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5 Ways to Use less Salt

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1. Use spices and other flavor enhancers such as spices, dried and fresh herbs, garlic and ginger, citrus, vinegars and wine. Flavors can be black pepper, cinnamon and turmeric to fresh basil, chili peppers and lemon juice.
2. Use the right healthy fats from roasted nuts and avocados to olive, canola, soybean and other oils.
3. Searing and sautéing foods in a pan builds flavor. Roasting brings out the natural sweetness of many vegetables and the taste of fish and chicken. If you do steam or microwave food, perk up these dishes with a finishing drizzle of flavorful oil and a squeeze of citrus.
4. Get your whole grains from sources other than bread. White bread contains salt, not just for flavor but to ensure that the dough rises properly.
5. Shop for raw ingredients with maximum natural flavor, thereby avoiding the need to add as much (if any) sodium. (Harvard)
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This is a Vedic reminder to oneself that one should eat only those foods that are offered to God. Each time you offer food to God, it is a reminder to you to change your decision and choices. For example, alcohol, tobacco, onion, garlic, radish, etc. are not offered to God. If they are part of your food, there are chances that you will not consume these food items, if you observe this ritual.

Over a period of time people have stopped following this ritual and now eat some foods, which cannot be offered to God in all their 21 meals during a week. This is the reason why the incidence of lifestyle diseases is increasing in the community.

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Five simple steps for better eye health

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• Get a comprehensive medical eye exam at 40 years of age.

• Know your family history such as history of glaucoma.

• Eat healthy foods.

• Stop smoking.

(Source: American Academy of Ophthalmology, April 24, 2017)

• Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light.

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Let the mud settle down

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Once Buddha while travelling happened to pass a lake. Buddha told one of his disciples, I am thirsty. Do get me some water from that lake there.

The disciple noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and, right at that moment, a bullock cart started crossing through the lake. As a result, the water became very muddy, very turbid. The disciple thought, how can I give this muddy water to Buddha to drink! So he came back and told Buddha, The water in there is very muddy. I don’t think it is fit to drink.

After about an hour later Buddha asked the same disciple again to go back to the lake and get him some water to drink. This time the disciple found that the lake had absolutely clear water in it. The mud had settled down and the water was fit for drinking. So he collected some water in a pot and brought it to Buddha.

Buddha looked at the water and said, See what you did to make the water clean. You let it be … and the mud settled down on its own and you got clear water… Your mind is also like that. When it is disturbed, just let it be. Give it a little time. It will settle down on its own. You don’t have to put in any effort to calm it down. It will happen. It is effortless.

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Be Alert about Symptoms of Heart Attack

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If you are not sure whether you have heartburn or something more serious — like a heart attack — you should get yourself checked out.

The most common symptom of coronary heart disease is chest pain (angina) or discomfort, which can also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back. People may mistake this pain for indigestion, which can be dangerous. Sometimes, it’s impossible to tell the difference between the symptoms of heartburn, angina and heart attack.

Symptoms of a heart attack include the sudden onset of tightness, pressure, squeezing, burning or discomfort in the chest, throat, neck or either arm. When these symptoms are accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sweating, shortness of breath or a fainting sensation, one should be especially suspicious that you might be having a heart attack. People who have any risk factors that may predispose them to a heart attack should be particularly cautious. Unfortunately, many people may not be aware they are having a heart attack.

Some clues

• Heart attack pain is never pinpointed.

• Heart attack pain never lasts less than 30 seconds.

• If you smoke, have diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, are overweight or have a strong family history of heart disease and have any symptom related to the chest or heart, you should be alert.


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The loss of a loved is often painful. The resultant grief makes it hard to eat, sleep and leads to loss of interest in routine life affecting behavior and judgment.

Some can feel agitated or exhausted, to sob unexpectedly, or to withdraw from the world and others may find themselves struggling with feelings of sorrow, numbness, anger, guilt, despair, irritability, relief, or anxiety.

It is well known that disclosing deep emotions through writing can boost immune function as well as mood and well–being. Conversely, the stress of holding in strong feelings can ratchet up blood pressure and heart rate and increase muscle tension.

One can write on a piece of paper, in your personal book, on the open website with nick name or keep it in the mind. One doesn’t have to preserve the emotions and can through away the writings.

In absence of deeply troubling situations, such as suicide or a violent death which are best explored with the help of an experienced therapist, one can choose writing as a way to express out the grief.

• Start writing for 15 to 30 minutes a day for 3-4 days. Continue up to a week if it is helping. • Continue writing for 15 to 30 minutes once a week for a month. • Writing has stronger effects when it extends over more days.

• Remember writing about grief and loss can trigger strong emotions (one may cry or feel deeply upset)

• Many people find journal writing valuable and meaningful and report feeling better afterward

• Don’t worry about grammar or sentence structure.

• Truly let go. Write down how you feel and why you feel that way. You’re writing for yourself, not others.

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Chikungunya Update

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Chikungunya fever is a non-fatal debilitating viral illness, which spreads by the bite of infected female Aedes aegypti / albopictus mosquito.

Symptoms develop 3-7 days after the bite by an infected mosquito. The classical triad is skin rash, joint pains and high fever. Most patients will usually recover within 1-2 weeks. Cold compressions may easy pain.

There is no vaccine to prevent or drugs to treat. Plenty of rest and fluids to prevent dehydration is recommended.

Aspirin or NSAIDs should not be taken until dengue is ruled out. Both ailments may present with similar symptoms.

In 20% cases, joint involvement may persist for weeks and in 10% cases, they tend to persist for months. While in 10% cases, swelling disappears and the pain subsides, but will reappear with every other febrile illness for many months. Each time the same joints get swollen, with mild effusion and symptoms persist for a week or two after the fever subsides.

Clinically, about 92% have symmetric polyarthralgias, 67% have arthritis and 75% skin rash. About 89% show a very good clinical response to NSAIDs, some 27% require low-dose steroids and 5% may need methotrexate therapy.

Non weight-bearing exercises may be suggested such as slowly touching the occiput (back of the head) with the palm, slow ankle exercises, pulley-assisted exercises, milder forms of yoga.

Standard treatment is paracetamol 1 g up to four times a day for up to 4 weeks.

If pain persists at 4 weeks, then a 4-week course of oral steroids can be given.

At 8 weeks, if pain persists, then specific disease-modifying drugs like hydroxychloroquine may need to be added.

Chikungunya can unmask psoriatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in some cases.

It can cause, in some cases, neuro and ocular manifestations (encephalitis, mononeuritis, optic neuritis).

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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 superpower 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 every day 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, information spreads like wild fire and the intent becomes a universal reality. Vedic literature has also shown that 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 clap, then everybody will clap. The same applies to hooting. For a gathering of 10000, 100 are needed and for a gathering of 1000 people, 10 supporters are required, who are supposed to sit in different areas and shout or clap on given directions. The Mexican way of hooting or clapping in cricket grounds also follow the same principle. Most successful leaders used this technology to lead.

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