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Tobacco smoke causes instant damage to DNA No Risk-Free Level Of Exposure, Warn Experts

December 13, 2010

Cigarette smoke causes immediate damage to a person’s lungs and their DNA even in small amounts, including from second-hand smoke, US federal officials said in a new report.

Smoking Cigarette affects Brain & Lungs

Taxes, bans and treatment must all be pursued to bring smoking rates down, US surgeon-general Regina Benjamin said. “The chemicals in tobacco smoke reach your lungs quickly every time you inhale causing damage immediately,” she said in a statement.“Inhaling even the smallest amount of tobacco smoke can also damage your DNA, which can lead to cancer,” she said.
The report said tobacco companies deliberately designed cigarettes and other tobacco products to be addictive.
Tobacco smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals and compounds, including hundreds that are toxic and at least 70 that cause cancer, the report said. That means there is no “risk-free level of exposure” to tobacco smoke. Even a whiff of tobacco smoke can adversely impact the body, the report says. The lining of the lungs becomes inflamed as soon as it is exposed to cigarette smoke, and, over time, the smoke can cause chronic lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis, according to the report. AGENCIES

Are you pregnent? Reduce your mobile usage – Using a mobile phone while pregnant can seriously damage your baby

December 8, 2010

Study of 13,000 children exposes link between use of handsets and later behavioural problems

Stop using moblies when you are pregnant

CALL ALERT: The risk is higher if the child starts using mobiles by the age of 7

Women who use mobile phones when pregnant are more likely to give birth to children with behavioural problems, according to authoritative research.

A giant study, which surveyed more than 13,000 children, found that using the handsets just two or three times a day was enough to raise the risk of their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age. And it adds that the likelihood is even greater if the children themselves used the phones before the age of seven.

The results of the study, the first of its kind, have taken the top scientists who conducted it by surprise. But they follow warnings against both pregnant women and children using mobiles by the official Russian radiation watchdog body, which believes that the peril they pose “is not much lower than the risk to children’s health from tobacco or alcohol”.

The research – at the universities of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Aarhus, Denmark – is to be published in the July issue of the journal Epidemiology and will carry particular weight because one of its authors has been sceptical that mobile phones pose a risk to health.

UCLA’s Professor Leeka Kheifets – who serves on a key committee of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, the body that sets the guidelines for exposure to mobile phones – wrote three and a half years ago that the results of studies on people who used them “to date give no consistent evidence of a causal relationship between exposure to radiofrequency fields and any adverse health effect”.

The scientists questioned the mothers of 13,159 children born in Denmark in the late 1990s about their use of the phones in pregnancy, and their children’s use of them and behaviour up to the age of seven. As they gave birth before mobiles became universal, about half of the mothers had used them infrequently or not at all, enabling comparisons to be made.

They found that mothers who did use the handsets were 54 per cent more likely to have children with behavioural problems and that the likelihood increased with the amount of potential exposure to the radiation. And when the children also later used the phones they were, overall, 80 per cent more likely to suffer from difficulties with behaviour. They were 25 per cent more at risk from emotional problems, 34 per cent more likely to suffer from difficulties relating to their peers, 35 per cent more likely to be hyperactive, and 49 per cent more prone to problems with conduct.

The scientists say that the results were “unexpected”, and that they knew of no biological mechanisms that could cause them. But when they tried to explain them by accounting for other possible causes – such as smoking during pregnancy, family psychiatric history or socio-economic status – they found that, far from disappearing, the association with mobile phone use got even stronger.

They add that there might be other possible explanations that they did not examine – such as that mothers who used the phones frequently might pay less attention to their children – and stress that the results “should be interpreted with caution” and checked by further studies. But they conclude that “if they are real they would have major public health implications”.

Professor Sam Milham, of the blue-chip Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and the University of Washington School of Public Health – one of the pioneers of research in the field – said last week that he had no doubt that the results were real. He pointed out that recent Canadian research on pregnant rats exposed to similar radiation had found structural changes in their offspring’s brains.

The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection says that use of the phones by both pregnant women and children should be “limited”. It concludes that children who talk on the handsets are likely to suffer from “disruption of memory, decline of attention, diminishing learning and cognitive abilities, increased irritability” in the short term, and that longer-term hazards include “depressive syndrome” and “degeneration of the nervous structures of the brain”.

Via TOI.

You can remain healthy by making small changes in eating habits – article by TOI

October 21, 2009

Organic Chemistry

You can remain healthy by making small changes in eating habits. Chennai Times gives you a few tips on how you can go about making these changes…

Health Tips

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Stop being a mall rat. Replacing conventional items in your diet with organic ones is worth the effort…

YOU USE: IODISED SALT

REPLACEMENT: Rock salt, Himalayan salt, or sea salt. BECAUSE: They don’t contain iodine and have more minerals. Since we don’t live in a region where iodine is lacking, excess iodine can damage your body.

YOU USE: REFINED OIL

REPLACEMENT: Coldpressed organic oil. BECAUSE: During the refining process, oils are heated once. So while cooking, they are heated again. Repeated heating generates acrylamide, a carcinogen.

YOU USE: BUTTER, GHEE, VANASPATI

REPLACEMENT: Coldpressed organic olive oil, organic oilseeds and crushed nuts (groundnuts, sesame seeds, cashews) and grated coconut. BECAUSE: Solid, unsaturated fats cause cholesterol accumulation resulting in heart disease and hypertension. Fibre found in all whole foods are
good for the intestine and the arteries.

YOU USE: NORMAL DRY PROVISIONS

REPLACEMENT: Organic grains and dhals. BECAUSE: Pesticides accumulation in the body can cause Parkinson’s, diabetes and cancer. Organic produce tastes better and is higher on nutrition.

YOU USE: WHITE FLOUR AND POLISHED RICE

REPLACEMENT: Whole wheat and unpolished rice BECAUSE: Fibre is good for you. You can eat as much as you want and not worry about putting on weight. Whole foods are higher in nutrition.

YOU USE: FRUITS AND VEGETABLES FROM THE MARKET

REPLACEMENT: Organic fruits and vegetables BECAUSE: Pesticides threaten our health and destroy the water supply system. Organic produce is better for the environment and less hazardous for the farmer.

YOU USE: DAIRY PRODUCTS

REPLACEMENT: Plant substitutes BECAUSE: According to a study conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research, the average milk contains 570 times the limit of allowed pesticides. A recent survey found that more than 90 per cent of cattle have digestive systems filled with plastic bags. Thirdly, cattle are routinely given antibiotics to prevent infections. Like all animal products, dairy products contain saturated fat.

YOU USE: FISH

REPLACEMENT: Flaxseeds, sesame seeds, walnuts, pumpkin seeds BECAUSE: Omega-3s are only produced by plants. Fish are rich in them because they eat plants! They also contain high levels of mercury which can cause brain damage in foetuses, children and adults.

YOU USE: MEAT

REPLACEMENT: Organic tofu, beans, or texturised soy proteins in small quantities BECAUSE: Pesticide factor again, animals are higher in the food chain. Also, meat contains no fibre and is difficult to digest, causing constipation and acidity. There are no organic animal products in India.

YOU USE: COLAS, TEA, COFFEE

REPLACEMENT: Organic herbal teas BECAUSE: Caffeine makes moods and BP volatile, and causes acidity.

YOU USE: SUGAR

REPLACEMENT: Organic jaggery BECAUSE: Besides being laden with pesticides, sugar has only calories and no nutritional value, destroys digestive enzymes and enters the blood stream too fast.

Article by Times of India on 21-Oct-09