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Dr KK Aggarwal to be honored with Vishisht Chikitsa Ratan Award by Delhi Medical Association

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In a special Doctor’s day function being organized on 1st July at Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi Medical Association will be honoring Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal President Heart Care Foundation of India with “Vishisht Chikitsa Ratan Award”.

The award would be given by Hon’ble Lt Governor of Delhi Mr. Tejendra Khanna.

Dr Aggarwal would be receiving this award for outstanding contribution to the medical profession and the society. Dr Aggarwal is known for his contribution to the society as an anchor, writer, columnist, public speaker and a campaigner. He is also known for his annual event Perfect Health Mela.

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The 3 C’s: Don’t Criticize, Condemn, or Complain!

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Don’t Criticize, always look for positive in a person or a situation. There is always something positive in every situation. Don’t condemn a situation and a person how so ever small it may be. Don’t Complain unless it is a must. You will not do any of the 3 C’s if you are laughing. By avoiding the 3c” we avoid a lot of arguments that would usually naturally occur when you criticize, condemn or complain. If we criticize, condemn, complain, show resentment, or gossip about others, it comes back on “us.” If we praise, support, encourage and forgive others, it comes back on us as well.

Cancer Survival Rates Can Increase the Anxiety

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One of the first questions many people ask when first diagnosed with cancer is about their prognosis. They might want to know whether the cancer is relatively easy or more difficult to cure. The doctor cannot predict the future, but often he/she gives the estimates based on the experiences of other people with the same cancer. Survival statistics can be confusing and frightening. Survival rates cannot tell about the situation specifically. The statistics may be impersonal and not very helpful.

Cancer survival rates or survival statistics indicate the percentage of people who survive a certain type of cancer for a specific amount of time. Cancer statistics often use a five–year survival rate. For instance, the five–year survival rate for prostate cancer is 99 percent. That means that of all men diagnosed with prostate cancer, 99 of every 100 lived for five years after diagnosis. Conversely, one out of every 100 will die of prostate cancer within five years. Cancer survival rates are based on research that comes from information gathered on hundreds or thousands of people with cancer. An overall survival rate includes people of all ages and health conditions diagnosed with the cancer, including those diagnosed very early and those diagnosed very late. Only the treating doctor may be able to give more specific statistics based on the stage of cancer. For instance, 49 percent, or about half, of people diagnosed with early–stage lung cancer live for at least five years after diagnosis. The five–year survival rate for people diagnosed with lung cancer that has spread (metastasized) to other areas of the body is 2 percent. Overall and relative survival rates don’t specify whether cancer survivors are still undergoing treatment at five years or if they’ve become cancer free (achieved remission). The five year survival rates for all men is 47.3–66%% and for all women is 55.8–63%

Other terms

  • Disease–free survival rate. This is the number of people with cancer who achieve remission. That means they no longer have signs of cancer in their bodies.
  • Progression–free survival rate. This is the number of people who still have cancer, but their disease isn’t progressing. This includes people who may have had some success with treatment, but their cancer hasn’t disappeared completely.

You Are Temple of the God and the Spirit of the God Dwells in You

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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 the 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).

One should treat every individual with 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 are in the habit of looking and searching 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.

There are 4 main types of vegetarian diets

(1)     Lacto-ovo-vegetarian consumes dairy products and eggs but no meat, poultry, or seafood
(2)      Lacto-vegetarian eats dairy products but not eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood
(3)     Ovo-vegetarian eats eggs but no dairy products, meat, poultry, or seafood
(4)     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 cancer as well as increased longevity. Vegetarian diets are typically lower in fat, particularly saturated fat, 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.



“More than 30% people of the society including children have potbelly abdominal obesity”
Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India  moderated a session on Obesity at India Habitat Centre.The session was organized by Heart Care Foundation of India in  association with All India Radio and India Habitat Centre. The session was organized to mark the occasion of Doctor’s Day falling on 1st July. The panelists included Dr Shikha Sharma Wellness Expert, Dr S V Tripathy Ayurveda Expert, Dr Mridula Pandey Homeopath, Dr Praveen Bhatia,Obesity Surgeon and Dr Ishwar Basavvadadde Senior Yoga
Physician.

This was an interaction organized for the first time that involved people from all pathies under one roof. Following points were raised in the seminar:
1.      Potbelly obesity is linked to eating refined carbohydrates and not animal fats.
2.      General obesity is linked to eating animal fats.
3.      Refined carbohydrate includes white rice, white maida and white sugar.
4.      Brown sugar is better than white sugar.
5.      Refined carbohydrates are called bad carbohydrates and animal fat is called bad fat.
6.    Trans fats or vanaspati are bad for health. They increase bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol.
7.      Reduction in weight can reduce snoring, pain of arthritis, blood
pressure and control uncontrolled diabetes.
8.      One should not gain weight of more than 5 kg after the age of 20 years.
9.      After the age of 50, the weight should reduce and not increase.
10.     Surgery is the answer when all other means fail.

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. Idel mind is devils workshop and will always think negative.

