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Medicine & Health Education
Essential Therapeutic Life Style Changes
For a Healthy Body, Mind and Spirit
Some Simple Steps to Uplift the Physical, Mental and Spiritual Health
Bala N. Aiyer, M.D.
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Part - 02
 
 
PART - 02: PROBLEMS CAUSED BY CHANGES IN OUR CUSTOMS
 
 
 
 02.01: The changes occur in our body affecting our physical health.

Even though a large number of Indians are living healthy beyond age 75, 80 years and even up to 99 years of age, a large section of the community are affected by disorders like Obesity, Diabetes, Hypertension and Strokes. Many call it a day even in their forties due to unexpected heart attacks or get incapacitated for life. This type of occurrence is common for both men and women and needs to be checked. You may feel like asking, in the absence of any specific illness from birth, why such afflictions become common. These diseases cannot be cured by medication. Injections of Insulin can at most control the level of blood sugar but does not cure the disease or control its side-effects. You might have heard the statements with pride that India is a young nation with more than 65% of the population in the age group of 25 years to 40 years. But in this statistics, sadly, we forget to understand that this happens because 35% of the population does not live beyond the age of 45 years. How many of your young friends had a sudden death? In a similar way, arterial blocks can be removed by specific surgical procedures. But the infirmity continues and may recur at a different or even same location! Hence, it is wiser to prevent the first occurrence itself.

Statistical data reveal that almost three out of ten people affected by heart attack will not be able to reach the hospital in time. Even those who are able to get a successful operation done will need continuous medical care for the rest of their lives. Coronary artery blocks start building up even at a young age but unfortunately the incidence of the block is felt only after more than sixty percent of the artery gets blocked. Hence this requires attention even long before the attack occurs. In the early years of youth, during teen ages and in the 20's, one needs large amount of food Calories to meet the growth requirements of the body. But when the development is complete around the early thirties, the intake requires to be reduced for maintenance only and the Caloric needs have to be reduced substantially from the 2500 required earlier. Similarly, the hard working adults will need to change the eating habits when the situation changes to a management job or sedentary work. The consumption of butter, oil, ghee, salt, sugar and other carbohydrates needs to be cut to prevent the onset of the Metabolic Disorders, as they are called. Absence of such strict regimen makes many of us suffer from life-long debilities and even meet the end early, even before the fifties. The adage "Prevention is better than cure" is most apt in such circumstances.

02.02: What is the necessity for changes in our living style?

Life style needs changes - but why? The diseases already enumerated cannot be cured with medicines. They can only be kept under control. But, their effects on the body remain. In families where there is a history of other members affected by one or more of these illnesses, it is essential that the younger generation in the age group of thirties and above should have their vital parameters like BP, Sugar, cholesterol checked periodically and follow the life style changes required. An important part of this is that they impose dietary restrictions on themselves in good time. Many of us have read about the dietary values of different food items like rice, oil, proteins etc. Excess consumption of any of these items would result in the body metabolism converting them into another form and store them. For example excess carbohydrates would result in their conversion to fat stores in the abdominal region for future use!! One should remember some of the age-old habits like regular physical exercises to avoid such unwanted results. Alongside a number of mental exercises like meditation also need to be followed. Workouts like Surya Namaskar, Yoga and Pranayama explained in our ancient scriptures are to be regularly practiced. It is ironical that Western civilization has recognized the merit of these practices while our own people are ignorant of it. No wonder it is a true and accepted fact that the spiritual philosophy and practices enunciated in our ancient literature are to be rigorously followed in our daily activities

02.03: Failings in the areas of psychological make-up.

The advancements in the life style over the past few decades have actually affected the mental peace of many. There is significant increase in the economic status of the nation of India as well as among members of the Indian community in India and around the world. Everyone has a materialistic ideation and competes in status with another person around them. This leads to significant pressures on individuals and the families. Vision and dreams are good but greed and jealously takes that place. Psychological disorders are more prevalent in the Indian youth. The educated class in India are now joining the rat race of higher foreign education, and acquiring more wealth through higher salaries etc. Many parents often apply too-much pressure on their children to excel in education. This has led to psychological disorders like Mental Depression, Anxiety, and Low self-esteem among the youth leading to family break-ups and suicidal tendencies. But unfortunately many parents fail to recognize this early. Exposure to different racial cultures, habits and practices leads to a lack of proper assimilation of the values and the spiritual development of the mind, leading to mental disorders.

 
   
   
 
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