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Dr K K Aggarwal

According to Prashna Upanishad, at the time of death, the Prana Vayu (life force and respiration) merges with Udana Vayu (brain stem reflexes) and leaves the body.

But this does not happen immediately after clinical death which is defined as stoppage of heart and respiration. Medically the term used for clinically dead patients is sudden cardiac arrest.

As per the modern medicine, in cardiac arrest, the brain does not die for the next ten minutes and during this period, if the heart can be revived, life can be brought back.

The revival of patient during this period can be remembered by the formula of ten which is that within ten minutes of the stoppage of heart (cardiac arrest), if effective chest compressions are given for the next ten minutes with a speed of 100 per minutes (10X10), 80% of the cardiac arrest victims can be revived.

This period can be much longer in hypothermia state. If the temperature of the body is low, the soul does not leave the body till the temperature is brought back to normal. Today, this property of soul is also used as therapeutic measure where patients who cannot be revived in the first ten minutes of clinical death are put in a freezing chamber and artificial hypothermia is produced and these patients can then be transported to an advance cardiac centre where even after 24 hours resuscitation measure can be applied after re-warming the body. Many people have been revived even after 24 hours of cardiac arrest with such a technology.

There are instances in literature where a newborn with hypothermia was declared dead and got revived in the cremation ground when the heat of the atmosphere brought his temperature to normal and the pressure of the wood worked like cardiac massage.

This aspect of “life after death” is a contribution of the modern science to the Vedic science. Though in Vedic literature, it was well known phenomenon as Savitri brought life back into Satyavan even after his clinical death.

Take home message is that one should not declare a patient dead in the first ten minutes give cardiac massage and try reviving him with chest compression cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

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When this irritating sound blasts through the quietness of the night it can drive the sanest of people insane – well almost! There are many couples known to have divorced on this ground. It’s no joke to be accused to snoring – neither for the snorers nor for the sufferers who have to endure sleepless nights!

Even the fair sex is not immune to this malady how much so ever they might deny it. The cause of snoring is air flowing through the open mouth and causing the soft palate (side area around the back of the tongue and the tonsils) to vibrate. This results in the production of sound – the snore!

Medically snorers are found to be more prone to:

-         Heart Attacks

-         Sudden Death

-         Arrythmias – according to MEDINEWS a leading medical journal.

Certain conditions can predispose to snoring these are :

-         enlarged tonsils or adenoids

-         Congestion in the nasal sinuses

-         A deviated nasal septum

-         Loose dentures

-         Nasal polyps

-         Sleeping on your back (causes the tongue to fall back and block the windpipe partially) Aging causes the throat muscles to become flabby. This is also caused by alcohol, and certain drugs – tranquilizers, pain killers, or sedatives, all of which depress the brain and cause the muscles to be loose.

Practical remedies for this melady!

  1. Find the cause and treat it if snoring is due to any of the above conditions. Corrective measures should be undertaken ant it may stop snoring.
  2. Sleeping on the side – the tongue does not block, the airway and hence helps to prevent snoring for this purpose a ball is stitched on the back of the night suit shirt to remind the person to sleep on the side.
  3. A special anti snoring pillow can be made in which the portion under the neck is higher than the one under the head, hence extending the neck this prevents snoring.
  4. Lose weight if you are overweight especially around the belly.
  5. Stop smoking as smoke irritates the nasal mucosa and the throat.
  6. Sleep without dentures if you use them.
  7. For the sufferers one last line-stuffing your ears with cotton wool (or your partners mouth) or sleeping in another room may be the best answer to the solution. If nothing helps – just pray to God for endurance!!
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In one of my morning classes, someone introduced herself that she is not married. Marriage is not only a relationship or commitment between two persons but can be a commitment between a person and the profession. Often I am being introduced to be having married to my profession first than my wife.

Marriage or a relationship is a commitment to each other. The principle of marriage between bride and groom are also applicable with any person with his or her profession.

A marriage is a triad of riding a female horse (controlling your senses); garlanding (learning to bow and controlling the ego) and saptapadi or a vow to earn righteously with an aim to fulfill the desire of inner happiness based on the four principle of life i.e. Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. The same triad is also applicable one you are married to your profession. You are a successful professional only if you follow the above three principles.

In any relationship you need to satisfy your physical, mental, intellectual, egoistic and soul needs. When this happen between two people you call them made for each other. Same needs are in your relationship with the profession and the only difference is that the physical needs get converted into your physical work.

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Women who smoke are at twice the risk of developing cancer of the rectum and the risk goes up with the increase in number of cigarettes smoked per day, smoke duration and older age at smoking cessation.

Quoting a study published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute, Dr. KK Aggarwal said that women should never smoke. Current smokers are 95% more likely to develop rectal cancer. Younger adults can develop colorectal cancer, but the chances increase markedly after age 50. More than 9 out of 10 people diagnosed with colorectal cancer are older than 50.

History of adenomatous polyps (adenomas), especially if they are large, increase the risk of cancer.

