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Copper can help combat Swine Flu

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Another method to prevent the spread of H1N1 virus. The International Copper Association Ltd. has provided the following details.

Copper touch surfaces have self-sterilizing properties that can prevent the spread of H1N1 virus

 

The recent threat of Swine flu has emerged as the most important health concern in India and has triggered the need to use the most protective and efficient measures to reduce its spread in public places. While we have been advised to be alert, wash our hands regularly, avoid crowded places like cinema halls, shopping complexes, malls etc. International Copper Promotion Council (India) would also like to educate the public about the capability of Copper to combat the spread of the H1N1 virus.

A recent UK study1 has found that copper touch surfaces can significantly reduce the concentration of Influenza A virus on them, raising hopes that it may also be effective against other strains of the virus. The research found that 75 percent of Influenza A are knocked out in 1 hour on a copper surface and almost completely in 6 hours. The work, which was led by Professor Bill Keevil from the University of Southhampton, was presented at the BIT Life Sciences’ 2nd Annual World Summit of Anti-virals in Beijing on July 18. The findings are timely given the current Influenza H1N1 ( more commonly known as Swine Flu ) pandemic currently sweeping the world. But even more common forms of flu are a major global health issue.

The role of surfaces in spreading influenza is now well known. In fact it has been shown that once surfaces are contaminated, fingers can transfer viral particles to up to seven other clean surfaces. Professor Keevil makes it clear that preventing the spread of any strain of Influenza is a very complex process and no one option is likely to be 100 percent successful. “There is no single answer to controlling the spread of pathogenic microorganisms,” Prof Keevil
et al state in the paper. The current study shows that copper surfaces may contribute to the number of control barriers able to reduce transmission of the virus.

H1N1 virus appears to be transmitted the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

 

Last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the registration of antimicrobial Copper alloys, with Public Health Claims acknowledging that Copper, Brass and Bronze are capable of killing harmful, potentially deadly bacteria. Copper and Copper alloy surfaces kill greater than 99.9% of (specific) bacteria within two hours, and continue to kill more than 99% of (these) bacteria even after repeated contamination. Therefore, it has been recognized that the use of Copper touch surfaces in hospitals, educational institutions, public buildings, public transport and food preparation areas can reduce the spread of harmful infections.

Copper and its alloys are available in a variety of forms like door handles, grab rails and bathroom fixtures etc. which are regular touch surfaces and can work to demonstrate reduced build-up and transfer of infectious pathogens.

Mr. Ajit Advani, Dy. Regional Director Asia, International Copper Association Ltd. & CEO, International Copper Promotion Council (India) said: “In India, we have known about the protective properties of Copper since the vedic ages. This has now been corroborated by modern Science. Use of this wonder metal in public touch surfaces can go a long way in reducing the spread of infections such as Influenza”.

Dr. Anu Kant Mital, Associate Professor & Head of Department, Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, and President Indian Association of Biological Psychiatry said, “Touch surfaces such as Taps, Door handles, Railings etc. are the first portals of entry for any infection into the pool of becoming The Epidemic. This is especially significant in our country as we have a large population and the numbers that would be involved in the touch and spread model are mind boggling. In this context The Anti-Microbial or more descriptively put Self Sterilizing (self cleansing) properties of COPPER, established scientifically and accepted by the authorities world over now,( that we have known since eons) would be heaven sent. All the surfaces that are touched by thousands daily, if made of copper would not be aiding the spread of any infection, especially like the H1N1.”

Note:
The use of a Copper alloy surface is a supplement to and not a substitute for standard infection control practices; users must continue to follow all current infection control (hygienic) practices including those practices related to cleaning and disinfection of environmental surfaces.


 

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23 August, 2009 at 8:24 am

Busting Swine Flu Myths- Dr. Mukesh Batra

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The death toll thanks to the H1N1 viral flu is increasing. Famous homeopath Dr. Mukesh Batra talks about homeopathy treatment for the disease.

