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Forest Bathing: 3 Awesome Benefits

Forest Bathing : 3 Awesome Benefits

 Forest Bathing (Shinrin Yoku)
                      

                                         There is no particular definition of Forest bathing. This is also known as Shinrin Yoku in the Japanese Language. Dr. Quing Li wrote a popular book on Forest Bathing. It has become popular in the 1980s onwards. Japanese practice this frequently. We all know the life expectancy of the average Japanese is high. Japanese people live healthy and long lives. You can find active old people in Japan unlike in other countries. People in Japan live and work up to 90-100 years and beyond. There is an island in Japan known as Okinawa where the largest number of people above 100 is found.
                                        Forest bathing means being in the presence of trees. Shinrin means Forest and Yoku means bath. It does not mean hiking or jogging. Though you can definitely trek through the forest with added benefits. It is simply being in nature. You can connect with nature through your senses. The sense of hearing can help us to listen to the sounds in the forest. The sounds of birds singing and occasional shrieks of monkeys or deers can have a soothing effect on your mind. The sense of smell can enable you to smell the flowers in the forest. The smell of soil connects you with mother nature. The sense of sight of course enables you to see the lush greenery which can have a soothing effect on your mind and soul. The sun shining between the trees also has a loving effect. It calms your mind and nerves.
                                        Increasing urbanization is causing people all over the world to move towards cities away from villages. About 60-70% of the population is now living in urban or semi-urban areas. Even in cities, people are spending 80-90% of their time indoors either in the office or at home. This has caused a disconnect between nature and us.
                                     Sprawling concrete jungles have come up with big shopping centers and malls. New York, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Mumbai, Mexico City New Delhi are some of the many examples. Many cities do have decent parks in the city like The Central Park in Manhattan New York or Botanical garden in Singapore but many others have no such open spaces. In developing nations the urbanization is chaotic at best. Parks are overcrowded most of the time and may not be the best place for forest bathing. People with dogs and shouting children can be distracting
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   What are the 3 Major benefits of Forest bathing?
    Green Forest
    Lush Green Forest

  • It is an Oxygen rich environment. Plants absorb CO2 and release Oxygen. Human beings need oxygen. We inhale oxygen and exhale CO2. People with Bronchial Asthma and other respiratory ailments can breathe easy. Forests are away from the city and are less polluted. Less pollution and high levels of oxygen are beneficial for people with allergic respiratory diseases. tress live long lives. Some trees can live for 200- 300 years. Trees secrete Phytoncides to protect themselves from infections. They are the basis of Aromatherapy. Phytoncides protect trees from viral and other infections. Please don't forget trees are living organisms. You can hug the trees and sit under their shade for a while. It helps in improving your immunity.


  • Walking Through a Forest
    Tropical Forest 

  • Mind-body Medicine. Forest Bathing helps you to calm your mind. As you enter the forest your heart rate starts to drop and blood pressure starts decreasing. The mind becomes relaxed. This has a positive effect on your body as well. Our mind and body are both connected. Trekking through the forest can be of an added benefit for diabetes as it consumes calories. It will decrease the blood sugar levels also. It has been found that patients who have rooms facing gardens recover faster from their diseases. Walking through the jungle is a good exercise. It burns calories and keeps you fit and healthy. It is gentle on your knees also.

  • Increased Creativity. To get the most of the Forest Bathing you should leave your smartphone and camera at home. You can walk through the place aimlessly. Unlocking power is in your five senses. Feel the breeze rustling through the trees and listen to the birds as they sing a song for you. You can sit near some water stream with your feet in the flowing water. Or You can walk bare feet on the grass. All this helps in unlocking your creativity. In the cities, you can not focus as you are multitasking almost always. This is a type of mindfulness exercise that unlocks your creativity. Creativity leads to increased productivity.


Author: Dr. Nishikant Sharma MD FACP (USA)
              He is a Health Care Professional.
              He is a specialist in Internal Medicine.
              He believes in Preventive Aspects of Diseases.
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              He has done a Content Writing Course From the University Of California Davis.

