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Sunday, September 20, 2015

How we have lost the right path of health care

It is really unfortunate that the ‘Health Care’ has become a medical terminology. When animals are really good at health care, we human beings struggle to maintain our health.  The domesticated animals or animals that feed on food discarded by human, suffer from diseases because they have started eating foods that are not suitable for them.

In India there should have been a strong culture aimed towards heath care. Health care is each individual’s own responsibility. So the way of life, the daily activities and the food we take were aimed towards maintaining health. To ensure that everyone follows, the daily program was packed into culture. Hinduism is not a religion at all. There is no one God. One can worship the God in the form of man or woman or animals like monkey, elephant, snack, dog, lion, pig, eagle etc. The image of the man or the women can have innumerable variants. There can be any name and to give evidence to each name there are endless stories. Gods can be saluted, worshiped, meditated and can be surrendered according to one’s own momentary requirement to become peaceful. God need not be worshiped also. So how Hinduism can be called a religion? It is just the path to understand ourselves as a part of nature and get synchronized with nature.

Our ancestors had perfect understanding of human physiology and anatomy. They had also known that everything we do, we consume, we think, we speak and feel has an effect on the body and mind. So they developed the Yogic principle to lead a life in which health care is inbuilt. Yoga is grossly mistaken to be mystic procedures not for common men. Schools teach some postures of yogasana as a part of physical training.  Physical training is always optional and there is no examination. A mind set has been created over years that only when there is an examination something should be learnt. Also while recruiting no company checks the knowledge of an individual with respect to physical exercises. So, physical exercises are not learnt properly.

The food culture has been under severe attack over years. There was no place in our Indian culture to sell any cooked food. In Indian literature, there is reference only to inns where food was served free. Otherwise food was used to be carried in parcel from home. Then there came some vegetarian restaurants when people started travelling more because of automobiles and locomotives.

Later on, the British rule brought in a food culture that might have introduced bread and jam in the food. These were the products made in industry. This was an impact of industrial revolution.  Biscuits and health drinks got added to the food. The bottled cola also entered our life. Confectionery items became the much preferred little sweets for the children. The obvious reasons were that they were very sweet, not oily or sticky and were wrapped in attractive papers. For a very long time these were the only few industry made items. The milk chocolate bars were slow to become popular because of storage problems in a tropical country like India. However when shops were equipped with refrigerators bar chocolates also found a place in the list of luxury food stuff.

Now there are sophisticated restaurants in length and breadth of India. They serve an extremely long list of cuisine. There is an abundance of non-vegetarian food preparations. Those who are fortunate to have money and access to these restaurants, greatly relish the taste in the posh ambience of warm light and courteous waiters. The less fortunate fact that remains concealed beneath all these beauty and taste is the ingredients that go into making of these.

Many of us have become crazy when it comes to ice creams. We like to eat as much as possible sometimes even after a heavy lunch or dinner till we feel full and heavy. Sometimes the flavor is so tempting that we like to try a little more but could not.

So what we eat has gone out our control. Applying the established Indian wisdom our heath will also go out of control. So we invite all diseases by our poor eating habits and depend on an interventional health care practice of eating medicines and accepting surgical procedures.

As on today most of the organisms causing diseases and infections can be controlled by antibiotics. However this luxury is going to vanish in about 30 years from today. The organisms would have developed resistance to all antibiotics and the less fortunate who get infected will die. So the present health care practices are not going to work. A project chartered by the British government known as the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, estimates that the worldwide toll right now is 700,000 deaths a year and if we cannot get this under control by 2050, not long, the worldwide toll will be 10 million deaths a year.

The only option left to us is to become cautious of the food we eat. We cannot be sure of the different chemicals that are added in processed foods and foods in restaurant. Also mostly the farm bread meat is full of antibiotics and toxins. Though we cannot practically stop taking, we can reduce the consumption of farm bread meat namely chicken, prawns and some fishes.

We have to rediscover our ancient food culture. In India we have a great food culture that fits into the Indian climatic conditions. The food culture is different to every state. So if we are in southern states we will have to follow a rice rich food culture. If we are in northern states we have to follow wheat rich food culture. There is no place for grains like oats, corn and palm oil, refined oil and hydrogenated oils.

