STATE TIMES NEWS JAMMU: Emphasising on the need to incorporate holistic way of healing, or what can be commonly termed as alternative medicine practices in the modern life style for overall well being of an individual, Dr Sushil Sharma, Head of Department, Cardiology, GMC &SSH, Jammu, along with his team conducted a day long camp in the Mathwar Nagri, Akhnoor where thousands of disciples were assembled to attend the spiritual gathering on every Sunday of the month. The health awareness camp was started with the blessings of Saint Yashpal Ji, Head Priest of the Devsthan Mathwar. “Adhering to a particular spiritual tradition may bring an indirect health benefit because many traditions contain rules about treating the body with kindness and avoiding unhealthy behaviours. Studies revealed that perhaps because of these tenets, people who practice a religion or faith tradition are less likely to smoke or drink, or become involved in violent activity, and they are more likely to engage in preventative habits. Some of the studies have even gone to suggest while comparing spirituality and religiousness to other health interventions that people with a strong spiritual life had an 18 per cent reduction in mortality. Having a strong spiritual outlook may help one to find meaning in life’s difficult circumstances. The spiritual practice of recognising the interconnectedness of all life can also help buffer the pain that comes with difficult experiences. Meditation, Prayer and Yoga have proven to be essential for better health outcomes,” he said. During his interaction with the people, Dr Sushil stated that the technological advances of the past century tended to change the focus of medicine from a caring, service oriented model to a technological, cure-oriented model. More than 600 patients were screened, evaluated and sensitised for various health ailments. Blood sugar, ECG, BMI, were performed and medicines were also given as per the requirements. Others who were part of this health check up cum awareness campaign included Dr Dhaneshwar Kapoor, Dr Kewal Sharma and Dr Akhil Gupta. Paramedics and volunteers who were part of this team includes Gourav Sharma, Akshay Kumar, Kirtibhat, Ankush Kohli , Vikas Sabharwal, Rajeev Vohra, Harvinder Singh, Rajkumar and numerous disciple of trust.
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