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10th August 2012, Friday

The Science behind Birth of Krishna in a Jail of Ignorance

Krishna represents Brahman or God consciousnesses or consciousness- the self. The birth of Krishna is synonymous with the process of self-realization.

Normally desires and negative thoughts core our consciousness with ignorance. The journey to self-realization involves removal or shedding of this ignorance which can only be done by the eight spiritual principles as described by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. And these are Yama (self control), Niyama (self-discipline), Asanas (bodily postures), Pranayama (control of breath), Pratyahara (withdrawal), Dharana (one pointed), Dhyana (contemplation) and Samadhi (self-realization).

These eight limbs or eight steps signify the journey of eight days after full moon falling on Raksha Bandhan.

Ignorance is symbolized by a PRISON, which represents darkness; narrow-minded approach (small entry gate) and limitedness to everything (small room). The prison chains signify the bondages to lust, greed, desires and ego.

The birth of Krishna in the prison means ‘self-realization out of ignorance’. It can only be acquired by adhering to the eight principles of Ashtang Yoga with Tapas (Abhyasa) or hard work. Krishna, born, as the eighth child of Devaki, represents tapas of eight limbs of yoga. The self-realization can only occur after the seven steps are successfully negotiated and the mind is purified in the process.

In the state of Samadhi, there is spontaneous birth of the self. In this state (sama = equal; dhi - intelligence), one controls equality and balances between good and the bad.

The symbolization is that, as Krishna was born, the chains that bound his father fell off; the doors that had been bolted closed flew open and the prison guards immediately fell asleep. Then Vasudeva, the father placed Krishna in a basket and walked across the Yamuna River and went to Gokul, where at the same time Yashoda, consort of Nanda, had given birth to a female child.

The ‘chains’ here mean the bondage to the external world and the five senses. A self realized person is free of these bondages. The opening of gates symbolizes control over lust, desire, greed and attachments. Sleeping of the guard symbolizes, that in a self-realized state, one is totally cut off from the world. Everything else perishes and one gets detached.

The thunderstorm, the rain, and the fire, all represent the internal turmoil of uncontrolled desires and hatred. The moment Krishna’s feet touch the turbulent water, everything settles. The spiritual lesson is that by turning inwards and towards one’s pure consciousness any turbulent state of mind can be controlled.

While acquiring all that, one must control the ego and keep the desires inwards and not have egocentric desires. Controlling the ego is depicted as a snake sitting over the basket and guarding Lord Krishna.

The baby girl born at Gokul represents the Mayashakti, which was killed by Kansa (the ego of the body).

Controlling the desires and attachments is easy but controlling the Ego is the most difficult. That is what is represented by the fact that at the time of birth of Krishna, Kansa still remained alive. It took many years for Krishna (self realized state) to kill the ego (ansa).

Acquiring a state of self-realization should not be the ultimate goal in life. After self-realization, if the ego is not controlled, then one can misuse one’s spiritual powers. The ultimate aim in life should then be to kill the ego, which is what Krishna ultimately did.

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Smaller health budget may stymie targets

The Planning Commission proposes to substantially reduce the country’s health budget over the next five years, raising serious doubts about whether the governments will have adequate resources to meet public health targets and lower out-of-pocket expenditure on health. A 79-page draft of the health chapter in the Planning Commission’s final document -- available with Deccan Herald - envisages pegging total public funding for health at 1.58 per cent of GDP. This runs contrary to recommendations of the Planning Commission’s High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on health for allocating 2.5 per cent of GDP by the end of 12th Plan and subsequently 3 per cent of GDP in the 13th Plan. The promise in the 12th Plan document is lower than that made during the 11th Plan, under which it was proposed to hike health budget to 2.5 per cent of GDP but finally pegged at around one per cent of GDP. “The proposed allocation is not sufficient to meet our public health requirements. It is in contradiction to our recommendations. We will meet the Planning Commission members on Thursday to convey our views,” a source in the HLEG, which was disbanded after it submitted its report a few months back, told Deccan Herald. The Central Government’s share in the additional health expenditure would be less than half of states’ contribution. “This means 60 per cent of the budget will come from the state governments, which have fewer sources for generating additional revenue,” said Abhay Shukla of CEHAT, a non-governmental public health organisation in Pune.

