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How to Stay Sane During Quarantine
Priya Patel   Apr-2020   117 Views   0 Comments
The nationwide closures due to the Corona Virus are a clear reminder that many things are outside our control. Many of you are experiencing your world come to a halt as people are being asked to stay in their homes and out of public places. While some choose to consider it a welcomed break from the routine, others are anxiety-filled and stir crazy! 

Inevitably, stress, anxiety, boredom, amidst a plethora of other emotions, may find you during this time. In today's world, unless you work from home or homeschool your children, then you may not be used to being at home for such an extended time. 

Eating home-cooked meals, sharing time, and space with those you live with can be a foreign concept! 

So let's all take a deep breath and remember one thing. What we DO have control over is the way we handle self-isolation over the next few weeks. There will be lots of time to think and reflect on our lives and the situation at hand.  

Everything in life can be a teacher, even adverse events, so the critical question is- What will you choose to do with your extra time?  

Here are ten ways to combat isolation and be the best you during Corona Outbreak 2020.

1.    Maintain Self- Care
Don't slack on healthy habits. Maintain the basics, eating, sleeping, drinking water, and resting. Overeating and staying up late may be challenging for some of you!
2.    Get Relational
Use this time to get social.  Catch up with your friends and family online or on the phone rather than isolating them. Try talking about these experiences together to build deeper relationships. Connect with yourself. Journal this experience of self-quarantine and check in with your emotions and thoughts on it day by day.  Tip- For those with kids at home, its not uncommon for children to pick up on the energy of caregivers.  Use what you have at home to play with your children. Dance parties, furniture forts, indoor homemade obstacle courses, talent shows, games, and cooking together are just a few ways to get active with them!
3.    Creative Flow
Have you wanted to start a project but haven't gotten to it? Go for it! It could be DIY project for your home or one related to your goals and dreams.
4.    Stay Active
Sitting all day isn't suitable for anyone. The number of online resources are endless when it comes to exercise content. You don't need much other than yourself to workout,  so get physical in your living room!
5.    Get Organized
How clean is your closet really? Take a look at different areas in your home and assess what you really use. Explore what can be donated, sold, or thrown away.
6.    Pick up a book or article
Do you have any Audibles or ebooks waiting to be started or finished? Take this time to invest in a great story!
7.    Rest
Give yourself permission to rest. Explore apps like Insight Timer or Calm for mindfulness, meditation, and relaxation guidance.
8.    Create Memorable Meals
Take the opportunity to share a meal around the table. Pick a country on a globe or a map, look up recipes from that place, and make it for dinner!  During dinner explore being present for that time. Each person at the table can pick a conversation starter question and go around the table, learning each other's responses.
9.    Learn
Go online and learn something new. Find a podcast or Youtube channel you've never tried before and see where it takes you. You can also virtually visit museums from around the world. https://www.travelandleisure.com/attractions/museums-galleries/museums-with-virtual-tours
10.    …there’s always NETFLIX! 
There are tons of excellent documentaries and shows online. Just don't forget to share your experience with someone else!    
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COVID 19 RELIEF EFFORTS IN NORTH TEXAS COMMUNITIES
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   102 Views   0 Comments
Human Embrace is a nonprofit organization focused on inclusion and diversity for the communities of North Texas. We offer holistic and relief efforts through meal distribution, community fundraising, supporting small businesses that focus on diversity and inclusion of ethnic cultures or cuisine. We offer 8 community events embracing our multicultural communities in North Texas.

Mindfulness is a foundational core value that we utilize as not only our own ethical standard but also include this in all initiatives that we offer. Our mindfulness endeavors are non denominational and are beneficial for everyone. We offer meditation for teachers and students and as well as those who are battling stress, anxiety and depression. Human Embrace also engages in social innovation projects and business collaborations that significantly advance mindfulness in society.

Currently we are highly focused on our Covid 19 meal relief initiatives “Lend a Helping Hand” Campaign, is to help those who need a little extra care during this pandemic which has truly shocked our communities on a global level both economically as well as socially.

DPW-Dallas Professional Women Organization

Our focus is Inclusion, and we're obsessive about it! Where so serious about creating, nurturing and cultivating an inclusive environment that we talk about it on a daily basis! At our events, our goal is to make every single person feel welcomed and valued. We celebrate the everyday woman, the ones that juggle all their priorities while surprising us all of the achievements and paths she's trail-blazed.

We're intentional about ensuring our topics, content, events, and interactions are cross-generational and delivered in American-English in honor of the freedom this great nation gives us to connect and collaborate with women of all backgrounds & belief systems.

Our Code of Ethics, "Help one another instead of competing with each other!" It's a simple concept, but someone has to enforce it! All members understand that when a DPW Sister calls, you answer and point her in the right direction. Our members have peace of mind that they are always connected with verifiable, women professionals in all industries that have their best interest at hand.

Douglass Visions Committee (DVC)

Douglass Visions is a non-profit and community group that focuses on rebuilding, revitalizing, improving and empowering Douglass Community and DFW area residents through free and low cost programs focusing on: Education, Career Advancement, Food Share Programs, Health, Wellness & Self-Care Youth Programs, Preservation of our Historical Community, Financial Literacy, Community Events, Preserving History, Partnerships with local non-profits and small businesses dedicated to improving our community DVC believes that through active participation of residents and co mmunity, they can continue focusing on a bright future of generational change.

NAACP Collin County

The foundation supports the mission of the NAACP by raising funds, promoting philanthropy and further to advise the NAACP Board of Directors regarding the programs of the Foundation.

NAACP Collin County strives to fight for equality through civic advocacy initiatives. Members are committed to improving the political, educational, social and economic status of minorities and to eliminating racial prejudice through educating the public on the adverse effects of racism.

The NAACP has been in existence for over a century securing victories in the struggle for social justice and equality. As a volunteer organization, all of our advocacy initiatives are implemented by our members who generously donate their time. As our branch grows, we welcome progressive minded individuals that are committed to achieving social justice in Collin County.
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Community Creates Immunity
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   621 Views   0 Comments
Crises bring out the best of everything in us human beings; even our worst. Therefore it becomes all the more important to focus on our inside once or twice a day to consciously look at our reserves of strength. Let us resolve to watch ourselves and how we respond to people suffering. An unwell person could be needing more support, emotionally than physically. Ultimately, our chances of conquering the virus depends more on gaining knowledge about it as well as winning over our fears of it. Is it brave to be dismissive, reckless, or socially gregarious at a time like this? The medical experts at cdc.gov and who.int are two reliable sources of information.

Back home in India
Every country or community has a plan of action to handle this little wiggly dot, also called COVID 19. There is talk of such zoonotic viruses emerging every 5-10 years, from consumption of wild animals. 

World Health Organization suggested that this virus will need all of the following pillars of response for comprehensive management of the pandemic: 
Dr. Ryan Senior Advisor, Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), National Emergency Operations Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan says “... the only way to beat this is to leave no one behind.... every link in this chain must be treated (to break down the links). We are in this together.” Dr Michael Ryan has been at the forefront of managing acute risks to global health for nearly 20 years. He has a track record of leadership and innovation in tackling epidemics and other public health emergencies.

How can YOU bring the strength of community, and build immunity Savour the small moments: Even during lockdown you still have many small moments to savour. The smell of coffee, the feel of the warm shower on your back and so on. When you stop to take in these moments, rather than let them rush by on automatic pilot, you are giving your brain a chance to process the pleasure, which boosts your serotonin – the feel good neurotransmitter that helps elevate your mood and make you feel calm. 

1. Testing: 
Appropriately done. Free in the US.

2. Contact Tracing: 
Who was the sick contact within six feet?

3. Quarantine: 
Self imposed is best but also follow 
your local county provision.

4. Social Distancing: 
Closure of non essential businesses

5. Community Mobilisation

Strengthen your connections: For those of us in family lockdown, now is the opportunity to spend quality time with our loved ones. Take the time to hug your kids or partner, look them in the eyes, have long conversations with them – all of these gestures promote closeness and also boost your oxytocin, which is a hormone that bonds people and also has a calming effect on your body. When your oxytocin levels spike they tell your body to switch off cortisol, the stress hormone. 

Look for the good in others: These types of crises can bring out both the worst and the best in human nature. Seek out information that will uplift, entertain or educate you - The internet is a boundless resource - and if you have membership, you can access thousands of movies and series via services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. But you might want to avoid drama that's going to make you sad. 

“There is enough negative news and enough drama in the real world at the moment, so when we entertain ourselves, we should focus on more positive forms of entertainment," - for example by seeking out calming music online that can ground us, and exercising - even when indoors - can also help us to have a positive experience online

Look after your neighbors: You may be at low risk of severe consequences from the virus, but it may not be the same for your neighbors whose immune systems are compromised. The act of checking in on them (keeping six feet apart, of course) will not only make them feel good, it will make you feel good and remind you that there are others for whom this predicament is even more stressful.

Support your favorite local business: Maybe you’re heeding the social distancing advice and aren’t eager to sit in a crowded restaurant right now. And others feel the same way. Those empty seats aren’t helping that restaurant owner to pay her staff or keep the restaurant in business. Buy a gift card to help the business owner now, and prepay for a wonderful meal you can have to celebrate when this pandemic is behind us.

Send gifts in the mail: It may not be wise to drop in on your loved ones with some fresh-baked goodies, so send them a card or gift in the mail. Unexpected treats can be a huge pick-me-up-in times of stress. This is especially valuable to the elderly who are living in nursing homes. Many facilities have closed their doors to all visitors, making residents feel even more isolated and vulnerable.

