Archive | November 2016

347. E-fasting

We see that most of the youngsters and some elders are getting  addicted to social media. They simply waste many precious hours daily  on facebook, twitter and so on. Social media is a double-edged sword, providing both benefits and drawbacks. Spending excessive time, often repeatedly and aimlessly, on social media can be called an addiction. In fact, social media could even be seen to have become a national obsession.

What is the result of this addiction?  Poor social relationships, isolation from the society, stress, victimisation, depression, anxiety and carelessness are to be riped due to this addiction. With the growing use of social media, these problems will not disappear in the near future. Already, people are talking about how we can unshackle ourselves from social media. It is essential to  understand the social media usage which will help you to control your addiction and regain control of  time.

Electronic fasting (e-fasting) can be seen as abstention from electronic devices and services, such as smartphones and social media. Total abstinence from social media may not possible, but the following  tips  could help to alleviate social media addiction, in the form of e-fasting.

How to do E-fasting? Decide on a specific day when you will stay clear of social media. This might increase your anxiety in the short term, but the time away will enable you to perform other activities. If you can do it for one day, then next time try two days or a weekend. When you get back to your social media, you can establish a better disciplined access routine.

Set some rules that only allow you to connect to social media at specific times of the day. For example, browsing for a limited time in the evening or not browsing when in bed. Think of the urge to check incessantly and consider whether it is important or can wait for another time. We can disable alerts and notifications. If disabling alerts and notifications does not do the trick, consider deleting social media apps completely from your smartphone. As most people access social media platforms from their smartphone, removing these apps would mean less ease of access. You will then only have access to social media from a personal computer.

The aim of e-fasting is to enable you to reclaim your life, achieve a balance of life and not become hostage to social media.

346.Why should we switch from refined oil to Marachekku Oil

Now even the youngsters are having joint pain problem. They are having ache in joints when they walk, sit or stand. The main reason for this is the oil we use. Our forefathers were using groundnut oil, gingerly oil, coconut oil, mustard oil and castor oil. They didn’t face any joint pain problem. Is there any remedy for this? Yes.

The modern method of oil extraction involves supplying a lot of heat. The oilseed is first crushed, and the pulp is heated under pressure. While extracting oil, hexane & phosphate are added and we get giddiness, stomach upset and vomiting sensation. To remove fat from the oil, sodium carbonate or sodium hedroxide is mixed with the oil. Then, for bleaching, carbon is added. To remove odour, the oil is heated at 220 degree celcius.  To increase the longivity of the oil, tertiary butyhydroquinine is mixed.   We get colourless and weightless refined oil, finally. These chemicals are the cause for the respiration problem, cancer and joint pain.

In olden times, a long cylindrical contraption called a “ghani” was used. The oilseeds were placed inside and ground with a pestle until the oil came out. This is the simplest method for “cold-pressing” the oil out of a seed because it doesn’t involve the generation or addition of heat. The residue or the oil cake was used as fodder for cattle.

We have to use Marachekku oils as done in olden days. These oils contain all the nutrients and original flavour. In marachekku, oil is not heated in the manufacturing process and hence, there is no harm. These oils give strength, stamina and long life. They retain healthy anti-oxidants that are otherwise destroyed by heat. These anti-oxidants fight harmful free radicals and prevent the growth of tumors.  Cold pressed  oil is rich in Vitamin E, which has anti-inflammatory, healing properties. It is a good source of oleic acid which strengthens the immune system.  Cold pressed  oil contains lauric acid, which fights against harmful pathogens. This compound is also found in human breast milk. The cold-pressed filtered groundnut oil, at low temperatures, the fatty acid bonds in the groundnut don’t get destroyed, keeping its heart-protecting abilities intact, along with vitamins and minerals. Groundnuts, with their high Niacin (of the Vitamin B family) content, help stabilise blood sugars.

So, it is the right time to switch from refined oil to marachekku oil.

344. 20 rupees doctor


Dr. V. Balasubramanian, who only charged Rs.20 for his patient’s treatment was a physician who ran a clinic at Coimbatore was known as “20 rupees doctor”. He died at his residence at Singanallur on 18-11-2016. On hearing about his death, people in and around Avarampalayam, where he had set up his clinic, lit candles to pay homage.

The doctor charged only Rs. 20 and that sometimes included a dose of injections or tablets. He would take about five minutes for a patient, listen to their complaints and then prescribe medicines. Sometimes, the crowd used to be so heavy that he would shut shop only by 10.30 p.m.

