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Saturday, November 16, 2019

Mastitis cannot be eradicated from dairy herds writes Maneka Gandhi

Pus is a whitish-yellow thick substance that can be found in regions of bacterial infection, including superficial infections, such as pimples, and deeper infections, such as abscesses. Pus is made up mostly of a special kind of white blood cell called NEUTROPHILS. Their main job is to eat and digest invading microorganisms such as bacteria. In the process of fighting off infection, they die. So, pus is a battleground full of soldiers, living and dead. It also contains bacteria and dead cells from the surrounding tissue. Pus means your white blood cells are attacking infections in your body. Another name for white pus cells are Somatic Cells. The dairy industry all over the world knows that there is a problem with pus in milk. It uses the Somatic Cell Count (SCC) to measure the amount of pus in milk and gauge milk quality as a general gauge of a cow's well-being. A higher white blood cell count indicates an infection in a cow which the white blood cells are fighting. These indicate that a cow is sick and should not be milked. The higher the somatic cell count, the more pus in the milk. Would you like a glass of pus to drink ? You may say no, but everytime you drink milk, you drink bags of pus. If you don’t believe me, ask the US, British and European governments. They have a law allowing pus in milk. America allows the highest amount. India doesn’t allow or disallow pus – it ignores the problem totally. Why is there pus in milk? Because any cows/buffaloes that are milked several times a day will develop mastitis or infection of the udders. All dairy cattle are milked several times a day – and mostly in India with unclean and rough hands and their udders get all cracked and infected. Blood and pus accumulate and end up in the milk. One culprit causing the hundreds of millions of pus cells in every litre of milk is “bovine growth hormone,” the Monsanto Company’s growth hormone marketed as Posilac. Posilac is now widely used by dairy farmers to increase the amount of milk that cows produce. This genetically engineered recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) is injected into cows every other week to force them to produce more milk than their bodies normally would. Because cows are not built to produce this much milk, they are prone to a painful udder infection called mastitis. When they are milked, pus and bacteria from the infection flow right along with the milk. The journal Nature reports that Posilac increases somatic cells—pus—in the milk by a whopping 19 percent! Monsanto's own data show a 79% increase in mastitis and a 19% increase in somatic cell counts. In fact, the warning label on Posilac explicitly states: "Cows injected with POSILAC are at an increased risk for clinical mastitis. The number of cows affected with clinical mastitis and the number of cases per cow may increase.... Use of POSILAC has been associated with increases in somatic cell counts [pus & bacteria]." Any milk with a somatic cell count of higher than 200 million per litre should not enter the human food supply, according to the dairy industry. Unfortunately every state in America, supposedly with the highest cleanliness levels , is producing milk with unbelievable pus levels The 2004 issue of Hoard's Dairyman, the National Dairy Farm Magazine, reported one litre of Californian milk contained 298 million pus cells in 2003, 11 million more pus cells than it contained in 2002. Alabama's has 444 million cells; Nevada's has 443 million. Florida's milk has the highest count: 548 million pus cells per litre, or 130 million per 8-oz glass. (These could be even worse, as concerns have been raised about the efficiency of cell counting techniques). Even that is well below the USDA's allowable U.S. standard of 750 million pus cells per litre.

In 1993, the same time they were introducing a new hormone (RbGH), which would unnaturally expand the cow's udder, causing ulcers, both on the interior and exterior, the Dairy Council unexplainably increased the amount of pus cells allowed per litre by more than 300%. Most of the top executives in the United States Department of Agriculture come straight out of the cattle industry, and return to lucrative jobs in that industry after their stint in the USDA where they make regulatory rulings favourable to cattlemen, instead of protecting consumers.

The EU, UK and the Canadians allow for 400,000,000 pus cells per litre. In 2006 UK newspaper headlines reported “Time to Come Clean About the Pus in Milk”. A 76 page report by Dr Justine Butler with 200 scientific references showed that because of illnesses in cows, up to 400 million pus cells were allowed in every litre of milk and dairy products. “That’s two million pus cells in every teaspoonful. The government should ensure that milk cartons are labelled with the pus content.” Can the pus level come down? No.

Any animal that is continually milked will eventually develop mastitis, an infection of the teat. There is no difference between the pus count in pasteurized milk and raw milk, large dairies or two cows owned by a villager. Hormone treated cows, in confined spaces, over-bred for production and over-milked several times a day, are going to be stressed, have mastitis and this WILL mean far inflammatory cells in the milk. Cows, under normal conditions, would supply about ten pounds of milk a day. Now they have to produce up to a hundred pounds of milk a day! Whether handled by a man milking the cow himself or by machine when metal clamps are attached to the cow’s sensitive udders, the udders become sore and infected. Pus forms and is excreted into the milk..

