Make preventive healthcare a priority to lead a wholesome life
Health plays a crucial role in building your self-confidence, living a longer life, having more energy, being less stressed and feeling emotionally happier. People should adopt preventive healthcare measures at an early age in order to keep rising lifestyle disorders at bay.
 
However, the "Wellness in India Survey 2017" conducted by drug company Himalaya and market research firm IMRB revealed that 68 per cent of urban citizens do not practice preventive healthcare measures. 
 
The survey involving 896 urban and semi-urban people belonging to the age group of 20-55 years assessed awareness of wellness and lifestyle issues affecting their overall well-being.
 
The survey -- conducted in three cities, Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru -- also showed that the lack of self-motivation as well as time constraints were the key barriers to adopting preventive measures.
 
So there is a need for a shift in our lifestyle to add preventive healthcare measures such as eating healthy in our daily life, the key benefits of which are:
 
Helps in reducing the lifestyle disorders: Constantly suffering from lifestyle problems can affect our overall well-being. According to the Himalaya Wellness in India survey, 65 per cent of those who practiced preventive healthcare measures took them up with the hope of dealing with regular spells of fatigue, abnormal blood pressure, weight management issues, etc. One can combat these problems by opting for herbal products rich in "Amalaki" (Indian gooseberry) and "Guduchi" (Tinospora cordifolia, commonly known as heart-leaved moonseed), which help in building a stronger immune system. 
 
Elevates general mood: A healthy body and mind are co-dependent. Research has proven that a person who maintains his health faces fewer mood swings and has better emotional stability. Regular intake of herbs like "Ashwagandha" (Withania somnifera) help in rejuvenating your mind and body.
 
Increases mental efficiency: An unhealthy body also affects your mind. The results of the Himalaya Wellness study released in February this year showed that 35 per cent of the respondents faced decreased mental efficiency before they switched to preventive healthcare measures. A healthy body helps in maintaining mental stability and concentrating on your work more efficiently. Make a habit of consuming herbs like "Brahmi" (Bacopa monnieri), which helps improve alertness and focus better. 
 
Helps achieves overall beauty: People generally associate beauty with external aspects. They tend to forget the essential elements of looking good, which include clean and clear skin, nourished hair, and glowing face. These can be attained when your body is healthy from within. In the Himalaya Wellness study, 49 per cent of the respondents who adopted preventive healthcare measures said these measures had helped them look good from within. The consumption of herbs like Neem helps purify the body in a natural way.
 
Improves self-confidence: Most of the time, your health affects your self-esteem and confidence as well. Leading a healthy lifestyle goes a long way in improving your self-confidence. A sound preventive healthcare regime can help you to achieve the confidence you want.
 
Do not wait for an illness to start caring about your health. Be proactive and practice preventive healthcare in order to achieve overall well-being. 
 
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Prakash Bhate

2 years ago

You can take tablespoons of Brahmi and Ashwagandha and Guduchi and what have you, but if you don't do your 30-45 min walk or bicycle or jogging or yogasans or simple stretching and warm-ups at least 3-4 times a week AND eat a fresh fruit every day AND eat at least two generous helpings of mildly (not oily) cooked or raw vegetables AND cut down on pickle/papad/samosa etc you will not move even an inch toward preventive health care. How boring and serious!!

Ramesh Poapt

2 years ago

Good!...but Himalaya branch promotion?!

Take Heart, Mind the Mind
“Plato is my friend, Aristotle is my friend, but my greatest friend is truth.” — Isaac Newton
 
The prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, published a good study on the heart status of aboriginals living in the Amazon forests in Bolivian territory. The aboriginals are the Tsaimane (pronounced chee-mah-nay). As in all our reductionist studies, did they measure the coronary calcium level as a surrogate marker of coronary artery disease (CAD) which, too, is not a true measure of CAD? Be that as it may, the Tsaimane tribe lived away from what we call civilisation and led a hunter-gatherer egalitarian life, untouched by the modern monetary economy with its accompanying Wall Street greed. These people are not supposed to get precocious heart attacks and premature death. Both inferences are, at the moment, only presumptions. 
 
The study’s authors claim that the Tsaimane eat hunter-gatherers’ diet of fruits, cereals, like rice and maize, and also fish, with occasional meat of monkeys, piranha and the large rodents they hunt. They walk a lot to get their food daily, the average being about 17,000 steps, in contrast to the Western prescription of 10,000 steps. They live together in large communes without the ‘I’ (illness concept) and, instead, live as ‘we’ (wellness concept). They do not have banks and money in circulation. They share what they get, with due consideration for everyone in the commune. In short, they have no negative thoughts of greed, pride, jealousy and one-upmanship; instead, they live as one large family.
 
As usual, in our reductionist cross-sectional research, we seem to miss the wood for the trees. See how the conventional pundits reacted to the findings. Tim Chico, consultant cardiologist and reader in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Sheffield, told The Independent that we shouldn’t “romanticise the Tsaimane existence,” adding that “two thirds of them suffer intestinal worms and they have a very hard life, without fresh water, sewerage or electricity.” We think it is a hard life; but the Tsaimane are very happy, indeed. Intestinal worms are supposed to increase immune strength. Another comment is still more romantic: “Surely, somewhere in the middle is the place to be. It’s up to each of us to find that healthy balance.” As I said above, we have missed the wood for the trees. The woods are beautiful, dark and deep and we shall miss the wood in this study.
 
