Health warnings as image culture drives usage of performance-enhancing drugs

 Many face complications by mixing steroids with alcohol and drugs such as cocaine.

 

Up to 1 million people in the UK are taking anabolic steroids and other image- and performance-enhancing drugs (IPEDs) to change the way they look, public health experts and doctors have said.

This ranges from teenagers seeking the perfect physique to elderly men hoping to hang on to youthful looks.

Research suggests that appearance rather than sporting performance is the reason for a majority of those now using anabolic steroids and other IPEDs.

There is growing concern that the desire to conform to a “ripped” male image beloved of people featured in lifestyle magazines and reality television shows is causing tens of thousands of young men to put their long-term health at risk by taking ever more complex cocktails of IPEDs. Many also face complications by mixing steroids with alcohol and drugs such as cocaine.

 

Police forces and border officials are seeing an increase in the number of underground laboratories “cooking” steroids in the UK and consignments of drugs being imported to the UK from countries where IPEDs can be bought over the counter. The rise of social media has made it easier to swap both information and products.

Josie Smith, the head of the substance misuse programme at Public Health Wales, said there had been extraordinary changes in both the profile of people using IPEDs and the availability of the substances.

In Wales, which has long been seen as a hotspot for steroid use, boys as young as 13 were known to be using IPEDs. “It has become normal and acceptable,” she said. “From a public health perspective there are genuine and very real concerns.”

Just over half of people who use Welsh needle exchanges – where safe drugs equipment is handed out – are steroid users and in some of the southern valleys the proportion is 75%. 

Frank Atherton, the chief medical officer for Wales, said steroid use was a significant issue. “It’s something we’re monitoring carefully. It’s a cultural thing. Among some young men there’s a desire to be perceived as bulky and muscly. It’s the message we see from GQ and other magazines.”

Police forces are promising to clamp down on dealers. Commander Simon Bray, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for drugs, said: “While the possession of anabolic steroids is not a criminal offence, the sale or distribution of them is and there are significant risks to the health of young people who misuse steroids for non-medical reasons. 

“There is also a growing problem of counterfeit and illicit steroids which poses further health risks as they are often produced in environments unfit for the preparation of goods destined for human consumption and without the same safety testing.”

Public Health Wales estimates there are about 350,000 male users aged 16-64 who visit needle exchanges across England, Wales and Scotland. But it points out there are many more who do not use exchanges as well as those who take steroids orally. It also adds that the figure excludes women as well as very young and older IPED users.

 The national IPED info report is considered the most in-depth study of usage. Joe Kean, who is the lead recruiter of steroid users for the report, said he was confident there were about 900,000 users in the UK. Kean, who is based in Yorkshire, said users he had worked with included an imam and that members of the emergency services and military were a subgroup that more research needed to be done on.

“None of them see themselves as drug users,” Kean said. “The first thing they say when they arrive at a needle exchange is: ‘I’m not a smackhead.’ If you start mentioning bloodborne viruses and HIV rates they look at you as though you’re an alien that has just landed.

“The evidence is emerging that steroid use will cost the NHS millions. Lads are taking steroids, drinking and taking a bit of coke and they go out feeling hard and manly. Steroids, alcohol and cocaine are the holy trinity for heart issues.”

According to the article published on Guardian- The Guardian has spoken to several doctors who work closely with users and said they believed there were a million users in the UK.

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Diwali Tour UK 2017 - Ilford

Diwali Tour UK 2017 - Ilford

Punjabi musical night with live band.

Live Performance by Harjit Harman, Rupinder Handa, Deep Dhillon & Jasmeen Jassi and many more...

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Age Limit - 16+

Dress Code - Smart Casual

Date : 27 October 2017

Link : https://asiansinuk.com/events/viewevent/636-diwali-tour-uk-2017-ilford

 

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Diwali Tour UK 2017 - Leicester

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Live Performance by Harjit Harman, Rupinder Handa, Deep Dhillon & Jasmeen Jassi and many more...

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Date : 28 October 2017

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Anubhooti – A Solo Kathak Recital Shila Mehta

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Dancing with Krishna, takes you on a journey through the essence of human spirit. Laya, raga and taal meet with the spirit of Krishna in Kathak dance to wonder from contentment to ecstasy and devotion to excitement. Featuring solo that depicts Kathak in its traditional as well as Innovative form.

Venue : W1K 1HF, 8, south audley street, London

Date and Time : Mon 30 October 2017, 18:30 – 20:30 GMT

Link : https://asiansinuk.com/events/viewevent/632-anubhooti-a-solo-kathak-recital-shila-mehta

 

Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik

London, are you ready? Yes you heard it right; our very favourite Bollywood duo Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan are coming to perform together for the first time in the UK.