Build an online community: Stay in touch with all your friends utilizing all the connectivity apps and online social media. Practice random acts of kindness. Leave an envelope with a little gift for the Amazon Fresh delivery person who drops of your supplies outside your door. Or have a coffee delivered to your doorman. Your kindness doesn’t require a monetary outlay. Write an unsolicited book review for a friend of yours who is an author. Comment on a colleague’s LinkedIn post. Send a snail-mail note of appreciation to a friend or colleague. Many in the entire country of Italy broke out in song and applause to honor their healthcare workers. Thank the custodians in your building or workplace for their efforts to keep things safe. Think of those who could benefit from your thoughtfulness and generosity. Then act.
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Self Care Yoga
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   102 Views   0 Comments
It’s time to take a step back. The Universe is sick. It is sending us a message that we need to slow down, take a breath (since the virus is taking our breath away), and pay attention to its health (The environment has been telling us this for a long time, but again, we aren’t listening). By doing this, we are then paying attention to the health of all its inhabitants.

Yoga has always stressed the importance of being individual, but we are also a crucial part of the whole universe. The energy that is exerted through our words and actions, creates the environment that we live in. Let’s face it, we haven’t been very nice to each other  lately, and we haven’t been nice to our surrounding environment. Ayurveda, the sister science of Yoga and the oldest medical care system in the world suggests Dinacharya, or a daily routine. Dinacharya includes a significant amount of time each day where we take care of our bodies, mind and spirit. This is really where Yoga fits in. It is a therapy of Ayurveda. It is a practice of “awareness”. Take time each day to reboot, nourish and nurture.

Try the following Yoga poses to destress and build your immune system. Part of the magic of these poses is that they help move lymph (the plasma of the blood that detaches from the red blood cells upon muscle contraction and the fluid that many toxins in the body) move through the lymph nodes which helps to cleanse the lymph and return it to the lungs to be reattached to the red blood cells, therefor the body can be re-nourished. To finish this practice, perform a few neck rolls in a seated position which can help move that lymph back into the lymphatic ducts located at the collar bones. Stay healthy, and be kind to your body and one another during this hectic time.

Balasana : 
Try supported Childs pose, Balasana, by placing a blanket under your legs, between your thighs and calves and a bolster or pillow under your torso for support. Rest here quietly for 5 or more minutes. Close your eyes, rest your sense organs and pay attention to your breath. Notice its length, evenness of inhale and exhale, its smoothness, continuity and quietness.

Kapotasana: 
Supported Pigeon pose, Kapotasana, helps to stretch hip flexors and gluteals. Use bolsters or folded blankets or pillows to support your hip as the calf of that same leg is parallel to the front short edge of your mat. Your head supported by placing your forearms on a bolster or pillow will help stretch your shoulders. Rest here for 5 minutes on each side.

Padangusthasana:
Padangusthasana, Foot and Toe pose, is a wonderful pose for stretching the hamstrings and keeping your gluteals and low back from tightening up. Lie on the floor and grab a yoga strap or towel. Lift your right leg towards the ceiling and place the strap or towel around the ball of your foot. Keeping the leg straight, draw the foot up towards your head. Breathe through any tightness for 3 minutes. Change sides.

Matsyasana:
Supported Fish pose, Matsyasana, is excellent for opening up the chest, and with the legs up in this version, helps to relax the low back. To do this pose, place two folded blankets under your back. If you have a bolster and blocks, you can create a setup, like in the picture, but if you do not, just place your legs up on a chair or couch. Stay here and rest for 5 or more minutes.

Jathara Parivartanasana:
Lying Twist, Jathara Parivartanasana, is so great for your back as well as for your digestion. Begin by lying on the floor and place both feet and knees hip distance apart. With your hands by your sides, press down as you lift your buttocks off the floor and swing them over to the right and set them down, bring knees to the left. You can reach arms out to the sides for more chest opening. Stay here 5 minutes or more and then switch sides.

Viparita Karani:
The ultimate of all restorative poses is Legs up the Wall pose, Viparita Karani. In this amazing pose, you rest your legs and back, but far more importantly you strengthen your immune system in a way no other pose does. To set up for this pose, place two folded blankets or a bolster or pillow against the wall. Sit with your back against the end of the support and your shoulder against the wall. Swing your legs up the wall as you lay back on the support. Stay here 5 or more minutes.
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Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   236 Views   0 Comments

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

Q. What are Coronaviruses?

A. Coronaviruses are respiratory viruses named for the crown-like spikes on the surface of the virus. These range from viruses that cause the common told, to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). The latest coronavirus from China is called Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19). This new coronavirus is different from the others and we are learning more about it every day.  

Q. How do you get infected with COVID-19?

A. COVID-19 is spread by close person-to-person contact from droplets from a cough or sneeze, which can get into your mouth, nose, or lungs. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of another person. There aren't many cases in the U.S., so the risk of contracting COVID-19 is low.  

Q. How do I know if I have COVID-19?

A. The CDC is making available a test specifically to determine whether patients have COVID-19. General testing by your healthcare provider will not identify the novel strain, Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days, or in as many as 14 days after exposure. Symptoms can include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Call your healthcare provider if you have these symptoms and have recently travelled to China, of if you have these symptoms and have been in close personal contact with someone who has been sick with  COVID-19. Unless your symptoms are severe, call your healthcare provider first, rather than showing up in the office or Emergency Room. When you call or visit, be sure to note your symptoms, and travel history or exposure to a person diagnosed with the virus.

Q. If I get COVID-19 will I die?

A. Not likely, based on what we know now. The people most likely to get seriously ill from this yirus are people over 60 and those with pre-existing health conditions. Currently it is estimated that for every 100 cases of COVID-19, between 2 and 4 people would die. This is very different from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), where nearly 10 in 100 sick people died from the illness.

Q. I see people in China wearing masks, should I be  doing that?

A. No. Health officials in the U.S. do not recommend the use of masks among the general public because risk of infection is low and limited to close contacts ( e.g., husband and wife). People in China, where spread is more likely, have been instructed to wear masks to prevent infecting others and to possibly prevent getting ill from close contact in crowded public spaces where someone with COVID-19 may cough or sneeze directly on them.  

Q. What can I do to prevent getting sick from COVID-19?

A. You are at a greater risk of getting seriously ill from the influenza virus than COVID-19. Get a flu shot if you haven't already. The following tips will help to prevent COVID-19 as well as other respiratory viruses: 

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an  alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

• Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, especially with unwashed hands.    

• Avoid close contact with people who are showing symptoms of illness. 

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

• Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow. Throw the tissue in the garbage and make sure to clean your hands afterwards. 

• Stay home when you are sick. 

SPREADS : Through close personal contact with a sick person.

SYMPTOMS : 

• Fever   • Cough   • Shortness of breath

Call your healthcare provider if :     

• You have symptoms and have been to China in the last 2 weeks.

• You have symptoms and have been in close contact with a person with confirmed COVID-19.

PREVENTION :     

• Wash your hands often.

• Cover your cough/sneeze with tissue.

• Don't touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. 

• Avoid close contact with sick people.

• Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces often.

• Stay home when you are sick.


What you need to know about Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Q. What is coronavirus disease 2019?

A. Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. 

Q. Can people in the U.S. get COVID-19 ? 

A. COVID-19 is spreading from person to person in China, and limited spread  among close contacts has been detected in some countries outside China, including.the United States. At this time, however, this virus is NOT currently spreading in communities in the United States. Right now, the greatest risk of infection is for people in China or people who have traveled to China. Risk of infection is dependent on exposure. Close contacts of people who are infected are at greater risk of exposure, for example health care workers and close contacts of people who are infected infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. CDC continues to closely monitor the situation. 

Q. Have there been cases of COVID-19 in the U.S.? 

A. Yes. The first case of COVID-19 in the United States was reported on January 21, 2020. The current count of cases of COVID-19 in the United States is available on CDC's webpage at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

Q. How does COVID-19 spread?

A. The virus that causes COVID-19 probably emerged from an animal source, but now it seems to be spreading from person to person. It's important to note that person-to-person spread can happen on a continuum. Some diseases are highly contagious (like measles), while other diseases are less so. At this time, it's unclear how easily or sustainably the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading between people. Learn what is known about the spread of newly emerged coronaviruses at https:/www.cdc.gov/ coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/transmission.html.

Q. What are severe complications from this virus?

A. Many patients have pneumonia in both lungs. 

Q. How can I help protect myself?

A. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Q. There are simple everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. These include 

A. • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. 

Q. If you are sick, to keep from spreading respiratory illness to others, you should 

A. • Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 

Q. What should I do if I recently traveled to China and got sick?

A. If you were in China within the past 14 days and feel sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, you should seek medical care. Call the office of your health care provider before you go, and tell them about your travel and your symptoms. They will give you instructions on how to get care without exposing other people to your illness. While sick, avoid contact with people, don't go out and delay any travel to reduce the possibility of spreading illness to others. 

Q. Is there a vaccine?

A. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Q. Is there a treatment?

A. There is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19. People with COVID-19 can seek medical care to help relieve symptoms.


What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community. 

Q. Stay home except to get medical care

A. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing, or taxis. 

Q. Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home

A. People: As much as possible, you should stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home. Also, you should use a separate bathroom, if available. 

Animals: Do not handle pets or other animals while sick. See COVID-19 and Animals for more information.

Q. Call ahead before visiting your doctor

A. If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the healthcare provider's office take steps to keep other people from getting infected or exposed. 

Q. Wear a facemask 

A. You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) or pets and before you enter  a healthcare provider's office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then people who live with you should not stay in the same room with you, or they should wear a facemask if they enter your room. 

Q. Cover your coughs and sneezes

A. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can; immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 to 95% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

Q. Avoid sharing personal household items

A. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in  your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water. 

Q. Clean your hands often

A.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 

Q. Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday

A.  High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables, every day. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation, during use of the product.

