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Chaar Dham ‘Yatra’

Chaar Dham ‘Yatra’ is observed every year in the month of April/May and is open to visitors for next six months. It usually starts from Akshay Tritya date till the day of Diwali. Chaar Dham ‘Yatra’ covers Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath. The doors of Yamunotri and Gangotri this year will open on 6th May. Doors of Kedarnath open on 8th May and those of Badrinath on the 9th of this month.

People can have ‘Yatra’ in the form of "Two Dham Yatra" or "Chaar Dham Yatra". In the two dham Yatra, one can either choose Yamunotri and Gangotri or Kedarnath and Badrinath. In the four dhaam Yatra, one can visit all the four dhaams in the above sequence. It is a tour of 8–12 days for spiritual purification.

Normally, it is said that at least once in a life time one should go for this Chaar Dham Yatra.

There is a spiritual significance attached to the yatra. Whenever a person is disturbed, stressful, with impacted guilt, this ‘Yatra’ provides an environment to detoxify the mind and intellect.

Being away from stressful atmosphere and starting a journey in a different environment with focus on God or inner happiness provides an opportunity to get rid of any stressor. It normally takes 1 to 2 weeks for the mind to settle when it is away from the stressor.

A journey over 8–12 days also helps in acclimatization to the journey to the mountains. Rapid ascent can lead to acute mountain illness with or without swelling of the lungs and that of the brain. For any travel of more than 5000 feet, one should not ascend rapidly. The formula is: between an ascent of 5000 to 10000 feet, there should be minimum one night halt after climbing 10000 feet; for every 1500 feet acsent, there should be a night halt and after 3000 feet, there should be a full day halt.

At Yamunotri and Gangotri, one detoxifies the emotions by way of dip in the holy river (Yamuna or Ganga). Before the dip, one is supposed to narrate his problem to oneself and ask the God or inner consciousness to forgive him or her. This confession to self and/or to the God helps in detoxifying the mind.

Once the mind and emotions are detoxified, travelling further to Kedarnath and Badrinath, remembering the principles of Shiva and Vishnu helps one to attain a positive state of mind.

Taking a dip at Yamunotri and Gangotri are regarded as spiritual processes to remove negativity and clean the mind; those at Kedarnath and Badrinath, to go back with a positive state of mind and full of energy. Shiva teaches the process of how to wind up a process and Vishnu teaches how to manage any work.

When we learn the principles and steps of creativity, we learn the steps of intended outcome, information gathering, information reshuffling/ analysis, incubation, insight, inspiration, integration, and implementation and incarnation.

The phases of intended outcome, information gathering, information reshuffling can be stressful to the mind and to remove that stress, one needs to divert away from the project (incubation) for few days and this diversion makes the mind creative with a new insight. This ‘incubation’ principle of creativity is used in "Chaar Dham Yatra". The period of 8–12 days away from the routine stress provides an incubation period with resultant time to give one new insight and inspiration for positive actions. A similar effect may not be obtained during holidays to a hill station where one may carry stress along with them.

Treatment of an addiction is to get addicted to a non–addictive thing. Likewise, the only way stress can be removed is to get addicted to path of inner happiness or thinking of God. This is the main aim of "Chaar Dham Yatra" where one climbs mountains, a clean and relaxed environment.

Many people who don’t go to the Chaar Dham yatra in Uttarakhand may prefer to go for another Chaar Dhaam yatra in India – Badrinath, Dwarka, Jagannath Puri and Rameshwaram, in this sequence.

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Aldosterone antagonist in mild heart failure

Start aldosterone antagonist therapy to treat HF in patients who have NYHA functional class II HF and an LVEF ≤30 percent, or NYHA functional class III to IV HF and an LVEF <35 percent, who can be carefully monitored for serum potassium and renal function

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‘Acute decline in GFR’

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World Earth Day 2011

Distinguished guests at the inaguration of World Earth Day celebrations at Delhi Public School, Mathura Road on 21st April.

