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A Medical Marvel!

 

A 25 year old  Robotics Engineer Diwakar Vaish has collaborated with A Neuro scientist Dr Deepak Agrawal at the famous AIIMS, (All India Institute Of Medical Science) Delhi to develop the smallest and most inexpensive Pocket Ventilator !

 

The Ventilator is 450 times smaller than a conventional Ventilator, looks like a Mobile phone and can be slipped into a pocket.

 

It does not require Oxygen cylinder/s to function as it runs on atmospheric air and operates both on power and battery with an almost nil operational cost.

It is controlled by an Android app which adjusts the air supply to match the normal breathing pattern of the patient.

An earlier portable Ventilator also pushes in air but does so at a fixed frequency not necessarily matching the person’s breathing pattern leading to a non-optimum oxygen saturation.

 

An FDA approved disposable ventilator is also available but has a shelf life of only about 4 weeks !

Currently India faces a huge shortage of Ventilator beds for critically ill patients as well as interrupted power supply for the functioning of Ventilators.

This  marvellous venture will provide an affordable option for families to buy portable Ventilators to use at home, as well as the ability to be used in remote areas where power supply is greatly reduced.

 

The expected cost after the Clinical trails and approvals is set to be only 15,000 to 20,000 Indian Rupees…

A huge applause to them both for developing this highly beneficial and needed Medical Marvel !

 

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21 Day Wellness Lifestyle Initiative.

 

Is Focusing on Wellness One of Your Goals this Year?

If so, I am going to challenge you with the first Wellness Lifestyle Initiative, to enhance your Wellness.

Studies show that’s all it takes to form a new life enhancing habit, 21 DAYS!

 

Make a commitment to adopt each of the following practices for 21 days. In doing so, you will see and feel a real difference as you replace unhealthy habits with new healthy ones. Then as it becomes a part of your lifestyle it will dramatically impact on how you look and feel:

  1. DRINK WATER, eight(8oz) glasses of good quality water a day, at room temperature or warm. Our body is 75% water, the miracle liquid! NO CARBONATED BEVERAGES.
  2. ACTIVELY SEEK OUT AND EAT ORGANIC PRODUCE, as far as possible. BOYCOTT PESTICIDE LADEN PRODUCE. Witness the rising Cancers and Degenerative disease?
  3. CUT OUT PROCESSED SUGARS INCLUDING HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Use Natural sugars instead. SMALL AMOUNTS OF RAW HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP grade 2, BLACKSTRAP MOLLASSES, LACUMA FRUIT POWDER,COCONUT PALM SUGAR, MONK FRUIT, STEVIA AND SMALL AMOUNT OF FRUIT  like berries, apple, banana, guava..
  4. More VEGETABLES WITH EACH MEAL . Enjoy a rainbow of vegetables with each meal ie of varied colors and organic as far as possible. ABUNDANT IN NATURAL ANTIOXIDANTS!
  5.  CONSUME WHOLE GRAIN PRODUCTS. (Some people only have Gluten free grains which is great or no grains!)  NO PROCESSED REFINED GRAIN FLOUR PRODUCTS.
  6. EAT HEALTHY PROTEINS. e.g, Organic eggs from hens reared in farms with ecological farming Practices, Wild caught Salmon, Grass fed meats and poultry, Game, soaked Lentils, etc…
  7.  STEAM, BOIL, LIGHTLY STIR FRY, LIGHTLY GRILL, BROIL your food other than having it RAW. Enjoy its healthy nutrients!  KEEP AWAY FROM FRIED FOODS.
  8.  ENJOY HEALTHY FATS.  Such as Butter and Ghee from Grass fed animals, Virgin Coconut oil, Coconut Butter, Cold Pressed Virgin Olive oil, Avocados, Olives, Nuts and Seeds etc…….. CHUCK OUT THE PROCESSED REFINED OILS.  EAT GOOD FATS TO GET RID OF UNWANTED BODY FAT!
  9. MAKE USE OF SEA SALT OR ROCK SALT.  Full of Natural Minerals and plenty of varieties available! BIN THE PROCESSED TABLE SALT.
  10. USE HERBS AND SPICES.  Powerful Nature’s remedies, Flavorsome and varieties galore. Use them abundantly!! Coriander, Parsley, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Bay, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Fennel, Aniseed, Nutmeg, Star Anise, Mace, Fenugreek, Asafoetida, Ginger, Garlic, Galangal, Lemon grass, etc etc ..  DITCH THE PROCESSED SAUCES AND PROCESSED MASALAS.
  11.  REGULAR EXERCISE. Adopt an exercise regime that is PLEASURABLE AND VARIED, 20 minutes a day. SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING!
  12. JOYFUL PURSUITS . Spend more time engaging in activities that bring you JOY. Also actively look around for small or big things you can be grateful AND ADD TO YOUR JOYFULNESS !

