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Swine Flu - Symptoms - contacts for treatment

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Take Care - Swine Flu / Influenza A(H1N1) is on the prawl -  Also Dengue

-Symptoms: May start with or any of these: Head Ache/Body Ache, sore throat, cough, fatique, chills, nausea, vomitting, diarrhea and fever.

Precaution: Do everything to avoid becoming sick or keep away from public places as far as possible or coming in body contact with anybody having some symptoms, do not eat outside or drink water from all and sundry source, keep children away from outside food, ice cream, stale fast foods, consume boiled /cooled/ warm water as often as possible, do not consume medicines with your own half baked knowledge, Quarantine or isolate your family member, if affected, provide clean and airy environs and follow doctors advise.

- though masks may not ensure foolproof protection, one can Wear N95 masks - it is reported that various kinds of masks have appeared in the market and some recognised ones are being sold at exorbitant rates - consumer awareness is needed - they are available from Rs.55 to Rs.189 MRP but are being sold between 100 and Rs.400 due to shortage.

- Control room: 1056 - BBMP says expert doctors will answer calls ?!

- Recognised Hospitals:

Rajiv Gandhi Hospital, Homegowda Nagar - 26631923l   Victoria, Kalasipalyam: 26703294, Lakeside Medical, Ulsoor 5360823 (check this number), Mallige Mahabodhi, Siddapur Rd-26565678, Mallige Medical, Crescent Rd, Near Race Course-22203333, Vydehi Medical, White Field- 28413385,  Mallya Hospital-22277979, Ambedkar Medical, KG Halli -25463442, St.Marthas, Nrupathunga Rd, OPP RBI,22275081, St.John's Medical, Hosur Rd - 25530070, Fortis RM Hospital, Sampangirama Nagara-40200000, Pristine Hospital, West of Chord Rd-52354444, Columbia Asia hospital, Yelahanka/hebbal-41791000, Manipal hospital, Airport Rd-25024444, City hospital, Rajajinagara - 23131777

- Keep Children clean and warm, wear fresh cotton cloths, No Ice Creams even they scream.

- God bless all of you with good health

- Vasanthkumar Mysoremath




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Swine Flu - Great Bulletin

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VKM Sir,

Nice of you to compile this & make a post. I had been thinking I would do it, but you beat me to it !

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Thank you dear

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Dear Naveen

once in a while it will be necessary for all of us to be a little more proactive due to the urgency and contemporariness of certain things in our daily life.  

What I do when i get up early in the morning is for kind information of all those who may be interested, I reserve a few minutes to talk to my body and my mind.

When I talk to my body, more often i listen to most of my body parts - each one at a time - no cacophony , no ranting, no uncivilised language...let us say as in Praja - I flex and unflex the limbs that respond to my inner most commands, allow them to give me a feed back in nano seconds, understand them, respond to them, make them feel comfortable that I am still alive and will take care of any problem in that part of the body, etc., it may bore you.  But  not more than a few minutes =

- coming to the 'mind part', I reminasence what I went through before i slept off, recap, decide what is most important and 'JUST DO IT'.

- My two paise

- Vasanth Mysoremath

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More of my two paise - Tulsi leaves instead of Bra Masks

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Many of you must have gone through the sting operation that was conducted by a few smart journos of Bangalore Mirror of todate - how they conned the public in Majestic area with Bras cut and stitched to symbolise masks.  Such is the gullibility of people who do not want to apply their mind to certain things in our daily routine.

Instead of succumbing to such cons, try the wonderful smell and medicinal value of Tulsi - particularly Krishna Tulasi - keep a few leaves in a plastic cover - whenever you are outside on the street, take out a few leaves, crush them in your palms till they become small bits and start exhuding the wonderful smell, cup your palm, keep it on your nose and move around.   I am doing it and it really helps me to have a psychological advantage over all sorts of cheatings that are going on - like Bras,. Tamiflo instead of Tamiflu and others.

- Remember the old adage - Hittala Gida Maddalla

- Even otherwise, if you want to clear your clogged nose, you can smell the wonderful leaves of Tulsi.

- Vasanth Mysoremath

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  For Dengue fever, a

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  For Dengue fever, a home remedy that will help for the platelets count. Could be used after checking with doctor.