The Planning Commission’s proposal to rope in private hospitals and clinics in providing public health care and suggesting corporatisation of government hospitals triggered alarm among public health specialists. “Though it is proposed to be in the form of a few pilot projects in the states, even the mere suggestion of corporatising public health has raised a red flag,” said the HLEG source. Ideally public health system should be strengthened to boost primary and secondary care, which in turn minimises the need for tertiary care because a strong public health sector acts as a gatekeeper. (Source: Deccan Herald, Aug 8, 2012)

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PGI researchers to showcase work on Aug 11

CHANDIGARH: As part of its golden jubilee celebrations, PGI will celebrate its first Annual Research Day on August 11. From this year, the research day will be held on the second weekend of August every year. It will give an opportunity to all researchers of the institute to present their work at one place. In order to accommodate a large number of entries, participants will present their work on posters that will be exhibited. Over 200 research posters will be on display. The institute has invited researchers in the field of clinical medicine and basic biology such as professor V I Mathan, gastroenterologist and former director-principal of Christian Medical College, Vellore, professor S K Sarin, director of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Science, Dr Rajiv Sarin, director of Advanced Center for Treatment, Research and Education in Cancer (a part of Tata Memorial Center), Mumbai, and Dr Girish Sahni, director of Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh. The highlight of the day will be an "open house" in which the panel of invited experts, along with the director and the dean of PGI, will discuss issues related to biomedical research, strategies to improve collaboration and quality of research and advise researchers on funding opportunities for biomedical research. (Source: TOI, Aug 9, 2012)

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Practitioners of electropathy are not doctors, rules Kerala high court

KOCHI: Practitioners of electropathy or electro-homeopathy shouldn't use the title doctor along with their names, the Kerala high court has ruled. Electropathy is a derivative of homeopathy that relies on remedies from non-poisonous plants. More than 150 colleges across the country are offering courses in electropathy, with the most widely pursued one being Bachelor of Electropathy Medicine and Surgery (BEMS), which has a course duration of four and a half years. When the issue of recognition of electro-homeopathy came up before various high courts, the contention put forward by societies of its practitioners was that no law has banned their practise and they are entitled to engage in a profession as guaranteed by the Constitution. The Supreme Court on July 24 had issued a stay on a recent order by the Allahabad high court describing electro-homeopathy as an unrecognized system of medicine.

Dismissing a petition by the Indian Electro Homeopathy Medical Council, the Allahabad high court had held in February that electro-homeopathy is not a recognized system of medicine and cannot be prescribed for curing diseases or for any other purpose. The Kerala high court's order banning the use of the doctor title by electropathy practitioners was while considering a petition by Firshad K A of Puliparambu in Malappuram seeking protection from harassment by police. Firshad had stated in his petition that he holds a diploma in electropathy issued by New Delhi-based Naturo Electro Homoeopathic Medicos (NEHM) and is practising electropathy, which is classified as an alternative medicine. He complained of harassment by the circle inspector of Nallalam police station in Kozhikode. Considering Firshad's petition, the division bench comprising of Justice K M Joseph and Justice K Harilal ordered that Firshad shouldn't use designations like doctor along with his name and should not practise modern medicine, homeopathy or any other systems of medicine.

While the petitioner would be free to practise electropathy, his practice should be subject to laws such as Kerala Abkari Act and Drugs and Cosmetic Act, the court clarified. The high court also asked the police not to interfere in the practise unless the petitioner violates any statutory provisions. (Source TOI)

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Medical mistakes in Indian movies

Dear all, eMedinewS is starting a special series on ‘Medical mistakes in Indian movies’. We invite all our readers to share with us the following information:

  1. Scene/s where the image of the medical profession has been maligned in an unrealistic manner, or
  2. Scene/s where medical care and approach has been depicted incorrectly, or
  3. Scenes where the medical profession has been portrayed correctly.

Send us the clippings or description of the scenes. This would be a start to a special campaign to rebuild the image of the medical profession.

