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Cardiomyopathies

Definition

“A primary disorder of the heart muscle that causes abnormal myocardial performance and is not the result of disease or dysfunction of other cardiac structures … myocardial infarction, systemic hypertension, valvular stenosis or regurgitation”

IDC – Definition
a disease of unknown etiology that principally affects the myocardium LV dilatation and systolic dysfunction
pathology increased heart size and weight ventricular dilatation, normal wall thickness heart dysfunction out of portion to fibrosis

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ALOPECIA – Hair Loss : Cause & Treatment

hair loss

hair loss

Hair loss occurs for a great many reasons, from conditions that make people literally pull it out to complete hair loss caused by the toxicity of cancer chemotherapy. Some causes are considered natural, while others signal serious health problems. Some conditions are confined to the scalp. Others reflect disease throughout the body. Being plainly visible, the skin and its components can provide early signs of disease elsewhere in the body. (more…)

Circadian Rhythm Disorder

By Dr Anmol Arora

A person’s circadian rhythm is an internal biological clock that regulates a variety of biological processes according to an approximate 24-hour period. Most of a person’s body systems demonstrate circadian variations. The body systems with the most prominent circadian variations are the sleep-wake cycle, the temperature regulation system, and the endocrine system.

Circadian Rhythm Disorder

Circadian Rhythm Disorder

The malfunctioning of a person’s circadian system, or biological clock, causes circadian rhythm disorders. The circadian rhythm disorder related to the sleep-wake cycle can be categorized into the following 2 main groups:
• Transient disorders
o Jet lag

o Altered sleep schedule due to work hours or social responsibilities

o Illness

• Chronic disorders
o Delayed sleep-phase syndrome (DSPS)
DSPS is characterized by a persistent (that is, lasting longer than 6 months) inability to fall asleep and awaken at socially acceptable times. Individuals with DSPS fall asleep late (for example, in the early morning hours) and wake up late (for example, in the late morning hours or in the early afternoon hours).

Once asleep, however, persons with DSPS are able to maintain their sleep and have normal total sleep times. In contrast, persons without DSPS who are unable to sleep because of difficulties initiating and maintaining sleep have a lower than normal total sleep time than persons with DSPS.

o Advanced sleep-phase syndrome (ASPS)
 ASPS is characterized by a persistent early evening sleep onset time (between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm) and an early morning wake-up time (between 3:00 am and 5:00 am).

ASPS occurs less frequently than DSPS and is most commonly seen in elderly individuals and in individuals who are depressed.

o Irregular sleep-wake cycle
An irregular sleep-wake schedule features multiple sleep episodes without evidence of recognizable ultradian (a series of shorter biological rhythms occurring within a 24-hour period) or circadian features of sleep and wakefulness.

As in persons with ASPS and DSPS, total sleep time is normal in persons with an irregular sleep-wake schedule.

Daily sleep logs demonstrate irregularity not only of sleep but also of daytime activities, including eating.

Brain Power Foods

Healthy food Wealthy Memory

healthy food

healthy food

Brain power is characterized by how alert, energetic, and concentrated your brain is in response to a task. Information in your brain passes through neurotransmitters, which are manufactured by the nerve cells using precursors. Different neurotransmitters will have different impacts on your brain activity. For example, serotonin is the calming neurotransmitter that usually makes you more relaxed, drowsy, and fuzzy-headed. While dopamine and norepinephrine are neurotransmitters that make you more alert, more attentive, motivated and mentally energetic.

Food affects your brain power by affecting the production of neurotransmitters in your brain. By supplying amino acids, which are used as precursors to manufacture neurotransmitters, and by affecting the entry of the amino acids into brain, foods can have a significant impact on your brain activity. High-carbohydrate foods in general tend to subdue brain activity. Protein foods, on the other hand, can counteract carbohydrate food induced sluggishness. In addition, foods and herbs can have effects on brain activity by affecting blood circulation – the supply line of oxygen, nutrient, and hormone to the brain.

Daily Exercise Suggestions

“To climb steep hills requires slow pace at first.”
-Shakespeare, Henry VIII. Act I. Sc. 1

walking

walking

Walk 10 Minutes a Day and Increase Your Fitness Level Old thinking was to work out in a sweatfilled gym for hours a day. No pain, no gain. New studies show that even short bouts of activity can increase your fitness level, especially if you’re new at working out.

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DYSLEXIA – Homoeopathic treatment

dyslexia

dyslexia

Recently a movie “ Tare Zameen Par “ staring Amir Khan was released who

drawled the attention of numbers of doctors and psychologist throughout the

Asia and was appreciated by them for the theme of the movie ie. DYSLEXIA.(

A common learning disability ). This article will refresh your knowledge about

the topic and the role of Homoeopathic medicine for the same.

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Where is Homeopathy Popular Now?

Homeopathy is particularly popular in France, England, Germany, Greece, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and South Africa. Approximately 40% of the French public have used homeopathic medicines, and 39% of the French physicians have prescribed the medicines. About 20% of German physicians occasionally utilize these natural medicines, and 45% of Dutch physicians consider them effective. According to a survey in the British Medical Journal (June 7, 1986), 42% of British physicians survey refer patients to homeopathic physicians, and a New York Times article reported that visits to British homeopaths is growing at a rate of 39% a year.

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Growth of Homeopathy

Such was Hahnemman’s success, particularly with endemic and epidemic diseases, that homeopathy quickly spread throughout Europe and across to America. Dr Fredrick Harvey Foster Quinn introduced homeopathy into Great Britain in the late 1820’s and in 1849 he founded the London Homeopathic Hospital.

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Does Homeopathy Work?

Homeopathy has a two hundred year track record of curing illness. Homeopathy received widepread public attention through its effectiveness during epidemics of cholera in the 19th century. During the great influenza epidemic of the 1920’s, homeopathic hospitals reported low death rates, while hospitals employing conventional medicine reported death rates of 20% to 30%.

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Homeopathy Principles

Homeopathy as a science of medical treatment has a philosophy of its own and its therapeutics is based on certain fundamental principles. These are:

· Law of Similia

· Law of Simplex

· Law of Minimum

· Doctrine of Drug Proving

· Theory of Chronic Disease

· Theory of Vital Force

· Doctrine of Drug-Dynamisation

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