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ADC assignment

I have attached ADC write up download from here.

Now as you have already realised that i am back in town… i would like to share my first day

so here it goes –

13 Jan [12:15 am] : Arrived at pune station

13 Jan [01:15 am] : Reached my flat

After big healthy sleep, i made it to college

13 Jan [10:45 am] : Reached college (guys did u notice this is same day!!!)

Even though it was just a month holiday it seem ages so i met and greeted everyone with jhappi (hugs!!), now don’t get me wrong those people were not just some people but MY FRIENDS.

But my happiness didn’t make it past 11:00 am

you know why??

lets just say i had loads of very uninteresting,boring to death, mind-boggling, …(seriously i can fill this space with lot more rude words and abuses but to keep clean, i stop here.)

In recess i met one of my close friend -> Kaustubh Rajwade

again boring stuff – teachers,classes

and so college ended.

In evening, i paid flat rent and did some room cleaning .

Now it is 14 Jan [1:53 am]

gagsays signing off

good night

Happy New Year!!

This is for you guys…

Happy New Year

I made no resolutions for the New Year.  The habit of making plans, of criticizing, sanctioning and molding my life, is too much of a daily event for me.  ~Anaïs Nin

New Year’s Day:  Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions.  Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.  ~Mark Twain

As the new year blossoms, may the journey of your life be fragrant with new opportunities, your days be bright with new hopes and your heart be happy with love! Happy New Year

Before you start reading the actual post, i want you to know that at any rate it might be near impossible to convince your parents that

  • Eating lots of carrots will not improve your eyesight.

  • Spinach is not going to make you iron-man.

  • Computer screens can damage your eyes as much as reading a text book can deter your eye sight!

These are examples of medical and health myths that have been sustained over the years. Many people, including doctors believe in these myths although they are either not true or lack scientific evidence. Some of these myths also have very amazing and unbelievable origins.

The following article presents 30 medical myths you definitely need to know. All myths are busted by research from well-known and established institutions. The myths are separated in the following categories:

  • Food & Drink Medical Myths
  • General Health Medical Myths
  • Eyesight Medical Myths
  • Mobile Phone Related Medical Myths
  • Metabolism Medical Myths

Food & Drink Medical Myths

Myth 1: Carrots can improve your eyesight

This is one of the best medical myths ever. We have been told many times that eating carrots improves our eyesight because they contain a lot of vitamin A. Indeed carrots do contain vitamin A but consuming a lot of vitamin A has nothing to do with improving our vision.

The origins of this myth go back to the dates of World War II. The British Intelligence service spread the rumour that their pilots ate a lot of carrots and that’s why they were so successful in destroying German targets. The truth for their success was the use of radars and not the consumption of huge amounts of carrots!! In an effort to hide the existence of radars the British spread around this myth that is sustained with great success until today.

Myth 2: Eating spinach can make you stronger

I am sure that most of us have seen Popeye getting stronger and more powerful with a tin of spinach. In fact Popeye is the first word that comes to mind when we hear about spinach. The truth about this lovely myth is that spinach does not make you stronger. On the contrary spinach is a vegetable that contains low levels of iron. There are other green vegetables that contain more iron than spinach.

The myth that spinach is a full iron vegetable emerged from a typo mistake made in a report many years ago. In the report spinach was noted to have 34mg of iron (per half tin) but in reality is has only 3.4mg. This typo let people believe that spinach is a full iron vegetable and in addition to the low price of spinach it became very popular.

Another reason that this medical myth lasts for so many years, and will continue to exist for a number of years, is of course Popeye!

Popeye with Spinach image
Popeye image by geozilla

Myth 3: The consumption of turkey makes us sleepy

This myth is based on the fact that turkey contains tryptophan, an amino acid located in protein that affects sleep and mood. However, the quantity contained in the turkey is not more than in other foods like chicken or veal and in some cases it is even less per gram than it is contained in pork or cheese. The myth apparently stems from the fact that all of us feel drowsy after a big meal (and eating turkey is a big meal), because the body consumes energy for digestion and thus the blood flow and oxygenation in the brain is reduced.

