B. K. Santosh, PhD.
Director general, Brahma Kumaris Centre, St. Petersburg
There is a deep connection between my inner world of thoughts, feelings, vision and attitude with my outer physical world, starting with my body. Our thoughts and feeling affect our lifestyles. Our lifestyles affect our performance and our health. Understanding this connection will help us to conquer stress and guide us back to an overall state of health at all levels, i.e. spiritual, mental, emotional and physical.
These words by Dadi Janki, a 97 years old (or better to say, 97 years young) chief of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, reflect the basic principles and approaches that the Brahma Kumaris team of “3D Health Care” project have been using for a number of years in the field of prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of premature mortality and disability in both developing and developed nations. CAD is now widely recognized as a lifestyle disease; hence its management should be lifestyle modification. The lifestyle intervention studies in small number of CAD patients have shown that dietary modifications, physical exercise and stress relaxation techniques can curtail progression of coronary blockages and decrease the frequency of angina and heart attacks. Recent investigations have provided convincing evidence that the present prevalent outer self (body, role, material) conscious approach can lead to activation of psychosocial factors like depression, anxiety, anger, hostility, isolation and chronic life stress. These factors can contribute significantly towards development and promotion of CAD by encouraging adoption of unhealthy lifestyle behaviours like smoking, cholesterol-rich diet and sedentary habits.