Baby blues : The mother needs help!

Motherhood is the best dream that comes true when baby is in mother’s hands. This is the sentence we love to read ,hear and of course want to experience in our and our beloved people’s lives.But for many of them the grass is greener on the other side of mountain.What if the dream turned out little scarier, little different what one had not thought of?

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Many of the readers, I  am sure have not heard or read about this word Baby Blues! While celebrating and dreaming the pregnancy and arrival of baby the much important part sadly gets neglected. The sudden change in the life and the situation around them is hardly ever explained or discussed by the concern and relevant people with the future parents.

Recently I came across many cases of post natal depression or baby blues! The disturbed mental health of mother immediately after the delivery is called postpartum depression or in layman’s language it is known as Baby Blues.

In simple language and in short lets see what is this whole thing all about?

The unstable mental health of mother in two weeks after the delivery which needs intervention and help of medical assistance is known as postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is an umbrella which covers various mental disorders from simple mood changes to severe postpartum psychosis. The postpartum psychosis is a sever condition and need expert attention.

In this blog we are trying to understand the mild to moderate mental depression which usually recovers in some weeks or months by assistance and proper guidance.

What are the signs of Baby blues?

For every mother the initial days are difficult to cop with her own body and the new tiny life. But some mothers are susceptible for more severe expressions of the hormonal changes and the situation generated difficulties. Following are the general symptoms

  • Mood swings
  • Excess worry,
  • Unexplained sadness
  • Irritability
  • Fear that you’re not a good mother
  • Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy
  • Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions
  • Severe anxiety and panic attacks
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Feeling guilty of something
  • Absence of emotional attachment with baby
  • Excessive and involuntary crying
  • Reduced concentration
  • Appetite problems
  • Trouble in sleeping though baby sleeps

What are the reasons ?

  • Unintended or unwelcome pregnancy;
  • unemployment or other financial issues
  • Marital or family differences
  • No assistance in raising the baby.
  • No support from family or partner in physical as well as mental comforting.
  • No lactation, difficulties in breastfeeding.
  • Baby with physical abnormality or other health ailment.
  • Health problems of mother herself.
  • Personal coping attitude to the situation
  • Longer time to conception.
  • High expectations from the people,situations and self.
  • Previous history of mental illness.

Ayurveda has a strong theory around this particular situation.The woman after delivery is vulnerable body and mind and need to be protected with utmost care till 2 months is the verse in Ayurveda books. The sudden and extreme changes in the Vata Dosha occurs in the body in the process of birth giving. The above symptoms are described as the Grah dosha or Grah badha. No significant organism but body’s own delicate condition can be affected and reflected in behavior. A proper care through Aashwasana chikitsa (counseling), Medhya dravya (medicine working on brain) and Dhupana (Aroma stimulus) and other treatments are thoroughly discussed.

How it should be managed ?

  • Antenatal(during pregnancy) care plays an important role in educating the patients.Time to time talking with the patient about the minute changes happening with her and the fetus will benefit the lady to understand the reality and will develop a conscious responsibility.
  • It is always wise to talk about the baby blues with the woman in advance. The gynecologist and the team need to give ample time to their patients to explain these issues. Physical checkup,ultra sonography and other reports are given importance but these issues are neglected sadly by almost all doctors.
  • The risk factors and risk category patients can be identified in the antenatal care itself. Earliest is better!But the psychological aspects are surpassed in the followups with the gynecologist.
  • Gynacs ,talk with your patient, give them ample time which they genuinely belong when they come to you.
  • The support system should be built right from the pregnancy.
  • As family ,the family members plays the most crucial role in handling the blues.Emotional support , identifying that the lady is not well is also very important step.
  • Seeking proper help of doctors, psychologist or psychiatrist(in sever depression)instead of neglecting or blaming each other is anytime good.Ayurveda has its own unique way to handle as explained above.

Words for mother!