 

Before using Nutritional supplements, herbal, homeopathic remedies and other treatments, put such foundations in place.

 These are a dozen healthy lifestyle changes !!

 If you feel these are too many to make at the same time, then start with one and incorporate the others as you go along, committing to doing 21 days for each change to make it a lifestyle habit!

(N.B. If the food items suggested as examples are unsuitable to you or your dietary plan, please use alternatives that suit you)

Enjoy the Initiative…

READY STEADY GO!

 

 

 

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Festive Winter Warmers.

 

Healthy Winter Warmers to enjoy during the Festive season.

 

Winter is that time of the year when Nature and its creatures take a break, humans included.

It is the season both for hibernation and festivities (which includes food and drink). These are few of my favorite ‘cocktails’ which are delicious, warming, have numerous health benefits and especially useful in keeping the sniffles away at this time of the year.

I use Organic whole spices and ingredients with proportions to suit the palette.

Enjoy!

 

1. Spice it up!

Ingredients:

Green Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black pepper, Ginger grated/cut, Licorice root (optional), Green Tea leaves (optional).

Method:

  1. To a pan of boiling water add the above ingredients in a proportion you desire, going easy on the cloves  2. Cover with lid and simmer for 5-10 minutes 3. Strain into your favorite tea cup and enjoy!

 

2. Golden Milk

Ingredients to make the Golden paste: 1 to 1.5 cups Water,  1/2 cup Turmeric powder, 5 Tbsp Virgin Coconut oil, Ginger (optional), 1.5 tsp Black pepper and 1/4 tsp Cinnamon.

Method:

  1. In a pan, mix the Turmeric powder into a cup of water, slowly heat and stir for 5-8 minutes till you get a thick paste. 2.  Add ginger, pepper, cinnamon and Coconut oil. 3. Continue stirring till everything is mixed. 4. Allow the paste to cool. 5.  Heat a cup of ‘milk’ of your choice and blend in one tsp of this Golden paste to make this healthy Golden Milk to be enjoyed at any time of the day !

The rest of the paste can be refrigerated in a glass bottle for a couple of weeks.  As I am not an advocate of dairy or soy milk , I suggest using Additive free Almond/Rice/Oat/Coconut milk. I personally use Organic Almond milk by Rude Health which is easily available in most supermarkets in U.K. This Almond milk contains some Rice milk in it which makes it naturally sweet thus avoiding the need to use any sweeteners.

 

3. Cinnamon Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup water, 1 banana, 1 pear, 3 Figs (fresh or dried), small piece of ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, Seeds of your choice.

Method:

Blend the above in a high speed blender for 1/2 to 1 minute for a winter warming smoothie. It tastes good even without figs.

 

Wishing you a Very Happy & Healthy Festive Season. Cheers!

 

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The Master Meditation.

 

Meditation is a much talked about subject in today’s Stressed Society and we are always on the look out for effective Meditation techniques.

 

Well, we are all inherently blessed to be downloaded with the best form of meditation, the Master of all meditations which we take for granted called SLEEP !

 

When we practice this Meditation in the way Nature intended, it can be the biggest Stress buster, Detoxifier, Rejuvenator and the Elixir for all illness.

This Meditation has many stages and steps.  When we sleep our Muscles relax,  the Blood supply to muscles increases, Body temperature and Blood pressure drop, all our body cells undergo repair, get recharged and our body’s energy restored.

During Sleep, our body is “paralysed” but our brain is most active, trying to even work out the life solutions we are seeking, hence the adage, “Sleep on it” !

While we sleep, the body secretes many hormones that affect Growth, regulate Energy and control our Metabolic function. Growth Hormone which contributes to childhood growth and helps regulate Fat and Muscle mass in adults is also secreted during Sleep. The key hormones involved in Reproduction are also released during Sleep. The cycles of sleep affect secretion of hormones which influence Weight and Appetite. Lack of quality sleep therefore has been found to have profound implications also on Obesity, Hypertension and Diabetes which has reached epidemic proportions in recent years.