                             
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Warren Buffett and Airlines : 3 Different Perspectives

Warren Buffett and Airlines Industry


                                                      Warren Buffett is the most followed Investor billionaire in the world. People follow his advice and watch his moves very keenly. His quotes are legendary.
                                                         In early May 2020, he suddenly exited the airline's Industry selling his entire stake. He said: American magic has always prevailed and it will do so again 
                                                        The world has changed for airlines and we wish them well.
                                                    
                                                        In this article, we have discussed his views on the Airlines Industry. References are taken from his letter to shareholders that are published every year on the Berkshire Hathaway website.
                                                    .His views have changed about the industry. Recently he changed his views turning 180 degrees. His views can be divided into 3 different phases.                                    
Phase 1 (1987-2007) :
                                                      The worst sort of business is the one that grows rapidly, requires significant capital to engender growth, and then earns little or no money. Think airlines. Here durable competitive advantage has proven elusive ever since the days of Wright brothers. Indeed if a farsighted capitalist had been present at Kitty Hawk, He would have done his successors a huge favor by shooting  Orville down.  Warren Buffett wrote in his letter to shareholders in 2007.
                                                      The demand for capital by the airlines' industry has been insatiable. Investors have poured money into a bottomless pit, attracted by the growth when they should have been repelled by it. And I, to my shame, participated in this foolishness when I had Berkshire buy US Air preferred stock in 1989. As the ink was drying on our check, the company went into a tailspin, and before long our preferred dividend was no longer paid. But we got lucky. In one of the recurrent, but always misguided, bursts of optimism for airlines we were actually able to sell our shares in 1998 for a hefty gain. In the decade that following our sale, the company went bankrupt. Twice.

                                                     Buffett's remarks that investors would have saved billions of dollars if someone had shot down the Wright Brothers plane is perhaps the best-known criticism of Airlines Industries. Indeed just in the 2001-2005 period, US airlines collectively lost $40 billion.
                                                      For decades the airline industry has hovered between profit and loss. In most cases, the losses have outweighed the profits over time.
                                                     In 1994 Warren Buffett in his letter to shareholders wrote- As the capacity of the low-cost operators expanded, their fares began to force old-line high-cost airlines operators to cut their own, Eventually the fundamental rule of economics prevailed: In an unregulated commodity business, a company must lower its cost to competitive levels or face extinction.



Airplanes on a Busy Airport
Airplanes waiting on a busy Airport Terminal
                                                  

                                               The US airline industry was disrupted in early 1990 when low-cost airlines undercut the legacy carrier's fares. The rapid growth of low-cost airlines led to big losses across the industry. Legacy carriers were forced to match their competitors otherwise their base customers would drift away.
Phase 2 (2015-16)
                                                In 2015-16 Warren Buffett decided to buy Airlines Stocks. He changed his long standing stance. He had already purchased Railroad companies in the 2000-2003 period and was interested in transportation. He purchased shares in Delta, American, Southwest, and United Airlines. Probable reasons were as follows.
  • Rising Demand for Seats.
  • Consolidation in the Airlines Industry
  • Reliable Buybacks in Stocks
  • Relative Stable Prices
  • Efficient Managers.
                                        Warren Buffett knew they have terrible economies but stable outlook may have caused him to change his mind. He had thought that Berkshire will get a higher rate of return because of the low multiples of the stocks. He purchased about 9%-11% in each of these stocks. In between, there was a rumor that Berkshire may purchase majority shares in Southwest Airlines. Possibility of share buybacks by companies also made him change is views.
Phase 3 (COVID 19 Pandemic 2020):
                                         The COVID 19 Pandemic hit the airline industry badly. The shares of Airlines started falling. The passenger numbers started falling. The buyback of the shares was put on the backburner.

                                      The current crisis is creating a huge amount of anxiety and changing consumers psyche. Some industries may be permanently altered by the coronavirus such as airlines. Berkshire was a top three shareholder in American Airlines Group Inc, Delta Airlines Inc, Southwest Airlines Co, and United Airlines Holdings Inc, as recently as April 2020. Buffett has decided to completely exit from his positions. The world has changed for airliners and we wish them well.
                                       Even though Buffett is the long term believer of the US economy as a whole his 180-degree turn on the airline industry shows that he sees virus changing some consumer behavior. I believe in the American story and I hope my successors will continue to believe in the same.He informed his shareholders about the same. He took money out of the Airlines Industry. This was done at a substantial loss.

                                      He said: American magic has always prevailed and it will do so again 
the world has changed for airlines and we wish them well.


