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Energy Drinks May Put Heart at Risk for Sudden Death

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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.

Positive Attitudes

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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.

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)

 

Prakriti, Vikriti and Sanskriti

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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.

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.

Facts about Soul and the Spirit

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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.

Neck Artery Wall Thickness and Plaque Area – a new test to diagnose early heart diseases

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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.

Panchamrit body wash

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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.

High fat diet prostate cancer prone

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Diets high in saturated fat increases the risk of prostate cancer.

As per a report from University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston published in the International Journal of Cancer.

1.   Men who consume high saturated animal fat diet are two times more likely to experience disease progression after prostate cancer surgery than men with lower saturated fat intake.

2.   There is also shorter “disease-free” survival time among obese men who eat high saturated fat diet compared with non-obese men consuming diets low in saturated fat.

3.   Men with a high saturated fat intake had the shortest survival time free of prostate cancer (19 months)

4.   Non-obese men with low fat intake survived the longest time free of the disease (46 months).

5.    Non-obese men with high intake and obese men with low intake had “disease-free” survival of 29 and 42 months, respectively.

Take home messages

 1.   High saturated fat diet has been linked to cancer of the prostate

2.   Reducing saturated fat in the diet after prostate cancer surgery can help reduce the cancer progression.

3.     Cancer prostate has the same risk factors as that of heart blockages and both are linked to high saturated fat intake.

4.   With the increase of heart patients a corresponding increase in prostate cancer patients is also seen in the society.

All about depression

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1.      Depression is a major public health problem as a leading predictor of functional disability and mortality.

2.      Optimal depression treatment improves outcome for most patients.

3.      Most adults with clinical significant depression never see a mental health professional but they often see a primary care physician.

4.      A non-psychiatric physician 50% of times misses the diagnosis of the depression.

5.      All depressed patients must be enquired specifically about suicidal ideations.

6.      Suicidal ideation is a medical emergency

7.      Risk factors for suicide are either psychiatric known disorder, medical illness, prior history of suicidal attempts, family history of attempted suicide.

8.      The demographic reasons include older age, male gender, marital status (widowed or separated)  and living alone.

9.      World over 1 million people commit suicide every year.

10.  79% of patients who commit suicide contact their primary care provider in the last one year before their death and only 1/3 contacts their mental health service provider.

11.  Twice as many suicidal victims had contacted with their primary care provider as against the mental health provider in the last month before suicide.

12.  Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death worldwide and account for 1.2% of all deaths.

13.  In US suicidal rate is 10.5 per 100,000 people.

14.  In America suicide is increasing in middle aged adults.

15.  There are 10-40 non-fatal suicide attempts for every one completed suicide.

Women above 65 to take extra care of their health

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Women aged 65 and above should take low dose aspirin routinely to prevent heart attack and paralysis..

1.      All women are urged to exercise a minimum of 30 minutes per day, but women who need to lose weight or maintain weight loss are now advised to engage in 60 to 90 minutes of moderate-intensity activity
on most, or preferably all, days of the week.
2.      A heart-healthy diet should be rich in fruits, whole grains and fiber foods with a limited intake of alcohol and sodium.
3.      Saturated fat should be reduced to less than 7 percent of calories.
4.      Women at very high risk for heart disease should try to lower their LDL (“bad”) cholesterol to less than 70 mg/dL.
5.      Women aged 65 and over should consider taking low-dose aspirin on a routine basis, regardless of their risk. Aspirin has been shown to prevent both heart attacks and stroke in this age group.
6.      The upper dose of aspirin for high-risk women is 325 mg per day.
7.      Hormone replacement therapy, selective estrogen receptor modulators nor antioxidant supplements such as vitamins C and E should be used to prevent heart disease.
8.      Folic acid should also not be used to prevent cardiovascular disease.
9.      Women should eat oily fish or some other source of omega-3 fatty acids at least twice a week.
10.     Women should not only quit smoking but should use counseling, nicotine replacement or other forms of smoking cessation therapy.

Eating foods in their natural form is always better

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An elephant is obese, eats sugarcane (ganna) and yet does not develop diabetes. I am sure if he is given 10% sugar drinks everyday or made to eat 30% sugar containing sweats, he would end up with diabetes.

