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Understanding helping others

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When you help others, your action should not end up in harming or hurting somebody else even though your help has been unconditional. If you have promoted a junior by superseding another who deserves the senior position, this is not regarded as helping as the person to whom you are helping will give you one blessing but the person to whom you have harmed may give you 10 curses. Ultimately you end up with minus 8 points. Helping others also means that it should give you happiness as also to the person/s you have helped and also to those whom you have not helped.

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Summer Diarrhoea Treatment

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One loose motion is equal to one glass of ORS. Most summer diarrhea is watery, effortless and painless diarrhea with no mucous or blood. They need no antibiotics. The only treatment is oral rehydration solution.

One loose motion is equivalent to loss of one glass of fluid. If a patient has passed 10 loose motions, he needs 12 glasses of ORS apart from normal requirement of fluids and one glass for every loose motion passed again.

For up to 12 loose motions, a patient can be managed as an outpatient but if the loose motions are more than 12, he needs observation and if the numbers of loose motions are more than 40, he needs intensive treatment.

 


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Shoe Hygiene

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1. Avoid poorly fitting shoes.

2. Diabetic patients should avoid walking bare feet.

3. Shoes that are too tight can cause pressure ulcers.

4. High heels are okay for occasions but if you wear them all the time, significant foot pain and other problems can develop. These problems can range from bunions, corns and calluses to more complex problems like misshapen hammer toes or worsening excruciating pain in the ball of the foot.

5. Whenever you wear shoes that are tight, they will cause foot pain. Shoes that constrict the natural shape of the foot are bound to cause foot pain.

6. Women, who regularly wear high heels, walk with shorter, more forceful strides and require more muscles to walk.

7. Pointed toed shoes are equally bad as they disrupt the natural shape of the feet.

8. If you love to wear heels, then choose heels that are not higher than 2″ and are wide.

9. Narrow shoes with heels should only be used for a function, dinner or a formal party, specially a party where you do not have to stand for a longer time.

10. It is always better to buy shoes in the evening as the foot swells up by evening. If you buy them in the morning, the shoes may feel tight in evening hours.

11. Always try both shoes as one foot may be smaller or larger than the other one in some people.

12. Always wear the shoes that are wider than your foot.

13. The actual size of the shoe may vary between different manufactures.

14. The selected shoe should be wider than the broadest part of the foot.

15. Your foot tends to become longer and wider as you age, always check the size of your shoes every two years.

16. Shoes can be classified under following three categories:

• Good shoes or low risk shoes: athletic and casual sneakers.

• Average mid risk shoes: hard or rubber–soled shoes – special shoes and work boots.

• Poor or high risk shoes are the ones that do not have support or structure such as high heels, sandals, sleepers.

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Did all Gods & Gurus suffer before death?

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Most Gods and spiritual gurus had suffered in their last days. Lord Krishna had a nonhealing wound, Jesus Christ was crucified, Bhagwan Rajneesh had an infectious disease, Swami Chinmayanand had low functioning heart, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi had heart and pancreatic disease, Satya Sai Baba was put on a ventilator etc. When they were God–like personalities, why did they suffer in their last days?

The answer to this comes from Vedic knowledge within the concept of rebirth. Vedanta says that the very fact that we are born means that in the last birth we did not attain moksha or liberation. In other words, this means that there were some sufferings yet to be faced. You are born to face those sufferings. When you face the last suffering, there are high chances that this suffering might be your last suffering before liberation.

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Science Behind Regrets

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In a US-based study, dying people were asked about their regrets, if any. The top five regrets were:

• I wish I had the courage to live a life I wanted to live and not what others expected me to live.

• I wish I had worked harder.

• I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.

• I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

• I wish I had let myself be happier.

Regrets are always based on suppression of emotions or non–fulfillment of desires and needs. These need–based desires can be at the level of physical body, mind, intellect, ego or the soul. Therefore, regrets can be at any of these levels.

I did a survey of 15 of my patients and asked them a simple question that if they came to know that they are going to die in the next 24 hours, what would be their biggest regret?

Only one of them, who was a doctor, said that she would have no regrets. The physical regret was only one and that was from a Yoga expert who said that her regret was not getting married till that day.