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References from Berkshirehatahway.com and Businessinsider.com
https://www.berkshirehathaway.com/letters/2015ltr.pdf.
https://markets.businessinsider.com/news/stocks/why-warren-buffett-invested-big-4-airlines-sold-them-loss-2020-5-1029167021
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4 Excellent Ways to Boost Your Testosterone Levels Naturally

4 Excellent Ways to Boost Your Testosterone Levels 

Naturally 

                                Testosterone is an important male sex hormone. As a person's age increases its levels decrease. In the young age group, its levels may be low because of various reasons.
  • Decreased Libido,
  • Less Sexual Drive
  • Increased Tiredness and Weakness.
  • Infertility
  • Loss of hairs
  • Loss of Muscle Mass
  • Increase in Breast size in Males
  • Increase in Abdominal Fat
  • Decrease In Confidence & depression
                         In Males below the age of 30, the Testosterone hormones can decrease because of various causes. This can be debilitating and frustrating for them. With increasing age, the levels decrease. However, you need not worry. The good news is there are excellent natural ways to increase testosterone levels. In this article, I have described ways to increase testosterone levels naturally.
                         The normal range of Testosterone levels can be between 264 to 916 ng/dl. It peaks around the age of 20 years and then starts to decline.

Symptoms of low testosterone levels:


 Following  are the Causes of Low Testosterone Levels

  • Injury or Tumors of Testis
  • Cirrhosis of Liver Or Damage to Liver
  • Testis torsion Or Decrease in blood supply to the testis
  • Hemochromatosis or Excessive accumulation of Iron in Body
  • Fatty Liver
    Muscular Body
    Muscular body structure with six-packs.
  • Excess Beer and Alcohol Consumption
  • Obesity and Increase in Abdominal Girth
  • Diabetes

How can You Increase testosterone Levels Naturally?. Here are the 4 Simple and Easy ways;

  1. Eat food rich in proteins. A high amount of Fat in food decreases Testosterone levels. Food rich in protein causes an increase in testosterone levels. Eggs, Chicken breast, legumes, and soybeans are rich sources of Protein. Similarly banana is energy-rich and useful in increasing Testosterone levels. Tuna and Low-fat milk are also good to increase Testosterone levels. Vitamin D is necessary for testosterone production. You should try to get plenty of Sunshine so that your Vitamin D levels are maintained normal. Tuna is rich in Vitamin D which is linked to a longer life and testosterone production. Apart from tuna salmon and sardines are rich in Vitamin D and Proteins.
  1. Avoid beer and other alcoholic drinks. Excessive alcohol consumption increases the chances of Liver damage. In cirrhosis of liver Testosterone levels can decrease up to 90%. Alcohol consumption can lead to a loss of REM sleep which can lead to a decrease in nighttime testosterone levels. High fatty foods can also cause Fatty liver. Fatty liver is a leading cause of Liver Damage. Remember your abdominal girth levels are directly related to Testosterone levels. Greater the abdominal girth the lower will be the testosterone levels.
  1. Do Regular Exercises and physical activities. Exercise boosts testosterone levels. Certain types of exercise increase testosterone levels more than others. Exercise promotes muscle building. The more muscles you have more will be testosterone levels. Resistance training like weight lifting boosts testosterone levels. All types of exercises can increase testosterone levels. Walking or jogging for 30 to 40 minutes 4 to 5 times a week can do the trick.
  1. Reduce Stress. Stress increases cortisol levels. High cortisol levels can decrease testosterone levels. Low testosterone levels can increase stress and depression. This leads to a vicious cycle. Proper 8 hours of sleep is needed for good testosterone levels. Adrenaline, Cortisol, Noradrenaline are the 3 Stress hormones. Inadequate sleep reduces REM sleep and decreases Testosterone levels. Yoga and Mindfulness help in decreasing stress and increasing vitality.     
                                  Testosterone levels can be checked by a simple blood test. The use of external testosterone supplements may be needed if the levels are low. If testosterone levels are normal then there is no need to take external supplements. 
                                    
                                   If You have any queries regarding this subject feel free to contact us. You can drop your comments in the comment box and leave your comments. We will be glad to hear from you
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Has China Won World War 3 Without Firing a Single Bullet?


