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THE SCHOOL THAT MADE ME
Looking Back on Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith
A s the kids begrudgingly head back to school, wishing they had three more months of summer vacation, I’ve been doing a little thinking about my own school days from back when I was their age. Growing up in India, my school experience was quite a bit different than that of my kids, but when you add in the fact that I attended a residential (boarding) school from the fifth to 10th grades, the differences are even more stark. Ramakrishna Mission Vidyapith, in Deoghar, is a prestigious all-boys school with a storied history in India. It was a strict, multicultural, multilingual institution that provided a unique experience from the very start. Instead of summer vacation, we had three six-week breaks spread throughout the year. When our breaks ended, the kids from the more populated provinces, including me, would pile into a train car the school rented and take the long ride together to campus, where we lived for most of the year. Coming home from school was always exciting initially — a welcome respite from the stringent routines and protocols of the school — but without any of my school friends around, boredom and loneliness would set in quickly. In many ways, those train rides back to Ramakrishna Mission felt more like coming home than when I traveled back to visit my parents. But though I had been given an incredible opportunity with Ramakrishna Mission, I wasn’t always the best student. Like many young people, my friends and I were of the mind that if you wanted to be cool and popular, you never wanted to seem too obsessed with your studies. I remember the tortuous history classes every day after lunch. From my spot in the back of the room, I drifted off nearly every day, until the teachers got fed up and moved me to the front. The second torture was mathematics. As we moved into the more advanced types of math, I started to fall behind, loathing the complex equations that always seemed to tie my brain in knots.
want to be successful, you can’t just be good at the things you like,” he told me. He warned me that if I continued to struggle in history and math, I’d be limiting
the options for my future, preventing me from going to a college that would equip me with the tools to build a good life for myself and my family. But he didn’t just give me advice; from then on, he spent extra time with me, tutoring me in both subjects. By the time I graduated, he told me that though he’d been concerned I “wasn’t going to make it,” he was proud to say that he was now confident I’d go out and do a lot of good in the world. It meant a lot, as a young man, to hear those words. Over five years, my peers and I developed a bond that was more like family than the friendships most form in school. These guys were practically my brothers, and to this day, we still keep in touch. A couple of months ago, word came to our online community that one of our old teachers — nicknamed “Grandpa” — had gotten sick and didn’t have the money for the motorized wheelchair he now required to get around. We pooled our funds and, within just 24 hours, got Grandpa his chair. That’s a testament to the incredible community that the school established. When I left Ramakrishna Mission, it was probably the most difficult adjustment of my entire life. I had assumed the halls of that place would be my home forever, my peers at the school by my side throughout my life. Luckily, even today, I’m in touch with the friends I made back then, and I’ll carry the invaluable lessons I learned from my teachers there for the rest of my life.
Concerned about my future, the principal — who knew every boy in the small school well — sat me down in his office. “Subrat, if you
– Subrat Bahinipati
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FIND THE RIGHT FOOD BALANCE Foods That Cause and Reduce Inflammation The food you eat plays a major role in how your body functions on the cellular level. Some foods can wreak havoc on your body, while others can make you feel great. This is especially true when it comes to that all-too-common ailment, inflammation. Sugar: One of the biggest culprits behind inflammation, sugar is far worse than eating fatty foods. It’s best to skip foods that have added sugar (and this includes sugar of any kind, including corn syrup, fructose, and sucrose). Many manufacturers now label food with more specific kinds of sugar to hide the fact that they added sugar to their product. Be sure to read labels carefully! Refined carbs: Basically anything made from white flour falls into this category, including bread, pasta, baked goods, and cereals. Research suggests that refined carbs may be a bigger contributing factor than fat in obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Alcohol: Too much alcohol puts a burden on your liver, an organ that helps flush toxins out of the body. You know all of those detox diets? They don’t work. In fact, the only way to detox is to let your liver do its job. When you consume alcohol, it’s harder for the liver to pump out Here are a few examples of foods that lead to inflammation:
the toxins in your body. When it can’t do its job properly, the result is inflammation.
Now, for the good stuff. Eat these foods to reduce inflammation:
Blueberries: Many studies call blueberries one of the best fruits you can eat to ease symptoms of inflammation. These blue orbs of goodness are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, polyphenols, and so much more. Eat a handful every day! Salmon: As a source of healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is one of the best protein choices for people with inflammatory conditions, or for those who want to keep inflammation at bay. Broccoli: One of the most nutritious and easily accessible vegetables around, the little green buds that cover the tops of broccoli are loaded with anti-inflammatory compounds.