Myth 4: We need to drink at least eight glasses of water a day

An article by the USA National Academy of Sciences (60 years ago) noted that a good indication for water consumption for adults is 2.5 litres a day. In the same article they also noted, in the last sentence, that this quantity is already contained in the food we eat. In other words we consume the water our body needs in the food we eat.

Researchers suggested that if we ignore the last statement from the article then it could be interpreted as a directive for the consumption of eight glasses of water a day. Other research suggests though that we get sufficient levels of water in our body from the typical daily consumption of juices, milk and even caffeine drinks.

From all the studies carried out so far researchers did not find any scientific evidence to support this medical myth.

Myth 5: Coffee is harmful for our health

Coffee is consumed on a daily basis by millions of people. It is the world’s morning favourite drink.

It is a fact that the excessive consumption of coffee may be hitting the nerves and this can cause increased excitability. Normal consumption of coffee though can be good for our health.

A study by Harvard University with more than 125,000 people drinking coffee showed that women were 30% less likely to suffer type ‘2 diabetes’. Other studies have shown that coffee reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s and cancer of the colon. In addition, coffee rejuvenates the spirit and despite the impact in the energy levels of our body, coffee has absolutely no effect on the heart.

Two to three cups of coffee a day is beneficial to our health. However if we notice symptoms of anxiety and insomnia, then it is better to reduce coffee or switch to decaffeinate drinks.

Myth 6: Eat when you’re cold and diet when you have fever

This myth was created as a result of statements to medical dictionaries and reports made hundreds of years ago. An example is a reference made in a medical dictionary, which stated that “fasting is the best medicine for fever”.

Cold and fever are usually due to viruses making cycles that last 7 to 10 days, regardless of what we do to combat them. Research did not prove sufficient evidence that diet affects cold or fever.

Myth 7: Fresh is always better than frozen

Ever since scientists have pointed out the benefits of antioxidants, people started to believe that eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is a better choice than eating frozen. In fact we tend to believe that frozen is second-class food.

Frozen food can be as beneficial as fresh food because fresh fruits and vegetables are cut when they are at the top of their nutritional value and transferred to factories where they are frozen. This process locks down their nutrient ingredients and so frozen food has all the nutrient ingredients. Fresh fruit and vegetables when placed on the shelves – they lose some of their nutritional ingredients because of heat, air and moisture.

Myth 8: Eggs increase cholesterol

During the’60s and’70s, scientists have associated cholesterol in the blood with heart disease. Eggs that are rich in cholesterol eventually came out of our daily diet.

Recent studies showed that saturated and trans fat in the diet of a person are more likely to increase the risk of heart disease than eggs. One egg has only 1.6 grams of saturated fatty acids, while a glass of milk with 2% fat contains 3 grams of saturated fat. Eggs provide protein in the body as well as vitamins A and D without making you gain extra weight. If you eat an egg for breakfast, you simply need to be careful with the amount of cholesterol that will take from other foods during the day.

Myth 9: Bananas are high in Fat

Many people think that bananas are high in fat. The truth about this myth is that bananas are actually low in fat. Bananas are made up of 95 calories and ½ gram of fat.

Myth 10: Chocolates causes acne

There is no evidence that chocolate; sugar, oil, milk or any other food causes acne. Some people believe that certain foods may be the cause of acne. No clinical research has proven that food is associated with acne. You can learn more how to get rid of acne

Myth 11: Natural products are safer than artificial.

Mother Nature has produce some of the most dangerous substances known to mankind-among them arsenic and botulin. Humans have created laboratories to produce medicines that can control or treat many life-threatening diseases. Many important medicines also come from plants that are not only acting as medicines, but also have the side effects of medicines.

