Disease is not our enemy; the cause of disease is our enemy. Treat the cause, not the disease!!!
“Sopanam” acts on the principle that man is born healthy he can live as such as living in accordance with the law of nature, even if some inherited affliction, individual can eliminate it by putting the best use of natural agents of healing such as fresh air, sun shine, balanced diet, proper exercise, scientific relaxation, right mental attitude, positive thinking, prayer and meditation. Health is inherited from generations. It is the potential of human-being to live 120-150 years. We all heard the Malayalam proverb “Vithu gunam pathu gunam” which conveys the sense that all that’s living has been derived from a seed. So also are humans. If parents are afflicted certainly children also reflects with the same. Any one cruel, poor, handsome, ugly, healthy, diseased can produce offspring. This is the reason for inherited affliction. The proverb mentioned above indicates that “If seed is good, plant is healthy”.
Affliction or Disease is one which could be acquired by wrong living. When our body struggles as a result of unhealthy living conditions- consuming contaminated air and water, living in polluted atmosphere and poor nutritional habits-over eating, malnutrition, wrong food combinations, the reaction of our body to overcome this struggle is disease. Actually disease is not our enemy; the cause of disease is the real enemy. We need to treat the cause not the disease.
Health of a fish in water is based on the quality of water, if the water is not changed or purified in a week it lacks enthusiasm, again after one week it loose consciousness and die. Similarly health of a man is based on the quality of air he breathe, water he drink and food he eat. If you need tea, coffee, medicine or intoxicants to remain energetic (to come out of lethargy), it is the sign of premature illness. This becomes chronic such as, liver cirrhosis or heart attack, kidney trouble etc after 15, 20 years. Since human is an extra ordinary organism who knows how to release toxins, No sudden occurrence of a chronic illness will take place in human body. There will be signals like small pains, discomfort etc. You would have noticed tumor occurs after long years of treatment to head ache.
It is utter foolishness that we use modern treating methods with the presumption that human body is like a machine and replacing the organs (parts) to cure the disease. There are no organs cells in our body which was there yesterday and those which we have today will not be there tomorrow. There would be not even a single inborn organ at the time of death. All would be new. Within 6 months time all cells in the heart replaces with new, makes a new heart. Bones changes in new every 6 months, Skin are renewed with new cells in a month. The layer which interacts with food in our stomach is replaced in every 5 minutes. Whole inner lining of our stomach replaces new in every week. The entire stomach becomes new every month. Red blood cells replaces completely in every 4 months. This rhythmic play of nature- life itself is so wonderful. We should not see our body separate, normally we say, “This is my body”, which coveys the sense “I” is different from “body”.
Our entire system is different than machine. In a machine body made first energy later but in living beings energy come first and later only the body. In human body life force energy comes first and it looks after all the construction activities of body and after birth also it takes care of all bodily activities controlling their function, leading it ahead. That energy has all the knowledge how to grow, where to become hands, legs, eyes, mind, memory, intellect and heart. Every day during sleep or when we are at rest this energy is alert to repair, maintain, overhaul the body and make us new. Sleep and rest is inevitable and we sleep every day nature puts you on bed everyday giving opportunity for necessary service and overhaul of our entire system. Our body is a highly sophisticated one which repairs, replicates and grows continuously withdrawing the damaged cells replacing with new cells. This is the reason why we say yesterday’s organs are not existing today. New, new, recent origin – moment to moment, this principle keeps the body away from all treating methods, it heals naturally.
We should not see our body separate; heart separate, lungs, kidney, liver as separate then you are under illusion. There is no heart, lungs, kidney, and liver in body made up other than with cells. 100 trillion cells are there in a body. Millions of cells together pumps the blood, millions together becomes heart, millions together as liver, millions together as bones, eyes etc and so on. They live and die. Any trouble or mistake in the repairing or building up facility of cells in an organ or part of the body turns as cardiology, nephrology, and neurology etc. We should not compartmentalize the issues as such. Altogether when you watch, illness is common and there is only one disease and one treatment. This holistic approach we need to take. Seeing man as a whole body mind soul and society complex is the holistic approach. A self born, self sustain and self dying body knows how to heal self. This is our nature, natural healing.
Only thing what we need to take care is the inputs & outputs. The right inputs are pure air, pure water and pure food. If we takes care these three things properly we function well. Wrong input system creates illness in the body. Illness cannot enter in us other than through nose or mouth. Pollution is happening through these two organs only. With each breath so much biological & chemical reactions are happening in our body so that the pure air we inhale becomes toxic. If this toxic air stays back for few moments in the body, death happens. How much pure the air we breathe is; that much normal our metabolism, and that much pure we are, our body is. When we breathe properly, every breath cleans and makes us pure. Same way water also cleans the system. Water is absorbed in to blood so quickly filtered by kidney and eliminate as urine or sweat with all impurities. Food also should be digested assimilated properly and nourish our body and eliminate residue as stool.
