Fever is your friend, don’t kill it

Do you need antipyretic for treating common fever? More »

Pitfalls of low-carb diet and why you should not fear rice

Is low carb diet just a fad? Is rice really bad? A look at some of the answers More »

Consider this before taking statins/cholesterol lowering drugs

Taking cholesterol lowering drugs? Think again More »

When is it safe for you to walk or drive into flood water?

Flood water may appear very gentle and safe to walk or drive into. But NEVER do it, says National Weather Service (NWS) of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NWS, in its Turn Around More »

Put your boobs away, ladies! (Video)

Put your boobs away, ladies! Unless they're dairy-free... then show 'em off! More »

 

Fever is your friend, don’t kill it

When your body temperature rises, your first reaction might be to turn to the medicine cabinet and reach for an antipyretic (Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen – Crocin, Paracetamol and Calpol ) and pop a few of them in. In most cases, this is guaranteed (well, almost) to bring body temperature down and give a feeling of relief. But is it wise to go for this quick relief? Or are you sacrificing your overall long term health for temporary convenience and a couple of days’ lost wages (or school)?

First thing to keep in mind is that, like any allopathic medication, antipyretic drugs comes with side effects. Check this for information on downsides  of

Pitfalls of low-carb diet and why you should not fear rice

Low-carbohydrate or no-carbohydrate diet has been heavily promoted and there seem to be general ‘consensus’ that it is good for you. But what is a low-carb diet and are there any downsides to it?

Consider this before taking statins/cholesterol lowering drugs

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat (lipid) found in the human body. Your cells need cholesterol to function and your liver produces it in your body. You can also get it from foods such as meats, fish, egg, butter and other milk products. Over the years, it has been believed that cholesterol can get to the walls of your arteries and stay there, thus thickening the arteries to get narrower and clog the blood vessels. This can increase over a period of time, which can lead to reduced flow of blood, leading to damages in important body parts (like heart disease and stroke).

What are statins/cholesterol lowering drugs?

Statins is class of drugs that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood by reducing the production of cholesterol by the liver. Statins work by blocking

When is it safe for you to walk or drive into flood water?

Flood water may appear very gentle and safe to walk or drive into. But NEVER do it, says National Weather Service (NWS) of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NWS, in its Turn Around Don’t Drown campaign, says that “it takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles”.

Put your boobs away, ladies! (Video)

This woman has a sarcastic take on why woman should never breastfeed in public. Hilarious!

Blackfish (movie) – Cruelty for profits and why you should not spend a penny at Seaworld parks

Watch the movie Blackfish (available on Netflix and on youtube, for a pay). The documentary describes the heart wrenching tale of what a corporation (Seaworld) has done to orcas in captivity. It goes on to document how both employees and visitors are mislead into thinking that they are doing a great service

Do cough syrups work?

No, says this article in business-standard.com. It says:

Doctors around the world are shying away from prescribing the once-revolutionary drug as innumerable studies have been unable to prove their efficacy, with many even likening their effect to placebos.

Fake ‘polymer-enriched’ rice sold in markets in Kerala

Did you think that rice made from plastic was sold only in China? Here is a surprise for you.

A little girl’s lemonade stand to end slavery and what followed

Vivienne Harr, an 8-year old girl, was moved by pictures of child laborers in Nepal and wanted to help them. She set up a lemonade stand in the middle of New York city and sold lemonade every day with the goal of raising $100,000. Her perseverance paid off – she was covered by The New York Times on day 52. After that, there as no looking back. She got more media coverage and funds poured in. She charged $2 a pop initially but went on to accept any amount that people were willing to pay. One man even wrote a check for $1000. A story of true grit and determination that shows how much a seemingly powerless person can do to change the world. She eventually mode more than $300,00 for her cause.

What followed this is not all charity and goodness.

Vandana Shiva’s video on indigenous knowledge of Indian farming and issue of bio piracy

Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned environmentalist, anti-GMO activist, founder of Navadanya, and one of the most influential women in the world (Forbes), talks about indigenous knowledge of Indian farming and issue of bio piracy.