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“Devil in Disguise”: Did you know Lifestyle factors can cause Cancer!

“No matter what the statistics say, there is always a way”. But the fact is that all stats Globally say, there is a high rise in the number of cases of most non-communicable diseases, especially Cancer is at high risk across ages and continents. It’s high time that we really focus on some important Lifestyle factors that could be totally avoided. Each year we hope to see these statistics of Incidence rate going up and each year we fail…. it’s getting to be like a “Devil in disguise” always waiting for us, wanting us!!!

What we need to have been a change in the way we think, our attitudes…It’s pretty easy and common to say “Chalta hain na bhai, kuch nahi hota hain. Daily thoda alcohol pene se kya problem hoga, iss se Cancer nahi hota?
Or “I like to have a suntan every year in the Caribbean, I use sunblock, so I don’t have a risk of skin cancer??”
Or “Isn’t it true that people who smoke more than a packet of cigarettes get cancer, I mean I actually use E-cigarette!! “
Or “At night I utilize my time by listening to podcasts on my Wireless speakers, come on, speakers dont emit radiation, ok???”
Have you heard people around you saying this with a “ignore maro” tone? And do you also with a big question mark attitude think of “jane do bhai, aapane ko iss kya lena dena” and “just moved on” by thinking nope, these wrong or ignorant lifestyle inclusions cannot be a risk factor for we are getting closer to Cancer…what I am thinking!! Well then, my friend, you really need to get your knowledge updated.

The truth is we have the power to minimize the effects of these lifestyle factors around us, kind of lurking around us-captivating-pulling us towards them, and but we do maximize the chance of keeping our health good and live a long and happy life under constant thought and pressure and that longing for “Living happily ever after”. Let’s give it a thought today and know how our changing Lifestyle factors are now the true risk factors for Cancer just like the “Devil in Disguise”?

Smoking fashion: We all know “Smoking Kills’ ‘…then whether it’s 1 cigarette to a pack of cigarettes or even new age E-Cigarettes or flavored Hookahs’. They all have tobacco or nicotine like substances being the leading cause of death due to Lung cancers or Oral cancers worldwide, on usage over a period of time. With prosperity, power comes money and money attracts all these upend mindsets. We need to inculcate the habit that with good money you may follow your dreams of traveling around, pursuing new hobby’s and still be followed & liked on Instagram or Snapchat by your group of friends & Followers, with a bonus of living a long life and saving the money you would have smoked away otherwise!!

Alcohol fad: With the rise in “Happy Hours’ & “Good Times” we all embraced the saying “Alcohol is man’s worst enemy. But the Bible Says’ Love thy enemy”. I mean we have really accepted this worst enemy of ours and the rising numbers of incidence rates of Liver damage, pancreatic cancers or colorectal cancers have been on the rise too. Not to forget deaths due to “drink & drive” and falls and violence. Ethanol or Ethyl alcohol in small or large quantities is fatal to your heart, brain & liver. Whatever brands big or small, local or imported, all types of Alcohol fads affect your health in a big way. Your body, your genes and the type of diet you consume with alcohol all have shown to have a high correlation with developing cancers in later ages. Staying away from Alcohol is simply & truly “Living Life King-Size ”.

Gadget Freak: “Your cell phone has replaced your friends, your adventures, your memory… but don’t let it replace You”. We have all become gadget freaks. All ages from babies to oldies all are constantly with their smartphone. We cannot imagine our lives without our cell phones, internet, social media, even the blog I am writing is using my laptop. It has spanned our lives, our homes, offices, schools, everywhere we go. 

There is no life without them. We sleep with our phones next to our pillows nearing the charging points. We eat dinner around the table with eyes on the TV or iPad screens. We go out for a run and our smart watches are paired with our Bluetooth headphones because we are relaxing with music…. we are never ever without our gadgets…. But we forget that these are electronic devices, and they breathe out or emit radiation and some can be extremely hazardous. The radiation exposure in the long term may cause serious health conditions like brain tumors, blood cancer and some have already shown birth-defects in babies. We read about this so many times and we also follow a thorough “Digital Detox” on a weekly or monthly basis, just like any other “Fad”. Can we come out of this “Digital mode” and turn on the “No-gadget mode” for just 1 moment of our life and for the sake of our health. “Time to get into a digital lockdown, it’s Time to think”.

