Vitamin C can help fight leukaemia says study

For cancer patients, vitamin C can be given only as a supplement or as a part of the diet, says Senior Oncologist.

Leukaemia is caused by mutation in Tet Methylcytosine Dixoygenase 2 gene. This gene mutation leads to an uncontrollable growth of cancerous cells. (Representational image)

Vitamin C is being touted as the super strength vitamin to fight leukaemia, according to a study published in Cell. The study has found that vitamin C helps combat the effect of a mutated gene that can cause uncontrolled stem cell growth, triggering leukaemia.

Leukaemia is caused by mutation in Tet Methylcytosine Dixoygenase 2 gene. This gene mutation leads to an uncontrollable growth of cancerous cells. It was found that the use of vitamin C helps restore TET2 gene to working order, slowing the progression of leukaemia.

Dr K. Srinkanth, a senior oncologist, said, “Vitamin C is prescribed for all cancer patients as it is known to limit proliferation of cancer. It is found to be effective in the linings of intestine, stomach and mouth areas. Hence vitamin C is found to work in these parts of the body. But in blood cancer it is in the bone marrow and it has to be established with larger studies.”

Dr Srinivas C., another oncologist, said, “Vitamin C is given in combination with the chemotherapy or oral anti-cancer drugs. This is done to fight cancer cells and the combination is found to be effective. Vitamin C as single treatment may not be that effective and has to be further probed.”

Studies on animals have found that vitamin C can block cancerous tumours. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved vitamin C in the form of intravenous treatment for cancer patients as it has demanded more testing to prove safety.

A senior oncologist, on condition of anonymity, said, “For cancer patients, vitamin C can be given only as a supplement or as a part of the diet. There are many studies claiming that it restricts the tumor growth but in clinical practice we have found that it does not do so.”






“Bypass the Bypass surgery” By Dr Syed Zair Hussain Rizvi*


Two things are full of benefits for the human being, Lukewarm Water & Pomegranate.

I prepared a decoction boiling a fistful of dried seeds of Pomegranate in half litre of water for 10 minutes, strained the decoction and advised those patients suffering from painful Angina to drink a glass of lukewarm decoction on empty stomach early mornings.  Amazing result was observed, _the decoction of dried pomegranate seeds worked like a magic, the feelings of tightness and heaviness of chest and the pain were relieved._It encouraged me to try more experiments on various types of cardiac patients.  So I experimented on patients who were suffering from painful Angina, Coronary Arterial Blockage, Cardiac Ischemia (insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle) etc, who were waiting for  bypass surgery.

_Drinking lukewarm decoction on empty stomach in the morning provided quick relief in all symptoms including painful condition._In another case of Coronary Arterial Blockage the patient was given half glass of fresh pomegranate juice everyday for one year, although all symptoms were completely relieved within a few weeks but they continued taking it for a whole year. This  completely reversed the plaque build-up and unblocked arteries to normal, the angiography report confirmed the evidence.

Thus decoction of dried pomegranate seeds, fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning proved to be a miracle cure for cardiac patients. But _the lukewarm dried seeds decoction proved to be more effective_ compared to eating a whole pomegranate or fresh pomegranate juice.   _Consuming  pomegranate has demonstrated even more dramatic effects as blood thinner, pain killing properties for cardiac patients, lowers LDL (low density lipoprotein or bad cholesterol) and raises the HDL (high density lipoprotein or good cholesterol)._

There are more than 50 different types of heart diseases and the most common being Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), which is the number one killer of both women and men in many countries, and there has been no medicinal cure for this disease.  Many cardiac patients have reversed their heart diseases by drinking one glass of lukewarm decoction of pomegranate dried seeds, half glass of fresh pomegranate juice or eating a whole pomegranate on empty stomach in the morning.  It was the very first real breakthrough in the history of cardiology to successfully treat the cardiac diseases by a fruit..    It is regretted to say that treating the heart patients and bypass surgery has become far more profitable business around the world.

*A regular use of pomegranate in any way ensures a healthy cardiac life, thinning your blood, dissolving the blood clots and obstruction inside the coronary arteries, maintains an optimal blood flow, supports a healthy blood pressure, prevents and reverses atherosclerosis (Thickening of the internal lining of the blood vessels).*   From these experience and observations in last several years, I can say:  

“A Pomegranate a day keeps the Cardiologist away”._

You can try and see the wonder work….
From today let us try and see.

The wonder boy

In 1994, when a fortuneteller told Lokanatham, an AP State Govt. employee (Tirupathi), that he will be blessed with a boy who will create sensation, he didn’t pay much attention. After two decades, much to Lokanatham’s amusement, the prediction has come true. The boy is Devi Sri Prasad (11), who recently created four Guinness records in Limbo Skating — Forward and Backward Skating under 60 vehicles for 115.6 m, and Forward and Backward Skating under bars of 10 inches height for 184 m and 167 m respectively.

11-year-old Devi Sri Prasad Gandupalli has become the cynosure of all eyes after setting four Guinness records in Limbo skating.

