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Padma Shri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee
Dr KK Aggarwal
President, Heart Care Foundation of India; Sr Consultant Physician, Cardiologist & Dean Medical Education Moolchand Medcity; Chairman Ethical Committee Delhi Medical Council; Chairman (Delhi Chapter) International Medical Sciences Academy; Hony Director IMA AKN Sinha Institute (08–09); Hony Finance Secretary National IMA (07–08); Chairman IMA Academy of Medical Specialties (06–07); President Delhi Medical Association (05–06), President IMA New Delhi Branch (94–95, 02–04); Editor in Chief IJCP Group & Hony. Visiting Professor (Clinical Research) DIPSAR

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    Health Videos …
Nobility of medical profession Video 1 to 9 Health and Religion Video 1–7
DD Take Care Holistically Video 1–4 Chat with Dr KK On life Style Disorders
Health Update Video 1–15 Science and Spirituality
Obesity–Towards all Pathy Consensus ALLOVEDA: A Dialogue with Dr KK Aggarwal
  Editorial …

6th September 2012, Thursday

What is the purpose of a birthday?

A birthday is usually regarded as a special day in a person’s life. But, I believe that each day is a special day in a person’s life…a gift from God.

Each birthday we are one year older and hopefully wiser. It is the day when we reflect on the year gone by, our unfulfilled tasks and our future goals.

Birthdays reminds us of our purpose in life, which are Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha. Dharma, which means to hold together, is one which unites people and earning money (righteous earning) for that act is Artha. These righteous acts should be directed towards fulfilling the desires of acquiring inner happiness…Kama and Moksha.

I am deeply touched by the blessings and greetings from all of you on my 54th birthday. I reciprocate with my best wishes to each one of you.

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    Constipation Update

How can constipation be described?

Constipation is characterized either by unsatisfactory defecation, infrequent stools, or difficulty with stool passage. In older adults, constipation may be associated with fecal impaction and fecal incontinence. Fecal impaction can cause stercoral ulceration, bleeding, and anemia.

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    Photo Feature (from the HCFI Photo Gallery)

Inter Religion Seminar on Diet, Health & Religion

An Inter Religion Seminar on Diet, Health & Religion was organized at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in association with Heart Care Foundation of India. The session was moderated by Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India. Over 9 religions participated in the seminar. In the Photo: Dr KK Aggarwal being blessed by religious scholars

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    National News

More cancer awareness programme for medical students

JODHPUR: With an aim to tackle the estimated spurt of 500% in cancer cases in the country in the next two decades, the Union government has signed an MoU with the Indian Cooperative Oncology Network (ICON), a national body of cancer specialists specializing in cancer training, teaching, education and cooperative cancer clinical trials in India. The objective of the MoU is to conduct cancer awareness and education (CME) in all the 315 odd medical colleges of the country for undergraduate and post–graduate medical students. Hemant Malhotra, head of medical oncology (SMS Medical College) and the programme director of CME, known as PromOTE (Promoting of Oncology Training and Education), said recognising the gravity of the situation and the relative lack of knowledge and interest in the medical students – both UGs and PGs –regarding cancer, this programme is expected to make them better acquainted with oncology, to ensure early diagnosis and better treatment of cancer patients. Malhotra said according to WHO’s observation, more than two–thirds of all the cancer deaths annually will be recorded in developing countries. "Indian cancer registry data suggest that one in every 10 Indians will develop cancer in his/her lifetime. The diagnosis, work-up and the management of the cancer patient has undergone a dramatic change in the past 20 years and today more than 50% of all cancer cases can be cured," Malhotra added. The first CME of the state was held in Jodhpur at the S N Medical College on Sunday and the next CME will take place in the SMS Medical College in Jaipur.

