By Almas Shamim

Have you ever had to pee in a public toilet? Maybe one of those sulabhshauchalays or a toilet in a hotel or a café? How would you rate your experience?

While some lucky ones may have had good experiences, the majority would have had to face some unsightly vision and a stink that could kill. Yes, I’m talking about the pee and poop that we leave behind in the public toilets as if no one would be using it after us. This pee and poop accumulates over hours and people who wish to use the toilet have one of two options- either use the same dirty toilet, struggling to keep the nauseating obnoxious stink out of their nose or just ‘hold’ their urine in their bladders, waiting for some cleaner place to urinate… Both these options are, unfortunately, very unhealthy.

Using an unhygienic toilet, which may also have drops of urine on the toilet seat, raises the chance of acquiring urinary tract infections. This may manifest as lower abdominal pain, pain while urinating, frequent urination, inability to hold urine (wetting), fever and vomiting. Sometimes the infection could be fungal AND bacterial, causing severe itching on the inner aspect of your thighs (parts which come in contact with a western toilet seat) and groins. Both the conditions require treatment and can sometimes be protracted. The other side of unclean toilets would be that some may just opt out of going to the loo until they find a cleaner toilet. This retention of urine is very unhealthy and is also associated with urinary tract infections. (Not to mention the sheer discomfort of holding pee!)

It, therefore, becomes very important for us to urinate timely and in clean toilets. It is obvious that such cleanliness cannot be maintained without the will of the govt and the authorities that manage the offices and hotels where there are common public toilets. However, it will really help if people become a bit more active and take the initiative in forcing authorities to provide better sanitation facilities. The importance of a functional flush, water- both in the flush as well as in the tap are crucial, the presence of electricity and a light bulb are also very important, not to mention the presence of toilet paper and dustbins.

 In addition to taking up matters with our office authorities, it will also be great if we show a bit more sensitivity in the way we ourselves leave the toilet for next person. Do we flush properly? Do we wipe the toilet seat clean and dry? Do we flush the soiled toilet paper properly? Do we throw other plastic waste and sanitary pads in the dustbin? To ensure that others follow these instructions, small bright reminders must also be placed on the toilet doors and walls.

Here, leaving you with a few images that can be used as reminders in your office toilets:


Almas Shamim is a public health specialist with a great interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and feminism among Muslim women. She currently works for an international humanitarian aid organization in New Delhi

Fourth most common neurological disorder affecting all age group, hallmark of which is recurrent and uncontrolled jerking movements of whole body or any specific part.

In easy terms, epilepsy is abnormality in brain wiring that occur during brain development or some physical or emotional stress.

Does your kid or anyone in the family suffer from any one below mentioned signs and symptoms?

• Brief loss of consciousness

• Muscular rigidity

• Clenching of teeth

• Jerky movements of whole body or any particular part

• Along with any such accompanying symptoms like involuntary urination and/or stool, rolling eyes upwards, bending head back, frothing during attack etc.

Causes of epilepsy:

• Low oxygen to brain during birth

• Any infection in brain

• Injury to brain

• Brain tumors

• Emotional instability of mother during pregnancy

• Abnormal brain development

• High blood pressure during pregnancy

• High and prolonged untreated fever

Homoeopathic Approach

As by now, we all know that ‘Homoeopathy treats the man in disease, not disease in man’. For epilepsy, homoeopathy has wide range of medicines with wonderful results like:

• Art. v. – It’s the prime remedy used by homoeopaths to treat epilepsy in children and girls near puberty.

• Cuprum met – It’s given in condition where attack comes with blueness, which starts in fingers and toes.

• Stramonium – It is the remedy having fright and fear in its base in connection with epilepsy.

• Zinc. met – It is prescribed when there is violent restlessness, pale face especially in children and generally occur post skin treatment.

• Etc.

Now, as we see that we have mentioned very few remedies indicated for epilepsy. In homoeopathy, we have numerous medicines to counter epilepsy but they need to be prescribed with detailed evaluation of patient. Every patient of epilepsy might require different medicine as per the cause and how disease is presenting itself.

We need to search for the root cause present in history. That is why a classical homoeopath relies very much on detailed case taking.