The safety of a product, whether natural or synthetic, can be assessed only in carefully designed clinical (in humans) studies – and there are few natural substances that have been tested this way. Therefore it is not justified in any way that natural products are always safer than artificial. Exceptions to this myth are cases where it has been clinically proven.

General Health Medical Myths

Myth 12: Take pain relief drugs only if you are in high pain

The abuse of drugs is a very well known problem. Some people tend to take medicines with the slightest pain while others avoid medicines and drugs completely. The pain relief drugs are more effective when taken at the start of an episode of pain and not when the pain has developed fully. Actually it is recommended to use pain relief drugs in advance when you know that some activities will cause you pain. For example if you have problems with arthritis and you plan to make some manual work that usually gives you pain, you better take a pain relief medicine before starting the activity.

Myth 13: Cholesterol is bad for you.

There is ‘bad’ cholesterol and ‘good cholesterol’. Bad cholesterol is created by saturated fats found in food like meat and cheese. This type cholesterol can be the cause of heart diseases.

Good cholesterol is found in unsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds and oily fish. Good cholesterol helps transporting cholesterol away from the arteries, back to the liver.

Myth 14: We use only 10% of our brains

The theory for using only 10% of our brainpower is there for almost a century. Sometimes this belief is charged to Albert Einstein but this has not been recorded to any report or statement. It is believed that they reason for carrying out this myth for so many years is to stress people the importance of self-improvement.

Nevertheless, figurative and metabolic brain research and other studies from investigations of people with learning disabilities showed that people use more than 10% of their brains. The different iconographic investigations proved that no part of the brain is absolutely quiet or inactive. A detailed study of the brain failed to indicate the non-active 90%.

Myth 15: The hair and nails continue to grow and after death

This claim is repeated in movies and emissions but it is not true. The hair and nails to grow require a «complex hormonal coordination» that stops after death.

Myth 16: The shaving of the hair makes them grow faster, darker or coarser

This myth is repeated by the media and reinforced when short beard appears after shaving. A clinical study conducted in 1928 showed that shaving does not have an impact on the growing of hair, a finding that is also confirmed by more modern studies. When hair is re-grown after shaving they seem more rugged because they do not have the smooth head of the non-shaved hair. They also seem darker because they are not affected by the sun like the non-shaved hair. You can visit this blog on how to make your hair grow faster. Also there are today natural ways to re-gain your lost hair. One such way is provillus. You can read various provillus reviews to understand better how it works. You can also use vitamins for hair loss to protect you from loosing your hair.

Myth 17: Stress makes our hair grey

This myth has been maintained over the time due to the complexities modern life has to offer. People tend to think that stress caused by our daily hassles can make our hair go grey.

The truth about this myth is that excessive stress can actually make us older both internally and externally. Stress increases the number of free radical molecules that attack healthy cells and this increases the production of stress hormones in the body. Nevertheless, until now, there is no scientific evidence that one bad day can make our hair grey. The reason for making our hair grey is due to the genetic characteristics of each individual. See also [“21 Tips to Manage Stress in our Life and Work “]

Myth 18: If we feel cold we will end up sick

Cold does not affect our immune system unless we are so much cold and the defenses of our body are destroyed – and this only happens in a state of hypothermia. We cannot get sick from cold, unless we catch a virus that will make us sick. The reason why we get sick easier during the cold winter is not the low temperature but it is because we are indoors where there are droplets of viruses that give us the cold.

When we keep our body warm this does not mean that we are protecting ourselves from getting sick. A study by Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh showed that optimistic people exposed to the virus cold remedies are 13% less likely to catch a cold compared with those who are more depressed!

Myth 19: The Use of Lipsticks can poison you

In 2007, an environmental group named Campaign for Safe Cosmetics checked 33 different lipsticks for lead. Despite the fact that there is no allowable limit of lead in lipsticks, 1 / 3 of the samples checked they contained a greater quantity of lead than that allowed in sweets. These findings created the myth that lipsticks can be harmful to your health because of the amount of lead they carry.

