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27th June 2011, Monday

Why no marriages in chaturmas?

Dakshinayana is the start of negative state of mind

The uttarayana and dakshinayana are not only time periods mentioned in the Vedic literature but also the state of minds. Uttarayana means a period for a positive state of mind and Dakshinayana a period for relatively negative state of mind.

Dakshinayana is the southern transit of the Sun. The Uttarayana and Dakshinayana period is calculated differently in South and North India. In North Indian calendars, Dakshinayana in 2011 begins on June 21. In South Indian calendars, it begins on July 17, 2011. In South India, Uttarayana period starts with Makar Sankranti on January 14 or 15 and ends on July 14 or 15. Dakshinayana is from July 14 or 15 to Makar Sankranti. In North India, Uttarayana period starts on December 21 and ends on June 21. Dakshinayana is from June 21 to December 21.

Bhagwad Geeta talks about Moksha and liberation. Those who believe in the philosophy of rebirth know that once a soul is liberated at death, a person is not reborn. Those who believe that hell and heaven are in this birth only for them liberation means dying peacefully and without sufferings.

The theory of rebirth is well described in Bhagwad Geeta in Chapter 8.

The gist of Lord Krishna’s teaching is:
1. Whatever you think throughout your life will be your thought at the time of death.
2. Whatever is the state of mind at the time of death will be the atmosphere you will get in the rebirth. For example if your state of mind is in cruelty at the time of death, you will be born in a cruel family. If you are relaxed, thinking of God or Chanting AUM at the time of death, there are chances your soul will be liberated.
3. Fire, illumination, daytime, fortnight before the full moon and uttarayana are the paths for liberation. It means these are the periods / ways for spontaneous positive thinking. And the reverse is for dakshinayana 

From mental health point of view, this knowledge can be converted into medical prescription. Uttarayana means satwa, healthy state of mind and dakshinayana means a depressed negative state of mind. Performing and attending to Yagna, sitting in well illuminated lights or exposing oneself to the day sunlight can be an adjunct to depression treatment. During the first fortnight of full moon and during uttarayana, the psychotherapy and counseling invariable will work better and the requirement of drugs may get reduced. The reverse will happen in dakshinayana.

In chakra language , from mooladhara chakra to anahata chakra is the dakshinayana path and from anahata chakra to ajna chakra is the uttarayana path. Those who travel on the uttarayana path travel from anahata chakra. Those who travel on the dakshinayana path start from mooladhara.

The Chatur Mas or Four holy months in Hinduism falls during the period of Dakshinayana. Chaturmas begins on July 11 and ends on November 6. It begins on the Ekadasi day in Shukla Paksha in the month of Ashada and ends on the Ekadasi in the Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik. It occurs during monsoon season and most important festivals take place during this period. It’s a four month period for observing fast, rituals, pujas and festivals.

Chaturmas has folowwing months
Shravan month is dedicated to Lord Shiva, especially the Mondays. Is a month or Vata or air imbalance. The classical song " Savan ka mahina Pavan kare shor" explains the air imbalance in this month. The vata function in the mind is related to emmotional imbalance.
2nd Bhadrapad is the month of festivals including the Ganesh Chaturthi and Janmaasthmi. The month is again related to Vata or air imbalance. The classical Bollywoodsong " tete naina savan bhado phir bhi mera man payasa" explains the state of the mind in savan and bhado months. The state of the mind is negative with chances of more non fulfillment of desires.
3rd Ashwin month include, Durga Puja, Navratri, Diwali etc.
4th Kartik and Diwali celebrations end in this month.

It’s a saying to avoid green leafy vegetables in Shravan month, Curd in Bhadrapad, milk in Ashwin and pulses, the split variety in Kartik month.

No marriages or important functions take place in chaturmas for many reasons

1. Firstly it is a period of negative state of mind and hence more chances of divorce
2. For the same reason more chances of infertility
3. Due to rainy seasons more chances of worms on the surface and infesting the leafy vegetables
4. Due to Vata ( movement) predominance, leafy vegetables will not be health friendly
5. Due to pitaa ( metabolism) suppression the digestive fire will be weak
6. Many people avoid garlic and onion as it can stimulate unnecessary excitements, cause indigestion and distract devotee from pujas and prayers.