Catch the king and queen of melody Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan – 5th November in Eventim Apollo, London. So hold your hearts as the ambience is going to turn very romantic. This show promises to be full of Bollywood nostalgia and is going to make you relive the era of magical moments.

Date : 5 November, 2017 06:00 PM - 5 November, 2017 11:00 PM

Venue: Eventim Apollo,45 Queen Caroline St, Hammersmith, London

Link : https://asiansinuk.com/events/viewevent/638-udit-narayan-alka-yagnik

 

Sukhwinder Singh - Up Close & Personal - London

Sukhwinder Singh with full international 15 piece band Up Close & Personal along with the beautiful special guest Sunny Leone.

Sukhwinder Singh the musical maestro began his journey in 1986. Hailing from Amritsar Panjab he quickly realised his potential in the world of Bollywood.

Bless with a soulful voice he has worked alongside great musicians such as the legend A.R. Rahman in the song Chaiya Chaiya of which he won the the best male playback singer award.

He has lent his voice to the top Bollywood actors such as Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Akshay Kumar to name a few. He team up with Shah Rukh Khan 7 times with smash hits such as Dard De Disco, Chak De India and Marjaani from Billu which has made him a household name in the Bollywood industry.

His voice has crossed over into Hollywood with the Oscar Award winning song Jai Ho from the Slum Dog millionaire.

Special Guest - Sunny Leone

Date :  23 December, 2017 06:00 PM - 1 January, 2018 01:00 AM

Venue The Intercontinental Hotel,O2 London,London,BR1 2ND

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                                        INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA 
                         ''A TRUE DIMENSION''


Yoga is a healthy way to get fit without any problems. It derived from the Sanskrit word "YUJ" which means "to unite or integrate." It is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge, which aims to transform both body and mind. On December 11 
in 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the INTERNATIONAL DAY of YOGA. It is all about harmonizing the body with the mind and breath through the means of various breathing techniques, and meditation. Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition:
It embodies unity of mind and body.
Thought and action.
Restraint and fulfillment.
Harmony between man and nature. 
A holistic approach to health and well-being.


 

The idea of an International Yoga Day was first proposed by Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA, on September 27, 2014.

Asana is defined as “posture or pose; its literal meaning is “seat.” Originally, there was only one asana–meditation.Various type of Yoga Asana Slow Neck Stretches,Tadasana (Mountain Pose), Uttanasana (Standing ForwardFold Pose), Trikonasana(Triangle Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation), Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose) and many more. 

Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it is based on similar principles:
1.
Physical Benefits
Increased flexibility, Increased muscle strength and tone, Improved respiration, energy and vitality Maintaining a balanced metabolism, Weight reduction, Cardio and circulatory health, Improved athletic performance, Protection from injury.
2. Mental Benefits

Yoga is much more than the poses. It just needs regular practice in right way of body movements and breathing. It regularizes the connection between three components of our body such as body, mind and soul. 



 

 

 

WORLD OCEANS DAY
‘Every living thing here needs me. I’m the source.’

June 8th is celebrated as World Oceans Day! Oceans are the life support system of our planet. Oceans regulate our climate. It is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. They provide the majority of our oxygen. The oceans are a global resource that we all rely upon,

 

 

• Life began in the Ocean over 3.5 billion years ago.

• Most major forms of life, live in the ocean.

• Most volcanic activity occurs in the oceans.

• There are over 6,000 known species of coral in the ocean.

• The great barrier reef(confusion) is the largest living structure on Earth and can be seen from space.

• The deep sea is the largest habitant on earth.

• The arctic ocean covers more than 5 million square miles.

• Over 71% of the earth’s surface is ocean.

 

World Oceans Day is an annual observation to honour the world's oceans, celebrate the products the ocean provides. Global pollution and over-consumption of fish have resulted in drastically dwindling population of the majority of species. World Oceans Day also provides a unique opportunity to take personal and community action to conserve the ocean and its resources.

The ocean is downstream of everything, so all of our actions, no matter where we live, effect the ocean and the marine life it holds. World Ocean Day is a time to celebrate the efforts of our entire community in protecting the blue. We can take the following simple steps: 

1. Mind Your Carbon Footprint and Reduce Energy Consumption.

2. Make Safe, Sustainable Seafood Choices.

3. Use Fewer Plastic Products. 

4. Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner.

5. Influence Change in Your Community.

6. Help Take Care of the Beach.

7. Travel the Ocean Responsibly.

8. Educate About Oceans and Marine Life.

9. Don't Purchase Items That Exploit Marine Life.

10. Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean.

 

World Oceans Day events include a variety of activities and actions, such as special outdoor explorations, beach cleanups, educational and action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events.

Oceans are the Life blood of  Planet Earth and human kind. To survive and prosper we all need healthy Oceans. More than 97% of the World’s water reside in oceans. It generates half of the Oxygen people breath. 

 

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