  • Don’t treat yourself as a superwoman. Accept the limitations and learn to see the reality.
  • The tiresome routine and drastic change around you is not constant. It will pass.
  • Give your body and mind time and enough rest to get back in to sound health. Don’t set unrealistic goals for yourself.
  • Compromising some fun for sometime is not punishment.
  • Don’t try to overburden yourself as a parent or person
  • Seek the proper help and neglect things around that bothers you and are not much important.
  • Your sound health will raise the healthy and happy baby.

Role of society,culture and customs.

I read some research papers which had hypothesis that some customs and social behavior said to protect the mother from such emotional roller coaster ride.The customs like

  • Keeping baby and mother in house for 1.5 months and avoid direct contact with many people at a time.
  • Madatory rest to mother in this peroid.
  • Assistance in baby raising and other homely tasks by family members.
  • Social recognition, love ,gifts and blessing rituals
  • Practises like baby and mother massage relieves the physical as well mental stress.
  • Certain pattern of food and other customs take care of lactation and gut health too.

Mother should be loved,cared and supported the same way we do for baby!Wishing every would be and present mother a lovely motherhood!

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Fire in the gut.Feed me!

Patients queries and questions are always brainstorming activities for me. They keep me on my toes till i don’t satisfy them with the suitable answers. It is good that these queries help in choosing topics for my blogs because i am sure by this way the content helps the reader more.

One my reader is following diet of her dietician and has lost remarkable weight with the help of her diet. But the pattern of her diet is little unfriendly with her gut. She complains about the flatulence after she started the particular diet suggested by her dietician .

Her questions were, How can i cop up with this flatulence ? Are there any options or substitutions for salads?

Once return from work ,i feel hell hungry and want to munch on junks . What should be the appropriate food that i can munch on in evening time?

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  • Answer 1:

The probable reason of the flatulence is the pattern of diet. Eating cubes of paneer(cottage cheese)(as told by her ) for lunch is little impractical and unacceptable  though it completes the calories, protein fat equation as per the diet rules. But if the same diet is to be continued then adding  ginger, lime, rock salt and luke warm water  in the meal can help to some extent to relive the flatulence (gases) and promoting the digestion. i still would suggest to revise the diet plan.

  • Answer2.

If your dietician is suggesting you salads, they should be salads only. Ayurveda has different approach on uncooked food or salads. the salads eaten in large quantity as a meal can increase load on digestion . Eating uncooked sprouts salads in large quantity and regularly can increase the indigestion, flatulence and also have an impact on bowel habits. Eating the salads regularly in small quantity is beneficial but eating them as your complete meal is wrong in some way. Use black pepper powder ,rock salt, cumin and dry ginger powder to enhance the digestion of salad and preventing the flatulence.

  • Answer 3.

Yes the evening time especially for the Pitta dominant prakriti people is the time for “Fire in gut !Feed me”. Munching on Chivda, Bhel,Chips,another junks are strictly no no. If possible make it as your dinner time.Early dinner is anytime good. If not possible soups are the best options. Red pumpkin, Green lentils soups are advisable. Ready to make soups are not advised at all. Other than soups you can have butter milk and amaranths flakes (rajgira lahi). red rce flakes (salichya lahya) with milk or buttermilk are good alternative to junks.

Note: The diet should be planned according to the region, conditions of person,habits, body patterns and above all considering the person in the center and not keeping the calories as goal!

 

10 FAQs on ‘incompatible diet’ made me write!!

An again read

Dr.Rupali Panse

Yes I am taking a risk by writing this specific blog . Some people will be mad at me for enlisting their favourite food in the black list. Some people will not believe what they are reading. But most the people who are reading will thank me for the revelation of  the harsh facts  they may not be aware till they read this blog .

I received flood of queries and many requested to elaborate this incompatibility subject in more detail. I am collectively putting all the information in FAQ forms.

Here is the link of the previous blog for reference : https://drrupalipanse.wordpress.com/2016/05/01/be-aware-disaster-chef-busy-in-lab/

1.What is incompatible diet or Virudhhanna?

