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Spread the message of Holi: Communicate to remove mental impurities

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Holi is a festival of love and joy and should be used as a medium of communication to remove the mental dirt and impurities and cleanse the mind

Holi festival should not end up with quarrels, violence or eve teasing.

Unsafe Holi

  • Green and bluish green chemicals contain malachite green, which can be toxic to the eyes. Auramine, methyl violet, rhodamine and orange II are all phototoxic colours and can damage the skin.
  • Mica in Holi colours can damage the skin.
  • Instead of chemical dyes, one should use floral dyes. Flowers likeMarigold,Chinarose, Butterfly Pea, Flame of the Forest etc. are used for the extraction of colours.
  • ‘Bhang’ or cannabis can precipitate acute abnormal mental behavior and psychosis. In the susceptible individuals, it can increase the heart rate and blood pressure. Pre treatment with a beta blocker can take away the bad effects of bhang.
  • Alcohol can impair judgment and make prone to accidents.
  • Balloons can cause blunt injuries to the eyes and precipitate head injuries.
  • Beware of date rape drugs. Do not play Holi with strangers.
  • Do not throw colour at sensitive parts of the body, such as eyes. If colour enters the eye, immediately wash it with a lot of water. If irritation persists, medical aid should be sought immediately.

Some tips

  • Use dental caps to protect teeth from staining.
  • Use sunglasses to keep eyes safe from the harmful chemicals of the colours.
  • Wear old and ragged clothes that may be discarded.
  • Wear full-sleeved T-shirts or shirts and leggings that fully cover the legs.
  • Wear socks.
  • Brightly coloured and dark coloured clothes should be preferred.
  • Keep your eyes and lips tightly closed, when colour is being applied on you.
  • Apply a thick layer of any oil on your body and hair till they glisten to make the skin slippery.  This will help wash off colours easily later on.
  • While washing off the colour, use lukewarm water and keep eyes and lips tightly closed.
  • While traveling, keep the car windows tightly shut.
  • Use a hat, cap to protect the hair from being coloured with hard-to rinse dyes/colours.
  • If you venture out on the streets, avoid mob frenzy.
  • Do not bump into the frenzied group of mob if you take to streets. Cross the road to the sidewalk across. Or, simply stay at a safe distance.
  • Discourage children to play Holi with eggs, mud or gutter water.
  • Avoid use of abir as it has flakes of mica.
  • Stop children from forcibly applying colour on a hesitant neighbor.
  • Don’t walk alone on the streets on the day of Holi.
  • Use only natural colour and water.
  • Keep a big bucket of clean water handy for your children, so that they do not resort to gutter water and other unclean sources.

Science Behind Holasthak

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In the year 2013, the time between 19th March 2013 to 27th March 2013 is celebrated as the festival of Holashtak. It is name used to refer to the eight days prior to Holi festival and is considered inauspicious in mythology.

In North India, Holashtak begins on the Phalgun Shukla Ashtami (eighth day during the waxing phase of moon in Falgun month) and ends on the Phalgun Purnima day (full moon day). The Purnima day is observed as Holika Dahan.

It is considered inauspicious to perform auspicious ceremonies during the period like marriage, housewarming or any of the sanskars. People also avoid starting of new business etc. The day is considered ideal for performing Dhaan – alms giving.

The difference between Holi and Diwali is that holi is observed in Uttarayana (the period with positive state of mind) and Diwali in Dakshinayana (the period with negative state of mind).

In Holi we try making up with our enemies and in Diwali we only redefine our existing friendship.

Holi means burning negativity in our mind and in the mind of our enemies. This can only happen in a period of positive state of mind (first six months of the year). The process of removing negativity requires multiple attempts. As per mythology it requires eight days (or eight attempts) to remove the negative attitude of a person and hence the word Holasthak.

During the period one is trying to wash out the negativity, it is best to avoid calling people for community functions as in that case you will need to call the one with whom you are trying to patch up and the same may not be in sound frame of mind with you and you may end up with an uncomfortable situation.

How to Eat Salt?

