State Workshop on "State Campaign on Homoeopathy for Mother & Child Care "

With a special focus on health status of women & children, various initiatives had been taken by the govt of India . National Health Policy 2002 acknowledge the role of AYUSH ( Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha & Homeopathy )systems in the health scenario of the country. The National Rural Health Mission also advocated mainstreaming of AYUSH systems of medicines in the health sector of the country. Homeopathy has been chosen for its role in Mother & Child Care . There are many areas where Homeopathy has potential role & can deliver its services for promotion of Mother & Child Health Care. With this aim , AYUSH, ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India has entrusted to state governments to coordinate the programme of State Campaign on Homeopathy for mother & Child Care. On 17th &

18th march 2008 a two days State Workshop on "Homoeopathy for Healthy Mother & Happy Child " was conducted at Scientific Convention Center of Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University , Lucknow.

Homeopathic Silica - The Gardener's Friend

Which homeopathic remedy has the power to:
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Strengthen weak and spindly plants Turn deserts into fertile fields, Kill weeds Convert water repelling soils into moisture loving ones and more?


No other remedy does so much, at so little cost, for so many plant and soil problems. Silica, known within homeopathy by its Latin name of Silicea, should have pride of place in everyone’s garden shed because once tried, no farmer or gardener wants to be without it. Let’s find out why.

How it Began.

Homoeopathic silica has long been used for human and animal health problems but knowledge of its ability to treat plant and soil sickness is relatively new. In people (and animals) it is used for: lack of confidence, dry skin, weakness, fatigue, delayed development, slow healing of wounds, infections and abscesses, and failure to thrive. When homoeopaths realised these symptoms seemed to also occur closer to the ground in plant form, they began to wonder if Silicea could have a wider use. It was not long before its important role in horticultural and agricultural problems when used for Silicea-like symtoms was discovered.
Silicea for Strong and Healthy Plants.

Without the presence of naturally occurring silica in the soil, plants would be unable to stand upright or even grow. It acts on every cell and tissue, giving strength and ‘grit’. It regulates all cellular processes, including reproduction, and brings a healthy resilience to brittle growth. When silica is missing from the soil, or when plants have trouble using it, homoeopathic silica makes a world of difference - puny plants with weak and straggly growth, or those prone to fungal attacks, grow strong and vigorous within days of being sprayed.
Silicea as a Soil Tonic

Silica is difficult to add to soil as either a nutrient or supplement, and in truth it is rarely missing from it - but when it is, a spraying of homoeopathic silica improves plant health, helping them to absorb the little that is there. On top of this, homeopathic silica changes the

ionisation of soil particles so they are capable of absorbing and retaining moisture (more on this later).
Silicea Prevents Transplant and Other Shocks

Plants that are in shock will stop growing, wilt in the sun, drop their leaves, and be at risk of dying. Shock mainly happens with transplantation but also occurs from things such as damage to the root ball or extreme changes in temperature. A single spray of Silicea, before or after transplant, will strengthen the plant, relieve stress and prevent exhaustion.
Silicea Strengthens Plants against Pests and Diseases

Homoeopathic silica helps plants protect themselves against fungi, moulds, mildews, root sliminess, and some forms of rust. It also strengthens plants against pests such as aphids, budworm, citrus mite and dried fruit beetle. But be careful - one spray is all that's needed. In his book, Homeopathy for Farm and Garden, Kaviraj recounts one instance of a sapling being affected by dieback. It only had one quarter of its bark left and even that was loose and drying out. Within a day of being given a dose of Silicea the bark was reattaching itself to the cambium (the layer of cells lying between the wood and bark from which new bark and wood cells are produced), and after one week the top branches were growing new shoots and leaves. With dieback being such a problem in many countries of the world, a method of preventing or treating this disease is welcome news indeed.
Silicea Stimulates Seed Germination.

A single dose of Silicea is usually sufficient to help germinate the seeds of perennials and biannuals so they lead healthy lives right from the moment they are sown. Just soak the seeds before planting in some water to which some Silicea has been added. The seeds will subsequently sprout strong roots and firm shoots. They will also be resistant to damping off and less prone to insect attack.

Silicea Produces Beautiful and Prolific Flowers.

One spray of Silicea as flower buds are forming has been shown to increase the size and number of flowers produced.

Medical Tourism
Medical tourism can be broadly defined as provision of 'cost effective' private medical care in collaboration with the tourism industry for patients needing surgical and other forms of specialized treatment. This process is being facilitated by the corporate sector involved in medical care as well as the tourism industry both private and public.

In many developing countries it is being actively promoted by the government's official policy. India 's National Health policy 2002, for example, says: "To capitalise on the comparative cost advantage enjoyed by domestic health facilities in the secondary and tertiary sector, the policy will encourage the supply of services to patients of foreign origin on payment. The rendering of such services on payment in foreign exchange will be treated as 'deemed exports' and will be made eligible for all fiscal incentives extended to export earnings". The formulation draws from recommendations that the corporate sector has been making in India and specifically from the "Policy Framework for Reforms in Health Care", drafted by the prime minister's Advisory Council on Trade and Industry,.

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substantial expenditure on services aimed towards women’s and children’s health. Currently, India is focusing on strengthening its efforts in the 235 districts that account for nearly 70% of all infant and maternal deaths. Between now and 2015, India will provide technical assistance to other countries and share its experience, and will support the creation of a platform for global knowledge management to oversee the dissemination of best practices.


