Various surveys showed that one in every five adult in the State would be suffering from one or the other form cancer in the next five years and it was high time Keralites realised this health threat from within and chalked out meaningful ways to address the problem, former Agriculture Minister, Mullakkara Ratnakaran, MLA, has said.

Kerala is fast turning into the ‘cancer capital’ of the country, he added.

Mr. Ratnakaran was releasing the Malayalam book, Nattellu, written by the renowned Spine Surgeon, Suresh S. Pillai, on spinal disorders and remedial measures, brought out by the Kerala Language Institute, at a function held at Mavelikkara on Monday.

Mr. Ratnakaran said a total deviation from their traditional agrarian lifestyle and food habits was what led the modern generation to this state of affairs, making the State home for all types of diseases.

Lifestyle diseases, home remedies

Lifestyle diseases like back pain, hypertension, diabetes, etc, were on the rise in Kerala too. Earlier, Keralites mainly depended on home remedies for various minor ailments. However, the modern generation are ignorant of any such home remedy, he said.

Mr. Ratnakaran said a multi-crop culture prevailed in the State which was the hotspot of a diverse eco system and the people followed a healthy lifestyle rooted in the native agrarian culture and tradition.

Mr. Ratnakaran said the book by Dr. Suresh S.Pillai was a handbook on the spinal disorders that clears various doubts of the common people. He said it was a praiseworthy initiative on the part of a leading spine surgeon to come out with such an authentic book with the support of the Kerala Language Institute.

The MLA released the book by handing over the first copy to Muraleedharan Thazhakkara who presents the ‘Vayalum Veedum’ programme of All India Radio. K.R.Muraleedharan, Mavelikkara municipal chairman presided. Dr Sonia Suresh, introduced the book and Prof P.K.Janardhana Kurup, organizing committee chairman, welcomed the gathering.

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