Heal my heart

Heart is the heart of your physiological body, since it is the organ that pumps blood to rest of the body, it transports oxygen and nutrition to the tissue, it also carries back carbon dioxide laden blood and cellular metabolic waste to be cleaned, it helps to regulate hormones, it also helps in maintaining body temperature.

Metaphysically speaking too, cardiovascular system, of which the heart is the prima donna is about nourishing,   it is also about feeling and expressing joy. Any upheaval in this expression and experience would result in cardiovascular disease.

Some direct messages given by the physical symptoms, according to various healers are

Vascular problems, relates to circulation, so both giving and receiving is challenged. There is also hopelessness, a sense of futility, confusion cannot fulfil purpose.

Stroke  occurs when this receiving and giving is very blocked.

Angina is  a message of something missed or lost

Heart attack or myocardial infarction is about not living for yourself, or your purpose not being your focus.

Varicose veins is about unwillingness to receive.

Aneurism, is a result of male and female energies splitting, block between male and female side of parents, self and children. There could be anger issues with mother or father.

Internal bleeding is about hiding internal sorrow.

Hypertension or increased blood pressure is about anger, stress, feelings not being expressed, circulation resulting build up of inner pressure.

Hypotension or low blood pressure occurs due to resistance in entering into life fully and fearlessly, there is an inner weakness and a desire to pull back.

Dealing with it is quite easy. Of course the metaphysical healing and journey is your choice, but on the physical plane, simple things like staying active.

20 minutes of brisk walk in the morning.world-heart-day-2

Eating food that is suitable to our age, lifestyle and climate.

And balancing our life.

One lady I know has a completely overhauled lifestyle post threatened heart attack, she wakes up in the morning and does suryanamaskaar, followed by sweeping and moping the house, her breakfast is wholesome with fruits and rotis, lunch is light dinner is lighter. She drinks warm water through out the day.

Her dinner time is eight and by eight thirty all electronic devices are off, only the landline works. Nobody contacts her unless it is an emergency.

Bakery products are totally off her list. She does eat friend snacks on and off, not only has she knocked off weight she has got her cardiovascular health back.

Practising the apana mudra for about 20mnts two times a day is another great alternate healing method.

Apana Mudra


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EMI that Impacts Environment


sometimes we tend to adapt things that we have been brainwashed into believing without realizing the impact it has on health, and environment.

Dr.Kumkum Roy has been taking guest lectures at the Goa University and I was attending it, unfortunately I had to use the Ladies room, and the proof that as a nation we have been baptized to using sanitary towels just pops out.

Sanitary towels a category of waste that makes us queasy, we do not want to talk about it.

Let’s not map the journey of the girl child from diapers – to sanitary towels – adult diapers and cohabitation with carcinogenic. For the moment I am talking only about dealing with the disposal of these biomedical hazards.

personal hygiene (4)
a eco-friendly economic venture

The entire callousness that we dispose these things are appalling, women both rural and urban handle this rather thoughtlessly, either flushing it down the toilet, or wrapping in plastic or paper and throwing it along with the domestic garbage. Some even throw them into water bodies. An average woman throws about 150kgs of sanitary waste every year and this is mostly non-biodegradable.

Dealing with the disposed pads is an issue, as Ms. Swati singh Sambyal a senior research associate at the centre of science and environment, says the major issue is categorization, what does one call it, biomedical waste or plastic waste?  Biomedical waste has to be incinerated, autoclaved or microwaved to destroy pathogens.

Cotton, super absorbent polymer, a whole lot of plastic, blood, sometimes faeces, these are dangerous for any corporation to deal with. To expect garbage collectors to handle them is kind of inhumane.

It takes 236 ml of crude oil to create the plastic that goes into a single disposable diapers,  and parents who put their babies into disposable diapers until two could well run through 5,000 diapers, 20,000 trees is the ecological cost for these 5,000 diapers to extract the 1,180 litres of oil that it needs.

