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Rohypnol

In general, the prescription of flunitrazepam as a hypnotic is intended to be for short-term treatment of chronic or severe insomniacs not responsive to other hypnotics, especially in inpatients. It is considered to be one of the most effective benzodiazepine hypnotics on a dose basis. Just as with other hypnotics, flunitrazepam should be strictly used only on a short-term basis or in those with chronic insomnia on an occasional basis.

Rohypnol

A Woman at a Nightclub (Mum) on Sat Night was taken by 5 men, who according to hospital and police reports, gang raped her before dumping her at a Bus stand in Mumbai…
Unable to Remember d events of the evening, tests later confirmed the repeat rapes along with traces of
‘Rohypnol’ in her blood….
Rohypnol, date rape drug is an essentially a small sterilization pill…
The drug is now being used by rapists at parties to rape AND sterilize their victims…
All they have to do is drop it into the girl’s drink…
The girl can’t remember a thing the next morning, of all that had taken place the night before…

Rohypnol, which dissolves in drinks just as easily, is such that the victim doesn’t conceive from the rape and the rapist needn’t worry about having a paternity test identifying him months later….
The Drug’s affects ARE NOT TEMPORARY – they are PERMANENT….
Any female that takes it WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO CONCEIVE.
The weasels can get this drug from anyone who is in the vet school or any university.
It’s that easy, and Rohypnol is about to break out big on campuses everywhere.
Believe it or not, there are even sites on the Internet telling people how to use it.
Please forward this to everyone you know, especially Girls….
Girls, be careful when you’re out and don’t leave your drink unattended.
(added – Buy your own drinks, ensure bottles or cans received are unopened or sealed; don’t even taste someone else’s drink)…..
There has already been a report in Singapore of girls drink been Spiked by ‘Rohypnol’……
Please make d effort to fwd this to everyone you know….
For guys – Pls do inform all ur Female friends & Relatives, remember U also have Sisters….”Deva Raj Badugu

Patenting Laws – Ayurveda Research

VARANASI: The rules and regulations of patenting of traditional knowledge and biological material are affecting the research activities in the field of Ayurvedic medicines.
The faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, is witnessing shortage of research scholars who are enthusiastic to conduct research activities because of the patent norms and regulations.
The Indian Patent Law allows patenting only when the innovation meets the standards of novelty, new invention and industrial applicability. It restricts the patenting of innovation in traditional knowledge, including Ayurveda and other traditional medicines.
HoD Ayurveda PB Jha said that the young researchers are not enthusiastic enough. They have lost interest in research and rather focus on academics for a career in teaching. The reason for this is that the government does not give patent to Ayurvedic formulations, stating it under traditional knowledge. In addition to this, the stringent patent laws on traditional knowledge is causing a lack of interest among the students of core sciences to get a research project on Ayurvedic drugs for they know that they will not get patent on the innovation.

According to Anand Chaudhary of the department of rasa shastra, BHU, two months ago, the patent office had circulated the draft guidelines for patenting. The scientists and researchers in herbal sector at BHU are objecting the draft guidelines for patenting traditional knowledge and biological material issued by the Controller General of Patents Designs and Trademarks for which comments are solicited before March 15.
Jha said that in other countries, they do not consider Ayurvedic drugs as medicines until and unless a molecule from the drug is extracted and its action is studied and proved. “Our approach is holistic. Once a molecule is extracted from turmeric, neem or any other Ayurvedic product, it is no longer a subject of Ayurveda, but becomes a topic of other subjects. The major problem is here. Any new research in the field of Ayurveda is not considered a new research as it is considered as traditional knowledge,” he said.

The enthusiasm in the researchers had come to an end. In fact researchers from department of pharmachology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-BHU), faculty of Ayurveda (IMS) and other departments have also been denied the patent for their new researches in the field of Ayurveda.
“In India, one can get patent on the shape and design of the container of the chawanprash, but any innovation in the chawanprash formulation and its preparation is not considered for patent. There are companies, which are applying for patent for design of spoons, containers, bottles and even packaging of the Ayurvedic drugs. If innovations, which meet the inventive criteria are not given protection under patent law, there will be further reduction in researches. Such inventive steps are already happening in various laboratories and universities, but are going in vain. We are hoping for the amendments in the Patent Act of India to improve researches in this field. The demand is not for patenting of what is already known but for the invention in the field with the help of science and technology,” said Chaudhary.

A variety of medicinal plant products developed using modern plant breeding techniques cannot be patented as per the Indian Patent law, but the process of developing such varieties can be protected through patents. Similar protection of extraction of active ingredients, product developments by using medicinal plants of Ayurveda and use of these with new purposes are patentable if they meet the standards of novelty, new invention and industrial applicability, he informed.

