Friday, July 20, 2012

Oral Rehydration Therapy

Hello everyone! :D
Indian Academy of Pediatrics is celebrating the ORS week where we create awareness about Oral Rehydration Therapy :)

Oral Rehydration Therapy (ORT) is a treatment for dehydration associated with diarrhea.

ORS saves millions of children a year from death due to diarrhea.
But sadly, even today children die due to diarrhea in some developing countries.
Sometimes people don't understand that praying is not enough, treatment should also be given. They should not be negligent when it comes to health.
We have a quotation, "Dawa and Dua" are essential to save a person's life.
Dawa means medicine & Dua means Prayer.
So I give equal importance to both the factors in our lives, faith and medicine, and this was the basis of my poster for the ORS awareness week :)

Francis Bacon said, ''Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper."

ORS awareness poster

So lemme tell you about ORS ^_^
You see, normally our body pumps out fluid in the intestine during digestion
This fluid has a high concentration of sodium
Nearly all of this fluid is reabsorbed by the intestine, in an healthy individual, to maintain a balanced sodium level in the body.

During diarrhea, liquid secreted in the intestinal lumen passes the gut so quickly that very little sodium and water is absorbed. This is why, heavy continuous diarrhea can be a very dangerous and potentially life-threatening condition within hours.
This is the reason why you need sodium and water replenishment via ORT

Why is glucose needed?
The co-transport of sodium into the epithelial cells via the SGLT1 protein requires glucose or galactose. Without glucose or galactose present, intestinal sodium will not be absorbed.

Remember: Glucose is never more than 110mMol/lit to avoid the risk of osmotic diarrhea.

Why is sodium citrate or sodium lactate or NaHCO3 used?
The alkali loss due to diarrhea causes acidosis. It is corrected :)

I also wrote a poem as a part of this program, even though I'm VERY bad at rhymes :D

The ORS says :
"I'm oral rehydrating solution,
I help balance water distrubution.

Whatever the cause maybe,
Whether it's rotavirus or cholera,
and it's causing vomitting or diarrhoea,
utilize me properly in this era.

I'm a medicine that barely costs,
So when water from the body is lost,
Don't hesitate to use sugar and salt,
& put dehydration to a halt.

I've saved millions of lives,
But still some don't survive.
So please create awareness about me,
& let people use me wonderfully.

Please create awareness.. If you know a mother with a child, educate her about diarrhea. Let people know. You never know, you could save a life. :)


Update: I won the first prize for this poster in National ORS week conducted by Indian Pediatric Association ^__^

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Stockholm syndrome

Recently, this word has been haunting me.. So.. Let's see what's it about!

Stockholm syndrome is a psychological response sometimes seen in an abducted hostage, in which the hostage shows signs of loyalty to the hostage-taker, regardless of the danger (or at least risk) in which the hostage has been placed.

Stockholm syndrome

A song by Muse from the album Absolution is of the same name
It has always got me wondering.. Is the song about memories holding you captive?
Even when those memories have the capacity of hurting you, you still don't let go and set yourself free.. You still don't forget.. Even when you want you.. But you just can't..
The verse however let's you decide what perspective you choose to have.. The abusers or the victims.. But the chorus expresses the syndrome well..

I heard it on the television series, White Collar too..
Neal Caffrey: No. There are things about this life I'm not ready to give up.
Mozzie: Do you even know what this life is anymore? I mean, you're... on a leash. You're still in prison. You have Stockholm syndrome.
Let's analyze Mozzie's view.. Giving up THE final score for what? Stockholm syndrome it is!
I feel Caffrey's pain throughout the series though.. Because the hardest part isn’t choosing, it’s learning to live with the choices you make T_T

I also know someone whose WhatsApp status is Stockholm syndrome.. Professional secrecy shall prevent me from commenting any further.. :D
[And damn, he is good at using these laws against you!]

In psychology, Stockholm syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which hostages express empathy and have positive feelings towards their captors, sometimes to the point of defending them.
This sounds like some milder form of sadism..
You know you've got the Stockholm syndrome when you hear yourself saying, “I know what he’s done to me, but I still love him” ;)

Did you know?
The syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg, Stockholm, Sweden, in which the bank robbers held bank employees hostage and the victims became emotionally attached to their victimisers, and even defended their captors after they were freed from their six-day ordeal.. This is the art of brainwashing! :O

This blog post doesn’t reflect the thoughts or opinions of either myself, my family, my friends, or my dragon :P
Blogging about psychology does get you all serious.. Lighten up and stay awesome! :)