Vedic Interpretation of earthquake

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The current earthquake incidence can be interpreted on many levels.

As per Deepak Chopra, there are seven types of people with different consciousness levels.

The first level is people with Fight and Flight response, who either fight or flight an adversity. Second level is people with reactive response, who are fault finders when an adversity comes.

Third, fourth and fifth levels are people with restful alertness, intuitive, and creative responses respectively. These people treat every adversity as an opportunity to do something different and work in the interest of the community.

Finally sixth and seventh levels are the people with visionary and sacred responses. These people are people with wisdom who understand consciousness and treat the microcosm within the body and the macrocosm of the nature as one.

People who share the fight, flight or reactive response, they would interpret it as if the God is punishing us for our sins.

Those who are in the restful alertness, intuitive or creative response, would think of earthquake as a creative opportunity to create a globalization-based new humanity on the culture or compassion instead of exploitation. Finally those who are with visionary or sacred response might see a link between the turbulence in collective consciousness of the people and the turbulence in nature.

Many theorists propose that the earth is a living biological organism. This is known as GAIA hypothesis. We and other biological organisms are just patterns of behavior in this living biological organism that we call Mother Earth. When we are agitated and turbulent our extended body or Mother Earth reflect that turbulence. In other words, the turbulence in nature and the turbulence in human beings co-arise inter-dependently.

We all know that during full moon, the mind is more agitated than during the new moon. The high tides in the ocean influence the high tides (vata function) in the human body and the human mind.

Many intellectuals have suggested that turbulence in nature can be managed by collective meditation (more than 1% of the population together at the same time) or through rituals by introducing intentions in the field of pure potentiality. This uses the principles of dharna, Dhyana, and samadhi of Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. This was the original purpose of yagnas which unfortunately today have become as empty rituals as they are not based on basic methodology of true consciousness.

Earthquake can be considered as a localized pralay involving the element of earth. The classic pralay will involve all five elements. If an earthquake like instance occurs affecting the whole earth, it will be the pralay mentioned in Purans.

Nepal earthquake: IMA writes to Nepal Medical Association

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A massive earthquake killed scores in Nepal and India on Saturday morning.
The massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal with devastating force less than 50 miles from the capital, Kathmandu causing tremors in northern India as well.

At least 970 people are known to have died. The quake struck an area between the capital, Kathmandu, and the city of Pokhara.

IMA appeals

  1. IMA has communicated to Nepal Medical Association for all help
  2. IMA members are requested to donate to the IMA disaster cell
  3. Those members who want to volunteer to visit the affected areas and help can give their names, email numbers and mobile numbers
  4. Members can also send suggestions

Dr AM Pillai and Dr KK Aggarwal

25 points that all doctors should know about malaria

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  1. Malaria is endemic throughout India except in areas located 5000 ft above sea level.
  2. It is largely prevalent in 16 states of India including the 7 North-Eastern states. These are Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Karnataka.
  3. Intensity of transmission varies from area to area. The areas, which have conducive geo-ecological and climatic conditions, inaccessible terrains, poor infrastructure, lack of health seeking behavior, poor availability of health services and high vector load have high disease burden and high mortality rates.
  4. Districts with predominant tribal population are the most affected due to poor availability of health services and lack of health seeking behavior.
  5. Main plasmodium species causing malaria in India are P. vivax and P. falciparum; each is responsible for 50% of the cases in the country.
  6. The incidence of malaria has been brought down from 2 million cases annually during the last decade to around 1 million cases annually during the beginning of current decade and it has been contained at that level for the last 3 years. Similarly, annual deaths due to malaria have also declined during this period.
  7. 152 districts have been identified as high endemic.
  8. During the year 2014, there was an increase in total cases and deaths due to malaria as compared to the year 2013. A total of 11 States/ UTs reported case rise in 2014 as compared to the previous year. The major states, which reported increase in malaria cases include Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya and Mizoram.
  9. Some of the main reasons identified for this upsurge are increased surveillance since the introduction of Bivalent Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) in 2013 and focal outbreaks such as in the states of Tripura, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Meghalaya.
  10. National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme is taking intensive malaria control measures with the ultimate goal of bringing down malaria incidence to the level that it is no more a public health problem.
  11. To achieve effective control of malaria, the program aims at early case detection through active, passive and sentinel surveillance along with prompt and complete treatment of all the detected cases.
  12. As per National Drug Policy for Treatment of Malaria- 2013, all fever cases suspected of malaria are to be investigated by microscopy or Rapid Diagnostic Test (RDT) for malaria.
  13. Although microscopy is the Gold standard test for malaria, bivalent RDTs are being recommended and used to detect malaria in remote, inaccessible areas, during malaria epidemic, for travelers and military forces.
  14. NVBDCP recommends only antigen-based bivalent RDTs (Pf and Pv) for diagnosis of malaria.
  15. As per the National Drug Policy (2013), P. vivax cases are to be treated with chloroquine for 3 days and primaquine for 14 days.
  16. As per the National Drug Policy (2013), P. falciparum cases are to be treated with Artemisinin Combination Therapy (ACT) i.e. Artesunate 3 days + Sulphadoxine-Pyrimethamine 1 day and single dose Primaquine on day 2.
  17. However, in North Eastern states, all Pf cases are to be treated with ACT-AL (Artemether-Lumefantrine combination) + Primaquine on day 2.
  18. All severe cases should be treated with injection Artesunate followed by complete oral ACT course i.e. of 3 days.
  19. The referral services are being strengthened for the management of severe cases. The referral mechanism under NHM is being used for referring cases.
  20. Special measures are being taken for epidemic preparedness and rapid response, through co-ordination with IDSP.
  21. To reduce the risk of transmission, Integrated Vector Management is being done through Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) in selected high risk areas with API >2 (~80 million pop/annually), use of Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) and use of larvivorous fish and source reduction.
  22. Other important supporting interventions of the program include Behaviour Change Communication/ Information, Education & Communication (BCC/IEC), capacity building and inter-sectoral collaboration and NGO or Public Private Partnerships.
  23. In urban areas, more than 60% of the population seeks health services from private sector and other public undertaking and organized sectors. Their involvement in the programme is of paramount importance.
  24. To ensure timely action, actual disease burden, reporting from all the sectors needs to be captured and monitored.
  25. Any confirmed malaria case not responding to treatment within 72hours may be suspected for resistance. Such cases should be given alternative antimalarial and should be reported to the program for detailed investigation.

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