Sub Logo

Dr K K Aggarwal

Keep your kidneys healthy

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , | | Comments Off on Keep your kidneys healthy

We all want our kidneys to last for a lifetime. We all should show our love for kidneys by adopting a 10-step program for protecting kidney health. One should begin with monitoring blood pressure and controlling weight and then move on to the rest of the kidney-healthy tips. • Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.

• Control weight.

• Don’t overuse over-the-counter painkillers.

• Monitor blood glucose.

• Get an annual physical exam.

• Know if chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes or heart disease runs in your family. If so, you may be at risk.

• Don’t smoke.

• Exercise regularly.

• Follow a healthy diet.

• Get tested for chronic kidney disease if you’re at risk.

Why is Gayatri Mantra one of the main mantras in any pooja?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on Why is Gayatri Mantra one of the main mantras in any pooja?

Any activity should always engage the 3H model – of heart, the head, and the hand. The same has been advocated by the western scholars. The concept means that while doing any work one should ask the head for choices, then refer these choices to the heart to choose one and finally order the hands to do the action. Deepak Chopra also talks about this in great detail in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success. He writes that conscious-based decisions are the best decisions. Before taking any decision he recommends asking the body for the signals of comfort or discomfort and if the signals of discomfort are perceived, then one should not indulge in that action. All these concepts come from ancient Vedic knowledge. The two main mantras are the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra and the Gayatri Mantra. The Mahamritunjaya Mantra comes from the Rig Veda. This is the greatest reliever from all evils: ‘Aum Trayambakam Yajamahe, Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam, Urva Rukamiva Bandhanan, Mrityor Mokshiye Mamritat’. It means ‘we worship Shiva – The Three-Eyed Lord; who is fragrant and nourishes all beings; May he protect us (bandhan) from all big (urva) diseases (aarookam). May he liberate us (mokshiye) from death (mrityor), For the sake of immortality (mamritat, amrit); as the cucumber is automatically liberated, from its bondage from the creeper when it fully ripens.’ The manta speaks of the importance of the third eye and its benefits. The two eyes are at the level of the physical body. The third eye means the eyes of the mind and the soul. It also indicates that in difficulty one should look inward with the eyes of the mind and ask for choices. Like the cucumber, one should choose the good ones and drop the bad choices. (‘Jo acha lage use apna lo; Jo bura lage use jaane do’). The mantra for conscious-based decisions comes from Gayatri Mantra. ‘OmBhur Bhuva Svah Tat Savutur Varenyam Bhargo Devasya Dheemahi Dhiyo Yo Nah Prachodayaat’. It means:‘we meditate on the glory of the Creator; who has created the Universe; who is worthy of Worship; who is the embodiment of Knowledge and Light; who is the remover of all Sin and Ignorance; may He enlighten our Intellect.’ It talks about the importance of conscious-based decisions and its directions to the intellect to choose the right and not the convenient actions. The Gayatri Mantra is the Vedic prayer to illuminate the intellect. Gayatri is considered Vedasara or “the essence of the Vedas”. Veda means knowledge, and this prayer fosters and sharpens the knowledge-yielding faculty. As a matter of fact, the four mahavakyas or ‘core-declarations’ enshrined in the four Vedas are implied in the Gayatri Mantra. Making the right decision from the consciousness was later defined by Buddha. He taught that before any action ask yourself the following four questions and if the answer to any of the questions is ‘no’, then that action should be avoided. These four questions are:

• Is it the truth?

• Is it necessary?

• Will the action bring happiness to you?

• Will the action bring happiness to others?

Tips for Boosting Memory

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , , , | | Comments Off on Tips for Boosting Memory

1. Follow routines, such as leaving your car keys, glasses, and cell phone in the same place every day so that finding them becomes a “no brainer.”

2. Slow down and pay attention to what you are doing to give your brain’s memory systems enough time to create an enduring memory.

3. Avoid distracting or noisy environments and multitasking, the major memory busters in today’s fast–paced society.

4. Get enough sleep, reduce stress, and check with your doctor to see if any of your medications affect memory — all potential memory spoilers. (Harvard Medical School)

What is the importance of life force?

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on What is the importance of life force?

A physical body becomes useless once the life force is gone. The same body, which was lovable to everyone, becomes a liability after death. Everyone wants to dispose it as early as possible as keeping a dead body at home is considered a bad omen.

