Posts Tagged ‘Ask our experts’

Breast and prostratic cancers are common in India: Dr. Vasishta

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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Dr. VG Vasishta is the founder & CEO of SBF Healthcare & Research Centre Pvt Ltd. Wg Cdr (Dr) VG Vasishta (Retd) joined the Army Medical Corps as a specialist medical officer with a passion to serve the country. However, the best in him was reserved for something better. He was instrumental in designing and implementing clinical studies to evaluate the use of Sequentially Programmed Magnetic Fields (SPMFTM) in treatment of arthritis and Cancer.

In the last seven years Dr. Vasishta has treated over 5000 cases (both cancer and arthritis patients) using this therapy. SBF Healthcare has centers in Bangalore and Mumbai and are the only centers that offer the modality of treatment pioneered by him.

Dr. VG Vasishta answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

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Metabolic Syndrome: A growing epidemic in a corporate setting

Friday, April 11th, 2014

pic_02_240x240Indeed, today poor fitness, metabolic crisis and stress have reduced proficiency and well being in all levels of corporate professionals.

Statistics indicate that 90% of the employees show a distorted blood profile and metabolic syndrome in corporate settings. Health education is poor and awareness negligible, travelling and eating at restaurants is imperative in some settings. A sedentary lifestyle, stress and absence of well-being often come free with attractive corporate packages.

In such a scenario, it becomes imperative that corporate introduce integrated Lifestyle medicine and holistic interventions with components of nutrition therapy, exercise science, cognitive behaviour strategies and other alternative approaches for their employees. Health Promotion as well as holistic programs fixing the widely prevalent metabolic syndrome, as well as providing thorough skills to eat right on tours, work on portion size, perform simple exercises, especially breathing exercise regimens and muscle stimulation routines, while travelling need to be accessible by employees of all cadre.

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Your guide to perfect skin this summer

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

IMG_03_240X240Summer is a time to relax and have fun! However, with the sun and rising temperature your skin and hair has to pay high price. Summer also brings along a plethora of problems like rashes, acne back, tanning, skin infections and sunburn. Dr. Sangeeta Amladi, Head Medical Services, Kaya Skin Clinic recommends a few tips for a carefree and skin friendly summer.

Screen the sun: Small amounts of sun is beneficial for the skin and essential for production of vitamin D. However, prolonged exposure to solar UV radiation may have a hazardous impact on the skin. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long time you need to wear a sunscreen or sunblock.

Not all sunscreens are made alike – some provide a physical barrier (minerals) while others provide a chemical barrier that absorbs ultraviolet rays. Zero down on a sunscreen that best meets your requirements and contains sun protection factor (SPF). SPF 30 is best recommended for Indian skin types. Apply sun screen 20 to 30 minutes before stepping out and ensure you wear sunscreen every day, even when you stay indoors

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Eat sensibly, eat often and eat local: Rujuta Diwekar

Monday, April 7th, 2014

DSC_0957-240x240-dec30Winner of the ‘Nutrition Award’ from Asian Institute of Gastroenterology, Rujuta Diwekar is amongst the most qualified and sought after practitioners in India today and the only nutritionist to have accreditation from Sports Dietitians, Australia.

In the plethora of diet fads and fears, Rujuta’s voice rings loud and clear, urging us to use our common sense and un-complicate the act of eating. Her two books have sold more than 5 lakh copies and have been translated in more than 5 languages. Her 3rd book on exercise “Don’t lose out, work out!” is out in the markets and already in the best seller charts. She has also made a film “Indian food wisdom & the art of eating right” which is available on dvd.

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Macrobiotic diet is about eating right: Shonali Sabherwal

Monday, March 31st, 2014

arti_01_240x240_mar27Shonali Sabherwal is India’s only Counsellor/ Chef & Instructor in Macrobiotics. She meets your needs not just at the health counselling level, but stretches beyond that and takes it to your plate, wherein you are equipped with recipes, cooking styles, and sources on where to find products. The goal of Shonali’s company Soulfood is to use the Macrobiotic approach to diet to raise a persons wellness quotient. She is the author of the book ‘The Beauty Diet’ published by Random House in January 2012.