Any blockage or hindrance in these natural activities creates problems. Mainly we should see input and output. It should be proper. Every living being have their mechanism anabolism, catabolism and metabolism to maintain their energy and output. Human have the highest potential to blossom fully and have 5 means of output (To release the impurities, toxins) Exhalation, perspiration, urine, stool and menses. If all these 5 are happening effectively body will be healthy never be sick. In the process of tissue building there is cell formation anabolism and cell destruction catabolism. Life means anabolism- catabolism and both together metabolism. Broken down tissues are toxic which has to be removed then and there from the body. In good health when nervous system is normal toxins are eliminated as fast as evolved. But due to stress and unwholesome ways of living body is enervated and we lose our enthusiasm. Lack of enthusiasm, lack of interest is the first symptom of sickness. When we lose our enthusiasm loose our charm just know that we are losing our precious life. “Life is enthusiasm".
Toxemia & Blood basics Explained!!!
Blood poisoning caused by bacterial toxic substances in the blood is toxemia. Science says without toxemia there can be no disease. Retention of metabolic toxin in the blood is the main cause of disease.
Toxemia explained: In the process maintaining life in living organisms there is tissue building where there is anabolism- cell building of more complex substances from simpler ones together with the storage of energy and catabolism- cell destruction breakdown of more complex substances into simpler ones together with release of energy, both together metabolism- the organic processes that are necessary for maintaining life on earth. The broken down tissue waste product of metabolism is toxic- and in good health- when nerve energy is normal- it is eliminated from the blood as fast as evolved. When nerve energy is dissipated by stress- physical or mental excitement or bad eating habits- the body becomes enervated, when enervated lacks- strength - elimination is checked, causing a, retention of toxin in the blood which normally referred to as toxemia. This accumulation of toxin when once established will continue until immunity is restored.
These metabolic functions of the body are carried on well or badly according to the pH (from potential of Hydrogen) the logarithm of the reciprocal of hydrogen-ion concentration in gram atoms per liter; provides a measure on a scale from 0 to 14 of the acidity or alkalinity of a solution (where 7 is neutral and greater than 7 is more basic (alkaline) and less than 7 is more acidic); value in the blood. Toxin will retain in the blood when there is an impediment in elimination due to unwholesome ways of living. Thus all so called diseases becomes crises of toxemia.
Blood Basics explained: Blood is a specialized body fluid. It has four main components: plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Blood has many different functions, such as:
• transporting oxygen and nutrients to the lungs and tissues
• forming blood clots to prevent excess blood loss
• carrying cells and antibodies that fight infection
• bringing waste products to the kidneys and liver, which filter and clean the blood
• regulating body temperature
The blood that runs through the veins, arteries, and capillaries is known as whole blood, a mixture of about 55 percent plasma and 45 percent blood cells. About 7 to 8 percent of your total body weight is blood. An average-sized man has about 6 litres of blood in his body, and an average-sized woman has about 4.5 litres. The average human heart pumps at a capacity of about 5 litres a minute. Amazing circulatory system explains how blood circulates. Blood travel through some 1,00,000 miles of blood vessels from the top of the head to the tip of the toes. Blood is really a very special transportation system. In blood there are red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets carried around in fluid called plasma.
The Components of Blood and their importance is briefly outlined below:
Plasma: The liquid component of blood is called plasma, which is a mixture of water, sugar, fat, protein, and salts. The main job of the plasma is to transport blood cells throughout your body along with nutrients, waste products, antibodies, clotting proteins, chemical messengers such as hormones.
Red Blood Cells (Erythrocytes or RBCs): Known for their bright red color, red cells are the most abundant cell in the blood, accounting for about 40-45 percent of its volume. The shape of a red blood cell is a biconcave disk with a flattened center - in other words, both faces of the disc have shallow bowl-like indentations. A red blood cell looks like a donut in shape.
Production of red blood cells is controlled by erythropoietin, a hormone produced primarily by the kidneys. Red blood cells start as immature cells in the bone marrow and after approximately seven days of maturation are released into the bloodstream. Unlike many other cells, red blood cells have no nucleus and can easily change shape, helping them fit through the various blood vessels in your body. However, while the lack of a nucleus makes a red blood cell more flexible, it also limits the life of the cell as it travels through the smallest blood vessels, damaging the cell's membranes and depleting its energy supplies. The red blood cell survives on average only 120 days.
