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OTC drug does not mean it should be taken without a doctor’s advice

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An over-the-counter (OTC) antacid is often used to relieve mild cases of heartburn or acid reflux. Though they are available without a doctor’s prescription, they should be taken only under a doctor’s advice.
As per the American Academy of Family Physicians –
  • Different types of antacids have different mechanisms of action.
  • To manage an ulcer, an antacid may need to be taken along with an antibiotic.
  • If one needs more calcium to help strengthen bones, an antacid that contains calcium carbonate is preferred.
  • Antacids may cause minor side effects in some, such as nausea, headache, diarrhea or constipation.
  • One must read the label carefully to ensure that he/she is not allergic to any of the ingredients.
  • It may not be feasible for those with kidney disease to take all types of antacids.
  • An antacid may interact with other medications.

The vast power of the Spirit

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Om Poornamadah, “Om Poornamadah Poornamidam, Poornaat Poornamudachyate
Poornasya Poornamaadaaya, Poornameva Avasihyate”
The whole is whole; if you take away the whole away from the whole the whole will still remain. (That is infinite, this is infinite, from the infinite, the infinite has come out. Having taken the infinite out of the infinite, the infinite alone remains).
In Vedanta, “That” represents super consciousness, God or the Brahman and “This” signifies the visible universe.
Atmanmakes up our body. It is 99.99% space, and the rest – it is also nothing but space or void. This void or ‘akasha’ is Brahman, God or consciousness and represents a web of energized information. This web of information of inner space called inner consciousness is the Atman or the Soul. This is connected with the outer space in the universe having a similar web of energized information called the Spirit or Brahmand.
This spirit has been given many names – Allah (Islam), Buddha (Buddhism), Brahman (Hinduism), Christ (Christianity) or Wahe Guru (Sikhism). They all signify the same. This spirit, the energized field of information, is a powerful expression of live energy which can move faster than the speed of light. Soul is nothing but an individualized expression of the spirit.
This energy containing information in the spirit cannot be seen, felt, touched, tasted or smelt. It cannot be destroyed with a weapon, fire, water or air. This consciousness is enshrined in the space of all cells of the body. It is like sugar added to the milk. Once added, you cannot find it as it gets mixed with each and every drop of the milk.
Soul originates from the spirit. Each soul differs from the other through subtle layer of consciousness called the ‘sukshma sharira’ which is controlled by actions, memories and desires. Spirit is like light -always positive and removes darkness. The basic nature of the consciousness is “truth and bliss”. The soul and the spirit do not have hatred, anger or jealousy and are full of unconditional love. They are a treasury of information about everything. This infinite information can achieve anything, including miracles. It is like the flame of a candle, which can light an infinite number of candles, and still retain its illumination.
Dr Deepak Chopra once said that the soul is like the voice of Lata Mangeshkar coming out of a radio, and even if you break the radio, you will not find Lata Mangeshkar in it. Similarly, even if you cut the body into pieces, you cannot find the physical presence of the spirit.
Spirit is present all over, be it the universe or the living beings. Any amount of spirit taken out from it will not make any difference to the spirit. In religious terms, the infinite or the vastness is equated and described by the blue color;hence, most of the gods are represented by the blue color, or are shown in the background of blue sky. This signifies the vastness and infinite character of the consciousness.
One of the Gurus explained to his disciple the description of the spirit by the following equation. 1×1=1, 1/1=1 or, in other words everything is one. It can also be explained by the equation that infinity when added, subtracted, multiplied or divided by infinity will result in infinity only.
This infinite potential in our mind is present in between the thoughts and can be experienced by enabling oneself to go in between the thoughts by a process called mediation. One can experience the silent gap between the thoughts either with the use of primordial sound mantra or by way of yoga. People who have learnt meditation and have achieved the ability to go into the silent gaps can accomplish everything in their life using the principles of intention and attention. After any intention is introduced in the silent gap, a new reality can be created.
“That which is born of the flash is a flash; that which is born of the spirit is spirit” (John)
 (Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own).

What type of a vegetarian are you?