 

So, it makes healthy sense to empower this inherent, self programmed Master Meditation which requires no other technology to learn and has the added bonus of being Free of charge!

 

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And the Key Detox of All.

 

Having looked at the body’s inherent modes of detoxification and various ways to support them, we should not overlook the key detox of all; the Detoxification or Clearing of Toxic Emotions.

 

Toxic emotions such as Anger, Guilt, Shame, Self- loathing, Fear, Regret, Bitterness, Resentment… affect all areas of one’s life.  The effects of such embedded emotions impinge on your physical health, relationships,  sabotage progress , and impede your joy & vitality.

Different types of Toxic emotions have been linked to various body parts and organs. Anger to Liver and Gall bladder, Fear to Kidneys, Grief to Heart, Disgust to Intestines, Lungs to Anxiety, Unexpressed Resentment to Joints…

 

There has been a great surge of Techniques in the recent years for Clearing of Toxic Emotions as indeed they are the key to restoring Health.

However some areas to ponder over and consider, to resolve or dissolve those areas are:

  • Facing up to or Looking closely at the incidents of discord or distress leading up to these emotions
  •  Restoring Communication with your self, your body and others
  • A Softening of heart and attitude towards others and yourself
  • A change  in your perspective, viewpoint and outlook about those areas
  • Learning valuable lessons from the experiences & adopting an Attitude of Gratitude for them
  • Using Laughter and Joy as tools to dissolve the discord
  • Treating Life as a Game

 

To your Joy

Dr Simi

 

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The Forgotten Channel of Detoxification.

 

The Forgotten Channel of Detoxification

My last blog post talked about Detox and Cleanses to Get Back to Good Health. Continuing the subject of Detoxification, the Drainage system of the body which is oft forgotten, the importance of which can not be stressed enough is the Lymphatic System.

This network of Lymph channels is larger than the Arterial system and travels along with the blood vessels and nerves in the body and carries a milky white fluid.

The Lymphatic system removes waste from every cell in our body and also regulates the Immune system as the important cells of our Immune system are highly active in the Lymph nodes of our body. It is the biggest waste drain in our body which if not supported can get clogged.

Some Symptoms of Lymph Congestion are Tiredness, Bloating, Swelling (including of Breasts), Stiff and sore muscles, Dry skin, Itchy skin, Brain fog, Cold hands and feet.

 

Supporting Lymph Drainage

The Lymph system drains well in an alkaline and hydrated environment. STRESS and Acid forming Diets decrease the alkalinity of the body cells. Drinking adequate amount of WATER is a very important habit to keep the Lymph flowing. All RED FOODS and HERBS speed the movement of Lymph eg Beets and Berries. EXERCISE plays an important role especially the use of Trampoline Rebounder and climbing up and down the stairs are effective Lymph moving exercises. Massage is another good Lymph mover.

It is important to have the channels of detoxification open and flowing well before undertaking any stringent cleanses so that the toxins can be moved out of the body without harming or straining it.

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Detox and Cleanses to Get Back to Good Health?

 

Detox and Cleanses to get back to Good Health?

 

Detox and Cleanses are very much talked about these days as the way back to good health.

It is worth noting that the body has its own natural detox methods and channels in place. The body is detoxing when we Sleep, the liver is cleansing the blood and Human Growth hormone is being released. It is detoxing when we eat high quality Food, Herbs and Spices. It is detoxing when we Breathe and Oxygenate it well. It is detoxing when we Exercise and Sweat. It is detoxing when we Drink the right amount of fluid. It is detoxing when we provide it Sunlight and Healthy vibratory frequencies.

The body also detoxes when we have any kind of Naturopathic treatment, of which there are many, including Massage.

For the body to detoxify naturally it is extremely important that its channels of elimination and detoxification are open. Detoxification occurs through all major channels of the body, Sleep, Bowel, Liver, Kidneys, Lungs, Lymph, Skin…

For Detox and Cleansing to happen naturally we need:

  • Good sleep
  • Wholesome clean and nutritious food
  • Good balance of fluids
  • Optimum oxygenation and sunlight
  • Exercise
  • Proper management of stress

It does not make any sense to do any other ‘DETOX’ if we are not doing these things.

Many people feel better when they do stringent ‘DETOXES OR CLEANSES’.  This could be mainly because their system is weak and they feel better with less food to digest. They will feel better temporarily, but what happens over a long period of time with repeated detoxes. The Digestive power of the body keeps going down. So this is not really detoxing, the body is just getting relief from not eating that much. Detoxing with a lot of fasting and digestive flushing could also really dry the body and affect the sleep.