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As per WHO, one should not take more than 5gm of salt in a day. If salt intake is reduced, the incidence of heart attack, heart failure, will be reduced substantially.

Here are the ways:

  1. Substitute white salt with black salt wherever possible.
  2. Do not keep salt shaker on the table.
  3. Do not add salt in your food except in pulses and cooked vegetables.
  4. Do not add salt to salads.
  5. Avoid adding salt to foods at the table.
  6. Take stock of the sources of salt in your diet, such as restaurant meals, salt-based condiments and convenience foods. Some of these are really loaded with salt.
  7. Read the labels when shopping. Look for lower sodium in cereals, crackers, pasta sauces, canned vegetables, or any foods with low-salt options. Or, eat less processed and packaged foods.
  8. Ask about salt added to food, especially at restaurants. Most restaurant chefs will omit salt when requested.
  9. Remember the word ‘Na’, which is present in many drugs, soda etc.
  10. Nothing can be preserved without adding salt to it, therefore beware of processed and frozen fruits.
  11. Many sweet food items have significant hidden salt in them.
  12. To cook with reduced salt, one can add more lemon, garlic, amchur (mango powder) etc.
  13. It takes three months of salt-free diet to get adjusted to it and to ultimately start liking it.
  14. Never add salt to milk.
  15. Beware of salt in tooth pastes.
  16. Replace sodium with potassium salt.
  17. Achar, papad, chutney traditionally used in Indian diet have very high salt content. Most sauces will also have very high salt content.

 

Inaugurating a symposium on prayer, faith, meditation and healing, Prof. B.M. Hegde, Chairman Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Mangalore Kendra said that every hospital should have a prayer room where people from every religion can pray.

The symposium was organised by Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan at Bhawan’s Auditorium and was participated by speakers from various religions.

Moderating the session, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that often doctors get request from the patients and relations either to let them pray or have the doctors pray for them or with them. There are studies which show that prayer has a positive healing effect.

Dr. Aggarwal said that both prayer and meditation shifts one from sympathetic to parasympathetic mode and helps in healing. Positive faith in doctors and drugs also has a healing effect.

In a joint statement Mr. Ashok PradhanMr. G C GarekhanMr. J Veeraraghavanfrom Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan said that spiritually religions and cultural beliefs always play significant role in the lives of patients who are seriously ill and dying. They said that the wishes of the dying patients and their relations should be respected and their spiritual needs must be taken care of.

On the subject of praying with the patients Rev. Ivan Moses said that in Christianity dying patient’s request for the healthcare professional to pray with him or her is usually honoured. If the doctor is uncomfortable with the request to pray with the patient, he or she can sit by in silence as the patient prays in the patient’s language and tradition.

Maulana Dr. Mufti Mohammad Ahmad said that in Islam doctors may pray for patients and they are encouraged to. Islam also believes that patients should not only pray for themselves but also for other fellow patients.

Prof. Sunil Kumar and Dr Nirmal Jit Singh said that in Hinduism and Sikhism there are no specific guidelines issued to physicians praying together with the patients. But both religions believe in prayers when the person is sick.

Every cell in the body eventually dies and replaced by new cell. Every day is a new opportunity to build a new body. The entire body totally rebuilds itself in less than two years with 98% in less than one year.

1. Stomach lining rebuilds itself in five days.

2. Your skin rebuilds itself in one month.

3. Liver rebuilds itself in six weeks.

4. Your DNA rebuilds itself every two months.

5. Bone rebuilds the whole new skeleton in three months

6. Blood rebuilds itself in four months

7.       Brain rebuilds itself in one year

You cannot swim in the same river twice. With every breath, we inhale 1022 atoms coming from all cells present in the universe. We share everything with everybody with every breath. Quadruplet atoms in the last three weeks have gone through our breath. Billion atoms out of them may have been those of Christ or Mohammad.

The very fact that our body rebuilds itself, it is possible to change the Dharma of the new cells and even prevent or even regress cancers and heart diseases.

When Your Doctors Is At Fault While Prescribing Antibiotic

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1. Prescribe antibiotics when no bacterial infection exists.

