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Shoe Hygiene

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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1. Avoid poorly fitting shoes.

2. Diabetic patients should avoid walking bare feet.

3. Shoes that are too tight can cause pressure ulcers.

4. High heels are okay for occasions but if you wear them all the time, significant foot pain and other problems can develop. These problems can range from bunions, corns and calluses to more complex problems like misshapen hammer toes or worsening excruciating pain in the ball of the foot.

5. Whenever you wear shoes that are tight, they will cause foot pain.

6. Whenever you wear shoes that constrict the natural shape of the foot, it is bound to cause foot pain.

7. Women, who regularly wear high heels, walk with shorter, more forceful strides and require more muscles to walk.

8. Shoes can be classified under following three categories:

• Good shoes or low risk shoes: athletic and casual sneakers.

• Average mid risk shoes: hard or rubber–soled shoes – special shoes and work boots.

• Poor or high risk shoes are the ones that do not have support or structure such as high heels, sandals, sleepers. 9. Pointed toed shoes are equally bad as they disrupt the natural shape of the feet.

10. If you love to wear heels, then choose heels that are not higher than 2″ and are wide.

11. It is always better to buy shoes in the evening as the foot swells up by evening. If you buy them in the morning, the shoes may feel tight in evening hours.

12. Always try both shoes as one foot may be smaller or larger than the other one in some people.

13. Always wear the shoes that are wider than your foot.

14. The actual size of the shoe may vary between different manufactures.

15. The selected shoe should be wider than broadest part of the foot.

16. Your foot tends to become longer and wider as you age, always check the size of your shoes every two years.

17. Narrow shoes with heels should only be used for a function, dinner or a formal party, specially a party where you do no have to stand for a longer time.

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How to remove negative thoughts

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Darkness is absence of light and similarly negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts. The answer to negative thoughts is to bring positive thoughts back. Ideal mind is devils workshop and will always think negative. Here are the ways:

• Think differently as taught by Adi Shankaracharya. Once Menaka approached Arjuna with lust and said that she wanted to have a son like him with him. Arjuna said that why wait for 25 years consider me as you son from today.

• Think opposite as taught by Patanjali. For example if you are thinking of stealing, then silently start thinking of charity.

• Think positive as taught by Buddha. Make a list of positive action to be done today as the first thing in the morning and concentrate on that list. Divert your mind to the pending works. It’s a type of behavioral therapy.

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What type of a vegetarian are you?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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There are 4 main types of vegetarian diets:

• A Lacto–ovo–vegetarian consumes dairy products and eggs but no meat, poultry, or seafood

• A Lacto–vegetarian eats dairy products but not eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood

• An ovo–vegetarian eats eggs but no dairy products, meat, poultry, or seafood

• A Vegan does not eat any animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products; many vegans will also avoid honey.

Vegetarian and plant–based diets are associated with a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancers as well as increased longevity. Vegetarian diets are typically lower in fats, particularly saturated fats and higher in dietary fiber. They are also likely to include more whole grains, legumes, nuts, and soy protein, and together with the absence of red meat, this type of eating plan may provide many benefits for the prevention and treatment of obesity and chronic health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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This sutra from the Bible reflects the union between the spirit and the soul. The ‘Spirit’ represents the Parmatama or the Brahman and ‘You’ represents the individualized spirit or the Soul (Jivatama). A temple is a place of worship and also the place where God resides. Every human being represents a temple (place of worship) where the God exists (one’s soul) and this soul is nothing but the essence of God (the spirit).

Treat all individuals in the same manner as the same spirit dwells in every human being. The soul is also the reflection of individual’s past and present karmic expressions. Most people look for and search for God in artificial temples, gurudwaras and churches, not realizing that the same God is present within us, provided we undertake the internal journey to look for Him. He is present in between the thoughts in the silent zone and can be approached by adopting any of the three pathways: Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Gyana (Gnana) Yoga.

