Two lessons learnt by the coat of a doctor!

Every patient teaches something worth learning. Every case adds value in doctor’s life as in terms of profession and as a person too.

The journey of any medical student is far different from any other person.The mount Everest size syllabus, the hospitals ,batches, hostel problems wrapped in fun moments, forgetting the difference between day and night in hospital duties and many more.

Dealing with live souls ,their diseases ,the process of treatment and the various lessons they learn have lifetime impacts on them. Those who have friends from medicine background will tell you how good time one get to spend with them. They have various experienced stories about their cases and patients having various shades of emotions from ‘die while laugh’ to sobbing sounds of cry.

I too have learned so many things from my patients and still the process is on. So many patients so many experiences that really made difference in me as a human, added some qualities transforming me. Sometimes tough, sometimes sensitive, sometimes brave and many times made me feel proud in my white coat.Endless moments to share about many of them.

But these two patients and two different teachings i will never forget in my life.

  1. Even sufferings and pain wont kill the evil in one’s mind: 

I saw him in my second year of medical collage on causal morning rounds with senior doctors. Tied to the bed his hands and legs were helpless but he was tearing us apart with his furious eyes. Admitted as the case of hyper emesis which means sever vomiting and dehydration the case turned out to be of drug abuse.

His continuous try to run from the hospital and being violent with the ward staff and his wife ended him to be tied to bed.In his four days stay we saw his pain, sufferings but also got to know the evil deeds he was doing to full fill his addictions. The addiction of painkiller tablets. I will not specify the drug or tablet brand here.He used to consume more than 20 to 30 tablets in a day lately.

His poor family was doing the best possible things for him but the guy was not at all bothered.We used to see his pain and his more reluctant attitude to even try to help himself.Some of us one day saw him slapping his wife hard twice or thrice.His” tamasha’ ended when hospital administration denied his further treatment and showed him the way out.

The addiction makes a person monster!You cant help the person which is keen on destructing the self! 

2.The unwilling duty made me more of a human and reminded why being doctor is difficult and Nobel at the same time:

It was almost the time to leave the ward after finishing the batch duty when the registrar (we both hadn’t tolerated each other ever and absolutely were not fond of each other), called me , “A small dressing and you are done with today’s hours”. Ok …lets do it ..(Why Meee…??? were actually the words wanted to come out but never did.

I washed my hands,wore the gloves and took a nurse with me with the dressing tray. Bed number 19. I had hardly seen that newly admitted one. while looking to the fresh case paper which was almost half filled, i murmured, hmm ..

A case of infected wound with swelling and the patient was diabetic.As we started to clean the site the almost dead tissue was needed to be cut, to let off the pus and dead tissue out. As soon as i took an incision a flood of pus with unbearable smell had hit us. I looked at the face of that old patient. His eyes made me forget the dirt ,smell and filthy pus.As we proceed i found that there is something more inside the wound ,a whitish tight lump. As i tried to clean it suddenly it started moving. Oh my God! They were maggots! A huge lump of live maggots in his leg. I literally was sweating and shivering at the same time, horrified with the sight. Not having any clue what to do next, i called that senior which handed over me with a forcep and with a grin (which i used to hate a lot) told me ,”Go ahead pull them out one by one”.I was not at all in a state to understand his meaningful smile which was more of a ragging. I took a deep breath and started pulling the maggots one bye one. Every time i remove one ,i told myself , Rupali you have reduced his pain by one maggot. Come on go on. At least 70 to 80 maggots and the game was over.An open dressing and medication was the charge of senior and consultant.The eyes and grateful expressions of the patient made me relived in brain and heart too. I felt something really worthy that moment.

Life is beautiful but it can turn ugly at any moment.

For many days i was roaming carrying the feeling same like prince Sidhharth Gutam . Life is pain, Sab Moh Maya hai!!! But I am not Budhha so i returned back in my own coat and was seen again on chai tapri as frequently as before.

Yes the whole incident made my hands firm and heart more compassionate!doctr coat

Duty truly was duty.





Celebrate sweets !

दिवाळीचे दिवस आहे पाहुणे ,भेटीगाठी आणि गोड़ पदार्थ हि देखील आगळीवेगळी पर्वणीच! याच धर्तीवर
एका पेशंटच्या सहज विचारलेल्या प्रश्नाचे उत्तर आज ब्लॉग म्हणून पोस्ट करतेय.

