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Pairs of Vedanta are Inseparable

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Luv-Kush, Shubha-Labha, Siddhi-Riddhi are inseparable pairs of Vedanta. They signify that one cannot get one without the help of the other.

In Luv-Kush, Kush is a symbol of purity and Luv symbolise the spiritual love. To achive love one has to be pure in consciousnes. To acquire love and inner happiness in life one may has to use kush, a herb, in daily life. No traditional Hindu ritual is complete without the use of kush grasses.

Kush is a benevolent satwik detoxifying grass, a symbol of progress and alertness. The word “kushal buddhi” originates from the word kush. In Bhagwad Gita (shloka 6.10) Krishna said that for meditation one should sit on a seat covered with kush grass. The Garuda Purana also described the importance of kush grass in rituals of Panchak death and in cremation of a person whose body has not been found as in natural calamities, by making an effigy of kush grass and completing the rituals. Kush grass is often held in the hands before taking a sankalp. In Ayurveda Kush grass is called desmostactya bipinnata. It is a clean, pure, brittle grass with acrid, cooling, oleaginous, aphrodisiac, and diuretic properties. Kush ke sharbat is a routine drink used by traditional healers of Chattisgarh.

In Riddhi-Siddhi, Riddhi is knowledge and Siddhi the perfection.  One attains obstacle free life (represented by Ganesha) only when one master or tame both knowledge and perfection. Riddhi and Siddhi were the two inseparable wives of Lord Ganesha.  Others symbolize Siddhi as success and Riddhi as prosperity or Riddhi as material abundance and Siddhi as the intellectual and spiritual prowess or Riddhi as prosperity and Siddhi as progress. All are dependent on each other.

Ganesha is said to have two sons, Shubha-Labha, again the two terms are inseparable from each other. Both are written during Dewali on each accounts book. Shubha is auspiciousness and Labha the profit.

Ram Lakshman often spoken as Ram-Lakhan signifies that to be in touch with consciusness (Rama) one has to control the mind with an aim (Mana with a Lakshya).

Other pairs, which are inseparable, are the duals of Rama and Sita, Radha and Krishna, Shiva and Parvati, Brahma and Saraswati and Vishnu and Lakshmi.

In Rama Sita, Rama signifies soul consciousness and Sita as the body. It is true for the Krishma and Radha combination. They also signify the dual character of the nature, feminine and masculine natures.

In Brahma and Sarawsawti, as the dude, Brahma represents creativity or innovations and Saraswati the art of acquiring pure knowledge. Again both are dependent on each other.

Lakshmi and Vishnu are again inseparable. Vishnu or Krishna is the doer and performer. They signify the action in the present. Lakshmi signify the material and spiritual benefits. One can only get the benefits by action in dharma.

Shiva-Parvati is other inseparable word used in Vedic literature. The other is Shiva and Sakti. They represent the true nature of the consciousness, the male and the female energies; the purusha and the prakiti. In terms of computer language they represents the operational and the application software. No computer can run without both of them

Other uncommon pairs are Bharata and Shatrughana of Ramayana. Bharata represents bhakti, devotion and discipline and Shatrughana the victory over the enemy. To win over the Shatru one has to become Bharata.

The pairs of modern post Vedic era are Heer-Ranjha; Laila-Majnu, Sheeri-Farihad, Banti and Babli and Veeer-Jara. They all symbolize human love relationship.


Most Sudden Cardiac Deaths Occur On Monday Mornings Of December And January

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1.    Maximum sudden cardiac deaths peak in the morning.

2.    Primary arrhythmic event is more likely to occur in the morning because increased adrenergic activity at this time may increase electrical instability or induce myocardial ischemia without heart attack.

3.     Mortality reports of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, of 2203 individuals who in 1983 died an out-of-hospital death from ischemic heart disease one hour or less after the onset of symptoms, showed peak frequency of sudden death between 9 and 11 AM [Circulation 1987;75:131].

4.    Framingham Heart Study: The hourly risk of sudden cardiac death was at least 70 percent greater between 7 and 9 AM than the average risk during the remaining 22 hours of the day [Am J Cardiol 1987;60:801].

5.     Data from the Berlin emergency care system found a peak frequency of ventricular fibrillation between 6 AM and noon; in contrast, asystolic episodes were more evenly distributed throughout the day [Circulation 1993;88:2284].

6.     The morning peak in sudden death is particularly related to the first three hours after awakening and onset of activity [Am J Cardiol 1992;70:65]

7.    Data from the Seattle Fire Department, based upon 6603 cases of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, of which 3690 were witnessed, also exhibited a diurnal variation, with a low incidence at night and two peaks of approximately the same size [Circulation 1998;98:31]. An evening peak at 4 to 7 PM was attributed primary to patients found in ventricular fibrillation, while arrests that showed other rhythms exhibited mainly a morning peak from 8 to 11 AM.

