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What should you do if you dont have soap and clean, running water?

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Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of microbes on them in most situations. If soap and water are not available use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 alcohol. Alcohol based hand sanitizers can quickly reduce the number of microbes on hands in some situations but sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs.

Thinking Differently

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There are three ways to manage stress. One is to think opposite second is to think different and the third is to think positive. Thinking opposite was advocated by Patanjali thinking differently by Adi Shankaracharya and thinking positive by Gautam Buddha. Out of three approaches the Indian Vedic philosophy focuses on thinking differently. Thinking positive and thinking opposite may not be feasible at the time of any adversity. Thinking differently has been emphasized in mythology at multiple places. The 10 heads of Ravana 5 heads of Brahma elephant head of Lord Ganesha Fish incarnation of Lord Vishnu and third eye of Lord Shiva remind us of the principle of thinking differently. We can see or analyze a person or a situation with the eyes of our physical body physical eye or eyes of the mind thinking and analyzing and eyes of the soul conscious based decision . Lord Buddha once said that a good action should be based on truth should be necessary and bring happiness both for the person doing it and the society. The 3H principle advocated in the West is also based on the same which means before any action think from your Head and from multiple options available choose from the Heart and then order the Hands to do the job. The first incarnation of Lord Vishnu Fish indicates the capacity of swimming against the stream. The third eye of Lord Shiva means thinking from the mind and choosing the right answer from the heart. The ten heads of Ravana and five heads of Brahma also indicate thinking to get multiple options. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Bystander CPR better when more people help

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Patients of cardiac arrest are more likely to receive good quality bystander initiated cardiopulmonary resuscitation if multiple people assist Among cases of out of hospital cardiac arrest CPR quality is associated with multiple rescuers initiating bystander CPR being in a central or urban setting and receipt of bystander initiated CPR and longer duration of resuscitation as per Dr Hideo Inaba at Kanazawa University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan in the journal Resuscitation. Good quality bystander CPR is less commonly performed by a family member by older bystanders and in home environments. The key to survival and positive neurological outcomes for those experiencing an out of hospital cardiac arrest is the initiation of bystander CPR. This CPR should be performed with chest compressions only without mouth to mouth resuscitation. Good quality means Appropriate hand positions or finger positions for infants Compression rate of at least 100 per minute Compression depth of at least 2 inches or at least one third of the anterior posterior diameter of the chest Time to arrest or recognition of arrest to initiation of CPR is significantly shorter among those who provided good quality CPR median 3 minutes versus 4 minutes.

Are we reborn as humans each time we die?

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As per Vedic sciences Hindu philosophy believes in rebirth unless your Sanchit and Prarabdha Karmas are totally exhausted. It also believes in liberation in which once your past karmas debt is over you do not take a rebirth. On the other hand Garuda Purana says that you can be reborn as animals which means you can be born like a donkey or a dog. Vedic science on the other hand says that once you get a human body you will either be liberated or only get another human body. The message of Garuda Purana can be read and interpreted in a different perspective. In mythology humans have been linked to animal tendencies. For example bull is linked to sexual and non sexual desires peacock to vanity etc. Probably people who wrote Garuda Purana meant that if you do not live according to the Shastras you will end up in getting another human body but with animal tendencies and behavior. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Managing wounds at home

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A wound is a disruption of the normal structure and function of the skin. Antibiotic therapy is not indicated in all the wounds and is reserved only for infected wounds. It is important to keep blood sugar under control while managing a wound. All wounds which are contaminated or with foreign bodies require debridement. Irrigation of the wound is the best to reduce bacterial load and removing loose material. Irrigation can be done with warm saline. Principles of wound management are scrub clean and dress. Scrubbing means that dressing should be done with clean hands which requires proper scrubbing of the hands. Would cleaning means that the wound should first be cleaned and finally after cleaning it requires a proper dressing. Some wounds may require suturing especially if the wound is less than 6 hours old. In an accident if a finger is cut or a tooth is removed one should preserve the finger or the tooth and take it to the nearest hospital along with the patient for reimplantation. The best way to carry the amputated finger or uprooted tooth is to put them in a plastic bag and put that bag in a box containing ice. Skin burns should be treated firstly by putting the area under the running water till the burning disappears. In a patient with burns the blister that forms should not be punctured. Presence of pain is also a good sign and indicates that the burns are superficial.