Has China Won World War 3 Without Firing a Single Bullet?

            China is one of the major powers in the world. It has one of the biggest economies in the world. The United States is the largest economies in the world at present. China has in the last decade overtaken Japan to become the second-largest economy in the world. Other countries that have large economies are Japan, Germany, France, India, United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.

Chinese Century
                       19th Century has belonged to the British."Pax Britannica"(British Peace) is the term popularly used for the British Empire between 1825 to 1915. The British Empire was so big that the Sun Never set in the Empire. It had colonies from West Indies to India and Hongkong in the East. British navy controlled most of the sea trade routes.


                       20th Century is popularly known as The American Century. After World war 2 United States rose into prominence and emerged as a major economic power. After a great recession in 1930, it did splendid economic recovery and emerged as a strong economy. The United States took the leadership role in the world. It has many world-class companies that have sales in different parts of the world. The computer revolution has heralded information age. Silicon Valley is the birthplace of many multinational companies like Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, etc.

                    Chinese Century is a term suggesting that the 21st Century will belong to China. The 21st Century will be geopolitically dominated by China.

                     China has the size and population to fulfill its ambition. China has the largest population in the world. China had state policies that are different from the rest of the world. China is governed by a single party. It has a communist-style of governance, unlike western democracies. The government is secretive. The labor laws are different from the rest of the world. China produces cheap machines, steel, garments, textile, electronic instruments, computers, etc. These things are produced on a mass scale. Cheap labor keeps the cost low. China can sell these items to different countries in the world because of lower rates.

                           American President has many times labeled China as a currency manipulator. The economy of China is going to overtake the Economy of the United States in the next two decades. The Chinese economy is set to become the largest economy in the world.

Islands in the South China Sea.
                       China has geopolitical ambitions. It has one of the largest armies in the world. It is a nuclear power as well. It claims many islands in the South China Sea as its own. Though neighboring countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines do not accept the claims. However China because of its size seems to ignore these countries.

                    China has created the Shanghai Cooperation Organization as an alternative to Nato. China has revived the Silk Road of the past. It has created a belt and road initiative. It has connected China to Germany by train so that Chinese goods can travel to Europe easily. The Belt and Road initiative passes through many countries. This improves trade between the countries.

 COVID 19

                         The COVID 19 pandemic started from Wuhan City in Hubei Province of China. It perhaps started from the seafood market in Wuhan. Incidentally, Wuhan has a Virology research center where a lot of research is done about coronavirus and other viruses. Viruses can be used as biological warfare agents. Many people suspect that the virus accidentally leaked from the lab. There is no proof of that. However many conspiracy theories are floating around.

                            After an initial lag of response China did the lockdown of Wuhan City. The movement of people out of the city was stopped. Its lockdown was strictly implemented.

                            China was ready with a big hospital in 10 days in Wuhan. It was very effective in controlling the disease. The disease could not spread to other parts of China like Shanghai and Beijing. The discipline paid off handsomely.

                            However, the disease did spread to other countries. Whether unknowingly or knowingly this sophisticated Chinese government allowed its overseas spread. The local spread was contained but the international spread was not. Many Chinese were returning to Europe and the US from Wuhan and other Chinese cities by air travel. This caused the spread of the disease to other countries where it has spread like wildfire.

Sluggish Response Of Other Countries. 

                               The initial response of many Western Countries was very sluggish. Many leaders thought It is just another flu. Western Countries like Italy, France, UK, USA have very good health infrastructure. However, the pandemic was far too severe. It has overwhelmed the health systems of the countries. International air travel could have been banned early. This decisive step could have stopped the pandemic in the early stages.

                                 Many people in The West especially the United States are not used to wearing a mask. They perceive it as a threat to their freedom. SAR's Epidemic in Asia in 2002-20004 made the population aware of the threat of respiratory infections. Many people in HongKong, China, Singapore, Japan routinely wear masks. This has contributed to controlling the infection this time quickly.

 Advantage China

                                 Meantime China has controlled the infection efficiently. The Western democracies are suffering from the Pandemic. The worst-hit are the United States, the UK, Italy, Spain, France, and Iran. The number of cases in India and Brazil is also increasing. Many countries want to reopen the economy. This reopening can cause a further flare-up of the infection.

