela.

Thirty stalls from the Dept. of Handicrafts, Government of India (COHANDS) also have items on display that would be of interest of people who enjoy Diwali shopping.

Vacuum massaging in the Mela

The old traditional ancient vacuum massage therapy workshops are being conducted in the Mela by Mumbai team lead by Suman Srivastava and Anil Jani. The massage is good for the chronic ailments.

About 4571 people including teachers, parents, children, nurses, doctors, journalists and general public have been trained in CPR 10.

Tomorrow’s attractions

Tomorrow, the Mela will hold Medico Masti, youth festival which includes fashion show, western dance and choreography. There will also be a conference on Homeopathy Cardiology, Cardiology in Naturopathy. There will also be a session by Delhi Medical Association on Nursing Home problems.

Temp below 30 not conducive for dengue

A workshop was conducted by Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India on Health and Hygiene which was coordinated by Birla Vidya Niketan. Over 200 school teachers participated and were trained in the workshop.

Women’s conference on Impact of Climate Change on Family Health

A women’s conference on’ Impact of Climate Change on Family Health’ was organised at the Mela venue. The speakers included Dr. Sunila Garg, Prof. PSM MAMC and Dr. SN Yadav (Naturopathy and Ayurveda) and Mrs Minakshi Kushwaha Principal Birla Vidya Niketan.

Facts about dengue and climate change

1.     At around 30–32oC, vectorial capacity can increase substantially owing to a reduction in the extrinsic incubation period, despite a reduction in the vector’s survival rate.

2.     Warming above 34o C generally has a negative impact on the survival of vectors and parasites.

Laboratory experiments have demonstrated that the incubation period of dengue 2 virus in Aedes aegypti could be reduced from 12 days at 30oC to 7 days at 32–35oC.

 Over 2000 school children participate in Inter-Eco Club Competitions

Over 2000 school children participated in Inter-Eco-Club Competitions which included cartoon making, paper bag painting, creating the best out of waste, yoga and aerobics. The competitions were coordinated by Birla Vidya Niketan.

 Facts about noise pollution released

 · Everyday noise exposure, compounded over time, has an impact upon our ability to hear.

 · Excessive noise can ultimately affect the degree of the presbycusis that develops.

 · Constant exposure to loud noises can cause high frequency sensorineural hearing loss.

 · As per Occupational Safety and Health Administration, all employees who are exposed to a greater than 85 dB time-weighted average must be enrolled in a hearing conservation program and provided hearing protection.

 · Furthermore, OSHA’s standards limit employees’ exposure to noise as follows: if the time-weighted average is 90 dB (which is equivalent to the noise made by a power lawn mower), they may be exposed to that noise for 8 hours; at 95 dB only 4 hours of exposure is allowed; at 100 dB only 2 hours are allowed, and so on.

 · A short blast of loud noise also can cause severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss, pain, or hyperacusis (pain associated with loud noise). This usually involves exposure to noise greater than 120 to 155 dB. Thus, hearing protection in the form of muffs or plugs is highly recommended anytime a person is exposed to loud noise.

 Facts about smog released

 · Smog is a serious problem and is harmful to human health.

 · Ground-level ozone, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide are especially harmful for senior citizens, children, and people with heart and lung conditions such as emphysema, bronchitis and asthma.

 · It can inflame breathing passages, decrease working capacity of the lungs, cause shortness of breath, pain when inhaling deeply, wheezing and coughing.

 · Smog can irritate the eyes and nose. It dries out the protective membranes of the nose and throat and interferes with the body’s ability to fight infection, increasing susceptibility to illness.

 · Hospital admissions and respiratory deaths often increase during periods when ozone levels are high.

Seminar on ‘Looking within: Consciousness and Artificial Intelligence’ organised at the Mela

 A seminar on consciousness and artificial intelligence was organised and convened by Er Anuj Sinha, Former Director Vigyan Prasar, DST.

 Kavi Sammelan organised in Perfect Health Mela

Hindi Academy organised a Kavi Sammelan in the evening. The poets who participated included Sh. Mahendra Ajnabi, Sh. Mahendra Sharma, Shri Anand Karivardhan, Shri Deepak Gupta and Shri Ved Prakash.