8.    Cardiac arrests also show a weekly and seasonal variation; the daily incidence peaks on Monday and the seasonal incidence is greatest in the winter [Eur Heart J 2000;21:315, Am Heart J 1999;137:512].

9.    One 12 year analysis of 222,265 cases of death from coronary heart disease found that there were approximately 33 percent more deaths in December and January than in June through September [Circulation 1999;100:1630].

Why Do We Not Touch Papers, Books And People With The Feet?

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In every traditional gurukul no studies start without chanting the following

Saraswati namasthubhyam
Varade kaama roopini
Vidyaarambham karishyaami
Sidhirbhavatu me sadaa

O Goddess Saraswati, the giver of Boons and fulfiller of wishes, I prostrate to You before starting my studies. May you always fulfill me?

Indian Vedas consider knowledge about self as the supreme knowledge and all tools for the same are considered sacred and divine and must be given respect. The traditional custom is not to step any sacred educational tool.

Vitamin D Facts

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1. In building bone, calcium has an indispensable assistant: vitamin D.

2. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium.

3. Increasing vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis.

4. A small amount of sun exposure can help the body manufacture its own vitamin D

5. Five to 30 minutes of sunlight between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. twice a week to your face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen will enable you to make enough of the vitamin.

6. People with fair skin that burns easily should protect themselves from skin cancer by limiting sun exposure to 10 minutes or less.

7. Food and sun exposure should suffice, but if not, get 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily from a supplement.

Why do We Burn Camphor In Any Pooja?

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No Aarati is performed without camphor. Camphor when lit burns itself out completely without leaving a trace of it.

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.

Over 68 per cent of milk inIndiadoes not conform to the standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India as per the govt. in a statement to Supreme Court.

According to the FSSAI’s 2011 survey, the most common adulterant was found to be the addition of water, and the main reason for deviation from the standards was addition of glucose and skimmed milk powder.  Addition of water will reduce the nutritional values and if contaminated can cause health hazards. It also found that in some samples, detergent was mixed.

A PIL alleged that synthetic and adulterated milk and milk products are prepared using urea, detergent, refined oil, caustic soda and white paint which, according to studies, are “very hazardous” to human life and can cause serious diseases like cancer.

These adulterants are hazardous and cause irreversible damage to the organs. As per ICMR detergents in milk causes food poisoning and gastrointestinal complications. Other synthetic compounds cause impairments, heart problems, cancer and even death. The immediate effect of drinking adulterated milk with urea, caustic soda and formalin is gastroenteritis but the long term effects are known to be far more serious.

The health answer is to shift to soya milk, During festive season, especially Diwali as non adulterated milk is often used to prepare sweets it is impossible to get pure milk to drink. Atleast during these days it is safe to shift to soya milk.

Some facts about soya milk

1, Soy milk (also called soya milk, soymilk, soybean milk, or soy bean juice and sometimes referred to as soy drink/beverage) is a beverage made from soybeans.

2.  It is produced by soaking dry soybeans and grinding them with water.

3. Soy milk contains about the same proportion of protein as cow’s milk: around 3.5%; also 2% fat, 2.9% carbohydrate, and 0.5% ash.

4. Soy milk can be made at home.

4. The coagulated protein from soy milk can be made into tofu, just as dairy milk can be made into cheese.

5. The AmericanAcademyofPediatricsconsiders soy milk a suitable alternative for children who cannot tolerate human or cow’s milk, or whose parents opt for a vegan diet.

6. It is associated with a reduction in low-density lipoprotein (“bad cholesterol”) and triglycerides.

7. It is good for women undergoing menopause.

8. Soy affects bone mineral density.

9. Gout sufferers limit consumption of soy products.

10. It is good for the health of the thyroid gland.

 

 

Laugh Your Way To Happiness

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“If you wait to be happy, you will wait forever. If you are happy now, you will be happy forever”.

Persons who remain serious have more chances of getting heart attacks. And on the other hand people full of humor die young in old age. Humor in general and laughter in particular are the best medicines. You are incomplete in your dress if you are not wearing a smile on your face.

Humor is a universal language. It’s a contagious emotion and a natural diversion. It brings people together and breaks down barriers.  Hospitals around the world are incorporating laughter therapy programs into their treatment protocols and most hospitals now have humor rooms.

Laughter strengthens the immune system, it makes the cheeks sore and it actually increases one’s intellectual performance and boosts information retention.  Laughing produces endorphins in the body which are natural hormones promoting health.