                                Unlike China, the lockdown was not strictly implemented. This has lead to a huge loss of human lives. Presently United states have the highest mortality followed by the UK and Italy. The pandemic is far from over. Even Dr. Anthony Fauci the Physician who is at the forefront of the American response has said that we cannot decide on the timeline, The virus will decide the timeline.

                               Joblessness has increased. Many industries are on the verge of collapse. Small businesses have been hit badly. This has caused huge economic loss to the countries. The economies of Europe and North America can enter into a recession. The price of oil has collapsed because of weak demand. This will again benefit the major consumers of oil like China.

                               China has recovered from the pandemic efficiently. It has reopened businesses. International travel has started. It has resumed its exports. Its markets are opened. The indigenous industries of the rest of the world are decimated. They are looking to China to supply them with masks, PPE's For healthcare workers and pharmaceutical ingredients. China's economy will start booming again in no time.

                             The Chinese economy is on the path of recovery. On the other hand, the economies of most of the countries are on shaky grounds. China has managed the epidemic efficiently. Meantime the overconfident western democracies are struggling to contain the pandemic and its economic consequences.
China has won the war without firing a single bullet!.




Dr. Nishikant Sharma MD FACP
Dr. Nishikant Sharma MD FACP is a Health care Professional.
He is an advocate of quality healthcare at affordable prices for all. 
He is a Medical Writer and Content Creator.
Done course in Content Writing from the University Of California Davis. (Coursera)
References From: with thanks 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pax_Britannica
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Century
https://theprint.in/world/anthony-fauci-doctor-leading-us-coronavirus-battle-nominated-for-civil-service-oscar/413801/
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3 Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stay Motivated During this COVID 19 Pandemic

3 Easy Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Stay Motivated  During this COVID 19 Pandemic


                                Life during this Stay at the home period of Pandemic is difficult. We are constantly exposed to news and views on TV and social media. The invisible enemy is around us.

                                  When will this pandemic end? What will happen if I get infected? My relatives may get infected. Many such questions come to everyone's mind.
                              Along with you may have economic and financial problems. Many small businesses have stopped functioning. Hotel, Airlines, and Travel Industries are facing a big slump in demand. If you have a small business and it's closed then it adds to the problem. You have to repay loans. So many such worries you may have.
                           Our lives have suddenly and dramatically changed. We try to avoid the invisible enemy sweeping across the planet. Anxiety and stress follow.
                             The big question is how do we stay positive and motivated during this turbulence.
                         

                            I have found out two very scientific and interesting articles regarding the reduction of anxiety during this Pandemic. I have selected 3 recommendations based on these articles.                              The First Article is A Compassionate Guide to Anxiety During COVId 19 Pandemic By Dr. Eric Goodman, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist.


                           

                               Understanding why we are so anxious now?

Many Marketing Gurus advertise methods to be Anxiety Free.

                                Anxiety-free” is a marketing catch-phrase, not a realistic goal for most humans. Some amount of anxiety is helpful because it protects you from harm. However, an excess amount of anxiety is not good for health.

                            Here we are reminded of the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. This is the tale of a seemingly ferocious beast who, upon first glance, looks and sounds like the villain of the story. Halfway through, however, you come to learn that the beast isn’t the villain—he’s the misunderstood hero. Yes, he still looks beastly and has an unpleasant roar, but his heart is in the right place.

                              Anxiety is like that misunderstood beast. It can be loud and unpleasant to be around, but it means well. Its job is to protect us from anything it perceives to be a threat—whether that be public speaking at work or a widespread invisible virus. Anxiety is well-intentioned, but a very unnerving hero.                           Anxiety wants to help us. It wants us to stay safe. However excess amounts of anxiety can be harmful. It can produce sleepless nights and high blood pressure. It can increase heartbeats. It can be debilitating.                            
                           Anxiety wants to help us. It wants us to stay safe. However excess amounts of anxiety can be harmful. It can produce sleepless nights and high blood pressure. It can increase heartbeats. It can be debilitating.
Tranquil park in City Center


Author: Trinh Mai 
           In this article, the author describes the usefulness of mindfulness during this turbulent time. Mindfulness is a practice of paying attention to the present moment experiences with compassion and curiosity.




                                        Based on these articles and my 30 years of clinical experience I have come up with these 3 recommendations to reduce anxiety during these times.