To transfer of dead body from one place to another, nobody wants to keep the body in a vehicle other than a hearse van, meant to transport dead bodies. No family would be willing to carry the dead body of a person in a car in which the deceased person had been traveling or driving for years.

Once you touch a dead body you are required to take a bath, for any reason, health or ritual, before you commence your daily routine.

Within a matter of hours in absence of life force, the physical body starts disintegrating and in a matter of days, it shows signs of self-destruction and putrefaction.

This vital force is nothing but the soul, atma, brahma, spirit or consciousness described in different Vedic texts.

Adi Shankaracharya in his book Bhaja Govindam shloka 6 says:

Yávat-pavano nivasati dehe

Távat-pøcchati kuùalam gehe,

Gatavati váyau dehápáye

Bháryá bibhyati tasmin káye.(6)

“Till the life force remains in the body, people come and enquire about your welfare. But, the moment the life force goes out, even your wife is afraid of coming anywhere near your body”.

Life force can be equated to the network of information in computer, radio, television or mobile phone. All these gadgets without data are useless and are thrown away. This silent data retrievable by operational and application software represent the life force or soul of these electronic gadgets.

Just as one does not give importance to a computer without data, one should not give importance to the physical body. It is the life force within the body which is respected and cared for and that is what real “I” or “We” are. All glories of the body are only until the life force remains in it. In Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna in Chapter 2 (2.23) says about this life force or ataman “fire cannot burn it, weapon cannot cut it, water cannot wet it, air cannot dry it, it is immortal”.

The life force has no dimensions: height, weight, color or image. It is immortal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. The weight of a live and a dead body immediately after the death is the same.

It is the same life force, which dwells in everybody and during life is modified by actions, memory and desire cycle. If one gets attached to any of the three, then one starts getting detached from the soul or the life force. People who are in touch with their life force all the time attain peace and happiness and die young in old age.

Most Vedic mahavakyas talk about, that it is the same spirit, which dwells in everybody and hence every person in the society should be welcomed and treated with equal importance. Aham brahmasami, tatwam asi, vasudeva kutumbakam, etc. are a few of the examples.

According to Adi Shankaracharya, one can achieve non-duality only by seeing God in everyone. Athithi-devo-bhava is also based on the same principle.

Longer chest pain equals bigger MI risk

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on Longer chest pain equals bigger MI risk

Patients with acute myocardial infarction (MI) have longer duration of chest pain than those without an MI. Patients with chest pain of short duration, less than 5 minutes, are unlikely to have an acute infarction and have a good prognosis at 30 days. A single–center study showed that only 8.9% of the patients received a final diagnosis of acute MI, and these patients had a significantly longer duration of chest pain compared with the rest of the cohort (120 versus 40 minutes) according to Carlos Calle–Muller, MD, of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, and colleagues. Those who had chest pain lasting less than 5 minutes always had a good outcome, with no acute MIs or deaths within 30 days, as reported in the journal Critical Pathways in Cardiology. If the clinical assessment and ECG are benign, such patients might be able to be discharged directly from the emergency department without stress testing for outpatient follow-up. The median chest pain duration was 180 minutes among the 10 patients who died and only 40 minutes for the others. Among the patients with acute MI, longer chest pain duration was not associated with higher 30–day mortality, but it was associated with a higher initial level of cardiac troponin-I.

Express gratitude

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , | | Comments Off on Express gratitude

• Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what you have.

• Appreciate from a roof over your head to good health to people who care about you.

• Set aside a few minutes every day and think about five large or small things you’re grateful for. Write them down if you like.

• Be specific and remember what each thing means to you.

Diabetes Update

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on Diabetes Update

• Morbidity from diabetes involves both macrovascular (atherosclerosis) and microvascular disease (retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy).

• Smoking cessation is essential for patients who smoke.

• Cardiovascular morbidity can also be significantly reduced with aggressive management of hypertension, cholesterol (goal LDL less than 80 mg/dL and use of aspirin (8o mg/day) in patients with or at high risk for cardiovascular disease.

• Glycemic control can minimize risks for retinopathy, nephropathy and neuropathy in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, and has been shown to decrease the risk for cardiovascular disease for type 1 diabetes.

• A1c goal is <7% for most patients.

• More stringent control (A1c <6%) may be indicated for individual patients with type 1 diabetes and during pregnancy.