Dr K K Aggarwal
    National News

Get ready for AIEEE on May 11

BANGALORE: Students can now heave a sigh of relief. The Central Board of Secondary Education that conducts the All Indian Engineering Entrance Examination (AIEEE) has announced new dates for the test – May 11. The entrance test taken by the largest number of students in the country had to be postponed for some candidates after a paper leak. The examination was delayed by a few hours, eating into the time of another entrance test (AFMC). For students who were to appear for both these tests, AIEEE was postponed to May 8. However, the new date clashed with COMED–K UG entrance test that was scheduled for the same day. "The re-scheduled exam will now be conducted on May 11 instead of May 8 due to other professional examinations on the same date. The exam will be held from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm in 39 cities. It’ll be conducted only for those who couldn’t appear on May 1. The candidature of all such candidates who appeared on May 1 and register for rescheduled examination will be summarily cancelled," said a release. (Source: TOI, May 4, 2011)

Tagore birth anniversary celebrated with gaiety

NEW DELHI: On May 2, 1936, before anyone currently studying at Modern School, Barakhamba Road, was born, Rabindranath Tagore had stopped by the campus. His footsteps still seem to echo with every student fully alive to the fact that the poet had once walked the same corridor they walk now. On Monday, the school chose to celebrate the 150birth anniversary of the Bengali polymath as well as the 75anniversary of his visit, with a ballet on Chandalika, a recitation, a photo exhibition and a film–screening. Jashn–e–Tagore was performed against a backdrop of rural Bengal, with mud houses and wall art being recreated on the school’s campus. (Source: TOI, May 03, 2011)

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    International News

(Contributed by Rajat Bhatnagar, International Sports & Fitness Distribution, LLC)

Nutrition Fit Facts and Tips: Weight Management & Food Groups to Encourage

Weight Management

  • To maintain body weight in a healthy range, balance calories from foods and beverages with calories expended.
  • To prevent gradual weight gain over time, make small decreases in food and beverage calories and increase physical activity.

Food Groups to encourage

  • Consume a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables while staying within energy needs. Two cups of fruit and 2 1/2 cups of vegetables per day are recommended for a reference 2,000–calorie intake, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level.
  • Choose a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. In particular, select from all five vegetable subgroups (dark green, orange, legumes, starchy vegetables, and other vegetables) several times a week.
  • Consume 3 or more ounce–equivalents of whole–grain products per day, with the rest of the recommended grains coming from enriched or whole–grain products. In general, at least half the grains should come from whole grains.
  • Consume 3 cups per day of fat–free or low–fat milk or equivalent milk products.

(Dr Monica and Brahm Vasudev)

Women may be more likely than men to sustain kidney damage after coronary angiography

Women are much more likely than men to sustain kidney damage after undergoing a common heart imaging test called coronary angiography, according to a study presented at a National Kidney Foundation meeting.

Vitamin D may explain racial BP disparities

Levels of serum 25–hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) appear to explain at least part of the differences in blood pressure typically seen between blacks and whites, a cross–sectional study showed. After adjustment for numerous sociodemographic characteristics, health and healthcare–related factors, behavioral risk factors, and biomarkers, blacks had an average systolic blood pressure that was 4 mm Hg higher than whites, according to Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH, of the University of Rochester in N.Y., and colleagues. Further adjustment for serum 25(OH)D, however, cut that difference by about a quarter, to 2.9 mm Hg, the researchers reported online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

To explore the issue, they analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) for 2001 to 2006. The analysis included 1,984 non–Hispanic blacks and 5,156 non–Hispanic whites 20 and older.

Black participants were more likely to have low 25(OH)D levels; 61% of blacks and 11% of whites had levels of 2 to 15 ng/mL. At the upper end of the scale, 2.3% of blacks and 25.5% of whites had levels of 31 to 80 ng/mL. Average systolic blood pressure was 124.1 mm Hg in blacks and 120.8 mm Hg in whites. After adjusting for age and sex, the average difference was 5.2 mm Hg. That was reduced to
4 mm Hg in a fully adjusted model that excluded 25(OH)D levels. Adding serum 25(OH)D levels reduced the average difference in systolic blood pressure by 26% (7% to 46%). In an analysis that excluded participants who were taking antihypertensives, that figure rose to 39%.