Jodhpur’s SN Medical College also became the state’s first medical college to have connected with the high speed National Knowledge Network with the help of National Informatics Centre (NIC), which provided technical support to the college. This landmark initiative paved way for the state’s first Tele–CME through video conferencing recently, establishing contact of the SN Medical College with Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto). (Source: TOI, Sep 5, 2012)

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4th Dil Ka Darbar

September 23, 2012, 9:00 AM–6:00 PM , Tal Katora Indoor Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi

A non stop question answer–session between all top cardiologists of the NCR region and the public.

My Profession My Concern

Identifying methods

Lists of high–alert medications

Classes/Categories of Medications

  1. Adrenergic agonists, IV (Epinephrine, phenylephrine, norepinephrine)
  2. Adrenergic antagonists, IV propranolol, metoprolol, labetalol)
  3. Anesthetic agents, general, inhaled and IV (propofol, ketamine)
  4. Antiarrhythmics, IV (lidocaine, amiodarone)
  5. Antithrombotic agents: anticoagulants (warfarin, low–molecular–weight heparin, IV unfractionated heparin)
  6. Factor Xa inhibitors (fondaparinux)
  7. Direct thrombin inhibitors (argatroban, bivalirudin, dabigatran etexilate, lepirudin)
  8. Thrombolytics (alteplase, reteplase, tenecteplase)
  9. Glycoprotein IIb/IIIa inhibitors (eptifibatide)
  10. Cardioplegic solutions
  11. Chemotherapeutic agents, parenteral and oral
  12. Dextrose, hypertonic, 20% or greater
  13. Dialysis solutions, peritoneal and hemodialysis
  14. Epidural or intrathecal medications
  15. Hypoglycemics, oral inotropic medications, IV (digoxin, milrinone)
  16. Insulin, subcutaneous and IV
  17. Liposomal forms of drugs (e.g., liposomal amphotericin B) and conventional counterparts (e.g., amphotericin B desoxycholate)
  18. Moderate sedation agents, IV (dexmedetomidine, midazolam)
  19. Moderate sedation agents, oral, for children (e.g., chloral hydrate)
  20. Narcotics/opioids IV, transdermal, oral (including liquid concentrates, immediate and sustained-release formulations)
  21. Neuromuscular blocking agents (e.g., succinylcholine, rocuronium, vecuronium)
  22. Parenteral nutrition preparations
  23. Radiocontrast agents, IV sterile water for injection, inhalation, and irrigation (excluding pour bottles) in containers of 100 mL or more sodium chloride for injection, hypertonic, greater than 0.9% concentration

Specific medications

  1. Epoprostenol IV
  2. Magnesium sulfate injection
  3. Methotrexate (oral, non–oncologic use)
  4. Opium tincture
  5. Oxytocin IV
  6. Nitroprusside sodium for injection
  7. Potassium chloride for injection concentrate
  8. Potassium phosphate injection
  9. Promethazine IV
  10. Vasopressin (IV or intraosseous)

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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.

Certificate courses in 2D and 3D Echocardiography/Fellowship Diploma in non invasive cardiology Contact Dr KK Aggarwal, Moolchand Medcity, email: emedinews@gmail.com

    Valvular Heart Disease Update

Should angiograms be done in all patients with valvular heart disease in the elderly?

Coronary artery disease is common in the elderly patients with valvular heart disease. When valve surgery is indicated in them coronary angiography is indicated to assess the need for concomitant coronary artery bypass surgery.

(Experts: Dr Bhabha Nanda Das and Dr Ganesh K Mani, Dr. Yugal Mishra, Dr Deepak Khurana, Dr K S Dagar, Dr Rajesh Kaushish, Dr K S Rathor, Dr Sandeep Singh and Dr KK Aggarwal)

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    International News

(Contributed by Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Antibiotics relieve acute exacerbations of mild to moderate COPD

Antibiotics relieved acute exacerbations of mild to moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and delayed the time to further exacerbations in a recent trial. But because the placebo group also did very well, the researchers aren't ready to advocate for antibiotics. (Source: Medscape)

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Organic foods may not be more nutritious

