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HEART DISEASE - STEPS ONE TO FIVE
Heart disease: Step one to five
By Pravir Kumarr
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
"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
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."
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