    Spiritual Update

Hanuman Chalisa

Mahaveer Bikram Bajrangi
Kumati Nivaar Sumati Ke Sangi

Meaning: Hanumana, you have unlimited courage and strength, you destroy ignorance (darkness or evil thoughts) and grant wisdom.

Spiritual Significance: By doing regular Pranayama, one can achieve unlimited courage and strength. It destroys ignorance, darkness and evil thoughts. It also grants wisdom (true knowledge).

    IJCP Special

Dr Good Dr Bad

Situation: A patient with PUO remained undiagnosed.
Dr Bad: This means that you may have a serious illness.
Dr Good:
Don’t worry. It has good prognosis.
Lesson: Most adults who remain undiagnosed after an extensive evaluation also have a good prognosis. (Arch Intern Med 2003;163:1033 & Scand J Infect Dis 2006;38:632.)

Make Sure

Situation: A patient on ACE inhibitor developed angioneurotic edema.
Reaction: Oh my God! Why was the ACE inhibitor continued?
Lesson: Make sure that patients on ACE inhibitors are watched for angioneurotic edema and if it develops, the drug needs to be stopped.

    An Inspirational Story

(Dr Prachi Garg)

Lessons in life

There was a man who had four sons. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. So he sent them each on a quest, in turn, to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away.

The first son went in the winter, the second in the spring, the third in summer, and the youngest son in the fall. When they had all gone and come back, he called them together to describe what they had seen.

The first son said that the tree was ugly, bent, and twisted. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise.

The third son disagreed; he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful, it was the most graceful thing he had ever seen.

The last son disagreed with all of them; he said it was ripe and drooping with fruit, full of life and fulfillment.

The man then explained to his sons that they were all right, because they had each seen but only one season in the tree’s life.

He told them that you cannot judge a tree, or a person, by only one season, and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure, joy, and love that come from that life can only be measured at the end, when all the seasons are up.

If you give up when it’s winter, you will miss the promise of your spring, the beauty of your summer, fulfillment of your fall.

Moral: Don’t let the pain of one season destroy the joy of all the rest.

Don’t judge life by one difficult season.

    Pediatric Update

(Dr. Neelam Mohan, Director Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, Medanta – The Medicity)

Complementary feeding practices between 6 and 24 months

  • Seek appropriate health care for fever, diarrhea, respiratory infections, malaria, hookworm, and other infections.
  • Encourage children’s psychosocial development by providing them with opportunities for exploration and autonomy.
  • Ensure adequate maternal nutrition and micronutrient status to improve women’s health and support optimal breastfeeding.
  • Give mothers a high–dose vitamin A supplement (200,000 IU) immediately after delivery or within 8 weeks post–partum in areas where vitamin A deficiency occurs.
  • Practice family planning that does not interfere with breastfeeding to space children and allow for maternal recuperation.
  • Use condoms, consistently and correctly, to prevent HIV transmission.
    Gyne Update

(Dr Maninder Ahuja, Secretary General IMS)


Menopause is a retrospective diagnosis, if patient has not had menstruation for 12 months then we say that woman has had menopause. It can be natural or iatrogenic.

Natural menopause is genetically determined and is because of ovarian follicle depletion. At about 24 weeks of fetal life, female fetus has about 6–7 million follicles in the ovaries and at birth this number is 2–3 milllion. At puberty the follicle number is 40,0000 to 50,0000. During each menstrual cycle, a few follicles are recruited and just one or two become dominant and rest become atretic. When just a few hundred follilcles are left in ovary then women become menopausal and menstruation stops. The natural age of menopause in India is about 46.7 years and in Europe and west about 50–52 years. If menopause occurs before 40 years of age then it is called Premature Menopause. 4–5 years surrounding menopause when hormonal irregularities start is called Perimenopause.

