What is Cancer? There are more than 100 types of cancers identified, which can affect any part of the body. Cancer is the growth of abnormal cells that directly penetrate and destroy one’s healthy body tissue. These cells divide rapidly and spread to other parts of the body if not controlled in time. This disease is the second largest causes of death worldwide. Cancer is not contagious. Every day our body regenerates itself. During this time when cells need to be replenished, gene mutations do occur. Our cells are programmed to recognize a mistake in the normal gene mutations and have a method to self-repair in the event of any mistake. However, when there are repeated mistakes leading in damage to the genes it leads to the cell becoming cancerous. Such gene mutations may be due to biological factors, consumption of cancer causing substances, environmental factors and occupational hazards. These substances, which lead to cancer, are called carcinogens. Therefore, a carcinogen could either be a chemical substance, an environmental agent or some viral and genetic factor. Though Cancer cannot be attributed to any one reason, these are the main reasons it can develop:- A.) Biological Factors- i. Age: Cancer is a slow and silent killer. Often going unnoticed in the early stages. It is more prevalent amongst adult population over 65years. However, this does not completely rule of younger children or younger adults from getting cancer. ii. Gender: Breast cancer and cervical cancer most common amongst women iii. Family history: Having inherited a genetic mutation does not confirm the incidence of cancer but it could in some cases be the reason for having cancer. B.) Lifestyle- Smoking, drinking and chewing tobacco are high risk factors in causing cancer. Sometimes obesity or even consuming barbequed foods regularly, which cause nitrites and poly aromatic hydrocarbons, can lead to cancer. The other reasons could also be having unsafe sex. C.) Environmental Factors- Over exposure to UV radiation is one of the reasons that leads to Cancer. Even those exposed to asbestos fibers run a high risk of getting cancer. D.) Occupational risk- People working in chemical factories and in nuclear plants have a higher chance of suffering from cancer especially if safety norms are not adhered to. Certain bacteria and viruses can also cause CancerCancer. E.) Side effects of medication- Certain medicines, which affect a person’s immunity adversely, can lead to Cancer. Having said cancer is the dreaded slow but silent killer, all is not lost. Today with the progress in the field of medicine cancer to a great extent is curable. Timely diagnosis and the best cancer treatment is the key to the cure. However, it is extremely important that we do not ignore or overlook any abnormalities in our body. Though the signs and symptoms of Cancer will vary depending on which part of the body is affected, some of the signs to look out for are- - Constant tiredness and lethargic feeling - Development of any kind of lump or ulcers - Unexpected bleeding - Sudden or unintended loss or gain in body weight - Redness or darkening or change in skin color - Wounds or sores that are taking too long to heal - Difficulty in breathing and swallowing food or even water - Frequent urination, diarrhea or constipation affecting bowel movements - Excessive and unquenchable thirst - Persistent cough and hoarseness in the voice - Regular nausea, indigestion and heaviness after eating - Any unexplained muscle or joint pain - Frequent fevers and night sweats - Weakness or loss of function of one part of your body - Seizures and difficulty in walking In India, Cancer is the second most common cause of death after cardiovascular disease. As per statistics of 2018, approximately 2.25 million people are living with cancer while roughly 1.5 million people die of cancer each year. We have the best oncologists in India, working in the most renowned cancer specialty hospitals. There is also a growing amount on holistic treatments for cancer, which take care of, not only of the physical disease but to also help the patient to cope with emotional distress. The top four cancers in men and women of India constitute 41% of all the cancers. These four cancers are:- 1.) Breast cancer: Amongst women, today breast cancer is the most prevalent in India accounting for about 14% of all cancers in women. For every 2 women that are diagnosed with breast cancer, sadly one woman dies of it in India. In a recent study by Population Based Cancer Registries (PBCR) it is observed that there is a higher incidence of breast cancer in urban areas. This could be either due to result of growing urbanization or lack of medical facilities in rural India. 2.) Cervical cancer: There is high incidence of Cervical cancer in rural India where one woman dies of it every 8 minutes. It mostly occurs amongst sexually active women between ages 30 and 59 years. It is the fourth most common type of cancer in women. 3.) Oral cancer: 86% of the worlds oral cancer cases are from India. The main reason is tobacco chewing, smoking and high consumption of alcohol. 4.) Lung cancer: It is the second most common cancer amongst Indian men occurring mostly in the age group of 50-59 years. Some type of cancers after they appear, they advance and spread (metastasize) swiftly to other parts of the body. Some type of cancers appears completely cured with treatment but reoccur after a period of time even more aggressively than before. Whatever be the type of cancer, it is important that it is diagnosed at the right time, medical treatment is sought after and periodic scans and examinations and follow-ups continue post treatment. Best cancer medicine is available in India today. Also with the availability of cancer hospitals and top cancer doctors, today 70 per cent of cancers are curable and about 60 per cent of cancers are even preventable. From chemotherapy or radiation therapy to alternative cancer treatments, Indians are learning to deal with Cancer. World Cancer Day On February 4 every year is celebrated to raise awareness and educate people on how to fight Cancer.