Happiness is our essential nature. Health is nothing but inner happiness. There is a great interrelationship between our gestures (Mudra) and emotion and both are influenced by each other. If one is inflicted with the happiness of laughter, it is impossible to keep the facial gesture as wrinkled, frayed and tense.

Laughter is a de-stressing therapy. Fear is linked to high blood pressure; anger to heart attacks, paralysis, and acidity and greed and possessiveness to heart failure. These all negative emotions can be kept at bay if happiness is injected within the people. Laughing over much serious matters also provides a relief from the overstressed environment.

It is a proven Mudra of Yoga as well. Laughter is multifaceted, which not only lightens the situation, but also keeps anger, fear, and greed and like evils at bay.

Laughter is good for the heart. Many studies have shown that laughing causes the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, the endothelium, to expand and increase blood flow – exactly what aerobic exercise does.

A comedy can be good for people; a stress-inducing movie can have a negative effect on cardiac health. In a study presented in theAmericanCollegeof Cardiology 2005; 20 volunteers watched a 15-minute segment from “Kingpin,” a 1996 Woody Harrelson comedy, and then 48 hours later viewed the opening battle scene from “Saving Private Ryan,” the 1998 movie starring Tom Hanks. After each movie was shown, researchers used ultrasound to measure changes in blood vessel reactivity.  On average, blood flow increased 22 percent after the Harrelson movie, comparable to the increase brought on by aerobic exercise, and decreased 35 percent after “Saving Private Ryan.”

One should try to laugh on a regular basis. Thirty minutes of exercise three times a week, and 15 minutes of laughter on a daily basis is probably good for the heart.

Laughter is good exercise. Laughing 100 times has the same effect on the body as being on a rowing machine for 10 minutes or a stationary bike for 15 minutes. Children laugh about 400 times a day. Adults laugh an average of 15 times a day.

Laughter is like ‘internal jogging,’ a form of exercise that keeps the body and the mind fit. It can give the heart muscles a good workout, improve circulation, increase your pulse rate, fill the lungs with oxygen-rich air and decrease tension.

Artificial or natural, laughter is the best exercise to be incorporated in daily life. It’s the best meditation technique as during laughter you are living only in the present forgetting the worries of the past and anxieties of the future.

Legumes May Aid Glycemic Control, Cut Lipids

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Eating more beans and chickpeas help improve glycemic control and lower total cholesterol and triglycerieds in patients with type 2 diabetes. In a randomized controlled trial, patients who ate at least an additional cup of legumes per day had a greater reduction in HbA1c than patients who increased their insoluble fiber consumption for 3 months as per David Jenkins, MD, PhD, of the University of Toronto in the Archives of Internal Medicine.The diet significantly lowered mean total cholesterol and triglycerides, without any changes in HDL cholesterol levels.

Stress may be broadly defined as comprising of 3 components, namely a “known situation, interpretation of a situation and the physical and mental reaction to that interpretation of the situation”.

Stress is a situation: There cannot be a stress without a situation. One cannot be stressed about some event occurring in USA without knowing the person or the situation. The situation requires familiarity with the particular sensory object (knowm situation).

Stress is an interpretation of a situation: Without interpretation, stress is not possible. The same situation can be interpreted differently by different people. A stimulus may be stressful to one but not to another.

Stress is a physical and mental response to the interpretation of the situation: Stress manifests because of a chemical imbalance resulting due to sympathetic over-activity, which manifests as mental and or physical symptoms.

Stress, therefore, is the body’s physical and mental response to the interpretation of a situation. Management of stress, therefore, involves either changing the situation, changing the interpretation of the situation or making the body resistant to physical and mental changes in the situation.

Practising Patanjali’s eight limbs of yoga via living a yogic lifestyle, adhering to the various Dos and Dont’s in life as taught in various religious teachings, and learning to meditate helps our body to resist these sympathetic-activating changes and handle the stressful situation.These involve proper diet, exercise, meditation and relaxation exercises.

Changing the interpretation of a situation involves counseling. Cognitive behaviour therapy used in counseling is one such example. Change in interpretation requires deeper understanding of the problem and removal of the obstacles. This can be done by using Ganesha’s principles of stress management, Rosenburg’s Principle of Non-Violent Communication, or the principles of counseling from Bhagwad Gita.

Change of the situation is the final resort for solving the problem, even though this may not be always possible. For example, in a dispute between husband and wife, divorce should be the last choice, after all counseling efforts have failed to resolve the issue.

Seven Behaviors Cut Heart Deaths

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Seven heart-healthy behaviors can reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease,.

