Fat

November 1, 2018

• Why have we Indians become so suddenly, and so quickly, obese?

• Why are our children overweight? Will they be diabetic and hypertensive before they are thirty?

• What is making us overweight? Is it our ‘homefood’ or ‘outsidefood’?

• What happens to food once we eat it, and how is it linked to obesity?

• And if we are obese, what can we do about it?

In Fat, doctors Ishrat Syed and Kalpana Swaminathan meld the newest research with their own clinical experience to answer these questions and uncover the links between food and our bodies. We discover the magical relationship between the brain and the fat cell; how it enhances our enjoyment of a delicious meal, how it tricks us into choosing the right foods in the right amounts, and how this perfect balance can go haywire. We learn of the ways in which the stresses of our modern lifestyles—especially in urban India—are pushing us into becoming overweight, and what we can do about it. We learn, also, the essential principles of the perfectly balanced meal and how simple it is to implement them in our kitchens.

Specially focused on India, this accessible and timely volume tells us everything we need to know about our body, the food we eat to fuel it, and what we must guard against—and do—so that we keep ourselves, and our children, healthy and energized.

Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet

November 1, 2018

• Can our diet have an impact on the prevention of cancer?
• What kind of foods should we eat if we are undergoing surgery, chemotherapy or radiation?
• What kind of foods should we cut out to avoid and recover from cancer?

In Cancer, Your Body and Your Diet, Dr Arati Bhatia breaks down the latest research, and uses her own clinical and personal experiences to answer these, and other, pressing questions about cancer. She explains the hows and whys of the cancer cell cycle, what to do after being diagnosed with cancer, and the crucial role that food plays in the prevention and treatment of all types of cancers.
The author, a medical doctor, is herself a cancer survivor and later, was her husband’s primary caregiver in his own fight against cancer. Drawing on these experiences, she takes readers through every stage, from diagnosis to therapy (chemo, surgery or radiation) to palliative care, with a focus on the quality of a cancer patient’s life. She applies her considerable medical training and experience to advise cancer patients, their relatives and caregivers, as well as the general health-conscious public who want to avoid cancer.
Practical, informative and complete with diet advice and eating schedules, this is an accessible and immensely useful handbook for fighting against cancer and leading a healthier, fuller life.

Tuberculosis

April 3, 2018

Tuberculosis is one of India’s most significant health challenges, affecting a staggering 2.8 million people. Although treatable, fighting the disease requires regular medication, good nutrition, adequate rest and the strength to deal with an array of debilitating side effects, all of which takes a toll on the time, money and energy of patients, as well as their families and community.

Although the Indian government has recently committed to tackling the growing TB epidemic, the situation on the ground remains grim. Tuberculosis—India’s Ticking Time Bomb is a manifesto by patients, containing detailed guidelines and recommendations on how to improve TB diagnosis, treatment and ways of addressing the stigma around this disease. Each chapter addresses a specific challenge, ranging from the difficulty of diagnosis and increasingly virulent drug-resistance, to how the disease can push patients into poverty. TB survivors also movingly recount their experiences, including their struggles with drug resistance, stigma, poverty and unscrupulous healthcare providers.

This ground-breaking book, with an introduction by Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director General of WHO in India, offers a crucial new perspective—that of the TB patients and survivors themselves, writing with confidence and the authority borne of experience—on one of the biggest challenges facing India today.

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