Q. Clean all "high-touch" surfaces everyday

A. Seek prompt medical attention if your illness is worsening (e.g., difficulty breathing). Before seeking care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have, or are being evaluated for, COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. These steps will help the healthcare provider's office to keep other people in the office or waiting room from getting infected or exposed. 

Ask your healthcare provider to call the local or state health department. Persons who are placed under active monitoring or facilitated self-monitoring should follow instructions provided by their local health department or occupational health professionals, as appropriate. 

If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive. 

Q. Discontinuing home isolation

A. Patients with confirmed COVID-19 should remain under home isolation precautions until the risk of secondary transmission to others is thought to be low. The decision to discontinue home isolation precautions should be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with healthcare providers and state and local health departments. 

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Can Severe Coughing Make You More Likely To Get Pelvic Organ Prolapse (pop)?
Tulsi Desai   Apr-2020   348 Views   0 Comments

Active Body Active Life (Physical Therapy & Wellness)

While everyone is panicking about the current world situation and it's implications on our health and our future, it would be helpful for all the women to understand the short and long-term implications of childbirth related gynecological problems they live with. 

Pelvic organ prolapse is very common in women. It is seen in at least 50% of women who have gone through pregnancy and childbirth. It is the third most common reason for hysterectomy (surgery to remove uterus).

Uterus, bladder and rectal prolapse are the most common type of prolapses in women. The severity of the prolapse can vary from stage 0 (no prolapse) to stage IV (complete prolapse). 

The muscles inside the pelvis known as Pelvic Floor Muscles (PFM) primarily support pelvic organs (mainly uterus, bladder & bowel).  A loss of this support can result into prolapse, bulging or protrusion of one or more pelvic organs into the vagina. 

Pelvic organ prolapse happens as a result of support dysfunction where the muscles and fascia providing the support to these organs to keep them in their proper alignment are compromised due to various reasons discussed below.

Common factors responsible for POP or contribute to POP in women are:

  • Childbirth (especially vaginal delivery)- increased risk of POP with instrument-assisted delivery (forceps, vacuum). Women with 3 or more vaginal delivery are 8 to 10 times more at risk for POP. Very rapid delivery (in less than 30 minutes) also increases the risk of POP. 
  • Pelvic surgeries – disrupt ligament support system
  • Respiratory problems – smoking, COPD, cystic fibrosis, viral infections (COVID-19, FLU) leading to chronic cough. 
  • Chronic constipation/straining
  • Obesity – 30% to 50% increased risk
  • Aging- tissue degeneration, estrogen depletion (postpartum, menopause)
  • Pelvic nerve damage or injury
  • Genetic factors – collagen deficiency
  • Sexual trauma 
  • High impact sports
  • Heavy lifting – carrying heavy kids with weak muscles since childbirth, heavy lifting at work

Below are the signs you can look for to decide if you may be suffering from pelvic organ prolapse. If you say yes to any of the following symptoms then it would be worth getting evaluated for it. 

  • Heaviness, feeling of “something falling out”
  • Pressure in the pelvis - Pressure worse at the end of the day especially after being on your feet for most of the day
  • Back pain
  • Bladder problems – urinary frequency, urgency. Urine leakage immediately after emptying the bladder. Feeling of incomplete emptying of bladder. 
  • Bowel problems – straining for bowel movement, incomplete emptying of bowel, inability to fully empty the bowel. 
  • Sexual problems

What could you possibly do to decrease the chances of you getting pelvic organ prolapse?

  • Constipation management
  • Avoid straining with urination and defecation
  • Weight loss
  • Kegel exercises (may not help everyone)

What can you do if none of the above helps and you continue to have the signs and symptoms mentioned above?

  • First step is to get evaluated by a pelvic floor/women's health specialist physical therapist (PT) or your OBGYN. 
  • Use pessary if recommended by your clinician – device inserted non-surgically into the vagina to provide support to pelvic organs.
  • Preventive Pelvic floor physical therapy evaluation and treatment 4-6 weeks postpartum (after childbirth) after delivering each baby is recommended. You can detect and prevent a lot of pelvic floor problems before they become life altering health problems. If it's been years since your kids were born, you can still get the treatment and prevent it from getting worse.
  • Surgery- recommended in case of complete prolapse. Remember, every surgery comes with a huge risk of complications like bleeding, nerve damage, and anesthesia side effects. Conservative (nonsurgical) treatment should be the first choice of treatment in most cases. 

Pelvic organ prolapse is a complex, multifactorial problem. It leads to diminished quality of life, social burden and financial burden.  Women suffering from severe POP commonly report feeling physically and sexually self-conscious. 

A lot of people respond well to professional help like behavioral, educational and exercise interventions. Early detection and treatment can help achieve better outcomes. Don't wait for it to get better on its own if you have been suffering from above mentioned symptoms for weeks, months or years. 

Ask for help! Don't let coughing from any illness ruin your bowel, bladder and gynecological health. 

Feel free to reach us via call/text at  (214) 210-0715 or via email at info@activebodyactivelife.com 

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Holistic Healing Awareness, Benefits & Immunity Building
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   106 Views   0 Comments
WHAT IS Holistic Healing?
Traditional Holistic healing is a form of alternative medicine that employs an array of pseudoscientific practices branded as natural non-invasive and as promoting self-healing & The ideology and methods are based on vitalism medicine, rather than evidence-based medicine. prevention and the self-healing process through the use of natural therapies. It can be divided into two areas of focus; supporting the body’s own healing abilities & empowering people to make lifestyle changes for better health. Holistic Healing is not an alternative to modern medicine, but is used by people as an additional therapy or alternative for some non-serious medical conditions. 

How can it help Build Immunity at this time
Remember one thing , any kind of virus will attack a person whose immunity is weak & his/her body is toxic. Right food intake is very important to make the vitals strong along with regular cleansing of body from inside.

Food to be consumed
Drink 2 -3 liters of warm water in the morning after waking up. Drink 1 glass of fresh lemon
water with honey & 2-3 drops of juice from freshly grated ginger. After 30 minutes have a plate full of fruits for breakfast (which includes Pineapple, Oranges, Guava, Papaya, Pomegranate etc ) Have Lots of green leafy vegetables. If someone has sore throat, immediately one can start gargling with warm salt water, doing Neeti pot &  kunjal, this can prevent any infection to settle in the body. One can also make tea of ginger, holy basil leaves (3-5), fresh turmeric, whole pepper corns & drink everyday to build immunity. We should consume 40 – 50% of raw diet every day.

If someone in sick means there are lot of toxins in the body, Staying on raw diet for 2-3 days like salad vegetable juices, lemon water, fresh coconut water will help in speedy recovery.

GOAL is to treat the whole person -- that means mind, body, and spirit. It also aims to heal the root causes of an illness - not just stop the symptoms.

What is this used for
It is a system that uses natural remedies to help the body heal itself. It embraces many therapies, including herbs, massage, acupuncture, exercise, and nutritional counseling

What is the basis
The Healing Power of Nature. Trust in the body’s inherent wisdom to heal itself.
  • Identify and Treat the Causes. Look beyond the symptoms to the underlying cause.
  • First Do No Harm. ...
  • Treat the Whole Person. ...
  • Prevention.
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Vastu & the Negative mind in times of COVID 19
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   235 Views   0 Comments
In times like these, it is very important to keep a home cleansing method to keep the energy in the house vibrant and healing by removing negative energy. How do you feel this "negative energy" ? - Examples are when little children are not happy, they cry or are afraid, when you constantly keep forgetting things, food or milk set to boil burns away, there is a stale smell in the home, the phone keeps ringing with debt collector phone calls - all this is the attraction of the negative energy. 

If you feel like this is true for you, then here are some suggestion to change this energy

01. Mix Sea salt and water, and mop the entire house. For those areas that cannot be mopped, may a spray out this mix and add any essential oil, just a few drops of the fragrance you prefer. Once ready, spray clean the surfaces. Although the use of essential oils is very specific according to the nature of the person and not only individual preferences. For example, Vetiver is an essential oil associated with the Mooladhara chakra or the root chakra - where fear resides. If for any reason you are unable to make this for yourself, Mystic Mandala can custom make this cleansing mix for you specific to your needs, all it takes is a prior phone call explaining your current state of mind, your needs and we can make this for you and home deliver to your mail box.

02. Keep a dark colored ceramic or metal bowl with sea salt water in the South West quadrant of the house - this helps in absorbing any negativity in the home. 

03. Reciting the Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra for 108 times daily deeply improves the overall life situation or keeping Vastu energized yantras in the house completely clears any negative shadows. 

For more information on how to use Vastu Shastra guidelines for your personal growth and for the safety of your family in these very difficult times, please text "Vastu" to 9727501419 for scheduling your appointment or visit www.MysticMandala.org. We are currently offering online and telephonic appointments. 
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Back to Basics
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   149 Views   0 Comments
We have heard that everything comes back to where it started, and that holds true for all aspects of ourlives. Today, Corona Virus has reminded us to go back to basics and connect with our roots.

From the over 3,000 years old Ayurveda and natural medicine we moved to allopathy and now we are coming back to embracing our age-old tradition. Ayurveda is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body, and spirit.

Ayurveda is made of five basic elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. These elements combine in the human body in the form of doshas- Vata, Pitta and Kapha that control how our body works. The doshas are connected to the elements; Vata dosha (space and air); Pitta dosha (fire and water); and Kapha dosha (water and earth). Although we inherit a unique mix of the thesedoshas, only one is usually stronger than the others in our bodies. The balance of the doshas are linked to any sickness or health issues that we face.

Most of us will be able to remember days when our grandmother would make medicines at home with herbs and spices from the kitchen. Be it cinnamon and fennel water or Fenugreek and honey for stomach problem, turmeric for cuts or pepper for sore throat and the list goes on.
I recently came across an interesting Whatsapp forward which talks about how the very Indian Rasam 
is becoming popular in preventing the Virus. 
I am sure most of you may have already seen this. 