Dear All

I would like to share this interesting discovery from a classmate's son who
has just recovered from dengue fever. Apparently, his son was in the
critical stage at the SJMC ICU when his pallet counts drops to 15 after 15
litres of blood transfusion. His father was so worried that he seeks
another friend's recommendation and his son was saved. He confessed to me
that he give his son raw juice of the papaya leaves. >From a pallet count
of 45 after 20 litres of blood transfusion, and after drinking the raw
papaya leaf juice, his pallet count jumps instantly to 135. Even the
doctors and nurses were surprised. After the second day he was discharged.
So he ask me to pass this good news around.
Accordingly it is raw papaya leaves, 2 pcs just cleaned and pound and
squeeze with filter cloth. You will only get one tablespoon per leaf. So
two tablespoon per serving once a day. Do not boil or cook or rinse with
hot water, it will loose its strength. Only the leafy part and no stem or
sap. It is very bitter and you have to swallow it like Won Low Kat. But it
Papaya Juice - Cure for Dengue
You may have heard this elsewhere but if not I am glad to inform you that
papaya juice is a natural cure for dengue fever. As dengue fever is rampant
now, I think it's good to share this with all. A friend of mine had dengue
last year. It was a very serious situation for her as her platelet count
had dropped to 28,000 after 3 days in hospital and water has started to
fill up her lung. She had difficulty in breathing. She was only 32-year
old. Doctor says there's no cure for dengue. We just have to wait for her
body immune system to build up resistance against dengue and fight its own
battle. She already had 2 blood transfusion and all of us were praying very
hard as her platelet continued to drop since the first day she was
Fortunately her mother-in-law heard that papaya juice would help to reduce
the fever and got some papaya leaves, pounded them and squeeze the juice
out for her. The next day, her platelet count started to increase, her
fever subside. We continued to feed her with papaya juice and she recovered
after 3 days!!! Amazing but it's true. It's believed one's body would be
overheated when one is down with dengue and that also caused the patient to
have fever. Papaya juice has cooling effect. Thus, it helps to reduce the
heat in one's body, thus the fever will go away. I found that it's
also good when one is having sore throat or suffering from heat.

Dr Sumedha Bajaj
Bombay Hospital
12, Marine Lines, Mumbai - 400 020, India.
022-2067676 * Fax No. 2080871



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Very good tip-Krishna Tulasi/wheat grass juice also medicinal

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Any tip that has curative effort needs to be propogated to a wide spectrum of populace.  Let it be helpful to somebody.  We have reached a stage of desparation in getting early cure methods.

Even today, our grand old ladies have such umpteen number of tips.

Prajas may like to post such tips for everybody's knowledge.

My take: I have a few pots in my balcony garden in which I have a few varieties of Tulsi, mint, wheat grass etc. and whenever there is a slight symptom of running nose, I pick a few tulsi leaves, sqeeze them in my palm, cup my nose with my palm, inhale deeply and get almost instant relief.

I also have seven mini pots (large ice cream cups with a hole at the bottom) in which I regularly grow wheat - After every seventh day, I remove the wheat grass with roots from one pot, wash it thoroughly, remove the upper grass portion, put the root portion into mixie with a little water, add a pinch of salt, run it for two minutes, filter the juice and consume it.  I feel fresh and I understand it is a possible cure-IMHO for early stages of cancer.  This way I will have regular supply.

One can keep those lovely green mini pots with wheet grass near TV sets to get a pleasing ambience but keep them in sunshine for a few hours for their biological systemic requirements.  You can also give the grass neat look by cutting the top portion of the grass with a small scizor for shaping it like flatland, cone, round shape.  They look so ornamental and also after seven days, they become medicines.

- No need for extra care or maintenance.  Just wet the wheat for  a few minutes with a pinch of turmeric powder dissolved in water - spread them on the soil and cover them with some more soil - Pour half a cup of water to keep the soil wet enough - no need to use extra special soil or manure - the usual potting red soil with the usual organic manuer will do.

- Over to you friends make your kids grow wheat grass in the discarded ice cream cups-they love to see them grow and keep them in their study rooms.

- Vasanth Mysoremath



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H1N1 - doctors ask public not to panic

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Even as Bangalore reports its first H1N1-linked fatality, doctors in the city are asking the public not to panic. Also attached: list of hospitals treating H1N1 in the city.

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Vaishnavi Viital


For more than a week now, people have been thronging the RGICD for fear of having contracted the H1N1 virus. Like many doctors say, the panic button has been pressed. Ask Dr V Ravi, Head of the Neurovirology department at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS), if the entire issue is being blown out of proportion and pat comes the reply, “Yes, I think so”.  He adds that there is no need to panic. “It's like any other normal flu. Lot of media hype is being created. It's not a killer virus”.