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Extra pounds are lifesavers for new diabetics

Normal-weight adults with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes had a significantly greater mortality risk than their overweight counterparts, a pooled analysis of five large cohort studies showed. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Vitiligo management guidelines released

The most effective management for vitiligo includes phototherapy and combination therapy, according to updated guidelines from the writing group of the Vitiligo European Task Force (VETF), which were accepted for publication and published online August 3 in the British Journal of Dermatology. The European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes collaborated with the VETF in developing the new evidence- and expert-based guidelines for vitiligo. The reviewers recommend the following principles of management for segmental vitiligo or limited nonsegmental vitiligo (involving less than 2% - 3% of body surface): (Source: Medscape)

  • First-line treatment should be to avoid triggering factors and to use local agents such as corticosteroids or calcineurin inhibitors.
  • Second-line treatment should be localized narrow-band ultraviolet B (NB-UVB) radiation (311 nm), preferably with the excimer monochromatic lamp or laser.
  • Third-line treatment for patients left with cosmetically unsatisfactory repigmentation on visible areas after first- or second-line therapy is to consider use of surgical techniques.

The reviewers recommend the following principles of management for nonsegmental vitiligo:

  • First-line management is to avoid triggering or aggravating factors and to stabilize the patient with NB-UVB therapy for at least 3 months. Patients who respond to NB-UVB should continue this treatment for 9 months or more. An additional consideration is to combine localized UVB therapy with systemic or topical therapies.
  • Second-line treatment for patients with rapidly progressive disease or lack of stabilization with NB-UVB is systemic corticosteroids, 3- to 4-month minipulse therapy, or immunosuppressants.
  • Third-line treatment is to graft areas failing to respond to previous treatment, particularly those areas with high cosmetic effect. The Koebner phenomenon, or new development of vitiligo in a previously unaffected area of skin undergoing traumatic injury, may limit graft persistence, Grafts are relatively contraindicated on the dorsum of the hands and similar areas.
  • Fourth-line treatment for widespread (covering more than 50% of body surface), refractory, or highly visible vitiligo is depigmentation using hydroquinone monobenzyl ether or 4-methoxyphenol alone or in combination with Q switch ruby laser.

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Antibiotic Rx may depend on what's going on at the time

Patients with febrile respiratory illness who presented during an influenza pandemic were less likely to receive antibiotics than those presenting with similar symptoms during a regular ?u season, researchers found. In a retrospective study, antibiotic prescribing was significantly lower during the H1N1 influenza pandemic than during nonpandemic seasons (OR 0.72, 95% CI 0.68 to 0.77), Courtney Hebert, MD, of Ohio State University in Columbus, and colleagues reported in the August 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Ginger can control diabetes (Contributed by Dr S K Verma, Consultant Ophthalmologist, New Delhi)

Researchers led by Prof. Basil Roufogalis of pharmaceutical chemistry at University of Sydney found that ginger, a common spice in Indian kitchen, has the power to control high level of blood sugar by using muscle cells. As we know insulin secreted by pancreas facilitates the entry of glucose molecules into cells and skeletal muscles are the major site for glucose clearance in the body maintaining blood glucose level strictly within a narrow range in body. The deficiency of insulin is the major cause of diabetes. Gingerols, the major phenolic components of ginger, are responsible for the increase in the uptake of glucose by muscle cells grown in culture independent of insulin. (Courtesy: TOI 8th Aug. 2012)

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Lord Krishna - The Great Teacher and Healer

Lord Krishna was a great teacher and a healer. He gave perfect counseling to Arjuna when he was in the state of acute anxiety, confusion, indecisiveness and depression. His supreme knowledge, skills and understanding of human relationship were responsible for convincing Arjuna that he had to perform his duty, regardless of who his opponents were.

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How can ovulation be detected?