“डॉक्टर ,बाहेरील गोड व्यंजने विशेषतः खव्याची व्यंजने टाळावी असे तुम्ही कायम सुचवता. काही सहज सोप्या पारंपरिक गोड व्यंजनांची यादी देऊ शकाल का? थोडे आधी प्लॅन करून वेळ असेल तेंव्हा करता येतील असे काही पारंपरिक वेगळ्या पदार्थांची यादी द्याल का ? दिवाळीत मेजवान्या होतच असतात नक्की करून बघीन”

उत्तर: बाहेरील भेसळीचा खवा,कृत्रिम रंग,रसायने चव आणि सुगंध यामुळे शक्यतो बाहेरची व्यंजने टाळावीत. अगदी खात्रीशीर ठिकाणाहून च आणणे चांगले.इतर वेळी शक्यतो खालील वेगळी आणि साधी व्यंजने घरी करणे उत्तम.त्यातल्या त्यात सोपी,माहित असलेली परंतु कमी केल्या जाणारी पारंपरिक व्यंजने आवर्जून देतेय. ह्या व्यंजनामध्ये पौष्टिकता अर्थातच जमेची बाजू आहेच.
मिठाई गुलाबजाम आणि इतर व्यंजनांपेक्षा काहीतरी वेगळे .

१.कुस्करून एकजीव केलेल्या काळ्या खजुराची सुका मेवा घातलेली वडी (घरी उत्तम बनवता येते)
२.मनुका सुकामेवा खजूर अंजीर ओले नारळ  टाकून लोहयुक्त आणि चविष्ट पाकातील भात(नारळी भात)
३.पंचखाद्य (खोबरे,सुकामेवा,खारीक,मनुका वेलची जायफळ केशर ) घालून सुवासिक तांदूळ भिजवून,बारीक वाटून दुधात शिजवलेली तांदुळाची खीर किंवा फिरनी.
४.रवाळ दळलेल्या गव्हाच्या कणकेचा साजूक तुपातील गूळ घालून शिरा.
५.परतताना भरपूर साय टाकून ओल्या खोबऱ्याची वडी( यात रंगाकरता बिटरसाचे ४ थेम्ब , गुलाबपाकळ्या,केशर,गवती चहाच्या पानाचा २ थेम्ब रस असे वैविध्य ठेवू शकतो)
६.रवा गुळाच्या खमंग साठोऱ्या किंवा सांजोऱ्या तुपाबरोबर.
७.ओल्या किंवा सुक्या खोबऱ्याची करंजी
८.गव्हाच्या दलियाची गूळ,जायफळ वेलची बडीशेप घालून खमंग खीर किंवा लापशी.वरून फेटलेले क्रिम आणि सुका मेवा घालून मातीच्या भांड्यात सेट करून सर्व्ह केली तर अपिलिंग होणारच
९.मुगाचे पीठ खमंग भाजून ठेवावे. हवे तेंव्हा पटकन भरपूर तुपात थोडे भाजून गरम पाणी ओतून शिजवून साखर टाकली कि चविष्ट मूग हलवा तयार.
१०.ओल्या नारळाची खीर घट्ट साय अथवा दूध घालून थंड वाढावी उत्तम पित्तनाशक आणि चविष्ट डेझर्ट देखील होय.
११.कणिक,तांदूळ पीठ दुधात भिजवून त्यापासून पाकातील मालपुवा (हा सुद्धा पटकन होऊ शकतो बरका)
१२.लाल भोपळा आणि गुळाच्या गोड पुऱ्या अथवा घारगे.
१३.उकडीचे गुळाच्या सारणाचे मोदक(वेळ असेल तेंव्हा कराच.हे डेसर्ट नक्कीच भाव खाऊन जाते)
१४.गुळाच्या पाण्यात भिजवून केलेले कणकेचे उकडलेले दिवे छान फेटलेले क्रीम अथवा सुक्या मेव्याचे सारण भरून सर्व्ह केले तर निश्चित वेगळे पण असणारे व्यंजन ठरेल.
१५.पंचखाद्य(खोबरे,सुकामेवा,खारीक,मनुका वेलची जायफळ केशर )घट्ट दुधातील शेवयाची खीर
१६.गुळाच्या पुरणाचे काठोकाठ भरलेले कणकेचे दिंड तव्यावर तुपावर भाजून अतिशय उत्तम लागतात आणि वेगळे व्यंजन हवे ते आकर्षक नाव देऊन वाढा
हमखास आवडतील.
१७.मिश्र डाळीचे पीठ तुपावर भाजून त्यापासून गोड़ पाकातल्या अथवा साध्या वड्या खोबरं किसात घोळवून सर्व्ह करा
१८. पांढरा शुभ्र पाकातील मजबूत वेलची जायफळ घातलेला नारळी रवा लाडू तर मला विशेष प्रिय .
मला वाटते भरपूर पर्याय झालेत. अर्थातच थोडे आधी प्लॅन केले तर ह्या पदार्थाना तशी खूप पूर्वतयारी लागत नसल्याने ते निश्चित करायला जमतील. वाचक आणि पेशंट स्वतःहून आहारशैलीत सकारात्मक बदल करावयास उत्सुक दिसले कि अर्थातच लिखाणाचे सार्थक झाल्याचा आनंद मिळतोच.
वरील सर्व व्यंजने हि बाहेरील विकतच्या मिठाईला पर्याय म्हणून होत, जी बरेचदा भेसळी मुळे अपायकारक ठरत असते. अर्थातच यातील पदार्थ तब्येतीचा अंदाज घेऊन कमी वेळा आणि व्यंजनांच्या मात्रेत च खाणे कधीही हितावह.
(स्वतःच्या पचनशक्तीचा अंदाज घेऊन यंदा दिवाळीत मोजकेच आणि स्वाथ्याला उपकारक तेवढेच आणि तेच खा. या संबंधी अधिक माहिती आपण माझ्या उदरस्थ या आहारविषयक पुस्तकात वाचू शकाल.)