If you have had colorectal cancer, even though it has been completely removed, you are more likely to develop new cancers in other areas of the colon and rectum. The chances of this happening are greater if you had your first colorectal cancer when you were younger.

Though the no. 1 cancer in women in urban areas is breast cancer and in rural areas is cancer of the cervix, the cancer of the rectum is on the rise.

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The Arrival at the Groom’s House, and the Bou Bhat Ceremony
On arrival at the groom’s house, women pour water on the ground under the vehicle in which they have traveled and the couple then exits the vehicle.

In some houses, the women wash the feet of the bride with milk and flour before offering sweets and sherbet to the couple. In others, the bride steps into the milk and flour and imprints her soles on the mixture. The bride is then led by the women in the house.

The elders present bless the couple. Ornaments and saris are presented to the bride. She and her groom sit on a wooden plank and the Bou Bhat ceremony begins.

Women blow conch shells, ring bells, and take up wailing. The bride does not eat any food in her in-laws house. That night, the bride wears a new sari. The bedroom is tastefully decorated with flowers. The flowers and clothes come from the bride’s house along with the sweets.

Griha Pravesh
In this ceremony, bride is greeted by the mother-in-law by aarti and tilak. The bride enters the house by kicking the rice filled pot. She generally enters the using the right foot as her first step is deemed auspicious. According to the Shastras, she is regarded as Goddess Lakshmi.

Dwar Roka
Dwar roka is an important ceremony and is performed when the newlywed bride reaches the groom’s house. When she reaches her in-laws’ place, she is stopped from entering by the groom’s sister. She can enter the house only after giving some gift/money to the groom’s sister. The ceremony indicates the importance of Nanad (sister-in-law) in the house.

Grihalakshmi
This is the first ritual after the bride reaches the groom’s home. As the bride is considered to be Ghrihajaxmi i.e. a form of Goddess Laxmi, who brings wealth and good luck to a family, she is welcomed with aarti. At the entrance of the house, a vessel filled with rice is placed. The bride is asked to knock down the vessel with her right foot, spilling some rice. This ritual is said to mark the entrance of Goddess Laxmi in the home.

Reception Ceremony
The reception ceremony is celebrated by the groom side which is a formal introduction of the bride to the family, relatives and friends of the groom. This is a grand welcome ceremony for the bride in the new environment.

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Children and teenagers with congenital heart disease should be strongly discouraged from getting a tattoo or piercing their ears or other body parts, because it could lead to a potentially deadly infection of the heart called endocarditis.

Infective endocarditis occurs when bacteria or fungi attach and begin to grow on the valves of the heart. If left untreated, it can lead to a fatal destruction of heart muscle.

Most people are not aware that they should talk to their doctor before tattooing or piercing their body.

Body art in the form of tattoos and piercing has become increasingly popular among children and teenagers.

Most experts today strongly discourage all forms of body art. For those who cannot be dissuaded, the recommendation is to give antibiotics prior to tattooing or piercing, “with strong advice for prompt treatment of any signs of subsequent infection”.

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Most of us are taught to prostrate before our parents, elders, teachers and noble souls by touching their feet.  The elder in turn blesses us by placing his or her hand on or over our heads.

Prostration is done daily or on important occasions. Touching the feet in prostration is a sign of respect for the age, maturity, nobility and divinity that our elders personify.

Good thoughts create positive vibrations. Good wishes springing from a heart full of love, divinity and nobility have a tremendous strength through the transfer of energy during blessing. When we prostrate with humility and respect, we invoke the good wishes and blessings of elders which flow in the form of positive energy to envelop us. This is why the posture assumed whether it is in the standing or prone position, enables the entire body to receive the energy thus received.

Other forms of showing respect are :

  1. Pratuthana – rising to welcome a person.
  2.  Namaskaara – paying homage in the form of namaste.
  3.  Upasangrahan – touching the feet of elders or teachers.
  4.  Shaashtaanga – prostrating fully with the feet, knees, stomach, chest, forehead and arms touching the ground in front of the elder.
  5.  Pratyabivaadana – returning a greeting.
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Winter sore throat in children needs to be differentiated, because the viral sore throat needs no treatment; however, bacterial sore throat, if ignored, can end up with permanent heart or kidney damage.

Sore throat is a symptom, not a disease. During winter season if children between 5 to 15 years complain of redness in the throat with fever ranging between 101–104°F and associated enlarged tender cervical lymph nodes, they need immediate attention and antibiotics. This sore throat is devoid of any cough, nasal discharge or nasal congestion.

On the contrary, viral sore throat will present with recurrent cough and nasal discharge.

The bacteria sore throat illness may last only for 2 to 3 days and if no antibiotics are given, the child may present with joint pains and involvement of the heart/kidney weeks later.

So called strep sore throat, the illness licks the joints and bites the heart. Six out of every 1000 children suffer from this illness. The illness is more common in winter season as children tend to spend more time indoor with each other.

Schools should be especially concerned about cough in children as the disease can rapidly spread from one child to another by droplet infection.

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