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Here’s How Harmful Holi Is For Our Furry Friends & It’s Not Just The Toxic Colours

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Holi is just around the corner and everyone (including me) is pretty excited. The colours, the liveliness, the parties and of course, the bhaang.

But just because we understand the concept of Holi (LOL) and how it’s celebrated (Again, LOL) doesn’t mean that everyone else does too. And the worst thing is when animals are subjected to the ‘celebrations’ inflicted by us.

If you were under the impression that Diwali is the only festival that leaves an impact on animals, you’re wrong. Holi is as dangerous — physically and psychologically, but in different ways, of course.

So, this year, please think twice before getting too involved in your celebrations and harming animals that are definitely already terrified of this festival.

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For starters, colouring dogs, whether your own or a stray is a complete no-no. You might think that dry colours don’t cause harm to them as those pakka ones would. But unfortunately, these dry colours contain chemicals, metal oxides, lead, mica and sometimes pieces of glass too.These harmful substances cause a lot of skin-related diseases and can also be life-threatening.

While a human body sweats out the toxins, dogs don’t have sweat glands and hence, their body ends up absorbing all the chemicals.

If a dog ends up with such colours on his body, it might to lead to skin allergies like Dermatitis which can be extremely painful. Dogs also end up ingesting these colours when they lick themselves which can drastically disturb their digestion.

Inflammation on the skin and hair loss are also some of the many effects that these poor souls go through.

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Another harmful thing that could happen to them through these colours is respiratory discomfort.The chemicals in these colours can block an animal’s nasal cavity which can restrict their breathing pattern.

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And as far as ‘organic’ colours go, even though they are labelled as ‘non-toxic’, they can also cause considerable amount of damage to an animal’s health. Their immune system isn’t like ours and doesn’t fight against foreign substances as efficiently.

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People tend to lose all sense of rationality during holi, cos well, ‘bura na maano holi hai’ is the only thought in their head that day.
Apart from the obvious dangers that can be a result of coming in contact with unnatural substances, water balloons are also something we need to be extra careful with.

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Water balloons, if thrown around carelessly and violently, can end up hurting these poor souls who look for cover during such times.If these balloons hit a fragile part of their body like the eyes, they can also lose their eyesight.

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Also, since we are discussing water, please refrain yourself from using any this year. The obvious fact is that we are already short on fresh water and could completely run out of it in the coming years. But the other thing is that street dogs end up drinking colour-infused water during holi which does significant damage to their bodies. Ingesting such substances can lead to liver failure and even death.

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And if it’s not things that we use to celebrate holi, it’s the things that we drink or eat during it which can also be harmful to our four-legged buddies.People tend to lose the ability to think rationally after being intoxicated and in the festival’s ‘spirit’ forget very obvious things.
Bhaang, as much as it’s an essential part of our celebration, is on the prohibited list for animals. And no animal should be given any during holi or any other time. It can cause them heightened discomfort which could also result in death.

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Sweets are also a big fat no when it comes to animals. Their bodies aren’t like ours and cannot breakdown complex things like processed sugar and fat in such a high quantity. Things like chocolate, dairy, raisins etc. are known to make dogs very sick.

And in the cases where your own pets have been subjected to such cruelty, please make sure that you don’t use anything else except water to clean them. Do not attempt to take the colours off their bodies using spirits or anything else since those can also be very dangerous for them.

Last but not the least, please do not hesitate to call the authorities if you find a dog in discomfort during the festival as you could help in saving its life.Just in case, you’re wondering who to call, this list of animal NGOs might come handy.

Let’s make our festivals safe for those who don’t understand them.

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Fruit juice is just another soda as study suggests cancer link

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Drinking soda doesn’t just threaten to make us fat, it could be linked to a higher risk of cancer, judging from a new study. But here’s the more surprising part: so could fruit juices.

Increased daily consumption of about 3.4 ounces of soda — roughly a third of a can of Coke — was associated with an 18% greater risk of some cancers in a study published in the British Medical Journal. The likelihood of breast tumors alone rose even more, by 22%. When people drank the same amount of unsweetened fruit juice, they were also more likely to develop cancer, the researchers found.

The research, part of a broader effort carried out in France to investigate links between nutrition and health, is one of the first to find a connection between sweet drinks and cancer. The findings may also taint the image of fruit juices, which are often perceived — and promoted — as healthy.

“All beverages — either with sugar or without — are safe to consume as part of a balanced diet,” the American Beverage Institute said in a statement. Beverage companies are working to provide more choices with reduced or no sugar, smaller package sizes and clear calorie information, the industry group said.