Food waste : Crime with the planet !

wp-1506795574992..jpgThe most disturbing fact about the food is food waste.

There is enough food produced in the world to feed everyone.But one third of all food produced is lost or wasted. Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food costing the global economy close to $940 billion each year is wasted.

Each time food goes wasted or , , uneaten, the valuable resources like  producing, processing, packaging, and transporting that food are wasted too. This means huge amounts of land, water, energy, money, and other materials are used unnecessarily. Wasting all this food is costly to individuals, businesses, municipalities and most importantly to the environment.One in nine people do not have enough food to eat, that’s 793 million people who are undernourished.That is why the food waste is inhumanity to the society and environmen.

I was reading some article on internet and found some really disturbing numbers and stats on food wasting.Putting some of them for readers.May the seriousness of the topic reaches.

  1. 1.3 billion tons of food are wasted every year.
  2. If wasted food was a country, it would be the third largest producer of carbon dioxide in the world, after the United States and China
  3. Just one quarter of all wasted food could feed the 795 million undernourished people around the world who suffer from hunger
  4. Food waste in rich countries (222 million tons) is approximately equivalent to all of the food produced in Sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tons)
  5. A  person in a developed country wastes almost 100 kilograms of food per year, which is more than his or her average weight (70 kilograms)
  6. Lack of technology and infrastructure is the main cause of food waste in Africa, whereas household food waste in the developed world is the unfortunate cause .
  7. Food waste in Europe alone could feed 200 million hungry people
  8. Food waste generates 3.3 billions tons of carbon dioxide, which accelerates global climate change.
  9. If one quarter of the food currently lost or wasted could be saved, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.
  10. Almost half of all fruit and vegetables produced are wasted (that’s 3.7 trillion apples).
  11. 8% of greenhouse gases heating the planet are caused by food waste.
  12. One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $3,800 worth of groceries per household each year.
  13. Nearly three million people are living in poverty, one quarter are children.!
  14. Throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90-minute shower.
  15. 4 million tonnes of food ends up as thrown waste in landfill, enough to fill 8,400 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Moreover apart from economy how insensitive of us to waste or throw the food when someone somewhere though out of our sight is starving out .

This topic needs a second part to this blog .The effects of food waste on planet must need a thought in next blog.

Lets try our best not to waste !


Doctor, my eyes.Tell me what is wrong?

One blog every week, dedicated to the health,food, lifestyle wellness and Ayurveda , is what I am following religiously from almost 1.5 years now. The subject was never the issue.

So many things to pen yet and so many subjects ,topics requests pour in from readers everyday.

But today I  sat almost for two hour and couldn’t decide a single topic or could type a single word.A typical block I was experiencing in my mind. Music is always a solution in such situation for me.

Yes I  switched to it and read some beautiful poems,heard some great band’s tracks.

I came across some really sensitive,meaningful,disturbing but beautiful songs.

