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Worm infestations

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  • More than one billion people are infested with round worms worldwide.
  • The prevalence is higher in India.
  • Adult worms live in the lumen of small intestine.
  • The female worm produces fertilized eggs much faster in the stool.
  • The eggs prefer warm, shady, moist conditions where they can survive for five years.
  • The eggs hatch in the small intestine within days of consumption of contaminated food or water and release larvae every minute in the next 10 days.
  • Most worms are asymptomatic.
  • During migration in the lung, a patient may have asthma–like attack.
  • High burden of worms in the intestine can cause nutritional deficiency.
  • Heavy infection can also cause nutritional obstruction.
  • Eggs do not appear in the stool for at least 40 days after infection.
  • Treatment is deworming tablets.
  • Deworming is not good when a lung infection is suspected.
  • Deworming tablet can be given in a single dose.
  • Mass treatment with a single dose of deworming tablet every 2–3 months for school children is recommended.
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Collective Consciousness

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Consciousness is an energized field of information with powers to do everything in the universe. Collective consciousness is the internet of the collective souls of many people in a group. Collective consciousness is the strongest super power ever available in the universe. As per the Vedic texts whatever is the intent of collective consciousness will become a reality. Scientifically collective consciousness is based on the principle of critical mass. The Vedic literature has shown it to be the 1% of the defined population under study.

The origin of the critical mass comes from 100th monkey phenomenon. The story goes as under: long ago in Japan a monkey called Emo used to eat dirty apples everyday picked up from the ground. One day by accident the apple fell down in a river, the dirt got washed off and he ate the washed apple. Obviously it tasted delicious. The monkey started washing the apple thereafter everyday before eating. His fellow monkey started following the same. The process of following went on. A time came when the 100th monkey washed the apple and ate, a strange phenomenon was noticed. All monkeys in and around that state started washing the apple before eating. The number 100 was the critical mass.

Once this mass is crossed the information will spread like a wild fire and the intent becomes a universal reality. Vedic literature has also shown if 1% of the public of any area meditates together the crime rate of that area goes down. It also talks about the role of critical mass in prayers in achieving miracles.

The principle of critical mass is often used in designing and organizing an event. In a movie hall of 1000 people, if 10 people sitting in different areas start clapping everybody will clap. The same is true for the hooting at a particular scene. Most politicians use this principle when they organize election rallies. For a gathering of 10000 they need 100 and for a gathering of 1000 people they only need 10 supporters who will sit in different areas and shout or clap on given directions. Mexican way of hooting or clapping in stadiums also follows the same principle. Most successful leaders used this technology to lead.

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Reduce liquids to reduce weight

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When it comes to losing weight, cut down on liquid calories rather than food. “Weight loss from liquid calories is greater than loss of calorie intake from solid food, as per Dr. Liwei Chen, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the LSU Health Science Center in New Orleans, in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Body is able to self–regulate its intake of solid food. If you eat too much solid food at lunch, you’ll tend to eat less at dinner. But the same self–regulation is not in place for what you drink. The body does not adjust to liquid calories, so over time, you gain more weight. Cutting back on calories from sugary drinks, by only one serving per day, can account for nearly two–and–a–half pounds of weight loss over 18 months.

Beverages are categorized into eight categories

1. Sugar–sweetened beverages (including soft drinks, fruit drinks, fruit punch, or high–calorie beverages sweetened with sugar)

2. Diet drinks such as diet soda and other diet drinks that were artificially sweetened

3. Milk (including whole milk, 2 percent milk and 1 percent skim)

4. 100 percent fruit and vegetable juice

5. Coffee and tea with sugar

6. Coffee and tea without sugar

7. Alcoholic beverages

8. Water with no calories The best drinks are water, plain soda and tea/coffee with no sugar.

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Forgetfulness and Age

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By the time we cross 40, most of us suffer from minimal cognitive impairment and have a memory loss of very recent events or objects. This is age related and should not be confused with dementia.

This can also happen in patients who are vegetarians and vitamin B12 deficient. People often have difficulty in naming objects and name of the people. Just as a computer hangs while multitasking, so can the human mind. When you are handle multiple projects at the same time, you may experience thought blocks, which is natural and not a sign of a disease. When we introduce ourselves to a new person, we often tell our name first. It is possible by the time you finish your conversation, the person may forget your name. Therefore, you should either introduce yourself at the end of the conversation or introduce yourself both times i.e. at the start and at the end of the conversation. Some people introduce themselves before the conversation and hand over their visiting card at the end of a conversation. This is also taught in how to market yourself. As a medical doctor, quite often we face these difficulties. People send SMSs without their names or call without telling their names. For example, I once got a call “Malhotra bol raha hoon pehchana kya?” As a doctor, I could have had many patients named Malhotra and it is not expected from us, especially, after the age of 40 to recall a person just by his surname. Unless full information is given to us by patient on phone, we may do mistakes, especially, if it is a phone consultation. In any way, phone consultation needs to be avoided. Even Supreme Court in one of its judgments said that giving phone consultation may amount to professional misconduct on the part of the doctor.

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Natural fast food is good for health.

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Natural fast food consists of eating fruits, vegetables, milk products, sprouts and sattu. On the contrary, unnatural fast food, also called as junk food, is bad for the health of the heart as it is made up of refined ‘bad’ carbohydrates and either animal ‘bad’ fat or trans fats. Sattu is a grounded roasted powder of soaked pulses and cereals. It is consumed along with fruit slices, gur or milk. Green chili, lemon juice and salt can be added to add flavor.