Iatrogenic causes of Menopause are surgical TH (total hysterectomy) with BSO (bilateral salpingo oophorectomy), chemotherapy, radiotherapy. If we don’t remove ovaries and just do TH, then the ovaries work for a few more years and though women is amenorrhoeic she is not called menopausal till the time ovaries stop working and so there is rise of FSH, LH, and fall in Inhibin B, serum estardiol, and AMH (Anti mullerian Hormone).

    Medicolegal Update

(Dr Sudhir Gupta, Additional Prof, Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, AIIMS)

Airedale’s case - USA and Aruna case

In the Supreme Court of India in Aruna case in the course of his (Senior Counsel) submission it has been stated that some Courts in USA have observed that the view of a surrogate may be taken to be the view of the incompetent patient for deciding whether to withdraw the life support, though the House of Lords in Airedale’s case has not accepted this.

  • He submitted that relatives of Aruna do not seem to have cared for her and it is only the nursing staff and medical attendants of KEM hospital who have looked after her for 37 years.
  • He has also submitted that though the humanistic intention of Ms. Pinky Virani cannot be doubted, it is the opinion of the attending doctors and nursing staff which is more relevant in this case as they have looked after her for so many years.
  • Counsel for the Dean, KEM hospital, Mumbai submitted that Ms. Pinky Virani has no locus standi in the matter and it is only the KEM hospital staff which could have filed such a writ petition.
  • We have also heard learned counsel for the State of Maharashtra, Mr. Chinmoy Khaldkar and other
  • Assisting counsel whose names have been mentioned in this judgment. They have been of great assistance to us as we are deciding a very sensitive and delicate issue which while requiring a humanistic approach, also requires great case and caution to prevent misuse. We were informed that not only the learned counsel who argued the case before us, but also the assistants (whose names have been mentioned in the judgment) have done research on the subject for several weeks, and indeed this has made our task easier in deciding this case. They therefore deserve our compliments and thanks.
    Obesity Update

Dr. Parveen Bhatia and Dr. Pulkit Nandwani

What should the diet be just before Bariatric surgery?

Some general guidelines which should be followed before the surgery take place

  • Take your time while eating or drinking. Allow plenty of time to eat your meal (20–45 minutes).
  • Stop eating at the FIRST sign of fullness. You may not feel fullness or hunger for the first few weeks after the surgery. Follow the prescribed portions.
  • Sip at least 48–64oz. of calorie free non–carbonated beverages.
  • Wait at least one hour between eating and drinking.
  • Take small bites and CHEW YOUR FOOD WELL.
  • Avoid concentrated sweets and sugar.
  • Take your vitamins and minerals through fruits and vegetables daily.
    Mind Teaser

Read this…………………

Which of the following is not a common site for gastrinoma?

a. 1st part of duodenum
b. 2nd part of duodenum
c. 3rd part of duodenum
d. 4th part of duodenum

(Dr GM Singh)

Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: What is not true about malrotation of the intestine?

a. In incomplete rotation, the rotation is arested at 180 degree.
b. The small intestine lies on the right with cecum in the midline.
c. Ladd’s band extends from the Right upper quadrant to the cecum.
d. Hyperrotation is the most common form of intestinal malrotation.

Answer for Yesterday’s Mind Teaser: d.

Correct answers received from: Dr Jainendra Upadhyay, Dr Anil Bairaria, Dr Chandresh Jardosh, Dr Anupam.

Answer for 2nd May Mind Teaser
: Income tax.
Correct answers received from: Dr Manjesha, Dr Sumit Mehndiratta.

Send your answer to ijcp12@gmail.com

    Laugh a While

(Dr GM Singh)

Things you don’t want to hear during surgery

Better save that. We’ll need it for the autopsy.

    Lab Update

(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang)

Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA)

PSA is a protein produced by the prostate. Most of the PSA that the prostate produces is released into the semen, but small amounts are also released into the bloodstream.

