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14th March 2010, Sunday
Any change in season requires the ‘human body’ to be detoxified so as to bear the seasonal burden on the health. The spiritual way for the same is to follow a natural detoxification process by observing navratra fasts, a nine–day purification process. They are observed at the start of summer (Navratras- Ramnavmi) and at the start of winter (Navratras - Dusshera).
The process of detoxification involves cleaning the physical body externally and internally; the mind; intellect; ego and the soul.
A spiritual fast aims at both willful control of the desires and moving towards positivity. Desires can be to eat refined carbohydrates; to smell, to stimulating music or to watch beautiful things.
Components of fast include food fast (eating only satvik food); mental fast (restraining from stimulating thoughts and behavior); intellectual fast (positive behavior) and ego fast (practicing humility). The process therefore involves living a satvic life style. One should avoid eating rajasic and tamasic foods during fast. Satvik foods are the foods offered to the God and mainly consists of fruits, leaves, nuts and milk (phalahar).
Abstaining from speaking evil or anything negative is another component called maun vrat. Now, instead of proper spiritual fast people only observe food fast during navratras. The physical purification process for the entire nine days involves regular bath (of the external body as well as various orifices).
These nine days also have spiritual significance. They are divided into three days each of mental purification.
The next three days, involves building positivity in the mind by way of various positive mental exercises and positive behaviors. These involve interacting with people, sharing, giving, donating, socializing, appreciating etc. Thinking positive is the easiest way of tackling negative thoughts. Remember darkness cannot be removed physically; it can only be removed by bringing in light. So is true for negative thoughts, which are nothing but absence of positive thoughts.
Once negativity is conquered in the first three days (which represents Kali) and happiness and positivity is built up in the mind (which represents Lakshmi), it is time to acquire knowledge (which represents Saraswati).
During the last three days a person is purified enough to understand and grasp the knowledge of self and understand and discriminate between good and bad. The last three days therefore involve reading and understanding scriptures and learning from the experiences of others.
Once all these are practiced, the mind is calm regardless of the happenings in the world. A continued action of detachment sets in. After nine days of self-discipline are complete, internal happiness is experienced, a connection with the soul is made and pure consciousness is awakened.
The birth of consciousness (connection with soul) is equivalent to the birth of Lord Rama which is observed as ‘Ramnavmi’. Hence, Ramnavmi should be celebrate as a disciplined way of acquiring internal happiness and not as a forced nine days of fasting.
Laughter the best medicine: Actual medical record
The patient’s past medical history has been remarkably insignificant with only a 40 pound weight gain in the past three days.
Formulae in Critical Care: Conversion of kg into Ibs
Formula: Weight in Ibs = Weight in Kg × 2.2
Milestones in Ortho: THOMAS SYDENHAM (1624–1689)
Sydenham is likened to Hippocrates. Also known as the father of English medicine. He himself suffered from gout and wrote an excellent description of the disease, detailing the attack, the changes in urine and the link with renal stones.
Mistakes in Clinical Practice
Often the Latin abbreviations are misread.
1–7 April Prostate Disease Awareness Week: Prostate SMS of the Day (Dr Anil Goyal)
All men above 50 years should have a digital rectal examination done by expert to rule out prostatic diseases.
Lab test (Dr Navin Dang)
Serum Angiotensin converting enzyme factor is used to help diagnose and monitor sarcoidosis and to help differentiate this systemic condition from other disorders causing similar symptoms
List of Approved drug from 1.01.2009 to 31.10.2009
ZEN IMMUNE–FACT SHEET
ZENIMMUNE SLIM IS KNOWN TO HELP PREVENT PLAQUE FORMATION IN THE BLOOD VESSELS AND FACILITATE IMPROVED BLOOD CIRCULATION.
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Will be organized at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi on July 4, 2010, Sunday to commemorate Doctors’ Day. The speakers, chairpersons and panelists will be doctors from NCR, who have been past and present Padma awardees.