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There are 4 main types of vegetarian diets:
Lacto–ovo–vegetarian –This involves dairy products and eggs but no meat, poultry, or seafood
Lacto–vegetarian –This encompasses dairy products but no eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood
Ovo–vegetarian –This includes eggs but no dairy products, meat, poultry, or seafood
Vegan does not consume any animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products. Many vegans also avoid honey.
Vegetarian and plant-based diets are associated with a diminished risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers as well as increased longevity. Vegetarian diets have lower fat content, especially saturated fat, and are rich in dietary fiber. They also include more whole grains, legumes, nuts, soy protein, and are devoid of red meat. Such a diet plan may assist with the prevention and treatment of obesity and chronic health problems, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

The 3 Cs: Don’t Criticize, Condemn, or Complain!

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  • Don’t Criticize; always look for positive in a person or a situation. There is always something positive in every situation.
  • Don’t Condemn a situation, or a person.
  • Don’t Complain, unless it is absolutely necessary.
You will not do any of the 3 Cs, if you are laughing. By avoiding the 3Cs, we avoid a lot of arguments that would usually occur when we criticize, condemn or complain. If we criticize, condemn, complain, show resentment, or gossip about others, it comes back to us. If we praise, support, encourage and forgive others, this comes back to us too.

Fat but fit no longer good for health

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A study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology challenged the concept that by being physically fit, individuals who are obese can fully compensate mortality risk. The study suggested that physically fit obese men have a higher risk for death compared to men who are of normal weight but are physically unfit. Additionally, there was a graded association between aerobic fitness at 18 years of age and the risk of early mortality.
The study by Gabriel Högström, Dept. of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation at Umeå University, Sweden, and colleagues, obtained data from the Swedish Military Conscription Registry and included 1,317,713 Swedish men (mean age, 18 years) conscripted into the Swedish military from 1969 to 1996. At the time of conscription, they were subjected to baseline assessments for aerobic fitness testing, wherein they cycled until fatigue set in. Investigators assessed all-cause and cause-specific deaths, using national registers. Mortality information was obtained from the National Cause of Death Registry.
Over a mean follow-up of 28.8 years, 44,301 of them died. After adjustment for age and conscription year, those with the highest aerobic fitness levels were found to have a 51% lower risk for all-cause death compared to those with the lowest fitness levels. Similar findings were seen from analyses of weight-adjusted fitness.
Alcohol and narcotic abuse were found to have the strongest associations with death (HR, 0.20; 95% CI, 0.15 – 0.26).
Obese men obtained lesser benefit than normal-weight men from being physically fit (P < .001). Additionally, normal-weight men in all levels of aerobic fitness had lower risk for all-cause mortality (30% – 48%; P < .05 for all) in comparison with obese men with the highest levels of aerobic fitness.
The benefits of aerobic fitness appeared to decline with increase in weight. After adjusting for age and year, normal-weight men in the upper half of aerobic fitness had 34% lower risk for death compared to those in the lower half (HR, 0.66; 95% CI, 0.64 – 0.68). The benefit was seen to decrease to 28% among overweight men, and disappeared completely in those with the highest levels of obesity… (Medscape)

You look at people the same way as you are

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Honest people regard everybody as honest and dishonest people regard everybody as dishonest. It all depends on the type of people you interact with. If you do not take bribe, nobody will come and offer bribe to you and you will feel everybody is honest. If you take bribe then everybody will come to you to offer bribe and you will feel that everybody in the society is dishonest.
Never judge people with your personal experience. I recall a doctor saying that every doctor takes and gives bribe because he was running an imaging center and every doctor who approached him asked for a bribe. But he did not take into consideration the doctors who did not approach him.

Some facts on Malaria

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Transmission of malaria occurs via the bite of a female anophelesmosquito.

·                 The mosquito usually bites from dusk to dawn.

·                 It can also be transmitted through blood transfusion, or sharingof contaminated needles.

·                 Bed nets are good against malaria as the major malarial vectorsbite during the night.