Red cells contain a special protein called hemoglobin, which helps carry oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body and then returns carbon dioxide from the body to the lungs so it can be exhaled. Blood appears red because of the large number of red blood cells, which get their color from the hemoglobin. The percentage of whole blood volume that is made up of red blood cells is called the hematocrit and is a common measure of red blood cell levels.
Let us see the role of RBC in the circulatory system. RBC is shaped much like a doughnut without the whole; they are very small discs with indentations on both sides. They are coloured a faint pink by an iron-containing substance called Haemoglobin. They are joined together by the millions in drop of blood and look red. They are made in red marrow in the bones of arms legs and so forth. Bone marrow is too busy in turning out new supplies of red blood cells. Every day about eight and a half trillion of them are made; and similar number are destroyed. Their life span is not very long, only about four months. At the close of their life they end up either in the liver or in the spleen. Here special cells called phagocytes (cells that devour) are waiting for them. They engulf the old red cells as they move by in the blood. Then inside the phagocytes they are broken up. But there remains are treated with respect. About 85% of the iron in the haemoglobin is kept in the body to use in the making of haemoglobin for the new red cells. So only the15% of iron that is used-up only needs to be replaced. A diet that includes iron-containing foods compensates it.
The main purpose of RBC is to carry oxygen from the lungs to the cells of the body. When they go to the lungs they unload carbon dioxide and get a fresh supply of oxygen. The number of RBC in the blood is determined to an extent by the need for oxygen. Some persons have more of them than others do. For example an athlete has more red blood cells than an office worker and people who live at high altitudes have more of them than who live at sea level. You have heard the familiar expression that the blood thins when become accustomed to warm weather but in fact the opposite is true, they increase in number during warm weather and they thin out in numbers during cold weather.
There is a peculiarity that RBCs have. You really ought to know about it because it might save your life. They grab up a poisonous gas called carbon monoxide even more quickly than they do oxygen. If you start your car in the garage before you open the door, the red blood cells load up with carbon monoxide. This is very bad because then they cannot carry oxygen. Furthermore the haemoglobin does not let go of that poisonous gas easily. It takes long time for the red cells to do good work again. In the mean time the body cells are deprived of the oxygen they need. The result is dangerous. It is as a large number of RBCs are taken out of circulation. If too many of them are affected, that is the finish for them. So be careful, live in fresh air, give exposure to sun light, wind and nature. Like a fish in the water we are in the air.
White Blood Cells (also called leukocytes): White blood cells protect the body from infection. They are much fewer in number than red blood cells, accounting for about 1 percent of your blood. The most common type of white blood cell is the neutrophil, which is the "immediate response" cell and accounts for 55 to 70 percent of the total white blood cell count. Each neutrophil lives less than a day, so your bone marrow must constantly make new neutrophils to maintain protection against infection. Transfusion of neutrophils is generally not effective since they do not remain in the body for very long. The other major type of white blood cell is a lymphocyte. There are two main populations of these cells. T lymphocytes help regulate the function of other immune cells and directly attack various infected cells and tumors. B lymphocytes make antibodies, which are proteins that specifically target bacteria, viruses, and other foreign materials.
WBCs are not really white but colourless, so that to see them under a microscope you have to add a special dye. Even though there are five kinds of them there is only one WBC to about 700 or so RBC. The RBCs are different, they can move anywhere, they have an amazing ability to change shape, squeeze through the tiny spaces between the cells of capillaries and move about among the body cells and not like RBCs are like rafts of a river; they cannot choose where they want to travel, they just go whatever way the river flows. Their ability to travel where they want to go is very important they can rush to any spot in the body to aid in destroying certain germs. Say you cut yourself; as soon as the bacteria get in to the wound, they gather their forces and a battle begins. You do not hear any noise; you may even sleep through it. But they are on the job to take care of you. Each one of the can engulf many bacteria. Though most of the time they win the battle, there are casualties on their side too. AS the engulfed bacteria are broken up, bacterial toxins or poisonous wastes are released. These toxins kill some of the white cells. But the other white cells arrive to carry on the struggle.
Platelets (also called thrombocytes): Unlike red and white blood cells, platelets are not actually cells but rather small fragments of cells. Platelets help the blood clotting process (or coagulation) by gathering at the site of an injury, sticking to the lining of the injured blood vessel, and forming a platform on which blood coagulation can occur. This results in the formation of a fibrin clot, which covers the wound and prevents blood from leaking out. Fibrin also forms the initial scaffolding upon which new tissue forms, thus promoting healing.
Platelets may not look very impressive; they are small and colourless but they are very important. They aid in clotting of blood. Without them you could bleed to death. Just how blood clots is not completely understood by your medical scientists. They keep it as their secret. The secret is as blood starts to escape from a cut in the body the platelets stick to the rough edges of the wound and begin to dissolve. At the same time they release a substance that aids in forming a trap for the escaping red and white blood cells. As this net or trap contracts, a firm clot is produced. The system really works.
