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April 7th, 2003, 11:42 AM

Mumbai reports first suspected case of SARS

REUTERS[ MONDAY, APRIL 07, 2003 10:02:48 PM ]

NEW DELHI: Health authorities in Mumbai on Monday reported the first suspected case of the deadly SARS virus in the country, a US citizen who had travelled to China.

"She's at a stage that we're suspecting that she maybe infected with the virus," Dr Subhash Salunkhe, director general for health services for the state of Maharashtra said.

"It's not yet confirmed, we're still conducting tests. She's travelled and come from China, Thailand and Vietnam, all high risk countries for SARS."

Salunkhe refused to give further details but added her condition was stable.


April 7th, 2003, 11:52 AM
this is bad news guyz... this is really bad news:(

April 7th, 2003, 02:00 PM

This for your information only. Please consult a doctor at first signs of fever, colds or shortness of breath.

Smellyjee let's hope and pray that this is not a case of SARS but JUST FLU. Basic mechanism of viral attack is that the viruses replicate themself using the host's (in this case our) DNA genetic replication system and by doing this, our body could not function well due to massive viral replication, supposingly, immune cells in our body will fight off the infected viruses quickly that they could be able to produce some chemical substances to cause our immune cells to die ... besides, this coronavirus is a new kind of virus which belongs to a mutated strain and our body cannot recognize it.

I think, so far, no antibiotics have been proven t be 100% effective in treating viral infection so far ... only effective way to get rid of it is by ourselves. It likes a prolonged battle between the viruses and our immune response infact viruses could not kill all the immune cells in a healthy individual.

I think, I read somewhere that stronger the immune function we have, the less the viral injury we get. That is why, the degree of sickness after infection and the rate of recovery mainly might depend on how strong our immune function is.

I think, we can not avoid the infection unless we avoid from those infected individuals/areas ... but, we can try to our best to boost up our immune function by several regimes:

Make sure we are "extremely healthy" ... atleast during this critical period. Stronger immune function could keep the viral damage minimal even if any person were so unlucky being infected.

Also ... I think stronger immune function delays the onset of any detrimental effects from the viral infection. Scientists are now working on tracking the treatment and so make sure we are still surviving until an effective treatment occurs ... bhaYa log pun is not intended! I read that following should help and strengthen our immune function within a short period of time:

1: Antioxidant nutraceuticals: Antioxidants are chemicals found in foods which exert a great value in strengthening our immune system ... boost up our immune function by taking a cocktail of antioxidant supplements,

2: Vitamin E : Alpha-tocopherol is the biological active form of vitamin E ... there are two forms of it ... d-tocopherol and dl-tocopherol. d- is the natural form and dl- is the synthetic form ... I will try and get the d- form because it is absorbed faster in our body,

Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) ... instead of taking supplement, we can take 2 pieces of citrus fruits (orange) a day to get the vitamin C ...(I take as much as 1000 mg a day)

Beta carotene, Selenium, Zinc, Lipoic acid, Glutathione, make sure your personal physician approves.

2: Green tea be your daily beverage because it contains tremendous amount of antioxidant flavonoid, catechins ... eat more tomatoes, broccoli or fruits and vegetables in red and dark green color ... they carry huge amounts of antioxidant carotenoids, lycopene and carotene

3: Avoid intense physical activities during this critical period ... it has been shown that intense exercise suppresses our immune function (related to the upper respiratory infection) even several days following our workout ... instead of intense exercise, light-to-moderate workout helps if been training regularly.

4: May be also, make sure I get enough carbohydrate foods (rice, food concentrated in starch ... etc) bcoz carbohydrate is the primary food for immune cells ... may be some Gatorade or Pocari if needed since they are both good sources of carbohydrate.

5: Make sure to get enough sleep and do not get stressed out. Anxiety, depression, and tried will influence body's stress hormones and so suppress immune status.

6: I think, I read that mask helps despite it is not 100% effective ... but, it can still decrease the chances from infection.

Consult your doctor to verify if above information is credible or reliable.

God bless ... good luck and take extreme care ... please visit your doctor at the first sign of fever, flu, colds or breathing roblems. This is a cut/paste for your general information only.

April 22nd, 2003, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by tantric_yogi

2: Green tea be your daily beverage because it contains tremendous amount of antioxidant flavonoid, catechins ... eat more tomatoes, broccoli or fruits and vegetables in red and dark green color ... they carry huge amounts of antioxidant carotenoids, lycopene and carotene

LLKC ... Lekin bhaYa log, I think, yeh apun Indian style tea kee baat nahin kadta ... chai mein dhudh and shakkar dalla to sabh gadbad ho jatta hai ... no more benefits, I think. aap daktaar ko poochna.


A cup of tea may be germs' new enemy
Study finds tea sharpens body's defense against infection
Tuesday, April 22, 2003 Posted: 10:26 AM EDT (1426 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An ordinary cup of tea may be a powerful infection fighter, a study suggests. Researchers report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that they have found in tea a chemical that boosts the body's defense fivefold against disease.

They said the chemical primes immune system cells to attack bacteria, viruses and fungi and could, perhaps, be turned into a disease-fighting drug someday. Dr. Jack F. Bukowski of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and Harvard Medical School said Monday that he and his co-authors isolated the chemical in the laboratory and then proved with a group of volunteers that it did protect against germs.

"We worked out the molecular aspects of this tea component in the test tube and then tested it on a small number of people to see if it actually worked in human beings," said Bukowski. The results, he said, gave clear proof that five cups of tea a day sharpened the body's defenses against disease.

Penny Kris-Etherton, a nutrition specialist at Pennsylvania State University, said Bukowski's study adds to a growing body of evidence that tea is an effective disease fighter.

"This is potentially a very significant finding," she said. "We're seeing multiple benefits from tea." But she said the work needs to be confirmed in a much larger study, involving more people.

In the study, Bukowski and his co-authors isolated from ordinary black tea a substance called L-theanine. He said the substance is found as well in green and oolong tea, which also are processed from traditional tea tree leaves. Bukowski said L-theanine is broken down in the liver to ethylamine, a molecule that primes the response of an immune blood cell called the gamma-delta T cell.

"We know from other studies that these gamma-delta T cells in the blood are the first line of defense against many types of bacteria, viral, fungal and parasitic infections," he said. "They even have some anti-tumor activity."

The T cells prompt the secretion of interferon, a key part of the body's chemical defense against infection, Bukowski said. "We know from mouse studies that if you boost this part of the immune system it can protect against infection," he said.

To further test the finding, the researchers had 11 volunteers drink five cups a day of tea, and 10 others drink coffee. Before the test began, they drew blood samples from all 21 test subjects.

After four weeks, they took more blood from the tea drinkers and then exposed that blood to the bacteria called E-coli. Bukowski said the immune cells in the specimens secreted five times more interferon than did blood cells from the same subjects before the weeks of tea drinking. Blood tests and bacteria challenges showed there was no change in the interferon levels of the coffee drinkers, he said.

Bukowski said it may be possible to further isolate and refine L-theanine from tea and use that as a drug to boost the infection defense of the body.

The health effects of tea have been extensively studied. It has been linked to lower heart disease and cancer risk through the action of flavonoids, a type of antioxidant. Other studies have linked tea to helping combat osteoporosis, the brittle bone disease, and to relieving some allergy symptoms.