Neti-Neti (Not This Not This): The Main Principle of Knowing the Truth

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The main figure in the Upanishads is sage Yajnavalkya known as one of the greatest philosophers. Most of the great teachings of later Hindu or Buddhist philosophy are derived from him. He taught the great doctrine of neti neti the view that truth can be found only through the negation of all thoughts about it. Brhadaranyaka Upanishad is the oldest and the most important of all the Upanishads. Its name actually means the great forest book. Sage Yajnavalkya s dialogues with his wife Maitreyi are featured in the Muni Kanda or Yajnavalkya Kanda. The doctrine of neti neti suggests the indescribability of the Brahman the Absolute. Yajnavalkaya attempts to define Brahman. Atman is described neither this nor this neti neti. The Self cannot be described in any way. Na iti that is Neti. Through this process of neti neti you give up everything the cosmos the body the mind and everything to realize the Self. Once the Atman is defined in this manner are you become familiar with it a transformation takes place as realization dawns that the phenomenal world and all its creatures are made up of the same essence of bliss. Brahman is infinite amorphous colorless characterless and formless Universal Spirit which is omnipresent and omnipotent and like cosmic energy is pervasive unseen and indescribable. Neti neti Meditation The principle of neti neti has been used in meditation involving gnana yoga. Whenever a thought or feeling comes to mind that is not the goal of the meditation or is not the soul or the inner self the meditator simply has to say Not this not this and dismiss the thought image concept sound or sense distraction. Any thought any feeling is patiently discarded again and again if necessary until the mind is clear and the soul or the self is revealed. Neti neti and the mind When you get into the habit of neti neti you can also discard thoughts of worry doubt or fear and become established in the light of your inner self. You can then look back at worries and fears with deep insight and handle them. Neti neti and the medical profession One of the basic medical teachings is to diagnose a condition by way of excluding other similar conditions. This is called differential diagnosis and this is the mainstay of allopathy. This also makes one investigative oriented but is the only scientific way of knowing the truth. Neti neti and multiple choice questions In any modern exam today the principle of neti neti is used. A question has about four nearly similar answers and the student has to answer the correct one. He can only answer by the principle of negation. Neti neti and police investigations This principle is also used while handling a criminal case. Everyone is a suspect in the crime initially till a process of elimination clears them. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Why avoid foods prepared outside?

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Having a meal outside once in a while is fine but making it a habit can be extremely harmful to one s health. Foods prepared outside are High in calorific value Poor nutritional value Low in fiber Rich in fats sugar and salt in excessive quantities Some of the foods contain a specific amount of MSG as well. Processed foods contain saturated and trans fats. Such foods often have addictive properties.