One or more food items, having opposite natural properties when combined , cooked or processed separately or together in a way to alter and affect the original properties of ingredient and when consumed, is harmful to the body. This type of food, dish or recipe is called as…

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Diet etiquette

“आहाराची बाराखडी”

“आहारात् सर्वभूतानि संभवन्ति महीपते/ आहारेन् विवर्धन्ते तेन जीवन्ति जन्तवः//” (महाभारत)
आहार हा प्रत्यक्ष प्राणाचे धारण करणारा घटक आहे.आहारापासूनच मनुष्याची आणि इतर जीवांची उत्पत्ती होते,आहारामुळेच त्या जीवांची वाढ आणि पोषण होते तर आहारामुळेच(चुकीच्या) त्यांचा नाश होतो.

वेद,काव्य आणि पुराण लिखाणातून आहाराबाबाबत खूप मार्मिक दाखले वाचायला मिळतात.
आहाराबाबत काही साधे सोपे नियम मार्गदर्शन आहेत का? वैद्य लोक खोलात आहाराबद्दल ,पथ्याबद्दल सांगत असतातच. परंतु आहाराची बाराखडी काय असे एक पेशंट ने सहज विचारले. सर्वानाच त्यातून काहीतरी फायदा मिळेल म्हणून हि पोस्ट !
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  1. सर्वदा मिताहारी असावे.मिताहार पाचक अग्नी प्रदीप्त करतो. (मिताहार याचा अर्थ पोटाला पुरेसा हलका आहार होय)
  2. आहार हा सहा रसांनी (गोड़,तिखट,कडू,खारट,आंबट,तुरट)युक्त असावा . फक्त गोड़ , फक्त तिखट असे एक रस प्रधान अन्न खाल्याने शरीराचे पोषण होत नाही.आहारात वैविध्य असावे ते याचकरता.
  3. अन्न जड असेल (उदा.मिष्टान्न,मांसाहार,इत्यादी)तर पोट अर्धे भरेस्तोवरच खावे.पचायला हलके अन्न देखील पोटात किंचित जागा ठेवून पोट भरेल एवढेच खावे .
  4. सहजपणे पचवता येईल इतका आहार म्हणजे आहाराची योग्य मात्रा आहे.पोटाचे चार भाग करून चवथा भाग रिकामा राहील एवढे अन्नसेवन हे आहारसेवनाचे योग्य प्रमाण होय.
  5. शरीराला हवे त्यापेक्षा कमी(उदा. अति उपास करणे, डाएट करणे इत्यादी)आहार घेतल्यास शरीराला बळ,तेज पुष्टी मिळत नाही तसेच वात दोष निर्माण होऊन वातव्याधी होऊ शकतात
  6. अति आहार सेवन केल्यास तर लगेच तिन्ही दोषांचा विशेषतः कफ दोषाचा प्रकोप होऊन अजीर्ण आणि पचनाचे विविध व्याधी उत्पन्न होतात.
  7. केवळ अति अन्न झाल्यानेच अजीर्ण इत्यादी आजार होतात असे नव्हे. न आवडणारे अन्न बळजबरी खाल्याने,करपलेले,वातूळ,खूप कोरडे,खूप थंड,शिळे, नासलेले अन्न देखील विविध विकार उत्पन्न करते.
    पूर्वी खाल्लेले अन्न पूर्ण पंचायच्या आत परत आहार घेऊ नये.
  8. पचायला जड ,गोड़ तसेच घट्ट किंवा कोरडे पदार्थ जेवण्याच्या सुरुवातीला खावे आणि त्यानंतर पचायला हलके, आंबट,मीठ घातलेले तसेच पातळ पदार्थ खावे. असा विशेष उल्लेख पचनाच्या दृष्टीने आयुर्वेदात आढळतो. प्रत्यक्षात मात्र आपण गोड़ पदार्थ भरपूर प्रमाणात आहाराच्या शेवटी खातो. त्यामुळे अन्न नीट न पचणे आणि तत्सम त्रास होतात.
  9. भोजनानंतर घटाघट पाणी पिऊ नये. भोजनामध्ये थोडे घोट घोट प्यावे .पोटात अंदाजाने २ भाग अन्नासाठी एक भाग पाण्यासाठी आणि एक भाग रिकामा ठेवणे अपेक्षित असते. पचनाच्या क्रियेत निर्माण होणाऱ्या वातासाठी हि जागा ठेवली नाही तर अन्न पचताना आमाशयावर या वातामुळे ताण येतो.यामुळे उचकी लागणे किंवा छातीत,पोटात दुखणे असे त्रास होतात
  10. भोजनानंतर लगेच शारीरिक कष्ट जसे जोरात चालणे ,पळणे ,तसेच झोपणे ,खूप बोलणे, उष्णेतच्या जवळ जाणे अथवा उन्हात जाणे,स्नान करणे या गोष्टी वर्ज्य आहेत.निदान ४५ मिनिटे ते १ तास या गोष्टी अवश्य टाळाव्या याने पचन क्रियेत बाधा येत नाही. या कालावधीत शरीरातील अग्नी किंवा सोप्या भाषेत रक्तपुरवठा हा पचनसंस्थेकडे असणे आवश्यक असतो.परंतु शारीरिक कष्टाच्या क्रिया केल्यास तोच अर्थातच हात पाय आणि हृदयाकडे वाढतो. त्यामुळे हृदयावर तर ताण येतोच शिवाय पचन क्रियेत हि बाधा येते. असे वारंवार झाले तर अनेक पचनाच्या व इतरही व्याधी जडतात.
    जेवणानंतर लगेच झोपल्याने कफदोष वाढतो आणि हृदयाचा रक्ताभिसरण वेग कमी झाल्यामुळे ,अन्न पचन क्रिया मंदावते.
  11. जेवताना चिंता,शोक,क्रोध,भीती,किळस आदी भाव मनात नसावे असा विशेष उल्लेख आयुर्वेदात आहे. मानसिक भावभावनांचा पचनावर अप्रत्यक्षरीत्या परिणाम होत असतो हे आता सर्वज्ञात आहे. अगदी हेच या विधानातून अभिप्रेत आहे.
  12. विरुद्धान्न ,असात्म्य (सवय नसलेले),प्रकृतीच्या विरुद्ध ,ऋतूला अनुकूल नसलेले अन्नसेवन टाळावे.

