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19th July, 2017
Unconditional beneficence and absolute non maleficence: The hallmarks of a doctor
 
"Doctors are next to God", "Doctors heal, God treats". These are some oft-repeated well-known phrases. And, much has been written about how doctors have been accorded a 'God-like' status in society, which places them "on a pedestal" at a level higher than other profession, though this image of a doctor seems to have slowly eroded over the years.
 
God is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent. We seek His refuge in our hard times all the time and have absolute trust in him because he is all-knowing, all-powerful and present everywhere. God is the person in whom one has blind belief and faith. He is there for all of us.
 
Doctors are professionally trained to take care of the sick, look after the health of their patients and also of the community. During illness or in a life-threatening situation, doctors remain the last hope for families and patients put the same belief and faith in doctors to help them as they do in God.
 
Non-maleficence (do no harm) and beneficence (do good) are the two of the four major principles of medical ethics, the other two being respect for autonomy and justice. These are the guiding values of medical practice. Doctors act in the best interests of the patients for their well-being and prevent harm to the patients i.e. treat the patient in a way that does not harm the patient.
 
Dr KK Aggarwal
National President IMA & HCFI
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Some simple sodium salt reduction strategies can avert many disorders, says IMA
Indian diet has changed over the years and it is imperative to reduce the consumption of processed food, which is high in sodium content

New Delhi, 18th July 2017: As per a recent study, an average Indian consumes 10.98 grams of salt per day, which is 119% more than the recommended limit of 5 grams per day by the World Health Organization (WHO). An excess of salt can result in high blood pressure, which is a leading cause of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and the resultant deaths. According to the IMA, making certain lifestyle changes and limiting the intake of dietary sodiumcan help avoid risk factors for these diseases.
 
The Indian cuisine is high on salt. The "salt to taste" phrase becomes a misnomer in the Indian context what with its usage in curries, salads, and other dishes, and reaching extremely high levels in foods like pickles. Add to this the consumption of fast food and processed food, which further increases the chances of acquiring certain disorders.
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