A higher than normal number of platelets can cause unnecessary clotting, which can lead to strokes and heart attacks; however, thanks to advances made in anti-platelet therapies, there are treatments available to help prevent these potentially fatal events. Conversely, lower than normal counts can lead to extensive bleeding.
Complete Blood Count (CBC): A complete blood count (CBC) test gives your doctor important information about the types and numbers of cells in your blood, especially the red blood cells and their percentage (hematocrit) or protein content (hemoglobin), white blood cells, and platelets. The results of a CBC may diagnose conditions like anemia, infection, and other disorders. The platelet count and plasma clotting tests (prothombin time, partial thromboplastin time, and thrombin time) may be used to evaluate bleeding and clotting disorders. Your doctor may also perform a blood smear, which is a way of looking at your blood cells under the microscope. In a normal blood smear, red blood cells will appear as regular, round cells with a pale center. Variations in the size or shape of these cells may suggest a blood disorder.
Where Do Blood Cells Come From? Blood cells develop from hematopoietic stem cells and are formed in the bone marrow through the highly regulated process of hematopoiesis. Hematopoietic stem cells are capable of transforming into red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. These stem cells can be found circulating in the blood and bone marrow in people of all ages, as well as in the umbilical cords of newborn babies. Stem cells from all three sources may be used to treat a variety of diseases.
Many people have undergone blood tests or but hematology - the study of blood - encompasses much more than this. Doctors donated, specialize in hematology (hematologists) are leading the many advances being made in the treatment and prevention of blood diseases. If you or someone you care about is diagnosed with a blood disorder, your primary care physician may refer you to a hematologist for further testing and treatment.
What is a Red Blood Cell Count? A red blood cell count is a blood test that your doctor uses to find out how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have in your blood. It is also called an erythrocyte count. The test is important because RBCs contain hemoglobin, which carries oxygen to your body’s tissues. The number of RBCs you have can affect how much oxygen your tissues are receiving. Your tissues need oxygen to function effectively.
Why Will Your Doctor Order the Test? According to the National Institutes of Health, the test is almost always performed as part of a complete blood cell (CBC) test. (NIH) This measures the amount of all types of components in the blood, including: red blood cells, white blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit and platelets. Your doctor may perform the test if he or she suspects you have a condition that affects your RBCs, or if there is any sign that you have low blood oxygen. Such signs might be anemia, bruising, general fatigue, and/or nutritional deficiencies. Often, a CBC test will be part of a routine physical examination, since it is a good indicator of your overall health. It may also be performed before a surgery. If you have been previously diagnosed with a blood condition that may affect RBC count or you are taking any medications that affect your RBCs, your doctor may order the test to monitor your condition or treatment.
How Is the Test Performed? An RBC count is a simple blood test performed by a healthcare practitioner at your doctor’s office. Blood will be drawn from a vein, usually at the inside of your elbow. The steps involved in the blood draw typically are:
The puncture site will be cleaned with an antiseptic. A healthcare provider will wrap an elastic band around the upper arm in order to make your vein swell with blood. A needle will be gently inserted into the vein, and blood will collect in an attached vial or tube. The elastic band will be removed from your arm. The blood sample will be sent to a laboratory for analysis.
How Should You Prepare for the Test? There is no special preparation required for this test. However, you should tell your doctor if you are taking any medications, including over-the-counter drugs or supplements. Talk to your doctor to find out if any other preparation is required.
What Are the Risks of Taking the Test?
As with any blood test, there is a risk of bleeding, bruising, and/or infection at the puncture site. You may feel moderate pain or a sharp pricking sensation when the needle is first inserted into your arm.
Normal Results: Standard Ranges of RBCs | Normal Range: The general normal ranges by gender are as follows. However, these may vary slightly depending on the laboratory or doctor:
Males: 4.32 to 5.72 million cells per microliter
Females: 3.9 to 5.03 million cells per microliter
What Does an Abnormal Result Mean?
Higher Than Normal: If your RBC is higher than normal, it is called erythrocytosis. This may be caused by:
Cigarette smoking, congenital heart disease, dehydration, renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer), pulmonary fibrosis, polycythemia vera (a bone marrow disease that causes overproduction of RBCs and is associated with a genetic mutation)
When you move to a higher altitude, your RBC count may increase for several weeks, since there is less oxygen present in the air. Certain drugs, such as gentamicin and methyldopa, can also increase RBC count. Be sure to tell your doctor about any medications you may take.