  •  Communicate with your friends. Social distancing may not allow you to be face to face with your friends and family members. You can make phone or video calls to discuss issues. Pent up anxiety decreases when we share our thoughts with our well-wishers and friends. Stay connected. You can listen to motivational lectures. You can learn something new like cooking or dancing.
  • Have a more compassionate approach to anxiety. Research has shown that increasing compassion is related to a quieting of anxiety and depression. It enhanced the sense of well being. Minimize your daily intake of news. Get a good 8 hours of sleep. Limiting substances like caffeine and nicotine helps in the reduction of anxiety.

  • Practice Mindfulness. It decreases rumination and obsessive thoughts. You can do a 5-minute body scan. You can learn relaxing breathing techniques. You can Do Physical exercises like jogging and skip in one place. You can do step aerobics at home. Where it is allowed you can go running outdoors maintaining social distancing. Have a positive attitude. After every night day comes. Similarly, we will discover some vaccine or treatment for the disease soon.


Dr. Nishikant Sharma MD FACP is a Health care Professional.
He is an advocate of quality healthcare at affordable prices for all. 
He is a Medical Writer and Content Creator.

Done course in Content Writing from the University Of California Davis. (Coursera)




Acknowledgments and thanks to following articles:-

How to Boost Your Happiness and Inner Strength through Contentment

                         How to Boost Your Happiness and Inner Strength Through Contentment?

                           What is Contentment? 

It is difficult to define the term.

                                                         Contentment is a happy state of mind. It is definitely not something euphoric. It is a peaceful state of mind. It is a state of peaceful satisfaction. Different people can give different definitions. This state is described in many religious texts including the Bible and Vedas.
                                                        We are in constant pursuit of happiness. Happiness seems to elude us. We think that when I will buy that BMW car I will be happy. I will be happy when I will have a bungalow or a big house or a yacht. I will not rest until I reach that goal. So in this constant search for elusive happiness, we are running. In the meantime, we are stressed out every day. This leads to what is popularly known as burnout.

                               Here a story that can explain what is Contentment.

                                                    A long long time ago there was a hard-working Stonecutter. He used to cut stones at the base of a big mountain. He used to live in a nearby village. He was a great believer in God. He had all good qualities like honesty and truthfulness. God always loves his devout children. One day when he was working he saw a King going from the nearby village. The king was wearing a beautiful thick golden robe and shining ornaments. He prayed to God. Oh God, I am your devout servant. I have to work so hard. Please make me the King for a few days. God loves his faithful children. God said ok I will make you a King.
                                                  He was very happy. It was summer and he was walking on the road. On a sunny afternoon, he started sweating. He looked up and said oh This Sun seems to be more powerful than a King. Why not become a Sun. He prayed to God. God oh great God Please turn me into Sun. God said ok. Your wish is granted. He became the Sun.
                                                 He was very happy for a few days. One day clouds came and no one could see the Sun. Oh, these clouds seem to be more powerful than I am. They can stop my rays from reaching the earth. I should become Clouds then. He prayed to God. God said ok I will grant you one more wish. He turned him into clouds
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                                                 He was then floating in the air happily over the sea and land. Suddenly he was struck on the head. He could not move ahead. He opened his eyes and then saw a big mountain in front of him. He said this mountain seems to be stronger than I am. I should become a mountain then. He prayed to God. Oh, mighty God, you can do anything. Turn me into a big mountain. God said ok. God turned him into a big mountain.
A Mountain
                                                 When he became a mountain he was very happy. He thought now I am big and strong. In the afternoon he felt pain around his legs. Someone was cutting stones from the base of the mountain. He looked down and saw a Stonecutter cutting stones. Oh, he said this Stonecutter is stronger than a mountain. He can cut through a mountain! I should become a Stonecutter again.
                                               He fell on the feet of God and said Oh God please grant me one last wish. God said ok you were not happy when you were Stonecutter and now you want to become a stonecutter again? He said Yes. I was a fool running around. I have realized my mistake. I am happy in the way I was. Please make me a stonecutter. God said I grant you your last wish. He became a stonecutter again. He was finally very happy and contented.