The American Cancel Society after studying the results of this research decided that the risk from lead in lipsticks is extremely small. Lead poisoning is usually caused by other environmental factors, such as pipes and paint in old houses for example. In conclusion, there is no reason to concern that the use of lipsticks can poison you.

Myth 20: Do not swim immediately after your eat

This is a very common myth that has been around for many years. This myth is indeed correct if one has to participate in a swimming race, swim for a long distance or struggle with the waves or a strong current shortly after eating.

The intense physical weariness with full stomach is never a good idea, because it can lead to cramps to stomach or muscles. However, experts did not find a problem with taking a relaxing swim or going into the water shortly after meal.

What could prove extremely dangerous is swimming after alcohol consumption, because drinking may disrupt your judgment and encourage unnecessarily risky behavior.

Myth 21: Not washing properly can cause acne

Stress and the effects of hormones on sebaceous glands are the main causes of acne. It is not in any way proved that not showing properly will create acne. On the contrary cleaning your face too often can actually increase acne as the body compensates to replace the body oil washed away. On the contrary what you can achieve by washing your face twice a day is to get rid of blackheads

Myth 22: Use batonetes to clean your ears.

Batonetes might induce the cell ( «candle») deep inside the ear, and thus reducing hearing. If the accumulation of cell represents a problem for you, try medicated drops that soften them or make sure you visit a specialist doctor to clean it for you.

Eyesight Medical Myths

Myth 23: Reading with low light ruins eyesight

The idea that low light ruins eyesight has its roots in the pain of the eye. Low lighting makes it difficult for the eye to focus, leading to fewer eye-closings and hence this leads to dry eyes. So reading with low lighting is «inconvenient» but does not create permanent damage to the eyes.

Myth 24: Computer screens can damage our eyes

The enormous usage of computers both in the office but also at home has created the idea that computers are machines harmful to our eyes. Many people visit the eye doctors and others are making complaints about discomfort and fatigue in the eyes after prolonged and continuous use of the computer.

A number of investigations and researches made for this myth have shown that video terminals are not detrimental to our eyes. This is because it has been proven that the video terminals emit very little or no harmful radiation such as X-rays or ultraviolet radiation. Therefore, with simple words, our eyes are not in a long-term risk from a computer screen.

Mobile Phone Related Medical Myths

Myth 25: Mobile phones pose significant electromagnetic interference in hospitals

Various references suggest that mobile phones cause erroneous alarms to screen machines and the malfunctioning of medical electric pumps. After the publication of a medical report that included more than 100 cases of possible electromagnetic interference with medical equipment, the Wall Street Journal published an article on the subject, which led to the ban of mobile phones from several hospitals.

So far research did not show any evidence that supports this myth. In 2005 the Mayo Clinic conducted 510 tests with 16 medical equipment and six mobile phones. The study showed a rate of only 1.2% that can be considered as a clinically significant interference. Another study made in 2007 with 300 tests conducted at 75 treatment rooms did not also prove any kind of interference. On the contrary a major investigation into Anesthetists showed that the use of mobile telephones by doctors is associated with a 22% reduction in medical errors due to delays.

Myth 26: The Use of mobile phones can affect male fertility

A team of researchers from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine carried out a study with 364 men. The purpose of this study was to see if the use of mobile phones could affect male fertility. The study showed that men who used their mobile phones for more than 4 hours per day showed around 23% lower concentration of sperm compared with those not using any mobile phone.

Although the researchers that made this study raised the theory that the decline in sperm quality can be either the effects of electromagnetic radiation or heat in the testes, this is just a theory based on a survey. Therefore it remains a simple observation that is not based on concrete facts that can prove that mobile phones can indeed affect male fertility. It excludes, for example, other important factors such as stress of people who speak more than 4 hours in the mobile, or a sedentary lifestyle. [See also “Benefits of Exercise“]

Metabolism Medical Myths

Myth 27: Metabolism is the same for men and women

This myth suggests that the body metabolism i.e. daily energy consumption is the same for Men and women. The proportion of fat and muscles in the body is what determines the amount of energy that will be spent. Men, who typically have less fat and more muscles tend to spend more energy than women, therefore they have a better metabolism than women.