When its poem or song we always think of Rain,Love,beauty, nature,fun,relation ,heartbreak etc.

Have you ever read,heard or imagine a poem or a song on a doctor and patient.

I did.Somehow I  felt like I must share them with the readers.sharing two songs on the one of the most important person in your life .YES,A DOCTOR!!

So no typical health blog this week. Lets enjoy the magic of words and lyrics.

The pain ,the illness every time may not be necessarily  physical.The mind, the brain and the burden game is always on in human.

This song speaks up the psychological aspect of patients complaints. The eyes are his tools to experience the good and bad in the world. And now filled with  various emotional turbulence he complaints about his eyes.

A perfect kaleidoscope of emotions every doctor should consider while treating!

A beautiful song

Doctor, my eyes have seen the years
And the slow parade of fears without crying
Now I want to understand

I have done all that I could
To see the evil and the good without hiding
You must help me if you can

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what is wrong
Was I unwise to leave them open for so long

‘Cause I have wandered through this world
And as each moment has unfurled
I’ve been waiting to awaken from these dreams

People go just where they will
I never noticed them until I got this feeling
That it’s later than it seems

Doctor, my eyes
Tell me what you see
I hear their cries
Just say if it’s too late for me

Doctor, my eyes
Cannot see the sky
Is this the prize
For having learned how not to cry


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Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

The second song below has so many stories, meaning and various versions of lyrics too. The original lyric by UFO is put here.

Imagine a helpless drug addict fully under the control of the substance abuse.What must he/she be pleading or thinking when he or she visits the doc for help?

In the following song the word She is not used as female or girlfriend or love. She is the addiction in this song.

Hope you feel the pain through this one classics of UFO band released in 1983.

Album: In To The Gap.

Artists: Thompson Twins.

“Doctor, Doctor”
(originally by UFO)

Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
She walked up to me and really stole my heart
And then she started to take my body apart[Chorus:]
Livin’ lovin’ I’m on the run
So far away from you
Livin’ lovin’ I’m on the run
So far away from you

Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
It’s only just a moment
She’s turning paranoid
That’s not a situation for a nervous boy

Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
But you look so angry as I crawled across your floor
She’s got the strength, and I can’t take any more


Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I’m goin’ fast
Doctor doctor, please, don’t you know I just can’t live
But you look so angry as I crawled across your floor
She’s got the strength, and I can’t take any more

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Yes,the doctors always hold the patient’s hand in the roller coaster ride of the illness! All you have to do is trust!
Hope you like these two songs.

The bubbly,frizzy, sweet addiction!!

Are parents killing their kids with kindness? Are they making their own kids addicted? Do you offer sweet poison to your little one because you love and can’t say NO to her or him?

Somewhere I read the quote “Soda: Tobacco of the 21st century”.

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Soda a sweet, bubbly, frizzy sea drowning the kids deep to suffer! 

Initially I thought everybody does know the ill effects of soda/aerated drinks/soft drinks/ Coke/Pepsi etc. And it may not need a separate article until I saw something really disturbing one day on traffic signal. A very sweet girl around only 3 years old with a can in her hand sitting very comfortably in her luxury car was teasing me with cute naughty expressions while sipping on her Coke.

Her mother smiled back at me and conveyed her apologies through her expressions. I was doing thumbs down to her with a funny face looking at her ‘can’ which she failed to understand. Her mother hopefully may have understood my thumbs down act. Traffic light turned green and our teasing game stopped. But that incident made me think, why? Why soft drink to such a small girl? Why soft drink to any child of any age?

As an adult with enough maturity to understand what is good and bad, if you want to play with your health, play. But nobody has right to do the same with the children.

Sad but true almost three generations had sank in the ocean of soft drinks. Hands full of fast food and a can of Soda! Unfortunately we Indians too walked far long on the path following the foot prints of Americans.

Do you know when your kid hold the can of cold drink what exactly he or she is holding in hand?

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The toxic contents of soda:

  • Caffeine, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors and colors, phosphoric acid and other acids, Carbon Di oxide, sometimes pesticides are some of the contents in any Soda. All are highly dangerous to the health and have no good role on the human or any living body.
  • The cancer causing 4-MEI though banned still is used in some soft drinks especially Pepsi.
  • Some brands use aborted human babies to enhance and give the typical taste to the soft drink. This is the most disgusting thing to read for any one. HEK-293 is the code of the content. The dead human babies kidney cells are used to stimulate a typical taste bud protein on human tongue. Synomex and PepsiCo are the brands that uses this for sure.

