Medical wing mega project
Certainly, there are remarkable achievements in some dimensions of health. As compared to year the 1947 there is almost 45% reduction in crude death rate in United States. On other parameters of Health too we have more or less reached our goals. We are successful in eradicating smallpox. Several infective diseases have become short and less painful. It has been shown that the change in the scenario is due to the better living conditions and availability of some resources like safe drinking water, general awareness etc but not due to the change in human behavior.
Infact, during last several decades’ disease related to life styles and stress-induced diseases have reached to an epidemic proportion. There is a relative and absolute increase in many diseases such as High Blood Pressure, Coronary artery diseases, arthritis, obesity and all types of psychological diseases which also include violence, child abuse, drug-usage, drinking problem, etc to name a few. Thus there is an urgent need for Medical scientists, Government and Non-Governmental organizations to focus their attention on controlling these factors.
Emotions, Personality, Life-style, Behavior, etc. plays a very important role in causing the disease and hence there is a need to take care of these factors as well if one desires long term improvement in the patient’s condition.
India has population of approximately more than 1.12 billion. But no one in this country or in this world can say confidently that “I AM HEALTHY & HAPPY”. But there are no such proper guide lines for us to build a Healthy and Happy life. The main aim and objective of this project is to create awareness for total health and to eradicate all negative habits that are creating diseases in the society. So with this burning desire, Medical wing of Brahmakumaris, has started a mega project of “MY INDIA HEALTHY INDIA”, by serving areas & villages, in order to create awareness about Healthy-Lifestyle through Rajyoga meditation, Nutritional Education, Drug De-addiction programmes and so on. Various topics about the project were discussed and the following focus areas are proposed for implementation.
This is the plan of the first phase of the project
- Health Education
- Life style modification (Diet, Exercise, Rajyoga Meditation)
- Nutritional Education Programmes
- De-addiction Programmes
- Check up of School Children
We should first select an area and start our services. Even we can select the town; slum areas, villages with population of 5000 can be offered our services.
Survey of Population of the selected area, occupation of the local people, and number of people who are addicted, no.of schools, health center etc must be done. Detailed information about the Project should be explained to head of that village (like village Sarpanch). It is advice to start the project in smaller level for our success.
01. HEALTH EDUCATION
People suffer a lot due to diseases. We can promote health education and inspire people to take care of their health before they fell ill, as it is said that “Knowledge is Power”.
Health exhibitions can be used to educate people. And organizing essay or painting competitions regarding Healthy life in schools /colleges can also be useful to promote Health Education.
02. LIFE STYLE MODIFICATION (Exercises, Diet and Rajyoga Meditation)
Exercises, Diet and Rajyoga Meditation are the three main tools for Healthy Life style. In the 21st century, most of the diseases are due to imbalanced life style. Lack of exercises, Fast food, and stress are getting universal truth in today’s society. Rajyoga meditation has been proved as an effective technique for Healthy Living. And thus intense efforts like Exercise, Healthy Diet should be made to change the life style of every individual.
7 Golden principles of the Healthy Life Style
01. Knowledge is power
It is believed that “MONEY IS POWER”. But in health field this principle is not applicable. If it would have been true, then the one with lots of money should never fell ill. But the truth about health is something different. In these days, the diseases like CAD, Depression, and Diabetes are very common. The more we get information about health; we will be more inspired to live healthy.
If someone is able to identify the cause of the disease, then that person can prevent himself from suffering. Proper education about the health can change someone’s life. It is very useful to read the books related to health and also to attend medical seminars. We should always get the right information and if we practice all these things with our own interest then it makes easy for us to implement it.
02. Most easiest and simple way for healthy life is- Regular Exercise
To make our self complete healthy, the easiest way is a regular exercise. We feel that it is difficult to bring changes in the food. It is quite tough and it requires some sort of determination to do so. Exercise would be the best way. If we practice the habit of walking, we can easily improve our health up to 50%.