2. Prescribe the wrong antibiotic or the wrong dose.

3. Prescribe antibiotics for longer than necessary.

4. Prescribe strong antibiotics, when a less strong would be as effective.

5. Prescribe an expensive antibiotic when a cheaper but equally effective antibiotic is available.

 

When you are at fault

1. You demand antibiotics even when the doctor thinks it is unnecessary

2. You buy an antibiotic without prescription.

3. You buy an antibiotic without a bill

4. You stop antibiotics as your symptoms start improving and you do not take a full course of antibiotics.

5. When you change brands without doctors knowledge.

 

Shiksha and Sabhyata

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Suno, Samjho, Jaano and Karo is the mantra for education and involves not only hearing but listening and understanding and converting understanding into wisdom by doing it practically.

One of the components of education is etiquettes or manners which can be at every level of education. In older era, Rajkumars were sent to Gurukuls for formal education including that of warriorship. They were also sent to Gharanas/Kothas to learn tehzeeb the Lucknowi way where they were taught how to talk to each other and respect others. Their language in typically Lucknowi style used to be ‘we’ oriented and not ‘I’ oriented. Today’s education is more oriented towards ‘I-ness’ or ego and not towards the soul or respect.

We in our days were taught that a senior is a senior and needs to be respected. Even today, when we meet our teachers, we take blessings by touching their feet but today’s students believe in shaking hands or saying ‘hi’. There is more and more commercial touch in the teacher-student relationship of today.

Ego makes one rude and arrogant with a mentality full of Rajas and Tamas. Road rage, gang rapes, murders, violence, terrorism are all examples of not learning etiquettes at the right time.

Do I Need Multivitamin Tablets?

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1. Multivitamin tablets are not needed unless there is a scarcity of a particular vitamin.

2. If you include all seven colors and six tastes in your food, there is no need for vitamin supplementation.

3. Wheat grass and barley grass juice contain folic acid and vitamin B12.

4. Anything which is green contains vitamin B.

5. Anything which is red contains lycopene.

6. Citrus foods contain vitamin C.

7. All dry fruits contain vitamin E.

8. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D.

9. Carrots contain vitamin A.

10. Folic acid is lost if the food is boiled and the water is discarded.

11. Vitamin D is not absorbed if exposed to sunlight is through glass.

12. Vitamin D is not absorbed through clothes if you are fully-clothed in sunlight.

Treat Holi as Holy

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The general population should be cautioned to refrain from taking alcoholic drinks while celebrating Holi as excess use of alcoholic drinks can lead to fatal vehicular accidents and also end up into fatal quarrels.

Alcohol acts at the level of intellect and causes its dysfunction. It further leads to loss of power of discrimination and impairment of judgment. Thus, loosing the power to judge individuals and discriminate between the opposites. The person looses all social inhibitions which can lead to indulgence into use of foul language amongst each other ending up into fatal quarrels.

The impairment in judgment can also lead to errors during driving leading to fatal accidents. Three to four drinks are sufficient to raise the blood pressure to dangerously high levels in susceptible individuals. In patients who are prone to heart attacks, this dangerous rise in blood pressure can not only precipitate heart attack, but also paralysis and brain hemorrhage. The incidence of paralytic attacks is found to be high within 24 hours of heavy drinking.

Binge drinking (more than 5 pegs at a time) is also associated with irregular heart beats and increased incidence of sudden death. Heart and high blood pressure patients are therefore specifically cautioned not to indulge into heavy drinking. Drinking one peg of alcohol (one ounce) in one hour can still be considered as safe (social drinking) as this amount of alcohol can be totally metabolized by the liver during one hour.

Women, in whom this habit is becoming day-by-day a fancy should especially refrain from heavy drinking as they cannot digest alcohol as much as men can. The reason is that the level of particular enzyme called Gastric Alcohol Dehydrogenase that helps in alcohol metabolism is by nature much lower in women than men.

Consuming six tablets of paracetamol with alcohol, which is a common practice to reduce the hang over specifically by women, can produce fatal liver damage, and hence the habit of taking these pills should be condemned. Taking aspirin, also, to reduce the hang over can produce fatal hemorrhage in the stomach and hence should be avoided.