Do you know what happen to your body in the first 60 minutes, after you drink Soda/Pepsi/Coke or other soft drinks?

 In The First

  • 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar reach in body (10 teaspoon is much higher amount to consume in one dose )If you try to consume so much sugar with only water you will vomit immediately but the phosphoric acid and other flavors in Soda suppress this allowing the sugar remain in body. This is against nature and body response obviously.
  • 20 minutes: Sudden increased sugar causes an insulin burst. Liver can’t tolerate so much sugar in the blood and turn it into the fat.
  • 40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and as a response your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. Ideally so much sugar should make you feel little drowsy but particular receptors in the brain is blocked and you don’t feel drowsy. Instead you feel stimulated or energetic for some time. Yes, you are right the same effect that a small peg of Whisky, Vodaka or any other alcohol shows on body. Remember we are talking about children here. Got the seriousness of the topic?
  • 45 minutes: The body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. By the way ,exactly the same way heroin (drug) works, and Caffeine works here as strong false mood maker or psycho stimulant in the medical language. Sounds little scary?
  • 60 minutes: The phosphoric acid in Soda takes Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc in intestine, increasing the metabolic rate. High doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increase the urinary excretion of calcium resulting in Calcium as well as above mentioned minerals deficiency. These minerals in your intestine were supposed to go to the bones and joints to make them strong. Instead Soda is throwing them out of the body through the urine. More scary right?

Now imagine the consequences if you or your child drinks soda regularly or even occasionally too!

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Bitter facts of sweet Soda

  • Zero nutritional value: Useless calories and zero nutrition soda on other hand suppress the digestion and appetite of the child. Regular soda taker kids eat less and many times observed to suffer from Vitamin A, B, Magnesium,Zink and Calcium deficiency.
  • Child can become addictive to Soda: The caffeine in the soda or soft drinks is supposed to be the most commonly used addictive substance in soda industry. Caffeine dependency is more fast and serious in children. Mood changes or altered moods or aggressive behavior are the results of caffeine addiction in soft drinks. Coke contains cocaine which is drug.
  • Soda can cause behavioral problems in children: Caffeine, sugar, artificial flavors, blood sugar spikes in body are some of the reasons for it. Lack of attention, concentration, aggressiveness and withdrawing behavior are observed in children having soft drinks/Soda frequently.
  • Bone health: We already saw how Calcium is thrown away causing weak bone health and calcium deficiency.Phosporus in more amounts in soda further damages the bones. Teeth are literally eaten by Soda causing decay due to over sweetness and other oral hygine issues.
  • Obesity, diabetes and heart diseases: Soda directly leads to the childhood obesity, diabetes and some other heart diseases.

Are these enough reasons for all of those who drink soft drinks/Soda or offer it to their kids, to stop consuming it?


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  • Discourage the consumption of soda in early age as later on kids got addicted to it. Develop good food habits as earliest of the age as possible.
  • Replace the Soda/soft drinks with the healthy options like coconut water, fruit juice, buttermilk, fresh lemonade etc
  • Parents are the role model so do not drink soda or soft drink at least in front of the kids.
  • Food and beverages together is a bad idea. Water is the best thing one can have with food.
  • Don’t drink fruit juice, tea, coffee or soft drinks along with food.
  • Do not let the kids blackmail you emotionally. Be strict and firm with your stand. You are doing for the better of your kid. Learn to say NO firmly to your kids when it is the question of their health.

I have not covered the topics like how the soft drinks industry destroyed the whole generation’s health and the economy behind it and its close relation with health and medicine industry and policies of nation. The reason is, I am more concerned with the health of people around me rather than some economic or political scandal.

To educate my readers about the facts that some of you may not know before is the purpose of this article. I am worried for small towns. The Soda industry suffering huge loss in America and other big countries and metro cities in India and some other countries. To overcome the loss these companies are targeting the small towns and less aware customers. The funda to captures the hearts of innocent rather ignorant I will say, is the same, advertisement. Bollywood actors and actresses getting paid huge money to destroy the health of their fans, followers and loving people.

God save this mind set and innocent people.

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Beauty,Media & Ayurveda!