BHU faculty members have raised this issue in the congregation of academicians and experts held in different cities in June 2012 and February 2011. The matter was also discussed with the secretary, department of Ayush, Union ministry of health and family welfare.
Chaudhary said that earlier there were a number of injudicious patents. Researches in foreign countries used to get patent for the fact that turmeric heals wounds, medicinal uses of herbs and plants. On the other hand, these knowledge were known to India for thousands of years. India objected this trend and since there were no digitalised records of these knowledge, a traditional knowledge digital library (TKDL) was launched, which is a collaborative project between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), ministry of science and technology and department of AYUSH. It involves documentation of literature related to Ayurveda and other traditional medicines. So far, it includes about 2.12 lakh medicinal formulations. Although TKDL is protecting us at the international level but a clause is necessary to boost research activities in Ayurveda.

What is Indian Patent Law
It says that an invention to be made patentable should involve an inventive step capable of industrial application. It should involve technical advances as compared to existing knowledge. [source] provided by DrAnand Chaudhary

Patent and Ayurveda in Times of India 01 March 2013 Varanasi edition

shrimps & Vit C

Please read if you eat shrimps – Very Educative:

  • A woman suddenly died unexpectedly with signs of bleeding from her ears, nose, mouth & eyes.
  • After a preliminary autopsy it was diagnosed that death was due to arsenic poisoning.
  • Where did the arsenic come from?

dead lady

The police launched an in-depth and extensive investigation. A medical school professor was invited to come to solve the case.

  • The professor carefully looked at the contents. In less than half an hour, the mystery was solved. The professor said: ‘The deceased did not commit suicide and neither was she murdered, she died of accidental death due to ignorance!’

Everyone was puzzled, why accidental death?

  • The professor said: ‘The arsenic was produced in the stomach of the deceased.’ The deceased used to take ‘Vitamin C’ everyday, which in itself is not a problem.The problem was that she ate a large portion of shrimp/prawn during dinner. Eating shrimp/prawn is not the problem that’s why nothing happened to her family even though they had the same shrimp/prawn. However at the same time the deceased also took ‘vitamin C’, that is where the problem was!
  • Researchers at the University of Chicago in the United States , found through experiments, food such as soft-shell contain much higher concentration of five potassium arsenic compounds.

Such fresh food by itself has no toxic effects on the human body.
However, in taking ‘vitamin C’, chemical reaction occurs and the original non-toxic elements change to toxic elements.
Arsenic poisoning has magma role and can cause paralysis to the small blood vessels. Therefore, a person who dies of arsenic poisoning will show signs of bleeding from the ears, nose, mouth & eyes. Thus as a precautionary measure,
DO NOT eat shrimp/prawn when taking ‘vitamin C’.
After reading this; please do not be stingy.
Its our duty to take care of our friends
Re-share to your friends… [source]

Mercury ban and Ayurveda

VARANASI: Faculty of Ayurveda, Banaras Hindu University, is worried that the ancient Ayurveda system of medicine may collapse if a global ban is imposed on the trade of mercury, considering only its harmfulness and without realising that the inorganic form and sulphides of mercury (rasa sindoor, which is proven harmless) have wider application in the preparation of Ayurvedic medicines.

Around 140 countries are supporting the ban on the trade of mercury due to environmental risks. India has no mines for the extraction of mercury. Mercury is imported for its industrial and medicinal uses. At present, the stock comes from Italy.

Anand Chaudhary of the department of rasa shashtra, faculty of Ayurveda, BHU, expressed concern over the decision of these countries under United Nations. On January 10, 2013, UN Environment Programme released its report ‘Mercury: Time to Act’. On January 21, Geneva hosted 140 countries to finalise this treaty.

Worried with it, scientists of BHU and Ayurvedic medicine manufacturers, academicians and researches from across the country are going to discuss the matter in BHU on April 20. “We will prepare the draft, evidences and research papers to support government of India to ask for a clause in the law for the Ayurvedic uses of mercury,” Chaudhary said. P 2

“Mercury has significant use in the preparation of rasaoushadhies (bio-mineral formulations). However, in the final product that we call the Ayurvedic medicine, mercury is never used in elemental, ionic or organic form. Its inorganic form is used, which is mostly sulphide. Many research papers have been published in this regard. Every metal, mineral and mercury used in rasa shastra as medicines are always in the inorganic compound form, which is well established and validated,” Chaudhary added.

Chaudhary is also part of projects of Principal Scientific Advisor (PSA) to the Prime Minister under a scientific initiation in Ayurveda (ASIA) programme, under project of rasa sindoor since 2006 and has also served department of Ayush, ministry of health and family welfare as subject expert (Rasa Shastra) in several committees since 2000.

