Dangerous Side Effects of Disposable Thermocol Plates & Melamine Plates

Eating hot food off plastic plates can increase the risk of kidney stones. Heating melamine crockery may harm health;


Its is a favourite of parents and picnic-goers the world over. But new research suggests that eating hot meals on melamine crockery could actually be harmful to health.


Taiwanese researchers have found that hot temperatures increase the amount of melamine we are exposed to – and this can increase the risk of kidney stones.


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Lead researcher by Chia-Fang Wu, of Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan, said:’Melamine tableware may release large amounts of melamine when used to serve high-temperature foods.’


Studies of melamine toxicity in animals indicate that ingestion can cause kidney stones, kidney damage and may induce cancer.


And in 2008, melamine-tainted baby formula(causing an especially high dose) was linked to six deaths and 50,000 hospitalizations related to kidney stones and kidney disease in China.


The study was published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.


Thermocol contains an important thermoplastic compound, called polystyrene which is obtained by the polymerisation of styrene or phenylethene. The chemical properties of phenylethene are identical to polyethene.


It responds very slowly to bacterial decomposition in the soil, thus making the soil infertile. It also releases poisonous gases on burning, which can cause respiratory problems, or even death, when inhaled. Hence thermocol is harmful for the environment.


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Ignorance is bliss, and for shops selling food items in hazardous disposable utensils, public’s ignorance is certainly a blessing.


Most multinational food chains use quality products while serving their food products in disposable utensils. The plates, cups and glass used by these companies are made from paper products instead of chemical-based utensils.


In contrast, local food outlets and sweetshops serve food items in disposable utensils made from Thermocol sheets. These shops are able to purchase the cups and plates at a low price compared to the high quality disposable products made from paper.


According to doctors, Thermocol sheets are injurious to health as they are not properly sterilised and can also contaminate the food served in them. As a result, people may be affected by bacterial infections, skin allergies and gastro problems.


“Most people do not know that the food served in disposable plates can be contaminated and result in health problems,” said Dr Tahir Sharif, a nutritionist working at Holy Family Hospital while talking to Dawn.


He said it was the duty of the local administration and the health department to check food outlets and other shops that were using the hazardous product.


In addition, he said there was a dire need to apprise people of the problem as most people were not even aware of the risk.


“Customers should simply refuse to accept cooked or baked food that is served in these disposable utensils because hazardous chemicals are used in their(the utensil’s) production. People should demand paper-made disposable glasses and cups for coffee, tea and other beverages,” he said.


Furthermore, Dr Sharif maintained that the products not only affected the health but also the environment.


District Officer Solid Waste Dr Mazhar Azeem was against the increased use of polythene bags and Thermocol utensils.


He said it was difficult for his department to clear drains and sewerage lines as the material clogged them. Furthermore, it was difficult to dump the disposable material at landfill sites as they did not decompose easily.


People should start using BIO-DEGRADABLE products like banana leafs or Areca plates to eat food to avoid cancer and to solve global warming issue.

Best Successful People Reveal their Leadership Qualities That Matter Most


What makes a good leader?

Is it talent? Is it a prior track record of success in their field? Is it the ability to motivate? A penchant for mentorship? A flair for innovation?

Yes … and no.

There are many leadership qualities that truly inspiring trailblazers possess, but there’s no single formula you can point to and say,“There — she’s met all the criteria for being a great leader.” Like so many other attributes in life, it’s more of a “I know I when I see it” kind of thing.

And nobody knows leadership better than great leaders themselves. These 40 trailblazers have risen through the ranks and won hard-earned wisdom from the trenches. Their insights will inspire you and set a standard to strive for.

Leadership Qualities Explained by 40 Ultra-Successful Leaders


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Good Karma – 5 Important Ways To Create Good Karma

Karma, in a layman’s words, is an individual’s action, intention, work, or deed. In simple terms, it can be said that your actions define your future, for what you sow, is what you’ll reap. In order to live a happy and peaceful life, it is very important that we create good karma around us. Our goodness, love, care and help towards others is what will lead us to a calm and happy life. Don’t do wrong to anyone, even if you feel he has done wrong to you. Revenge is never the answer, as it lessens his wrongful deeds and adds to yours. Always remember no person can get away with harming another, he, sooner or later, has to pay for his karma.

There have always been arguments over whether karma relates to the deeds of past life, or the present ones affecting the future. The cycle goes both ways. It is observed that at some point of time a person experiences undeserved sufferings and pains. This can be related to one’s past wrongful deeds. The only way to get rid of this is by staying positive and creating good karma around you, to the extent that it overpowers the wrong deeds of your past.

Here are a few ways to help you create good karma around yourself.

Think Positive: Your thoughts define your personality, and with a positive outlook towards life, people and work, you will automatically create a positive bubble for yourself. A positive mind only thinks of betterment, and the one who thinks of betterment of all, is only adding to his good deeds.

