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The budget on fuel subsidies can fund our public health budget says European study

According to research from European non profit Health and Environment Alliance, if India removes its fuel subsidies it can fund almost 24 % of the healthcare needs of the citizens. The study also goes on to say that the savings can help produce 24,000 doctors at Rs 1.7 Crores a doctors (Estimate as per AIIMS report on the subject) and distribute solar lanterns at 375 million households at $22.5 per lantern.(I am sure we can make them cheaper in India itself)

Here is a graphical look at what good we can do in healthcare with the subsidy money.

(Infographic Source: HEAL)

The current fuel subsidies for India are at $16.9 Billion as per the budget numbers in 2013-2014. But these fossil fuels says the report also create pollution which costs the Indian citizens around $ 140.7 Billion in medical bills and loss in productivity. A good example is Air Pollution.

 

13 of the top 20 most polluted cities are in India. The report also suggests the improvements in Indian households using LPG as opposed to Bio Gas, but again raises concerns on the use of Kerosene. We looked up HEAL and their website states that they are based in Belgium. There are more than 70 health and environment groups associated with them. Gurgaon based Public Health Foundation of India worked with HEAL for the parts of the report focused on India.

 

It is ironic in a way as subsidies are paid for by tax payer money. And it is these subsidies that are causing health concerns to us again costing us money. You can read the full report here. Do let us know your thoughts and how you think we can come out of this cycle.

 

 

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Wellness

Health benefits of Sauna

Many years ago, the Finnish discovered that pouring water over heated rocks in a small enclosed room created a very hot, dry heat – the sauna. We all have heard  about the miracle of infrared or dry sauna in our life. But have you ever think that what is the connection  between your body and dry saunas?

 

The fact you should know that just sitting in the infrared sauna can burn 400-600 calories in just 30 minute session. If you are interested in find out more such interesting facts about infrared saunas and how it helps us to stay healthy and fit, then don’t forget to check out the below infographic from UK Saunas

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Public Health Wellness

How herbal products are shaping a new consumer demographic in India

In my previous post I had written about the need to look at natural/herbal cosmetics. I feel the younger generation is going to insist on cosmetics and instead of denying them the item, it would be better to find safe alternatives and let them use it. We know that children go through a phase. My daughter had a “pink and purple” phase where she refused to wear clothes that weren’t in these colors. It lasted about 2 years – where we bought her new clothes only in these colors and negotiated a deal to wear other colors on 3 days of the week – before she finally gave it up this year with her younger sister’s entry into the world.

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Public Health

Coconut water : Drink your way to good health

As India continues to reel under the onset of summer, a lot of people would look to fresh juices, aerated drinks, processed fruit drinks and water. But the ultimate cure for heat lies much higher above the ground and is available in plenty in the country hanging on top of a coconut tree.

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Health is back on the agenda this March 2016

Hello All and trust you have been having a very healthy start to the year.

This month I am planning to focus on health and health advisory as means to maintaining your health. My first post would be a focus on Cane Sugar as a replacement for the regular white sugar. Recently when we ran out of white sugar, I had to run out to a super market close by and all they had was packets of Cane sugar, brown in color. Though not sure what to do, I was in an ambitious mood, and decided  to experiment with it. The post will focus on understanding if this is a healthy replacement or only a fad.