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Most uncontrolled asthmatics think they are controlled

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Two-thirds of patients with uncontrolled asthma think their disease is well under control. Asthmatics on proper medicines can not only live a normal life but also reduce their future complications.

Uncontrolled asthmatics invariably end up with right heart complications due to persistent lack of oxygenation in the blood.

Dr. Eric van Ganse, of University of Lyon, France, in a study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, examined 1,048 subjects with inadequate asthma control. When asked how they would rate their asthma control over the past 14 days, over 69% considered themselves to be completely or well controlled. Failure to perceive inadequate asthma control was more likely to be found in patients between the ages of 41 and 50 years.

The reasons are:

  • Most asthmatics fail to perceive their level of disease control and with an uncontrolled state they often feel that their asthma is under control.
  • In severe asthma, low blood oxygen levels might impair a person’s ability to assess their own breathing difficulty.
  • The notion of asthma control seems poorly understood by asthmatic patients.

Mild to moderate asthma limits the activities of a person and they, over a period of time, take that as their normal limits.

Sleep deprivation and sleep apnea both bad for the heart

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Both sleep deprivation and sleep apnea have been linked to a higher risk of heart disease. Over time, inadequate or poor quality sleep can increase the risk of heart disease. Short–term sleep deprivation is linked with high cholesterol, high triglycerides and high blood pressure. Sleep apnea makes people temporarily stop breathing many times during the night. Up to 83% of people with heart disease also have sleep apnea. In sleep apnea, oxygen levels dip and the brain sends an urgent “Breathe now!” signal. That signal briefly wakes the sleeper and makes him or her gasp for air. That signal also jolts the same stress hormone and nerve pathways that are stimulated when you are angry or frightened. As a result, the heart beats faster and blood pressure rises — along with other things that can threaten heart health such as inflammation and an increase in blood clotting ability. (Source: Harvard)

Why do we regard trees and plants as being sacred?

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The upper part of the plants, the leaves, flowers and fruits are worshipped as sacred and offered to God. As per the Bhagwad Gita, these have satvik properties. Roots of any plant are tamsik and not offered in pooja or eaten during pooja days. The same is true for the stems of plants, which have rajsik properties.

Fresh and live fruits have the same spirit and life force as in the human beings and are considered sacred the same way as any human being. Human life also depends on plants and trees. They give us the vital factors that make life possible on earth: food, oxygen, clothing, shelter, medicines etc.

Ancient scriptures suggest the planting of a minimum of ten trees. We are also urged to apologize to a plant or tree before cutting it to avoid incurring a specific sin named soona.

Many trees and plants like tulsi‚ peepal etc.‚ which also have medicinal value‚ are worshipped.

How long can one fast?

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As per allopathy, one cannot live without air or oxygen for more than 3 minutes, without water for more than three days and without food for more than 3 weeks. According to the Chandogya Upanishad, food is responsible for the making of motor organs (Karmendriyas), sensory organs, Manas (mind, intellect, memory and ego) and Prana. The fiery foods are responsible for making the motor indriyas, earthy foods for sensory indriyas and manas and water for making Prana Vayu. Therefore, it is possible for a person to live on water for up to few weeks because he will keep making Prana and keep breathing but absence of food on 14th day onwards will start affecting his Gnanaindriyas and Manas. The person will start losing power of hearing, touching and tactile sensation and will start showing impairment in mental status, memory, intellect functions and egoistic behavior.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).