Keeping the spirit of Ayurveda, I would like to leave you with a few immunity building tips that can be made using items from the kitchen:

1. Warm milk with Turmeric.
2. In a glass of warm water squeeze ½ a leman and add one tbsp honey and have it on an empty stomach.
3. Ginger tea with lemon.
4. Include more green vegetables in your diet.
5. Kalonji Seeds (Nigella sativa) tea with honey. Kalonjishould be consumed in moderation or it might cause imbalance of doshas. You can also add a few seeds while cooking.
6. Cinnamon tea with Honey 
7. 2-3 Garlic cloves or made to paste consumed in empty stomach.

We must note that these remedies have to be consumed consistently for building the immune system. They are not cure for any ongoing disease, but act as preventive methods by making the body strong from within and building the immune system as a protective shield. Haven't we heard “Prevention is better than cure” 
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The Doctor’s Wife - A different perspective
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   125 Views   0 Comments
Panic continues as the coronavirus spreads. A week ago when the first case was diagnosed in Frisco, My husband, a doctor, sounded the alarm. He was calling people and houses of worship to cancel programs and start exercising precautions. Oddly no one was listening to him, assuming that he was being "apocalyptic", that got me thinking: why is it when this trained doctor is saying that it's time to be serious, people don’t believe him? You will have heard that stores are sold out, the Costco lines are long, and businesses are struggling, no one is leaving their house. Why did we have a delayed response? Because many have an inherent distrust of medical professionals. 

My dad is a trusting guy, he heeds advice for everything - except for one very crucial thing : healthcare. Whenever his doctor gives him health advice, he will question it. I wonder why is he suspicious of doctors? With their medical degrees and years of experience.

This wariness goes back years, as early as the advent of modern science and medicine. Eastern medicine is starkly different from the modern concepts of medicine, as they were mostly passed down through generations of practitioners with no tests or studies to prove or disprove them.

Many people feel doctors are selling them a diagnosis and drugs. This is in part due to the way there is a lack of a healthcare system in the subcontinent. When the doctor diagnoses and expects to be paid in full before any action is taken, and if payment is not made immediately, the person can die. Or when countless tests and drugs are being administered with no end in sight. This perpetuates suspicion in people. Many people, like my dad, inherit this wariness, even though they are being treated by doctors in America with insurance plans to help in paying later. 

There is a cultural barrier faced by desis when they have a doctor who isn’t the same descent. Desi culture, too, has different nuances and traditions, a doctor who isn’t desi may not understand them. This leads many desis to seek out a doctor from the same type of background. They then expect extra special treatment, and when not the case, people tend to get even more annoyed. 

Most who follow a religion that has faith leaders, who need to endorse medical professionals. When congregations see faith leaders telling them to trust or seek the advice offered by doctors, they will follow. Organized seminars by houses of worship about general health topics with Q&A’s would help get over the fear of asking doctors questions. This solution can really go far in helping remove this distrust and lead people to listen to doctors. 

I am grateful to the faith leaders nationwide who have taken the advice of the CDC, and community medical professionals, and cancelled programs to help contain this outbreak. This decision will help the communities see that doctors can be trusted. Stay healthy and safe everyone.
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My life as a Nurse
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   108 Views   0 Comments
I have been a nurse since 2013. It is my second career. I love it no matter what challenges I face at work. My heart and soul are vested in caring for my patients. I love them and will do anything to keep them going!

I have dealt with taking care of patients with different infections such as MRSA, TB, Clostridium Difficile and so on. I have to gown up and put masks to take care of them and protect myself from contracting the same infection. But “Covid”, however posed a new challenge to us. We have started to deal with not only an epidemic, but a pandemic! It is spreading and affecting people at exponential rates. The lucky ones are surviving and the rest will die. At work, rules are changing everyday on how we are handling ourselves and our equipment. We have to learn to protect ourselves while helping our patients heal. We had to save the Personal Protective Equipment – gown, gloves, masks and goggles which are worn each time we are entering our patient’s room. Nurses alone are trained to do this so that we don’t allow a greater number of people to be exposed to the virus and the virus is contained. We are the frontline caregivers now. To add to this, visitors or family members are not allowed to come to the hospital because we don’t know who will carry the virus or who will get infected with the virus. As long as people are stable and can make their decisions on their own, participate in the plan of care, it runs smoothly. But that is not the case always.

Yesterday, I had a patient who was admitted to my unit with Altered Mental Status, Sepsis and Pneumonia. He was being tested for Covid and we are supposed to treat him as a Covid patient itself by following all the protocols of gowning and so on. Patient was completely confused and combative. I tried to calm him down but he continued to become very agitated and filled with hear. He was fi ne till his daughter was with him in the ED. As he was brought upstairs, he didn’t know where he was and what was going on! He was already  on Antibiotics through IV. He was trying to fight me and pull the IV out. I held his hands and put some soft restraints on him. He succeeded in removing those too. I had to hold his hand firmly while I tried to calm him down. I held it for nearly 30 minutes. I couldn’t call for help because we are trying to limit the exposure to the virus. After that was done, he calmed down a bit. I removed the restraints from his hands. He had garbled speech as long as he was in this agitated state. After some time, he had to be cleaned up and was put back in bed with fresh clothes and linens. He felt better after that and calmed down enough to say “Thank you very much!” My heart went out to him. I held his hands for some time and stood by him. He rested peacefully. I waited for the next 10 minutes and turned on the bed alarm and went out of the room. At this point, I was feeling hot and exhausted! I needed to come out of my isolation gear. I followed the rules correctly, cleaned all my equipment neatly and came out. I could finally breathe! After I came to the nurse’s station, I took a deep breath and sat down to do some charting. Ten minutes later, the bed alarm rang and I ran back – quickly put on my gear to enter into the room only to have the entire episode repeat again! 

It was 7 pm. We end our shifts at this hour and give the report to the oncoming nurse. I gave her the report and went back home – “Home Sweet Home!!” These situations help you understand and have genuine appreciation for one comfortable place – your home! I thanked God for blessing me with a very caring husband and two wonderful loving children. I love them with all my heart and of course would love to give them my hugs and kisses! Oops! This is not the time for these displays of affection. Fear started to brew in me. What if I fall sick with the virus? What if I have done something that I shouldn’t do? Did I follow all the rules properly? I have worked in close proximity with a patient! “What if…. ??” My questions were endless! I came home quietly made sure to maintain the distance from my family. Loneliness is my friend. I never talk about my work at home. As I was going to sleep, I thought of my sweet old patient! Behind the agitation was his deepest fear that he was in this strange place and his daughter whom he knows and trusts is not there with him! Here are we coming to take care of him and telling him what to do, wearing the complete Isolation gear, where he couldn’t see our faces and was filled with fear! It reminded me of how flustered my kids were when I left them in the daycare! They cried in fear! I see my patients the same way as I see my kids. Tears are just rolling down. I sincerely wished that we could keep his daughter at the bedside so that he would feel comfortable but some rules were very important to be followed when it comes to a Pandemic. A lesson learnt was that you don’t love a person more if you are close to them in proximity and don’t love them less if they are far away from you! Send positive thoughts and healing prayers to one and all so that this battle with this virus is won! Love you all and God Bless!!
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Spanish Flu
Toppick Media Editor   Apr-2020   181 Views   0 Comments
SPANISH FLU – BRIEF HISTORY
In 1918, a strain of influenza known as Spanish flu caused a global pandemic, spreading rapidly and killing indiscriminately. Young, old, sick and otherwise-healthy people all became infected, and at least 10% of patients died. 

Estimates vary on the exact number of deaths caused by the disease, but it is thought to have infected a third of the world's population and killed at least 50 million people, making it the deadliest pandemic in modern history. Although at the time it gained the nickname "Spanish flu," it's unlikely that the virus originated in Spain.

THREE WAVES
Over 1918 to 1919 the flu struck in 3 waves. The first started in March 1918, reaching Britain in May. At the time the First World War was still raging and the press in belligerent countries was highly censored. Any information likely to impact on morale or indicate a weakness to the enemy was strictly prohibited. The same did not apply in non-combatant countries.

Because Spain was neutral the Spanish press was not subject to the same level of censorship as the press in the belligerent countries. News of an epidemic appeared in the headlines of Madrid papers in May 1918. This was one reason why its point of origin was assumed to be Spain. The first reference to the ‘Spanish disease’ was in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) in August 1918. The fact that the Spanish King, Prime Minister and various members of the cabinet fell ill sealed the international notion that the disease had originated in Spain.  A hundred years later there are still several theories concerning the source of the disease, but no-one now considers it to be Spain.

The second, most deadly, wave of the disease struck Britain in October 1918 and continued through to 1919. It was probably brought over from France by servicemen, as port towns and transit points were particularly hard hit. At the time, health care in Britain was largely provided by local authorities, overseen by the Local Government Board (LGB). Their main concern was not health care provision but the operation of the Poor Law. 

Although the death rate in Britain over the course of the pandemic was one of the lowest internationally, the flu pandemic still killed 228,000 people. Surprisingly, the matter does not appear to have been discussed by the Cabinet, even after the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, contracted it on 12 September. It was not even discussed in Parliament until late October 1918. Yet the warning signs were already there. Chemists experienced a rush on quinine, and graveyards had a backlog of burials. Most importantly, even the first phase had hit some cities especially badly, notably Glasgow, Sheffield and Belfast. There was also the memory of the ‘Russian flu’ of 1889 to 1892, where a more virulent form of the disease followed the initial strain.

