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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 49

COVID and the carpe diem spirit – Is there a tomorrow?

Department of Surgery, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission12-Jun-2020
Date of Acceptance26-Jun-2020
Date of Web Publication11-Aug-2020

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Department of Surgery, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/IJCS.IJCS_4_20

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How to cite this article:
Chintamani. COVID and the carpe diem spirit – Is there a tomorrow?. Indian J Colo-Rectal Surg 2019;2:49

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Chintamani. COVID and the carpe diem spirit – Is there a tomorrow?. Indian J Colo-Rectal Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 29];2:49. Available from: http://www.ijcrsonweb.org/text.asp?2019/2/2/49/291874

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the editorial by Agarwal and Agarwal. One must congratulate the authors for presenting easily the best and the most inspiring read in the recent times.[1] These days that have been redefined as “COVID times” are driving us toward what is going to become a new normal. The scenario has given birth to many questions that are fundamental to our lives and are demanding some quick answering. The ancient Indian wisdom has influenced many great scientists and philosophers. Niels Bohr once said, “I go in the Upanishads to ask questions.” As we dig deeper, we are surprised by the wisdom that has always existed, just that we were blinded to it by our clever but cluttered minds. This editorial touches and answers many of these questions in subtle but a scientific way. One is especially fascinated by the author's handling of the whole concept of chasing evidence in light of facts glaring at us. The fact that the present-day scientific methods that may appear more clever have failed us, especially when they were needed the most, proves a point. We should not be overwhelmed and blinded by the “jiggery-pokery” in the name of evidence-based medicine and must understand that eventually it boils down to the way we have lived our lives, that life treats us. The author has highlighted some very fundamental habits that are unique to Indian culture and their role in preventing and treating a disease. Indeed, the Upanishads also define and describe the concept of social distancing in their own ways.

One becomes what one eats” is an ancient hymn from the Upanishads. The role of yoga, curcumin, and diet has been amply emphasized in our Vedic scriptures. The author has shared these vital facts with supporting evidence based on his vast experience of yogic sciences and lifestyle-related therapies. There is now enough scientific evidence to highlight the benefits of yoga. The postures and asanas in yoga are known to help in exercising every muscle, nerve, and gland in the body. It is believed that these subtle movements help in releasing the tension that is holding and blocking energy in any organ or system. With this release, energy starts to flow more freely. The result is a sense of well-being and increased strength of body, mind, and spirit.[2] A delight to read, full of wisdom and scientific facts, I must thank and once again congratulate the authors for adding a gem to the existing literature in science.

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Agarwal BB, Agarwal N. Quo vadis COVID responder-beat the Chinese virus, Carpe Diem. Indian J Colorectal Surg 2019;2:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 1
Chintamani. Integrative oncology-finding an Indian solution to universal problems for holistic cancer care!! Indian J Surg Oncol 2015;6:323-4.  Back to cited text no. 2


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