·                The behavior of the mosquitoes may differ. Some may prefer to restindoors and feed indoors in the night. Some mosquitoes may rest and feedoutdoors earlier in the day.

·                 Preventive therapy of malaria can be instituted during pregnancyin high risk areas.

·                 The malaria mosquito feeds every third day compared to the denguemosquito, which feeds three times in a day.

·                 Unlike the malaria mosquito, the dengue mosquito bites during theday.

·                 Fever in malaria presents with chills, especially duringafternoon.

·                 Spraying the walls and ceiling in houses is effective againstmosquitoes.

·                 DDT is commonly used as indoor residential spraying.

·                 DDT should not be applied more than once or twice in a year on thewalls.

·                 Mosquito contact with DDT surface would generally save from lethalexposure outside the house.

·                 People must know that spray may require rearrangement of thefurniture. Walls may become streaked with chemical treatment and residual odorfrom DDT.

·                 The other alternative is malathion spray.

Managing grief by free expressive writing

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The loss of a loved is often painful. The resultant grief makes ithard to eat, sleep and leads to loss of interest in routine life affectingbehavior and judgment.

Some can feel agitated or exhausted, feel like crying, or withdraw from theworld and others may find themselves struggling with feelings of sorrow,numbness, anger, guilt, despair, irritability, relief, or anxiety.

It is well known that disclosing deep emotions through writing can boost immunefunction as well as mood and well–being. Conversely, the stress of holding instrong feelings can increase blood pressure and heart rate and increase muscletension.

One can write on a piece of paper, in your personal book, on the open websitewith nick name or keep it in the mind. One doesn’t have to preserve theemotions and can throw away the writings.

In absence of deeply troubling situations, such as suicide or a violent death,which are best explored with the help of an experienced therapist, one canchoose writing as a way to express the grief.

·                 Start writing for 15 to 30 minutes a day for 3 to 4 days.

·                 Continue up to a week if it is helping.

·                 Continue writing for 15 to 30 minutes once a week for a month.

·                 Writing has stronger effects when it extends over for more numberof days.

·                 Remember writing about grief and loss can trigger strong emotions(one may cry or feel deeply upset)

·                 Many people report feeling better after writing.

·                 Don’t worry about grammar or sentence structure.

·                 Truly let go. Write down how you feeland why you feel that way. You’re writing for yourself, not others.

(Source Harvard News Letter)

Childhood obesity increasing at an alarming rate around the world

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The prevalence of obesity among children is increasing at an alarming rate. Overweight four-year-old children have twice the risk of high blood pressure by the age of six years. This heightens the risk of future heart attack and stroke. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed childhood obesity among the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.

Obesity is a multifactorial disorder; unhealthy diet – eating foods high in fats, sugar and salt (junk food, processed food) and a sedentary lifestyle (TV, internet, computer and mobile games have taken precedence over outdoor sports) contribute significantly to this escalating epidemic. Women should lose those extra pounds before conceiving, avoid gaining excess weight during pregnancy, and quit smoking, as these are known risk factors for childhood obesity.

Most obese children grow up to have obesity in adulthood. Overweight and obese children are at risk of other lifestyle disorders such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, metabolic syndrome later in life. They are more likely to have joint problems, sleep apnea and social and psychological problems.

Healthy habits in childhood lay a foundation for a healthier adulthood. Here are some tips that parents can follow at home to tackle obesity and unhealthy habits in children:

  • Encourage healthy eating habits right from the begining.
  • Try making the dishes healthier. Few changes can make the snacks healthier.
  • Avoid tempting children with calorie-rich food. Treat them but in moderation and by limiting high-fat and high-sugar or salty snacks.
  • Make kids understand the importance of being physically active.
  • Indulge yourself in at least 60 minutes of moderate to intense physical activity every day and set an example for your kids
  • Reduce sedentary time. While reading is a good option, too much of screen time is not good.
  • Replace screen time with outdoor fun activities to keep children engaged.