To be in a state of happiness bliss and ananda is what the ultimate goal of life is. Everybody is born with certain inherent powers which if cultivated in the right direction will lead to inner happiness. The ancient Shiva Sutra text talks about the concept of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva is silence Shakti is power Shiva is creativity Shakti is creation Shiva is love Shakti is loving. In computer terminology Shiva is the knowledge or the information and Shakti is the operational software. Shiva and Shakti both together form consciousness in other words the soul. The Shiva sutra teaching about Shiva describes five inherent powers of Shakti which everybody is born with. These are Chitta Shakti Ananda Shakti Gyan Gnana Shakti Ichha Shakti and Kriya Shakti . Kriya Shakti is the one which is most visible. Kriya is not same as karma. Karma is action born of cause and effect. Kriya Shakti is at the level of body and mind. Ichha Shakti is the inherent desire which controls the mind. Gyan Shakti is the inherent desire to learn and is at the level of intellect. Both Ananda and Chitta Shakti are at the level of consciousness and represent the desires or aim to be blissful. These five powers also decide the needs of a person which can be at the level of physical body mind intellect ego or the soul. The needs activate the Shakti which in turn leads to action. The purpose of life should be to direct the needs and the Shaktis towards the soul and not towards the ego. The power of Kriya Shakti should have all the actions directed towards the soul Gyan Shakti should be directed towards the knowledge of the true self Ichha Shakti towards the desire or intention to unite with the self Anand Shakti and Chitta Shakti towards the awareness of God and to experience the bliss of God. All thoughts speech or actions in life should be directed on two basic goals providing happiness to others and achieving self happiness. Every action and relationship in life should involve these five powers to attain inner happiness. Most computers in the body require a key to get activated and the key in the case of Shakti is intention or intent . Intentions are something which are under the control of a person or one can practice control over them. Intention always requires the association of its buddy attention with it. Attention is the focus of action on that particular intention. The combination of intention and attention can change perceptions of life and ultimately change the reality. It has been an old Upanishad saying that you are what your thoughts are. Right intention leads to the right thought the right thought to right action the right action to the right habit the right habit to the right character and the right character leads you to what you are. The punch line therefore is to have right intention which should be directed towards one of the five Shaktis to acquire spiritual well being. Health is not mere absence of disease but a state of physical mental social environmental and spiritual well being. Spiritual well being now has been added as the fifth dimension of the health. It has been said that the body is the largest pharmaceutical armamentarium in the world and has the capacity to produce each and every drug available in the universe. This is based on the fact that no drug can go into the body without a receptor. The very fact the body has a receptor for every drug means it has the capacity to produce that drug. All yogic paths to liberation are also directed towards these Shakti. One adopts the path of karma by activating Kriya Shakti Gyan Marg by activating Gyan Shakti and Bhakti Marg by activating Ichha Shakti. Faulty lifestyle also involves distractions of three of these powers Ichha Gyan or Kriya Shakti. Correct lifestyle involves the correct use of Kriya Shakti in doing actions correct use of Gyan Shakti by acquiring knowledge about self and healthy behavior and correct use of Ichha Shakti by learning the dos and don ts of life and controlling the mind towards various addictions of life which can be addition of food sex drugs alcohol smoking sleeping not walking and or eating faulty Rajsik cum Tamsik high refined carbohydrate diet Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

12 Steps to tackle Heartburn

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Eat smaller meals but more often. Eat in a slow relaxed manner. Remain upright after meals. Avoid late night eating last meal three hours before sleep Don t exercise immediately after meals. Tilt your torso with a bed wedge. Stay away from carbonated beverages. Find the foods that trigger your symptoms and avoid them fatty foods spicy foods tomatoes garlic milk coffee tea cola peppermint and chocolate. Chew sugarless gum after a meal which promotes salivation and neutralizes acid. Check your drugs that can loosen the lower esophageal sphincter or cause acid reflux or inflammation of the esophagus. Lose weight if you need to. Avoid hurry worry and curry.

Every one cannot be a spiritual seeker. In fact majority is not interested in seeking spiritual knowledge and they keep themselves busy in the worldly desires. To become a good seeker one need to acquire many qualities. In Bhagavad Gita Arjuna in a state of disturbed mind sought guidance from Lord Krishna. In Katha Upanishad Nachiketa as a healthy seeker learned the knowledge of life after death from Yama. Katha Upanishad described in detail the qualities of a seeker in Nachiketa. The story goes as under Vajashrava sage performed a sacrifice in which he was required to give away all his worldly possessions. His son Nachiketa saw that the cows given in the donations were all old. Such charity was not going to give his father any merits. Feeling disturbed by the inappropriateness of his father s observance of the sacrifice Nachiketa asked to whom was he given. The sage ignored him twice but on third asking the irritated sage said in anger Unto Yama I give thee. Whereupon Nachiketa went to the abode of Yama and finding him absent waited there for three days and nights. Yama on his return offered to grant him three wishes. Nachiketa wished the following 1. To be allowed to return to his father alive and that his father not be angry with him 2. To be instructed about fire sacrifice 3. To be given knowledge about life after death Yama granted the first wish immediately. In answer to Nachiketa s second question Yama named performance of a special fire sacrifice after Nachiketa. Before answering the third question Yama tested Nachiketa offering him all sorts of worldly pleasures instead but Nachiketa insists. And then Yama taught him about life after death. The properties of true seeker therefore are 1. Righteousness and truthfulness Nachiketa did not agree with his father as his fathers act was not based on Dharma. 2. Persistence He waited for three days to meet Yama. 3. Compassion and forgiveness The first boon he asked was to have his father forgiven. 4. Intellectual understanding The fire of knowledge means intellectual understanding. 5. Let go off the desires He let go all his desires and did not get attracted to the worldly offers given by the Yama. Only after that he qualified to receive the knowledge of soul and become a true seeker. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Cough Hygiene