सौंदर्य ,मीडिया आणि बळजबरीचा आयुर्वेद!
आज सगळ्यात जास्त एनकॅश जो विषय होतो ते सौंदर्य, जनमानसावर सर्वात जास्त प्रभाव टाकणारे माध्यम मीडिया आणि ज्याच्या नुसत्या नावाने काहीही खपू शकते असा बिचारा आयुर्वेद हे तीन वर वर काहीच संबंध नसणारे टोकाचे विषय आज जाणून बुजून ,ठरवून एकत्र आणले गेले आहेत. मिलियन डॉलर मार्केट आणि कोर्पोरेट स्ट्रॅटेजी ची माया!
कमीत कमी शब्दात हा विषय पोचवण्याचा प्रयत्न करतेय,लिहत गेले तर पुस्तक सहज होईल यावर!
सौंदर्य म्हणजे काय ? गोरी त्वचा (मुलींची आणि हल्ली मुलांची देखील) हि सर्रास व्याख्या आज सौंदर्याची झालीये, नव्हे ती जाणूनबुजून करण्यात आलीये आणि आज आपल्याला पटायला देखील लागलीये.आज नव्हे तर पिढ्यानपिढ्या समाजमत असे होत गेलेय. समाजातील याच चुकीच्या रुजलेल्या रुढीची परिणती सौंदर्य निर्मिती क्षेत्रातील अफाट वाढीत होतेय नव्हे झालीये. माणसाला वाटणारे ‘शॉर्ट कट’ चे आकर्षण हा एक शापच म्हणायला हवा.काही आठवडे क्रीम लावा नि गोरे व्हा ,आयुष्य इतके सोपे असते का?परंतु मिनिटं मिनिटाला लागणाऱ्या TV वरील जाहिराती, पानं च्या पानं भरून गोरीपान कांती दाखवणारी गोरेपणाच्या क्रीम ची मॉडेल यासारख्या गोष्टींचा इतका भडीमार सतत होतो कि ते पटायला लागते, खरे वाटायला लागते.कारण जाहिरात करणारे कुठेतरी आपलेच आदर्श असतात,हिरो आणि हिरोईन! सौंदर्यवर्धक उत्पादकांचा टार्गेट ऑडियन्स सहज या फसव्या जगाला बळी पडतो.
खरे सौंदर्य काय? मुलींमध्ये वयानुसार सहज होणारी शारीरिक मानसिक वाढ, स्त्रीसुलभ भाव व जबाबदारी, निकोप शरीर आणि मन ,आत्मविश्वास आणि सर्वात महत्वाचे स्वतःला स्वतःच्या गुण दोषांसकट स्वीकारून स्वतःमध्ये एक माणूस म्हणून बदल घडवणे, हे खरे सौंदर्य होय. तसेच मुलांमध्ये व्यायाम करून कमावलेले उत्तम शरीर, वाढत्या वयानुसार एक व्यक्ती म्हणून असलेले समाजभान, जबाबदारी,साहसी खेळ,समाजाला उपद्रव नाही तर अभिमान वाटेल असे वागणे म्हणजे खरे सौंदर्य होय.क्रीम फासून गोरे होण्यासाठी केलेला केविलवाणा प्रयत्न म्हणजे तारुण्याचा अपमान च होय.
या सगळ्यात मीडिया चा काय रोल?