                                                 This story tells us about contentment. We always like what others have. But we don't realize their problems. We spend our lives in a state of discontentment and unhappiness.
                                                  It is no wrong to dream big. It's also not wrong to work hard. But its important to remain healthy and happy also. It is equally important that one should not develop gastric ulcers, high blood pressure, addictions while chasing the dreams. If you are happy today then you can certainly be happy tomorrow. You should be able to enjoy your work. When you enjoy your work you tend to get better results. Your productivity goes up. Your energy level goes up. Don't let your work become an endless rat race. This will increase your blood pressure and stress levels. This leads to burnouts and sleepless nights.

                                                This leads us to the second quality of contentment. Its called Gratitude. When we are contented we feel grateful to all the people who work hard for us like Soldiers fighting for us on the borders or nurses caring for patients in the hospital. We should be thankful to all the people who work tirelessly for the community. Only a contented person can do that. A discontented person can only find faults in others. He will be unhappy eternally.


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How to Prevent Corona Virus Infection: 8 Essential Steps

                  How to Prevent Corona Virus Infection: Eight Essential Steps 

                          Now it is official. The new Coronavirus, COVID-19, is a pandemic. It is spreading to more and more countries. Northern Italy is in lockdown. More than 10,000 people are infected and 631 people have died. New cases have been detected in Uk, Germany, Austria, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Globally more than 4200 people have died in this epidemic. As of today 31 deaths and more than 1000 cases have been reported in the US. The epidemic originated from Wuhan City In China in December 2019. However, the good news is that the number of new cases in China is decreasing.

                                China took some very harsh measures for the public good. Whole cities were walled off. Quarantine measures were strictly implemented. The results are now apparent. The number of new cases is decreasing in China.
                                However, other countries have shown some inertia in dealing with this crisis. Many countries have imposed travel bans late. The result is that the epidemic is spreading to the rest of the world. Many governments went into a state of denial initially like China. Early swift preventive actions can greatly help in the prevention of the spread of the disease.


                               Travel ban from China and especially from Wuhan has been implemented a little late. This has allowed the virus to spread across the world.


                               Corona Virus has spread from China to more countries. Coronavirus initially began in Wuhan city in China. Coronavirus is a zoonotic disease. Zoonotic diseases are infections that are transmitted from animals to human beings. These germs can be bacteria, viruses or parasites. Animal handlers can catch these infections due to proximity to them. Human to human transmission of these infections opens up the possibility of further spread of these infections. Sometimes it can take the form of an epidemic.


                                 It's not that the coronavirus is a new virus. Already four strains of coronavirus are present. These can cause illness ranging from the common cold to pneumonia. Many times its a mild respiratory infection that may even go unnoticed by many. (SARS_CoV)Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome spread from animals to humans in 2002-2003. Its reservoir is perhaps bats that spread to other animals like cats. First infected cases occurred in the Guangdong province of China in 2002.


                                An epidemic of SARS affected almost 26 countries. Mortality was high in cases who had (ARDS) Acute respiratory distress syndrome.


                               Symptoms are flu-like and include body pain, fever, headache, breathlessness, and cough. The most frequent symptom reported was fever though it may be absent in initial stages. In severe cases, respiratory distress is present which leads to a fall in blood oxygen levels(SpO2).                                            Approximately 8100 people got infected. The mortality rate was around 9%.


                                The new Coronavirus is hitting more people than other epidemics. Lethality rate is approximately 3.5%. The good news is that the mortality rate of this infection is lower than other similar infections. It also produces symptoms like cough, body aches, fever, and breathlessness.
Many infections are mild and recover quickly.