We have to totally avoid taking packed food and in particular reduce the intake of milk. Our culture is to take butter milk, butter and ghee in small amounts. Babies should necessarily be breast fed and milk powder may be used to supplement in case of inadequate mother’s milk.

These days we get mill polished rice . Rice with only husk removed is preferable. Now we can very easily build machines to effectively do this job. Maida is a concentrated carbohydrate with gross imbalance. Consumption in any form like parotta and naan could be avoided as much as possible. White sugar is also a concentrated sugar and gets into the blood stream very fast. It is better to avoid eating white sugar in any form.  Biscuits are also to be taken only if required and very occasionally. The preservatives added will definitely harm health. 

We should stop taking all health drinks. We need not believe the claims that they act as planned food and are essential food supplement. Vitamins and food supplements are required only for diseased body and that too as long as the disease exists.

There are good books in Tamil written by Dr.Sivaraman explaining the dietary values of our traditional South Indian foods. We should make conscious efforts to include these food items in our daily food.

We may have to identify the fruits of our soil and include them in our regular diet. Why should we pay through the nose for Kabul pomegranates, apples and kiwi fruits that are imported? They are expensive but are not appropriate for our climate.
Now days, both husband and wife are employed. Most of them are employed in corporate sector. There is hardly any time for them to think about food and exercise. So unless they make conscious efforts, health care is going to be expensive and yet physically and mentally painful. One will have to spend tremendous amount of time in waiting in the hospitals.

Please understand the fact that you cannot eat money. All your luxury flats are of least value to you if you do not have good health. Times have changed. Do not be total slave to corporate and MNC companies.    

Physical exercise should become a part of our daily life. We have to reinvent the techniques of fasting and get practiced to plain water enema procedures. The physical exercises using any equipment like tread mill is not recommended. The whole body exercise Suryanamaskar is the only fully balanced exercise that will help to keep your digestive system, immune system and physical energy in perfect form.
This article is a wake-up call to everyone who reads this. Recommend this to your friends.
Hope you will focus on the right path to healthy living.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Medical Treatment to Old men and Old women

It is really sympathetic to see old men and old women suffering from diseases. More than the sufferings, their misunderstanding about the nature of their diseases is awful. I could make this statement from my own experiences with the ailing old people.

My experience started with my own grandmother who was very old even when I was a boy. She had perpetual swelling in one of her legs but however she managed to walk and do household works. She was not taking any Allopathic medicine. She used to eat moderately, as I remember, sometimes skipping her dinner or having just a bun for her supper. Only when she was down with fever I used to bring in a doctor to our home. Unlike today, doctors those days were service minded and could understand the difficulties of elderly people. The doctors used to analyse the symptoms. They were using simple instruments like thermometers and the stethoscopes and with that and by their knowledge of observing pulse rate they treated their patients with very little medicine and with abundance of love. They liked to be respected as doctors more than being respected as rich men or women. With that kind of treatments and food habits her journey through her old age to death was smooth. She suffered only briefly before she died as an octogenarian.

Then I saw the old age ailments of three of my septuagenarian friends. Two of them were government officers who knew very little about medicine. They thought doctors can treat their diseases and medicines can cure their ailments. They were never bothered about the foods that they ate. No doubt they were diabetic and their understanding of diabetes is that they should not take sugar or sweets made out of sugar. If they felt like taking, they ate the sweets and gulped down an extra dose of the medicine for controlling the extra load.

One died of complications in angioplasty after a heart attack. The complication gave a block in the blood vessel in the brain that lead to paralysis and he died daily mentally and one fine day died physically also.

The other one died in his late seventies after a prolonged illness though he had lot of hope that he will recover since some astrologer had predicted that he will live beyond 85 years of age. He had faith in medicines and astrology but never understood what he had to eat for food.

Now it is the turn of my parents. The ailing has already started. I have consulted a dozen Allopathic doctors all with masters’ degree in medicine and surgery. One Homeopathic Doctor and two Ayurvedic doctors were also in the list of doctors who were so far unsuccessful in treating.

