21 November 2011

Top 5 Deadly Diseases of the Developing World- Public health enemies

Public health refers to organized efforts, on part of government, as well as non government organizations, bodies, communities, as well as individuals, along with the society as a whole, in prevention of diseases, improving life span and maintaining over all health of the nation. As it is, public health plays a very vital role for the well being of a nation. In fact, it also plays a very crucial role in the economic development of the nation as well.

However, there are a number of diseases, which are very much dangerous for public health. The following is a list of major public health enemies, which kill a number of people each year:

1. HIV/AIDS
This is one of the most dreaded enemies of public health. It has been responsible for a number of deaths in the past few years and continues to do so at present. The most dangerous aspect of HIV/AIDs is that, we still do not have any cure for them, and thus, the only way of cure, is prevention from getting affected.

2. Cancer
Cancer has always been a major cause of concern, as far as public health was concerned. Despite all the medical advancement, in the last few years, cancer still continues to scare the wits out of us. This is because; it is still a deadly disease and continues to kill people with ease.

3. Diabetes
Diabetes is one of the most deadly diseases of mankind. It is a silent killer, which does little, to warn a person, before it is too late. Many people, who are suffering from diabetes, are not even aware of it. This makes the situation, all the more difficult. With absolutely no control over the blood sugar level, the blood sugar level may at times lower drastically, resulting in serious repercussions.

4. Heart disease
Heart diseases are perhaps the most common cause of death in the United States. So, while you lay down on the couch, munching on potato wafers and watching the latest movie, did you ever realize the danger called heart disease? The answer might well be no. but while you continue with your erratic lifestyle; a word of caution for you. Heart disease is a major cause of death in America.

5. Osteoporosis
Millions of people in America suffer from osteoporosis. A direct result of poor bone health caused by nutritional decencies, such as lack of proper intake of vitamins B6, C, D, K, folic acid and minerals like magnesium, zinc, and cooper.

Public health is a major area of concern. It is worth reminding that not just the government; we as a nation need to stand up and wage a war against these enemies of public health.

15 November 2011

Herbal and Natural Treatment for Hiv Aids Disease

An HIV positive person has to undergo extreme physical trauma, during the later stages of the infection. HIV does not strike immediately, but lies dormant in your body for a considerably long time. During this period, it continuously weakens your immune system. Once your immune system is weak, it strikes in the form of AIDS, giving the victim absolutely no chances of survival.
A very unfortunate aspect     of this deadly disease, is that, we still do not have any cure for HIV/AIDS, although, a number of antiretroviral drugs have been developed in recent times. These drugs can delay the arrival of AIDS, by a fairly long margin. Along with these retroviral drugs, studies have also suggested the presence of many natural components, which can be very effective in the treatment of HIV.

The following are some of the most common herbal and natural treatments which are used by HIV infected people:

1. Licorice
Licorice has good quantities of glycyrrhizin acid. According to recent studies, it was found that, glycyrrhizin acid or GA as it is more popularly known as, can be quite effective in destructing cells which are latently infected with Kaposi sarcoma–associated herpes virus.

Now Kaposi sarcoma–associated herpes virus, or KHSV, is a virus, which is characteristic feature in cases of HIV/AIDS; and it supposedly helps the Human Immunodeficiency Virus to survive in latent stage. Therefore, it is suggested by many people that, licorice may ultimately emerge as a great tool for finding a cure for HIV. However, licorice needs to be taken in proper dose. A high intake of licorice may cause serious repercussions.

2. Garlic
Garlic is another major natural component, which is often used in case of natural treatment of HIV. Garlic has long been used for medicinal purposes in many cultures all across the world. However, in recent times, it has become quite popular as a natural HIV treatment in recent times. Garlic consists of good quantities of allicin, which is supposed to have strong antibacterial, antifungal, anti-clotting, and lipid-lowering effects.

3. Hypoxis (African potato)
Hypoxis or African potato, as it is most commonly known as, has been used for medicinal purpose for fairly long time in the treatment of internal tumors, urinary infection, along with nervous disorders, as well as many forms of cancer. Unconfirmed reports suggest it to be quite helpful in enhancing the immune system.

Although, many of these herbal therapies may be quite effective in improving your immune system; any herbal cure can not get you rid of HIV/AIDS. Any person claiming a 100% cure is actually fraud. Apart from this, many of these herbal cures may not go along with antiretroviral treatment. Therefore, before you go for any of these herbal supplements, you need to consult your physician.

11 November 2011

World Aids Day and Hiv Aids Awareness

As you must be aware of the fact that, HIV/AIDS is one of the most dreaded diseases of all times and is capable of wreaking havoc in a far more destructible manner than any terrorist outfit. It therefore becomes very necessary for us to act in a responsible manner and try to prevent the spread of this deadly virus.

A number of steps have been taken in the last few years by national as well as international organization to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. Observing 1 December as the International World AIDS Day is an important step in this direction.

The first World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 1988, as an initiative step by the World Health Organization (WHO). The event was supported by the United nations General Assembly and the International AIDS Conference in1988. As a result the International World AIDS Day came into force. The idea was to spread education in regard to how HIV gets spread and how to save oneself from getting infected with HIV.