The PSA test may be ordered during treatment of patients who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer to verify the effectiveness of treatment and at regular intervals after treatment to monitor for cancer recurrence. Patients with prostate cancer frequently have altered ratios of the two forms of PSA: low levels of free PSA and high levels of cPSA (PSA bound to a protein).

-Patients with PSA level greater than 10mcg/L are at an increased risk for prostate cancer.
-Levels between 4 and 10 may indicate prostate cancer, BPH, or prostatitis. These conditions are more common in the elderly, as is a general increase in PSA levels.

    Medi Finance Update

(Dr GM Singh)

Fixed Maturity Plans (FMPs)

If an investor has surplus amount to invest, knows the time horizon and wanted to deploy the fund efficiently with least risk of capital and return, but wishes to optimize her investment – Fixed Maturity Plan is the right scheme. Though the returns are not assured, he may expect the prevailing market rates with least risk.

    Drug Update

List of approved drugs from 01.01.2010 to 31.8.2010

Drug Name
DCI Approval Date
Calcium citrate maleate Eq. to elemental calcium 250mg + Vitamin D3 IP 200 IU tablet
For the treatment of calcium and Vitamin D deficiency states
    IMSA Update

International Medical Science Academy (IMSA) Update

MMR vaccine

Monovalent vaccines are no longer available in the United States for measles, mumps or rubella. (AAP News 2009;30:9)

  Quote of the Day

(Dr GM Singh)

Our dress may make our appearance pleasing but our conduct makes our personality stronger. Success is permanent when we achieve it with honest conduct without destroying our character.

    Readers Responses
  1. Dear Dr Aggarwal, Saw the royal wedding on BBC live, a 100% literate country, democratically and politically vibrant country, still so much respect and love for royal family. I think it is sheer national feeling for traditions, history and love for their country. We follow the West for fashion style and food why cant we have even 1% love for our history, culture and traditions, just look at the cheers for Queen and royal kiss. Dr Vivek Kumar, Varanasi.
    Public Forum

(Press Release for use by the newspapers)

May: International BP & Stroke Awareness Month

May is International Blood Pressure and Stroke Awareness Month, said Padma Shri & Dr BC Roy National Awardee Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India.

Giving the details, Dr. Aggarwal said that blood pressure should be checked at the same time and in the same arm whether monthly, semi annually or annually.

If one has a borderline blood pressure, one should take preventive measures immediately and should not wait till the blood pressure gets dangerously high. Changes in lifestyle and nutrition can greatly impact blood pressure and help avoid lifelong medication.

One should not take blood pressure measurements immediately after taking coffee, cola or other drinks containing caffeine. One should also wait one hour after taking cold or allergy medicines. This can temporarily increase the blood pressure.

Blood pressure should be taken while standing or sitting. One should not take the reading until the person has been in the same position for the couple of minutes.

Dr. Aggarwal said that the following people should have blood checkup done immediately:

  • If their family members have high blood pressure
  • Women who are pregnant
  • People above the age of 35
  • Overweight individuals
  • Not physically active on a regular basis
  • Take more than 2 drinks per day in men or more than 1 drink per day in women
  • Eats too much fatty food
  • Eats too much salt in the food

Blood pressure affects 20% of the population and one–third of these people are not aware about this problem. Blood pressure is a silent killer and the only way to know whether you have high blood pressure or not is to have it checked.

At any age blood pressure should be kept lower than 120/80 mmHg.

