Saturday, December 17, 2011

Great food to reduce body weight

7 day detox- Need to try this-- Remember… the more soup you eat, the more weight you’ll lose, so don’t hold back! Day One: Any fruit, except bananas. Try and eat mostly watermelon and cantaloupe, since they’re the lowest in calories. Only eat soup and fruit today. Day Two: Only vegetables. Eat as many fresh, canned, or cooked veggies that you want. However, stay away from dry beans, peas, and corn. Try to eat mostly green leafy veggies. Eat the soup, as well. For dinner, reward yourself with a baked potato with butter. No fruit today. Day Three: Eat all the soup, fruits, and veggies that you want. Don’t have a baked potato. If you haven’t cheated at this point, you should find that you’ve lost 5-7 pounds. Day Four: Bananas and skim milk. Eat at least 3 bananas and drink as much milk as you can today, along with the soup. Day Five: You may have 10-20 oz of beef and a can of tomatoes. Eat the soup at least once today. Day Six: Eat as much beef and vegetables as you want today! No baked potato, though. Eat the soup at least once today. Day Seven: Brown rice, unsweetened juice, and veggies. Be sure to stuff yourself and eat the soup. Also, you can drink these at any point during the diet: WATER!!!! LOTS OF IT! Unsweetened juices Tea (herbal) Black coffee Cranberry juice Ingredients for the soup: 1-2 cans of stewed tomatoes 3 large green onions 1 large can of beef broth (no fat) 1 pckg Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup Mix 1 bunch of celery 2 cans green beans 2 lbs carrots 2 green peppers 10-20 oz of beef and a can of tomatoes. Eat the soup at least once today. Day Six: Eat as much beef and vegetables as you want today! No baked potato, though. Eat the soup at least once today. Day Seven: Brown rice, unsweetened juice, and veggies. Be sure to stuff yourself and eat the soup. Also, you can drink these at any point during the diet: WATER!!!! LOTS OF IT! Unsweetened juices Tea (herbal) Black coffee Cranberry juice Ingredients for the soup: 1-2 cans of stewed tomatoes 3 large green onions 1 large can of beef broth (no fat) 1 pckg Lipton Chicken Noodle Soup Mix 1 bunch of celery 2 cans green beans 2 lbs carrots 2 green peppers

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Team India did it for Sachin Tendulkar - 2011 World Cup Champion

After realising India's dream to lift its second World Cup trophy, an emotionally charged up Team India spoke their heart out after beating Sri Lanka here on Saturday. One thing that stayed common among every players' thoughts was that they wanted to win it for Sachin Tendulkar and for the country.
World Cup's leading wicket-taker with 21 wickets and the spearhead of India's bowling attack Zaheer Khan said the team "wanted it too badly."
"We wanted it too badly. I'm glad we achieved it. Obviously, it was for the special man here (Sachin Tendulkar) standing next to me. We're all very happy for him," said a beaming Zaheer, pulling Yuvraj Singh to his side. "And this man here (Yuvraj), I told him long time back when he was going through a rough phase that he's gonna win the Cup for us.

