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Energy Drinks May Put Heart at Risk for Sudden Death

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Energy drinks may raise blood pressure and prolong QT interval increasing the risk of sudden cardiac death.

In a meta-analysis by Sachin A. Shah at University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif, with a pooled analysis of 93 people who consumed energy drinks, the QT interval on an ECG was significantly prolonged by 10 ms. The threshold level of regulatory concern is around 5 ms.

In another pooled analysis of 132 people by the same group, researchers found a significant increase in systolic blood pressure by 3.5 mmHg that was associated with the consumption of energy drinks.

Doctors are generally concerned if patients experience an additional 30 ms in their QT interval from baseline. QT prolongation is associated with life-threatening arrhythmias.

Most energy drinks have caffeine. Drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, Rockstar, Full Throttle and AMP have three times the amount of caffeine as colas. A 16-oz. can of Monster Energy, for example, contains 160 mg of caffeine, which is almost as much as 5 cans of soda.

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Positive Attitudes

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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All those out there who feel you are at your wits’ end wondering how things don’t ever work out for you can now relax and dwell on all those failures that life has taken you through and turn failure into success.

Positive Attitudes

1. Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure. But it does mean you haven’t succeeded yet.

2. Failure doesn’t mean you have accomplished nothing. It does mean you have learned something.

3. Failure doesn’t mean you have been a foolish. It does mean you had a lot of faith.

4. Failure doesn’t mean you’ve been discouraged. It does mean you were willing to try.

5. Failure doesn’t mean you don’t know what to do. It does mean you have to do it in a different way.

6. Failure doesn’t mean you are inferior. It does mean you are not perfect.

7. Failure doesn’t mean you have wasted your life. It does mean you have a reason to start afresh.

8. Failure doesn’t mean you should give up. It does mean you must try harder.

9. Failure doesn’t mean you’ll never make it. It does mean it will take a little longer.

10. Failure doesn’t mean God has abandoned you. It does mean God has a better idea.

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Is caffeine good for the health?

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1. Caffeine is the most consumed stimulant in the world,

2. It is consumed in the form of coffee and tea.

3. At present there is no scientific data for promoting or discouraging coffee and/or tea consumption in the daily diet.

4. Short term benefits include mental alertness and improved athletic performance.

5. Short term adverse effects including headache, anxiety, tremors, and insomnia.

6. Long term adverse affects include generalized anxiety disorder and substance abuse disorders.

7. Long-term benefits are dose-dependent. Caffeine is associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson disease, Alzheimer disease, alcoholic cirrhosis, and gout. Both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee are also associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.

8. Heavy coffee intake may trigger coronary and arrhythmic events in susceptible individuals, although coffee intake is not considered a long-term risk factor for myocardial disease.

9. Most studies show a modest inverse relationship between coffee consumption and all-cause mortality.

10. Caffeine withdrawal is a well-documented clinical syndrome with headache being the most common symptom. (Source uptodate)

 

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Prakriti, Vikriti and Sanskriti

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Prakiti is defined as when a person lives for himself or when his actions are centered towards oneself. Sanskriti is when one lives for the sake of others and vikriti is nothing but distortion in one’s living.

Greed is one type of vikriti which can make a ‘nar’ a ‘narbhakshi’ and later ‘nar raksha’s. On the other hand, if a person works towards sanskriti it can convert him or her ‘nar’ to ‘ narottam’  and from ‘narottam’ to ‘Narain’.

The aim in life, therefore, should be to work not for oneself but for the welfare of the others. These people gradually start working for themselves often for the family, society, nation and universe respectively.

Lord Buddha also said that any action done should follow the rule that it is directed for the welfare of all. Gandhi also propagated Sarvodaya or dedicating ones actions to the welfare of the all.

The basic fundamental teaching of the Vedic science is also based on Sarvodaya. Sahdev in Mahabharat and Bharat in Ramayan also talked about the sarvodaya properties which every human being has.

Dr. Deepak Chopra in his book ‘7 Spiritual Laws of Success’ also writes that one should always ask his or her consciousness when meeting a person as to how one can help the other person.

Even a feeling of helping someone can make a difference.

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Heart disease starts in youth

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Autopsy studies of young people who died in accidents have shown that by the late teens, the heart blockages, the kind of lesions that cause heart attacks and strokes are in the process of developing

The best opportunity to prevent heart disease is to look at children and adolescents and start the preventive process early. More than a third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

The first signs that men are at higher risk of heart disease than women appear during the adolescent years despite the fact that boys lose fat and gain muscle in adolescence, while girls add body fat.

Between the ages of 11 and 19, levels of triglycerides, a type of blood fat associated with cardiovascular disease, increases in the boys and drops in the girls. Levels of HDL cholesterol, the “good” kind that helps keep arteries clear, go down in boys but rise in girls.

Blood pressure increases in both, but significantly more in boys. Insulin resistance, a marker of cardiovascular risk, which is lower in boys at age 11, rises until the age of 19 years.

Any protection that the young women have for cardiovascular protection can be wiped out by obesity and hence obesity in girls at any cost should be handled on priority.

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1.    Energy is the raw material of the universe.

2.    Information is the organization of energy into reproducible patterns.

3.    Consciousness is living information and energy (living energized
information)

4.    Consciousness is, therefore, intelligence.

5.    Intelligence is information and energy that has self-referral or the ability to
learn through experiences and the ability to reinterpret and influence
one’s own information and energy states.

6.    Consciousness is live, advanced, software-driven energized information.

Nearest example: Advanced computer software which can type, correct, interpret, edit and store spoken or read information.

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Treadmill, stress echocardiography, Thallium and Angiography do not detect early blockages. Treadmill can miss blockages up to 70%; stress echocardiography up to 60%, angiography upto 40%.

Most heart attacks occur because of a plaque rupture in patients with blockages of less than 50%. If the blockage is more than 70% the patient usually presents with heart pain and not massive heart attack.

The only way to detect heart blockages before they cause symptoms or are detected in conventional tests is to measure the wall thickness of the neck artery or the leg artery. Normally, the wall thickness is less than 0.5mm. If the wall thickness is more than 0.75mm, it is suggestive of underlying heart blockages and if it is more than 1mm, it is suggestive of blockages in all three arteries of the heart.

Any thickness of more than 1mm is called as a plaque and a plaque area calculated by high resolution ultrasound is a new marker for heart blockages, progression as well as regression.

If the artery wall is thick in both the neck artery and the leg artery, it is very likely that the patient will also have blockages in the arteries of the heart.

All high risk individuals, therefore, should have their neck and leg artery wall thickness checkup done. Only 2% of patients with blockages in all three arteries of the heart have a neck artery wall thickness of less than 1mm and 94% of patients with a neck artery wall thickness of more than 1.15mm will have multiple blockages in the heart.

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Panchamrit body wash

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Panchamrit is taken as a Prasadam and is also used to wash the deity. In Vedic language, anything which is offered to God can also be done to the human body. Panchamrit bath, therefore, is the original and traditionally full bath prescribed in Vedic literature. It consists of the following:

 

1.       Washing the body with milk and water, where milk acts like a soothing agent.

2.       Next is washing the body with curd, which is a substitute for soap and washes away the dirt from the skin.

3.       The third step is washing the body with desi ghee, which is like an oil massage.

4.       Fourth is washing the body with honey, which works like a moisturizer.

5.       Last step is to rub the skin with sugar or khand. Sugar works as a scrubber.

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