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  It costs just one Dollor !

Harvard school of Public health has  recently  published some  hard data about  the adverse effects of bad diet habits especially the impact of  soft drinks on long term cardio vascular health.

soft drinks and impact on healthAnother prestigious journal confirms it . . .

risk of soft drinks and coronary artery diseaseThe ultimate journal for the cardiologists Circulation reaffirms it .

soft drinks carbonated and coronary artery diseaseWe  have overwhelming evidence , prolonged use of soft drinks
increase CAD (Like tobacco ). Still , we haven’t added the customary caution on the bottles of these soft drinks ?

Why  ?

My guess would be, there are powerful forces in  modern society that would love to keep  the  threat of diseases high in the  human domain  so that all  stake holders  make a profit .

The poor , World health instigation(WHO)  and various public health forums  simply watch it .If they protest , they are at risk of sucked into the loop of deceit !

Failure to reverse public health hazards  may be a  lesser crime  in modern days  . . . But , here comes  a series of  advertisements in Indian media , that is a strong indicator that human  intellect and the sixth sense  is going nuts !

It suggests , Do you want  ever lasting happiness . . . Drink  it  . . . earnestly believe  in it  . . . and drink again  !


I was also told  a shocking fact that , The beverage war in India has  started and the soft drink giants have heavily Invested to take it into the rural markets .Their aim is to  provide  “health  for all Indians”  by 2020 !

Concluding question

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In one of my  meetings , I told a small gathering  , that regular exercise can shrink atherosclerotic plaques and regress CAD. I also quoted , a recent  large  study which  has proven this fact convincingly !

I concluded, simple  exercise  and other life style changes,risk factor correction  may convert a 90% lesion to 70 or even 50 % . I stressed the importance of this study and asked my colleagues to avoid misuse of  Angioplasties .

When many  seemed to agree with me , one  angry  Interventional cardiologist questioned me, and  asked  the name of the  study, and in which journal  it came , What was quality of the paper ?

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I told him , It is an Imaginary study done  in my back yard . It never got published in print. You may call it as E-journal* , not exactly though.It is not available in any websites , but located in the  biological servers, and  neuronal circuits as digital imprints in learned brains !

*Journal of experience

You may call it , a scientific  forgery , to quote a non-existent study,

But this study  benefits whole lot of my  patients”.

He was amused , and became agitated !

He told over the mike , “You are making  foolish statement. . . don’t corrupt young minds” !

May be , he is true !

I asked him to be calm and  requested  to listen to another study which I was about  to quote  . . .

He couldn’t sit any more  and rushed  out of the hall !

Final message

We  are ready to believe all those  rubbish stories about a fourth  generation   self disappearing BVS that is  able to scaffold a coronary artery and maintain a MLD by 2.5mm  and TVR by 20 % and prevent near MAZE  at 30 days  by 9 % and improve long term survival  by 6 months at  the cost of 100, 000 Rs  per month  .Only to realise, it may be a farce  . . .  5 years down the lane !

How to cleanse the darkened face of science ?

When falsehoods come with evidence and harm people , Good deeds can  be preached without evidence to save our fellow human beings !

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News : In any developed nation , 90 % of  total  health expenditure is  exhausted in prolonging  final few days of  human  life !

When cost of dying   . . .  exceeds cost of living   . . . this world will go nuts !

The current real world  experience  from India’s  five star  hospitals  indicate,  many elderly rich men and women  spend their  last few days  before being buried or burnt  .They spent an average of 15 lakh Rs per death . This amounts to the entire  “life time” cost of living   of  majority of Indians .

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When   human organ donation is considered  a greatest philanthropic act, there is one more excellent alternative for those who can’t do it .If only every super rich translate  their cost of dying  into  cost of  others living !   many new lives  will bloom .

The exorbitant rise in  cost of  dying  in India ,  is a recent development and reflects the affluence , honor , pride and of course lots of prejudice lack of wisdom ! Instead of filling the  deep  pockets of greedy  corporates why not the rich add new  lives   ?  !

Final message

Let all elders  with irreversible conditions , who have finished their life , shall  die peacefully at home .Why don’t we ( Affluent  .  . . would  be cadavers !)  cross sponsor their dying cost to a  public  health , nutrition or medical fund .

After thought

Oh America ,  . . .  Am I right  ,?  Obama thought it and implementing it too !  I would believe , his health care policy is  a  small first step in this  direction  !

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One of my otherwise  well behaving  patient ,  suddenly asked me this question ,  before leaving my  clinic  after a 15 minute consult .

Doctor  . . . I am taking the clopidgrel and aspirin  for 5 years like a vitamin tablet  . . . is that all right  doctor ?

I just got curious, I checked  the prescription again . Yeh ,  he was right !

I have  been mechanically writing  Tablet Clopitab  A  since 2008 !

Clopidogrel abuse long term

For what ?

Some sort of CAD !   Was it for ACS ?   No , it was for chronic stable angina . No PCI,  . . . no DES !

Why the hell  he is taking dual anti-platelet  therapy for 5 years ?

Some  body  , some  where  , has  prescribed it . This man  is taking it  for years together with absolute sanctity.

I was amused  . . . it is also  my mistake . Why it never struck me  to scrutinize the prescription ?

I thanked him . I  removed clopidogrel  from the list , and asked him to continue tablet Ecosprin 150mg  for some time .

