do passes the ‘SMEL Test,’ one should have no trouble pro-
ceeding with it. And what Jindal and Haley did when they
changed their religion does pass the ‘SMEL’ test, for what
they did is sustainable, moral, ethical and legal.
It is high time the consulate
I want to provide some more information regarding the
inefficiency and careless attitude by the Indian consulate in
New York regarding the OCI card.
T K S Rao
Ayurveda needs a real chance
Dr Naveen Shah spent years organizing the visit of a US
delegation to India to look at Ayurvedic practices first hand
(June 25). The intention was to promote Ayurveda as part
of complementary medical education in the medical school
curriculum in US medical schools. Hence, the team con-
sisted of experts involved in complementary and alterna-
tive medicine education from prestigious medical schools.
We need to revisit Dr David Eisenberg’s survey regarding
why the American public went for complementary and
alternative medicine at their own cost, despite the claim
that America has the world’s best medical care and despite
many having insurance that could get them mainstream
The message the American public gave to the health-care
industry is that they did not get the expected benefit
despite the high cost.
The cost of illness care (mislabeled as health care) in the
US is the highest in the world, yet Americans are the sev-
entieth in health in the industrialized world. This is wrong.
Many routine tests were introduced, including a complete
MRI scan to detect early cancer — at a time no symptoms
The pain of escalating illness cost falls upon Medicare,
Medicaid, employers and patients. Some patients just gave
up paying for medical insurance, while the fortunate ones
received treatment in India, Singapore, Brazil or Thailand
by US-trained physicians often using American manufac-
tured devices at about a third of the cost.
A bouquet of natural ingredients used in Ayurveda treatment
JEWELLA C MIRANDA
National Institute of Health’s Center for Complimentary
and Alternative Medicine so that research collaboration
could develop, visits were organized to a mediocre
Ayurvedic clinic and an equally mediocre drug company.
As one the members of that delegation, I initiated two col-
laborations, but both collapsed due to a lack of enthusiasm
and effort on the part of my collaborators.
The recent delegation hosted by the India government in
New Delhi was limited to presentations by Indian
Ayurvedic physicians, a visit to a couple of small units in
New Delhi and a one-day visit to the Indian Institute of
Ayurveda in Jaipur. New Delhi is not a place to showcase
Ayurvedic care, education and research as there are no
reputable Ayurvedic institutions there.
Instead, the team should have visited well established,
multi-specialty Ayurvedic institutions like Banaras Hindu
University, Ayurvedic University, Jamnagar and Arya
Vaidya Sala Treatment and Research Institute,
Coimbatore. This would have helped the delegation to bet-
ter understand how Ayurveda is practiced and to assess its
efficacy and safety. Further, it is time the Indian govern-
ment stopped parading visiting foreign scientists in New
Delhi and start sending them to places where the real
Bala V Manyam
Clinical Professor, Dept. of Neurology
Penn State University
The views expressed in this letter are personal
An article in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tris-
tate edition, June 25, said Hemant Mehta is from Doha,
Qatar. Mehta is a native of Dahod district in Gujarat, India.
The error is regretted.
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