Tuesday, February 05, 2013

A fever may be good thing

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After a long long while (to say this makes my yogic ego proud) I fell seriously ill last week, with what the puzzled doc diagnosed as flu. I know exactly the emotional trigger for that and it was pretty strong and I could not control the mental loops it created. Usually I know an emotional trigger point and I rationalise around the problem and see how I can sort it out. Then I know it seems to be in control, in my mind. But this time the emotional loop was too knotted and I could not unravel it fast enough, and lo, fever!

But I liked it, because it set my mind into a more febrile state than it already is, and then, over the muck that this can turn up, something settled back. The calm is back, the storm is over, the loop unknotted and the problem's solution is a spiritual high. This, I liked, about the fever. That it had a reason to come up, to sort a problem, and the problem got sorted:) 

Not all that may sound convoluted for u  all -- but really the body and mind is just one thing. So, if we leave the psycho babble that I have just gurgled over this blog and go into actual reason why a fever happens, then maybe, u will agree that it may quite a good thing. 

* a fever comes to fight off an invasion of other bugs. When the body's temperature goes up, the bugs are finished. Otherwise, when the body temperature remains normal, the bugs will proliferate! 
* more immune white cells are released as an emergency mode to fight off this bug invasion. 

On the personal front, I can say the following: 
  • I find fevers force you to rest if u have overstressed or overworked. 
  • After every tattoo getting a mild fever helped it heal better I found. 
A fever came by, to save u from something worse. 

Mmmm, that is a nice thought. 
Now, the thing is not to get attached to the fever. Ha, ha.


Anonymous said...

Pl dont get angry like a typical journalist. Take care. (Journalists pass judgements on everybody else but when the ball lands up on their court they get worked up)

Physical injuries

A small percentage of yoga practitioners each year suffer physical injuries analogous to sports injuries;[135] caution and common sense are recommended.[136] Yoga has been criticised for being potentially dangerous and being a cause for a range of serious medical conditions including thoracic outlet syndrome, degenerative arthritis of the cervical spine, spinal stenosis, retinal tears, damage to the common fibular nerve, so called "Yoga foot drop,"[137] etc. An exposé of these problems by William Broad published in January, 2012 in The New York Times Magazine[138] resulted in controversy and denial in the yoga community in New York City where yoga is popular. Broad, a science writer, experienced yoga practitioner, and author of The Science of Yoga: The Risks and the Rewards,[139] had suffered a back injury while performing a yoga exercise.[140] Torn muscles, knee injuries,[141] and headaches are common ailments which may result from yoga practice.[142]

An extensive survey of yoga practitioners in Australia showed that about 20% had suffered some physical injury while practicing yoga. In the previous 12 months 4.6% of the respondents had suffered an injury producing prolonged pain or requiring medical treatment. Headstands, shoulder stands, lotus and half lotus (seated cross-legged position), forward bends, backward bends, and handstands produced the greatest number of injuries.[135]
Some yoga practitioners do not recommend certain yoga exercises for women during menstruation, for pregnant women, or for nursing mothers. However, mediation and breathing exercises are encouraged.[143]

Among the main reasons that experts cite for causing negative effects from yoga, beginners' competitiveness and instructors' lack of qualification are foremost. As the demand for yoga classes grows, many people get trained and certified to become yoga instructors. However, not every newly certified instructor can evaluate the condition of every new trainee in their class and recommend refraining from doing certain poses to avoid injuries. In turn, a beginning yoga student can overestimate the abilities of their body and strive to do advanced poses before their body is flexible enough to perform them.[138][142]
Vertebral artery dissection, a tear in the arteries in the neck which provide blood to the brain can result from rotation of the neck while the neck is extended. This can occur in a variety of contexts, for example, in a beauty shop while your hair is being rinsed, but is an event which could occur in some yoga practices. This is a very serious condition which can result in a stroke.[144][145]
Acetabular labral tears, damage to the structure joining the femur and the hip, have been reported to have resulted from yoga practice and engagement in sports.[146]

The American Yoga Association states, "Yoga exercises are not recommended for children under 16 because their bodies’ nervous and glandular systems are still growing, and the effect of Yoga exercises on these systems may interfere with natural growth." However, meditation and simple breathing exercises (without breath-holding) are safe and can help children to manage stress, impulsiveness, and emotional situations.[143]

Shameem Akthar said...

What are u blathering about, my anger?:) U share, if u have something sensible to say.. no need to talk about journos and stuff, I am not a journo any case... and yes, of course, yoga can cause injuries. I also say that often, when it is done foolishly or with stupid teachers.. and egotistically.

Anonymous said...

U r so sweeet. Thx.