MANAGEMENT OF THE DISEASE
The armed forces had been monitoring cases. In fact, Walter Morley Fletcher, who was on the Army Pathological Committee, published a notice in the British Medical Journal in August 1918 requesting that observations about influenza should be sent to the journal. The Chief Medical Officer of the Local Government Board (LGB), Sir Arthur Newsholme, did not see the notice, but in the same month cancelled plans he had prepared for dealing with a resurgence of the epidemic, because of the requirements of the war. His strategy had proposed measures such as preventing large gatherings of people or overcrowding on public transport (where the disease could easily spread) and provisions for maintaining the production of munitions for the war effort. He did not issue any instructions to local authorities until 22 October. The LGB produced a film, Dr Wise on Influenza, which was distributed at the end of the second wave of the disease in 1919, but this was rather late, and insufficient copies were produced. Some local authorities and newspapers issued advice anyway. This ranged from sensible suggestions like isolating victims and avoiding crowds, to more questionable ones, such as eating lots of porridge and cleaning teeth regularly.

We all know this Corona Virus – COVID 19 came into existence from animals to human beings but how did this virus developed in animals is unknown.

CORONA VIRUS
This Virus is spreading from Wuhan to Washington and every state and Country, to-date Corona is carried to 28 Countries and growing. As of March 17th, 5,600 cases have been confirmed in USA. There is no approved Vaccine or confirmation from FDA what can be used that will treat this Virus. All the research and efforts are being made to find a solution without becoming a gateway to new problem. Hoarding of Paper products particularly bathroom tissues everywhere in the Country and are not available.

One Way to get over bathroom tissues is to get Bidet do-it-yourself kit from Home Depot or other hardware stores. Bidet is a French word which means clean or flush your bottom. One can hook this to your toilet seat in less than five minutes. Get one and hook it up, you can do-it-yourself and avoid the headache of running around to clean your bottom. 

DOCTOR CLINICS
Ayush Medical Services is a Representative to a CDC approved Laboratory. We can get free testing kits to all the Doctor Clinics for them to do a Corona Virus test. You can call your Doctor and ask them to call us at 972-516-8325 or give us their number and we will connect to get them free Testing kits.

Grandma’s Home Remedy Protection: In India when Mango Pickle is made, Mustard Oil (Sarson ka tel) is used. Why, because this Oil acts as Anti Fungus and Virus; that’s the reason these pickles last for a long time and are not spoiled. Steps to take and make use of the following that may help. Disclaimer, it is not guaranteed to protect you but will certainly help you to a certain extent in not catching this Virus or any other fungus.

1.  Take pure Mustard Oil and put one drop in each nostril and ears. Also, rub this inside your nose and all over your ears.

2.  Wash your face and hands with salt water, do not wipe it off, just let it dry.

3.  Use non latex gloves i.e. cheap regular plastic gloves, when you are going out for shopping.

4.  Be careful while using public bathrooms or touching door knobs and other metal rods in general areas.
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PELVIC FLOOR PHYSICAL THERAPY: Tulsi Desai
Tulsi Desai   Jul-2019   802 Views   0 Comments

Tulsi Desai is a license physical therapist who specializes in pelvic floor and women’s health. She graduated from Loma Linda University, CA. She has worked in different health setting in Michigan, New York and now in Dallas, TX.

Tulsi has over 10 years of experience as a physical therapist treating variety of orthopedic conditions as well as women’s health/pelvic floor problems. While working in New York City, she worked with some of the leading orthopedic surgeons and women’s health specialist physicians at NYU, the Hospital for special surgery and private practice physicians giving her unique opportunities to learn advanced evaluation and treatment techniques. She has attended various courses and conferences including NYU Dance Injury Rehabilitation Program and NYU Running Injury Symposium. 

Tulsi is the owner of Active Body Active Life (Physical Therapy & Wellness) clinic located in Coppell, TX. It is a specialty clinic that offers women’s health and pelvic floor rehabilitation.

Pelvic floor physical therapy is a specialty where a physical therapist is trained specifically to treat conditions related to pregnancy(back pain, sciatica, joint separation), postpartum (scar healing, tearing, back pain, tailbone pain, urine leak, organ prolapse), and age-related pelvic floor problems (organ prolapse, urinary leak with coughing, laughing sneezing, different problems during menopause). Pelvic floor physical therapy can help with acute or chronic back pain, sciatica, joint alignment and instability problems, post-pregnancy scar healing (c-section, episiotomy), organ prolapse as well as pelvic pain. It can help with endometriosis, pain with sex, urinary/bladder problems (incontinence/leakage, frequency, urgency, hesitancy) and constipation. Above are just some examples of conditions that can be treated with pelvic floor physical therapy and it’s just the tip of an iceberg. To learn more please visit her website www.activebodyactivelife.com and facebook page @activebodyactivelife. Tulsi loves to educate all her patients and empower them with the right knowledge about their own health, exercise, posture, and fitness so that they are well equipped to make right choices at home and at work even when she is not around. Her patients really appreciate her passion for women’s health, honest opinion, and the fact that she spends a lot of time listening to what they have to say and what they have gone through rather than rush them out. All her appointments are oneon-one every single visit for one hour. 

She does a lot of workshops at local libraries, yoga studios, fitness studios, to local mom’s group and women business owner groups to educate women on their health and treatment options so that they are well informed when they have to make health decisions. If anyone reading this article would like her to come to your organization or mom’s groups to educate your employees and members on pelvic health/women’s health, please feel free to reach her directly. If anyone is interested in attending one of the free workshops, please visit her facebook page @activebodyactivelife and “LIKE” the page to get updates on upcoming events as well as get updates on latest health related articles/information.

Due to lack of awareness on pelvic health and available treatment options even among medical providers, a lot of times patients suffer through pain, incontinence, prolapse and various other problems for years feeling frustrated and helpless. So many times, patients find Tulsi directly for their chronic back pain, sciatica and/or other pelvic floor problems that never got better with medication & other traditional treatments (general physical therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture etc) because no one is addressing the dysfunction/problem inside the pelvis. On an average, a woman spends 6-8 years of trying different doctors and spending a lot of money on different investigations with little to no help before she learns about pelvic floor rehabilitation. Pelvic floor problems can happen to anyone even if they are not related to pregnancy. If you are suspecting that you may have some pelvic floor problems then it is very important to have an evaluation done by a pelvic floor physical therapist in order to determine root cause of the problem. You can call/text us at (214)210- 0715 or email @info@activebodyactivelife.com and let us know what you are looking for, we would love to help you and guide you in the right direction.

Ideally, every woman should get pelvic floor evaluation after each pregnancy in order to get optimal care and healing they deserve. Prevention is better than cure. We have an opioid epidemic going on in United States. So many people are afraid of getting addicted to strong medicines. Physical therapy can hugely help to avoid opioid use/addiction and help people achieve recovery that will last for long time. A lot of people are looking for quick fix for their health problems, but they need to realize that a lot of times it took months/years of small traumas before the body started hurting. Popping a pill is not going to give long lasting results. If you want along term results then you will have to invest in your health and go for a few physical therapy sessions to learn how to use your body correctly and how to heal properly for a healthy life ahead.

One size fits all doesn’t work when it comes to our health. At Active Body Active Life (Physical Therapy & Wellness) clinic we create individualized treatment plans that include full body rehabilitation to optimize overall function. We are eager to help those who are looking for quality care to achieve long-term results, and not a short cut for temporary solution.

In her personal time, Tulsi enjoys spending time with her family. She adores her 5 year old son who loves to laugh all the time. Working at Active Body Active Life helps her create a work-life balance that lets her spend quality time with her family while she is still able to provide the best quality one on one care to her patients.

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Are you worried about peeing your pants ? by Tulsi Desai
Tulsi Desai   May-2019   1423 Views   5 Comments
Do you or someone you know suffers from urine leak with coughing, laughing, or sneezing? Are you embarrassed about leaking and worried about going to social events? If yes, then you are not alone. Urinary incontinence (UI) is very common. 1 in 10 women have UI postpartum. In USA, 25 million suffer from UI and 75-80% are women.

Tulsi Desai is a physical therapist at Active Body Active Life (Physical therapy and Wellness) who specializes in pelvic floor treatment and women’s health. She regularly treats patients with urinary ncontinence and variety of other pelvic floor problems.

Urinary incontinence is involuntary loss of urine.  There are 3 main types. Urge incontinence is increased frequency of urination where a person would be going more than 10 times in a 24 hr period (normal range is 6-8 times in 24 hrs). Stress Incontinence is the loss of urine with sneezing, coughing, jumping, running or any kind of heavy physical activity. Third one is Mixed incontinence which is the combination of Urge and Stress incontinence.

Stress incontinence (SI) is more common in women than men. 15 million adult women in USA suffer from SI. It happens with physical activities that put stress or pressure on your bladder and you are unable to control the urine. When a person has stress incontinence, she may experience urine leak with coughing, laughing, sneezing, exercise (run, yoga, fitness class), standing up from sitting, during sex and while lifting/carrying something heavy. It can be occasional or frequent based on the severity of the problem. SI is especially very common during or after pregnancy. For some it improves after delivering the baby. But in many cases, it may not improve or go away completely. If ignored for a long time then it can lead to more severe consequences like chronic or frequent urinary tract infections.

A person may feel embarrassed and may start avoiding social events due to fear of having an accident of not being able to control urine. A lot of women stop going to yoga, exercise class or to the gym due to fear of leaking and eventually start having secondary health problems due to sedentary lifestyle. It can lead to emotional and psychological stress as well if one feels isolated, ashamed and helpless.

The good news is that it can be treated. A lot of women have full recovery with complete bladder control even years after having their babies if they seek proper professional help. Pelvic Floor PT can help you achieve full control of your bladder, stop the involuntary urine leak and help you regain control of your life where you feel empowered and you don’t have to limit yourself to avoid embarrassment from the leakage. 