And the man to whom the team dedicated the cup was his humble-self, stating that it was a team effort.
"Thanks to our support staff. Everyone worked very hard, especially Mike Horn who joined us before the World Cup started. And also in the last couple of games worked on our mental side to deal with expectations and pressure. So I think that has really helped," said Tendulkar.
"Obviously the team stuck together through ups and downs; there were a few rough phases in the team. We proved most of the people wrong, who were doubting our ability," the master batsman added.
When quizzed about the evident self-belief in Team India, Tendulkar said it was "always there."
"It has always been there, a little more in the last two years when we have been consistent. It has been an honour to be part of this team. A special thanks to Gary and the whole staff. I think their contribution has been immense."
Virender Sehwag, who missed out in the final after a first-over dismissal while chasing 275 to win, said the team always dreamt of playing the final in Mumbai.
"We discussed one year before when we were playing in Dambulla. We discussed that and imagined we were playing the final of the World Cup in Mumbai, 2nd of April. We prepared well. Actually we discussed in the team meeting that we will play the final and we will win the final," said Sehwag.
Man of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh dedicated the award to his Guru ji and parents.
"I want do dedicate this award to my Guru Ji, Guru Ram Singh and Guru Ajit Singh; my mother; my parents, and our fans. Thank you very much. It won't we possible without their support."
On the pressure of chasing in a World Cup final, Yuvraj was quick to point out India's failure in Johannesburg eight years back.
"The last time we were in a World Cup final, we were chasing 358... Batting second is a lot of pressure. I think MS (Dhoni) and Gauti batted well... we batted like champions."
He also had a special world for Narendra Hirwani who has been helping him with his bowling.
"I have been working hard on my bowling. Narender Hirwani has been helping me a lot with my bowling and it has been coming nice and taking two or three wickets really helps the team."
An emotional Gautam Gambhir, who missed a World Cup century but made the most notable contribution of 97, said that the World Cup win is for Tendulkar.
"We wanted to win it for Sachin Tendulkar. This World Cup is for him. It's yet to sink in and I don't know when it will sink in," Gambhir said shortly after the match.
When asked about Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh who were in tears, Gambhir said, "They have seen nightmare of 2007, so they know how it feels to win World Cup. This is a dream come true."
Virat Kohli, who carried Tendulkar on his shoulder during a lap of honour, said it was fitting to carry Sachin Tendulkar on their shoulders.
"Sachin Tendulkar has carried Indian cricket on his shoulders for 21 years. So it was fitting that we carried him on our shoulders after this win," said the promising youngster.
Harbhajan Singh, who shed tears after the historic win, said, "This means the World to me. This is for the people of our nation."
Last but not the least, India's captain cool MS Dhoni, who turned it around with a Man-of-the Match performance of 91 not out in 79 balls, was quick to point out the team's critics.
"A few decisions I have taken today, including why I brought in S Sreesanth instead of Ravichandran Ashwin and why I promoted myself in the batting order ahead of Yuvraj who has been in great form. It could have been that the decisions cost the match," he said at the post-match presentation after India beat Sri Lanka by six wickets to lift the trophy.
"We have been hearing a lot of things during this tournament and so it feels great to win the World Cup," he said.
"I always wanted to give chance to give chance to younger players by sending them up the order. Today, I thought I would take the responsibility myself. It was more like proving myself and not to others," he said.
"We spent the last 30-35 days together in the field and the dressing room thinking of this victory only and we have achieved that now," he added.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Radiation from airport scanners?

Airport scanners are an 'extremely low' source of radiation exposure that poses virtually no health risk, not even to frequent air travellers, say US researchers.

The study may help ease fears of uneasy travellers already spooked by reports of radiation leaking from the crippled nuclear plants in Japan.

"There is such a vast difference between super-low doses of radiation and the really high doses that happen if you are in the middle of a nuclear accident," says Dr Rebecca Smith-Bindman, a radiology professor at the University of California, San Francisco, whose study appears in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"Because they are all called radiation, we are tempted to put them all in the same category. That is a mistake."

She says the nuclear situation in Japan has heightened fear about radiation, but she says a person would have to get more than 50 airport scans to get as much radiation exposure as one gets from a dental x-ray.

"When used properly, the doses from these machines are extremely low," says Smith-Bindman.

Some travellers and airline crews have expressed concerns about being repeatedly exposed to radiation from the body scanners, which the US Transportation Security Administration has deployed to detect banned items on passengers. There are plans to use the scanners in Australian airports.

Only one type of full-body airport scanner - the backscatter x-ray machine - expose individuals to ionising radiation such as that used in common medical x-rays.

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Keep Your Kids 4 Simple Tips


When it comes to preventing colds and flu, few weapons are more effective than old-fashioned soap and water.