Myth 28: Fat people have a lower metabolism than slim people

This myth is completely wrong. Fat people have a better metabolism than slim people. This is because a fat person burns more calories for movement because it needs more energy (due to the extra weight) compared to a thinner person.

Myth 29: As we get older our metabolism is increasing

As we get older our basic metabolism is actually decreasing. This because over the years our body muscles are reduced and fat is increased. More specifically, the basic metabolism of the individual from the age of ten is falling about 1% to 2% per decade.

Myth 30: Reducing the number of meals per day will improve metabolism

Digestion is a function of our body that burns many calories. So greatly reducing the quantity of food we eat, our body will also reduce the rate of metabolism to save energy.

If we want to increase our metabolism we must not reduce the meals we eat but to choose food with fat-free protein and a lot of fibber. Furthermore, consumption of small meals at regular intervals (every 3 to 4 hours) helps for the better allocation of calories in our body and as a result this increases the basic metabolism.


I am finally done with me second year 3rd semester exams and now have 25-30 days for holiday.

This time i am planning to visit my ‘mamaji’ (uncle) in first week of holidays and rest of time i will be at home. So till i am in punjab i won’t have any personal internet access and hence consider me offline for that period and once i come back i will inform you all. Btw i will always be available on phone.

Now i am off to packing as right now it 9:45 am and i have to leave for railways station by 2:30 pm and i haven’t done any packing.

c u later

still w/o comp

now it seems ages, from when i last saw my baby (did you read my previous post ??? ) and moreover people at hp keep delaying by send me same lame sms that they cant find some piece of hardware for my laptop.

So for last few days i have been using my flatmate’s pc for my internet addiction and since it has ubuntu on it (i made him install it – at kinfe), i am again crazed about it.

I guess, i will get my lappy within week, till then i have lot of time on hand to spend on my studies.



Another update

Yesterday i had my university computer practical, it went pretty good. After exam me, my friend swapnil and flat mate vikas were went for little adventure in small hills behind our building while it was still raining .Of course we took some pics, it was so much fun. I never thought that there could be such place just behind our building.


I am posting this late as my internet was down for last two days most probably due to heavy rain.

um… today i finished Digital fortress (novel by dan brown). I think its a good novel but manym of you folks might not like it talks too much about technology specially computer, cryptography, right to privacy…..

thats pretty much all. i wont becoming to my blog for atleast 6-7 days as i am giving my laptop for minor repairs.

have a good day/night   (which ever appeals to u ;-))

Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani

Yesterday me along with my flat mates went for 1st day 1st show of ajab prem ki ghazab kahani at city pride.

Now i am not going to write any review but just give my rating

In short, i can say that –

this movie have nothing new to offer, just over use of same cooked up formulae used by many movies and at many points where it tries to be funny,its not even close to it, though it tries to do same in every 5 minute.

I just don’t get it, why every newly released comedy movies has to have chasing scenes in end, seriously they are not comical anymore.


I am still alive

Ok its been long, i last posted here. A lot have been happening around me so didn’t much time for here.

While writing this post, i didn’t had anything particular to talk about but just then i checked my mail.

Can you imagine, i got this in my mail.

GROSSSSSS!!! isn’t it

Don’t panic, even if you have also got this email.

No this is not some aliens performing mubo jumbo experiments on us BUT

This was an email, definitly not intended to disgust us to death but to educate us about Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from Anup Patil mam, of course from google group ( 😉 nothing personal).

Those who haven’t joined mit se it group but want this email (really guys, don’t u have nothing else to do) can send me their email address so i can forward this mail to them.

Lastly, if you come across much more educational *ahem* GROSS *ahem* article please let me know.

Happy computing