There’s no solid evidence that organic foods are healthier than those produced conventionally, according to a review of several studies. (Source: Medpage Today)

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HIV care, outcomes getting better

People living with HIV in the U.S. may be doing better at getting treatment and controlling their virus, researchers reported. The long–running North American AIDS Cohort Collaboration on Research and Design has seen significant increases in the proportion of patients who were on highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), according to Keri Althoff, PhD, of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and colleagues. And there have also been increases in the proportion with a suppressed viral load from 2000 to 2008, Althoff and colleagues reported in the Sept. 4 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: Medpage Today)

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Healthcare workers view hand hygiene reminders unfavorably

Healthcare workers do not appear to support being reminded to wash their hands by patients, according to the findings of a cross–sectional study. Yves Longtin, MD, from Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec in Quebec City, Canada, and colleagues presented their findings in an article published online September 3 in the Archives of Internal Medicine. The authors mention that the concept of having patients remind healthcare workers about the importance of hand hygiene has been promoted. "This strategy has been recommended by a large number of organizations and authorities worldwide, including the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," the authors write. "However, very little is known about (healthcare workers’) views of such programs." (Source: Medscape)

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    Twitter of the Day

@DrKKAggarwal: DD India’s Take Care Holistically–Cholesterol…http://youtu.be/tyXCfASk0fU

@DeepakChopra: What are Adaptogens? How are they affecting stress? Please watch my #askdeepak video reply

    Spiritual Update

(Dr KK Aggarwal, Group Editor in Chief, IJCP Group of Publications and eMedinews)

Why touching another person with the foot is regarded as an act of disrespect?

All human beings in Vedic literature are considered GOD. Therefore touching another with the feet is akin to disrespecting the divinity within him or her. This calls for an immediate apology, which is offered with reverence and humility.

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    4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course (APVIC)
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  • Excerpts of a talk and interview with Dr. Jacques Busquet by Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Editor–in–Chief Cardiology eMedinewS Read More
  • 4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course – Dr KK Aggarwal with Faculty Read More
  • Press Conference on 4th Asia Pacific Vascular Intervention Course – Dr KK Aggarwal with Faculty Read More
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    Infertility Update (Dr Kaberi Banerjee, IVF expert, New Delhi)

What is the impact of cigarette smoking on reproduction in women?

Active smoking by either partner has adverse effects, and the impact of passive cigarette smoke exposure is only slightly smaller than for active smoking. Research indicates that cigarette smoking is harmful to a woman’s ovaries, and the degree of harm is dependent upon the amount and the period of time a woman smokes. Smoking appears to accelerate the loss of eggs and reproductive function and may advance the time of menopause by several years. Smoking is strongly associated with an increased risk of spontaneous miscarriage and possibly ectopic pregnancy as well. Pregnant smokers are more likely to have low birth weight babies and premature birth. The incidence of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) also increases in households where someone smokes.

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    Tat Tvam Asi………and the Life Continues……

(Dr N K Bhatia, Medical Director, Mission Jan Jagriti Blood Bank)

Emergency/life threatening circumstances informed consent not obtained

Because of emergency/life threatening medical condition, I have not provided the patient with enough information sufficient to be considered informed consent and I have proceeded with ordering blood or blood products to be administered in sufficient quantity to alter, improve or reverse the emergence/life threatening situation of the patient’s.

Time:…………………………           Patient’s name:…………………………

Date:…………………………           Physician’s name:…………………………

                                                          Physician signature:…………………………

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    An Inspirational Story (Ms Ritu Sinha)

Things are not always as they appear

There was once a man who was ship–wrecked and stranded on an island. Every day he prayed asking God to send someone to rescue him, but to his disappointment, no one ever came.

Months passed and this man learned how to survive on the island. During this time, he accumulated things from the island and stored them in a hut that he constructed. One day after hunting for food and returning back to his hut, much to his dismay he saw that his hut was on fire along with everything else he owned!

All of his possessions were going up in smoke! The only thing he had left were the clothes on his back. Initially he was in shock, and then he was consumed with anger and rage!

