Monday, October 24, 2016

Early Detection and Early Cure to Cancer

Breast Cancer is spreading at a great speed among women.  Held in Karachi, on Tuesday October 18 2016,
 Chughtai Lab’s consultant pathologist says that young women should create an early breast cancer detection plan because that’s the key to treatment and ultimately, to saving lives.

In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chughtai Lab has embarked on a month-long nation-wide campaign, termed #ThinkPink with Chughtai Lab, to bring awareness and education to the nation’s women and men. After a series of events in Lahore and Islamabad, Chughtai Lab held an event at its flagship lab at Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Karachi to spread awareness of this disease and the benefits of early detection. “If you’re above 20 years, you need to examine yourself monthly”, according to Dr. Sehba Arij, Consultant Pathologist at Chughtai Lab. She elaborated on the myths surrounding breast cancer as well as the symptoms and signs to watch out for.

Muniba Mazari, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Chughtai Lab, also spoke at the event and implored young women to take their health seriously and opt for self-examination on a regular basis. She opined “Breast cancer is a topic that is hardly talked about by either men or women. It is because of this societal taboo that many women keep on suffering for a long period of time until the cancer reaches a stage where it becomes harder to treat than it would initially have been.” She implored young women not only to learn to self-examine, but teach other women to do so as well.

Speaking about the #ThinkPink campaign, she commented, "It isn't just about combatting the disease but also breaking the taboo of talking about diseases and ailments of all kinds. The more we talk about these things, the easier they will be to treat."

Dr. Omar Chughtai, Lab Director of Chughtai Lab said that with the opening of a lab facility in Karachi, he hopes they can bring quality and convenient testing services to the metropolis. Some of the conveniences he mentioned included Chughtai Lab’s free home sample collection service, online and emailed lab reports, SMS alerts and the custom Chughtai Lab mobile app. “Come visit or call us, we are always looking for ways to serve you better”, he said.

Chughtai Lab is one of the leading pathology labs in Pakistan that has been serving the nation since 1983. Chughtai Lab has made promising progress in the field of diagnostic testing and has a vast network of 150+ locations nationwide, functioning in all provinces of Pakistan. Under its social arm, Chughtai Foundation conducts free medical camps and public awareness campaigns in a bid to bring free health education to the nation.

Picture credits: Fourth ARC

Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Two Sides to "Don't Judge" #TheLetterSeries

So October is here with barely no sign of autumn, especially here in Karachi. I hope you're all doing good, in fact I hope that you're growing stronger with everything that life throws at you.

You know its funny and amusing, how we change with time. I was really fat in my teenage days, and people would call me fat, sometimes they'd also do comparison of my wrist with theirs and laugh. The funny part was that even elders were involved in this. In my later teens, I reduced weight and then the same people would say, "Are you dieting?". See, for a person like me maintaining weight is a constant struggle, so it is a continuous work. My entire point here is that no matter what you do, people will always have something to say, they'll pass judgments on how you appear.
I used to have three times the hair I have now, usually all the elderly ladies around me would simply say "The girls these days damage their hair, with the hair dyes and other equipment." Not that I disagree to this, but the real issue with me is the sinus. The sinus have grown so serious that some days I'd wake up panting in the middle of night, gasping for air but since no one can see that so they'd just blame the other stuff. The doctor says the lack of oxygen is deteriorating the body.

See, the problem is as as a society we've developed the habit of judging.
Oh, the point of discussing my personal life incidents doesn't mean I pity myself nor I want any sympathies, I just hope that we tend to think out of the box and really stop judging on the basis of how someone appear.

Now, this slogan "Don't Judge" can be very tricky and there are two sides to it. Being judgmental won't do you any good but remember you have to know the difference between what's right and what's wrong. You can't cover up your wrong doing under the label of "Don't Judge".
Like you can't make fun of anyone's appearance, similarly you can't say "Don't Judge" if you've stolen something. Being a thief is not at all okay, and you must know its wrong.
Similarly, calling anyone fat is wrong. Do you know what medical condition are they going through? Or what is their back story. So this is wrong, wrong for everyone equally and fully.

Another important thing, always remember your roots, and where you belong to. Your personality, your actions shall determine it. When you say you belong to a certain religion, like we're Muslims so there are certain rights and wrongs which are determined for us. Be it any other religion, one should follow the required norms (not that I am a perfect person, but there's always room for improvement).

Not that I am against human development, but in today's world there is a lot of noise about doing "whatever pleases your own self", in the name of human development. Of course you're free to do what you can do best but as being a Muslim do you think wearing short dresses or talking about your sex life is human development? Or if we call ourselves Muslim and then do what's not allowed, where do we actually stand? Then we have to rationalize and decide what side we're on.

See, empowerment is developing the brain and is not hidden in clothes or how we behave. When we ourselves are so confused, then what will we give to our future generations? Do we just want to give them a hashtag of ""Don't Judge" or actually teach them what's wrong and what's right.

Think, rationalize and make your decision.

Until next time.
Take care of yourselves.

Fizza Malik

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

4 Ways Dieting Is Causing More Harm Than Good!

Have you ever been worried to the point that you simply got off your bed in the middle of the night to suddenly hit the treadmill and lose all that fat overnight? I sure hope not.

Our body has a very organized approach to doing everything that it gets the order for from our diligent brain. The fat that has been accumulating around your belly and hips didn’t get there in one night. So it sure isn’t in the mood to go away soon. But most of us, against the popular beliefs, defy the laws of nature and definitely hit the cardio in the middle of the night to witness a miracle.
Wrong place to be looking for one mate.

Here I would like to shed light on the 7 mysterious ways in which our supposed ‘weight-loss’ regiments are actually resulting in gaining more pounds. Your welfare lies in crossing these things from off your daily routine and doing everything the tortoise way (slow and steady wins the race, remember?)

1.       Starving:
Skipping meals never got round to benefitting anyone. Prolonged hours of food deprivation can lead to decreasing your body’s metabolism rate (with which it breaks down and uses the nutrients in your food).Therefore, any food that you might take after a day-long starvation exercise may end up getting stored in your body and causing increase in body weight, rather than a decrease.

2.       Unbalanced diets:
More often than not people claim that by adopting a certain liquid diet or boycotting certain class of nutrients altogether leads to weight loss can only yield results in the short-run. Rather, in the long-run, your body develops deficiency syndromes for those nutrients which can lead to chronic diseases of the kidney, liver or heart. Therefore, it is important to remember that mediation is the way to success, and not the excess or boycott of any one thing.

3.       Over-exertion:
After eating an unbalanced diet, possibly developing multiple deficiency syndromes, spending extra hours are not going to help you lose weight fast enough. Rather they are going to spend your body’s muscle more than their strength and lead to rapid deterioration and death of their cells. Therefore, stay ore focused on what your body can take without hurting yourself. Again, being patient is the key to success!

4.       No-Calorie Diets:
There ARE good fats which your body regularly needs to keep itself running. Therefore, the artificial products with ‘no-calorie’ tags are more harmful than useful and they do not help you in losing weight or helping you in adopting healthier alternatives. Drop those zero-calorie sodas and sweeteners and dig deeper to find real healthy alternatives.

The list for ways dieting causes harm inside your body is non-exhaustive and therefore it is important that we realize the importance of living healthy each step of the way rather than abusing it for one part and over-exerting in the latter to get it back in its shape. 

Post by: Norin Chaudhry | Content Lead @ Marham