(यातील प्रत्येक बाबीवर एक लेख होईल. लिहिण्याचा निश्चित प्रयत्न असेल.)

“The rain diet”

वर्षा ऋतू आणि आहार :
श्रावण आणि भाद्रपद म्हणजे जुलै शेवट ते सप्टेंबर सुरुवातीचा ऋतू हा वर्षा ऋतू होय.
वर्षा ऋतूत अग्निबल कमी असते. तसेच ह्या ऋतू मधील पाणी हे आम्ल विपाक असणारे म्हणजे पचायला जड आणि आंबटपणा उत्पन्न करणारे असते ह्या पाण्याचा फळे आणि भाज्यांवर परिणाम होतो.
शरीरातील वात दोष स्वभावतःच वाढलेला असतो म्हणूनच ह्या ऋतूंमध्ये हाडांचे दुखणे डोके वर काढते.जुने कधीतरी लागलेले ,आघात झालेले सांधे अथवा जखमेचे ठिकाण हि या मुळेच दुखते. आयुर्वेदातील बस्ती हा वातावरील सर्वोत्तम उपाय ह्याच ऋतू योजला जातो.

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  • पावसाळ्यात पाणी हे पचायला जड असते म्हणून ते उकळवून प्यावे असा संकेत आहे. निर्जंतुकीकरण हा एक मुद्दा तर आहेच परंतु असे उकळलेले पाणी पचनसंस्थेवर चांगले काम करत असते .
  • अन्न पदार्थ नीट शिजवून उकडून मगच खावे.
    पावसाळ्यात पालेभाज्या खाल्ल्यास त्या पटकन बाधतात ,पोट बिघडवतात असे दिसते. याकरिता त्या वापरताना स्वच्छ धुवून नीट शिजवून मगच वापराव्या . कच्च्या शक्यतो या ऋतूत वापरू नयें. तसेच वेगवेगळ्या व्यंजनात त्या थोड्या प्रमाणात वापरणे चांगले.
    त्यातही पालक हि भाजी हमखास पित्त वाढवताना तसेच पोट बिघडवताना दिसते.
    राजगिरा ,लाल माठ, तांदुळजा मेथी ,चाकवत,अळू,अंबाडी अशा भाज्या खाव्यात.
  • सहज उपलब्ध फळे स्वच्छ करून खावीत .त्यातही डाळिंब,मोसंबी,केळी इत्यादी .
  • या ऋतूत जन्माष्टमी हा खास उत्सव असतो. त्यात प्रसादा करिता बनवला जाणारा गोपाळकाला एरवी संध्याकाळी खाण्यासाठी बनवला तरी उत्तम आहे.
    साळीच्या लाह्या,पोहे,काकडी,ओले नारळ आणि गोड़ दही वापरून बनवून अवश्य खावा. गोड आंबट तिखट रुचकर चवीचा हा आयुर्वेदिक कृष्णा स्पेशल आहार नक्की खावा असाच
  • रव्याच्या गूळ आणि खजुराच्या सारणाचा तुपावर भाजलेल्या सांजोऱ्या अथवा साठोऱ्या हा पदार्थ गोड़ व्यंजनामध्ये निवडणे हितकर.
  • ह्याच ऋतूत येणारी नारळी पौर्णिमा म्हणजे ओल्या नारळाचे ऋतूतील महत्व परत अधोरेखित करणारी.
    मधुर म्हणजे गोड़ चवीचे ओले नारळ पित्त आणि वाताचे छान शमन करते.