All dairy owners and researchers say that mastitis is a widespread condition affecting 30-50% of cattle. SCC varies monthly, peaking during the summer months when high temperatures and humidity increase stress on cows and provide conditions more favourable for bacterial growth. Mastitis is treated with antibiotics injected directly into the udder. These drugs can also end up in the milk.

Pasteurization or boiling does not clear pus cells. India has NO standards or checks for SCC which means that almost 90% of the cows have mastitis.

According to the papers presented at the International Dairy Federation in Vienna, mastitis cannot be eradicated from dairy herds. So there is need to establish a world standard for SCC or pus levels. How much pus do you agree to pay for and drink every day? Would you feed your child milk, if you knew that a glass contained 500 pus cells? Most people answer that they would not accept milk with any pus in it at all for their own children.

Maneka Gandhi

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Anti Pollution products getting popular in India

If you search Amazon for online products available on anti pollution products, You will get over 8000 products from 14 brands. Also 70% of the snap deal sale on anti pollution is from Delhi. The details were published in today's economic times newspaper. Anti pollution Mask , Car purifiers, industrial air filters, Nasal filters are some popular category of products purchased by online users of Delhi. 

While many homegrown companies fret about the seasonal demand for antipollution products, they claim the popularity isn’t limited to Delhi-NCR. The region does comprise 70% sales in the category at Snapdeal, but this year it is “already witnessing an increase in search and purchase from various cities in north India, including Chandigarh, Ambala, Amritsar, Meerut and Kanpur”, says its spokesperson. The government is not providing electricity so we have generators , the polllution from generators is also causing a major harm to the environment, the government don't provide clean water so people are bound to buy water purifiers. So many products 

Andhra police arrested two people and seized over 700 tortoises

Andhra police arrested two people and seized over 700 tortoises in Korukollu village of Krishna district on Saturday.The police have handed over the tortoises and the accused persons to forest department officials at Atapaka forest office.

A case has been registered under the Animal Cruelty Act against the accused, who will be produced before Kaikaluru magistrate on Sunday

Saturday, October 12, 2019

The Century’s Strongest Super-Typhoon Hagibis Is About To Hit Japan

Typhoon hagibis with maximum winds of up to 195 kilometers per hour (122 mph) equivalent to a Category 3 Atlantic hurricane. Evacuation advisories have been issued throughout much of the Tokyo region, affecting tens of millions of people. #PrayforJapan

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Aarey Forest : Over 1000 trees has been axed

Over thousand trees have been cut at Mumbai's Aarey Colony so far to clear space for a car shed of a metro project, despite a massive protest by green activists against the move. The environmentalists approached the Bombay High Court for the tree cutting to be stopped, but just like Friday, the court refused to intervene. After the night long drama 29 protestors are sent to jail over the issue.

What does Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says about the issue ?

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar also defended the Bombay High Court order that allowed Mumbai Metro Corporation to fell trees in the Aarey Colony.

Terming the Delhi Metro the best of its kind in the world, he said there was a need to cut 20 to 25 trees to set up the first metro station in Delhi and people had similarly opposed it.

Mumbai Metro Managing Director Ashwini Bhide, who is facing flak over the issue, today said the move was "inevitable".

Here is what celebrities on twitter are saying -

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Authorities began felling trees in Mumbai’s Aarey forest

Thousands of citizens have been fighting to retain more than 2,600 trees in Mumbai's Aarey for months, opposing Metro car shed construction; the court decision leaves city disappointed.Authorities began felling trees in Mumbai’s Aarey forest on Friday evening, hours after getting a go-ahead from the Bombay High Court, The Times of India reported. The trees were to be cut to build a metro car shed.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Viral new challenge: Twitter cannot find the leopard in this new pic. Can you?

How many times have we seen optical illusions going viral on the internet? First came the dress, then came the sneakers. Now, the leopard camouflage is making headlines.

A picture of a ditch filled with mud is going viral on Twitter. Why, you ask? Because the picture asks you to spot the leopard in the mud. The image that we are talking about was shared on Twitter by Bella Lack with the caption, "Someone just sent this to me and asked me to find the leopard. I was convinced it was a joke... until I found the leopard. Can you spot it?"On first glance, the picture seemed like a joke to us as well. Even we thought that there is no leopard there. But on a closer look, we were able to notice the black spots on the animal. And then slowly its face and legs became visible too.

It was not just us. even Twitterati was losing it while trying to spot the leopard. Many posted the picture again as they highlighted the exact location of the leopard.  