Our evolution, and even our diseases, is environmental; they are not genetic or due to minor things like what we eat, how we eat it, where we live, our abdominal girth, weight, blood pressure, sugar, cholesterol and what have you. The so-called risk factors in our venerated risk factor hypothesis, in reality, do not have much effect on our illness or wellness. Non-availability of fresh water, sewerage and electricity are not risk factors either. These are all important in the 18th-century science of the Newtonian worldview which is reductionist. As the common saying goes, ‘it is not what you eat that kills as long as you do not overeat; it is what eats you that kills you’ i.e., your negative thoughts.
 
In the 21st-century quantum worldview, matter is made out of energy. In that context, the human body is just the holographic projection of our mind, the consciousness. Our mind is the canvas on which our thoughts are projected. Mind is not inside the brain. The real environment of our body is our mind. Therefore, it is the mind that determines why one is healthy at a given time or is ill at some other time. While food, exercise and water, etc, are important for good health, the kingpin in the game of our health and disease is our mind. If the Tsaimane tribe is healthier than us and has no heart disease, it is basically because the environment of their body (their mind) is happy, contented, and has no negative feelings. That hidden truth was missed by the researchers as they went in search of inconsequential details about their living.
 
An old study (published in 1987) of the Innu community, living in the islands off the coast of a Labrador town in Canada, titled “The Failure of Scientific Medicine: Davis Inlet as an Example of Socio-political Morbidity”,   graphically showed how the Innus, an aboriginal race that lived with no knowledge of the so-called civilisation and the monetary economy of mainland Canada, lived an egalitarian hunter-gatherer existence without sewerage, electricity and clean water, but with profound happiness, caring and sharing what they hunted and gained. They lived happily like a large single family. Their records on stone and leaves showed that their only causes of death were old age and predation. 
 
They were not heir to any illness that the civilised world suffered from, up until 1732 when, for the first time, a barter company from mainland Canada, The Hudson’s Bay Company, set up a shop in Innu land, starting the barter economy, which soon led to the monetary economy. And, in course of time, Innus became citizens of mainland Canada. Now, Innus are heir to every disease that Caucasian Canadians are heir to—from the common cold to cancer 10 years earlier compared to Caucasian—Canadians. What changed for the Innus was the introduction of the monetary economy with all its attendant ills. William Wordsworth was right in 1802 when he wrote:
 
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
 
The essence of the wisdom in these two studies, somewhat similar in character, is the same. When you sell your soul to the Devil, you get heart attacks more frequently. 
 
The Tsaimanes and Innus had their hearts with them and they had not sold their hearts to the Devil of the monetary economy. It is not what they ate or what they did that mattered as much as what ate them (their negative thoughts resulting from monetary greed). Our Western medical science can only answer ‘how’ one gets a disease. Our positive sciences cannot answer the question why one gets a disease, at a given time. So spake Nobel Laureate Charles Sherrington, in 1895, at the age of 38, in his acceptance speech after he was appointed professor of physiology at Liverpool University.
 
Let us not get lost in the Newtonian worldview of the 18th century. The quantum worldview allows us to comprehend much more than what we can grasp with our five senses. It helps us understand that the real environment of disease is the human mind. If we can mind our mind, we can mend most diseases without outside intervention. Healing, finally, is due to our own in-built immune system. Long live mankind on this planet! Note that knowledge advances not by repeating known things (as was done by the researchers in this Bolivian study), but by refuting false dogmas. Reductionist science in human affairs must give place to holistic science.
 
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Anbalagan Veerappan

2 years ago

Meditation or Dhyanam is the brain exercise for better Mind!

S.S.A.Zaidi

2 years ago

What an article! Very informative indeed

Rahul Pande

2 years ago

Old is gold.Our vedic thoughts and practises need to be reintroduced .

Bharath Kumar Ramesh

2 years ago

Wonderful Article sir. ' ve listened to the TED talk as well. Current generation is focussed on I,me,myself so more illness

Towards a Better Healthcare System
“You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I guarantee you, you’ll win, no matter what the outcome.” — Patch Adams
 
India ranks 143 out of 188 countries in the UN’s new health-related sustainable development goal (SDG) index. India gets 42 out of 100 marks in this index, much below China and below even Syria. While the sickness industry is thriving in India, with corporate hospitals sprouting like mushrooms and corporate honchos enjoying the fruits of a global clientele for their ‘health tourism’, there are no takers for our health sector.
  • Readers must be briefed, to begin with, that hospitals, whether government-run or corporate, have nothing to do with healthcare. The health of a nation depends on many other factors, the leadings ones being:
  • Clean drinking water for the whole population;
  • Three square meals without contamination by animal or human excreta;
  • Sanitary facilities for all 
  • Universal toilet facilities and sewage drainage;
  •  Avoidance of stagnant water breeding deadly mosquitoes; 
  • Smokeless chulahs for rural women;
  • Economic empowerment of rural women to feed their children if their husbands spend most of their money on alcohol;
  • Keeping every girl in school and college till the age of 20 to bring down the fertility rates by preventing them from getting married early; 
  • Enlisting the village barber’s help to spread the message of family planning. 
 

