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Meat and alcoholic drinks take a heavy toll on man's health, caus-
ing many a disease in him. The main causes of heart troubles
may be said to be hurry, worry and curry. Curry means fatty foods.
Worry causes high blood pressure and hurry causes diabetes.
Research has revealed that non-vegetarian and alcoholic addicts are
more prone to heart ailments/diseases than vegetarians. Vegetarian
food should contain liberal doses of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, which
are available in vegetables like carrots. The presence of these vita-
mins prevents heart ailments in a large measure. Those who aspire to
become true devotees of God have to give up meat, liquor and smok-
ing. Non-vegetarian food affects not only the body, but also the mind.
Food, head and God-these three are inter-related. By consuming ani-
mal food, animal tendencies are aroused. As is your food, so are your
Violence in any form is evil and to kill innocent animals is tantamount
to blatant savagery. What a sin to kill innocent animals and eat them.
Anything that has life tries to stay alive. No living creature would give
itself up as food for another living being. Animals, birds and fish also
feel the desire to live just as humans do. They too would struggle, cry
and feel the pain of being hurt, just like the way we would if we were
captured and threatened to be killed. The only difference is that ani-
mals cannot verbally express to us the agony that they feel. It has
been reported that pigs that are being slaughtered cry in a manner
similar to the way humans scream.
Many doctors emphasise the value of proteins and recommend meat,
eggs, etc. But the proteins got in this form serve only to build the
body, but do considerable harm to the mind. Doctors are primarily
concerned with the gross physical body. They pay little attention to
the subtle form of the mental makeup. Most of the diseases that are
prevalent in the world today are related to the mind.
Young people should be satisfied with 2,000 calories of food per day.
Intake of food should be gradually reduced after crossing 50 years.
Loss of sleep gives rise to many ailments. The golden rule for good
health is moderation in food habits, work and sleep. The first require-
ment for good health is control of food and head (mind). When you
control these two, there will be no room for illness. When serenity of
mind is achieved, there will be no room for disease. Illness will not
approach you at all.
Since mental tension is most detrimental to man's health, man should
learn the art of controlling his passions and emotions, which cause
stresses and strains. It is essential to keep the mind peaceful and
serene while eating food. Do not indulge in discussion of topics which
will cause agitation and excitement and disturb your mental peace
while you are taking food.
Living on ill-gotten money also causes ill-health to some extent.
Living on earnings got my unjust means, causes many unknown dis-
eases to take root in us.
Participation in sports and games is necessary for health and recre-
ation. The heart is the most vital organ in the body. To keep it in a
healthy condition, one's thoughts should be healthy. Good thoughts
are more efficacious than drugs.
Prevention is better than cure. Cardiac surgery is helpful insofar as it
enables the patient to carry on his daily activities and lead a normal
life. But it is wrong to conclude that surgery is the only way of curing
heart disease. Some of the diseases can be cured by medication. It is
the primary responsibility of every individual to prevent becoming a
victim of heart disease by regulating his food and other habits.
Doctors should avoid surgery and should try to cure the patients by
drugs. Treat operation as a last resort. While the latest techniques
should be employed where necessary, the earlier techniques should
not be rejected out of hand. Old is gold. The old techniques have the
merit of proven value. The latest techniques appear successful
momentarily but their long-term results are not always good. The
older techniques, though they may not produce quick results, are
slow and sure.
A transplanted heart may serve for a time, but cannot serve as long
and as well as the God-given heart. A word of caution has to be
uttered with regard to heart transplant or transplanting the cornea for
the eye. The character of the person from whom the transplanted
heart or cornea has been got should also be taken into account. It is
better to remedy the original heart of a patient than to try to replace it
with another heart of a person whose antecedents may not be good.
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