The forthcoming MTNL Perfect Health Mela being held in November will focus on prevention of heart attack and paralysis.

In a prospective study, by Enrique Artero, PhD, of the University of South Carolina, and colleagues and published in the October issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, those who met 3-4 of the American Heart Association’s ‘Simple Seven’ heart-health criteria had a 55% lower risk of cardiovascular mortality than those who met no more than two of those practices over 11 years.

Four core behaviors

  1. No smoking
  2. Normal body mass index
  3.  Engaging in physical activity
  4. Eating healthfully

Three parameters

  1. Cholesterol lower than 200 mg/dL
  2. Blood pressure lower than 120/80 mm Hg
  3. Not having diabetes

The forthcoming 19th MTNL Perfect Health Mela being organized by Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with Health Department, Government of NCT Delhi will focus on revival of a person after clinical death.

Over 10,000 persons will be trained in Compression Only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation technique. Various Mela related activities will be held from 1st to 11th November, 2012 and the main Mela will be held from 7th to 11th November, 2012 at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi

Addressing a press conference, Hon’ble Dr. A.K. Walia, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of NCT Delhi, said that one percent of the population of Delhi should be trained in Compression-only Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation as the incidence of heart disease and diabetes is maximum in India in the world. Sudden death is common in both conditions.

Sudden death can only revived in the first 10 minutes and the revival technique can be attempted by bystanders.

More than 25 lakhs people die of sudden death in the country in a year and 80% of them can be revived if bystanders try to resuscitate them timely with compression only CPR.

CO-CPR is not for done for a heart attack. The first aid for a heart attack is to chew a tablet of 300 mg water-soluble aspirin at the onset of chest pain.

Formula of 10 for preventing sudden deaths

Co-addressing the press conference, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. K K Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that the CO-CPR Mantra is “Within 10 minutes of death of a person for the next 10 minutes, one should compress the centre of the chest of the victim with a speed of 10×10 = 100 per minute.” In absence of electric shock machine, two thumps should be given with the fist in the centre of the chest before starting CO-CPR.

To be covered in LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS

The Mela will be launched with a CO-CPR camp at Birla Vidya Niketan where 1000 school teachers and students will be trained on 200 dummies. The event will find its place in Limca Book of Records.

Focus on all systems of medicine

One of the attractions of this year’s Mela will be workshops on Homeopathy, Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Veterinary Medicine with focus on Zoonotic diseases and Yoga, Pranayama cum Meditation. A special seminar will also be organized in collaboration with AIR with specialists from all pathies under one roof. A special conference will also be organised with Ministry of Earth Sciences on Women Health & Climate Change.

Programs on health

Dilli Aajtak will air five special lifestyle programs every day in the evening with eminent faculties. The topics will be life style, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity.

Artificial intelligence

For the first time, there will also be a conference on physics of consciousness and artificial intelligence. Scholars from physics and other fields will participate.

Nursing home problems

Delhi Medical Association will also organize a workshop on nursing home problems. The event will be coordinated by Dr Harish Gupta President DMA.

Exhibition on food adulteration

The Mela will also have practical workshops on food adulteration, its identification and prevention. It will also focus on permissible and non permissible food additives.

Exhibition on science behind miracles

Dept. of Science & Technology will also be placing special exhibitions on science behind miracles.

Over 500 children, 2000 nurses and 1000 college students to take part

Interschool competitions will be coordinated by Birla Vidya Niketan and Ryan Global School. Over 5000 school children will participate in various health and environment competitions. Over 2000 nurses and 1000 medical doctors and young students will be participating in various health related competitions.

Seminar on ‘All Pathy Consensus’

A seminar on ‘All Pathy Consensus’ on obesity and on spiritual gurus white paper on prayer and health will also be held. Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan will coordinate the spiritual gurus’ workshop.

Poonam Jhawar for awareness on road traffic accidents

Cine actress Ms Poonam Jhawar from the movie (OMG – Oh My God)..who plays the character of. Gopi Maiyya, star attraction of the press meet, said that stars live a stressful life and should learn to relax and do pranayama and meditation.  She said that a special exhibition that will be organised at the Mela on road safety will be dedicated to Mr. Jaspal Bhatti. A special booklet will also be released by the Dept. of Transport, Govt. of Delhi.

Mela, a bhagidari project for people from sectors of the society

Mr. Rajesh Kumar from LIC, Mr K J Kumar(DGM) from Indian Oil Limited, Ms Renu from Prohibition Department, Delhi Govt. , Dr N K Yadav from MCD South, Dr P K Sharma of NDMC, Mr Deepak Chanduka (GM MTNL- Corporate Office)  and Mr A K Srivastav (GM Mktg-MTNL Delhi), Dr ABP

Mishra (DST) also addressed the press.