There are many misconceptions about treatment options today.

1. A lot of women are being told that this is normal part of having babies and they have to live with it. But in reality, this problem can be fully treated without needing medicine or surgery.

2. A lot of women go through unnecessary medications and surgeries due to lack of proper knowledge. 

3. Some are being told to do Kegel exercises. While Kegel exercises can help some women, it always isn’t the solution. A thorough evaluation by a physical therapist (PT) who specializes in pelvic floor will help determine the root cause of the problem and then appropriate treatment by the specialist can really help treat the urine leak for long term solution.

4. There are different online fitness programs being offered which claim to help. In some cases, without proper evaluation, fitness exercises can exacerbate problems.

On an average it takes 6-8 years of trying different things and different doctors before a woman finds her way to a pelvic floor PT as most are not being offered this option in the first place. It can be extremely frustrating when all you are being told is to live with it just because you had a baby.

There are a few things that can help:
1. Start a bladder diary and discuss it with a pelvic expert physical therapist.
2. If Kegel exercises haven’t helped you or by any chance if they made your symptoms worse, then you may want to stop doing them and consult a pelvic floor exert physical therapist.
3. Limit bladder irritants like coffee, tea, alcohol, citrus fruits, nicotine, and artificial sweeteners from your diet.

If you have been struggling with incontinence for longer than a few weeks and you want to learn more about what the ‘root cause’ could be? At Active Body Active Life we offer a Free Phone consultation with our clinician to find out if you are the right candidate for this treatment option.

All you need to do is contact us via phone at (214) 210- 0715 or send us an email at info@activebodyactivelife.com and tell us a bit more about what’s going on, and we will have a conversation about how we may be able to help.

P.S. If you’d simply like more information, check out our website www.activebodyactivelife.com and follow facebook/instagram page @activebodyactivelife.
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The Healing Power Of The Breath
Toppick Media Editor   Nov-2019   238 Views   0 Comments
‘Prana’ – a concept which starts with the breath. If only we would sometimes stop and breathe, just breathe in the ‘Life force’ the ‘Elan Vital’, the ‘Chi’, the Prana – we would certainly feel energized. But yet, in the continuous self-created pressure environment we live in, we seldom take a moment to breathe. 
 
In Ayurveda, when we speak about the Vata-Pitta-Kapha, the Tridosha and the bodily manifestation of the Panch Mahabut – the Five great elements, we speak of the air as the most important factor as we can live without food or water for a longer time but would not last too long without breathing.
 
Ayurveda explains that the body has 5 types of Vayu - The word vayu translates as "wind," connoting all-pervading movement. Vayu is a vehicle for activities and experiences within the body, or a “force” that moves throughout the system controlling functions such as digestion, respiration, nerve impulses act.
These pancha pranas are categorized as: Prana vayu, Apana vayu, Samana vayu, Udana vayu and Vyana vayu. Though they function in unison together, each governing a specific area of the body. They can be thought of as elemental forces that are not just the physical, but govern emotional qualities and mental energies, fundamental to physical, mental and emotional well- being.

The practices of yoga, especially asana and pranayama, optimize the functioning of these vayus as well as bring them under our influence. Their energies can then be used to uplift ourselves and restore vibrant health. 
When the breath is imbalanced, life is imbalanced. So, take it easy, literally catch your breath and just breathe. 
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PODIATRY SPECIALISTS HELPING TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD : Dr Jarna Bhatt
Toppick Media Editor   Jun-2019   674 Views   0 Comments

PODIATRY SPECIALISTS HELPING TO PUT YOUR BEST FOOT FORWARD

Dr. Rahul Bhatt & Dr. Jarna Rathod-Bhatt are foot, ankle and heel pain specialists located in Arlington, TX 76015 Dr. Bhatt specializes in non-surgical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle. He is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the Council for Medical Education and Testing in wound care. He is qualified in forefoot and rearfoot surgery by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. Dr Jarna’s training was focused on all aspects of podiatric medicine and surgery with particular emphasis on lower extremity trauma, elective foot and ankle reconstruction, and wound care. She is certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and qualified in forefoot and rearfoot surgery by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. The doctors are on staff at Medical City Arlington, Medical City Las Colinas and Baylor Scott & White - Irving.

So how did you two meet and come to work in Texas?

We met as students in medical school in New York. Afterwards, we started our residency training at the Norwell Forest Hills Hospital in Flushing, NY, and we got married at the start of our second year. During our fellowship training, an opportunity for private practive opened up in Arlington, TX. As we both had a desire to live in the south, we decided that this would be a great opportunity to be able to work together as well. We currently have offices in Arlinton and Irving.

Do you speak any other languages besides English"

Bhatt: I also speal Hindi, and am partially partially fluent in Spanish.

Rathod: I speak Gujarati, Hindi, Swahili, and am also partially fluent in Spanish.

What is a podiatrist?

A podiatrist has earned a 4 year specialized medical degree as a “Doctor of Podiatric Medicine”.   The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is one of four medical disciplines (DO, MD, DPM and DVM) that can prescribe medications, practice medicine and perform surgery of the foot and ankle.  The conditions we treat include but are not limited to: ingrown nails, nail fungus, ulcers, warts, heel pain, arch pain, ankle pain, foot and ankle fractures. Essentially, if it’s an injury, infections, abnormality, or condition involving your feet or ankle, a podiatrist is generally the person you should see. Podiatrists are also involved with diabetic patients, as they will work with a diabetes management team to deal with serious foot issues like diabetic neuropathy. 

Is foot pain normal?

No pain is normal, but it’s not surprising how many people experience it considering the types of shoes we wear. The feet are often neglected. They are the last things we take care of, but our feet determine whether we’re going to get knee pain, ankle pain, or back pain. They are the foundation of our health. Literally. They are what get us moving. Injury, overuse, or conditions causing inflammation involving any of the bones, ligaments or tendons in the foot can cause foot pain. Arthritis and tendinits are common causes of foot pain. Injury to the nerves of the feet may result in intense burning pain, numbness or tingling (peripheral neuropathy).

Why do I have pain in the arches of the feet?

Probably the most common cause of heel pain or arch pain is in the form of ‘plantar fasciitis’.  This is especially common in active individuals. Other causes may include stress fractures, tendonitis, and ligament sprains.

What is a bunion? How do I avoid bunion surgery?

A bunion (also referred to as hallux valgus) is often described as a bump on the side of the big toe. But a bunion is more than that. The visible bump actually reflects changes in the bony framework of the front part of the foot. The big toe leans toward the second toe, rather than pointing straight ahead. This throws the bones out of alignment and can contibute to pain and difficulty fitting into shoes. Early identification and treatment with shoe modifications, specialized shoe inserts (orthotics), anti-inflammatory medications, padding, and injections can often can often avoid the need for surgery.

Why do people with diabetes need to see a podiatrist?

Most patients with diabetes will benefit by a routine examination every 6 months.  Diabetes can cause neuropathy or vascular changes to the feet that can cause secondary problems that could lead to hospitalizations and even worse, amputations.

Is it more expensive to be treated by a podiatrist?

It is no more expensive than seeing any other specialist. The patient is responsible for his/her co-pay at the time of visit.

What tips should I follow when shopping for shoes?

We strongly encourage individuals to wear the appropriate shoes for each occasion. For example, one should wear sneakers, instead of sandals, while playing sports. Patient's with foot deformities, such as hammertoes and bunions, should wear shoes that are wider, with a high toe box, in the forefoot region. This prevents irritation against prominent areas and can prevent undue strain at bone prominences, and minimize overall pain. This holds true in diabetic individuals, especially those with neuropathy. Such simple preventive measures can minimize the risk of infections, gangrene, and amputation.


 

 

 


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COLORECTAL CANCER CAB BE SAVED : Dr Narendra Monga
Toppick Media Editor   Jun-2019   657 Views   0 Comments

COLORECTAL CANCER CAB BE SAVED

Colon cancer (commonly referred to as colorectal cancer) is preventable and highly curable if detected in early stages. The colon is the first 4 to 5 feet of the large intestine. Colorectal cancer tumors grow in the colon's inner lining. 

Facts and Stats

- In 2017, nearly $36,000 new cases of  colorectal cancer were expected to be diagnosed in the U.S.

- About 1 in 20 (5%) Americans will develop colorectal cancer during their lifetime.

- Colorectal polyps (benign abnormal growths) affect about 20% to 30% of American adults.

Risk Factors

The exact cause of colorectal cancer is unknown the following factors can increase one's risk of colorectal cancer.

- Age: More than 90% of people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer after age 50.

- Family history of colorectal cancer (especially parents or siblings).

- Personal history of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis for eight years or longer.

- Colorectal polyps.

- Personal history of breast, uterine or ovarian cancer. 

Prevention 

Colorectal cancer is preventable. Nearly all cases of colorectal cancer develop from polyps. They start in the inner lining of the colon and most often affect the left side of the colon. Detection and removal of polyps through colonoscopy reduces the risk of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer screenirig recommendations are based on medical and family history. Screening typically starts at age 50 in patients with average risk. Those at higher risk are usually advised to receive their first screening at a younger age. While it is not definitive, there is some evidence that diet may play a significant role in preventing colorectal cancer. A diet high in fiber (whole grains, fruits, vegetables and nuts) and low in fat is the only dietary measure that may help prevent colorectal cancer. 

Colorectal Cancer Symptoms 

Colorectal cancer often causes no symptoms and is detected during routine screenings. Screening and Surveillance for Colorectal Cancer Colorectal cancer symptoms include: 

- A change in bowel habits (e.g. constipation or diarrhea).

- Narrow shaped stools. 