The obvious problem that I see in them is that they don’t accept any moderation in the food they eat. The ‘Stomach-full’ eating habits could not be changed. They challenge that eating doesn’t cause any disease. The excess that they eat aggravates the diseases and the quality of their daily life is becoming worse day by day.

They only complain that I am not able to spot the 16th doctor. I am really confused because I could not logically make out how a doctor could ever treat if my parents don’t want to change their food habits. However just like everyone else I follow the myth that the doctors can cure in spite of the bad food habits.

The whole purpose of writing these stories is to bring in awareness to the readers that they need to take active steps in understanding what healthcare is all about. The modern hospital health care system is damn good in overhauling and plumbing works. They have also started doing spare parts replacement jobs. Plenty of money is there with us and so we absolutely do not mind spending a portion of the fortune that we have accumulated.
However we must be concerned about the quality of daily life we will have. We will live a long life but with lot of ailments and dependency on medicines.

So it is high time we start understanding our body, mind and the foods that we eat. We will have to devote time to understand what kind of daily exercise will keep us in good health. We will also understand the role of mind in our physical well being.
So do not wait for the day to start the learning process. Nobody is going to confer you with a university degree for doing this but you can be of least trouble to your kith and kin when you are old.


Monday, August 3, 2015

I have become a misfit to modern social service organisations

Twenty five years ago I expressed my wish to one of my friends that I was considering to join a social service club so that I could meet many people and could engage myself in meaningful social service activities. He suggested me an International Service Organisation in which he was a member and suggested me to attend a meeting of that club. I attended and I was well received by the other members. The then club President was an academician and because that I am a graduate from a premier institution he liked me instantly.  I was inducted as a member and I happily paid the subscription.

Then on wards I was actively involved in various events. I got many friends from different professions. The culture of our club was very good that all the family members attended most of the meetings. Ladies and children were very happy since it was like a family recreation club. No doubt there were meaningful service projects like eye screening camps etc. . We also donated to educational aids and uniforms to poor students.

After a couple of years, I was chosen to be the secretary of our club and it was a very easy job because the President who preferred me and proposed me as his officer was a great administrator. During this period I could develop close relationship with many members. Since I was tech savvy and knew to drive a car as well, our then President liked me very much and that year the club was excellently administered that we were encouraged with many awards.

A couple of years later I was proposed to be the President of our club and in fact I was a very young President who had a very senior Government Officer as secretary and another Government Engineer as the Treasurer. Every one cooperated very well since two of our club senior members occupied higher administrative positions in the district of the organization. The district consisted of people of high status and high caliber as leaders. The members, especially the club officers had wonderful opportunity to learn relationship skills, public speaking skills and leadership skills.

It was the time that every one of us could develop a good personality and could do continuous services to the society. Money was scarce during those days and people eagerly accepted whatever services we could provide.

Today things have changed. Money is in plenty. To become an officer one needs to spend a some amount of money that he or she can get back by way of benefits offered by the rich and affluent candidates who want to contest to become the District Leaders. Cocktail parties have become open and the candidates are happy supplying the members with sophisticated alcoholic drinks that are golden coloured or pink coloured and sometimes even colourless. However all these drinks reveal the true colour of the members. The members are ready to vote for the candidate who is lavish in gifts and drinks. Very few clubs do some social services but many file false reports of the services. The trend has changed for the worst.

Some of the members from our club wanted to join yet another service organization. It was also international. It was not ruled by money as in the earlier set up. We formed a new club and hoped that we could look for an elite association. Since our club was formed with likeminded leaders, things were very comfortable. A couple of times our members could also raise to higher positions in the districts but the inefficient people in some other clubs who were surviving by sheer false reports did not prefer the active members or the organization to grow. This organization was offering some fringe benefits and one administrative unit occupied a large geographical area. The growth of the organization will result in the bifurcation of the unit and the benefit of wide contacts will be lost to the selfish people who were the king makers.The new club that we started has been shifted to cold storage.

Now few more international service organizations are left for me to join but again only when I join them I might understand the specific problems. In general there is something wrong with the mindset of the people. After independence they have spoilt the politics. After globalization they have spoilt the service organizations. Money assumes  different dimensions these days.

