Dandora Dumpsite is a Bedroom for the Urban Poor in Nairobi

Dandora is the biggest dumpsite in Nairobi, an estate littered with dirt and overflowing sewers pouring into the drainage system. For most though, it is the high level of crime, thanks to the jobless youth, who idle in the area, youth who strike fear in residents, even in broad daylight. It is a lifeline for hundreds […]

Vitamin G – Gift from the Generations Gone: Walk Barefoot, Sleep on the Floor

Our ancestors well understood the miracles of body-earth-universe harmony. We knew that connecting to earth’s natural energy prevents fatigue, chronic pain, regulates stress hormone, enhances good sleep, neutralises cell-damaging molecules, promotes optimal biological rhythms, body reverts faster to relaxed state, builds a strong immune system. All this came naturally to grounded generation by osmosis before […]

Three Reasons Injera is Aptly Savoured by the Ethiopians

Injera, the flatbread with a small honeycomb-like structure made out by fermentation of teff flour, is a traditional food served with meat and vegetable savoured by Ethiopians and Eritreans. This African delicacy not only is highly nutritious but is a symbol of harmony as the family and friends share this big tempting bread by eating […]

Ayushman Bharat far from Universal Healthcare

PM Modi’s announcements of building toilets, Ayushman Bharat, and opening up of more AIIMS do not fulfill the requirements for universal comprehensive health care to our citizens. The social determinants of health, like supply of clean drinking water, adequate sanitation system, proper housing, nutrition and sufficient wages to meet the day to day needs and […]

There is no Health Devoid of Economic Wellbeing

The public sector is now responsible for the preventive services, while the private sector, on the other hand, is taking lead in advanced tertiary care with a profit motive. We have seen an unprecedented growth of exorbitant corporate hospitals in the health sector. There have been reports of public reaction to their fleecing the patients. […]

Oxytocin Ban Would Put Many Patients in Serious Difficulty

Oxytocin is not the only the drug; several medicines which have been used in the past are now banned. Byproducts of opium, which are useful in many cases in psychosomatic disorders, have now been banned because these medicines have been pushed for use for addiction. Codeine, which has been so useful to control a persistent […]

Three Reasons You Should Enjoy Mangoes to This Summer

Ritambhara tells us three benefits of eating mangoes to our heart’s content, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. It’s summer and the “King of fruits” is delightedly savoured by us all. More than 1000 varieties of mangoes are grown across the world, out of which 283 are found in India. Apart from being […]

Work Hard, Spend Harder: Beware! It is Ruining Your Mental Health

India is the fastest growing market for any and every product you can find on the Earth. Why? Because we are 1.3 billion consumers base. Are you taking pride in it? There is a dark side to this so-called pride, warns Mahima, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Globally, India is probably best […]

Census of Healthcare Facilities may be an Excellent Idea

Lakhs of hospitals, doctors, clinics, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and nursing homes will be mapped under this census on over 1,400 variables including infrastructure and performance of the facilities. The census result should help the government not only map the geographical locations of these healthcare facilities, but also measure their performance. A report, for Different Truths. […]

How Classical is Our Yoga?

There are various ways of attaining the sublime and the surreal – Yoga takes you towards that. But today’s scientific day and age ask for more – how can energy be viewed while doing Pranayama and meditation, some ask and doubt the real effects of Yoga. For such skeps, Yoga is more of a form […]