The brain or brain is one of the most important organs in the human body. This organ, weighing approximately one and a half kilograms, works like a remote control, our brain controls all the activities of our body. For the movement and activities of all parts of the body, it is necessary to have control of the brain over them. If a person’s brain stops functioning (responding, carrying out daily processes), then that person is considered medically dead.
The World Brain Foundation celebrates World Brain Day on July 22 every year to raise awareness about the brain and its associated diseases. Brain Awareness Week is celebrated all over the world, in which campaigns are organized to give information about the brain. Many of these programs are also organized in major cities of India.
The human mind is a wonderful creation of nature. The structure of this organ, which weighs only one and a half kilos, is quite complex, in which there are about 100,000 million nerves. Imagine that these veins are tied and its rope is made, then it will become so long that it can wrap around the whole earth four times. If there is an injury to the nervous system, the surrounding tissues can grow and do the work of that injured nervous system, but new nerves can never be born. That is why the care and protection of the brain is very important.
“Brain Health for All” – May everyone’s brain be healthy, this is the theme of this year’s World Brain Day. In this topic the importance of our brain, its functional activities and the protection of the brain has been shown.
In this year’s World Brain Day campaign, 5 key messages are given:
- awarenessGive information about the brain and its related diseases. Organizing special lectures on the brain for school and university students, showing images of the brain in a museum model to explain diseases and treatment facilities. Motivating schoolchildren to learn more about the brain through drawing and debate competitions.
- preventionSerious diseases like stroke, brain infection, epilepsy can be controlled by taking proper preventive measures. By controlling the main causes of brain diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, smoking, etc. Stroke is 80 to 90% preventable. Diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s can be prevented from progressing by adopting a good and healthy lifestyle.
- supportIt is very important to make available to people the benefits of scientific studies, new research and treatments for brain diseases at an affordable cost. Therefore, the government should be pressured to make people-friendly programs by associations of medical communities, groups of people who have been cured of diseases in all parts of the world. These programs must be continuously monitored so that they are available to the right beneficiaries.
- education: “Education for all” There are many areas of the world where this thing is still limited to writing only on paper. All governments and non-governmental organizations around the world will have to work together to eliminate this socio-educational inequality.
- the accessInformation about the brain and resources for its treatment must be made available to everyone around the world, either digitally or in the form of newsletters for awareness campaigns. Specialist doctors and hospitals should make efforts to make state-of-the-art treatments available to the general public.
With these five themes in mind, this year’s Global Brain Awareness Campaign has been designed. Doctors, patient self-help groups, organizations doing the best campaigns are encouraged to raise more and more awareness among the general public.
The Indian Association of Neurologists is an all India association of neurologists with more than 3300 members. More than a hundred public programs have been organized across the country to commemorate this year’s Brain Day. To create awareness about brain diseases among the employees of corporate organizations, to organize special lectures on brain health for school and college students, to create curiosity among young children to know about the brain and its diseases through painting competitions, to provide the training and information needed in self-help groups. of patients are some of these great programs. Indian Association of Neurologists is also running a unique campaign ‘Two million steps towards brain health’. The aim of this campaign is to keep members physically fit.
A good and healthy lifestyle plays a very important role in controlling brain diseases. It is very important to control problems like blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol. Eat more nutritious foods, don’t eat fried/fatty and sweet foods. Eat green vegetables, leafy and all kinds, sprouted legumes every day.
Every person should exercise for at least 30 to 45 minutes every day. In this you can keep your body and mind healthy and fit by including walking, running, jogging, exercising, yoga, meditation etc.
take care of yourselfThese serious diseases can be prevented by spreading information about the brain and its diseases to as many people as possible. This can help us lead a healthy life.
(The author is Dr. Suryanarayan Sharma PM, Senior Neurologist and Stroke Specialist at Apollo Hospitals (Bangalore). He is also the Secretary of the Karnataka Stroke Foundation (Bangalore).)