What are the factors to consider for undertaking DETOX AND CLEANSES.

AGE:  The older the body gets the greater its need for rejuvenation and the gentler any external detox or cleanse should be that is undertaken.

CONSTITUTION: According to the Ayurvedic classification of the Constitutions, the heavier, KAPHA constitution people are in more need for  and can tolerate detoxes better.  The thinner, VATA people generally do not tolerate it well.

VITALITY:  People with lowered vitality do not tolerate strong detoxes and need to go gently.

SEASONS: It is better to detox in the warmer summer months and have warm nourishing food in the winter months.

LIFESTYLE: Has the person been leading a generally healthy lifestyle for much of their life or are they jumping into a cleanse for the first time? If so, it should be gentle and they would have to go slowly. Is the person on any Medication? Are there any Addictions? What is the seriousness of their overall health problem?

Additionally of great importance is to have adequate Rest, Peace and Quiet during this time. Detoxing should not be undertaken in an environment of Stress and High activity.

 

To summarize, For detoxing the body:

1. Support and Boost the natural channels and mechanisms which the amazing intelligence of the body has put into place.

2. Then consider various other factors before undertaking any DETOX or CLEANSES, when required so they can be of maximum benefit.

 

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Wellness Tools at Your Fingertips.

 

Using Touch, Communicating with and Sending Love to the ailing parts of our bodies can have a profound Therapeutic Effect on our Health.

 

The Healing power of Touch is widely known and used in various cultures since Ancient times. It is the first of the senses to develop in the human infant and has shown to release the ‘Feel Good Hormones’, Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin.

 

Often when a part of our body is in pain or is ailing, we tend to hold it still, sort of separate it from the rest of our body and get upset or angry with it for being so. Instead if we were to touch it, communicate with it and send it love, it would greatly speed its healing.

There are many healing therapies based on Touch. Even the simple action of Massage uses the healing power of Touch.  A Learned Philosopher, L.Ron Hubbard has also devised a simple technique based on their value called ‘Touch Assist’ which uses Touch and Communication with the body to assists its healing.

The profound effects of these simple ‘In-house’ tools of Wellness can not be over emphasized.  Furthermore, they are free to use and present right ‘at your finger tips’ Good or good!

 

So next time your body or any part of it is ailing, you can try using your own healing Touch, Communication (Keeping in touch) with it and sending it Love.

 

 It is not Mystical, it is Magical !!

 

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A Priceless Gift.

 

Give Yourself a Priceless Gift – the Gift of Friendship!

 

I recently saw the movie ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ mainly for its delightful visuals and was wonderfully surprised at the heart warming message it conveyed about the invaluable gift of Family and Friendship!

 

The greatest Treasures are not gold, nor jewels, nor works of art

They can not be held in your hands, they are held within your heart

For worldly things will fade away as seasons come and go

But the treasure of true friendship will never lose its glow…

 

 

A Nation's Secret to Happiness?

 

Could this be The Secret to the High Score of Gross National Happiness in Bhutan?

 

In the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, where contentment supposedly reigns and sorrow is denied entry, it’s people are expected to think about death 5 times a day. That is remarkably surprising especially for a culture that is equated to Happiness. Not necessarily, a recent research suggests that by thinking of death so often, the Bhutanese may be onto something!

 

Study by University of Kentucky Students

A study conducted at the University of Kentucky in 2007 on two groups of students, by Nathan DeWall and Roy Baumesiter, where one group was instructed to contemplate their own death and the other a painful visit to the dentist concluded that death is a psychological threatening fact but when people contemplate it, they automatically begin to search for happy thoughts.

Linda Leaming, author of  ‘A Field Guide To Happiness’ a book on Bhutan, wrote ” I realized thinking about death doesn’t depress me. It makes me seize the moment and see things I might not ordinarily see ” She writes, ” My best advice: Go there, Think the unthinkable ”

One of the explanations is the country’s deep Buddhist beliefs, especially that of reincarnation. When you know life will continue again, you are less likely to fear the end of this particular one. Buddhists, like many other Eastern religions, compare dying to discarding of old, worn out clothes. This isn’t to say Buddhists don’t experience fear or sadness. They do. But they don’t flee from their emotions.

 

To this I will add a quote by Jim Rohn,

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the Future; it is something you design for the Present”

 

To your creation of joy and happiness,

Dr Simi

 

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