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New guideline of treating H1N1 from GOI

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Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad chaired a meeting late last night in connection with the various actions taken by the Government for containment and mitigation of H1N1 cases in India. The meeting lasted for more than five hours from 4.30 pm to 10.00 pm in Nirman Bhawan. The meeting was attended by various eminent experts from public and private hospitals/ organizations besides the senior officers of Health Ministry Directorate General of Health Services.
During the meeting various guidelines and protocols developed by the World Health Organization Geneva, Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, Atlanta, USA and National Health Service, United Kingdom were also discussed threadbare.
After long discussion with the experts the following guidelines for India were finalized.
In order to prevent and contain outbreak of Influenza-A H1N1 virus for screening, testing and isolation following guidelines are to be followed:  
At first all individuals seeking consultations for flu like symptoms should be screened at healthcare facilities both Government and private or examined by a doctor and these will be categorized as under: 
Category- A
  • Patients with mild fever plus cough / sore throat with or without body ache, headache, diarrhoea and vomiting will be categorised as Category-A.    They do not require Oseltamivir and should be treated for the symptoms mentioned above. The patients should be monitored for their progress and reassessed at 24 to 48 hours by the doctor. 
  • No testing of the patient for H1N1 is required.
  • Patients should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing up with public and high risk members in the family
(i)                               In addition to all the signs and symptoms mentioned under Category-A, if the patient has high grade fever and severe sore throat, may require home isolation and Oseltamivir;
(ii)                             In addition to all the signs and symptoms mentioned under Category-A, individuals having one or more of the following high risk conditions shall be treated with Oseltamivir:
·         Children less than 5 years old;
·         Pregnant women;
·         Persons aged 65 years or older;
·         Patients with lung diseases, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, diabetes, neurological disorders, cancer and HIV/AIDS;
·         Patients on long term cortisone therapy.
·         No tests for H1N1 is required for Category-B (i) and (ii).
·                     All patients of Category-B (i) and (ii) should confine themselves at home and avoid mixing with public and high risk members in the family.       
In addition to the above signs and symptoms of Category-A and B, if the patient has one or more of the following:
·         Breathlessness, chest pain, drowsiness, fall in blood pressure, sputum mixed with blood, bluish discolouration of nails;
·         Irritability among small children, refusal to accept feed;
·         Worsening of underlying chronic conditions.
All these patients mentioned above in Category-C require testing, immediate hospitalization and treatment.
These guidelines will be reviewed and revised from time to time as per need and on the basis of spread of the disease.
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Home remedies for swine flu

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Some tips for prevention from an AIIMS doctor


Most N95 respirators are designed to filter 95% particulates of 0.3µ,

while the size of H1N1 virus is about 0.1µ. Hence, dependence on N95

to protect against H1N1 is like protecting against rain with an

umbrella made of mosquito net.

Tamiflu does not kill but prevents H1N1 from further proliferation

till the virus limits itself in about 1-2 weeks (its natural cycle).

H1N1, like other Influenza A viruses, only infects the upper

respiratory tract and proliferates (only) there. The only portals of

entry are the nostrils and mouth/ throat. In a global epidemic of this

nature, it's almost impossible not coming into contact with H1N1 in

spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a

problem as proliferation is.

While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1

infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms

and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps - not

fully highlighted in most official communications - can be practiced

(instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):

1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official

communications) .

2. "Hands-off-the- face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any

part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).

3. Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you

don't trust salt). H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the

throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms.

Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt

water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on

an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and

powerful preventative method.

4. Similar to 3 above, clean your nostrils at least once every day

with warm salt water. Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra

Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but blowing the

nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds

dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral


5. Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C

(Amla and other citrus fruits). If you have to supplement with Vitamin

C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.

6. Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. Drinking warm liquids

has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They

wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where

they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

All these are simple ways to prevent, within means of most households,

and certainly much less painful than to wait in long queues outside

public hospitals.

Happy breathing!


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Health Tsunami H1N1? Fogging not effective-spreading fast-scarry

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Dear all,  please be on your guard...

here is the latest - source: Yahoo news today evening:

Brasilia, Aug 28 (EFE) A total of 577 people have died from swine flu in Brazil, putting the South American nation at the top of the list of countries reporting fatalities from the Influenza A (H1N1) virus, the health ministry said.

The mortality rate, however, is 0.29 percent in Brazil, well below the 1.08 percent rate in Argentina, the 0.75 percent rate in Chile and the 0.67 percent rate in Costa Rica, which have the highest levels in Latin America, health officials said Thursday.

The toll from swine flu stood at 488 as of last Friday, the health ministry said, noting that the jump in the death toll was due to lab tests coming back positive for people who died between Aug 16 and Aug 22.