Lower Than Normal: Below-average numbers of RBCs may be caused by: anemia, bone marrow failure, erythropoietin deficiency (the primary cause of anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease), hemolysis (or RBC destruction) due to transfusion, blood vessel injury, or other causes, bleeding, leukemia (cancer of the blood cells), malnutrition, multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells in bone marrow), nutritional deficiencies (including iron, copper, folate, and vitamins B12 and B6), pregnancy, Certain drugs can also lower your RBC count, especially chemotherapy drugs, chloramphenicol, hydantoins and quinidine.
What If you have Abnormal Results? Your doctor will discuss any abnormalities in your results with you. A high or low RBC count may help identify the cause of your symptoms. Depending on your results and your situation, your doctor will order the additional tests or treatments necessary to return you to health.
A high RBC count may occur because:
• Red blood cell production increases to compensate for low oxygen levels due to poor heart or lung function
• Red blood cell production increases to compensate for lower oxygen levels at higher altitudes
• The kidneys release too much of a protein (erythropoietin, or EPO) that enhances red blood cell production
• The bone marrow is producing too many red blood cells
• The oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells is reduced
• The loss of blood plasma (the liquid component of blood), often due to sodium and water depletion, results in the appearance of higher levels of red blood cells
Specific causes of high red blood cell count may include:
• Anabolic steroids, which stimulate red blood cell production
• Carbon monoxide poisoning
• Congenital heart disease in adults
• EPO doping (injections of erythropoietin (EPO) to enhance athletic performance)
• Heart failure
• Hemoglobinopathies (conditions present at birth that impair the oxygen-carrying capacity of red blood cells)
• Kidney cancer
• Kidney transplant
• Living at a high altitude, where there's less oxygen in the air
• Other types of heart disease
• Other types of lung disease
• Polycythemia vera
• Pulmonary fibrosis
• Sleep apnoea
• Smoking, which may result in low blood oxygen levels
Heart &; Health!!!
Within the human body is a vast amount of organs that all work together interdependently in a fantastic way. God created human beings quite intricately. No scientist in the past, present or future has had or will have the ability to unlock all of the secrets that are so cleverly hidden inside the amazing work of the human body. So, out of all the organs in the beautifully designed human body, which is the most important? Every organ has its own unique responsibility but perhaps the most important organ that God has created within the confines of the human body is the human heart. Heart is the most important organ because it carries necessities to the body, gets rid of waste in the body. The heart is the most vital muscular motor in living beings, which pumps blood through the blood vessels of the circulatory system.
Heart is the busiest organ starts beating from the 22nd day of formation functioning without rest till death. As found above in blood basics, Blood provides the body with oxygen and nutrients, and also assists in the removal of metabolic wastes. Heart is a cone shaped hollow muscular organ about the size of one’s fist. It lies in the thoracic cavity, between the lungs and behind the sternum. This is our master pump. In a healthy person it contracts 60 to 80 times in minute. Try to open and close your hand that fast. How long can you do? Remember, Heart do it for a life time with no days, nights or weekends off. The average human body has 6 liters of blood and the heart pumps at a capacity of about 5 liters a minute.
The interior of the heart: Divided in to two halves by the septum and consists of 4 chambers- right atrium, right ventricle, left atrium, left ventricle- separated by valves. Atria are the receiving chambers of the heart. Ventricles are the pumps of the heart. Commonly the right atrium and ventricle are referred together as the right heart and their left counterparts as the left heart. In healthy heart blood flows one way through the heart due to heart valves, which prevent back-flow. The heart is enclosed in a protective sac, the pericardium, which also contains a small amount of fluid. The wall of the heart is made up of pericardium with three layers: epicardium, myocardium, and endocardium. The work of the left side is greater than that of the right, since the former has to drive the blood all over the body, while the latter has only to force it to the lungs, which are nearby. For this reason the muscle walls of the right ventricle are much thinner than that of the left ventricle. Every time heart beats, the blood is forced in to the arteries in a wave that can be felt in the wrist or neck by placing the finger over an artery, this rhythmic wave, as you know and explained below in detail, is called the pulse.
Atrioventricular valve connects atria and ventricle. Mitral valve- separates left atrium and ventricle. Tricuspid valve- separates right atrium and ventricle. Aortic valve connect between the left ventricle and aorta. Pulmonary valve connect between the right ventricle and the pulmonary artery. Both together called Semilunar valves. Deoxygenated blood enters the right atrium from the rest of the body via superior and inferior vena cava, is pumped in to the right ventricle and from there to the lungs via pulmonary artery. Oxygenated blood from the lungs to the left atrium via the 2 pulmonary veins and from there into the left ventricle from where it is pumped to the rest of the body via the aorta.