Please do not buy any homoeopathic medicine, tincture, patent or combination over the counter for epilepsy. Do take opinion of a classical homoeopath before any medication or self-medication.

Dr. Puneet Arora and Dr. Kritika Arora are Classical Homoeopaths practicing in Delhi especially for special children suffering from Autism, Cerebral palsy, mental retardation etc with emphasis on other illnesses too under roof of Urjaa Homoeo Clinic and they can be communicated over Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with twitter Handle: @DrPuneetArora1 and facebook Link: .

Are you depressed?

By Dr. Puneet Arora

If you identify with several of the following signs and symptoms—especially the first two—and they just won’t go away, you may be suffering from depression.

• You feel hopeless and helpless?

• You’ve lost interest in friends, activities, and things you used to enjoy?

• You feel tired all the time?

• Your sleep and appetite has changed?

• You can’t concentrate or find that previously easy tasks are now difficult?

• You can’t control your negative thoughts, no matter how much you try?

• You are much more irritable, short-tempered, or aggressive than usual?

• You’re consuming more alcohol than normal or engaging in other reckless behaviour?

Causes and risk factors for depression:

• Loneliness.

• Lack of social support.

• Recent stressful life experiences.

• Family history of depression.

• Marital or relationship problems.

• Financial strain.

• Early childhood trauma or abuse.

• Alcohol or drug abuse.

• Unemployment or underemployment.

• Prolonged and mal-treated health problems.

Road to recovery:

• ‘TALK’- This is the first and primary step on the road to recovery. Talk your heart out to the people you trust, like or love but face to face, not on phone or messages.

• Put on some music and dance around. It will help in releasing negative energy and make you relax.

• Keep a pet. It will make you feel emotionally more relaxed and stable.

• Pair up with an exercise partner.

• Involve yourself in small household works to divert your attention from the problem area.

• THROW AWAY your gadgets as soon as possible. In this modern world of technology, gadgets like smart phones, laptops, tablets and PSPs are the biggest threat to emotions, creativity and warm relations.

Homoeopathic approach:

It’s all in the cause which makes a true homoeopath prescribe for depression. Homoeopathy has shown wonderful, curative action in cases suffering from depression.

Since my previous articles, I m emphasizing that “Homoeopathy treats the man in disease not disease in man”, which is the base of homoeopathy and it implies here also. Here, when a homoeopath prescribes, after taking the whole life situation of the patient in scenario, cure is surely hoped for.

Homoeopathy helps in correction of psych of the person.

Medicines like Ignatia, Natrium mur, Arsenic alb, Aurum Met, Sepia are the commonest remedies in homoeopathy for depression but all the prescriptions in right homoeopathy are based on true picture of disease as well as the patient so before prescription, case taking is required for eliciting the root cause of disease and how the person reacted to the situation.

Dr. Puneet Arora and Dr. Kritika Arora are practicing in Delhi at Urjaa Homoeo Clinic and can be contacted over Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Twitter handle: @DrPuneetArora1 and Facebook page: 

By Almas Shamim

What if you were told your best friend was HIV positive?

What if you were told YOU were HIV positive?

Would your reactions and emotions to the above two questions be the same? Would you feel equally confused and shocked at the two disclosures? Would you judge your friend and yourself using the same measures?


These and many more questions become very relevant when we talk about the discrimination that HIV positive people across the world face. The stigma associated with being HIV+ keeps many ‘positive people’ from disclosing their status to even their friends and family members. Disclosure can bring major changes in the way people treat you. There have been instances where ‘positive’ school kids have been expelled from school, ‘positive’ employees have been suspended from jobs and ‘positive’ daughters-in-law have been thrown out from their husbands’ homes.

The recent statement by Charlie Sheen, the actor from the American television series “Two and a Half Men”, famous for his sexist remarks on women, on his HIV positive status, drew mixed comments from viewers. While some came out in support of the actor’s brave move of opening up to the audiences about his status, some others criticized him for being so late in doing so, yet others simply hating on the fact that he is HIV positive. It is this ‘hatred’ for HIV positive people which is worrisome.

