Monthly Archives: April 2011

Aspirin – It’s use

Pain – should it be killed or its source corrected and the cause removed? Which is better solution? Fever – should it be suppressed or tolerated or even moderately promoted? I knew the precise answers for over 30 years from Ayurvedic & Homeopathic studies, but found it very difficult to carry conviction with most of my patients who come to me – totally indoctrinated with widely publicized and generally accepted concepts of modern medicine. I did not have adequate quantum of modern lingo earlier – now I have! Thanks to Jon Barron!

How aspirin works?

Virtually all of aspirin’s benefits stem from its ability to inhibit your body’s production of prostaglandins. Prostaglandins are like hormones in that they act as chemical messengers, but they do not move to other places in the body. They work within the cells where they are made. Their role is to direct responses in the human body. For example, prostaglandins play a role in directing the body’s pain and inflammation response to injury. They help control how fast blood clots in response to a wound, or how readily plaque is formed when there is damage to an arterial wall. They also play a role in directing uterine contractions, not to mention your body’s immune response, and even aspects of metabolism. Aspirin and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as ibuprofen and Motrin work by decreasing prostaglandin levels. They do this by inhibiting the production of the cyclooxygenase  enzymes — both COX-1 and COX-2. The presence of COX-2 is required for the production of prostaglandins. Thus, if you inhibit COX 2, you inhibit the production of prostaglandins.

As it turns out, COX-1 and COX-2 enzymes each serve as a “check and balance” for one another. If you selectively reduce one, you unleash the other. This produces a dangerous imbalance which is what has led to the heart attacks, strokes, blood clots, and other cardiovascular side effects linked to selective COX-2 inhibitor use. But worst of all, the evidence suggests that Merck Pharmaceuticals, the maker of both Vioxx and Celebrex, not only knew of the dangers but failed to warn the public and deliberately falsified data used to validate the drugs…and their safety — with full FDA complicity.

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The core tenets of Sanatana Dharma (Hinduism)

Yama & Niyama are the first 2-stages of Ashtanga Yoga of Patanjali

The 10 Yamas – Restraints or Proper Conduct

  1. Ahimsa …………………or Non-injury
  2. Satya ……….. …………or Truthfulness
  3. Asteya ……….. ………..or Nonstealing
  4. Brahmacharya ……….. or Sexual Purity
  5. Kshama ……………….. or Patience
  6. Dhriti ……….. …………or Steadfastness
  7. Daya ……….. ………….or Compassion
  8. Arjava ……….. ………..or Honesty
  9. Mitahara ……….. ……..or Moderate Diet
  10. Saucha ……….. ………..or Purity (Hygiene)

The 10 Niyamas – Observances or Practices

  1. Hri ……….. …………….or Modesty
  2. Santosha ……….. ………or Contentment
  3. Dana ……….. …………..or Charity
  4. Astikya ……….. ………..or Faith
  5. Ishvarapujana ………….or Worship of the Lord
  6. Siddhanta Sravana …….or Scriptural Listening
  7. Mati ……….. ……………or Cognition
  8. Vrata ……….. ………….or Sacred Vows
  9. Japa ……….. ……………or Incantation
  10. Tapas ……….. ………….or Austerity

How simple they sound and how difficult they are! Are they truly difficult? Anything you are not accustomed to – appears difficult. For a person who has not even seen a swimming pool or pond before – swimming appears difficult. Familiarity removes the fear and makes it easy. Then, once a person starts familiarizing with the above – they progressively become easy and practicable.

MSR Ayyangar

What ails India ?

What ails India fundamentally?  To this simple question, one can expect 1.2 billion answers from the 1.2 billion people of this country – in complex permutations & combinations. Is it rich-poor divide? North-South divide? East west divide? Religious divide? Multiple political parties divide? Linguistic divide? Cultural (Indian – western) divide? Regional divide? Generational divide? Gender divide? Poor governance? Irrational reservations on cast basis? Power in the hands of incompetent?

Well … it could be all and none! One absolute common denominator of all the above is Corruption! Fundamental corruption of Minds – ie- loss of “Ethics & Morals”.  But why? What is the reason for our ethical & moral degradation? Spiritually the answer lies in the Karma theory – but philosophically it is in the History! Karma theory is good for knowledge – but history is a good source for solution. So, let us look at history! We have been ruled for centuries by Invading Mughals and Europeans.

They robbed our possessions first. They robbed our confidence later. Finally they robbed us of our “self-esteem”. Material possessions are easy to rebuild with some determination. Confidence can be rebuilt with some collective action & cooperation. But what about self-esteem? That of both individuals and collective population?  It appears that we lost it forever (individually & collectively) and never attempted to regain! We have not even recognized the need for it. We beg for importance from the powerful or impose it on the weak – but never attempt to earn it.

Material poverty can be more easily corrected than the mental poverty.  Mental prosperity will help us regain material prosperity easily – but not vice versa. We have fairly succeeded in progressively overcoming the material poverty – though not sufficiently as yet.  But our mental poverty, which is a more serious issue – has not even been recognized to exist and hence not addressed. The single most important issue to be addressed by both individual Indian citizens and collectively as The Nation (which aspires to become a super power) is to recognize the importance of regaining our lost self-esteem – which is the foundation of ethics & morals. What ails India? Absence of ethics, morals and self-esteem … corruption!

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