Diet can go a long way in preventing cancer

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There is a need to create awareness that any type of cancer can be symptomless

New Delhi, 19 May 2018: The incidence of multiple myeloma (MM) varies from 1.2 to 1.8 per 100,000 in India. Approximately, 50,000 new MM cases are diagnosed each year. Men are more likely to develop this condition than women. The signs and symptoms of MM vary and in the early stages of the disease, there may be no symptoms at all.

MM is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell. Multiple myeloma causes cancer cells to accumulate in the bone marrow, where they crowd out healthy blood cells. Rather than produce helpful antibodies, the cancer cells produce abnormal proteins that can cause complications.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI, said, “Although the definitive cause of MM is not known, there may be several factors contributing factors such as a genetic abnormality (c-Myc oncogenes). It is not a hereditary disease as nothing conclusive has been established thus far. Environmental exposures to herbicides, insecticides, benzene, hair dyes, and radiation may also be responsible. Apart from this, inflammation and certain infections may also be triggers. The condition almost always starts out as a relatively benign condition called monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS). As myeloma cells crowd out normal blood cells, multiple myeloma can also cause anemia and other blood problems.”

Some signs and symptoms of this condition include bone pain (especially in the spine or chest), nausea, constipation, lack of appetite, confusion, fatigue, frequent infections, weight loss, weakness or numbness in your legs, and excessive thirst.

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, who is also the Vice President of CMAAO, said, “The combination of treatments for MM depends upon to whether a person is a good candidate for bone marrow transplant. This depends on the risk of the disease progressing, a person’s age, and overall health. MM also causes a number of complications, and therefore, one may need treatment for those specific conditions as well. This includes kidney problems and eventually anemia.”

Some tips from HCFI
An anti-cancer diet can go a long way link preventing not just MM but other types too. Some tips one can follow are given below. Eating fruits and vegetables at every meal.
• Choosing whole grains instead of foods containing processed or refined grains.
• Limiting processed and red meats.
• Practicing eating habits that allow you to maintain a healthy weight.
• If you drink, limiting alcohol to two drinks daily if you’re a man and one if you’re a woman.

Non-violent vs violent communication

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Most of us engage in violent communication every day and this is one of the main reasons for any conflict.

A violent communication can be in thoughts, action, speech or writings. It is based on judgment and not observations and finds fault with others. The components of a violent speech are Condemnation, Complaint and Criticism (3Cs). Hostility, aggression, anger can be called violent communication.

A non-violent communication, on the other hand, is either based on observations or on individual opinions. These observations or opinions are always written or spoken as quote-unquote.

Gossip is a way of violent communication and is common cause of misunderstanding between people and relational harmony. It is a stress-related risk factor for heart diseases. The three main characteristics of gossip are:

One talks about others.
The talk is in their absence.
It is invariably without source.
This means talking about somebody in their absence, without verifying the facts. Gossiping always distorts the message. A typical example of this is the game of ‘Chinese Whispers’ where each person whispers a message to the other in a large circle and when the last player speaks the message aloud, it is quite different from the original message – it is totally distorted.

Gossip should therefore be avoided as it invariably reaches to the person whom you are criticizing, condemning or complaining about and creates misunderstanding or controversy

One should practice non-violent way of living, especially non-violent communication.

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri AwardeeVice President CMAAOGroup Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Immediate Past National President IMA

Spiritual Prescription: Kayotsarga

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Shavasana or corpse-like posture is a term used in Hatha Yoga. In mind body language, it is called mind body relaxation. In terms of psychiatry, it is called progressive muscular relaxation. Mahavira in his teachings called it as Kayotsarga or a total relaxation of mind, body and speech with self-awareness. Kaya means ‘body’ and Utsarg means ‘to drop’.

Kayotsarga does not only mean lying like corpse but also abandonment of the body. It is a state of restful alertness where the mind is alert but the body is at rest or relaxed. All meditative practices begin with Kayotsarga. It is the very foundation of spiritual sadhana. In terms of physiology, kayotsarga increases alpha rays in the brain and in the language of neurology, it creates a parasympathetic state of the body. The process involves lying still and being aware of each and every part of the body getting relaxed gradually and in turn. Awareness or the concentration is on the body being relaxed and the process of relaxation. In yogic language, this is also called as yoga nidra as before completing the process most people fall asleep. This is one procedure, which is often used by counselors in patients with insomnia. As Swami Satyananda Saraswati (Preface to “Yoga Nidra”, 1982, Bihar School of Yoga, Monghyr, Bihar, India) says: “When awareness is separate and distinct from vrittis – mental modifications, when waking, dreaming and deep sleep pass like clouds, yet awareness of Atman remains, that is the experience of total relaxation. That is why, in Tantra, Yoga Nidra is said to be the doorway to samadhi!”

During the process of Kayotsarga, one is neither in the past nor in the future. Awareness is in the present and hence, it detaches one from attachments and desires and prepares one for the next phase called meditation.

One of the mind body principles is that during a state of relaxation and restful alertness, the mind become suggestive. This principle is also used in hypnosis. In fact, the initial trans-state is based on this principle.Kayotsarga is the state of the body required to win over any pain and this is one reason why during any painful procedure the person is often asked to relax and give way. All physical and mental sufferings are relieved as the body is in a deep state of relaxation. With relaxation of the body most pain would disappear.There are several studies, which say that yogic shavasana or Kayotsarga can reduce blood pressure by 20/10 mmHg. The 10-day Vipassana meditation is also based on prolonged Kayotsarga. Slower and deeper breathing is another way of achieving the same benefits as that of Kayotsarga. Both balance prana. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali involve both before going into meditation. If one practices Kayotsarga, breathing automatically slows down. Kayotsarga is often done in the beginning of dhyana and at the point of culmination of dhyana. Kayotsarga is a state of making body completely free of motion and tension. The fundamental principle of Kayotsarga is slower and deeper breathing. Unless the breathing is slow it is not possible to relax the body. One cannot do Kayotsarga successfully if the breathing is fast. It is also combined with many visualization techniques. Once the full body is relaxed concentrating on a mantra or on a particular portion of the body may help in healing. Dean Ornish in his book ‘Reversing Heart Disease’ also used this technique with focus on heart and showed that even heart diseases are regressible. Many people use this for relieving migraine.Kayotsarga is the process which distinguishes the body from the soul. The detached feeling of the body is what the first stage of meditation is. Afternoon nap is nothing but Kayotsarga. The best way to rest for a heart patient is to practice Kayotsarga. During the process of Kayotsarga, the immunity develops and the prana becomes balanced.

Dr KK Aggarwal

Padma Shri Awardee

Vice President CMAAO

Group Editor-in-Chief IJCP Publications

President Heart Care Foundation of India

Immediate Past National President IMA

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