( And  now I  had a genuine doubt  ! Does he have CAD at all ! I browsed his file , I couldn’t  find a true documentation for CAD  as I feared  !)

I asked him to get back with an  exercise test ,  . . .  if it comes negative i  can even stop the aspirin as well  I  explained  him  ! (Now he got amused !)

Final message

Who wants Knowledge ?

It is  dumped every  where , free of cost  . . .  both in real and cyber world .Applying it requires more sense  .  and my patient  taught me that  !

Patients  not only  help us  earn  our  bread  and butter , they  do  enrich  our brain  as well ! Never get humiliated when a patient teaches  you a lesson in medicine !

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April-May  is  carnival time in India . . . cricket carnival.  In IPL  . . . Indian premier league , eight teams  will fight for the cup . IPL 2013  became a  smashing  hit  , until  last week  when  three players were arrested for  spot fixing in  an  over . And for the past 10 days the entire Indian  media has gone into  manic reaction over it !

Still ,  the  sport was wonderful , the skills shown were extraordinary , and what happened  was an aberration just like in  any other aspect of life  .  IPL is perfect mix of  sports , business , commerce and some sleaze .  Actually in a successful  business model  , one should actually be surprised  if  corrupt  practices  does not occur !

The game of cricket can never be killed by money !  The way  the issue was handled by  the media and the  reactions and public debates   for me  looks irrelevant . Is it justified ? 

We the people and media has  much much important things to do in India !

scandals in india

Fixing a Fix  . . .

Politicians fix voters by giving money !
CBI is fixed by Government  for money  !
Media  fixes  news  for money !
Students of the noble profession are desperate  to  fix examiners with  money !
Finance ministry’s  annual budget  is fixed by business tycoons !
Private medical colleges fix entrance exams after getting money !
Super powers fix  terrorists selectively  for money for self benefits !
Drug companies  fix doctors with  money !
Doctors  fix  labs  by  getting money !
Anxious parents try to  fix  marks of their children  for  money !
Government  fixes  tender  for money !
Some Judges fix  verdicts after getting money !
Live kidney donors are fixed  by criminal cartels for money !
Advocates  fix  false evidence   with  money !
Police fix innocents as criminals after getting money !
Thousands of marriages are fixed  with  money after  hiding  illicit  relations !
Huge  bank loans are fixed  based on  false affidavits and  promises !
TV reality shows are fixed with mad money !
Even pilgrims fix  Darshan  time by  paying huge money !
And finally  . . . One cricketer bowled   one of  the  balls . . .wide . . . .  in one of  the  over after getting money  !
The whole world erupted !
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Can  there be  any justification for  justifying wrong  things in life ?
  If life is a fight between  good and evil  , I thought  it is absolutely absurd to justify  it  until recently  . . . but a  great epic of  India , Bhagawad Gita  which is considered as the  ultimate guideline for living ,differs (Or is it my perception !)
The summary of the epic goes something like this
  • Whatever happened has been good.
  • Whatever happens is good
  • Whatever will happen is also good.
Bhagavad Gita  has one more sermon  to  confuse  us ( me )  completely !
“Do your duty , do not expect any  returns and do not watch injustice silently  , protest  and fight  it with your full  potential” !
I welcome  the experts  of the Bhagawatham  to clarify me on this issue !

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News : It seems the pharma companies are worried   about  the new MCI  (Medical council of India ) guidelines  that restrict  sponsorship  for conferences and freebies to individual  doctors  . They think it is a  big set back  as it  may interfere with doctor’s  education and knowledge  !

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They have proposed new amendments and  has asked  the health ministry to advice the MCI accordingly .(ie To help them bring back  the corrupt and bad practices  that  influence  doctors prescribing behavior  !)

It is true , for the  growth of medical science , we  require some sort of  a business model and  tax holidays for the companies for true  &  land  mark discoveries  . Currently the MCI allows to sponsor  medical  events or a conference  for an institution or organization .  But  what these companies want is  official permission to provide  incentives to individual doctors and influence them  ! .  More shockingly  they said  doctors knowledge will  suffer without these industrial support . It is an outright insult to all doctors who get educated  for over  decades* . In fact the heads of pharma companies require  few lessons from the medical fraternity  ,  how many drugs with  dubious scientific value  is playing havoc in  health of  the society !

Of course ,we can not blame the pharma companies  for  all . It is a collective evil.

Counter point

*This  is a  second  slap on the face of  medical profession  !  I am  sorry to say this ,  many of us ( Including  the blogger  ! )  are some way responsible for this state of affairs  . Shockingly ,  few of  our  colleagues are  proud  to  have illicit relationship with drug companies !  Younger generation   no longer consider  this as an offense  , since they are born and brought up with  capitation fee as their principal fodder. Commercial forces  has taken over  medical  profession . Many of the  colleges are owned by business barons and alcohol vendors  in India . It is a well known  fact , MBBS seats are now  sold for 50lakhs (like  3 bed room flats )  . Agents transact black money in secret basements of   medical colleges  once considered  as  temple  of  the  noble profession .

So what is  in-store  for the future ? . . .  Self regulation is best  regulation   . . .   Mahatma told us ! . It  may be  the most idealistic     solution   . . . but  currently   it appears   self  regulation is  as bad  as no regulation !

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