Sunday, June 14, 2009

Tobacco legislations

Hello Dr. Pawan,

Here are some links about some recent legislation in the
US regarding tobacco marketing to kids and teens.

Historic anti-smoking bill aims at stopping teens

Also, an article analyzing why Philips Morris supports this recent
legislation :
Smoke Signals: Why a Tobacco Giant Is Backing a Tough New Antismoking Bill

Good luck on your anti-tobacco seminars. If you have trouble
convincing people how harmful its effects are, you could try to
show them a picture of a smoker with a laryngectomy (spelling..?).
People get fairly shocked seeing them smoking through their
tracheostomy opening.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

World No Tobacco Day - I CAN WIN 2009 Faridabad

Indian Cancer Winners’ Association - Faridabad Chapter
A Mission to “Win Over Cancer”
Faridabad Chapter- H. No-2, Sector-8, Faridabad

A round table discussion was organized by Indian Cancer Winners’ Association- Faridabad Chapter at Studio 220, Sector 9, Faridabad on 31st May 2009 on the occasion of “World No Tobacco Day !” Speaking on this occasion Dr.Pawan Gupta, the President of I CAN WIN Foundation and senior Cancer Surgeon at SMH Curie Cancer Centre said that the tobacco use and the diseases due to his habit have reached an epidemic level world wide.

Dr. B.C.Gupta MD President I CAN WIN - Faridabad

Dr Ratnesh and Dr Pawan - Experts

Dr Manish,Dr Kulveen, Dr Pawan, Dr B.C.Gupta, Dr Ratnesh, Dr Vishal

The use of tobacco in any form be it smoking or chewing leads to widespread diverse effects on almost each and every organ of the body specially Head & Neck and the lungs. The most important thing is that it is a preventable evil of the society and many lives can be saved annually. Mouth is the most important part to be affected and an early detection of pre- malignant lesions can make a difference in the outcome of tobacco related disorders. He emphasized the role of Dental and ENT surgeons as the most important experts to advise the people in quitting tobacco and in making them aware about early and frequent checkups to void cancer and other preventable lesions of oral cavity.

Problem of second hand smoking was also highlighted .The problem of smoking affecting the domestic aspects specially its physical and mental effect on children was also discussed at length. The event was attended by eminent ENT and Dental surgeons of Faridabad and Member experts of Indian Cancer Winners’ Association Dr. Ratnesh Shrivastav from Dharamshila Hospital & Dr.Amitbh Singh from Fortis Hospital, Gurgaon known for their contribution to oncology. Doctors from QRG Central Hospital, Sarvodays Hospital & Fortis group also attend the meet.

In the end it was concluded that the tobacco related disorders are preventable and the doctors can play a pivotal role by making people aware about this by various means and the quality and span of life can be increased better in the society in turn.

Indian Cancer Winners’ Association believes in “Win over Cancer”. This is a part of a series of meets which is planned by the Association towards Professional- Patient- Public partnership in achieving the long term goal of winning over cancer and not just fight against cancer. Dr.B.C.Gupta, President Dr. Manish K. Wadhwa, Vice President, Dr.Prashant Gupta, Secretary Dr.Vishal Juneja, Jt Secretary and Mr. Anil Rahat, Vice President of the Faridabad Chapter of I CAN WIN Association organized the meet.

Dr B.C.Gupta
Dr Prashant Gupta

Dr Vishal Juneja and Dr Prashant Gupta
Dr Vishal, Dr Pawan , Dr B.C.Gupta, Dr Prashant

Positive thinking

Positive thinking: Reduce stress, enjoy life more
By Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article:

Positive thinking: Reduce stress, enjoy life more

Positive thinking: Reduce stress, enjoy life more
Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Overcome negative self-talk by recognizing it and practicing with some examples provided.
By Mayo Clinic staff

Is your glass half-empty or half-full? How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you're optimistic or pessimistic.

In fact, some studies show that these personality traits — optimism and pessimism — can affect many areas of your health and well-being. Positive thinking also is a key part of effective stress management. Positive thinking doesn't mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life's less pleasant situations. It just means that you approach the unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way.

With all this in mind, take a refresher course in positive thinking. Learn how to put positive thinking into action in your own life, and reap the benefits.