On how many occasions are friends inquiring if you know of a reputable kidney doctor in Mumbai or a kidney specialist in Mumbai or even for the best kidney treatment in Pune or other cities? Instead of only directing them to a specialist in kidney treatment, I would also suggest they visit a holistic multi-speciality clinic to receive therapies and treatments that are extremely effective in treating the complete body. Higher incomes, higher standard of living and less physical work has led to a more sedentary lifestyle bringing upon diabetes first in the urban and now in the rural population as well. This condition where the body is unable to regulate the blood sugar regulating endocrine hormone levels often leads to the occurrence of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). It is one of the growing non-communicable diseases in India necessitating concern. Our body is a complex being. The main function of the kidneys is to remove the waste products and surplus body fluid so as not to accumulate in the body. The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs found on the left and right side of the vertebrates. The kidneys help to maintain a stable balance of body chemicals by the production of urine. What important role do the kidneys play? The kidneys- 1. Help to remove excess products to maintain a balance in the mineral content of the body. 2. Help to regulate the water content in our body 3. Help to regulate the acid content in the body 4. Help to balance the salt and potassium levels 5. Help to remove the waste products 6. Produce an active form of vitamin D 7. Help to produce hormones that regulate blood pressure, control calcium metabolism and stimulate red blood cell production, which is primary for the smooth functioning of other organs. The kidneys are fundamentally a powerful chemical factory. The non-functioning of which could lead to conditions like – 1. Kidney Stone: Body waste is dissolved in the liquid that passes through the kidneys. But in cases where the level of minerals or salt or crystal forming substance such as calcium oxalate and uric acid is more than what the fluid in urine can dilute, the kidney stone begins to form. Usually, kidney stones that stay in the kidney and go unnoticeable for years. It is only when the kidney stone tries to move out form the kidney through a tube called ureter, that severe pain is felt. Reoccurrence of kidney stones increases the risk of developing chronic kidney disease and kidney failure. 2. Chronic Kidney Diseases (CKD): In Chronic kidney disease, the kidneys over a period time through the years completely stops working. In this scenario, the patient is left with permanent kidney failure. A nephrologist or a specialist is required to treat it immediately so that the chronic kidney disease does not damage both the both of the kidneys. For kidney failure the only treatment is dialysis or a kidney transplant. 3. Kidney Cancer: Kidney cancer is observed in individuals prone to obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure. The consequences of kidney failure being rather grave, let us understand what small measures one can take to try and delay or avoid this ailment completely: 1. Keep hydrated - Drink eight to ten glasses of water every day to stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water helps to lower the ratio of waste to fluid passing through the kidneys. If you are exercising actively, the body may need more water. Listen to your body signals and drink water throughout the day. 2. Limit salt intake: A high intake of salt or increase in sodium levels leads to intensifies the chances of developing kidney stones. The regular intake of salty pickles or high consumption of packaged and tinned food with excessive levels of sodium content can trigger an imbalance in the body. It is advised to limiting the sodium intake to 2,000 milligrams per day. 3. Eat fruits and vegetables: A higher plant based diet consisting of a good amount of fruits and vegetables consumed helps to increase the calcium intake which in turn helps to lower acid levels in the urine thereby keeping stones from developing. Having a balanced diet is of extreme importance. 4. Avoid health supplements: The market is flooded with health supplements for the fitness freaks. Overconsumption of fitness supplements to get an attractive and muscular body triggers a higher probability concerning chronic kidney disease over a period of time 5. Consult doctors before taking any painkillers: Most people with the advent of the internet, are self medicating themselves not completely aware of the consequences. Pain relievers and cold medicines if taken without consulting the doctor the excessive dosage over a time period can damage your kidneys. 6. Lead a stress free life: The mother of all problems is believed to be stress. Stress leads to imbalance in the emotional as well as the physical well being of a person. Hypertension is directly linked to diabetes. Continued high stress levels over the years can ultimately lead to chronic kidney disease (CKD). 7. Do not neglect slow flow of urine: Sometimes a blockage along the urinary tract right from the kidney leading to the urethra, through which urine leaves the body can slow down the flow of urine. This partial or complete blockage causing can affect the functioning of both kidneys. In case you notice any abnormality in passing urine, it is important you consult a kidney specialist immediately. 8. Do not ignore frequent strong urge to urinate: The strong urge to urinate can be a signal of a kidney infection. Please consult a kidney specialist who can subscribe antibiotics to rid the infection. Vital organs include liver, kidney, heart, brain and lungs. It is extremely important to ensure that one’s immunity is strong and medical periodical tests are undertaken to ensure all organs are functioning at their best. Today there are holistic clinics offering treatments for the vital organs. The holistic treatment mostly involves use of organic medicine made from vanaspati medical plants which do not have any side effects like those of chemical medicines. Holistic medicine addresses the root of the problem which has a bearing affect on all the 5 vital body parts. Today more and more people are veering towards holistic medicine to address diabetes and kidney related ailments. The second Thursday of March, is declared as World Kidney Day, to bring about awareness about the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) while addressing patient care and medical treatment.