Bold Beauty: “Wear the Real You!!” This saying has become the new “Skincare Mantra” of the decade. Most daily cleansing materials, skin care products, cosmetic goods all speak this one language. “Explore our best, organic, non-comedogenic, paraben free, cruelty free products and we will make you feel 10 years younger just like a “Baby’s skin-The Real You”. To a great extent new age skin care products are getting really good, highly advanced, organic, expensive. But excess use of these skin care products can cause skin cancers or extreme skin issues. So, trust me the Instagramable “No Make-up” is the new look and a good weekly detox is a must for a perfect Skin care routine. Go ahead flaunt that clear skin and be the New “Bold & Beautiful”.

There could be several reasons, elements or issues that could be the risk factor for having Cancer. But it is said by the wise “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”. So, staying natural, being yourself, sleeping well & trusting your body signs are some great ways to early prevention of any disease, even the worst of the Cancers. Let’s pledge in honor of all those amazing Cancer Survivors that we will “stay safe, be calm & fight on” this Devil in Disguise together!!!

Author: Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

 

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 Nadi Pariksha to find out prognosis of cancer.

Cancer, one of the most challenging and spreading diseases of the 21st century, which has now officially become the most dangerous killer in the world according to the World Health Organization.

No one can deny the fact that cancer is related to modernization and an unhealthy and stressful lifestyle. Scientists are making their best efforts to fight against this disease; however, the sure-shot cure is still awaited.
In ayurveda, the concept of cancer is discussed by Charaka and Sushruta as Arbud and Granthi (inflammatory and non-inflammatory swelling) in our body.
Vata, Pitta Kapha are 3 critical forces which maintain our healthy status.

In cancer these 3 forces are completely disturbed causing tissue damage (dhatu vitiation), metabolic disaster and signs and symptoms of cancer.
Granthi can be considered benign tumours , Arbuda resembling malignant tumours.
Granthi along with all ३ dosha in association with mansa, meda, asthi dhatu forming defined capsulated swelling, palpable, more painful if vata dominated, burning if pitta, and dull or no pain heaviness if kapha dominated.
In Arbuda- malignant tumours, similar to granthi pathogenesis but dominated by pitta dosha and rasa, rakta dhatu, causing severe inflammatory and tissue damaging and rapid body wide spread. This Makes it challenging to treat and even difficult to control its spread in the body.
Imbalanced all 3 dosha loses coordination with all dhatu (body tissues), deterioration of normal body system function expressing wide range of signs and symptoms with loss of appetite, sudden weight loss (Cachexia), pain, disturbed body system functioning, reassembling with other normal disorders, this is making cancer challenging to detect in early stages.
Diagnosis through ashtavidha pariksha, mainly nadi pariksha can be done with experts in Ayurveda.
Nadi, which is durbal, Kathin, gambhir shows above symptoms of cancer. Also, as per predominance of dosha nadi properties are observed.
Prognosis in different stages of cancer and its severity can be diagnosed with Nadi pariksha. Sukhasadhya, kashtasadhya or asadhya.
To avoid and as preventative care, everyone should follow a healthy lifestyle and stress-free mind. Consult an Ayurveda physician to diagnose cancer in an early stage to gain a healthy and peaceful life.

Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune

 

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Did you know? Cancer is not new, it was defined 5000 years ago.

Cancer, one of the most deadly challenges spreading drastically in the 21st century, has now officially become the most dangerous killer in the world according to the World Health Organization.
February is Cancer prevention and awareness month. It is no secret that early detection and treatment is the key to prevention that can save millions of lives every year.

Ayurveda has described cancer 5000 years ago. Nowadays, Ayurvedic medicines and panchakarma for cancers are also included through multidisciplinary treatment approaches at many hospitals.
The knowledge given by Ayurveda about cancer is beneficial in both preventive and curative care.

According to ‘Charaka’ and ‘Sushruta Samhitas’, cancer is described as inflammatory or non-inflammatory swelling and mentioned either as ‘Granthi’ (minor neoplasm) or ‘Arbuda’ (major neoplasm).Tridoshas cause excessive metabolic crisis resulting in proliferation and cancer cell formation.Furthermore, Ayurvedic classification of neoplasm depends on various clinical symptoms in relation to Tridoshas.
Group 1
Diseases that can be named as clear malignancy, which includes arbuda and granthi, e.g. mamsarbuda (melanoma) and raktarbuda (leukemia), mukharbuda (oral cancer), etc.
Group 2
Diseases that can be considered as cancer, such as incurable ulcers with e.g. tridosaj gulmas (abdominal tumors like carcinomas of the stomach and liver or lymphomas).
Group 3
Diseases with the possibility of malignancy, e.g. Visarpa (erysipelas), asadhya kamala (incurable jaundice) and nadi vrana (sinusitis).
According to Sushruta, metabolic crisis and derangement of doshas, which leads to the manifestation of tumors is majorly caused by lifestyle errors, unhealthy foods, poor hygiene and bad habits.
Cancer in each person differs according to the person’s exposure to pathogens and genetic constitutions which make each of them react differently to the same diet.
Considering all above, we can adopt the following preventive steps for preventing cancers.
1. Regular screening – Regular check ups are very essential in preventive care. Consulting your doctor for simple yet alarming symptoms are very essential. Neglecting small cysts, pain associated with it or neglecting metabolic impairments causes big damage afterwards in cases of cancer. So screening is a must for all age groups.
2. Identifying risk groups – Many times genetics / family history plays a significant role. In cases of breast/ uterine / ovarian cancer, regular check up including CA 125 is necessary if having family history of the same.
Many times occupational hazards like exposure to certain chemicals, radioactive agents induce carcinogenesis. Hence it is necessary to have regular check ups. Food habits like tobacco, alcohol also play a significant role in inducing cancer or making pathologies worse. So be careful about your bad habits.