The researchers tracked 97 beverages and 12 artificially sweetened ones, including carbonated ones, sports drinks, syrups and pure fruit juices. The correlations they found don’t necessarily mean the beverages alone lead to cancer. The study didn’t seek to understand the reason for the link, though the researchers speculated that sugar’s effect on visceral fat, blood-sugar levels and inflammation may play a role. Additives found in sodas and pesticides in fruit could also have an impact, they wrote.

The study found no increased cancer risk from sugar-free drinks, although so few of the people studied consumed them that the results may not be significant, the researchers said. Water, unsweetened tea and coffee also showed no heightened risk.

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LAIQA: Creating A Period Of Change

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Red is the color of strength.

Sanitary napkins have been in demand for all of time. Now, with the rising awareness on menstruation and feminine health, people even in the remote areas of India know about sanitary napkins.

Earlier, women did not know about it and had to find other cheaper and more viable options. Today the scenario is different. There are organizations working to make eco-friendly sanitary napkins that reach the vast majority of the country.

One such brand that is doing some lovely work is LAIQA; a homegrown line of sanitary napkins founded by Monica Bindra, Nazish Mir and Ali Mir.

LAIQA breaks many a barrier by introducing BODO i.e. buy one donate one. For every pack of pads sold, LAIQA donates one pad to a lesser-privileged menstruating girl or woman. To make their brand more accessible, LAIQA has paired up with 3 NGOs on a voluntary basis.

‘Good For Her, Good For Earth’. Earlier, pads were mostly plastic and harmful to the female genitalia. LAIQA offers an effective solution to this by lessening the use of plastic in the napkins to just 7% – making them biodegradable.

Menstruation is not easy for everyone as the flow varies from woman to woman. However, LAIQA has taken into consideration all these factors and created 4 types of individual or combo packs.

1. a pack of 10 Ultra-thin day pads, designed for moderate flow
2. a pack of 10 Cosy-fluff night pads, designed for heavy flow 
3. a pack of 20 Panty-liners, designed for everyday discharges and spotting
4. a Combo box of 10 day + 5 night pads, designed for the duration of your period, also customizable according to personal preference.

The pads have a top layer of high quality feather-soft top sheet and a breathable bottom sheet. LAIQA swears by feminine hygiene and believes in utmost comfort, making their products rash-free, chlorine-free and fragrance-free. This prevents UTIs and yeast infections.

LAIQA is here to offer a hassle-free service for your period. Their subscription model is available on their website, and can also be accessed via their hotline number+919891310451 where in the pad is delivered to you within an hour in Delhi NCR and you can place orders for Pan India.

Subscription offers for you:
1. 10% off on 3 months subscription,
2.15% off on 6 months subscription and,
3. 20% off if you subscribe for 12 months.

Rest assured, the pack/packs will be delivered to you every month in advance or in bulk, whichever you prefer – and always just in time for your period.

LAIQA is breaking the stigma around menstruation, offering eco-friendly pads, and making them available to marginalized sections of society while also offering an option to customize the pads according to one’s flow. So here’s hoping you’re ready for your period of change!

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Dogs may accurately sniff out cancer in blood

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Dogs can use their highly evolved sense of smell to pick out human blood samples with cancer with almost 97% accuracy, according a a study that may lead to inexpensive and non-invasive screening approaches for the deadly disease.

Dogs have smell receptors 10,000 times more accurate than humans, making them highly sensitive to odours we can’t perceive, said researchers who presented the study at the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology annual meeting in Florida, US.

“Although there is currently no cure for cancer, early detection offers the best hope of survival,” said Heather Junqueira, lead researcher at the US-based healthcare company BioScentDx.

“A highly sensitive test for detecting cancer could potentially save thousands of lives and change the way the disease is treated,” Junqueira said in a statement.

The researchers used a form of clicker training to teach four beagles to distinguish between normal blood serum and samples from patients with malignant lung cancer.

Although one beagle was unmotivated to perform, the other three dogs correctly identified lung cancer samples 96.7% of the time and normal samples 97.5% of the time.

“This work is very exciting because it paves the way for further research along two paths, both of which could lead to new cancer-detection tools,” said Junqueira.

“One is using canine scent detection as a screening method for cancers, and the other would be to determine the biologic compounds the dogs detect and then design cancer-screening tests based on those compounds,” she said.

BioScentDx plans to use canine scent detection to develop a non-invasive way of screening for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

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