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21st March 2016
Editorial (Dr SS Agarwal, Dr K K Aggarwal)
10 Steps can help ease heartburn
  1. Eat in a heartburn-smart way. Large meals put pressure on the muscle that normally helps keep stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus. The more you eat, the longer it takes for the stomach to empty, which contributes to reflux. Try smaller, more frequent meals, and don't eat hastily.
  2. Avoid late-night meals. Having a meal or snack within 3 hours of lying down to sleep can worsen reflux, causing heartburn. Leave enough time for the stomach to clear out.
  3. Don't exercise right after meals. Give your stomach time to empty. Wait a couple of hours, but don’t lie down either. This will only worsen reflux.
  4. Sleep on an incline. Raising your torso up a bit with a wedge-shaped cushion may ease nighttime heartburn. But, propping your head and shoulders with regular pillows can actually increase pressure on the stomach by curling you up at the waist.
  5. Identify and avoid foods associated with heartburn. Common foods are fatty foods, spicy foods, tomatoes, garlic, milk, coffee, tea, cola, peppermint, and chocolate. Carbonated beverages cause belching, which also causes reflux.
  6. Chew sugarless gum after a meal. Chewing gum promotes salivation, which helps neutralize acid, soothes the esophagus, and washes acid back down to the stomach. Avoid peppermint-flavored gum, which may trigger heartburn more than other flavors.
  7. Rule out side effects of medications. Ask your doctor or pharmacist whether any of the medications you take might cause pain resembling heartburn or contribute to reflux.
  8. Lose weight if you are overweight as being overweight puts more pressure on the stomach and pushes stomach contents into the esophagus. The tight-fitting clothing and belts that come with weight gain may also be a factor. 
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Awareness must be raised about the necessary precautions each one of us must take to avoid the consumption of adultrated milk: IMA
New Delhi, March 20, 2016: Two out of three Indians drink milk laced with detergent, caustic soda, urea and paint as per union minister for science and technology Dr Harsh Vardhan. In his statement, he said that over 68% of the milk sold did not conform to standards laid down by India’s food regulator FSSAI.
Milk is collected from 200,000 villages across India for sale and distribution. An insurance against adulterated milk is the common Indian habit of boiling milk before consumption. All bacteria are killed once milk is thoroughly boiled. Last year, a US government report projected an increase in fluid milk consumption by 5% to reach 62.75 million metric tonnes in India in 2016 based on population growth.
Speaking about the same, Dr SS Agarwal – National President IMA and Padma Shri Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal – Honorary Secretary General IMA said, “Drinking adultrated milk can have hazardous health effects. These ranging from gastroentertitis caused by the urea, caustic soda and formalin present in it to more serious issues like impairments, heart problems, cancer or even death caused due to synthetic components. The detergent in milk can cause food poisoning and other gastrointestinal complications. Its high alkaline level can also damage body tissue and destroy proteins. Given the associated complications, taking necessary precautions is key.”
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