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When you cough or sneeze you tend to expel out respiratory waste which can be droplets larger than 5 micron or airborne droplet less than 5 micron both have different clinical implications. Droplets remain suspended in the air for a limited period only and exposure of less than 3 feet is usually required for human to human transmission of droplet borne respiratory organisms. In flu this can be up to 6 feet. The examples of droplet infections are meningitis influenza rubella German measles etc. No precaution needs to be taken by a person who is 6 10 feet away from the patient but if a person is sitting or working even 3 6 feet distance the non coughing person should wear a simple mask. Airborne droplet nuclei that carry respiratory secretion smaller than 5 micron can remain suspended in the air for extended period and can cause infections to people who are standing even more than 10 feet away. The example of airborne droplet nuclei infections are TB measles chickenpox and SARS. Patients with these diseases should be placed in an isolation room and all healthcare personnel who are looking after these patients must use a safe N95 mask. In normal house with windows opened there is a constant exchange of air which prevents spread of infections but in AC setups with no air exchange the infections can spread from one person to another. When sitting in an air conditioned atmosphere the setting of the AC should be such that the same air is not circulated and fresh air is allowed to exchange. Split ACs therefore are more dangerous than the window ACs. In an office with split AC if one employee is suffering from any of the droplet nuclei disease can transmit infection to others. Therefore patients with confirmed TV measles chickenpox and SARS should not be allowed to work in split AC atmosphere.

The spiritual meaning of the word Artha

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Dharma Artha Kama and Moksha are the four fundamental principles of our very existence which means earning righteously with a desire to fulfill the inner happiness. Righteous earning is called Artha and mistakenly it has been linked to materialistic money. In mythology Artha is synonymous with Lakshmi Saraswati and Kali where Lakshmi represents righteously earned materialistic wealth Saraswati represents wealth of knowledge and Kali represents wealth of wisdom to fight the bad in you and in the society. In any country it is the wealth of knowledge which is more important. India was ruled initially by warriors Kali later by money Lakshmi and in future will be ruled by knowledge Saraswati . It is the human resources which today decide the growth of a company and the amount of money invested. If you have good human resources your company is going to succeed. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Donating blood reduces chances of heart attack

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One should donate blood at least once in a year. Donating blood regularly has been shown in many reports to reduce chances of future heart attacks. Blood donation is also one of the best charities that one can do as it can save multiple lives through various components taken out of a single blood transfusion. All those who are going for elective surgery should donate their blood well in advance and the same should be used at the time of surgery. In the current medical tourism scenario many patients who are Jehovah s Witnesses refuse blood transfusion on religious grounds. They do not accept transfusion of whole blood or any of the four major components blood cells platelets plasma and white cells . They are prepared to die rather than receive the blood. They also do not accept transfusion of stored blood including their own due to the belief that blood should not be taken out of the body and stored for any length of time. In such cases every effort should be made to reduce blood loss conserve blood and give drugs that can enhance hemoglobin formation. A new concept called Bloodless Medicine has now become a reality where treatment surgery and even emergency surgery can be done without using any blood.