- Bright red or very dark blood in the stool.

- Ongoing pelvic or lower abdominal pain (e.g., gas, bloating or pain).

- Unexplained weight loss. 

- Nausea or vomiting.

- Feeling tired all the time

Abdominal pain and weight loss are typically late symptoms, indicating possible extensive disease. Anyone who experiences any of the above symptoms should see a physician as soon as possible. Colon or rectal cancer, (commonly referred to as colorectal cancer), affects the colon (large intestine) or rectum (bottom 6 inches of the colon). Colo rectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer, excluding skin cancers.

Why Should People Be Screened?

Colorectal cancer rarely causes symptoms in its early stages. It usually starts out as a benign colorectal polyp. These polyps are commonly found during standard screening exams of the colon and rectum. While the majority of polyps will not become cancer, certain types hiay be precancerous. Having polyps removed reduces a person's future risk of colorectal cancer. 

Screening Tests  

Fecal occult blood testing and flexible sigmoidoscopy are often used together to screen for colorectal cancer. However, colonoscopy is considered the “gold standard” screening test and is the preferred method unless medical problems prevent it.

Fecal occult blood testing A simple test that detects invisible amounts of blood in multiple stool samples. If blood is found it may be a sign of a colorectal polyp or cancer. If the test  positive, a colonoscopy is needed.

Colonoscopy

Examination of the entire colon with a long, thin flexible tube with a camera and a light on the end (colonoscope). This allows physicians to see not only the entire colon but also to remove polyps at thev same time.

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy

Examination of the rectum and lower colon with a flexible lighted instrument if an abnormality is found, a colonoscopy is needed.

Air-contrast Barium Enema 

During this X-ray test, the colon is filled with air and contrast (dye) to make the lining visible. It is used primarily if a complete colonoscopy cannot be done.

Virtual Colonoscopy

This test uses computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to create a 3-D picture of the inside lining of the colon and rectum. If abnormalities are found. a colonoscopy is needed. It is also useful when a colonoscopy in incomplete. However, most insurance plans and Medicare may not cover this procedure. 

Screening Recommendaons 

As part of a colorectal cancer screening program, colonoscopy is routinely recommended for adults starting at age 50. Having a colonoscopy every 10 years is standard practice. Flexible sigmoidoscopy every five years with annual stool occult blood testing is an acceptable option when colonoscopy cannot be done. 

- People with a close relative (parent or sibling) with colorectal cancer or polyps should start screening at age 40 or 10 years before the youngest age at which a relative was diagnosed. These screenings should be done every five years, even if the 

test was normal.

- Less common types of inherited colon cancer (e.g., hereditary nonpolyposis colon cancer and familial adenomatous polyposis) may require far more frequent screening, starting at a much younger age.


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Say NO to Opioids and Avoid Surgeries : Dr Vivek Mehta
Toppick Media Editor   Jun-2019   682 Views   0 Comments

Say NO to Opioids and Avoid Surgeries.

As a highly renowned pain management specialist, Dr. Vivek Mehta  offers world class minimally invasive treatments. Many patients suffer chronic pain and are looking for healthier ways to address these problems and decrease reliance on pain medication. It's a well-known fact that addiction to pain medication is a problem all over the world. If pain goes untreated, then depression, anxiety, sleep loss, strained family relationships and poor work performance can be the result.  

As CEO and Medical Director of the Global Institute of Spine and Joint Care in Arlington, TX., Dr. Mehta has more than 30 years of experience as a physician and pain management specialist. His ultimate goal is to improve patients' functionality and enable a return to work, school and full participation in day-to-day activities.

An Esteemed Medical Background

Answering Toppick's questions, Dr. Mehta said that he decided in the fourth grade that he wanted to be a doctor.  He attended the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune, Maharashtra, then served in the Indian Army Special Ops, the NSG, which performs anti-high jacking and anti-terrorist operations. He lived in the Middle East for several years and moved to the United States, starting his career at UCLA and USC. That was followed by a fellowship in endocrinology and residency training. He joined the University of Miami as a faculty member then progressed to lead the department for many years. Dr. Mehta is Board-Certified in Anesthesiology and started the Global Institute of Spine & Joint Care in 2011.

International Appeal

In addition to Dr. Mehta's extensive medical experience around the world, he is fluent in Hindi, English, Urdu, Punjabi, Arabic and Spanish. Dr. Mehta's multi-lingual abilities immediately put  his patients at ease when they visit him. The Global Institute of Spine and Joint Care has expanded widely and has patients from the D/FW Metroplex, all over Texas, as well as  internationally. Dr. Mehta has successfully treated numerous elite professionals with non-surgical techniques. He is trained in minimally invasive spinal techniques, reducing damage to surrounding tissues and speeding up patients' recovery.

How is Pain Best Managed?

Although pain is the most common reason to consult a physician, pain is often poorly treated. Chronic pain can affect every aspect of a patient's daily activity and prevent them from enjoying life. The stress of pain affects how people interact with their family and friends. According to Dr. Mehta, “Pain management as a specialty is a very interesting branch of medicine. Typically, pain is a symptom of a disease. For example, if you are having chest or abdominal pain, you may be having a heart attack or appendicitis. You take care of the underlying condition and the pain is gone. Because pain is the main problem the patient is having,  pain management can play a vital role,” says Dr. Mehta. “We take care of pain in a multi-modal manner & pain medication is the smallest part. We do mostly interventional pain management, where we offer various minimally invasive surgical modalities for patients.” Other treatments include psychiatry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy to help patients return to their daily routine. 

Personalized Treatment

As a dedicated physician, Dr. Mehta spends quality time with his patients and takes pride in establishing a one-on-one relationship. He and his team perform a comprehensive evaluation and create a detailed treatment plan to optimize pain control, enhance physical and psychological well-being and restore quality of life. The doctor strongly believes that controlling pain is vital to patients' physical and mental health. At the Global Institute of Spine & Joint Care, the treatment team uses the latest techniques to relieve pain so patients can get back to what they love most. Dr. Vivek Mehta brings years of experience and a passion for  excellence to pain management. His  philosophy is to use precise medicine to get an accurate diagnosis and treat it in the most conservative way possible. Dr. Mehta says, “Our aim is always to minimize medication use and maximize patients' functionality.” Say No to opioids and avoid surgeries by placing your trust in Dr. Vivek Mehta.

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AWARD WINNING FERTILITY SPECIALIST : Dr DORETTE NOORHASAN
Toppick Media Editor   Jun-2019   456 Views   0 Comments

AWARD WINNING FERTILITY SPECIALIST :

As a fertility specialist, Dr. Dorette Noorhasan has unique empathy, kindness and compassion for her patients. Having stood in the shoes of both a fertility doctor and fertility patient, she understands the complex emotional and physical journeys of families who are struggling with infertility. Dr. Noorhasan and her husband met later on in their reproductive lives and had difficulty conceiving a child. Eventually, they sought help from a fertility clinic, and they ended up completing five cycles of in vitro fertilization (IVF). After numerous failed attempts, they finally were successful in creating an embryo, which was then transferred to a surrogate who successfully carried and delivered their son. “It’s because of my surrogate’s kindness, that I am a mother today,” remarks Dr. Noorhasan. Her experience with infertility, has shaped her approach as a doctor to ensure that her patients feel supported through every step of their fertility journey.

After receiving her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from University of the Virgin Islands, Dr. Noorhasan attended medical school at Boston University School of Medicine, during which she participated in medical missions to Guatemala and Mexico. She completed her residency in obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences at the University of Texas, Houston.

“Taking care of women and children has always been a passion of mine. It was during my obstetrics and gynecology residency that I rotated through the department of reproductive endocrinology and infertility and I absolutely fell in love with that field of medicine,” said Dr. Noorhasan. “It is such a rewarding experience to help someone conceive and have a child when they’ve been struggling with infertility. When a patient sees their baby on the ultrasound for the first time and they hear the heartbeat, I experience those tears of joy and happiness with them.” 

Dr. Noorhasan completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at New Jersey Medical School.

A LEADER IN FERTILITY CARE & RESEARCH

Today, Dr. Noorhasan is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and is the medical director and co-founder of CCRM Fertility Dallas – Fort Worth. CCRM Fertility Dallas - Fort Worth is part of the CCRM Fertility Network that proudly serves 11 major metropolitan areas across North America. CCRM Fertility is one of the industry’s leading pioneers in fertility science, research and advancement, offering access to a national network of award-winning physicians, a full suite of fertility services, innovative technology and cutting-edge labs. Not all fertility labs are equal in terms of the quality of the environment and measures taken to ensure the maximal chances of creating and growing embryos. It is the quality of CCRM Network labs and research facility that continuously produces high success rates. More than 50,000 babies have been born through fertility treatments at CCRM. 

CCRM Dallas-Fort Worth patients benefit from the resources of the CCRM network and standardized lab processes with exceptional success rates while at the same time receiving personalized care from a local, empathetic and award-winning physician.

Dr. Noorhasan consistently receives honors and awards acknowledging her achievements. She has been recognized as a Top Doctor in Texas Monthly, A Castle Connolly Top Doctors in 2018 and 2019 and Mom Approved Doctors for DFW Child in 2015 and 2019.

“The biggest advice that I would give to patients just starting out on their fertility journey is to have hope”, Dr. Noorhasan shared, “it may take months, sometimes even years, but parenthood is a real possibility. The path to parenthood may not be how we had always dreamt it should be, but having a child and being able to give love to a child is one of the greatest gifts”.

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Good and Bad Stress ?
Toppick Media Editor   May-2018   836 Views   0 Comments

In this article we will explore more about mental stress. How we can distinguish between a good stress and a bad stress. Importantly, how we can reduce it or control it?