The impairment in judgment and co-ordination due to alcohol during daytime at work is also responsible for loss of manpower and gross negligent actions in the factory.

The festival of Holi is to share happiness with each other while forgetting all the differences and should never be allowed to end up into a sad episode of morbidity for some one. Similarly the practice of consuming bhang which can cause impairment in judgment and brain functioning should also be avoided.

Herbal Medicines Causing Kidney Failure, Bladder Cancer In India

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These types of news are common in the media and mislead the public that Ayurveda is bad for the country. Most of the herbs that contain aristolochic acid (AA) are Chinese herbs and only one Ayurvedic drug contains AA. However drugs can be adulterated with AA containing herbs. Unless authenticated and proved, these types of researches by UK journals are nothing but a direct attack on Ayurveda.

Aristolochic acid (AA) nephropathy is an interstitial nephritis first described in 1991. A high incidence of cellular atypia and transitional cell cancer of the renal pelvis, ureter, and bladder is associated with this disease.

AA in combination with the vasoconstrictive appetite suppressants, fenfluramine and diethylpropion, diuretics, and other potential nephrotoxins may underlie AA nephropathy. Stimulation of the intrarenal renin-angiotensin system likely contributes to the lesion.

Risk factors include women, toxin dose and a genetically determined predisposition. Patients present with kidney insufficiency and normal or only mildly elevated blood pressure.

In the disease, urinary protein excretion is moderately increased and the sediment reveals only a few red and white cells. Corticosteroids may slow the rate of loss of renal function. Renal transplantation is an effective modality.

It is not clear if AA has been part of the herbal preparations used by all patients in most studies. AA (0.15 mg/tablet) has been used as an immunomodulatory drug for 20 years inGermanyby thousands of patients, sometimes in doses comparable to that found in AA-containing slimming regimens; despite this exposure, there is no report relating chronic tubulointerstitial nephritis to AA in Germany.

Fast-developing chronic tubulointerstitial renal disease is caused by combined exposure to both a potent nephrotoxic substance, AA, and to renal vasoconstrictors, fenfluramine/diethylpropion.

Chinese herbs with AA: Aristolochia species of the family Aristolochiaceae are often found in traditional Chinese medicines, e.g. Aristolochia debilis, A. contorta, A. manshuriensis, and A. fangchi. The medicinal parts of each plant (stem, root, fruit) have distinct Chinese names like fangchi (Root) Guang Fang Ji; Aristolochia manshuriensis (Stem) Guan Mu Tong; Aristolochia contorta (Fruit) Ma Dou Ling; Aristolochia debilis (Fruit) Ma Dou Ling; Aristolochia contorta (Herb) Tian Xian Teng; Aristolochia debilis (Herb) Tian Xian Teng and Aristolochia debilis (Root) Qing Mu Xiang.

 

In Ayurveda, the herb is ARISTOLOCHIA BRACTEOLATA from family ARISTOLOCHIACEAE, SANSKRIT name Keetmari, Dhumrapatra, Kitamari, Visanika and HINDI names: Kiramar, Kitamar, Aulosa, Hukka-bel, Kalipaad.

 

In April 2001, the FDA identified botanicals known of suspected to contain aristolochic acid, and others as potentially adulterated with species containing aristolochic acid. This potential adulteration can occur when an aristolochic acid containing herb is mistakenly identified as an herb that does not contain aristolochic acid.

For the first time, 10000 children, teacher and parents will be trained in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 10 (CPR 10) in one day to commemorate World Health Day. The event will be organized on 6th April, 2013, Saturday at SKV School, Yamuna Vihar,East Delhi in association with Directorate of Education, Delhi Government. Never in history have so many people been trained in CPR in one day.

Addressing a press conference, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Vice-President (Elect) National IMA said that the Foundation has already trained more than 35000 people and over 5 lives have been saved in the last three months where the general public could save the person’s life after sudden death. A 16-year-old school girl from Birla Vidya Niketan Pushp Vihar saved her uncle and a teacher from SD Public School Pitampura saved her grandmother by doing successful CPR.