• A higher target A1c (i.e., <8%) may be preferable for some type 2 patients with comorbidities or with an anticipated lifespan, owing to advanced age or other factors, that is too brief to benefit from the effects of intensive therapy on long–term complications.

• The appropriate target for A1c in fit elderly patients who have a life expectancy of over 10 years should be similar to those developed for younger adults (<7.0%).

• The risk of hypoglycemia, which may lead to impaired cognition and function, is substantially increased in the elderly. Thus, avoidance of hypoglycemia is an important consideration in establishing goals and choosing therapeutic agents in elderly adults.

• In the absence of specific contraindications, start with metformin as initial therapy for all patients with diabetes including the elderly. Start with metformin at the time of diabetes diagnosis, along with consultation for lifestyle intervention. Titrate metformin to its maximally effective dose (usually 2000–2500 mg/day in divided doses) over 1 to 2 months, as tolerated. Metformin should not be administered when conditions predisposing to lactic acidosis are present.

• In patients with contraindications and/or intolerance to metformin, a short–acting sulfonylurea (e.g., glipizide) is an alternative option.

• In patients who are intolerant of or are not candidates for metformin or sulfonylureas, repaglinide is a reasonable alternative, particularly in a patient with chronic kidney disease (CKD) at risk for hypoglycemia. • Start lifestyle intervention first, at the time of diagnosis. The weight gain that accompanies a sulfonylurea will presumably be less if lifestyle efforts are underway. However, if lifestyle intervention has not produced a significant reduction in symptoms of hyperglycemia or in glucose values after one or two weeks, then the sulfonylurea should be added.

• DPP4–inhibitors can be given as monotherapy in elderly patients who are intolerant of or have contraindications to metformin, sulfonylureas, or repaglinide. They are weak agents and only lower A1c by 0.6%. They are given when the A1c level is relatively close to the goal level. DPP–4 inhibitors have no risk of hypoglycemia and are weight-neutral, when used as monotherapy. Sitagliptin or saxagliptin are the choices but more expensive and less potent in lowering glycemia than repaglinide.

• Insulin can also be considered a first–line therapy for all patients with type 2 diabetes, particularly patients presenting with A1c >10%, fasting plasma glucose >250 mg/dL, random glucose consistently >300 mg/dL, or ketonuria.

• Another alternative is a thiazolidinedione, which may be considered in patients with lower initial A1c values or if there are specific contraindications to sulfonylureas.

• Patients who are initially thought to have type 2 diabetes may actually have type 1 diabetes, and therefore require insulin as initial therapy. In patients in whom it is difficult to distinguish type 1 from type 2 diabetes, initial treatment with insulin is required.

• Further adjustments of therapy, which should usually be made no less frequently than every three months, are based upon the A1c result (and the results of home glucose monitoring).

• If inadequate control is achieved (A1c remains >7.0%), another medication should be added within 2 to 3 months of initiation of the lifestyle intervention and metformin.

as I understand it

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , , , | | Comments Off on as I understand it

Sometimes back, I regarded a ‘will’ to simply mean as to how my finances would be controlled by my wife and children after my death. But, as I started acquiring Vedic knowledge, my interpretation changed. Following is the gist for writing a Will, as I understand it the Vedic way. Of course, writing a will requires a sound state of mind, two witnesses, signed registered paper with accompanying, if possible audio-visual link.

1. The first step is to calculate your life earnings. The earning is not only your finances earned but also your respect, dignity and image earned in the society.

2. Now the next step is to pay off your unpaid debts (Hrins). Apart from actual loans we have taken from banks, friends and others, there are three more debts (Hrins) that we need to pay before we die and define in our Will to be paid from our earning if we die unexpectedly. These as per mythology are Pitra Hrin, Dev Hrin and Rishi Hrin. They means not been able to fulfill the committed desires of our ancestors and commitments made to our God and teachers respectively. All these debts, if unpaid, need to be paid out of the finances you are leaving at the time of death. A percentage of your finances, therefore, should be kept to pay these debts. These commitments are usually fulfilled by the eldest son and eldest daughter if there is no son or wife till she is alive.

