Nov 19, 2009
While introducing this to all our daijiworld readers, I must apologize for disappointing all those who are not able to read Konkani in Kannada script. "Madhyam Prayer Bolaike Zothan' (Health conscience in Middle Age) is a valuable book written by daijiworld health columnist, Konkani writer and ortho physcian at Fr Muller Hospital, Mangalore Dr Edward Nazareth. But I would like to assure our Non-konkani readers that, efforts are on to bring the English translation of the book soon.
The reason why I say 'must read book' is that there are no much literature available in Konkani on health consciousness. Dr Edward is one such rare doctor, who contributes on health tips in all Konkani periodicals and the website daijiworld.com for years now.
Dr Edward Nazareth
A 354-page book, printed in Mangalore, published by Nazareth Publications Mangalore though priced at Rs 250, it is priceless. Every individual who is over 28 years must posses this book as this contain health tips right from heart attack, diabetes, problems related to digestive system, knees, eyes, kidney stone, men and women’s sexual health and many such problems. The book not only highlights the problems, but Dr Edward has tried his best to provide with a solution. Though this book may not provide assurance as to one could entirely skip his visit to a physician, but certainly will help prevent lots of sickness before it take one for a ride.
Dr Edward is an orthopaedician by profession, but he advises on every field of medicine. Though he may not suggest a cure for diseases which does not come under his specialization, he suggests suitable doctors. He considers his profession as a social responsibility. Dr Edward's service is not restricted to his patients alone, but extends to all the needy! Lloyd Rego, Konkani writer in his introduction speaking about Dr Edward says "There are plenty of doctors in our society, but doctors like Edward are rare, who posses qualities of social responsibility and commitment". The persons who have come in touch with Dr Edward will readily agree with this.
Fr Patrick Rodrigues, director of Fr Muller's Mangalore has written foreword for this book. "Human life is God's greatest gift, and hence for a good life taking care of health is very important. One can live happily only if he possesses good health. Today’s fast-changing world has brought revolution in medical field, but there are several sickness which cannot be controlled by human being or any doctor can cure them. In such a world, it is very important to be health conscious right from the young age and specially while nearing middle age" he expresses.
Fr Patrick highlights that, there are plenty of information available in English regarding health, but in Konkani very little. Dr Edward Nazareth has taken marathon effort in compiling this book, which could be one of the important possessions of Konkani community around. While admiring the information available on this book, Fr Patrick suggests everyone to possess a copy of his own.
Sneak Peek into Book
The book contains eight different sections beginning with 'Healthy Life' , where Dr Edward has narrated about topics 'Health is a culture' and ‘Health Consciousness in Women' Both sections explain how life could be dangerous if one does not take care of his life style, especially those who have family history. Further more for one who does not believe in healthy lifestyle and exercise. This also explains how minimum physical exercise can save one from big disasters.
'Heart Attack and Health' section explains that there was a time when heart attack affected only those who were above 45! But now the scenario has changed with persons in early 20s being killed due to heart attack. Book explains about how one can visit the doctor at young age and thereafter maintain his health. Apart from lifestyle, diet food, and exercise, meditation like prayer and devotion can also control diseases, he informs.
Can one Aspirin a day reduce heart attack? Reading the book will give you the exact answer.
Symptoms of heart attack, precaution to avoid heart attack, a pain in the heart called 'Angina', impact from smoking, suggestion to quit smoking, cholesterol and heart attack risk, suggestion to control cholesterol level, blood pressure and related diseases, terms such as angioplasty and bypass surgery are narrated with illustration.
In a similar manner, the book gives complete details on the diseases like acidity, peptic ulcer, kidney stone, gallbladder, loose-motion, piles problem, back pain, computer and bone related problems and computer and eye related problems.
Dr Edward's book gains special scores with problems related to women being narrated in detail with ranging from gynaecological problems such as of irregular periods, white dispatch and cervical cancer or carcinoma of the cervix, female sexual dysfunction, orgasm disorders and sexual pain disorders. Dr Edward has succeeded in providing either a suggestion or solution with medication.
On the whole the entire book could be a treasure trove of health one can have at his or her home. This book can be referred at any given time when you find symptoms, prior to visiting Doctors. The book will also give one a lot of confidence to explain to the doctor about the problem one faces. Since many of the medical terms are in English, it will be handy to a common man.
As the Konkani readers are not great in numbers it is a great effort by the publishers to have brought this book, the quality and cost of printing of which are much higher than the price.
We at daijiworld are proud that, Dr Edward Nazareth has been patiently answering health and sex related queries to the readers of the website since last six years. Many readers thanked daijiworld via e-mail, phone, or in person for helping them in providing the much needed health information through his columns. There are several other people from around the world who make it a point to visit Dr Edward to get higher knowledge on the problems they face whenever they visit Mangalore.
Interested can buy this valuable book by sending an email to email@example.com or writing to the following address:
Dr Edward L Nazareth
401, Anvita Apartment
Kankanday, Mangalore - 575002
Price: Rs 250 (plus postal or courier charges, if one wishes to order within India)