The Right Action

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Dharma is the path of righteousness and living one s life according to the codes of conduct as described by the Vedas and Upanishads. Its western equivalents might include morality ethics virtue righteousness and purity. The term dharma can best be explained as the law of being without which things cannot exist. The word dharma is derived from dhri which means to hold . It literally means that which holds the people of this world and the whole creation. The same is described in the Vedic Text in Atharva Veda as Prithivim dharmana dhritam i.e. this world is upheld by dharma . In Hinduism Dharma is the very foundation of life. Tulsidas the author of Ramcharitmanas defined the root of dharma as compassion. Buddha has also described this principle in his book Dhammapada. According to Hindu philosophy it s GOD who holds us through Truth and or Love . Dharma prevails or truth prevails is the essence of Hinduism. In order to achieve good karma Vedas teach that one should live according to dharma the right action . This involves doing what is right for the individual the family the class or caste and also for the universe. According to the Bhagavat Purana righteous living or life on a dharmic path has four pillars truthfulness satya austerity tap purity shauch and compassion daya . It further adds that the adharmic or unrighteous life has three main vices pride ahankar bad company sangh and intoxication madya . Manusmriti prescribes ten essential rules for the observance of dharma Patience dhriti forgiveness kshama piety or self control dama honesty asteya sanctity shauch control of senses indriya nigrah reason dhi knowledge or learning vidya truthfulness satya and absence of anger krodha . Manu further writes Non violence truth non coveting purity of body and mind control of senses are the essence of dharma . In Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna says that in the society dharma is likely to fall from time to time and to bring dharma back a GOD representative is born from time to time. The shloka parithraanaaya saadhoonaam vinaasaaya cha dhushkr.thaam dharma samsthaapanaarthaaya sambhavaami yuge yuge Chapter IV ndash 8 says that For the protection of the virtuous for the destruction of evil doers and for establishing the rule of righteousness Dharma I am born from age to age in every age . Another shloka yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srjamy aham means that O descendant of Bharata Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice and a predominant rise of irreligion at that time I descend Myself . Deepak Chopra in his book Seven Spiritual Laws of Success talks about the Law of Dharma or Purpose in Life . According to him everybody should discover his or her divinity find the unique talent and serve humanity with it. With this one can generate all the wealth that one wants. According to him when your creative expressions match the needs of your fellow humans then wealth will spontaneously flow from the un manifest into the manifest from the realm of spirit to the world of form. In spiritual terms this is an attempt to find out whether one s life is progressing as per the Laws of Dharma Dharma in Sanskrit means purpose in life which according to the scriptures is said to be the sole purpose for a human being to manifest in this physical form. For one to achieve DHARMA he suggests the following affirmative exercises Today I will lovingly nurture the god or goddess in embryo form that lies deep within my soul. I will pay attention to the spirit within me that animates both my body and my mind. I will awaken myself to this deep stillness within my heart. I will carry this consciousness of timeless eternal being in the midst of time bound experiences. I will make a list of my unique talents. Then I will list all of the things I love to do while expressing my unique talents. When I express my unique talents and use them in the service of humanity I lose track of time and create abundance in my life as well as in the lives of others. I will ask myself daily How can I serve and How can I help The answers to these questions will allow me to help and serve my fellow human beings with love. Karma dharma and samsara are three fundamental aspects of Hinduism. Buddhism Jainism and Hinduism are all built on these aspects. Dharma is one s appropriate role or attributes. Karma measures how well one performs one s dharma explains why one is born where he or she is and why there is suffering and seeming injustices. Samsara is the continuous cycle of birth death and rebirth and the context for all experience. Dharma sutras from Dharma Sh stras are the basic texts which talks about the morality of individuals and the society. Most Indian laws are made from these Sh stras. In Jainism also the wheel of Dharma Chakra with 24 spokes represents the religion preached by the 24 Tirthankaras consisting of nonviolence Ahimsa and other virtues. The very first word of the Gita is Dharma . The Gita concludes with the word Mama . The whole of Bhagavad Gita is contained in the two words Mama and Dharma . When you join these two words it becomes mamadharma meaning your true Dharma . This is what the Gita teaches. What is your Dharma How to achieve your dharma Do unto others what you do unto yourself and satisfy your conscience. That is your Dharma. The word Living Dharma signifies right action in every moment of the life. Do not follow the dictates of body and do not indiscriminately follow the mind for the mind is like a mad monkey. Hence follow the conscience. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

Is caffeine good for the health?

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Caffeine is the most consumed stimulant in the world. It is consumed in the form of coffee and tea. At present there is no scientific data for promoting or discouraging coffee and or tea consumption in the daily diet. Short term benefits include mental alertness and improved athletic performance. Short term adverse effects including headache anxiety tremors and insomnia. Long term adverse effects include generalized anxiety disorder and substance abuse disorders. Long term benefits are dose dependent. Caffeine is associated with a reduced risk of Parkinson s disease Alzheimer s disease alcoholic cirrhosis and gout. Coffee both caffeinated and decaffeinated is also associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. 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. Most studies show a modest inverse relationship between coffee consumption and all cause mortality. Caffeine withdrawal is a well documented clinical syndrome with headache being the most common symptom. Source Uptodate