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25th October, 2017
Dengue Revisited
Mosquito Menace: How to win over our collective failure
Dr KK Aggarwal
Napoleon Hill once said that "Most great people have attained their greatest success just one step beyond their greatest failure."
 
It's time for all of us to convert our biggest failure, to control mosquito menace, into success.
 
Today dengue is in alarming condition in Kerala, West Bengal, Karnataka and a mysterious illness in Indore (?Zika ? Alpha Virus) with arthritis.
 
We all must agree that collectively we have failed in controlling the mosquito menace. Any mosquito container index above 5% requires community integrated cluster approach for mosquito density reduction together with effective anti-larval measures. Mosquito repellent impregnated mosquito nets are not available to patients. Anti-larval measures such as temephos (an organophosphate larvicide) and mosquito fish or Gambusia (a freshwater fish) also are not available to a common man.
 
Then what is the answer? We need a paradigm shift in our thinking.
 
We need to over report and act in time. There is no point acting when the cases have started. Often the civic bodies publically act during monsoon season. They may be planning ahead but public awareness and public involvement must start much ahead of time. Even the recent CAG report mentions that under reporting of dengue is disastrous to the society.
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White sugar is a slow poison: IMA
Refined sugar has emerged to be the single most hazardous component of modern age diet.

New Delhi, October 24, 2017: Ancient Indian tradition has always regarded sugar and sweet consumption as intrinsic. Data from the India sugar trade industry (2013) show that India is the second largest (after Brazil) producer and largest consumer of sugar in the world.
 
Refined white sugar such as sucrose and high fructose corn syrup contain an excess amount of calories and zero essential nutrients. Consuming unto 10-20% more sugar than recommended amount can contribute to adverse health effects. It can have harmful effects on metabolism and contribute to a variety of lifestyle diseases.
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