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Alcohol: Benefits vs. Risks

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  • There is consensus that non-drinkers should not start and the ones who drink can continue provided they do so in moderation and in absence of contraindications.
  • Persons who have been lifelong abstainers cannot be easily compared with moderate or even rare drinkers. Recommending alcohol intake to non-drinkers, even if they would agree to drink, is not justified.
  • The diseases that moderate alcohol use prevents (such as coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, and diabetes) are most prevalent in the elderly, men, and people with coronary heart disease risk factors. For these groups, moderate alcohol use is associated with a considerable mortality benefit relative to abstention or rare drinking.
  • For young to middle-aged adults, especially women, moderate alcohol use increases the risk of the most common causes of death (such as trauma and breast cancer).
  • Women who drink alcohol should also take supplemental folate to help decrease the risk of breast cancer.
  • Men below 45 years of age may also experience more harm than benefit from alcohol consumption. In this age group, moderate alcohol use is not likely to provide any mortality benefit, but consumption of less than one drink a day appears to be safe if temporally removed from operation of dangerous equipment. For individuals with established contraindications to alcohol use, even this level of alcohol use is dangerous.
  • Men can tolerate more alcohol than women. The ideal therapeutic dose of alcohol is around 6 g per day. Medically safe limits are 10 g in one hour, 20 g in a day and 70 g in a week (50% for women).

Do unto yourselves what you do to God

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  1. There are two types of people – those who believe in Dvaita or Advaita philosophy.
  2. People who believe in Dvaita philosophy, for them God and human being are different.
  3. The people who believe in Advaita philosophy believe that God is within them.
  4. In Hinduism, the first group believes in Sanatan Dharma and does Moorti pooja (idol worship) and the second Arya Samaj, which does not believe in Moorti pooja.
  5. In both situations, medically, the message is one.
  6. If God is different than you, then you try to be like Him and if God is within you, then you are Him.
  7. In both situations, we should deal with our body the same way as we deal with God.
  8. Anything which is not offered to God should not be offered to our body, such as cigarettes, drugs, etc., or such things should be consumed in less quantity (onion, garlic, radish, etc.).
  9. We never worship God with hydrogenated oil; we always worship him either with oil or with Desi Ghee. The message is, we should not consume trans fats.
  10. “Bhagwan ko bhog lagate hain”; we never feed God. The message is eat less.
  11. Amongst all Gods, only Lord Shiva is said to consume Bhang and alcohol, that too only in his incarnation of Bhairon, which indicates that both alcohol and bhang can be consumed in some quantity only in special situations meaning that they cannot be consumed without medical supervision.
  12. Anything grown under the ground is not offered to God, thus, these items should not be eaten or eaten in moderation.
  13. We never offer white salt and white rice to God. They are also bad for human beings.
  14. Gur, shakkar, brown rice and puffed rice are offered to God. They can be consumed by human beings.

Treatment of acute leg cramps

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Patients with an acute leg cramp should forcefully stretch the affected muscle, for example, by active dorsiflexion of the foot with the knee extended, for a cramp is in the calf.

Some patients may find relief from passive stretching by getting out of bed and standing with the foot flat on the floor and pressing downward firmly. However, active dorsiflexion of the foot may be more effective.

Other measures that may bring relief from the acute cramp include:

  • Walking or leg jiggling followed by leg elevation
  • A hot shower with the stream directed at the cramp area, for about five minutes, or a warm tub bath
  • Ice massage.

Why do we not offer onions to God?

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Anything that grows under the ground is not offered to God. According to Vedic science, anything which is grown under the ground is Tamasik in nature and produces sluggishness, heaviness and extreme aggressiveness. Not only onion, all food products grown under the ground are not offered to God and are not supposed to be eaten during spiritual fasts. People who are spiritually-oriented like monks, rishis, munis, avoid underground food altogether. Some people try to convert Tamasik food into Satvik food by slow heating them or by sprouting them or by soaking them in water. This is one reason why boiled potato is eaten during Vrat.

Treatment of fatty liver

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  • A 10% weight loss can improve fatty liver and possibly inflammation.
  • Metformin and ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) are not recommended.
  • Statins are safe in patients with fatty liver but whether they can reduce fatty liver is not known.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids have been tried.
  • Pioglitazone is useful in the treatment of biopsy-proven fatty liver with inflammation.
  • Vitamin E at a dose of 800 IU/day improves liver inflammation.
  • Use of bariatric surgery for treatment of fatty liver is premature and should be avoided in patients with cirrhosis.

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.

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