3. Identifying and neutralizing carcinogens – Knowledge about carcinogens is very important. Tobacco, certain chemicals, hybrid food items, exposure to radiation are certain identified carcinogens. Adopting a healthy working atmosphere is very essential to avoid exposure to carcinogens.
4. Adopting a healthy lifestyle – According to Ayurveda, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is very necessary. Keeping good metabolic health, good eating habits and apt lifestyle modification can reduce risk of cancer.

Many types of cancer showed the first alarming sign as metabolic impairment like sudden weight loss, loss of appetite, poor gut health, impaired excretion etc. Always keep an eye on your metabolic health. Remember, early detection and immediate action is the key to prevent any type of cancer damage.

Author:
Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye

MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

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Health constitution in 2023

India is celebrating 74th republic day this year. With adopting and implementing concrete laws and constitutions, India is growing very significantly.
In the case of the health sector, we have to deeply rethink the constitution related to healthcare systems especially post pandemic. The pandemic has exposed the deep vulnerabilities of India’s healthcare system.
Right to Health is a part and parcel of Right to Life and therefore right to health is a fundamental right guaranteed to every citizen, but India’s low expenditure on public health is creating big loopholes in healthcare systems. Also, the Right to health is concerned with various factors such as housing, food, water, sanitation, and environment.
As per articulated in the 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), whose preamble defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The preamble further states that the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without any discrimination. But we are struggling with many co factors which indirectly affect the healthcare system badly.

We can redesign the health constitution 2023 in such a way that it will reduce burden on curative care. As we know, every constitution has some fundamental values on which it is built and developed to attain maximum benefits to people. Ayurved, can be helpful in similar ways to redefine core base values of the healthcare constitution of India.

Ayurved is the science of life, or it is the way of a healthy life. It not only briefs about various treatments but exclusively focuses on a healthy lifestyle which is a unique approach.
Early lifestyle modifications, early diagnosis and adopting Dinacharya and Ritucharya will be extremely beneficial in reducing outburst of many communicable, seasonal diseases. It is also beneficial to reduce the burden of lifestyle disorders like diabetes, hypertension etc which is India’s big emerging problem.
By adapting this preventive care by every single person will be an ideal base for health constitution 2023.
Along with focusing on new treatment, new infrastructure and low-cost medical availability, we all have to incorporate a “defence” or preventive care as part of our health system mentioned by Ayurved.

Renowned platforms like Nadi Tarangini will play a major role in understanding the base of the health constitution in 2023 which is needed.
Let’s pledge to adopt the Golden triangle of preventive health care mentioned by Ayurved. Let’s be part of the health constitution by maintaining good Quality Of Life by adapting Ayurved. Automatically this preventive care will reduce the burden on the curative health sector.

1. Awareness – Awareness about good preventive care for every system is very essential. Awareness about diseases, causative factors, medium of spread, vaccines etc should be provided through education, camps, seminars etc.
2. Early diagnosis – To avoid the burden of lifestyle disorders, non communicable disorders like cardiac disorders, cancer etc. Screening in a specific age group is very essential. It’s everyone’s responsibility to go for regular screening and take preventive care.
3. Adopting healthy lifestyle modifications – India is diabetes capital. Many lifestyle disorders are burdening our healthcare system. To cope up with it, let’s adopt the good lifestyle mentioned by Ayurved. Dinacharya, Ritucharya and lifestyle modifications including individual specific diet, exercise will help to reduce the upcoming burden.

Let’s redefine best goals related to individual health by adapting Ayurved. This will be the most essential approach in the health constitution 2023.


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