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    Changing Practice – Evidence which has changed practice in last one year

Timing of treatment for relapsed ovarian cancer

For most women, second–line treatment for relapsed ovarian cancer should be initiated at the time when signs or symptoms of a disease recurrence are detected, rather than on the basis of an asymptomatic elevation in the CA–125 level. However, this decision should be individualized and based upon an active discussion between physicians and patients of the risks and benefits of early versus delayed treatment.

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11th Perfect Health Parade

The 11th Perfect Health Parade was organized by Heart Care Foundation of India to mark the World Health Day. In the photo: The parade in the form of Tableaus moving around the city to create awareness about various health issues.

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    National News

Eye flu flares up with rain & humidity

NEW DELHI: The pre-monsoon showers and high humidity levels have brought with them the season's first infectious ailment — viral conjunctivitis. The outdoor patient departments (OPDs) of city hospitals are seeing a surge in conjunctivitis cases, apart from a rise in the number of patients with fever and respiratory problems. (Source: TOI, June 25, 2011)

Every pregnant woman must be screened for SCD

NAGPUR: Sunita Dhoke did not know how to react when her paediatrician informed that her child had advance stage sickle cell disease. That is because she did not know what harm it could mean. The ignorance about the disease, which affects a large chunk of population of the region, may prove costly in the long run, declared many NGOs working in the health sector. The Sickle Cell Association, Nagpur (SCAN) has teamed up with Sickle Cell Disease International Organisation (SCDIO) and put forth a demand to the state government to act out stringent regulations of screening and managing the disease.

"Despite the first case of SCD being detected in 1952 in the city, there are no policies framed by the government. The health services related to the defect are being made available in a random and unorganized manner. We have made a proposal with a few suggestions and wish that the government acts on them soon," said Dr Anuradha Shrikhande, president of SCAN and former head of pathology department at the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (IGGMCH). "The disease is more prevalent among a few ethnic groups. While people of African descent are majorly affected across the world, in India it is more common among the scheduled castes and tribes. Since they form around 30% of the population of the region, Central India has many cases of SCD and other diseases like thalassaemia that are grouped as haemoglobinpathy," said Dr Smita Deoloe, president of Nagpur Obstetrics and Gynaecological Society (NOGS). (Source: TOI, Jun 19, 2011)

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    International News

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Study ranks CSF markers that predict Alzheimer's

In patients with mild cognitive impairment, the 42-amino-acid form of amyloid-beta protein (AB-42) in cerebrospinal fluid was not the best predictor of subsequent Alzheimer's disease diagnosis, researchers said. That honor fell to CSF levels of soluble amyloid precursor protein-beta (APP-beta) combined with CSF tau protein, according to Robert Perneczky, MD, of Technical University of Munich in Germany, and colleagues. (Source: Medpage Today)

FDA okays 6-month dose of prostate cancer drug

The FDA has approved a six-month formulation of the prostate cancer drug leuprolide acetate for depot suspension (Lupron Depot). The 45-mg formulation offers a new treatment schedule as an addition to prior approvals for one-, three-, and four-month dosing regimens, a statement from manufacturer Abbott said. The drug is a gonadotropic releasing hormone agonist, which suppresses the production of testosterone and cuts off growth to prostate cancer cells. The drug may also relieve pain and other symptoms associated with advanced prostate cancer, the statement said. (Source: Medpage Today)

ADA: Focus is on early management at Meeting

The best treatments and techniques to use early in the course of type 2 diabetes will highlight sessions here at this year's American Diabetes Association meeting. Prevention, pre-diabetes, and the role of diet and exercise in newly-diagnosed overt disease headline the late-breaking clinical trials session and a special session on trials being simultaneously published in The Lancet. David Kendall, MD, the ADA's chief scientific and medical officer, highlighted two such early releases in particular. One was the Early Activity in Diabetes (Early ACTID) Trial, which compares diet and diet plus exercise in newly-diagnosed type 2 diabetes. How to optimize early medical therapy in screen-detected type 2 diabetes was the subject of another study featured at the Lancet Symposium. (Source: Medpage Today)

FDA panel endorses novel HAE drug

An FDA advisory committee has voted 12-1 to recommend approval for icatibant (Firazyr) to treat hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks. The Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee on Thursday also voted that patients can administer icatibant themselves, making it the first such drug for acute HAE. (Source: Medpage Today)

    Fitness Update

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC, http://www.isfdistribution.com)

DASH diet comes tops overall, followed by the Mediterranean diet

The DASH diet got number 1 ratings by US News & World Report, followed by the Mediterranean diet - for overall benefits. If your aim is simply to lose some weight, then Weight Watchers is the winner, followed by the Raw Food Diet. People diet for various reasons, perhaps vanity, to simply lose weight, as part of treatment for a medical condition, such as diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), or hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), or to improve athletic performance.