The value system has changed. We have accepted the new way of politics, the new way of academic trade and heath care business. We have to similarly accept the new ways of the service clubs if we want friends outside our professional contacts and neighbourhood. There is some resistance to change in me that is quite natural. Women are fast in adapting to changes and I hope to change my values also if I have to move with the new trend.

Long ago I joined a club for elite friendship. Now I may have to settle for expensive gifts, cocktail and dinners in return for the hefty amount I have to pay in American Dollars towards membership.I am not interested in any of these three benefits. With my experience in service organisations I can form a new club but I am not convinced of the benefits that a new club can offer to the new members. Moreover I a have to devote more amount of time for building a new club. Since I am holding on to my business as the leader I don"t want to do that. So ultimately I have become a misfit to service organizations.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Naturopathy camp

(All places referred in this article are in Tamilnadu, India)
In spite of being cautious with respect to food and exercise, I see a drastic increase in my weight these days and I was not sure whether I am all that healthy. Most of the days when I am in my home town, I fondly do surya namaskar asana, yoga asana and pranayama. I am aware of meditation also but do not practice it for fear of losing the aggressive attitude that is very much required for my business these days. Contentment may result in complacence and a leader today cannot be contended for he is required to run in the front so that his team will follow. The next generation has more challenges and we cannot be teaching contentment to them because of ruthless society that has been formed.

 I wanted to understand what is wrong with my habits and more about healthier living. Some of my acquaintances had gone to Aravind Ashram, Rajapalayam for a training in naturopathy and yoga and I also made up my mind to take up one. I browsed through the internet and by repeated phone calls I ensured that I got registered for the camp that started on 7-08-2014. 

I have to be there at Arvind Ashramam at 4.00 p.m for registration on 6-08-2014 and the real camp started from 6th evening at 7.00 p.m. On 6-08-2014 I had some important works and I was hurrying to complete everything by 1.00 p.m. But practically it was 1.30p.m. when I returned. Then I remembered that I did not have ¾ pants that were mandatory for the camp. I rushed to a textile shop in our area and bought 2 pants and when I reached home it was beyond 2.00 p.m. I packed my essential things in a travel bag and had a hurried lunch. It was 2.45p.m. I had decided to take public transport to go to Aravindh Ashramam.

 I requested my younger son to drop me at the bus stand and he asked me how I could reach Rajapalayam by 4.00 p. m. by bus. I said whatever it might be; I did not want to miss the opportunity.  I made up my mind to persuade the organizers and somehow get into the camp. 

I had to first reach Thirumangalam and then take a bus to Rajapalayam  a small town famous for mangoes .When we reached the bus stop, an almost empty bus bound for Thirumangalam was about to leave. I had to run a few steps and had to jump in to a literally moving vehicle. My only aim was to reach Rajapalayam as quickly as possible. Normally I am not for boarding a bus that is moving. But after getting in to the bus the thought of my mistake of getting in to a moving bus troubled me though there was no problem. 

At Thirumangalam I had to settle with a bus in which I had to travel standing all the way. Nevertheless I got a seat in the middle of the journey. I got down at Rajapalayam and boarded an auto rickshaw. When I reached Aravindh Ashramam it was 5.05pm. I was directed to the reception for registration and got checked in after some formal procedures. My weight was 83.1kg about 10 kg in excess of the standard healthy weight. I was asked to buy a camp kit consisting of an enema can, an eye washing can , a nostril washing can and a packet of herbal bathing powder that costed me Rs.100/- . 

I was shown into big hall and there were several mats made of grass ( we call it korai Paai). I was to occupy one .All those who came to attend the camp had to hand over the cash and mobile phones. So before handing over, I spoke to my wife, son and office and informed them that probably they would not be allowed to contact except in case of emergency. I gave them the land line numbers of the camp site.

Having selected my floor mat, I washed my face and refreshed myself. I went round the entire hall and went upstairs to the open terrace. The ashram was located in a lovely place near the mountain ranges. It should be Western Ghats of South India. There was very less inhabitance. There was the factory of Aravindh Herbal Labs(P) Ltd., and the building belongs to them. The camp is being organized by them every month.  There were 34 participants who were men. The amenities were adequate and clean.  Equal number of women should have participated who were housed down stairs of the building. 

