Tuesday, October 22News That Matters

Editorial

Editorial – October 2019

Editorial – October 2019

Editorial
Discussion in favour and contrary to vegetarianism is not a new topic. Anthropological development highlights the reliance on non-vegetarians by hunter-gatherer societies among primitive men. Almost all great civilizations also developed along the river sides, rivers being a rich source of fishes and water for irrigation purposes. Virtually, cultural influences on attitudes and ideas towards foods are established facts. Being a vegetarian or non-vegetarian is matter of preference. There is no compulsion of eating specific types of food in Vedas, except when required according to conditions. Sacrifices are still in practice in India, specifically among worshippers of Shakti (Goddess Durga and Kali) in Bihar, Bengal etc. where meats are taken by followers as Prasad. Even Manu Smriti allows e...
Editorial- September

Editorial- September

Editorial
Technological advancement has shaped the world in present forms of luxurious life for greater chunk of population. Still an alarming and perturbing condition about hunger was published on official website of World Health Organization (WHO) on 15th July of 2019. Report revealed 821.6 million people without having enough to eat in 2018 worldwide, a slight increase from previous year of 811 million people. The report further mentioned that 62.55% people belonged to Asia while 31.17% people were from Africa. A goal of sustainable development of zero hunger index of 2030 is set by WHO. It’s challenging to combat such a demon of hunger. Governments of countries falling behind in world hunger index, need to advance with better technological and scientific support to improve the conditions. Educat
EDITORIAL- AUGUST

EDITORIAL- AUGUST

Editorial
JAMA Pediatrics online on 29th July 2019 revealed that the trend of prescribing drugs of cold and cough is decreasing in USA. Such declining trend of use came in light of recommendation of American Academy of Pediatrics to avoid cold and cough medicines in children younger to 4 years. The suggestions are for Acetaminophen and saline nasal spray. USFDA on 2nd August 2008 published on its website that children below 2 years should not be given any drugs for cold and cough. Recommendations came after observations and researches for frequent use of codeine or hydrocodone among children for cold and cough. Alteration in visuo-motor coordination was well noted side-effect. However, USFDA suggests to use antihistamines in controlled way, still antihistamines are allowed. Recent researches show th...
Editorial- July 2019

Editorial- July 2019

Editorial
Upavasa (fasting) is deeply rooted in Indian culture. It is adhered to many of religious festivals in India. Fasting by Mahatma Gandhi is still alive in mind and heart of Indians. Agni Purana (chapter 175) cites the details of Vrata (fasting) as Tapa. Upavasa is suggested for spiritual, psychological and physical well beings. Sanatan Dharma suggests fasting for strengthening determination by denial of physical needs of the body. It is controlled by brain. Ventromedial nucleus of hypothalamus is related to ‘satiety center’ while dorsomedial hypothalamic nucleus is connected to GI stimulation. A postulation deals the governing activity of ‘satiety center’ under the control of glucose utilization signaling in neurons. A study of Kaye el. al. (2009) published in Nature Neuroscience highlights
Editorial June-2019

Editorial June-2019

Editorial
Sincere and responsible approach of World Health Organization (WHO) is reflected in an adopted resolution of 28th May 2019. The resolution is on improving transparency of markets of health products including medicines, vaccines and others. WHO recommends its member states to share information on clinical trial results and other laboratory reports to public as they have right to know the price-control determinants for product/s, they are using. WHO secretariat is requested to support the movement. The purpose lies with affordability and availability of health products as a part of advancing universal health coverage. An estimated reports reveals that about 2 billion people have no access to essential drugs. Over 90% of these population live in countries of low and middle income groups. Ethi...
Editorial- May-2019

Editorial- May-2019

Editorial
Mind is operational representation of brain. Intelligence, patience and memory are agnate to mind. Psycho-physical principle of body considers the interrelationship of mind to body and body to mind. Both mind and body complement to action. Any aberrant action performed by impaired intellect, self-control and memory is termed as Pragyaparadh as per Charaka Sharirasthana (C.S.) 1/102. Such aberrant actions lead to vitiation of all Dosha. Such vitiation brings imbalance of Dosha resulting in diseases. Pragyaparadh is associated with misconception ensued from delinquency of wisdom or error in discernment of information. Philosophically, a metaphysical state of Pragyaparadh exists. Pragyaparadh is not limited to individual, but every segment of society is also affected through the wrong action...
Editorial-April

Editorial-April

Editorial
Intuition is resultant of pure mind. Devi Mahatmyam mentions that clarity of mind is related to mental purity. Mental purity comes with understanding of nature (Maa Parvati) and its intentions. Actions according to nature’s observation gives the flash of intuition. Nature has its own systematic pattern of ruling. Understanding of structured design is matter of higher consciousness. Shri Aurobindo writes in The Synthesis of Yoga that the true intuition exists from the self-existent truth. Pure intuition doesn’t allow the mixing of sensual errors or intellectual ideation. It is away from self-assured false certitudes. Intuition can be verified scientifically but in real sense true intuition is out of the boundary of verification as referred by Sanatan Dharma for intuition, an outcome of high
Editorial- March-2019

Editorial- March-2019

Editorial
The foundation of Ayurveda lies on philosophy. Greater portion of Ayurvedic teaching is based on Sankhya, Vaisheshika and Nyaya philosophy. Scientific apprehension of these philosophical aspects open the door for practical applications. Critical analysis of verses has got validations after years of practical executions. Indications are recommended based on capacity of rational thoughts or inference. Proofs (Pramana) have occupied an important space for discernment. Continuous observations with agreement and differences of experimental methods supported by proofs have strengthened Ayurveda. The basic of philosophy lies with similar approach where ideas and thoughts deduced from practical experiences are implied for the development of theories. Charak Samhita Vimanasthana 8/8 evidently refer...
Editorial – February

Editorial – February

Editorial
‘A healthy mind resides in a healthy body or healthy mind leads to healthy body,’ both are correct. As both physical and mental strengths are interrelated or mutually dependent in normal circumstances. Strength is quality or degree of being strong. It is ability to do anything with involvement of physical and mental effort. Various factors responsible for the promotion of strength as noted in Charak Sharirasthana 6/13 have dealt with genetic and external factors. External factors include diets, exercise and environmental factors while genetic factors are related with inheritance of qualities. Physical strength is usually measured in terms of density and strength of muscle and body mineral density (BMD). Research works have established the relationship of various pattern of skeletal muscle
Editorial- January

Editorial- January

Editorial
Description of Quantitative Dietetics mentioned by Charak Samhita (Sutrasthana 5/3-14) is still relevant to people after lots of researches done in field of nutrition and dietetics. Based on power of digestion and metabolism of individual, the quantity of food taken is advocated in Charak Samhita. The proper quantity is referred to the amount not causing any disequilibrium in dhatu and dosas. It is an apparent indication for utilization of nutrients and calorie by the body. The quality of food articles is also discussed in details for healthy regime. The heavy food articles are recommended to be taken in quantity of ½-3/4th when compared to quantity of light food articles. The heavy food articles are rich in ap and prithvi mahabhuta while light foods are rich in Vayu and Agni mahabhuta. Th