    बेदाणे केशर ओला नारळ घातलेला तुपातील नारळी भात ,नारळाच्या वड्या हि तर पर्वणीच.
  • ह्या ऋतूत मधुर (गोड़),लवण(खारट) आणि किंचित आम्ल(आंबट) चवी हितकर असतात.
    सैंधवाचा वापर ह्या ऋतूत आणि एरवीही अवश्य करावा.
  • गरम फळभाज्यांचे सूप, नॉन व्हेज सूप ह्या ऋतूत आवश्यक होय.परंतु मांसाहार अतिशय जपून अथवा टाळणे उत्तम
    लवंग दालचिनी,आले,सुंठ,गवती चहा, तुळस,ओवा,कढीपत्ता,हिंग यांचा विशेष वापर भूक वाढवी ,पचनशक्ती नीट ठेवणे या करता करून घ्यावा.
  • जुने साठे साळीचे तांदूळ, गहू आणि मूग मसूर डाळी ह्या ऋतूत उत्तम.
  • उसळीचा अतिरेक ह्या ऋतूत नकोच.
  • गौरी गणपतीला असणारा बेत, चव आणि आरोग्य सांभाळणारा असतो परंतु खाण्याचा अतिरेक आणि पचवण्याची ताकत नसेल तर सण समारंभात पोट बिघडणारच. तेंव्हा चवीला छान म्हणून प्रमाणाबाहेर खाणे टाळावे . परंतु स्वर्गीय अशा या पक्वांनांना न्याय आणि दाद द्यावीच.
    खोबरे खसखस गूळ,आणि साजूक तूप घालून उकडीचे किंवा तळणीचे मोदक हे कुठल्याही बाहेरच्या तयार मिठाईला उत्तम पर्याय होय आणि कायम च असावा.
    गौरी मध्ये केली जाणारी आदल्या दिवशीची मेथी , दुसऱ्या दिवशीची सोळा एकत्र भाज्यांची भाजी,अळूभाजी, कटाची आमटी किंवा सार ,अळूवडी ,वाटली डाळ, हिरवी चटणी,कोशिंबीर,साधे वरण भात पापड कुरडया आणि खमंग गुळाची तुपात भिजलेली पुरणपोळी हि खाद्यसंस्कृतीचा परमोच्च कळस साधत असते.
    त्या ऋतूत मिळणारया सगळ्या भाज्या वापरून आणि सर्व दोषांची काळजी घेऊन तयार झालेले हे ताट एक उत्तम आरोग्यदायी खाद्य परंपराच असते. गौरीच्या नैवैद्याला वऱ्हाडात ताक वापरून तयार केलेला ज्वारी बाजरी पिठाचा पातळसर आंबील हा पदार्थ सुद्धा ऋतूनुसार आंबट आणि गोड़ ह्याचा समतोल साधत असतो. असे आंबील एरवी खायला देखील रुचकर असते.
    सण,निसर्ग ,पदार्थांची रेलचेल यांमध्ये शरीराची स्थिती जाणून घेऊन खाणे आवश्यक हा अधोरेखित मुद्दा होय.
  • वर्षा ऋतूचे वर्णन कांदाभजी,बटाटा भजी शिवाय पूर्ण कसे होईल.अवश्य खा परंतु प्रमाणात खा. वारंवार आणि पोटास तडस लागेपर्यंत खाऊ नयें. तळणीचे तेल वारंवार गरम करून तेच सारखे वापरू नयें.
  • भजी करताना ओव्याचे पान ,ओवा घालून करावे.
  • वर्षासहल आणि भजे जोडी सलामत ठेवाच पण त्याबरोबर इतरही सात्म्य आणि उपकारक पदार्थ खा.

