JULY 2001- Contents

Indo-Pak Focus
50Year Photo Retrospective

The 'People' Effort

Agra Summit- the happier moments

Begum Sehba Musharraf's time in India

Cuisine Diplomacy

Open Letter to the General and the PM

Indo-Pak Reconciliation School

Kiran Bedi's screen debut 

Fashion & Lifestyle
By the Young, for the Young' 

Fashion Graduates - India

Pakistan School of Fashion Design

Adopting Historic sites

Benoy Behl- documenting
India's ancient art

Preventive Medicine - How it

Aamir Khan - an interview

Adnan Sami

'United for Gujarat' - the first South Asian concert'

Travel & Adventure
Dr. Kamal Vilku -India's first lady in Antarctica

Speaking Stones - Heritage
Sites in India


Editor's Note


the craft shop

the print gallery




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Talking with Your Doctor


Dorothy Spurgiasz, CNS

Bellevue Hospital Center, Patients Family Education


Understanding what the doctor tells you is very important. Many people are reluctant to speak up when they don't understand what the doctor says. Medical words can be hard to understand. Your doctor may not know you feel confused, especially if you are quiet and a good listener. It is OK to ask the doctor to re-explain what he or she is saying; ask the doctor to use "plain English." Ask questions until you DO understand. As you and your doctor get to know each other, communicating should get easier.

Do you have trouble remembering your doctor’s instructions? Ask for written instructions if this will help. Or take your own notes. Bring an adult family member or trusted friend with you to the appointment to help you remember what is said. Ask for a booklet or written information about your condition that you can read when you get home. Nurses, pharmacists and dietitians are also good sources of information about common health problems. The more you learn about your condition, the more you will be able to keep your health problems under control and stay well.

Bring all your medicine bottles with you to your appointments and tell doctor about what medications you are taking, even over-the-counter drugs. Learn the names of your medicines and always tell the doctor if you think you are having a problem with any medications. It is also important to let the doctor know if you are taking any herbal medicines or herbal teas—sometimes taking herbs while using certain medications can be harmful.

What if you know you can’t or won’t be able to do what the doctor says? Because the doctor is an authority on the treatment of illnesses, some people nod, smile and act like they intend to follow their doctor’s instructions when they go home, even when they know they won’t. Sometimes people are not ready to make changes in their lives, like stopping smoking or cutting down on salt. Some people don’t go back for a follow up appointment because they feel the doctor will be upset with them or will not be able to help them. It is much better to be "up front" and tell your health care providers what you can or cannot do. Their goal is to help YOU achieve better health. When you share what you really are thinking, they can try to develop a treatment plan with you that will be able to follow and that can help you.

You, your doctor and your health care team can be partners in your care and work together to help you stay as healthy as possible. What you say, think, do and learn are important! So be an involved patient, for your health!

South Asians - A Growing Community


Asad Abidi,

Coordinating Manager
Community Provider Partnership

Bellevue Hospital Center

The South Asian Community is one of the growing communities in New York City and all over in the United States of America. It comprises of immigrants from the contiguous Asian geographic belt of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Though the mentioned countries are geographically divided, they share a multitude of common traits, principal amongst which are food, language, and culture.

South Asians work in a variety of professions in the US, covering the spectrum from scientists to cab driver. Most, however, have remained largely unfamiliar to local healthcare systems such as Child Health Plus, Medicare and Medicaid. The reason for this is that first generation immigrants in these families often remained under the misconception that enrolling in such plans could expose them unfavorably to the INS and IRS. In this community it is normally the head of the family that has the decision power.

In South Asian  countries, the medical health system is different to the one in United States. In those countries patients normally go to their neighborhood primary doctors or just to a pharmacist to get the medicine and avoid going to any specialty clinic. People also get influenced by the previous experiences of other patients suffering from the same disease.


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