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@DeepakChopra: At all times we are the timeless reality, the eternal possibility. The body and mind are time bound symbolic representations

    Spiritual Update

Science behind Hanuman Chalisa

The connection between the Soul (www.god.com) and Spirit (www.GOD.co) and between two Souls (www.god1.com and www.god2.com) is decided by the speed cum bandwidth of the internet and the resistance offered by the mind, intellect and ego.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr. Anupam Sethi Malhotra)

Paid in full

A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car.

Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious, and somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angry, he shouted at his father and said "with all your money, you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house.

Many years passed and the young man had become very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father now was getting old, and thought perhaps he should go see him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things.

When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still gift-wrapped Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages.

His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt.7:11, "And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give to those who ask Him?" As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had wanted. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words PAID IN FULL.

    Pediatric Update

(Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta – The Medicity)

What are the various forms of vitamin A in the body?

There are essentially 3 forms of vitamin A: retinols, beta carotenes, and carotenoids. Retinol, also known as preformed vitamin A, is the most active form and is mostly found in animal sources of food. Beta carotene, also known as provitamin A, is the plant source of retinol from which mammals make two-thirds of their vitamin A. Carotenoids, the largest group of the 3, contain multiple conjugated double bonds and exist in a free alcohol or in a fatty acyl-ester form. In the human body, retinol is the predominant form, and
11-cis-retinol is the active form.

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    Did You Know

(Dr Uday Kakroo)

Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.

    Legal Question of the Day

(Dr MC Gupta, Advocate)

A constable has history of recurrent episodes of Fever and loss of weight and wants a fitness certificate. I thought HIV testing was necessary and sent him to an HIV counsellor for this purpose but the patient refused the test. Please respond to the following questions:

Q. How can I diagnose him properly if he refuses the test?
Ans. You cannot diagnose properly if he refuses the test.

Q. Can I make his testing mandatory through his employer?
Ans. Again NO. You can refuse to give fitness certificate, but you cannot make the test mandatory, unless, the rules and regulations for that particular job require this test.

Let me explain this a bit more

Example 1: Let us assume that the rules and regulations of his job require a vision of 6/6 and that the patient should not be color blindness Now, in that case, you can make Testing of Visual Field and Visual Acuity
Mandatory If he refuses, you can say "NOT FIT"

Example 2: Assume that the rules and regulations of his job requires that he needs to have a minimum chest diameter of x cms and minimal chest expansion of y cms. In this case, you can make chest measurements mandatory. If he refuses, you can say "NOT FIT"

Example 3: If the rules say that the patient should not have fissure or piles, you can make PR Examination Mandatory If he refuses, you can say "NOT FIT" In this case You can make HIV testing mandatory ONLY IF THE RULES SAY that the patient should be HIV Negative.

Q. How can I issue a medically fit certificate if he refuses to test?
Ans. You can not issue a "fit" certificate At the same time, unless the rules say that the patient should be HIV
Negative, you cannot issue a "Not Fit" Certificate also.

Q. Is there any rule to give a medically fit certificate in such cases without testing for HIV?.
Ans. No

Q. Is there any rule to deny a medically fit certificate in such cases?
Ans. No. Please remember that denying a Medical "Fit" Certificate is NOT EQUAL to writing "Not Fit". In this case, you can very well deny.

Q. How to Deny?
Ans. Refer the patient to a medical board, saying that you are not able to come to a conclusion and that you need second and expert opinion.

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient came with uncomplicated falciparum malaria.
Dr.Bad: Start with one drug
Dr.Good: Start with two drugs.
Lesson: Treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria consists of oral therapy with combination of two agents. Artemisinin combination therapies are recommended by the WHO as the first-line treatment of uncomplicated falciparum malaria.

Make Sure

Situation: A patient on 10 units of insulin developed hypoglycemia after taking light breakfast
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was insulin dose not reduced?
Lesson: Make sure that insulin dose is correct. The formula is 500/total daily dose. The value will be the amount of sugar fluctuation with 10 grams of carbohydrates.

