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Dear Troubled teen,
1 tbsp cold cream (ponds/Johnsons), 1 tbsp turmeric powder, 1 tbsp ground, mushur daal, 1 tbsp uptan (Aarong), ½ lemon juice, 1 tbsp yoghurt. Mix into a paste. Apply all over the body, let it semi dry, then massage off concentrating on dark areas and take a shower.
I have a thick, rough and very dry hair! I shampoo my hair 3/4 days a week & condition it after that but it doesn't seem to work! I have tried a lot of shampoos and conditioners but neither seemed to work. How can I make my hair soft, silky and shiny?
Have cod liver oil capsule twice a day with 500g chewable Vit. C tablet. Go ahead and continue with your dermatologist's recommendation for acne. Yes there are several types of facials available at salons ranging from herbal facials, to spa facials, front and whitening facials. La Belle offers an Intensive facial, which comes with a head and body massage. Ideally I would like to see you face to face to support which facial would be best suited for you.
I am working in a pharmaceutical company. There is strong evidence that infection can spread from dental instruments to others. Can diseases like AIDS, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C viruses spread while getting dental treatment if instruments are not sterilised? How do dentists maintain the level of precaution in Bangladesh? Are they taking sufficient measures? What will be our duties regarding this issue?
Dear Mr. Asad,
What can you do in these circumstances? In order to ensure your safety, observe your dentist at work very carefully. But what should you be looking for? Note carefully whether your dentist takes complete medical history, changes gloves routinely for every patient, if he is particular about personal hygiene and washes his hands regularly, and most importantly, whether the dentist uses sterilized instruments and disposable needles and suction tips. Please ask your dentist whether he has or used an autoclave. Simply boiling the instruments in a boiler, a common practice, is neither helpful nor advisable. Remember, these essential measures increase the cost of providing care. Finally if you catch a dentist not complying with these essential cross-infection control procedures, condemn his or her gross negligence aloud in his office. You will be doing a great service towards promoting the safety of other patients before you walk out.
Dear Dr Khan,
Dear Mr Kishor,
Dentistry has come a long way over the last few years and many of you will be surprised in your next visit. To eliminate the discomfort associated with injections, topical agents are now applied to tissues prior to the injection. Whatever the new advances in dentistry “A clean soothing atmosphere and a calm, reassuring dentist can make your next dental visit more pleasant”.
On a different Note
As I sit here, at the edge of the bed, blankly staring at the hideously painted ceiling, I cannot help but wonder about all the people that I have lost throughout my twenty-one years of existence. Sounds like a very short period of time...doesn't it? Then why is it that I feel otherwise? Why is it that I feel like I have been in this world for decades? Is it because I have played hide and seek with death too many times? Or is it because I have seen death up close and personal?
I cannot even begin to imagine how it would ever be possible for a child to live without the shelter of their parents. It always rips my heart apart to hear about sudden deaths of parents leaving their new born babies or children behind. I wonder about their uncertain future, their lifeless lives, and their naive minds. How does a mother explain to her innocent little children about their fathers' demise? Would they even understand the meaning of death? Would they know that they will never ever in a million years be able to see their father again? Would they realize that when they are tucked in bed at night, waiting for their father to read them their favourite story book and kiss them good-night, he will never show up? What happens when a mother passes away leaving her precious family behind? How does one cope with that? Likewise, how does a mother or a father feel upon seeing the lifeless body of their ever so loved son or daughter resting in the morgue? Like I said, I cannot even begin to comprehend what it must feel like.
In fact, I find it quite ironic that even though death is a factual part of life and rather inevitable, we still treat it like something absurd and out of the blue. The thing is we don't wake up in the morning thinking that, “okay…today someone I love is going to die. So, get ready…and simply accept it…it is after all a part of life…and just calmly move on”. Death has a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. In many cases you do expect it, which is in my opinion ten times more terrifying, frightening, horrifying, petrifying…whatever you are comfortable calling it. Excuse my language, but it does scare the living hell out of me.
I have to say though, to all those people that have gone through this excruciatingly agonizing experience and are still able to continue on with their lives, you are absolutely amazing. In my book, you are fantabulous superb beings for having the courage and determination to stand up once again and challenge all that life throws at you. To possess that kind of willpower and use it to strengthen, not just yourself, but others as well is no simple task. I personally feel that nothing loved is ever truly lost, and pain is a small price to pay for memories. After all, saying “goodbye” is often another way of saying “I remember”.
In loving memory of the departed souls of my dearest ones.
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