Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vegetarianism - The healthier choice..

As I commute to work daily by Mass Rapid Transport (MRT), I see the advice near the MRT track for passengers on safety in station. It says “Value Life. Act Responsibly”. The phrase “Value life” often echoes in my mind when I see a slaughter-house or a steak house.

In this modern world with world's most of the food chains offering all kinds of non-vegetarian food, my blog may not be solicited by majority of people when i write about vegetarianism. But, if one can imagine of the last moments of a chicken or a cow or a pig in a slaughterhouse, it will lead to think twice before having their next burger/mutton briyani. Besides, the last minutes, as could be read from various media the lives are constrained in cages not suitable for them. The vegetarian food practice should come from parents to children. Consuming non-vegetarian food comes with the way kids are nurtured. I would say parents should follow vegetariansim for their kids to follow although the parents' ancestors might have been meat-eaters. When parents eat meat and the kids follow eating non-veg without knowing what they are eating. It is the flesh ojavascript:void(0)f a life. Infact, i know few friends wherein their family eats chicken or fish only and prevents consuming pork/beef but my friends go on to the extra mile of eating pork/beef/rabbit etc. When i discuss with my friends about having non-vegetarian, i was disturbed to hear them telling that they can consume anything that can fly and walk/run except aeroplane and ship.

As we could hear in recent years, medias yelling about the hostage dramas in Iraq and Afghanistan ending with the hostages being killed by slitting their throat or shot dead. The entire world sympathised for those who are killed and for their families. The same goes for capital punishment also. When a culprit is going to be hanged, the entire world sympathise for him with enough media coverage. According to me, the same sympathy should go for each life in the world and every life should be given the freedom to live the life to its fullest. Some may argue that if the world don't eat non-vegetarian, the world may face severe scarcity for grains and egological imbalance will occur. Since the human-being has made so many inventions, he should definitely find a way to live within what is available. Example is the petroleum natural resource. Since it will be depleted in long run, research has been going on for sometime to find alternate energy source. In the end, some alternative may be found. The same goes for food also.

I strongly belive that habit makeup human being. I remember a motivational quote by someone which says "People don't decide their destiny but they decide their habits and the habits inturn decide their future". Though i am being a vegetarian, i could pass by a slaughter house without much discomfort whereas i can't (and you too cannot) pass by an accident site where few human bodies are mashed and blood is scattered everywhere. The earlier was possible than the later because of we are used to it. Eating meat is also like this where meat eaters are used to it and if they are decided to break the habit, they can be vegetarians.

By adopting a vegetarian life style, one can contribute to minimize the effect of global warming and adopt a healthly lifestyle.

Let us live as vegetarian and let other lives to live life to the fullest. Let us foster our descendants as vegetarians.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Migraine and How do i manage it...

How do i manage my migraine?

I am now in my mid 30s and of asian origin male. I used to have headaches during my childhood days and didn't care to find the reason. I took some tables and it used to subside. As i grew up and graduated, the impact of headache in my daily life was very severe and i started to visit doctor for treatment. It started with eye doctor who checked my power and said through there
is no reason eye being the cause of headache, still he advised to wear some eye glass with minor power. I used to wear the glasses for sometime but still the headache visited often. I decided that there is no point in wearing spectacles. After few years of suffering, i visited a ENT specialist who decided there is nothing wrong with ENT after scores of tests. Then i thought i am destined to have headaches and suffered with that for a more few years. Then this headache caused great impact in my work-life and decided to dig further. This time i consulted a neurologist who took a CT scan for my brain for any problem in brain like tumours etc. And that report was also clear. Again..Oh reason for headache. Again the cycle continued. I used to have headache once every month. But one thing that improved(???) with headache was it used to go off when i vomit after 5 to 7 hours the headache started. Oh, that vomiting experience was very terrible. Sometimes i had to threw up 3 to 4 times until the headache comes down. At times, because of the vomitting, blood came out from throat. Many times i started to eat all junks foods to trigger vomitting to get rid of the headache.

Being an IT programmer and internet savvy, i searched internet. Now got the rescue and necessary information. The headache i have is migraine headache though the throbbing headache is on both sides of my head. I found the reasons for migraine headache and the triggers for the headache. The very first fact that i have migraine is confirmed by my sleeping pattern. Because, i get headaches most of my time during weekends as i sleep for more than 7 hours on Friday or Saturday night. Though my wife used to joke that since i am with you on weekends you get headache. If i sleep for more than 7 hours, i used to get headache. So, the rule for sleeping pattern is if one has less sleep or more sleep, it will trigger migraine. But that too will not always be true. Most of the time this will be true. Apart from sleeping pattern, there are some foods that triggers migraine. Examples are banana, papaya, cheese etc. You get a complete list from Not all foods may be trigger for you. How to find which foods are trigger for you, you have to have a record of your headache whenever there is headache and have to recall and note down what are the foods you ate the day before. There is nice worksheet available in the above website where you can record all the information like triggers, how long the headache lasted etc. I have a record of 3 years of my headaches. Thanks to the website owner for hosting these kinds of valuable resources.

Then, my wife told that one of her colleage who used to have migraine headache treated with homeopathy tablets and referred to the same doctor. We consulted that doctor and he prescribed tablets but many conditions out of one is you should stop drinking coffee. Oh my favourite drink is coffee but taking the sufferings of migraine into consideration, i was ready to give up coffee. I took the homeopathy tablets meticulously and it has been 2 years since i started taking tablets. Now i feel better and able to manage headaches. Though i get headaches nowadays too, the severity is very less and i don't throw up. When i sense morning itself that i am going to have headache on that day, i start to take the homeopathy tablets for subsiding headache immediately i brushed up. The headache didn't start and came down in all occasions. Homeopathy has really helped in the treatement of migraine in my case. It is not only medicine but the management of migraine is important.

Still my mother is suffering from migraine and she can't take homeopathy tablets as she can't quit drinking coffee. She is still taking allopathy tablets and the effect is not very appreciable.

Note: While writing this blog, i am having a mild headache and may not be able to do any other work. So, i decided to write a blog on my headache. This may be useful for someone to find the cause of headache and take proper action.

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