The natural form of sugarcane is eating ganna, the second form is ganne ka juice, third is gur (jaggery), fourth is shakkar and fifth is white sugar.

The more you eat foods in their natural form, more the health benefits you will get from that food.

Food is Brahmin and contains the same consciousness as you have. The food which is more refined will loses its consciousness and is not beneficial to the health.

Similarly, wheat flour with bran is better than flour without bran, which is better than suji, which is better than maida.  Maida is the final product and if taken every day, it can cause heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

 

Pain Management

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  • Pain is a common occurrence in day to day life and should be managed well.
  • Remember the word ‘ICE’ which means putting ice pack on the injured painful area, ‘C’ stands for compression and ‘E’ stands for elevation.
  • The mantra, therefore, is to use cold compression and elevation for any injury.
  • Alternate hot and cold packs are used for chronic pain.
  • Painkillers should not be taken without a doctor’s advice.
  • If a painkiller has to be taken, it should one tablet of paracetamol.
  • People who take alcohol should not consume paracetamol without asking their doctor.
  • In patients with kidney disease, even one tablet of painkiller can precipitate kidney failure.
  • In patients with acid peptic disease, one tablet of painkiller can precipitate gastric bleeding.
  • Instead of taking a painkiller, look for alternative methods to relieve pain.
  • Pain relieving ointments are better than oral painkillers.
  • In hospital setting, intravenous and intramuscular injectable painkillers are available.
  • Always tell your doctor that you are taking painkillers.
  • There are effective pain management therapies available in homeopathy and Ayurveda.
  • Always contact your doctor if the pain is uneasy, unexplainable or appears for the first time in life.

 

 

Sangat and smoking

Sewa, Simran and Sangat are the three principles of life as per the most Vedic literature. Even Adi Shankracharya described Sangat as the main force for living a spiritual life.

Sangat is the company of people you live with. Living in the company of good people makes one good and the reverse is also true.

The same is now being proved in the allopathic context. A new research published in the New England Journal of Medicine has shown that when one person quits smoking, than others are likely to follow. One person quitting can cause a ripple effect, making others more likely to kick the habit.

1. If your spouse stops smoking, you’re 67 percent less likely to continue smoking.

2. If your friend kicks the habit, it’s about 36 percent less likely that you’ll be smoking.

3. When a sibling gives up cigarettes, your risk of smoking decreases by 25 percent.

4. It drops by 34 percent if a co-worker in a small office quits smoking. It’s sort of like watching dominoes. If one falls, it very quickly causes others to fall.

People are not quitting on their own; they’re quitting in droves.

We should treat people in groups, rather than as individuals. Friends and family need to be involved. If you want to quit, try to get close friends and family to quit as well.

Quitting smoking may have the side benefit of improving social well-being, just as it improves physical health.

 

Why should we eat seasonal fruits and vegetables?

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God will grow only those fruits and vegetables, which are necessary in that season in that particular location.  For example, during summer, the body requires more liquids and regular flushing of the kidney because of extreme heat so that dehydration does not damage kidney.  To prevent this, nature produces vegetables and fruits in this season that are juicier and increase urination.

All summer fruits like mango, lichi, watermelon, musk melon, wood apple (bel), etc. are juicy fruits. All vegetables grown in summer such as bottle gourd (ghiya), snake gourd (torai), apple gourd (tinda) grow on creepers and they all have a mild diuretic action.

In summer, where the humidity is not so high like in Delhi, one need not take coconut water, which is only required as a treatment of humidity-related diseases.  Therefore, nature grows coconuts only in the coastal  areas.

Drinking coffee prevents Parkinson’s disease

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Nicotine present in the tobacco has been used for its medicinal value for quite some time for diseases like Parkinson’s disease and ulcerative colitis. A study from University of Miami School of Medicine, USA, now has shown that people from families prone to Parkinson’s disease are less likely to develop the disease if they drink coffee on a regular basis.

Both coffee and nicotine have a link with dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical that decreases in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

It is possible that people who are going to have Parkinson’s disease have lower levels of dopamine. Those with low levels of dopamine may be more likely to enjoy caffeine.

Parkinson’s disease is caused when brain cells that produce dopamine die. The disease is progressive, affecting about one percent of people older than 65.

Symptoms start out with shaking and can progress to paralysis. There is no cure, although a number of drugs can make symptoms better for a time.