Teleconsults by MTNL

MTNL will focus on telemedicine and teleconsultations. Both MCD and NDMC will have special focus on dengue menace in the city. The awareness will focus on how to prevent deaths from dengue.

White paper on preventing deaths from dengue

The Mela will also come out with a white paper on dengue and suggestion to the government for prize control policies when facing any epidemic situation and the right treatment guidelines. It has been seen that non serious patients often occupy the beds and the serious patients end up in getting no beds. The policy should define clinical situations where beds should not be denied in dengue.

Promoting Peaceful Death

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Having a peaceful death is a common wish. Many cultures and religious beliefs offer practical ways to enhance having a peaceful death.

Dying in an intensive care unit is unnatural and oftentimes painful for the patient and their loved ones.

ICU nurses can promote peaceful death through a three-dimensional process

1.    awareness of dying

2.    Creating a caring environment

3.    Promoting end-of-life care.

(Source: Int Nurs Rev. 2009 Mar;56(1):116-22.)

FDA Adds 8 Drugs to Watch List

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added 8 drugs to its list of products to monitor because of possible signs of serious risks or new safety information. The agency spotted yellow flags for the 8 drugs in the FDA Adverse Event Reporting System (FAERS) database during April, May, and June 2012.

The agency will study the drug to determine whether there is truly a causal link. The FDA is also not suggesting that clinicians should stop prescribing watch-list drugs, or that patients should stop taking them, according to an agency press release.

Potential signals of serious risks/new safety information identified by FAERS, April to June 2012

Product Name: Active Ingredient (Trade) or Product Class Potential Signal of a Serious Risk/New Safety Information Additional Information (as of August 1, 2012)*
Cetirizine HCl (Zyrtec, McNeil) Oculogyric crisis  
Codeine sulfate Respiratory depression or arrest resulting in death in children taking codeine who are CYP2D6 ultra-rapid metabolizers FDA Drug Safety Communication (http://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm313631.htm)
Docetaxel (Taxotere, Sanofi-Aventis) Drug interaction with dronedarone HCl resulting in death FDA decided that no action is necessary at this time based on available information.
Fluoroquinolone products Retinal detachment  
Levetiracetam (Keppra, UCB) Potential for drug abuse, misuse, or dependence  
Mefloquine HCl (Lariam, Roche) Vestibular disorder  
Olmesartan medoxomil (Benicar, Daiichi Sankyo) Malabsorption resulting in severe diarrhea and weight loss FDA is continuing to evaluate this issue to determine if the current labeling, which contains information about diarrhea, is adequate.
Proton pump inhibitors Pneumonia  

To be in harmony with the body (five elements represented by Draupadi) one must acquire five qualities or in other terms living a focused life, full of strength and not getting disturbed with loss or gain and finally working for the welfare of the society without having any partiality towards anyone.
1. Balanced mind : Yudhishter (“sthir’ or balanced in “ yudh or disturbed state of mind)
2. Focused vision ( Arjuna)
3. Using internal power or strength ( Bhima)
4. Not being partial or remaining neutral (Nakul).
5. Working for the welfare of the society ( Sahdev)

With this one can kill hundred negative qualities a person can have (hundred kauravs). The hundred negative qualities are acquired because of cunningness (shakuni), not working with the eyes of the soul (Dhritarashtra) and keeping a blind eye to any wrong happening (Gandhari).
The main negative qualities are taking decisions in day to day life situations (Duryodhana: dusht in yudha or war) and choosing wrong choices as a ruler (dusshasana: dusht and shasan).
The positive qualities once acquired will also win over other negative qualities like blind faith or undue attachments (bhishma pitamaha); unrighteous loyalty (dronacharya) and unrighteous ego ( Karna) .

5 Steps To Lower Alzheimer’s Risk [Healthbeat]

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  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Check your waistline.
  • Eat mindfully. Emphasize colorful, vitamin-packed vegetables and fruits; whole grains; fish, lean poultry, tofu, and beans and other legumes as protein sources; plus healthy fats. Cut down on unnecessary calories from sweets, sodas, refined grains like white bread or white rice, unhealthy fats, fried and fast foods, and mindless snacking. Keep a close eye on portion sizes, too.
  • Exercise regularly. Aim for 2½ to 5 hours weekly of brisk walking (at 4 mph). Or try a vigorous exercise like jogging (at 6 mph) for half that time.
  • Keep an eye on important health numbers. In addition to watching your weight and waistline, keep a watch on your cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and blood sugar numbers.