Royal Enfield Himalayan – the Ideal Indian Adventure Tourer?

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For the last few days, the internet has been flooded with news of the rumoured Royal Enfield Himalayan. Apparently, Royal Enfield has trademarked the name “Himalayan” in Europe, giving hints on what to expect from the new on-off roader the company has been rumored to be working on. Every title from an on-off roader, an off roader, an adventure tourer, a hybrid of cruiser and an off roader and even a scrambler has been used to describe this upcoming motorcycle.

Many motorcycle news sites like indiancarsbikes, zigwheels, ETauto, and motorbeam say that they can now confirm (in various degrees) that the company has indeed started work on such a machine. It is even being said that the new Royal Enfield motorcycle will be the first bike to be developed by renowned designer Pierre Terblanche who joined Royal Enfield last year. Royal Enfield, however, is yet to…

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By Dr.Himanshu Dubey

A sci-fi film with its eyes on reality: Watch the deleted scene from “I Origins” that features a TEDx Talk

I’ve been wondering about the eyes & pineal glands for quiet sometime now,reading all the available resources i have,& then i come across an movie that i really loved!

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Molecular biologist Ian (aka Michael Pitt) stares at a billboard of a pair of green eyes in Mike Cahill's film "I Origins." Photo: Fox Searchlight Molecular biologist Ian (played by Michael Pitt) stares at a billboard of a pair of green eyes in Mike Cahill’s “I Origins.” The film explores iris recognition technology, and a TEDx talk helped Cahill do research. Photo: Fox Searchlight

Mike Cahill’s new film I Origins is technically science fiction. But the technology in it is firmly rooted in reality.

A mind-twister of the highest order, I Origins tells the story of a molecular biologist, Ian (played by Michael Pitt), who studies the iris of the eye, a part that is unique for every individual. His lab partner makes a startling discovery—that a young girl in India has the exact same iris pattern as someone Ian loved deeply. It’s a statistical impossibility that leads him to wonder: Could this be reincarnation?

Cahill got the first tingle of the idea for this film after hearing the story of National Geographic’s “Afghan…

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By Dr.Himanshu Dubey

Dark Melancholia

As medical school is very much a sink or swim experience, particularly once exposed to the hierarchy of the hospital system, I as a student, to some degree learnt to rationalize my fears and struggles, and simply soldier on. Or else i simply won’t survive. So much of identity is tied up in being a medical student that to quit becomes in essence, a non-option.I would rather deal with ongoing mental pain than the feelings of failure and shame if it were to all suddenly end. So i deal with this, understand it, and continue forwards. The moment I truly realized how much the system had affected me was taking the history of a young woman in her twenties (my age), who had presented with a nebulous constellation of symptoms and ultimately was diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that had a survival rate of less than 20%. She had three children, a husband, and until that moment, had no idea that her life was about to change completely. I completed the history, felt a momentary stab of pity, and strolled on in search of other patient. I did not stop to think about this patient and the news she was receiving and how that would affect her and the people who loved her until I was on my home. As I sat at the traffic lights and reflected upon her terrible diagnosis and equally distressing prognosis, the question that swam into my mind was this: “What kind of person have I become? And what kind of doctor will I then end up being?” I used to pride myself on my endless empathy, on my ability to engage with people and their problems, and to offer them kind words which came from a place in my heart that truly felt for them. It was part of the reason I entered medical school and much of the attraction of becoming a doctor — it allowed me a scope and place where in a professional context I was allowed to really care.

