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Use painkillers with caution in the elderly

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Painkillers can cause stroke via irregular heart rhythm. Non selective non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and new generation selective COX-2 inhibitors, commonly used to treat inflammation, are now linked to an increased risk of irregular heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (AF), as per a Danish Research of 32602 patients led by Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.

These drugs are already linked to increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. And now through AF, the risk gets intensified for stroke and new risk added of heart failure and death.

In the study, compared with non users, new users (first drug within 60 days of diagnosis) showed 40% increased risk of AF with non-selective NSAIDS and 70% increased risk with COX-2 inhibitors. This means four extra cases of AF per year per 1000 new users of non-selective NSAIDS and seven extra cases of AF per 1000 new users of COX-2 inhibitors.

The risk was highest in the elderly, patients with chronic kidney disease or rheumatoid arthritis, especially on COX-2 inhibitors. NSAIDs should be used very cautiously in older patients with a history of hypertension or heart failure.

Music as a drug

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Our body is the largest pharmaceutical group in the world and has the capacity to heal each and every disease. The very fact that there is a receptor for every drug in the body, the body has the capacity to produce that drug. Music is one such modality, which can heal by initiating various chains of chemical reactions in the body.

  1. Chanting vowels produces interleukin-2 in the body, which works like a painkiller.
  2. Chanting nasal consonants produces tranquilizers in the body.
  3. Sounds like LUM are associated with fear, VUM with attachments, RUM with doubt, YUM with love, HUM with truthfulness and AUM with non–judgmental.
  4. In music, various chemicals can be produced in the body by chanting of various vowels and consonants.
  5. Nasal consonants are vibrant sounds and produce vibrations of the autonomic plexus leading to balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic states. More the nasal consonants in music more will be its relaxing healing power.
  6. Listening to overtone chanting in music can also heal people in the vicinity of the music.
  7. Recitation of music can also increase or decrease the respiratory rate of the singer. Lyrics, which reduce respiratory rates have parasympathetic healing activity. The respiratory rate of a listener can also increase and decrease if he is absorbed in the song.
  8. Listening to a song word by word by understanding its meaning can also change the biochemistry of the listener. A song can create an excitement or a feeling of depression.
  9. Song can also work like intent by speaking in the form of prayers. Group prayers can have powerful affects and convert intent into reality through the concept of spontaneous fulfillment of desire.
  10. Music is often linked with dance both classical and western, which provides additional healing.
  11. Gestures, mudras, bhavs and emotions associated with song produce parasympathetic state in both the singer and the listener.

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

Music as a Drug

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Our body is the largest pharmaceutical group in the world and has the capacity to heal each and every disease. The very fact that there is a receptor for every drug in the body means that the body has the capacity to produce that drug. Music is one such modality, which can heal by initiating various chains of chemical reactions in the body.

  1. Chanting vowels produces interleukin-2 in the body, which works like a painkiller.
  2. Chanting nasal consonants produces tranquilizers in the body.
  3. Sounds like LUM are associated with fear, VUM with attachments, RUM with doubt, YUM with love, HUM with truthfulness and AUM with non–judgmental.
  4. In music, various chemicals can be produced in the body by chanting of various vowels and consonants.
  5. Nasal consonants are vibrant sounds and produce vibrations of the autonomic plexus leading to balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic states. More the nasal consonants in music more will be its relaxing healing power.
  6. Listening to overtone chanting in music can also heal people in the vicinity of the music.
  7. Recitation of music can also increase or decrease the respiratory rate of the singer. Lyrics, which reduce respiratory rates have parasympathetic healing activity. The respiratory rate of a listener can also increase and decrease if he is absorbed in the song.
  8. Listening to a song word by word by understanding its meaning can also change the biochemistry of the listener. A song can create an excitement or a feeling of depression.
  9. Song can also work like intent by speaking in the form of prayers. Group prayers can have powerful affects and convert intent into reality through the concept of spontaneous fulfillment of desire.
  10. Music is often linked with dance both classical and western, which provides additional healing.
  11. Gestures, mudras, bhavs and emotions associated with song produce parasympathetic state in both the singer and the listener.

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

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.

 

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.