To this list, I must add the judicious use of childhood vaccines, not all those sold by the vaccine industry.
 
I am pleased that our prime minister (PM) is personally making the effort to kick-start some of these health initiatives. Special mention must be made of the Swachh Bharat mission, close to the PM’s heart, which must be taken up by every right-thinking individual. The government’s efforts to popularise the use of toilets, through advertisements, goes a long way in improving people’s health. The PM’s efforts to provide a smoke-free kitchen to poor villagers, through the cooking gas subsidy scheme, will greatly reduce cancer and heart attack rates in village women and pneumonia death rates in children below five years of age. 
 
Confusion prevails in the minds of some government functionaries on what is required to improve the general health of the citizenry. One example will suffice. Every state government seems to think that starting an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) type of hospital in their state will solve healthcare problems. According to this thinking, the new AIIMs will improve people’s healthcare. This is far removed from the truth.
 
A 14-country study, covering countries from Japan to Germany, showed that in countries with a higher doctor-patient ratio (USA, Germany, etc) the health of the population and mortality and morbidity rates were much higher compared to countries where the doctor-patient ratio was much lower, as in Japan. In Japan, there are 120 doctors per 100,000 population, compared to more than 450 doctors per 100,000 population in Germany and US. Other countries, like the UK, and Europe, fall somewhere in between. Even longevity is higher in Japan compared to that in the US. These differences prevail, despite these countries, including Japan, having the best health infrastructure.  
 
To advise India, ranking low in the quality of its health infrastructure, to ape the US model is dangerous. Going only by the quality of treatment available in corporate hospitals, India can rank almost at the top of the list. Our corporate hospitals attract patients from even the affluent West.
 

It is in healthcare that India is woefully deficient. If only we can provide a mosquito-net for all, especially for poor homeless people and their children, we could dramatically reduce the incidence of malaria. This would mark a major success in the battle for better healthcare and achieve a much better SDG ranking for the country.
 
Studies have now shown that the best malaria eradication is to provide individual mosquito-nets to the population. By providing clean drinking water, we can reduce by 40% the requirement for hospital beds to treat water-borne diseases. With economic empowerment and employment, India can significantly reduce deaths due to lifestyle-related chronic diseases. A proper diet would save the lives of millions of malnourished children and adults.
 
How do we take India forward in healthcare and try and attain the status that we enjoyed up until around the 12th century when India was a world leader even in trade? A healthy country is a happy country. A happy India will be a powerful India, not powerful with missiles and rockets but with 1.2 billion healthy minds. A healthy mind is defined as a mind with the enthusiasm to work and one that is compassionate. Live and let live. Even home-grown terrorism will vanish when a society nurtures healthy minds among its young, by providing them with a good education, and not just an education which leads only to a prosperous career.  
 
Meeting the long-term health needs of India should begin with a new medical education policy. The outdated London University curriculum of 1857, which only teaches medical students about sickness and its management, is being replaced by a new healthcare-based medical education. India should move away from the Western model. Medical quick-fixes should be retained only for emergencies, which normally constitute about 2%-4% of the sick population on a given day, while the remaining 96% can make do with management modalities from all other authenticated systems, including Ayurveda.  
 
As predicted by Benjamin Rush, one of the framers of the American Constitution, Western medicine, today, monopolises sickness-care all over the world. Its impact is highest in India, where the majority cannot avail of the hi-tech Western medicine. Those who can are significantly impoverished. Future medical education in India must have a health-based system to inculcate in future generations of doctors a humane approach to the practice of medicine and knowledge of the health needs of the country. We need to change the Hippocrates oath that our students take, to incorporate this humane model of healthcare as well as sickness-care. 
 
“Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.” — Albert Einstein
 
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Arnavaz m. Havewala

2 years ago

Superb!
The author has explained the basis of healthcare.
It is not more medical colleges or hospitals...it is improving the basic infrastructure of our country..it is improving hygiene in homes and society.
He has stressed on alternative methods of treatment..
Our ancient systems of medicine like Ayurveda.
Why are we poisoning our systems with synthetic and toxic allopathic drugs? Why cant we use more Ayurveda..more Homoeopathic or Unani medicine?
Why cant we make citizens be cleaner..with their bodies as well as with the environment? This is what is needed.
A sea change in the mindsets of our people..a determination to improve and become healthier individuals.

Ramesh Poapt

2 years ago

Perfect,sir!

Simple Indian

2 years ago

Yet another fine article from Dr. Hegde. While I agree with his views, the last sentence is the most important one in the article. If only our political leaders, corporate honchos, and people in general lived by this principle, why India, the whole world would be a much much better place to live in.

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