 

Swine flu is creating panic all over the world and there are many myths, misconceptions, and rumours going around that are only making matters worse. Under these circumstances, it is therefore important for people to stay calm and composed so that they act responsibly and appropriately. Many think that a vaccine for swine flu will do the trick and protect against the virus. However, the truth is that no one can be sure about this because viruses are known to mutate easily, thereby rendering such a vaccine useless. Some scientists are even afraid about the possibility of another mutation taking place when the swine flu virus H1N1 comes into contact with the Bird flu virus H5N1. This again is just a remote possibility and not a certain outcome. People were under the impression that just because bird flu spread by eating infected poultry, swine flu could spread by eating infected pork. It is now confirmed by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention that that it is safe to eat hygienically cooked pork. The amount of protection offered by masks is also not very clear. Although they could definitely reduce the likelihood of contracting the infection, they cannot really assure complete protection. Thus, it is safer to avoid coming in close proximity with patients with flu-like symptoms. Another trend is closing down schools, colleges, or other institutions to prevent the spread of the disease and advising people to stay at home. This, however, is not a feasible option and is hence not recommended. The biggest solace is the fact that the infection seems to be moderate in intensity in majority of the patients with only a small section, especially those with underlying pathologies or poor immunity, succumbing to the disease.

 
 

With so much of uncertainty around, giving Homeopathy an opportunity to prevent or treat the disease makes perfect sense for two reasons. Firstly, disease causing organisms can never get resistant to homeopathic remedies because homeopathic medicines do not target the causative organisms directly. They stimulate the body’s defences instead to attack and overpower the invaders. Secondly, being free of adverse side-effects, homeopathic medicines can be safely administered in infants, pregnant women, and the aged. Knowing that conventional medicines are strong, aggressive, and at times even invasive, it goes without saying then that Homeopathy should ideally be the first line of treatment. As homeopathic medicines themselves behave like vaccines by modulating the immunity of an individual, these should be immediately employed in the meanwhile before a successful swine flu vaccine actually enters the market. Antiviral preparations should be used only if the desired curative response is not seen in spite of homeopathic treatment. In acute illnesses like flu, patients usually respond very fast to Homeopathy; and therefore, a homeopath can easily tell within a day or two following the commencement of treatment whether the disease is responding positively, progressing, or heading towards complications. All said and done, one thing is for sure. In pandemics like these, the patient has to be closely monitored by the treating physician, irrespective of his or her specialization, so as to ensure that an unnecessary delay in treatment never occurs. In fact, an approach in which Homeopathy is boldly backed by conventional medicine, where the latter is used wisely and not indiscriminately, seems to be the way to go!

 
 


 
 

What does homeopathy have to say about swine flu?

The fact that diseases are not caused by the mere presence of disease-causing organisms in the internal or external environment, but rather due to the weakening of the body’s defence mechanisms, has always been recognised by homeopathy. Therefore, while the use of antibiotic and antiviral preparations can be rendered useless if the organism gets resistant to them by undergoing a mutation, this can never happen with homeopathic remedies because unlike medicines from other medical systems that target only the disease-causing germs or aim to offer symptomatic relief, homeopathic medicines act upon the immune system and restorative energies of the body so that it heals itself. Other systems simply suppress symptoms and treat the body in parts, whereas homeopathy recognises the body as a unified whole and confronts the problem from deep within. Thus, swine flu for homeopathy is just another type of flu that can be treated by stimulating the immune system to overpower the virus. 

 
 

Which homeopathic medicines should be taken to treat the disease?

In the past, various flu epidemics such as the Spanish flu and bird flu have been successfully treated and prevented by homeopathic remedies like Gelsemium, Bryonia, Influenzinum, and Oscillococcinum. These could certainly be of value even in the prevention or treatment of swine flu. In homeopathy, remedy selection depends upon the disease manifestation and not merely the diagnosis; therefore, the prescription varies from case to case. During epidemics, however, since the disease symptoms are more or less similar in most of the cases, a single remedy may help to treat the disease. Such a homeopathic medicine is termed the ‘genus epidemicus.’ The theory of vaccination borrows from the isopathic concept of homeopathy where medicines prepared from the causative organisms (isodes) or affected tissues themselves (nosodes) are used to treat the same or similar diseases in the same or other patients. Preparing an isode or nosode of the swine flu virus is another option that homeopathic pharmaceutical companies could consider in the prophylaxis or therapeutics of the disease. 

