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Work-related Stress can kill

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Job stress raises the risk of heart disease by disrupting the body’s internal systems.

The findings from a long–running study involving more than 10,000 British civil servants also suggest stress–induced biological changes may play a more direct role than previously thought.

The researchers measured stress among the civil servants by asking questions about their job demands such as how much control they had at work, how often they took breaks, and how pressed for time they were during the day.

The team conducted seven surveys over a 12–year period and found chronically stressed workers – people determined to be under severe pressure in the first two of the surveys – had a 68 percent higher risk of developing heart disease. The link was strongest among people under 50.

Stressed workers also eat unhealthy food, smoke, drink and skip exercise – all behaviors linked to heart disease.

In the study, stressed workers also had lowered heart rate variability – a sign of a poorly–functioning weak heart – and higher–than–normal levels of cortisol, a “stress” hormone that provides a burst of energy for a fight–or–flight response.

Too much cortisol circulating in the blood stream can damage blood vessels and the heart.

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Why spiritual gurus do not suffer?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Most spiritual gurus do acquire disease but they do not suffer from them. This means that they have learnt the art of facing or fighting a disease without mental suffering. They face any adversity as an opportunity to do something different in their life.

Classical examples are Lord Krishna who suffered from a nonhealing wound and Jesus Christ who at the time of his crucifixion was calm yet positive in his approach.

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Local bone denervation by MR–guided focused ultrasound has been demonstrated as a promising tool for pain palliation of bone metastases. A study in BMC Musculoskelet Disord 2013;14(267) has shown the safety and efficacy of MR–guided focused ultrasound treatment in osteoarthritis. Significant increase of pressure pain thresholds on treated area showed successful denervation effect on the nociceptive nerve terminals. MR–guided focused ultrasound is a promising and innovative procedure for noninvasive pain management of knee OA.

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Did all Gods suffer before death?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Most Gods and spiritual gurus had suffered in their last days. Lord Krishna had a nonhealing wound, Jesus Christ was crucified, Bhagwan Rajneesh had an infectious disease, Swami Chinmayanand had low functioning heart, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi had heart and pancreatic disease, Satya Sai Baba was put on a ventilator etc. When they were God–like personalities, why did they suffer in their last days?

The answer to this comes from Vedic knowledge within the concept of rebirth. Vedanta says that the very fact that we are born means that in the last birth we did not attain moksha or liberation. In other words, this means that there were some sufferings yet to be faced. You are born to face those sufferings. When you face the last suffering, there are high chances that this suffering might be your last suffering before liberation.

Most Gods or saints who died in a phase of suffering may mean that they did not attain liberation. A person who dies suddenly or unnaturally would mean that he would have to take rebirth to face more sufferings.

According to me, terminal sufferings are good from spiritual point of view.

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Health care providers should treat unhealthy behaviors as aggressively as they treat hypertension, high cholesterol, and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association policy statement published in the journal Circulation.

Doctors should create “interprofessional practices” to connect patients with behavior–change specialists.

They must implement five As when caring for patients

  • Assess a patient’s risk behaviors for heart disease
  • Advise change, such as weight loss or exercise
  • Agree on an action plan
  • Assist with treatment
  • Arrange for follow–up care.
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Curses in Mythology

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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There were no judges in mythological era. The role of judges was performed either by Rishi Munis or by the kings. We have heard lot of examples of curses (shraps) being given by Rishi Munis. In all probability, these were the sentences uttered by them to the guilty or the culprit person. Following are a few examples.

  • The curse (shrap) of Bhasama can be equated to today’s ‘death sentence’ by electrocution.
  • Rishi Gautam giving a Shrap to Lord Indra and made him impotent for some time can be equated to chemical castration. He was later relieved by Lord Ganesha, which can be equated to acquittal from the higher court.
  • Rishi Gautam giving a Shrap to Ahilya of becoming a ‘stone’ can be equated to imprisonment for a number of years in isolation where movements are not possible (solitary confinement). Lord Rama relieving her from imprisonment (converting back to a woman) may mean a Presidential pardon and reducing the imprisonment time.

There are several similar cases of curses (shraps) in mythology that can be equated to today’s judicial system. If you have any, please forward the same to me.

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High fat diet, prostate cancer prone

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Diets high in saturated fat increase the risk of prostate cancer. As per a report from University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston published in the International Journal of Cancer:

  • Men who consume high saturated animal fat diet are two times more likely to experience disease progression after prostate cancer surgery than men with lower saturated fat intake.
  • There is also shorter “disease–free” survival time among obese men who eat high saturated fat diet compared with non–obese men consuming diets low in saturated fat.
  • Men with a high saturated fat intake had the shortest survival time free of prostate cancer (19 months)
  • Non–obese men with low fat intake survived the longest time free of the disease (46 months).
  • Non–obese men with high intake and obese men with low intake had “disease–free” survival of 29 and 42 months, respectively.

Take home messages

  • High saturated fat diet has been linked to cancer of the prostate
  • Reducing saturated fat in the diet after prostate cancer surgery can help reduce the cancer progression.
  • Cancer prostate has the same risk factors as that of heart blockages and both are linked to high saturated fat intake.
  • With an increase in number of heart patients, a corresponding increase in prostate cancer patients is also seen in the society.
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Think positive and think different

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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The Mantra to acquire spiritual health is to think positive and differently. Positive thinking produces positive hormones and takes you from sympathetic mode to parasympathetic mode. When you think different, it gives you several opportunities and from multiple options available, you can ask your heart to choose one of them.

Thinking positive was a message given by Lord Buddha and thinking different by Adi Shankaracharya.

The candle light march, which was held to fight for justice in the Jessica Lal murder case, has been picked up by most of the protest campaigns because it was positive and different.

I have seen three examples in my life where I used this and prolonged the life of those persons.

My grandfather–in–law at the age of 85 thought it was time to go but when we made him work positively and differently, he died at the age of 100 years. He was asked to teach youngsters law, write to Prime Minister everyday on certain issues and find matrimonial matches for the youngest persons in the family.

In other two cases, one was suffering from terminal prostate cancer and the other had terminal brain cancer. The first one lived for 10 years and the other is still alive.

Both were told that they had a very early cancer and that was cured by a surgery.

When you think different, it creates creativity and when it is with positive attitude, it is accepted by all.

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