Understanding positive thinking and self-talk

Self-talk is the endless stream of thoughts that run through your head every day. These automatic thoughts can be positive or negative. Some of your self-talk comes from logic and reason. Other self-talk may arise from misconceptions that you create because of lack of information.

If the thoughts that run through your head are mostly negative, your outlook on life is more likely pessimistic. If your thoughts are mostly positive, you're likely an optimist — someone who practices positive thinking.

The health benefits of positive thinking

Researchers continue to explore the effects of positive thinking and optimism on health. Health benefits that positive thinking may provide include:

* Increased life span
* Lower rates of depression
* Lower levels of distress
* Greater resistance to the common cold
* Better psychological and physical well-being
* Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
* Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

It's unclear why people who engage in positive thinking experience these health benefits. One theory is that having a positive outlook enables you to cope better with stressful situations, which reduces the harmful health effects of stress on your body. It's also thought that positive and optimistic people live healthier lifestyles — they get more physical activity, follow a healthier diet, and have reduced rates of smoking and alcohol consumption.
Identifying negative thinking

Some common forms of negative self-talk include:

* Filtering. You magnify the negative aspects of a situation and filter out all of the positive ones. For example, say you had a great day at work. You completed your tasks ahead of time and were complimented for doing a speedy and thorough job. But you forgot one minor step. That evening, you focus only on your oversight and forget about the compliments you received.
* Personalizing. When something bad occurs, you automatically blame yourself. For example, you hear that an evening out with friends is canceled, and you assume that the change in plans is because no one wanted to be around you.
* Catastrophizing. You automatically anticipate the worst. You refuse to go out with friends for fear that you'll make a fool of yourself. Or one change in your daily routine leads you to think the entire day will be a disaster.
* Polarizing. You see things only as either good or bad, black or white. There is no middle ground. You feel that you have to be perfect or that you're a total failure.

Focusing on positive thinking

Because your self-talk is mainly negative doesn't mean you're doomed to an unhappy or unhealthy life. You can learn to turn negative thinking into positive thinking. The process is simple, but it takes time and practice — you're creating a new habit, after all. Here are some ways to think and behave in a more positive way:

* Check yourself. Periodically during the day, stop and evaluate what you're thinking. If you find that your thoughts are mainly negative, try to find a way to put a positive spin on them.
* Be open to humor. Give yourself permission to smile or laugh, especially during difficult times. Seek humor in everyday happenings. When you can laugh at life, you feel less stressed.
* Follow a healthy lifestyle. Exercise at least three times a week to positively affect mood and reduce stress. Follow a healthy diet to fuel your mind and body. And learn to manage stress.
* Surround yourself with positive people. Make sure those in your life are positive, supportive people you can depend on to give helpful advice and feedback. Negative people, those who believe they have no power over their lives, may increase your stress level and may make you doubt your ability to manage stress in healthy ways.
* Practice positive self-talk. Start by following one simple rule: Don't say anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to anyone else. Be gentle and encouraging with yourself. If a negative thought enters your mind, evaluate it rationally and respond with affirmations of what is good about yourself.

Examples of typical negative self-talk and how you might apply a positive twist include:
Negative self-talk Positive spin
I've never done it before. It's an opportunity to learn something new.
It's too complicated. I'll tackle it from a different angle.
I don't have the resources. Necessity is the mother of invention.
I'm too lazy to get this done. I wasn't able to fit it into my schedule but can re-examine some priorities.
There's no way it will work. I can try to make it work.
It's too radical a change. Let's take a chance.
No one bothers to communicate with me. I'll see if I can open the channels of communication.
I'm not going to get any better at this. I'll give it another try.

Practicing positive thinking every day

If you tend to have a negative outlook, don't expect to become an optimist overnight. But with practice, eventually your self-talk will contain less self-criticism and more self-acceptance. You may also become less critical of the world around you. Plus, when you share your positive mood and positive experience, both you and those around you enjoy an emotional boost.

Practicing positive self-talk will improve your outlook. When your state of mind is generally optimistic, you're able to handle everyday stress in a more constructive way. That ability may contribute to the widely observed health benefits of positive thinking.

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