I find that I am a person who is more concerned about my life as a student, rather than allowing myself to engage with a patient facing the worst news of her life. Doctors are always very rushed. We are stressed, and there is always something else to sign and somewhere else to be. Perhaps the reasons why we stop engaging is simply because our minds have a hard time comprehending the desperate reality of some of the awful truths that we are faced with daily in the emergency department or on the wards. I’m not sure the exact moment was when I started to lose my empathy. Perhaps after one too many exams, or harsh words by a senior. A question I couldn’t answer, or a sterile field I accidentally ruined. Whenever it was, I’m now actively searching for it because I want it back. Fear of exams, of angry surgeons, and of looking stupid is one thing. But fear to engage with a patient, to feel their pain and offer them your comfort — that is something else entirely. For all the medical procedures and lab tests and suture ties I cannot perform as a student, comfort is something that takes no study at all and can be given freely, with almost guaranteed good results. In fact, the act of healing through comfort and empathy is very possibly the one area in which all students can excel, if we allow ourselves the time to perfect it. Which will make us much better doctors, and far nicer human beings.

By Dr.Himanshu Dubey

5 Steps to Conquer Hidden Bugs that Make Us Sick.

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Doctors are trained to identify diseases by where they are located.

If you have asthma, it’s considered a lung problem; if you have rheumatoid arthritis, it must be a joint problem; if you have acne, doctors see it as a skin problem; if you are overweight, you must have a metabolism problem; if you have allergies, immune imbalance is blamed.

Doctors who understand health this way are both right and wrong. Sometimes the causes of your symptoms do have some relationship to their location, but that’s far from the whole story.

As we come to understand disease in the 21st century, our old ways of defining illness based on symptoms is not very useful. Instead, by understanding the origins of disease and the way in which the body operates as one, whole, integrated ecosystem, we now know that symptoms appearing in one area of the body may be caused by imbalances in an entirely different system.

If your skin is bad or you have allergies, can’t seem to lose weight, suffer from an autoimmune disease or allergies, struggle with fibromyalgia, or have recurring headaches, the real reason may be that your gut is unhealthy. This may be true even if you have never had any digestive complaints.

There are many other possible imbalances in your body’s operating system that may drive illness, as well. These include problems with hormones, immune function, detoxification , energy production, and more. But for now, let’s take a deeper look at the gut and why it may be at the root of your chronic symptoms.

Symptoms Throughout the Body Are Resolved By Treating the Gut

Many today do have digestive problems including reflux or heartburn, irritable bowel, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and colitis. In fact, belly problems account for over 200 million doctor’s visits and billions in health care costs annually. But gut problems cause disease far beyond the gut. In medical school, I learned that patients with colitis could also have inflamed joints and eyes and that patients with liver failure could be cured of delirium by taking antibiotics that killed the toxin-producing bacteria in their gut.

Could it be that when things are not quite right down below, it affects the health of our entire body and many diseases we haven’t linked before to imbalances in the digestive system?

The answer is a resounding yes. Normalizing gut function is one of the most important things I do for patients, and it’s so simple. The “side effects” of treating the gut are quite extraordinary. My patients find relief from allergies, acne, arthritis, headaches, autoimmune disease, depression, attention deficit, and more—often after years or decades of suffering.

Here are a few examples of the results I have achieved by addressing imbalances in the function and flora of the gut:

  • A 58-year-old woman with many years of worsening allergies, asthma, and sinusitis who was on frequent antibiotics and didn’t respond to any of the usual therapies was cured by eliminating a worm she harbored in her gut called Strongyloides.
  • A 52-year-old woman who suffered with daily headaches and frequent migraines for years, found relief by clearing out the overgrowth of bad bugs in her small intestine with a new non-absorbed antibiotic called Xifaxin.
  • A six-year-old girl with severe behavioral problems including violence, disruptive behavior in school, and depression was treated for bacterial yeast overgrowth, and in less than 10 days, her behavioral issues and depression were resolved.
  • A three-year-old boy with autism started talking after treating a parasite called Giardia in his gut.

These are not miracle cures but common results that occur when you normalize gut function and flora through improved diet, increased fiber intake, daily probiotic supplementation, enzyme therapy, the use of nutrients that repair the gut lining, and the direct treatment of bad bugs in the gut with herbs or medication.

A number of recent studies have made all these seemingly strange reversals in symptoms understandable. Let’s review them.