Doing selfless work with detachment to its results; working with the principles of duty, devotion and discipline; and/or regularly doing Primordial Sound Meditation or other types of meditations can help one reach the stage of self-realization or meeting one’s true self. Once there, one can have all the happiness in life.

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When we gain weight, we must acquire more strength and when we lose weight, we must lose strength. This is a fundamental medical principle.

If we gain weight and feel weak, it is a disease and when we lose weight and gain strength, we are recovering from the disease. One should not gain more than 5kg of weight after the age of 20 years. Any weight gain after this will only be due to accumulation of fat, which leads to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance does not allow food to convert into energy. In the state of insulin resistance, whatever you eat, it is converted into fat and since it is not converted into energy, you feel weak. When you reduce insulin resistance by drugs or walking, the metabolism becomes normal and whatever you eat gets converted into energy and you start gaining strength.

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Never hurt the ego of a person

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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It is a well known Vedic fact that if you hurt the ego of a person, he will never forgive you, especially, if you have insulted or implicated him in character assassination, cast implications, financial embezzlement or in public, you call a woman as old or a man as impotent. For example, if I hurt the ego of a chowkidaar, the next time a patient comes to the hospital gate and asks where Dr. KK Aggarwal is, he only has to whisper, “Which Aggarwal, whose cases never survive?”

Also never hurt the ego of a person who is drunk. Under the influence of alcohol, a person loses his capacity to judge persons and situations. If you provoke him, he can be destructive and aggressive.

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Economy-class syndrome

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All doctors should diagnose and treat venous thromboembolisms, which include deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. These are potentially fatal conditions that occur when a blood clot that’s formed at one point of the venous circulatory system detaches and travels to the lungs. A pulmonary embolism occurs when this kind of clot, which usually forms in the veins of the leg, obstructs the pulmonary artery in the lungs or one of its branches. This can cause acute right heart failure or sudden death. The problem of deep-vein thrombosis gained notoriety when passengers on long-haul flights develop deep vein thrombosis and lung embolism now called as “economy-class syndrome.” It results from long hours of minimal movement for example airline passengers sitting in their seats for hours and not being able to move. Treating the condition at an early stage can help save lives and prevent complications such as pulmonary embolism or recurrent deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis claims the life of at least one airline passenger a month at Heathrow.

Precautions:

• Get up and walk about at least once an hour.

• While seated, flex your ankles and move your feet around to stimulate blood circulation.

• Remain hydrated.

• Consider wearing support stockings or elastic wraps to keep blood from settling in the veins in your legs.

• A simple aspirin tablet taken a few hours before take-off thins the blood during long periods of inactivity. The number of victims would fall significantly if more passengers followed this advice.

• Severe risk for thrombosis should be given injections with low molecular weight heparin (LMWH), a form of prophylaxis already in common use in hospital patient.

• One should abstain from alcoholic beverages and caffeine.

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• 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 released by the body in response to stress.

• Positive thinking produces nearly a 30% drop in perception of pain.

• Spirituality and the practice of religion are associated with a slower progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

• Those who regularly attend organized religious activities may live longer than those who do not. Regular participation lowers mortality rate by about 12% a year.

• People undergoing cardiac rehabilitation feel more confident and perceive greater improvements in their physical abilities if they have a strong faith.

• Increased levels of spirituality and religious faith may help substance abusers kick their habit. • Spirituality stimulates the relaxation response. When the body is relaxed, the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate all go down, which decreases the body’s stress response.

• Spirituality can affect the immune system function. Spirituality, faith, church attendance improves immune function in ways that can be measured, such as increase in white blood cells. • Prayer heals the heart. Positive talking and thinking in the ICU produces better results.

• Spirituality is what brings you peace and safety. It can be achieved through God or Goddess, nature, a beautiful sunset, a meditation, Pranayama, religious meeting, chanting, mind body relaxation, etc. Spirituality is something that can help all the way from promoting wellness to helping with recovery.

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