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Diet is linked to the diabetes epidemic

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A study published in the journal Diabetes Care highlights the importance of the whole diet rather than focusing on certain foods or food groups that might be beneficial.

A diet rich in whole grains, fruits and vegetables (leafy green), nuts and low-fat dairy may help people lower their risk of type 2 diabetes by 15% over 5 years than those who ate the lowest amounts of these foods.

In contrast, adults whose diets were high in red meat, high-fat dairy, refined grains like white bread plus beans and tomatoes, saw their diabetes risk go up by 18% as a group.

Type 2 diabetes is closely linked to obesity and it is well–known that maintaining a healthy weight through diet and exercise reduces the risk of developing the disease. Diet affects diabetes risk independent of a person’s weight.

Even children can have acidity

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Children who have continuing recurrence of cough and croup could be suffering from stomach reflux problems.

Croup, or ‘Kali Khansi,’ as it is called in local parlance, is recognized by a loud cough that often sounds like the barking of a seal. It can cause rapid or difficult breathing, and sometimes wheezing. Croup is thought to be caused by a virus, but reflux acidity has been suggested as a possible trigger. In GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, stomach acid causes swelling and inflammation of the larynx, which narrows the airway. It can trigger more swelling with any kind of viral or respiratory infection. Identifying children with GERD could help treat and improve recurring croup. It is unusual for a child to have three or more bouts of croup over a short period of time. These children need to be evaluated. The same is true for adults also. Patients with non-responding asthma should be investigated for underlying acidity as the cause of acute asthma.

Top 10 ways to keep the kidneys healthy

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  1. Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.
  2. Control weight.
  3. Dont overuse over-the-counter painkillers.
  4. Monitor blood glucose.
  5. Get an annual physical exam.
  6. Know if chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes or heart disease runs in your family. If so, you may be at risk.
  7. Dont smoke.
  8. Exercise regularly.
  9. Follow a healthy diet.
  10. Get tested for chronic kidney disease if youre at risk.

Some useful tips from HCFI

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  1. Limit the use of alcohol and tobacco. Consumption of excess alcohol is a major risk factor for developing liver cancer over a period of time.
  2. Eat healthy and consume plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These are rich in antioxidants and prevent the formation of free radicals in the body.
  3. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. This will not only keep you fit but also reduce excess weight.
  4. Get vaccinated for Hepatitis B and C. These diseases increase the likelihood of liver cancer.
  5. Limit exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.

Gaining weight & losing strength vs losing weight & gaining strength

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When we gain weight, we must acquire more strength and when we lose weight, we must lose the strength. This is a fundamental principle. If we gain weight and feel weak, it is a disease and when we lose weight and gain strength, we are recovering from the disease. One should not gain more than 5kg of weight after the age of 20 years. Any weight gain after that will only be due to accumulation of fat, which leads to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance does not allow food to convert into energy. In the state of insulin resistance, whatever you eat is converted into fat. As it is not converted into energy, you feel weak. When you reduce insulin resistance by drugs or walking, the metabolism becomes normal and whatever you eat gets converted into energy and you start gaining strength.

Gaining weight, losing strength versus losing weight, gaining strength

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When we gain weight, we must acquire more strength and when we lose weight, we must lose strength. This is a fundamental medical principle.

If we gain weight and feel weak, it is a disease and when we lose weight and gain strength, we are recovering from the disease. One should not gain more than 5kg of weight after the age of 20 years. Any weight gain after this will only be due to accumulation of fat, which leads to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance does not allow food to convert into energy. In the state of insulin resistance, whatever you eat, it is converted into fat and since it is not converted into energy, you feel weak. When you reduce insulin resistance by drugs or walking, the metabolism becomes normal and whatever you eat gets converted into energy and you start gaining strength.

Allopathic Medical Vrat

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There was a time everybody in India, especially the women, used to observe regular fasts. In my childhood, I saw my mother not only observing fasts herself but also insisting upon my sisters to fast once a week, an extra fast once in a month and observe 2 Navratras in a year of 9 days each. This sums up to be around 80 fasts in a year.

When I go back to my childhood, I remember the fast used to be one day of avoiding cereals altogether. We were allowed to eat chapatis made of Kuttu flour, singharha flour, samak rice and chaulai daal (all fruits).

