April 2019


Since ancient times man has always searched for that quick magic potion which could give him infinite energy and vigor to attain his aspirations. Energy drinks have slowly invaded the markets and promise just the same objective. These drinks are especially popular with the athletes, party animals and the younger lots. They are being promoted as non-alcoholic, action-packed, vitaminised energy drink formulated to deal with the physical and mental fatigue. There is dearth of clinical scientific data on the probable detrimental effects of such drinks on the health. It has recently been realized that these seemingly harmless drinks may not be safe for the heart especially for those who are suffering from preexisting heart ailments.

Milk had been an essential and integral part of our nutrition plans for almost 8000 years now. However, for so many decades, we have been warned against consumption of cheese and milk. Mothers had reluctantly held back milk from their adolescent children which they themselves considered and cherished as the purest and best food. We had been trapped by the cholesterol ghost for too long and too snugly. We dreaded the thought of eating cheese lest we should get those scary blockages in arteries of our hearts. We deliberately avoided morning breakfast with milk paying heed to the statuary warning about saturated fats and their catastrophic bad effects on our health.

The power of our mind over our body is well known and we all believe and know that our thoughts mould our behavior and phenotype. The evolution of our individual self is depended on thought processes of our mind which help us in adapting to environmental threats and encourage developing surviving fitness skills. Thus the influence of the mind is immense and perpetual during our entire life span.

It is often perceived and alleged that modern physicians are actually outstanding technicians, but awful healers. More often doctors remember their patients because of their anatomical disease instead of recalling them with their names and disposition. Doctors tend to give more emphasis on modern diagnostic and therapeutic interventions while forgetting somewhere along the course that they are actually treating human beings with souls and emotions.

Since time immemorial men and women think, behave and speak differently as if both are different species. However, recent evidence suggests that on suffering illness and becoming unwell the two are taken care differently too. This is particularly noticeable as far as cardiac care is concerned. Experts estimate that one in two women will die of heart disease or stroke during their lifetime proving that cardiovascular disease is a major killer of women worldwide. However gender differences persist in diagnosing female patients with heart disease, treating them aggressively and also in the response of the treatment offered to them. In a recent study it was found that in United States 42 percent of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year compared with 24 percent of men. The observed disparities could be due to women having atypical symptoms of heart attack compared to men, patient or physician refusal to recognize the problem, their failure to note the seriousness of the situation along with social and cultural inconsistencies for care of two genders.