Spirituality – The Key To Health

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To stay healthy, we must eat right, engage in exercise, get rest, and get rid bad habits, such as smoking. But now it is said that “what you believe in” can have a huge impact on health and longevity. Studies show that patients with strong spirituality can improve their health from several chronic conditions, such as hypertension, heart disease, recover from surgery.

Evidence suggests that there are substantial health benefits from spirituality:

  1. People with religious beliefs or spirituality have lower cortisol responses, a hormone released in response to stress.
  2. Positive thinking produces nearly a 30% drop in perception of pain.
  3. Spirituality is linked with a slower progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
  4. Those who attend religious activities may live longer. Regular participation in such activities tends to reduce the mortality rate by about 12% a year.
  5. People undergoing cardiac rehabilitation are more confident and see greater improvements in their physical abilities if they have faith.
  6. Increased levels of spirituality may help substance abusers get rid of their habit.
  7. Spirituality stimulates the relaxation response. When the body is relaxed, the heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate decrease, thus diminishing the bodys stress response.
  8. Spirituality can affect immune system function.
  9. Prayer heals the heart.
  10. Positive talking and thinking in the ICU yields better results.

Spirituality brings you peace and safety. It can be achieved through God or Goddess, nature, a beautiful sunset, a meditation, Pranayama, religious meeting, chanting, mind body relaxation, etc. Spirituality is something that can promote wellness and help with recovery.

Prevention strategy relies on lifestyle

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Stenting may not always be the answer to treating heart disease with stable angina. A German study has shown that patients with stable CAD who underwent an exercise regimen had significantly higher rates of event-free survival compared to those who were subjected to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). In the study, 70% of patients in the exercise program had event-free survival – no stroke, heart attack, or death – compared to 50% of stented patients after a span of four years. Exercise is an important part of any type of prevention, and it should be introduced for anyone with stable coronary heart disease.

The study was a continuation of a pilot study published in 2004 in Circulation. That study included 101 male patients and noted that after one year, 88% of patients who exercised had an event-free survival compared to 70% of stented patients. The updated study present data on an additional 100 patients, who did moderate intensity exercise for two weeks under hospital supervision, which was followed by use of an exercise bike at home. Patients with stable angina exercised at 80% of their threshold, and after four weeks of exercising, their angina threshold increased.

The clear message is to get 30 to 60 min of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every day. About 30% of heart disease could be prevented by 2.5 hours of walking per week.

Signs of Spiritual Awakening

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  • More experiences of telepathy.
  • More experiences of reverse telepathy.
  • More spontaneous fulfilment of desires.
  • Tendency to let things happen and not trying to make them happen. Work done with the least effort.
  • Change in the nature – more smiling, laughter and thankful nature.
  • Feelings of connection with others and nature.
  • Frequent episodes of appreciation.
  • Tendency to think and act spontaneously and not from fears from past experience.
  • Ability to enjoy each moment.
  • Living in the present.
  • Loss of worry.
  • Loss of interest in conflict.
  • Loss of interest in interpreting others’ actions.
  • Loss of interest in judging others and self.
  • Ability to love without expectations.
  • Quality of converting an adversity into opportunity.
  • Dislike for drugs, smoke and excess of alcohol.
  • Happiness in doing random acts of kindness.
  • Looking for good in every one.

Types of smokers

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  • Light: <10 cigarettes per day
  • Heavy: >25 cigarettes per day
  • Chippers: Very light smokers (<5 cigarettes a day); those who regularly use tobacco without developing dependence
  • Light and intermittent smokers: 1-39 cigarettes per week, or an average of 10 cigarettes per day or 1-4 grams of tobacco per day; have never smoked daily
  • Low-level smokers: <20 cigarettes per day and <1 pack per week
  • Low-rate smokers: <5 cigarettes per day; never above 10 cigarettes per day
  • Non-daily smokers: Smoking <7 days per week; may smoke <3 packs a week
  • Occasional smokers: Smoking <5 cigarettes a day and < 3 times a week, often depending on circumstances such as partying or drinking or after meals
  • Social smokers: <5 cigarettes per day and for <7 days per week over the previous two years; have never gone beyond that limit.