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Dr K K Aggarwal

Any activity should always engage the 3H model – of heart, the head, and the hand. The same has been advocated by the western scholars. The concept means that while doing any work one should ask the head for choices, then refer these choices to the heart to choose one and finally order the hands to do the action. Dr Deepak Chopra also talks about this in great detail in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. 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 indulge in that action. All of these concepts come from ancient Vedic knowledge. The two main mantras are the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra and the Gayatri Mantra. The Mahamritunjaya Mantra comes from the Rig Veda. This is the greatest reliever from all evils: ‘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 (bandhan) 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 manta speaks of the importance of the third eye and its benefits. The two eyes are at the level of the physical body. The third eye means the eyes of the mind and the soul. It also indicates that in difficulty one should look inward with the eyes of the mind and ask for choices. Like the cucumber, one should choose the good ones and drop the bad choices. (‘Jo acha lage use apna lo; Jo bura lage use jaane do’). The mantra for conscious-based decisions comes from Gayatri Mantra. ‘Om Bhur Bhuva Svah Tat Savutur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat’. 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 Vedasara or “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 the Gayatri Mantra. Making 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 questions is ‘no’, that action should be avoided. These four questions are: • Is it the truth? • Is it necessary? • Will the action bring happiness to you? • Will the action bring happiness to others?

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We all want our kidneys to last for a lifetime. We all should show our love for kidneys by adopting a 10-step program for protecting kidney health. Begin with monitoring blood pressure and controlling weight and then move on to the rest of the kidney-healthy tips. 1. Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol. 2. Control weight. 3. Don’t overuse over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers. 4. Monitor blood glucose. 5. Get an annual physical exam. 6. Know if chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes or heart disease runs in your family. If so, you may be at risk. 7. Don’t smoke. 8. Exercise regularly. 9. Follow a healthy diet. 10. Get tested for chronic kidney disease if you are at risk.

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After returning from a free health check-up camp sometime back, I met a Professor of Cardiology from Lucknow and began to boast that I had seen 100 patients today free of charge. He said do not get excited. Charity is a positive, but still not the absolute positive, unless it is done without any motive or done secretly. He said that you were honored on the stage, you received blessings from the patients and people talked about you in positive sense. It was an investment in the long run and not an absolute charity. When you serve, never get yourself honored on the stage by the people whom you are serving. If you do, then it is like give and take. The purpose of life should be to help others without any expectations.

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All about depression

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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• Depression is a major public health problem as a leading predictor of functional disability and mortality. • Optimal depression treatment improves outcome for most patients. • Most adults with clinical significant depression never see a mental health professional but they often visit a primary care physician. • A physician, who is not a psychiatrist, misses the diagnosis of the depression 50% of times. • All depressed patients must be enquired specifically about suicidal ideations. • Suicidal ideation is a medical emergency. • Risk factors for suicide are known psychiatric disorders, medical illness, prior history of suicidal attempts, or family history of attempted suicide. • Demographic reasons include older age, male gender, marital status (widowed or separated) and living alone. • World over about 1 million people commit suicide every year. • Seventy–nine percent of patients who commit suicide contact their primary care provider in the last one year before their death and only one–third contact their mental health service provider. • Twice as many suicidal victims had contacted with their primary care provider as against the mental health provider in the last month before suicide. • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death worldwide and account for 1.2% of all deaths. • In the US,the suicidal rate is 10.5 per 100,000 people. • In the US,incidence of suicide is increasing in middle aged adults. • There are 10–40 non–fatal suicide attempts for every one completed suicide. • The majority of suicides completed in US are accomplished with firearm (57%); the second leading method of suicide in US is hanging for men and poisoning in women. • Patients with prior history of attempted suicide are 5–6 times more likely to make another attempt. • Fifty percent of successful victims have made prior attempts. • One of every 100 suicidal attempt survivors will die by suicide within one year of the first attempt. • The risk of suicide increases with increase in age; however, younger and adolescents attempt suicide more than the older. • Females attempt suicide more frequently than males but males are successful three times more often. • The highest suicidal rate is amongst those individuals who are unmarried followed by widowed, separated, divorced, married without children and married with children in descending order. • Living alone increases the risk of suicide. • Unemployed and unskilled patients are at higher risk of suicide than those who are employed. • A recent sense of failure may lead to higher risk. • Clinicians are at higher risk of suicide. • The suicidal rate in male clinicians is 1.41 and in female clinicians it is 2.27. • Adverse childhood abuse and adverse childhood experiences increase the risk of suicidal attempts. • The first step in evaluating suicidal risk is to determine presence of suicidal thoughts including their concerns and duration. • Management of a suicidal individual includes reducing mortality risk, underlying factors and monitoring and follow up. • Major risk for suicidal attempts is in psychiatric disorders, hopelessness and prior suicidal attempts or threats. • High impulsivity or alcohol or other substance abuse increase the risk.

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Why do we Flame Camphor in any Pooja

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Camphor represents our inherent tendencies or vaasanas. When lit by the fire of knowledge about the self the vaasanas burn themselves out completely, not leaving a trace of ego. Ego is responsible for a sense of individuality that keeps us separate from the Lord or consciousness. Apart camphor when burns emit a pleasant perfume. This signifies that as we burn our ego we can only spread love and nothing else.

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Tackling tension headaches

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If you suffer from headaches often, more than once or twice a week, then try the following. 1. Don’t skip meals. 2. Get enough sleep. 3. Avoid stress and fatigue. 4. Learn physical and relaxation therapies. 5. Apply heating pad to the neck and shoulders to relax the muscles. 6. Exercising the muscles of neck and shoulders by strengthening and stretching them. 7. Relaxation exercises that focus your attention on various parts of your body in order to relax and release tension and stress can also help. 8. Learn Biofeedback relaxation techniques. Learn to recognize when you are becoming tense and then find ways to relax the muscles before they tighten so much that you develop a tension headache. 9. Identify trigger points, at the back of the neck or in the shoulders. Injecting a local anesthetic into these areas may eliminate the pain and prevent headache.

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The Mantra to acquire spiritual health is to think positive and differently. When you think positive, it creates positive hormones and takes you from sympathetic mode to parasympathetic mode. When you think different, it gives you 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 Shankracharya. The candle light march which was done for fighting justice in 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 is time to go but when we made him work positively and differently, he die 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 terminal brain cancer. The first one lived for ten 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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1. Multivitamin tablets are not needed unless there is a scarcity of a particular vitamin. 2. If you include all seven colors and six tastes in your food, there is no need for vitamin supplementation. 3. Wheat grass and barley grass juice contain folic acid and vitamin B12. 4. Anything which is green contains vitamin B. 5. Anything which is red contains lycopene. 6. Citrus foods contain vitamin C. 7. All dry fruits contain vitamin E. 8. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D. 9. Carrots contain vitamin A. 10. Folic acid is lost if the food is boiled and the water is discarded. 11. Vitamin D is not absorbed if exposed to sunlight is through glass. 12. Vitamin D is not absorbed through clothes if you are fully-clothed in sunlight.

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