Thursday, July 4, 2019

E-cigarettes are likely to get banned in India soon

E-cigarettes are likely to get banned in India soon, Livemint reports. That’s because the health ministry has classified electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) including e-cigarettes, e-sheesha, and flavoured hookahs as ‘drugs’, official sources told the publication. Government data shows India has 460 e-cigarette brands, all of which are unlicensed and brought into the country illegally. The matter is contentious: some organisations claim vapes help with smoking cessation, but the government contends that they pose health risks just like conventional cigarettes.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Child Deaths in MUZAFFARPUR: Can the ‘brain fever’ be prevented ?

114 children to die this month from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES)

114 children have now died of encephalitis — or "brain fever" — this month in Bihar, India, which is also facing a heatwave. Local hospitals are overcrowded with too few doctors to treat almost 200 children currently admitted, including at least 11 who are in critical condition.The deaths were preventable, doctors say, if poor families had access to good food, clean water and better medical care in Muzaffarpur district, 80 km (50 miles) from the state capital Patna.

The epidemic has sparked a debate over growing inequality in India and focused attention on a free healthcare scheme for the poor - known as “Modicare” after Prime Minister Narendra Modi - eight months after it was launched.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar faced angry protesters this week as he made his first visit to the state-run Sri Krishna Medical College, where most of the children have died.

The National Human Rights Commission has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government and Kumar state authorities to report any “possible flaw” in implementation of vaccination and awareness programmes.

An editorial in the Hindu newspaper Tuesday said the deaths could have “easily been prevented with some foresight and early care”.

It said in 2014 an Indo-US expert team had saved 74% of sick children through a simple medical intervention.

“It is appalling that this year the government failed to raise awareness on this strategy.”

Bihar is one of India’s poorest states and home to almost 100 million people. It has also been hit by a heatwave in recent weeks with temperatures of 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) that has left 91 people dead since the weekend.

Most of the children affected by the brain fever come from poor families who struggle to get even one healthy meal a day. Often the kids eat the free-growing lychees on an empty stomach.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Electric three-wheelers and two-wheelers (under 150cc) are likely to become mandatory by April 2023 and April 2025, respectively.

Electric three-wheelers and two-wheelers (under 150cc) are likely to become mandatory by April 2023 and April 2025, respectively. These radical proposals of an expert panel, Times of India reports, are aimed at curbing vehicular pollution, reducing dependence on oil and making India a global EV manufacturing hub. Vehicles registered before the cut-off dates won’t be impacted but they will face a clear scrapping policy, along with penalties based on the “polluter pays” principle. Indians purchase over 2 crore two-wheelers every year, which together with autos and other three-wheelers make up 75% of the country’s traffic.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

World Sparrow Day: Twitter Concerned Over Disappearing Avian Companions

Once a common visitor to our homes, chirping noisily at the windows, sparrows are becoming hard to spot around. Shrinking urban nesting spaces, rampant construction and felling of trees have threatened their peaceful existence with humans.

Today is World Sparrow Day, a day dedicated to raise awareness about the house sparrow and threat to their population. It is observed on March 20 every year. This international initiative has been taken up by the Nature Forever Society of India in collaboration with the Eco-Sys Action Foundation (France) and various other national and international organisations across the world. The Nature Forever Society was started by Indian conservationist Mohammed Dilawar who started his work helping the house sparrow in Nashik. The first World Sparrow Day was celebrated in 2010 in different parts of the world. The idea was to earmark a day for the house sparrow and convey the message of their conservation and other common birds and also mark a day of celebration to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity which is taken for granted now.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

15th March celebrated as World Sleep Day 2019

Every year World Sleep Day is celebrated on the 15th of March. The theme of World Sleep day 2019 is 'Healthy Sleep, Healthy Aging". World Sleep Day is an annual, global call to spread awareness and explain the importance of healthy sleep. The aim of World Sleep Day is to bring attention to the many burdens of sleep problems, as well as the importance of a healthy sleep. The day is an internationally recognized awareness event which brings researchers, health care providers and patients together to understand the importance of adequate sleep and its impact on our health. Inadequate sleep could lead to some chronic medical conditions like heart stroke, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes and even weight gain.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Cancer Medicines price will drop

NPPA slashed prices of 390 anti-cancer medicines. Some brands with high MRPs likely to see up to 25% cut. The latest list expands the number of brands impacted by the move to 390 from 105 earlier, however, it leaves out brands belonging to seven of the 42 drugs targeted by the regulator.