The second eMedinewS–revisiting 2010 conference will be held at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi on January 2, 2011. The event will have a day–long CME, Doctor of the Year awards, cultural hungama and live webcast. Suggestions are invited.
NATIONAL SEMINAR ON STRESS PREVENTION (17–18 April) . Over 300 registrations done already.
A Stress Prevention Residential Seminar cum spiritual retreat with Dr KK Aggarwal and Experts from Brahma Kumaris will be organized from April 17–18, 2010.
Co–organizers: eMedinews, Brahma Kumaris, Heart Care Foundation of India, IMA New Delhi Branch and IMA Janak Puri Branch
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Centre, National Highway 8, Bilaspur Chowk, Pataudi Road, Near Manesar.
Timings: On Saturday 17th April (2 pm onwards) and Sunday 18th April (7 am–4 pm). There will be no registration charges, limited rooms, kindly book in advance; stay and food (satvik) will be provided. Voluntary contributions welcome. For booking e–mail and SMS to Dr KK Aggarwal: 9811090206, email@example.com BK Sapna: 9811796962, firstname.lastname@example.org
Stroke Update Workshop for GPs (Last day today)
Indian Stroke Association and International Stroke Conference are organizing a Stroke Update Workshop on March 13–14, 2010 at AIIMS Auditorium. eMedinewS has tied up with the conference for free registration for the first 200 GPs of NCR. Organizer: Dr Padma, Prof of Neurology, AIIMS, New Delhi. SMS for free registration to 9717298178 or email to email@example.com
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Dr Sanjiv Chopra Faculty Dean at Harvard to talk in Delhi on Leadership
Title of Talk: Leadership for the 21st Century: The Ten Tenets of Leadership”
1. Discuss the qualities of great leaders.
Leadership Talk Description
In this talk Dr. Sanjiv Chopra will discuss historic figures such as Mahatma Gandhi, Florence Nightingale, and Winston Churchill, as well as contemporary leaders, and examine what makes them effective. What are some of the qualities and attributes of the great leaders? What is leadership, and can it be taught or is it something you’re born with? It’s a subject I’ve been fascinated with.
He will assert that great leaders listen will, they have empathy, they dream big, they’re resilient, they have a sense of purpose. The possess humility and humor, they also have integrity and great people skills.
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra will discuss 10 Tenets of Leadership, and I believe anyone who follows these tenets will be on the path to becoming a better leader.
About Sanjiv Chopra, M.D., MACP
Dr. Sanjiv Chopra is Professor of Medicine and Faculty Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Harvard Medical School, and Senior Consultant in Hepatology at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Chopra has scores of publications. He has four books to his credit. His books have been translated into several languages including Portuguese, Japanese, Italian and Czech.
Dr. Chopra is Editor-in-Chief of the Hepatology Section of UpToDate, the most widely used electronic textbook in the world (subscribed to by an estimated 300,000 physicians worldwide).
Dr. Chopra has received a number of teaching awards:
1. The George W. Thorn Award presented by the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Housestaff, Harvard Medical School in 1985 for his outstanding contribution to clinical education
Dr. Chopra serves as the Course Director of several CME courses including seven annual Current Clinical Issues in Primary Care (PriMed) conferences held in collaboration with UCLA, Johns Hopkins, Baylor College of Medicine, University of Miami, Northwestern University and Columbia Presbyterian College of Physicians and Surgeons. In addition to directing these conferences, he delivers several lectures, moderates a number of sessions and has served as a Keynote speaker on several occasions. Each of the PriMed conferences are attended by 4,000 – 8,000 clinicians.
Dr. Chopra has had a life long passion in educating clinicians and lay people. He has conducted scores of workshops on Success and Life Principles. He has given a number of Keynote addresses on the topic of Leadership – “Leadership for the 21st Century: The Ten Tenets of Leadership” to wide acclaim in the United States and several countries abroad.