 
 

What precautions should be taken by the affected person?

The affected person should avoid meeting people till the disease runs its course. Covering the nose and mouth with a handkerchief when coughing or sneezing is important to prevent spreading the virus to others. Wearing a mask will also help for the same purpose. The patient should not share his or her clothes, towels, soap, and other personal objects with others and must not eat or drink from the same utensils as others. This is necessary because the virus is usually present in all the secretions of the body such as saliva, sweat, phlegm, urine, and stool. As in all viral infections, the patient should drink a lot of fluids to stay well hydrated. Eating nutritious food and resting adequately is a must to help the body to recover as well as to prevent complications or secondary infections. According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, majority of the cases that require hospitalization or succumb to the disease are those people who concurrently have underlying pathologies like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma, obesity, or extremely poor immunity. Therefore, such patients should be closely monitored.

 
 

Can homeopathic medicines cure the disease?

An acute illness like flu always heals by crisis or lysis, i.e., it runs its natural course leading to recovery, complications, or death. Thus, in such cases, it is the body that cures itself and homeopathic remedies facilitate this curative process. The logic behind the treatment is not just to relieve symptoms. It is to cut short the natural course of the disease or to allow it to run its course uneventfully without any complications or mortality. Viral infections further drop the immunity of an individual so as to lead to secondary bacterial infections or can even evoke abnormal responses from the body to give rise to autoimmune diseases or pave the way for the development of some cancer. Since homeopathic remedies basically correct the imbalances of the immune system, such problems can largely be prevented.  

 
 

Is homeopathy the preferred choice of medication?

Homeopathic remedies, being infinitesimally small doses, are absolutely safe. They are palatable, non-invasive, and do not produce any deleterious side-effects even when taken for prolonged periods of time. Natural and harmless, they can be administered to infants or the aged without any risk of any adverse reactions. Another major advantage is that homeopathic medicines are cost-effective too as thousands of serial dilutions can be created out of a single drop of the source material. homeopathic remedies are curative as well as preventive; besides, a single remedy can treat symptoms related to multiple organs or systems and also offer protection against complications. There is no question of the causative organisms getting resistant to homeopathic drugs as the latter have no direct action on the former. Considering all these plus points, Homeopathy definitely should be the preferred choice of medication

  

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23 August, 2009 at 8:06 am

Bajaj Allianz to sponsor safety boat for the Nehru Trophy Boat Race 2009

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For the first time in the history of the most popular boat races in Kerala, a safety boat is to be introduced by a private company. This safety boat which contains all the necessary safety equipments like life jackets, first aid kits, etc. will move alongside the race participants and will be sponsored by Bajaj Allianz.

 

Ms. Mini Anthony
Collector, Alappuzha, said, “In the 57 years history of this race, this is the first time that a private company like Bajaj Allianz has taken this noble initiative to supplement the safety efforts towards the race. Though all the participants are expert swimmers and are as capable as a duck takes to water, we decided to have this safety measure as a matter of abundant caution to ensure a safe passage and administer instant medical aid in case of a mishap. ”

 

The safety boat is a motorized boat and is handled by an expert who steers ahead of the teams in a separate lane. Being motorized it can reach at any point of disaster site instantly. It is equipped with life jackets, first aid kits, communication aid which helps to be in touch with the control site and other emergency centres like hospitals, nursing homes, etc..They are also well adapted in disaster management control measures like CPRs, handle any trauma related mishaps etc..

 

Speaking on the association to sponsor the safety boat, Akshay Mehrotra, Head- Marketing, Bajaj Allianz
Life Insurance said, “The core competence of Bajaj Allianz as a leading insurance provider is to help our customers and ensuring a carefree living i.e. jiyo befikar. The idea of a safety boat in the most popular boat race fits very well in extending this proposition. ”

 

As the official partner for the event, Bajaj Allianz would work closely with the organizers to ensure safety messages to ensure a safe and peaceful event.


 

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9 August, 2009 at 9:59 pm

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