“I practiced for four hours every day. I injured my leg several times — suffered bruises, bleeding, cuts — but my parents gave me first aid. They are there with me during all my practice hours and continuously encourage me,” Devi expresses.

Apparently, Devi’s fascination towards skating started when he was 5. “When I took him for swimming, the authorities said he was not eligible, but Devi saw people practicing skating and that’s how his interest developed,” recalls Lokanatham, adding, “He was so passionate about the sport that three months from then he won a silver medal at the Open National Championship (at Dehradun). Since then, he has won numerous medals.”

Prof. Kishore, Director of Physical Education, Acharya Nagarjuna University, felt that Devi could become an Olympic winner and referred him to Aaradhana Sharma (Sports Nutrition Consultant and Wellness Coach, Pune) who gives dietary advice to badminton star P.V. Sindhu.

“When Aaradhana saw me, she kissed me on the cheek and said ‘I am your fan and had been following you on Facebook’. I felt very happy,” beams Devi.

His father adds, “The diet plan she suggested was very expensive. We are a middleclass family and can’t afford it. So Aaradhana agreed to be Devi’s dietitian and has also been looking for sponsorship. All Olympic aspirants had to undergo a medical check-up at the Army Sports Medical Institute (Pune). Devi had undergone all the medical tests, costing `5 lakh. I couldn’t afford it but seeing his talent, they have provided everything free of cost. Even the medical commandant said he has never seen such a boy during his service.”

The international media, too, reported extensively about Devi’s incredible achievements and now he has his eyes set on the Olympics. “I know I need to complete 15 years to participate, so I am preparing for it,” says Devi.

  • 4 Guinness records in Limbo Skating (2017)
  • Awarded ‘The Honorary Doctorate’ from International University of Higher Martial Arts Education, USA (2015)
  • 3 Gold medals in Open International Inline Skating (2013)
  • World record for Non-stop Limbo Skating — 6 hours (2014)
  •  Won National Championship in CBSE, RSFI and FGFI (2015)
  •  2016 Extraordinary Performer — for Longest Limbo Skating (forwards and backwards) under 53 cars & bars of 8.25 inches


courtesy       Deccan Chronicle


A weed that cures

Thumma, with its sweet white flowers and pungent leaves, is a nutritive powerhouse

A lot of the rituals involved in Indian festivals have a significant importance in our day-to-day lives. Ganesh Chaturthi involves a lot of plants and climbers, which are meant to be beneficial for us, and my colleague suggested I discuss the importance of thumma (Telugu) leaves during this season.

Every ritual in traditional religious practices has a co-relation with our daily lives, season and climate. Thumma is a common weed, but people who know about its medicinal properties consider it as Nature’s cure for sinusitis. “As a common home remedy, the juice of this plant obtained by crushing it in a stone grinder is given to children with cough and cold,” my domestic help said.

I made the connection between sinusitis and weed and realised that this is what is called duron xaak in Assamese. This led me to probe the names in which this weed, whose botanical name is Leucas cephalotes, is known in other states. Hindi-speaking people identify it as guma; in Telugu, apart from calling it thumma, it is also called peddatumani; Bengalis call it dandakalas, halaksa and ghalghase; in Marathi, it is tubari and tumba; Kubo is its Gujarati name; the Tamil name is tumbari, thumbai; Kannadigas call it tumbe, tumbe hoovu, tumbe gida andthumbe; and in Malayalam it is known as tumba and tumba poovu. The Sanskrit name of the herb is dronapushpi and it bears white flowers.

I remember, as kids, we would chew these flowers to relish the sweet nectar in it. If the flower is sweet, the same cannot be said about the plant. When the plant is steamed and mashed into a paste to be consumed during lunch, the morsel of rice can be the most pungent ever. It is as good as eating wasabi by itself. But the pungency is a magic potent. It not only clears your cold and cough, but is also supposed to heat the body normally, preparing it for colder winter days. Apart from being a medicinal plant, the weed is also used in various Hindu religious practices. But its medicinal use is most prominent, because it is known to be beneficial for liver disorders, jaundice, asthma, cough and cold, among others.

The plant is not too tall and grows best in damp conditions. The milk-like extract, which is obtained on breaking the plant at joints, is used to treat skin disorders. While the leaves of the plant can be cooked and eaten to derive the best results, its raw juice is used as a nose drop to treat sinusitis. It’s bitter and pungent property makes it an excellent cure for cough and cold.

For sinusitis and headache

Dronapushpi’s fresh leaves are crushed to extract juice. Two drops of this juice are put into both nostrils on an empty stomach. This helps to relieve sinusitis-related headache.

As an antiseptic

The plant is dried, powdered and made into a kashayam by adding water and boiling it. This water is used to wash wounds.


Over-dosage may cause a burning sensation. Nasal administration of its juice extract should be done under the supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic doctor.