The commonest form of sattu is grounded roasted black gram or chana. Other common variety is grounded roasted black gram with barley. Originally, sattu was made of seven Anaja (7 cereals, millets and pulses). The seven ingredients are maize and barley (cereals), black gram, pigeon gram or Arhar, green pea, kesari dal and kulath dal (pulses).

Sattu is a high fiber diet with low sugar producing properties. It is a cooling and refreshing fast food with antidiabetic and antiobesity properties. It is a full breakfast, mid day or lunch meal and has minerals and vitamins.

Sattu drink can be sweetened by adding gur or honey, sour by adding lemon and salted by adding black or rock salt. Roasting is one of the best forms of cooking. Sattu is both a fast food and a soft drink for the summer but healthy. The so–called energy drinks available in the market are harmful as they contain three times the caffeine content of coffee or tea.

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Forgetfulness and Age

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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By the time we cross 40, most of us suffer from minimal cognitive impairment and have a memory loss of very recent events or objects. This is age related and should not be confused with dementia. This can also happen in patients who are vegetarians and vitamin B12 deficient. People often have difficulty in naming objects and name of the people. Just as a computer hangs while multitasking, so can the human mind. When you are handle multiple projects at the same time, you may experience thought blocks, which is natural and not a sign of a disease. When we introduce ourselves to a new person, we often tell our name first. It is possible by the time you finish your conversation, the person may forget your name. Therefore, you should either introduce yourself at the end of the conversation or introduce yourself both times i.e. at the start and at the end of the conversation. Some people introduce themselves before the conversation and hand over their visiting card at the end of a conversation. This is also taught in how to market yourself. As a medical doctor, quite often we face these difficulties. People send SMSs without their names or call without telling their names. For example, I once got a call “Malhotra bol raha hoon pehchana kya?” As a doctor, I could have had many patients named Malhotra and it is not expected from us, especially, after the age of 40 to recall a person just by his surname. Unless full information is given to us by patient on phone, we may do mistakes, especially, if it is a phone consultation. In any way, phone consultation needs to be avoided. Even Supreme Court in one of its judgments said that giving phone consultation may amount to professional misconduct on the part of the doctor.

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Nail Hygiene

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Nails can harbor dirt and germs and contribute to the spread of many infections.

• Keep nails short.

• Trim nails often.

• Scrub the underside of nails with soap or water each time you wash your hands.

• Clean any nail grooming tools before use.

• Nail grooming tools should be sterilized before use in saloon.

• Avoid biting nails.

• Avoid chewing nails.

• Avoid cutting cuticles as they act as barriers to prevent infection.

• Never rip or bite a hang nail, instead clip it with a clear sterilized nail trimmer (a hang nail is small torn piece of skin next to finger nail or toe nail).

• Infections of the finger nails or toe nails are often characterized by swelling of the skin or thickening of the nail. These infections may be serious in some cases and need to be treated by a doctor.

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Any activity should always engage the 3 H model of Heart, the Head and the Hand. The same has been advocated by western scholars of today. The concept is that while doing any work, you should ask the head for choices and then refer these choices to the heart to choose one and finally order the hands to carry out that action.

In his book ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’, Deepak Chopra also talks about this. He writes that conscious–based decisions are the best decisions. Before taking any decision he recommends asking the body for the signals of comfort or discomfort and if the signals of discomfort are perceived, then one should not carry out that action.

All the above concepts come from our ancient Vedic knowledge. The two main mantras of our times are the Mahamritunjaya Mantra and the Gayatri Mantra.

The Mahamritunjaya Mantra is from the Rig–Veda and needs initiation for attaining any Siddhi. This is the greatest reliever from all evils and reads as under: Aum Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam; Urva Rukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Mokshiye Mamritat. It means we worship Shiva – The Three–Eyed Lord, who is fragrant and nourishes all beings; May he protect us (bandhanana) from all big (urva) diseases (aarookam). May he liberate us (mokshiye) from death (mrityor), For the sake of immortality (mamritat, amrit); as the cucumber is automatically liberated, from its bondage from the creeper when it fully ripens.

The meaning of the mantra is the importance of the third eye and the benefits of its opening. The two eyes are at the level of the physical body. The third eye means the eyes of the mind and the eyes of the soul. It also indicates that in difficulty one should look inward from the eyes of the mind and ask for choices. Like the cucumber, one should choose the good ones and drop the bad choices.

The mantra for the conscious–based decision comes from Gayatri mantra: Om Bhur Bhuvaha Suvaha Thath Savithur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yonaha Prachodayath. It means we meditate on the glory of the Creator; who has created the Universe; who is worthy of Worship; who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance; may He enlighten our Intellect.

It talks about the importance of conscious–based decisions and its directions to the intellect to choose the right and not the convenient actions.

The Gayatri Mantra is the Vedic prayer to illuminate the intellect. Gayatri is considered as Vedasara –– “the essence of the Vedas.” Veda means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge–yielding faculty. As a matter of fact, the four mahavakyas or ‘core–declarations’ enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in this Gayatri mantra.

Choosing the right decision from the consciousness was later defined by Buddha. He taught that before any action ask yourself the following four questions and if the answer to any of the question is no, then avoid that action. These four questions are: is it the truth, is it necessary, will the actions bring happiness to you and to others.

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