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Dr K K Aggarwal

Keeping in view the Christmas and New Year celebrations no level of alcohol consumption is safe for some people.

Alcohol should not be taken during pregnancy or by people who have strong family history of alcoholism, previous brain hemorrhage, liver or pancreatic disease, and while operating potentially dangerous equipment or machinery.

Alcohol use should also be limited in patients with active gastritis, esophagitis, premalignant GI lesions such as Barrett’s esophagus, or a strong family history of breast cancer.

For people without these conditions, the social limit has been defined.

1. Men can tolerate more alcohol than women.

2. The ideal dose of alcohol is 5-7 grams per day (about one drink every other day). In women, the dose is 4 g/day. (About one drink every third day).

3. 10 to 15 grams of ethanol is found in one glass of wine, one can or bottle of beer, or one mixed drink.

There was a time when to unite the Indian cricket team the than couch John Wright started the concept of Mexican Hug on the grounds. Every time an opposite team player got out all Indian player got together in the shape of a Mexican Hug. In Vedic description these types of hugs brings harmony and a feeling of togetherness.

The concept of individual hug as a gift was popularized in the movie “Munna Bhai MBBS” under the name “Jadu ki Japhi”.

Reiki is a form of alternative therapy which uses the Vedic principle that energy is transferable from one person to another provided the mind and the body are in symphony with each other.

In both the Mexican and the magical hug there is a transfer of positive energy from one person top the other.

 There occurs a gush of endorphins and serotonin in the body. A consistent high level of serotonin makes a person perform better, take better decisions, with more accuracy and perfection.

Appreciating others is another gift one can give apart from a simple smile. When a person is appreciated the serotonin levels further rises. Most of us have forgotten the art of appreciating and inspiring others. A successful leader is the one who inspires his or her subordinates and extract the best out of them.

 Serotonin is also the reason for better performance of cricketers in front of cheering crowd especially in the home country and the home town.The more a person is cheered up more will be the serotonin response ending up with better performance. Salim Durrani was a great example of this who during his peak time used to produce sixes on demand.

Heart Rate Of >80 Per Minute Predisposes One For Obesity And Diabetes?

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A high pulse rate in early adulthood is a warning sign for increased risk of cardiovascular problems decades later.

A study in American Journal of Hypertension has shown that a resting heart rate greater than 80 beats a minute during first examination predicts the development of future obesity and diabetes.

A fast heart rate is a signal from the sympathetic nervous system, a part of the autonomic nervous system, which is the body’s automatic pilot that governs instinctive responses.

If someone has a consistently fast heart rate, it is because of increased input from the sympathetic part of the nervous system because the body is preparing to respond to stress and indicated a chronic stress process.

There is an increase in levels of blood glucose — essentially because the body is storing energy to prepare for fight or flight, so that predisposes to diabetes.

The Science behind Eating Khichidi in Paush Month

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1. Its wet winter full of fog and smog
2. From Ayurveda point of view the Kapha is aggravating, Vata is accumulating and Pitta is at its minimum
3. The food intake should therefore contain Kapha pacifying foods which are light, easily digestible, hot, warm and Pitta increasing so that they can increase the digestive fire to digest
4. One of the main foods is eating Khichidi or a mix of brown rice and lentils /moong daal/ or bajara khichidi
5. Khichdi or lentil rice mix is light to eat and digest
6. In Allopathy terms when we eat proteins it must contain all essential amino acids. Normally foods from animal sources, such as meat, eggs and dairy products, are complete proteins. Soy and quinoa are the only two plant-based protein sources that provide complete protein. Incomplete protein sources lack one or more of the essential amino acids.

The essential amino acid deficit of one plant food can be overcome by combining it with a complementary plant food that provides adequate amounts of the limited essential amino acid.

As an example, grains (rice) are low in the essential amino acid lysine and high in methionine, whereas legumes (lentils, pulses, beans) are low in methionine and high in lysine. Peanuts are another complementary protein for rice.

Pairing complete proteins, such as milk, soya, meat, fish or eggs, with incomplete proteins like brown rice also provides complete protein. Dal rice therefore is eaten with curd as a tradition.

You don’t need to consume complementary proteins at the same meal, but you do need to consume them in the same day. The adequacy of protein intake is determined by the total quantity of protein and amino acids from the variety of foods consumed during the day.
7. Khichidi gives energy. All GODS are worshipped in this season with this food. In khichidi Rice and pulses should be in ratio of 1:2.
8. Bajra khichidi is another favorite food item in this month. It is health friendly as it has complex non refined carbs. To balance it is served with desi ghee to take away its dry effect.
9. Khichidi to make it equivalent to 56 bhog of winter is added with heeng, saunth (garam masala has less saunth), peepali, mirch, ujwain, javitri and jaiphal.
10. Bajra khichidi is usually eaten with garlic (counters constipation), less butter/ghee.
11. It is also eaten with garlic chatni, or amla chatni ( both are good for the heart)
12. In constipation: eat khichidi with curd, salad, navneet white butter, ghee
13. In winter sinus: one can eat rice with pulses and all spices.