Her clients list include bollywood stars like Katrina Kaif, Esha Deol, Jaqueline Fernandez, Neha Dhupia, Shekhar Kapur, Kabir Bedi and Dalip Tahil apart from corporates, people with diabetes, PCOS and other health conditions.

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Exercise reduces insulin resistance: Dr. Kovil

Monday, March 24th, 2014

crop2_240x240_24mar14Dr. Rajiv Kovil is a Consultant Diabetologist at Dr. Kovil’s Diabetes Care Centre, the first Preventive Diabetes Centre & Diabetic Foot Clinic in Mumbai, KLS Memorial Hospital and Holy Spirit Hospital among others. He is a founder member of United Diabetes Forum, a forum of practising diabetologists in India. He has also written various articles on diabetes for medical journals such as Asian Journal of Diabetology and Medical Image.

His Preventive Diabetes Centre & Diabetic Foot Clinic is an initiative to provide preventive diabetic measures as well as to function as a specialized Foot Clinic for diabetic patients not only in terms of equipment but more importantly in terms of expertise.

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Hair and make-up tips for this Holi season

Friday, March 14th, 2014

celeb_240x240_mar14Celeb make-up and hair designer Ms. Ruhee M. Bindra shows us how to create a minimalistic, effortless and chic look this Holi!

Makeup: Smudgeproof, waterproof is the key

Since holi is a festival of colours, waterproof make up is the key to a look for a holi party. Since colors have chemicals and they are very harsh for the mane and skin, go for organic colors than chemical ones.

Make sure you apply a good sunscreen with a high SPF.

Apply waterproof BB or CC cream along with a moisturizer like MAC Strobe cream. Use a setting powder like MAC Studio Fix.

Don’t opt for a heavy duty make up look or hair do. Keep it minimal and basic.

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Enjoy the festival of colours without worrying about your skin!

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

holi_01_240x240_mar13As you get ready to enjoy the festival of colours, make sure your skin is ready for all the fun and frolic. Colours are an important part of Holi, however when they come in contact with your skin, it can be extremely harmful. A little bit of care can go a long way to make you ready for this riot of colors.

Dr. Sangeeta Amladi- Head Medical Services, Kaya Skin Clinic shares some easy steps to keep your skin and hair healthy during and post holi.

For your Skin:
The hazardous chemicals can cause severe skin allergy or irritation, to prevent this we suggest:

Before Holi:

  • Wear clothes that covers maximum parts of your body
  • Apply waterproof sunscreen or coconut oil on all exposed body parts
  • Trim your nail properly. Apply a thick coat of nail polish and put petroleum jelly under the nail edges

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Eating healthy this Holi!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

holi_02_240x240Holi is a festival of colours and the vibrant aura and playful mood adds to the spirit of tradition. With tradition comes our love for delicious food and like every other festival, Holi does have its personal favourites when it comes to delicacies. Sugar, maida, starch, ghee, cream and other fats, mostly deep fried comprise the final dishes of this festivity. No doubt they taste above all but when it comes to our health we know we need to make healthier choices.

This time Dietician Priyam Ahuja allows you to eat your traditional Holi favourites with a slight magical twist added to each to make it not just healthy but also tempting and tasty.

HOLI TREAT 1: GUJIYA
Holi is incomplete without Gujiya. This Holi have gujiya but make a healthier selection of the stuffing. Add loads of dry fruits to the stuffing which shall not only make it healthy but shall maintain festivity delicacy as well. Baked Gujiya with dry fruits stuffing is my pick for the authentic Holi treat.

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Contouring makes face look slimmer: Jharna Shah

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

celeb_01_240x240Make up artist Jharna Shah, owns and runs a make up studio, coaches about everything related to make up, gives seminars, conducts workshops and the works. She has her own unique and distinctive way of emphasizing the natural beauty in each individual’s face.

She has her own brand of high quality makeup brushes that are used for personal day to day use as well as by students for professional use.She is also the pioneer of one day personal makeup and grooming workshops in India. She has worked on brides, done portfolios, special events, advertisements, editorials, fashion shows, commercials, movies and television .She also conducts one day personal makeup workshops, 5 weeks career defining certified Professional course, 10 days certified bridal makeup course and so on.

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