At 8.00 p.m. there was a bell ring denoting that the Master is calling everyone down. I was feeling hungry .There was nothing to eat with me. I eagerly awaited a meal though not a square one but one that at least would be comfortable. When we reached down we were given only two bananas and it was very interesting to see the disappointed expressions on everyone’s face. Mr.K.Balasubramaniyan , Diploma in Naturopathy & Yogic Science was the master. Here afterwards I will refer him only as Master. 

The Master explained about the necessity for awareness in naturopathy. He talked about junk food culture and growth of parotta eating habit. The parotta is prepared using Maida flour. Maida flour is made from wheat and was primarily meant for making adhesives. Somehow people started using maida for bakery, some kind of sweets, dosa and parotta. Parotta has reached such a status that in due course this will become the staple food of Tamilnadu. Maida is used for Pizza and Nan. The fine particles of the flour harm the intestines and reduce their efficiency. This will give raise to digestive problems. There is very high risk of Amebiosis through unhygienic parottas available.  So, parotta will help our country’s GDP greatly by direct sales and rapid growth of health care industry including pharmaceuticals.  He also cautioned about tooth paste and it is said that some of the popular brands contain high amount of nicotine. The common man is in a grossly disadvantageous position to check the ruthless strategies of the MNC’s and corporates. The simple inference is that no packed food or no cosmetic including hair dye is safe and you will have to pay double the price, the first one to buy them at whooping costs and the second one by way of treatment costs. The Master also briefly made a mention of harm due to alcohol but these days we live in a society that highly values the habit of drinking alcohol.

He explained the schedule of the camp. All three days we were supposed to use the enema can. But after the camp the enema can should be used only on the day of fasting or if we have constipation.

Next day there was a bell ring at 5.00 a.m. We had to be ready after morning cores by 6.00 a.m. We should have used enema can and used herbal tooth powder for mouth wash by then. 

All the participants appeared very sincere and reached the lecture hall at 6.00 a.m. Some who cannot sit down were sitting on the chairs. Master was seated in a big wooden chair with his legs crossed in Suga Asana posture. We meditated for half an hour and then were directed to take training of using the eye wash can and nostril cleaning can. For eye wash, pure water and for nostril cleaning saline water is used. Then we were given gingeli oil for doing goggling referred to as oil pulling. 

The breakfast was only a glass of 200 ml of coconut milk with curry leaves, cardamom and jaggery mixed. It was so good and comfortable to the stomach. We were asked to drink in small sips mixing lot of saliva, the way to drink anything except water. 

Next session was “Energy from food” the usual stuff about our anatomy and digestive system. The Master stressed the point that we have to sit on the floor and eat because if we stand like in buffet or sit on a dining table lot of energy is dissipated for maintaining blood circulations in the legs. Also we have to eat chewing thoroughly and hasty meals or gulping semi solid meals like gruel and payasam should be avoided since the first stage of digestion takes place in the mouth. 

Then we were trained on taking sand bath. Fine sand from ant hills is used for the purpose. The sand is mixed with water and the mud so formed is applied throughout the body from head to toe. Then we were asked to stand in the sun till the sand got dried. Afterwards we were asked to take bath in taps positioned above the head, water pouring with some force. This is just to help removing the sand. This bath is very good for skin diseases. It enhances the glow of the skin. More than anything one feels totally fresh after the bath. The skin attains a silky feel. It is great to experience a sand bath like this.

Afternoon meal consisted of

 Beaten rice sweetened with jaggery 50g.

Papaya fruit 150 g Soaked groundnut 75 g

dates 3 nos.

Small sappotta fruit 2 nos.

Carrot and cabbage chipped and garnished with coriander leaves 50g  

We felt it was just sufficient. Then till 3.00 p.m. we were allowed to take rest.

From 3.00 p.m to 5.30 p.m. there was a session on “ Avoiding junk food” . White sugar’s constitution is highly inappropriate for our body and it is better to avoid sweets made out of white sugar. There are better drinks than coffee and tea and it is better to avoid taking milk and curd. Butter milk is a better choice. Tea without white sugar and milk may be taken. We have to take the food preferentially that is grown in the area we live and follow the tradition of the place. For instance an apple is not a right choice in hot places like Tamilnadu. Banana, mango, Gova or even jack fruit makes a better choice and in fact very inexpensive.