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) said retail pricing data procured from pharmaceutical companies has shown that maximum retail prices (MRPs) under the price caps will drop for 390 formulations, the falls ranging from 3 per cent to over 80 per cent.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

India is world’s pollution capital

India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, Bloomberg reports, citing a study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace. Gurugram was the world's most polluted city in 2018 with an average air quality index of 135.8, followed by Ghaziabad (second globally), Faridabad (fourth) and Bhiwadi (fifth). But the smoggy air isn’t limited to the usual suspects – as many as 22 Indian towns, including several populous ones in the northern plains, feature among the world’s 30 filthiest cities. Pollution-related healthcare costs and productivity losses cost India nearly a twelfth of its GDP, according to the World Bank.Sign of a developed country is more people opting to go in public transport rather than individual cars and bikes.

Second patient cleared of HIV

A British man has become the second adult in the world to be cleared of HIVfollowing a bone marrow transplant from a donor with a rare genetic mutation. The man, known as the “London patient,” is the second to land in remission after the treatment, following a patient in Berlin a decade ago. Researchers say it is too early to declare the U.K. patient “cured” and the treatment wouldn’t be practical for most people, but could help in ultimately discovering a cure.

This is hopeful. While this is only be a piece of the puzzle, Curious how scientists will leverage their growing knowledge of CCR5 and its impact on HIV treatments in the future. 

#health  #medicalresearch  #scientists  #puzzles  #HIV

India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities

India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, Bloomberg reports, citing a study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace. Gurugram was the world's most polluted city in 2018 with an average air quality index of 135.8, followed by Ghaziabad (second globally), Faridabad (fourth) and Bhiwadi (fifth). But the smoggy air isn’t limited to the usual suspects – as many as 22 Indian towns, including several populous ones in the northern plains, feature among the world’s 30 filthiest cities. Pollution-related healthcare costs and productivity losses cost India nearly a twelfth of its GDP, according to the World Bank. Here's what people are saying.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

PETA criticised for calling Steve Irwin an animal harasser, disrespectful on his 57th birthday

Animal rights organisation PETA is under fire for calling famed conservationist Steve Irwin an animal harasser and condemning a tribute to him on what would have been his 57th birthday.On Friday (US Time), Google honoured Irwin, a well-known zookeeper and television host who was known as 'The Crocodile Hunter' before his death 2006, with a slideshow of illustrations.The search engine frequently honours celebrities by redesigning their logo with a 'doodle' reflecting their work. The slideshow of illustrations for Irwin show him exploring, holding a crocodile and hanging out with his wife and kids.

"Today's Google Doodle acknowledges the life and achievements of my husband Steve Irwin, whose efforts to protect wildlife and wild places have been recognized as the most extensive of any conservationist," wrote Irwin's wife Terri in a blog for Google.

But PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has blasted the illustrations as well as the zookeeper, who would have turned 57 on February 22."Steve Irwin was killed while harassing a ray; he dangled his baby while feeding a crocodile and wrestled wild animals who were minding their own business," PETA tweeted.

"Google Doodle sends a dangerous, fawning message. Wild animals are entitled to be left alone in their natural habitats."

The animal rights group goes on to condemn Irwin's actions and say he used animals simply as performers with no respect for them.

But their statement has not been well received online, with many people pointing out the bad taste of making the remarks on Irwin's birthdays, that Irwin rescued hundreds of animals, and the controversies PETA has been involved in.

Friday, February 8, 2019

The only Indian city with safe air

A month after the Centre launched the National Clean Air Programme, only one Indian city – Patiala – has safe air, IndiaSpend reports, citing a daily pollution tracker. Just 10 other cities out of the 74 assessed have breathable air even as the usual suspects Ghaziabad and Varanasi languish at the bottom. India is home to 14 of the world’s most polluted cities, according to a WHO study. The clean air initiative aims to cut PM2.5 and PM10 concentration by 20-30% by 2024.

Wonder why we still are not taking measures and steps towards contributing to bring down the pollution. Is it because ? 

1. Safety - Shared services
 2. Public Transportation : Last mile connectivity issues
 3. Flexible time : Don't have to depend on others time. 
4. Pollution from car is minimum so don't have to bother ! 

- What do you think is major cause for people not making efforts towards bringing down Air Quality Index to acceptable levels ? 

- How can Corporates in and surrounding areas of Delhi take steps towards this issue ?

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Columbia University in the US created novel system that translates thoughts into speech

In a first, scientists have created a system that translates thoughts into intelligible, recognisable speech, an advance that may help people who cannot speak regain their ability to communicate with the outside world.

By monitoring someone's brain activity, the technology developed by researchers from Columbia University in the US can reconstruct the words a person hears with unprecedented clarity.

The breakthrough harnesses the power of speech synthesisers and artificial intelligence, could lead to new ways for computers to communicate directly with the brain.

It also lays the groundwork for helping people who cannot speak, such as those living with as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or recovering from stroke, regain their ability to communicate with the outside world, researchers said.

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