Editorial : June, 2016
Greetings and a warm welcome to our very first issue of Health Spectrum!
Our health, which is an invaluable asset of our life, is determined and affected by an array of diverse factors — from the genes that we inherit from our parents to the climate we live in and the work we do. But there is a growing body of scientific evidence that shows our lifestyles play a huge part in how healthy we are. From what we eat and drink, to how much exercise we do, and whether we smoke or take drugs, every single factor is impacting our health, not only in terms of life expectancy but also in terms of our ability to live without experiencing chronic diseases
In India, the situation is absolutely different because Indians are discarding their centuries-old lifestyle and traditional food and recklessly adopting a western life and junk food.
Due to this fast-changing scenario, India is witnessing an alarming spurt in several lifestyle diseases. The disturbing fact that starkly stares in our face is that the country accounts for the highest number of diabetes cases and some other health problems like cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It is hardly surprising that India has become the world capital of several life-threatening ailments.
There are a number of factors contributing to the dismal health scenario in our country. Indians are genetically predisposed to a numbers of diseases, particularly cardiovascular problems, but vast disparities in the healthcare delivery and lack of awareness about medical facilities among the general public have largely contributed to it. It is imperative to generate mass awareness about the symptoms, repercussions, complications and treatment of a disease. Most of the time, ignorance about a disease proves fatal.
India may be witnessing an Information Revolution boom with the emergence of hundreds of TV Channels, newspapers and websites, but it is ironical that majority of people still have no access to quality and authentic health information. Even in the 21st century, people depend on hearsay or primitive health techniques.
It is precisely because of this reason that we, a small but dedicated team of health communicators, have decided to bring out “Health Spectrum”, with the avowed objective of disseminating scientifically proven health information among the general public. It is one baby step in that direction but our ultimate objective is to position the magazine as a bridge between Health Experts/Doctors/Researchers/ Health providers and the general public. We hope that it will become a medium of communication between them.
In this inaugural issue, we are honoured to share with our readers the profound and thought-provoking articles from some committed people. The first issue of ‘Health Spectrum’ is now in your hands. We appreciate your support and are delighted to have you as a reader of the magazine. We earnestly hope that you will constantly provide guidance and support to this initiative through a sustained readership.
We will look forward to your suggestions and feedbacks for improving the magazine. After all, it is your magazine. We will surely publish the worthwhile comments from our readers.
With warmest thanks,
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