May 1, 2013

Yesterday, as a panelist in a health program on News 9 television channel, I had the opportunity to meet another panelist who’s popularly known as GoGreen Rao.  His real name is Prabhakar Rao but ever since he founded the environment-friendly cyclists group called Go Green in 2008, his nickname has become GoGreen Rao.  Rao briefly spoke about his initiative, about how cycling is great for health, and how this movement has grown to over 2000 members in Bangalore.  With a mission statement “Say No to CO2 (carbon dioxide) and Yes to C2O (Cycle 2 Office)”, it is heartening to note that on an average about 40% of the members of GoGreen group cycle to work everyday.  Rao says that this number is increasing day after day. He has taken this initiative to many companies in Bangalore and other metros in India.

Thumbs up to Rao and his movement GoGreen!!  Hopefully we’ll have a greener and cleaner Bangalore and India in the near future!!!  Visit the website to know more.

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April 27, 2013

Last evening was one of the most interesting book launches I have attended in the recent past.  Vidya Virkar, owner of Strand Book Stall, and Virendar Razdan, GM of ITC Windsor Hotel joined hands to organise the launch of a unique book called “My Cancer Is Me” written by Nilima & Vijay Bhat.  Vijay is a cancer survivor.  He was first detected with colon cancer in 2001 and has survived the dreaded disease, with grace and dignity.  His wife Nilima has gone through the journey helping her husband in every possible way.  Excerpts were read from the book after it was launched by Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw.  An interesting panel consisting of a surgical oncologist, an ayurvedic physician, a Tibetan medicine specialist and a mind-body healer talked about how alternate therapies can offer supportive treatment to heal the body (and mind) while the mainstream medicine (with its limitations) treats the cancer patient.  With anecdotes and simple advise, the panelists made the evening lively. 

Points that made an impact –

  • Cancer is a cell that has forgotten to die.
  • If a fetus that begins with a single cell and multiplies into a beautiful human being can be appreciated, why can’t cancer (this also multiplies into many cells) also be viewed similarly?
  • Do not fight cancer, but accept it.  With acceptance, the stress is reduced and the body is capable of healing better.
  • Focus on improving immunity.  Alternate therapies have a role to play in this.  The better the immunity, the higher the chances of recovery.
  • Eat healthy, reduce stress and stay positive.

Although the book is an experiential documentation, I think it would be useful for all those who are afflicted with cancer and also their friends and family.  I was happy to hear all the experts mention about healthy eating as part of the healing process.  After all, as Kalpana Kar concluded in the evening, “We are what we eat”!

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April 25, 2013

After I posted the last piece on Foot Problems in Diabetics 2 days ago, I received a couple of emails asking for information on preventing the problems.  So, here are simple steps to take care of your feet, especially if you are diabetic –

  • Keep a check on your blood sugar levels and maintain it within normal limits.
  • Check your feet everyday.
  • Wash them daily and keep them clean.
  • Keep the skin soft and smooth.
  • Wear well fitting shoes always.  Use socks or slippers at home, so that they are better protected at all times.
  • Protect your feet from extreme heat and cold conditions.
  • Visit a podiatrist (foot specialist) if you have any problems.

Do not neglect the health of your feet!

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April 23, 2013

Diabetics are more prone to problems in their feet than non-diabetics.  If left untreated, it can lead to amputation.  There are several reasons for diabetics to develop foot problems……

  1. Uncontrolled blood sugar levels.
  2. Poorly fitted shoes.
  3. Reduced blood circulation in the feet due to hardening of the arteries.
  4. Injury (either external or internal) to the foot.
  5. Fungal infection.
  6. Walking barefoot, specially on uneven surface.
  7. Smoking, which causes damage to the small blood vessels in the feet.
  8. Improper care of feet.
  9. Foot deformities.
  10. Lack of awareness of diabetic foot care.

If you, your family member, or friend has diabetes, ensure that the feet are not neglected. 

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April 22, 2013

Omana, a dear friend, recently returned from Chile.  She gave us some interesting insights into Chilean cuisine.  Perhaps there’s a Spanish influence in their food, but Chilean cuisine contains 3 popular vegetables – lettuce, tomato and potato.  Avocado is widely used in their dishes.  Avocado is rich in mono unsaturated fats (the good variety).  Meats, sea food, breads, corn form the carbs and protein sources in their diet.  Pisco, aka Pisco Sour, is the local and most popular drink in Chile.  Quinoa is also popular here because it’s one of their major crops.  Compared to many other grains, quinoa has good amounts of protein.

If any of you have more inputs on Chilean cuisine, do share.

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