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Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
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September 30, 2015

Childhood Distress May Cause Heart and Other Health Problems Later

It is not a new concept that mind affects the physical health, and physical health contributes to mental distress. A 45-year study of nearly 7,000 people born in a single week in UK in 1958 found that distress in childhood was associated with higher risk for heart disease and diabetes later in life, according to the study, which was published in the American College of Cardiology yesterday. Speaking to VOA Tibetan Service, Ashley Winning, the main author of the study at Harvard University, says that anyone who had experienced distress during childhood was at higher risk of cardiovascular metabolic disease, even though they may have recovered from distress later. “What was most interesting or surprising was that those people who had distress in childhood only, but not high distress in adulthood, were still at increased risk,” said Winning. But the study shows that those with persistent distress throughout their lives had the highest risk of cardiometabolic diseases.

September 09, 2015

Asthma Linked to Cholesterol in Traditional Tibetan Medical Beliefs

According to Tibetan traditional medical beliefs, cholesterol is one of factors that cause asthma. Dr. Rigzen Sangmo from Tibetan Medicine and Astrological Institute, based in Dharamsala, says that cholesterol blocks air passageways in the lung. She suggests certain food, such as banana, eggplant and so on that are with “sticky nature” should be avoided. She also says eating other fruits and vegetable that help increase immune system promotes healthy lung. As for medical treatment for asthma, she says Tibetan doctors treat patients based on individual physical condition and body types, instead of giving one medicine to all patients. Interestingly, she says goat milk and cow milk are considered to be healthy food for lung in Tibetan medicine and therefore encourages for people with asthma to take it. Dr. Sangmo also says breathing exercises, avoiding aged food, dust, chemical sprays, and smoke are some of the preventative and treatment methods for asthma.

September 02, 2015

China Enforces New Rules to Curb Tobacco Advertisement

China enforced new rules to restrict tobacco advertisement, a law that was passed in April. This will ban tobacco advertisement in mass media, public places, on public vehicles and outdoors, according to Reuters. World Health Organization and anti-smoking advocates have been pushing the country that has 300 million smokers through whom 740 million people are exposed to second-hand smoke to ban the tobacco promotion. WHO praised the latest action, but warned that the ambiguity in language usage of the new regulations might be abused by the country’s powerful tobacco monopoly. “The problem is the language that has been chosen, the interpretation of those words sometimes opens room for discussion, which the tobacco industry will try to use," said Bernhard Schwartlander, representative of WHO in China, according to Reuters. WHO in April urged China to ban all forms of tobacco advertisement “in all settings, including retail points of sale,” according to Xinhua. As of today, the news of the latest action is not announced in any of the official Tibetan language media in Tibetan areas. China’s tobacco industry is reportedly a source of the government’s 10 percent income.

August 28, 2015

Bhutanese Living with HIV Fight Social Stigma Part 2

August 18, 2015

Bhutanese Living with HIV Fight Social Stigma

Pema Dorje was cussed out and disowned by his family upon his return to Bhutan from his monastery in Darjeeling, India, in 1998. It was not because he had disrobed himself, but because he was infected with HIV. “I was very disappointed,” 43-year Pema tells VOA Tibetan Service, speaking Tibetan. “Then I started drinking and taking drugs.” He even attempted to commit suicide by taking rat poisons. Pema was one of the earlier Bhutanese detected with HIV. In 2006 Wangda Dorje and his wife Tsering Choden were diagnosed HIV positive when Tsering was three months pregnant with their first child. Unlike Pema, who claims his doctors disclosed his confidential information, Wanda and Tsering managed to keep it a secret. They knew the social stigma would be far harsher to handle than HIV. “In my case, the HIV doesn’t create any pain,” says Wangda. “But stigmatization of others is really, unbearably painful.” “Whenever I am alone, at mid night or whenever I am in the jungle when no one can hear me, I just shout to myself.” Wangda says, speaking on the phone with VOA Tibetan Service. But eventually his shout woke up Bhutan. In 2011, Wangda and his wife announced on Bhutan national TV that they had been living with HIV. They knew the immediate consequences of coming out in the public, but Wangda says the nation needed a change. “When the HIV positive people are stigmatized and discriminated, HIV negative people don’t want to come forward to get tested, and because if they are HIV positive, they are going to be stigmatized and discriminated.” After coming out in the national television, the couple and their four children were kicked out of their apartment in Thimpu. Their landlord told them that other people were worried for getting infection by living in the same building with them. Wangda didn’t give up. Along with Pema and few other people living with HIV, they started an organization called Lhagsam. Through this organization they raised HIV awareness and encouraged HIV patients to fight their stigma. Today there are 430 Bhutanese living with HIV that have come out of their hide, they said. The new king gave audience to a group HIV patients and shook their hands so that the general public would understand that the virus doesn’t transfer simply through touch. Pema believes there are still many more living secretly with the virus. “I really believe that there are about one thousand HIV positives in Bhutan,” he says. Wangda has four children and Pema has three children, all of whom are free of the virus. Pema learned that the best way to fight the virus is by being physically active. In 2013, he cycled from Bumthang to Thimbu (268 kilometers) in 13 hours. In the same year, he gave up using drug and alcohol. 40-year old Wangda, who was infected with HIV and Hepatitis C through sharing needles during his “addiction time”, feels his HIV in under control. “To be honest, I am not afraid with HIV, but I am very afraid of dying from Hepatitis C.”

August 06, 2015

UN Urges Countries to Promote Breastfeeding

On Monday, the United Nations officials marked the annual World Breastfeeding Week and called countries to promote breastfeeding by making it a priority in developmental plans. In a joint statement, heads of the UN Children’s Fund, Anthony Lake, and the World Health Organization, Margaret Chan highlighted the benefits of breastfeeding. “We know that breastfeeding helps children to survive and thrive – enabling infants to withstand infections, providing critical nutrients for the early development of their brains and bodies, and strengthening the bond between mothers and their babies,” they said. “And the benefits of breastfeeding last a lifetime.” Pointing out to a recent study that was published in Lancet, the report said: “Infants who were breastfed for at least one year went on to stay in school longer, score higher on intelligence tests and earn more as adults than those who were breastfed for only a month.”

July 31, 2015

Hepatitis B Challenges Tibetans Communities Worldwide

Tibetan communities around the world, including those in the West, suffer from ahigher than average rate of Hepatitis B. The problem is most serious inside Tibet due to the lack of proper system for vaccinations and poor child delivery practices. A doctor in Tibet had discovered that certain vaccines often became ineffective by the time they reach remote rural areas in Tibet.

Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
  • Listen: MP3

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