Doctor, my eyes.Tell me what is wrong?

One blog every week, dedicated to the health,food, lifestyle wellness and Ayurveda , is what I am following religiously from almost 1.5 years now. The subject was never the issue.

So many things to pen yet and so many subjects ,topics requests pour in from readers everyday.

But today I  sat almost for two hour and couldn’t decide a single topic or could type a single word.A typical block I was experiencing in my mind. Music is always a solution in such situation for me.

Yes I  switched to it and read some beautiful poems,heard some great band’s tracks.

I came across some really sensitive,meaningful,disturbing but beautiful songs.

When its poem or song we always think of Rain,Love,beauty, nature,fun,relation ,heartbreak etc.

Have you ever read,heard or imagine a poem or a song on a doctor and patient.

I did.Somehow I  felt like I must share them with the readers.sharing two songs on the one of the most important person in your life .YES,A DOCTOR!!

So no typical health blog this week. Lets enjoy the magic of words and lyrics.

The pain ,the illness every time may not be necessarily  physical.The mind, the brain and the burden game is always on in human.

This song speaks up the psychological aspect of patients complaints. The eyes are his tools to experience the good and bad in the world. And now filled with  various emotional turbulence he complaints about his eyes.

A perfect kaleidoscope of emotions every doctor should consider while treating!

A beautiful song

Doctor, my eyes have seen the years
And the slow parade of fears without crying
Now I want to understand

I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what is wrong
Was I unwise to leave them open for so long

‘Cause I have wandered through this world
And as each moment has unfurled
I’ve been waiting to awaken from these dreams

People go just where they will
I never noticed them until I got this feeling
That it’s later than it seems

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what you see
I hear their cries
Just say if it’s too late for me

Doctor, my eyes
Cannot see the sky
Is this the prize
For having learned how not to cry

Songwriters
JACKSON BROWNE

Published by
Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

The second song below has so many stories, meaning and various versions of lyrics too. The original lyric by UFO is put here.

Imagine a helpless drug addict fully under the control of the substance abuse.What must he/she be pleading or thinking when he or she visits the doc for help?

In the following song the word She is not used as female or girlfriend or love. She is the addiction in this song.

Hope you feel the pain through this one classics of UFO band released in 1983.

Album: In To The Gap.

Artists: Thompson Twins.

“Doctor, Doctor”
(originally by UFO)

Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
She walked up to me and really stole my heart
And then she started to take my body apart[Chorus:]
Livin’ lovin’ I’m on the run
So far away from you
Livin’ lovin’ I’m on the run
So far away from you

Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
It’s only just a moment
She’s turning paranoid
That’s not a situation for a nervous boy

Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
But you look so angry as I crawled across your floor
She’s got the strength, and I can’t take any more

[Chorus:]

Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
But you look so angry as I crawled across your floor
She’s got the strength, and I can’t take any more

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Yes,the doctors always hold the patient’s hand in the roller coaster ride of the illness! All you have to do is trust!
Hope you like these two songs.