Several ovulation prediction tests are available at drug stores. These kits use test strips that show changes in the level of LH in the urine. Once the LH surge has occurred, ovulation usually takes place within 12 to 36 hours. Urine testing usually begins two days prior to the expected day of ovulation. According to western figures for women with 28-day cycles, ovulation usually occurs on days 13 to 15. For women with irregular menstrual cycles, urine testing should be timed according to the earliest and latest possible dates of ovulation. If the cycle ranges between 27 to 34 days, ovulation usually occurs between days 13 to 20. Therefore, testing should begin on day 11 and continue until ovulation is indicated or through day 20. There is an 80% chance of detecting ovulation with five days of testing, and a 95% chance with 10 days of testing.

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Rational Use of Blood

Plateletpheresis or Single Donor Platelet (SDP)

Definition: Platelet concentrate prepared from one donor; aphaeresis is done with the help of cell separator.

Volume: 200 ml to 300 ml (may vary according to platelet content and application)

Storage: 20° C to 24° C with agitation in platelet agitator with incubator Shelf Life: 5 days

Indications and contraindications are same as platelet concentrate prepared manually.

Dosage: 1 unit SDP contains > 3 x 1011 platelets/bag. One unit of SDP increased the recipient platelet count by 30,000 to 50,000/cmm

Administration: Same as platelet concentrate. When multiple transfusions are required, SDP is better.

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   An Inspirational Story (Ms Rita Sinha)

Who packs YOUR parachute?

A TRUE STORY about Charles Plumb
-- Author Unknown

Charles Plumb, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, was a U.S. Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane as destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience. One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, "You're Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!"

"How in the world did you know that?" asked Plumb.

"I packed your parachute," the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, "I guess it worked!" Plumb assured him, "It sure did. If your chute hadn't worked, I wouldn’t be here today."

Plumb couldn't sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, "I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said 'Good morning, how are you?' or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor."

Plumb thought of the man hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn't know.

Now, Plumb asks his audience, "Who's packing your parachute?" Everyone has someone who provides what they need to make it through the day. Plumb also points out that he needed many kinds of parachutes when his plane was shot down over enemy territory-he needed his physical parachute, his mental parachute, his emotional parachute, and his spiritual parachute. He called on all these supports before reaching safety.

Sometimes in the daily challenges that life gives us, we miss what is really important. We may fail to say hello, please, or thank you, congratulate someone on something wonderful that has happened to them, give a compliment, or just do something nice for no reason.

As you go through this week, this month, this year, recognize the people who pack your parachute.

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Situation: A patient with CKD was prescribed goat intestinal soup.
Dr Bad: Stop it.
Dr Good: It is prescribed in Ayurveda.
Lesson: Different pathies have different treatments.

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient who had blood in the urine one month back was found to have large bladder cancer.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was a cystoscopy not done at that time?
Lesson: Make sure that all painless bleeding in the urine are investigated for cancer at the first diagnosis.

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent in doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

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Q. AYUSH systems have much to contribute to health care. They remain isolated from modern medicine. How can the good from various systems be tapped for the benefit of mankind?


My comments are as follows:

  • It stands to common sense that there must be something worthwhile in various systems of medicine. Otherwise, they would not have sustained over thousands of years.
  • It also stands to common sense that nothing can be pure white or pure black. Modern medicine/allopathy cannot be pure gold simply because it is modern. Many allopathic drugs are well known to have harmful effects. Many drugs have been banned.
  • It also stands to common sense that the best approach would be to glean the best and the useful from various sources and use the same for the benefit of the mankind.
  • It is unfortunate that there are water tight compartments between various systems of medicine and there is a feeling of disrespect among allopaths towards non-allopathic systems. Such a situation needs to be remedied.
  • The remedy for the above situation may be on the following lines:
    • Allopaths should learn a bit about AYUSH systems before they criticize them.
    • The government and the MCI etc. should devise and adopt a policy which would enable and encourage doctors qualified in one system to obtain a qualification in another system and to practice both systems at the same time, if they so wish, at their discretion. A system of condensed courses/bridge courses may be introduced to get a degree in another system. However, it should be ensured that standards are not diluted while planning such courses.
    • Councils of various AYUSH systems may get together and plan an academic 2-year diploma course in AYUSH which would enable allopathic practitioners to understand the basics of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. This may even be a distance learning course. It would not enable a person to get registered with AYUSH councils.
    • AYUSH chairs may be established in all medical colleges and research institutions. Such chairs should be manned by those having, in addition to MBBS, a degree or diploma in AYUSH systems.
    • Admission to MBBS, dental and AYUSH courses should be through a common entrance examination.
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Increased: Iron deficiency anemia
Decreased: Acute and chronic inflammatory states, poor nutritional status, chronic liver disease

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Read this…………………

After Billroth II Surgery, the client developed dumping syndrome. Which of the following should the nurse exclude in the plan of care?

