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Tribute to National Doctor’s Day – distinguishing between Naturopaths, Dieticians, and Nutritionists – learn who does what

This year, the first of July marks the occasion of National Doctor’s Day as an ode to all doctors for their tireless efforts and services to patients.

In 2020, Doctor’s Day is being celebrated in India as an acknowledgment of the services that doctors provide and also the enormous role they place towards the advancement in the field of medicine.

July 1st, 1882 is the birth date of one of India’s most successful physicians and also the second Chief Minister of West Bengal – Doctor B.C. Roy. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna on the 4th of February, 1961, a year before his passing. 

This day is celebrated as an effort to emphasize the essentiality and value of doctors in our lives and to respect their hard work by celebrating the life of one of the most remarkable physicians. 

We often seem to come across information regarding general physicians, gynaecologists, and surgeons on a daily basis. But did you know that there are a few other kinds of special doctors that we lack awareness about?

Let us find out a little more about certain types of doctors.

Dietician

In terms of education, Dieticians are required to study the subjects of biochemistry, physiology, nutrition, diet-related medical conditions, counselling, health promotion, research, and literature analysis. They study for a period of around 4 to 5 years at universities. 

A registered dietician usually understands the broader aspects of human anatomy and the role that different foods play. They continue to learn hands-on at their respective institutions while practising. 

They can work in clinics and prescribe nutrition-related medicine. They have scientific knowledge.

Nutritionist

In terms of education, nutritionists study for a shorter duration than dieticians – along with their university degree, a minimum period of work experience in the field of nutrition is also necessary. 

The information that nutritionists acquire is less standardized than that which dieticians receive. So, people tend to put more faith in a dietician than a nutritionist.

Instead of curing, nutritionists work towards the prevention of disease in either a private practice or in a community-based one.

Naturopath

Naturopaths require bachelor’s degrees, diplomas, or certificates.  

Naturopathic treatment involves more of diet, nutrition, botanical medicine, hormone therapy, and overall holistic treatment that can help the body achieve homeostasis, rather than a medication-based approach.

Naturopathy is based on the fact that the human body is inherently capable of healing itself. This is why strategies and approaches that are implemented often do not employ scientific evidence. 

Naturopaths are often seen practising in private or with a team that can consist of different disciplines.

Naturopathy professionals can be of two types.

Naturopathic Doctors – also known as naturopathic physicians, they often attend university for the same number of years as a medical doctor (MD). Apart from the same basic sciences, they study nutrition, psychology, homeopathy, and herbal/botanical medicine. They often need to pass an exam to acquire a license that lets them practice. 

Traditional Naturopaths – they are not required to attend a medical school or receive any license – their education can vary widely. 

In several cases, you may use both the regular and naturopathic medicine to help yourself overcome an illness or alleviate its symptoms. But it’s important to keep both the professionals that you are conversing with informed of the medicines that you take to prevent any unwanted side-effects. This helps them both collaborate and work towards the betterment of your health. 

Written by: Jahnabee Adhikari
Jahnabee is a part-time blogger, full-time dog lover. She believes that writing actually possesses the potential to change the world. She can be often found fantasizing about poetry or buried nose-deep in a Sudha Murthy novel.

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Role of Nutraceuticals in Cancer Prevention

Nutraceuticals can be defined as foods, food ingredients or health supplements that demonstrate specific bodily or medical benefits including the prevention and treatment of disease beyond basic nutritional functions. They can include nuts, fruits, seeds or products infused with herbal items.

Evidence is growing about the many ways in which eating dried fruits, nuts, seeds, and legumes can improve your health. These foods have earlier been associated with healthier hearts and a lower risk of diabetes, but now studies show they may also largely reduce the risk of getting cancer!

Nuts are described as “nutritionally precious,” which may explain some of the mechanisms by which nut components induce cancer cell death and inhibit cancer growth. Eating large amounts of peanuts, walnuts, almonds can reduce the risk of developing breast cancer, according to a 2015 study. Another study examined the possible link between ovarian cancer and foods high in phytoestrogens and/or fiber, including nuts, beans, and soy. They found that these foods seemed to help prevent “borderline ovarian cancer”—slow-growing tumors that are less dangerous and more likely to affect younger women.

Extracts from dried fruits such as currants and raisins have shown potential to stop cancer cells from growing – even killing them off – and to suppress inflammation. A small study gave freeze-dried black raspberries to patients with oral cancer and showed that it decreased levels of certain markers associated with cancer progression, and based on these findings, including a serving or two of berries in your diet each day may help inhibit the development of cancer.

 Allyl-Sulfur compounds derived from garlic have significant anti-proliferating activity against human cancers. Diallyl-sulfide and diallyl disulfide, -also compounds found in onion and garlic- induce apoptosis (the inhibition of uncontrolled division of cancer cells) in lung, prostate, breast cancer cells. Many cancer chemotherapeutics drugs are derived from plants including alkaloids of Vinca species.

In addition, Nutraceuticals may also be helpful in reducing toxicity associated with chemotherapy and radiation therapy which thus leads to better living conditions by reducing cancer cachexia – which is the weakness and wasting of the body due to severe chronic illness.