In his fury he threw a fist into the air and began cursing God and yelling, "God, how could you let this happen to me? I’ve been praying everyday for months about being rescued and no one has come, and now everything that I have is on fire! How could you do to this to me! Why did you let this happen?"

Later the man was on his hands and knees weeping heavily when he happened to look up and catch sight of a ship coming in his direction. The man was rescued and as they were heading back to civilization the man asked the captain, "How were you able to find me?"

The captain responded, "We were voyaging across the ocean when we noticed on the horizon a column of smoke going up. We decided to go check it out and when we did, that’s when we found you!"

In life we are going to be confronted with challenges, problems, and disasters. But keep in mind that what the devil has meant for bad, God can transform into your good! What is a catastrophe can sometimes be a blessing in disguise. "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all." Psalms 34:17–19

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    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient of CAD developed dengue.
Dr Bad: Start paracetamol.
Dr Good: Start paracetamol and also stop low dose aspirin.
Lesson: Low dose aspiring should be discontinued in dengue.

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Make Sure

Situation: A patient with cough of more than 4 weeks duration came with blood in his sputum.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was TB not suspected earlier?
Lesson: Make sure that all patients with cough of more than 3 weeks duration are investigated for TB.

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  Quote of the Day (Dr GM Singh)

Losers want an easy life without any suffering or hardship. Winners know that what one sows is what one reaps. They know that efforts and action do not go unnoticed. They progress through trials and errors, without giving up.

    Legal Question of the Day (Dr MC Gupta)

Q. The public information officer gave false information. What can the State information Commission do in this regard? What other action can be taken? Can a criminal complaint be made against him?


  1. The State information Commission, on appeal, can impose a fine upon the PIO.
  2. If the PIO is governed by a professional council (such as medical/dental/pharmacy/architects/nursing/paramedical/press/legal(bar council) etc., a complaint against him can be made to the Council concerned.
  3. A complaint can be made to the superior officers of the person concerned in the govt. department/ministry as appropriate.
  4. Your attention is drawn to section 177, IPC, reproduced below:
    "Section 177. Furnishing false information Whoever, being legally bound to furnish information on any subject to any public servant, as such, furnishes, as true, information on the subject which he knows or has reason to believe to be false, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months, or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both; or, if the information which he is legally bound to give respects the commission of an offence, or is required for the purpose of preventing the commission of an offence, or in order to the apprehension of an offender, with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.


  • A, a landholder, knowing of the commission of a murder within the limits of his estate, wilfully misinforms the Magistrate of the district that the death has occurred by accident in consequence of the bite of a snake. A is guilty of the offence defined in this section.
  • A, a village watchman, knowing that a considerable body of strangers has passed through his village in order to commit a dacoity in the house of Z, a wealthy merchant residing in a neighbouring place, and being bound under clause 5, section VII, 1(Regulation III, 1821), of the Bengal Code, to give early and punctual information of the above fact to the officer of the nearest police–station, wilfully misinforms the police–officer that a body of suspicious characters passed through the village with a view to commit dacoity in a certain distant place in a different direction. Here A is guilty of the offence defined in the later part of this section.

    Explanation––In section 176 and in this section the word "offence" includes any act committed at any place out of 3(India), which, if committed in 3(India), would be punishable under any of the following sections, namely, 302, 304, 382, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 402, 435, 436, 449, 450, 457, 458, 459 and 460; and the word "offender" includes any person who is alleged to have been guilty of any such act."
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    Lab Update (Dr Navin Dang and Dr Arpan Gandhi)


Lipase is an enzyme produced by the pancreas to help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

  • Very high levels in blood can be due to acute pancreatitis.
  • High levels are also found with pancreatic duct obstruction, pancreatic cancer, and other pancreatic diseases.
  • Moderately increased lipase values may occur with kidney disease, salivary gland inflammation, a bowel obstruction, or peptic ulcer disease.