A. Sit upright for at least 30 minutes after meals
B. Take only sips of H2O between bites of solid food
C. Eat small meals every 2-3 hours
D. Reduce the amount of simple carbohydrate in the diet

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Which description of pain would be most characteristic of a duodenal ulcer?

A. Gnawing, dull, aching, hungerlike pain in the epigastric area that is relieved by food intake
B. RUQ pain that increases after meal
C. Sharp pain in the epigastric area that radiates to the right shoulder
D. A sensation of painful pressure in the midsternal area

Answer for yesterday’s Mind Teaser: A. Gnawing, dull, aching, hunger like pain in the epigastric area that is relieved by food intake

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Dr Sandeep Kaushal, Dr Thakor Hitendrsinh G, Dr KV Sarma, Dr Pankaj Agarwal, Dr K Raju, Dr Chandresh jardosh, Dr KP Chandra, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, parimalshah, Dr Avtar Krishan, Dr Mohit Sharma, Akilpatni.

Answer for 8th August Mind Teaser: A. Treatment will include Ranitidine and Antibiotics
Correct answers received from: Dr PC Das, Dr Valluri Ramarao, Dr Gopal M Shinde, Dr Sushma Chawla.

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A deep rooted delusion

Perhaps you've heard of the man who thought he was dead? In reality he was very much alive. His delusion became such a problem that his family finally paid for him to see a psychiatrist.

The psychiatrist spent many laborious sessions trying to convince the man he was still alive. Nothing seemed to work.

Finally the doctor tried one last approach. He took out his medical books and proceeded to show the patient that dead men don't bleed. After hours of tedious study, the patient seemed convinced that dead men don't bleed.

"Do you now agree that dead men don't bleed?" the doctor asked. "Yes, I do," the patient replied.

"Very well, then," the doctor said.

He took out a pin and pricked the patient's finger. Out came a trickle of blood. The doctor asked, "What does that tell you?"

"Oh my goodness!" the patient exclaimed as he stared incredulously at his finger ... "Dead men do bleed!!"

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The World Health Organization estimates that suicide is the 13th leading cause of death worldwide. The method varies dramatically amongst countries.

  • Over one million people commit suicide every year across the globe.
  • Suicide is derived from a Latin word suicidium, from Sui caedere, "to kill oneself."
  • Suicide is often committed out of despair, or attributed to some underlying mental disorder which includes depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcoholism and drug abuse.
  • Financial difficulties, troubles with interpersonal relationships and other undesirable situations play a significant role
  • The leading methods in different regions include hanging, pesticide poisoning, and firearms.
  • In India 30% of suicides are from pesticides. The use of this method however varies markedly from 4% in Europe to more than 50% in the Pacific region.
  • In the United States, 52% of suicides involve the use of firearms however asphyxiation and poisoning are fairly common as well. Together they comprised about 40% of suicides in the US.
  • Other methods of suicide include blunt force trauma means jumping from a building or bridge, self, stepping in front of a train, or car collision, for example).
  • Bloodletting means slitting one's wrist; intentional drowning, self-immolation, electrocution, and intentional starvation are other suicide methods.
  • A study found increased rates of suicide following the television news stories regarding suicide.

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Heart Check-up camp organized for ex-employees of Central Bank of India.

Heart Care Foundation of India today organized a Heart Care Foundation of India a heart checkup camp to the ex-employees of Central Bank of India. Over 100 people were checked up.

In a message, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that after the age of 30, one should go for an annual checkup and after every two months, one should have a counseling meeting with his family physician. Human body is like a car which needs to be serviced every few months. With every Ritu Charya, the diet and the lifestyle changes.

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