 मीडिया मध्ये प्रिंट मीडिया(म्हणजे वृत्तपत्र,मासिक,साहित्य इत्यादी),audiovisual मीडिया ज्यात TV ,चित्रपट इत्यादी येतात या गोष्टींचा youth ,तरुण वर्गावर सर्वात जास्त प्रभाव असतो. एखाद्या समाजाचे मत तयार करणे ,थोडक्यात समाजावर संस्कार करण्याचे काम मीडिया करत असतो. त्यामुळेच मीडिया चा ह्या सर्वात खूप महत्वाचा रोल आहे.
स्त्रीवर्गाची स्वतःबद्दलची मानसिकता आणि पुरुषांची स्त्रियांबद्दलची मानसिकता घडवण्याचे दुर्दैवाने बिघडवण्याकडेच आज मीडियाचा  कल दिसतोय.गोरा रंग या एकाच निकषावर स्त्रीचे सौंदर्य मोजून तिचे स्वत्व,कर्तृत्व,गुण,शारीरिक मानसिक बौद्धिक क्षमता या सगळ्या गोष्टी फुटकळ ठरवण्याचे काम आज मीडिया करताना दिसते.तुमचा रंग सावळा, निमगोरा ,गव्हाळ किंवा काळा असूच शकत नाही का?. क्रीम लावून गोरे झाला नाहीत तर नोकरी मिळणार नाही, नवरा मुलगा नकार देणार, गर्लफ्रेंड दुसऱ्याबरोबर गाडीवर निघून जाणार इतक्या खालच्या दर्जाच्या जाहिराती आज आपण रोज शांतपणे बघतोय. कारण आपण या गोष्टीचा स्वीकार केलाय.किशोरवयीन बदलांना सामोरे जाणारी तरुण पिढी,भविष्यकाळाची अनिश्चितता,सारासार विचार करण्याइतपत न आलेली maturityविरुद्ध लिंगी व्यक्तीबद्दलचे वाटणारे आकर्षण, व्यसनाधीनता याबरोबरच गोरेपणा चा दबाव यामुळे सहज या विचारांना बळी पडते.
एखाद्या अतिशय संवेदनशील चित्रपटातील आवश्यक आणि अतिसंवेदनशील सीन सेन्सॉरच्या नावाखाली कापला जातो आणि या अतिसुमार दर्जाच्या जाहिराती ज्या आज समाजातील स्त्रीचे इतके बीभत्स चित्रण, प्रतिमा तयार करताय ते आपण रोज कुटुंबासोबत बसून बघतोय. का ?कॉर्पोरेट स्ट्रॅटजी आणि मिलियन डॉलर मार्केट! या जायंट इंडस्ट्रीचा मीडियावरील आर्थिक होल्ड इतका आहे कि समाजाच्या मनाचे,सारासार बुद्धीचे,नैतिकतेचे स्वास्थ्य जपणे ,वाढवणे हा उद्देष असलेले वृत्तपत्र, दूरचित्रवाणी, चित्रपट,साहित्य आज कस्टमर base  तयार करताय. समाजप्रबोधन हे मीडिया चे ध्येय मीडिया साफ विसरत चाललीये.मीडिया ने रुजवेलेले सौंदर्याचे निकष आणि स्त्रीची चुकीची इमेज हि आज तरुण पुरुष वर्गाची स्त्रीबद्दलची अतिशय भयानक आणि चुकीची मानसिकता, त्यातून होणारे  परिणाम, गुन्हे इतपत गंभीर आहे, याचा आपण कधी विचार करतो का? एक गोरेपणाची जाहिरात वेगवगेळ्या समाजातील घटकांवर किती विपरीत परिणाम करू शकते. सावळा, काळा रंग असलेल्या मुलींना  स्वतःला स्वीकारून ह्या सगळ्या चुकीच्या रूढ प्रवाहाविरुद्ध जायला किती त्रास होत असेल ह्याची कल्पना न केलेलीच बरी. तर सौंदर्य क्षेत्र आणि मीडिया यांचा हा असा संबंध आहे.
आता या सगळ्यात आयुर्वेद कसा आला ?
सर्वप्रथम काही गोष्टी स्पष्ट करूयात. आयुर्वेदात गोरा रंग इत्यादी ला अजिबात महत्व दिले नाही. गोरा रंग होण्याचे नुसखे हे आयुर्वेद नाही सांगत. ते आयुर्वेदाच्या नावाखाली चुकीच्या पद्धतीने व्यवसाय करणारे सांगत असावेत.आयुर्वेदात वर्ण म्हणजे रंग याचा उल्लेख प्राकृत म्हणजे नॉर्मल आणि अप्राकृत म्हणजे ऍबनॉर्मल असा आलाय. त्वचेच्या आरोग्याचे आणि काळ्या गोऱ्या व इतर रंगाचे वर्णन प्रकृती, वेगवेगळ्या धांतूंची सारता किंवा एखाद्या व्याधीत मनुष्याच्या रंग कसा फिकट, पांढरा, पिवळा इत्यादी होतो असे काही उल्लेख आहेत.आणि त्या अनुषंगाने काय उपाय करावे म्हणजे मनुष्याचा पूर्वीचा रंग व्याधी जाऊन परत येईल असे होय. त्वचेचे विकार आणि आरोग्य हा विषय आयुर्वेद उत्तमपणे निश्चित हाताळतो परंतु त्वचेला गोरे करणे असा कुठेही उल्लेख नाही. त्वचेच्या आरोग्याकरिता आहार, विहार आणि औषधी अशी योजना वर्णन केली आहे. सहा आठवड्यांचे fairness क्रीम हि आयुर्वेदाची नीती नव्हे .
परंतु सौदर्य वर्धक उत्पादनांमध्ये वापरलेल्या रसायनांचे जसजसे गंभीर side effects दिसायला लागले तसतसे अपायरहित आयुर्वेदाची मदत किंबहुना कुबडी या कंपन्याना घ्यावी लागली. आणि मग सुरु झाला हर्बल क्रीम चा प्रवास.आधी काय कुंकुमादी तेल युक्त, मग काय केसर,आता काय मोती युक्त ,मग काय सोने युक्त आणि तो वाढतोय आणि आपण खऱ्या अर्थाने व्हिक्टिम बनतोय.हर्बल बिरबल हा माझा हर्बल उत्पादनांवर प्रकाश टाकणारा लेख मी मागेच सविस्तर लिहलाय तेंव्हा इथे विस्तृत लिहीत नाही.वर्डप्रेस वर अवश्य वाचा.
तर गोरा रंग म्हणजे सौंदर्य अशी ठरवून केली गेलेली चुकीची व्याख्या ,मीडियाला हाताशी धरून तिला अजून खतपाणी आणि त्यामुळे स्त्रीवर्गाचे झालेले कायमचे न भरून येणारे नुकसान आणि या सगळ्यात सोयीस्कर वापरलेले गेलेले आयुर्वेद शास्त्र हे सगळं फक्त आणि फक्त व्यवसाय आणि त्याच्याशी संबंधित खेळींचा भाग आहे.
माझा वाचकवर्ग सौंदर्याची अशी चुकीची व्याख्या यापुढे कधीच स्वीकारणार आणि अशी मला खात्री आहे. हा लेख समाजात एक लहानसा का होईना पण चांगला बदल घडवेल अशी प्रामाणिक इच्छा!