Research Linking Gut Flora and Inflammation To Chronic Illness

Scientists compared gut flora or bacteria from children in Florence, Italy who ate a diet high in meat, fat, and sugar to children from a West African village in Burkina Faso who ate beans, whole grains, vegetables, and nuts.(i) The bugs in the guts of the African children were healthier, more diverse, better at regulating inflammation and infection, and better at extracting energy from fiber. The bugs in the guts of the Italian children produced by-products that create inflammation, promote allergy, asthma, autoimmunity, and lead to obesity.

Why is this important?

In the West, our increased use of vaccinations and antibiotics and enhancements in hygiene have lead to health improvements for many. Yet these same factors have dramatically changed the ecosystem of bugs in our gut, and this has a broad impact on health that is still largely unrecognized.

There are trillions of bacteria in your gut, and they collectively contain at least 100 times as many genes as you do. The bacterial DNA in your gut outnumbers your own DNA by a very large margin. This bacterial DNA controls immune function, regulates digestion and intestinal function, protects against infections, and even produces vitamins and nutrients.

When the balance of bacteria in your gut is optimal, this DNA works for you to great effect. For example, some good bacteria produce short chain fatty acids. These healthy fats reduce inflammation and modulate your immune system. Bad bugs, on the other hand, produce fats that promote allergy and asthma, eczema, and inflammation throughout your body.(ii)

Another recent study found that the bacterial fingerprint of gut flora of autistic children differs dramatically from healthy children.(iii) Simply by looking at the by-products of their intestinal bacteria (which are excreted in the urine—a test I do regularly in my practice called organic acids testing), researchers could distinguish between autistic and normal children.

Think about this: problems with gut flora are linked to autism. Can bacteria in the gut actually affect the brain? They can. Toxins, metabolic by-products, and inflammatory molecules produced by these unfriendly bacteria can all adversely impact the brain. I explored the links between gut function and brain function in much greater detail in researches.

Autoimmune diseases are also linked to changes in gut flora. A recent study showed that children who use antibiotics for acne may alter normal flora, and this, in turn, can trigger changes that lead to autoimmune disease such as inflammatory bowel disease or colitis.(iv)

The connections between gut flora and system-wide health don’t stop there. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that you could cure or prevent delirium and brain fog in patients with liver failure by giving them an antibiotic called Xifaxan to clear out bugs that produce toxins their poor livers couldn’t detoxify.(v) Toxins from bacteria were making them insane and foggy. Remove the bacteria that produce the toxins, and their symptoms clear up practically overnight.

Other similar studies have found that clearing out overgrowth of bad bugs with a non-absorbed antibiotic can be an effective treatment for restless leg syndrome(vi) and fibromyalgia.(vii)

Even obesity has been linked to changes in our gut ecosystem that are the result of a high-fat, processed, inflammatory diet. Bad bugs produce toxins called lipopolysaccardies (LPS) that trigger inflammation and insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and thus promote weight gain.(viii)

It seems remarkable, but the little critters living inside of you have been linked to everything from autism to obesity, from allergy to autoimmunity, from fibromyalgia to restless leg syndrome, from delirium to eczema to asthma. In fact, the links between chronic illness and gut bacteria keep growing every day.

So what can you do to keep your gut flora balanced and your gut healthy, and thus overcome or avoid these health problems?

Five Steps to a Healthy Gut (and a Healthy Body)

Follow these five simple steps to begin re-balancing your gut flora:

  1. Eat a fiber–rich, whole foods diet—it should be rich in beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, all of which feed good bugs.
  2. Limit sugar, processed foods, animal fats, and animal protein—these provide food for unhealthy bugs.
  3. Avoid the use of antibiotics, acid blockers, and anti-inflammatories—they change gut flora for the worse.
  4. Take probiotics daily—these healthy, friendly flora can improve your digestive health and reduce inflammation and allergy.
  5. Consider specialized testing—such as organic acid testing, stool testing (new tests can look at the DNA of the bacteria in your gut), and others to help assess your gut function. You will likely have to work with a functional medicine practitioner to effectively test and treat imbalances in your gut.