3. Rest of my finances need to be divided to fulfill your Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha or purpose for which you were born.

a. Artha, a percentage of your finances should go and be equally divided within your immediate family. A percentage of this amount should be converted into a family trust account to be used for the minus 18 years of age children in future.

b. Dharma: Dharma literally means ‘to hold’. A percentage of your finances should be kept into a reserve account and this account interest can be used by the family only if they stick to the code of family conduct (includes rituals, religious activities etc) you have created in your life and mentioned in the will or this amount may be given for charity as defined in your will.

c. Kama and Moksha: Kama means unfulfilled desires at the level of intellect and ego and Moksha the same at the level of our soul. We must enlist both our desires at the level of mind and at the level of soul and a percentage of our finances should be converted into a trust or defined to fulfill these desires. The examples of desires at the level of soul are to do some charitable work without any publicity. The same at the level of ego are to open some dispensary, Dharamshala etc. on our own name. In your desires you also need to fulfill and document your desired rituals at the time of death. These rituals must answer the following questions

i. Should my death be celebrated (band, lunch) as I completed all my purposes of life?

ii. How should my death anniversary be celebrated or observed?

iii. What should be my last rites? Final Note: If my children and wife are not willing to take care of the finances other than Artha, I nominate the following persons to manage my finance to look after my other desires

Life after death

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on Life after death

It all depends on the definition of who I am? Am I my physical body, mind, intellect, ego or the soul? In terms of computer language, my physical body is the hardware; Prana Vayu, the electricity; mind–intellect and ego, are the applications – Word, Excel and Power Point; Udana Vayu the operational software and the soul, the internal internet. The body merges with the universe after death. The physical body merges with the five elements (the physical body of the universe). The universe is not made up of only the five elements. It is also made of the spirit or the consciousness or the cloud internet (energized information) called GOD. The same holds true for the human body. The non physical components of human body will therefore merge with the respective components of the cloud internet. As they mostly consist of energized fields of information (information with the power), they can remain alive for ever as they are based on retrievable information model. It can be explained as – the computer hardware may be dead but the software and the data can be retrieved from the server any time later. Medically, deaths can be defined as: • Heart dead, brain living situation • Brain dead, heart living situation • Brain and heart dead situation • A specific organ death • Death of self esteem in a living person • Spiritual death or the egoistic state Heart dead, brain living: This state is called cardiac arrest or sudden cardiac death. It is reversible in the first 10 minutes in normal room temperature and for a prolonged period of time in freezing temperature. The process of revival is called “chest compression cardiac resuscitation”. The story of Savitri Satyavan probably relates to the first CPR process in mythology. All examples of revival of dead bodies by Rishi–Munis in mythology probably relate to this situation. This explains that there is full life after cardiac arrest for some time depending on the environment temperature. Brain dead, heart living: This state relates to the organ transplant definition of brain death. It has been well–explained in terms of Ayurveda and Prasanno Upanishad. The human body has five types of Prana or air and they are Prana Vayu (respiration, speech, pupillary movements, brain stem reflexes); Apana Vayu (downward expulsive movements like defecation, passing urine, menstruation, etc); Vyana Vayu (heart movements), Samana Vayu (GI movements) and Udana Vayu (brain movements). After brain death the movements and functions of samana, apana and vyana vayu can remain alive as long as a person is kept artificially alive on oxygen through ventilator. There is a case on record where a pregnant mother who had brain stem death at 6 months of pregnancy was put on oxygen via ventilator till she delivered a live baby by cesarean section. Brain dead and heart dead: This state talks about the concept of the death of the physical body and not the soul. Katha Upanishad, Bhagavad Gita and Garud Purana have described this in detail. It can also be explained in terms of IT as above. The energized information (sanskara, karmas) of a person can remain alive even after the death of the physical body in the cloud internet model of spirit. A specific organ death • Tooth can remain alive for some time after it is out of the body. One should not throw away the tooth but carry it to the hospital for re–implantation. • Similarly a finger may not die for hours if accidentally cut. One should carry it to the hospital so that it can be reattached if feasible. • Most organs that are retrieved after brain death remain alive for hours before they are transplanted in next person. • Once blood is taken from a person it can be stored for months before it is transfused to the next person. • Claire Sylvia, a professional dancer, who after a heart and lung transplant for primary pulmonary hypertension, developed the characteristics and traits of the donor (change in sexual preferences from male to female, change in the liking of color from red to green and blue, new acquired taste for chicken and beer) talks about the concept of cellular memory and that memory and consciousness can remain alive and even transfer to other persons during transplantation. Bu this does not happen in all. The concept of cellular memory has not been accepted in modern medicine. But can be explained by the computer IT model of consciousness. The belief that the soul along with the memory changes bodies after the death of physical body in computer terms means that the data of one computer gets transferred to another new updated computer along with the software and the retrievable data. When the new updated software reaches the new body, it may or may not be able to retrieve that data unless the frequency matches to that of the new software with the past data enters to the earlier version of the software. This can happen in the first few years of life or in meditative people. This can explain why only few people remember their past lives. Why GOD created us with a newer version of software and did not allow us to know our past is so that we can live an independent life. If we knew our past we would be forced to live a life, which is linked to our previous births. When you join a new company and get a new computer you keep your old data in a separate hard disk and do not mix it up with the present job data as the jobs may be all together different. For example, if a kidney of a person with bad karmas is transplanted to a person with good karma, the automatic transfer of the cellular memory will harm the recipient. GOD who created the cloud internet never wanted the same. This is also the reason why it is unethical to disclose the identity of organ, egg, sperm donors etc. to the recipients as the transplant is beyond race, cast and religion. A spiritual man can still bear the adversity, but a common man cannot. One can even be a father after the death of physical body. This is possible by storing the sperms while alive in freezing conditions. Similarly, the eggs can be stored for years. Death of self esteem in a living person: This is a state of extreme depression in a person. Spiritual death or the egoistic state: This is a state of extreme egoism with no spirituality left in a person. Moksha or the liberation: Bhagavad Gita talks about moksha and liberation. Those who believe in the philosophy of rebirth know that once a soul is liberated at death, a person is not reborn. In terms of computer language, that energized memory data is either permanently deleted from the cloud internet or remains in the cloud internet and is not available for modification through transfer to a soul. For others who believe that hell and heaven are in this birth only, liberation means dying peacefully and without suffering. The theory of rebirth is well described in Bhagavad Gita in Chapter 8. The gist of Lord Krishna’s teaching is:

• Whatever you think throughout your life will be your thought at the time of death.

• Whatever is the state of mind at the time of death will be the atmosphere you will get in the rebirth. For example if your state of mind is in cruelty at the time of death, you will be born in a cruel family.

• If you are relaxed, thinking of God or chanting AUM at the time of death, there are chances your soul will be liberated.

• Fire, illumination, daytime, fortnight before the full moon and Uttarayana are the paths for liberation. It means these are the periods/ways for spontaneous positive thinking. From mental health point of view, this knowledge can be converted into medical prescription. Uttarayana means a satvik healthy state of mind and Dakshinayana means a depressed state of mind. Performing and attending to Yagna, sitting in well illuminated light or exposing oneself to the day sunlight can be an adjunct to depression treatment. During the first fortnight of full moon and during Uttarayana, psychotherapy and counseling invariably work better and the requirement of drugs may get reduced. Uttarayana is also the period for ‘Snana’ (bath); ‘Daan’ (charity); ‘Dhayana’ (concentration), ‘Upwas’ (detoxification) and ‘Sun worship’ (Sunbath). Rebirth can take time? This means that you may have the data of the dead person in the cloud and not transferred to the new soul for some time. This has often been described by people as that person’s soul is not in peace. In computer language the cloud internet has two main hard discs: one is ‘hell’ and the other ‘heaven’. The data files in heaven are not transferrable. Only the hell files can be transferred to the new souls. In other words, the new soul in making can download newer version of updated software from the cloud internet along with some data present only in the ‘hell’ hard disc.

Folic acid update

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , | | Comments Off on Folic acid update

Folic acid (vitamin B9) is a water–soluble B vitamin.

• It is lost in traditional Indian cooking.

• Folic acid is essential for DNA repair, cell division and normal cellular growth.

• Profound deficiency of folic acid during pregnancy is associated with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida in neonates.

• Deficiency in adults has been associated with megaloblastic anemia and peripheral neuropathy.

• Low serum levels of folate can increase homocysteine levels in both men and women, which are correlated with elevated cardiovascular risk.

• Low folic acid levels during pregnancy in women with epilepsy have been associated with fetal malformation, and older enzyme–inducing anti-epileptic drugs are known to reduce serum folate levels.

