Dr Chetna Kang, Psychiatrist and Hindu Priest in the Bhakti Yoga/Vaisnava tradition

How do we deal with dementia?

We need our spiritual consciousness, our spiritual memory, our spiritual persona, our spiritual identity. But we musn’t use our social spirituality.

More of the right sort of spirituality means less dementia. The evidence is me telling you this. Trust me, I’m a doctor.

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8 thoughts on “Dr Chetna Kang, Psychiatrist and Hindu Priest in the Bhakti Yoga/Vaisnava tradition

  1. The ‘S’-word is pretty meaningless much of the time; but when scattered about as profusely as it was this morning, it has the effect of sucking all the meaning out of the words it is attached to. I lost interest in her ‘Thought’, such as it was, long before she got to the end of it.

    But I did note that her final comment misrepresented the woman who was discussing dementia on yesterday’s programme. The main point there was that by staying healthy, active and engaged for as long as possible we can mitigate many of the problems of old age, and with luck we will pop our clogs quickly when the time comes, rather than after a long and debilitating illness. Moreover, far from dementia being the likely outcome for many of us, as Chetna Kang implied, it seems to be decreasing in frequency, among those who do stay healthy and active, anyway. Fingers crossed!

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  2. I suspect Chetna understands as little about the causes of & proper treatment of dementia as anyone so it’s only her claimed supernaturalism which makes her think she might know what she’s talking about i.e. she’s on very shaky (& possibly dangerous, not to say insulting & insensitive) ground.

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  3. I have a close relative going through dementia; if anyone of the likes of Chetna Kang was suggested to me as being involved in my relative’s treatment then I’d find it difficult to resist a response ending in “..off!”

    What a bizarre, deluded, dangerous, distorted lens Kang’s wacko Hindu beliefs provide for considering such a terrible condition – or indeed pretty much anything else for that matter.

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  4. “But I did note that her final comment misrepresented the woman who was discussing dementia on yesterday’s programme. The main point there was that by staying healthy, active and engaged for as long as possible we can mitigate many of the problems of old age, and with luck we will pop our clogs quickly when the time comes, rather than after a long and debilitating illness. Moreover, far from dementia being the likely outcome for many of us, as Chetna Kang implied, it seems to be decreasing in frequency, among those who do stay healthy and active, anyway. Fingers crossed!”

    I missed that , but it’s becoming evident that most dementias are far more lifestyle illnesses than envisaged even 20 years ago. It’s more like diabetes than ever thought , right down to the confusion among lay people over different types, of which a minority in both cases are not connected to lifestyle.

    In the 19th century, great strides were made in understanding that diseases like cholera, typhoid, polio , were actually very similar illnesses-hence the germ theory of disease. It seems a similar thing is happening now, as disparate conditions like arthritis, chronic kidney disease , dementia ,diabetes are more similar than we could have imagined, with inflammation playing a role in all. It seems as well that microbiology will again turn out to be at the root.

    Good news for us, but not for religions, who are always much more comfortable when misfortune appears to have no rhyme or reason, and can use it as a wedge to get in and have people address their “spiritual ” issues. Progress of a kind , I suppose,from when sufferers were told they sins were catching up with them. Didn’t someone call religion “parasitical” the other day? Can’t think why.

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  5. Type 1 diabetes doesn’t have a lifestyle element it appears to pick on people at random, although it may be partly hereditary. You are more likely to become type 2 if you are overweight, sedentary and have a poor diet. But then why did it pick on me who can plead not guilty to all of these?

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  6. ‘In the 19th century, great strides were made in understanding that diseases like cholera, typhoid, polio , were actually very similar illnesses-hence the germ theory of disease.’ (AndyM)

    Cholera and typhoid are bacterial infections. Polio is an infectious disease caused by a virus.

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