Chaudhary said that the matter was even discussed in the World Ayurveda Congress held in Bhopal recently. The ministry of health and family welfare has written to the ministry of environment and forest to appeal for a clause in the complete ban on mercury by these countries, which would enable the preparation of rasaoushadhies.

The method of purification and calcination of mercury to make it harmless for use in medicines is around 1500 years old and is known only to India. “There are eight different processes under Sanskar, Sodhan and Maran through which the mercury has to under go before using it in medicines. The westerners are not aware of it. Although they have realised the medicinal values of mercury in 19th century but the researches failed because they use organic and chlorides of mercury which prove dangerous,” Chaudhary added.

“We also support the ban, accepting the harmfulness of mercury to the environment. But an exemption is required for the Ayurvedic medicines. Mercury can be dangerous to health and environment if used in vapour form, organic and other forms without undergoing various stages of purification. The mercury used wrongly can lead to severe damage to the DNA and neuron degeneration,” Chaudhary added.

Unavailability of mercury for medical uses will also lead to global loss. Notably, the export of Ayush products has increased from Rs 2887.01 crores in 2009-10 to Rs 3341.90 crores in 2010-11, showing an annual growth rate of 16 per cent, whereas it has increased to Rs 19,069.39 crores in 2011-12 with an annual growth rate of is 47 per cent. [source]

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Madan Mohan Malaviya

Madan Mohan Malaviya

The BHU commemorated 150 year of Birth Anniversary of Pt Madan Mohan Malaviya Jee and all ceremonies  on this occasion was closed with a special convocation  on 25 December ,2012.

Madan Mohan Malaviya150B coins

Thailand shatters world mass-massage record

Six hundred and forty one pairs of Thai masseuses have broken the Guiness World Record for the most people being massaged at once. Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra marked the start of the record attempt, which was part of the opening of Thailand’s Medical Expo 2012. Traditional Thai massages stretch and pressure muscles to relax and energise the body. “Tourists who come to Thailand and go back to their country, they usually compliment and talk about Thai traditional massage,” said one record-breaking participant, 58-year-old Prawet Moonklang. The previous record had been held by 263 Australian couples in 2010. (source)

Thailand on 30th August set a world record when 641 masseurs simultaneously practised holistic head-to-toe Thai massage on 641 people for 12 minutes. The move is aimed at promoting Thai massage and luring foreign tourists with the promise of traditional medical services. Guinness World Records certified the record, which was set during an event held as part of the Thailand Medical Hub Expo 2012 at Nonthaburi province’s Impact Muang Thong Thani.

The previous record was set in Australia in 2010, when 263 masseurs kneaded flesh simultaneously for five minutes. “I was happy that I was able to do it,” 87-year-old female masseur Pornpimol Panyawut said after participating in the record-setting massage. Pornpimol has practised Thai massage in the southern province of Chumpon for 57 years. Her father taught her the skill when she was young.

“Thai massage is our heritage and we have to pass it on to other generations,” she said. Thai spa and massage services are world renowned and generate Bt12 billion in revenue per year. There are about 1,436 spas certified by the Public Health Ministry, which will be classified into three internationally recognised levels: platinum, gold and silver. Now there are certified up to 33 international spas and there are certified 400 hours healthy massage up to 50,000 masseurs. (source)

1000 Allopathic comes & 200 Ayurveda goes in AP

2012 has grand opening for the Medical education in Andhra Pradesh. According to the narration at local News Paper, AP Health Minister Sri DL Ravindra Reddy said there will be 1000 seats sanction for new and old Medical colleges in 2012. On the other hand the existing Ayurvedic Colleges are in pathetic situation and no permission to continue the scheduled seats in either Graduation or Post graduation courses. The situation developed as there are no qualified and experienced staffs in these Ayurvedic colleges with CCIM and AYUSH stipulations. Even though much preferences and relaxation are given, the existing staff could not reach to the qualities of AYUSH. Because of this Andhra Ayurvedic Colleges are loosing 200 seats of graduation and around 40 PG seats. As there is no provision for the direct recruitment of senior posts, almost professor vacancies are vacant. The rule position even though as simple as – strong violation is done by many Govt. institutions and private colleges under Universities. In RGUHS,Bangalorenoticed that with a minimum of 5 year experience in UG are provided with PG Guide ship is ridicules. See rule no 16. Qualifications for postgraduate teachers – of “The Gazette of India no 17, dated 4-2-2005”
  • 1)  A post graduate qualification is necessary to enter as Lecturer of Graduation
  • 2) A minimum of 3 year experience is required to enter in PG Dept. as PG Lecturer
  • 3) A PG teacher with 5 year experience or 10 year experience in UG is required for the post of PG Asst. Professor (Reader)
  • 4) 5 Year experience as PG Reader is considered for PG Professor