Air pollution increases risk of childhood obesity and diabetes

A few days back I saw thick black smoke emanating from an illegal roadside garage and stopped to see what was happening. I was shocked to see two men from a roadside garage burning wires made of copper and insulated with PVC, apparently to extract the copper. In the bargain they were spreading carcinogenic fumesContinue reading “Air pollution increases risk of childhood obesity and diabetes”

Mumbaiites continue to breathe poor quality air, except in Borivali

As a citizen of Mumbai and a medical doctor, I am very concerned about the quality of air we breathe. The Hindustan Times reported today that the city continued to have poor air for the second day in a row.The pollutant-measuring indicator air quality index (AQI) fell from 224 on Monday morning to 220 byContinue reading “Mumbaiites continue to breathe poor quality air, except in Borivali”

When the solution is worse than the problem!

If someone were to suggest to you that the solution to your headache would be to shoot your head off, how would that sound? I know it can sound absurd, but to me this whole debate about the solution being offered for the woman who is pregnant but does not wish to become a mother,Continue reading “When the solution is worse than the problem!”

Yoga…the great if only….

If only Yoga lived up to even 1% of its claimed benefits, what a different nation India would have been….many tourists to India have often wondered. And for good reason, as you will discover. But for now, here is something that will surely pique your curiosity! United Nations General Assembly has declared 21st of JuneContinue reading “Yoga…the great if only….”

Don’t waste time, Doctors say

Heart attack to hospital takes 5 hours in Mumbai Doctors To Try & Cut Down Time Taken In City [Adapted from a front page article dated May 25 2014 : The Times of India (Mumbai)] With three million cases every year, heart attack may be the commonest grave ailment in India. But Indians seem toContinue reading “Don’t waste time, Doctors say”

Drinking water or Sewage?

Civic body faces takeover if Ulhas River remains polluted   This is really shocking. Does the Municipality and Maharashtra Pollution Control Board [MPCB] have to be told to do this? Drinking water is a basic requirement for everybody. What is stopping them from destroying he life of millions of innocent people? I am glad thatContinue reading “Drinking water or Sewage?”

Pigeon menace, what to do?

PIGEON HELL Mumbai runs for cover as an exploding population of pigeons, fed and fattened by easy availability of food, lays siege to the city. This was the headline in the Mumbai Mirror dated 20th April 2014 written by Virat Singh.     This is what I propose:   Figure 1 Pigeon Condo A pigeonContinue reading “Pigeon menace, what to do?”