"The most important thing is washing your hands," says Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, a New York-based pediatrician and author of Good Kids, Bad Habits. "Most germs or viruses are communicated through the hands, especially in winter. You need to teach your children to wash not just after using the bathroom but also before eating and when they get home from school."

Studies show the type of soap kids use -- anti-bacterial or regular -- is less important than the amount of time they spend at the sink. “It’s the mechanical motion that's really important," Trachtenberg explains. "It's not enough to just blob soap on your hands and then rinse it off." She suggests singing a song with your kids while they wash: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" or "The Alphabet Song" are good choices, because they take as long to sing as kids need to scrub.

If you can't get to a sink, hand sanitizers are OK as long as kids don't ingest them or lick their hands after using them, advises Dr. Jay Berkelhamer, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

An Ounce of Prevention

They might not thank you later, but drag your children in for their annual physicals and vaccinations, anyway.

"It's very important to go for preventative visits and checkups to make sure your kids are up to date with all of their shots," says Dr. Trachtenberg. Even diseases we thought were history can make a resurgence if kids don't get the vaccines they need. For example, "There's been a lot of whooping cough going around again, so we're reboostering adolescents," she says.

While you're at the doctor's office, don't forget to ask about flu shots: Catching the flu doesn't really help build your child's immune system, so the vaccine will spare you and your kids some distress over the winter months.

A Pound of Cure?

When the sniffles strike, your kids need plenty of rest, lots of fluids and even more patience than usual from the grownups who love them.

Antibiotics aren't effective against the viruses that cause colds and flus, so "there isn't a whole lot you can do," says Dr. Berkelhamer, "unless it's a bacterial infection that your doctor can diagnose." For normal coughs, colds, runny noses or fevers, "medications will not change the course of the illness," he adds.

Dr. Berkelhamer doesn't recommend over-the-counter cold medications for youngsters: "I don't think they do very much, and some of them make kids very irritable."

To prevent a relapse, keep kids home from school or daycare until they're ready. "One of the reasons children get sick is that other parents send their children to school when they haven't been adequately treated," says Dr. Trachtenberg. "Parents wonder why their children keep getting sick; but it's just that kids in their class keep going back too soon, and they spread the illness back around."

Your children's temperature should be normal, and they should have minimal or no secretions from the nose or mouth before they return to school. If the illness required antibiotics, they should not return to school until they've been on the antibiotics for at least 24 hours.

Set the Standard

Maintaining healthy habits should be a lifetime goal for the entire family. If your children see you taking care of yourself by exercising, eating well, getting enough rest and practicing proper hygiene, they'll follow your lead.

At the same time, try not to make your children afraid of getting sick -- it happens to all of us. The good news is, we get fewer viruses as we age. So when you're trying to soothe your sniffly child through a sleepless night, remember: That cold is helping him develop a healthy immune system.

Above all, sick kids are going to be cranky, but don't underestimate the value of a hug and a kind word. "Touch is so healing in its own right," says Dr. Schmitt. "You can also give verbal reassurance. Tell kids: 'You're sick today but you're going to get better soon, I'm here to take care of you.'"


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Another black January 14 for Sabarimala pilgrims

The mishap at Pulmedu in Vandiperiyar in Kerala's remote Idukki district which claimed over 100 lives on Friday is the third and worst mishap involving the Sabarimala pilgrims on the 'Makarajyothi' day on January 14.

Lakhs of pilgrims converge at the holy shrine to watch the 'Makarajyothi', a bright flame that flickers three times on a remote hillside of Ponnambalamedu, every year and the number of devotees keeping growing each pilgrimage season.

On Jan 14, 1952, 66 Ayyappa pilgrims were burnt to death when two cracker sheds caught fire.

On the same day in 1999, 52 pilgrims were killed following a stampede while they were returning after witnessing the 'Makarajyothi' at Pampa.