Disarming the Doctors?
Document date: May - June 2000
The original article from: http://www.hinduismtoday.com/2000/5-6/2000-5-21.html
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Commented in red by The Wizard of Abstract Algebra:
Baba: Insulin can lower blood sugar very quickly. Then the patient can get sweating and decreased blood pressure and can go even into coma. It is best to avoid insulin, if at all possible. Tablets are okay. What is the cause of diabetes?
Devotee: Pancreas is the problem, Swami.
Baba: Pancreas is not the real problem. It is mainly wrong diet and lack of exercise. People in South India eat excess rice. People in North India eat excess wheat. Both can increase blood sugar very quickly within half an hour after eating. Because people in the South do not like wheat much, they should eat chapathis [a wheat flat bread]. That way they don't overeat rice. Similarly, people in North should eat rice. That way they do not overeat wheat. On the other hand, if you eat corn or ragi [a relative of millet], blood sugar will rise slowly over two to three hours. The body can manage such a slow increase very well, and then diabetes will not be a problem. People should not eat as their tongue dictates. The tongue has 48,000 taste buds. Improperly used, they can cause sugar craving and lead to diabetes. The senses have to be regulated for good health. There is some genetic cause also for diabetes.
Here it seems that Dr Venkata Kanubaddi doesn't professionally relate to the diagnosis and treatment of disease. I hope that, as a professionally qualified doctor, he understands that diabetes is not just one disease by itself, but a whole class of diseases that include insulin-dependent diabetes. By saying "pancreas is the problem", he forgets to mention to SB about diabetes insipidus, which mostly affects the kidneys!
Mr. SB on the other hand, does not question the "pills" used to treat diabetes! So how can he say "tablets are okay"? And furthermore, rice and wheat are mainly carbohydrates, so what good does mixing these in your diet do? Shouldn't you decrease your carbohydrate intake? He also says, "On the other hand, if you eat corn or ragi [a relative of millet], blood sugar will rise slowly over two to three hours. The body can manage such a slow increase very well, and then diabetes will not be a problem." Unfortunately for Mr. SB, scientific experimentation has proven that no carbohydrate will cause the "blood sugar level to rise slowly". As long as a cereal is composed of carbohydrates, your blood sugar level WILL increase at the same rate regardless whether it is rice, wheat, corn, millet or barley! The only way you could slow your rate of blood sugar increase is to eat something with a lot of fiber in it, in other words unprocessed grain! That equals eating grass!
Next, Mr. SB states that "People should not eat as their tongue dictates. The tongue has 48,000 taste buds. Improperly used, they can cause sugar craving and lead to diabetes. The senses have to be regulated for good health." Doesn't he know that the tongue is regulated by the brain? And that the brain sends the message to the body to eat? This brings us back to SB's ideal (being God incarnate) about the need for control of the senses, more commonly, "you have to listen to what I say".
SB:...These doctors nowadays don't treat diabetes properly. Best thing is diet control and exercise.
For diabetes, green leafy vegetables are good, except cauliflower. Cabbage is good. All fruits with black seeds like apples, pears, grapes, watermelon, etc., are good, except custard apple (as it has too much sugar).
Mr. SB states that doctors today don't treat diabetes properly! Maybe in India, I suppose. But obviously this deluded person hasn't seen any recent medical advances, some of which may even be found in his Super Specialty Hospital! Next, why is that to Mr. SB all fruits with black seeds are good for you? Why not other fruits? There is no scientific proof backing his statements.
Baba: ...What is the cause of heart disease?
Devotee: Increased cholesterol, increased blood pressure...
Baba: No, it is "hurry, worry, curry." Too much hurry causes worry and stress--not good for heart! See Swami [Baba refers to himself], no health problem! Avoid too much oil. Eating garlic daily can reduce cholesterol. Almonds without peel can also reduce cholesterol. Soak them in water overnight, remove the peel, and eat in early morning.
Firstly, Mr. SB's health is not all that exemplary! He has a double chin, which means he is overweight. Then there is his chronic arthritis which he stupidly tries to cover up as "his magnetism" to the ground! So he does have health problems! Why cover up then? And where is the sense of blaming curry for heart disease? Doesn't he know you can make curries that require no oil? He is making himself look really silly by blaming a class of dishes native to India for heart disease. Poor deluded, deluding SB!
Devotee: Nowadays, there is a new disease called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Patients complain that they don't have any energy to do anything. What is the cause, Swami?
Baba: No cause like that. It is low energy because these people waste a lot of energy through bad and polluted thoughts, improper and indiscriminate use of senses. Thus, their energy is drained out and they feel chronic fatigue. If they can replace their polluted thoughts with good thoughts and divert their senses towards the Divine, thus, thinking good, seeing good, hearing good, and doing good, they can recover the lost energy and can get well.
"It is low energy because these people waste a lot of energy through bad and polluted thoughts, improper and indiscriminate use of senses".
I don't know how to explain this portion of the conversation! It looks like these doctors place their faith in SB to tell them what the cause of this syndrome is! And all the Bugger-van can come up with is some of his nonsense about "wasting energy on bad thoughts" and such garbage typical of SB and the SSO. Why not ask the doctors to do more research on it? Oh no, that won't do, because "God" knows everything, you see.
So, instead of spurring the pursuit of knowledge to help people, Mr. SB has made a "diagnosis" that all the patients of this syndrome were wasting their energy on "bad and polluted thoughts, improper and indiscriminate use of senses". Very sad and shameful for one regarded as an avatar. I have seen and heard of SB turning away sick people as people who "have bad energy", "have bad thoughts", and very shockingly, "bad karma".
I think "Hinduism Today" should review such articles and look for scientifically correct statements and arguments rather than just publishing them because they were forwarded by such and such organizations.
The Wizard of Abstract Algebra