    SMS of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us. Samuel Smiles

    GP Pearls

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All fractures in elderly should be considered osteoporotic once pathological (metastatic) fracture is excluded. (The Practitioner 2011;255(1736):2-3)

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    Medicolegal Update

(Dr Sudhir Gupta, Additional Prof, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS)

The viscera for chemical analysis in autopsy

Most poisons are taken orally and the poison due to water content/liquids is likely to be present in the stomach and intestinal contents and their walls.

All poisons after absorption pass through the liver, which is the major detoxifying organ in the body and has the power of concentrating many poisons and making them identifiable when the blood and urine concentrations may have declined to very low levels. The kidney being the organ of excretion contains large amounts of poison, which is excreted into the urine. Viscera (as mentioned below) are preserved in case of any suspected or evident case of death due to poisoning. The doctor conducting autopsy must mention that these viscera has been removed from the body for chemical analysis and it should be treated as an artifact in any further medical examination of corpse

  • Stomach and its contents.
  • If the stomach is empty the wall should be preserved.
  • The upper part of small intestine, about 30cm long, with its contents.
  • Liver, about 500 grams.
  • One kidney or half of each kidney.
  • Brain in case of alcohol death
  • Blood 100ml / minimum 10ml
  • Urine 100ml
    Vitamins—Open Secrets revealed

(Dr Jitendra Ingole, MD Internal Medicine)

Prevention of vitamin D deficiency

Population-wide screening for vitamin D deficiency is not recommended because evidence to support this practice is lacking. However, screening is recommended in adults who are at high risk for deficiency, including those with osteoporosis, obesity, or history of falls. Vitamin D deficiency is defined as serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) level <20 ng/mL (50 nmol/L); however, serum assays are notoriously variable.

Recommended dietary intake for adults is at least 600 IU daily (800 IU for those aged >70); however, some at-risk adults might require 1500 IU. Few foods contain substantial vitamin D naturally, and many adults eat little vitamin D–fortified food and do not get enough sun exposure to maintain vitamin D sufficiency. Blacks and other dark-skinned people are at higher risk for deficiency than whites. Both vitamin D2 (ergocalciferol) and D3 (cholecalciferol) are acceptable as supplements.

(Ref: Holick MF et al. Evaluation, treatment, and prevention of vitamin D deficiency: An Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2011 Jun 6; Epub ahead of print).

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

What is the complete blood count test?

The complete blood count (CBC) is one of the most commonly ordered blood tests. The complete blood count is the calculation of the cellular (formed elements) of blood. These calculations are generally determined by special machines that analyze the different components of blood in less than a minute.

A major portion of the complete blood count is the measure of the concentration of white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in the blood. We recommend screening slides for all abnormal CBC parameters.

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

An 18-year-old student complains of lack of interest in studies for last 6 months. He has frequent quarrels with his parents and has frequent headaches. The most appropriate clinical approach would be to:

1. Leave him as normal adolescent problem.
2. Rule out depression.
3. Rule out migraine.
4. Rule out an oppositional defiant disorder.

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: All of the following are hallucinogens, except:

1. LSD
2. Phenylcyclidine
3. Mescaline
4. Methylphenidate

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: 4. Methylphenidate.

Correct answers received from: Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr. Surendra Bahadur Mathur, Dr Neelam Nath, Dr Deepali Chatterjee, Dr Anil Bairaria

Answer for 25th June Mind Teaser: : 1. Muscarinic acetylcholine receptors
Correct answers received from: Dr N M Goyal Sikar, Dr.U Gaur, Dr.Jayashree, Dr.Bitan Sen,  Dr.A.K.Kela, Dr.Deepali Chatterjee

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

Myth: Funds with highest ‘Star Ratings’ or Rankings make better buys

Beware! While you may be tempted to invest your hard earned money in that 5-Star (*****) Fund, let us throw some light on what could be the consequences of doing the same. Before you jump to any erroneous conclusions, a clarification is in order.

We are not referring here to Astrology, nor does reading horoscopes feature on our agenda. In fact the stars we are speaking about aren't even celestial bodies. Instead, they denote rankings and ratings by various agencies/publications to Mutual Fund Schemes. It is common place for Fund Houses to flaunt the number of *stars* / points their funds have garnered. In turn, the same is utilized by distributors and agents alike, to convince you about the merits of the fund. There is nothing wrong with the idea of granting rankings / star ratings to Mutual Funds. However, you should not completely depend on them.