From 5.30p.m. to 6.30 p.m. there was a session on Surya namaskaram. Since I do it regularly it was not difficult for me but others were struggling to stay in the 12 postures for few seconds that constitutes one cycle. 

Night meal consisted of

Soaked ground nut and green gram mix about 75 grams and ripe bananas 2 nos. We were asked to sit and eat slowly chewing every bit of the meal. 

Then there was a session on “ Fasting” . The advantages are enormous. It is the age old technique of allowing the body to purify itself and reset the entire digestive system. During fasting our body starts excreting the accumulated impurities and unwanted substances. Fasting can be of four types. 1. Taking only fruits,2.Taking only fresh fruit juices, 3. Taking only water and  4. Taking nothing . The fourth one is very difficult and the Master asked us to practice “Fasting taking water”. 

On the fasting day morning we should avoid brushing the teeth using any tooth powder since our digestive system will get confused with the sensing of the taste of the tooth powder. It may get prepared to receive food. We were asked to take bath in cold water starting pouring water from head in the morning. Enema should be taken thrice during the day, morning, afternoon and evening. Bathing from head to foot should be repeated in the same way as in the morning at the close of the fast. We were not to wander anywhere but remain resting or meditating. We were to maintain perfect silence till evening 5.00p.m.  In the evening we can clean our teeth with tooth powder.

Next day was Friday and the day break was as usual .

 I got up at 5.30 a.m and completed the daily core except teeth wash using tooth powder. It was very difficult to keep silent. Meditation was not comfortable since some thoughts about office built anxiety. I tried to persuade one of the assistants to allow me to make a phone call to office. He refused saying that it will affect the results of the procedure.  When it was not possible to contact the office I used my usual meditative technique to release the stress. I felt, in such circumstances a brief phone call might be allowed. However this may increase the stress instead of releasing the anxiety. This was of course a practice for getting detachment from anxiety giving elements. My philosophical tilt helped me over come anxiety. People who were either employees or self employed seemed not to have any such difficulty. 

All of us maintained silence, had small naps and spent time meditating the whole day. Evening at around 4.30 p.m. we broke the silence but sitting outside the hall not disturbing those who were religiously following the directions. There was a pharmacist and he was telling us about the unethical practices of the doctors. Some doctors choose to prescribe too many medicines than required and chose to prescribe the most expensive brands. They get expensive gifts like smart phones and lap top computers from the pharmaceutical companies. Also many doctors have a medical shop attached to their clinic and they get very high margins on the MRP. So the common man is exploited. The fault lies in the ignorance of the common man that he is unaware of the action of each medicine he is swallowing. The common man is lazy to understand the basic concept of medicinal intervention. Some doctors exploit this situation. It is a very sad state. However these doctors have their own justifications since medical education is enormously expensive in India or the aspirant should have scored very high mark something like 99 % and above. So for all these things they want to reap the reward and the practices are justified. They can very easily establish that their prescription is right. Doctors should have conscience and should have sound knowledge of anatomy, physiology and psychology to be ethical in their profession. The pharmacist said that there are very good doctors also who are service minded and value their professional ethics. The common man having led into the culture of hand full of medicines for any ailment do not believe in them. 

It was 5.00 p.m. and the bell rang. No one was in a hurry. All of us went down and we were offered a glass of lemon juice sweetened with jaggery. There was one man whose weight could be around 120 kgs. We saw him to be very calm. Out of eagerness and a notion that fat people cannot withstand hunger,   I asked him how he was feeling. He replied that he was absolutely fine and happy that he has learnt the technique of reducing weight with good benefits without unpleasant side effects. Master was present near us and was eager to listen to our feedback. He was also mentioning about the wrong technique adopted by the fashion show models. Many of the models have the habit of joining in grand dinners and immediately after the dinner they forcefully vomit the food they had consumed. This spoils the digestive system producing irreparable damage.

