Hospitals must have a prayer room

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Inaugurating a symposium on prayer, faith, meditation and healing, Prof. B.M. Hegde, Chairman Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan, Mangalore Kendra said that every hospital should have a prayer room where people from every religion can pray.

The symposium was organised by Heart Care Foundation of India jointly with Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan at Bhawan’s Auditorium and was participated by speakers from various religions.

Moderating the session, Padma Shri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India said that often doctors get request from the patients and relations either to let them pray or have the doctors pray for them or with them. There are studies which show that prayer has a positive healing effect.

Dr. Aggarwal said that both prayer and meditation shifts one from sympathetic to parasympathetic mode and helps in healing. Positive faith in doctors and drugs also has a healing effect.

In a joint statement Mr. Ashok Pradhan, Mr. G C Garekhan, Mr. J Veeraraghavanfrom Bhartiya Vidya Bhawan said that spiritually religions and cultural beliefs always play significant role in the lives of patients who are seriously ill and dying. They said that the wishes of the dying patients and their relations should be respected and their spiritual needs must be taken care of.

On the subject of praying with the patients Rev. Ivan Moses said that in Christianity dying patient’s request for the healthcare professional to pray with him or her is usually honoured. If the doctor is uncomfortable with the request to pray with the patient, he or she can sit by in silence as the patient prays in the patient’s language and tradition.

Maulana Dr. Mufti Mohammad Ahmad said that in Islam doctors may pray for patients and they are encouraged to. Islam also believes that patients should not only pray for themselves but also for other fellow patients.

Prof. Sunil Kumar and Dr Nirmal Jit Singh said that in Hinduism and Sikhism there are no specific guidelines issued to physicians praying together with the patients. But both religions believe in prayers when the person is sick.

A daylong conference on 20th January

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eMedinewS and Heart Care Foundation of India will be organizing a daylong conference on 20th January, 2013 at Maulana Azad Medical College and will be attended by over 1000 doctors. The conference will revisit the happenings of the year 2012.

Addressing a press conference here Padmashri & Dr. BC Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, Group Editor-in-Chief eMedinewS and President Heart Care Foundation of India and Vice President Elect IMA, Dr Ganesh Mani, Dr Ashish Jain, Dr. Vivek Bhatia, Dr. Praveen Bhatia, Dr Yugal Mishra, Dr. N.K.Bhatia, Dr. Neeraj Jain, Dr Kailash Singla, Dr Kaberi Banergee and Dr. Praveen Chandra, in a joint statement said that a lot has changed in the last one year. Following were a few of the new advancements:

1. The new mantra for Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR10) – Over 25000 people in the city of Delhi alone have been trained in CPR10 to revive people out of sudden death. The mantra created by Dr. KK Aggarwal simplifies the course of action to be taken by people – “within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better), at least for the next 10 minutes (longer the better – upto 25 minutes), compress the centre of the chest of the victim effectively and continuously with a speed of 10×10 i.e. 100 per minutes”.

2. For patients whose blood pressure is not getting under control, new treatment is denervation of the nerves connected to the kidney.

3. For suspected rheumatic heart diseases, echo screening and not clinical screening is the answer.

4. Bypass surgery is better than drug quoted stents in patients with diabetes.

5. Pre-exposure prophylaxes with tenofvir and emtricitadine is now an established way of preventing HIV in high risk individuals.

6. New guidelines suggest that all patients of HIV+ should be treated regardless of CD4 T cells count.

7. Bacterial nasal sinusitis needs to be treated by anti-biotic and should be differentiated from viral nasal sinusitis.

8. In patients over the age of 70 years being treated with enema for constipation, one should use warm water enema rather than sodium phosphate enema.

9. In women of 65 years of age and older with a normal or slightly low bone mass at baseline measurement and with no risk factors of accelerated bone loss, follow-up bone densitometry should be done between 10-15 years.

10. Patients with high cholesterol on statin no more require monitoring of liver functions. They should be done only at baseline and not thereafter

11. Patients of depression on citalopriam should not be given a dose more than 40 mg and in 60+, it should not be more than 20mg.

12. Bio-absorbable polymers stent are now available in India.

13. Without surgery aortic valve replacement via catheter has now started in India.

14. Small intestinal transplant has been added to the list of transplant in the country.

15. Recently, a patient from Delhi who was brain dead donated his organs to 37 people.

16. A circular from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has clarified that under the PNDT Act, medical practitioners with post graduation in gynecology and obstetrics are qualified to do obstetric ultrasound.

17. Suspect bacterial infection if:

a. Persistent symptoms or signs lasting more than 10 days with no improvement.

b. Onset with fever of more than 102 degree and purulent nasal discharge lasting three consecutive days.

c. Onset with worsening symptoms following a viral URI lasting 5-6 days which was initially improving.

Mr Gursharan Singh former Indian Cricketer was the special guest of the day.

The conference will be followed by ‘Doctor of the year’ awards and cultural evening.

The Remarks Of Spiritual Leader Shri Asharam Ji Bapu Not Unexpected

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Tyaga, Vairagya and Sanyasa are the three terms used in spirituality. Tyaga is at the level of physical body, Vairagya at the level of mind and Sanyasa at the level of spirit.

Tyagis are the people who discard physical needs in life. For example- leaving alcohol, non-vegetarian food, milk products, smoking etc. Gandhiji asked people to be Swadeshi and do a Tyaga of Videshi thing.

Vairagya on the other hand is at the level of mind and happens when you dissociate yourself from the desires. Sanyasa on the other hand is at the level of spirit with Zero desire, a state with no needs and Zero property or bank balance.

We have practically no true Sanyasi today as most of the self-proclaimed Sanyasis own establishments, sell spirituality and are power hungry. To attend the discourse of many of our spiritual leaders, you have to shell out money. They are bigger than the film stars and ask for donations for their organizations to appear for personal functions.

Once I asked Deepak Chopra as to how to differentiate between different types of spiritual leaders. he said that most of the spiritual leaders are spiritual agents who are comparable to a travel agent who can sell  a hotel or a travel tour without ever going into that place. Similarly, spiritual leaders can sell spirituality without being a Sanyasi.

So, you cannot expect today’s spiritual gurus to talk tha language of ancient sages. Aasa Ram Bapu’s recent comments about the gang rape are his personal views which have come from his mind and the intellect. These words are not from Aasa Ramji’s heart because heart can never talk non spiritual. The words like ‘barking dogs’ can never come from the mouth of a true Sanyasi. Similarly the words like ‘taali ek haath se nahin bajti’ can never be spoken for a rape victim who fought till last and gave away her life.

A true spiritual Sanyasi will not own anything, not even clothes and food, not to talk of a house. They will depend on Bhiksha for clothes as well as for their daily food. If they do not get Bhiksha, they will remain without food.

To me, Shri Asharam Ji Bapu is a common man with spiritual knowledge but no spiritual experiences.

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