Tuesday, August 4, 2009

U think this is frivolous?? Life- Saving acts

Having read an article from NST dated August 4th, made me thinking on a small small things which may substantially or adversely give impacts to our life. Things which we do every day and so often we mis look and put ignorance on it without consciousness the jeopardy it brings to us. What I am saying is about the acts people( including me) always practice without realizing we are actually imploring the harm or damage or even death to come as the repercussions. I quoted an article written by Dr Jan Garavaglia on the "life-savings acts" which he shares some survival secrets( YES, this is things which people should hunt) that may just helps to SAVE OUR LIFE( this is only sharing tips, pray to Allah is vital) . This article I believe may deliver if not much, at least a little enlightenment to readers thus give motivations to amend our current ways of life. Enjoy!!

by Dr Jan Garavaglia

Yes, everyone die eventually. You can't prevent that, but can prevent it from happening prematurely. And you can do it with the simplest life-saving acts, whether it's strapping on a seat belt correctly, making subtle changes to your diet or following your doctor's order.

Thats not all, either. There are other actions you might not be aware of that can save your life. For example, did you know that open or partially open car windows increase the of more severe injuries in an accident? There are many lessons that can be learned from the dead-lessons that can help us take better care of ourselves.

Car Accidents

The injuries from car accidents can be horrific. Some injuries are so bad that they look like a horror movie.
  • There are people who would be alive today had they worn their seat belts. Seat belts work because they keep drivers and passengers in their vehicles. The interior of your car is a far more forgiving environment than the outside. When you are ejected from a vehicle in a crash, bad things happen. Also, you've got to use restraints properly. If you wear a seat belt without the shoulder harness, for example, you are in danger of life threatening internal injuries. I've seen people who were almost cut in half by the lap belt as they didn't use the shoulder harness. And if a seat back is reclined, the restraint becomes much less effective, it not useless.
  • Air bags save lives too. Safety experts recommend that seats should be moved back as far as possible to allow air bags to offer the best protection and cushioning when they deploy ( this is a new tip for me)
  • Often, car accident victims are simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. I never, ever stop my car on the side of a motorway, for example. I've had cases in which the drivers did this to fix a flat tyre and were rear-ended and killed. If something goes wrong with your car, dont pull over until you can get to off-road parking, a side-street or petrol station.
  • Anything unrestrained in your car can become a dangerous missile, whether its shopping, sports equipment or anything else.

Holiday Doom

Bad things can happen to anyone on holiday. I'd be last person, however, to advise you not to take one, but by packing some common sense, you can make sure you're doing everything you can to stay safe and well.
  • I've seen Deep Vein Thrombosis kill even the healthiest people. Drinking plenty of fluids can help prevent it. On a plane I get up every half-hour or so to move and stretch my legs. I do exercises in my seat, like contracting and relaxing my legs. Even while waiting in the airport terminal, it's important to keep moving your legs to help blood flow. Get up and walk around when you can.
  • The most common cause of death while traveling is heart attack, and it is usually strikes within couple of days of a holiday. Often people don't seek prompt medical attention. It's unfamiliar territory and they don't know where to go or whom to call, so they think they'll ride it out. But please don't ignore unusual symptoms. Get them checked out as soon as possible. You can get a free list of English-speaking doctors in many countries around the world from International Association for Medical Assitance to Travellers. Just log on to www.iamat.org ( haa this I believe is important to travelers, so check it out)
Supplement's side-effects
People often assume that over the counter dietary supplements are safe, but many can have harmful side-effects, especially in high doses. And, with some, you are really don't know what you're putting in your body and they might be harmful.
I think it's fine to take a daily multivitamin tablet, and perhaps other supplements depending on your doctor's recommendation, but vitamins and minerals can cause problems if taken with some drugs. Furthermore, the science on supplements is complex and often inadequate. Take calcium, for example. Calcium supplements are known to be helpful and generally safe, yet taking calcium pills might increase the risk of death due to cardiovascular disease in older woman. My simple advice: always check with your doctor about taking supplements.

Medication confusion
Around 10percent of all medication errors are from drug name confusion, and the WHO says this confusion is an urgent worldwide problem. Fortunately, most errors are preventable with vigilance on your part.
  • Know the colour and shape of the pills you take regularly: examine the the actual pills. The name of most brand-name drugs is usually stamped on the tablets. Also, study the label to make sure it matches the doctor's prescription.
  • Find out whether your medicine interacts with other drugs. Even useful, familiar and effective drugs can produce severe side-effects: others pose dangers of allergic reactions or toxic interactions if mixed with other substances
  • Check whether your medicine interacts adversely with any foods. Grapefruit juice, for instance can increase the blood levels of some drugs such as sedatives: calcium in dairy products impairs the absorption of tetracycline and ciprofloxacin, widely used antibiotics. Ask your doctor about food-drug interactions and read informations that accompanies your prescriptions. Also ask your doctor or nurse what the medicine is for, how often you should take it and for how long, whether you should take it on an empty or full stomach and whether you should avoid certain foods, drinks or activities while taking it. Also ask your doctor what are the potential side-effects and what you should do if these side effects do occur
  • Unless its essential, don't use any prescription drug within two years of approval. Drugs are approved on the basis that a relatively-small number of studies show that a drug works and is safe. But it might not be until the drug has been on the market for a couple of years, and millions of people have used it. That infrequent but serious problems surface.


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