Low levels may indicate permanent damage to the lipase–producing cells in the pancreas.

    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

A patient is hemorrhaging from multiple trauma sites. The nurse expects that compensatory mechanisms associated with hypovolemia would cause all of the following symptoms EXCEPT

A. Hypertension
B. Oliguria
C. Tachycardia
D. Tachypnea

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: Maria refuses to acknowledge that her breast was removed. She believes that her breast is intact under the dressing. The nurse should

A. Call the MD to change the dressing so Kathy can see the incision
B. Recognize that Kathy is experiencing denial, a normal stage of the grieving process
C. Reinforce Kathy’s belief for several days until her body can adjust to stress of surgery.
D. Remind Kathy that she needs to accept her diagnosis so that she can begin rehabilitation exercises.

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: B. Recognize that Kathy is experiencing denial, a normal stage of the grieving process

Correct answers received from: Dr PC Das, Dr (Maj. Gen.) Anil Bairaria, Dr Pankaj Agarwal, Dr K Raju, Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Muthumperumal Thirumalpillai, Dr Avtar Krishan.

Answer for 4th September Mind Teaser: D. Aluminum hydroxide

Correct answers received from:
Rajiv Kohli, Dr BB Aggarwal, Kanta Jain, Dr Thakur Om Prakash Singh, pravin patel, Dr Thakor Hitendrsinh G.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Laugh a While (Dr GM Singh)

Science lesson

Miss Jones had been giving her second–grade students a lesson on science. She had explained about magnets and showed how they would pick up nails and other bits of iron.

Now it was question time, and she asked, "My name begins with the letter ‘M’ and I pick up things. What am I?"

Little Johnny in the front row proudly said, "You’re a mother!"

    Fertility Update (Dr S K Verma, Consultant Ophthalmologist, New Delhi)

Development of sperm from skin

Scientists have succeeded in making early stage sperm from human skin tissue. The technique could potentially help, thousands of infertile men, including survivors of childhood cancer fulfilling their dream of fatherhood with their own gene. This breakthrough could also lead to a new contraceptive and a miracle pill for infertility. Scientists have already succeeded in coaxing embryonic stem cells from embryos in their first day of life into turning into sperm.

The team led by Dr. Charles Easley of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine used cocktail of nutrient chemicals to wind back the biological clock in skin cells turning them into genetically normal round cells which were just a few steps away from mature sperm that is elongated cell with tail. The technique is still many years away from use in clinic. Other research teams are trying to make eggs from women’s skin, raising the possibility of eggs and sperms being used to create children through entirely artificial means. Critics argue it is wrong to meddle with the building block of life and warn of a future in which babies are created entirely through artificial means (Courtesy: Daily Mail UK Online Sept. 1 2012)

    Medicolegal Update

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

What is medical fasting?

  • Various blood tests require a fasting of up to 12–16 hours so that a baseline normalcy of blood can be established.
  • The patient is asked to remain in a fasting state for medical reasons: surgery or other procedures of diagnostic or therapeutic intervention that require anesthetic. The presence of food in a person’s system can cause complications when they are anesthetized; medical personnel strongly suggest that their patients fast for several hours before the procedure.
  • Some animal studies show that fasting every other day while eating double the normal amount of food on non–fasting days led to better insulin control, neuronal resistance to injury, and health indicators similar to mice on calorie restricted diets.
  • Patient refusal of nutrition and hydration in terminal illness: "within the contexts of adequate palliative care, the refusal of food and fluids does not contribute to suffering among the terminally ill" and might actually contribute to a comfortable passage from life: "At least for some persons, starvation does correlate with reported euphoria."
  • In homeopathic medicine, fasting is seen as a way of cleansing the body of toxins, dead or diseased tissues, and giving the gastrointestinal system a rest. During fasts, water, fruit and vegetable juices are usually taken on choice.

