Lessons from the Coronavirus

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Since a young age we have been conditioned to take medicines each time we don't feel well. For a headache, we pop a painkiller. For fever, we reach out to another pill. These are short-term measures that address the symptoms of the problem and don’t really get rid of the problem itself. With lifestyle diseases, this is even more obvious. For instance, you can stop sugar or carbohydrates all you want, and yet not get rid of diabetes. People take medicines through their entire lives just to control the symptoms. Medicines never cure. That's why, we at SHARAN, always work at the level of cause.

It's the same for the coronavirus. Since this virus spreads quickly through the air and touch, it's important to contain it as much as possible by avoiding large gatherings, unnecessary travel, and quarantines for those who may have been in contact with the victims. We all should do as much as we can to improve our immunity and stay away from contact.

At the same time, realistically, the coronavirus is unlikely to go away. Unlike bacteria, viruses cannot be killed by antibiotics. We need to realise the cause of the coronavirus and work at that level in order to get rid of this. We have had several wake up calls in the form of MERS & SARS. The Covid-19 is even more efficient in spreading. Can we all get together to secure our collective future?

A healthy Bharat, a disease-free India and healthy, happy Indians everywhere in the world is what we truly deserve. In association with LiveMast, we at SHARAN have initiated a satyagraha plea to our Honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modiji  to go 100% plant based in 2020! Join us and sign the petition on https://healthybharat.org/



I am off my thyroid medications after more than 17 years!


Recipe – Basic Green Smoothie 

Green smoothies are a super way to build your immunity. They are easy to whip up, quick and filling too. You can rotate your greens and fruits to make delicious smoothies every day. Green smoothies are valuable nutritious boosters to great health.


  • 2 ripe bananas or equivalent frozen bananas
  • a large handful of greens
  • 1/4 cup water


Place the green leaves in the blender with enough water to blend. Blend till smooth green soup. Add the bananas and other fruits. Add a couple of cubes of ice if needed. Enjoy!

Variation: Replace one banana with other fruits.

Food for the mind


If you love Facebook, then join us to be supported on your plant based journey. we are offering three possibilities

1. SHARAN India This is SHARAN's main Facebook page which you can like and follow for getting useful daily updates and news from the plant based health world. You will also get news about the latest SHARAN events, see testimonials, and more.

2. SHARAN's Vegan Support Group This is an open support group to know more about vegan/plant-based lifestyle. Here you can ask questions and share inspiring stories, tips, recipes, etc.

3. SHARAN's Plant Powered Health This is the new group only for the past attendees of SHARAN's events: seminars, cooking classes, retreats or longer programs.

All our doctors and presenters will be here to answer your questions and give you tips. If you have attended our events join this group to be a part of our family.

Please like the main SHARAN page and join the group(s) applicable to you.


Corona is just a symptom of our times                                       

Just as a coronavirus wreaks havoc on our body, we can view the human being as a virus that wreaks havoc on mother Earth. No other animal is as destructive to our planet as our species is.

Our body always works to heal itself. Similarly mother Earth also works to heal herself. Perhaps the coronavirus is just a symptom, the beginning of a severe disease afflicting our mother Earth. What can we do about it now? Here are the issues that we need to tackle long term in order to survive in the age of coronavirus.    

1.  Lack of biodiversity

Because of our increasing population, we are hardly leaving any habitat for other species. Extinction is happening at an alarming rate. Yet, both the planet and we depend on biodiversity to survive. 

2. Population density

It is vital to curb our population growth. When one species multiplies out of proportion, it also gives an opportunity for infections that affect that species to multiply out of proportion since the host is everywhere. Population density also creates problems such as food and water shortage.

3. Eating animals

Although our digestive system is suitable for a herbivorous diet, we have been conditioned to believe that we are omnivores. And now we are eating more animals and their secretions than ever before. The animals raised for food are more numerous than our own species and an even bigger threat to biodiversity. The coronavirus epidemic actually started from a wild animal market in Wuhan. May this be a wake-up call for all of us to go vegan. 

4. Commercialisation

As a commercialistic society, we often forget to focus on what we need in order to survive rather than what we want. As Mahatma Gandhi rightly said, “The earth has enough for everyone's need but not everyone’s greed.” Our greed for more and better has resulted in larger cities, larger roads, more travel, larger gatherings, and more waste. These conditions help the virus to spread.

5. Pollution

A direct result of commercialisation and greed, we use and pollute areas without waste by drilling or oil, and by industrialisation. We live amidst pollution, which impacts our health. The coronavirus affects the lungs, so it might help to stop smoking. It’s unfortunate that so many of us live in areas where the air we breathe is worse than chain-smoking!

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This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Head of Mumbai, Reyna K Rupani, She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health Gain & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more.

Edited by Vasanti Sundaram, Bangalore who has also benefitted from the SHARAN programmes, and now spreads awareness of plant based lifestyle through her talks.

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