And if you have a chronic illness, even if you don’t have digestive symptoms, you might want to consider what is living inside your gut. Tending to the garden within can be the answer to many seemingly unrelated health problems.

 

By Dr.Himanshu Dubey

Wow,chauffeur gets an Aston Martin for a spin along with 2 SUVs for security. What a nice job!

Roughly 1.30 am on Sunday here in Mumbai. An Aston Martin Rapide loses control and crashes into an Audi A4, sending it into the opposite lane and into a bus. The Rapide then crashes into a Hyundai Elantra, making the latter spin 360 degrees and finally comes to a halt. And yeah, all this while one of its front wheels comes off and ends up on the other side of the road. Okay, crashes like these happen all the time due to ignorant fucktards.

How to crash an Aston Martin and get away with it

How to crash an Aston Martin and get away with it

The driver immediately comes out, gets into one of the 2 Honda CRV security cars accompanying the car and is nowhere to be seen. Cops arrive to the scene and sometime later, realise its registered in the name of an Indian conglomerate, owned by the guy who spent $1 billion on his home.

Now, the funny part – Next day, the company issues a statement saying it was driven by a chauffeur who had taken it out on a “maintenance drive” because the car was not used that day, and the chauffeur turned up at the police station !

Wow, chauffeur who gets to take an Aston Martin at 1.30 am for a spin along with 2 SUVs for security. What a nice job!

By Dr.Himanshu Dubey

People Smoke Weed……WHY ?

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What is here is also there; what is there, is also here. Who sees multiplicity but not the one indivisible Self must wander on and on from death to death. –Katha Upanishad II.i.9

I used to smoke weed when I was younger, until I discovered that the world is fascinating already. When I let the dogs out at night and hear the wind soughing in the neighbor’s gigantic sycamore tree, its looming form blotting out the stars over our back yard, it is fascinating; when we open up the Styrofoam cooler in the shed and find that it’s filled with grass while playing Underground Railroad (apparently the grass represented provisions of some kind) it is fascinating; when I am bawling people ain’t saying you’re not a good person,” it is altogether fascinating.

We all need fascination— “a sense of the beyond, of a heart that beats.”  One evening while I was having dinner at a friend’s house when my friend began to get fussy.  “Let’s get fascinated!” she said.  staring, rapt and slack-jawed, at the flickering flame, and I saw for the hundredth time how numinous and mesmerizing the world was in her infant eyes.  Not presuming to have all the answers about anything she saw, or to be able to control things by naming them, she was happy to let the world be its fascinating self–almost as though she could detect “the dearest freshness deep down things” with some special sixth-sense. “We see the world with the five senses,” said Swami Vivekananda, “but if we had another sense, we would see in it something more.”

Longing for this “something more” is, I believe, the reason people smoke weed; having lost the sixth-sense, people turn to THC to open their minds to the bottomless fascination of the world. “I tell you the truth,” Jesus said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” But changing is hard, and chemicals can seem to bypass the need for it.  It’s not for nothing that the body’s neurotransmitter that the cannabinoids in marijuana mimic is called “anandamide”; ananda is Sanskrit for “bliss.”

A young monk went to Abba Moses–one of the Desert Fathers of 3rd and 4th century Egypt–for advice on spiritual advancement. “Go and sit in your cell,” the Abba told him, “and your cell will teach you everything.”  Your life as it is, here and now, is gravid with everything you need to know–but it seldom appears that way.  And yet, if we had eyes to see—if we could get our thoughts out of the way of our perceptions–who knows what we could detect in the seemingly undifferentiated landscape of our lives?  If we had no mental category for “green,” the woods would be a riot of color.

The summer after I graduated from college I was with a group of friends, and we had all eaten psilocybin mushrooms.  For some time, I didn’t understand what the fuss was all about; I didn’t seem to be what I thought of as “tripping” at all. “I just feel stoned,” I said to a friend.  “That’s it,” she replied:  “Just relax into it.”

