Heart disease: Step one to five By Pravir Kumarr The Pioneer Monday, January 13, 2003 Even before the excitement over minimally invasive cardiac surgery has been allowed to die down, the idea of "non-invasive" cardiac surgery has hit Delhi. Dr Bimal Chhajer, leading cardiologist and propounder of the concept, has come up with a book called Reversal of Heart Disease in Five Easy Steps. Says the doctor, whose book was released at the India International Centre on Thursday, "It is an ideal book for heart patients. The book is equally helpful for people with a high risk factor of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stress, obesity and anti- survival habits such as smoking and lack of exercise." To achieve this, patients will have to follow a heart program called Science And Art of Living (SAAOL). According to Chhajer, "The human body is a machine that could run for hundreds of years, if provided with the proper environment." The program considers five steps to prevent and reverse heart disease - education, stress reduction, diet modification, yoga and meditation and exercise. "Patients and people interested in preventing heart ailments are admitted for a few days, along with their spouses, to learn the theory and practice it," says he. The training deals with detailed theoretical explanation about the wrong lifestyle practices and their remedies. After training comes stress reduction techniques, as most cardiac problems are stress related. There are two types of "stressed" people - Type-As and Type-Bs. "The former create problems, where there are none, while the latter find themselves stressed only when such situations crop up. Yoga and meditation can help change Type-As to Type-Bs," says Chajjer. Food habits are also responsible for creating a number of lifestyle diseases. "If we can increase fibre, vitamin and protein content in our food, we will help our body a huge amount," adds Chajjer. "Most people believe oil adds to the taste of food, but that is not so. That taste comes from the masalas we use. The book also lists steps on how to prepare "zero-oil tasty food". And from where exactly did Chajjer get his SAAOL idea? Says he, "A heart patient of mine died, in spite of having got every modern medication. That day, I understood allopathic treatment was incomplete without Indian vedantic systems." Says Dr K K Aggarwal, senior cardiologist, Moolchand Hospital, "All lifestyle diseases are reversible by the SAAOL process. However, these are preventive steps and people should first learn to change their lifestyles." He further adds that once a person does have himself a severe cardiac arrest, there is no other solution other than an operation. Virendra K Tuli, Chajjer's first patient to be successfully treated by SAAOL, has this to say, "My medication started in 1995, the positive results began to show in two months. It is though a lifelong programme." Read the complete news at: http://www.dailypioneer.com News Plus http://www.mantra.com/newsplus Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Panchaang for 9 Ashadh 5104, Monday, July 7, 2003: Shubhanu Nama Samvatsare Dakshinaya Nartana Ritau Mithun Mase Shukl Pakshe Indu Vasara Yuktayam Chitra Nakshatr Shiv-Siddha Yog Balav-Kaulav Karan Navami Yam Tithau Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.