Here are the ways
1.      Think differently as taught by Adi Shankracharya. Once Menka 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.
2.      Think opposite as taught by Patanjali. For example if you are having a though to steal, silently start thinking of charity
3.      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.

  1. Clean with soap and water.
  2. Moisturizers can make the skin dirty.
  3. Dryness is better than dirtiness.
  4. No soap is a better soap.
  5. Glycerin is the safest moisturizer.
  6. One should rub hard but should not cause bruises.
  7. Soap emulsifies, therefore, one should remove 100% of surface part.
  8. Killing the normal flora of the skin is a bad idea. Therefore, do not use antiseptic soaps.
  9. Remember, Dettol does not kill pseudomonas infection.

Can creams and oils penetrate skin?

  1. The answer is no.
  2. Oil cannot be absorbed.
  3. Nutrition cannot be absorbed from the skin.
  4. Almond cannot be absorbed from the skin.
  5. Unless the skin is damaged, nothing can be absorbed.
  6. For absorption, an occlusive dressing has to be used over a patch with a bandage, only then the drug can be absorbed. The bandage damages the skin because of preparation of moisturizer and heat.Any agent which is irritating can cause inflammation, erosion and then only a drug can be absorbed.
  7. If the skin is damaged, it can cause inflammation and can cause dermal pigmentation.
  8. Ultrasound techniques can be used to increase absorption.
  9. Newer drugs are getting absorbed through nano techniques.

 

1. OVERCOMING THE MONSTER

A hero learns of a great evil overshadowing the land (sometimes not his own land). He gets special equipment and/or weapons, heads out, and defeats the evil, freeing the land.
One of the oldest known stories, The Epic of Gilgamesh, is set in this form. So is the first James Bond movie, and of course a wealth of stories in between. Also the base for many video games, e.g. any Super Mario jump’n’run The fearsome Monster makes his presence known, often from “a great distance”. Its nature is base and vile, a picture of the dark side of humanity.
The Monster may be humanoid, animal, or a combination of both at the end, the Monster’s power is broken, and it dies; the people who had been under its power are liberated; the Hero emerges victorious. To symbolically complete the tale, the Hero receives three things:
1. A treasure (an inheritance counts)
2. A kingdom (something to rule over, e.g., a cook hero might get his own restaurant)
3. A Princess (or, in the case of a female Hero, a Prince – either way, it’s the ultimate mate, the Hero’s other half) And they all lived Happily Ever After.

2. RAGS TO RICHES
Surrounded by dark forces who suppress and ridicule him, the Hero slowly blossoms into a mature figure who ultimately gets riches, a kingdom, and the perfect mate. The basic tale behind such gems as “Aladdin” and “Cinderella” At the end the character should have status, riches, and a mate, and often a kingdom as well. this starts with a very young Hero in a “lowly and unhappy state, usually at home.” Antagonists of various sorts “scorn or maltreat” the Hero – though that is merely “the most obvious reason” for her unhappiness. This lasts until he/she receives The Call and either heads out, or is sent out, into the world.

3. THE QUEST
Here it’s the search for an object, a location or some information that requires our Hero to leave their (usually) everyday life to find. It’s the basic plot most likely to include a party instead of a lone hero. Hero learns of a great MacGuffin that he desperately wants to find, and sets out to find it, often with companions. Examples The Odyssey , hatim tai

4. VOYAGE AND RETURN
The Hero enters a Magical Land where normal rules don’t apply, happily explores for a while, then encounters a darker side of things; he conquers or escapes, in the process overcoming a character flaw, and returns home far more mature than when he left. This is the backbone for Alice in Wonderland and The Labyrinth, and the framing concept for The Chronicles of Narnia.

5. COMEDY
Comedy is the grand mesh of relationships among a large cast, rooted in miscommunication. The fog of misunderstanding is maintained by some dark figure. Hero and Heroine are destined to get together, but a dark force is preventing them from doing so; the story conspires to make the dark force repent, and suddenly the Hero and Heroine are free to get together. This is part of a cascade of effects that shows everyone for who they really are, and allows two or more other  relationships to correctly form. The misunderstandings get cleared up, the relationships get properly aligned and everything gets brought to light. e.g. shakespere’s comedy of errors, (angoor), George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man

6. TRAGEDY
The flip side of the Overcoming the Monster plot. Our protagonist character is the Villain, but we get to watch him slowly spiral down into darkness before he’s finally defeated. The end, however tragic, is seen as just, even if we can sympathize with the villain and see some of his choices as right or forced. prime example for Tragedy is King Lear, in which the Tragic Hero realizes his fault at the end and repents – too late to be saved. The Tragic Hero’s death or destruction releases the world around him from the darkness he had wrought, and the world without him rejoices.

7. REBIRTH
Rebirth is the more optimistic form of Tragedy, in which the villain spirals down into evil and then at the last second raises his head and gets pulled out of the mire by some redeeming figure, either his other half or a young child. The redeemer awakens the hero’s ability to love (or feel compassion) and helps him also to see things as they are, including, sometimes, a reordering of priorities. Examples ‘reincarnation of peter pan’ or ‘karz.’