The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducted a comprehensive National Survey on Drug Use

and Health in 2002, and found that more than five million individuals meeting criteria for serious mental illness “perceived themselves as having an unmet need for treatment in the year prior to the survey” (Bender, 2003). Of these, nearly 2.5 million severely mentally ill individuals cited insufficient financial resources as the primary reason that they were unable to receive appropriate treatments. This means that, as of 2002, nearly 1% of the entire population of the United States is comprised of severely mentally ill individuals who want treatment but are unable to afford it (U.S. Census Bureau, 2003). This figure does not include individuals whose mental illnesses are distressing but not debilitating, who likely number in the tens of millions, nor does it include individuals suffering from substance abuse disorders, of whom there may be more still. The magnitude of the problems we face in ensuring treatment of psychological and addictive disorders constitutes a public health crisis. This crisis reaches beyond the mental health system by putting an undue strain on the nation’s medical infrastructure. According to O’Donohue & Cucciare (2005), “research consistently shows that patients with psychological problems use more [medical] services than those without diagnosable psychological problems.” For example, one recent study tracked a sample of individuals admitted for inpatient treatment of various medical conditions. At four years, patients who demonstrated psychological factors such as depressive or aggressive tendencies had been readmitted for further medical treatment at a rate twice that of their counterparts with no psychological comorbidity. The total number of days of inpatient care utilized for the treatment of physiological conditions also doubled for these patients (Saravay, Pollack, Steinberg, Weinschel, & Habert, 1996). The good news is that psychotherapeutic treatment reliably reduces medical service utilization. Mumford, Schlesinger, Glass, Patrick, & Cuerdon (1998) describe a history of research demonstrating that the delivery of mental health services is strongly predictive of decreased utilization of medical services across the board. They conclude that the evidence for a general cost-offset effect following outpatient psychotherapy is “widespread and persistent” (p. 85), with the most substantial savings coming from a decrease in inpatient service utilization. Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA). The MHPAEA addressed a number our concerns regarding the MHPA. It required that employers whose insurance plans include mental health and/or substance abuse coverage eliminate any remaining disparity with medical coverage, including co-payment amounts,

total out-of-pocket expense limits, deductibles, and annual limits on inpatient and outpatient visits (Bernstein, 2008).



What better way to remind women about their health than through sexy red dresses. The Heart Truth is a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease. The campaign is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The Heart Truth introduced the Red Dress as the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness in 2002 to deliver an urgent wakeup call to American women. The fashion show itself was amazing. It was great to see celebrities strutting their stuff and sort of out of their comfort zone…some more confident than others, some owned the runway more than others. HOWEVER, all were fabulous. They walked the catwalk for a great cause. Susan Lucci, Nia Long,

Valerie Bertinelli and Kristi Yamaguchi looked wonderful. Vivica Fox really wow’d the crowd. But the lady that stole the show was--Cicely Tyson. She was so cute! Time Gunn gave awesome breathless (literally) opening remarks— stating so sincerely that "being healthy never goes out of style."

1. a plan for action, a plan for change
Over the last few years a new direction of travel has been mapped out for health policy and for the NHS in Scotland. There will always be differences of emphasis and opinion, but there is a broad consensus for the policy framework now in place. The challenge is to translate policy into practice, identify good practice and make it universal and ensure that additional investment delivers results. This Plan signals a shift from the development of policy to the delivery of change. It sets out our priorities for investment and reform and provides a platform on which we can build for the future. We have a clear commitment to improve the health of the people of Scotland and to tackle the inequalities in health between the rich and the poor. Good health cannot be achieved by the action of Government alone. We must work together to build a national effort to achieve our goal. The NHS is our biggest and most important public service. Every day the NHS cares for thousands of Scots. Every day the NHS saves hundreds of lives. We can be proud of our NHS Ð the skills and dedication of its staff and, in many areas, world-class clinical practice. But, while we have a solid foundation upon which to build, there is work to be done to deliver a genuinely modern 21st century NHS where patients really do come first. There are no magic solutions or quick fixes to many of the issues we face. Some changes will take years not months to achieve. But we now have an unparalleled opportunity. Record investment and a widespread appetite for change combine with the determination and commitment to work together to bring that change about. The Plan is a milestone and a signpost on the way to a healthier Scotland. For key parts of the health and healthcare system, it: ¥ describes where we are now and where we are going ¥ sets out core aims, drawing on the views and concerns of a wide range of individuals and organisations ¥ describes what needs to change and sets out how we are going to take that action forward. It is the responsibility of Government to lead. That is why this Plan makes explicit the ExecutiveÕs key aims and priorities. In turn, however, we are providing an opportunity for a wide range of people and organisations to contribute to the development and implementation of this Plan and to influence the delivery of policy at a local level.

This Plan is the start of a process not an end in itself. It does not, nor should it, address every action and every area of work that is necessary to bring change about. It sets direction. It identifies priorities.

Better Health, Better Care: Action Plan

The NHSScotland Quality Strategy is an approach which aims to put quality right at the heart of NHSScotland and it recognises that patients' experience of the NHS is about more than speedy treatment - it is the quality of care they get that matters most to them. For the first time, the quality of care provided by NHSScotland will be measured through the experience of patients and the information will be used to drive up standards. Patients will be encouraged to be partners in their own care and can expect to experience improvements in the things patients have said they want from their health service

India has made rapid strides in the health sector since Independence: life expectancy has gone up markedly, the infant mortality rate has been halved, 42 per cent of children receive the essential immunisations. We have a huge private healthcare infrastructure. And yet, critical health issues remain: infectious diseases continue to claim a large number of lives, babies continue to die needless deaths from diarrhoea and respiratory infections, and millions still do not have access to the most basic healthcare.