The Fable of Porcupine 

It was the coldest winter ever. Many animals died because of the cold. The porcupines, realizing the situation, decided to group together to keep warm.
This way they covered & protected themselves;
but the quills of each one wounded their closest companions.  After a while, they decided to distance themselves one from the other & they began to die, alone & frozen. So they had to make a choice..
Either accept the quills of their companions or disappear from the Earth. Wisely, they decided to go back to being together. They learned to live with the little wounds caused by the close relationship with their companions in order to receive the warmth & heat that came from the others. This way they were able to survive.
The best group is not the one that brings together perfect people, but when each individual learns to live with the imperfections of others & can admire the other person’s good qualities. Better to be surrounded by warm pricks than be frozen in solitude!!!!!!

Gymnastic wonders

City girls and sister duo Priyanka and Anshika Sagar have brought laurels to India by winning gold and silver medals in the recently concluded Sixth Zhong Ling Cup in China. They won the medals in the rhythmic gymnastics category, a first of its kind for the state.

Priyanka (17), the elder of the two, showcased her gymnastic moves on Sahore, a music track from super-hit film Baahubali.

“Picking the Baahubali song was my mother’s idea. The track features beautiful instrumentals with great repercussions, and is  ideal to showcase my gymnastic moves,” says Priyanka, recalling that before this sport, she was passionate about martial arts. “I became fascinated with gymnastics at seven. I have been training under Coach P. Ravindra Kumar since the last 10 years,” she mentions.

On the other hand, Priyanka’s sister, Anshika has a different story to share. “I was inspired by seeing my sister pulling off some incredible gymnastic moves, so I thought why not give it a shot. Rhythmic gymnastics is one of the toughest sports to get into, but once the body gets flexible, we can get into any sport,” elucidates 13-year-old Anshika, who showcased the free hands and ball routine of gymnastics.

Interestingly, Anshika credits her sister for restoring her conviction. “In countries like Russia and Uzbekistan, gymnastics is famous. We wanted to show the world that we can compete too. But the day before the final, I was a bit stressed and she asked me to focus only on the techniques of the movements. I guess it paid off big time,” says the class VIII student of Medhas International school.

However, like most stories about success and grit, the Sagar sisters’ road to the medals has not been a cake-walk. “It was very difficult initially to manage studies and gymnastic together, but later I understood how to balance both. There’s still a long way to go and my target is the Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and Olympics,” says a goal-driven Priyanka, who studies in Sri Gayatri College.

Talking about her own challenges, young Anshika says, “I am glad that my sister has been a great support system. After winning the medal, support has been coming in from everywhere.”


courtesy   Deccan Chronicle

Hitting the bulleye

For 21-year-old Jyoti Surekha Vennam, who is all set to receive the Arjuna Award for archery on Tuesday, it’s a dream come true. All thanks to her family that introduced her to sports at a very early age.

When she was four, she set a record in the Limca Book of World Records for having swam across River Krishna thrice in 3 hours 20 minutes and six seconds, covering a distance of five kilometers. Her father Surendra Kumar says, “She learnt swimming very quickly and used to swim with other 20-year-olds and the coach realised she had very good endurance. My wife, my father and I were Kabaddi players. After Jyoti was born, we moved to Vijayawada from Guntur to access better sports facilities. People laughed then, but now I’m proud that it’s paying off.”

As a promising swimmer, why did she switch sports? “There were no international coaches in Vijayawada and I would have had to go to Bangalore. I was quite young then and my parents didn’t want to send me so far away. After some research, we settled on archery,” she says. The beginning was shaky, but the go-getter that Jyoti is, she didn’t give up. “I loved being in the water and initially, I didn’t want to do archery. But as I got better at the sport, I knew this was for me!” she says. Jyothi is hopeful about the sport. She says, “Every sport has its own importance but if archery got even half the popularity that cricket and badminton are getting, it would be great. But I’m glad to say that women in sports are being duly recognised.”

Ask her what the high point in her career has been and she says, “The most special moments were when I bagged an Asian Games Medal in 2014 and won the Asian Games Championship in 2015. The Arjuna Award, of course, is a cherry on top. My goal now is to win an individual medal in the Senior World Championship.”

Jyoti owes it all to her family. “Archery is an expensive sport and there were moments when I thought my parents are spending too much for me. But my father would say, ‘When you’re trying to achieve something big, we shouldn’t worry much about finances’. He would just ask me to focus on the result,” she explains.

She has travelled to around 12 countries for her tournaments. “The country I liked best was Turkey because of its beaches. I am an introvert. I don’t make conversation unless someone comes up to me first. This troubled me sometimes, but I’ve made peace with it,” she says.

But the young girl not only aces archery but also hits the bullseye in academics. “I’ve finished my B.Tech and I’m now pursuing my MBA. I don’t like to spend much time on studies. I remember things after listening to them just once,” she says, as her father proudly recalls how she got 90% in her Class X exams. “She bagged a medal in Rajasthan and had written the exam soon after getting off the plane. Yet, she did so well,” he says.