Wednesday, July 27, 2016


Violence and political hair-splitting


There is hope for those with Tinnitus


Drug menace getting out of hand

Udta Punjab, a recently released Bollywood movie on narcotic drug problem in Punjab, has amply highlighted the uncontrolled drugs trafficking not only in Punjab but across all India, and the consequent increasing addiction among a vast number of Indians in the last several decades. More

Mangrove forests in kazan lands?

O Heraldo dated July 26, 2016 has published a report entitled “Mangrove growth boosts States forest cover”. More

Goa’s fat paycheck


Public health and the city of Goa

The piles of garbage across Goa remind me of an event in Goa’s history. Goa’s recorded history does provide us with instances that enable us to draw a parallel and see the disastrous effects of waste management when not checked properly and seriously. More

Corporate debt recovery a damp squib

The preamble to the Constitution of India and its Directive Principles lays down the principles and philosophy of the Indian Constitution. More

Lessons from a fractured nation

The world is in turmoil; America faces crisis over racism, United Kingdom faces unknown future following Brexit. More

Attractive benefits lured Goans to UK


No milk today


One part existence


‘Mahagathbandan’ is not an option


Substance beyond form


Death of a rock star: Time for reflection

The hit song “Rockstar” has lyrics that are at once thought-provoking and revealing. Here is an extract: “Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar/ I'm gonna trade this life/For fortune and fame/I'd even cut my hair/And change my name/'Cause all I wanna is to be a big rockstar/And live in hilltop houses/ Drivin' fifteen cars/With girls coming easy and the drugs cheap/Nothing else bothers me” Who is a rock star? A famous and successful singer or performer of rock music, a teen-idol, a person treated as a celebrity, inspiring fanatical admiration. Rock music is a form of popular music which evolved from rock and roll and pop music during the mid and late 1960s. Much harsher than its predecessors, it was initially characterized by musical experimentation and drug-related or anti-establishment lyrics. Musically, rock has centered on the lead guitar, with electric bass and drums as part of the group. By the late 1960s, referred to as the "golden age" or "classic rock" period, a number of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged influenced by the countercultural psychedelic scene. Rock music has been associated with sex, political activism as well as changes in social attitudes to race and drug use and is often seen as an expression of youth revolt against adult consumerism and conformity. Rock, mostly the heavy metal genre, has been linked with various forms of drug use, including the amphetamines, LSD, mescaline, hashish, cocaine and heroin, all of which have been eulogized in song. A rock star is not just a musician or a vocalist but someone with a famous face and a name that carries weight out of billions of people on earth. Definitely not a good example of what teenagers should look up to because you idolize someone and then find out who they really are when you actually meet them face to face. Rock superstar Prince, known as "The Purple One," died at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota in April of what the medical examiner called a "self-administered" overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, one of the most powerful of all opioids. Prince was 57. Oscar-winning actor Hoffman died in February 2014 from a mixture of the heroin and cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamines. He was 46. The King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley, was found dead in his bathroom on August 16, 1977. At the time, his death was attributed to a heart attack, but later investigations found multiple prescription drugs in his system, including the opioid codeine. Elvis was 42. Australian actor Heath Ledger, star of "The Dark Knight," died in 2008 of a prescription drug overdose. He was 28. Opiates such as oxycodone, and hydrocodone were found in his system, along with alprazolam and diazepam, two insomnia drugs. Indeed, it seems as though we can’t even finish mourning the loss of one rock star, when another falls. There's no shortage of groundbreaking artists who die prematurely, whether it's Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley or Hank Williams. Physicians all over the world have begun to wonder: Is being a superstar incompatible with a long, healthy life? Are there certain conditions that are more likely to cause a star's demise? And finally, what might be some of the underlying reasons for these early deaths? One answer may come from dysfunctional childhoods: experiencing physical or sexual abuse, having a depressed parent or having a family broken up by tragedy or divorce. An article published in the British Medical Journal found that "adverse childhood experiences" may act as a motivator to become successful and famous as a way to move past childhood trauma. The authors also noted other adverse experiences that predispose stars to depression, drug use, risky behaviors and premature death. Another hypothesis that seeks to explain premature demise of rock stars is the “Self Determination Theory”, which addresses human motivation through the lens of "intrinsic" versus "extrinsic" life aspirations. People who have “intrinsic goals” seek inward happiness and contentment. On the other hand, people who possess “extrinsic goals” focus on material success, fame and wealth -- the exact sort of thing attained by these exceptional artists. According to research, people who have extrinsic goals tend to have had less-involved parents and are more likely to experience bouts of severe depression. Meanwhile, Cornell psychiatrist William Frosch, author of "Moods, madness, and music: Major affective disease and musical creativity," was able to connect the creativity of groundbreaking musical artists to their psychiatric disorders. According to Frosch, their mental illnesses were behind their creative output. By following the relationship between genius and mental illness, mental illness and substance abuse, and then substance abuse, health problems and accidental death, you can see why so many great artists seem almost destined for a premature or drug-induced demise. The temptation to indulge in short-term pleasures in the face of escalating long-term risks lies at the core of their human nature. In my modest opinion, it is power and celebrity that makes these artists head swollen; they lose their centre of gravity and soon stagger from sea to sea; they wander to and fro searching aimlessly - and not finding - the Higher Power that daily thinks of each of us (though we cannot even be counted like the grains of the sand). This very Power is there to help us all, if we only admit our weaknesses and vulnerability and ask for succor. (Dr. Francisco Colaço is a seniormost consulting physician.) More

Monsoons & Indian agriculture


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