Besides hands-only CPR 10 training, on the spot competitions will also be organized like cartoon, poster, slogan and poem on the subject to sensitize teachers, parents and children, said Mr. Sandeep Marwah, Chairman, Asian Academy Film & Television Institute, Noida.

Hands-only CPR 10 is based on the mantra – “within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better), for at least next 10 minutes (longer the better), compress the chest of the victim continuously and effectively with a speed of 10×10=100 per minute.

The theme for World Health Day this year is high blood pressure. Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in urbanIndiaand over 70% of deaths amongst cardiovascular deaths are linked to hypertension, said Dr. KK Aggarwal. Besides learning CPR 10, school children should also learn about good dietary habits which include, eating more fiber, less salt, zero trans fats and zero refined carbohydrate, he further added.

About HCFI : The only National Not for profit NGO, on whose mega community health education events, Govt. of India has released two National commemorative stamps and one cancellation stamp, and who has conducted one to one training on” Hands only CPR” of 31145 people since 1st November 2012.

The CPR 10 Mantra is – “within 10 minutes of death, earlier the better; at least for the next 10minutes, longer the better; compress the centre of the chest of the dead person continuously and effectively with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minute.”

You cannot hate a stranger. Negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts and hatred is only with drawl of love. The very fact you only ‘hate’ someone you loved once it is easy to bring the love back and remove the hatred.

The best period to remove the hatred is the first six months of the year called Uttarayana and in that time the best period is 8 days prior to holi and in mythology the period is called as Holasthak.

In Hindu mythology it has been said that it takes 4 days (chautha) or 13 days (tervi) to let go attachments; 18 interactions to let go any doubt ( 18 chapters of Bhagavad Gita), 9 days for mind body and soul purification  (Navratri) and eight days for removing hatred (Holasthak).

Once decided one should approach the aggrieved person and try to patch up. It is possible that the aggrieved person my hit back initially as he or she may not be ready for the patch up. Go on trying till you achieve the success and as per experience, science and mythology it may take on an average eight attempts to do the dame.

Food- and water-borne diseases in the summer

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1. Summer is the season for typhoid, jaundice and diarrhea.

2. The main reasons are scarcity of water and poor food, water and hand hygiene.

3. In summer, the requirement of water increases by 500 ml in adults due to excessive sweating.

4. For food hygiene, remember the formula ‘heat it, boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it’.

5. Any food or liquid, if heated before use, cannot cause infection.

6. Any liquid or water, if boiled before use, cannot cause infection.

7. Any fruit, which can be peeled by hands, for example, banana and orange cannot cause infection.

8. Do not use ice prepared from unsterilized water.

9. Do not take cut fruits and vegetables that have been left open.

10. Do not drink sugarcane juice sold on the roadsides.

11. Do not drink water in unwashed glass on the roadside.

12. Do not eat food that has been leftover for more than 2 hours at room temperature.

13. Do not eat cucumbers, carrots, watermelon etc. that is sold on the roadsides as chaat unless hygienic.

More about Debts

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Hindu scriptures have talked about three types of Hrin (debts) – Dev Hrin, Pitra Hrin and Rishi Hrin.

God devtas gave us the consciousness, parents gave us our body and teachers gave us the knowledge or intellect.

In Vedic language, our body is a mix of mind, body and soul which can be equated to three Hrins of mind (teachers), body (parents) and soul (Rishi & Gods). In computer language, it can be equated to operational software (God), application software (teachers) and computer hardware (parents).

Weight Gain after Quitting Smoking Does Not Increase the Risk of Heart Disease

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In a study published in Journal of American Association, researchers from Switzerland have shown that in non-diabetics, weight gain after quitting smoking does not take away the cardiovascular benefits of quitting smoking.

Commenting on the study, Padma Shri & Dr.BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and National Vice-President (Elect) IMA, said that there is a net cardiovascular benefit of smoking cessation despite subsequent weight gain. Smoking cessation is always beneficial for smokers.

People gain 6-8 pounds of weight after quitting smoking.  In the study, quitting smoking was also linked with a decreased risk of heart attack or cardiac death compared to smokers.