Preventing Winter Induced High Blood Pressure

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It is possible to blunt the effects of hypertension by keeping blood pressure in check with medications and lifestyle choices. Preventing it from getting started is even better ( Harvard Newsletter).
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the American Heart Association offer these recommendations:
• Control your weight.
• Exercise regularly.
• Follow a diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.
• Limit sodium intake to under 2,300 milligrams a day (one teaspoon of salt), and get plenty of potassium (at least 4,700 mg per day) from fruits and vegetables.
• Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all.
• Reduce stress.
• Check your blood pressure.

Vasudaiva Kutumbakam is the Vedic saying, which means “the world is my home” and it is one of the most ancient Vedic teachings coming from Rig-Veda. Today, in the era of rapid industrialization and globalization, people have started understanding and talking about this concept.

The full statement from Rig-Veda is as under:

“Ayam nijo paro veti ganana laghucetasam Read more

Bad Teeth are Related To Bad Heart Arteries

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In winter one sees more heart disease, more blood pressure, more heart attacks and more paralysis.

It’s time to go to not only to your cardiologists but also to your dentist as in middle-aged adults, gum disease goes hand in hand with the metabolic syndrome and heart disease.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors for heart disease, paralysis and diabetes — including high blood pressure, abdominal obesity, high blood sugar, low levels of “good” HDL cholesterol and Read more

Most of the research claims of today by the West scientists are re-searches and not researches as the Vedic era has examples of every possible scientific explanation of all happenings in life. During Rama and Krishna era, there were nuclear weapons, planes and what not.
Examples of in-vitro fertilization, stem cell therapies, asexual mode of reproduction, organ transplantation, surrogate motherhood, cloning etc were either existing in the ancient Vedic era or their descriptions available as mentioned in the epics and publications of those eras. Read more

Definitions of a “standard drink” differ, both within and between countries.
1. United States: 14-15 g alcohol (0.5 to 0.6 fl oz), equivalent to 12 oz beer, 5 oz wine, and 1.5 oz of 80 proof liquor Read more

To be in a state of happiness, bliss and ananda is what the ultimate goal of life is. Everybody is born with certain inherent powers, which if cultivated in the right direction will lead to inner happiness.

The ancient Shiva Sutra text talks about the concept of Shiva and Shakti. Shiva is silence, Shakti is power; Shiva is creativity, Shakti is creation; Shiva is love, Shakti is loving.

In computer term Shiva is the knowledge or the information and Shakti is the operational software. Shiva and Shakti both together Read more

Men and women have about the same adjusted in-hospital death rate for heart attack — but women are more likely to die if hospitalized for a more severe type of heart attack.

According to a report in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association:

  1. Women are twice as likely as men to die if hospitalized for a type of heart attack known as Read more

Bhaj: meaning “to love, adore, enjoy, make love to, to worship, to share.

Bhaja Govindam, a musical Sanskrit manual was composed by the great Hindu saint and philosopher Adi Shankaracharya. He described the events as “samskara” that everyone has to go through in this life and how to escape the “life and death” Read more

Controlling Diabetes and High Blood Pressure Can Prevent Kidney Disease

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Uncontrolled high blood pressure and diabetes are the main 2 cause of silent kidney damage.

Presence of proteins in the urine, persistently high uric acid levels in the blood and a low estimated kidney filtration rate can be the early markers of kidney damage.

The cheapest screening test is to get the urine tested for presence of proteins or a blood Creatinine levels done. Read more

‘OM’ (Pronounced AUM) is a key universal and spiritual mantra for acquiring internal peace. Buddhists have similar seed mantra for the body, speech and the mind. Buddha-mantra incorporates the sounds, OM, AH and HUNG (pronounced in-toto as HOONG, with a soft H). The triad according to the Buddha philosophy creates a fully charged atmosphere, Fat Free and it constitutes one of the most powerful chanting in Buddhism. Because of the universality of the sounds in the mantra, anyone can benefit from them.

These sounds are considered natural, pure and archetypal, being free from elaboration, concepts, grasping and rigidity of beliefs. Therefore, even before the organs of speech are fully developed, the child can produce these primary sounds on his own. They can be pronounced in any form one likes, and the addition of sounds makes it more enchanting in nature. According to the Buddhism, Read more

Heart Patients Beware of Eating Cakes

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Food of animal in origin and saturated foods contain cholesterol. 1% rise in cholesterol raises the chances of heart attack by 2%.

Heart Patients should therefore avoid eating cakes during the Christmas and New Year Season. Read more