And she was right:  as soon as I let go of my prefabricated mental construct of “tripping” and simply allowed my experience to be what it was, I discovered that I was indeed tripping, and in a big way.  It was all happening already, but my willing-it-to-be had kept it from my awareness. Sober, I had the life I wanted already, and I didn’t know it, because I never “relaxed into it.”

Sri Ramakrishna said that spiritual seekers climb the stairs of renunciation one by one, and when they finally reach the roof, they discover that it is made of the same brick and lime as the stairs.We are not going anywhere, because we are already there—or at very least, “there” is not essentially different from “here,” now matter how much we sacrifice to our belief that is surely must be.

Jesus was apparently trying to get his hearers to “relax into it” when He told them, “The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” There is no place to go;  it is already here–you are already there.

This is how the world regains its fascination: by our looking at it neither through the eyes of deluded desire that compare it to something “better” in our heads, nor through the eyes of calculation and greed for gain, but through the eyes of the Kingdom within, the eyes of a little child who sees “the dearest freshness deep down things.”  Not of drugged sleep, but of alert wakefulness.

“Could you not stay awake with me for one hour?” Jesus asked His disciples on the last night of His earthly life. So OK, smartass, I tell myself:  if you’re Jesus—if you abide in Him and He in you like vine and branch.stay awake with yourself! Don’t be continually falling back into the sleep of life inside your head, don’t be always drawing a veil of expectations and desires between yourself and your life.  Don’t end up like Jacob, who had to physically wrestle with his Creator and sustain a painful injury before he could say,  “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.

Vedanta philosophy uses the image of coiled rope in a dimly-lit room to explain our cognitive dysfunction. If upon entering the room we mistake the rope for a snake, we will be unable to see the rope, and we cannot see the rope until we stop seeing the snake.  As long as we see our lives as preparatory, stalled, unreal or unfulfilling, we cannot see them as numinous, fascinating, “charged with the grandeur of God.” The earliest Christian texts speak, not of the “return” of the Christ, but of Christ’s “revelation;” when the scales fall from our eyes, we will see that we are already in God.  This is surely what the Psalmist longed for when he prayed,

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When I awake, I will be fully satisfied, for I will see You face to face.

By Dr.Himanshu Dubey

A heart in his hands ♥

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While dissecting the woman at Table 1, A medical student  finds it is still possible to think of the human body as a grand design, amazing in its ability to coordinate the thought, energy and motion needed to blink an eye or swing a tennis racket.

He marvels at subtle peculiarities — the old woman’s youthful-looking hands and His’s own, which can throw righty and bat lefty.

During the class exams at the College, images flash in his mind. He sees the lush color illustrations from Frank H. Netter’s “Atlas of Human Anatomy.”

Then, in the last week of September, His’s dissection group delves inside the old woman’s chest. What they find is anything but grand or idealized.

The Left lung sticks to the chest wall; it is not supposed to. And inside the organ lurks dark red, gelatinous material that should not be there.

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5 Life Lessons From a 5 Year Old.

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I am told “Just wait until you have kids. You have no idea what you’re in for.”

Everyone was right, I had no idea the two ‘kids’  I would meet would become the greatest teachers and truth-sayers I know.

They never hesitate to teach me a lesson, especially when I need it the most.

Since youngest of them was two years of age, she dive bombs me with wisdom when I least expect it.

Here are my favorites, five universal truths from my five year old.

 

1. Love is un-definable.

Her warm, sticky hand wrapped around my neck. She pulled me close with the force of a grown man and latched both arms around me. She pressed her lips to my ear.

“I love you. I love you so much I don’t have any words to tell you how much. I can’t tell you how much I love you, because it’s too much. I will love you forever and ever.”

She knew what I forget on occasion—love is indescribable and un-definable. When we love without expectation, the feelings become so vast they can’t be contained and it does feel just like that, like it’s too much.

