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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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All of us are taught about hygienic living and this subject should be included as a chapter in the curriculum of every school. There are many different kinds of hygiene.

Respiratory hygiene: To prevent cross infection, specifically, from flu and related respiratory illness. One should be at a distance of minimum 3 ft, from a person who is coughing, sneezing or singing. Most respiratory particles are more than 5 microns in size and do not travel a distance of more than 3 ft. This may be one reason why in the ancient times, sneezing was considered a bad omen and people were asked to stay away for few seconds from someone who sneezes in front of them. This respiratory hygiene, however, will not prevent transmission of tuberculosis whose bacteria are less than 5 microns which keeps circulating in the area. Hand hygiene: This is the fundamental principle for any disease prevention and the catch phrase is “before and after”, which means – one should wash hands before and after eating food, touching any infected material, seeing a patient or after normal evacuation of stool in the morning.

Food hygiene: This basically means maintaining hygiene at home while cutting, serving and eating food. While cutting a vegetable, it involves clean hygienic surface, knife, hands, water, utensils etc. If that hygiene is not possible, follow the formula of boil it, heat it, peel it, cook it or forget it. That means, any food which has been boiled, heated or peeled is safe for eating. Peeling means removing the skin of a fruit such as banana or oranges.

Water hygiene: involves drinking safe water, safe drinking glass, proper washing of glass, not washing multiple glasses in the same utensil and proper picking of glasses. It is often seen that many caretakers pick up four glasses of water at a time with four fingers one in each glass. Sexual hygiene: This involves washing local areas before and after sexual contact.


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Understanding helping others

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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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

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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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

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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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?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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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

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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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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