The heart pumps blood through both circulatory systems. Blood low in oxygen from the systemic circulation enters the right atrium from the superior and inferior vena cava and passes to the right ventricle. From here it is pumped into the pulmonary circulation, through the lungs where it receives oxygen and gives off carbon dioxide. Oxygenated blood then returns to the left atrium, passes through the left ventricle and is pumped out through the aorta to the systemic circulation where the oxygen is used and metabolized to carbon dioxide. In addition the blood carries nutrients from the liver and gastrointestinal tract to various organs of the body, while transporting waste to the liver and kidneys.
In the healthy individual each heartbeat causes the right ventricle to pump the same amount of blood into the respiratory organ as the left ventricle pumps to the body. Veins transport blood to the heart and carry deoxygenated blood - except for the pulmonary and portal veins. Arteries transport blood away from the heart, and apart from the pulmonary artery hold oxygenated blood. Their increased distance from the heart cause veins to have lower pressures than arteries. The heart contracts at a resting rate close to 72 beats per minute. Exercise temporarily increases the rate, but lowers resting heart rate in the long term, and is good for heart health.
The conducting system of the heart:
The heart has an intrinsic system where the cardiac muscle is automatically stimulated to contract without the need for nerve supply from the brain. There are small group of specialized neuromuscular cells in the myocardium that initiate and conduct impulses causing coordinated and synchronized contraction of the heart muscle.
Conduction through the heart:
Sinoatrial node (Pacemaker in RA)- Atrioventricular node (interatrial septum) – Bundle if His (AV bundle in septum)- R + L Bundle branch- Purkinje Network causing myocardial contraction.
The nerve supply to the heart:
In addition to the above intrinsic impulses autonomic nerves originating in the cardiovascular center in the brain stem influence the heart. These are sympathetic and parasympathetic nerves and their actions increase or decrease the rate and force of the heartbeat.
The cardiac cycle and heart sounds: During each heart beat and, or cardiac cycle, the heart contracts and then relaxes.
Diastole- Relaxation phase: both ventricles relax and venous blood from both atria enters the ventricles. As the ventricle fill, the semi lunar valves close to prevent the back flow of blood. This closing of the aortic and pulmonary valves produces the second heart sound (S2).
Systole- Contraction phase: both ventricle contract to pump the blood to the lungs and the rest of the body. The atrioventricular valves close to prevent the back flow into atria. The closure of these valves produces the first heart sound (S1)
The heart sounds are produced by the sudden acceleration or deceleration of blood flow as the valve close. The time period between S2 and S1 is a diastole and S1 and S2 is a systole.
Pulse: Pulse is the rate at which heart beats per minute. Normal heart ranges from 60-100 and is regular. General concept about the normal pulse is 72. There are so many people whose pulse is 55 to 60 and they don’t have any health issues. In fact if pulse is less, heart gets more rest and chances for heart disease or coronary failure will reduce to the minimum. It is very commonly observed but not the right way of approach giving medicines to increase the heart rate. Though Heart is the busiest organ functioning without rest, if you observe with attention thoroughly you will find that heart also gets rest in between two beats and that is its resting time. Let us validate the below statistic.
Time used for one heart beat is 3/8 second (Contraction phase)
A person who has 80 pulses (Heart beats 80 times in 60 Seconds)
The time taken for 1 beat is 60÷80=6/8 Seconds.
Resting time in this case is 6/8 – 3/8= 3/8 Seconds.
Now let us compare it with a person who has 60 pulses: (Heart beats 60 times in 60 Seconds)
Time taken for 1 beat is 60 ÷ 60 = 1 second.
So Resting time in this case is 1 – 3/8 = 5/8 Seconds.
It is clear from the above analysis when the heart rate is reduced from 80 to 60 the heart gets more rest of 2/8 seconds per pulse.
When we calculate the rest in a year it exceeds 91 days.
Calculator shows 2/8 x (60 x 60 x 24 x 365/60 x 60 x 24) = 91.25 days.
Aerobic Exercise: Exercise within the immediate ability of the heart and lungs to supply the body’s demand for oxygen. More specifically, exercise where 60-80% of the maximum heart rate (MHR) is achieved. MHR= 220-age.
Anaerobic Exercise: More oxygen is demanded by the body than the ability of the heart and lungs to supply. Consequently oxygen debt is built up and the individual
experiences shortness of breath and muscle stiffness due to excess lactic acid.
Back Flow of Blood to the heart: The blood has to get back to the heart and
the veins do not push it back, for they have very little muscle, but they prevent the back flow as they have enough valves throughout its length. So what pushes blood back to the heart?
