Tobacco and the search for truth

I went to a government public school in Trichur in Kerala. There the boys start smoking early. My friend and classmate Anees Ibrahim started in the sixth standard. I don’t know where he got the money to get cigarettes and beedis from, but he was smoking all the time. Whenever the teacher was not in […]

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What is the truth about Medicine

Recently there is some controversy about Ayurveda, Homeopathy and alternative Medicine. Many Modern Medicine Doctors and Rational Scientists deride them as pseudoscience. Some of these attacks are not fair. For example, Ayurvedic and Homeopathic practitioners undergo years long training program. They are registered by a national body and they are authorized to practice their version […]

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The Tales Genes tell.

Twenty three thousand is a big number. Or is it? Depends on what one is referring to. Most experts expected more. Maybe lakhs, they thought. Genes. The three base pair sequences in the massive molecule of our DNA. Every one of our cells has a copy. About 23000 of them determine what we are- as […]

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Thyroid diseases- in a nutshell.

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped thing sitting just under the skin and muscles in front of the neck, under the voice box. Usually , it is not visible. When it becomes big, due to some disease or abnormality, it is commonly called‘Goitre’. Then it is prominent as a swelling in front of […]

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