• The risk of having a pregnancy complicated by a major congenital malformation (e.g., neural tube defect) is doubled in epileptic women taking anti epileptic drugs compared with those women with a history of epilepsy not taking these agents.

• Risk is tripled with anti–epileptic drugs polypharmacy, especially when valproic acid is included.

• Consensus statements recommend 0.4–0.8 mg of folic acid per day in all women planning a pregnancy. Ideally, this should be started at least 1 month prior to pregnancy if possible.

• The guidelines recommend higher daily folic acid doses (4 mg/day) in women with a history of neural tube defects.

• In addition, enzyme–inducing anticonvulsants, such as phenytoin, carbamazepine, primidone and phenobarbital, are known to decrease folate levels, and valproic acid may interfere with folate metabolism.

• Other anti-epileptic drugs, such as oxcarbazepine, lamotrigine and zonisamide, do not appear to alter folate levels.

• Because many pregnancies are unplanned, most recommend that folic acid supplementation be given routinely to all women of childbearing potential at 0.4 mg/day.

In meditative peace, you need an environment with practically no noise

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on In meditative peace, you need an environment with practically no noise

When I joined my medical college at Sevagram, my first encounter with ‘silence’ was with Acharya Vinoba Bhave, who was observing one year silence. During this period, he participated in all activities but did not speak. My second encounter with ‘silence’ was when I heard about Vipassana meditation where people are made to observe silence for 10 days with no communication with the outer world. I also came across similar retreats being organized by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Dr. Deepak Chopra. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi also observed silence for one month before his birthday. Recently, we saw Anna Hazare going the Vinoba Bhave way and observing silence over a period of time for self purification. In his Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Dr Deepak Chopra also recommends observing a silence for about 30 min every day. There is a difference between observing silence and Vipassana Meditation. When you are observing silence but doing your usual activities like reading and watching TV, communicating in written language, you are not in meditation phase but you still follow the principles of Buddha’s laws of speech i.e. to speak only if it is necessary and based on truthfulness and kindness. There are two types of communications “Violent” and “Non-violent”. In meditative silence, you are in a phase of non-violence in your communication with the outer world. In non-meditative silence, you can still have violence in your facial expressions but when you communicate in writing, you invariably go from a violent to non-violent mode of communication. Your thoughts are less in turmoil; you shift from sympathetic mode to parasympathetic mode. It also shifts your stress levels. In a normal conversation, the speech is from the mind, but when you are communicating in writing, you think before you speak. When you are not speaking but expressing through your emotions, your communication is violent; your respiratory rate will increase. In both, when you observing silence over a period of time or when you are doing meditative silence, you go into the yogic state of Ritam Bhara and Pragya where you are in connection with the macrocosm. This increases your creativity and spiritual powers. By observing silence, you have an appointment with your body in parasympathetic state and are able to take more conscious based decisions than impulsive ego based decisions. In silence, you may be communicating to others but in meditative silence, your communication is with self.

Treatment for constipation in the elderly

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on Treatment for constipation in the elderly

In patients over of 70 years being treated with enemas for constipation, water enemas should be used rather than sodium phosphate enemas

The commonly used treatment for constipation is sodium phosphate enemas. There is evidence that the use of sodium phosphate enemas may be associated with serious adverse events.

In a retrospective series, the use of sodium phosphate enemas in older adults for constipation was associated with complications including hypotension and volume depletion, hyperphosphatemia, hypo–or hyperkalemia, metabolic acidosis, severe hypocalcemia, renal failure and EKG changes (prolonged QT interval).

Live In The Present and Take Hints

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on Live In The Present and Take Hints

You can only take hints if you live in the present. When JCI inspection team concluded their inspection at Moolchand Hospital they said we cannot tell you about the results of inspection whether or not we are going to re recognize you or not. It is the higher-ups in the US who will decide this after 10 days. Before he left, he said, “Thanks for inviting us at the hospital. We will see you again in three years.” And that was the hint which came from their mouth that which meant that the hospital has cleared the re accreditation exam. If you live in the presence you can pick up the signals of the nature. The truth always speaks. You can sense the positive or negative aura of the person with whom you are talking. If you are thinking of the past or the future, you will miss the signals. When a doctor comes out of the operation theater, his very first facial expression decides about the surgery results.