The fear that we may be discriminated against forces many to never even consider getting tested. Some of us would rather get a disease and die than find out if we have an infection and try to curb it. Some others amongst us would make the effort to get tested but if found positive, would not even care to inform it to their sexual partners. Some others, who may get tested and inform their families about their status, still face discrimination on a daily basis by people who refuse to sit beside them, work with them or even talk to them. Such behavior has a huge impact on the mental well being of the patient and may even adversely affect the positive person’s will power to continue on HIV treatment: All this only due to the fear of being discriminated against.

We, as responsible citizens, should remember that the mark of a truly developed society is not just in making a treatment available to the patients, but in ensuring that these patients are accepted as whole beings and treated with the same dignity and respect that every other individual expects. We must make ourselves aware of the transmission pattern of these highly stigmatized diseases and take preventive measures against them but we must ensure that by adopting these preventive means, we aren’t in any way encroaching upon the rights of another person and not discriminating against the people who have already acquired these infections/ diseases. This will not only help in building  cohesive and caring society, but also, ensure that HIV infected people adhere to their treatment and be active members in preventing the transmission of the infection.

Leaving you with two interesting videos on HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination.

Almas Shamim is a public health specialist with a great interest in sexual and reproductive health and rights, and feminism among Muslim women. She currently works for an international humanitarian aid organization in New Delhi

By Dr. Puneet Arora

Are you or your kid is showing these symptoms:

• Difficulty in breathing?

• Cough of long duration?

• Breathlessness on any physical exertion (Climbing stairs, physical playing, loud laughing or talking, forceful urination or passing stool, etc.)?

• Heaviness/weight sensation on chest?

• Whistling/Wheezing on expiration?

• Stress on throat, chest, or abdominal muscles during respiration?

If any of these symptoms are present, there is possibility that you or your kid is suffering from Asthma.

Reasons of Asthma:

• Mental cause: There is a strong tendency seen in people showing strong emotions like:

 Anger.

 Excitement.

 Emotional instability.

 Sudden fright. Fearful kids. For e.g. sound of crackers, sudden loud noise or scolding by parents.

• Physical cause:

   Weather change.

 Pollution. It comprises vehicle generated gases, smoking etc.

 Pollens.

 Use of Perfumes/Scents/Deodorants.

• Low Immunity: Above-mentioned causes are not solely responsible for aggravating or causing asthmatic attacks. People with low immunity or low health restoration power if affected by above-mentioned reasons may suffer from asthma. Low immunity has a strong reason of being present. That can vary from strong medication or over-use of antibiotics in childhood to wrong medication or suppressed skin eruptions.

Seashore Asthma:

This is a particular condition seen in people residing near sea. These people show marked reaction to humid and cold air coming from sea. Homoeopathy has very effective results in this condition.

Homoeopathic Approach:

As termed in my last article, “Homoeopathy treats the man in disease, not disease in man”. Here we have to treat the person suffering as a whole and up to the exact cause i.e. mainly the ‘low immunity’ with right homoeopathic medicine.

As soon as immunity of the patient rises against the odds, patient starts showing improvement in every aspect.

It’s being seen clinically that patients under intense medications like nebulization or anti-allergics or anti-biotics for Asthma have shown remarkable correction in health after homoeopathic medicines as they have gained immunity against the causative factors with complete stopping of nebulization.

Medicines like Arsenic, Bromium, Medorrhinum, Natrium muriaticum, Sambucus, Spongia etc shows remarkable results in asthma and associated complaints. But it is always advisable that homoeopathic medicine should be taken under proper consultation of homoeopathic physician, where the whole totality should be considered before prescription.

Patients should avoid taking homoeopathic patents, mixtures, combinations available in medical stores, as they do not reach up to the deep level of cause and shows superficial results with long time after-effects like weak eyes, graying of hair, abdominal cramps, and weakness of memory with increase in weight especially in children.

Dr. Puneet Arora and Dr. Kritika Arora are Classical Homoeopaths practicing in Delhi especially for special children suffering from Autism, Cerebral palsy, mental retardation etc with emphasis on other illnesses too under roof of Urjaa Homoeo Clinic