On a global scale, we have witnessed the world population grow significantly. Apart from that, there has been a shift from decreased mortality from communicable diseases to an increased burden of non-communicable diseases like Asthma, Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Chronic Kidney Disease among others. Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is a progressive disease. The conventional treatment for which is to delay the progress through the process of periodic dialysis. If detected at a later stage, a kidney transplant is the last resort. Failure of this treatment can lead to kidney failure causing seizures, coma or death. Cardiac arrest is the most common cause of death in people with CKD. Diabetes and Hypertension are among the two main reasons for the rise in Chronic Kidney Disease. One of the main cause for this is that the patients suffering from Diabetes and Hypertension have to ingest heavy chemical compounds through medication which puts pressure on kidneys leading to their deterioration. People should regularly test themselves to diagnose any issues with kidneys. Doctors generally prescribe a blood test to measure serum creatinine level. A person with healthy kidney will show low levels of serum creatinine, whereas an unhealthy kidney will report a rise. For an average common man suffering from CKD, the conventional treatment is nothing short of an exorbitant debt as each cycle of dialysis can cost anywhere between 12,000 to 18,000 rupees. Add to that the consultation fees, and cost of allopathic medicines and the total could be more than an average monthly salary. Dialysis is not exactly a ‘treatment’ to treat CKD. It is a process through which functions of a kidney are substituted by a machine or equipment to be performed externally. It ultimately results in the removal of toxins from the body, but the process is painful, time-consuming, and expensive for patients as well as their families. In the recent past, there have been examples of how alternative treatment and holistic therapies have been used to successfully treat and/or reverse a bunch of diseases including communicable and noncommunicable. One of the much talked about therapy is Panchakarma based on the principles of Ayurveda. Panchakarma therapy can restore your natural state of health and wellness by cleansing your body of toxins, bringing balance into your system and improving bodily function. It is the ultimate Ayurvedic detoxification of body and mind. It is a collection of therapies that are highly individualized based on the Ayurvedic constitution type (prakriti) and imbalances (doshas). Panchakarma is a five-fold therapy and includes treatments that can help reverse the negative effects of an imbalanced lifestyle by flushing out toxins internally as well as externally. One can say that Panchkarma is a painless and organic way to perform dialysis. Herbal medication as an add-on treatment is advised along with Panchakarma therapy. The goal in Ayurveda is not only to treat the core problem by stopping the progression of the disease and of the damaged kidneys with organic herbal medication. The therapy also helps treat the tissues that make up the kidneys so that they can be revived to function normally. Herbal and organic medicine support the therapy by working in tandem reducing the time for treatment and healing. The purpose of Panchakarma treatments is to rejuvenate the kidney cells so that they may start to work on their own eliminating the need for dialysis or transplant. The advantage of using Ayurvedic approach in CKD is that in most patients, the kidney damage can be either partly or fully reversed, the frequency of dialysis can be reduced, and the increased risk of death from cardiovascular diseases can be significantly reduced. Panchakarma therapies and Ayurvedic treatments have shown progress in patients suffering from Stage 1 to Stage 4 of CKD. Stage 5 patients showed a remarkable decrease in dialysis too. Unlike conventional treatment, the Panchakarma treatment doesn't exhaust and weaken the patients, but rather re-energizes them by improving their overall health. The other benefit of Panchakarma treatment is that it not only heals the kidney but also treats other symptomatic diseases, and helps holistically reverse Diabetes and Hypertension. This, in turn, benefits the patient by improving their quality of health thereby improving their quality of life. Also, the treatment is supported by a well-researched diet that helps to heal the body, mind and soul and support the primary objective of the Ayurveda and Panchakarma treatments. The overall advantages of the treatments include, but is not limited to reduced pain, improved joint mobility, circulation, improved lymphatic drainage, reduced muscular tension, purification of blood and immunity boost among others. One can avail the holistic benefits of Ayurved and Panchakarma treatments at Dr. Joshi’s Multispeciality Clinic who have been successfully treating patients since their beginning in the early 2000s. They have adopted technologies from around the globe to manufacture advanced organic medicines by engaging the active principle of any given medicinal ingredient. With the collective experience over the years, Dr. Joshi’s clinic has successfully treated and or reversed more than 100 diseases. Some of the treatments have been recognized and appreciated by renowned institutions as well.
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