Avoid food poisoning by thorough washing and proper cooking

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Wellness | Tagged With: , | | Comments Off on Avoid food poisoning by thorough washing and proper cooking

Thorough washing and proper cooking of fruits and vegetables can eliminate most bacteria that cause food poisoning. Food-borne illnesses or food poisoning usually occurs by eating food that is contaminated with bacteria or their toxins. Virus and parasites can also cause food poisoning. People have long known that raw meat, poultry and eggs can also harbor disease–causing microbes. But in recent years, most outbreaks of food–borne illnesses have been due to fresh fruits and vegetables. Food poisoning can cause abdominal pain, nausea, headache, fatigue, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. Symptoms may appear several hours to several days after eating tainted food. For example, Salmonella bacteria will cause illness 12 hours to 3 days after ingestion and last for about 4–7 days. The most common way to treat food poisoning is to drink plenty of fluids. The sickness usually subsides within a few days.

Holi beyond Colors

By Dr K K Aggarwal
Filed Under Spirituality - Science Behind Rituals | Tagged With: , , | | Comments Off on Holi beyond Colors

The story behind the festival, Holi, starts with Holika, the sister of Hiranyakashyap, the father of Prahlad. Hiranyakashyap had declared himself as GOD and wanted his son Prahlad to worship him and not Vishnu. When Prahlad refused to do the same, he was made to sit with Holika in an open fire. Holika had a boon that she could not be burned even if she was on live fire. When she was made to sit with Prahlad on the live fire, the opposite happened. She lost her life and was burned but Prahlad came out alive from the fire. The above story has a deep spiritual meaning. Hiranyakashyap represents “ego”, which when takes control makes a person forget about his own consciousness, so that the person thinks that he is the supreme power. The same symbolic representation is seen with Ravana in Ramayana and Kansa in Mahabharata. Prahlad symbolizes a person with self realization or the son of God or one’s consciousness or one’s true self. The consciousness cannot be burned, cut, dried or made wet by anything. It is imperishable and everlasting. All those people who have acquired self realization utilizing any of the pathway (Bhakti, Karma and Gnana) are in a state of GOD acquaintance and nothing can destroy them. The obstacles to the pathway of self-realization are mentioned as “attachment, anger, desire, greed and ego”. When all these negative factors overpower any individual, it leads one away from self realization or away from God. Holika denotes the sum total of the negative forces in the body which can kill you if not controlled in time. Getting attached to any of the 5 senses can end in a vicious cycle and one can get burnt in this ‘chakravyuha’ of attachments. If you are truthful, and have attained a state of one-point contemplation on a known truth, all the negative forces will stay away. All such negative forces if repressed within the body can burn you out over a period of time and that is one of the reasons why all negative emotions should never be suppressed or repressed. The practice of burning Holi a day before the festival symbolizes burning all your negative thoughts or emotions embedded in the mind and neutralize all the poison arising due to the negative feelings. As soon as the negativity is removed from the mind there is opening of the spiritual vision or the knowledge of the consciousness. Once this is done, only the positive thoughts remain, which is celebrated as sharing and loving each other, the next day. Sharing love is the biggest thing one can do in removing all the above mentioned obstacles to self-realization. Spreading love reduces anger as well as desires, detaches one from various attachments, reduces greed, and brings humility in a person. By burning one’s ego and other negative qualities, one also burns the ill-feeling amongst each other and makes everybody a friend. During Holi, the practice therefore, is to visit and meet not only your friends but also those people whom you are not friendly with. The festival of Holi is therefore an opportunity to spread brotherhood and happiness in the society. WHO defines health as not mere absence of disease but a state of physical, mental, spiritual, social and environmental wellbeing. Holi, therefore, is a classical example or a custom to create “social healthiness” amongst the general society. The habit of throwing water on each other also has a deep spiritual meaning. It basically means removing dirt from each other. Dirt here does not means bodily dirt but mental dirt, which once removed leads to spiritual cleanliness. The whole meaning is not to play Holi superficially or meet each other at a superficial level but to get rid of the negativity at the level of the mind as well. There is no point in celebrating Holi and meeting people unless you remove your negative thoughts about them from the mind. When you lovingly smear ‘gulal’ (coloured powder) on others, they reciprocate with doubled love and affection. Similarly, always think of good things about people. Express your positive thoughts about these friends loudly – not only in front of them but also in their absence. Don’t you think your heart will throb with pleasure when they reciprocate?