14 November – The World Diabetes Day and The Childrens day
World diabetes day is celebrated every year on November 14 in order to create awareness on diabetes and ways to keep watch on such diseases by opting for healthy lifestyle and reducing (if not ‘entirely avoiding’) the intake of packaged & processed food, cold drinks, chocolates and other products that attract not just children, but people of all age groups.
Additionally, 14th November is also celebrated as Children’s day in India every year.
Let’s first discuss the adverse impacts of sugary products, diabetes and how the packaged food adversely impacts the health of kids and youngsters at very young age. Almost 34.7 crore people suffer from Diabetes throughout the world and 6.7 crore people are diabetic only in India, which is less in number in other countries like Japan where around 82 lakh people are diabetic.
Scientists and researchers have proved that excessive consumption of sugar leads one towards the risk of being diabetic, which further runs the risk of heart diseases. Internationally renowned senior Indian cardiologists say that a person, whose sugar intake is low, is 4 times less likely to suffer from heart diseases as compared to those with more sugar intake.
Based on a survey conducted on 40,000 people and published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the risk of heart-attack increases by 30% after consumption of 500 ml beverage containing excessive sugar. Much consumption of sugar increases inflammation, which is the root cause of heart disease. According to another survey, a large amount of sugar intake increases the risk of death by cardio vascular diseases (CVD) twice and 25% much calorie consumption through extra sugar increases chances of CVD thrice. Every week’s 7 glasses rich sugary beverages increase the chances of heart diseases to a greater extent. Fruits and vegetables are thus recommended in this regard to reduce the chances of one suffering from such ailments.
Japanese follow very healthy lifestyle; according to VNO’s food and agriculture organization, Japanese consume 48.8 gm sugar every day, which is very less in quantity in comparison to other countries like India, Canada, Britain. Many health experts have proved sugar to be the most dangerous drug in terms of addiction. In Amsterdam, where usage of Bhang is considered valid/legal; health expert Wal Van Welpen has demanded strict control over sugar. Sugar’s excessive consumption enhances the appetite, thereby person starts feeling hungry; notwithstanding whether or not he/she is actually hungry.
Dr. Robert H Lustig of California University, San Francisco has proved sugar to be solid alcohol. According to him, 40% people who are not obese are suffering from diabetes, hypertension, lipid problem, and heart and liver diseases. These all problems accrue from the metabolic disorders caused by excessive sugar consumption. Click Here For More Information
A decade ago, WHO had recommended to consume sugar as low as 10% of one’s diet, whereas the fraction is now reduced to 5%; thus the ideal quantity of ‘sugar consumption’ should be 25gm (6 teaspoons) a day, whereas Americans, on an average consume 22 teaspoons every day. A can of Coca cola contains 39 gm sugar that causes as adverse effects on children as alcohol does. Sugar not only increases calorie level, but also indicates brain to consume more of it, like what alcohol and tobacco does. It suppresses secretion of appetizing hormone Ghrelin and satisfying hormone Leptin.
What is sugar: Sugar is a carbohydrate and is composed of both glucose & fructose. 67% sugar consumption is by food products and 33% through beverages. According to the researchers of Florida College of Medicines, sugar causes impact on nervous system just like Cocaine, Nicotine, and other narcotic drugs which contain Dopamine that cause strong keenness for sugar intake. When sugar consumption is reduced, brain-cells do not get satisfied even after consuming more of it. Packaged foods contain approximate 80% sugar according to the researches. Over a period of time, Canada, Malaysia and India’s population has increased twice, while the consumption of sugar has increased thrice!
According to a survey conducted by ASSOCHAM, it has been established that Indians consume much more sugar as compared to other countries; the fraction is approximately 15% and the actual quantity is almost 26 million tons. This proportion has increased due to changing lifestyle of people, who thereby consume either processed or packaged food. It further increases the probability of obesity, diabetes and other fatal diseases’ attack.
American Pediatric Endocrinologist – Dr. Robert H Lustig has proved sugar as “sweet poison” . The studies reveal that sugar impacts hormonal mechanism in such a manner that it reduces thirst whereas Cortisol (a stress hormone) increases willingness for sugar intake; this hormone is responsible for hypertension, thereby increasing level of glucose that in-turn takes the form of a fatal disease-‘Diabetes’.
Earlier, elderly people (above the age of 50) used to suffer from diabetes, but now it has become common in young children too. Therefore, administration needs to create awareness for food habits amongst children who prefer pizza, burger, cold-drinks, chocolates, candies, cakes, pastry to home- made recipes or nourishing food & fruits. Salad & fruits contain natural sugar that is easily digestible, with no side-effects and therefore, instead of consuming more sugary products, one needs to opt for natural food and fruits.
Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu (hereinafter ‘Bapuji’) has told in many of His discourses (satsangs) that diabetic person should mash half-boiled bitter gourd (‘Karela’) by his feet for at least for half an hour; until the time the tongue doesn’t start feeling the bitterness of bitter gourd . And this regime should be practiced for a few days, as a result of which one can get rid of this fatal ailment named ‘diabetes’. There is also expert medical staff available in various ashrams on stipulated time for guidance on Ayurvedic, Homeopathic and Acupressure treatments to cure the patients. Such a venerable saint (Bapuji), who is well-known throughout the world, whose altruistic deeds make the society healthy, wealthy & wise; has become a sore in the eyes of conspirators and they are still leaving no stone unturned to create rumors after entangling him in a false case of rape with an allegedly minor girl. Further they are targeting to destruct ashrams, where till date a number of sewa activities are going-on in his auspices. Moreover, there’s no illegal construction being done in ashram premises and ashram trust abides by all rules and regulations set by the law and order. See Video Link
The conspirators similarly hindered the sewa activities by beating-up Bapuji’s disciples without any reason and burning the bus in rage that was on the way to distribute food and other goods amongst poor and deprived section in Rajsamand district of Rajasthan.
The obvious question that strikes in the mind is: whether such a saint (Bapuji) is required to be honored or needs to be kept in prison thereby demoralizing others who participate in sewa –activities under His guidance to improvise the nation’s conditions – both practically and spiritually ?
We ought to come-forward unanimously to spread his true message of humanity; and the celebration of ‘World diabetes day’ would make sense only if the awareness is created on the same, along with the proposal of the aforesaid speedy recovery approach (of bitter-gourd experiment) as suggested by Bapuji. Additionally, Children’s day should be celebrated by making children (at least of 17,000 of Bal-Sanskara Kendra + those of Gurukuls with best ever results run in the aegis of Bapuji) take vow to practice appropriate food habits in their day to day life, thereby following their beloved Master’s preaching.