Well, it is not entirely pressure, because that pressure is largely gone by the time blood reaches veins. In fact the pressure in veins is only one thirteenth of the pressure that is in the arteries. This explains, incidentally, why a cut in artery bleeds more vigorously than a cut vein. Blood in veins need help, then to push it along to the heart. The ordinary muscles of the body and arms and legs provide that help, the muscle action forcing the blood in veins toward the heart. The blood doesn’t fall back again when the muscles relax is because of the valves in the veins. They form cup like pockets and fill with blood when backward pressure is exerted. Thus they keep the flow of blood going in the proper direction. Sometimes these valves weaken to the point that they no longer keep the blood from backtracking, doctors call them varicose veins.
You probably have noticed that when you sit still in one place for long time you become uncomfortable. They are involved. The flow of blood through veins has been slowed down. But when you move about a little you feel better because the movement of your body and limbs muscles speeds up the flow of blood in them. Keep that in mind and we must help the circulation by doing stretching exercise.
Health & Food!!!
We need to know the answers for five questions.
• When to eat?
• What to eat?
• How to eat?
• How much to eat?
• How many times to eat?
We should eat food only when,
• we do not have work
• we have time to rest
• our mind is relaxed
• we do not have any symptom
• we feel hungry.
One, who eats,
• a meal a day, is a Yogi.
• twice a day, is a gourmand (Bogi).
• three times a day, is a morbid (Rogi).
• four times a day, is a foremost morbid (Maharogi).
• five times a day is a deliberate Destructor (Mahadrohi).
Health & Well being of Women
EXERCISES & DIETARY GUIDELINES, FOR THE WELLBEING OF ALL THE WOMEN.
The following guidelines are ideal for the well being of the women, particularly those who suffer from any menstrual syndrome (PMS), Endometriosis and Painful menstruation, fibroids, cysts, PID and an irregular cycle.
As a general guideline, you need to give yourself at least one month on your new diet and exercise routines to allow for best health changes.
Diet plays a large role in determining hormonal and menstrual health. If your body is depleted in nutrients, you will have a difficult time maintaining balance, both physically and emotionally.
First of all, to prevent menstrual headaches, which have a lot to do with dehydration, take plenty of water as a necessary part of diet as it flushes out toxins from the body. It’s good to take plenty of blended vegetable juices and soups.
It is also important that you avoid alcohol smoking and other intoxicants. Spicy foods, caffeinated drinks, refined and processed foods are to be avoided. Salt intake should also cut down. Sugar should be replaced with jaggery or honey.
To begin with the diet, one must lay more emphasis on whole foods and minimally processed foods, for example, brown rice, brown flour and organically produced vegetables.
You should make fresh vegetables the mainstay of diets. Root vegetables and dark green leafy varieties are good for women with menstrual problems. Nuts and seasonal fruits should be taken in plenty as they are good source of vitamins and fiber. Including all in your diet will ensure adequate intake of vitamin B6, vitamin E, magnesium and potassium.
You should void hydrogenated variety oils and use unrefined oils. Take more legumes like lentils, kidney beans, adzuki beans, chick peas, seeds, nuts etc.
Besides the above, try to keep yourself happy and cheerful with meditation so that all hormones in the body get refreshed and energized.
Essential fatty acids (EFAs) are essential for the formation of the “friendly” prostaglandins that help to ease cramping.
Implementing all the above mentioned dietary guidelines, in addition to the daily practice of exercises suggested by us will help regularize the secretion of all the hormones responsible for menstruation and thereby minimize all menstrual disorder.
Regain Health through Fasting
Fasting is the best weapon to cure the diseases. The purpose of fast is to give complete rest to the digestive system. All the treatments methods in nature cure merely help the life force to cure the diseases. Fasting is a natural condition. Fast is a powerful means to get rid of foreign matter which is the cause of diseases. When an individual keep fast the saved life force can easily work on removing the foreign matter and repairing the damaged cells. But when have food the life force will be engaged in digesting and assimilating and does not have time and energy to cure the diseases. During fast all vital force is engaged in curing disease, all the blood vessels, glands and digestive organs work on removing the toxins through all excretory organs. Normally majority of our time & energy is being spent on digesting the food. But during fasting the whole energy can concentrate on renovation and repair.
Someone when falls sick will have no appetite & mouth becomes bitter to them. It is the body’s warning to refrain from food. When body becomes heavy with toxic matters and unable to eliminate through usual means fasting is the best way to clean it and become light and energetic. Most of the people are of the view that skipping of food will cause damage to the body. But it is a wrong concept. If properly done, according to the laws of nature cure, fasting is the master and cheapest remedy. It is very important to have the right awareness that food is not the main source of energy. Those who enjoyed the merits fasting can only realize it.