Brazil now has the highest number of deaths from swine flu followed by the US with 522, Argentina with 439 and Mexico with 179, according to the World Health Organization.A total of 5,206 people have contracted swine flu and undergone treatment as of Wednesday, the health ministry said.The government has decided to appropriate 2.1 billion reals ($1.13 billion) for the purchase of vaccinations against swine flu, health officials said.The funds will allow health officials to purchase 73 million doses of the vaccine, which will be administered during the first half of 2010 to deal with an expected outbreak of the disease during the southern hemisphere winter.

- Where are we heading? Health Tsunami?

- Fogging in open air not very effective - residents should prevent larvae from growing into mosquios - source reduction is more effective - stagnant water in old tyers, pots, unused things kept in balconies or on terrace where water stagnates - fumigation is done to kill adult mosquios and insecticides are very expensive Rs.3000 to Rs.4000 per hour

- 37 tested positive in Delhi

- 14 deaths in Karnataka so far

- Lab testing facilities lacking

- Tamiflu not readily available for the poor and needy.

- vasanth mysoremath

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"Fogging in open air not very effective - residents should prevent larvae from growing into mosquios - source reduction is more effective - stagnant water in old tyers, pots, unused things kept in balconies or on terrace where water stagnates - fumigation is done to kill adult mosquios and insecticides are very expensive Rs.3000 to Rs.4000 per hour"

I am sure Sri VKM did not intend to mix mosquitoes and flu, but just to clarify, flu of any variety (including swine flu) is not known to spread via mosquito bites.  However, mosquitoes are responsible for many other contagious diseases around nowadays.  

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source: B'lore Mirror 28th instant

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I should have cited ref to my source: Bangalore mirror of todate page 11 and discussions with my son who is a doctor.

Elementary Dr.Watson - even if a sneeze can spread swine flu to those around, will not the mosquios carry virus of pig Flow(!) when they bite?

prevention is better than cure .. eliminate source of discontent.

- vasanth mysoremath

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must be hot off the press

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 Ok Vasanth sir.  If your doctor son says so, he is probably up to date with the latest science on this.

I am not able to find any respectable source online that states that swine flu spreads by mosquitoes.  The US CDC,which I personally consider one of the benchmark sources says that as per current understanding, swine flu is thought to spread like regular flu (and hence not through mosquitoes). A doctor with expertise in immunology I spoke to with last week also said the same thing.

Maybe the medical fraternity has gotten a preview of new findings?  If that is the case, we must be very careful.

PS: Let us kindly ignore Bangalore mirror as an authoritative source of information on subjects like this.  I would also avoid Sherlock Holmes like extrapolations. Some viruses are known to spread through mosquitoes.  Flu viruses generally do not.

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Flu virus spreads by droplets

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VKM sir,

Flu viruses spread through droplets.  Not all viruses get transmitted by mosquitoes. Dengue, chikungunya, west Nile are some that do.

Not as elementary Dr.Watson.  Can you imagine what would happen if the HIV virus spread through mosquitoes?



Drive safe.  It is not just the car maker which can recall its product.

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U B the winners

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@ sanju / @yejamaanre,

Right sirs, you be the winners. I checked again - I had a second consultation and my doctor son also told me that when the swin flu bacteria infected blood is sucked by a mosquito, 99 per cent of the bacteria gets killed inside the digestive system of the mosquito and since the present day viruses have a highly peculiar immunity associated with their structure, 1 percent may be a probability since nothing can be ruled out.

As regards sherlock homes and shakespearean touch,  you guys seem to be very serious about it.

- i thought

 - what is life without a little touch of literature? 

OK forget it. thanx

- vasanth mysoremath

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Holmes one of my favourite characters - no offence meant

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VKM sir,

No offence meant.  Sherlock Holmes is one of my favourite fictional characters.  

BTW - he never did say "Elementary my dear Watson".  The closest he every comes to is when Watson says "Excellent" and Holmes says "Elementary".


Drive safe.  It is not just the car maker which can recall its product.

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101 deaths so far - Homeopathy to rescue...

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The union health ministry has recommended preventive homeopathy medicine, Arsenicum album 30. The decision to advise people to take the preventive medicine was taken after the Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH), a state-run research wing, gave the suggestion for curbing the spread of the diseases.

Arsenicum album 30 -

'It has recommended one doze of the medicine daily on empty stomach for three days. The dose should be repeated after one month by following the same schedule in case flu like conditions prevail in the area,' the ministry said in a statement.

Karnataka 22 more cases - total 463 - third highest H1N1 State.

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