As children, we could never understand the meaning and/or significance of fasts. Today India is fast becoming a hub of diabetes, heart diseases and insulin resistance. All these disease conditions are linked with not observing fasts or eating high carb diets every day.

The major culprit is eating carbohydrates, especially, refined carbohydrates. Recollecting our mythology when only one king Raja Dashrath died of heart attack, it only signifies that our mythological lifestyle was preventing heart diseases in India. The western culture, which is now spreading fast in India, involves eating carbohydrates, especially, refined carbohydrates (white sugar, white rice, white maida) every day.

I recently conducted a survey and found that women who observe weekly fast or vrat have lower incidence of metabolic syndrome. But, today, girls and women are failing to observe ‘vrat’ or ‘spiritual vrata’.

Therefore, they must be made to understand the same in the language of a ‘medical vrat’. A simpler version of ‘vrat’ can be – not eating carbohydrates at all once in a week and replacing them with fruits and vegetables.

I usually suggest that once in a week, one should eat only fruits and vegetables and at the most can have milk, curd. If still someone has desires, can have besan ka chila.

What type of a vegetarian are you?

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There are 4 main types of vegetarian diets:

Lacto–ovo–vegetarian consumes dairy products and eggs but no meat, poultry, or seafood
Lacto–vegetarian eats dairy products but not eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood
Ovo–vegetarian eats eggs but no dairy products, meat, poultry, or seafood
Vegan does not eat any animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products; many vegans will also avoid honey.

Vegetarian and plant–based diets are associated with a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer as well as increased longevity. Vegetarian diets are typically lower in fat, particularly saturated fat, and higher in dietary fiber. They are also likely to include more whole grains, legumes, nuts, and soy protein, and together with the absence of red meat, this type of eating plan may provide many benefits for the prevention and treatment of obesity and chronic health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

What type of a vegetarian are you?

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There are 4 main types of vegetarian diets

  1. Lacto–ovo–vegetarian consumes dairy products and eggs but no meat, poultry, or seafood
  2. Lacto–vegetarian eats dairy products but not eggs, meat, poultry, or seafood
  3. Ovo–vegetarian eats eggs but no dairy products, meat, poultry, or seafood
  4. Vegan does not eat any animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products; many vegans will also avoid honey.

Vegetarian and plant–based diets are associated with a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer as well as increased longevity. Vegetarian diets are typically lower in fat, particularly saturated fat, and higher in dietary fiber. They are also likely to include more whole grains, legumes, nuts, and soy protein, and together with the absence of red meat, this type of eating plan may provide many benefits for the prevention and treatment of obesity and chronic health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

According to the Buddhism, three negative emotions cause a disease and they are “IGNORANCE, HATRED AND DESIRE”.  According to the Buddha philosophy physical sicknesses are classified into three main types.

  1. Disorders of the desire (Ayurvedic equivalent Vata Imbalance): These are disharmony of the wind or energy. The seed of these disorders are located in the lower part of the body.  It has cold preferences and affected by mental desires. A person suffers from the disorders of movement functions.
  2. Disorders of the hatred (Ayurveda equivalent Pitta imbalance): It is due to disharmony of the bile. The seed of these disorders is centered in the middle and upper part of the body and is caused by the mental emotion hatred.  In Ayurveda text, it is equivalent to “Pitta” disorder. The person suffers from metabolic and digestive abnormalities.
  3.  Disorders of the ignorance (Ayurveda equivalent Kapha imbalance): It is due to the disharmony of phlegm, which is generally centered in the chest or in the head and is cold in nature. It is caused by the mental emotion ignorance.

Desire, hatred and ignorance are the main negativities mentioned in Buddha philosophy. They are all produced in the mind. Once produced they behave like a slow poison.  The Udanavarga once said, “From iron appears rust, and rust eats the iron”, “Likewise, the careless actions (karma) that we perform, lead us to hellish lives.

According to the other scriptures six afflictions are most troublesome, ignorance, hatred, desire, miserliness, jealousy and arrogance.  Patience is the most potent virtue a person can acquire.  According to the Shanti Deva, “There is no evil like hatred, and there is no marriage like patience.  Therefore, dedicate your life to the practice of patience.”

Bhagvad Gita mentions the enemies as Kama, Krodha, Lobh, Moh and Ahankar and out of the Kama Lobh and Ahankar as the three gate ways to hell.