Night dinner was served at 7.00 p.m. It consisted of only 2 ripe bananas. Master said after day long fast the digestive system should be loaded very slowly and only very light fruit diet is recommended. There was a session on medicinal use of various fruits, leaves and vegetables. Some of the interesting points are

1.     The curry leaves should not be discarded as many do, but should be chewed and eaten with food for it is rich in nutrients.

2.    Every week, men may take oil bath on either Wednesday or Saturday morning. Women may choose either Tuesday or Friday. The procedure consists of first heating gingeli oil adding a clove of garlic, one small size red chilli and some cumin seeds. Apply the lukewarm oil from head to foot and then wait for 20 min. Take bath in lukewarm water using Ayurvedic powder or Sikakai powder. After bathing never sleep in the afternoon. Also avoid sex since the seminal fluid will be dilute and more energy will be lost. Never go in direct sun light. Oil bath keeps the pore in the skin clean. On subsequent days the skin’s ability to produce vitamin D3 from sun light is enhanced. This vitamin is essential for calcium absorption and helps to prevent osteoporosis.

3.    The seeds of grapes are medicine for cancer and so chew the seeds and the outer skin and consume while eating grapes.

4.    For fever no medicine is required. One is required to take enema and fast drinking only water. To control high temperature wet cloth pack is to be applied on the fore head and bottom part of stomach. For fever due to infection Nilavembu Kashaym is the only medicine.  This is the only medicine for Chikungunya as of now.

5.    For dry cough chew pepper with some honey and take a glass of water. 

6.    For ulcer, white pumpkin and curd is the best medicine. No need for antacids or histamine blockers.

7.    The running nose during an attack of cold can be immediately stopped by chewing one clove of small onion and drinking hot water.

8.    The everyday diet should have more amount of green leafy vegetables than flour. The maida flour should be avoided and multigrain flours will always be better. For us in Tamilnadu apart from rice grains like ragi, maize , cholam, kuthuravali and saamai are available. It is better to avoid grain of other land like oats etc.

9.    Everyday diet should contain items of all six taste i.e. each one with different taste namely sweet, salty, pungent, sour, bitter and astringent (just as betel nut).

10.  There are very simple natural medicines for irregular menstrual cycle and white discharge in women using poppy seeds. (Some countries classify poppy seeds under narcotics and so cannot be carried freely.)


It was almost time to retire on the second day. The camp will end on the 3rd day that is Saturday 9-08-2014 at about 12.30 p.m. Master said that we had to report at 6.00 a.m after enema and teeth wash in the morning.

On the last day of the camp at 6.00 a.m the Master taught us a different meditation. Since I considered this as a kind of auto suggestion I am not giving details of this mode. I like the meditation of observing breathing. Then we had the usual cleansing session and we were taken upstairs for yoga exercises.  After the exercises for some time the Yoga Master asked to do surya namaskar Asanas. One can find good demonstration in “you tube”. Then he taught us Pranayama. Nadi sudhi, Bastrika, Kabaalabatti, Brahmari and Sheetali techniques were taught. Tiger breathing and dog breathing techniques were taught to us. A CD was offered to us that has all the lessons. 

The morning breakfast at 9.00 a.m consisted of soaked ground nut, two ripe bananas and half glass of Gooseberry juice sweetened with jaggery. It was enough for us. Then there was a session on Banana Leaf bath and Sand bath. Some people who were interested in hip bath and back bone bath were offered that. 

Since banana leaves could not be arranged, sand bath was offered. Some of us took sand bath again, this time relishing better than before. 

After the bath we got ready to leave. We collected our money and mobile phone from the counter. Soon as I got the phone I made calls to home and office. Everything was fine. Then I stepped on to the weighing scale eager to find how much weight reduction was there. The scale read 80.7 Kg. This meant that there was reduction in weight by 2.4 Kg. 

The lunch was a Puree’ made up of banana , beaten rice, and dates. In addition to that 2 small sappotta fruits, quarter piece of Papaya and a handful of chipped carrot. We felt the stomach to be full. The Rajapalayam Town Lions club member Ln.Kumar offered to drop me in the railway station. 