   Laugh a While

(Dr. GM Singh)


The young mom was almost crazy with her three young kids. She complained to her best friend, "They're driving me nuts!! Such pests. They give me no rest and I'm half way to the funny farm." "What you need is a playpen to separate the kids from yourself," her friend said. So she bought a playpen a few days later, her friend called to ask how things were going.

"Superb! I can't believe it," the young mother said. "I get in that pen with a good book, a chocolate bar, and the kids don't bother me for hours!"

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
DCI Approval Date
Tolperisone HCL 150mg + Paracetamol IP 500mg tablet
For the treatment of patients with acute painful musculoskeletal conditions
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

Exercise blood pressure and cardiovascular outcome

A study of over 4800 asymptomatic normotensive individuals found that a hypertensive response to treadmill testing was associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular death.

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Doctors’ Day Special

Doctors should report errors

It is compulsory in the West to report errors related to medical practice or treatment. Unfortunately, there is no such policy in our country. The Ministry of Health should come out with a policy where doctors can directly enter medical errors on the website. It does not involve disclosure of the name of the doctor or of the patient. This was stated by Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

Reporting errors helps in better treatment in future and in identifying potential side effects of various treatments. A drug approved in US or tried in US patients may not have similar effects when given to Indian patients.

Medical errors do not mean medical negligence. Medical accidents and medical adverse events are part and parcel of medical treatment all over the world.

Dr. Aggarwal said that 80% of medical errors are related to medical prescriptions. One should avoid giving prescriptions on phone. Every time a patient comes to a doctor the doctor must match the drugs prescribed by the doctor and drugs taken by the patients. He cited few common and possible errors as below.

One should never write .3 mg, but write 0.3mg, as .3mg can be mistaken as 3mg. One should never write 3.0mg as it can be mistaken as 30mg. Always write 3 mg. Instead of writing 'U', write 'Units' as 'U' can be mistaken as '0'. For example, 4U of insulin may be misread as 40 or 44, which may have drastic implications for the patient.

Then there are errors that may occur when prescribing over phone. There are drugs whose names sound alike. For example, Isoprin can be mistaken as Isoptin. Artamin can be misheard as Arkamin. Names of some drugs can be misunderstood on the phone. For example, Amlopres-AT can be written down as Amplopres 80; Drotin can be understood as ‘Do Teen’ (2-3).

Some drugs look alike, they may have similar shapes or colour or may have similar looking packaging. This can cause the patient to choose the wrong drug, a serious error.

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The one–day conference will provide total insight into all the medicolegal and ethical issues concerning the practicing doctors. Both medical and legal experts will interact with the delegates on important issues.
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September 30th to October 2nd, 2011, Worldcon 2011 – XVI World Congress of Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques at The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), INDIA

from Sept 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.
• Provisional Scientific Program at http://worldcon2011.org/day1.html
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• Abstract submission at http://worldcon2011.org/scientificprogram.html
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• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

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Medifilmfest (1st International Health Film Festival in Delhi)

October 14–23, 2011, As part of 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011(Screening of films October 14–17, Jury Screening at Jamia Hamdarad University Auditorium October 18–19, award winning films at TalKatora Stadium October 19–23, 2011)
Organized by: Heart Care Foundation of India, World Fellowships of Religions, FACES, Bahudha Utkarsh Foundation and Dept of Health and Family Welfare Govt of NCT of Delhi.
Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).
Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

Categories:Competitive category/ Non Competitive category/ Special screening
Sub Categories:

1. General: Documentaries, animation films, corporate films, Ad films, TV health programs/reports, health chat shows.

2. Special: Short instances of "depiction of wrong health messages" through the films.

Subjects: Health, disease, sanitation, yoga, spiritual health, environment, social issues, food, better living, Indigenous healing, medical tourism, visual & medical anthropology, gender sensitization, health journalism. Duration: 0–10 seconds; <30 minutes, 30–60 minutes, 1–3 hours. Language: English or Hindi, or sub tilled in English/Hindi. Fee: No fees from participants. Entry to the film show free. Format: Any format duly converted into DVD (compatible to the latest players/systems) Boarding, Lodging and Travel Expenses: Own, the participants may raise their own sponsorships

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