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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 165
Response to prana and electrons in health and beyond


Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Morgan-Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Columbia University, NY, USA

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Ravindranath TM. Response to prana and electrons in health and beyond. Int J Yoga 2014;7:165

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Ravindranath TM. Response to prana and electrons in health and beyond. Int J Yoga [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Dec 12];7:165. Available from: http://www.ijoy.org.in/text.asp?2014/7/2/165/133934
Dear Sir,

I read with interest the editorial written by Dr. T. M. Srinivasan on Prana and electrons in health and beyond (Int J Yoga 214;7:1-3). It is very interesting that he uses the concept of Prana leaving the physical body to define death. However, at the present time, the concept of brain death includes the absence of cortical and brain stem functions to define death. These functions can be assessed for the most part by clinical examination with one or two confirmatory tests depending on the age of the patient. [1] The concept of brain death is universally accepted and has worked well over the past 50 years. Certainly, there are circumstances when the concept of brain death does not work well, such as when certain clinical examinations cannot be carried out because of the clinical condition of the patient, i.e. hypothermia or high levels of certain medications, etc. Hence, using the concept of Prana to define death becomes very useful.

Then, the author goes on to describe the role of electrons in health and disease. He talks about the release of free radicals by the immune cells as a response to inflammation and the injurious effects posed by these free radicals to healthy cells and the availability of electrons from other sources like the earth that can establish homeostasis by reducing free radical activity. Although I find this to be a very intriguing concept, it has its limitations. The human body is extremely complex and is multidimensional. There are many different biological systems in the human body that influence human health. These systems include not only free radicals but also multiple different mediators such as cytokines, prostaglandins, complement system as well as cellular and receptor components. The interactions between these different biological systems are complex, multidimentional and unpredictable. It is only through pain staking research that we can understand the interactions of these complex biological systems to arrive at a logical solution. Nevertheless I applaud the author on exploring a very important concept that would improve not only patient care but also health status.

 
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1.Nakagawa TA, Ashwal S, Mathur M, Mysore MR, Bruce D, Conway EE. Jr., et al. Guidelines for the determination of brain death in infants and children: An update of the 1987 task force recommendations, Critical Care Medicine 2011;39:2139-55.  Back to cited text no. 1
    

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Correspondence Address:
Thyyar M Ravindranath
Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Morgan-Stanley Children's Hospital of New York Presbyterian, Columbia University, NY
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-6131.133934

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