He was working in ESI Coimbatore and after his retirement, he started serving the poor. The doctor’s death would be a loss to the people as he provided treatment at a cost that many wouldn’t get elsewhere. Since some of his patients were too poverty stricken, Dr. Bala Subramanian even went to the extent to spend money from his own pocket to buy them medicines. He never took even a single day of leave because he did not want to let down his patients.

The streets of Sidhapudur near Gandhipuram in Coimbatore overflowed with people on Sunday morning, as thousands descended to pay their respects to the much-beloved “20-rupees doctor”. Even as Coimbatore has grown as a centre of super-specialty medical services, for thousands of poor people in the city, Dr V Balasubramaniam was their saviour.

Let us do small monetary and physical help to the needy poor by following his footsteps.


342. Winter season food

Every meal doesn’t have to revolve around potatoes and onions. With a bit of advanced planning and creativity, it’s possible to eat fresh fruits and vegetables with plenty of nutrients and flavor all winter long.
Winter food generally includes soups, hot beverages, appetizers etc. We need instant energy to work. Whatever we eat, it should be hot.
Those who like lemon tea, can take it. Others can try hot water with lemon juice and honey. Vegetable soup, corn soup or tomato soup are also good for winter.  The tea lovers can put ginger, elaichi and lavang while preparing tea.
The children and some elders like to have fried items during winter. They can keep a limit for these items, if not able to avoid totally.
Garlic rasam helps to fight the cold. The green, yellow and red colour capsicum can be used in side dish for chapathi or multi-colour capsicum rice can be prepared. The tasty bajra(kambu) dosa is a good choice for winter. We get fresh cauli-flower and cabbage during winter season. In all side-dish items, put a piece of these two, to get the taste and energy. Peas and carrot are other options. Have you tried carrot-ginger soup so far?  Please try this now.
We can take healthy salads, soups,  hot beverages and tasty roti/rice with hot side-dish during this winter. Enjoy winter.

341. Calcium for all ages

The foods we eat contain a variety of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients that help keep our bodies healthy. Two nutrients in particular, calcium and vitamin D, are needed for strong bones. Calcium is a mineral that gives strength to our bones.  During the teenage years, our bones are developing quickly and are storing calcium so that our skeleton will be strong later in life. Nearly half of all bone is formed during these years. It’s important that we get plenty of calcium in our diet because if the rest of the body doesn’t get the calcium it needs, it takes calcium from the only source that it has our bones. This can lead to brittle bones later in life and broken bones or stress fractures at any time.

Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract. About 99 percent of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Each day, we lose calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and feces, but our bodies cannot produce new calcium.

The first source for calcium is milk and dairy products. High calcium foods include dark leafy greens, cheese, low fat milk and yogurt,  tofu,  broccoli, green beans and almonds. As we move into adulthood, bone growth starts to slow down, and a regular daily dose of calcium is important to help slow this decline. Calcium and vitamin D help maintain bone health at all ages, and have been shown to help prevent osteoporosis later in life. Adults can preserve their bone mass by making sure they get enough calcium through diet and supplements.








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339. Crack in Earth’s Magnetic Field

The magnetic field surrounding the earth shield us from harsh solar winds and cosmic radiation. The scientists have detected recently that our magnetosphere has been cracked.

Researchers have been analysing data from the GRAPES-3 muon telescope in Ooty, India, which recorded a massive burst of galactic cosmic rays on 22-06-2015. For 2 hours, Earth’s magnetosphere was being bombarded by these particles, which emit immensely high-energy radiation, and travel through space at nearly the speed of light. These things are so powerful, they can penetrate the hull of a spacecraft, and Earth’s magnetic shield is our first line of defence against them.

The burst occurred when a giant cloud of plasma ejected from the solar corona struck Earth at a very high speed causing massive compression of the Earth’s magnetosphere and triggering a severe geomagnetic storm. Earth’s magnetic field bent these particles about 180 degree, from the day-side to the night-side of the Earth where it was detected as a burst by the GRAPES-3 muon telescope around mid-night on 22 June 2015.

Solar storms can cause major disruption to human civilisation by crippling large electrical power grids, global positioning systems (GPS), satellite operations and communications. The team were optimistic the knowledge gained would have positive results though, claiming it could “hold clues for a better understanding of future superstorms that could cripple modern technological infrastructure on Earth, and endanger the lives of the astronauts in space.”