Mental regrets were two.

• A state trading businessman said, “I wish I could have taken care of my parents.”

• A homeopathic doctor said, “I wish I could have given more time to my family.” Intellectual Regrets were three.

• A lawyer said, “I wish I could have become something in life.”

• A businessman said, “I wish I could have helped more people.”

• A retired revenue inspector said, “I wish had married my younger child.” Egoistic regrets were two.

• One fashion designer said, “I wish I could have become a singer.”

• A housewife said, “I wish I could have become a dietician.” Spiritual regrets were six.

• A Consultant Government Liaison officer said, “I wish I could have made my family members happy.”

• A businessman said, “I wish I could have meditated more.”

• A Homeopathic doctor said, “I wish I could have spent more time with my family.”

• A reception executive said, “I wish I could have spent more time with my parents.”

• An entertainment CEO said, “I wish I could have taken my parents for a pilgrimage.”

• A fashion designer said, “I wish I could have worked more for the animals.”

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You cannot be stressed unless you know the person, place or the situation. The same situation may or may not cause stress unless it is interpreted in such a way that it is uncomfortable to the person, and then it ends up causing stress.

Management of stress, therefore, involves either removing the known situation or changing one’s interpretation or preparing the body in such a way that the stress does not affect mind and the body. But, removing the known situation may not be possible all the time. For example, if you are stressful in a job, resigning may not be feasible.

The modality, therefore, is to change your interpretation towards the stressful situation i.e. start thinking positively and different and choose the resultant options within, which do not hurt the heart.

Changing of the interpretation is what in allopathy is described as cognitive behavior therapy, the origin of which comes from Ayurveda and in Bhagwad Gita where Lord Krishna counsels Arjuna following principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

In the first chapter, Lord Krishna only listens to Arjuna indicating the importance of listening, listening and listening. The second counseling session or the second chapter is the longest conversation between Arjuna and Krishna and shows the importance of first effective counseling session. From 3rd to 17th chapters, Krishna explains what he has conveyed in chapter 2 and this tells us the importance of reasoning out every doubt that a person under stress has. During this session, Krishna creates both fear as well as consoles Arjuna again indicating the importance of these two factors in counseling. In the last chapter, Krishna revises what he has taught, which is consistent with the last rule of counseling to make sure that the patient has learnt what has been taught to him.

Apart from counseling, one can also prepare the body in such a way that stress does not bother him. This can be done by learning the art of pranayam, relaxation, meditation, regular exercise, Dosh-specific diet and using certain Ayurvedic Rasayans, which sterilize the brain functions. Brahmi, an Ayurvedic herb, is one such Rasayan, which boosts the brain. Avoid taking allopathic anti–anxiety drugs, unless necessary which, of course, may be required in an acute panic state.

 

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White rice most dangerous

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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White rice is much more dangerous in terms of glycemic index than white bread. It has glycemic index of 102. We often tell people not to take cola drinks but they eat white bread. The glycemic index for white bread is 100% and that for cola drink is 90%. Traditional Indian drinks like Rooh Afza, Khas Khas may also contain more than 10% sugar.

The recommended sugary drink does not contain more than 2-3% sugar, which is the amount present in oral rehydration solution. People leave a cola drink and take mashed potato, which has glycemic index more than that of a cola drink (102 versus 90).

Pizza has a glycemic index of 86. Table sugar has a glycemic index of 84, while that of jam is 95. French fries have a glycemic index of 95.

Most people add sugar in food and snacks because sugar is a preservative. Less the sugar, earlier the food will be spoiled.

To avoid refined carbohydrates in diet, if one has to choose, then the most dangerous is white rice, followed by white bread and then comes white sugar.

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Facts about Soul and the Spirit

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• Energy is the raw material of the universe.

• Information is the organization of energy into reproducible patterns.

• Consciousness is living information and energy (living energized information)

• Consciousness is, therefore, intelligence.

• 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.

• Consciousness is live, advanced, software-driven energized information.

• Closest example: Advanced computer software which can type, correct, interpret, edit and store spoken or read information.

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