Arun K Garg, Ph.D., MD FRCPC
Medical Director, South Asian Health Institute, Fraser Health, Clinical Professor, Faculty of Medicine, UBC, Adjunct Professor Faculty of Health Sciences SFU; Distinguished visiting professor, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA), Executive Member: Global Association of Physicians of India Origin (www.gapio.in); Founding Chair, Canada India Network Society (www.thecins.org)
I write this editorial with anticipation and a feeling of gratitude—June 18th to 20th war weekend of learning from voices from the trenches. Also, we can pause and reflect on how to lower the burden of chronic diseases, focusing on the South Asian population, mainly because it is the 10th anniversary of the Canada India Network Society and time to celebrate and thanks to our sponsors and partners. We have had a unique and continuum partnership with Drishti media and recognized our ongoing collaboration. This editorial is part of that collaboration. We want to engage readers of the magazine and bring words on the paper alive. You, readers, please share your ideas, comments, and personal challenges, barriers, opportunities you face in living an entire, healthy life.
We have a Covid pandemic that’s under control but still alive and lurking. Though vaccination is on time in the province, the risk and dangers of these invisible nuclear particles of RNA wrapped around a membrane are genuine. Please do not let your GUARD down. Continue good habits of Prevention (washing hands, maintain physical distance), protection (face mask, as necessary), promotion of healthy living (A most critical component of a healthy society). These steps alone connect the dots, build a healthy society. It is what you do as self-interventions. The other 2 Ps are Prayers (decluttering the mind) and Philanthropy (we are in it together).
At CINI 2021 this year, our focus was on principles of self-engagement, how you as an individual engage in your health with internal interventions—actions you make with the active participation of your mind and intellect. You are fully engaged, and it brings a positive connection between your physical body and your internal body of mind and intellect. Complete recommendations from the conference is on our website.
The month of June is very significant as it is the International month of Yoga, with June 21st declared as International Day of Yoga, as declared by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2014. Yoga is the science of health and philosophy. Principles and practices embedded in Yogic science are as fundamental today, as they were 3000 years ago. We need to modernize the understanding in the current context. It is universal and global in scope, focusing in subsequent few editorials on some practical applications. June 21st is also a celebration of the International Day of Indigenous People. We connect with the history and contribution of first nations. In terms of health, the philosophy of wellness and health deeply connected to mature guide forces for today’s medicine.
These editorials are also an interactive guide of practical action for good health. For this month, I raise the issue from CINI 2021- Diabetes is reversible and requires full engagement of the individual’s self-care. Besides pharmacological treatment, the focus should also be on the proper diet. It matters the proportion size, eating, balanced approach to what you eat, how you eat, and integrative understanding of Diabetes. For type 2 diabetes, the primary reason is insulin resistance, which is the outcome of the balance between diet-pancreas-liver and multi-hormones, mind, and intellect. The reversal requires full and active management of all these components with external and internal interactions. You must be very engaged in this process. Prevention is much easier than management. Please pay attention to your lifestyle. It does matter and impact your health.