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Dr K K Aggarwal

There are only two types of people in the community: leaders or followers. Most of us are followers with only a few amongst us with leadership qualities. A leader is the symbolic soul of a group who acts as a catalyst for change and transformation. The group may be a family, business, political party, community, nation, civilization or any other organization. The actions of the leaders are shaped by the memory and experience, propelled by desires.
The state of consciousness and their corresponding mind-body expressions determine the response to a situation. Read more

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Women are not diagnosed or treated as aggressively as men. Even though more women than men die of heart disease each year, women receive 33% of all angioplasties, stents and bypass surgeries; 28% of implantable defibrillators; and 36 percent of open-heart surgeries, according to the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease.

Although the traditional risk factors for coronary artery disease — such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure and obesity — have a detrimental impact in men and women, certain factors play a bigger role in the development of heart disease in women. Read more

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Once Yudhishtra was asked by his brothers for a particular event, he answered that the same will be done the next day. Listening that, all the brothers started dancing with excitement realizing that all of them will be alive till that period.

The deeper meaning of this instance is that for practical purpose everybody is born in the morning, does his or her activities and dies in the night which means that one should not postpone any work for tomorrow and live every moment of his or her life. Read more

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If you are dependent on alcohol, or have other medical or mental health problems you should stop drinking completely. Reduction of heavy drinking may be a more acceptable goal for some patients who lack readiness to quit drinking.

The frequency of heavy drinking (more than five drinks per day for men and four for women) has the highest correlation with negative life consequences such as impaired driving, interpersonal problems, and injuries. Read more

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1. What you believe in can have a big impact on health and longevity. People with high levels of religious beliefs or spirituality have lower cortisol responses. Cortisol is a hormone the body releases in response to stress.

2. Positive thinking produces nearly a 30 percent drop in perception of pain. Read more

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Vitamin D levels are inversely correlated with the risk for type 2 diabetes and this association may be partially mediated by subclinical inflammation

A study published in the journal Diabetes Care, involving 1,683 middle-aged and senior adults found an independent association between serum 25-OHD Read more

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PTSD is a stress which lasts for up to 13 days if handled properly and for months or years if not handled after an acute stress. This can be a serious disorder.

The reference to grieved mourning a death can be found in the Vedic literature. There is custom that the grieved partner is made to weep till she or he is overwhelmed with emotions. In fact, all relatives and friends participate in the exercise, depending upon their respective closeness to the deceased.

In the antim yatra most relations join and after that the grieved person is made to sit for 90 minutes every day as a part of the ceremony which either ends on chautha or tervi where again everybody known gather together to end the ceremony. Thereafter, normal activities of life are resumed.

In some sections of the society there is also a custom of shaving the head or doing ‘daan’ of hairs and or wearing white clothes.

There is a scientific explanation behind these customs?
The plausible explanation are many and are based on the observation that a grieved person may go into depression which if not treated properly may last for months together, or even forever. For example the acute stress after the death of somebody very close will be called acute traumatic stress and the condition Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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1. Processed meats: eat none or less than 2 servings (2-3 ounces) per week. Processed meats are those preserved using salts, nitrites, or other preservatives. They include hot dogs, bacon, sausage, salami, and other deli meats, including deli ham, turkey, bologna, and chicken. Long-term observational studies have found that the worst types of meats for the heart are those that are processed.

2. Highly refined and processed grains and carbohydrates: eat none or at most 7 servings (one ounce) per week. Studies have linked whole grain intake — in place of starches (like potatoes) and refined carbohydrates (like white bread, white rice, and low-fiber breakfast cereals) — to a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes, and possibly stroke. Whole grains are also linked to lower weight gain over time. Whole grains lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and may improve blood vessel function and reduce hunger.

Refined or processed foods include white bread, white rice, low-fiber breakfast cereals, sweets and sugars, and other refined or processed carbohydrates.

High levels of processing remove many of the most healthful components in whole grains, such as dietary fiber, minerals, phytochemicals, and fatty acids.

High levels of processing destroy the food’s natural structure. For example, eating a food made of finely milled oats (e.g., Cheerios) or grains (e.g., typically finely milled whole-grain bread) produces much higher spikes in blood sugar than less-processed versions such as steel-cut oats or stone-ground bread.

Processing often adds many ingredients that are less healthy, particularly trans fats, sodium, and sugars. Fourth, some research shows that fructose is metabolized differently than other sugars, in a way that increases the liver’s production of new fat. Fructose represents about half of the sugar in sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup or sucrose (found in cane sugar and beet sugar). That’s not to suggest that you never eat a slice of pie or white bread — just make them an occasional treat rather than a regular part of your diet.

3. Soft drinks and other sugary drinks: drink none at most seven 8-ounce servings per week (one 8-ounce serving per day). The examples are sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, and sports drinks. A 12-ounce can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of table sugar. Diet sodas are sugar-free or low in calories, but have no nutrients.

Sugary drinks have all the same ill effects on the heart as highly refined and processed carbohydrates. The body does not compute the calories you ingest in liquid form in the same way as it does the calories you take in from solid foods. So if you add a soda to your meal, you are likely to eat about the same amount of calories from the rest of your food as if you drank water instead. The soda calories are just “added on.” In addition to the other harms of highly refined and processed carbohydrates, sugary drinks also increase your chances of weight gain. (Source Harvard HEALTH beat)

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