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Dr K K Aggarwal

This sutra from Bible has a very deep significance in day to day life. The truth is ever lasting and always ends up in internal happiness and self realization and in the long run always gives you happiness and an all win situation. On the contrary a lying tongue will only give you a momentary pleasure but will lead to or create some difficulty later in life. Spoken words cannot come back just as in the case of a released arrow from the bow. Once lost one cannot get back their youth virginity or respect. Similarly spoken bad words cannot be taken back and once spoken will create negative waves in the other persons on whom they were spoken mind which will persist as repressed thoughts or memory in the people s mind forever. Such bad memories will keep on coming back in the person s mind causing damage to the personal relationships. A spoken word is a karmic expression. For every karmic action there is an opposite and equal reaction. For every negative karmic expression one has to pay the debt either now or in future. The law of karma says that every debt has to be paid. It is always better to avoid negative language both in spoken words as well as in the mind. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali describe thinking speaking or doing anything wrong as having the same karmic significance. We should not only purify our self in actions and spoken words but also in the mind. If a person keeps negative thoughts in the mind sooner or later the same will be reflected to the outside world. The momentary pleasure which one gets by lying has no spiritual significance as it only satisfies your ego sense or makes you attached to any of the five senses. The transient pleasure experienced by the body stimulates a chain of reactions consisting of action memory and desire leading to action again which will only intensify the greed attachments. In the Mahabharata Lord Krishna has given only two examples which work as an exception to such a situation. Any truth which harms others may not be spoken and any lie which does not harm anyone but benefit a few may be spoken. Truth is the opposite of doubt it is always better to clear all the doubts from the mind as any repressed doubts can end up into causation of heart attack paralysis and cancer. Truth also means taking conscious based decisions as the consciousness will never lie. While taking any decision one should always ask oneself Is it the truth Is it necessary Will it bring happiness to me and the people around Lord Krishna is also described as Satchitanand which only indicates qualities like truthfulness conscious based decisions and internal happiness. The practice of truthfulness has to be practical over a period of time and made a part and parcel of your daily life. To start with a person may have bad experiences but in the long run truthfulness will always win. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

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6 ways to ease neck pain

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1. Don t stay in one position for too long. 2. Make some ergonomic adjustments. Position your computer monitor at eye level so you can see it easily. Use the hands free function on your phone or wear a headset. Prop your touch screen tablet on a pillow so that it sits at a 45 angle instead of lying flat on your lap. 3. If you wear glasses keep your prescription up to date. 4. Don t use too many pillows. 5. Know your limits. 6. Get a good night s sleep. Harvard News Letter

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Why do people suffer?

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As per Garud Puran and Hindu mythology one of the reasons for suffering is the debts of your past birth. Your purpose of life is to face sufferings to pay these debts. The second reason your present deeds till today starting from birth. If your sum total of bad deeds is more than good deeds they get added to your previous birth s debts. Third reason for suffering is the form of struggle which you entertain to attain future success. Some people do not call it as suffering. The last reason for suffering is that some people acquire yogic powers to take on the sufferings of others. The classical examples are Shirdi Sai Baba and Jesus Christ who were known to cure others by adding their suffering to their own account. If you see most of the Gods or holy people had suffered in their last time be it Jesus Christ Krishna Buddha or Sai Baba. Only Rishi Munis can remain alive and die at will even after they have paid for all their debts. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

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When it comes to eating junk food one may blame the brain. Addiction is a disease and the same has been proved by a study. Two areas of the brain have to work together to give the self control to reject unhealthy foods. California Institute of Technology researchers used MRI to scan the brains of volunteers as they looked at photos of dozens of types of foods and decided which ones they d like to eat. They found significant differences in the brain activity between people who had self control in terms of making food choices and those with no self control. An area of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex is involved in all value based decisions. When ventromedial prefrontal cortex activity decreases a person will probably reject an item whereas increased activity means they ll probably choose it. The study published in the issue of Science found that in people with no self control the ventromedial prefrontal cortex seemed to take into consideration only the taste of a food. In people with good self control another area of the brain called dorsolateral prefrontal cortex becomes active and modulates the basic value signals so that the self controllers also incorporate health considerations into their decisions.