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    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

Eat less to live more: An all–religion consensus

Inaugurating an Inter Religion Seminar on Diet, Health & Religion at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Shri J. Veeraraghavan, Chairman, Bhavan’s K.M. Munshi Institute of Educational Leadership and Management said that a healthy mind stays in a healthy body and for a healthy body, it is important to take a balanced diet. All religions agree that one should eat in moderation and consume a variety of food.

The session was moderated by Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, who said that it has now been proved by modern medicine that longer the waistline shorter the life. A balanced diet means consuming all seven colours and six tastes in diet.

Sh. Ashok Pradhan, Director, BVB, Delhi Kendra said that it is an old age Upanishad saying that the less you eat the more you live.

Over 9 religions participated in the seminar.

Prof. Sunil Kumar Member, Managing Committee, Ramakrishna Mission said that Hinduism recognizes that people are different because of their ‘ahaara’, which means not just diet or food we eat, but everything that our mind intakes through our 5 sense organs! The subtlest part of the food that we eat goes to form the mind, and therefore the purity and quality of all ahaara not just food is important. Satvik food, which is fresh, simple, wholesome, including non–vegetarian food, is generally helpful for those Satvik people who are consciously striving towards the holistic and healthy worldview of ‘oneness’. For the majority of people, who are ever active, righteous conduct is more important.

Dr Shikha Sharma, Wellness Expert said that even blood groups can help your diet patterns.

Dr. Shridhar Dwivedi, Dean & Principal, Professor of Medicine/Preventive Cardiology, Hamdard Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Hamdard University said that Islam as such forbids consumption of pork, alcohol and anything, which is detrimental or obnoxious to human health or soul as it considers that we are mere custodians of the priceless gift of the Almighty God. It is under this surmise that Jehangir had prohibited use of tobacco or smoking in the 17th century. Muslims by and large follow rigid dietary guidelines (no pork, no alcohol) and are required to wash specific parts of the body before each of the required daily periods of prayer. Further they observe ‘roja’ for one month during the holy month of ‘Ramadan’, which is again a very healthy practice, if followed as per the strict tenets of Islam.

Sister Prabha Varghese said that in Christianity, diet varies with tradition. Some people choose to fast on particular religious holy days. Catholic Christians fast and abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Some but not all Catholics also abstain from meat on all the Fridays of the year. Hospitalized or ill patients are excused.

Dr. AK Merchant of the Baha’i faith said, Baha’u’llah says: "Eat ye, O people, of the good things which God hath allowed you, and deprive not yourselves from the wondrous bounties…" Consumption of alcohol is prohibited. It includes when alcohol is taken as a drink as well as in cooking. For example, wine in sauces, sherry in trifles, and so on. The Baha’i teachings permit the eating of all foods. There is nothing in the Baha’i teachings about whether people should eat their food cooked or raw, nor is it forbidden to eat meat. The only dietary law is the prohibition of alcohol, which is forbidden except for medicinal purposes. Baha’is believe that living a simple life, abstaining from the use of alcohol and mind–altering drugs is beneficial to spiritual development, greatly reduces illness and has a good effect on character and conduct. It may be further mentioned that if a person can live on a purely vegetarian diet, it would be most beneficial.

Rabbi Ezekiel Isaac Malekar said that traditional Jews observe the dietary restrictions known as Kashrut; they "keep Kosher". That means that they eat only those fish, fowl, and animals allowed in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14: specifically, fish with scales and fins (no shell fish), domestic fowl (chicken, turkey, etc., no birds of prey), and animals whose hooves are parted and who chew their cud. Moreover, fowl and animals must be slaughtered in a specific way, the blood must be drained from the meat, and no dairy products may be served with a meat meal.

Dr. Shernaz Cama said that from the earliest times, the Iranians ate the flesh of domesticated animals and birds. Meat, poultry and fish was either roasted or cooked or fried before eating and eaten with various kinds of vegetables fruits, and dry fruits and consumed with milk, yogurt drink and alcohol. Animal food was used in the sacred feasts and festivals or in funeral repasts. To be constantly alert against evil, excess – gluttony, and deficiency – fasting is forbidden.

