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Meditation and Yoga-assisted Alteration of Dietary Behavior as a Useful Strategy for Limiting Zoonotic Pandemics: A Novel Insight

Archana Andhavarapu, Kiranam Chatti

Keywords : Coronavirus disease-19, Meat-eating, Meditation, Pandemics, Viral spillover, Yoga

Citation Information : Andhavarapu A, Chatti K. Meditation and Yoga-assisted Alteration of Dietary Behavior as a Useful Strategy for Limiting Zoonotic Pandemics: A Novel Insight. J Contemp Dent Pract 2020; 21 (11):1197-1200.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10024-2975

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 17-02-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd.


Abstract

Vegetarian diets are known to have significant positive effects on personal and planetary health and are likely to curb zoonotic infection transmission. We propose that minimizing meat consumption should become an essential dietary shift in the post-COVID-19 era. To date, however, there is limited knowledge concerning suitable methods that could catalyze this change on a global scale. Meditation and Yoga are practical and easy to implement psychomodulatory strategies that can naturally trigger vegetarianism and related eating behaviors, lowering our reliance on animal meat. Decreasing dependence on animal meat reduces the need for animal markets and may substantially minimize the likelihood of spillover (passage of viruses from animal reservoirs into human populations). Global implementation of these strategies, in our opinion, can add to spiritual wisdom, compassion, and cooperative human behavior, thus reducing the encroachment of wild-life reserves and animal exploitation. The application of these ancient Indian approaches represents a novel and focused strategy toward curbing zoonotic pandemics.


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