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The eras of Ram and Krishna represent two different perceptions of life. While Rama taught us the message of truthfulness Krishna taught us when not to speak the truth and when speaking a lie is justified. The medical profession today cannot survive on the principles of Rama. According to principles of Krishna a truth which if spoken may cause harm to someone and if not spoken does not cause any harm may not be spoken. Similarly a lie which without harming the community may help a particular person or situation may be spoken. Doctors come across situations every day in their medical practice where speaking the truth may be harmful to the patient. Quite often false hopes are given and patients of terminal cancer are not told about their exact nature of illness and the prognosis. There is no way a doctor is going to tell the patient that you are going to die in the next 24 hours even if it is medically true. Dharma artha kama and moksha are the four basic purposes of life for which we are born. The basic purpose of life is to fulfill our desires in such a way that we end up in inner happiness. Fulfillment of desires should be done by following the principles of righteous or ethical earning. Most charges in the hospital settings are different depending upon the categories chosen by the patient. A single room patient invariably has to pay more than a patient admitted in the concessional three bed room or general ward. Even the charges of the treatment operation theatre investigations and consultations may be different depending upon the categories. Taking more money from the rich and helping the poor. This principle is more according to Krishna s principle than Rama s. Placebo therapy is a well established therapy in medical science which means treating the patient without giving the actual drug to a patient. The information that the drug does not contain any ingredient is withheld from the patient in this type of therapy. As per the literature 35 of illnesses and symptoms may resolve using a placebo and is based on the principle that the very feeling that a medicine is being given stimulates the inner body pharmacy and produces healing substances and chemicals. Nocebo effect on the other hand means that if the patient is told that your illness is not going to be cured even if medicines are given they may not act as the patient s body produces negative chemicals which neutralize the effect of medicines that otherwise are effective. Indian doctors were known for their social medicine which involves proper assessing of patients and their families financial status before deciding the treatment. There is no point giving options to a family to spend 10 15 lakhs of rupees for getting an ICD device implanted in the heart which may increase life span only by 1 or 2 years or improve quality of life for a few years to a family who cannot afford this amount of money and may have to sell their house or spend all the money saved for the marriage of their daughters. But today with the Consumer Protection Act applicable to the medical profession also not informing the family may even amount to negligence. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

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The American Heart Association and the American Diabetes Association have given a cautious recommendation to the use of nonnutritive sweeteners to help people maintain a healthy body weight and for diabetics to aid glucose control. These products should be considered like a nicotine patch. They are appreciably better than the real product sugar but not part of an optimal diet. The joint statement published in both Circulation and Diabetes Care on July 9 2012 warns that sweeteners are helpful only as long as people don t eat additional calories later as compensation. The term nonnutritive sweeteners cover six sweeteners including aspartame acesulfame K neotame saccharin sucralose and plant derived stevia. These nonnutritive substances have zero calories. Two things may happen in terms of compensation 1. Physiological where the body might be expecting more calories and so the individual may be hungrier and therefore may eat more 2. Psychological where the individual thinks they are allowed to eat more sugar rich food because they had a diet soda instead of a full sugar soda. When people use sweeteners there is compensation. The key is how much Partial compensation is ok but people often completely compensate or even overcompensate so these sweeteners have to be used smartly to be successful. Compensation seems less of a problem when these sweeteners are consumed in beverages as opposed to food. People don t really notice the lack of calories in a diet soda and so don t tend to eat more whereas if they consume a low calorie foodstuff they do tend to eat more as compensation. Its better when sweeteners are used in beverages and not sweets or other foods. One is not completely sure about the safety of these products because their long term use in humans has not been studied fully. However the artificial sweeteners on the market are almost certainly safer than consuming large amounts of sugar which has definite harm when consumed in large amounts. This harm particularly when consumed in beverage form such as soda includes increases in risks of obesity diabetes cardiovascular disease and gout. A concern though is that just replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners leaves a person especially children conditioned to high levels of sweetness which is likely to influence their food choices adversely.

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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. Chanting vowels produces interleukin 2 in the body which works like a painkiller. Chanting nasal consonants produces tranquilizers in the body. Sounds like LUM are associated with fear VUM with attachments RUM with doubt YUM with love HUM with truthfulness and AUM with non judgmental. Various chemicals can be produced in the body by chanting of various vowels and consonants. Nasal consonants are vibrant sounds and produce vibrations of the autonomic plexus causing balance between sympathetic and parasympathetic states. More the nasal consonants in music the more will be its relaxing healing power. Listening to overtone chanting in music can also heal people in the vicinity of the music. Recitation of music can also increase or decrease respiratory rate of the singer. Lyrics which reduce respiratory rate will lead to parasympathetic healing activity. The respiratory rate of a listener too can increase and decrease if he is absorbed in the song. Listening to a song word by word and by understanding its meaning can also change the biochemistry of the listener. A song can create an excitement or a feeling of depression. A 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 fulfilment of desire. Music is often linked with dance both classical and western which provides additional healing. Gestures mudras bhavs and emotions associated with songs produce parasympathetic state in both the singer and the listener. Disclaimer The views expressed in this write up are my own .

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Persistent acidity is usually due to reflux of acid from the stomach into the food pipe. Mild cases of acidity reflux can usually be managed with lifestyle and dietary modifications along with antacids H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors. However patients in whom lifestyle management along with empirical treatment is unsuccessful or who have symptoms suggestive of complicated diseases should undergo endoscopy to rule out cancer of the food pipe a condition linked with persistent acidity. Symptoms that may suggest complicated disease include loss of appetite loss of weight and difficulty in swallowing food bleeding and signs of systemic illness. Lifestyle changes for reflux involve elevation of head and of the body avoidance of food before sleep and avoidance of food which makes the food pipe valve lax. The examples of such foods include fatty food chocolates peppermint and excessive intake of alcohol. Hurry worry and curry are the three main factors for causing acidity apart from alcohol and smoking. People with acidity should consume less of fermented sour salty and pungent foods.

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