A tale of not so tonic ‘Tonic Water’!

It was an usual visit to the grocer. He has recently renovated his small grocery shop into a plush air conditioned supermarket. The product range too changed a lot with the shop.

While waiting in queue for bill, i was having a look in cart of next person. (Come on it was just a human natural trait and nothing more).

I saw some different cold drink cans in her cart.I just found the same bottles in nearby cabinets (image is attached with the blog). Initially I thought it as a new brand of any cold drink. Out of curiosity I look,read and found it as ‘Tonic Water’. Frankly I was not much aware of this thing, so got out of the queue and started reading it. Clearly written on can “contains Quinine” made me exclaim “WHAT?”. I clicked images for my references and thought to read more about it.

My husband too told me that in his USA office people buy large boxes of dozens of Tonic or carbonated water bottles and regularly drink them as normal water.

This blog is all about what I read and my concern and everybody should know it !

So what is Tonic water ?

If you think tonic means the water must be fortified with the things that will nourish our body, you are wrong just like me.

Just like any soda the tonic water too contains carbonated (Carbon di Oxide added) water , sugar and hold your breath Quinine. Yes you read right its Quinine. For those who doesn’t know what is Quinine, it is a potent medicinal drug used to treat the Malaria. The medicine has tremendous side effects and it is the last choice of doctors to treat malaria if other drugs fail.

Then for heaven’s sake why the tonic water contains Quinine? And what is it doing on my grocery shop shelves?

An interesting story!

In 1880s the tonic water containing very low dose of Quinine is discovered by the British people. It is used as the prophylaxis after the treatment of malaria.The British people used to carry it to their India visits to avoid the encounter to deadly Malaria which was epidemic that time.

Let me underline the point that the tonic water was supposed to use for medicinal purpose. The bitter taste was unpleasant, to make it easy to consume they start mixing Gin or other alcohol in it. Interesting right?

Everything seems interesting with alcohol, so obviously commercial interest started pouring in,in the tonic water.

The carbonated water with quinine later was added with various flavors and sugar. Among foods and drinks that are ingested solely for reasons of taste, tonic water is unique in that it was first and foremost a medicine. Since medicines tend to have side effects, is it possible that a hidden health risk is swirling around in tonic water. Today this is the only medicine which people use as regular mixer for the alcohol drink and various cocktails.

The whole thing is so strange.

  • The quinine though in very low dose has its own adverse effects on body.
  • The most common side effect is Thrombocytopenia (drop in platelet count in blood).The condition is called Gin and tonic purpura.
  • Quinine passes through placenta. So pregnancy is contraindication. But if the bottles are placed just like any cold drinks in grocery shops the chances get increased that anyone can just pick it up as cold drink. Anyways consumer is least bother to check the ingredients or what exactly they are consuming unless and until it is tasty. A scary fact but true unfortunately!
  • Allergy and sensitivity to quinine can trigger allergic reactions even in lower doses.
  • Other than quinine tonic water has almost all health hazards that soda has. Refer my previous article “Soda: A bubbly frizzy sweet addiction”

Global consumer market is playing with the health of their consumers. Ideally this Tonic water is not supposed to sell in grocery shops. It should be termed as drug and medicine category.

First of all an innocent question what is the problem with plain water?

Why do people need aerated water, cold drinks, sodas while eating? In my previous blogs too I mentioned that plain water is the best thing one can drink with their food.

My second and most important concern is what if consumer not at all aware of what she or he is drinking. The package, the taste, the purpose is just like soda or cold drinks. Imagine the danger, if like any soda the mother buys tonic cans and family, yes the child to consume it.The person next to me in queue i am little worried about her now.

If you are aware of the ingredients and still you are buying it the thing is different .It is personal choice but if innocents are consuming it without any knowledge of hazards. Time to think !

The second concern made me pen this blog.

Don’t let the media and market play with your health!

Be selective and aware .

Note: I don’t have any intention against any specific brand. Image is used for the basic and general purpose.

(The above write belongs to Dr.Rupali Panse. Changing the matter in the blog ,copying and changing the author name is considered illegal .)