Spread Love: Love more, hate less. Not a new ideology though, but worth mentioning. You can win over evil just by the simple act of love. It isn’t easy to be good to people who may not be treating you right, but remember, never stoop down to that person’s level in order to deal with him. It will only fill up your heart and mind with negativity. Try to be nice always, don’t hurt anyone, stay happy and spread happiness. Ignore negative people.

Understand Pain: Always think before acting. Never let your actions be the reason for a person’s pain. We must understand that if our actions hurt, or cause pain to another, it only adds to our bad deeds which sooner or later, will get back to us.

Clear Intentions and thoughts: Bad action creates bad karma and so does bad intent. We may feel that what we think or feel remains with us, but such is never the case. Every thought is accountable. You should always be careful of what you think, for it soon changes into actions and every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Select your friends wisely: We are generally known by the people we hang around with. It is a common notion and a much factual one too that, the people we stay with most of our time have an impact on our behavior and thinking. It is therefore very important to stay with positive, happy and kind-hearted people. Spending time with negative and evil souls will only, sooner or later, incorporate the same feelings in you.

Being Yourself Is Good | Love Yourself, Its a One of Good Things

Inspirations are fine but it’s time to start being true to who you are and your passions. Try it and see what amazing things you’re in for.

Money will never be a problem
Contradicting what you show the world you believe in is very easy. As you start being true to yourself, people around you start trusting you and that is how you never get cheated and earn a much better living. Being yourself will help you connect better with people – your co-workers, bosses, customers and clients.

You find the one you’ve been looking for
If you mask your true self in front of the world, you’ll always attract the wrong crowd because they’ll think of you as someone you’re not. The day you start being you, you’ll find your true love interest who’ll love you for the way you are.

Confidence comes to you naturally
If you are what you are to the people around you, you will be a more confident individual as you have absolutely nothing to hide. This definitely makes life easy for you.

You’ll understand the true meaning of a ‘good night’ sleep
It’s the relief of being what you are and being liked for who you really are that allows you to go to sleep every night without any fear of losing anyone and anything for your mistake because only the people who love the real you stay with you for life. This is why it’s said that, “Honesty is the best policy.”

You’ll be the happiest person in the world
You’ll be a happy and optimistic person because you’ll cry when you want to, you’ll laugh when you want to. You’ll express beautifully and that will keep you less stressed and more satisfied with your life.

First Image From Mars | First Asian nation to reach the Red Planet (Mars) – What A Proud Moment For India

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) sent initial data from the Red Planet barely just 12 hours after entering its orbit.

According to a CNN IBN report, the Mangalyaan sent five photographs of Mars, tweeted from ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Twitter account (@MarsOrbiter).  The caption of the image read, “The view is nice up here.”

(Courtesy: ISRO's Mars Orbiter Twitter account)(Courtesy: ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Twitter account)

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) confirmed receiving initial data from the MOM.

India’s mission to Mars entered the orbit on Wednesday, making it the first Asian nation to reach the Red Planet, and the first country to achieve the feat in its maiden attempt.

The cost of the mission was less than the budget of the Hollywood space blockbuster “Gravity”.

The Mars Orbiter Mission, or MOM, cost $74 million (45.29 million pounds), a fraction of the $671 million the U.S. space agency NASA spent on its newly arrived MAVEN Mars mission.

With this success, India joined the United States, Russia and Europe in successfully sending probes to orbit or land on Mars.

In 2011 a Chinese spacecraft destined for Mars failed to leave Earth’s orbit after a botched Russian launch.

ISRO successfully ignited the main engine and eight small thrusters, which fired for 24 minutes, trimming the speed of the craft so it could be captured by Mars’s gravity and slide into orbit.


Nervous flight controllers received confirmation of the successful manoeuvre around 8 a.m. India time when the spacecraft, nicknamed MOM, emerged from behind the planet and transmitted a signal.

After completing the 666 million km (414 million mile) journey in more than 10 months, the spacecraft, also known as Mangalyaan — Hindi for “Mars craft” — will now study the Red Planet’s surface and scan its atmosphere for chemical methane.

ISRO scientists will operate five scientific instruments on the spacecraft to gather data, said ISRO’s scientific secretary, V. Koteswara Rao.

The expected life of the craft is six months, after which it will run out of fuel and be unable to maintain its orbit.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said he wants to expand India’s five-decade-old space programme. The technological triumph is fortuitously timed for him – he will be able to flaunt it on a trip to the United States starting on Friday.

Modi is also India’s minister of space, and noted with satisfaction that the project had cost less than “Gravity”, whose budget the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) estimates at $100 million.

Mangalyaan and NASA’s MAVEN join two other NASA orbiters, Europe’s Mars Express orbiter and two NASA rovers currently exploring Mars.

MAVEN, which arrived on Sunday, is an acronym for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution. It is designed to study the planet’s thin atmosphere in attempt to learn what happened to Mars’s water. (With inputs from agencies)