I feel this way often. Trying to define and explain the love I have for my daughters and loved ones in my life, is like trying to eat the sunset; it is impossible.

As we grow, we are taught to define everything in our lives including our feelings and we forget love, just like the sunset,  is meant to be appreciated and accepted as it is.

As I tucked her in that night, I told her, “I know how you feel, because I love you too.”

 

2. The heart is made of God.

A while ago during dinnertime,she hopped down from her chair and walked over to me. I could tell she had something pressing to share because she never abandoned her buttered pasta for anyone or anything.

She tugged on my shirt, “can I tell you something? Today I saw your heart.”

“You did? What did my heart look like?”

“It looked like God.”

I remember being speechless. I will never forget that day; it was a hard day. I was overwhelmed, sad and stressed. she was reminding me, although I was upset and felt as though I was failing, my heart wasn’t and never could fail. God was still there—perfect, pure, patient and loving; completely visible to her.

That day, she taught me, despite my mood or poor decision making that I am sacred; we all are because, “God dwells within us, as us.”  

 

3. Protect your heart.

A couple of months ago, She was coloring,she peeled a sticker from her book and turned to me.

“can I put this sticker on your heart?”

“why are you putting a sticker on my heart?”

 “Because God needs shade.”

We are responsible for protecting our hearts. she taught me that an open heart does not mean an unprotected heart. The heart is fragile and innocent.

The heart needs a guardian, just like children need us ,to watch over them and ensure they remain safe.

If they run out of sight, we call them back into view. we never allow them to walk away with strangers. If they wander into the street, we grab their hands and pull them back to the sidewalk (They do not (yet) have the experience, understanding or strength to navigate the outside world on their own. They need our guidance).

The heart (where God resides) is an eternal child. She needs our critical mind and intuition to assess a safe situation from a harmful one. She needs us to protect her and give God some shade.

 

4. Be authentic.

Recently, we were eating. she was picking at her pizza like lint on a sweater.

 “What are you doing?”

 “I don’t like the black part . I’m picking it off.”

I snatched the piece off her plate and tossed it in my mouth, ‘This is the best part!”

she put down her slice of pizza and calmly replied,

“if everyone liked the same things we couldn’t tell us apart, and if we all looked the same we couldn’t tell us apart either.”

She picked up her pizza and took a bite.

The diatribe in my mind sounded like this, “Oh snap, she just schooled me! Shame on me! I talk everyday about embracing individuality and respecting others as they are with no judgment. Here I am ‘telling’ her what’s good and not honoring how she feels.”

I apologized to her that evening. I reminded her that I respect her as she is.I encouraged her to always express what she likes and doesn’t like, because that is what makes her, her.

Her lesson is two fold. We should strive to be honest and unashamed of expressing the truth, because it strengthens our authenticity. Secondly, it is vital we respect each other, even if it is respecting someone’s dislike of the burnt part of the pizza, because that’s love—honoring each other’s differences.

 

5. We receive what we give.

 “What was your high today?”

 “Making the gingerbread man.”

 “That’s fun. What was your low today?”

 “Sassy (name changed) was being mean to me. She always says she doesn’t want to play with me.”

 “I’m sorry. What do you do when she says that?”

 “I say, “That’s not nice to say, and I’m still nice to her.””

She paused, pulled her arms out from under her blankets and just like my grandmother would do to me, she cradled my face in both of her hands, her blue eyes caught the light from the hallway.

 “I know something. If you are kind, you always get kindness back.”

 “Where did you hear that honey?”

 “Nowhere, it’s just the truth.”

It is the truth— we recieve what we give, in feeling, in action, in thought, in prayer, and in life, so be kind.

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I think if she could understand, she would want you to remember to always be kind, be yourself, protect your heart, remember you are sacred, and always love ‘too much forever and ever.

-Dr.Himanshu Dubey

By Dr.Himanshu Dubey