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Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
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August 11, 2014

Big Bone Disease, an Endemic in Many Tibetan Areas

Big Bone or Kashin-Beck Disease poses ponderous health risk to tens of thousands of people in many parts of Tibet. The other places the disease is found are northern China, North Korea, Mongolia, and Siberia. But some report said in China, it is almost disappearing today. Not in Tibet. “The problem is that Tibet is an endemic region, which means the disease is occurring there all the time,” said Dr. Lhamo Sherpa.

July 25, 2014

Practice of Physical Punishment in Monastery and Its Psychological Effects

Recent detention of two senior monks from a Buddhist monastery in Nepal reminds us that many monk-students still experience physical punishment in the monasteries. According to Dr. Lhamo Sherpa, the monks were detained after the parents of their student reported Nepali police of them beating up the student. A various studies show practice of physical punishment of children has far reaching effects in both physical and mental health. A Canadian research said even as small as spanking “erodes developmental growth in children and decreases a child’s IQ.” Dr. Lhamo believes that the monks who were beaten would also grow up with a habit of beating their students. “These two monks had just come out of three-year-meditation and obviously they still can’t control their anger,” she told Healthy Lifestyle.

June 18, 2014

Healthy Lifetyle: Tibetan Yoga

Health Lifestyle invites Dolpo Trulku Rinpoche, a Tibetan lama who practices both traditional Tibetan yoga and Hindi yoga, to share his experience with yoga practice and his understanding of what Tibetan yoga is. It is widely believed that Tibetan yoga was traditionally kept secretly among lamas and monks because all tantric practice required initiation first. But Dolpo said it was also partly because there was no interest in the general public to get such initiation. He said Tibetans didn’t pay much attention towards the physical part of the yoga because health was not priority in the Tibetan spiritual practitioners. Today, Tibetans like himself understand the importance of yoga in health benefits. Dolpo developed a sever back and neck problem as he grew up, but after doing yoga, the problem is gone, he said.

June 04, 2014

High Infection and Low Vaccination of Hepatitis B in Tibet

Hepatitis B is reportedly one of highly prevalence in Tibetan communities. Sixty-one percent of Tibetans living in Nepal are infected, according to Dr. Lhamo Sharpa, a Nepal based Tibetan doctor. Dr. Lhamo, who directly works with researchers in Tibet, says rural Tibetans in Tibet are especially vulnerable because of the lack of access to proper vaccination. Only 3.1 percent of population in the entire Western China have received hepatitis B vaccine so far. It started in 2004. The lack of education is also s contributor of the problem. Dr. Lhamo believes many monks get Hepatitis B through sharing razor or going to hair salons that don’t sterilize their equipment. A study Dr. Lhamo and her colleagues conducted shows about 64 to 90 percent of women in rural Tibetan areas give birth at home, thus have no access to vaccines for their new born babies. “Those who give birth at home don’t go to hospitals unless they are sick,” says Dr. Lhamo. “They don’t go to hospital because they are not aware of the vaccines and that is a problem.” Another problem is failure of vaccine itself. Dr. Lhamo believes vaccines in Tibet often get spoiled in transportation to rural areas. But questions also raised in media about the quality of vaccines produced in China. In January three top Chinese companies that produce 80 percent of the vaccine in China didn’t meet the quality requirement, according the Xinhua. In December 2013, New York Times reported at least 11 babies died in China after receiving Hepatitis B vaccine. Although not to the same extent, incident of babies’ death after giving hepatitis B vaccines have been claimed outside China as well. But Dr. Lhamo argues that this doesn’t necessarily mean the vaccines are bad. She argues it could be that vaccines are either expired or have not been handled properly before injecting them to the babies.

May 28, 2014

Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer Could Face Serious Health Issues

Researchers found that adults who were diagnosed with cancer and treated about 20 years ago are more likely to develop serious health issues because of toxics that went into their system. The study, which was carried out by the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, said those who were treated later might have less risk due the improvement of the treatment. “Because the risk for many adverse outcomes related to dose, we anticipate that the prevalence of some conditions will be lower among more recently treated survivors who received less intensive therapy,” said Melissa Hudson, MD, Director of the St. Jude Division of Cancer Survivorship and co-author of the study, according ton Sources:; 

April 30, 2014

Hypertension and Lack of Localized Treatment is a Problem for Diabetic Patients in Tibet

The combination of traditional diets, such as butter tea, and modern junk-food are linked to hypertension in Tibetan areas. But for the people with diabetes, this situation causes higher motility rate, said Dr. Lhamo Sherpa, a prominent expert on health issues of mountain people in Asia. Dr. Sherpa argues that the laboratories and researches are designed for trekkers and soldiers who visit higher altitude areas for a short period of time, not on local people. “Genetically we are different,” Dr. Sherpa told Healthy Lifestyle of VOA. “How our bodies respond to medicines is different from that of theirs.” Therefore, she believes that the treatments and guidelines given to diabetic patients in Tibet are not accurate for the local patients. For the diabetic issue, she points out that the shift of diet structure is one of the main problem. “In the past our diet structure was monotonic diet structure where people ate mainly tsampa, tea and so on. Now all of sudden it has changed into diversified diet structure.” She said urban people in particular who have more excess to junk food has a higher chance to get diabetes.

April 23, 2014

High Altitude Might Cause Diabetes

A study conducted at the Mount Everest found that long time exposure to the high altitude develop mechanism that is associated with type 2 diabetes. Professor Mike Grocott, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, who led the team and summited the Everest told Healthy Lifestyle program that people who worked at the Everest base camp for a longer time have increased their levels of insulin or glucose intolerance. “That is something commonly predisposed towards diabetes,” he said. Dr. Grocott also found that insulin condition in healthy people at the Everest base camp become comparable to that of obese people at sea level. The study was published in the journal PLoS ONE on April 14, less than a week after Healthy Lifestyle reported the death of a Tibetan mountaineer caused by diabetes, sourcing the Chinese official reports. The researchers are currently assessing their study on Sharpas to see whether the local people have better glucose tolerance at higher altitude. Dr. Grocott, however has said that in general, the diabetes control is harder to do at higher altitude. Grocott and his team conducted the research in 2007 and 2013 at the Everest with a group of climbers. Another research conducted in 2002 at the Mount Chouyu looked at the effects of altitude on Type 1 Diabetes patients. Professor Angelo Avogaro from Universty of Padova, who led the research, says that the patient's requirement of insulin doubled as they ascended the 8201 meter high pick.

Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Lifestyle is a weekly show that features interviews with health and lifestyle experts, and discusses news and information on health matters to enable listeners to make informed changes to their lifestyle.

  • Schedule: Wednesdays
  • UTC Time: 0400
  • Duration: 20
  • Listen: MP3

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