“Last winter, I had lost energy. I was fatigued most days. In the evenings, I had trouble with losing balance. I was prevented from walking due to pain in my right knee. At Synergy, I got core body exercises for my upper and lower body. Also, I received laser treatment on my knee. Now I am able to do activities for a longer time, such as housekeeping, conversing with my husband, and playing the recorder in a recorder ensemble. Last weekend, I visited with my relatives for three days and only needed one nap. I’ve had to nap on many occasions at family gatherings in the past. So, I’m generally stronger and plan to hike in the Colorado mountains this week. Thanks to the team at Synergy!” –Joy P.
“I dislocated my shoulder in a car accident. It severely impaired my range of motion and the pain made it impossible to sleep unless I was extremely exhausted. Synergy helped me reduce my pain from an eight out of ten to a zero and strengthened my shoulder to reduce the risk of future dislocations. I can finally sleep again and have recovered my full range of motion.” –John L.
DON’T LET JOINT PAIN STOP YOU
THE 3 MOST COMMON TYPES OF ARTHRITIS
2. Rheumatoid arthritis Often, rheumatoid arthritis symptoms are confused with osteoarthritis symptoms. Despite the fact that both are types of arthritis and cause joint pain, the two diseases have different diagnoses. Interestingly, though both are chronic and incurable diseases, they are completely separate conditions with different causes, symptoms, prognoses, and treatments. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes swelling in the joint systems throughout the body. It usually affects patients between 30 and 60 years of age, while osteoarthritis tends to affect older patients. 3. Psoriatic arthritis Psoriatic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis that can affect some of the millions of Americans who have psoriasis. Psoriasis is a skin disease that causes a red, scaly rash, most commonly over the elbows, knees, ankles, feet, and hands. There are five different types of psoriatic arthritis. They may develop at any age, but they usually affect people between the ages of 30 and 50. While the cause is not known, genetic factors, along with the immune system, likely play a role in determining who will develop the disorder. If you have any other questions regarding any of these types of arthritis or are currently experiencing joint pain, please contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our therapists today.
Before the cold weather sneaks in this fall, our team here at Synergy Therapeutic Group wants to share some important information regarding the condition that is often triggered by chilly temperatures: arthritis. Arthritis is not a single ailment. In fact, more than 100 different conditions can affect the joints and their adjacent bones, muscles, and tissues. These conditions are classified into various major types of arthritis, depending on whether a patient struggles with inflammation, infection, or bleeding. Each type of arthritis comes with its own unique presentation and can affect some age groups more than others. Here’s some information about the most commonly diagnosed types of arthritis. 1. Osteoarthritis This is the most common form of arthritis and is known as degenerative joint disease. It develops in a joint when the cartilage — the smooth tissue that lines and cushions the ends of the bones inside the joint — begins to break down. The breakdown stems from prolonged wear and tear as patients age, prior injury or trauma, or diseases that specifically target the cartilage in the body.
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Panzanella, a Tuscan favorite, is a salad that features hearty chunks of bread instead of leafy greens as its base. What could be better for a late-summer cookout?
DIRECTIONS • 1 small loaf French bread, cut into 1-inch cubes (6 cups) • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil • 2 large tomatoes, cubed • 2 red bell peppers, seeded and cubed 1. Place a large sauté pan over medium-low heat and add olive oil. Add bread and 1 teaspoon salt, and toss often for 10 minutes or until toasted.
• 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced • 1 cucumber, sliced into rounds • 20 basil leaves, chopped
• Salt, to taste • Vinaigrette
Toss in bread and your favorite vinaigrette and mix again.
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3. Serve immediately or let sit 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
2. In a large bowl, mix
vegetables and herbs.
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INSIDE Subrat Looks Back on His Boarding School Days 1 The Best and Worst Foods for Inflammation Hear From Our Clients! 2 How to Diagnose and Treat Joint Pain Late-Summer Panzanella 3 Exciting News! 4 THERAPEUTIC GROUP
EXCITING NEWS As of August 16, 2018, Illinois is a direct-access state. You now have the CHOICE to see a physical therapist Call us if you know anybody unable to do the following: • Move without pain
directly without a physician’s referral. What does this mean?
• Sit for long periods comfortably • Walk long distances
• Bend and move freely • Balance confidently and securely With our treatment, they could be feeling better in days, regaining their health naturally without medication, injections, or surgery. Get your quality of life back! Appointments are required to be seen.
1. You do not need a physician’s referral to see us. 2. You can be evaluated and treated immediately for your pain condition (acute pain, chronic pain, muscle injury, etc.). 3. If you were to get hurt today, you could be seen tomorrow and get better without any delay. 4. You do not have to suffer through expensive tests, medication, injections, or months of delays to get better. (Research shows that, on average, such procedures can cost more than $5,000 per person per condition.) 5. Coming to a physical therapist directly helps to fight the opioid epidemic, which kills 150 people every day in the U.S.
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