Dr. Anupam Sethi Malhotra

1.      If you sleep on your back, choose a rounded pillow to support the natural curve of your neck, with a flatter pillow cushioning your head. This can be achieved by tucking a small neck roll into the pillowcase of a flatter, softer pillow, or by using a special pillow that has a built-in neck support with an indentation for the head to rest in.

2.      Or try using a feather pillow, which easily conforms to the shape of the neck. Feather pillows will collapse over time, however, and should be replaced every year or so.

3.      Or use a traditionally shaped pillow with “memory foam” that conforms to the contour of your head and neck. Some cervical pillows are also made with memory foam. Manufacturers of memory-foam pillows claim they help foster proper spinal alignment.

4.      Avoid using too high or stiff a pillow, which keeps the neck flexed overnight and can result in morning pain and stiffness.

5.      If you sleep on your side, keep your spine straight by using a pillow that is higher under your neck than your head.

6. When you are riding in a plane, train, or car, or even just reclining to watch TV, a  horseshoe-shaped pillow can support your neck and prevent your head from dropping to one side if you doze. If the pillow is too large behind the neck, however, it will force your head forward.

7.      Sleeping on your stomach is tough on your spine, because the back is arched and your neck is turned to the side.  [Source HealthBeat]

During the 86 birthday of Acharya Sushil Muni Ji Maharaj, Acharya Dr  Sadhvi Sadhna Ji Maharaj while speaking on anger ashram told a short story about a king who used to get angry all the time. Once a Rishi Muni came to his place and King asked him – “How do I reduce my anger?” To this the Rishi replied that every time you become angry in next 24 hours, put a nail into the door. The king did just that for the next 24 hours and ended up nailing 80 nails into the door. The next day he nailed 58, third day 40 and on the fourth day 25. He was tired by the fourth day as every time he was putting a nail into the door, it required a lot of efforts. On the fourth day, his anger got reduced.

Now, when he met Rishi Muni, he asked the Muni – “What do I do now?” The Muni replied – “Now for the next 24 hours, whenever you talk good to someone or show respect, take out one nail from the door. The nails which took four days to be put in were out in two days.

The moral of the story is – love, respect is always effortless and anger always requires effort. You can change your mind in lesser duration than you can become angry.

There is one more lesson in the story that – these 80 holes which got created due to putting and taking the nails out will never fill and will keep on reminding you of the past. Negative Karma can be  neutralized by positive Karma but the wounds that get created due to that negative karma will never be filled and will always remind you of the past.

Box Warning On Label As Well As Package Insert And Other Promotional Literature Of Formulations Containing Nimesulide.

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It may be stated that the manufacture, sale and distribution of Nimesulide formulations for human use in children below 12 years of age was prohibited under Section 26A of Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 vide Gazette Notification no. GSR 82(E) dated 10.02.2011.

The DTAB in its 60 meeting held on. 10.10.2011 considered the use of Nimesulide in population of 12 years and above and after deliberations recommended that the following Box Warning should be mentioned on label as well as package insert and other promotional literature of formulations containing Nimesulide:

“Use of Nimesulide should ordinarily be restricted to 10 days if longer clinical use is warranted, liver function test should be assessed periodically”.

Do Not Tell Others, It’s A Secret?

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Most Asians are known for two habits, firstly crab nature and secondly the habit of telling others that “I am telling you a secret and please do not tell others”

Crab nature mean pulling each other leg and not allowing any one to rise. Most people especially the woman will gossip and tell all secrets they know of. For clearing their own consciousness they will add the sentence that” I am telling you the secret and do not tell others. The very fact you are telling it to someone it Read more

Pumpkin Extract Beneficial for Diabetic Patients

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Pumpkin extract has insulin-like effects. It can help people with diabetes keep their blood sugar under control.

Quoting Chinese researchers that animals with drug-induced diabetes treated with pumpkin extract had lower blood glucose levels, greater insulin secretion, and more insulin-producing beta cells than diabetic rats that weren’t given the extract. This action may be due to the presence of both antioxidants and D-chiro-inositol, a molecule that mediates insulin activity. Read more

1st July is observed as Doctors Day every year.

To ear mark the occasion, All India Radio along with Heart care Foundation of India and India Habitat Centre are jointly organizing a panel discussion on Rog ek Elaaj Anek on Thursday 28th July at Casurina Hall, India Habitat Center, Lodhi Road, New Delhi at 7 p.m.

The panel discussion will have experts from all pathies. The panel discussion will be moderated by Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal and President Heart Care Foundation of India. The panelists will include Dr Shikha Sharma (Wellness Expert), Dr Ishwar V Basavvadadde (Naturopath), Dr Praveen Bhatia (Obesity Surgeon), Dr S V Tripathi (Ayurveda) and Dr Mridula Pandey (Homeopathy).

The entry to the public is free.

Obesity is the new epidemic of the society and is responsible for increasing numbers of heart attacks, paralysis, diabetes and hypertension. It is a lifestyle disorder and completely preventable.

Unlike the west, obesity in India is more central and presents as pot belly obesity.