Some facts

  • If uncontrolled, blood pressure can cause heart attack, paralysis and kidney failure.
  • High blood pressure is responsible for 67% of all heart attacks.
  • High blood pressure is responsible for 77% of all paralytic attacks
  • High blood pressure is associated with 74% of all heart failure cases
  • High blood pressure is responsible for 26% of all kidney diseases
  • High blood pressure causes more visits to doctors than any other condition.
  • High blood pressure is a risk factor for mental deterioration and dementia.
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May 7–8, 2011, National Seminar On Stress Prevention

A Stress Prevention Residential Seminar cum spiritual retreat with Dr KK Aggarwal and Experts from Brahma Kumaris.
Co–organizers: eMedinews, Brahma Kumaris, Heart Care Foundation of India, IMA New Delhi Branch and IMA Janak Puri Branch, IMSA (Delhi Chapter)
Venue: Om Shanti Retreat Centre, National Highway 8, Bilaspur Chowk, Pataudi Road, Near Manesar.
Timings: Saturday 7th May (2 pm onwards) and Sunday 8th May (7 am–4 pm). There will be no registration charges, limited rooms, kindly book in advance; stay and food (satvik) will be provided. Voluntary contributions welcome. For booking e–mail and SMS to Dr KK Aggarwal: 9899974439, emedinews@gmail.com, rekhapapola@gmail.com; BK Sapna: 9811796962, bksapna@hotmail.com.


September 30th to October 2nd, 2011, Worldcon 2011 – XVI World Congress of Cardiology, Echocardiography & Allied Imaging Techniques at The Leela Kempinski, Gurgaon (Delhi NCR), INDIA

from Sept 29, 2011: A unique & highly educative Pre–Conference CME, International & national icons in the field of cardiology & echocardiography will form the teaching faculty.
• Provisional Scientific Program at http://worldcon2011.org/day1.html
• Provisional program for Pre Congress CME at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Conference_CME.html
• Abstract submission at http://worldcon2011.org/scientificprogram.html
• Important dates at http://worldcon2011.org/importantDates.html
• Congress website at http://www.worldcon2011.org
• Entertainment – Kingdom of Dreams at http://worldcon2011.org/Pre_Post_Tours.html

Key Contacts
Dr. (Col.) Satish Parashar, President Organizing Committee, + 91 9810146231
Dr. Rakesh Gupta, Secretary General, + 91 9811013246

Congress Secretariat: Rajat Khurana, C–1 / 16, Ashok Vihar – Phase II, Delhi 110 052, INDIA., Phone: + 91–11–2741–9505, Fax: + 91–11–2741–5646, Mobile: + 91 9560188488, 9811911800,
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Medifilmfest (1st International Health Film Festival in Delhi)

October 14–23, 2011, As part of 18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela 2011(Screening of films October 14–17, Jury Screening at Jamia Hamdarad University Auditorium October 18–19, award winning films at TalKatora Stadium October 19–23, 2011)
Organized by: Heart Care Foundation of India, World Fellowships of Religions, FACES, Bahudha Utkarsh Foundation and Dept of Health and Family Welfare Govt of NCT of Delhi.
Entries Invited: from feature films, Ad Films, Serials, Documentary Films, Cartoon Films, Animation Films, Educational films; films on Yoga, Siddha, Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy; Indigenous Healing, Films promoting the Bio–cultural Diversity, Medical Tourism, Visual and Medical Anthropology, Gender sensitization, awareness drive on socio–medical issues and health journalism. The films can be of variable durations (0–1 minute, upto 3 minutes, upto ten minutes, upto 45 minutes and upto an hour and beyond).
Separate entries are also invited for "factual mistakes in feature films concerning health". This can be in the form of 1–5 minutes footages.

Categories:Competitive category/ Non Competitive category/ Special screening
Sub Categories:

1. General: Documentaries, animation films, corporate films, Ad films, TV health programs/reports, health chat shows.

2. Special: Short instances of "depiction of wrong health messages" through the films.

Subjects: Health, disease, sanitation, yoga, spiritual health, environment, social issues, food, better living, Indigenous healing, medical tourism, visual & medical anthropology, gender sensitization, health journalism. Duration: 0–10 seconds; <30 minutes, 30–60 minutes, 1–3 hours. Language: English or Hindi, or sub tilled in English/Hindi. Fee: No fees from participants. Entry to the film show free. Format: Any format duly converted into DVD (compatible to the latest players/systems) Boarding, Lodging and Travel Expenses: Own, the participants may raise their own sponsorships

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