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Dr K K Aggarwal

During Sawan, air both in the body as well as in the atmosphere gets vitiated leading to storm of rains, high tides in the ocean and movement related disorders in the body. Ayurveda describes them as vata disorders and homeopathy describes them as Psora disorders. In allopathy, in terms of physical health, it represents dyspepsia, gases, distension, constipation, tachycardia, accelerated hypertension etc. and in terms of mind, it represents instability of mind, irritableness, anger and unsteady mind. This is one reason why in Sawan, auspicious functions are not held, including marriage as a marriage requires lot of cooperation, mental understanding and a steady mind. The mind is more unstable during Sawan is also depicted by the festival Guru Purnima which also falls in Sawan month. It indicates that during Sawan, one requires supervision to tame the mind. The Nag panchami also falls around this season. Nag is a symbolic representation of ego and Nag puja indicates again taming the mind and controlling the ego. Leafy vegetables are not allowed to be eaten during this month as they precipitate Airy disorders. It is also during this month that leafy vegetables contain more worms and their eggs and are unhygienic to eat especially in a community food serving. Sawan is also the month where on every Monday Lord Shiva is worshipped. Lord Shiva represents ability to wind up jobs. The unstable mind in Sawan month does not allow one to take decisive actions. Shiv ki pooja represents that it takes efforts to wind up jobs in Sawan month. During Sawan month, Lord Vishnu is also seen lying under a Sheshnag in an ocean in an open eye meditative pose. The ocean represents the disturbed state of mind, Sheshnag indicates the need to control the ego and meditative pose of Vishnu represents the need to do pranayama and meditation in this season and also it indicates that it is very easy to get dissociated from your consciousness in this month as the ego gets easily activated during this period.

Over 1500 nurses participated in Divya Jyoti Nurses’ Festival in the ongoing 19th Perfect Health Mela. Various competitions including health debate, skit/health play, health model display, poster-cum-slogan writing and collage making were organized in the festival. The topics included – Should nurses spend at least two years abroad, the patient-doctor relationship, ideal clinic, natural fast food and slim with taste.

Following are the gist of discussion:

  • Nurses are the backbone of the society and an important conduit between patient care and the doctor.
  • Nurses can play an important role in educating the people about dengue fever as well as the smog menace.
  • Every doctor who practices should hire services of a nurse whose job should be to check blood pressure, pulse of every patient and for about history of smoking, alcoholism, sexual preferences and diet.
  • They should also be doing the job of talking to the patient after the doctor has seen and counseled them about the prescription details.
  • They should also telephonically call the patient at regular intervals to know about their status.

Live workshop on hypertension

A workshop on Hypertension was also organized. The faculty included Dr Vanita Arora from Max Heart Institute and Dr KK Aggarwal.

Facts about hypertension

  • The conclusion of the workshop was that every effort must be made to keep the blood pressure below 120/80.
  • Hypertension affects 15-20% of the society.
  • The first blood pressure should be checked at 4 years of age.
  • Even 5mm reduction in blood pressure reading can reduce the mortality
  • Hypertension is silent killer and if not controlled can damage the eyes, kidney, heart and brain.
  • In hypertension, in addition to controlling the blood pressure reading, it is equally important to control blood sugar and lipid profile.
  • Smoking even one cigarette can increase the blood pressure reading.
  • The harmful changes of high blood pressure can be regressed with lifestyle management.

Anmol festival for children with special needs

Anmol, a festival for children with special needs was organized in the Perfect Health Mela. The festival was coordinated by Balwant Rai Mehta Vidya Bhavan. Over 200 children with special needs participated in folk dance, yoga, painting, singing and diya decoration competitions.

Seminar on Therapeutic Value of Indian Classical Dance

A special seminar on therapeutic value of India Classical Dance was organized in MTNL Perfect Health Mela. Noted dancers Guru Jitendra Maharaj, Saroja Vaidyanathan, Nalini-Kamalini and Kanak Sudhakar participated in the seminar.

Facts about classical dance

  • Classical dance is better than western dance as in addition to exercise, it harmonizes the body’s autonomic nervous system.
  • It comes into category of an aerobic dance.
  • It gives all the advantages of doing pranayama and meditation.
  • People who do classical dance regularly have less chances of developing heart attack.

Qawwali by Urdu Academy

Urdu Academy organized a live performance of Qawwali by Mr. Ghulam Sabir Nizami, famous qawwal of Delhi.

All Pathy Consensus on Exercise

Doctors from all pathies participated in a seminar on exercise organised in association with All India Radio. The faculty included Dr. KK Aggarwal, Dr. V.A. Siddiqui (Homeopathy), Dr. BN Sinha (Ayurveda), Dr. Raisuddin (Unani), Dr. S.N. Yadav (Yoga), Dr. R.K. Tuli (Holistic medicine) and Dr. D.N. Sharma (Naturopathy).

Facts about exercise

  • One should exercise 80 minutes a day and brisk exercise 80 minutes a week.
  • The speed of walking should be at least 80 steps per minute.
  • One should do resistance or weight bearing exercises twice in a week.
  • Avoid doing strenuous exercises for the first time in life after the age of 40.
  • According to Ayurveda, one should exercise to his or her body type.
  • Diabetics who exercise should not exercise if blood sugar is lower than 90.
  • In conditions of smog, avoid walking early in the morning till sunlight appears.

Pakistani stall attracts crowd

For the first time, a Pakistani delegation has set up a stall in the Perfect Health Mela.

Thirty stalls from the Dept. of Handicrafts, Government of India (COHANDS) also have items on display that would be of interest of people who enjoy Diwali shopping.

Vacuum massaging in the Mela

The old traditional ancient vacuum massage therapy workshops are being conducted in the Mela by Mumbai team lead by Suman Srivastava and Anil Jani. The massage is good for the chronic ailments.

About 4571 people including teachers, parents, children, nurses, doctors, journalists and general public have been trained in CPR 10.

Tomorrow’s attractions

Tomorrow, the Mela will hold Medico Masti, youth festival which includes fashion show, western dance and choreography. There will also be a conference on Homeopathy Cardiology, Cardiology in Naturopathy. There will also be a session by Delhi Medical Association on Nursing Home problems.