It is desirable that a person should gain some knowledge about the science of fast before he does it. In order to receive the full benefit of fasting mind has to be in an agreeable condition. Fast not only removes the impurities from the body but also purifies the mind and soul. If one take less food than required he becomes weak. There is no benefit to health in living with a reduced diet. Reduced intake of food than required is not fast at all.
To have a best cleansing effect 7 days of fasting is the most appropriate duration. Success of this cleansing program is fully depended on the mind set. Before beginning complete fast one should calm his mind. Properly planned fasting will never fail or cause any damage.
The first step for fast is breaking the food patterns. One should first change their routine diet before starting the long fast. As a first step they may give up morning meal and have only one meal. After two-three days stop taking cereals and live only on fruits and then after few days they may begin long fast. First few days may be little difficult. Person may feel indulgence, head ache, dullness of mind, nerves weakness, irritation, sleeplessness etc. This is the time to have will power and strength to not to be a slave of mind and emotions. Once you break these patters/ habits then fasting will be so easy to practice.
Pure drinking water, tender coconut water, vegetables juices, fruit juices can be included in a much diluted form while doing fasting therapy. All the juices other than tender coconut should be in a much diluted form. It is because this should not hinder the cleansing process of the intestine. The diluted juice therapy is more tolerable and easy to follow method.
From third or 4th day onwards intestine food vessels start expelling impurities. As digestive process is not happening the life force would be fully engaged in removal of wastes. The whole food passage would be engaged in cleaning expelling and replacing the linings the waste matters in the form of spoiled spongy tissues may be with foul odor. During this period the stomach and intestine will not at all be efficient in digestive process so that appetite and desire towards food will not be there. The body would have been consuming the stored nutrients for the repair and maintenance in such a period. As this storage of body gets over the appetite will starts again with the ending of cleansing process. Some times after three four days of fast individual may have dysentery which is a good curative sign. In such state not even a pinch of food should be ingested and should wait for the normal appetite.
How and when brakes the complete fast is very important to be remembered. Full benefit of the fast can be achieved only when it is broken properly and with self discipline. The fasting should be broken by taking something which is liquid like water. After proper cleansing of intestine when appetite comes small quantity of juices or vegetable soup or thin butter milk can be taken but never milk. Then for few days live on fruits and gradually begin cereals. Freshly taken milk and fruits with milk taking is very good for digestion and assimilation. Once digestion is improved normal food can be started.
Control Your Blood Pressure
Our heart pumps blood in and out to circulate nutrition, energy and oxygen throughout the body. The pressure created by the blood during circulation against the sides of the blood vessels is called the blood pressure. Since blood pressure plays an important role in all bodily processes, being a little informed about it would help treat complications. Imbalance blood pressure high or low causes damage to heart and brain subsequently to other internal organs. Wrong eating habits, lack of oxygen, lack of exercise, stress, depression, anxiety, anger, restlessness, sleep apnea, insomnia etc cause disorder in blood pressure.
The circulatory system plays a pivotal role when it comes to body functions. Blood pressure is closely related to both the nervous and the circulatory systems.It is usually associated with the pressure of the blood flow in the arteries or the sides of the heart. Variations in blood pressure affect the body's response to tension... and so, blood pressure whether low or high, has an affect on the entire circulatory system. For the body to function properly and in its natural rhythm, it is important for the circulatory system to stay healthy.
The root cause of blood pressure problems is the unhealthy life style. Stress is accumulated due to unequal blood flow in different regions of the body.cholesterol and various heart problems germinate thanks to fluctuations in blood pressure. Further a dull mind is easily attracted to junk food. In some cases an obsession to this kind of food could also develop.
Hypertension is a major problem associated with blood pressure. Both high and low blood pressure rattle the nervous system, affecting it in different ways. hypertension dulls the mind; the mind does not feel very active. The consequence is inertia.
It is very important to not view high blood pressure as an irritant, but to treat it as a disease as the later stages of hypertension can be very painful for the body. In fact the problem, when it crops up, required to be treated holistically and this is just what Yoga does.
Postures are are designed to develop state of deep relaxation, improves and balances blood circulation, strengthening, repairing, regenerating, of every cell of the body, helping. This has an anti-aging effect on blood vessels which helps to maintain normal blood pressure. Pranayama and meditation we suggest will certainly have a subtle effect on the mind and body. Meditation is awareness, means being in a state of consciousness, where the mind is free of scattered thoughts, helps to remain calm, improves concentration, relaxes the body, maintains emotional balance, soothes and rejuvenates the mind and maintains normal blood pressure.
The various guided meditation and breathing techniques and series of postures taught help people to cope much better. In fact, post incorporating the all the above in the impaired one in their lives can see significant change in their health and general attitude.