In the initial years, however, the focus remained mainly around children and young people, but gradually, AIDS began to be addressed as a universal disease and other sectors of the society were also involved.

In 1996, another important step was taken in this regard and the United Nations program on AIDS (UNAIDS) came into force and took over the responsibility of organizing the World AIDS Day. As it is, in order to tackle the grave situation, which AIDS posed before us, it was decided, to create a universal campaign which could function, all through the year in educating and preventing the spread of the disease further. That was how the World AIDS Campaign came into force in 1997.

In 2004, however, the World AIDS Day became an independent organization. As it is, the World AIDs Day became something which everybody could take part in.

However, despite the best efforts of the organizations all across the globe, HIV continues to spread and affect a number of people all across the world. In the year 2007 itself there were more than two million new cases of HIV infection reported. Therefore, it becomes important that we as responsible world citizens realize this fact, that no organization can actually stop AIDS, until we act in a responsible manner. We should therefore take extensive steps in promoting the cause of the World AIDS Day and extend our full support in making this event a huge success, not only on 1st of December, but throughout the year.

There are a number of things that you can do. As it is, many people have organized charity events, art shows, musical shows etc. to gather funds for this cause. Also many people manufacture and sell red ribbons which are a universal symbol of AIDS awareness. You can take part in similar activity, by getting your event registered with the World AIDS Day. By doing so, you would do a great service to humanity.

04 November 2011

Fight Against Hiv/Aids viral diseases by UN

Although it is a relatively new disease, HIV has already killed millions of people all across the globe. With more than thirty three million infected people all across the globe, the role of the UN becomes all the more important.

As it is, UN has played a very vital role in addressing the problem called AIDS. In fact, it was one of the very few organizations which took initiative in this regard and took some concrete steps to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The following are some of the important steps which were taken by the UN to lower the impact of HIV/AIDs:

1. World AIDS Day
Observing 1 December as the International World AIDS Day is by far the most important step in regard to promoting awareness as well as prevention of HIV/AIDS. The first World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 1988, with support from the United nations General Assembly. As a result the International World AIDS Day came into force. The idea was to spread education in regard to how HIV gets spread and how to save one self from getting infected with HIV.

2. UNAIDS
In 1996, another important step was taken by the UN and the United Nations program on AIDS (UNAIDS) was formed. It was further decided, to create a universal campaign which could function, all through the year in educating and preventing the spread of the disease further. This resulted in the World AIDS Campaign in 1997.

3. International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)
Formation of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa is another important step in this regard. As you might know that more than ninety percent of those affected with HIV are inhabitants of third world nations of Asia and Africa, it becomes very important to focus on these areas to prevent the spread of HIV to unmanageable limits. It was due to this reason that the ICASA was set up to address the grave situation posed by HIV in Africa.

As it is, UN has been playing a very vital role in spreading education about HIV/AIDS, all across the globe. The idea is to teach people about transmission, prevention and treatment facilities in regard to HIV/AIDs. This has been quite helpful in addressing the current situation, which may appear bleak today, but definitely gives us enough scope for a silver lining in future; thanks to UN for the effort they have taken on their part to curb this problem called HIV/AIDS.

UN warns Asian countries for Hiv/AIDS viral diseases

In the last few decades, since HIV became a sort of epidemic, the United Nations Organization has played a very vital role in addressing the problem called AIDS. In fact, it was one of the very few organizations which took initiative in this regard and took some concrete steps to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

By way of providing education to the people in regard to HIV, the United Nations has played a key role in trying to curb the problem of HIV/AIDS. In the last few years, it has engaged in providing medications to people affected with HIV.

However, despite the best efforts on their part, HIV is still affecting a lot many people, than what was expected. As it is, Asia is stated to be the next most affected region after Africa. It therefore needs timely action on the part of the Asian governments.

In fact, UN has recently warned that, Asia is slated to face the worst HIV crisis in the history of mankind, if these nations do not take adequate actions in this regard. This statement indeed seems true. With a huge population and lack of proper medical facilities in many region; HIV is a perpetual time bomb ticking away and unless timely action is taken, it can blast away huge populations and then the situation would be beyond any body’s control.

Although, Asia has still not been as badly affected, as Africa, it is just a matter of time, when the virus catches up in this region as well. Added to this, the stigma associated with AIDs/HIV in most cultures across Asia, can keep most people from getting an HIV test done, resulting a perfect recipe for a catastrophe.

According to a rough estimate, there are around seven million people in Asia who have been infected with HIV. This is an official estimate. Unofficial estimates however, say that the actual number is already at an alarming level. Further, this number could rise to absurdly high levels in near future. With thousands of new cases of HIV infections reported every year, Asia is on the verge of a major AIDS epidemic.

Another disturbing piece of statistic is that, there has been the rise of HIV cases in children up to fourteen years of age, by more than forty percent. This factor, may lead to more than two million HIV and AIDS related deaths each year.

It therefore becomes very important to address this problem in an adequate manner. Timely action on the part of the governments of Asia can actually help in preventing a major catastrophe from taking place. Otherwise, the situation would go beyond control.