The trend continues with the feminine hygiene products, as of now 12% of the population of menstruating women in India can afford disposable sanitary napkins, but on a conservative estimate the these women contribute about 21.3 billion sanitary napkins to a landfill in their life time.

Wood pulp is used in disposable diapers both adult and children and sanitary napkins, chlorine bleach is another key ingredient; this is both a environment hazard and health hazard as it releases toxic chemicals as by-products. Toxins dioxin and furan are carcinogenic while others cause pollution to the soil and water.

Once the garbage collector collects the napkins, as household waste the segregation occurs manually. That is waste pickers separate out soiled napkins from recyclables by hands, this exposes them to micro-organisms like E.Coli, Salmonella, Staphylococcus, HIV and pathogens that cause hepatitis and tetanus. These are then driven out of the city and burned in a landfill sometimes they are shredded before being buried.

personal hygiene (2)90% of the sanitary napkin is plastic; the dry weave is made of polypropylene a plastic polymer. This both harmful to the body, and the environment. The toxic chemical in the DSN tends to be absorbed by the vaginal and labial walls particularly as the skin in these parts are highly vascular.

When it comes to biodegradable the napkins take about 800 years to degrade, the Indian government has come with incineration as alternate, but WHO recommends sanitary waste should be incinerated in temperatures above 800o , to achieve this is a challenge in India it is also a challenge to monitor the emissions from the incinerators.

While various solutions are being panned out to handle this. one interesting one has come from Sakhi biodegradable pads from Goa. A patient of mine who is known to have vaginal rashes had a rash free cycle, and heavy PCOD bleeding was also contained. Maybe we it is time we looked at indigenous options without being enamoured by multinational names and their westernized models.


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A Crappy Affair

World toilet day
The UN has declared Nov.19th as the world Toilet day.
We have lived and grown up with toilets, of course during our younger days when we travelled we never used public toilets since we were worried about hygiene with the advent of pay toilets those are taken care off too.
The impact of open defection never really struck in, after all at school we were thought that one method of seed dispersion was undigested seeds in the faecal matter.
At the medical school the impact of water borne disease and zoonosis kind of seeped in.
Last year when I went with the Banega Swach Bharat drive of NDTV I realized the greater impact of it, there was a man who wanted toilets constructed because he wife died when she slipped as she went out the fields. Gone were the days people looked at costing, the issue that the public presented was know how, they knew they needed toilets, they wanted the toilets too, the issue was how would the sewage handle it self they did not want it let loose into the fields and rivers as it would cause contamination. The knowledge partners organized by NDTV addressed this fundamental issue.
maybe if a year back somebody told me that the international toilet day was linked with equality, dignity and gender violence and sanitation I would have rolled with laughter. But the exposure a year ago and working with the migrant workers have really opened my eyes to something larger.
I heard stories of villagers who want to send their daughters to school but the fact that there were no toilets and the trees had been cut off to widen the roads made them aware of the desperate need for toilets and trees.
On the flip side were elders who were psychologically comfortable doing their daily rituals in the open environment so they had bowel constriction when they had to use the toilets. Interestingly the resource person suggested roofless toilets and planting of trees, or keeping flower pots.
When we are dealing with the migrant labour and informal work force things take a different turn. In a supermarket or a mall there are staff toilets and toilets for the public, but in a village market, or construction site we have neither.
Some village markets have now come up with pay toilets but construction sites are still open. The workers have nowhere to ease themselves through their 10hrs of working. Neither do they have access to potable water unless they are carrying it.
It is easy to say that India as a nation has no sense of hygiene/dignity/whatever, to a certain extent yes, but if we do not provide the toilets where on earth are the people to go, they have to ease themselves so they will go into the shrubs if they are available or go in the open.
An year back I met a company that dealt with portable toilets, when we asked them why were these not used in places where temporary toilets were required, we were told
• Their initial costing is high
• They were western toilets and Indians were not comfortable using it.
By the way the company has come up with an Indian model this year. The waste was dealt with chemically so there was no odour emitted.
The sanitation maintenance people on the Indian railway have another thing to say. Yes, the train toilets are public places. The Indian railway has recently shifted to bio-cleansing toilet units, they put up signage’s to tell people not to throw their diapers, the sanitary towels and tissues down the toilet , yet people do so, particularly in the first class section which is supposed to occupied by the more educated aware citizens as opposed to the plebiscites of the sleeper class.
The international toilet day would be a great point to start an awareness drive, and toilet training—yes I use it deliberately because we need to learn how to use a public toilet, keep it clean and conserve resources.