Written by: Jahnabee Adhikari
Jahnabee is a part-time blogger, full-time dog lover. She believes that writing actually possesses the potential to change the world. She can be often found fantasizing about poetry or buried nose-deep in a Sudha Murthy novel.

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Nutraceuticals vs Pharmaceuticals

Nutraceuticals have shown significant promise in the promotion of human health and disease prevention. This is achieved through the natural means of nutraceuticals and plant-based phytochemicals that serve as alternatives to artificially synthesized medicine. While nutraceuticals can be used long-term for disease prevention, the same cannot hold true for pharmaceuticals due to their inherent nature of being chemically composed.

In essence, nutraceuticals aim at preventive care; by strengthening the innate physiological processes of our system to perform better and fight off unwanted foreign substances with greater resilience. They serve as an alternative to relying on pharmaceuticals which quite often employ symptomatic treatments, only curing the macroscopic, unwanted conditions superficially – leaving the underlying cause hidden – which may further lead to serious consequences later in life. Nutraceuticals provide the opportunity to maintain healthy lifestyles and incorporate essential nutrients into our diet which makes us self-sufficient.

One of the many disadvantages of pharmaceuticals includes the fact that they come coupled with unwanted side effects, by default. This is because the active ingredients in pharmaceuticals are artificial and the body must adjust to their presence. That can initiate an immune response which exhibits as a side effect. 

Pharmaceuticals are human-made or imitations of natural substances that the body needs to manufacture or utilize to maintain health or fight diseases. Drugs are manufactured in laboratories and as soon as they begin to lose their natural essence, complications begin. The severity of this increases just as they react and crossbreed with other chemicals, ultimately posing a threat to our health. Yet, some medical breakthroughs have helped us fight diseases when a natural cure is not available or in times of an emergency.

Nutraceuticals possess an edge over pharmaceutical drugs as they are sourced from natural, plant-based products, and this fact enables nutraceuticals to serve as health beneficiaries without unwanted side effects. They are an epitome of the discoveries in health sciences – nutrients brought together with the efficacy of modern technology. They offer a protective shield against a vast multitude of diseases and fortify your body with nutrients while simultaneously enhancing your body’s immunity. The human body uses these nutrients to create the chemicals it needs to function. If our body does not receive them through dietary intake, then diseases can take over our susceptible bodies.

Pharmaceuticals almost always need a prescription from a doctor along with medical supervision for administering required dosages while nutraceuticals do not. With pharmaceuticals, consumers expect that these drugs will simply treat the disease or health issue, not prevent it. Nutraceuticals help address health issues before the disease is manifested, thus providing people with the opportunity to be proactive about their health. Nutraceuticals are much more affordable and, because they do not require a prescription, they are available to more consumers and often at a lower price than pharmaceuticals.

Does a person need a pharmaceutical to cure those diseases or a nutraceutical to correct a lifestyle choice? The answer for many consumers is that they need both. They need the pharmaceutical cure a disease in times of urgency and the nutraceutical to prevent and help the body to recover from a disease.

Written by: Jahnabee Adhikari
Jahnabee is a part-time blogger, full-time dog lover. She believes that writing actually possesses the potential to change the world. She can be often found fantasizing about poetry or buried nose-deep in a Sudha Murthy novel.

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What are nutraceuticals?

Nutraceuticals are products, which other than a nutritive supplement, can also double as medicine. They may be defined as food substances that can be used to improve health, modulate immunity, delay the aging process, prevent chronic diseases, increase life expectancy, or support the structure, function and physiology of our body. They are skillfully crafted and fortified with all the nutrients that one requires on a day to day basis. Our regular diet fails to provide us with so many of them, and nutraceuticals are fast becoming the go-to alternative to regular chemical-based health supplements that are found in the market these days. 

About 2000 years ago, Hippocrates correctly said: “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”. In the present review, the emphasis has been made to present herbal, dry fruit and seed enriched nutraceuticals as effective curative disorders related to oxidative stress including allergy, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, eye, immune, inflammatory and Parkinson’s diseases as well as obesity. Thus, the field of nutraceutical can be envisioned as one of the missing blocks in the health benefit of an individual.

People can optimize the health-promoting capabilities of their diet by consuming foods that have been formulated or fortified to include health-promoting factors. The constituents of nutraceuticals generally include nuts, fruits, seeds and herbal products, which are known for their high nutrient content. They contain various beneficial compounds that possess biological activities and can be used as replacement pharmaceutical – or nutraceutical products. 

In today’s fast-paced world which produces even faster moving packaged consumable goods, there is no check or balance on the amount of chemical substance that goes inside our systems. Nutraceuticals are great for those who wish to opt for an all-natural alternative to their existing health supplements, sans additives and preservatives.

At Bhookha Haathi, we are constantly thinking of our consumers and looking for innovative ways to help them make healthier food choices through our alternative food products that are a nutritious, wholesome and delicious replacement to the nutrient-deficient ingredients in their daily diet. It isn’t too late to make informed choices and begin this year by switching to the loving care of nature with Bhookha Haathi’s carefully crafted nutraceuticals to nurture your body and soul.

Written by: Jahnabee Adhikari
Jahnabee is a part-time blogger, full-time dog lover. She believes that writing actually possesses the potential to change the world. She can be often found fantasizing about poetry or buried nose-deep in a Sudha Murthy novel.