At the railway station when I was waiting for the train I was observing the fellow passengers. Many of them were eating whatever they could buy.  In the train also I saw people consuming noodles, cool drinks tea, samosas and some packed meals. The food conscious is absolutely lacking. It is high time that schools and social service organizations start working on diet consciousness first. Otherwise the heath care industry will have tremendous growth. 

Mahatma Gandhi had said

If we lose money nothing is lost

If we lose health something is lost

If we lose character everything is lost.

Had he been here today he would have rewritten his sayings as

If we lose character something is lost

If we lose money many things are lost

If we lose health everything is lost.

Are we going to awake from the slumber and become heath conscious or going to lose all our hard earned money to the modern health care industry ?

The choice is in our hands. The difficulty is that we have to overcome the biggest hurdle that is there in the form of mass media directed by the corporate business houses.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Stay Connected Else Renounce Relatives and Friends

We get our relatives without our choice. However we are bound to maintain a very good relationship at least with very close relatives. Nowadays our free time is occupied by television and the programs are so captivating that we even fail to do our routines. We plan our routines according to the TV programs. Sometimes we skip our meal and sit awake late night also.  

The computer literate youngsters and even oldies are glued to social media and are connected with ‘n’ number of friends. Many of them are not going to be of any use except for chatting, increasing the scores on ‘likes’ and sharing some interesting links. The ‘n’ in many cases is a three digit numeral.

The time required to attend our office is also enormous when we take into account the time we spend in commuting to and fro. The competition and office politics are so fierce that we have to take home-work. We have to work from homes at times since we are wirelessly connected to our office through internet and mobile phone all the time.

We need time to go to shopping malls to buy vegetables and groceries. Normally buying vegetables and groceries some twenty years ago was a simple chore usually done by children. A grocery list would be given to the child to be handed over to the shopkeeper and goods would be packed, billed and delivered to the child or home depending on the quantity.  Credit would be extended by the shop keeper and this ensures further orders to him in the future. There used to be a credit note book and not a credit card those days and it offered the opportunity for better human relationship. Paying the bill was so simple that no one needed the computer or a smart phone or any agent in between. So prices were under control and lot of time was under ones disposal.

People used to go to meet their relatives and friends frequently. They had time to go to cinema theaters with family and friends and discussed lot of things with real human beings. They gossiped, they argued they laughed loudly they had hands to hold, shoulders to lean on and they were better connected with their relatives and friends.
Now we are in the process of losing all these opportunities. We have to find ways and means to maintain the relationship, come still closer, understand better and support when in need. 

Here are some of the suggestions that just cropped up in my mind. I will be honoured if the readers can supplement the list with more ideas.

1.     Greet every one you come across with a bright smile enthusiastically. If your mood is down, act.. act.. act.. as though you are happy. Let the other person ask for the reason for your happiness.
2.    Allot time to speak to your spouse, children, parents, brothers,sisters and in-laws with whom you are living with. Share your day to day experiences however trivial they might be.
3.    Listen to them, their ideas their dreams and fantasies.
4.    Allot time to speak to every one of your in-laws. Do not assume that it will be sufficient if you speak to only one member in the family. People crave for recognition from their early childhood and they may not be able to come out of this.
5.    If you are living away from your parents and in-laws take care to speak to each one of them over phone at least once in a week and more frequently with elders. If you are good at texting, use your mobile and do that as frequently as possible.
6.    People like letters and emails addressed to them directly rather than a status update or sharing on face book. So start using emails if you have stopped.   
7.    Use texting, direct phone calls to greet the close relatives. Your face book updates hardly have any value and it may even go unnoticed.
8.    Consciously reduce the time you spend on face book and other social media.
9.    Go to nearby places, orphanage and quality social clubs and connect with real human.
10.  Understand the importance of your neighbors and find ways to get connected. A close relative who can even be your son or daughter living elsewhere is of no use at times of emergency and it is your neighbor who can help you and give you moral support.

If you do not want to do all these things, get to understand that you are undergoing a process of renouncing your relatives and friends which means that you are breaking away from their bondage. Many sadhus in India have talked great of breaking the worldly bondage and so join them to rejoice the happiness of being free from bondage.
                  The choice is absolutely yours.