Mental stress is a simply a force or a pressure on our brain. There are two types of it, good stress and bad stress. Time and situation are the key players to differentiate good stress from the bad one. For example, just like holding a glass of water for few moments would cause no pain in our arm while holding the same glass of water for few hours would make our arm hurt. In the same way, good stress is our mind's natural ability to ght or ight in an ideal stressful situation and at an appropriate period of time while bad stress is the constant pressure on our mind at an inappropriate time and without the presence of an ideal stressful situation. 

Good stress is essential for all living beings to sustain their lives. While bad stress is something that takes away the joy, beauty and ecstasy of life while we are alive. 

Good stress is the tension created by our mind while we are actively handling any physical or mental task. For example, imagine yourself at the airport, short of time and trying to gure out what would be the fastest way to reach your gate. Or imagine you just hear that your tea is boiling over in the kitchen from your living room. Or imagine an impala running very fast to save his life from a tiger that is few feet behind him. In above cases, all three individuals would go through a very high stress levels but the stress here is actually a good stress because there is a presence of an ideal stressful situation and above individuals would go through stressful situations for an appropriate period of time. Once the situation is under control or over the good stress would elevate by itself and leaves us relaxed and free minded. Even through the outcome is not desirable at all;the good stress wouldelevate by itself and leave us free minded after the situation is over. 

Another good example of good stress is a cricket match or a football match. Players are under consistence stress during the match but as match is over both winning and losing sides appeared to be relaxed and mentally out of that intense stressful situation. This is the reason we love to watch sports. We as an audience also feel the effects of good stress on our bodies and minds and then the relaxing effects of light-mindedness after the match is over

Good stress is very important for us. It keeps us motivated, energetic, fights depression and most importantly it keeps us alive. 

Bad stress on the other hand is simply a habit of mind to keep holding high stress levels at an inappropriate timeand without any existence of an ideal stressful situation. For example, its 11 o clock at night you are laying in your bed to get some good sleep but your mind is creating scenarios in your head,one after another and then looking for solutions to those scenarios, the process seems to be never ending. Or you had a bad argument at work or at home few days ago but your mind is still holding that tense situation in your thoughts. This chain of thoughts often becomes very long and becomes very heavy. For some, few drinks of alcohol or drugs are the only weapons left to break that long heavy chain of thoughts and to freed up the mind and make the mindfeel little lighter and relaxed.

Bad stress is not adisease infect it's a habit of mind. We have to break this habit by developing a new good habit that would eventually replaces the old self-developed bad one. Here is one good practice that can be very helpful if practiced in the right way with dedication. The rule is that whenever you see anything of white color, immediately check what's going on in your mind. Is my mind is engaged in any thought or thinking? If yes, then at the same moment and same spot, drop all the thoughts from your mind, no matter how urgent or important they are.

Now, you just achieved the thought-free or blissful state of mind. Now, shift your focus from that white object towards your breathing and very importantly remind yourself while inhaling and exhaling, “ Breath is THE most precious thing I have “. Truly, every single breath is the most precious thing we have. The moment it stops your family is no longer yours, your wealth is no longer your and even your body is no longer your. Not a billion dollar can purchase us a single breath.

Initial goal is to hold this free state of mind for few moments. Once your brain is cooled down with the multiple hits of oxygen then go back to what you were doing. Repeat this again; as you see another object of white color, it could be indoors or outdoors, near or at distance. Do it until it becomes a habit. Remember, for beginners the goal is few moments. People who excel deep into this practice can easily achieve pure Samadhi. 

Many people agree that their mind keeps wandering all the time and sadly they justify this bad habit of mind by believing that consistently working mind would lower their chances of failing in life thus its okay for mind to stay busy at all the times. Or they would claim that stress is just a part of the western world and we are all going through it. Sadly, above are all the misconceptions regarding bad stress and are not true. 

If you feel that you are under bad stress on and off or consistently then I would encourage you to start practice right away. These small thought free gaps will eventually becomes wider and eventually replaces the old selfdeveloped wandering habit of mind. In the beginning you will notice that your sleep patterns becomes longer and intense, which is normal and let it happen. If practiced with dedication and as a priority, you will start to feel lightmindedness from day one and start to experience the blissfulness of life right away. 

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MOKSHA MUKTI ENLIGHTENMENT MEDITATION
TP4U Editor   Sep-2018   646 Views   0 Comments
After educating himself in the US, and working for fortune 500 companies as a professional for many years, Robin Pandey, one day in 2009 transformed into Moksha Mukti, by serendipity or by the grace of God.  Since the day of transformation or enlightenment Moksha Mukti instantly ceased eating meat and drinking alcohol, this phenomenon occured in a flash halted his ethereal quest. This revelation cleaned out his old conditioned notions and brought him to his natural functioning; the divine entity he was investigating was already living and breathing inside of his organs; it is not something that revealed from outside source, but internally within. 

Since 2009 Moksha Mukti started to teach what had revealed to him, and now he has thousands of followers and students who learn from his revelations as wisdom or teachings.  He has written four books, and one three already published and fourth about to be released soon.  Currently, he teaches Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation Lessons. 

What is Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation?

There are hundreds of Meditation Lessons are available.  Moksha Mukti Enlightenment meditation is an original that revealed to Moksha Mukti. This is a direct method that is simple, efficient and effective. Although, it is simple it requires some time and teachings. Therefore, Moksha Mukti offers this lessons to anyone who is interested.  You don't have to give up your family or job to learn this meditation, however, it requires a minimum commitment for you to fully grasp and utilize it.  

During meditation, over 90% people sleep instead of mediate.  Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation lessons do not let people fall asleep during meditation and it is scientific method of verifying and validating each experience within.  Moksha Mukti speaks the truth, but it is not true to you unless, you verify and validate in your own experiencing field.  So, in this meditation, there are a lot of interaction between students and the teacher to actually, get down and dirty, if I may use that phrase to experience, and recognize.  

It requires for you to pay attention to yourself, but this phrase has been cliche, and humans do not know what it truly means, and in Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation lessons, Moksha Mukti teaches you to really pay attention.  He guides you pay attention at the right places, so that you may get the glimpses of Enlightenment.  Often people ask do I get enlightened by enrolling at the Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation Lessons? Yes, there is a possibility, but more probability to get glimpses of Enlightenment.  

Are there benefits of taking Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation lessons? Many people who reported by listening in and participating in General Open to public Moksha Mukti Enlightenment Meditation Lessons that happens once a month in or around full moon said they were healed, were peaceful, happy, calm, relaxed as well as their wish came true etc.  

Moksha Mukti's books are available on Amazon: 

His fourth epic book “Mirror” will be releasing soon. 
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Ayurvedic Ahara (Diet) Mantra
Toppick Media Editor   Nov-2019   226 Views   0 Comments

“One who eat moderate food = Healthy!”

“Ayurvedic Aahaar (food) mantra is “Mita-ahara. “Mita
(       , moderate) and Ahara (         , taking food, diet). Mitahara is a concept in Indian philosophy, particularly in Ayurveda and Yoga that integrates awareness about food, drink, balanced diet and consumption habits and its effect on one’s body and mind. Once sage Charaka  Ancient Ayurveda sage/physician) adopting the form of a bird wandered from house to house of Vaidyas (doctors) asking the question - ‘Ko Aruk’, i.e., who is without diseases? Who is Healthy? Many of the established Vaidyas opinioned that by taking expensive tonics like chyvanaprash one can be free from diseases. But that was not a satisfying answer.  Sushruta and Vhagbhatta (great sages who are  grandfathers of Ayurveda and ancient physicians)  elaborate that Hitabhuk, Rtabhuk, Mitabhuk - one who takes good food (food that is good for the body, simply not taken to precipitate the taste buds), timely food (food taken when hungry) and appropriate amount of food can keep one free from diseases. The word food is symbolic of everything that the body feeds on or enjoys. So, air, water,
food and any other thing a living being swallows or enjoys is included in the word.

Hatha Yoga Pradipika verse 1.57 states the importance of
‘‘Mitahara’’, as

        A brahmachari, practicing mitahara (moderate diet) and tyaga (renunciation, solitude), devoted to yoga achieves success in his enquiry and effort within half a year.” — Hathayoga Pradipika, 1.57

In the Bhagavat Geeta, Sri Krishna indicates the same essence of knowledge by the words - yuktahara-vihara, yukta-chesta and yuka-karma. Yukta signifies insidiousness. All these activities can be expressed by the words ahara-vihara. By judicious ahara-vihara (food and your daily lifestyle corrections) one can be healthy without medicines.

“Mitabhojanam Swastyam” – (Chanakya- was an Indian teacher, philosopher, economist, jurist and royal advisor 4th century BCE) – quotes “Eating moderate diet as a virtuous life style means health.”

All these ancient diet mantras recommend that one must “eat only when one feels hungry” and “neither overeat nor eat to completely fill the capacity of one’s stomach; rather leave a quarter portion empty and fill three quarters with quality food and fresh water. Ayurvedic dietetics suggests ‘‘mitahara’’ regimen includes avoiding stale, impure and tamasic foods, and consuming moderate amounts of fresh, vital and Sattvic foods.”

Mr. XX clearly understood a Vaidya’s (Ayurvedic Physicians) prescription is not a magic pill. But it is a” To do list” ....
• Doing less efforts and being more conscious
• Attack your goal of great health in bite-sized chunks, 
     and you will get there without overstepping your comfort zone!
• Food is “the medicine” but use it wisely and finally
   don’t kill your hunger in quantity nutrition analysis.
• Follow Ayurvedic ahara mantra “Mitahara! - Moderation is a key”

This unusual prescription of Ayurveda will tell you not only what ayurveda and yoga sciences can do for you, but how you can do Ayurveda and Yoga. A fun way to be 100% healthy!

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