What does ‘Charak Samhita’ offer, thousand years ago even before the modern medicine was conceived?

  1. The first to introduce the concept and definition of health and further include physical and psychological health as whole health.
  2. Charak samhita is globally accepted as the first literature to introduce the concept of metabolism,digestion, immunity and etiology
  3. The concept of eight stages of diseases from inception to culmination.
  4. First to address the role of psychology in the pathology of various physical and mental diseases
  5. It elaborates the classification and properties  of natural minerals, animal derived and plant derived elements.
  6. It states Medical ethics,Etiquette for  doctors as well as for patients.
  7. A thorough and holistic approach towards food for maintaining health.Description and detailed analysis with properties of almost all edible things present on earth in that era.
  8. The pioneer of unique idea of personal hygiene and community health.
  9. Interdependence of season,geography,health ,diseases and the preventative measures  by adapting the right lifestyle and food habits.
  10. Concept of prakriti(constitution of body )which is the essence of Ayurveda science.
  11. Concept of macro and micro digestion and tissue metabolism.
  12. Description of non suppressible urges and their role in causing various diseases (One should not hold natural urges like urination,defecation, sneezing,burp,tears,coughing etc)
  13. Description of suppressible urges like ill thinking, talking or deeds.(Now this is globally accepted as Cognitive Behavioral therapy for psychological health.)
  14. Almost all about the exercise and everything related to the exercise and acquired physical fitness.
  15. Method of gradual acquirement of wholesome and withdrawal of unwholesome habits (De-addiction in simple language)
  16.  Preventive methods of endogenous(those diseases who are caused due to pathology in body)
  17. Causes,treatment of endogenous mental diseases. (The unique concept Ayurveda offered to modern psychology field)
  18. Description and role of sense organs in physical and psychological health.
  19. Qualities of physician,qualities of nursing staff, qualities of medicinal drug and qualities of patients too.(A real need to overview in society today is described thousands of years ago)
  20.  Diagnosis and Prognosis ( easily curable,hard to cure, non curable diseases etc)
  21.  Four fold clinical methods of investigations (Signs of authority,direct observation,interference and reasoning )
  22. Three pursuits that fulfill and even decide the overall health (pursuit for life, pursuit of wealth, pursuit of future consequences)
  23. Theory of self destruction( Swabhavoparamovaad)
  24. The origin of basic six taste present in more or less in every element.
  25. Dietetic incompatibilities.
  26. Concept of epidemic diseases.
  27. Sixteen mental constitutions/personalities.(Manas prakriti)
  28. Concepts in embryology, maternal health , management of labour and neonatal care.
  29. Concept of preventive medicine and therapies.
  30. Geriatric medicine for restoration of health( Rasayan chikitsa)

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