Bent Head Syndrome!

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From the desk of Dr Nandita Shah

Whether at the airport, in a train, driving or in a conference, regardless of where you are, its commonplace to see people on their mobile phones these days. And, with Facebook, WhatsApp, and mobile calls as our preferred channels of communication, we increasingly tend to live in a virtual world. That’s not all bad; sure social media platforms are a great way to connect with like-minded people. But sometimes we are so preoccupied with our phones that we barely take a break, and forget to raise our heads to look at the people around us. Apart from isolating ourselves from the real world, we also get enveloped in a zone of electromagnetic frequencies with all the mobile phones and network towers around us. And, these are proven to have grave consequences on our health.

I remember several years ago when I was in Switzerland for a seminar, I was pleasantly surprised to see no one using a cell phone, even during the breaks. I was informed that people considered it rude to speak on the phone while in company. That's what I call etiquette.

While we cannot undermine the usefulness of mobile phones, we must be aware that they eventually substitute people in our lives and often become our closest companions. So, here is a gentle reminder to use your phone mindfully without letting it become too addictive.



Dr Pooja Vazirani, a fetal medicine consultant, shed tears of joy after completing the Six Weeks to Health & Weight loss program for gaining much relief from her debilitating migraines, and other benefits.

I have been suffering from chronic migraine with a  genetic, hormonal and hereditary type, since the age of 13. I was on mutiple medicines. When I turned 40 a few months back, I was struggling to cope with the headaches, a stressful profession, and fluctuations in weight. I was referred to SHARAN by my friend and a senior doctor. I heard Dr Nandita Shah on YouTube. Her talk really inspired me to take my first step towards self-healing, and I enrolled into the Six Weeks to Health & Weight Loss program in Mumbai.

In this course, we were exposed to the hazards of milk and non vegetarian food. The information I was provided was logical and evidence based. As a vegetarian, milk was a daily must-have for me. Slowly, but completely, I did away with milk even though I was addicted to tea and coffee. However, the green smoothies – I can vouch for them – proved miraculous.  

The organizers Reyna and team were really helpful, humble and very motivating. Now I am a proud vegan, a choice that has radically changed my outlook towards life. I have lost weight, experience significantly lesser attacks of headache and enjoy high energy levels at work. I am at peace internally, which reflects in my day to day communication. People complement me on my weight reduction as well as the glow on my face. There is no looking back now. I am so very grateful to the SHARAN team for this life changing diet, and for bringing a new hope to all those suffering from chronic diseases.

Malai Peda

Those with a sweet-tooth fret not, the whole plant based diet takes care of that too. Try out these pedas that can be made in minutes, with no dairy or sugar, to make for a delicious indulgence.


  • 1/4 cup almond flour

  • 1/4 cup cashew flour

  • 2-3 tbsp desiccated coconut/ dried coconut

  • 3 tbsp extra firm tofu, crumbled

  • 3 – 4 tbsp dry dates powder

  • 1/4 tsp cardamom powder

  • 2-3 tsp non dairy milk if needed

  • 2 tbsp date paste

  • a pinch salt


Mix the almond flour, cashew flour, desiccated coconut, tofu, dry dates powder, salt and cardamom. Add the date paste and roll into small balls. If the mixture does not bind enough, add non-dairy milk and knead into tiny balls. This can be consumed as is or baked at 180 degrees C for 5-6 minutes..

Pause to Ponder


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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.

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Mobile Mania

Electromagnetic radiation – this is the problem with mobile phones. These fields emitted by mobile phones are 1,000 times higher than from base stations, resulting in health effects that we need to seriously start acknowledging. In May 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified RF radiation as 'possible carcinogenic for humans, based on an increased risk of glioma, a type of brain cancer'. This is because radiation causes heat and when you consistently hold a mobile phone against your ear, it can overheat body tissues and cause damage.

Scientists have reported changes in brain activity, reaction times and sleep patterns due to the over use of mobile phones. Children are also at a greater risk of being affected by the radiation as their nervous systems are still in the development stage. A group of students in the age group of 17 to 23 years from both urban and rural backgrounds were monitored for their mobile phone activity and the commonest symptoms found were headaches followed by irritability and anger, lack of concentration, poor academic performance, insomnia, anxiety, body aches, eye sores. In adults, some of the other effects include heart issues, infertility (men),  hearing impairment, eye problems, skin allergies, infections and stress. Not to mention the social disconnect and rise in road accidents.

Find out ways that can help you ease out your mobile phone usage:

1. Choose the right mobile phone

It's important that we take a few minutes to understand the gadget we use. Its best to chose a model that has a low specific absorption rate, which refers to the amount of radiation absorbed by body tissues

2. Use a landline wherever possible

3. Minimise your talks – Meet in person!

4. Keep away from the body

Put the phone away in your purse or briefcase, not in your pocket.

5. Take regular eye breaks

Increase the font size and keep the screen clean.

6. Set some rules

Avoid mobile phones in the car, at meal times, in the washrooms, at parties or outings, from 8pm to 8am or during the weekend!

7. Keep the phone far away from where you sleep

8. Go on a mobile free holiday

Leave it at home! Give your hotel numbers to your staff or family and they will contact you if needed

This newsletter was compiled by SHARAN Associate Reyna K Rupani, who is based in Mumbai. She facilitates the Six Weeks to Health & Weight Loss program and also conducts health talks for schools, groups, corporates and more. Find out how she has benefited in so many ways by going on a whole plant-based diet here.

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