 How to Prevent Corona Virus Infection: Eight Essential Steps 


  1. Avoid traveling to crowded places like bus stations, airports, public meetings, etc. In short, restrict non-essential travel. Avoid going to malls, public gatherings, cinema theatres as much as possible. Many schools have been closed to prevent the spread of infection.
  1. Wash your hands after using public utilities like toilets etc. While using escalators avoid touching rails or wash your hand after the event. Washing hands frequently helps in prevention. You should avoid touching your mouth, face, and eyes by your hands.
  1. If you have a cough use a facemask. It will prevent the spread from person to person. The infection spreads by droplets.
  1. If traveling through a crowded train or bus one can use a facemask to avoid droplet infections. You can use an alcohol-based sanitizer to clean your hands.
  1. If you are having diabetes then you should control it properly. People with diabetes tend to catch infections early and the course of the disease is more severe. Similarly, people with immunodeficiencies should be extra careful.
  1. If you come in contact with a suspected case of coronavirus then you should wear gloves to touch the person. You can wear a disposable suit in such cases. The COVID Virus 19 is secreted in feces also. Hence washing hands with soap after toilet use is important.
  1. Drinking warm water may help in staying hydrated. Warm saline gargles can help in any upper respiratory infection. Betadine gargles may help if you have symptoms of sore throat. Please make certain that you are not allergic to the agent.
  1. Make sure you are not having nutritional deficiencies like Iron, Zinc Or Vitamin C.Decrease in body immunity can impair our immune system and cause a more severe form of illness. Regular exercises should be done. Exercises should be done in open spaces preferably and not in a crowded gym. Sunshine always helps as it increases Vit D levels in the body. 
                            Staying hydrated is very important. But just drinking water will not cure the disease. If you have any symptoms of the disease then get checked in the nearby medical center. Throat swabs can be taken in suspected cases for examination.X Ray Chest and CT Scan of Chest is useful to determine the extent of Lung Involvement.
                             Prevention is the key to arresting the spread of this infection. Hoping by united efforts we will be able to control this epidemic more effectively.
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Do You have Stress ? Do you want to reduce stress?

Do You Have Stress? Do You Want to reduce Stress?

A Busy Monday

Imagine you have to catch the suburban train. The train is scheduled to leave after 5 minutes. You are stuck in heavy traffic. 

You are surrounded by so many cars and trucks. Each one is honking at its best. 

The next train is after 45 minutes. If you reach late you are going to miss the train and reach the office late. Boss will be very angry. 

Consider another situation. You have to complete a project. You have to present it to the committee tomorrow.

You have completed 90% of work. In the evening the day before the presentation, you find your file is missing.

 These are some of the thousands of examples of different forms of stress that we face daily in our busy lives. 

Imagine the situation of a young athlete who has prepared for his sports event for the whole year. Just before the event, he sprains his ankle. 

How can he compete tomorrow?


His time and efforts will go in vain. We face thousands of such situations daily.

 End Result


It leads to anger frustrations and stress. The body responds by releasing chemical substances like adrenaline which can increase the heart rate and blood pressure. Chronic release of adrenaline can 
cause stress and hypertension over a period of time.

 It can also increase blood sugar levels. Depression and anxiety are other by-products.
          

  We do so many things in the hope of attaining a condition of rest, once you have done them. You think let me buy a big house and then I will be able to rest peacefully. 




You take a big loan from a bank by signing a mortgage deal. You say I will never rest till I get it in my name. Your EMI has started. This will go on for years. 

Maybe someday you will be able to accomplish your goals. By achieving your goals you will get rest and peace. 

In the unending pursuits of goals, we never do one thing and that is to enjoy today. Peace cannot be found outside ourselves. What passes for peace is a temporary pause in the battle of life. The new house that you have bought will be a prelude to new challenges and projects. Someday maybe you will be able to relax.



              We either live in the past thinking about our failures or in future planning new projects. We hardly live in the present tense. We regret about failed relationships and missed opportunities. Thinking about the future produces anxiety. What if I fail in exams or an interview . What will happen if I lose my job tomorrow. How will I repay loans? The end result is the same. Anxiety depression frustration and   High blood pressure.

 A hard-working guy can become the CEO of the company but becomes a heart patient in the process. Young successful handsome and hypertensive.

               Recent studies have shown the benefits of mindfulness. Why postpone joy and happiness. Enjoy the present moment. Mindfulness stills the mind. The mind is full of cross-currents of thoughts. Mindfulness brings in peace today. Stillness Speaks. Creative thoughts can occur only in a peaceful mind. 


                The prevalence of high blood pressure is increasing: enlarging the spectrum of available measures for its prevention and treatment could be useful.

                 Some data from medical literature suggests that mindfulness could play a role not only in the management of stress but also in blood pressure control and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

                 The mechanisms involved may be based on the modulation of the emotional reaction and biological response to stress, via the regulation of the autonomous nervous system.


                 This method is accessible to anyone who is interested and is not related to any religious belief. It’s simple easy and fun and above all very affordable. Medicines used for hypertension can have adverse events but this practice is devoid of any ill effects.


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