It is better to keep the cholesterol level to less than 180 m.gm. per 100cc. Higher level of cholesterol carries more risk of coronary disease. To reduce the cholesterol level in blood, dieting is the only method. This can be done easily by reducing body weight. As the body weight comes down blood cholesterol level also comes down. The level of fat in the diet should be reduced.
The use of tobacco products has been a controversial tissue for many years. During the 1550’s, European physicians declared that tobacco should be used only for medicinal purposes. The puritans in America considered it a dangerous narcotic, During the 1960’s scientist established that smoking tobacco products, especially cigarettes, could cause lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. Some cigarette manufacturers reacted to the medical findings by reducing tar and nicotine content of cigarettes.
Scurvy is common among the urban poor especially the elderly people whose diet lacks citrus fruits, leafy vegetables and tomatoes. Deficiency occurs due to food fadism and bizarre nutritional practices. Pressure cooking is convenient and a quick method of modern cooking. Sadly it is not that healthy, it takes away all vitamin C from the food due to high temperature. Scurvy develops in the first year of childhood when cow’s milk is not supplemented by citrus fruits juice and vegetables.
Alcoholism is a disease which is not the same as drunkenness. A person many et drunk occasionally but that does not make an alcoholic. It is rampant in the US, Britain and in some affluent Eastern countries like Japan. A large proportion of alcoholics from one third to half are women. Some people drink to be sociable, to experiment or to show off. Alcoholics drink because they must. They are dependent on the drug alcohol. They do not plant to drink, they may even dislike the taste of the beverage but they cannot resist the urge to drink. Many do so to escape temporarily their frustrations, their anxieties. Ultimately alcohol overtakes them.
The best method to stop smoking is to stop it abruptly, and stop it for good. Often it is difficult but most practical. Initially you will feel irritable, and be in a bad mood. You may even develop nausea and stomach upset. You may cough more than usual as your lungs would have to function without swirling smoke. Do not sit back and feel miserable. Go ahead do something which was not of a routine kind or go for a long walk, wash your car, look after your garden, fly a kite or just do one of the relaxing exercises.
Lung cancer is the largest cause of cancer deaths. 85 percent of it is due to cigarette smoking. A cigarette smoker is 10 times more at risk than the non-smoker. After contracting lung cancer, a smoker will not live for more than 5 years. For instance, a person who smokes two packets a day inhales deeply. He starts early and is at greater risk of getting lung cancer. Cancer deaths begin to increase rapidly after the age of 35, proving that it takes approximately 20 years between exposure and manifestation of tumour.
During fasting the senses become acute. Even a little smell of food can assail your nostrils. During a fast, a person can see better, hear better and think better. The taste buds on the tongue become extra sensitive after the fast. Even simple food tastes good.
Fast is abstinence from food, or certain kinds of food, for a period of time. Though its origin is lost in the mists of time, the custom of going on fast has played a crucial role in the practices of major religions. In the early religions, fasting had been related to the desire to keep gods friendly, or to improve food supply. Religious group, through fasting, seek pardon for their misdeeds and sins. A fast in some religions is undertaken during mourning. In others, people believe that fasting will lift their minds away from physical things and produce a state of spiritual joy and happiness.
India at one time led the world in the total amount of tea used each year (about 650 million pounds.) But Ireland, Great Britain and New Zealand in that order, consume the most tea per person. Tea is a beverage made by pouring boiling water over dried leaves. It has a yellowish brown colour and a slightly bitter taste. To obtain the best flavour the tea should soak for three to five minutes of being served. Iced tea is popular in the United states.
Enema is feared by most people, but it is the most innocent and least harmful of all forms of purgation. One – two litres of water at body temperature is introduced through the anus buy the help of a nozzle. The water reaches the lower portion of the colon. This water is retained for 2/3 minutes and then expelled out mechanically along with the retained wastes.