Zoroastrianism has no food products that are forbidden and consuming alcohol, especially wine, is considered a religious duty.

Sh J Jolly said that Sikhism talks about earning livelihood with honesty and hard work. Body should be cared for in order to attain spiritual evolution. One should eat less, sleep less and talk less. Sikhism does not talk about fast and says it is not necessary but one should eat in moderation. Sweet foods should be avoided as many of them may cause disease. Sikhism does not restrict one to be a vegetarian but with spiritual advancements one automatically shifts towards vegetarianism Sikhism says big NO to alcohol. Smoking is considered as a cardinal sin. One should avoid foods, which may end up with physical and mental sufferings.

Samani Charitra Prajna said that the core principle of Jainism is Nonviolence. Food is the main source of energy to survive. Bhagwan Mahavir talked about two types of diet – Hitkari (Beneficial) and Mitkari (Moderate). Jains are lacto vegetarian and even many are vegans. Many avoid root vegetables in their diet. Among the seven prohibited addictions, alcohol is one.

Fasting is a way of penance for purification of consciousness. There are many ways of fasting like abandon of all kinds of food for a day or more, unodari – that means eat less than hunger, ras parityag – give up food like butter, milk, oil for few days etc. In Jainism, there is a mention of abstinence from night eating. Acharya Hemchandra, in Yoga Shastra, says that the digestive system becomes inactive after sunset. So this time is not suitable to eat.

Dr. T.D. Kartsang said that Buddhism strictly prohibits alcohol. For meat you have to kill a sentient being, which is the biggest sin. Therefore consuming any kind of meat is not encouraged or appreciated but also not strictly prohibited as some of the countries which are geographically at high altitudes and where plantation is not possible, people have to depend on animal products like meat, milk and butter etc.

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Dil Ka Darbar

September 23, 2012 at 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tal Katora Indoor Stadium, Connaught Place, New Delhi, 110001
A non stop question answer-session between all the top cardiologists of the NCR region and the public. Event will be promoted through hoardings, our publications and the press. Public health discussions



Weekend Retreat for Doctors on
Mind – Body – Medicine

8 (Sat) – 9 (Sun) September 2012 At Brahma Kumaris Om Shanti Retreat Centre NH–8, Bhorakalan, Pataudi Road, Bilaspur Chowk, Distt.-Gurgaon

Visit us at: www.togetherwecan.in
Contact: BK Sister Sapna – M – 9650692204
E–mail: bksapna108@gmail.com

    eMedinewS Special

1. IJCP’s ejournals (This may take a few minutes to open)

2. eMedinewS audio PPT (This may take a few minutes to download)

3. eMedinewS audio lectures (This may take a few minutes to open)

4. eMedinewS ebooks (This may take a few minutes to open)

Activities eBooks


  Playing Cards

  Dadi Ma ke Nuskhe

  Personal Cleanliness

  Mental Diseases

  Perfect Health Mela

  FAQs Good Eating

  Towards Well Being

  First Aid Basics

  Dil Ki Batein

  How to Use

  Pesticides Safely

    Our Contributors

Dr Veena Aggarwal, Dr Arpan Gandhi, Dr Aru Handa, Dr Ashish Verma, Dr A K Gupta, Dr Brahm Vasudev, Dr GM Singh, Dr Jitendra Ingole, Dr Kaberi Banerjee (banerjee.kaberi@gmail.com), Dr Monica Vasudev, Dr MC Gupta, Dr Neelam Mohan (drneelam@yahoo.com), Dr Navin Dang, Dr Pawan Gupta(drpawangupta2006@yahoo.com), Dr Parveen Bhatia, (bhatiaglobal@gmail.com), Dr Prabha Sanghi, Dr Prachi Garg, Rajat Bhatnagar (http://www.isfdistribution.com), Dr. Rajiv Parakh, Dr Sudhir Gupta