An Eye Camp At Mudradi.

camp site at Mudradi
camp site at Mudradi

One of my favourite towns to visit are Mudradi, and Hebri the towns that would figure in my father’s childhood tales.

My father Prof. Dr.Srinivasa Rao P.N. has been an legend during his life.

An renowned ophthalmologist, alumnus of Modern high school Udupi, St. Aloysius  Mangalore , Madras Medical college,  Lucknow Medical College, he founded the department  of Ophthalmology at KMC Manipal.

patients registering them selves for check up
patients registering them selves for check up

Since those days coming to a doctor was not very popular, he took eye care to the community, through eye camps all over Karnataka, he was greatly supported by various NGO’s his staff and students and KMC.

For us all the staff and students of the “eye department” were family.

mudradi (5)Mudradi, is a very unassuming but industrious town. People are very rooted in their culture and tradition yet very progressive in their careers. Each time I meet someone there I feel so humbled. One such gentleman is Mr.Diwakar Shetty, who has a business in Bombay and he also has a charitable trust in Mudradi. This trust sponsors a school and lot of activities with the town. One of its many activities is the commemoration of the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhashachandra Bose.mudradi (10)

As homage to his idol Mr.Shetty has a senior citizen’s health camp.

The 235 outpatient patients were attended by the staff and students of KMC Manipal O.E.U institute of Ophthalmology.

The glasses and surgery are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Udupi Manipal in memory of Dr. Srinivasa Rao P.N.

Inaugural address
Inaugural address

The citizen’s health form conducted free health camp for the senior citizens.

On the same occasion the 8th and 9th children were gifted bicycles from the government.

It was wonderful see to kids taking on the responsibilities of registration, and case sheet creation. The gentleness with which the young kids dealt with the rather brusque senior citizens was also amazing.

A Minister for Yoga,

We now have an AYUSH ministry.

It seems to draw a lot of flack. Asia Pacific called the minister in charge as the minister for Yoga.  Of course the “Intelligentsia” the post residents of urban India find that embarrassing whatever. 

The excerpt from Asia-Pacific is as follows “The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appointed a yoga minister in a major revamp of his government after storming to power in May in a bid to promote the ancient practise.”  The article goes ahead focusing on Yoga, which is of course therapeutic it also sends a message of something being outdated.  But the focus of AYUSH is not just yoga, yoga is part of it, the focus of AYUSH is

 Ayurveda-Yoga-Unani- Siddha- Homeopathy.

Of course naturopathy is also part of it. The article also presents itself as right-wing venture.  But all of you who call yourself intelligent-educated-secular-progressive think beyond what Asia-Pacific or Washington post is telling you and understand the need of the hour.

The need to bring Ayurveda out from its current manifestation of massage and herbal cosmetic has to stop. It is a science which is very logic and talks of minimum invasion. Unani and Siddha are used by western pharma companies while we in India where the knowledge bank exist don’t acknowledge it.

Yoga is not about the studio run by Shirin Yogawallah or Jack Revolta, or the crappie NDTV presentation  …”Yogasutra” there is more it, of course it is not a panacea of all disease but it can help in many.

WHO defines health as: Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

To achieve this it is essential to revive AYUSH and focus on its growth to achieve a healthy balance

I am sharing a few excerpts of the facebook kind.  I appalled at their lack of information

Sandhya Suri Can I please choke?

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Beingme Neela baba ramadev wud be the right person for this post… we can add cosmetic surgery and genetics too.

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Max Babi why not go the whole hog and appoint Dina Nath Batra?

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