Actually exercises are like Magic stick. If we practice regular exercises, we can control Blood pressure, Diabetes, Heart problems.
While practicing exercises spiritual energy gets enhanced, this in turn increases the power and enthusiasm.
03. Proper food is the best medicine
The father of modern Medicine Hippocrates told that we should take the food as if we are taking the medicine that is we should take only limited food. In Ayurveda it is said that “No more medicines are required for the one who keeps attention in his/her food habits and Medicines are not useful for the one who does not keep attention”. So we should not take food more than our requirement.
Since decades ago we are searching for the nectar of good health, but we should realize that our food habits are the nectar for healthy life.
The following are equal to nectar for health
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Nature has given us many fruits which contains many useful healthy juices. If we start taking fruits in more quantity, we can prevent the diseases like Acidity, Ulcer, Mal-absorption syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis, Blood Pressure, Heart problems, Arthritis and so on.
Wheat, Green grams, ground nuts and soybeans can be used as sprouts. We should take these sprouts every day or at least 5 days per week. The immunity power will be more in the sprouts. Handfuls of sprouts contain more vitamins than one Becosule capsule. The sprout also contains more of life forces.
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Vegetables contain good amount of life sustaining components. They contain more fibers in larger amount. Structure of our small intestine is such that it can digest fiber easily. To keep, ulcer, cancer, piles, fissure, fistula etc out of our system we should start taking minimum of 300 Gms of salad every day.
07. Whole Grains:
In these days, more people, especially poor people are prone to anemia. This is due to the deficiency of iron content in the body. Ragi, jawar, bajra, soyabeans, maize contains a higher percentage of iron. By the usage of these grains, we can prevent 60% of anemia, cataract, skin diseases, and obesity.
Rajyogi Life Style:
Rajyogi life style is complete life style, which if adopted correctly can help to lead a healthy life. For example early morning meditation reduces the secretion of cortisole hormone. And happy hormone like Endorphins will be produced. Vegetarian diet improves health. It has been proved that mind is affected by our own thoughts. When food prepared with pure peaceful thoughts it improves health.
03. Nutritional Education Programmes
In these days, large number of people are suffering from Anemia. Because of the deficiency of Iron content in the body, Hemoglobin percentage reduces in the body. If we take the proper diet, we can recover the anemic problems. If we educate the people about the food in an attractive manner, then 60% of the patients who suffer from anemia, cataract problems, skin diseases, obesity bone diseases can be reduced.
04. De-addiction Programmes
In India 20% of the cancer is due to addiction. If we educate the people about the adverse effects of the addiction they can be saved from cancer. There by we can also save lacs of rupees which people spend for the treatment. In selected villages intense efforts should be made so that everyone must be made free from these addictions. As a practical example, we already have success of the service done by Brahmakumaris Vikroli, Centre Mumbai. Homeopathic remedies are there to help addicted people.
We should keep in mind that these medicines should be given according the conditions of the patient.
05. Health Check-up for the School Children:
The foundation of healthy India is on the health of the children. So in selected village/Ares, we must take care of health of the children. It was decided in the meeting that, checkups will be done for the children suffering from various problems.
The following are the members of the Advisory committee for the Project.
- Dr. Ashok R. Mehta, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai
- Dr. Pratap Midha, Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mount Abu
- Dr. Girish D. Patel, Borivali (W), Mumbai
- Dr. Banarsilal Sah, Mount Abu
- Dr. P. N. Halagi, Bangalore
- Dr. Avadesh Sharma, Delhi
- Dr. Sachin Parab, Vikroli, Mumbai
- Dr. Mohit Gupta, Shakti Nagar, Delhi
- B.K. Monica Gupta, Shaktinagar, Delhi
- Dr. B.C.Mehta, Mumbai
- B.K. Rupa, Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mount Abu
- B.K.Stephen, Global Hospital & Research Centre, Mount Abu